Patents Examined by Jorge A Pereiro
  • Patent number: 11555634
    Abstract: Systems and methods for falling particle receivers are disclosed that include shield or deflector structures around the receiver aperture to reduce wind effects and/or heat losses from the falling particles. External and internal structures are disclosed that can be tailored to reduce particle, thermal, and radiative losses from within the cavity receiver due to external wind and the falling particles that are irradiated within the receiver. Structures of varying shapes, sizes, and composition (transparent, reflective) are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford K. Ho
  • Patent number: 11549684
    Abstract: A controller for managing communication of a burner system. The controller may comprise a communication module to manage the exchange of messages between devices of the burner system. The controller may also incorporate a processing module to compose the messages that are exchanged between the devices, identify issues regarding the messages, determine that devices may not be operating properly, and lock-out the devices in response. The controller may also incorporate a timing module having a set of timing requirements and being configured to lock-out devices in response to violation of a timing requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Pavel Kejik
  • Patent number: 11543122
    Abstract: A gas burner for a household appliance includes a burner housing having a mixing chamber for mixing fuel gas with primary air, a gas nozzle accommodated in the burner housing and configured to inject the fuel gas into the mixing chamber, and an annular first primary air inlet provided between the gas nozzle and the mixing chamber for drawing in the primary air. The gas nozzle has a second primary air inlet which is guided through the nozzle for drawing in the primary air. The second primary air inlet is configured in a direction of flow of the primary air through the second primary air inlet to taper at least once and to widen out again. The gas nozzle has an annular fuel gas outlet opening which opens directly into the second primary air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Cesar Aguado Vela, Javier Corral Ricalde, Jose Salvador Ochoa Torres, Julio Rivera Peman, Cristina Rueda Sanudo
  • Patent number: 11536466
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a gas valve assembly for a furnace. The gas valve assembly includes a gas valve including an inlet flange having an outer geometric profile and defining a gas inlet of the gas valve. The gas valve assembly also includes a bracket having a mounting panel, a first support flange, and a second support flange, where the mounting panel extends between and is integral with the first support flange and the second support flange. A slot is formed in the first support flange and defined by a portion of a perimeter of the bracket. The outer geometric profile of the inlet flange corresponds to a profile of the slot, and the slot is configured to receive and abut a portion of the outer geometric profile. A passage is formed in the second support flange and configured to receive a gas flow from the gas valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Thomas D. Chase, Frank D. Ashby
  • Patent number: 11536463
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a body and a cooktop disposed on the body. A plurality of gas burner assemblies is operably coupled to the cooktop. A first frame member is coupled to a first side of the cooktop and defines at least a portion of a sump defined by the cooktop. A second frame member is coupled to a second side of the cooktop and defines at least a portion of the sump defined by the cooktop. A bracket is coupled to the first and second frame members. The bracket extends along a portion of a perimeter of the cooktop between the first and second frame members. The bracket defines at least a portion of the sump defined by the cooktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Duffy, Thomas Walker Faussett, Paul Jordan Neuman, Binesh R. Pillai, Edward Benjamin Standen, Nicholas Edward Righetti, Sarah Katherine Small
  • Patent number: 11519610
    Abstract: A temperature sensor assembly for a cooktop appliance can include a plate with a cylindrically-shaped boss, one or more seals located in one or more grooves of the plate, a grommet disk engaged with the bottom surface of the plate, and a cylindrically-shaped grommet in which a cap for a temperature sensor is positioned and is slidable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Scott Johnson, Kyle Andrew Kozinski
  • Patent number: 11512851
    Abstract: A wick-burning and ventilation and flow-guide structure includes a wick tray, a heat isolation cover, and a wick. The heat isolation cover has support sections that are extended to form protrusion sections insertable into and mounted in mounting holes of the wick tray for secured combination and easy separation. The wick tray and the heat isolation cover provide a dual-layered heat isolation effect and also achieve an effect of heat dissipation. The wick is made of a metallic or ceramic material and has a surface over which a flame-blocking heat-isolating sleeve is fit to prevent downward spreading of flaming. A wind-shielding hood is provided on the fuel container to define therebetween a flow-guide opening for smooth ingress of air, preventing flaming from jumping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: LOVINFLAME, INC.
    Inventor: William Home
  • Patent number: 11503951
    Abstract: Portable grills are disclosed. An example portable grill movable between an erected configuration and a collapsed configuration includes a valve and regulator assembly and a tank blocker. The valve and regulator assembly includes a tank connector configured to removably couple a fuel tank to the valve and regulator assembly. The tank blocker is configured to prevent the portable grill from being moved from the erected configuration into the collapsed configuration when the portable grill is in the erected configuration and the fuel tank is coupled to the tank connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Paul R. Hunt, Karol Polaczek, Karol Polaczek, Jr., Jerzy Latocha, Jeffrey L. Crull, Simon Livingston-Jha, William R. Mathias, Evan Sparks, Joel Kramka, Montel Caruthers, Henry M. Hillstrom
  • Patent number: 11493204
    Abstract: A burner gun includes a case, an ignition device, a switch and a operational part. By the switch and an operation rail in the case, the ignition device can only be activated by correctly operating the switch and pulling the operational part. The ignition device cannot activated by pulling the operational part if the switch is not correctly operated, so that the ignition device is prevented from being activated unintentionally to reduce possibility of causing fire disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: REKROW INDUSTRIAL INC.
    Inventor: Ta-Jen He
  • Patent number: 11490763
    Abstract: A fully automatic and efficiently energy-saving barbecue grill is disclosed. The barbecue grill comprises: a grill body, having side walls and a top plate thereon, wherein a grill space is formed inside and a smokeless heating pipe is arranged in the grill space; a gas control device, installed in the grill body, guiding fuel gas to burn in the grill space to heat the smokeless heating pipe; and an automatic grill device, installed in the grill body, rotating food periodically to get grilled by the heat from the smokeless heating pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Jilong Wu, Xianghua Zheng
  • Patent number: 11480333
    Abstract: A burner and a method utilize a burner tile with an outer surface extending along the furnace wall and an inner surface defining a passageway. A fuel duct extends at least partially through the passageway and discharges fuel onto a burner head. The burner head forms a coanda-curved surface, wherein the fuel is directed onto the coanda-curved surface such that the fuel flows along the coanda-curved surface to the outer surface of the burner tile. There is an air channel defined by an outside edge of the coanda-curved surface and in fluid flow communication with the passageway such that air flows from the passageway through the channel to mix with the fuel so as to produce the combustible mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: John Zink Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gilles Theis, Valeriy Smirnov, I-Ping Chung, Ahmed Kadi, Hadj Ali Gueniche
  • Patent number: 11470849
    Abstract: A liftable baking net structure for an oven includes an inner housing, a lifting support mounted inside the inner housing, and a connecting rod mechanism mounted outside the inner housing. A vertical first guide groove is opened in a side wall of the inner housing. The connecting rod mechanism is connected to the lifting support via a connecting member passing through the first guide groove. The connecting rod mechanism drives the lifting support to move vertically along the first guide groove in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Jiebo Lee
  • Patent number: 11473783
    Abstract: A kitchen hood has a first housing and a second housing that slides into and out of the first housing to adjust a length of the kitchen hood. The first housing has a fan to suction air, an outlet, and an air quality sensor assembly to continuously detect air quality in a kitchen. The second housing has an inlet and suction grill through which air is suctioned, a steam cleaning assembly to automatically steam clean an interior of the kitchen hood, and a height sensing assembly to sense a height of cookware seated on a cooktop surface below the second housing. The kitchen hood may be lengthened or shortened based on the sensed height of the cookware, and a speed of the fan and the height of the kitchen hood may be automatically adjusted based on detections by the air quality sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heejeong Heo, Younju Oh, Hyunju Kim, Hyun byung Cha, Chin Soo Hyon
  • Patent number: 11466867
    Abstract: An oven with an enhanced structure to keep a cooking space clean includes a main body, a cooking chamber formed inside the main body and including a bottom wall, a burner provided at an outer lower part of the cooking chamber to heat up the cooking chamber, a door arranged to open or close the cooking chamber, a bottom plate coupled to the bottom wall of the cooking chamber with a gap from the bottom wall such that the bottom plate is located inside the cooking chamber, and an outlet for heated air formed between one end of the bottom plate facing the door and the bottom wall of the cooking chamber such that heated air generated from the burner is supplied to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Hun Kim, Hyun Sang Kim, Bok Hyun Jang, Yu Jeub Ha, Qasim Khan
  • Patent number: 11466866
    Abstract: A kitchen hood has a first housing and a second housing that slides into and out of the first housing to adjust a length of the kitchen hood. The first housing has a fan to suction air, an outlet, and an air quality sensor assembly to continuously detect air quality in a kitchen. The second housing has an inlet and suction grill through which air is suctioned, a steam cleaning assembly to automatically steam clean an interior of the kitchen hood, and a height sensing assembly to sense a height of cookware seated on a cooktop surface below the second housing. The kitchen hood may be lengthened or shortened based on the sensed height of the cookware, and a speed of the fan and the height of the kitchen hood may be automatically adjusted based on detections by the air quality sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heejeong Heo, Younju Oh, Hyunju Kim, Hyun byung Cha, Chin Soo Hyon
  • Patent number: 11464364
    Abstract: The protective cover for an outdoor grill is configured for use with a grill that is further defined with a plurality of stanchions. The protective cover for an outdoor grill is a protective shell placed over the grill. The protective cover for an outdoor grill is configured such that the plurality of stanchions project beyond the space protected by the protective cover for an outdoor grill. The protective cover for an outdoor grill is an elastic structure such that the protective cover for an outdoor grill pulls against the grill when the grill is protected by the protective cover for an outdoor grill. The protective cover for an outdoor grill comprises a plurality of lateral panels, a superior panel, an inferior panel, and a plurality of seams. The plurality of seams assemble the plurality of lateral panels, the superior panel, and the inferior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Earl Brown, II
  • Patent number: 11459696
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) dryer includes a cuboid structure defining an interior, an RF applicator having an anode and a cathode, the anode having multiple digits extending from an anode trunk and the cathode having multiple digits extending from a cathode trunk and, the cathode encompassing the multiple digits of the anode, and a drying surface on which textiles are supported for drying, located relative to the RF applicator such that the drying surface lies within an e-field generated by the RF applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark L. Herman, Garry L. Peterman, Arun Rajendran
  • Patent number: 11460190
    Abstract: A gas burner assembly for a cooktop appliance includes a flame ring comprising a plurality of flame ports arranged in an annular array. An outer ring and an inner ring collectively define each flame port of the plurality of flame ports. The outer ring and the inner ring are concentrically aligned and concentrically mated. As a result of this arrangement of the outer ring and the inner ring, the plurality of flame ports are defined by the outer ring and the inner ring. The plurality of flame ports extend radially between the inner ring and the outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Patent number: 11454403
    Abstract: An air baffle unit includes a major housing wall extending in first and second directions to define an exterior side and an interior side, two upper corner output vent openings, first and second laterally opposed side vent openings, and an air intake opening arrangement defined within an intake area along the major housing wall and extending therealong in the first and second directions. The air intake opening arrangement is defined in an intake area and includes first and second pluralities of intake vents positioned within respective first and second open areas of the intake area with first and second closed areas extending between the first and second open areas. The first and second open areas and first and second closed areas each positioned within respective quarters of the intake area. The open areas are displaced relative to each other in both the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas E. Crow, Federico Fiolomia, Tiziano Lacche, Chiara Pascucci, Valentina Vitaloni
  • Patent number: 11454536
    Abstract: A cooktop may include: a main body having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a suction opening; at least one cooking area configured to accommodate a heating element proximate to the top surface; suction means in fluid communication with the suction opening and configured to draw in cooking fumes; a support element connected to the main body; and weight sensing means between the support element and the main body for sensing a weight of objects to be weighed. The support element may at least partially overlap the suction means. The suction means may include: a suction duct in fluid communication with the suction opening; and a housing in fluid communication with the suction duct and configured to receive filters for the cooking fumes. The weight sensing means may be at the suction duct and/or the housing. The suction opening may be on the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: ELICA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Diego Bariviera, Marco Cimino, Manuele Martelli, Luca Meniconi