Patents Examined by Kenneth J. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10976060
    Abstract: Provided is a heat pump hot water supply apparatus configured to directly supply water heated by a gas cooler to a utilization side. The heat pump hot water supply apparatus is configured to execute operation modes including a first operation mode and a second operation mode. The first operation mode includes causing the water heated by the gas cooler to return to a water tank as intermediate-temperature water. The second operation mode is an operation mode to be performed after the first operation mode, and includes mixing the water heated by the gas cooler and the intermediate-temperature water in the water tank, and directly supplying the mixed water to the utilization side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kensaku Hatanaka, Toru Koide
  • Patent number: 10969835
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling arrangement, in particular for a computer system, including at least one fan for generating a cooling air stream. The cooling arrangement further includes at least one first element to be cooled arranged in a first region and at least one second element to be cooled arranged in a second region. Furthermore, the cooling arrangement includes an air guide element formed with an internal isolation channel. The air guide element is formed in such a way as to divide the cooling air stream into a first air stream through the first region and a second air stream through the second region and to at least partially isolate the first air stream from the second air stream by the air guide element. Furthermore, the invention relates to an air guide shroud which is suitable for such a cooling arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Herbert Dolzer, Roland Treffler, Lorenz Schelshorn
  • Patent number: 10969137
    Abstract: There is disclosed a dormer vent covering device including a dormer vent cover and an attachment device. The dormer vent cover includes a face, wherein the face is sized to cover a portion of an opening of a dormer vent, and a lip extending substantially perpendicularly from a portion of an outer edge of the face, wherein the lip is shaped to correspond to an outer shape of the dormer vent. The attachment device is detachably attachable to both the dormer vent and the dormer vent cover to attach the dormer vent cover to the dormer vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Dormer Shield, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabor Magyari
  • Patent number: 10969836
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a storage system. The storage system comprises: at least one storage device array enclosure, each of the storage device array enclosure accommodating storage devices, which are arranged in columns and have gaps existing between adjacent storage devices; each storage device array enclosure includes a cap for covering accommodated storage devices; the cap includes vents and windshield bars, such that when the cap is in a closed state, the vents abut against an upper surface of the corresponding storage devices and the windshield bars cover the gaps between adjacent storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Haifang Zhai, David Dong, Hendry Wu, Yujie Zhou
  • Patent number: 10967707
    Abstract: An automatic ventilation system and method for vehicle are disclosed. The system includes: a ventilator to control a ventilation operation of an indoor space of a second vehicle; an input unit to receive information of automatic ventilation for a first vehicle, the automatic ventilation automatically performed based on a change in CO2 concentration inside the first vehicle; and a controller to determine an initiation time point of an automatic ventilation operation of the second vehicle based on the received automatic ventilation information and to control the ventilator to ventilate the indoor space of the second vehicle at the determined initiation time point, thereby pleasantly ventilating an indoor space of the second vehicle with reference to data related to an automatic ventilation operation of first vehicle including a CO2 sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jang Yong Lee, Mi Seon Kim, Wan Lee, Kang Ju Cha
  • Patent number: 10967711
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) airflow distribution module with an outlet closing mechanism for a vehicle including a driver face airflow outlet defined by an HVAC module. A passenger face airflow outlet defined by the HVAC module having a center portion and a side portion. An adaptor including a door driving mechanism to control a telescoping door sub-assembly, which is mounted at the passenger face airflow outlet and is movable between a retracted position at which the telescoping door sub-assembly does not obstruct the airflow through the passenger face airflow outlet by being packaged away from outlets, and any one of a plurality of extended positions at which the telescoping door sub-assembly obstructs the side portion or both the side and center portions of the passenger face airflow outlet at different blocking levels when no passenger is present to save energy, improve fuel economy, and/or increase battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Siyue Chen, Brian Belanger, Kai Zhang, Greg Thompson
  • Patent number: 10962246
    Abstract: A clean air apparatus includes a fan and a filter for producing a flow of clean air and for discharging the clean air from an outlet and towards a target clean area. The apparatus includes a Coanda effect device disposed at least adjacent the clean air means, which is arranged, in use, to induce a Coanda effect upon the flow of clean air. The apparatus includes guide means for guiding the clean air towards a target clean area in the form of an air curtain. A method for discharging clean air towards a target clean area in the form of an air curtain includes inducing a Coanda effect upon the flow of clean air using the Coanda effect device; and guiding the discharged clean air, downstream of the Coanda effect device, towards a target clean area in the form of an air curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HOWORTH AIR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Graham Bromley
  • Patent number: 10960729
    Abstract: An air vent for a vehicle may include: a duct having a passage through which air is moved; a first adjuster rotatably installed in the duct, and configured to guide a discharge direction of air while rotating in a side-to-side direction; a second adjuster rotatably installed in the duct with the first adjuster, and configured to guide a discharge direction of air while rotating in an up and down direction or block an air flow passing through the duct; and a driving unit connected to the second adjuster and configured to supply power to rotate the second adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Won Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10961735
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable vocal booth (1) comprising a hood (2) that comprises a top (3), side walls (6), a front wall (4) and a rear portion (5) and is adapted to freely enclose a singer's head. The hood (2) comprises a rear part (R), which is intended to accommodate the singer's head and is open forwards and downwards and otherwise limited by the top (3), the side walls (6) and the rear portion (5), and a front part (F), which is intended to be in front of the singer's head and at the back is open towards the rear part (R) and is otherwise limited by the top (3), the side walls (6), the front wall (4) and a bottom wall (8), wherein a sound absorbing insert (16) is provided in the front part (F) inside the front wall (4). In the front part (F) between the sound absorbing insert (16) and the rear part (R) of the hood (2) a partition wall (17) of a sound absorbing material is arranged, and between the sound absorbing insert (16) and the partition wall (17) a gap (18) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: COLLABSTOR AB
    Inventors: Philip Olsson, Hans-Erik Eldemark
  • Patent number: 10955145
    Abstract: The heat exchange system is for heating water from a water source and comprises first and second flooded heat exchangers that have steam sides that are each independently fed with steam, but water sides that are serially fed with water through the first heat exchanger then through the second heat exchanger. The system also comprises first and second control valves located at or downstream of subcooled condensate outlets of the first and second heat exchangers, first and second water temperature sensors at or downstream of the heated water outlets of the first and second heat exchangers, and a control device for receiving temperature data from the first and second water temperature sensors and for controlling the first and second control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MAXI-THERME INC.
    Inventors: Raymond Lach, Gabriel Cossette-Labrosse, Patrick Lach
  • Patent number: 10953720
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner for a vehicle. The present invention provides an air conditioner for a vehicle capable of introducing indoor air and outdoor air simultaneously or selectively by forming a double-layer flow in an air conditioner case and capable of separately controlling the temperatures of a front seat and a rear seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jae Woo Ko, Seong Seok Han, Young Keun Kim, Gyu Ik Han, In Keun Kang
  • Patent number: 10946378
    Abstract: Provided herein are passive microfluidic pumps. The pumps can comprise a fluid inlet, an absorbent region, a resistive region fluidly connecting the fluid inlet and the absorbent region, and an evaporation barrier enclosing the resistive region, the absorbent region, or a combination thereof. The resistive region can comprise a first porous medium, and a fluidly non-conducting boundary defining a path for fluid flow through the first porous medium from the fluid inlet to the absorbent region. The absorbent region can comprise a fluidly non-conducting boundary defining a volume of a second porous medium sized to absorb a predetermined volume of fluid imbibed from the resistive region. The resistive region and the absorbent region can be configured to establish a capillary-driven fluid front advancing from the fluid inlet through the resistive region to the absorbent region when the fluid inlet is contacted with fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Brian M. Cummins, Frances Smith Ligler, Glenn Walker
  • Patent number: 10941582
    Abstract: A sled for a pool cover pump for keeping the pump from tipping over in use, reducing pump clogging and guarding against damaging a plastic pool cover. The sled has a base unit with a platform mounted on runners which spread the load on the pool cover and which elevate the pool cover pump above the pool cover a distance that the platform serves as a gate or doctor blade preventing leaves and other debris from getting into the pump inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Bart R. Alexander
  • Patent number: 10941762
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system is presented. The liquid delivery system comprises a source of fluid coupled to an outlet. The liquid delivery system also includes a hydraulic cylinder coupled to the source of fluid. The hydraulic cylinder has a piston movable between a first limit position and a second limit position during an operational cycle. The hydraulic cylinder is configured to pressurize fluid received from the source of fluid, and deliver the pressurized fluid to the outlet. The liquid delivery system also comprises a rod connected to the piston and extending out of the cylinder. The liquid delivery system also comprises a sensor configured to sense a position of the rod to provide a signal indication of the piston with respect to the first position or the second position. An indication of the sensed position is provided to a controller, and the controller is configured to send a control signal to initiate a normal operation loop based on the sensed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Zientara, Lam H. Nguyen, Jonathan L. Schaumann
  • Patent number: 10941694
    Abstract: An air guiding device is provided for regulating air flow through at least one air inlet opening in a front cowling of a vehicle. The at least one air inlet opening is arranged laterally in the front cowling and, in a closed state, is covered completely to the outside by the air guiding device. The air guiding device has a retaining frame and slats arranged movably in the retaining frame. The slats are mounted movably in the retaining frame and the angle of incidence of the slats can be changed by a servo motor that is connected to an adjusting mechanism, in such a manner that an air flow approaching the at least one air inlet opening is at least partially guided around the vehicle. A method also is provided for regulating an air flow in proximity to the front cowling of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Ritz
  • Patent number: 10934972
    Abstract: A method of maintaining rotor tip clearance and compressor operational line during a transient operation of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. In various embodiments, the method includes applying high spool auxiliary power to a high speed spool for a first time period, applying low spool auxiliary power to a low speed spool for a second time period, sensing one or more operational parameters of the gas turbine engine during the transient operation, and ceasing application of power to the high speed spool, based on the one or more operational parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Hrach, Michael M. Romero
  • Patent number: 10935014
    Abstract: A compressor (10), in particular a compressor for compressing a coolant, including one or more pistons (12), a cylinder block (16), and a compressor housing which at least partially houses the compressor (10), the piston(s) (12) being arranged in corresponding cylinder bores or cylinders (14) arranged at least partially in the cylinder block (16) and/or in the compressor housing so that they can move back and forth. The compressor (10) also includes an impedance tube (36) and an outlet (30) for releasing the coolant from the compressor, (10) in particular an outlet flange (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Jörg Keuerleber
  • Patent number: 10926266
    Abstract: A housing for a laboratory appliance with a floor, ceiling, rear wall, side walls and front wall, which together enclose a work space. The front wall is movable between closed position and open positions. A work area in which liquids can be handled is provided in the work space. A filter device for ambient air is connected to the work space via at least one air outlet. At least one air inlet is connected to the environment, and a fan and an air filter are located downstream from the air inlet and upstream from the air outlet. An outflow opening is also located on the housing. The at least one air outlet and the at least one outflow opening are arranged on the housing such that, during operation of the filter device, the filter air stream flows substantially parallel to and along the work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BRAND GMBH + CO KG
    Inventors: Christian Berberich, Steffen Gehrig, Thomas Howe, Martin Jungbluth, Peter H. Mahler, Benjamin Peszleg, Max Petek, Burkhard Schaub, Christian Weiner
  • Patent number: 10928063
    Abstract: A fixing plate for the thermal insulation material is attached to the combustion plate flange part. Provided that a direction leaving away from the air-fuel mixture ejection part of the combustion plate is defined as an outward side direction, there are disposed: on the side edge in the outward side direction of the fixing plate, bent edge parts, which come into contact with the side edge in the outward side direction of the thermal insulation materials; and a plurality of tongue-shaped pressing claws which are elongated from the bent edge part so as to press and prevent the thermal insulation materials from getting released away from the fixing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: RINNAI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Takashi Ojiro, Masaru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10920765
    Abstract: A pump is provided with a pump housing, a vibrating portion, a driving portion, and a displacement regulating portion. The pump housing internally has a pump chamber. The vibrating portion is supported against the pump housing in the pump chamber and divides the pump chamber into a first pump chamber and a second pump chamber. The driving portion drives the vibrating portion so as to bend and vibrate the vibrating portion in a predetermined direction. The displacement regulating portion is positioned to prevent displacement of the vibrating portion that results in plastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Fujisaki, Kenichiro Kawamura