Patents Examined by Kenneth Rinehart
  • Patent number: 10843894
    Abstract: A ground thawing hose cleaning reel guide assembly cleans a ground thawing hose as the hose is reeled back onto a reel within a vehicle. The assembly includes a hose guide coupled to a frame such that the hose guide is movable between opposite ends of the frame. The hose guide has an interior edge defining an aperture extending through the hose guide. A sheet is coupled to the hose guide extending over the aperture. A channel extends into the sheet. The channel is configured to receive a hose within the channel whereby the sheet is configured to scrape debris from the hose as the hose is moved through the hose guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Bender
  • Patent number: 10821563
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a nozzle assembly for a servo valve. The nozzle assembly comprises a nozzle including a nozzle inlet and a nozzle outlet, and a tubular filter mounted to the nozzle for filtering fluid flowing into the nozzle through the nozzle inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Piotr Kozłowski, Piotr Sawicki
  • Patent number: 10786825
    Abstract: The invention concerns a disposable container (1), intended to contain at least one liquid component to be sprayed and having a bottom (3), at least one peripheral side wall (2) extending from the bottom (3) to an open end spaced apart from and facing said bottom (3), which is provided with a closable vent device (6), characterised in that the closable vent device (6) comprises an aperture (7) forming an air passage, provided in the bottom, and a rotary valve (8) mounted on an outer surface (3a) of said bottom (3) in the extension of the aperture (7), in order to close and open the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Michel Camilleri, Joseph Guarino
  • Patent number: 10676054
    Abstract: The invention relates to a secondary liquid container (1) for a motor vehicle, in particular a washing liquid container, with a filler pipe (3) and a filling bleed line (4). The filler pipe (3) and the filling bleed line (4) are connected via one common connection cross section to the secondary liquid container (1) at a single filling and bleeding connection (8) of the latter and are preferably produced in one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Friedbert Koll
  • Patent number: 10551085
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a suction device (103) for a hood (101), comprising a motor, and further comprising an impeller driven by the motor and configured to draw an air flow and direct it into an outflow collar (203); the suction device (103) further comprises at least one flap (204, 205) connected to the collar (203) and hinged (301) on one side only, the at least one flap (204, 205) being configured to close the collar (203) when the impeller is idle, and to be lifted by the air flow so as to clear the collar (203) when the impeller is rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Mauro Santucci
  • Patent number: 10551072
    Abstract: A strategic heat shield and burner assembly configured to reduce the heat of the surface of a vessel for food preparation, and particularly for brewing beer. The reduction in heat dramatically improves the longevity of the instrumentation affixed to the surface of the vessel and the safety of the brewing vessel to users in proximity to the vessel during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: John Blichmann, Robert P. Fletcher, Mark Jewell
  • Patent number: 10544540
    Abstract: A drying machine is provided that may include a drum configured to receive items to be dried, an air circulating device that circulates air through the drum, a motor that drives a drying fan for air circulation, a condenser that condenses moisture in circulating air introduced from the drum, a heater that heats the circulating air introduced from the condenser, and a base, which is provided under the drum to support the drum and which may form a lower portion of the drying machine. The air circulating device may include a condensation duct, which may change in structure in order to accommodate different types of condensers based on how the respective condensers perform heat exchange. The base may include a condensation duct mount having a consistent shape and size to accommodate the condensation duct regardless of a shape of the condensation duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Sangik Lee
  • Patent number: 10533798
    Abstract: An RF laundry dryer includes, amongst other things, an RF generator, an RF applicator having a perforated body supporting anode and cathode elements, a fan arranged relative to the perforated body to flow or draw air through the perforated body and an electromagnetic shield protecting the fan from the e-field. Both anode and cathode elements are operably coupled to the RF generator to generate an e-field between the anode and cathode upon the energizing of the RF generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark L. Herman, Garry L. Peterman
  • Patent number: 10533776
    Abstract: A heat storage device is revealed. The heat storage device mainly includes a heat storage tank and a heat conduction unit. A part of the heat conduction unit is arranged in a receiving space of the heat storage tank that is filled with heat storage material. The heat storage material can be material or waste easily gotten from local sources for saving transportation and manufacturing costs. The heat storage material over both the heat conductor and the heat exchanger is heated by conduction. Thus heavy metals and hazardous chemicals in the heat storage material are evaporated and separated from the heat storage material and then are cooled down and collected in solid/liquid form in a condensing unit. The residual air is flowing back of the heat storage tank along pipelines. Thereby the heat storage material is cleaned up, the waste material can be recycled and environmental pollution is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Tseng-Tung Hung
  • Patent number: 10527298
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioner having improved maintenance ability by arranging a fan to be attached or detached without removing a guide member. An air conditioner includes a main body with an opening formed in the bottom, a ceiling panel arranged under the main body for covering the opening, and having a sucking hole through which air is sucked in and a discharging hole through which air is discharged, a fan detachably installed inside the main body through the opening for guiding indoor air to be sucked in through the sucking hole in the vertical direction and discharged in the horizontal direction, a heat exchanger arranged in the radial direction of the fan to be separated from the fan for performing heat exchange on the air discharged from the fan and a guide member arranged between the fan and the heat exchanger in the radial direction of the fan to be separated from the fan for guiding the air discharged from the fan toward the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Goto
  • Patent number: 10518301
    Abstract: In the specification and drawings, an isolation enclosure and method for conducting hot work is described and shown with an enclosure; a negative pressure atmosphere within the interior of the enclosure; a hot work apparatus operable outside of and adjacent to the enclosure; and a detector located so as to be capable of detecting the presence of combustible gas within said enclosure. A method of conducting hot work is also described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SafeZone Safety Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Diebold, Benjamin Neil Tobias, Chad Andrew Grand
  • Patent number: 10519592
    Abstract: A laundry drying appliance (100) includes a cabinet (110) having a top (119), a rotating drum (105) accommodated within a tub (303) housed in the cabinet, and a laundry drying air circulation system for circulating drying air. The drying air circulation system includes a drying air return duct (305) through which drying air coming from drum flows. The drying air return duct has an outlet (310), and a drying air delivery duct (205,215) through which the drying air is sent back to the drum. The drying air delivery duct has an inlet (210). The top forms a ready-to-mount moisture condensing module ready to be mounted to the cabinet for dehydrating drying air used to dry laundry within the drying drum of the laundry drying appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Maurizio Del Pos, Alberto Bison, Massimiliano Vignocchi, Loris Padovan
  • Patent number: 10514186
    Abstract: A solar collector assembly (10) comprising a pipe (18) exposed to solar energy adapted to accommodate a fluid flow in such a way that the solar energy is transferred to the fluid, a heat pipe or any other energy guiding system or absorber; a reflector assembly (12) with a curved reflector (14) for focusing solar radiation in the range of the pipe (18), and an actuator (90,64, 80) for moving the reflector assembly (12) in a way that the solar radiation is reflected in the direction of the pipe (12), is characterized in that means (30, 32) are provided for releasably fixing the reflector assembly (12) to the pipe (18), and the actuator (90, 64, 80) is fixed at the reflector assembly (12) or in the reflector assembly (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Leberer
  • Patent number: 10508656
    Abstract: A circulation pump assembly (2) includes an electric drive motor (6) and a control device (10) integrated into the circulation pump assembly (2). At least one internal temperature sensor (16) is arranged in the circulation pump assembly (2) and detects the temperature of the medium delivered by the circulation pump assembly (6) and issues a corresponding temperature signal (42) to the control device (10). The control device (10) is configured, on the basis of the temperature signal (42) of the internal temperature sensor (16), to approximately determine the temperature of the liquid in a liquid storage means (26) which is connected to the circulation pump assembly (2) via a heating circuit (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Lars Sund Mortensen, Kim Hulegaard Jensen
  • Patent number: 10508384
    Abstract: A top (119) is adapted to match and close from above a cabinet (110) of a laundry drying appliance (100). The top is formed as a ready-to-mount part ready to be mounted to the cabinet and forms a moisture condensing module for dehydrating drying air used to dry laundry within a drying drum of the laundry drying appliance. The top has a drying air inlet (510), a drying air outlet (515), fluid passageways defined thereinside from said drying air inlet to said drying air outlet for the passage of the drying air to be dehydrated and moisture condensing means arranged inside the fluid passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Maurizio Del Pos, Loris Padovan, Massimiliano Vignocchi, Alberto Bison
  • Patent number: 10493506
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an intake apparatus for a local ventilation system. According to at least one embodiment, the intake apparatus includes a connection opening, a hood configured to connect an intake opening larger than the connection opening, an intake duct coupled to the hood while communicating with the connection opening, and an intake fan which is installed at a peripheral portion of the intake opening so as to generate an intake air current in the direction of the connection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Hyung Ryer Kim
  • Patent number: 10495348
    Abstract: A water cooling and heating system for swimming pools and hot tubs for heating and/or cooling a flow of water drawn from a body of water and then returning the heated and/or cooled flow of water back to the body of water wherein the system includes an inner conduit within an outer conduit, the outer conduit having an exterior conduit surface that is exposed to solar energy from the sun whereby a portion of the solar energy absorbed by the outer conduit is transferred to and heats an outer water flow within the outer conduit and the outer water flow in the outer conduit heating an inner water flow of water in the inner conduit, the system further including at least one control valve to selectively control a flow of water to the inner and outer conduits and a bypass flow of water that is directed back toward the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Randy L. Rutkai
  • Patent number: 10495025
    Abstract: A dual heating process is performed in the absence of an open flame. Heat is created by a rotating prime mover(s) driving a fluid shear heater. Heat is also collected from a cooling system of the prime mover, and from any exhaust heat generated by the prime mover. The heat energy collected from all of these sources is transmitted through heat exchangers to a fluid where heat energy is desired. The fluid being heated may be glycol or air, depending on the type of heat desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ConleyMax Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick G. Bell, William N. Beckie
  • Patent number: 10492585
    Abstract: A hair dryer comprising: a housing defining a first air flow channel and a second air flow channel, whereby the first air flow channel at least substantially circumscribes the second air flow channel; an air flow regulation means to regulate the flow of air along the first air flow channel and/or the second air flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Jemella Limited
    Inventor: Robert Alexander Weatherly
  • Patent number: 10485320
    Abstract: An improved hair dryer includes a fan unit and a heating unit to generate a linear heated air current which can mix with outside cold air to obtain a rotational air current of moderate temperature and to increase the capability of penetrating a user's hair. Therefore, the air provided by the hair dryer would not become both hot and dry, but maintain an ideal, moderate temperature suitable for users, so that users may feel more comfortable while dressing their hairs. Furthermore, the increased capability of penetrating a user's hair allows the hair to be dried more quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Shih-Ling Hsu