Patents Examined by Ko-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10807443
    Abstract: An air vent for a vehicle HVAC system includes a duct, a forward fin connected to an air outlet at a first end portion of the duct, and plurality of rear fins connected to an air inlet at a second end portion of the duct. The forward fin rotatable about a transverse direction of the duct is configured to adjust the direction of airflow in a vertical direction of the duct. The plurality of rear fins rotatable about the vertical direction is configured to adjust the direction of airflow in a longitudinal direction of the duct. A shut-off valve is rotatably connected to a central portion of the duct and positioned between the forward fin and the plurality of rear fins. The shut-off valve is directly connected to the forward fin and configured to rotate about the transverse direction via movement of the forward fin in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brendan Christopher Stiver
  • Patent number: 10792981
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an air flow direction in an air vent for a vehicle, may include a single horizontal wing exposed outside through an air duct is disposed and first and second guide wings connected to the single horizontal wing by connection links are vertically and rotatably disposed above and under the single horizontal wing so that the flow of air discharged inside can be easily controlled in upward and downward directions by vertical rotation of both the first guide wing and second guide wing together with the single horizontal wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, NIFCO KOREA INC., Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Ju Lee, In Seop Kim, Young Rok Lee, Young Beom Lee, Choong Yeul Kim, Dae Ig Jung, Keun Sig Lim, Ji Won Lee, Jae Seob Choi, Won Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10794605
    Abstract: Laboratory ventilation is integrated. The HVAC room controller requests changes in the exhaust set point of one or more fume hoods. By allowing the fume hoods to respond to such HVAC requests, the fume hood exhaust may be turned down to a point below the highest level that could be needed. The request may be used to turn the fume hood exhaust back up, so greater energy savings may be possible in non-peak demand operation of the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Schweiz AG
    Inventors: James J. Coogan, Matthias Blask, Gregory Kempf
  • Patent number: 10787054
    Abstract: In order to provide a motor vehicle, the roof of which is composed of a transparent material at least in some sections, wherein persons located in the motor vehicle are cooled by means of escaping air, air outlet openings are formed on both sides on opposite roof frame longitudinal segments, in each case in accordance with the number of seat rows. Air lines are provided, which convey air conditioned by at least one present air conditioning system to at least one air outlet opening. Sensors that detect occupancy of the present seats by a person are provided, and a controller for the present air conditioning system is provided, which adjusts an air conditioning system from the number of present air conditioning systems in such a way that an air flow having a predetermined temperature and having a predetermined air outlet speed is applied to an upper region of a person located on a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 10775038
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a gaseous medium comprising steam, said steam being produced from a first fluid medium separated from the exhaust gas from combustion of a fuel in a steam generating step, said fuel being provided for burning for providing energy for heating said first fluid medium, comprising the steps of mixing the steam thus produced with exhaust gas from combustion of said fuel; and supplying at least one chemical substance different from air and water to said steam and exhaust gas mixture. The invention also relates to a device for producing a gaseous medium comprising steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Steamex Group Sverige AB
    Inventor: Michael Abrahamsson
  • Patent number: 10772466
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a grill is provided. The grill can include a grill cart and a burner box. The grill cart configured to be transitioned between an upright state and a folded state. The coupling between a first side frame and a base is located in a first plane that is substantially parallel with a plane defined by a bottom plate of the base, and the coupling between a second side frame and the bottom plate of the base is located in a second plane that is substantially parallel with the plane defined by the bottom plate. The first plane is located a first distance away from the plane defined by the bottom plate and the second plane is located a second distance away from the plane defined by the bottom plate. The first distance is not equivalent to the second distance. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: OHC IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. O'Shaughnessy, James A. Mitlyng, Thomas E. Mckinney
  • Patent number: 10766333
    Abstract: A vehicle air-handling system includes a heat exchanger, a blower in communication with the heat exchanger, and an operable duct having driver and passenger portions that are each in communication with the heat exchanger and the blower. When the blower is activated, the driver portion continuously delivers blower air and the passenger portion selectively delivers blower air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Fusco, Jennifer A. Herr-Rathke, Manfred Koberstein, Jose A. Nava, Steven M. Kahrs
  • Patent number: 10759252
    Abstract: A cooling and heating system of a battery for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a battery module that provides driving energy to the vehicle and an electric component that drives the vehicle using the driving energy of the battery module. An air passage unit of the system includes a radiator disposed therein, a first flow path through which the air passing through the electric component of the vehicle is introduced, a second flow path through which the air passing through the radiator is discharged to the outside of the vehicle, and a door that for selectively opens and closes the first flow path and the second flow path. A controller operates the door to open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Shin Lee, Man Ju Oh, So Yoon Park, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 10752082
    Abstract: A climate control system includes a fluid delivery module. The fluid delivery module includes a housing defining a fluid flow path between an inlet and an outlet with the outlet having an elongated, slit-like shape and is not visible within a sight line of a user. The fluid delivery module further includes a fluidic control device disposed within the housing between the inlet and the outlet and movable to vary a direction of the fluid flow path within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Kearney, Clarisse Mazuir, Arthur Y. Zhang, Samuel B. Schaevitz
  • Patent number: 10746422
    Abstract: The invention relates to a recessed hollow profile for mounting to a wall system in a wall of a building, which allows ventilation with efficient decentralised energy recovery. The invention also relates to a system for ventilating a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LUNOS LUFTUNGSTECHNIK GMBH FUR RAUMLUFTSYSTEME
    Inventor: Michael Merscher
  • Patent number: 10737551
    Abstract: A vehicle air handling system includes an air duct housing, a particulate sensor, a first air blower and an electronic controller. The air duct housing has an air inlet and a passenger compartment vent. The particulate sensor is configured to detect a particulate level of particulates in the air duct housing. The first air blower is disposed in the air duct housing to move air within the air duct housing. The electronic controller is operatively coupled to the particulate sensor and the first air blower. The electronic controller is configured to operate the first air blower to reverse an air direction of the first air blower away from the passenger compartment vent upon detection of the particulate level of the particulates in the air duct housing being equal to or greater than a predetermined particulate threshold level in the air duct housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Ramiro Velazquez, Janeth Jhovana Gonzalez Arriaga
  • Patent number: 10739033
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus includes an indoor unit including a pair of lateral air-directing vanes each configured to adjust an orientation of an air flow blown from an air outlet in a lateral direction, and a remote control device configured to receive selection of at least two of a plurality of air flow directions in the lateral direction. The indoor unit includes an indoor-unit controller configured to individually adjust operations of the pair of lateral air-directing vanes in accordance with the selection of the plurality of air flow directions in the remote control device such that a left partial air flow does not collide with a right partial air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Motoshi Tezuka, Daisuke Sugiyama, Tatsuo Seki, Hideki Takahara
  • Patent number: 10718545
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioner capable of guiding air in a desired direction with an adjusted speed without marring the appearance to solve the above-described problems. An air conditioner comprising a ceiling-embedded type indoor unit configured to discharge air into an indoor room through an air outlet simultaneously sucking indoor air through an air inlet, wherein a air conditioner comprises, a main flap configured to guide a direction of air discharged from a air outlet in a preset direction, and a sub-flap configured to guide the direction of air between the main flap and the sub-flap in the preset direction, wherein a length of a main flap in a direction where air flows is longer than that of the sub-flap in the direction where air flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ajiki Tomohito, Shinji Goto
  • Patent number: 10712040
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a blower drive. The processor receives an altitude and a first blower coefficient. The processor determines a second blower coefficient based on the first blower coefficient and the altitude. The blower drive receives the second blower coefficient and adjusts at least one of a speed and a torque of a motor based on the second blower coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Palanivel Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 10702099
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to grill systems. In an embodiment, a grill system is included. The grill system having a grill assembly and a first side assembly. The grill assembly can include a grill cart and a burner box configured to couple to a top portion of the grill cart. The burner box can include a first connection structure. The first side assembly that can include a first side cart and a first top cap configured to couple to a top portion of the first side cart. The first top cap can include a second connection structure. The first connection structure and the second connection structure mate together to couple the grill assembly to the first side assembly. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: OHC IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. O'Shaughnessy, James A. Mitlyng, Thomas E. Mckinney
  • Patent number: 10703165
    Abstract: An air blowing device has a first blowing portion, a duct, and an airflow causing member. The first blowing portion has a guide surface and is provided with a first blowing outlet that blows air from a blower unit into a vehicle compartment. The airflow causing member defines at least one of a first passage and a second passage located on one side and an other side of the airflow causing member in a front-rear direction of a vehicle respectively in the duct. The airflow causing member sets a first condition in which a high-velocity airflow flows in the first passage and a low-velocity airflow flows in the second passage by decreasing a sectional area of the first passage to be smaller than a sectional area of the second passage. The high-velocity airflow flows along the guide surface and is blown into the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirohisa Motomura
  • Patent number: 10696133
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, detecting a battery fault of a battery of an electrified vehicle, activating a HVAC system ON, commanding the HVAC system to a fresh air mode, communicating fresh air into a passenger cabin, and expelling battery vent byproducts from the passenger cabin through at least one air extractor vent during key-on or key-off states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon M. Dawson, James J. Gibbons, Thomas M. Gwozdek, Edward Popyk, Rick Lagerstrom, Josephine S. Lee, Mark Polster
  • Patent number: 10696132
    Abstract: An air-conditioning control system includes an air-conditioning device mounted in a host vehicle, a determination unit mounted in the host vehicle or a server and configured to determine whether a boarding position at which a boarding event in which an occupant boards the host vehicle occurs is a point with a predetermined attribute, and a control unit mounted in the host vehicle and configured to control the air-conditioning device based on a determination result from the determination unit. The control unit sets a ventilation capacity of the air-conditioning device to be greater when the determination unit determines that the boarding position is a point with the predetermined attribute than when the determination unit does not determine that the boarding position is a point with the predetermined attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Maya Inui, Masahiro Shoji
  • Patent number: 10697921
    Abstract: A flame rod analysis system, methods for determining a condition of a flame and a flame rod, and circuits for determining a condition of a flame and a flame rod. The flame rod analysis system comprises energy storage connectable to a flame rod, a pulsed source connected to the energy storage and providing a voltage pulse or a current pulse, and a buffer to allow a processor to measure a buffered voltage at various time points. Flame rod analysis systems can distinguish between various flame conditions (no flame, low flame, etc.) while simultaneously characterizing the condition of the flame rod (shorted to ground, contaminated, etc.). Some flame rod analysis systems can directly measure the resistance of the flame rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: A. O. Smith Corporation
    Inventors: Brian T. Branecky, Brian C. Dolder, Charles J. Koehler, III
  • Patent number: 10688607
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure provides a termination for use with a furnace. The termination, in one embodiment, includes a face plate including an exhaust region and an air supply region, the face plate having a front surface and an opposing back surface. The termination, in this embodiment, further includes an exhaust termination portion extending from the back surface in the exhaust region, the exhaust termination portion capable of engaging a terminal end of a variety of different size exhaust conduits associated with a furnace. The termination, in this embodiment, further includes an opening extending through the face plate in the exhaust region, the opening aligned with the exhaust termination portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Kumar Lalit