Patents Examined by Leonid Fastovsky
  • Patent number: 7560664
    Abstract: A thermal garment that utilizes an electrically-conductive, all metal mesh fabric for the uniform distribution of heat throughout the surface area of the garment, thus permitting freedom of movement without sacrifice to the structural integrity of the fabric, a seemingly prevalent prior art disadvantage recognized in thermal garments incorporating electrical heating wires and/or metalized textile fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventors: Ancil Ford, Burnette Ford
  • Patent number: 7423239
    Abstract: A laminated panel element that includes at least two rigid panes, for example glass panes, bonded to each other on their surfaces, which are each provided, over their whole surface, with an electrically conductive coating that can be heated by application of a voltage via electrodes. One of the two rigid panes is provided with a cut-out allowing the passage of external electrical connections that are in electrical contact with the two coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventor: Detlef Mann
  • Patent number: 7365288
    Abstract: A heater assembly for a dryer is stably assembled and reduces noise. The heater assembly for a dryer includes hot wires electrically heated an insulator provided with a groove at the center, having lower and upper portions into which the hot wires are fixed, and a partition plate including an insertion hole into which the insulator is inserted and at least one clamp portion provided at the rim of the insertion hole and fixed into the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Chul Bang
  • Patent number: 7361868
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an electrical heating device, especially for motor vehicles, including a closed frame (2) which include rails (3, 4) and cross rails (5, 6), heating elements (7) which include elements made of electrically conductive plastic layers (18) having PCT effect, which are arranged between contact plates (15, 16), heat-conducting secondary surface elements (8) that can be overflown by air and at least one electrically conductive spring element (9), wherein the heating elements (7) and the secondary surface elements (8) are alternatingly arranged next to one another and are braced against each other by the rails (3, 4) and a spring element (9) placed centrally which replaces the secondary surface element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignees: Behr GmbH & Co. KG, Behr France S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Jürgen Otto, Michel Brun, Yannik Laumonnerie, Grégory Lucas, Pascal Miss, Mathieu Mougey, Christophe Schmittheisler
  • Patent number: 7355153
    Abstract: A liner unit for a microwave oven. The liner unit has a plurality of disposable liners in a stack and which are adhered to each other to be peeled off each other. Each liner is disposable and will protect the interior surfaces of the oven against splatters and spills. After use, the liner is simply peeled off the stack of liners and discarded. Each of the liners has openings associated with a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Pasquale J. Nuzzolillo
  • Patent number: 7339138
    Abstract: A supporting rack includes arranged rods arranged to form a planar grid pattern and connection device to allow for modification in the overall space occupied by the rack. In a preferred embodiment, a rack for use in a conventional domestic cooking oven is formed of perpendicularly disposed rods of material such as stainless steel suitable for withstanding the temperatures to which such an oven may be subjected and has an outer frame capable of interfacing with support inside oven walls, and generally centrally disposed hinged mechanism to allow folding of the portions of the rack to reduce its size and facilitate handling when performing tasks such as cleaning the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Jean Gillis Brooks
  • Patent number: 7335857
    Abstract: A rod-shaped heating element with a tubular carrier element attached to a cylindrical carrier ring and to the rod-shaped heating element using a magnetic forming process, the carrier ring and the rod-shaped heating element being within the tubular carrier element with the outer circumferential surface of the carrier ring contacting the inner circumferential surface of the tubular carrier element. As a result of the parts having been joined by magnetic forming, they are in a plastically deformed state which is free of thermal treatment effects and scuffing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Beru AG
    Inventor: Martin Eller
  • Patent number: 7332695
    Abstract: A carbon heating element having an arbitrary specific resistance and an arbitrary shape which are arbitrary necessary as a heating element, and a method of producing the same. The carbon heating element is obtained by uniformly dispersing one or at least two metal or metalloid compounds into a composition having shapability and showing a high yield of a carbon residue after firing, shaping the dispersed material-containing mixture thus obtained, and firing the shaped material under a nonoxidizing atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Suda, Osamu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7332693
    Abstract: Functional elements, particularly PTC heating elements, are braced in a hollow reception means, such as a profile tube. The reception means have two at least partly concave top wall areas facing one anther and flat sides of the functional elements and in this way permits a bracing of the functional elements, in that side walls of the reception means, extending substantially perpendicular to the concave top wall areas, are subject to the action of a pressing pressure. In the free space areas defined by the concave top walls can be fitted ends of attachment parts, such as metal lamellas, which are clamped in the same operation, according to the invention, during the bracing of the functional elements. This makes it possible in a simple manner to manufacture assembled devices, particularly electric heating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignees: Eichenauer Heizelemente GmbH & Co. KG, Beru AG
    Inventor: Andreas Hamburger
  • Patent number: 7329842
    Abstract: A ceramic heater including a plate member made of insulating ceramics in which one or more pair(s) of through-holes are formed, a rod member made of conductive ceramics with a power-supply terminal at one end. The rod member is inserted into the through hole in the plate member. A conductive layer made of conductive ceramics is formed on the plate member; and a coating layer made of insulating ceramics is formed on the conductive layer. One end face of the rod member has a same plane with a main surface of the plate member, the conductive layer has a heater pattern formed on the main surface of the plate member, and the rod members are electrically insulated not to be short-circuited to each other in the opposite main surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuma Kushihashi, Noboru Kimura, Masaki Seki
  • Patent number: 7326895
    Abstract: A spatter guard for covering food in an oven. The guard includes: a first shell configured to cover food, having: a first semi-hemispherical barrier member with a plurality of apertures therein. Additionally, there is a second shell is pivotally coupled to the first shell to substantially form a hemispherical barrier and an array of substantially parallel semi-hemispherical barriers. The array includes a second semi-hemispherical barrier member with a plurality of apertures therein. Moreover, the first shell has a plurality of protrusions extending downwardly from a bottom of the first hemispherical barrier member to space the first shell from a surface. Further, there is a flange that extends outwardly from a bottom of the first hemispherical barrier member. Further, the second shell has a protrusion extending outwardly therefrom and is configured to be used as a handle for actuating the second shell between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Bradley J. Henderson
  • Patent number: 7307242
    Abstract: A heating device includes a warming member, a battery set, and a control mechanism; the warming member consists of a sheaf of highly resistant filaments, and several spaced-apart conductive wires, which are positioned among, wrapped in, and connected in series to the sheaf of highly resistant filaments; front and rearmost ones of the conductive wires are connected to a battery set, and a control mechanism is connected to the battery set for controlling electric current provided by the battery set; the highly resistant filaments will serve as warming portions of the warming member; the warming portions of the warming member are arranged on inner lateral sides of front portions of finger portions of a glove such that when one wears the glove, the warming portions will be on two lateral sides of first and second sections of the wearer's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: MEC Addheat Company
    Inventor: Chien-Chou Chen
  • Patent number: 7265322
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a plastic pane provided with embedded electrical conductors, in particular a window pane, in which the conductors are joined to a surface of a plastic sheet that subsequently receives another layer of plastic by injection molding from the rear for the purpose of forming a pane body. In the process the material of the plastic sheet and the injection-molded plastic are joined together directly by mutual adhesion, and the surface of the plastic sheet that is located on the opposite side from the conductors forms one of the outer faces of the finished pane. The electrical conductors are formed by furnishing the surface of the plastic sheet with at least one metal wire which is to be exposed to the rear injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Freeglass GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerald Aengenheyster, Luc-Henry Blanche
  • Patent number: 7265324
    Abstract: A flexible heating sheet is composed of two heat fusible aromatic polyimide films and an electric heating element having an electric source-connecting terminal at each end which intervenes between the heat fusible aromatic polyimide films, in which each heat fusible aromatic polyimide film is covered with a heat resistant aromatic polyimide film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Ube Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Ozawa, Shigeru Yamamoto, Michimasa Shimizu, Shuichi Hashiguchi, Hideharu Watakabe
  • Patent number: 7230212
    Abstract: A golf ball heating appliance for heating 4 or more golf balls to an average temperature of between 40° C. and 55° C. during an active heating period of 30 minutes or less has a lower thermally conductive and an upper non-thermally conductive receptacle for receiving a plurality of golf balls and includes an electrical heating element capable of delivering at least 4 watts of power per ball during the active heating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Rocky Research
    Inventors: Paul Sarkisian, Uwe Rockenfeller
  • Patent number: 7208706
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shrinking device for shrinking a rotary tool into a central receiving opening of a toolholder which holds said rotary tool in a press fit. The device an induction heating device for thermally expanding the toolholder in the area of the receiving opening. A cooling device with at least one cooling collar which can be placed on the toolholder, in physical contact with the same, and through which a liquid coolant can flow, is provided for cooling the receiving opening area of the toolholder. This liquid cooling considerably reduces the overall time span needed for the shrinking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Haimer GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Haimer, Josef Haimer, Wolfgang Kügle
  • Patent number: 7205506
    Abstract: A glow plug having a heat range indicated by a colored insulating ring. The insulating ring, along with first and second washers, insulates a central electrode from a glow plug body. Electrical insulation is provided by anodizing the insulating ring. A colored anodizing is used on the insulating ring which is visible from the top of the glow plug, which colored anodizing is indicative of the heat range of the glow plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Steven B. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7202443
    Abstract: Electric heating/warming composite fabric articles have at least a fabric layer having inner and outer surfaces, and an electric heating/warming element, formed, e.g., of die cut, metallized textile or plastic sheeting or metal foil, affixed at the inner surface of the fabric layer and adapted to generate heating/warming when connected to a power source. A barrier layer may be positioned, for example, adjacent to the inner surface of the fabric layer; e.g., with the electric heating/warming element formed thereupon, including to protect the electric circuit, e.g. against abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Malden Mills Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Vikram Sharma
  • Patent number: 7193178
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for controlling the heating of an oxygen sensor in a motor vehicle. The apparatus comprises an oxygen sensor for measuring oxygen levels in exhaust gases of a motor vehicle. The oxygen sensor comprising a heater rod, an outer electrode surrounding the heater rod, and a shell surrounding the outer electrode and configured for mounting the oxygen sensor in the motor vehicle. A first electrical connection coupled to the outer electrode and a second electrical connection coupled to the shell are configured to facilitate measurement of capacitance between the outer electrode and the shell during operation of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Sell, John W. Siekkinen
  • Patent number: 7166822
    Abstract: A device for heating and warming food featuring a base with a central member axially projecting it surface which provides heat from its exterior surface. The base is cooperatively engageable with one or a plurality of cooking containers having central cavities adapted to frictionally engage the central member thereby heating food in the containers from a central axis. Secondary cooking containers are engageable to axial projections in the primary cooking contains to allow two foods to be heated at the same time from a central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventors: Peter Chung-Yuan Chang, Steven Chang