Patents Examined by Mark H Paschall
  • Patent number: 11178746
    Abstract: In the case of the nozzle protection cap (7) according to the invention for a plasma arc torch (1), is arranged and fastened at the outside on the tip of the plasma arc torch (1), at which a plasma jet emerges from the plasma arc torch (1) through nozzle-like openings (4a, 7a). The nozzle protection cap (7) is produced from an iron alloy including sulfur in a fraction of at least 0.05%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jens Friedel, Timo Grundke, Volker Krink
  • Patent number: 11160939
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a microfluidic vaporizer, an aerosol delivery device that may include such vaporizer, and methods for forming an aerosol. A microfluidic vaporizer can comprise a substrate that defines: a reservoir configured to hold a liquid; a heater adapted to vaporize the liquid; and a capillary channel configured for movement of the liquid from the reservoir to the heater. An aerosol delivery device can comprise a shell and a microfluidic vaporizer. The microfluidic vaporizer and aerosol delivery device can be used for forming aerosols with precise and reproducible compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Benson Sears, Michael F. Davis, Karen V. Taluskie, Yi-Ping Chang, Eric Taylor Hunt, Andries Don Sebastian
  • Patent number: 11160157
    Abstract: Approaches herein provide a system for determining whether one or more consumable parts of a plasma device has been removed or replaced while the plasma device and associated sensors lie dormant or are no longer receiving data, e.g., when the plasma device is power-off. The approaches herein determine whether certain types of data stored in a controller's memory are still valid, for example, for the purposes of determining degradation and/or end-of-life of the consumable parts. In the case that one or more consumable parts has been serviced or replaced, the data stored in the controller memory may no longer be considered valid for the consumable part(s). In one approach, the controller determines a status of a switch or a conformal film in the device following start-up, and determines, based on the position of the switch or the conformal film, whether the consumable part has been removed or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Roger H. Lambert, Ryan T. Lynaugh, David C. Griffin, Andrew J. Raymond
  • Patent number: 11134721
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes: a first series circuit; a second series circuit connected in parallel with the first series circuit; a first operational amplifier including a non-inversion input terminal connected to one of a first node and a second node, and an inversion input terminal connected to the other of the first node and the second node; and an adjustment circuit connected to the first operational amplifier and configured to prevent a differential input value of the first operational amplifier from being equal to a potential of a negative power supply terminal of the first operational amplifier or a minimum value acquirable by the first operational amplifier, in a state where a potential of the node connected to the non-inversion input terminal is less than a potential of the node connected to the inversion input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Marubashi, Hajime Fujita
  • Patent number: 11134559
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid-cooled melting tool that can be used in methods and systems for manufacturing objects by additive manufacturing techniques, especially titanium and titanium alloy objects. In some configurations, the melting tool is configured to be a plasma transferred arc (PTA) torch and the deposition rate can be increased by increasing the flow rate of electric charge through the electrode made possible by the dual circuit cooling design of the torch. The fluid-cooled melting tools provided herein exhibit stable and repeatable PTA characteristics over wide range of current including current of 400 amps or more, whether pulsed or non-pulsed, and plasma gas flow inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Norsk Titanium AS
    Inventors: Ferdinand Stempfer, Tom-Erik Falla, Brede Vigdal
  • Patent number: 11130559
    Abstract: A heater panel includes a face layer. A heater/dielectric layer includes a heater layer between a pair of dielectric layers. The face layer is bonded to a first one of the dielectric layers. A ballistic structure is bonded to a second one of the dielectric layers. The face layer can be bonded directly to the first one of the dielectric layers with a film adhesive. The ballistic structure can be bonded directly to the second one of the dielectric layers with a film adhesive. The ballistic structure can be configured to withstand at least a 5.56 mm bullet impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Galdemir Cezar Botura, Chris Cojocar, Anthony Paul Digiacomo, Robert Dodson
  • Patent number: 11131502
    Abstract: A system for heating a fluid and an electromagnetic acoustic transducer EMAT system is provided. Both systems have a drive circuit. The amount of heat and the amplitude (and acceleration) of the vibrations is respectively controllable by controlling an input to a terminal of a switch. The heating system comprises a porous graphite foam conductor which is exposed to an electromagnetic field generated by an oscillating circuit. When exposed, the foam conductor conducts induced electric current which heats the same and a fluid in contact with the conductor. The EMAT system comprises at least one magnet configured to generate a static magnetic field, an oscillating circuit and a working element. The working element, when exposed to the static magnetic field and the electromagnetic field produced by the oscillating circuit, vibrates against a load. The vibrations dry the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Roger A. Kisner, Christi R. Johnson, Frederick K. Reed
  • Patent number: 11116069
    Abstract: A high power DC steam plasma torch system (S) includes a steam plasma torch assembly (1) wherein superheated steam (46) is used as the main plasma forming gas, thereby resulting in a very reactive steam plasma plume. The superheated steam (46) is injected internally directly into the plasma plume via a ceramic lined steam feed tube (25) for reducing condensation of steam before reaching the plasma plume. The superheated steam (46) flows through a gas vortex (16) which has tangentially drilled holes thereby resulting in a high speed gas swirl that minimizes electrode erosion. In the present steam plasma torch system (S), the plasma torch assembly (1) is ignited using an ignition contactor which is housed external to the plasma torch assembly (1). The superheated steam (46) is injected into the plasma plume using a water cooled steam vortex generator assembly (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Pyrogenesis Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana Mydala Prahlada Rao, Jocelyn Remillard, Pierre Carabin
  • Patent number: 11110550
    Abstract: System for 2D and 3D metal processing with fiber optic laser and plasma, that includes CNC for cutting metal plates with fiber optic laser and plasma and a robot arm for cutting and welding metals with fiber optic laser. The system is characterized because it includes three processes in one single equipment: metal cutting with fiber optic laser, metal cutting with plasma and metal welding with fiber optic laser. The equipment has a computer numerical control (CNC) system and a working area of 1200×3000 mm for cutting metals; it has two cutting heads, one for fiber optic laser and one for plasma as well as one 360° rotating robot arm on which the laser welding head or the laser cutting head can be placed for 3D welding, or cutting circular or rectangular pipes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LASER TECH, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Sofia Elizabeth Acosta Ortiz, Jose Alberto Arellano Acosta
  • Patent number: 11103962
    Abstract: A method for controlling a start of a metalworking operation. The method includes detecting an initial contact between a wire being fed from a welding apparatus and a workpiece and, in response to the detection, halting feeding of the wire from the welding apparatus. The method further includes activating a high energy heat source configured to heat a tip of the wire and resuming the feeding of the wire from the welding apparatus when the tip of the wire is heated by the high energy heat source to a plastic state. The feeding of the wire is resumed by measuring a force feedback from the wire contacting the workpiece. An apparatus for implementing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Dustin Wagner, William Giese, Rick Hutchison, Erik Miller, James Uecker
  • Patent number: 11109475
    Abstract: A consumable assembly for a plasma arc torch is provided, the consumable assembly including an electrode provided within an interior of a nozzle. The electrode may include a sidewall having one or more fluid passageways formed therethrough, an end wall extending from a distal end of the sidewall, and a central cavity defined by an inner surface of the sidewall and the end wall, the central cavity extending between distal and proximal ends of the electrode. The electrode may further include a heat removal element extending into the central cavity from the inner surface of the sidewall. In one embodiment, the consumable assembly includes a current and gas conduit at the proximal end of the electrode, the current and gas conduit including an interior bore radially aligned with the electrode for collectively delivering a plasma gas, a shield gas, and a vent gas into the central cavity of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: THE ESAB GROUP INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Nowak
  • Patent number: 11098904
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electric heating element is disclosed, including an electrically resistive inner heating element, an electrically resistive outer heating element, and a thermostat positioned along a cold leg of the inner heating element. The thermostat is configured to selectively allow electrical current to be delivered to the inner heating element while maximum electrical current, for example, continues to be provided to the outer heating element. The thermostat cycles the electrical current on and off when detecting maximum and minimum desired temperatures radiated from the electric heating element. The inner heating element has a pair of cold legs that extend parallel to a pair of cold legs of the outer heating element, some or all of which may be supported by a terminal bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: BACKER EHP INC., WAKO (USA) INC.
    Inventors: Stacy Springer, Dan Maxwell, Shahid Ikram, Mitch Taylor, Zachary Newcomb
  • Patent number: 11096424
    Abstract: A controlling apparatus able to warn a user as to an old or malfunctioning atomizer head applied to an electronic cigarette, with a control method. A first detecting device detects value aN of loss factor when atomizing head operates for the Nth time, a timer records N times of operating and operating duration tN. A storage stores a loss calculation formula, a preset threshold value of the accumulated total loss DN, and loss data as to previous use of current atomizer head. A processor can acquire aN, N and tN, and loss calculation formula, and the loss data to calculate the operating loss dN and the total loss DN, then store dN and DN. Total loss DN is compared with the preset threshold value, and an alarming device transmits alarm signal if DN is equal to or greater than the preset threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Wei-Hua Qiu
  • Patent number: 11100786
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for sensor bypass. Activation may be received at a bypass input of an entry point sensor of a security system while the entry point sensor is in an armed mode. The entry point sensor may detect that the entry point monitored by the entry point sensor is closed. The entry point sensor may enter into a bypass mode. Detection by the entry point sensor of an opening of the entry point while the entry point sensor is in the bypass mode may not result in the generation of an alarm by the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Sourav Raj Dey, Mark Rajan Malhotra, Yash Modi, Kristoffer John Donhowe
  • Patent number: 11089818
    Abstract: A heater for a vaporizer with air preheating element includes a casing, a tunnel with a perforated bottom, which is a cylindrical heating chamber for placing a cigarette, a heating element of a resistive type, a heat exchanger, including air channels for circulation and preheating of air by a heater, a top end and a bottom end, an air intake hole made in the top end. Outlet holes are communicated with exits of air channels of the heat exchanger for intake of air preheated by the heater in the tunnel. The casing is made in the form of a tape of a thin-film dielectric heat-resistant material, on which a thin layer of resistive material with contacts is applied on the end of one side, forming the heating element, and on the other side a top and bottom spacers are fixed and inclined toward the middle, as well as the edging, which are made of flexible heat-resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph Fuisz, Richard Fuisz, Anatolii Gordovskyi, Yurii Lypskyi
  • Patent number: 11089669
    Abstract: A torch for use in analytic instruments includes a tube subassembly with substantially cylindrical nested inner and outer tubes with coincident central axes, the inner tube having a terminus. The torch also includes a removable injector extending at least partially in the inner tube and having an alignment feature, an inlet, an outlet, and a central axis that is coincident with the central axes of the inner and outer tubes, a seal having a channel for accommodating a portion of the injector, and a base for supporting the tube subassembly, injector, and seal. The seal has a complementary feature to engage the alignment feature of the injector to prevent axial misalignment of the injector and maintain a fixed gap between the terminus of the inner tube and the outlet of the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Luke Sparkes
  • Patent number: 11084118
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of all-position plasma welding process for titanium alloy pipeline, which may be used for welding a titanium alloy pipeline made of TA2 or TC4, with a wall thickness of 3˜16 mm, and a pipe diameter of 108 mm or more. When the wall thickness is 3˜9 mm, a keyhole type technology may be used for one-time welding formation, and when the wall thickness is 9˜16 mm, grooving treatment needs to be performed for the pipeline, and the keyhole type technology is used for backing welding, and then filling welding and covering welding are performed using filler wire welding through a melt-in technology. The method includes following steps: S1: performing pre-welding treatment for the pipeline; S2: clamping the pipeline; S3: setting welding parameters; S4: starting the welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Chunlin Dong, Chunfu Guo, Dan Liu, Weiqiang Sun, Boyan Liu, Yaoyong Yi, Shida Zheng, Jianglong Yi, Su Li, Ben Niu, Yanggui Xin, Xianghui Ren
  • Patent number: 11079116
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for restricting the rotation of a dial control knob on the high setting of an electric cooking range using one of three methods. The first method adds a detent stop internally to the switch. The second method adds a detent stop externally attaching to the control panel behind the top burner knob. Both of the aforementioned methods are designed to prevent rotation of the control knob to a maximum of 227° rotation. A third limits the on/off cycling of the top element switch while in operation to reduce the overall output of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Gary A Siburt
  • Patent number: 11077906
    Abstract: A Method and Apparatus for Heating and Cooling a Motorcycle Seat have been disclosed. In one implementation a plurality of heating and cooling elements are used to affect heating and cooling a motorcycle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Hanagan, Rick Walterson
  • Patent number: 11071404
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (100) for adjusting the heating power of at least one heating element (40) of a domestic appliance (10), wherein the domestic appliance (10) includes a temperature sensor (50) for measuring a temperature (T) in a receiving space (20) of the domestic appliance (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Wenjie Yan, Torsten Lang, Christiane Stach, Stefan Kraut-Reinkober