Patents Examined by Mark Paschall
  • Patent number: 10375811
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to devices, systems and methods that comprise asymmetric induction devices. In some instances, the device can include a plurality of plate electrodes which can be spaced asymmetrically or a plurality of coils which can be spaced asymmetrically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Health Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J Morrisroe
  • Patent number: 10281215
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for controlling the heating of the base within a chemical vapour deposition chamber, which apparatus is applicable to an MOCVD reaction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO-FABRICATION EQUIPMENT INC, SHANGHAI
    Inventors: Baoxia Tian, Steven Tianxiao Lee, Yingbin Liu, Quanyong Guo
  • Patent number: 10272513
    Abstract: The ferritic stainless steel sheet contains, in mass%, C: 0.020% or less, Si: 0.6% or less, Mn: 0.5% or less, P: 0.04% or less, S: 0.010% or less, Al: 0.015% or more and 0.20% or less, Cr: 17.0% or more and 24.0% or less, Ni: less than 0.6%, N: 0.020% or less, Ca: 0.0002% or more and 0.0020% or less, and O: 0.0050% or less and further contains one or two selected from Ti: 0.01% or more and 0.45% or less and Nb: 0.01% or more and 0.55% or less, with the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities. The ferritic stainless steel sheet satisfies (Ti+NbĂ—48/93)/(C+N)?8.0 (where Ti, Nb, C, and N represent the contents (% by mass) of these elements, respectively).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Junichiro Hirasawa, Shin Ishikawa, Chikara Kami
  • Patent number: 10265878
    Abstract: A material handling system is presented having a frame member and a pair of fork members that form a holding area configured to receive sheet stock therein. The sheet stock includes a plurality of parts that are connected by small tabs of material. The material handling system is used to remove the sheet stock from a cutting tool and dislodge the parts from the sheet stock by impacting the sheet stock with the fork members by rotation or movement of the forks. This arrangement eliminates the need to remove individual parts from a cutting tool, and instead allows for removal of the sheet stock and parts in a single operation thereby improving the utilization rate of the cutting tool and streamlining the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: American Handling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Olson, Kyle J. Banwart, Jerome P. Schuller, Jereld A. Meiers, Peter L. Reis, Scott L. Frye, Ryan J. Sobkoweak, Joseph P. Schomaker
  • Patent number: 10271385
    Abstract: The invention of the application relates to obtaining a three dimensional coating on fabrics with dip coating method of silver nanowires, which allow fabric to breathe, do not limit the flexibility or restrict the use of the fabric, and heating these coatings with an applied voltage. Moreover, this coating also enables fabrics to be antibacterial and flame retardant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Husnu Emrah Unalan, Doga Doganay, Sahin Coskun
  • Patent number: 10262777
    Abstract: A novel compound having exponential temperature dependent electrical resistivity comprises an electrically insulating bulk material (11), electrically conductive particles (12) of a first kind, and electrically conductive particles (13) of a second kind covered by a lubricant. The bulk material holds the particles of the first and second kinds in place therein; the particles of the second kind are smaller than the particles of the first kind; the particles of the second kind are more in number than the particles of the first kind; and the particles of the second kind have higher surface roughness than the particles of the first kind, wherein the particles of the second kind comprise tips (13a) and the particles of the first kind comprise even surface portions (12a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Conflux AB
    Inventors: Tom Francke, Gunnar Nyberg
  • Patent number: 10260738
    Abstract: A steam generator using a plasma arc submerged in electrolyte including an electrode assembly for forming the plasma arc, an electrical power source to energize the electrode assembly and an electronic rectifier operatively connected between the power source and the terminal connections. The electronic rectifier comprises a controllable switch for rectifying an input voltage and a monitoring-controller connected to the controllable switch for controlling said controllable switch. The monitoring-controller engages the controllable switch upon sensing a substantially zero input voltage for initiating a gradual plasma arc, heating the electrolyte and generating steam therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Entreprise Electrique M.J.L. Inc.
    Inventors: Maxime Larouche, Jean-Louis Larouche
  • Patent number: 10260776
    Abstract: A method of controlling a heating system includes: providing a heater bundle comprising a plurality of heater assemblies, each heater assembly comprising a plurality of heater units, each heater unit defining at least one independently controlled heating zone; supplying power to each of the heater units through power conductors electrically connected to each of the independently controlled heating zones in each of the heater units; and modulating power supplied to each of the heater units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark Everly, Louis P. Steinhauser
  • Patent number: 10245674
    Abstract: A plasma cutting system is provided. The system includes a torch tip having a proximal end and a distal end defining a longitudinal axis extending therethrough. The torch tip includes a plasma plenum and a plasma arc exit orifice located at the distal end of the torch tip. The system includes a lead having a distal end configured for connection to the proximal end of the torch tip. The system also includes an atmospheric vent port disposed between the plasma arc exit orifice and the distal end of the lead. The system further includes a conduit fluidly connecting the plasma plenum and the atmospheric vent port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hypertherm, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Currier, Stephen M. Liebold
  • Patent number: 10247445
    Abstract: A heater system includes a heater bundle and a power supply device. The heater bundle includes a plurality of heater assemblies and a plurality of power conductors. The heater assembly includes a plurality of heater units, each heater unit defining at least one independently controlled heating zone. The power conductors are electrically connected to each of the independently controlled heating zones in each of the heater units. The power supply device is configured to modulate power to each of the independently controlled heater zones of the heater units through the power conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Everly, Louis P. Steinhauser
  • Patent number: 10245177
    Abstract: A temperature controlled blanket for providing dual warming and cooling zones. The temperature controlled blanket comprises a first layer of material, a second layer of material, and a seam, wherein the seam is disposed along a longitudinal axis of each layer of material, such that the seam defines a first portion and a second portion of the blanket. The first portion and the second portion each contain a panel comprising heating and cooling elements disposed between the first layer of material and second layer of material. The blanket further comprises at least one thermostat operably connected to each panel of the first portion and the second portion and a power source, wherein the at least one thermostat individually controls the heating and cooling elements of each panel. In an alternative embodiment, the first portion and the second portion of the second layer of material are made of two differing fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Eva Harvis
  • Patent number: 10244582
    Abstract: A heater element having an electrically insulating substrate, a buss layer made of a conductive material, and a resistive layer that includes a first patch of a first resistive material. The first buss layer has a first buss and a second buss extending from terminals of the heater element to a heating area of the heater element. The first resistive material is applied in a first selected location in the heating area so as to provide electrical communication between the first buss and the second buss and to enable an electrical current to flow through the first resistive material. The resistive layer includes a second patch of a second resistive material. The second patch is applied in a second selected location in the heating area so as to provide electrical communication between the first buss and the second buss, the second selected location being different from the first selected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventor: Pino Giuseppe Carenza
  • Patent number: 10236193
    Abstract: A substrate support is provided, is configured to support a substrate in a plasma processing chamber, and includes first, second and third insulative layers, conduits and leads. The first insulative layer includes heater zones arranged in rows and columns. The second insulative layer includes conductive vias. First ends of the conductive vias are connected respectively to the heater zones. Second ends of the conductive vias are connected respectively to power supply lines. The third insulative layer includes power return lines. The conduits extend through the second insulative layer and into the third insulative layer. The leads extend through the conduits and connect to the heater zones. The heater zones are connected to the power return lines by the leads and are configured to heat corresponding portions of the substrate to provide a predetermined temperature profile across the substrate during processing of the substrate in the plasma processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harmeet Singh, Keith Gaff, Neil Benjamin, Keith Comendant
  • Patent number: 10232460
    Abstract: A center pipe is used in a plasma torch for plasma cutting including a base portion and an electrode. The center pipe is inserted into the electrode and supplies cooling water into the electrode. The center pipe includes a pipe body and a contact piece. The pipe body is electrically connected to an electrical power source outside of the plasma torch via the base portion. The pipe body includes a cooling water channel therein. The pipe body is formed with an electrically conductive body. The contact piece is provided on the external circumferential surface of the pipe body and energizes the electrode through contact with the internal circumferential surface of the electrode. The contact piece has elasticity to produce a counterforce when pressed in the radial direction of the pipe body. The contact piece is formed with an electrically conductive body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Keita Kondo, Shigeo Morimoto, Katsuo Saio
  • Patent number: 10225887
    Abstract: An adaptable system for defogging a mirror in a steamy bathroom having a tube assembly with a plurality of openings with an impeller and a plurality of heating elements for blowing hot air through the openings onto the fogged mirror. In one example embodiment, the tube assembly has louvers directing the hot air from the openings. The system has a plurality of mounting assemblies configured for all types of mirrors operative for coupling to the tube assembly, such as a portable mounting assembly with a rechargeable battery that selectively attaches on or adjacent to a mirror. The system has an articulated arm mounting assembly in one example embodiment. The system has a mounting assembly fixture in another example embodiment. A kit comprises the tube assembly and at least one mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Frank Winters
  • Patent number: 10207351
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing welding type power is disclosed. A welding type power supply includes an input circuit, a controller and an output circuit. The input circuit receives an input power signal and provides an intermediate power signal. The output circuit receives the intermediate power signal and provides a welding type power output. The output circuit has an inverter with at least two inverter switches, and a clamp circuit that limits the voltage across the inverter. The clamp circuit captures and buffers the excess energy, and returns the excess energy to an input of the inverter over a plurality of switching cycles. The controller has control outputs connected to the input circuit and the output circuit, to control them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Joseph Henry
  • Patent number: 10212762
    Abstract: A driver selection type rapid heating control method is provided. In an eco-vehicle, when an off signal of a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) input pressed by a driver is received in response to detecting a heating signal while being driven in an electric vehicle mode (EV mode), the rapid heating is performed by an idling of an engine and an operation of a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater. When an on signal of the HEV input is detected, rapid heating is performed by a driving of an engine and the operation of the PTC heater. Thus, the rapid heating is performed with minimal fuel consumption against battery consumption under conversion into the EV mode, in particular, rapid windshield glass defrosting is performed for securing a field of view while driving by the driver selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Gyu-Sik Hong
  • Patent number: 10201186
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a device for controlling a heating element in electronic articles, and more particularly for controlling a heating element in electronic cigarettes. In one embodiment A system for controlling a heater can comprise a power source, a memory configured to store programming, an MCU, a solution, a heater configured to heat the solution, and a sensor. The power source, the memory, the MCU, the heater, and the sensor can be electrically coupled. The MCU can receive signals from the sensor and control the heater, and the MCU can be configured to use programming stored in the memory to control the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fontem Holdings 4 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, Michael Starman
  • Patent number: 10206248
    Abstract: Embodiments include a heated underbody support with electrosurgical grounding, such as a heated mattress, heated mattress overlay, or heated pad for supporting a person. The heated underbody support may include a flexible heating element formed of a sheet of conductive or semi-conductive material, a first bus bar along a first edge of the heating element adapted to receive a supply of electrical power, a second bus bar extending along the second edge of the heating element, and a temperature sensor. The heated underbody support may include a layer of compressible material adapted to conform to the person under pressure from the person resting upon the support located beneath the heating element. A water resistant shell may encase the heating element, the first and second bus bars, and the temperature sensor. A return electrode wire may be electrically connected to the flexible heating element to connect to an electrosurgical generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Scott A. Entenman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Garrett J. Augustine
  • Patent number: 10190468
    Abstract: A sensor element includes a sensor arrangement and a heating arrangement. The sensor arrangement can be heated by the heating arrangement. The heating arrangement has an electrically conductive heating structure which is at least partially electrically insulated from the sensor arrangement by electrical insulation having an electrically insulating material. The electrically insulating material has gas-tight sintered particles which have forsterite particles, spinel particles, or a mixture of forsterite particles and spinel particles. Such particles may have an average size D50 of less than or equal to about 200 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gudrun Oehler, Imke Heeren