Patents Examined by Melvin Jones
  • Patent number: 10744857
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an air conditioning system for a vehicle including the steps of: calculating a water collection quantity in an evaporator during the operating period of a cooling mode of the air conditioning system, calculating a quantity of drainage water from the evaporator, determining a quantity of water present in the evaporator at a certain point in time, and comparing the determined quantity of water in the evaporator with a predetermined limit value at the point in time of starting the vehicle or at the point in time of starting the ventilation mode of the air conditioning system. The cooling mode of the air conditioning system is activated if the limit value is exceeded and otherwise the ventilation mode of the air conditioning system is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Mayer, Markus Markowitz, Dietmar Fischer
  • Patent number: 10634418
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator which includes a rear duct including a first guide passage configured to guide cold air generated in an evaporator and a cooling discharge port through which the cold air is discharged from the first guide passage to the inside of a storage compartment to cool the storage compartment, an upper duct including a second guide passage coupled with the first guide passage and an air curtain discharge port through which the cold air is discharged from the second guide passage to a front opening of the storage compartment to form an air curtain at the front opening of the storage compartment, and a blade to close or open the air curtain discharge port and which may form an effective air curtain with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Il Sung Bae, Joo Hee Song, Joo Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 10627152
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration appliance has a housing in which there is formed at least one receiving space for food that is delimited by walls of an internal container. An icemaker has an external housing that is separate from the internal container and that is preferably inserted in an inset region of the internal container and that has a charging opening. A separate frame is arranged on a front edge of the external housing. The separate frame delimits the charging opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Ehninger, Prashantagouda Hosamani, Klaus Maier, Robert Stahl
  • Patent number: 10627149
    Abstract: There is provided improved utilisation of the cooling capacity in dry ice. An apparatus comprises at least one sealed container for dry ice enclosed within another sealed container, wherein the at least one sealed container for dry ice is operatively connected to a storage container for cooling the storage container to a target temperature or to a target temperature range by sublimed dry ice from the at least one sealed container for dry ice, and the at least one sealed container for dry ice is operatively connected to said another sealed container for conducting sublimed dry ice from the at least one sealed container for dry ice to said another sealed container, when the target temperature of the storage container is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: VAKAVA TECHNOLOGIES LTD OY
    Inventors: Arto Pitsinki, Mikko Ranta
  • Patent number: 10627158
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing the efficiency of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, as well as facilitating coproduction of electric power, and compressed natural gas (CNG) are described. The systems and methods facilitate producing an intermediate LNG at a higher temperature, recovering refrigeration from flash gas and boil-off gas from the LNG, using flash-gas and boil-off gas as fuel to generate electric power, and providing LNG, CNG, and electric power to a vehicle fueling facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Repasky, David Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10618439
    Abstract: An occupant armrest is configured for use in a vehicle. The occupant armrest includes a substrate, a cover, and a thermoelectric module. The substrate is configured to support an arm of an occupant of the vehicle. The cover is arranged around the substrate. The thermoelectric module is configured to provide at least one of heating and cooling the arm of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Chad W. Durkee, Shaun D. Tait, Charles J. Cauchy
  • Patent number: 10619916
    Abstract: A refrigeration device includes a thermal transfer unit with an evaporative region, an adiabatic region, and a condensing region with a reversible valve attached to the adiabatic region. The device includes a container sealed around PCM, with a set of refrigeration coils of a compressor unit in thermal contact with the PCM. A storage region is in thermal contact with the evaporative region of the thermal transfer unit. A controller is operably connected to the reversible valve and the refrigeration compressor unit. The storage region can be used to store cold packs within a predetermined temperature range for medical outreach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Fong-Li Chou, Roderick T. Hinman, Jennifer Ezu Hu, Fridrik Larusson, Shieng Liu, Brian L. Pal, Matthew W. Peters, Nels R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10619898
    Abstract: A water recirculation system operates in a primary mode for evaporatively cooling air. When the water recirculation mode malfunctions, the controller switches a secondary once-through mode. The system includes a sump for collecting water run-off from the evaporative pads, and a pump in fluid communication with the sump. The pump transfers moisture from the sump to the distribution arrangement located at the top of the evaporative pads during the recirculation mode. An automatically operated make-up water valve delivers water to a distribution arrangement on the evaporative pads. A moisture distribution arrangement distributes moisture to the evaporative pads and an automatically operated sump drain valve retains water in the sump when closed and freely drains water from the sump when open. A water level control communicates the sump water level to a control system. A monitoring mechanism detects whether the water-recirculation system has malfunctioned or is operating correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BALTIMORE AIRCOIL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Philip Hollander, Gregory Martell, Wim Uytterhoeven, Thomas Van Dijck, David Andrew Aaron
  • Patent number: 10602755
    Abstract: A machine for making liquid or semi-liquid products comprises: a first container adapted to contain a first liquid or semi-liquid basic product; a first stirrer, mounted inside the first container; a second container connected to the first container to receive therefrom the first liquid or semi-liquid basic product; a pipe connecting the first container to the second container; a second stirrer, mounted inside the second container; a pump, having a first inlet duct, connected to the first container in order to draw the first liquid or semi-liquid basic product, a second, air inlet duct, and an outlet connected to the connecting pipe, the pump being also configured to mix the first liquid or semi-liquid basic product with air by compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ALI GROUP S.R.L. - CARPIGIANI
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 10596586
    Abstract: There is provided an energy recovery device for recovering energy from exhaust air which flows through a discharge line. The energy recovery device includes a heat exchanger device having at least a first heat exchanger unit and a heat pump, wherein the heat pump is connected at the high-temperature side thereof to the first heat exchanger unit and is arranged at the low-temperature side thereof in the exhaust air flow in the exhaust air flow direction downstream of the first heat exchanger unit or is connected at the low-temperature side thereof to a second heat exchanger unit which is connected downstream of the first heat exchanger unit in the exhaust air flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Manfred Rick
  • Patent number: 10598421
    Abstract: A stopper of an ice bucket may be for promptly stopping withdrawal of ice when a command for withdrawal of ice from the ice bucket is stopped. The stopper may be configured such that a plunger enters a rotation trajectory of a blade, at a time when the plunger needs to be moved so as to promptly stop the blade by the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sung Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10591192
    Abstract: There are provided a heat exchange apparatus and an air conditioner in which an occurrence of uneven refrigerant distribution of a heat exchanger is reduced such that heat exchange performance improves. The heat exchange apparatus includes: a heat-transfer pipe through which a refrigerant flows; a heat exchanger in which a plurality of the heat-transfer pipes are connected to one another; a distributor that distributes the refrigerant to the plurality of heat-transfer pipes; an inflow pipe that causes the refrigerant to flow into the distributor; and a confluent pipe which is connected to an intermediate position of the inflow pipe and in which the refrigerant flowing through an inside thereof is to merge with the refrigerant flowing through an inside of the inflow pipe. A merging part between the inflow pipe and the confluent pipe is positioned in the vicinity of the distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.
    Inventors: Atsuhiko Yokozeki, Hiroaki Tsuboe, Yoshiharu Tsukada, Yuki Arai
  • Patent number: 10584914
    Abstract: A vacuum adiabatic body includes a first plate; a second plate; a seal; a support; a heat resistance unit; and an exhaust port, wherein the heat resistance unit includes a conductive resistance sheet connected to the first plate, the conductive resistance sheet resisting heat conduction flowing along a wall for the third space, the conductive resistance sheet includes a shielding part for heat-insulating the conductive resistance sheet by shielding a first surface of the conductive resistance sheet, and a second surface of the conductive resistance sheet is heat-insulated by the third space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wonyeong Jung, Deokhyun Youn, Daewoong Kim
  • Patent number: 10563909
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having a quick fill dispenser to rapidly fill a container. The refrigerator may include a water storage receptacle. The water storage receptacle may be in fluid communication with a water filter. The water storage receptacle may dispense water at a flow rate greater than the flow rate entering the water storage receptacle. A valve may be downstream of the water storage receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Scalf, Robert Digman, Paul Staun
  • Patent number: 10551111
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator. First and second inner containers (110, 120) are respectively provided with first and second tube evaporators (210) in the inside thereof. The first and second inner containers (110, 120) are respectively provided with first and second winding tube evaporators (310, 320) on the outside thereof. First connecting tubes protrude from the first inner container (110) at two ends of the first tube evaporator (210), and the first winding tube evaporator (310) is connected to one of the first connecting tubes. Second connecting tubes protrude from the second inner container (120) at two ends of the second tube evaporator, the second winding tube evaporator (320) is connected to one of the second connecting tubes, and the other of the first connecting tubes is connected to the other of the second connecting tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: HEFEI MIDEA REFRIGERATOR CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianchun Meng, Zhongcheng Fang, Qunna Rui, Guofu Wu
  • Patent number: 10544982
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a cabinet having a storage compartment, an inner case (10) configured to define an external appearance of the storage compartment, a first door pivotably installed to the cabinet, the first door being configured to open or close one side of the storage compartment, a second door pivotably installed to the cabinet, the second door being configured to open or close a remaining side of the storage compartment, the second door having a pillar (100) configured to be rotated so as to come into contact with the first door, and a transfer member (1000) provided inside the inner case (10) so as to guide rotation of the pillar (100) by detecting rotation of the second door, and the pillar (100) is spaced apart from both a top wall of the inner case and a bottom wall of the inner case (10) so as not to come into contact with the inner case (10) in a state in which the second door seals the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyunbum Kim, Jindong Kim, Jihyun Im, Sanggyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10544986
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for increasing the capacity and efficiency of natural gas liquefaction processes by debottlenecking the refrigerant compression system. A secondary compression circuit comprising at least one double flow compressor is provided in parallel fluid flow communication with at least a portion of a primary compression circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Gerard Wehrman, Gowri Krishnamurthy, Mark Julian Roberts
  • Patent number: 10539364
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for increasing the efficiency of liquefied natural gas production and heavy hydrocarbon distillation. In one embodiment, air within an LNG production facility can be utilized as a heat source to provide heat to HHC liquid for distillation in a HHC distillation system. The mechanism of heat transfer from the air can be natural convection. In another embodiment, heat provided by natural gas, or compressed natural gas, can be used for HHC distillation. In other embodiments, various other liquids can be used to transfer heat to HHC liquid for distillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John Michael Repasky
  • Patent number: 10537098
    Abstract: A container for containing a freezing bag filled with biological tissue and for cooling and warming the freezing bag. The container includes a main body possessing an inner surface, a first side surface and a second side surface positioned opposite the first side surface. The main body is substantially rectangular parallelepiped shaped. The container includes at least one opening in at least one of the first side surface and the second side surface of the container, and at least two ridges spaced apart from one another on the inner surface of the container to create an air gap between the spaced apart ridges, the inner surface of the container and the outer surface of the freezing bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10539334
    Abstract: The present invention achieves a moisture absorbing material which enables efficient dehumidification without supercooling or large heat quantity; and a dehumidifier in which the moisture absorbing material is used. The moisture absorbing material can be a dried product of a polymer gel in which an interpenetrating polymer network structure or a semi-interpenetrating polymer network structure is formed by (a) a stimuli-responsive polymer whose affinity with water changes reversibly in response to an external stimulus and (b) a hydrophilic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, THE SCHOOL CORPORATION KANSAI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Nobuki Sakikawa, Takashi Miyata, Kazuya Matsumoto