Patents Examined by Michael A Laflame, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10994356
    Abstract: A welding device for remotely controlling welding power supply settings is provided. One embodiment of the welding device includes a welding pendant having a control panel configured to control a plurality of settings of a welding power supply. The control panel is not part of the welding power supply and the plurality of settings includes a welding current output by the welding power supply. The welding pendant also includes a welding power input configured to receive welding power and data from the welding power supply via a welding power cable. The welding power is combined with the data such that the data is provided over the welding power cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Markus M. Dantinne, Edward G. Beistle, Michael W. Roth, Anthony VanBergen Salsich
  • Patent number: 10993583
    Abstract: A cooking and processing appliance includes a container having a lid and a stirring mechanism for rotating at least one processing attachment of a plurality of processing attachments, a housing having a receptacle for receiving the container and having a motor in communication with the stirring mechanism, a heating structure disposed within the housing and a wall of the container, a heating activation system included within the housing and the container, wherein the heating structure defines a heating-active state when the container is received within the receptacle, a mixing activation system, wherein the motor defines a mixing active state when the container is received within the receptacle and the lid is in a closed position and a control in communication with the heating structure and the stirring mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Michael P. Conti, Jeffrey Loebig, Wan Liang
  • Patent number: 10994570
    Abstract: A method to permanently mark an item of laminated jewelry involves creating a laminate of two metals, and upper layer typically formed of a more precious metal such as gold, platinum or palladium that do not readily oxidize laminated onto the surface of a less precious metal, such as silver, which can be oxidized to create a dark color (e.g. black). A laser is used to create characters and/or designs in the upper layer by vaporizing portions thereof to effectively remove those portions. This exposes the upper surface of the less precious metal that does become oxidized. An oxidizer, such as liquid sulfur, is then used to blacken the silver, typically a dark gray. However, if more contrast is needed by making the marked text, designs etc. darker than gray a second step can be used by applying an additional oxidizing agent to turn the dark gray to substantially black.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Yianni Melas
  • Patent number: 10993576
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a beverage machine for preparing a single serving of a mixed beverage and a capsule for use with the machine. The capsule includes an open shell defining a reservoir for holding ingredients; a lid for sealing the open shell; and, a guide member disposed within the reservoir of the open shell configured to receive a liquid stream injected by an injection needle of a beverage machine when the lid is pierced by the injection needle and to guide the liquid stream to a mixing zone within the reservoir for mixing the liquid stream with the liquid held in the reservoir to prepare a single serving of mixed beverage to be dispensed from the reservoir via a dispensing needle of the beverage machine when the dispensing needle pierces the open shell . . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BARTESIAN INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Neil Stephen Fedorak, Jason Neevel, Kristopher Christensen, Jacob Edding, Art de Guzman, Nicol Alexander Boyd, Tomas Wilhelm Rosén
  • Patent number: 10994374
    Abstract: The laser processing machine includes a beam oscillation mechanism that oscillates a beam spot on a surface of a sheet metal. The control device controls the beam oscillation mechanism so as to oscillate the beam spot with an oscillation component in a direction orthogonal to a cutting direction of the sheet metal in a non-holding region, in which a holding portion of the conveyance apparatus for conveying a product is not held, when cutting the product from the sheet metal by irradiating the sheet metal with the laser beam. The non-holding region is at least a part of a periphery of a protrusion portion of the product, or at least a part of a periphery of a recess forming region in which a recess of the product is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: AMADA HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Yamanashi, Kouji Funaki, Dennis Pohle
  • Patent number: 10994369
    Abstract: A method of reducing photoelectron yield (PEY) and/or secondary electron yield (SEY) of a ceramic surface comprises applying pulsed laser radiation comprising a series of laser pulses emitted by a laser (4) to the surface of a target (10) to produce a periodic arrangement of structures on the surface of the target (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
    Inventor: Amin Abdolvand
  • Patent number: 10994372
    Abstract: The machine includes a working head with a focusing device arranged to focus a laser beam on the surface of a tube or profiled section to be worked, a carriage and a scanning system arranged to scan a portion of the outline of the cross-section of the tube or profiled section. The working head and laser scanning module are mounted on the carriage, and the carriage is able to translate with respect to the tube or profiled section in longitudinal and transverse directions such that the working head and laser scanning module translate with the carriage. The scanning system includes at least one laser scanning module including a laser emitter arranged to emit a light blade with which to illuminate a portion of the tube or profiled section and a camera arranged to acquire an image of the portion of tube or profiled section illuminated by the light blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ADIGE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Galvagnini, Giovanni Dalfollo, Paolo Benatti, Luca Cevasco, Claudio Cenati, Lorenzo Molinari Tosatti, Diego Parazzoli
  • Patent number: 10980308
    Abstract: A helmet has a helmet shell. The helmet shell defines an inner space and a passage. The passage has an open end. The passage fluidly communicates with the inner space via the open end. The helmet further comprises an electrical heating device. The electrical heating device is disposed within the helmet shell for heating the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Dutour
  • Patent number: 10980370
    Abstract: There is provided an indoor/outdoor tabletop grill appliance which uses quartz halogen tubes as radiant heating elements to provide cooking functionality combined with the aesthetics of the outdoor grilling experience. The invention provides the advantage of various forms of cooking that also speed up the cooking process: direct heat on the food item from the quartz halogen tubes, heat reflected back from the inner surfaces of the grilling chamber and onto the food item, convection heat directed about the food item due to the grilling chamber configuration and directed heat from the slotted platen this in contact with the food item received from the halogen tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Smith, Matthew Guckenberger
  • Patent number: 10964445
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for manufacturing a heating element, which includes the steps of: preparing a first bonding film; forming a conductive heating pattern on the first bonding film; and laminating a second bonding film and a transparent substrate on the first bonding film, where the second bonding film is disposed on a surface opposite to the surface provided with the conductive heating pattern of the first bonding film, and the conductive heating pattern is formed by using an adhesive film having an adhesive strength decrement of 30% or greater by an external stimulus based on adhesive strength before the external stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Eun Myung, Jooyeon Kim, Seung Heon Lee, Jiehyun Seong, Kiseok Lee
  • Patent number: 10955142
    Abstract: A cooking oven has a cooking cavity and a steam generating system. The steam generation system includes a water reservoir received and support in a reservoir-receiving space of a reservoir rack inside the cooking cavity. Thermal energy is provided to the water reservoir by a heater inside the cooking cavity. The heater can include thermal block made of a thermally conductive material in thermal communication with a heating element. The heater can be positioned such that it intimately contacts the water reservoir to deliver thermal energy thereto to convert water contained therein to steam, which can be used to cook a food item inside the cooking cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Swayne, Brendan McGinnis, Catherine L. May, Andrew Worley, Marco Carnevali, Alberto Dell'Olio, Paolo Faraldi
  • Patent number: 10945556
    Abstract: An appliance for making beverages comprises a container for liquid, means for creating a rotational movement of the liquid to raise a level of the liquid, and a brewing chamber mounted between a normal level of the liquid, when the means for creating a rotational movement is not rotating, and a raised level of the liquid, when the means for creating a rotational movement is rotating, so that the liquid flows into the brewing chamber when the means for creating a rotational movement is rotating above a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Otter Controls Limited
    Inventor: Kwok Hung Wong
  • Patent number: 10946474
    Abstract: A method for layer-by-layer manufacturing of a three-dimensional metallic work piece, comprising the steps of: delivering a metallic feed material in a substantially solid state into a feed region; emitting an electron beam; and translating the electron beam through a first predetermined raster pattern frame in an x-y plane. The method may also include monitoring a condition of one or both of the feed region or the substrate region in real time for the occurrence of any deviation from a predetermined condition; upon detecting of any deviation, translating the electron beam through at least one second predetermined raster pattern frame in the x-y plane that maintains the melting beam power density level substantially the same as the first predetermined raster pattern frame, but alters the substrate beam power density level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SCIAKY, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Stecker, Phillip E. Wollenhaupt
  • Patent number: 10952309
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to plasma treatment heads. In one example, a plasma head can include a dielectric barrier formed of a dielectric material. The dielectric barrier can have a treatment surface and an interior surface opposite of the treatment surface. A first electrode can be embedded within the dielectric barrier beneath the treatment surface. A second electrode can also be embedded within the dielectric barrier beneath the treatment surface and spaced laterally apart from the first electrode. A plurality of injection holes can penetrate through the dielectric plate from the interior surface to the treatment surface. The plurality of injection holes can be located between the first electrode and second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: James P. Shields
  • Patent number: 10940275
    Abstract: It is an objective of the present invention to reduce the disadvantages in currently available Vaporizers by providing a method and system of controlling the output voltage of the Battery such that the electrical current within and the temperature of the heating element and Extract are controllable. The present invention discloses the Battery that operates by supplying voltage that varies with time and provides various automatically or manually selectable voltage-time profiles. The voltage is controlled by an integrated controller that is able to vary the battery output voltage via voltage modulation and is able to continuously vary the output voltage. The voltage is modulated using pulse width modulation. The integrated controller is capable of storing and executing an embedded program for voltage modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Vuber Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Crowe
  • Patent number: 10940571
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the cutting processing of a panel-type material in a machine which comprises a processing station in a machine base frame, and the processing station is assigned a loading and unloading station. The panel-type material is laid on a pallet which is movable between the processing station and the loading and unloading station, and the pallet is moved into the processing station for subsequent processing and is positioned on a pallet carrier of the machine base frame for the subsequent processing of the panel-type material, wherein, before the start of the processing process of the panel-type material by the processing unit, the pallet is lifted from the pallet carrier by an air spring device and is positioned in a manner decoupled from the pallet carrier, and after the processing process of the panel-type material, the pallet is coupled to the pallet carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Schmauder, Bernd Hermann Renz, Andrea Schaerer
  • Patent number: 10933490
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of drilling in a multilayer printed circuit board. The method includes drilling a one hole; directing electromagnetic radiation having at least one wavelength with higher energy than a work-function the metal layer toward the hole, and thus causing the metal layer to emit free electrons; and measuring the quantity or intensity of electrically charged particles derived from the emitted free electrons, to detect the extent of exposure or disappearance of the metal layer during drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: DRILLIANT LTD.
    Inventor: Guy Soffer
  • Patent number: 10919105
    Abstract: Provided is a three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus 100 including a column unit 200 that is configured to output an electron beam EB and deflect the electron beam EB toward the front surface of a powder layer 32, an electron detector 72 that is configured to detect electrons that may be emitted in a predetermined direction from the front surface of the powder layer 32 when the powder layer 32 is irradiated with the electron beam EB, a melting judging unit 410 that is configured to generate a melting signal based on the strength of the detection signal from the electron detector 72, and a deflection controller 420 that is configured to receive the melting signal to determine the condition of the irradiation the electron beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Sugatani, Shigeki Nishina, Jun Matsumoto, Masahiro Takizawa, Minoru Soma, Akio Yamada
  • Patent number: 10921061
    Abstract: Provided are a method and to an arrangement for monitoring characteristics of a furnace process in a furnace space limited by a furnace shell of a metallurgical furnace. The arrangement comprises a process monitoring unit having a frame mounted by means of a mounting means on the metallurgical furnace outside the furnace space of the furnace shell. Also provided is a process monitoring unit for use in the method and/or in the arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
    Inventors: Peter Björklund, Oskari Karhuvaara, Valtteri Sonninen, Pekka Saari, Matti Luomala
  • Patent number: 10920994
    Abstract: A heater panel includes a core and a heater/dielectric layer including a positive thermal coefficient (PTC) heater layer between a pair of dielectric layers. A structural facing is included, wherein the heater/dielectric layer is bonded directly between the core and the structural facing. A second structural facing can be bonded to the core opposite the heater/dielectric layer. An impact layer can be bonded to the structural facing, e.g., the first structural facing described above, opposite the heater/dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Nathaniel Ching, Jin Hu, Casey Slane