Patents Examined by Michael LaFlame, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11065402
    Abstract: A vaporization device includes a housing, a fluid pathway extending through the housing, a heating chamber with a heating element proximate a first housing end, a control circuit and a battery disposed within the housing. The heating chamber is in fluid communication with the fluid pathway. The first chamber end is open and the second chamber end includes a closed end with one or more vents. The heating element is operable to generate heat at a predetermined vaporization temperature. The control circuit has a switch operable to control a flow of current from the battery to the heating element. In use, the predetermined vaporization temperature is sufficient to vaporize phyto material in contact with the heat at the predetermined vaporization temperature to emit a vapor. Inhaling from the second housing end draws mixed vapor and air through the fluid pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GSEH Holistic, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Alexander Trzecieski
  • Patent number: 11059130
    Abstract: The present application relates to a device for generating a jet of liquid propagating along a jet axis, said jet of liquid guiding a laser beam. The device comprises a wall element having a central opening, wherein a nozzle holder comprising a nozzle and a window element comprising the window are arranged one above the other within said central opening, said nozzle holder and said window element being spaced from each other along said jet axis, said spacing defining an acceleration chamber, wherein said connection passage and said distribution chamber are formed within said nozzle holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SYNOVA SA
    Inventors: Ludovic Anderegg, Ronan Martin, Helgi Diehl, Bernold Richerzhagen
  • Patent number: 11059202
    Abstract: A method for creating modifications in a solid-state material is described, wherein a crack guidance region for guiding a crack for separating a solid-state layer from the solid-state material is predetermined by the modifications. The method includes: moving the solid-state material relative to a laser processing system; successively emitting a plurality of laser beams from the laser processing system to the solid-state material to create at least one modification within the solid-state material; and continuously adjusting the laser processing system for defined focusing of the plurality of laser beams and/or for adjustment of energy of the plurality of laser beams as a function of at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Siltectra GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Rieske, Christian Beyer, Christoph Guenther, Jan Richter, Marko Swoboda
  • Patent number: 11047578
    Abstract: An automatic oven having a controller and a sensor assembly for automatically determining a food type for a food item placed in a cooking chamber of the automatic oven, and cooks the automatically determined food item according to a cooking profile selected based on the determined food type, while optionally accommodating a user input on the determining of the food type, and the cooking profile, including an optional degree of doneness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Alexander L. Clayton, Vince Huang, Xiangxu Li, Ken Lei, Hanks Hu, Juan Chen, Tracy Yu, Jack Li, Roy Qiu, Seth Herndon, Donald John Gilmore, Cristiano Vito Pastore, Dick Ge, Pallavi Manjrekar, Bruce M. Wiatrak, Andrea Ferrise, Blake Cartwright, Richard J. Hughes, Joel Fletty, Wyndham F. Gary, Jr., Joshua G. Abdoo, Collin A. Stipe, Nicholas Brenn, Casey L. McCuan, Christopher L. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 11041629
    Abstract: A cooking system is disclosed. The cooking system comprises a controller in communication with a heating apparatus and a user interface. The controller is configured to access a cooking model for a selected food. The cooking model comprises a first layer indicating a first heat absorption relationship and a second layer indicating a second heat absorption relationship. The controller is further configured to receive a first cooking parameter from the user interface for the first layer and a second cooking parameter from the user interface for the second layer. The controller may further calculate a heat exchange model based on the first heat absorption relationship and the second heat absorption relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alberto Morandotti, Davide Guatta
  • Patent number: 11027358
    Abstract: Systems and methods for auto-tuning a MIG welding process are disclosed. A welding-type power supply may include a power conversion circuitry configured to convert input power to welding-type power; and a controller configured to control the power conversion circuitry based on a plurality of operating parameters. The operating parameters may include an inductance parameter, a slope parameter, or a wet time parameter. During the welding process, in order to control the power conversion circuitry, the system may measure an output from the power conversion circuitry, and may update the inductance parameter, the slope parameter, or the wet time parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works
    Inventors: Robert R. Davidson, Valarie Schwartz, Dustin Wagner
  • Patent number: 11032898
    Abstract: A modular plasma jet treatment system comprising a plasma source with a high-voltage module comprising a high-voltage electrode and first connection means, as well as a plasma jet applicator wherein the plasma jet applicator comprises a cavity for a process gas, wherein a ceiling portion of the cavity is either arranged on the plasma jet applicator and/or on the high-voltage module, the cavity comprising a process gas inlet and at least one plasma jet outlet, wherein the plasma jet applicator comprises a second connection means, such that the plasma jet applicator and the high-voltage module are repeatedly connectable and releasable, wherein, when the plasma jet applicator is connected to the high-voltage module, the cavity is adjacently arranged with the ceiling portion at the high-voltage module, and wherein the cavity is separated by a dielectric from the high-voltage electrode of the high-voltage module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Ansgar Schmidt-Bleker, Klaus-Dieter Weltmann, Jörn Winter
  • Patent number: 11032877
    Abstract: A heating device in the form of a radiant heating device for a hob has a sheet-like support with a support top side, with at least one heating element on the support top side, which heating element is highly corrugated and runs in tracks in a laying pattern. The heating element has at least two heating conductor strips which each have lateral sides and a top edge and a bottom edge. These at least two heating conductor strips are placed together or placed on one another by way of their mutually facing lateral sides and are at least partially in contact. The at least two heating conductor strips are connected to one another in a fixed and non-detachable manner, advantageously before corrugation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventor: Robin Abendschoen
  • Patent number: 11020842
    Abstract: A jig assembly for laser welding includes a jig body having a first penetration portion through which laser light for welding is capable of passing; a contact member connected to the jig body to contact a welding target, the contact member having a second penetration portion through which the laser light passing through the first penetration portion is capable of passing toward the welding target; a tilting unit having a hinge structure to connect the jig body and the contact member to each other; and an elastic member interposed between the jig body and the contact member to apply an elastic force to provide close contact between the contact member and the welding target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tai-Jin Jung, Byoung-Cheon Jeong, Dal-Mo Kang, Jeong-O Mun
  • Patent number: 11015814
    Abstract: A cooking device and a control method thereof is provided which heating a curved area to a higher temperature than a flat area of a cooking area where food is cooked. A cooking apparatus includes a cooking unit having one side in which a first cooking region and a second cooking region distinguished from the first cooking region are provided; a heating unit configured to heat the cooking unit; and a controller configured to control the heating unit to heat the first cooking region to a first temperature and to heat the second cooking region to a second temperature different from the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Seung Wook Suh, Jae Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 11013266
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device sensory system is provided. The system may include an outer body, an atomizer, and an infrared sensor. The atomizer, which may be received in the outer body, may include a heating element. The infrared sensor may be configured to measure infrared radiation produced by the atomizer. The infrared sensor may be located inside or outside of the outer body. In this regard, by way of example, the infrared sensor may be configured to provide feedback for control purposes, or the infrared sensor may be employed for testing purposes. A fiber optic cable may extend from the infrared sensor to a component to sense the radiation being emitted therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Bless, Stephen B. Sears
  • Patent number: 11013099
    Abstract: A method for coating a surface with a coating jet containing coating particles includes forming the coating jet from at least two partial jets. The method also includes forming one of the exit channels as a spray channel for a first gas stream containing the coating particles. The method also includes forming the other of the exit channels as a control channel. In case of a deviation of the ascertained spray angle (?) from the predetermined target spray angle, the method also includes increasing the volume flow of a first partial jet of the at least two partial jets, and decreasing the volume flow of a second partial jet of the at least two partial jets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jochen Zierhut, Wolfram Wagener, Ronald Goelz
  • 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
    Inventor: Amin Abdolvand
  • 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: 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: 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
    Inventors: Markus M. Dantinne, Edward G. Beistle, Michael W. Roth, Anthony VanBergen Salsich
  • 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: 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
    Inventor: Gregory Dutour