Patents Examined by Nathaniel Herzfeld
  • Patent number: 11168922
    Abstract: A heat exchanger tube for transferring a heat of an exhaust gas to a fluid to be heated includes a turn-back portion formed in an intermediate portion of the heat exchanger tube and a reciprocating conduit portion. The reciprocating conduit portion includes a conduit portion leading from a starting end of the heat exchanger tube to the turn-back portion, and a conduit portion leading from the turn-back portion to a terminal end of the heat exchanger tube. A space equal to or greater than the outer diameter of the conduit portions is provided between these conduit portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: PURPOSE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Aoki, Tetsuya Oishi
  • Patent number: 11166468
    Abstract: A device for the heat treatment of food products is disclosed, including a heat treatment device having at least one oven unit with a cooking chamber being configured for receiving product carriers with food products, and including t least one charging trolley for receiving at least one charging rack for a plurality of product carriers which can be coupled to the heat treatment device to move the at least one charging rack with product carriers back and forth between the at least one oven unit and the charging trolley, wherein catches are provided on the heat treatment device, to which receiving means are assigned on each charging trolley, and a drive is provided for vertical movement of the catches to the receiving means on the charging trolley from the entry position of the charging trolley via vertical lifting, and to align the charging trolley with the catches by means of further lifting, until same reaches a defined end position in the working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: WIESHEU GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Ramm, Falko Droege
  • Patent number: 11168947
    Abstract: A recuperator including neighbouring sheets between which flow passages for air are formed. The sheets are provided with a corrugated profile including peaks, troughs and straight flanks. The peaks and troughs of a sheet are situated at an equal distance from a central plane of the sheet. Neighbouring flanks are directly connected to each other via a peak or trough. Between neighbouring flanks, first and second passage duct parts are formed which are each delimited at one end by a peak or trough and which are open at the end situated opposite the peak. In a direction at right angles to the central plane, the peaks and troughs associated with neighbouring sheets are aligned with respect to each other in such a way that first passage duct parts of a sheet and second passage duct parts associated with a neighbouring sheet are in communication with each other via connecting passage parts which extend between the troughs associated with the one sheet and peaks associated with the other sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Recair Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Marinus Henricus Johannes Van Kasteren
  • Patent number: 11162711
    Abstract: A tankless hot water heater has a molded body having an inlet and an outlet. The water heater has a clamshell design such that upper and lower portions are removably attached to one another. A channel extends from the inlet to the outlet. Heating elements extend through at least a portion of the channel and are configured to heat water flowing through the channel. Sensors are configured to measure temperature of water flowing through the channel prior to coming into contact with the heating element. Sensors measure flow rates, temperatures, presence of air, and/or other factors. A controller adjusts power supplied to heating elements using data from sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Van Zeitz
  • Patent number: 11162678
    Abstract: A fuel material processing system includes a hopper assembly configured to receive a fuel material. A drying system is configured to remove moisture from the fuel material to generate a dried fuel material. A material delivery system is configured to provide the dried fuel material to a combustion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dirigo Timberlands Co.
    Inventor: Blaine Miller
  • Patent number: 11145915
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for treating at least one lithium ion battery enclosed in a housing containing aluminum, comprising heating the lithium ion battery using a combustion furnace in which a combustion object is incinerated by flames, while preventing the flames from being directly applied to the housing of the lithium ion battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: JX NIPPON MINING & METALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shojiro Usui, Nobuaki Okajima
  • Patent number: 11131512
    Abstract: The exhaust duct includes an exhaust collecting portion connected a heat exchanger and an exhaust guiding portion communicating with the exhaust collecting portion and extended upward in a state close to a side of a cylindrical body of the heat exchanger. The exhaust collecting portion includes a connection opening constituting an inner peripheral wall, into which a cylindrical outlet side connection portion at the lower end of the heat exchanger is fitted, and a groove provided on an outer peripheral side than the inner peripheral wall of the connection opening. The packing includes a seal portion sandwiched in a compressed state between the inner peripheral wall of the connection opening in the exhaust collecting portion and an outer peripheral wall of the cylindrical outlet side connection portion in the heat exchanger to constitute a seal and an anchor portion inserted into the groove of the exhaust collecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Rinnai Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Goto, Daisuke Naito, Shigeki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11125468
    Abstract: The invention discloses a water heater system and a control method thereof. The water heater system comprises a heating unit capable of heating water; a tank capable of communicating with the heating unit, the tank provided with at least one inlet and outlet, the inlet being capable of supplying at least one of gas and water into the tank; a pressurizing source capable of pressurizing the tank, the pressurizing source being capable of providing a pressure at which the gas and water in the tank are mixed. The invention provides a water heater system which can be applied to any existing water heater, including an electric water heater, a gas water heater, a solar water heater, an air energy water heater, and the like, which is capable of generating microbubble water for use by a user, the microbubble water has strong cleaning performance, thereby greatly improving the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: A. O. SMITH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Huaxin Wan, Hua Wang, Tao Du, Zhenhu Yao, Mingming Chen
  • Patent number: 11112108
    Abstract: A superheated steam boiler includes an inner tank system including a wet tank and a dry tank separated by an isolation member, an outer sleeve surrounding the inner tank system, wherein wet tank fluid openings allow the wet tank to be in communication with the outer sleeve, and dry tank steam openings in the dry tank allow the dry tank to be in communication with the outer sleeve, and a burner system within the inner tank system. The burner system includes a combustion/expansion chamber having spherical surfaces located in and fluidly isolated from the wet tank, a distribution chamber located in and fluidly isolated from the dry tank, heat tubes extending through the isolation member between the combustion/expansion chamber and the distribution chamber; and an exhaust tube extending from the distribution chamber and out of the inner tank system to exit the boiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SUSPENDED VORTEX INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Michael Wayne Jordan
  • Patent number: 11105074
    Abstract: A facility used for sanitation, cosmetics, and private or industrial cleaning includes a water supply, an outlet unit, a consumable unit and a control unit. The facility is a low through-flow rate facility. The control unit includes a sensor adapted to measure at least one value, a user interface unit adapted to enter a set-point and a closed loop control unit configured to adapt an operation parameter of the facility in consideration of the set-point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GJOSA SA
    Inventor: Elmar Mock
  • Patent number: 11105500
    Abstract: A fired heater with a film temperature optimizer is presented. The fired heater is for heating a process fluid in process coils within the fired heater. The process coils experience high temperatures at the outlets. The film temperature optimizer includes baffles or means for changing the flow of the fired heating gas around the process coils near the coil outlets. The baffles are positioned near the process coil outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Quan Yuan, Rajeswar Gattupalli, Matthew Martin, Michael J. Vetter
  • Patent number: 11088012
    Abstract: A plate for supporting wafer has a top for carrying a wafer and a bottom coupled to a pedestal. The plate includes multiple heating units embedded within the plate and at least one set of grooves formed between the top and the bottom of the plate at a radial location between two of neighboring heating units to thereby enhance heat insulation among the heating units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PIOTECH INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Arami, Ren Zhou
  • Patent number: 11084044
    Abstract: A sediment buster is used for water heater draining. The sediment buster includes a main body defining a conduit and configured to be coupled to a drain outlet of a tank of the water heater. The conduit is configured to transport a fluid into the drain outlet to break up sediment accumulated at the drain outlet inside the tank. A first connector at an end of the main body is configured to be coupled to the drain outlet of the tank, and a second connector is at an opposite end of the main body. An inlet valve is positioned on the main body and configured to receive the fluid to be sent into the drain outlet via the conduit and the first connector. A shut-off valve is positioned on the main body between the inlet valve and the second connector to selectively regulate the direction of flow of the fluid within the conduit from the inlet valve. A fluid supply device is coupled to the inlet valve for selectively supplying the fluid to be sent into the drain outlet via the conduit and the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Nerd Concepts Inc.
    Inventor: John Verhoff
  • Patent number: 11067274
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a flue gas exhaust system for an industrial furnace, especially a steam reforming furnace. The flue gas exhaust system comprises a stack having an inlet opening for introducing flue gas into the stack and an outlet opening for exhausting flue gas. The inlet opening of the stack is in fluid connection to an outlet of a heat recovery system of the industrial furnace. Further, the fluid connection between said heat recovery system outlet and said stack inlet opening comprises a transition flue gas duct that at least partly embraces a part of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventor: Jacobus Robbers
  • Patent number: 11060717
    Abstract: A package multiple pass flexible water tube boiler having staggered tubes that are substantially identical in length. The staggered tube arrangement, along with the inclusion of a plurality of baffles, optimizes heat transfer and minimizes the footprint of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Superior Boiler, LLC
    Inventors: John R. English, Sundeep Bodapati
  • Patent number: 11054141
    Abstract: A steam-based faux fireplace comprising a boiler configured to receive a fluid and generate steam, and a manifold configured to receive the steam from the boiler and emit the steam to generate a steam plume at an output. The manifold has a conduit configured to route the fluid about the manifold to heat the fluid before being routed to the boiler. The manifold is already heated due to the emitted steam. This configuration pre-heats the fluid before being presented to the boiler, allowing a smaller low power boiler to be used because the manifold acts as a fluid pre-heater. A very realistic faux flame with a significant length is generated from the low power boiler. In addition, the manifold includes a deflector configured to receive the impinging steam from the output, causing the steam to lose some energy and billow about the deflector and then illuminated to create a realistically looking flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: MODERN FLAMES, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Swanson, David Daniel, Jeff Doss, Josh Wedge
  • Patent number: 11041662
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an instantaneous water heater having a guide part. The instantaneous water heater having the guide part is configured to allow direct water to stay around a heater for a long time, so that direct water is efficiently heated into hot water at a preset temperature desired by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Young-Hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 11035259
    Abstract: A method of recovering heat from an exhaust stream during a manufacturing process is provided. The method includes providing a condensing heat exchanger having a first side with cold recirculation water and a second side; passing an exhaust stream of vapors having a temperature of 500 degrees F. or less into the heat exchanger through the second side. Heat from the exhaust stream is transferred to the first side of the condensing heat exchanger and the vapors are thus cooled to the dew point to cause condensation. The condensation is collected in a condensate tank where an amount recovered is from 20% to 75%. The condensate water is transferred to a flash tank and used to adjust the volume of the recirculation water routed thereto. External make-up water is input into the flash tank but is reduced by the amount of condensate water recovered by the heat stack recovery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sonnek, Gregory W. Loest
  • Patent number: 11029025
    Abstract: There is provided a combustible waste injection device and a method for operating the same which can suppress a landing combustion of a combustible waste and suppress excessive change of a flame state from a cement kiln burner even if a rate of using the combustible waste fluctuates. A combustible waste injection device according to the present invention has a combustible waste flow channel which is arranged in an inner side of the air flow channel in an innermost shell, is installed in parallel to an axial direction of the cement kiln burner device and is provided for flow feeding a combustible waste flow, and the combustible waste flow channel has an inclined surface having a rising slope toward the injection port near the injection port in such a manner that a flow channel width in a vertical direction is narrowed toward the injection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Taiheiyo Cement Corporation
    Inventors: Yuya Sano, Kouichi Naitou, Hidenori Tsukidate, Hideyuki Sugaya
  • Patent number: 11027456
    Abstract: A composite ceramic element and method of firing clay or ceramic elements in a roller kiln, comprising the steps of passing a first ceramic element on rollers through the roller kiln, passing a second ceramic element on rollers through the roller kiln, and mating and securing the first and second ceramic elements together after passing each said ceramic element through the roller kiln.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Shildan, Inc.
    Inventor: Moshe Steinmetz