Patents Examined by S. Gravini
  • Patent number: 7971369
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drying floors and carpets using a fan for generating a pressurized air stream within a vertical cylindrical shroud that is spaced two to five inches away from the floor on a set of legs such that an opening is formed between the shroud and the floor. The air stream is directed along the cylindrical shroud vertically toward the floor. At least a peripheral portion of the air stream is exhausted from the shroud in a substantially laminar flow at an angle that is inclined from the vertical and is exhausted radially into ambient air as a substantially laminar air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Roy Studebaker
  • Patent number: 7526878
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for drying a coating film comprising drying a coating film of an organic solvent-containing coating liquid applied to a running band-shaped flexible substrate, the drying method comprising the steps of: providing a heater at a position opposed to the band-shaped flexible substrate at a running position immediately after coating; and heating the band-shaped flexible substrate by the heater; wherein when TW( ° C.) denotes the surface temperature of the band-shaped flexible substrate; TH( ° C.) denotes the surface temperature of the heater; ?(W/m·K) denotes the heat-transfer coefficient of air; d(m) denotes the distance between the heater and the band-shaped flexible substrate (web); ? denotes the efficiency of heat transfer; and ? denotes the Stefan-Boltzmann constant (5.670×10?8 W/m2K4), the ratio of radiant heat transfer represented by QR/(QR+QC) is 0.25 or more and 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Sonobe, Takashi Yahiro
  • Patent number: 7526879
    Abstract: A drum washing machine and a clothes dryer equipped with a thermoelectric module are disclosed. The thermoelectric module includes a heat absorption side and a heat dissipation side which absorbs and dissipates heat at a junction between two dissimilar metals depending on direction of current flow through the junction. The heat absorption side is disposed at a hot air flowing passage. Accordingly, the drying apparatus can increase energy efficiency with minor structural modification and becomes environmentally friendly unlike a conventional drying apparatus using a heat pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sun Cheol Bae, Ja In Koo, Jin Seok Hu, Yang Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 7526876
    Abstract: A drying apparatus includes a housing, a tubular arm, a telescoping arm and a fan. The tubular arm is attached to the housing at a portion between proximal and distal ends. Also, the tubular arm is able to rotate tangential to the housing. The tubular arm includes a proximal end and a distal end and is attached to the housing at a portion between the proximal and distal ends. The telescoping arm is attached to the tubular arm and able to slide between an open and closed position. The telescoping arm includes an aperture that is open in the open position and covered in the closed position. The fan encased within the housing and arranged to direct airflow through the tubular arm and out the aperture when the telescoping arm is in the open position. The air flow is restricted when the telescoping arm is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Carey, Robert W. Murphy, Joseph H. Edwards
  • Patent number: 7513061
    Abstract: There has been achieved a sludge dehydrating processor with less mechanical operation and with satisfactory dehydrating efficiency and heating efficiency. In order to process and convert sludge including an organic substance into solid fertilizer, a heating treatment zone for feeding and sterilizing an object to be treated and a dehydrating treatment/retrieving zone for separating water from the object to be treated and retrieving a treated object are provided. In the heating treatment zone, induction heating for efficiently heating the object to be treated without rotating a kiln body is introduced. In the dehydrating treatment/retrieving zone, a vortex air current producing mechanism for efficiently drying the object to be treated without rotating a dehydrating treatment chamber is introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignees: Dai-Ichi High Frequency Co., Ltd., Bapic Incorporated
    Inventors: Kotaro Hirayama, Alden D. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 7506458
    Abstract: A drying machine having a drum mounted within a cabinet on a base unit is provided. The base unit includes a base lower unit, and a base upper unit positioned atop the base lower unit to define passages therebetween. The base unit includes a moisture sensor mounting portion that receives a moisture sensor on a top of the base upper unit. The moisture sensor senses a moisture level of air flowing through the passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Soon Jo Lee, Hwan Joo Myung
  • Patent number: 7503127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of delivering one or more volatile materials, during the operation of a drying apparatus, to a fabric article. The present invention also relates to fabric treatment compositions comprising one or more volatile materials. These compositions may be used to treat fabric articles during the fabric article drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dean Larry DuVal, Michael Joseph Orr, Rafael Trujillo, Angela Renee Troester
  • Patent number: 7493705
    Abstract: A reduced-pressure drying apparatus for drying a solvent in a liquid under a reduced pressure by evaporation of the solvent, includes a chamber including a first chamber and a second chamber, the first chamber accommodating work to which a liquid containing a film forming material is applied, the second chamber being coupled to the first chamber through a communicating part; a depressurizing unit depressurizing at least the second chamber; a communicating valve opening and closing the communicating part; and a control unit controlling a reduced pressure state at least of the second chamber by driving the depressurizing unit, the control unit also controlling an opening and closing state of the communicating part by driving the communicating valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Gomi
  • Patent number: 7487601
    Abstract: This invention discloses systems and methods for conversion of high moisture waste materials to dry or low moisture products for recycle or reuse. The equipment systems comprise a gas turbine generator unit (preferred heat source), a dryer vessel and a processing unit, wherein the connection between the gas turbine and the dryer vessel directs substantially all the gas turbine exhaust into the dryer vessel and substantially precludes the introduction of air into the dryer vessel and wherein the processing unit forms the dried material from the dryer vessel into granules, pellets or other desired form for the final product. Optionally, the systems and methods further provide for processing ventilation air from manufacturing facilities to reduce emissions therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: EarthRenew, Inc.
    Inventors: Christianne Carin, Christianne Carin, legal representative, Alvin W. Fedkenheuer, John S. Jonasson, Alexander Starosud, Brian N. Gorbell
  • Patent number: 7484316
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nozzle arrangement for a vehicle washing installation, a vehicle washing installation equipped with this nozzle arrangement, and to a method in which a drying nozzle (1) that can be rotated about a longitudinal axis (7) by a motor and two high-pressure hoses (2a, 2b) parallel to the longitudinal axis (7) are provided with several high-pressure nozzles (13a, 13b) for high-pressure cleaning. The high-pressure hoses (2a, 2b) are supported so that they can rotate about their longitudinal axes (8a, 8b) according to the invention and coupled to the drying nozzle (1) for common adjustment by means of a mechanism (14, 15a, 15b, 16; 17a, 17b, 18a, 18b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Wash Tec Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Wimmer, Norbert König
  • Patent number: 7484315
    Abstract: A replaceable precursor tray for use with a high conductance, multi-tray solid precursor evaporation system coupled with a high conductance vapor delivery system is described for increasing deposition rate by increasing exposed surface area of solid precursor. The multi-tray solid precursor evaporation system is configured to be coupled to the process chamber of a thin film deposition system, and it includes a base tray with one or more stackable upper trays. Each tray is configured to support and retain film precursor in, for example, solid powder form or solid tablet form. Additionally, each tray is configured to provide for a high conductance flow of carrier gas over the film precursor while the film precursor is heated. For example, the carrier gas flows inward over the film precursor, and vertically upward through a flow channel within the stackable trays and through an outlet in the solid precursor evaporation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Suzuki, Emmanuel P. Guidotti, Gerrit J. Leusink, Masamichi Hara, Daisuke Kuroiwa
  • Patent number: 7475495
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a clothes dryer having a dryness sensing device and method of use comprising at least two electrically conductive sensor bars placed closely together but not touching one another so that articles in the dryer can contact two of the sensor bars at the same time. At least one sensor bar is electrically connected to an electrical current source and at least one sensor bar is electrically connected to an electrical ground. A microcontroller is electrically connected between the electrical current source and the electrical ground so as to be capable of measuring the voltage across the sensor bars when the sensor bars are contacted by the articles being dried. The microcontroller is configured so as to determine the dryness of the articles by calculating the electrical resistance of the articles by using the value of the voltage across the sensor bars and the value of the current through the sensor bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Howell H. Chiles, Timothy E. White
  • Patent number: 7469489
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method relating to the operation of a burner and/or cooler (3), wherein gases are caused to flow through an inner pipe (7), out into an outer pipe (5) which surrounds the inner pipe (7), and back through that part of the volume of the outer pipe (5) not accommodated by the volume of the inner pipe (7). The invention is characterised by placing an inner bottom plates (8) in the outer pipe (5) in spaced relationship with the closed bottom (9) of said outer pipe (5), whereby the gases flowing through the inner pipe (7) and out into the outer pipe (5) are caused to turn back and pass between the outer pipe (5) and the inner pipe (7), thereby creating a gas pocket (12) between the bottom (9) of said outer pipe (5) and the bottom plate (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventor: Thomas Lewin
  • Patent number: 7464485
    Abstract: A method for dehumidifying and drying resin pellets that can efficiently dry both non-crystallized resin pellets and crystallized resin pellets, the apparatus being adapted to downsizing. A control means 67 adapts to operate in a first drying mode of controlling the heating operation of the first heating member 25 for heating longitudinally divided regions of the first cylinder 5 section to produce differentiated respective heating effects and that of the second heating member 31 for uniformly heating the second cylinder 7 section so as to crystallize the supplied non-crystallized resin pellets NCRP and subsequently drying them and in a second drying mode of controlling the heating operation of the first heating member 25 and that of the second heating member 31 for uniformly heating the first and second cylinder 5,7 sections so as to drying the supplied crystallized resin pellets CRP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Star Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hatsuhiko Kawase
  • Patent number: 7458171
    Abstract: The dehumidifier clothes dryer apparatus provides for drying clothes with a closed loop air system. The system does not require an external air source, nor does the system require an exhaust, the apparatus thereby not constrained as to location. The compressor system provides for condensing moisture from air passed through the clothes within the drug, the moisture collected in a sump tank for removal, optionally with a float controlled sump pump. Dual lint traps with optional removable filters insure proper operation. An optional accessory heating coil is provided. Relatively low energy requirements allow 110 volt operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Luke E. Lentz
  • Patent number: 7448146
    Abstract: A cyclone condensing apparatus having a structure in which air of high-temperature and high-humidity sufficiently contacts cooling water, and condensed water is efficiently discharged to the outside, and a washing/drying machine having the cyclone condensing apparatus. The cyclone condensing apparatus includes an air inlet connected to the upper part of a casing having a conical shape along a tangential direction; an air outlet disposed along the central line of the casing, and a plurality of cooling water spray nozzles disposed along the circumferential direction of the casing. A spiral groove for guiding condensed water downwards is formed in the inner circumferential surface of the casing, and a water-collecting container for collecting the condensed water is connected to the lower end of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwang Mook Cho, Hyung Gyoon Kim, Sang Yeon Pyo, Jae Ryong Park, Byoung Yull Yang
  • Patent number: 7444762
    Abstract: A clothes dryer has a system for regulating the inlet air temperature. The system includes a first sensor located in an inlet of the dryer and including a thermistor and a thermostat, a heat source located in a heater box adjacent the first sensor, and a second sensor located in an exhaust of the dryer. The thermistor measures the inlet air temperature of the dryer and cooperates with the controller to prevent the thermostat from reaching its trip temperature and turning off the heat source. Thus, damage due to excessive air temperatures in the dryer is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Reck, Shawn R. Oltz, Steven D. Ficke, Michele A. Paustian, Christopher J. Woerdehoff, Joshua P. Carroll, Mark E. Glotzbach, James P. Carow
  • Patent number: 7441345
    Abstract: A laundering aid having a core member, such as an elastomeric ball member, that includes a covering comprising an abrasive or brush-like material adapted for engaging and lifting matter, such animal hair, adherent to the surface of fabric articles when the laundering aid is placed into contact with clothing and other fabric articles within an operating tumble-type clothes dryer. The covering may further include a second material comprising a material that substantially lacks characteristics for lifting matter from other fabric, the first material being disposed adjacent to or over the first material to form a series of discrete sections having different properties that facilitate the dislodgement and or removal of the hair or other fine matter. The exemplary elastomeric ball member may be inflated for shape retention, while allowing for expansion when heated during the drying cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Ken Taylor
  • Patent number: 7437834
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus 10 including a vapor generating unit 371 which generates a mixed gas consisting of an organic solvent vapor and an inert gas by bubbling the inert gas in the organic solvent; support means for supporting a plurality of substrates to be vertically arranged in parallel at equal pitches; a processing vessel 15 which accommodates multiple substrates supported by the support means; a lid 30 for covering the upper opening of the processing vessel; jet nozzles 33 provided in the lid 30; and first piping 3712, 342, 3421, and 3422 which causes the vapor generating unit and the jet nozzles to communicate with each other. In the substrate processing apparatus 10, the first piping and the jet nozzles are respectively equipped with heaters, and the heaters are controlled by means of dry gas containing organic solvent mists of submicron size being emitted from the jet nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: S.E.S. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Nakatsukasa, Kazuhisa Ogasawara, Yoshiaki Sakaihara, Yoshihiro Haruki, Munenori Kawate
  • Patent number: 7437832
    Abstract: A reduced pressure drying apparatus includes a chamber that closes in an airtight manner during a reduced pressure drying operation, a stage on which a substrate is mounted; and an exhaust unit having an exhaust tube that opens at exhaust openings within the chamber. The stage is disposed within the chamber during the reduced pressure drying operation. The exhaust unit discharges atmosphere from the chamber via the exhaust openings during the reduced pressure drying operation to reduce the pressure within the chamber. The exhaust openings are formed such that a position of the exhaust openings is substantially the same as or no higher than a surface position of the substrate. The reduced pressure drying apparatus allows a film having a more uniform thickness to be formed on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Usui