Patents Examined by S. Gravini
  • Patent number: 7437833
    Abstract: A hand dryer is disclosed having little unpleasant blowback from the hand insertion opening portion of the hand drying chamber and little splattering of water droplets around the device, and offering superior drying performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: ToTo Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Sato, Yoshihiro Yonezawa, Hideyasu Kai
  • Patent number: 7434333
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a drum; a discharging duct communicating with the drum, and discharging inner air of the drum; a supplying duct communicating with the drum, and supplying external air into the drum to make a flow direction of the external air pass across that of the inner air; and a heat exchanger connected to the discharging and supplying ducts, in which a first air flow path which passes therethrough the inner air discharged outward through the discharging duct and a second air flow path which passes therethrough the external air supplied into the drum through the supplying duct cross each other. The washing machine may also include a humidity regulating part which reduces the humidity of the inner air as it is discharged. Thus, the washing machine improves efficiency of heat exchange between the inner air and the external air through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung-yull Yang, Hyung-kyoon Kim, Sang-yeon Pyo, Jae-ryong Park, Hwang-mook Cho
  • Patent number: 7434334
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dryer, by which a simpler assembly between a rear supporter and a back cover is provided. The dryer includes a back cover covering a rear side of the dryer, a drum containing a laundry and rotating to dry the laundry, a rear supporter supporting a rear side of the drum, and at least one latching part provided to an upper side of the back cover to latch an upper edge of the rear supporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Gi Hwang, Il Tak Han, Jeung Gie Ahn
  • Patent number: 7430816
    Abstract: A footwear dryer and sanitizer apparatus comprising a base with upwardly extended, removable, hollow tubes. The top of each tube is removably fitted with a footwear holder, each holder fitted with at least one ultraviolet bulb for sanitation of footwear. The apparatus further comprises a controller for regulating the removable bulbs, heating elements, and fans, such that forced drying air for footwear is warmed. The apparatus supports and holds a pair of footwear for drainage and drying and sanitation, without the need for chemicals or solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Matthew J. Lozenski
  • Patent number: 7424781
    Abstract: A media drying system and method are provided. The drying system includes a media support having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface defines a media travel path. A heater is positioned spaced apart from the second surface of the media support with the second surface of the media support being located between the heater and the first surface of the media support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Fellingham, Shawn J. Mercy
  • Patent number: 7421803
    Abstract: Venting through the walls of an interior room of a building to an external environment is facilitated by apparatus and techniques for mounting an in-wall unit for interfacing with the exhaust ports of equipment, such as dryers, using flexible pipe. The in-wall unit connects with venting pipe, such as stovepipe, for connecting to the external environment through an exterior surface, such as a roof. If a roof exhaust is desired, a vent assembly is provided that contains a flap that automatically closes when the exhaust flow terminates, but opens when venting is underway. The flap is removable so that cleanout of path between the in-wall unit and the room exhaust can easily occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Philip Charron
  • Patent number: 7421801
    Abstract: A freeze-drying apparatus has a chamber (3) in which are located superposed charging plates (4) as well as loading and unloading equipment. The chamber has a loading aperture (2) equipped with closing doors (11, 12) through which the charging plates (4) are loaded. Equipment for loading the charging plates (4) with containers (5) is positioned in front of the loading aperture (2) and comprises a conveyor belt (6) which serves to supply the containers (5) and a transfer table (7) which is movable between an operating position and an idle position. The transfer table bridges a gap between conveyor belt (6) and the charging plate (4). A loading slider (8) provides push-wise transfer of a plurality of the containers (5) from the conveyor belt (6) via the transfer table (7) onto the charging plate (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Gea Lyophill GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Kluetsch, Johannes Selch, Joerg Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 7421802
    Abstract: A self-cleaning centrifugal dryer system and method for removing surface moisture allow complete removal of plastic pellets, flakes and particles from the dryer and water-conveying or water processing system during or after each drying cycle. By eliminating plastic particulate retention in the dryer and throughout the water conveyance and processing systems whereby contamination of different type materials dried during a subsequent drying cycle is avoided. Air and water alone or in combination under pressure are discharged toward various accumulation or occlusion (“hang-up”) points in the dryer and throughout the water-conveying or processing system to remove retained plastic pellets, flakes and particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Roberts, Charles E. Aaron, Roger B. Wright
  • Patent number: 7421804
    Abstract: A device for attaching an exhaust channel between a clothes dryer and a wall or floor vent, the device having a bracket connecting to the exhaust channel, includes a bracket having a dryer connector and an end connected to the exhaust channel. The bracket is sufficiently elongated to permit insertion of the dryer connector from the front of the dryer while permitting the opposing end thereof to be attached to the exhaust channel connected to the wall or floor vent. An opposing dryer bracket may be mounted on the back of the dryer to support the attachment of the bracket. Reinforcing this connection is a channel formed at the base of the dryer bracket. An edge of the bracket is placed within the dryer bracket thereby providing a secure connection. Additionally, the dryer bracket may contain a fastening device, which fastens and locks onto the vent bracket for further support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Edward B. Hession
  • Patent number: 7418789
    Abstract: A combination dryer and operation method are disclosed. The combination dryer and operation method for a combination dryer enable air in a drying drum and a cabinet for drying the laundry to circulate continuously and enable water generated in the circulation process to be used to perform a refreshing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Soung Bong Choi, Deug Hee Lee, Byung Hwan Ahn, Hung Myong Cho, Young Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7415781
    Abstract: A fabric article treating apparatus for dispensing a benefit composition through a nozzle that directs the benefit composition as droplets or particles into the chamber of the fabric article drying appliance. The droplets or particles provide benefits to the fabric articles within the drying appliance. The treating apparatus includes one or more safety features, and/or it includes beneficial control concepts that enhance the effects of the benefit composition being dispensed through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bradford Scott Barron, Mary Jane Combs, Dean Larry DuVal, Keith David Fanta, Paul Amaat Raymond Gerard France, Christian Gerhard Friedrich Gerlach, Laura Lynn Heilman, Eugene Joseph Pancheri, Paul Joseph Russo, Christopher Lawrence Smith, Pedro Vincent Vandecappelle
  • Patent number: 7409777
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for curing coating on articles using multi wavelength IR and UV energy sources, which can be pulsed in a system for analyzing and producing in-line programmed production of the finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventor: James Thomas Shiveley
  • Patent number: 7409776
    Abstract: An object is to provide a drying machine capable of maintaining air discharged into a housing chamber while efficiently drying a matter to be dried in a short time. A drying machine provided with a housing chamber which houses the matter to be dried, and executing a drying operation of the matter to be dried in the housing chamber comprises: a gas cooler; an evaporator; a blower fan; an air circulation path for discharging air heated by the gas cooler into the housing chamber by the blower fan, sending the air passed through the housing chamber into the evaporator, and circulating the air in the gas cooler; and a closeable outside air introduction port for mixing outside air with the air circulating in the air circulation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Ono, Kazuyoshi Tomochika
  • Patent number: 7406780
    Abstract: There is provided an air inlet structure of a laundry dryer. In the air inlet structure, a base defines an air inlet, a front cabinet is disposed in front of the base and defines a suction hole to pass ambient air into the base, a cooling fan is stably disposed in the base to suck the ambient air, a blower tube forms a flow passage for the ambient air, a blower cover is fixed to the base to connect the blower tube and the cooling fan, and an air guide is disposed between the base and the blower cover, the air guide having a shroud at a center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Jin Doh, Soon Jo Lee, Young Hwan Park, Jun Seok Lee, Kyung Seop Hong, Soo Won Park, Hwan Joo Myung
  • Patent number: 7404262
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for agricultural product production with heat and moisture control with optional heat and moisture recovery. Some embodiments transfer heat and moisture from a warm, moist exhaust air stream to incoming agricultural material, steam condition the material, pelletize the material into warm pellets, cool the warm pellets with make-up air to produce the warm, moist exhaust air used to transfer heat to the incoming material and to produce cooled pellets, wherein the cooled pellets are at a temperature lower than the warm moist air. In some embodiments, the system includes counter-flow devices to transfer heat and moisture. In some embodiments, a controller is used to adjust system devices and overall system flow. In some embodiments a water sprayer, to moisten agricultural product when the product is over dry, and an air flow controller, to slow air flow through the pellet dryer/cooler when ambient temperatures are dryer/cooler, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Pesco, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Jurkovich, Mark R. Oliver
  • Patent number: 7398606
    Abstract: A continuous process for the production of dried superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) the polymerization reaction is carried out either in an initially homogenous aqueous monomer solution (bulk aqueous solution polymerization) or in a heterogeneous water-in-oil reactant mixture (reverse phase suspension or emulsion polymerization) within a continuous closed polymerization reactor, then the resulting polymer gel is dried within a continuous moved bed in a closed dryer, avoiding the needs of standard intermediate maturity tank(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: List AG
    Inventors: Sahbi Belkhiria, Pierre Alain Fleury, Ibrahim Al-Alim
  • Patent number: 7395611
    Abstract: A system and method of moving a meniscus from a first surface to a second surface includes forming a meniscus between a head and a first surface. The meniscus can be moved from the first surface to an adjacent second surface, the adjacent second surface being parallel to the first surface. The system and method of moving the meniscus can also be used to move the meniscus along an edge of a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Garcia, John M. de Larios, Michael Ravkin, Fred C. Redeker, Carl Woods
  • Patent number: 7392599
    Abstract: A dummy substrate is obtained by covering a silicon substrate with a resin coating. This increases the strength of the dummy substrate, prevents pieces and particles of the silicon substrate from scattering, and even when the dummy substrate is damaged during processing, prevents them from contaminating a processing apparatus. The use of a chemical-resistant resin for the resin coating restrains the dummy substrate from being etched by a cleaning process using a chemical solution and increases the number of times that the dummy substrate can repeatedly be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Ishihara
  • Patent number: 7392600
    Abstract: A dispensing device for use in combination with a clothes dryer wherein the device is designed to uniformly treat fabric. The invention further relates to a method for treating a fabric article in need of treatment that combines a clothes dryer and liquid dispensing system designed to uniformly treat fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christian Gerhard Friedrich Gerlach, Bradford Scott Barron, Dean Larry DuVal, Eugene Joseph Pancheri, Mary Jane Combs, Paul Eugene Rienzo
  • Patent number: 7383645
    Abstract: An exhaust dryer including an improved exhaust pipe assembly is provided. The dryer includes a body for holding laundry therein, a fan unit for blowing hot air produced by a heater onto the laundry to dry the laundry, and an exhaust pipe assembly connected to an exhaust hole at one side of the body for discharging air to an outside of a room. The exhaust pipe assembly may include a telescopic type straight pipe portion which is extendable, with a fastening means that secures a position of the exhaust pipe assembly relative to the room. An end cap may be provided at a discharge end of the exhaust pipe assembly to direct a flow of discharge air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Tae Sick Kong