Patents Examined by Shawntina Fuqua
  • Patent number: 10401331
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first column heating apparatus, which includes: a first substrate; a second substrate including silicon; and a first heating element disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate. The apparatus also includes a second column heating apparatus, which includes: a third substrate; a fourth substrate including silicon; and a second heating element disposed between the third substrate and the fourth substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C Dryden, Sammye Elizabeth Traudt, George P Walsh, William H Wilson, Richard P White, Jane Ann Leous
  • Patent number: 10294817
    Abstract: A method of forming a circuit in a composite component includes providing a plurality of preform modules comprised of an organic matrix composite material, applying at least one electrical circuit on at least first and second preform modules of the plurality of preform modules, and arranging the first and second preform modules such that the electrical circuit of the first preform module is in contact with the electrical circuit of the second preform module. An additional step includes molding the first and second preform modules together to form a one-piece molded component such that the electrical circuits of the first and second preform modules form a complete circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David R. Lyders, Marc E. Holyfiield, Kevin M. Bell
  • Patent number: 10285220
    Abstract: Various heaters and arrays of heaters that utilize nanostructures or carbon structures, such as nanotubes, nanotube meshes, or graphene sheets, are disclosed. In various arrangements, at least a pair of contacts are electrically coupled with a given nanostructure or carbon structure to pass a current for heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Caldeira, Peter L. Hagelstein, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, David Schurig, Clarence T. Tegreene, Thomas Allan Weaver, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10273580
    Abstract: A device includes at least a first electrically conductive contact plate, at least a second electrically conductive contact plate and a plurality of heating elements connected electrically in parallel. Each of the plurality of heating elements includes at least one resistance heating unit, respectively. Each of the heating elements is connected by means of a first connecting contact to the heating elements is connected by means of a first connecting contact to the first contact plate and by means of a second connecting contact to the second contact plate, in which both contact plates lie in a common first plane. The resistance heating units are arranged along a spiral or arched line around a center of the device. To expand the service life of the device at reduced manufacturing costs, a plurality of heating units are arranged consecutively or nested with each other along the ached or spiral line, and both the first and second contact plates comprise interlocking comb-like contact extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AIXTRON SE
    Inventors: Pierre-Arnaud Bodin, Mark Edlef Oppen, Keith Allen, Hugo Silva
  • Patent number: 10264820
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a control component that regulates output of an electronic vaporizer used to simulate smoking. The control component manages power to a heating element. A power detect component collects a parameter of the heating element to determine actual power output thereof. The control component dynamically adjusts the power source based on the actual power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: EVOLV, LLC
    Inventors: John Bellinger, Brandon Ward
  • Patent number: 10264628
    Abstract: A gripping apparatus is disclosed for gripping and holding electrically conductive, textile materials. The gripping apparatus includes a gripping device which has a gripping face for gripping and holding the textile material. With the aid of an electrical contact device, electrodes can be brought into contact with the textile material in order to bring about a current flow in the textile material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUERLUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT E.U.
    Inventors: Yannis Grohmann, Fabian Zacharias
  • Patent number: 10253988
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oven comprising: a muffle that defines a cooking cavity for containing foods to be cooked, the muffle comprising at least one horizontal floor, heating means adapted to heat air, ventilating means adapted to circulate the air, at least one air distribution element comprising at least one channel adapted to receive the air being circulated and to allow it to flow through, wherein the distribution element further comprises a plurality of inlet openings in fluidic connection with the at least one channel and adapted to supply air into said cooking cavity; the ventilating means comprise at least one fan in fluidic connection with the distribution element, the fan being placed at least partially under the level of the horizontal floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Vincenzo Colozzo, Sandro Ciccacci, Alberto Gasparini
  • Patent number: 10257886
    Abstract: A cartridge type heater (10, 20, 30, 40) with a jacket pipe (11, 21, 31, 41) including metal and with an electric heating element (32), which is arranged within the jacket pipe (11, 21, 31, 41). At least one terminal lug (14, 24, 34, 44) is connected in one piece to the jacket pipe (11, 21, 31, 41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TÜRK & HILLINGER GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10237921
    Abstract: A heater assembly is disclosed herein. The heater assembly may comprise a tubular body. The tubular body may include a graphite core disposed in a heating path. The graphite core may be coated with an overcoat layer. The tubular body may include slits that may cut-off heat transfer between portions of the tubular body. The heater assembly may have a configuration comprising a plurality of heating rungs having a predominant portion disposed substantially perpendicular to an upper surface of the heater so that the predominant portion is disposed vertically. The heater assembly may include a flange at a first end and a lip at a second end. The heater assembly configuration provides a heater that exhibits reduced thermal stress and/or reduced CTE mismatch stress particularly compared to other designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
    Inventor: Zhong-Hao Lu
  • Patent number: 10237916
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a temperature control system that may be used in a plasma processing system that treats microelectronic substrates using plasma. The temperature control system may include a heating array disposed adjacent to the microelectronic substrate and that may selectively generate heat at different portions of the microelectronic substrate. The heating array may include heating modules that selectively generate heat depending upon a breakover voltage of a Silicon Diode for Alternating Current (SIDAC). The amount of heat generated heat may depend upon the resistance of the heating module and the duty cycle of the variable voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Sergey A. Voronin, Alok Ranjan
  • Patent number: 10228157
    Abstract: A centrifugal pump for household appliances comprising a cover (1) having:—a first face internal to the pump adapted to be in contact with an operating fluid, and a second face external to the pump, opposite to the first face and provided with an annular groove (16) forming a projection inwards of the pump,—a heating element (11) fixed in the annular groove (16),—a first support element (21) arranged on the second face and provided with a first constraint (31) adapted to be fixed to a first safety device (41), said first support element (21) being in thermal contact with said operating fluid, whereby the first safety device (41) is adapted to come in thermal contact with the operating fluid,—a second support element (22) arranged on the second face, distinct from the first support element (21) and provided with a second constraint (32) adapted to be fixed to a second safety device (42), said second support element (22) being in thermal contact with said heating element (11), whereby the second safety device (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: I.R.C.A. S.P.A. Industria Resistenze Corazzate e Affini
    Inventors: Federico Zoppas, Angelo Irrera, Andrea Pradal, Maurizio Biasi
  • Patent number: 10220904
    Abstract: To avoid causing significant damage to a temperature sensor or an unintentional shift of the temperature sensor, a hand grip disclosed herein includes: a cylindrical inner housing 110; a heating element 120 provided adjacent to an outer peripheral side of the inner housing 110; a temperature sensor 140 provided adjacent to the outer peripheral side of the inner housing 110; and a sheathing 130 covering the inner housing 110, the heating element 120, and the temperature sensor 140. A recess 111 is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the inner housing 110, and the temperature sensor 140 is fitted into the recess 111.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FALTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouzo Sasaki, Yuichi Fukuda, Shigeki Koyanagi, Kaoru Saito
  • Patent number: 10219322
    Abstract: An electric heater (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600) includes a metal sheath (101, 201, 301, 401, 501, 601) defining an interior space, an electric heating element, arranged in the interior space, an insulating material filling and electric terminals. At least one electric terminal is a plug contact (108, 109, 208, 209, 308, 309, 408, 409, 508, 509, 608, 609) made in one piece, which has a section (108b, 109b, 208b, 209b, 308b, 309b, 508b, 509b, 608a, 609b) arranged in the interior space with a contact point (110, 111, 210, 211, 310, 311), which is arranged in the interior space and at which the plug contact is connected conductively to the electric heating element directly or via an auxiliary wire (212, 213, 312, 313, 612, 613). A process for manufacturing such an electric heater is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TÜRK & HILLINGER GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10206532
    Abstract: A steam generator system for a cooking appliance includes an in-line heating element coupled to a heating tube, wherein water from a water reservoir is gravitationally fed into the heating tube for heating by the in-line heating element to produce a hot water and steam mixture. A first supply line is coupled to the heating tube to carry the mixture to a separator without the need for moving or complex pump parts. The separator separates steam and hot water from the mixture of the two. A second supply line is coupled to the separator at a first end and opens into the cooking cavity of the cooking appliance at a second end. The second supply line is configured to supply steam separated at the separator to the cooking cavity via a steam outlet disposed in the cooking cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Donarski, Nicholas E. Crow, Jason Schneemann
  • Patent number: 10201935
    Abstract: An electric heating pad for warming a patient. The electric heating pad may be a heated underbody support, heated mattress or heated mattress overlay. An embodiment of the heating pad includes a flexible sheet-like heating element including an upper edge, a lower edge, and at least two side edges. The heating pad may also include a shell covering the heating element and comprising at least two sheets of flexible material (e.g., two sheets may be one sheet folded over to form at least two sheets). The two sheets of flexible material may be coupled together about the edges of the heating element by a weld. The material of the two sheets may include urethane. In some embodiments, a catalyst to accelerate hydrogen peroxide decomposition is coated on or impregnated into an element within the shell, or on the interior surface of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Ryan S. Augustine, Rudolf A. Deibel, Scott A. Entenman, Garrett J. Augustine, Brent M. Augustine
  • Patent number: 10202137
    Abstract: A heater device includes: a base member; a heater wire; and a sensor which measures capacitance of the heater wire, wherein the heater wire forms a first wiring pattern and a second wiring pattern connected in series, the first wiring pattern and the second wiring pattern each include N wire blocks, the N wire blocks included in the first wiring pattern and the second wiring pattern are disposed in a manner that arrangement of the N wire blocks included in the first wiring pattern and arrangement of the N wire blocks included in the second wiring pattern are reversed in the circumferential direction of the rim and facing each other in a direction perpendicular to the circumferential direction, and a sum of sensitivity of the sensor to capacitance of a pair of wire blocks facing each other is substantially equal to that of another pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuta Okazaki, Hiroshi Naitou, Shinji Fujikawa, Tsuyoshi Nishio, Nobuharu Katsuki
  • Patent number: 10193052
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a device is disclosed. The device includes a substrate, an element provided on the substrate, and a film on the substrate. The film and the substrate constitute a cavity in which the element is housed. The device further includes a member capable of generating heat or deforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10184689
    Abstract: A fault indicating circuit for an electric heater has a first branch to conduct a supply of electrical ,energy to the electrical heater and includes a temperature sensitive device to interrupt the supply of electrical energy to the electric heater when exposed to a temperature exceeding a set temperature. The fault detecting circuit has a second branch that includes at least an element of a fault indicating device. The first branch has a first resistance R1, the second branch has a second resistance R2 and the two branches are, electrically in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Vacuum LLC
    Inventor: Budd Edward Faulkner
  • Patent number: 10179654
    Abstract: A system for power management of air data probes is provided. The system comprises a power source in an aircraft, and two or more air data probes electrically connected to the power source. Each of the air data probes comprises a body structure coupled to a fuselage of the aircraft, and at least one electrical heater coupled to the body structure and in electrical communication with the power source. A switching mechanism is coupled between the power source and the electrical heater of each of the air data probes. The switching mechanism is controllable such that the electrical heater of each of the air data probes is electrically connectable to the power source in parallel or in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Morris G. Anderson, James B. Cox, Jason Garde, Grant A. Gordon, Danny Thomas Kimmel
  • Patent number: 10159113
    Abstract: The invention describes a heating system (100) and a corresponding method of heating a heating surface (180) of an object (150, 950) to a processing temperature of at least 100° C., wherein the heating system (100) comprises semiconductor light sources (115), and wherein the heating system (100) is adapted to heat an area element of the heating surface (180) with at least 50 semiconductor light sources (115) at the same time. The heating system (100) may be part of a reactor for processing semiconductor structures. The light emitted by means of the semiconductor light sources (115) overlaps at the heating surface (180). Differences of the characteristic of one single semiconductor light source (115) may be blurred at the heating surface (180) such that a homogeneous temperature distribution across a processing surface of a, for example, wafer may be enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Holger Möench, Guenther Hans Derra, Stephan Gronenborn, Pavel Pekarski, Johanna Sophie Kolb, Ralf Gordon Conrads