Patents Examined by Shawntina T Fuqua
  • Patent number: 10892589
    Abstract: A method for establishing a plug connection, and a method for strengthening a plug connection, wherein a connecting zone is welded with a laser beam which passes through a surrounding housing owing to transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventors: Dietmar Huber, Svenja Raukopf, Jakob Schillinger
  • Patent number: 10887946
    Abstract: A kit for retrofitting an oven processing system can be used to upgrade temperature monitoring capability. The oven processing system includes an oven and a conveyor belt. The oven defines a heated tunnel. The conveyor belt travels through the tunnel along a lateral axis. The kit at least includes a plurality of sensor modules. The sensor modules are elongate bodies with a sensing end that is mounted inside the oven. The sensor modules individually include a gas conduit and an electrical cable. The gas conduit is coupled to a pressurized source of gas. The electrical cable is coupled to a data acquisition unit that is located outside of the heated tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Embedded Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Casimir Walter Kazmierowicz, Philip Casimir Kazmierowicz
  • Patent number: 10883229
    Abstract: An induction coil driver card for a railroad switch consists of a main power supply, a control unit, at least one induction heating unit, and an interface driver. The main power supply is electrically connected to the at least one induction heating unit that is used to generate eddy current fields. The generated eddy current field excites the atoms within the railroad switch resulting in elevated temperatures. The power input to the induction heating unit is managed via the control unit. The interface driver allows the user to control the frequency ranges received by the induction heating unit by utilizing the control unit. The interface driver also allows the user to have remote access via a wireless cellular modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ross Johnston
  • Patent number: 10873993
    Abstract: A self regulating heating device includes a first layer made of an electrically insulating material. The first layer is thin and flexible. First and second buses spaced from each other are connected to the first layer. A resistive layer electrically connects the first and second buses. The resistive layer has a higher electrical resistance than the second layer. The resistive layer experiences a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effect when heated. A solar active layer is connected to the first layer. The solar active layer is electrically connected to the first and second buses. The solar active layer converts light into electrical energy to apply a voltage across the first and second buses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TRAMEC TERMICO TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael M. Cubon
  • Patent number: 10863586
    Abstract: A method of making a carbon nanotube heater includes impregnating a dry carbon nanotube fiber matrix with a conductive resin, the conductive resin is made of an organic resin and a conductive filler material. The carbon nanotube heater is lightweight, strong, and maintains appropriate electrical conductivity and resistance for use as a heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Brad Hartzler, Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 10851761
    Abstract: A wind turbine temperature control system for maintaining the temperature of an energy storage device, the temperature control system has a breaking resistor for providing heat to the energy storage device and a power supply for causing a current to flow in the breaking resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KEBA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Tobias Theopold
  • Patent number: 10849193
    Abstract: An electric blanket or pad for warming a living body including a flexible sheet-like heating element including an upper edge, a lower edge, and at least two side edges. A shell formed of layers of flexible sheets covering the heating element and sealed with a weld. The weld coupling the sheets of the shell about the edges to hermetically seal the heating element therebetween. The weld may be an RF weld, ultrasonic weld, or a heat bond, wherein the sheets comprise PVC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Ryan S. Augustine, Rudolf A. Deibel, Scott A. Entenman, Gordon D. Lawrence, Keith J. Leland, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 10842316
    Abstract: The present application relates to an air based fryer (1) for preparing food ingredients. The air based fryer comprises a food preparation chamber (2), an air heater (3) for heating air in the food preparation chamber (2) and a fan (4) for circulating a flow of hot air in the food preparation chamber (2). The air-based fryer (1) further comprises a fluid inlet (5) for the introduction of a fluid directly into the circulating flow of hot air. This solution allows increasing the humidity of the flow of hot air results in superior quality food in terms of taste, texture, and aesthetics and increases the versatility of the air-based flyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marcel Sladecek, Jan Vaupot
  • Patent number: 10841982
    Abstract: A heating device including a substrate, at least one heating layer on the substrate, and a power supply electrically connected to the at least one heating layer. The heating layer includes graphene nanomaterials. To form a layer of heating material, a liquid including graphene nanomaterials is applied to the substrate. The liquid is dried to form the at least one heating layer on the substrate. A first electrode and a second electrode are attached to the substrate. A power supply is electrically connected to the at least one heating layer on the substrate via the first electrode and the second electrode. The heating layer produces heat in the presence of power applied to the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Salah S. Sedarous
  • Patent number: 10837673
    Abstract: The metal tank portion of an electric water heater is protected against corrosion utilizing a corrosion protection system that detects a voltage potential between the sheath portion of a tank water-immersed electric heating element and the tank. In one embodiment of the corrosion protection system the sensed sheath/tank potential is utilized to enable a user of the water heater to accurately gauge the necessity of replacing a sacrificial anode extending into the tank. In another corrosion protection system, the sensed sheath/tank potential is utilized to provide impressed current cathodic protection of the tank and also to prevent dry firing of the electric water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jozef Boros, Raheel A. Chaudhry, Yan Hong, Troy E. Trant
  • Patent number: 10835909
    Abstract: A heating assembly that receives pre-loaded two part epoxy cartridges and heats them in a controlled manner for spray application. Further, the heating assembly is modular in nature such that a plurality of pre-loaded cartridges can be efficiently loaded therein and uniformly heated. The heating assembly is a bag of durable construction and is structured to be heat resistant. The bag has a bottom, sides extending upwardly from the bottom and a operable panel at the top thereof to allow access to the interior of the bag. At least one wall of the bag includes a heater panel formed therein. More preferable more than one wall of the bag includes a heat panel therein. The panels are configured and arranged to impart heat to the interior of the bag while preferably being insulated about the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Warren Environmental & Coating, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Warren
  • Patent number: 10830455
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an oven includes a) providing the muffle defining a cooking chamber (5); b) providing a channelling (10) for conveying air; c) associating to a rear wall (5c) of the muffle (5) a first fan (30) for ventilation of the cooking chamber; d) associating to the channelling (10) a second fan (20) for forcing air into the channelling (10); e) associating the channelling (10) to an upper wall (5a) of the muffle (5). Step b) comprises shearing from a semi-finished product of a metal component (10a) of the channelling (10) a corresponding portion (40), so as to define an opening (23) for installation of the second fan (20). Step c) comprises using the portion (40) sheared from the semi-finished product of the metal component (10a) of the channelling (10) as a bracket for fixing the first fan (30) to the rear wall (5c) of the muffle (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL EMEA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Gambardella, Matteo Scoponi
  • Patent number: 10826427
    Abstract: Disclosed are a de-icing device for a solar panel and a method of operating the same. The de-icing device for the solar panel and the method of operating the same include a sensor unit, a power supply unit, a switching unit, and a control unit, so that it is possible to provide a high-efficiency de-icing device for the solar panel in which snow deposited on the solar penal may be dissolved by applying a reverse current to the solar panel. In addition, it is possible to provide a high-efficiency and high-precision de-icing device for the solar panel in which solar power generation and de-icing may be simultaneously performed and the amount of the reverse current may be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SOLASIDO KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang Bok Yoon
  • Patent number: 10820715
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an auto run mode for initiating a heating cycle of a heated bedding product. A heated bedding product can include a bedding product body comprising a heating element and a controller electrically connected to the heating element. The controller can include a processing circuit, such as a microcontroller, that is configured to operate in an auto run mode in which a heating cycle of the heating element is automatically initiated in response to alternating current power being provided to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: E & E CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Lightsey, Mark Castracane
  • Patent number: 10827564
    Abstract: A window such as a vehicle window may have an infrared-light-blocking area formed from an infrared-light-blocking layer. The window may also have an infrared-light-transparent area formed from an infrared-light-transparent layer that is not covered by the infrared-light-blocking layer. The infrared-light-transparent layer may have a conductive layer that is transparent to near-infrared light such as a conductive oxide layer or a metal layer. The infrared-light-blocking layer may have one or more layers of infrared-light-reflecting material such a silver layer that is electrically coupled to the conductive layer in the infrared-light-transmitting layer. Ohmic heating current may be passed to the conductive layer in the infrared-light-transmitting layer through the conductive layer in the infrared-light-blocking layer or through elongated metal contacts that run along edges of the infrared-light-transmitting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10814899
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a steering wheel that includes a core assembly defining a body, at least one functional element wrapped about the body, and a cover arranged over the functional element. The cover includes a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The first and second end portions are joined and superimposed on the functional element at a notch such that the second end portion is positioned between the functional element and the first end portion. The functional element may be a heating element or a touch sensor. The steering wheel may include both a heating element and a touch sensor. In one form, the cover includes two zones and the notch extends along a diameter of the rim and/or along at least a portion of a front face of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Andrew Card
  • Patent number: 10795241
    Abstract: An IP Camera includes a heat-generating element, a lens holder, a lens assembly and a heat-conducting element. The lens assembly includes a lens, a front portion and a rear portion opposite to the front portion. The front portion surrounds the lens. The lens assembly is disposed on the lens holder with the rear portion. The heat-conducting element has a thermal conductivity greater than 5 W/mK. The heat-conducting element is in contact with the heat-generating element, and a portion of the heat-conducting element surrounds the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SERCOMM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Cheng-Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 10798784
    Abstract: The present teachings disclose a wire mesh heater including: a wire mesh element having a surface area including a non-contact area and a contact area along at least 50% of a wire mesh element length; a primary conductor including a slit having a contact surface, wherein the contact area contacts the contact surface to provide an electrical connection between the wire mesh element and the primary conductor. In some embodiments, the primary conductor is welded to the wire mesh element, wherein the contact area contacts the contact surface to provide an electrical connection between the wire mesh element and the primary conductor. In some embodiments, an elastic is stretched and secured tautly under tension prior to operation of the wire mesh heater, and the elastic keeps the wire mesh element tautly under tension during operation of the wire mesh heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: De Luca Oven Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas P. De Luca, Andrew Perkins
  • Patent number: 10796935
    Abstract: An electronic device manufacturing system may include a loadlock. The loadlock may include a plurality of gas line heaters for providing a heated gas to the loadlock to heat a processed substrate therein. Heating a processed substrate may reduce corrosion in the loadlock and subsequent contamination of substrates therein. The loadlock may also include a plurality of embedded heaters in the loadlock housing to reduce moisture therein, further reducing corrosion and contamination. Methods of heating a substrate in a loadlock are also provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam J. Wyatt, Edward Ng, Andrew Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10793033
    Abstract: An occupant support comprises a vehicle seat including a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom. The occupant support further comprises a heating system located within the seat back of the vehicle seat. The heating system may be configured to provide a heating sensation to an occupant resting on the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Chad W. Durkee, Shaun D. Tait