Patents Examined by Stephen Gravini
  • Patent number: 9510728
    Abstract: An example vent assembly for a dishwasher having a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, and an exhaust vent, includes a condenser having an outlet, and an inlet in fluid communication with the treating chamber, an ambient air cooling duct in thermal communication with the condenser, and having an outlet in fluid communication with the exhaust vent, a venturi having an inlet in communication with the outlet of the condenser, and an outlet in communication with the cooling duct, and a fan for flowing ambient air through the cooling duct, past the venturi, and out the exhaust vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Whilrpool Corporation
    Inventor: Barry E. Tuller
  • Patent number: 9121638
    Abstract: Surface dryers having uniform exit velocity profiles, and associated systems and methods are disclosed. Surface dryers in accordance with certain embodiments include a housing, a gas driver positioned in the housing, an inlet aperture formed in the housing and positioned upstream of the gas driver, and a nozzle carried by the housing and positioned downstream of the gas driver. The nozzle can have an indentation forming a convergent portion positioned to accelerate the flow of air and a divergent portion positioned to decelerate the flow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Dri-Eaz Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Black, Brett Bartholmey, Ryan Kulp, Larry White, William Bruders
  • Patent number: 9096079
    Abstract: A media drying system removes a moistening liquid from a moistened medium, the moistening liquid having a moistening-liquid boiling point. A liquid-supply system provides a heating liquid. A liquid-heating system warms the heating liquid to a temperature greater than the moistening-liquid boiling point. A liquid-delivery system impinges the warmed heating liquid onto a surface of the moistened medium. Heat is thus transferred from the heating liquid to the moistening liquid, vaporizing the moistening liquid and removing it from the moistened medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Alan Richard Priebe, Donald Saul Rimai, Christopher J. White
  • Patent number: 9079566
    Abstract: A component for removing water from a vehicle exterior in a vehicle wash process includes a base portion for supporting the component adjacent a path of travel of a vehicle. The base portion is connected to a frame portion and the frame portion is configured to move with respect the vehicle as the vehicle passes the component. The frame portion is in communication with a control mechanism which automatically directed the frame portion to move as the vehicle nears the frame portion to effectuate the removal of water from the vehicle exterior. The frame portion includes a plurality of media elements in communication therewith and configured to contact a vehicle exterior to remove excess water therefrom. At least a portion of each of the plurality of media elements consists of an absorbent polyvinyl alcohol material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Belanger, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Belanger, Barry S. Turner, Thomas E. Weyandt, Jerry A. Kotrych
  • Patent number: 9057153
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a dryer appliance. The dryer appliance includes an impeller assembly. The impeller assembly is rotatable about an axis of rotation in order to urge a flow of air through a drum of the dryer appliance. The impeller assembly includes a base plate and an annular front plate spaced apart from the base plate. A plurality of blades extends between the base plate and the annular front plate. The size and position of the base plate, the annular front plate and the plurality of blades relative to one another can assist with urging the flow of air through the drum of the dryer appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Zhiquan Yu
  • Patent number: 9052141
    Abstract: A warning device of the type that is typically employed to warn pedestrians of a wet floor operates a floor dryer into its design so that, in addition to warning pedestrians of the wet floor, the device may be employed to dry the floor. An air director element produces a beneficial air flow providing increased drying efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: John J. Andrisin, III, Benjamin A. Scholles, Wesley A. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8434243
    Abstract: Laundry dryer including a body case forming an exterior of the laundry dryer, a drum in the body case for holding a drying object, a heater assembly in the body case for heating air to supply hot air to the drum, a panel frame on a front of the body case, having an opening in communication with a space having the heater assembly mounted therein, and a control panel mounted to the panel frame selectively, having buttons for making various operation, thereby permitting easy handling of the operation buttons on the control panel even if two or more than two dryers are arranged in any type, and improving workability of replacement or repair of the heater assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Soo Kim, Soung Bong Choi, Hung Myong Cho
  • Patent number: 8046934
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a convective system for a dryer installation for a passing web, more particularly paper. The convective system 7 is an assembly of an exterior casing 13 for suction of combustion products with opening 14 towards the web, with a first 15 and second 16 suction ducts sucking the combustion products into the convective system 7. The combustion products coming from the first suction duct 15 are guided through the exterior casing 13 to a mixing and blowing device 17. Cold air 18 is mixed in this mixing and blowing device 17 with the combustion products 19, resulting in a gas mixture with lower temperature 20. The convective system 7 also has an internal casing 21 inside the external casing 13. This internal casing 21 has at least one opening towards the web 22 and has also openings 34 allowing gas flow from the mixing device 17 to the internal casing 21 of said gas mixture 20. Under the internal casing 21, there is also a blowing duct 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: NV Bekaert SA, Bekaert Combustion Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Patrick Lenoir
  • Patent number: 8015724
    Abstract: This heating blower has a housing 1, a fan 2, a heater 3, and an electrostatic atomizing device 5. The electrostatic atomizing device 5 is provided in the housing 1 and discharges nanometer-size ion mist to the outside. The electrostatic atomizing device 5 comprises a discharging electrode 50, an opposed electrode 52 disposed opposite the discharging electrode 50, a cooling part 53 which cools the discharging electrode 50 to generate moisture from ambient air near the discharging electrode, and a high voltage applying part 55 which applies a high voltage between said discharging electrode and the opposed electrode to atomize water generated near the discharging electrode. Therefore, this heating blower can discharge nanometer-size ion mist to the outside without replenishment of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Imahori, Toshihisa Hirai, Kishiko Hirai, legal representative, Akihide Sugawa, Fumio Mihara, Shousuke Akisada, Hirokazu Yoshioka, Kousuke Katayama, Toshiyuki Yamauchi, Hiroshi Suda, Yasunori Matsui
  • Patent number: 8011115
    Abstract: A fiber-web machine dryer section has a drying group with single-wire draw so the drying wire (F) presses the web (W) against heated cylinder surfaces with the web (W) at the side of the outside curve of reversing cylinders (11) situated between drying cylinders (10, 12). A pocket space (T) is formed between two adjacent drying cylinders (10) and a reversing cylinder (11) situated between them, and the drying wire (F). A negative pressure component (20) placed in the pocket space (T) creates a pressure difference over the drying wire (F) and the web (W) for attaching the web (W) to the drying wire (F) so the cross-direction shrinkage of the web (W) is controllable. The wire tension (F) is maintained at a level help control cross-direction shrinkage of the web. The pocket space (T) is sealed by sealing members (25, 26) to maintain negative pressure in the pocket space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Antti Komulainen, Kari Juppi, Pasi Kekko, Markku Lummila
  • Patent number: 7913418
    Abstract: An automatic clothes dryer comprises a cabinet defining an interior space in which is rotatably mounted a drum that defines a drying chamber, a heater assembly having a heating element for heating air, and a motor for rotating the drum. A blower is mounted within the interior space and is fluidly coupled to the drying chamber for moving heated air through the drying chamber. A first temperature sensor is mounted upstream of the heating element. A second temperature sensor is mounted downstream of the blower. Outputs from the temperature sensors are utilized with one or more methods to determine the air flow characteristics through the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Carow, Mark E. Glotzbach
  • Patent number: 7536807
    Abstract: A program-controlled laundry drier equipped with a rotary drum in which the material to be dried is inserted and moved during the drying process. The dryer comprising a heater for heating the drying air and a blower which guides the drying air stream into the interior of the drum. The axis of a current generator is mechanically coupled to the rotary drum and the output voltage of the current generator is applied to the excitation winding of a relay whose switching contacts switch the heating current circuit for the drying air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Baier
  • Patent number: 7398605
    Abstract: A method for the vaporization of particulate material includes providing one or more containers each containing possibly distinct particulate materials each having at least one component, fluidizing the particulate material in at least one of the containers, and providing a vaporization zone that is thermally isolated from at least one of the containers. The method further includes delivering particulate material received from each container to the vaporization zone, and applying heat to vaporize the delivered particulate materials at the vaporization zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael Long, Bruce E. Koppe, Thomas W. Palone
  • Patent number: 7395612
    Abstract: A drum for use in a dryer is provided. The drum includes a plurality of segments joined axially to form the drum's cylindrical shape. The drum has a simple structure enabling the use of standardized segments to facilitate dryer manufacture by reducing production costs, increasing productivity, and reducing failure rates. The drum, which has a cylindrical shape, is composed of a plurality of segments, preferably, three, each arranged axially with respect to the axis of the drum. The drum includes a coupling mechanism, provided on each side edge of each segment, for joining the segments to form the cylindrical shape of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Hai Jeong, Ju Han Yoon, Soo Won Park, In Hee Han
  • Patent number: 7383641
    Abstract: A through air dryer (TAD) fabric having a composite configuration whereby side fabric portions made of a more resistant material are woven to the main body portion of the fabric. Side fabric portions that are not protected from the paper web, and therefore exposed to harsher environmental conditions than the portion of the fabric covered by the paper web, deteriorate faster. By replacing the side portions that are exposed to harsher environment with more resistant material, the TAD fabric will last longer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Lippi Alves Fernandes, Sanjay Patel
  • Patent number: 7360323
    Abstract: Top cover assembly including a top cover mounted on a side plate of a cabinet, a fire plate between the side plate and the top cover, for preventing spreading of fire taking place in the cabinet to an exterior, and a cabinet holder for fastening the fire plate to the side plate, thereby enhancing a sense of beauty in view of design and preventing spreading of fire taking place in the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Soon Jo Lee, Seong Hai Jeong
  • Patent number: 7150112
    Abstract: An actuator (42) moves a nozzle (16) between vertical operating positions to accommodate the changing longitudinal configuration of a vehicle (18) and a rotary drive (46) rotates the nozzle (16) about a nozzle axis to efficiently direct air against the contour of the vehicle (18). A first sensor (50) is disposed upstream of the nozzle (16) for detecting the presence of a vehicle from above and for generating a blower start signal (50) and for generating an actuator signal to energize the actuator (42) and move the nozzle system (14) vertically between the operating positions. A second sensor (52) is disposed between the first sensor (50) and the nozzle (16) for detecting the contour of a vehicle from above. A third sensor (56) is disposed downstream of the second sensor for sensing the rear of a vehicle from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Proto-Vest, Inc.
    Inventor: Natalya Faytlin
  • Patent number: 7146748
    Abstract: The system for drying shopping carts dries a large number of wet shopping carts. The carts are loaded onto a conveyor belt. Side dryers located on either side of the conveyor belt initially dry the carts. The carts are passed under a freestanding arch having support columns situated on either side of the conveyor belt. The arch includes a number of overhead dryers. When the carts move under the arch, they are dried from above by the overhead dryers. Water dispelled from the shopping carts runs into a drainage system situated on the floor. Once the shopping carts are dried, the carts are unloaded from the conveyor belt and are removed from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Dorla J. Swisher
  • Patent number: 7103991
    Abstract: A method of initiating a regeneration event of an air braking system of a vehicle includes the steps of calculating the forward air volume in successive time intervals, tallying the total forward air volume and initiating a regeneration event at a saturation threshold of the dessicant material which may be varied in real time. The method also comprises calculating a reverse air volume, and ceasing a regeneration event at a dryness threshold of the dessicant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel Moulding
  • Patent number: RE40123
    Abstract: A water-driven jet or venturi extraction means is used to remove, capture and cool the hot, highly humid air created within commercial dishwashers during a wash rinse or sanitization cycle. A cold water spray is used to create a pressure reduction zone which serves to draw in hot, highly humid air from the dishwasher. Water vapor cools and condenses on contact with the cold water spray within the venturi. The invention also serves to help vent the dishwasher. Cool, fresh air is drawn into the dishwasher while the hot air is drawn into the venturi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Johansen, Kent R. Brittain, Lee J. Monsrud, Glen W. Davidson