Patents Examined by Steven S Anderson, II
  • Patent number: 11370273
    Abstract: Provided is an instrument panel structure including: a lower panel portion that is provided with an air-conditioning device at an interior thereof, the lower panel portion having, in a vehicle upper portion thereof, a placement surface portion that extends in a vehicle width direction and a vehicle front-rear direction, and having an open portion, for the air-conditioning device, that opens toward a side of the placement surface portion; an upper panel portion that covers the placement surface portion as seen from a vehicle upper side and that is placed on the placement surface portion; and a slit-shaped air outlet portion that is formed between the lower panel portion and the upper panel portion, that extends in the vehicle width direction while facing a seat side, and that communicates the open portion with a vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 11370607
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to devices and methods for ventilating enclosed area such as shipping containers or structures erected to temporarily contain cargo items. A central element in such devices and methods is a ventilation stack assembly in which a vertically-oriented stack having an outlet is connected at its other end to a pipe leading to an inlet. A first housing having the dimensions (and preferably the fittings) of a standard shipping container is rigidly connected to the stack and pipes, and the assembly can be physically manipulated as if it were a standard shipping container. Gas (e.g., fumigant) provided to the pipe inlet passes through the pipe and into and through the stack, exiting at the outlet, which can be situated at an altitude whereat gas discharged therefrom is dispersed into the atmosphere at a location and concentration at which displeasure or hazard to humans can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Holt Logistics Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Holt, Michael Fluehr, Paul Grassi
  • Patent number: 11371720
    Abstract: A thermal energy network interconnecting a plurality of thermal loads and methods of providing thermal energy therebetween, the network and methods including: a primary circuit loop for working fluid, at least two thermal loads thermally connected to the primary circuit loop, at least one of the thermal loads being capable of taking heat from the primary circuit loop and at least one of the thermal loads being capable of rejecting heat into the primary circuit loop, an energy centre connected to the loop and capable of acting as a heat source or a heat sink, and a control system adapted to provide to the primary circuit loop a positive or negative thermal input from the energy centre as a balancing thermal input to compensate for net thermal energy lost to or gained from the at least two thermal loads by the primary circuit loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Erda Master IPCO Limited
    Inventors: Dmitriy Zaynulin, Michael Ardis, Kevin Stickney, Gregory Davis, Alban Leiper, John Hayes
  • Patent number: 11371753
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a water heater. The method includes capturing, with a mobile device a scannable feature of a rating plate, establishing a network connection between the mobile device and a server, transmitting information captured from the scannable feature by the mobile device to the server over the network connection, receiving from the server to the mobile device a plurality of water heater configurations in response to the information, receiving, with the mobile device, an input indicative of a configuration selection selected from the plurality of water heater configurations, and transmitting configuration information from the mobile device to the water heater to configure the water heater based on the configuration selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: A. O. SMITH CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Matthew Schulz, Carl Edward McDow, Steven J. Wilcox, Michael Schultz
  • Patent number: 11367635
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for treating a substrate at a high-pressure atmosphere. The apparatus for treating the substrate includes a first body and a second body combined with each other to define a treatment space in which the substrate is treated, a sealing member interposed between the first body and the second body to seal the treatment space from an outside at a position in which the first body is in close contact with the second body, and a driving member to drive the first body or the second body such that the treatment space is open or closed. The sealing member is positioned in a sealing groove formed in the first body. The sealing member is deformed to be in close contact with the second body by pressure of the treatment space when a process is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SEMES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sangmin Lee, Woo Young Kim, Joo Jib Park, Boong Kim
  • Patent number: 11366482
    Abstract: The present application provides a baking equipment applied in a display panel manufacturing process. In the present application, the first and second pipes are communicated with each other and evenly distributed inside the baking plate, so that the heating liquid injected from the head end of the first pipe heats the baking plate evenly during flowing through the first and second pipes, which improves the uniformity of the baking temperature of the TFT array substrate to be baked by the baking plate, thereby ensuring the stability of the baking process of the TFT array substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TCL China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaolong Meng
  • Patent number: 11358441
    Abstract: A vehicle air vent manual control assembly can be equipped at a passenger compartment of an automobile. Example installations include at an instrument panel, at a B-pillar, and at a rear center console. The vehicle air vent manual control assembly includes a knob through which a user can manipulate a first set of air directive vanes, a second set of air directive vanes, and a shutoff flap. Pivotal movement of a shaft via the knob prompts movement of the first set of air directive vanes. Translational movement of the shaft via the knob prompts movement of the second set of air directive vanes. And rotational movement of the shaft prompts movement of the shutoff flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Giovany Morales, Julien Bleker, Sachin Patil
  • Patent number: 11351566
    Abstract: A portable variable volume paint spray enclosure or booth includes a frame assembled from longitudinal members and detachable clamps. The clamps secure together adjacent ends of the longitudinal members. The paint spray enclosure further includes a flexible cover disposed upon the frame such that a relatively air tight enclosure having a predetermined configuration is formed. The assembled frame and flexible cover extends from grade level to a predetermined elevation to encase an object to be painted. The paint spray enclosure also includes an air flow input apparatus for allowing air flow into the enclosure, and an air extraction apparatus/air scrubber for removing air from the enclosure, such that air mixed with vaporized paint inside the enclosure is removed from the enclosure before the paint vapor and air combine to form an explosive mixture, thereby preventing an explosion and/or fire from occurring inside the enclosure, and preventing operators from being exposed to harmful fumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Bart J Mariani, John Cheney
  • Patent number: 11351843
    Abstract: An air vent unit includes a vent portion communicating with an outlet of an air conditioning device; and a container holding portion communicating with the vent portion to hold a container. In a vent-portion attachment state wherein the vent portion is attached to an outlet by facing the vent portion toward an interior side, the container holding portion is stored inside the outlet. In a container-holding-portion attachment state wherein the air vent unit is removed from the outlet from the vent-portion attachment state and the vent portion is attached by facing toward the outlet, the container holding portion projects toward the interior side, and at that time, the container holding portion is held not to be pushed toward an inside of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11351840
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioner for a vehicle, which can perform a bleeding function to discharge air to a rear seat floor vent in a rear seat vent mode, and optimize the size of an outlet and the shape of doors to adjust a bleeding amount of a rear seat floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Yong Eun Seo, Myoung Jun Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Jeong Hun Seo, Jong Gon Lee, Tae Gun Lee
  • Patent number: 11346579
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to protective devices and cover members. In some embodiments, cover members are provided that are operable to protect covered components and to allow heat dissipation from the components. Cover members of the present disclosure are suitable for use with heat exchangers including, for example, those provided with hot water pressure washers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: KARCHER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Guillermo Morales, Trent Garner, Glenn Schmierer
  • Patent number: 11343938
    Abstract: A cooling system includes one or more air channeling sub-systems that provide cooling air to electronic equipment, at least one heat removal sub-system that removes heat from the cooling air in at least one of the air channeling sub-systems, at least one temperature sensor measures a wet bulb temperature of outside air, and at least one controller. At least one of the air channeling sub-systems includes an outside air damper operable allow outside air into the air channeling sub-system. The at least one controller at least partially opens the outside air damper if a wet bulb temperature measured at the at least one temperature sensor drops to or below a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Osvaldo P. Morales
  • Patent number: 11338649
    Abstract: A vehicle air vent includes a volume control door pivotally mounted in a housing, a primary vane pivotally mounted in the housing to direct an air flow from an outlet of the vehicle air vent in an up/down direction, and a roller knob mounted on the primary vane and connected to the volume control door such that a rotation of the roller knob causes a rotation of the volume control door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Angel R. Munoz, Steven J. Leathorn, Olivier Poulet, Keunhyuk Choi, Harish Kumar, Colin L. Kuzniar, Roman Szocinski
  • Patent number: 11333391
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an air port component and an air conditioner, wherein the air port component includes a first plate body and a second plate body, wherein two longitudinal ends of the first plate body and the second plate body are elastically connected respectively. When the working environment temperature difference is relatively large, even if the difference between the linear expansion coefficients of materials used by the two plate bodies is relatively large, extension or shrinkage generated between the plate bodies due to temperature changes is be compensated by the elastic connection so as to reduce the degree of plastic deformation of the plate bodies due to temperature changes after being used for a period of time, thereby improving the reliability of the operation of the air port component, preventing blockage during the operation, as well as ensuring that the airflow of the air outlet meets the design requirements to prevent condensation due to local overcooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: Gree Electric Appliances (Wuhan) Co., Ltd., Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai
    Inventors: Xiaolong Chi, Jingzhong Zhuang
  • Patent number: 11325447
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism (7) for an air vent (5), which adjustment mechanism is adapted to guide an air stream flowing through the air vent. The adjustment mechanism comprises one or more adjustable first vanes (17) having a main extension in a first direction (D1), one or more adjustable second vanes (19) having a main extension in a second direction (D2) being angled to the first direction, a shaft (23) extending in the first direction and being rotatable around its length axis, a slider (47) being movably attached to the shaft, such that the slider is able to slide along the shaft in the first direction, and a rack (45), extending in parallel to the shaft and a pinion (41), rigidly connected to one of the second vanes and configured to cooperate with the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Piotr Kulicki
  • Patent number: 11320189
    Abstract: Pallet racking systems are designed to quickly freeze items using thermal transfer by moving air through palletized products. Air is pulled through the palletized product to a negative air plenum behind the pallet rack. Back panels of the pallet racks provide variable-height airflow by use of louvers which are individually pressed open by the palletized product to accommodate differing product heights. The panels allow more efficient system operation with any number of rack positions filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Tippmann Construction, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua T. Tippmann, Brandon L. Wellman, Caleb P. Herber
  • Patent number: 11313588
    Abstract: A water heater system and method of operating such a system are disclosed herein. In an example embodiment, the water heater system includes a heat exchanger. a heat source inlet by which heated heating fluid can be provided to the heat exchanger, a heat source outlet by which cooled heating fluid can be communicated from the heat exchanger, a water supply inlet by which supply water can be provided to the heat exchanger, and a water supply outlet by which heated water can be communicated from the heat exchanger. Additionally, the system includes a controller, a water supply outlet temperature sensor, a water supply flowmeter, and an actuator. The controller is configured to generate control signals based at least indirectly upon temperature measurements and flow measurements and to provide the control signals to the actuator to regulate a fluid flow of the heated heating fluid into the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Camus Hydronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Payam Tavakoli
  • Patent number: 11313632
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleaning a heat recovery steam generator system including tubes and fins associated therewith using deep cleaning alignment equipment are described. The deep cleaning alignment equipment primarily includes at least one wedge and at least one wand. The wedge may be an elongate wedge configured to maximize the surface area that contacts the tubes and fins, which in turn minimizes the amount of stress about any specific point of the tubes or the fins. Additionally, the wedge may be made of a soft, composite material, such as a high strength carbon fiber nylon. The composite material is softer than the material that makes the tubes and fins. As a result, when the wedge contacts the tubes and fins, the tubes and fins will not sustain damage. Instead, any damage that may occur would be to the wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Precision Iceblast Corporation
    Inventors: Keith R. Boye, Matthew D. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11306917
    Abstract: There is disclosed a flue cap cover for covering a flue cap extending from a building wall. The flue cap cover may be of different colors to match or contrast with the color of the building. The flue cap cover includes a cover, an optional mesh pest guard, a pipe ring and an optional trim ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Roof Goose Vent LLC
    Inventor: Jack F. King, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11306930
    Abstract: A vent having a continuous, elongate mat having an upper face and a lower face, and having a first portion and a second portion. The mat includes a plurality of columns of patterned three-dimensional structures of a network of randomly convoluted polymeric filaments having a first density, at least one of the plurality of columns of patterned three-dimensional structures being provided in the first portion, and at least one other of the plurality of columns of patterned three-dimensional structures being provided in the second portion. The mat includes a throat portion between the first portion and the second portion, the throat portion having a network of randomly convoluted polymeric filaments of a second density different than the first density, a first cover layer covering an outer edge of the first portion, and a second cover layer covering an outer edge of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: LOW & BONAR INC.
    Inventors: Lori Hascher, James Mathis, Allan Wingfield