Patents Examined by Thien S Tran
  • Patent number: 11911539
    Abstract: A device for dispensing, in particular for vaporizing, volatile substances such as fragrances and/or active agents, includes a container and a capillary element in contact with said substance to be dispensed that conveys said substance to at least one substance dispensing region by a capillary effect. At least one electrical heating element adjoins said at least one capillary element. An electrical connection element supplies said electrical heating element with electrical energy. The heating element is a constituent part of said container and said container can be releasably connected to said electrical connection element. An electrical contact device is provided for electrically connecting said heating element to said electrical connection element in a releasable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: CTR, LDA
    Inventors: David Dycher, Pedro Queiroz Vieira
  • Patent number: 11911845
    Abstract: A light guide device includes a first light guide part, a polygon mirror, and a second light guide part. The first part reflects and guides a laser light emitted from a laser generator. The polygon mirror rotates and includes reflective parts. The reflective parts are arranged to form a regular polygonal reflective surface when viewed in a rotation axis direction, the polygon mirror reflecting the light guided by the first part by the reflective part while rotating. The second part reflects the light reflected at the reflective part and guides the light so that the light is irradiated to the workpiece at each of the reflective parts. The reflective part reflects the incident light so that the optical axis of the incident light offset in the rotation axis direction. At least two reflective parts differ from each other in position in the rotation axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Mutsuhiro Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11910495
    Abstract: A conductive ink may comprise a high temperature thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and a plurality of conductive particles disposed in the high temperature TPU. The plurality of conductive particles may comprise between 60% and 95% of the conductive ink by weight. The high temperature TPU may include a melting point between 120° C. and 200° C. The conductive ink may be used for external heated composite structures, such as rotor blades, fixed wings, faring, engine lip electrothermal ice protection, or the like. The conductive ink may have enhanced mechanical fatigue resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Jin Hu, Casey Slane, Nathaniel Ching
  • Patent number: 11897056
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus includes an irradiation portion, and a controller. The irradiation portion includes a shaping portion configured to shape the laser light. The controller includes: a determination portion configured to determine a first and a second orientation; a processing controller configured to perform a first process of forming the modified region along a first region and stopping formation of the modified region other than the first region, and a second process of forming the modified region along a second region and stopping formation of the modified region other than the second region; and an adjustment portion configured to adjust the orientation of the longitudinal direction to be the first orientation when the first process is performed, and to adjust the orientation of the longitudinal direction to be the second orientation when the second process is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Takeshi Sakamoto, Katsuhiro Korematsu
  • Patent number: 11895761
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus of the disclosure includes a heat source configured to provide heat into a cooking chamber. The cooking apparatus also includes a communication interface configured to receive recipe data including first output information of a reference cooking apparatus from a server. The cooking apparatus further includes a memory configured to store second output information of the cooking apparatus. Additionally, the cooking apparatus includes a processor configured to change an operation setting of the heat source included in the recipe data based on a difference between the first output information and the second output information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiho Jeong, Jeawon Lee, Seunggee Hong
  • Patent number: 11892428
    Abstract: A laser ablation device is provided with: a laser light source that outputs a femtosecond pulse laser beam; an optical system that includes a first mirror rotatable about a first axis, a second mirror rotatable about a second axis, a first driving source for rotating the first mirror about the first axis, and a second driving source for rotating the second mirror about the second axis, and that reflects the laser beam from the laser light source toward a sample by the first mirror and the second mirror; and an irradiation controller that, on the basis of the two-dimensional coordinate position of an analysis position, controls the first driving source and the second driving source to irradiate the analysis position with the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: S.T.JAPAN INC.
    Inventors: Takao Nakagawa, Norio Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11882956
    Abstract: A cooking adjustment system for a cooking appliance includes a body that defines a cooking cavity. A steam generator system is coupled to the body. The steam generator system is configured to inject steam into the cooking cavity. An air temperature sensor is disposed within the cooking cavity and configured to sense a dry bulb temperature. A food probe has multiple food temperature sensors. At least one of the food temperature sensors is configured to sense a surface temperature of a food item. A controller is communicatively coupled to the steam generator system, the air temperature sensor, and the food probe. The controller is configured to determine a wet bulb temperature utilizing the surface temperature of the food. The controller is configured to adjust relative humidity within the cooking cavity in response to at least one of the wet bulb temperature and the dry bulb temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Andrea Barbieri, Riccardo Loner
  • Patent number: 11878366
    Abstract: A laser processing head includes a tubular main body, and a gas supply part disposed in the main body and allowing an assist gas supplied from outside to flow into an internal space of the main body. The gas supply part includes a first gas supply hole extending along a first axis on a plane orthogonal to an axis of a tube of the main body and opening at an inner circumferential surface of the main body, a second gas supply hole forming a predetermined angle relative to the first axis around the axis, extending along a second axis on the plane orthogonal to the axis and opening at the inner circumferential surface, and a flow path forming ring facing the inner circumferential surface with a predetermined interval, and forming a cylindrical space extending along the axis between the flow path forming ring and the inner circumferential surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: AMADA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takase, Akihiko Sugiyama, Chisato Udagawa
  • Patent number: 11869810
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for separating at least one solid-state layer (4) from at least one solid (1). The method according to the invention includes the steps of: producing a plurality of modifications (9) by means of laser beams in the interior of the solid (1) in order to form a separation plane (8); producing a composite structure by arranging or producing layers and/or components (150) on or above an initially exposed surface (5) of the solid (1), the exposed surface (5) being part of the solid-state layer (4) to be separated; introducing an external force into the solid (1) in order to create stresses in the solid (1), the external force being so great that the stresses cause a crack to propagate along the separation plane (8), wherein the modifications for forming the separation plane (8) are produced before the composite structure is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Siltectra GmbH
    Inventors: Marko Swoboda, Ralf Rieske, Christian Beyer, Jan Richter
  • Patent number: 11867411
    Abstract: A method of cooking a food item in a cooking appliance having a cooking chamber and a user interface with a selector that allows a user to set a target degree of browning includes imaging, by an imaging device for capturing a real-time image, the food item inside the cooking chamber. A computing device in communication with the imaging device, and having a software module that receives the captured image, receives the captured real-time image from the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua G. Abdoo, Ariana M. Bruno, Matthew P. Ebrom, Neomar Giacomini, Donald J. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 11858067
    Abstract: A build plate-clamping assembly may include a work station having a build plate-receiving surface and a lock-pin extending from the build plate-receiving surface of the work station. The lock-pin may include a hollow pin body, a piston disposed within the hollow pin body, with the piston axially movable from a retracted position to an actuated position, and a plurality of detents, with the plurality of detents radially extensible through respective ones of a plurality of detent-apertures in the hollow pin body responsive to the piston having been axially moved to the actuated position. A methods of working on workpieces may include lockingly engaging a build plate at a first work station, performing a first work-step, releasing the build plate from the first work station, lockingly engaging the build plate at a second work station, and performing a second work-step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Glen Charles Fedyk, Jinjie Shi, Joseph Edward Hampshire, Richard Roy Worthing, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11858073
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating and controlling an AC output for welding, plasma cutting or heating are provided. One embodiment of the present disclosure achieves a desired square wave AC output and reduces the number of circuit components needed by combining components of a buck converter and a full bridge inverter. Current flow paths through a power control circuit that are generated via switching of transistors in the circuit on and off are provided. In one embodiment, a pulse width modulation leg, which controls the level of current flow through an inductor, is provided. Certain embodiments include a bidirectional buck converter that converts an unregulated DC flow to a regulated DC flow through an inductor. In one embodiment, a steering leg is provided, which controls a direction of current flow through the inductor. Additionally, an output clamp circuit, which suppresses the parasitic load inductance during polarity reversal is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Madsen, Quinn William Schartner
  • Patent number: 11856962
    Abstract: A heating/smoker device is disclosed which uses the heat and/or smoke from existing sources and uses it to heat up serveware or food, or smoke food. The heating/smoker device is durable and versatile and can adopt to virtually any heat/smoke source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Arnold Craig Marcum
  • Patent number: 11850681
    Abstract: A double nozzle for a laser processing head includes an inner body portion having an interior surface defining a bore for passing a laser beam, a first interface surface near a distal end of the inner body portion, the first interface surface including a plurality of channels, and an exterior surface near a proximal end of the inner body portion and shaped to engage the laser processing head. Each channel includes interior and exterior linear edges in a cross-section that passes though a central longitudinal axis of the double nozzle. The double nozzle also includes an outer body portion connected to the inner body portion. The outer body portion defines a jet surface, which together with the plurality of channels defines a corresponding plurality of auxiliary fluid flow paths about the bore and between the inner body portion and the outer body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Hypertherm, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Woods, David J. Cook, Joe Ciambra, Marco Celeghin, Aaron D. Brandt, Sanjay Garg
  • Patent number: 11852349
    Abstract: A convection oven includes a heating element made of a single coil formed into a pair of concentric loops. The concentric loops are disposed in parallel planes to improve the thermal efficiency and power requirements of the convection oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikel Woodall, Gregory Funk, Ryan Blanchard
  • Patent number: 11844457
    Abstract: A tamping augur may be controlled in various ways to obtain a consistent fill height and uniformity in the distribution of coffee grinds in a portafilter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Grassia, Daniel Robert Corkin
  • Patent number: 11833611
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus includes a support portion, a laser processing head, a vertical movement mechanism, a horizontal movement mechanism, and a controller. The controller controls starting and stopping of emission of a laser light from the laser processing head based on rotation information in a state where a focusing point is positioned at a position along a circumferential edge of an effective region in a target, while rotating the support portion, to perform a circumferential edge process for forming a modified region along the circumferential edge of the effective region in the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventors: Takeshi Sakamoto, Junji Okuma
  • Patent number: 11838996
    Abstract: A heater assembly for an electronic vaping device and a method of manufacturing the electronic vaping device are provided. The heater assembly includes a chimney cage extending longitudinally, a heater extending longitudinally within the chimney cage, a heater gauze positioned about an outer circumference of the heater, the chimney case positioned about an outer circumference of the heater gauze, and a cathode clip electrically connected to a first end portion of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Barry S. Smith, Charles Dendy
  • Patent number: 11830726
    Abstract: Various embodiments comprise apparatuses and related methods for cleaning a substrate. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a substrate holder to hold and rotate the substrate at various speeds. An optional inner shield and an optional outer shield, when in a closed position, surround the substrate holder during operation of the apparatus. Each of the inner shield and the outer shield can operate independently in at least one of rotational speed and direction from the other shield. At least one of a front-side laser and a back-side laser are arranged to clean one or both sides of the substrate and edges of the substrate substantially concurrently or independently by impinging a light onto at least one surface of the substrate. A gas flow, combined with a high rotational-speed of the shields and substrate, assists in removing effluents from the substrate. Additional apparatuses and methods of forming the apparatuses are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Planar Semiconductor Corporation Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Rubinder S. Randhawa, Harry Christov
  • Patent number: 11825987
    Abstract: A DC powered cooking appliance which uses an induction or a resistance based DC heating element and excludes AC powered heating elements and preferably does not rely on directly connected combustion powered heating elements. Some embodiments include wattage of 1500 watts or less, voltages of 40 or 48 volts or more and are installed on a boat, van, rv or bus such that an inverter of that boat, van, rv or bus is not electrically connected to the cooking appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Kenyon International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Reischmann, Phillip Williams