Patents Examined by Thor Campbell
  • Patent number: 10253971
    Abstract: A system for generating high pressure steam from dirty water uses a combination of sub-merged plasma arcs and electrical resistive heating. Dirty water from steam assisted gravity drainage, or other dirty water producing process, which needs to be converted into high pressure steam, is fed directly without any pre-treatment, into a plasma fired steam generator, powered by submerged electrodes. The combination of electric arc plasma and resistive heating is created between the submerged electrodes. The heat so generated will boil the water portion of the dirty water feed to generate steam that is collected in a steam space and then removed there from. The solids and other residues (residual sludge) present in the feed water settle down at the bottom of the steam generator and are removed via a blow-down stream. The plasma arcs are used to intermittently remove any scaling or solid deposits that can accumulate on the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PYROGENESIS CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana Rao, Pierre Carabin, Jean-Rene Gagnon, William Kreklewetz
  • Patent number: 10226152
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a predetermined volume of a warm liquid includes a heater, a pump and a temperature sensor sensitive to the temperature of the liquid upstream of the heater. A controller is arranged to receive upstream temperature data from the temperature sensor, calculate the amount of energy required to reach a desired final temperature, energize the heater for a calculated period of ON time, and dispense liquid for a calculated period of time that is at least partly contemporaneous with the calculated period of ON time. After the heater has been de-energized, the dispensed liquid removes residual heat so that the average temperature after dispensing the predetermined volume is the desired final temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Strix Limited
    Inventors: James Howitt, Colin Peter Moughton
  • Patent number: 10228158
    Abstract: A PTC heater having a heat conductor, a first end cover, a second end cover, and a PTC heating element. The heat conductor includes a duct for accommodating a PTC heating element, a first liquid passage channel, and a second liquid passage channel. The first end cover is coupled to one end of the heat conductor and includes a first and a second compartment, a water inlet, and a water outlet. The water inlet is in fluid communication with the first compartment and the first liquid passage channel, and the water outlet is in fluid communication with the second compartment and the second liquid passage channel. The second end cover is coupled to the other end of the heat conductor. The first and second liquid passage channels are in fluid communication with each other via an internal space of the second end cover to form a closed liquid circulation channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BESTWAY INFLATABLES & MATERIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 10225886
    Abstract: An infrared light source includes a resistor formed on the side of one principal surface of a support substrate via an insulating film; a plurality of projections formed on the one principal surface side of the support substrate by etching the support substrate; and a protection film stacked as a layer on top of the resistor and projections. The resistor is disposed on the same plane in a region which forms an infrared emission portion in which the plurality of projections and the resistor are formed, and infrared is efficiently emitted from the region in which are formed the projections by heat generated by energizing the resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takaki Sugino
  • Patent number: 10212964
    Abstract: An additive assembly for an e-vaping device includes an adsorbent material that includes adsorbed carbon dioxide. The additive assembly may be in fluid communication with a vaporizer assembly that forms a generated vapor. The adsorbent material may release the carbon dioxide into the generated vapor based on at least a portion of the generated vapor adsorbing on the adsorbent material. The additive assembly may include a flavor material including a flavorant. The adsorbent material may generate heat based on at least a portion of the generated vapor adsorbing on the adsorbent material, and the flavor material may release flavorant into the generated vapor based at least in part on the heat generated by the adsorbent material. One or more of the adsorbent material and the flavor material may be included in beads. Adsorbent material and flavor material may be included in multiple additive structures within the additive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES
    Inventors: Georgios Karles, Tracy M. Ogbonlowo, Danielle Crawford, San Li
  • Patent number: 10215431
    Abstract: An air handler configured with a plurality of air distribution modules, each including a fan, and at least one damper disposed within to provide and direct conditioned air or fresh air to respective multiple zones of a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel J. Dempsey
  • Patent number: 10219321
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a heating body and batteries. The batteries are grouped so as to form a battery bank having a parallelepiped shape which defines anterior and posterior faces of this bank. The heating body forms at least one face located along one of the anterior or posterior faces of the battery bank, or above the battery bank. The apparatus also includes a first thermal insulation plate placed between the battery bank and the heating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LANCEY ENERGY STORAGE S.A.S.
    Inventor: Raphaƫl Meyer
  • Patent number: 10206429
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, methods of forming such devices, and elements of such devices. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides devices configured for vaporization of an aerosol precursor composition through radiant heating. The radiant heat source may be a laser diode or further element suitable for providing electromagnetic radiation, and heating may be carried out within an optional chamber, which can be a radiation-trapping chamber. In some embodiments, an interior of such chamber may be configured as a black body or as a white body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Yi-ping Chang, Stephen Benson Sears, Karen V. Taluskie, Susan K. Pike, Nicholas Harrison Watson, Stephen C. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10207018
    Abstract: A wax warmer assembly includes a housing having an outermost edge defining an opening. The housing further includes an annular ridge below the outermost edge. The wax warmer assembly further includes a dish with a peripheral edge, a heater affixed to the dish, and a USB power cord in electrical communication with the heater. Further, the dish is disposed in the opening of the housing and the peripheral edge of the dish engages with the annular ridge of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Gasper
  • Patent number: 10206424
    Abstract: A radiant heater adapted to fit on the head of a hookah. The heater uses one or more resistance ribbons to generate heat which is transferred to shisha in the hookah. The heater includes a chimney which surrounds the resistance ribbon and provides a chimney siphoning to remove heat when the heater is not in use and a heat transfer plate which includes one or more projections to vent excess heat. Air is drawn through the top of the chimney and is heated by the resistance ribbon. The heated air mixes with cool air drawn through a ventilation space below the chimney and the mixed air drawn through one or more vents in a heat plate. The heat transfer plate and hot air vaporize the shisha.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MG Heat, LLC
    Inventors: Gunter Gammerler, Maximilian Frank
  • Patent number: 10203131
    Abstract: A fluid heating system may be installed for residential and commercial use, and may deliver fluid at consistent high temperatures for cooking, sterilizing tools or utensils, hot beverages and the like, without a limit on the number of consecutive discharges of fluid. The fluid heating system is installed with a tankless fluid heating device that includes an inlet port, an outlet port, at least one heat source connected with the inlet port, and a valve connecting the at least one heat source to the outlet port. A temperature sensor is downstream of the at least one heat source and connected to the valve. Another temperature sensor is on the heat source to enable it to be kept at an elevated temperature. The valve is operated so that an entire volume of a fluid discharge from the fluid heating system is delivered at a user-specified temperature on demand, for every demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: EEMAX, INC.
    Inventors: Sergiu Gabriel Mihu, Eric R. Jurczyszak, Chris Hayden
  • Patent number: 10194694
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, methods of forming such devices, and elements of such devices. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides devices configured for vaporization of an aerosol precursor composition that is stored in and/or transported to a heater by a porous monolith, which can be, for example, a porous glass or a porous ceramic. A heater can be in a heating arrangement with an external portion of the porous monolith or can be substantially internal to the porous monolith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Ercilia Hernandez Garcia, Sawyer Hubbard, Percy D. Phillips, James William Rogers, Stephen Benson Sears, Andries Don Sebastian, Karen V. Taluskie
  • Patent number: 10194693
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, devices, kits, and systems for modulating aerosol particle size generated by an aerosol generating device (e.g., electronic nicotine delivery device). Also described herein are methods, devices, kits, and systems for modulating the delivery of aerosol particles generated by an aerosol generating device (e.g., an electronic nicotine delivery device) to the deep lung of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Wensley, Peter Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10190716
    Abstract: A heated hose has pressure housings at or near its inlet and outlet. Heat is provided by an electric resistance heater located within the flow channel of the hose. Power feedthroughs in the pressure housings provide fluid-tight electrical power and return connections to the heater. The power feedthroughs may comprise a generally cylindrical body having a central axial bore. A conductor pin is situated within the central axial bore in spaced apart relation thereto creating an annulus. The annulus may be filled with an insulating material such as a ceramic. The power feedthroughs are retained within bores in each of the pressure housings. The bores have a circumferential groove in their inner walls which hold a seal such as an O-ring in sealing engagement with the outer surface of the generally cylindrical body of the power feedthrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AKURATE DYNAMICS, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Hodgkinson
  • Patent number: 10189036
    Abstract: An all-electric pressure washer heater module having a heating coil and a heating element is disclosed. A system for all-electric pressure washing is further disclosure. In particular, the all-electric pressure washer heater module contains the heating element from exposure to corrosion and fouling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MI-T-M Corporation
    Inventor: Michael John Steffen
  • Patent number: 10190800
    Abstract: A heatable fluid bag, including a bag body, wherein a liquid inlet and power access port are formed in the bag body; the power access port is electrically connected with an electrical heating component installed in the bag body; the electrical heating component includes a metal ceramic heating sheet; the metal ceramic heating sheet is encapsulated in a metal protection shell composed of an upper and lower sheet; a connection base is connected to the upper sheet; a PVC protection shell is installed in the connection base; a power connector installation shell is installed in the PVC protection shell; a temperature control K301 switch, thermal fuse and power input socket are installed in the power connector installation shell; and a rotary upper cover is installed on the power input socket. The fluid bag is simple in structure, separates water and electricity, and is waterproof and insulating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: David John Amato, Huiquan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10182674
    Abstract: An active temperature control module can be used with drinkware and plateware devices. The drinkware can be a mug made of metal, and optionally coated with a ceramic material. The active thermal control module can optionally be removably coupleable to a surface of the drinkware or plateware device. The module can include at least one heating element that can thermally communicate with a surface of the drinkware or plateware device to thereby effect heat transfer through the base to food stuff (e.g., a solid food, a liquid food) in the drinkware or plateware device. The module can include at least one sensor configured to sense a parameter of the foodstuff, and at least one power storage element configured to provide power to the at least one heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ember Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Alexander, Christopher Thomas Wakeham, Daren John Leith, Mikko Juhani Timperi, Frank Victor Baumann, Farzam Roknaldin
  • Patent number: 10184725
    Abstract: The infrared furnace includes a plurality of infrared lamps arrayed on one surface side of a work and a reflective surface provided on its opposite surface side. Outputs of the infrared lamps are locally adjusted, or intensity of the infrared rays incident on one work surface is locally adjusted by a member disposed between the infrared lamps and the one surface of the work. In this manner, variations in strength may be imparted to one and the same car part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN TAKAOKA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Ishiguro, Katsunori Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 10159281
    Abstract: The present disclosure claims an electronic cigarette, a cigarette rod, a cigarette cartridge, and a recognition method of a cigarette cartridge, wherein the electronic cigarette includes: the cigarette rod and the cigarette cartridge. The cigarette rod includes: a battery and a controller, and the cigarette cartridge includes: an atomizer and a recognition information provider component connected with the atomizer, wherein the atomizer is connected with the controller via the recognition information provider component, wherein the recognition information provider component is configured to send recognition information to the controller, and the controller is configured to judge whether the cigarette rod and the cigarette cartridge are matched, and if so, allow the atomizer to work normally. Otherwise, the controller executes alarming or prohibits the atomizer from working normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Sigma Microelectronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Zhiqian Li
  • Patent number: 10160260
    Abstract: A device (1) for applying heat radiation to a surface, for softening and/or removing one or more coatings, includes a head assembly (2) and a handle assembly (3) connected to the head assembly. The head assembly includes at least one heat radiation element (6) arranged in a reflector unit (4), which has an aperture intended to be directed towards the surface to be radiated. The head assembly and the handle assembly are separated by a clearance and at least one heat dissipating member that spans the clearance connects a first attachment area (14) of the head assembly and a second attachment area (16) of the handle assembly. At least a portion of the heat dissipating member has a curvature such that the length of the heat dissipating member exceeds the distance between the first and second attachment areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SPEEDHEATER SYSTEM AB
    Inventor: Birger Ericsson