Patents Examined by Thor S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10837674
    Abstract: A safety system and method to prevent water within a top portion of a tank of an electric water heater to drop below a safe temperature during a load shedding period, other than a full emergency grid failure, by a power provider whereby to prevent the propagation of harmful bacteria in a top portion the tank. A control device monitors the water temperature in the top portion of the tank by the use of a temperature sensor. If the control device detects a temperature of the water in the top portion of the tank inferior to 140 degrees F., it will by-pass the instructions of the power provider and connect power to one or more of the resistive heating elements of the tank until a predetermined temperature above 140 degrees F. is attained before switching off the resistive heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MICLAU-S.R.I. INC.
    Inventor: Claude Lesage
  • Patent number: 10834970
    Abstract: A combination vaporizer is disclosed. The vaporizer includes a first body having a cavity for receiving a cartridge containing a first product, and a second body containing a second product. An atomizer in the first cartridge vaporizes the first product and an atomizer in the second body vaporizes the second product. The two vapors are combined in a controlled amount and exit through an outlet of the first body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VMR Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Andries Verleur, Dan Recio, Zhiyuan Liu, Hans Verleur
  • Patent number: 10829094
    Abstract: A washer fluid heating device according to an embodiment includes: a container which stores a washer fluid; a deflector which vertically partitions a storage space for the washer fluid into an upper space and a lower space; an inflow portion through which the washer fluid flows into a lower side of the storage space partitioned by the deflector; an outflow portion which is provided to an upper side of the storage space partitioned by the deflector to cause the washer fluid to flow out of the container; and a heating portion which is positioned in the storage space, in which, in the deflector, a plurality of holes which cause the washer fluid to pass from the lower side toward the upper side of the storage space are disposed to be substantially evenly distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Sato, Futoshi Suzuki, Masayuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10816191
    Abstract: A steam heating apparatus, including a housing, a heater, a water inlet, and a steam outlet. The heater includes a base and a heating body vertically extending down from the base. The heating body includes a water inlet channel, a steam outlet channel, and heating pipes. The water inlet channel and the steam outlet channel are located between a pair of vertical heating pipes among the heating pipes. One end of the water inlet channel is communicated with the water inlet provided at one end of the heater, and the other end of the water inlet channel is opened to allow steam to flow out. The steam heating apparatus can fully utilize the heat of the heater, and the steam conversion efficiency and quality are higher. Meanwhile, the problem of blocking is prevented, and the performance of the heating apparatus is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: KINGCLEAN ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zugen Ni
  • Patent number: 10813384
    Abstract: The e-vaping device includes a vaporizer assembly, which includes a heating element, a pre-vapor formulation reservoir, a pre-vapor formulation level indicator including a plurality of discrete indicator segments, and at least one processor. The pre-vapor formulation reservoir may be configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation and the at least one processor may be configured to determine a difference between a first duty cycle of power supplied to the heating element and a second duty cycle of power supplied to the heating element; and adjust the indicator based on the determined duty cycle difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Terrance Theodore Bache, Christopher S. Tucker, Raymond W. Lau
  • Patent number: 10791759
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an atomizer includes an atomizing device and a liquid supply. The atomizing device includes an engaging part. The liquid supply includes a liquid chamber. The liquid supply includes a connecting end and a liquid outlet defined in the connecting end. The engaging part defines a liquid inlet through which tobacco liquid can flow into the atomizing device. The liquid supply further includes a sliding block slidable between a first position and a second position. When the sliding block is in the first position, the sliding block seals the liquid outlet; when the sliding block is in the second position, the liquid outlet is opened. The engaging part is capable of sliding along a predetermined track to form a snap-fit connection with the connecting end, and simultaneously driving the sliding block to move from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Yonglu Guo, Min Zheng
  • Patent number: 10791799
    Abstract: An oven may facilitate heating, curing, and/or drying processes for manufactured items, such as shoe parts, using multiple groups of infrared sources. Efficiencies of the oven are achieved through a deliberate airflow characteristic, which is accomplished with a configuration of apertures extending through a circulation plate. A higher concentration of apertures is formed in the circulation plate near a center zone relative to zones near an entrance and exit to the oven. Further, the shape of the apertures in the circulation plate aid in improved airflow within the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Regan, Shih-Yuan Wu, Geoffrey Nichols, Yu-Shu Hsiao, Min Chuan Chang, Chang Min-Li
  • Patent number: 10786110
    Abstract: Provided is a portable heating rod for heating a beverage in a container and a method of using the same. The portable heating rod comprises a handle portion and a heating portion coupled to the handle portion along a longitudinal direction. The handle portion includes a first housing made of a heat insulating material, a control interface, a control circuit board and a power source within the first housing. The heating portion includes a second housing made of a heat conductive material, at least one heating element and at least one temperature sensor. During operation, the heating portion of the portable heating rod is at least partly immersed in the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LUCKY CONSUMER PRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nam Tsui, Chi Keung Chow
  • Patent number: 10785830
    Abstract: An infrared emitter is provided. The infrared emitter includes a substrate made of an electrically insulating material. The substrate includes a surface that contacts a printed conductor made of a resistor material that is electrically conducting and generates heat when current flows through it. The electrically insulating material includes an amorphous matrix component into which an additional component is embedded that absorbs in the spectral range of infrared radiation. At least a part of the surface is configured with a cover layer made of porous glass, whereby the printed conductor is embedded, at least in part, in the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: Heraeus Noblelight GmbH, Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lotta Gaab, Nils Christian Nielsen, Gerrit Scheich, Jürgen Weber, Frank Wessely
  • Patent number: 10780762
    Abstract: An electrical heating device (1) includes a housing (2, 102) having a fluid inlet (3) for the intake of a fluid to be heated into the housing (2, 102) and having a fluid outlet (4) for the discharge of the fluid from the housing (2, 102). A flow channel (5) for the fluid is formed between the fluid inlet (3) and fluid outlet (4), and at least one heating instrument (6, 105, 205) extends into the flow channel (5) in the housing (2, 102). This heating instrument has a sleeve (7, 207) that surrounds an interior of the heating instrument (6, 105, 205) in a fluid-tight way. At least one heating element (8, 208) is arranged in the sleeve (7, 207), and at least one sensor element (9, 109, 209) is arranged in the sleeve (7, 207) for monitoring the temperature of the at least one heating element (8, 208).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Türk & Hillinger Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kohl, Karl-Gerd Krumbach, Wolfgang Seewald, Igor Tschemeris, Christoph Fodor, Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10772354
    Abstract: A heater and wick assembly for an aerosol generating system includes a capillary body, a heating element on an outer surface of the capillary body, and a pair of spaced apart electrical contacts fixed around the capillary body and coupled with the heating element. The heater and wick assembly also includes a support member extending along at least part of the length of the capillary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 10775050
    Abstract: A heating device for a floor includes a membrane, a plurality of heating elements attached to the membrane, at least one positively charged electrode attached to each of the heating elements and at least one negatively charged electrode attached to each of the heating elements, where the at least one positively charged electrode and the at least one negatively charged electrode are connected to an electrical power source and supply electrical power to the heating elements. The heating elements, the at least one positively charged electrode and the at least one negatively charged electrode are arranged on the membrane so that cutting of the membrane along a cutting line in any direction across the membrane does not disrupt the supply of electrical power to the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMPANY
    Inventors: Suman Sinha Ray, Ajith Mulky Rao
  • Patent number: 10775051
    Abstract: A water holding tank for electric water heaters is described and particularly an improvement to the bottom end construction of the tank to prevent bacteria proliferation and the elimination of the cavitated circumferential area where sediments deposit to form a culture bed for bacteria to proliferate. Instead of modifying the shape of the bottom wall the improvement is a simple solution in that a filler material is set in at least a lowermost portion, and preferably a major portion, of the cavitated circumferential area to isolate that area from the interior of the water holding tank and form smooth flat surface areas which are planar to cause sediments to disperse and not form beds for bacteria to proliferate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MICLAU-S.R.I. INC
    Inventors: Claude Lesage, Jean-Claude Lesage
  • Patent number: 10765149
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system may include a cartridge, a vaporiser section configured to receive the cartridge, and a power supply section configured to supply electrical power to the vaporiser section. The cartridge may include a cartridge housing containing a solid aerosol-forming substrate and defining a cartridge air inlet that extends through a wall portion of the cartridge housing. The vaporiser section may include a vaporiser housing containing an electric heater and a liquid aerosol-forming substrate and defining a vaporiser air outlet that extends through a wall portion of the vaporiser housing. The cartridge wall portion is configured to abut the vaporiser wall portion when the cartridge is received within the vaporiser section. The cartridge configured to be rotatable with respect to the vaporiser section to vary the amount of overlap between the cartridge air inlet and the vaporiser air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10765148
    Abstract: An e-vaping case includes a housing, a guide structure, a cartridge receiving portion connected to the guide structure, and an electronics system in the housing. The cartridge receiving portion is configured to be moved along the guide structure between a first surface and a second surface of the housing. The electronics system includes a power supply that is configured to initiate a transfer of power to an electrical contact structure if the cartridge receiving portion is moved towards the first surface of the housing to at least a first position of the housing. The electronics system is configured to interrupt the transfer of power to the electrical contact structure if the cartridge receiving portion is moved towards the second surface of the housing. An electronic vaping device may include a cartridge detachably coupled to the cartridge receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Chris Simpson, Terrance Theodore Bache, David Schiff
  • Patent number: 10757975
    Abstract: An electrically operated aerosol-generating system is provided, including an aerosol-generating device, a removable aerosol-forming cartridge, and a removable heater provided separately from the cartridge. The cartridge includes at least one aerosol-forming substrate; the heater includes at least one electric heater element and first electrical contacts connected to the heater element; the device includes a main body defining a main cavity and at least one opening configured to receive the cartridge and the heater within the cavity, and an electric power supply and second electrical contacts connected thereto. When the cartridge and the heater are received within the cavity, the first and second electrical contacts contact each other and the heater is configured to heat the substrate, the cartridge and the heater are substantially flat, and the cavity, the cartridge, and the heater are arranged so that the cartridge and the heater are substantially parallel and adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista, Stephane Hedarchet
  • Patent number: 10753618
    Abstract: A heating element arrangement for a cooking appliance includes a first heating zone which is constructed to emit IR radiation in a first wavelength range, and a second heating zone which is constructed to emit IR radiation in a second wavelength range. The first wavelength range and the second wavelength range differ hereby from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Jördens, Jürgen Salomon, Philipp Schaller, Gerhard Schmidmayer
  • Patent number: 10736357
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette or similar vaporization devices include a liquid which is vaporized or atomized in an atomizer. An e-liquid detection system can verify that the e-liquid is acceptable for use in the device. The e-liquid detection system may detect one or more indicators, and/or physical or chemical properties of the e-liquid. The e-liquid detection system may also measure the e-liquid level in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10741457
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatus and method for reducing non uniformity during thermal processing. One embodiment provides an apparatus for processing a substrate comprising a chamber body defining a processing volume, a substrate support disposed in the processing volume, wherein the substrate support is configured to rotate the substrate, a sensor assembly configured to measure temperature of the substrate at a plurality of locations, and one or more pulse heating elements configured to provide pulsed energy towards the processing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Wolfgang R. Aderhold, Aaron Muir Hunter, Joseph M. Ranish
  • Patent number: 10729178
    Abstract: An element for an aerosol-generating system, a cartridge for an aerosol-generating system, and an aerosol-generating system, wherein the element, the cartridge and the aerosol-generating system each include a storage portion for storing an aerosol-forming substrate and a manually operated disabling mechanism for rendering the element, the cartridge, or the aerosol-generating system irreversibly inoperable. The element, the cartridge, and the aerosol-generating system may include an aerosol generator and one or more air passages. The disabling mechanism may be configured to render at least one of the storage portion, the aerosol generator, and the one or more air passages irreversibly inoperable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Tony Reevell