Patents Examined by Tu Hoang
  • Patent number: 9138831
    Abstract: A self-shielding welding electrode and a method of making the same are provided. The self-shielding welding electrode contains rare earth aluminide in either the flux or the electrode portion of the electrode. The self-shielding welding electrode contains at least about 0.5% by weight of the flux of rare earth aluminide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: James M Keegan
  • Patent number: 9131802
    Abstract: This invention refers to a spinning food grill characterized because it is mainly constituted by a base upon which an electric engine is mounted, which moves a main shaft which is held in a vertical position by a post that is placed parallel to it. This main shaft is held by oarlocks located over crossbars that are perpendicular to a post. The oarlocks allow the main shaft to spin freely; additionally it is provided with a height regulator which allows the modification of the height of a circular grill located in the upper extreme of such main shaft. In such way, the distance of the circular grill is controlled, allowing it to come near or move away from the heat source, in this case ignited charcoal, to roast foods. Also, this grill is accompanied by a pair of frames that allow its use in open spaces such as gardens or patios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Patricia Isabel Rodriguez Aceves
  • Patent number: 9089006
    Abstract: An intelligent heater includes a first induction coil, a control panel, a power supply unit, a storage unit, a data transmission interface, and a controlling unit. The control panel includes an input unit for inputting, adding, amending, deleting or refreshing a cooking data and a display unit for showing an operating condition of the intelligent heater. The power supply unit is connected with the first induction coil for providing a first power to the first induction coil. The storage unit is used for storing the cooking data. The data transmission interface is used for transmitting the cooking data. The controlling unit is used for controlling the power supply unit to provide an electricity quantity of the first power to the first induction coil according to the cooking data, so that a heat quantity and a heating time required for heating a first foodstuff container are adaptively adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Cho, Yin-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 8833240
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a beverage from a beverage dispensing apparatus that includes a cartridge (13) and a beverage collecting unit (1) for dispensing a beverage from said cartridge to a beverage container. The beverage is dispensed from the cartridge to the container along at least two separate dispensers (5,7; 8,9) for dispensing a beverage from a cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tuttoespresso S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Patent number: 8809726
    Abstract: An electrode tip magazine for a spot welder that does not interfere with the welding gun is provided. The magazine includes a magazine body formed with a storage part slidably aligning and storing a plurality of electrode tips therein, one end of this storage part serving as an externally opened supply port, a push-out member disposed to be freely slidable between both ends inside the storage part, a pulley disposed at a position adjacent to the supply port of the magazine body, a spiral spring disposed at a position at the other end of the storage part of the magazine body, and a wire connecting a distal end of the spiral spring and the push-out member with an intermediate portion thereof being wound around the pulley so as to always pull the push-out member toward the supply port by a biasing force of the spiral spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Shinkokiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Nakajima, Takeo Fukizawa
  • Patent number: 8807021
    Abstract: A method of cooking in a continuous cooking oven system generally includes transporting food products on a continuous, pervious conveyor through a helical path within a cooking chamber, directing a substantially vertical flow of a heated gaseous cooking medium into either a top end or a bottom end of the helical stack and through the plurality of superimposed tiers, and selectively reversing the substantially vertical flow of heated gaseous cooking medium on a user defined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Charles McVeagh, Scott M. Kane, James E. Randall, Owen E. Morey, Robert Stacy, Ramesh M. Gunawardena, Peter Liljegren
  • Patent number: 8803029
    Abstract: A laser welding head capable of producing a plurality of beams that are proficient in providing a unique keyhole. The welding head is movable through a plurality of positions relative to substrates that enables the plurality of beams to engage the substrates in a manner that welds the substrates in a variety of stack-up positions. A welding method using the welding head is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Mariana G. Forrest, Feng Lu, Stefan Heinemann, Torsten Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8759711
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for spot welding with a laser beam (6) in which the laser beam (6) passes through a tube (3) and impinges on the components (7.1, 7.2) to be welded together. The cross section of the laser beam (6) is formed by reflections inside the tube, and the distribution of the radiation intensity is homogenized across the cross section of the beam. At the same time, the tube (3) exerts a contact force (F) on the components (7.1, 7.2) that are to be welded together. Using a plurality of laser beams (6), to each of which a tube (3) is dedicated downstream, it is possible to create a simple and robust, component-specific system by means of which several or all weld spots can be simultaneously produced so as to conjoin the two components (7.1, 7.2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Automatisierung Stechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Wollmann, Wilfried Kraemer, Jan Langebach, Sven Fischbach
  • Patent number: 8461498
    Abstract: A self-supporting field director structure for use in heating an article in a microwave oven is characterized by a vane array comprising a plurality of V-shaped vane doublets, wherein each vane doublet itself comprises a first and a second vane. Each vane extends radially outwardly from the central axis. Each vane has a substrate formed from an electrically non-conductive material, with a portion of each vane being electrically conductive. A vane support structure is attached to the vane array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: William R. Corcoran, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8410395
    Abstract: A method for determining a reference focal position of a focused laser beam passing through an opening in a nozzle body of a laser processing nozzle relative to a workpiece, in which the method includes: simultaneously cutting off a portion of the workpiece using the focused laser beam to form an edge on the workpiece and altering a distance between a focal point of the focused laser beam and the workpiece in a direction of an axis of the laser beam; determining coordinates of the edge formed on the workpiece; based on the determined coordinates, determining a section of the edge that protrudes the furthest from the workpiece; and establishing a reference focal position FL of the laser beam based on the determined coordinates corresponding to the section of the edge that protrudes the furthest from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Uwe Mienhardt
  • Patent number: 7465904
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hair iron adapted to reduce hair damage, strengthen hair and facilitate hair styling by blowing air toward the hair. The hair iron of the present invention is further adapted to provide hair with anions or moisture during hair styling. The hair iron includes a pair of cases hinge-jointed at each one end and being freely opened or closed, wherein each case has a heater plate for generating heat at the other end. A fan assembly for blowing air is coupled to the one end of one of the cases. An air passage through which the blown air is passed is formed inside the hair iron. An anion generator is located in the fan assembly, thereby mixing the anions with the air being transferred. Means for providing moisture is disposed adjacent to the heater plate and means for supplying the moisture-providing means with water is received in the recess formed in lower side of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: K.I.C.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Cheul Kim, Hyun Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 7465903
    Abstract: An integrated circuit is joined to a liquid container. The integrated circuit includes a passivation layer. A resistor is used as a heater to heat fluid in a liquid container. A mesa structure is formed over the passivation layer. The mesa structure is in contact with the resistor and is used to more effectively deliver heat from the resistor to the liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Tyler Sims
  • Patent number: 7429714
    Abstract: A modular inductively coupled plasma torch assembly is described. A rear connector unit is positioned and detachably held at a rear end of a tubular plasma chamber to provide a flow of material into it. Detachable connector units are positioned on opposite ends of a tubular jacket, and hold the tubular plasma chamber concentrically within the tubular jacket so as to define an annular chamber between the two tubes. An inductor coil is disposed concentrically around the tubular jacket and energized so as to generate plasma from the material flowing in the tubular plasma chamber. To cool the tubular plasma chamber, coolant flows through the annular chamber using inlet and outlet ports in the detachable connector units for such flow of coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Ronal Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Albert R. DePetrillo, Craig R. Heden, Robert M. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7428373
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for delivering solid precursors. In certain embodiments of the present application, a flow monitor, pressure sensor, or temperature sensor is used to measure and regulate the flow of vaporized solid precursor material from a vaporization chamber to a deposition chamber. To avoid condensation of the solid precursor material in the delivery lines, a controller is placed in a feed back loop to make adjustments to the amount of vapor available. Additional embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gurtej S. Sandhu
  • Patent number: 7390990
    Abstract: A heating device is provided, including an insulating ceramic base having a heating surface for heating an object. A high frequency electrode is embedded in the insulating ceramic base in the vicinity of the heating surface, and a heating body is embedded in the base in a location that is further from the heating surface than the location of the high frequency electrode. A low resistance ceramic member is provided so as to be exposed to a part of the heating surface of the insulating ceramic base and to be connected to a conductive member inside of the insulating ceramic base. A main component of the material of the low resistance ceramic member is common to that of the insulating ceramic base, and the respective thermal expansion coefficients are equivalent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Ohta, Masao Nishioka
  • Patent number: 7236083
    Abstract: The present invention provides a resistance-type oxygen sensor, and an oxygen sensor device and an air/fuel ratio control system using same. The present invention relates to a resistance-type oxygen sensor with suppressed temperature dependence, wherein: (1) a gas detection unit composed of an oxide semiconductor with a resistance value varying according to temperature and the oxygen partial pressure of atmospheric gas and a temperature compensation unit composed of a conductor with suppressed dependence of a resistance value on oxygen partial pressure are connected in series; (2) the temperature compensation unit is composed of an oxygen ion conductor; and (3) an electrode for electric contact with the temperature compensation unit is exposed to the atmospheric gas and is a porous body; an oxygen sensor device and an air/fuel ratio control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Noriya Izu, Woosuck Shin, Norimitsu Murayama
  • Patent number: 7233226
    Abstract: A Platinum temperature sensor comprises a ceramic substrate and a platinum thin-film resistor applied to said ceramic substrate, a ceramic cover layer and a connecting layer generated from a ceramic green layer by pressure and temperature treatment. The ceramic cover layer is connected with the ceramic substrate in such a way via the connecting layer that the platinum thin-film resistor is sealingly encapsulated with regard to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Sensotherm Temperatursenorik GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich Zitzmann
  • Patent number: 7230517
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for using plasma to adjust the resistance of a thin film resistor. In one advantageous embodiment of the invention, the resistance of a thin film resistor is increased to cause the thin film resistor to have a desired higher value of resistance. The thin film resistor is formed having an initial value of resistance that is less than the desired value of resistance. Then the thin film resistor is placed in an oxidizing atmosphere. A surface of the thin film resistor is then oxidized to increase the initial value of resistance to the desired value of resistance. The amount of the increase in resistance may be selected by selecting the temperature of the oxidizing atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Wendell Foote, Jr., Tom Bold, Rodney Hill, Abhay Ramrao Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 7230969
    Abstract: An electrode joint having first and second complementary elements capable of being joined together to form the joint, wherein one of the threaded elements has at least one slot at least partially along its length; and wherein one of the threaded elements includes a source of a flowable adhesive in fluid communication with the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: UCAR Carbon Company Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Segger, James J. Pavlisin
  • Patent number: 7227443
    Abstract: A fixed resistor network has an insulating substrate, a plurality of film resistors arranged on a top surface of the insulating substrate, terminal electrodes formed for the film resistors on each lengthwise sidewall of the insulating substrate at a given pitch along the sidewall, and recesses provided between the terminal electrodes. The occurrence of solder bridges between the terminal electrodes during solder mounting and the occurrence of chipping in the terminal-electrode-forming areas between the recesses on the lengthwise sidewall are both reduced by making the width of the recesses along the lengthwise sidewall either 0.44 to 0.48 times or 0.525 to 0.625 times the pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Kuriyama