With Electric Heating Element Patents (Class 137/341)
  • Patent number: 10665430
    Abstract: A gas supply system includes: a first flow channel connecting a first gas source and a chamber; a second flow channel connecting a second gas source and the first flow channel; a control valve, provided in the second flow channel, configured to control a flow rate of the second gas; an orifice provided downstream of the control valve and at a terminus of the second flow channel; a switching valve, provided at a connection point between the first flow channel and the terminus of the second flow channel, configured to control a supply timing of the second gas; an exhaust mechanism, connected to a flow channel between the control valve and the orifice in the second flow channel, configured to exhaust the second gas; and a controller configured to bring the control valve, the switching valve and the exhaust mechanism into operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Sawachi, Norihiko Amikura, Kouji Nishino, Yohei Sawada, Yoshiharu Kishida
  • Patent number: 10613004
    Abstract: A system for on-stream sampling of pressurized process gas such as natural gas or the like, said system optimized for use with pressurized process gas having liquid entrained therein, or otherwise referenced as “wet”. In the preferred embodiment, a probe and method of sampling is contemplated to provide linear sample of fluids from a predetermined of said fluid stream. Further taught is the method of preventing compositional disassociation of a gas sample having entrained liquid utilizing a probe having a passage formed to facilitate capillary action in fluid(s) passing therethrough. The present invention teaches a unique and innovative tube bundle with a separate power cord integrated therein to power a heated vaporizer, pressure regulator or other modular conditioning or other electrical component, the tube bundle of the present invention thereby dispensing with the need for a separate power cord, while providing higher capacity than prior art systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mayeaux Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Valmond Joseph St Amant, III
  • Patent number: 10598299
    Abstract: An air dryer having a heater element associated with its valves to prevent freezing at cold temperatures. The air dryer includes a temperature sensor and an electronic controller that reads the temperature sensor and inhibits actuation of the valves whenever the temperature of valves is below freezing or a predetermined temperature that indicates a risk for freezing until the valves have been sufficiently warmed by the heater to avoid freezing during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC
    Inventor: Eric C. Wright
  • Patent number: 10555377
    Abstract: A warmer includes a main housing, a heating assembly and a control module. The main housing has a receiving cavity. The heating assembly includes a top heating plate and am integrated heating module. The integrated heating module includes a heating element and an insulating member assembled to form an integrated structure. The insulating member is connected to a bottom side of the heating element for preventing excessive heat from reaching the receiving cavity. The heating element is electrically connected to a power source for generating heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Hai Yang
  • Patent number: 10518988
    Abstract: An apparatus for forcing a viscous material to flow from a storage container. This apparatus having a follower plate configured to be inserted into an open-end of the storage container; a sealing element located around the outer periphery of the follower plate; a pump assembly that includes a pump, an air motor, and a pipe in fluid communication with the follower plate; a support stand comprising a base, a crossbar; and two or more cylinders and rods; one or more control systems; and a safety mechanism configured to reversibly allow or prevent the air pressure from being supplied to the air motor depending upon the position of the follower plate either outside or inside the storage container. The sealing element is configured to provide a leak-proof seal with the storage container when the follower plate is located inside the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Integrated Dispense Solutions
    Inventor: Andy Hryckowian
  • Patent number: 10486958
    Abstract: A follower plate and an apparatus that uses the follower plate to force a viscous material to flow from a storage container. The follower plate includes a cylindrical outer body, a sealing element, and a material saving insert in which a plurality of ribs forms annular concentric slots having a length (L) that runs from the outer edge of the insert to an inner hub. Each slot further exhibits a width (w) that remains substantially the same along its length (L). Each slot further comprises a depth that is variable and tapers along its length (L), such that the depth of the slot approximate to the outer edge (do) is less than the depth of the slot approximate to the inner hub (di). The width and depth of the slots are configured so that any viscous material that has not been dispensed from the storage container resides within the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Integrated Dispense Solutions
    Inventors: Andy Hryckowian, David Ritchie
  • Patent number: 10465942
    Abstract: A water heater tank has several components formed of a one-piece seamless construction. The water heater tank includes a cylindrical wall with inner and outer surfaces. A helical condenser channel may be formed in the outer surface of the cylindrical wall. The water heater includes a cold water inlet. A cold water channel may be formed in the inner surface of the cylindrical wall in fluid communication with the cold water inlet and the interior volume of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Shaffer, Gregory Leon Hutchison, Christopher Bryan Rissler
  • Patent number: 10384653
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing a heated cleaning fluid to a vehicle surface includes an inlet port for receiving an amount of fluid, a housing bounding a reservoir in fluid communication with the inlet port, and an outlet port in fluid communication with the reservoir for dispensing an amount of heated fluid. A heater element heats fluid that passes from the inlet port to the outlet port through the reservoir. A heat exchanger in thermal contact with the heater element for conveying heat to the fluid within the reservoir has a strut that divides fluid entering the housing through the inlet port into two flow paths and elongated fins that extend outwardly from the strut at transverse angles that bound fluid flow channels for fluid moving through the reservoir. A control circuit energizes the heater element with a voltage to heat the heating element and the fluid passing from the inlet port to the outlet port through the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UUSI, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Shank, John Washeleski, Peter Strom
  • Patent number: 10337725
    Abstract: The present invention intends to highly accurately control a temperature of superheated steam at a high response speed, and provides a superheated steam generator that inductively heats a heating metal body in contact with steam using an induction coil, and thereby heats the steam in contact with the heating metal body to generate superheated steam. In addition, a frequency of an AC power supply connected to the induction coil is 50 Hz or 60 Hz, and a thickness between an induction coil side surface of the heating metal body facing toward the induction coil and a steam contact surface of the heating metal body in contact with the steam is 10 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOKUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Tonomura, Masayoshi Kimura, Yasuhiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10309162
    Abstract: An insulating insert is positioned around a field joint of a pipeline to insulate the field joint. The insert has a longitudinal series of annular or part-annular filler segments of insulating material, curved about a longitudinal axis, that are each joined to one or more adjacent segments of the series by at least one link. The links may be webs, rods, or articulated links. The links are flexible relative to the segments to facilitate bending of the insert along its length by enabling relative angular displacement between adjacent segments of the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Acergy France SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10302331
    Abstract: A heating device is provided with plates stacked one on top of another. At least one first fluid channel is formed in a fluid-tight manner between a first plate package with a first and a second plate. An electrical heating element is arranged between a first plate of the first plate package and an additional plate. The electrical heating element is accommodated between the two plates in a sealed manner and is electrically insulated, wherein an inlet-side and an outlet side fluid connection of the first fluid channel is arranged on the second plate of the first plate package. The electrical heating element has a connection device for electrical contacting, which is connected to the electrical heating element and protrudes through a window in the second plate of the first plate package, wherein the fluid connections and the window are arranged adjacent to opposing lateral edges of the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: MAHLE International GmbH, Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kohl, Karl-Gerd Krumbach, Karl Lochmahr, Wolfgang Seewald, Olivier Schunck, Dirk Nagel, Lars Heeper, Matthias Stallein, Michael Steinkamp, Karsten Marquas, Volker Dicke
  • Patent number: 10274463
    Abstract: Analytical-scale separation column assemblies include a tube with a bore packed with a stationary phase through which a mobile phase flows. In one embodiment, thermal elements are disposed remotely from and unattached to the tube. The thermal elements are in thermal communication with an external surface of the tube for producing a spatial thermal gradient outside of and along a length of the tube. In another embodiment, discrete, spatially separated strips of thermally conductive material are disposed on and wrapped around an external surface of the tube. Thermal elements are disposed remotely from the tube. Each thermal element is in thermal communication with one strip of thermally conductive material by a heat-transfer device. The thermal elements produce a spatial thermal gradient outside of and along a tube length by controlling temperature of each strip of thermally conductive material disposed on and wrapped around the external surface of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael O. Fogwill, Abhijit Tarafder, Joseph D. Michienzi, Joshua A. Shreve
  • Patent number: 10260655
    Abstract: Provided is an angle valve including a fixed heater block. The angle valve includes a valve casing 100 having a fluid flow hole 101 defined therein and having an inlet 110 through which fluid is introduced and an outlet 120 through which the fluid is discharged, a fixed heater block 200 fixedly installed in the valve casing 100 and having a slide hole 210 defined therein, a driving member 300 detachably coupled to an upper portion of the valve casing 100 to provide a driving force, and a sealing unit 400 connected to the driving member 300 to open and close the inlet 110 according to whether the driving member 300 is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PRESYS.CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bae-Jin Kim, Sang Min Kim
  • Patent number: 10259592
    Abstract: A system and method for an aircraft refueling receptacle. The aircraft refueling receptacle comprises a pedestal, a flanged structure, a sliding valve, and a bolt. The flanged structure has a first ledge, a second ledge, and a number of flanges extending inwardly. The pedestal contacts the first ledge. The sliding valve has a first face that contacts the second ledge of the flanged structure during refueling. The bolt extends a part of a length of the pedestal and is connected to a receiver within the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian Lewis, Paul William Klenke, Dennis P. Byrne, Ky Huu Nguyen, Paul Gerard Weber
  • Patent number: 10180412
    Abstract: Provided is a supercritical fluid device equipped with a back pressure regulator for creating a pressurized state in which a mobile phase in a separation/extraction unit of an analysis flow passage is kept in a supercritical fluid state. One end of a pipe is connected to an outlet side of the back pressure regulator, and the other end of the pipe is open to the atmosphere. A heating unit is provided on the pipe, and the heating unit includes a plurality of electrically independent heaters arranged on mutually different portions of the pile along the pipe. A power supply controller is connected to the heaters, and the power supply controller is configured to supply heating power to one or more heaters selected among the plurality of heaters, but to not supply heating power to the other heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroomi Goto, Risa Kajiyama, Takahiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10165626
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pipe heater comprising a tubular heat insulating layer having a pair of separating surfaces formed over the entire length thereof, an external cover bonded to the outer surface of the heat insulating layer to enclose the heat insulating layer, a heating layer provided inside the heat insulating layer and including a heating wire therein, and an internal cover provided inside the heating layer to enclose the heating layer, wherein the heat insulating layer includes a polyimide foam layer formed of polyimide foam, and a protection layer is interposed between the heat insulating layer and the heating wire to prevent bubbles distributed in the polyimide foam layer from dissipating due to heat transferred from the heating wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TSC Inc.
    Inventors: Oh Su Kim, Sun Il Park
  • Patent number: 10150137
    Abstract: An adhesive dispensing system is disclosed. The system includes a heater unit configured to heat an adhesive to an application temperature, a fill system configured to supply the adhesive to said heater unit, and a controller. The controller is configured to actuate the fill system to supply the adhesive to the heater unit, operate the heater unit to maintain a unit set point temperature sufficient to heat the adhesive to the application temperature, and operate the heater unit to reduce its temperature from the unit set point temperature following a first set threshold time from actuation of the fill system to supply the adhesive to the heater unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Bondeson, Peter W. Estelle, Kent Hand
  • Patent number: 10119724
    Abstract: An accumulator tank for handling a heat transfer medium, may have a tank top section and a bottom section. The accumulator tank may be connected to at least one heat-emitting system and at least one heat-absorbing system. The accumulator tank may have a plurality of partition walls located inside the tank and arranged between the bottom section and the top section for the purpose of dividing the tank into a plurality of spaces. The systems may be connected to at least one respective space so that a temperature gradient is created between the bottom section and the top section. Also disclosed is a system for distributing and handling heat and/or cold, the accumulator tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUELTECH SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Mikael Jönsson
  • Patent number: 10094255
    Abstract: A blow-by heater includes a metal pipe for flowing a blow-by gas therethrough. The metal pipe includes a flat portion on one side along an axis direction and a curved portion on a side opposite to the flat portion and is formed of a metal plate with a joining portion abutting against each other at edges of the metal plate at the curved portion. The blow-by gas heater further includes a resin molded over the metal pipe, and a heating source provided inside resin and directly contacting the flat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Okazaki, Hiroyuki Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10086623
    Abstract: A device for circulating an ink supply to at least one inkjet print head includes at least two components that are different than the inkjet print head and through which ink flows, such as a pump and a valve for the ink. At least one ink line is connected between the components. At least one section of the ink line is embodied as a channel in a plate. The device advantageously has a compact construction and is easy to clean and service. The device has a high degree of reliability since the number of hose lines is advantageously reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Ratjen, Joerg-Achim Fischer, Claudia Harbs, Ingmar Nitsch
  • Patent number: 10077861
    Abstract: Subsea heating assembly, comprising a component interface cable (9) in association with a subsea component (7?) to be heated. The component interface cable receives power from an electric power source. The power source comprises an induction coupler (100) with core rings which surround an alternating current carrying source cable (5), and a winding cable (107) wound around the core ring The winding cable connects to the component interface cable. The induction coupler comprises an upper section (100a) with first core parts (101a) and a lower section (100b) with second core parts (101b). The winding cable is arranged in the upper section. The first core parts are aligned with second core parts when the upper section is landed on the lower section. The upper section is removable from the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Aker Solutions AS
    Inventors: Ole A. Heggdal, Ole Johan Bjerknes, Hjalmar Nystrøm
  • Patent number: 10065609
    Abstract: In a washer nozzle for a windshield washer system of a motor vehicle with a heating element held in a duct, a sealing compound for holding the heating element and a sealing element are manufactured from different materials and spaced apart from one another. Consequently, the sealing element may be manufactured from a material having poor heat conduction and the sealing compound from a material having good heat conduction. The washer nozzle has an especially long service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Winfried Munk, Andreas Rehs, Heiko Weitzel
  • Patent number: 10053060
    Abstract: A washer nozzle for a vehicle is provided. The washer nozzle includes a multi-step locking portion having a plurality of projections formed on the top of the housing and a fixing groove where a lower interior-side end of a mounting aperture formed at a vehicle body is inserted is formed on the bottom of the housing. The washer nozzle is inserted in the mounting aperture and the washer nozzle is configured to rotate to adjust an angle about the fixing groove in which the lower interior-side end of the mounting aperture is inserted. Further, one selected projection of the multi-step locking portion is configured to be locked to a portion of the vehicle body to maintain the adjusted angle of the washer nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, NIFCO KOREA Inc.
    Inventors: Nak Kyoung Kong, Ki Hong Lee, Jong Min Park, Keon Soo Jin, Joon Ho Sung
  • Patent number: 10048000
    Abstract: A system and a method for liquefaction of gases which are utilized in their liquid state as refrigerants in applications that require low temperatures, throughout various pressure ranges, from slightly above atmospheric pressures to pressures near the critical point. The system and method are based on closed-cycle cryocoolers and utilize the thermodynamic properties of the gas to achieve optimal liquefaction rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS (CSIC), GWR INSTRUMENTS, INC., UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
    Inventors: Conrado Rillo Millán, Leticia Tocado Martínez, Richard C. Reineman, Richard J. Warburton
  • Patent number: 10017162
    Abstract: A washer fluid heating device includes a container that contains a washer fluid, a lid portion attached to a first end of the container in a direction of a central axis line O to face an accommodation space for the washer fluid, heating means that has a proximal end portion attached to the lid portion and extends toward the accommodation space, and an outflow pipe having an outlet disposed in the accommodation space, the outlet is provided between a distal end surface of the heating means and a second end opposite to the first end of the container, and a region obtained by projecting the outlet onto a virtual plane perpendicular to the direction of the central axis line O of the container at least partially overlaps a region obtained by projecting the distal end surface of the heating means onto the virtual plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidenori Sato
  • Patent number: 9989183
    Abstract: An unbonded flexible pipe for offshore transportation of fluids from a subsea facility. The unbonded flexible pipe has a length along a longitudinal center axis, and a first and a second end, and a first end fitting connected to the first end. The unbonded flexible pipe comprises from inside and out an electrically conductive carcass, an electrically insulating innermost sealing sheath, at least one electrically conductive armor layer comprising at least one helically wound electrically conductive wire and an electrically insulating outer sealing sheath. At least the electrically conductive layers are mechanically terminated in the first end fitting and the pipe comprises electrical connections arranged to apply a voltage over the electrically conductive layers which electrically conductive layers are electrically connected at a distance along the length of the unbonded flexible pipe from the first end fitting of the unbonded flexible pipe to provide an electric circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO DENMARK I/S
    Inventor: Kristian Glejbøl
  • Patent number: 9951884
    Abstract: A temperature control valve includes a main body, a metal valve assembly and a thermoelectric chip unit. The main body has a first inlet and a first outlet. The metal valve assembly is movably disposed in the main body and includes inlet and outlet ends, the metal valve assembly has a closed end engaged with the main body and an operating end operable from outside of the main body to operate the metal valve assembly, and the operating end is operated to control the first inlet, the first outlet, the inlet end and the outlet end to communicate or non-communicate with one another. The thermoelectric chip unit has a first end abutting against the closed end and a second end and is disposed on the main body, one of the first and second ends is a cold end, and the other is a hot end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HUO JHIH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Feng Liang, Chun-Lin Yeh, Ching-Lung Lai
  • Patent number: 9950291
    Abstract: An air dryer having a heater associated with its inlet and exhaust valves to prevent freezing at cold temperatures. The air dryer includes a temperature sensor associated with the valve block and a controller that can inhibit the operation of the valves when the temperature falls is a predetermined threshold until the heater can sufficiently warm the valve block. To prevent overheating of the heater, the controller can adjust the duty cycle of the heater as the inlet air temperatures increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC
    Inventor: Eric C. Wright
  • Patent number: 9926994
    Abstract: A compressed air supply installation for operating a pneumatic installation, especially an air suspension installation of a vehicle, includes: an air supply unit and an air compression unit for supplying a compressed air supply unit with compressed air, a pneumatic connection, especially a bleeding line, comprising a bleeding valve system in the form of a controllable solenoid valve system and a bleeding port for bleeding air, and a pneumatic connection, especially a compressed air supply line, comprising an air drier and a compressed air port for supplying compressed air. The solenoid valve system comprises a primary valve and a secondary valve, which are actuatable by a controller of the solenoid valve system that is common to both valves and acts upon both valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Frank, Frank Meissner
  • Patent number: 9917527
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for alternatively providing a 3-phase or a 1-phase power stream. In an embodiment, the arrangement includes a 3-phase power source including a first, a second and a third power source output terminal; a switching section adapted to selectively provide, from the three power source output terminals of the 3-phase power source, either: a 3-phase power stream at three arrangement output terminals or a 1-phase power stream at two arrangement output terminals, different from the three arrangement output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Ove Boe
  • Patent number: 9885524
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are provided for thermal enhancement. Thermal enhancement may include absorbing heat from one or more devices. In some cases, this may improve the efficiency of the one or more devices. In general, a phase transition may be induced in a storage material. The storage material may be combined with a freeze point suppressant in order to reduce its melt point. The mixture may be used to boost the performance of device, such as an electrical generator, a heat engine, a refrigerator, and/or a freezer. The freeze point suppressant and storage material may be separated. By delaying the periods between each stage by prescribed amounts, the methods, systems, and devices may be able to shift the availability of electricity to the user and/or otherwise boost a device at different times in some cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rebound Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Muren
  • Patent number: 9879582
    Abstract: A method for starting operation of a device for providing a liquid additive, the device having at least one preheating element and at least one PTC heating element, includes: a) heating by the at least one preheating element; b) conducting heat from the at least one preheating element to the at least one PTC heating element such that a temperature of the at least one PTC heating element is raised; and c) heating by the at least one PTC heating element when the temperature of the PTC heating element has been raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Georges Maguin
  • Patent number: 9869405
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid control apparatus in which a pipe heating member may be mounted or removed with flexibility (i.e., without affecting other components) while one line, composed of the plurality of fluid control devices arranged in series, as a unit may be added or modified readily. The apparatus includes: a plate-shaped support member 5 to which a plurality of passage blocks 22 are detachably mounted; a hollow metal mounting member 6 having an upper surface to which the support member 5 is secured and being detachably mounted to a base member; and a pipe heating member 7 fitted into the mounting member 6. The pipe heating member 7, including a bottom wall 29 and a pair of side walls 30, accommodates a pipe 24 between the side walls 30 and is fitted into the mounting member 6 with the pipe heating member 7 abutting the mounting member 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hidehiro Doya, Takayuki Suzuki, Kazuhiro Fujine, Shinya Nojima
  • Patent number: 9834179
    Abstract: A hydraulic interface configured to be installed between a windscreen washer liquid feed tube and a connector of a device for wiping a window of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The interface includes a body that defines at least one passage channel for the windscreen washer liquid, and at least one electric heating conductor that is disposed so as to heat said windscreen washer liquid, said body being configured to secure said conductor to said body by fitting together different parts of said body and/or by fitting to shapes made in one piece with said body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gérald Caillot, Vincent Izabel, Jean-Michel Jarasson
  • Patent number: 9751218
    Abstract: A robot according to an aspect of the invention includes an enclosure having an opening formed therein, a lid section that is provided on the enclosure in a detachable manner and blocks at least part of the opening, an attachment and detachment section which is provided on the lid section on the side facing the opening of the enclosure and to and from which a replaceable part is attached and detached, and a holding mechanism that allows the enclosure to hold the lid section when the lid section is detached from the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kawase, Shingo Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9708948
    Abstract: A device for transporting a fluid medium to a metering module for metering a liquid reducing agent into an exhaust gas system in order to reduce pollutants in an exhaust gas. The device has at least one heated transport line and at least one system component with a heated internal region. The transport line has a line connecting piece, and the system component has a module connecting piece that is directly or indirectly coupled to the line connecting piece. The device includes at least one heat conducting sleeve that can be inserted in the line connecting piece and the module connecting piece. The heat conducting sleeve is thermally coupled to the heated transport line and/or the heated internal region in order to transmit heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Haeberer, Matthias Horn
  • Patent number: 9701028
    Abstract: A robot according to an aspect of the invention includes an enclosure having an opening formed therein, a lid section that is provided on the enclosure in a detachable manner and blocks at least part of the opening, an attachment and detachment section which is provided on the lid section on the side facing the opening of the enclosure and to and from which a replaceable part is attached and detached, and a holding mechanism that allows the enclosure to hold the lid section when the lid section is detached from the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kawase, Shingo Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9624579
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a thin film on a substrate in a reaction container by alternately supplying a raw material gas and a reaction gas into the reaction container under a vacuum atmosphere is provided. The apparatus includes: a raw material gas supply unit installed in an end portion of a supply path of the raw material gas; a pressure adjusting valve installed in an vacuum exhaust path; a pressure regulating valve and an opening and closing valve which are respectively installed in a bypass path detouring the pressure adjusting valve; a tank installed in the middle of the supply path of the raw material gas; a flow rate adjusting valve installed in a downstream side of the tank; and a control unit configured to control the opening and closing valve to be opened when the raw material gas stored in the tank is supplied into the reaction container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Kohei Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9537428
    Abstract: A combined direct current DC power transmission and heating system is provided. The system includes a rectifier station configured to generate a DC link current. The system also includes a downstream converter station positioned remotely from the rectifier station. The downstream converter station is configured to generate power supplied to an electrical load using at least a portion of the DC link current. The system also includes a return conductor electrically coupled to the rectifier station and the downstream converter station. The return conductor is configured to transmit a return current from the downstream converter station to the rectifier station. The return conductor is also configured to generate heat from resistive losses induced by the return current; and conduct the heat generated by the return current to a fluid being transported from a proximity of the downstream converter station to a proximity of the rectifier station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicolai Hytten, Christof Martin Sihler
  • Patent number: 9475083
    Abstract: An adhesive dispensing system is configured to automatically reduce the temperature of adhesive material to reduce degradation of the adhesive caused by holding the adhesive at an application temperature during periods of low throughput. To this end, a controller of the system operates a heater unit to maintain a unit set point temperature to heat and melt adhesive until a set threshold time has elapsed since the most recent supply of adhesive to the system by a fill system. Once the time elapsed since the most recent supply of adhesive exceeds the set threshold time, the heater unit is reduced in temperature to reduce the temperature of adhesive. This reduction is temperature is large enough to minimize degradation and outgassing but small enough to enable rapid warm-up times after a new supply of adhesive occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Bondeson, Peter W. Estelle, Kent Hand
  • Patent number: 9475210
    Abstract: A wet saw system and related methods of use for supplying a cooling water stream in construction locations. The wet saw system includes a water supply system for supplying the cooling water stream when ambient temperatures are at, below or approaching freezing conditions. The water supply system includes a unitary housing defining storage and electrical compartments. The storage compartment defines a water storage tank that includes a storage inlet, a storage outlet and a heater assembly. The electrical compartment encloses a control assembly, a pumping assembly and a power supply. The pumping assembly is fluidly connected to the at least one storage outlet and supplies a pressurized water stream to a system outlet that is externally accessible on the unitary housing. In the absence of available power sources, the power supply can power the heater assembly so as to be off-line with respect to external utilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Robert Koski
  • Patent number: 9457770
    Abstract: A spray washer nozzle for a vehicle may include a nozzle body installed in a hood of a vehicle as a unit for ejecting washer liquid to a windshield, and connected to a hose for supplying the washer liquid and fixedly installed in a hood panel at the same time, and a spray nozzle chip having a passage therein and inserted into a head part of the nozzle body, in which a heat emitter is inserted into and mounted to the passage formed in the interior of the spray nozzle chip such that washer liquid flowing through the passage of the spray nozzle chip is heated while directly contacting the heat emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, NIFCO KOREA INC.
    Inventors: Nak Kyoung Kong, Bock Cheol Lee, Hyun Sub Kim, Dae Hwan Kim, Young Sub Oh, Jin Hee Lee, Joon Ho Sung
  • Patent number: 9452840
    Abstract: One example of the present disclosure relates to a monolithic part including an exterior wall and a first cavity. The first cavity includes a first aperture in communication with the exterior wall and a first inner surface defining a first shape. The first shape prevents extraction from the first cavity, via the first aperture, of a first virtual object having the first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brett I. Lyons, Aaron W. Bartel, Trevor E. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9423056
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid control device which can shorten an assembling time by facilitating positioning of a line support member and can suppress the increase of a height of a portion which supports fluid control equipment. A base member is formed in a rectangular frame shape by an upper lateral frame member, a lower lateral frame member, and left and right longitudinal frame members which are orthogonal to the upper and lower lateral frame members. A positioning portion for positioning each line support member is provided to the respective lateral frame members. Upper and lower end portions of each line support member are clamped between the respective lateral frame members and upper and lower cover members detachably mounted on the base member in a state where the upper and lower end portions of each line support member are positioned by the positioning portions provided to the respective lateral frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Izuru Shikata, Tsuneo Yoshida, Shinya Nojima
  • Patent number: 9409550
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle window spraying nozzle arrangement comprising a first feeder arranged for feeding window fluid and a nozzle head for dispensing window fluid towards a window when mounted. The nozzle head being arranged to be mounted to a vehicle body part with a first main surface facing towards the vehicle exterior and a second main surface facing towards the vehicle interior. The nozzle head is arranged to be connected to the first feeder. The assembled first feeder and the nozzle head are comprised in a spraying nozzle chain assembly which is arranged for mounting in a vehicle body part aperture in the vehicle body part from the second main surface towards the first main surface. The vehicle window spraying nozzle arrangement furthermore comprises a cover part arranged for mounting to said vehicle body part aperture from the first main surface towards the second main surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Kristian Albert Oestergren
  • Patent number: 9371917
    Abstract: The present application provides a fuel conditioning system for delivering a flow of fuel to a nozzle in a gas turbine engine. The fuel conditioning system may include a fuel compressor to increase the pressure of the flow of fuel, a pressure reduction valve to decrease the pressure of the flow of fuel, and a heater downstream of the pressure reduction valve. The pressure reduction valve may include a rotary control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Douglas Scott Byrd, Iris Ziqin Hu, Dean Matthew Erickson
  • Patent number: 9200741
    Abstract: An adhesive dispensing system is configured to automatically reduce the temperature of adhesive material to reduce degradation of the adhesive caused by holding the adhesive at an application temperature during periods of low throughput. To this end, a controller of the system operates a heater unit to maintain a unit set point temperature to heat and melt adhesive until a set threshold time has elapsed since the most recent supply of adhesive to the system by a fill system. Once the time elapsed since the most recent supply of adhesive exceeds the set threshold time, the heater unit is reduced in temperature to reduce the temperature of adhesive. This reduction is temperature is large enough to minimize degradation and outgassing but small enough to enable rapid warm-up times after a new supply of adhesive occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Bondeson, Peter W. Estelle, Kent Hand
  • Patent number: 9077134
    Abstract: A method of forming a grounded electrical circuit in a heated hose is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes: positioning a ground wire, a first heating wire, and a second heating wire axially within an inner wall of the hose; removing the end portions of the heated hose, such that end portions of the first heating wire, the second heating wire, and the ground wire are exposed; and positioning a ring around the first end portion of the hose. Exposed end portions of the first and second heating wires are folded to be positioned axially along an outer surface of the hose body. The exposed end portion of the grounding wire is folded radially inward, such that the grounding wire is positioned axially along an inner surface of the inner wall and against the ring. A stem of a first fluid coupling is inserted into the first end portion of the heated hose, such that the stem contacts the exposed end portion of the grounding wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sykes Hollow Innovations, Ltd.
    Inventor: William Ferrone
  • Publication number: 20150114487
    Abstract: A shut-off valve includes a housing, a shut-off element which is held in the housing and at least one cutout into which a heating element can be inserted or is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Christian Schneider
  • Publication number: 20150114486
    Abstract: An ammonia flow modulator having a housing, a fluid passage, a first valve, preferably having a precision orifice, positioned within the passage, and an orientation which prevents fluid from pooling in the passage is disclosed and claimed. As an added feature, the device may include a heat source positioned within the housing proximate at least one of a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and the fluid passage. The heat source may be provided by an electric heating element, an exhaust gas heat exchanger, or any other suitable source. As econd inlet and a second passage fluidly connecting the second inlet to the outlet by fluidly linking the second passage to the first passage and including a check valve to prevent backflow. A controller coupled to the first valve is used to control ammonia flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Kelso, Adam C. Lack, Navtej Singh