With Electric Heating Element Patents (Class 137/341)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9018569
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical heating system for at least one section of a fluid transport pipe, the pipe comprising a casing in which the fluid to be transported flows, the heating system comprising electric wires arranged around the casing and intended to be powered, via connection elements, by an electrical power supply comprising several phases, system in which the electric wires are arranged in at least one set of several groups each comprising several electric wires, each of the groups in said set being intended to be supplied by a distinct phase, the electrical heating system comprising connecting units to perform an electrical connection and linking together the electric wires of each of said groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ITP SA
    Inventor: Christian Geertsen
  • Publication number: 20150075644
    Abstract: A heart-type circulation device comprises a power system, a cover plate (16), an elastic plate (5), a pressing contact ring (6), a water inlet (13), a check valve A (9), a self-pressing liquid storage tank (12), a check valve B (10), a water outlet (11), and a pipeline (17). The elastic plate (5) is disposed above the power system, the pressing contact ring (6) is disposed on the periphery of a bottom surface of the elastic plate (5), and the pressing contact ring (6), the elastic plate (5), and the cover plate (16) are fixedly connected in sequence from bottom to top. The water inlet (13) and the water outlet (11) are in communication with each other between the cover plate (16) and the elastic plate (5) via the cover plate (16) respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Henglai ZHAO
  • Patent number: 8950426
    Abstract: There is disclosed a water discharge device that has a water flow path that extends from an inlet through an outlet chamber to an outlet spout; a valve assembly for opening and closing the water flow path; a heating element for heating the outlet chamber and spout to evaporate moisture on internal surfaces of the outlet chamber and spout when the flow path is closed by the valve assembly, the heating element being remote from the flow path; and a controller for controlling operation of the valve assembly and the heating element, the controller including a switch that is operated directly or indirectly by a user to control the opening of the water flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Gary Yewdall, Graham Pickering
  • Publication number: 20150027555
    Abstract: A microfluidic platform including a microfluidic layer and a contact layer. The microfluidic layer is embedded with a microfluidic structure including a micro-channel and a fluidic sample contained in the micro-channel. The contact layer is able to be attached to the microfluidic layer, and includes a first heater for heating a first area of the microfluidic structure to a first temperature and a second heater for heating a second area of the microfluidic structure to a second temperature. The microfluidic layer and the contact layer rotate together during operation. A method for controlling a sample in the micro-channel of the microfluidic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicants: THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, HOSPITAL AUTHORITY
    Inventors: Qiu Lan Chen, Ho Pui Ho, Siu Kai Kong, Patrick Kwok Leung Kwan, Yiu Wa Kwan, Ho Chin Kwok, Ping Shum, Yick Keung Suen, Shu Yuen Wu, Alice Kar Lai Yang, Jun Qiang Zhou
  • Patent number: 8931506
    Abstract: An energy-saving, downsized gas supply apparatus equipped with a vaporizer is provided, wherein the gas supply apparatus is capable of stably and easily performing highly accurate gas flow rate control without requiring rigorous temperature control on the vaporizer side. The present invention pertains to a gas supply apparatus equipped with a vaporizer that includes (a) a liquid receiving tank; (b) a vaporizer that vaporizes liquid; (c) a high-temperature type pressure type flow rate control device that adjusts a flow rate of a vaporized gas; and (d) heating devices that heat the vaporizer, the high-temperature type pressure type flow rate control device, and desired portions of pipe passages connected to the vaporizer and the high-temperature type pressure type flow rate control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagata, Masaaki Nagase, Atsushi Hidaka, Kaoru Hirata, Atsushi Matsumoto, Kouji Nishino, Ryousuke Dohi, Nobukazu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8925573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrically heatable media line (1), comprising a fluid line (2) and at least one fluid connector (4) connected to a line end (2a). The fluid line (2) and the fluid connector (4) respectively have electric heating means (6, 10), wherein the fluid line (2) and/or the fluid connector (4) including electric connections (16) of the heating means (6, 10) are/is enclosed by a plastic molding compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Olav Borgmeier, Marco Isenburg, Ulrich Erb, Volker Zieris, Josef Brandt, Otfried Schwarzkopf, Martin Lechner, Sascha Rosenfeldt
  • Patent number: 8919370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank for storing a liquid active ingredient for operating an aggregate of a motor vehicle, particularly a unit for post treatment of exhaust gases of the motor vehicle, comprising a container and at least one functional element (11, 18) extending into the container, wherein the functional element is provided with at least one agent (25, 26) for abrasion protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Krause, Rainer Haeberer
  • Publication number: 20140345708
    Abstract: A dispenser nitrogen purge and heater system for a liquid natural gas (LNG) fueling dispenser, comprising a nitrogen purge enclosure; a nitrogen container containing nitrogen; a nitrogen feed line for feeding nitrogen from the nitrogen container to the nitrogen purge enclosure; a heater for heating an interior space within the enclosure; and a fan assembly for circulating the nitrogen within the interior space
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Kenny Oldham, Devin Martin
  • Publication number: 20140338754
    Abstract: A domestic hot water distribution device includes a supply water inlet, a waste water collector and means for heating the supply water in order to produce domestic hot water from the heat contained in the waste waters The heating means include thermo-electric modules laid out for operating heat transfer from the waste waters to the supply water to be heated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: QUANTIA SAS
    Inventor: Pascal Nuti
  • Publication number: 20140290698
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate treatment apparatus including a housing, a supporting unit located inside the housing and supporting a substrate, a nozzle unit supplying chemicals to the substrate disposed on the supporting unit, and a chemical supplying unit supplying the chemicals to the nozzle unit. Herein, the chemical supplying unit includes a chemical supply source, a first tank and a second tank storing the chemicals, a chemical supplying line supplying the chemicals from the chemical supply source to the first tank and the second tank, a chemical discharge line supplying the chemicals from the first tank and the second tank to the nozzle unit, a circulation line allowing the chemicals to circulate through the first tank and the second tank, respectively, a member installed on the circulation line, and a controller controlling the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Suk YUN, Byung Un KIM, Chang Yul CHO
  • Patent number: 8847130
    Abstract: A heating unit can reduce the rate of power consumption for heating a vehicle, so that the running distance of the vehicle is increased and hence the battery charging cycle of the vehicle is prolonged. A heating unit of a vehicle heating system includes a casing made of a metal material capable of electromagnetically shielding microwaves, a support arranged in the hollow section of the casing, a plurality of microwave absorbing/heat emitting members arranged at the support and a microwave outputting unit arranged in the casing to output microwaves toward respective microwave absorbing/heat emitting members, blown air being heated by heat generated as a result of absorption of microwaves by the microwave absorbing/heat emitting members at the time for blown air to flow from the upstream side to the downstream side in the hollow sections of the microwave absorbing/heat emitting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki-Kaisha TAKUMI, Kabushiki-Kaisha Lead Industry
    Inventors: Norio Niwa, Ryousei Noda, Hiroki Anzai
  • Publication number: 20140261700
    Abstract: A flow-through heater for heating a fluid comprises: a high thermal conductivity conduit-defining body shaped to provide, within the conduit-defining body, a helical-shaped or spiral-shaped conduit that extends between an inlet port and an outlet port; and one or more heating elements operatively connected to an exterior of the conduit-defining body for providing heat to the conduit-defining body and to any fluid flowing through the conduit. Because of the high thermal conductivity of the conduit-defining body, all of the surfaces of the conduit-defining body that actually define the conduit contribute significantly to heating the fluid in the conduit. Each conduit-defining surface may contribute to heating the fluid in approximately equal proportion to its conduit-defining surface area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Peter KLEIN, Colin Michael SCOTTER
  • Patent number: 8783278
    Abstract: A back pressure valve for a fuel cell stack assembly is disclosed, wherein the valve includes a solenoid disposed thereon, an energization of the solenoid causing a generation of heat in a valve flap to facilitate a melting of ice that has formed in the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Hild, Andreas Koenekamp
  • Publication number: 20140174548
    Abstract: An additive delivery system including a tank for storing an additive, an active component, and a controller connected to the component, wherein the controller is adapted to determine a value representative of temperature of the additive in the system based on an electrical characteristic of a part inside the component, or inside the controller, wherein the part has a further function next to the temperature estimation function in normal operation of the additive delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventor: Volodia Naydenov
  • Patent number: 8746274
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hydrogen supply apparatus which can mix an odorant with hydrogen gas even at a low temperature and can detect the leakage of the hydrogen gas. The apparatus comprises a gas storage means for storing hydrogen gas therein, an odorant-addition means for adding an odorant to the hydrogen gas fed from the gas storage means, and a temperature control means for controlling the temperature of at least one of the hydrogen gas stored in the gas storage means, the hydrogen gas fed from the gas storage means and the odorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahide Izutani, Tatsuaki Yokoyama, Syuuji Hirakata, Osamu Yumita, Hiroshi Fujitani, Keigo Suematsu, Masaaki Matsusue, Nobuo Watanabe, Katsuhiko Oshikawa, Katsuhiko Hirose, Takumi Kuwahara, Atsushi Matsuba
  • Publication number: 20140124497
    Abstract: A tank container comprising a container for a liquid to be stored or transported, a pipe circuit comprising a heat transfer circuit part mounted to the wall of the container, which pipe circuit is filled with glycol, a storage vessel connected to the pipe circuit for holding an amount of glycol, a heating device designed for selectively heating the glycol in the pipe circuit, and a pump in the pipe circuit for circulating the glycol, wherein a second heating device is provided in or around the storage vessel, which heating device is designed for maintaining the temperature of the glycol in the storage vessel at at least 25° C., preferably at least 35° c.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Eeuwe Durk Kooi
  • Patent number: 8701713
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heating device for a device for transporting a fluid containing a hydrocarbon. The heating device comprises a rigid structure extending between two lateral walls, forming a space between the lateral walls. A flexible membrane comprising a heating structure extends into the space in order to define, in the space, an inner cavity and an outer cavity. Pumping structure designed to supply a fluid to the inner cavity, remove the fluid therefrom, or keep the fluid therein, in order to bring the membrane into contact with the transport device so as to heat same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Total SA
    Inventors: Thibaud Bigex, Jérôme Woirin
  • Patent number: 8667983
    Abstract: A relief valve for an oil pump can prevent a main gallery from being damaged by largely decreasing peak pressure of an oil pump by using bypass flow according to oil pressure of the main gallery in cold start of an engine, and can control the discharging pressure of the oil pump at the optimum level when the engine is warmed up, by defining a housing chamber communicating with the main gallery of the engine and a plunger chamber bypassing some of oil flowing to the main gallery to the oil pump or an oil pan in accordance with oil pressure in the housing chamber using a plunger chamber, and by changing a modulus of elasticity of a coil spring elastically supporting the plunger in accordance with the oil pressure produced in the main gallery, by using a substance that is expanded by temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Doogie Min, Seokjun Yoon
  • Publication number: 20140060015
    Abstract: A fluid delivery apparatus with a flow sensing means for delivering a first fluid into a second fluid. In a fluid delivery apparatus using a common rail method, which produces a pulsated flow, the flow sensing means generates sensing signals indicative of the flow rate and the temperature of the second fluid, the delivery rate of the first fluid, and the evaporating rate of the first fluid, while in a fluid delivery apparatus using a pump metering method, the flow sensing means is able to provide a sensing signal indicative of the delivery rate of the first fluid. The sensing signals can be used in a feedback control for controlling delivery rate, in limiting delivery rate according to the evaporation capability of the first fluid, and in a diagnostic system detecting failures and abnormalities in the fluid delivery apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Mi Yan, Baohua Qi
  • Patent number: 8640727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dopant gas generating device for supplying the dopant gas to the ion mobility spectrometry instrument, comprising: a doping container; an air inlet having an inlet end connecting with an upstream side of a carrier gas passage and an outlet end connecting with the doping container; an air outlet having an entrance end connecting with the doping container and an exit end connecting with an downstream side of the carrier gas passage; a dopant gas generating unit for releasing the dopant gas, wherein the dopant gas generating unit is disposed within the doping container. Through disposing the dopant gas generating unit, which is used for releasing the dopant gas, within the doping container, the dopant gas in the present invention is applicable with not only a solid state dopant, but also a liquid state dopant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nuctech Company Limited
    Inventors: Zhongxia Zhang, Hui Li, Yangtian Zhang, Jin Lin, Jianhua Liu
  • Publication number: 20130340849
    Abstract: A mixing valve includes an inlet and a flow control valve that includes a valve member assembly having a first valve member coupled to a second valve member. The first and second valve members are spaced apart from each other and are configured to seal two separate outlets when the flow control valve is in a closed position. The mixing valve also includes a stepper motor configured to simultaneously move the first and second valve members to selectively seal or unseal the two separate outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130341418
    Abstract: A mixing valve includes a first inlet for receiving a first fluid, a second inlet for receiving a second fluid, and a mixing chamber having a fluid outlet for outputting the first fluid or the second fluid or a mixture thereof. The mixing valve includes a first flow control valve for controlling the flow of the first fluid into the mixing chamber and a second flow control valve, separate from the first flow control valve, for controlling the flow of the second fluid into the mixing chamber. At least one of the first or second flow control valve includes at least two separate outlets into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340831
    Abstract: A system for remotely disinfecting plumbing fixtures includes a controller provided at a first location remote from a plumbing fixture and configured to control a heater provided within the plumbing fixture. The controller is further configured to activate the heater to heat at least a portion of the plumbing fixture to an elevated temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340851
    Abstract: A flow control valve includes a valve inlet configured to receive a fluid, a valve outlet configured to output the fluid, and a valve member assembly for controlling the fluid flow through the flow control valve. The valve member assembly and the valve inlet are configured such that, when in use, fluid flowing through the flow control valve exerts substantially no net force on the valve member assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340848
    Abstract: A mixing valve includes a cold water inlet, a hot water inlet, and an outlet, first and second flow control valves for controlling the flow of hot and cold water. Each of the first and second flow control valves include a valve inlet, first and second valve outlets communicating with the outlet, and a valve member assembly to control the flow of water through the first and second valve outlets. Each valve member assembly includes a first valve member configured to engage with a first valve seat and a second valve member configured to engage with a second, separate, valve seat. The first valve member is configured to be urged closed by water entering through the valve inlet and the second valve member is configured to be urged open by water entering through the valve inlet such that water exerts substantially no net force on the valve members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340852
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture includes a body and a mixing valve within the body. The mixing valve includes a first linear actuator for controlling a first flow control valve within the mixing valve and a second linear actuator for controlling a second flow control valve within the mixing valve. A controller is located within the body and is configured to send control signals to control actuation of the linear actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340839
    Abstract: A method of disinfecting a valve configured for use as part of a water delivery system includes activating a heating element that is configured to heat a body of the valve to a temperature sufficient to kill organisms that may be present on internal surfaces of the valve, wherein the heating element and the valve are configured to be provided within the water delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340847
    Abstract: A valve for a plumbing fixture includes an internal passageway configured to route fluid through the valve. The internal passageway includes a surface and at least a portion of the valve comprises a thermally-conductive material. The valve also includes an electric heating element configured to heat at least a portion of the thermally-conductive material to an elevated temperature sufficient to disinfect the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340853
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture includes a body and a mixing valve provided within the body. The mixing valve includes a first inlet for receiving a first fluid, a second inlet for receiving a second fluid, and a mixing chamber having a fluid outlet for outputting the first fluid or the second fluid or a mixture thereof. The mixing valve includes a first flow control valve for controlling the flow of the first fluid into the mixing chamber and a second flow control valve, separate from the first flow control valve, for controlling the flow of the second fluid into the mixing chamber, wherein at least one of the first or second flow control valve includes at least two separate outlets into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130340846
    Abstract: A plumbing component includes a valve provided within a portion of the plumbing component and configured to control the flow of water through the plumbing component. The valve includes a body and at least one waterway within the body. An electric heater extends through at least a portion of the body of the valve and is configured to heat at least a portion of the body to an elevated temperature sufficient to kill organisms within the waterway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin T. Peel, KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20130340850
    Abstract: A water delivery device includes a flow control valve that includes a valve inlet configured to receive a fluid, a valve outlet configured to output the fluid, and a valve member assembly for controlling the fluid flow through the flow control valve. The valve member assembly and the valve inlet are configured such that, when in use, fluid flowing through the flow control valve exerts substantially no net force on the valve member assembly. The water delivery device is selected from the group consisting of an instantaneous hot water heater, a faucet, and an electric shower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Publication number: 20130333772
    Abstract: An assembled media line, or a section of a media line, for connecting a tank to a dosing unit in order to add a reducing agent into a SCR catalyst system of an internal combustion engine. The fluid line has electric heating in some sections for heating of the fluid. The fluid line is additionally provided, at least in some areas, with fluid tempering. In use, the media line connects a tank to a dosing unit in order to add a reducing agent in a SCR catalyst system of an internal combustion engine, and wherein the engine coolant is used as tempering fluid. The tempering is achieved by inclusion of at least one tempering line running alongside the fluid line. A line connector for such a media line includes a connecting housing in which the fluid line and two tempering lines can be connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Otfried Schwarzkopf, Reinhard Plietsch, Tobias Etscheid, Marco Isenburg, Oliver Preiss, Martin Sachse
  • Patent number: 8563864
    Abstract: A smooth-bore plastic tubing with an outer helical support bead is resistant to collapse and incorporates plural conductors disposed outside of the tubing bore and insulated both from ambient and from one another. The conductors may have a desired relatively high thermal conductivity to tidal air flow within the tubing, while also having a comparatively high thermal resistance to ambient. The conductors may be electrical conductors, or may include fiber optic conductors as well in the same tubing structure. A method for making the tubing includes extruding a molten thermoplastic ribbon. The plastic ribbon is wrapped to form a tubular body, and a grooved plateau portion is wrapped upon the tubular body. At least one conductor is embedded in the groove of the plateau portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 8555733
    Abstract: A system for preparing a refrigerant sample for analysis including a pressure regulator assembly including a pressure regulator and provisions for heating a refrigerant sample contained within an interior region of the pressure regulator. The pressure regulator defines an inlet through which the refrigerant sample is delivered and an outlet through which the refrigerant sample is expelled. The system also includes a filter assembly having an inlet that is fluidly connected to the outlet of the pressure regulator to receive the vaporized refrigerant sample from the pressure regulator, at least one filter for removing contaminants from the refrigerant sample, and an outlet that is configured to be coupled to a refrigerant analysis system for analyzing a composition of the refrigerant sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Airgas, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Frances Shock, James Gruenbacher, Maciej Kuchcinski, Alexey Virovets