Static Structure (e.g., Building Pavement, Etc.) Patents (Class 219/213)
  • Patent number: 10364540
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for inductive power transfer to vehicles driving or standing on a surface of a route, in particular to road automobiles, wherein the system includes a primary winding structure for generating an alternating electromagnetic field, wherein a field volume (FV) is assigned to the primary winding structure, wherein the system includes at least a part of a first heating system, wherein elements of the first heating system which are arranged within the field volume (FV) are non-metallic elements. Further, the invention relates to a pavement slab assembly and a method of operating a system for inductive power transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bombardier Primove GmbH
    Inventors: Sergio Pérez, Éanna Curran, Oliver Vietzke
  • Patent number: 10323417
    Abstract: In an aspect a heating system includes a grounded shield layer made of a continuous piece of metal; a heating element; and a rear adhesive layer comprising of a flame retardant material. The heating element is disposed between the grounded shield layer and the rear adhesive layer; and the rear adhesive layer has a bottom surface that is configured to adhere to at least one of a shingle or an area of a roofing deck. Additionally, a controller is included and is configured to control the flow of electricity to the heating element as a function of a temperature and at least one of a moisture level and a precipitation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CALORIQUE, LLC
    Inventors: Kapildev M. Kulkarni, Eugene B McGillycuddy
  • Patent number: 10264931
    Abstract: A hand drying system and method for a lavatory includes a blower housing that includes a blower that is configured to generate airflow within an air chamber. An exhaust vent is configured to be secured to the lavatory. The exhaust vent defines an air outlet. A conduit includes a first end in fluid communication with the air chamber and a second end in fluid communication with the air outlet. The conduit distally locates the blower housing from the lavatory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jamie Childress
  • Patent number: 10219321
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a heating body and batteries. The batteries are grouped so as to form a battery bank having a parallelepiped shape which defines anterior and posterior faces of this bank. The heating body forms at least one face located along one of the anterior or posterior faces of the battery bank, or above the battery bank. The apparatus also includes a first thermal insulation plate placed between the battery bank and the heating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LANCEY ENERGY STORAGE S.A.S.
    Inventor: Raphaël Meyer
  • Patent number: 10156047
    Abstract: A heatable module for use in constructing a pathway for traffic comprises a base member having a perimeter edge. A top plate is securable to the base member in overlying relation to the top surface of the base member. An electrically powerable heater member retained by at least one of the base member and the top plate. To form a heatable pathway for traffic, the modules are placed in perimeter-edge-to-perimeter-edge relation one to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ASTRA CAPITAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Kenneth Szekely
  • Patent number: 10134502
    Abstract: A composite formulation of the present disclosure may have conductive properties (i.e. low resistance), such that the formulation may be used in resistive heating applications. The composite may have one or more matrix materials and one or more conductive fillers. The composite may be used in the formation of resistive heaters having a number of layers, including a conductive layer, the conductive layer including the composite. Heaters of the present disclosure may be used for a number of applications including ground, floor, or roof heating, or laboratory equipment heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Kim Edward Elverud
  • Patent number: 10124141
    Abstract: A breathing circuit for delivering heated, humidified gases to a patient for medical purposes is described, comprising a humidifier chamber holding a quantity of water, a blower unit that delivers a pressurized gases stream to the chamber inlet, and a control system that adjusts output parameters of the breathing circuit, the circuit including a heater plate which heats the water in the chamber so that gases flowing through the chamber become heated and humidified, the circuit also including a gases transportation pathway and patient interface to convey heated humidified gases to a patient, the gases transportation pathway including an RFID tag located at the patient end which senses a parameter of the gases passing through the pathway, the control system including an RFID interrogator interrogating and receiving data relating to the sensed parameter from the RFID tag in real time, and adjusting the output parameters of the breathing circuit accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Robert Donald Somervell, Nordyn Alami, Dexter Chi Lun Cheung, Christopher Simon James Quill, Matthew Jon Payton
  • Patent number: 10113273
    Abstract: An interconnected heated patio stone and system are disclosed, the stone consisting of a durable, heat-transmitting upper layer, and an insulating lower layer, a heating cable running within the stone, and having two interconnections at the edge of the stone. The interconnection has a bracket to connect with the cable, a receptacle for joining electrically to a bridging connector, and an electrical linkage making an electrical connection available. Each stone is connected with another by a bridging connector, which contains an articulated wire, and has a basin and cap at each end for electrically joining, in a sealed manner, with the receptacle. The system consists of two or more stones interconnected using bridging connectors, the whole system also connected to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Nunzio Consiglio, John Kim, Miles Hammond, Kevin Bailey
  • Patent number: 10072873
    Abstract: A tankless water heater carrier having a pair of load supporting brackets, a slot formed through each load supporting bracket, and a pair of rigidity rails extending longitudinally along each side of each load supporting brackets. The tankless water heater carrier has a pair of side brackets connected between the pair of load supporting brackets, a pair of sliding brackets moveably mounted onto each load supporting bracket, and a plurality of removable threaded rough in guides positioned in the alignment holes of each sliding bracket and through the slots of the load supporting brackets. The tankless water heater carrier includes fasteners usable to connect the side brackets to the load supporting brackets and to connect the sliding brackets to the load supporting brackets creating a theft resistant tankless water heater that is versatile for all sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ALLPRO MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Cary Ostera, Daniel M. Morales, II
  • Patent number: 10072422
    Abstract: Structure heating systems and methods of making and use. One embodiment has a unitary or integral roof edge heating element with a single heating cable mounted in a heating cable channel running laterally through the heating element and a roof edge heating panel extending from the portion of the heating element bearing the heating cable. Another embodiment includes a single heating cable mounted in a heating element surrounded by a heating element cover. Some embodiments can reduce the amount of heat transfer contact with supporting roof or adjacent structure, reducing heat transfer to the supporting roof or other adjacent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Brian T. Casey
  • Patent number: 10036559
    Abstract: A heatable pathway system for traffic comprises a first module having a first electrically powerable heater member and a second module having a second electrically powerable heater member. The first module and the second module are each installable in place to form a heatable pathway system for traffic. An electrical power controller circuit has a first power output connected in power supplying relation to the first electrically powered heater member and a second power output connected in power supplying relation to the second electrically powerable heater member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ASTRA CAPITAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Kenneth Szekely
  • Patent number: 10014822
    Abstract: A snow removal assembly includes a fluid that may be applied to a support surface. The fluid is comprised of an electrically conductive material. The fluid generates heat when an electrical current is applied to the fluid thereby facilitating the fluid to melt snow on the support surface. A sheet is provided and the sheet may be coupled to the fluid when the fluid is applied to the support surface. The sheet may inhibit the fluid from being abraded from the support surface. A power supply is provided and the power supply may be positioned on the support surface. The power supply is electrically coupled to the fluid when the fluid is applied to the support surface thereby facilitating the fluid to generate heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Tariq Sikander
  • Patent number: 9989264
    Abstract: A heating tile designed to be easily installed using standard construction methods and materials while providing a radiant heating method that is compatible with both computer controlled systems as well as simple thermostat controls, can be repaired without major floor rework, does not produce a significant magnetic field, is protected against overheating due to excessive exposed surface insulation, and is water and contaminant resistant even if there is minor cracking of the tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce Blaine Williams
  • Patent number: 9982438
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating structure or areas adjacent such structure, such as a roof on a building for example, exposed to varying weather conditions and methods of making and use of the apparatus. The heating apparatus can include a heating element and heat supplying components. In one embodiment, the heating apparatus also includes a heatable cover panel and fasteners or other fastening components or materials for securing the heating element and cover panel to the structure. The heat supplying components may include one or more heater cable or heater cable sections penetrating one or more heater cable channels in the heating element. The apparatus may also utilize various insulating and other materials, including paint on exposed surfaces of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Brian T. Casey
  • Patent number: 9982900
    Abstract: A blower assembly of an HVAC system may include an electrically-conductive plating applied to an inner surface of a blower housing, a first electrode attached to the electrically-conductive plating at an inner wall of the blower housing via an electrically-conductive RTV silicone, and a second electrode attached to the electrically-conductive plating at an outer wall of the blower housing via an electrically-conductive RTV silicone. The first electrode may pass a current through the electrically-conductive plating of the blower housing to the second electrode that may act as an ohmic heater and provide a thermal energy discharge which may exchange heat with an airflow flowing through the blower housing as a result of operating the blower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Stewart Hancock
  • Patent number: 9976796
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a rotatable door handle. The door handle is rotatably coupled to a refrigerator door through a through-hole on the door. The door handle includes a grip portion, a connection portion fastened to the grip portion, and an insertion portion protruding from the connection portion. The insertion portion includes an engaging projection protruding outward from a peripheral surface of the insertion portion. The door handle includes two stoppers. During the process of assembling the door handle with the door, the engaging projection may be rotated in the first direction until it engage with a first stopper to. In an assembled state, the door is opened or closed when the door handle is rotated in the second direction. The second stopper can stop rotation of the door handle in the second direction when the engaging projection engages with the second stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Won Woo Jang
  • Patent number: 9977008
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method and apparatus for investigating the uniformity of concrete and/or grout. Embodiments can identify the existence of one or more anomalies in the uniformity of concrete and/or grout, and/or determine or estimate the size, shape, type, and/or location of one or more anomalies in the uniformity of concrete and/or grout. Embodiments can utilize a string of temperature measuring sensors placed within one or more access bore(s), such as tube(s), positioned at least partially within the concrete and/or positioned proximate the concrete. The measurements obtained from the temperature measuring sensors can then be used to assist in the identification of existence of, size of, type of, shape of, and/or location of anomalies in the concrete and/or grout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUGRO USA LAND, INC.
    Inventors: Melvin Gerrard England, Paul Frederick Cheesman
  • Patent number: 9914522
    Abstract: A floor panel for an aircraft comprising a panel structure for transmitting forces applied to the floor panel, wherein the panel structure includes an upper cover layer, a lower cover layer, and a core assembly sandwiched between the upper and lower cover layers, and a heater layer for heating the floor panel, wherein the heater layer is provided between the upper and lower cover layers. The object of the present disclosure, to provide a possibly simple heated floor panel for an aircraft, wherein the risk of overheating and at the same time the risk of local hot spots at the heater layer is reduced, is achieved in that the heater layer is formed as a PTC-layer having a plurality of electric conductor paths interconnected to one another by a plurality of PTC-resistor paths comprising a PTC-material, wherein the electric resistance of the PTC-Material increases with increasing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Eckhard Nehring
  • Patent number: 9872342
    Abstract: The street and ground warming system is used to prevent both the surface and sub-surface of a street or ground from freezing. The system includes a box that is partially buried, and atop of said box is provided a solar cell array that generates electricity to power heating elements. The heating elements may extend from the box, and through the sub-surface and emit heat therefrom. The heating elements may stay within said box and coil around rebar that passes there through so as to enable transmission of heat to a sub-surface structure. Alternative powering means may change the location of the solar cells or eliminate the solar cells all together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 9829528
    Abstract: A measuring instrument and a method checks the functional capability of an electric heating wire of a surface heating system before it is installed and indicates damage to the heating wire while it is being installed. The instrument includes a power supply, connecting devices electrically connected to the power supply and to which the free ends of an electric heating wire can be connected such as to form a current circuit on the power supply, a resistance measuring device designed to record the electric resistance of a heating wire connected to the power supply, a display device which displays an electric resistance of a heating wire recorded by the resistance measuring device, and a warning device designed to emit an acoustic signal when the electric resistance of a heating wire recorded by the resistance measuring device strays from a target value range defined by the measuring instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Schluter Systems L.P.
    Inventor: Werner Schlueter
  • Patent number: 9829202
    Abstract: A system and method for heating concrete structures to either prevent the build-up of freezing precipitation or eliminate freezing precipitation on a top surface of the concrete structures. The system includes a heating assembly integrally formed with a concrete structure to apply thermal energy to the top surface of the concrete structure. Optionally, the heating assembly includes heating elements formed of carbon fiber tape. Following formation of the concrete structure, the heating assembly is configured for unified movement with the concrete structure. The system optionally includes a control assembly operatively coupled to the heating assembly. The control assembly selectively powers the heating assembly and can be configured for remote operation. In use, the control assembly can be selectively activated from a remote location to power the heating assembly and heat the concrete structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Houston System
    Inventors: Zhaohui Yang, Ting Yang, Gangbing Song, Mithun Singla, Christiana Chang
  • Patent number: 9793672
    Abstract: In a composite component having a laminate body, a conductive layer and a connector can be joined to one another using an intermediate flexible circuit. Among other things, this flexible circuit places the conductive layer and the connector in electrical communication with one another. Furthermore, during the forming process and because of its thinness, the flexible circuit integrates well with the layers of the laminate body and can accommodates some spatial displacement of the connector and conductive material relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GKN Aerospace Services Structures Corp.
    Inventor: Christopher John Feeney
  • Patent number: 9775196
    Abstract: Electric, self-heating concrete systems that uses embedded carbon macrofiber or nanofibers paper as electric resistance heating elements are disclose. The self-heating concrete systems may utilize the conductive properties of carbon macrofiber or nanofiber materials to heat a surface overlay of concrete with various admixtures to improve the concrete's thermal conductivity. The self-heating concrete systems allow concrete roadways or the like to be heated to above freezing temperatures in a freezing environment in a reasonable amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    Inventors: Gangbing Song, Christiana Chang, Yi Lung Mo
  • Patent number: 9750086
    Abstract: An electrical heating device for a motor vehicle, which includes at least one heating element and which includes at least one printed circuit board, the printed circuit board having at least one contacting area for establishing an electrical connection between the heating element and an energy source, the heating element having a plurality of PTC heating elements, which are electrically conductively connected to each other by a contact element, the contact element of the heating element being disposed at a distance from the contacting area, an electrically conductive connection between the contact element and the contacting area being established with the aid of a plurality of conductor strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Gries
  • Patent number: 9735510
    Abstract: System for electrically grounding a reusable load-supporting surface includes at least two mats and a plurality of substantially planar, removable, electrically-conductive covers. Each cover extends at least partially across the top face of one of the mats without extending over any of the edges thereof and is flexibly coupled to the mat sufficient to allow the mat to flex, expand and contract relative to the cover due to environmental factors and the movement of personnel, vehicles and/or equipment across the load-supporting surface during normal, typical or expected use conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC
    Inventors: James Kerwin McDowell, Kenneth Edward Durio
  • Patent number: 9736888
    Abstract: Described herein is a composite panel that includes a first layer made from an electrically non-conductive material. The composite panel also includes a resistance heater printed onto the first layer. Further, the composite panel includes a second layer adjacent the resistance heater, the resistance heater being positioned between the first layer and the second layer. The second layer is made from an electrically non-conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Duce, Joseph A. Marshall, IV, Ashley House, Jason Turner
  • Patent number: 9630701
    Abstract: A method for providing an electrical connection for conductive ink includes direct writing a bus bar onto areas of a desired electrical connection of the conductive ink. The conductive ink is screen printed onto a dielectric film to create a conductive circuit. An aircraft heated floor panel includes at least one floor panel of an aircraft. The one floor panel includes a conductive circuit having a conductive ink including a bus bar directly written onto areas of a desired electrical connection of the conductive ink. The conductive ink is screen printed onto a dielectric film to create a conductive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 9623951
    Abstract: A method of forming a heating element includes depositing a conductive ink of silver particles in an epoxy resin on a dielectric film to create a conductive circuit, and heat curing the conductive circuit to achieve a resistivity of the heating element less than 1.68×10?6 ohm·meter. An aircraft heated floor panel includes at least one floor panel of an aircraft includes a conductive circuit positioned within the floor panel having a conductive ink of silver particles in an epoxy resin on a dielectric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Hu, Richard R. Hamm, Kevin E. Roach
  • Patent number: 9552087
    Abstract: In a multi-layer body with a carrier and at least one conduction layer first areas and second areas are galvanically isolated from each other by third areas. In the third area sections are omitted from conductor traces and replaced by replacement pieces. The multi-layer body thereby has an optically homogeneous effect (e.g. is uniformly transparent or uniformly reflective).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Ullmann, Walter Fix, Manfred Walter, Merlin Welker, Jurgen Krumm, Mathias Maul, Toblias Menger
  • Patent number: 9506645
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods of 70 (seventy) CFM (cubic feet per minute) ventilation fans for bathrooms with recessed can with light and having the motor partially inside and beneath the blower wheel. A housing for the bath fan can be attached to joists in the ceiling by a long telescoping mounting brackets. The motor and blower wheel can be attached to a mounting plate inside of the housing, which can be removed as a single unit to allow the motor to be easily replaced or repaired, and also to allow for the inside of the housing to be inspected during and after installation of the exhaust fan. A ring about the light can have vents that receive incoming air into the fan, which is exhausted therefrom by the blower. Seals such as elastomeric rings can seal the bottom of the can to the light, and the top end of the can to the decorative ring shaped pan. A vertical panel can separate a first compartment having the motor and blower from a second adjacent compartment having the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Chien Luen Industries Co., Ltd., Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Tom
  • Patent number: 9482008
    Abstract: A gutter cover heater (30) for a gutter cover comprises a shield (31), a base plate (32), and a heat cable (33). The shield (31) is a longitudinally extended sheet that covers the heat cable (33), is curved over the heat cable (33), has apertures (34), a first long edge (35), and a second long edge (36). The base plate (32) is a flat longitudinally extended sheet under the heat cable (33) and the shield (31), with a first long edge (37) and a second long edge (38); wherein the first long edge of the base plate (35) is debossed. The first long edge (35) of the shield wraps under the debossing of the first long edge of the base plate (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony M. Iannelli
  • Patent number: 9476608
    Abstract: The ceiling mounted ventilation fan with illumination employs a configuration in which a second opening for guiding light from an illumination unit into the room is formed in a lower part of a main housing and in which a air inlet on a fan casing of a fan unit is provided so as to open toward upper part of the main housing. Thus the air inlet of the fan unit opens in a direction opposite to the second opening communicating with inside of the room. As a result, sounds such as operation noises from the fan unit that are transmitted to outside of the fan unit chiefly through the air inlet can be made to resist being transmitted through the second opening into the room, so that the noises can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignees: PANASONIC ECOLOGY SYSTEMS GUANGDONG CO., LTD., PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Decong Yang, Qianhao Tan, Pingting Yang, Qiuqian Liang, Yannong Wu, Hitoshi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9473211
    Abstract: A device for the inductive transmission of electrical energy having a coil which can be inductively coupled to another coil for energy transmission; a power electronic unit for drawing electrical power from the coil or for outputting electrical power into the coil; and a feedline connecting the coil to the power electronic unit. The feedline includes at least two multi-conductor cables with conductors which are insulated from one another and the connection of each terminal of the coil to a respectively assigned terminal of the power electronic unit includes a plurality of conductors of the multi-conductor cables. Each terminal of the coil is preferably connected to the respectively assigned terminal of the power electronic unit by conductors of at least two different cables and the same number of conductors of each individual cable connect each terminal of the coil to the respectively assigned terminal of the power electronic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CONDUCTIX WAMPFLER GMBH
    Inventors: Mathias Wechlin, Pascal Asselin
  • Patent number: 9428915
    Abstract: If roof top snow melt water is allowed to refreeze on the colder areas of the roof, an ice dam can be formed. A heated drainage path ensures this water is drained away from the structure's foundation. The various sheet metal raceway products disclosed contain spring-like folded members to securely press against the self-regulating heating cable, thereby maximizing the thermal conduction between the heating cable and the sheet metal raceways. The spring-like members of the raceways ensure a tight thermal contact to heating cables of different thicknesses. The spring-like members compensate for metal fatigue to provide a longer useful life of the installed system. The system also allows easy end of life replacement of the heating cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Malcolm Brent Nark
  • Patent number: 9368918
    Abstract: An electrically groundable, reusable, load-supporting surface includes a plurality of planar mats and a plurality of removable, electrically-conductive covers. At least one cover is configured to be coupled to each respective mat. Each cover includes at least one mesh portion constructed at least partially of electrically conductive material. The respective covers of adjacent mats in the load-supporting surface are configured to be electrically interconnected. At least one grounding rod is electrically connectable between at least one cover and the earth to electrically ground the load supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC
    Inventors: James Kerwin McDowell, Kenneth Edward Durio
  • Patent number: 9337586
    Abstract: Apparatus for electrically connecting and grounding at least two mechanically interconnectable, planar mats in a reusable load-supporting surface includes at least one removable, electrically-conductive cover configured to be engaged with each mat and extend at least partially across the top and/or bottom face thereof. Each cover includes at least one conductive interface configured to electrically connect its associated mat with at least one other mat in the load-supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Sevices, LLC
    Inventors: James Kerwin McDowell, Kenneth Edward Durio
  • Patent number: 9301343
    Abstract: A window-glass heating device for providing each adequate heat amount in accordance with each parts of the glass and for securing the good visibility to a driver, comprises: a first heater having a transparent heating film attached on the whole surface of the vehicle window glass; a second heater having a transparent heating film attached on a part of the surface of the vehicle window glass and being arranged at least overlapped with the first heater; a heating-requirement detector for detecting at least one of heating requirements such as the outside temperature, the inside temperature and any input through the operational equipments of vehicle inside; and a heating controller for controlling heat amount of the first and second heaters depending on the heating requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiichi Ishizeki, Tomotaka Sawada
  • Patent number: 9290273
    Abstract: Invention is an adaptive freeze, snow or ice protection system and method of operation that comprises an integrated expert system control module, a sensing means, a heating means, a control system means, an interconnection means and an energy supply system means where the protection system is supplied with an external energy source. The integrated expert system control module has a learning algorithm that performs adaptive analysis using input from conventional and unique sensors as the sensing means, other available inputs and other available data to monitor all of the systems of the protection system and provides commands to control all the systems of the protection system that manage the possible effects of predetermined environmental conditions on facilities or equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: James C. Thompson, Chester L. Sandberg
  • Patent number: 9181707
    Abstract: A gutter cover heater (20 or 40) may be used on a gutter cover (10), wherein the gutter cover heater (20 or 40) comprises a shield (21) and a heat cable (22). The gutter cover (10) comprises a top portion (11) extending forwardly from a rear edge (12) of the gutter cover (10). The shield (21) is a longitudinally extended sheet that covers at least a portion of the gutter cover and the heat cable (22), and is attached to the top portion (11) of the gutter cover (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony M. Iannelli
  • Patent number: 9121179
    Abstract: A roof and rain gutter ice melt system and assembly provide a base panel and a cover panel. The base panel is functionally adapted to be mounted at a roof edge at the back wall of a conventional rain gutter. In one embodiment, the base panel also includes means for supporting a heat cable within it. Electrical energization of the heat cable results in the conduction of heat through the base panel and through the cover panel, the cover panel including means of overlapping and engaging the base panel. A second heat cable is disposed in the floor of the rain gutter. In an alternative embodiment, the heat cable is disposed within a roof edge panel. In either alternative embodiment, a front panel can be provided to allow the front lip of the rain gutter to be heated atop a metal gutter screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Bublitz
  • Patent number: 9084302
    Abstract: A carpet assembly capable of generating heat comprises a plurality of polygonal base plates and a plurality of connectors. Each polygonal base plate has a power connector part provided at each periphery of the polygonal base plate, a heat generation device, and a power connection line. The power connection line is connected with the power connector part and the heat generation device, so that when the power connection line is connected with an external power, the power connector part and heat generation device are in electric connection via the power connection line, and the heat generation device begins to produce heat. When the connectors are connected respectively with the power connector part provided at one periphery of one polygonal base plate, the plurality of polygonal base plates are in electric connection with each other and forms a carpet assembly capable of generating heat with large area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kwo-Chuang Chang, Yuan Wei
  • Publication number: 20150114947
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating structure or areas adjacent such structure, such as a roof on a building for example, exposed to varying weather conditions and methods of making and use of the apparatus. The heating apparatus can include a heating element and heat supplying components. In one embodiment, the heating apparatus also includes a heatable cover panel and fasteners or other fastening components or materials for securing the heating element and cover panel to the structure. The heat supplying components may include one or more heater cable or heater cable sections penetrating one or more heater cable channels in the heating element. The apparatus may also utilize various insulating and other materials, including paint on exposed surfaces of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Brian T. Casey
  • Publication number: 20150053664
    Abstract: A method for providing an electrical connection for conductive ink includes direct writing a bus bar onto areas of a desired electrical connection of the conductive ink. The conductive ink is screen printed onto a dielectric film to create a conductive circuit. An aircraft heated floor panel includes at least one floor panel of an aircraft. The one floor panel includes a conductive circuit having a conductive ink including a bus bar directly written onto areas of a desired electrical connection of the conductive ink. The conductive ink is screen printed onto a dielectric film to create a conductive circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 8952301
    Abstract: The grounded modular heated cover is disclosed with a first pliable outer layer and a second pliable outer layer, an electrical heating element between the first and the second outer layers, a heat spreading layer, and a thermal insulation layer positioned above the active electrical heating element. Beneficially, such a device provides radiant heat, weather isolation, temperature insulation, and solar heat absorption efficiently and cost effectively. The modular heated cover quickly and efficiently removes ice, snow, and frost from surfaces, and penetrates soil and other material to thaw the material to a suitable depth. A plurality of modular heated covers can be connected on a single 120 Volt circuit protected by a 20 Amp breaker. The modular heated covers are grounded for safety using the conductive heat spreading layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: 417 and 7/8, LLC
    Inventors: David Naylor, Thomas Caterina
  • Publication number: 20150034067
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for making a surface resistant to frost are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Engineered Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Szekely
  • Patent number: 8946601
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating structure or areas adjacent such structure, such as a roof on a building for example, exposed to varying weather conditions and methods of making and use of the apparatus. The heating apparatus can include a heating element and heat supplying components. In one embodiment, the heating apparatus also includes a heatable cover panel and fasteners or other fastening components or materials for securing the heating element and cover panel to the structure. The heat supplying components may include one or more heater cable or heater cable sections penetrating one or more heater cable channels in the heating element. The apparatus may also utilize various insulating and other materials, including paint on exposed surfaces of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Casey
  • Patent number: 8946600
    Abstract: A roof de-icing system has a plurality of heating units connected in parallel to a common power source. The heating units can include one or more heating panels positioned along the lower edge of a roof, valley heating panels which extend along valleys of the roof, gutter heating panels which extend along the bottoms of gutters secured proximate a lower edge of the roof, and heating strips which extend along a roof below the drip line of a second higher roof. Each of the heating units has an indica to indicate a failure of that unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Ricky R. Dupuis
  • Publication number: 20150021310
    Abstract: A solar collection device is provided having a solar panel, a frame, a back panel, and a heat source. The frame is affixed to a rear surface of the solar panel. The back panel is affixed to a rear surface of the frame providing at least one air chamber between the solar panel, the frame, and the back panel. The heat source communicates with the chamber operative to heat the solar panel to melt ice from the solar panel. A method for heating a solar panel is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: George A. Van Straten
  • Publication number: 20150001201
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an autonomous solar panel for use in winter conditions. The panel includes at least one energy transfer member associated with the solar panel. A sensor is in communication with the energy transfer member. A power supply is connected to the energy transfer member. A network interconnects the energy transfer member, the sensor, and the power supply, and is configured so that when the sensor senses an accumulation of winter precipitation on the solar panel, a portion of stored power in the power supply activates the energy transfer member and the winter precipitation is removed from the solar panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Adler, Harold Russell Baird
  • Patent number: 8901458
    Abstract: An ice buildup inhibitor is disclosed useful for preventing ice damming, in particular in conjunction with the use of a closed gutter. Heat escape through a roof made warm snow pack, causing it to melt and flow down toward the gutter. After moving away from the heated roof, the water may re-freeze and form an ice dam. In the ice buildup inhibitor may be configured to warm in the closed gutter, thereby preventing the formation of an ice dam. They ice buildup inhibitor may be configured to be easily installed onto an existing closed gutter, enabling responsive installation on only those homes experiencing ice damming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Yamen Aussi, Pamela Long, Micheal Nicolas, Daniel Vargas