Combined With Container, Enclosure, Or Support For Material To Be Heated Patents (Class 219/385)
  • Patent number: 10886151
    Abstract: Time periods required for a wafer W to reach a reference temperature are made to be uniform between heating modules 2 and between heating target regions in a temperature rising time period after the wafer W is placed on a heating plate 23, and temperature rise curves of temperature transition profiles in a temperature rise transition time period are made to be same. Therefore, the temperature transition profiles of the heating target regions are all same, and total heat amounts in the temperature rise transition time period are uniform within a surface of the wafer W and between the heating modules 2, so that a line width of a pattern formed on the wafer W becomes uniform. Thus, it is possible to perform a heating treatment with high uniformity within the surface of the wafer W and between the wafers W processed in the different heating modules 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Kenichi Shigetomi, Takeshi Saikusa, Takayuki Fukudome
  • Patent number: 10864333
    Abstract: An auxiliary sensor can be used to measure the temperature of individual products in a heating cabinet. By arranging the temperature sensor with respect to the low mass thermal conductors and insulators, the sensor can be focused on the product to obtain the proper temperature irrespective of the immediate environment whether it is at room temperature or even within the heating cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Enthermics Medical Systems
    Inventors: Kyle Shimel, William J. Hansen, John Matthew Rotterman
  • Patent number: 10841981
    Abstract: A multi-zone food holding bin has a continuous food supporting surface with multiple food holding zones. Each food holding zone is independently controllable so that different food temperatures may be maintained in adjacent food holding zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10813236
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device can include an enclosure at least partially defining an internal volume. The enclosure can include a bottom panel. The housing can also include a tubular frame that includes a first pair of tubular support members extending from the bottom panel and a second pair of tubular support members extending from the bottom panel. The housing can also include a first tubular top frame member disposed outside the internal volume and connected to an end of each of the first pair of tubular support members through an opening defined by the enclosure, and a second tubular top frame member disposed outside the internal volume and connected to an end of each of the second pair of tubular support members through an opening defined by the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Michael E. Leclerc, Danny L. McBroom, Houtan R. Farahani, Michael D. McBroom, Bart K. Andre, Sabrina K. Paseman
  • Patent number: 10724170
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus includes an accommodating body, a dry chamber that is mounted in the accommodating body and spaced apart from the accommodating body by a preset distance, a rack provided in the dry chamber and configured to receive objects to be dried, an air inlet hole defined at a rear surface of the accommodating body, an air supply unit configured to supply heated air through the air inlet hole toward a space defined between the accommodating body and the dry chamber, and an air supply hole defined at a chamber front and allowing flow of air from the accommodating body to the dry chamber through the air supply hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Haewoong Lee, Seonghwan Kim, Jinwoo Bae
  • Patent number: 10707439
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a packaging adhesive, a packaging method, a display panel, and a display device. The packaging adhesive includes a frit, an organic solvent, and a material with a thermal expansion coefficient larger than that of the frit. Using the packaging adhesive provided by the present disclosure, the thermal expansion coefficient of the packaging adhesive from which the organic solvent is removed may be enhanced by doping the material with a thermal expansion coefficient larger than that of the frit into existing glass cement, so that in a packaging process using laser radiation, an expansion volume of the packaging adhesive when heated is increased. In this way, a gap between the packaging adhesive and an array substrate is effectively reduced, and a packaging effect is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chuan Yin, Chia Hao Chang, Xianjiang Xiong
  • Patent number: 10588443
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is directed to a smart slow cooker, system, and related methods for heating food to at least 50 degrees centigrade within at most two hours, then adjusting the power to a lower setting for the remainder of the desired cooking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CE BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Jorge Garcia
  • Patent number: 10548433
    Abstract: A toaster includes a first heating compartment, a first heating element associated with the first heating compartment, and a control unit in communication with the first heating element for executing an activation of the heating element by providing a current thereto and a deactivation of the heating element by disconnecting the current therefrom, the control unit further executing a main heating program comprising a succession of activations, separated by respective deactivations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool EMEA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Palmeto, Marcello Riderelli Belli, Francesco Giardini
  • Patent number: 10524315
    Abstract: An electromagnetic cooker includes: a plane section that faces a bottom face part of a cooking pot when the cooking pot is placed; a frame body section that is erected from the plane section and houses the cooking pot to face a side face part of the cooking pot when the cooking pot is placed; a first heating section that is provided in the plane section and heats the bottom face part of the cooking pot by an induction heating method; and a second heating section that is provided in the frame body section and heats the side face part of the cooking pot by a method different from the induction heating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ADX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoharu Hijikata, Takayuki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10483146
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck heater includes an electrostatic chuck in which an electrostatic electrode is embedded in a ceramic sintered body; a small-zone formation region including a plurality of small zones in which small heater electrodes are wired; a power source to which the plurality of small heater electrodes are connected in parallel; and a small-zone control apparatus that performs control such that desired electric power is supplied to each of the small heater electrodes, wherein among the plurality of small heater electrodes, a small heater electrode that is wired in a small zone including a cool spot has a resistance that is set to a smaller value than that of the other small heater electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takebayashi, Natsuki Hirata, Shinya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10470620
    Abstract: A bathroom management apparatus includes a case including a air discharge port for the discharge of air, a discharge vane for opening and closing the air discharge port, and a hanger coupled to the case and including a hanger part, wherein a front end of the discharge vane is positioned behind and under the air discharge port when the air discharge port is opened, wherein the hanger part is positioned between a first tangential line and a first straight line, which define a predetermined angle with respect to each other, and wherein the predetermined angle is an angle between a second tangential line extending along a rear inner surface of the second air discharge port and a second straight line extending through a lower rear end of the second air discharge port and a front end of the opened discharge vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wheeyoung Jun, Daeyun Park, Minjung Kim
  • Patent number: 10412789
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for regulating a cooking process using an item of cookware having inductive properties on a cooking area, wherein a coil is arranged as part of an LC resonant circuit in the region of the cooking area and the natural frequency of the LC resonant circuit is measured repeatedly or continuously. The invention also relates to a cooking apparatus having at least one cooking area, a temperature sensor, a power controller, an LC resonant circuit having a coil, which is arranged in, around or in the region of the cooking area, and a controller, which is connected to the temperature sensor and a unit for measuring the frequency of the LC resonant circuit and which is programmed to carry out method, wherein the controller has access to a memory for storing the mathematically determined parameter function or vector function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cuciniale GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Henke, Tobias Flämig-Vetter, Philipp Ochtendung
  • Patent number: 10395553
    Abstract: A method includes: causing a processor to determine a first step from among a plurality of steps that should be executed in order in cooking; and causing the processor to display, on a display, a guide image including a first indicative contents of the determined first step and a second indicative contents of a second step that is a step that should be executed next to the first step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Aso, Masao Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10386280
    Abstract: A device for measuring shear properties of asphalt mixtures includes a machine for testing the material strength, equipped with an operational frame, fixing elements and driving mechanism, the machine including a steel socket equipped at at least one of a bottom and a top edge thereof with an inner flange to accommodate a testing specimen, the testing specimen having a central open hole, and a steel insert adapted to be inserted into the open hole in the testing specimen, the steel insert being equipped with a rim at at least one of an end thereof at the top edge of the steel socket and at end thereof at the bottom of the steel socket, while a size of a clearance between the inner flange and the rim being between 5 to 60 mm, and the steel insert being equipped with elements for fixing to clamping elements of the device, and measuring probes being connected to the steel insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE, FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, DEPARTMENT OF ROAD STRUCTURES, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Josef Zak, John Harvey, James Signore
  • Patent number: 10315198
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a thermocycler system for performing polymerase chain reaction. The thermocycler system can comprise a plurality of bus bars, a microplate, a clamp and a current application device in electrical communication with the bus bars. The clamp is suitable for forming a low resistance electrical connection between the microplate and an individual bus bar of the plurality of bus bars. In some instances, the clamp includes a spring-loaded pivot and a ram. Operation of the clamp forces the microplate into contact with the bus bar, or vice versa, to provide an electrical contact between the microplate and the bus bar. The microplate can comprise a substrate having a metallic material for heating samples, and a barrier layer disposed adjacent to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BJS IP LTD
    Inventors: Nicholas Burroughs, Ian Gunter, Richard Lewis
  • Patent number: 10221384
    Abstract: A bioreactor system comprising a base station comprising a control system, a tray arranged to be provided on the base station and arranged to house a bioreactor bag, wherein said base station comprises at least one temperature sensor means and in that said tray comprises at least one opening for receiving said temperature sensor means such that it will contact a surface of a bioreactor provided in the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Patrik Akerstrom, Patric Fricking, Lars Johan Carlsson, Hakan Wahlnas
  • Patent number: 10136759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infant feeding warming system useful to repeatedly and precisely warm breastmilk or formula for use in the NICU. The system in one form comprises a bedside unit that is attachable to an IV pole. The system may also comprise a centralized warming station with multiple chambers, wherein one chamber heats a bottle or syringe, and the remaining chambers are used for storage and/or refrigeration. The system will use a non-liquid heating system to heat feedings. A disposable liner may be used inside the chamber. The system may also contain heating algorithms that are based on a user inputting milk parameters such as volume and initial temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Ryan Bauer, Amanda Miller, Jill M. Hunt, Joseph Wach
  • Patent number: 10136750
    Abstract: A plastic container for boiling water is provided. The plastic container is lightweight, inexpensive to manufacture, and safe for cooking food by boiling. The plastic container is made of food grade high density polyethylene having a melting point of at least 120 degrees Celsius. The container includes a water heater having a heating element located near the bottom of the container. The water heater is securely attached to the side wall of the container and can be plugged into a standard alternating current electrical outlet. The water heater is capable of heating water to boiling temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas L. Bosarge
  • Patent number: 10041205
    Abstract: Portable clothes-drying assemblies are provided to allow travelers to quickly and easily dry articles of clothing. In one preferred embodiment of the invention, an assembly includes a specially configured garment bag from which a conventional hand held hair dryer is suspended. An adapter tube for directing hot air from the hair dryer into the interior of the garment bag is also provided. The adapter tube has a proximal end configured to sealingly engage the nozzle of the hair dryer and a distal end configured to sealingly engage an inlet formed at the bottom of the garment bag. In another preferred embodiment of the invention, the hair dryer is suspended from a horizontal rod, such as a closet rod, from which an article of clothing is also hung. An adapter assembly is also provided. The adapter assembly includes an adapter tube and a plurality of flexible distribution tubes that extend through the adapter tube and are configured to be inserted into the article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Loi McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 10036690
    Abstract: Apparatus for treating biological samples disposed on substrates, including: an input buffer for receiving one or more substrate holders each being adapted to support a plurality of the substrates; a treatment zone including a plurality of treatment stations each being adapted to receive one of the substrates; a reagent dispenser configured by a controller to dispense reagents to the substrates at the treatment stations; a substrate transport device configured by the controller to transport individual substrates between the substrate holders in the input buffer and the treatment stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS MELBOURNE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Mark Brian Dockrill, Samuel Gason
  • Patent number: 10023833
    Abstract: A temperature sensor means comprising a thermally conducting layer arranged to face the surface to be measured, a thermally insulating layer attached to the thermally conducting layer on the opposite side to the surface to be measured, a temperature sensor provided between the thermally conducting layer and the thermally insulating layer and being completely surrounded on all its sides by either the thermally conducting or the thermally insulating layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Patrik Akerstrom, Hakan Wahlnas
  • Patent number: 9997097
    Abstract: Provided are a Gamma reference voltage generating device and a display. The Gamma reference voltage generating device comprises a Gamma reference voltage source and a Gamma reference voltage converting module, the Gamma reference voltage source being connected to the Gamma reference voltage converting module and configured to provide Gamma reference voltages, wherein the Gamma reference voltage generating device further comprises at least one temperature compensation circuit which is connected to the Gamma reference voltage converting module and configured to automatically adjust output voltages according to temperature change to compensate the Gamma reference voltages output by the Gamma reference voltage source through the Gamma reference voltage converting module. The display comprises the above Gamma reference voltage generating device, and thus can avoid poor display due to temperature influences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huijuan Chen, Hyungkyu Kim, Qian Wang
  • Patent number: 9994807
    Abstract: A temperature sensor means comprising a thermally conducting layer arranged to face the surface to be measured, a thermally insulating layer attached to the thermally conducting layer on the opposite side to the surface to be measured, a temperature sensor provided between the thermally conducting layer and the thermally insulating layer and being completely surrounded on all its sides by either the thermally conducting or the thermally insulating layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Patrik Akerstrom, Hakan Wahlnas
  • Patent number: 9976750
    Abstract: A multi-zone food holding bin has a continuous food supporting surface with multiple food holding zones. Each food holding zone is independently controllable so that different food temperatures may be maintained in adjacent food holding zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PRINCE CASTLE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy
  • Patent number: 9980322
    Abstract: A multi-zone food holding bin has a continuous food supporting surface with multiple food holding zones. Each food holding zone is independently controllable so that different food temperatures may be maintained in adjacent food holding zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PRINCE CASTLE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy
  • Patent number: 9972996
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a steering wheel having a heating element and a fail-safety device using the same. The steering wheel having a heating element has a rim, a surface of which is coated with an electrically conductive heating element. The heating element includes a plurality of unit heating elements arranged in parallel, each of which includes a first unit line, each of two ends of which connect a positive power-applying terminal and a negative power-applying terminal together in series; a second unit line spaced apart from the first unit line, each of two ends of which connects the positive power-applying terminal and the negative power-applying terminal together in series; and a connection line for connecting the first and second unit lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Hwajin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Man Ho Cho
  • Patent number: 9957615
    Abstract: Apparatus for improving substrate temperature uniformity in a substrate processing chamber are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate support processing chamber may include a chamber body having a bottom portion and a sidewall having a slit valve opening to load and unload substrates, a pin lift mechanism, disposed in a pin lift mechanism opening formed in the bottom portion of the chamber body, having a plurality of substrate support pins coupled to the pin lift mechanism, a movable substrate support heater having substrate support portion and a shaft, and a cover plate disposed about the shaft of the movable substrate support, wherein the cover plate covers the pin lift mechanism and pin lift mechanism opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Gwo-Chuan Tzu, Kazuya Daito, Sang-Hyeob Lee
  • Patent number: 9919314
    Abstract: Systems and methods for air cooling a microfluidic device using confinement channels to isolate cooling air from exposed liquids are disclosed. The systems and methods may also thermally condition the cooling airflow for improved robustness of the microfluidic device. In one embodiment, the air cooling system includes a split-level cooling manifold including an inlet duct that directs cooling air to a microfluidic device and an outlet duct that directs air heated by the microfluidic device away from the microfluidic device. The temperature of cooling air may be measured. The cooling air may be preheated to a temperature that is higher than an expected ambient temperature. The temperature of the cooling air after being heated by a microfluidic device may be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnathan S. Coursey, Kenton C. Hasson, Ben Lane, Eric Schneider
  • Patent number: 9915634
    Abstract: A pressurization passage that divides a constant pressure from a pressure source with passage resistances so as to have a predetermined constant pressure is disposed on a downstream side of a sample loop in order to maintain a back pressure of the sample loop constant when a sample gas is collected to the sample loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Aono
  • Patent number: 9844301
    Abstract: A holding apparatus comprises a tray configured to hold food product therein, a holding portion configured to hold the tray therein, and a cover configured to cover the tray held in the holding portion. The cover comprises a covering portion, a pair of flange portions, the covering portion being disposed between the pair of flange portions, and a channel formed in each of the flange portions. The channel comprises a first portion extending from an edge of each of the flange portions, a supporting portion, and a second portion formed between the first portion and the supporting portion. The holding apparatus further comprises a projecting portion disposed on the holding apparatus and configured to be coupled to the channel such that the cover is suspended in the holding portion via contact between the projecting portion and the supporting portion of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Henry Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shields, Bradley Loase
  • Patent number: 9785135
    Abstract: Components and devices are provided for controlling and monitoring a machine or process using an automation controller that may be capable of receiving inputs from a digital source, an analog source, or a thermistor source. In one embodiment, an automation controller may include first, second, and third input terminals. The first and second input terminals may receive input signals from analog and digital sensors, and the second and third terminals may receive input signals from a thermistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Rajesh Ramesh Shah
  • Patent number: 9784456
    Abstract: An electric stove includes an electric heating element arranged at a distance from a position right below a target to be heated. A first mirror surface portion is arranged to surround the electric heating element and configured to reflect heat rays radiated from the electric heating elements. A second mirror surface portion is arranged below the electric heating elements and configured to collect the heat rays reflected by the first mirror surface portion to a side below the target by reflecting the heat rays substantially immediately upwardly. The first mirror surface portion includes a plurality of partial elliptical mirror surface portions having one focus near the electric heating elements and the other focus below the electric heating elements, and the second mirror surface portion includes a partial elliptical mirror surface portion a having one focus near the electric heating elements and the other focus below the electric heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TAKITA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Takita
  • Patent number: 9698065
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method are disclosed. An exemplary apparatus includes a wafer processing chamber. The apparatus further includes radiant heating elements disposed in different zones and operable to heat different portions of a wafer located within the wafer processing chamber. The apparatus further includes sensors disposed outside the wafer processing chamber and operable to monitor energy from the radiant heating elements disposed in the different zones. The apparatus further includes a computer configured to utilize the sensors to characterize the radiant heating elements disposed in the different zones and to provide a calibration for the radiant heating elements disposed in the different zones such that a substantially uniform temperature profile is maintained across a surface of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Tien Chang, Sunny Wu, Jo Fei Wang, Jong-I Mou, Chin-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9636166
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a portable surgical instrument and a sleeve. The portable surgical instrument includes an end effector assembly and a housing operably coupled to the end effector assembly. The housing includes a generator and a battery assembly coupled thereto and configured to supply energy to the end effector assembly for treating tissue. The sleeve is shaped complementarily to the housing and is removably positionable about the housing. The sleeve is configured to cool the housing and/or remove heat from the housing to inhibit overheating of the generator and/or the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Duane E. Kerr, Glenn A. Horner, Paul Hrenchir, Peter M. Mueller, Robert B. Stoddard, Luke Waaler
  • Patent number: 9629777
    Abstract: A far infrared (“FIR”) sauna cabin equipped with a far infrared (“FIR”) heating elements constructed of ceramic, carbon, and/or light emitting diodes (“LED”), designed for therapeutic use in a sauna, capable of emitting far infrared energy, and heating an individual's skin for purposes of rejuvenation, anti-aging, weight loss, and acne therapy. The FIR heating element emits IR energy in a wavelength and frequency optimum for resonant absorption by the human body, resulting in the release of toxins stored within subcutaneous fatty deposits, which are then carried out of the person's system as he or she sweats. The FIR sauna cabin is further equipped with necessary hardware and tools to effectively create a more flexible environment in which the user can change seating configurations, move about more freely and conduct stretching routines or exercises within the sauna cabin, using specialized fittings integrated to the interior of the sauna cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: David Floyd Shurtleff
  • Patent number: 9532852
    Abstract: A heating apparatus (10) for heating materials used in dental treatment is provided. The heating apparatus (10) comprises a heating compartment (33) with a heating element (35) for heating air inside the heating compartment (33), at least one socket for receiving and holding at least a part of the materials used in dental treatment inside the heating compartment (33), and an airflow generator (32, 34) for generating an airflow in the heating compartment (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: NYAMBE B.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Adrianus Lambertus Van Den Houdt, Franciscus Maria Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 9486870
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a metal part uses a tooling assembly. The tooling assembly includes a counter-form and a deformable core which includes inner and outer skins, a honeycomb structure positioned between the inner and outer skins, and a brazing material interposed between the honeycomb structure and the inner and outer skins. In particular, the core is closed by a lid equipped with ducts through which a gas is introduced. The manufacturing method includes the following steps: positioning the tooling assembly in a vacuum furnace; introducing a pressurized gas directly inside an inner skin of the core of the tooling assembly; purging the pressurized gas from an inner portion of the inner skin of the tooling assembly; and dismounting the tooling assembly so as to extract a metal part manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: AIRCELLE
    Inventors: Philippe Bienvenu, Jean-Claude Rivoal, Flavien Poulet, Francisco Caneque
  • Patent number: 9457511
    Abstract: Systems and methods for uniformly expanding and heat setting medical devices. One method can include expanding a medical device by advancing the medical device over a preheated expander, the medical device being uniformly expanded as the medical device is advanced over the preheated expander; and heat setting the expanded medical device while the medical device is positioned over the expander, the preheated expander being maintained at a predetermined heat-setting temperature. The preheated expander can be positioned within a thermal chamber that maintains the preheated expander at the predetermined heat-setting temperature. The medical device can be physically separated from the preheated expander when the medical device is positioned over the expander and can be comprised of a shape-memory material. The preheated expander can remain heated during the expansion and heat setting of a plurality of medical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Lee Green
  • Patent number: 9392646
    Abstract: A heating unit for use in heating pallets full of materials includes wall modules and a lid module. The modules include cover layers. Each module may include a heating component disposed between the cover layers and which is configured to convert electrical energy to heat energy and to distribute the heat energy. The heating component includes a heat generating element for converting electrical current to heat energy and a heat spreading element comprising carbon thermally coupled to the heat generating element. The modules may further include a thermal insulation layer. The modules may also include a receiving power connector electrically connected to the heat generating element. The modules may include a seam or hinge formed in a fashion that facilitates folding of the modules in a fashion which allows support members to support a module on an edge of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: 417 and 7/8, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Caterina, David Naylor
  • Patent number: 9315858
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and apparatus for detecting a target nucleic acid in a sample and related methods and apparatus for diagnosing a condition in an individual. The condition is associated with presence of nucleic acid produced by certain pathogens in the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Jane P. Bearinger, Lawrence C. Dugan
  • Patent number: 9241596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infant feeding warming system useful to repeatedly and precisely warm breastmilk or formula for use in the NICU. The system in one form comprises a bedside unit that is attachable to an IV pole. The system may also comprise a centralized warming station with multiple chambers, wherein one chamber heats a bottle or syringe, and the remaining chambers are used for storage and/or refrigeration. The system will use a non-liquid heating system to heat feedings. A disposable liner may be used inside the chamber. The system may also contain heating algorithms that are based on a user inputting milk parameters such as volume and initial temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Ryan Bauer, Amanda Miller, Jill M. Solberg
  • Patent number: 9142435
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus including a partitioned susceptor and configured to heat a substrate uniformly for improving process quality and yield. The substrate stage comprises a plurality of susceptor segments embedded with heating units, a substrate stage unit comprising the plurality of susceptor segments arranged in a flat configuration to define a substrate placement surface, and a uniform heating part mounted at the substrate placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsunori Ishisaka
  • Patent number: 9105591
    Abstract: A method for forming a layer of material on a semiconductor wafer using a semiconductor furnace that includes a thermal reaction chamber having a heating system having a plurality of rotatable heaters for providing a heating zone with uniform temperature profile is provided. The method minimizes temperature variations within the thermal reaction chamber and promotes uniform thickness of the film deposited on the wafers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zin-Chang Wei, Hsin-Hsien Wu, Chun-Lin Chang
  • Patent number: 9073051
    Abstract: A heating device for single cylindrical laboratory vessels (e.g., laboratory test tubes), the heating device including a clamp-like element using a force-fit to encompass at least a part of each cylindrical laboratory vessel, one or more electrical resistance heating circuits located at the interior of the clamp-like element, and grab handles to open and close the clamp-like element, thereby to insert or release the cylindrical laboratory vessel from the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Miltenyi Biotec GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Schulz, Franz Bucher, Eiad Kabaha
  • Patent number: 9000332
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating an endodontic instrument by infrared radiation includes a housing defining a chamber. An infrared heating element is positioned within the chamber. The housing includes an aperture and an adjacent holder for holding the endodontic instrument, such as an obturator. The endodontic instrument held by the holder extends through the aperture and into the chamber. The infrared heating element directs infrared radiation toward the endodontic instrument, which heats the endodontic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventor: Erik Brown
  • Patent number: 8992225
    Abstract: An interactive cooking preparation device is presented. The user places ingredients that the user wishes to use in a recipe. The interactive cooking preparation device detects the ingredients placed by the user in the detection area of the interactive cooking preparation device using sensors. The detection results in a set of ingredient identifiers that correspond to the placed ingredients. A recipes database is then searched for the detected set of ingredient identifiers. The database search results in one or more suggested recipes. The suggested recipes are displayed to the user on a display device that is included in the interactive cooking preparation device. The user then selects one of the suggested recipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lydia Mai Do, Travis M. Grigsby, Pamela Ann Nesbitt, Lisa Anne Seacat
  • Patent number: 8993933
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide thermal processing chambers including a drive mechanism and a heating assembly disposed on opposite sides of a substrate support assembly. Particularly, the heating assembly is disposed below the substrate support assembly to process a substrate with a device side facing up and the drive mechanism is disposed above the substrate assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg Serebryanov, Joseph M. Ranish, Aaron Muir Hunter
  • Patent number: 8963050
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer having a surface with a thin film formed thereon is transported into a chamber and held by a holder. After an atmosphere provided in the chamber is replaced, flashes of light are directed from flash lamps in a light irradiation part toward the semiconductor wafer to perform a baking process on the thin film. The irradiation of the semiconductor wafer with light from halogen lamps in the light irradiation part also starts at the same time as the irradiation thereof with the flashes of light. The flashes of light emitted for an extremely short period of time and having a high intensity allow the surface temperature of the thin film to rise momentarily. This prevents the occurrence of abnormal grain growth resulting from prolonged baking in the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kato, Hiroki Kiyama
  • Patent number: 8963051
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus wherein a nozzle is accurately provided on an adaptor to prevent the nozzle from interfering with other part items and a possibility of breakage due to heat expansion of the nozzle can be reduced. The heat treatment apparatus (10) is provided with a reaction tube (42) for treating a substrate (54), a quartz adaptor (44) for supporting the reaction tube (42), a nozzle (66) connected to the adaptor (44) for supplying a treatment gas into the reaction tube (42), and a heater (46) provided outside the reaction tube (42) for heating inside the reaction tube (42). The nozzle (66) is connected to an upper plane of the adaptor (44) in the reaction tube (42) at least a part which is of the nozzle (66) and is connected with the adaptor (44) is made of quartz and other nozzle parts are made of silicon carbide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoharu Shimada, Akira Morohashi, Kojiro Yokozawa, Keishin Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8957350
    Abstract: A device for preparing a thermoplastic material, with dry heat, for use in patient fixation. The device generates circulated heat to a threshold temperature. Once the thermoplastic material has become pliable, it is molded into a cast for fixation purposes. The circulated heat may be generated by a device having a housing and a support member movably attached to the housing. The device also includes a heating element and an array of circulation elements to push air centrally at the central region and drawing air from a periphery region concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: S&S X-Ray Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Torben Juhl, Katarina Hansen, Torben Rasmussen, Norman Shoenfeld, Fred Sopenoff