Combined With Container, Enclosure, Or Support For Material To Be Heated Patents (Class 219/385)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8931293
    Abstract: A temperature controlled food serving having at least one channel of thermally conductive material for receiving at least one food-holding pan. The at least one channel defines an elongate pan receiving cavity for placement of the at least one food-holding pan at any desired location along the cavity. A temperature control system comprises at least one heating element for heating the at least one channel to maintain food products held in the food-holding pans at a food holding temperature. The at least one channel has at least two different temperature zones along a length of the channel so that food products in different temperature zones can be held at different food holding temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Steven M. Shei, Dennis Headberg
  • Patent number: 8933375
    Abstract: A wafer processing apparatus may include a susceptor having a top side and a backside, a susceptor heater having a spacing member and a heating member, a shim removably mounted between the susceptor and the susceptor heater, a cavity formed by the susceptor backside, the susceptor heater, and the shim, a fluid inlet communicating with the cavity, and a plurality of fluid outlets communicating with the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Todd Dunn, Fred Alokozai, Jerry Winkler, Michael Halpin
  • Patent number: 8916801
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a warming drawer housing having an interior chamber, and a warming drawer module being movable between a first position in which the warming drawer module is in the interior chamber of the warming drawer housing and a second position in which a part of the warming drawer module is outside the warming drawer housing. The warming drawer module includes a heating element forming a floor surface of the warming drawer module and a support plate that supports the heating element in the warming drawer module. The support plate includes a plurality of supports supporting an underside of the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Harward, Rose Marie Parker, Sibyl Perkins
  • Patent number: 8916802
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a warming drawer housing having an interior chamber, and a warming drawer module in the interior chamber. The module includes a support plate, a glass heating element forming a floor surface of the module for receiving items to be warmed, a gasket strip covering an upper perimeter surface of the glass heating element, a frame disposed over the gasket strip and the upper perimeter surface, and a first electrical connection disposed adjacent to an edge of the frame. The frame includes a drip guard projecting outward from the edge of the frame and overhanging the first electrical connection to guide a liquid from a surface of the frame or the glass heating element away from the first electrical connection such that the liquid does not come into contact with the first electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: William Bringe, Samuel Harward, Rose Marie Parker, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8912471
    Abstract: A heating cooker of the present invention includes a plurality of light emitting indicator units. The light emitting indicator units each have a temperature sensing unit that senses an ambient temperature of a light emission source. Therefore, deterioration of the light emission source of each of the light emitting indicator units can be suppressed to realize a further reduction in thickness, and to improve visibility of the indicator sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiko Shigeoka, Akira Kataoka, Eiji Matsui
  • Patent number: 8901459
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate supporting unit, which includes a support plate on which a substrate is placed, and a heating member disposed within the support plate to heat the support plate. The heating member includes a plurality of first heating wires disposed in a first region of the support plate, and a plurality of second heating wires disposed in a second region of the support plate, which is different from the first region. The first heating wires are connected to each other through one of a series connection and a parallel connection, and the second heating wires are connected to each other through the other of the series connection and the parallel connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Semes Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Wonhaeng Lee, Seungbae Lee
  • Patent number: 8895901
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipeline for carrying a molten salt, with a pipe wall that is stable with respect to the temperatures occurring. A heating conductor (21) is provided inside the pipeline (5) for heating, the heating conductor (21) preferably not lying against the inner wall of the pipeline (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Jürgen Wortmann, Michael Lutz, Martin Gärtner, Kerstin Schierle-Arndt, Stephan Maurer, Michael Ladenberger, Karolin Geyer, Florian Garlichs
  • Patent number: 8872055
    Abstract: A track rail heating assembly that is adapted to position a heater element in spaced relation proximate to a surface of a track rail of a railroad. The assembly includes at least one heating element, and a housing that is operable to at least partially surround the heating element while positioning the heating element near to track rail. The hood positions the heating element relative to the rail section such that a gap exists between the heating element and the rail section. As the heating element does not contact the rail, the heating element cannot form an electrical by-pass for signals passing through the rail section. The assembly further incorporates a flexible barrier that at least partially isolates a side surface of the track rail from ambient conditions to reduce heat loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fastrax Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Reichle
  • Patent number: 8869880
    Abstract: A system for subsea extraction of gaseous materials from and preventing the formation of hydrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Gaumer Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack L. McClanahan, Craig S. Tiras, Jeff McClanahan, Gaurav Dhingra
  • Publication number: 20140312924
    Abstract: A handler includes: a rotating section which is a holding unit mounting section which can take a mounted state in which a holding unit for holding an IC device is mounted; and a transportation mechanism which transports the IC device held by the holding unit. The rotating section includes a heat generation section which generates heat and a heating flow path through which fluid which is heated by the heat generation section and is used for heating of the IC device passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Imai, Haruhiko Miyamoto, Fuyumi Takata, Toshioki Shimojima
  • Publication number: 20140305926
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for reducing the volume of bulk material, comprising a transportable container; a single chamber adapted to receive said transportable container; a means for establishing a plurality of controlled atmospheres within said chamber; a plurality of electrically-charged heating elements capable of heating said chamber to at least 1200 F; and an waste heat generator in fluid communication with the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew J. Tummillo, Peter J. Schubert, Johnny R. Chapman, Peter T. Caine, Harley S. Melbye, JR., Richard L. Natwora, JR.
  • Patent number: 8859938
    Abstract: A vehicle cabin heating system is provided basically with an infrared heater, a temperature sensor and a controller. The infrared heater is aimed to heat a target surface in front of the infrared heater within a vehicle cabin interior space. The temperature sensor is disposed in front of the first infrared heater to detect a measured temperature in front of the first infrared heater. The controller is operatively coupled to the first infrared heater to selectively operate the first infrared heater to a target surface temperature within the vehicle cabin interior space whenever an estimated surface temperature of a target surface is determined based on the measured temperature by the temperature sensor falls below a prescribed temperature range below the target surface temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald S Eisenhour, Alaa Meram
  • Patent number: 8853602
    Abstract: The invention provides a drawer type cooking device, wherein the mounting positions of roller-shaped shock absorbing members 10b and 10b attached to a drawer body 2 are either aligned with portions of the side walls 3b and 3b of the heating chamber 3 where fixing angles 8 of the slide rails 7 are attached and thus having enhanced rigidity, or arranged close to a bottom wall 3c of the heating chamber 3, so that when a biased operation force is applied to the door, the generation of a gap between a front side panel of the cooking device body 1 and the inner side of the door is suppressed, and the occurrence of a microwave leakage through the gap caused by not stopping the generation of microwave until the operation of a latch is thereby prevented in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuhiko Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20140284316
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of detecting a temperature through a pyrometer in a non-contact manner, and an apparatus for processing a substrate using the apparatus, and more particularly, an apparatus and method of detecting a temperature, which precisely measures a temperature without any effect by humidity, and an apparatus for processing a substrate using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: AP SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Sang Hyun JI