With Means Whereby Material To Be Heated May Be Passed Continuously Through Heated Area (e.g., Conveyor) Patents (Class 219/388)
  • Patent number: 11184954
    Abstract: The aerosol-generating device includes a housing, and a power supply configured to supply electrical power to a heating element by way of a transformer assembly within the housing. The transformer assembly includes a magnetic flux guide, a primary circuit including a primary winding extending around a first portion of the magnetic flux guide and electrically connected to the power supply, and a secondary circuit including a secondary winding inductively coupled to the primary winding and extending around a second portion of the magnetic flux guide. The number of turns in the primary winding is greater than the number of turns in the secondary winding. The secondary circuit includes at least two electrical contacts configured to form an electrical connection with the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Christian Courbat, Oleg Mironov
  • Patent number: 11161083
    Abstract: An autoclave comprises an elongate chamber enclosing an interior atmosphere, a floor configured to support one or more objects, and a plenum extending through a portion of the elongate chamber. The plenum includes an inlet as well as a plurality of outlets. The inlet is configured to receive a plenum flow of the interior atmosphere, while each of the plurality of outlets is configured to release a portion of the plenum flow to a different locus of the elongate chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Karl M. Nelson, Tateh Wu
  • Patent number: 11103946
    Abstract: A method for bonding large modules with the following steps, a large module is fed to a bonder from behind in a loading plane by means of a feeder unit. The large module is passed from the feeder unit to a first transverse conveyor unit, and is brought by the same to a first buffer position provided in the bonder, wherein the first buffer position is provided in a loading plane of the bonder. The large module is brought from the first buffer position into a first receiving position in the loading plane via the first transverse conveyor unit and is passed there to a vertical conveyor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Hesse GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Walther
  • Patent number: 11102848
    Abstract: A resistance element includes a resistance coil having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The resistance coil defines a plurality of first portions defining a first constant diameter and a plurality of second portions defining a second constant diameter smaller than the first diameter. At least one of the first portions and the second portions has a continuously variable pitch. The resistance coil may also further define two third portions, each third portion being disposed adjacent to a corresponding first or second end. The resistance element may be disposed between first and second conducting pins in a heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Boehmer, Dennis P. Long, Rolando O. Juliano
  • Patent number: 11014284
    Abstract: Method for thermal conditioning, within a thermal conditioning unit that is equipped with a row of adjacent emitters that each comprise a number of monochromatic electromagnetic-radiation sources, of a queue of preforms of containers having a head preform or a tail preform, with this method comprising the following operations: Periodically determining the position of the head preform, or, respectively, of the tail preform; As the queue of preforms moves along, gradually igniting the emitters that are located downstream and in the vicinity of the head preform or, respectively, gradually extinguishing the emitters that are located upstream and in the vicinity of the tail preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Hervé Pasquier, Yoann Lahogue, Denis Souffes, Guy Feuilloley
  • Patent number: 10900098
    Abstract: A thermal treatment furnace includes a thermal treatment chamber in which a thin metal sheet is continuously conveyed horizontally while being floated by air, in which the thermal treatment chamber includes a plurality of air injection nozzles and a plurality of mist spray nozzles that are arranged along a pass line of the thin metal sheet in the thermal treatment chamber, on a lower side and an upper side of the pass line and so as to be orthogonal to the pass line in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kozuka, Yoshinobu Kondo
  • Patent number: 10875114
    Abstract: In a vapor-phase type heating method, an object is heated by a heated gas containing vapor in a heating furnace. The heat transfer fluid falling from a front surface of the object to a lower portion of the heating furnace is collected, after the vapor comes into contact with the object and cools to liquefy and latent heat of vaporization of the vapor is applied to the object through phase change. The heated gas obtained after heating the object is discharged from an inside of the heating furnace to the circulation route. In the circulation route, the heat transfer fluid is supplied as droplets to the discharged heated gas and is vaporized after heating, and the heated gas including the vapor is supplied to the heating furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Nagai, Naofumi Hino
  • Patent number: 10857701
    Abstract: A heating apparatus that includes a plurality of heating devices for temperature conditioning of preforms made of a thermoplastic material to a temperature and temperature distribution suitable for blow molding, and a transport chain guided on a revolving chain path. The preforms are transported through the heating apparatus by the transport chain along a transport path. Along a heating section that is part of the transport path, the plurality of heating devices are stationarily arranged one after another in a transport direction. On at least one side facing the heating devices, counter reflectors are provided, which together with the heating devices form a tunnel-like heating area through which the preforms are transported for heating. At least one counter reflector travels along with the preform through the heating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Lewin, Deniz Ulutürk, Niels Meyer
  • Patent number: 10850437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a molding device for producing a product by means of injection molding. The molding device comprises a central mold part, which can be rotated about a rotational axis and which comprises at least one inner mold half arranged on the central mold part, and at least one outer mold half, which interacts with the inner mold half in order to form cavities in a closed configuration of the molding device and which is arranged in a movable manner relative to the inner mold half in a first direction (x). Furthermore, at least one first connector element arranged on the central mold part and at least one second connector element arranged on the outer mold half are provided, said second connector element being operatively connected to the first connector element at least in a closed configuration of the molding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FOBOHA (GERMANY) GMBH
    Inventor: Rainer Armbruster
  • Patent number: 10758085
    Abstract: A method of operating an oven to cook a food product that includes changing a heat setting of a heating element of the oven, selecting a cook time for the food product in the oven, driving a heating element of the oven at a heat power input based on the heat setting, predicting a cooking ability of the oven by calculating an estimated temperature in the oven using a formula that is a function of a heat power input during a previous time period, and modifying the cook time to a modified cook time based on the estimated temperature that was calculated using the formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HATCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hans Anderson Wildebush
  • Patent number: 10759689
    Abstract: A forming method for curved glass has been provided. The method comprises: placing a flat glass plate in a pattern die, and placing the pattern die in a forming apparatus; and subjecting the pattern die successively to staged heating, staged forming and staged cooling, so as to obtain the curved glass, wherein the staged heating is performed over stages which are different from each other in temperature, the staged forming is performed over stages which are different from each other in temperature, and during at least one of the stages, a varying pressure which varies from low pressure to high pressure is applied to the pattern die, the staged cooling is performed by cooling the glass plate in the pattern die over stages which are different from each other in temperature. The glass product could be used as front and rear covers of electronic products including notebook computers, mobile phones, tablet computers and smart watches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lens Technology (Changsha) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan Fei Chau, Qiaobing Rao, Feng Peng
  • Patent number: 10710284
    Abstract: An expansion device, including: an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the thermally expandable sheet placed on a placing unit with light; a conveyance unit configured to reciprocably convey the irradiation unit between a first position and a second position; an exhaust fan fixed to a housing and configured to discharge air from the housing; and an air supply fan which is movable with the irradiation unit and configured to supply outside air into the housing, wherein the exhaust fan is provided at a position where air can be discharged from the second position side when the irradiation unit is returned from the first position to the second position after being moved from the second position toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youichi Ushigome, Minoru Saito
  • Patent number: 10625520
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transport unit for transporting a continuous sheet, a printing unit for printing by discharging ink to the continuous sheet, and a drying unit for drying the ink deposited on the continuous sheet. The drying unit includes a first heater unit for heating a printed surface of the continuous sheet and a second heater unit for heating the opposite surface of the continuous sheet to the printed surface. The first heater unit includes a plurality of first heaters that are disposed at the same position in a transport direction and that are arranged in width directions. The second heater unit includes a plurality of second heaters that are disposed at a position superposed on the first heater unit in the transport direction and that are disposed at positions between adjacent ones of first heating elements of the first heaters in the width directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 10578317
    Abstract: According to one example, a convection oven comprises a cooking chamber having a front door and a rear door opposing the front door; a combustion chamber disposed below at least a portion of the cooking chamber; a side flue conduit configured to direct hot air from the combustion chamber to the cooking chamber; and a side sub-chamber with a convection fan configured to re-circulate at least a portion of the hot air within the cooking chamber, in which the side sub-chamber is disposed adjacent a side of the cooking chamber that is orthogonal to the front and rear door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hestan Commercial Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Deng, Michael D. Mason, Chris Moy
  • Patent number: 10563282
    Abstract: An induction heating device for a metal strip, including: an induction coil provided on one side or on both sides of a front face side or a reverse face side of a metal strip, and that induces an induction current in the strip when a primary current is passed through the coil, the induction current configuring a closed loop as viewed from a direction perpendicular to a metal strip face; plural magnetic cores disposed at a specific position, this being a position at a back face side of the coil and separated from the strip by a specific distance, to concentrate magnetic flux generated by the coil in the strip; and a moving mechanism coupled to the magnetic cores, and that moves the cores to increase or decrease a disposed number of the cores at the specific position disposed side-by-side along a metal strip width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Taira, Yoshiaki Hirota, Takeo Itoh
  • Patent number: 10480860
    Abstract: A conveyor furnace includes a muffle having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, with a heating device for heating a volume delimited by the muffle, and a closed conveyor belt manufactured at least partially from metal. The conveyor furnace includes another heating device which is arranged so that, during the operation of the conveyor furnace, the heating device heats a section of the conveyor belt extending outside of the muffle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sandvik Materials Technology Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Frobose
  • Patent number: 10427351
    Abstract: An apparatus for bending a composite tube that includes an induction coil. Induction coil includes multiple turns and the turn-to-turn spacing changes at least once along the length of the induction coil. There is a heating element positioned near the induction coil and the induction coil is configured to cause the heating element to increase in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wendy Win-Ling Lin, Gary Scott Reese, Tsarafidy Raminosoa, Nathaniel Benedict Hawes
  • Patent number: 10391525
    Abstract: A method for washing an article to remove contaminations such as oils and fats, foreign substances and the like from a surface of the article is provided. The washing method comprises the steps of: cooling a washing solution to obtain a super-cooled washing solution; heating an article to increase its surface temperature to the temperature which is not lower than the boiling point of the washing solution; and washing and drying the article concurrently, while spraying the super-cooled washing solution to the heated article. The washing apparatus for carrying out this washing method is also provided. Using these washing method and apparatus, it becomes possible to downsize a scale of the washing apparatus, and to operate the washing apparatus under the energy-saving conditions as a result of reduction in an amount of the consumed energies, and the washing process at an accelerated speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keita Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 10337125
    Abstract: A heating device for producing carbon fibers from a thread-shaped fiber starting material, wherein the heating device has a central tubular induction heating element through which the fiber starting material is moved. The tubular induction heating element is surrounded by thermal insulation. At least one mid- to high-frequency induction coil is provided outside the thermal insulation, and an inert gas flows through the central induction heating element, in particular, for carbonizing and/or graphitizing the fiber starting material. For energy optimization, a first and a second tube element is provided on the outer side of the thermal insulation. The elements are made of material that is transparent to the induction field of the mid- to high-frequency induction coil and are spaced apart from one another by an annular gap through which the inert gas flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD., LINN HIGH THERM GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Decker, Michael Woelki, Phillip Schwerdt, Horst Linn, Rudolf Linn, Juergen Kunstmann
  • Patent number: 10295517
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means of greatly reducing interferences from mercury vapor, UV-absorbing compounds and water vapor in the measurement of ozone by UV absorbance. A heated graphite scrubber destroys greater than 99% of ozone passing through it while reducing biases from typical atmospheric UV-absorbing interferents by large factors compared to conventional ozone scrubbers. Substitution of a heated graphite scrubber in place of traditional ozone scrubbers such as hopcalite, metal oxides and heated silver scrubbers, results in a more accurate measurement of ozone by reducing the responses to UV-absorbing interferences and water vapor. The heated graphite scrubber also may be used in combination with other ozone sensors, such as electrochemical and HMOS sensors, to provide a reference measurement with ozone selectively removed and thus greatly reduce contributions from interfering species in those measurement devices as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LUDLUM MEASUREMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: John W. Birks, Andrew A. Turnipseed, Peter C. Andersen, Craig J. Williford
  • Patent number: 10276857
    Abstract: Provided are a method of manufacturing an electrode for a secondary battery which can properly maintain the temperature of a hot gas while requiring a smaller amount of hot gas, and a hot-gas drying furnace used for the method. A control device calculates an amount of decrease in temperature of a hot gas at a blowing position of a nozzle (first position) based on a temperature of the hot gas at second position situated downstream of the first position and a temperature of the hot gas at third position situated downstream of the second position. The control device adds the amount to a set temperature of the hot gas at the first position to calculate a modified set temperature. The control device adjusts an output of a heater depending on a difference between the modified set temperature and the temperature at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10245851
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transport unit for transporting a continuous sheet, a printing unit for printing by discharging ink to the continuous sheet, and a drying unit for drying the ink deposited on the continuous sheet. The drying unit includes a first heater unit for heating a printed surface of the continuous sheet and a second heater unit for heating the opposite surface of the continuous sheet to the printed surface. The first heater unit includes a plurality of first heaters that are disposed at the same position in a transport direction and that are arranged in width directions. The second heater unit includes a plurality of second heaters that are disposed at a position superposed on the first heater unit in the transport direction and that are disposed at positions between adjacent ones of first heating elements of the first heaters in the width directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 10239705
    Abstract: A conveyor for can blanks, having a machine frame, on which at least one conveyor drum is supported so that it can rotate about an axis of rotation, wherein the conveyor drum on an external circumferential surface is provided with a plurality of can holders in each case supported parallel to the axis of rotation so that they can move linearly, and having at least one actuator system associated with the conveyor drum, configured to impart a linear movement to at least one can holder. It is provided that the at least one actuator system is configured to provide the linear movement of the at least one can holder as a predefinable function of a rotational position of the conveyor drum in relation to the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hinterkopf GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Drexler, Steffen Osswald, Alan Goser
  • Patent number: 10190783
    Abstract: A circular air flow pattern is created in a small oven cavity having a convection system including a convection cover which is mounted to and defines a duct in combination with a rear wall of the oven cavity. The convection cover includes an intake at one end portion arranged adjacent a first side wall of the oven cavity and a plurality of exhaust openings formed in another end portion arranged adjacent a second side wall of the oven cavity, with the convection cover progressively tapering through multiple sections. The rear wall can include an elongated recess over which the convection cover extends in forming the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Ross Rogers, David Richard Sampson
  • Patent number: 10184725
    Abstract: The infrared furnace includes a plurality of infrared lamps arrayed on one surface side of a work and a reflective surface provided on its opposite surface side. Outputs of the infrared lamps are locally adjusted, or intensity of the infrared rays incident on one work surface is locally adjusted by a member disposed between the infrared lamps and the one surface of the work. In this manner, variations in strength may be imparted to one and the same car part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN TAKAOKA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Ishiguro, Katsunori Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 10144873
    Abstract: Disclosed is an external gas heating device of a coal pyrolyzing furnace. The external gas heating device is positioned on the middle part of a coal pyrolyzing furnace body and around the outer wall of a carbonizing chamber and comprises more than one group of first gas heater and second gas heater that have the same structure and a gas reversing device. The gas reversing device supplies air and purified gas into a combustion chamber of the first gas heater to be combusted and meanwhile sucks hot waste gas from a combustion chamber of the second gas heater. In the same way, the gas reversing device supplies air and purified gas into the combustion chamber of the second gas heater to be combusted and meanwhile sucks hot waste gas from the combustion chamber of the first gas heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SHANXI XINLI ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xinmin Wang, Yanling Zhou
  • Patent number: 10011382
    Abstract: An apparatus for shrinking a shrink film onto a package formation includes a shrink tunnel-system having gas conductors that direct hot gas into the tunnel's interior along first and second flow-directions that are opposite to each other and parallel to a direction in which the package formation is conveyed through the shrink tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Schilling
  • Patent number: 9999991
    Abstract: Apparatus for heating plastic parisons, with a transport device which transports the plastic parisons along a predetermined transport path, and with at least one heating device, wherein the heating device has at least one first radiation source which emits thermal radiation as well as at least one reflector device which reflects at least a proportion of the thermal radiation emitted by the radiation source in the direction of the plastic parisons. The reflector device can be attached to the radiation source and has a support and a reflection component which bears against the support on at least one region and is suitable for reflection of the radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Arno Haner
  • Patent number: 9946243
    Abstract: The utility model discloses an EEFIT-based electromagnetic wave energy conducting equipment, having an enclosure, a skeleton, main emission sources, conveying devices and a PLC. The skeleton is arranged in the enclosure, the main emission sources are arranged on the skeleton, the conveying devices are arranged beside the main emission sources, and the conveying devices are electrically connected with the PLC. Each conveying device has a conveyor belt and limit rods. Two limit rods are arranged on each conveyor belt. The limit rods are respectively driven by two independent stepping motors. The EEFIT-based electromagnetic wave energy conducting equipment has the advantages of wider application range, more functions and lower cost, can be applicable to the irradiation of common or fragile materials, and can handle the materials on the same equipment according to different references. The manufacturing and maintenance costs are lower, and the failure rate is smaller as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NICK WANG TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Nan Wang
  • Patent number: 9822580
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to edge sealing techniques for vacuum insulating glass (VIG) units. More particularly, certain example embodiments relate to techniques for providing localized heating to edge seals of units, and/or unitized ovens for accomplishing the same. In certain example embodiments, infrared (IR) heating elements are controllable to emit IR radiation at a peak wavelength in the near infrared (NIR) and/or short wave infrared (SWIR) band(s), and the peak wavelength may be varied by adjusting the voltage applied to the IR heating elements. The peak wavelength may be selected so as to preferentially heat the frit material used to form a VIG edge seal while reducing the amount of heat provided to substrates of the VIG unit. In certain example embodiments, the substrates of the VIG unit do not reach a temperature of 325 degrees C. for more than 1 minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Cooper, Ryan L. Dear, Robert A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9810363
    Abstract: A bulk adhesive transfer system for transferring adhesive particulate to a melter includes a bulk supply and a transfer device, which may define a hopper of the melter, a mobile bin, and/or a buffer unit. The transfer device is configured to receive unmelted adhesive particulate from the bulk supply and then be selectively docked with the melter to transfer the adhesive particulate to the melter. The bulk adhesive transfer system may also include a knife gate valve device, which includes a plurality of ports that sequentially open and close to control flow of the adhesive particulate towards the melter. The bulk adhesive transfer system simplifies refilling operations for a melter while enabling continuous operation of the melter, even when the transfer device is undocked for removal from the melter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Charles P. Ganzer, Enes Ramosevac, Ronald Ramspeck, Raymond J. Slattery, III, Leslie J. Varga
  • Patent number: 9781841
    Abstract: A soldering apparatus includes a reflow oven, a transmission mechanism, and a controlling unit. The reflow oven includes an inlet and an output mechanism. The output mechanism includes two guide rails and two link belts. An end of a first guide rail has a first alignment structure. The two link belts are movably disposed on the guide rails for outputting a printed wiring board. A distance between the guide rails is previously adjusted to be equal to a width of the printed wiring board. The transmission mechanism includes two tracks and two conveyor belts. An end of a first track has a second alignment structure. The two conveyor belts are movably disposed on the two tracks for transporting the printed wiring board. The controlling unit controls a movement of the first track, so that the first alignment structure and the second alignment structure are automatically aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DET INTERNATIONAL HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Ruay Surasing, Pornthep Sukkee, Kanueng Thongdee
  • Patent number: 9770127
    Abstract: An oven includes a support structure configured to support a food item having multiple cooking sites, a steam nozzle configured to direct a jet of dry steam onto the food item, and a control system configured to determine a targeted subset of the cooking sites in response to a cooking requirement of the food item and configured to dynamically control movement of the support structure or the steam nozzle to direct the jet of dry steam onto the targeted subset of cooking sites in response to the cooking requirement of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Maxime Jean Jerome Bilet, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Nels R. Peterson, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood, Christopher Charles Young
  • Patent number: 9757724
    Abstract: An apparatus for hermetically sealed storage of liquids for a microfluidic system includes at least one cavity and at least one sealing cone. A connection to the microfluidic system is established via the at least one sealing cone. Additionally, the at least one sealing cone is configured to close the at least one cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Rothacher, Christian Dorrer
  • Patent number: 9745941
    Abstract: A passive two-terminal circuit element may include a resistor including a carbon-metal composite resistive element. The resistive element is configured to maintain a resistivity that fluctuates less than one tenth of an ohm per ten degree temperature change up to 400 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Atluru, Xiangying Liu, Christina Le, Kenneth W. Hampton, Charles De Biasi
  • Patent number: 9731992
    Abstract: A glass tempering furnace and a method for heating a glass sheet. The glass sheet is heated in the glass tempering furnace by blowing heating air on the top surface of the glass sheet, and the blowing distance of the heating air from the top surface of the glass sheet is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TAIFIN GLASS MACHINERY OY
    Inventors: Petri Juhani Lammi, Esa Ensio Lammi, Jarno Tapio Nieminen, Jukka Tapani Sääksi
  • Patent number: 9720363
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system comprising a transfer medium configured to receive the layers from a imaging engine, a heater configured to heat the layers on the transfer medium, and a layer transfusion assembly that includes a build platform, and is configured to transfuse the heated layers onto the build platform in a layer-by-layer manner to print a three-dimensional part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Chillscyzn, James W. Comb, William J. Hanson, J. Randolph Sanders, Michael W. Bacus
  • Patent number: 9694356
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a method for regenerating a semi-regenerated reforming catalyst. The method comprises adjusting the reaction temperature to 250-480° C., introducing a sulfur-containing naphtha into the reforming reactor, or stopping introducing a feedstock into the reforming reactor, and introducing a sulfur-containing hydrogen into a recycle gas, until the sulfur content in the catalyst is 0.32-0.8 mass %, then the catalyst is subject to coke-burning, oxychlorination and reduction. Alternatively, the method first subjects the spent catalyst to coke-burning followed by introducing sulfate ions thereinto; and then performing oxychlorination and reduction. Disclosed is still another method for regenerating a platinum-rhenium reforming catalyst, which comprises coke-burning the spent catalyst; introducing sulfur and chlorine in the catalyst by impregnation; and then drying, calcinating and reducing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: CHINA PETROLEUM & CHEMICAL CORPORATION, RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PETROLEUM PROCESSING, SINOPEC
    Inventors: Daqing Zhang, Gaoshan Zang, Yuhong Zhang, Jiaxin Wang, Tao Wang
  • Patent number: 9688474
    Abstract: A transporting system, for laser processing a workpiece. The system uses a metal belt, formed of a metal material. The belt is formed into a continuously moving conveyor that has plural holes therein that are between 0.005? in diameter and 0.025 inches in diameter, and are spaced ?10 mm but ?5 mm from one another. The holes are beveled in cross-section at an angle between 40 degrees and 60 degrees to form a smaller hole size at the outer surface and a larger hole size at the inner surface. A vacuum source is connected to apply vacuum to the inner surface of the belt, to each of the larger size sections of the plural holes. A vacuum source is connected to apply vacuum to the inner surface of the belt, to each of the plural holes. A laser system, directs its output beam towards a laser processing area in an area of the belt on the outer surface to process the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Lasx Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dinauer, Kevin Klingbeil, Josh Jeske
  • Patent number: 9640762
    Abstract: A method for producing a transparent electrode includes a forming step, an applying step and an irradiating step. The forming step is a step of forming a conductive metal layer on a transparent resin substrate. The applying step is a step of applying a composition containing a conductive polymer and a nonconductive polymer over the transparent resin substrate and the conductive metal layer so as to form a conductive polymer layer. The irradiating step is a step of irradiating the conductive polymer layer with an infrared ray having a ratio of spectral radiance at a wavelength of 5.8 ?m to spectral radiance at a wavelength of 3.0 ?m of 5% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Masaki Goto, Akihiko Takeda, Toshiyuki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9640014
    Abstract: An automated vending or merchandizing machine includes an elevator sub-assembly which moves a dispensing bin or elevator tray vertically along the fronts of plural vertical levels of product dispensers in the vending machine. A controller tracks the vertical position of the elevator tray. This allows the controller to send the elevator tray to the vertical level of the dispenser of the product selected by a customer, at that level receive and confirm dispensing of the selected product into the elevator tray, and return the elevator tray holding the dispensed product down to a customer delivery or access door or opening in the vending machine that can below the vertical levels of dispensers. Features can include coordination of locking and unlocking of a customer access door and actuating an anti-cheat security baffle with the position of the elevator tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: FAWN ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Grant Pritchard, Jeffrey W. Mayoros, Santosh Lad
  • Patent number: 9624536
    Abstract: A microfluidic chip for use in multiplexed analysis of samples is described. The microfluidic chip comprises a plurality of sensing chambers and further comprises at least a first fluid supply channel for providing a first fluid and a plurality of microfluidic channels. These are in fluid communication with at least one sensing chamber and with the first fluid supply channel for delivery of said first fluid to the at least one sensing chamber. The microfluidic channels are branching off from the supply channel in the neighborhood of the sensing chamber that can be provided with the first fluid through the microfluidic channel. The different channels thus form a tree-like delivery distribution system for supplying the first fluid to said plurality of sensing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: IMEC
    Inventor: Peter Peumans
  • Patent number: 9555576
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a resin bottle formed from a preform as a prototype by a blow molding process. The method comprises: a first step of measuring each of weights or wall thicknesses of a plurality of inspection parts set in a body portion of the preform; a second step of comparing each of the weights or the wall thicknesses measured by the first step with a preset set value, and thereby inspecting a difference between each of the weights or the wall thicknesses measured by the first step and the set value for each of the inspection parts; and a third step of adjusting a condition for blow molding in the blow molding process in accordance with an inspection result of each of the inspection parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshiya Kobayashi, Toshiaki Iizuka
  • Patent number: 9555409
    Abstract: A rotatable sample disk configured for samples of biological material. The sample disk may include a fill chamber for storing a first biological material, a plurality of first sample chambers positioned in the sample disk farther from the rotational axis of the sample disk than the fill chamber, a plurality of second sample chambers, and a plurality of circumferential fill channels. Each of the second sample chambers may be configured to permit fluid communication with a respective first sample chamber. The plurality of circumferential fill conduits may be configured to permit transfer of the first biological material from the fill chamber to the plurality of first sample chambers upon a first rotation of the sample disk about the rotational axis. Methods of loading a plurality of sample chambers in a sample disk are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventor: Donald R. Sandell
  • Patent number: 9539672
    Abstract: The present invention describes a portable device for monitoring and controlling the level of residual oxygen in reflow oven atmosphere (1). This referred equipment is able to determine the quality of the atmosphere of a reflow oven, using parameters predetermined by the user. Therefore, the equipment performs the monitoring of the reflow oven atmosphere (1) controlling the level of residual oxygen of the reflow oven (1) by increasing or decreasing of the feed flow rate of nitrogen by the control that the microcontroller exerts over the proportional valve of nitrogen flow control (9), by opening or closing the valves to kept such predetermined values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Luiz Rodrigues, Maicon Renan Neryz
  • Patent number: 9541970
    Abstract: A heat dissipation structure of wearable watchstrap includes a wearable strap body. The wearable strap body includes a heat conduction section and a protection section. The protection section encloses the heat conduction section. The heat conduction section has a heat absorption section and a heat dissipation section. The heat dissipation section outward extends from the heat absorption section. The wearable strap body is connectable with an intelligent mobile device to greatly enhance the heat dissipation performance of the intelligent mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 9517853
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for heat shrinking a film wrapping an object and a method for operating such an apparatus. The apparatus includes a heat treatment chamber and a transport device for supporting and moving the object through the heat treatment chamber. Steam is supplied to a fluid outlet device including one or more nozzles. The apparatus further includes a window arranged to allow an operator to look inside the heat treatment chamber. To improve continuous viewing capabilities the apparatus further includes a blurring reduction system. A fluid flow is generated along an inner side of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI SEAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas, Martinus Hubertus Maria Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 9516883
    Abstract: Disclosed are: an assembly and method for thin bread-like food having a housing, rotatable drum, infeed roller for moving food toward drum rotation, and a drum heater. A radiant heater associated with the housing radiates heat towards food on the drum. Food can be directed toward the infeed roller by an infeed platform. The drum can be rotatably supported by a bearing arrangement. An interior drum heater and a thermostat sensor can also be supported by the bearing. A guide can contact food that separates from the drum, to redirect it toward the drum surface. A discharge scraper can separate food from the drum. A discharge roller can direct food from the drum toward a discharge direction. A motor drive assembly can drive drum, infeed roller and discharge roller rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Star Manufacturing International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Huegerich, Robert D. Lee
  • Patent number: 9490104
    Abstract: Provided is a heat treatment apparatus that is high in thermal efficiency and can reduce surface roughness of a substrate to be treated even when a specimen is heated at 1200° C. or higher. The heat treatment apparatus heating the specimen includes a heating plate heated by plasma formed in an area of a gap to heat the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken'etsu Yokogawa, Masatoshi Miyake, Takashi Uemura, Masaru Izawa, Satoshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 9462909
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating food, the apparatus includes a housing having a lid, a base and a cavity defined therein. The cavity is separated into an upper chamber and lower chamber by a divider. Upper chamber is for holding food placed upon the divider. One or more steam sources provide steam to the upper and lower chambers. One or more infrared sources are position within the upper and lower chambers to directly heat the steam, the food or the divider. A pressure-controlled environment may be provided in the upper chamber. Uniformity and increased speed of heating the food is facilitated by direct heat transfer in the upper chamber and by indirect heat transfer from the conduction of heat through the divider from the lower chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: IWD Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Colburn, Stephen J. Bogner