With Current Or Voltage Control Or Regulating Means Patents (Class 219/412)
  • Patent number: 10748779
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing method including: referring to a memory unit in which an estimated model of sensor data generated from sensor data input to or output from each of the processing chamber when processing first test substrates are processed in the processing chambers under a same processing condition; adjusting an apparatus parameter of each of the processing chambers such that a deviation of the sensor data from an ideal sensor value is within an allowable range; loading product substrates continuously into the processing chambers without specifying a loading destination processing chamber; and, when the product substrate is loaded into a processing chamber of the processing chambers, adjusting the sensor data input to or output from the processing chamber into which the product substrate has been loaded based on the apparatus parameter of the processing chamber that has been adjusted in the adjusting; and processing the product substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroaki Mochizuki, Shinobu Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10719108
    Abstract: A sensor (10) is provided that has at least one sensor functional group (12), a heating device (14, 22), and a heating control (14, 20) to control a heating power (Pheating) of the heating device (14, 22). In this respect, the heating control (20) is configured to adapt the heating power (Pheating) to a power consumption (Psensor) of the sensor functional group (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventor: Stefan Seitz
  • Patent number: 10337741
    Abstract: Provided is an illumination system of a cooking appliance that includes at least one burner and an associated knob. The system comprises an electric circuit associated with the knob, with a display device in a second electrical branch that lights up when an electric current with a minimum value circulates through the second electrical branch. Activation means in a first electrical branch is operated by means of turning the knob. Both the first and second electrical branches are connected in parallel. Acting on the knob causes a change in voltage drop in the first and second electrical branches, and the illumination system is configured to control the electric current circulating through the display device depending on said voltage drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: COPRECI, S. COOP.
    Inventors: José Ignacio Mugica Odriozola, Jesús Ignacio Errasti Badiola, Iñigo Peñagaricano Badiola
  • Patent number: 10123859
    Abstract: The invention relates to a firing furnace or press furnace for dental restoration parts, having a control device for the control of the furnace on the basis of at least one firing/press program; a display device, at least for displaying operating instructions based on symbolic representations; an input device, at least for selecting a firing/press program; wherein the control device is configured to be able to switch the furnace after selection of a control program to a security mode in which it displays one or several operating instructions and in which the input of firing or press parameters of the control program and/or the selection of a firing or press program is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Michael Brotzge, Johannes Lorünser
  • Patent number: 10082297
    Abstract: An oven including a heater arranged in a cooking compartment, a temperature sensor to sense a temperature of the cooking compartment for a plurality of preset periods of time, and a controller to reset on/offtimes of the heater for at least one of the plurality of preset periods based on a preset target temperature and a current temperature and a previous temperature of the cooking compartment, sensed by the temperature sensor, and to control a driving of the heater according to the reset on/off times. By controlling the on/off times of the heater, a ripple phenomenon which occurs because the target temperature does not remain the same may be decreased. Thus, temperature differences may be reduced during cooking of food and, accordingly, cooking ability may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Hwan Kim, Dong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10077899
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a combustion system is provided, which includes a nozzle configured to emit a diverging fuel flow, a flame holder positioned in the path of the fuel flow and that includes a plurality of apertures extending therethrough, and a preheat mechanism configured to heat the flame to a temperature exceeding a startup temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas W. Karkow, Joseph Colannino, Igor A. Krichtafovitch, Christopher A. Wiklof
  • Patent number: 10009963
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a method of decoding a custom cooking program includes using a tag reader to read heating instruction data encoded in an electronic tag, determining heating phases based on the read heating instruction data, and automatically controlling a heating apparatus to execute the determined heating phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Silicon Valley Factory LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Thrun, David St. Martin, Arash Kani
  • Patent number: 9926145
    Abstract: A conveyance apparatus for electronic components capable of suppressing the adhesion of electronic components to a storing member by static electricity. The conveyance apparatus for electronic components includes: a storing member which includes cavities for storing electronic components respectively; an electronic component supply mechanism which supplies the electronic components in a state where the electronic components are brought into contact with the storing member; and a moving unit which moves the storing member in a predetermined moving direction in a relative relationship with the electronic component, wherein a recessed portion for reducing a contact area of the storing member with the electronic components is formed in a region where the cavities are not formed on a main surface of the storing member on a side where the electronic components are supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Nozawa, Tomoyuki Otani
  • Patent number: 9506657
    Abstract: An oven range appliance is provided with features for locking out one or more cooktop elements of the oven range to boost preheat performance and thereby decrease the time required to preheat the cooking chamber of the oven range. A method for operating an oven range appliance also is provided. The method includes features for locking out one or more cooktop elements of the oven range to boost preheat performance and thereby decrease the time required to preheat the cooking chamber of the oven range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Haier U.S. Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Joshua Stephen Wiseman
  • Patent number: 9476598
    Abstract: Oven appliances and methods for operating oven appliances are provided. A method includes determining if a cooktop burner is active during operation of a cooking chamber self-clean cycle. The method further includes deactivating the self-clean cycle if the cooktop burner is active, and continuing the self-clean cycle if the cooktop burner is not active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Haier U.S. Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Juergen Paller
  • Patent number: 9335056
    Abstract: A latching assembly uses a flat sheet metal chassis with a first and a second electrical switches, an electrical motor driving an eccentric cam, a push rod, a hook, a spring, and a first and a second actuator rods. When the push rod is moved axially by an outside force it opens a circuit connection held closed by the spring on the push rod. This allows current flow to a motor which drives the eccentric cam and pushes an actuator rod to move axially against a hook causing it to move from a first, non-latching position to a second, latching position. The assembly is useful for latching an oven when at high temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: HTI Technology & Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Lomicka, I-Chiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9316686
    Abstract: A handler for conveying a plurality of devices under test to a socket for a test that can reduce a test time includes: a test section provided with the socket; a heat applying section into which a tray having a plurality of devices under test placed on its surface is conveyed and that controls the temperature of the devices under test to a predetermined test temperature and conveys the tray into the test section; a device image capturing section that in the heat applying section, captures images of the respective devices under test by moving with respect to the surface of the tray in two non-parallel directions of a first direction and a second direction; and a position adjusting section that adjusts the positions of the devices under test with respect to the socket based on the images of the devices under test captured by the device image capturing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Horino, Masataka Onozawa
  • Patent number: 9285393
    Abstract: Provided is a handler apparatus which can connect devices under test to sockets of a test apparatus quickly and with low power consumption. The handler apparatus for conveying and connecting a plurality of devices under test to a plurality of sockets provided on a test head of a test apparatus, includes a position adjusting section that moves each of the plurality of devices under test on the test tray and adjusts the position thereof to a corresponding one of the plurality of sockets; and a device mounting section that mounts the plurality of devices under test whose positions have been adjusted by the position adjusting section, to the plurality of sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Mitsunori Aizawa
  • Patent number: 9214798
    Abstract: A range infinite switch including a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) subsystem is provided. The GFCI subsystem operates a solenoid and plunger arrangement that activates a mechanical interlock within the switch permitting axial movement of a cam customarily used to bias temperature controlling contacts within the switch. Upon detection of a ground fault the latching mechanism is released and the cam moves to a position where the temperature controlling contacts are opened so as to disconnect power to a range heating element. In an appliance having more than one heating element, each heating element would be separately protected from ground fault conditions by use of the disclosed switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Francis Gawron, Sr., Robert John Zanelli
  • Patent number: 9155682
    Abstract: A mobile cart for dispensing medications has an automated locking mechanism for selectively opening the drawers of such cart. The locking/unlocking both unlocks and moves a respective drawer on command from a signal panel that is connected to a computerized controller. The caregiver enters an authorizing codes and patient identifiers so that one drawer unlocks and opens slightly. As such, the unlocked drawer is identified by lock mechanism, which slightly opens the drawer, thereby identifying the unlocked drawer in comparison to other closed, locked drawers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Scott-Clark, L.P.
    Inventor: James S Boyd
  • Patent number: 9040881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: OVENFEAST LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Publication number: 20150040774
    Abstract: The toaster oven of the present invention includes a housing having an internal heating compartment, an upper heating element and a lower heating element. The upper heating element and the lower heating element are independently controllable between zero power and full power in dependence upon a user-selected operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kam Fai Fung
  • Patent number: 8921743
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for monitoring a heating apparatus that includes a motion detector configured to determine whether a person is proximate the heating apparatus. The motion detector is default deactivated. Further disclosed is a heat sensor configured to determine whether the heating apparatus has a temperature that is above a threshold. The heat sensor is default deactivated. A processor is in operable communication with each of the motion detector and the heat sensor configured to cyclically repeat a first countdown. The heat sensor is temporarily activated once during each of the repeated first countdowns. The processor is configured to perform a second countdown when the activated heat sensor determines that the heating apparatus has the temperature that is above the threshold. The second countdown is reset each time the motion detector determines that a person is proximate the heating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Stovminder, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Ewell, Jr., Douglas L. Garmany, Charles T. Kelly, Charles Philip Wasilewski
  • Patent number: 8859941
    Abstract: An oven includes an oven liner defined by front, top, bottom, back and side panels, a heating element thermally coupled to the oven liner, a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of a panel of the oven cavity, and a controller operatively coupled to the temperature sensor and the heating element. The controller is configured to energize the heating element as a function of the detected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew David Gladhill, Paul Newsom, Heather Ann Thomas
  • Patent number: 8835816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ovenfeast Limited
    Inventors: Micahel James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Patent number: 8835812
    Abstract: A home appliance having an oven with a broil element, the home appliance including an appliance body; an oven cavity defined within the appliance body; a broil element mounted within the oven cavity; a broil element reflector mounted to a wall of the oven cavity; and a mounting arrangement formed integrally with the broil element reflector for mounting the broil element within the oven cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Braden, Charlie Hanna, Timothy Russell
  • Patent number: 8766143
    Abstract: A method for operating a cooking appliance having a cooking appliance control system and a door. The method includes automatically opening the door using the cooking appliance control system when a cooking process is complete, and automatically closing the door when a physical quantity falls below a predetermined threshold value stored in a memory of the cooking appliance control system. In addition, a cooking appliance includes a cooking chamber, a door, a cooking appliance control system having a memory, a sensor disposed in the cooking chamber, a guide device, and a door opening device including a positioning motor and a rod. The cooking appliance control system is configured to actuate the positioning motor as a function of the output signal so as to automatically open the door when a cooking process is complete and automatically close the door when a physical quantity falls below a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Berger, Hartmut Dittrich, Ruediger Hoehn
  • Patent number: 8748782
    Abstract: The ceramic heater 20 includes the ceramic substrate 22 and a hollow shaft 40. The ceramic substrate 22 is disk-shaped, and a resistance heating element 24 is embedded in the ceramic substrate 22. The hollow shaft 40 is attached to the center of a lower surface of the ceramic substrate 22. The ceramic substrate 22 has a rail groove 26 to which a slide lid 28 is attached and a guide groove 30 that serves as a thermocouple conduit. Moreover, a tube 32 is disposed outside the shaft 40. The tube 32 extends in the up-down direction and is connected to the guide groove 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Goto
  • Patent number: 8748783
    Abstract: A countertop multi-function oven has a baking and a toasting mode. The oven has, in vertical arrangement, a first rotating time selection dial and second rotating temperature selection dial and graphic display area. The graphic area has a function selection indictor as well as first and second alphanumeric portions. In a toasting mode, one of the input dials is used to select a toasting load and the other input dial is used to select a toasting darkness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Ze Kang Lai
  • Publication number: 20140130684
    Abstract: A heat control for an oven permits selective overriding of a holding cycle heating recipe with a boost heating recipe to deliver a boost of heat to food held in a heating compartment. Various types of boost heating recipes may be used. A heat control for an oven graphically displays stages of completion of a preheat cycle on an operator interface. Associated ovens and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Robert J. Reese, Steven M. Shei
  • Patent number: 8720323
    Abstract: A toasting appliance includes a toasting chamber, a heating element for heating a foodstuff located within the toasting chamber, an optical system having a first light source for illuminating the foodstuff with light having a first wavelength and an optical receiver for detecting light reflected from the foodstuff. A second light source is provided for illuminating at least the optical receiver with light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength. A controller varies the intensity of the light emitted from the second light source during a toasting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Paul Graham Douglas, Kevin Paul Byrne, Adrian Anthony Parsons
  • Patent number: 8686320
    Abstract: Flash lamps connected to short-pulse circuits and flash lamps connected to long-pulse circuits are alternately arranged in a line. The duration of light emission from the flash lamps connected to the long-pulse circuits is longer than the duration of light emission from the flash lamps connected to the short-pulse circuits. A superimposing of a flash of light with a high peak intensity from the flash lamps that emit light for a short time and a flash of light with a gentle peak from the flash lamps that emit light for a long time can increase the temperature of even a deep portion of a substrate to an activation temperature or more without heating a shallow portion near the substrate surface more than necessary. This achieves the activation of deep junctions without causing substrate warpage or cracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yokouchi
  • Patent number: 8680445
    Abstract: A voltage calibration routine for an oven, particularly a microwave oven, enables a field technician to enter a voltage calibration mode to display on the oven a pre-established default voltage to which the oven is calibrated. The technician then measures the actual line voltage applied to the oven and, if different than the default voltage displayed, inputs the actual line voltage into the microwave oven control, such as via a keypad. Thereafter, an offset value is calculated to correct the voltage measurement, allowing for a correct tap selection when the microwave oven is running. An additional function is available to check the oven voltage reading upon accessing a voltage reading mode wherein the oven measures and displays the line voltage which is compared to a volt meter reading such that a simple comparison can be made, while avoiding certain steps associated with the voltage calibration mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: ACP, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Schulte
  • Patent number: 8669502
    Abstract: The present invention provides an operation device which has a stable operation feeling with a simple configuration and has a high reliability and an excellent operability. An electrode terminal portion which is arranged just below an operation region on a top plate made of a material having an electric insulating property, and serves as an electrostatic capacity type touch switch has a detection portion which comes into close contact with a back surface of the operation region, a spring portion which has an elastic force pressing the detection portion to the back surface of the top plate, and a slide portion which is movably retained in the guide holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiko Shigeoka, Takaaki Kusaka, Akira Kataoka, Eiji Matsui
  • Patent number: 8669501
    Abstract: A cooking appliance control system for use during the Jewish Holidays or Sabbath. A timer is in communication with the oven heater element programmed to provide for scheduled activations and deactivations of the element during the Holidays. Prior to the Holiday the timer is programmed, the oven is activated to the predetermined temperature, and the timer program is then activated to provide for activation of the heater element to the predetermined temperature and deactivation in accordance with the schedule during the Holiday. Additionally, a switch selectively activates and deactivates the ignition circuits of the burners. This permits, one of the gas burner heater elements to be lighted by the appliance before the Holiday when the ignition circuits are activated to provide a flame to light the other burners when the ignition circuits are deactivated during the Holiday.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Myron H. Frommer
  • Publication number: 20140027440
    Abstract: A thermal process chamber having a lamp driver circuit that includes two transistors and two diodes is described. The thermal process chamber includes a plurality of halogen lamps, the lamp driver, a temperature sensor that measures wafer temperature, a temperature controller connected to the temperature sensor and to the lamp driver, the temperature controller providing control signals to the lamp driver that are functions of the wafer temperature and a desired temperature. The lamp driver includes two transistors that are controlled by the control signals so that the power factor of the power supplied to the plurality of halogen lamps is in the range of 0.9 to 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Goldin, Oleg V. Serebryanov
  • Publication number: 20140027439
    Abstract: A cooking appliance and a method of controlling a cooking appliance are provided. The cooking appliance has a cooking utensil support structure configured as a sensor for determining a cooking utensil characteristic, such as the size and/or presence of a cooking utensil. The cooking utensil support structure can include a gap and an electrical characteristic can be detected at the gap. The detected electrical characteristic can be used to determine a cooking utensil characteristic. Control of the cooking appliance can be based on the detected electrical characteristic or the determined cooking utensil characteristic. The cooking appliance can be controlled to improve cooking performance, such as regulate the amount of heat supplied by a heat source based on the size and/or presence of a cooking utensil, and/or to initiate an alert condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Carter Bach, Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Patent number: 8610036
    Abstract: A device for monitoring a heating apparatus that includes a default deactivated motion detector for determining whether a person is proximate the heating apparatus. The device includes a default deactivated heat sensor for determining whether the heating apparatus has a temperature that is above a threshold. The device includes an internal timer for cyclically repeating a first countdown. The heat sensor is temporarily activated once during each of the repeated first countdowns. The internal timer performs a second countdown when the activated heat sensor determines that the heating apparatus has the temperature that is above the threshold. The second countdown is reset each time the motion detector determines that a person is proximate the heating apparatus. The device includes an alarm configured to notify a user when the internal timer reaches the end of the second countdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Robert C. Ewell, Jr., Douglas L. Garmany, Charles T. Kelly, Charles Philip Wasilewski
  • Publication number: 20130327760
    Abstract: A heating element is provided that has at least one flat electrical heating device to heat at least one spatial region found on one side of the heating device. The heating device has a contact configured to connect to a power supply and control device of a baking and roasting oven. The contact is configured to alternately connect to an electronic mechanism external to the baking and roasting oven. In addition, an arrangement of the heating element with an electronic mechanism external to the baking and roasting oven is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Schott AG
    Inventor: Schott AG
  • Patent number: 8598497
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the power delivered to cookware by a power control system that comprises a heating control user interface that is set by the user to a particular heating control user interface set point within an operating range. A controller derives from the heating control user interface set point a desired cookware temperature set point, and, over at least a first portion of the operating range that encompasses the boiling range, also derives from the heating control user interface set point a maximum limit of power that can be delivered to the cookware to maintain the cookware at the desired cookware temperature set point. The maximum power limit varies monotonically over the first portion of the operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Broders, Christopher B. Ickler, Kenneth D. Jacob
  • Patent number: 8592727
    Abstract: Flash lamps connected to short-pulse circuits and flash lamps connected to long-pulse circuits are alternately arranged in a line. The duration of light emission from the flash lamps connected to the long-pulse circuits is longer than the duration of light emission from the flash lamps connected to the short-pulse circuits. A superimposing of a flash of light with a high peak intensity from the flash lamps that emit light for a short time and a flash of light with a gentle peak from the flash lamps that emit light for a long time can increase the temperature of even a deep portion of a substrate to an activation temperature or more without heating a shallow portion near the substrate surface more than necessary. This achieves the activation of deep junctions without causing substrate warpage or cracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yokouchi
  • Patent number: 8575521
    Abstract: Temperature control in an RTP system can be improved by consideration of one or more witness structures different from the wafer (or other semiconductor object) being processed. For example, power coupling between the RTP heating system and witness structure can be used to adjust one or more control parameters, such as model definitions, that are used by the RTP system to control wafer heating. As another example, a stored trajectory of a desired witness structure temperature or other property can be used as a basis for control during a processing cycle. Thus, the witness structure may be controlled “closed-loop” while the wafer is heated “open-loop.” As a further example, a heat flux between the RTP heating system and witness structure can be used to determine radiant energy from the heating system that is incident on the witness structure. One or more control actions can be taken based on this incident energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mattson Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Zsolt Nenyei, Paul Janis Timans
  • Patent number: 8525083
    Abstract: A hot water heater and method that includes power consumption reporting to enable consumers to better understand and control the energy usage and/or efficiency of the hot water heater. Monitoring energy consumption of an electric hot water heater having at least one electrical load that is selectively activated by a controller of the hot water heater includes sensing the amount of time the at least one electrical load is activated multiplying the amount of time by a known value corresponding to a power rating of the electrical load to determine energy consumed, and displaying on a display device an indicator corresponding to the energy consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jay Andrew Broniak, Joseph Mark Brian
  • Patent number: 8513574
    Abstract: Flash lamps connected to short-pulse circuits and flash lamps connected to long-pulse circuits are alternately arranged in a line. The duration of light emission from the flash lamps connected to the long-pulse circuits is longer than the duration of light emission from the flash lamps connected to the short-pulse circuits. A superimposing of a flash of light with a high peak intensity from the flash lamps that emit light for a short time and a flash of light with a gentle peak from the flash lamps that emit light for a long time can increase the temperature of even a deep portion of a substrate to an activation temperature or more without heating a shallow portion near the substrate surface more than necessary. This achieves the activation of deep junctions without causing substrate warpage or cracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yokouchi
  • Publication number: 20130153562
    Abstract: A cooking equipment includes an oven cavity (2); at least one energy source (3), operable to provide energy to food placed inside the oven cavity (2); a plurality of sensors (5), configured to provide respective measurement signals (STC, STWR, STWI, STE, STF1, . . . , STFN, SH), indicative of respective quantities relating to a cooking process for cooking food in the oven cavity (2); and a control device (8), having at least one cooking program stored therein and configured to drive the at least one energy source (3) in accordance with the cooking program, based on the measurement signals (STC, STWR, STWI, STE, STF1, . . . , STFN, SH) from the sensors (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Electrolux Professional S.p.A.
    Inventor: Electrolux Professional S.p.A.
  • Publication number: 20130146581
    Abstract: An electric oven is configured to broil foodstuffs with either its oven door opened or closed. The operating parameters of the oven's broiling elements are altered based on the position of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert S. Donarski, John F. Hines, James C. Johncock
  • Patent number: 8436279
    Abstract: A system is provided for supplementing the power usage of an appliance with an internal power source, such as e.g., a battery, in order to limit the overall power consumption of the appliance while in standby mode. The system can allow for replenishing the internal power source when the appliance is not in standby mode or even when in standby mode if such will not exceed the external power source consumption limit. In the event the internal power source is not available or is reaching depletion, the system can provide for disabling electronic features of the appliance in order to maintain the external power source consumption below the desired limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Bryan Cadima, Lawrence Michael Portaro
  • Patent number: 8415590
    Abstract: Apparatus for housing electronic components comprising a heated enclosure comprising a bottom, a top, three sides, a substantially open front and a heating element for transmitting heat to enclosure surfaces. Perforations are located in the heated enclosure to facilitate the passage of air from one side of the heated enclosure to the other. A plenum is connected to the perforations, the plenum being configured to transmit air between the outside and inside of the heated enclosure. Completing the apparatus as control electronics comprising a power source and temperature monitoring and feedback circuitry, and insulation covering a heated portion of the heated enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Myles E. Brown, John C. Pizzichemi, Florence L. Lopez, Robert B. Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20130043235
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for rapid thermal processing of a planar substrate including axially aligning the substrate with a substrate support or with an empirically determined position are described. The methods and apparatus include a sensor system that determines the relative orientations of the substrate and the substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Khurshed Sorabji, Joseph M. Ranish, Wolfgang Aderhold, Aaron M. Hunter, Blake R. Koelmel, Alexander N. Lerner, Nir Merry
  • Patent number: 8367979
    Abstract: A household range includes a first oven having a first electric cooking element, and a second oven includes a second electric cooking element. A power management system is used to distribute power such that when the second electric cooking element is energized the first electric cooking element is de-energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Max Douglas Oyler, Siva Kiran Chekka
  • Publication number: 20130026157
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for drying at least one object containing a liquid, in particular a dental restoration object (12). Said device comprises a means for generating thermal energy acting upon the object and sufficient for increasing the temperature of the object to the boiling point. Moreover, the device includes an impingement area for impinging on the object with thermal energy and a control device (24) that is characterized by the fact that a temperature detection element (20) of the device (10) measures the temperature of the object (12), and upon reaching a trigger temperature that is at the boiling temperature, somewhat below or somewhat above thereof, emits a signal to the control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: IVOCLAR VIVADENT AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Jussel, Philipp Kettner
  • Publication number: 20120312806
    Abstract: An appliance and method for enabling a consumer to easily override a low energy mode of an appliance to enable a feature or function of the appliance not typically available in the low energy mode. When an appliance or device is in an energy savings mode, multiple consumer requests for a given feature or function within a prescribed period of time can operate to override the energy savings mode and permit operation of the feature and/or function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Ashley Wayne Burt, Michael Francis Finch, Robert Lafleur
  • Patent number: 8330083
    Abstract: A portable countertop electric oven for cooking food includes: a cooking housing; a power head operative to attach, connect, and/or couple, to the cooking housing, at least a portion of the power head extending into an interior of the cooking housing; a base operative to attach, connect, and/or couple, to the cooking housing; and a first securing element operable to secure the cooking housing to the base. A porting element may be provided, such as a handle formed from a portion of the power head, which may include first and second bulged regions of the power head. At least one of: the cooking housing; the power head and the base, may have a substantially elliptical shape, and may include two bulged portions at respective distal ends. The first securing element may be an attachment clip including a first region operable to engage with the cooking housing and a second region operable to engage with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hearthware, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung S. Moon, Gene H. Kim, Mikale K. Kwon, Eung Y. Choi, Byong G. Choi
  • Publication number: 20120305542
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that includes an oven and a micromechanical oscillator inside the oven configured to oscillate at a predetermined frequency at a predetermined temperature, where the predetermined frequency is based on a temperature dependency and at least one predetermined property. The system further includes an excitation mechanism configured to excite the micromechanical oscillator to oscillate at the predetermined frequency and a temperature control loop configured to detect a temperature of the micromechanical oscillator using resistive sensing, determine whether the temperature of the micromechanical oscillator is within a predetermined range of the predetermined temperature based on the temperature dependency and the at least one predetermined property in order to minimize frequency drift, and adapt the temperature of the micromechanical oscillator to remain within the predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: IMEC
    Inventors: Stephane Donnay, Xavier Rottenberg, Jonathan Borremans, Hendrikus Tilmans, Geert van der Plas, Michiel Pertijs
  • Patent number: 8304695
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes an oven provided with bake, broil and multiple convection heating elements, as well as plural, multi-speed fans, for cooking a wide range of food. The various heating elements are sequentially operated on a predetermined priority basis in order to, along with the fans, establish numerous effective cooking sequences, such as a bake mode, a convection bake mode with no preheat, a convection bake mode with rapid preheat, a convection bake mode with standard preheat, and a convection roast mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Bonuso, Steven M. Swayne