Exposed Horizontal Planar Support Surface For Material To Be Heated (e.g., Hot Plate, Etc.) Patents (Class 219/443.1)
  • Patent number: 12031932
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a condition of an article including a conductive coating includes: a measurement device electrically connectable to the conductive coating of the article configured to sense an electrical property of the conductive coating; and a processor electrically connected to the measurement device. The processor is configured to: receive the sensed electrical property of the conductive coating from the measurement device; determine a resistance of the conductive coating based on the received sensed electrical property; determine an estimated remaining usable life of the article based on the determined resistance of the conductive coating; and generate an output signal representative of the determined estimated remaining usable life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel C. Francois, Stephen J. Molmer, Khushroo H. Lakdawala, Nicolas B. Duarte
  • Patent number: 11978621
    Abstract: A temperature adjustment device includes: a pair of flow path plates, each of the pair of flow path plates including a flow path groove provided on a front surface of the each of the pair of flow path plates and at least a part of the front surface; a spacer member that includes a support surface projecting from the front surface, and connects the pair of flow path plates such that a back surface of one of the pair of flow path plates and a back surface of the other of the pair of flow path plate face each other; and a heat transfer plate that faces the flow path groove, and is supported by the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: KELK Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kobayashi, Hideaki Ohkubo
  • Patent number: 11948790
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to apparatuses for processing a substrate. In one or more embodiments, a heater support kit includes a heater assembly contains a heater plate having an upper surface and a lower surface, a chuck ring disposed on at least a portion of the upper surface of the heater plate, a heater arm assembly contains a heater arm and supporting the heater assembly, and a heater support plate disposed between the heater plate and the heater arm and in contact with at least a portion of the lower surface of the heater plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Tuan Anh Nguyen, Jeongmin Lee, Anjana M. Patel, Abdul Aziz Khaja
  • Patent number: 11860240
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for protecting against unsafe electric current conditions. An example method includes accessing a selected operating mode for a heating element of the electric grill using at least one user input device of the electric grill, the heating element connected to a voltage line and a neutral line; measuring, using a temperature probe, a temperature of the heating element; estimating an ambient temperature at a location within a cook box of the electric grill spaced apart from the heating element, the estimation of the ambient temperature based on the measured temperature of the heating element; and using the estimated ambient temperature to determine when a target temperature corresponding to the selected operating mode is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: Eric Knappenberger, Julio C. Zuleta, Matthew Lerch, Jeffery C. Emmerich
  • Patent number: 11852352
    Abstract: A household appliance device includes a first structural unit, a second structural unit, and an insulation unit configured to provide an insulation between the first and second structural units. The insulation unit includes a placement assist element configured to tailor an exterior shape of the insulation unit to the first structural unit for placement of the insulation unit, and an expansion compensation element configured to compensate at least substantially a thermal expansion of at least one subregion of the insulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Jorge Felices Betran, Juan Jose Galindo Perez, Pablo Jesus Hernandez Blasco, Izaskun Jaca Equiza, Ignacio Lope Moratilla, Damaso Martin Gomez
  • Patent number: 11735443
    Abstract: A hot plate in which holes are formed in proximity pins. The holes of the proximity pins are connected to vacuum holes to suppress generation of air flow during substrate heat treatment. A substrate heat-treating apparatus including the hot plate, and a method of fabricating the hot plate. The hot plate includes: a body with a heater; a plurality of first holes pass through the body in a downward direction; a plurality of proximity pins formed on the body support the substrate such that the substrate does not contact the top of the body. A plurality of second holes formed in at least some of the proximity pins and pass through the proximity pins in the downward direction from surfaces of the proximity pins. The first and second holes are connected to each other, and a vacuum is created inside the first and second holes to fix the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Sik Shin, Man Kyu Kang, Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 11672376
    Abstract: An electric heater includes a substrate; and a plane heating element disposed on one surface of the substrate, in which the plane heating element includes a pattern portion including a start point and an end point; and an electrode portion connected to the start point and the end point of the pattern portion, and a thickness of the electrode portion is thicker than a thickness of the pattern portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Misun Song, Yooseok Kwon
  • Patent number: 11638330
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to food preparation apparatus with an electrical heating device comprising at least two electrical PTC thermistors for heating a food in a food preparation room, wherein the electrical PTC thermistors are electrically connected in parallel. The parallel-connected PTC thermistors are electrically connected to one another by one or more electrical bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Kevin Schmitz, Sebastian Tietz
  • Patent number: 11482505
    Abstract: Embodiments in accordance with the present inventive concept disclose a chip bonding apparatus that includes a stage configured to support a substrate and a heater that is disposed above the stage. The heater includes a heat generating portion and a body portion. The chip bonding apparatus further includes a bonding tool assembly fixing unit having a first portion connected to the body portion of the heater, and a second portion configured to receive the heat generating portion. The chip bonding apparatus further includes a first bonding tool connected to the heat generating portion; and a first bonding tool fixing unit having a third portion that is connected to the first portion, and a fourth portion configured to receive the first bonding tool. The bonding tool fixing unit may be attached by an electrostatic force or by coupling between a notch gripper and a corresponding notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Cheol Kim, Gil Man Kang, Yong Dae Ha
  • Patent number: 11458275
    Abstract: An apparatus for humidifying a flow of breathable gas includes a water reservoir and a water reservoir dock forming a cavity structured and arranged to receive the water reservoir in an operative position. The water reservoir comprises a reservoir base including a cavity structured to hold a volume of water, the reservoir base including a main body and a thermally conductive portion provided to the main body. The thermally conductive portion comprises a combined layered arrangement including a metal plate and a thin film, the thin film comprising a non-metallic material and including a wall thickness of less than about 1 mm. The thin film is adapted to form at least a bottom interior surface of the water reservoir exposed to the volume of water, and the metal plate is adapted to form a bottom exterior surface of the water reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jeremy William Workman, Ernie Wei-Chih Tsai, Michael James Dent, Max William Andrew Kabilafkas, Dimitri Marco Maurer, Andrew Chan, Justin John Formica, Hargopal Verma, Katarzyna Anna Krol-Mazur, Chia Ik Tan, Jessie Cindy Maikim
  • Patent number: 11363913
    Abstract: Air circulation-type electric roaster includes body, air dispersing plate unit mounted on the body and including bottom plate having at least one through hole and first and second side plates formed respectively on both sides of the bottom plate and each having a plurality of ventholes, power supply unit including first and second power supply units, heating unit including first power connecting unit connected to the first power supply unit, air circulation unit arranged inner side of first long side of the body along its longitudinal direction and including second power connecting unit connected to the second power supply unit, body connecting unit mounted on first short side of the body and including first connecting terminal connected to the second power connecting unit and contactable with the second power supply unit, and cooking unit above the heating unit including cooking surface heated by the heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Hyunho Khang
  • Patent number: 11351329
    Abstract: An apparatus for humidifying a flow of breathable gas includes a water reservoir and a water reservoir dock forming a cavity structured and arranged to receive the water reservoir in an operative position. The water reservoir comprises a reservoir base including a cavity structured to hold a volume of water, the reservoir base including a main body and a thermally conductive portion provided to the main body. The thermally conductive portion comprises a combined layered arrangement including a metal plate and a thin film, the thin film comprising a non-metallic material and including a wall thickness of less than about 1 mm. The thin film is adapted to form at least a bottom interior surface of the water reservoir exposed to the volume of water, and the metal plate is adapted to form a bottom exterior surface of the water reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jeremy William Workman, Ernie Wei-Chih Tsai, Michael James Dent, Max William Andrew Kabilafkas, Dimitri Marco Maurer, Andrew Chan, Justin John Formica, Hargopal Verma, Katarzyna Anna Krol-Mazur, Chia Ik Tan, Jessie Cindy Maikim
  • Patent number: 10932329
    Abstract: A user interface for an induction heating cooker, a method of controlling the same and an induction heating cooker thereof are provided. The user interface, if a drag touch signal of a drag touch from one position to another position on a display unit is sensed, is configured to change power levels of all of coils in operation to a predetermined reference power level and displays the changed power level. The induction heating cooker is configured to supply the coils with a power corresponding to the reference power level, thereby controlling all of the coils with one drag touch and enabling enhanced security while in a rapid manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joon Ho Lee, Joo Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10593585
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck device includes: an electrostatic chuck section having one principal surface serving as a placing surface on which a plate-shaped sample is placed, and having a built-in electrostatic attracting internal electrode; a heating member bonded to a surface on the side opposite to the placing surface of the electrostatic chuck section in a pattern having gaps; a sheet material; and a base section having a function of cooling the electrostatic chuck section, in this order, in which each of the gaps of the pattern is filled with an inorganic filler composition which includes an inorganic filler and an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Tomomi Ito, Yukio Miura
  • Patent number: 10393389
    Abstract: Provided is a top plate for a cooking device including a glass sheet (2) and a light-shielding film (3) formed on a lower surface (2c) of the glass sheet (2) through sputtering. The light-shielding film (3) contains an oxide, a nitride, or an oxynitride of a transition metal of Group 6 to Group 11 on the periodic table. In this manner, a color close to grey can be achieved as a color of the light-shielding film (3) while insulating properties of the light-shielding film (3) are secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Yamazaki, Toshimasa Kanai
  • Patent number: 10324533
    Abstract: A touch controlling device includes a sensing module, a processor and a feedback generator. The sensing module senses first coordinates and second coordinates. The processor generates an touch area difference according to the first coordinates and the second coordinates. The feedback generator generates a feedback corresponding to the touch area difference. Specifically, the touch device determines the force of touch based on the touch area difference without any force sensing plate attached thereon. Consequently, the thickness of the touch device and the cost of the touch device are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tzu-Ling Niu
  • Patent number: 10236194
    Abstract: Provided is a supporting unit supporting a substrate. The supporting unit includes a body including a plurality of heating regions and disposed with the substrate on a top surface thereof and a heating unit heating the body. Herein, the heating unit includes heating lines provided in the plurality of heating regions, respectively, to control temperatures of the plurality of heating regions independently from one another, terminals provided to the body and receiving power from the outside, and connecting lines connecting the heating lines to the terminals mutually corresponding to one another. Also, the terminals are disposed in one of the plurality of heating regions in a top view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Joon Kim, Seung Kue Kim
  • Patent number: 10228146
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus with a cooktop composed of a glass or glass-ceramic material is provided. The cooking apparatus includes a heating element and a lighting element that are disposed in the region below the underside of the cooktop. The heating element is applied to the underside of the cooktop indirectly by a pressing device or directly by pre-stressing one or a plurality of spring elements. The lighting element and the heating element are disposed on a common support section of the pressing device in such a way that they are adjustable with an oscillation of the cooktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Thomas Zenker, Gerold Ohl, Bernd Woelfing, Ju-Young Uam, Martin Taplan
  • Patent number: 10155684
    Abstract: A glass-ceramic article is at least partly coated with at least one layer of enamel, including a glass frit. The frit includes, expressed by weight, SiO2, 45-60%; Al2O3, 12-22%; B2O3, 12-22%; Li2O, 0-5%; Na2O, 0-2%; K2O, >2%; CaO, 0-4%; MgO, 0-4%; ZnO, 0-4%; BaO, 0-4%; ZrO2, 0-4%; and TiO2, 0-1%. The sum of oxides CaO+MgO+BaO+SrO+ZnO is at most 10%, preferably from 2 to 8%. A process can be used to obtain the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EUROKERA S.N.C.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Lecomte, Pablo Vilato
  • Patent number: 10081568
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a reinforced glass plate for an induction cooking device, the chemical composition of which comprises the following colorants, in a content which varies within the weight limits defined hereinafter: Fe2O3 (total iron): 0.8% to 1.8%, CoO: 0.02% to 0.06%, Se: 0 to 0.005%, Cr2O3: 0 to 0.1%. The invention is also directed towards an induction cooking device comprising at least one inductor placed under such a glass plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: EUROKERA S.N.C.
    Inventors: Kamila Plevacova, Edouard Brunet, Emmanuel Lecomte
  • Patent number: 9976751
    Abstract: A domestic appliance apparatus includes at least one light-guiding element, and at least one sensor unit having at least one light sensor and configured to detect light transmitted through the light-guiding element and to determine at least one temperature characteristic. The at least one sensor unit has at least one sensor element configured to determine at least one characteristic of the at least one light-guiding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Rafael Alonso Esteban, Carlos Heras Vila, Eduardo Imaz Martinez, Sergio Llorente Gil, David Paesa García, Julio Rivera Peman, Iñigo Salinas Ariz, Francisco Villuendas Yuste
  • Patent number: 9826576
    Abstract: When an inverter circuit is driven at a predetermined driving frequency, an amount of current change per predetermined period of time of an input current or a coil current is detected, and a heating period from a start of control until the amount of current change becomes a set value or less is measured. Then, the inverter circuit is controlled to reduce high frequency power to be supplied to a heating coil in accordance with a length of the measured heating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Home Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Yoshino, Koshiro Takano, Yuichiro Ito, Kenichiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 9673077
    Abstract: A support assembly for use in semiconductor processing includes an application substrate, a heater layer disposed directly onto the application substrate, an insulation layer disposed onto the heater layer, and a second substrate disposed onto the insulation layer. The heater layer is directly disposed onto the application substrate by a layered process such that the heater layer is in direct contact with the application substrate. The application substrate defines a material having a relatively low coefficient of thermal expansion that is matched to a coefficient of thermal expansion of the heater layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Jacob R. Lindley
  • Patent number: 9483983
    Abstract: A display device in particular for cooktops is provide that has a glass ceramic with a front side and a back side and a lamp arranged in the area of the back side. The display device further includes an optical compensation filter arranged between the front side and the lamp so as to implement any color impressions easily and inexpensively and in a preselectable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Evelin Weiss, Gerold Ohl, Thomas Zenker, Martin Taplan
  • Patent number: 9474106
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method of controlling a heating element of an electric range. The apparatus for controlling a heating element of an electric range includes: a plurality of heating elements; an input unit to which an output adjustment value for each of the plurality of heating elements is input from a user; a calculation unit that calculates the sum of output power of each heating element corresponding to the output adjustment value input by the input unit; and a controller that compares the sum of output power calculated by the calculation unit with a predetermined power limit and linearly controls output of each heating element based on a result of comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MUHAN DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byoung-Goan Park
  • Patent number: 9462638
    Abstract: An induction heating cooker having an oil temperature control function by of the amount of change of an operating frequency, and a control method thereof, the induction heating cooker including a heating coil, an inverter unit, a driving unit, a detection unit to detect a value of a current that flows at the heating coil, and a control unit to calculate an operating frequency of the driving unit according to the value of the current, to vary the operating frequency so that the heating coil maintains a constant output that corresponds to an output level, and to determine whether oil accommodated in a container placed on the heating coil is overheated, by use of an amount of change of the operating frequency, and the maintenance or the control of the temperature of oil may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Se Min Lee, Kil Young Lee, Seong Deog Jang
  • Publication number: 20150102025
    Abstract: A heating apparatus comprising a support base and a microplate having a first surface and an opposing second surface. The microplate is positioned adjacent the support base and comprises a plurality of wells formed in the first surface thereof. Each of the plurality of wells is sized to receive an assay therein. A sapphire crystalline transparent window is positioned adjacent the microplate opposing the support base. A heating device heats the transparent window in response to a control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kirk M. HIRANO, Patrick Kinney, Douwe Haga, Jason Babcoke, Albert Carrillo, H. Pin Kao, James Nurse
  • Publication number: 20150076135
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of substrate supports having temperature profile control are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate support includes: a plate having a substrate receiving surface and an opposite bottom surface; and a shaft having a first end comprising a shaft heater and a second end, wherein the first end is coupled to the bottom surface. Methods of making a substrate support having temperature profile control are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: NIR MERRY, LEON VOLFOVSKI
  • Patent number: 8963054
    Abstract: A cooking hob, especially an induction cooking hob, including a first heating zone having at least two independently heatable heating elements operable by a first power supply via a first switching device, and at least one additional heating zone operable by a second power supply via a second switching device in a normal mode of operation. The heating capacity of the first heating zone can be increased beyond a maximum power of the first power supply while the first heating zone and the additional heating zone are operated simultaneously in the normal mode of operation. The cooking hob includes a switching element for establishing a power supply connection between the second power supply and one of the heating elements of the first heating zone in a special mode of operation so as to increase the heating capacity of the first heating zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jesus Acero Acero, José Miguel Burdio Pinilla, Jose-Ramon Garcia Jimenez, Ignacio Garde Aranda, Pablo Jesus Hernandez Blasco, Sergio Llorente Gil, Alfonso Lorente Perez, Fernando Monterde Aznar, Ramon Peinado Adiego
  • Patent number: 8957343
    Abstract: Provided is an electrode support structure in which local heating can be prevented from occurring in a workpiece during the electric heating. The electrode support structure is usable for applying a load to the electrodes used for the electric heating of a metal plate, and comprises at least two members, i.e., a first member to which the electrodes are fixed and a second member which receives the load from the first member or connects the first member to a load means. The support structure in which the two members are joined to each other through an elastic member can uniformly apply the load to the electrodes for electric heating so that the electrodes can uniformly contact with the workpiece, whereby the workpiece can be uniformly heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Ishiguro, Masaki Furuhashi
  • Publication number: 20140353302
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a cooktop having at least one sensor operating field. The at least one sensor operating field has at least one scroll field for step by step modification of a multi-value operating parameter of the cooking appliance. The at least one scroll field has a number of discretely disposed sensor keys which are disposed below a cooktop plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERATE GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Berr, Michael Hegendörfer
  • Publication number: 20140339215
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a disc-shaped article comprises a spin chuck and at least three individually controllable infrared heating elements. The infrared heating elements are mounted in a stationary manner with respect to rotation of said spin chuck. At least the transparent plate positioned between the infrared heating elements and the underside of a wafer is mounted for rotation with the spin chuck. Alternatively, the transparent plate is part of a housing that encloses the infrared heating elements and that rotates with the spin chuck as the heating elements are stationary relative thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: LAM RESEARCH AG
    Inventors: Ante PLAZONIC, Vijay Kumar BADAM, Michael BRUGGER
  • Publication number: 20140326712
    Abstract: An aircraft ice protection system includes a heating substrate with a coating in intimate thermal contact with the heating substrate. The thermal effusivities of the heating substrate and the coating are different from one another for interference of thermal waves reflected from the coating with thermal waves generated in the heating substrate. A pulse generator can be operatively connected to the heating substrate to convert pulsed electrical power from the pulse generator into thermal energy for ice removal or prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard Roy Hamm
  • 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: 8847121
    Abstract: A heater system and related methods of heating a surface are provided by the present disclosure that includes, in one form, a substrate defining a heating surface and a layered heater formed on the heating surface. A plurality of nodes are disposed along the heating surface and are in electrical contact with a resistive heating layer of the layered heater, along with a plurality of lead wires connected to the plurality of nodes. In one form, a multiplexer is in communication with the plurality of nodes through the plurality of lead wires, and a controller is in communication with the multiplexer, wherein the multiplexer sequences and transmits resistances from the plurality of nodes to the controller, and the controller controls an amount of power provided to each of the plurality of nodes based on the differences in resistances between the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Louis P. Steinhauser, Kevin Ptasienski
  • Publication number: 20140263271
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus and method for a substrate heater for a substrate processing chamber. In one embodiment, a substrate support for a substrate processing chamber includes a body having a top plate with a substrate receiving surface, and a movable heater disposed in the body, the heater being movable relative to the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Gangadhar SHEELAVANT, Cariappa Achappa BADUVAMANDA
  • Publication number: 20140263272
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to heated substrate supports having a protective coating thereon. The protective coating is formed from yttrium oxide at a molar concentration ranging from about 50 mole percent to about 75 mole percent; zirconium oxide at a molar concentration ranging from about 10 mole percent to about 30 mole percent; and at least one other component, selected from the group consisting of aluminum oxide, hafnium oxide, scandium oxide, neodymium oxide, niobium oxide, samarium oxide, ytterbium oxide, erbium oxide, cerium oxide, and combinations thereof, at a molar concentration ranging from about 10 mole percent to about 30 mole percent. The alloying of yttrium oxide with a compatible oxide improves wear resistance, flexural strength, and fracture toughness of the protective coating, relative to pure yttrium oxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ren-Guan DUAN, Juan Carlos ROCHA-ALVAREZ, Jianhua ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20140263268
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to susceptor support shafts and process chambers containing the same. A susceptor support shaft supports a susceptor thereon, which in turn, supports a substrate during processing. The susceptor support shaft reduces variations in temperature measurement of the susceptor and/or substrate by providing a consistent path for a pyrometer focal beam directed towards the susceptor and/or substrate, even when the susceptor support shaft is rotated. The susceptor support shafts also have a relatively low thermal mass which increases the ramp up and ramp down rates of a process chamber. In some embodiments, a custom made refractive element can be removably placed on the top of the solid disc to redistribute secondary heat distributions across the susceptor and/or substrate for optimum thickness uniformity of epitaxy process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhepeng Cong, Balasubramanian Ramachandran, Masato Ishii, Xuebin Li, Mehmet Tugrul Samir, Shu-Kwan Lau, Paul Brillhart
  • Patent number: 8835814
    Abstract: A domestic appliance device is provided which has an operating means carrier that carries operating means. The operating means carrier is formed by a panel and differs from a hob. The operating means carrier also has a functional support surface to absorb at least a part of the weight force of the operating means in a functionally-coupled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Apetauer, Andreas Hackbarth, Tobias Heilmann, Detlef Kiel, Thomas Möker, Gerd Wilsdorf
  • Publication number: 20140251976
    Abstract: Disclosed are a hot plate and a method of manufacturing the same. The method includes the steps of preparing a first barrier layer, laminating a first heat transfer layer on the first barrier layer, and laminating a second barrier layer on the first heat transfer layer. The first barrier layer or the second barrier layer includes a plurality of first sub-nano-barrier layers and a plurality of second sub-nano-barrier layers. The hot plate includes a first barrier layer, a first heat transfer layer on the first barrier layer, and a second barrier layer on the first heat transfer layer. The first barrier layer or the second barrier layer includes a plurality of first sub-nano-barrier layers and a plurality of second sub-nano-barrier layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ick Chan KIM, Moo Seong KIM
  • Patent number: 8809747
    Abstract: A method of operating a heating plate for a substrate support assembly used to support a semiconductor substrate in a semiconductor processing apparatus, wherein the heating plate comprises power supply lines and power return lines and respective heater zone connected between every pair of power supply line and power return line. The method reduces maximum currents carried by the power supply lines and power return lines by temporally spreading current pulses for powering the heater zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: John Pease, Neil Benjamin
  • Patent number: 8735781
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling heating and cooling of a transfer unit in a precision hot press device configured to suppress overheating and supercooling, and of performing quick heating and cooling, wherein the method and apparatus compares an amount of energy given to the transfer unit or taken from the transfer unit by a heating unit or a cooling unit with an amount of energy observed to enter into or exit from the transfer unit before the temperature of the transfer unit reaches a target temperature, calculates an amount of surplus or supercooled energy from a difference between the two energy amounts, and heats or cools the transfer unit based on the amount of surplus or supercooled energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Shimao, Takashi Kurata
  • Patent number: 8729432
    Abstract: A capacitance sensing switch module is provided. The capacitance sensing switch module for controlling a cooktop includes a plate, at least one key, an insulating pad, a circuit board and at least one foil. The plate is disposed in a side of the cooktop and has at least one hole passing through the plate. The key is disposed in the hole. The insulating pad is disposed between the key and the plate. The key and the plate are separated by the insulating pad. The circuit board is disposed under the plate. The foil is disposed on the circuit board and on the position corresponding to the key. There is an insulation gap between the foil and the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: I-Shen Lin, Ming-Jen Liang, Yu-Tang Liu
  • Patent number: 8680438
    Abstract: The present invention generally concerns a Combination Urn and Hot Plate for supplying heat to both liquids and solids, typically beverages and food, for heating or keeping same warm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fundways Ltd.
    Inventor: Herbert S. Weissman
  • Patent number: 8633423
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling the temperature of a substrate during processing are provided herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus for retaining and controlling substrate temperature may include a puck of dielectric material; an electrode disposed in the puck proximate a surface of the puck upon which a substrate is to be retained; and a plurality of heater elements disposed in the puck and arranged in concentric rings to provide independent temperature control zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xing Lin, Douglas A. Buchberger, Jr., Xiaoping Zhou, Valentin Todorow, Andrew Nguyen, Anchel Sheyner
  • Patent number: 8624168
    Abstract: A heating plate for a substrate support assembly in a semiconductor plasma processing apparatus, comprises multiple independently controllable planar heater zones arranged in a scalable multiplexing layout, and electronics to independently control and power the planar heater zones. Each planar heater zone uses at least one diode as a heater element. A substrate support assembly in which the heating plate is incorporated includes an electrostatic clamping electrode and a temperature controlled base plate. Methods for manufacturing the heating plate include bonding together ceramic or polymer sheets having planar heater zones, power supply lines, power return lines and vias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Keith William Gaff, Keith Comendant
  • Publication number: 20140004014
    Abstract: To provide a catalytic converter that reduces non-uniformity of temperature of a catalyst support and that can approach a uniform temperature distribution, and a structural body for supporting a catalyst that structures this catalytic converter. At a catalyst support, gradually decreasing width portions, at which a width thereof gradually decreases toward electrode centers, are formed at regions where electrodes, are contactingly disposed, as seen in a cross-section orthogonal to a direction in which exhaust flows. The width is shorter than a length of a center line at a given position. Heat generation and heat dissipation of the catalyst support are balanced overall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicants: NGK INSULATORS, LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Masaru Kakinohana, Takeo Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Kasai, Tadato Ito
  • Patent number: 8608885
    Abstract: A substrate heat treatment apparatus includes a heat-treating plate having a flat upper surface, support devices formed of a heat-resistant resin for contacting and supporting a substrate, a seal device disposed annularly for rendering gastight a space formed between the substrate and heat-treating plate, and exhaust bores for exhausting gas from the space. The support devices are formed of resin, and the upper surface of the heat-treating plate is made flat, whereby a reduced difference in the rate of heat transfer occurs between contact parts and non-contact parts on the surface of the substrate. Consequently, the substrate is heat-treated effectively while suppressing variations in heat history over the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigehiro Goto, Keiji Matsuchika, Akihiko Morita
  • Publication number: 20130277357
    Abstract: Provided are a work heating device which is capable of heating a work piece with high soaking properties as well as fine temperature control and which remains highly reliable over a long-term use by preventing the deformation or the like of a chuck member, and a work treating device that uses the work heating device. The work heating device is a work heating device in which the chuck member including a work attraction electrode for work attraction and a heater member including a heating element for work heating are layered, and which is capable of heating with the heater member the work piece stuck by attraction on the chuck member side, in which the heater member includes a chuck attraction electrode for causing the chuck member to stick by attraction, between a surface of the heater member that is opposed to the chuck member and the heating element, so that the chuck member and the heater member are layered detachably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tatsumi, Megumu Kawae, Yasuyuki Temma, Toshifumi Sugawara
  • Patent number: RE48575
    Abstract: A display device in particular for cooktops is provide that has a glass ceramic with a front side and a back side and a lamp arranged in the area of the back side. The display device further includes an optical compensation filter arranged between the front side and the lamp so as to implement any color impressions easily and inexpensively and in a preselectable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Evelin Weiss, Gerold Ohl, Thomas Zenker, Martin Taplan