Thermally Responsive Patents (Class 219/494)
  • Patent number: 11980224
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol generation device includes: a power supply configured to supply power to a heater configured to heat an aerosol source; a receptacle configured to allow insertion of a plug including a plurality of pins and configured to receive power for charging the power supply from the inserted plug; and a charger configured to control charging of the power supply by power received by the receptacle. The receptacle includes pins connectable to only some of pins among the plurality of pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ono, Minoru Kitahara, Shujiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11955353
    Abstract: A temperature adjustment device includes a flow path plate that includes a flow path groove, a heat transfer plate that faces the flow path groove, and a thermoelectric module plate that is connected to the heat transfer plate. A surface roughness of the flow path plate is 0.20 ?m or more and 0.25 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: KELK Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kobayashi, Hideaki Ohkubo
  • Patent number: 11944128
    Abstract: Provided is a method of cleaning an aerosol generating device, the method including: receiving a user input for performing a cleaning operation; obtaining information about a performance history of the cleaning operation in response to the user input; setting a mode of the cleaning operation to one of a plurality of cleaning modes based on the information about the performance history; and performing the cleaning operation according to the set cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Min Lee, Jong Sub Lee, Dae Nam Han, Paul Joon Sunwoo
  • Patent number: 11879644
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a heater with a heating element having a region that does not contain a surface heating portion of the heating element and a thermostat positioned in the region. The thermostat includes a contact surface disposed to make physical contact with an object placed on the surface heating portion and a switch configured to prevent a current from conducting through the heating element when the contact surface experiences a temperature equal to or greater than a temperature limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Zoppas Industries de Mexico S.A., de C.V.
    Inventors: Maurizio Francesco Pasqual, Jose Jesus Reyes Soto, Alfredo Cuevas Morales, Pierpaolo Campeol
  • Patent number: 11828491
    Abstract: A water heater appliance may include a casing, a tank, a temperature sensor, a heating system, and a controller. The temperature sensor may be attached to the casing in thermal communication with the tank to detect a temperature thereof. The controller may be in operative communication with the heating system. The controller may be configured to initiate a heating cycle that includes receiving a setpoint request comprising a requested temperature value, detecting a first tank temperature value at the temperature sensor, generating a first modified temperature value less than the first tank temperature value, determining the requested temperature value is less than the first modified temperature value, setting a target setpoint to the first modified temperature value in response to determining the requested temperature value is less than the first modified temperature value, and directing the heating system according to the target setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Wells, Paul Goodjohn
  • Patent number: 11827951
    Abstract: A steel strip annealing furnace with a dew point control system. The furnace/control system can be more readily controlled to the desired dew point than the prior art control system and can handle the set point changes required as different types of steel coils are continuously run therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventors: William P. Umlauf, Oscar Lanzi, III, Johnny C. Brannbacka, John A. Rotole, Robert Bing
  • Patent number: 11819163
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for controlling a heating system in a fryer. At startup, a setpoint temperature for a cooking medium is set to a melt temperature. While in melt mode, each of a plurality of heating elements each located in a different region of a fry pot is sequentially activated to control an amount of heat provided to the cooking medium. Once the cooking medium has reached the melt temperature, the setpoint temperature is increased to a target cooking temperature. While in cooking mode, if an order to cook a food product is not received within a predetermined time period, the setpoint temperature is set to an idle temperature which is below the target setpoint temperature and above the melt temperature. The target cooking temperature is adjusted using a set of setpoint bias temperatures that is selected based on a cooking load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Melissa M. Hohler, Kevin R. Romer
  • Patent number: 11817567
    Abstract: In an aspect, a system for battery temperature management in an electric aircraft. In some embodiments, the system includes a plurality of battery cells, comprised of pouch cells. The system includes at least a sensor communicatively connected to a computing device. At least a sensor may be configured to detect temperature. A system also includes a plurality of temperature regulating elements disposed between the plurality of pouch cells. A temperature regulating elements are configured to maintain the temperature of the battery pack. The system also includes a computing device communicatively connected to the plurality of temperature regulating elements. A computing device is configured to determine a target temperature of the plurality of cells and direct the plurality of temperature regulating elements to modify a temperature of the plurality of battery cells as a function of the target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler John Skroski, Stuart Denson Schreiber
  • Patent number: 11796223
    Abstract: A system may include a heating element configured to heat a fluid, the fluid configured to heat a food or drink product. The system may include one or more fluid temperature monitoring components configured to monitor a temperature of the fluid while the fluid is heated by the heating element and configured to control the fluid temperature by controlling the heating element. The system may include one or more control units configured to control operation of an aircraft galley insert via one or more control signals. The system may include one or more heating element temperature rise slope limiters configured to maintain a heating temperature rise speed below a select heating temperature rise speed limit. The system may include one or more heating element temperature monitoring components configured to provide information of a heating element temperature to the one or more heating element temperature rise slope limiters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Filip Ciesielski
  • Patent number: 11799284
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus for controlling temperature of component of power source separation circuit in which a temperature detection circuit may be implemented in a circuit that uses a power source different from a power source used by the control microcomputer, may directly measure a temperature of a circuit component, and may deliver a protective signal to the control microcomputer using a comparator and an insulating phototransistor, thereby implementing a protective operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Bong Jin Cho
  • Patent number: 11791040
    Abstract: A neonatal care system includes a platform for supporting an infant, a plurality of part tags each embedded in a part within the neonatal care device, and at least one part reader. Each of the plurality of part tags is configured to transmit a part identifier and the at least one part reader is configured to receive the part identifiers transmitted from the plurality of the part tags. A controller is configured to store at least one part identifier catalog, receive the part identifiers from the part reader, and compare the part identifiers generated by the plurality of part tags to the at least one part identifier catalog. If any of the received part identifiers does not match the at least one part identifier catalog, then an alert is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Falk, Daniel W. Medeiros, Rajendra Naik, Rajesh N. Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11762402
    Abstract: In an embodiment an electro-thermal device includes a heater, a readout circuit, a digital controller having a first input coupled to a first output of the readout circuit and a digital sigma-delta modulator having a first input coupled to an output of the digital controller and an output coupled to the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Sciosense B.V.
    Inventors: Alberto Maccioni, Monica Schipani, Giuseppe Pasetti, Syed Zeeshan Ali, Clinton Sean Dixon
  • Patent number: 11743975
    Abstract: An object has at least a first source of light secured thereto. At least a first light-bearing conduit operably couples to this source of light and also to at least a first heat-dispersion component that is also secured to the object. So configured, the heat-dispersion component responds to reception of light from at least the first source of light via at least the first light-bearing conduit by dispersing heat derived from the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: LightSpeed Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ovidiu Gabriel Vlad, Alexander J. Yarmie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11717028
    Abstract: A method of treating disorders in a human or animal subject may include heating a material containing a compound to a first temperature to form a heated volume of the material. The method may additionally include heating the heated volume to a higher second temperature to form a dose of vapor including the compound. The method may also include administering the dose of vapor to the subject to treat disorders such as pain. The method may further include pre-heating the material to a preliminary temperature prior to the heating to the first temperature. The heating and pre-heating may be performed with a capsule including two covering layers, each including an electrically conductive material, configured to hold the material therebetween and to generate heat by resistive heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Yossef Raichman
  • Patent number: 11712066
    Abstract: A measurement circuit and a measurement method for measuring and updating a voltage resolution of an electronic atomizer circuit are provided. In the measurement circuit, a comparison unit is configured to compare a first preset value and a second preset value to obtain a voltage difference, an accumulation and subtraction unit is configured to perform counting according to a comparison result, and a control unit is configured to adjust the voltage difference between two compared voltage input terminals, thereby calculating a voltage resolution of the control unit, avoiding the impact of the actual error of the first constant current source and the unit resistor on the actual voltage resolution, and ensuring the measurement accuracy. In addition, an accurate to-be-measured voltage is calculated, and a measurement value of the to-be-measured voltage is corrected, to ensure the high measurement accuracy of the to-be-measured voltage and the output power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: WUXI CRYSTAL SOURCE MICRO ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weimin Zhu, Zheng Jiang, Hua Shen
  • Patent number: 11704751
    Abstract: A physical container (e.g., a battery) may be filled up (charged) or emptied (discharged) with energy commensurate with requirements to post a particular amount of collateral. The disclosure provides computing systems and methods for processing data using a novel combination of wavelet techniques and rolling techniques to more efficiently detect seasonality in particular products (e.g., energy products) to more accurately model and determine collateral/margin requirements. A clearinghouse computing device may be configured to generate a margin requirement for a portfolio of products and may include a processor to process instructions that cause the clearinghouse computing device to perform wavelet decomposition and rolling methods on a historical database of records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Yingying Weng, Nikhil Joshi, Guo Chen, Siwen Yang, Zijiang Yang, Xiaowen Xu, Shuo Liu, Sebastiano Rossi
  • Patent number: 11706843
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling a cooking process by using a liquid in a cooking vessel, for example a cooking pot, upon a cooking hob (20). The method comprises a step of determining a cooking parameter of the liquid in the cooking vessel at a predetermined time (tB, tBP), a step of adjusting a heating power density (P) of a cooking zone of the cooking hob (20) for transferring a heating power (P) to the cooking vessel placed on the cooking zone; and a step of reducing the heating power density (P) transferred to the cooking vessel from an initial power (iP) to a simmering power (PS). Further, the present invention relates to a cooking vessel for the cooking hob (20). Moreover, the present invention relates to a cooking appliance for performing the cooking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Svend Erik Christiansen, Gianluca Venturini, Massimo Nostro, Laurent Jeanneteau, Alex Viroli
  • Patent number: 11596182
    Abstract: An aerosol generation device includes a heater configured to generate an aerosol by heating an aerosol generating substrate; and a controller configured to control power to be supplied to the heater by a battery using a control signal, wherein the controller is further configured to identify state information of the battery at a heating start time point when the heater starts to be heated and calculate a duty ratio of the control signal based on the identified state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Min Lee, Young Je Kim
  • Patent number: 11589622
    Abstract: A method of controlling electric power supplied to a heater includes controlling the electric power supplied to the heater by a first method until a temperature of the heater reaches an upper limit of a pre-heating temperature section; and controlling the electric power supplied to the heater by a second method to a target temperature that is higher than the upper limit, when the temperature of the heater reaches the upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Min Lee
  • Patent number: 11550375
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a storage system and an operating method thereof. According to the embodiments of the present disclosure, the storage system may include N (N is a natural number) temperature sensors and M (M is a natural number of 2 or more) modules, and may determine a thermal throttling level for each of the M modules based on N temperature information pieces collected from the N temperature sensors and N weights corresponding to the N temperature sensors, wherein the N weights are different for each of the M modules, and the storage system may perform the thermal throttling for the M modules based on the thermal throttling levels for the M modules respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Joon Joo, Ku Ik Kwon, Kyeong Seok Kim, Byong Woo Ryu
  • Patent number: 11524172
    Abstract: Photobiomodulation therapy systems provide a highly effective way to treat many common ailments to the human body. Many embodiments described herein enable two or more light therapy devices to be communicatively coupled together in various ways. In some embodiments, the light therapy system includes a first light device and a second light device arranged and configured to be communicatively coupled to the first light device. Each of the light devices may include a housing, a communication module, and a plurality of lights arranged and configured to emit at least one of red light and near infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Joovv, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Strahan, Scott Nelson, Greg Pfiffner
  • Patent number: 11457651
    Abstract: A method performs sous-vide style cooking in an oven cavity of a cooking appliance, where air, not water, serves as the cooking medium. The oven cavity temperature is regulated around a desired final food temperature using a PID algorithm to control a convection heating element and associated fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Swayne, Brendan McGinnis, Ashish Ainapure, Paolo Faraldi, Massimo Banzato
  • Patent number: 11446466
    Abstract: A system includes a memory, an optical subsystem, an audio system, a plurality of sensors outputting sensor data, a communication circuitry and a processor. The processor is configured to input to a baby-specific behavioral state detection machine learning model, image data, audio signal data, sensor data, and baby-specific personal data associated with the baby, to receive an output from the baby-specific behavioral state detection machine learning model that the baby is agitated and/or about to wake up, to transmit instructions based on the output that cause the audio system and/or the optical subsystem to perform at least one of (i) generate a soothing sound when the baby is agitated, (ii) generate a sleep-enhancing sound when the baby is about to wake up, or (iii) project a relaxing image to be viewed by the baby when the baby is agitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Nutrits Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosef Shvartzman, Asaf Kehat
  • Patent number: 11448403
    Abstract: A cooking appliance having a cooking chamber, a user interface with a selector that allows a user to set a target degree of browning, an imaging device that captures an image of a food item inside the cooking chamber, a computing device in communication with the imaging device and has a software module that receives the captured image from the imaging device and computes a target image based on the captured image and the target degree of browning, and where the target image and the target degree of browning are displayed on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua G. Abdoo, Ariana M. Bruno, Matthew P. Ebrom, Neomar Giacomini, Donald J. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 11379023
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to methods, computing devices, and head-mounted display (HMD) devices for regulating a surface temperature of a device. In one example, a method comprises determining the surface temperature of a surface of the device, determining an energy accumulator value indicating cumulative energy received by a user via the surface of the device, and using a dynamic temperature limit function to calculate a temperature limit as a function of the energy accumulator value. The method also comprises comparing the surface temperature to the temperature limit. When the surface temperature has not reached the temperature limit, the method comprises incrementing the energy accumulator value. When the surface temperature has reached the temperature limit, the method comprises initiating a thermal mitigation action to cool the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin Donald Stanley, Sravan Kumar Reddy Gondipalli, Douglas Lea Heirich, Sridhar Canumalla, Alfonsus Dibianto Lunardhi, John Michael Link
  • Patent number: 11367152
    Abstract: A physical container (e.g., a battery) may be filled up (charged) or emptied (discharged) with energy commensurate with requirements to post a particular amount of collateral. The disclosure provides computing systems and methods for processing data using a novel combination of wavelet techniques and rolling techniques to more efficiently detect seasonality in particular products (e.g., energy products) to more accurately model and determine collateral/margin requirements. A clearinghouse computing device may be configured to generate a margin requirement for a portfolio of products and may include a processor to process instructions that cause the clearinghouse computing device to perform wavelet decomposition and rolling methods on a historical database of records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Yingying Weng, Nikhil Joshi, Guo Chen, Siwen Yang, Zijiang Yang, Xiaowen Xu, Shuo Liu, Sebastiano Rossi
  • Patent number: 11358338
    Abstract: A method is disclosed and includes providing a first data set marking an object cross-section, determining whether the length of a connecting line undercuts a specified minimum dimension, generating a second data such that, in the event falling the minimum dimension is undercut, a position lying within an object cross-section on the connecting line is marked as a position not to be solidified or to which a reduced radiation to be supplied, and for a position lying outside of the object cross-section, positions of an object cross-section directly above or below that are adjacent to this position are marked as positions not to be solidified or to which a reduced radiation is to be supplied, and integrating the second data set into the control command set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Andrea Weichselbaumer, Michael Jan Galba
  • Patent number: 11351878
    Abstract: An electric vehicle (100) has an on-board charger (1) for charging a high-voltage battery (2) of the electric vehicle (100) and a heating element (4). The on-board charger (1) has an intermediate circuit capacitor (3) in an intermediate circuit (3?), and the heating element (4) is connected electrically to the intermediate circuit (3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Tim Pfizenmaier, Florian Mayer
  • Patent number: 11343941
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a first heat absorber that absorbs heat of a first heat generating source composed of a first heat generating component generating heat inside the electronic device, and operating during substantially an entire period of an operation period during which the electronic device is configured to receive an input operation of a user on a screen of the electronic device; and a second heat absorber that absorbs heat of a second heat generating source composed of a second heat generating component and that is disposed at a position separated from the first heat absorber, the second heat generating component operating during a part of the operation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoya Ide
  • Patent number: 11325400
    Abstract: According to examples, a heated system may include a heat generating device, a temperature sensor to detect temperature in the heated system, and a controller. The controller may store temperatures detected by the temperature sensor over time and based on a determination that the temperature in the heated system has reached a predefined temperature value, stop application of power to the heat generating device. The controller may also calculate a rate of change of the stored temperatures corresponding to a predefined period of time prior to the application of power to the heat generating device being stopped, may determine a seeding value for a control mechanism of the heat generating device based on the calculated rate of change, and based on aa determination that a predefined condition has occurred, control the control mechanism to apply power to the heat generating device beginning with the determined seeding value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Yraceburu, Daniel James Magnusson
  • Patent number: 11330679
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes a heating circuit configured to heat a product to be heated; a door; a door lock mechanism configured to lock the door with the door closed; and a processor configured to control the heating circuit and the door lock mechanism, wherein based on an indication of a heating time period and a “settling” time period, the processor causes the door lock mechanism to lock the door, with the door closed, from a beginning of the heating until an end of the “settling” time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsutada Fukumori, Akio Iijima
  • Patent number: 11235881
    Abstract: A hybrid heater system for aircraft wing ice protection is provided. The hybrid heater system includes a voltage source, a carbon nano-tube (CNT) heater, a first positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater disposed in parallel with the CNT heater to form a parallel formation and a second PTC heater disposed in series between the voltage source and the parallel formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robin Jacob, Guru Prasad Mahapatra
  • Patent number: 11171500
    Abstract: The present invention provides a smart battery device and a charging method. The charging method includes: obtaining a battery temperature of a battery unit; determining whether the battery temperature is lower than a first preset temperature; determining whether a current capacity of the battery unit is lower than a preset capacity when the battery temperature is lower than the first preset temperature; and enabling a heating system to increase the battery temperature when the current capacity of the battery unit is lower than the preset capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Wei-Ting Yen
  • Patent number: 11166343
    Abstract: A heating element includes a first bus bar disposed to receive current from a power source, and a second bus bar non-adjacent to the first bus bar. The heating element further includes a polymer ink section extending between the first and second bus bars, and the section includes a plurality of PTC polymer inks each different from one another. The second bus bar is electrically connected to the first bus bar via the polymer ink section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Nathaniel Ching, Jin Hu, Casey Slane, Galdemir Cezar Botura
  • Patent number: 11122650
    Abstract: A heating element includes a first bus bar disposed to receive current from a power source, and a second bus bar non-adjacent to the first bus bar. The heating element further includes a polymer ink section extending between the first and second bus bars, and the section includes a plurality of PTC polymer inks each different from one another. The second bus bar is electrically connected to the first bus bar via the polymer ink section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Nathaniel Ching, Jin Hu, Casey Slane, Galdemir Cezar Botura
  • Patent number: 10934921
    Abstract: A method of predicting the temperature of a resistive heating element in a heating system is provided. The method includes obtaining resistance characteristics of resistive heating elements and compensating for variations in the resistance characteristics over a temperature regime. The resistance characteristics of the resistive heating element include, but are not limited to, inaccuracies in resistance measurements due to strain-induced resistance variations, variations in resistance due to the rate of cooling, shifts in power output due to exposure to temperature, resistance to temperature relationships, non-monotonic resistance to temperature relationships, system measurement errors, and combinations of resistance characteristics. The method includes interpreting and calibrating resistance characteristics based on a priori measurements and in situ measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David P. Culbertson, Jeremy Ohse, Mark D. Everly, Jeremy J. Quandt, James Pradun, John Rohde, Mark L. G. Hoven, Bret Wadewitz, Sanhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10939504
    Abstract: The present application discloses a hand warmer with the function of portable power source, comprising an MCU control module, a heating sheet control module, a mobile power supply control module, and a lithium battery module, wherein the MCU control module is separately connected to the heating sheet control module, the mobile power supply control module and the lithium battery module, and the lithium battery module is further separately connected to the heating sheet control module and the mobile power supply control module. The hand warmer with the function of portable power source has a precise circuit design that allows users to precisely adjust the heating temperature as needed, and is well combined with a mobile power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN YILIAN YOUCHUANG NETWORK CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10932496
    Abstract: A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes a housing extending along a longitudinal axis of the cartridge, and an outlet-end insert coupled to the outlet end of the housing. The housing at least partially encloses a pre-vapor formulation reservoir and a vapor generator of the cartridge and further channels light via internal reflection through an interior of the housing. The outlet-end insert includes an outlet in flow communication with the vapor generator, directs the vapor generated by the vapor generator out of the cartridge through the outlet, and further emits the light channeled through the interior of the housing. One or more properties of the light are controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Phillip Diana, Nam Tran, Matthew Caparrelli
  • Patent number: 10921026
    Abstract: In a heating heat-source apparatus having input circuits configured to receive pieces of mutually independent heating demand information, an abnormality related to an operation for setting one input circuit among the input circuits to a use state is detected and reported. Input circuits receive heating demand information. An operation part receives an operation for setting one input circuit of the input circuits to a use state. A CPU receives heating demand information transmitted from the input circuit in the use state while receiving specified information for specifying the input circuit in the use state from the operation part. Each piece of heating demand information is voltage information having a predetermined voltage range. The CPU reports an abnormality related to an operation for setting when voltage information transmitted from the input circuit in the use state deviate from a voltage range specified in the specified information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Maeda, Yoshiro Nishiyama, Toshiya Tatsumura, Yoshikazu Kato, Yuki Nakajima, Takuto Matsuoka, Hidetsugu Okada, Isao Aoki, Sachiko Tachibana, Masanori Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10886742
    Abstract: Approaches for managing and maintaining a state of charge of an energy storage device by adjusting (biasing) responses to electrical grid operator commands to perform ancillary services are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems regulate a set point regulation in an energy system. In an embodiment, a method determines when the set point needs to be changed, calculates a new set point, and moves the output of the system from an old set point to the new set point at a defined ramp rate. The method then incorporates, as part of a set point algorithm, the capability to restore the energy storage device to a desirable state of charge (SOC). Embodiments implement Dynamic Bias, SOC and Signal Bias Range Maintaining, Operational Limits, and Fixed Signal Bias algorithms and perform Intelligent Algorithm Selection to manage and maintain the SOC of an energy storage device by biasing responses to grid operator commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: Jay Craig Geinzer, John Christopher Shelton, Brett Lance Galura
  • Patent number: 10873286
    Abstract: Provided is a method for the computer-assisted operation of an electric motor which is exposed to a thermal load as a result of the rotational motion of its rotor during operation. In this method, measured data is received during the operation of the electric motor. One or more temperature values are derived from the measured data. A number of temperature characteristics curves are then forecast with differing restart times for defining a cooling period for reducing the thermal load on the electric motor, wherein the approximated temperature value, which results from the approximated temperature value is used as the specific starting value for a restart in the temperature characteristics curve to be forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Sebastian Mittelstädt, Jonas Mlynek, Stefan Hagen Weber
  • Patent number: 10852196
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a temperature of a product. The system may include a product preparation or dispensing unit containing the product and at least one temperature sensor proximate the product and configured to measure the temperature of the product. The temperature sensor may include a transmitter to transmit a temperature measurement to a processor. The processor may generate offers or initiate maintenance tasks related to the product in response to the temperature measurement of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Spot You More, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Setchell, James D. Haley
  • Patent number: 10816216
    Abstract: A power circuit for controlling power to a heating element includes an electric resistive element and a thermal switch assembly in series. The thermal switch assembly includes a first contact connected to the electric resistive element, a second contact, and a bimetal element configured to electrically connect and disconnect the first and second contacts. The bimetal element establishing an electrical connection between the first and second contacts when a temperature of the bimetal element is below a predetermined cut-off temperature, and no longer electrically connecting the first and second contacts when the bimetal element is at or above the predetermined cut-off temperature. A first voltage is applied to the electric resistive element when the bimetal element electrically connects the first and second contacts and a second voltage, lower than the first voltage, is applied to the electric resistive element when the bimetal element electrically disconnects the first and second contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Baas, William Michael Pryor
  • Patent number: 10809749
    Abstract: A temperature controller includes a microprocessor, a temperature detector, a current detector, a control relay and an external interface. Wherein, the temperature detector detects a working temperature of a heater; the current detector detects a current value passing through a heating element; and the microprocessor determines an operating state of the temperature controller (102) according to a temperature and a current value received from the temperature detector and the current detector, and sends a control signal to the control replay, thereby controlling the operation of the heater so as to adjust the temperature. By means of the temperature controller, current measurement is added while temperature measurement is performed, so that an operating state of a heater can be correctly determined, thereby greatly improving the reliability of the temperature controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Jiangyin Huilong Electric Heating Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youfan Gu, Long Xie
  • Patent number: 10782027
    Abstract: A cooking appliance is provided herein. A heating element is configured to generate heat for cooking a food item. A user interface is configured to allow selection of a cooking program for cooking the food item and includes a sear feature that is selectable while a selected cooking program is underway. Selection of the sear feature increases a cooking temperature to a maximum cooking temperature without otherwise interrupting the selected cooking program that is underway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary J. Bruin-Slot, Robert S. Donarski, Karen M. Embury, John P. Levandowski
  • Patent number: 10724742
    Abstract: Graphical cooking profiles may be used to control a cooking appliance such as an oven, stovetop, range, grill or the like by varying applied cooking energy in the cooking appliance over the course of a cooking cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mark W. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10724959
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a substance detection method includes sensing for fluid in a chamber of a substance detection device. When fluid is sensed in the chamber, the method includes sensing again for fluid in the chamber. When no fluid is sensed in the chamber, the method includes initiating a substance detection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ning Ge, Steven Barcelo, Anita Rogacs, Helen A Holder
  • Patent number: 10673105
    Abstract: A system for managing the temperature of a battery, may include a battery configured to store electrical energy; a temperature-increase heater configured to convert the electrical energy stored in the battery into thermal energy to increase the temperature of the battery; a temperature-increase heater relay configured to connect or disconnect an electrical energy path provided from the battery to the temperature-increase heater; a thermal fuse configured to disconnect the electrical energy path when the temperature of the battery is equal to or higher than a predetermined reference temperature; and a controller configured to induce disconnection of the thermal fuse by increasing the temperature of the battery to the reference temperature or higher using the thermal energy converted by the temperature-increase heater, when the temperature-increase heater relay is fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Park, Dong Il Kim, Hee Sung Moon, Bo Ram Yang, Hui Tae Yang, Gun Goo Lee, Yoon Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 10661757
    Abstract: A system for automatically deploying a windshield wiper blade to a deployed position includes one or more processors, an actuator coupled to the windshield wiper blade and communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, one or more optical sensors communicatively coupled to the one or more processors that output an optical signal, and one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. The one or more memory modules store logic that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to receive the optical signal output by the one or more optical sensors, detect whether an accumulation of a substance has formed on the vehicle based on the optical signal output by the one or more optical sensors, and deploy, with the actuator, the windshield wiper blade to the deployed position in response to detecting the accumulation of the substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergei I. Gage, Arata Sato
  • Patent number: 10620154
    Abstract: Various methods are provided for compensating changes in the relation between impedance setpoint and operating temperature in an oxygen sensor. In one embodiment, a method of operating an oxygen sensor comprises adjusting an impedance setpoint based on a change in dry air pumping current of the oxygen sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Richard E. Soltis, Daniel A. Makled