Thermally Responsive Patents (Class 219/494)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10584882
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes an electric heating element positioned below a ceramic plate. A temperature sensor is positioned proximate a bottom surface of the ceramic plate. The temperature sensor may be offset from a center of the electric heating element. A controller is configured to receive a plurality of temperature measurements from the temperature sensor, determine a change between the plurality of temperature measurements over time, calculate a value of a control criterion with the change between the plurality of temperature measurements over time, and open a relay in response to the value of the control criterion passing a threshold value. A related method for operating a cooktop appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Dimitrios Iordanoglou
  • Patent number: 10555560
    Abstract: An electrically operated aerosol-generating system may be configured to detect adverse conditions (e.g., a dry heater). The system may comprise an electric heater comprising at least one heating element for heating an aerosol-forming substrate, a power supply, and electric circuitry connected to the electric heater and to the power supply and comprising a memory. The electric circuitry may be configured to measure an initial electrical resistance (R1) of the electric heater; measure a subsequent electrical resistance of the electric heater after the measurement of the initial electrical resistance; determine the difference (?R) between the initial electrical resistance and the subsequent electrical resistance; determine that an adverse condition is present if the difference is greater than a maximum threshold value (?Rmax) or less than a minimum threshold value (?Rmin) stored in the memory; and control a power to the electric heater and/or provide an indication if the adverse condition is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Stephane Bilat, Guillaume Colotte
  • Patent number: 10512122
    Abstract: An electrical cartridge type heater (100) includes an outer metallic jacket (110) an electrical heating element (120, 121) arranged in an interior space (140) of the outer metallic jacket (110) and a device for monitoring the temperature (130), which is galvanically separated from the electrical heating element (120, 121) and is arranged in the interior space (140) of the outer metallic jacket (110). The device for monitoring the temperature (130) includes a wire or a tube, in addition to the electrical heating element (120, 121), made of a material that changes resistance with temperature change with a value of the temperature coefficient of the electrical resistance greater than 800 ppm/K, and especially preferably greater than 4,000 ppm/K between 20° C. and 105° C. The wire or the tube is directly embedded into an electrically non-conducting filler filling a remaining interior space (140) of the outer metallic jacket (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TÜRK & HILLINGER GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10463224
    Abstract: Disclosed a controlling method of a dishwasher comprising a water supply step for supplying wash water, a preliminary washing step for injecting the wash water to one or more dishes, a main washing step for injecting the wash water mixed with washing liquid to the dishes, a rinsing step for injecting the wash water to the dishes, and a heating step for heating the wash water in one or more of the preliminary washing step, the main washing step and the rinsing step, wherein a heater sensing step for determining an operational state of a heater heating the wash water is performed in the heating step in a state where the circulation of wash water is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sangsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10413950
    Abstract: As sections of a rolled product (1) pass through a cooling path (2), they are initially cooled in a first cooling phase by front cooling devices (6). The sections are then not cooled in a subsequent second cooling phase. They are finally cooled again in a subsequent third cooling phase, by rear cooling devices (8) of the cooling path (2). A control device (10) of the cooling path receives in each case an initial energy value (EA) exhibited by the sections before they pass through the cooling path (2). The control device furthermore receives a target energy (E1*) and a target enthalpy (E2*). The control device (10) determines a first target cooling medium profile (K1*) on the basis of the initial energy value (EA) and the target energy (E1*). The control device controls the front cooling devices (6) in accordance with the first target cooling medium profile (K1*) while the respective section is passing through the front cooling devices (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Weinzierl
  • Patent number: 10409304
    Abstract: A system that includes a temperature-controlled device, a primary energy source that is adapted to supply primary energy to the temperature-controlled device, a secondary energy source that is adapted to supply secondary energy to the temperature-controlled device, a switching device, and a measuring device. The secondary energy includes a voltage that is different than a voltage of the primary energy. The secondary energy source is adapted to supply the secondary energy to the temperature-controlled device when the temperature-controlled device is turned ON. After the measuring device measures a predetermined condition of the temperature-controlled device, the switching device is adapted to switch the system such that the primary energy source supplies the primary energy to the temperature-controlled device so that the temperature of the temperature-controlled device is generally maintained at a pre-set temperature or at a user selected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventors: Sergiu Csonti, Syed Rafat Iqbal
  • Patent number: 10345006
    Abstract: A water heater having an electric heating element therein is provided with apparatus for preventing dry firing of the heating element. The apparatus is operative to (1) power the heating element with electrical test pulses having first predetermined durations and being separated by rest periods of second predetermined durations during which the heating element is depowered, (2) determine the average electrical current flow through the element during each of the test pulses, and (3) preclude energization of the heating element if the average current flow therethrough during an electrical test pulse subsequent to the first test pulse is less by a predetermined magnitude than the average electrical current flow through the heating element during the first electrical test pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Raheel A. Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 10327470
    Abstract: A vaporizer assembly is shaped and configured to fit partially into a downstem of a water pipe. The vaporizer assembly includes a housing including an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion has a smaller diameter, and fits in the downstem. The upper portion of the vaporizer assembly includes a bowl or dish, and a heat source is enclosed within the housing and positioned and configured to selectively heat the bowl or dish. A body of the vaporizer adjacent the bowl includes vapor passages. One or more passages are also formed in the lower portion. Thus, essential oils or waxes placed in the bowl can be vaporized by the heat. The generated vapor may flow from the bowl into and through the vapor passages and lower portion passage and into the waterpipe's downstem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lubby Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: J. Christian Rado
  • Patent number: 10331116
    Abstract: A method to safeguard an automated process in a household appliance, such as an assisted cooking process which has failure detection routines and failure handling routines. A number of failures and errors are discussed and a response to a detected failure is based on a control parameter such as an input power to the cooking process in order to trigger the magnitude of the response. A corresponding computer program product and kitchen hob with a sensor are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Jennifer Burkhardt, Michael Herzog, Frank Blümel, Martin Knausenberger, Kurt Reul, Bianca Puchinger (Former Häuslein), Stefano Carrella
  • Patent number: 10299514
    Abstract: An electrically operated aerosol-generating system may be configured to detect adverse conditions (e.g., a dry heater). The system may comprise an electric heater comprising at least one heating element for heating an aerosol-forming substrate, a power supply, and electric circuitry connected to the electric heater and to the power supply and comprising a memory. The electric circuitry may be configured to measure an initial electrical resistance (R1) of the electric heater; measure a subsequent electrical resistance of the electric heater after the measurement of the initial electrical resistance; determine the difference (?R) between the initial electrical resistance and the subsequent electrical resistance; determine that an adverse condition is present if the difference is greater than a maximum threshold value (?Rmax) or less than a minimum threshold value (?Rmin) stored in the memory; and control a power to the electric heater and/or provide an indication if the adverse condition is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Stephane Bilat, Guillaume Colotte
  • Patent number: 10287965
    Abstract: A wax motor thermostat for an engine cooling system. The thermostat includes a cylinder having at least a first wax portion and a second wax portion each configured to expand at different temperatures. A piston is movable in response to expansion of the first and second wax portions to move the wax motor thermostat from a closed position to a fully open position or a partially open position between the closed and fully open positions to allow coolant to flow through the wax motor thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Spenny
  • Patent number: 10267841
    Abstract: A monitoring arrangement is described for use in monitoring the condition of an umbilical extending between a first location and a second location, the monitoring arrangement comprising a first SSTDR monitoring unit electrically connected to the umbilical at the first location and monitoring the condition of a first part of the umbilical, and a second SSTDR monitoring unit electrically connected to the umbilical at the second location and monitoring the condition of a second part of the umbilical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Viper Innovations Limited
    Inventor: Steve Simpson
  • Patent number: 10252635
    Abstract: A high-voltage interlock system includes a first module including a contactor and a shunt connection, and a second module, having first and second circuits, coupled with the first module via first and second wires. The second module, in response to impedance of the shunt connection exceeding a threshold, inhibits a signal to engage the contactor. The impedance is measured across the first and second wires while the first wire is multiplexed with low-voltage power to energize a coil of the contactor, and the second circuit is multiplexed with the signal to engage the contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Edward Burkman, Robert Bolduc
  • Patent number: 10244585
    Abstract: A disclosed apparatus for sensing and processing an object in a cavity (104) comprises a sensing RF source (110) and a sensing antenna (112), and a processing RF source (120) and a processing antenna (122). The sensing RF source is configured to generate low power RF radiation at a first frequency range and the sensing antenna is configured to feed the cavity with RF radiation generated by the low power RF source. The processing RF source is configured to generate high power RF radiation at a second frequency range, and the processing antenna is configured to feed the cavity with RF radiation generated by the processing RF source. A protecting system (130) configured to protect the sensing RF source from RF radiation generated by the processing RF source may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOJI LIMITED
    Inventors: Ram Elboim, Itzhak Chaimov, Ronen Cohen, Ben Zickel, Maksim Berezin, Coby Maron, Amir Burnstein
  • Patent number: 10220904
    Abstract: To avoid causing significant damage to a temperature sensor or an unintentional shift of the temperature sensor, a hand grip disclosed herein includes: a cylindrical inner housing 110; a heating element 120 provided adjacent to an outer peripheral side of the inner housing 110; a temperature sensor 140 provided adjacent to the outer peripheral side of the inner housing 110; and a sheathing 130 covering the inner housing 110, the heating element 120, and the temperature sensor 140. A recess 111 is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the inner housing 110, and the temperature sensor 140 is fitted into the recess 111.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FALTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouzo Sasaki, Yuichi Fukuda, Shigeki Koyanagi, Kaoru Saito
  • Patent number: 10219330
    Abstract: This disclosure includes an electronic oven and an accompanying control system that avoid boiling or splattering in a heating chamber of the oven while an item is being heated in the chamber. A disclosed method which can be executed by the control system includes evaluating sensor data from a visible light sensor and sensor data from an infrared light sensor. The controller is communicatively coupled to the visible light sensor and the infrared light sensor. The method is directed towards generating a splatter prediction in response to the evaluation of the sensor data from the visible light sensor and the sensor data from the infrared light sensor. The method is further directed towards decreasing a power level of the microwave energy source in response to the splatter prediction. The controller is also communicatively coupled to the microwave energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Markov Corporation
    Inventor: Arvind Antonio de Menezes Pereira
  • Patent number: 10200037
    Abstract: A field programmable gate array (FPGA) includes a temperature sensor array. The FPGA also includes a supply voltage modulation circuit. The supply voltage modulation circuit is coupled to the temperature sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventor: Srinivas Perisetty
  • Patent number: 10199085
    Abstract: A semiconductor device capable of controlling a memory while preventing the functional deterioration of the memory and reducing the power consumption of the semiconductor device is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first semiconductor chip (logic chip) and a second semiconductor chip (memory chip). The first semiconductor chip includes a plurality of temperature sensors disposed in mutually different places, and a memory controller that controls each of a plurality of memory areas provided in the second semiconductor chip based on output results of a respective one of the plurality of temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Nomura, Ryo Mori, Kazuki Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 10174738
    Abstract: A control device suitable for use in a vehicle (such as, for example, for a glow plug of a vehicle) includes an electrically conductive element having a first end in electrical connection with a first solder joint and a second end in electrical connection with a second solder joint. A center region of the electrically conductive element is in electrical connection with a vehicle power source via an electrical connector node at the center region. When a temperature at the first solder joint exceeds a threshold temperature and a temperature at the second solder joint is below the threshold temperature, electrical connection at the first solder joint is broken and electrical connection at the second solder joint is not broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Vogelbacher