With Signal Or Indicating Means Patents (Class 219/506)
  • Patent number: 10393388
    Abstract: A control unit (10) for a cooking hob has at least one viewing window (24). The control unit (10) is attached or attachable below the viewing window (24) and has a plurality of control elements (12) operable from a top side of the control unit (10). At least one display (14) is arranged on the top side of the control unit (10). A control panel (16) forms an unmovable part of the control unit. A number of elastic elements (30) are for resiliently supporting the display (14) on the control unit (10). The control unit (10) has a display frame (18) for at least partially enclosing the display (14). The display frame (18) includes a sealing lip (28) on its upper side and the elastic elements (30) at its lower side. A cooking hob has at least one control unit (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Mathias Huntscha, Alwin Neukamm, Harald Hoffmann, Jurgen Leikam
  • Patent number: 10371568
    Abstract: Provided are an acoustic sensor and a home appliance system comprising the same. The acoustic sensor comprises a communication unit, a microphone to collect an acoustic signal, a memory to store a failure acoustic signal of a home appliance, and a processor, wherein in response to the acoustic signal, collected by the microphone, corresponding to the failure acoustic signal of the home appliance, the processor transmits the collected acoustic signal, or data corresponding to the collected acoustic signal, to an external server or a terminal. Accordingly, failure of the home appliance may be easily diagnosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Taedong Shin, Lagyoung Kim, Jihyun Song
  • Patent number: 10330324
    Abstract: An appliance and illuminated knob assembly. The knob assembly may include a surface defining an aperture, a stationary shutter fixed relative to the surface, a light source, and a control knob. The light source may be positioned below the surface and directed toward the aperture. The control knob may define a light-transmissive portion above the surface. Moreover, the control knob may be disposed above the stationary shutter and independently rotatable relative to the aperture. The control knob may be rotatable about a rotation axis between a first position and a second position. The first position may include a light-transmissive portion circumferentially aligned with the shutter to restrict light therethrough. The second position may include the light-transmissive portion circumferentially offset from the shutter to permit light from the light source to pass through the light-transmissive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James Carter Bach
  • Patent number: 10260754
    Abstract: A control and display system for an appliance that includes a first interactive display for providing a first electronic control interface, at least one other interactive display for providing an additional electronic control interface and which is positioned proximate the first interactive display, and at least one inactive zone between the first interactive display and the at least one other interactive display. The interactive displays are configured to provide a continuous flow of common information across the inactive zones to give the appearance of a single interactive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VIKING RANGE, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Ortner, Curtis Joseph Vann, III
  • Patent number: 10185377
    Abstract: A heat dissipation method applied to an electronic device including an electronic component is provided. The heat dissipation method includes: sensing a temperature of an electronic component by the temperature sensor; determining whether the temperature of the electronic component is larger than a threshold temperature; determining a rotation speed rank corresponding to a basic rotation speed and intermittently accelerating the basic rotation speed in the rotation speed rank while the sensed temperature of the electronic device is larger than a threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Ching Niu, Ing-Jer Chiou, Cheng-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 10154749
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking device with optical identification means for identifying food to be cooked. A motion detector is provided to activate the optical identification means. The motion detector may also activate a light source for lighting the field of vision of the optical means. Optical identification is controlled by the outer appearance of the food. A controller accesses a physical feature database and compares previously stored picture data to the physical features of the food to be cooked. The controller calculates a matching probability rank between the stored picture data and the food to be cooked. The controller is also programmed to have a learning ability for recognizing a previously unknown food product. Based upon the identification of the food product to be cooked, the cooking device starts the recipe for cooking the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CONVOTHERM ELEKTROGERAETE GMBH
    Inventor: Lutz Riefenstein
  • Patent number: 10136749
    Abstract: A sous-vide circulator cooker that sounds an audible alarm when the system raises the temperature of the water to a determined temperature. The sous-vide circulator cooker includes temperature sensors, heaters and a pump to circulator temperature controlled fluids. The system also contains a speaker or buzzer that can play alarms or music when the system comes to a predetermined temperature. In at least one embodiment, the sous-vide circulator can also distinguish between self-heating and user-induced temperature changes, and will sound alarms accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Anova Applied Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Wu
  • Patent number: 10117538
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for translating cooking time and temperatures from arrays of pictures of foods cooked to different degrees of doneness or other type of result. The system enables users to select a desired doneness from pictures of food and optionally add additional modifiers it based on the size, weight, shape, and fat content of the meat with additional pictures indexed to different modification parameters. The system enables users to adjust a setting if the user has modified the food he or she intends to cook, such as by cutting in half, or if the food was frozen, allowing additional cook time and parameter modifications. A program of instructions pertaining to the system can be located on a sous vide cooking device or on a device external to the a sous vide device, such as on a personal computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Avona Applied Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Wu
  • Patent number: 10055512
    Abstract: A method of rendering a machine state, a method of generating and rendering a work-piece cut path, and a CNC machines system are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: OMC2 LLC
    Inventors: Michael Stochosky, Forrest Green, Thomas Cauchois, Sarah Tappon
  • Patent number: 9994991
    Abstract: A full-automatic washing machine includes: a first control part, a receiving part, a body display part arranged on an upper panel, and a remote controller separated from the body display part. The remote controller includes: setting keys for setting operating information of a washing operation, a second control part, an information display part and a transmitting part. The second control part displays operating information set by the setting keys through the information display part, and transmits the operating information by the transmitting part to the receiving part through wireless communication. A mode display part of the body display part is illuminated in a color such as blue corresponding to the reception of the operating information until the washing operation starts when the first control part receives the operating information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Haier Asia International Co., Ltd., Qingdao Haier Washing Machine Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hiroki Sato, Yukio Tobi, Hiroyuki Kitakawa, Yuka Yoshida, Noriyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 9974336
    Abstract: A power control circuit and a power control method for an electronic cigarette are provided. The power control method includes the following steps: detecting a sensing temperature of a heating wire; when the sensing temperature is lower than a preset temperature, providing a first switch signal according to a ramp signal and an input signal, and adjusting an operation current of the electronic cigarette according to the first switch signal; and when the sensing temperature is higher than the preset temperature, providing a second switch signal, and adjusting the operation current of the electronic cigarette according to the second switch signal, wherein an on-time of the second switch signal is less than an on-time of the first switch signal. The invention controls the temperature of the electronic cigarette by adjusting the on-time so as to avoid overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: uPI Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Ya-Ran Xue, Heng-Li Lin
  • Patent number: 9933165
    Abstract: Oven comprising: a muffle; operating means for heating an active zone defined within the volume delimited by said muffle; a camera for detecting one or more images showing food positioned in said active zone; a transmission unit associated with said camera and configured for sending said one or more images to an auxiliary device configured for at least displaying said one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Filippo Matarazzi, Carlo Filippo Ratti, Marco Maria Pedrazzo
  • Patent number: 9843458
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for transmitting appliance-specific content to a user device associated with an appliance. In some embodiments, a third party platform may serve as a secure intermediary between a user device associated with an appliance (e.g., an oven) and a third party appliance service provider (e.g., appliance manufacturer). In some embodiments, the third party platform database may store appliance ownership data from the user device and compare an appliance search provided by the appliance service provider with the appliance ownership data in order to match an appliance service provider with a user device associated with an appliance meeting the criteria of the appliance search. The appliance service provider may efficiently transmit appliance-specific content (e.g., a list of approved or preferred appliance servicers) to the appliance user by way of the appliance user's user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: GrandiOs Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Cronin
  • Patent number: 9826855
    Abstract: A sous-vide circulator cooker that sounds an audible alarm when the system raises the temperature of the water to a determined temperature. The sous-vide circulator cooker includes temperature sensors, heaters and a pump to circulator temperature controlled fluids. The system also contains a speaker or buzzer that can play alarms or music when the system comes to a predetermined temperature. In at least one embodiment, the sous-vide circulator can also distinguish between self-heating and user-induced temperature changes, and will sound alarms accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Anova Applied Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Wu
  • Patent number: 9795159
    Abstract: A method of popping popcorn in batches/cycles. A sensor on a popcorn popping machine senses pops of popcorn in the kettle. A system computer controller monitors the rate of popping sensed by the sensor and uses the beginning of the decline in the rate of popping as a basis for controlling heat to the kettle during a given cycle/batch. Activation of the dump mechanism, which terminates the popping cycle/batch, is initiated when the computer controller detects a predetermined programmed minimum count rate after the heat has been turned OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Valley Popcorn Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale M. Cherney, Richard D. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9801238
    Abstract: A microwave oven having a cabinet, a door, a programming interface, a magnetron tube that capable of being dynamically controlled, a controller configured to control the magnetron tube, and a microwave generating system is described. A method of dynamically controlling the magnetron tube in the microwave oven by utilizing a magnetron power supply is also described. By monitoring a current to the magnetron power supply, determining the current to the magnetron power supply at which the magnetron tube conducts, calculating a time base, and adjusting the time base as the power level required is increased, the control produces consistent power when the magnetron tube is cycled at less than a 100% power level and to compensate for a slow start of the magnetron tube during a short cook cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ACP, INC
    Inventors: Thomas Miller, Robert A Schulte
  • Patent number: 9794989
    Abstract: A information processor of a terminal apparatus reads from a memory identification information of a food handling apparatus and a table, identifies a function associated with the identification information of the food handling apparatus received by a information receiver in accordance with the table, and starts up the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masao Nonaka, Takashi Morimoto, Yasuhiro Yuki
  • Patent number: 9651955
    Abstract: A water heater that is controlled by a plurality of offsets depending on at least one of predicted current usage of the water heater and preset user set point temperature results in energy saving without affecting user comfort and eliminates the need for additional hardware. The average temperature of the water is lower than in the case where a single preset offset is adjusted, thereby resulting in energy saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Amol N. Kulkarni, Sachin B. Taware
  • Patent number: 9648667
    Abstract: A system and method for induction cooking using an induction cooking unit, an interface adapted to receive, store, and execute a plurality of instructions of a multistage programmable recipe using the induction cooking unit, a power supply, a controller coupled to said power supply, said interface, and said induction cooking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NuWave, LLC
    Inventors: Jung S. Moon, Byung G. Choi, Jennifer E. Dawes, Mikale K. Kwon, Cathy Rosch, Terry Puerzer, Eunjung Huh, Teng Jin Lian, Kim Jong Rok, Zeng Qing Ping
  • Patent number: 9569794
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to manage N data records for N associated seals from products. The apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive a challenge message, sent by a capture appliance, with a code associated with one of the N seals. There is a checking unit configured to check the received code for validity and for a first breakage of the seal associated with the received code on the basis of the data record associated with the associated seal. A transmission unit is configured to send a response message, generated on the basis of the check, with a piece of status information pertaining to the first breakage of the seal associated with the received code to the capture appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Falk, Thomas Falk
  • Patent number: 9547352
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiment describes a system that manages the energy usage of a user's appliance based on: (i) the user's location, and (ii) the user's “presence information.” The “presence information” of a user is defined as a status indicator that includes, but is not limited to: the ability and willingness of a user to communicate and a user's mood. For example, when a user is lonely and at work, the office door should open, but when the user is not lonely and at work, the user's instant messages should be shut off. The illustrative embodiment comprises: an appliance; and an energy-usage controller for de-activating an energy-consuming element of the appliance based on presence information of a user of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Gartner
  • Patent number: 9528696
    Abstract: An appliance and a user interface assembly configured to provide a uniform user interface background appearance when features of the user interface are not illuminated are provided. More specifically, an ink may be applied to a component of the user interface assembly such that when light is directed toward the ink to illuminate the features, the light passes through the ink to the user interface and the illuminated features of the user interface are clearly visible against the background of the user interface. However, when light is not directed toward the ink to illuminate the features, the user interface appears to be a substantially opaque, uniform color. Thus, the user interface may have a dead front appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Haier U.S. Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Carter Bach, Jaime Alexander McPherson
  • Patent number: 9433233
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus including a cooking chamber to receive materials to be cooked therein, a microwave-heating unit to radiate microwaves to the cooking chamber, a convection-heating unit to supply hot air to the cooking chamber, a grill-heating unit to supply radiant heat to the cooking chamber, a crusty plate configured to be heated by the microwaves, an input unit to receive a user fry-cooking command, and a control unit. When the user fry-cooking command is input, the control unit performs a microwave-heating stage of activating at least one of the convection-heating unit and the grill-heating unit and activating the microwave-heating unit, and performs a slim fry stage of activating the grill-heating unit and the convection-heating unit without activating the microwave-heating unit. Accordingly, the cooking apparatus achieves the fry-cooking process using the microwaves, radiant heat and convection heat without dipping the materials to be cooked in oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyu Sik Lim, Sun Hee Koo, Chang Min Baek, In Young Cho
  • Patent number: 9339993
    Abstract: A thin lightweight glass fascia for appliances. The fascia may be a seamless shaped glass fascia for an appliance, such as a glass fascia that wraps around at least two opposing edges of an appliance. The glass fascia may seamlessly incorporate a display or control panel under the fascia. A mounting arrangement that facilitates quick fascia removal and replacement may be provided. The fascia may be a chemically-strengthened glass sheet having a thickness of less than 2.0 mm, and a near-surface region under a compressive stress, wherein the compressive stress (CS) at a surface of the first glass sheet is greater than 300 MPa and extends to a depth of layer of at least 20 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Cites, Steven S. Rosenblum, George Francis Wildeman
  • Patent number: 9310085
    Abstract: A method of operating a cooking appliance that includes performing at least one cooking process on a first item of a plurality of items in a first cooking chamber zone of the cooking chamber. The at least one cooking process being performed based on parameters entered through the input device. The method also includes identifying a second item to be cooked in the cooking chamber of the cooking appliance. The method further includes proposing, with an output device, cooking the second item in the cooking chamber of the cooking appliance, and displaying, with the output device, a loading request indicating a second cooking chamber zone in which the second item is to be loaded. Further, the method includes cooking the second item while the first item is already cooking such that the second item is cooked at least partially overlapping with the first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: RATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Manfred Breunig, Michael Greiner
  • Patent number: 9267692
    Abstract: A cooking equipment includes an oven cavity (2); at least one energy source (3), operable to provide energy to food placed inside the oven cavity (2); a plurality of sensors (5), configured to provide respective measurement signals (STC, STWR, STWI, STE, STF1, . . . , STFN, SH), indicative of respective quantities relating to a cooking process for cooking food in the oven cavity (2); and a control device (8), having at least one cooking program stored therein and configured to drive the at least one energy source (3) in accordance with the cooking program, based on the measurement signals (STC, STWR, STWI, STE, STF1, . . . , STFN, SH) from the sensors (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX PROFESSIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Cescot, Riccardo Furlanetto, Paolo Marcorin, Erika Menosso, Michele Simonato
  • Patent number: 9215758
    Abstract: A temperature control interface for a stove top is provided. The temperature control interface includes a numerical temperature setting to which a temperature of an object heated on the stovetop will be regulated for a predetermined period of time. A method of cooking on a stovetop is provided in which a recipe includes a numerical temperature to which a cookware object should be regulated during cooking for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: IMURA INTERNATIONAL USA, INC.
    Inventor: Mamoru Imura
  • Patent number: 9150151
    Abstract: A power supply route for a light source includes a first route that closes when a microcomputer is operated and a second route that opens when the microcomputer is operated. When the microcomputer stops operating, the power supply route of the light source is automatically switched from the first route to the second route. When the microcomputer is operated and a position lamp switch is turned on, current is supplied to the light source through the first route. When the microcomputer stops operating and the position lamp switch is turned on, current is supplied to the light source through the second route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Yasue, Hiroshi Nakano
  • Patent number: 9055618
    Abstract: Oven and method for operating an oven, comprising an On/Off-key (4), at least one key (3, 5) for choosing a predefined oven function or for choosing a predefined oven program and/or for programming a not predefined oven program, at least one specific key (6), which enables the user to start a preferred oven function or a preferred oven program from an Off-mode or a Standby-mode of the oven, wherein a running oven function or a running oven program can be saved by a memory unit as a preferred oven function or as a preferred oven program, when the specific key (6) is actuated at least for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Volkmar Bunzel, Erhard Kaser, Stefan Danzer, Gülsüm Feuerlein, Jessica Constanze Baschke, Friedrich Horn
  • Patent number: 9040881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: OVENFEAST LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Publication number: 20150122791
    Abstract: An adaptive electrothermal system and an electrothermal apparel are provided. The adaptive electrothermal system comprises a controller, a step-down regulator, a power controller and a load. An input of the controller is configured to receive an input voltage, a first output of the controller is configured to output an input voltage higher than an operating voltage of the load to the step-down regulator, a second output of the controller is configured to output an input voltage lower than or equal to the operating voltage of the load to the power controller, the step-down regulator steps the received input voltage down to a voltage equal to the operating voltage of the load and outputs the stepped-down voltage to the power controller, and the power controller outputs the input voltage it receives to the corresponding load according to a load control signal from the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Yuen HUNG, Ho Man SUM
  • Patent number: 9006617
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring the temperature and vibration of equipment, comprising a central digital computer, a MESH communication network, wherein the network feeds signals to the central digital computer, a plurality of heating elements for heating the equipment, temperature/vibration sensors adapted to measure the temperature of the equipment, wherein each sensor is adapted to provide a signal representing the temperature/vibration of the piece of equipment to which the sensor is associated, to the network, wherein each temperature/vibration sensor can also be used to control the electric heaters, a temperature sensor that monitors the ambient temperature of the facility, and current transducers associated with the heaters, to monitor the energy use and current loss of the heaters, wherein the central computer uses the data it receives from the other elements of the monitoring system to determine when the equipment is not at the correct temperature/vibration and diagnoses the reason why.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Russell Mullen
  • Patent number: 9006614
    Abstract: A cooking appliance have at least one burner operable in an ON condition for producing heat and an OFF condition for not producing heat and a Hot Surface Indicator having an illumination source that may be operated when the burner is not producing heat as well as a method for illuminating the Hot Surface Indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Robert S. Donarski
  • Patent number: 8960084
    Abstract: A juice extractor with a temperature displaying function includes a body and a temperature display device. The body includes a base and a container. A cover is mounted on a top end of the container. The temperature display device is mounted to the body and includes a temperature detecting portion and a display. The temperature detecting portion is connected to the display via a signal transmission route. A temperature change in the container during operation of the body can be known by the temperature display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Wen Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 8952299
    Abstract: A dual resistance heater for a phase change material region is formed by depositing a resistive material. The heater material is then exposed to an implantation or plasma which increases the resistance of the surface of the heater material relative to the remainder of the heater material. As a result, the portion of the heater material approximate to the phase change material region is a highly effective heater because of its high resistance, but the bulk of the heater material is not as resistive and, thus, does not increase the voltage drop and the current usage of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yudong Kim, Ilya V Karpov, Charles C. Kuo, Greg Atwood, Maria Santina Marangon, Tyler A. Lowrey
  • Patent number: 8916806
    Abstract: A heating pad assembly includes a pad and a heating plate is connected in the pad. A receptacle and a temperature control button unit are connected to the pad. The heating pad, the receptacle and the temperature control button unit are electrically connected to each other by wires. Electric power is provided to the heating pad assembly via the receptacle, and the temperature control button unit controls the operation of the heating pad. A fastening strip is cooperated with the pad to secure the pad to desired portion of the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Chien-Chou Chen
  • Patent number: 8909033
    Abstract: A method is provided for interconnecting a single electrical heating element of a hot water heater to first and second AC electrical power sources. Typically, these first and second AC electrical power sources include a utility provided electrical power source and a renewable power source that generates AC power from DC power. The method includes operating a controller that selectively connects and disconnects the first and second power sources. If sufficient electrical power is available from the renewable power source, the utility provided electrical power source may be disconnected to preferentially utilize renewable energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Kreutzman
  • Publication number: 20140319123
    Abstract: A controller for use in textile heating devices, such as heating pads, heating blankets, and the like is provided. The controller provides a display system for conveying to a user the selected heat setting. Such display system is useful in low light condition, where a user cannot readily see the heat setting indicia on the controller. The display system includes a plurality of lighted elements. The lighted elements are illuminated at different intensity levels to indicate the selected heat setting, In this manner, a user is provided with a visual frame of reference to indicate the selected heating setting. Namely, the differentiation between the intensity levels enables a user to visual determine the selected heating setting by the position of a higher intensity lighted element in relationship to lesser intensity lighted elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Kohn
  • Patent number: 8835816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ovenfeast Limited
    Inventors: Micahel James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Patent number: 8809748
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating a pipe prior to performing a welding operation, an interpass welding operation, a hydrogen bake-out operation of a weld joint or for post heat-treating of a weld joint is provided. The heating apparatus can include at least one heating collar placed around a pipe or weld joint, and a controller unit for controlling the thermal heat energy transferred from the heating collar to the pipe or weld joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Colin Regan
  • Patent number: 8796603
    Abstract: An appliance including a cabinet having a first PCB located therein, a door connected to the cabinet, the door being moveable between an open position and a closed position to open and close the cabinet, and a second PCB located in the door. In addition, at least one first connector is connected to the first PCB. At least one second connector is connected to the second PCB and is electronically connectable to the first connector. In particular, the second connector is electrically connected to the first connector when the door is in a substantially closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Woo Lee, Wan Soo Kim, Hyun Jung Kim
  • Publication number: 20140197154
    Abstract: Electrical resistance of a heated component is determined for temperature control and monitoring. A voltage-representation signal, which is proportional to a voltage across a heater component, is received. A magnified voltage-representation signal is generated by determining a difference between a voltage baseline offset, which represents a minimum operating voltage of the heater component, and the voltage-representation signal. A current-representation signal, which is proportional to an electrical current passing through the heater component is received. A magnified current-representation signal is generated by determining a difference between a current baseline offset, which represents a minimum operating current of the heater component, and the current-representation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Perry Robert Czimmek
  • Patent number: 8748783
    Abstract: A countertop multi-function oven has a baking and a toasting mode. The oven has, in vertical arrangement, a first rotating time selection dial and second rotating temperature selection dial and graphic display area. The graphic area has a function selection indictor as well as first and second alphanumeric portions. In a toasting mode, one of the input dials is used to select a toasting load and the other input dial is used to select a toasting darkness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Ze Kang Lai
  • Publication number: 20140138374
    Abstract: A heating pad assembly includes a pad and a heating plate is connected in the pad. A receptacle and a temperature control button unit are connected to the pad. The heating pad, the receptacle and the temperature control button unit are electrically connected to each other by wires. Electric power is provided to the heating pad assembly via the receptacle, and the temperature control button unit controls the operation of the heating pad. A fastening strip is cooperated with the pad to secure the pad to desired portion of the user's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: CHIEN-CHOU CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140131344
    Abstract: In a combined seat heater and capacitive occupancy sensor, the present invention proposes to perform two measurements with two different frequencies. In a first step, the carrier frequency is set to a first known carrier frequency, the complex current through inductance and unknown capacitance and complex drive voltage are measured. In a second step, the carrier frequency is set to a second known carrier frequency, the complex current through inductance and unknown capacitance and complex drive voltage are measured. The measured complex values are used in a formula which yields the unknown capacitance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A. [
    Inventor: Laurent Lamesch
  • Patent number: 8692167
    Abstract: A medical device having a heater with at least one heating element which has mains voltage applied to it by a heating control unit. The heating control unit includes a monitoring arrangement and a switching arrangement. The monitoring arrangement can recognize the zero crossings of the mains voltage, and the switching arrangement can switch the at least one heating element on or off in the zero crossing. The heating control unit controls the power of the heating by switching on and off of one or more half cycles of the mains AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Hedmann, Sven Sebesta, Ulrich Wernicke
  • Publication number: 20140076883
    Abstract: An apparatus for per-operative modification of a medical device stiffness comprising a body having at least two ends, an element attached to first end of said body providing heat and mechanical treatment and adapted to abut and deform at least one portion of the medical device, a second end, opposite to said first end of said body, adapted to be grasped, a means of connecting to a power source located anywhere between said ends of said body, whereby the apparatus provides a means to enable per-operative adjustment to the stiffness of a medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Vladimir Brailovski, Yvan Petit, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Mark Driscoll, Stefan Parent, Hubert Labelle
  • Patent number: 8674267
    Abstract: A steam cooker includes: a heating chamber for an item to be cooked; a removable water tank; a steam generating device with a housing to which water is supplied from the water tank and that heats the water within the housing and supplies steam to the heating chamber. A hardness detection portion includes a plurality of electrodes immersed in water within the water tank that detect the hardness of the water within the water tank by resistance between the electrodes. When the hardness of the water within the water tank is high, the interval of cleaning is shorter than an interval set when the hardness detected is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rika Nozawa, Toshiaki Ueki
  • Patent number: 8669500
    Abstract: A countertop multi-function oven has a baking and a toasting mode. The oven uses a rotating input dial as a function selector. A second rotating input dial is used to allow a user selection of a bake time or a toasting load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Ze Kang Lai
  • Patent number: RE45026
    Abstract: A resistance heating system is provided which includes a resistance heater, a source of alternating current electricity connected by conductors to the resistance heater, and a controller comprising a timer arranged to connect the source of alternating current electricity to the resistance heater for a selected time period and to disconnect the source from the resistance following the selected time period. In an embodiment, the resistance heating system is provided with a controller configured to be connected to a source of alternating current electricity and having a plurality of cable plug receptacles arranged to receive electricity. An electricity conducting cable having a cable plug at one end is configured to be received in the receptacles and has a resistance heater provided at an opposite end. A master timer may be connected with a communication arrangement to the controller. The master timer is arranged to control an electric output of a plurality of the receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Power House Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn F. Jorgensen, Michael W. Kelly, Laura Patterson