Including Or Comprising Holding Or Support Means For Material To Be Heated Patents (Class 219/521)
  • Patent number: 10456320
    Abstract: A device for providing thermal treatment to a patient's hand is provided. The device includes a therapy component for applying thermal therapy, compression therapy, or both; a sleeve for receiving the therapy device and sized and shaped to cover the patient's hand; and a hand support for supporting the patient's hand in a relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Tamara L. Schirrmacher, Bryan D. Huff
  • Patent number: 10219508
    Abstract: A doe urine heater device provided to increase the attraction of deer to a hunting area by including a box having hingedly connected top and bottom portions, an upper central compartment in the top portion and a portion of the bottom portion directly adjacent thereto. A heating bulb, for heating doe urine contained in a urine cup centrally disposed in the box directly above the heating bulb, is disposed within a lower central compartment in the bottom portion directly adjacent to the upper central compartment and adjacent a bottom side of the box. A battery-operated variable temperature control switch, disposed proximal a top side of the box within an upper compartment disposed within the top portion between the upper central compartment and each of a right side and a left side of the box, is in operational communication with the heating bulb to selectively heat the doe urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Benjiman Strauser
  • Patent number: 9833093
    Abstract: A drinking consumption inspection apparatus, including: a plurality of compartments; a plurality of cups, each being associated to a different and only to one person, and to a different and only one of the compartments, for inserting the cup thereinto; a weight for each of the compartments, for weighing the cup thereof, upon the insertion; and a controller, for accumulating decrease of sequential weights provided by said weights, for each cup separately, over time, thereby the drinking consumption inspection apparatus records drinking quantity of each of the cups, for inspecting that each person drinks sufficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Shay Pinhasov
  • Patent number: 9743739
    Abstract: A hygienic razor blade dryer is provided that comprises a housing having an interior, a razor blade holder disposed within the interior that is adapted to receive a razor blade, a dryer for drying a razor blade received in the razor blade holder, and a vacuum for evacuating the air within the interior to prevent moisture buildup in the air and on the razor blade and to inhibit oxidation on the blade surfaces. A sanitizer may also be provided to sanitize the razor blade before, during or after the dryer operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Toilettree Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Parisi, Gary Parisi, Paul Parisi
  • Patent number: 9476393
    Abstract: A heated fuel injector for supplying fuel to a fuel consuming device includes a fuel inlet for receiving fuel, a fuel outlet for dispensing fuel from the fuel injector, and a fuel injector body extending along an axis and fluidly connecting the fuel inlet to the fuel outlet such that fuel flows within the injector body. A cylindrical heating element radially surrounds the fuel injector body and operates to heat fuel flowing through the fuel injector body. An annular space is defined between the heating element and the fuel injector body sufficiently large to accommodate thermally caused radial differential expansion between the fuel injector body and the heating element. A conductive material fills the annular space and has a melting point sufficiently low to be a liquid as the heating element operates to thereby substantially prevent transfer of mechanical stress to the heating element due to the radial differential expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Kabasin, Jason C. Short, Patrick M. Griffin
  • Patent number: 9365146
    Abstract: The Hot or Cold Cup Holder for Vehicles is a beverage holder that is capable of warming or cooling a beverage to a temperature suitable for consumption. It provides a space to store the beverage, an apparatus capable of heating or cooling the stored beverage, switching capable of changing the cup holder mode from heating to cooling and vice versa, and the power system necessary to support these functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Charlette A. Allen, Shaunice Wallace
  • Patent number: 9326325
    Abstract: A towel warmer is provided that has a frame assembly and one or more heating fabric sleeves affixed to the frame assembly. The heating fabric sleeves have electric heating wires that when connected to an electrical power supply to produce a more uniform heat transfer to a contacting article such as a towel than a conventional towel warmer. A thermostat is optionally provided to moderate sleeve temperature. Additionally, a controller is optionally provided to adjust operating parameters of the thermostat. A kit is also provided that includes the towel warmer partially disassembled and instructions for assembly of the frame assembly and attaching the one or more heating fabric sleeves to the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SIDUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mordechai Lev
  • Patent number: 9220565
    Abstract: Disposable covers for articles including stethoscopes are configured in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of the transmission of microbes among the patient; the stethoscope, medical device or other article; and the user/care-provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Alan Scott Perlman
  • Patent number: 9054472
    Abstract: An exemplary power adapter includes a plug member and a housing. The plug member includes a base and a pair of conductive pins located on the base. A number of protrusions protrude from a side of the base. The housing includes a receiving space for receiving the conductive pins. A receiving slot is located on the sidewall of the receiving space. A number of guiding cutouts extends from a top surface of the housing. The guiding cutouts are in communication with the receiving slot and the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei-Hsi Chen
  • Publication number: 20150084657
    Abstract: A heating system is described for generating heat and bringing heat to a semiconductor device under test. The heating system comprises a conduction heating unit comprising a heating resistor, a thermal contact area for thermally contacting the semiconductor device under test, and a thermally conductive and electrically insulating connection between the heating resistor and the thermal contact area. The heating resistor is operable to generate a user-defined amount of heat and arranged to provide a part of the heat generated by the heating resistor to the thermal contact area via the thermally conductive and electrically insulating connection. It is also described that the heating system may further comprise a convection heating chamber operable to provide a user-defined heat-controlled convection to the semiconductor device under test. A method of testing a semiconductor device using a heating system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Maxime Clairet, Carlos Pereira
  • Patent number: 8916802
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a warming drawer housing having an interior chamber, and a warming drawer module in the interior chamber. The module includes a support plate, a glass heating element forming a floor surface of the module for receiving items to be warmed, a gasket strip covering an upper perimeter surface of the glass heating element, a frame disposed over the gasket strip and the upper perimeter surface, and a first electrical connection disposed adjacent to an edge of the frame. The frame includes a drip guard projecting outward from the edge of the frame and overhanging the first electrical connection to guide a liquid from a surface of the frame or the glass heating element away from the first electrical connection such that the liquid does not come into contact with the first electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: William Bringe, Samuel Harward, Rose Marie Parker, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8916801
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a warming drawer housing having an interior chamber, and a warming drawer module being movable between a first position in which the warming drawer module is in the interior chamber of the warming drawer housing and a second position in which a part of the warming drawer module is outside the warming drawer housing. The warming drawer module includes a heating element forming a floor surface of the warming drawer module and a support plate that supports the heating element in the warming drawer module. The support plate includes a plurality of supports supporting an underside of the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Harward, Rose Marie Parker, Sibyl Perkins
  • Patent number: 8890033
    Abstract: A heat pad assembly for installation and/or removal of a bracket from a structure comprises a heating element. The heat pad assembly may have at least one and, more preferably, a plurality of perforations formed therein. The heating element may be configured to generate heat upon the application of electrical current passing therethrough. The heat pad assembly may be used for temporary installation of a bracket to a mounting surface through the use of an adhesive which is installable between the bracket and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8866051
    Abstract: A device and a method are provided, for shrinking a protective element (101) shrinkable by means of the supply of heat onto an optical waveguide (100). The method involves generating thermal radiation, reflecting it and focusing it onto a focus zone in which the protective element (101) is held. The device contains a heating element (10), which generates thermal radiation, a reflector (30), which focuses the thermal radiation emitted by the heating element onto the focus zone, and a mount (20), by means of which the protective element (101) can be held in the focus zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: CCS Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Bert Zamzow
  • Patent number: 8859271
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for rapid thermal cycling including a thermal diffusivity plate. The thermal diffusivity plate can provide substantial temperature uniformity throughout the thermal block assembly during thermal cycling by a thermoelectric module. An edge heater can provide substantial temperature uniformity throughout the thermal block assembly during thermal cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Hon Siu Shin, Jew Kwee Ngui, Chee Kiong Lim, Ching Ong Lau, Lim Hi Tan, Yang Hooi Kee
  • Patent number: 8853598
    Abstract: A bowling ball maintenance device performs a de-oiling process on bowling balls having porous surfaces. The maintenance device may comprise a container sized to store at least one bowling ball within the container and structured to receive the bowling ball. A heating element is structured to warm an internal environment of the container at least to a level at which oil that may have accumulated in the pores of the ball begins to flow out of the pores. Embodiments also include a ball support cup within the container that is structured to contain the oil that has flowed out of the pores of the ball. Depending on the embodiment, the ball support cup may include three or more ball support extensions structured to support the ball in a stationary position over a height of the walls or edges of the ball support cup during operation of the maintenance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Wylie Ott
  • Patent number: 8822890
    Abstract: A food heating and serving appliance is provided including generally circular upper and base portions with the upper portion being rotatably mounted to the base portion. The upper portion has a plurality of independently controlled heated food containers mounted in cavities on the upper portion. The upper portion is freely rotatable relative to the base portion for rotating a preferred heated container to the front of the appliance for serving convenience. Each of the food containers may include a lid with a handle for covering the heated containers. A pivoting cover attached to the base portion may be folded to engage a pocket on a sidewall of the housing when in alignment for preventing relative rotation between the upper and base portions. The pocket may also serve to store the cord plug when the power cord is retracted into the base portion and the cover is folded into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Day, Jeffrey Juskowich
  • Publication number: 20140202341
    Abstract: A spill-resistant appliance may be constructed to prevent spilled liquids from entering a control housing and contacting electronics with the use of a first sealant preferably formed out of santoprene and a second sealant preferably formed out of a very high bond, double-sided foam tape. The first sealant and the second sealant may be used in various areas of the control housing that contains electronics for operating the appliance. The first and second sealants may also be used to help attach the control housing to other components of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Western Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jonovic, William H. Punzel, Robert E. Fredrick
  • Patent number: 8748780
    Abstract: A disclosed substrate processing apparatus comprises a heat exchange plate configured to heat and/or cool the substrate; plural protrusions provided on the heat exchange plate so as to allow the substrate to be placed on the plural protrusions, leaving a gap between the substrate and the heat exchange plate; a suction portion configured to attract the substrate onto the plural protrusion by suction through plural holes formed in the heat exchange plate; and a partition member that is provided on the heat exchange plate and lower than the plural protrusions, wherein the partition member is configured to divide the gap into two or more regions including at least one of the holes so that at least one of the two or more regions is two-dimensionally closed by the partition member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shouken Moro, Yasuhiro Takaki, Masatoshi Kaneda
  • Patent number: 8692160
    Abstract: A heated counter for service of hot food has one or more hotplates, a light source illuminating each hotplate and a number of light sensors below each hotplate. When a sensor is obscured by a dish of food, power is supplied to that hotplate, and when no sensor is obscured, that hotplate is kept in stand-by mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Holmes Catering Group Limited
    Inventor: Martin Brown
  • Publication number: 20140054282
    Abstract: According to embodiments of present invention, a baseplate supporting pin is provided, which comprises: a pin body; a heating device embedded into the pin body; and a first control unit electrically connected to the heating device for controlling the heating device. Furthermore, according to embodiments of present invention, a baseplate supporting device is provided, which comprises: a baseplate support member; and a baseplate supporting pin, provided to ascend or descend through an opening formed in the baseplate supporting plate so as to support the baseplate thereon or place the baseplate on the baseplate support member, wherein the baseplate supporting pin comprises: a pin body; a heating device built in the pin body; and a first control unit electrically connected to the heating device for controlling the heating device. The baseplate supporting pin and the baseplate supporting device facilitate eliminating adverse effect caused by uneven heating of the baseplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicants: BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoukun Wang, Liang Sun
  • Patent number: 8658948
    Abstract: Disclosed is an exemplary surgical system employing a temperature controlled docking station. The surgical system may include an articulating arm that is selectively moveable within a range of positions. A tray for receiving items used in performing a procedure may be attached to the articulating arm. The docking station may be attached to the tray. The docking station may include a heating element for selectively heating the docking station, a temperature sensor for monitoring a temperature of the docking station, and a reader configured for collecting information associated with an article placed in the docking station. The surgical system may also include a controller operably connected to the heating element, the temperature sensor, and the reader. The controller may be configured to adjust a heat output of the heating element in response to a signal received from the temperature sensor and/or the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven T. Charles
  • Patent number: 8642929
    Abstract: A steaming oven having a collector plate disposed in an oven chamber. A collector plate is disposed above a boiling water reservoir in the oven chamber. The collector plate has a drain tube inserted into an overfill tube. Waste material from the steam and food droppings is conveyed from the oven chamber via the drain tube and the overfill tube. A barrier shields one or more water level probes or sensors from water turbulence, thereby providing reliable water level sensing by the water level probes or sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cleveland Range LLC
    Inventors: Victor D. Saltenis, Carl F. Scheu, III, Rupesh T. Savadekar, David S. Schwerzler, Joseph S. Bellassai, John E. Richnafsky, Jason D. Schreiner
  • Patent number: 8640608
    Abstract: A toaster with an housing containing at least one toasting chamber accessible from the top, the housing having a side wall that includes a door mounted to pivot about a horizontal axis relative to the rest of the housing, the axis being in a lower part of the housing, the toaster further including at least one bread carriage spaced from the axis so that in the open position of the door, a portion of bread on the carriage projects out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Sébastien Volatier
  • Publication number: 20140027435
    Abstract: A heating apparatus for heating electronic components on a printed circuit board in low temperature environment includes a printed circuit board, a heating unit, a switch unit, a temperature-sensing unit, an electric power unit, and a control unit. The heating unit, the switch unit, the temperature-sensing unit, and the control unit are fixed connected to the printed circuit board and are electrically connected with the metal lines on the printed circuit board. The heat source is sent to the heat-conducting layer on the printed circuit board through the heat-conducting terminal after the switch unit is conducted by the control unit and the power is sent from the electric power unit to the heating unit. Then, the electronic components are heated with the heat source through the heat-conducting layer, so that the electronic components are in the working temperatures for starting up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Chih-Sheng CHOU
  • Patent number: 8574738
    Abstract: A battery pack assembly for providing electric power to a load includes a battery pack, preferably made up of a plurality of lithium ion cells. A heating device formed of a flexible material flexes and covers at least part of the battery pack. The heating device includes a meandering heating strip. A thermal sensor is surrounded by the heating strip to sense the temperature of the battery pack. Electric current is applied to the heating strip to heat the battery pack when its temperature falls too low, thus improving performance of the battery pack. The heating device also includes a plurality of tabs extending beyond the peripheral sides of the heating device for direct connection to the cells. Thus, electric current for the heating strip is provided directly from the cells of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: EnerDel, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert N. Fattig
  • Publication number: 20130248509
    Abstract: A heating device 10 includes a ceramic base 20, a resistance heating element 22, and a hollow shaft 40. The ceramic base 20 includes a central portion 20a and a peripheral portion 20b. The resistance heating element 22 is designed in such a manner that the density of heating in the central portion 20a is 1.4 to 2.0 times that in the peripheral portion 20b. The hollow shaft 40 includes a first section 41 and a second section 42. The thickness tb1 of the first section 41 is 6 to 10 mm. The thickness tb2 of the second section 42 is 0.3 to 0.5 times the thickness tb1 of the first section 41. The length of the first section 41 is 0.4 to 0/8 times the overall length of the hollow shaft 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka UNNO, Junya WAKI
  • Publication number: 20130224080
    Abstract: A honeycomb structure body is comprised of a honeycomb body, a pair of electrodes, a pair of electrode terminals and one or more slit sections. The honeycomb body is comprised of a cell formation section and an outer skin section. The outer skin section has a cylindrical shape and covers the cell formation section. The electrodes are formed on an outer peripheral surface of the outer skin section so that the electrodes face with to each other in a radial direction of the honeycomb structure body. Each electrode terminal is formed in an electrode terminal formation section on the corresponding electrode. One or more the slit sections are formed in at least one of an electrode terminal formation section and a circumferential outside section of the electrode terminal formation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: DENSO CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8481895
    Abstract: A portable warming device for dry heating a towel. The portable warming device includes a heating arrangement that heats one or more surface of the portable warming device so as to heat a towel that is in contact with the one or more heated surfaces. The heating arrangement includes a controller to at least partially control the heating of the towel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: HeatWave
    Inventors: Curtis Taylor, Douglas E. Whitner, Marc Louis Vitantonio
  • Patent number: 8476557
    Abstract: A device for heating a cylindrical component of given diameter is disclosed. The device includes at least two heaters each delivering a stream of hot gas and emerging in an annular chamber. The inside diameter of the annular chamber is slightly greater than the diameter of the cylindrical component. The device may be used for heating a metal journal in which a bearing ring for an inter-shaft bearing in a double-body turbomachine is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Snecma
    Inventors: Francois Pierre Andre Bergerot, Laurent Leeder, Jacques Pierre Felix Malterre, Bernard Adrien Edmond Souart, Hubert Thomas
  • Patent number: 8475596
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing coating material includes a crucible having a receptacle for receiving coating material, a drive member having a drive shaft, a cover coupled to the drive shaft, and a flame nozzle opposing the receptacle. The cover includes an inner chamber, a first through hole and a number of second through holes. The first through hole and the second through holes communicate with the inner chamber. The cover has a flat surface with the second through holes exposed at the flat surface. The drive shaft drives the cover to rotate between a closed position where the cover covers the receptacle and the flat surface presses against the coating material to flatten the coating material, and an open position where the cover is moved away from the receptacle. The flame nozzle sprays flame from the second through holes through the first through hole to heat the coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8463114
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an evaporator device for volatile substances, preferably usable in vehicles, which is activated by the movement of the device, whereby the device will begin to evaporate a volatile substance when the user is in the vehicle. The device comprises a casing, a diffuser, and at least one movement sensor, the diffuser being operable by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Zobele Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Rubén García Fábrega, David Moreno Pérez, Jose Antonio Muñoz Martínez, Joan Gusi Hidalgo
  • Patent number: 8431866
    Abstract: A heat pad assembly for installation and/or removal of a bracket from a structure comprises a heating element. The heat pad assembly may have at least one and, more preferably, a plurality of perforations formed therein. The heating element may be configured to generate heat upon the application of electrical current passing therethrough. The heat pad assembly may be used for temporary installation of a bracket to a mounting surface through the use of an adhesive which is installable between the bracket and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark H. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130074358
    Abstract: An apparatus including a body; a plurality of heating tubes adjacent an interior surface of the body; a plurality of heating elements disposed in a portion of respective ones of the plurality of heating tubes; and a thermally conductive material disposed in the plurality of heating tubes. A method including contacting a substrate with a dryer, the dryer including a cylindrical body; a plurality of heating tubes disposed around the cylindrical body; a plurality of heating elements disposed in the plurality of heating tubes; a thermal conducting material disposed in the plurality of heating tubes; and removing moisture from the substrate. A method including contacting a substrate with a body heated by a plurality of heating tubes including a heating element and a thermally conductive material. An apparatus including a body, a heat element and a thermally conductive material disposed in a volume of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Quantum Technology Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Quantum Technology Holdings Limited
  • Patent number: 8367973
    Abstract: A heater with temperature detecting device, arranged to accurately detect the temperature of a laminated sheet heater over long periods, and a battery structure including the same. A first embodiment includes a laminated sheet heater and a temperature sensor having a temperature measuring portion. The laminated sheet heater includes first and second insulating resin films, a heater element, a first metal sheet, and a second metal sheet and includes a heater metallic section in which, any one of only the first metal sheet and only a combination of the first metal sheet and the second metal sheet is arranged in a lamination layering direction of the laminated sheet heater. The temperature sensor is fastened to the heater metallic section with a flat rivet and fixed to an outer surface of the first metal sheet with the temperature measuring portion in contact with the first metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic EV Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Suzuki, Jun Okuda, Yuji Torii, Yukie Uemura, Kunio Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 8359970
    Abstract: A dual-sided cooking device is provided that determines whether the upper and lower cooking platens are substantially parallel to each other when in a cooking position. In addition, the method and device in accordance with the invention are capable of identifying a type of food item placed on a lower cooking platen of a two-sided cooking grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Ron Dorsten, Mike Zagorski
  • Publication number: 20130001216
    Abstract: A food heating and serving appliance is provided including generally circular upper and base portions with the upper portion being rotatably mounted to the base portion. The upper portion has a plurality of independently controlled heated food containers mounted in cavities on the upper portion. The upper portion is freely rotatable relative to the base portion for rotating a preferred heated container to the front of the appliance for serving convenience. Each of the food containers may include a lid with a handle for covering the heated containers. A pivoting cover attached to the base portion may be folded to engage a pocket on a sidewall of the housing when in alignment for preventing relative rotation between the upper and base portions. The pocket may also serve to store the cord plug when the power cord is retracted into the base portion and the cover is folded into the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Adam Day, Jeffrey Juskowich
  • Patent number: 8334480
    Abstract: An electrically heated towel rack including two parallel retractable arms (1,1?) and an electric heating board (2) is provided. Each of the retractable arms has a fixed portion (12) and a retractable portion (14). A connecting member (11) is disposed at one end of the fixed portion (12) for connecting the fixed portion (12) and a wall (3). The electric heating board (2) is rotatably disposed between the two retractable arms (1,1?) and supported by two support members (13), the support members (13) being respectively disposed on inner sides of the retractable portions (14) of the two retractable arms (1,1?). The electric heating board (2) can be an electric glass board. The distance between the electric heating board (2) and the wall (3) can be adjusted by pushing or pulling the retractable portions (14). Alternatively, the electric heating board (2) can be rotated to a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Materials Enterprises Company Limited
    Inventor: Wing Yiu Yeung
  • Patent number: 8330082
    Abstract: Disclosed is a contact lens warming apparatus (100) adapted to warm a contact lens (109) stored in a removably inserted lens container (102), the apparatus comprising a controller (106), a heatable cavity (103) shaped to be conformal to a corresponding contact surface (108) of the inserted lens container (102), said conformal contact surface facilitating the rapid repeatable warming of the contact lens (109), and a heating element (107), wherein the controller (106) is adapted to direct the heating element (107) to warm the inserted lens container (102) thereby warming the contact lens (109) in the lens container (102) in order to reduce discomfort otherwise felt by a wearer of the contact lens (109) when inserting the unwarmed contact lens (109) into their eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Qirx Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Matthew David Hadfield
  • Patent number: 8314367
    Abstract: A heating unit comprising an outer shell defining a portion of the heating unit periphery, an inner shell disposed within the outer shell and defining an internal cavity, an intermediate cavity formed by the inner and outer shells, a plurality of openings in the inner shell providing air flow between the intermediate cavity and the internal cavity, a heating source, a distribution device transferring heated air from the heating source to the intermediate cavity, a plurality of ambient air vents, and wherein the heated air traverses the plurality of ambient air vents and the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Heat Surge, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Gallo
  • Patent number: 8304700
    Abstract: A portable space heater is combined with a compact and collapsible rack that may be folded, stored and transported adjacent with, in the outline of, and supported by the portable space heater. The rack may be removed from the storage position, unfolded, and coupled to a protective grid found on the face of the portable space heater. The rack positively engages with this grid using bifurcated legs that swivel about a main support surface. The bifurcated legs intertwine with the protective grid in such a way as to prevent the rack from collapsing, even when impacted with substantial force. The main support surface of the rack is vertically displaced from the space heater heating element, so that food or beverage is much less likely to contaminate the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Weston A. Eilers
  • Patent number: 8299405
    Abstract: Household electrical appliance for heating liquid including a tank, a heating element having at least one resistive track screen-printed on an electrically insulating plate secured to part of said tank, and a device controlling the electrical supply of said heating element. The control device includes several electronic components among which are at least one thermometric component, a switching component capable of opening and closing the electrical power supply circuit for said heating element, and a control component for controlling said switching component according to signals output from said thermometric component. At least said thermometric, switching and control components are located on said insulating plate within a single area free of resistive track, said area being surrounded by a peripheral region free of resistive track and of electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Ireman, Lionnel Durand, Christian Diore
  • Patent number: 8263906
    Abstract: A pellet warming system includes a charging unit capable of warming a plurality of pellets contemporaneously. Each of the plurality of pellets comprise an internal heating element which resistively heats the body of the pellet from a regulated electrical current that is provided from the charging unit. The charging unit also comprises a controller board with means to control the duration of electric current supplied to each of the pellets as well as means for cycling electrical current to each of the pellets in order to maintain the resistively generated heat. Once heated, each pellet may have comestible goods disposed indirectly thereon through a plate, the pellet maintaining the comestible goods at an elevated temperature for an extended period of time. The charging unit further comprises means for a user to connect their PC to the controller board in order to alter its internal programming and view its operational history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Charles W. Jarvis, Pietro Brattoli, Jorge Baez, Jeff Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8258434
    Abstract: Apparatus for heating hair clips having a heatable member comprises a base, a heating structure, and means for providing electricity to the heating structure. The heating structure can comprise an elongated electrical heater having opposed sides, a plurality of thermally conductive heating elements in pairs on each side of the electrical heater, and a thermal insulator between the heating elements separating the heating elements from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventors: David Richmond, Howard Richmond, Henry K. Yu, Matthew W. Tivnon, Craig R. Steele
  • Patent number: 8247747
    Abstract: A plasticating barrel is provided with a primary heating system having at least one laminated ceramic heater, where the ceramic heater has an electrical insulating layer interposed between the ceramic heater layer and an outer wall of the barrel, and the longitudinal length of the ceramic heater is arranged over a portion of the barrel length. A secondary heating system may also be provided and overlaps, at least in part, the primary heating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Xaloy, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce F. Taylor, Richard D. Palmer, Bruce E. Hyllberg, Timothy W. Womer
  • Patent number: 8242418
    Abstract: A golf ball bag includes a main housing for receiving one or more golf balls in the receiving cavity, and a temperature controlling device. The temperature controlling device includes a heating plate disposed within the receiving cavity to substantially align with the hitting surface of the golf balls, and a power source supported by the main housing to electrically connect with the heating plate. When the power source is activated, the heating plate is arranged to generate heat and to transfer to the hitting surfaces of the golf balls so as to heat up and maintain the hitting surfaces of the golf balls at an elevated temperature for achieving an optimal performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: KuangHung Kuo
  • Patent number: 8232507
    Abstract: An operating device for an electric hob comprises a plurality of touch pads as touch points, in which operation takes place by applying a finger to specific defined touch points. The touch pads may be in themselves structurally movable separately of the electric hob or the operating device. The touch pads comprise individual coding circuits which can be accomplished by way of modulation of an electromagnetic field. The operating device has an electrode surface for attachment next to the electric appliance, on which the touch pads are arranged. Capacitive coupling is formed between the touch pads and the electrode surface. The operating device comprises a drive and evaluation device connected to the electrode surface both for detecting touching of a touch pad in general and for detecting and differentiating between touching of a specific touch pad and touching of another touch pad as indicated by the individual coding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Baier, Lutz Ose
  • Patent number: 8227730
    Abstract: A towel dryer includes an aluminum body having an outer surface that supports a towel to be dried. The surface has a degree of reflectance of not less than 80% for more efficient transfer of heat from the body to the towel. The outer body surface is an oxidized surface to resist corrosion, and a clear coating may be provided over the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Swisspal AG
    Inventor: Silvia Bader
  • Patent number: 8222571
    Abstract: An apparatus for curing an electrolyte membrane of a fuel cell is disclosed, by which curing can be performed by preventing a surface of an electrolyte layer from swelling. The present invention includes an oven body, a vacuum sucking plate entering the oven body while the electrolyte membrane having an electro-catalyst liquid sprayed thereon is attached to an upper surface of the vacuum sucking plate, a magazine provided within the oven body to sequentially load a plurality of vacuum sucking plates to enter the oven body in a horizontal state, and an air-sucking terminal provided to a rear side of the magazine to sustain a vacuum state of the vacuum sucking plate by being connected to the vacuum sucking plate loaded in the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignees: Nordson Sangsan Ltd.
    Inventor: Byung Kook Yoon
  • Patent number: 8222568
    Abstract: An electrically heated tool adapted for an anchoring device includes a housing having an opening, a heating head extending forwardly out of the opening, and a movable member disposed movably on the heating head and extending forwardly out of the opening. The movable member has an engagement hole permitting extension of the heating head therethrough, a front annular surface, a loading portion disposed on the front annular surface, and a loading space defined between the loading portion and the front annular surface. The movable member is movable relative to the heating head between an extended position whereat a front pressing surface of the heating head is spaced apart from a forwardly protruding nose of the device, and a retracted position whereat the front pressing surface contacts the nose. A spring is disposed for biasing the movable member toward the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Chia-Wen Hsu