Housing, Casing, Or Support Insertable Into Material Or Space To Be Heated (e.g., Immersion Type) Patents (Class 219/523)
  • Patent number: 10900602
    Abstract: A cable includes a bush that accommodates a coil formed by helically winding a heat-transfer wire to have a heat dissipation function. The bush may include a resin material including a heat-transfer powder mixed therein. The heat-transfer wire may be configured to be connected to a heat source attached to the cable to receive heat from the heat source. The bush may include a smooth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takanobu Watanabe, Detian Huang, Haruyuki Watanabe, Kimika Kudo
  • Patent number: 10873992
    Abstract: Heating cartridge with a tubular metal sheathing, whose interior houses an electrical heating element that is wound on a winding form and is electrically insulated from the tubular metal sheathing by embedding in an electrically non-conductive insulating material, and at least one temperature sensor with supply lines, wherein at least one supply line, preferably both supply lines, of at least one temperature sensor runs between the winding form and the tubular metal sheathing and is electrically insulated from the winding form and the heating element wound thereon and also from the tubular metal sheathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TUERK & HILLINGER GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10864556
    Abstract: A tank for substrate cleaning, a tank heating apparatus, a tank heating method and a substrate cleaning apparatus are provided. The substrate cleaning tank includes a tank body, a hot waste gas recycle tube, a heater and a heat exchange tube. The hot waste gas recycle tube is used to receive a hot waste gas in a hot waste gas discharge tube of a production line, the heater and the heat exchange tube are used to heat a fluid in the tank body, and the heat exchange tube is communicated with the hot waste gas recycle tube. The hot waste gas is effectively utilized, the power consumption is reduced, the production cost is saved, and the discharge of the hot waste gas is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhiguang Guo, Jinxia Hu, Dahu Tang, Xin Cai, Jianfeng Liu, Jing Li
  • Patent number: 10677493
    Abstract: Presented is a simple, but highly energy efficient industrial heating device and method for rapid heating and high temperature gradient production whereby fermions and bosons are introduced into an adjoining fluid which may be boundary layered and consequently produce an amplifiable activated condition even at room pressure and high temperature. This heating device uses a comparatively long current carrying member which may have some curvature with penetration of the current carrying members into spaces that could have any cross-sectional geometry in a high temperature resistant stable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MHI Health Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Jainagesh Sekhar
  • Patent number: 10609767
    Abstract: A compact portable heating unit which can be inserted into a container of liquid for the purpose of heating liquids on-the-go. The element has a heating tip and a cylinder shape for easy fit into a container of liquid. The portable heating unit has a battery for powering the heating element, an on/off switch, a power percentage gauge, on/off indicator light, an charging port, and a protective cap. The unit can be either USB charged or sonic based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Shelley Ann Trost
  • Patent number: 10443312
    Abstract: A frost removal system is for thawing frozen ground and a method removes frost from a selected area of frozen ground. The method can include providing at least one heat transfer device; auguring a hole into the frozen ground to at least a depth of the frost. The at least one heat transfer device is lowered into the selected area of frozen ground and self-augured to the predetermined depth. The at least one heat transfer device is heated and the heat is allowed to travel along a length of the at least one heat transfer device. Heat is applied from the at least one heat transfer device for thawing the selected area of frozen ground until the frost is removed. The removal system may also be used to remove moisture from saturated soil and to bake columns of soil with increased load-bearing capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael J Davis
  • Patent number: 10398591
    Abstract: Intra-vaginal devices and methods are disclosed for a broad range of applications in the women's health field. The devices and methods provide for placement in the cervical region, and for transferring heat to a cervical region, a barrier contraception method, collection of menstrual fluid, and release of drugs and/or hormones intra-vaginally. The device also can address multiple women's health issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Stacy L. Feemster, Terry W. Alsberg
  • Patent number: 10356850
    Abstract: Provided is a heater protection tube for use with a molten metal holding furnace with heat dissipation and insulating properties. A heat protection tube 31 has a distal tapered cylindrical portion 35 corresponding to the inside tapered cylindrical portion 21 and a proximal non-tapered cylindrical portion 36 corresponding to the outside non-tapered cylindrical portion 22. The heater protection tube (31) is configured so that it can be mounted in the side wall (13) with the distal tapered cylindrical portion (35) located at the inside tapered cylindrical portion (21) and with the proximal non-tapered cylindrical portion (36) located at the outside non-tapered cylindrical portion (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Tounetsu Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kiyata Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10309837
    Abstract: A measuring device, in particular for use in the process measurement technology, including a cylindrical sensor tip which includes a closed housing, a sensor element disposed within the housing in the form of a temperature dependent resistor and for generating a sensor signal, and electronic components, which are connected to the sensor element via electrical connecting lines and/or a conductor film, wherein said sensor element is thermally connected to the housing by means of a solder and a heat conducting, electrically insulating layer is disposed between the sensor element and the solder is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: IFM ELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Liehr, Stephan Reichart, Walter Reichart
  • Patent number: 10244892
    Abstract: A module for adjusting a temperature of a liquid in a container can include an elongate portion sized for insertion into the container, the elongate portion having an outer surface that contacts the liquid in the container about its circumference, the elongate portion housing therein one or more heating or cooling elements operable to facilitate heat transfer between at least a portion of the elongate portion and the liquid in the container. An adaptor attached to a proximal end of the elongate portion has a rim and a circumferential wall that have an outer circumference greater than an outer circumference of the elongate portion, the adaptor defining one or more passages between the circumferential wall and the outer surface of the elongate portion. The adaptor can be coupled to an opening of the container such that the elongate portion is suspended in the container and so that at least a portion of the elongate portion is submerged in the liquid in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ember Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Alexander, Christopher Thomas Wakeham, Daren John Leith, Mikko Juhani Timperi
  • Patent number: 10143354
    Abstract: A footwear dryer is disclosed. The footwear dryer includes a ducted portion, a heating element positioned within the ducted portion that heats air passing over the heating element, a forced air generation device positioned within the ducted portion and oriented to force air through the ducted portion and over the heating element, and a power source configured to provide 12 volts or less and to power to the forced air generation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: John E. Putnam, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9927147
    Abstract: A PTC electric heating assembly, an electric heating device and an electric vehicle are provided. The PTC electric heating assembly (2) comprises two electrode plates (23) and a PTC heating module (20) disposed between the two electrode plates (23), and comprising an insulation fixing frame (22) and a plurality of PTC heating elements (21), the insulation fixing frame (22) defining a plurality of fixing units (220) and the PTC heating elements (21) being disposed into the fixing units (220) respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Mengxiang Wu, Maolin Ren, Tianyou Deng, Shumin Wang, Xiaofang Li, Hongmei Qiu, Xinping Lin
  • Patent number: 9918495
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to atomizers for an aerosol delivery device such as a smoking article. The atomizer may include a liquid transport element and a wire extending along at least a portion of a longitudinal length thereof. The wire may define contact portions configured to engage heater terminals and a heating portion configured to produce heat. The heating portion may include a variable coil spacing. In other atomizers, the wire may extend at least partially through the liquid transport element proximate the contact portions. Related inputs, cartridges, aerosol production assemblies, and methods of forming atomizers are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John DePiano, David Smith, Patsy Coppola, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Steven Lee Alderman, James William McClellan, John William Wolber, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Paul A. Brinkley, Grady Lance Dooly
  • Patent number: 9907119
    Abstract: A heater element for a heatable fluid filled bag includes a heat generating member having a power connecting member means to allow the heater element to be heated when connected to a power source. The element also includes a first insulation layer having ends and a first heat conductive layer having ends. The heat generating member is covered with the first insulation layer followed by the first heat conducting layer to cover the first insulation layer, which are held together at their ends with inner end support members. The inner end support members is insulative having at least one inner end support member with at least one aperture to allow the power connecting member means there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: David John Amato, Huiquan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9857344
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a gas detection sensor, a display panel, and a display device. The gas detection sensor comprises: a gas sensitive part; two detection electrodes electrically connected with each other through the gas sensitive part; and a protective layer enclosing the gas sensitive part and the detection electrodes. When one of the detection electrodes is applied with a detecting signal, the detecting signal is output from the other detection electrode after being modulated by the gas sensitive part, and a voltage signal output by the other detection electrode is related to a nature of the outside air to which the gas sensitive part is exposed, thereby a detection on air quality may be achieved through detecting the voltage signal output from the other detection electrode, such that a simply structured and portable gas detection sensor can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaodi Liu, Cuili Gai, Fengjuan Liu, Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 9532605
    Abstract: A non-burning type flavor inhaler includes a control unit that controls power supplied from a power source to an atomizer. The control unit controls, in one puff action in a standard mode, controls the power source to supply standard power amount to the atomizer in a duration before a first duration elapses. The control unit, in one puff action in the reduced mode, controls the power source to supply first power amount greater than the standard power amount to the atomizer in a duration before a second duration elapses, and controls the power source to supply second power amount smaller than the first power amount to the atomizer in a duration after the second duration elapses and before a third duration elapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Manabu Takeuchi, Masafumi Tarora
  • Patent number: 9286969
    Abstract: A low power sense amplifier for an SRAM is described. A first pass gate transistor is driven by bit line true and a second pass gate transistor is driven by bit line complement. A first pull down transistor driven by the bit line complement is coupled to the first pass gate transistor, and a second pull down transistor driven by the bit line true is coupled to the second pass gate transistor. A data line true is coupled to a node coupling the first pass gate transistor with the first pull down transistor and a data line complement is coupled to a node coupling the second pass gate transistor with the second pull down transistor. A current cut-off device cuts off parasitic current from flowing through the first pass gate transistor and the first pull down transistor and through the second pass gate transistor and the second pull down transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Pankaj Agarwal, Shiju K. Kandiyil, Krishnan S. Rengarajan
  • Patent number: 9162000
    Abstract: Introducing ultraviolet (UV) light to activate a light sensitive chemical compound applied to interior portions of footwear alters the environment inside a shoe or other footwear to destroy microorganisms or inhibit their growth. Visible light can also be used to prevent further microorganism growth. Introducing forced air flow through the footwear removes dampness in and thereby deodorizes the footwear. A preferred embodiment comprises an adjustable shoe tree equipped with a UV germicidal light source and electronic safeguards that prevent appreciable leakage of UV radiation outside the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Shoe Care Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Ullman
  • Patent number: 8946603
    Abstract: An aircraft drain/fill fitting includes a housing adapted for being fitted into an opening between an aircraft interior and an aircraft exterior. The housing has an interior housing segment fluidly coaxially communicating with an exterior housing segment to define a liquid flow path therethrough, and a heater for applying heat to the interior housing segment. A hollow insert element is positioned in the interior housing segment in heat transfer contact with an inner wall of the interior housing segment. An elongate heat transfer probe is positioned in heat transfer contact with the hollow insert element and extends into the exterior housing segment to reduce the incidence of freezing of liquid in the exterior housing segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Reynolds, Charles F. Forster
  • Publication number: 20140373297
    Abstract: Heating device (20) that is able to be mounted on a support frame of a windscreen wiper, the heating device (20) having a vertebra (24) that is able to be mounted longitudinally inside the housing in the support frame; at least one heating element (25) disposed on the vertebra (24); an electrical connector (26) comprising an electrical connection device; characterized in that the heating device (20) comprises an electrically conductive protruding element (28) in electrical contact with the heating element (25), and in that the heating device (20) is able to prevent the electrical connection device (27) from coming into contact with the heating element (25) before the vertebra (24) is in its final mounted position; and to bring the electrical connection device (27) and the protruding element (28) into contact when the vertebra (24) is in its final mounted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Gérald Caillot, Vincent Izabel, Jean-Michel Jarasson
  • Patent number: 8878107
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-level and vertical assembling type PTFE heater and the methods of manufacture thereof. Said heater includes a vertical frame assembled by multi-poles and upper and lower retaining plates. Several levels of PTFE sleeves and electrical heating belts are alternatively disposed on the multi-poles. The number of the poles is determined in accordance with the size and capacity of a heater desired and the power and levels of PTFE electrical heating belts with heating needs. Multiple levels of PTFE electrical heating belts are formed in an assembling way, by which heaters with varied powers are easily produced and with the elements replaceable, will not be wholly wasted in event of an element damaged, thus the heater service life prolonged. Said heater has a better heating result than the one with only a single level of heating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Yonggao Zhao, Wei Zhao, Guolong Chen
  • Patent number: 8803042
    Abstract: A solenoid valve for use in a hazardous environment requiring a surface temperature of the valve to not exceed a cutoff temperature, the valve comprising coil configured to physically move an armature using an field generated by the coil; a thermal cutoff device having a fusing temperature above the cutoff temperature; and a heating resistor sized and configured to raise thermal cutoff device's temperature to the fusing temperature before the surface temperature exceeds the cutoff temperature. A method of constructing a solenoid valve for use in a hazardous environment requiring a surface temperature of the valve to not exceed a cutoff temperature, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a thermal cutoff device having a fusing temperature above the cutoff temperature; and selecting and configuring a heating resistor to raise thermal cutoff device's temperature to the fusing temperature before the surface temperature exceeds the cutoff temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Automatic Switch Company
    Inventors: Nicholas F. Buccheri, John J. Haller
  • Publication number: 20140105585
    Abstract: A heater assembly for a fluid reservoir includes an outer housing coupled to a flange on the fluid reservoir, an inner tubular member disposed within the outer housing, the inner tubular member having a central passageway therethrough, wherein an annulus is formed between the outer housing and the inner tubular member, and a heating device coupled to a lower end of the outer housing and having heating elements which extend upwardly into the central passageway of the inner tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: CHEVRON USA, INC.
    Inventor: John David Penton
  • Patent number: 8656661
    Abstract: A connecting device for photovoltaic-capable insulating glass comprises at least one retaining device laterally attached to the photovoltaic-capable insulating glass. In its installed state, the retaining device is open on at least one side which faces the intermediate space so that at least one ribbon is insertable into a clamping device inserted in the retaining device, and wherein the ribbon establishes an electrical contact for a photovoltaic device accommodated in the at least one intermediate space, and wherein the clamping device is provided with an electrical supply line such that the clamping device establishes an electrical clamping contact between the at least one ribbon and the electrical supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Mehmet Sagdic, Stefan Giefers, Udo Hoppe, Thomas Beier
  • Patent number: 8604392
    Abstract: A hydration system comprises a bladder assembly defining a bladder chamber, a hose assembly, and a heating system comprising a heating element defining a loop portion. Liquids flow from the bladder chamber to the hose assembly. The loop portion is arranged within the hose assembly such that current flowing through the heating element inhibits freezing of liquids within at least a portion of the hose assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Arctic Innovations
    Inventors: Robert E. Ostrom, Billy Koitzsch
  • Patent number: 8567644
    Abstract: A melted depilatory wax dispenser has a container with an opening that stores solid depilatory wax at room temperature. The container is opened, inverted and inserted into a vertically protruding heating element and the opening is placed upon and sealed to an adaptor ring. As the heating element heats the contents of the container, the wax melts and is dispensed through a mouth which leads to a piping system and a valve which in turn leads to a dispensing tube which allows the hot wax to be dispensed in a controlled and easy fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ceras Especiales Martinez de San Vicente, S.A.
    Inventor: Luis Martinez de San Vicente Oliveras
  • Patent number: 8571395
    Abstract: A heater assembly includes a heating element assembly having a resistive heating element connected to a housing member. First and second guide members are oppositely and outwardly positioned with respect to the heating element assembly and extend away from the housing member. A patch plate includes an installation aperture and first and second wings extending away from the patch plate. The first and second guide members are positioned to individually slidingly engage with one of the first and second wings thereby defining a track system to permit the heating element assembly to be slidingly received through the installation aperture without contact between the resistive heating element and the patch plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Backer EHP Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Porterfield, Charles T. Whitfield
  • Publication number: 20130248512
    Abstract: A method and apparatus suitable for safely and efficiently heating a hose for insertion therein of an attachment. The apparatus includes a heating assembly having at least one hose heater including an electric heating element. The hose heater is adapted to be collapsed, inserted, and expanded into an end of the hose to increase the temperature of the end of the hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Custom Machining Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph V. Intagliata, Joshua Ruge, Jeffrey Robin Intagliata
  • Patent number: 8526801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a line connector for media lines, consisting of a connector piece with at least one junction portion for junction connection to a media line or to an assembly and with a transitional portion contiguous to the junction portion and having a flow duct. In this case, at least in the region of the transitional portion, electrical heating means are provided in an arrangement at least partially surrounding the flow duct. Furthermore, the invention relates to a ready-made media line consisting of a pipeline with a heating conductor arranged on the circumference and with a heatable line connector fastened at least to one pipeline end of the media line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: VOSS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Olav Borgmeier, Eduard Brück, Erb Ulrich, Reiner Gründel, Martin Lechner, Frank Peters, Sascha Rosenfeldt, Otfried Schwarzkopf, Ahmet Gündüz, Marco Isenburg
  • Publication number: 20130191985
    Abstract: The present invention involves a type of small-sized pool and PTC heater for liquid heating. The PTC heating component of PTC heater is composed of several heating cores made of PTC ceramic material, completely eliminating fire risk. Meanwhile, PTC heating component external is equipped with at least one layer of insulation and sealing component, which further includes several insulation layers and at least one sealing layer outside the insulation layer, effectively eliminating electricity leakage risk. Two layers of above mentioned insulation and sealing component could meet the insulation requirements specified in IEC standard and UL standard, so it could be used for applications with large power. In addition, the PTC heater has good water route sealing ability, so it could be used for liquid heating in small size pool. The small-sized pool is equipped with PTC heater with several layers of insulation and sealing for liquid heating, safe and reliable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Shanghai Jilong Plastic Products Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Huarong Qin, Zhongxiu Zhang, Minhua Wu
  • Patent number: 8497452
    Abstract: An axial resistance sheathed heater is presented. The axial resistance sheathed heater includes a retaining sheath having a first end and a second end and a resistance wire completely disposed within the retaining sheath. The heater further includes a first conductor rod partially disposed within the retaining sheath and extending beyond the first end of the retaining sheath, the first conductor rod in direct electrical communication and direct mechanical communication with the resistance wire; and a second conductor rod partially disposed within said retaining sheath and extending beyond the second end of the retaining sheath, the second conductor rod in direct electrical communication and direct mechanical communication with the resistance wire. The resistance wire, the first conductor rod and the second conductor rod comprise a circuit achieving a power to voltage rating of about 5000:24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Infinity Fluids Corp
    Inventor: Robert Evans
  • Patent number: 8470138
    Abstract: A distillation assembly that reduces malodors resulting from a process of recycling a solvent from a contaminated solvent solution that includes a distillation chamber defined by a top wall, a side wall and a bottom wall, a heating element disposed in the distillation chamber including an active portion and an inactive portion. The contaminated solvent solution disposed at a level within the distillation chamber such that the active portion always disposed below the level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Publ, David Kisela, Gary Myers
  • Patent number: 8450663
    Abstract: An electrical heating element for vertical installation includes vertically suspended electrical resistance elements for the heating of furnaces in industrial operation, where each resistance element is formed of conductive legs, where along the length of the resistance elements are placed ceramic disks provided with holes, through which holes the relevant legs of the element pass. The ceramic disks are arranged between ceramic tubes and an upper metallic central rod is positioned within the ceramic tubes, which central rod supports the element and where the element is surrounded by a radiative tube. There are a number of upper ceramic tubes outside of the upper central rod with intermediate ceramic disks, and the central rod extends a certain distance down into the radiative tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventor: Thomas Lewin
  • Publication number: 20130068752
    Abstract: An aircraft drain/fill fitting includes a housing adapted for being fitted into an opening between an aircraft interior and an aircraft exterior. The housing has an interior housing segment fluidly coaxially communicating with an exterior housing segment to define a liquid flow path therethrough, and a heater for applying heat to the interior housing segment. A hollow insert element is positioned in the interior housing segment in heat transfer contact with an inner wall of the interior housing segment. An elongate heat transfer probe is positioned in heat transfer contact with the hollow insert element and extends into the exterior housing segment to reduce the incidence of freezing of liquid in the exterior housing segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Reynolds, Charles F. Forster
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8351769
    Abstract: A heating apparatus and a steam generator that is capable of heating water to produce hot water or steam and an electric home appliance that is capable of washing, rinsing, drying, or sterilizing an object using the same are disclosed. The heating apparatus and steam generator include a heating member, a fixing unit assembly for fixing the heating member to a predetermined support structure, a thermostat mounted to the fixing unit assembly for preventing the heating member from overheating, and a heat transfer member connected between the heating member and the thermostat for transferring heat from the heating member to the thermostat. The electric home appliance includes the heating apparatus and steam generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kyeong-hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8263914
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electric cartridge heater and a method of operation, suitable for use in producing high purity silicon in solar cells or solar modules. The apparatus includes a single-piece elongated heater bar having a length, a first end, and a second end. The apparatus also includes a slot beginning at the first end and running a portion of the length, and the slot dividing the heater bar into a first arm and a second arm. An elbow at the second end joins the first arm and the second arm together. The apparatus also includes a first electrode in electrical communication with the first arm, and a second electrode in electrical communication with the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: AMG IdealCast Corporation
    Inventor: Roger F. Clark
  • Patent number: 8242419
    Abstract: An aquarium heater including a tubular plastic housing that houses a positive temperature coefficient element and two metal radiation fins and filled up with a thermal conductive filler, and a top cover capped on the tubular plastic housing to hold a power cable for transmitting electricity to the positive temperature coefficient element to generate heat. Because of the positive temperature coefficient element, no temperature control loop is necessary for controlling the temperature level. Further, the aquarium heater has a self-protection function because of the positive temperature coefficient element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Eiko Electric Products Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Chin Wang
  • Patent number: 8173940
    Abstract: A high-power plastic aquarium heater includes a narrow, elongated, flat nickel-chrome steel strip wound on a mica tube and electrically connected with a circuit board inside a tubular plastic casing, and vacuum mounts fastened to the tubular plastic casing with pipe clamps for securing the tubular plastic casing to the inside wall of an aquarium. The use of the narrow, elongated, flat nickel-chrome steel strip facilitates positioning of the mica tube in the longitudinal center axis of the tubular plastic casing for even distribution of heat energy. Further, the nickel-chrome steel strip has a broad heat generating surface area in one particular direction to that the high-power plastic heater has a high performance while saving much the consumption of electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Eiko Electric Products Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Chin Wang
  • Patent number: 8106337
    Abstract: A modular water heating assembly containing two heating elements (1, 2), each having a thermostat module (5, 6) inserted into a sensing tube (3, 4) and attached to the same threaded boss (7). The heating elements are therefor contained in a single assembly with the elements having a fixed temperature set point differential such that the elements are switched on or off to maintain a constant temperature and reduce energy consumption by minimizing temperature overshoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Raoul Steenekamp, Vadim Kozyrkov
  • Patent number: 8028721
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a heated garden hose that has a flexible hose with an inlet and an outlet. The garden hose has an inlet coupler and an outlet coupler. A heating cable coupler is connected between the inlet and the outlet of the flexible hose. A heating cable has a first end with an electrical plug and extends through the heating cable coupler into the interior of the flexible hose. The heating cable is free floating inside the flexible hose. A thermostat, attached to the exterior portion of the heating cable, controls the heating cable and is designed to turn the heating cable off just above the freezing temperature of water. A clip is inserted into the flexible hose near the outlet to hold the heating cable inside of the flexible hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: K & H Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: James Donald Koskey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7989739
    Abstract: An electric heater assembly suitable for use with molten metals, the heater employing improved heat transfer media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: C. Edward Eckert
  • Patent number: 7847221
    Abstract: Heating flange (1) for heating a flow of gas as it flows though a cross-section of flow (S), wherein the heating flange (1) is designed such that it can be inserted or interposed in an intake line (A) of an internal combustion engine and has at least one heat conductor (5) that extends through the cross-section of flow (S) from a mounting point (6a) to an immediately following further mounting point (6b) on the heating flange (1), as well as a retaining leg piece (2), which is provided with at least one of the mounting points (6a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: DBK David + Baader GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Gschwind, Mathias Proner
  • Patent number: 7834294
    Abstract: Linear-type sheathed heaters are arranged substantially in parallel with each other in a case body. Regions near the ends of the outer peripheral surface of each of the sheathed heaters are held by elastic holding members so as to move in the axial direction. A cylindrical space is formed between the outer peripheral surface of each of the sheathed heater and the case body. A space is provided that communicates the cylindrical spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Shirai, Tomohide Matsumoto, Kazushige Nakamura, Mitsuyuki Furubayashi, Takemi Oketa
  • Patent number: 7737384
    Abstract: Linear-type sheathed heaters are arranged substantially in parallel with each other in a case body. Regions near the ends of the outer peripheral surface of each of the sheathed heaters are held by elastic holding members so as to move in the axial direction. A cylindrical space is formed between the outer peripheral surface of each of the sheathed heater and the case body. A space is provided that communicates the cylindrical spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Shirai, Tomohide Matsumoto, Kazushige Nakamura, Mitsuyuki Furubayashi, Takemi Oketa
  • Publication number: 20100140254
    Abstract: An aquarium heater includes a tubular plastic housing that houses a positive temperature coefficient element and two metal radiation fins and filled up with a thermal conductive filler, and a top cover capped on the tubular plastic housing to hold a power cable for transmitting electricity to the positive temperature coefficient element to generate heat. By means of the functioning of the positive temperature coefficient element, no temperature control loop is necessary for controlling the temperature level and therefore the size and manufacturing cost of the aquarium heater can be greatly reduced. Further, subject to the functioning of the positive temperature coefficient element, the aquarium heater has a self-protection function, achieving excellent foolproof effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Yu-Chin WANG
  • Patent number: 7705272
    Abstract: A bolt heater including a junction housing, a handle attached and secured to a wall of the housing solely from an exterior of the housing, such as by a threaded connection, a power cable including a fitting attached directly to the wall of the housing, and an electrical resistance heater rod attached to the wall of the housing. The wall may have a boss with a recess therein for receiving a portion of the handle. The housing may be a hollow cylinder with a circular top wall, a circular bottom wall, and a cylindrical side wall. The heater rod may be attached to the housing via a threaded connection and the housing may have a non-circular portion near the threaded connection point, the non-circular portion being engageable by a tool to assist in the threading attachment of the heater rod to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Power House Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Kelly, Laura B. Patterson, Glenn F. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 7692122
    Abstract: A ceramic heat conductor support disc for supporting an electrical heating element for electrically heated furnace installations. The support disc has a center aperture lying parallel to the longitudinal axis of the heating element, and one or more apertures located between the center aperture and the periphery of the disc. The disc is provided with one or more elongated openings running from the periphery to one of the apertures or to the center aperture, wherein each elongated opening penetrates the entire thickness of the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventors: Thomas Lewin, Anke Krönert, Sune Linden
  • Patent number: 7629558
    Abstract: A method for controlling a coefficient of friction between an object and ice includes steps of (1) pulsing power to an interface between the object and the ice to melt an interfacial layer of ice at the interface and decrease the coefficient of friction, (2) facilitating refreezing of the interfacial ice at the interface to increase the coefficient of friction; and (3) repeating steps (1) and (2) to control an average coefficient of friction between the object and the ice. A slider having a surface intended to interface with ice or snow includes a power supply for generating power. The slider also has a heating element that converts power to heat at the surface, the heat being sufficient to melt interfacial ice at the interface, and a controller for controlling delivery of power to the heating element to control friction between the slider and the ice or snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: The Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventor: Victor Petrenko
  • Patent number: 7592572
    Abstract: A cartridge heater, especially a compressed cartridge heater (1) has at least one heating coil (8, 9), which is arranged exposed in a metallic tubular body (2) and is embedded in a granulated insulating material. The ends of heating coil portions (8, 9) are provided with terminals (7) projecting from the tubular body (2). To make it possible to manufacture such a cartridge heater with minimal effort in terms of labor and material, a flat insulating plate (10) coordinated in its width with the internal diameter of the tubular body (2) is provided as the carrier. The heating coils (8, 9) extend along the two flat sides of the insulating plate (10) and the two heating coils (8, 9) are connected to one another by a coil section (12, 12?), which is led around a deflecting edge (27) of the insulating plate (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Türk + Hillinger GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf