Flexible Or Resilient (e.g., Warming Pad) Patents (Class 219/528)
  • Patent number: 11678408
    Abstract: A PTC heating element comprises at least one PTC element and two conductor paths which are assigned to different polarities and which are electrically conductively connected to the PTC element and are provided with connection elements for the electrical connection of the PTC element. The PTC heating element has improved heat discharge due to the provision of an electromagnetic shielding which is formed from a fluid-permeable metal structure and which surrounds the PTC element and the conductor paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Eberspächer catem GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kurt Walz, Patrick Kachelhoffer, Sascha Barner
  • Patent number: 11666505
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and device for inducing or promoting a meditative state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: OMDYNE, LLC
    Inventor: Eduardo Jose De Marchena
  • Patent number: 11597524
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heating device for an aircraft interior. The heating device has a mechanically loadable support structure, a mechanically loadable and thermally conductive outer structure, and a heater for converting electrical energy into thermal energy, wherein the heater is arranged between the support structure and the outer structure and has a heating layer composed of a resistance material with a positive temperature coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Jenoptik Advanced Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Seidler, Ulf-Dieter Ulken
  • Patent number: 11570850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and electro-thermal heating elements in which the electro-thermal heating element comprises a cut-out. Forming at least one multi-resistance patch for the cut-out and attaching the at least one multi-resistance patch to the electro-thermal heating element proximate to the cut-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Luke Spandley, Paul Badger
  • Patent number: 11548648
    Abstract: A heating element and conductive element system may include a heater conductive element and a heating element. The heater conductive element and the heating element may be integral components. The heater conductive element and the heating element may be discrete components. The heater conductive element may be configured for enhanced mechanical fatigue compared to typical conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Adam George, Mark James Didyk
  • Patent number: 11546973
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacture of a product or in completion of a product. A flexible mat (20) is manufactured from an incompletely cured thermo-setting plastic, wherein the mat comprises an article (10) of electrically conductive material. The incompletely cured mat (20) including the article (10) is then formed as a function of a forming tool or to lie against or for contact with a product, whereafter final curing of the mat (20) is executed by supplying electric power to the article (10) or by external heat application or ultraviolet light. The invention also relates to an arrangement and uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Kjell Lindskog
  • Patent number: 11505899
    Abstract: A deicing cassette for connection to a substrate is provided. The deicing cassette includes a panel having a top, an underside, and a plurality of edges, the top of the panel configured as a walking surface. The deicing cassette further includes a heating system secured in thermal contact with the underside of the panel. Additionally, the deicing cassette includes a polymeric support system fastened to at least one edge of the panel and configured to support the panel and provide the panel at least one of thermal insulation or galvanic insulation from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: nVent Services GmbH
    Inventors: Wesley Dong, William Jarvis
  • Patent number: 11491048
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a warming system. The warming system includes a light device having a light source configured to be positioned proximate to a patient support having a patient support surface. The light source can also be configured to generate infrared radiation. The warming system can also include a flexible sheet having a first side configured to reflect at least some of the generated infrared radiation from the light device toward a portion of the patient support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew J. McGregor, Melissa L. Bailey, Jared J. Balthazor, Melanie L. Collins, Stefan O. Dietrich, Korey W. Karls, Matthew T. Scholz, Albert P. Van Duren
  • Patent number: 11497087
    Abstract: A heating wire apparatus for a vehicle safety glass includes: a plurality of bus bars located at a periphery of the vehicle safety glass; a plurality of heating wires having a serial pattern between the plurality of bus bars; and a battery that applies a voltage to the plurality of heating wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, KCC GLASS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nak Kyoung Kong, Jong Min Park, Ki Hong Lee, Kang Sun Lee, Seung Hyeok Chang, Kuk Bum Lee, Eun Ho Lee, Chan Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 11425796
    Abstract: Embodiments include a heating blanket. The heating blanket may include a heating element and a shell covering the heating element. The heating element has elastic properties and is disposed in the shape of a sheet. The shell may have one or more sheets of polymeric material bonded together adjacent a perimeter of the heating element. One or more wires having malleable properties are secured within the shell. The wires allow the heating blanket to be secured to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 11296568
    Abstract: Stators (2) having teeth (4) and electrical windings (5) provided on the teeth (4), wherein the electrical windings (5) comprise graphene and/or carbon nanotubes, are already known. The electrical winding (5) of the stator (2) is produced in a winding process. The electrical winding (5) in the component of an electric machine according to the invention can be produced more easily, in particular further electrical phases can be built into the electrical winding (5) in a simpler and reproducible manner. According to the invention, the electrical windings (5) are each formed as a tubular fabric which encloses the tooth (4) to which it is assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Koehne
  • Patent number: 11242151
    Abstract: A resistive heating circuit for a heated or ice protected aircraft structure includes a flexible dielectric substrate, a resistive heating element supported by the substrate, and a bus bar. The bus bar is electrically connected to the resistive heating element and includes a conductive ink printed onto the substrate such that the bus bar and resistive heating element flex freely with the heated or ice protected aircraft structure. Heated or ice protected aircraft structures and methods of making resistive heating circuits for heated or ice protected aircraft structures are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Brad Hartzler
  • Patent number: 11130559
    Abstract: A heater panel includes a face layer. A heater/dielectric layer includes a heater layer between a pair of dielectric layers. The face layer is bonded to a first one of the dielectric layers. A ballistic structure is bonded to a second one of the dielectric layers. The face layer can be bonded directly to the first one of the dielectric layers with a film adhesive. The ballistic structure can be bonded directly to the second one of the dielectric layers with a film adhesive. The ballistic structure can be configured to withstand at least a 5.56 mm bullet impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Galdemir Cezar Botura, Chris Cojocar, Anthony Paul Digiacomo, Robert Dodson
  • Patent number: 11116046
    Abstract: A heater includes a first ceramic substrate having a heating face on one main face thereof; a second ceramic substrate disposed so that one main face thereof covers the other main face of the first ceramic substrate; a heat generating resistor disposed on the one main face of the second ceramic substrate; and an adhesive layer which bonds the first ceramic substrate and the second ceramic substrate while covering the heat generating resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kuchimachi
  • Patent number: 11040788
    Abstract: A former assembly (10) including a base (11) to which there is attached a frame (12) that supports a sleeve (13). The sleeve (13) encloses a generally upwardly extending passage (14) to which product is delivered in batches from a weighing machine. Fixed to the internal surface (20) of the former shoulder (15) are heaters (24) that heat the external surface (16) over which the film bag material passes to be heated thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TNA Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Alfred Alexander Taylor
  • Patent number: 11019687
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a heating device. The heating device comprises an electrically conductive fabric and first and second electrical connections. The first and second electrical connections are each connected to the conductive fabric at a first end of the device. When the electrical connections are connected to a power source current flows from the first electrical connection, though the conductive fabric and to the second electrical connection thereby generating heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: RATIER-FIGEAC SAS
    Inventors: Pierre-Alex Picard, Ludovic Prunet
  • Patent number: 10998651
    Abstract: An end cap for a heat shrink kit having a heat shrink tubing, wherein the end cap includes a tubing portion sized to be inserted into the heat shrink tubing and an end portion configured to prevent at least a portion of a flame from reaching the heat shrink tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: nVent Services GmbH
    Inventors: Shadi Moshggoo, Sirarpi Bicakci Jenkins, Wesley Dong
  • Patent number: 10959573
    Abstract: A roll-up barbeque grill is provided. The roll-up barbeque grill may provide a base substrate having spaced apart valleys formed therein separated by spaced apart heating elements coupled to the base substrate so that the base substrate may be rolled between a flat condition for grilling and a rolled condition for convenient storage and transportation. The heating elements are electrically powered for cooking food thereon. The valleys act as grease catchers during cooking as well as provide space for the heating elements to nest into in the rolled condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey Taylor
  • Patent number: 10961369
    Abstract: The invention includes a method of bonding a perfluoroelastomer material to first surface that includes: (a) contacting a first surface with a bonding agent comprising a curable perfluoropolymer and a curing agent; (b) curing the bonding agent to form a perfluoroelastomer material that is bonded to the first surface. In the practice of such method, the bonding agent may be a solution prepared by dissolving the curable perfluoroelastomer and the curing agent in a solvent. In an embodiment of the invention, the perfluoroelastomer material formed in step (b) is a coating layer or, alternatively, the first surface is a surface of a perfluoroelastomer member and the perfluoroelastomer material formed is a perfluoroelastomer weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Green, Tweed Technologies
    Inventors: Ronald R. Campbell, Christopher Corrado, Brian Alan Ux, Robert Anthony Rey, Gary Reichl, Carmin Quartapella
  • Patent number: 10952540
    Abstract: A mattress includes a first, phase changeable component and a thermal management system adapted to control the temperature of the phase changeable component in order to change the firmness of the mattress. In one embodiment the phase changeable component includes two dimensional lattices separated from each other and a spring element extending between the lattices. Some embodiments of the mattress include an optional single phase component. The firmness can be made spatially and/or temporally uniform or nonuniform, and can be controlled based on one or more sensed parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal Wiggermann
  • Patent number: 10940074
    Abstract: An apparatus providing heat for treatment of an eyelid includes a heater unit configured to apply heat directly to an outer surface of the eyelid when an electrical signal is applied to the heater unit. The heater unit is affixed directly to the outer surface of the eyelid using an adhesive. A temperature regulator applies the electrical signal to the heater unit in order to achieve heating of the outer surface of the eyelid to a specified temperature range. A method is also disclosed that comprises affixing a heater unit directly into contact with the outer surface of the eyelid using an the adhesive. A control signal is applied to the heater unit to generate heat to the outer surface of the eyelid and is maintained for a period of time until the outer surface of the eyelid is heated to a specified temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TearScience Inc
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, Omer Jack Barrier, David Foshee, Donald R. Korb, Timothy R. Willis
  • Patent number: 10923942
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide an apparatus comprising a battery encapsulated within a sealed enclosure, an electronic device encapsulated within the sealed enclosure, a power control circuit encapsulated within the sealed enclosure, and a loop of conductive medium connected to the power control circuit. The electronic device is in a deactivated state. At least a portion of the loop of conductive medium passes out of and back into the sealed enclosure. In response to severing of the at least portion of the loop of conductive medium which is outside of the sealed enclosure, the power control circuit is configured to cause activation of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Rheon Labs Ltd
    Inventors: Thomas Burton, Daniel Plant
  • Patent number: 10920379
    Abstract: The grounded modular heated cover is disclosed with a first pliable outer layer and a second pliable outer layer, wherein the outer layers provide durable protection, an electrical heating element between the first and the second outer layers, the electrical heating element configured to convert electrical energy to heat energy, a heat spreading layer, and a thermal insulation layer positioned above the active electrical heating element. Beneficially, such a device provides radiant heat, weather isolation, temperature insulation, and solar heat absorption efficiently and cost effectively. The modular heated cover quickly and efficiently removes ice, snow, and frost from surfaces, and penetrates soil and other material to thaw the material to a suitable depth. A plurality of modular heated covers can be connected on a single 120 Volt circuit protected by a 20 Amp breaker. The modular heated covers are grounded for safety using the conductive heat spreading layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Greenheat IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David Naylor, Thomas Caterina
  • Patent number: 10851918
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an unbonded flexible pipe having a length and a longitudinal axis and comprising, from the inside and out, a carcass made from an electrically conductive material, an internal pressure sheath made from an extruded polymer, at least one external armor layer and an outer sheath, in which the carcass is adapted for connection to an electric power source for conducting an electric current. Moreover, at least a part of the external armor layer is electrically conductive, the carcass and the external armor layer allowing a difference in electric potential to be established partly or fully over the internal pressure sheath, wherein the internal pressure sheath is partly or fully covered by a conforming cover layer made from a material which is electrically conductive and has a bulk resistance larger than the specific resistance of the electrically conductive material of the carcass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO DENMARK I/S
    Inventor: Anders Straarup
  • Patent number: 10842667
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a self regulating heater including a first layer made of a thin and flexible electrically insulating material. A second electrically conductive layer includes first and second buses spaced from each other. A third resistive layer electrically connects the first and second buses. The third layer has a higher electrical resistance than the second layer. The third layer experiences a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effect when heated. A fourth interface layer directly connected to at least one of the second electrically conductive layer and the third resistive layer directly engages skin of a patient when the heater is attached to the patient. A combined thickness of the first layer, the second conductive layer, the third resistive layer and the fourth layer may be between 5 mil and 20 mil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TRAMEC TERMICO TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael M. Cubon
  • Patent number: 10849193
    Abstract: An electric blanket or pad for warming a living body including a flexible sheet-like heating element including an upper edge, a lower edge, and at least two side edges. A shell formed of layers of flexible sheets covering the heating element and sealed with a weld. The weld coupling the sheets of the shell about the edges to hermetically seal the heating element therebetween. The weld may be an RF weld, ultrasonic weld, or a heat bond, wherein the sheets comprise PVC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Ryan S. Augustine, Rudolf A. Deibel, Scott A. Entenman, Gordon D. Lawrence, Keith J. Leland, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 10827846
    Abstract: A bed can include a mattress and a foot warming system. The mattress can include a mattress cover and a support structure that is positioned under and covered by the mattress cover. The foot warming system can include a heating unit an envelope, a power source, and an electrical connector electrically connecting the heating unit to the power source. The heating unit can be positioned inside the envelope between the envelope top and the envelope bottom. The heating unit and the envelope can be positioned at a foot of the bed under mattress cover between the support structure and the mattress cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Kody Lee Karschnik, Omid Sayadi, Wade Daniel Palashewski, Ramazan Demirli, Eric Rose, Saurabh Chhaparwal
  • Patent number: 10834786
    Abstract: A heating tape comprises an insulated heating element that includes a heating element layer comprising a polymer composite having conductive particles and at least one set of conductive electrodes at least partially embedded in the polymer composite and extending along at least a substantial portion of the length of the heating tape. A heating tape system for a pipe or other surface, further includes a power ramp controller having a solid state relay component to regulate an in-rush of current to the heating element. The heating tape system also includes a connector having multiple contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jian Li, Paolo Rocca, Jonathan M. Cliffen, Ranjith Divigalpitiya, Frank A. Brandys, Anibal S. Sanchez-Garcia, Weixing Hou, David E. Livingstone, Raul P. Moraes
  • Patent number: 10760717
    Abstract: A dissimilar metal connection arrangement comprising a dissimilar metal connection between a first member made of a first metal and having a first end, and a second member made of a second metal different from said first metal with regard to its metallurgical behavior, and having a second end, wherein the first end of the first member is fixedly connected to the second end of the second member. An increased lifetime of the connection is achieved by arranging a heating means at said dissimilar metal connection for controlled heating of said dissimilar metal connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GmbH
    Inventors: Ewelina Kos, Roland Buetikofer, Guenter Schmalzbauer, Amitkumar Shukla
  • Patent number: 10759393
    Abstract: A snow and ice removal device may include one or more, heating elements. A control unit may be configured to control the heating element to produce heat. A power source may be in electrical communication with the control unit and the heating element. Heat may be applied to the roof surface by the heating element to loosen and/or melt accumulated ice or snow from the roof surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: James Clark Carroll
  • Patent number: 10752142
    Abstract: An electrical heating assembly (1), in particular for use in a heatable seat device, comprises a plurality of heating wires (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) and a support structure (8) adapted to fix the heating wires (11, 12, 13, 14, 15). The heating wires (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) are arranged to form a plurality of hot points (10), a respective hot point (10) being defined by a circular area of 6 mm in diameter in which there are present at least three sections of heating wire (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) which are not interconnected to each other within the area of the hot point (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive AB
    Inventors: Mattias Persson, Daniel Josefsson
  • Patent number: 10718086
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement for an article including a carrier that includes: (i) a mass of polymeric material having an outer surface; and (is) at least one consolidated fibrous insert having an outer surface and including at least one elongated fiber arrangement having a plurality of ordered fibers arranged in a predetermined manner. The fibrous insert is envisioned to adjoin the mass of the polymeric material in a predetermined location for carrying a predetermined load that is subjected upon the predetermined location (thereby effectively providing localized reinforcement to that predetermined location). The fibrous insert and the mass of polymeric material are of compatible materials, structures or both, for allowing the fibrous insert to be at least partially joined to the mass of the polymeric material. Disposed upon at least a portion of the carrier will be a mass of activatable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Braymand, Eric Chopin, Henry E. Richardson
  • Patent number: 10716341
    Abstract: One variation of a method for fabricating a garment includes: applying a first mask to a first side of a fabric substrate coated with a conductive material; applying a second mask—mirrored image of the first mask—to a second side of the fabric substrate opposite the first side; applying an etchant to the fabric substrate to remove conductive material outside of the first mask; arranging a conductive interface pad of a component carrier over an electrode defined by remaining conductive material on the fabric substrate, the component carrier including a flexible substrate and a rigid electrical component mounted to the flexible substrate, the conductive interface pad extending from a terminal of the rigid electrical component across a region of the flexible substrate; mechanically fastening the component carrier to the fabric substrate to form a garment insert including an electrical circuit; and incorporating the garment insert into the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: LOOMIA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Madison Thea Maxey, Ezgi Ucar, Janett Martinez
  • Patent number: 10687392
    Abstract: A lead wire is electrically connected to an electric power source. A wire heater is supplied with electric power through the lead wire to generate heat. An insertion hole is formed in a housing. The lead wire and the wire heater are connected by a caulked member and fixed to each other, while aligning the tips of the lead wire and the wire heater in the same direction. The lead wire and the wire heater, connected by the caulked member, are fixed in the insertion hole with being inserted from the inlet portion of the insertion hole toward the end portion of the insertion hole. Sealing resin is injected into the insertion hole from an injection hole formed in the end portion, and filled therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NITTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatsugu Okada, Kazuhiro Shimamura
  • Patent number: 10585003
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system includes a temperature sensing element. The temperature sensing element is bondable to an exterior surface of an electronic component and configured to sense a temperature at an interior of the electronic component. The system further includes a flexible cable operatively connected to the temperature sensing element, and a signal conditioning unit operatively connected to a distal end of the flexible cable. The signal conditioning unit is mountable to a printed circuit board proximate to the electronic component. The signal conditioning unit is configured to receive a signal from the temperature sensing element, and output a signal indicative of the temperature at the interior of the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Saloio, James Peter Wivell
  • Patent number: 10568164
    Abstract: A heated surface and method of making the same is disclosed. The surface has a base. A first ceramic insulating layer is provided above the base. A heating element is provided above the first ceramic insulating layer. A second ceramic insulating layer is provided above the heating element. A protective layer is provided above the second ceramic insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Quintin S. Marx
  • Patent number: 10470251
    Abstract: A self-regulating electric heater cable includes a monolithic heater core of PTC material encapsulating a pair of bus wires, and a conductive layer disposed on an outer surface of the heater core such that the conductive layer levels the voltage generated at the outer surface of the heater core when an electric current is passed through the bus wires. The conductive layer draws the current evenly through lobes of PTC material encapsulating the bus wires. The conductive layer may be a coating, such as a conductive ink or paint, or may be an extruded or wrapped material applied to the heater core. Standard heater cable layers are applied over the conductive layer, including an electrically insulating layer that contacts a portion of the conductive layer and also may be separated, at points, from the conductive layer by one or more air gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: nVent Services GmbH
    Inventors: Mohammad Kazemi, Peter Martin, Linda D. B. Kiss, Edward H. Park, Jennifer Robison
  • Patent number: 10363981
    Abstract: A seat cover that generates heat, reflects the sun and repels water. The seat cover includes an interior side, an exterior side, and an open lower end. The open lower end can secure around a motorcycle seat and the exterior side can reflect heat and repel water. The open lower end further includes heating strips embedded in the interior side of the seat cover, which increases or decreases the temperature of the seat cover when activated by a heat control unit. The open lower end further includes a lip on the seat cover having a fastener for securing the seat cover over the seat of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Harold R. Ingram
  • Patent number: 10324479
    Abstract: A portable plant instrument freezing and bursting prevention device using a non-directional serial connector includes a main body portion, a plurality of heat wire portions, each of the plurality of heat wire portions comprising a male connector having a cylindrical shape, a heat wire having resistance, and a female connector having a cylindrical shape and having a hollow portion with both ends open, which are sequentially coupled to one another, and an end cap inserted into the female connector at an end of the plurality of heat wire portions to short-circuit the female connector, in which the male connector of one of the plurality of heat wire portions is inserted into the female connector of another one of the plurality of heat wire portions, and thus the plurality of heat wire portions are serially connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KEPCO ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Chang Sun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10293947
    Abstract: An aircraft heating system wherein the heater includes a haven (34) constructed from dielectric layers (40-50), conductive lanes (60), bus bars (70), and strips (80-150). Façade sections (41, 51, 61) of the dielectric layers (40-50) and the lanes (60) form the primary heating surface (31). The strips (80-150), along with sections (42, 52, 62) of the layers/lanes, form havens (34) for harbor sections (72) of the bus bars (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin Hu, James M. Roman
  • Patent number: 10278892
    Abstract: An infrared (IR) heating panel system comprising a thermally and electrically insulating substrate, a power buss, an at least one substrate supported IR heating element electrically coupled to the power buss, and a return element electrically coupled to the power buss and IR heating element. A printed shield substantially covers the IR heating element(s). The heating panel emits radiation when an electrical current is passed therethrough. The printed shielding layer is electrically coupled to a low impedance grounding matrix and configured to harness and shunt electrical field charges emitted by the IR heating element. Some embodiments include two or more IR heating panels coupled in an electrical parallel configuration supplied by one twisted and shielded power feed wire. Twisted two-wire shielded plus ground conductors are soldered to the corresponding IR heater solder points while simultaneously maintaining the twisted wire configuration for EMR cancellation and EF grounding shield conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TYLOHELO INC.
    Inventors: Steven John Benda, Chad Matthew Benda, Ragis H. C. Kao
  • Patent number: 10237923
    Abstract: Provided is a transparent film heater including: a transparent substrate 100; and a heat-emitting layer 200 that includes conductive nanowires 10 forming a network, and a coating material 20 applied to the nanowires 10 and functioning to bind the nanowires 10 with each other, is disposed on the transparent substrate 100, and emits heat upon the application of a voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, YONSEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Jin-Woo Park
  • Patent number: 10201935
    Abstract: An electric heating pad for warming a patient. The electric heating pad may be a heated underbody support, heated mattress or heated mattress overlay. An embodiment of the heating pad includes a flexible sheet-like heating element including an upper edge, a lower edge, and at least two side edges. The heating pad may also include a shell covering the heating element and comprising at least two sheets of flexible material (e.g., two sheets may be one sheet folded over to form at least two sheets). The two sheets of flexible material may be coupled together about the edges of the heating element by a weld. The material of the two sheets may include urethane. In some embodiments, a catalyst to accelerate hydrogen peroxide decomposition is coated on or impregnated into an element within the shell, or on the interior surface of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Ryan S. Augustine, Rudolf A. Deibel, Scott A. Entenman, Garrett J. Augustine, Brent M. Augustine
  • Patent number: 10125743
    Abstract: The method for de-icing composite material structures, particularly blades of a wind turbine made from composite materials, includes the following steps: disposing at least one layer of a formulation of conductive polymer on at least one portion of the surface of the structure, providing an appropriate electrical power supply for the structure, and connecting the layer of a formulation of conductive polymer to the electrical power supply in such a way as to cause the conductive layer of conductive polymer to heat up, controlling the electrical power supply depending on climatic conditions. The required composition and suitable device are also described. A specific application is the blades of wind turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VALEOL
    Inventors: Bastien Gaillardon, Serge Gracia, Mathieu Oyharcabal, Thomas Olinga
  • Patent number: 10109400
    Abstract: Laminated resistive heaters comprising a carbon nanotube layer are described. The invention also includes methods of making laminated resistive heaters and applications using the resistive heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Amy M. Heintz, Katherine P. Mitchell, Brett R. Burton, Ioan I. Feier, Timothy J. Lastrapes, Beth Muszynski
  • Patent number: 10094505
    Abstract: A heatable line pipe useful for diesel fuel systems and fuel cell systems is provided. The heatable line pipe comprises in order from an inside of the pipe: a) an electrically insulating inner layer; b) a first electrically conductive layer; c) at least two current leads wound spirally around the first electrically conductive layer; d) a second electrically conductive layer over the at least two current leads forming a surface; and e) an outer cladding of an electrically insulating plastic material. The thickness of the second electrically conductive layer is 0.1 to 1.5 mm, and the at least two current leads form wave peaks in the surface of the second electrically conductive layer. The line pipe has the advantage that a fall in heating performance over the lifetime is effectively prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: EVONIK DEGUSSA GmbH, VOSS AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Goering, Michael Boeer, Juergen Franosch, Joerg Westmeier, Otfried Schwarzkopf, Daniel De Beer
  • Patent number: 10064243
    Abstract: A heating pad with a thermostatic control circuit coupled to a resistance heating element. The resistance heating element and an acrylic based polymer adhesive are glued between polyester film layers. The film layers and heating element are contained with a plastic sleeve. The thickness and properties of the polyester film and adhesive forms a fuse. The adhesive delaminates the polyester film at excessive temperatures causing the resistance heating element to sever thereby creating an open circuit that halts operation of the heating pad. The thermostatic control circuit includes a hysteresis circuit that compares analog signals across two thin film resistors to provide a control signal to a power controller to selectively vary the power output to the heating element. The thermostatic control circuit is an integrated circuit board disposed within the fused plastic sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DSM&T Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Corona
  • Patent number: 10023778
    Abstract: A system and method for treatment of biomass products or residues to obtain valuable adhesives and composite materials is described herein. Some embodiments do not require purification of a biomass product or residue to produce an adhesive. Some embodiments comprise a treatment of post extraction algae residue configured to produce an adhesive. Use of post extraction algae residue adds value to alternative energy produced by extracting oil from algae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Inventor: William Chirdon
  • Patent number: 9955532
    Abstract: To provide a fabric heater that can be stretchable in all direction and warms up quickly. The aforementioned problem is solved by means of a fabric heater (1) that comprises a piece of fabric (2) that is formed into one piece by twist-braiding the plurality of loop portions (5) with each other, the plurality of loops portions (5) being formed by conductive thread (4), and electrodes (30) that are comprised by electrode thread (31, 35) and by spacing from each other, and the conductive thread (4) has a core (10) formed by a fiber and a conductive layer (11) or a conductive foil (12) that covers the surface of the core (10) or; by means of fabric heater (1) which is formed by the conductive thread (4) comprises a bunch of lines (7) having at least one or more conductive lines (6a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SANKI CONSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahide Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9936538
    Abstract: The invention relates to a an electric radiator element having multiple heating zones for the production of energy-efficient eco-design applications, radiator heating flanges and radiator heating pipes in the low-voltage range, having integrated radiators which increase the heating output of a heater resistor without the additional consumption of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Al Bernstein