With Workpiece Support Patents (Class 219/647)
  • Patent number: 10537830
    Abstract: Separation apparatuses for the separation of a mixture of two fluids, such as a water-in-oil emulsion, via electrocoalescence, are provided. A separation apparatus may include a series of flow conditioners each having a different permittivity, such that the flow conditioner having a permittivity that is similar or equal to the permittivity of the flowing medium is selected. Another separation apparatus may include a flow conditioner having a frequency-dependent permittivity, such that the frequency of the electric field generated is selected so that the permittivity of the flow conditioner is as similar as possible to or equal to the permittivity of the flowing medium. Another separation apparatus may include a replaceable flow conditioner that may be replaced with a flow conditioner having a permittivity that is as similar to or equal to the permittivity of the flowing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Simone Less, Sebastien A. Duval, Abderrazak Traidia, Regis D. Vilagines
  • Patent number: 10513812
    Abstract: A washing machine which performs a washing operation by heating water, a detergent, or a wash liquid using a dielectric heating method and a method of controlling the washing machine. The washing machine may include a water supply portion which supplies a wash liquid including water and a detergent, a power supply portion which supplies alternating current (AC) power, and an electric field forming portion which forms an electric field between a first electrode portion and a second electrode portion according to the AC power to heat the supplied wash liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Seung Eun Chung, Da Eun Kim, In Sik Park, Dong Woo Lee, Jin Young Choi, Jin Han Kim, Hyun Soo Park, Sung Chan Yun, Seok-Mo Chang
  • Patent number: 10327364
    Abstract: An electromagnetic-shielding structure includes an electromagnetic-shielding container having an opening, an electromagnetic-shielding cover that is movably attached to the electromagnetic-shielding container between a closing position and an opening position, and a choke structure. The choke structure is disposed so as to be positioned between a circumference of the electromagnetic-shielding container defining the opening and a circumference region of the electromagnetic-shielding cover when the electromagnetic-shielding cover is at the closing position, and includes a plurality of dielectric layers and a plurality of conductive layers that are alternately stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Sadatoshi Oishi, Sunao Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 9616458
    Abstract: A device for producing or building up a metal part by sintering and laser fusion, the device including a laser beam generator, a mechanism for deflecting the beam to scan a surface of the part to be produced, a sintering pan including a metal powder used to cover the surface of the part and to be melted by the laser beam to thicken the part, and at least one mechanism for heating powder contained in an area of the sintering pan by induction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Thierry Flesch, Jean-Baptiste Mottin
  • Patent number: 9018570
    Abstract: Induction heating systems and methods for combinatorial heating of a substrate are disclosed. The induction heating system includes a susceptor segmented into multiple regions (e.g., two to 20 regions) that are separated from one another by a reflective channel that is purged with a liquid (e.g., gas or liquid). The induction heating system includes multiple induction coils, each induction coil corresponding to one of the susceptor regions or segments. The distance between each induction coil and the susceptor region can be varied using an independent lift for each region. The relative distance between the coils and the corresponding susceptor regions is used to vary the temperature of a substrate so that different regions of the substrate can be independently heated to different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent Riley Child
  • Patent number: 8993942
    Abstract: An apparatus for magnetic induction hardening of a workpiece includes a magnetic tool having a body portion formed of a generally non-magnetic material. The body portion has a surface configured to be positioned in close proximity to the workpiece being hardened. The apparatus further includes a magnetic arrangement coupled to the body portion at or adjacent the surface of the body portion and configured to provide regions of alternating polarity. A workpiece holder is configured to support the workpiece in close proximity to the surface of the magnetic tool. A drive arrangement for rotating the magnetic tool relative to the workpiece holder about an axis of rotation is provided to induce heating of the workpiece to achieve a temperature in the austenitic range of the workpiece resulting in hardening of the workpiece through a microstructural transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Timken Company
    Inventors: Stephen B. Fitch, Jerry Mills, William Stuehr, John Gadus, Stephen P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8968470
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a graphite crucible for electromagnetic induction-based silicon melting and an apparatus for silicon melting/refining using the same, which performs a melting operation by a combination of indirect melting and direct melting. The crucible is formed of a graphite material and includes a cylindrical body having an open upper part through which a silicon raw material is charged into the crucible, and an outer wall surrounded by an induction coil, wherein a plurality of slits are vertically formed through the outer wall and an inner wall of the crucible such that an electromagnetic force created by an electric current flowing in the induction coil acts toward an inner center of the crucible to prevent a silicon melt from contacting the inner wall of the crucible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Energy Research
    Inventors: Bo Yun Jang, Young Soo Ahn, Joon Soo Kim, Sang Hyun Park, Dong Kook Kim, Gwon Jong Yu
  • Patent number: 8912472
    Abstract: An apparatus for hardening a spring having a helical or beehive shape. The apparatus has a rotation support system and an induction heating system. The rotation support system is designed to support the spring while the spring is heated by the induction heating system. The induction heating system has an induction coil system having a coil system. The coil system has a spaced region designed to receive the spring and to heat the spring while the spring is supported on the rotation support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Barnes Group Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Kurylo, Mehieddine Rababeh
  • Publication number: 20140363327
    Abstract: A method for forming a component includes providing a first layer of a mixture of first and second powders. The method includes determining the frequency of an alternating magnetic field to induce eddy currents sufficient to bulk heat only one of the first and second powders. The alternating magnetic field is applied at the determined frequency to a portion of the first layer of the mixture using a flux concentrator. Exposure to the magnetic field changes the phase of at least a portion of the first powder to liquid. The liquid portion couples to at least some of the second powder and subsequently solidifies to provide a composite component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew J. Holcomb
  • Patent number: 8878108
    Abstract: An induction heating cooker in which a size of heating coils can be freely set without being restricted by a size of an opening of a cabinet of a kitchen unit. The induction heating cooker has an outer casing including a flange extending in an outward direction from a top portion of a container receptacle, with a heating coil container space being provided between the flange and a plate, such that one portion of each of the heating coils is disposed in the heating coil container space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kitaizumi, Naoaki Ishimaru, Yoichi Kurose, Masafumi Sadahira, Yuichi Shimizu, Masayo Haji
  • Patent number: 8803047
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention relates to induction heating systems and methods for producing an object having a varying hardness along the length of the object. In some embodiments, the induction heating system comprises a radio frequency (RF) power source and a work coil electrically coupled to the RF power source, wherein the work coil is a helical conical coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ameritherm, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee Stratford
  • Patent number: 8803048
    Abstract: An induction heating and control system and method have enhanced reliability and advanced performance features for use with induction cooking devices, such as induction heating ranges. Enhanced performance is facilitated via the use of an induction heating system which integrates voltage management, power management, thermal management, digital control sensing and regulation systems, and protection systems management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Bassill, Clifford Jameson, Dongyu Wang
  • Publication number: 20140209599
    Abstract: A container that experiences vibrations when transported allows an inner container which defines a chamber holding a substance to move relative to an outer shell under the influence of vibrations. An energy generator such as a magnet and a corresponding coil or a piezoelectric generator that does not move with the inner container is juxtaposed with the inner container to cause an electrical current to be introduced in the inner container when the inner container moves relative to the magnet. The electrical current is dissipated as heat to transfer heat into the substance in the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Energyield, LLC
    Inventor: ROBERT HOTTO
  • Publication number: 20140183181
    Abstract: Induction soldering via an assembly fixture is utilized to bond one or more items of hardware to a vehicle window to form a vehicle window assembly. A method of operating the assembly fixture to bond the one or more items of hardware to a vehicle window by induction soldering is also an aspect of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Charles E. Ash, Charles Sitterlet
  • Patent number: 8766147
    Abstract: An induction stove assembly that utilizes pads between the cook-top of the stove and cooking vessels placed on the stove for heating. The pads are easily removable and interchangeable with other similar pads. The pads help protect the cook-top from damage, make clean-up more efficient, and insulate the cook-top from excessive heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Kenyon International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Reischmann, Phillip Williams
  • Patent number: 8653426
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus is disclosed, which enables suppression of a warp of a base substrate to which a plurality of single crystal semiconductor substrates are bonded. An example of the apparatus comprises a treatment chamber, a supporting base provided in the treatment chamber, a plurality of supports which are provided over the supporting base and are arranged to support the base substrate, and a heating unit for heating the base substrate, where each position of the plurality of supports can be changed over the supporting base. The use of this apparatus contributes to the reduction in the region where the base substrate and the supports are in contact with each other, which allows uniform heating of the base substrate, leading to the formation of an SOI substrate with high quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20140021116
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating a high pressure chromatography frit filter assembly is described. The frit is positioned in bondable contact with a polymer ring and then the frit is subject to inductive or targeted heating to cause the frit material to heat the adjacent polymer ring from the inside out. The polymer to liquefies and flow into and past one or more narrowing locations in the pore passageway extending from the surface of the frit to an infusion depth, which provides previously unachieved secure mechanical engagement and adherence and resistance to pressure blow by (break through) and prevents the flow of contaminants between the edge of the frit and the facing edge of the polymer ring in a high pressure or ultra-high pressure chromatography system, where inlet pressures in the range of pressures up to 18,000 PSI are expected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: FH INSTRUMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Ford, Vance R. Chin, Kevin A. Medlock, Michael P. Keegan
  • Publication number: 20140001175
    Abstract: An electromagnetic frying and broiling device of the present invention includes an induction cooker and a container for containing food. The container is placed on an upper disk of the induction cooker. The induction cooker includes a heating coil for heating the container. The container includes a bottom plate and a side wall extending upwardly from a circumference of the bottom plate. A plurality of positioning plates extends downwardly from a lower end of the side wall of the container. After the container is placed on the induction cooker, the bottom plate of the container is kept a distance away from the upper disk, and the positioning plates are fastened on an outer periphery of the upper disk so that the container is positioned on the induction cooker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Sekond Creative Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Song Tsai, Sheng-chi Lin
  • Patent number: 8602955
    Abstract: A furnace roller assembly is provided with a helically shaped shaft-offset and metal product contact surface assembly wound around a furnace roller shaft. A corebuster may be provided within the furnace roller shaft to direct the flow of a coolant within the axial length of the furnace roller shaft and through a cooling element forming a part of the shaft-offset and metal contact surface assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Andritz Bricmont Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick H. Bryan
  • Patent number: 8546734
    Abstract: A magnetic separator for spacing a plurality of workpieces in face-to-face relationship includes upper and lower guide plates that define a passage having an inlet opening and an outlet opening for workpieces moving through the separator, with the inlet opening having a funnel-shaped configuration adapted to admit and align any misaligned workpieces moving into the passage. Upper and lower pole pieces adjacent the upper and lower guide plates provide a magnetic field operative to orient workpieces in the passage. The upper guide plate has an intermediate portion that extends between an inlet and outlet end portions of the upper guide plate, with the inlet end portion extending transverse to the intermediate portion of the upper guide plate. The passage has an intermediate portion disposed between the inlet opening and outlet openings, with the inlet opening being substantially larger in cross-sectional area than the intermediate portion of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond J. Baxter, Robert G. Zuccarelli
  • Publication number: 20130233429
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon fluid pipeline may include pipeline segments connected together in end-to-end relation between first and second spaced apart geographic locations and configured to carry hydrocarbon fluid therethrough. The hydrocarbon fluid pipeline may also include a radio frequency (RF) heating station that may include an RF source and an RF heater between adjacent pipeline segments of the plurality thereof. The RF heater may include an inner tubular dielectric coupler between the adjacent pipeline segments, and an electrically conductive outer housing surrounding the inner tubular dielectric coupler and connected to the RF source to heat the hydrocarbon fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Blue, Ronald Edward Jackson, JR., Michael Joseph Ottomanelli, Donald S. George
  • Patent number: 8522848
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatuses for assembling substrates with functional blocks, using a printhead to deliver individual functional blocks to the appropriate locations on the substrates. In an embodiment, the functional block releasing mechanism comprises a heat source to provide thermal energy and a light source to provide photon energy, wherein the heat source and the light source enable releasing individual functional blocks from the reservoir for positioning on the substrate. The heat source can comprise an array of heating elements, such as thin film heating elements, which can provide localized heating to individual elements, thus enabling releasing individual functional blocks. The light source can comprise a laser beam and a moving mechanism to move the laser beam to the individual functional blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jayna Sheats
  • Publication number: 20130168385
    Abstract: The cooking hob (1) comprises a continuous glass or glass ceramic support plate (2) which has a treatment area (4) capable of supporting a cooking vessel (50) provided with rotary blades (53) connected to an upper magnetic coupling member (54). A drive motor (6) operatively connected for rotating a lower magnetic coupling member (5) located below the treatment area (4) is arranged below said support plate (2). The cooking hob (1) and the cooking vessel (50) comprise respective components of detection means for detecting an angular position change of the cooking vessel (50) in relation to the treatment area (4) and control means (30) configured for modifying or stopping the operation of the drive motor (6) when said angular position change is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Josep Alet Vidal, Lluis Trench Roca
  • Publication number: 20130168384
    Abstract: A cavity divider is provided for use within an appliance cavity to partition the appliance cavity into a plurality of sub-cavities. The appliance cavity has a sending coil. The cavity divider comprises a pick-up coil and a heating element, whereby the sending coil is configured to be inductively coupled to the pick-up coil, whereby an electrical current generated in the pick-up coil provides power to the heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Bryan CADIMA
  • Publication number: 20130140298
    Abstract: A semiconductor substrate thermal treatment apparatus enables excellent heating control in suppressing influence of mutual induction between induction heating coils even when the induction heating coils are arranged in the vertical direction while providing horizontal magnetic flux to susceptors. The apparatus indirectly heats wafers mounted on horizontally-arranged susceptors including induction heating coils to form alternate-current magnetic flux in a direction parallel to a mount face of the susceptor. The wafer are arranged at an outer circumferential side of the susceptor. The induction heating coils are structured with at least one main heating coil and subordinate heating coils electromagnetically coupled with the main heating coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Mitsui Engineering &Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Naoki Uchida, Yoshihiro Okazaki, Kazuhiro Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8455293
    Abstract: A method for processing solar cells comprising: providing a vertical furnace to receive an array of mutually spaced circular semiconductor wafers for integrated circuit processing; composing a process chamber loading configuration for solar cell substrates, wherein a size of the solar cell substrates that extends along a first surface to be processed is smaller than a corresponding size of the circular semiconductor wafers, such that multiple arrays of mutually spaced solar cell substrates can be accommodated in the process chamber, loading the solar cell substrates into the process chamber; subjecting the solar cell substrates to a process in the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: ASM International N.V.
    Inventors: Chris G. M. de Ridder, Klaas P. Boonstra, Adriaan Garssen, Frank Huussen
  • Publication number: 20130105469
    Abstract: The reactive waste deactivation facility is designed to destroy explosives, propellants, and manufactured munitions items. The facility includes a plurality of armored deactivation bays. Two configurations can be used for these bays: a batch loading vertical bay and a continuous feed horizontal rotary bay. The armored deactivation bays are all enclosed within a common expansion chamber that is designed to collect waste gasses, dusts and residual wastes resulting from the deactivation of wastes that take place in the plurality of bays. The facility uses an electric induction heating coil for each bay to start the reactions. The facility may also include remotely operable waste feeding systems A waste collection and removal system is also provided which permits removal of residues from the individual reaction bays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Advanced Environmental Technology
    Inventor: Ronald E. Gregg
  • Publication number: 20130068758
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating a workpiece, particularly a roller bearing, having low power consumption, rapid heating and low weight, includes a truncated conical contact surface for horizontal workpiece bearing, a single-layer solenoid coil underneath the contact surface, following the contact surface shape relative to its covered surface and gradient, resulting in magnetic lines of force concentrated in an internal workpiece area and a driver resonant circuit producing an alternating magnetic field in the solenoid coil. The workpiece is inductively heated quickly with no need for pushing onto a magnet yoke, because of its horizontal bearing. The planar configuration of the solenoid coil, following the contact surface shape, causes the driver resonant circuit to be operated at high frequency, resulting in low power consumption. The profile of the lines of force causes the magnetic field to directly enter areas to be heated on an upper workpiece surface, ensuring homogeneous workpiece heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SIMATEC AG
    Inventors: Hans Gfeller, Max Wyssman
  • Patent number: 8354623
    Abstract: A treatment apparatus uses an inductive heating method to allow an object to be heated while preventing a treatment chamber from being heated. The treatment apparatus for performing a heat treatment on the object has a treatment chamber and an induction heating coil section. The treatment chamber is capable of accommodating a plurality of objects. The induction heating coil section is wound around an outer circumference of the treatment chamber. The treatment apparatus also has a high frequency power supply and a gas supply unit. The high frequency power supply applies high frequency power to the induction heating coil section. The gas supply unit introduces a necessary gas to the treatment chamber. A holding unit is inserted in and removed from the treatment chamber under the condition that the holding unit holds the object and an induction heating generator adapted to be inductively heated by means of a high frequency wave emitted by the induction heating coil section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20130008890
    Abstract: [Problem] When a core is configured by injection-molding a mixture including a soft magnetic powder and a thermoplastic resin and a reactor is manufactured by integrating a coil in a state where the coil is embedded in the inner portion of core, positional misalignment or deformation of coil at the time of molding the core can be effectively prevented, and the core can be favorably molded using an injection molding method. [Solution Means] A reactor 15 is manufactured through a step A of encasing a coil 10 configured by winding a wire in a state where an insulating layer is interposed between the wires with an electrically insulating resin to mold an encased coil body 24, and a step of molding a core 16 by injection-molding a mixture including a soft magnetic powder and a thermoplastic resin in a state where the encased coil body 24 is enclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Junichi Esaki, Yoshitomo Kajinami, Hiroyuki Kato, Yasuhiro Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20120294990
    Abstract: A system and method for holding and warming food held in pans or trays having a low relative magnetic permeability, such as 300-series stainless steel, using induction heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: CookTek Induction Systems, LLC, a division of Middleby Corporation
    Inventors: Warren S. Graber, Reinhard Metz, Robert J. Visher
  • Publication number: 20120255947
    Abstract: A composite induction consolidation apparatus includes a base mandrel and a ferromagnetic base mandrel facesheet having a specific Curie temperature carried by the base mandrel. The base mandrel facesheet is adapted to support a composite part and allow ambient air pressure to compact the composite part against the base mandrel facesheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: MARC R. MATSEN, Mark A. Negley
  • Publication number: 20120241441
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an induction hob with a number of induction coils (12) on a cooking surface (10) and an apparatus for determining the temperatures on the induction coils (12). The induction coils (12) are arranged on the cooking surface (10) according to a predetermined scheme. At least one temperature sensor (14, 16, 18, 20; 24, 26) is arranged within an intermediate space between two or more induction coils (12). The at least one temperature sensor (14, 16, 18, 20; 24, 26) and the central portions of at least two adjacent induction coils (12) are thermally connected by heat conductor elements (22). The temperature sensors (14, 16, 18, 20; 24, 26) are electrically connected to at least one evaluation circuit for determining the temperatures of the adjacent induction coils (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Thibaut Rigolle, Jeanneteau Laurent, Alex Viroli, Filippo Martini
  • Patent number: 8269152
    Abstract: A consumer unit (7) for converting inductively transmitted electric power. The device comprises at least one secondary coil (5) for accepting power from a alternating electromagnetic field. The secondary coil (5) is electrically connected to at least one consumer in which the electric power is converted. The consumer unit (7) is designed as a replaceable module for an induction furnace (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: MGS Modular Galley Systems AG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Haas, Roland Jans, Turgay Nergiz
  • Patent number: 8263916
    Abstract: In an induction heating body 1 in which heat is generated by eddy current induced by a high-frequency magnetic field, when forming a radially-directed separation section 31 separated from the center to the outer periphery, one of end brim parts 31a1 is superimposed on the other end brim parts 31a2 or they are close to each other with the end surfaces thereof 31b1 and 31b2 being abutted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hagino Fujita, Takayuki Aikawa
  • Publication number: 20120217236
    Abstract: The present rice cooker includes: a follower magnet integrally formed in a rotational mixing blade to rotate and drive a rotational mixing blade; a driver magnet coupled to the follower magnet in a non-contact manner to transmit driving force; a motor for rotating the driver magnet; and a cylindrical cover having a shape of cylinder surrounding the driver magnet and engaged with a protrusion of an inner bowl for positioning. By employing such a configuration, there can be provided a rice cooker having a structure which is free from clogging with grains of rice in the case where the rotational mixing blade is provided in the inner bowl and which is capable of preventing the rotational mixing blade from falling from the inner bowl when the inner bowl is inverted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Shinya Takagi
  • Publication number: 20120168432
    Abstract: A multi-function induction cooker comprises: a left body with a left upper cover and a corresponding lower left cover, a left supporting board for supporting the heating plate disposed on the left upper cover, a left electromagnetic induction component disposed inside the chamber between the left upper and left lower cover; a right body connected on the right side of the left body, and the right body can be returned on the upper surface of the left body to a folded status, or an unfolded status; wherein a status switching device for switching the folded and unfolded status is disposed on the left or right body, and said status switching device can switch the power proportion between the two bodies in folded or unfolded status. With the multi-function induction cooker: the food can be heated from the top and the bottom, and pans can be heated on both surfaces simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sen-Chuan Liu
  • Publication number: 20120160833
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus for heat treating a plurality of substrates, includes: a processing chamber which accommodates the plurality of substrates to be subjected to the heat treatment; a substrate holding member which holds the plurality of substrates in a vertical arrangement and is capable of being loaded into/unloaded from the processing chamber; an induction heating coil which forms an induction magnetic field for induction heating in the processing chamber; a high frequency power supply which applies high frequency power to the induction heating coil; and induction heating bodies including spiral-shaped parts which are respectively installed to overlap with the plurality of substrates in the processing chamber and generate heat by a flow of induction current generated by applying the high frequency power to the induction heating coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Ikuo SAWADA, Shigetoshi HOSAKA
  • Publication number: 20120145288
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention relates to induction heating systems and methods for producing an object having a varying hardness along the length of the object. In some embodiments, the induction heating system comprises a radio frequency (RF) power source and a work coil electrically coupled to the RF power source, wherein the work coil is a helical conical coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Ameritherm, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee STRATFORD
  • Publication number: 20120138600
    Abstract: It is an object to provide an electromagnetic-wave shield structure with a reduced size for an electromagnetic wave heating device, with a simple structure employing a meta-material formed from a lamination members including a dielectric member and conductive members laminated on each other such that the meta-material is placed in a choke slot. There are provided a heating chamber for housing a to-be-heated object, an electromagnetic-wave supply device, and a door. A choke slot and lamination members are provided in at least one of an opening peripheral portion and a door peripheral portion which is faced thereto in a state where the door is closed. This enables provision of an electromagnetic-wave shield structure with a smaller size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Oomori, Tomotaka Nobue
  • Publication number: 20120132649
    Abstract: Coupling for joining conduits in a dielectric heating reactor comprising: a connector for forming a sealed joint between conduits, and an expandable electromagnetic shield arranged to surround joined conduits such that electromagnetic shielding of the joined conduits is maintained in response to dimensional changes due to temperature and/or pressure. Furthermore, an electromagnetic heating reactor comprising: an electromagnetic enclosure having a pressurisable interior and a reactant supply conduit at least partially enclosed within the pressurisable interior, wherein the pressurisable interior is arranged to at least partially counterbalance pressure within the reactant supply conduit and further wherein the interior of the reactant supply conduit is sealed against the pressurisable interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Melson Perkin, Norman Maloney, Ian Harry Jones, Darren Kell, David Ellis
  • Publication number: 20120111854
    Abstract: An induction heating device includes at least one base having at least one heating area, and at least one inductor arranged under the base opposite the heating area. The base includes a recess delimiting the heating area and inside which a support is arranged partially covering the heating area and partially secured to the base, the support being able to support a receptacle so as to hold the receptacle above the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Gaspard
  • Publication number: 20120103974
    Abstract: A tool for local heat treatment of a metallic structural part includes a first inductor arranged above a first side of a region of the structural part undergoing local heat treatment at a first distance to the first side, and a second inductor arranged at a second side of the region in opposition to the first side. At least one of the first and second inductors has induction loops arranged in the shape of a meander.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: OTTO BUSCHSIEWEKE, Mathias Lohberg
  • Publication number: 20120085753
    Abstract: An apparatus for magnetic induction hardening of a workpiece includes a magnetic tool having a body portion formed of a generally non-magnetic material. The body portion has a surface configured to be positioned in close proximity to the workpiece being hardened. The apparatus further includes a magnetic arrangement coupled to the body portion at or adjacent the surface of the body portion and configured to provide regions of alternating polarity. A workpiece holder is configured to support the workpiece in close proximity to the surface of the magnetic tool. A drive arrangement for rotating the magnetic tool relative to the workpiece holder about an axis of rotation is provided to induce heating of the workpiece to achieve a temperature in the austenitic range of the workpiece resulting in hardening of the workpiece through a microstructural transformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen B. Fitch, Jerry Mills, William Stuehr, John Gadus, Stephen P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8146265
    Abstract: A display device of a dryer, which can achieve the reliability of a function to display a clogging degree in the dryer, is disclosed. The display device includes a display unit for displaying a clogging degree of an air passage through at least one level indicator, and a controller for controlling the display unit when power is supplied, such that the level indicator flickers for a predetermined time, and then displays the clogging degree of the air passage. The display for the clogging degree of the air passage is executed, following the display of a normal operation state of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Hun Oh, Seon Il Heo, Yang Hwan Kim, Yeong Sik Choi, Seog Ho Ko, Ju Han Yoon
  • Publication number: 20120058234
    Abstract: A device for food preparation. The device comprises: (a) a vertical support; (b) at least one arm characterized by a longitudinal axis. The arm is pivotally connected to the vertical support; (c) at least one cooker connected to of the arms, such that the plane of the at least one cooker is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the arm. The device is characterized by two positions: (i) a FOLDED position; and, (ii) a horizontally OPERATIVE position; in the FOLDED position, the longitudinal axis of the arm is substantially parallel to the vertical support, and in the OPERATIVE position, the longitudinal axis of the arm is substantially perpendicular to the vertical support. The device is adapted to save space when the device is in the FOLDED position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Yftach Navon
  • Publication number: 20120037615
    Abstract: An item of induction cookware for keeping food warm comprises a base with ribs, between which the base is coated with a ferromagnetic material. According to the invention, the ferromagnetic material is divided into fields. This prevents constriction points in the ferromagnetic material, at which intense local heating can occur, which can cause the induction cookware to break.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: Gastros AG
    Inventor: Timo Hafner
  • Publication number: 20110284526
    Abstract: Apparatus for heat treatment of a long material of metal includes an induction unit having an inductor for heating a long material and a quenching spray associated to the inductor. The induction unit and the long material are moveable in relation to one another during a heat treatment. A holding device secures the long material and includes at least two clamping units which are spaced from one another at a distance in a longitudinal direction of the long material. The clamping units can be opened to allow passage of the induction unit during the heat treatment and closed again after passage of the induction unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Rafael Garcia Gomez
  • Publication number: 20110272134
    Abstract: A downhole device with compressive layer at the surface thereof. Such devices may be particularly well suited for survivability in the face of potentially long term exposure to a downhole environment. Techniques for forming protective compressive layers at the surfaces of such devices may include positioning devices within a chamber for bombardment by high frequency particles. As a manner of enhancing the compressive layer thickness and effectiveness, low temperature conditions may be applied to the device during the high frequency treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Indranil Roy, Manuel Marya, Rashmi Bhavsar, Chris Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20110259879
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to apparatuses and methods for utilizing a plurality of induction heat sources to uniformly heat a plurality of substrates within a processing chamber. By utilizing multiple heating zones that are each separately powered, the temperature distribution across the susceptor, over which the substrates rotate, may be uniform. The heat sources may be disposed outside of the processing chamber. In one embodiment, a processing chamber is provided which includes a susceptor disposed adjacent a first side of a window, a substrate carrier coupled with the susceptor, an inner inductive heating element disposed adjacent a second side of the window opposite the first side, an outer inductive heating element separate from and encompassing the inner inductive heating element and disposed adjacent to the second side of the window, and a parasitic load ring positioned below the outer inductive heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Hiroji Hanawa, Kyawwin Jason Maung, Karl Brown