With Diverse Device Patents (Class 219/679)
  • Patent number: 10588452
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cooking appliance, having a door and a base. The base has a top plate, a bottom plate, a left outer housing, a right outer housing, a front plate and a rear plate, which form an accommodating space for accommodating electric devices. Some of the electric devices are fixed to the lower surface of the top plate, and the others are fixed to the upper surface of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: GUANGDONG MIDEA KITCHEN APPLIANCES MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae man Cho
  • Patent number: 10577992
    Abstract: A disclosed microwave heating apparatus includes a casing part configured to accommodate an object to be heated; a microwave generator configured to generate a microwave; an electromagnetic wave generator configured to generate an electromagnetic wave whose frequency is different from that of the microwave; an electromagnetic wave sensor configured to measure power of the electromagnetic wave, the power of the electromagnetic wave being measured after the electromagnetic wave incident on the casing part from the electromagnetic wave generator has passed through the object to be heated; and a controller configured to control, based on the power measured in the electromagnetic wave sensor, the microwave generator to generate the microwave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tadahiro Imada, Katsusada Motoyoshi, Tatsuya Hirose, Yoichi Kawano
  • Patent number: 10526943
    Abstract: A disclosed microwave heating apparatus includes a casing part configured to accommodate an object to be heated; a microwave generator configured to generate a microwave; an electromagnetic wave generator configured to generate an electromagnetic wave whose frequency is different from that of the microwave; an electromagnetic wave sensor configured to measure power of the electromagnetic wave, the power of the electromagnetic wave being measured after the electromagnetic wave incident on the casing part from the electromagnetic wave generator has passed through the object to be heated; and a controller configured to control, based on the power measured in the electromagnetic wave sensor, the microwave generator to generate the microwave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tadahiro Imada, Katsusada Motoyoshi, Tatsuya Hirose, Yoichi Kawano
  • Patent number: 10494909
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that use RF energy to enhance the extraction of oil and gas from hydrocarbon bearing strata. A three-dimensional underground electromagnetic array of coupled well pipe segments is used to guide RF energy to where that energy is converted to heat in the hydrocarbon bearing strata. The three dimensional underground electromagnetic array of coupled well pipe segments includes a switch to selectively activate coupled well pipe segments and is a guided wave structure, as opposed to an antenna structure, to minimize the unwanted effects of the near fields associated with antennas. In one embodiment, the leas of the three-dimensional underground electromagnetic array are composed of production well pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Highland Light management Corp
    Inventors: Preston W Grounds, III, Daniel Moos
  • Patent number: 10478101
    Abstract: A passive sensing continuous glucose monitoring system and method of use thereof. The system includes a passive antenna formed of biocompatible silicon carbide (SiC), modeled to a desired frequency, which is permanently implanted subcutaneously. The system further includes an external-to-the-body transmitting antenna to detect changes in the blood glucose level by sending a radio signal at the frequency of the implanted passive antenna into the body. This signal is received and reflected by the passive antenna, and the reflected signal is then received at an external-to-the-body receiving antenna. Changes in the glucose level lead to modifications in the signal and can be used to determine the blood glucose level externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Fabiola Araujo Cespedes, Stephen E. Saddow, Christopher Leroy Frewin, Erdem Topsakal
  • Patent number: 10388102
    Abstract: Mechanisms for dispensing items such as medications and medical supplies. Different mechanisms may be tailored to dispensing different kinds of items, for example medications in single dose packages, vials, syringes, or other similarly-shaped items. The dispensers may be placed in a dispensing unit that includes a lockable restock drawer and a dispense drawer into which items are dispensed by the dispensing mechanisms. The various kinds of dispensing mechanisms may be installed in the restock drawer in any workable proportion and arrangement. The dispensing mechanisms include multiple sensing technologies for tracking and inventory of items and for accurate sensing of items as they are dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Edith Wilson, Gerardo Moreno, Guillermo Trejo, Vikram Mehta, Herbert Lawson Fisher
  • Patent number: 10350026
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating pain associated with dentistry provides a removal apparatus for removing a portion of a tooth. A desiccation apparatus flows a desiccated gas to the portion of the tooth to desiccate dentinal tubules in a region surrounding the portion of the tooth, generally preventing nerve cells within the tooth from transmitting pain signals associated with the removal. The removal apparatus has a drill head with a body having an axial opening configured to accept a dental burr. An annular passage exists between the dental burr and the body within the axial opening. A chamber in the body is in fluid communication with the axial opening, where a channel is fluidly coupled to an external port and to a source of the desiccated gas to flow the desiccated gas therethrough and expose a drilling region of the dental burr to the desiccated gas to mitigate pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: James B. Wolf
  • Patent number: 10337306
    Abstract: A steam injector assembly for handling steam in a subterranean well includes a steam separation system, the steam separation system directing an initial high quality steam to a subterranean formation and directing low quality fluid mix to a heating system. The heating system includes a ceramic-containing member located in a travel path of the low quality fluid mix and an electromagnetic antenna positioned to heat the ceramic-containing member with electromagnetic waves. A relief valve is movable to an open position when an improved high quality steam within a heating chamber of the heating system reaches an injection pressure, wherein in the open position, the relief valve provides a fluid flow path out of the heating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Sameeh Issa Batarseh
  • Patent number: 10235041
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a detection unit for detecting a state of a manipulating body in a manipulation area, a state judgment unit for judging whether the manipulating body is in an input state in which a given input manipulation process is executed according to input information input by the manipulating body or in a standby state in which the input manipulation process is not executed, based on the detection result of the detection unit, and an execution process determination unit for determining a process to be executed from a plurality of processes including the input manipulation process based on the state judged by the state judgment unit or a change of the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Miyazawa, Ikuo Yamano, Fuminori Homma
  • Patent number: 9949462
    Abstract: A blower apparatus is supported on a frame detachably mounted on the implement mounting plate for a skid steer loader. The blower is powered by a hydraulic motor operatively connected to the auxiliary hydraulic system of the skid steer loader. The blower is mounted on the frame in a manner that orients the discharge spout upwardly to be directed at elevated structure within the chicken house. Re-orientation of the air stream from the blower can be affected by manipulating the tilt position of the implement mounting plate and by raising the boom arms of the skid steer loader to elevate the blower apparatus. By properly positioning and orienting the discharged air stream from the blower apparatus, the dirt and debris in elevated structure of the chicken house can be dislodged and removed from the chicken house to improve the health and environment for a subsequent flock of birds installed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: H. Lamar Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9867501
    Abstract: A food loading system provides the ability to stage a volume of food in a freezer or cooler that keeps food product safely stored until the product is ready to be transferred to a cooking unit. The food loading system is configured to deliver the food product directly from storage to a loading mechanism for a cooking unit or directly to a cooking unit. The food loading system includes a control panel that accepts operator inputs for transfer of food from storage, or the food loading system may be connected wirelessly or by wire to one or more Point-Of-Sale (POS) devices, such as tablets, cash registers, and the like, and the food loading system uses the input from the POS devices to transfer food automatically from storage to a cooking unit input or directly to a cooking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Lon Lehman
  • Patent number: 9855353
    Abstract: Rapid Disinfection System that is able to disinfect the surfaces of a Rescue Ambulance Patient Cabin after all necessary hand disinfection protocols have been completed. As with emergency situations timing is critical. This system can disinfect the patient cabin rapidly within minutes with very little operator effort. This will allow for little to no down time of the rescue ambulance. Larger populated areas may have as much as 50,000 emergency calls in a months' time and may only have 20 to 30 rescue ambulance to handle all of these calls. In these areas there may only be less than 5 minutes surface disinfection times available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Michael Stacy
  • Patent number: 9826752
    Abstract: A machine for the thermal treatment of liquid and semi-liquid food products includes at least two tanks for containing respective products to be subjected to the thermal treatment, at least one dispenser for dispensing the product contained in said tanks, at least one stirrer mounted inside each tank for mixing the product contained therein, and thermal treatment means operatively acting on the products contained in the containers. The thermal treatment means includes at least one circuit for circulation of an operating fluid and two first heat exchangers operating according to a thermodynamic cycle; each of the two heat exchangers being associated with a respective tank. The thermal treatment means is configured to implement at least one operating mode of removing heat from the respective tank by one heat exchanger and simultaneously transferring heat to the respective tank by the other heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ALI S.p.A.—CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 9747253
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing an article from an article dispensing machine by reducing the amount of time for completing a transaction involving the article is provided. A request related to a selected article and payment information for a balance related to the selected article may be received at the article dispensing machine through a user interface. The payment information may be validated, and simultaneously and in parallel, the selected article may be retrieved from a storage unit in the article dispensing machine. The selected article may be dispensed from the article dispensing machine if the payment information is valid. If the payment information is not valid, the selected article may be returned to the storage unit. Quicker dispensing of articles during consumer transactions with the article dispensing machine may result. The articles may include media articles, such as DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and video game discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Polubinski, Jr., William Ptacek
  • Patent number: 9522201
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for disinfecting and/or sterilizing medical or laboratory apparel or accessories, comprising: a cabinet, a disinfecting system housed within the cabinet, wherein the disinfecting system comprises at least one disinfecting agent, and an embedded computer or a programmable logic controller (PLC) housed within the cabinet, wherein the embedded computer or the PLC controls one or more systems of the apparatus. The cabinet has advanced tracking features (e.g., RFID readers) that can track the apparel or accessories being disinfected. The embedded computer or PLC has the capabilities to send electronic messages to users or additional computers for further transmission of information at regular intervals. Methods for disinfecting and/or sterilizing medical or laboratory apparel or accessories are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: NOSOCOM SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Naresh Sunkara, Ricardo R Garcia, Nikhil Santosh Naikal, Jaya Sunkara
  • Patent number: 9337001
    Abstract: A microwave processing apparatus includes: a processing chamber; a microwave introducing unit for generating microwaves and introducing the microwaves into the chamber; and a control unit for controlling the microwave introducing unit. The microwave introducing unit has microwave sources for generating the microwaves and transmission lines for transmitting the microwaves into the chamber and introduces parts of the microwaves into the chamber simultaneously, and the control unit switches a first state of introducing said parts of the microwaves into the chamber to a second state of generating a microwave by one of the microwave sources and introducing into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Mitsutoshi Ashida
  • Patent number: 9334615
    Abstract: I describe a road deicer, comprising a magnetron connected to a power supply device through a power transformer, an antenna chamber connected to the magnetron through a waveguide tube, and a microwave emitter arranged inside the antenna chamber, wherein at least one slot is formed on an emitting end of the antenna chamber facing the road. The deicer generates microwave energy through a magnetron, transmits the microwave energy through a waveguide tube, and then radiates the microwave energy through a microwave emitter and slots, thereby melting the ice through microwave heating. The road deicer has higher deicing efficiency, and it won't damage the road, nor pollute the environment. It also provides a road deicing system which has high deicing efficiency and can avoid damaging the road and polluting the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Wuji Yin
  • Patent number: 9310870
    Abstract: A network appliance apparatus conveys communication signals over a communication network and is constructed from a communication circuit and a power conditioning circuit in a common housing. The power conditioning circuit conditions alternating current (AC) electrical power and it is determined which power criteria are met by the conditioned electrical power. The conditioned electrical power is selectively provided to the communication circuit in response to one of the power criteria being met such that the conditioned electrical power is removed from the communication circuit when another of the power criteria is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Electronic Systems Protection, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Dawley, Richard J. Billingsley, John W. Blanke
  • Patent number: 9219876
    Abstract: A television monitor and microwave oven combination includes a microwave oven that with a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a first lateral wall, a second lateral wall and a front wall. The front wall has an opening therein to allow positioning of food items access an interior of the housing. A door is hingedly coupled to the first lateral wall. A first lateral edge of the door is positioned adjacent to the first lateral wall of the housing. The door is positionable in a closed position covering the opening or in an open position exposing the opening. A display monitor is mounted on the microwave oven to allow viewing of video on the display monitor. A signal conduit is electrically coupled to the display monitor. The signal conduit includes an input port mounted on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Roberto A. Umana
  • Patent number: 9169287
    Abstract: Systems and processes for performing solid phase peptide synthesis are generally described. Solid phase peptide synthesis is a known process in which amino acid residues are added to peptides that have been immobilized on a solid support. In certain embodiments, the inventive systems and methods can be used to perform solid phase peptide synthesis quickly while maintaining high yields. Certain embodiments relate to processes and systems that may be used to heat, transport, and/or mix reagents in ways that reduce the amount of time required to perform solid phase peptide synthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mark David Simon, Bradley L. Pentelute, Andrea Adamo, Patrick Louis Heider, Klavs F. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9089155
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a snack chip, the method comprising the steps of: i. providing a plurality of pellets including at least one potato ingredient; ii. compressing the pellets in a closed mould; iii. baking the compressed pellets in the closed mould at an elevated baking temperature to form a snack chip having a moisture content of from 4 to 10 weight % based on the weight of the snack chip; iv. ejecting the snack chip from the mould; and v. drying the snack chip to a final snack chip moisture content of from 0.5 to less than 4 weight % based on the weight of the snack chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: FRITO-LAY TRADING COMPANY GMBH
    Inventors: James Steven Edward Williams, Kathryn Elizabeth Davies
  • Patent number: 9035224
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking apparatus including a cooking chamber to receive materials to be cooked therein, a microwave-heating unit to radiate microwaves to the cooking chamber, a convection-heating unit to supply hot air to the cooking chamber, a grill-heating unit to supply radiant heat to the cooking chamber, a crusty plate configured to be heated by the microwaves, an input unit to receive a user fry-cooking command, and a control unit. When the user fry-cooking command is input, the control unit performs a microwave-heating stage of activating at least one of the convection-heating unit and the grill-heating unit and activating the microwave-heating unit, and performs a slim fry stage of activating the grill-heating unit and the convection-heating unit without activating the microwave-heating unit. Accordingly, the cooking apparatus achieves the fry-cooking process using the microwaves, radiant heat and convection heat without dipping the materials to be cooked in oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyu Sik Lim, Sun Hee Koo, Chang Min Baek, In Young Cho
  • Patent number: 9024237
    Abstract: A microwave material fusing apparatus for fusing two or more layers of material is disclosed. The apparatus includes an end effector including a radiating strike plate and a non-radiating fusing arm. The radiating strike plate is adapted to receive microwave energy from a microwave energy source and configured to radiate microwave energy therefrom upon selective activation of the microwave energy source. The non-radiating fusing arm is disposed in substantial opposition to the radiating strike plate and includes a conductive tip on the distal end. The conductive tip of the non-radiating fusing arm is configured to compress material therebetween such that upon activation of the microwave energy source, microwave energy is transferred between the radiating strike plate and the conductive tip to fuse the material disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kenlyn S. Bonn
  • Publication number: 20150108119
    Abstract: Microwave appliances and methods for operating microwave appliances are provided. A method includes operating a fan of the microwave appliance in order to draw a flow of air through a circulation conduit of the microwave appliance, measuring an operational characteristic of the fan with a sensor of the microwave appliance during the operating step, and providing an indicator signal when the operational characteristic exceeds a threshold value at the measuring step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Joshua Stephen Wiseman, James Tomaszewski
  • Patent number: 9006625
    Abstract: In a method for forming conductive patterns, a substrate is provided, and a pattern is formed on the substrate using a conductive pattern-forming composition and a printing method. The substrate with the pattern formed is positioned between two microwave-permeable panels and the pattern is fired using microwave. In a method for forming conductive patterns, the substrate is fixed by the microwave-permeable material during the firing of conductive patterns, and accordingly the deformation of substrate can be prevented and the firing process can be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Ho Park, Joon-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 8981269
    Abstract: A cooker is provided. According to an operation of the cooker, light having color different from each other is emitted into a cooking chamber according to whether it is in a cooking mode for cooking a food or a keep-warm mode for keeping the food warm. Thus, a user may easily confirm whether the food is cooked or kept warm. In addition, the food may be kept warm through a further simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yong-Ho Park, Jun-Hyun Park, Wang-Lim Lee, Dae-Eun Kim, Dong-Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 8981268
    Abstract: An apparatus for recovering valuable elements is provided herein. In some embodiments, the apparatus having a conveyor; a container configured to be moved on the conveyor, wherein the container has an open surface; a paper package which contains a mixture containing valuable elements, the paper package being configured to be disposed in the container and to be combusted; a cover that covers the open surface of the container, the cover having an opening for discharging valuable elements vaporized from the mixture; a microwave oven through which the container having the cover and the paper package passes, wherein the microwave oven having a microwave generator and a discharging opening for discharging the valuable elements vaporized from the mixture; and a condenser coupled to the discharge opening, wherein the condenser recovers the valuable elements vaporized from the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventor: Joon Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8981270
    Abstract: The time/temperature history of a food tray or pouch heated by microwave energy applied through a waveguide can be accurately assessed on positioning and stabilizing a shielded data logger in an orientation where the base of the data logger is located generally close to zero depth (near the side wall) and the tip projects to the cold spot in the tray or pouch. A frame can be used to assure stability of orientation in a pouch while bracing can be used to assure stability in a tray. The properly configured food tray or pouch can serve as an accurate witness device for food items being processed in a similar manner under microwave heating for, e.g., sterilization or pasteurization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Juming Tang, Fang Liu
  • Patent number: 8941038
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided for supporting a household appliance such as a non-convection microwave oven in a free-standing vertical relation with another household appliance such that the non-convection microwave oven is supported above the other household appliance. The support assembly includes a base tray having a floor portion on which the non-convection microwave oven can be disposed, brackets for fixedly securing the base tray to the other household appliance, and a pair of bracket arms for securing a trim element to the base tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Geiger, Anthony Larsen
  • Patent number: 8901468
    Abstract: A heating system for hot water and conditioned air uses electromagnetic energy created by one or more magnetrons operated by high voltage transformers. The heating system includes oil cooled transformers and magnetrons. Using radiators in the form of heat exchangers, heat recovered from the transformers and magnetrons is dissipated directly into the path of the return air and the air handler blower. The magnetron heating system includes a coiled conduit sized to allow complete heating of the fluid flowing therethrough. The conduit has a conical shape to allow upper magnetrons to heat the outside of the conduit and lower magnetrons to heat the inside of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent A. Bravo
  • Patent number: 8901471
    Abstract: A device for the extraction of a compound from a solid material, which includes a microwave unit enclosing an inner vessel that is configured to hold a solid and that is fluidly sealed within an outer vessel configured to hold a solvent to be vaporized, and a condenser that is arranged to condense the vaporized solvent and deliver the condensed solvent to the inner vessel is described. The inner vessel has a solvent outlet configured to deliver condensed solvent that contains an extracted compound back to the outer vessel. The device includes a stirrer within the outer vessel and a stirrer within the inner vessel to provide agitation during the extraction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Milestone S.R.L.
    Inventors: Francesco Visinoni, Camillo Pirola
  • Patent number: 8883234
    Abstract: A fermenter, a microwave oven including the fermenter, and a method of controlling the fermenter and microwave oven are provided. The fermenter includes a fermenter casing having one side open and defining a fermenting chamber, a fermenter door that selectively opens or closes the fermenting chamber, a thermoelectric element that applies heat to the fermenting chamber or absorbs heat from the fermenting chamber, and a current switching device that converts current supplied to the thermoelectric element such that the thermoelectric element absorbs or generates heat. The fermenter may be very conveniently employed and a microwave oven with various functions may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung-Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 8878109
    Abstract: A mechanism for constraining a product package as it is conveyed through a microwave applicator. In one preferred embodiment, the conveyor is provided by a pair of parallel guide belts arranged to travel through a microwave applicator. The guide belts have a series of slots or other guide elements formed therein. The guide elements engage edges of the product packages. In one arrangement, the pair of belts are disposed on either side of a series of packages, and thus constrain the location of the packages in three dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Mackay, Thomas D. Wendel, E. Eugene Eves, II
  • Patent number: 8872080
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a multiple inputs and multiple outputs (MIMO) analyzer for an accurate control of electromagnetic fields inside a multimode resonant chamber with two or more cavities coupled in an accurate way through a slotted piece with slots or waveguide. The MIMO analyzer may include broadband antennas, different types of lenses, and different stirrers, which may be both metallic and non-metallic. These elements, together with some processes such as precise location of under-test elements out of the lower cavity allow for controlling the electromagnetic fields on its interior. This control permits the emulation of the behavior of wireless communication terminals under different fading scenarios, both indoors and outdoors. Some of the features and procedures of the MIMO analyser may be used in industrial microwave heating processes for drying and curing of materials, also known as microwave ovens, allowing a greater efficiency and homogenization in the processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Emite Ingenieria, Slne
    Inventors: Juan Francisco Valenzuela Valdes, David Agapito Sanchez Hernandez, Antonio Manuel Martinez Gonzalez, Juan Monzó Cabrera
  • Patent number: 8847130
    Abstract: A heating unit can reduce the rate of power consumption for heating a vehicle, so that the running distance of the vehicle is increased and hence the battery charging cycle of the vehicle is prolonged. A heating unit of a vehicle heating system includes a casing made of a metal material capable of electromagnetically shielding microwaves, a support arranged in the hollow section of the casing, a plurality of microwave absorbing/heat emitting members arranged at the support and a microwave outputting unit arranged in the casing to output microwaves toward respective microwave absorbing/heat emitting members, blown air being heated by heat generated as a result of absorption of microwaves by the microwave absorbing/heat emitting members at the time for blown air to flow from the upstream side to the downstream side in the hollow sections of the microwave absorbing/heat emitting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki-Kaisha TAKUMI, Kabushiki-Kaisha Lead Industry
    Inventors: Norio Niwa, Ryousei Noda, Hiroki Anzai
  • Publication number: 20140263290
    Abstract: Microwave energy is used to affix an ethylene-vinyl acetate (“EVA”) item to a rubber item by placing an at least partially cured EVA item in contact with a less than cured rubber item forming a bi-component member. The bi-component member is enclosed in a cavity formed from a material having a first dielectric constant less than or equal to a second dielectric constant of the partially cured EVA item. Microwaves and pressure are applied through the cavity to the at least partially cured EVA item and the less than cured rubber item for a predetermined amount of time to cause the affixing of the portions forming the bi-component member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: David Heineck, Zakaryae Fathi
  • Publication number: 20140251982
    Abstract: A combination microwave and refrigerator system is constructed having a single plug input supply. The microwave oven is adapted to provide power to a refrigerator, and to auxiliary receptacles adapted for low power operation. The current to the low power receptacles and the refrigerator is controlled by the controller for the microwave oven according to the duty cycles of the connected appliances to avoid overload conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Intirion Corporation
    Inventor: Phillip Emma
  • Publication number: 20140231416
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) antenna assembly configured to be positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation for hydrocarbon resource recovery may include an RF transmission line and an RF antenna coupled to the RF transmission line. The RF antenna assembly may also include an adjustable balun that may include a tubular balun housing surrounding the RF transmission line and defining a space therebetween. The adjustable balun may further include an adjustable shorting body slidably movable within the space and contacting the tubular balun housing and the RF transmission line at an adjustable shorting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Wright, Murray Hann, Raymond Hewit, Verlin A. Hibner
  • Patent number: 8802021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method of extraction of solid compounds by microwaves and to the apparatus used in said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignees: Milestone S.r.l., Universite d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
    Inventors: Farid Chemat, Valerie Tomao, Francesco Visinoni
  • Patent number: 8759731
    Abstract: A cooking oven system with a master-slave power assembly therebetween to allow for a single power connection to a 30 ampere single phase electrical outlet includes: a first oven which runs on about 15 amperes; and a second oven which runs on about 15 amperes with an electrical power system which includes a power cord that extends from the second oven to the electrical inlet of the first oven, thereby allowing the first oven to act as a power master to the second oven which acts as a slave by obtaining power from the first oven; wherein the heated gas at or near the food product disposed in the cooking chamber of either the first or second oven exhibits a flow rate of at least about 100 CFM at 100 percent velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Appliance Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip R. McKee, Scott S. Smith, Lee T. Vanlanen, Earl R. Winkelmann
  • Patent number: 8742304
    Abstract: A combination microwave and refrigerator system is constructed having a single plug input supply. The microwave oven is adapted to provide power to a refrigerator, and to auxiliary receptacles adapted for low power operation. The current to the low power receptacles and the refrigerator is controlled by the controller for the microwave oven according to the duty cycles of the connected appliances to avoid overload conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Intirion Corporation
    Inventor: Phillip Emma
  • Patent number: 8716637
    Abstract: Systems for heat treating materials are presented. The systems typically involve a fluidized bed that contains granulated heat treating material. In some embodiments a fluid, such as an inert gas, is flowed through the granulated heat treating medium, which homogenizes the temperature of the heat treating medium. In some embodiments the fluid may be heated in a heating vessel and flowed into the process chamber where the fluid is then flowed through the granulated heat treating medium. In some embodiments the heat treating material may be liquid or granulated heat treating material and the heat treating material may be circulated through a heating vessel into a process chamber where the heat treating material contacts the material to be heat treated. Microwave energy may be used to provide the source of heat for heat treating systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC
    Inventors: Edward B. Ripley, Glenn L. Pfennigwerth
  • Publication number: 20140061188
    Abstract: This invention relates to a microwave oven lighting assembly. The lighting assembly has a LED lamp and one or more light-guiding members to collect and to condense the light of the lamp; the lighting assembly is placed outside of the microwave oven cavity, casting the light into the cavity through holes on the cavity wall. The invention requires significantly less energy consumption and provides greatly enhanced oven cavity illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Gang Liu, Tong Wang
  • Patent number: 8662886
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to semiconductor wafer fabrication and more particularly but not exclusively to advanced process control methodologies for controlling oxide formation using pressure. The present invention, in one or more implementations, includes a pressure stabilization system to dynamically adjust scavenger pressure in a furnace during wafer fabrication in relation to a pressure formation range, value, or one or more pressure indicators in a wafer fabrication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Micrel, Inc.
    Inventor: Miles Dudman
  • Publication number: 20140042152
    Abstract: A variable frequency microwave (VFM) device and a method for rectifying wafer warpage are provided. The variable frequency microwave (VFM) device includes a heater installed in the top wall of the chamber; and a cooler installed in proximity to the bottom wall of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Chang HU, Ching-Wen Hsiao, Chen-Shien CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140027445
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for heating and processing a product. A mixing bowl includes a rounded base portion, an extended upper portion and two end walls. An agitator is positioned within the base of the bowl for rotation about a rotational axis and in a closely spaced relation with the bowl. The agitator includes a drive shaft having a portion thereof projecting outwardly of the mixing bowl. The agitator having a rotational path closely spaced with the inside wall of the base portion and spaced from the upper portion of the bowl. An outwardly flared transition maybe provided between the base and upper portion of the bowl. A microwave energy source is directed into the bowl for heating the product. A choke surrounds the agitator shaft to form a seal for the bowl to prevent microwave leakage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Marion Mixers, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Scheurs, Stephen M. Rogers, Tom L. Allison, Jeffrey Leon Evans, Jared Michael Lenth, Gregory Jon Stover, Douglas Edward Grunder, John Osepchuk
  • Patent number: 8590173
    Abstract: A microwave source is used in conjunction with a waveguide and microwave window aperture to direct controlled microwave energy into the housing of a filter. The microwave energy will heat and vaporize any fluid present on the filter material, preventing the filter from “wetting” and becoming unusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Tobi D. Mengle
  • Patent number: 8569667
    Abstract: An in-shell egg pasteurization installation includes a temperature raising stage having a microwave cavity or microwave cavity portion into which microwaves can be radiated and a pasteurization stage having a microwave cavity or microwave cavity portion into which microwaves can be radiated. The installation is configured so as to provide radiant or conductive heat to an in-shell egg located in the temperature raising stage and to an in-shell egg located in the pasteurization stage, and to provide relative displacement between an in-shell egg and the microwave cavities or microwave cavity portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: CSIR
    Inventors: Corinda Erasmus, Mathys Johannes Rossouw
  • Patent number: 8505273
    Abstract: An ice and/or frost preventing system for positioning in an airflow tunnel having an air inlet includes a plurality of waveguide passages positioned in the airflow tunnel; an air filter positioned in each waveguide passage; a microwave energy source coupled to each waveguide passage; a first screen positioned in the airflow tunnel upstream of the plurality of waveguide passages; and a second screen positioned in the airflow tunnel downstream of the plurality of waveguide passages. The microwave energy sources and the first and second screens create a guided, standing wave, microwave energy that substantially prevents at least one of ice and frost from forming on the air filters. A turbine system including the ice and/or frost preventing system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Jianmin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130171372
    Abstract: A wood treatment method and apparatus that includes a cart drive system for enabling the movement of at least one wood-transporting cart into and/or out of a wood treatment vessel. The wood-transporting cart can have a length greater than the maximum internal dimension of the wood treatment vessel. The cart drive system can include at least one active drive component and at least one passive drive component. The active drive component can be physically separate from the cart and permanently fixed outside the interior of the wood treatment vessel. The passive drive component can be physically coupled to the cart and operable to move with the cart as it transports the bundle of wood into and/or out of the wood treatment vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventor: EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY