By Electrical Energy Patents (Class 222/146.5)
  • Patent number: 10731896
    Abstract: A cleansing and sanitizing water dispensing device and related methods are described herein that includes: a heating mechanism, wherein the heating mechanism heats water to a predetermined temperature, wherein the predetermined temperature is above 130° F. and up to the boiling temperature of the water, and wherein the temperature of the water can sanitize a surface, a cloth or another item; a liquid reservoir coupled to the heating mechanism, wherein the liquid reservoir is designed to hold and store water; a dispensing mechanism coupled to the liquid reservoir; and an integrated safety device, wherein the safety device includes a locking mechanism and wherein the locking mechanism is operatively coupled to the heating mechanism, the dispensing mechanism, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Stephanie Quartararo
  • Patent number: 10663893
    Abstract: A system and method for applying lubricant to a surface, such as a heating surface of a fuser member. The system includes lubricant conduit for carrying pressurized lubricant toward a spraying assembly. A heating element surrounds the lubricant conduit and heats the pressurized lubricant before it arrives at the spraying assembly. The system also includes a pair of double O-ring sealing assemblies for sealingly coupling a lubricant tube to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Heymo Hormann, Craig Calsyn, Daniel J. Andersen
  • Patent number: 10596588
    Abstract: A melter includes a reservoir for receiving melted adhesive from the heater unit, and a pump in fluid communication with the reservoir and located within a heated housing. The heated housing heats the pump during startup and regular operation of the adhesive melter, thereby reducing delays in operation caused by slow warming of adhesive within the pump. The pump is configured to be inserted into the heated housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Clark, David R. Jeter
  • Patent number: 10568342
    Abstract: A frozen food temperature adjusting apparatus includes a setting mechanism in which a temperature adjustment object is placed; a heat exchanging/pressing mechanism which exchanges heat with the temperature adjustment object placed in the setting mechanism while pressing the temperature adjustment object; and a serving mechanism which receives the temperature-adjusted temperature adjustment object and serves the temperature-adjusted temperature adjustment object in a predetermined container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LOTTE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Arao, Takeyuki Fujimatsu, Naoya Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10569294
    Abstract: An improved hot melt glue gun with an automatic glue stick feeding structure includes a housing that is gun-shaped and that includes an inlet and an outlet. A glue stick feeding module is mounted in the housing and located adjacent to the inlet. The glue stick feeding module includes a motor connected to a casing. The casing includes a passage and a through-hole. The passage is located in the casing and intercommunicates with the inlet. The through-hole is aligned with the passage in a transverse direction. An activation module includes an activation rod reciprocatingly and movably extending through the through-hole. A micro switch is located adjacent to the activation module and is electrically connected to the motor. The micro switch is configured to be pressed by the activation rod to activate the motor. A hot melt module is mounted in the housing and located adjacent to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Grace Lee
  • Patent number: 10525497
    Abstract: A method of injecting a liquid between a first panel and a second panel positioned flat against each other includes providing a tool defining an internal passageway having an inlet and an outlet. The first panel and the second panel are separated with the tool, to form a pocket between the first panel and the second panel, such that the outlet of the passageway is positioned in fluid communication with the pocket. A liquid source is connected to the inlet of the passageway to supply a liquid to the passageway. The liquid is injected into the pocket formed between the first panel and the second panel through the outlet of the passageway of the tool. The pocket is compressed or flattened to wet-out the liquid. The pocket may be compressed with the separating and injecting tool, or with a different device, such as a compressor or clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Simonin, Robert N. Saje
  • Patent number: 10519026
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a water dispenser, a water dispensing apparatus and a water dispensing reminder system. The water dispenser comprises a communication module and a water volume detection module which is configured to detect a water volume received by a user with a drinking vessel and output a result of the detection of the water volume through the communication module. The water dispensing apparatus comprises: the water dispenser, and an electronic device comprising at least one of a vital sign sensor and a motion sensor, and a signal transmission module; the vital sign sensor being configured to detect a vital sign information of a human body and to output the vital sign information through the signal transmission module, and the motion sensor being configured to detect a motion information of a human body and to output the motion information through the signal transmission module into the water dispensing reminder system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Xuan He, Yuanming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10518055
    Abstract: A ventilator, or a breathing assistance apparatus, is disclosed to ventilate patients who may have breathing difficulties, said device comprising a inspiratory pressure control duct configured to be immersed in a first body of fluid; a positive end-expiratory pressure control duct configured to be immersed in a second body of fluid; at least one valve connected to the peak inspiratory pressure control duct and to the positive end-expiratory pressure control duct, and at least one controller communicably connected to the valve to control rate of cycling of the valve, thereby controlling number of breaths per minute, and to control the duration of peak inspiratory pressure also known as inspiratory time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Eupnea Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Rajendra Gurudas Sardesai, Rangasamy Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 10301161
    Abstract: A container-valve subassembly for use in a refrigeration appliance contains a container and a valve which is arranged on the base of the container. At least one closing body of the valve is releasably connected to the container. The closing body is tiltable between a closed position adjacent to a valve seat and an open position about a pivotal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Denis Lux, Elena Claass, Andrea Fink
  • Patent number: 10226152
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a predetermined volume of a warm liquid includes a heater, a pump and a temperature sensor sensitive to the temperature of the liquid upstream of the heater. A controller is arranged to receive upstream temperature data from the temperature sensor, calculate the amount of energy required to reach a desired final temperature, energize the heater for a calculated period of ON time, and dispense liquid for a calculated period of time that is at least partly contemporaneous with the calculated period of ON time. After the heater has been de-energized, the dispensed liquid removes residual heat so that the average temperature after dispensing the predetermined volume is the desired final temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Strix Limited
    Inventors: James Howitt, Colin Peter Moughton
  • Patent number: 10207462
    Abstract: A material transport assembly for a printer assembly can include a toothed component; a drive for rotation of the toothed component; a material guide; and a biasing component that biases the material guide in a direction toward the toothed component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: James Fields, Michael Manhardt
  • Patent number: 10105946
    Abstract: A fluid ejection device is provided with a valving element adapted to reciprocate in the containing chamber to thereby push the fluid out from the ejection port, and then block the ejection port with a tip part. The containing chamber is provided with a communication port for accepting the fluid pressure-fed from a supply section. In the case in which the valving element is located at a predetermined stopping position, a internal space of the containing chamber is divided by a boundary part, which is formed of a part of the valving element and a part of the containing chamber having contact with each other, into a first space including a part of the space between the ejection port and the communication port, and a second space in which the communication port opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakamura, Takahiro Katakura
  • Patent number: 10099238
    Abstract: This invention concerns a method and apparatus for dispensing minute quantities of fluids and more particularly rapidly dispensing highly precise and repeatable, minute amounts of viscous fluids in a non-contact manner. An impacting element is impacted against a hardened insert on a flexible diaphragm to deflect the insert into a jetting chamber and against an outlet orifice in the jetting chamber. The movement of the diaphragm and insert force viscous fluid in the chamber through the outlet orifice and the impact jets that fluid from the outlet orifice, with the impact force being adjusted to jet the fluid from the orifice in a single drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Ciardella, Duong La, Wai Ching Bessie Chin
  • Patent number: 10040235
    Abstract: An extrusion device includes a filament-engaging mechanism that urges a filament, received by the device, through a heater and a nozzle. A moveable control member can be manipulated by a user during operation of the device to alter a rate of extrusion. The extrusion device can have a continuous flow mode of operation. The extrusion device can be configured to operate with low electrical power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: WOBBLEWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Maxwell Bogue, Thomas Walker
  • Patent number: 9986870
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for providing liquid for a beverage machine (110), comprising a water tank (10) having at least one water inlet (11) which can be connected in a controllable manner to a water connection in order to fill the water tank (10), a control device (30) for controlling the water inlet (11) that can be connected in a controllable manner, and at least one filling level sensor (41, 42) for generating a signal which indicates at least whether or not a first filling level of liquid inside the water tank (10) has been reached or exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: JURA Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Patent number: 9968227
    Abstract: A liquid-dispensing system is disclosed. The system includes a container associated with a base, the container and base can be mounted within an enclosure (e.g., a cabinet) or on a ground surface, the container has an inlet and an outlet and is movable relative to the base from a first position to a second, different position to present the inlet for refilling of the container with a liquid. The container can also be fluidly connected with a dispenser through its outlet so that liquid can be dispensed to a user. Methods of refilling the container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Keith A. Barclay
  • Patent number: 9958151
    Abstract: Provided is a steam generator (1000) which comprises a water tank (200); a heater unit (300) connected with the water tank so as to heat the water; and a spraying unit (500) connected with the heater unit (300), wherein raw water heated by the heater unit (300) is in a high-temperature and high-pressure state in the heater unit (300), and the high-temperature and high-pressure raw water is converted into steam by decompression when sprayed to the outside by the spraying unit (500). The steam generator, according to the present invention, can generate steam without a separate electric power supply device, can generate steam that is harmless to the human body without generating ozone, and can generates an abundant amount of atomized steam through a process for directly heating the supplied raw water by using a heating member disposed in a housing and then secondarily heating the steam of which a phase is primarily changed so as to atomize steam particles, thereby suppressing the ejection of condensed water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: COWAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Won Park, Sang Yoon Park, Hyo Sung Kim, Chan Jung Park
  • Patent number: 9938131
    Abstract: A wine dispenser is disclosed that protects unpoured wine from oxidation due to exposure to air within the dispenser. The dispenser includes a dispenser body having a weighted piston disposed within, the weighted piston being configured to move toward the dispensing end of the dispenser body when the dispenser is tilted downward, causing wine to be dispensed via a dispensing assembly. The dispensing assembly includes a lid having a wine flow channel that provides a path for wine to flow out of the dispenser body, and a unidirectional flow valve that is biased in a closed air-tight state to prevent air from entering the dispenser body via the wine flow channel, unless the unidirectional flow valve is forced into an open state, thereby allowing wine to flow out from the dispenser body via the wine flow channel, and then out of the dispenser via a pouring neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Harald George Tomesch, Markus Stefan Schneider, Ralph Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9897081
    Abstract: Liquid pump (1) comprising: a cylinder (24), an inlet valve (47a) for feeding the liquid into said cylinder (24), a discharge valve (47b) for discharging the liquid out of said cylinder (24), a piston (52) actuated by a transmission tube (51) and sliding in said cylinder (24) so as to draw said liquid into said cylinder (24) and then to expel it from said cylinder (24). The cylinder (24) comprises at least one heating cartridge (41) in order to heat the liquid in said cylinder (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOTEC SA
    Inventors: Vincent Grenon, Denis Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9884333
    Abstract: The present invention relates to self-foaming hot melt adhesive compositions and methods of making and using the same. Self-foaming hot melt adhesive compositions are formed by admixing a dispersion concentrate including a chemical blowing agent and a compatible carrier (liquid or molten) with a molten base hot melt adhesive composition at a temperature below the decomposition temperature of the chemical blowing agent. The resolidified material is processed through a device that heats the material above the decomposition temperature of the chemical agent and cools it below such temperature before being dispensed. The device preferably includes sensors and a controller configured to prevent the material from accumulating an adverse thermal history during processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Foammatick, LLC
    Inventor: William C. Stumphauzer
  • Patent number: 9848720
    Abstract: The subject matter of the present application discloses a beverage sip regulating apparatus connectable to a beverage container, the beverage sip regulating apparatus, comprising: an entrance port through which beverage enters the beverage sip regulating apparatus; a beverage compartment for receiving a sip amount of beverage from the beverage container; a spout through which the beverage flows out of the beverage sip regulating apparatus; and, a regulation system for regulating one or more predetermined characteristics of the beverage stored in the beverage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Barak Yekutiely, Margalit Yekutiely
  • Patent number: 9730545
    Abstract: A baby formula preparation device including a reservoir assembly, a mixing chamber, a dispensing area, a heating chamber and a control unit operably connected to the reservoir assembly, mixing chamber, dispensing area and heating chamber is provided. The reservoir assembly includes a dry powder reservoir, a water reservoir, a heating element, a dry powder metering device and a water metering device. The mixing chamber is operatively in communication with the dry powder reservoir and water reservoir for mixing a predetermined quantity of dry powder and a predetermined quantity of heated water together to form formula mixture. The mixing chamber further includes a nozzle for dispensing the formula mixture into a baby bottle. The baby formula preparation device further includes a heating chamber for heating a food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Kayonna Carr
  • Patent number: 9598187
    Abstract: A feeding bottle preparation assembly includes a housing. The housing has a fluid reservoir and a formula reservoir. A platform is movably coupled to the housing. The platform may support a plurality of bottles. A processor is coupled to the housing. An actuator is coupled to the housing and the processor. The actuator may actuate the processor. A control panel is coupled to the housing and the processor. The control panel may define operational parameters of the processor. A nozzle is coupled to the housing and the processor. The nozzle is in communication with the fluid and formula reservoirs. The nozzle may dispense the fluid and baby formula into the plurality of bottles. A motor is coupled to the housing and the processor. The motor is coupled to the platform. The platform may sequentially position each of the plurality of bottles under the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony La Borde, Daron Gonzales
  • Patent number: 9555438
    Abstract: A transfer pump for moving pellets of adhesive includes a pump housing with an adhesive inlet coupled to a supply hopper, an adhesive outlet coupled to an outlet hose, and an adhesive passage extending between the adhesive inlet and the adhesive outlet. A first air nozzle communicates with the adhesive passage adjacent the adhesive inlet and expels a first air jet that pushes pellets of adhesive through the adhesive passage. A second air nozzle communicates with the adhesive passage between the adhesive inlet and the adhesive outlet and expels a plurality of second air jets that draw pellets of adhesive through the adhesive passage by a vacuum force. The first and second air nozzles prevent clogging of pellets in the adhesive passage and enable movement of larger pellets than either air nozzle individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Justin A. Clark
  • Patent number: 9546034
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid extraction module (1) for extracting liquid from a liquid tank, in particular of an exhaust-gas aftertreatment system of a motor vehicle, comprising a basic body (2) which can be arranged in and/or on the vehicle tank and which bears a liquid extraction device (6) with an extraction orifice (5) that can be assigned to the tank interior, and at least one electric heating element (20). According to the invention, at least one heat-conducting element (18) is provided, said element having at least one first portion (24) assigned to the heating element (20) and one second portion (25) assigned to the extraction orifice (5), in order to transport the heat from the heating element (20) to the extraction orifice (5). The invention further relates to a liquid tank for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ewgenij Landes, Steffen Schott
  • Patent number: 9539775
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and a method for bonding an auxiliary secondary barrier for an LNG storage tank. The device for bonding an auxiliary secondary barrier includes: a frame; a driving unit, a portion of which is arranged in the frame, and which enables the frame to move on an upper heat insulation board corresponding to an exposed portion of a main secondary barrier; an adhesive applying unit arranged in the frame to apply an adhesive on the exposed portion; an auxiliary secondary barrier supply unit arranged in the frame to supply an auxiliary secondary barrier on the adhesive applied on the exposed portion; and one or more heating unit arranged in the frame to heat at least one of the exposed portion to which the adhesive contained in the adhesive applying unit is to be applied and the auxiliary secondary barrier to be supplied on the applied adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Sungjong Han, Minhong Kim, Jongho Kim, HongGyeoum Kim
  • Patent number: 9536514
    Abstract: Portable noise generator apparatuses and methods may be used to mask sounds in a hunting area. A noise generator apparatus may have a portable housing configured to be used by a hunter in a hunting area where game may be present, a loudspeaker positioned in the housing, and an electronic noise generator held within the housing. The electronic noise generator may be used to output noise through the loudspeaker to mask sounds made by the hunter while in the hunting area, and the noise may comprise frequencies perceptible by a non-human species. The noise may include white noise and ambient noise that is capable of limiting or covering the sounds of the hunter perceived by game animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sound Barrier, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Lewis
  • Patent number: 9517582
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of molding a part. The method may include rotating a screw within a barrel to extrude a molten material through a nozzle orifice into a mold cavity to fill the mold cavity with the molten material, stopping rotation of the screw upon the mold cavity being filled with the molten material, monitoring a parameter indicative of a pressure in the mold cavity, and further rotating the screw to extrude additional molten material into the mold cavity when a drop in pressure in the mold cavity is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: EXTRUDE TO FILL, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Ernest Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 9482586
    Abstract: A heating control apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The heating control apparatus includes a heating module, a temperature sensing module, a pulse width modulation circuit, and a comparator. Input terminals of the comparator are respectively coupled to the temperature sensing module and the pulse width modulation circuit, and an output terminal of the comparator is coupled to the heating module. In the control method, a heating temperature of the heating module is sensed by the temperature sensing module, so as to provide a temperature sensing signal. The comparator receives the temperature sensing signal and a pulse width modulation signal generated by the pulse width modulation circuit and compares the temperature sensing signal and the pulse width modulation signal to generate a comparing pulse width modulation signal, so as to control the heating temperature of the heating module by using the comparing pulse width modulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc., Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited
    Inventors: Ju-Chou Chen, Chih-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9427768
    Abstract: An adhesive dispensing system and method are configured to melt adhesive on demand and maintain the adhesive in a liquid state between dispensing cycles. The dispensing system includes a dispensing applicator with a manifold passage, a receiving device including a receiving chamber for holding a small amount of solid adhesive at the dispensing applicator and a first heating device for melting the adhesive on demand, and a second heating device at the manifold to maintain the temperature of the melted adhesive before dispensing. The receiving device is positioned adjacent to or partially nested within a manifold of the dispensing applicator such that the melted adhesive is delivered directly into the dispensing applicator. The second heating device applies heat energy to maintain the adhesive in the manifold passage as a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Leslie J. Varga
  • Patent number: 9291160
    Abstract: An inductor pump system comprises a fluid activated ram, an inductor pump platen, a fluid activated motor and a fluid control. The inductor pump platen is driven by the fluid activated ram. The fluid activated motor is coupled to the platen. The fluid control comprises an inlet for receiving a source of pressurized fluid, a first circuit and a second circuit. The first and second circuits are configured to receive pressurized fluid from the inlet. The first circuit comprises a switching valve connected to the inlet; an actuator line connected to the ram and the switching valve; and a blow-off line connected to the inductor pump platen and the switching valve. The second circuit is connected to the inlet to receive pressurized fluid and to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Quam
  • Patent number: 9278572
    Abstract: A melted crayon painting system for effectively painting with melted crayon. The melted crayon painting system generally includes providing a tube having a distal end, a receiver-dispenser opening within the distal end and a lumen fluidly connected to the receiver-dispenser opening, heating the tube to a temperature of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, inserting the distal end of the tube into a crayon, melting a portion of the crayon with the tube, receiving a volume of melted crayon from the crayon into the lumen from the receiver-dispenser opening, removing the distal end of the tube from the crayon, and dispensing the volume of melted crayon within the lumen from the receiver-dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: FPC Corporation
    Inventors: Michael B. Kamins, Sandra L. Palmer
  • Patent number: 9260234
    Abstract: A liquid material discharge apparatus and a method which can easily adjust a movement speed of a plunger. The liquid material discharge apparatus includes a liquid chamber (50) which communicates with a discharging port (11) and to which a liquid material is supplied; a plunger whose rear end portion has a piston (33) and whose front end portion moves forward and rearward inside the liquid chamber (50); an elastic body (47) which applies a biasing force to the plunger; and a pressurizing chamber (49) in which the piston (33) is arranged and to which compressed gas is supplied. The liquid material is discharged through the discharging port (11) by the plunger to move forward fast, the elastic body (47) biases the plunger in a rearward movement direction, and the compressed gas applies a driving force to the piston (33) to cause the plunger to move forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 9167628
    Abstract: An electric heating unit for hot runner systems, and in particular for hot runner nozzles and/or hot runner manifolds includes at least one tubular or muff-like support and at least one heating layer fitted with heating conductor tracks. The heating layer is a fired foil or a fired thick-film paste and the muff-like support is able to be slipped onto a material feed pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik
    Inventor: Herbert Gunther
  • Patent number: 9156053
    Abstract: A melt system capable of heating hot melt pellets into a liquid includes a melter including a body, a chamber, a collector, channels, and a heater. The thermally conductive body forms an interior with a surface area. The chamber is at an upper end of the body for receiving the pellets. The collector is within the body and located below the chamber for receiving the liquid from the melted pellets. The channels extend between the chamber and the collector to increase the surface area of the interior, and the walls of the channels form heat exchange surfaces. The heater is for transferring heat to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Tix, Paul R. Quam, Daniel P. Ross
  • Patent number: 9113750
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for producing beverages or other food products which includes, generally and broadly, controllably dispensing water from the system for use in brewing. Water is introduced to a heated water reservoir (20) heating and subsequent use in a process such as brewing. A thermal expansion system (86) is provided to accommodate water which expands from the reservoir (20) as a result of the heating process. One form of thermal expansion system (86) may include a venturi device (88) which allows the accumulation of water which expands during the heating process and then returns the water to the flow of water during a brew cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Charles H. Clark, Suresh Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9061316
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a heated liquid, such as a hot melt adhesive, includes a vertically oriented mounting plate; a melter subassembly including an adhesive manifold, a heater, and a pump adapted to dispense the heated liquid; a control subassembly adapted to control one or more components of the melter subassembly; and a subassembly cover coupled to the mounting plate for movement between an open condition and a closed condition. The subassembly cover thermally insulates the melter assembly from the control assembly when in the closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Jeter
  • Patent number: 9038856
    Abstract: A dispensing unit is provided having a circulation system for circulating a fluid in the dispensing unit. The circulation system includes a circulation circuit and a mechanism for circulating the fluid in the circulation circuit. By circulating the fluid, the fluid is counteracted from crystallizing. A method for circulating a fluid in a dispensing unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventor: Bengt I. Larsson
  • Publication number: 20150102057
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a flowable food product from a reservoir is provided. A wall of the reservoir defines an aperture therethrough allowing the flowable food product to exit the reservoir. The system includes a valve having a base member having a first passageway extending therethrough and a moving member having a second passageway extending therethrough, the moving member configured to slide relative to the base member between a closed position in which the first passageway and the second passageway do not overlap and an open position in which the first passageway and the second passageway overlap. When the moving member is in the open position, an axis extending through the first passageway and the second passageway extends through the aperture in the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: GEHL FOODS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gehl, Michael Sowieja, Christoph Albiez, Paul Hatch, Thomas Mitchell, David Mucci, Anders Olof Rostlund
  • Publication number: 20150083752
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dental compound gun. A body unit has a gun shape. A compound material stick is inserted into the body unit through an insert hole formed in the body unit. A feeding unit transfers the compound material stick to an outlet. A melting unit heats the compound material stick and discharges melted compound material out of the body unit. A drive unit includes a trigger and a motor. A control unit controls power to be supplied to the motor. A support unit is coupled to a lower end of the body unit so that the body unit can be placed upright on a support surface. The control unit controls the motor in such a way that when the operation signal of the trigger is generated, the motor is forwardly rotated, and when the operation signal of the trigger is interrupted, the motor is reversely rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Hummer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong Sup SHIN
  • Patent number: 8985391
    Abstract: A hot melt dispensing system including a container for storing adhesive pellets, a feed system for transporting adhesive pellets from the container, and a blower. The blower is positioned with respect to an inlet of the feed system for applying a flow of air for agitating the adhesive pellets and moving the adhesive pellets toward the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Ross, Paul R. Quam, Joseph E. Tix
  • Publication number: 20150076173
    Abstract: A heat exchange device for heating liquid adhesive material to an application temperature suitable for an adhesive bonding application includes a body having an inlet configured to receive a flow of liquid adhesive material and an outlet configured to provide the liquid adhesive material to a dispensing device for the adhesive bonding application. A fluid passageway in the body connects the inlet and the outlet. The fluid passageway includes a thin slit section having a length along a fluid flow direction between the inlet and the outlet, the thin slit section further having a first dimension and a second dimension transverse to the fluid flow direction. The first dimension and the length are substantially greater than the second dimension. The heat exchange further includes a heating element for heating the liquid adhesive material flowing through the thin slit section to the application temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Clark, Wesley C. Fort, Mark A. Gould, Leonard J. Lanier, Laurence B. Saidman
  • Publication number: 20150060490
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The dispensing assembly includes a tank that defines a fluid chamber and a heating element for heating fluid within the fluid chamber. An inlet conduit directs liquid into the fluid chamber, a first outlet conduit directs liquid out of the fluid chamber, and a second outlet conduit directs gas out of the fluid chamber. The dispensing assembly also includes valves for regulating fluid flow through the inlet conduit and the first and second outlet conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Christopher Francis Bird
  • Patent number: 8967432
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided, including a cabinet formed with at least one refrigerated compartment, and a door pivotally mounted to the cabinet. A vented exhaust conduit is provided at least partially within an interior of the door and defines a pathway in fluid communication with an environment exterior of the cabinet. A water heater includes a heating element located at least partially within the vented exhaust conduit and configured to heat water supplied from the refrigerator, wherein heat generated by said heating element can escape through the pathway of the vented exhaust to said environment exterior of the cabinet. A hot water dispenser is positioned on the door that is configured to dispense hot water supplied from the water heater into a receiver vessel. A method of dispensing hot water is also provided. The method utilizes at least two distinct, user-initiated steps to permit the dispensing of hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Jorge Sanchez, David L. Hall
  • Patent number: 8950316
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing baby milk from water and dry formula includes a formula supply system having a reservoir for holding formula and a feeder for feeding formula out off the reservoir through an outlet opening in the reservoir. The apparatus further includes a scraper for guiding formula towards and through the outlet opening into the feeder. The scraper is arranged to move closely along an inner wall portion of the reservoir that borders on the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Anke Sinnema, Gertrude Riette Van Der Kamp, Klaas Kooijker
  • Publication number: 20150034169
    Abstract: A system and method for inflating an inflatable device is disclosed. The system includes an inflation cylinder configured to hold a gas mixture under pressure, a heating element configured to selectively heat the gas mixture and a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the gas mixture. A control module is coupled to the heating element and the temperature sensor. The the control module controls heating of the gas mixture based on the measured temperature, a mass of the gas mixture and a volume of the inflation cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jayant V. Deshpande, Wilfred Ray McBurnett, III
  • Publication number: 20150021359
    Abstract: A dispenser for a fluid material includes a handle portion and a cartridge having the material to be dispensed. The cartridge is easily mounted to the handle portion or removed, whereby the handle portion may be used with a variety of cartridges, each of which may contain a selected material. The handle portion includes a plunger that is moved linearly by actuation of a trigger mechanism, which is engaged by a user's finger. The trigger mechanism is configured to release pressure applied to the plunger quickly upon release of pressure on the trigger and to allow the plunger to move away from the cartridge to ensure release of pressure in the material to be dispensed to prevent dripping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Richard A. BELANGER, Peter S. MELENDY
  • Patent number: 8905268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wax dispenser for dental technology comprising: a wax reservoir in the shape of a hollow tube which contains a liquid wax therein; a nozzle which is disposed on the front end of the wax reservoir and which is in fluid communication with the wax reservoir; a heater which heats wax to keep wax contained in the wax reservoir in liquid state; an air-pressure supplier which increases the pressure in the wax reservoir by the introduction of air from the outside in a pressurization mode and decreases the pressure in the wax reservoir by the discharge of air to the outside in a depressurization mode; and a dispenser actuator comprising a wax passage which allows the wax reservoir to be in fluid communication with the nozzle, and a passage open/shut device arranged to open and shut the wax passage to discharge wax contained in the wax reservoir through the nozzle in the pressurization mode and to introduce wax from the outside to the wax reservoir through the nozzle in the depressurization m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hummer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hong-Sub Shin
  • Patent number: 8893930
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing valve comprises a module, a discharge orifice, a valve stem and a filter. The module has a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a fluid passage connecting the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The discharge orifice is in fluid communication with the fluid outlet. The valve stem extends into the fluid passage to close-off the discharger orifice. The filter is disposed within the fluid passage and surrounds the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Tix, Mark T. Weinberger, Daniel P. Ross, Paul R. Quam, John S. Lihwa
  • Patent number: RE46839
    Abstract: Methods and devices are shown for forming polymer fasteners into bone by expelling the polymer from a cannula. Devices and methods shown allow a user to form multiple fasteners of various sizes without re-loading a device. Devices and methods shown further provide temperature profiles during fastener formation that reduce or eliminate thermal necrosis. Devices and methods shown further provide fasteners with increased strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Synthes GmbH
    Inventors: Sean H. Kerr, Edward August Kurek, III, Junior Julien