Incubator Type Of Heater Patents (Class 236/2)
  • Patent number: 9310090
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a system controller having a location determination module configured to cause determination and/or reporting of the location of the HVAC system in response to a first run and/or initialization of the HVAC system. The location determination module may determine and/or report location information via global positioning system (GPS) capability, a service provider (SP), customized data provider (CDP), Internet sites, LAN, WAN, 3G, 4G, and/or any other type of network infrastructure to effect reporting of the location of the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart Allen Means
  • Patent number: 8795151
    Abstract: An infant care system and apparatus includes a horizontal surface to support an infant. A microenvironment region is defined around the horizontal surface by at least one wall. A graphical display is disposed within the microenvironment region. A diagnostic imaging device is at least partially disposed within the microenvironment region to obtain diagnostic images of an infant disposed within the microenvironment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Mitchell Falk, David M. Mills, Lawrence G. Ten Eyck, Marjorie McCue
  • Patent number: 8585574
    Abstract: An infant warmer includes an infant enclosure defining an infant compartment, and a heating system pneumatically coupled with the infant compartment. The heating system includes a heater configured to selectively transfer heat to the infant compartment, and a thermal storage device configured to store heat from the heater and to selectively transfer said stored heat to the infant compartment. The infant warmer also includes a controller operatively connected to the heating system. The controller is configured to regulate the transfer of heat from the thermal storage device such that a target temperature is maintained within the infant compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence Guy Ten Eyck, Steven Mitchell Falk
  • Patent number: 8419610
    Abstract: In an infant care apparatus according to this invention, heat rays are radiated from a heat radiation opening of a heater to a bed. The direction of the heat radiation opening can be changed from the first state in which the heat radiation opening substantially faces the bed to the second state in which the heat radiation opening does not substantially face the bed. According to the infant care apparatus of this invention, when the heater is not used, there is no possibility that the remaining heat of the heater is transferred to the infant laying on the bed. There is therefore no possibility that the infant will be unnecessarily overheated. There is no need to operate the heater and the like of the infant care apparatus in such a manner that the infant lying on the bed and surrounding people have feelings that rough operation is performed. This will keep the infant and the surrounding people free from adverse effects in terms of mental health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Atom Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Matsubara, Eiji Koike, Shinchi Kobayashi, Masato Honda, Hidetoshi Sato, Keisuke Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8337753
    Abstract: An automated analyzer for performing multiple diagnostic assays simultaneously includes multiple stations, or modules, in which discrete aspects of the assay are performed on fluid samples contained in reaction receptacles. The analyzer includes stations for automatically preparing a specimen sample, incubating the sample at prescribed temperatures for prescribed periods, performing an analyte isolation procedure, and ascertaining the presence of a target analyte. An automated receptacle transporting system moves the reaction receptacles from one station to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventors: Kelly G. Ammann, Robert E. Schneider, Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8277763
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of processing analyte using a portable incubator apparatus. The incubator apparatus 10 has a plurality of cavities 20 each configured to receive analyte to be incubated. The method comprises: receiving analyte in each of the plurality of cavities; incubating the analyte in the plurality of cavities, the incubator apparatus being operable to control temperatures of analyte contained in the plurality of cavities independently of each other; and moving the incubator apparatus from a first location to a second location while the analyte is being incubated, the incubator apparatus being configured to maintain desired incubation conditions independently of a supply of electrical power and apparatus external to the incubator apparatus as the incubator apparatus is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Centeo Biosciences Limited
    Inventors: Philipp Steinmann, Gabriela Juárez Martinez
  • Patent number: 8249727
    Abstract: A microscope configuration according to an exemplary embodiment includes a microscope system with at least one addressable component and also a control system with a plurality of control modules for influencing a plurality of test-environment parameters in a test chamber of the microscope system. The control modules are configured to be combined in modular manner and to be coupled through an interface unit with a unified bus, through which they are controlled. A control module influencing a test-environment parameter of an incubation system has a control command interface unit configured to receive at least one control command. The control command interface unit couples with a bus. A control device is coupled with the control command interface unit and influences the test-environment parameter based upon the control command. A further interface unit is coupled to the control command interface unit and outputs, again, the received control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Schaffer, Eugen Wehner
  • Patent number: 8137620
    Abstract: An automated analyzer for performing multiple diagnostic assays simultaneously includes multiple stations, or modules, in which discrete aspects of the assay are performed on fluid samples contained in reaction receptacles. The analyzer includes stations for automatically preparing a specimen sample, incubating the sample at prescribed temperatures for prescribed periods, performing an analyte isolation procedure, and ascertaining the presence of a target analyte. An automated receptacle transporting system moves the reaction receptacles from one station to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventors: Kelly G. Ammann, Robert E. Schneider, Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8012419
    Abstract: An automated analyzer for performing multiple diagnostic assays simultaneously includes multiple stations, or modules, in which discrete aspects of the assay are performed on fluid samples contained in reaction receptacles. The analyzer includes stations for automatically preparing a specimen sample, incubating the sample at prescribed temperatures for prescribed periods, performing an analyte isolation procedure, and ascertaining the presence of a target analyte. An automated receptacle transporting system moves the reaction receptacles from one station to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventors: Kelly G. Ammann, Robert E. Schneider, Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7021552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling the temperature in a controlled-climate chamber, wherein: an organism, such as a plant or an animal, is placed in the controlled-climate chamber; the temperature in the controlled-climate chamber is kept essentially constant at a specific value (T1); at least one growth characteristic (G) of the organism, such as, for example, the CO2 production, is measured; the temperature in the controlled-climate chamber is raised or lowered by a specific value (?T); the magnitude of the growth characteristic is measured again; the variation in the measured value of the growth characteristic is determined (?G); and the temperature in the controlled-climate chamber is adjusted, depending on the variation in the measured value of the growth characteristic (?G) that has been determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: HatchTech Group B.V.
    Inventor: Tjitze Meter
  • Patent number: 6935567
    Abstract: The present invention provides an incubator which can release pressure applied to a vessel side by upper heating means, and can simplify an opening/closing structure of a reaction chamber. The gist of the present invention resides in an incubator comprising a reaction chamber disposed in an incubator body; a heat conductive reaction block disposed in the reaction chamber to hold one or plural vessels containing reaction samples; a cover for covering an upper part of the reaction chamber in an openable manner; upper heating means positioned on a lower surface of the cover to heat an upper part of the vessel held by the reaction block; and pressure means for pressing the upper heating means to the vessel side; the reaction block being heated/cooled while the upper part of the vessel is heated by the upper heating means, to incubate the reaction sample; wherein the cover is disposed rotatably and movably in a horizontal direction with respect to the incubator body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Biomedical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahisa Saga, Takashi Arai, Hidetoshi Shinya, Yuichi Tamaoki
  • Patent number: 6905076
    Abstract: A system and method of incubating a liquid is provided. The system is well-suited for incubating small volumes of liquid at high temperatures. The liquid may be a reaction mixture comprising a glycoprotein. During the incubation process, oligosaccharides may be removed from the glycoprotein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Advanced Research and Technology Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Yunping Huang, Yehia S. Mechref, Milos V. Novotny
  • Publication number: 20040112969
    Abstract: The present invention provides an incubator which can release pressure applied to a vessel side by upper heating means, and can simplify an opening/closing structure of a reaction chamber. The gist of the present invention resides in an incubator comprising a reaction chamber disposed in an incubator body; a heat conductive reaction block disposed in the reaction chamber to hold one or plural vessels containing reaction samples; a cover for covering an upper part of the reaction chamber in an openable manner; upper heating means positioned on a lower surface of the cover to heat an upper part of the vessel held by the reaction block; and pressure means for pressing the upper heating means to the vessel side; the reaction block being heated/cooled while the upper part of the vessel is heated by the upper heating means, to incubate the reaction sample; wherein the cover is disposed rotatably and movably in a horizontal direction with respect to the incubator body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicants: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Biomedical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahisa Saga, Takashi Arai, Hidetoshi Shinya, Yuichi Tamaoki
  • Patent number: 6694175
    Abstract: Infrared microthermography for human embryos and hatchlings. Body temperature is monitored using an infrared camera attached to a microscope. Body temperature is maintained by passing body temperature data through a feedback loop that serves to control body temperature. Keeping the baby's fluid incubation medium lower than an optimum body temperature ensures that cooling can occur if the body becomes overheated. An added source of heat is provided by one or more infrared light emitting diodes focused on the body as tiny heat lamps. The heat lamps are cycled on and off or varied in intensity in accordance with indications (data) from body temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Eurica Califorrniaa
  • Publication number: 20020188168
    Abstract: A process and system is provided for regulating the air temperature in an incubator (3), which accommodates a patient, especially a premature or newborn infant, and which is part of a so-called hybrid device. When the function of the hybrid device is changed over between the two device types of “closed incubator” and “open care unit,” the problem arises that the air temperature set point cannot be maintained and the patient cools down as a consequence. The process uses a heat radiation source (1), which is located outside the incubator (3), which can be closed with a hood (2) that is transparent to the radiated heat. The corresponding value measured by an air temperature sensor (5), which is used as an actual air temperature value, is evaluated by an evaluating and control unit (4) along with a value measured by a body temperature sensor (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Jochim Koch
  • Patent number: 6177271
    Abstract: A laboratory incubator (10) having an improved temperature control assembly (14) that more effectively maintains the temperature within the incubator in a desired range and more accurately controls the rate of heat loss from the laboratory incubators as ambient temperatures rise. The incubator includes a housing (12) having an enclosed incubation chamber (18) therein; a heater (22) positioned within the housing for heating the chamber; a cooling device (24) positioned within the housing for cooling the walls of the housing; and a controller (26) for controlling the operation of the heater and the cooling device to maintain a temperature in the chamber within a set temperature range. The cooling device includes an electrically operated peltier device operable to both cool the chamber and to assist the heater in heating the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Charles G. Butts, Timothy R. Runion
  • Patent number: 6074340
    Abstract: An incubator having a mattress tray that underlies and supports an infant. The mattress tray is movable from a first position where it is entirely within the controlled atmosphere of the infant compartment to a second position outside that infant compartment and when moved to the second position, a warm flow of air is provided to warm the infant . The outside position of the mattress thereby allows considerable access to the infant to carry out procedures by attending personnel that would not be possible within the confined infant compartment and yet the invent is warmed by the flow of warm air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventors: Stephen J. Sweeney, Thomas C. Jones
  • Patent number: 6036633
    Abstract: An infant incubator having a heating system that provides a flow of heated air into the infant compartment and which exhausts air from the infant compartment. A temperature sensor is located in the air inlet of the warm air into the infant compartment and another temperature sensor is located in the air outlet of the air from the infant compartment. The system thus monitors the temperature of the air to the infant compartment and the air from the infant compartment. By analyzing the temperatures from the inlet and the outlet the overall incubator heating system can be controlled and yet a further advantage is provided by using the temperature information to recognize a fault or deficiency in the incubator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Datex-Ohmeda, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin G. Hodge
  • Patent number: 5942432
    Abstract: Apparatus are disclosed that thermally cycles samples between at least two temperatures. These apparatus operate by impinging fluid jets onto the outer walls of a sample containing region. Because the impinging fluid jets provide a high heat transfer coefficient between the jet and the sample containing region, the sample containing regions are uniformly cycled between the two temperatures. The heat exchange rate between the jets and the sample regions are substantially uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: The Perkin-Elmer Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas H. Smith, John Shigeura, Timothy M. Woudenberg
  • Patent number: 5818347
    Abstract: An HVAC system is assigned a network identification for subsequent use within a communication network upon receipt of a formatted signal containing the network identification. The HVAC system stores the network identification in nonvolatile memory. The HVAC system also preferably stores a verification image of the communicated network identification so that any reading back of the network identification can be validated through comparison with the stored verification image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Robert P. Dolan, Thomas R. Phillips, Thomas L. DeWolf, Mark A. Hill
  • Patent number: 5418131
    Abstract: A carbon dioxide gas measurement and control system which comprises a thermal conductivity CO.sub.2 sensor and a humidity sensor which produce separate and independent output signals which are compared in a microprocessor, thereby generating a humidity compensated carbon dioxide gas measurement which is accurate to within .+-.0.1%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Charles G. Butts
  • Patent number: 4840771
    Abstract: An incubation apparatus containing a rack or block with openings capable of receiving containers containing reagents. The rack or block is attached to a heating element for heating containers in the block. The block is driven by a motor actuated by a timer such that at the end of a predetermined time period the block is pivoted whereby containers will fall out of the block and onto a sloping surface on the housing of the incubator. This apparatus provides for the carrying out of reactions for a predetermined amount of time without the necessity of close monitoring of the incubation by laboratory personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson & Company
    Inventors: Edward Williamson, Stanley Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 4679615
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are described for heating and/or cooling a plurality of objects simultaneously at different preselected temperatures, wherein a predetermined temperature difference is established between two spaced points on a heat-conductive member to produce a constant temperature gradient between the points; and then a plurality of objects are supported in heat exchange relationship with respect to predetermined locations of the temperature gradient according to the preselected temperatures to which the respective objects are to be heated or cooled. The apparatus further includes temperature control means for maintaining the two spaced points of the heat conductive member at the predetermined temperature difference during the heating or cooling of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Advanced Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Avinoam Livne