Electric Heater Patents (Class 261/142)
  • Patent number: 10639446
    Abstract: A gas humidifier can have a gas channel comprising an inlet and an outlet. A portion of the gas channel can have a region having a reduction in cross-sectional area relative to the portions of the gas channel outside of the region. A water conduit can extend from the region to a water reservoir. A heating element can heat water entering the region from the water conduit. Water vaporized using the heating element can join the flow of gases passing through the gas channel in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Igor Olegovich Yatsevich, Andrew John Partington, Nordyn Alami
  • Patent number: 10596293
    Abstract: A scent air purifier contains a body, a fan, a filter element, a holder, a circuit control unit, a case removable from the body. The body includes an accommodation chamber, a receiving groove, and a first vent. The accommodation chamber is defined in the body, the receiving groove is located above the accommodation chamber, and the first vent communicates with the accommodation chamber and the receiving groove. The fan is accommodated in the accommodation chamber. The filter element is connected below the accommodation chamber and communicates with air from an external environment outside the body so that the fan delivers the air to flow through the first vent and the receiving groove, after drawing the air from the external environment. The holder is connected with the body, and the circuit control unit is housed in the holder and is electrically connected with a power source and the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN YIH TEH ELECTRIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10537699
    Abstract: An electrically conductive plastic (ECP) material can be used to heat water in a reservoir of a respiratory humidifier to encourage heating and/or humidification of gases passing through the respiratory humidifier. The electrically conductive plastic material can at least in part overmould the base and/or walls of the chamber and/or the reservoir of the respiratory humidifier. The reservoir can also partially or fully be formed from the electrically conductive plastic material. Furthermore, the humidification system can be configured to create substantially equal or differential heating of water in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Jeremy Livingston Miller, Nordyn Alami, Andrew John Partington
  • Patent number: 10440993
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, devices, and methods for generating and delivering an inhalable vapor or aerosol. In some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods described herein are used to generate and deliver a vapor or aerosol containing tobacco for use in, for example, traditional smoking or, for example, to deliver a smoking cessation therapy. In some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods described herein are used for generating and delivering a vapor or aerosol comprising a medicament. For example, in some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods described herein are used to deliver an inhalable medicament to the lungs of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: InnovoSciences LLC
    Inventors: Noah Mark Minskoff, Robert Stanford Magyar
  • Patent number: 10293134
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a water receiving chamber enclosed by a main body and a bottom plate, the water receiving chamber is divided into a gastight liquid reservoir chamber and a heating chamber communicated with exterior environment by a vertically disposed partition plate. A passage for communicating the liquid reservoir chamber and the heating chamber is disposed adjacent to the bottom plate. A baffle extending toward the bottom plate from a top wall of the main body is disposed in the heating chamber, there is a gap between the baffle and each of a circumferential sidewall of the heating chamber and a level of liquid in the heating chamber. A circumferential sidewall of the baffle, the partition plate and the top wall collectively form a backflow tank. When the humidifier and a respirator including the humidifier are tilted, the water inside the humidifier does not flow out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BMI MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo Wang, Zhi Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10287037
    Abstract: Clean condensate production may be produced from humidity in unfiltered air for an extended period of time using a membrane microgravity air conditioner which comprises an air box, comprising an inlet air flow path from a side face through an open top, and a filtering system disposed within the air box. The filtering system comprises one or more trash screens disposed in the inlet air flow path, one or more latent heat exchangers (LHX) disposed in the inlet air flow path, one or more particulate filters disposed in the inlet air flow path intermediate the trash screen and the LHX, one or more thermal control system (TCS) medium temperature loops, and one or more sensible heat exchangers (SHX) disposed in the inlet air flow path intermediate the particulate filter and the LHX.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Patrick Noyes
  • Patent number: 10222113
    Abstract: A solar adiabatic cooling vest. The cooling vest utilizes adiabatic evaporation to cool hot, dry air. Hot outside humid air is drawn by an exhaust fan through an air inlet over large particles of salt to lower the air humidity before passing through a wetted wick material. Heat in the air evaporates water in the wetted wick material, thus causing the air leaving the wick material to be saturated and at a lower temperature than the incoming air. The saturated air passes through a salt filter to lower the air's relative humidity. After exiting the salt filter, the cooled, drier air passes through an air filter to further lower its humidity and remove any salt particles from the air. The cooled air is then distributed through flexible outlet cooling tubes to a person's body, room, or enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Florida A&M University
    Inventor: Charles Magee
  • Patent number: 10178880
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol generating device comprising a storage portion (113, 501) for storing aerosol-forming substrate (115, 505). The device comprises: a vaporizer (119, 509) for heating the aerosol-forming substrate (115, 505), a capillary material (117, 507) for conveying the liquid aerosol-forming substrate (115, 505) from the storage portion (113, 501) towards the vaporizer (119, 509) by capillary action, and a porous material (201, 301, 405, 511) between the capillary material (117, 507) and the vaporizer (119, 509).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Flavien Dubief
  • Patent number: 10130784
    Abstract: A gas humidifier can have a gas channel comprising an inlet and an outlet. A portion of the gas channel can have a region having a reduction in cross-sectional area relative to the portions of the gas channel outside of the region. A water conduit can extend from the region to a water reservoir. A heating element can heat water entering the region from the water conduit. Water vaporized using the heating element can join the flow of gases passing through the gas channel in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Igor Olegovich Yatsevich, Andrew John Partington, Nordyn Alami
  • Patent number: 10004165
    Abstract: A humidification assembly includes an enclosure, for example, arranged around a component of a datacenter. A base extends through a wall of the enclosure. Inside the enclosure, the base includes a well. Outside the enclosure, the base receives a container having a total volume that includes water and air. Water may flow from the container through a passage in the base to the well, for example, until equilibrium is reached and a predetermined water level in the well is thereby maintained. Water from the well thus provides a replenishing source of water to be evaporated for humidifying the air within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Bailey, Felipe Enrique Ortega Gutierrez, Mary Crys Calansingin, Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 9994955
    Abstract: The present invention provides a raw material vaporization and supply device including a raw material receiving tank, a vaporizer for vaporizing liquid pressure-fed from the liquid receiving tank, a flow rate control device for adjusting a flow rate of raw material gas from the vaporizer, and a heating device for heating the vaporizer, the high-temperature pressure-type flow rate control device, and desired sections of flow passages connected to these devices, wherein Al2O3 passivation treatment, Cr2O3 passivation treatment, or FeF2 passivation treatment is applied to liquid contact parts or gas contact parts of metal surfaces of at least any of the raw material receiving tank, the vaporizer, the flow rate control device, the flow passages that links these component devices, or opening-and-closing valves that are disposed in the flow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Atsushi Hidaka, Masaaki Nagase, Satoru Yamashita, Kouji Nishino, Nobukazu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9933326
    Abstract: A universal leak detection method for detecting both small and large leaks. The method includes the steps of: injecting smoke and a detectable gas into a fluid system to pressurize the fluid system, the smoke and detectable gas both being capable of passing through a large leak in the fluid system, and the visual smoke particles being inhibited from passing through a small leak in the fluid system and the detectable gas being capable of passing through a small leak in the fluid system; and detecting a leak by detecting at least one of the smoke and the detectable gas, wherein detection of smoke is indicative of the fluid system having a large leak and detection of detectable gas without smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: REDLINE DETECTION, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Parker, Mark C. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9855399
    Abstract: An air humidifier for generating humidified breathing air for a patient includes a boiling pot for receiving a defined water volume. The air humidifier has a partition, the partition having at least one perforation. The partition with perforation is designed to be arranged above a water surface of the defined water volume in the boiling pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DRÄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Renè Caspary
  • Patent number: 9726390
    Abstract: The electrical connections of a chamber or enclosure for a water tub can be protected through the use of spill element sensors. The spill element sensors can help to disable the delivery of power to the heater of a water tub in the event that the electrical connections become wet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Jeremy Livingston Miller
  • Patent number: 9707370
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a humidifier tub including an air inlet and an air outlet. The air outlet may have an exit port positioned in a plane disposed below the air inlet. A base plate is provided to the bottom of the humidifier tub. The base plate and humidifier tub define a water chamber adapted to receive a volume of water. The humidifier tub may include a guidance structure adapted to direct air entering the humidifier tub via the air inlet to swirl downwardly and around within the humidifier tub reaching the water surface before exiting the exit port. The tub may include a structure to prevent the inadvertent entry of water from the tub to the flow generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Ian Malcolm Smith, William Bonilla, Richard Llewelyn Jones
  • Patent number: 9644285
    Abstract: Methods of depositing compound semiconductor materials on one or more substrates include metering and controlling a flow rate of a precursor liquid from a precursor liquid source into a vaporizer. The precursor liquid may comprise at least one of GaCl3, InCl3, and AlCl3 in a liquid state. The precursor liquid may be vaporized within the vaporizer to form a first precursor vapor. The first precursor vapor and a second precursor vapor may be caused to flow into a reaction chamber, and a compound semiconductor material may be deposited on a surface of a substrate within the reaction chamber from the precursor vapors. Deposition systems for performing such methods include devices for metering and/or controlling a flow of a precursor liquid from a liquid source to a vaporizer, while the precursor liquid remains in the liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: SOITEC
    Inventor: Ronald Thomas Bertram, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9370593
    Abstract: Solid fragrance carriers are received in a cavity in between a replaceable shell and a permeable screen of a base that is further housing a heating element, a vertical portion of a ventilation channel and a fan. The solid fragrance carriers are evenly directly aerated by a forced air stream that is evenly heated by passing through the screen positioned around and irradiated by the central heating element. A large storage capacity of the cavity provides for long operation time between refills. Design freedom of the replaceable shell provides for associative shell shapes adaptable to varying themes, characters or consumer goods. The screen and shell may be light permeable for a decorative illumination of the solid fragrance carriers, which may be also color coded for visual scent mixture identification. Conventional liquid fragrance carriers may also be contained in a chalice at the top of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Lowell W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9212673
    Abstract: A device for maintaining a water level in a respiratory humidification system, said device comprising: at least one sensor positioned external to a humidification component, the at least one sensor configured for sensing water related information in the humidification component and providing the water related information to a water control module, the water related information comprising data configured for being used to control an operation of the water control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 207, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Korneff, Christopher M Varga
  • Patent number: 9174017
    Abstract: A humidifier heater base assembly has a heater plate with a thermally conductive portion and a perimeter portion around a perimeter of the heater plate. A resilient member has an inner part attached to the perimeter portion and an outer part adapted to provide a resilient perimeter flange around at least part and preferably the whole of the perimeter portion. The resilient member fixes the heater base to the humidifier by the resilient perimeter flange such that the heater plate and the inner part can move relative to the humidifier in a direction substantially transverse to the general plane of the heater plate. At least a portion of the resilient perimeter flange remains stationary relative to the humidifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Venkata Subbarao Potharaju, Yi-Cheng Sun, Dominique D'Andrea, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon
  • Patent number: 9095668
    Abstract: This invention relates to apparatus used to alter the temperature and humidity of gases. The apparatus of the present invention comprises an insufflator, humidifier and transportation means connected to delivery means to deliver humidified and heated gases to a body cavity prior to and during a medical procedure. In one form of the present invention the insufflator and humidifier are contained in the one housing, while in another form the humidifier is located proximal and external to the insufflator. The transportation means that delivers the humidified gases to the body cavity comprises a flexible tubing having located within, throughout or around it heating means. The heating means may be a heat conductive wire, a ribbon of PTC material, or a conducting wire extruded into the walls of tubing, where the tubing may be made from a PTC material or flexible plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Blackhurst, Nina Caroline Batty, Daniel John Smith, Hussein Kadhum
  • Patent number: 9022365
    Abstract: A scent diffuser method and apparatus that uses a sealed dry technology scent either alone in as part of a cartridge that is inserted into a housing and wherein the sealed scent cartridge is actuated to expose it to the immediate environment thereby allowing the scent to be diffused throughout the immediate proximity. The scent is activate through the use of a fan or the application of heat through a power source. As a stand alone unit, a device using the cartridge is activatable through the depression of a knob that is powered by a spring to keep it open and closed as desired. Once open, the knob can be rotated to control the speed of scent diffusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Maesa, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Brosmith
  • Publication number: 20150115483
    Abstract: The electrical connections of a chamber or enclosure for a water tub can be protected through the use of spill element sensors. The spill element sensors can help to disable the delivery of power to the heater of a water tub in the event that the electrical connections become wet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jeremy Livingston Miller
  • Publication number: 20150108670
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for delivering humidified gas to a user or patient during respiratory gas ventilation support, such as, but not limited to, mechanical ventilation, continuous positive airway pressure breathing, and bi-directional positive airway pressure breathing; the method comprising the steps of heating a humidified gas from a humidified gas reservoir; transferring the heated humidified gas to a patient; receiving expired gas from a patient; heating the expired gas; and transferring the heated expired gas to a gas outlet; wherein the humidified gas and the expired gas are heated to different temperatures. Also disclosed is a humidified gas delivery system, which finds utility as a breathing circuit of a respiratory gas humidification system by delivering humidified gases to a user or patient during mechanical ventilation, continuous positive airway pressure breathing, bi-directional positive airway pressure breathing, or other mode of respiratory support provided to users or patients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: ARMSTRONG MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Ciarán Dominic Magee
  • Patent number: 9004461
    Abstract: A humidifier having a field-replaceable water heating enclosure and a humidifier main unit configured to receive the field-replaceable water heating enclosure is provided. The field-replaceable water heating enclosure may include a water inlet, a water outlet, a water vapor outlet, and a resistive heating element. The humidifier main unit may be configured to provide water to the field-replaceable water heating enclosure via the water inlet when the field-replaceable water heating enclosure is received by the humidifier main unit. To facilitate this, the humidifier main unit may include a manifold structured to interface with the water inlet, the water outlet, and the water vapor outlet. The humidifier main unit also may be configured to provide electrical power to the resistive heating element of the field-replaceable water heating enclosure when the field-replaceable water heating enclosure is received by the humidifier main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Schwendinger, David J. Emmons, Andrew Morris, XinHua Cao, Eric Barton, Steven Wolff
  • Patent number: 9004462
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may comprise an ampoule having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces may be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resulting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment. At least a portion of source material including a solid may be dissolved in a solvent, followed by removal of solvent to yield source material (e.g., a metal complex) disposed within the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi K. Laxman
  • Patent number: 8998178
    Abstract: An improved scent pad and mechanism for housing the same. The mechanism is preferably a part of a humidifier or similar device and positioned adjacent to a heated surface. The mechanism preferably includes a cover, a keyed portion and a rib portion which allows the scent pad to fit properly and prevents other shaped pads from being inserted into or otherwise used in the housing mechanism, insuring optimal performance. In one embodiment the scent pad includes an upper straight edge, side edges, two lower beveled edges and a lower straight edge situated between the beveled edges. The upper straight edge and lower straight edge are preferably substantially parallel to each other. The side edges are preferably substantially parallel to each other and the beveled edges are preferably arranged at an angle that intersects both the lower straight edge and a side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Janet Talbot, Lara Peterson
  • Patent number: 8985561
    Abstract: A beverage carbonation system, container, carbonator and method for carbonating a beverage are provided. The beverage carbonation system has a container that is removably engageable with a carbonator. The container has a container outlet valve and a container inlet valve that are fluidly engageable with a carbonator outlet port and carbonator inlet port, respectively. At least one pump transfers liquid and carbon dioxide gas between a container chamber and a carbonation chamber when the container is engaged with the carbonator, thereby carbonating the liquid. When the container is disengaged from the carbonator, the container outlet valve and the container inlet valve are closed to fluidly seal the container containing the carbonated liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bonne O Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Hatherell
  • Publication number: 20150030317
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a tub for a humidifier comprising a container made of a first material, a heating element, and a lining made of a second, preferably biocompatible, material different from the first material, wherein the container comprises a base and a side wall defining a reservoir for a supply of liquid to be evaporated, the heating element is provided on the base of the container, and the lining covers the heating element and a substantial portion of the inner surface of the side wall of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Bayer, Robert Eibl, Johann Sebastian Burz, Achim Biener, Bernd Christoph Lang, Jens Rothfuss, Johannes Nickol, Andreas Kirchberger
  • Publication number: 20150001745
    Abstract: The spherical desalination device includes a hollow spherical transparent shell serving as a distillation chamber or still. Water initially flows through an underground system for geothermal heating, then flows into the hollow shell. The water flows from the upper portion of the shell, filling a series of concentric circular trays arranged in a conical stack within the shell. Water cascades from the smallest diameter uppermost tray to the largest lowermost tray, in sequence. Sunlight focused on the transparent shell causes the water to evaporate, and condensation collects upon the interior surface of the shell. A resilient seal extends about the lower rim of the largest and lowest evaporator tray, and is located at the equator of the hollow shell. The shell is rotated by an external motor, thereby drawing the internal surface of the shell across the seal to remove collected condensation from the internal surface of the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: AHMED Z. AL-GARNI, MOHAMMED AVES
  • Publication number: 20140346689
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol generating device including a storage portion configured to store an aerosol-forming substrate. The device includes a vaporizer configured to heat the aerosol-forming substrate, a capillary material configured to convey the liquid aerosol-forming substrate from the storage portion towards the vaporizer by capillary action, and a porous material between the capillary material and the vaporizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Flavien Dubief
  • Patent number: 8894049
    Abstract: A fan heater with a humidifier includes a housing in which both a warm air generation mechanism for generating warm air and a humidification mechanism for generating a mist are provided. The fan heater with the humidifier is characterized by its integrated structure for effectively providing warm air and appropriate moisture at the same time, so as to prevent the air around the fan heater from being too dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Perfect Union Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chan Ching
  • Publication number: 20140332990
    Abstract: A scent diffuser method and apparatus that uses a sealed dry technology scent either alone in as part of a cartridge that is inserted into a housing and wherein the sealed scent cartridge is actuated to expose it to the immediate environment thereby allowing the scent to be diffused throughout the immediate proximity. The scent is activate through the use of a fan or the application of heat through a power source. As a stand alone unit, a device using the cartridge is activatable through the depression of a knob that is powered by a spring to keep it open and closed as desired. Once open, the knob can be rotated to control the speed of scent diffusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Maesa, Inc.
    Inventor: Maesa, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8870165
    Abstract: This application is directed to a fragrance dispenser attachably connected to a fan comprising: a housing having openings defined in the housing; a fragrance reservoir included in the housing for receiving a fragrance medium containing a fragrance; a cover operably associated with the opening for restricting airflow into the fragrance reservoir; and, a cover actuator operably connected to the cover having an open position allowing airflow into and out of the fragrance reservoir for dispensing a fragrance and a closed position for restricting airflow into and out of the fragrance reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan A. Scolari
  • Patent number: 8864112
    Abstract: A humidifier includes a main body having a hollow interior, the main body including a fluid reservoir for receiving a fluid therein, wherein the fluid reservoir is formed from a material which at least one of minimizes impurities in the fluid and militates against an emergence of impurities in the fluid, and a discharge vent coupled to the main body, wherein the discharge vent includes a removable tray for receiving a fragrance therein and a compartment for receiving a heat source therein for heating the fragrance, wherein the discharge vent emits a mist to humidify the surrounding air and an aroma of the fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co., LLC
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Robert McCulloch, Hing Wah Tsang, Candice M. Willett
  • Patent number: 8864111
    Abstract: A mist humidifier includes a water supply, at least one nebulization device and at least one heater mechanism. The nebulization device nebulizes at least a portion of a flow of water from the water supply and discharges a flow of mist particles. The heater mechanism selectively heats at least a portion of the flow of mist particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Raymond Industrial Limited
    Inventors: Ying Man John Wong, Kwok Yung Anthony Law
  • Publication number: 20140246020
    Abstract: A personal vapor inhaling unit is disclosed. An electronic flameless vapor inhaler unit t may simulate a cigarette. A flow of electrical power may be coupled through solderless pressure contacts to activate a heating element. When the unit is activated, and the user provides suction, the liquid to be vaporized may be vaporized by an atomizer assembly. Vapors may then be aspirated by the user through an oral aspiration tube, where they may be inhaled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Noah Mark Minskoff, Nathan Andrew Terry
  • Patent number: 8807539
    Abstract: A waterfall decorative humidifier, including mainly a housing, a water exit on top of the housing, a water sub-receptacle in the lower portion of the housing, a water pump in the water sub-receptacle, and a fan in the housing; in which the water pump is connected with the water exit through a water pipe, and in which the housing is generally of the shape of a waterfall; wherein at least one shaft is provided on the housing, and a decoration is connected to the shaft directly or through a mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Patent number: 8770557
    Abstract: A portable appliance includes a humidifier and a heated scent mechanism. The heated scent mechanism includes a scent generator that harvests excess heat produced by a liquid heating chamber, or heat produced as a byproduct of motor operation. The humidifier may be controllable such that the appliance can serve as either a humidifier or air-freshener, individually or simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Christopher S. Kanel
  • Publication number: 20140145358
    Abstract: A humidifier having a field-replaceable water heating enclosure and a humidifier main unit configured to receive the field-replaceable water heating enclosure is provided. The field-replaceable water heating enclosure may include a water inlet, a water outlet, a water vapor outlet, and a resistive heating element. The humidifier main unit may be configured to provide water to the field-replaceable water heating enclosure via the water inlet when the field-replaceable water heating enclosure is received by the humidifier main unit. To facilitate this, the humidifier main unit may include a manifold structured to interface with the water inlet, the water outlet, and the water vapor outlet. The humidifier main unit also may be configured to provide electrical power to the resistive heating element of the field-replaceable water heating enclosure when the field-replaceable water heating enclosure is received by the humidifier main unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Paul Schwendinger, David J. Emmons, Andrew Morris, XinHua Cao, Eric Barton, Steven Wolff
  • Publication number: 20140131904
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes a heating element (48) which converts electrical power to heat energy, a heatable element (44) having a first surface and a second surface, and a dielectric laminate layer (46) between the heating element and the first surface of the heatable element, wherein the dielectric laminate layer (46) is thermally conductive to transfer heat energy from the heating element (48) to the heatable element (44), and wherein the second surface of the heatable element is configured heat a liquid in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: RESMED LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhuo Ran Tang, Ronald James Huby, Hargopal Verma, Andrew Roderick Bath, Roger Mervyn Lloyd Foote
  • Publication number: 20140069174
    Abstract: An oil transporting vaporizer for a smoke generating apparatus to generate smoke to be supplied to a closed system to be tested for leaks. In a preferred embodiment, the vaporizer includes a hollow tube that is manufactured from a high temperature, fire resistant, porous material (e.g., ceramic). The vaporizer stands in a reservoir of oil such that some of the porous tube is filled with oil from the reservoir. A heater wire surrounds the outside of the porous tube above the oil within the tube. A gas (e.g., air) is blown into the porous tube and towards the oil to cause a mixture of air and gas to move through the tube. Because of its porosity, the air/oil mixture permeates the tube in the vicinity of the heater wire so as to be vaporized into smoke when the heater wire is energized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Richard L. Banyard, Edward A. Murashie, Gregory M. McCollom
  • Patent number: 8636002
    Abstract: A respiratory humidifier chamber for use with a breathing assistance apparatus is described. The chamber includes a water-tight vessel having an inlet for receiving gases from the breathing assistance apparatus, and an outlet through which heated humidified gases exit the vessel for delivery to a patient. The chamber has a partition which divides the chamber into upstream and downstream sub-chambers. The sub-chambers are separated by the partition except for an aperture which passes through the partition and allows gaseous communication between the sub-chambers. The downstream sub-chamber includes a heater base which heats a volume of water contained within it. The aperture is located above the volume of water. The upstream sub-chamber contains an internal heater which heats gases passing through it from the inlet to the aperture. At least part of the internal heater is located immediately adjacent the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Alastair Edwin McAuley, Raymond Ka Yau Lo, David Fraser Wixey, Ian Douglas Makinson
  • Patent number: 8632059
    Abstract: A fragrance disperser in one form includes a single fan that passes air over a wicked single or double fragrance. A second form has the fan reversible to provide two different airstreams that evaporate respective different fragrances one after the other. Where two fragrances are provided, the evaporation may be by respective electrical heaters. A fragrance source may be formed by two sheets joined together to form two chambers each receiving a respective wick and having respective exposed wick portions. The source may incorporate a source of electrical power. An alternative source has a reservoir for fragrance and a wick located in an air passage forming part of the source so that an air flow is guided through the passage past the wick to evaporate fragrance. Where two fragrances are provided, the fragrance sources may be located side-by-side and matching fragrances may have, for example, matching indicia on the sources so that the match can be easily determined visually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: CTR Consultoria Tecnica e Representacoes, Lda
    Inventors: Richard P. H. Pankhurst, Brian D. Smith, Michael J. Evans
  • Publication number: 20140001658
    Abstract: Humidifier apparatus for a respiratory apparatus includes a housing providing a gas flow path, a heater apparatus, and a water supply distribution member configured and arranged to deliver water vapour to the gas flow path. The water distribution member is provided to the housing and in thermal communication with the heater apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: ResMed Limited
    Inventor: Alexander Virr
  • Patent number: 8616532
    Abstract: A flow conditioner for generating and diluting an aerosol with a first inlet adapted to receive a first volume flow of pressurized gas. A second inlet is adapted to receive a second dilution gas volume flow and a third inlet adapted to receive a fluid to be converted into an aerosol. A nozzle is connected to the first and third inlet and has a nozzle orifice for outputting a first aerosol. A first dilution gas flow partitioner has a first set of openings penetrating the first dilution gas flow partitioner and a second dilution gas flow partitioner that is spaced apart from the first dilution gas partitioner and has a second set of openings penetrating the second dilution gas flow partitioner. The nozzle orifice is positioned in the proximity of the second dilution gas flow partitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Donovan B. Yeates
  • Publication number: 20130334716
    Abstract: A fan heater with a humidifier includes a housing in which both a warm air generation mechanism for generating warm air and a humidification mechanism for generating a mist are provided. The fan heater with the humidifier is characterized by its integrated structure for effectively providing warm air and appropriate moisture at the same time, so as to prevent the air around the fan heater from being too dry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Chan Ching
  • Patent number: 8602398
    Abstract: A bathroom sauna device having a heating device for heating air in a bathroom, a humidifying device for humidifying the air in the bathroom, and an airflow path for sending the air, which is adjusted in temperature and humidity by the heating device and humidifying device, to the bathroom. The temperature and humidity of the air in the bathroom are controlled by the heating device and humidifying device to a temperature and humidity immediately before which a human body starts sweating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kyou Hayasi, Yoshihiro Nishizuru
  • Publication number: 20130298834
    Abstract: A liquid vaporizer is configured to vaporize a liquid reagent and mix the vaporized liquid reagent with a gaseous medium. The liquid vaporizer is equipped with a main vaporizer body having a mixed gas generating space, and a vaporizing unit disposed inside the mixed gas generating space. The vaporizing unit has a vaporizing unit main body having a vaporization surface and a net-shaped body formed in a planar shape by knitting wires regularly in a net-like shape. The net-shaped body forms a plurality of mesh spaces surrounded by the wires and arranged regularly in the in-plane direction. The vaporizing unit forms a plurality of liquid reagent supply spaces surrounded by the wires and the vaporization surface as a result of the net-shaped body and the vaporization surface being abutted against each other. The liquid reagent supply spaces are arranged regularly in the in-plane direction of the net-shaped body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Masayuki KOUKETSU, Hiroshi ITAFUJI
  • Patent number: 8556237
    Abstract: A reduced water mist generating device (1) is provided with a water acquiring section (3) that acquires water for generating reduced water, a reduced water generating unit (U) that generates the reduced water from the acquired water, a reduced water atomizing section (6) that atomizes the generated reduced water, and a spraying section (7) that sprays the atomized water. With such a configuration, the reduced water can be generated from water, drifted in the form of a mist in a space, and caused to arrive at an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Junpei Ohe, Yukiko Mishima, Hiroshi Suda, Yukiyasu Asano, Yasuhiro Komura, Yoshinori Sainomoto
  • Patent number: 8523986
    Abstract: In a gas scrubber, a gas stream containing at least one sublimed substance is brought in contact with a liquid or melt stream containing at least one thermally convertible substance, which has a lower temperature than the gas stream. For the intensive and intimate mixing of the gas stream with the liquid or melt stream, an orifice plate with a plurality of holes each surrounded by a retaining edge is provided in the upper part of the gas scrubber, and above the orifice plate inlets for the gas stream and the liquid or melt stream are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Lurgi GmbH
    Inventors: Arne Schadt, Juergen Eberhardt, Martin Mueller-Hasky