With Conveying Or Handling Means Patents (Class 34/105)
  • Patent number: 10791799
    Abstract: An oven may facilitate heating, curing, and/or drying processes for manufactured items, such as shoe parts, using multiple groups of infrared sources. Efficiencies of the oven are achieved through a deliberate airflow characteristic, which is accomplished with a configuration of apertures extending through a circulation plate. A higher concentration of apertures is formed in the circulation plate near a center zone relative to zones near an entrance and exit to the oven. Further, the shape of the apertures in the circulation plate aid in improved airflow within the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Regan, Shih-Yuan Wu, Geoffrey Nichols, Yu-Shu Hsiao, Min Chuan Chang, Chang Min-Li
  • Patent number: 10694906
    Abstract: A hand dryer comprising an elongate air-knife discharge outlet for discharging an air-knife across the width of a user's hand held flat in front of the outlet, thereby mechanically to scrape water from the hand as the hand is moved lengthwise relative to the air-knife. The elongate air-knife discharge outlet comprises a straight section for facing the palm or back of the user's hand and a curved, wrap-around end section for extending at least part way around one of the sides of the user's hands. The geometry of the air-knife discharge outlet creates a flow profile which targets the side of the hand with a relatively high-velocity jet of air effective in particular for drying the area around the thumb of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Kevin John Simmonds, Kondwani Bob Kanjere
  • Patent number: 10603944
    Abstract: A post printing treatment assembly includes a product support assembly and a post printing treatment device. The product support assembly includes a primary support assembly, a primary drive assembly, a number of secondary support assemblies, and a secondary drive assembly. The primary drive assembly is operatively coupled to the primary support assembly. The primary drive assembly imparts a generally constant motion to the primary support assembly. Each secondary support assembly is structured to support a number of work pieces. Each secondary support assembly is movably coupled to the primary support assembly. The secondary drive assembly is operatively coupled to each secondary support assembly. The secondary drive assembly selectively imparts a motion to each secondary support assembly. The post printing treatment device is disposed adjacent the product support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Dominico, Weniek (Rex) Edward Jablonski, Russell DiDonato, Leonard A. VerHoven
  • Patent number: 10259249
    Abstract: A post printing treatment assembly includes a product support assembly and a post printing treatment device. The product support assembly includes a primary support assembly, a primary drive assembly, a number of secondary support assemblies, and a secondary drive assembly. The primary drive assembly is operatively coupled to the primary support assembly. The primary drive assembly imparts a generally constant motion to the primary support assembly. Each secondary support assembly is structured to support a number of work pieces. Each secondary support assembly is movably coupled to the primary support assembly. The secondary drive assembly is operatively coupled to each secondary support assembly. The secondary drive assembly selectively imparts a motion to each secondary support assembly. The post printing treatment device is disposed adjacent the product support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Dominico, Weniek (Rex) E. Jablonski, Russell DiDonato, Leonard A. VerHoven
  • Patent number: 9751505
    Abstract: A vehicle air dryer for removing water from a vehicle as the vehicle emerges from a car wash includes a plenum, a source of pressurized air, a slot nozzle, and a screen. The plenum extends a length, has an annular wall, and defines an interior cavity to hold air. The plenum also defines inlet and outlet ports communicating with the interior cavity. The source of pressurized air is in fluid communication with the inlet port of the plenum. The slot nozzle has an outlet in fluid communication with the outlet port, an inlet spaced from the outlet and in fluid communication with the interior cavity, and an interior passageway extending between the outlet and the inlet. The screen can be disposed between the inlet of the slot nozzle and the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Morten Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9555062
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a dehydration device and methods for drying biological materials to produce dried biological materials having enhanced structural properties. More specifically, the invention relates to a dehydration device and related methods for drying biological tissue to produce enhanced tissue grafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: MiMedx Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Pringle, Michael Lepeak
  • Patent number: 9459045
    Abstract: Drying apparatus (1) for drying containers (1), comprising: a rotating carousel (4); a plurality of drying stations (3) that extend along the circumference on the rotating carousel (4), a plate (5) rotating about its axis of symmetry (A) and at least one air dispenser (8) that sends air towards the container (2) resting on the plate (5) being located in each drying station (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: EUROPOOL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Priero
  • Patent number: 9380650
    Abstract: A microwave heating system configured to heat a plurality of articles and a process for using the same is provided. The heating system includes at least two laterally-spaced parallel convey lines and two or more groups of microwave launchers configured to heat articles transported along each convey line. The groups of microwave launchers can include pairs of oppositely disposed launchers that are spaced apart from one another along the axis of convey. When the system includes multiple convey lines, adjacent launcher groups are staggered relative to one another in the convey direction. Heating articles, such as foodstuffs or medical fluids or equipment in such a system, minimize undesirable interference between launchers of adjacent groups and provide a more uniform heating field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: 915 Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Harold Dail Kimrey, Jr., Robert Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 9349620
    Abstract: A pre-baking apparatus for heating a substrate upstream of a process tool is adapted to be connected to an EFEM (equipment front end module) and includes: a chamber which has a front face with multiple slots arranged in a height direction of the chamber, and which is divided into multiple compartments extending from the multiple slots, respectively, toward a rear end of the chamber for loading and unloading substrates; and a connecting frame for connecting the chamber to the process tool. The multiple compartments are separated from each other by a divider plate and provided with heaters for heating the multiple compartments, and each compartment has a gas injection port for blowing a hot inert gas over the substrate placed therein toward the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ASM IP Holdings B.V.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kamata, Hiroyuki Sato, Kazunori Furukawahara, Masaei Suwada, Kenkichi Okubo, Izumi Arai
  • Patent number: 9015955
    Abstract: The present document describes a container for storing and drying garments or sport equipment, the container comprising an external envelope comprising a resistant material; and a ventilation structure through which air can be blown for drying the garments or sports equipment, the ventilation structure supporting the external envelope, the ventilation structure comprising hanging elements for hanging the garments or sports equipment thereon, the ventilation structure capable of adopting a retracted position and an extended position in which the ventilation structure occupies more space than in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jean-François Vezina, Pierrot Lebel
  • Patent number: 8978264
    Abstract: A fuel cell system having an apparatus for gas drying that includes, but is not limited to at least one cooling element with at least one first surface and at least one detachment device. The cooling element is designed to be thermally connected to a heat sink and to come into contact with gas flowing past. The detachment device is movably held relative to the first surface and is designed to detach frozen water from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf-Henning Stolte, Sebastian Mock, Johannes Lauckner
  • Patent number: 8966781
    Abstract: An equipment rack system includes a plurality of holders at least including a pair of first holders, a pair of second holders, a pair of third holders, a pair of fourth holders, and a pair of fifth holders, a base; a vertical column have a first end and a second end; a valve; and a powerer. Each pair of first holders, the pair of second holders, the pair of third holders, the pair of fourth holders, and the pair of fifth holders comprise fluid apertures about their lengths. The equipment is placed on the pair of first holders, the pair of second holders, the pair of third holders, the pair of fourth holders, and the pair of fifth holders on the equipment rack during an in-use condition to sanitize and air dry equipment to neutralize odors, and eliminate bacteria, and germs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce McKernan
  • Patent number: 8959793
    Abstract: An oven configured for drying a container. The oven includes a housing defining an interior space including a supply chamber and a return chamber. A conveyor is configured for movement within a portion of the interior space of the housing defined by a plurality of semi-circular shaped duct sections connected at each end of the semi-circular shaped duct sections to a straight duct section. Each duct section includes two side walls coupled to a back wall defining a continuous U-shaped duct path through which the conveyor moves. The oven is further configured to provide a temperature difference between any two points within the interior space of the oven housing controlled to plus or minus two degrees Fahrenheit, by a uniform air flow throughout the oven. The uniform air flow is facilitated by the sizing and spacing of various circular orifices and slotted orifices in the continuous duct path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Thermal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Zea, Yougui Zhao, Dan Bein
  • Patent number: 8955234
    Abstract: A transportable or hand carriable forced air dryer for boots, gloves and facepieces such as gas masks and other headpieces with attached drinking tubes. A pair of manifolds having spaced parallel tubes extend in opposite directions from a blower housing/plenum structure. Each manifold has plural spaced upstanding air discharge tubes. Each air discharge tube has attached thereto a form expander in looped form extending in spaced parallel arrangement and terminating beyond the air discharge to prevent air blockage by the article to be dried. One manifold is permanently connected and the other is quick connected and quick disconnected, without tools for field reassembly. For transport, the released manifold is inverted and nested on the permanently connected manifold for compact installation in a tote bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Williams Boot & Glove Dryers Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Williams
  • Patent number: 8935858
    Abstract: A garment drying device is provided. The garment drying device has a flexible outer layer, with a flexible inner layer attached. The outer layer may be substantially planar and may have an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner layer may be substantially planar and formed of an absorbent and flexible material. The device may further have a closure structure capable of holding the device in a rolled position when closed, and allowing the device to be in an unrolled position when open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Michelle Cloutier, Tim Cloutier, Jeff Cloutier
  • Patent number: 8910392
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dewatering machine for umbrella, comprising a frame, a motor disposed inside the frame, a water receiving box disposed inside the frame, an elongated water throwing box disposed inside the water receiving box to accommodate the umbrella and a transmission assembly for connecting the motor and the water throwing box. The water receiving box is fixedly attached to the motor. A plurality of water-draining holes is disposed at the side of the water throwing box. The transmission assembly includes a transmission shaft fixedly attached to the bottom center of the water throwing box. The transmission shaft is perpendicular to the water throwing box. The water throwing box is disposed inside the dewatering device and connected with the motor via the transmission assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Zhifeng Liao
  • Patent number: 8904664
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a dehydration device and methods for drying biological materials to produce dried biological materials having enhanced structural properties. More specifically, the invention relates to a dehydration device and related methods for drying biological tissue to produce enhanced tissue grafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: MiMedx Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Pringle, Michael Lepeak
  • Patent number: 8898925
    Abstract: A scent eliminating locker that has a housing that includes a plurality of motors disposed in an interior of the housing for circulating, moving and heating air within the interior. Additionally, in the interior of the housing there are a plurality of carbon filters that eliminates odor from tangible objects placed in the interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8898927
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments or implementations are disclosed of systems for drying materials and control apparatus and methods relating to material drying systems. In an exemplary embodiment, a control apparatus for a material drying system is configured to select one or more heat sources from a plurality of heterogeneous heat sources for drying the material. The selecting is performed based on one or more sensor inputs. The control apparatus controls the selected heat source(s) to provide heat to dry the material. In some configurations, a material drying system operates as a typical heat pump only when more cost-effective auxiliary heat cannot be provided to maintain a drying temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Ping Shan, Weihua Guo
  • Publication number: 20140317947
    Abstract: Container drying device of the spin-dryer type includes at least two booths, each being adapted to accommodate at least one stack of containers, the at least one stack of containers being loaded into the at least two booths in a loading direction, an axis of rotation about which the container drying device being rotatable, extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the loading direction, and being arranged centrally in the container drying device; and a closing device being movable between a closed position in which the closing device closes the at least two booths at least partially and an open position in which the at least one stack of containers may be loaded into and/or removed from each of the at least two booths, the at least two booths being arranged excentrically, symmetrically on opposite sides of the axis of rotation and substantially in parallel with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: John JØRGENSEN
  • Patent number: 8869424
    Abstract: A method and an associated apparatus for drying moisture-laden air from a working chamber of a water-bearing machine, in particular a dishwasher, comprises: setting the temperature of the moisture-laden air in the working chamber to between 40° C. and 50° C., setting the temperature of a cooling medium in a heat exchanger to less than 20° C., and conducting the moisture-laden air, of which the temperature has been adjusted in this way, out of the working chamber through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Etimex Technical Components GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Hermann, Adalbert Kasper
  • Patent number: 8844158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a felt material comprising at least one felt layer and an absorbing layer, to a method for producing the felt material, and to the use of the felt material in textiles, shoes, technical application or medical applications. The felt material according to the invention has the advantages of conventional felt materials regarding the warming and damping properties and is permeable to air in the dry state. Due to the special design, however, it is waterproof in the wet state and thus it is suitable for sealing many materials. The felt material according to the invention binds more humidity or binds water in a different way than common felt materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: IQTEX Patentverwaltung UG
    Inventor: Michael Christian Dehn
  • Patent number: 8793892
    Abstract: A dryer system for a firefighting ensemble comprising a housing having an air intake port and an air outlet port, a forced air assembly including a heater and a blower accommodated within the housing, a plurality of flexible porous hose segments coupled to the air outlet port operable to receive and conduct forced air therefrom, and the plurality of flexible porous hose segments are operable to conduct forced heated air into elements of the firefighting ensemble to speed drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 8739432
    Abstract: A drying apparatus for drying sports pads or apparel is provided. The drying apparatus may include a first member and a second member. The first member may be aligned substantially perpendicular to the second member and slid into the second member to form the drying apparatus. The drying apparatus may be inserted into the sports pads or a portion of the apparel to permit air to flow throughout the innards of the sports pads or apparel, thereby facilitating the drying of the sports pads or apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen N. Rydinsky
  • Patent number: 8732975
    Abstract: A work surface device for a domestic household appliance and a household appliance having a work surface. The work surface device includes a housing having a cavity accessible by an opening formed in a sidewall of the housing, and a pivotally-deployable work surface supported by the housing at a pivot point, wherein the pivotally-deployable work surface is movable about the pivot point from a stored position within the cavity to a deployed position outside of the housing, and wherein the pivotally-deployable work surface has a planar upper support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Sam Rhodes, Oliver Schöne
  • Patent number: 8713814
    Abstract: A shower drying system directs air downwardly onto the walls, surfaces and/or shower curtain of a shower enclosure. In one embodiment, the air is heated. The movement of the air in the downward direction helps urge droplets of water on the shower surface towards a drain at the lower level of the shower enclosure. Remaining water on the surfaces is evaporated into water vapor that is exhausted from above the shower enclosure, thereby reducing mold and mildew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Josh Martin
  • Patent number: 8713874
    Abstract: One illustrative embodiment of a wall restoration system includes an air-handler and a wall structure assembly. The wall structure assembly can enclose a portion of a wet wall to form a passage through which air flows to dry the wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Action Extraction, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Bingham
  • Patent number: 8689458
    Abstract: A method of painting a five-sided container, which includes applying a water-based paint to the interior surfaces and the exterior surfaces of the container, and forcing heated air into the open side of the container to at least partially dry the paint on the interior surfaces and the exterior surfaces of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc
    Inventor: William C. Nowack
  • Patent number: 8667707
    Abstract: A device (1) for refreshing garments comprises means (5) for supporting a garment and means (3) for generating an air flow at the location where a garment is present when it is put in place on the supporting means (5). The supporting means (5) comprise two parts (6, 7) which are both suitable to be used for supporting a garment, and which are displaceably arranged with respect to each other. In this way, an enhanced functionality of the device (1) may be achieved in comparison with a device having supporting means which comprise only a single part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Milind Date, Mohankumar Valiyambath Krishnan
  • Patent number: 8621762
    Abstract: A multiple garment drying apparatus for drying garments that includes a hot air source and blower assembly attached to a garment hanging assembly that includes two upward extending hot air transfer tubes that connect to two hot air ports on the blower assembly. Attached to the ends of the two tubes is a hollow, transverse brace with two upward extending end brackets attached to its opposite ends. Attached to the two end brackets is an upper shoulder component used to support a jacket placed thereon. The upper shoulder component includes a plurality of air vents that enable air delivered below the upper shoulder component to travel upward and through the upper shoulder component. During operation, air from the hot air source and blower assembly is delivered to the two transfer tubes. The air from the two transfer tubes is then transmitted to the transverse brace and through the upper shoulder component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Joel Beckett
  • Patent number: 8595951
    Abstract: This invention discloses a dryer for insertion into a cavity of a reservoir bladder with a fill inlet, a primary internal cavity and a back pocket cavity portion, the dryer including a framework configured for insertion into a water inlet of an internal cavity of reservoir bladder which includes a primary internal cavity and a back pocket cavity portion, and a first air passageway formed by the framework and configured to receive heated air from an air supply passageway and heater, and to direct the heated air to the primary internal cavity. The invention also discloses the framework forming a second air passageway which is configured to direct heated air to the back pocket cavity portion and such a framework providing a biased tab mounted to the framework configured to provide a biased securing tab for applying outward pressure to the water inlet of the reservoir bladder, for securing the reservoir bladder to the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Peet Shoe Dryer, Inc.
    Inventor: Blair G. Peet
  • Patent number: 8539692
    Abstract: A construction for a permeable liner within a modular shoe preserver system having interchangeable components. The preserver adapted to snugly fit within a shoe including a permeable covering, a permeable liner and an absorbing material. The permeable liner is disposed within the permeable covering. The permeable liner is constructed from an expandable material having a closed heel end and an open toe end adapted to receive an absorbent material. In construction, the open toe end of the permeable liner is folded various times before it is closed to define a forefoot end having a material mass substantially thicker and wider than the remainder of the permeable liner that resembles that of a forefoot. The absorbing material is disposed within the permeable liner to withdraw moisture from an interior surface area of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Michael James Huebner
  • Patent number: 8438753
    Abstract: An application for a shower drying system that directs air downwardly onto the walls, surfaces and/or shower curtain of a shower enclosure. In one embodiment, the air is heated. The movement of the air in the downward direction helps urge droplets of water on the shower surface towards a drain at the lower level of the shower enclosure. Remaining water on the surfaces is evaporated into water vapor that is exhausted from above the shower enclosure, thereby reducing mold and mildew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Josh Martin
  • Patent number: 8365431
    Abstract: A glove holder is disclosed for coupling a glove to an air vent. The air vent discharges an air flow over a fan shroud. The glove holder comprises a cylinder having an interior surface. The interior surface defines an interior bore. The cylinder is inserted into the glove. A support arm extends from a first end to a second end. The first end of the support arm is secured to the interior surface of the cylinder. The second end of the support arm is positioned within the interior bore. A key receiver is secured to the second end of the support arm. A clamp extends between a key and a conical backing. The key slidably engages the key receiver and the conical backing frictionally engages the air vent. The air flow is displaced from the air vent, through the interior bore of the cylinder and through the body of the glove for drying the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jarrett P. Parish
  • Patent number: 8341853
    Abstract: A drying apparatus has a casing, a cavity formed in the casing for receiving an object, a fan located in the casing and creating an airflow, a motor provided in the casing for driving the fan and ducting for carrying the airflow from the fan to at least one opening arranged to emit the airflow into the cavity, wherein the ducting includes at least one air duct in which at least one vane is located, the vane extending in the direction of airflow and dividing the air duct into a plurality of airflow portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Alexander French, Peter Nigel Hutchinson, Frederic Nicolas
  • Patent number: 8333018
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a composition for enhancing evaporation of a solution and a method thereof. A far-infrared ray is released by a far-infrared releasing substance in the composition so as to induce evaporation of the solution. The far-infrared releasing substance may be ceramic minerals and mainly comprises 80˜99.9 wt % of oxide minerals including 60˜95 wt % of the aluminum oxide. The present invention can enhance evaporation of the solution by a simple physical method. Hence, the present invention not only promotes the application of the products but also reduces the pollutants generated by a chemical reaction, thereby achieving the object of protecting the environment from the pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Yung-Sheng Lin, Ting-Kai Leung, Chien-Chung Chen, Jiann-Shiun Kao
  • Patent number: 8286366
    Abstract: PET drying apparatus for a machine used to produce PET bottles, comprising a unit in which the raw plastic is dried, before the plastic melting process, in which the PET is heated by using microwave energy and the PET is dehumidified by the outflow of the vented air that is recovered after the blowing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: S.I.P.A. Societa' Industrializzazione Progettazione E Automazione S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giampietro Pittari, Matteo Zoppas
  • Patent number: 8136262
    Abstract: A drier information system is provided including display means relating to a given region of the system which means serves, at least while a drying cycle is in operation, to provide a visual display indicating at least one of the following parameters: the extent of the region; a boundary of the region; direction or example of manipulation of a pair of hands or other article while in the region to provide for a preferred drying sequence. The visual display can represent the parameters as a two dimensional array within or adjacent the region. Alternatively the visual display can represent the parameters as a virtual or actual three dimensional array within or adjacent the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Airdri Limited
    Inventor: Peter Collins
  • Patent number: 8099879
    Abstract: A modular preserver system for a protective covering. The modular preserver system includes a permeable flexible covering received within the protective covering. An absorbing material is provided within another permeable covering, which is disposed within the permeable flexible covering for retaining moisture withdrawn from the interior surface area of the protective covering. A compact cover may be wrapped over the protective covering adapted to contain any contaminants within the compact cover thereby preventing the contaminants polluting adjacent objects. The modular preserver system may include a flexible strap adapted to modularly carry a pair of protective coverings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Michael James Huebner
  • Patent number: 8079156
    Abstract: A glove holder is disclosed for coupling a glove to an air vent. The glove has a body defining an interior cavity. The body has an aperture for accessing the interior cavity. The air vent discharging an air flow. The air flow dries the glove. The glove holder comprises a cylinder having an intake end, an exhaust end, an interior surface, and an exterior surface. The interior surface defines an interior bore extending from the intake end to the exhaust end. The cylinder is insertable through the aperture and into the interior cavity of the body for positioning the exterior surface of the cylinder adjacent to the body of the glove. A support arm extends from a first end to a second end. The first end of the support arm is secured to the interior surface of the cylinder. The second end of the support arm is positioned within the interior bore. A clamp secures the second end of the support arm to the air vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Jarrett P. Parish
  • Patent number: 8038437
    Abstract: Method for treating wooden staves (5) designed to be subsequently contacted with an alcoholic medium such as wine, so as to provide same with aromas and flavours. The method includes the following steps: lining, at least partly, the inner side of a metal support (2) with the wooden staves (5); performing a thermal treatment of the wooden staves (5) using a cresset (7) arranged at the center of the support (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hedonis
    Inventor: Jacques Schneiderwind
  • Patent number: 7984567
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a simulated hair article such as a wig or other hairpiece. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a housing, an ozone generator, an ultraviolet light source, and a gas recirculation structure. The apparatus reduces or eliminates microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi from the simulated hair article, and also eliminates odors therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Christ Bill Bertakis
  • Patent number: 7980001
    Abstract: Fabric conditioner dispensers capable of being maintained with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Toan Trinh, Samuel James Morris, III, Lawrence Andrew Schumacher, John William Smith
  • Patent number: 7966745
    Abstract: Fluid bed granulation process comprising the step of cooling the granules in a cooling fluid bed (F2). At least part of the fluidizing air coming out from said cooling fluid bed (F2) is fed into the granulation fluid bed (F1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Urea Casale S.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco Bedetti
  • Patent number: 7946056
    Abstract: A portable self-contained hair drying helmet is taught that has thermal storage, desiccants, a phase change material, and thin lithium ion polymer batteries to allow one to dry their hair while walking around and performing personal and household duties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Kroll Family Trust
    Inventors: Mollie B. Kroll, Mark W. Kroll
  • Patent number: 7930837
    Abstract: A shoe preserver having a permeable flexible covering received within a shoe. An absorbing material is disposed within the permeable flexible covering to retain moisture withdrawn from the interior surface area of the shoe. A bladder including an inlet valve is also disposed within the absorbing material. The bladder is adapted to expand the shoe preserver to completely fill an interior surface area of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Michael James Huebner
  • Patent number: 7721461
    Abstract: An undried honeycomb formed body 41 is subjected to high-frequency heating in an atmosphere where humidity and temperature are maintained at 30 to 65% and 75 to 130° C., respectively, such that 50 to 99 mass % of water contained in the undried honeycomb formed body 41 is evaporated at the end of high-frequency heating, whereby the amount of water vaporized from the outer part of the undried honeycomb formed body 41 is increased, thereby reducing a difference between amount of water vaporized from the inner part of the undried honeycomb formed body 41 and that of water vaporized from the outer part thereof as well as reducing a difference between drying degree of the inner part of the undried honeycomb formed body 41 and that of the outer part thereof, thereby producing a dried honeycomb formed body 42 in which deformation of the partition walls is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeyuki Ishii, Yuji Asai, Makoto Nakajo
  • Publication number: 20090106999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for hardening an UV varnish and thermohardening varnish or the similar for coating an object, in particular a motor car body (12) comprising at least one emitter (48, 48?) generating electromagnetic radiation. The inventive device is provided with a conveying system (14, 16) which conveys the object (12) closely to the emitter (48, 48?) and, afterwards removes it. Said conveying system comprises an overhead travelling carriage (16) which is translatory displaceable along at least one guideway (14) suspended above at least one emitter (48, 48?). Two suspension supports (66) extending downwards and making it possible to suspend the object (12) are arranged successively in a longitudinal direction (85) on a chassis (50) of the travelling carriage (16). The length of said suspension supports is individually modifiable with the aid of a motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: EISENMANN MASCHINENBAU GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Werner Swoboda
  • Publication number: 20080222912
    Abstract: A device and method for drying containers, in particular bottles, having a drying unit for removing water on the container surface. The drying process saves energy and is adapted to ambient conditions, so that labels, for example, can be applied reliably in a downstream labeling machine. The device includes at least one measuring unit for measuring ambient parameters. In addition, a control unit designed so that the drying performance of the drying unit can be regulated as a function of at least one measured ambient parameter is provided. The device and method makes it possible to prevent the condensation of water on the container surface or to keep it below a certain minimum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 7179082
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for inner wall toasting of casks for wine guard by hot air convection, with controlled temperature which allows setting desired cask heating time and temperature. The process comprises: (a) connecting the inside of the cask to mechanical elements to form a hermetic toasting chamber wherein no aromatic compounds are liberated to the outside; (b) circulating an air stream within said chamber; (c) directly or indirectly heating said air stream to a temperature varying from 140° C. to about 230° C.; (d) directing said air stream to the inner cask walls; (e) capturing said air stream at the cask outlet; (f) directly or indirectly reheating said captured air stream to a temperature between 140° C. to about 230° C.; (g) recycling said reheated air stream to the inner cask walls; and (h) maintaining stage (g) for a required time to achieve the desired temperature and/or toasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventors: Alejandro Fantoni Salas, Adolfo Fernandez Mesa