Article Inserted Type Patents (Class 34/202)
  • Patent number: 7716849
    Abstract: A portable, free-standing dryer device with generally tapered portions formed about a generally central axis facilitating insertion into clothing items to be dried from inside, for example gloves, mittens, socks and other substantially tubular items. The device has a connector temporarily fastening it to a forced air vent. The dryer device comprises at least first and second drier portions joined by an intermediate shoulder portion, each of which defines multiple air passages widening from inner to outer surfaces of the portions to define an expansion volume fostering air flow. A larger substantially open end in the first portion receives air from the vent. The air flows from within the drier outwardly through the passages. An angular relationship of outer surfaces of the first, second and intermediate portions relative to the device central axis ensures that the second drier portion has an extended, narrowing configuration facilitating its insertion into clothing items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Neil Hicks
  • Publication number: 20100115784
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multiple laundry treating machine and a control method thereof. The multiple laundry treating machine includes a body (110) formed with a laundry holding part (40) for holding laundry, an supplemental body (120) provided at one side of the body (110), the supplemental body (120) having a volume and a height respectively smaller than a volume and a height of the body (110), and having a space (122) defined in the supplemental body (120) to hold laundry, and an air supply unit provided in the body (110), to supply air to an interior of the body (110) and an interior of the supplemental body (120).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seong Jin Jo, Seong Hae Jeong, Deua Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20100088916
    Abstract: An application for a hearing aid drying/disinfecting system includes a closable container with an internally mounted ultra-violet lamp for disinfecting the hearing aid. A heating element creates an internal temperature that is higher than ambient temperature and a fan circulates air through shielded vents from the outside of the container through the container and back out, thereby drying the hearing aid contained within the drying/disinfecting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: HEARING TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Harvey Romanek
  • Publication number: 20100088919
    Abstract: An air-drying assembly has a cabinet and an air conditioner. The cabinet has a door, a drying space, an air outlet, a fan and a drain device. The drying space is formed in the cabinet. The air outlet communicates with the drying space and outside of the cabinet. The fan is mounted near the air outlet in the cabinet. The drain device is mounted under the drying space in the cabinet. The air conditioner has an exhaust port that is mounted in the cabinet and communicates with the drying space. When the air conditioner is operated, airflow exhausted from the exhaust port can dry clothing or tableware in the drying space. Kinetic energy and heat energy of airflow is not wasted to provide an energy-saving effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Feng-Ying YANG, Kuo-Cheng CHIU
  • Publication number: 20100058608
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laundry dryer and a controlling method of a dryer, which can dry clothes, cloth items, beddings and laundry objects (hereinafter, laundry) efficiently. A dryer includes a cabinet in which laundry is placed, a low temperature air generation unit that generates relatively low temperature air supplied to the cabinet to dry the laundry, and a path through which the relatively low temperature air is supplied to the cabinet. in another aspect, a controlling method of a dryer includes generating relatively low temperature air, and drying laundry by using the relatively low temperature air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jung Wook Moon, Young Jong Kim, Young Bok Son
  • Patent number: 7637030
    Abstract: A fully passive-type solar lumber drying house classified into two models, one is an east-west model configured as a half Quonset hut that lumber's axis loaded is parallel to the east-west direction, and another is a north-south model configured as a Quonset hut that lumber's axis loaded is parallel to the north-south direction and the house is fully surrounded by a triple transparent film and a carbon fiber sheet and is available to be used through all year in which stacked lumber can be dried due to solar energy being assisted by auxiliary heat for one or two weeks under leaving the dry process controlled automatically, and besides moist air inside the house is exhausted through an insulated cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Marusho-Giken Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Sugawara, Kimio Kanayama, Shoshichi Sotoda, Kazuhiko Sotoda, Hiromu Baba, Hidehiko Seto, Shinya Koga, Masahiro Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20090293302
    Abstract: An artwork drying cabinet includes a housing that defines an interior drying compartment. A plurality of removable shelves are provided in parallel spaced relation within the compartment. A hinged door provides access to the compartment for purposes of loading and removing shelves with artwork. The door includes a vent to exhaust moisture laden air from the compartment. A blower and heating element are provided to supply a heated current of air to the compartment. A shroud couples the blower and heating element to the cabinet and directs the flow of heated air into the cabinet. The blower sends the current of air over the heating element through a diffuser comprising a v-shaped baffle with a central elongated opening along the vertex. Controls are provided to regulate air speed and temperature. An optional timer controls the duration of a drying cycle. The diffuser evenly distributes parallel laminar streams of heated air above and below each shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Helbert J. Jonaitis, Steven Wallis
  • Publication number: 20090282692
    Abstract: An expandable and collapsible enclosure is provided for a garment refreshing appliance. The appliance has at least either a top or a bottom rigid housing structure. The enclosure comprises a wall structure extending substantially an entire height of the enclosure. The wall structure is made of a flexible material. An opening is provided in the wall structure through which garments can be introduced into or removed from the enclosure. A zipper is attached at the opening to selectively open and close the opening. A snap attachment mechanism is located at either or both of the top and a bottom of the wall structure for securing the wall structure to the top and/or bottom rigid housing structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: GEORGE F. SEIFFERT, TIMOTHY J. HICKS, SHAWN OLTZ, WESLEY TRAYLOR, FLOYD JACKSON
  • Publication number: 20090277040
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for drying and for the material flow-specific processing of coarse-grained waste that can be aerated. The invention is characterized by subjecting the waste in a first step to a hot air drying step (1) in a tunnel drier (10), followed by the subsequent process steps of sieving (2) to remove the fines, preferably with a grain size <40 mm, air separation (3), removal of metal (4) and optical sorting (5), and size reduction (6) of the residual fraction, preferably to a grain size <40 mm, and returning the size-reduced residual fraction to the tunnel drier (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2007
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Reinhard Schu
  • Publication number: 20090260250
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus is disclosed. The clothes treating apparatus includes a cabinet in which an accommodating space for receiving clothes is defined, a steam generator for generating steam to be supplied into the accommodating space, and a supply unit for supplying the steam, generated in the steam generator, into the receiving space and collecting water condensed from the steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Wook Moon, Dae Yun Park, Sog Kie Hong, Jong Seok Kim, Seung Gyu Ryu, Hye Yong Park, Chang Gyu Choi, Dong Won Kim
  • Publication number: 20090255141
    Abstract: A clothes-treating apparatus is disclosed. According to the clothes treating apparatus, it is easy and convenient for a worker to have access to a mechanism compartment for maintenance and repair of the components. In addition, if the user chooses an easier method of accessing the components of the clothes treating apparatus the maintenance repair costs may be lowered. Furthermore, it is easy for a worker to remove and replace the components of the mechanism compartment. In addition, according to the clothes treating apparatus, the assembly line of the mechanism compartment may be separate from an assembly line of the clothes treating apparatus, which may enhance work efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Wook Moon, Dae Yun Park, Sog Kie Hong, Jong Seok Kim, Seung Gyu Ryu, Kwang Hee Lee, Hye Yong Park, Chang Gyu Choi, Dong Won Kim
  • Patent number: 7596883
    Abstract: In a hand drying apparatus, a first air opening and a second air opening are arranged on opposing surfaces. The first air opening is displaced towards an interior of the hollow portion, for inserting wet hand, with respect to the second air opening such that axes of air jets output from the first air opening and the second air opening do not collide. Moreover, a surface that receives the air jet from an air opening on opposing surface is inclined toward the interior of the hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiji Kameishi
  • Publication number: 20090193676
    Abstract: In the shoe drying apparatus according to the present invention, the ozone-containing air or the mixed air generated and heated by the sanitizing assembly is taken in through intake duct and moves through the main conduit and the auxiliary conduit into the shoe-holding member to sanitize inside of a shoe. After sanitizing, the mixed air moves from inside of the shoe to the interior of the housing, and comes back through return air duct to the anion generator where it is purified and deodorized. The purified air is subsequently sent to a motorized fan contained within the sanitizing assembly. During such circulation, shoes can be sanitized. Moreover, an ultraviolet lamp is installed on the shoe-holding member to sanitize inside of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Guo Shengguang, Guo Shengyan
  • Publication number: 20090183746
    Abstract: An appliance 1 according to the present invention comprises a bottom tray 2, a middle housing 3, a transparent lid 4, a lid release button 5 for removing the lid from the housing 3, at least one finger hole 6 for receiving a user's finger, and a glittering switch 7 for activating an automatic glitter application sequence. A glittering tray 9 is housed inside of the middle housing 3 and has a plurality of separate chambers or can have a single chamber. A finger hole 10 corresponding to each chamber is provided and the tray 9 can be manipulated to line up the hole 10 with the finger hole 6. Glitter fragments are loaded into the one or more chambers 32 and, as described below, will be blown about and dispersed so that some settle on and adhere to freshly painted nails before they dry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: BRENDA P.K. YUE
  • Patent number: 7555209
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hand dryer comprising inside the casing (1) two hollow chambers (3a, 3b) having: a mouth (36) for the inlet of high-speed air supplied by air propulsion means (4a, 4b) towards a drying chamber (2), inner channels (33) for the conduction and distribution of air through the inside of said hollow chambers with a low coefficient of friction, and a plurality of air outlet orifices (34) defined in the front plates (31) of the hollow chambers and simultaneously projecting air through orifices (21, 22) of the drying chamber onto the entire surface of the hands inserted and kept still inside said drying chamber (2). The dryer comprises an evaporation device (7) to evaporate the water from the drying chamber (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventors: Jorge Pradas Diez, Miguel Canut Cristobal
  • Publication number: 20090151205
    Abstract: A fabric refreshing apparatus is provided. The refreshing apparatus may include a case, and a receiving compartment, provided in the case to receive fabric articles. The apparatus may also include a steam generator, a fluid supply tank, and a drain tank. The steam generator supplies steam to receiving compartment to steam the fabric articles. The fluid supply tank supplies fluid the steam generator. The drain tank collects residual fluid from the steam generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Jong-Seok Kim, Si Moon Jeon
  • Publication number: 20090113746
    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, and at least one slot-like opening communicating with the fan and arranged in the casing so as to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity. The slot-like opening has a maximum width which is no greater than 0.8 mm. This produces a very narrow, high velocity, high pressure airflow which is capable of drying an object efficiently and quickly and is suitable for use in a hand dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Churchill, James Dyson, Peter David Gammack, Paul Cedric Campbell Hackwell, Frederic Nicolas, Roy Macnaughton
  • Publication number: 20090034946
    Abstract: A drying apparatus includes a casing and a cavity formed in the casing for receiving an object to be dried. A fan is located in the casing so as to be capable of creating an airflow, and a motor is provided in the casing for driving the fan. Ducting is provided for carrying the airflow from the fan to at least one opening arranged to emit the airflow into the cavity (12). The ducting includes at least one air duct having a wall in which perforations are provided, and a layer of sound-absorbing material is located on the external surface of the wall so as to cover the perforations. The invention is particularly suitable for use in hand dryers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Joseph Zacary Caine, Kevin John Simmonds, Timothy Alexander French
  • Publication number: 20080313919
    Abstract: A drying apparatus includes an outer case, a portion of the outer case defining a cavity in which articles can be dried and an outlet disposed at the lower end of the cavity. A removable liquid treatment module is arranged downstream of the outlet and within the outer case, the liquid treatment module including a liquid dispersal unit. By providing a liquid treatment module that is removable, the liquid treatment module can be easily and quickly replaced by an unskilled user without undue burden. The invention is particularly suitable for use in a hand dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Churchill, Peter Nigel Hutchinson, Alexander Stuart Knox, Marcus Lee Hartley
  • Publication number: 20080313918
    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 arranged to drive the fan. At least one opening communicates with the fan and is arranged in the casing so as to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity. The motor and fan arrangement generate an airflow across the cavity, wherein, in use, the pressure of the airflow emitted through the opening is at least 8 kPa. The motor has a rotor which, in use, may rotate at a speed of at least 80,000 rpm. The high velocity, high pressure airflow provided by the apparatus is capable of drying an object efficiently and quickly and is suitable for use in a hand dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: James Dyson, Peter David Gammack
  • Patent number: 7464486
    Abstract: In a method of coloring a dye coating-formed lens by heating, the lens is subjected to half dyeing by changing the heating temperature depending on the lens site. This dyeing method involves heating a lens having a dye coating-formed on the surface thereof in a heating furnace to diffuse a dye into the lens. This method is carried out in a heating furnace having a frame section having the shape of a cube or rectangular parallelepiped, a heating section provided within the frame section, and an insertion port for inserting the lens provided on the bottom surface of the frame section. All or a part of the lens is inserted from the insertion port into a furnace inside of the heating furnace from the lower portion of the heating furnace and heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Kubodera, Masahiko Samukawa
  • Publication number: 20080301971
    Abstract: The invention is related to means of drying various, mainly, capillary porous materials and can be used in agriculture to dry grain and other agricultural products, or in mill industry to dry timber and sawdust, or in food industry to dry food products, and also for similar purposes in other industries. A device for drying capillary porous materials comprises a drying chamber supplied with sound-proof partitions that divide its inner volume into isolated sections, each section being supplied with a separate source of sound, and a source of heated air, executed in such a way that heated air is supplied from said source to each section of the drying chamber. The invention solves the problem of making a drying device suitable for drying capillary porous materials by means of the acoustic thermal method, the device being at the same time simple in design and cost-effective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Sergei Leonidovich Koretsky
  • Publication number: 20080301970
    Abstract: A drying apparatus having a casing, a cavity formed in the casing for receiving an object, a fan located in the casing and creating an airflow, and at least one slot-like opening communicating with the fan and arranged in the casing to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity. The slot-like opening is formed between opposing walls which approach one another at an angle of between 10° and 20°. In another aspect, two slot-like openings are provided ducting providing communication between the fan and the slot-like openings has a first cross-section in the vicinity of the fan whose dimensions are similar in all directions and a slot-like cross-section in the vicinity of the openings, the transition between the said cross-sections being gradual and smooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Cedric Campbell Hackwell, Frederic Nicolas
  • Publication number: 20080263889
    Abstract: In a hand drying apparatus, an infrared light absorber absorbs infrared light, when a hand is not present, emitted from an infrared light emitter provided on an inner surface of a drying space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Fukaya, Syunichi Mori, Yasuyuki Itoigawa
  • Publication number: 20080222910
    Abstract: A hand drying apparatus has a casing, a cavity formed in the casing for receiving a user's hands, a fan located in the casing and creating an airflow, and a plurality of openings communication with the fan and arranged to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity. The cavity has an entrance delimited by a front edge and a rear edge in which the openings are located. The shape of the front and rear edges is such that, when in use the user's hands are introduced to the cavity, the distance between the user's hands and the nearest opening is substantially uniform. Alternatively, one of the edges is substantially straight and the other of the said edges is curved so that the distance between the edges varies along the length of the cavity entrance. These arrangements enhance the drying efficiency of the dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Churchill, James Dyson, Peter David Gammack
  • Publication number: 20080216343
    Abstract: A drying apparatus has a casing, a cavity formed in the casing for receiving an object, and a fan located in the casing and creating an airflow. At least one slot-like opening communicates with the fan and is arranged in the casing so as to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity. The slot-like opening is formed between opposing walls which are manufactured from a thermosetting plastics material. By manufacturing the walls of the slot-like opening from a thermosetting plastic material such as melamine, the walls of the slot-like opening can be molded economically instead of machined from metal. The thermosetting plastic material is dimensionally stable when moulded, thermally resistant and impact resistant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Churchill, James Dyson, Peter David Gammack
  • Publication number: 20080216344
    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, and at least one slot-like opening communicating with the fan and arranged in the casing so as to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity. The slot-like opening is formed between opposing walls so that one of the walls terminates substantially flush with the casing and the other wall protrudes beyond the casing. The slot-like opening may be formed between an upper wall and a lower wall, the lower wall may terminate substantially flush with the casing and the upper wall protrudes beyond the casing, reducing the effect of the air causing the user's hands to be pulled or sucked towards the slot-like openings but eliminating any protrusion of the walls of the slot-like opening on one side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Churchill, Frederic Nicolas
  • Publication number: 20080216342
    Abstract: A hand drying apparatus includes a hand inserting portion having a concave shape including a front inner wall facing a back inner wall, an airflow generator that generates high-pressure airflows, and a first air nozzle and a second air nozzle that inject the high-pressure airflows to the hand inserting portion. The first air nozzle is provided on the front inner wall and the second air nozzle is provided on the back inner wall. The first air nozzle includes slip-shaped first holes arranged in a line, each having a first length. The second air nozzle includes slip-shaped second holes arranged in a line, each having a second length. The first length and the second length are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI DENKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji Kameishi, Takaki Kobayashi, Jun Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20080209760
    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: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Timothy Alexander French, Peter Nigel Hutchinson, Frederic Nicolas
  • Publication number: 20080189975
    Abstract: When chuck pins are in a releasing state, support pins for supporting a lower surface of a substrate at respective heights different from each other support the substrate in an inclined position. When the chuck pins are in a gripping state, substrate gripping parts grip a substrate sidewise to separate the substrate upwardly from a substrate rest part, thereby holding the substrate in a horizontal position at a predetermined gripping height. After a liquid mass covering the substrate is formed, the chuck pins are changed from the gripping state to the releasing state to support the substrate having been gripped in the horizontal position into an inclined position, thereby draining the liquid mass from the surface of the substrate. The substrate with the liquid mass drained from the surface thereof is held and rotated in a horizontal position. Thus, the substrate is dried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Katsuhiko MIYA
  • Publication number: 20080178489
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying a disposable razor so as to prevent corrosion due to moisture left on such razor. The apparatus comprising a container having a predetermined shape and formed of a predetermined material. The container is designed for holding at least one such disposable razor. There is a base portion of the container, such base portion being removably engageable with a bottom part of the container, such base portion including a foot member and a housing member. A fan is disposed in the housing of such base portion of the container. A screen is disposed in the base portion of the container atop the fan. The apparatus has a power means disposed in one of the housing and the foot member of the base portion of the container for providing power to the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Roger Dionne
  • Publication number: 20080168677
    Abstract: In accordance with certain embodiments consistent with the present invention, a wet shaving razor blade drying apparatus has a housing. A chamber in the housing, suitable for receiving at least a bladed end of the wet shaving razor. A fan within the housing that causes air to pass over the bladed end of the wet shaving razor when the wet shaving razor is inserted into the chamber when the fan running. A switch switches on the fan when the wet shaving razor is inserted into the chamber. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Lee Miller
  • Publication number: 20080168675
    Abstract: A clothes dryer comprises a plurality of generally parallel shelves. Each shelf includes at least an outer frame having a first end and a second end. Each shelf also includes a fabric extending across the frame to form a substantially planar surface. The dryer further includes a fan and a housing that encloses the fan. The housing has an extension arm and at least one air intake vent. The extension arm supports the second end of each shelf and comprises a plurality of air exhaust vents that are configured to direct air substantially parallel to the planar surface of each shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: HAMILTON BEACH/PROCTOR-SILEX, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Garman, Mark Turner
  • Publication number: 20080136295
    Abstract: Clothes drying and dewrinkling cabinet that comprises a closed and static enclosure (2) that defines an inner space (3) for housing clothes, said inner space (3) comprising a main area (30) with a plurality of hangers (13), air supply means (4) for circulating an air flow through said inner space (3), the air supply means (4) being disposed beneath the inner space (3), and the cabinet also comprising at least one outlet (10) for the air flow in the upper part of the inner space (3). The cabinet comprises a small basket (11) for depositing small items of clothing, said small basket (11) being disposed in a substantially horizontal manner in the inner space (3) between the outlet (10) and the main area (30), and the small basket (11) having a base that covers the transverse surface of the inner space (3), in such a way that said basket (11) forms, along with the small items of clothing, an air intake area for the air flow that passes through the main area (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Aitor Aizpuru Borda, Mikel Markotegi Ijurko, Iban Rodriguez Olivenza
  • Publication number: 20080120866
    Abstract: A personal drying apparatus comprises a casing, an air heater in the casing, two fans, one to each side of the casing, for blowing two parallel streams of air heated by the air heater onto the person to be dried from two heated air outlets located in the front of the casing, an air intake located in the casing between the heated air outlets and an infra-red source for directing the infra-red rays onto the person being dried to supplement the drying achieved by the heated air flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen BALL
  • Patent number: 7377052
    Abstract: A low temperature clothes dryer having a drying chamber provides removable horizontal screens supporting clothing items and a hanging bar for hanging clothes to be dried. A timing control allows setting the time of operation of the drying cabinet. An electric heater with thermostat is provided to initially raise and maintain the air temperature within the drying chamber to at least about 90 degrees F. The dehumidifier is then operated, providing for circulation through the ducts and drying cabinet by an internal fan. The dehumidifier has an evaporator through which warm, humid air is passed, thereby cooling the air and condensing water therefrom, the water being collected in a removable container or drained through a drain hose. The fan forces the cooled, dried air through a condenser which heats the dried air for recirculation through the drying chamber by means of ducts, thereby drying the clothing therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Robert E. Maruca
  • Patent number: 7367136
    Abstract: An umbrella and shoe drying device, for use removing moisture, dirt, and debris from shoes and umbrellas, having a mat portion, a blower housing, and an umbrella holder. The mat portion has a substantially flat top surface having a grating upon which shoes are placed. The blower housing is mounted upon the flat top surface of the mat portion, supports the umbrella holder, and contains a blower. The umbrella housing has a main bore for accommodating umbrellas. The blower is in communication with the main bore and grating, and generates suction that removes moisture, dirt, and debris from umbrellas in the main bore and from shoes positioned upon the grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Carlo J D'Antonio
  • Publication number: 20080060211
    Abstract: The present is directed to a device for storing and drying a fishing reel wherein the device includes a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, and at least one side wall, wherein the top wall, bottom wall, and at least one side wall define an interior space. The top wall and the bottom wall each contain a corresponding orifice wherein the diameter of a fishing rod fits within each orifice. The device also includes at least one fan for blowing air into the housing and drying a fishing reel located in the interior space of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Wallace J. Paradis, Noel C. Duncan
  • Publication number: 20080052952
    Abstract: An invention is provided for a hand drying apparatus for drying and sanitizing hands is disclosed. The hand drying apparatus includes a housing having an air intake opening and a heating element situated within the housing capable of heating air drawn into the hand drying apparatus through the air intake opening. Also located within the housing is an air conduit that is in communication with the air intake opening. Further included is a blower that is capable of drawing an air stream into the air conduit through the air intake opening. An ozone gas generator is in communication with the air conduit that is capable of injecting ozone into the air stream to create an ozonated air stream. In this manner, the blower ejects a heated ozonated air stream out of the hand drying apparatus through the air conduit, whereby a user's hands are dried and sanitized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: Aquentium, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20070289158
    Abstract: A device and corresponding methods for drying medical equipment involving a dryer for drying the medical equipment; and a supply orb having a body and a cavity within the body for holding, ventilating, and storing the medical equipment, the at least one supply orb being mechanically coupled to the dryer for operation and being mechanically decoupled from the dryer during non-operation. The supply orb having a ventilation feature and a configuration conducive to creating a combined irrotational and rotational gas flow therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: David Kasso
  • Publication number: 20070289157
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dryer for a medical capsule. The dryer has a body including a rectangular frame and a dry box installed in the body. A gear wheel installed in the body and a gear array is formed in the dry box to engage with the gear wheel. Guide rollers are rotatably installed at both sides of an upper portion of the gear wheel, and a cover is provided to cover the dry box, which is accommodated in the body while partially protruding upward out of the body. A front plate is provided to open/close a front portion of the rectangular frame of the body, and a support plate is provided at a rear portion of the front plate in line with the guide rollers to support the dry box coming out of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: CHANG SUNG PHARMATECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Ju Su KIM
  • Publication number: 20070251116
    Abstract: A nitrogen cabinet is disclosed to include at least one cabinet body having a door and a nitrogen inlet connected to a nitrogen supplier, multiple shelves mounted inside the cabinet body and defining multiple storage spaces, multiple containers mounted in storage spaces, each container having at least one gas charging port and an identification device, and multiple gas-charging units mounted inside the cabinet body and respectively connected to the nitrogen inlet for charging the containers with nitrogen. Thus, the nitrogen cabinet combines the functions of storage, charging, management, identification, and tracing of the containers, thereby lowering the chance of oxidation or contamination of storage items in the containers and effectively controlling real-time inventory data to improve product yield rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicant: Fortrend Taiwan Scientific Corp.
    Inventors: Yuan-Yu Huang, Chien-Rong Huang, Ying-Tsao Lin, Chun-Hsiu Lin
  • Patent number: 7278225
    Abstract: A foot-drying device includes a body including first and second vertical sides, and an open front face sloping upward away from a front edge thereof. The body is hollow, forming a chamber that extends from a bottom surface to a top surface thereof, and has a rear panel hingedly coupled thereto. A foot pad is seated over the open front face and is provided with apertures for draining water therethrough. A mechanism is included for diverting the water outwardly from the chamber as the water drips down through the apertures of the foot pad. A mechanism is included for introducing heated air into the chamber such that the heated air is quickly engaged with the user foot. The heated air is evenly discharged from the apertures such that the water on the user foot is completely expelled away therefrom. The air heating mechanism is disposed above the water diverting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Roman Espinosa
  • Patent number: 7269914
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sterilizing apparatus for footwear. The sterilizing apparatus includes a plane heater having a carbon fiber embedded heating paper, a pair of electrodes installed at one side of the carbon fiber embedded heating paper while being spaced from each other, and insulating members stacked on upper and lower portions of the carbon fiber embedded heating paper and edge portions of which are thermally bonded to each other; a housing made of a flexible material and formed at an inner peripheral portion thereof with an insertion groove, in which the housing has a power line receiving hole at a lower end of a bottom surface thereof, a cation generating material receiving hole, and a plurality of corrugated grooves; an AC/DC converter having a time display section and a timer setting section; and a cation generating material fixedly inserted into the cation generating material receiving hole by adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Magicyura Inc.
    Inventor: Jae-seok Lee
  • Publication number: 20070209225
    Abstract: A spherical vacuum desiccator consists of two substantially identical shells which are connected together at an engagement region. A receiving segment and connecting segment are positioned in a spaced-apart relationship within the engaging region of each hemispherical shell. In the assembled condition of the invention, each hemispherical shell is disposed in an inverted position with respect to the other shell and the connecting segment of the two hemispherical shells engage at the receiving segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Paul Thom, David Landsberger, Francis Gomes
  • Publication number: 20070193058
    Abstract: Air circulating apparatus for providing ventilation within a drying cabinet and locker having an intake air flow fan and a circular-shaped air ducting system for producing cyclonic air flow within the locker for enhancing the drying and deodorizing of clothing and sporting equipment not easily laundered for use in an equipment locker, closet or the like. The air circulating apparatus having a small sized intake air fan, a charcoal filter element activated by the air flow, a timing circuit permitting the fan to be set for a selected period of time, and a circular-shaped air ducting system having a series of angled baffles for directing air flow upwardly. The air circulating apparatus having an alternative aromatic structure for release of oil compounds upon exposure of the aromatic structure to air flow. The air circulating apparatus used in conjunction with a cabinet and locker, or the like where malodorous odors congregate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas P. Zarembinski
  • Patent number: 7234247
    Abstract: A low pressure dryer for granular or powdery material includes a plurality of canisters rotatable about a common vertical axis serially among material heating, vacuum drying and material inventory discharge positions; pneumatic piston-cylinder means for rotating the canisters about said axis among said heating, vacuum drying and inventory discharge positions; means for heating contents of a canister at said heating position; means for sealing and drawing vacuum within a canister at said vacuum drying position and means for selectably permitting downward flow of dried granular or powdery material out of a canister at said discharge position where said canisters move collectively and unitarily one with another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 7235109
    Abstract: A garment processing apparatus is disclosed. The garment processing apparatus may include a manifold having a plurality of arms. Each of the arms may be configured to discharge air. A cabinet may be configured to support a plurality of garments with each of the garments positioned between a different pair of adjacent arms. A closed loop air system may include a condenser to remove water from the air discharged from the manifold, and/or a steam generator to inject steam into the air discharged from the manifold. A chemical agent may also be injected into the air discharged from the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Richard G. Kleker
  • Patent number: 7225559
    Abstract: A toothbrush dryer includes a substantially hollow housing having a pair of side walls, a rear wall and an open front in communication with an interior chamber. A door hingedly engages one of the side walls and is pivotable to selectively enclose the interior chamber. The door is retained in a closed position with a magnetic latch assembly. Removably mounted within the interior chamber are a plurality of toothbrush retaining clips. A blower/heater mechanism is mounted within the interior chamber for circulating warm air therethrough. A thermostat deactivates the heater upon the temperature within the interior chamber exceeding a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Leona Lynn Padilla
  • Patent number: 7216442
    Abstract: A drying device for a wood-waste collecting machine includes a blower set on the base of the machine and a heating member connected between the blower and the conveying device of the machine. The blower has an air outlet connected with a windpipe, and the heating member is connected with one end of the windpipe, having a tubular member and a heating element in the tubular member. Between the other end of the heating member and a preset sidewall of the container of the conveying device is provided a pipe joint, for air sucked by the blower blown in the heating member to heat. Then heated air is blown through the air holes of the sidewall of the collecting chamber of the container of the conveying device to dry wood waste therein and then compressed in the compressing device of the machine to become tight solid blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: San Ford Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chieh-Yuan Cheng