With Gas Or Vapor Circulation For Contact With Treated Material Patents (Class 34/210)
  • Patent number: 10440970
    Abstract: A grain management system can condition a grain mass held in grain storage equipment using environmental inputs, varietal inputs, nutrient inputs, and/or characteristic inputs. The inputs can provide a customized grain conditioning strategy or program to maintain nutritional attributes of the grain mass and/or prevent overdrying, mold, decomposition, or other spoilage of the grain mass. The inputs can be entered by a user or automatically detected or entered based on present or historical data associated with the grain or grain conditioning equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: IntelliFarms, LLC
    Inventors: Johnselvakumar Lawrence, Charles Todd Sears
  • Patent number: 10354897
    Abstract: A container storage facility has storage portions for storing containers, and supplies a purge gas to the interior of the containers. The container storage facility includes ejection portions that eject the purge gas, a gas supply device that controls the supply flow rate of the purge gas, a main pipe that conducts the purge gas output from the gas supply device, and branch pipes that are branched from the main pipe and are connected to the ejection portions. The ejection portions eject the purge gas regardless of whether or not containers are stored in the storage portions, and the gas supply device controls the supply flow rate of the purge gas so as to increase as the total number of containers stored in the storage portions decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Tadahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10262867
    Abstract: A method for etching a layer in a plasma chamber with an inner injection zone gas feed and an outer injection zone gas feed is provided. The layer is placed in the plasma chamber. A pulsed etch gas is provided from the inner injection zone gas feed at a first frequency, wherein flow of pulsed etch gas from the inner injection zone gas feed is ramped down to zero. The pulsed etch gas is provided from the outer injection zone gas feed at the first frequency and simultaneous with and out of phase with the pulsed etch gas from the inner injection zone gas feed. The etch gas is formed into a plasma to etch the layer, simultaneous with the providing the pulsed etch gas from the inner injection zone gas feed and providing the pulsed gas from the outer interjection zone gas feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Saravanapriyan Sriraman, Alexander Paterson
  • Patent number: 10099248
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating metal pipe couplings, including a frame and insulated panels attached to the frame forming an oven. A pre-heat zone and a bake zone inside the oven, the pre-heat zone separated from the bake zone by a shared oven wall. A combustion burner and recirculation blower are positioned in opposite ends of the oven in a pre-heat zone combustion/recirculation chamber. Another burner and recirculation blower pair are positioned in opposite ends of the oven in a bake zone combustion/recirculation chamber. Heated air supply plenums are fluidly connected to respective recirculation blowers, and include direction-adjustable nozzles to direct heated air generally downward onto pipe couplings moving through the preheat and bake zones. Return air plenums positioned in each of the pre-heat and bake zones each have an air inlet, and an outlet fluidly connected to respective combustion/recirculation chambers. Coating-cured metal pipe couplings made by the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: EPCON INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS, LP
    Inventor: Aziz A. Jamaluddin
  • Patent number: 9175433
    Abstract: A control method of a laundry treatment apparatus (100) is disclosed. A control method of a laundry treatment apparatus (100) configured to supply steam and/or heated air to an accommodating space (12) accommodating laundry therein, the control method includes a water supplying step supplying water to water supplying device (130) configured to supply steam, a step supplying steam to the accommodating space (12) by heating of water inside the water supplying device (130), the step applying a horizontal motion to the laundry for a predetermined time period, simultaneously with the steam supplying, a cooling step cooling the laundry, and a drying step supplying heated air having a predetermined temperature to the accommodating space (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hye Yong Park, Yang Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9074313
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is disclosed. The laundry treating apparatus includes a treating chamber to accommodate laundry, a heating part to supply at least one of hot air and steam to the treating chamber, a hanger bar arranged in the treating chamber, a driving part provided on an outside of the treating chamber to generate a rotational force, a power transmitting part transmitting the rotational force of the driving part, and a power converting part converting the rotational force transmitted by the power transmitting part to reciprocate the hanger bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sung Min Kim, Don Won Kim, Sog Kie Hong, Hea Kyung Yoo
  • Patent number: 8997372
    Abstract: A clothes dryer has a cabinet forming a drying chamber and a drying rack slidably mounted to the cabinet and movable between a retracted position where the drying rack is within the drying chamber and an extended position where the drying rack is exteriorly of the cabinet. A removable dividing panel is retained by the drying rack and divides the drying chamber into two horizontal and vertically extending drying chambers. A control system associated with the dryer has selectable modes to operate the divided drying chambers independently or concurrently as a single large drying chamber. A recycle system associated with the dryer permits recycling of heat air to increase drying efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Stan Cennon
  • 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: 8898926
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a substrate dryer, a substrate treating apparatus including the substrate dryer, and a substrate treating method. The substrate dryer includes a chamber, a process chamber constituting one part of the chamber and provided for supplying supercritical fluid to a substrate to dry the substrate, and a high-pressure chamber constituting the other part of the chamber and provided for boosting the process chamber above a critical pressure. According to the present invention, the substrate drying chamber is boosted fast by the high-pressure chamber to change to a supercritical state and thus a substrate dry treatment is performed using supercritical fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Semes Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Keun Cho, Kyo-Woog Koo
  • 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: 8898929
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying gloves is provided, including a main member, at least one light source, and at least one air source. The main member includes an outer surface configured for receiving a glove, and a plurality of apertures disposed along the outer surface. The light source emits a UV-C light, and the air source blows air. The UV-C light from the light source and air from the air source can at least partially pass through the outer surface. The apertures are in communication with at least the air source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Stewart
  • 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: 8819956
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying clothes includes a body having an inner space, a first dryer rotatably arranged in the inner space to dry a first load of laundry while the first load is tumbled, and a second dryer to dry a second load of laundry without tumbling. The second dryer uses air discharged from the first dryer to dry the second load of laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungmin Kim, Jongseok Kim, Daeyun Park, Sogkie Hong
  • 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: 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: 8601712
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8595950
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8545578
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for capturing the hot humid gases from a gypsum board dryer and utilizing those gases in the production of a synthetic gas (referred to as “syngas”). The syngas produced can then be utilized within a gypsum board plant to reduce the amount of natural gas needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.
    Inventor: John College
  • Patent number: 8533971
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8484860
    Abstract: Disclosed is a clothes treating apparatus, which treats clothes into a more wearable condition. A clothes treating apparatus includes a cabinet; an accommodating space defined in the cabinet to accommodate clothes, and maintained in a stationary state; an air supplying device generating dry air and supplying the dry air into the accommodating space such that the dry air is circulated in the accommodating space, wherein the air supplying device includes an inlet provided at a bottom of the accommodating space such that the air in the accommodating space flows into the air supplying device through the inlet; and a filter assembly installed in the inlet, and filtering the air passing through the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: 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
  • 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: 8429831
    Abstract: A coating device for coating a medical device with a drug-eluting material uses an in-process drying station between coats to improve a drug release profile. The drying station includes a heat nozzle configured for applying a uniform drying gas. A coating process using the dryer includes a closed-loop control for the gas between drying steps and an improved nozzle for producing more consistent spray patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Gillick, John E. Papp, Kevin Seiki, Hung T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8387270
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8359767
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8356421
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8327558
    Abstract: A shed type clothes dryer, especially a shed type clothes dryer with safety ventilating member is disclosed. The shed type clothes dryer with safety ventilating member includes a heat blower, air outlet shed with plural air outlets which are set on the heat blower, umbrella shape support frame with center supporting stand which is set on the air outlet shed, clothes drying chamber formed from outer cover around the support frame. The safety ventilating member is set on the air outlet shed. A hot air relaxation chamber is formed between said safety ventilating member and the air outlet shed. The shed type clothes dryer with safety ventilating member has the following advantages: 1. mounted safety ventilating member preventing the clothes from falling on hot air port to make consumer securely use it, 2. automatically stopping after the clothes been dried by humiture probe controlling the humiture to ensure the clothes not over drying and energy saving, 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Jiebo Hu
  • Patent number: 8322045
    Abstract: In one aspect, a substrate processing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a mechanism for forming a meniscus on a surface of a substrate by moving the substrate through a fluid; an air knife apparatus positioned to apply an air knife to shorten the meniscus formed on the surface of the substrate; and a drying vapor nozzle positioned to direct a drying vapor to the meniscus shortened by the air knife. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Stein, Younes Achkire, Timothy J. Franklin, Julia Svirchevski, Dan A. Marohl
  • Patent number: 8322056
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preparing a torrefied biomass fuel are disclosed. Moisture is initially extracted from relatively wet biomass fuel to produce a relatively dry biomass fuel. Remaining moisture is then extracted from the relatively dry biomass fuel in a final drying stage, using steam at a temperature of about 900° F. The resulting dried biomass fuel is conveyed downward using gravity and undergoes torrefaction, which produces torrefied biomass fuel and torrefaction gases. A gaseous mixture of steam and torrefaction gases is vented to a heat exchanger, where the gaseous mixture is heated by a flue gas, and the heated gaseous mixture is used to support the extraction of the remaining moisture in the final drying stage and to support the torrefaction of the dried biomass fuel. Embodiments disclosed herein efficiently use available energy resources to the benefit of manufacturers, consumers, and the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Terra Green Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas P. Causer
  • Patent number: 8312638
    Abstract: A multiple laundry treating machine, in which an auxiliary laundry treating device (120) is coupled to a general laundry treating device (110), is disclosed. The multiple laundry treating machine includes a main laundry treating device (110) for washing or drying laundry contained in an interior of the main laundry treating device (110), an auxiliary laundry treating device (120) arranged at one side of the main laundry treating device (110), the auxiliary laundry treating device (120) having a volume and a height respectively smaller than a volume and a height of the main laundry treating device (110), and having a laundry container (121) formed in an interior of the auxiliary laundry treating device (120), and a connecting unit (300) for connecting the main and auxiliary laundry treating devices (110, 120), to enable communication or control operations between the main and auxiliary laundry treating devices (110, 120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Ho Park, Phal Jin Lee, Seong Hae Jeong, Seong Jin Jo
  • Patent number: 8296967
    Abstract: A present invention relates to a fabric treating apparatus including an inside cabinet which forms a treating chamber which the fabrics treated in, and a heating unit for supplying any one between hot wind and steam to the treating chamber, and a hanger rack disposed in the treating chamber, and a driving unit for generating rotary power outside the treating chamber and is disposed upper part of the inside cabinet, and a transmission unit for reciprocating the hanger rack by transmitting the rotary power of the driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Min Kim, Sog Kie Hong, Dong Won Kim, Jong Seok Kim, Dae Yun Park, Hea Kyung Yoo
  • 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: 8276289
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preparing a torrefied biomass fuel are disclosed. Moisture is initially extracted from relatively wet biomass fuel to produce a relatively dry biomass fuel. Remaining moisture is then extracted from the relatively dry biomass fuel in a final drying stage, using steam at a temperature of about 900° F. The resulting dried biomass fuel is conveyed downward using gravity and undergoes torrefaction, which produces torrefied biomass fuel and torrefaction gases. A gaseous mixture of steam and torrefaction gases is vented to a heat exchanger, where the gaseous mixture is heated by a flue gas, and the heated gaseous mixture is used to support the extraction of the remaining moisture in the final drying stage and to support the torrefaction of the dried biomass fuel. Embodiments disclosed herein efficiently use available energy resources to the benefit of manufacturers, consumers, and the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Terra Green Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas P. Causer
  • Patent number: 8240064
    Abstract: A dryer includes a drying chamber for the articles to be dried, a supply air duct, a process air duct, a heater in the process air duct for heating process air, a blower that guides the heated process air over the articles to be dried, an exhaust air duct that directs exhaust air to an exhaust air outlet, and an internally and/or externally cleanable lint filter in a recirculated air duct that splits at a branching-off point from the process air duct to the heater and the exhaust air duct which leads to the exhaust air outlet, and wherein the recirculated air duct joins the supply air duct upstream of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Steffens
  • Patent number: 8191280
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for spray drying a fluid to produce a dried powder. Assemblies include a spray drying head attachable to a gas supplier and a liquid sample, such as a standard unit of blood product. The spray drying head can be adapted to provide an aerosolized flow of liquid sample exposed to a drying gas. The assembly also includes a drying chamber adapted to separate the aerosolized flow of liquid sample into a dried powder and humid air. The assembly can be disposable, provided in a sterilized kit and having simplified attachments allowing quick connect and disconnect from the gas and liquid sample. Separation of the powder from the humid air exiting the drying chamber occurs within a filtered collection bag. In some embodiments, one or more of the drying chamber and collection bag are formed form a thin-walled, collapsible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Velico Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Michael Haley, John Charles Rosenfelder, George T. Perivolotis
  • Patent number: 8141268
    Abstract: The present document describes a bag for storing and drying garments or sports equipment. The bag comprises an external envelope substantially made of flexible resistant material. The bag further comprises a frame supporting the external envelope and comprising frame sections capable of adopting a retracted position and an extended position in which the frame occupies more space than in the retracted position. The bag further comprises a tubular structure for hanging the garments or sports equipment and through which air can be blown for drying the hung garments or sports equipment. The tubular structure is mounted on the frame and comprises tube sections capable of adopting a retracted position and an extended position in which the tubular structure occupies more space than in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Jean-François Vezina, Pierrot Lebel
  • Patent number: 8132337
    Abstract: A compact low-maintenance moving air modular cabinet wood particles/sawdust dryer having a serpentine path for heated air to move injected wood particles/sawdust through the cabinet, drying it as it goes, together with a system for providing controllable heated airflow and a regulated supply of wood particles/sawdust to be dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Batey
  • Patent number: 8127463
    Abstract: A vacuum drying apparatus of a circulative preheating type comprises a working area, containing a material-filling-preheating sub-area, a heating sub-area, a drying sub-area, and a material-discharging sub-area; a rotatable frame, rotatably installed in the working area and having four accommodating spaces corresponding to the sub-areas of the working area, respectively; four cylinders, installed in the accommodating spaces of the rotatable frame and corresponding to the sub-areas of the working area; and a driving assembly, connected to and thereby driving the rotatable frame to rotate; wherein when the rotatable frame rotates, each of the cylinders is moved from a currently corresponding sub-area to an adjacent said sub-area. Thereby, since the cylinders have been preheated in the material-filling-preheating sub-area before receiving a heating procedure in the heating sub-area, a required duration of the heating procedure can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Ban Chih Wang
  • Patent number: 8082681
    Abstract: A method for reconditioning Fire Control Radar APG-68 tactical radar systems (FCR) utilized in military aircraft and returning them to operation with extended useful life expectancies equivalent to or better than new of the FCR APG-68 unit high frequency, high voltage dual mode radar transmitters that are deployed in over 1000 state-of-the-art military aircraft such as the F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft, and B-1 bombers. The novel method extends the mean lifetime of previously repaired and repairable FCR APG-68 tactical radar units and radar units and ageing transmitters from about 100 to a few hundred hours to about five hundred or more hours by the step of removing embedded moisture and absorbed moisture from the heterogeneous electronic components in the FCR APG-68 tactical radar unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Slack Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard C. Slack, Clare L. Milton
  • 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: 8056256
    Abstract: A method for reconditioning Fire Control Radar APG-68 tactical radar systems (FCR) utilized in military aircraft and returning them to operation with extended useful life expectancies equivalent to or better than new of the FCR APG-68 unit high frequency, high voltage dual mode radar transmitters that are deployed in over 1000 state-of-the-art military aircraft such as the F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft, and B-1 bombers. The novel method extends the mean lifetime of previously repaired and repairable FCR APG-68 tactical radar units and radar units and ageing transmitters from about 100 to a few hundred hours to about five hundred or more hours by the step of removing embedded moisture and absorbed moisture from the heterogeneous electronic components in the FCR APG-68 tactical radar unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Slack Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard C. Slack, Clare L. Milton
  • Patent number: 8056252
    Abstract: A sheathing layer spans a supporting surface from which moisture is to be removed. In one exemplary system, ventilation channels extend between opposed ends of the substrate layer, communicating with an outlet opening at one end and with a duct at the opposing end which in turn communicates with an inlet opening at the same end of the substrate layer as the outlet opening. A fan is arranged to circulate air through channels from the inlet opening to the outlet opening to replace humid air in the channels with drier replacement air. In another example, a substrate layer includes ventilation channels communicating only between the supporting surface and an outlet opening. The outlet opening connects to a fan which maintains the channels at a vacuum pressure to withdraw moisture therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Joao Pascoa Fernandes
  • Patent number: 8038963
    Abstract: A garment bag is sleeved over an ozone generator generating ozone therein. The garment bag includes a hollow bag body and an ozone filter unit. The ozone filter unit is disposed on the bag body. When the ozone in the bag body flows to the ozone filter unit, the ozone can be decomposed by the ozone filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Chung-Yang Mike Chen
  • Patent number: 8015727
    Abstract: A dryer rack for use with an apparatus for drying an object inside a drum is disclosed, wherein the dryer rack includes a platform for having an upper surface for supporting the object. The platform may include at least one grip for loading and unloading the dryer rack into an interior space of the drum. The at least one grip is flush with the upper surface of the platform. The at least one grip is formed in a forward portion of the platform, to be near an access point of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dong Geun Lee, Il Tak Han, Tae Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 7987614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and processing method for drying lumber, for example two-by-four studs in an environment in a kiln in a manner to avoid warping, including crook, bow, cup and twist. The lumber pieces are stacked in a normal manner with stickers for providing air flow between courses of the lumber pieces, and the stack is dried while a horizontal force is provided to the respective courses of lumber in the stack to hold the individual pieces of lumber in edge to edge contact throughout the drying, equalizing, conditioning and cooling process for first drying of lumber, redrying of lumber or in a treatment process for removing warp from previously dried lumber. A vertical force comprising a weight or other force generating device can be also applied to the stack of lumber to augment the overall reduction in warpage if so evidenced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Robert W. Erickson
  • 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: 7980000
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an apparatus and methods for rinsing and drying substrates. One embodiment provides an end effector comprising a body having a contact tip for contacting an edge area of a substrate, wherein the end effector is configured to support the substrate while the substrate is in a rinsing bath and while the substrate is being dried from the rinsing bath, and the contact tip comprises a hydrophilic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Lewis, Michael Biese, Garrett H. Sin, Chidambara A. Ramalingam, Balaji Chandrasekaran, Tak Fan (Kerry) Ling
  • Patent number: 7975502
    Abstract: In a heat pump apparatus of the invention, a refrigerant is circulated through a compressor 31, a radiator 32, a first throttle apparatus 33, a heat exchanger 34, a second throttle apparatus 35 and an evaporator 36 in this order. The heat exchanger 34 can be utilized as both a radiator and an evaporator by operating the first throttle apparatus 33 and the second throttle apparatus 35. Therefore, even if the outside air temperature is high, discharge pressure and suction pressure of the compressor do not rise, the heat pump apparatus can be operated in a stable refrigeration cycle, and energy can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoichiro Tamura, Yuuichi Yakumaru, Masaya Honma, Fumitoshi Nishiwaki
  • Patent number: 7958652
    Abstract: A portable cleaning apparatus comprises a base module for movement along a surface and a plenum. The base module comprises a base housing enclosing a fan for moving air through the housing from the interior of the housing to the exterior of the housing through an exhaust outlet in the housing. The plenum fluidly communicates at one end with the exhaust outlet and at another end with at least one plenum outlet opening adjacent the surface to direct air exhausted from the housing interior along the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Huffman, Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz
  • Patent number: 7946055
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Churchill, James Dyson, Peter David Gammack