Process Patents (Class 34/282)
  • Patent number: 11008696
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a blower for delivering process air through an airflow path that includes a rotating drum. A condensation system has a heat exchanger that dehumidifies process air within a condensing portion of the airflow path to produce a condensate. A residual condensing area of the airflow path is positioned upstream of the heat exchanger. The residual condensing area produces secondary condensate. A primary flow path delivers the condensate from the condensing portion to a sump. A secondary flow path delivers the secondary condensate from the residual condensing area to the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel A. Schurr
  • Patent number: 10478740
    Abstract: A fusible toy bead creating apparatus includes: a table including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface and a receiver. The table has a plurality of penetration holes penetrating from the first surface to the second surface to allow fusible toy beads to be placed on the first surface. The receiver includes a receiving surface arranged to face the first surface of the table and configured to receive the fusible toy beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: EPOCH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryo Sakai
  • Patent number: 10399245
    Abstract: A method for producing wood material boards with reduced emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including: a) producing woodchips from suitable timbers; b) heat-treating at least one portion of the woodchips at a temperature between 150° C. and 300° C. for a period of 1 to 5 hours; c) crushing the wood chips that are not heat-treated and at least one portion of the heat-treated woodchips by machining in order to obtain wood shavings or by solubilizing in order to obtain wood fibers; d) gluing the wood shavings or wood fibers with at least one binding agent; e) applying the glued wood shavings onto a transport belt while forming a multi-layered shavings cake or applying the glued wood fibers onto a transport belt while forming a single-layer fiber cake; and f) compressing the shavings cake or the fiber cake to form a wood material board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SWISS KRONO Tec AG
    Inventor: Norbert Kalwa
  • Patent number: 10280553
    Abstract: A drain pump is provided that may include a pump motor; an impeller connected to a rotational shaft of the pump motor. The impeller may include a circular hub, an impeller shaft that extends from a center of a lower surface of the hub, and a plurality of blades that extends from an outer circumferential surface of the impeller shaft and the lower surface of the hub in a radial direction of the hub. The hub may have a longitudinal cross section in which a thickness of the hub gradually increases from the center of the lower surface toward an edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinhyouk Shin, Sungjun Kim, Minseong Kim
  • Patent number: 10027363
    Abstract: A biodegradable protective device adapted for a mobile device includes a main body and a protective portion. The main body is made of biodegradable plastic. The protective portion is made of biodegradable material, and the protective portion is connected to the main body and used to protect the mobile device from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: XIGMA STYLE CORP.
    Inventor: Fu-Yi Hsu
  • Patent number: 9881784
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate processing method. The method includes: supplying a rinse liquid, IPA, a first fluorine-containing organic solvent, a second fluorine-containing organic solvent to a wafer within an outer chamber of a liquid processing unit; conveying the wafer to a supercritical processing unit container; and supplying a supercritical processing fluorine-containing organic solvent in a supercritical high-pressure fluid state to the wafer within the supercritical processing unit container. At least during the supply of the IPA, a low-humidity N2 gas is supplied into the outer chamber so that the inside of the outer chamber is formed as a low-humidity N2 gas atmosphere, and thus moisture absorption into the IPA is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroki Ohno, Keiji Tanouchi, Kazuyuki Mitsuoka, Takehiko Orii, Takayuki Toshima
  • Patent number: 9687022
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments or implementations are disclosed of systems for providing heat for use inside a structure and control apparatus and methods relating to material drying systems. In an exemplary embodiment, a control apparatus for controlling heat and/or humidity inside a structure selects one or more heat sources from a plurality of heterogeneous heat sources. The heat sources include a heat storage reservoir and a heat pump system between which heat is selectively transferrable via a fluid of the heat storage reservoir and a refrigerant of the heat pump system. The selecting is performed based on sensor input(s). The control apparatus controls the selected heat source(s) to provide heat inside the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Ping Shan, Weihua Guo
  • Patent number: 9493904
    Abstract: A laundry treatment device includes a treatment chamber for receiving items to be washed and a steam generator supplied with water from a water source by a pump. A first line connects the steam generator to the treatment chamber, and an inlet is provided for introducing steam into the treatment chamber. Arranged between the steam generator and the treatment chamber is a nebulizer facility arranged which is connected by way of a switching valve via second lines to the treatment chamber. The nebulizer facility is constructed to mix treatment agents in the form of an aerosol with the steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Ingo Schulze
  • Publication number: 20150128444
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for drying and storing brushes, each having a handle and a bundle of bristles extending therefrom. The apparatus comprises a base or sleeve retention member supporting a plurality of elastic sleeves configured to surround one of the bundles of bristles in a conforming and radially compressive relationship, and a brush retention member supporting a plurality of brush retainers configured to retain the respective brush handles. A support rod or post member connects the base and brush retention members in a spaced relationship in a longitudinal direction along the brush handles, with the brush handles retained in the brush retainers and the respective bundles of bristles positioned for engagement with the elastic sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Rene Xavier Filho, Simone Rodrigues Oliveira Xavier
  • Publication number: 20150121716
    Abstract: A moisture removal system and method employing air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters and attendant methods for reducing moisture in a construction project. The method and system include operating moisture removal equipment and testing moisture content levels sufficient to reduce the moisture content levels to a desired threshold to reduce the likelihood of mold growing or moisture damage in the construction after it is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew R. WEISENBERGER, Robert A. WEISENBERGER
  • Publication number: 20150110970
    Abstract: A method is provided for production of a module, including the steps of: providing a substrate (1) having a first surface (5) in the form of a translucent carrier; providing an open casting mold (6), wherein the formation of at least one optical element (4, 4?) is provided in the casting mold (6); covering the surface (5) with a polymeric casting compound (3) in the open casting mold, while forming the optical element from the casting compound (3); and curing the casting compound in the casting mold, wherein the translucent carrier and the casting compound (3) together form an optical system (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Peil, Susanne Schadt, Harald Maiweg, Marcus Helmling
  • Publication number: 20150075026
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments or implementations are disclosed of systems for providing heat for use inside a structure and control apparatus and methods relating to material drying systems. In an exemplary embodiment, a control apparatus for controlling heat and/or humidity inside a structure selects one or more heat sources from a plurality of heterogeneous heat sources. The heat sources include a heat storage reservoir and a heat pump system between which heat is selectively transferrable via a fluid of the heat storage reservoir and a refrigerant of the heat pump system. The selecting is performed based on sensor input(s). The control apparatus controls the selected heat source(s) to provide heat inside the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ping Shan, Weihua Guo
  • Publication number: 20150080668
    Abstract: The invention relates to a material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals made of a epidermis of a living organism and a diagnostic device using the same, and more particularly, to a material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals made of a epidermis of a living organism, through drying is one stage, also selecting is another stage of production, and a diagnostic device using the same. The material of the invention has an effect of detecting biological electro-magnetic signals. Accordingly, the material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals of the invention can be used for manufacturing a diagnostic device for detecting biological electro-magnetic signals non-invasively as well as effectively used in diagnosis in cases where biological electro-magnetic signals are changed by cancer, inflammations due to immunodeficiency and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Sang-Moon Lee
  • Publication number: 20150079669
    Abstract: A hydrogel is dried by a critical point drying technique. The hydrogel may include indicator molecules embedded therein and may be part of a hydrogel-based device, such as, for example, an analyte sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Senseonics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Philip Huffstetler, Aneta Modzelewska
  • Patent number: 8973283
    Abstract: A system and method for solvent recovery in a batch fluidized bed process is provided. The disclosed embodiment of the fluidized bed system includes a fluidized bed vessel adapted to contain a batch of solvent-containing product; an influent or intake circuit adapted to supply an inert fluidizing gas to the fluidized bed vessel; an effluent circuit adapted to remove the solvent containing inert fluidizing gas from the fluidized bed vessel; a first recycle circuit coupling the effluent circuit to a solvent recovery means; a second recycle circuit directly coupling the effluent circuit to the intake circuit and a flow control valve operatively disposed to divide the effluent between the first recycle circuit and the second recycle circuit based on the operating regime of the fluidized bed process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Arup Nandi, Alan Cheng, John Fredric Billingham
  • Publication number: 20150059200
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a dryer appliance and a method for operating a dryer appliance. The method includes monitoring a first temperature sensor of the dryer appliance in order to determine a number of cycles of the first temperature sensor. If the number of cycles of the heating element exceeds a threshold number, a temperature set point of a second temperature sensor of the dryer appliance is reduced. The method can assist with reducing or avoiding excessive cycling of the first temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ionelia Silvia Prajescu, Richard Dustin Henderson
  • Patent number: 8959792
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a dryer of a printing system. The system comprises a controller and a sensor. The controller is operable to determine a speed of a web of print media traveling through a dryer, and to apply power to a heating element of the dryer based on a power profile that models a non-linear relationship between power applied to the heating element and speed of the web. The controller is further able to determine a type of media for the web, and to select the power profile based on the type of media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Casey E. Walker, Scott Johnson, Stuart J. Boland, William Edward Manchester, David M Price
  • Publication number: 20150047219
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a laundry treating apparatus. The method may include controlling the drum to accelerate the drum to rotate at a first speed, applying a brake to stop the drum, accelerating the drum to a second speed, sensing a current being applied to the motor while the drum is accelerated to the second speed, and determining a laundry amount based on the sensed current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Hoonbong LEE, Hansu JUNG, Suncheol BAE
  • Publication number: 20150033624
    Abstract: An installation for drying a thin-walled biodegradable pot having a drying mould wherein one wall has a shape adapted to a corresponding shape of a wall of a moulded pot to be dried, and a means of heating the drying mould wall to a temperature above 160° C., and preferably between 180 and 240° C. Also disclosed are an installation for manufacturing pots having a drying installation mentioned above, a method of drying pots, a pot obtained from an installation or from a method mentioned above, and an assembly with a plant in a pot as mentioned above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: FERTIL
    Inventors: Guy De La Martiniere, Marc Micquel
  • Publication number: 20150013178
    Abstract: The invention relates to a household appliance, more particularly a tumble dryer, comprising a working chamber and at least one latent heat store having a respective storage medium, wherein the respective storage medium is thermally coupled via a respective associated heat exchanger to a working medium circulating through the working chamber, wherein the working medium first moves from the working chamber to a heat sink, from said heat sink to the heat exchanger, from said heat exchanger to a heat source, and from said heat source back to the working chamber, and wherein the respective storage medium forms a substance mixture together with a respective carrier fluid, wherein said substance mixture can be conducted in a respective closed circuit through the associated heat exchanger for an exchange of heat with the working medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Andreas Stolze, Jörg Waschull
  • Publication number: 20150007447
    Abstract: A detection system assembly is provided. The detection system assembly includes a detector system including a housing having a sample port configured to receive a sample of an unknown substance, a detector assembly in flow communication with the sample port, and a pump in flow communication with the detector assembly. The detection system assembly further includes a dryer cartridge removably coupled to an outer surface of the housing of the detector system. The dryer cartridge is in flow communication with the pump and the detector assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Morpho Detection, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Edgar Patterson, Matthew Edward Knapp
  • Publication number: 20140373381
    Abstract: A horizontal rotating drum for mixing and drying treated seed with multiple functional zones separated by one or more dams that are attached to and rotate with the drum. The dam regulates the flow of seed through the drum's functional zones. The dam has one or more cleanout passages and an overflow passage centrally disposed within the dam to selectively regulate seed flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KSI CONVEYOR, INC.
    Inventors: Terry N. Kaeb, Paul Arthur Kaeb, Todd William Kaeb
  • 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: 20140345153
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for moisture determination and control using real time measurement of the moisture content of the material being processed. The present invention also provides a device that is used for moisture determination and control based on real time measurement of moisture content of a material being processed. The present invention is particularly suitable for controlling the moisture content of a material in a drying process, such as in a drying hopper, where the material moisture content is measured at an inlet and an outlet of the drying process. The drying process is further controlled by anticipating the drying load by measuring the moisture content of the incoming material to be dried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Deepak Pahwa, William Charles Griffiths, Marco Sammartini, Rajan Sachdev, Kuldeep Singh Malik
  • Publication number: 20140298676
    Abstract: A clothing dryer and control method thereof is provided. A conventional dryness sensor may be used, without installation of a separate component, to detect breakage of a belt. Upon detection of belt breakage, the motor is stopped together with report of abnormality of the to reduce cost. A conventional temperature sensor may be used to maintain a proper surface temperature of a door of the clothing dryer, without installation of a separate component. Thereby, harm to a user due to rise in the surface temperature of the door may be prevented, and degradation of drying quality may be prevented. Furthermore, the pipe temperature of a compressor may be used to detect incorrect or broken wiring of the compressor. When incorrect or broken wiring of the compressor is detected, the compress is stopped together with report of to protect the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Min OAK, Do Haeng KIM, Ju Dai KIM
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140259723
    Abstract: An opening and/or closing mechanism associated with a lid, door or cover of machinery are disclosed herein. According to various embodiments, the system described comprises a lid, and a lid locking mechanism. A counterbalance, a timer, and a controller may also be utilized by the system. The system may allow for automatic starting of device operation in response to s timer expiring. The system may further allow for automatic opening of the lid in response to the timer expiring without the utilization of manual assistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jesus R. Oropeza
  • Publication number: 20140250716
    Abstract: A dryer appliance and a method for operating the same are provided. The method includes establishing a first temperature set point and a second temperature set point for the dryer appliance. The method also includes determining an operating condition of the dryer appliance and selecting an operating temperature of the dryer appliance from the first and second temperature set points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ionelia Silvia Prajescu, Richard Dustin Henderson
  • Publication number: 20140215844
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for drying a fluid film (F), which is applied to a surface of a substrate (3) and includes a vaporizable liquid, comprising the following steps: transporting the substrate (3) on a transport surface (6) of a transport device (5) along a transport direction (T) through a drying device (7); vaporizing the liquid by way of a heat source (13) having a heating surface (G), wherein the heating surface (G) is disposed at a distance (?G) of 0.1 mm to 5.0 mm opposite the substrate surface; and removing the vaporized liquid in the direction of the heat source (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: FMP TECHNOLOGY GMBH FLUID MEASUREMENTS & PROJECTS
    Inventor: Franz Durst
  • Patent number: 8793010
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for quantifying contribution to overall variability of moisture content in wood products and associated computer software. The method comprises the steps of obtaining moisture content data for the wood products and identifying one or more sources of variability in the moisture content data. A contribution to overall variability from each of the one or more sources of variability is then quantified. One or more opportunities to impact the overall variability are then quantified, each of the one or more opportunities being associated with one or more executable steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeser NR Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Stanish, John E. Jones, III, John N. Giovanini
  • Publication number: 20140182161
    Abstract: A drying device for a washing machine includes a rotatable drum configured to house laundry items; a tub having the drum therein; a driving unit on the tub and connected to the drum, configured to drive the drum; a drying unit configured to store liquid water and circulate air in the drum to remove moisture from the laundry; and a control unit configured to control operations of the drying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: In Dong KIM
  • Publication number: 20140173928
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for drying, in particular for drying painted workpieces (6), which has at least two drying units (2), wherein the individual drying unit is set up to receive a number of painted workpieces, and heating means, which are set up to generate a constant temperature in the drying device (1) and in each of the drying units (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: VENJAKOB MASCHINENBAU GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hauser
  • Publication number: 20140150283
    Abstract: A conveyor dryer for curing ink on a substrate is provided. The dryer comprises a dryer body, a housing functionally coupled to the dryer body, the housing and dryer body defining a heat zone, a heating element functionally disposed within the heat zone and configured to provide thermal energy, an infeed extension functionally coupled to the dryer body, such that the infeed extension extends substantially horizontally from the dryer body, a conveyor belt functionally coupled to the infeed extension, the conveyor belt being configured to transition from the infeed extension into the heat zone, and a sensor functionally coupled to the infeed extension and configured to sense the substrate on the conveyor belt, wherein under the condition that the substrate is placed on the conveyor belt, the sensor senses the substrate and results in the dryer transitioning from a standby state to an operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: BERGMANN PRECISION, INC.
    Inventor: John Bergmann
  • Publication number: 20140150288
    Abstract: A system includes a multi-feeder assembly. The multi-feeder assembly includes a first solids feeder, a liquid removal section, and a second solids feeder. The first solids feeder is configured to receive a solids flow from an upstream system. The liquid removal section is configured to reduce an amount of liquid in the solids flow. The second solids feeder is configured to receive the solids flow in series with the first solids feeder and output the solids flow to a downstream system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Frederick Leininger, John Saunders Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20140148741
    Abstract: Systems and methods described may include a garment configured to apply compressive force to the body of the wearer during wear and may receive, retain, and release a garment treatment to the wearer during wear. Garment treatments may be configured to create physiological response in the wearer through contact with the wearer's skin. A method described may include reducing the circumference of a body part during a time period, treating a cosmetocompression garment configured to cover at least a part of the body part with a slimming or other health treatment, putting on the treated cosmetocompression garment to cover at least a part of the body part, and wearing the treated cosmetocompression garment according to a schedule. A water soluble laundry packet or a dry sheet may be configured to deliver any combination of a detergent, fabric softener, antistatic substance and garment treatment during wash or drying cycle of laundry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Moran
  • Publication number: 20140147340
    Abstract: Compositions that include a mixture of biosoluble inorganic fibers and a micaceous binder are described. The compositions can be prepared free of refractory ceramic fibers that are respirable but durable in a physiological medium. The compositions are typically in the form of a sheet material or a paste and can be used, for example, as a protective packing material around the pollution control element or as an insulating material in the end cone region in a pollution control device. Sheet materials formed from the compositions have an area of a X-Y plane that decrease less than about 6 percent when heated to about 900° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Gary F. Howorth
  • Publication number: 20140137427
    Abstract: A device for drying work pieces, in particular vehicle wheels, having a dryer housing which borders a dryer chamber and has at least one access to the dryer chamber. Work piece carriers loaded with work pieces can be conveyed through the dryer chamber by a conveyance system. There is a transfer device which transfers work pieces to be dried to a work piece carrier located in the dryer chamber, and removes dried work pieces by a work piece carrier located in the dryer chamber. The work piece carriers can be conveyed in circulation through the dryer chamber without leaving same. A method for drying work pieces, wherein the work piece carriers are correspondingly conveyed through the dryer chamber without leaving same, wherein work pieces to be dried are transferred to a work piece carrier located in the dryer chamber and dried work pieces are removed by a work piece carrier located in the dryer chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Binder, Ulrich Hofbauer
  • Publication number: 20140131169
    Abstract: A drying device for bulk material, comprises a conveyor on which a first majority of perforated plates with location surfaces for the bulk material is guided along a rail comprising an upper rail section, a lower rail section and a first deflection rail section at an end, in which the perforated plates are deflected from the upper into the lower rail section, and a second deflection rail section at an opposite end in which the perforated plates are deflected from the lower into the upper rail section. A scraper device comprises one or more scraping elements arranged so that the location surface of a perforated plate moving along the first or second deflection rail section comes into contact with the scraping elements, and is cleaned by means of a relative movement between the scraping elements and the perforated plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: BIG DUTCHMAN INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Ludger Themann
  • Publication number: 20140115916
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a drying operation of a rotatable-drum laundry dryer (1) having a rotatable drum (3) for loading laundry (5) and at least an electrode sensor (22) for sensing dryness of the laundry (5). The method includes the step of detecting the presence/absence of moist laundry (5) inside the rotatable drum (3) by the electrode sensor (22). If a presence of moist laundry inside the rotatable drum (3) is detected, a drying cycle is started. The dryness of the laundry (5) is sensed during the drying cycle and a cycle time (TD) at which the sensed dryness reaches a preset dryness threshold is measured. If the cycle time (TD) is lower than a preset dryness threshold time (Sm), the drying cycle is continued for a first additional time (D1), and the drying cycle is stopped at the end of the first additional time (D1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Fabio Altinier, Fabio Pasut, Michele Bisaro, Roberto Ragogna
  • Publication number: 20140109433
    Abstract: An expandable and customizable cabinet apparatus for supporting clothes when hanging them to dry includes a housing that forms an enclosure with an opening on one side. A door connected to the housing is able to open to substantially 180 degrees. A frame is connected in a hinging arrangement to the housing allowing it to swing relative to the housing between the housing and the door. The frame includes an anchoring grid. A series of articulating hanging racks are affixed to the anchoring grid and held in a horizontal position with support members. The hanging racks may be articulated downward to a position flush with the anchoring grid, and the enclosed with the frame inside the housing and door when closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Lynnette Van Orden Moore
  • Publication number: 20140090267
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a dryer of a printing system. The system comprises a controller and a sensor. The controller is operable to determine a speed of a web of print media traveling through a dryer, and to apply power to a heating element of the dryer based on a power profile that models a non-linear relationship between power applied to the heating element and speed of the web. The controller is further able to determine a type of media for the web, and to select the power profile based on the type of media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Casey E. Walker, Scott R. Johnson, Stuart J. Boland, William Edward Manchester, David M. Price
  • Publication number: 20140090268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drying device and method for drying a pumpable mixture. Such a mixture is for instance a manure or industrial effluent. The drying device according to the invention comprises: a supply holder for holding the mixture; a drivable endless carrier extending with an outer end into the supply holder during use, wherein drying medium flows during use through or along the mixture carried along by the carrier; and heating means for heating the ingoing mixture and/or the mixture in the supply holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Seine Roelofs, Willem Seine Christian Roelofs
  • Publication number: 20140076339
    Abstract: Methods of curing tobacco that reduce the levels of TSNAs and/or improve leaf quality are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Marcos Fernando de Godoy Lusso, Alec Hayes, Kenny Lion, Greg Davis, Frank Hart, Jerry Whit Morris
  • Publication number: 20140075775
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum defining a laundry treating chamber, where the laundry in the laundry treating chamber may be imaged and a motion condition of the laundry determined based on the imaging of the laundry. The operation of the laundry treating appliance may be based on the determined motion condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Publication number: 20140075773
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of determining the presence of a drying rack based on image data of the laundry located in a treating chamber of a laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, Sathish Andrea Sundaram
  • Publication number: 20140068963
    Abstract: A process for reducing the cost associated with the transportation and disposal of waste material by extracting water ad other liquids from municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and putrescible waste to thereby significantly reduce the weight of the material prior to transport. In one embodiment, the process involves waste product being turned through a heated auger system, wherein the waste material is indirectly heated by high temperature oil to remove the liquid (including water) and moisture content from the waste product. In another embodiment, the process involves manual or automated movement of the waste material through an environmentally contained area that houses heating devices (e.g., heat lamps) for simulating sunlight, fans, and a water purification and filtration system for drying the waste material and delivering the water content to the water filtration and purification system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Pepitone, Joseph Michel, Morgan Pepitone
  • Publication number: 20140047731
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a conveyor speed control system for a dryer is provided. The system includes a dryer having a housing with an entrance and an exit, and a conveyor within the housing, the conveyor capable of moving at a desired speed. A sensor senses the temperature of the interior of the dryer housing. A controller is provided. The controller receives a signal from the temperature sensor. The controller also controls the speed of the conveyor, and limits the speed of the conveyor to a desired speed until a desired dryer housing temperature is attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Quirk, Bernabe Mauban
  • Publication number: 20140041249
    Abstract: A controlling method for a dryer is applied to a dryer, in which at least one of a heat pump system and a heater is selected as a heat source for heating air supplied in to a drum and a heat supply capacity of the heat pump system is more than that of the heater. The controlling method includes, when both the heat pump system and the heater are selected as the heat sources, turning the heat pump system on, turning the heater on after the heat pump system is normally turned on, turning the heater off to cool the drum and terminate drying after the drying is performed, and turning the heat pump system off after the heater is turned off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc
    Inventors: Kiwook Jung, Junseok Lee
  • Publication number: 20140033559
    Abstract: A method of operating a household appliance to vary the thermal output of the electric heater by selectively coupling heating elements between power supply mains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: RYAN R. BELLINGER, BRIAN A. BLACK
  • Publication number: 20140007453
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for detecting a root moisture content of clothing in a clothes dryer. The dryer has two conducting bars situated in the dryer bin. A pulse generator circuit is coupled to the conducting bars. A microcontroller is coupled to an output of the pulse generator circuit. The pulse generator circuit generates a pulse when wet clothing contacts the conducting bars in the dryer bin. The microcontroller receives the pulses and counts the pulses that are longer than a threshold length. The microcontroller issues a termination signal based on the number of counted pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Hopkins