With Nondrying Treating Of Material Patents (Class 34/380)
  • Patent number: 9511518
    Abstract: A formed ligneous body is provided which has high scratch-proof, water-proof and weather-proof properties, a decorative design surface with a natural and fine woody grain, a high degree of aesthetic dignity and a high ligneous property. The formed ligneous body includes a surface layer portion of-fiber cells of which are impregnated with a first resin material in a cured state and which has a decorative design surface, and a base layer portion of fiber cells of which are impregnated with a second resin material in a cured state. The surface layer portion and the base layer portion are formed integrally with each other in a flow molding process, and an amount of change of relative positions of the fiber cells of the surface layer portion during the flow molding process is less than that of the fiber cells of the base layer portion during the flow molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Kojima Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Kimihiro Nagase
  • Publication number: 20150096188
    Abstract: A reusable clothes dryer static charge storage device and method of reducing static cling within clothes while tumbling in a dryer is provided. The device includes an outer housing having a conductive layer with a first conductivity and a capacitor received in the housing. The capacitor has conductive first and second walls spaced from one another. The device further includes a conductive member having a second conductivity that is greater than the first conductivity, with the conductive member being in direct electrical contact with one of the first and second walls of the capacitor, with the conductive member being spaced from the housing conductive layer by a gap. The first and second walls store the static charge accumulated from the clothing while tumbling in the dryer, whereupon the static charge is discharged to ground at a selected time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Annette Marchione, Jaime Marrero, Brian Lieb, Danielle Fong, Jessica Fegeley, Melissa Shaine, Erika Saienni
  • Patent number: 8997375
    Abstract: An operating method for a laundry drier which has a rotatable drum mounted inside a main body, a heater for heating the air flowing into the drum; and a scent supply module for spraying scent into the drum, comprising: a drying step of drying the laundry by supplying hot air heated by the heater; a pre-treating step of tumbling the drum while supplying air with the heater off; and a scent treating step of spraying scent onto the laundry which has passed through the pre-treating step. Since the scent is sprayed on after the pre-treating step, the scent can be effectively deposited on the laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang-Hun Bae, Sung-Ho Song, Min-Ji Kim, Yong-Cheol Jin
  • Patent number: 8973284
    Abstract: A hair dryer apparatus and method for use in hair care. The apparatus preferably includes a nozzle, a housing, an ion generator disposed within the housing, and an ozone generator disposed within the housing. Further, disposed within the apparatus may be a circuit board, which is in electronic communication with at least three control buttons, a microprocessor, a liquid crystal display, and a voltage regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Farouk Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Farouk M. Shami, Dennis R. Morrison, Thong Thu Pham
  • Publication number: 20150025080
    Abstract: The present invention provides processes for the preparation of amorphous form of sitagliptin dihydrogen phosphate. It also provides a solid dispersion of sitagliptin dihydrogen phosphate, including in the amorphous form, and processes for its preparation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: RANBAXY LABORATORIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Poonam Kaushik, Ram Thaimattam, Mohan Prasad, Sudershan Kumar Arora
  • Patent number: 8914989
    Abstract: A clothes dryer and method for forming and supplying a treating chemistry solution to a laundry load located in the treating chamber of the clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaustav Ghosh, Thomas A. Latack, Robert J. Pinkowski, Brian K. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8844156
    Abstract: A method of operating a clothes dryer having a rotating drum defining a drying chamber without a liquid drain, an air system, a heating system, a treating chemistry dispensing system, and a controller, where a purge detection routine and purge cycle are executed to purge the treating chemistry from clothes dryer without draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaustav Ghosh, Thomas A. Latack, Robert J. Pinkowski
  • Patent number: 8776393
    Abstract: A substrate cooling apparatus is configured to include: a mounting table including a mounting surface for mounting a substrate thereon; a projection provided on the mounting surface for supporting a rear surface of the substrate; a coolant flow path through which a coolant flows, provided in the mounting table for cooling the mounting surface; a plurality of gas discharge ports provided in a circumferential direction at a peripheral edge portion of the mounting surface for discharging a cooling gas for cooling the substrate; a gas suction port provided at a center portion of the mounting surface for sucking the cooling gas; and a groove provided in the mounting surface for diffusing the cooling gas in a circumferential direction of the substrate. The substrate cooling apparatus configured as described above can cool the substrate mounted on the mounting surface with high uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kouichi Mizunaga, Yasuhiro Kuga, Masatoshi Kaneda
  • Publication number: 20140158431
    Abstract: A method transferring drill cuttings, the method comprising transferring the drill cuttings from a pressurized transference device to a pressurized container; transferring the drill cuttings from the pressurized container to a land-based pit discharging station; and discharging the drill cuttings into the land-based pit discharging station. Also, a system for transferring drill cuttings while drilling, the system comprising a pressurized transfer device; a pressurized container in fluid communication with the pressurized transfer device; a conduit disposed between the pressurized transfer device and the pressurized container; and a land-based pit discharging station in fluid communication with the pressurized container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Trey W. Anderson, Gary E. Fout, Gordon MacMillian Logan, John Koch
  • Publication number: 20140130367
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to make it possible to reuse drying retardant which was used for supercritical drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Yonekawa
  • Publication number: 20140109434
    Abstract: A method of treating an elongate wood member is provided, the wood member having an outer surface and a cross-section. The method includes (1) forming a plurality of holes into the outer surface of the wood member; (2) introducing a treatment composition which includes a boron-containing compound into the plurality of holes; and (3) steam treating the wood member for a duration of from about 15 minutes to about 24 hours, the steam having a temperature of from about 80° C. to about 150° C. The steam treatment causes the boron-containing compound to diffuse from the formed holes into the cross-section of the wood member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Nisus Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8658947
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for thermally processing a substrate is provided. In one embodiment, a method for thermally treating a substrate is provided. The method includes transferring a substrate at a first temperature to a substrate support in a chamber, the chamber having a heating source and a cooling source disposed in opposing portions of the chamber, heating the substrate to a second temperature during a first time period while the substrate is disposed on the substrate support, heating the substrate to a third temperature during a second time period while the substrate is disposed on the substrate support, and cooling the substrate in the chamber to a fourth temperature that is substantially equal to the second temperature during the second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Khurshed Sorabji, Alexander N. Lerner
  • Publication number: 20130340274
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for evaporating and dehydrating a solid material; the method comprises: providing a plurality of digesters, with the digesters being in a parallel connection with respect to the flow direction of the solid material, wherein each digester repeatedly performs the arranged steps of step-by-step heating and evaporating and dehydrating the solid material from low temperatures to high temperatures in a time sequence. The solid material is brown coal. The quality of the brown coal is improved by the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Bin Xu, Lalin Chu, Hongsong Ma
  • Publication number: 20130318813
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laundry machine in which the lint filter can be cleaned even at low water pressure and a method for cleaning the lint filter, wherein the invention comprises: a tub in which washing water is accommodated; a drum which is rotatably disposed in said tub; an air circulating unit which supplies air to said tub; an air returning hole which returns the air of said tub to said air circulating unit; a lint filter which filters lint contained in the air which is circulated by said air circulating unit; and a filter cleaning unit which sprays the washing water through a plurality of nozzle holes such that said lint is separated from said lint filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Sangwook Hong, Cheolsoo Ko, Hyojun Kim
  • Publication number: 20130248132
    Abstract: Formulations and methods for papermaking are disclosed herein using one or more volatile debonders, where the volatile debonder forms a solution or an emulsion with water in a paper precursor, and where the volatile debonder is evaporable from the paper precursor before the paper precursor is completely dried to form a paper sheet during papermaking. Two volatile debonders having different boiling points can be used, where they are miscible in water and in each other, and where one volatile debonder has a higher molecular weight and the other volatile debonder has a lower boiling point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Gangadhar Jogikalmath, Lynn Reis, David S. Soane, Andrea Schneider
  • Patent number: 8522451
    Abstract: A method of spraying a treating chemistry into a dispensing dryer in a manner to avoid the pooling and dripping of the treating chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Fredrick E. Chernetski, Michael T. Dalton, Joel Adam Luckman, Karl D. McAllister
  • Patent number: 8444120
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may comprise an ampoule having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces may be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resulting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment. At least a portion of source material including a solid may be dissolved in a solvent, followed by removal of solvent to yield source material (e.g., a metal complex) disposed within the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi K. Laxman
  • Publication number: 20130092034
    Abstract: The present application in particular is directed to a household appliance adapted for treating objects in a primary treatment process. For providing easy disinfection of process media and functional subunits of the household appliance, it is proposed that the household appliance comprises at least one plasma generator adapted to impinge in a secondary treatment process a disinfecting and/or odour reducing plasma at at least one functional subunit of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Fabienne Reinhard-Herrscher, Kersten Kaiser
  • Publication number: 20130061491
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be an apparatus for isomerizing a hydrocarbon stream rich in a C4 hydrocarbon and/or at least one of a C5 and C6 hydrocarbon. The apparatus can include: a first drier and a second drier adapted to receive a fluid including at least one reactant; and a reaction zone communicating with the first drier to receive the fluid including at least one reactant and with the second drier to receive the regenerant. Generally, the first drier operates at a first condition to dry the fluid including at least one reactant and the second drier operates at a second condition during regeneration with a regenerant. The regenerant can pass through a fluid tapering device for regulating the flow of the regenerant to the reaction zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventor: UOP LLC
  • Publication number: 20130061490
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can be an apparatus for isomerizing a hydrocarbon stream rich in a C4 hydrocarbon and/or at least one of a C5 and C6 hydrocarbon. The apparatus can include:a vessel containing a fluid including at least one reactant; a fluid transfer device receiving the fluid including at least one reactant from the vessel; at least one drier receiving the fluid including at least one reactant from the fluid transfer device; and a reactor communicating with the at least one drier to receive the fluid including at least one reactant. In addition, the at least one drier may communicate with the vessel at least by sending the fluid including at least one reactant or the regenerant through a fluid tapering device for at least one of regulating the flow and reducing the pressure of the regenerant to the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: UOP LLC
    Inventor: UOP LLC
  • Publication number: 20130055583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a polymer material filled with longer fibers, wherein the fibers, which typically have a residual moisture content of approximately 5 to 8% and a minimum length of more than 2 mm, and the carrier material are mixed and heated in a reactor or cutter-compacter, constantly moving them and optionally comminuting the carrier material, and constantly maintaining the pourability and/or lumpiness. According to the invention, the conditions, and particularly the temperature, in the reactor are adjusted so as to dry the fibers to the lowest residual moisture possible, at which the fibers are just barely sufficiently flexible so as not to break during processing in the reactor, or during an optionally following compression step, for example extrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Geselischaft m.b.H. Friedorf,
    Inventors: Manfred Hackl, Klaus Feichtinger, Gerhard Wendelin, Walter Reisinger
  • Patent number: 8375598
    Abstract: An enclosure for storing of moisture sensitive devices (MSD's). The enclosure includes a plurality of compartments, each continuously purged with dry air supplied by a commercially available de-humidifier. MSD's housed in said compartments are thus protected from absorbing moisture which could cause cracking of the devices after being mounted on printed circuit boards and subjected to the high temperatures associated with wave solder and solder reflow processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Bahman Khoshnood
  • Publication number: 20130014406
    Abstract: A system for drying vehicle bodies and/or for controlling the temperature thereof. The system includes a cabin and has a heater for heating hot air for the cabin. The system is equipped with a mechanical energy-consuming device, for example, a generator and/or a fan. The heater contains at least one heat exchanger. The hot exhaust gas of a thermal engine can be supplied to the heat exchanger. The thermal engine is coupled to the mechanical energy-consuming device, for example, the generator, so as to move together. Because of the coupled movement, mechanical energy can be transmitted from the thermal engine to the mechanical energy-consuming device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Juergen Weschke, Dietmar Wieland, Juergen Jost
  • Publication number: 20120285035
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a clothes dryer by determining a load size estimation based on at least one of a temperature variation of the laundry load and a delay time wherein the delay time is a time it takes for the temperature variation to satisfy a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: RYAN R. BELLINGER
  • Patent number: 8272143
    Abstract: A process for removing or treating harmful biological and organic substances within an enclosure includes heating the ambient air within the enclosed area to a predetermined temperature over time to cause harmful biological or organic substances to be destroyed or migrate into the ambient air. Temperature and pressure levels are monitored through the treatment process. Contaminated objects or areas may be subjected to biocides, irradiation, or even freezing as part of the treatment process. The air removed from the enclosure is preferably passed through an incinerator, a filter or an irradiation device and the heated air is re-circulated to enhance efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: David Hedman
  • Patent number: 8227729
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for thermally processing a substrate is provided. In one embodiment, a method for thermally treating a substrate is provided. The method includes transferring a substrate to a chamber at a first temperature, the chamber having a heating source and a cooling source disposed in opposing portions of the chamber, heating the substrate in the chamber during a first time period to a second temperature, heating the substrate in the chamber to a third temperature during a second time period, and cooling the substrate in the chamber to a fourth temperature that is substantially equal to the second temperature during the second time period, wherein the second time period is about 2 seconds or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Khurshed Sorabji, Alexander N. Lerner
  • Patent number: 8221678
    Abstract: A system and process is provided for removing or treating harmful biologic and organic substances within an enclosure, such as a container, building or vehicle. Air within the enclosure is heated to a predetermined temperature to kill organisms and cause harmful substances in the structure to migrate into the ambient air. Boric acid in combination with the heat may be used to kill mold and similar undesirable organisms. Temperature and pressure levels are monitored. The heated air carrying the harmful substances is passed through a filter to remove the harmful substances, and the heated air is re-circulated to enhance efficiency. The system effectively kills insects, molds, viruses and bacteria and reduces the levels of allergens and volatile organic compounds in the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: David E. Hedman
  • Patent number: 8187387
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a dryer and a method of controlling a cleaning operation thereof that are capable of supplying moisture into a drying chamber of the dryer to wet contaminants in the drying chamber and blowing air to the wetted contaminants to remove the contaminants. The method includes supplying moisture into a drying chamber to wet contaminants in the drying chamber and removing the contaminants wetted by the moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tai Eun Kim, Jeong Han Kim, Byoung Yull Yang
  • Patent number: 8161662
    Abstract: A method for operating a laundry appliance including a housing having a substantially circular housing opening closable by a door, a substantially cylindrical container disposed within the housing and including a substantially circular container opening and configured to receive laundry for treatment. The laundry appliance also includes a steam generating device including a heating element, an inlet opening and an outlet opening for steam, and a nozzled disposed in a region of the container opening. The method includes activating the heating element until a temperature of the steam generating device reaches a predetermined upper limit. Water is introduced into a tank of the steam generating device at a predetermined flow rate and the temperature of the steam generator device is measured as the water is introduced. The flow rate of water is reduced when the temperature of the steam generator device drops below a lower limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Michael Finke, Hartmut Linnemann, Robert Muether, Dirk Sieding
  • Patent number: 8128073
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may comprise an amoule may having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resulting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment. At least a portion of source material including a solid may be dissolved in a solvent, followed by removal of solvent to yield source material (e.g., a metal complex) disposed within the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi K. Laxman
  • Publication number: 20120023772
    Abstract: The method of timber drying including the blowing of timber with heating medium operation at atmospheric pressure and heating the timber to average volume temperature 80-100° C., impulsive (quick) vacuum treatment operation at pressure not more than 50 mm Hg during time not more than 10 s with pressing-out of free moisture from timber without water to vapour transition to reach stable constant value of limber temperature, vacuum relief to atmospheric pressure using heat recuperating air with temperature 150-300° C., and at manometer pressure not more than 0.07 MPa. The apparatus for timber drying comprises two drying chambers connected through pipelines with quick-response valves to cooled receiver, which is placed in series to the second one and connected to vacuum pump through pipeline with vacuum lock. The first receiver is equipped with spiral-shaped guide devices for vapour-and-drop flow direction, which are installed at a tangent to inner diameter of receiver body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Yakov Kuzmich Abramov, Vladimir Mihailovich Veselov, Viktor Mihailovich Zalevsky, Vladimir Dmitrievich Evdokimov, Vitaly Grigorevich Tamurka, Veniamin Sergeevich Volodin, Vladimir Lyanovich Marchenko, Nina Semenovna Kondrashkina, Elena Vladimirovna Taleeva
  • Publication number: 20120024015
    Abstract: A hand-held convertible iron is provided that includes a housing, a soleplate disposed on the housing for pressing a garment, the soleplate having a first portion and a second portion, a heating means having a first element and a second element, the first element being disposed adjacent to the first portion of the soleplate and the second element being disposed adjacent to the second portion, wherein the second portion of the soleplate is removably attached to the housing. A quick-disconnect electrical connection provides electrical power to the second element of the heating means when the second portion of the soleplate is attached to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: John Harrington, Daniel Sumser
  • Patent number: 7997005
    Abstract: A blower system to remove precipitation from an antenna may include a blower air plenum extending substantially completely along one side of the antenna. A vent is in communication with the blower air plenum and extends substantially completely along the one side of the antenna to direct an airstream across a surface of the antenna to remove precipitation from the antenna. The vent may include a contour to conform to a contour of the one side of the antenna. The blower system may also include an air compressor to force air into the blower air plenum and out the vent to form the airstream flowing across the surface of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anthony D. Monk, Michael de La Chapelle
  • Patent number: 7971369
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drying floors and carpets using a fan for generating a pressurized air stream within a vertical cylindrical shroud that is spaced two to five inches away from the floor on a set of legs such that an opening is formed between the shroud and the floor. The air stream is directed along the cylindrical shroud vertically toward the floor. At least a peripheral portion of the air stream is exhausted from the shroud in a substantially laminar flow at an angle that is inclined from the vertical and is exhausted radially into ambient air as a substantially laminar air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Roy Studebaker
  • Publication number: 20110094626
    Abstract: Novel sports articles are manufactured from acetylated wood. There is a process for manufacturing such articles from acetylated wood involving treating wood billets with the acetylation process and then shaping them into the desired sport article and then finishing the article with some durable finish such as varnish or shellac.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Frederick Roy Bonds, Derek Michael Bonds
  • Patent number: 7913418
    Abstract: An automatic clothes dryer comprises a cabinet defining an interior space in which is rotatably mounted a drum that defines a drying chamber, a heater assembly having a heating element for heating air, and a motor for rotating the drum. A blower is mounted within the interior space and is fluidly coupled to the drying chamber for moving heated air through the drying chamber. A first temperature sensor is mounted upstream of the heating element. A second temperature sensor is mounted downstream of the blower. Outputs from the temperature sensors are utilized with one or more methods to determine the air flow characteristics through the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Carow, Mark E. Glotzbach
  • Patent number: 7828274
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may comprise an amoule having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces may be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resulting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment. At least a portion of source material including a solid may be dissolved in a solvent, followed by removal of solvent to yield source material (e.g., a metal complex) disposed within the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi Laxman
  • Publication number: 20100205819
    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: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: FARHAD ASHRAFZADEH, JAMES P. CAROW, SHREECHARAN KANCHANAVALLY, SATHISH ANDREA SUNDARAM
  • Publication number: 20100088923
    Abstract: Dryer/cooler (2) for oil bearing vegetable matter meal is provided wherein the dryer/cooler (2) has a cooling zone (22) and a drying zone (24) separated by a double bottom air plenum (28). The first surface (100) of the air plenum comprises a plurality of countersink bores (102) each receiving a slotted disc member (104) therein to provide open communication between the air plenum (26, 28) and one of the cooling or drying zones (22, 24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: DESMET BALLESTRA NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Federico Lopez
  • Publication number: 20100050465
    Abstract: An operating method for a drum type laundry machine including a drum (300) for receiving laundry, an air supply unit (600) for supplying air into the drum (300), and a steam generation unit (400) supplying steam into the drum (300), the operating method comprising the steps of supplying cool air into the drum (300) to remove dust from the laundry; supplying steam into the drum (300) to remove wrinkles from the laundry; and resupplying cool air into the drum (300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Myong Hun Im, Soo Young Oh, Jae Won Chang, Kyung Chul Woo, Kyeong Hwan Kim
  • Publication number: 20100050464
    Abstract: A clothes dryer has a drying drum with an airflow inlet and a motor for rotating the drum. A blower rotated by a fan motor flows air into, through, and out the drum. A refresh or touch-up de-wrinkle course is selected via a signal input on a control panel. Steam is supplied to the drum by a steam generating device, and heated air from a heater is supplied via the inlet. A controller operates the steam device and heater, in response to the course being selected, to supply to the drum a plurality of steam pulses of at least one first predetermined time and a heated air pulse after each steam pulse. Heated air pulses between steam pulses are intermediate pulses of at least one second predetermined time to reduce condensation in the dryer and the final pulse of heated air is of a duration to dry articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: MABE CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Krzelowski, Mathieu Lamy
  • Publication number: 20090191091
    Abstract: Aeration drying and disinfecting grain crops in bulk and pretreating seeds includes passing through a bulk of grain crops and seeds disinfecting and drying agents including an ozone and air mixture and surrounding air, subdividing the disinfecting and drying agents into a plurality of streams spaced from one another in a vertical direction, and passing the streams at different heights through levels located at corresponding heights of the bulk of grain crops and seeds transversely in a substantially horizontal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Vitaliy G. Danchenko, Ronald T. Noyes, Larysa P. Potapovych
  • Publication number: 20090178295
    Abstract: The present teachings provide apparatus and methods for reducing wrinkles in a laundered fabric. In various embodiments, the apparatus includes a dryer and a vapor generator device mounted within the dryer that dispenses a wrinkle reduction composition into the dryer upon a signal from a sensor in the dryer. Furthermore, the present teachings provide methods for delivering a wrinkle reduction composition into laundry dryer. In an exemplary embodiment, a method can include electronically monitoring at least one operating parameter of a laundry dryer to determine when the operating parameter meets a first preset condition, then activating a vapor generator when the first preset condition is met, and dispensing a vapor of a wrinkle reduction composition into the laundry dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mengtao Pete He, Michael Dreja, Pamela Lam, Debra Park
  • Patent number: 7556244
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may comprise an ampoule having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces may be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resuting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi K. Laxman
  • Publication number: 20090165327
    Abstract: A device and process for conveniently removing wrinkles from dried clothes. The inventive device includes an outer shell enclosing a core of water absorbent material. The device may be spherical, cubic, or be in other regular or irregular geometric shapes, having a finish that would not damage or affect the tumbling of clothes in the dryer. The foam material in the shell is saturated with water prior to tossing into the clothes dryer with the clothes to be de-wrinkled. Moisture from the foam material in the shell is introduced into the dryer chamber from the dryer heat, which relaxes wrinkles on clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Jacquelyn Nekovar
  • Patent number: 7487956
    Abstract: Vaporizable material is supported within a vessel to promote contact of an introduced gas with the vaporizable material, and produce a product gas including vaporized material. A heating element supplies heat to a wall of the vessel to heat vaporizable material disposed therein. The vessel may include an amoule having a removable top. Multiple containers defining multiple material support surfaces may be stacked disposed within a vessel in thermal communication with the vessel. A tube may be disposed within the vessel and coupled to a gas inlet. Filters, flow meters, and level sensors may be further provided. Product gas resuting from contact of introduced gas with vaporized material may be delivered to atomic layer deposition (ALD) or similar process equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Gregg, Scott L. Battle, Jeffrey I. Banton, Donn K. Naito, Ravi K. Laxman
  • Patent number: 7484316
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nozzle arrangement for a vehicle washing installation, a vehicle washing installation equipped with this nozzle arrangement, and to a method in which a drying nozzle (1) that can be rotated about a longitudinal axis (7) by a motor and two high-pressure hoses (2a, 2b) parallel to the longitudinal axis (7) are provided with several high-pressure nozzles (13a, 13b) for high-pressure cleaning. The high-pressure hoses (2a, 2b) are supported so that they can rotate about their longitudinal axes (8a, 8b) according to the invention and coupled to the drying nozzle (1) for common adjustment by means of a mechanism (14, 15a, 15b, 16; 17a, 17b, 18a, 18b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Wash Tec Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Wimmer, Norbert König
  • Patent number: 7469489
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method relating to the operation of a burner and/or cooler (3), wherein gases are caused to flow through an inner pipe (7), out into an outer pipe (5) which surrounds the inner pipe (7), and back through that part of the volume of the outer pipe (5) not accommodated by the volume of the inner pipe (7). The invention is characterised by placing an inner bottom plates (8) in the outer pipe (5) in spaced relationship with the closed bottom (9) of said outer pipe (5), whereby the gases flowing through the inner pipe (7) and out into the outer pipe (5) are caused to turn back and pass between the outer pipe (5) and the inner pipe (7), thereby creating a gas pocket (12) between the bottom (9) of said outer pipe (5) and the bottom plate (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventor: Thomas Lewin
  • Patent number: 7421803
    Abstract: Venting through the walls of an interior room of a building to an external environment is facilitated by apparatus and techniques for mounting an in-wall unit for interfacing with the exhaust ports of equipment, such as dryers, using flexible pipe. The in-wall unit connects with venting pipe, such as stovepipe, for connecting to the external environment through an exterior surface, such as a roof. If a roof exhaust is desired, a vent assembly is provided that contains a flap that automatically closes when the exhaust flow terminates, but opens when venting is underway. The flap is removable so that cleanout of path between the in-wall unit and the room exhaust can easily occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Philip Charron
  • Patent number: 7418789
    Abstract: A combination dryer and operation method are disclosed. The combination dryer and operation method for a combination dryer enable air in a drying drum and a cabinet for drying the laundry to circulate continuously and enable water generated in the circulation process to be used to perform a refreshing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Soung Bong Choi, Deug Hee Lee, Byung Hwan Ahn, Hung Myong Cho, Young Soo Kim