Gas Or Vapor Contact With Treated Material Patents (Class 34/443)
  • Patent number: 10299656
    Abstract: A vent outlet for an appliance having an adjustable kick plate configured to enclose a base portion of the appliance is provided. In an example embodiment, the vent outlet comprises a top portion, a vent cover, a bottom portion, and a conduit portion. The top portion comprises a planar portion and an angled portion. The front surface of the vent cover is coplanar with the front surface of the planar portion. The bottom portion that is recessed with respect to the front surface of vent cover. The planar portion, the vent cover, and the bottom portion are generally aligned along a first axis. The conduit portion extends backward from a plane defined by the vent cover and is configured to secure the vent outlet to a vent conduit of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Alessandro Parmeggiani
  • Patent number: 10008400
    Abstract: A substrate processing device capable of stabilizing an etching amount of a metal film provided on a substrate is provided. The substrate processing device includes a first container, a second container and a control unit. The first container stores a first liquid in which an acid solution containing phosphoric acid and water are mixed. The first liquid is capable of etching a metal film provided on a substrate. The second container stores a second liquid containing water. The control unit controls supply of the second liquid from the second container to the first container such that a water concentration of the first liquid increases over time corresponding to change in a concentration of the phosphoric acid in the first liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsuke Muraki, Hiroaki Yamada, Yuya Akeboshi, Katsuhiro Sato
  • Publication number: 20150143712
    Abstract: A dryer venting system comprising a motor powered fan for connection in-line with the exhaust of the dryer; a sensor to sense operation of the dryer venting system; a dryer disabling device; and a controller configured to monitor a sensed operation of the dryer venting system as sensed by the sensor and to monitor for operation of the dryer, the controller configured to cause the dryer disabling device to disable the dryer when the sensed operation indicates that the dryer venting system is operating improperly and to cause the fan to turn on when the dryer is operating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: CUBE INVESTMENTS LIMITED
    Inventor: J. Vern CUNNINGHAM
  • Publication number: 20150113824
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cabinet for storage and drying of sports equipment and/or clothes. This cabinet has doors, an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom, an intake vent at the top, and suspending means for suspending articles such as sports equipment or clothes. Turning on the fan activates active drying of the articles. Additionally, the present invention relates to a method of storing and drying articles comprising suspending the articles in a cabinet with doors, the interior of said cabinet comprising an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom; an intake vent at the top; and suspending means for suspending the articles. The articles that are difficult or take more time to dry can be placed closest to the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Adaptive Storage Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Goulet
  • Publication number: 20150113827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wardrobe for storage and drying of sports equipment and/or clothes. This wardrobe has an opening, an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom, an intake vent at the top, and suspending means for suspending articles such as sports equipment or clothes. Turning on the fan activates active drying of the articles. Additionally, the present invention relates to a method of storing and drying articles comprising suspending the articles in a wardrobe, the interior of said wardrobe comprising an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom; an intake vent at the top; and suspending means for suspending the articles. The articles that are difficult or take more time to dry can be placed closest to the fan. The wardrobe can have a rigid or flexible interior cavity and the flexible wardrobe can be capable of hanging on a rod and additionally can be packed in a bag with or without a kit with support poles and feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Goulet
  • Publication number: 20150113825
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cabinet for storage and drying of sports equipment and/or clothes. This cabinet has doors, an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom, an intake vent at the top, and suspending means for suspending articles such as sports equipment or clothes. Turning on the fan activates active drying of the articles. Additionally, the present invention relates to a method of storing and drying articles comprising suspending the articles in a cabinet with doors, the interior of said cabinet comprising an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom; an intake vent at the top; and suspending means for suspending the articles. The articles that are difficult or take more time to dry can be placed closest to the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Goulet
  • Publication number: 20150113826
    Abstract: A peripheral member having the temperature thereof controlled to a first temperature; a center member, which is not in contact with the peripheral member and has the temperature thereof controlled to a second temperature; a periphery placing member having the peripheral portion of the wafer placed thereon; and a center placing member having the center portion of the wafer W placed thereon. The periphery placing member and the center placing member respectively have shapes different from those of the peripheral member and the center member so as to correspond to processing distribution. A portion of the periphery placing member is heat-insulated by having a gap formed between the portion and the center member. A portion of the center placing member is heat-insulated by having a gap formed between the portion and the peripheral member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Masaya Odagiri, Jin Fujihara
  • Patent number: 9009987
    Abstract: A clothing dryer capable of effectively drying a small amount of substance, and a control method thereof by changing an algorithm of a sensor-dry course, which is configured to control an operation rate, a degree of drying or a temperature of drying, to be adapted to the small load of substance in a case where the substance to be dried has a small load when compared to the entire volume of the clothing dryer, so that the drying efficiency is enhanced regardless of the load of the substance, and a separate option button is provided for a sensor-dry course, so that a small load of substance is dried adaptively to the material characteristic of the substance for a respective dry course, thereby enhancing the drying efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Woo Lee, Hee Beom Park, Ja Young Kim, Sang Oh Yoo
  • Publication number: 20150101209
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus including a drum, an air suction duct forming a flow path of air introduced into the drum, an auxiliary fan introducing air into the air suction duct, an air exhaustion duct forming a flow path of air exhausted from the drum, a main fan exhausting air to the air exhaustion duct from the drum, a condenser heating air sucked into the drum through the air suction duct, an evaporator cooling air exhausted from the drum through the air exhaustion duct, and a compressor and an expander forming a heat pump together with the condenser and the evaporator. The method includes measuring a discharge side pressure of the compressor, and comparing the measured discharge side pressure with a maximum allowable pressure, and determining that the auxiliary fan does not operate when the discharge side pressure is more than the maximum allowable pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Hyuksoo LEE, Sungmin Ye, Seonghwan Kim
  • Publication number: 20150089692
    Abstract: The present invention describes a vegetable oil comprising a polyunsatured fatty acid having at least 20 carbon atoms (LC-PUFA), which oil has (a) an anisidine value (AnV) of less than 25; (b) a peroxide value (POV) of less than 10; (c) a triglyceride content of greater than 90%; and/or (d) an Oil Stability Index (OSI) of greater than 5 hours at 80° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel VERKOEIJEN, Kristian ZUUR, Hendrik Louis BIJL
  • 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: 8931186
    Abstract: A drying machine is disclosed. The drying machine includes a selectively rotatable drum receiving an object to be dried, a steam supply member having one side connected to a steam generator and the other side connected to the drum, and a swirler installed in the steam supply member at a predetermined position for swirling steam flowing through the steam supply member. A method for controlling the drying machine includes heating a drum, supplying steam generated in a steam generator into the drum, and supplying hot air into the drum. The drying machine having the above described configuration can efficiently eliminate creases of clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chul Jin Choi, Dae Bong Yang, Chong Ryu, Jea Hyuk Wee, Young Soo Kim, Sang Hun Bae, Chang Woo Son, Dong Hyun Kim, Young Bok Son
  • 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: 20150000155
    Abstract: The present invention is constituted to: apply injection energy to overheated dry vapor in which saturated moisture vapor is heated and dried so as to miniaturize and cluster particles of the overheated dry vapor; apply impact energy to the clustered overheated dry vapor so as to further miniaturize the clustered particles of the overheated dry vapor and generate nano-size overheated dry vapor; and supply the nano-size overheated dry vapor in a supersaturated state into a chamber in which a substrate is placed to form an anoxic atmosphere within the chamber, infuse the nano-size overheated dry vapor into ink molecules and molecular boundaries in the anoxic atmosphere, and apply the energy of the nano-sized overheated dry vapor to the ink, so as to evaporate the moisture of the ink and degraded or reduced the organic solvent of the ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicants: DAIDO SANGYO CO., LTD., KENTARO ASAKURA, NIHON DENNETSUI CO., LTD., FUJISHOUKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Asakura, Shunsuke Hasegawa, Shigeyuki Takahashi, Yoshihiro Doba, Masao Fukudome, Sennin Kobayashi, Toshiaki Yamaguchi, Yasuo Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20150000154
    Abstract: A dryer includes a housing and a woven wire belt conveyor assembly that extends through a drying chamber of the dryer. The woven wire belt is trained around a drive drum and a tensioning drum. To support the woven wire belt, there is provided a plurality of removable rollers or supports that engage the woven wire belt and support the same as the woven wire belt is driven through the drying chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: BUHLER AEROGLIDE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steve Blackowiak, Shannon Ford, Justin M. Schreiber
  • Patent number: 8904669
    Abstract: A fuel system comprising a fuel tank, a vent tank having a duct open to the ambient atmosphere, a first vent line fluidically connecting the fuel tank ullage to the vent tank, a gas drying system including a pump and a dehumidifying device disposed within the vent tank, and a second vent line fluidically connecting a dry gas outlet of the dehumidifying device to the ullage, wherein the pump is operable to maintain a higher pressure within the ullage than in the vent tank so as to drive vapor rich gas from the ullage into the vent tank via the first vent line. Also, a method of operating the fuel system and a method of retro-fitting the gas drying system in an existing fuel system. The gas drying system may optionally be a gas drying/inerting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Franklin Tichborne, Joseph K-W Lam, David Parmenter, Simon Masters
  • Publication number: 20140349138
    Abstract: A drier for air-drying an auto-oxidizable resin composition, said drier comprising: 1,4,7-trialkyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane (L); a manganese salt having the general formula Mn2+[X]n, wherein anion X is selected from PF6?, SbF6?, AsF6?, BF4?, B(C6F5)4?, CI?, Br?, I?, NO3, or R2COO? in which case n=2, or the anion X is SO42? in which case n=1, and wherein R2 is C1-C20 alkyl optionally substituted with heteroatoms, C6-C20) aryl optionally substituted with heteroatoms, or a polymeric residue; wherein the 1,4,7-trialkyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane (L) is present in the mixture in an amount such that the molar ratio of Mn:L is at least 1.25:1 and preferably at least 1.5:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: AKZO NOBEL COATINGS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Daniel Meijer, Eddy Van Weelde, Joseph Theodorus Maria Van Dijk, Jitte Flapper
  • Patent number: 8894926
    Abstract: It is to provide a mechanism where a sterilization process using a concentrated sterilizing agent and a sterilization process using a sterilizing agent that has not been concentrated can be switched without changing the sterilization process. In the case where the concentrated mode is received by receiving means the transfer of the sterilizing agent to the concentration chamber is controlled according to a first timing, and in the case where the non-concentrated mode is received by the receiving means, the transfer of the sterilizing agent to the concentration chamber is controlled according to a second timing, wherein the first timing is different from the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Canon Marketing Japan Kabushiki Kaisha, Elk Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Elquest
    Inventors: Yasushi Hanada, Takashi Koyama
  • Publication number: 20140342163
    Abstract: A mixture for use as a drier for air-drying an auto-oxidizable resin composition, said mixture comprising : 1,4,7-trialkyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane (L); and, a manganese salt having the general formula Mn2+[X]n, wherein anion X is selected from PF6?, SbF6?, AsF6?, BF4?, B(C6F5)4?, Cl?, Br?, I?, NO3?, or R2COO? in which case n=2, or the anion X is SO42? in which case n=1, and wherein R2 is C1-C20 alkyl optionally substituted with heteroatoms, C6-C20 aryl optionally substituted with heteroatoms, or a polymeric residue; wherein the 1,4,7-trialkyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane (L) is present in the mixture in an amount such that the molar ratio of L:Mn is at least 1.25:1 and more preferably at least 1.5:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: AKZO NOBEL COATINGS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Daniel Meijer, Eddy Van Weelde, Joseph Theodorus Maria Van Dijk, Jitte Flapper
  • Patent number: 8881425
    Abstract: Systems and methods are used for drying wood products in one or more kilns with recovered flue gases. In some embodiments, methods for drying wood products include firing a fuel in the one or more combustion devices, thereby producing a heated fluid and a flue gas. The heated fluid is circulated to provide a primary heat source to the one or more indirect fired kilns. An amount of flue gas is recovered and transferred to provide a secondary heat source to the one or more indirect fired kilns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: Philip Latos
  • Publication number: 20140325869
    Abstract: A system for drying moist, particulate material includes a steam dryer having a container containing superheated steam. Upper and lower heat exchangers, with a channel extending through them, are located in the container. An impeller generates a flow of steam upward in the container outside the heat exchangers and downward through the channel. Guide plates around the heat exchangers guide the moist, particulate material from an inlet in the lower part of the container around the heat exchangers, subjecting the material to the flow of the steam, thereby drying the material. A steam conduit supplies a primary steam flow to the lower heat exchanger, which condenses the primary steam flow into a flow of hot water that is directed to a flow generator that generates a fluid flow from the hot water flow. A fluid conduit leads the fluid flow to the upper heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: ASJ-IPR ApS
    Inventor: Arne Sloth Jensen
  • Publication number: 20140325867
    Abstract: This invention provides a system for removing surface moisture from granulated coal or other materials in particulate form, the system comprising a dryer, wherein the dryer has: an in-feed (1) for material particles; an in-feed (3) for entrainment gas (suitably air) to provide dilute phase gas entrainment of the particles; and turbulence—inducing means (5) configured to subject the flow of gas—entrained particles to turbulence to strip water from the surface of the entrained particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: COOMTECH LTD
    Inventor: Patrick Foss-Smith
  • Patent number: 8863403
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a control method of clothing dryer that sprays an appropriate amount of mist based on the amount of clothing and dries the clothing at a fiber rearrangement temperature to remove wrinkles from the clothing. Standard regain of clothing is confirmed, mist is sprayed such that an amount of mist equivalent to approximately twice the standard regain reaches the clothing, and the clothing is dried at the fiber rearrangement temperature, whereby wrinkles are removed from the clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Ram Lee, Hyun Sook Kim, Hwang Mook Cho, So Jung Yu
  • Patent number: 8865066
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a material, said method comprising the steps of: a) providing a sterilizing composition comprising (i) peracetic acid and (ii) a stabilizer selected from the group consisting of citric acid, isocitric acid, aconitic acid and propane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid; b) introducing such sterilizing composition into a hot gaseous stream to produce a peracetic acid vapor; and c) contacting such peracetic acid vapor with the material to be sterilized. The use of such an organic acid stabilizer results in an unexpected reduction in the amount of residue deposited on the heating surface employed to vaporize the sterilizing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: PeroxyChem LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Ricky Mittiga, Donald Lapham, Weidong An
  • Patent number: 8844159
    Abstract: A system for drying a load of wood including: a heat generating device providing heat necessary for drying the load of wood, apparatus for generating a gaseous coolant flow for treating the load of wood by combustion of biomass under O2, the gaseous coolant flow being essentially constituted by CO2, a heat exchange device allowing the transfer of the heat produced by the heat generating device to the gaseous coolant flow for treating the load of wood, a unit for treating/drying the load of wood, including a central volume, known as a technical or treatment volume, dedicated to the drying of the wood, and inlet and outlet hatches for the loads of wood, situated at the upstream and downstream ends of said central volume, and a thermal device for the dehydration and condensation of the steam extracted from the wood during the drying cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: HOLCOP
    Inventor: Raymond Guyomarc'h
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8815050
    Abstract: Processes and systems for drying liquid bromine utilizing two fractionators to produce a substantially dry liquid bromine stream and a substantially bromine-free water stream. Wet bromine liquid may be conveyed to a first fractionator wherein a substantially dry bromine liquid is produced, while a vapor stream from the first fractionator may be condensed into a first liquid phase comprising bromine saturated with water and a second liquid phase comprising water saturated with bromine. The water saturated with bromine may be conveyed to a second fractionator to produce at least substantially bromine-free water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Marathon GTF Technology, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sabah A. Kurukchi, Yijun Liu, Anand Moodley
  • Publication number: 20140223764
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in the drying of grain and more particularly but not exclusively, to a grain storage bag having grain drying capabilities, includes an elongate flexible container having an air inlet arrangement and an air outlet arrangement, with the air inlet arrangement being in flow communication with the air outlet arrangement through an internal volume of the container. The apparatus also includes fluid displacement elements for causing airflow from the air inlet arrangement to the air outlet arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Drylobag International Pty (Ltd)
    Inventor: Werner Sybrand Swart
  • Publication number: 20140215846
    Abstract: A skate dryer assembly. The assembly has a skate, a dryer module, and a device for blowing or sucking air through or from the module. The skate includes a boot and a blade. The dryer module defines a slot therein adapted to receiving and retaining the blade therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Liliana A. Dean
  • Patent number: 8769842
    Abstract: A substrate drying apparatus includes a drying gas nozzle configured so that, assuming that a surface WA of the substrate W is a projection plane, regarding the drying gas flow Gf in the nozzle moving direction Dr, a collision position Gfw with the substrate W is located downstream of a projected discharge position Gfv?, the projected discharge position Gfv? being a discharge position from the drying gas nozzle projected on the projection plane. In a three-dimensional space, the drying gas flow Gf is inclined, such that an angle ? formed by an axis Ga of the drying gas flow Gf and a vertical line Wp of the substrate W is in a range from a half contact angle ?/2 to an angle determined by deducting the half contact angle ?/2 from 90°, the half contact angle ?/2 being a half of the contact angle ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoatsu Ishibashi, Takahiro Ogawa, Kenichi Sugita, Shinji Kajita, Koichi Fukaya, Akira Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8763273
    Abstract: A hopper for dehumidification of granular plastic material by a dehumidifying fluid includes a main body, having a top wall with an opening for the granular plastic material; at least one discharge opening for the dehumidifying fluid provided on the main body or the top wall, a tapered lower section with a discharge opening for the dehumidified granular plastic material, a fluid-sealed insert member delimiting an annular air space with the main body and the tapered lower section, and at least one dehumidifying fluid feed duct to the annular air space, the lower tapered section comprising at least one pair of walls to delimit at least one chamber that is outside the annular air space and in fluid communication therewith, the at least one chamber being feedable with dehumidifying fluid from the at least one feed duct oriented tangentially or parallel to an enclosing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Moretto S.p.A.
    Inventor: Renato Moretto
  • Publication number: 20140173930
    Abstract: A drying holder holds a solar cell in an upright state, and is used in an electrode drying process. The drying holder is provided with a base part on which the solar cell is placed, and a support part that is disposed on the base part, and forms a support slot that is capable of accommodating the solar cell. Vents are formed on the base part and/or the support part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi TOHODA, Shigeharu TAIRA, Takeshi NISHIWAKI
  • Publication number: 20140150286
    Abstract: A dishwasher, a door assembly for the dishwasher and a method of drying the dishware in the dishwasher are provided. The dishwasher may include a tub portion adapted to hold dishware. The dishwasher may also include a duct having an inlet proximate to the top of the tub portion. The duct may be configured to receive warm air and vaporized water from within the tub portion. The dishwasher may further include a single blower configured to direct the warm air and vaporized water into the duct during a drying cycle. The blower may be configured to operate in a cyclic manner. In various embodiments, the blower may be configured to operate in a reverse direction for at least a portion of the drying cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Ashwin Jadhav, Jeffrey E. Nelson, Dennis A. Poyner, Van P. Beck
  • Publication number: 20140130368
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying wood veneer includes an elongate drying chamber including a conveyor for conveying material to be dried from an input end to an output end; and a cooling section for cooling veneer leaving the output end of the drying chamber, the cooling section including a pressure controller for maintaining a pressure in the cooling section that is slightly higher than pressure in the drying chamber while maintaining a near-zero pressure differential between the drying chamber and the cooling section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc,
    Inventors: Irven McMahon, Bryan J. Wolowiecki
  • Publication number: 20140123514
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of operating a laundry treating appliance treating laundry according to a cycle of operation having by determining a parameter indicative of a change in packing density of the laundry in a treating chamber and taking an operating action based on the determined parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: FARHAD ASHRAFZADEH, RYAN R. BELLINGER
  • Publication number: 20140115917
    Abstract: A raising device for a cleaning part in a cleaning tool and a raising method for a cleaning part in a cleaning tool are provided. The raising device is capable of raising the fibers of the cleaning part to a state in which waste can be collected. A raising device for raising the fibers in a fiber layer constituting a cleaning part in a cleaning tool is configured by providing a blowing part which blows compressed air at the fiber layer to raise the fibers of the fiber layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Kikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 8696986
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a material, said method comprising the steps of: (a) introducing a solution comprising peroxyacetic acid into a hot gaseous stream to produce a peroxyacetic acid vapor; and (b) contacting such peroxyacetic acid vapor with the material to be sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Jr., Shibu Abraham, Charles J. Lymburner, Michael J. DiGeronimo
  • Publication number: 20140090672
    Abstract: A pallet drying device promotes drying after washing of a pallet including a fork insertion hole into which a fork is inserted on a side surface and an opening communicating with the fork insertion hole on a lower surface. The pallet drying device includes: pallet placing means capable of placing the pallet to be dried so as to mechanically block the opening; and blowing means for blowing air into the inside of the fork insertion hole. The pallet is placed with the opening on the lower surface blocked while air is blown into the fork insertion hole, thus the air blown into the fork insertion hole is not discharged from the opening. This configuration promotes drying the inside of the fork insertion hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: JAPAN PALLET RENTAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanobu Matsui
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8673156
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for removing liquid from a suspension. More particularly, the present invention relates to a filtration apparatus using vacuum pressure, compressed air and radiant heat to facilitate extraction of water from a suspension and an air flow within the vacuum chamber to remove the evaporate as a cost-efficient and resource-efficient means of filtering and drying solids in large volumes of suspension to remove interstitial and chemically bound liquids, resulting in up to 100% total solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gryphon Environmental, LLC
    Inventors: William Tid Smith Griffin, Joshua Michael-James DeArmond
  • Publication number: 20140059880
    Abstract: A method of drying dishes in a dishwasher having a condensation system for extracting liquid from air within a treating chamber of the dishwasher to control the dry cycle of the dishes in the treating chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: ROGER J. BERTSCH, KEELEY M. KABALA, RAFAEL C. MELO, ALVARO VALLEJO NORIEGA
  • Publication number: 20140047733
    Abstract: A method for preparing a cavity loaded with wet radioactive elements for dry storage, the method including: connecting a condensing module, a vacuum module, and a gas circulator module to the cavity so as to form a hermetically sealed closed-loop path that includes the cavity; filling the closed-loop path with a non-reactive gas; circulating the non-reactive gas through the closed-loop path until the condensing module is no longer removing substantial amounts of water from the circulating non-reactive gas, wherein the vacuum module is sealed off from the closed-loop path during the circulating; discontinuing the circulation of the non-reactive gas through the closed-loop path; fluidly coupling the vacuum module to the cavity and fluidly isolating the cavity and the vacuum module; and applying a vacuum pressure to the cavity via the vacuum module so as to create a sub-atmospheric pressure within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Holtec International, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna P. SINGH, John D. GRIFFITHS
  • Publication number: 20140026436
    Abstract: A cross flow aeration system for aerating particulate materials disposed in a storage bin. The aeration system comprises a plurality of elongated hollow aerators. Each aerator is disposed inside the storage bin in proximity to an inside wall thereof having a substantially vertical orientation and has at least an opening for transmitting air from inside the aerator to the particulate materials. At least a blowing mechanism is in fluid communication with the plurality of aerators for providing the air thereto. At least an aerator air flow control mechanism may be disposed in each of the plurality of aerators for controlling flow of the air between a bottom section and a top section thereof. An elongated perforated venting tube is disposed approximately centrally within the storage bin. The venting tube extends generally upwardly to the bin roof for transmitting the air from the particulate materials to the bin roof and venting the same therefrom to a location external the storage bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Gatco Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Schreiner
  • Publication number: 20140020261
    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: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew R. WEISENBERGER, Robert A. Weisenberger
  • Publication number: 20140007451
    Abstract: A device and method for storing, curing, drying hay and other fibrous plant materials which includes a flexible water impermeable bag, as injection means at one end and an adjustable vent at the opposite end, and preferably spacer means between stacks of baled materials. The bales are progressively loaded at one end as the bag is unrolled and extended progressively laterally for additional bales. After loading, the gas injection and vent means are connected at ends of the bag and are adjusted to generate a back pressure within the bag to partially inflate it. The flowrate of gas or air is adjusted to maintain the temperature within the bales within an optimal range, preferably between ambient temperature and 120 degrees Fahrenheit enabling beneficial curing until sufficient moisture has been removed to prevent mold growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Jackson Brown, JR.
  • Patent number: 8621764
    Abstract: A gelatin capsule drying system that includes a structure divided into first, second and third zones, a first air handler unit positioned to discharge air into the first zone, a second air handler unit positioned to discharge air into the second zone and a third air handler unit positioned to discharge air into the third zone. The system further includes a series of tumble dryers that extend from the first zone, through the second zone and into the third zone, and an HVAC unit that provides air to the first, second and third air handler units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: John Puckett
  • Patent number: 8607469
    Abstract: Provided is cement burning apparatus 1 comprising a dryer 6 for drying high-water-content organic waste of which water content is 40 mass percent or more, in which combustion gas extracted from outlet portions or ceiling, portions of preheater cyclones 3A to 3D of a cement kiln 2 is fed to the dryer 6. As the dryer 6, a grinding-type flash dryer, which directly contacts the combustion gas G with the high-water-content organic waste W while grinding it, can be used. In addition, the apparatus 1 further comprises a coarse powder separator 12 for separating coarse powder from the combustion gas extracted from the range described above, and the combustion gas G from which dust is separated by the coarse powder separator 12 can be fed to the dryer 6, and the dust concentration of the gas fed to the dryer 6 may be adjusted to 0.05kg/Nm3 or more and 0.35kg/Nm3 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Taiheiyo Cement Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Ueno, Yoshihito Izawa, Hiroyuki Takano, Hirofumi Mori
  • Patent number: 8584375
    Abstract: The drying method performs drying the honeycomb formed article by such an arrangement that superheated steam or mixed gas of steam and hot air, temperature and humidity of which is regulated so that wet-bulb temperature thereof becomes 70° C. or higher, is made to pass through the cells of the honeycomb formed article. The drying apparatus includes a steam supply unit that supplies the superheated steam, a buffer chamber that aligns the superheated steam supplied from the steam supply unit, an upper chamber disposed above the buffer chamber to locate the honeycomb formed article, and a hood unit that recovers the superheated steam which has passed through the honeycomb formed article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Horiba, Hiromi Shimada, Yohei Takemori, Shinzou Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20130298420
    Abstract: A method for drying a component provided with a paint application via supplied warm air, including supplying the warm air at a predefined horizontal distance from the component in the base or fastening or standing region of the component. The warm air is supplied with a low momentum, and is guided via thermal flow effects substantially vertically along the component thereby achieving and sustaining a surface related homogenous surface temperature of the component, which in particular is higher than the ambient or room air temperature in the paint shop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Ruediger Detzer, Thomas Winkler