Concentrated Heated Air Stream (i.e., Blast) Patents (Class 392/379)
  • Patent number: 10306810
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes a data center storage space, a partition, and a cooling device. The data center storage space includes a hot aisle and a cold aisle. The partition separates the hot aisle and the cold aisle and defines an aperture. The cooling device includes a connection member and a flexible member. The connection member is configured to connect to the aperture and defines a first lumen. The flexible member is connected to the connection member and defines a second lumen. At least a portion of the flexible member is configured to be selectively movable. The cooling device is configured to allow cool air to move from the cold aisle to the hot aisle to lower a temperature of air disposed within the hot aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: EQUINIX, INC.
    Inventors: Tikhon Suresh Pichai, Douglas James Asay
  • Patent number: 10103453
    Abstract: A carrier module of a cable connector includes a circuit board and a grounding bar disposed on the circuit board. The circuit board includes a first insulating layer, a second insulating layer, and a grounding layer arranged between the first and second insulating layers. The circuit board has a hole formed on a surface thereof and a conductive extension disposed within the hole, and the conductive extension is connected to the grounding layer. The grounding bar includes a base portion and a conductive portion connected to the base portion. The conductive portion is inserted into the hole, and connected to the conductive extension, thereby electrically connecting the grounding bar and the grounding layer of the circuit board. Thus, the carrier module of the instant disclosure is provided with the grounding bar having well grounding performance which is firmly fixed on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOPCONN ELECTRONIC (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chung-Nan Pao, Yu-Hsiung Lin, Yi-Guang Lai, Ming-Chun Hsu, Kai Wu
  • Patent number: 9149105
    Abstract: A hair dryer comprises a housing (1), a fan assembly, a heating element, and a handle (2). The fan assembly and the heating element are located in the housing (1). The handle (2) and the housing (1) are in rotational connection. An upper portion of the handle (2) is U-shaped. A rotating shaft is located at the end of the U-shaped upper portion. The U-shaped upper portion is provided with a hair brush at a position corresponding to the air inlet of the housing (1). The housing (1) can swing left and right on the handle (2). When the housing (1) is swung, the hair brush can clean the dust at the air inlet of the housing (1), making the hair dryer both simple and sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Han Hian Yoe
  • Patent number: 8948576
    Abstract: An air handler system comprising a cabinet housing a blower unit and a heat exchange unit. The blower unit and the heat exchange unit are located in a substantially same lateral dimension in the cabinet. The blower unit and the heat exchange unit are separated by a distance that provides for a substantially uniform flow of air through a vertically-orientated plane of the heat exchange unit when the blower unit is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Distributor Products LLC
    Inventors: Colby Logan, Howard Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8948577
    Abstract: The hand-held hot air device, preferably for the local heating of thermoplastic materials, with a housing that forms a wand-shaped handle part with air inlet openings, and with an air guidance tube that protrudes from the handle part and radially delimits an air canal, with an electric heating element contained in the air guidance tube and an electric motor with a fan wheel contained in the handle part, and with an electronic control system arranged inside the handle part with one semiconductor power switch each arranged upstream of both the heating element and the electric motor, and with a display screen and an operating device for the hand-held hot air device arranged on the outside of the handle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Leister Technologies AG
    Inventors: Stephan Eberli, Bruno Von Wyl
  • Patent number: 8942550
    Abstract: A kit for supporting and multi-directionally aiming a heat source. The kit includes a heat air gun, a tripod, and an extension arm. The tripod and/or the extension arm support(s) the heat air gun so as to allow the heat air gun to be supported while having multi-directional aiming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Milton Carter
  • Patent number: 8833421
    Abstract: A device for welding plastic sheets using of hot gas heated in a tubular conduit through which an electric current flows. The device has at least one gas inlet and several gas outlet openings the electrical resistance of which changes depending on the temperature. At least one metal strip is electrically connected to the tubular conduit in the segment of the tubular conduit which is provided with the gas outlet openings in order to influence the temperature differences of the hot gas flows exiting the individual gas outlet openings. The segment of the tubular conduit provided with the gas outlet openings is located between two gas inlet openings which are arranged at an axial distance. At least one metal strip is attached in the central area of this segment of the tubular conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: TOSS GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ramon Toss
  • Patent number: 8772681
    Abstract: A blower urges an airflow, at a rate according to a user-controlled flow rate command, through an electric heater and the electrical heater heats the airflow at a heater power based on a user-input temperature command, the user-input flow rate command, and a measured mass flow rate of the airflow. The heater power is calculated based on the heat energy required to heat air to the given reference temperature, at a flow rate corresponding to the measured mass flow rate. Optionally, the temperature of the air entering the electric heater is measured, and the heater power is calculated based on the heat energy required to heat air from the measured temperature to the given reference temperature, at a flow rate corresponding to the measured mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Electronic Instrumentation and Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Joe T. May
  • Publication number: 20140161427
    Abstract: A heat gun includes a canister, a first outlet pipe, and an assistant member. The canister includes a columnar sidewall bounding a receiving space and an installation board mounted in the receiving space. The assistant member includes a first vent pipe, and a second vent pipe communicating with the first vent pipe and slidably mounted to the first vent pipe. Top ends of the first outlet pipe and the first vent pipe extend through the installation board and communicate with an upper portion of the receiving space. Bottom ends of the first outlet pipe and the second vent pipe function as outlets of the heat gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventors: WU ZHOU, GUI-FU XIAO, WEI PANG, SONG MA
  • Patent number: 8712226
    Abstract: A method of flooring installation includes positioning a welding tip having a v-shaped plastic welding rod therein adjacent to a v-shaped joint formed between plastic flooring and plastic trim and heating the flooring, trim, and welding rod to flow the welding rod into the v-shaped joint to form a plastic weld bead and seal the joint. A welding tip and a welding rod are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Oscoda Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Lee, Darren Taylor
  • Patent number: 8652403
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating superheated steam capable of reducing or eliminating microorganisms associated with an item includes a gas heater for heating a gas, a steam generator coupled to the gas heater and having a reservoir for supplying water, wherein the heater heats the gas such that when water is combined therewith, a mixture of superheated steam and gas capable of reducing or eliminating microorganisms is discharged from the apparatus. The generation of the steam-gas mixture may be done at one atmosphere of pressure and the mixing may be done prior to expelling the fluid from the apparatus. The apparatus may be configured as a hand-held device, A method of treating an item for microorganisms includes generating a superheated steam at approximately one atmosphere of pressure, directing a flow of the steam onto the item, and reducing or eliminating microorganisms using the steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Micropyretics Heaters International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ganta Reddy, Jainagesh Sekhar, Ramgopal Vissa
  • Patent number: 8629375
    Abstract: A defogger system includes structure defining a window or a mirror, a heating element operatively connected to the structure to selectively apply heat to the structure, and a source of electrical energy. The defogger system also includes a switch and an electrically conductive path from the source of electrical energy to the heating element. The switch includes an active material member, and is configured such that the switch interrupts the electrically conductive path when the active material member is above a predetermined temperature. The switch is also configured such that the switch does not interrupt the electrically conductive path when the active material member is below the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas W. Pinto, IV, Paul W. Alexander, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8571395
    Abstract: A heater assembly includes a heating element assembly having a resistive heating element connected to a housing member. First and second guide members are oppositely and outwardly positioned with respect to the heating element assembly and extend away from the housing member. A patch plate includes an installation aperture and first and second wings extending away from the patch plate. The first and second guide members are positioned to individually slidingly engage with one of the first and second wings thereby defining a track system to permit the heating element assembly to be slidingly received through the installation aperture without contact between the resistive heating element and the patch plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Backer EHP Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Porterfield, Charles T. Whitfield
  • Patent number: 8468716
    Abstract: A system for drying structures including an enclosed housing with a plurality of outlet openings, a plurality of flexible outlet hoses each connected to a respective outlet opening, and a vacuum motor engaged with the housing such that an outlet of the vacuum motor is exhausted into an interior of the housing so as to pressurize the interior of the housing such that compressed air is directed through the plurality of outlet hoses. Also a method of drying an interior of a structure, including placing a pressurized drying system adjacent a region of a structure, forming a plurality of openings in surfaces of the structure where the surfaces define enclosed spaces, inserting distal ends of outlet hoses of the pressurized drying system into respective openings of the surfaces of the structure, and engaging the pressurized drying system so as to generate a flow of pressurized air and to direct the pressurized air into the enclosed spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Mary A. Walker, Mark S. Walker
  • Patent number: 8467668
    Abstract: An infrared, room heater system for installation in a wall or on a floor. An electric fan assembly draws room air into a housing, then through three parallel, air transit channels where the air is heated by infrared radiation within and about a heat exchanger assembly, and then back out into the room. One or more ceramic heating elements attached to a first copper plate emit infrared radiation when electrically energized. The first copper plate lies adjacent to, but spaced away from, a second copper plate such that radiation emitted from the heating elements reflects back and forth between the plates. Room air passed between the copper plates is heated by heat radiation concentrated between the plates, thereby achieving both energy and space efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Acepower Logistics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Searle, Alexander Anderson
  • Patent number: 8428446
    Abstract: The snow and ice melting device consists of a power generator contained within a housing, which includes wheels and a handle to make mobile. A heater deck is suspended above the ground in front of the housing, and includes a heating element and a blower, which directs heated air towards the ground in order to melt snow or ice. The heater deck is connected to the housing by a pivoting arm and a winch cable that enables the heater deck to hover above the ground or to fold vertically next to the housing when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Mike Pimentel
  • Publication number: 20120308213
    Abstract: A dryer circuit includes a main circuit and a connection controller. The dryer circuit includes a power unit, a first and second heating units, a first and a second switches, a motor having a fan installed, a resistor, a first diode, and a second diode. The first and the second heating units are coupled to ground respectively through the first and the second switches. The resistor is coupled between the first heating unit and the motor. The first diode is coupled between the second heating unit and the motor. The second diode is coupled between the first heating unit and the motor and in series with the resistor. The connection controller controls the first and the second switches on or off for adjusting the power supplied to the motor, and the first and the second heating units at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Teh-Liang Lo
  • Patent number: 8175445
    Abstract: A non-contact cutter for a polymer corner protector disposed on a load includes an air manifold having an inlet and an outlet and defining an air passage and a heating element disposed at least in part in the air passage. A compressed gas is communicated to the manifold and into the air passage for intimate contact with the heating element to heat the gas. The heated gas is discharged through the outlet to contact and soften the polymer corner protector at a desired location to separate the corner protector at the desired location. A system and method for non-contact cutting are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Arland L. Morrison, Richard K. Balling, Richard G. Newman, Michael W. Potempa
  • Patent number: 8155508
    Abstract: A drying apparatus includes a casing and a cavity formed in the casing for receiving an object to be dried. A fan is located in the casing so as to be capable of creating an airflow, and a motor is provided in the casing for driving the fan. Ducting is provided for carrying the airflow from the fan to at least one opening arranged to emit the airflow into the cavity (12). The ducting includes at least one air duct having a wall in which perforations are provided, and a layer of sound-absorbing material is located on the external surface of the wall so as to cover the perforations. The invention is particularly suitable for use in hand dryers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Joseph Zacary Caine, Kevin John Simmonds, Timothy Alexander French
  • Publication number: 20120061367
    Abstract: A system is provided for use with a rail vehicle having a wheel that travels on a rail. The system includes an air source for supplying compressed air and a heating unit fluidly coupled to the air source and configured to produce heated compressed air by heating the compressed air or heating air prior to the air being compressed by the air source, and to direct the heated compressed air onto a contact surface of the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wolff, Bret Worden
  • Publication number: 20120051722
    Abstract: A heated air curtain warmer that has a plurality of loops wherein each loop has a duct and a fan corresponding to a heating element, wherein each fan provides an air flow wherein a portion of the airflow of each fan is divided between a portion that provides an air curtain and a portion that flows over and around the stored products that are to be heated. Each loop has a corresponding food storage container for storage of food products. A control system for controlling the temperature of each loop wherein each loop is associated with a zone wherein said control system provides a uniform temperature for the zone such that each zone is maintained at a predetermined temperature such that the control system controls the temperature of each heating element, fan and duct combination independent of but in concert with the others to provide a predetermined and uniform temperature of each zone of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: James E. Humphrey, Tod Heintzelman
  • Patent number: 8124009
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Vitaliy G. Danchenko, Ronald T. Noyes, Larysa P. Potapovych
  • Patent number: 8119954
    Abstract: A coil-in-coil electric heating assembly for industrial applications heats any gas through an annular space between the coils to very high temperatures. Gas is introduced into the annular space through one open end of a tubular enclosure and leaves through an opposite end after being significantly heated. Coils may be made from several heating element materials and may be wound in the same direction or opposite direction. The opposite winding direction often gives a higher temperature of the exit gas. Temperatures even as high as 1500° C. in the exit gas have been recorded. The heating system may be utilized to generate superheated steam for industrial applications even in a recirculating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Micropyretics Heaters International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramgopal Vissa, Ganta S. Reddy, Jainagesh A. Sekhar
  • Patent number: 8103155
    Abstract: A hands-free hair dryer mounting apparatus adapted for holding a hair dryer in a universal hair dryer holder assembly is disclosed. The apparatus includes a support bracket that is removably affixed to a wall mounting plate adapted for secure attachment to a wall or other surface. A universal hair dryer holder, adapted for receiving and holding any type, size, or style of handheld hair dryer, projects outward from the bracket. The hair dryer holder is connected to an adjustable arm which contains a vertical pivot connection that allows for manual angular adjustment and affixation of the hair dryer about a generally horizontal pivot axis. The adjustable arm also contains a horizontal pivot connection that allows for manual angular adjustment and affixation of the hair dryer about a generally vertical pivot axis. Angular adjustment in both the vertical and horizontal directions is accomplished by a spring biased interlocking joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: JRD International Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Dannenberg, William J Weiss, Carl J Regan, Jr., Manuel Duarte, Hendrik A. Theron, Stephen J. King
  • Patent number: 8103154
    Abstract: A hot air blower has at least one fan impeller and at least one electrical heating device. The hot air blower is designed to interact with a coding unit provided with coding. The hot air blower is releasably connected to the coding unit. The coding unit is designed to predefine at least one of heating power and hot air temperature of a heating device in the hot air blower on the basis of the coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Steinel GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo H. Steinel, Thomas Schreckenberger
  • Patent number: 8081873
    Abstract: A hands-free hair dryer mounting apparatus adapted for holding a hair dryer in an oscillating universal hair dryer holder assembly is disclosed. The apparatus includes a wall mountable housing that is removably affixed to a wall mounting plate adapted for secure attachment to a wall or other supporting surface. A universal hair dryer holder, adapted for receiving and holding any type, size, or style of handheld hair dryer, projects outward from the housing. The hair dryer holder is connected to an oscillating arm via a horizontal pivot connection that allows for manual angular adjustment and affixation of the hair dryer about a generally horizontal pivot axis. The oscillating arm extends into the base and is connected to an electric motor by mechanical linkage such that angularly adjustable side-to-side oscillation is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: JRD International Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Dannenberg, William J. Weiss, Carl J. Regan, Jr., Manuel Duarte, Hendrik A. Theron, Stephen J. King
  • Patent number: 8065816
    Abstract: A dryer has complex angled surfaces and a plurality of grip elements thereon. The angled surfaces have varying angles of inclination relative to a base of the dryer vane and the characteristics of the grip elements vary in relation to the angle of inclination of the surface portions upon which they are disposed. The grip elements may protrude from the vane surfaces and the height of the grip elements may vary in relation to the varying angle of inclination of the surfaces. Taller grip elements may be provided on the less inclined surfaces and shorter grip elements may be provided on the more inclined surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul Ricklefs, Brian Douglas Ripley, Steven John Joerger, Robin Alan Hultman, Charles Matthew Fischels, Renato Henriques Honfi, Melissa Michael Reim
  • Patent number: 8064756
    Abstract: An airflow directing structure for hand dryers includes an airflow directing case, an air inlet, an air outlet, a heating means, an air intake means and a flow directing channel. The air intake means has a rotary axle which has one end fastened to air intake blades. The flow directing channel has an air intake passage communicating with the air inlet, a tortuous passage communicating with the air intake passage and an air exit passage with one end communicating with the tortuous passage and the other end communicating with the air outlet. The air exit passage and the air intake means are parallel in a juxtaposed manner, and located on the same side with the air intake blades and the air outlet. Thus total size of the airflow directing structure is smaller and the cost is lower, and an optimal heating speed can be achieved to improve drying efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Hokwang Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shen-Chen Liu
  • Publication number: 20110268430
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating and impelling air comprises a housing, an air heating impeller assembly, and a magnetic assembly. The impeller assembly may impel air through the housing and heat the air, and may include a support shaft, a plurality of annular disks positioned along the support shaft and each having a central aperture through which the support shaft extends. The impeller assembly includes paddles radiating outwardly from the shaft, and each of the paddles is positioned between the shaft and the disks to space at least one disk from the support shaft to form an air path therebetween. The paddles space the disks in an axial direction to form gaps therebetween to form an air path between the disks. The magnetic assembly applies a magnetic field of adjustable intensity to the disks to cause heating of the disks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: GEORGE WALDNER
  • Patent number: 8047251
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for selective inhibition of sintering in 3D fabrication. The disclosure provides methods and systems that use selective heating arrangements to selectively sinter areas during fabrication thereby reducing waste improving efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventor: Behrokh Khoshnevis
  • Publication number: 20100327127
    Abstract: A composite appliance base used for manufacture and assembly of various appliances such as a clothes washing machine, clothes dryer, or the like. The composite appliance base includes a heater box, an electric motor mount, a fan shroud, and at least one duct. There are also various inlets which are used for water hoses (in the case where the composite appliance base is used for a washing machine or the like) as well as exhaust ducts and integrated cable clips. In one embodiment, the composite appliance base includes a base portion and a fan shroud, as well as a first duct in fluid communication with the fan shroud. The composite appliance base also includes a second duct which functions as the heater box; the heater box is operable with a heater device to heat air flowing through the heater box, the duct, and the fan shroud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Michael CRANE
  • Patent number: 7860378
    Abstract: In a baffle device 20 fixedly provided in an air passage of a mechanism for blowing out hot air to a solder treatment portion, vanes inclined with a predetermined inclination angle with respect to an air flow are provided substantially radially with a predetermined interval. Also, in a nozzle to be attached to the hot air blower for solder treatment, the baffle device 20 is fixedly provided in an in-nozzle air passage. Moreover, in the hot air blower for solder treatment which blows out hot air to the solder treatment portion, the baffle device 20 is fixedly provided in an in-blower air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Hakko Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshitomo Teraoka
  • Patent number: 7847221
    Abstract: Heating flange (1) for heating a flow of gas as it flows though a cross-section of flow (S), wherein the heating flange (1) is designed such that it can be inserted or interposed in an intake line (A) of an internal combustion engine and has at least one heat conductor (5) that extends through the cross-section of flow (S) from a mounting point (6a) to an immediately following further mounting point (6b) on the heating flange (1), as well as a retaining leg piece (2), which is provided with at least one of the mounting points (6a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: DBK David + Baader GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Gschwind, Mathias Proner
  • Patent number: 7826724
    Abstract: System and method for the non-contact heating of an electronic substrate using inline heating elements in combination with an automatically controlled airflow. Air heated by the elements is communicated to one or more plenums, which discharge the heated air towards an impingement plate. The impingement plate includes a plurality of openings through which heated air from the plenum passes on its way to heat the electronic substrate. The automatic control of the airflow may be prompted by an operating condition, such as a sensed airflow and/or a transition into an equipment operating mode, e.g., a warm-up, standby, halt production and cool down state. Production may be automatically optimized by using a profile to conjunctively control both the heating of the air and the directing the flow of the heated air. Such a profile accounts for a combined affect of both heating the air and directing the flow of the heated air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Cunningham, Brett Huey
  • Patent number: 7814677
    Abstract: A dryer extension assembly connects with a hand-held dryer for dispensing heated air beyond an exhaust outlet of the dryer. The extension assembly is constructed from one or more interconnectable tube sections, an adapter section, and a stand section. Each tube section has a plurality of apertures defined through the outer wall and the inner wall for outletting heated air directed through the tube section. The number of interconnectable tube sections essentially enables the user to select an overall length of the extension assembly. The adapter section couples the dryer to a first or top tube section and the stand section receives the last or bottom tube section. The stand section enables the user to stand the extension assembly in a vertical position such that the hand-held dryer is held aloft by the extension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventors: Howard W. Brewer, James P. Carlstrom
  • Patent number: 7809253
    Abstract: A fully integrated drying or heating system utilizes forced air and electrical heaters. A solid cartridge heater is enclosed within a heater cavity of a block. The block includes a separate air cavity in heat transfer communication with the heater through a solid portion of the block. The blocks are shaped and configured to be used in banks of plural blocks, with the operating controls and all the components of the air distribution system and air heating system fully integrated into a modular package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: FlexAir, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman J. Mudry, Mark R. Atkins
  • Patent number: 7717104
    Abstract: A device comprising an improved electrical hot-air gun for fast ignition of the charcoal-bed of a barbeque charcoal grill for home use having a very short distance between the front of the hot-air gun and the electrical heating wire of the heating assembly and a very high outlet temperature. The hot-air gun also has a scraper mounted on the igniter/heater front to be able to aid in cleaning the grating of a BBQ grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Looft Industries AB
    Inventor: Richard Looft
  • Publication number: 20100111510
    Abstract: An energy saving electric heating fan and the making method of its electric heating element are disclosed. The electric heating fan includes a blower and a motor driving the blower in a case (1), an insulation base board with some electric heating elements (2) in the case (1), and a connection electric heating elements (2) with a electric circuit for connecting the power supply. The electric heating elements (2) are heating bodies prepared by steps: coating or screen printing a thin layer of high strength glue with high temperature resistant on a mica base material, then coating or screen printing a layer of heating film with electrodes. The adhesive agent of the heating film of the heating bodies is prepared by steps: sintering the main material of silicon oxide, alumina, silicon carbide, calcium, kalium at high temperature and high pressure, smashing and filtrating to produce powder, then mixing with a high temperature resistant organic adhesive agent with the expansion coefficient equal to mica.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Kam Tao Lo
  • Publication number: 20100040353
    Abstract: A non-contact cutter for a polymer corner protector disposed on a load includes an air manifold having an inlet and an outlet and defining an air passage and a heating element disposed at least in part in the air passage. A compressed gas is communicated to the manifold and into the air passage for intimate contact with the heating element to heat the gas. The heated gas is discharged through the outlet to contact and soften the polymer corner protector at a desired location to separate the corner protector at the desired location. A system and method for non-contact cutting are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Arland L. Morrison, Richard K. Balling, Richard G. Newman, Michael W. Potempa
  • Publication number: 20090282690
    Abstract: A hair dryer is disclosed. The hair dryer includes a main body which accommodates a fan, a motor and a heater, a handle which extends downward from the main body and is provided with a button, and a nozzle which is coupled to the main body and contains water or hair tonic. The nozzle includes a body, a receiving part, and a containing part. The containing part includes a container which contains water or hair tonic, and a cover which is made of a porous metal material and formed at the container by insert injection molding. Accordingly, when the hair dryer is used, water or hair tonic is ejected and supplied to the hair, thereby protecting the hair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Chung Ku Lee
  • Publication number: 20090080872
    Abstract: A hot air blower has at least one fan impeller and at least one electrical heating device. The hot air blower is designed to interact with a coding unit provided with coding. The hot air blower is releasably connected to the coding unit. The coding unit is designed to predefine at least one of heating power and hot air temperature of a heating device in the hot air blower on the basis of the coding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: STEINEL GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo H. Steinel, Thomas Schreckenberger
  • Publication number: 20090034945
    Abstract: In a baffle device 20 fixedly provided in an air passage of a mechanism for blowing out hot air to a solder treatment portion, vanes inclined with a predetermined inclination angle with respect to an air flow are provided substantially radially with a predetermined interval. Also, in a nozzle to be attached to the hot air blower for solder treatment, the baffle device 20 is fixedly provided in an in-nozzle air passage. Moreover, in the hot air blower for solder treatment which blows out hot air to the solder treatment portion, the baffle device 20 is fixedly provided in an in-blower air passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Yoshitomo Teraoka
  • Patent number: 7474842
    Abstract: An air heater is provided for use in buildings or other structures. The air heater uses infrared lamps to generate a temperature rise in a forced air chamber that contains several infrared lamps, in which two ends of the chamber act as an inlet and an outlet, and in which the chamber has a highly reflective interior surface that reflects the light being emitted by the lamps to multiply the thermal effect of the infrared light sources. An alternative embodiment uses a closed chamber, in which the temperature rise causes the unit to act as a detonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: David M. Bergstein
  • Patent number: 7471883
    Abstract: An electric heater and a fan are enclosed within a cylindrical case for blowing warmed air from one end of the case. The case is supported at a distal end by a flexible strut enabling selective positioning of the case for directing the warmed air in a preferred direction. The flexible strut is rotationally engaged in a base. The base supports the flexible strut and the case in a selectable orientation. A lamp is fixed to the underside of the case in a position for directing illumination downwardly; the lamp positioned such that a forward end of the case provides shadowing of the light from a baby's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventors: Jess Micah Seutter, Christal G. Seutter
  • Patent number: 7465904
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hair iron adapted to reduce hair damage, strengthen hair and facilitate hair styling by blowing air toward the hair. The hair iron of the present invention is further adapted to provide hair with anions or moisture during hair styling. The hair iron includes a pair of cases hinge-jointed at each one end and being freely opened or closed, wherein each case has a heater plate for generating heat at the other end. A fan assembly for blowing air is coupled to the one end of one of the cases. An air passage through which the blown air is passed is formed inside the hair iron. An anion generator is located in the fan assembly, thereby mixing the anions with the air being transferred. Means for providing moisture is disposed adjacent to the heater plate and means for supplying the moisture-providing means with water is received in the recess formed in lower side of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: K.I.C.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Cheul Kim, Hyun Jin Kim
  • Publication number: 20080216339
    Abstract: A new and improved wireless hair dryer includes a housing, a battery, a fan, a motor, wherein the fan is operatively connected to the motor, a heating element, wherein the fan, the motor, and the heating element are contained within the housing, wherein the heating element and the motor are operatively connected to and are powered entirely by the battery, and a control switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Leonard M. Gray
  • Patent number: 7361868
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an electrical heating device, especially for motor vehicles, including a closed frame (2) which include rails (3, 4) and cross rails (5, 6), heating elements (7) which include elements made of electrically conductive plastic layers (18) having PCT effect, which are arranged between contact plates (15, 16), heat-conducting secondary surface elements (8) that can be overflown by air and at least one electrically conductive spring element (9), wherein the heating elements (7) and the secondary surface elements (8) are alternatingly arranged next to one another and are braced against each other by the rails (3, 4) and a spring element (9) placed centrally which replaces the secondary surface element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignees: Behr GmbH & Co. KG, Behr France S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Jürgen Otto, Michel Brun, Yannik Laumonnerie, Grégory Lucas, Pascal Miss, Mathieu Mougey, Christophe Schmittheisler
  • Patent number: 7231140
    Abstract: A system for removing snow and ice from a surface that includes a fan and a heating element contained within a hollow cavity open at one end, and a hollow duct positioned above the hollow cavity. The hollow duct is open at both ends; one end is positioned directly above the open end of the hollow cavity, while the other end leads back into the hollow cavity through a hole on the other side of the heating element contained therein. The fan blows air past the heating element and out the open end of the hollow cavity. The heated air melts any snow or ice with which it comes into contact. At least some of the heated air that does not contact any snow or ice is drawn into and through the hollow duct, and back into the hollow cavity where it may be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Edward Gerard Dolton, III
  • Patent number: 7212734
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating carbon monoxide comprising an enclosure (6) having an inlet and an outlet at least one of which is provided with means (8) restricting air flow from the inlet to the outlet, a container (1) located within the enclosure (6) arranged to receive carbon material (2) in intimate contact with an electrical heating element (3), and means (5) for causing air to move from the inlet to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: No Climb Products Limited
    Inventors: Stewart Pepper, David Sharp
  • Patent number: 7187856
    Abstract: A fully integrated drying or heating system for the printing, coating, or painting industries that utilizes forced air and electrical heaters. The method for heating the forced air incorporates a solid cartridge heater within a specially designed air distribution system. The nature of this invention allows the operating controls and all the components of the air distribution system and air heating system to be fully integrated into a singular compact package, thus requiring only a pressurized air source and electrical power means to be supplied to the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: FlexAir, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark R. Atkins