With Immersion Heating Element Patents (Class 392/451)
  • Patent number: 11148928
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a hot water dispenser comprising a water tank, an expansion chamber, and a Venturi module. The expansion chamber comprises a top shell, a bottom shell connected to the top shell, and a flexible bladder. Wherein, the water tank is connected to a dedicated faucet, the Venturi module is connected to a water source through the faucet, so when the dedicated faucet is closed, the expansion chamber then immediately creates suction and removes a part of the hot water from the water tank and into the expansion chamber to avoid hot water residue dripping from the faucet. In addition, when the water in the water tank is heated to its boiling point, a part of the hot water will be sucked into the expansion chamber to reduce the pressure in the water tank and prevent the hot water from being ejected out of the faucet due to vapour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Shun Huang
  • Patent number: 10755554
    Abstract: A magnetometer sensor that detects tampering is described. The sensor samples magnetometer data and computes a set of vectors based on the magnetometer data. The sensor detects a tampering of the magnetic sensor based on determining that the set of vectors is outside the reference plane for the magnetometer sensor. The sensor generates a notification to a security system coupled to the magnetometer sensor. The notification indicating the tampering of the magnetometer sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventors: Frank Raymond Nichols, Sr., Sivakumar Kathan
  • Patent number: 10690280
    Abstract: An air supply line includes an aluminum tube with a one inch diameter, a network of fins located within the aluminum tube to promote heat exchange, and a wall structure containing a heater wrapped around the aluminum tube to allow for temperature control and prevent freezing upstream of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Michael John Giamati
  • Patent number: 10492639
    Abstract: A portable beverage dispensing container comprises a housing and an internal beverage holding tank positioned in and contained within the housing. The internal beverage holding tank is configured to receive and store a beverage, with a dispensing nozzle on an external surface of the housing in fluid communication with the internal beverage holding tank. The housing includes one or more openings defined through a surface thereof, such that heated air can be introduced into the housing and into a space defined between the internal beverage holding tank and the housing. A satellite brewing system includes such a portable beverage dispensing container, along with a brewing station with a heater and a fan for generating heated air. When the portable beverage dispensing container is positioned at the brewing station, the heated air is directed into the space defined between the internal beverage holding tank and the housing of the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Grindmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10458103
    Abstract: A faucet assembly comprises: a water supply pipeline comprising a water outlet pipeline section and a water inlet pipeline section connected to each other, wherein the water inlet pipeline section contains a throat section with smaller cross sectional diameter; a shell made of hard materials and wrapped around the throat section, so as to define a closed space that contains air around the throat section, while the throat section has an opening to the closed space; a flexible membrane wrapping layer made of elastic materials and is hermetically sealed on the inner side of the shell, so that the closed space that contains air has an elastic, retractable and sealed boundary; a heater connected in series to the inlet pipeline section and is positioned in the upstream of the shell along the water outlet direction, to heat the water that is about to flow into the throat section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Guangzhou Seagull Kitchen and Bath Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taiying Tang
  • Patent number: 10267535
    Abstract: A water purifier includes a hot water tank for receiving and heating received water by induction heating, a water outlet portion that is at least partially exposed to an outside of the water purifier for discharging hot water, a hot water line that is connected to the water outlet portion to communicate the hot water from the hot water tank to the water outlet portion, a hot water outlet valve that is located at the hot water line and that opens or closes the hot water line based on a control command, a connector that includes a hot water inlet connected to a water outlet pipe of the hot water tank and a hot water outlet connected to the hot water line, and a temperature sensor that is connected to the connector and that is configured to measure a temperature of the hot water that passes through the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jewook Jeon, Kobong Choi, Yonghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10228398
    Abstract: A system for measuring an electrical current to a heater includes an electrical line between a first power source and the heater, a control sensor adjacent to the electrical line, a compensation sensor proximate the control sensor and an operational amplifier electrically connected to the control sensor and the compensation sensor. The control sensor is a Hall effect sensor to measure a first magnetic field induced by the electrical current and an ambient magnetic field and output a resulting first voltage. The compensation sensor is a Hall effect sensor with the same orientation as the control sensor to measure a second magnetic field induced by the ambient magnetic field and output a resulting second voltage. The operation amplifier is able to receive the first voltage and the second voltage and determine the electrical current flowing through the electrical line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Nghia T. Dinh
  • Patent number: 9671116
    Abstract: A hot water supply system includes a hot water storage tank configured to store hot water, a plurality of temperature sensors that are installed in the height direction of the water storage tank and that detect temperatures at their installed positions, a main-unit-side hot water supply device that heats hot water in the hot water storage tank, a sub-unit-side hot water supply device, a main-unit-side control board equipped with control means that controls the corresponding hot water supply device, and a sub-unit-side control board. Signals sent from the temperature sensors are input in a distributed manner among the main-unit-side control board and the sub-unit-side control board, and each of the control boards are communicably connected to each other by a transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Sugimoto, Toshiro Abe, Tomoyoshi Obayashi
  • Patent number: 9486107
    Abstract: A brewing system which uses an air pump to evacuate a dispensing line and a method of brewing in which a brewer includes an air pump to provide pressurized air at least at the end of a brew cycle to help evacuate moisture from a dispensing line. The brewing system includes a heated water reservoir which retains heated water for dispensing and a dispense line through which the water is dispensed. A vent is coupled to the reservoir. A controllable air pump communicates with the reservoir to controllably add air to the reservoir to drive water out of the reservoir. The vent is closed when the pump is used to add air to the system to allow for a build-up of air pressure in the reservoir and out through the dispense line. The controllable air pump controllably dispenses air into the upper portion. Both the air vent valve and air pump are controllably coupled to a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Kobylarz
  • Patent number: 9435565
    Abstract: A storage-type water heater includes a tank for supporting water to be heated, a first heating bank including a first heating surface disposed within the tank, a first contactor connected to the first heating bank, a second heating bank including a second heating surface disposed within the tank, a second contactor connected to the second heating bank, and a controller for selectively operating the first contactor and the second contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew Robert Caves, Andrew William Phillips, Brian Thomas Branecky, William Louis Mehlhorn, Thomas G. Van Sistine, Robert Eugene Olson, Zhongsheng Niu
  • Patent number: 9097435
    Abstract: A solar-powered photovoltaic thermal fluid heating system having an array of photovoltaic modules, an energy conversion control unit, sensors for tank temperature, with resistance heating element/tank flush water heater adaptor installed in a fluid-filled gas or electrically heated thermal storage tank. The advantages of the present invention include, without limitation, include an simple, safe, and efficient method for utilizing solar energy for the heating of water that is protected from the dangers of freezing and/or overheating, and easily retrofittable to new and existing gas and electric hot water storage tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Steven Lichtenberger
  • Publication number: 20150139630
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods directed to using renewable energy sources with hot water heating systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: David Kreutzman
  • Publication number: 20150104160
    Abstract: Direct current solar electric heating elements can be powered by an array of photovoltaic panels. The direct current voltage can be low or high with proper electrocution protection. Insertable immersion heating elements can be placed into any existing, gas, propane or electric hot water tank, cooking pot or hot tub. Heating elements in air can also be used for heating ovens, range cook tops and sauna heaters. The output of the photovoltaic panel is interfaced to the electric heater element via either direct connection or using a load-matching controller which maximizes the power delivered to the heater under all sun conditions. The maximum heater temperature is regulated by a thermostat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Lynn Butler
  • Publication number: 20150093101
    Abstract: A boiler for hot water heating mats, including: a hot water heating tank having a hot water discharging port, a hot water recovering port, and an electric heater; a hot water storage tank connected to the hot water heating tank, with a water charging port, an air exhausting port, a hot water inlet port and a hot water outlet port; a hot water discharging check valve; and a hot water recovering check valve. The heater is installed horizontally or inclinedly, and the interior space of the hot water heating tank is divided into a hot water heating chamber and a hot water discharging chamber. To ensure the heater remains partially submerged in water, the hot water discharging port may be formed at a height higher than the lower surface of the heater or a retaining wall may be installed on the bottom of the hot water heating tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Seong Geun LEE
  • Patent number: 8909033
    Abstract: A method is provided for interconnecting a single electrical heating element of a hot water heater to first and second AC electrical power sources. Typically, these first and second AC electrical power sources include a utility provided electrical power source and a renewable power source that generates AC power from DC power. The method includes operating a controller that selectively connects and disconnects the first and second power sources. If sufficient electrical power is available from the renewable power source, the utility provided electrical power source may be disconnected to preferentially utilize renewable energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Kreutzman
  • Patent number: 8867906
    Abstract: A dry fire protection system for a water heater is provided. The water heater includes a body having an elongated hollow for holding water to be heated, an inlet opening and an outlet opening in communication with the hollow for flowing water therethrough. A heating element is coupled to the body for heating the water within the hollow. The dry fire protection system comprises a sensing element disposed in the hollow of the body for detecting the presence of water in the hollow. The sensing element is spaced from and operably connected to the heating element. The sensing element is configured to generate a voltage in response to a temperature of the sensing element. A controller is operably connected to the sensing element for monitoring the generated voltage across the sensing element. The controller is configured to prevent a supply of electrical power to the heating element as a function of the generated voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric K. Watson, Jonathan D. Nelson, Denis Alagic, David Hicks, Neil Philip Smith, Frederick Pizzella
  • Patent number: 8855475
    Abstract: A radiant heating system comprising a substantially hollow housing having detachable baffle plates internally positioned within the housing. The housing has an inlet and outlet for a flow of coolant to enter into and leave the housing, and a top plate sealing the upper surface of the housing has openings defined therein for insertion of heating elements to project into the housing and be in direct contact with the coolant to heat it. The inlet and the outlet are interconnected with piping to form a closed fluid flow circuit. Two or more baffle plates are used to increase turbulence of the coolant within the housing as it flows through, and temporarily keep coolant in the housing longer to heat it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Dynacurrent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ray King
  • Patent number: 8807446
    Abstract: The present invention provides a heating device with cathode oxygen depletion (COD) function for a fuel cell vehicle, in which an existing COD and a heating device for improving cold startability of the fuel cell vehicle are integrated. For this purpose, the present invention provides a heating device with COD function for a fuel cell vehicle, the heating device including: a housing having an inlet and an outlet formed on both ends thereof; a start-up heater and a shut-down heater provided in parallel on one side of the housing in a direction perpendicular to a coolant flow direction; and a plurality of heaters for heating coolant provided in parallel on the other side of the housing in a direction perpendicular to the coolant flow direction, wherein cross sections in the coolant flow direction of each of the respective heaters change periodically along the longitudinal direction of the heater so as to cause a flow disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Su Dong Han
  • Patent number: 8787742
    Abstract: An on-demand, closed-loop fluid heating system with a control system for providing fluid on-demand at consistent desired precise temperatures. The closed loop assembly may include a heating system, an air separation chamber with an air vent valve, a circulation pump, a small fluid accumulation tank, and plumbing forming the closed loop. Various sensors related to flow and temperature of fluids provide input to the combined feed forward and feed back temperature control system, such as a Programmable Logic Controller that precisely adjusts intermittently outgoing fluid temperature by immediately controlling the amount of heating to the fluid at precisely near usage temperature. Output from the control system can regulate various aspects of the system. A check valve in the closed loop between the system inlet and the system outlet avoids incoming fluid from being mixed with heated outlet fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Keltech, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Lutz, Evan Lutz, Larry Hartman
  • Publication number: 20140161431
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) reservoir is provided. The reservoir includes housing that is combined with a transmission containing ATF and into/out of which the AFT flows. The reservoir also includes a heating body that is combined with the housing and heats the ATF flowing within the housing by generating heat when power is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Dong-Seok Oh
  • Patent number: 8750695
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to devices and systems to heat a liquid and/or generate steam from a liquid. In a specific embodiment, the present disclosure relates generally to devices and systems to heat a liquid and/or generate steam from a liquid using molecular friction and/or nucleation. The devices and systems of the present disclosure may be used in any application where a heated liquid or steam are required and operate at reduced energy costs and carbon footprints as compared to devices of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: International Green Boilers, LLC
    Inventors: Aldozkar D'Herrera Naranjo, John Dorsett
  • Publication number: 20140153913
    Abstract: A solar photovoltaic water heating system is disclosed having a photovoltaic solar panel array, a storage tank containing water to be heated, a resistance heating element in the water to be heated. The water heating system matches the load resistance of the resistance heating element to the power that is available from the photovoltaic solar panel array in order to maximum energy transferred to the water in the storage tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Energy Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Newman, Glen Newman
  • Patent number: 8693858
    Abstract: An electric water heater having a filtering device includes an electric water heating device and a filtering device. The filtering device communicates with the electric water heating device, and includes a shell having at least an accommodating area, an inlet connecting to one end of the shell and communicating with the accommodating area, an outlet connecting to the other end of the shell and communicating with the electric water heating device and the accommodating area, a porous magnetic resin film located inside the accommodating area, and a calcium sulfite filter membrane in the accommodating area and between the outlet and the porous magnetic resin film. With the combination of the porous magnetic resin film and the calcium sulfite filter membrane respectively for the absorption of metallic impurities in water and chlorine removal, the scales can be avoided from generating after the electric water heating device heats the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hsinn-Jyh Tzeng, Jhao-Kai Huang, Chun-Chen Tso, Jyun-Yi Wu, Shin-Hsien Chao
  • Publication number: 20140037274
    Abstract: A water heater having an electric heating element therein is provided with apparatus for preventing dry firing of the heating element. The apparatus is operative to (1) power the heating element with electrical test pulses having first predetermined durations and being separated by rest periods of second predetermined durations during which the heating element is depowered, (2) determine the average electrical current flow through the element during each of the test pulses, and (3) preclude energization of the heating element if the average current flow therethrough during an electrical test pulse subsequent to the first test pulse is less by a predetermined magnitude than the average electrical current flow through the heating element during the first electrical test pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Raheel A. Chaudhry
  • Publication number: 20140010522
    Abstract: The invention involves a tap water structure for storing and heating tap water. The tap water structure contains storage devices, such as a tap water storage tank, for storing a certain amount of tap water. The storage devices are equipped with a tap water input for adding tap water to the storage devices, as well as a tap water output for removing water from the storage devices. The tap water structure is equipped with heating elements that will warm the tap water stored in the storage devices. The storage devices also include a heat exchanger supply and a heat exchanger return, as well as an additional heat exchanger return; these can all be connected to an external heat exchanger unit. The tap water device includes regulators to return the tap water to the storage devices either via the heat exchanger return and/or via the additional heat exchanger return.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Reiniert Adrianus van der Heijden, Hendrikus Jacobus Aleida Maria Braken, Henricus Petrus Anna Michiels
  • Patent number: 8621980
    Abstract: A temperature control system and apparatus for controlling the temperature of a beverage contained within a beverage server. The temperature control system enabling a user to control of a plurality of attributes of temperature of a beverage from the making of a beverage until the dispensing and disposal of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur H. Bunn
  • Publication number: 20130322860
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to devices and systems to heat a liquid and/or generate steam from a liquid. In a specific embodiment, the present disclosure relates generally to devices and systems to heat a liquid and/or generate steam from a liquid using molecular friction and/or nucleation. The devices and systems of the present disclosure may be used in any application where a heated liquid or steam are required and operate at reduced energy costs and carbon footprints as compared to devices of the prior art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: International Green Boilers LLC
    Inventors: Aldozkar D'Herrera Naranjo, John Dorsett
  • Publication number: 20130287373
    Abstract: An endothermic heat pump water heater has a water tank supported atop a hollow base, a heat pump circuit operable to provide primary heat to water in the tank, and an electric resistance heating element operable to provide secondary heat to the water. The heat pump circuit includes refrigerant tubing in which a compressor disposed within the base, a condenser in heat exchange external contact with the tank, a refrigerant expansion device, and an evaporator disposed within the base are connected in series. A vertical duct, external to the tank, has an inlet adjacent the upper tank end, and a fan is operative to sequentially flow air inwardly through the inlet, downwardly through the duct into the base, across the compressor, across the evaporator, and then outwardly from the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Lee Babb, Paul D. McKim
  • Publication number: 20130256294
    Abstract: Device (1) for heating water for a combination shower-WC having a shower arm to which the water can be supplied by means of a pump, said device comprising a tank (2) for holding water, and a heating mechanism which heats the water held in the tank (2), wherein the device (1) is arranged in a structural unit (3) for connection between a water supply and the shower arm of the combination shower-WC, and the heating mechanism comprises a bottom-mounted heating element (4) which at least partially forms a boundary of tank (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: PRESANO AG
    Inventors: Hans Wurgler, Paul Oehy, Daniel Graber
  • Patent number: 8515268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a boiler for heating water in a coffee or espresso machine, comprising a boiler housing (1), a cold water inlet (7), a hot water outlet (8) and an electric heating device (5). Said boiler housing (1) is cylindrical and comprises a boiler cover (2), a boiler top (4) and a boiler base (3) having a cylinder axis (A) that is horizontal when in operation. The cold water inlet (7) and the hot water outlet (8) and the electric heating device (5) are mounted on the boiler base (3) of the boiler housing (1), that extends vertically, and the heating device (5) is configured in such a manner that each point inside the container volume is at a normal distance from the heating device (5) that is less than 40% of the container diameter (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Egro Coffee Systems AG
    Inventor: Markus Anliker
  • Publication number: 20130209078
    Abstract: A hot beverage dispensing system includes a heat transfer housing having an inner volume. A potable water line is disposed in the heat transfer housing, the potable water line including an inlet and outlet separated from the inner volume of the heat transfer housing. A heat transfer fluid is disposed in the inner volume. A heat source is connected to the inner volume heating the heat transfer fluid. A beverage dispensing mechanism is connected to the outlet of potable water line. The potable water line is separated from the inner volume of the heat transfer housing wherein water within the potable water line is indirectly heated to a predetermined temperature providing a hot water source to the beverage dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: IMI CORNELIUS INC
    Inventor: IMI Cornelius Inc.
  • Patent number: 8472794
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus to efficiently and rapidly heat any liquid or fuel by providing large heat distribution. This apparatus has innumerable applications for efficiently heating water/fuel, using limited resources and providing cost-savings to private and commercial entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lori Perry, Gustavo Vargas
  • Publication number: 20130098889
    Abstract: A transportable heating assembly for converting a fluid bearing structure on a vehicle into a heatable fluid bearing structure is provided with a relay system for receiving power and distributing electrical currents, a power system for supplying power to the relay system, and at least one heating cable for receiving electrical currents distributed from the relay system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Robert K. Harbour, Damon Dennis
  • Patent number: 8397629
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for a machine for preparing beverages by infusion of a liquid, that includes a holder (10), a boiler (20) for heating the liquid for producing beverages, assembling element (21 a,21 b, 25) provided so as to selectively allow the connection and removable disconnection of the boiler on the holder (10), a first fluid communication element connected to the boiler (20) and a second fluid communication element connected to a fluid inlet circuit and/or a fluid outlet circuit, the first and second fluid communication element being adapted to interact in order to provide fluid communication between the boiler and a fluid inlet circuit and/or fluid outlet circuit, characterized in that it is adapted so that the connection and the disconnection between the boiler (20) and the holder (10) respectively enables and disables the interaction between the first and second fluid communication element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Compagnie Mediterraneenne des Cafes (SA)
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Blanc, Alain Goering
  • Patent number: 8385729
    Abstract: A heat pump water heater has a tank portion, an electric heating structure for adding electrical heat to water stored in the tank, and a heat pump for adding refrigerant heat to the tank water. A control system associated with the water heater has three user-selectable heating modes for heating the tank water during a given heating demand cycle—a first mode that initially heats the tank water with refrigerant heat while the electric heat is locked out for a first predetermined period before supplementing the refrigerant heat if necessary, a second mode similar to the first mode but with a longer electric heat lockout period, and a third mode in which only the electric heat is utilized to satisfy a tank water heating demand. Illustratively, the heat pump is disposed in a compact component arrangement on the top end of the water heater tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kelvin W. Kleman, Carl Bergt, Randy R. Koivisto
  • Patent number: 8354617
    Abstract: A coolant temperature control apparatus for a wet saw is provided, in which a coolant temperature controller is mounted on the wet saw to heighten the temperature of the coolant to a set temperature, and thus a tile cutting work can be efficiently performed even in cold weather below zero with the work continuity heightened. The coolant temperature control apparatus for a wet saw includes a support member on which a material to be cut is arranged, an electric cutting device cutting the material arranged on the support member, a coolant supply device cooling heat generated during operation of the electric cutting device, and a coolant temperature controller heightening the temperature of coolant stored in the coolant supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Jung Kook Lee
  • Publication number: 20120237190
    Abstract: A water dispenser control circuit includes a detection circuit, a heating circuit, a water temperature sensing circuit, and a power circuit. The detection circuit is configured for detecting whether or not a user comes into a detection area. The heating circuit is configured for heating the water. The water temperature sensing circuit is configured for sensing the temperature of the water. The power circuit supplies power to the detection circuit, the heating circuit, and the water temperature sensing circuit. When the user comes into the detection area, the detection circuit controls the heating circuit to heat the water as the water temperature sensing circuit senses the temperature of the water greater than a preset temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: HUI LI
  • Publication number: 20120224837
    Abstract: A solder bath comprises a solder bath main body containing lead-free solder. A heating member heats the solder and is mounted on outer surfaces of a bottom and sides of the solder bath main body. The heating member contains a thermal diffusion member that is made of stainless steel, a porous heat insulator that is mounted on and attached to the thermal diffusion member, and a heating element that is buried in the porous heat insulator. The heating element is also away from the thermal diffusion member. The thermal diffusion member is heated by heat of the heating element to heat the solder bath main body evenly through thermal diffusion from the thermal diffusion member up to a constant range of temperature and the solder contained in the solder bath is heated evenly to a constant range of temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Issaku SATO, Akira TAKAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8218955
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a booster water heater for fluids, e.g., water, that has a reservoir for the fluids, at least one electrical heating element extending into the reservoir and a control system for applying an overload voltage to the heating element. In a more preferred embodiment, the booster water heater is used to preheat water in commercial dishwashing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hatco Corporation
    Inventor: Allan E. Witt
  • Patent number: 8126320
    Abstract: Methods of determining the likelihood of the existence of a dry fire condition in a hot water heater without requiring energization of any of the heating elements are presented. Such methods utilize only the sensor inputs required for normal operation of the hot water heater. Such sensory inputs are characterized in a process of fuzzification to enable the utilization of fuzzy logic rules to determine the likelihood of a dry fire condition before any energization of a heating element occurs. Alternatively, the sensory inputs are assigned logical values and are processed using Boolean logic to determine if a dry fire condition exists, prior to the energization of any electrical heating element within the hot water heater. Upon the determination that a dry fire condition is likely, the controller may perform a soft or hard lockout, may allow reset(s), and may provide an indication to the user of the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Robertshaw Controls Company
    Inventor: Kirby W. Cartwright
  • Patent number: 8094998
    Abstract: A device for making a predetermined quantity of a hot beverage includes a boiler chamber for heating water and a tubular heating element inside the boiler chamber near the bottom of the boiler chamber. A main portion of the tubular heating element extends along a helical line around a horizontal axis. The bottom of the boiler chamber includes a wall substantially having the shape of a part of cylindrical surface around the horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Rijskamp, Johan Kuiper, Hendrik Post, Henk Smitt, Edwin Wilco Drost
  • Publication number: 20110311209
    Abstract: A method for channeling hot/warm working fluid includes coupling a first fluid supply path in flow communication with an inlet of a first transparent fluid reservoir to a fluid inlet valve, coupling an outlet of the first transparent fluid reservoir in flow communication to a fluid outlet supply path, coupling a second fluid reservoir in flow communication with the first transparent fluid reservoir, and coupling a second fluid supply path in flow communication with an outlet of the second fluid reservoir to a fluid outlet valve. The method also includes directing working fluid of a temperature that is above a minimum threshold temperature from the fluid inlet valve to the fluid outlet supply path through the first transparent fluid reservoir, and directing working fluid of a temperature that is below the minimum threshold temperature from the first transparent fluid reservoir to the fluid outlet valve through the second fluid reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Avinash Girish Bhardwaj, Glrish Krishnan
  • Patent number: 8068727
    Abstract: Methods and systems for evaluating the condition of a water tank having a powered anode protection system. The water heater includes a storage tank to hold water, a powered anode, and a control circuit. The control circuit includes a variable voltage supply, a voltage sensor, and a current sensor. The control circuit is configured to compare a measured parameter to a threshold. In some constructions, the threshold is indicative of a condition of the storage tank at which the powered anode is no longer able to protect the storage tank from corrosion. In other constructions, the threshold is predicative of a potential failure of the storage tank caused by corrosion. In some constructions, the control circuit is configured to estimate a time remaining until the predicted failure of the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: AOS Holding Company
    Inventors: Andrew William Phillips, Andrew Robert Caves, Thomas Gerard Van Sistine, Ray Oliver Knoeppel, John Matthew Schulz
  • Patent number: 7997236
    Abstract: A water heater (10) including a tank (12) adapted for mounting with its longitudinal axis substantially vertical and a duct (32) adapted for mounting with its longitudinal axis substantially vertical. The duct (32) is positioned within the tank (12) and extends through at least most of the height of the tank (12). The duct (32) defines a first volume (34) within the duct interior and a second volume (36) between the duct exterior and the tank interior. The first volume (34) being smaller than the second volume (36). The duct (32) has at least one upper opening (38) at or near the top of the duct (32) and at least one lower opening (40) at or near the bottom of the duct (32). The heater (10) also has a heating element (44) within, or forming all or part of, the duct (32). The element (44) extends at least substantially through the upper half of the duct (32). The heater (10) also has an inlet (24) at or near the bottom of the tank (12) and an outlet (22) at or near the top of the tank (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Dux Manufacturing Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Pussell
  • Patent number: 7978965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank heater, especially for a urea tank of an internal combustion engine, comprising a housing (2) in which at least one PTC element is arranged, an electrical connecting cable (3, 4) that is joined to the PTC element so as to conduct a heating current through the PTC element, and an intake pipe (5) for conveying liquid. At least one section of the electrical connecting cable (5) is embodied as a resistive heating element which is connected in a thermally conducting manner to the interior of the intake pipe (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Roland Starck
  • Patent number: 7965929
    Abstract: A heat recovery device particularly for association downstream of devices suitable to heat water. The device is constituted by a tank provided with an inlet for recovering warm water from domestic drains and an outlet for draining toward the sewer. The tank has a set of tubes for water which arrives from the mains and is thus heated before being fed to devices such as a boiler, water heater, et cetera. The device therefore allows savings in water heating for domestic or industrial uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Giorgio Eberle
  • Publication number: 20100322604
    Abstract: A precursor source vessel for providing vaporized precursor to a reaction chamber is provided. The precursor source vessel includes a lid having a first port, a second port, and a third port. The precursor source vessel also includes a base removably attached to the lid. The base includes a recessed region formed therein. One of the first, second, and third ports is a burp port configured to relieve the head pressure within the source vessel after the source vessel is installed but prior to use of the source vessel in semiconductor processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Kyle Fondurulia, Eric Shero, Mohith E. Verghese, Carl L. White
  • Publication number: 20100290763
    Abstract: A water heater which includes a tank (60) with a water inlet (64) and outlet (26). At least one divider (18) for dividing the tank into a plurality of chambers (12), (14) with adjacent chambers being arterial (28). A first chamber (14) is connected to the outlet and another one of the chambers (12) is connected to the inlet. Heating means (20) may be located in some or all of the chambers. The dividers may be oriented vertically or horizontally (18). They may be movable and of specific construction including apertures (28) therein for arterial connection to adjacent chambers which apertures may contain flow control thermostats. They may be insulated to reduce heat transfer between compartments. Where displacement is via density/temperature changes in a compartment, stops may be provided to limit the travel of the dividers/partitions. Sacrificial protection (74) may be provided for the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Andre Boulay, Jason M. Gallovich, Yvon White
  • Patent number: 7820948
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for enabling control of the temperature of a receptacle in a satellite for containing a brewed fluid, so as to enable control of the temperature of the brewed fluid in the receptacle upon transfer of the brewed fluid from a brewing machine into the receptacle. The control of the temperature of the receptacle is responsive to contactless and wireless transfer of power and communication between the brewing machine and the satellite, and to generating, communicating, and processing fluid temperature measurement-enabling data between the brewing machine and the satellite, so as to enable control of the temperature of the brewed fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: RE44337
    Abstract: A combination water dispenser with heating mechanism including a reservoir having an automatic inlet means for replenishing water into the reservoir and a controlled water outlet means for dispensing water from the reservoir. The reservoir includes a reservoir heating element which has an applied electric current for heating the water. An indicating means for indicating the activation and deactivation of the reservoir heating element is included on the dispenser. A user actuated means adapted to simultaneously activate the reservoir heating element and the indicating means is positioned on the dispenser. A temperature regulating means responsive to the temperature of the water monitors the temperature of the water during the heating of the water. The dispenser includes an automatic deactivation means adapted to deactivate the reservoir heating element upon receiving a signal from the temperature regulating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Greenway Home Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Greenway, Shawn C. Nielsen, Philip E. Greenway