Having Readliy Movable Air Regulating Louver, Damper, Or Cover Patents (Class 454/358)
  • Patent number: 10670291
    Abstract: Disclosed are a damper switch mounted on a damper having a blade opening/closing structure to open/close blades of the damper, and a damper including the same. The damper switch configured to open/close a plurality of blades of a damper according to the present invention includes a rotating part mounted on a damper shaft of the damper and rotated together with the damper shaft, a driving part configured to provide a power for rotating the rotating part, and a controller configured to measure a load applied to the driving part when the blades are closed, and interrupt an electric power supplied to the driving part when the measured load is not less than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MIDOENC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Kyu Yoo, Joo Hwan Jang, Byung Jun Shin, Dong Bum Kim
  • Patent number: 10323852
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle shutter capable of detecting a flap to which power transmission is cut off by providing turn restriction units each having a simple structure in flaps. The vehicle shutter is provided with: a plurality of flaps 13 capable of opening and closing an outside air introduction path 8 for introducing outside air into an engine compartment and arranged in parallel to each other so as to cross the outside air introduction path 8; a linkage operation section linking the flaps 13 with each other to perform an opening/closing operation of the flaps; a drive section driving the flaps 13 to be open and closed through the linkage operation section; an abnormality detection section detecting an abnormality of the flaps 13 on the basis of an operating state of the drive section; and an abnormality notification section notifying the abnormality to a user on the basis of output from the abnormality detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Yuhki Takanaga, Kazuma Kondou, Manabu Yamaoka, Yoshimitsu Hayamizu, Naoya Takashima
  • Patent number: 9816309
    Abstract: A frame assembly for windows and doors includes a pair of side members and a pair of generally parallel cross members, each extending along a unique member axis. The cross members include a first frame portion and a second frame portion that extend generally along the member axis and are connected by a camming fastener that draws together and secures the first and second frame portions. A method of fabricating a shutter assembly includes forming a pair of C-shaped partial-frames, each from a side member coupled to portions of two cross-members. The method includes co-axially aligning corresponding portions of the two cross-members along two axes and joining the two C-shaped partial-frames with camming fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Houston Shutters, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Blackburn, Jennifer Baur
  • Patent number: 9542810
    Abstract: A gaming machine for providing a game to a player is described herein. The gaming machine displays a primary game including a plurality of reels, detects a triggering condition occurring with the primary game and responsively displays a secondary game. The secondary game includes a player character and an enemy character being displayed on an animated game field. The gaming machine displays a plurality of dice on the animated game field including a player die displayed with a player strength value and an enemy die displayed with an enemy strength value. The gaming machine displays an expandable image of the player strength value at a first size and increases the size of the expandable image to a larger second size over a predefined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Gilmore, Jayme Neverton, Ali Minaian, Carolyn Tomczyk
  • Publication number: 20150133042
    Abstract: An improved vent apparatus that is usable with an electrical enclosure includes a vent flap that is movable between a closed position overlying an opening formed in a wall of the electrical enclosure and an open position wherein at least a portion of the vent flap is spaced from the wall. The vent flap may be held in place in the closed position via gravity or through the use of a retainer such as a spring or a frangible structure. The vent flap is a part of a flap apparatus that is formed as a unitary single piece element that may be stamped from sheet metal, for example, and the flap apparatus includes a number of hinge elements that are rollably disposed on an edge of the wall adjacent the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Davis Pearce, Bryan Richard Benson
  • Publication number: 20140342657
    Abstract: An air vent having a housing, a first control element and a second control element, wherein the housing forms a flow passage, wherein the first control element is supported on the housing so as to be rotatable about a first axis of rotation and the second control element is supported on the housing so as to be rotatable about a second axis of rotation, wherein the second axis of rotation is perpendicular to the first axis of rotation, wherein the first control element is connected to the second control element by a coupling element and the control elements are movable relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Behr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas RAIS, Michael KOMOWSKI
  • Patent number: 8869838
    Abstract: A novel device and method to thermally seal openings such as air conditioner sleeves, ducts and chimney is disclosed and claimed. The device includes insulating layer and gasket layers sandwiched in between outer shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Randall Herlihy, Robert Feuer, Paul Fiore, William Devito
  • Patent number: 8851831
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an air dam module. The air dam module includes a frame defining a vent, a first rotating member, a second rotating member, and two third rotating members. The first rotating member is rotatably connected to a surface bounding the vent, to vertically block a lower half of the vent by its gravity. The second rotating member is rotatably connected to the surface bounding the vent. The third rotating members are rotatably connected to opposite ends of the second rotating member. The second and third rotating members vertically block an upper half of the vent by their gravities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8827781
    Abstract: A ceiling vent assembly consisting of a pair of opposed end panels and a pair of opposed side panels which defining a frame. At least one louver is pivotally mounted within the frame to be movable between an open position to permit airflow through the vent assembly and a closed position blocking airflow. The louver includes an upper surface defining a curvature and decreases in thickness at an outer edge. When in an open configuration, the louver permits air to pass through the ceiling vent assembly in a directed flow associated with the curvature of the louver upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: The GSI Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James Aderman
  • Patent number: 8784168
    Abstract: A louvered vent cover includes a pest guard cover, a louver frame and a vent duct attachment. The pest guard cover has a grilled guard and is mounted on the louver frame by means of pins. The louver frame contains several louvers which permit one-way passage of the air to the exterior of the building. The louver frame is mounted to the vent duct attachment by means of tabs and a clip. The vent duct attachment is adapted to fit within a vent duct. The louvered cover may be mounted over a vent duct in a new construction, or, without use of the vent duct attachment, may be mounted over an existing vent duct cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Imperial Sheet Metal Ltd.
    Inventor: Marc Grandmaison
  • Publication number: 20140185237
    Abstract: An opacity baffle is disclosed that can be permanently secured to the back face of an electronic apparatus to cover ventilation openings or other openings that render the apparatus visually unsecure. The opacity baffle in one example comprises a grill and ventilation material that are secured together at their edges resulting in a rigid structure. The grill contains openings to promote ventilation within the apparatus, and the ventilation materials allows for air flow despite being visually opaque. One-way fasteners can be used to secure the baffle to the back face, which when inserted in place cannot be removed without evident tampering. The baffle and fasteners can be provided with the apparatus when sold or can be sold separately, allowing a particular customer to affix the baffle if needed to meet security requirements, or not if such security measures are unnecessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark H. Hanson
  • Patent number: 8740392
    Abstract: An electricity storage section that stores power from an external power source and supplies the stored power as operating power is provided, and, when an interruption of the external power source to a projection display device is detected, control to reduce the power consumption of a device main body and control to drive an exhaust port shutter so that it is closed by the power supplied from the electricity storage section are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Furihata, Hirokazu Kamatori, Shigehiro Yanase
  • Publication number: 20140148090
    Abstract: An air duct includes a board defining an opening and a number of spaced plates pivotably mounted to the board along a lengthwise direction of the opening. Each plate defines a cutout in a first side. The plates are pivoted to be parallel to the board to cover the opening. The plates are pivoted away from the board to expose the opening, and the cutouts are operable to receive an end of an expansion card when the plates are pivoted to be perpendicular to the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: SHIN-CHI SHEN
  • Publication number: 20140106661
    Abstract: A passive vent for venting a building enclosure having an opening in a roof portion, the vent being adjustable for mounting on roof portions of different slopes. The vent has a base pivotally attached to a vent structure with a pair of pivot joints. The vent structure has a collar attached to a vent body having a cover. At least one gas permeable screen is positioned on the vent body between the cover and the collar. The base comprises a lower attachment structure for attaching the base to the roof portion over the opening. An aperture through the lower attachment structure permits gas to pass in to and out of the opening in the roof portion through the base. A wall including a pair of opposed curvilinear wall sections surrounds the aperture. The pivot joints define a pivot axis about which the vent structure pivots along a range of angles relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Canplas Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Norman Scott Baldwin, James Brian Mantyla, Lawrence William Stagg
  • Publication number: 20140065946
    Abstract: A roof vent is provided comprising a base with an opening for air inlet/outlet, wherein the base opening may have raised venting edges. The base is connected to a cover over the base opening including at least one louver for air flow and a front opening. Sloped side walls connect the base and cover. The front edge of the top of the cover has a lip angled down over the front opening. The lip reduces leakage into the vent. A mesh grill or cover can be included in the front opening. A rectangular strip with drainage holes can be included at the bottom of the front opening, to secure the mesh grill in place. The rectangular strip can include drainage holes. Shingles can be placed on the cover so the vent blends in with the roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Gurgen Tovmasyan
  • Patent number: 8616828
    Abstract: A cooling system for turbine engines for controlling cooling of rotor cooling air and heating of fuel gas is disclosed. The cooling system may be formed from a housing formed from a main plenum, a rotor air cooler positioned at least partially in the main plenum and a fuel gas heater positioned at least partially in the main plenum downstream from rotor air cooler. The cooling system may include a by-pass plenum for returning used cooling air back to a region upstream of the rotor air cooler. An exhaust fluid control device may control fluid flow out of the first exhaust opening at the second end of the main plenum, and a by-pass fluid control device may control fluid flow into the by-pass inlet opening of the by-pass plenum. The control devices and a fan may control circulation of cooling fluids through the main plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Myers, Jason M. Reichow
  • Publication number: 20130334325
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade, a damper actuator, and a standoff, where the standoff may be configured for use with an insulated duct having an outer surface of the duct, an insulating layer around the outer surface of the duct, and an outer surface of the insulating layer. Illustratively, the standoff may include a body, a mounting mechanism including a first flange, and a second flange spaced from the first flange, where the body, the first flange and the second flange may form an opening or space configured to receive the insulating layer. In some cases, the standoff may include one or more ribs extending between the body and the first and second flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Eric Barton, Bin Wang, David James Emmons, Thomas Andrew Sweet
  • Patent number: 8574045
    Abstract: A rotatable vent assembly system for areas where breathable airflow is required is disclosed herein. The rotatable vent assembly system improves airflow in any structure where breathable airflow may be a concern, including but not limited to air vacuum vaults, valve vaults, water tanks, pressure reducing valve units, or other confined structures. The rotatable vent assembly system helps reduce frost accumulation within riser pipes during winter months and improves breathable air within confined spaces. By reducing the accumulation of frost, the potential for pipe breakage is reduced, also reducing maintenance and replacement costs to municipalities and property owners for burst pipes. Rotating the vent control component at the top of a riser pipe connected to a pipe system controls the flow of breathable air by increasing or reducing airflow within the pipe system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Dina Warner
  • Patent number: 8408981
    Abstract: An exhaust device applied to an electronic device is described. Memory deformable elements of the exhaust device are heated to shrink, and meanwhile, guide vanes located on an air outlet are driven to rotate and swing back and forth between a left outlet position and a right outlet position, such that the exhaust device reciprocatively changes an outlet position without requiring any external power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: MSI Computer (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heng-Yung Su, Yao-Shih Leng
  • Publication number: 20130072102
    Abstract: An embodiment make-up air system includes a switch assembly including a housing configured to be mounted to an exhaust air duct, a rod pivotally mounted to the housing, the rod having a paddle mounted on a first rod end disposed outside the housing, the paddle including an angled portion, and a switch disposed in the housing, the switch actuated by the rod when the paddle experiences a predetermined flow of air through the exhaust duct, and a fresh air intake assembly operably coupled to the switch assembly, the fresh air intake assembly configured to open a damper disposed in a fresh air intake duct to initiate a flow of fresh air when the switch in the switch assembly has been actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Nathan D. Trant
  • Patent number: 8333184
    Abstract: A fireplace including a body, a heating unit within the body, a duct within the body and in communication with the heating unit, an opening defined by a terminal end of the duct, an insert attached to the terminal end of the duct and arranged to dispel a heated air, and wherein the insert remains at a lower temperature than the duct during a heating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Heat Surge, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Gallo
  • Publication number: 20120289145
    Abstract: A temporary duct cover for use in an HVAC installation processes. The temporary duct cover having a filtration portion and a closure member. The filtration portion being made from material which is air and water permeable. The closure member being configured to conform a duct. The temporary duct cover minimizes particulate infiltration to the duct while allowing moisture to escape from the duct, thereby inhibiting mold or mildew from forming in the duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: DUCT KOVER LLC
    Inventor: William John KERLINGER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120243900
    Abstract: A ventilating device for ventilating a housing, includes first and second blowers, a flow chamber with an inlet opening, an outlet opening, and an equalization opening connecting the flow chamber between the inlet opening and the outlet opening with the environment, a freely movable cover element for partially covering the equalization opening in such a manner that passage of the flow is blocked in one direction but cleared in the other direction, and an ascending pipe. The elements in the ventilating device are arranged in the sequence first blower, inlet opening, flow chamber, outlet opening, second blower, and ascending pipe. The equalization opening is at least partially open at all times, so that the equalization opening displays a greater flow resistance than the inlet opening of the flow chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert Gerd Schroeder, Uwe Goldbeck
  • Publication number: 20120088445
    Abstract: An air distribution unit comprising a housing having a receiving chamber, said receiving chamber is in communication externally and internally of said housing, a first air exhaust duct in said housing in communication with said receiving chamber and with said exterior for exhausting air from said receiving chamber to a lower portion of the housing, a second air exhaust duct in said housing in communication with said receiving chamber and with said exterior for exhausting air from said receiving chamber to an upper portion of the housing, an air supply duct in said housing having a first end in communication with said receiving chamber and a second end in communication with said first air exhaust duct, and a damper communicating with said receiving chamber for selectively routing air from said receiving chamber to either the first air exhaust duct or said second air exhaust duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Joachim Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8120910
    Abstract: A heat dissipating structure includes a frame. An accommodating space is formed inside the frame for accommodating a fan, and an opening is formed on a lateral side of the frame. The heat dissipating structure further includes at least one shutter connected to the frame in a rotatable manner. The fan is disposed on a side of the shutter. The shutter prevents airflow driven by the fan from flowing back to the other side of the shutter through the opening when the shutter rotates to a close position. The heat dissipating structure further includes a resilient component for providing a resilient force to the shutter so as to drive the shutter to the close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Wei-Ling Hong
  • Publication number: 20120036873
    Abstract: Systems and methods for low ambient air temperature cooling in air-source based heat pump systems wherein an outdoor heat pump unit includes a discharge hood positionable over its fan. The hood including a damper that is openable and closeable as a function of outside temperature. The outdoor unit may also include wind deflectors positioned over the coil openings of the disclosure. During cooling operations below a low outside air threshold temperature, e.g., below 23° F., the damper assembly partially closes to reduce airflow across the condenser coil of the outdoor unit to a level below that which is possible at minimum fan speed. As the outdoor temperature continues to drop, the damper assembly continues to close to further reduce airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph P. Bush
  • Patent number: 8113823
    Abstract: A damper mechanism for a gas-fired appliance is disclosed. The damper mechanism is mechanically operated in response to changes in pressure within a portion of the appliance. Changes in gas pressure operate to displace a diaphragm, thereby moving a linkage attached to a flue damper, such that the damper can be moved between open and closed positions. An interim damper control activation arm can pivot in response to movement of the linkage to actuate electrical switches, which act to close a magnetic pilot valve when the damper is in a partially-opened or partially-closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Field Controls, LLC
    Inventor: Steven E. Guzorek
  • Publication number: 20110269391
    Abstract: A device for altering the airflow pattern from a ceiling vent diffuser by obstructing openings in a region of the diffuser. The device comprises a flexible member that is secured to a diffuser vane by a hook member and two tabs. The hook member has two or more engagement regions which enable it to engage vanes on different manufacturer's diffusers. The first end of the hook member is either pivotally secured to the flexible member or is engaged in an adjustment mechanism thereon. The adjustment mechanism allows the second end of the hook to be situated in different positions relative to an interior edge of the flexible member so as to accommodate different diffusers. An extension detachably engages the flexible member to increase the size thereof to accommodate larger diffusers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: AIRVISOR INC.
    Inventors: Chad A. Brown, Robert G. Dickie, Petri J. Nurmela, Jonathan D. Liberty
  • Patent number: 8033900
    Abstract: A vent assembly for attachment to a fluid discharge conduit of the type connected to a clothes dryer, room exhaust fan, or the like is adapted to reduce or prevent the trapping of dirt or lint as well as flapping or vibration of the door in windy conditions. A mount having an opening is received on the conduit and a door is pivotally received by the mount. The door is operable for displacement with respect to the opening between an open position and a closed position when engaged by a fluid, such as air from a clothes dryer, flowing through the discharge conduit. A hood is pivotally mounted over the door and mount opening, and is operable for displacement with respect to the mount when engaged by the door and/or by fluid flowing through the discharge conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: P-tec Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalvin K. Vanden Bosch, Brian R. Dykstra
  • Publication number: 20110183600
    Abstract: An air check valve system configured to be mounted for fluid communication with a fan can include a ring having a generally circular inner diameter that defines an air passage through a plane of the ring. A first and a second flange can extend from the ring. A rod can have a first end mounted to the first flange and a second end mounted to the second flange. The rod can define a pivot axis. A first and a second damper plate can be mounted to the rod for rotation around the pivot axis between an open and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: CTB, Inc.
    Inventor: Bun-Hiong Chua
  • Publication number: 20110143643
    Abstract: The vent port employs a pair of mated housing parts that define a space for two criss-crossed flap valves. Each flap valve is formed of an aluminum bracket with an aperture for the passage of air and a silicone flap that closes over the aperture. The flap valves are oriented so that gravity enhances the closing of the flaps. Resistors are mounted on the brackets to heat the brackets at a low wattage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Graham
  • Publication number: 20110134605
    Abstract: A heat-dissipating hole mechanism includes a vent structure and an adjusting pad. An opening is formed on the vent structure. The vent structure is used for guiding airflow from a fan to pass through the opening. The adjusting pad is removably disposed on the opening of the vent structure. A railing structure is formed on the adjusting pad. The railing structure is used for covering the opening so as to adjust a flow rate of the airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Chou, Chen-Hsien Chuang
  • Patent number: 7926299
    Abstract: A control device 15 includes: a target area deciding unit 21 for setting either of binary values of 0 and 1 to plural area sections and deciding a targeted area section for air-conditioning; and an area air direction control unit 22 for carrying out control operation, so that when controlling at least one of air direction control stepping motors directed to the targeted area section for air-conditioning, a left/right air direction control stepping motor carries out control operation based on depth direction one-dimensional data obtained by calculating a logical sun of each column in depth direction of each area section in a group of area sections, and an up/down air direction control stepping motor carries out control operation based on left/right direction one-dimensional data obtained by calculating a logical sum of each column in left/right direction of each area section in the group of area sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuo Seki
  • Publication number: 20110053483
    Abstract: A ventilation exhaust intake device is located at ceiling level of a production space and has a low profile form with combination of vertical and horizontal jets. Recesses and other feature are provided to enhance capture and containment and other functional aspects. Certain embodiments include a light source adjacent the jet registers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Oy Halton Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Heinz Ritzer, Fridolin Muehlberger, Andrey V. Livchak
  • Publication number: 20110028082
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for a down draft vent system comprising a vertically directed, retractable open framework, which can be moved between an extended position and a lowered position by means of a drive motor, comprising at least two switches for switching off the drive motor and at least one actuating element for actuating the switch. In this arrangement at least one switch is actuated by means of the at least one actuating element depending on a force (FW) acting externally on the open framework. In addition to an end switch-off of the drive motor, this invention provides a safety function as a result of a resistive load switch-off which is effective both in the event of a resistance from below during retraction and also in the event of a resistance from above during extension of the open framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Egon Feisthammel, Petra Holzer, Dieter Rosmann
  • Patent number: 7859841
    Abstract: Information equipment includes an open/close mechanism that opens or closes exhaust ports, a cooling fan that dissipates heat in the information equipment into the air through the exhaust ports, a user state detecting part that detects a contact state in which the hand of a user is in contact with the information equipment or a closeness state in which the hand of the user is close to the information equipment, and a heat dissipation control part that controls an open/closed state of the open/close mechanism so that heat exhausted from the exhaust ports is not directed to the hand of the user that is contact with or close to the information equipment, in accordance with the contact state or the closeness state detected by the user state detecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yuki Tamura, Yoshiyasu Nakashima, Shinichi Shiotsu, Akira Shiba, Koichi Yokota
  • Publication number: 20100323607
    Abstract: An environmental control system of a building utilizes lower vents which open into lower portions of rooms of a building, and upper vents which open into upper portions of rooms of the building. When the system is operating in a heating mode, heated air is delivered into the upper portions of the rooms through the upper vents and air is removed from the rooms through the lower vents. When the system is operating in a cooling mode, cool air is delivered into the rooms through the lower vents, and air is removed from the rooms through the upper vents. Operating the heating and cooling modes in this fashion provides the most efficient operation of the heating and cooling system. A switching unit is used to selectively couple the inlet and outlet of an environmental control system to the upper and lower vents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas A. NEWCOMER
  • Patent number: 7845184
    Abstract: A refrigerator unit is configured for a container in which it is possible to know the quantity of air that is ventilated. The refrigerator unit is equipped with a ventilation mechanism, an opening degree detecting mechanism, and a recording unit. The ventilation mechanism ventilates the air inside the container. The opening degree detecting mechanism acquires ventilation data related to the quantity of air ventilated by the ventilation mechanism. The recording unit records the ventilation data acquired by the opening degree detecting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20100297928
    Abstract: A ventilation or exhaust system, having ducting, and a fan assembly for placement in ducting of a ventilation or exhaust system for an environment space. The fan assembly has a motor having an output shaft, a fan mounted on the output shaft, and a brake mounted for operation on the motor. The brake is operable for stopping rotation of the motor upon a detection of a prescribed situation one or more of: the environmental space, and the ducting. Also included is a valve assembly having a valve member for placement in the ducting for movement between a first position where the ducting is substantially open, and a second position where the ducting is substantially closed. The valve member is adapted to move from the first position to the second position in response to at least one detection of a prescribed situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Kim Lui So
  • Publication number: 20100227545
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to an air vent outlet filter and cover and more particularly to an air vent filter and cover that adheres to the air vent outlet and that performs multiple functions including, but not limited to, a coarse particle air filter, to infuse a fragrance to the air being filtered and as a decoration. The air vent cover is attached to the air vent outlet by means of a flexible permanent magnet strip on the backside perimeter of the filter cover or by means of a sticky surface on the backside perimeter of the filter cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Nicholas John Frois
  • Publication number: 20100159821
    Abstract: An exhaust vent apparatus provides a wall vent sleeve including a rear opening and a front opening, and a moveable damper disposed within the wall vent sleeve at a recessed position from the front opening, wherein the moveable damper conducts gas flow in a direction from the rear opening to the front opening and prevents gas flow in a direction from the front opening and to the rear opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: FSH INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Bredahl, John Leete
  • Publication number: 20100130121
    Abstract: An air intake switching device for a portable air conditioner has a housing with multiple grid holes, at least one switching panel being mounted on the housing and at least one switching assembly being slidably mounted between the housing and the switching panel. The switching assembly drives the switching panel to slide relative to the housing to selectively allow the airflow passing through the housing. Therefore, the portable air conditioner is switched to perform an interflow air cycle or an independent air cycle between indoors and outdoors. A heat dissipating effect of the interflow air cycle and a cooling effect of the independent air cycle between indoor air and outdoor air are ensured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Tsung CHIU
  • Publication number: 20100107993
    Abstract: An energy efficient induced air gas water heater includes a water tank; a flue associated with the water tank; a burner that combusts a mixture that creates combustion products that pass through the flue; a blower that receives the combustion products from an outlet of the flue; a damper that movably covers and uncovers the flue outlet or an outlet of the blower, the damper being in an open position when the burner and/or the blower are operating and being in a closed position when the burner or the blower are not operating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: American Water Hater Company
    Inventor: Jeff Lyons
  • Publication number: 20100073868
    Abstract: An airflow damper Is provided, the airflow damper includes a resilient body having a fixed end and a free end. In a default state, the free end extends to restrict airflow. In a device accommodation state, the free end flattens to accommodate a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Dave Mayer, Paul Rubens
  • Publication number: 20100029195
    Abstract: An air handling unit for supplying air to a building including an exterior housing forming a chamber and having a longitudinal axis and air inlets and an outlet at opposite ends of the housing. An array of plenum fan units is mounted in the housing between its opposite end sections, this array extending transversely relative to the longitudinal axis. A corresponding array of insulated inlet flow concentrators is arranged adjacent to upstream ends of the plenum fan units. Each concentrator forms a flow passage which tapers towards an inlet opening of its respective fan unit. The flow passage is formed by a perforated metal wall circumferentially encased in sound attenuating material. Interior walls are mounted in the housing to separate the fan units from one another. At least one mechanism is mounted at one end of the compartment for each fan unit formed by the interior walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Wais Jalali, Muammer Yazici
  • Publication number: 20100011799
    Abstract: A thin air outlet structure to a vehicle compartment exhibiting excellent directivity while ensuring sufficient volume and velocity of air conditioning air stream. In the air outlet structure 10, delivery direction of the air stream can be altered by altering the posture of a pair of fins 16 provided at a middle portion 13 in the flow direction in a case 12. Since the air outlet 20 does not require a plurality of fins for altering the delivery direction, the air outlet 20 can be made thin. Since the delivery direction of the air stream can be altered by means of the pair of fins 16 and the number of the fins 16 is small, flow of air is not impeded in the flow path within the case 12 and effective cross-sectional area of the flow path within the case 12 can be ensured. Consequently, sufficient volume and velocity of air stream can be secured. Furthermore, the size for each blade of the fins 16 can be increased by the decrease made in the number of fins 16.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Kimio Sakakibara
  • Publication number: 20090298405
    Abstract: A canopy for a biological cabinet includes a plurality of openings, referred to as ports, covered by air dampers and designed to open and close as needed to reduce an overall volume of air required during normal operation. If the building exhaust system attempts to pull more air than is supplied by the cabinet, the intake dampers will open to allow room air in through the intake ports, thus helping the cabinet to maintain an acceptable level of intake airflow at its front access opening. If the building exhaust system does not pull a sufficient amount of air, the outlet damper will open and let the cabinet exhaust air escape through the outlet port, thus enabling the cabinet to maintain an acceptable level of intake airflow at its front access opening. The canopy may also include an internal air baffle that helps to capture the cabinet exhaust air and direct it out through the opening connected to the building exhaust duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: The Baker Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Lloyd, Larry A. McCarthy, Christopher P. D'Alessandro, Robert A. Thibeault
  • Publication number: 20090280737
    Abstract: An exhaust vent assembly for a structure. The exhaust vent assembly can include a base supportable adjacent to the structure and having a raised rim defining an outlet of an exhaust flow channel and a cover moveably secured to the base for movement relative to the base between a closed position, in which the cover extends across the outlet substantially preventing exhaust flow through the outlet, and an opened position, in which the cover is moved away from the outlet to allow exhaust flow through the outlet. The vent assembly can also include a windbreak operable to prevent wind from moving the cover toward the opened position. The windbreak can include a first contour on the raised rim and a second contour on an adjacent edge of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Corey Scott Jacak, Kenneth J. Jonas, Robert G. Penlesky
  • Patent number: 7610726
    Abstract: A housing assembly for mounting to a wall of a building is disclosed. The housing assembly includes a front plate attached to a back plate. The back plate defines an axis and has a flange extending radially away from the axis for coupling to the wall. An insert is disposed between the front plate and the back plate. The insert includes a central body having a fluid diverter extending outwardly from the central body for guiding a fluid away from the wall. The housing assembly further includes a locking device for selectively coupling and uncoupling the insert from one of the front plate and the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventor: Todd M. Lajewski
  • Publication number: 20090253367
    Abstract: End caps are attached to the end of each blade of a damper. When in the closed position, the end caps seal the space between the blade and frame. Sealing fins may extend from the end cap to further enhance the sealing capability. The end caps are easily replaced if worn and effectively prevent air from flowing between the frame and end of the blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Minel Kupferberg