Combined Or Convertible Patents (Class 55/385.1)
  • Patent number: 11437258
    Abstract: A method for storage a workpiece used in fabrication of a semiconductor device includes disposing the workpiece on a workpiece carrier, disposing the workpiece carrier with the workpiece in a workpiece container via a workpiece storage system, identifying a content of the workpiece container, and adjusting a storage condition inside the workpiece container in response to the content of the workpiece container via the workpiece storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Chi Chiu, Jen-Ti Wang, Ting-Wei Wang, Kuo-Fong Chuang
  • Patent number: 11344754
    Abstract: The present disclosure delineates both active as well as passive respiratory filtration systems. The respiratory filtration systems are configured to be worn by a user, providing the user protection from the ambient environment, possibly containing microorganisms, pathogens, particulate matter, and the like. Some embodiments are also designed to protect observers, by filtering user exhalation air released into the environment. Nontransparent members of the system are configured to be located over impassive features of the user's face, such as the cheeks or chin areas. The disclosed respiratory filtration system(s) includes one or more hygienic materials. The hygienic materials are carefully selected and disposed at predetermined locations within the respiratory filtration system, so to optimize user to the observer(s) communications. Optimized communications include the transmission of distortion-free speech and/or unobstructed view of the user's oronasal area—via an expression window(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ZVerse, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Piatt
  • Patent number: 11331982
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for purifying air for breathing. The apparatus includes an armrest having a receiver and an air purification module releasably received in the receiver. The air purification module is portable and displaceable between a first operating position held in the receiver and a second operating position remote from the armrest and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Huang, Kevin Michael Swenskowski, John Craig Elson, Clay Wesley Maranville, Lawrence C. Karas
  • Patent number: 11331652
    Abstract: A precursor mixture for producing a porous body, wherein the precursor mixture comprises: (i) at least one milled alpha alumina powder having a particle size of 0.1 to 6 microns, (ii) non-silicate powder that functions as a binder of the alpha alumina powders, and (iii) at least one burnout material having a particle size of 1-10 microns and a decomposition temperature of less than 550° C., with the proviso that a burnout material having a decomposition temperature of 550° C. or greater is excluded from the precursor mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Scientific Design Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Wojciech L. Suchanek, Paul E. Ellis, Jr., Michael Di Mare, Jean Adam
  • Patent number: 11331761
    Abstract: A suction device for a hole saw of a hand-held power tool oscillatingly driven about an oscillation axis. A substantially disk-shaped base body has a first side that faces the hand-held power tool and a second side that faces the hole saw. A fastening section detachably fastens the suction device to an oscillatingly driven hand-held power tool; and a connecting piece connects the suction device to a suction apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: C. & E. Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Fabian Bek, Rainer Mann
  • Patent number: 11285065
    Abstract: Examples of a module for housing unrelated electronic and electromechanical equipment for use during surgery. The module can include a lower section and a tower-like upper section. The lower section can house unrelated electronic and electromechanical equipment. The tower-like upper section can be located on top of the lower section. A water-resistant cowling can enclose at least a portion of the lower section and the tower-like upper section. A cartridge containing one or more ultraviolet-C producing lights can be protectively housed within the tower-like upper section. The cartridge containing one or more ultraviolet-C producing lights can be configured to emerge upward from a top of the tower-like upper section to substantially seat itself on the top of the tower-like upper section when activated allowing the ultraviolet-C light to disinfect the patient and staff-contacting upper surfaces of the equipment in the operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Augustine Biomedical + Design, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Susan D. Augustine, Garrett J. Augustine, Brent M. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 11193459
    Abstract: An air intake set for a motor vehicle engine, including an air intake hose, a flow meter and a device for directing an air flow positioned upstream of the flow meter with respect to the direction of circulation of the air flow in the hose. The device for directing an air flow is adapted to guide the air flow towards the flow meter and has a variable permeability so as to set the velocity of the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: NOVARES FRANCE
    Inventors: Jérôme Demangeot, Gregory Facq
  • Patent number: 11185363
    Abstract: A filter connection for a smoke evacuation device includes a filter canister assembly and a socket. The filter canister assembly has a cross-sectional shape with only one line of symmetry that corresponds to a cross-sectional shape of the socket so that the filter canister can only be inserted into the socket in one orientation. One or more key notches on the filter canister may also ensure that the filter is properly installed. A seal creates an airtight boundary between the filter canister and a recess of the socket so that a sealed path in communication with the smoke evacuation device is established before the filter canister is fully inserted into the socket. An electronic connection is made between the filter canister and the socket after the airtight boundary is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Megadyne Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn K. Horner, Steven D. Andrews, David Yates
  • Patent number: 11160605
    Abstract: Surgical systems can include evacuation systems for evacuating smoke, fluid, and/or particulates from a surgical site. A surgical evacuation system can be intelligent and may include one or more sensors for detecting one or more properties of the surgical system, evacuation system, surgical procedure, surgical site, and/or patient tissue, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Tates, Darcy W. Greep, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11165297
    Abstract: The invention refers to an electric machine (30) comprising an electric motor (15) and a magnetic gear arrangement (20). The motor (15) is a brushless motor with an internal stator (31) and an external rotor (34). The magnetic gear arrangement (20) is located displaced along the longitudinal axis (24) in respect to the electric motor (15). The magnetic gear arrangement (20) comprises a first rotating element (41) with permanent magnets (42) and a second rotating element (44) with permanent magnets (45) both rotatable about the longitudinal axis (24). The second rotating element (44) is connected to an output shaft (46) of the electric machine (30). A static modulator (48) comprising ferromagnetic elements (49) is disposed between the permanent magnets (42; 45) of the rotating elements (41; 44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Guido Valentini
  • Patent number: 11079135
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioner including a suction panel which includes a suction port through which air is suctioned in inside a housing. The suction panel is formed to rotate with an axial direction of an air blowing fan or a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the air blowing fan as a rotation axis to be coupled with or separated from the housing. Accordingly, a user may easily and intuitively separate the suction panel and falling of the suction panel, which may occur when the suction panel is separated, may be effectively reduced using a supporting unit disposed at the suction panel. Also, the housing and cover members which cover an outer perimeter of a lower portion of the housing may be coupled with each other by pressurizing the cover members toward the housing, thereby allowing the user to easily coupled the cover members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Yoon Lee, Jae Hyoung Sim, Do Yeon Kim, Do-Hoon Kim, Byung Yul So, Joon-Ho Yoon, Jung Dae Lee, Sung-June Cho
  • Patent number: 11056864
    Abstract: An electrical junction box includes an electronic component, a circuit assembly that has a conductive path and on which the electronic component is mounted, and a cover member for covering at least a portion of the circuit assembly, and the cover member is provided with an air valve that allows air permeation while inhibiting water from entering the circuit assembly side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Sasaki, Yuichi Hattori
  • Patent number: 10967388
    Abstract: A centrifugal separator for separating a liquid phase from crankcase gases of an internal combustion engine includes a separation chamber, a rotor shaft, a rotor inside the separation chamber, an inlet for crankcase gases, a gas outlet, and a liquid outlet for separated liquid phase. The centrifugal separator also includes a liquid outlet chamber, a check valve, and a rotating member. The liquid outlet chamber forms an individual chamber and is arranged in fluid communication with the separation chamber via a liquid passage. The rotating member is connected to the rotor shaft and is arranged inside the liquid outlet chamber. The liquid outlet forms an outlet of the liquid outlet chamber. The check valve is arranged in the liquid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ALFDEX AB
    Inventors: Anders Örtegren, Mats Olsson, Per Stjernswärd, Pedro Hernandez Fraczek, Mikael Walter
  • Patent number: 10932817
    Abstract: Lighting and optical devices, systems, and methods are configured for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures. The disclosed devices, systems, and methods advantageously do not require tethers in order to receive power or transmit data, such as camera images, to and from an external device. In addition, the disclosed devices, systems, and methods utilize improved camera mechanisms and reduce costs and improve accessibility with respect to laparoscopic surgical procedures. Furthermore, a smoke evacuator system can be used as part of surgical procedure to evacuate smoke from a surgical setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventor: Yuman Fong
  • Patent number: 10932634
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus includes an air flow path, a filter housing, and a filter member in the filter housing. In some embodiments, the filter member includes a plurality of individual filter elements arranged in parallel, each including porous filter material having at least one upstream face and at least one portion defining a porous filter media air outlet. In other embodiments, the filter member has an outer upstream surface that abuts an axially extending air impermeable wall to inhibit bypass of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10882155
    Abstract: A dust collector for an electric power tool includes a main body case, a dust box, a sliding portion, and a dust collecting route. The main body case includes an exhaust port, the main body case being configured to be installed on an electric power tool. The dust box internally includes a filter. The sliding portion is disposed on the main body case. The sliding portion has a front end on which a nozzle with a suction opening is disposed. The sliding portion is slidable in a front-rear direction. The dust collecting route is from the suction opening to the exhaust port passing through the filter. The main body case includes a guiding portion through which the sliding portion passes, and the guiding portion allows the sliding portion to project rearward when the sliding portion slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Machida, Kiyonobu Yoshikane
  • Patent number: 10864497
    Abstract: A filter aid composition may include a first acid-treated silica-based filter aid having a first particle size distribution and a second acid-treated silica-based filter aid having a second particle size distribution. A method of making a filter aid composition may include providing a first silica-based filter aid having a first particle size distribution, providing a second silica-based filter aid having a second particle size distribution, and blending the first silica-based filter aid with the second silica-based filter aid to form the filter aid composition. A method of filtering a fluid may include providing a filter aid composition including a first acid-treated silica-based filter aid and a second acid-treated silica-based filter aid and filtering the fluid through the filter aid composition. The filter aid composition may have a multimodal particle size distribution such that the first particle size distribution has a d50 greater than the second particle size distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Imerys USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Taniguchi, Larisa Tihomirov
  • Patent number: 10830454
    Abstract: A ventilation system for a cooktop appliance comprising a cooktop surface. The ventilation system defines a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction. The ventilation system includes a casing positioned above and spaced apart from the cooktop appliance along the vertical direction with an image monitor supported on the casing at a front end of the casing. The ventilation system is selectively configurable to provide fluid communication from an air inlet to one of a recirculation outlet, a first exhaust outlet, and a second exhaust outlet without removing or rearranging an air handler of the ventilation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Michael A. Funk
  • Patent number: 10758293
    Abstract: A smoke evacuation device includes one or more cooling mechanisms and an exhaust mechanism to reduce velocity and noise of filtered air exiting the smoke evacuation system. The cooling mechanism includes ventilation openings and/or a rotary mechanism disposed within the system to circulate air and cool by convective heat transfer. A pressure relief mechanism is also provided at the inlet or outlet of the system or the pump within the system. The pressure relief mechanism is configured to reduce pressures due to abnormal flows within the smoke evacuation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Megadyne Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn K. Horner, Jason Harris, Frederick Shelton, David Yates
  • Patent number: 10758855
    Abstract: A fluid trap for minimizing the escape of contaminated fluids from the fluid trap when an orientation of the fluid trap changes during removal or transport includes a front cover, a rear cover coupled to the front cover, and an interior chamber defined by the front and rear covers. The front cover defines an inlet port extending a first distance into an interior chamber of the fluid trap. The rear cover defines an exhaust port extending a second distance away from the rear cover of the fluid trap and positioned above the inlet port when the fluid trap is in an upright position. The interior chamber has a maximum fluid volume defined as the lesser of a fluid reservoir volume, a front cover volume, and a rear cover volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Megadyne Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn K. Horner, Benjamin Danziger, Chad S. Frampton, Mark D. Glassett, Darcy W. Greep, Jason Harris, Frederick Shelton, David Yates
  • Patent number: 10702436
    Abstract: Examples of a module for housing unrelated electronic and electromechanical equipment for use during surgery. The module can include a lower section and a tower-like upper section. The lower section can house unrelated electronic and electromechanical equipment. The tower-like upper section can be located on top of the lower section. A water-resistant cowling can enclose at least a portion of the lower section and the tower-like upper section. A cartridge containing one or more ultraviolet-C producing lights can be protectively housed within the tower-like upper section. The cartridge containing one or more ultraviolet-C producing lights can be configured to emerge upward from a top of the tower-like upper section to substantially seat itself on the top of the tower-like upper section when activated allowing the ultraviolet-C light to disinfect the patient and staff-contacting upper surfaces of the equipment in the operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Augustine Biomedical + Design, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Susan D. Augustine, Garrett J. Augustine, Brent M. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold
  • Patent number: 10631916
    Abstract: A filter connection for a smoke evacuation device includes a filter canister assembly and a socket. The filter canister assembly has a cross-sectional shape with only one line of symmetry that corresponds to a cross-sectional shape of the socket so that the filter canister can only be inserted into the socket in one orientation. One or more key notches on the filter canister may also ensure that the filter is properly installed. A seal creates an airtight boundary between the filter canister and a recess of the socket so that a sealed path in communication with the smoke evacuation device is established before the filter canister is fully inserted into the socket. An electronic connection is made between the filter canister and the socket after the airtight boundary is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Megadyne Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn K. Horner, Steven D. Andrews, David Yates
  • Patent number: 10612830
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a liner having an opening defining an inner perimeter therein, a frame coupled with the liner around the inner perimeter and recessed from the opening, and a cover. The cover is coupled with the frame and has a major surface positioned generally flush with a portion the liner surrounding the opening. The cover defines an outer perimeter spaced apart from the inner perimeter of the opening with a portion of the frame at least partially enclosing a channel extending between the outer perimeter of the cover and the inner perimeter of the opening. The assembly further includes at least one light source directed into the channel and illuminating a portion of the frame and an air filter disposed at least partially within the cover positioned behind the major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel de Cavalcanti, Alexandre D. Grosse, Douglas Pohl, Jose Paulo Remor
  • Patent number: 10538145
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning apparatus includes: a refrigerant circuit in which a compressor, a heat source side heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a load side heat exchanger are connected by pipes; and a controller that performs switching between a heating operation in which refrigerant in the refrigerant circuit circulates and a defrosting operation of the heat source side heat exchanger in which the refrigerant in the refrigerant circuit circulates in a direction opposite to a direction in the heating operation. The controller allows an airflow flowing from the load side heat exchanger into a cabin through a first air outlet in the heating operation, and an airflow flowing from the cabin into the load side heat exchanger through the first air outlet is produced in the defrosting operation of the heat source side heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wahei Shingu
  • Patent number: 10494968
    Abstract: An oil separator is designed for an internal combustion engine with a camshaft system, via which oil separator a medium containing oil-particle-enriched blow-by gases, is influenced to the effect that the oil particles and the blow-by gases are separated and supplied to an oil circuit or to an inlet system of the internal combustion engine. The oil particles are separated from the blow-by gases by rotation of the camshaft system. In order to optimize this oil separator, the camshaft system has at least one camshaft on which a centrifugal blade device acting as the oil separator is effective. The centrifugal blade device conveys the oil particles of the medium against housing walls which are adjacent relative to the camshaft and lead to the oil circuit, with the blow-by gases freed from oil particles being conducted into the inlet system by the pressure conditions prevailing in a crankcase of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Neanders Motors AG
    Inventor: Claus Bruestle
  • Patent number: 10383968
    Abstract: A bathroom air filtration and odor conditioning device, comprising: a) a square or rectangular housing comprising a bottom portion and four vertical sides; b) a housing lid comprising a plurality of ventilation ports capable of covering a top portion of the housing; c) a filter assembly removably mountable within the housing lid or the housing; d) a plurality of air intake apertures located on a perimeter of the bottom portion of the housing; e) one or more motorized fans capable of creating a partial vacuum that draws the air into through the air intake apertures and exhausts the air through the filter assembly with the air exiting the ventilation ports; f) a power unit; g) one or more sensors; h) one or more scented cartridges; and i) a circuit board unit electrically interconnected to the one or more motorized fans, power unit, one or more sensors and scented cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: David Truong Jonathan Hobson
  • Patent number: 10279538
    Abstract: Provided are: an imprinting method which suppresses volatilization of a photocurable resin applied on a transfer-receiving substrate by an inkjet method, satisfactorily maintains the wet-spreading property of the resin at the time of transfer, maintains cleanness of the environment for transfer, and can fill the environment for transfer with a particular gas appropriate for transfer; and an imprinting apparatus. Disclosed is an imprinting method of using a template having a concavo-convex pattern formed thereon, and transferring the pattern of the template by imprinting to a photocurable resin on a transfer-receiving substrate, characterized in that, in a space where the template and the photocurable resin are brought into contact, clean air is sent to the space through an air blowing port during a standby mode of not performing imprinting, and the flow rate of clean air in the space is reduced or clean air is not sent during an imprinting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Oda, Takaharu Nagai, Saburou Harada
  • Patent number: 10254035
    Abstract: A refrigerator and an air purifier for a refrigerator are provided. The air purifier may include a case configured to be mounted on an upper surface of a cabinet of a refrigerator and in which inlet holes and an outlet hole are formed, a plurality of fan motor assemblies provided inside of the case to force a flow of air, a plurality of filter assemblies mounted in the case to partition a space between the inlet holes and the plurality of fan motor assemblies and purify suctioned air, a controller that controls driving of the plurality of fan motor assemblies, and a gas sensor connected to the controller to detect harmful gas in a kitchen space. The controller may control driving of the plurality of fan motor assemblies through detection of the harmful gas by the gas sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongho Yun, Hyungyul Kim, Hyunsik Mun, Wooyong Ju
  • Patent number: 10145777
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for testing filters. In an exemplary embodiment, a method is provided for testing a filter within a duct system that includes mounting a port to a wall of a duct of the system, positioning a section of tubing within the duct from the port until an outlet end of the tubing is disposed adjacent a filter, connecting a source of test media to the port; delivering test media from the source through the port and tubing into the duct to the filter, and scanning the filter for test media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Wayne A. Copeland
  • Patent number: 10124196
    Abstract: A method of producing breathing air includes receiving intake air from an ambient air source, collecting the intake air in one or more collection pots of a distribution system, and distributing the intake air from the one or more collection pots to one or more breathing hoses. The method further includes continuously monitoring the intake air communicated to the one or more collection pots for one or more parameters and periodically recording readings of the continuous monitoring communicated wirelessly in the distributed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Total Safety U.S., Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Roberts
  • Patent number: 9961912
    Abstract: A filtration system is arranged to safely vent a storage room into which a fog mixture is introduced. Venting the storage room reduces and/or prevents a substantial increase in the internal pressure of the storage room. To control the pressure differential between the storage room and the ambient air pressure, a venting manifold with an in-line duct fan is used, for example, to exhaust storage room air into the atmosphere. The exhausted storage room air is filtered to reduce the exfiltration of chemicals and/or other contaminants from the environmentally sealed storage room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Pace International, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Scott Fassel, Scott Aaron Christie
  • Patent number: 9956514
    Abstract: An air filter mounting/demounting apparatus for a microwave oven having easy mounting and demounting of the air filter is provided. The apparatus includes a base plate having an inlet port through which air is admitted to serve as a hood, an air filter installed at a position corresponding to the inlet port and configured to filter foreign substances being admitted through the inlet port, an air filter bracket coupled to the base plate, an air filter holder at which the air filter is assembled coupled to the air filter bracket to enable a sliding movement along the guide rail, a latch unit configured to be coupled to the base plate to maintain and release engagement of the air filter holder aged, and a spring installed at an inside the latch unit to deliver an elastic force to the air filter holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Keun Kim, Jeon Hong Kang, Sang Won Yun, Se Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 9936604
    Abstract: An option device for an electrical appliance of the invention is provided with a filter for purifying exhaust air from the electrical appliance, and an electric fan, wherein the air flow resistance in an external air inlet port formed independently of a suction port for sucking exhaust air from the electrical appliance is adjustable. According to this configuration, it is easy to secure balance between the exhaust air flow rate of the electrical appliance and the suction force by the electric fan without variably controlling the rotational speed of the electric fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tomoda, Shogo Asaoka, Naoki Matsui, Isao Kawakami, Shuan Yang
  • Patent number: 9931279
    Abstract: A heating system for heating neonate nutritional liquid, including a heater and a control module. The heater includes a heating portion having serpentine shaped grooves for receiving a tube. The tube may be a serpentine feeding tube module, having a serpentine tube portion, or a serpentine feeding tube cassette, having a serpentine tube portion covered by a rigidly attached polymeric sheet. The serpentine feeding tube cassette may include a thermocouple to measure the temperature of the warmed nutritional liquid as it exits the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Dongchul D. Hyun, Michael T. Fleury
  • Patent number: 9895202
    Abstract: A light system includes a main body defining an internal chamber, a lighting assembly secured to the main body, and an airflow circuit extending around a periphery of the lighting assembly. The lighting assembly includes at least one light unit configured to emit light. The airflow circuit is configured to direct airflow out of the main body underneath the lighting assembly. The lighting assembly also includes an air cleansing device that is configured to cleanse the air passing through the airflow circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SLD Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Joseph Schreiber
  • Patent number: 9867914
    Abstract: A medical fluid filter system is provided comprising a housing having: a liquid trap chamber having a volume; a filter media chamber; a filter media arranged within the filter media chamber; the liquid trap chamber having a liquid trap outlet port in fluid communication with the filter media chamber; the liquid trap outlet port configured and arranged within the liquid trap chamber to inhibit flow of liquid from the liquid trap chamber to the filter media chamber and configured and arranged to allow gas to flow from the liquid trap chamber to the filter media chamber; a filter system inlet passing through the housing for intake of fluid originating from a surgical site; and a filter system outlet passing through the housing for fluid exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Buffalo Filter LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Bonano, Gregory Pepe, Kyrylo Shvetsov
  • Patent number: 9861923
    Abstract: A honeycomb filter includes a plurality of cells and porous cell walls. The plurality of cells defines exhaust gas passages. The plurality of cells includes exhaust gas introduction cells and exhaust gas emission cells. Each of the exhaust gas emission cells is adjacently surrounded fully by the exhaust gas introduction cells across the porous cell walls. The exhaust gas introduction cells include first exhaust gas introduction cells and second exhaust gas introduction cells. A cross-sectional area of each of the exhaust gas emission cells in a cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the plurality of cells is equal to or larger than a cross-sectional area of each of the second exhaust gas introduction cells in the cross section. The exhaust gas introduction cells and the exhaust gas emission cells have one of a first structure and a second structure in the cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: IBIDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Shibata, Yuki Miwa
  • Patent number: 9861000
    Abstract: A ventilation structure (10A) includes a housing (50) having an opening portion (50a) and a ventilation member (1A) formed of a porous resin and attached to the housing (50) so as to cover the opening portion (50a). In the ventilation structure (10A), the ventilation member (1A) is fitted to a side surface (50d) of a projecting portion (50b) provided on an outer surface of a wall portion (50g) of the housing (50), with at least one of the projecting portion (50b) and the ventilation member (1A) being elastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoko Ishii, Youzou Yano, Kouji Furuuchi
  • Patent number: 9803514
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shaft, particularly a cam shaft (1), comprising a hollow shaft section (10) with at least one radial inlet opening (11a, 11b) for evacuating a gas through said hollow shaft section (10), and comprising a splash-guard device (4) arranged in the region of the radial inlet opening (11a, 11b) on the hollow shaft section (10). According to the invention, the splash-guard device (4) has a radially exposed cover with radial passage openings (8) and protrusions between said passage openings (8). The protrusions can, in particular, be in the form of ribs (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventor: Ulf Mueller
  • Patent number: 9784287
    Abstract: A filter frame is removably attachable to a box fan. The filter frame is adapted for receiving a standard HVAC-style filter for removing contaminants from air flow induced by the fan. In this manner, a cost-effective means for filtering a flow of air is provided for residential and commercial settings. The filter frame is adaptable to a variety of standard box fan types of different styles and dimensions. The frame is configured to accommodate standard filters, such as those readily available from retail hardware stores and home centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Zipwall, LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Whittemore
  • Patent number: 9707500
    Abstract: A material pre-separator with an intake side and an outlet side for a particle-contaminated air flow and with several strip-shaped separating elements that are arranged vertically on top of one another, wherein the separating elements are initially arranged from the top toward the bottom with an increasing positive angle relative to the vertical line and at least one lower separating element has a negative angle relative to the vertical line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ESTA Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Novosel, Bernhard Frank, Lisa Görmiller
  • Patent number: 9690307
    Abstract: A monitoring system is disclosed for a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) system of a residential or commercial building. The monitoring system includes an evaporator unit device including a first current sensor that measures current supplied to a circulator blower. The measured current from the first current sensor is used to diagnose a problem with the circulator blower. The monitoring system includes a first temperature sensor that measures refrigerant temperature between a condenser and an expansion valve. The monitoring system includes a second temperature sensor that measures refrigerant temperature between an evaporator and a compressor. The monitoring system includes a condenser unit device that communicates with the evaporator unit device. The condenser unit device includes a second current sensor that measures current supplied to the compressor. The evaporator unit device transmits sensor data to a remote monitoring service over a data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 9638372
    Abstract: An operating gas system for an underwater vehicle, particularly for a submarine or an unmanned underwater vehicle, includes a fuel cell system and an operating gas vessel connected in terms of flow to the fuel cell system. In order to achieve simple and efficient storage of boil-off gasses, a gas-receiving device is also provided and is connected to the operating gas vessel. The gas-receiving device contains a sorbent for receiving boil-off gas from the operating gas vessel. The boil-off gas, which is produced in the operating vessel with an operating gas for the fuel cell system and which cannot be consumed directly in the fuel cell reaction, is therefore collected and stored with the aid of the sorbent in the gas-receiving device. A method for operating an operating gas system and an underwater vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Joachim Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9573088
    Abstract: A method for filtering air of about 1 to about 10 microns particles at a greater than 40% filtering efficiency is provided. The method includes providing an air filtering device having a base, a fan functionally attached to the base, an air filter releasably attached to the base, and a substantially air impermeable outer sleeve; and activating the device for at least about 20 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Steven James Schroeck, Jessica Elizabeth Leon, Paolo Dal Bo, Uwe Schober
  • Patent number: 9498745
    Abstract: Acid mist is extracted from electrolytic cells and conveyed to a first device for trapping electrolyte droplets and condensing the hazardous contaminating sulfuric acid vapors, then gaseous discharges are collected in a manifold, and the first devices are either connected directly to a second multi-chamber device for condensing the acid waste vapors that have not been trapped, which is connected to a gas extractor system which exhausts said gas either directly to the atmosphere or to a chemical treatment system for purification prior to discharge; or alternatively, the manifold discharges directly to an extractor system, which in turn discharges either directly to a centralized waste gas and vapor removal system or to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Victor Eduardo Vidaurre Heiremans
  • Patent number: 9415160
    Abstract: A medical fluid filter system includes a housing having a liquid trap chamber having a volume, a filter media chamber, and a filter media arranged within the filter media chamber. The liquid trap chamber has a liquid trap outlet port in fluid communication with the filter media chamber. The liquid trap outlet port is configured and arranged within the liquid trap chamber to inhibit flow of liquid from the liquid trap chamber to the filter media chamber and configured and arranged to allow gas to flow from the liquid trap chamber to the filter media chamber. A filter system inlet passes through the housing for intake of fluid originating from a surgical site, and a filter system outlet passes through the housing for fluid exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Buffalo Filter LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Bonano, Anthony Lizauckas, III, Gregory Pepe, Kyrylo Shvetsov
  • Patent number: 9376931
    Abstract: A turbomachine passage cleaning system includes a first airflow passage having a first inlet configured and disposed to fluidly connect to a compressor portion, a first outlet configured and disposed to fluidly connect to a turbine portion, and a first intermediate portion including a first strainer. A second airflow passage is fluidly coupled to the first airflow passage. The second airflow passage has a second intermediate portion having second strainer. A first valve is arranged in the first intermediate portion upstream from the first strainer, and a second valve is arranged in the second intermediate portion upstream from the second strainer. The first and second valves are selectively operated to control fluid flow into respective ones of the first and second airflow passages to filter air passing from a turbomachine compressor portion to a turbomachine turbine portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arun Meenakshinatha Iyer, Douglas Scott Byrd, Gary Michael Itzel, Jaime Javier Maldonado
  • Patent number: 9370765
    Abstract: Solid sorbents, systems, and methods for pumping, storage, and purification of gases are disclosed. They derive from the dynamics of porous and free convection for specific gas/sorbent combinations and use space filling polyhedral microliths with facial aplanarities to produce sorbent arrays with interpenetrating interstitial manifolds of voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKPAK, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Haaland
  • Patent number: 9279399
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the flow of air to an intake port of an engine is described that includes a flexible intake manifold runner comprised of helically wound braids. In one example, the length and cross-sectional area are mechanically interlinked. In this way, the flexible intake manifold runner can be tuned over a wider operating band while maintaining a lower cost design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Fabros
  • Patent number: 9134274
    Abstract: A discharge ionization current detector is provided with a dielectric tube through which plasma generating gas flows, a plasma generating unit formed from one section of the dielectric tube in a flow direction of the plasma generating gas, a casing connected to a lower end portion, in the flow direction of the plasma generating gas, of the dielectric tube, a sample ionization unit provided inside the casing, and an ion current detection unit for detecting a sample component ionized by the sample ionization unit. The lower end, in the flow direction of the plasma generating gas, of the dielectric tube protrudes into the space inside the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Uchiyama