Interior Of Enclosure Cooled; E.g., Refrigerator Patents (Class 62/3.6)
  • Patent number: 10731878
    Abstract: A computer-implemented mitigation and warning method, system, and computer program product including detecting an enclosure temperature via an enclosure temperature probe and activating, via a controller, a thermoelectric device when the enclosure temperature exceeds a predetermined threshold temperature to transfer heat between an enclosure and a phase change material (PCM) to cause the PCM to change phase and cool the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ayushmaan Aggarwal, Bishwaranjan Bhattacharjee, Niharika Bhattacharjee, Aadi Gupta Bhattacharya, Raka Bose, Anshul Gupta, Deepta Bhattacharya Gupta, Renuka Muralidhar, Elina Rani
  • Patent number: 10670323
    Abstract: A portable cooler container with active temperature control system is provided. The active temperature control system is operated to heat or cool a chamber of a vessel to approach a temperature set point suitable for a medication stored in the cooler container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ember Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Alexander, Daren John Leith, Mikko Juhani Timperi, Christopher Thomas Wakeham, Jacob William Emmert, Joseph Lyle Koch, Frank Victor Baumann, Clifton Texas Lin, Farzam Roknaldin, Mark Channing Stabb
  • Patent number: 10667637
    Abstract: A system having a beverage coaster with a receiving coil that can be magnetically coupled or decoupled from a driving coil in a counter, table, bar, and the like. The coaster may be magnetically coupled to the table by moving the coaster into an area where the driving coil generates a magnetic field of sufficient strength. The coaster also includes a switch that activated or deactivated based on its proximity to a magnet in the table. The coaster has a metallic plate on which may be positioned a beverage container. The plate is thermally and mechanically coupled to a Peltier cell that either cools or heats the plate, depending on the state of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Goodson, Christian Ross Goodson
  • Patent number: 10661990
    Abstract: An automated cryogenic storage system includes a freezer and an automation system to provide automated transfer of samples to and from the freezer. The freezer includes a bearing and a drive shaft though the freezer, the drive shaft being coupled to a rack carrier inside the freezer and adapted to be coupled to a motor. The automation module includes a rack puller that is automatically positioned above an access port of the freezer. The rack puller engages with a sample rack within the freezer, and elevates the rack into an insulating sleeve external to the freezer. From the insulating sleeve, samples can be added to and removed from the sample rack before it is returned to the freezer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BROOKS AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Robert T. Caveney, Frank Hunt, Lingchen Sun, Julian D. Warhurst, Bruce S. Zandi, Anthony C. Bonora
  • Patent number: 10618692
    Abstract: A stackable case includes a cooling and/or heating device, such as a Peltier element, so that the stackable case can be used as a cooler and/or warmer for storing beverages, food, etc. A power source device, in which a plurality of battery packs is housed, supplies power to the Peltier element and one or more fans. The power supply device has latches for detachably joining or linking it to the stackable case in a stacked manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shiro Hori, Atsushi Hori
  • Patent number: 10613080
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and systems for use at the point of care. The methods devices of the invention are directed toward automatic detection of analytes in a bodily fluid. The components of the device are modular to allow for flexibility and robustness of use with the disclosed methods for a variety of medical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Theranos IP Company, LLC
    Inventors: Tammy Burd, Ian Gibbons, Elizabeth A. Holmes, Gary Frenzel, Anthony Joseph Nugent
  • Patent number: 10610451
    Abstract: This invention relates to a portable temperature controlled container comprising a body having a storage compartment, an opening to permit access to the storage compartment and an insulated lid. The container comprises a fan, a heat sink and a first thermoelectric device, as well as a first phase change material and a second thermoelectric device in thermal communication with both the first phase change material and the storage compartment. The second thermoelectric device in thermal communication with both the first phase change material and the storage compartment is operable to transfer energy in the form of heat between the storage compartment and the first phase change material. The thermoelectric devices can be Peltier elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DeltaTrak Inc.
    Inventor: David Gray
  • Patent number: 10582790
    Abstract: A bottle storage includes a container that contains a bottle; a cooling-warming apparatus provided to surround a position where the bottle is contained; and an image capturer that captures an image of the bottle contained in the container. The cooling-warming apparatus has a gap at least at a portion of the cooling-warming apparatus corresponding to at least a part of an image capturing region of the image capturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yuki, Masahiro Ishii, Akira Kataoka, Rinako Kamei, Toyoshi Kamisako, Masanori Fukata
  • Patent number: 10527339
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet, a door, a secondary liner, and a heat exchange case. The cabinet may include an internal liner defining a freezer chamber and a fresh food chamber. The door may be attached to the cabinet. The secondary liner may be attached to the cabinet and define a sub-compartment in fluid isolation from the freezer chamber and the fresh food chamber. The heat exchange case may be attached to the internal liner at the freezer chamber in conductive thermal communication therewith. The heat exchange case may at least partially define a convection compartment along a portion of the internal liner. The convection compartment may be defined in fluid isolation from the freezer and in fluid communication with the sub-compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Hunter, Stephanos Kyriacou, Stephen Bernard Froelicher
  • Patent number: 10492629
    Abstract: A refrigerator (10) includes a housing (12) having an opening (14). A cabinet (36) is movable to extend in closing relation with the opening and to be disposed away from the opening. A door (46) including a transparent panel (50) is movable to close both a cabinet opening (42) and the housing opening (14). Items stored in the cabinet area are viewable through the door with the door in a cabinet closed position. The door is movable to enable access to items stored in the cabinet. The cabinet is movable to access items in a storage area normally behind the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DANBY PRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Bryan Stuart Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10458684
    Abstract: An active temperature controlled container is configured to be portable so as to safely transport temperature sensitive and perishable goods (such as biological material): within a vessel that is thermally coupled to a thermoelectric assembly disposed within the container, where the thermoelectric assembly is powered by a battery. The battery is secured within a compartment in an outer portion of the housing of the container in a way that the battery may be removed to be recharged, inspected, swapped out for another battery or power source, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ambassador Asset Management Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Alp Ilercil
  • Patent number: 10290368
    Abstract: A system and method for bulk encoding medical items in a tracking system in a healthcare facility comprises attaching to each of a plurality of identical medical items a blank RFID tag. When activated simultaneously, the serial numbers of all RFID tags on all the identical medical items are read and their serial numbers are associated with the pre-stored characteristics of the medical item in a data base. The RFID tags are blank in that they include no human-readable data concerning the medical article to which the RFID tag is attached. A data mining system and method are provided for mining the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy C. Caputo
  • Patent number: 10222312
    Abstract: A cryogenic temperature controller assembly includes a controller and a thermostatic block that has a chamber for receiving a sample holder therein. The thermostatic block has a heat sink with an exposed surface for exposure to a cryogenic fluid. A heater is disposed intermediate the exposed surface and the chamber. The heater is connected to the controller. A temperature probe is disposed in the thermostatic block. The probe is connected to the controller. The controller regulates the heater based on an actual temperature from the probe to maintain a predetermined set point temperature in the thermostatic block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Anton Paar Quantatec, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Gadea Ramos, Sean C. Lacov, Brandegee C. Pierce, Armando H. Solar-Schultz, Matthias Thommes, Karl M. Wahlfrid, Albert J. Woodcock
  • Patent number: 10208998
    Abstract: A bottom mount household refrigerator is provided with an apparatus to permit the dispensing of ice. According to one embodiment, a sealed ice making compartment is provided within the fresh food compartment. The sealed ice making compartment may be located at the bottom, at the top, or along a side wall within the fresh food compartment. According to another embodiment, ice is made in the ice compartment, and lifted upward to a dispensing location through the door of the fresh food compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph R. Adamski, Jason Colsch, Tim L. Coulter, Glenn E. Goetz, Steven G. Herndon, Todd E. Kniffen, Bill J. Koons, Lou Montuoro, John H. Tenhundfeld, David Thalacker, Brett Vladika
  • Patent number: 10012417
    Abstract: A method of controlling a heat exchanger including thermoelectric coolers to maintain set point temperature of a chamber. The method includes receiving temperature data indicative of a temperature of the chamber and selectively controlling two or more subsets of thermoelectric coolers based on the temperature of the chamber. Selectively controlling the two or more subsets includes operating each thermoelectric cooler in a first subset at or near the point where the coefficient of performance is maximized (QCOPmax) by providing a current or voltage with amplitude corresponding to QCOPmax (ICOPmax, VCOPmax) when the temperature of the chamber is within a predefined steady state range including the set point temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Phononic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Edwards, Robert Joseph Therrien, M. Sean June
  • Patent number: 9983143
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus includes a container configured to contain a coolant within a space. The apparatus further includes a cooling block positioned substantially within the space and having a high heat capacity such that the space not occupied by the cooling block is filled with a coolant to a level at or below the top of the cooling block, and a placement structure having high thermal conductivity positioned on top of the cooling block and outside of the space. A method for cooling an object is also provided, which includes inserting a coolant into a container configured to contain the coolant within a space, and placing the object on a placement structure outside the space. For this method, the placement structure has a high thermal conductivity and is coupled to a cooling block, the cooling block having a high heat capacity and positioned substantially within the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Gemological Institute of America, Inc. (GIA)
    Inventors: Shane Elen, Matt Hall, Wuyi Wang
  • Patent number: 9829220
    Abstract: Disclosed are a heat exchanger and a method of manufacturing a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger may include a plurality of three-step tubes, each having a three-layered section and each having a liquid passage at a middle portion and module insertion spaces at opposite sides of the liquid passage, a plurality of thermoelectric modules inserted into the module insertion spaces, a plurality of cooling fins coupled to an outer surface of each of the three-step tubes, and an upper tank and a lower tank coupled to an upper side and a lower side of the three-step tubes to be fluidically communicated with the liquid passages of the three-step tubes. The three-step tubes and the cooling fins may be stacked laterally with respect to each other. The three-step tubes, the cooling fins, the upper tank, and the lower tank may be brazed by a same filler material comprising a metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woo Park, June Kyu Park, Jae Woong Kim, Eun Young Seo, Yong Nam Ahn
  • Patent number: 9798994
    Abstract: A logistics system for monitoring and signaling the thermal condition of unit loads of PCM panels during a thermal conditioning cycle as between deep frozen, thermally dampened frozen, and thermally spent, and method of managing thermal conditioning of PCM panels utilizing such signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PELICAN BIOTHERMAL LLC
    Inventor: William T. Mayer
  • Patent number: 9683771
    Abstract: A refrigerator that has a refrigerating compartment and a freezer compartment. A refrigerating compartment door covers at least a portion of the refrigerating compartment. An ice compartment located in the refrigerating compartment is located on the refrigerating compartment door. An air delivery system is connected to the ice compartment and a source of below 0 decree C air when the refrigerating compartment door is dosed. An ice maker is located in the ice compartment and a dispenser is located on the refrigerating compartment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Anselmino, Nihat O. Cur, Marcus R. Fischer, T. V. Kulkarni, Douglas D. Leclear, Frank W. Maglinger, Jim J. Pastryk
  • Patent number: 9553083
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to control a heat flow is provided. The apparatus may include a semiconductor device region formed in a matrix; a heat rectifier region formed adjacent to the semiconductor device region; and a heat flow blocker formed in at least one region contacting the semiconductor device region and the heat rectifier region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SNU R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Yeonsang Park, Byoungho Lee, Sungwoo Hwang, Younggeun Roh, Changwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9528730
    Abstract: A bottom mount refrigerator is provided including a thermal battery or phase change material positioned within the refrigerator or freezer in order to increase energy efficiency and compartment sizes of the refrigerator. The thermal battery can be used with an ice maker to aid in removing heat from the water in the ice maker to produce ice. Furthermore, the phase change material or thermal battery may be used with a thermoelectric cooler to aid in ice production. The phase change material may be tuned to various temperatures according to the desired use of the phase change material, as well as the location of the thermal battery or phase change material. Other embodiments include positioning the phase change material in the liner of the compartments or in thermal storage units in order to further increase the energy efficiency of the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick J. Boarman
  • Patent number: 9504338
    Abstract: A display case door for a product storage device includes a transparent unit through which products within the product storage device are visible. The transparent unit includes a transparent LCD panel configured to present visual media content. The display case door further includes an electrical hinge pin rotatably coupling the display case door to the product storage device and one or more electrical conductors extending through the electrical hinge pin. The electrical conductors deliver the visual media content to the transparent LCD panel from a remote data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Mark Sandnes
  • Patent number: 9459041
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator including a main body provided with a storage chamber; a door to respectively open and close the storage chamber; a control unit installed the door to select an operation; a reception part provided in the door to receive the control unit; and an installation hole provided on a side end of the door to cause the control unit to be inserted into the reception part. The control unit is installed through the side end of the door, which is deviated from a user's line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Gwi Park, Joo Hee Song, Yong Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 9459036
    Abstract: A sample cooling device is provided with, inside a sample storage which stores therein a sample rack, a first heat transfer member arranged at a position in contact with the sample rack, a second heat transfer member which cools the inside of the sample storage, and a condensate discharge mechanism which discharges condensate condensing on the second heat transfer member to the outside of the sample storage. An internal space of the sample storage is not sealed due to the existence of a leak path for air formed between the inside and the outside of the sample storage, the leak path including at least the channel. The sample storage includes an outside air introduction unit which forcibly blows the outside air into the internal space so that the pressure inside the sample storage becomes higher than the outside pressure thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9341394
    Abstract: A thermoelectric refrigeration system including at least one cooling chamber and a thermoelectric heat exchange system. The thermoelectric heat exchange system includes cascaded heat sinks. The cascaded heat sinks include cascaded cold side heat sinks and a hot side heat sink. The cascaded cold side heat sinks include a first cold side heat sink and a second cold side heat sink. The thermoelectric heat exchange system also includes a first plurality of thermoelectric coolers disposed between the first cold side heat sink and the second cold side heat sink and a second plurality of thermoelectric coolers disposed between the second cold side heat sink and the hot side heat sink. Each thermoelectric cooler is a module including multiple thermoelectric devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Phononic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Edwards, M. Sean June, Robert Joseph Therrien, Abhishek Yadav
  • Patent number: 9335083
    Abstract: A pivotable guard includes a guard surface configured to be mounted to a bin such that the guard surface is pivotable about an axis; and the bin including at least one side wall and a rear wall. The guard surface is configured to pivot between a lowered position relative to the bin and a raised position relative to the bin higher than the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Cory Jerome Tafoya, Kyle Pfeffenberger, Matthew Keith Sease, Barry Waddilove, Mark Wayne Wilson
  • Patent number: 9310111
    Abstract: A thermoelectric refrigeration system includes a heat exchanger that includes a cold side heat sink and a hot side heat sink. The thermoelectric refrigeration system also includes a heat exchange loop coupled to one of the cold side heat sink and the hot side heat sink, the heat exchange loop operating according to thermosiphon principles to provide passive two-phase transport of a working fluid through the heat exchange loop. The thermoelectric refrigeration system also includes thermal insulation that thermally insulates the heat exchanger from a cooling chamber of the thermoelectric refrigeration system or an environment that is external to the thermoelectric refrigeration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Phononic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Edwards, M. Sean June, Robert Joseph Therrien, Abhishek Yadav
  • Patent number: 9294707
    Abstract: A television may include a main body, an additional electronic unit installed at an outside of the main body, at least one port allowing which is configured to connect a connector of a cable for communication with the an additional external electronic unit to the main body be connected thereto; and at least one heat transfer member to receive which is configured to receive and transfer heat transferred from the at least one port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Ki Kim, Yong Jin Kim, Byung Joo Paek, Jeong Roh Lee, Woo Sung In
  • Patent number: 9268376
    Abstract: An improved electronic communications system 100 features a holder assembly 104 such as a mobile computing device dock station 106 and dock heat exchanger providing an external heat sink 162 which when coupled with a user-friendly heat transfer device 164 such as a heat pipe can transfer heat from internal electronic components 146, 148 and 154 and an internal heat sink 157 of an electronic communications device 102, such as a cellular phone or mobile computing device, via a special headset jack-heat pipe interface 167 to help cool the electronic communications device 102. The electronic communications device 102 can also include one or more thermal couplings 158-160 for coupling and providing a thermal pathway(s) from at least one of the internal electronic components 146, 148 and 154 to the internal heat sink 157.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David A. Winkler, Morris B. Bowers, Maninder S. Sehmbey
  • Patent number: 9222718
    Abstract: An insulated icemaking compartment is provided in the fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. The icemaking compartment may be integrally formed with the liner of the fresh food compartment, or alternatively, may be modular for installation anywhere in the fresh food compartment. A removable bin assembly with a front cover normally seals the icemaking compartment to maintain the temperature in the compartment. A cold air duct formed in the rear wall of the refrigerator supplies cold air from the freezer compartment to the icemaking compartment. A return air duct directs a portion of the air from the icemaking compartment back to the freezer compartment. An air vent in the icemaking compartment directs another portion of air into the fresh food compartment. A control system provides for controlling refrigerator functions in a manner that promotes energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tim L. Coulter, Thomas E. Gose, Steven G. Herndon, James H. Jenkins, Jr., Bill J. Koons, Brent A. Kramer, Scott W. Leimkuehler, Dean A. Martin, Alvin V. Miller, Kevin Lee Noel, Mauro M. Oliveira, Lester J. Ott, Ron S. Paulsen, Chad J. Rotter, David Allen Stauffer, Kyle B. Van Meter, Alan M. Welch, Robert L. Wetekamp
  • Patent number: 9212843
    Abstract: A refrigerator may include a refrigerator cabinet in at least one enclosure that can be mounted in different locations within the cabinet. The enclosure also can have targeted, independently controlled temperature provided to it. This allows the refrigerator to be highly customizable and reconfigurable according to desire or need. For example, an ice maker ice bin can be mounted in different positions within the cabinet, including door mount, refrigerated food compartment mount or freezer mount. Alternatively, specialized enclosures for such things as can chilling, milk chilling, meat chilling, or even thawing can be placed in multiple locations in the cabinet according to need or desire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick J. Boarman
  • Patent number: 9103572
    Abstract: A thermoelectric system includes a cooling chamber and a thermoelectric heat exchange system. The thermoelectric heat exchange system includes a hot side heat sink, a cold side heat sink that is physically separated from the hot side heat sink, and a heat conduit that thermally couples the hot side heat sink and the cold side heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Phononic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Edwards, Robert Joseph Therrien, M. Sean June
  • Publication number: 20150144299
    Abstract: A vessel cup assembly 98 for receiving a chemical and/or biological reaction process vessel 200 containing reactants and processing the reaction therein includes a reaction vessel receiving portion 100, a heater portion 101, and a cooling portion 102, wherein the assembly is of integral construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Nelson Nazareth, David Edge, Antony Drtscoll
  • Publication number: 20150143823
    Abstract: A refrigeration system for vaccine storage and/or transportation includes an inner chassis. One or more vertical lift carriages are positioned in the inner chassis and can house a plurality of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and/or other perishable items. Each vertical lift carriage is contained in an isothermal chamber. One or more isothermal chambers surround a phase change reservoir (PCR), which is positioned at a central location of the inner chassis and contains frozen water or another phase change material. A thermal attenuation layer can be disposed between the PCR and each isothermal chamber to moderate energy transfer between the chamber and the PCR, thereby controlling the temperature range in each isothermal chamber. Methods for making and using the refrigeration system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan Slack, Howdy Goudey, Reshma Singh, Shashi Buluswar, Ashok Gadgil
  • Patent number: 9027360
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for facilitating cooling of an electronic component. The apparatus includes a liquid-cooled structure, a thermal conduction path coupling the electronic component and the liquid-cooled structure, a coolant loop in fluid communication with a coolant-carrying channel of the liquid-cooled structure, and an outdoor-air-cooled heat exchange unit coupled to facilitate heat transfer from the liquid-cooled structure via, at least in part, the coolant loop. The thermoelectric array facilitates transfer of heat from the electronic component to the liquid-cooled structure, and the heat exchange unit cools coolant passing through the coolant loop by dissipating heat from the coolant to outdoor ambient air. In one implementation, temperature of coolant entering the liquid-cooled structure is greater than temperature of the outdoor ambient air to which heat is dissipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Chainer, David P. Graybill, Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Vinod Kamath, Bejoy J. Kochuparambil, Roger R. Schmidt, Mark E. Steinke
  • Patent number: 9016070
    Abstract: A bottom mount refrigerator is provided including a thermal battery or phase change material positioned within the refrigerator or freezer in order to increase energy efficiency and compartment sizes of the refrigerator. The thermal battery can be used with an ice maker to aid in removing heat from the water in the ice maker to produce ice. Furthermore, the phase change material or thermal battery may be used with a thermoelectric cooler to aid in ice production. The phase change material may be tuned to various temperatures according to the desired use of the phase change material, as well as the location of the thermal battery or phase change material. Other embodiments include positioning the phase change material in the liner of the compartments or in thermal storage units in order to further increase the energy efficiency of the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick J. Boarman
  • Publication number: 20150107272
    Abstract: A temperature adjustment device includes: at least one first Peltier unit having a heat absorption surface and a heat release surface; at least one second Peltier unit having a heat absorption surface and a heat release surface; a controller which controls the drive currents of the first Peltier unit and the second Peltier unit; a primary circulation mechanism which circulates a primary refrigerant between a first heat release block and a heat absorption block; at least one second heat release block which has a flow path through which a secondary refrigerant flows, receives heat from the heat release surface of the second Peltier unit and transmits the heat to the secondary refrigerant; a heat exchanger which receives the secondary refrigerant discharged from the second heat release block and releases heat; and a secondary circulation mechanism which circulates the secondary refrigerant between the second heat release block and the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: KEENUSDESIGN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichi Tachibana, Shinichiro Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20150107270
    Abstract: A heating and cooling cup holder may include a holder body having an opened upper end and a blast hole formed in a side surface of the holder body into which wind is introduced, a heat exchanging body having a front surface coupled to an outer side surface of the holder body to cover the blast hole and having an inlet formed in one side surface of the heat exchanging body to allow the wind introduced through the inlet to be heat-exchanged, a first peltier element having a front surface coupled to a rear surface of the heat exchanging body, a heat dissipating module coupled to a rear surface of the first peltier element, a second peltier element having an upper surface coupled to a lower surface of the holder body, and a heat pipe heat-exchangeably connecting a lower surface of the second peltier element to the heat dissipating module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, KBAUTOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong KIM, Jae Woo PARK, Jae Hoon KIM
  • Patent number: 9010129
    Abstract: A space efficient system especially suited for use as an entirely self-contained stand-alone unit usable in any of multiple contexts where heating or cooling of a defined-volume or enclosure is required. Hot or cold sides of the thermoelectric assemblies face toward one another into a central airflow that enters and exits a housing through a top or bottom of the housing that faces into the enclosure, and the opposite sides of the thermoelectric modules face into channels on opposite sides of the central airflow. The channels can be connected to intake and exhaust air through a common end of the housing, or be separated to individually intake and exhaust air at opposing ends of the housing. Fastener-free mounting of components between insulation shells that cooperate with the thermoelectric assemblies to define the channel boundaries results in tool-free configurability of components for servicing, maintaining, reconfiguring, scaling or customizing of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Harvey D. Lilke
  • Publication number: 20150089961
    Abstract: A temperature-controlled storage module is disclosed. In one embodiment, a storage module is provided comprising a memory, a temperature sensor, a thermoelectric cooler, and a controller. The controller compares a temperature reading from the temperature sensor to a target temperature. If the temperature reading differs from the target temperature, the controller activates the thermoelectric cooler. For example, if the temperature reading is higher than the target temperature, the thermoelectric cooler can be activated to cool the memory. This allows the memory (e.g., NAND die(s)) to operate in a narrow range of temperatures providing better system tradeoffs on memory (e.g., NAND) characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Yacov Duzly, Alon Marcu
  • Patent number: 8991203
    Abstract: It is an object to provide an electrostatic atomizing apparatus which is simply structured, is easy to assemble, is low in cost, has clogging resistance against foreign matter, can be used for a long time, and is highly reliable, or a home electrical appliance such as a refrigerator, air conditioner, etc. including the electrostatic atomizing apparatus. A discharge electrode formed of foam metal, whereto water that attaches to a surface is supplied by capillary action, a counter electrode provided so as to be opposed to the discharge electrode, and a water supply that is provided directly above the discharge electrode via a predetermined clearance, supplying water to the discharge electrode or the electrode holding part, are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Okabe, Katsumasa Sakamoto, Reiji Morioka, Masumi Handa, Hiroshi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8991194
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to controlling multiple Thermoelectric Coolers (TECs) to maintain a set point temperature of a chamber. In one embodiment, a controller receives temperature data corresponding to a temperature of the chamber. Based on the temperature data, the controller selectively controls two or more subsets of the TECs to maintain the temperature of the chamber at a desired set point temperature. In this manner, the controller is enabled to control the TECs such that the TECs operate to efficiently maintain the temperature of the chamber at the set point temperature. In another embodiment, the controller selects one or more control schemes enabled by the controller based on temperature data and a desired performance profile. The controller then independently controls one or more subsets of the TECs according to the selected control scheme(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Phononic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Edwards, M. Sean June, Robert Joseph Therrien, Abhishek Yadav
  • Patent number: 8978391
    Abstract: A method for generating a thermal flow from a thermal module comprising at least two magnetocaloric elements connected, two-by-two, through which a heat transfer fluid flows and is exposed to a magnetic field. The circulation exposes alternating elements of the magnetocaloric elements to an opposite variation in the magnetic field, and causes the transfer fluid to circulate simultaneously and in opposite directions in such a manner that the fluid flowing out of one of the magnetocaloric elements, at the end of a heating phase, is circulated, during the following phase, in the following magnetocaloric elements exposed to heating, while the fluid flowing out of one of the magnetocaloric elements, at the end of a cooling phase, is circulated in the following element exposed to cooling, and conversely. The heat transfer fluid is stored an intermediate receiving area. This invention also relates to a thermal generator implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cooltech Applications SAS
    Inventors: Christian Muller, Jean-Claude Heitzler
  • Publication number: 20150033764
    Abstract: A thermoelectric unit including thermoelectric modules, cold side fins, a heat sink, a hot side heat absorption element, and an electronic controller. The heat absorption element includes a metal heat transfer structure, phase change material (PCM) and heat exchange medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: DOUBLE COOL LTD.
    Inventors: Alexander Gurevich, Isaac Steiner
  • Publication number: 20150013347
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a liquid temperature controlling system and, more particularly, to a modular liquid temperature controlling system that is structured and/or configured to cool a volume of liquid stored in a container through direct contact with a portion of the system which utilizes at least one thermoelectric device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: BREWJACKET, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Walls, Matthew Goff, Evgeniy Tkachenko
  • Patent number: 8917503
    Abstract: A heat dissipation device is mounted in a chassis of an information handling apparatus. The heat dissipation device includes a box and a cooling member, a first heat sink, a second heat sink, and a fan received in the box. A partitioning plate mounted inside the box. The box includes defines two air passage arranged at opposite sides of the partitioning plate. The cooling member is fixed to the partitioning plate. The first and second heat sinks are respectively received in the first and second air passages, and respectively abut cold and hot sides of the cooling member. The fan drives air to flow into the box through the first air passage to be cooled by the first heat sink. At the same time, the fan drives air to flow into the box through the second air passage to absorb heat from the second heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiang Chen
  • Publication number: 20140366560
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for quickly drying porous materials. A sealable chamber is connected to a cold trap which is connected to a vacuum pump. A sample is placed inside the sealable chamber. The vacuum pump is turned on and air is evacuated through the cold trap to the vacuum pump. An infrared lamp may be used to heat the chamber and sample therein directly or heated air may be allowed to enter the sealable chamber. Air may be drawn directly from the sealable chamber to the vacuum pump bypassing the cold trap. Various parameters may be used to determine if the drying process is complete, including the degree of vacuum achieved in the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Tianqing He, Ali Regimand, Lawrence H. James, Peter D. Muse
  • Publication number: 20140352329
    Abstract: Regulated cooling devices are described herein that are sized, shaped and calibrated for use with a substantially thermally sealed storage container. In some embodiments, the regulated cooling devices include a cooling region, an adiabatic region, a lid region, and an electronics unit attached to the lid region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Bloedow, Ryan Calderon, David Gasperino, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Shieng Liu, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Nathan John Pegram, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Ozgur Emek Yildirim
  • Patent number: RE45779
    Abstract: In one aspect, an icemaker for making ice in a fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator comprises a freezer compartment comprising a freezer door, and a fresh food compartment located over the freezer compartment and comprising a fresh food door. The fresh food door comprises an ice dispenser. An ice maker is located in the fresh food compartment, and the ice maker comprises an ice mold, and a thermoelectric device for moving heat from the ice mold. The mold is positioned so that ice from the mold can be dispensed by the ice dispenser in the fresh food door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Joseph Najewicz
  • Patent number: RE48115
    Abstract: A display case door for a product storage device includes a transparent unit through which products within the product storage device are visible. The transparent unit includes a transparent LCD panel configured to present visual media content. The display case door further includes an electrical hinge pin rotatably coupling the display case door to the product storage device and one or more electrical conductors extending through the electrical hinge pin. The electrical conductors deliver the visual media content to the transparent LCD panel from a remote data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Mark Sandnes