Cooled Enclosure Patents (Class 62/440)
  • Patent number: 10951047
    Abstract: A container having a battery and one or more active systems for maintaining temperature or other characteristics of goods stored within the container relies on a battery to maintain those active systems during transit. The size of the battery required for such applications may be reduced by providing access to external power during a shipment cycle. For example, shelves within transit vehicles or warehouses can supply electricity to the active systems via a wireless or wired connection, or they may recharge the container's battery, or both. The container may also have data bridging capabilities that use short range wireless technology to communicate with nearby devices that have access to other data streams, such as GPS data and internet connectivity. When bridged with a provider, the container may have access to new data streams, or may be able to disable internal devices providing those same data streams to conserve power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Doubleday Acquisitions LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Peter Neeld
  • Patent number: 10712056
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention provide an air cooling system. The air cooling system may include a solar energy gathering component that drives a cooling system. The air cooling system may include an absorption cooling system or a thermoelectric cooling system. The cooling system may include a solar collector matched with an air venting system. The cooling unit may hang on the inside of a window or on another vertical surface and utilize the heat and/or radiation from the sun to activate a cooling mechanism that, in turn, provides cooling via the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Solar Snow Corporation
    Inventor: Harold Finkleman
  • Patent number: 10602751
    Abstract: A countertop produce-preservation device is provided herein. The countertop produce-preservation device may include a housing, a refrigeration system, and one or more selectively-removable support shelves. The housing may extend along a vertical direction from a top portion to a bottom portion. The housing may define a preservation chamber. The refrigeration system may be in thermal communication with the housing to draw heat therefrom. The selectively-removable support shelves may be movably positioned within the preservation chamber and define one or more discrete sub-chambers within the preservation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Symon James Harrah, Daniel Carballo
  • Patent number: 10500809
    Abstract: A thermally insulating planar component that extends in an extension plane and has a structural thickness orthogonal to the extension plane, the dimensions of the component in the extension plane being many times greater than its thickness measurement orthogonal to the extension plane, the component comprising a vacuum panel having an air-tight, evacuated metal foil envelope that is filled with highly dispersed ceramic powder, the metal foil envelope having two planar envelope walls arranged spaced from one another in the thickness direction and connected to one another by an edge region that spans the distance between the planar envelope walls in the thickness direction, each planar envelope wall having an inner surface that faces the other planar envelope wall and the highly dispersed ceramic powder and an outer surface that faces away from the other planar envelope wall and the highly dispersed ceramic powder is refined such that at least one of the planar envelope walls is designed in at least one deforma
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Pfaffelhuber
  • Patent number: 9671148
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling a containerized fluid apparatus has a refrigerant-delivery assembly axially depending from a handle assembly. The handle assembly forms a receptacle for receiving a canister of refrigerant such as pressurized liquid carbon dioxide (CO2). The refrigerant-delivery assembly comprises a supply tube through which refrigerant is fed from the canister in the handle assembly to a refrigerant-containment compartment enclosing an exit port of the supply tube and entry ports of one or more expansion tubes. The refrigerant-containment compartment places the supply tube in fluid-flow communication with the expansion tubes. The expansion tubes are rotatable about the axis of the supply tube. The expansion tubes are made to rotate by either a nozzle-turbine feature or a motor-and-gear subassembly. As refrigerant expands in the expansion tubes it takes on heat in accordance with thermodynamic properties thereby cooling the containerized fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald J. Monroe, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9671055
    Abstract: To provide a vacuum heat insulating material having good heat insulating characteristics and capable of forming a corner part with high reliability. The vacuum heat insulating material includes a core material including an inorganic fiber assembly, and an outer covering member covering at least one surface of the core material, the inside of which is decompressed and sealed, in which the outer covering member includes an outermost resin layer and radiation prevention layers positioned inside the resin layer, in which the radiation prevention layers have an overlapping part where at least two or more radiation prevention layers are stacked at apart thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Nishikawa, Akira Takara
  • Patent number: 9464376
    Abstract: A washing machine including an attachment groove on or in a top portion or surface of a cabinet; a joint member coupled to the cabinet and in the attachment groove; a door configured to open and close an inlet of the cabinet, and a damper connected to the joint member and configured to adjust or control a rotational speed of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Dae Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9334859
    Abstract: A helium management control system for controlling the helium refrigerant supply from a common manifold supplies cryogenic refrigerators with an appropriate helium supply. The system employs sensors to monitor and regulate the overall refrigerant supply. An appropriate supply of helium is distributed to each cryopump. If the total refrigeration supply exceeds the demand, or consumption, excess refrigerant is directed to cryogenic refrigerators which can utilize the excess helium to complete a current cooling function more quickly. If the total refrigeration demand exceeds the total refrigeration supply, the refrigerant supply to some or all of the cryogenic refrigerators will be reduced accordingly so that detrimental or slowing effects are minimized based upon the current cooling function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Dresens, Gary S. Ash, Allen J. Bartlett, Bruce R. Andeen, Y. Roberto Than, Joseph Chopy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9097691
    Abstract: A sample processing system is configured for analyzing, preprocessing, or carrying out other operations for a biological sample such as blood or urea. With the sample processing system, it is possible to store samples to be stored in a thermally insulated state or specimens required for accuracy control in the thermally insulated state for preventing evaporation or denaturing of the samples and specimens. Also it is possible to carry in or out the samples, rack by rack, according to necessity. Further, the sample processing system is provided with a buffer unit in a cold container having a capability for cold storage and also by accessing a sample rack at random for carrying in or out a rack with a transfer mechanism provided outside of the cold container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kuniaki Onizawa, Koichi Obari, Junichi Oizumi, Shigemi Oba, Tetsuaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20150143831
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a refrigeration device includes: walls substantially forming a liquid-impermeable container configured to hold phase change material internal to the refrigeration device; at least one active refrigeration unit including a set of evaporator coils positioned at least partially within the liquid-impermeable container; a unidirectional thermal conductor with a condensing end and an evaporative end, the condensing end positioned within the liquid-impermeable container; a first aperture in the liquid-impermeable container, the first aperture of a size, shape and position to permit the set of evaporator coils to traverse the aperture; a second aperture in the liquid-impermeable container, the second aperture including an internal surface of a size, shape and position to mate with an external surface of the unidirectional thermal conductor; and one or more walls substantially forming a storage region in thermal contact with the evaporative end of the unidirectional thermal conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Fong-Li Chou, Philip A. Eckhoff, Lawrence Morgan Fowler, William Gates, Jennifer Ezu Hu, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Fridrik Larusson, Shieng Liu, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Nels R. Peterson, Clarence T. Tegreene, Maurizio Vecchione, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150128636
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for reducing and/or harvesting drag energy from transport vehicles. A system in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a mobile transport platform, a donor substance source carried by the platform, and a thermochemical reactor carried by the platform and coupled to the donor substance. The reactor is configured to carry out a non-combustion dissociation process that dissociates the donor substance into a first constituent and a second constituent. An energy extraction system carried by the transport platform and positioned to extract energy from an airstream passing the transport platform is coupled to the reactor to provide energy for the dissociation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Edward McAlister
  • Publication number: 20150121925
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator. The refrigerator may include a power supply unit configured to power the refrigerator using commercial power, a battery coupled to the power supply unit and configured to supply auxiliary power to the refrigerator, a power detection unit coupled to the power supply unit and the battery and configured to detect whether power is being supplied from the power supply unit, a driving unit to provide cold air, and a controller configured to control an operational mode of the driving unit based on the detection at the power detection unit. When the power supply unit is supplying power, the driving unit may be controlled to operate in a normal operation mode, and when the power supply unit is not supplying power, the driving unit may be controlled to operate in a power failure operation mode and to control the power to be supplied from the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Shinhyun PARK, Sun KIM, Byoungsuk CHOI
  • Publication number: 20150114011
    Abstract: Soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, flavored drinks, fruit juices, wine, carbonated drinks and other refreshments are kept refrigerated for hours and sometimes days until served for consumption or sold. Energy is spent in chilling them from room temperature to the temperature at which they are to be served or sold and also energy is spent in conserving them at said serving or selling temperature. A process and equipment to rapidly chill beverages in their containers from ambient temperature to the temperature chosen for consumption or sale is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Alfonso Gerardo Benavides
  • Patent number: 9003825
    Abstract: A refrigerator door includes the ability to mount a variety of modules requiring utilities, such as electricity and fluids, within adjustable locations in the door of the refrigerator. The door includes a conduit extending in at least one direction and including one or more plug-in connectors for allowing a module with a mating connector to be positioned on the door for supplying operating utilities to the module. This allows the purchaser of the refrigerator to add components and accessories to the refrigerator after purchase or select desired features at the time of purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, James W. Kendall, John J. Vonderhaar, Guolian Wu, Alan S. Lucas, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Patent number: 9004369
    Abstract: A method and system is provided which receives a desired humidity level from a user for the refrigeration compartment of a refrigerator, determines the current humidity level, and then activates an atomizer in the refrigeration compartment to increase the humidity level if needed. The humidity in the refrigeration compartment may be determined based at least in part on the temperature of the refrigeration compartment, the defrost timer, the door opening times, and the compressor timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Anderson Bortoletto, Rameet Singh Grewal, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 9005542
    Abstract: The storage arrangement has a chamber. Several Dewar flasks are arranged in the chamber and above them a picking device. The picking device has at least one cassette lift, with which storage cassettes can be removed from above from the Dewar flasks. This arrangement is suitable for storing laboratory objects at very low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas G. Malin
  • Publication number: 20150096309
    Abstract: A system and method of use of same for cooling process vessels, particularly those having reactor beds inside such as hydrotreaters, hydrocrackers, and catalytic reformers as part of processing units, during unit turnarounds. While the process vessel is in normal operation or in a preliminary cool down phase, quench gas flow is routed through a bypass flow path while a recirculating gas cooling system is installed in the primary flow path, requiring no unit downtime. During a turnaround, the process vessel temperature is lowered to a desired temperature, permitting entry and replacement of catalyst inventory, using the existing hydrogen recirculating (recycle gas) compressor to circulate a recirculating gas stream through the recirculating gas cooling system, the process vessel, and back through the compressor and recirculating gas cooling system. The cooling system removes heat from the circulating flowstream, thus lowering the process vessel temperature, faster than cold nitrogen injection methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Umesh Mathur
  • Publication number: 20150068037
    Abstract: A system is provided where the system includes a chamber, a first cooling system including a first cooling load evaporator, wherein the first cooling system is placed within the chamber, a second cooling system including a fluid coil, wherein the fluid coil is placed within the chamber, and a thermal storage for a second cooling fluid in the second cooling system, wherein the thermal storage is placed outside the chamber. In the system, the first cooling system further includes a first compressor and a first condenser and the second cooling system further includes a thermal storage chiller, wherein the thermal storage chiller is placed outside the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: SPX Corporation
    Inventor: Richard M. Powell
  • Patent number: 8973389
    Abstract: A mobile cooler having an ice maker includes: a main body having first and second spaces which are thermally blocked; a cooling device positioned at a lower portion of the main body and providing cooling air to the first and second spaces; a plurality of shelves installed in the first space; an ice tray installed in the second space; an ice bank positioned on a lower surface of the ice tray and detachably mounted in the main body; and a cover that covers an opening in which the ice bank is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Namgi Lee, Sungil Park, Sangoh Kim
  • Publication number: 20150056337
    Abstract: An improved system and method for the production of a bread product is disclosed. The method may comprise the steps of (a) mixing a first set of ingredients into a first dough component; (b) forming the first dough component into a dough base in a fixture in a molding operation; (c) forming a distinct cavity in the base with a cavity-forming operation; (d) finishing the bread product. The system may comprise (a) a mixing station for mixing a first set of ingredients into a first dough component; (b) a forming station for forming the first dough component into a dough base having a form and a distinct cavity formed by a cavity-forming operation; and (c) a dough finishing station for finishing the bread product into a finished bread product. The bread product when finished by baking comprises a crumb provided by the dough base and the distinct cavity formed by the cavity-forming operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150052915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling system (2) and a method for oil separation, where a condenser unit (10) contains an oil separator (18,20), from which oil separator oil is lead through a pipeline (24) and back to the compressor (4). It is an object of the invention to collect all condensing functions and oil separation functions into a common pressure container (26). According to the invention, this objective is achieved by a system, the condenser unit and oil separator are integrated in a common pressure tank (26) that contains at least one first oil separator and at least a second secondary oil separator, which pressure tank contains a condenser container (30) which interacts with a third oil separator (22). Hereby, it is attained that condensation and oil separation are integrated in a common pressure tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Danarctica ApS
    Inventor: Flemming Clarence Larsen
  • Patent number: 8959934
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a supercooling system and a method for displaying a supercooled state which can accurately display a supercooled state of a stored object in spite of the external influence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Won-Young Chung
  • Patent number: 8938984
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigerator unit and/or a freezer unit comprising at least one operating and/or control unit for the operation and/or control of the refrigerator unit and/or freezer unit and/or comprising at least one evaporator module for the cooling of the inner space of the unit as well as comprising illumination means by means of which the inner space of the unit and/or the region located in front of the inner space of the unit from the viewpoint of the user can be illuminated at least partly, wherein the illumination means are arranged in or at the operating and/or control unit and/or in or at the evaporator module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hausgerate Ochsenhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Arnulf Probst, Bernd Brussing
  • Publication number: 20150007962
    Abstract: A beverage cooling device capable of improving cooling efficiency is disclosed. The beverage cooling device includes: a beverage storing tank having an inlet through which a new beverage is injected and an outlet through which a cooled beverage is discharged; a cooling unit for cooling a beverage supplied to the beverage storing tank by forming a frozen layer on an inner side wall surface of the beverage storing tank; a beverage flow guide unit provided in the beverage storing tank and increasing cooling efficiency by increasing an area which is in contact with the frozen layer while the beverage injected from the inlet is moved to the outlet; and a passage securing unit preventing a passage through which the beverage is movable from being blocked by the frozen layer formed to be expanded to the beverage flow guide unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hee-Jong Yoon
  • Publication number: 20150007600
    Abstract: A chiller for an aircraft galley that is sized to be disposed in a compartment for housing beverage carts, the chiller comprising a vapor cycle refrigeration system with a liquid cooled condenser located within the housing and a liquid cooling unit located within the housing. Further, the vapor cycle refrigeration system and the liquid cooling unit have a combined footprint that is less than a footprint of a food and beverage cart within the housing, such that the space occupied by the chiller displaces no more than one beverage cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: William J. Godecker, Qiao Lu, Tortsten Trumper
  • Patent number: 8925346
    Abstract: A high performance freezer includes a deck and a cabinet supported above the deck and having a cabinet housing defining a generally cylindrical shape. The freezer includes a door supported by the cabinet housing that moves between open and closed positions by sliding or pivoting generally along the side wall of the cabinet. The freezer further includes a refrigeration system mounted at least partially within the deck and partially within the cabinet to refrigerate an inner chamber of the freezer. The cylindrical shape of the cabinet enables rotation of shelves within the inner chamber and a maximized storage space with a minimal floor space required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific (Asheville) LLC
    Inventors: Mahesh Natarajan, Tushar Ingle, Rajendra Khadatkar
  • Patent number: 8925345
    Abstract: A heat exchanger has a fin pack, with a first supply header and a first return header at the first end of the fin pack. A first group of U-shaped tubes is provided with a first segment extending from the first supply header to the second end of the fin pack, and a second segment extending from the second end of the fin pack to the first return header. A second supply header and a second return header are also provided at the first end of the fin pack. A second group of U-shaped tubes is provided with a first segment extending from the second supply header to the second end of the fin pack, and a second segment extending from the second end of the fin pack to the second return header, where the second plurality of U-shaped tubes is disposed inwardly of the first plurality of U-shaped tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold M. Stephens, Chin Hoong Leong, Adam C. Webb, Zhiming Chen
  • Patent number: 8925334
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cryogenic storage device and to a method for operating a cryogenic storage device, particularly for cryogenic storage of biological samples, comprising a sample carrying device that is set up to accommodate samples, a cryogenic container that is set up to accommodate the sample carrying device, a container cooling device with which the cryogenic container can be cooled, an intermediate storage container that is set up for intermediate storage of the sample carrying device, a transport device with which the sample carrying device can be moved between the cryogenic container and the intermediate storage container and a sensor device with which at least one operating parameter of the cryogenic storage device can be registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Heiko Zimmermann, Uwe Schoen, Guenter R. Fuhr, Dirk Leuthold, Marianne Belke
  • Publication number: 20150000328
    Abstract: A condenser and a refrigerator having the same, the condenser includes a refrigerant pipe, a plate fin coupled to one side portion of the refrigerant pipe, and a wave fin making contact with a rear surface of the plate fin. Through the structure as such, the condensation efficiency of the condenser may be enhanced, and furthermore, the condenser may be miniaturized, and thus is effective in utilizing space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Ki Hyun KIM, Myoung Hun Kim, Sinn Bong Yoon
  • Publication number: 20140360214
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling objects such as food items, beverages or vaccines comprises at least two reservoirs, a cooling device for cooling fluid contained in one of the reservoirs and a thermal transfer region between respective upper regions of the reservoirs. The thermal transfer region permits thermal transfer between the fluid contained in the reservoirs such that cooling of the fluid in one reservoir causes cooling of the fluid in the other reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ian Tansley
  • Patent number: 8905503
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided with a bracket disposed within a cavity defined by a cabinet of the appliance. The bracket supports a divider disposed within a chamber defined by the cabinet and configured for receipt of food articles. The divider extends from a top wall of the chamber into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ratnakar Sahasrabudhe, Roger Shawn Nelson, Bagawathkumar Chellappan, Madan Gopal Reddy Pathapati
  • Publication number: 20140356138
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a chiller having a refrigerant loop. A compressor is part of and in fluid communication with the refrigerant loop. The compressor has two stages, one with a variable geometry diffuser and one with a fixed geometry diffuser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Lin Sun, Joost Brasz, Mogens Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8899068
    Abstract: This invention relates to refrigerators, and more particularly to a refrigerator in which a vacuum space is formed between an outer case and an inner case of a body thereof for enhancing a heat insulating function. The refrigerator includes a body having a storage space for storing a predetermined storage object, wherein the body includes an inner case having the storage space, an outer case having an inside surface spaced a predetermined gap from an outside surface of the inner case to house the inner case, and a vacuum space provided between the inner case and the outer case sealed to maintain a vacuum state for heat insulating between the inner case and the outer case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Wonyeong Jung, Myungryul Lee, Sung Jhee
  • Patent number: 8899069
    Abstract: A food preserving method includes the step of housing a conductive food tray in a cooling box, placing food on the food tray and cooling and preserving the food with an AC voltage and a DC voltage being simultaneously applied to the food tray. After a DC-AC simultaneous application period during which the AC voltage and the DC voltage are simultaneously applied, the food is cooled with only one of the DC voltage and the AC voltage being applied to the food tray. A food preserving device including a cooling box, a conductive food tray housed in the cooling box, an AC power supply used for applying an AC voltage to the food tray and a DC power supply used for applying a DC voltage to the food tray is characterizing in that the AC voltage and the DC voltage are simultaneously applied to the food tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yugengaisha Sun World Kawamura
    Inventor: Munetoshi Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20140345316
    Abstract: A modular cooler assembly is disclosed herein. According to an embodiment, the modular cooler assembly may be configured to house one or more beverage containers therein. In some instances, the modular cooler assembly may include a number of panels. The panels may be interconnected by way of a number of joints. In certain embodiments, at least one of the panels may be configured to be opened and closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Vinayak S. Godbole, Anish Mehta
  • Publication number: 20140345315
    Abstract: There is provided a refrigerating assembly for temporarily storing an item at a first temperature lower than an ambient temperature. The refrigerating assembly comprises a container for receiving the item and a shell adapted for removably receiving the container therein. The container comprises a sidewall having therein defined a cavity containing an amount of a refrigerant medium having a second temperature lower than the ambient temperature for temporarily maintaining the item received in the container at the first temperature. The shell has an outer surface which is at the ambient temperature and an inner surface which has a layer of thermally insulating material mounted thereon for thermally insulating the shell from the container, thereby maintaining the outer surface at the ambient temperature. There is further provided a method for temporarily storing an item at a first temperature lower than an ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Yves Lachance
  • Publication number: 20140345304
    Abstract: An integrated mobile apparatus pre-cools produce prior to shipment, for example, to purchasers or to a cold storage facility. The apparatus comprises a preparation chamber for receiving and arranging produce on a movable carrier, a cooling chamber for receiving the produce from the preparation chamber, and a shipping chamber for receiving the produce from the cooling chamber. The chambers are preferably housed in a single enclosure and are arranged linearly, with the cooling chamber interposed between the preparation chamber and the shipping chamber. A method for pre-cooling produce prior to shipment comprises (a) arranging the produce on a movable carrier located within the preparation chamber, (b) conveying the carrier from the preparation chamber to the cooling chamber, (c) cooling the produce in the cooling chamber, (d) conveying the cooled produce to the shipping chamber, and (e) unloading the produce from the shipping chamber on to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: David Joe Yee Leung, Thomas King Fu Leung
  • Publication number: 20140345314
    Abstract: A food storage system allows at least one warm item and one cool item, especially foods to be stored and transported together. A housing with a closable internal volume receives at least one container for the cool items and one container form the warm items. In each of these containers, cool items and warm items are paired with a appropriate phase change material that either absorbs heat or emits heat. The items and the phase change materials can be separately contained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Yuvadee COX, Teresa Mae ALTHERR
  • Publication number: 20140338390
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling element (1) for use in a cooling device (11), comprising a front face and a rear face and four side faces. The cooling element (1) is characterised in that the rear face of the cooling element (1) is substantially planar and the front face has reinforcing elements, wherein the reinforcing elements prevent deformation of the cooling element (1) during cooling and freezing. The invention also relates to a cooling device (11), in particular a freezer, comprising at least one cooling circuit, wherein the cooling circuit has a compressor, an evaporator, and a condenser. The cooling device (11) also has a closable cooling space (15) that comprises a plurality of cooling space side walls, a cooling space base, a space for cooling goods (17), and at least one cooling element (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Dometic S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Admilson Pinto, Andreas Hoffmann, Uwe Schramer
  • Publication number: 20140331695
    Abstract: A storage container incorporates a housing defining a cavity therein. At least one support rail extends from the housing within the cavity having a plurality of encoded first moieties. At least one refrigerant brick having mating encoded second moieties configured to be received into the encoded first moieties couples the refrigerant brick within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: James P. Schalla, Michael J. Burgess, Mark G. Mehlhaff
  • Patent number: 8881398
    Abstract: A method of insulating a refrigeration appliance. The refrigeration appliance includes a case, a liner, and a five-sided, box like vacuum panel. The liner is formed to be inserted into the case forming a chamber between the liner and the case. The five sides of the vacuum panel define a cavity. The method includes in one embodiment, positioning the five-sided vacuum panel in the chamber between the case and the liner, injecting foam into the chamber, and curing the foam to attach the five sided vacuum panel to the case and the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Joseph Hanley, Martin Christopher Severance
  • Publication number: 20140326003
    Abstract: The food storage device of the present disclosure includes a cover that can be connected to a food pan, and which at least partially separates refrigerant coils from surrounding insulating foam. This helps to prevent corrosion of the coils caused by condensation reacting with insulating foam, and also helps to prevent the coils from separating from the pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Darrel Jay WALKER, Harry Edward WING, Travis James KRCHMAR
  • Publication number: 20140311170
    Abstract: A container assembly for controlling the thermal condition of cargo includes an insulated container having a cover and a pair of belt assemblies having a plurality of pouches. The container may comprise handles and/or a detachable and/or adjustable shoulder strap. The container assembly further includes a plurality of phase-changing material packs configured to provide for the control of the temperature of cargo contained within the container. The phase-changing material packs are positioned within the belt assemblies and are thermally conditioned prior to use. The belt assemblies may be made of a durable material and may be configured to provide for the expedient exchange of thermal energy between the phase-changing material packs and an exterior of the belt assemblies. The belt assemblies may comprise features that provide for the efficient orienting of the belt assemblies within the container and/or the appropriate selection of phase-changing material packs for a respective belt assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Scott T. Mills, Ricky J. Lenhard, Steven R. Eakins
  • Patent number: 8857208
    Abstract: A climatic cabinet and storage cabinet that includes an upper zone, a lower zone, storage positions for storing objects in one of the upper and lower zone, and at least one temperature control unit structured and arranged to maintain a temperature in the one of the upper and lower zone different from the other of the upper and lower zone. The cabinet further includes a lock, a horizontal transport mechanism arranged at least in part in the other of the upper and lower zone to move the objects to and from the lock in a direction having a horizontal component, and a vertical transport mechanism structured and arranged to move the objects between the lower zone and the upper zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas Malin
  • Publication number: 20140298850
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a body having storage chambers formed therein, and a compressor, a condenser, an expansion device, and an evaporator that form a refrigerating cycle to cool the storage chambers. The condenser may include a refrigerant condensation channel through which refrigerant from the compressor passes and a working fluid evaporation channel through which working fluid is evaporated due to heat exchange with the refrigerant passing through the refrigerant condensation channel. The condenser may be connected with a hot line, through which the working fluid evaporated through the working fluid evaporation channel flows and discharges heat to reduce condensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Taehee LEE, Dongseok KIM
  • Publication number: 20140298841
    Abstract: A storage assembly, which is in particular suitable for use in a cooling system designed for an operation with a two-phase coolant medium, comprising a storage container with a receiving area for receiving a coolant medium and a conveying device for conveying coolant medium from the receiving area of the storage container. The conveying device is formed integral with the storage container of the storage assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Ullrich Hesse, Markus Piesker, Martin Sieme, Gerd Wedler, Philipp Goldmann, Sebastian Roering
  • Publication number: 20140290283
    Abstract: A thermal management system for a natural gas tank includes a container, and a cooling mechanism operatively positioned to selectively cool the container. A method for minimizing a loss of natural gas storage during refueling is also disclosed herein. In an example of the method, a cooling mechanism, which is operatively positioned to selectively cool a container of a natural gas storage tank, is initiated prior to a refueling event. This cools the container to a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jerome P. Ortmann, Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid, Arianna T. Morales, Anne M. Dailly, Mei Cai
  • Publication number: 20140260346
    Abstract: A cryopreservation device (100) which is arranged for cryopreservation of a biological sample (1) comprises a pressure vessel (10) with a vessel wall (11) and an internal space (12) which is arranged to receive the biological sample (1), wherein the pressure vessel (10) is equipped with an actuating device (20) for cooling by lowering the temperature and raising the pressure in the pressure vessel (10) and configured for the cryopreservation of the biological sample (1). Said actuating device (20) is connected to the vessel wall (11) and comprises at least one pressure setting element (21-23, 31) and at least one of at least one cooling element (34) and at least one heat conducting element (35-38), wherein the actuating device (20) is configured for a time-dependent and/or location-dependent setting of the temperature and of the pressure in the pressure vessel (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventors: Guenter R. Fuhr, Heiko Zimmermann, Frank Stracke, Markus Grabenbauer, Jan Huebinger, Philippe Bastiaens, Frank Wehner
  • Publication number: 20140260333
    Abstract: A thermal control unit (TCU) for controlling temperature of a device under test (DUT) includes a sealed evaporation chamber disposed therein, the evaporation chamber configured with a refrigerant inlet and a refrigerant outlet; and at least one surface for thermal engagement of the device under test and configured to conduct heat to the evaporation chamber. A test system and a computer program product are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher A. Lopez, Thomas F. Lemczyk, Rick A. Davis