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Inventor with latest two Heat Siphon Patents Awarded

Latrobe, Pa - March 1, 2017

Bill Bernardi - Founder and President of Heat Siphon mfg co., United States ThermoAmp Inc., proudly holding up his latest two actual US Patent documents for the "Cool-Lag-Algorithm" & "Iso-Cap-Fitting" inventions.

"For over 34 years designing and manufacturing Heat Siphon right here in Latrobe, PA., we have always been at the forefront of swimming pool heat pump R&D.

Our engineering and the Heat Siphon's features we adopted were almost always eventually copied by the competition, but now we have decided to aggressively protect our intellectual property and these two patents are just the start. "

"It feels real good to receive them and I am very proud of and thankful for all the efforts everyone involved has put into getting them."

"This is what two real patent documents looks like in 2017. There is a gold seal and a bright red embossed ribbon on the cover and a book of all the pages and drawings we submitted. "

"We will definitely be getting several more with three other patents submitted & pending like our new temperature sensor and our improved coil key and several other inventions in the works, so stay tuned", says Bill.

The Heat Siphon Story


United States ThermoAmp Inc. was Incorporated in 1983 by Bill Bernardi (still President and CEO) after his former employer, EUS laid off all employees in 1982.

Mr. Bernardi had been the pool heat pump product developement manager at EUS.

A Penn State 1971 graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he also attended University of Pittsburgh graduate school of Mechanical Engineering in the masters degree program and was a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.

United States ThermoAmp, Inc.'s original stockholders were Bill Bernardi and his two lab technicians at EUS Inc. John Kopec and Mike Tucciarone - Together the three of them made up the swimming pool heat pump product design team at EUS Inc.

From late 1982, after the EUS layoff through to the spring of 1983 they worked in the basement of his residence in Monroeville, Pa.

Bill Bernardi , Mike and John fabricated the first tooling which would be required to bend the large fragile aluminum finned tubing evaporator.

They actually bent the first one in the basement.

In addition, they needed molds to get production plastic cabinets, so they took 2 inch thick foot wide planks of solid cherry wood, glued them together with high temperature epoxy cement and with little more than a belt sander and a router, they fabricated three molds (one for the top, the backpanel and the basepan).

Bill knew a vacuum-former in Pittsburgh, Kenson Plastics, who he had worked with while at EUS and took the molds to him asking that he pull a set of parts from them. With almost no modifications they worked.

With the first cabinet parts and the evaporator formed, they then needed the water side heat exchanger, so they made a three wheel tube bending machiine to coil cupronickel tubing.

Back then all pool heaters used copper for their heat exchanger tubes and they hadn't yet discovered just how severe and how rapidly high chlorine pool water could corrode even cupronickel which they chose as an improvement over gas heaters.

Now they turned to the fan motor and mounting. Bill designed a very low noise motor mount and they visited another vendor he knew in Cleveland to fabricate the mounts out of thick wire.

Tooling would be required for the fan mounting parts, but they could not make it themselves and were low on working capital. So Bill talked the vendor into making the tooling and amortising it's cost over the first 1000 pieces to avoid the up front expense.

With the first samples of these parts, they built the first Heat Siphon total cost, cash-$3500 Bill had saved and labor- months of evenings in the basement at 4409 Lorraine Drive.

From 1979 to 1983 Heat Siphon's founders were busy working at a small company in Monroeville, Pa called EUS Inc. designing and testing EUS's first swimming pool heat pump.

They innovated the first round unit and the first vacuum formed plastic cabinet. They also designed the first spa heat pump, a small round 110 volt unit.

Back then (1982) just before EUS laid off everyone at the Monroeville, Pa offices, they were working on a blue acrylic coating to prevent corrosion of the copper coils they were using in the EUS heat exchangers.

EUS started back up in 1984 in Tennessee and continued to make pool heaters with literally NO CHANGES to those designs right up until the new owners decided to sell it.

In 2003 - the Hayward pump company purchased EUS Inc. Initially they continued to use that blue coating, until 2008 when they adopted Heat Siphon's use of Titanium. To this day they still use the same cabinet designs developed by Heat Siphon's founders.

In 1986 - Air Energy Heat Pumps (founded by our first customer - a Miami pool builder named John Zakryk) copied Heat Siphon's cabinet and fan/grille design and began assembling a pool heat pump which was remarkably similar to Heat Siphon, in Pompano Beach, Florida.

In 2003 Jandy purchased Air Energy. In 2008 they switched from cupronickel to titanium.

In 2001 - Kopec Industries was started by one of our founders, John Kopec's son Butch.

Kopec Industries is now defunct. Jandy, now owned by Zodiak, has discontinued many of the original Air Energy models and is still using the last model made in 2005. Hayward is importing a Chinese heat pump for its low end market and is still using the round EUS model design developed by the Heat Siphon team in 1982 as Hayward's top of the line Heat Pro Heat Pump.

NOTICE

The following U.S. Patent Numbers and U.S. registered and/or in-use Trademarks owned by United States ThermoAmp Inc. are associated with the article(s) as listed below. All are the exclusive intellectual property of United States ThermoAmp Inc. of 1223 Heat Siphon Lane, Latrobe, PA., 15650. Other patents not listed herein are pending and will be added as they are published. Other trademarks are in use and will be added as published.

Patents/Applications - Abstract

Status / Date

Associated Articles

US Patent 9,273,889 -

Monitoring and Control System for a Heat Pump

ABSTRACT - Disclosed is a monitoring and control system for an air source heat pump apparatus having a controller to control at least one operation of the heat pump apparatus, a temperature sensor to detect the temperature in a specified area at, near, and/or around the controller, and an operable component, the system including a control program to: determine the temperature based on the detected temperature of the temperature sensor; determine whether a first condition exists, the first condition including a determination that the controller is powered, but the operable component is not operating; determine whether a second condition exists, the second condition including a determination that the controller is powered, and the operable component is operating; and based at least partially on determinations (a)-(c), determine the ambient temperature at or around the heat pump apparatus.

Granted /
March 1, 2016

All Heat Siphon Models -
from April 2012

US Patent 9,255,656 -

Fitting for a Heat Pump and Method of Installation

ABSTRACT -A fitting for a heat pump having at least one heat exchanger includes a first fitting element configured for connection with a tubing portion of the heat exchanger and a second fitting element removably connectable to the first fitting element and configured for connection with a tubing portion of the heat exchanger. A non-conductive element is disposed between at least a portion of the first fitting element and at least a portion of the second fitting element such that, when connected, the non-conducting element deforms between the first fitting element and the second fitting element to electrically isolate the second fitting element from the first fitting element.

Granted /
Februrary 9, 2016

All Heat Siphon Models -
from August 2013

US Patent 7,721,360 -

Swimming pool, spa, or combination swimming pool and spa, heated with a heat pump with a heat exchanger

ABSTRACT - A swimming pool, Spa or combination of a swimming pool or spa is heated with a heat pump and a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger comprises a water input, a water output, a heating agent input, a heating agent output, an inner coil and an outer coil being disposed about the outer periphery of the inner coil; and a separator device being configured and disposed to separate the coils in order to minimize vibrating and rubbing against each other. The separator device comprises a first separator device portion having two rounded shoulder portions configured to permit the separator device to be rotated into position between the inner coil and the outer coil, a middle portion comprising two substantially C-shaped curves, which substantially C-shaped curves form a dog bone-shape, and a second separator device portion comprising two rounded configured to be turned or twisted upon assembly of the heat exchanger.

Granted /
May 25, 2010

All Heat Siphon Models -
from June 2006

US 20140318738 -

Concentric Helical Coil Key Separator Device and Attachment Therefor

ABSTRACT - A separator device for separating coils of a heat exchanger assembly has a top surface opposite a bottom surface, and an inner portion opposite an outer portion. The inner portion and the outer portion extend between the top surface and the bottom surface. The separator device further includes a pair of sides extending between the inner portion and the outer portion, each of the sides defining a concave curve having an apex. A lug is provided to connect the apex of each concave curve. At least one ramp is defined on the top surface and/or the bottom surface, extending from the inner portion toward the lug. The lug is arcuately shaped to project away from the top surface and the bottom surface and is shaped to correspond to a gap between adjacent coils of the heat exchanger assembly.

Published /
October 30, 2014

All Heat Siphon Models -
from April 2014

Trademarks

Status

Associated Articles

HEAT SIPHON®

Electric heat pump controls; electronic heat pump controls; electronic wireless heat pump controls; electric heat pump controls for swimming pools, spas, and a combination of swimming pools and spas; electronic heat pump controls for swimming pools, spas, and a combination of swimming pools and spas; electronic wireless heat pump controls for swimming pools, spas, and a combination of swimming pools and spas; electronic heat pump controls having computer interfaces; and parts therefor. FIRST USE: 19830630. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19831009

Air-to-water heat pumps which heat or cool liquid or gas; water-to-air heat pumps which heat or cool liquid or gas; swimming pool heat pumps; spa heat pumps; swimming pool and spa heat pumps; and parts therefor. FIRST USE: 19830630. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19831009

3243696

Registered
June 24, 2005

original registration
January 30, 1984

All Heat Siphon brand Heat Pumps and associated electronic and wireless controllers for pools and spas

WE PERFORM TO KEEP YOU WARM!!®

Electrical controllers, namely, controllers for heat pumps for pools, spas, combination pools and spas and replacement parts therefor; wireless multi-unit heat pump controllers; wireless pool operating devices, namely, wireless controllers for controlling the operation of swimming pool and spa pumps, pool fountain and pool cleaner pumps, pool lighting, landscape lighting, pool cover motors, pool valve controllers, pool filtration pumps, pool sanitizing equipment, gas and other fossil fuel pool and spa heaters, solar pool and spa heating equipment, weather instrumentation, and devices that display the status of the various pool equipment mentioned; and wireless multi-unit pool/spa controllers. FIRST USE: 19831231. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19831231

Heat pumps for swimming pools, spas, and combination pools and spas; heat pumps which heat or cool liquid or gas for pool heat pumps, spa heat pumps and combination pool and spa heat pumps. FIRST USE: 19831231. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19831231


3212531

Registered
February 27, 2007

All Heat Siphon brand Heat Pumps and associated electronic and wireless controllers for pools and spas

FOOTBALL®

Electronic control systems for machines, namely, controllers for heat pumps for pools, controllers for heat pumps for spas, controllers for heat pumps for combination pools and spas, wireless multi-unit heat pump controllers, heat pump controls, wireless multi-unit pool and spa controllers and parts thereof; wireless pool operating devices, namely, electrical controlling devices for controlling swimming pool and spa pumps, pool fountain and pool cleaner pumps, pool lighting, landscape lighting, pool cover motors, pool valve controllers, pool filtration pumps, pool sanitizing equipment, gas and other fossil fuel pool and spa heaters, solar pool and spa heating equipment, weather instrumentation, and devices that display the status of the various pool equipment mentioned, and parts thereof. FIRST USE: 20100318. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20100318


3898163

Registered
December 28, 2010

Wireless Controllers for Pool spa applications including Heat Siphon Pool Heaters

PASSPORT®

Wireless digital relays for use with wireless pool and spa controllers; wireless digital relays for use with wired pool and spa controllers; wireless digital relays for use with wireless devices which control pumps, heaters, automatic cleaners, underwater lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, pool or spa covers and auxiliary equipment, all of the above for pools and spas; wireless digital relays for use with wired devices which control pumps, heaters, automatic cleaners, underwater lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, pool or spa covers and auxiliary equipment, all of the above for pools and spas; wireless controls for use with wireless pool and spa controllers; wireless controls for use with wired pool and spa controllers; wireless controls for use with wireless devices which control pumps, heaters, automatic cleaners, underwater lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, pool or spa covers and auxiliary equipment, all of the above for pools and spas; wireless controls for use with wired devices which control pumps, heaters, automatic cleaners, underwater lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, pool or spa covers and auxiliary equipment, all of the above for pools and spas. FIRST USE: 20080531. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20080531

3478121

Registered
July 29, 2008

Wireless Controllers for Pool spa applications including Heat Siphon Pool Heaters

POD®

Electrical controllers, namely, controllers for heat pumps for pools, spas, combination pools and spas and replacement parts therefor; wireless multi-unit heat pump controllers; wireless pool operating devices, namely, controllers that control swimming pool and spa pumps, pool fountain and pool cleaner pumps, pool lighting, landscape lighting, pool cover motors, pool valve controllers, pool filtration pumps, pool sanitizing equipment, gas and other fossil fuel pool and spa heaters, solar pool and spa heating equipment, weather instrumentation, and devices that display the status of the various pool equipment mentioned; and wireless multi-unit pool/spa controllers. FIRST USE: 20060630. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20060630

3551909

Registered
December 23, 2008

Wireless Controllers for Pool spa applications including Heat Siphon Pool Heaters

HEAT SIPHON COACH®

Electrical controllers, namely, controllers for heat pumps for pools, spas, combination pools and spas and replacement parts therefor; wireless multi-unit heat pump controllers. FIRST USE: 20080505. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20080505

3747809

Registered
February 9, 2010

Wireless Controllers for Pool spa applications including Heat Siphon Pool Heaters

POOL POTION™

Chemicals for use in swimming pools that will form a liquid cover over the surface of the pool to conserve heat, energy and water; water treatment chemicals for use in swimming pools and spas. FIRST USE: 20151120. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20151120

Filed
April 2, 2015

Published
October 13, 2015

Pool Chemical Cover