US Patent No. 10,368,395

METHOD OF FORMING COOKING PLATE WITH TEMPERATURE SENSING ELEMENT


Patent No. 10,368,395
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Method Of Forming Cooking Plate With Temperature Sensing Element
Inventorship Eric Norman, Walnut, CA (US)
Paolo Baruzzi, Fremont, CA (US)
John Hsudan Yu, Fremont, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,395

1. A method of forming a cooking plate comprising:providing a first metal plate comprising a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is opposite to the second surface, and the first surface comprises a cooking surface upon which food to be cooked will be in contact with;
forming a first channel between the first and second surfaces of the first metal plate, wherein the first channel comprises a first opening and a second opening;
forming a first portion of a second channel between the first and second surfaces of the first metal plate, wherein the first portion of a second channel comprises a first portion of a third opening and a first portion of a fourth opening;
providing a heating element comprising a first end comprising a first plug and a second end comprising a second plug;
inserting the heating element in the first channel of the first metal plate, wherein the first plug extends from the first opening, the second plug extends from the second opening, and the first and second plugs are positioned to be accessed from a first side edge of the first metal plate;
providing a temperature sensing element comprising a third end and a fourth end comprising a fourth plug;
placing the temperature sensing element against the first portion of the second channel of the first metal plate, wherein the third plug extends from the third opening, the fourth plug extends from the fourth opening, the third and fourth plugs are positioned to be accessed from the first side edge of the first metal plate, and the third and fourth plugs are positioned between the first and second plugs;
providing a second metal plate; and
coupling the second metal plate to the second surface of the first metal plate, wherein the second metal plate comprises a second portion of the second channel, which mates with the first portion of the second channel to form a complete second channel, and the second metal plate couples the temperature sensing element to the first metal plate.