Patents Assigned to AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20200324522
    Abstract: A transparent substrate with a laminated film, which comprises a transparent substrate and a laminated film formed on at least one surface of the transparent substrate, wherein the laminated film has a first dielectric layer, a crystallinity-improving layer, a functional layer and a second dielectric layer in this order from the transparent substrate side, the crystallinity-improving layer contains ZrNx (wherein x is higher than 1.2 and at most 2.0), the functional layer contains at least one metal nitride selected from the group consisting of titanium nitride, chromium nitride, niobium nitride, molybdenum nitride and hafnium nitride, and the concentration of oxygen atoms at a boundary between the crystallinity-improving layer and the functional layer, is at most 20 atom %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicants: AGC Inc., AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA.
    Inventors: Akiyo MATSUMOTO, Masanobu ISSHIKI, Masafumi AKITA
  • Patent number: 10755901
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a plasma source utilizing a macro-particle reduction coating and method of using a plasma source utilizing a macro-particle reduction for deposition of thin film coatings and modification of surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to a plasma source comprising one or more plasma-generating electrodes, wherein a macro-particle reduction coating is deposited on at least a portion of the plasma-generating surfaces of the one or more electrodes to shield the plasma-generating surfaces of the electrodes from erosion by the produced plasma and to resist the formation of particulate matter, thus enhancing the performance and extending the service life of the plasma source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC GLASS EUROPE, ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz, Yuping Lin, Herb Johnson
  • Patent number: 10744745
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a window assembly adapted to be installed within the front opening of the vehicle frame. The window assembly includes an inner transparent sheet, an outer transparent sheet, and an interlayer of polymer disposed between the inner transparent sheet and the outer transparent sheet. The interlayer is configured wherein a first portion of the interlayer has a first variable thickness profile and wherein a second portion of the interlayer has a second variable thickness profile, with the first portion of the interlayer distinct from the second portion of the interlayer. The system also includes a front-facing camera positioned within the vehicle for receiving light transmissions from an object located outside the vehicle through the first portion. The system may also include a head up display—associated with the second portion of the interlayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc., AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Byrne
  • Patent number: 10586685
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hollow cathode plasma source and to methods for surface treating or coating using such a plasma source, comprising first and second electrodes (1, 2), each electrode comprising an elongated cavity (4), wherein dimensions for at least one of the following parameters is selected so as to ensure high electron density and/or low amount of sputtering of plasma source cavity surfaces, those parameters being cavity cross section shape, cavity cross section area cavity distance (11), and outlet nozzle width (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Biquet, Peter Maschwitz, John Chambers, Hughes Wiame
  • Patent number: 10580624
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10580625
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10573499
    Abstract: A method of extracting and accelerating ions is provided. The method includes providing a ion source. The ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice, the first and second hollow cathodes being disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The method further includes generating a plasma using the first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10562813
    Abstract: A heat treatable solar control glazing showing low-emissivity properties, and possibly also anti-solar properties, and methods to manufacture such a glazing. The glazing comprises a transparent substrate coated with a stack of thin layers comprising n functional layer(s) reflecting infrared radiation and n+1 dielectric layers, with n?1, each functional layer being surrounded by dielectric layers. At least one dielectric layer above a functional layer comprises a layer consisting essentially of silicon oxide deposited by PECVD, and the stack comprises a barrier layer based on zinc oxide above and in direct contact with any functional layer which has a silicon oxide layer in the dielectric layer directly above it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Roquiny, Oliver Kappertz, Joerg Moennekes, Yuping Lin, Stijn Mahieu, Anne-Christine Baudouin
  • Patent number: 10559452
    Abstract: A plasma source is provided. The plasma source includes at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode, each hollow cathode having a plasma exit region. The plasma source includes a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave, wherein the first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10535503
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hollow cathode plasma source and to methods for surface treating or coating using such a plasma source, comprising first and second electrodes (1, 2), each electrode comprising an elongated cavity (4), wherein dimensions for at least one of the following parameters is selected so as to ensure high electron density and/or low amount of sputtering of plasma source cavity surfaces, those parameters being cavity cross section shape, cavity cross section area cavity distance (11), and outlet nozzle width (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Biquet, Peter Maschwitz, John Chambers, Hughes Wiame
  • Patent number: 10529545
    Abstract: A plasma source is provided. The plasma source includes at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode, each hollow cathode having a plasma exit region. The plasma source includes a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave, wherein the first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10529544
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10529546
    Abstract: A method of extracting and accelerating ions is provided. The method includes providing a ion source. The ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice, the first and second hollow cathodes being disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The method further includes generating a plasma using the first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10483094
    Abstract: A plasma source is provided. The plasma source includes at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode, each hollow cathode having a plasma exit region. The plasma source includes a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave, wherein the first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10483093
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10483095
    Abstract: A method of extracting and accelerating ions is provided. The method includes providing a ion source. The ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice, the first and second hollow cathodes being disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The method further includes generating a plasma using the first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10438779
    Abstract: A plasma source is provided. The plasma source includes at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode, each hollow cathode having a plasma exit region. The plasma source includes a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave, wherein the first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10438778
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10438780
    Abstract: A method of extracting and accelerating ions is provided. The method includes providing a ion source. The ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice, the first and second hollow cathodes being disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The method further includes generating a plasma using the first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10438777
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz