Patents Examined by Alberto Saenz
  • Patent number: 12036637
    Abstract: A particle blast apparatus includes a metering portion, a comminutor and a feeding portion. The metering portion and comminutor may each be configured to provide uniformity in the discharge of particles. The metering portion controls the particle feed rate, and may include a rotor, which may have V or chevron shaped pockets. The comminutor includes at least one roller which may be moved between and including a position at which the gap of the comminutor is at maximum and a position at which the gap is at minimum. The metering portion may particles direction into the feeding portion without a comminutor being present. The comminutor may receive particles directly from a source of blast media without a metering portion being present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Cold Jet, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mallaley, Richard Joseph Broecker
  • Patent number: 12009248
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pin lifting device which includes a housing extending along an adjustment axis, a housing end at a first end region of the housing and has a housing opening, a drive part arranged at a second end region of the housing, an adjusting device having a part which can move in the housing in the direction of the adjustment axis, a guide section for the adjusting device formed on the inside of the housing between a first stop at the frontal housing end and a second stop remote therefrom, a tight connecting device formed inside the housing between the frontal housing end and the adjusting device, and a connecting channel extending from the first stop to the second stop at the guide section. A contiguous second inner region leads to minimal changes in the volume of the second inner region even during movements of the movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: VAT HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Michael Dür, Rico Rohner, Adrian Eschenmoser, Marco Apolloni
  • Patent number: 11994155
    Abstract: A plurality of detection valves (12 and 13) are provided to a housing (1), and at least one air passage (14 and 15), which communicatively connects the detection valves (12 and 13) to each other in series, are provided to the housing (1). One or some of the detection valves (12 and 13) are each configured as a throttle detection valve (13) including a throttle passage (56a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: KOSMEK LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yokota, Keitaro Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 11975422
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide for devices and methods for retaining optical devices. The devices and methods described herein provide for retention of the substrate without contacting sensitive portions of the substrate. The devices and methods utilize retention pads or vacuum pins to contact the exclusion zones i.e., inactive areas of the substrate to retain the substrate and prevent the substrate from moving laterally. Additionally, a holding force retains the substrate in the vertical direction, without contacting the substrate. The methods provide for adjusting the devices to account for multiple geometries of the substrate. The methods further provide for adjusting the devices, such as adjusting a gap between the optical device and a suction pad, to alter the holding force of the devices on the optical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaseer Arafath Ahamed, Kangkang Wang, Benjamin B. Riordon, James D. Strassner, Ludovic Godet
  • Patent number: 11975420
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for sharpening a cutting edge of a cutting tool, such as a kitchen knife. In some embodiments, an abrasive assembly has a frame, a handle, and a cartridge that supports a plurality of abrasive members each having an associated abrasive surface. A rod affixes the abrasive assembly to a base assembly to facilitate movement of the abrasive assembly along the cutting edge of the tool responsive to engagement, by a user, of the user handle. Each abrasive member is configured to be moved, by the user, with respect to the handle to present each abrasive surface in turn. In some cases, the cartridge is rotatable about a cartridge axis that may be parallel or non-parallel to a central axis of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Darex, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Baker, Conner S. MacFarlane, Joseph T. Zachariasen, Daniel T. Dovel, Travis Campbell
  • Patent number: 11955363
    Abstract: A bonding fixture. In some embodiments, the fixture includes: a plate for supporting a central region of the wafer, the central region including 80% of the area of the wafer; and a frame for supporting: the edge of the wafer, and the edge of the plate, the frame having: a first vacuum passage, for pulling the wafer against an upper surface of the frame, and a second vacuum passage, for pulling the plate against the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Rockley Photonics Limited
    Inventors: Moshe Amit, Chia-Te Chou, Arvind Jaikumar
  • Patent number: 11951599
    Abstract: A pipe coupon extraction tool includes a rod defining a first end, a second end, and a central axis; and a spring bar defining a first end and a second end, the spring bar rotatably secured to the rod, a surface of the spring bar configured to be angled with respect to the central axis when the pipe coupon extraction tool is engaged with a pipe coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Mitchell, David Latimore Hughes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11951593
    Abstract: A system for grit blasting an annular junction portion of a pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis on board a laying vessel, comprises at least one carriage configured to advance along an annular path about the pipeline; at least one centrifugal turbine, which is configured to project grit towards the pipeline, rotates about a rotation axis lying on a plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis and is supported by the carriage; at least one feed device configured to feed the grit to the centrifugal turbine and comprising a hopper which extends along a respective axis, defines a feed chamber and is coupled to the respective carriage and a guide device configured to act in conjunction with the hopper to feed the grit to the centrifugal turbine at all the operating positions of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Simone, Maurizio De Santo, Paolo Murgo
  • Patent number: 11945082
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for locating a pair of components relative to one another using complex surfaces. One component has a complex surface, where the complex surface is smoothly contoured. Another component is shaped to be connected with the first component. A fixture locates the first component relative to the second component. The fixture includes a locator with a complex surface region shaped to mate with the complex surface of the one component to locate the fixture relative to that component. The fixture includes another locator to locate the fixture relative to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Richard J. Skurkis, Tyson W. Brown, Mark A. Smith, Miguel A. Saez, John P. Spicer
  • Patent number: 11945070
    Abstract: A rocker polishing apparatus for full-aperture deterministic polishing of a planar part includes a control system, a substrate, a lifting plate, a polishing module and a measuring module. The polishing module and the measuring module are arranged on the substrate. The lifting plate is arranged between the polishing module and the measuring module. The polishing module includes a rocker mechanism, a polishing pad surface dressing mechanism, a polishing pad surface profile measuring apparatus and a continuous polishing pad mechanism. The apparatus allows the material removal rate distribution of the planar part and the surface profile of the planar part be in the normalized mirror symmetry relationship by controlling the material removal rate distribution on the surface of the planar part, thereby implementing the deterministic polishing of the planar part and ensuring the efficient convergence of the surface profile of the planar part in the polishing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Ping Zhou, Zhichao Geng, Ying Yan, Lin Wang, Kai Wang, Dongming Guo
  • Patent number: 11938599
    Abstract: A tool is provided for relative positioning of a first board and a second board such that the first and second boards can be secured to each other. The tool comprises a base portion including a pair of locking pliers, and grabbing portions respectively secured to jaws of the locking pliers. The grabbing portions are configured to receive the first board therebetween when the grabbing portions are brought toward each other by operation of the pliers. The grabbing portions further have parts disposed to abut a thickness surface of the received first board and projections disposed to embed into opposite side surfaces of the received first board. At least one of the grabbing portions has a forwardly projecting member disposed to be abutted with the second board to position adjacent edges of the received first board and the second board substantially flush with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Wayne R Foss
  • Patent number: 11942319
    Abstract: A horizontal pre-clean module includes a chamber including a basin and a lid which collectively define a processing area, a rotatable vacuum table disposed in the processing area, a pad conditioning station, a pad carrier positioning arm having a first end and a second end distal from the first end, a pad carrier assembly coupled to the first end of the pad carrier positioning arm, and an actuator coupled to the second end of the pad carrier positioning arm and configured to swing the pad carrier assembly between a first position over the rotatable vacuum table and a second position over the pad conditioning station. The pad carrier assembly includes a gimbal base and a pad carrier coupled to the gimbal base, the gimbal base and the pad carrier are configured to support a buffing pad by a mechanical clamping mechanism and a suction clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Edward Golubovsky, Jagan Rangarajan, Ekaterina Mikhaylichenko
  • Patent number: 11931859
    Abstract: A grinder includes a motor including an output shaft, a housing accommodating the motor, a switch, a brake member movable back and forth between a rear braking position and a front brake release position, a switch lever movable between an initial position and a depressed position, a sliding member slidable between a first position to move the brake member to the brake release position and a second position to move the brake member to the braking position to turn on the switch at the first position and turn off the switch at the second position, and a link member rotatable between a first rotational position to move the sliding member to the first position and a second rotational position to move the sliding member to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Junya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11926032
    Abstract: A tool is provided. The tool includes a pole defining an axis and a handle. The handle includes a stationary and rotational portion, the stationary and rotational portions forming a unitary assembly with the stationary and rotational portions being adjacent one another along the axis. The stationary portion is secured to the pole in a manner that prevents it from rotating with respect to the pole and in a manner prevents the stationary portion from translational movement with respect to the pole along the axis. The rotational portion is secured to the stationary portion that allows the rotational portion to freely rotate with respect to the pole about the axis and with respect to the stationary portion and in a manner that prevents the rotational portion from translational movement with respect to the pole and the stationary portion along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Unger Marketing International, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, Stephen Huda
  • Patent number: 11919142
    Abstract: A tool comprising a nubbin, or projection, is used to press on a recessed pushbutton of a shaft coupler. In one embodiment, a circular structure or a C shape structure fits a finger of the user's hand. A nubbin extends from the structure exterior. An arch, or a pair of projections, extend transversely to the user finger length, to contact one or both adjacent fingers during use and limit rotation of the tool. Another embodiment comprises a first element and a second element, each comprising two arches connected end-to-end; the two-arch openings face each other. To fit different diameter fingers, the spacing between the two elements is adjustable; a shaft integral with one element slides within a boss that is integral with the other element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventor: Gregory Lee Newth
  • Patent number: 11911806
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate cleaning device, an abnormality determination method of a substrate cleaning device, and an abnormality determination program of a substrate cleaning device for determining whether there is an abnormality in a roll cleaning member that is attached. A substrate cleaning device includes: a holder to which a roll cleaning member for cleaning a substrate is attached in a detachable manner; a rotation device which makes the roll cleaning member attached to the holder rotate; a sensor which measures information concerning a vibration of the roll cleaning member during rotation; and a control device which determines, based on a measurement result of the sensor, whether there is an abnormality in the roll cleaning member attached to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Masumi Nishijima, Kunimasa Matsushita, Hiroshi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11911810
    Abstract: A cleaner to conduct dust-removing by jetting air from a dust-removing head 1 to a cleaned face 11 of a work W having the cleaned face 11 of three-dimensional configuration, in which the dust-removing head 1 is provided with a work-corresponding face 1a of three-dimensional offset configuration parted from the three-dimensional configuration of the cleaned face 11 for a small dimension G.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TAKUSYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Soemoto, Hiroshi Uzawa
  • Patent number: 11904396
    Abstract: A method wherein a first workpiece (2, 40) is loaded to a spindle (30) of a workpiece processing machine with the first toothed workpiece having a predetermined design and being in a predetermined rotational load position. The first toothed workpiece is stock-divided and a machining position is determined based on the stock-dividing. The first toothed workpiece is rotationally adjusted to the machining position. The teeth (3, 42) of the first toothed workpiece are then machined and the first workpiece is removed from the spindle. A second toothed workpiece is loaded to the spindle of the workpiece processing machine. The second toothed workpiece has the same predetermined design and is in the same predetermined rotational load position as the first toothed workpiece. The second toothed workpiece is rotationally adjusted from the predetermined rotational load position to the machining position by the same adjustment amount as the first toothed workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Craig R. Ronald, Uwe Gaiser, Daniel J. Schwab, Matthew J. McNall, Bryan L. Patterson, Kevin H. Blakely, William D. McGlasson
  • Patent number: 11903539
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus includes a proximity-triggered user interface, and configured to provide one or more indicia to a user based on the proximity of the user to the surface cleaning apparatus. The surface cleaning apparatus can be provided with one or more proximity sensors, and the user interface is configured to receive input from the one or more proximity sensors and provide one or more indicia to the user based on the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Miller
  • Patent number: 11901214
    Abstract: The disclosed wafer processing apparatus includes a vacuum chuck unit configured to adsorb and support a wafer assembly including a wafer; a rotary chuck unit configured to rotate the vacuum chuck unit; a rotating shaft connected to the rotary chuck unit to rotate the rotary chuck unit; a ring cover unit configured to press the wafer assembly such that a processing solution sprayed onto the wafer is not diffused into the vacuum chuck unit; a sealing ring installed in the vacuum chuck unit and configured to support the wafer assembly; and a medium supply unit configured to supply an inspection medium to the vacuum chuck unit such that the inspection medium for identifying damage to the sealing ring flows into the sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ZEUS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Ho Park, Woon Kong, Ung Jo Moon, Ki Hun Park