Patents Examined by Alexander Markoff
  • Patent number: 10384238
    Abstract: A debris collection and metrology system for collecting and analyzing debris from a tip used in nanomachining processes, the system including an irradiation source, an irradiation detector, an actuator, and a controller. The irradiation source is operable to direct incident irradiation onto the tip, and the irradiation detector is operable to receive a sample irradiation from the tip, the sample irradiation being generated as a result of the direct incident irradiation being applied onto the tip. The controller is operatively coupled to an actuator system and the irradiation detector, and the controller is operable to receive a first signal based on a first response of the irradiation detector to the sample irradiation, and the controller is operable to effect relative motion between the tip and at least one of the irradiation source and the irradiation detector based on the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: RAVE LLC
    Inventors: Tod Evan Robinson, Bernabe J. Arruza, Kenneth Gilbert Roessler, David Brinkley, Jeffrey E. Leclaire
  • Patent number: 10363584
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to methods for removing coatings and bond coats of ceramic matrix composites. More specifically, the disclosure relates to, for example, methods of removing a bond coat from a ceramic matrix composite by contacting a ceramic matrix composite with at least one hydroxide at particular temperatures and removing the bond coat from said ceramic matrix composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Weaver, Daniel Gene Dunn
  • Patent number: 10347503
    Abstract: Methods for cleaning substrates are described including cleaning substrates having hardmask masks and polymer films, such part of semiconductor fabrication. Cleaning methods include ultraviolet (UV) light exposure of process gas mixtures and liquid cleaning chemistries. A substrate and/or process fluids are exposed to ultraviolet radiation. A process gas mixture being irradiated can include an oxidizing gas mixture (air, clean dry air, oxygen, peroxygen, etc.). Reducing gas mixtures, having hydrogen, can also be irradiated. Reactive species from irradiated gas mixtures are exposed to the substrate to chemically modify film properties, such as by facilitating a subsequent liquid cleaning step. Liquid cleaning chemistries on a substrate surface can also be irradiated. Such cleaning techniques enable shorter cleaning times, lower processing temperatures, and reduced damage to underlying or intermediate layers such as dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Ian J. Brown, Junjun Liu
  • Patent number: 10344566
    Abstract: A deformable cleaning element is encased within soluble packaging to maintain deformation. The deformed cleaning element is launched into the bore of a drill pipe/conduit or tubular. Contact with fluids within the bore dissolves the soluble packaging allowing the cleaning element to expand to its original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Coretrax Technology Limited
    Inventors: John Fraser, Cherish Bodman, Jason Fong
  • Patent number: 10330581
    Abstract: A debris collection and metrology system for collecting and analyzing debris from a tip used in nanomachining processes, the system including an irradiation source, an irradiation detector, an actuator, and a controller. The irradiation source is operable to direct incident irradiation onto the tip, and the irradiation detector is operable to receive a sample irradiation from the tip, the sample irradiation being generated as a result of the direct incident irradiation being applied onto the tip. The controller is operatively coupled to an actuator system and the irradiation detector, and the controller is operable to receive a first signal based on a first response of the irradiation detector to the sample irradiation, and the controller is operable to effect relative motion between the tip and at least one of the irradiation source and the irradiation detector based on the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RAVE LLC
    Inventors: Tod Evan Robinson, Bernabe J. Arruza, Kenneth Gilbert Roessler, David Brinkley, Jeffrey E. Leclaire
  • Patent number: 10328465
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus removes foreign substances from a substrate at high removal efficiency. The substrate processing apparatus includes: a scrubber to perform surface processing of the substrate by bringing a scrubbing member into sliding contact with a first surface of the substrate, a hydrostatic support mechanism for supporting a second surface of the substrate via fluid pressure without contacting the substrate, the second surface being an opposite surface of the first surface, a cleaner to clean the processed substrate, and a dryer to dry the cleaned substrate. The scrubber brings the scrubbing member into sliding contact with the first surface while rotating the scrubbing member about a central axis of the scrubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu Ishii, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, Kenichi Nagaoka, Kenya Ito, Masako Kodera, Hiroshi Tomita, Takeshi Nishioka
  • Patent number: 10315627
    Abstract: A method of cleaning an underside of wheeled outdoor equipment includes attaching a blower extension pipe assembly to a power blower and positioning the extension pipe across the ground and under the equipment to be cleaned. The blower extension pipe includes an elbow end fitting with a blow-off opening that is directed to the underside of the equipment. The blower is operated to direct air through the blower extension pipe and against the underlying surface of the equipment to remove debris therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan Richard Chambers, Bryan Richard Chambers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10305419
    Abstract: A method and system for cleaning an array of solar panels. The system can include an applicator apparatus configured with a plurality of cleaning devices, and an automatic position system (APS) configured with the applicator apparatus. The APS can include a first and second sensor coupled to the applicator apparatus. A controller coupled to the first and second sensor devices can be configured to adjust a position of the applicator apparatus to maintain the plurality of cleaning devices in a direction facing a solar panel to facilitate a removal of an undesired material from the solar panel, while the applicator apparatus is moved from a first position to a second position. A mobile vehicle can be configured with the applicator apparatus to move along a row of the array of solar panels to perform the method for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NEXTracker Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Shugar
  • Patent number: 10285564
    Abstract: A washing device comprises a drawer compartment and a top compartment. The drawer compartment is selectively movable out and in between, respectively, an open and a closed position. The drawer compartment receives a plurality of laboratory consumables held by a rack. The top compartment is positioned above the drawer compartment when the drawer compartment is in its closed position. The top compartment houses a manifold dispenser that is selectively movable up and down between, respectively a loading/unloading position and a washing position. The manifold dispenser comprises at least one liquid input and a plurality of liquid outputs that operably direct fluid to contact the plurality of laboratory consumables held by the rack when the manifold dispenser is in its washing position and the drawer compartment is in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GRENOVA, INC.
    Inventors: Ali Safavi, Taylor Anderson
  • Patent number: 10283326
    Abstract: An ion generator includes an ion source control unit that controls a gas supply unit and a plasma excitation source in accordance with a current ion source condition and a new ion source condition to be employed subsequent to the current ion source condition, a retention time obtaining unit that obtains retention time for the current ion source condition, and a pre-treatment condition setting unit that sets a pre-treatment condition defining a pre-treatment for forming a surface layer region suitable for the new ion source condition on a plasma chamber inner wall based on the current ion source condition, the retention time, and the new ion source condition. The ion source control unit is configured to control the gas supply unit and the plasma excitation source in accordance with the pre-treatment condition when the current ion source condition is changed to the new ion source condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES ION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10272479
    Abstract: System and method for cleaning a product line of a fluid dispensing system. The cleaning system includes a first container that contains liquid and a second container that contains gas such that the cleaning system is attached to the product line of a liquid dispensing system so that cleaning fluid can be pumped through the line that has gas pockets therein. The gas pockets work to create sheer within the product line in order to clean biomass and other contaminates from within the product line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph S. Pickett
  • Patent number: 10264940
    Abstract: The present invention relates in general to the field of cleaning devices, and more specifically, to a cleaning device and method of cleaning bathrooms. The cleaning device and method of cleaning bathrooms is inexpensive and environmentally friendly in that it utilizes a removable, washable and reusable cleaning head to thereby reduce unnecessary waste and cost. The cleaning device and method of cleaning bathrooms is sturdy and allows a user to clean an entire bathroom including showers, bathtubs, sinks, counters and toilets. The purpose of the invention is to provide a cleaning device and method of cleaning bathrooms that reduces the risk of slipping, falling and injuries associated with traditional methods of cleaning bathrooms (e.g., neck, back, shoulder and knee pain).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: J.J. Palmtag, Inc.
    Inventor: Janet A. Palmtag
  • Patent number: 10266155
    Abstract: A method of controlling wash equipment in an automated vehicle wash system having a conveyor includes, measuring one or more contours of a vehicle as the vehicle moves thorough an entry area of the automated vehicle wash system on the conveyor; tracking the distance a fixed point relative to the conveyor moves; associating the one or more contours of the vehicle with the position of the fixed point; determining, based on the one or more contours of the vehicle and the position of the fixed point, commands for operating the wash equipment; delivering the commands to the wash equipment; and operating the wash equipment in accordance with the commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Innovatice Control Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Detrick
  • Patent number: 10269461
    Abstract: A device for submersibly cleaning surfaces inside a nuclear reactor includes a pump and a nozzle connected to said pump. The nozzle is arranged to face surfaces to be cleaned. The device includes cleaning means capable of removing debris on surfaces to be cleaned. The device includes adjustable flotation means, capable of adjusting the flotation capability of the device depending on a type of cleaning application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB
    Inventor: John Klintberg
  • Patent number: 10220419
    Abstract: A single piece device enables medical clinicians to clean and disinfect both an injection port (needleless I.V. connector) and a vascular access catheter hub. The device has a body with a first end having a blind hole with a wall adapted to be engageable with the threads on the housing of an IV connector and a bottom surface adapted to engage the top surface of the IV connector. The device body has a second end defining a male-luer slip extending out of a recess. The male-luer slip is adapted to extend into a standard vascular access catheter hub such that it engages the inner walls of the catheter hub, and the recess is adapted to receive and be engageable with the outside thread element of the catheter hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RYMED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dana Wm Ryan, James M. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10213065
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first motor to control a rotation and a second motor to control a vibration of a moving portion of the apparatus. In one embodiment, the apparatus further comprises a controller to control of a ratio between the rotation and the vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Chirp Products, LLC
    Inventors: Steven D. Powell, Michael Chad Makay
  • Patent number: 10195650
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of cleaning an oil and gas well riser section that has a central larger diameter tubular member having a flow bore and a plurality of smaller diameter tubular members connected to the central larger diameter tubular member, each smaller diameter tubular member having a flow bore. The method includes placing a fitting on an end portion of the riser section, the fitting covering an end of the larger diameter tubular member and the ends of the smaller diameter tubular members, wherein the fitting preferably has multiple openings including one or more centrally located openings and a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart outer openings that are spaced radially away from each of the one or more centrally located openings, said fitting having a drain opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TRI-STATE ENVIRONMENTAL, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Scott Carter
  • Patent number: 10184201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washing machine which includes a cylindrical part having a cylindrical shape and at least one balancer installed in the cylindrical part. The balancer includes a first balancer housing provided with a race in an annular shape with an open top and a second balancer housing to be coupled with the first balancer housing to cover the open top of the race. The balancer is installed in the cylindrical part in such a way that a coupling portion of the first balancer housing and the second balancer housing corresponding to an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical part is covered by the cylindrical part, thereby reinforcing a strength of the balancer by the cylindrical part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Jong Kim, Min Sung Kim, Jeong Hoon Kang, Seung Oh Kim, Yee Lee Wong
  • Patent number: 10181335
    Abstract: A method and system for cleaning and/or burnishing an article. The article is operated on by a burnishing object having one more cutting edges and one or more heating surfaces. The article rotates relative to the burnishing head and the cutting edges remove asperities from the article. The heating surface can be activated and can optionally protrude from the burnishing head to further reduce roughness of the surface of the article as the article is rotating relative to the head. The cutting edges and heating surfaces can be configured in shape and size (i.e., geometry) to accommodate the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Shashi Bhushan Agarwal, Huan Tang, Jing Gui
  • Patent number: 10173249
    Abstract: A method of cleaning calibration and other substrates that improves the correlation of measurements from calibration and product substrates and increases the useful life of the calibration substrates is herein disclosed. By exposing a calibration substrate to ultraviolet light, a reaction is triggered that results in the cleaning of the contaminants from the calibration substrate. For instance, monatomic oxygen is introduced to contaminants on the surface of a calibration substrate to remove the contaminants without inducing modifications in the substrate itself. Through the cleaning process, the temperature of the calibration substrate may be controlled to limit adverse effects caused by the overheating of the calibration substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rudolph Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Ding, Priya Mukundhan, James Kane, Steven Peterson, Fei Shen