Patents Examined by Benjamin L Osterhout
  • Patent number: 11026555
    Abstract: A dishwasher may include a washing chamber, a door having a detergent dispenser, and a wash arm arrangement with a rotatable first wash arm and a second wash arm which may be rotatably attached to the rotatable first wash arm. The second wash arm may include a spray nozzle arranged to expel washing liquid in a direction relatively the second wash arm. The second wash arm may be arranged to bring the spray nozzle along a circular path with a radius in a plane during a rotation cycle of the second wash arm. The direction may have a first angle in the plane relatively the radius and a second angle relatively the plane, and the spray nozzle may be arranged to be directed in the direction towards the detergent dispenser during at least a portion of the rotation cycle to cause the washing liquid to intersect with the detergent dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Marie Minde, Anders Haegermarck
  • Patent number: 11024519
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a rotation holding device that holds and rotates a substrate, a liquid supply device including one or more rinse liquid nozzles that are positioned on back surface side of the substrate and supply rinse liquid to peripheral edge portion of back surface of the substrate, a cup that receives the liquid supplied to the substrate, and a control device including circuitry that controls the holding and supply devices. The nozzle is attached to the cup to receive the liquid, and the circuitry controls the holding and supply devices and executes first process in which the holding device varies rotation speed between first and second speeds, and the nozzle supplies the liquid to the peripheral edge portion of the back surface of the substrate such that the liquid cleans peripheral region of the nozzle in the cup and region on outer side of the peripheral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Akira Fujita
  • Patent number: 11020714
    Abstract: Provided is a washer liquid supply system in a simple structure and capable of improving the capacity of washing an object of a vehicle. A washer liquid supply system includes: a washer tank mounted on a vehicle to store washer liquid; a supply section mounted on the vehicle to supply the washer liquid in the washer tank to a window shield of the vehicle; and a connecting member being a bubbling section mounted on the vehicle to make the washer liquid contain bubbles, wherein the supply section supplies the washer liquid containing the bubbles to the window shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Sasaki, Takuro Hashimoto, Kazuma YosHii, Motoki Minami, Taisuke Goto
  • Patent number: 11015280
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a flow path switcher, comprising a valve core, a shell and a base. The shell comprises a valve seat A, a valve seat B, a channel of valve seat A, a channel of valve seat B, an outlet and an inlet. The base comprises a valve seat C, the valve seat A and the valve seat B are located on one side of the valve core and the valve seat C is located on the other side of the valve core. Also a liquid detergent delivery device with the flow path switcher is disclosed, comprising a main channel, a piston, a one-way valve D, a one-way valve E, a detergent box A and a Venturi negative pressure generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Hangzhou Kambayashi Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pengfei Bao, Yilei Wang, Hongwei Yu
  • Patent number: 11007841
    Abstract: Methods and systems for thermal management of sensors of a vehicle. The system includes a sensor that is attached to a vehicle, a temperature monitor configured to collect temperature data corresponding to the sensor, a processor, and a sensor cleaning subsystem. The sensor cleaning subsystem includes a cleaning fluid reservoir and a port that is positioned to direct cleaning fluid from the reservoir to the sensor. The processor is configured to: receive temperature data corresponding to the sensor from the temperature monitor, determine that a current temperature of the sensor is greater than a first threshold temperature, and cause the sensor cleaning subsystem to initiate a cleaning cycle and direct the cleaning fluid to the sensor to cool down the sensor in response to determining that the current temperature of the sensor is greater than the first threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Argo AI, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Jackson, Dustin Yautz
  • Patent number: 11000177
    Abstract: A washing machine such as a dishwashing machine, preferably of the drawer-style or table-top style, or a laundry washing machine, the washing machine having at least one low-height wash liquid conduit connecting the outlet of a sump region of a washing tub to a wash pump. The at least one low-height conduit having a transverse cross-section that is substantially oblong. In one aspect, the surface of a heating unit forms a surface of a low-height conduit. In another aspect, the sump is provided with multiple outlets. In another aspect, a cover plate is provided for covering a section of a washing tub base and the at least one low-height conduit is formed between the base of the washing tub and the cover plate by a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Wayne Andrew Mason, Paul Christiaans, Robert Effingham Lawrence
  • Patent number: 11001953
    Abstract: A washing machine is provided. The washing machine includes a first housing; a second housing disposed on the first housing; a first tub covered by the first housing and having a first opening formed at a front surface; a second tub covered by the second housing and having a second opening formed at an upper surface; a drain path provided to drain wash water of the first tub and wash water of the second tub and having at least one portion located at a position higher than a maximum water storage height of the second tub; and a connector coupled to the first housing and disposed at one portion of the drain path where wash water of the first tub and wash water of the second tub are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Haeng Kim, Young-Hyun Kim, Geon Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 11000178
    Abstract: A dishwasher according to the present invention includes a tub having a double wall structure so that consumption of energy is reduced using water or air stored in an inner space of the double wall structure of the tub in a washing process and consumption of water is reduced using the water stored in the inner space of the double wall structure in a next washing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Min Cho, Jae Sung Kwon, Sung Min Yoo, In Chul Yun, Ki Sup Lee, Jung Yoon Hahm
  • Patent number: 11001956
    Abstract: A washing machine and a method for controlling the same are provided. The washing machine includes a first rotary tub, a first driver configured to rotate the first rotary tub, a second rotary tub, a second driver configured to rotate the second rotary tub, and at least one processor configured to control the first driver and the second driver in a manner that the first rotary tub and the second rotary tub rotate. If a rotation speed of the first rotary tub is equal to or higher than a first reference speed, the at least one processor controls the second driver such that a rotation speed of the second rotary tub increases to a target speed and then decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Jin Cho, Do-Yeon Kim, Suk Bae Kim, Ji Eun Jun, Woong Choi, Su Hwan Ji
  • Patent number: 10995444
    Abstract: The washing machine of the present disclosure includes an improved pulley for reducing the noise generated in the pulley. When the shaft is inserted into the shaft insertion hole, at least a part of the shaft is closely contacted with the shaft insertion hole to minimize the tolerance between the shaft and the shaft insertion hole, and the rotation shaft of the pulley and the center axis of the shafts may be made to coincide with each other, so that the noise generated by the rotation of the pulley can be effectively reduced. In addition, the spoke of the pulley includes the curved portion, thereby reducing the friction with the air and effectively reducing noise due to friction with air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Hee Lee, Takahiro Nakashima, Yoshinari Shimada, Kazushi Mori, Jeong Hoon Kang, Min Sung Kim, Dong Ha Jung, Kwan Woo Hong
  • Patent number: 10995447
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance includes a cabinet defining an interior and having an access opening to the interior, a treating chamber located within the interior and accessible through the access opening, a dispenser having a drawer with at least one chemistry container and a faucet, and a water supply fluidly coupled to the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Beres, Paul E. Brownie, Eric A. Gallagher, Guy M. Kazmierzak, Andrew C. Kubasiak
  • Patent number: 10988887
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a water tub storing water, a rotary tub arranged in the water tub, a dissolving area in which a detergent is fed and dissolved, an FB feed-water pathway which includes a fine-bubble generation apparatus allowing generation of fine bubble water and along which water fed from a feed-water source is passed through the fine-bubble generation apparatus to be fed to the dissolving area as fine bubble water, an FB feed-water valve opening and closing the FB feed-water pathway, and a control apparatus controlling opening and closing of the FB feed-water valve. The detergent and the fine bubble water are controllably brought into contact with each other to dissolve the detergent, in a washing course in which the washing machine is operated and during a period when the detergent is dissolved in feed-water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation
    Inventors: Hironori Sasaki, Tomonori Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10988881
    Abstract: The laundry treating device has a user interface configured to receive a user selection of a preprogrammed wash cycle. A treating chemistry dispenser has multiple treating chemistry cups configured to dispense treating chemistry to the treating chamber during the selected washing cycle. A controller configured to activate dispensing from each of the treating chemistry cups at preprogrammed times during the wash cycle. A performance enhancement selector configured to receive a user selection such that activation of the performance enhancement selector causes the controller to dispense one of the treating chemistry cups at a different time than the preprogrammed time during the wash cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Amberdeep S. Aurora, Michael J. Bauman, Donald Erickson, Sarah E. Ihne, Nicholas Leep, Karl David McAllister, Daniel Polonsky, Ryan James Van Zoest
  • Patent number: 10988118
    Abstract: In a device (100) for rapid fixing of a cleaning and/or drying fluid transporting body (6) of a telescopic cleaning device (3) on a support plate (8) for an optical sensor (2) of an optical detection system of a motor vehicle (1), the support plate (8) includes a positioning and orientating interface (12) for a first end (14) of the fluid transporting body (6) and a second locking interface (13, 13?) for a second end (15) of the fluid transporting body (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Philippe Picot, Sébastien Rollet, Jordan Vieille, Giuseppe Grasso
  • Patent number: 10991600
    Abstract: A process chamber and a substrate processing apparatus including the same are disclosed. The process chamber includes a first housing and a second housing on the first housing. The first housing includes a first outer wall, a first partition wall facing the first outer wall, and a first side wall connecting the first outer wall and the first partition wall. The second housing includes a second outer wall, a second partition wall between the second outer wall and the first partition wall, and a second side wall connecting the second outer wall and the second partition wall. Each of the first and second outer walls has a thickness greater than a thickness of the first partition wall and a thickness of the second partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Yong-Jhin Cho, Young-Hoo Kim, Jihoon Jeong, Yungjun Kim, Jung-Min Oh, Kuntack Lee, Hyosan Lee
  • Patent number: 10986976
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening and having a top wall. A door is movable between opened and closed positions to selectively close the access opening. A receiving collar is coupled to one of the tub or the door and has an opening and a deflecting surface accessible through the opening. A strike plate is coupled to the other of the tub or the door and received within the opening in the receiving collar in an insertion direction. The strike plate has at least one biasing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Nearpass, Michael E. Gatt, Thomas M. O'Brien, Jason A. Cackley
  • Patent number: 10982374
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance includes a cabinet defining an interior and having an access opening to the interior, a treating chamber located within the interior and accessible through the access opening, a dispenser having a drawer with at least one chemistry container and a faucet, and a water supply fluidly coupled to the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Beres, Paul E. Brownie, Eric A. Gallagher, Guy M. Kazmierzak, Andrew C. Kubasiak
  • Patent number: 10981545
    Abstract: A telescopic cleaning device is intended for projecting at least one cleaning and/or drying fluid onto a glass surface to be cleaned of a motor vehicle, such as an optical surface of an optical sensor of an optical detection system. The cleaning device includes at least one fluid distribution element, rendered movable, along an axis of elongation (X) and at the end of a movable piston between a retracted first position and an extended second position for cleaning and/or drying. The fluid distribution element comprises a distribution bar (4) inside which a fluid distribution channel (56) extends and the distribution bar is equipped with a heating device (60) integrated at least in part into the distribution bar in order to heat the fluid passing through said distribution channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Philippe Picot, Jordan Vieille, Sébastien Rollet, Grégory Kolanowski, Giuseppe Grasso, Xavier Bousset, Maxime Baudouin
  • Patent number: 10974285
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device for cleaning a protective film to be attached to an outer surface of a laminate during a lamination process of heating and pressing the laminate of electrodes and a separator to produce an electrode assembly of a battery cell, including a feed roll configured to supply the protective film, at least one guide roll configured to guide a progress of the protective film supplied from the feed roll, a cleaning roll located between the feed roll and a winding roll and configured to remove foreign substances remaining on the protective film supplied from the feed roll, and the winding roll configured to wind the protective film from which foreign substances have been removed by the cleaning roll, wherein a nano thin film is formed on an outer surface of the cleaning roll to adsorb and remove the foreign substances remaining on the protective film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Youn Park, Jin Hak Kong, Kyu Hyun Choi
  • Patent number: 10957546
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus is disclosed. In an embodiment, a substrate processing apparatus includes a plurality of polishing units including discharge valves that can discharge water at a predetermined flow rate, a plurality of cleaning units including discharge valves that discharges water at a predetermined flow rate, and a controller that controls opening and closing of the discharge valve of each of the plurality of polishing units and the plurality of cleaning units, and the controller controls opening and closing of the discharge valves of the plurality of polishing units and the plurality of cleaning units based on predetermined priority orders allocated to the plurality of polishing units and the plurality of cleaning units, so that the total discharge flow rate from the plurality of polishing units and the plurality of cleaning units is a predetermined flow rate or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetatsu Isokawa