Patents Examined by Chris Fiorilla
  • Patent number: 7014714
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to the conditioning of bowling lanes, and, more particularly to an apparatus and method for automatically applying a predetermined pattern of dressing fluid along the transverse and longitudinal dimensions of a bowling lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation
    Inventors: George W. Buckley, Roy A. Burkholder, Richard A. Davis, Steven J. Gonring, Mark H. Meade, Patrick J. Mitchell, Troy A. Recknagel
  • Patent number: 7014712
    Abstract: An adhesive layer is provided on a base material in the shape of an elongated film, powder particles are adhered thereon, and then other powder particles and media vibrated in a container are contacted with this adhesive layer. Next, the powder particles are embedded on the surface of the adhesive layer as a monolayer in which part of the powder particle protrudes, so as to form a laminate, and excess powder particles adhered to the laminate are removed. Therefore, a monolayer powder film, consisting of many powder particles embedded as a monolayer so that part thereof protrudes, is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Tomoegawa Paper Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Sano, Kensaku Higashi
  • Patent number: 7008481
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for depositing a homogeneous pyrolytic coating on substrates. These coatings would include insulator, metal and semiconductor films on a glass substrate. The apparatus controls the size and distribution of the spray droplets to improve the uniformity of the coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Innovative Thin Films, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dean M. Giolando, Alan J. McMaster
  • Patent number: 7008570
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus and method for assembling first and second mold parts having contact lens forming surfaces, wherein said first mold part has a reaction mixture on said contact lens forming surface, said apparatus comprising movement preventing means which prevents said first mold part from moving while said second mold part is controllably moved from a first position wherein said second mold part is not in contact with said reaction mixture on said first mold part to a position wherein the majority of said contact lens forming surface of said second mold part has been wetted by said reaction mixture on said first mold part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen Pegram, Kent Young, Kerry Sanders, Jeffrey Steven
  • Patent number: 7008480
    Abstract: Disclosed is a photoresist coating apparatus capable of preventing a substrate from being contaminated and preventing a pattern bridge phenomenon from being created in the substrate during an exposure process by shielding backflow of photoresist through forcibly exhausting photoresist to an exterior. The photoresist coating apparatus includes a vacuum chuck for holding a substrate by using vacuum, a driving motor connected to the vacuum chuck through an arm, a first nozzle for coating photoresist onto the substrate, a second nozzle for performing a rinse process, a bath surrounding the vacuum chuck to prevent photoresist from being discharged to an exterior, a first drain pipe connected to both lower ends of the bath in order to discharge photoresist contained in the bath, and a photoresist discharge section for forcibly discharging photoresist contained in the bath to the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Jae Doo Eom
  • Patent number: 7008482
    Abstract: First link members (56A and 56B), a pair of second link members (57A and 57B), and three head holders (51R, 51G, and 51B) are installed rotatably. Rotational pivots (50A and 50B) provided at intermediate portions of the second link members (57A and 57B) and a reference nozzle of the reference head holder (51R) are positioned on the same line in a main scanning direction. The reference head holder (51R) is rotated about the reference nozzle, and the other head holders (51G and 51B) are also rotated simultaneously. The head holders (51G and 51B) are formed to be movable parallel to a sub scanning direction, irrespective of the rotation angles thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Goto
  • Patent number: 7008499
    Abstract: An advertising device is provided having a bumper sticker assembly and an insulation assembly. The bumper sticker assembly has a first side that is semi-resistant to adhesives and a second side having an adhesive applied thereto. The insulation assembly has a flexible, planar insulation member and a panel of release material coupled thereto. Prior to use, or for storage, the advertising device is kept flat with the bumper sticker assembly releasably coupled to said release material. The advertising device may be used as a cup holder by removing a portion of the insulation assembly, thereby exposing a strip of adhesive, wrapping the advertising device around a container and adhering the strip to the bumper sticker assembly first side. Alternatively, the entire insulation assembly may be removed and the bumper sticker assembly may be used as a traditional bumper sticker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: The Beistle Company
    Inventor: Douglas Wilson
  • Patent number: 7001464
    Abstract: A glazing apparatus to glaze a window or door sash is described that includes a nozzle and a gear metering assembly. The metering assembly creates a flow of glazing material through the nozzle at a controlled rate such that the rate of flow of glazing material from the nozzle is proportional to a distance that the nozzle travels across the sash. The invention also allows the production of a finished window or door from precut glass and a pre-assembled sash at a single manufacturing station. The invention largely eliminates the effect of operator skill and experience on the quality of the finished product by evenly depositing sealant on the window frame as well as desiccant within a channel formed in the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Erdman Automation Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney V. Erdman, Nicholas J. Dahmen, Paul A. Van Kempen
  • Patent number: 6997988
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a workpiece in a micro-environment includes a workpiece housing connected to be rotated by a motor. The workpiece housing forms a substantially closed processing chamber where one or more processing fluids are distributed across at least one face of the workpiece by centrifugal force generated during rotation of the housing. A sump is connected to an inlet and an outlet in the chamber. Rotation of the workpiece housing recirculates fluid into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Semitool, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Curtis, Raymon F. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6997226
    Abstract: Consistent with an embodiment of the present invention, there is a device for transferring a substantially disc-shaped workpiece from a workpiece carier. The workpiece is fastened along a first one of its main surfaces with a double-sided adhesive foil onto a carrier foil. The workpiece is fastened onto the carrier foil along a first one of its main surfaces with of a double-sided adhesive foil onto a carrier foil on whose surface the workpiece is to be provided and fastened along the first main surface in an at least substantially planar manner. The first double-sided adhesive foil is adhesively connected by a first adhesive layer provided on its first surface to a first surface of the workpiece carrier and by a second adhesive layer provided on its second surface to the workpiece along the first main surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Joachim Anker
  • Patent number: 6997991
    Abstract: Device for cleaning a powder coating booth and powder coating booth with cleaning device. The device for cleaning a powder coating booth is provided with a first air distribution batten arranged on the floor of the powder coating booth. Also provided is a second air distribution batten arranged on a side of the powder coating booth and a suction channel with a suction slot for sucking excess powder out of the booth. The first and the second air distribution batten are provided in order to blow excess powder in the direction of the suction slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: J. Wagner AG
    Inventors: Leopold von Keudell, Hanspeter Dietrich
  • Patent number: 6997990
    Abstract: Device and method for fabricating a display panel having ink-jet printing applied thereto, the device including a stage for supporting a substrate, a base having one or more than one rail for transporting the stage, and one or more than one ink-jet head rotatable by an angel for spraying a pattern forming solution to the substrate, thereby reducing a fabrication cost and simplifying a fabrication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bum Jin Bae, Eun A Moon, Young Jae Cho, Ji Hoon Sohn, Byung Gil Ryu
  • Patent number: 6994765
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for image formation, that can yield thermally transferred images which are excellent in various fastness properties even under severe service conditions, and an intermediate transfer recording medium for use in the method for image formation. The method for image formation comprises the steps of: providing an intermediate transfer recording medium comprising a substrate film and a transfer portion provided separably on the substrate film; forming an image on the intermediate transfer recording medium in its transfer portion; transferring the transfer portion onto an object; and, thereafter, again transferring the intermediate transfer recording medium in its next transfer portion once or more onto the object with the image formed thereon. In this case, in the intermediate transfer recording medium, a hologram image is set every at least second image plane, and an image can be formed on the transfer portion having the hologram image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Oshima, Kozo Odamura, Takayuki Imai, Tadahiro Ishida, Etsuo Takasaki
  • Patent number: 6994753
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for applying liquid coating to pellets in a flowing feed stream are provided. An incoming bulk material feed is conditioned to produce a ribbon-like agglomerated flow pattern, and the bulk material is passed through a first spray section which coats an exposed surface of the pellets flowing therethrough. The flow direction is reversed in a second spray station, which operates to expose an opposite surface of the pellets, such that the second spray section coats substantially the remainder of the outer surface of the pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Todd A. Rae
  • Patent number: 6991683
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously coating and measuring a part. The apparatus includes a part support, a sprayer and a part measurer positioned adjacent to the part support and a display device positioned adjacent to the part support. The sprayer applies a coating to a section of the part while the part measurer continuously measures a dimension of the section of the part being coated. In one embodiment, an initial amount of coating and a final amount of coating are applied to the section of the part based on the dimension measurements and desired dimension of the part. In another embodiment, the amount of coating applied to the part is based on the desired coating thickness. As a result, the apparatus and method of the present invention significantly reduces the margin of error related to the application of coatings to parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Dimension Bond Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 6989061
    Abstract: For use in a rotational casting machine used for coating a rotating body with elastomer, such as polyurethane, there is provided a nozzle used for dispensing the liquid polyurethane onto the rotating body to be coated. The outlet of the nozzle is a narrow, elongated slit or opening. However, the interior passageway of the nozzle continually changes shape from the inlet to the outlet thereof, in order to ensure a constant cross-sectional area of the interior passageway along the length thereof, and in order to arrive at the desired narrow, elongated outlet-opening, whereby laminar flow of the liquid polyurethane is achieved with the concomitant reduced dwell-time of the liquid polyurethane therein, in order to reduce build up and clogging of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Kastalon, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Bruce DeMent, Paul Werstler
  • Patent number: 6982004
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for electrostatic loading of drugs on an implantable medical device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shamim Malik, Syed F. A. Hossainy
  • Patent number: 6982102
    Abstract: The present invention is a coating unit for applying a coating solution on a substrate, comprising: a container enclosing the substrate; a casing for accommodating the container therein; a supply device for supplying a predetermined gas into the casing; a first exhaust pipe for exhausting an atmosphere inside the container; a second exhaust pipe for exhausting an atmosphere inside the casing; a first adjusting device which is disposed in the first exhaust pipe, for adjusting a flow rate of an atmosphere passing through the first exhaust pipe; and a second adjusting device which is disposed in the second exhaust pipe, for adjusting a flow rate of an atmosphere passing through the second exhaust pipe. According to the present invention, the second exhaust pipe is usable for adjusting the exhaust flow rate to maintain a pressure inside the casing at a positive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroichi Inada, Shinichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 6977051
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus and method for assembling first and second mold parts having contact lens forming surfaces, wherein said first mold part has a reaction mixture on said contact lens forming surface, said apparatus comprising movement preventing means which prevents said first mold part from moving while said second mold part is controllably moved from a first position wherein said second mold part is not in contact with said reaction mixture on said first mold part to a position wherein the majority of said contact lens forming surface of said second mold part has been wetted by said reaction mixture on said first mold part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Jonhson & Johnson
    Inventors: Stephen Pegram, Kent Young, Kerry Sanders, Jeffrey Steven
  • Patent number: 6973951
    Abstract: An apparatus for seaming roofing membranes to one another, wherein one of the membranes is secured to an underlying support structure by at least one protruding fastener is provided. The apparatus includes a wheeled carriage having an upwardly extending push/pull bar. A power supply propels the wheeled carriage and energizes a heating assembly that generates a heated airflow sufficient to fuse the roofing membranes to one another. A nozzle is coupled to the heating assembly for directing the heated airflow between the two membranes. A variable pressure roller assembly is coupled to the carriage and has a single durometer material carried by an axle that may have different diameter sections. The roller passes over the at least one protruding fastener while still applying a uniform pressure so as to form a substantially continuous width seam except where interrupted by the protruding fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: BFS Diversified Products, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Henegar