Patents Examined by Cristi J Tate-Sims
  • Patent number: 10478055
    Abstract: A liquid distribution system is configured to deliver a disinfectant solution to a medical device within an enclosure. A disinfectant concentration measuring subsystem includes a mixing chamber, a reservoir, a reservoir cap, a pump, and a concentration analysis assembly. The first mixing chamber is in fluid communication with an outlet of the liquid distribution system. The reservoir is configured to contain a reagent solution and is in fluid communication with the mixing chamber. The reservoir cap includes a static member, which is configured to couple with a supply conduit and a return conduit; and a rotating member, which is configured to rotate relative to the static member to couple the reservoir cap with the reservoir. The pump is configured to simultaneously pump the disinfectant solution and the reagent solution into the mixing chamber. The concentration analysis assembly is operable to determine a concentration of disinfectant output from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventors: Nick N. Nguyen, Yan Fang
  • Patent number: 10470608
    Abstract: A beverage supply device applied to a beverage dispenser providing a beverage to a beverage container and has a beverage supply route for supplying a milk beverage to the beverage container, includes a washing unit to, in response to a washing instruction, mix an undiluted wash fluid with a wash hot water to generate a wash fluid, the undiluted wash fluid being supplied from an undiluted wash fluid accommodating unit configured to accommodate the undiluted wash fluid, the hot water being supplied from a hot water storage unit configured to stores the hot water which is for generating pressurized steam for forming the milk beverage, supply the wash fluid to the beverage supply route communicating with the washing unit, and supply the hot water supplied from the hot-water storage unit to the beverage supply route as a rinse hot water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihide Mochida
  • Patent number: 10464110
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a dust collection apparatus includes a liquid supplier, a first member, and a liquid recoverer. One end of the first member is connected to the liquid supplier, one other end of the first member is connected to the liquid recoverer. The first member is conductive. The first member has a first surface including a plurality of trenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10457253
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for cleaning a sensor of a motor vehicle. The device in accordance with the invention includes means for simultaneous or sequential distribution via a distribution orifice (11) in a distribution nozzle (1) of a first fluid and/or a second fluid separately routed via a first admission channel (2) and/or via a second admission channel (3), respectively, to a common distribution chamber (10) in said distribution nozzle (1). It also includes means for moving said distribution nozzle (1) between a rest position and a deployed position, and these said means for moving the distribution nozzle (1) include means shared with the means for feeding the first admission channel (2) with the first fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Marcel Trebouet, Giuseppe Grasso
  • Patent number: 10449577
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a chamber, a substrate holding unit, an elevated/lowered member, and an elevation/lowering driving unit. The chamber includes a base plate having an upper surface that defines a housing space. The substrate holding unit is housed in the housing space, is placed on the upper surface of the base plate, and holds a substrate. The elevated/lowered member is elevated and lowered inside the housing space. The elevation/lowering driving unit drives the elevation and lowering of the elevated/lowered member. The elevation/lowering driving unit includes a driving source, disposed higher than a lower surface of the base plate, and an elevating/lowering head, which is connected to a guard and is moved vertically by the driving source within a movable range in which an entirety of the head is positioned higher than the lower surface of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10438821
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate holder, a rotating mechanism, a processing liquid discharge unit, and a gas discharge unit. The processing liquid discharge unit discharges a liquid flow of a processing liquid such that the liquid flow comes into contact with a landing position in a rotation path of a peripheral portion of an upper surface of the substrate being rotated. The gas discharge unit discharges a first gas flow of an inert gas from above toward a first position upstream from the landing position in a direction of rotation of the substrate in the rotation path, and discharges a second gas flow of the inert gas from above toward a second position upstream from the first position in the direction of rotation of the substrate in the rotation path. The kinetic energy of the second gas flow is lower than the kinetic energy of the first gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rei Takeaki, Koji Ando, Tadashi Maegawa, Yosuke Yasutake
  • Patent number: 10420451
    Abstract: A dishwashing machine is provided to include at least one spray part spraying washing water, a vane provided to be movable and deflecting the sprayed washing water, a rack accommodating tableware to be washed by the washing water deflected by the vane, a detection part detecting the tableware accommodated in the rack, and a controller generating position information with respect to the tableware detected by the detection part and controlling an operation of at least one of the at least one spray part and the vane based on the generated position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Gee Hong, Chang Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 10422067
    Abstract: A pretreat cover for a washing machine appliance is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the pretreat cover is spaced apart from an opening defined by a top panel of the washing machine appliance. In contrast, the pretreat cover is at least partially disposed in the opening when the pretreat cover is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander B. Leibman, Lucius Levon Cole, James Quentin Pollett, Manidhar Vvs Yandamuri
  • Patent number: 10400382
    Abstract: There is disclosed a drainage apparatus capable of allowing the fluid flowing via diverse paths to flow via one path, the drainage apparatus comprising a first inlet pipe fluid flows in, a second inlet pipe fluid flows in, an outlet pipe in communication with the first inlet pipe and the second inlet pipe, a first outlet hole in contact with the first inlet pipe and the outlet pipe and a second outlet hole in contact with the second inlet pipe and the outlet pipe, wherein the first outlet hole and the second outlet hole are provided not to face each other directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minkyu Sang, Hosang Jang, Jihong Lee
  • Patent number: 10400381
    Abstract: A liquid additive supply device on a washing machine. The liquid additive supply device includes a main storage part coupled to a cover through a one-touch type of push button. In an assembled state, the push button securely locks the cover to the main storage part. When a user pushes the push button, the cover is released from the locked position and can be separate from the main storage part. The cover includes a movable portion and a fixed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jong Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10390680
    Abstract: A fluid circulation assembly for a dishwasher appliance includes a motor with a drive shaft rotatably coupled to the motor. An impeller is coupled to the drive shaft with a one-way clutch. The one-way clutch includes a housing integrally formed in the impeller and a bearing disposed within the housing. The bearing is movable within the housing between a first position and a second position. The bearing is spaced from the drive shaft in the first position, and the bearing operatively engages the housing and the drive shaft to transfer rotational motion from the drive shaft to the impeller in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Charles Boyer, John Edward Dries
  • Patent number: 10377100
    Abstract: Invention is a cleaning robot for cleaning the inner surfaces (5) of the half mold (4) of tire curing molds comprising a basket (10) wherein a lifting arm (50) placed in a manner pivotal on a proximal end (52), the lifting arm (50) pivoted on a distal end (54) of a support arm (70). The cleaning robot fits completely into the basket (10) when the positioned as close and comprising a movable head (80) having a nozzle (82) coupled in a manner to establish fluid communication to the dry ice inlet (84) and located at the distal end (76) of the support arm (70) and a free end which is configured movably closer to the inner surface (5) such as at a vicinity of the inner surface (5) along the contour of its when the positioned as open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LANG YUZER OTOMOTIV YAN SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Ismet Yuzer, Mustafa Hami Yucel, Okan Denizli, Görkem Anil Al, Latif Orbay
  • Patent number: 10368718
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a modular docking system supporting the docking of one or more spray containers at various locations within a dishwasher. Each spray container includes a container body capable of retaining utensils along with one or more nozzles supplied with fluid by the modular docking system to direct a spray of fluid at utensils retained by the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark W. Wilson, Timothy Martin Wetzel
  • Patent number: 10358759
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a composite balance ring and a washing machine. The balance ring is internally hollow to form a chamber. The chamber is horizontally provided with a partition plate which divides the chamber into upper and lower chambers. The upper and lower chambers communicate through an overflow structure and a backflow structure, and the chamber is filled with balancing liquid with a level close to the partition plate. During the dehydration process of the washing machine, the balancing liquid in the lower chamber overflows into the upper chamber by a low overflow speed through a narrow gap that forms the overflow structure, and the balancing liquid remaining in the lower chamber provided with a counterweight force in the inner tub, so that the increase of eccentric displacement of the inner tub due to eccentric flowing of the balancing liquid is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: HAIER GROUP CORPORATION, QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guosheng Wan, Jingli Yang, Quancheng Feng, Xian Zhang, Changcheng Shao
  • Patent number: 10342407
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to a cycle of operation and a door assembly selectively moveable to close an access opening to the treating chamber, the door assembly having an interior door panel, an exterior door panel, and a window assembly comprising first and second window panes supported within the door assembly by a peripheral frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick A. Millett, Daniel W. Southworth, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 10344418
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a cabinet having an opening, a drawer configured so as to be discharged from the cabinet through the opening, a through-hole formed in an upper surface of the drawer, a tub that is located inside the drawer and that defines a space that is configured to receive water, an introduction aperture formed in an upper surface of the tub, the introduction aperture being located under the through-hole, a drum that is located in the tub, that is configured to rotate, and that is configured to receive laundry, a door that is configured to open and close the introduction aperture, the door being coupled to one of the drawer or the tub, and a guide for preventing the door from interfering with the opening when the drawer is discharged from the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihong Lee, Byungjin Lee, Hosung Jang, Yeongkyeong Choi, Minkyu Sang
  • Patent number: 10342409
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a drinkware spray container capable of directing a spray of fluid against one or more drinkware articles retained by the spray container. The drinkware spray container may be configured as a cup tree including a vertical member or trunk and a plurality of branches that extend from the trunk and support a drinkware article, with nozzles disposed on the branches to direct a spray of fluid into the supported drinkware articles. The drinkware spray container may also be configured as a drinkware basket including a container body defining one or more compartments along with one or more spray members capable of directing a spray of fluid onto interior surfaces of drinkware article retained within the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark W. Wilson, Timothy Martin Wetzel, Christopher G. Hoppe
  • Patent number: 10335008
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus for rinsing and disinfecting utensils, on demand, with a controller operating the components that deliver a pro-determined volume or timed flow of water, and exposure time of sanitizer(s) to the intended objects. The spray embodiment has high performance conical spray nozzle(s) controlled by a controller that reduces water usage and that may vary depending on the viscosity of the material to be eliminated. The recirculating embodiment has a recirculating water system, with a controller operating the components that recirculate water throughout the system until the turbidity exceeds a chosen threshold, and displace with fresh water until the turbidity returns to a lower threshold. The water resumes recirculation until it again exceeds the chose turbidity threshold and the water in the system is again displaced by fresh water. Both spray and recirculating embodiments can contain multiple rinse stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Chris Gilreath, Thomas B. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10328612
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a molding surface (51) of a reusable lens mold (5), in particular of a reusable lens mold (5) for molding ophthalmic lenses such as soft contact lenses, comprising the steps of: generating a jet (3) of deionized water, exposing the molding surface (51) of the reusable lens mold (5) to the jet (3) of deionized water, wherein the jet (3) of deionized water has a circular full cone spray pattern and impinges on the molding surface (51) of the reusable lens mold (5), and wherein the circular full cone spray pattern has a uniform distribution of the volume flow of deionized water over the base of the cone of the circular full cone spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NOVARTIS AG
    Inventor: Halina Heidrich
  • Patent number: 10316453
    Abstract: A top-loading-type washing machine including a drum, a drive module for rotating the drum via a drive shaft, inner and outer pulsators placed in the drum so as to be rotated in opposite directions, and a gearbox connected to the drive shaft for rotating both the pulsators. The gearbox includes a sun gear rotatably connected to the drive shaft, planetary gears rotatably engaged with the sun gear, a ring gear rotatably engaged with the planetary gears, a carrier for connecting the planetary gears so as to be rotated along with the planetary gears, a gear housing to which the ring gear is fixed, the gear housing being coupled to the outer pulsator, and a carrier shaft coupled to the inner pulsator. The top-loading-type washing machine further includes a long-axis bolt fastened to the drive shaft and rotatably inserted into a carrier shaft bore of the carrier shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Insik Yu, Youngjong Kim, Kyubum Lee