Patents Examined by David A. Bucci
  • Patent number: 10780462
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning game, fruit, vegetables, fish, or crustacea in a container has a pipe and a connector connected to the pipe adjacent one end of the pipe. The pipe has a plurality of apertures formed in spaced relation to each other along a length of the pipe. The pipe is adapted to extend generally vertical within the container. The plurality of apertures are adapted to direct a flow of water in a generally cyclonic path in the container. The connector is adapted to introduce water into and through the pipe from a water hose or a conduit. A fastener is affixed to the pipe or the connector so as to removably affix the pipe to the a container. A spacer is affixed to the pipe so as to position the pipe a distance away from a wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Tim McDonald
  • Patent number: 10770315
    Abstract: A fall-proof apparatus for cleaning semiconductor devices is provided. The fall-proof apparatus comprises: a nozzle (102) connecting with a carrier (101); a megasonic/ultrasonic device (105) fixing on the carrier (101); and a sensor (104) detecting the distance between the megasonic/ultrasonic device (105) and the carrier (101) to determine whether the megasonic/ultrasonic device (105) is loose and going to fall. The megasonic/ultrasonic device works with the nozzle during a cleaning process. A chamber with the fall-proof apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ACM Research (Shanghai) Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenming Chu, Xi Wang, Hui Wang, Shena Jia, Jun Wu, Fuping Chen, Xuejun Li
  • Patent number: 10760201
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a cabinet and a wash tub mounted within the cabinet. The washing machine appliance also includes a spray hose assembly fluidly connected to a wash fluid source and configured for selectively providing a flow of wash fluid in a desired direction and location. The spray hose assembly includes a retractable hose mounted within the cabinet and a spray head attached to the retractable hose. The retractable hose of the spray hose assembly may be retractable by one or both of a coiled section of the retractable hose or a torsion spring configured to provide a return force to the retractable hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander B. Leibman, Manidhar V V S Yandamuri
  • Patent number: 10750924
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening, a sump fluidly coupled to the tub, and a liquid recirculation circuit fluidly coupling the sump to the treating chamber. The liquid recirculation circuit includes at least one rotating spray tube having a longitudinal body axis defining a rotational axis. A plurality of spray nozzles are provided in the rotating spray tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick T. Roderick, Antony M. Rappette, Daniel Lottinville, David Brightbill, Matthew Jaske, Rodney Welch, Michael Lagness
  • Patent number: 10744979
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor window, a deflector fixedly positioned to deflect a first airflow travelling in an opposing direction to a direction of travel of the sensor window to one or more directions tangential to the sensor window, and a nozzle fixedly positioned to direct a second airflow through the nozzle to a space between the sensor window and the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Schmidt, Scott A. Black, Katherine Jo Ralston
  • Patent number: 10729305
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub, a first dish rack, and a second dish rack disposed above the first dish rack in the tub. The second dish rack includes a frame configured to couple to and adjust in a vertical position relative to a plurality of mounting rails in the tub. The second dish rack also includes a collapsible portion coupled to the frame and configured to adjust in a vertical position relative to the frame. In some embodiments, the second dish rack further includes a feed pipe coupled to the collapsible portion, the feed pipe having at least one connection point configured to align with at least one water supply point, wherein each vertical position of the collapsible portion corresponds to a different alignment of the at least one connection point and the at least one water supply point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Viktor Kopyrin, Raveendran Vaidhyanathan
  • Patent number: 10730082
    Abstract: A workpiece processing apparatus allowing in situ cleaning of metal deposited formed on the extraction plate and in the plasma chamber is disclosed. The apparatus includes an extraction plate having an extraction aperture through which the sputtering material is passed. The apparatus also includes a sealed volume disposed within the plasma chamber which is in communication with a cleaning aperture on the extraction plate. The sealed volume is in communication with a cleaning gas, which is excited by the plasma in the plasma chamber, and can be used to clean the exterior surface of the extraction plate. The feed gas used in the plasma chamber can be selected from a sputtering species and the cleaning gas. Since the volume in the sealed volume is separated from the rest of the plasma chamber, the cleaning of the extraction plate and the cleaning of the plasma chamber may be performed independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen F R Gilchrist, Costel Biloiu, Shurong Liang, Christopher R. Campbell, Vikram Singh
  • Patent number: 10731286
    Abstract: A machine and method for washing fabric articles adaptively fills a wash basin with water based on a time period between rotation reversal of the wash basin and a load present in the wash basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance Laundry Systems LLC
    Inventors: Wayne M Sharkey, Jeffrey R Hochtritt, Benjamin R Patri
  • Patent number: 10687685
    Abstract: A dishwasher is disclosed, which comprises a cabinet; a base forming a lower portion of the cabinet; and a support coupled to a coupling portion provided in the base, supporting the cabinet, wherein the coupling portion includes a hollow shaped coupling hole; and a plurality of first threads formed in the coupling hole, and the support includes a plurality of second threads engaged with the first threads; and a stopper formed to be protruded at a groove of the second thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Bongsoo Son, Donghwi Park, Hyoseong Gwag
  • Patent number: 10677473
    Abstract: Ovens having spray systems for spraying cleaning fluid in a cooking chamber are disclosed that include a chamber drain flow path that leads to a grease drain path and a water drain path. A baffle wall in the chamber drain flow path controls the flow of fluid between the grease drain path and the water drain path. The chamber drain flow path may also have a recirculation path to return water to the spray system. Ovens having spray systems for cleaning are disclosed that include a door having a latch mechanism that automatically latches upon closure of the door and a gasket disposed between the door and an oven housing that directs water impinging upon the door back into the cooking chamber and the chamber drain flow path. The door may have an inner glass pane and an outer glass pane pivotably mounted to the inner glass pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jason M. Stephens, Troy R. Tope, Daniel L. Kerby
  • Patent number: 10658221
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a semiconductor wafer is provided. The method includes placing a semiconductor wafer over a supporter arranged around a central axis of a spin base. The method further includes securing the semiconductor wafer using a clamping member positioned on the supporter. The movement of the semiconductor wafer during the placement of the semiconductor wafer over the supporter is guided by a guiding member located over the clamping member. The method also includes spinning the semiconductor wafer by rotating the spin base about the central axis. In addition, the method includes dispensing a processing liquid over the semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wang-Hua Lin, Chun-Liang Tai, Chun-Hsiang Fan, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 10639681
    Abstract: The invention discloses an automatic powder cleaning system for mixed-line hub bolt holes and a combined powder cleaning gun. The powder cleaning system comprises a control system, a recognition system, a powder cleaning robot, a gun storage and an accessory device. A plurality of combined powder spraying guns are arranged in the gun storage, and a quick disassembly fixture is arranged at the end of the powder cleaning robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zaide Wang, Huanming Ma, Hongtao Wang, Zhiliang Zhang, Qingwang Wei, Zhiwei Qin
  • Patent number: 10617279
    Abstract: Disclosed are a spraying arm assembly (100) for a dishwasher and a dishwasher having same. The spraying arm assembly (100) includes: a fixing seat (110), a first bevel gear (111) being fixedly provided on the fixing seat (110); a first spraying arm (120) rotatably connected to the fixing seat (110) in a direction around the fixing seat (110), and formed with a first spraying aperture (121); and a second spraying arm (140) rotatably connected to the first spraying arm (120). A second bevel gear (141) is provided at an end of the second spraying arm (140) near to the fixing seat (110), and is intermeshed with the first bevel gear (111); and a second spraying aperture (142) is provided in the second spraying arm (140). By providing the above spraying arm assembly (100), the cleaning efficiency of the dishwasher is increased effectively, and thus the product quality is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FOSHAN SHUNDE MIDEA WASHING APPLIANCES MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dianling Liu, Feng Gao
  • Patent number: 10622225
    Abstract: The controller of a substrate processing apparatus carries out a liquid column forming step in which cleaning liquid is discharged through a lower surface nozzle when a spin chuck is not holding a substrate, to form a liquid column extending upward from the lower surface nozzle, and, in parallel with the liquid column forming step, a first dropping portion cleaning step in which an upper surface nozzle is reciprocated horizontally between a first position where a dropping portion of the upper surface nozzle does not contact the liquid column and a second position where the dropping portion of the upper surface nozzle does not contact the liquid column, so as to cause the upper surface nozzle to pass through a first middle position where the upper discharge port of the upper surface nozzle overlaps with the liquid column in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuyasu Miura, Masahide Ikeda, Hiroki Tsujikawa, Kazuhiro Fujita, Yuya Tsuchihashi
  • Patent number: 10612175
    Abstract: A laundry washing machine and method automate the selection of one or more parameters of a wash cycle of a laundry washing machine based in part on a color detection sensor disposed proximate an opening of the wash tub and configured to capture color composition data of one or more items added to the wash tub and a weight sensor operatively coupled to the wash tub, where the weight sensor is configured to detect the addition of an item among the one or more items to the wash tub and initiate capturing of the color composition data, and a controller is configured to configure one or more parameters for a wash cycle based upon the captured color composition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Phillip C. Hombroek
  • Patent number: 10613036
    Abstract: The invention comprises a steam cleaning system that can rapidly handle multiple objects in an efficient and useful way. For example, objects used for shipping or moving food products in the food manufacturing or food services industries must either be new, clean and used once and then discarded, or re-used and thus cleaned to ensure no contamination is present. Layer pad objects or other separating surfaces are often used in these industries and often when these objects are used in stacking and pelletizing large shipments of food products, where the payer pad or other separating or container objects or surfaces help contain or maintain the integrity of the food products during shipment. In an important aspect of the invention, a plastic layer pad cleaning system is described. In other aspects, other surfaces, containers, or other separating objects used in shipping or distribution or food products are efficiently cleaned using a steam cleaning and conveying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: United Sortation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Eisenberg, Darius Scott
  • Patent number: 10576582
    Abstract: A spot heater and a device for cleaning a wafer using the same are provided. The wafer cleaning device includes a heater chuck on which a wafer is mounted, the heater chuck configured to heat a bottom surface of the wafer; a chemical liquid nozzle configured to spray a chemical liquid on a top surface of the wafer for etching; and a spot heater configured to heat a spot of the top surface of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Hoo Kim, Il-Sang Lee, Yong-sun Ko, Chang-Gil Ryu, Kun-Tack Lee, Hyo-San Lee
  • Patent number: 10569312
    Abstract: An excess sprayed coating removal device for removing excess sprayed coatings adhering to the inner surface of a crank chamber of a multi-cylinder engine includes: a rotatable nozzle inserted in a first small chamber, movable in a direction parallel to the axial direction of a cylinder bore communicating with the first small chamber, and jets high-pressure water toward the leading end side thereof; and at least a single of shields that are each inserted into a second small chamber adjacent to the first small chamber to face into a communication hole, the shields protecting from the high-pressure water a sprayed coating sprayed on the inner surface of the cylinder bore communicating with the second small chamber. The shields have a block portion in a region facing into the communication hole, the block portion configured to shut the high-pressure water jetted from the nozzle and passes through the communication hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroki Haremaki, Shunji Otani, Seiko Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10570543
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a machine housing, a wash drum suspended by a plurality of carrier arms, a force sensor associated with at least one carrier arm provides a signal that is representative of a force acting on the carrier arm, and a control unit connected to the force sensor. The control unit receives measurement information during each of a plurality of phases of a program run of the washing machine, that is representative of a signal profile over time of the sensor signal over at least a portion of a revolution of the wash drum, introduces a defined amount of water into the wash drum between each pair of successive phases, determines parameter information indicative of the fabric type of laundry loaded into the drum based on the measurement information obtained during the various phases, and controls the program run in dependence on the determined parameter information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Johann Schenkl
  • Patent number: 10550508
    Abstract: A system for treating stains on a surface includes a portable, unattended heating device having a housing, a heating plate, and a controller operably coupled with the heating plate, wherein the controller is configured to actuate the heating plate. The system can further include a stain treatment pad wetted with a liquid treating chemistry, and the portable, unattended heating device is adapted to rest on and heat the stain treatment pad to treat a stain, including releasing, transferring and removing the stain from the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Perry, Jay M. Kellis, Michael Luyckx