Patents Examined by Jason Riggleman
  • Patent number: 10189450
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a sensor can include a first valve, a second valve, a set of fluid nozzles, and a housing structure. The housing structure includes a first channel to enable fluid to move from the first valve to the set of fluid nozzles, a cavity, a second channel to enable air to move from the second valve to the cavity, and a slit opening to enable air to move from the cavity to outside the housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesly Mason Rice
  • Patent number: 10112041
    Abstract: A system for cleaning mating parts of an implantable connector includes an implantable connector and a cleaning structure. The implantable connector includes first and second detachable mating parts configured: to be implantable in living tissue; to terminate at least a first segment of a cable; and to have with first and second interfacing surfaces, respectively. The clean structure includes: a cleaning structure configured to clean the first and second interfacing surfaces as the first and second mating parts are being engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Powell, C. Roger Leigh, James Dalton
  • Patent number: 10056270
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate treating apparatus including a substrate holder, a rotating drive unit, a treatment liquid supplying unit, an exterior cup, and an interior cup. The interior cup is movable between a collection position where the interior cup collects the treatment liquid and a retracting position where the exterior cup collects the treatment liquid, and includes an interior cup main body with an annular contour, a liquid outlet in the interior cup main body for draining the treatment liquid in the interior cup main body, and an exhaust port in the interior cup main body for exhausting gas in the interior cup main body. The exterior cup includes an exterior cup main body with an annular contour, a liquid outlet in the exterior cup main body for draining the treatment liquid in the exterior cup main body, and an exhaust port in the exterior cup main body for exhausting gas in the exterior cup main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Kashiyama, Koji Nishiyama, Kota Kabune
  • Patent number: 10047767
    Abstract: A motor pump unit for a high-pressure cleaning appliance is provided, in which the cleaning liquid conveyed by the pump assembly is used for cooling the motor, comprising a motor housing which surrounds the motor, and a cooling channel which surrounds the motor and through which the cleaning liquid can flow for heat dissipation. To provide a motor pump unit having a level of electrical safety which is higher than that of a conventional motor pump unit, the cooling channel surround the motor housing, and the motor pump unit comprise at least one thermally conductive spacer element by way of which the cooling channel is spaced from the motor housing. A high-pressure cleaning appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sven Dirnberger, Timo Spengler, Rudi Bareiter, Markus Fischer, Juergen Kloepfer, Alexander Rubbe
  • Patent number: 10036112
    Abstract: According to a tub for a washing machine according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, a bottom portion, an outer side wall portion, an inner side wall portion, a water flow passage side wall are integrally formed by injection molding so as to form a water flow passage. An apparatus and a method of manufacturing the tub for a washing machine according to the exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure allow the bottom portion, the outer side wall portion, the inner side wall portion, and the water flow passage side wall to be integrally formed by injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: In Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10028636
    Abstract: A fluid flow structure for a washing machine is located within a wash tank of the washing machine, which includes a fluid flow guide surface, and a support for the guide surface. The guide surface includes at least one region contoured inconsistently from the contour of at least one corresponding wall of the washing machine wash tank. The contour of the guide surface is generally curved so as to aide in reducing and/or preventing the pinning of items that often occurs in rectangular wash tanks of the prior art. The support for the guide surface creates a gap between the guide surface and at least one wall of the washing machine wash tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Cantrell, Mark Churchill, David Robert Gast, Michael P. Licata, Joshua H. Huisenga, John McCreight, Bryon J. London
  • Patent number: 10010238
    Abstract: A fluid circulation component for a washing appliance may generally include a substrate defining a passageway therethrough for transporting fluid through the substrate. The fluid circulation component may also include a layered heating assembly formed directly onto an inner surface of the substrate. The layered heating assembly may include a heat insulating layer disposed directly on the inner surface, a heat conducting layer disposed radially inwardly from the heat insulating layer so as to form an outer wall of the passageway, first and second electrically insulating layers disposed between the heat insulating and conducting layers and a resistive heating layer positioned between the first and second electrically insulating layers. Additionally, when current is directed through the resistive heating layer, heat may be generated that is transmitted through the layered heating assembly to the heat conducting layer so as to increase a temperature of the fluid being transported through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Owen Miller, John Edward Dries
  • Patent number: 9962062
    Abstract: A supply container for placement in a dispensing device of a program-controlled cleaning appliance, in particular a dishwasher, includes a main body providing a volumetric space, the volumetric space being of a size suitable for storing an amount of powdered detergent sufficient for performing a plurality of wash cycles. The main body includes a bottom portion and a circumferential side wall integrally formed therewith, the side wall being equipped with a flange located opposite the bottom portion and extending radially outwardly from the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Wegener, Fabian Hils, Guenter Kroeger, Holger Ernst
  • Patent number: 9945062
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for reducing humidity both within laundry and within a laundry treating appliance in response to a door being opened or closed are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara A. Balinski, Floyd G. Jackson, Karl David McAllister
  • Patent number: 9944466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying apparatus (200, 200?, 200?, 200??) for feeding washware (100, 101) to at least one conveyor belt (50, 51, 52) of a commercial conveyor warewasher (1), with a conveying system (201) for conveying the washware (100, 101), in particular for feeding trays or tray-like washware (100), of cutlery and/or of other washware (101). The invention is characterized by an unloading station (202, 202?, 202?, 202??) for automatically unloading the washware (100, 101) from the conveying apparatus (200, 200?, 200?, 200??) transversely to the conveying direction of the conveying system (201), in which the trays (100), with or without cutlery (103) lying on them, can be oriented on edge and parallel to the transport direction of the conveying system (201), so as to be capable of being placed onto a conveyor belt (50) of the conveyor warewasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PREMARK FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Harald Disch, Klaus Padtberg, Frank Zoller
  • Patent number: 9936853
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dishwasher. The dishwasher includes a washing tub to form a dish receiving space; a sump disposed at a lower side of the washing tub; a heater which heats washing water received in the sump to generate a stream; a dish rack disposed inside the washing tub so that a plurality of dishes are inserted and stand; and a steam nozzle disposed in a direction facing edges of the plurality of dishes to flow the stream between gaps of the dishes inserted into the dish rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Yongjin Choi, Jongmin Lee, Soohan Eo
  • Patent number: 9933702
    Abstract: A processing fluid can be discharged according to a discharge type for a process involved, without a discharge defect. A substrate processing apparatus includes a nozzle and a pipeline. The nozzle is configured to discharge the processing fluid toward a substrate, and the processing fluid is supplied to the nozzle through the pipeline. The pipeline has a three-layer structure having a first layer, a second layer and a third layer in this sequence from an inner side thereof. Further, a leading end portion of the first layer and a leading end portion of the third layer are bonded to the nozzle, and the leading end portion of the first layer is located at a position which is not protruded more than a leading end portion of the second layer with respect to a discharging direction of the processing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Jiro Higashijima, Nobuhiro Ogata
  • Patent number: 9918610
    Abstract: A fluid circulation assembly for a dishwasher appliance includes a collection chamber positioned below a sump. A first outlet conduit extends from a valve and is configured for receiving liquid from a pump when the valve is in a recirculation configuration, and a second outlet conduit extends from the valve and is configured for directing liquid from the pump to the collection chamber when the valve is in a drain configuration. A check valve is configured for obstructing liquid flow from the collection chamber to an unfiltered volume of the sump when the valve is in the drain configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Duane Tobbe
  • Patent number: 9918609
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub and a recirculation pump, which includes a housing defining a chamber and having an inlet fluidly coupled to the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to the tub, an impeller rotatably mounted within the chamber and expelling liquid from the chamber through the outlet, and a filter fluidly disposed between the inlet and the outlet and operably coupled to the impeller for co-rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan R. Fountain, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 9911630
    Abstract: A device for processing wafer-shaped articles comprises a closed process chamber providing a gas-tight enclosure, and a rotary chuck located within the closed process chamber. The closed process chamber comprises an annular duct surrounding the rotary chuck and extending along a first direction radially outwardly of the rotary chuck and obliquely to a rotary axis of the rotary chuck, from an inlet end that communicates with the rotary chuck to an outlet end that communicates with an exhaust duct. The annular duct comprises a duct section extending between the inlet and outlet ends that is defined by an inner chamber wall spaced apart from an outer chamber wall. The extent of the duct section along the first direction is at least twice a spacing of the inner and outer chamber walls throughout the duct section, as measured in a direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH AG
    Inventors: Andreas Gleissner, Bhaskar Bandarapu
  • Patent number: 9907450
    Abstract: A dishwasher, a door assembly for the dishwasher and a method of drying the dishware in the dishwasher are provided. The dishwasher may include a tub portion adapted to hold dishware, a heating element proximate a bottom of the tub portion and configured to heat air inside the tub portion during a drying cycle, and a blower configured to direct the air and vaporized water into a duct having an inlet proximate the top of the tub portion. The heat causes the air to rise toward a top of the tub and collect vaporized water from the dishware. The duct is configured to receive the air and the vaporized water. The dishwasher includes a sensor configured to measure a humidity level. A control unit is in communication with the sensor and selectively actuates and de-actuates at least one of the heating element and the blower, based on the humidity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Ashwin Jadhav, Jeffrey E. Nelson, Dennis A. Poyner, Van P. Beck
  • Patent number: 9903059
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance may include a tub and a rotatable drum defining a first access opening to the drum, a cabinet including a front wall having a second access opening aligned with the first access opening, a bellows extending between the front wall and the tub to form a fluid seal between the first and second access openings, and the bellows having a compliance portion to accommodate relative movement between the tub and the front wall, and a door movably mounted to the front wall having a planar window element and a baffle extending from the planar window element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Colin T. Anderson, Michael K. Lindquist, Shannon F. Pipik
  • Patent number: 9906084
    Abstract: A motor suited for use in a direct drive laundry machine. The described motor has a stator core including an annular ring with an inner diameter between 120 mm and 250 mm, a radial width between 5 mm and 15 mm, and 24 or 27 stator poles projecting outward from the annular ring a distance of between 15 mm and 40 mm. Each stator pole is associated with one of three phase windings. A rotor for the motor has inwardly facing permanent magnet poles whereby the ratio of rotor poles to stator poles is 4:3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald David Duncan, Kerrin Edmund Burnnand, Gregory Paul Hill
  • Patent number: 9903063
    Abstract: A fabric treating appliance having an agitator assembly comprising a base and a tower extending upwardly from the base and terminating in an upper portion with an opening. A centrifugally actuated dispensing cup located within the upper portion and fluidly coupled to the opening. The agitator includes a scrub brush that can be mounted to the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Scott E. Carpenter, Orrin P. Lorenz, Joel A. Luckman
  • Patent number: 9889476
    Abstract: A first holding plate and a second holding plate are provided. The first holding plate has a first flat plate portion facing a bottom surface of a substrate and holds the substrate so as to form a gap between the first flat plate portion and the substrate as a first gap, and the second holding plate has a second flat plate portion facing the bottom surface of the substrate and holds the substrate so as to form a gap between the second flat plate portion and the substrate as a second gap. Depending on a processing to be performed, any one of the first holding plate and the second holding plate is mounted on a rotational shaft of a shaft mechanism that includes a fluid supply unit configured to supply a fluid to the bottom surface of the substrate and the rotational shaft configured to rotate the substrate. The processing is performed on the substrate by supplying the fluid to the bottom surface of the substrate from the fluid supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Seiki Ishida