Patents Examined by Jason Y. Ko
  • Patent number: 10524876
    Abstract: A system for monitoring cleaning efforts of care givers using stethoscopes including one or more stations capable of cleaning a head portion of a stethoscope presented thereto. The system includes an identification apparatus operably associated with each of a plurality of stethoscopes. The identification apparatus serves to identify a particular stethoscope and, thus, a particular care provider. A mechanism for detecting and signaling each time a particular stethoscope comes within predetermined radius of a cleaning station forms part of the system. Another mechanism for detecting and signaling each time a particular stethoscope is presented to a station to have a cleaning event performed thereon also forms part of the system. An analysis unit is operably connected to each detecting mechanism and is configured for calculating the cleanliness level of each stethoscope. A method for monitoring cleaning efforts of care providers using stethoscopes is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CLEAN SCOPE, LLC.
    Inventors: Alvin J. Schonfeld, Ryan A. Schonfeld
  • Patent number: 10526737
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laundry treatment apparatus equipped with an exhaust type drying system, which is capable of not only enhancing drying efficiency while reducing consumption of energy and cooling water required to dry laundry, but also achieving smooth exhaust of air even when a water trap is formed in a drainage duct. The laundry treatment apparatus includes a casing, an outer tub, an inner tub, a drainage duct for guiding wash water stored in the outer tub to be discharged to the outside of the casing, a first exhaust duct connected, at one end thereof, to the drainage duct, to guide air present in the outer tub into the drainage duct, and a second exhaust duct upwardly branched from the drainage duct, to exhaust air present in the drainage duct to the outside of the outer tub or the outside of the cashing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungwoo Han, Doohyun Kim, Geunhyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10519590
    Abstract: A method of operating a laundry treating appliance is provided. The laundry treating appliance comprises a chassis having a front panel with an opening, a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and having an opening at least partially aligned with the front panel opening, a bellows connecting the front panel and the tub at their respective openings, and a liquid supply system supplying liquid to the treating chamber. The method comprises supplying liquid to a treating chemistry dispenser to provide a mixture of liquid and treating chemistry to the treating chamber for a treating cycle of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: George W. Malheiros
  • Patent number: 10506911
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dishwasher including a spray unit fixed to one sidewall of a wash tub and a reflecting plate assembly to reflect wash water sprayed from the spray unit onto dishes and to linearly reciprocate in a spray direction of the wash water sprayed from the spray unit. The dishwasher further includes a drive unit to drive the reflecting plate assembly, and a cam unit to transmit driving force of the drive unit to the reflecting plate assembly. The drive unit includes a motor to generate rotational force, and a belt forming a closed loop and caused to make cyclic movement by the motor. The cam unit is engaged with the belt to transmit power of the belt to the reflecting plate assembly. The cam is alternately engaged with first and second portions of the belt to cause the reflecting plate assembly to reciprocate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan Young Park, Chang Wook Lee, Seung Gee Hong, Young Su Ser, Soo Hyung Yoo, Kwan Woo Hong, Yong Soo Kyong, Jea Won Lee, Dae Uk Kang, Jeong Hoon Kang, Sung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10499800
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes a concentration sensor including a concave section in which a sensing section is housed and a permeable membrane configured to cover the concave section, a medicinal solution tank, to an inside of which at least the permeable membrane is exposed and on the inside of which a disinfection solution is stored, and a heating section configured to heat at least the permeable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, HORIBA Advanced Techno, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideto Onishi, Hiromasa Akahori, Yumiko Awau, Akihisa Ogawa, Shintaro Suzuki, Yoshihiko Kawaguchi, Satoko Kai
  • Patent number: 10499789
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for cleaning articles for cleaning is proposed. The cleaning apparatus comprises at least one cleaning chamber and at least one covering apparatus which at least partially encloses the cleaning chamber. The covering apparatus is movable over an opening travel from a closed position into an opened position or vice versa. The covering apparatus is connected via at least one force transmission path to at least one spring element. At least one spring force of the spring element can be transmitted by means of the force transmission path to the covering apparatus. The force transmission path has at least one torque converter. The torque converter has a transmission ratio which varies over the opening travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Gaus, Denis Lehmann, Thomas Näger
  • Patent number: 10499801
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes a concentration sensor including a concave section in which a sensing section is housed and a permeable membrane configured to cover the concave section, a pressure resistant container in which the concentration sensor is housed, a medicinal-solution lead-in section configured to introduce a medicinal solution into the pressure resistant container, and a pressure adjusting section configured to adjust pressure such that an internal pressure of the concave section is low compared with an internal pressure of the pressure resistant container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, HORIBA Advanced Techno, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideto Onishi, Yoshihiko Kawaguchi, Satoko Kai
  • Patent number: 10500616
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a sprinkler configured for spraying liquid; a conduit with a nano-particle coated surface; a sensor associated with the conduit, wherein the sensor is configured to detect a signal corresponding to a film deposition on the nano-particle coated surface; and a controller coupled with the sensor and the sprinkler, wherein the controller is configured to regulate liquid spraying of the sprinkler over the nano-particle coated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Hsing Chien, Yung-Ti Hung, Rouh Jier Wang, Yu-Te Chang
  • Patent number: 10494752
    Abstract: In a control method of a washing machine, a primary nephelometric turbidity unit (NTU) of washing water is sensed before a washing course is started in a washing cycle, a second NTU is sensed based on the primary NTU, and a washing time, an amount of washing agent, and/or a number of times of rinsing are varied based on a difference value between the primary NTU and the secondary NTU, thereby improving washing performance and washing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kyounglan Kim
  • Patent number: 10494749
    Abstract: Devices, apparatus, systems and methods for enhancing cleaning operations in washing machines by providing one-piece agitator inserts in washing machines that agitates laundry to enhance cleaning during the washing and/or rinse cycles in the washing machines. The agitators do not release any chemicals and can be reused with different laundry loads. A preferred embodiment of an agitator can include a cross pattern of prongs, each having bulbous ends, and a center post extending upward and downward from an axis of the cross pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jerald Baughman
  • Patent number: 10487431
    Abstract: A noise leakage preventing device for a clothes treating apparatus is provided. The device may include a base located at a lower portion of a cabinet and forming a bottom surface of the clothes treating apparatus, and a noise blocking rim attached along a periphery of a lower surface of the base and located between the base and the ground. The noise blocking rim may prevent noise generated from the clothes treating apparatus from being transferred or emitted out the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinwoong Kim, Wongi Park, Jinyoung Park, Sangwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10486208
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, both first and second cup bodies are brought into a state of being close to each other by lifting one of the first and second cup bodies. A first gap between a gap forming portion formed on the lower surface of a first protruding portion and the upper surface of a second protruding portion is narrower than a second gap between a portion of the first protruding portion where the gap forming portion is absent, and the upper surface of the second protruding portion. In this state, a cleaning liquid is supplied to the second gap. Since movement of the cleaning liquid that tends to flow radially outward is restricted by the first narrow gap, the entire area between the first and second protruding portions may be filled with the cleaning liquid so that the surface to be cleaned may be evenly cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ogata, Norihiro Ito, Jiro Higashijima, Yusuke Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Aiura
  • 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: 10478867
    Abstract: A treatment liquid supply device and a wet treatment device with which an extremely small quantity of the treatment liquid can be accurately supplied, as a method for supplying a treatment liquid to an extremely small wafer of half inch size, including: a syringe that sucks and discharges the treatment liquid; a treatment liquid bottle that is filled with the treatment liquid; a suction hose that has one end connected to the treatment liquid bottle and the other end connected to the syringe, and sucks the treatment liquid inside the treatment liquid bottle to the syringe; a supply hose that has one end connected to an intermediate section of the suction hose and serves to supply, to the surface of the wafer, the treatment liquid discharged by the syringe; and a three-way solenoid valve that controls opening/closing of each of the suction and supply hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Shiro Hara, Sommawan Khumpuang, Akio Kobayashi, Takeshi Umino, Sonoko Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10478866
    Abstract: A cleaning system, including a vessel with an inside for storing fluid under pressure (the vessel including a first connection point for dispensing fluid from the vessel that is configured to be in a closed position when not connected and a second connection point for pressurizing the vessel that is configured to be in a closed position when not connected), an outlet autoclave stem for installing in the cleaning system so that steam may pass through the first connection point during autoclaving, and an inlet autoclave stem for installing in the cleaning system so that steam may pass through the first connection point during autoclaving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Veltek Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosario S. Calio, Jeffrey Churchvara, Arthur Vellutato, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10470641
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a chassis, a tub partially defining a treating chamber, and a door pivotally mounted to the chassis and pivotally moveable between open and closed positions. A decorative panel for the dishwasher can include a slide adjuster for connecting the decorative panel to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Sebastian Jan Chwalibog
  • Patent number: 10471480
    Abstract: The detergent dispensing device includes a base and an extrusion assembly. The extrusion assembly is joined to the base, and includes a seat member having a first tube and a second tube extending upward and forward, respectively. A volume control member is configured inside the first tube and a resilient engagement member is reciprocally moveable along the second tube. The extrusion assembly also includes a connection member connecting the first tube. A detergent bottle is fit on the connection member and the detergent flows into the first tube through the connection member. When the engagement member is engaged, a first ball of the volume control member allows the detergent to flow out of the first tube. As the engagement member is restored resiliently, the first ball blocks the first tube, thereby providing a fixed amount of detergent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRODUCT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsu-Hui Chang
  • 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: 10463144
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for efficient and user-friendly transport of materials from a first substrate to a second substrate are described. Systems can include a first substrate vessel configured to hold a first substrate to be cleaned or extracted, a transport media delivery system in fluid communication with the first substrate vessel, and a catchment system. The transport media delivery system delivers a fluid transport medium, which may include a fluid in a supercritical phase, to the first substrate vessel. The fluid transport medium removes particles from the first substrate and carries the particles to the catchment system, where the particles can be exhausted to the atmosphere or deposited onto a second substrate such as a filter or disposal tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Paige Chryseis DeVerse, Richard Andrew DeVerse
  • 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