Patents Examined by Michael Barr
  • Patent number: 10087564
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus including a cabinet forming an appearance of the apparatus, a drum having a laundry space therein to accommodate laundry, a rotating shaft for rotatably supporting the drum in the cabinet, a balancer including a housing fixed to the drum, an accommodation space defined in the housing, a balancing unit movably provided in the accommodation space, and a housing power line provided in the accommodation space to supply the balancing unit with electric power, a shaft through-hole formed through the rotating shaft, a first power supply unit, fixed to the rotating shaft, including a connection line connected to the housing power line through the shaft through-hole, and a second power supply unit rotatably fixed to the first power supply unit to connect the connection line to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyundong Kim, Jaehyun Kim, Kyeonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10079163
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for treating a substrate. The apparatus includes a support unit that supports the substrate, and a treatment liquid supply unit that supplies a treatment liquid to the substrate, and the treatment liquid supply unit includes an injection unit that supplies the treatment liquid to the substrate supported by the support unit, a tank that accommodates the treatment liquid, a pipe connected to the tank, and a static electricity removing member that removes static electricity from the treatment liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Raetaek Oh, Hyunwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10058898
    Abstract: A device for removing impurities from shredded plastic includes at least one first cleaning body having a sectionally tapered and/or cylindrical outer surface forming a first cleaning surface, and at least one second cleaning body having a sectionally tapered and/or cylindrical inner surface forming a second cleaning surface. The second cleaning body accommodates the first cleaning body such that the cleaning surfaces oppose each other and delimit a cleaning gap between each other. A drive apparatus can rotate at least one of the cleaning bodies about its longitudinal axis, and a feed apparatus feeds the shredded plastic into the cleaning gap. The cleaning surfaces each have cleaning ribs, wherein at least one flank of the cleaning ribs is inclined or curved. Cleaning bars running transversally to the direction of extension of the cleaning ribs are arranged between at least some neighboring cleaning ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CVP Clean Value Plastics GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gercke, Michael Hofmann, Carsten Wermter
  • Patent number: 10058226
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a dishwasher spray arm is provided. The dishwasher spray arm may include a washing liquid intake, an inner volume, and at least one opening arranged to dispense washing liquid from the inner volume to a washing chamber. The dishwasher spray arm may also include one or more guide vanes in a vicinity of the at least one opening. The one or more guide vanes may at least partly prevent a rotating movement of washing liquid dispensed via the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Johan Spång, Finn Svensson, Elianne Lindmark
  • Patent number: 10053774
    Abstract: A reactor system and related methods are provided which may include a heating element in a wafer tray. The heating element may be used to heat the wafer tray and a substrate or wafer seated on the wafer tray within a reaction chamber assembly, and may be used to cause sublimation of a native oxide of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventors: John Tolle, Eric Hill
  • 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: 10046372
    Abstract: A liquid processing apparatus includes a plurality of liquid processing units, a plurality of individual exhaust paths, a common exhaust path, a first outside air intake section, a first regulation valve, a second outside air intake section, and a second regulation valve. The liquid processing units perform a liquid processing on a processing target object. An exhaust gas from an inside of the liquid processing unit flows in the individual exhaust paths. The exhaust gas from the individual exhaust paths flows in the common exhaust path. The first outside air intake section is formed at the most upstream side to introduce outside air. The first regulation valve is provided in the first outside air intake section. The second outside air intake section is formed at a downstream side of the common exhaust path from the connection. The second regulation valve is provided in the second outside air intake section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kazuya Goda, Yoshifumi Amano, Nobuya Yamamoto, Go Ayabe
  • 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: 10040103
    Abstract: An apparatus for servicing tubular members includes a cleaning fluid delivery system, a motor configured to provide rotational movement to the cleaning fluid delivery system, and a cleaning fluid actuator configured to provide pressurized cleaning fluid to the cleaning fluid delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Jaroslav Belik
  • Patent number: 10043682
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for treating a substrate. The apparatus includes a support unit that supports the substrate, and a treatment liquid supply unit that supplies a treatment liquid to the substrate, and the treatment liquid supply unit includes an injection unit that supplies the treatment liquid to the substrate supported by the support unit, a tank that accommodates the treatment liquid, a pipe connected to the tank, and a static electricity removing member that removes static electricity from the treatment liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Raetaek Oh, Hyunwoo Lee
  • 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
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    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: 10022756
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates to a method for displacing fluid from a pipe. The method includes engaging a fluid-displacement system with the pipe. A displacement agent is pumped into the pipe via the fluid-displacement system. Fluid present within the pipe is displaced by the displacement agent. The pipe is manipulated in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AMEC FOSTER WHEELER USA CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. Austin, Raymond Christopher Young
  • Patent number: 10024561
    Abstract: A humidity reducing vent for a washing appliance such as a dishwasher or washing machine employs a jet pumping action allowing a single electric blower to move and mix humid air exhausted from the washing appliance washing chamber and external dry air streams together prior to discharge so as to reduce condensation outside of the washing appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan H. Olson
  • Patent number: 10022758
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate processing apparatus including a chamber, a first measuring unit, an exhaust pipe, a regulation valve, an opening degree detection unit, a valve controller, and a clogging detection unit. The chamber accommodates therein a substrate to be processed by using a processing fluid. The first measuring unit measures an internal pressure of the chamber. An exhaust from the chamber flows through the exhaust pipe. The regulation valve regulates an exhaust volume of the exhaust pipe. The opening degree detection unit detects a valve opening degree of the regulation valve. The valve controller controls the valve opening degree of the regulation valve based on a measurement result of the first measuring unit to keep the internal pressure within a specified range. The clogging detection unit detects clogging of the exhaust pipe based on the valve opening degree detected by the opening degree detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tomonori Okumura, Takashi Ajishi, Keisuke Tsugao
  • Patent number: 10023986
    Abstract: A washing machine which enables a user to effectively perform hand washing of washings in a washing and dewatering tank is disclosed. A full-automatic washing machine has: a washing and dewatering tank for performing washing and dewatering of washings; a water supply unit for supplying water into the washing and dewatering tank; a control part for controlling the water supply unit; an auxiliary washing plate which is detachably installed in the washing and dewatering tank and has a shape of concaves and convexes on an upper surface; and a hand washing water supply button which is operated when the auxiliary washing plate installed in the washing and dewatering tank is used for performing hand washing of washings. Here, the control part supplies water to the water supply unit based on a condition already operated on the hand washing water supply button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: Haier Asia International Co., Ltd., Qingdao Haier Washing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonari Kawaguchi, Katsuji Onishi, Minoru Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10010239
    Abstract: An apparatus for the rack assembly of a dishwasher that includes opposing side portions, at least two axles extending outwardly from each of the opposing side portions, and a roller wheel mounted to each axle, wherein each roller wheel has ball bearings that enable at least a portion of the roller wheel to rotate about the axle. The rack assembly apparatus may be used for the upper or lower rack of the dishwasher. In case of the lower rack, the assembly may roll on the surface of the door. In case of the upper rack, the assembly may roll along guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald M. Nowell, Jr., Daniel W. Southworth, Matthew M. Hansen, Joseph T. Ferencevich
  • 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: 9999340
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub having an open face and at least partially defining a treating chamber for holding dishes during an automatic cycle of operation, a door moveably mounted between an opened position, wherein a user the treating chamber is accessible, and a closed position, wherein the door closes the open face of the tub and dispensing assembly configured to activate an indicator to emit a human-detectable signal in response to a first signal indicating a predetermined amount of treating chemistry and a second signal indicating a predetermined amount of illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. DeWeerd, Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Sathish A. Sundaram, Kristopher L. Delgado
  • Patent number: 9999339
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Sathish A. Sundaram