Patents Examined by Natasha Campbell
  • Patent number: 9468951
    Abstract: Described embodiments include an unmanned aerial vehicle and a method. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes an airframe and a rotary wing system coupled with the airframe and configured to aerodynamically lift the vehicle in the air. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a flight controller configured to control a movement of the vehicle while airborne. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a cleansing controller configured to manage a removal of a surface contaminant from a selected portion of a surface of an external object using an airflow generated by the rotary wing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Hon Wah Chin, William Gross, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9457385
    Abstract: An ultrasonic cleaning method for cleaning an object in a liquid in which a gas is dissolved includes preparing the liquid in which the gas is dissolved. The object is cleaned while applying ultrasonic waves to the liquid so that a ratio determined by dividing a vibration strength of the liquid at a fourth-order frequency of the ultrasonic waves by a vibration strength of the liquid at a fundamental frequency of the ultrasonic waves is larger than 0.8/1000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SILTRONIC AG
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Mori, Masashi Uchibe, Teruo Haibara, Etsuko Kubo
  • Patent number: 9443712
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a substrate includes supplying a treatment solution which includes a volatile component onto the front surface of a substrate, solidifying or curing the treatment solution through vaporization of the volatile component of the treatment solution such that a treatment film is formed on the entire portion of the front surface of the substrate, treating a different surface of the substrate while the entire portion of the front surface of the substrate is covered with the treatment film, and supplying to the substrate a removal solution which removes the treatment film in the amount sufficient such that the treatment film covering the entire portion of the front surface of the substrate is removed substantially in entirety after the treating of the different surface of the substrate is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Miyako Kaneko, Takehiko Orii, Itaru Kanno
  • Patent number: 9396974
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate holding unit that horizontally holds a substrate in non-contact with a major surface of the substrate, a processing liquid supply unit that supplies a processing liquid to the major surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit, and a hydrophilic surface placing unit that places an annular hydrophilic surface along a peripheral portion of the major surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit such that the hydrophilic surface comes into contact with a liquid film of the processing liquid held on the major surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takahashi, Toru Endo, Masahiro Miyagi, Koji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9393579
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus is provided that includes a first nozzle configured to direct a cleaning jet towards a contaminated surface at a pressure sufficient to remove contaminants from the surface. At least one second nozzle is configured to direct a rinsing jet towards the contaminated surface to remove cleaning fluid therefrom, wherein the rinsing jet is directed at a pressure sufficient to isolate the cleaning jet from an ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Sergey G. Ponomarev
  • Patent number: 9390949
    Abstract: This description relates to a wafer debonding and cleaning apparatus including an automatic wafer handling module. The automatic wafer handling module loads a semiconductor wafer into a wafer debonding module for a debonding process. The automatic wafer handling module removes the semiconductor wafer from the debonding module and loads the semiconductor wafer into a wafer cleaning module for a cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Chih Chiou, Yu-Liang Lin, Hung-Jung Tu
  • Patent number: 9387521
    Abstract: A method of wet cleaning an aluminum part having bare aluminum surfaces and anodized aluminum surfaces. The method includes CO2 dry ice blasting the surfaces of the aluminum part at approximately 35 to approximately 45 psi, masking the aluminum part to conceal the bare aluminum surfaces, soaking the dry ice blasted and masked aluminum part in deionized water at or above approximately 60° C., scrubbing the aluminum part with an abrasive pad and deionized water after completion of the soaking in deionized water, and repeating the soaking and scrubbing in the recited order at least three additional times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Shih, Fan-Cheung Sze, Brian McMillin, John Daugherty, Yan Fang, Duane Outka, Tuochuan Huang, Sivakami Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 9382697
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for cleaning an associated object includes a motor and an output drive shaft powered by the motor. A cleaning attachment is coupled for rotational movement with the output drive shaft and has an axis of rotation. The cleaning attachment includes a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface. A plurality of elongated cleaning members is mounted to the inner surface of the housing. The apparatus can be employed as a cleaning implement for fire hydrants or other stationary objects. A mechanized method for cleaning stationary objects is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Terrence K. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9380860
    Abstract: A cosmetic brush cleaner apparatus is provided for automatically washing, cleaning, rinsing, and sanitizing a plurality of cosmetic brushes quickly, efficiently, and effectively. In particular, the cosmetic brush cleaner includes a removable lid, a base having a liquid inlet port, a removable brush holder coupled to the base, wherein the brush holder secures one or more cosmetic brushes. The cleaner further comprises a bristle plate coupled to the base, a liquid dispensing port for dispensing the liquid on to the bristle plate, a liquid drainage port for draining the liquid from the bristle plate, wherein the bristle plate is configured to engage the cosmetic brushes, and a controller for operating a motor of the brush cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Lilumia International Ltd.
    Inventor: Fierra Taylor
  • Patent number: 9364873
    Abstract: The inventive substrate treatment apparatus includes a spin chuck which horizontally holds and rotates a wafer; a heater which is disposed in opposed relation to a lower surface of the wafer held by the spin chuck and heats the wafer from a lower side; a phosphoric acid nozzle which spouts a phosphoric acid aqueous solution to a front surface (upper surface) of the wafer held by the spin chuck; and a suspension liquid nozzle which spouts a silicon suspension liquid to the front surface of the wafer held by the spin chuck. The wafer is maintained at a higher temperature on the order of 300° C. and, in this state, a liquid mixture of the phosphoric acid aqueous solution and the silicon suspension liquid is supplied to the front surface of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taiki Hinode, Akio Hashizume, Takashi Ota
  • Patent number: 9357898
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dishmachine that includes at least two tanks and methods of using the tanks to isolate, substantially isolate, or incrementally isolate different chemistries from each other during a cycle. The disclosed dishmachine design and method allows for the use of two different, and potentially incompatible, reactive, or offsetting chemistries to be used in the same dishmachine cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lee J. Monsrud, Jeffrey P. Ellingson, Brian P. Carlson, Louis M. Holzman
  • Patent number: 9352364
    Abstract: A method for removing organic materials includes providing a target object having the organic materials adsorbed thereon, and an adsorbent, into a space including a non-liquid medium therein; and separating the organic materials from the target object by applying ultrasound waves to the target object having the organic materials adsorbed thereon and the adsorbent in the space, and disposing the organic materials to the adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-ho Lee, Seung-yeon Lee, Kang-hee Lee, Seon-ah Jin
  • Patent number: 9345315
    Abstract: An apparatus for application to a broom that includes a broom head provides enhanced cleaning. A skirt of polar fleece fabric has a yoke long enough so that one end of the polar fleece fabric laps the other end when wrapped around the broom head. Hook and loop fasteners on the yoke where one end laps the other end enable the skirt to remain wrapped around the broom head. A plurality of strips that are at least one to three inches longer than the height of the broom head and bristles depend from the yoke. The skirt of polar fleece fabric yoke and strips are conveniently made of a single piece of fabric. A fabric with a stretchable direction transverse to a non-stretchable direction works best if the yoke is substantially parallel to the non-stretchable direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Wishing You Well Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Theresa F. Remmey
  • Patent number: 9327325
    Abstract: A portable resonance induction cleaning method for cleaning a process tubular, heat exchanger, or both can include providing a liquid and air to a portable resonance induction cleaning apparatus, and regulating flow of the liquid therein using the air; thereby providing pressurized pulses of the liquid having a resonance. The method can include engaging a hose assembly or hydraulic ram with the portable resonance induction cleaning apparatus, and engaging the hose assembly with the process tubular or sealing the hydraulic ram to the heat exchanger. The method can include continually expelling the pressurized pulses of the liquid into the process tubular or heat exchanger until a standing column of the liquid is formed. The standing column of the liquid can receive the resonance and transmit the resonance through the process tubular or heat exchanger for removing fouling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: AIMM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Brooks Bradford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9309654
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for the on-site cleaning of a stationary object includes a housing having a side wall with an interior surface. A holder including an outer face and an inner face is detachably mounted to the housing side wall interior surface so that the holder inner face is oriented inwardly in relation to the housing. An elongated cleaning member includes a first end mounted to the holder and a second end extending away from the holder inner face. The elongated cleaning member extends inwardly in the housing. The elongated cleaning member is adapted to contact a surface of the stationary object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Terrence K. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9302297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a product and method for cleaning outdoor surfaces. The product may include a support member and a cleaning element. The support member may include top and bottom portions, the top portion may include a connector configured and dimensioned for receiving and attaching a pole to the support member. The bottom portion may include a structural support for providing rigidity to the support member. The cleaning element associated with the structural support. The cleaning element may include a cleaning face operatively associated with the bottom portion of the support member. The structural support may transfer cleaning forces to the cleaning element. Examples of the type of cleaning element may be a mitt or an alignment plate. The cleaning element may be made of a material that is washable, durable and absorbent and the structural support may be removable from the cleaning element when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Environmental Solutions International
    Inventors: Kent L. Pullen, Kenneth Arnswald
  • Patent number: 9302300
    Abstract: A method is provided for cleaning at least a part of a water-steam circuit of a power plant. The method includes introducing a cleaning solution into the part requiring to be cleaned and subsequently draining off the cleaning solution. While the cleaning solution is being drained off or immediately thereafter, steam for flushing is injected via a steam injection device into the part requiring to be cleaned at at least one high point of the part requiring to be cleaned and low-point drains are opened or remain open in the part requiring to be cleaned and steam continues to be injected until steam emerges from the low-point drains and those low-point drains from which steam emerges are closed, and steam continues to be injected until steam has emerged from all low-point drains, upon which the steam injection device is closed and all low-point drains are reopened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Kuhnke
  • Patent number: 9290583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for washing a polysaccharide-based material which has been subjected to oxidation by at least one oxidizing agent, the said process comprising a first stage of washing with a first densified fluid which is inert with regard to the said oxidizing agent, characterized in that the first stage is followed by a second stage of washing with a washing composition comprising at least one second inert densified fluid and at least one alcohol. The said process according to the invention can additionally comprise a third stage of washing with a third inert densified fluid in order to remove the said alcohol deposited on the said polysaccharide-based material during the said second washing stage. Preferably, the said inert densified fluids are supercritical carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Suzelei Montanari, Jean Stephane Condoret, Severine Camy, Benjamin Renault
  • Patent number: 9278381
    Abstract: The base plate of a robotic or manually propelled tank or pool cleaning apparatus includes a transverse conduit positioned on the interior surface of the base plate and is in fluid communication with a source of pressurized water that is also located within the pool cleaner's housing, which pressurized water is discharged from the bottom or lower portion of the transverse conduit through a plurality of openings that extend along a line that is transverse to the longitudinal axis of the pool cleaner's direction of travel, to produce downwardly-directed water jets that are discharged through and below the base plate towards the surface of the pool or tank over which the pool cleaning apparatus is moving to dislodge and suspend dirt and debris that is then drawn into and retained by the pool cleaner's filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Aqua Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Porat, Giora Erlich
  • Patent number: 9278380
    Abstract: Equipment for washing a carpet includes a conveyor for transferring the carpet between washing and drying units, a control unit, at least one washing unit and at least one drying unit located in the transport direction after the washing unit, and elements for receiving production goods to the equipment. The conveyor is able to transfer the carpet through the washing and drying units with the same speed. The washing unit includes a wet or dry cleaning unit, with at least one brush and elements for transferring the carpet. Each drying unit has a blowing device for blowing compressed air at a pressure of 2-15 bars onto the pile side of the carpet, the blowing pressure depending on the carpet type and/or transfer speed of the carpet at a drying station of the drying unit, it being possible to blow such an amount of compressed air through the drying apparatus so that the carpet exits the drying station tack free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: West Heat Rauma Oy
    Inventors: Risto Kunnas, Arvo Lahtinen, Kari Matula