Patents Examined by Natasha Campbell
  • Patent number: 9263303
    Abstract: Rinsing methodologies and components to accomplish rinsing of tool surfaces in tools that are used to process one or more microelectronic workpieces. The invention can be used to rinse structures that overlie a workpiece being treated in such a manner to function in part as a lid over the process chamber while also defining a tapering flow channel over the workpiece. Rather than spray rinsing liquid onto the surface in a manner that generates undue splashing, droplet, or mist generation, a swirling flow of rinse liquid is generated on a surface of at least one fluid passage upstream from the surface to be rinsed. The swirling flow then provides smooth, uniform wetting and sheeting action to accomplish rinsing with a significantly reduced risk of generating particle contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TEL FSI, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stiyer, David Dekraker
  • Patent number: 9221150
    Abstract: The invention relates to a facility and a method for the stripping, de-scaling, and surface treatment of coated and uncoated materials such as metals, concrete, wood, polymers, plastics or any other type of material, by means of cryogenic fluid jets at very high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Jacques Quintard, Frederic Richard, Charles Truchot
  • Patent number: 9165799
    Abstract: A substrate processing method includes jetting at least one fluid from a fluid nozzle toward a rotating substrate surface while moving the fluid nozzle from a center toward a periphery of the rotating substrate. The fluid nozzle is moved from the center of the substrate to a predetermined point at a constant initial movement speed. The fluid nozzle is subsequently moved from the predetermined point at a movement speed V(r) which satisfies the following relational expression: V(r)×r?=C (constant), where V(r) represents the movement speed of the fluid nozzle when it passes a position corresponding to a position on the substrate surface at a distance “r” from the center of the substrate, and ? represents a power index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xinming Wang, Mitsuru Miyazaki, Kunimasa Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9159594
    Abstract: Disclosed are a liquid processing apparatus and a liquid processing method that can advance a plurality of nozzle supporting arms into a processing chamber. The liquid processing apparatus includes a processing chamber, a nozzle configured to supply a fluid to a substrate held by a substrate holding unit, a nozzle supporting arm configured to support the nozzle, and an arm standby unit installed adjacent to the processing chamber and configured for the nozzle supporting arm retreating from the processing chamber to stand by. In the liquid processing apparatus, a plurality of nozzle supporting arms are installed and one nozzle supporting arm has a different height level from the other nozzle supporting arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Jiro Higashijima
  • Patent number: 9155226
    Abstract: A fan control method includes the steps of: acquiring a control factor; determining whether the control factor is located in a first range or a second range; executing a first dust removing mode if the control factor is located in the first range; executing a second dust removing mode if the control factor is located in the second range; and executing a normal mode if the control factor is not located in the first range and the second range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yueh-Lung Huang, Jung-Yuan Chen, Ching-Sen Hsieh, Chia-Lin Lee, Jian-Cun Lin, Yen-Hung Chen, Chia-Ming Hsu
  • Patent number: 9131824
    Abstract: A floor tool including a handle, a mop head, and an actuator. The handle includes first and second opposite ends through and between which a longitudinal axis of the handle extends. The handle lies in a plane and further includes a first portion that is located at the first end of the handle and a second portion that is offset from the longitudinal axis. The mop head is coupled at the second end of the handle. A first grip is coupled to the first portion of the handle, and a second grip is coupled to the second portion of the handle. The actuator is positioned adjacent the first end and is contiguous with the first grip, and a fluid reservoir is coupled to and carried by the handle between the second portion and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Craig Conner, Mark Cors, Nicholas Reback, Daniel Lee
  • Patent number: 9114418
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system includes a fluid reservoir containing a volume of fluid, a bell housing that forms a chamber, a workpiece having a first surface portion and a second surface portion, and a pressure manipulating sub-system in fluid communication with the chamber of the bell housing. The bell housing is arranged relative to the fluid reservoir such that a lower end of the bell housing is at least partially submerged in the fluid thereby sealing the chamber of the bell housing from atmosphere. The bell housing is arranged relative to the fluid reservoir such that the second surface portion of the workpiece is disposed within the chamber of the bell housing that is sealed from atmosphere. A method is also disclosed. An apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: John Donnay, George B. Byma
  • Patent number: 9101700
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the effective clearing of artificial tubes, especially in-situ clearing of artificial tubes in a living being is covered in this disclosure. An elongated clearing member includes either a fixed or an adjustable element that selectively defines the portion of the elongated clearing member that is insertable within the artificial tube. The proximal end of the clearing member is releasably secured to the driving mechanism and the driving mechanisms may comprise a wide variety of repetitive motion drivers such as voice coil motors, piezoelectric actuators, pneumatic actuators, DC motors, etc. These devices/methods may comprise a free-standing console for hands-free operation or may comprise hand-held versions. The distal working end of the clearing member may comprise tips of differing functions, including an irrigation/aspiration feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Actuated Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger B Bagwell, Brian M Park, Maureen L Mulvihill, Gabriela Hernandez Meza, Josue R Crespo, Paul L Frankhouser
  • Patent number: 9073098
    Abstract: A collector mirror of an extreme ultraviolet light source is cleaned by removing the collector mirror from a chamber of the extreme ultraviolet light source; mounting the collector mirror to a carrier; inserting the carrier with the collector mirror into a cleaning tank; applying a cleaning agent to a reflective surface of the collector mirror by spraying the cleaning agent through a plurality of nozzles directed toward the collector mirror reflective surface until the collector mirror reflective surface is clean; rinsing the applied cleaning agent from the collector mirror reflective surface; and drying the collector mirror reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Silvia De Dea, Michael Varga, Alexander I. Ershov, Robert L. Morse
  • Patent number: 9074830
    Abstract: A driving apparatus can be utilized to control the cleaning movements of one or more cleaning lances with respect to certain industrial equipment such as a heat exchanger. For example, driving apparatus can be utilized to feed an additional length of cleaning lance to the tubes of exchanger, or to retract cleaning lance from the tubes of exchanger as desired. In general, driving apparatus can be used to clean a variety of types of pipes, tubing and equipment used in industrial facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hydrochem LLC
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Moll, Donald Gary Ramsey
  • Patent number: 9056337
    Abstract: The disclosure shows a device and method for automating the cleaning/sanitizing of the water and ice making system on a blended ice machine. The method eliminates the need to disassemble the unit in order to gain system access points to introduce cleaning and or sanitizing solutions. The method also automates the sequence of events required to insure cleaning is done according to a proven method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: THE DELFIELD COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Darrel Jay Walker, James Wallace Brown, Travis James Krchmar
  • Patent number: 9059221
    Abstract: A method capable of eliminating occurrence of a development failure when a DI water discharge nozzle 20 is scanned to dry a substrate by spinning is provided. A substrate W is held in a horizontal posture by a spin chuck 10 and rotated about a vertical axis by a rotation motor 14, and when an outlet of the nozzle 20 is scanned from a position opposed to a center of the substrate W to a position opposed to a circumferential edge while a cleaning solution being discharged, immediately after the nozzle 20 has started to move, only one dried core is produced in the vicinity of the center of the substrate W, and thus production of not less than two dried cores in the vicinity of the center of the substrate W is prevented. The dried region is spread all over the surface of the substrate W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Goto, Masakazu Sanada, Kazuhito Shigemori, Osamu Tamada, Shuichi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9039840
    Abstract: Strategies for tool designs and their uses wherein the tools can operate in either closed or open modes of operation. The tools easily transition between open and closed modes on demand. According to one general strategy, environmentally controlled pathway(s) couple the ambient to one or more process chambers. Air amplification capabilities upstream from the process chamber(s) allow substantial flows of air to be introduced into the process chamber(s) on demand. Alternatively, the fluid pathways are easily closed, such as by simple valve actuation, to block egress to the ambient through these pathways. Alternative flows of nonambient fluids can then be introduced into the process chamber(s) via pathways that are at least partially in common with the pathways used for ambient air introduction. In other strategies, gap(s) between moveable components are sealed at least with flowing gas curtains rather than by relying only upon direct physical contact for sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TEL FSI, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Lauerhaas, Jimmy D. Collins, Tracy A. Gast, Alan D. Rose
  • Patent number: 9027575
    Abstract: A fluid screen for a washing machine, and a washing machine including a fluid screen, is provided. The fluid screen includes a generally planar member including a first end and a second end extending from the first end. The first end is mounted within the wash tank of the washing machine at a location generally in proximity to an operating fluid level within the wash tank. During operation of the washing machine, fluid circulates within the wash tank to create a rolling wash action and the second end of the fluid screen extends from the first end generally in the direction of fluid flow across the surface of the wash tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Cantrell, Mark Churchill
  • Patent number: 9011608
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for measuring the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of a structure conducting a fluid stream of hydrocarbons, the method comprising the steps of: applying a first heat pulse or continuous heating to at least one first section of the structure removing deposits on the inner wall of the first section of the structure; applying a second heat pulse to both the first section of the structure and at least one second section of the structure, the first and second sections being spaced apart, which heat pulse does not loosen any deposit of material in the second section; measuring the temperature of the wall of the structure or the fluid during the second heat pulse at both the first and second sections; and determining the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of the structure at the second section based on the measured temperatures. The present invention also relates to a corresponding device and arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Statoil Petroleum AS
    Inventors: Lene Amundsen, Rainer Hoffmann, Reidar Schüller
  • Patent number: 9011606
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the effective clearing of artificial tubes, especially in-situ clearing of artificial tubes in a living being are covered in this disclosure. An elongated clearing member includes either a fixed or an adjustable element that selectively defines the portion of the elongated clearing member that is insertable within the artificial tube. The proximal end of the clearing member is releasably secured to the driving mechanism and the driving mechanisms may comprise a wide variety of repetitive motion drivers such as voice coil motors, piezoelectric actuators, pneumatic actuators, DC motors, etc. These devices/methods may comprise a free-standing console for hands-free operation or may comprise hand-held versions. The distal working end of the clearing member may comprise tips of differing functions, including an irrigation/aspiration feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Actuated Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger B Bagwell, Paul L Frankhouser, Maureen L Mulvihill, Josue R Crespo, Brian M Park, Dana B Mallen, Gabriela Hernandez Meza, Debora L Demers
  • Patent number: 8999073
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a site of a luer activated valve (LAV) is disclosed. The device can include a cap having an inner cavity for receiving a site of the LAV. The cap can be formed to provide at least one aperture to the inner cavity when the site is received into the inner cavity. The device can also include one or more protrusions that extend inwardly from the cap to engage the site to maintain the cap on the site. The device can also include a cleaning agent that occupies some of the inner cavity. The cleaning agent can be formulated to clean the site as the inner cavity receives the site and when the cap is maintained on the site. The device can further include a removable seal that seals the cleaning agent within the inner cavity prior to the inner cavity of the cap receiving the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ivera Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Bobby E. Rogers, Paul DiPerna
  • Patent number: 8992692
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for cleaning a semiconductor wafer includes a rotary brush to be positioned to clean the semiconductor wafer, and an optical sensing device associated with the rotary brush to sense a separation distance between a reference position thereon and the semiconductor wafer. An actuator is coupled to the optical sensing device to position the rotary brush based upon the sensed separation distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Zhang
  • Patent number: 8992689
    Abstract: Methods for removing halogen-containing residues from a substrate are provided. By combining the heat-up and plasma abatement steps, the manufacturing throughput can be improved. Further, by appropriately controlling the pressure in the abatement chamber, the removal efficiency can be improved as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Adauto Diaz, Andrew Nguyen, Benjamin Schwarz, Eu Jin Lim, Jared Ahmad Lee, James P. Cruse, Li Zhang, Scott M. Williams, Xiaoliang Zhuang, Zhuang Li
  • Patent number: 8985127
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a transport drive and control system arranged for autonomous movement of the robot over a floor for performing cleaning operations. The robot chassis carries a first cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arranged to suction loose particulates up from the cleaning surface and a second cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arraigned to apply a cleaning fluid onto the surface and to thereafter collect the cleaning fluid up from the surface after it has been used to clean the surface. The robot chassis carries a supply of cleaning fluid and a waste container for storing waste materials collected up from the cleaning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Stefanos Konandreas, Andrew Ziegler, Christopher John Morse