Patents Examined by Natasha N Campbell
  • Patent number: 11684078
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for validating wash processes and related operations for food processing, including preventing undesirable deviations in such food processing. One example method for validating a process for a food processing system generally includes: operating the food processing system on a food product according to the process, wherein the operating is performed for at least a validation period; measuring a process metric at multiple times during the validation period while the food processing system is operating according to the process, wherein the measuring generates a set of process metric measurements; and determining whether the process for the food processing system is valid, based on the set of process metric measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Eric Child Wilhelmsen, Christopher Michael McGinnis, James M. Brennan, Angela O. Núñez
  • Patent number: 11679687
    Abstract: A protective arrangement for an electric vehicle charging system includes a floor unit forming a recess and a linkage disposed in the recess. The linkage is extendable from the recess from a stowed position to an extended position. A cleaning device is disposed to discourage accumulation of debris into the recess and on the linkage when the linkage is in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Sangeun Choi, William J. Eakins, Gregory A. Cole, Martin Krucinski, Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge
  • Patent number: 11673830
    Abstract: In a method for removing an organic adhesive from a glass carrier in a semiconductor manufacturing process, the glass carrier is placed into a process chamber. The glass carrier is rotated and heated sulfuric acid is applied or sprayed onto the glass carrier. Ozone is introduced into the process chamber. The ozone diffuses through the sulfuric acid to the organic adhesive on the surface of the glass carrier. The sulfuric acid and the ozone chemically react with the organic adhesive and remove it from the glass carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Eric J. Bergman, David P. Surdock, Graeme Bell
  • Patent number: 11673532
    Abstract: A vehicle camera washing system includes a controller configured to control a pump and valve according to a selected mode of operation and a detected blockage of the lens. The selected mode of operation tailors operation of the camera washing system to current vehicle operating conditions to conserve washing fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew E. Letizio, Jason W. Fegan, Raymond S. Walters
  • Patent number: 11668359
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for suctioning braking particles from a friction braking system of a vehicle, the suction system including a negative-pressure source, a suction mouth, a filter, a pneumatic circuit connecting the suction mouth to the negative-pressure source, and a control unit configured to control the negative-pressure source, the suction system also including a pressure sensor for measuring the pressure prevailing in the pneumatic circuit, the control unit controlling the negative-pressure source so that the pressure in the pneumatic circuit reaches or tends to meet a predetermined negative-pressure setpoint, and an associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Loïc Adamczak, Christophe Rocca Serra, Thibaut Le Boulaire, Adrien Maistre
  • Patent number: 11659810
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the type of milking machines with milk bucket or trolley bucket milking machine used for milk production mainly in small-medium scaled animal breeding enterprises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Basat Tömek
  • Patent number: 11648594
    Abstract: A wafer cleaning apparatus is provided. The wafer cleaning apparatus includes comprising a chamber configured to be loaded with a wafer, a nozzle on the wafer and configured to provide liquid chemicals on an upper surface of the wafer, a housing under the wafer, a laser module configured to irradiate laser on the wafer, a transparent window disposed between the wafer and the laser module, and a controller configured to control on/off of the laser module, wherein the controller is configured to control repetition of turning the laser module on and off, and retain temperature of the wafer within a temperature range, and a ratio of time when the laser module is on in one cycle including on/off of the laser module is 30% to 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Seung Min Shin, Hun Jae Jang, Seok Hoon Kim, Young-Hoo Kim, In Gi Kim, Tae-Hong Kim, Kun Tack Lee, Ji Hoon Cha, Yong Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 11648593
    Abstract: Method of cleaning a plasma coating torch utilizing at least one nozzle mounted so as to be directed at the plasma coating torch in order to subject an external surface of the plasma coating torch to a cleaning agent that removes spray material particles which have adhered to the external surface of the plasma coating torch during coating with the plasma coating torch, and such that the cleaning agent exiting the at least one nozzle and being directed toward the external surface and directly changing to a gaseous state from either a solid state or a liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Bernd Distler, Peter Ernst
  • Patent number: 11642426
    Abstract: A UV sanitizing device including a sanitizing interface having a top surface arranged to support a device positioned above the sanitizing interface where the sanitizing interface includes a translucent material arranged to allow UV light to pass through An adjustable UV emission interface, positioned adjacent to the sanitizing interface, arranged to adjustably conform to the shape of a device facing the sanitizing interface, and arranged to emit the UV light toward the sanitizing interface in the shape of the device. The adjustable UV emission interface includes UV emission interface cells such that, when a first portion of the UV emission interface cells is activated and a second portion of the UV emission interface cells is deactivated, the UV emission interface conforms to the shape of the device. Each cell of UV emission interface cells includes a sensor arranged to detect a portion of the device facing the sanitizing interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Nittany Solutions Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert F. McKeon, Scott A. Treser
  • Patent number: 11642003
    Abstract: A disinfecting floor mat having a disinfecting wet station (or wet side) onto which a user may step and wet the bottoms of his/her shoes with a disinfecting and/or cleaning solution are described. The wet section can comprise a shallow pool over which an elastomeric cover is provided that has small holes. slits or other openings distributed thereon permitting the solution to flow therethrough when the cover is stepped upon to make contact with the shallow pool bottom. A reservoir of cleaning solution can be provided that is in fluid communication with the shallow pool to help ensure it remains full. Optionally, the floor mat can further include a drying section (or dry side) located next to the wet section to permit a user to substantially dry the bottoms of his/her shoes after disinfecting the shoe bottoms in the wet section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Jennifer Egan, Dawson Swan
  • Patent number: 11638936
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes: a treatment container; a workpiece carrier arranged in the treatment container and configured to hold at least one workpiece; at least one nozzle configured to discharge a cleaning jet directed onto the workpiece carrier and mounted such that the at least one nozzle is moveable on a circulation track about the workpiece carrier and is pivotable about a pivoting axis extending parallel to an axis of rotation of the workpiece carrier; a pivoting device configured to pivot the at least one nozzle; and a controller configured to control a circulating movement of the at least one nozzle on the circulation track and a pivoting movement of the at least one nozzle, such that a specified point on a surface of the workpiece is impacted repeatedly by the cleaning jet at a respectively different angle, within a specified timeframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Stefan Schaal, Steffen Haas
  • Patent number: 11638944
    Abstract: A device for the mechanical cleaning of wire rods for the production of drawn metallic wires includes a pair of elements supported by a shaft, each element having a truncated-conical body and a flat disk that closes the truncated-conical body, defining an internal annular space that contains the steel wool. The flat disk has openings that are shaped as a slot. The two elements being disposed one in front of the other, with a space between the two flat disks. During operation, by rapid rotation of the shaft, the steel wool expands under the effect of a centrifugal force in radial direction, thus creating an axial thrust component on the steel wool such that the steel wool escapes partially and elastically from the openings of the flat disks so that the steel wool brushes against the surface of the wire rod in transit in the space between the two elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Giulio Lisciani, Mohamad El Mehtedi
  • Patent number: 11638938
    Abstract: A cleaning assembly is disclosed. The cleaning assembly includes a substrate. One or more patterns are formed on a bottom side of the substrate. One or more structures within the one or more patterns attract one or more particles from a chuck via at least one of electrostatic attraction or mechanical trapping when the substrate is positioned on the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: KLA Corporation
    Inventors: Mor Azaria, Giampietro Bieli, Shai Mark, Adi Pahima, Yoram Uziel
  • Patent number: 11627862
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance may include a cabinet, a tub, a spray assembly, a circulation pump, a pressure sensor, and a controller. The circulation pump may be in fluid communication with a wash chamber defined by the tub. The pressure sensor may be upstream of the circulation pump. The controller may be configured to initiate a washing operation including activating the circulation pump, detecting movement of the door from a closed position, detecting return of the door to the closed position, calculating a modified time period for flood detection, determining pressure at the pressure sensor exceeds a pressure threshold following detecting return of the door to the closed position, initiating the modified time period in response to determining pressure at the pressure sensor exceeds the pressure threshold, and directing the circulation pump based on measuring the elevated pressure and expiration of the modified time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brandon Ross, Kyle Edward Durham
  • Patent number: 11626297
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for wet process on a semiconductor substrate are provided. The apparatus includes a process chamber (1005), a chuck (1002) for holding and positioning a semiconductor substrate (1001) disposed in the process chamber, a rotating driving mechanism (1004) driving the chuck to rotate, a chamber shroud (1006) disposed surrounding the process chamber, at least one vertical driving mechanism driving the chamber shroud to move up or down, a shielding cover (1007), at least one driving device (1008) driving the shielding cover to cover down or lift up, at least one dispenser module (1014) having a dispenser (1030) for spraying liquid to the surface of the semiconductor substrate. When the shielding cover covers above the process chamber, the chamber shroud is moved up to couple with the shielding cover, so as to seal the process chamber for preventing the liquid from splashing out of the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Hui Wang, Xi Wang, Cheng Cheng, Jun Wu
  • Patent number: 11623255
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of pump cleaning and unclogging. More specifically, the present invention relates to a tool which allows a user to unclog and remove rags, cloth materials, debris, or other obstructions from submersible and master-station pumps. Further, the invention can be used either as a hand tool or as an attachment to a crane or other machine for power assisted pulling, unclogging, and removal of rags, cloth materials, debris, and other obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Travis Duffus, Gary Morrison
  • Patent number: 11607105
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are novel shoe cleaning devices for cleaning the soles of shoes. The shoe cleaning devices include a base including a pump bay and a pump located within the pump bay; a top body disposed above and secured to the base, the top body including one or more connection port recesses and a fluid cartridge aperture; a cover, the cover including a wet area aperture, a fluid port array disposed around the wet area aperture, a dry area aperture, and one or more connection ports configured to mate with the one or more connection port recesses; and a fluid cartridge in fluid communication with the pump and the fluid port array such that operation of the pump causes fluid to flow from the fluid cartridge, through the connection ports and out the fluid port array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: Evert Rotteveel
  • Patent number: 11592175
    Abstract: An assembly for cleaning a smelt spout includes a cleaning head, a drive rod connected with the cleaning head, and a pneumatic or other drive connected to selectively extend or retract the drive rod. The drive rod may be connected with the cleaning head by a pivotal connection. The cleaning head may be bifurcated. The cleaning head may include a leading edge configured to engage and clean a spout opening from which smelt from a chemical reduction furnace flows to the spout. The assembly may further include a pivot point and, as the drive selectively extends the drive rod, torque about the pivot point produced by the cleaning head and an extending portion of the drive rod rotates the cleaning head downward to engage a smelt spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventors: Mikael Eriksson, Simon F Youssef, Joseph Clay
  • Patent number: 11583161
    Abstract: A dishwasher can be included in a home network and can be utilized to complete a cycle of operation. The dishwasher includes a controller capable of automatically determining treating at least one cycle parameter based on the communication of at least one aspect of a recipe. The at least one aspect of a recipe can be wirelessly provided to a computer system that is in communication with the dishwasher. The computer system can be the controller or any known computer system in communication with the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Sharath Chandra Machenahalli Shashidhar
  • Patent number: 11571090
    Abstract: An automatic cleaning device of food flying machines is disclosed, wherein a food flying pot and a cleaning device are respectively installed on the machine body, the cleaning device includes a water inlet externally connected to a water source, the water inlet is connected with at least one connection tube, a water control valve is installed on the connection tube, a water outlet head is connected to the end of the connection tube, and the master controller is set up to control the water control valve, after having completed the food flying operation, the water control valve can be activated so that clean water can be sprayed into the inner flying pot through the water outlet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventor: Chia-I Pan