Patents Examined by Rita P Adhlakha
  • Patent number: 11219350
    Abstract: A retracting rack for an appliance such as a dish washing appliance. The rack may be positionable between a stowed position and a deployed position. A spring may drive the rack towards the stowed position. A locking mechanism may be used to secure the rack in one or more positions. A release mechanism and/or a reset mechanism may be used to control the retracting cycle of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bassam Fawaz, Robert M. Digman, Joel Boyer
  • Patent number: 11202550
    Abstract: A dishwasher and method utilize a thermal imaging system in a dishwasher to configure a wash cycle and/or perform other operations in the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Russell Dietrich, Bassam Fawaz, Robert M. Digman, Joel Boyer
  • Patent number: 11198966
    Abstract: A lifter for a laundry treating appliance having a rotating treating chamber includes a main lifter body configured to mount in the rotating treating chamber. An adjustable element is rotatably mounted to the main lifter body and rotates between first and second positions. When the adjustable element is in the first position, a first profile provides the lifter with a first effective height. When the adjustable element is in the second position, a second profile provides the lifter with a second effective height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: James Hodgell
  • Patent number: 11192153
    Abstract: Systems for prequalifying components for a processing chamber are described. The systems may be used to clean particulates from chamber parts and concurrently quantify the cleanliness. The systems may be used to qualify replacement parts before sending to a customer site for installation. The systems have three adjacent compartments separated by impermeable barriers. All three compartments are filled with liquid while cleaning a chamber component. The center compartment contains a submerged component for cleaning and qualifying. Two compartments on either side of the center compartment are configured with submerged ultrasonic transducers to deliver ultrasonic energy to either side of the component being cleaned and prequalified. A liquid pump is connected to the cleaning tub to recirculate water from the cleaning bath and another liquid pump is configured to remove a small amount of the cleaning bath to sample particulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sankesha Bhoyar, Mahesh Arcot, Nilesh Chimanrao Bagul, Hemantha Raju, Ravindra Patil
  • Patent number: 11185212
    Abstract: A door assembly for an appliance includes an inner door, an outer door, and a lighting assembly positioned therebetween for illuminating a status indicator mounted on the outer door. The lighting assembly may include a mounting flange and a spring-loaded lighting board that engages an alignment feature mounted on the outer door when the door assembly is assembled, thereby aligning the light sources on the lighting board with the status indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Duane Ford, Jr., Justin Tyler Brown
  • Patent number: 11186939
    Abstract: A laundry machine having a refreshing operation and a control method of the same are disclosed. The disclosed method comprises a steam water supply operation of supplying wash water to a tub up to a water level for generation of steam while preventing the wash water to pass through a drum, when the refreshing course is selected, a steaming operation of heating the wash water by driving a washing heater, thereby generating steam, and a refreshing operation of refreshing the laundry by alternately executing, after the steaming operation, a tumbling driving operation to tumble the laundry within the drum through rotation of the drum and a spin driving operation to rotate the laundry within the drum in close contact with an inner surface of the drum, in accordance with high-speed rotation of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heunggi Kim, Jaemun Kim, Chanwoo Jung, Kilryong Lee
  • Patent number: 11185895
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a first liquid is supplied on a first face of a substrate. The first liquid has a pH with which a surface zeta potential of the substrate becomes negative and a surface zeta potential of a foreign substance attaching to the first face becomes positive. Then, a solidified layer in which at least part of the first liquid has been solidified is formed by cooling the substrate down to be equal to or lower than a solidification point of the first liquid. Thereafter, the solidified layer is melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mana Tanabe, Hideaki Sakurai, Kosuke Takai, Kyo Otsubo, Minako Inukai
  • Patent number: 11162177
    Abstract: To prevent over-pickling during pickling pause, shorten the time required to switch between pickling operation and pickling pause, and heat acid solution efficiently, a pickling device includes: a pickling tank for storing acid solution and for pickling a steel strip by allowing the steel strip to travel therethrough while the steel strip is immersed in the acid solution; a heat exchanger for heating the acid solution in the pickling tank; a circulation tank for storing the acid solution, provided separately from the pickling tank; an acid-solution circulation device configured to circulate the acid solution between the pickling tank and the circulation tank; a control device configured to withdraw the steel strip from the acid solution; and a guide plate disposed in the pickling tank and configured to guide the acid solution circulated in the pickling tank by the acid-solution circulation device to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Nakatsuka, Kosei Tsuji, Hideaki Suemori, Koichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11141745
    Abstract: A cleaning device including a housing which can be arranged on a feed line for cleaning fluid is disclosed. The housing includes an exit opening for the cleaning fluid, wherein a nozzle head rotatable about a first rotary axis is arranged in the region of the exit opening. A distributing device rotating about a second rotary axis different from the first rotary axis and having at least one blade element or at least one pendulum element is arranged on the rotatable nozzle head. The invention also describes a product-processing plant with at least one cleaning device for cleaning a product tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: NETZSCH-Feinmahltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Moeschl, Witali Sudermann
  • Patent number: 11142857
    Abstract: A washing machine having separate washing arrangements, comprising a housing (1), and, arranged within said housing (1), a first automatic washing system (2) and a second automatic washing system (3). The housing (1) contains a first washing area (4) for accommodating the first automatic washing system (2) and a second washing area (5) for accommodating the second automatic washing system (3), said first washing area (4) and second washing area (5) being arranged one on the left and the other on the right. The axis of the first automatic washing system (2) and the axis of the second automatic washing system (3) are vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: CHONGQING HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peishi Lv, Kaiming Wang, Yingxi Zhu, Qingming Zhai, Xuguang Yang
  • Patent number: 11134826
    Abstract: A handle assembly for an appliance door includes a handle frame mounted over a handle aperture defined in the appliance door. The handle frame defines a pocket recess for receiving a pocket handle. The pocket handle is spaced apart from the handle frame to define an illumination gap which receives a status indicator, such as a light pipe, which may transmit light without directing that light into the pocket recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Duane Ford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11134825
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid and a flow diverter wherein liquid passing through a gap between the flow diverter and the rotating filter applies a greater shear force on the surface than liquid in an absence of the flow diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jacquelyn R. Geda
  • Patent number: 11130158
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a liquid medium irradiated with UV radiation onto a substrate is disclosed, the apparatus comprising: a housing having an elongated chamber, at least one inlet opening, which opens into the chamber, and at least one slit shaped outlet opening opposite the inlet opening, which extends over the length of the chamber, a tube element, which extends in a longitudinal direction through the chamber, the tube element being at least partially transparent to UV radiation, wherein the tube element is arranged in the chamber such that a flow space is formed between the tube element and the wall of the chamber, the flow space being symmetric with respect to a longitudinal centre plane of the chamber, the longitudinal centre plane dissecting the outlet opening in its middle, and such that the tube element extends into the slit shaped outlet opening in the housing and thereby forms two longitudinally extending outlet slits between the tube element and the housing, and at least one UV-radiation sour
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: SUSS MICRO TEC PHOTOMASK EQUIPMENT GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Peter Dress, Uwe Dietze, Peter Grabitz
  • Patent number: 11123152
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cleaning device system for a surgical tool. Particularly, the present disclosure relates to a novel and advantageous cleaning device system for a laparoscope. The cleaning device system includes a cleaning device, a module, and a control pad. The cleaning device includes a shaft and a nozzle for directing irrigation fluid and drying fluid towards an end of the surgical tool. The module may be a self-contained unit holding saline for cleaning, CO2 for drying, and a battery for powering the system. The cleaning device may be a retrofit device for an existing laparoscope or may be incorporated into a new laparoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Gulf Medical Technologies
    Inventors: Ahmad Nabeei Anki, Salman Khalifah Al Sabah
  • Patent number: 11116380
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a tub defining a wash chamber with an open face, a pivoting door having an open position and a closed position, a slide system having a first rail including a transition element, a second rail slidably interconnected with the first rail for relative sliding, and a dish rack rotatably connected to the slide system by a pivot system. The pivot system is attached to the transition element to cooperatively pivot with the door as the door is moving from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus R. Fischer, Christopher C. Wilcox, Daniel S. Mead, Jamie T. Weinert
  • Patent number: 11111624
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is disclosed, which enables washing, drying, deodorization, sterilization and wrinkle removal. The laundry treating apparatus comprises a cabinet provided with a receiving space in which laundry is received; a supply unit for supplying at least one of the air and water into the receiving space; a presser provided in the receiving space to pressurize the laundry so as to remove a wrinkle of the laundry; and a clamp unit detachably pressurizing and fixing both ends of the laundry before pressurizing the laundry by using the presser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeongryeol Choi, Junyoung Choi, Minhyoung Lee, Sunyong Kim, Hyunggyu Lim, Junyoung Nam
  • Patent number: 11101157
    Abstract: A substrate processing system includes a substrate processing set and a substrate holding unit. The substrate processing set includes a substrate supporting part for supporting a vertical substrate. The substrate holding unit includes two cantilevers and two substrate holding parts. Each of the substrate holding parts is respectively located on each of the cantilevers. The two substrate holding parts are used for holding the substrate vertically. When the substrate holding unit moves next to the substrate processing set and the two substrate holding parts touch the substrate, the two substrate holding parts hold the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: SCIENTECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chuan-Chang Feng, Mao-Lin Liu, Ting-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 11098435
    Abstract: A washing machine of the present disclosure includes a cabinet having a first opening and a washing space disposed therein and a door assembly configured to open and close the first opening, wherein the door assembly includes a second opening configured to communicate with an inside of the cabinet and an auxiliary door disposed to be slidable and configured to open and close the second opening. In this way, laundry or detergent can be freely inserted even during a washing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Young Kim, Doo Young Rou, Dae Kyun Lee, Hee-Won Jin
  • Patent number: 11090693
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a liquid medium irradiated with UV radiation onto a substrate is disclosed, the apparatus comprising: a housing having an elongated chamber, at least one inlet opening, which opens into the chamber, and at least one slit shaped outlet opening opposite the inlet opening, which extends over the length of the chamber, a tube element, which extends in a longitudinal direction through the chamber, the tube element being at least partially transparent to UV radiation, wherein the tube element is arranged in the chamber such that a flow space is formed between the tube element and the wall of the chamber, the flow space being symmetric with respect to a longitudinal centre plane of the chamber, the longitudinal centre plane dissecting the outlet opening in its middle, and such that the tube element extends into the slit shaped outlet opening in the housing and thereby forms two longitudinally extending outlet silts between the tube element and the housing, and at least one UV-radiation sour
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SUSS MICRO TEC PHOTOMASK EQUIPMENT GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Peter Dress, Uwe Dietze, Peter Grabitz
  • Patent number: 11077472
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus of an object detection sensor may include: an environment information acquisition unit configured to acquire surrounding environment information of a vehicle; and a cleaning unit configured to create a cleaning solution mixture based on the surrounding environment information acquired by the environment information acquisition unit, and clean a cover installed on the object detection sensor to protect the object detection sensor from foreign matter by spraying the created cleaning solution mixture onto the cover, in order to prevent a reduction in sensing performance of the object detection sensor due to contamination by the foreign matter. The object detection sensor may sense a target object by transmitting a scan signal to the target object and receiving a sensing signal reflected from the target object, and the scan signal and the sensing signal may be transmitted and received through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Gyum Kim, Young Shin Kim, Kyung Rin Kim, Sung Eun Jo