Patents Examined by S. Gravini
  • Patent number: 7383642
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the treatment and preservation of wooden materials includes depositing wooden materials to be treated into a confined, thermally insulated container and introducing smoke from a charcoal oven into that space to heat that space and treat the wooden materials. After a pre-determined amount of time of exposure to the treatment smoke at a controlled temperature and humidity level, the wooden materials will exhibit increased resistance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sustainable Communities
    Inventor: Antonio Cesar Giraldo Maya
  • Patent number: 7383644
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for controlling a washing/drying system including a washing machine and a dryer used in one pair. Since the washing machine can communicate with the dryer according to a wireless communication regulation, the dryer can operate more conveniently. According to the apparatus and method, convenience in using the washing machine and the dryer together is further enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Cheol Lyu, Seong Jin Jo, Deug Hee Lee, Kwon Ki Hong, Byung Hwan Ahn
  • Patent number: 7383643
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided to dry veneer or other items by vaporization of moisture in the item. Apparatus has an insulated chamber with a frame and a drawer with a door. A mesh surface of the drawer supports item for drying with a heater at sub-atmospheric pressure inside of the chamber. Item is placed on the layer of mesh of the drawer of the apparatus and secured with fasteners such as another layer of mesh. The drawer with fastened item is placed into the chamber of the apparatus. With the drawer fully engaged within the chamber, the drying apparatus is closed with an airtight seal. A pump draws a vacuum in the chamber and heat is directed at the item to raise the temperature of the item to less than 160° F., particularly between 120° F. to 150° F. Apparatus can dry veneer in less than five minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Apollo Hardwoods Company
    Inventors: Timothy Blankenship, Junius Himes, Brent Lillesand, James Todd, Edward Constantine
  • Patent number: 7380347
    Abstract: A cordless hair dryer assembly designed to be used with only with a renewable power source such as a rechargeable battery. The cordless hair dryer assembly includes a motor assembly, a fan, heating element and an on/off switch. The motor assembly is also configured with a flow controller and a temperature controller. The cordless hair dryer further includes a hose configured with a cap with a plurality of apertures for distributing the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventors: Carrie R. Coats, Willie Coats
  • Patent number: 7380348
    Abstract: The invention provides a pneumatic dewatering apparatus (1) for wet product. The apparatus (1) comprises essentially a cyclone chamber (2) connected to a centrifugal fan (3). Various vortex flow forming stations (6), each followed by a vortex shedding station (7), are mounted within the cyclone chamber (2). Tight centripetal vortices are formed and are then shed such that water is delivered out the cyclone chamber (2) into a sump (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Solid Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Frederick Neilan Seebach
  • Patent number: 7373736
    Abstract: A proximity member moves in a moving direction (?X) in a condition that an opposed surface of the proximity member is disposed in the vicinity of a substrate surface and that a liquid-tight layer is formed between the opposed surface and the substrate surface, and nitrogen gas is discharged toward an upstream-side interface of the liquid-tight layer from the upstream side (+X) to the proximity member in the moving direction. Thus discharged nitrogen gas is blown selectively and in concentration against an exposed interface portion, a rinsing liquid forming the exposed interface portion is blown away from the substrate surface and the liquid-tight layer, and a substrate surface region which corresponds to the exposed interface portion is dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Miya
  • Patent number: 7373737
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for controlling a washing/drying system including a washing machine and a dryer used in one pair. Since the washing machine can communicate with the dryer according to a wireless communication regulation, the dryer can operate more conveniently. According to the apparatus and method, convenience in using the washing machine and the dryer together is further enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Cheol Lyu, Seong Jin Jo, Deug Hee Lee, Kwon Ki Hong, Byung Hwan Ahn
  • Patent number: 7370434
    Abstract: A lumber drying system includes a drying compartment having an arched roof, a plurality of baffle boxes, wherein each baffle box further includes a main chamber, an air intake that forms an entrance into the chamber, an air outtake that forms an exit from the chamber, a plurality of interleaved plates disposed within the chamber between the air intake and the air outtake, and a water outlet disposed beneath and in communication with the plurality of interleaved plates. The plurality of baffle boxes are distributed on the sides of the roof, each air intake of the baffle boxes being in communication with an upper portion of the drying compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Steely Lumber Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Duncan
  • Patent number: 7370435
    Abstract: A handheld vaporization device comprises a heating chamber for heating a substrate of volatile compound so as to yield vapor including the volatile compound. The heating chamber includes a closable opening, for example using a plug, to receive the substrate. The heating chamber also includes scavenging channels for allowing air to enter therein. The handheld vaporization device further comprises a vapor chamber mounted to the heating chamber so as to be in fluid communication therewith for receiving the vapor scavenged therefrom and has a vapor outlet for releasing the vapor including the volatile compound. By applying heat to the exterior of the handheld vaporization device's heating chamber, with a flame or any heating device, the confinement resulted from the heating chamber and the emissivity of its walls create a uniform heat across the substrate which is deposed into it. Heating the substrate in this manner permits great efficacy in extraction of undiluted organo-volatile elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventor: Gregoire Boki
  • Patent number: 7370437
    Abstract: A sheet handling device for a printer or copier which includes a print surface for supporting a first surface of a sheet, a feed plate having an edge adjacent to the print surface, and a feed mechanism for feeding the sheet to the print surface through a gap between the edge of the feed plate and the print surface, wherein the edge of the feed plate has notches arranged such that at the edge, the notches provide space for the sheet at a second surface of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Oce-Technologies B.V.
    Inventor: Lodewiik T. Holtman
  • Patent number: 7367137
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus comprising a cabinet (1) having external walls (2) and internal walls (3), said internal walls (3) defining an interior region (4) for receiving clothes, said apparatus further comprising a door (6) connected to said cabinet (1), at least a supporting device (5) for supporting clothes within said interior region, a ventilator (7), water supply means (8) and an ultrasonic nebulizer (9) operatively associated to said water supply means (8). Said apparatus is characterized in that the air within the interior region (4) is recirculated by said ventilator (7) through an air duct (10) located between said internal walls (3) and said external walls (2) forming a closed loop with said internal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Stefan A. Jonsson, Christer Wiss, Rica Pantermehl, Maurizio Del Pos, Jean-Yves Noel
  • Patent number: 7367135
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: 7367134
    Abstract: A mechanized vent for a dishwasher employs a vent plate moving about a hinge axis as driven by a cam mechanism at a surface of the vent plate removed from the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Osvatic, Michael K. Hintz, Joel C. Bragg, Jeffrey J. Krieger, Mark D. Rodaer
  • Patent number: 7367140
    Abstract: In a method of drying molds or mold parts for the manufacture of optical lenses, in particular ophthalmic lenses and especially contact lenses, the mold or mold part to be dried is exposed to drying air. For this purpose, humid pressurized air (T) is used to which the mold or mold part is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Michael Wolf, Bernhard Seiferling, Axel Heinrich, Peter Hagmann, Thomas Richter
  • Patent number: 7367138
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for reducing particle contamination of a surface of an object such as a reticle used in an EUV lithography system. An exemplary apparatus includes a thermophoresis device and an electrophoresis device. The thermophoresis device is situated relative to and spaced from the surface, and is configured to produce a thermophoretic force, in a gas flowing past and contacting the surface, sufficient to inhibit particles in the gas from contacting the surface. The electrophoresis device is situated relative to a region of the surface contacted by the gas and is configured to deflect particles, having an electrostatic charge, in the gas away from the region as the gas flows past the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Michael R. Sogard
  • Patent number: 7363729
    Abstract: A washing process to sufficiently remove contaminants attached on the surface of an optical film is proposed. Specifically, disclosed is a method of manufacturing an optical film, wherein the method possesses the steps of spraying onto at least one surface of a transparent film a solidified blast material via cooling that is a gas or a liquid at normal temperature and pressure, washing the at least one surface of the transparent film, and coating at least one optically functional layer on the washed surface of the transparent film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Tanaka, Takashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 7363726
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing heat-sensitive pharmaceutical powder is disclosed. The original pharmaceutical substances are dissolved in a solution or suspended in a suspension, which is sprayed through an atomizing nozzle and frozen in a cold gas phase or liquid nitrogen atomized directly in the spray-freeze chamber or gas jacket at the same time (for cooling purposes). The particles are freeze-dried at roughly atmospheric pressure in a down-stream fluid flow with exit filter thereby to remove moisture entrapped on or inside the frozen particles. The system has applicability for forming other powders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventors: Zhaolin Wang, Warren H. Finlay
  • Patent number: 7363730
    Abstract: A device (21) and method for removing a broken pulp web (27) from a pulp dryer and a maintenance platform (23) comprising such a device. The device (21) comprises an actuator (31), a pulling means (33) functionally coupled to the actuator and adapted to be driven by the actuator, and a gripping means (1, 11) coupled to the pulling means (33) and comprising means (4, 5) for engaging to the pulp web. The actuator is arranged to actuate the gripping means via the pulling means. The actuator is used to pull the gripping means and along with it, the pulp web out from the pulp dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Olli Huhtala, Hannu Kokkala
  • Patent number: 7363727
    Abstract: A method for processing a substrate is provided. The method includes applying an active agent to an active region of a surface of the substrate. Then, the method includes generating a fluid meniscus on the surface of the substrate with a proximity head, where the fluid meniscus is surrounding the active region. In one example, processing the surface of the substrate with the active agent includes one of an etching operation, a cleaning operation, a rinsing operation, a plating operation, or a lithography operation, and processing the surface of the substrate with the fluid meniscus includes one of an etching operation, a cleaning operation, a rinsing operation, a plating operation, a drying operation, or a lithography operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7363728
    Abstract: A shrink wrap machine has a shrink wrap tunnel with an entrance and an exit. A conveyor transports products to be shrink wrapped from the entrance through the tunnel to the exit. A source of gas is coupled to the inside of the tunnel and bathes the products. A heater controls the gas temperature in the tunnel. A pump controls the gas volume and/or velocity in the tunnel. An input device receives product identification information. A memory stores different process parameters, namely gas volumes, gas velocities, conveyor speeds, and/or temperatures applicable to the product identification information. A computer selectively retrieves process parameters from a memory responsive to the input device and sets the pump, the heater, and/or the conveyor to match the retrieved process parameters. The computer and memory are preferably a programmable logic controller (PLC). A machine readable product code such as UPC is as the product identifier and a code reader as the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Belco Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave McNeil, Michael Misik