Patents Examined by Spencer Bell
  • Patent number: 9859135
    Abstract: An example waterfall apparatus includes (1) a first portion of a first width having (a) a first plenum, a second plenum, and a restricted fluid path therebetween; (b) a first coupling surface; and (c) an inlet opening that creates a fluid path between the first coupling surface and the first plenum; and (2) a second portion of a second width larger than the first width and having (a) a second coupling surface; and (b) an inlet aligned with the first portion inlet opening. The first and second coupling surfaces form a slot that extends along at least a portion of a length of the waterfall apparatus and that connects to the second plenum. Fluid introduced into the second portion inlet fills the first plenum, travels through the restricted fluid path to the second plenum, and exits the slot between the first and second portions to form a rinsing fluid waterfall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Frankel, Brian J. Brown, Vincent S. Francischetti, Paul McHugh, Kyle M. Hanson, Ekaterina Mikhaylichenko
  • Patent number: 9850617
    Abstract: Provided is a front-loading washing machine including a cabinet having a front panel, in which the front panel is provided with an opening; a tub having an access port for loading and unloading laundry, in which the tub is disposed in the cabinet and configured in such a manner that the access port is capable of being moved up and down in the opening; a rotatable drum, disposed in the tub; a door unit, mounted to the tub, and configured to cover the access port; and a driving mechanism configured to drive the tub to rotate, in which the driving mechanism is provided in the cabinet and coupled to the tub. The front-loading washing machine according to embodiments of the present disclosure has advantages of user-friendliness, little abrasion clothes and water conservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: WUXI LITTLE SWAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingde Huang, Yusheng Tang, Kyunghag Kim
  • Patent number: 9850455
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the cleaning of a soiled substrate, the method comprising treating the substrate with a solid particulate cleaning material and wash water, the treatment being carried out in an apparatus comprising a drum comprising perforated side walls and having a capacity of between 5 and 50 liters for each kg of fabric in the washload, wherein said solid particulate cleaning material comprises a multiplicity of polymeric particles at a particle to fabric addition level of 0.1:1-10:1 by mass, each particle being substantially cylindrical or spherical in shape and having an average density in the range of 0.5-2.5 g/cm3 and an average volume in the range of 5-275 mm3, and wherein said drum comprising perforated side walls is rotated at a speed which generates G forces in the range of from 0.05 to 900 G. The polymeric particles may comprise foamed or unfoamed polymeric materials which may comprise either linear or crosslinked polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: XEROS LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Derek Jenkins, Frazer John Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9830934
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for cleaning phonograph records are disclosed. In some embodiments, a phonograph record can be cleaned in a liquid basin using ultrasonic transducers, wherein the liquid basin has a dampening structure. Also, the ultrasonic transducers are disposed on a flexible wall for reducing vibrations of the cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Koolance, Inc.
    Inventors: Kioan Cheon, AnKuk Song
  • Patent number: 9822480
    Abstract: A garment treatment system includes a base, a water tank mounted to the base and having water contained therein, a steam generator in fluid communication with the water tank and adapted to convert the water from the water tank into steam, a steam nozzle having a steam reservoir and a steam outlet for distributing the steam to a garment, a first lumen in fluid communication with the steam generator and the steam nozzle for delivering steam to the steam reservoir of the steam nozzle and a second lumen in fluid communication with the steam reservoir of the steam nozzle and the water tank for returning condensed water to the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kam Fai Fung, Kin Man Lai
  • Patent number: 9802579
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system includes a track system positioned above a wash area and a movable body coupled to the track system. The movable body is movable along at least two axes and includes a gripping mechanism to selectively hold and release one or more wash tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Peter J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9803307
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for the cleaning of a soiled substrate, the method comprising treating the substrate with a non-polymeric solid particulate cleaning material and wash water, the treatment being carried out in an apparatus comprising a drum comprising perforated side walls and having a capacity of between 5 and 50 liters for each kg of fabric in the washload, wherein the solid particulate cleaning material comprises a multiplicity of non-polymeric particles at a particle to fabric addition level of 0.1:1-10:1 by mass, each of the particles being substantially cylindrical or spherical in shape, and wherein the drum comprising perforated side walls is rotated at a speed which generates G forces in the range of from 0.05 to 900 G. The non-polymeric particles may comprise particles of glass, silica, stone, wood, or any of a variety of metals or ceramic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Derek Jenkins, Frazer John Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9797083
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a front-loading washing machine including a cabinet having a front panel, in which the front panel is provided with an opening; a tub having an access port for loading and unloading clothes, in which the tub is disposed in the cabinet and configured in such a manner that the access port is capable of being moved up and down in the opening; a rotatable drum disposed in the tub; a door unit mounted to the tub and configured to cover the access port; and a driving mechanism configured to drive the tub to rotate, in which the driving mechanism is provided in the cabinet and coupled with the tub. The front-loading washing machine according to embodiments of the present disclosure has advantages of user-friendliness, low clothes abrasion, water saving and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WUXI LITTLE SWAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Bao, Yusheng Tang, Kyunghag Kim
  • Patent number: 9795272
    Abstract: Filter assemblies for filtering wash fluid to be circulated by a circulation pump in a dishwasher appliance are provided. A filter assembly includes a first filter member, a second filter member, a first discharge blade, and a second discharge blade. The filter assembly further includes a shaft extending through the first filter member, the second filter member, a first central bore hole of the first discharge blade, and a second central bore hole of the second discharge blade. The shaft includes a body which has an outer surface, the outer surface including a first threaded portion, a second threaded portion, a first unthreaded portion, and a second unthreaded portion. The plurality of first inner threads mesh with the first threaded portion and the plurality of second inner threads mesh with the second threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Joel Charles Boyer
  • Patent number: 9788703
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation having a tub that at least partially defines a treating chamber, a slidable dish holder, an electricity-consuming component having a rechargeable battery, and a battery charging system to recharge the rechargeable battery of the electricity-consuming component when the dish holder is in the treating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric M. Beidler, Paul E. Beshears, Jr., David H. Chen, Eric A. Gallagher, Antony M. Rappette, Elliott V. Stowe
  • Patent number: 9788711
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes: an endoscope housing portion; a medicinal solution tank in which a medicinal solution is stored; a medicinal solution transfer portion that transfers the medicinal solution from the medicinal solution tank to the endoscope housing portion; a comparison portion that compares the concentration of the medicinal solution and a first reference concentration; a first adjustment portion that increases a reaction rate of the medicinal solution in a state in which the concentration of the medicinal solution is lower than the first reference concentration; and a control portion to which the comparison portion and the first adjustment portion are connected, and which drives the first adjustment portion in a case where the comparison portion determines that the concentration of the medicinal solution is lower than the first reference concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihisa Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9770164
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes an immersion tank, a convex-shaped groove, a lid portion, a liquid supply section, a discharge port as an opening from which the liquid is discharged and which is provided at the liquid supply section, the discharge port being arranged such that a part of the opening is opposed to a side surface of the convex-shaped groove, and a control section that drives the liquid supply section to allow the liquid to be introduced into the immersion tank up to a first water level at which a flat portion of the lid portion is immersed in the liquid, and to allow the liquid to be discharged toward the flat portion and the side surface through the discharge port at the first water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norito Sato
  • Patent number: 9744567
    Abstract: Certain exemplary aspects of the present disclosure are directed towards apparatuses and methods which autonomously decontaminate parts. Parts to be cleaned are identified, and based on the identification of the part, a part specific cleaning program is initiated. During the cleaning, the part is manipulated about a gas supply in such a way that the drag force on the contamination particles attached to the part exceeds the contamination particles' surface adhesion force and accordingly is removed from the surface of the part. The removed contamination is then evacuated from the atmospheric environment near the part by a low pressure zone of a second gaseous material near the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Ronald Brown, Grant Nicholas Hester, Dennis Quinto Cruz, David Maxwell Harrold, Hans John Geittmann
  • Patent number: 9737901
    Abstract: A fluid nozzle device includes: at least one fluid nozzle which includes a nozzle body having a first inner surface, a second inner surface that is opposite to and spaced apart from the first inner surface, an inner bottom surface that interconnects the first and second inner surfaces and that cooperates with the first and second inner surfaces to define a receiving space thereamong; a gas-intake tube disposed on top of the nozzle body; a liquid-intake tube formed with a liquid inlet and having at least one liquid outlet that is distal from the gas-intake tube; and a plurality of ejecting channels spaced apart from each other and disposed in the nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ELS SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Ming Teng
  • Patent number: 9728428
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying of wet substrates in a post CMP cleaning apparatus is provided. The apparatus provides a waterfall or shallow reservoir of rinsing solution, such as DIW, through which a substrate may be lifted. A solvent vapor may be provided at the rinsing solution interface on the substrate, such as in a Marangoni process. In certain embodiments, the volume of solution through which the substrate is lifted is reduced, which may provide for reduced or eliminated particle reattachment to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Brown
  • Patent number: 9713414
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation. At least one wall of the tub has spaced outer and inner panels and a conduit framework extending between the outer and inner panels to define a plurality of conduits. The conduits can convey liquid, air, and/or electrical wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., John J. Burns, Elliott V. Stowe, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 9707600
    Abstract: A boot and bicycle tire bath and method of using the same for facilitating the removal of undesirable material, such as from rubber or synthetic material, including cleaning snow and ice with grit from the soles of footwear and/or the tires of bicycles. Footwear may be dipped in a fluid in the bath, removing grit and other material, and thereafter left to dry on optional heel and/or toe holds. A bicycle tire, optionally supported by spaced apart rollers, may likewise be rotated through the fluid for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Barry Alan Gore
  • Patent number: 9693669
    Abstract: A filter assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided including a first filter, a second filter, and a backflow device. The backflow device is positioned within the second filter and movably attached to the second filter, such that backflow device is movable between an open position and a closed position. When in the closed position, the backflow device prevents a flow of fluid through an inlet of the second filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Charles Boyer
  • Patent number: 9698029
    Abstract: A method and device for processing wafer-shaped articles includes a spin chuck for holding and rotating a wafer-shaped article about a rotation axis, and at least one dispenser for dispensing a fluid onto at least one surface of a wafer-shaped article. A collector surrounds the spin chuck for collecting process fluids, with at least two collector levels for separately collecting fluids in different collector levels. Each collector level comprises an exhaust gas collecting chamber leading to a respective exhaust gas conduit. At least one of the exhaust gas conduits comprises a valve mechanism that reciprocally restricts exhaust gas flow from its associated exhaust gas conduit while opening the exhaust gas conduit to an ambient environment outside the collector, and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH AG
    Inventors: Reinhold Schwarzenbacher, Christian Putzi
  • Patent number: 9681792
    Abstract: A dish rack is supported for both selective movement into and out of a washing chamber of a dishwasher tub and vertically relative to the tub, with the vertical adjustment being made by manually grasping and shifting at least one frontal cross bar extending along a front wall of the dish rack to cause pivoting of first and second lever members extending along sides of the dish rack. The side lever members cooperate with latching mechanisms to lift and retain the dish rack in a select raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Harshal J. Bhajak, Gerald J. McNerney, Mihir Ponkshe, Amit K. Sharma