Patents Examined by Thomas Bucci
  • Patent number: 10381254
    Abstract: A wafer debonding and cleaning apparatus comprises a wafer debonding module configured to separate a semiconductor wafer from a carrier wafer. The wafer debonding and cleaning apparatus also comprises a first wafer cleaning module configured perform a first cleaning process to clean a surface of the semiconductor wafer. The wafer debonding and cleaning apparatus further comprises an automatic wafer handling module configured to transfer the semiconductor wafer from one of the wafer debonding module or the first wafer cleaning module to the other of the wafer debonding module or the first wafer cleaning module. The semiconductor wafer has a thickness ranging from about 0.20 ?m to about 3 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Chih Chiou, Yu-Liang Lin, Hung-Jung Tu
  • Patent number: 10369600
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed which enable the reduction of sample carryover in the measurement cell of an analytical instrument. A sample cell is defined as a region sealed within a first o-ring. Located outside of said sample region is another o-ring which seals and defines a seal wash region as the region between the first and second o-ring. After the fluid sample is injected into the measurement cell a pressure is applied to the seal wash region, forcing the first o-ring to the innermost extent of the groove in which it sits, expelling any trapped solvent and removing from the measurement cell a significant dead volume while the cell is flushed and prepared for a new sample and corresponding measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WYATT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven P. Trainoff
  • Patent number: 10371645
    Abstract: An optical processing head that detects a trouble of an optical processing head that will be generated at the time of optical processing before the trouble occurs is disclosed. The optical processing head that performs processing by condensing, on a process surface, a ray emitted by a light source for processing includes a cylindrical housing that surrounds a ray for processing emitted by the light source for processing, a ray emitter for inspection that is incorporated in the cylindrical housing and arranged outside the path of the ray for processing, and a light receiver that is incorporated in the cylindrical housing, arranged outside the path of the ray for processing, and receives a ray for inspection emitted by the ray emitter for inspection. The contamination of the inner surface of the cylindrical housing or the concentration of a scattering object flowing into the cylindrical housing is inspected by using a signal acquired from the light receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION FOR FUTURE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ohno, Yuji Sasaki, Mitsuo Sasaki, Takashi Obara, Kazuyuki Masukawa
  • Patent number: 10364524
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance comprises a rotatable basket with a spin tube, a rotatable clothes mover located within the rotatable basket, a motor having a drive shaft extending through the spin tube and operably coupled to the clothes mover, and a drive system selectively rotatably coupling the spin tube and the drive shaft and comprising a first threaded ring located about the spin tube, a second threaded ring threaded about the first threaded ring wherein at least one of the first threaded ring and the second threaded ring is axially movable relative to the other, and a gear assembly rotationally coupled to the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: David Goshgarian, Vetrivel Kanagaraj, Bradley Morrow, Kartik Vastrad, Bret Wamhoff
  • Patent number: 10362925
    Abstract: A dosing device includes an electrically controlled valve device driven at each operating cycle of the machine with a first short pulse for the actuation of another function and then with a subsequent second long pulse to put the dosing chamber in communication with the main chamber and then causing the dispensing of a dose of washing agent from the dosing chamber to the washing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BITRON S.P.A.
    Inventor: Jans Gerold
  • Patent number: 10358757
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a washing machine including a moving mechanism and a method of controlling the washing machine. The washing machine includes a cabinet, a tub disposed inside the cabinet, a drum rotatably provided inside the tub, a front panel which is located at one side of the cabinet and comprises an opening through which laundry is inserted and taken out, and a driving unit which moves the tub to change a space between the tub and the front panel. It is possible to prevent oscillation from being transferred by spacing the front panel and the tub apart during washing. Also, it is possible to provide convenience for a user by arranging the front panel and the tub adjacent to each other while inserting or taking out laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Mok Lee, Sang Tak Lee, Yong Soo Kyong, Ju-Yeong Kim, Young Jin Um, Jea Won Lee, Jee-Hoon Lee, Kab Jin Jun, Jun Won Seo, Sung-Chul Hwang
  • Patent number: 10357807
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hub cleaning device, including a base (1), a mounting transition plate (2), a nozzle adjusting module (3), hub conveying modules (4) and a work fixture (5), in which the nozzle adjusting module (3) is connected onto the mounting transition plate (2), and the mounting transition plate (2) is fixed on the base (1); the work fixture (5) is arranged at a position parallel to the base (1), so that the nozzle adjusting module (3) can face the front side of a hub (6); and the hub conveying modules (4) are arranged on two sides of the work fixture (5). The device is simple in structure, and one device can complete cleaning of multiple types of hubs, thereby greatly reducing the input of enterprises on cleaning devices and saving a lot of money for the enterprises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shiwen Xu, Ruixiao Zhou, Zhiyuan Yu, Minghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10349804
    Abstract: A glasses rack for a dishwasher may be configured to hold glasses in an inclined position. The glasses may be inclined at a predetermined angle relative to horizontal to allow draining of treating liquid from the glasses yet achieve a reduced overall height of the dish rack relative to a conventional dish rack. A bottom wall of the dish rack may be inclined at an angle that matches an effective inclination angle of an upper, tiered dish rack, and the bottom wall inclination angle may correspond to the glasses inclination angle. A sprayer may be mounted to the dish rack and arranged to spray treating liquid into the interior of the glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Barry E. Tuller
  • Patent number: 10335013
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub, a first dish rack, and a second dish rack disposed above the first dish rack in the tub. The second dish rack includes a frame configured to couple to and adjust in a vertical position relative to a plurality of mounting rails in the tub. The second dish rack also includes a collapsible portion coupled to the frame and configured to adjust in a vertical position relative to the frame. In some embodiments, the second dish rack further includes a feed pipe coupled to the collapsible portion, the feed pipe having at least one connection point configured to align with at least one water supply point, wherein each vertical position of the collapsible portion corresponds to a different alignment of the at least one connection point and the at least one water supply point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Viktor Kopyrin, Raveendran Vaidhyanathan
  • Patent number: 10314460
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation and including a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, at least one sprayer configured to emit a corresponding spray of liquid into the treating chamber, at least one liquid circuit supplying liquid to the at least one sprayer, a pump having a pump inlet fluidly coupled to the treating chamber and a pump outlet, and a diverter valve controlling a flow of liquid from the pump to the at least one sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Juan I. Luciano, Antony M. Rappette
  • Patent number: 10314667
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning a medical instrument. First and second body portions in a closed position define a flushing chamber. The medical instrument extends through the flushing chamber. First and second sealing members secured to the first and second body portions engage one another to seal the flushing chamber and engage the medical instrument to form a seal thereabout. Portions of at least the first sealing member are disposed within the flushing chamber. Positive pressure in the flushing chamber urges the first sealing member toward the second and toward the medical instrument to enhance the tightness of the flushing chamber seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Zachary Garvey, Lucas Schneider, Ethan Guggenheimer
  • Patent number: 10307803
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for cleanliness of transmission windows for directed energy devices. A positive pressure gas chamber is fixed to the transmission window of a directed energy device, e.g., a laser or high power microwave. A gas source is connected to the positive pressure chamber in order to provide pressurized gas. The gas flows into the positive pressure chamber, and exits the positive pressure chamber through openings, thus pushing particulates out of the positive pressure chamber. The gas continues to flow during directed energy use, thus preventing undesirable material, e.g., dirt and moisture, from depositing on the transmission window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Bantell, Nackieb M. Kamin
  • Patent number: 10297472
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (100) for cleaning semiconductor wafer are provided, combining batch cleaning and single wafer cleaning together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ACM Research (Shanghai) Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Wang, Fuping Chen, Liangzhi Xie, Shena Jia, Xi Wang, Xiaoyan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10287722
    Abstract: Provided is a washing machine including an auxiliary washing unit configured with an auxiliary washing space formed separately from a main washing space formed in a rotating tub, and a discharging assembly by which the auxiliary washing space and the main washing space are selectively in communication with each other. Through such a structure, auxiliary washing may be independently performed, and washing efficiency may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Kim, Chang Yeong Kim, Hyeon Cheol Kim, Goan Su Jung, Min Hyung Kim, Yong Kwon Won
  • Patent number: 10280544
    Abstract: A fabric treating appliance includes a rotatable basket defining a treating chamber for receiving a load of laundry items for treatment. The basket comprises a dual wall, having an inner wall and an outer wall, defining a space therebetween. Liquid within the treating chamber can flow through a plurality of liquid extraction perforations and into the space between the walls, where the liquid can drain downwardly out through an opening in the outer wall and into a tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Alexander, Brent M. Burgess, Michael K. Cluskey, Christopher A. Jones, Dale E. Mueller
  • Patent number: 10273619
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance and a method operating a laundry treating appliance having a dye sensor configured to output a signal indicative of the amount of dye within liquid in the treating chamber, a controller having a memory in which is stored a set of executable instructions including at least one user-selectable cycle of operation, and a user interface operably coupled with the controller and providing an input and output function for the controller and provide information related to a dye release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Claudio Civanelli, Sarah E. Ihne
  • Patent number: 10272477
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hub cleaning device, including a base (1), a mounting transition plate (2), a water spraying module (3), hub conveying modules (4) and a work fixture (5), in which the water spraying module (3) is connected onto the mounting transition plate (2), and the mounting transition plate (2) is fixed on the base (1); the work fixture (5) is arranged at a position parallel to the base (1), so that the water spraying module (3) can face the front side of a hub (6); and the hub conveying modules (4) are arranged on two sides of the work fixture (5). The device is simple in structure, and eliminates cleaning dead angles. One device can complete cleaning of multiple types of hubs, thereby greatly reducing the input of enterprises on cleaning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ruixiao Zhou, Zhiyuan Yu, Minghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10276408
    Abstract: A flow-rate regulator device for controlling a flow rate of a liquid includes a first flow-rate regulator component positioned on an upstream side of a liquid line, and a second flow-rate regulator component positioned on a downstream side of the liquid line and connected in series to the first flow-rate regulator component. The first flow-rate regulator component adjusts a degree of opening such that a flow rate of liquid flowing through the liquid line is set a specified number of times greater than a target flow rate when the second flow-rate regulator component has a full opening, and the second flow-rate regulator component adjusts a degree of opening such that the flow rate of the liquid flowing through the liquid line is to be at the target flow rate when the first flow-rate regulator component is adjusted to have the degree of opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Michitaka Amiya, Takami Satoh, Kazuyoshi Eshima, Akihiro Nakamura, Koji Tanaka, Kazuki Kosai
  • Patent number: 10266980
    Abstract: A washing machine and a control method thereof including supplying wash water into a space defined between an outer tub and an inner tub without wetting the laundry placed in the inner tub, operating the circulation pump to supply water from the outer tub to the inner tub, measuring a current value supplied to a circulation pump, stopping the operation of the circulation pump based on the measured current value, and calculating the amount of wash water supplied by the circulation pump based on the number of rotations of the circulation pump integrated until that time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunku Kwon, Hwanjin Jung, Sanghyun Lee, Bonkwon Koo
  • Patent number: 10258216
    Abstract: A sink-type washing machine comprises a case having a sink body; the sink body has a recess at least at the center of the bottom portion; a drain board having a same shape as the recess which is covered on the recess; the drain board has a plurality of drain holes; the recess under the drain board defines into a drain region; the surface of the drain board is flush with the bottom portion of the sink body around the drain board; the water pump is disposed in the drain region for pumping the water in the drain region to above the drain board. By having the water pump arranged in the drain region of the sink body, the water pump is provided with a great water replenishment effect, arrangement of a water outlet component is facilitated, and an improved spraying effect can be acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Fotile Kitchen Ware Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yangzhong Lian, Hui Xu, Dengguang Zhu, Feng Zheng, Shuai Li, Zhongqun Mao, Yongding Zhu