Patents by Inventor Luke W. Bonecutter

Luke W. Bonecutter has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10262884
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, apparatus, and methods for an improved load port that includes a frame supporting a dock and a carrier opener; an elevator operable to raise and lower the carrier opener; an isolation compartment within which the elevator is operable to move, the isolation compartment including a volume isolated from a volume of an equipment front end module (EFEM); and a purge supply within the isolation compartment operable to purge the isolation compartment of reactive gas trapped within the isolation compartment. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Bonecutter, David T. Blahnik, Paul B. Reuter
  • Publication number: 20180130686
    Abstract: An electronic device manufacturing system includes a factory interface that has a load port. The load port may include a panel having an opening therein and a carrier door opener that seals the opening when the door is closed. The carrier door opener may have a groove along an outer portion of the door. The groove may have a cross-sectional shape of a triangular prism frustum. A hollow O-ring may be seated in the groove and is configured to engage the panel when the carrier door opener is closed against the panel. Methods of assembling a factory interface for an electronic device manufacturing system are also provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: David T. Blahnik, Paul B. Reuter, Luke W. Bonecutter, Douglas B. Baumgarten
  • Publication number: 20180130687
    Abstract: An electronic device manufacturing system includes a factory interface that has a load port. The load port may include a panel having a back surface. The back surface may have a groove extending along an outer portion of the panel. The groove may include a neck region and a flared base region. The neck region may have a rectangular cross section that extends to a flared base region. A bulb seal or a rectangularly-shaped seal may be seated in the groove and may be configured to seal an interface between the load port and the factory interface. Methods of assembling a factory interface for an electronic device manufacturing system are also provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventor: Luke W. Bonecutter
  • Publication number: 20180130685
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, apparatus, and methods for an improved load port that includes a frame supporting a dock and a carrier opener; an elevator operable to raise and lower the carrier opener; an isolation compartment within which the elevator is operable to move, the isolation compartment including a volume isolated from a volume of an equipment front end module (EFEM); and a purge supply within the isolation compartment operable to purge the isolation compartment of reactive gas trapped within the isolation compartment. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Luke W. Bonecutter, David T. Blahnik, Paul B. Reuter