Patents by Inventor Robert J. Mitchell

Robert J. Mitchell 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: 10832926
    Abstract: An ion implantation apparatus, system, and method are provided for transferring a plurality of workpieces between vacuum and atmospheric pressures, wherein an alignment mechanism is operable to align a plurality of workpieces for generally simultaneous transportation to a dual-workpiece load lock chamber. The alignment mechanism comprises a characterization device, an elevator, and two vertically-aligned workpiece supports for supporting two workpieces. First and second atmospheric robots are configured to generally simultaneously transfer two workpieces at a time between load lock modules, the alignment mechanism, and a FOUP. Third and fourth vacuum robots are configured to transfer one workpiece at a time between the load lock modules and a process module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Ferrara, Robert J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10812528
    Abstract: Anti-Phishing protection assists in protecting against phishing attacks. Any links that are contained within a message that has been identified as a phishing message are disabled. A warning message is shown when the phishing message is accessed. The first time a disabled link within the phishing message is selected a dismissible dialog box is displayed containing information about how to enable links in the message. After the user dismisses the dialog, clicking on a disabled link causes the warning message to flash drawing the user's attention to the potential severity of the problem. The links may be enabled by the user by selecting the warning message and choosing the appropriate option. Once the user enables the links, future displays of the message show the links as enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Xavier, Aime M. Mitchell, Brian J. Tsang, George A. Herbert, Hernan I. Savastano, Lubdha Khandelwal, Robert C. J. Pengelly, Robert Novitskey, Stanley Grant
  • Publication number: 20200189537
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for loading empty and formed six-pack bottle carriers into a larger case (i.e. a multi-pack) is provided. The packaging device includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The six-pack carriers are formed by unfolding them in the upper portion. Various components are associated with the upper portion of the packaging device. The case receives a plurality of six-pack carriers therein. The larger cases is formed by unfolding them in the lower portion of the packaging device. Various components are associated with the lower portion of the packaging device. The upper portion and lower portion operate simultaneously to efficiently produce a case have empty six-pack carriers placed therein for later filling with bottles at a downstream destination. The system includes the machine, the cases, the six-pack carriers, and the bottles, operating collectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Combi Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jovan J. Sutton, Robert S. Heath, III, Jason S. Mitchell, Michael Brian Roy Williams, Carl J. Maxfield
  • Patent number: 10661930
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for loading empty and formed six-pack bottle carriers into a larger case (i.e. a multi-pack) is provided. The packaging device includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The six-pack carriers are formed by unfolding them in the upper portion. Various components are associated with the upper portion of the packaging device. The case receives a plurality of six-pack carriers therein. The larger cases is formed by unfolding them in the lower portion of the packaging device. Various components are associated with the lower portion of the packaging device. The upper portion and lower portion operate simultaneously to efficiently produce a case have empty six-pack carriers placed therein for later filling with bottles at a downstream destination. The system includes the machine, the cases, the six-pack carriers, and the bottles, operating collectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Combi Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jovan J. Sutton, Robert S. Heath, III, Jason S. Mitchell, Michael Brian Roy Williams, Carl J. Maxfield
  • Publication number: 20200111686
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary union including an inner shaft, wherein the inner shaft is rotatable and includes an internal channel operable to deliver a cryogenic fluid to a platen. The rotary union may further include a rotary union shaft surrounding the inner shaft, and a seal assembly coupled to the rotary union shaft. The seal assembly may include a support, a metal bellows extending around an exterior of the support, and a seal support coupled to the metal bellows, wherein the seal support extends around the support. The seal assembly may further include a non-rotating seal component seated in the seal support, and a rotating seal component in abutment with the non-rotating seal component to create a mechanical seal therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: APPLIED Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mitchell, Guillermo Colom
  • Publication number: 20190366289
    Abstract: A closure [10] for a cylindrical vessel includes at least one holding means [30] configured to move the closure into a fully closed state, the holding means having a predetermined actuation force or torque to properly close the closure, the closure including one or both of the following failsafe failure detection features: a mechanical fuse [20] having a predetermined load failure force below that of a load failure force of at least one component of the holding means and above that of a predetermined actuation force or torque to properly close the closure; or a block[40] sized to at least partially overlap a pressure warning lock hole [19] of the closure door when the closure is not in the fully closed state and to fully expose the pressure warning lock hole when the closure is in the fully closed state, thereby permitting insertion of a pressure warning lock [17].
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua D. Mitchell, William C. Keenan, William J. Tefft, Joseph Alan Morton, Aaron M. Ritchie, Robert Fulton Hendricks, Samuel R. Boehning
  • Patent number: 10491597
    Abstract: Techniques for enforcing data security in a cleanroom data processing environment are described herein. In one or more embodiments, a virtual private cloud environment stores a first set of data provided by a first user account and a second set of data provided by a second user account, where the first user account is associated with a first set of one or more security credentials and the second user account is associated with a second set of security credentials and where the first user account is prevented from accessing at least the second set of data and the second user account is prevented from accessing at least the first set of data. In response to receiving, from the first user account or the second user account, a request to destroy the virtual private cloud environment, at least the first set of data and the second set of data are deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Ryszard Plichta, Andrew V. Baird, Roger Siggs, Kevin Scott DiMichel, Robert J. Cuthbertson, David Michael Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10334857
    Abstract: A novel Chromobacterium phragmitis sp. nov. strain 113-1 (NRRL B-67133) is described, which has insecticidal activity against insect larvae, in general, and dipteran and lepidopteran insect larvae, in particular. A biocontrol agent containing Chromobacterium phragmitis sp. nov. strain 113-1 (NRRL B-67133) and optionally a carrier are also described. Methods of killing insect larvae and methods of reducing insect populations in an area by applying to the area or an object an effective amount of the biocontrol agent are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Michael B. Blackburn, Dawn E. Gundersen-Rindal, Robert R. Farrar, Daniel J. Kuhar, Ashaki D. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20190141049
    Abstract: Techniques for enforcing data security in a cleanroom data processing environment are described herein. In one or more embodiments, a virtual private cloud environment stores a first set of data provided by a first user account and a second set of data provided by a second user account, where the first user account is associated with a first set of one or more security credentials and the second user account is associated with a second set of security credentials and where the first user account is prevented from accessing at least the second set of data and the second user account is prevented from accessing at least the first set of data. In response to receiving, from the first user account or the second user account, a request to destroy the virtual private cloud environment, at least the first set of data and the second set of data are deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Ryszard Plichta, Andrew V. Baird, Roger Siggs, Kevin Scott DiMichel, Robert J. Cuthbertson, David Michael Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10157763
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating expeditious handling and processing of semiconductor substrates with a minimal number of handling devices. Such a system may include an entry load-lock configured to transfer substrates from an atmospheric environment to a vacuum chamber, an alignment station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to adjust orientations of substrates, a first vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the entry load-lock to the alignment station, a process station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to perform a designated process on substrates, first and second exit load-locks configured to transfer substrates from the vacuum chamber to the atmospheric environment, and a second vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the alignment station to the process station and further configured to move substrates from the process station to the first exit load-lock and to the second exit load-lock in an alternating fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: VARIAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mitchell, Eric Hermanson, Benjamin B. Riordon
  • Patent number: 10152033
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide proportional integral derivative control (PID) using multiple actuators. In one embodiment, a process includes providing a PID controller in communication with a primary actuator and a secondary actuator, the primary actuator and the secondary actuator coupled to a handler. The process further includes receiving position feedback and a specified trajectory for the handler, and generating a dynamic feedforward force command and a position correction command for the handler based on the position feedback and the specified trajectory. The process further includes providing, from the PID controller, the dynamic feedforward force command to the secondary actuator and the position correction command to the primary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: VARIAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Jack J. LoPiccolo, Robert J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9891599
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide proportional integral derivative control (PID) using multiple actuators. In one embodiment, a process includes providing a PID controller in communication with a primary actuator and a secondary actuator, the primary actuator and the secondary actuator coupled to a handler, such as a robotic arm for manipulating an object. The process further includes receiving position feedback and a specified trajectory for the handler, and generating a dynamic feedforward force command and a position correction command for the handler based on the position feedback and the specified trajectory. The process further includes providing, from the PID controller, the dynamic feedforward force command to the secondary actuator and the position correction command to the primary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack J. LoPiccolo, Robert J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20170220007
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide proportional integral derivative control (PID) using multiple actuators. In one embodiment, a process includes providing a PID controller in communication with a primary actuator and a secondary actuator, the primary actuator and the secondary actuator coupled to a handler. The process further includes receiving position feedback and a specified trajectory for the handler, and generating a dynamic feedforward force command and a position correction command for the handler based on the position feedback and the specified trajectory. The process further includes providing, from the PID controller, the dynamic feedforward force command to the secondary actuator and the position correction command to the primary actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Jack J. LoPiccolo, Robert J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20170220006
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide proportional integral derivative control (PID) using multiple actuators. In one embodiment, a process includes providing a PID controller in communication with a primary actuator and a secondary actuator, the primary actuator and the secondary actuator coupled to a handler, such as a robotic arm for manipulating an object. The process further includes receiving position feedback and a specified trajectory for the handler, and generating a dynamic feedforward force command and a position correction command for the handler based on the position feedback and the specified trajectory. The process further includes providing, from the PID controller, the dynamic feedforward force command to the secondary actuator and the position correction command to the primary actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Jack J. LoPiccolo, Robert J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20170178933
    Abstract: An ion implantation apparatus, system, and method are provided for transferring a plurality of workpieces between vacuum and atmospheric pressures, wherein an alignment mechanism is operable to align a plurality of workpieces for generally simultaneous transportation to a dual-workpiece load lock chamber. The alignment mechanism comprises a characterization device, an elevator, and two vertically-aligned workpiece supports for supporting two workpieces. First and second atmospheric robots are configured to generally simultaneously transfer two workpieces at a time between load lock modules, the alignment mechanism, and a FOUP. Third and fourth vacuum robots are configured to transfer one workpiece at a time between the load lock modules and a process module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Ferrara, Robert J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9484183
    Abstract: An ion implantation apparatus including an enclosure defining a process chamber, a carriage slidably mounted on a shaft within the process chamber and coupled to a drive mechanism adapted to selectively move the carriage along the shaft. A platen assembly can be coupled to the carriage, and a linkage conduit can extend between a side wall of the enclosure and the carriage. The linkage conduit can include a plurality of pivotably interconnected linkage members that define a contiguous internal volume that is sealed from the process chamber. The contiguous volume can be held at a desired vacuum pressure separate from the vacuum environment of the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Hermanson, Robert J. Mitchell, Steven Anella, Jeffrey Charles Blahnik, William T. Weaver, Michael Rohrer, James P. Buonodono
  • Patent number: 9415508
    Abstract: A substrate scanning device includes first, second and third linkages, and a direct drive motor coupled between a process chamber and a first end of the first linkage. A first gear motor coupled between a second end of the first linkage and a first end of the second linkage and a second gear motor coupled between a second end of the second linkage and a first end of the third linkage. A substrate support surface coupled to a second end of the third linkage. The direct drive motor for moving the substrate support surface parallel to a scan axis as the direct drive motor moves the substrate support surface along the scan axis. The first and second gear motors can be configured to maintain the substrate support surface in a plane approximately parallel with the scan axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mitchell, William Weaver
  • Publication number: 20160071686
    Abstract: An ion implantation apparatus including an enclosure defining a process chamber, a carriage slidably mounted on a shaft within the process chamber and coupled to a drive mechanism adapted to selectively move the carriage along the shaft. A platen assembly can be coupled to the carriage, and a linkage conduit can extend between a side wall of the enclosure and the carriage. The linkage conduit can include a plurality of pivotably interconnected linkage members that define a contiguous internal volume that is sealed from the process chamber. The contiguous volume can be held at a desired vacuum pressure separate from the vacuum environment of the process chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Eric D. Hermanson, Robert J. Mitchell, Steven Anella, Jeffrey Charles Blahnik, William T. Weaver, Michael Rohrer, James P. Buonodono
  • Publication number: 20150063954
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating expeditious handling and processing of semiconductor substrates with a minimal number of handling devices. Such a system may include an entry load-lock configured to transfer substrates from an atmospheric environment to a vacuum chamber, an alignment station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to adjust orientations of substrates, a first vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the entry load-lock to the alignment station, a process station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to perform a designated process on substrates, first and second exit load-locks configured to transfer substrates from the vacuum chamber to the atmospheric environment, and a second vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the alignment station to the process station and further configured to move substrates from the process station to the first exit load-lock and to the second exit load-lock in an alternating fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mitchell, Eric Hermanson, Benjamin B. Riordon
  • Patent number: D864033
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Thor Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jack Owen Devine, Dale Beever, Raymond McKay Featherstone, Bryan M. Fox, Dana Kim Gehman, Bradley J. Mitchell, Robert Owen Sanford, Bryan Thompson