Opposed Patents (Class 118/316)
  • Patent number: 10537910
    Abstract: A method of applying a coating to at least a portion of a surface of a structure using reusable master path rules. The surface of the structure is identified to form surface data. A framework for the surface of the structure is generated using the surface data. The framework comprises a plurality of points. Reusable master path rules are created for a master path connecting the plurality of points. The master path is a continuous line representing a universal route for applying coatings to the surface. The coating is applied to the at least a portion of the surface of the structure using the reusable master path rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Fredrick Carl Rudnick, III, Robert Stephen Strong, Dennis R. Mathis, Paul J. Shirron
  • Patent number: 10528028
    Abstract: A substrate processing system includes a film-forming device to form photosensitive film on substrate, an exposure device to expose the film on the substrate, a relay device to transfer the substrate between the film-forming and exposure devices, a warping data acquisition device to acquire measured warping data of the substrate, a communication device to perform data communication with the exposure device, and a control device including film-forming, relay, measuring, and communication control sub-devices. The film-forming sub-device controls the film-forming device to form the film on the substrate, the relay sub-device controls the relay device to transfer the substrate to the exposure device, the measuring sub-device controls the warping data acquisition device to acquire the data after the controlling by the film-forming sub-device prior to the controlling by the relay sub-device, and the communication sub-device controls the communication device to transmit the data to the exposure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Teruhiko Kodama, Masashi Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10427300
    Abstract: A system for generating a path to be followed by a robot used to perform a process on a workpiece has a computing device that has program code for operating the robot and obtaining information related to the workpiece and a vision system that scans the workpiece to obtain images thereof that are provided to the computing device. The computing device processes the images to obtain geometric information about the workpiece that the computing device uses in combination with process related reference parameters stored in the computing device to generate program code for a path to be followed by the robot to perform the process on the workpiece. The computing device also includes code configured to verify for quality the generated program code for the path to be followed by the robot to perform the process on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Remus Boca, Srinivas Nidamarthi
  • Patent number: 10201905
    Abstract: A fiber cutting device is disclosed having a cutting head with one or more blades disposed across a surface of the cutting head and disposed to rotate about a cutting head axis. An anvil roller is disposed and driven to rotate about an anvil axis and has a surface in momentary contact with each the one or more blades of the cutting head. Fibers are delivered to the device across a feeder. A feed control toggle may be moved to a stop position, where a first end of the feed control toggle presses the plurality of fibers against the feeder to stop motion of the fibers and prevent cutting. Contact with the anvil roller to draw the fibers between the cutting head and the anvil may also be controlled by the feed control toggle. A flap for sliding contact between the fibers and the anvil may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Jerry R. Fram
  • Patent number: 10195640
    Abstract: A method for applying coating material to a moving substrate such as a glass mat web in shingle manufacturing includes conveying the web through a narrow channel and ejecting at least one coating material onto at least one surface of the web as it is conveyed through the channel. In a preferred embodiment, multiple coating materials may be applied to one surface of the web and multiple coating materials may be applied to the other surface of the web. The coating materials may be molten asphalt or other coating materials. The pressure of the coating material is controlled as a function of the line speed of the moving substrate to ensure consistently thick coatings at various speeds, including relatively high speeds, of the web. An apparatus in the form of a slot die is disclosed for carrying out the method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Svec
  • Patent number: 10059311
    Abstract: A system for cleaning an automobile having at least two colored cleaning streams includes a first mixing system for combining a first cleaning composition stream, a first concentrated color composition, and a first water stream to form a first diluted colored cleaning composition. A second mixing system combines a second cleaning composition stream, a second concentrated color composition, and a second water stream to form a second diluted colored cleaning composition. A first foaming system receives the first diluted colored cleaning composition. The first foam system delivers the first diluted colored cleaning composition to the vehicle. A second foaming system receives the second diluted colored cleaning composition. The second foam system delivers the second diluted colored cleaning composition to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AUTO DETAILING ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R. Kramer
  • Patent number: 9796089
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein describes a supervised autonomy system designed to precisely model, inspect and process the surfaces of complex three-dimensional objects. The current application context for this system is laser coating removal of aircraft, but this invention is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications that require close, precise positioning and maneuvering of an inspection or processing tool over the entire surface of a physical object. For example, this system, in addition to laser coating removal, could also apply new coatings, perform fine-grained or gross inspection tasks, deliver and/or use manufacturing process tools or instruments, and/or verify the results of other manufacturing processes such as but not limited to welding, riveting, or the placement of various surface markings or fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Stuart Edwin Lawrence, III, Christopher L Baker, Christopher Randolph Baker, David G Galati, Justin C Haines, Herman Herman, Alonzo J Kelly, Eric Meyhofer, Anthony Stentz, Jean-Sebastien Valois, Andrew Strat
  • Patent number: 9731851
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide clip blow-off pulses of pressurized gas to clip dies using pressurized gas diverted from an onboard knife, gate and/or punch cylinder/valve during a reset or idle period of a clipping cycle and may be particularly suitable for rotating platform systems with circumferentially spaced apart respective clipper stations. Packaging systems include at least one clipper assembly with at least one pulse valve in communication with a pressurized gas (e.g., air) supply configured to generate a respective clip blow-off pulse of pressurized gas across a clip die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuo-Raid Grant Chen, Dennis J. May, Ronald H. Neely, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8919278
    Abstract: A coating comprises a resin solution including a solution of neoprene latex and liquid asphalt emulsion and an accelerator solution including an aqueous solution of zinc sulfate powder and water. A spray system for applying the coating includes a spray gun having first and second nozzles, a first pump fluidly connected between the first nozzle and a resin solution reservoir for delivering the resin solution to the first nozzle at a first fluid pressure, and a second pump fluidly connected between the second nozzle and an accelerator solution reservoir for delivering the accelerator solution to the second nozzle at a second fluid pressure different from the first pressure. The accelerator solution may be aerated by a source of compressed air prior to discharge from the second nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Harco Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Smith
  • Patent number: 8875651
    Abstract: A double-sided coated substrate transport device (1) is described. A die head for front face coating (3) and a die head for back face coating (4) coat a coating liquid onto a substrate 1. A drying oven (5) dries the coating liquid applied to the substrate (1), to form coating films on the front and back faces of the substrate (1). A first and second rotating body unit (20A, 20B) are respectively furnished independently at widthwise edge sections of the substrate (1). Each of the first and second rotating body units has a free roller (21) and a drive roller (22) constituting a pair of rotating bodies, and a rotating body swivel section (23). The free roller (21) and the drive roller (22) grip the widthwise edge sections of the substrate (1) from the front and back sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toray Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8757086
    Abstract: The interior of a straight pipe is clad using a plurality of welding heads. The pipe is carried on support rollers including drive components for rotating the pipe about its axis while holding it fixed against axial movement. There are four welding heads with two carried on a cantilevered support arm of a respective one of a first and a second carriage mounted outside the pipe at opposite ends of the pipe and each movable in a direction longitudinally of the axis of the pipe. The heads are located on the arm at a common angular position at bottom dead center to weld vertically downwardly. The pipe support includes a pair of drive rollers arranged with their axes parallel to the axis of the pipe and adjustable in spacing to change the height of the pipe on the rollers relative to the welding heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Randel Brandstrom
  • Patent number: 8733274
    Abstract: Inkjet print head dies are directly seated upon an exterior of a tubular member so as to face different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David R. Otis, Jr., Jeffrey A. Nielsen, Casey T. Miller, Gerald F. Meehan, Isaac Farr, Joseph W. Dody
  • Patent number: 8720364
    Abstract: A portable machine and process is described for covering all sides of an elongated object with a liquid without the use of brushes. The machine is particularly useful with manufactured building products such as a fence picket, trim, molding, or any other type of board. The machine generally has four stations, an entry station that drives the object down a track, a liquid application station where the object is covered by liquid that is poured over the object, a blower station where the fluid is spread evenly over the object and excess fluid is blown off, and an exit station that continues to pull the object down the track and directs the object as the object leaves the exit station. Finally, the object may enter a releasably attached drop track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Massey
  • Patent number: 8714103
    Abstract: It is provided a double side coating device which can maintain a thickness of a coated film in constant. The double side coating device has a back up roller supporting a web material, a first coating head that is placed opposite to the back up roller and that applies a coating material onto a first surface of the web material, a suction roller that is provided with a plurality of supporting portions which projects annularly so as to contact with a uncoated portion of the first surface of the web material and on circumference of which suction holes are opened to suck atmosphere, and a second coating head that is placed opposite to the suction roller and that coats second surface of the web material with a coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Chugai Ro Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Nishio, Takao Tokumoto
  • Patent number: 8691022
    Abstract: The wet treatment of wafer-shaped articles is improved by utilizing a droplet generator designed to produce a spray of monodisperse droplets. The droplet generator is mounted above a spin chuck, and is moved across a major surface of the wafer-shaped article in a linear or arcuate path. The droplet generator includes a transducer acoustically coupled to its body such that sonic energy reaches a region of the body surrounding the discharge orifices. Each orifice has a width w of at least 1 ?m and at most 200 ?m and a height h such that a ratio of h to w is not greater than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research AG
    Inventors: Frank Holsteyns, Alexander Lippert
  • Patent number: 8689727
    Abstract: The examples described herein provide methods and equipment for an anti-oxidation spraying on a steel billet. In some examples, when the billet at the temperature of 400° C.-1000° C. enters the predetermined spraying region, a plurality of anti-oxidation spraying devices are used to perform an anti-oxidation spray on the billet in two or more directions, thereby forming directly an anti-oxidation coating on the steel billet at 400° C.-1000° C. By using the example method and equipment described herein, on-line spraying of anti-oxidation coating on the steel billet can be performed under high-temperature condition, thereby reducing an oxidation burning loss rate of the steel billet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dalian RINO Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianping Qiu, Dejun Zou, Zhihai Wei, Mingzhi Zhu, Meng Xu, Zhiqian Jia, Shufeng Ye, Lianqi Wei
  • Patent number: 8667924
    Abstract: A coating device including a coating mechanism which includes nozzles for ejecting a liquid material onto front and rear surfaces of the substrate while rotating a substrate in an upright state, and a nozzle managing mechanism which manages the state of the nozzles, in which the nozzle managing mechanism includes a soaking portion which dips the front end of the nozzle in a soak solution, and a discharging portion which discharges at least the soak solution, and a nozzle managing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sahoda, Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato
  • Patent number: 8642131
    Abstract: A deflecting air ring includes a plurality of deflecting air nozzles for discharging a deflecting air jet onto a spray jet of a vaporizer in order to shape the spray jet. The deflecting air nozzles are configured such that the deflecting air jet is substantially laminar within a first region, while the deflecting air nozzles also generate turbulence in a second region situated downstream of the first region of the deflecting air jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Nolte, Peter Marquardt, Harald Gummlich, Andreas Fischer, Harry Krumma, Jürgen Berkowitsch
  • Patent number: 8622017
    Abstract: An electroless plating system includes a plating solution, and controlling reducing agents in the plating solution for deposition over outlier features smaller than about five hundred nanometers and isolated by about one thousand nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Ivanov, Robert D. Tas, Shashank Ravindra Kulkarni, Ron Rulkens
  • Patent number: 8590873
    Abstract: A sheet restrainer is used to restrain movement of continuously traveling glass sheet and includes arms on either side of the glass sheet. A driving device coupled to the arms moves the arms from a retracted position in which the arms are withdrawn from the glass sheet to an engaged position in which the arms are near the glass sheet and in alignment with each other. Rollers are connected to the arms and contact the glass sheet in the engaged position. A damping device applies an adjustable damping force to at least one of the arms dampening movement of the arm in the engaged position thereby restraining movement of the sheet. In a method of operation, the damping devices restrain angular and/or lateral movement of the sheet by transmitting movement of the sheet against the rollers into a resistive damping force of the damping devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Naiyue Zhou, George Davis Treichler, Zepei Zhu
  • Patent number: 8499715
    Abstract: A coating apparatus includes a first coating device, a number of second coating devices and a number of substrate holders. Each of the substrate holders is rotatable relative to the first coating device and the second coating devices such that one of two opposite holding surfaces of the substrate holder alternately faces the first coating device and the second coating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8481124
    Abstract: A deflecting air ring is disclosed having a plurality of deflecting air nozzles for discharging a deflecting air jet onto a spray jet of a vaporizer in order to shape the spray jet. The deflecting air nozzles are configured such that the deflecting air jet is substantially laminar within a close region, while the deflecting air nozzles also generate turbulence in a remote region situated downstream of the close region of the deflecting air jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Nolte, Peter Marquardt, Harald Gummlich, Andreas Fischer, Harry Krumma, Jurgen Berkowitsch
  • Patent number: 8383207
    Abstract: A tire dressing system includes an imaging device that captures an image of a vehicle tire or portion thereof and at least one application device that applies tire dressing to the tire based on the captured image. The system determines one or more tire parameters based on the captured image. The tire dressing system configures the at least one application device based on the tire parameter(s) such that the application device substantially restricts application of tire dressing to within the boundaries of the tire sidewalls. By determining the tire parameters, the tire dressing system may apply the tire dressing to the tire sidewalls while reducing or minimizing application of tire dressing to the body or rims of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: ZEP IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: David J. Falbaum, Darren M. Jahnke, Paul R. Kraus, Paul S. Schilling, Mark Lorenz
  • Patent number: 8342118
    Abstract: An apparatus for extrusion forming a sheet product having an extruder assembly with a sheet die through which a flowable material is delivered and a roll stand assembly made up of a roll stack sub-assembly and a sheet take-off sub-assembly. The roll stack assembly has first and second rolls between which a nip location is defined at which flowable material from the sheet die is delivered. The sheet take-off sub-assembly produces an advancing force upon a first sheet component made up of at least the first sheet layer. The roll stand assembly further has a coating system for applying a coating component to a surface on at least one sheet component advancing through the apparatus. The roll stand assembly is constructed to be reconfigured thereby to change a path traveled by the at least one sheet component and facilitate selective application of the coating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Processing Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dana R. Hanson, Mitchell L. Gritzner, Ryan E. Leopold
  • Patent number: 8129657
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machining head with integrated powder supply for deposition welding using laser radiation. A machining head in accordance with the invention can in particular be used for deposition welding at a high deposition rate. In the machining head in accordance with the invention, the laser radiation is directed to supplied powder and to a material surface with a focal spot. The powder supply takes place symmetrically to the axial feed direction with a plurality of channels arranged oppositely. The channels are aligned at an obliquely inclined angle so that powder discharged from them is supplied into the focal spot of the laser radiation from two mutually oppositely disposed sides over the total width of the focal spot with respect to the axial feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Steffen Nowotny, Andreas Schmidt, Siegfried Scharek, Tobias Naumann, Friedrich Kempe
  • Patent number: 8123868
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cleaning, drying, coating, baking etching and deposition of surfaces on glass substrate as it transitions thru and between small gaps between hydro-static porous media bearings. Due to the non-contact nature of the device extremely high pressures can be induced upon the work piece through various fluids without damage to the substrate, allowing the system to utilize the viscous nature of fluids to accomplish the desired cleaning, drying, coating, etching or baking. The process also allows for simultaneous and immediately sequential ordering of processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: New Way Machine Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Devitt
  • Publication number: 20110311716
    Abstract: A system for purging a plural component coating application system including: a first pressure regulator for receiving an inert gas, providing the gas at a first pressure; a first valve; a first operator connected to the first valve capable of being controlled by a logic controller; a first check valve; a mixing manifold; a second pressure regulator for receiving an inert gas, providing the gas at a second pressure that is less than the first pressure; a second valve; a second operator connected to the second valve capable of being controlled by a logic controller; a second check valve; a static mixer in fluid communication with the mixing manifold; an outlet from the static mixer for receiving a connection to at least two spraying members; and where the second regulator is capable of providing the second pressure at a pressure that is less than one-fifth of the first pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Line Travel Automated Coating Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney Taylor, Stanley Rogala, Ivan Belik, Miles Wenger
  • Patent number: 8050799
    Abstract: A method for determining of spraying parameters for controlling a painting appliance which sprays and is moved over an area to be painted, in particular a robot with a painting application. A known spraying map is produced, using known spraying parameters and paint amount, for a predetermined movement speed of the painting appliance, and a paint amount is matched to a new movement speed in comparison to the predetermined movement speed. Furthermore, new spraying parameters are calculated for the adapted paint amount, while maintaining a spraying map which is similar to the known spraying map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Eickmeyer, Gunter Boerner
  • Publication number: 20110256377
    Abstract: Photovoltaic elements can be formed by in-motion processing of a silicon ribbon. In some embodiments, only a single surface of a silicon ribbon is processed in-motion. In other embodiments both surfaces of a silicon ribbon is processed in-motion. In-motion processing can include, but is not limited to, formation of patterned or uniform doped regions within or along the silicon ribbon as well as the formation of patterned or uniform dielectric layers and/or electrically conductive elements on the silicon ribbon. After performing in-motion processing, additional processing steps can be performed after the ribbon is cut into portions. Furthermore, post-cut processing can include, but is not limited to, the formation of solar cells, photovoltaic modules, and solar panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Shivkumar Chiruvolu, Neeraj Pakala, Scott Ferguson, Kieran Drain
  • Patent number: 8037843
    Abstract: An application and infusion system for applying a resin to one or more fiber tows and for infusing the fiber tows with the resin, wherein each of the fiber tows is moving at a respective fiber speed. The application and infusion system includes a deposition and infusion system comprising one or more nozzles configured to deposit the resin on a respective one of the fiber tows. The system further includes a controller configured to control a flow rate of the resin through each of the nozzles relative to the fiber speed of the respective ones of the fiber tows. Other aspects of the application and infusion system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Peter Michael Finnigan, Dongming Dominic Gao, Bowden Kirkpatrick, Alexander Joseph Vallee, Jr., Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove, Yosang Yoon
  • Patent number: 7950343
    Abstract: A printer includes a driving station. The driving station includes a pair of pinch rollers between which print media can be fed. A printing station is configured to print upon the fed print media. An adhesive application station is configured to apply adhesive to the printed print media. A tray assembly includes a tray in which the printed print media can collect in a stack, and a vibrator configured to vibrate the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7943201
    Abstract: A robotic spray system is provided for accurately spraying mold release onto any size or shaped green tire. The system analyzes individual green tires using an integrated vision system. The system controls the robotic spray position, the fan, fluid, atomizing air, and tire rotation speed for optimal spray coverage on both the inside and outside of green tires. The system includes a conveyor, an overhead mounted camera located over an infeed station, and a second camera located perpendicular to the green tire's tread and several feet away from the center of the tire. Pictures of the green tire in the station are used to estimate the center and radius of the tire and locate the angle of the bar code with respect to the center of the tire. Reference points are provided from the camera images and robot positions are calculated to control the spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Todd E. Hendricks, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7938131
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser for use in the processing of substrates. The dispenser has a dome shaped body with a convex upper surface and has a number of conduits designed to supply fluid to the surface of a substrate at predetermined points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher Hahn, Hanjoo Lee
  • Patent number: 7927667
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a spray apparatus and a method useful in the repair of coating adhered to can ends used in the food and beverage packaging industries. The spray apparatus has one or more elongated shafts rotatably coupled to a frame. One or more bearing members are rotatably coupled to the shafts. One or more plates are rotatably coupled to the bearing members. One or more spray guns are coupled to the plates. The spray guns of the spray apparatus are structured to apply fluid to the can end with a solid stream emitted from the spray guns in a circular pattern. A method for the repair of coating adhered on a can end is provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Allan McEldowney, Dennis Cornelius Stammen
  • Publication number: 20100307409
    Abstract: A thin film deposition apparatus to form a fine pattern on a large substrate. The thin film deposition apparatus includes a deposition source, a first nozzle that is disposed at a side of the deposition source and includes a plurality of first slits, a second nozzle that is disposed opposite to the deposition source and includes a plurality of second slits, and a second nozzle reinforcement unit that is disposed on the second nozzle and crosses the second nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Min LEE, Choong-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 7833572
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus includes a frame, a support coupled to the frame to receive electronic substrates, a first dispensing unit to dispense viscous material, a second dispensing unit to dispense viscous material, and a gantry coupled to the frame. The gantry includes a first Z drive mechanism to support the first dispensing unit and lower the first dispensing unit toward a first electronic substrate pattern when performing a dispense operation, and a second Z drive mechanism to support the second dispensing unit and lower the second dispensing unit toward a second electronic substrate pattern when performing a dispense operation. The second Z drive mechanism may be adjusted relative to the first Z drive mechanism a predetermined distance. A controller controls a dispense operation of the first dispensing unit on the first electronic substrate pattern and a dispense operation of the second dispensing unit on the second electronic substrate pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Hugh R. Read
  • Publication number: 20100173089
    Abstract: A coating comprises a resin solution including a solution of neoprene latex and liquid asphalt emulsion and an accelerator solution including an aqueous solution of zinc sulfate powder and water. A spray system for applying the coating includes a spray gun having first and second nozzles, a first pump fluidly connected between the first nozzle and a resin solution reservoir for delivering the resin solution to the first nozzle at a first fluid pressure, and a second pump fluidly connected between the second nozzle and an accelerator solution reservoir for delivering the accelerator solution to the second nozzle at a second fluid pressure different from the first pressure. The accelerator solution may be aerated by a source of compressed air prior to discharge from the second nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: David H. Smith
  • Patent number: 7691450
    Abstract: Two sprayer units are arranged along a conveyer. A coating surface of a panel conveyed by the conveyer is divided into four coating areas. Then, the sprayer units reciprocate parallel to the conveying direction and coat the individual coating areas. At this time, at the boundaries of the coating areas, the positions of the turning paths for reciprocation of the sprayer units are shifted from the front side to the rear side in the conveying direction and step-like coating trajectories are formed. As a result, the size of the area coated by each of the sprayer units can be expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kenmoku, Takehito Katsunuma
  • Patent number: 7673582
    Abstract: An edge bead removal device for a spin coater apparatus and methods of edge bead removal that overcome the deficiencies of conventional edge bead removal techniques. The edge bead removal device includes a coater cup and a head situated within the coater cup proximate to a peripheral edge of a substrate. The head is movable in a radial direction relative to an azimuthal axis of a rotatable substrate support inside the coater cup. The position of the head relative to a rim of the peripheral edge is mapped using an optical sensor. When the substrate support rotates the substrate and the head is used to dispense edge bead removal chemical, the radial position of the head is adjusted, as guided by the map, relative to the azimuthal axis to maintain a constant gap between the head and the substrate's peripheral rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Thomas E. Winter
  • Patent number: 7650852
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing objects includes an elevated tubular frame rail mounting a four axis robot arm with a tool such as a painting applicator. The robot is attached to a mounting base that moves along the rail permitting painting of the top and/or side of a vehicle body. Electrical power and fluid lines can be routed through the rail to the robot. Two such rails and multiple robots can be combined as a module for installation in a new or an existing painting booth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Clifford, Eric D. Buchanan, James M. Kowalski, Roy A Jerue, Paul D. Copioli, Mike G. Beem
  • Patent number: 7592034
    Abstract: A dispenser system for a liquid crystal display panel includes at least one table upon which a substrate having a plurality of image display parts is loaded, a plurality of syringes each having a nozzle at one end portion for supplying a dispensing material onto the substrate, and a plurality of robot arms having the plurality of syringes arranged at both sides of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Su Jung
  • Patent number: 7563326
    Abstract: A coating/drying device including a first application device, a second application device and a drying device. The first application device for applying application medium to a first side of a fiber material web, moving in a running direction. The second application device for applying application medium to a second side of the fiber material web, the second side being opposite the first side. The second application device being an application device operating without contacting the fiber material web. The drying device is arranged downstream of the first application device and the second application device in the running direction of the fiber material web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Tietz, Richard Aust, Stefan Reich, Christoph Henninger
  • Patent number: 7534299
    Abstract: A spray box assembly including, in combination, a top spray box, a bottom spray box, the boxes being juxtapositioned to define a pathway therebetween, at least one spray assembly positioned within at least one of the boxes and a supply assembly for supplying a treating solution to the spray assembly to coat product with the treating solution as the product is fed through the pathway and also including a method of coating a product with a treating solution, comprising the steps of feeding the product into a pathway between top spray box and a bottom spray box and spraying the treating solution within at least one of the boxes about the pathway to coat the product with the treating solution as the product is fed through the pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Rhino Hide LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Reed, David E. Reed, Dale Collins
  • Patent number: 7335264
    Abstract: A method for coating at least a portion of a medical device having an interior is provided that includes holding the medical appliance from an outside surface, inserting a spray nozzle in a first opening accessing the interior of the medical appliance, and spraying the coating on an inside surface of the medical appliance with the spray nozzle. The method may include inserting a further spray nozzle in a second opening accessing the interior of the medical appliance. The spray nozzle and the further spray nozzle may be opposingly arranged to form a radial nozzle. A device adapted to hold a medical appliance is provided that includes at least two wires and a tensioning arrangement adapted to introduce tension into the two wires. The at least two wires may be adapted to support the medical appliance from an exterior of the medical appliance. An apparatus for coating an interior of a medical appliance is provided. A medical appliance having a differential coating applied by the method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John Motherwell, Michael Austin, Barry Heaney
  • Patent number: 7318949
    Abstract: A method for dispensing towels contained in a compartment and selectively treating the towels with a fluid comprises the steps of extracting a dispensable towel from the compartment, through a towel delivery conduit extending through a removable cover disposed on the compartment, and from a top opening of the cover, and selectively applying the fluid to the towel as the towel is extracted through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: William Shadrach, III
  • Patent number: 7302909
    Abstract: The invention provides a nozzle assembly for spraying a food product. The nozzle assembly includes a first sprayer disposed along an axis defining, at least in part, a path of movement for a food product. The nozzle assembly also includes a second sprayer disposed along the axis. The second sprayer is axially and radially spaced from the first sprayer. The nozzle assembly also includes a cavity operable to receive edible ink. The cavity communicates directly with the first and second sprayers disposed along the axis. The first and second sprayers concurrently spray the edible ink from the cavity to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: John Booth, James M. Whitham
  • Patent number: 7285170
    Abstract: An adhesive application mechanism for a printer is provided. The adhesive application mechanism comprises first and second adhesive applicators, the adhesive applicators being mutually opposed and configured to apply adhesive simultaneously onto opposite faces of sheets of print media fed therebetween, wherein a media feed path is defined between the first and second adhesive applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7208045
    Abstract: A powdering unit for spraying printed products with powder has two box-shaped guiding elements following each other in the product-conveying direction. These guiding elements delimit, with mutually opposite parallel guiding sides, a guiding shaft leading to the product-conveying plane and intended for a powder gas curtain and delimit, with guiding sides running substantially parallel to the product-conveying surface, together with one side of the product, a powder gas guiding shaft running parallel to the product surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Platsch GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Hans G. Platsch
  • Patent number: 7070655
    Abstract: Pre-treatment tunnel and method of preparing extrusions or section bars for being coated, wherein each workpiece is caused to move along a pre-treatment path and each treatment liquid is poured from above onto each workpiece so as to spread liquid onto the entire external surface of each workpiece with no solution of continuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Trevisan Cometal S.p.A.
    Inventor: Silvio Trevisan
  • Patent number: 7029532
    Abstract: A coating station, which in intended for coating a web with a coating material, includes a load-bearing and cross-directional frame extending substantially across the entire width of the web. The coating station also includes applicator elements supported to the frame. The frame is arranged by at least one cross component formed out of sheet metal into a box-type structure, the cross component extending substantially across the entire width of the web. The cross component is attached to the end components by its end parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Kurkinen, Vilho Nissinen, Mika Vähäkuopus, Risto Väätänen