Immersion Or Work-confined Pool Type Patents (Class 118/400)
  • Patent number: 8334009
    Abstract: An electrode producing method by an electrode producing apparatus has an inclining step of pressing a surface of a current collector sheet with projections extending outwardly from the surface, which is conveyed in a definite direction, to incline the projections in a direction opposite to the definite direction of the current collector sheet; and an applying step of applying a coating solution onto the current collector sheet, the projections of which have been inclined in the inclining step and which is conveyed in the definite direction, by a slit die. After the surface of the current collector sheet is pressed to incline the projections on the sheet surface in the opposite direction to the conveyance direction, the coating solution is applied onto the surface. Therefore, the coating solution can be uniformly applied onto the current collector sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Emoto, Katsuo Naoi, Kiyonori Hinoki, Masahiro Saegusa, Masayoshi Hirano
  • Patent number: 8312836
    Abstract: A method, a kit, and an apparatus provide a coating on an implantable medical device. The apparatus includes housing, a sealed reservoir chamber disposed in the housing, a reducing template, and a reservoir access port. The sealed reservoir contains the coating material. The reducing template is sized to receive a medical device therethrough for application of the coating material. A seal breaching mechanism can be provided and adapted to breach the sealed reservoir upon activation of the apparatus. The reservoir access port, which is disposed in the housing, is adapted to fluidly couple the reducing template with the reservoir chamber upon activation of the apparatus for coating the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Atrium Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Scott E. Corbeil, Roger Labrecque, Paul Martakos, Theodore Karwoski, Steve A. Herweck, Suzanne Conroy, Brian Sunter, Edward Bromander, Georgette Henrich
  • Publication number: 20120258277
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly includes an upstream block, an upstream shim, an intermediate shim, a downstream shim and a downstream block arranged in this order in a machine direction MD from the upstream side to the downstream side. A lower end of the nozzle is formed with grooves as guide grooves to support elastics. A first pipe, a dispersion slit for a web and convergence slits for a web define first flow channels wherein the slits are respectively formed with outlets for a web. A second pipe, a dispersion slit for elastics and convergence slits for elastics define a second flow channels wherein the slits are respectively formed with outlets for elastics. The outlets for elastics are formed in the respective guide grooves and each of the outlets for a web lies between each pair of the adjacent outlets for elastics as viewed in the cross direction CD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Ukegawa
  • Publication number: 20120237671
    Abstract: A method applies layers to channels of a resistance heating element, where the channels are arranged in a honeycomb structure and receive a medium to be heated. Adjacent layers communicate with electrically conducting end-face metallizations of the resistance heating element and have, at an opposite end, an insulation region in relation to another respective end-face metallization. To apply the layers, a miniature lance is immersed into the channel to be coated. The miniature lance is hollow, closed at a lower end, has an upper end communicating with a reservoir of metal paste, and includes outlets in a lower region that are directed to inner walls. Metal paste is uniformly applied to the inner walls of the channel by pressure while simultaneously moving the miniature lance. The miniature lance is inserted into an adjacent channel for coating inner walls of the adjacent channel from the other end-face metallization side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung, e.V.
    Inventors: Friedhelm Tupaika, Joerg-Ray Sikora, Stephanie Esefeld
  • Publication number: 20120171448
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to a method for forming an ordered assembly of nanoparticles in spatially defined regions. The method is based on migration of a dispersion of nanoparticles from a reservoir to a microchannel and controlled evaporation of the solvent in the dispersion to facilitate the formation of the ordered assembly in the microchannel. The disclosed subject matter also relates to an apparatus for preparing ordered assembly of nanoparticles, use of the ordered assembly of nanoparticles in the manufacture of materials and devices, and materials and devices based on or including such ordered assembly of nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Austin Joseph Akey, Irving Philip Herman, Chenguang Lu
  • Publication number: 20120164311
    Abstract: A device for coating at least regions of a medical implant including a powder having at least one pharmaceutically active substance or one bone growth-promoting substance such that the powder can be transferred to the medical implant when the medical implant is contacted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: HERAEUS MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian VOGT, Hubert Büchner
  • Patent number: 8197907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for coating a metal strip with a coating containing a solvent and for drying and/or cross-linking said coating. Accordingly, the metal strip is provided with the coating in an inner chamber of a coating device. The coated metal strip is conducted through a drying unit and in an inner chamber of the latter is exposed to a form of energy by at least one radiation source that is cooled by a cooling gas, said form of energy being converted to heat in the coating and/or the metal strip. The cooling gas that is supplied to the radiation source flows through the latter, absorbs the waste heat from said source and is then conducted into the inner chamber of the drying unit, thus saving energy and gas. The invention also relates to an installation that is suitable for carrying out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Value & Intellectual Properties Management GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Dibon, Kai Baer
  • Publication number: 20120128865
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for forming an electrode on a surface of a ceramic laminate. The apparatus for forming an electrode includes: a blast surface plate having ruggedness to which an electrode material paste is applied; and a moving device moving a ceramic laminate so that the ceramic laminate contacts the blast surface plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Hyun Hee GU, Young Geun KWON, Byung Jun JEON, Ji Sook KIM, Kyu Ha LEE, Chang Hoon KIM, Myung Jun PARK
  • Patent number: 8163332
    Abstract: An electrode manufacturing apparatus comprises a conveying section for conveying a current collector sheet having a plurality of through holes; a backup roll for guiding the conveyed current collector sheet; an applicator for supplying a coating liquid to the current collector sheet on the backup roll; and a nip roll for pressing a part of the current collector sheet where the coating liquid is not supplied yet from the applicator against the backup roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Emoto, Katsuo Naoi, Kiyonori Hinoki, Masayoshi Hirano
  • Patent number: 8141513
    Abstract: A substrate holding apparatus can meet the request for a smaller-sized compact apparatus while ensuring a sufficient immersion depth of a substrate in a processing liquid. The substrate holding apparatus includes: a substrate holder for supporting a substrate (W) by bringing a peripheral portion of a surface of the substrate (W) into contact with a first sealing member; and a substrate pressing section for lowering relative to the substrate holder so as to press the substrate (W) held by the substrate holder downward, thereby bringing a first sealing member into pressure contact with the substrate (W). The substrate pressing section is provided with a second ring-shaped sealing member which makes pressure contact with an upper surface of a ring-shaped holding section of the substrate holder, thereby sealing the peripheral region of the substrate pressing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Sekimoto, Seiji Katsuoka, Naoki Dai, Teruyuki Watanabe, Takahiro Ogawa, Kenichi Suzuki, Kenichi Kobayashi, Yasuyuki Motoshima, Ryo Kato
  • Patent number: 8133545
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and method for flimsy elongate members has at least one elongate funnel tube with an inlet, an outlet, and an intermediate portion, the inlet in a basin, a fluid circulating system suitable connecting the outlet to provide flow into the inlet. Each inlet receives an elongate flimsy component and utilizes the circulating fluid to pull the flimsy elongate member into the funnel tube whereby the coating of the flimsy elongate member is accomplished. The invention also includes the method for coating such a flimsy elongate member utilizing the coating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Harland Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Anderson, Scott D. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8080279
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for preparing a substrate coated support for use in micro-array devices. The method of the present invention comprises the steps of applying a first coat of substrate to a support, making the substrate coating ramp by subjecting the coated support to centripetal forces, adding a second coat of substrate to the resulting support having a ramping planar coat and subjecting the coated support to centripetal forces for a second time to produce a substrate coated membrane in which the thickness of the substrate layer is uniform across the entire coated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: SQI Diagnostics Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lea, Mingfu Ling, Jennifer Hansen
  • Patent number: 8062711
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing an elongated steel sheet when continuously transporting the steel sheet in a transport direction along a predetermined transport path. The device includes at least a first pair, a second pair and a third pair of electromagnets with at least one electromagnet on each side of the steel sheet. The electromagnets are adapted to stabilize the steel sheet with respect to the predetermined transport path. The first and second electromagnets are elongated in a direction essentially perpendicular to the transport direction. The first and second electromagnets are substantially arranged on each side of a longitudinal center line for the steel sheet. The center line is essentially parallel to the transport direction. The third electromagnet is arranged adjacent to the center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Löfgren, Jan-Erik Eriksson, Mats Molander, Carl-Fredrik Lindberg, Conny Svahn
  • Publication number: 20110266705
    Abstract: A template repair method according to one embodiment is a method for repairing a template including a template base material and a first mold release layer formed on a pattern surface of the template base material, and a restorative material is supplied to the pattern surface of the template base material in the template repair method. The restorative material has affinity to the base material and non-affinity to the mold release layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Shinichi ITO, Takuya KONO
  • Patent number: 8047718
    Abstract: In a bearing device for a roll of a hot dipping bath, i.e., zinc pot, a sleeve is fastened to a shaft of the roll of the hot dipping bath in a continuous hot dip coating line, i.e., a continuous galvanizing line. A bush housing has a bush internally fixed to support the sleeve, and a curved annular outer surface. Also, bush housing fixed rings are fixed to both inner sides of a fixed ring housing which is associated with a rig of the hot dipping bath roll. Each of the bush housing fixed rings has a curved annular inner surface supporting the bush housing at both sides thereof and in abutment with the curved annular outer surface of the bush housing. The invention allows the steel sheet to be coated with molten metal stably and speedily with high efficiency. Also, the bush and sleeve of the bearing device are not locally worn away, thereby extending useful life of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Posco
    Inventors: Gun-Young Kim, Yung-Up Kim, Hong-Jong Yoo, Gyn-Sam Hwang
  • Publication number: 20110223314
    Abstract: A device and method for generating microcapsules employs an inertial-focusing channel for introducing particles dispersed in a prepolymer suspension fluid, a droplet-generating junction for introducing oil evenly onto the flow of particles to create separated droplets of prepolymer suspension fluid encapsulating respective particles in a streamline flow, and a polymerization section for exposing the droplets to UV light or heat to cause polymerization of a polymer coating on separate microcapsules each containing a respective particle. Preferred suspension fluids may be aqueous solution of poly(ethylene-glycol)-diacrylate (PEGDA), or poly(N-isopropyl-acryalmide) (PNIPAAM). The preferred device may employ a curved or linear inertial-focusing microchannel. Functional tags and/or handles may be added to the microcapsules allowing easy detection, measurement and handling of the microcapsules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Xiaoxiao ZHANG, David Garmire, Aaron Ohta
  • Publication number: 20110223751
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for doping a semiconductor substrate. In one embodiment, the method comprises forming a carbon free layer of phosphoric acid on a semiconductor substrate, and diffusing phosphorous from the layer of phosphoric acid in the substrate to form an activated phosphorous dopant therein. In an embodiment, the semiconductor substrate is immersed in a solution of a phosphorous compound to form a layer of the phosphorous compound on the substrate, and this layer of phosphorous is processed to form the layer of phosphoric acid. In an embodiment, this processing may include hydrolyzing the layer of the phosphorous compound to form the layer of phosphoric acid. In one embodiment, an oxide cap layer is formed on the phosphoric acid layer to form a capped substrate. The capped substrate may be annealed to diffuse the phosphorous in the substrate and to form the activated dopant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Afzali-Ardakani, Damon B. Farmer, Lidija Sekaric
  • Patent number: 8007867
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a multilayer information recording medium including at least two information recording portions and a resin layer interposed between the information recording portions, both of which are disposed on a signal substrate. The method includes a first process of forming a predetermined information recording portion on one principal surface of the signal substrate and a second process of passing a part of a resin-containing coating, which is supplied on a screen having an application region with a plurality of first pores and a removal region with a plurality of second pores, through the first pores by sliding a squeegee on the screen so as to form a coating layer on the predetermined information recording portion, and curing the resin contained in the coating layer so as to form the resin layer. The first process and the second process are carried out respectively a predetermined number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuko Tomekawa, Morio Tomiyama, Keiji Nishikiori
  • Patent number: 7987810
    Abstract: An articulating paper dispenser is provided including an upper housing and a lower housing that, when engaged together, form a both a lubricant container and a chamber for containing an articulating paper roll. The articulating paper that is unwound from the articulating paper roll is passed through the lubricant container. The articulating paper dispenser will preferably include pressure rollers to guide the articulating paper through a dispensing slot in the dispenser. The lubricant container is configured to contain a lubricant that increases the marking ability of the articulating paper. As the articulating paper is dispensed from the articulating paper system, it is coated on both sides with a thin layer of the lubricant. The lubricant-coated articulating paper is then used to check a patient's occlusion more accurately and precisely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Karen Gordon
  • Publication number: 20110151242
    Abstract: Proposed are a composite material, wherein non-penetrating pores that are formed in a silicon surface layer are filled up with a metal or the like without leaving any voids by using the plating technique, and a method of producing the composite material. A composite material, which has been packed at a high accuracy, or in other words, in which little voids are left, can be obtained by filling up non-penetrating pores that are formed from a silicon surface (100) substantially with a second metal or an alloy of the second metal (106) with the use of the autocatalytic electroless plating technique wherein a first metal located at the bottom of the non-penetrating pores as described above serves as the starting point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Shinji Yae, Tatsuya Hirano, Hitoshi Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20110123813
    Abstract: Disclosed is a composite material wherein adhesion between a silicon surface and a plating material is enhanced. A method and an apparatus for producing the composite material are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Shinji Yae, Tatsuya Hirano, Hitoshi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7935631
    Abstract: A cap layer for a metal feature such as a copper interconnect on a semiconductor wafer is formed by immersion plating a more noble metal (e.g. Pd) onto the copper interconnect and breaking up, preferably by mechanical abrasion, loose nodules of the noble metal that form on the copper interconnect surface. The mechanical abrasion removes plated noble metal which is only loosely attached to the copper surface, and then continued exposure of the copper surface to immersion plating chemicals leads to plating at new sites on the surface until a continuous, well-bonded noble metal layer has formed. The method can be implemented conveniently by supplying immersion plating chemicals to the surface of a wafer undergoing CMP or undergoing scrubbing in a wafer-scrubber apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Sparks
  • Patent number: 7897213
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for preparing a surface of a substrate using a proximity head includes applying a non-Newtonian fluid between the surface of the substrate and a head surface of the proximity head. The non-Newtonian fluid defines a containment wall along one or more sides between the head surface and the surface of the substrate. The one or more sides provided with the non-Newtonian fluid define a treatment region on the substrate between the head surface and the surface of the substrate. A Newtonian fluid is applied to the surface of the substrate through the proximity head, such that the applied Newtonian fluid is substantially contained in the treatment region defined by the containment wall. The contained Newtonian fluid aids in the removal of one or more contaminants from the surface of the substrate. In one example, the non-Newtonian fluid can also be used to create ambient controlled isolated regions, which can assist in controlled processing of surfaces within the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: LAM Research Corporation
    Inventors: Katrina Mikhaylichenko, Mike Ravkin, Fritz Redeker, John M. de Larios, Erik M. Freer, Mikhail Korolik
  • Patent number: 7886685
    Abstract: A substrate holding apparatus can meet the request for a smaller-sized compact apparatus while ensuring a sufficient immersion depth of a substrate in a processing liquid. The substrate holding apparatus includes: a substrate holder for supporting a substrate (W) by bringing a peripheral portion of a surface of the substrate (W) into contact with a first sealing member; and a substrate pressing section for lowering relative to the substrate holder so as to press the substrate (W) held by the substrate holder downward, thereby bringing a first sealing member into pressure contact with the substrate (W). The substrate pressing section is provided with a second ring-shaped sealing member which makes pressure contact with an upper surface of a ring-shaped holding section of the substrate holder, thereby sealing the peripheral region of the substrate pressing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Sekimoto, Seiji Katsuoka, Naoki Dai, Teruyuki Watanabe, Takahiro Ogawa, Kenichi Suzuki, Kenichi Kobayashi, Yasuyuki Motoshima, Ryo Kato
  • Publication number: 20100323106
    Abstract: Novel methods and apparatus for thin film layer-by-layer depositions on substrates is provided. More specifically, provided herein is a layer-by-layer deposition of polymers and colloids on substrates of varying sizes and shapes including, for example, flat solid substrates, powder surfaces, flat porous sheets, and micro-porous pipes. Still more specifically, this disclosure relates to an apparatus that can be used to automate the deposition of ultra-thin layers on various substrates of varying sizes and shapes using layer-by-layer deposition and a method for doing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Tarek R. Farhat
  • Publication number: 20100312007
    Abstract: A solution component recovery method, a solution component recovery apparatus, and an impregnation process/impregnation component recovery system for separating a first component from a second component. The separation between the first and second components is accomplished by reducing the pressure on a solution that contains the first component, which results in the solidification of the first component in the solution at a temperature that is equal to or higher than a predetermined solidification temperature. The second component, in which the first component is dissolved, is evaporated at a temperature range that is less than the predetermined solidification temperature. The evaporated second component is then recovered by a cooling step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicants: AISIN AW CO., LTD., SUTAI CO., LTD., KANSAI CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kawatsu, Naoshi Ito, Yasuhiko Sugino, Mitsuo Yamamoto, Hideo Noda, Goro Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20100285214
    Abstract: A fluid bed granulation process and apparatus, wherein a suitable fluid bed of a particulate material is maintained in a granulator (1) fed by an input flow (F) comprising a growth liquid (L) and by a flow (S1) of seeds adapted to promote the granulation, and wherein a part (F2) of said input flow (F) is taken upstream the feeding of the fluid bed, and used in a seeds generator (33), to produce the seeds for the fluid bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: Urea Casale S.A.
    Inventor: Federico Zardi
  • Publication number: 20100255269
    Abstract: [Problem to be Solved] To provide a method of well filling copper in a non-through hole on a conductivity-rendered substrate by using a copper plating bath containing fewer additives. [Means for Solving the Problem] A method of filling copper in a non-through hole on a substrate that has been treated to render it conductive, which comprises plating said substrate in an acidic copper plating bath comprising a water-soluble copper salt, sulfuric acid and a filling additive that is a polymer having the activities of both of a brightener and a leveler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicants: Osaka Prefecture University Public Corporation, Nitto Boseki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Okamoto, Kazuo Kondo, Hideyuki Kuri, Masaru Bunya, Minoru Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20100221836
    Abstract: A modified sol-gel material and method of making the same is provided herein. More particularly, sol-gels disclosed herein have been modified to have one or more bioactive peptides covalently bound to the surface of the sol-gel. In one embodiment the peptide presenting sol-gels are prepared as thin film coatings and in a further embodiment the sol-gels are combined with living cells. The present disclosure is also directed to a novel one vessel reaction process for preparing the sol-gel-based peptide material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jenna Leigh Rickus, Sabrina S. Jedlicka
  • Patent number: 7779781
    Abstract: In an immersion lithography apparatus, the immersion liquid is supplied from a tank via a flow restrictor. The liquid held in the tank is maintained at a substantially constant height above the flow restrictor to ensure a constant flow of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Johannes Sophia Maria Mertens, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Hans Jansen, Patricius Aloysius Jacobus Tinnemans, Leon Joseph Maria Van Den Schoor, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Bob Streefkerk
  • Patent number: 7779780
    Abstract: There is provided a layer forming apparatus for forming a photosensitive layer of an electrophotographic photoreceptor, containing no bubbles in a coating liquid. In the layer forming apparatus for forming the photosensitive layer of the electrophotographic photoreceptor through the dip coating method, a lower end port of a dipping cylinder is distanced away in a horizontal direction from a coating liquid discharge port, and the coating liquid discharge port is disposed above the lower end port of the dipping cylinder, in order to prevent a bubble from moving into a coating liquid portion used for actual coating even when a bubble exits in the course of circulation of the coating liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshioka, Masayuki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 7763224
    Abstract: A method for treating workpieces that consist of porous carbon material with liquid silicon with the formation of silicon carbide, comprising the steps: Preheating porous carbon workpieces under inert gas to the selected operating temperature TB1, feeding liquid silicon to the porous carbon workpieces at an operating pressure pB2 and an operating temperature TB2, and impregnating the porous carbon workpieces with liquid silicon, reaction of the liquid silicon in the workpiece at a temperature TB3 with the formation of silicon carbide that consists of carbon and silicon, gassing the workpiece with inert gas and cooling from the operating temperature TB3 to the conditioning temperature Tk, cooling the workpieces to room temperature, the temperature TB3 being greater than or equal to the temperature TB2, and the workpiece in step d of the method no longer being in contact with liquid silicon outside of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Andreas Kienzle, Johann Daimer, Rudi Beck, Otto Mederle, Matthieu Schwartz, Jens Rosenlöcher
  • Publication number: 20100180950
    Abstract: A method and corresponding system for providing a uniform nanowire array including uniform nanowires composed of at least three elements is presented. An embodiment of the method includes growing an array of two-element nanowires, and thereafter uniformly doping or alloying each two-element nanowire, with respect to each other two-element nanowire, with at least one doping or alloying element through a wet chemical synthesis with a precursor solution, to produce the uniform array of nanowires composed of at least three elements. The two-element nanowire can include Zn and O, and the at least one doping or alloying element can be Mg, Cd, Mn, Cu, Be, Fe, and Co. Applications of the three-element nanowire array include solar cells and light emitting diodes with improved efficiencies over existing technologies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Pu-Xian Gao, Paresh Shimpi
  • Patent number: 7749571
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coating device (10) comprising a coating tank (21) with an opening (22) and a coating roll (31), in which the roll (31) faces the opening (22). A further subject of the invention is a method for coating a substrate with a fluid comprising the steps of (i) supply of a substrate (40) and of a fluid, (ii) application of the fluid to the substrate (40) and (iii) shearing of the fluid by the substrate (40) set in motion in relation to the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Bostik Findley S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Chartrel
  • Publication number: 20100163529
    Abstract: An electrode wire for wire electrodischarge machining includes a core made of copper or copper alloy, a pure zinc layer formed by hot-dip galvanizing the core, and a relatively thin copper-zinc alloy layer formed by mutual thermal diffusion across the interface between the pure zinc layer and the core and having a zinc concentration gradient. The electrode wire is not cracked during its production. The thickness of the copper-zinc alloy layer, the gradient of zinc concentration, and the thickness of the outermost pure zinc layer can be controlled by selecting the dipping time and the temperature of the hot-dip galvanizing bath as appropriate. By blowing a non-oxidizing gas from a bath surface zinc purifying and wiping device disposed above the bath surface through which the core emerges from the hot-dip galvanizing bath, the pure zinc bath surface is kept exposed and runs and uneven thickness of the galvanizing layer are prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: OKI ELECTRIC CAB LE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sato, Isao Izui, Nobuyuki Washio, Nobutaka Fujioka, Masakazu Yoshimoto
  • Publication number: 20100143725
    Abstract: An aqueous gel-forming composition, e.g. a fire retardant coating composition, comprises an aluminosilicate, the aluminosilicate comprising alkali metal aluminate and an alkali metal silicate, and an organic liquid having a boiling point greater than 11O° C., e.g. silicone oil. The molar ratio of SiO2:X2O for the alkali metal silicate is from 3.6:1 to 10:1, where X represents the alkali metal of the alkali metal silicate, when the alkali metal aluminate has a molar ratio of Y2O:AI2O3 of 1.35:1, where Y represents the alkali metal of the alkali metal aluminate, this providing improved water resistance for films or coatings prepared from the compositions by drying and curing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Abraham Araya, Eric Petrus Wilhelmus Elisabeth Smeets, Jan Noordegraaf, Petrus Frederikus Maria Rensen, Christianus Marcus Gijsbertus Maria Buijk, Wilhemus Petrus Theodorus Kamperman, Henricus Johanna De Swart, Peter Willem Marie Schouren, Moses Rathbun
  • Publication number: 20100143715
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite material, the method comprising: providing a first layer (14) of CNTs reinforcement elements (13) with liquid matrix material in interstitial gaps between the reinforcement elements; dipping a second layer of reinforcement elements into the liquid matrix material in the interstitial gaps such that the reinforcement elements in the second layer become partially embedded in the first layer of reinforcement elements and partially protrude from the first layer of reinforcement elements, impregnating the protruding parts of the reinforcement elements in the second layer with liquid matrix material; and curing the liquid matrix material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Benjamin Lionel Farmer, Daniel Mark Johns
  • Publication number: 20100136244
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electroless nickel plating bath not containing harmful metal species. In the electroless nickel plating bath, there are contained at least an iron ion source and an iodide ion source. With the use of the electroless nickel plating bath containing at least the iron ion source and the iodide ion source, it is possible to suppress decomposition of the plating bath without using harmful metal species to stabilize the plating bath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: C. UYEMURA & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromu Inagawa, Daisuke Hashimoto, Shinji Ishimaru, Masayuki Kiso
  • Patent number: 7722933
    Abstract: A process for the continuous dip-coating of a metal strip (1) in a tank (11) containing a liquid metal bath (12), in which process the metal strip (1) is made to run continuously through a duct (13), the lower part of which is immersed in the liquid metal bath (12), in order to define with the surface of the bath a liquid seal (14). In the region where the strip (1) leaves the liquid metal bath (12), the liquid metal is isolated from the surface of the bath in an isolating enclosure (20), the metal oxide particles and intermetallic compound particles are recovered by the liquid metal flowing from this region into the enclosure (20), and the particles are extracted from this enclosure (20). Also, a plant for implementing the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Arcelor France
    Inventors: Didier Dauchelle, Hugues Baudin, Patrice Lucas, Laurent Gacher, Yves Prigent
  • Patent number: 7713586
    Abstract: A method for a surface being plated locally includes a fixture for holding at least a work piece and the fixture is supported with two opposite lateral walls of a plating tank. Hence, a plated zone on a surface of the work piece can be immerged into the liquid contained in the plating tank for the plated zone being coated with de-oxide layer and plating layer sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shi-Ping Luo
  • Publication number: 20100075059
    Abstract: A coating membrane forming method for forming a coating membrane on an object to be coated, the method comprising the steps of: setting the object to be coated for forming a coating membrane thereon in a dipping tank; sending an application liquid for forming the coating membrane into the dipping tank to raise a liquid level of the application liquid till the top of a region for forming the coating membrane thereon in the object to be coated is immersed in the application liquid; and thereafter discharging the application liquid outside the dipping tank to lower the liquid level of the application liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami NONOKAWA, Akimasa ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20100032410
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a bath in which a liquid or a gas is fed, and a mechanism which feeds out a liquid or a gas into the bath. The substrate processing apparatus processes a to-be-processed substrate which is disposed in the bath. The mechanism includes a first feed-out device and a second feed-out device configured to feed out the liquid or gas into the bath, the first feed-in device configured to start/stop the feed-out of the liquid or gas from the first feed-out device, and second feed-in device configured to start/stop the feed-out of the liquid or gas from the second feed-out device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ootaguro, Yasunori Kihara, Yuji Ogino
  • Publication number: 20100016890
    Abstract: A system and method for coating a suture are disclosed. The system includes a spool including a core having a suture wrapped thereabout and a dip tank including a first coating composition. The dip tank is configured to submerge the spool therein, thereby coating the suture with the first composition to form a pre-coated suture. The system also includes a coating device including a second coating composition. The coating device is configured to overcoat the pre-coated suture with the second coating composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Steve Tsai, Jon Reinprecht
  • Publication number: 20090288594
    Abstract: An electroless deposition chemical system includes an electroless solution including a metal component, and a strongly adsorbed species component having a concentration less than a concentration of the metal component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Artur Kolics, Igor Ivanov
  • Publication number: 20090288593
    Abstract: An electroless deposition system includes a deposition solution, and saturating the deposition solution with an oxygen concentration in a range from about two thousand parts per million to about twenty thousand parts per million.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2006
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: BLUE 29, LLC
    Inventors: Ron Rulkens, Robert D. Tas, Shashank Ravindra Kulkarni, Artur Kolics, Nancy E. Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20090253262
    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: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2006
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Blue29, LLC
    Inventors: Igor Ivanov, Robert D. Tas, Shashank Ravindra Kulkarni, Ron Rulkens
  • Patent number: 7597937
    Abstract: A coating apparatus for batches of elongate flimsy members includes batch handling portion and a coating portion. The batch handling portion having an array support portion and an array alignment portion. The array support portion secures and vertically moves an array of elongate flimsy members to be lowered into an array of inlets of the coating portion, the inlets aligned in an array. The array alignment portion provides removable discrete position locating of the individual flimsy members by a guide portion that moves from an upwardly position downwardly to position each member of the array in alignment with the array of inlets. The support portion then lowers the flimsy members into the coating portion through the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Harland Medical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Anderson, Scott D. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7579275
    Abstract: In electric plating of supplying a current between an anode electrode and a cathode electrode as a plated body immersed in a plating solution thereby forming a plated film comprising a conductor on a surface of the cathode electrode, a preliminary electrolytic electrode that comes in contact with the plating solution before the cathode electrode comes in contact with the plating solution is disposed, and the cathode electrode is brought into contact with the plating solution while supplying a preliminary electrolytic current between the preliminary electrolytic electrode and the anode electrode, whereby a uniform plated film with no voids can be formed while suppressing dissolution of the underlying conductive film in the electric plating treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakano, Takeyuki Itabashi, Haruo Akahoshi
  • Publication number: 20090130315
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for depositing metallic layers from acidic or alkaline zinc or zinc alloy baths containing organic additives selected from brighteners, surfactants and complexing agents, a soluble zinc salt and optionally further metal salts selected from Fe, Ni, Co, Sn salts, wherein the bath can be purified continuously so that the process can be operated without interruption, as well as apparatus for carrying out this process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: ATOTECH DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Roland Vogel, Birgit Sonntag, Jens Heydecke, Jens Geisler, Ellen Habig, Andreas Noack
  • Patent number: 7531060
    Abstract: An intermediate module comprising a dimensionally stable mounting module and a first device attached to the dimensionally stable mounting module. The dimensionally stable mounting module can include a front docking unit with front alignment elements for connecting the mounting module to a load/unload module, and a rear docking unit with rear alignment elements for connecting the mounting module to a main processing unit. The mounting module can further include a deck between the front docking unit and the rear docking unit, positioning elements at the deck, and attachment elements at the deck. The first device can be a processing chamber, an annealing station, a metrology station, a buffer station, or another type of component for holding or otherwise performing a function on a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Semitool, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Wirth, Daniel J. Woodruff