Work-confined Pool Patents (Class 118/407)
  • Patent number: 10529606
    Abstract: A device treats substrates with a liquid, which device has a conveying device by which the substrates can be conveyed in a conveying direction through a container containing a liquid. A weir has an edge over which the substrates can run and which, at least in sections, extends obliquely relative to the conveying direction of the substrates. The weir is used in the device for treating substrates with a liquid. The weir has at least one edge which extends obliquely at least in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: RENA Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan-Heinrich Hansen, Markus Uihlein, Bernd-Uwe Sander, Stephan Alexis Pediaditakis
  • Patent number: 10435234
    Abstract: A chemical liquid supply apparatus includes a storage container configured to accommodate a chemical liquid for processing a semiconductor substrate, a chemical liquid supply pipe, a supply nozzle, and a grounding conductor. A conductive layer including a non-metallic conductive material is formed on an inner surface of the chemical liquid supply pipe. The supply nozzle includes a non-metallic conductive material. The conductive layer or the supply nozzle is electrically connected to the grounding conductor which is grounded to an outside of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Jhin Cho, In Kwang Bae, Jung Min Oh, Mi Hyun Park, Kun Tack Lee, Yong Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 10175153
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein permit automated preparation of biological specimens for examination. The disclosed systems and methods provide fast, efficient, and highly uniform specimen processing using minimal quantities of fluids. The methods include at least a fixing phase for fixing a biological specimen to a substrate such as a microscope slide, a staining phase for staining the specimen, and a rinsing phase for rinsing the specimen. One or more of the fixing, staining, and rinsing phases include one or more agitation cycles for distributing reagents evenly and uniformly across the specimen. The systems can be implemented as a standalone device or as a component in a larger system for preparing and examining biological specimens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Hematology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lapen, David Zahniser, Mark Licari, Brian J. McKeen, Eric D. Yeaton, Dennis Poole
  • Patent number: 10099432
    Abstract: Provided is a manufacturing method for a fiber-reinforced resin sheet, the method being able to favorably impregnate a reinforcing-fiber base material with a thermoplastic resin. A fiber-reinforced resin sheet S is manufactured by introducing a reinforcing-fiber base material F in sheet form and a thermoplastic resin P into the gap between a pair of impregnating rolls 10A, 10B and impregnating the reinforcing-fiber base material F with the thermoplastic resin P while rotating the pair of impregnating rolls 10A, 10B. The surface of each of the pair of impregnating rolls 10A, 10B has formed thereon a resin holding layer 12 that elastically deforms along the thickness direction thereof when the impregnating rolls are pressed against each other and holds the molten thermoplastic resin P therein so as to be able to discharge the thermoplastic resin P upon pressing of the impregnating rolls against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mizuta, Yuji Kageyama
  • Patent number: 9932689
    Abstract: An original wafer, typically silicon, has the form of a desired end PV wafer. The original may be made by rapid solidification or CVD. It has small grains. It is encapsulated in a clean thin film, which contains and protects the silicon when recrystallized to create a larger grain structure. The capsule can be made by heating a wafer in the presence of oxygen, or steam, resulting in silicon dioxide on the outer surface, typically 1-2 microns. At least one support element supports the wafer at the time the capsule is provided and blocks only minimal surface area from contact with the film forming atmosphere. There may be a plurality of support elements, or a surface may provide such support. The capsule contains the molten material during recrystallization, and protects against impurities. Recrystallization may be in air. After recrystallization, the capsule is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Emanuel M Sachs, James G. Serdy, Eerik T. Hantsoo
  • Patent number: 9815267
    Abstract: A method for forming a unitary control panel for an appliance is provided. The method includes establishing three-dimensional information of the unitary control panel, converting the three-dimensional information of the unitary control panel into a plurality of slices, and successively forming or additively constructing each cross-sectional layer of the unitary control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Christopher Hofmann, Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 9687872
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing system may include a first die portion having a first face defining a first edge and a second die portion spaced from the first die portion and having a second face facing the first face and defining a second edge, wherein the first edge and the second edge define a fluid outlet opening. The fluid dispensing system may also include a fluid inlet for introducing fluid to a region between the first face and the second face, and a cavity in flow communication with the fluid inlet, wherein the cavity opens to the region between the first face and the second face. The fluid dispensing system may further include a shim disposed between the first die portion and the second die portion to maintain the spaced positioning of the first and second die portions, wherein the shim defines a plurality of channels bounded by the first and second faces and extending from the cavity in a direction toward the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Felipe Miguel Joos
  • Patent number: 9403343
    Abstract: The present invention relates to aluminum plated steel sheet which does not require coating after plating and is high in production flexibility enabling application of conventional production processes as they are or exhibits excellent corrosion resistance to flex fuels and further is excellent in appearance and to fuel tanks characterized by being produced using the steel sheet. The Si, Mg, Ca, and Ti ingredients in the aluminum plating layer are defined and the cooling method after hot dip aluminum coating is controlled to make Mg2Si particles with a long axis of 10 ?m or less and an aspect ratio of 1 to 3 finely disperse in the plating layer. Due to the Mg2Si particles, it is possible to give an excellent corrosion resistance to flex fuels and suppress the deterioration in appearance due to MgO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuto Goto, Masao Kurosaki, Shinichi Yamaguchi, Jun Maki
  • Patent number: 9375743
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spray nozzle, configured with left and right halves, at least one of the left and right halves being defined with a mating surface in which a recess defining width of a linear opening of the nozzle is defined, each end of the nozzle being mounted with fenders jointly define the linear opening of the nozzle along with the recess, wherein the mating surface in which the recess is defined further includes with a N number of partitions dividing the recess into a N+1 number of individual ejectors, wherein N is a positive integer. The present invention is to divide a single mouth of a spray nozzle of larger dimension into a plurality of individual ejectors with smaller dimension. During the acceleration or reduction of the spray nozzle, each individual ejector will deliver a homogeneous and even quantity of working liquid at central and end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hui Chen, Chih-hao Chang, Wen-hua Wang, Chi-che Lin
  • Patent number: 9016233
    Abstract: A reactor assembly having vertically adjustable flow cells is provided. The vertically adjustable flow cells include passageways for distributing a fluid to a reaction region isolated below a bottom surface of corresponding flow cells. The adjustable flow cells enable another dimension of variability for combinatorial processing. Thus, additional data may be gathered for effects on process parameter variations, material variations, process sequence variations, etc., for semiconductor processing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Weiner, Aaron Francis, John Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9016230
    Abstract: In order to remove treatment liquid (21) from a planar material to be treated (10), which is transported in an assembly for wet-chemical treatment of the material to be treated (10), a retaining surface (4, 14) is provided for holding back the treatment liquid (21). The retaining surface (4, 14) is arranged relative to a transport path of the material to be treated (10) so that a gap (8, 18) remains between the retaining surface (4, 14) and a surface of the material to be treated (10) opposing the retaining surface (4, 14), when the material to be treated (10) is moved past the retaining surface (4, 14). The retaining surface (4, 14) may, for example, be provided as an offset portion of a peripheral surface of a roll (2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Henry Kunze, Ferdinand Wiener
  • Publication number: 20150053133
    Abstract: Provided is a slot die coater that applies electrode slurry to metal foil to produce an electrode, the slot die coater including a die part, which includes a body having an inner space receiving the electrode slurry, a supply hole disposed in the body to supply the electrode slurry to the inner space, and a discharge hole disposed in the body to discharge the electrode slurry from the inner space to the metal foil, and a member for the slot die coater, which is removably installed in the inner space to form a slope surface in the inner space, or a movable member for the slot die coater, which selectively forms the slope surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sung Hyun PARK, Chae Gyu LEE, Ye Hoon IM
  • Patent number: 8932681
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for coating a pipe or a pipe section with a layer of at least one polymer. The method includes providing the pipe or the pipe section having an outer surface defining the periphery of the pipe or the pipe section; applying on the outer surface of the pipe or pipe section a layer of at least one polymer material in melt stage using a nozzle, which is mounted on a carriage capable of travelling along the periphery of the pipe or the pipe section; and moving the carriage along at least a part of the periphery during the application of the polymer material to form a layer on the surface of the pipe or the pipe section that is particularly useful for coating field joints in pipelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: Uponor Infra Oy, Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Leif Leiden, Sven Sjoberg, Rauno Smatt
  • Patent number: 8910589
    Abstract: A device is provided for depositing a treatment substance on the surface of a moving thread. The device comprises a tank configured to contain a liquid solution of the substance that is used to deposit the substance on the surface of the thread. The device also includes at least one nozzle having a nozzle inlet configured to receive said solution. The at least one nozzle is directed to spray the received solution towards the thread with a spray velocity in a form of jets, and the jets converge on the thread to adjust a thickness of the solution remaining on the thread by removing excess liquid entrained by the thread. The device further includes a pump that is coupled to the nozzle inlet and a treatment apparatus. The pump is configured to regulate the spray velocity according to a run speed of the thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Techniques S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Henri Hinc, Guy Chevrel
  • Patent number: 8875652
    Abstract: A system for controlling a boundary of spreading liquid adhesive on a surface is disclosed. The system includes one or more ultra-violet (UV) sources configurable to emit UV light onto the liquid adhesive; and a control circuit coupled to the one or more UV sources and configured to control the one or more UV sources to selectively apply the UV light at selected locations on the liquid adhesive to cure the adhesive and prevent its further spread at those locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Casey J. Feinstein, Kuo-Hua Sung, Ralf Horstkemper
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Patent number: 8776717
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for discretized, combinatorial processing of regions of a substrate such as for the discovery, implementation, optimization, and qualification of new materials, processes, and process sequence integration schemes used in integrated circuit fabrication. A substrate having an array of differentially processed regions thereon is processed by delivering materials to or modifying regions of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony P. Chiang, David E. Lazovsky, Thomas R. Boussie, Thomas H. McWaid, Alexander Gorer
  • Patent number: 8695531
    Abstract: A bottomer for the production of sacks, preferably cross-bottom valve sacks, includes at least one glue unit that applies glue to the components of the sacks. The glue unit includes a nozzle bar, which has at least one nozzle for extruding glue onto the sack components. The glue unit also includes a counter support, which positions the sack components with a force against the nozzle bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG
    Inventors: Ruediger Duwendag, Marco Daher, Thomas Knoke, Andreas Lamkemeyer
  • Patent number: 8631757
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for improved deposition systems. In one embodiment of the present invention, a deposition system is provided for use with a solution and a substrate. The system comprises of a solution deposition apparatus; at least one heating chamber; at least one assembly for holding a solution over the substrate; and a substrate curling apparatus for curling at least one edge of the substrate to define a zone capable of containing a volume of the solution over the substrate. In another embodiment of the present invention, a deposition system for use with a substrate, the system comprising a solution deposition apparatus; at heating chamber; and at least assembly for holding solution over the substrate to allow for a depth of at least about 0.5 microns to 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nanosolar, Inc.
    Inventors: Yann Roussillon, Jeremy H. Scholz, Addison Shelton, Geoff T. Green, Piyaphant Utthachoo
  • Publication number: 20140000513
    Abstract: Improved apparatus and methods for filtering and applying coating fluids onto substrates. The apparatus and methods are useful for casting embossed sheeting, and in fluid application dies. Improved fluid filtration methods, apparatus, elements and media are also disclosed. An apparatus and method for collection of mist generated in high speed liquid film splitting processes are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: William K. Leonard, John W. Louks
  • Publication number: 20130323934
    Abstract: [Problem] To significantly reduce processing time of a step of adsorbing dye in a porous semiconductor layer on a substrate surface. [Solution] A flow of a dye solution is formed in a gap between solution guide surface (92L, 92R) of a nozzle (20) and a substrate (G) during the treatment, and a porous semiconductor layer of a treated surface of the substrate is subject to dye adsorption treatment in this flow of the dye solution. Furthermore, impact pressure from slit-like discharge openings (88L, 88R) and pressure of turbulent flow in groove-like uneven sections (92L, 92R) act in the vertical direction in addition to the flow of the dye solution. Thus, aggregation and association of the dye are hardly caused on a surface part of the porous semiconductor layer of the treated surface of the substrate, the dye efficiently penetrates deeply into the porous semiconductor layer, and the dye adsorption into the porous semiconductor layer proceeds at high speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Norio Wada, Takashi Terada, Yoshiteru Fukuda, Goro Furutani
  • Patent number: 8590479
    Abstract: A method and an installation are provided for preserving desired seasoning flavor profiles during the manufacturing of food-seasoning sheets. The method includes the steps of; laying a thin layer of adhesive on a base sheet; removing air from the adhesive prior to the step of laying; reducing free moisture from the adhesive during the step of laying, and depositing food-seasoning ingredients onto the thin layer of adhesive. The installation for manufacturing food-seasoning sheets includes an adhesive dispenser having a reservoir and a delivery slot communicating with the reservoir for dispensing adhesive. The dispenser has a heating element mounted thereto for heating the adhesive. The adhesive is made under a partial vacuum and it is conveyed to the dispenser in a partial vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Transform Pack Inc.
    Inventors: Hans J. Meier, Jeff Dude
  • Patent number: 8490573
    Abstract: Broadly speaking, a method and an apparatus are provided for depositing a material on a semiconductor wafer (“wafer”). More specifically, the method and apparatus provide for selective heating of a surface of the wafer exposed to an electroless plating solution. The selective heating is provided by applying radiant energy to the wafer surface. The selective heating of the wafer surface causes a temperature increase at an interface between the wafer surface and the electroless plating solution. The temperature increase at the interface in turn causes a plating reaction to occur at the wafer surface. Thus, material is deposited on the wafer surface through an electroless plating reaction that is initiated and controlled by varying the temperature of the wafer surface using an appropriately defined radiant energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Yezdi Dordi, John Boyd, William Thie, Bob Maraschin, Fred C. Redeker, Joel M. Cook
  • Patent number: 8474401
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for coating a pipe or a pipe section with a layer of at least one polymer. The method includes providing the pipe or the pipe section having an outer surface defining the periphery of the pipe or the pipe section; applying on the outer surface of the pipe or pipe section a layer of at least one polymer material in melt stage using a nozzle, which is mounted on a carriage capable of travelling along the periphery of the pipe or the pipe section; and moving the carriage along at least a part of the periphery during the application of the polymer material to form a layer on the surface of the pipe or the pipe section that is particularly useful for coating field joints in pipelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Oy KWH Pipe AB, Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Leif Leidén, Sven Sjöberg, Rauno Smått
  • Publication number: 20130145985
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and method are disclosed that applies a coating to a product in a uniform and controlled manner. The coating apparatus comprises a feeding stage, an optional pre-treatment stage, at least one coating stage and a finishing stage. The coating stage(s) comprise a coating material feeder and a coating device. The coating device includes an aperture conforming to the perimeter of a substrate to be coated in a first and second dimension. As the substrate passes through the aperture, coating material is applied in a uniform and consistent layer. The coating material also back fills minor surface imperfections and blemishes on the substrate to achieve a consistent finish across the whole area where coating material is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Gordon L. King, Roderick Hughes, Richard B. Flora
  • Patent number: 8387555
    Abstract: Tubular structures, for example pipes, are coated at least in an interior thereof with a nickel containing coating via at least one distribution manifold with ports which are received in the interior of the tubular structure. An electroless nickel coating solution may be pumped or supplied via gravity feed to the distribution manifold. The tubular structure may concurrently be immersed in electroless nickel coating solution in a tank. A second distribution manifold may deliver electroless nickel coating solution to the interior of the tubular structure in an opposite direction from the first. The two distribution manifolds may be used as part of a support structure to lift or move the tubular structure. Additional tanks may hold other solutions, for instance cleaning solutions, etching solutions and rinses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn H. Wang
  • 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: 8302821
    Abstract: There is provided a paste application device which can solve problems of an increased exclusively occupied space attributed to an arrangement of a syringe and of deterioration of a tube. In a paste application unit 15 (a paste application device) for applying a paste 7 stored in a syringe 16 to an application target material, a configuration is adopted in which a pump mechanism 18 for sending the paste 7 under pressure is formed by causing a discharge thread portion 32b provided at a lower portion of a rotary member 32 to rotate about an axis AX within a discharge space 31b provided in a casing portion 31, in which a discharge port 17a, which communicates with the discharge space 31b, is provided at an end portion of the casing portion 31, and in which the syringe 16 is disposed coaxially with the rotary member 32 for detachable connection thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuzuru Inaba, Osamu Okuda
  • Patent number: 8297222
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a flowable conductive paste onto a greensheet from a dispensing apparatus comprising an orifice member having first and second surfaces and a bore therethrough between the surfaces, a pressurized chamber adjacent the orifice member first surface containing the paste, and a punch having a face movable through the orifice member bore. The method comprises positioning the punch outside the orifice member bore such that the punch face is spaced from the orifice member first surface, flowing a desired amount of paste onto the punch face, moving the paste on the punch face through the orifice member bore until the punch face extends beyond the orifice member second surface, and contacting the workpiece with the paste while still on the punch face to deposit the paste on the greensheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weiss, James N Humenik, Mark J LaPlante, David C Long
  • Patent number: 8201517
    Abstract: The present invention involves a method and apparatus for depositing a silicon oxide onto a substrate from solution at low temperatures in a manner that produces homogeneous growth of the silicon oxide. The method generally comprises the following steps: (a) Chemically treating a substrate to activate it for growth of the silicon oxide. (b) Immersing the treated substrate into a bath with a reactive solution. (c) Regenerating the reactive solution to allow for continued growth of the silicon oxide. In another embodiment of the present invention, the apparatus includes a first container holding a reactive solution, a substrate on which the silicon oxide is deposited, a second container holding silica, and a means for adding silica to the reactive solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: William Marsh Rice University
    Inventors: Andrew R. Barron, Elizabeth Anne Whitsitt
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120076933
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a double-sided coating apparatus includes a first coating head arranged on one side of a raw material to coat the one side with a coating liquid by alternately forming a coating region and a non-coating region in a direction crossing a delivery direction, a second coating head arranged on the other side of the raw material to coat the other side with the coating liquid by alternately forming the coating region and the non-coating region in the direction crossing the delivery direction, and a coating roller arranged near a position on the one side of the raw material and opposite to the second coating head across the raw material and having a large-diameter portion and a small-diameter portion with different diameters along an axial direction with the small-diameter portion opposite to the coating region and the large-diameter portion opposite to the non-coating region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Ikuo UEMATSU, Masaomi NAKAHATA, Hideaki MORISHIMA, Kenta FUKATSU
  • Patent number: 8113143
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and method are disclosed that applies a coating to a product in a uniform and controlled manner. The coating apparatus comprises a feeding stage, an optional pre-treatment stage, at least one coating stage and a finishing stage. The coating stage(s) comprise a coating material feeder and a coating device. The coating device includes an aperture conforming to the perimeter of a substrate to be coated in a first and second dimension. As the substrate passes through the aperture, coating material is applied in a uniform and consistent layer ranging from 0.001 inches to 0.250 inches. The coating material also back fills minor surface imperfections and blemishes on the substrate to achieve a consistent finish across the whole area where coating material is applied. The coating device includes first and second shell portions. The first shell portion has a concave surface surrounding the aperture portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Gordon L. King, Roderick Hughes, Richard B. Flora
  • Publication number: 20120027932
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing an optical film which is superior in transportability and lamination suitability in a lamination step in a polarizing plate processing. A slide coating device includes applying one or more coating liquids flowing down on a slide face to the surface of a continuously traveling strip-shaped support through the bead of the coating liquids, which is formed by the coating liquids in a lip clearance formed between a lip tip in the lower end of the slide face and the surface of the support, and also having guide plates on both ends of the slide face, which guide the downflow of the coating liquids, wherein the guide plates are provided so that the lower ends of the guide plates are retracted from the lip tip by the range of more than 0 mm and less than 4 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Satoshi KUNIYASU, Tamotsu Saikawa
  • Publication number: 20110274834
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses herein may provide for the application of viscous fluids, such as adhesives, in pre-determined patterns to an advancing substrate. The fluid application apparatus may include a slot die applicator and a substrate carrier. The substrate carrier may include one or more pattern elements and may be adapted to advance the substrate past the slot die applicator as the slot die applicator discharges adhesive onto the substrate. In operation, the substrate is disposed on the substrate carrier; the substrate carrier advances the substrate past the slot opening of the slot die applicator. In turn, the substrate is intermittently compressed between the slot die applicator and the pattern surface of the pattern element. As the substrate is intermittently compressed, adhesive discharged from the slot die applicator is applied onto the substrate in an area having a shape substantially the same as a shape defined by the pattern surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Darrell Ian Brown, Joseph Leslie Grolmes
  • Publication number: 20110244147
    Abstract: A liquid toner digitally printable media including: a paper substrate; and a toner receiving layer established on at least one surface of the paper substrate. The toner receiving layer includes: pigments, binders, and at least one of cationic polymers and metallic salts. The pigments are from 60 to 95% of total dry weight of the toner receiving layer. The pigments include a major pigment which is at least 60 weight percent of total pigment dry weight. The major pigment includes a rod-like pigment selected from the group consisting of ground calcium carbonate, precipitated calcium carbonate, other rod-like forms of calcium pigment, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Yongzhoug Wang, Kelly Ronk, Hai Quang Tran
  • Publication number: 20110236722
    Abstract: A method of coating a moving web of a substrate with a coating, includes applying the coating to the substrate to provide a coating thickness distribution curve along a width direction of the substrate such that: the coating thickness decreases from a position where the thickness is the maximum to the opposite ends of the curve and that the distribution curve has the least curvature at the position with the maximum thickness and contains an end portion having a larger curvature than that of the position with the maximum thickness on both sides of the position with the maximum thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro MANDAI, Tomohiro SATOU, Satoshi NAGANO
  • Patent number: 8011317
    Abstract: An integrated processing tool is described comprising a full-wafer processing module and a combinatorial processing module. Chemicals for use in the combinatorial processing module are fed from a delivery system including a set of first manifolds. An output of each first manifold is coupled to at least one mixing vessel. An output of each mixing vessel feeds more than one of a set of second manifolds. An output of each set of second manifolds feeds one of multiple site-isolated reactors of the combinatorial processing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt H. Weiner, Tony P. Chiang, Aaron Francis, John Schmidt
  • 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: 7927668
    Abstract: A coater for coating an electric insulating sheet with coating liquid while sustaining an identical charging polarity of the insulating sheet and the coating liquid in a process for coating one surface of a traveling electric insulating sheet with coating liquid, and a method for producing a coated electric insulating sheet. In order to sustain an identical charging polarity of the insulating sheet and the coating liquid, the coater comprises any one or both of a sheet charger for imparting electrostatic charges to one surface of the electric insulating sheet and a coating liquid charger for imparting electrostatic charges to the coating liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harumi Tanaka, Yutaka Nishimori, Hiroyuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 7913644
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ron Rulkens, Robert D. Tas, Shashank Ravindra Kulkarni, Artur Kolics, Nancy E. Gilbert
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 7748341
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating the surface of a lens includes a carousel having a central hub and a plurality of arms. A drive shaft is mounted to each arm, with a magnetic clutch and a lens holder being operatively attached to the drive shaft. The carousel is configured to be raised, rotated, and lowered into a series of workstations for processing the lens in a predetermined sequence. A workstation has associated therewith a spin drive attached to a reciprocating arm assembly. The spin drive includes a magnetic clutch which may be coupled to the magnetic clutch of any one of the arms on the carousel, such that a rotation generated by the spin drive is transferred to the drive shaft, and the lens holder. The arm assembly is capable of being extended and retracted to selectively engage and disengage the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Satisloh North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Muster, William M. Palleva, Terry Van Blaricom, Patrick M. Green
  • Patent number: 7677198
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for growing a composite metal sulphide photcatalyst thin film, wherein photochemical deposition and chemical bath deposition are both performed for growing the composite metal sulphide thin film, such as (AgInS2)x/(ZnS)2(1-x), wherein x is 0-1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Kong-Wei Cheng, Jau-Chyn Huang, Ching-Chen Wu, Tai-Chou Lee, Ching-Sung Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7635500
    Abstract: A particle arrangement apparatus of the present invention includes a tank for holding a dispersion of particles, a rotating means for rotating the substrate inside the tank to dip the substrate into the dispersion and to remove the substrate from the dispersion, and a coating means for applying a liquid different from the dispersion to the surface of the substrate when the substrate is not in contact with the dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: PanasonicCorporation
    Inventor: Tohru Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7584713
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for grasping, retaining, inverting, coating and transporting a plurality of frangible conical confection shells. The present invention also relates to a modular and reconfigurable manufacturing system for producing frozen cone confections and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Norse Dairy Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David McKay
  • Publication number: 20080241401
    Abstract: Methods and associated structures of forming a microelectronic device are described. Those methods may include an electroless plating process, that may comprise an electroless plating bath, wherein the electroless plating bath comprises a stabilizer and a suppressor, separating the stabilizer and the suppressor by using a HPLC, determining the concentration of a UV/VIS detectable one of the stabilizer and the suppressor by using a UV/VIS, and determining the concentration of an ELSD detectable one of the suppressor and the stabilizer by using an ELSD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Hok-kin Choi, Yong-mei Wu, Vani Thirumaia
  • Patent number: 7014711
    Abstract: A liquid-phase growth apparatus for growing a crystal on a substrate includes a crucible containing a solution that contains a raw material for forming the crystal, and a substrate holder for vertically holding the substrate. The substrate holder includes connectors, a receiving component, and a push component. The receiving component and the push component are opposite to each other and are connected by the connectors. The push component holds an upper portion of the substrate while the receiving component holds a lower portion of the substrate. The substrate holder containing the vertically held substrate is dipped into the solution. The receiving component ascends with buoyancy in the solution contained in the crucible, so that the substrate is now held securely and prevented from cracking due to thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Mizutani, Katsumi Nakagawa, Takehito Yoshino, Shoji Nishida
  • Patent number: 6997227
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a method and apparatus for seaming together abutting side-by-side layers of planar material with adhesive and a backing tape to form a finished seam extending along the line of abutment. The method consists of laying a backing tape underneath the line of abutment between adjacent layers of planar material, such as floorcovering, followed by dispensing an adhesive along the edges of the abutting layers while simultaneously centering the backing tape with the line of abutment and dispensing adhesive on top of the backing tape. The edges of the abutting layers are then pressed together and against the backing tape until the adhesive has at least partially set thereby forming a finished seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Maurice Despins, David Despins