With Pump Or Nongravity Discharge Against Work Patents (Class 118/410)
  • Patent number: 11220737
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter provide methods and systems including a nozzle, a source of material to be deposited on a substrate in fluid communication with the nozzle, a delivery gas source in fluid communication with the source of material to be deposited with the nozzle, an exhaust channel disposed adjacent to the nozzle, a confinement gas source in fluid communication with the nozzle and the exhaust channel, and disposed adjacent to the exhaust channel, and an actuator to adjust a fly height separation between a deposition nozzle aperture of the nozzle and a deposition target. The adjustment of the fly height separation may stop and/or start the deposition of the material from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory McGraw, William E. Quinn, Matthew King, Elliot H. Hartford, Jr., Siddharth Harikrishna Mohan, Benjamin Swedlove, Gregg Kottas
  • Patent number: 11167365
    Abstract: The present application provides an automatic solder paste addition apparatus and system for a solder paste printer, the apparatus comprising: a push rod, a pressure plate, a support plate, a movable plate and a working platform; the pressure plate moves up and down as the push rod moves up and down, the support plate is fixed in relation to movement of the push rod, an outer side of the movable plate is disposed on the support plate so as to be capable of sliding up and down, the pressure plate is disposed on an inner side of the movable plate so as to be capable of sliding up and down, and the working platform is fixed to the movable plate and used for bearing a solder paste tub, wherein a lower one-way locking mechanism is provided between the movable plate and the support plate, the lower one-way locking mechanism being configured to lock the movable plate when the movable plate is in the working position, so that the movable plate cannot move downward; and wherein an upper locking mechanism is provided b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Ning Yang
  • Patent number: 11140937
    Abstract: An apparatus for the application of resin material along crease line of one or more garments simultaneously by providing means which allow at least first and second cartridges containing the resin material to be mounted in a spaced relationship so as to allow resin from each of the cartridges to be dispensed simultaneously. The resin can be applied in substantially less time than conventional systems which only use one cartridge at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Supercrease Limited
    Inventors: Shaun Carter, Kenneth Houlbrook
  • Patent number: 11127936
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coating apparatus for producing an electrode, which has a reduced defect rate in the coating process. The coating apparatus includes a die unit having an inlet through which the electrode slurry is introduced and an inner space for accommodating the introduced electrode slurry; a shim unit mounted in the die unit and configured to form an outlet together with the die unit so that the electrode slurry is discharged therethrough; and a cover member configured to surround an outer surface of the die unit and the shim unit so that the electrode slurry is not leaked at the outer surface, except for the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Woo-Ha Kim, In-Seong Kim, Il-Jae Moon, Byoung-Hoon Ahn, Jung-Min Yang, Sang-Hoon Choy
  • Patent number: 11104169
    Abstract: Methods of printing a three-dimensional object, layer by layer are provided. Layers are formed by a bulk inner region which may be formed by depositing a transparent material, a white material, a colored material or a combination thereof, and a color outline which includes voxels formed by depositing a colored building material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: STRATASYS LTD.
    Inventor: Eliahu M. Kritchman
  • Patent number: 11071996
    Abstract: A liquid material discharge device (20) has a nozzle member (35) provided with a discharge opening (33) through which a liquid material is discharged, a switching valve (51) in communication with the nozzle member, and a discharge controller. The discharge device further includes a pressurization section (60) having a pressurization passage (62) through which the liquid material under pressurization is supplied to the switching valve, and a negative pressure section (70) including a shunt passage (72) where a pressure can be set to be relatively lower than that in the pressurization passage. The switching valve is changed over between a first position at which the discharge opening communicates with the pressurization passage and the discharge opening is cut off from the shunt passage, and a second position where the discharge opening is communicated with the shunt passage and the discharge opening is cut off from the pressurization passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 11071997
    Abstract: A device for applying a flowable substance to at least one substrate includes an applicator nozzle in the form of a slotted nozzle which has a stationary nozzle body with an inlet opening, a flow duct, and a nozzle slot, wherein the flowable substance is delivered through the applicator nozzle and passes from the inlet opening into the flow duct and from there to the nozzle slot, and is discharged through an outlet opening of the nozzle slot that is arranged in an outer region of the nozzle body, wherein the applicator nozzle further has a slide valve movable relative to the nozzle body in the longitudinal extent of the outlet opening and contacts the outer region of the nozzle body for modifying the covering of the outlet opening. The longitudinal extent of the flow duct is at least as great as the longitudinal extent of the nozzle slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: ROBATECH AG
    Inventors: Micha Schären, Claudio Hofer, Thomas Burger
  • Patent number: 11072846
    Abstract: A method for hot-dip coating of a steel strip running in a bath of liquid metal such as zinc, or metal alloy contained in a pan is provided. Dross which are formed during the coating and float at the surface of the bath are moved away from the surface of the strip by at least one inductor. Each inductor produces a sliding electromagnetic field oriented along a given direction and generates a magnetomotive force, and the magnetomotive forces displaced the dross towards a container intended to collect them and/or towards an area of the surface of the bath from which they are discharged. For at least one of the inductors, the direction of the respective sliding electromagnetic field is reversed intermittently so as to modify the flows of the dross inside the pan. A hot dip coating facility is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL
    Inventors: Marc Anderhuber, Alain Daubigny
  • Patent number: 11050046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrode slurry coating apparatus comprising a lower die applying electrode slurry on a collector, an intermediate die, an upper die, a first discharge part primarily applying the electrode slurry on the collector to form a first coating layer; an intermediate pressing part pressing the first coating layer to adjust a thickness of the first coating layer; a second discharge part secondarily applying the electrode slurry on a surface of the first coating layer to form a second coating layer; and an upper pressing part pressing the first coating layer and the second coating layer, which are stacked, at the same time to adjust a thickness of each of the first coating layer and the second coating layer, wherein the first discharge part has a width less than that of the second discharge part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Taek Soo Lee, Cheol Woo Kim, Sang Hoon Choy
  • Patent number: 10858729
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed subject matter provide methods and systems including a nozzle, a source of material to be deposited on a substrate in fluid communication with the nozzle, a delivery gas source in fluid communication with the source of material to be deposited with the nozzle, an exhaust channel disposed adjacent to the nozzle, a confinement gas source in fluid communication with the nozzle and the exhaust channel, and disposed adjacent to the exhaust channel, and an actuator to adjust a fly height separation between a deposition nozzle aperture of the nozzle and a deposition target. The adjustment of the fly height separation may stop and/or start the deposition of the material from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory McGraw, William E. Quinn, Matthew King, Elliot H. Hartford, Jr., Siddharth Harikrishna Mohan, Benjamin Swedlove, Gregg Kottas
  • Patent number: 10610943
    Abstract: There is provided a flux applying method using a flux applying apparatus configured to jet and apply a flux to a target. The flux is supplied to a nozzle of the flux applying apparatus. A gas is applied to a foaming pipe with a porous filter included in the nozzle. The gas is jetted from the porous filter of the foaming pipe to the flux supplied to the nozzle, thereby jetting foamed flux to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Hisaki Hayashi, Yasuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10610881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a slot die coating apparatus. A slot die coating apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a slot die configured to perform a coating process by applying ink to a substrate; an image capturing unit disposed adjacent to the slot die and configured to capture a state of the slot die and a state of ink applied to the substrate during the coating process; and a control unit configured to compare an image captured by the image capturing unit with a reference image and control an operation of the slot die and a transfer of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUNG AN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Kwon Choi, Ok Jin Kim, Dong Hoon Kim, Jang Hwan Lee, Young Min Lee, Young Jin Kim, Tae Su Chun
  • Patent number: 10537912
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to a module (I) for applying a viscous medium (19), in particular an adhesive or lacquer, to a surface (16) wherein the module (I) comprises a reservoir (2) that can be fed with the viscous medium (19), wherein the outer surface (4) of the module (I) comprises an outlet region (5) for the viscous medium (19), wherein the module (I) comprises at least one nozzle channel (6) which fluidly connects the reservoir (2) to the outlet region (5), wherein a smallest diameter (dmin) of the at least one nozzle channel (6) is smaller than 0.8 mm and wherein the module (I) does not comprise any movable parts for closing the at least one nozzle channel (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Heinrich Kordy, Lars Pospiech, Manfred Peschka
  • Patent number: 10496582
    Abstract: An Integrated Circuit (IC) includes two or more subsystem circuits, a multiplexed bus, a multiplexer/de-multiplexer (MUX/DEMUX) and a logic circuit. The subsystems are independent of one another and are configured to communicate data over multiple General-Purpose Input-Output (GPIO) ports. The multiplexed bus is configured to communicate with circuitry external to the IC. The MUX/DEMUX is configured to translate between the data communicated by the subsystem circuits over the multiple GPIO ports and the multiplexed bus. The logic circuit is independent of the subsystem circuits and is configured to allocate resources of the MUX/DEMUX among the subsystem circuits in response to requests received from the subsystem circuits, and to configure the MUX/DEMUX to provide the allocated resources to the subsystem circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuval Itkin, Yaniv Strassberg
  • Patent number: 10399328
    Abstract: A device for printing silicon sealant, including a coating device, a horizontal coating stage, and an elevating device, wherein: the elevating device is connected with the horizontal coating stage and is configured to adjust the height of the horizontal coating stage; the horizontal coating stage can be moved to a position right below a screen and fully contacted with the screen under the adjustment of the elevating device; and the coating device is configured to be moved to a position above the screen to coat silicon sealant in a pattern area of the screen after the horizontal coating stage is fully contacted with the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., ORDOS YUANSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuefei Bai, Fuyi Cui, Fashun Li, Shixin Ruan
  • Patent number: 10399112
    Abstract: A device for intermittent coating of a substrate moving in a transport direction relative to the device includes a nozzle body comprising two nozzle jaws; an insertion film having a cut-out provided between the two nozzle jaws, wherein the cut-out in the insertion film forms a nozzle slot within the nozzle body, wherein the nozzle slot extends transversely to the transport direction of the substrate and in parallel with the substrate, and wherein the nozzle slot ends in an outlet gap; and a supply channel, wherein the outlet gap is in flow connection with the supply channel via the nozzle slot. A first of the two nozzle jaws is provided with at least two openings which lead into the nozzle slot in series between the supply channel and the outlet gap and which are closed in a fluid-tight manner toward the nozzle slot by at least two elastically deformable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
    Inventors: Philip Scharfer, Marcel Schmitt, Wilhelm Schabel, Ralf Diehm
  • Patent number: 10363567
    Abstract: A nozzle for applying a bead of a glutinous substance to a surface of an object comprises a body, a first guide, a gate, a second guide, and a biasing member. The body comprises an inlet opening and an outlet opening, joined by a channel. The first guide is coupled to the body. The gate is translatably coupled to the body. Movement of the gate relative to the body controls flow of the glutinous substance through the outlet opening, and width of the bead. The second guide is coupled to the gate. The biasing member is coupled to the body and to the gate. The biasing member urges the gate toward the first guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John Walter Pringle, IV, Solomon Tadesse Atsebha
  • Patent number: 10315215
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a viscous material to a surface of a workpiece is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a channel comprising an inlet and an outlet. The channel has a width CW that increases from the inlet to the outlet. The apparatus also comprises dividers inside the channel. The channel further comprises subdivisions formed by the dividers. The subdivisions of the channel are in communication with the inlet and the outlet of the channel. At least one of the subdivisions of the channel has a width SW that increases from the inlet of the channel to the outlet of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger Higgins, Joseph B. Keehner, Emily C. Mikkelson
  • Patent number: 10286480
    Abstract: A friction application device includes an application element which defines a rotational axis and which is movable by a moving device on a surface of a workpiece and in a relative movement with respect to the surface of the workpiece. At least one supporting tool is non-coaxial with the rotational axis and has an arcuate outer periphery in direct contact with the application element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften—Fachhochschule Kempten
    Inventor: Paul Schindele
  • Patent number: 10272607
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatuses for forming films. In particular, the present invention relates to the formation of films on a substrate via the use of individual pumps to deposit individual wet film products onto a substrate. A method of forming film products includes: providing a reservoir housing a film forming matrix, pumps in association with the reservoir, and orifices; feeding the wet film forming matrix from the reservoir to the pumps; dispensing the film forming matrix from each of the pumps through an orifice; and depositing wet film products onto a substrate. An apparatus for forming film strips includes: (a) a reservoir for housing a film forming matrix; (b) pumps associated with the reservoir; (c) a plurality of orifices, with each orifice being associated with a pump; (d) a substrate; and (e) a means for moving the substrate through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventor: Beuford A. Bogue
  • Patent number: 10267515
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include branching fluid passages in an apparatus that reduce turbulent flow and generate evenly distributed fluid pressure as the fluids branch off into the different passages. In some embodiments, the branching passages may be subdivided into two sets: the branching passages for the liquid fuel and the branching passages for the liquid oxidizer. In some embodiments, the two sets of passages are carefully designed in an elegant yet extremely intricate manner that is optimized for proper fluid flow and maximal burn efficiency. The ends of all of the passages meet at the injector interface, which dispense the liquids into the combustion chamber for ignition. Generally, these designs are achieved through additive manufacturing, and would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to be manufactured using traditional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Additive Rocket Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Adriany, Elyce Bayat, Nicholas Garrett, Ryan Pedersen, Reiley Weekes, Anthony Tran
  • Patent number: 10202246
    Abstract: A method of supplying adhesive particulates from a hopper to an adhesive melter is described. Initially, a flow tube is fluidly coupled between the adhesive melter and the hopper. Next, forced air is supplied through the flow tube to move the adhesive particulates from the hopper into the adhesive melter for melting the adhesive particulates into a fluid adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Jeter
  • Patent number: 10189038
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a fluid delivery pod includes a first surface, a second surface that opposes the first surface, a reservoir body, an outlet port, a heating structure, and a valve assembly. The reservoir body is between the first and the second surfaces. The reservoir body is configured to house a fluid. The outlet port is positioned on a surface of the pod. The surface is between the first and the second surfaces. The heating structure is thermally coupled to the fluid housed within the reservoir body. The heating structure wirelessly receives energy from an energy source that is external to the fluid delivery pod. The wirelessly received energy heats the fluid housed within the reservoir body. In response to an application of compression forces on the first and the second surfaces, the valve assembly dispenses the heated fluid through the outlet port and out of the fluid delivery pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Toaster Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Carol Buckalter, David Oscar Iverson, Garet Glenn Nenninger, Roland David Horth
  • Patent number: 10167593
    Abstract: Disclosed are processes for application of dyes and topical chemistries to single yarns during a yarn rewind process. The process foregoes the need for downstream environmentally unfavorable dyeing and low PH chemical treatment processes on the finished carpet. Further, neutral pH dye solutions can be used instead of the prior art low pH dye solutions. The single, treated yarn can then be twisted, weaved and tufted, twisted yarn under dry conditions, and the twisted yarn subsequently weaved or weaved and tufted, into a finished fabric or carpet. Also disclosed are systems, BCF yarns, and carpets made from the BCF yarn treated by the disclosed processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Wae-Hai Tung, Ronnie Rittenhouse
  • Patent number: 10056534
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of coating a conductive substrate with an adhesive, wherein the amounts and positions of conductive and non-conductive adhesives for bonding a plurality of circuit elements to the conductive substrate are set, thus preventing the spread of the adhesive from causing defects, including a poor aesthetic appearance, low electrical conductivity, and short circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: G-SMATT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hak Ryul Shin, Ho Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 10046356
    Abstract: This coating device according to the present invention comprises a slit nozzle (30); a liquid supply path (10) for a coating liquid; a pneumatic transportation device (20) for transporting the coating liquid pneumatically; a liquid supply valve (50) for opening/shutting the liquid supply path (10); a pump (40) configured so as to be capable of suctioning the coating liquid inside the slit nozzle (30); a residual-pressure removal means (80) for removing the residual pressure inside the slit nozzle (30); and a control section (70) for controlling the operation of the liquid supply valve (50), the pump (40), and the residual-pressure removal means (80); wherein the coating liquid remaining inside the slit nozzle (30) is suctioned at the end of coating after pumping of the coating liquid is stopped and the residual pressure inside the slit nozzle (30) is removed. With this configuration the coating device improves responsive at the end of the coating without a complicated control procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TAZMO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ikagawa, Naoki Tsuo
  • Patent number: 10030399
    Abstract: A roof inspection and repair device is disclosed that can be wheeled along a roof to identify loose shingles and dispense the sealant necessary to secure them in place. The roof inspection and repair device has both a blowing system and a sealant dispensing system. The blowing system may include an air tube having an air tube inlet that can be connected to a blower and an air tube outlet. The sealant dispensing system may include one or more sealant storage containers connected to a sealant dispenser by one or more sealant tubes. The roof inspection and repair device may further include a shingle lift mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Eric Haefli
  • Patent number: 10030321
    Abstract: An extrusion die includes a die body with two mating die halves, at least one of which is engraved with a die cavity system. The die cavity system includes a melt inlet, a first-stage melt reservoir in fluid communication with the melt inlet, a plurality of melt channels extending from the first-stage melt reservoir, and an extrusion trough in fluid communication with the melt channels and extending across the die half. Multiple stages of reservoirs and channels may be used. The melt channels in each stage have an equal length and cross-sectional area. Some of the melt channels may have a curved portion to maintain an equal length with other melt channels in the same stage. The die halves are secured by a plurality of fasteners. A method for extruding a fluid using the die is also provided. The die may be used to create films or fibers, including nano-fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas M. Tao
  • Patent number: 9889599
    Abstract: An applicator for applying two materials to a substrate includes a central module configured to receive a first material, a tee block configured to receive a second material, a pair of outer modules spaced from and disposed on opposite sides of the central module, each outer module fluidically connected to and configured to receive the second material from the tee block, and a slot die assembly disposed in fluid communication with the central module and the pair of outer modules, the slot die assembly configured to receive the first and second materials from the central and outer modules, respectively, and discharge the first material over a first width and the second material over a second width greater than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Andrew S. Ayers
  • Patent number: 9815081
    Abstract: A method is used to identify and compensate for errors created by changes in the relative positions of a deposition unit and a vision system of a dispenser. The method includes calibrating the vision system, dispensing a pattern of features over a working area, moving the vision system over a deposition location to locate a deposition, obtaining an image of the deposition, tagging data associated with the image, calculating a relative distance between the deposition unit and the vision system, storing correction data with spatial location in a file for later use, and using the stored data to make small corrections prior to dispensing additional material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Reid, Thomas J. Karlinski, Jonathan Joel Bloom, Thomas C. Prentice
  • Patent number: 9784396
    Abstract: A microfluidic device is provided. A manifold having a first channel, a second channel, and a third channel configured to transport blood can be coupled to a substrate defining an artificial vasculature. The first channel can be configured to carry blood in a first direction. Each of the second and third channels can couple to the first channel at a first junction and can be configured to receive blood from the first channel. The second channel can be configured to carry blood in a second direction away from the first direction. The third channel can be configured to carry blood in a third direction away from the second direction. The first, second, and third channels can be non-coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Charest, Jeffrey T. Borenstein, Alla Epshteyn, Daniel I. Harjes, Christopher DiBiasio, Vijaya Kolachalama
  • Patent number: 9757759
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming and shaping a fillet at an interface. A fluid may be dispensed from a nozzle onto the interface as the nozzle is moved along the interface to form the fillet. An exposed surface of the fillet may be worked using a fairing element associated with the nozzle, as the nozzle is moved along the interface and the fluid is dispensed from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Philip Topf, Martin Hanna Guirguis, Don David Trend, Angelica Davancens
  • Patent number: 9640760
    Abstract: There is disclosed a slot-die coating method and apparatus, and a substrate having a patterned coating layer. The method comprises controlling an intermittent transfer of the coating fluid from a slot-die coating head onto the substrate surface to provide, by said intermittent transfer, coated areas on the substrate surface separated by uncoated areas. The substrate surface comprises a pre-patterned layer of high surface energy areas and low surface energy areas; wherein a contact angle of the coating fluid on the substrate surface is lower in the high surface energy areas than in the low surface energy areas. Boundaries between the low surface energy areas and high surface energy areas are arranged along a slit direction of the slot die coating head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST—NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Sabine Juliane Gabel, Ike Gerke de Vries
  • Patent number: 9581872
    Abstract: A slot die coater planarizing an upper surface of an encapsulation layer and a coating method using the same. The slot die coater includes a slit nozzle configured to supply a coating solution. The slit nozzle includes a hole vertically penetrating a center portion thereof, a first bottom surface disposed at a movement direction side of the slit nozzle with reference to the hole, and a second bottom surface disposed at an opposite direction side of the movement direction of the slit nozzle with reference to the hole. A width of the first bottom surface is different from the width of the second bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Cheol Park, Gyeong Eun Eoh, Jong Soo Kim, Jun Heui Lee, Jong Wan Choi, Won Hyeng Pyen, Dae Ho Song, Seong Gyu Kwon, Kang-Il Cho
  • Patent number: 9567555
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and a method of fabricating a liquid crystal display device using the same is described where a uniform coating layer over an entire surface of a substrate is formed by placing auxiliary coating devices at front and rear ends of the coating apparatus and starting the coating operation from the auxiliary coating device. The coating apparatus includes: a table on which an object is located; a slit nozzle installed above the table and dispensing a coating solution on the surface of the object; an auxiliary coating device installed at least one end of the table; and a driving unit moving the slit nozzle in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: O-Jun Kwon, Kang-Il Cho
  • Patent number: 9534094
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for producing (meth)acrylic-modified polybutadiene free from coloration and white turbidity without using a tin compound. The method for producing (meth)acrylic-modified polybutadiene of the present invention comprises reacting polybutadiene having a hydroxyl group at a terminal and a (meth)acrylic ester in the presence of an organoaluminum compound. As the organoaluminum compound, for example, a compound represented by formula (I) (wherein each of R1, R2, R3, and R4 independently represents a linear or branched C1 to C30 alkyl group) is preferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON SODA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9529744
    Abstract: A second controller is communicated with from a first controller via an interface. Storage is also communicated with from the first controller via the interface. The first controller is configured to be a master on the interface and the second controller and the storage are configured to be targets on the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SK hynix memory solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kwok W. Yeung, Meng-Kun Lee, Gubo Huang
  • Patent number: 9525381
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for testing and/or conditioning photovoltaic modules. The apparatus includes a set of contacts for contacting electrical conductors of the module and a testing and/or conditioning system for testing and/or conditioning of the module and measuring parameters associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Khan, Markus Gloeckler, Thomas Truman, Scott Jacoby, Michael Sweet, Jigish Trivedi, James E. Hinkle, Stephen P. Murphy
  • Patent number: 9399239
    Abstract: A slit nozzle of a liquid coating apparatus which discharges a liquid on a substrate, the slit nozzle includes a first nozzle part, a shim having an outlet configured to discharge the liquid and a second nozzle part facing the first nozzle part with the shim interposed therebetween. At least one of the first nozzle part and the second nozzle part has a sloping portion to prevent the discharged liquid from adhering to the slit nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-In Lim, Kyu-Ho Jung, Sang-Hee Choi
  • Patent number: 9388516
    Abstract: A steam-drawing apparatus has supply roll 1 that transfers carbon-fiber-precursor acrylic fiber bundle (T) in a transfer direction of fiber bundle (T); fiber-opening device 2 for opening fiber bundle (T); width control device 3 for controlling the width of fiber bundle (T); steam box 4 to provide steam for heating fiber bundle (T) to a temperature that allows fiber bundle (T) to be drawn; and haul-off roll 5 that transfers fiber bundle (T) at a speed faster than that of supply roll 1. Using width control device 3 provided at a position between supply roll 1 and steam box 4, the width of fiber bundle (T) after passing through width control device 3 is set to be 65˜110% of the width of fiber bundle (T) before entering the supply roll. The present invention proposes a method for producing a carbon-fiber-precursor acrylic fiber bundle using such a steam-drawing apparatus capable of conducting a high-speed drawing process of carbon-fiber-precursor acrylic fiber bundles at a high draw rate with stable results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Miyauchi, Isao Ooki, Yukihiro Mizutori, Akishige Tada
  • Patent number: 9032904
    Abstract: A die head is disclosed comprises: a feed slot which is positioned downstream of the moving direction of the substrate and continuously feed the coating solution; a gas suction slot which is positioned upstream of the moving direction of the substrate and suctions a gas so as to create vacuum in the vicinity of the upstream edge of the bead with respect to the moving direction of the substrate; and a gas ejection slot which is positioned between the feed slot and gas suction slot and ejects a gas so as to prevent inflow of the coating solution into the gas suction slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Horikawa
  • Patent number: 8997684
    Abstract: A method for meniscus processing a substrate is provided. The method initiates with generating a meniscus spanning at least a length of the substrate. A pre-wetting liquid or vapor is dispensed. A substrate is moved through the dispensed pre-wetting liquid or vapor and the meniscus. The dispensed pre-wetting vapor condenses a pre-wetting liquid over a region of the substrate adjacent to a region of the substrate where the meniscus is generated. The pre-wetting liquid is deposited without substantially generating surface flow of the pre-wetting liquid on the substrate, and the pre-wetting liquid prevents the leading edge of the meniscus from contacting a dry surface region of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Enrico Magni, Suresh Gupta, Mark Gahagan, Eric Lenz, Mike Ravkin
  • 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: 8932677
    Abstract: Liquid dispensing includes providing a downwardly inclined slide surface and a carrier liquid dispensing channel that includes an outlet opening on the slide surface. A carrier liquid source is pressurized causing carrier liquid to flow continuously through the outlet opening of the carrier liquid dispensing channel and down the slide surface. A liquid dispenser array structure is provided and includes functional liquid dispensers located on a substrate that is common to the functional liquid dispensers. The functional liquid dispensers include a functional liquid supply channel, a functional liquid source that provides functional liquid, and a drop formation device associated with an interface of the functional liquid supply channel and the slide surface. The drop formation device is selectively actuated to form discrete functional liquid drops in the carrier liquid flowing down the slide surface. The functional liquid is immiscible in the carrier liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Marcus, Hrishikesh V. Panchawagh
  • Patent number: 8911817
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for coating catheters or balloon catheters is disclosed in which the catheter or balloon catheter is radially surrounded completely or almost completely at a constant distance by a device that applies a coating solution so that the coating solution completely fills the space between the catheter or balloon catheter and the device and thus completely surrounds the catheter or balloon catheter, relative motion is effected between the device and the catheter or balloon catheter in the axial direction across the surface of the catheter or balloon catheter multiple times, and partial drying of the applied coating solution occurs between the individual coating stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: DOT GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Neumann, Mischa Buhrmeister
  • Patent number: 8893647
    Abstract: A tip section of a discharge nozzle 31 is shaped like a wedge, and projections 310 which further protrude are formed at the tip of the wedge. Lower surfaces 310b of the projections 310 define a substrate-facing-surface which is brought into proximity to the substrate, and discharge outlet bearing surfaces 310c, which gradually retract back from the substrate W, are formed as if to rise from the edges of the lower surfaces 310b. At adjacent positions within the discharge outlet bearing surface 310c which are adjacent to the substrate-facing-surface 310b, discharge outlets 311 for discharging an application liquid are opened. Areas around the discharge outlets 311 and a wall around a fluid feeding path 312 are integrated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanobu Iwashima, Masakazu Sanada, Hiroyuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 8893646
    Abstract: A liquid application apparatus applies a liquid to an objective region. The apparatus includes a trap having an opening from which the liquid linearly appears, a feeder to feed the liquid to the trap, and an operation unit to position the trap on the objective region and bring the linearly appeared liquid at the trap into contact with the objective region, thereby linearly applying the liquid to the objective region. The apparatus is capable of linearly applying the liquid in a uniform thickness to the objective region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ando, Eijiro Furuta, Shinpei Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 8881674
    Abstract: A curtain coating apparatus including: a pair of edge guides configured to support both side edges of at least one coating liquid so as to form a coating liquid film which falls freely and apply the coating liquid film onto a continuously running support; and an auxiliary water introduction port which allows auxiliary water to be introduced substantially uniformly with respect to a width direction of an edge guide auxiliary water flow-down surface of each edge guide from an upper portion toward a lower portion of the flow-down surface, wherein the flow-down surface has at its upper portion a flat surface portion, and wherein the flow-down surface has at its lower portion an arc-shaped portion which is provided at a center and which protrudes in the shape of an arc, and a flat surface portion which is provided on both sides of the arc-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Somada, Kazuhisa Yamamoto, Tetsuya Hara
  • 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: 8789490
    Abstract: A system of pointillist painting comprises an automated 3-D positioning system disposed proximate a painting surface, a colorant dispenser coupled to the gantry structure and having a dispensing tip in fluid communication with a colorant chamber, the gantry structure operable to move the colorant dispensing tip to a specified position of the painting surface, where the colorant dispenser is operable to apply a specified amount of a colorant to the painting surface and creating a dot having a two-dimensional coverage and three-dimensional profile at the specified position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: SSO Venture Partners, LLC
    Inventors: John Neal Randall, Kenneth W. Page