Rotating Work About An Axis Through Itself During Coating Patents (Class 118/416)
  • Patent number: 10675795
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for on-line internal siliconing of glass bottles including a baking station for baking the siliconed bottles; wherein a siliconing station includes a support designed to selectively receive one bottle at a time, an injection device facing towards an inlet opening of the bottle, a mobile device for selectively blocking the injector against the inlet opening, a selective feeding device for feeding filtered compressed air and liquid silicone to the injector, the injector provided at the front, towards the support, with a drainage channel communicating with the inlet opening; an emitter to send towards a sensor and through the bottle on the support a beam of electromagnetic radiation; and a control unit to selectively inject into the bottle a mixture of silicone and compressed air and to process a signal emitted by the sensor to control the feeding device and/or a manipulator to discard defective bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SOFFIERIA BERTOLINI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Renato Surra
  • Patent number: 10513785
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for treatment of an electric submersible pump (ESP) power cable is described. A method of treating an ESP power cable includes wrapping an ESP power cable around a reel as the cable is removed from a production well to form cable layers, supporting the cable-wrapped reel horizontally above a tank, the reel supported on a shaft extending between actuatable support members, pumping treatment fluid into the tank, lowering the cable-wrapped reel partially into the tank by activating the actuatable support members such that a lower portion of the reel is submerged in the treatment fluid and an inner diameter of the cable-wrapped reel is fluidly coupled to the treatment fluid, rotating the reel around its central axis such that each portion of an outermost layer of the cable is submerged in the treatment fluid at least once to coat the ESP power cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Glasscock, Peter J. Kneip, Thomas John Gottschalk, Brent Keith Kashwer
  • Patent number: 10286684
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing on containers includes a transport arm and a lift that cooperate to form a first container-transport device that moves a container at a container-loading position into a printing position. The transport arm is arranged on the lift and pivotable about a pivot axis thereof. The lift is axially displaceable and displaces the transport arm axially in relation to the pivot axis. At the printing position, a print head prints on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schach, Gyula Varhaniovszki, Markus Reiniger
  • Patent number: 10280014
    Abstract: A plant for clip-treatment of bodies may include: at least one skid configured to support a body to be treated; at least one tank; a transportation line; and/or a system for overturning and immersing the body on the at least one skid which has been positioned above the at least one tank using the line. The line may include travel ways arranged along lateral edges of the at least one tank. The at least one skid may include lateral mounting elements which rest on the ways for supporting and moving the at least one skid above the at least one tank. The overturning and immersing system may include, on the at least one skid, a support for the body rigidly connected to a shaft transverse to the line, and which is configured to overturn the body between a first position and second position immersed inside the at least one tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GEICO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giampaolo Covizzi, Paolo Colombaroli
  • Patent number: 10239157
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an axi-symmetric part. The apparatus includes a vessel configured to contain the powder. The vessel is also configured to receive a part such that at least a portion of the part contacts the powder contained within the vessel. A first energy source is configured to generate a first beam of energy. The first beam of energy is configured to melt the powder at a first predetermined location such that the melted powder fuses to the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Michael McCarren, Herbert Chidsey Roberts, Eric Alan Estill, Peter Andrew Flynn
  • Patent number: 10179342
    Abstract: An immersion treatment installation, which includes at least one immersion tank in a way known per se. A conveying system brings the items to be treated up to the immersion tank, into the space inside the immersion tank, out of it and away from it. The conveying system includes at least one transporting carriage, which has a carrying platform, which is pivotable about a pivot axis and to which at least one item can be fastened with the aid of a connecting structure. This connecting structure is movable on its own to such an extent that, with increasing pivoting from the unimmersed position, the distance between the item and the pivot axis becomes increasingly greater under the influence of gravitational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventor: Jörg Robbin
  • Patent number: 9711753
    Abstract: A packaging device for manufacturing the OLED display screen comprises a filling chamber, a transition chamber and a glove box, the glove box is mounted in the filling chamber, a filling pipe is placed in the transition chamber, an isolated cover is provided for separated the transition chamber and the filling chamber, wherein a safe protective cover is further located inside the transition chamber and under the isolated cover, the filling pipe is placed under the safe protective cover in the transition chamber. The touch sensor on the safe protective cover is provided for sensing the position of the filling pipe. If the filling pipe is champed by the safe protective cover, then position of the filling pipe will be readjusted with alarming. The safe protective cover will act a double-protective effect. Then the filling pipe will not be champed by the isolated cover when the filling pipe is replacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Fan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9616448
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wheel spraying device, comprising a frame, an electric motor, a hollow shaft, a ring flange, and cylinders. During use of the device, the need of jacking up and rotating a wheel in wheel spraying can be met, and the difficulty of removing the protection plugs of bolt hole due to thickening and clogging after completion of spraying can be completely avoided. Meanwhile, the device has the characteristics of simple structure, convenience for use, low manufacturing cost, and safe and stable performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL Co., LTD
    Inventors: Bowen Xue, Jiandong Guo, Weidong Liu, Changjiu Ren, Yongning Wang, Zhihua Zhu, Changhai Li
  • Patent number: 9589818
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a wafer-shaped article includes a rotary chuck configured to hold a wafer-shaped article of a predetermined diameter such that a surface of the wafer-shaped article facing the rotary chuck is spaced from an upper surface of the rotary chuck. A ring is mounted on the rotary chuck, and includes a first upper surface overlapping an outer peripheral edge of a wafer-shaped article when positioned on the rotary chuck and a second upper surface positioned radially inwardly of the first surface. The second upper surface is elevated relative to the first upper surface, to define an annular gap between the second upper surface and a wafer-shaped article when positioned on the spin chuck that is smaller than a distance between the first upper surface and a wafer-shaped article when positioned on the rotary chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lam Research AG
    Inventors: Koichi Tasaka, Masaichiro Ken Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9534311
    Abstract: A system for the pretreatment and primer electrodeposition of an assembly is provided. The system includes one or more large envelope, heavy payload robots configured to grasp the assembly and arrange the assembly in a substantially vertical orientation. The one or more robots are further configured to vertically raise and lower the assembly. A tank is configured to receive the assembly in a substantially vertical orientation. The tank is further configured to impart a liquid onto the assembly. The liquid imparted onto the assembly is configured to improve the corrosion resistance of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Fanuc America Corporation
    Inventors: Scott J. Clifford, Frank Matuska, Dean Waineo, Paul Andrew Santi
  • Patent number: 9010516
    Abstract: A traveling type immersion treatment apparatus for a vehicle body has a speed control device which controls the traveling speed of the conveying traveling body according to the angle of rotation of a rotary shaft that rotates the vehicle body. Between an upright position and a 90° rotation position the forward speed of the conveying traveling body is gradually decreased in relation to a reference conveying speed; then the forward speed of the conveying traveling body is gradually increased in relation to the reference conveying speed until the vehicle body reaches a 270° rotation position from the 90° rotation position; and then the forward speed of the conveying traveling body is gradually decreased in relation to the reference conveying speed until the vehicle body returns to the original upright position from the 270° rotation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeyoshi Nishihara
  • Publication number: 20150013598
    Abstract: an immersion treatment installation, which includes at least one immersion tank in a way known per se. A conveying system brings the items to be treated up to the immersion tank, into the space inside the immersion tank, out of it and away from it. The conveying system includes at least one transporting carriage, which has a carrying platform, which is pivotable about a pivot axis and to which at least one item can be fastened with the aid of a connecting structure. This connecting structure is movable on its own to such an extent that, with increasing pivoting from the unimmersed position, the distance between the item and the pivot axis becomes increasingly greater under the influence of gravitational force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jörg Robbin
  • Publication number: 20140342092
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of stations positioned along a direction of conveyance. Rails span the length of all stations and include at least first, second, and third rails configured for independent vertical movement. A plurality of objects is supported by and movable along the first, second, and third rails between the stations. Each of the plurality of objects has first, second, and third supports coupled to the respective first, second, and third rails so that all of the plurality of objects tilt in unison about a first set of parallel axes in response to the first, second, and third rails being positioned in a first configuration of vertical heights, and all of the plurality of objects tilt in unison about a second set of parallel axes in response to the first, second, and third rails being positioned in a second configuration of vertical heights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Chad Martin Andreae, Bradley M. Andreae, Bradley S. Andreae
  • Patent number: 8887659
    Abstract: A continuous dosage form coating apparatus uses vibrational impulses to maintain a dosage forms in a fluid state to expose them to a coating material atomized by spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline LLC
    Inventor: Frederick H. Fiesser
  • Publication number: 20140255612
    Abstract: A coloring system includes an assembly for retaining articles to be colored and an actuator for moving the assembly. The assembly can be translated horizontally, raised and lowered and rotated by the actuator. The coloring system may include a fluid control system that allows gas to be removed from a container of the assembly while the container is immersed in a liquid coloring agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ye Feng, Jared S. Baggen, Anna Schoborg
  • Publication number: 20140150722
    Abstract: A coating machine for applying a coating to screws is described. The coating machine has an operating space along which the screws to be coated are fed. A fixed surface is defined, which is fixed relative to the frame of the machine and is designed for abutment and positioning of the screws in the section upstream from said operating space and in said operating space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: TECNOLOGIC 3 S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonio CALASSO
  • Patent number: 8733271
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for continuous coating with a rotational die in which coating materials flow in a radial direction. The linear speed of a substrate in need of coating is identical to the tangential speed of the surface of the rotational die so that the coating material, which flows in a radial direction of the rotational die, flows onto the substrate perpendicularly. Therefore, the ingredients of coating materials overlap one another (or stand vertically as a layer), and the vertical sequence of the coating material is ensured. This method and apparatus can be used to make organic electronic devices, organic light-emitting diodes and organic photovoltaic devices. Particularly, this method and apparatus can be used in bulk-hetero-junction of mixed coating of P-type and N-type semiconductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: Hwei-Liang Chang, Zone-Sure Chang
  • Patent number: 8622020
    Abstract: An electroless plating system is provided. The system includes a first vacuum chuck supporting a first wafer and a second vacuum chuck supporting a second wafer such that a top surface of the second wafer is opposing a top surface of the first wafer. The system also includes a fluid delivery system configured to deliver a plating solution to the top surface of the first wafer, wherein in response to delivery of the plating solution, the top surface of the second wafer is brought proximate to the top surface of the first wafer so that the plating solution contacts both top surfaces. A method for applying an electroless plating solution to a substrate is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: William Thie, John M. Boyd, Yezdi Dordi, Fritz C. Redeker
  • Patent number: 8561780
    Abstract: The invention relates to an immersion treatment system, particularly an electrophoretic immersion coating system, comprising at least one immersion basin in a known manner that can be filled with a treatment fluid. A transport system guides the objects to be coated to the immersion basin, into the interior of the immersion basin, out of the immersion basin, and away therefrom. It comprises at least one transport car whereon a vertically displaceable carriage is disposed. A component defining a rotary axis is supported on the same, supporting a mounting device for the object to be treated. A motion sequence for the object can be achieved in said manner, comprising a superposition of a horizontal linear motion, a vertical linear motion, and a rotary motion about the rotary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eisenmann AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Albeck, Antonio Espinosa, Victor Gonzalez, Juergen Hanf, Joerg Robbin
  • Patent number: 8464654
    Abstract: An installation for the hardened galvanization of a continuously-moving rolled steel strip, includes a coating tank receiving a liquid metal mixture containing, for example, zinc and aluminum to be deposited on the strip which is immersed in the mixture. The liquid mixture is permanently circulated between the coating tank and a preparation device, in which the temperature of the liquid mixture is deliberately lowered in order to reduce an iron solubility threshold and is sufficiently high for initiating fusion of at least one ingot containing a zinc-aluminum Zn—Al alloy in a so-called fusion zone of the preparation device, in an amount necessary to compensate for the liquid mixture used for deposition on the strip. The installation includes a loop for circulating the liquid mixture that is thermally optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens VAI Metals Technologies SAS
    Inventors: Stephane Barjon, Laurent Cloutot, Arnaud D'Halluin, Benjamin Grenier
  • Patent number: 8402910
    Abstract: A dip coating apparatus includes a housing and a workpiece holder movably and rotatably received in the housing. The housing includes an immersing portion configured for carrying out immersion process and a drying portion configured for carrying out drying process. The inner spaces of the immersing portion and the drying portion are communicated with each other. The lifting workpiece holder is configured for fixed workpieces thereon and moving and rotating relative to the immersing portion and the drying portion of the housing. The workpieces are driven by the lifting-rotating to carry out the immersion process and the drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8397665
    Abstract: A device for imparting a curved gradation of tint density on an ophthalmic or optical lens is described. This gradient-tinting device utilizes both vertical movement and rotation about the vertical axis of the lens as it moves into a tinting solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Herbert A. Wertheim, William F. Moore, Phillip R. Bartick
  • Patent number: 8336484
    Abstract: A gluing mechanism comprising a platform, a plurality of turn tables set on the platform for workpieces, a motor for driving the turn tables and a gluing device firmly set up on the platform. The gluing device comprises a forward assembly, an elevator, a panning assembly and a plurality of glue applicators. The forward assembly is set on the platform and moves along a shorter side of the platform. The elevator is set on the forward assembly and moves relative to the platform vertically. The panning assembly is set on the elevator and moves along a longer side of the platform. The glue applicators are installed on the panning assembly. The motor drives the turn tables simultaneously. The gluing mechanism of the present invention has benefits of simple structure, a high working efficiency and proceeds a precise rotary gluing process to workpieces. Therefore, an excellent gluing quality can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cheng UEI Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pei-cheng Wu, Feng-chi Lee, Kuo-chuan Chiu, Chia-hsin Liao
  • Patent number: 8302557
    Abstract: A device and a method which is capable of uniformly coating, without waste, any flow passages formed in a raw material with a slurry even if a slurry having high viscosity is fed thereto by an amount required for the use of coating without excess and shortage. When the slurry (S) fed to one end of the base material (M) in which a large number of flow passages (2 . . . ) are formed parallel with each other is forced into the flow passages (2 . . . ) by an air pressure to coat the inner walls (2w) of the flow passages, the slurry (S) is fed from a slurry feeding device (6) by a required amount to a slurry storage part (5) formed at the upper surface part of the base material (M) disposed so that both ends of the flow passages (2 . . . ) can be opened in the upper and bottom surfaces thereof. Then, before the slurry (S) is forced into the flow passages (2 . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cataler Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Goshima, Shigeji Matsumoto, Kosuke Shinomiya
  • Patent number: 8225741
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for applying a fluid such as paint to the surfaces of a plurality of lengths of pipe, the apparatus including an automated processing line composed of a receiving platform configured for receiving the plurality of lengths of pipe, a vat down the line from the receiving platform for containing the fluid, a draining platform down the line from the vat, the draining platform being configured for elevating an end of each length of pipe of the plurality of lengths of pipe relative to an opposite end of the length of pipe, and a conveyor system configured for engaging the plurality of lengths of pipe and advancing the plurality of lengths of pipe through the vat and across the draining platform by rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company
    Inventors: Carl A. Dixon, Don R. Butler, Jr., James R. Harrington, Chris L. Hyche
  • Patent number: 8171638
    Abstract: A method and system for producing rolls for electrophotography are provided. The rolls can be rotated and shifted laterally during an oxidative baking process to produce finished rolls having improved electrical and printing characteristics. The oxidation of the rolls may be controlled to provide a corresponding increase in surface electrical resistance to within plus or minus 25 microns of a selected roll thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donal Thomas Kral, Scott Alan Searls
  • Patent number: 8161903
    Abstract: A method of forming a water vapor barrier layer to a core of a golf ball is provided. The method includes placing the core of the golf ball into a vapor barrier composition, withdrawing the lifting device, and spinning and optionally oscillating the core within the composition for a time sufficient for the composition to form a layer on the core. The present invention also provides an apparatus that can be used to form a water vapor barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Matthew F. Hogge, Christopher Cavallaro, Richard Foukes, Michael J. Sullivan, William E. Morgan, Kevin M. Harris
  • Patent number: 8020510
    Abstract: A liquid applicator comprises a guide roll for guiding a sheet, and a slit die, having a slit with an opening extending in an axial direction of the guide roll, for applying a liquid to a surface of the sheet guided by the guide roll. On the rear side of the opening in a rotating direction of the guide roll, the slit die further includes a front lip having a concave surface corresponding to the guide roll. The front lip opposes the guide roll by such a length FA in the rotating direction RD of the guide roll as to have a central angle ? of 0.95° to 3.0° about an axis O of the guide roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Emoto, Kazuo Katai, Kiyonori Hinoki, Yousuke Miyaki
  • Publication number: 20110088615
    Abstract: A dip coating apparatus includes a housing and a workpiece holder movably and rotatably received in the housing. The housing includes an immersing portion configured for carrying out immersion process and a drying portion configured for carrying out drying process. The inner spaces of the immersing portion and the drying portion are communicated with each other. The lifting workpiece holder is configured for fixed workpieces thereon and moving and rotating relative to the immersing portion and the drying portion of the housing. The workpieces is driven by the lifting-rotating to carry out the immersion process and the drying process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SHAO-KAI PEI
  • Patent number: 7781010
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating medical devices at the point of care with a polymer and/or therapeutic agent comprising an environmentally controlled device coating chamber in which the device may be delivered by the manufacturer as the device packaging, or the device may be placed into the chamber at the point of care. The environmentally controlled chamber can provide a sterile enclosure in which the polymer and/or a therapeutic agent can be applied to an uncoated or previously coated device and converted to another form (such as a liquid to a film or gel) if desired, under controlled and reproducible conditions. The environmentally controlled chamber can accommodate and provide for coating the device by immersion, spray and other methods of covering the device surface with a liquid or powder. The chamber can provide for energy sources, both internally, such as heat produced by film heaters, and externally, such as UV light or microwave passing through the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Marian L. Larson, Eugene A. Larson
  • Patent number: 7767065
    Abstract: A problem during electrolytic treatment of printed circuit boards having a very thin basic metallization is that the treatment yields irregular results in various regions on the surface of the printed circuit board. In overcoming this problem the invention provides a device for electrolytically treating an at least superficially electrically conducting work piece having at least two substantially opposing side edges. The device comprises current supply devices for the work piece, said current supply devices each comprising contact strips located on the opposing side edges which are capable of electrically contacting the work piece at the substantially opposing side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Schneider, Stephan Kenny, Torsten Küssner, Wolfgang Plöse, Bert Reents, Heribert Streup
  • Patent number: 7739979
    Abstract: A tumble breading system for applying a breading material to a food includes a housing designating an internal clean area, and an infeed belt for conveying the breading material and the food, arranged across the infeed belt in an infeed order, into the clean area. A rotary assembly with a plurality of vertically offset, rotating tumblers accepts and tumbles the food with the breading material as the tumblers rotate, to bread the food. An output belt accepts the breaded food from the tumblers and conveys the breaded foods from the clean area and the housing. The food arrives at the output belt in substantially the infeed order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Dean Brady, Sr., Quentin Duane Pendergrass
  • 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
  • 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: 7585369
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating medical devices at the point of care with a polymer and/or therapeutic agent comprising an environmentally controlled device coating chamber in which the device may be delivered by the manufacturer as the device packaging, or the device may be placed into the chamber at the point of care. The environmentally controlled chamber can provide a sterile enclosure in which the polymer and/or a therapeutic agent can be applied to an uncoated or previously coated device and converted to another form (such as a liquid to a film or gel) if desired, under controlled and reproducible conditions. The environmentally controlled chamber can accommodate and provide for coating the device by immersion, spray and other methods of covering the device surface with a liquid or powder. The chamber can provide for energy sources, both internally, such as heat produced by film heaters, and externally, such as UV light or microwave passing through the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: Marian L. Larson, Eugene A Larson
  • Publication number: 20090169741
    Abstract: A method of forming a water vapor barrier layer to a core of a golf ball is provided. The method includes placing the core of the golf ball into a vapor barrier composition, withdrawing the lifting device, and spinning and optionally oscillating the core within the composition for a time sufficient for the composition to form a layer on the core. The present invention also provides an apparatus that can be used to form a water vapor barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Matthew F. Hogge, Christopher Cavallaro, Richard Foukes, Michael J. Sullivan, William E. Morgan, Kevin M. Harris
  • Patent number: 7547466
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to a spindle motor manufacturing method for forming an oil repellent film which prevents a lubricating oil from flowing out, on a predetermined area adjacent to a hydrodynamic bearing, the predetermined area being located on at least one of a stationary member and a rotating member. The spindle motor manufacturing method mentioned above comprises a step of supplying an oil repellent solution by a supplying portion onto a part of the predetermined area for forming the oil repellent film, a step of applying an air current to the part of the predetermined area on which the oil repellent solution is supplied so as to peel off an excess part of the oil repellent solution supplied onto the part of the predetermined area, and a step of making a relative movement of the predetermined area in which the oil repellent film is formed, the relative movement being made with respect to the supplying portion by which the oil repellent solution is supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Misu, Yuya Tamura
  • Patent number: 7462374
    Abstract: A coating method includes rotatably supporting both ends of the piston or product to be coated; injecting coating material to a first parts of the piston or product to be coated through a first nozzle while rotating the piston, and simultaneously spreading to a uniform film thickness the coating material applied to the first part of the piston or product to be coated thereby removing excess coating material; fixedly supporting both ends of the piston or product to be coated; injecting coating material to a second pad of the piston or product to be coated through a second nozzle while sliding the second nozzle in an axial direction of the piston or product to be coated, and simultaneously spreading to a uniform film thickness the coating material applied to the second part of the piston or product to be coated thereby removing excess coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Halla Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Dae Kyu Park, Kyoung Duck Kim, Young Jin Yoon
  • Publication number: 20080276863
    Abstract: An application roller for applying liquid or semi-liquid substances on surfaces comprises a frame having a shaft including a handle thereon for grasping by a user and a cross axle oriented at a right angle to the shaft. A cylinder having first and second ends rotatably mounted on the cross axle defines an outer surface having a first portion of an attachment system thereon. A cover wrap dimensioned to circumferentially encompass the cylinder has a liquid absorbent outer surface and an inner surface including a second portion of the attachment system. The first and second portions of the attachment system cooperate to permit selective removal and reattachment of the cover wrap on the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Rory Heard
  • Publication number: 20080260951
    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: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tohru Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20080195197
    Abstract: An implantable device coating system method includes providing the implantable device having an exterior surface, the exterior surface including a plurality of pores in fluidic communication with an ambient environment. The method further includes applying a coating including a therapeutic solution to the exterior surface and the pores, and vibrating the implantable device with a sonic wave for a predetermined time using at least one predetermined frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Eunsung Park, Jeffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 7383939
    Abstract: A device (10) is provided for handling workpieces, in particular vehicle chassis (22) of modular construction, and having a first module with a handling line (12) in turn having one or several handling regions (14) for surface handling of the workpieces (22), and a guide device (44) along the handling line (12). A second module has one or several carriages (20b) to which the workpieces (22) may be fixed and moved along the guide device (44). Various types of second module may be combined with the first module to achieve various configurations of the whole device (10) with regard to throughput and flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Kreuzer, Manfred Fottinger
  • Patent number: 7364421
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of making retroreflective sheeting and other articles prepared from casting a fluid synthetic resin onto a tool having a microstructured surface with a slot die apparatus. The invention further relates to a slot die apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Comapny
    Inventors: Stanley C. Erickson, James C. Breister, Gregory H. Van Erem, David W. Meitz, Stephen W. Mohn, Paul DeRoussel
  • Patent number: 7332198
    Abstract: There is provided a plating apparatus and method which can control the temperature of a plating solution during plating more uniformly and easily form a uniform plated film on the to-be-plated surface of a workpiece, and which can simplify the device and decrease the footprint. The plating apparatus includes a plating bath having a double bath structure including an inner bath for holding a plating solution and carrying out plating, and an outer bath which surrounds the inner bath and is in fluid communication therewith. A heating device is disposed in the outer bath. The plating apparatus may further include means for circulating or stirring the plating solution in the plating bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Xinming Wang, Kenichi Abe, Koji Mishima
  • Patent number: 7305933
    Abstract: The present invention provides a seasoning apparatus capable of evenly seasoning each individual article, without seasoning any too heavily or too lightly. Therein, a screw having a helical blade is installed in a tube. The helical blade provides partitions that are provided upright between an article supply port and a discharge port. An article group, before seasoning, is accommodated in a section partitioned by the partitions, the motor rotates the screw, and the article group is transported from the supply port to the discharge port. Therein, each article group is transported to the discharge port separated from other article groups, and each individual article in the article group is seasoned evenly with the same seasoning processing time and the same seasoning supply ratio. In addition, the constitution of the seasoning apparatus is simplified because the screw simultaneously serves the two functions of separating and transporting the article groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumi Kitagawa, Yasushi Yakushigawa, Takao Yoshikawa, Akira Kosaka
  • Patent number: 7087143
    Abstract: A workpiece processing station is disclosed. The workpiece processing station has particular applicability in an electroplating process for semiconductor wafers. The apparatus includes a work processing bowl having an outer bowl and an inner cup positioned at a location slightly below the upper rim of the bowl. An annular space is provided between the sides of the processing bowl and the fluid cup. Fluid is provided to the fluid cup through an opening in the bottom of the fluid cup. The fluid overflows the fluid cup and drains down the open annular space between the process bowl and the fluid cup and passes through the opening in the bottom of the process bowl and into a fluid reservoir. A reservoir is preferably used as both the supply and the return for the process fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Semitool, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne J. Schmidt, Robert W. Berner, Daniel J. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 6991087
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor device which is used to transport work-pieces, especially the work-pieces of motor vehicle bodies, through a processing area for surface treatment of said work-pieces, comprising a conveyor which brings the work-pieces which are respectively maintained by a holder into the processing area; transports them through said area and removes them therefrom. The inventive conveyor device requires less maintenance in comparison with known conveyor devices. The holders respectively comprise a base part which moves in a translatory movement along a conveyor device and a rotating part on which the work-piece is arranged and which is held in such a way that it is rotatable on the base part. The conveyor comprises at least one drive device enabling at least one directly driven respective holder to be driven directly in a movement along the conveyor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignees: Duerr Systems GmbH, Duerr Automotion GmbH
    Inventors: Edmund Krannich, Gerhard Mogck, Konrad Ortlieb, Andreas Schmohl, Heinrich Weeber, Juergen Weschke, Guenter Zerweck
  • Patent number: 6964792
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and methods for controlling flow dynamics of a plating fluid during a plating process. The invention achieves this fluid control through use of a diffuser membrane. Plating fluid is pumped through the membrane; the design and characteristics of the membrane provide a uniform flow pattern to the plating fluid exiting the membrane. Thus a work piece, upon which a metal or other conductive material is to be deposited, is exposed to a uniform flow of plating fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mayer, R. Marshall Stowell, Evan E. Patton, Seshasayee Varadarajan
  • Patent number: 6939585
    Abstract: Liquid pressure transfer capable of applying a decorative pattern to a loop-like workpiece with satisfactory reproducibility. The workpiece is immersed in a transfer liquid to apparently cut crosswise by a surface of the transfer liquid at a transfer initiating site. Also, the workpiece is substantially concurrently contacted on a circumference of a section thereof taken substantially in a thickness direction thereof with a transfer film at the transfer initiating site. The workpiece is shifted at the transfer initiating site so as to be continuously immersed in the transfer liquid in a longitudinal direction of the workpiece while an attitude of immersion of the workpiece is maintained. At least one of the workpiece and transfer film is transferred during the immersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Cubic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihito Mizuta
  • Patent number: 6935638
    Abstract: A universal substrate holder of the invention for treating wafer substrates in liquids is provided with a shaft and a rod slidingly inserted into the central opening of the shaft. The end of the shaft that protrudes into the bowl supports a base platform for the substrate, while the end of the rod that protrudes into the bowl has radial arms that rigidly support an annular plate with pins that can pass through the opening of the base platform so that they can support the substrate above the surface of the platform. The annular plate supports clamping jaws made in the form of two-arm levers with shorter arms and longer arms. The longer arms are heavier and therefore in the stationary state of the holder keep the jaws turned into an open position. When the shaft begins to rotate, the jaws are turned under the effect of centrifugal forces into positions of clamping the substrate with the shorter arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Blue29, LLC
    Inventors: Igor C. Ivanov, Jonathan Weiguo Zhang