With Means For Moving Work Through, Into Or Out Of Pool Patents (Class 118/423)
  • Patent number: 11001928
    Abstract: In a flow down type surface treating apparatus, a scattering amount of a processing solution is reduced. A film forming mechanism 110 is provided on an inlet side and an outlet side of each treatment chamber. The film forming mechanism 110 ejects a continuous laminar liquid under pressure of about 0.01 MPa at a flow rate of 5 to 10 L/min. Such a liquid film prevents droplets reflected on a surface of an antiscattering member 60 from splashing and entering the adjacent treatment chamber. When a plate-like work 10 is shaken to collide with the liquid film, the film flows down along the plate-like work 10 since the film formed by the film forming mechanism 110 is liquid. Thereby, a shake of the plate-like work 10 is converged. An amount of air flowing in toward a transport direction in each treatment chamber is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: C. Uyemura & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Utsumi, Masaharu Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11001929
    Abstract: To provide surface treatment that can reduce occurrence of defects caused by incorporation of dust. Rollers 40 are rotatably fixed to rotating shafts 72 provided to protrude from lateral protective walls 49. The lateral protective walls 49 are fixed perpendicularly to lower protective walls 47 fixed to outer walls 39. Hanging plates 64 of a hanger 50 extend through a space 43 between both lower protective walls 47 and support clips 52. A liquid 41, such as water, is filled in spaces defined by the lateral protective walls 49, the lower protective walls 47, and the outer walls 39. The liquid 41 is filled to cover about half of each rotating shaft 72. Thus, fine dust generated by a transferring mechanism is captured by the liquid 41 and prevented from drifting from the space 34 toward the substrate 54.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: C. Uyemura & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Utsumi, Nobuhiko Naka
  • Patent number: 10875048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coating apparatus for an elongate workpiece and a method of operating the coating apparatus. The coating apparatus generally includes a first tray and a second tray with coating tubes interconnected to the trays. The coating apparatus is operable to automatically adjust the coating tubes to a predetermined volume of fluid. In one embodiment, the coating apparatus can fill a first coating tube interconnected to the first tray with a first fluid while the elongate workpiece is being dipped into a second fluid within a second coating tube interconnected to the second tray. Optionally, the coating apparatus includes a control system operable to activate a pump to fill the coating tubes with the predetermined volume of fluid. The control system can receive data from a sensor operable to determine a position of an upper surface of the fluid in a tray or a coating tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HARLAND MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Michael Surma, Ryan Neumann
  • Patent number: 10866171
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for carrying out Romanowsky-type stains, specifically Wright-Giemsa and May-Grünwald stains, quickly and efficiently. The methods greatly reduce the overall amount of time required to complete a Wright-Giemsa stain or a May-Grünwald stain of sufficient quality on a biological sample. The subject methods can be applied to both manual and automated staining procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Abe S. Mamaghani, Koshy T. Chacko, Rupa Rao, Rene Nieves Alicea
  • Patent number: 10781049
    Abstract: A material handler that uses chain driven magnetic plates to create a magnetic surface. The magnetic surface undulates and is able to lift ferrous material such as metal cans. The handler allows metal cans that are palletized to be removed quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: David Christensen
  • Patent number: 10688772
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object may be generated. Coalescing agent may be selectively delivered on a portion of a first layer of build material on a support member or previous layer. Energy may be applied to the first layer to cause the portion of the first layer to coalesce and solidify. A second layer of the build material may be provided on the first layer. While the second layer does not have coalescing agent delivered thereon, energy may be applied to the second layer such that energy may propagate through the second layer to the first layer to cause the portion of the first layer to coalesce and further solidify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alejandro Manuel De Pena, Pavel Kornilovich, David H. Donovan
  • Patent number: 10589466
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing adjustable curing of layers of deposition materials, including ultraviolet (UV) light or photo curable ink layers, used in the formation and/or manufacture of three-dimensional (3D) printed parts, objects and components, particularly those parts, objects and components formed in 3D printers and additive material manufacturing systems such as 3D jetted ink printing systems. A multi-layer (or layer-by-layer) history of the deposited materials is developed by which to adjust an intensity of an addressable curing unit to provide complete curing to a particular layer without introducing damaging effects that may be caused by over curing the particular layer. The applied curing energy will differently penetrate a number of layers based on constitutions and/or colors of the individual layers in the number of layers to be penetrated. Discrete addressable curing of the individual layered components provides correct curing to the individual layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Atwood
  • Patent number: 10478891
    Abstract: A system (100) for impregnation of castings is disclosed. The system (100) comprises a basket (10) and a gantry (50). The basket (10) includes a plurality of bins (12) and a stub (14) configured thereon. The plurality of bins (12) is adapted for holding the castings thereon and is lined with a partition sheet having a plurality of perforations (12A) and plurality of slots (12B) configured thereon. The gantry (50) includes grippers (16) configured thereon. The system (100) is designed to allow partial or full loading of the basket (10) with different castings held therein in a balanced manner to be impregnated without being damaged. The system (100) prevents excess sealant consumption from basket surfaces as well as prevents sticking of the sealant on gripper's pins (15) thereby preventing frequent blockage/jamming issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Saibal Sen, Probal Sen
  • Patent number: 10457032
    Abstract: Methods for separating a plurality of diamagnetic directed self-assembled diamagnetic components are provided. One method includes, for instance: contacting a release substrate to the plurality of diamagnetic components, the plurality of diamagnetic components including a non-diamagnetic component affixed to a diamagnetic portion by a first adhesive, and removing the release substrate, the non-diamagnetic component being affixed to a final substrate by a second adhesive and the release substrate being affixed to the diamagnetic portion by a third adhesive, and wherein the removing removes the diamagnetic portion and at least a portion of the first adhesive from the non-diamagnetic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SelfArray, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Durniak
  • Patent number: 10456750
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a new membrane cartridge system comprising hollow fiber membranes, a special new end cap for the production of the new cartridge, membrane separation devices comprising the new membrane cartridges and a process for manufacture of the new cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Evonik Fibres GmbH
    Inventors: Tymen Visser, Steven K. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10449713
    Abstract: An article and a method of forming an article are provided. The article includes a thermoplastic build material and a polymeric support material. The polymeric support material is selectively removable from the thermoplastic build material through immersion in a solvent. The method of forming an article includes forming a part through additive manufacturing with a thermoplastic build material and a polymeric support material, immersing the part in a solvent, selectively softening the polymeric support material with the solvent, removing the part from the solvent, and separating the polymeric support material from the thermoplastic build material. Another method of forming an article includes forming a part through additive manufacturing with a thermoplastic build material and a polymeric support material, immersing the part in a solvent, selectively dissolving the polymeric support material with the solvent, and removing the thermoplastic build material from the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ranjan Deepak Deshmukh, Jessica H. B. Hemond
  • Patent number: 10435778
    Abstract: A device capable of performing surface treatment evenly to an upper portion of a substrate is provided. An upper end of a substrate 54 is sandwiched and held by a clip 52 of a hanger 50. A pipe 56 as a treatment solution releasing section is provided on each side of the substrate 54 that is held by the hanger 50. This pipe 56 is provided with a hole 58 from which the treatment solution is released obliquely upward. The released treatment solution flows down on a surface of the substrate 54, reaches a lower portion thereof, is circulated by a pump 60, and is released from the pipe 56 again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: C. UYEMURA & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Utsumi, Hisamitsu Yamamoto, Syunsaku Hoshi, Junji Mizumoto
  • Patent number: 10434706
    Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional object is carried out by: providing a carrier and a pool of immiscible liquid, the pool having a liquid build surface, the carrier and the liquid build surface defining a build region therebetween; filling the build region with a polymerizable liquid, wherein the immiscible liquid is immiscible with the polymerizable liquid (in some embodiments wherein the immiscible liquid has a density greater than the polymerizable liquid); irradiating the build region through at least a portion of the pool of immiscible liquid to form a solid polymer from the polymerizable liquid and advancing the carrier away from the liquid build surface to form the three-dimensional object comprised of the solid polymer from the polymerizable liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd M. Robeson, Edward T. Samulski, Alexander Ermoshkin, Joseph M. DeSimone
  • Patent number: 10421124
    Abstract: A debinder provides for debinding printed green parts in an additive manufacturing system. The debinder can include a storage chamber, a process chamber, a distill chamber, a waste chamber, and a condenser. The storage chamber stores a liquid solvent for debinding the green part. The process chamber debinds the green part using a volume of the liquid solvent transferred from the storage chamber. The distill chamber collects a solution drained from the process chamber and produces a solvent vapor from the solution. The condenser condenses the solvent vapor to the liquid solvent and transfer the liquid solvent to the storage chamber. The waste chamber collects a waste component of the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Desktop Metal, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Jepeal, Paul E. Dresens
  • Patent number: 10312118
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus includes a wafer stage, a first chip stage, a first chip transporting device, a second stage and a second chip transporting device. The wafer stage is used for holding a wafer. The first chip stage is used for holding at least one first chip. The first chip transporting device is used for transporting the first chip from the first chip stage onto the wafer. The second chip stage is used for holding at least one second chip. The second chip transporting device is used for transporting the second chip from the second chip stage onto the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pei-Shan Wu, Yi-Ting Hu, Ming-Tan Lee, Yu-Lin Wang, Yuh-Sen Chang, Pin-Yi Shin, Wen-Ming Chen, Wei-Chih Chen, Chih-Yuan Chiu
  • Patent number: 10294576
    Abstract: A plating apparatus includes a processing bath configured to store a processing liquid therein, a transporter configured to immerse a substrate holder, holding a substrate, in the processing liquid, raise the substrate holder out of the processing bath, and transport the substrate holder in a horizontal direction, and a gas flow generator configured to generate a clean gas flow forward of the substrate with respect to a direction in which the substrate holder is transported. The transporter moves the gas flow generator together with the substrate holder in the horizontal direction while transporting the substrate holder in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomonori Hirao
  • Patent number: 10259171
    Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional object is carried out by: providing a carrier and a pool of immiscible liquid, the pool having a liquid build surface, the carrier and the liquid build surface defining a build region therebetween; filling the build region with a polymerizable liquid, wherein the immiscible liquid is immiscible with the polymerizable liquid (in some embodiments wherein the immiscible liquid has a density greater than the polymerizable liquid); irradiating the build region through at least a portion of the pool of immiscible liquid to form a solid polymer from the polymerizable liquid and advancing the carrier away from the liquid build surface to form the three-dimensional object comprised of the solid polymer from the polymerizable liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CARBON, INC.
    Inventors: Lloyd M. Robeson, Edward T. Samulski, Alexander Ermoshkin, Joseph M. DeSimone
  • Patent number: 10252463
    Abstract: A device used as an instrument for microfabrication and/or nanofabrication featuring exchangeable module heads and multi-axis positioning of components. For example, a single module head can be adapted for carrying out photolithography, microcontact printing, and/or nanoimprint lithography. Another module head can be adapted to carry out different methods. The versatile device is used for training and is compact and relatively inexpensive. A working example for microcontact printing is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Nabil A. Amro, Sandeep Disawal
  • Patent number: 10118338
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system utilizing an oxygen-permeable membrane to facilitate low-volume printing and high-speed resin change in a stereolithography-based 3D printer. The membrane is used to constrain the fluid surface at the focal plane of the stereolithography printer and a carrier fluid is used to hold the fluid against the membrane. The small amount of resin is quickly switched using integrated microfluidic channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Deotte, Xiaoyu Zheng
  • Patent number: 10086460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soldering module (3) for the, in particular selective, soldering of components to a circuit board (14), having a soldering nozzle (32) for creating a solder wave. It is proposed that the soldering module (3) comprises a linear conveyor (8), in particular a belt conveyor or a chain conveyor, for applying solder to the circuit board (14) by moving the circuit board (14) in a conveying direction over the solder wave, and that the linear conveyor (8) is tiltable, in particular about a first tilting axis (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Antonie Cornelis Colijn
  • Patent number: 10062896
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of manufacturing a secondary battery, built in a battery case, having an electrode assembly impregnated with an electrolyte solution, the method including: (a) injecting an electrolyte solution into a chamber; (b) impregnating by soaking an electrode assembly, which has a separator interposed between a cathode and an anode, in an electrolyte solution contained in the chamber; and (c) moving into the electrode assembly from step (b) with the electrolyte solution into a battery case, whereby interfacial wetting of the electrode assembly and the electrolyte solution is improved. A secondary battery manufactured according to the method may have improved electrolyte solution impregnation properties, ionic conductivity, electronic conductivity and the like and, as such, may have improved electrochemical performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikyung Chung, Sung-Kyun Chang, Soojin Kim, In Sung Uhm, Won Seok Chang
  • Patent number: 10039488
    Abstract: The invention describes a system and method how tissue compression can be measured continuously in a non-contact way to provide a low cost, patient/user specific measurement system. The method may be used to inform existing and future pressure relief mattress systems. The invention may also be used for any application either in conjunction with another system or on its own to measure tissue compression. In another embodiment the invention can be used for measuring any type of compression of a compressible material, for example compression of viscoelastic foam or other materials. The invention may also be used to make inferences about the changes of blood flow at site of measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars and the other members of the Board of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth, near Dublin
    Inventors: Sonja Hermann, Richard Reilly
  • Patent number: 10000020
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object printer enables forming portions of an object with a material having a higher melting temperature and a lower coefficient of friction. The printer includes a member, a printhead, and an applicator. A controller operates the printhead to eject a first material having a first coefficient of friction toward the member and operates the applicator to eject a second material having a second coefficient of friction toward the member. The second material has a higher melting temperature and a lower coefficient of friction than the first material. The printer further includes a curing device. The controller operates the curing device to direct radiation toward the member to cure the first material. The second material is cured into the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Erwin Ruiz, Steven M. Russel, Paul M. Fromm, Jeffrey N. Swing
  • Patent number: 9961818
    Abstract: An electronic component mounting machine is provided with a film thickness gage. The film thickness gage is provided with measurement sections. The mounting head moves to a position above the storage section and lowers the film thickness gage to cause the film thickness gage to come into contact with the flux film. In the film thickness gage, the measurement sections form measurement marks corresponding to the film thickness in the flux film. The electronic component mounting machine images the measurement marks using a mark camera, and determines the film thickness of the flux film which is actually formed based on imaging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Nagata
  • Patent number: 9934908
    Abstract: In an aligning device, in plan view, a first recess of a first transfer jig allows an entire region of a second recess of the first transfer jig to be situated within the first recess of the first transfer jig by a predetermined interval. When the first transfer jig and the second transfer jig overlap each other, the first recess of the second transfer jig allows the entire region of the second recess of the first transfer jig to be situated within the first recess of the second transfer jig by a predetermined interval. With the alignment object being transferred into a cavity of the first transfer jig, by causing the first transfer jig and the second transfer jig to overlap each other, the alignment object is transferred from the cavity of the first transfer jig to a cavity of the second transfer jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Shimizu, Masaharu Sano
  • Patent number: 9901951
    Abstract: A dip coating system having at least one dip-coating tank, which can be filled with a treatment fluid. A conveying system displaces the articles to the dip-coating tank, into the interior of the dip-coating tank, out of the dip-coating tank, and away therefrom. This conveying system has at least one trolley which has a fastening device for the article, which can be rotated around an axis of rotation. The trolley is drawn by at least one driven traction chain extending parallel to its movement direction. A rotating device having at least one sprocket or gear wheel that can be connected to the fastening device in a rotation-locking manner, that is arranged coaxial to the rotational axis of the fastening device, and at least one rotation chain or rotation gear rack, which extends parallel to the movement direction of the trolley, with which the sprocket or gear wheel cams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventor: Juergen Braun
  • Patent number: 9877399
    Abstract: [Problem] Even if heat cycles are applied, degradation of joint strength is restrained. [Solution to problem] Lead solder joint structure, in which a first member is joined to a second member using lead solder, the structure comprising: a first solder layer that includes the first member as a core; a second solder layer that exists between the first solder layer and the second member and joins the first solder layer and the second member together; and a third solder layer that exists between the second solder layer and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Bunsuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9862028
    Abstract: A method of supporting a part with particulate shape retaining media, the method including placing the part on a bed of the particulate shape retaining media, fluidizing the particulate shape retaining media until the part penetrates therein, and vibrating the bed of particulate shape retaining media to compact the particulate shape retaining media around the part. The part may be a green part to be debound in a powder injection molding process. Fluidization may be performed through vibrations at a different frequency than the compaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Orlando Scalzo, Marc Campomanes
  • Patent number: 9833952
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing apparatus that forms a three-dimensional object using cross-sectional shapes of the object includes a controller that is configured or programmed to include a dividing unit that divides a cross-sectional shape into a plurality of blocks, a shape determining unit that determines whether one of the blocks has a predetermined shape and defines the block having the predetermined shape as a characteristic block, a count determining unit that determines whether the proportion of the number of the characteristic blocks to the total number of the blocks is equal to or greater than a predetermined proportion, and a light application unit that sets the energy of light from a light source to a first energy or to a second energy being lower than the first energy depending on the proportion, when applying the light to a photocurable resin in a region corresponding to the characteristic blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kouichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9802766
    Abstract: A suspension conveying device according to the present invention includes screw shafts of two suspension line pulling-up/feeding mechanisms in a conveying traveling body 1. The screw shafts have low-speed drive regions, in which feed pitches for driven bodies are small, and high-speed drive regions, in which feed pitches for the driven bodies are large. The screw shafts are installed so that the low-speed drive regions and the high-speed drive regions are disposed mutually oppositely as viewed from the driven bodies when a conveyed object supporter is at one end of an elevation/lowering stroke, and the conveyed object supporter is tilted in a middle of the elevation/lowering stroke when the screw shafts are driven to undergo forward/reverse rotation at a fixed speed by a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Daifuku Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Ookada, Hisashi Kyotani, Teruaki Nabeta, Takaharu Suzuki, Kazutaka Nagasaka, Kenichi Furuta
  • Patent number: 9711492
    Abstract: A method including forming at least one passive structure on a substrate by a build-up process; introducing one or more integrated circuit chips on the substrate; and introducing a molding compound on the at least one passive structure and the one or more integrated circuit chips. A method including forming at least one passive structure on a substrate by a three-dimensional printing process; introducing one or more integrated circuit chips on the substrate; and embedding the at least one passive structure and the one or more integrated circuit chips in a molding compound. An apparatus including a package substrate including at least one three-dimensional printed passive structure and one or more integrated circuit chips embedded in a molding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Albers, Andreas Wolter, Klaus Reingruber, Thorsten Meyer
  • Patent number: 9653439
    Abstract: A method including forming at least one passive structure on a substrate by a build-up process; introducing one or more integrated circuit chips on the substrate; and introducing a molding compound on the at least one passive structure and the one or more integrated circuit chips. A method including forming at least one passive structure on a substrate by a three-dimensional printing process; introducing one or more integrated circuit chips on the substrate; and embedding the at least one passive structure and the one or more integrated circuit chips in a molding compound. An apparatus including a package substrate including at least one three-dimensional printed passive structure and one or more integrated circuit chips embedded in a molding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Albers, Andreas Wolter, Klaus Reingruber, Thorsten Meyer
  • Patent number: 9643784
    Abstract: A sleeve for a conveyor roller includes a tubular wall configured to receive and press-fittingly engage with an outer surface of the conveyor roller. The sleeve includes a plurality of engagement members. The plurality of engagement members are formed on an outer surface of the tube and configured to engage with a torque transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: LEWCO, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald T. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9593402
    Abstract: A system for treating wire includes an elongated vessel that contains a molten fluid. A pump is disposed in the molten fluid in the vessel. The pump includes an elongated discharge conduit extending for at least a portion of the length of the vessel. Conveyance structure enables the wire to be conveyed through the molten fluid. Operation of the pump enables a temperature of the molten fluid in the vessel to be changed. The wire is heat treated as a result of passing through the molten fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Bruno Thut
  • Patent number: 9593625
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a chamber that has a longitudinal centerline, inlet valving operable to admit constituents of a combustible mixture into the chamber for combustion in the chamber to provide a pressure increase in the chamber and outlet valving operable to release an outflow of liquid from the chamber under an influence of the pressure increase. An annular flow passage is defined in the chamber to conduct liquid towards the outlet valving and cause spiraling of the liquid in the flow passage by which a rotatable part exposed to the spiraling flow is caused to rotate. An electrical generator disposed externally of the chamber is driven by rotation of the rotatable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Nigel A. Buchanan, I. Kurt Rosen
  • Patent number: 9561624
    Abstract: A laser 3D printer includes a printer stand, a resin tank, a loading plate, a lifting module, and a rapid prototyping module. A front cover and a back cover are connected to the front end and back end of the printer stand, respectively. A work surface of the printer stand includes a resin tank installation opening. The resin tank is installed in the resin tank installation opening. The lifting module is provided at the top edge of the printer stand. The front of the lifting module is connected to the loading plate. The loading plate is located on top of the center of the resin tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Jiangsu Rich-Opto Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yin Wu
  • Patent number: 9550235
    Abstract: A method of supporting a part with particulate shape retaining media, the method including placing the part on a bed of the particulate shape retaining media, fluidizing the particulate shape retaining media until the part penetrates therein, and vibrating the bed of particulate shape retaining media to compact the particulate shape retaining media around the part. The part may be a green part to be debound in a powder injection molding process. Fluidization may be performed through vibrations at a different frequency than the compaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP
    Inventors: Orlando Scalzo, Marc Campomanes
  • Patent number: 9446929
    Abstract: Provided is a steel strip stabilizing apparatus which dampens vibrations of a plated steel strip in a non-contact manner or corrects the shape of the plated steel strip. The steel strip stabilizing apparatus comprises: a plurality of steel strip damping means arranged on at least one side of a steel strip undergoing processing in a direction there towards so as to damp vibrations in the steel strip; and a damping means moving unit connected to the steel strip damping means to move at least a portion of each of the steel strip damping means in a widthwise direction with regard to the steel strip corresponding to the width of the steel strip. According to the present invention, (unit) damping means are movable in the widthwise direction with regard to the steel strip, thus improving the vibration damping properties, the steel strip curvature correcting properties and the plated quality of the steel strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Tae-In Jang, Yong-Hun Kweon, Jung-Kuk Kim, Chang-Woon Jee
  • Patent number: 9409312
    Abstract: A method of forming a detailed image on a surface of an earthenware item is disclosed. The method comprises: (a) processing a digital image to produce an output image; (b) etching a burnable material to create peaks, valleys and indents corresponding to the output image to form a mold; (c) casting a flexible template against the mold to obtain a mirror image of the output image in the flexible template; (d) casting a surface of the earthenware in an unsintered state against the flexible template to record the output image by peaks and valleys in the surface of the earthenware item; (e) bisque firing the earthenware item in the unsintered state to render the output image permanent; and (f) applying stain to the surface of the bisque fired earthenware item and removing excess stain from of the surface of the earthenware item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Geoffrey Gretton
  • Patent number: 9395285
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a tissue processing and slide staining equipment with a three degree freedom robotic arm that simultaneously performs tissue processing and slide staining for several sample baskets with similar or different processing methods. The equipment comprises two dimensional array of cylindrical containers with lids to hold sample baskets in position. The arm moves freely in X, Y, and Z axis using rails and stepper motors. The arm is not connected to lids and baskets and accepts new baskets of samples while processing previous samples. The arm grips the basket containing samples and leaves the basket in proximity to the reagent. The equipment comprises a user friendly interface having appropriate callouts to guide a user during process programming/running. The interface allows the user to freely design and modify each step of the processing method. The equipment comprises an intelligent rule database that automatically handles human-induced errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Ramin Mohmmadizand
  • Patent number: 9346632
    Abstract: A surface treatment system includes a surface treatment tank, a first guide rail and a second guide rail that extend at a position offset from a position over the upper opening of the surface treatment tank, and a plurality of transfer jigs that respectively hold a workpiece and are supported by the first guide rail and the second guide rail. The transfer jig includes a horizontal arm section, a first guide target section that is guided by the first guide rail, a second guide target section that is guided by the second guide rail, and a vertical arm section that is suspended from the horizontal arm section at a position between the first guide target section and the second guide target section, and holds the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ALMEX PE INC.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Noda, Shigeyuki Watanabe, Katsumi Ishii
  • Patent number: 9234545
    Abstract: A bearing rotatably supporting a shaft of a rotating body immersed in a molten-metal-plating bath, comprising at least two partially cylindrical ceramic bearing members each having a sliding surface coming into sliding contact with the shaft and end surfaces directly or indirectly connected to the sliding surface; and a holding member comprising a movement-restricting member arranged with a recess, in which at least two bearing members being circumferentially arranged with their one-side end surfaces opposing via a gap, the movement-restricting member abutting the other-side end surfaces of the bearing members for restricting the circumferential movement of the bearing members; at least one bearing member being circumferentially movable to or away from the other bearing member or members in at least two bearing members, such that the one-side end surfaces opposing via the gap come into contact or are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventor: Eisuke Ogawa
  • 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: 20150101528
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for treating subject materials with compositions includes a material treatment section for treating a subject material with a composition of a silane-containing material and a hydrocarbon solvent to form a treated material, and a neutralizing section for neutralizing the treated material such that the treated material has a pH in a range of approximately 7 to approximately 8.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: John Christopher Cameron, Edwin A. Neal
  • Publication number: 20150104897
    Abstract: A device for wet-chemical treatment of substrates includes: an accommodation device for a substrate and a process medium, the substrate having a treatment side in operative connection with the process medium; a fluid guidance element, having a specified surface texture, housed in the accommodation device, the specified surface texture being configured to provide a guidance of the process medium along the specified surface texture, the specified surface texture being positioned lying opposite and at a predetermined fixed recess at a distance from the treatment side of the substrate; and the process medium being moved in the intervening space between the specified surface texture of the fluid guidance element and the treatment side of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Juergen Hackenberg, Michael Lingner, Harald Bauer
  • Publication number: 20150099055
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatus to provide coated microbubbles, particularly but not exclusively microbubbles at least partially coated with a component, for example a clinically active component. Systems of the present invention use electromagnetic fields to move microbubbles between streams of liquids in order to perform coating or washing steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Evans, Sally Peyman, Jonathan Blockley
  • Patent number: 8973520
    Abstract: A coating machine for coating fiber yarns includes: a yarn supply device; a coating device including a tank, a drum rotatably disposed in the tank, and at least one annular groove formed circumferentially in an outer surface of the drum; a thickness adjuster disposed downstream of the coating device and including an adjuster support and at least one adjusting die mounted movably to the adjuster support, the adjusting die having a through hole, the through hole having an upstream inlet end and a downstream outlet end and being tapered from the upstream inlet end to the downstream outlet end; a shape-setting device disposed downstream of the thickness adjuster and having a heating unit controllable to operate at a predetermined temperature; a cooling device disposed downstream of the shape-setting device; and a yarn pick-up device disposed downstream of the cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microcrystal Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Martin Chien
  • Patent number: 8967077
    Abstract: A system and method for photo-grafting a coating polymer onto the surface of a medical device are provided. The system comprises a plurality of stations including a novel grafting station. The system and method of the invention are both time- and resource-efficient. The system includes several stations, each station including a dipping tank. The system allows for the automated, semi-automated, or manual dipping of medical devices into the dipping tanks in a specified order, as desired, wherein at least one of the stations is a grafting station for photo-grafting the coating polymer onto the surface of the medical device. The system is modular, which allows for modification of the process as required, depending on the needs of the user. The system may comprise stations for incorporating an antimicrobial agent into the coating, and/or for rendering the coating lubricious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covalon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamed Abbasian, Pamela Chan, Valerio DiTizio, Vyacheslav Dudnyk, Zhaopeng Li, Said Loloie, Natali Yakeemovich, Frank DiCosmo
  • Publication number: 20150013905
    Abstract: A wet processing apparatus, such as a plating apparatus, and an etching apparatus, is disclosed. A wet processing apparatus includes a substrate-holder advancing mechanism configured to elevate a movable support to raise a substrate holder until the substrate holder is separated from a fixed support, move the movable support together with the substrate holder by a predetermined distance toward a holder takeout position, lower the movable support until the substrate holder is supported on the fixed support and the movable support is separated from the substrate holder, and move the movable support by the predetermined distance toward a holder put-in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Yoichi NAKAGAWA, Yoshitaka MUKAIYAMA, Junitsu YAMAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20140314963
    Abstract: A plant for dipping treatment of bodyworks may include, the plant comprising: at least one processing liquid basin; a conveying line for sequential arrival of skids toward a front end of the basin and sequential departure of the skids from a rear end of the basin, the skids each configured to support a bodywork; first and second roller units above the basin, the first roller unit at the front end of the basin and the second roller unit at the rear end of the basin; and two immersion and conveying assemblies, each provided with a movable platform for supporting and engaging the skids, for removing a respective one of the skids from the first roller unit, conveying the respective one of the skids immersed along the basin, and depositing the respective one of the skids onto the second roller unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: GEICO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giampaolo Covizzi