Gripper Or Clamped Work Type Patents (Class 118/503)
  • Patent number: 10550514
    Abstract: A cloth heating apparatus includes a body, a receiver, a cloth holder, and a heater. The receiver is disposed in the body. The cloth holder is removably attached to the receiver, to hold a cloth. The heater is disposed in the body, to heat the cloth. The cloth holder is removably attachable to a printing apparatus to print an image on the cloth, with the cloth held on the cloth holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10526702
    Abstract: A film forming apparatus includes: a mounting table that is lifted/lowered between a processing location and a delivery location below the processing location; an encompassing member for encompassing the mounting table positioned at the processing location and to divide an inside of a processing container into a processing space of an upper space and a space of a lower side; an exhaust part for evacuating the inside of the processing container through the processing space; a purge gas supply unit configured to supply a purge gas to the lower side space; a clamp ring stacked on an upper surface of the encompassing member when the mounting table is positioned at the delivery location; and a guiding part formed at the encompassing member to be extended between an upper side of the mounting table and a lower side of the clamp ring and to guide a flow of the purge gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Daisuke Toriya, Eiichi Komori, Manabu Amikura
  • Patent number: 10493572
    Abstract: A five axis welding positioner has a horizontally oriented indexing axis for indexing a welding part between workstations. The indexing axis corresponds to a first axis of rotation. Each workstation has a ā€œCā€ shaped frame for holding a welding part and may be tilted about a tilting axis. The tilting axes of each workstation correspond to second and third axes of rotation. Each ā€œCā€ shaped frame has a head stock and tail stock that can rotate the welding part about a rotation axis. The rotation axes correspond to fourth and fifth axes of rotation. Movement about each axis can be effectuated by an actuator such as a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Roling, Brad J. Goddard
  • Patent number: 10453694
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a dual load lock chamber capable of processing a substrate. In one embodiment, the dual load lock chamber includes a chamber body defining a first chamber volume and a second chamber volume isolated from one another. Each of the lower and second chamber volumes is selectively connectable to two processing environments through two openings configured for substrate transferring. The dual load lock chamber also includes a heated substrate support assembly disposed in the second chamber volume. The heated substrate support assembly is configured to support and heat a substrate thereon. The dual load lock chamber also includes a remote plasma source connected to the second chamber volume for supplying a plasma to the second chamber volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Jared Ahmad Lee, Martin Jeffrey Salinas, Paul B. Reuter, Imad Yousif, Aniruddha Pal
  • Patent number: 10398069
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic component, and a device for manufacturing the electronic component, which can easily achieve alignment by inserting multilayer chips into cavities formed in a pallet, and form external electrodes with a high degree of dimensional accuracy. A plurality of multilayer chips each composed of a laminated body with a plurality of ceramic layers and a plurality of internal electrode layers is inserted into each of a plurality of cavities formed in a pallet, and the plurality of multilayer chips is aligned by moving each of the plurality of multilayer chips to one of inner wall surfaces forming the cavity. A conductive ink is applied onto ends of the plurality of aligned multilayer chips, including the upper surface of the pallet, and the conductive ink applied is dried to form external electrodes on the plurality of multilayer chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Goto, Takahiro Hirao
  • Patent number: 10344374
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a mechanical chuck and a plasma processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING NAURA MICROELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jue Hou
  • Patent number: 10192774
    Abstract: A temperature control device includes a moving stage allowed to be heated and configured to mount a processing target object on a top surface thereof; a cooling body allowed to be cooled and fixed at a position under the moving stage; a shaft, having one end connected to the moving stage; the other end positioned under the cooling body; a first flange provided at the other end; and a second flange provided between the first flange and the cooling body, extended between the one end and the other end; a driving plate, provided between the first flange and the second flange, having a top surface facing the second flange and a bottom surface opposite to the top surface; an elastic body provided between the bottom surface of the driving plate and the first flange; and a driving unit configured to move the driving plate up and down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuki Hosaka, Yoshihiro Umezawa, Toshiki Nakajima, Koichi Nagakura
  • Patent number: 10170288
    Abstract: There is provided a sputtering apparatus in which a holding body holding a substrate by facing a target in a processing chamber is covered by a deposition preventive plate including a substrate retainer for covering a peripheral edge part of the substrate, and a thin film made of metal is deposited on a surface of the substrate exposed to an inside of the deposition preventive plate. A stopper protrusion protrudes at a portion in which the holding body and the deposition preventive plate face each other from one part to the other part, and face the holding body or the deposition preventive plate at a smaller interval than the interval between the deposition preventive plate and the substrate retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sakai Display Products Corporation
    Inventors: Yuhya Ueki, Yasuhiro Wakamori
  • Patent number: 10151245
    Abstract: A fixture assembly includes a standoff, a backplate and a spray coating shield attached to a support. The assembly supports a workpiece and sprays a base coat at substantially ninety degrees with respect to a surface of the workpiece to coat the workpiece with the base coat. The assembly sprays a top coat at an angle with respect to the surface of the workpiece to mask a shadowed surface area of the workpiece, where the angle different from ninety degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher W. Strock
  • Patent number: 10115623
    Abstract: In a substrate processing apparatus, a shield plate includes a first chucking magnetic material (441). The shield plate is moved up and down by a chamber opening-and-closing mechanism. A substrate holding part includes a movable chuck member (412) and a fixed chuck member. The movable chuck member (412) includes a second chucking magnetic material (442). When the shield plate is moved down, the shield plate comes in close proximity to the upper surface of a substrate (9), and the first chucking magnetic material (441) comes in close proximity to the second chucking magnetic material (442). The substrate (9) is held by magnetic action between the first chucking magnetic material (441) and the second chucking magnetic material (442). It is thus possible to hold the substrate (9) with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kikumoto, Kazuhiro Honsho
  • Patent number: 10099245
    Abstract: Variable geometry process kits for use in semiconductor process chambers have been provided herein. In some embodiments, a process kit for use in a semiconductor process chamber includes: an annular body configured to rest about a periphery of a substrate support; a first ring positioned coaxially with the annular body and supported by the annular body; a second ring positioned coaxially with the first ring and supported by the first ring; and an annular shield comprising a horizontal leg positioned coaxially with the second ring such that a portion of the horizontal leg is aligned with and below portions of the first ring and second ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: John Forster, Zhenbin Ge, Alan Ritchie
  • Patent number: 10050009
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise a method and apparatus for improved bonding and may operate in conjunction with a main platform configured to support a substrate. Movable members may allow the substrate to be positioned on the main platform when rotated to a first position and apply a force to a predetermined area on an upward facing surface of the substrate when rotated to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Onai, Takayuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9966248
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus includes a wafer setting module on which a wafer is to be set. The apparatus further includes a cover module configured to cover a portion of the wafer set on the wafer setting module. The apparatus further includes a position controller configured to detect a position of the wafer set on the wafer setting module and control a position of the cover module based on the detected position of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Onishi
  • Patent number: 9964864
    Abstract: A silicon wafer edge protection device having: a horizontal motion assembly; vertical motion assembly; speed regulating device, which is in signal connection with the vertical motion assembly and used for regulating vertical motion assembly motion speed; flexible bumper assembly, which is connected to the horizontal motion assembly and vertical motion assembly and used for reducing the amplitude of vibration of the silicon wafer edge protection device when a collision occurs; and control device, which is in signal connection with the speed regulating device and used for sending a control signal to the speed regulating device to control motion of the vertical motion assembly. The silicon wafer edge protection device can prevent a wafer stage from undergoing an instantaneous strong impact and prevent a silicon wafer from being crushed. When a collision occurs, the wafer stage and the silicon wafer can be protected. Production efficiency is also improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SHANGHAI MICRO ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT (GROUP) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xu Zhou, Haicang Cui, Fei Ni, Lili Ge
  • Patent number: 9960019
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a ring assembly that may be used in an etching or other plasma processing chamber. The ring assembly generally includes an inner ring body having a top planar surface and a bottom planar surface, and an outer ring body having a top surface, a bottom surface substantially parallel to the top surface, and an inside surface that extends between the top surface and the bottom surface, the inside surface having a roof covering a portion of the inner ring body when the inner ring body is disposed adjacent the roof, wherein the inner ring body can be flipped into a different position so that a portion of the inner ring body that is not covered by the roof provides a substantially planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandhya Arun, Prashanth Kodigepalli, Padma Gopalakrishnan, Ashish Bhatnagar, Dan Martin, Christopher Heath John Hossack
  • Patent number: 9947572
    Abstract: In a substrate processing apparatus, a shield plate includes a first chucking magnetic material (441). The shield plate is moved up and down by a chamber opening-and-closing mechanism. A substrate holding part includes a movable chuck member (412) and a fixed chuck member. The movable chuck member (412) includes a second chucking magnetic material (442). When the shield plate is moved down, the shield plate comes in close proximity to the upper surface of a substrate (9), and the first chucking magnetic material (441) comes in close proximity to the second chucking magnetic material (442). The substrate (9) is held by magnetic action between the first chucking magnetic material (441) and the second chucking magnetic material (442). It is thus possible to hold the substrate (9) with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kikumoto, Kazuhiro Honsho
  • Patent number: 9934705
    Abstract: A lenticular label for a container, such as a curved glass bottle, is formed of a lenticular array having a plurality of lenticules on a front face and a smooth back face and a compliant base layer having first and second faces. A first adhesive is disposed between the first face of the compliant base layer and the smooth back face of the lenticular array. The first adhesive is in substantial contact with both the first face of the compliant base layer and the smooth back face of the lenticular array. A second adhesive is disposed upon the second face of the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TRACER IMAGING LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Spiro, Stephen S. Daniell
  • Patent number: 9881822
    Abstract: A multi-stepped boat assembly includes a stack boat having at least one stack hole configured to receive a first semiconductor package and a second semiconductor package vertically stacked on the first semiconductor package in the stack hole. A guide boat has at least one guide hole vertically aligned with the at least one stack hole. The guide boat is removably attachable to the stack boat. An inner sidewall of the stack hole includes a first step configured to receive the first semiconductor package, and a second step provided on the first step and configured to receive the second semiconductor package. The guide hole extends toward the stack hole to guide movement of the first semiconductor package to the first step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sunrak Kim, Hohyeuk Im
  • Patent number: 9845524
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a fixture for use in applying a coating to a multiple vane nozzle for use in a turbomachine. The fixture includes first and second masks that are applied to opposite sides of the nozzle to mimic the geometry and spacing of the vanes of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brooks E. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9818585
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for in-situ plasma cleaning of a deposition chamber are provided. In one embodiment a method for plasma cleaning a deposition chamber without breaking vacuum is provided. The method comprises positioning a substrate on a susceptor disposed in the chamber and circumscribed by an electrically floating deposition ring, depositing a metal film on the substrate and the deposition ring in the chamber, grounding the metal film deposited on the deposition ring without breaking vacuum, and removing contaminants from the chamber with a plasma formed in the chamber without resputtering the metal film on the grounded deposition ring and without breaking vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard J. Green, Cheng-Hsiung Tsai, Shambhu N. Roy, Puneet Bajaj, David H. Loo
  • Patent number: 9761473
    Abstract: Provided are a substrate supporting unit and a substrate processing apparatus, and a method of manufacturing the substrate supporting unit. The substrate supporting unit includes a susceptor on which a substrate is placed on a top surface thereof, one or more heat absorbing members which are capable of being converted between a mounted position at which the heat absorbing member is disposed on an upper portion of the susceptor to thermally contact the susceptor and a released position at which the heat absorbing member is separated from the upper portion of the susceptor, the one or more heat absorbing members absorbing heat of the susceptor at the mounted position, and an edge ring having a plurality of fixing slots in which the heat absorbing members are selectively inserted and fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: EUGENE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hai Won Kim, Sung-Kil Cho
  • Patent number: 9702043
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a vacuum chamber; a turntable rotatably provided in the vacuum chamber, on which a circular substrate is to be mounted, and provided with a circular concave portion at a front surface having a larger diameter than that of the substrate, and a circular substrate mounting portion provided in the concave portion having a diameter smaller than that of the concave portion and the substrate at a position higher than a bottom portion of the concave portion, the center of the substrate mounting portion being off center with respect to the center of the concave portion toward an outer peripheral portion side of the turntable; a process gas supplying unit which supplies a process gas to the substrate; and a vacuum evacuation mechanism which evacuates the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kato, Katsuyuki Hishiya
  • Patent number: 9687873
    Abstract: A coating film forming apparatus includes a substrate holding unit, a ring-shaped member annularly installed along a circumferential direction of the substrate so as to cover an upper side of a peripheral edge portion of the substrate, and a control unit that outputs a control signal so as to perform: positioning the ring-shaped member at a processing position where an air flow flowing above the peripheral edge portion of the substrate is straightened; rotating the substrate at a first revolution number such that a coating liquid supplied to a central portion of the substrate is diffused toward the peripheral edge portion by a centrifugal force; bringing the ring-shaped member to a retreated position where an air flow flowing near a front surface of the substrate is prevented from becoming turbulent; and reducing the revolution number of the substrate to a second revolution number lower than the first revolution number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Kouzou Tachibana
  • Patent number: 9643063
    Abstract: A method of forming a golf ball comprising at least one layer consisting of at least one of a thermoset or thermoplastic composition comprising the steps of: providing a subassembly having at least one of an innermost surface or an outermost surface; providing at least one polymeric mixture Pc comprising a plurality of particles having a softening, melting and/or reacting temperature Mp; heating a fluid with a heat source that does not contact Pc to a temperature Mph wherein Mp?Mph to form a heated fluid; softening, melting and/or reacting the plurality of particles by mixing each polymeric mixture Pc with at least one heated fluid and forming at least one heated mixture Pcs; and propelling each Pcs onto at least one of the innermost surface or the outermost surface to form a thermoset and/or thermoplastic layer Tmpl about the outermost surface which may be comprised of a heterogeneous composition. The thickness of Tmpl may be from about 3 mils to about 0.10 in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Edmund A. Hebert
  • Patent number: 9533381
    Abstract: An aligning fixture for box welding that is used to internally support a work-piece has a mounting plate and a plurality of supporting legs. Each of the plurality of supporting legs is removably attached to the mounting plate by a plate connector in order to provide adjustability for welding work-pieces of various sizes. A support structure, being a first leg and a second leg, is pivotally connected to the plate connector and a hinge. The hinge supports a roller mount, a roller, and a pad assembly. The roller mount is vertically positioned, wherein the roller is connected to the roller mount opposite the hinge. The roller allows the supporting leg to slide across the bottom surface within the work-piece. The pad assembly is pivotally attached to the hinge and rests flush against the inner wall of the work-piece when the aligning fixture is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nu-Way Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Arthur Southwell
  • Patent number: 9478369
    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. A first recess of a second transfer jig allows an entire region of a second recess of the second transfer jig to be situated within the first recess of the second 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. The alignment object is transferred from the cavity of said first jig to a cavity of said second jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Shimizu, Masaharu Sano
  • Patent number: 9402507
    Abstract: An apparatus having a skewer preparation tray with individual cube sections for placing food items and an easy process of securing the food items to a skewer enabling a user to simultaneously safely prepare several skewers for grilling with minimal waste through dropping food-items and eliminating the dripping of marinade. The cube sections are created via coupling a plurality of horizontal-dividers with a plurality of vertical-dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Josh Prater
  • Patent number: 9358641
    Abstract: A laser machining device with a proximity-warning function in relation to a workpiece being machined includes a laser element and a position feedback unit. The laser element includes a laser head for emitting a focused laser beam and a movable member for moving the laser head. The position feedback unit is positioned on the movable member and connected to an alerting circuit. When an elastic contacting member in the position feedback unit is compressed because the distance between the laser head and the workpiece is less than a minimum permitted distance the alerting circuit issues an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chen-Han Lin
  • Patent number: 9352912
    Abstract: A packaging system and method is disclosed for use with a conveyance system. The package assembly provides protrusions which keep the assembly properly oriented on a conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Kimberly Klos
  • Patent number: 9343287
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a plurality of chuck pins and a heat source. The chuck pin includes a conductive member made of a material containing carbon, and a pin cover that covers the conductive member. The conductive member includes a gripping portion softer than the substrate, the gripping portion to be pressed onto a peripheral edge portion of the substrate, and protrudes outward from an outer peripheral edge of the substrate in a plan view in a state where the gripping portion is pressed onto the peripheral edge portion of the substrate. The pin cover covers, in a plan view, the entire region of a part of the conductive member protruding outward from the outer peripheral edge of the substrate in a plan view in a state where the gripping portion is pressed onto the peripheral edge portion of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Nakano, Kurumi Yagi
  • Patent number: 9192935
    Abstract: A transfer device (100) comprises a housing (110) defining a chamber (130), carriers (120), and an adjustable spacing mechanism (124). The carriers (120) can be positioned in the chamber (130) and have receiving openings (158). The spacing mechanism (124) is configured to move carriers (120) relative to one another along a chamber (130) to a desired spatial arrangement. Items, such as microscope slides (260), can be transferred between slide holder devices by using the transfer device (100). The pitch of the carriers (120) can be adjusted to receive and dispense slides (260).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Diepersloot, Raphael Hebert, David Moriconi
  • Patent number: 9120201
    Abstract: A process is provided for polishing a silicon electrode utilizing a polishing turntable and a dual function electrode platen secured to the polishing, which can comprise a plurality of electrode mounts arranged to project from an electrode engaging face of the dual function electrode platen. The electrode mounts and mount receptacles can be configured to permit non-destructive engagement and disengagement of the electrode engaging face of the electrode platen and the platen engaging face of the silicon electrode. The silicon electrode can be polished by (i) engaging the electrode engaging face of the electrode platen and the platen engaging face of the silicon electrode via the electrode mounts and mount receptacles, (ii) utilizing the polishing turntable to impart rotary, and (iii) contacting an exposed face of the silicon electrode with a polishing surface as the silicon electrode. Additional embodiments are contemplated, disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Armen Avoyan, Duane Outka, Catherine Zhou, Hong Shih
  • Publication number: 20150132482
    Abstract: A dispenser, which is capable of dispensing viscous material on a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface, includes a frame, a gantry system, and a dispensing unit. The gantry system is configured to move the dispensing unit in x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis directions. The dispenser further includes a substrate support assembly configured to support the substrate in a dispense position to dispense material on the top surface of the substrate and on the bottom surface of the substrate. The substrate support assembly includes a clamping system and an inverter system. The inverter system is configured to rotate the clamping system about an axis that is parallel to the y-axis direction between a first position in which the top surface of the substrate is in the dispense position and a second position in which the bottom surface of the substrate is in the dispense position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis G. Doyle, Thomas E. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150132483
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a frame, a gantry system coupled to the frame, and a dispensing unit coupled to the gantry system. The dispenser further includes a substrate support assembly coupled to the frame and configured to support the substrate to dispense material on the top surface of the substrate and on the bottom surface of the substrate. The substrate support assembly includes a roller system configured to receive and support the substrate in a dispense position. The substrate support assembly further includes an inverter system coupled to the frame and the roller system. The inverter system is configured to rotate the roller system about an axis that is parallel to the y-axis direction between a first position in which the top surface is in a dispense position and a second position in which the bottom surface is in a dispense position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Publication number: 20150128856
    Abstract: A dispenser, which is configured to dispense viscous material on a substrate, includes a frame, a gantry system coupled to the frame, and a dispensing unit coupled to the gantry system. The gantry system is configured to move the dispensing unit in x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis directions. The dispenser further includes a substrate support assembly coupled to the frame and configured to support the substrate to dispense material on the substrate in a dispense position, and a transport system configured to transport the substrate to the dispense position and to remove the substrate from the dispense position. The transport system includes a first pusher assembly configured to move the substrate within the dispenser. A transport system and methods of dispensing material on a substrate are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis G. Doyle, Thomas E. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9005715
    Abstract: A system and method of painting parts of large dimensions that present a certain amount of flexibility that makes their shape geometrically unstable in the event of being moved. The surface of a part is moved in front of a paint spray device by an arm of a robot, while the spray device remains stationary relative to the robot and while the part is being deformed. Other elements include a gripper for gripping parts of large dimensions, the gripper being adapted to implement the method; an installation; and a booth for performing surface treatment of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventor: David Tresse
  • Patent number: 8997685
    Abstract: A single axis application unit for processing a glass workpiece includes a workpiece supporting table, an applicator movable on a traveler shiftable along a first linear axis and a central suction unit that is activateable to grip the glass workpiece that travels along a second linear axis oriented generally perpendicular to the first linear axis. A central suction unit brake selectively secures the central suction unit both rotationally and translationally. The central suction unit is freely moveable both translationally and rotationally when the central suction unit brake is released. A mid-peripheral suction unit is located at a fixed location remote from the central suction unit and selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece to hold the glass workpiece in a fixed orientation. A corner suction gripper is movable with the applicator parallel to the first linear axis, and is selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Erdman Automation Corporation
    Inventor: Morgan Donohue
  • Patent number: 8991330
    Abstract: A substrate support structure for clamping a substrate by means of a capillary force created by a liquid clamping layer having a lower pressure than its surroundings. The substrate support structure comprises a surface provided with a plurality of substrate supporting elements for holding the substrate, and the surface further comprises portions with different capillary potential for inducing, during clamping, a predetermined capillary flow within the liquid clamping layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mapper Lithography IP B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrik Jan De Jong
  • Publication number: 20150024127
    Abstract: When a dyeing treatment is applied to a spectacle lens in a state that the lens is dipped in a dyeing liquid, an optical surface of the spectacle lens is held in a state of facing a sealed space by mounting the spectacle lens on a cup-type lens holding member, and the dyeing treatment is applied to the spectacle lens in a state that one optical surface is dipped in the dyeing liquid and in a state that the other optical surface is not dipped in the dyeing liquid, in two optical surfaces and of the spectacle lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Shinya Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8937014
    Abstract: A liquid treatment apparatus of continuously performing a plating process on multiple substrates includes a temperature controlling container for accommodating a plating liquid; a temperature controller for controlling a temperature of the plating liquid in the temperature controlling container; a holding unit for holding the substrates one by one at a preset position; a nozzle having a supply hole through which the temperature-controlled plating liquid in the temperature controlling container is discharged to a processing surface of the substrate; a pushing unit for pushing the temperature-controlled plating liquid in the temperature controlling container toward the supply hole of the nozzle; and a supply control unit for controlling a timing when the plating liquid is pushed by the pushing unit. The temperature controller controls the temperature of the plating liquid in the temperature controlling container based on the timing when the plating liquid is pushed by the pushing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Tanaka, Yusuke Saito, Mitsuaki Iwashita
  • Patent number: 8916032
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an improved method of LED reflector manufacturing process where the method includes providing a substrate, wherein said substrate comprises a reflector unit, and a Light Emitting Diode; providing a shield member with ferromagnetic property; placing said shield member over the desired area of over the substrate; providing a magnet where said shield member is attracted to; placing said magnet immediately below the substrate wherein said magnet is capable of immobilizing the shield member over the substrate; performing a vacuum deposition coating; and removing the magnet and the shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Roger Wen Yi Hsu, Shu-Yu Hsu, Shu-His Hsu
  • Patent number: 8851769
    Abstract: A substrate processing method for a substrate having a photosensitive film on a top surface thereof, includes cleaning a back surface of the substrate after the formation of the photosensitive film and before exposure processing; transporting the substrate to a temperature adjuster such as a cooling unit, while holding the substrate with a first holder; adjusting a temperature of the substrate with the temperature adjuster; transporting the substrate from the temperature adjuster to the exposure device with a second holder; and transporting the substrate after the exposure processing to a first platform while holding the substrate with a third holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sokudo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Kaneyama
  • Patent number: 8852670
    Abstract: A coating and drying apparatus for the application of a coating substance to a stent and drying the stent is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Arkady Kokish, Yung-Ming Chen, Jason Van Sciver, Roberto Listek
  • Patent number: 8840728
    Abstract: The present invention is a template treatment apparatus forming a film of a release agent on a template having a transfer pattern formed on a front surface thereof, the template treatment apparatus including: a treatment station forming a film of a release agent on the front surface of the template; and a template carry-in/out station capable of keeping a plurality of the templates, and carrying the template into/out of the treatment station, wherein the treatment station includes: a cleaning unit cleaning the front surface of the template; a coating unit applying a release agent to the cleaned front surface of the template; a heating unit baking the applied release agent; and a carry unit carrying the template to the cleaning unit, the coating unit, and the heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shoichi Terada, Yoshio Kimura, Takahiro Kitano
  • Patent number: 8784939
    Abstract: A shoe platen to securely hold a shoe so that graphics, including custom graphics, can be printed on the shoe automatically. The platen comprises a shoe plate 102 configured to receive shoes such as high-top shoes or low top shoes. Adjusters 104, 106 can also be used to accommodate shoes of various styles and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pics on Kicks, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Romero, Fernando Padilla
  • Publication number: 20140170329
    Abstract: A dipping apparatus is provided having a clamp pad and a support pad configured to clamp the external and internal surfaces of the base of a ceramic object to assist in dipping the ceramic object into a liquid glaze to achieve a blemish-free coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: E. Clark Marshall
  • Patent number: 8747949
    Abstract: A coating and developing system includes a cassette station, a processing station and an inspection station interposed between the cassette station and the processing station. Time for which a substrate is held uselessly in the inspection module is reduced. A substrate carrying means disposed in the inspection module places priority to transferring a substrate between the cassette station and the processing station, and transfers a substrate to an inspection module in a part of a cycle time in which a substrate carrying means disposed in the processing station carries out one carrying cycle. It is permitted to carry out a substrate from the inspection module in a skip carrying mode, in which a substrate specified by a larger ordinal numeral is carried ahead of a substrate specified by a smaller ordinal numeral. It is inhibited to carry a substrate to the inspection module in the skip carrying mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kaneko, Akira Miyata
  • Patent number: 8707893
    Abstract: A substrate treatment system includes a plurality of treatment apparatuses, a position adjustment apparatus adjusting a center position of the substrate, a substrate transfer apparatus transferring the substrate to the treatment apparatuses and the position adjustment apparatus, and a control unit controlling operations of the apparatuses. The substrate transfer apparatus includes an arm part curved along a peripheral edge portion of the substrate with a radius of curvature larger than a radius of the substrate, and a holding part projecting inward from the arm part and holding a rear surface of the substrate. The position adjustment apparatus includes a mounting table which holds a central portion of the rear surface of the substrate and is rotatable and horizontally movable. The control unit controls the mounting table such that the center position of the substrate held on the mounting table is aligned with a center position of the arm part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Masatoshi Deguchi, Hideo Funakoshi, Toshichika Takei, Norifumi Sato, Wataru Kiyota, Daisuke Ishimaru, Shinichi Machidori, Ikuo Sunaka, Shigenori Kamei
  • Patent number: 8656858
    Abstract: A device and a method for chemically or electrolytically treating work pieces (1) are proposed in an effort to avoid irregular contours of finest conductive structures, pads and lands as well as bridges (shorts) on the one side or breaks on printed circuit boards on the other side. The device comprises processing tanks (2) for the treating of work pieces and a conveyor system for the transport thereof. The conveyor system comprises at least one transport carriage (18), at least one holding element (14, 25) and at least one connection means (12, 13, 35) between the transport carriage(s) and the holding element(s). The processing tanks adjoined with a clean room zone (3). The work pieces are conveyed through the clean room zone using the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Schneider
  • Patent number: 8646406
    Abstract: A mask assembly includes a frame with an opening, at least one support stick in the frame and extending in a first direction to traverse the opening of the frame, the support stick including a communication pattern above the opening of the frame, and a mask positioned on the frame and the at least one support stick, the mask extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction to traverse the opening of the frame, and the mask being exposed to the opening of the frame through the communication pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong-Kyun Ahn, Se-Young Oh