Of Recirculated Coating Material Patents (Class 118/602)
  • Patent number: 10124597
    Abstract: An ink supply unit and a method of supplying ink to a printhead are disclosed. The ink supply unit includes a lower ink reservoir, an upper ink reservoir, and a flow regulation apparatus. The upper ink reservoir is coupled to the lower ink reservoir. First and second fluid input ports are disposed on opposite sides of the flow regulation apparatus. A first fluid line and a second fluid line couple the first and the second input ports, respectively, with the upper ink reservoir, and a third fluid line is adapted to couple the flow regulation apparatus with a printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: George A. Alessi, Paul Slagle, Kent D. Jayme, Anthony V. Moscato
  • Patent number: 10058837
    Abstract: Gas-filled microbubbles can be synthesized using a continuous flow chamber and a sonicator. The resulting microbubble solution can be size-sorted for a particular application, such as injection into a patient for gas delivery thereto. The microbubble solution may be concentrated to have greater than 50% volume gas while maintaining microbubble sizes below 10 ?m. Control of the microbubble generation process can yield highly stable microbubbles. The microbubbles may retain over half of their original gas payload for over three weeks while exhibiting minimal change in microbubble size. The systems, methods, and devices described herein thus allow for continuous or batch-wise continuous production of gas-filled microbubbles that readily release their gas payload when introduced into an under-saturated or de-saturated solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Mark A. Borden, Edward J. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9352552
    Abstract: A method for regulating the flow of a viscosity-dependent liquid in a graphic process, including a pump (5) configured for pumping a viscosity-dependent liquid (3) from a first container (4) and to a graphic printing machine (1), and wherein the viscosity of the liquid (3) affects operation of the pump (5), a sensor (8) connected with the pump (5) and which is configured to measure at least one of the operational parameters of the pump (5), and a controller (9) connected with the sensor (8) and which is configured to analyze the data from the sensor (8). The controller (9) determines the viscosity of the liquid (3) from the measured operational parameters of the pump (5) and generates a control signal (17) from the measured viscosity, based on which the viscosity of the liquid (3) pumped through the pump (5) can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Tresu A/S
    Inventor: Christian Fogh-Hansen
  • Patent number: 9005364
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical system for the collection and recovery of materials inside thin-film deposition facilities, comprising multiple elements able to intercept the wasted particles of material during a coating process. These elements are disposed in individual modules (1, 5), possibly combined in multiple configurations according to the shape of the deposition chamber; swivel, depending on the material to be recovered, thanks to a power unit (4), a transmission system (6, 10, 15a, 15b), an electronic interface (9) to automate the rotation of the elements. These elements can be palettes (3) placed vertically in each of the modules (1, 5), made of a composite material, characterized by a core of metallic material or alumina and by two surface polymeric layers with low adhesion to the selected core and therefore easily removable, but at the same time resistant to the temperature and pressure conditions inside the deposition chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MRS S.n.c. di Gentile Antonio Andrea & Modeo Salvatore
    Inventors: Antonio Andrea Gentile, Salvatore Modeo
  • Patent number: 8683940
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for coating a profile surface with metallic texture paint by roll coating in combination with spray coating, and a method for coating thereof. The first major feature of the present invention is an apparatus for coating a profile surface, characterized in that it is provided with a roll coater for roll coating at least one surface of profile with a UV paint served as a binder, and a spray coater, installed at a position next to the roll coater, for spray coating with a metallic texture paint comprising a solvent, acrylic beads and metal powders on the coating layer of UV paint. The second major feature of the present invention is a method for coating a profile comprising the steps of roll coating at least one surface of profile with a UV paint served as a binder, and spray coating with a metallic texture paint containing a solvent, acrylic beads and metal powders on the coating layer of UV paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Suk Ho Lee, Eun Chun Jung
  • Publication number: 20140041581
    Abstract: A head for dispensing a thin film of a fluid over a substrate is disclosed. The head includes a body assembly that extends between a first and a second end that is at least a width of the substrate. The body includes a main bore that is defined between the first and the second ends, the main bore connected to an upper side of a reservoir through a plurality of feeds that are defined between the main bore and the reservoir. The body also includes a plurality of outlets connected to a lower side of the reservoir and extends to an outlet slot. The plurality of feeds has a larger cross-sectional area than the plurality of outlets and the plurality of feeds are fewer than the plurality of outlets. The fluid is configured to flow through the main bore, through the plurality of feeds along the bore and fill the reservoir up to at least the threshold level before fluid is evenly output as a film out of the outlet slot onto the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Arnold Kholodenko, Cheng-yu Lin, Leon Ginzburg, Mark Mandelboym, Gregory A. Tomasch, Anwar Hussain
  • Publication number: 20140020625
    Abstract: A coating apparatus includes: a transport unit configured to transport an object to be coated; a coating liquid pan configured to store a coating liquid; a roller configured to be partially immersed in the coating liquid, rotate around an axis to draw up the coating liquid, and coat the coating liquid on the object; a support unit configured to detachably support the coating liquid pan and slidably supports the coating liquid pan; a positioning unit configured to position the coating liquid pan attached to the support unit at an attachment position; and a relative movement unit configured to relatively moves the support unit and the roller. When the support unit is located at an immersion position, a part of the roller is immersed in the coating liquid. When the support unit is located at a retraction position, the coating liquid pan is slidably supported without contact with the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Tsutomu MASUO, Naoya OKANO
  • Publication number: 20140010964
    Abstract: A single-phase portable device melts and sprays thermoplastic using 120-V power. The device includes a vessel for receiving and storing thermoplastic, and heated hollow rod circulators that draw melted thermoplastic upward and redistribute it within the vessel to facilitate rapid and even melting. The device includes a heated hose and nozzle for spraying the material, hose storage area, and wheels and handle for moving device and spraying in multiple locations as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
  • Patent number: 8584616
    Abstract: In order to separate an overspray of a liquid coating material from an air current flowing through the application region of a coating system, an overspray present in the air current may be charged with a particulate auxiliary material introduced in the air current. The new or fresh auxiliary material may be delivered from a feed container via a line arrangement into a container arrangement located in a region of the fluid flow outlet, e.g., beneath the application region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Jens Holzheimer, Dietmar Wieland
  • Publication number: 20130302527
    Abstract: One or more aspects of this invention pertain to fabrication of electronic devices. One aspect of the present invention is a system for electroless deposition of metal on a substrate. According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, the system comprises a main subsystem in combination with one or more subsystems for electroless deposition on a substrate. Another aspect of the present invention is a method of making an electronic device. According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, the method comprises one or more processes. Descriptions according to one or more embodiments of the system and the processes are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Shijan LI
  • Patent number: 8550030
    Abstract: An overspray reclaiming system is disclosed. The system may collect and reuse overspray produced when discharging material on an object to create a coating on the outer surface of the object. The system may generally include a housing in which an object may be sprayed, a holder for holding the object, a discharging device for discharging coating material onto an object, a vessel for collecting and/or treating overspray, and conduits and flow controllers for directing overspray to be reused. The discharging device and the holder object may be disposed within the housing. At least one porous material may be disposed between the discharging device and a wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Pei-Wei Chiang, Shi-Hsien Yeh
  • Publication number: 20130260569
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for liquid treatment of wafer-shaped articles comprises a process unit comprising a chuck for holding a wafer-shaped article in a predetermined orientation, and a liquid recovery system that receives used process liquid recovered from the process unit. The liquid recovery system supplies process liquid to a dispenser in the process unit. A supply of fresh process liquid supplies fresh process liquid to the liquid recovery system and also supplies fresh process liquid to a dispenser in the process unit while bypassing the liquid recovery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: LAM RESEARCH AG
    Inventors: Michael GANSTER, Philipp ZAGORZ, Alois GOLLER
  • Patent number: 8534221
    Abstract: A honeycomb filter production apparatus used for producing a honeycomb filter, the apparatus includes: a workpiece securing section for securing a base (workpiece) of a honeycomb filter; a powder transfer section for transferring a powder together with an air current by utilizing pressurized gas; an introduction section that is provided between the powder transfer section and the workpiece securing section, the powder transferred from the powder transfer section together with the air current being mixed with another gas in the introduction section, and introduced into the base (workpiece) secured by the workpiece securing section; and a suction section for sucking the gas that has passed through the base (workpiece) secured by the workpiece securing section by reducing pressure on the other side of the workpiece securing section as compared with the one side of the workpiece securing section using suction means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tsuji, Takayoshi Akao, Shuhei Fujita, Kazuhi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8506709
    Abstract: A roll coater with a recirculation loop is disclosed. Waste coating material form the roll coater is treated in an agitator unit containing, for example, one or more ultrasonic transducers, and optionally a filtration unit and/or temperature control unit to produce reconditioned coating solution, such as a reconditioned sol-gel precursor solution. Also disclosed is preventative maintenance module comprising a cleaning unit that is designed to engage and clean the applicator and/or metering rolls in a roll coater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Advenira Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Elmira Ryabova
  • Patent number: 8501025
    Abstract: A substrate treatment apparatus is provided, which includes: a seal chamber including a chamber body having an opening, a lid member provided rotatably with respect to the chamber body and configured to close the opening, and a first liquid seal structure which liquid-seals between the lid member and the chamber body, the seal chamber having an internal space sealed from outside; a lid member rotating unit which rotates the lid member; a substrate holding/rotating unit which holds and rotates a substrate in the internal space of the seal chamber; and a treatment liquid supplying unit which supplies a treatment liquid to the substrate rotated by the substrate holding/rotating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Hashizume, Yuya Akanishi, Kenji Kawaguchi, Manabu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8475594
    Abstract: A continuous galvanizing line uses a coating pot containing a molten zinc bath having bottom dross and further comprises a pump. The pump agitates the bottom dross so the bottom dross interacts with aluminum and converts to top dross, which can be removed without needing to stop the galvanizing line. A reaction vessel may also be used to provide a higher concentration of aluminum to react with the bottom dross.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pyrotek, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Gregory C. Becherer, Robert L. Grodeck
  • Patent number: 8435348
    Abstract: A paint booth is provided with a purifier. The purifier includes a water tank, pump, water cord formation mechanism, sludge removal mechanism, exhaust mechanism, and barrier member. The water cord formation mechanism includes a water case located in an upper part of a spray chamber. A large number of nozzles are formed in a bottom wall of the water case. Each nozzle includes a tubular portion, the inside diameter of which is reduced downward from an inlet, and a circular outlet. Water falling in straight lines from the outlet forms a large number of parallel water cords. Paint mist is collected as air containing the paint mist contacts the water cords. An exhaust chamber is formed on the back side of the barrier member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Bunri Incorporation
    Inventor: Minoru Tashiro
  • Publication number: 20130087096
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying dye material on an electrode to form a dye-sensitized solar cell includes a rotary unit and an electrode holding unit disposed around the rotary unit. The rotary unit is rotatable about a rotary axis and includes a dye tank for receiving liquid dye therein and a dye breaking unit disposed around the dye tank. The dye tank permits flow of the liquid dye therein to the dye breaking unit. The dye breaking unit breaks the liquid dye flowing from the dye tank into liquid droplets that move in the dye breaking unit due to centrifugal force. The rotary unit permits the liquid droplets to exit therefrom. The liquid droplets exiting the rotary unit are propelled toward an electrode on the electrode holding unit during rotation of the rotary unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Hsiu-Po KUO, Chun-Te Wu, Chia-Chang Lin
  • Publication number: 20130074768
    Abstract: A moistening system that significantly reduces the problems caused by contaminants in the moistening fluid is provided. The catch basin of a moistening system is provided with a filter that reduces the amount of contaminants contained in the recycled moistening fluid. Additionally, the moistening fluid is buffered with an acid that acts to dissolve the paper filler and other soluble debris that may be introduced into the moistening fluid, thereby significantly decreasing any blinding of components of the moistening system that would otherwise reduce the flow rate of the moistening fluid through the system. These ensure that sufficient moistening fluid is applied to the envelope flaps, which results in consistent and complete sealing of the envelope flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20130078381
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus comprising a substrate holding rotating mechanism, a process liquid supply mechanism having a nozzle for dispensing a process liquid toward a principal face of the substrate, a processing liquid reservoir for holding sufficient process liquid to form a liquid film covering the whole principal face of the substrate, a liquid film forming unit for forming the liquid film by supplying the process liquid onto the principal face of the substrate in a single burst, and a control unit for controlling the liquid film forming unit and the process liquid supply mechanism such that the process liquid is dispensed from the process liquid nozzle toward the principal face of the substrate after formation of the liquid film covering the whole area of the principal face of the substrate by the liquid film forming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiro MIYAGI, Koji HASHIMOTO, Toru ENDO
  • Publication number: 20130036971
    Abstract: An approach is provided for a lifting and conveying apparatus for chemical bath deposition (CBD). The apparatus is adapted for depositing at least one thin film on a substrate of a solar cell, and is configured for conveying a reacting container in ways of up and down and back and forth, which makes the solution evenly and fully spread on a substrate to produce a deposited thin film with a uniform thickness under a suitable reacting condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: MANZ TAIWAN LTD.
  • Publication number: 20120308732
    Abstract: An overspray reclaiming system is disclosed. The system may collect and reuse overspray produced when discharging material on an object to create a coating on the outer surface of the object. The system may generally include a housing in which an object may be sprayed, a holder for holding the object, a discharging device for discharging coating material onto an object, a vessel for collecting and/or treating overspray, and conduits and flow controllers for directing overspray to be reused. The discharging device and the holder object may be disposed within the housing. At least one porous material may be disposed between the discharging device and a wall of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Pei-Wei Chiang, Shi-Hsien Yeh
  • Publication number: 20120308715
    Abstract: A coating apparatus including: a coating part having a nozzle which ejects a liquid material containing an oxidizable metal and a solvent to a substrate; a supplying system which supplies the liquid material to the coating part; and a recycling system which recovers the liquid material from at least one of the supplying system and the coating part, and supplies the recovered liquid material to at least one of the supplying system and the coating part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenori Miyamoto, Tsutomu Sahoda
  • Publication number: 20120238075
    Abstract: A coating apparatus including a coating part which applies a liquid material containing an oxidizable metal and a solvent to a substrate; a chamber having a coating space in which the coating part applies the liquid material to the substrate and a transport space into which the substrate is transported; and a removal part which removes the liquid material from the atmosphere inside the chamber when a concentration of the solvent in the atmosphere inside the chamber exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenori Miyamoto, Tsutomu Sahoda
  • Patent number: 8220411
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a liquid applying apparatus that enables the viscosity of a liquid to be applied and the condition of supply of the liquid to be detected using conventional mechanisms and without the need for a viscometer or the like, thus allowing prevention of improper application of the liquid to a medium and mitigation of wear of an applying roller or the like, the apparatus having an inexpensive configuration. Thus, according to the present invention, a driving load on an applying roller driving motor is detected when an applying roller is driven. If the driving load is equal to or more than a preset threshold, an operation of re-supplying the liquid is performed by a pump, or an operation of the roller driving motor is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshino, Hideaki Nagahara, Tetsuyo Ohashi, Takeshi Sekino, Keisei Hakamata
  • Publication number: 20120114860
    Abstract: A method inhibits formation of deposits on a cooling surface of an electrode. The electrode is used in a manufacturing system that deposits a material on a carrier body. The cooling surface comprises copper. The system includes a reactor defining a chamber. The electrode is at least partially disposed within the chamber and supports the carrier body. A circulation system, in fluid communication with the electrode, transports a coolant composition to and from the cooling surface. The coolant composition comprises a coolant and dissolved copper from the cooling surface. A filtration system is in fluid communication with the circulation system. The method heats the electrode. The cooling surface of the electrode is contacted with the coolant composition. The material is deposited on the carrier body, and the coolant composition is filtered with the filtration system to remove at least a portion of the dissolved copper therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Max Dehtiar, Jason Giardina, Jaime Vanderhovel, Michael Hofmeister, Michael John Molnar, Robert E. Stratton, Stephen Pawelkowski
  • Patent number: 8171876
    Abstract: The present invention provides applicators reducing generating bubble. Dispersion liquid is supplied while the pressure of a circulation tank on the delivery side is lower than the atmospheric pressure but higher than the pressure of the space in buffer tanks. The dispersion liquid in the discharge chambers is recovered while the pressure in a circulation tank serving as recovery destination is lower than the atmospheric pressure. Gas dissolution can be reduced because the dispersion liquid does not come into contact with gases at pressures higher than the atmospheric pressure and engulffing gas or deformation of solid microparticles can be avoided because no pump is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Ulvac, Inc.
    Inventors: Takumi Namekawa, Kei Baba, Yuya Inoue, Masao Murata, Koji Hane, Robert D. Taff, Robert R. McKay, Ralph D. Fox
  • Publication number: 20120017827
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coating die which can recover a coating solution to be wasted in a good manner, while suppressing adhesion of foreign matter onto an object to be coated. A coating apparatus comprising the coating die is also disclosed. Specifically disclosed is a coating die (30) for coating a web (2) with a paste (3), which comprises a main body (31) having a discharge opening (31e) for discharging the paste (3) upwardly, a recovery pan (32c) for recovering the paste (3) flowing out from the discharge opening (31e), and flow passage (grooves (32a, 32a) and shoots (32b, 32b)) which are integrally formed with the main body (31) for the purpose of guiding the paste (3) from the discharge opening (31e) to the recovery pan (32c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Seiji Ishizu, Shigemitsu Nomoto
  • Patent number: 8096259
    Abstract: Apparatus for coating food products with breading material has an excess breading-material circulation/re-circulation system, which itself has a main, central product-intake conveyor scraping across an up-sloping bottom panel flanked by left and right elevators that course through up-sloping gutters astride the central conveyor's bottom panel. The central conveyor is relatively broad but shallow for only carrying a relatively light load that becomes a bottom bed of breading material for conveyance of food product thereon. In contrast, the elevators are relatively deep but thin in order to carry relatively-substantial streams of breading material, and disproportionate to their thin width, which are ultimately elevated to a topcoat-applicator and becomes a top-coating of breading material. One or more plows are arranged in the overhead space above the central conveyor to divert a main stream of excess breading material into one or more diverted streams aimed at the flanking elevators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Robert G. Nothum, Jr., Robert M. Nothum
  • Publication number: 20110265716
    Abstract: A powder spray booth (2) with a powder recovery system having an overspray intake (18) communicating with the interior of the booth. A vertically extending duct (20) leads from the overspray intake to a powder recovery system such as, for example, a cyclone. The vertically extending duct may have doors (32) opening to the interior of the booth to provide access to the vertical duct for cleaning. The doors may have holes (120) to aspirate air from the booth interior to optimize air flow patterns within the booth. A diverter plate (26) within the booth (2) defines with the booth floor (10) a floor duct leading to the overspray intake (18). The diverter plate has apertures for allowing oversprayed powder to be collected through the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: James Ainsworth, Louis Van Den Bergh, Luigi Perillo
  • Patent number: 7908996
    Abstract: A liquid coating apparatus, including; a head which has plural nozzles which eject liquid in which plural particles are dispersed, plural pressuring chambers each communicates to each nozzle, a piezo element which is provided on the pressuring chamber to change a volume of the pressuring chamber, and a common liquid chamber which communicates to each of the plural pressuring chambers; a sub-tank which stores the liquid and has an acceleration device to accelerate the plural particles to disperse in the liquid; a first flow channel which connects the common liquid chamber with the sub-tank; a second flow channel which connects the common liquid chamber with the sub-tank; and a circulation device which circulates the liquid through a circulation flow channel which includes the common liquid chamber, the first flow channel, the sub-tank and the second flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsuaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 7896966
    Abstract: An applying amount to an applying medium is controlled in a liquid applying apparatus. Specifically, before driving a pump, a circulation speed decision processing (S3) is carried out. According to this decided speed, a speed of the circulation flow generated in a liquid holding space is controlled in a pump operating process (S4). This controls a pressure in the liquid holding space. As a result, a state of flow of the applying liquid at a contact member of a liquid holding member in contact with the applying roller is changed, and an amount of the applying liquid adhering to an applying roller and going out of the contact portion is controlled. This can control the amount of the applying liquid to be applied to the applying medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsuhiko Masuyama, Osamu Iwasaki, Yoshinori Nakagawa, Naomi Oshio
  • Patent number: 7806073
    Abstract: A system and method is shown for coating an article, including a chamber that can be at least partially open to surrounding air to allow free flow of air through the chamber and recovery of vapor produced during a coating operation within the chamber. The chamber can include a support surface that is adapted to support the article during a coating process, and a coating device within the chamber can be adapted to selectively apply a coating of a fluorocarbon in a fluorinated solvent to at least a potion of an article supported on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Cytonix LLC
    Inventor: James F. Brown
  • Patent number: 7736442
    Abstract: A method for activating the surface of a base material and an apparatus thereof, which is suited to be utilized for pretreatment in electrochemical treatment such as, for example, electroplating or the like, in which the surface of a base material such as metal can be subjected to degreasing treatment and oxide film removing treatment simultaneously, efficiently and rationally, in which productivity can be enhanced and the equipment cost can be reduced, and in which a waste solution can be rationalized so that the solution can be reutilized and the environmental pollution can be prevented. A method for activating the surface of a base material in which the surface of a member to be treated is subjected to degreasing treatment or oxide film removing treatment. Pressurized carbon dioxide is dissolved in a predetermined quantity of water, thereby preparing an oxide film removing solution having a predetermined acidic concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Hideo Yoshida, Nobuyoshi Sato, Takeshi Sako, Masato Sone, Kentaro Abe, Kiyohito Sakon
  • Patent number: 7730849
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a photoresist material onto a substrate includes a lid housing at least one nozzle. A solvent supplying port inputs the solvent into the apparatus. A first solvent trap is provided below the nozzle and coupled to the solvent supplying port to hold a given amount of the solvent being input from the solvent supplying port. The first solvent trap is configured to prevent photoresist residues on the nozzle from being converted to powders. A second solvent trap is provided below the first solvent trap to receive the solvent from the first solvent trap. A solvent path is provided between the solvent trap and the solvent container to guide the solvent from the first solvent trap to the second solvent trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: Hun Rock Jung, Hee Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 7673581
    Abstract: A device for the application of at least two liquid to pasty application media to one or both sides of a moving surface, having a curtain applicator for applying the application media. The curtain applicator discharges the application media onto the moving surface as curtains moving substantially under the force of gravity, and the moving surface being one of a surface of a material web and a surface of a transfer element, which transfers the application media to the surface of the material web. The device includes a collecting device for the separate collection of each application medium. The collecting device being positionable between the curtain applicator and the material web. The curtain applicator and the collecting device being movable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Ueberschär
  • Publication number: 20100024724
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and apparatuses for removing bubbles from a process liquid. The process liquid can comprise a plating solution used in a plating tool. The process liquid is supplied to a tank. A plurality of streams of the process liquid are directed towards a surface of the process liquid from below. This can be done by feeding the process liquid to a flow distributor comprising a plurality of openings providing flow communication between an inner volume of the flow distributor and a main volume of the tank. Before leaving the tank through an outlet, the process liquid flows through a flow barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Helge Hartz, Markus Nopper, Axel Preusse
  • Publication number: 20090255457
    Abstract: A system and method for growing diamond crystals from diamond crystal seeds by epitaxial deposition at low temperatures and atmospheric and comparatively low pressures. A solvent is circulated (by thermal convection and/or pumping), wherein carbon is added in a hot leg, transfers to a cold leg having, in some embodiments, a range of progressively lowered temperatures and concentrations of carbon via the circulating solvent, and deposits layer-by-layer on diamond seeds located at the progressively lower temperatures since as diamond deposits the carbon concentration lowers and the temperature is lowered to keep the solvent supersaturated. The solvent includes metal(s) or compound(s) that have low melting temperatures and transfer carbon at comparatively low temperatures. A controller receives parameter signals from a variety of sensors located in the system, processes these signals, and optimizes diamond deposition by outputting the necessary control signals to a plurality of control devices (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Zalman M. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 7559990
    Abstract: Two embodiments of end seal design are described, each having preferably three seal lips, one of which differs in the center of its radius of curvature from the center of radius of curvature for the other two seal lips. The end seal is gently spring loaded. In this way the end seal provides a good seal and minimizes spray, spatter, and slinging, and can accommodate various plunge depths and can accommodate various angles of attack of a nozzle upon an application surface such as a web or applicator roll. The nozzle is able to have any of various user-determined angles of attack upon the application surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Eugene A Pankake
  • Patent number: 7537661
    Abstract: When it is determined that an end process flag is not stored in memory, there is a possibility that the recovery operation was not executed normally and the viscosity increased or fixed coating liquid exist in a liquid holding member and liquid flow paths. Therefore, a filling operation for generating stronger fluidization than a normal filling operation is carried out as a filling operation also acting as a restoration operation. That is, a pump is operated at a predetermined rotating speed for a specified time, which is longer than the specified time for the normal filling operation. By this, the viscosity increased coating liquid existing in the liquid holding space and the respective liquid flow paths is re-fluidized to an extent that will not interfere with circulation, and normal filling of the coating liquid is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakagawa, Osamu Iwasaki, Atsuhiko Masuyama, Naomi Oshio, Naoji Otsuka
  • Patent number: 7513213
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for coating food items such as coating empty ice cream cones subsequently containing ice cream. A liquid recovery apparatus is used in the method, apparatus, and system and is fashioned in a tray-like manner to form a slideway that includes a bottom section with openings that have collars along with opposing sidewalls and endwalls that together enable containment of coating liquid such as a chocolate coating. The chocolate coating is recovered and thereby reused as a subsequent topping for the filled ice cream cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Mangé, Jared Vandemark
  • Patent number: 7464663
    Abstract: A system comprises a processing chamber for maintaining a hydrogen plasma at low pressure. The processing chamber has a long, wide, thin geometry to favor deposition of thin-film silicon on sheet substrates over the chamber walls. The sheet substrates are moved through between ends. A pair of opposing radio frequency electrodes above and below the workpieces are electrically driven hard to generate a flat, pancaked plasma cloud in the middle spaces of the processing chamber. A collinear series of gas injector jets pointed slightly up on a silane-jet manifold introduce 100% silane gas at high velocity from the side in order to roll the plasma cloud in a coaxial vortex. A second such silane-jet manifold is placed on the opposite side and pointed slightly down to further help roll the plasma and maintain a narrow band of silane concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: OptiSolar, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin S Keshner, Warren B. Jackson, Krzysztof Nauka
  • Patent number: 7449069
    Abstract: A slit coater including an apparatus for supplying coating solution by a coating method using a slit nozzle, which is configured to minimize contamination of coating solution, utilizing a filtering function, and supplying a controlled amount of photosensitive solution to a slit nozzle. The slit coater further includes a table on which an object to be processed is mounted, a slit nozzle unit that applies coating solution onto a surface of the object to be processed, and a coating solution supply apparatus including a storage tank that stores the coating solution, a pump that supplies the coating solution stored in the storage tank to the slit nozzle unit, and a buffer tank that is in fluid communication with the pump and the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: O Jun Kwon, Kang Il Cho
  • Patent number: 7416608
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus for block type extrusion coating, and a process for forming block coating or grid-type coating on a substrate. The present invention uses a die set composed of an upper mold, a lower mold and a shim therebetween, which can be used to form a plurality of coated stripes. The present invention further uses several control valves, pumps and a controller to intermittently extrude a coating solution from the die set, so that the stripe coating is converted to a block coating. The block coated substrate can be rotated 90 degrees, followed by a stripe coating process to form a grid-type coating on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Ta-Jo Liu, E-Ron Chang
  • Patent number: 7384658
    Abstract: Seasoning for use with snack chips can be recovered and recycled. A seasoning permeable conveyor transports snack chips through a seasoning application. The seasoning applicator deposits seasoning onto the snack chips. The conveyor allows the seasoning not adhered to the moving snack chips to substantially pass through and by toward a seasoning recoverer. The seasoning recoverer, which is positioned beneath the conveyor, collects the seasoning for purification and blending with fresh seasoning. After blending, the seasoning mixture is transported to the seasoning application for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn Melissa Dove, Joseph H. Gold, Ponnattu Kurian Joseph, Ali Reza Peyrovi, Donald Joe Tatsch, Mehrnaz Vafaie, Tim Wilding
  • Publication number: 20080014361
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for painting a plurality of articles having a paint basin for holding paint, an article conveyor assembly for suspending and delivering articles to the basin, and a paint circulation and application system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: Konstant Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Johannessen
  • Patent number: 7297210
    Abstract: There is provided a plating apparatus which can keep a plating solution always in its optimal condition while minimizing the amount of plating solution used, and which can easily form a uniform plated film on the plating surface of a workpiece. The plating apparatus includes: a plating solution supply system (70) for constantly circulating a plating solution while heating the plating solution in a circulation tank (80) provided with a heating apparatus (78a), and supplying a predetermined amount of plating solution to a plating treatment section (24) when carrying out plating treatment; a plating solution recovery system (72) for recovering the plating solution after the plating treatment in the plating treatment section (24), heating the plating solution and returning the heated plating solution to the circulation tank (80); and a plating solution replenishment system (74) for replenishing the circulation tank (80) with a fresh plating solution or a plating solution component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Akihisa Hongo, Naoki Matsuda, Xinming Wang
  • Patent number: 7241341
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus (10) for making thin layers from particles, wherein the particles are deposited on a carrier fluid flowing by gravity along a ramp (12) leading to a dam (18). The particles are held back at the bottom of the ramp (12), thereby causing the particles to be piled up one against the other in a monolayer configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Nanometrix Inc.
    Inventors: Gilles Picard, Juan Schneider
  • Patent number: 7112348
    Abstract: The coating apparatus and method enable the coating liquid having been scraped-off to be reused without doing any one of the fluid adjusting treatment and the filtering treatment, while maintaining the features of the scraping-off type of extrusion coater, which is suitable for obtaining a uniform and extremely thin coating film. The coating head is provided with two slits: a coating slit and a recovering slit, and the excessive coating liquid having been discharged through the coating slit and applied to the web is scraped-off and recovered through the recovering slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Mandai, Mikio Tomaru, Norio Shibata
  • Patent number: 7070655
    Abstract: Pre-treatment tunnel and method of preparing extrusions or section bars for being coated, wherein each workpiece is caused to move along a pre-treatment path and each treatment liquid is poured from above onto each workpiece so as to spread liquid onto the entire external surface of each workpiece with no solution of continuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Trevisan Cometal S.p.A.
    Inventor: Silvio Trevisan