By Agitation Patents (Class 118/612)
  • Patent number: 10599069
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main casing, a developing roller, a connecting tube, and a toner container. The main casing includes a sheet supply tray. The developing roller is provided in the main casing. The connecting tube has one end portion and another end portion inside the main casing. The toner container is for accommodating toner. The one end portion of the connecting tube is connected to the toner container. The toner container has an inlet opening for replenishing toner. The toner container is pivotally movable between a first position and a second position about the connecting tube. A position of the inlet opening at the second position is higher than a position of the inlet opening at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 9808820
    Abstract: A system and method of coating a workpiece is disclosed. A controller is in electronic communication with a robotic manipulator having a coating dispenser. A layer of coating is applied to a surface of the workpiece by the robot. A wet-surface time is determined corresponding to the areas of the surface upon which the layer of coating is applied. A second layer of coating is applied prior to the expiration of the wet-surface time of the first layer. The layers of coating in adjacent segments can be applied in an overlapping manner within the boundary regions of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Didier Rouaud, Michael G. Nelson, Srinivas Nidamarthi
  • Patent number: 9557511
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable includes a jacket, an element of the cable interior to the jacket, and first and second powders. The element includes a first surface and a second surface. The cable further includes a third surface interior to the jacket and facing the first surface at a first interface and a fourth surface interior to the jacket and facing the second surface at a second interface. At least one of the third and fourth surfaces is spaced apart from the jacket. The first powder is integrated with at least one of the first and third surfaces at the first interface and the second powder integrated with at least one of the second and fourth surfaces at the second interface. The first interface has greater coupling than the second interface at least in part due to differences in the first and second powders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Gimblet, Jason Clay Lail, Warren Welborn McAlpine, David Alan Seddon, Catharina Lemckert Tedder
  • Patent number: 9010272
    Abstract: A device for depositing a mixture of powders to form an object with composition gradients, including: a plurality of tanks respectively configured to contain different powders; a powder mixer placed under the tanks and including a rotatably mounted mixing member; a plurality of powder dispensing mechanisms respectively cooperating with the tanks, and each configured to regulate mass flow rate of the powder escaping from a respective of the tanks towards the mixer; a powder mixture collector placed under the mixer; and a powder mixture dispenser placed under the collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventors: Olivier Gillia, Basile Caillens
  • Patent number: 8991329
    Abstract: Improved wafer coating processes, apparatuses, and systems are described. In one embodiment, an improved spin-coating process and system is used to form a mask for dicing a semiconductor wafer with a laser plasma dicing process. In one embodiment, a spin-coating apparatus for forming a film over a semiconductor wafer includes a rotatable stage configured to support the semiconductor wafer. The rotatable stage has a downward sloping region positioned beyond a perimeter of the semiconductor wafer. The apparatus includes a nozzle positioned above the rotatable stage and configured to dispense a liquid over the semiconductor wafer. The apparatus also includes a motor configured to rotate the rotatable stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungrae Park, Wei-Sheng Lei, Prabhat Kumar, James S. Papanu, Brad Eaton, Ajay Kumar
  • Patent number: 8973524
    Abstract: A spin deposition apparatus includes a deposition mask configured to be arranged proximate a target substrate. The deposition mask includes at least one fluid reservoir offset from a rotational axis of the deposition mask and configured to hold fluid for dispersal on a portion of a surface of the target substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Endo, Rajesh Kelekar
  • Patent number: 8919277
    Abstract: A cylindrical coating nozzle having a flattened end is placed above a coating object being rotated. A coating solution is applied to a surface of the coating object by discharging the coating solution form a nozzle orifice at an end of the coating nozzle while moving the coating nozzle relative to the coating object in a direction intersecting a rotational direction of the coating object. The coating nozzle is formed with an angled notch at a part of the end thereof. A rotation control unit controls the rotation of the coating nozzle in a manner that the notch of the coating nozzle is positioned upstream from a position to feed the coating solution to the coating object being rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Chugai Ro Co., Ltd, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takao Tokumoto, Sadao Natsu, Mitsuhiro Hida, Souichirou Iwasaki, Tsuyoshi Sato, Kenichi Ooshiro
  • Patent number: 8911551
    Abstract: An electroless plating apparatus and method designed specifically for plating at least one semiconductor wafer are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a container, a wafer holder, an electrolyte supplying unit, and an ultrasonic-vibration unit. The container is provided with at least an inlet and used for containing electrolyte. The wafer holder is provided within the container. The electrolyte supplying unit is used to supply the electrolyte into the container via the inlet. The ultrasonic-vibration unit consisting of at least one frequency ultrasonic transducer is disposed in the container for producing a uniform flow of electrolyte in the container. Thereby, the wafers can be uniformly plated, especially for wafers with fine via-holes or trench structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Win Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Jason Chen, Nakano Liu, Winson Shao, Wen Chu, Chang-Hwang Hua
  • Publication number: 20140314945
    Abstract: The gradient coated stent 150 of the present invention provides a coated stent having a continuous coating 130 disposed on the stent elements. The continuous coating 130 includes a first coating component and a second coating component. The concentration of the first coating component varies continuously over at least part of the thickness of the continuous coating 130. The concentration of the second coating component can also vary over at least part of the thickness of the continuous coating 130. In one embodiment, the concentration of the first coating component decreases in the direction from the stent element towards the outer edge of the continuous coating 130 and the concentration of the second coating component increases in the direction from the stent element towards the outer edge of the continuous coating 130.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Peiwen Cheng, Patrice Brint, Wenda Carlyle, Diane Judd, Kishore Udipi
  • Publication number: 20140291577
    Abstract: A method for producing a coated material having an oxidizable metal-containing coating, including the step of applying to a base material (11) an oxidizable metal-containing coating fluid containing a particulate oxidizable metal, a carbon component, a thickener, and water using a coating apparatus (1) and a coating fluid preparation step in which a thickener solution prepared by dissolving the thickener in water, the particulate oxidizable metal, and the carbon component or an aqueous dispersion of the carbon component are put and mixed in a preparation tank (3) to prepare the oxidizable metal-containing coating fluid. In the coating fluid preparation step, the particulate oxidizable metal is added to the thickener solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Ugajin, Tetsuya Tabata, Yuki Kondo, Takahiro Maezawa
  • Publication number: 20140283744
    Abstract: A device for applying a two-part adhesive to a substrate includes a carrier, a first tray coupled to the carrier, a first package disposed in the first tray, and a second package disposed in the first tray. The first package contains a first part of the two-part adhesive and the second package contains a second part of the two-part adhesive. The device further includes a applicator that is in communication with the first package and the second package. The applicator is configured to receive the first part and the second part and mix the first part and the second part to form the two-part adhesive. The device also includes a second tray coupled to the carrier and configured to accommodate a power supply that provides electrical power to operate the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: James Galvin, David L. Kunkle, James D. Haaser, Paul E. Snowwhite, Ronald Vollmer, John William Miller
  • Publication number: 20140251212
    Abstract: A hopper includes a container to contain a powdered material having a diameter of 0.1 through 10 micrometers, a pressure control part configured to create a periodic pressure difference inside the container, and a vibration exciter configured to vibrate the container. The container has a hole provided in a bottom thereof to feed the powdered material downward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki KOBAYASHI, Satoshi TAGA
  • Patent number: 8828182
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally provide plasma etch process chamber improvements. An improved gas injection nozzle is provided for use at a central location of the lid of the chamber. The gas injection nozzle may be used in an existing plasma etch chamber and is configured to provide a series of conic gas flows across the surface of a substrate positioned within the chamber. In one embodiment, an improved exhaust kit for use in the plasma etch chamber is provided. The exhaust kit includes apparatus that may be used in an existing plasma etch chamber and is configured to provide annular flow of exhaust gases from the processing region of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Detmar, Brian T. West, Ronald Vern Schauer
  • Publication number: 20140154406
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for preparing a ruthenium containing liner/barrier for metal deposition, and are useful in the manufacture of integrated circuits. In accordance with one embodiment, a borohydride solution having a pH greater than 12 is mixed with DI water at the place of application to form a pretreatment solution. The pretreatment solution is applied to reduce a ruthenium-containing surface of a substrate. Following reduction of the ruthenium containing surface, copper deposition may be initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yezdi Dordi, Dries Dictus
  • Publication number: 20140134346
    Abstract: A system for the application of nanofiber to a substrate includes a tank having an outlet, an agitator disposed in the tank, a pump located at the tank outlet and an applicator disposed proximate to the substrate. One or more fluid conduits extend from the tank to the pump and from the pump to the applicator. The fluid conduits are configured so as to minimize bends and interferences. The system includes a controller. A nanofiber formulation in a fluid carrier in the tank is pumped from the tank to the applicator for application to the substrate at a predetermined flow rate. The pump is controlled by the controller to vary the output of the pump to match the predetermined flow rate, and the nanofiber formulation is applied by the applicator head at a predetermined coat weight on the substrate. A method for the application of nanofiber to a substrate is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Illinois tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Budai, Eric E. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20140072728
    Abstract: An extrusion system includes a die and tip defining an extrusion cavity is described. The extrusion cavity is configured to receive material for extrusion and coating one or more wires. Furthermore, the die is configured to vibrate at an ultrasonic frequency during coating the one or more wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph I. BRISKEY
  • Patent number: 8667924
    Abstract: A coating device including a coating mechanism which includes nozzles for ejecting a liquid material onto front and rear surfaces of the substrate while rotating a substrate in an upright state, and a nozzle managing mechanism which manages the state of the nozzles, in which the nozzle managing mechanism includes a soaking portion which dips the front end of the nozzle in a soak solution, and a discharging portion which discharges at least the soak solution, and a nozzle managing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sahoda, Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20140011318
    Abstract: New and improved ultrasonic spray shaping assemblies, components thereof, and methods for using the assemblies. An ultrasonic spray shaping assembly includes jet block and impact jet components to receive and redirect a single gas stream, whereby to use the single gas stream to shape an ultrasonic spray plume in a desired shape, particularly into a desired width of the plume. Modifications to the components, such as relative positioning, can be used to alter the shape of the spray plume. The present invention can be fabricated in a compact, lightweight design. It has many applications, including but not limited to, the deposition of flux onto a printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin Massimi, Joseph Reimer
  • Patent number: 8622019
    Abstract: A coating device includes an autoclave and a spray member. The autoclave includes an autoclave body and a cover sealing the autoclave body. The autoclave body defines a plurality of holding grooves in an inner surface thereof for holding substrates. The spray member is positioned on the cover and received in the autoclave body. The spray member defines openings in a side surface thereof. The spray member includes a container and an ultrasonic atomization unit. The container defines a cavity in communication with the openings. The ultrasonic atomization unit is received in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8617655
    Abstract: A coating device includes a coating mechanism which includes nozzles for ejecting a liquid material onto front and rear surfaces of a substrate while rotating the substrate; and an adjusting mechanism which adjusts the coating state of the liquid material at the outer periphery of the substrate; wherein the adjusting mechanism includes a dip portion which dips the outer periphery of the substrate in a solution while rotating the substrate and dissolves; and a suction portion which suctions the vicinity of the outer periphery of the substrate after dipping in the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sahoda, Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20130309408
    Abstract: A coating apparatus including: a coating part having a nozzle which ejects a liquid material including a solvent and a plurality of metals to a substrate, a storing part which is connected to the nozzle and stores the liquid material, and an ultrasonic wave oscillating part which oscillates an ultrasonic wave to the liquid material stored in the storing part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidenori Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8567342
    Abstract: A coating device includes a coating mechanism which includes nozzles for ejecting a liquid material onto front and rear surfaces of a substrate while rotating the substrate; and an adjusting mechanism which adjusts the coating state of the liquid material at the outer periphery of the substrate; wherein the adjusting mechanism includes a dip portion which dips the outer periphery of the substrate in a solution while rotating the substrate and dissolves and removes a thin film formed on the outer periphery of the substrate; and a suction portion which suctions the vicinity of the outer periphery of the substrate after dipping in the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sahoda, Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20130280443
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for applying a layer of cement material to a honeycomb body. Each apparatus can include an oscillatory member and an applicator body with a dispensing port and an interior area. The methods can each include the steps of charging the interior area with the cement material and oscillating the oscillatory member to modify a material property of the cement material. The methods can each further include the steps of dispensing the cement material from the interior area through the dispensing port and applying the cement material to the outer circumferential surface of the honeycomb body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Edward Francis Andrewlavage, JR., John Crawford Anthony
  • Publication number: 20130264711
    Abstract: A fabricated substrate has at least one plurality of posts. The plurality is fabricated such that the two posts are located at a predetermined distance from one another. The substrate is exposed to a fluid matrix containing functionalized carbon nanotubes. The functionalized carbon nanotubes preferentially adhere to the plurality of posts rather than the remainder of the substrate. A connection between posts of the at least one plurality of posts is induced by adhering one end of the functionalized nanotube to one post and a second end of the functionalized carbon nanotube to a second post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Keith Daniel Humfeld
  • Publication number: 20130251901
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for coating a particulate material. A mixer defines a mixing chamber and receives a particulate material. An agitator includes a plurality of arms projecting radially outward from the shaft and a plurality of paddle blades positioned on the ends of the arms. The blades are formed such that the particulate material in the mixing chamber is directed in a rotational direction, a radially inward direction and an axial direction within the mixing chamber. A material feed system is provided for delivering a first coating material into the mixing chamber during rotation of the agitator, a polymer material during mixing of the coated particulate material and a reaction material for causing a reaction between the colorant feed and the polymer feed for creating an encapsulated particulate material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Becker Underwood, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Loucks, Robert J. Wampler, Terry Potter, Brent Packer, David Roller, Douglas Grunder
  • Publication number: 20130247823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of growing a thin film are provided. The method comprises at least (a) providing a number of substrates; (b) cleaning the substrates; and (c) placing the substrates into a reaction liquid; (d) vibrating the reaction liquid by ultrasonic waves such that a thin film is grown on the substrates evenly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Jau-Chyn Huang, Kong-Wei Cheng, Wen-Sheng Chang, Tai-Chou Lee, Ching-Chen Wu
  • Patent number: 8539906
    Abstract: A substrate liquid processing apparatus of the present invention includes a guide rotary cup configured to guide a process-liquid scattering from a substrate rotating and being held by a substrate holding table and a guide cup configured to guide downward the process-liquid guided by the guide rotary cup. The guide cup includes a downward extension portion extending downward from an inner peripheral end portion of a guide cup body and an inner peripheral extension portion extending inward from the inner peripheral end portion more than the downward extension portion. The inner peripheral extension portion is configured to form a gas guide space together with the guide rotary cup and the downward extension portion so that a gas turning by the rotation of the guide rotary cup can be guided downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ogata, Shuichi Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8522714
    Abstract: A wet processing apparatus for wet-processing substrates can suppress the reduction of throughput when some component part thereof becomes unserviceable. The wet processing apparatus includes a first nozzle unit and a second nozzle unit. When the wet processing apparatus operates in a normal mode, a substrate carrying mechanism is controlled so as to deliver substrates alternately to processing units of a first group and those of a second group so that the substrates are processed sequentially in order. When the processing units of the first group (the second group) are unserviceable due to the inoperativeness of the substrate holders, a processing liquid supply system or a nozzle support mechanism, the nozzle unit for the processing units of the second group (the first group) is moved to process substrates by the serviceable ones of the first group (the second group).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Naofumi Kishita, Kouji Fujimura, Yoshitaka Hara
  • 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: 8485124
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver thin film spread apparatus by means of deposition of nano metallic silver, the apparatus comprising: a treatment booth formed at one side with an inlet for inputting a substrate, and formed at the other side with an outlet for discharging the substrate; a transfer device formed at a lower side of the treatment booth for transferring the substrate; a spray device formed at an upper side of the treatment booth for spraying silver solution on a surface of the substrate; a moving device for linearly reciprocating the spray device; and a rotation device formed at the lower side of the treatment booth for rotating the substrate, whereby reflectivity can be enhanced by increasing film compactness and coating uniformity of thin film, where the substrate is rotated at a predetermined constant speed to allow the spray guns to linearly reciprocate and to allow the nano silver thin film to be uniformly spread and deposited on the surface of the substrate at a predetermined constant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: NANO CMS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shi Surk Kim, Seong Uk Lee, Si Doo Kim
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130152856
    Abstract: A chemical bath deposition (CBD) apparatus includes a first cap, a second cap, and a solution input/output device. The second cap is arranged corresponding to the first cap so as to form a deposition space. The solution input/output device is located in the first cap so as to feed a solution into/out of the deposition space. The position of the solution input/output device is fixed, or the solution input/output device is movable in the deposition space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Wei-Tse Hsu, Tung-Po Hsieh, Song-Yeu Tsai
  • Patent number: 8453599
    Abstract: A resist solution supply apparatus of the present invention includes: a resist solution supply source storing a resist solution therein; a supply tube for supplying the resist solution from the resist solution supply source to a coating nozzle; a filter provided in the supply tube for removing foreign matter in the resist solution; and a heating unit provided along the supply tube at a position closer to the resist solution supply source than the filter, for heating the resist solution in the supply tube to a predetermined temperature higher than room temperature to make a resist gel to aggregate to become coarse so that the coarse resist gel can be collected and removed by the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kosuke Yoshihara, Yusuke Yamamoto
  • 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: 20130108787
    Abstract: The invention relates to a facility suitable for coating the inside of a pipe element with a mortar. It includes a feeding device (32) suitable for feeding the dry matter of the mortar, the feeding device including a feeding chamber (48) and a member (54) for transporting the dry matter, arranged in the feeding chamber, the feeding chamber being provided with a dry matter inlet (50) and a dry matter outlet (52). The facility also includes a mixing device (34) suitable for mixing the dry matter with liquid matter in order to obtain the mortar, said mixing device having a mixing member (82) and a chamber (74) for mixing the dry matter with the liquid matter. The mixing chamber has a dry matter inlet (76), a liquid matter inlet (78) and a mortar outlet (80). The dry matter outlet (52) of the transport device leads into the dry matter inlet (76) of the mixing chamber, and the feeding member (54) and the mixing member (82) are separate members. The invention can be used for the production of wastewater pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Saint-Gobain Pam
    Inventors: Victoria Lages, Yann Monnin, José De Sousa, Jean Garrant
  • Publication number: 20130087673
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for applying reinforcement material to an existing structure includes a work rail adapted to be temporarily secured to a bottom surface of the structure, adhesive applying apparatus supported by the work rail, the adhesive applying apparatus being adapted to form an adhesive layer on the bottom surface of the structure adjacent the work rail, and reinforcement material applying apparatus supported by the work rail, the reinforcement material applying apparatus being adapted to apply reinforcement material to the adhesive layer formed on the bottom surface of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: University of South Florida (A Florida Non-Profit Corporation)
    Inventors: Austin Gray Mullins, Rajan Sen, Danny Winters
  • Patent number: 8387556
    Abstract: A coating device includes a coating mechanism which includes nozzles for ejecting a liquid material onto front and rear surfaces of the substrate while rotating a substrate in an upright state at a predetermined coating position, a carrying mechanism which carries the substrate between a substrate loading position, the coating position, and a substrate unloading position, and a dummy substrate holding mechanism which holds a dummy substrate at a holding position which is a position different from the substrate loading position, the coating position, and the substrate unloading position, and at which the carrying mechanism is allowed to connect with the dummy substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sahoda, Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20130052360
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate holding unit that holds a substrate, an injection unit that injects droplets of a processing liquid from a plurality of injection ports respectively toward a plurality of collision positions within a principal surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit, and a liquid film forming unit. The liquid film forming unit discharges a protective liquid from a plurality of discharge ports respectively toward a plurality of liquid contact positions within the principal surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit to form a plurality of liquid films of the protective liquid that respectively cover different collision positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Tadashi MAEGAWA, Hiroyuki ARAKI
  • Patent number: 8377507
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying a sealant includes a first chamber that retains a first substance. A second chamber retains a second substance, wherein the second chamber is in selective fluid communication with the first chamber. A third chamber retains a third substance. A first actuator is configured to cause fluid communication of the first and second chambers to allow the first and second substances to comingle and form a first mixture. A second actuator is configured to urge the first mixture and the third substance out of the sealant application apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Synthes USA, LLC
    Inventors: Kortney Wawrzyniak, Andreas Carl Pfahnl, John Owen White
  • Patent number: 8375887
    Abstract: The invention includes a lower guide unit which obliquely extends downward to an outside from a position closely opposed to a peripheral edge portion of a rear surface of the substrate held on the substrate holding unit, and is formed in an annular shape in a circumferential direction of the substrate; and an upper guide unit which has an upper end surface located at a substantially same height as a front surface of the substrate held on the substrate holding unit, forms a lower annular flow path between the upper guide unit and the lower guide unit for guiding downward together with a gas flow a treatment solution scattering from the substrate, is formed in an annular shape opposed to the lower guide unit to surround an outside lower region of the substrate, and has an inner peripheral surface having a longitudinal-sectional shape curved to bulge outward and extending downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Koji Takayanagi, Naofumi Kishita
  • Publication number: 20130034959
    Abstract: An electroless plating apparatus and method designed specifically for plating at least one semiconductor wafer are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a container, a wafer holder, an electrolyte supplying unit, and an ultrasonic-vibration unit. The container is provided with at least an inlet and used for containing electrolyte. The wafer holder is provided within the container. The electrolyte supplying unit is used to supply the electrolyte into the container via the inlet. The ultrasonic-vibration unit consisting of at least one frequency ultrasonic transducer is disposed in the container for producing a uniform flow of electrolyte in the container. Thereby, the wafers can be uniformly plated, especially for wafers with fine via-holes or trench structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jason CHEN, Nakano Liu, Winson Shao, Wen Chu, Chang-Hwang Hua
  • Patent number: 8367163
    Abstract: An enamel flow coating process and apparatus is arranged as a four arm Ferris wheel like apparatus which is mounted over a bathtub like tank which holds enamel slip. Coils of steel tubing formed into heat exchangers are mounted to the arms of the wheel to rotate and to pivot. The wheel is rotated between four stations. In the first station, a coil is loaded onto the wheel. In a second station the coil is pivoted into the tank of enamel slip, where it is coated, and withdrawn by operation of a pivoting bracket. The coated coils are rotated through third and fourth stations where the coating solidifies, and the coated heat exchanger is removed, and replaced with an uncoated one in the first station. After leaving the wheel, the heat exchanger is fired and installed in a water storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Bock Water Heaters, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Steinhafel, Mutubwa K. Kahite, Peter J. Davis, Mark L. Kallas, Randall E. Malson, Edward A. Goehring
  • Publication number: 20130014696
    Abstract: An apparatus and process operate to impose acoustic radiation pressure upon a spin-on mass to alter topography of the spin-on mass. Other apparatus and processes are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishant Sinha, Gurtej S. Sandhu, John Smythe
  • Patent number: 8353255
    Abstract: By means of the device for coating a substrate (2; 102) according to the present invention, a homogeneous coating of the substrate (2; 102) can be achieved. The device comprises a holding and rotating means for holding and rotating the substrate (2; 102) about an axis (A). A disk (3) is provided below the substrate (2; 102). Said disk (3) is arranged coaxially with respect to the substrate (2; 102), has at least the same diameter as the substrate (2; 102) and is able to rotate synchronously with the substrate (2; 102). By means of the disk (3), air swirls at the edge of and below the substrate (2; 102) are avoided during coating of the substrate (2; 102). Thus, it is possible to obtain a homogeneous coating. For being able to load and unload a substrate (2; 102) into and out of the device by means of a conventional gripper system (6), the distance between substrate (2; 102) and disk (3) is increased during loading and unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Süss MicroTec Lithography GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Beyer, Stefan Lutter, Rainer Targus
  • Publication number: 20130008376
    Abstract: A system for applying a two-part adhesive to a substrate includes a prime mover for providing an output torque, a first pump connected to the prime mover for receiving the output torque, the first pump having an inlet and an outlet, a second pump connected to the prime mover for receiving the output torque, the second pump having an inlet and an outlet, a first compound in communication with the inlet of the first pump, a second compound in communication with the inlet of the second pump, a first accumulator in communication with the outlet of the first pump, a second accumulator in communication with the outlet of the second pump, a first manifold in communication with the outlet of the first pump, and a second manifold in communication with the outlet of the second pump. A plurality of applicators is included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ADCO PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Snowwhite, Ronald Vollmer, John William Miller
  • Patent number: 8336485
    Abstract: A coating apparatus includes a first vessel, a revolving unit, and a motor having a drive shaft. The first vessel has a receiving space defined therein for receiving substrates and a first solution. The revolving unit is received in the receiving space and rotatable relative to the first vessel to impart a centrifugal force to the first solution. The drive shaft is coupled to the revolving unit. The motor is configured for rotating the revolving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Publication number: 20120321806
    Abstract: A kit for temporarily relieving flood water seep includes a unitized enclosure with segregated containers for a prepolymer and catalyst, respectively. A mixer connected to the unitized enclosure combines the catalyst and prepolymer and a disperser connected to mixer sprays the combined catalyst and prepolymer. The prepolymer and catalyst, in contact with water, forms a pliable solid of density of at least about 7 lb./cu.ft. The kit may be a consumer article, and the polymer can be removable after flooding subsides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Gibson
  • Publication number: 20120298037
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus, system, and method for chemical synthesis and/or analysis are disclosed. One embodiment of a disclosed apparatus comprises a laminated, microfluidic structure defining a reactor and a separator. Such apparatuses, or portions thereof, generally have dimensions ranging from about 1 micrometer to about 100 micrometers. To implement synthetic processes, disclosed embodiments of the apparatus generally include at least one unit operation, such as a mixer, a valve, a separator, a detector, and combinations thereof. Individual apparatuses may be coupled both in series and in parallel to form a system for making chemical compounds. An individual apparatus or a system also can be used in combination with known devices and processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Paul, Chih-hung Chang, Vincent Thomas Remcho
  • Publication number: 20120301613
    Abstract: A device for coating an exterior of an elongate object includes a housing structure with an elongate chamber having first and second opposite ends. A port communicates with the first end for receiving the elongate object and an outlet is located at the second end. An air supply passage and a coating material supply passage communicate with the elongate chamber. Pressurized air and coating material are adapted to enter the elongate chamber through the air supply passage and the coating material supply passage, respectively, to form a mist in the elongate chamber moving toward the outlet while coating the exterior of the object. A method of coating an exterior surface of the elongate object with the coating material includes holding the elongate object lengthwise in the elongate chamber, mixing the pressurized air and the coating material to form a mist, and coating the exterior surface while directing the mist around the exterior surface and toward the outlet of the elongate chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andreas Döker, Thomas Wanka, Michael Wilczek
  • Publication number: 20120301671
    Abstract: Coating systems and processes are disclosed for uniformly coating objects. The system comprises a pre-treatment unit, a first processing unit, a first post-treatment unit and one or more coating apparatus each configured to engage an object and rotate the object around or about two or more axes. The coating apparatus used in the system can comprise a first, second and/or third gimbals connected to rotational mechanisms to allow rotation of the gimbals around or about first, second and/or third axis. An object holder is connected to the third gimbal. When an object is present in the object holder, it can be immersed in a coating solution to form a coated object. The coated object is then rotated around or about two or three axes which produces a multidirectional centrifugal force which causes the coating solution to spread evenly over the surface of the object to produce a uniform thin film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: ADVENIRA ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Elmira Ryabova