Selective Application At A Specific Position Patents (Class 118/669)
  • Patent number: 10914651
    Abstract: A shaft balancing device having first and second supports, which are rotatable about an axis, a motor drivingly coupled to the first support, an electromagnet, which has a plurality of coil units that are disposed circumferentially about the axis, and a control module. The control module is configured to separately control operation of each of the coil units to generate a predetermined composite magnetic field that is an aggregate of a plurality of magnetic fields produced by the plurality of coil units. The predetermined composite magnetic field is fixed relative to a datum that is rotatable about the axis with the first support. The control module is further configured to rotate the predetermined composite magnetic field about the axis at a rotational velocity of the first support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Curt D. Gilmore, Holly A. Giangrande
  • Patent number: 10444105
    Abstract: The present teachings provide for a method of balancing a shaft. The method can include depositing a mixture of a liquid and ferromagnetic particles on a first surface of a shaft. The first surface can be disposed about a longitudinal axis of the shaft. The method can include rotating the shaft about the longitudinal axis at a first angular velocity. The method can include applying a first magnetic field distribution to the rotating shaft to move the ferromagnetic particles into a desired weight distribution about the first surface. The method can include solidifying the liquid to fix the ferromagnetic particles to the first surface in the desired weight distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN AXLE & MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Curt D. Gilmore, Holly A. Giangrande
  • Patent number: 10265721
    Abstract: A dispenser and related methods of dispensing material, in particular viscous materials, from a container and through a nozzle. The dispenser includes a body portion for holding the container in a fixed relationship with the body portion, a plunger movable to advance with respect to the container to urge material from the container through the nozzle, a motor arranged to move the plunger and a controller arranged to control the motor. The motor is controlled according to a distance traveled by the plunger, for example a dispensing distance or a distance the plunger is retracted away from the nozzle, or the motor is controlled according to a speed of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Clifford Edward Beckett, Michael John Werson
  • Patent number: 10239570
    Abstract: A tilt management device configured to perform tilt correction. The device measures a direction of tilt using a tilt sensor. Circuitry rotates connected arms to compensate for the measured tilt by modulating a center of mass of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen J. Lesko
  • Patent number: 9846101
    Abstract: A system dynamically balances a rotating body. The system includes a support that holds the body as it rotates. At least one sensor generates signals indicative of a balance of the body as it rotates and a controller identifies a position on the body where material can be placed to balance the body. The controller operates at least one actuator to move a plurality of ejectors opposite the identified position where the controller operates at least one ejector in the plurality of ejectors to eject material onto the identified position. The system can operate iteratively until the body is balanced within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Vankouwenberg, Robert A. Clark, Linn C. Hoover, James E. Williams
  • Patent number: 9616446
    Abstract: An application apparatus includes a nozzle device (20) injecting a damping material from a nozzle hole (20a) to a vehicle body, an articulated robot (21) moving the nozzle device (20) relative to the vehicle body, a supply section including a supply pump (22), and a supply passage (27), and continuously driving the supply pump (22) to continuously supply the damping material from the supply pump (22) to the supply passage (27) in a substantially uniform amount, a return passage (33) branched from the supply passage (27) and returning the damping material to the supply pump (22), and a gun (32) and a return valve (34) switching a supply destination of the damping material between the nozzle hole (20a) and the return passage (33) based on information on applying the damping material to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Hirota, Kenichi Takiguchi, Masanori Takasaki, Eiichi Kawase, Nobuhiro Takaba, Hidekazu Kato, Naoto Waku
  • Patent number: 9476535
    Abstract: A system for evaluating the interior surface and exterior wall conditions of a pipeline while also dynamically installing a repair coating in a pipeline, such as an underground water pipeline. The system is towed into the pipeline and drawn back therethrough. As the system is drawn back, one module in the system evaluates the surface condition of the interior of the pipe and another module evaluates the structural condition of the wall of the pipe. Based on the evaluation data obtained from the two modules an epoxy material is applied to the interior surface of the pipe using a spin cast machine that is drawn behind the two modules. Preferably, a layer of epoxy is applied to the interior surface of the host pipe to the appropriate thickness based on the pipe condition as determined by the two modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Warren Environmental, Inc.
    Inventor: Danny Warren
  • Patent number: 9333753
    Abstract: A cap 13, 15, for the print face 9 of a drop-on-demand ink jet printer moves between a closed position, in which it covers the print nozzles on the print face 9, and an open position in which the print nozzles are uncovered, without requiring movement of the print face 9. In the open position, the cap is recessed relative to the front surface 21 of the printhead. For at least part of the movement of the cap, it is further forward than the print face 9, so that it does not slide across and damage the print nozzles. The drop-on-demand ink jet printer may be used to print onto objects 3 conveyed past it, for example on a packing line. The cap 13, 15, does not obstruct the path of the objects 3 even if they pass very close (e.g. 0.5 mm) to the print face 9 because its uncapped position is further back than the front surface 21 of the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: LINX PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Marc Plummer, Graham Thomas
  • Patent number: 9254202
    Abstract: The present invention relates to method for loading a beneficial agent into an expandable medical device. The method includes the steps of sealing a plurality of openings extending through the medical device from a first side to a second side with a sealing member to substantially prevent a beneficial agent from passing through the openings, partially filling the openings with the beneficial agent delivered from an automated micro-jetting dispenser, substantially solidifying the beneficial agent, and removing the sealing member from the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Innovational Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Hunter Diaz, Kinam Park
  • Patent number: 9182311
    Abstract: A method of balancing a physical rotor includes: determining a first balance state of the physical rotor at one or more rotational frequencies; identifying one or more balance zones on a surface of the rotor; providing a computerised simulation of the rotor having the first balance state; providing a first test mass in a first test location within one of the balance zones on the rotor simulation; determining a second balance state of the rotor simulation; providing at least one subsequent test mass in at least one subsequent test location within a balance zone on the rotor simulation and determining at least one subsequent balance state of the rotor simulation; selecting a mass and location from one of the first and subsequent test masses and test locations; and performing a material deposition process to add the selected mass of material to the selected location on the physical rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Daniel Clark, Stephen John Tuppen
  • Patent number: 9053940
    Abstract: A mask for forming a semiconductor pattern includes a first body portion provided with a first through hole for injecting a semiconductor material and a second body portion provided with a second through hole for exhausting a gas. As the result of the gas suction through the second through hole, the semiconductor material may be crystallized to form a semiconductor pattern on a base substrate. A thickness of the semiconductor pattern can be controlled by a space between the mask and the base substrate, and a crystal structure of the semiconductor pattern can be controlled by an amount of the gas to be exhausted through the second through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiwon Han
  • Publication number: 20150083044
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for marking a presence or absence of an underground facility. Marking material is dispensed, via actuation of an actuation system of a marking device, onto a target surface. Environmental information regarding at least one environmental condition of an environment in which the marking device is located is received via at least one communication interface of the marking device, and marking information is logged into local memory of the marking device. In one aspect, the stored marking information includes at least some of the environmental information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8899175
    Abstract: A liquid crystal material dispensing apparatus includes a spacer height measuring unit for measuring a height of a spacer on a substrate, and a liquid crystal material dispensing system for determining an amount of the liquid crystal material to be dispensed on the substrate based upon the measured spacer height and for dispensing the liquid crystal material onto the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wan-Soo Kim, Mu-Yeol Park, Sung-Su Jung, Hyug-Jin Kweon, Hae-Joon Son
  • Patent number: 8875653
    Abstract: A solar cell extrusion printing system that uses a micro-extrusion printhead to print longer central gridlines and one or more pairs of shorter “side” gridlines such that end points of the gridline sets form step patterns on an octagonal (pseudo-square) substrate. The printhead includes a set of central nozzles that receive ink from a first valve by way of a first flow channel to print the longer central gridlines, and additional sets of side nozzles that receive ink from additional valves by way of additional flow channels to print the shorter “side” gridlines. The central nozzles have outlet orifices that offset in the process direction from side outlet orifices of the side nozzles. A start signal is simultaneously sent to the valves such that ink is substantially simultaneously extruded through both the central and side orifices, whereby the extruded ink produces gridline endpoints having the desired step pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Corie Lynn Cobb, Scott E. Solberg
  • Patent number: 8875652
    Abstract: A system for controlling a boundary of spreading liquid adhesive on a surface is disclosed. The system includes one or more ultra-violet (UV) sources configurable to emit UV light onto the liquid adhesive; and a control circuit coupled to the one or more UV sources and configured to control the one or more UV sources to selectively apply the UV light at selected locations on the liquid adhesive to cure the adhesive and prevent its further spread at those locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Casey J. Feinstein, Kuo-Hua Sung, Ralf Horstkemper
  • Publication number: 20140251213
    Abstract: A device includes an ejector, a driver, a camera module, and a processing unit. The ejector is movably arranged above a printed circuit board of an optical connector and stores adhesive. The driver connects with the ejector and drives the ejector to move to aim at predetermined points on the printed circuit board and to eject of a drop of the adhesive to each point. The camera module is arranged above the printed circuit board and captures images of each drop of the adhesive. The processing unit is in communication with the camera module and the driver and processes the images of each drop of the adhesive to determine if an amount of the adhesive applied to the corresponding point is appropriate, and, if yes, signals the driver to drive the ejector to stop ejecting and move to aim at a next point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIH-CHEN LAI
  • Patent number: 8800482
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing a conductive ink onto a plastic panel including an articulatable arm having an end that opposes a surface of the panel. A nozzle is mounted via a nozzle height actuator to the end of the arm, and the nozzle is coupled to a source of conductive ink. A flow regulator, coupled to the ink source, regulates the flow rate of ink out of the nozzle and is controlled by the controller. A height sensor is configured to output a height signal relative to the surface and the controller, which is coupled to the arm, the flow regulator, the nozzle height actuator and the sensor, is configured to control the arm, flow regulator, nozzle height actuator, and speed of nozzle movement such that a conductive trace of predetermined height and width is applied to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Exatec LLC
    Inventors: Robert Schwenke, Eric Van der Meulen, Billy Bui, Keith Weiss
  • Publication number: 20140174348
    Abstract: A glue coating device for coating glue on a workpiece includes a table, a first driving mechanism assembled on the table, a second driving mechanism slidably assembled to the first driving mechanism, a rotating mechanism assembled to the second driving mechanism, and a dispensing assembly assembled to the rotating mechanism. The second driving mechanism is driven by the first driving mechanism to slide along a first direction perpendicular to the table. The rotating mechanism is driven by the second driving mechanism to slide along a second direction perpendicular to the table. The dispensing assembly is driven by the rotating mechanism to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventors: TENG-TSUNG HUANG, YONG-BING HU, GONG-SHUI CHENG
  • Patent number: 8685487
    Abstract: A coating method and a coating apparatus are used to apply coating material to struts of a medical device (e.g., stent) which bound openings. The method involves optically scanning the medical device to produce position information identifying positions of the struts, using the position information to calculate a predetermined position, setting an applying manner to apply the coating material based on the predetermined position, setting an applying path accommodating the applying manner, and relatively moving the medical device and an applicator head along the applying route and path while dispensing the coating material from the applicator head and applying the coating material to the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shori Kindaichi, Yasukazu Harada, Kazuyuki Takeda
  • Publication number: 20140065735
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus according to embodiments includes a stage, a dropping unit that drops resist, an imprinting unit that presses a circuit pattern of a template against the resist on a transfer target substrate, an underlying position detecting unit, a correcting unit, and a dropping position control unit. The underlying position detecting unit detects a position of an underlying pattern on the transfer target substrate. The correcting unit corrects a dropping position of the resist on a basis of a position of the underlying pattern. The dropping position control unit causes the resist to be dropped onto a dropping position after correction on the transfer target substrate on the basis of corrected dropping position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takeshi Koshiba, Nobuhiro Komine
  • Patent number: 8609442
    Abstract: A coating film (90) is formed by causing vapor deposition particles (91) discharged from a vapor deposition source opening (61) of a vapor deposition source (60) to pass through a space between a plurality of control plates (81) of a control plate unit (80) and a mask opening (71) of a vapor deposition mask in this order and adhere to a substrate, while the substrate (10) is moved relative to the vapor deposition mask (70) in a state in which the substrate (10) and the vapor deposition mask (70) are spaced apart at a fixed interval. A difference in the amount of thermal expansion between the vapor deposition source and the control plate unit is detected and corrected. It is thereby possible to form, at a desired position on a large-sized substrate, the coating film in which edge blur and variations in the edge blur are suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Inoue, Shinichi Kawato, Tohru Sonoda
  • Patent number: 8544408
    Abstract: A system for applying a metal particulate onto an object is disclosed herein. The system can include sources for a metal particulate and a hot pressurized air in communication with a spraying device having a nozzle assembly configured to: receive, mix, and expel the metal particulate and the hot pressurized air. The hot pressurized air can form a venturi effect within the nozzle assembly to draw in the metal particulate. The nozzle assembly can include a nozzle cap with a tapered nozzle having a helical channel, and an outer tip connected to the nozzle cap having a venturi effect chamber, a mixing conduit, and rifling. The helical channel can form a vortex flow of the metal particulate, and the mixing conduit can form a vortex flow of the air metal mixture. A nozzle orifice can expel the air metal mixture to onto the object to form a coating thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Wayne Ewers
  • Publication number: 20130184938
    Abstract: An apparatus for locating, inspecting, or placing marks on a roadway. The apparatus includes a GPS-based machine vision locator for sampling discrete geographical location data of a pre-existing roadway mark evident on the roadway. A computer may determine a continuous smooth geographical location function fitted to the sampled geographical location data. And a marker is responsive to the GPS-based locator and geographical location function for replicating automatically the pre-existing roadway mark onto the roadway. The apparatus is typically part of a moving vehicle. A related method is disclosed for locating, inspecting, and placing marks on a resurfaced roadway. A similar apparatus can be used to guide a vehicle having a snow plow along a snow-covered roadway, or a paving machine along an unpaved roadway surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Limn Tech LLC
    Inventor: Limn Tech LLC
  • Patent number: 8440020
    Abstract: Apparatus for continuously producing flexible semiconductor devices through deposition of a plurality of semiconductor layers onto a moving flexible substrate by using Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) processing, where at least two successive layers are deposited in the same deposition chamber onto the substrate traveling in opposite directions. Computer program product directly loadable into the internal memory of a digital computer comprising software code portions for determining and controlling all the necessary parameters for the production of flexible semi-conductor devices in a such apparatus when said computer program product is run on a computer. Roll-to-roll method for producing flexible semiconductor devices, wherein a plurality of semiconductor layers are deposited in the same deposition chamber onto a flexible substrate moving in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: VHF Technologies SA
    Inventors: Diego Fischer, Pedro Torres
  • Patent number: 8394447
    Abstract: The apparatus and method use an optical feedback system to align a brush assembly with a stent strut. Once alignment is achieved, a coating is dispensed onto the stent strut via the brush assembly and the brush assembly is moved along the stent strut to coat the stent strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Grayson Morris, Svava Maria Atladottir, Carla Pienknagura
  • Patent number: 8389062
    Abstract: A system and method for spray gun or nozzle control wherein the spray gun liquid discharge pattern is dynamically varied to correspond to the dimensions of a moving target object or a portion of the moving target. The spray gun includes inputs for fan air, atomizing air, and liquid, as well as cylinder air. Upon detection of a target object approaching, such as on a conveyor belt, the fan air pressure, atomizing air pressure, liquid pressure, and cylinder air pressure are varied according to predefined or contemporaneously generated curves to provide a spray pattern that corresponds to the shape of the target object or portion of the target object, thus minimizing waste and inefficiency due to overspray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventor: Lieven Wulteputte
  • Patent number: 8356574
    Abstract: Devices and methods for coating wheel rims for the production of both standard rims and special rims, are provided. An example of a device for coating wheel rims includes a pre-treating station that is followed by a powder priming station followed by a basecoat application station and a final coating station, in particular an acrylate powder station, with the final coating station being coupled to both the power priming station and the pre-treating station by at least one conveyor, respectively. The device permits a proportion of special rims to be introduced in addition to standard rims without any impairment of the spindle-synchronous operation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Gerd Wurster
  • Patent number: 8349398
    Abstract: An aerosol spray apparatus and a method of forming a film using the aerosol spray apparatus are disclosed. The aerosol spray apparatus in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a carrier gas injection unit, which forms carrier gas by vaporizing liquefied gas and increases the pressure of the carrier gas; an aerosol forming unit, which forms an aerosol by mixing the carrier gas with powder; and a film forming unit, which sprays the aerosol in a normal pressure environment such that the film is formed on the surface of the board. The apparatus can perform a coating process with no restriction of the type and size of powder, simplify the process because the film can be formed in a normal temperature and pressure environment, and control a wide range of film thickness in a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-Sung Choi, Kwang-Su Kim, Hoo-Mi Choi, Tae-Sung Kim, Mi-Yang Kim, Hyun-Ho Shin
  • Patent number: 8347813
    Abstract: A thin film deposition apparatus including a substrate mounting error detector, a chamber and a substrate support positioned in the chamber. The substrate support is configured to support a substrate. The substrate mounting error detector includes: a light source configured to provide a light beam to the substrate, such that the substrate reflects the light beam; a collimator configured to selectively pass at least a portion of the light beam reflected by the substrate; and an optical sensor configured to detect the at least a portion of the reflected light beam passed by the collimator. The detector is positioned and oriented to detect substrate position on a lowered support prior to raising the support into contact with an upper cover of a clamshell reactor arrangement. This configuration allows a thin film deposition process only if the substrate is correctly mounted on the substrate support. Thus, abnormal deposition due to a substrate mounting error is prevented in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ASM Genitech Korea Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Jong Kim, Dae Youn Kim
  • Publication number: 20120306030
    Abstract: A method of balancing a microelectromechanical system comprises determining if a microelectromechanical system is balanced in a plurality of orthogonal dimensions, and if the microelectromechanical system is not balanced, selectively depositing a first volume of jettable material on a portion of the microelectromechanical system to balance the microelectromechanical system in the plurality of orthogonal dimensions. A jettable material for balancing a microelectromechanical system comprises a vehicle, and a dispersion of nano-particles within the vehicle, in which the total mass of jettable material deposited on the microelectromechanical system is equal to the weight percentage of nano-particles dispersed within the vehicle multiplied by the mass of jettable material deposited on the microelectromechanical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Pavel Kornilovich, Vladek Kasperchik, James William Stasiak
  • Patent number: 8302555
    Abstract: A liquid coating apparatus has: a coating roller which has a coating surface; a liquid holding unit which abuts against the coating surface of the coating roller so as to form a liquid holding space; a medium support member which faces the coating surface in such a manner that the medium support member and the coating roller nip and support the medium; an abutment pressure-varying device which adjusts at least one of a first abutment pressure between the coating surface of the coating roller and the liquid holding unit and a second abutment pressure between the coating surface of the coating roller and the medium; and a control device which controls the abutment pressure-varying device according to a relative position of the medium with respect to the coating roller, wherein the coating roller rotates while the medium is sandwiched by the medium support member and the coating roller in such a manner that the liquid is fed to the coating surface from the liquid holding unit and the liquid is transferred to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakazawa, Toshiyuki Makuta
  • Publication number: 20120219699
    Abstract: A graphical application system, with a surface spattering device, with at least one nozzle for expelling a spattering material onto a target surface, a nozzle control mechanism controls expelling of the nozzle. A spatial referencing unit references the spattering device in space and a computation means automatically controls the nozzle according to information from the spatial referencing unit and according to predefined desired spattering data as a digital image or a CAD-model of a desired pattern to be spattered onto the target surface. A communication means for establishing a communication link from the spatial referencing unit to the computation means to supply the position and orientation to the computation means. The spatial referencing unit is located remote from the spattering device and comprises at least two optical 2D cameras arranged with a stereobasis, for determining the position and orientation of images taken by the cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Bo PETTERSSON, Klaus SCHNEIDER, Benedikt ZEBHAUSER, Knut SIERCKS
  • Publication number: 20120164348
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the structured coating of substrates from liquid phase and also to a device for the structured coating. Furthermore, the invention includes the use of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicants: Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Birger Zimmermann, Michael Niggemann, Hans-Frieder Schleiermacher
  • Patent number: 8122849
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for producing pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical-like products. The apparatus and method provide real-time monitoring of the pharmaceutical product and can provide real-time control. The apparatus and method can monitor the dosage both before and after it has been added to a carrier substrate. The apparatus and method can provide monitoring of each pharmaceutical product that is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Allan J. Clarke, David George Doughty, Frederick H Fiesser, David Tainsh, Dwight Walker, David Wagner
  • Patent number: 8113144
    Abstract: A photoresist-coating apparatus includes a substrate on which a particle-detecting area and an invalid particle-detecting area are defined, a nozzle discharging photoresist to the substrate and moving along a direction, and a particle-detecting sensor controlling on and off of the nozzle in the particle-detecting area according to presence of particles, wherein in the invalid particle-detecting area, the nozzle operates independently from detection of the particle-detecting sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Yeol Park
  • Publication number: 20110297084
    Abstract: An all-additive apparatus for direct fabrication of nanometer-scale planar and multilayer structures that performs “pick-and-place” retrieval and deposition of materials comprises a tip and a controller and transport mechanism configured for causing the tip to acquire a transferable material and deposit at least a portion of the acquired transferable material at a predetermined location onto a substrate, without the use of a bridging medium, in order to directly assemble a structure. The tip may be submillimeter-scale, may comprise a plurality of sub-tips disposed in a predetermined arrangement, and/or may mechanically vibrate. Mechanical vibration of the tip may be monitored. The tip may acquire the transferable material from a reservoir. The assembled structure may be cured on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Brian Hubert, Joseph Jacobson, Aggelos Bletsas
  • Patent number: 8001926
    Abstract: An interventional device for delivery of beneficial agent to a lumen and methods of loading and manufacture of the same, which include a prosthesis loaded with beneficial agent to provide a controlled dosage concentration of beneficial agent to the lumen. The beneficial agent is loaded onto the prosthesis by a fluid-dispenser having a dispensing element capable of dispensing the beneficial agent in discrete droplets, each droplet having a controlled trajectory. The method of loading beneficial agent includes dispensing beneficial agent in a raster format and/or an off-axis format along a dispensing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Donald Verlee, Peter Tarcha, Keith Cromack, Richard Quint
  • Patent number: 8001923
    Abstract: A droplet ejection apparatus includes a plurality of droplet ejection heads divided into three groups with each group including first to fourth heads with a second head being disposed between the third and fourth heads, and the third head being disposed between the first and second heads when viewed in a direction parallel to nozzle arrays. In each group, the nozzle array of the first head overlaps the nozzle array of the third head throughout a first sub-area, the nozzle array of the first head overlaps the nozzle array of the fourth head throughout a second sub-area, and the nozzle array of the second head overlaps the nozzle array of the fourth head throughout a third sub-area when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the nozzle arrays. The second sub-areas of the three groups partially overlap each other when viewed from the direction perpendicular to the nozzle arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomomi Kawase
  • Patent number: 7997446
    Abstract: A minute quantity viscous material dispenser employing a pressurized material source and a reciprocating piston is driven by a variable drive which is controlled in response to a signal reflective of piston position and wherein the drive can be controlled for direction, stroke distance, speed, acceleration, and force and wherein the drive is coupled to the piston through a quick disconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Harold J. Engel
  • Patent number: 7981479
    Abstract: A system and method for use in applying a coating of a desired material onto one or more medical implant components. The system may include one or more thermal sprayers and a rotatable holding fixture having a plurality of mounting stations each operable to hold at least one medical implant component. The fixture may be operable to rotate about a central axis and each mounting station may be operable to rotate about a respective mounting station axis. The fixture may be arranged adjacent to one or more thermal sprayers so that during operation one or more desired materials may be sprayed by the one or more thermal sprayers upon an outer surface of each of the medical implant components while the fixture rotates about the central axis and while simultaneously therewith each of mounting stations having a respective medical implant component rotates about the respective mounting station axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignees: Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Inframat Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel E. Lawrynowicz, Aiguo Wang, Zongtao Zhang, Jay Krajewski
  • Patent number: 7981462
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying paints or varnishes with the aid of an application device in order to apply a color design on surfaces of buildings or public or civil engineering works in accordance with a previously executed implementation of a digital image model in a previously recorded digital surface object that represents the surface of the object. According to the invention, the application device moves on the surface of the object while contacting the surface thereof, the position of the application device is continuously measured or calculated using motion sensors and paint is applied in accordance with said implementation depending on the position thus determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Burkhard Büstgens
  • Patent number: 7922882
    Abstract: In holding a substrate p loaded at a specified position on a holder 30 by clamping a peripheral region of the substrate p against the holder 30 through a plurality of engagement elements 32, it can be avoided that when the substrate p is offset from the specified position and its peripheral region gets on one or some of the engagement elements 32, the substrate p is processed with the peripheral region getting on the engagement element 32. A substrate holding device includes: a plurality of detector sensors 80 for detecting the peripheral region of the substrate p if the substrate p is placed at the specified position on the holder 30; and a determination unit 90 for determining that the substrate p is offset from the specified position when at least one of the detector sensors 80 did not detect the associated part of the substrate p.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuzou Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20100311248
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a through-vapor mask for depositing layers in a structured manner by means of a specially designed coating mask which has structures that accurately fit into complementary alignment structures of the microsystem wafer to be coated in a structured manner such that the mask and the wafer can be accurately aligned relative to one another. Very precisely defined portions on the microsystem wafer are coated through holes in the coating mask, e.g. by mans of sputtering, CVD, or to evaporation processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG
    Inventor: Roy Knechtel
  • Patent number: 7836847
    Abstract: A system and method for use in applying a coating of a desired material onto one or more medical implant components. The system may include a thermal sprayer and a rotatable holding fixture having a plurality of mounting stations each operable to hold at least one medical implant component. The fixture may be operable to rotate about a central axis and each mounting station may be operable to rotate about a respective mounting station axis. The fixture may be arranged adjacent to the thermal sprayer so that during operation the desired material may be sprayed by the thermal sprayer upon an outer surface of each of the medical implant components while the fixture rotates about the central axis and while simultaneously therewith each of mounting stations having a respective medical implant component rotates about the respective mounting station axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignees: Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Inframat Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Lawrynowicz, Aiguo Wang, Zongtao Zhang, Jay Krajewski
  • Patent number: 7815965
    Abstract: A microdeposition system microdeposits droplets of fluid material to define a feature pattern on a substrate. The feature pattern for the substrate is defined. A mask is created for the feature pattern that reduces a density of defects that occur due to a malfunctioning nozzle of the microdeposition head. The droplets of fluid material are microdeposited onto the substrate based on the mask to define sub-features of the feature pattern. One of the nozzles of the microdeposition head is assigned to each of the sub-features in the feature pattern. The nozzles may be assigned randomly or using other functions. The assigned nozzles in the mask are assigned to one of a plurality of passes of the microdeposition head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Ulvac, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles O. Edwards, David Albertalli
  • Patent number: 7785652
    Abstract: System and method for coating a medical appliance is provided. In accord with one embodiment, a system for applying a coating to a medical appliance having accessible patterned surfaces is provided. The system may include: a processor, an appliance support, and a solenoid type fluid dispensing head having an electromagnetically controlled valve. In the system, the appliance support may be adapted to hold the medical appliance and to provide direct access for a coating to contact the exposed external patterned surfaces of the medical appliance. The solenoid type fluid dispensing head in this system may move with respect to the medical appliance and may be in communication with a source of coating and with the processor. The processor in this system may contain commands that instruct the solenoid type fluid dispensing head to force coating onto the accessible patterned surfaces of the medical appliance in a pattern that correlates with the accessible patterned surfaces of the medical appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheng-ping (Samuel) Zhong, Dennis R. Boulais, Praveen Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 7776402
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for pattern formation and an apparatus for pattern formation, the method comprising: applying, between partition lines for pattern formation formed on a surface of a base member, a resin composition for pattern formation having small compatibility or substantially no compatibility with a resin forming the partition lines for pattern formation, in a state in which the surface of the base member with the partition lines for pattern formation formed whereon is placed face down; maintaining the state in which the resin composition for pattern formation is held on the surface of the base member that is placed face down in order to form the resin composition for pattern formation applied between the partition lines for pattern formation into a downward convex shape; and curing the resin composition for pattern formation that is formed into the downward convex shape in order to form a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Grapac Japan Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshihide Yumoto
  • Patent number: 7770537
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and device, which is suitable for use in an operating theater just prior to implantation, for selectively applying a medical coating to an implantable medical device, for example a stent. Disclosed is a device for use with a stent deployed on a catheter balloon. The device is configured to apply a medical coating of a desired thickness to the surface of a stent only. This is done by use of a drop-on-demand ink-jet printing system in association with an optical scanning device. The device is further configured so as to, if necessary, apply a plurality of layered coats, each layered coat being of a different coating material, and if appropriate, different thickness. The section of the housing in which the stent is held during the coating procedure is detachable from the housing base. The detachable housing section may be easily cleaned and re-sterilized or simply disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Avraham Shekalim, Ascher Shmulewitz
  • Publication number: 20100192853
    Abstract: An envelope (5) flap (6) moistener has a moisture transfer member (4; 104) for transferring liquid adhering thereto to a flap (6) of an envelope (5). An encapsulation (11, 22; 110, 111, 122) containing the moisture transfer member (4; 104) is equipped with a cap (22; 122) suspended movably between a closed position and an open position. The encapsulation (11, 22; 110, 111, 122) encapsulates at least a portion of the moisture transfer member (4; 104) including a contact surface (12; 112) for contacting envelope (5) flap (6)s to be moistened when the cap (22; 122) is in the closed position and leaves the contact surface (12; 112) of the moisture transfer member (4; 104) exposed for allowing the contact surface (12; 112) to contact an envelope (5) flap (6) when the cap (22; 122) is in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Fransiscus Hermannus FEIJEN
  • Publication number: 20100189887
    Abstract: Marking information relating to use of a marking device to perform a marking operation may be acquired from one or more input devices, logged/stored in local memory of a marking device, formatted in various manners, processed and/or analyzed at the marking device itself, and/or transmitted to another device (e.g., a remote computer/server) for storage, processing and/or analysis. In one example, a marking device may include one or more environmental sensors and/or operational sensors, and the marking information may include environmental information and operational information derived from such sensors. Environmental and/or operational information may be used to control operation of the marking device, assess out-of-tolerance conditions in connection with use of the marking device, and/or provide alerts or other feedback. Additional enhancements are disclosed relating to improving the determination of a location (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr