Responsive To Condition Of Coating Material Patents (Class 118/688)
  • Patent number: 10637057
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a slurry for a positive electrode of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery using an aqueous solvent containing an alkali metal complex oxide, includes: while causing a raw material slurry containing a solid content and the solvent as slurry raw materials for a positive electrode of the nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery to flow along a path, performing a neutralization treatment on an alkali component in the raw material slurry by inorganic carbon supplied to the raw material slurry flowing along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON SPINDLE MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Asami, Keiichiro Onishi
  • Patent number: 10600647
    Abstract: A coating apparatus includes an open/close valve having a motor that allows control of opening operation and closing operation in accordance with electric signals applied from a controller. The coating apparatus further includes a suck back valve having a motor that allows control of a volume variation in a flow path for suck back that is in communication with an upstream side and a downstream side of a pipe in accordance with electric signals from the controller. The controller allows control of start of the closing operation of the open/close valve and start of suction operation of the suck back valve through application of the electric signals to the respective motors. This achieves simple adjustment of liquid cut-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Imamura, Kazuo Morioka
  • Patent number: 10583510
    Abstract: A heating and cooling device including: an airtight processing chamber openable to load a member-to-be-processed in the airtight processing chamber; a transfer apparatus to adjust a distance between the member-to-be-processed and a cooling unit that cools the member-to-be-processed, by moving the member-to-be-processed and/or the cooling unit; an induction heating apparatus to heat the member-to-be-processed, including a induction heating coil; a cooling apparatus to cool the member-to-be-processed by cooling the cooling unit; a temperature sensor to determine a temperature of the member-to-be-processed; and a controller to control the induction heating apparatus and the cooling apparatus based on the temperature determined by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Yokoyama, Takeshi Matsushita, Hiroaki Nakahara, Masaki Takeuchi, Takenori Wada, Masahiro Momose, Masahiro Kikuchi, Yoshio Igarashi, Mitsuhiro Naruse
  • Patent number: 10528302
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a recorder, a display, an input interface, a memory, and a controller, is provided. The controller is configured to control the recorder to consume colorant to print images on sheets, count a consumption value and a quantity of the sheets consumed, determine an average usage value based on the consumption value and the quantity of the sheets, obtain a filled amount value and determine a first printable quantity, determine a second printable quantity, control the display to display a first screen including a first object indicating the first printable quantity in the display, control the display to display a second screen including a second object indicating the second printable quantity in the display, and control the display to display a screen including a third object, through which one of the first object and the second object to be displayed in the display is selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Minamikawa, Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10504758
    Abstract: A nozzle for emitting a fluid comprises a channel, a light source and a light sensor. The channel is configured to flow the fluid. The light source is configured to emit light towards a surface on which the fluid is applied and the light sensor is configured to receive reflected light from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Kai-Lin Chuang, Tsung-Chi Chen, Pei-Jung Chang, Chun-Wei Huang, Jun Xiu Liu
  • Patent number: 10472718
    Abstract: A device and a method for depositing organic layers onto a substrate includes a process gas source with a temperature-controlled evaporator, and a carrier gas supply line which opens into the evaporator in order to supply a carrier gas flow into a temperature-controlled first transport line. A first dilution gas supply line, which opens into the first transport line, supplies a dilution gas flow into the first transport line. The device also comprises a temperature-controlled gas inlet element fluidly connected to the first transport line. A gaseous starting material can be supplied into a processing chamber via the gas inlet element. A substrate is disposed on a temperature-controlled susceptor located in the processing chamber, and a layer is grown on the substrate using the gaseous starting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AIXTRON SE
    Inventors: Markus Gersdorff, Martin Dauelsberg, Baskar Pagadala Gopi, Michael Long
  • Patent number: 10183443
    Abstract: 3-D printers include an intermediate transfer surface that transfers a layer of material to a platen each time the platen contacts the intermediate transfer surface to successively form a freestanding stack of layers of the material on the platen. A sensor detects the thickness of the layer on the platen after a fusing station fuses the layer. A feedback loop is electrically connected to the sensor and a development station (that includes a photoreceptor, a charging station providing a static charge to the photoreceptor, a laser device exposing the photoreceptor, and a development device supplying the material to the photoreceptor). The development station adjusts the development bias of the development device, based on a layer thickness measurement from the sensor through the feedback loop, to control the thickness of subsequent ones of the layers transferred from the intermediate transfer surface to the freestanding stack on the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jorge A. Alvarez, Michael F. Zona, William J. Nowak, Robert A. Clark, Chu-heng Liu, Paul J. McConville
  • Patent number: 10133222
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that, in a case where it is determined that a scaling ratio of the inputted image data does not exceed a predetermined threshold, executes processing for scaling the inputted image and then executes first detection processing that detects an amount of applied toner using image data after scaling, and in a case where it is determined that the scaling ratio of the inputted image data exceeds the predetermined threshold, executes second detection processing that detects the amount of applied toner using the inputted image data prior to scaling and then executes scaling processing after executing the second detection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichiro Shibuya
  • Patent number: 9971293
    Abstract: A toner detection unit includes an LED and a light receiving element that outputs a current in accordance with a received light amount. A current/voltage converter circuit converts the current outputted from the light receiving element into a voltage and outputs the voltage. A voltage amplifier circuit amplifies a difference between the voltage outputted from the converter circuit and a reference voltage and outputs the amplified difference as a voltage corresponding to the received light amount. A microcomputer measures the voltage outputted from the voltage amplifier circuit by causing the LED to emit light, under a measurement condition under which the reflected light is not incident on the light receiving element through an opening formed in a housing of the toner detection unit, and adjusts the reference voltage used in the voltage amplifier circuit based on the obtained measured voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyuki Monden, Takuya Mukaibara, Kazushi Ino
  • Patent number: 9790251
    Abstract: Cellulose may be converted into simple sugars such as glucose by contacting the cellulose with a compound effective to catalytically cleave the ether bonds of the cellulose. The compound may be a vitamin, a porphyrin, flavins, pyridoxal-containing molecules, and/or a compound containing at least one ylide functional group. The cellulose may be carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), which may be made by reacting cellulose with chloroacetic acid and a base such as NaOH. The compound may be vitamins (B1, B2, B6, or B12), phosphonium ylides, sulfonium ylides, sulfoxonium ylides, carbonyl ylides, oxonium ylides, asomethine ylides, iminium ylides, halonium ylides, and combinations thereof. The free glucose may be used for fermentation, converted to a biofuel and for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles David Armstrong, Stanley Gunawan, Lawrence N. Kremer
  • Patent number: 9108219
    Abstract: A process for depositing a layer on at least part of the surface of a substrate by at least partially submerging the substrate in a solution having a solvent and at least one compound intended to form the layer, then drying the substrate, the drying being at least partially carried out in an atmosphere that is isolated from the solution. The submersion in the solution and the drying of the substrate are carried out in the same controlled-atmosphere enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE (PARIS 6), CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, SCIENTIFIQUE, UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD 11
    Inventors: David Grosso, Cédric Boissiere, Clément Sanchez, Pierre Antoine Albouy
  • Publication number: 20150144059
    Abstract: The present invention is notably directed to a microfluidic surface processing device including a microfluidic probe head with at least one aperture, on a face, including at least an outlet aperture; and a surface processing structure extending outward and perpendicular with respect to the face, the processing structure being further dimensioned and located with respect to the outlet aperture such that it can intercept a flowpath of liquid dispensed via the outlet aperture. The present invention is further directed to related apparatuses and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Urs T. Duerig, Robert Lovchik
  • Patent number: 9016235
    Abstract: The substrate coating device (10) includes a slit nozzle (1), a first camera (3), a second camera (4), a control section (5), a pump (8), and a pressure control chamber (9). The control section (5) controls the supply of the coating liquid from the pump (8) to the slit nozzle (1) in accordance with the result of comparison between a bead shape imaged by the first camera (3) and a reference shape. The control section (5) also controls the air pressure on the upstream side of the slit nozzle (1) by the pressure control chamber (9) in accordance with the result of comparison between a distance measured from an image taken by the second camera (4) and a reference distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tazmo Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ikagawa, Mitsunori Oda, Minoru Yamamoto, Takashi Kawaguchi, Masaaki Tanabe, Hideo Hirata
  • Patent number: 9004004
    Abstract: Marking devices for dispensing a marking substance on the ground and marking methods are provided. The marking devices and marking methods use one or more detection mechanisms to detect one or more characteristics of the marking substance. In some embodiments, the detection mechanism may be, but is not limited to, an optical sensor, an olfactory sensor, a weight sensor, a switch device, and any combination thereof. The one or more detection mechanisms may provide, for example, the capability to: (1) determine the type of marking substance that is installed in the marking device; (2) determine in advance of or during a marking operation the amount of marking substance within the marking dispenser; and (3) determine when the marking dispenser is becoming empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Jeffrey Farr, Curtis Chambers
  • Publication number: 20150086705
    Abstract: A light induced forward transfer manufacturing method provides for transfer of material from a donor sheet. A donor sheet is used that comprises a trench in a surface of the donor sheet, with transfer material in the trench. The material is transferred by scanning a light spot along the bottom of the trench. A donor sheet is used in which the average depth of the trench varies in the scanning direction. This supports optical reading of position information from the trench through the donor sheet and/or transfer of structures with predetermined height profiles from the trench. In combination with the average depth, or by themselves, a trench width, deviation of a trench from an average track or variation of a thickness or composition of material at a bottom of the trench may vary as a function of position along the trench to support optical reading of position information and/or transfer of predetermined structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Erwin Rinaldo Meinders, Henri Fledderus, An Maria Prenen
  • Publication number: 20140345522
    Abstract: A high-energy ion implanter includes: a beam generation unit that includes an ion source and a mass spectrometer; a radio frequency multi-stage linear acceleration unit; a deflection unit that includes a magnetic field type energy analysis device for filtering ions by a momentum; a beam transportation line unit; and a substrate processing/supplying unit. In this apparatus, an electric field type final energy filter that deflects a high-energy scan beam in the vertical direction by an electric field is inserted between the electric field type beam collimator and the wafer in addition to the magnetic field type mass spectrometer and the magnetic field type energy analysis device as momentum filters and the radio frequency multi-stage linear acceleration unit as a velocity filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Kabasawa, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Haruka Sasaki, Kouji Inada, Makoto Sano
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8833297
    Abstract: The invention relates to a high-pressure device for the application of an expandable reaction mixture on a surface, to a method for producing expandable foams, to a device for producing sandwich composite elements, and to a method for producing expanded sandwich composite elements. The high-pressure device includes a mixing head, a distributor head fluidically connected downstream of the mixing head, at feast three outlet lines attached to the distributor head, a high-pressure feed line of a component to the mixing head, a high pressure feed line of a component B to the mixing head, at least one static mixer for mixing an inert gas to the component A, the component B or a mixture of components A and B, at least one high-pressure feed line for the inert gas, which is under increased pressure, and at least one measurement and control unit for the desired pressure of the components on the mixing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Thomas Rub, Uwe Kenzel
  • Patent number: 8826847
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an imprinting apparatus includes an ejecting unit, a stage, a moving unit, and an observation unit. The ejecting unit ejects and drips a hardening resin material onto a substrate to be processed. The substrate to be processed is placed onto the stage. The moving unit relatively moves the ejecting unit and the stage. The observation unit observes the dripped hardening resin material and the pattern with the state in which the dripped hardening resin material and the pattern are overlaid on a plane, before the template is brought into contact with the hardening resin material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takumi Ota
  • Patent number: 8747608
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes a detector for detecting interference light of multiple wavelengths from a surface of a sample during processing, a pattern comparator for comparing actual deviation pattern data on the interference light obtained at a given time during processing and a plurality of standard deviation patterns corresponding to two or more thicknesses of the film, and calculating a deviation, the standard deviation patterns corresponding to interference light data of multiple wavelengths obtained, before the processing of the sample, for processing of another sample, a deviation comparator for comparing the deviation between the data and a predetermined deviation and outputting data on a thickness of the film of the sample at that time, a recorder for recording, as time series data, the data on the thickness of the film, and an endpoint decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tatehito Usui, Kazuhiro Joo, Takashi Fujii
  • Patent number: 8714106
    Abstract: A liquid crystal dispensing system includes a container to contain liquid crystal to be dispensed, a discharge pump to receive the liquid crystal from the container and to discharge the liquid crystal, a nozzle to dispense the liquid crystal discharged from the discharge pump onto a substrate, and a control unit to control a dispensing amount of liquid crystal discharged from the discharge pump and to compensate the dispensing amount when the dispensing amount of liquid crystal exceeds a limitation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joung-Ho Ryu, Soo-Min Kwak, Hae-Joon Son, Man-Ho An, Joon-Young Kim, Do-Hyun Ryu, Seung-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 8701593
    Abstract: A gas supply system for supplying a gas into a processing chamber for processing a substrate to be processed includes: a processing gas supply unit; a processing gas supply line; a first and a second processing gas branch line; a branch flow control unit; an additional gas supply unit; an additional gas supply line; a first and a second additional gas branch line; a flow path switching unit; and a control unit. Before processing the substrate to be processed, the control unit performs a pressure ratio control on the branch flow control unit while the processing gas supply unit supplies the processing gas. After the inner pressures of the first and the second processing gas branch line become stable, the control unit switches the pressure ratio control to a fixed pressure control, and then the additional gas supply unit supplies the additional gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Kenetsu Mizusawa
  • 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: 20130327271
    Abstract: An apparatus for depositing a ceramic coating on a component. The apparatus is configured to make use of an evaporation source containing multiple different oxide compounds, in which at least one of the oxide compounds has a vapor pressure that is higher than the remaining oxide compounds. The apparatus is operable to introduce the evaporation source into a coating chamber, suspend the component near the evaporation source, and project a high-energy beam on the evaporation source to melt and form a vapor cloud having a composition comprising the oxide compounds of the evaporation source. The apparatus includes a feature that prevents the vapor cloud from contacting and condensing on the component during an initial phase of operation, and subsequently permit and then again prevent the vapor cloud from contacting and condensing on the component during subsequent phases of operation in response to changes in the composition of the vapor cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Boris A. Movchan, Irene Spitsberg, Ramgopal Darolia
  • Publication number: 20130330466
    Abstract: A thermal spray system may include a thermal spray torch configured to produce an emission of material, at least one camera configured to capture an image of the emission of material emitted by the thermal spray torch, a diagnostic device communicatively coupled to the at least one camera, and a controller communicatively coupled to the diagnostic device. The camera may be configured to transmit an image of the emission of material to a diagnostic device that may be configured to determine a characteristic of the emission of material based on the image. The diagnostic device may transmit the characteristic to a controller that may control a position of the thermal spray torch based on the characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Lochner, Joshua Lee Margolies, Jon E. Dickinson
  • Patent number: 8591824
    Abstract: The heat treating furnace for the gas reaction includes an outer body, an inner body, a heating mechanism, gas supplying mechanism, and a controller. Using the controller to control the amount of gas supply effectively keeps the first pressure (P1) in the gas circulation chamber outside the inner body greater than the second pressure (P2) in the reaction chamber inside the inner body all the time. In this way, the flow rate of gas inlet, reaction rate, cooling rate can be facilitated, and the uniformity of the thin film and the operational safety can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignees: Kern Energy Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying-Shih Hsiao, Toshiaki Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20130291794
    Abstract: A plasma generator 1 includes a first electrode 12 provided in a gas storage section 5; and a second electrode 13 separated from the first electrode 12 and provided in a manner such that at least the portion coupled with the first electrode 12 is in contact with a liquid 17 in a liquid storage section 4. Electric discharge is caused between the first electrode 12 and the second electrode 13 so as to produce plasma in a gas region in the liquid 17 in the liquid storage section and produce hydroxyl radical from water contained in the liquid 17 and oxygen contained in the gas. A voltage controller 60 controls a voltage applied by a plasma power source 15 depending on conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Sanematsu, Akihiko Saitoh, Kenji Narita, Masaharu Machi
  • Publication number: 20130230641
    Abstract: In a coating apparatus 100 provided by the present invention an electrode material paste 12 is coated onto an elongated collector 10, to form thereby a coating film 14 of predetermined width in the longitudinal direction of the collector. The coating apparatus 100 includes: a discharge nozzle 20 that discharges the paste 12 onto the collector 10, Which is an object to be coated; a transport pipe 30 that transports the paste 12 up to the discharge nozzle 20; a viscosity measurement unit 40 that measures the viscosity of the paste 12 that is transported within the transport pipe 30; and a gap control unit 50 that modifies a size H of the clearance between the discharge nozzle 20 and the collector 10 on the basis of the viscosity measured by the viscosity measurement unit 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Shigeru Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20130206061
    Abstract: A sheet of paper is set on a paper-supplying portion of a top surface gloss processing apparatus while its top surface is faced upward. A gloss level sensor measures gloss level of the top surface of the sheet of paper. Data of this measurement is compared with a previously set threshold value. Based on this comparison, it is determined whether or not the gloss processing has been performed on the top surface thereof. When determining that the gloss processing has been already performed, a warning message such that the gloss processing has been already performed on the top surface of the sheet, of paper is displayed on a screen. On the other hand, when determining that the gloss processing has not performed, the top surface gloss processing apparatus performs the gloss processing on the top surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi SHIMAO, Katsunori TAKAHASHI, Kenji TAMAKI, Kenichi HAYASHI, Yumiko IZUMIYA, Kazutoshi YOSHIMURA
  • 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: 8465792
    Abstract: A spray monitoring device analyzes images obtained from a beam passing through a spray pattern applying a spray to a substrate, and identifies discontinuities in the image as indicative of a discontinuity in a spray pattern. The spray pattern is produced by a plurality of nozzles spaced apart across the substrate for applying a suitable coating thereto. The beam is produced by a laser, that preferably has a collimator for distributing the beam intensity. The beam is imaged by a camera that provides a constant image to a computers where the scattering of beam light by the spray pattern is processed by image processing software and optionally provided to a user interface for analysis. Discontinuities detected by the user or software indicate faulty spray nozzles and may trigger remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Arcelormittal Dofasco, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Marriott, Robert Eric Mueller
  • Patent number: 8424486
    Abstract: Marking devices for dispensing a marking substance on the ground and marking methods are provided. The marking devices and marking methods use one or more detection mechanisms to detect one or more characteristics of the marking substance. In some embodiments, the detection mechanism may be, but is not limited to, an optical sensor, an olfactory sensor, a weight sensor, a switch device, and any combination thereof. The one or more detection mechanisms may provide, for example, the capability to: (1) determine the type of marking substance that is installed in the marking device; (2) determine in advance of or during a marking operation the amount of marking substance within the marking dispenser; and (3) determine when the marking dispenser is becoming empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Jeffrey Farr, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8393294
    Abstract: An applicator machine for applying a liquid carrier having live bacteria suspended therein, which are in a dormant state, to a target host comprising a pump having inlet and discharge sides, with the inlet side of the pump being in fluid communication with the liquid carrier. A first fluid conduit extends from the discharge side of the pump to an air induction nozzle which is in communication with a source of air under pressure. A flow control is imposed in the first conduit for adjusting the amount of liquid carrier passing therethrough. The pump and the air supply for the air induction nozzle are operatively connected to a power supply. The pump, when activated, causes the liquid carrier to be pumped to the air induction nozzle wherein the liquid carrier is mixed with air to create small droplets thereof for spraying onto the target host. A remote management system for the machine(s) is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: James B. Watson
  • Patent number: 8381676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling coating material deposition on to a medical device. Images of material drops in flight are captured and an average single drop volume value is calculated by conversion of the captured drop images to a volume measurement. The average single drop volume value is used to calculate a total number of drops necessary to apply a desired amount of coating. Alternately, material is applied and the amount of material deposited is accumulated and adjustments are made to deposit only a desired amount of coating material. A drop volume is determined for either every drop or a sampling of drops as the drops are being applied. Adjustments to the coating process include changing drop size and changing a number of drops to be deposited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eyal Teichman, Avner Schrift
  • Patent number: 8297222
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a flowable conductive paste onto a greensheet from a dispensing apparatus comprising an orifice member having first and second surfaces and a bore therethrough between the surfaces, a pressurized chamber adjacent the orifice member first surface containing the paste, and a punch having a face movable through the orifice member bore. The method comprises positioning the punch outside the orifice member bore such that the punch face is spaced from the orifice member first surface, flowing a desired amount of paste onto the punch face, moving the paste on the punch face through the orifice member bore until the punch face extends beyond the orifice member second surface, and contacting the workpiece with the paste while still on the punch face to deposit the paste on the greensheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weiss, James N Humenik, Mark J LaPlante, David C Long
  • Publication number: 20120189762
    Abstract: A seed treatment system having a central computerized data store, a user interface, and network connections from the data store to a plurality of retail facilities and a plurality of agricultural produce suppliers. Each retail facility having a seed treatment system configured to uniformly treat batches of seeds with any of a variety of precisely measured chemical formulations. The seed treatment apparatus having a treatment applicator coupled to a plurality of dispensing stations. Each dispensing stations having a pump in fluid communication with a container disposed on a scale. The pump and scale of each dispensing station coupled to a system controller. The system controller is coupled to the data store, configured to provide on-demand agricultural seed treatments to the applicator and chemical usage data from each station to the data store. The data store configured to provide centralized remote monitoring inventory control, supply chain monitoring, and container recycling compliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP
    Inventors: Greg A. Reineccius, Jaco Ernest Van Der Westhuizen, Alan W. Geiss, Bradley W. May, Tharacad S. Ramanarayanan, Marc Jean-Marie Andrieux
  • Patent number: 8225745
    Abstract: System and method for operating a material deposition system are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method can include periodically injecting a precursor into a vaporizer through an injector at the vaporizer, vaporizing the precursor in the vaporizer and supplying the vaporized precursor to a reaction chamber in fluid communication with the vaporizer, and shutting down the vaporizer and the reaction chamber after a period of time. The method can also include conducting maintenance of the injector at the vaporizer by using a vapor solvent rinse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene P. Marsh, David R. Atwell
  • Patent number: 8210121
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming an alignment layer comprising: at least one alignment layer forming line having a plurality of alignment layer forming units; a plurality of alignment material coating devices disposed at each alignment layer forming unit and configured to coat an alignment material on a substrate of the corresponding alignment layer forming units; at lest one alignment material supplying unit having a plurality of second alignment material containers for supplying the alignment material to each alignment material coating device; a central supplying unit connected to the at least alignment material supplying unit and having at least one first alignment material container for supplying the alignment material to the at least one alignment material supplying unit; a supplying pipe configured to connect the at least one alignment material supplying unit to the central supplying unit; and a controller configured to measure the remnant amount of alignment material of the at least one alignment material supp
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyuck Oh
  • Patent number: 8186077
    Abstract: A disclosed heating apparatus for heating a substrate on which a film is coated includes a process chamber having a gas supply opening for supplying a first gas to the process chamber and a gas evacuation opening for evacuating the first gas from the process chamber; a heating plate that is arranged in the process chamber and includes a heating element for heating the substrate; plural protrusions arranged on the heating plate so as to support the substrate; plural suction holes formed in the heating plate so as to attract by suction the substrate toward the heating plate; and a gas inlet adapted to supply a second gas to a gap between the heating plate and the substrate supported by the plural protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kawaji, Yuichi Sakai, Masatoshi Kaneda
  • Patent number: 8187663
    Abstract: A process for measuring, monitoring and/or controlling directed product movements of fluidized products in process systems (1) selected from fluidized bed and spouted bed systems during a spraying process for coating and/or granulation, which includes, with the aid of one or more microwave sensor devices (8), injecting microwave radiation without contact into one or more product streams, receiving the microwave radiation reflected by the particles of the particular product stream and, on the basis of the microwave radiation received, forming and transmitting a measurement signal for the characterization of the product stream, the corresponding use of microwave sensor devices (8) and correspondingly equipped apparatus (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Glatt GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen A. Dressler, Manfred Struschka, Bernhard Luy
  • Publication number: 20120107498
    Abstract: A multicomponent particle generating system may include a first nozzle constructed to generate at least one isolated particle, and a second nozzle arranged to generate a generally uninterrupted fluid jet without breaking up. The first and second nozzles are arranged to have the isolated particle traverse the fluid jet from one side to the other side so as to combine the particle with fluid of the second fluid jet, for providing a multicomponent particle. A collector is arranged on the other side of the fluid jet by which the isolated particles can be captured after collision with the fluid jet. The system includes a modulator, for modulating the second fluid jet so as to provide an undulated jet having thicker and thinner portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST- NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Rene Jos Houben, Andries Rijfers, Leonardus Antonius Maria Brouwers
  • Publication number: 20120095588
    Abstract: A method for operating a gluing system (10) for gluing blanks for producing and/or packaging cigarettes or other smokable objects, in which the blanks are conveyed along glue valves (11) of the gluing system (10), in which case, in order to control and/or regulate the glue valves (11), a superordinate master controller (13) respectively transmits values of at least one control and/or regulation parameter to individual controllers (15) which are assigned to the glue valves (11), are subordinate to the master controller (13) and are each connected to the superordinate master controller (13) via a suitable data connection, the subordinate controller (15) using said values to control and/or regulate the glue valve (11) assigned to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.KG)
    Inventors: Ralf Barkmann, Wolfgang Rohwedder, Marc-Daniel Stegen
  • Publication number: 20120085282
    Abstract: A substrate coating device is provided which is capable of reducing non-uniform film thickness areas that take place in a coating start portion and a coating end portion during coating using a slit nozzle coater. The substrate coating device (10) includes at least a slider driving motor (4), a pump (8), a delivery state quantity measuring section (82), and a control section (5). The slider driving motor (4) scans a slit nozzle (1) over a substrate (100) at an established velocity relative to the substrate (100). The pump (8) controls the supply of the coating liquid to the slit nozzle (1). The delivery state quantity measuring section (82) is configured to measure a state quantity indicative of a delivery state of the coating liquid from the tip of the slit nozzle (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: TAZMO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ikagawa, Mitsunori Oda, Minoru Yamamoto, Takashi Kawaguchi, Hideo Hirata, Masaaki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8146529
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid application apparatus capable of performing stable application without providing a new mechanism, by efficiently removing an application liquid increased in viscosity and fixedly adhered to an abutting portion between an application member and a liquid supplying member. A liquid application apparatus includes an application member that applies a liquid supplied to an applied face to a printing medium by rotating an application roller and a liquid holding member that abuts against the applied face to form a liquid holding space for holding the liquid, and the amount of liquid that is held in the liquid holding space and makes contact with the application member in unit time is larger before an applying operation for applying the liquid to the printing medium than in the applying operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisei Hakamata, Tetsuyo Ohashi, Hideaki Nagahara, Hiroshi Yoshino, Takeshi Sekino
  • Patent number: 8133528
    Abstract: An electron gun evaporation apparatus capable of efficiently using an evaporation source includes an electron beam position controller which determines, as an applicable range, a range within which the distribution of the film thickness growth rate is almost constant in each scanning direction of an electron beam to be applied to an evaporation source in a crucible for the irradiation position of the electron beam, on the basis of information pertaining to the electron beam irradiation position and the film thickness growth rate in the electron beam irradiation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Anelva Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20120055633
    Abstract: An apparatus for formation of element(s) of an electrochemical cell using a complete process. The apparatus includes a first work piece configured to a transfer device, a source of material in fluid form, a reaction region operably coupled to the source of material and a second work piece configured within a vicinity of the reaction region. The apparatus also has an energy source configured to the reaction region to subject a portion of the material to energy to substantially evaporate the portion of the material within a time period and cause deposition of a gaseous species derived from the evaporated material onto a surface region of the second work piece to form a thickness of material for a component of the solid state electrochemical device and a vacuum chamber to maintain at least the first and second work pieces, the reaction region, and the material within a vacuum environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Sakti3, Inc.
    Inventors: Hyoncheol KIM, Marc LANGLOIS, Myoungdo CHUNG, Ann Marie SASTRY
  • Patent number: 8122848
    Abstract: A film forming apparatus which forms a film on a substrate by utilizing a chemical solution, including: a correlation data creating unit which creates a correlation data that is related to the quality of a chemical solution, from data that is related to the properties of the chemical solution including at least one of data on storage temperature for the chemical solution to be loaded and data on pressure applied to the chemical solution to be loaded; and a determining unit which determines whether or not the chemical solution holds expected quality thereof on the bases of the correlation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Daisuke Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8083889
    Abstract: A plasma etching apparatus capable of performing processing with excellent in-plane uniformity on an object to be processed having a large diameter is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Go Miya, Manabu Edamura, Ken Yoshioka, Ryoji Nishio
  • Publication number: 20110281378
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring the velocity of gas flow between multiple plasma deposition chambers is provided. A passage atmospherically linking two plasma processing chambers conducts a gas flow therebetween due to differential pressures within the respective chambers. The gas flow velocity is measured by a linear or non-linear ultrasonic energy acoustic path between two transducers located exteriorly to the chambers using the difference in transit time in a forward and reverse direction due to the velocity of gas in the passage. The pressure of process gas in one or more chambers is adjustable based on the measured velocity of gas flow in the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: United Solar Ovonic LLC
    Inventor: Joachim Doehler
  • Publication number: 20110247552
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating a film on a substrate are presented. According to principle of the invention, firstly, a control device controls a first coating device to spray a coating solution onto the substrate. Then, a sensor monitors viscosity data of the coating solution presented between the first coating device and the substrate during movement of the first coating device and sends the viscosity data to the control device, or the sensor monitors viscosity data of the coating solution coated on the substrate and sends the viscosity data to the control device. Lastly, the control device controls a second coating device to spray a coating solution onto the substrate after the first coating device according to signals about the viscosity data from the control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Huang