With Means For Visual Observation Patents (Class 118/713)
  • Patent number: 10526706
    Abstract: A gas supply unit includes a base plate, a plurality of gas supply regions protruding from the base plate and arranged on the base plate in a circumferential direction, and a plurality of sidewall trenches alternating with the gas supply regions on the base plate. A distance between opposing surfaces of the base plate increases in a radial direction from a center of the base plate in each of the plurality of sidewall trenches, so each of the plurality of sidewall trenches has a depth that decreases in the radial direction from the center of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Suk Jin Chung, Jong Cheol Lee, Jae chul Shin, Min Hwa Jung, Jin Pil Heo
  • Patent number: 10049904
    Abstract: A method and a system for moving a substrate, the system includes a chamber, a chuck, a movement system that is positioned outside the chamber, a controller, an intermediate element, at least one sealing element that is configured to form a dynamic seal between the intermediate element and the chamber housing. The movement system is configured to repeat, for each region of the substrate out of a plurality of regions of the substrate, the steps of: rotating the chuck to position a given portion of the region of the substrate within a field of view that is related to an opening of the chamber housing; and moving the chuck relation to the opening to position additional portions of the region of the substrate within the field of view that is related to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: Applied Materials, Inc., Applied Materials Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: Ofer Adan, Israel Avneri, Yoram Uziel, Igor Krivts (Krayvitz), Niranjan Ramchandra Khasgiwale
  • Publication number: 20150147460
    Abstract: An apparatus for painting an object, the apparatus having a painting head equipped with a spraying nozzle arranged to deliver a flow of paint on a surface. The apparatus also includes a device for moving the painting head in the space according to at least two degrees of freedom. An identification device is also provided for identifying the three-dimensional shape of the surface. A processing means is also provided to process the detected projected image and to determine the spatial coordinates of each point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Alessandro Manzi, Stefano Roccella, Jacopo Bucchioni, Fabio Leoni, Gabriele Ferri, Tommaso Fiorelli
  • Patent number: 9004005
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning a dispenser includes a table having a first alignment mark, an alignment plate provided along at least one side of the table, at least one syringe supplying a dispensing material to the alignment plate through a nozzle provided at one end portion thereof to form a second alignment mark, a first image camera provided along a side of the syringe and detecting an image of the second alignment mark, a second image camera detecting an image of the first alignment mark, and an alignment control unit aligning the image of the second alignment mark and a first reference position, and aligning an image of the first alignment mark and a second reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Su Jung, Yong-Keun Kwak
  • Publication number: 20150075426
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pulsed laser deposition system, and particularly relates to a pulsed laser deposition system capable of using several different targets. In the pulsed laser deposition system, a beam-splitting device is provided to split a UV laser beam into several UV laser beams and to introduce these UV laser beams to different targets simultaneously. Therefore, the pulsed laser deposition system can use several different targets and can be used to form doped epitaxial layer (III-V semiconductor film) and ternary or quaternary epitaxial layer (III-V semiconductor film).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: CHING-FUH LIN, Yu-Wen CHENG, Hao-Yu WU
  • Patent number: 8962082
    Abstract: A non-contact edge coating apparatus includes an applicator for applying a coating material on an edge of a solar cell substrate and a control system configured to drive the applicator. The control system may drive the applicator along an axis to maintain a distance with an edge of the substrate as the substrate is rotated to have the edge coated with a coating material. The applicator may include a recessed portion into which the edge of the substrate is received for edge coating. For example, the applicator may be a roller with a groove. Coating material may be introduced into the groove for application onto the edge of the substrate. A variety of coating materials may be employed with the apparatus including hot melt ink and UV curable plating resist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Luca Pavani, Emmanuel Abas
  • Publication number: 20150030781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spark discharge generator. The spark discharge system of the present invention includes a plurality of columnar electrodes and a ground plate having a plurality of outlet holes at positions corresponding to the columnar electrodes. The use of the spark discharge generator enables the production of a three-dimensionally shaped nanostructure array on a large area in a uniform and rapid manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Man Soo Choi, Kyungyeon Ha, Hoseop Choi, Kyuhee Han, Kinam Jung, Dongjoon Lee, Sukbyung Chae
  • Publication number: 20140366803
    Abstract: A vapor phase growth apparatus of an embodiment includes: a reaction chamber; a shower plate disposed in the upper portion of the reaction chamber to supply a gas into the reaction chamber; and a support portion disposed below the shower plate inside the reaction chamber to place a substrate thereon. Then, the shower plate includes a plurality of first and second lateral gas passages disposed within different horizontal planes and first and second gas ejection holes connected to the first and second lateral gas passages. Further, the shower plate includes a center lateral gas passage that passes through a position directly above the rotation center of the support portion and third gas ejection holes connected to the center lateral gas passage. Then, the gases ejected from the first and second gas ejection holes and the center gas ejection holes are independently controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Takumi YAMADA, Yuusuke SATO
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140347464
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coating apparatus configured to properly detect a liquid surface of a coating liquid stored within a slit nozzle. The disclosed coating apparatus includes a slit nozzle, a moving mechanism, a storage portion illumination unit, and an imaging unit. The slit nozzle includes an elongated main body, a storage portion configured to store a coating liquid within the main body, and a slit-shaped ejecting port configured to eject the coating liquid fed from the storage portion through a slit-shaped flow path, wherein at least a part of each of a first wall and a second wall which face each other in the main body is formed of a transparent member. The moving mechanism is configured to move the slit nozzle with respect to a substrate. The storage portion illumination unit is configured to illuminate an inside of the storage portion through the transparent member of the first wall. The imaging unit is configured to image the inside of the storage portion through the transparent member of the second wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Jun Yada, Shigeto Tsuruta
  • Publication number: 20140345524
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus is provided to monitor an amount of a liquid discharged from a nozzle. The monitoring apparatus includes a discharge case. The discharge case is configured to receive liquid discharged from a nozzle. The discharge case includes a storage space for storing the liquid. A photographing unit photographs the level of the liquid stored in the storage space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Joong JOO, You-Min Cha
  • Patent number: 8893649
    Abstract: The imprint apparatus of the present invention includes a holding unit configured to hold a mold; a particle inspection unit configured to inspect whether or not particle is present on an imprint area, in which the resin pattern is formed, of the substrate; a dispenser configured to apply an uncured resin to the imprint area; a movable unit configured to move the imprint area with respect to the holding unit; and a controller. The movable unit is capable of moving the imprint area to each of an inspection position by means of the inspection unit, an application position by means of the dispenser, and a contacting position by means of the holding unit. Also, the controller causes the inspection unit to perform inspection of the imprint area in association with the movement of the imprint area by means of the movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sato
  • Publication number: 20140329033
    Abstract: A method for hot-dip coating of a steel strip running in a bath of liquid metal such as zinc, or metal alloy contained in a pan is provided. Dross which are formed during the coating and float at the surface of the bath are moved away from the surface of the strip by at least one inductor. Each inductor produces a sliding electromagnetic field oriented along a given direction and generates a magnetomotive force, and the magnetomotive forces displaced the dross towards a container intended to collect them and/or towards an area of the surface of the bath from which they are discharged. For at least one of the inductors, the direction of the respective sliding electromagnetic field is reversed intermittently so as to modify the flows of the dross inside the pan. A hot dip coating facility is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Marc Anderhuber, Alain Daubigny
  • Patent number: 8875654
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for manufacturing a cylindrical member comprising a cylindrical core body having an outer peripheral surface with a releasing property, the apparatus comprising: a film-forming device that forms a resin film in a region at a central portion from both ends in the axial direction of the outer peripheral surface of the core body; a judging device that judges the deterioration of the releasing property of regions continuous from the region where the resin film is to be formed in the region at the inner side from both ends in the axial direction of the outer peripheral surface of the core body, before the resin film is formed by the film-forming device; and a control device that controls the film-forming device such that the resin film is formed by exposing regions with an undeteriorated releasing property on both ends in the axial direction of the outer peripheral surface of the core body, in accordance with the results of judgment by the judging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Hara, Arimichi Fukuda
  • 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: 8875655
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Bo Pettersson, Klaus Schneider, Benedikt Zebhauser, Knut Siercks
  • Publication number: 20140318449
    Abstract: A closed chemical introduction system used to deliver active ingredients in liquid chemical to a chemical vapor deposition system includes a robust, moisture-free cartridge containing a defined dose of liquid chemical. The cartridge is placed on a mounting slot specially configured to receive the cartridge. Upon initiating the system, a first linear mechanical actuator securely holds the cartridge in the slot, while an extraction lance attached to a second linear mechanical actuator punctures the cartridge from the bottom, extracts the liquid chemical and delivers it to a vaporization chamber. The vaporization chamber evaporates the liquid chemical and delivers the vapors containing the active ingredients to the chemical vapor deposition system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Russell C. SLAYBAUGH, Michael Stephen METCALFE, Adam ZAX, Guillermo SETA
  • Publication number: 20140322432
    Abstract: An assembly method of a voice coil motor for assembling component parts of a voice coil motor includes the following steps: (1) providing identifiable glue, and the identifiable glue is made by mixing colorable substance or phosphor into transparent glue; (2) coating the identifiable glue on connecting positions of the component parts; (3) curing the identifiable glue, and identifying the identifiable glue simultaneously to check dispensing and curing effect of the component parts. The assembly method can cure and check the voice coil motor simultaneously, thereby it can improve the production efficiency, reduce the manpower, and promote the development of the automated production line. An assembly device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Chun Bai LI, Can Hua Chen, Yiu Sing Ho, Murata Shuji
  • Publication number: 20140308763
    Abstract: A thin film deposition apparatus includes: a chamber; a mask stage in the chamber and configured to support a mask; a jig in the chamber and above the mask stage, the jig being configured to move in a direction of the mask stage; and a rail in the chamber and configured to support the movement of the jig. Another thin film deposition apparatus includes a chamber, a mask stage positioned within the chamber and configured to support a mask, a camera part proximate to a side of the mask stage, and a jig above the mask stage and configured to move in a direction of the mask stage and over the camera part. The jig is further configured to radiate laser beams in a downward direction from the jig to obtain first scanning data regarding the mask stage and second scanning data regarding the camera part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-Yong Jeong, Myung-Ki Lee, Sang-Youn Kim, You-Sung Jeon
  • Publication number: 20140299057
    Abstract: A pipeline field joint coating applicator machine. The machine having a first frame arranged to be mounted on a pipeline, the frame carrying an induction heating coil which encircles the field joint for heating. A second frame mounted on the pipeline and rotatable thereabout, which second frame carries a pipeline field joint coating applicator. A dust extraction hood mounted on the second frame having lateral sides with respective holes therein through which the pipeline may pass. The dust extraction hood is coupled to a vacuum source and a filter such that air may be drawn into the hood via one or both of the holes so that coating material-contaminated air is filtered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Damian Daykin
  • Publication number: 20140272103
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing three-dimensional image data for inspection, alignment and operations of a material applicator includes an imaging system configured to capture three-dimensional image data of an electronic substrate. The imaging system includes one or more illumination assembly configured to project a spectrum of light substantially along a first axis at an angle to the surface of the electronic substrate. The imaging system further includes an image sensor assembly configured to detect the spectrum of light reflected from an electronic substrate surface, with the image sensor assembly including a viewing plane. The material application includes a controller that is coupled to the imaging system. The controller is configured to control movement of the imaging system and to communicate with the image sensor assembly to produce a three-dimensional image of the topology of the electronic substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: David P. Prince
  • Publication number: 20140251215
    Abstract: An exchangeable cartridge system for use with a production coater for coating a material with a solution or a suspension. The exchangeable cartridge system includes an integrated drum and exhaust plenum, the drum is connectable with a motor of the production coater and the exhaust plenum is connectable with an exhaust duct of the production coater. The exchangeable cartridge system provides for simple exchange of drums having a wide range of production capacities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy C. PILIPAUSKAS, Michael Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140242261
    Abstract: Various methods preserve or restore the low roughness throughout an outer shell of a device (e.g., a streamer) used underwater for seismic surveys, by applying various substances that fill micro-cracks, are easy to polish or are self-healing. Apparatuses used to implement these methods may be used shortly before the devices are deployed in water, for example, having the device passing through such an apparatus as it is moved to be deployed in water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: CGG SERVICES SA
    Inventors: Raphaël MACQUIN, Hélène TONCHIA, Karine DESRUES
  • Publication number: 20140208565
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating a thin film on a flexible substrate is described. The apparatus includes a coating drum having an outer surface for guiding the flexible substrate through a first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region, a gas separation unit for separating the first vacuum processing region and at least one second vacuum processing region and adapted to form a slit through which the flexible substrate can pass between the outer surface of the coating drum and the gas separation unit, wherein the gas separation unit is adapted to control fluid communication between the first processing region and the second processing region by adjusting the position of the gas separation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Hans-Georg LOTZ, Neil MORRISON, Jose Manuel DIEGUEZ-CAMPO, Heike LANDGRAF, Tobias STOLLEY, Stefan HEIN, Florian RIES, Wolfgang BUSCHBECK
  • Publication number: 20140205744
    Abstract: Herein is an apparatus for overlaying a media stripe onto a media stripe previously applied to a surface (i.e., “old media strip”). The apparatus includes a mobile frame housing controls and an applicator head having a spray nozzle that applies new media. The applicator head also includes sensors and/or a camera that cast a cone of vision onto a surface. The cone of vision is positioned tangentially to a first edge of the old media stripe. If while operating the apparatus, the applicator head moves and the new media stripe is not overlaid onto the old media stripe, the sensors and/or camera will direct an actuator arm (or similar) to reposition the applicator head and spray nozzle so that the new media stripe is once again sprayed on top of the old media stripe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Neal D. McNutt
  • Publication number: 20140199788
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process tunnel (102) through which substrates (140) may be transported in a floating condition between two gas bearings (124, 134). To monitor the transport of the substrates through the process tunnel, the upper and lower walls (120, 130) of the tunnel are fitted with at least one substrate detection sensor (S1, . . . , S6) at a respective substrate detection sensor location, said substrate detection sensor being configured to generate a reference signal reflecting a presence of a substrate between said first and second walls near and/or at said substrate detection sensor location. Also provided is a monitoring and control unit (160) that is operably connected to the at least one substrate detection sensor (S1, . . . , S6), and that is configured to record said reference signal as a function of time and to process said reference signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Levitech B.V.
    Inventors: Pascal Gustaaf Vermont, Wilhelmus Gerardus Van Velzen, Vladimir Ivanovich Kuznetsov, Ernst Hendrik August Granneman, Gonzalo Felipe Ramirez Troxler
  • Publication number: 20140174351
    Abstract: A substrate position detecting apparatus detects a position of a substrate inside a chamber from an image of a target inside the chamber. The apparatus includes an image pickup device to pick up the image of the target inside the chamber through a window, an illumination device to irradiate light upwards, an illumination reflecting plate provided above the illumination device and including a reflecting surface to reflect the light from the illumination device towards the window, and a reflection restricting part provided on the reflecting surface to form a shadow in a predetermined region that includes the target inside the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi AIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20140170304
    Abstract: A board printing apparatus includes a board working table, a first printing table, a second printing table, and a control portion controlling printing operations. The control portion is configured to perform second printing on a board held by the board working table by a large component mask of the second printing table after a first printing performed on the board held by the board working table by a small component mask of the first printing table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Takeshi FUJIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8752502
    Abstract: A device and a method for visual monitoring and stabilization of an elongated metallic strip during continuous transport of the strip in a transport direction along a predetermined transport path, wherein the strip has been coated with a metallic layer by the strip having continuously passed through a bath of molten metal. The device includes an electromagnetic stabilizing device with at least one first pair of electromagnetic stabilizing means arranged on each side of the predetermined transport path, and a wiping device for wiping off superfluous molten metal from the strip by applying an air current in a line transversely of the transport direction of the strip and across essentially the whole width of the strip. A first image-reading apparatus takes images of the actual position of the strip in relation to the predetermined transport path. A second and third image-reading apparatus take images of the surface of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Boo Eriksson, Mats Molander, Peter Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20140162385
    Abstract: A deposition apparatus for performing a deposition process by using a mask with respect to a substrate, the deposition apparatus includes a chamber, a support unit in the chamber, the support unit including first holes and being configured to support the substrate, a supply unit configured to supply at least one deposition raw material toward the substrate, and movable alignment units through the first holes of the support unit, the alignment units being configured to support the mask and to align the mask with respect to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung-Soo HUH, Suk-Won JUNG, Jeong-Ho YI, Sang-Hyuk HONG, Yong-Suk LEE
  • Patent number: 8726837
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a process inside a high temperature semiconductor process chamber by capturing images is disclosed. Images are captured through a borescope by a camera. The borescope is protected from high temperatures by a reflective sheath and an Infrared (IR) cut-off filter. Images can be viewed on a monitor and can be recorded by a video recording device. Images can also be processed by a machine vision system. The system can monitor the susceptor and a substrate on the susceptor and surrounding structures. Deviations from preferred geometries of the substrate and deviations from preferred positions of susceptor and the substrate can be detected. Actions based on the detections of deviations can be taken to improve the performance of the process. Illumination of a substrate by a laser for detecting deviations in substrate geometry and position is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kailash K. Patalay, Craig Metzner, David K. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20140123898
    Abstract: A charged particle beam device includes: a sample stage (146) supporting a sample; a charged particle beam optical system that focuses a charged particle beam from a charged particle source on the sample; a charged particle beam column (101) housing the charged particle beam optical system; a first differential evacuation diaphragm (108) attached to the charged particle beam column (101); a frontal sample chamber (103) disposed in connection with the charged particle beam column (101) via the first differential evacuation diaphragm (108); a second differential evacuation diaphragm (109) attached to the frontal sample chamber (103); a first vacuum pump (141) for evacuating the charged particle beam column (101); and a second vacuum pump (142) for evacuating the frontal sample chamber (103).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Tsunenori Nomaguchi, Toshihide Agemura
  • Publication number: 20140120638
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a defect according to the embodiment includes an image processing part for observing a surface of a substrate; a layer forming part for forming a layer on the surface of the substrate; and a humidity controlling part for controlling humidity in a chamber in which the substrate is placed. A method for removing a defect according to the embodiment includes detecting the defect on a surface of a substrate; forming an oxide layer by oxidizing the defect; and removing the oxide layer. A method for removing a defect according to another embodiment includes forming an oxide layer on an entire surface of a substrate; and removing the oxide layer to remove the defect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Moo Seong Kim, Min Young Hwang
  • Patent number: 8707898
    Abstract: Fanfold and/or perforated media comprising a substrate including one or more friable coatings and an overcoat covering at least a portion of the one or more friable coatings proximate to one or more associated fanfolds and/or perforations is provided, wherein the overcoat mitigates spallation of the one or more friable coatings. Methods and apparatus for making the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Mary Ann Wehr, Paul C. Blank, Timothy W. Rawlings, Patricia A. Puckett
  • Publication number: 20140106068
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for depositing material on a component. The system includes a deposition device operatively coupled to a fiber optic Nd:YAG laser. The deposition device includes a focusing prism that focuses the Nd:YAG laser at a focal area on a bladed disk, where the focal area on the bladed disk is between two blades of the disk. The system further includes an imaging means that views the focal area of the component. The imaging means and the fiber optic Nd:YAG laser each are positioned in a substantially similar optical relationship to the focal area on the bladed disk. The system further includes an additive material delivery means that delivers additive material to the component at the focal area on the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory Thomas Krause, Ed Tucker, Dave Keicher
  • Publication number: 20140093638
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a frame, a dispensing unit gantry movably coupled to the frame, and a dispensing unit coupled to the dispensing unit gantry. The dispensing unit further includes a vision system gantry coupled to the frame and a vision system coupled to the vision system gantry. A controller is coupled to the dispensing unit gantry, the dispensing unit, the vision system gantry, and the vision system. The controller is configured to obtain an image of a fiducial provided on the electronic substrate, obtain an image of at least a portion of an object positioned on the electronic substrate, orient the object with respect to the dispensing unit, and perform a dispense operation to secure the object to the electronic substrate. Methods of dispensing material on a substrate are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Joel Bloom, Michael E. Donelan
  • Patent number: 8679573
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a piezoelectric print head capable of ejecting a droplet of a coating substance towards a stent strut, a sensor capable of sensing a parameter of the droplet, and a controller, communicatively coupled to the print head and the sensor, capable of determining if the parameter of the droplet meets a requirement. A method includes ejecting a droplet of a coating substance towards a stent strut with a piezoelectric print head, sensing a parameter of the droplet, and determining whether the parameter of the droplet meets a requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Van Sciver, Greg Teaby, Phil Foreman, Manish Gada
  • Patent number: 8662009
    Abstract: An adhesive application apparatus for applying a liquid adhesive to an object includes a regular application stage against which the object is placed for a regular application of the liquid adhesive to the object, a trial application stage to which a trial application of the liquid adhesive is carried out, an application unit relatively movable with respect to the regular application stage and trial application stage to carry out the regular application and trial application of the liquid adhesive, and a suction unit carrying out a suction operation of the liquid adhesive used in the trial application. The adhesive application apparatus smoothly carries out the trial application of the liquid adhesive without bothering the operation of an adhesive application line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ando, Eijiro Furuta, Akira Honma
  • Publication number: 20140044863
    Abstract: A deposition apparatus includes a process chamber including an observing window, a crucible disposed in the process chamber to overlap with the observing window in a first direction, a disc disposed between the observing window and the crucible to overlap with the observing window in the first direction and rotated with respect to the first direction, a rotation unit coupled to the process chamber and the disc to rotate the disc, a deposition preventing plate disposed between the disc and the crucible and provided with an opening formed therethrough and overlapped with the observing window in the first direction, and a measuring sensor disposed outside the process chamber to overlap with the observing window, the disc, and the crucible in the first direction. The measuring sensor senses a distance between the deposition material and the measuring sensor to measure a residual amount of the deposition material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jung-Wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20140033979
    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: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas Marriott, Robert Eric Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140034482
    Abstract: A machine (12, 13) for painting small three-dimensional objects (2) comprises a plurality of spindles (9) equipped with holders (10) for objects (2) to be painted. A unit (15) able to rotate about an axis (16) is equipped with a plurality of seats (17) structured to receive a spindle (9). The spindle (9) is removably associable with said seat (17). An airless painting device (25) is operatively positioned at a painting station (26) designed to receive said seats (17) in sequence. First actuator means (27) drive the rotation about a painting axis (18) at least of the holder (10) when the seat is positioned at the painting station (26). Means (29) for transferring the objects (2) grip a spindle (9) positioned along a transfer line (3) and place it in one of the seats (17) and/or vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: TAPEMATIC S.P.A.
    Inventor: LUCIANO PEREGO
  • Publication number: 20140014037
    Abstract: An electrode plate production device includes a drying device and a plurality of surface state detection devices. The drying device is configured to dry a coating film for forming an active material layer that is coated on a surface of a substrate sheet for forming a current collector while the substrate sheet travels in a traveling direction. The coating film includes at least an active material, a bonding agent and a solvent. The surface state detection devices are configured to detect a surface state of the coating film in a noncontact manner. The surface state detection devices are arranged within the drying device in the traveling direction of the substrate sheet with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Atsushi Watanabe, Kazuhiko Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140007810
    Abstract: In a liquid discharging device, an objective optical system is moved in the optical axis direction by a focus position adjusting mechanism to perform a first focusing action relative to the tip of a liquid discharging nozzle or a mirror image thereof and a second focusing action relative to the surface of a substrate facing the liquid discharging nozzle, the distance between the nozzle tip and the surface of the substrate is calculated on the basis of the resulting focus positions, and the position of the liquid discharging nozzle is adjusted by a nozzle position adjusting mechanism so that the gap is appropriate. According to this configuration, the distance between the nozzle tip and the surface of the substrate can be precisely calculated and an optical unit for observation can be focused on the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Daisuke Hoshizawa
  • Publication number: 20130323434
    Abstract: Patterned multilayer films, such as those used in electronic devices, solar cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) may be deposited and annealed in a single tool. The tool includes an inkjet printer head, a heater, and a laser. The inkjet printer head deposits on a substrate either suspended particles of a functional material or solvated precursors of a functional material. The head is mounted on a support that allows the head to scan the substrate by moving along the support in a first direction and moving the support along a second direction. After the head deposits the material the heater evaporates solvent from substrate, and the depositing and heating may be repeated one or more times to form a patterned multilayer material. Then, a laser, microwave, and/or Joule effect heating device may be used to anneal the multilayer material to a desired pattern and crystalline state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Samir Boulfrad, Erkki Alarousu, Eman Husni Da'as, Ghassan Jabbour
  • Patent number: 8596217
    Abstract: An application controller for an application unit, for marking substances comprises a radiation sensor, by means of which the relative position of the application unit relative to a reference plane may be determined. The relative position of the application unit can be determined by means for recording the orientation of the application unit controller relative to the reference plane from the association of position with orientation information, such that control instructions, in particular for positional correction may be generated by the application unit controller. The position of the application unit can be adjusted by an actuator device according to the control instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Geosystems AG
    Inventors: Peter Kipfer, Christian Betschon, Bernd Walser
  • Publication number: 20130305987
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the recovery, visualization and enhancement of latent fingerprints using Low Pressure Dye Vapor Deposition (LPDVD) are described. The LPDVD methods of the present invention provide for fine control over the deposition of a precursor in combination with a fluorescent dye, combination of dyes or a premixed dry solid compound of the precursor and dyestuffs, to make the latent fingerprints visible. The LPDVD process makes use of a heated carrier gas to dilute and carry the vapors into a vacuum chamber where they condense onto the exposed surfaces of the article being developed. The LPDVD process can be used to develop latent fingerprints on a wide variety of substrates, including metal, plastic, glass and thermal paper and has been shown to perform as well or better than conventional fingerprint development techniques on these surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Calvin Thomas KNAGGS
  • Patent number: 8585877
    Abstract: For providing control of two-step or a multi-step deposition process, a method and a corresponding deposition system is provided comprising providing a deposition process having at least two sub-processes employing different sets of process parameters, wherein each set of process parameters comprises at least one process parameter. The method comprises controllably generating an actual value for at least one first process parameter by taking into account at least one previous value of the respective first process parameter, wherein each first process parameter is a process parameter of said at least two sets of process parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland Jaeger, Frank Wagenbreth, Frank Koschinsky
  • Patent number: 8585862
    Abstract: An object is to provide a plasma processing device capable of highly accurately monitoring an operation state including whether or not the plasma discharge is executed, whether the discharge is normal or abnormal and whether or not the maintenance work of the vacuum chamber is necessary. A discharge detection sensor 23, in which a dielectric member 21 and a probe electrode unit 22 are combined with each other, is attached to an opening portion 2a provided in a lid portion 2 composing a vacuum chamber. A change in electric potential induced according to a change in plasma discharge in a probe electrode is received by a plurality of wave-form detecting portions and a detection signal is outputted each time a change in electric potential agreeing with a predetermined different condition appears. The detection signal outputted from the corresponding wave-form detecting portion is counted by the plurality of wave-form detecting portions and the counted value is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuhiro Mizukami, Kiyoshi Arita, Masaru Nonomura
  • Publication number: 20130298829
    Abstract: A thin film deposition apparatus used to manufacture large substrates on a mass scale and that allows high-definition patterning, and a method of manufacturing an organic light-emitting display apparatus using the same, the apparatus inclues a loading unit fixing a substrate onto an electrostatic chuck; a deposition unit including a chamber maintained in a vacuum state and a thin film deposition assembly disposed in the chamber, separated from the substrate by a predetermined distance, to deposit a thin film on the substrate fixed on the electrostatic chuck; an unloading unit separating the substrate on which a deposition process is completed, from the electrostatic chuck; a first circulation unit sequentially moving the electrostatic chuck on which the substrate is fixed, to the loading unit, the deposition unit, and the unloading unit; and a second circulation unit returning the electrostatic chuck separated from the substrate to the loading unit from the unloading unit, wherein the first circulation unit p
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Chang-Mog Jo, Jong-Heon Kim, Yong-Sup Choi, Sang-Soo Kim, Hee-Cheol Kang, Young-Mook Choi
  • Publication number: 20130270463
    Abstract: An observation window is provided for use with a spray booth during a spray coating process where the observation window is located in a position to permit an operator to observe the spray coating process. The observation window is controlled to provide light transmission in the window suitable for the specific spray process being performed. The control can be automatic or operator controlled. The window is adapted to have a different light transmission during different spray processes such as plasma spray and HVOF spray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: John E. Markowski