Including Application Of Electrical Radiant Or Wave Energy To Work Patents (Class 134/1)
  • Patent number: 10784091
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for cleaning a processing chamber is provided. The method may be performed by introducing a processing gas into a processing chamber that has a by-product disposed along sidewalls of the processing chamber. A plasma is generated from the processing gas using a radio frequency signal. A lower electrode is connected to a first electric potential. Concurrently, a bias voltage having a second electric potential is applied to a sidewall electrode to induce ion bombardment of the by-product, in which the second electric potential has a larger magnitude than the first electric potential. The processing gas is evacuated from the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jing-Cheng Liao, Chang-Ming Wu, Lee-Chuan Tseng
  • Patent number: 10782267
    Abstract: The mobile non-destructive testing inspection system includes a mobile platform, a robotic arm mounted on the mobile platform, and an end effector for the robotic arm. The end effector includes a non-destructive testing (NDT) probe. As a non-limiting example, the NDT probe may be an eddy current testing probe. The mobile platform may be a robotic mobile platform under external control by a remote operator. The robotic arm is mounted on the mobile platform using a mounting plate, which is secured to an upper surface of the mobile platform, and includes a bracket or the like for attachment to a base of the robotic arm. The end effector is connected to an end connector of the robotic arm. The NDT probe of the end effector may be mounted on a support member, which may be selectively rotatable with respect to the end connector of the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Abdullah S. S. A. Alrowaeyh, Abdulrahman T. N. F. I. Almutawa, Soud A. S. A. A. Aldeweesh, Yousef A. J. K. J. E. Alhaddad, Yousuf A. A. M. Safar
  • Patent number: 10780466
    Abstract: The invention provides an object (10), that during use is at least partly submerged in water, wherein the object (100) is selected from the group consisting of a vessel (1) and an infrastructural object (15), the object (10) further comprising an anti-biofouling system (200) comprising an UV emitting element (210), wherein the UV emitting element (210) is configured to irradiate with UV radiation (221) during an irradiation stage one or more of (i) a first part (111) of an external surface (11) of said object (10) and (ii) water adjacent to said first part (111) of said external surface (11) of said object (10), wherein the object (10) further comprises protruding elements (100) with the UV emitting element (210) configured between the protruding elements (100) and configured depressed relative to the protruding elements (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Esther Anna Wilhelmina Gerarda Janssen, Roelant Boudewijn Hietbrink, Bart Andre Salters
  • Patent number: 10773425
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an imprint template manufacturing apparatus includes: a supply head that supplies a liquid-repellent material in liquid form to a template having a convex portion where a concavo-convex pattern is formed on a stage; a moving mechanism that moves the stage and the supply head relatively in a direction along the stage; a controller that controls the supply head and the moving mechanism such that the supply head applies the liquid-repellent material to at least a side surface of the convex portion so as to avoid the concavo-convex pattern; and a cleaning unit that supplies a liquid to the template coated with the liquid-repellent material. The liquid-repellent material contains a liquid-repellent component and a non-liquid-repellent component that react with the surface of the template, and a volatile solvent that dissolves the liquid-repellent component. The liquid is a fluorine-based volatile solvent that dissolves the non-liquid-repellent component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Kensuke Demura, Satoshi Nakamura, Daisuke Matsushima, Masayuki Hatano, Hiroyuki Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 10772981
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for disinfecting a lavatory inside a vehicle in response to a set of criteria being met. A determination is made as to whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system that emits far-ultraviolet radiation to perform a disinfection process inside a lavatory has been met. In response to a determination that the set of criteria has been met, the disinfection system is activated to perform the disinfection process inside the lavatory using the far-ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Childress, Mark L. Cloud, Karen Lee Hills
  • Patent number: 10773358
    Abstract: A part processing apparatus and method is disclosed that includes a media-blasting apparatus and a cleaning apparatus. The media-blasting apparatus is configured to blast a stream of media against a surface of a part, and the cleaning apparatus is configured to clean debris or particles from the surface of the part. The cleaning apparatus includes a first spray-and-wash unit, a first ultrasonic wash unit, a second ultrasonic wash unit, and a second spray-and-wash unit. The first ultrasonic wash unit is configured to ultrasonically vibrate a liquid in the first ultrasonic wash unit at a first frequency, and the second ultrasonic wash unit is configured to ultrasonically vibrate a liquid in the second ultrasonic wash unit at a second frequency. The first and second frequencies may be different from each other, such that vibration at the second frequency causes additional debris or particles to be removed from the surface of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Michael J. Wern
  • Patent number: 10773280
    Abstract: An ultrasonic treatment apparatus including: an ultrasonic bath for performing an ultrasonic treatment on a treatment target object; a first ultrasonic vibrator provided on the front surface side of the treatment target object; and a second ultrasonic vibrator provided on the back surface side of the treatment target object; wherein the first ultrasonic vibrator does not face the second ultrasonic vibrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: C. UYEMURA & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisamitsu Yamamoto, Masayuki Utsumi, Yoshikazu Saijo, Tomoji Okuda, Yutaka Nishinaka, Yoshinori Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10760393
    Abstract: Steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) equipment including steam generating equipment may be cleaned using supercritical carbon dioxide. Supercritical carbon dioxide is a fluid state of carbon dioxide where it is held at or above its critical temperature and critical pressure. Supercritical carbon dioxide has exceptional solvent qualities that can dissolve, soften, or dislodge the refractory fouling deposits in the SAGD equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventor: Peter N. Slater
  • Patent number: 10744685
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for forming a leveled surface of at least one pasty mass in a mold are described. Thereby, the mold is particularly adapted to mold lipstick mines, wherein the mold was filled with the pasty mass and the pasty mass was at least partially cooled in the mold. The apparatus comprises a means for at least partially melting the surface of the at least one cooled pasty mass in the mold to level the surface by heat introduction, wherein the heat introduction takes place via focused optical photo emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: WECKERLE GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Ellert, Andreas Fink
  • Patent number: 10748788
    Abstract: A system and method for treating a substrate is described. In particular, the system and method for treating a substrate include techniques for removing particles from the surface of a microelectronic substrate. The system includes: a vacuum process chamber; a substrate stage for supporting a microelectronic substrate within the vacuum process chamber; a cryogenic fluid supply system that can provide a fluid or fluid mixture through one or more nozzles arranged within the vacuum process chamber to inject a fluid spray into the process chamber in a direction towards an upper surface of the microelectronic substrate; and a process monitoring system coupled to the vacuum process chamber, and arranged to collect fluid spray data corresponding to at least one measured attribute of the injected fluid spray downstream of an exit of the one or more nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TEL FSI, INC.
    Inventors: Brent D. Schwab, Chimaobi W. Mbanaso, Gregory P. Thomes, Kevin Rolf, Jeffrey M. Lauerhaas
  • Patent number: 10741365
    Abstract: A low volume showerhead in a semiconductor processing apparatus can include a porous baffle to improve the flow uniformity and purge time during atomic layer deposition. The showerhead can include a plenum volume, one or more gas inlets in fluid communication with the plenum volume, a faceplate including a plurality of first through-holes for distributing gas onto a substrate in the semiconductor processing apparatus, and a porous baffle positioned in a region between the plenum volume and the one or more gas inlets. The one or more gas inlets can include a stem having a small volume to improve purge time. The baffle can be porous and positioned between the stem and the plenum volume to improve flow uniformity and avoid jetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ramesh Chandrasekharan, Saangrut Sangplung, Shankar Swaminathan, Frank L. Pasquale, Hu Kang, Adrien LaVoie
  • Patent number: 10731441
    Abstract: A downhole production assembly includes a downhole pump that can be positioned at a downhole location in a wellbore, and a cavitation chamber located upstream of an inlet of the downhole pump in the wellbore. The cavitation chamber can induce cavitation in a wellbore fluid pumped in the uphole direction by the downhole pump to prevent scaling on the downhole pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Jinjiang Xiao
  • Patent number: 10725281
    Abstract: An optical cap that protects a camera lens of the inspection assembly is disclosed herein. The disclosed optical cap for an inspection assembly may include an optically clear dome-shaped window element and a metal collar attached to the window element, the collar including means for securing the optical cap to said inspection assembly, wherein the collar is bonded to the window element by means of brazing or welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Thursby, Shaun Peck
  • Patent number: 10710126
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus and a cleaning method are provided. The cleaning apparatus is used for removing a residue on a substrate, and includes: a deformable device arranged on the substrate; and an excitation device configured to generate an excitation source for the deformable device, so as to enable the deformable device to be deformed under the effect of the excitation source, thereby to drive the substrate to vibrate and enable the residue to fall off from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Yangkun Jing, Fei Liu, Zhiwei Xu, Xiaopan Che, Chuanhui Chen
  • Patent number: 10688420
    Abstract: The present technology is directed to fluid filtration systems having enhanced momentum cleaning devices for filter belts and associated systems and methods. In some embodiments, for example, a filtering system includes a fluid channel having a continuous-loop filter belt positioned therein. The filter belt can be configured to trap contaminants while allowing fluid to pass through the filter belt. The system further includes a first cleaning device proximate to the filter belt and a second cleaning device proximate to the filter belt and downstream of the first cleaning device. In particular embodiments the first cleaning device is a scraping blade that presses against the filter belt and the second cleaning device is one of a wave form, vibrational, or mixed-phase stream energy delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NEXOM (US), INC.
    Inventors: Cornelius Strain, Eric Skidmore, Eli Cox
  • Patent number: 10688536
    Abstract: A system for cleaning an object may include an acoustic device configured to deliver acoustic waves to the object, a cleaning medium dispenser configured to deliver a cleaning medium to a surface of the object, a rinsing medium dispenser configured to deliver a rinsing medium to the surface, a vacuum configured to deliver a vacuum airflow proximate the surface, wherein the acoustic waves generate acoustic vibrations in the object to dislodge debris from the surface, acoustically treat the cleaning medium and the rinsing medium, and atomize the cleaning medium, the debris collected by the cleaning medium and the rinsing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Sergey G. Ponomarev
  • Patent number: 10681933
    Abstract: A roller brush bed and a fluid delivery system are provided. The fluid deliver system includes a fluid source, a fluid supply tube connected to the fluid source, a movable fluid delivery bar in fluid communication with the fluid supply tube and a drive system attached to the movable fluid delivery bar and configured to move the movable fluid delivery bar relative to the at least one roller brush and along the roller brush bed, wherein the movable fluid delivery bar is configured to spray fluid toward the at least one roller brush as the movable fluid delivery bar is moved along the roller brush bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Fruit Growers Supply Company
    Inventors: David Michael Sorenson, Jose Torres
  • Patent number: 10676856
    Abstract: A door assembly for a horizontal axis washing machine includes a door rotatably mounted to a front panel to permit selective access to an opening of the washing machine appliance. A sub-door is rotatably mounted to the door and is movable between an open position and a closed position. The sub-door defines a pretreat basin for collecting wash fluid from a wash fluid supply when the sub-door is in the open position for pretreating an article of clothing. After the pretreatment procedure is complete, the sub-door may be pivoted toward the closed position such that the article of clothing and the collected wash fluid are passed directly into the tub through a door opening and drain conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Gary Woodham, Jr., Bryan James Beckley
  • Patent number: 10665740
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thin film type solar cell which prevents short circuit from occurring between a first electrode and a second electrode due to a burr produced in a separation part, thereby preventing an output from being reduced. The thin film type solar cell includes a substrate, a first electrode disposed over the substrate and being apart from an adjacent first electrode by a first separation part, a semiconductor layer disposed over the first electrode and being apart from an adjacent semiconductor layer by a contact part and a second separation part, and a second electrode disposed over the semiconductor layer and being apart from an adjacent second electrode by the second separation part. The semiconductor layer contacts the substrate through the first separation part, and the second electrode contacts the first electrode through the contact part. A height of a burr produced in the second separation part is lower than a height between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Yong Hyun Kim, Chang Kyun Park, Young Gi Kim, Duck Ho Kim, Kyung In Min, Sang Su Choi
  • Patent number: 10646441
    Abstract: The present invention provides DMSO-containing foamable formulations, methods for preparation, and methods of treatment. The formulations can provide good permeability and bioavailability at the target site. Preferably, the formulations are useful for treating osteoarthritis. In one embodiment, the invention provides a foamable formulation for topical use, said formulation comprising DMSO, polyalkylene glycol alkyl ether, an active agent, a monohydric lower alcohol, a diol, and water. Preferably, the active agent is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as diclofenac sodium or ibuprofen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Servet Buyuktimkin, Nadir Buyuktimkin, Edward Kisak, Jagat Singh, John M. Newsam, Dominic King-Smith, Bradley S. Galer
  • Patent number: 10648076
    Abstract: A method performed by a film deposition apparatus including a process chamber and a rotary table that is disposed in the process chamber and includes a substrate-mounting surface on which a substrate is placeable. The method includes a first cleaning process of supplying a cleaning gas from above the substrate-mounting surface of the rotary table while rotating the rotary table in a first cleaning position, and a second cleaning process of supplying the cleaning gas from above the substrate-mounting surface of the rotary table while rotating the rotary table in a second cleaning position that is lower than the first cleaning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tamura, Takahito Umehara
  • Patent number: 10639387
    Abstract: A disinfecting system includes a housing. An ultraviolet light (UV) source is secured to the housing and configured to emit UV light for disinfection of a target. A processor is secured to the housing in communication with the UV light source. The processor is configured to activate the UV light source for a selected amount of time suitable for disinfection of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Bonutti, Justin Beyers, Tonya M. Bierman
  • Patent number: 10634440
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for cleaning a 3D printed article, in particular a 3D printed heat exchanger. After 3D printing, an article may have internal passages formed from bonded powder and said passages may contain unbonded powder that needs to be removed before further use of/processing of the article. To remove this unbonded powder, the article is filled with a cleaning fluid and vibrated. The cleaning fluid is then pumped out of the article and past a sensor that generates a magnetic field. The sensor detects the presence of powder particles in the fluid by detecting a perturbation of the magnetic field caused by said particles. The fluid is then filtered and returned to a reservoir for use. The sensor may indicate the article is sufficiently clean when a detected concentration of particles in the fluid drops below a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Phillips
  • Patent number: 10627217
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining the thickness of a contaminating layer and/or the type of a contaminating material on a surface (7) in an optical system, in particular on a surface (7) in an EUV lithography system, comprising: irradiating the surface (7) on which plasmonic nanoparticles (8a,b) are formed with measurement radiation (10), detecting the measurement radiation (10a) scattered at the plasmonic nanoparticles (8a,b), and determining the thickness of the contaminating layer and/or the type of the contaminating material on the basis of the detected measurement radiation (10a). The invention also relates to an optical element (1) for reflecting EUV radiation (4), and to an EUV lithography system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Irene Ament, Moritz Becker
  • Patent number: 10625309
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method. The method includes applying a fluid to a perforated upper layer. The perforated upper layer forms an exposed surface of a multi-layer structure. The method also includes allowing the fluid to pass through the perforated upper layer and contact a contaminant within a core layer of the multi-layer structure. The core layer is disposed beneath the perforated upper layer, opposite the expose surface, and is coupled to the perforated upper layer. The method also includes applying ultrasonic energy to the exposed surface of the multi-layer structure using an ultrasonic generator to loosen the contaminant into the fluid. The method also includes removing the fluid with the loosened contaminant from the multi-layer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dean, David Michael Dembeck, Scot D. Fisher, Ieisha C. Hinson, Valerie R. Predmore
  • Patent number: 10610903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for cleaning of indoor or outdoor areas by operating a dirt stop surface, comprising the steps of dividing the dirt stop surface (1) into surface units (4), dispensing a fluid flow on the surface to be cleaned, while the proximity of the surface to be cleaned is sensed separately for each surface unit (4), and the fluid is dispensed from the surface units (4) of the dirt stop surface in a selective manner such that only the surface units (4) in the proximity of which the presence of the surface to be cleaned has been sensed are applied for dispensing the fluid. The invention relates further to a dirt stop surface unit and a dirt stop surface assembled therefrom that is capable of carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Magony
  • Patent number: 10606069
    Abstract: A lens structure system. The system comprises a lens structure and a multi-segmented transducer coupled to the lens structure. The multi-segmented transducer comprises a plurality of segments. For each segment in the plurality of segments, there also is a first conductor and a second conductor electrically coupled to the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen John Fedigan, David Patrick Magee, Yunhong Li
  • Patent number: 10607819
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a process chamber of a processing apparatus including the process chamber and a gas supply mechanism. The gas supply mechanism includes a flow splitter, a first flow path communicating with an upstream end of the flow splitter, a first valve provided in the first flow path, a second flow path communicating with a downstream end of the flow splitter and connected to the process chamber, a second valve provided in the second flow path, a bypass flow path connecting the first flow path and the second flow path, and a bypass valve provided in the bypass flow path. The method includes a step of closing the first valve and the second valve and opening the bypass valve, and a step of cleaning the process chamber by introducing a gas through the bypass flow path into the process chamber after opening the bypass valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Eiji Takahashi, Norikazu Sasaki, Atsushi Sawachi
  • Patent number: 10602908
    Abstract: A dish washing machine having a structure allowing wash water to be evenly sprayed into a washing tub. The dish washing machine includes a cabinet forming an external appearance of the dish washing machine, a washing tub arranged in the cabinet and allowing dishes to be washed therein, a dish basket arranged in the washing tub to accommodate the dishes, a spray unit to spray wash water into the washing tub, a diversion unit arranged inside a flow passage of wash water to divert the wash water sprayed from the spray unit, and a guide member coupled to one side of the diversion unit to allow the diversion unit to move within the washing tub. As the spray unit and the diversion unit are provided, a dead zone which wash water does not reach may be eliminated, and divided and intensive washing may be implemented in the washing tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Seung Gee Hong, Yong Soo Kyong, Chan Young Park, Soo Hyung Yoo, Chang Wook Lee, Min Ho Jung, Hyoung Jun Kim, Jea Won Lee, Hyun Dong Jung, Jae Man Joo
  • Patent number: 10604849
    Abstract: A method of producing a hot-stamped article includes: a forming process of heating a galvanized steel sheet (1) on which a galvanized layer (12) is formed and forming the heated galvanized steel sheet (1) by hot stamping; a removal process of irradiating, after the forming step, an oxide film (13) formed on a surface of the galvanized layer (12) with laser light to remove the oxide film (13); and a coating process of performing, after the removal process, a coating treatment on the galvanized steel sheet (1) formed by hot stamping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi Kakita, Kohei Hisada
  • Patent number: 10596627
    Abstract: A method of installing a fixture or bracket in a fuselage structure of an aircraft or spacecraft. The method includes arranging an apparatus in, on or adjacent the structure, pre-treating a surface region of the structure by heat ablation using the apparatus and forming the fixture in situ on the structure at the pre-treated surface region using the apparatus based on a digital model of the fixture. The fixture is installed by connecting the fixture to the structure at the pre-treated surface region as the fixture is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Goehlich, Daisuke Hirabayashi, Hikaru Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10596395
    Abstract: A spherical-confocal-split array with dual frequency of fundamental and harmonic superimposition includes: array elements which are spherically confocal, whose quantity is an even number, wherein a half of the array elements operate with a lower frequency, and the other half of the array elements operate with a higher frequency; both the lower frequency and the higher frequency are MHz high-frequencies; each of the array elements corresponds to a frequency drive; array element beams don't superimpose outside the focal region; each of the array elements is connected to a channel amplifier (3) through corresponding impedance matching (2); and a multi-channel waveform controller (4) is connected to the channel amplifier (3) for controlling amplitudes and phases of all channels. The dual-frequency spherical sectorial split array is able to generate split multi-foci of the focal plane with the dual frequencies; and control strong interference of transient cavitation clouds at the adjacent foci.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Mingzhu Lu, Rui Wang, Linglu Zhang, Mingxi Wan, Yubo Guan, Tengju Dong
  • Patent number: 10589321
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of, and an apparatus for, rinsing materialographic samples. The method includes the steps of: arranging one or more materialographic samples in a sample holder; connecting the sample holder (10) to a rotation head of a rinsing device; placing the sample holder connected to the rotation head in the vessel of the rinsing device; rotating the sample holder relative to the vessel; filling the vessel with a rinsing liquid; and subjecting the materialographic samples in the sample holder to ultrasonic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Struers ApS
    Inventors: Thomas Matschofsky, Palle Oppelstrup
  • Patent number: 10588706
    Abstract: An accessory drive device includes a housing, a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, a drive mechanism, and an output drive member. The output drive member may be driven by the drive mechanism and engage with an input drive member on a transmission mechanism of a surgical instrument. The drive mechanism may be configured to be driven by a motive force produced by fluid flowing through the housing from the inlet to the outlet, with the fluid being delivered by a fluid source of a reprocessing device. A portable, accessory drive device for a surgical instrument includes a portable housing to be removably coupled to a transmission mechanism of an instrument and a drive mechanism to drive an input drive member of the transmission mechanism. A method of reprocessing a surgical instrument includes converting a force associated with a flow of fluid for reprocessing to drive an instrument input drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Allen Limon
  • Patent number: 10586687
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reproducing a component of a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus, and a reproduced component are provided. The method may include a preparing step of preparing a damaged component of a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus, a first cleaning step of cleaning the damaged component, a masking step of masking at least one of areas including an undamaged part of the damaged component, a reproduced part forming step of forming a reproduced part on the damaged component using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD), a post-grinding step of grinding the damaged component with the reproduced part, and a second cleaning step of cleaning the damaged component with the reproduced part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Ki Won Kim, Hyeong Uk Roh, Jong Sung Yun, Won Pyo Hong
  • Patent number: 10583466
    Abstract: A cleaning device is provided with a three-dimensional circulation route for circulating workpiece holding tools that hold a workpiece, and this three-dimensional circulation route is formed by an endless conveyor chain bendable in various directions being disposed within a rectangular parallelepiped space following along the upper and lower sides thereof. The conveyor chain circulates from an upper side horizontal transport path portion via a falling side transport path portion, a lower side horizontal transport path portion, and a rising side transport path portion, and the workpiece held in the workpiece holding tools is treated by ultrasonic cleaning, shower cleaning, steam cleaning, drying and the like. Thus, it is possible to suitably dispose a workpiece transport route in a limited rectangular parallelepiped space, and carry out cleaning operations for the workpiece efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hiraide Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Hiraide, Hideo Takei, Kazutaka Fujimori, Tatsumi Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10570504
    Abstract: A physical vapor deposition (PVD) target that includes a body composed of material that is reactive with an oxygen containing atmosphere; and a non-reactive cap layer encapsulating at least a sputter surface of the body. The non-reactive cap layer is a barrier obstructing the diffusion of oxygen containing species to the body of the PVD target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen L. Brown, Bruce B. Doris, Mark C. Reuter
  • Patent number: 10561296
    Abstract: A method and a dishwasher utilize a dock detection system to determine when a connector of a spray device is docked to a docking port provided on a manifold of the dishwasher. A dock detector is coupled to the docking port and is electrically coupled to a controller of the dishwasher through electrical conductors that extend along the manifold, thereby enabling a dishwasher controller to detect when spray devices are coupled to the manifold, e.g., to optimize a wash cycle to use a particular spray device docked to the docking port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark W. Wilson, Timothy Martin Wetzel
  • Patent number: 10544047
    Abstract: The rate of rod fallover in the production of polycrystalline silicon by the Siemens process is sharply reduced by cleaning the Siemens reactor base plate by at least a two-step procedure comprising suctioning the base plate in one step, and subsequently cleaning with liquid or solid cleaning medium in a second step, between each phase of rod removal and new support body installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WACKER CHEMIE AG
    Inventors: Friedrich Popp, Harald Hertlein
  • Patent number: 10532384
    Abstract: This invention provides systems and methods for treating electrodes used in batteries and electrochemical cells upon battery/cell shutdown and prior to battery standby mode. Systems and methods of this invention are directed toward the use of aerosol to treat the electrode and to protect the electrode and/or the environment from undesired reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Phinergy Ltd.
    Inventors: Yisrael Miller, Ilya Yakupov, Avraham Yadgar
  • Patent number: 10525554
    Abstract: The invention features methods and apparatuses for thermally regulating a laser processing head. A thermal regulation device includes a body shaped to matingly engage a laser processing nozzle and to define a fluid flow boundary of a liquid flow passage between the body and an exterior surface of the laser processing nozzle when the thermal regulation device is affixed to the laser processing nozzle. The thermal regulation device also includes an inlet formed in a first end of the body and configured to provide liquid to the liquid flow passage, the liquid remaining external to an exterior surface of the laser processing nozzle. The thermal regulation device also includes an outlet formed in a second end of the body opposite the first end. The outlet is configured to exhaust liquid from the liquid flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hypertherm, Inc.
    Inventor: Davide Orlandi
  • Patent number: 10526557
    Abstract: Systems and methods of producing a solid fuel composition are disclosed. In particular, systems and methods for producing a solid fuel composition by heating and mixing a solid waste mixture below atmospheric pressure to a maximum temperature sufficient to melt the mixed plastics within the solid waste mixture is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ecogensus LLC
    Inventor: Bjornulf White
  • Patent number: 10527348
    Abstract: A substrate processing method includes a substrate holding step of horizontally holding a substrate, a substrate rotating step of rotating the substrate held horizontally around a rotational axis along a vertical direction, a liquid-film forming step of forming a liquid film of a first organic solvent that is used to process an upper surface of the substrate on the upper surface of the substrate by supplying the first organic solvent to the upper surface of the substrate held horizontally, a vapor supplying step of supplying a vapor of a second organic solvent to a space between a facing surface of a heater unit that has the facing surface facing a lower surface of the substrate held horizontally and the lower surface of the substrate, a substrate heating step of heating the substrate being in a rotational state by means of the vapor of the second organic solvent in parallel with the substrate rotating step and the liquid-film forming step, and a substrate drying step of, after the substrate heating step, exc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohiko Yoshihara, Manabu Okutani, Takashi Ota, Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10517281
    Abstract: A device for keeping jellyfish and other plankton in an aquarium having a drain and a pump, the device having a panel; a first sprayer connectable to the pump and coupled to the panel at a first position, the first sprayer having a plurality of channels or holes for generating a plurality of water streams; and a second sprayer connectable to the pump and coupled to the panel at a second position, the second sprayer having a plurality of channels or holes for generating a plurality of water streams; wherein the insert is configured so that the first sprayer and the second sprayer create a rotating current within the aquarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Nancy Sowinski
  • Patent number: 10495987
    Abstract: A radiation source apparatus is provided. The radiation source apparatus includes a chamber, a target droplet generator, an exhaust module, a measuring device, and a controller. The target droplet generator is configured to provide a plurality of target droplets to the chamber. The exhaust module is configured to extract debris corresponding to the target droplets out of the chamber according to a first gas flow rate. The measuring device is configured to measure concentration of the debris in the chamber. The controller is configured to adjust the first gas flow rate according to the measured concentration of the debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Chi Yang, Ssu-Yu Chen, Shang-Chieh Chien, Chieh Hsieh, Tzung-Chi Fu, Bo-Tsun Liu, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng
  • Patent number: 10490392
    Abstract: A method performed by a processor of a plasma processing system including a transfer device and a plasma processing apparatus that includes a process chamber. The process chamber includes a mount table on a surface of which a first focus ring is placed. The method includes controlling the transfer device to transfer the first focus ring out of the process chamber without opening the process chamber to the atmosphere; after the first focus ring is transferred out of the process chamber, controlling the plasma processing apparatus to clean the surface of the mount table; and after the surface of the mount table is cleaned, controlling the transfer device to transfer a second focus ring into the process chamber and place the second focus ring on the surface of the mount table without opening the process chamber to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Shigeru Ishizawa
  • Patent number: 10490399
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for processing substrates. The method includes positioning a substrate within a processing chamber of a substrate processing system. The substrate includes a layer of a carbon-containing material on a working surface of the substrate. The method also includes receiving hydrogen peroxide vapor in a vapor treatment region of the substrate processing system, generating hydroxyl radical vapor by treating the hydrogen peroxide vapor in the vapor treatment region, and directing the hydroxyl radical vapor and remaining hydrogen peroxide vapor to the working surface of the substrate causing the carbon-containing material to be chemically modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Ian J. Brown, Wallace P. Printz
  • Patent number: 10473627
    Abstract: An apparatus for in-situ monitoring of a workpiece includes a fluidic container defining a cavity and having a peripheral portion that defines an aperture. The fluidic container contains an acoustic transmission fluid. A conformable membrane is sealably disposed about the peripheral portion of the aperture of the fluidic container. The conformable membrane is disposed to sealably contain the acoustic transmission fluid within the fluidic container and to conform to a surface of a portion of the workpiece absent an interposed fluid. An acoustic source transducer is disposed in the cavity of the fluidic container and in contact with the acoustic transmission fluid. The acoustic source transducer is disposed to generate a first acoustic wave in the direction of the workpiece. An acoustic receiving transducer is disposed to monitor a residual acoustic wave that is reflected from the workpiece in response to the first acoustic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Megan E. McGovern, Teresa J. Rinker
  • Patent number: 10464108
    Abstract: Certain exemplary aspects of the present disclosure are directed towards apparatuses and methods which autonomously decontaminate parts. Parts to be cleaned are identified, and based on the identification of the part, a part specific cleaning program is initiated. During the cleaning, the part is manipulated about a gas supply in such a way that the drag force on the contamination particles attached to the part exceeds the contamination particles' surface adhesion force and accordingly is removed from the surface of the part. The removed contamination is then evacuated from the atmospheric environment near the part by a low pressure zone of a second gaseous material near the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Ronald Brown, Grant Nicholas Hester, Dennis Quinto Cruz, David Maxwell Harrold, Hans John Geittmann
  • Patent number: 10456007
    Abstract: A conveyor dishwasher (1) has at least one wash zone (11, 12) in which wash liquid is sprayed onto the washware, at least one final rinse zone (14) in which final rinse liquid is sprayed onto the washware and a waste air system (20) for discharging waste air from the conveyor dishwasher (1). To save energy and maintain hygiene performance, a waste water heat recovery system (25) is provided for transferring at least a portion of the thermal energy in the waste water from the conveyor dishwasher (1) as useful heat to the final rinse liquid and a waste air heat recovery system is further provided for transferring at least a portion of the thermal energy in the waste air which is discharged or is to be discharged from the conveyor dishwasher (1) as useful heat to at least the final rinse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Harald Disch, Martin Schrempp