Including Regeneration, Purification, Recovery Or Separation Of Agent Used Patents (Class 134/10)
  • Patent number: 11906410
    Abstract: A cell inspection method includes a concentrate production step, a staining step, a cell precipitation step, and an observation step. In the concentrate production step, the cell concentrate is produced by causing an inner cylinder which has a filter provided on a bottom surface to enter from the bottom surface side into the through hole of the outer cylinder and bringing the inner cylinder closer to the slide, the inner cylinder having an internal space, and in the observation step, observation is performed in a state where the inner cylinder is entered into the outer cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Nishikawa, Jun Funazaki
  • Patent number: 11732143
    Abstract: Methods of employing corrosion inhibitors with oxidizing and/or non-oxidizing biocides, such as peroxycarboxylic acids, to provide corrosion protected compositions are disclosed. Various corrosion inhibitors further provide biocidal efficacy in addition to the corrosion protection providing further benefits for application of use. Methods of employing corrosion protected biocide compositions, such as peroxycarboxylic acid compositions, for corrosion protection are particularly well suited for treating fluids intended to flow through pipes, namely in the energy industry, water and paper industries, etc. Methods providing suitable corrosion protection in comparison to untreated systems and corrosion protected systems using conventional corrosion inhibitors, such as quaternary amines and imidazolines commonly used in the industry, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Brian Epps, Jeremy Moloney, Ethan Moloney
  • Patent number: 11696667
    Abstract: A household dishwasher includes a washing container receiving a dishwasher load, a pump pot, and a spray arm for applying washing liquor and/or fresh water to the dishwasher load in the washing container. The spray arm is actively driven by a drive system and mounted on the pump pot for rotation about an axis of rotation. The spray arm has a rib geometry that revolves around the axis of rotation and includes an encoding groove running along the axis of rotation. The pump pot includes an encoding rib running along the axis of rotation and corresponding to the encoding groove. The encoding rib is configured for passage through the encoding groove along the axis of rotation during assembly and disassembly of the spray arm so as to enable the spray arm to be assembled on and disassembled from the pump pot in precisely one angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Eisenbart, Michael Lugert, Werner Oblinger, Igor Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 11618046
    Abstract: A containment tank assembly is described that includes a tank including an inner surface and a cleaning apparatus mounted to the tank. The cleaning apparatus includes an elongate arm and a rotary spray head assembly rotationally coupled to an end of the elongate arm. A rotating nozzle assembly is rotationally coupled to the rotary spray head. A magnetic field source is coupled to the rotary spray head so as to generate a spatially changing magnetic field in accordance with a rotation of the rotary spray head assembly in relation to the end of the elongate arm. A magnet field sensor is carried in a fixed relation to the elongate arm. The magnetic field sensor, in operation, generates a sensor signal that varies in accordance with the spatially changing magnetic field in accordance with the rotation of the rotary spray head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Tanner, Collin A. Wicks, Samuel W. Scully, John E. Ekpenyong
  • Patent number: 11560696
    Abstract: A high pressure jetting system for use with a water supply system includes a recirculating unit to connect to an isolated section of the water supply system. The isolated section remains under water supply system pressure. The recirculating unit includes a filter unit and a pump unit capable of generating a circulating flow of water. A first pig launch and recovery apparatus couples a first hydrant to the recirculating unit and a second pig launch and recovery apparatus couples a second hydrant to the recirculating unit. A jetting unit including a jetting head is coupled to a jetting hose. The jetting unit enters the closed circuit through the second pig launch and recovery apparatus and travels within the isolated section. The jetting head emits a plurality of water jets to assist removal of material from an inner surface of the water mains and pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: NO-DES, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Eric Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 11555296
    Abstract: A high pressure jetting system includes a recirculating unit connected to an isolated section of a water supply system which remains under system pressure. The recirculating unit includes a filter unit and a pump unit generating a circulating flow of water. A first pig launch and recovery apparatus couples a first hydrant to the recirculating unit and a second pig launch and recovery apparatus couples a second hydrant to the recirculating unit. A camera unit including a camera and drogue chute enters through the first apparatus and travels in a flushing flow direction to the second apparatus. The drogue chute is then removed from the camera. The camera then couples to a jetting unit having a jetting head and hose and re-enters through the second apparatus. The jetting unit emits a plurality of water jets to move in a counter-current flow direction and remove material from the water mains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: NO-DES, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Eric Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 11541358
    Abstract: A method for process a chemical liquid is provided. The method includes at least providing a system having at least one filtration medium, treatment the system with a treatment liquid having a content of iron (Fe) and calcium (Ca) of about 10 ppb or less, and processing a chemical liquid using an apparatus having the system configured therein after the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Electronic Materials U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Marcia Cole-Yocom, Bryan Hinzie, Michael Barker, Jack Helzer, Shen-Ping Huang, Pejman Ahmadiannamini, Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 11419475
    Abstract: Dishwashing appliances and methods, as provided herein, may include features or steps such as measuring an initial pressure in a sump with a pressure sensor, activating a drain pump when the measured initial pressure in the sump is greater than or equal to a first pressure threshold, and starting a timer when the drain pump is activated. Dishwashing appliances and methods may further include features or steps for monitoring pressure within the sump with the pressure sensor after activating the drain pump, recording a value of the timer as a first time when the monitored pressure reaches a second pressure threshold, calculating a time limit based on the recorded first time value, and determining that the filter is clogged when the monitored pressure does not reach a third pressure threshold before the time limit expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Edward Durham
  • Patent number: 11387119
    Abstract: A fluid heating device includes: a tank to store a fluid; a pump to deliver the fluid stored in the tank; a heater to heat the delivered fluid to a predetermined temperature; a return pipe to return the heated fluid to the tank; a fluid supply valve to supply an unheated fluid into the tank; a fluid discharge valve to discharge the heated fluid from the tank; a temperature sensor to detect a temperature of the heated fluid; and a temperature controller to control an opening degree of each of the fluid supply valve and the fluid discharge valve to control the temperature of the fluid stored in the tank. The temperature controller includes: a discharge opening-degree controller-to control the opening degree of the fluid discharge valve; and a supply opening-degree controller to control the opening degree of the fluid supply valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KELK Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Mimura
  • Patent number: 11352539
    Abstract: A process for producing a base oil composition particularly adapted for use in oil-base drilling mud compositions. The process includes contacting drilling waste containing an oil-base mud phase with a solvent to produce a mixture of liquids and solids, separating the two phases, partially evaporating the liquids phase to produce an oil base composition substantially lacking low molecular weight carbon chain compounds and also lacking significant concentrations of benzene, toluene, xylene, and/or ethyl benzene, and having increased closed-cup flashpoint when compared to the oil-base mud phase in the drilling waste. The resulting base oil has enhanced health and safety characteristics for workers interacting with and otherwise exposed to the oil base composition during transporting, conditioning or using such compositions. The base oil produced and drilling methods using the recovered and recycled mud are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: RECOVER ENERGY SERVICES INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Scalley
  • Patent number: 11352507
    Abstract: Methods of employing corrosion inhibitors with oxidizing and/or non-oxidizing biocides, such as peroxycarboxylic acids, to provide corrosion protected compositions are disclosed. Various corrosion inhibitors further provide biocidal efficacy in addition to the corrosion protection providing further benefits for application of use. Methods of employing corrosion protected biocide compositions, such as peroxycarboxylic acid compositions, for corrosion protection are particularly well suited for treating fluids intended to flow through pipes, namely in the energy industry, water and paper industries, etc. Methods providing suitable corrosion protection in comparison to untreated systems and corrosion protected systems using conventional corrosion inhibitors, such as quaternary amines and imidazolines commonly used in the industry, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Brian Epps, Jeremy Moloney, Ethan Moloney
  • Patent number: 11342215
    Abstract: A housing of a wafer processing system includes at least one chamber exhaust outlet and at least one chemical exhaust outlet. The chamber exhaust outlet is formed in the housing for venting gas from the interior of the housing and the chemical exhaust outlet is formed in the housing for venting gas that flows along at least one of: (a) a first flow path defined between the splash shield in a raised position and the collection trays in the lowered position; and (b) a second flow path in which the gas flows through the collection chamber to the chemical exhaust outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: VEECO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: William Gilbert Breingan, Chris Hofmeister, Lev Rapoport, John Taddei
  • Patent number: 11326328
    Abstract: A tubeless sprayer assembly includes a base that is coupled to a support surface. The base has a fluid port is integrated therein. The fluid port is fluidly coupled to a fluid source wherein the fluid port is configured to receive a fluid from the fluid source. A canister is positionable in the base. The canister is in fluid communication with the fluid port when the canister is positioned in the base to fill the canister with the fluid. A pumping unit is coupled to the canister. The pumping unit pumps the fluid outwardly from the canister when the pumping unit is turned on to facilitate the fluid to be sprayed without a connection to the fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Boldt
  • Patent number: 11284774
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dishwasher having a heat pump, including a dishwasher body provided with a tub configured with a washing space therein and a sump provided at a bottom of the tub to temporarily accommodate washing water; a heat pump having a compressor, an evaporator, an expansion apparatus, and a condenser provided on an inner bottom surface of the tub to exchange heat with washing water inside the tub; and a controller that controls the heat pump to be driven to increase the temperature of the washing water inside the tub. As a result, the heating time of washing water may be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Changyoon Jung, Sangheon Yoon
  • Patent number: 11274270
    Abstract: The present invention provides acidic or basic cleaning compositions for use in cleaning food and beverage industry processing equipment and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry processing equipment wherein the compositions of the invention comprise a food-equipment-safe acidic or basic cleaning compound and a food-equipment-safe colorimetric indicator of pH to show the desired acid or basic conditions during storage prior to the start of a cleaning cycle and after storage and during a cleaning cycle. The cleaning compositions of the invention are particularly useful in, for example, CIP cleaning processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Alpha Chemical Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Noah Hershey
  • Patent number: 11259681
    Abstract: A dishwasher and method utilize an imaging system to perform various diagnostic operations within the dishwasher, including one or more of level sensing, filter cleaning, wash tub rinse down, foam detection, imaging system cleaning, and remote viewing. A controller may clean a filter by controllably-redirecting a controllably-movable sprayer to spray fluid onto the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD
    Inventors: Joel Boyer, Robert M. Digman, Russell Dietrich, Bassam Fawaz
  • Patent number: 11260719
    Abstract: A battery cooling system includes a cooling water circulation circuit for circulating cooling water for cooling the battery, a first heat exchanger for exchanging heat between air and cooling water, a second heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the low-pressure refrigerant of the refrigeration cycle circuit and cooling water, and an ion exchanger for removing impurity ions contained in the cooling water. The first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger are arranged in series in the cooling water circulation circuit. The ion exchanger is disposed on the downstream side of the second heat exchanger in the cooling water circulation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Tomita, Tsuyoshi Koga, Yusuke Suzuki, Masaya Kaji
  • Patent number: 11259683
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a pump assembly for circulating wash fluid within a wash chamber and discharging wash fluid from a drain basin. The pump assembly includes a wash pump impeller coupled to a drive shaft and a drain pump impeller coupled to the drive shaft using a clutch, such as a centrifugal clutch. At speeds below a predetermined speed threshold, the clutch remains disengaged such that only the wash pump impeller rotates. When the speed of the drive shaft exceeds the predetermined speed threshold, the clutch engages causing the drain pump impeller to rotate and discharge wash fluid from the drain basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Kopera
  • Patent number: 11241139
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub, a sump fluidly coupled to the tub, a discharge outlet, a drain assembly, and a check valve drain assembly including a seat assembly having a body with a first distal end and a second distal end, a fluid passage extending through the body, the body defining a valve seat having a sealing surface about the fluid passage and a flapper assembly operably coupled to the seat assembly and having a moveable portion configured to selectively move between a closed position where the moveable portion seals against the sealing surface and an opened position where the moveable portion raises to allow liquid through the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Jerel Jaske, Antony M. Rappette, John Alan Miller, Todd Michael Jozwiak
  • Patent number: 11214892
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing polycrystalline silicon fragments includes producing a polycrystalline silicon rod by the Siemens method; crushing the polycrystalline silicon rod to obtain polycrystalline silicon fragments; and cleaning by etching the polycrystalline silicon fragments in a cleaning tank. In the cleaning, small pieces of the polycrystalline silicon having controlled shapes and sizes are present in the cleaning tank and the weight change of the small pieces of the polycrystalline silicon before and after the etching is measured to thereby manage the cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Tokuyama Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11179753
    Abstract: A liquid cleaning system for living plants rests on a surface covered by a non-porous material. A plate layer covering the non-porous layer has two or more layers, each layer having runners arranged in a grid. The grid of each successive layer is offset at an angle with respect to the grid of a previous layer. An upper layer covers the plate layer and has a plurality of holes for the passage of liquids into the liquid cleaning system. As the living plants are watered or cleaned, excess liquids containing water and oils that were excreted by the living plants enter the liquid cleaning system through the holes, the liquid traverses the grid layers, flowing towards a drain. Contaminants within the liquid collect within the grid of the layers of the plate layer for later disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Albert DeChard
  • Patent number: 11156210
    Abstract: Methods for performing maintenance on a rotor blade of a wind turbine rotor comprising at least a first rotor blade with an airfoil body formed from a blade shell element, the airfoil body having a suction-side surface and a pressure-side surface, a leading edge and a trailing edge, and a root end for mounting to a wind turbine hub and a distal tip end are disclosed, as well as a related system for same. The method comprising the steps of bringing the wind turbine rotor to a standstill, introducing a mobile maintenance device into said first rotor blade at the blade root, moving said mobile maintenance device inside said first rotor blade to a location, performing a maintenance operation at the location with said mobile maintenance device, and removing said mobile maintenance device from said first rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: LM WIND POWER US TECHNOLOGY APS
    Inventors: Finn Kjaer Nielsen, Morten Philipsen
  • Patent number: 11104969
    Abstract: This invention relates to new formulation aids, as well as to the production thereof, to the uses thereof and to the formulations comprising them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: COÖPERATIE KONINKLI JKE COSUN U.A.
    Inventors: Adrianus Marinus Maria de Laat, Bartholomeus Mattheus de Roode, Tom Willem Louis Brooijmans
  • Patent number: 11084068
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a plant part that is to be cleaned in a beverage filling plant, including a medium inflow for supplying a cleaning medium to the plant part that is to be cleaned, and having a medium return flow for removing the used cleaning medium from the plant part that is to be cleaned is described. A heating unit is provided for heating the cleaning medium in the medium inflow, and a recuperator is provided for transferring heat energy from the cleaning medium that is removed via the medium return flow to the cleaning medium that is to be supplied to the heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Juergen Soellner, Holger Mueller
  • Patent number: 11084987
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel crude oil demulsifier comprises a copolymer of styrene with pyridine or a carboxylic acid or its salt selected from methacrylic, acrylic, maleic or fumaric acid with molecular weight in the range of 10000 to 600000 Daltons, dose in the range of 20-1000 ppm. The invention further relates to a process for demulsification of crude oil by treating crude oil with the copolymer in the range of 20-1000 ppm in the temperature range of 25-40° C. by shaking to obtain demulsified crude oil having crude oil with <1% water, and Water <100 ppm oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: Sanjay Pandurang Kamble
  • Patent number: 11078099
    Abstract: A system for using water pumped from a waterway to clean a barge, then filtering the wastewater through several successive filtration/sedimentation compartments on a barge floating beside the barge being cleaned, then discharging the multiple-filtered water directly back into the waterway. The sediment collected in the filtration/sedimentation compartments can then be disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Rickie L. Ellis
  • Patent number: 11052432
    Abstract: A first SPM, prepared by mixing sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide water at a first mixing ratio, is supplied to a substrate. A second SPM, prepared by mixing the sulfuric acid and the hydrogen peroxide water at a second mixing ratio greater than the first mixing ratio, is supplied to the substrate after the supply of the first SPM is stopped. The first SPM expelled from the substrate flows into a drain piping. The second SPM expelled from the substrate flows into a recovery piping. SPM is prepared by mixing the hydrogen peroxide water with sulfuric acid contained in the second SPM guided by the recovery piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Masayuki Hayashi, Nobuyuki Shibayama, Toru Endo
  • Patent number: 11040428
    Abstract: A method for the surface treatment of workpieces by means of abrasive media, and a surface treatment composition. The method comprises the steps of providing a treatment tool, providing an abrasive medium, supplying a workpiece having a surface to be treated, surface treating the workpiece, involving removal of material and producing waste products, and processing the waste products, wherein at least one of said steps comprises adding an additive to lower a self-ignition tendency on the part of the waste products, the additive comprising a salt, composed of a carbonate and/or of a halogen anion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Menzerna Polishing Compounds GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rudi Messmer
  • Patent number: 11001522
    Abstract: Methods for thinning glass are provided, including methods for reducing a thickness of a glass sheet by subjecting the glass sheet to an etching process. The methods can include passing the glass sheet through an etching zone along a conveyance path a plurality of times until an initial thickness of the glass sheet is reduced to a final predetermined thickness of the glass sheet, and washing the glass sheet after each pass through the etching zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Craig Steven Weber
  • Patent number: 10998186
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate processing apparatus including a dry processing unit and a controller. The dry processing unit includes: a chamber that accommodates the substrate; a supercritical processing liquid supply unit that supplies a supercritical processing liquid to the substrate; a heating unit that heats an inside of the chamber; and a discharge unit that discharges a fluid in the chamber from the chamber. The controller controls the supercritical processing liquid supply unit, the heating unit, and the discharge unit such that the supercritical processing liquid is supplied to the substrate before or after the substrate is accommodated in the chamber, the inside of the chamber is heated to change the supercritical processing liquid into a supercritical fluid or a subcritical fluid, and the supercritical fluid or the subcritical fluid is discharged from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Gentaro Goshi, Keisuke Egashira
  • Patent number: 10998106
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for decontaminating a radioactively contaminated metal surface, wherein the metal surface is brought in contact with a decontamination solution, which comprises a complexing agent and a transition metal. The invention further relates to such a decontamination solution and to the use thereof to decontaminate a metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: RWE POWER AKTIENGESELLESCHAFT
    Inventors: Dietmar Nieder, David Jordan
  • Patent number: 10980387
    Abstract: An autonomously traveling floor washer autonomously performs an appropriate cleaning operation so that a washing liquid does not remain on a floor surface. In accordance with a cleaning schedule, the autonomously traveling floor washer autonomously travels and performs cleaning of the floor surface using a squeegee and the washing liquid. If a washing liquid discharge position at a taught data obtaining time is not included in a squeegee movement track calculated based on a position and a width of the squeegee at the taught data obtaining time, the cleaning schedule is modified so that the washing liquid discharge position is included in the squeegee movement track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Shitamoto, Tsuyoshi Nakano
  • Patent number: 10985036
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a vessel providing a processing space for processing a substrate, a substrate support supporting the substrate loaded in the processing space, and a barrier between a side wall of the vessel and the substrate support and surrounding an edge of the substrate supported by the substrate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Hoo Kim, Sang-Jine Park, Yong-Jhin Cho, Yeon-Jin Gil, Ji-Hoon Jeong, Byung-Kwon Cho, Yong-Sun Ko, Kun-Tack Lee
  • Patent number: 10957529
    Abstract: A method for drying a wafer is provided. The method includes providing or receiving the wafer and applying a rinsing liquid in a liquid state to the wafer. The rinsing liquid has a boiling point. The method also includes drying the wafer by applying a drying fluid in a gaseous state to the wafer. The drying fluid has a higher temperature than the boiling point of the rinsing liquid, and the rinsing liquid is evaporated and removed by the drying fluid. After the removal of the rinsing liquid, the drying fluid remains in a gaseous state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 10953359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an appliance comprising, a regenerative filter for filtering a fluid flow, having at least one filter, a filter regenerator for regenerating the regenerative filter, a turbine for driving the filter regenerator, the turbine being driven by the fluid flow passing through the appliance during its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Richard David Nicolaou, Edward Sebert Maurice Shelton
  • Patent number: 10888907
    Abstract: A mixed jet descaling device axially and eccentrically arranged for the inner wall of a metal pipe comprises a support rod (1) arranged inside the metal pipe (100), the support rod being parallel to the central axis of the metal pipe, eccentrically arranged and not concentric with the central axis of the metal pipe; and at least two spray nozzle units (2, 2?, 2?) for spraying the mixed jet, the spray nozzle units being arranged from front to back along the length direction of the support rod. At least two mixed jet spray nozzles (21, 21?, 21?) are provided in each spray nozzle unit and uniformly arranged along the circumference of the support rod in such a manner that the mixed jet spray nozzles diverge towards periphery of the support rod with the axis of the support rod as the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mingnan Duan
  • Patent number: 10857578
    Abstract: A soil washing process includes mixing water and contaminated soil in a log washer, separating the soil and water mixture into a first stream of wet soil and a second stream of water and floating organic materials, dewatering the first stream of wet soil to form a cleaned soil stream, dewatering the second stream to separate out the organic materials and form a water stream, separating the water stream into a stream of non-colloidal particulates and a stream of colloid-containing water, dewatering the stream of non-colloidal particulates, and adding the stream of colloid-containing water to the soil and water mixture. The method may further include returning a first portion of the colloid-containing water to the log washer, and drawing off a second portion of the colloid-containing water to filter out the colloids before returning a clean water stream to the log washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Allen Shane Estep
  • Patent number: 10832924
    Abstract: A substrate treating device immerses substrates in a mixed-acid aqueous solution, and performs an etching treatment on the substrates. The substrate treating device includes: a treating tank that stores the mixed-acid aqueous solution; a treating-liquid exchange unit that performs a total liquid exchange of the mixed-acid aqueous solution based on a life time of the mixed-acid aqueous solution in the treating tank; a detecting unit that detects a pure-water concentration of the mixed-acid aqueous solution; a concentration control unit that controls, based on the pure-water concentration detected by the detecting unit, the pure-water concentration such that the pure-water concentration becomes a predetermined target concentration by supplying pure water to the mixed-acid aqueous solution in the treating tank; and a target-value change unit that changes a lower-side standard value (a target concentration).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Sugioka
  • Patent number: 10821472
    Abstract: In a coating pretreatment facility using microbubbles, an arrangement is made to make it possible to form the facility compact and to reduce the initial cost and the running cost of the facility. A preliminary cleansing water supplying passage 33 is provided for supplying cleansing waters W1, W2 used in cleansing of a coating subject article B in flushing sections 3, 4 following a degreasing section 2 as preliminary cleansing water W3 for use in preliminary cleansing of the coating subject article B in a preliminary cleansing section 1. A microbubble generator device 34 is provided for causing the preliminary cleansing water W3 used in the preliminary cleansing of the coating subject article B in the preliminary cleansing section 1 to contain microbubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Taikisha Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Koike, Yasuhiko Sakota, Yoshikazu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10809618
    Abstract: The objective is to favorably form a clear resist pattern using a resist composition containing a polymer that can inhibit resist pattern collapse when used as a main chain scission-type positive resist. A method of forming a resist pattern includes: a step of forming a resist film using a positive resist composition containing a polymer including a monomer unit (A) represented by general formula (I), shown below, and a monomer unit (B) represented by general formula (II), shown below, with a proviso that at least one of the monomer unit (A) and the monomer unit (B) includes at least one fluorine atom; an exposure step; and a development step. The development is carried out using a developer having a surface tension of 17 mN/m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manabu Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10800357
    Abstract: A method for disinfecting a vehicle drinking water tank is designed for dynamic disinfection. By providing a vehicle drinking water tank with a spray diffuser, which is arranged inside the vehicle drinking water tank, the disinfecting liquid can be sprayed over substantially the entire inner surface of the tank. Partial filling of the drinking water tank with a disinfecting liquid starts the disinfection method. The dynamics of the disinfection method are achieved by spraying the disinfecting liquid in such a way that a moved film of disinfecting liquid is formed and wets an inner surface of the drinking water tank. Material transport at the inner wall of the tank is improved and mechanical shear forces act on the biofilm, which is to be removed and/or disinfected, in combination with the biochemical disinfection forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Schreiner, Paolo Cavarero
  • Patent number: 10789860
    Abstract: A label comprising a body having a first side for attaching to a container and a second side for displaying information, the first side includes a releasable adhesive for attaching the label to a container, wherein the releasable adhesive is treatable to cause the label to be separated from the container, and at least a part of the body is heat sensitive such that the label curls towards the first side to conceal part of the releasable adhesive when the label is heated to hinder the label separated from the container from re-attaching to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Labelmakers Group Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Graeme Lang, Michael Profenna
  • Patent number: 10773279
    Abstract: A mop cleaning system has a mop basin having a floor and a drain, a chamber affixed to the mop basin in a location away from the drain, a water inlet opening within the interior volume of the chamber, and a water source connected to the water inlet. The water inlet is adapted to pass water in an area adjacent to a bottom of the chamber. The water source is adapted to pass water under pressure into the water inlet. The chamber is fixedly mounted to the floor of the mop basin. The chamber has an outlet located at above the water inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Tim McDonald
  • Patent number: 10766795
    Abstract: Various aspects described herein relate to electrochemical devices, e.g., for separation of one or more target organic or inorganic molecules (e.g., charged or neutral molecules) from solution, and methods of using the same. In particular embodiments, the electrochemical devices and methods described herein involve at least one redox-functionalized electrode, wherein the electrode comprises an immobilized redox-species that is selective toward a target molecule (e.g., charged molecule such as ion or neutral molecule). The selectivity is based on a Faradaic/redox-activated chemical interaction (e.g., directional hydrogen binding) between the oxidized state of the redox species and a moiety of the target molecule (e.g., charged molecule such as ion or neutral molecule).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Xiao Su, Demetra S. Achilleos, Trevor Alan Hatton
  • Patent number: 10767257
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for removing a metal deposit (2) arranged on a surface (5) in a chamber (1), said method including repeatedly performing a sequence including: a) a first phase of injecting chemical species suitable for oxidizing said metal deposit (2); and b) a second phase of injecting chemical species suitable for volatilizing the oxidized metal deposit, said second phase b) being performed after the first phase a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Plasma-Therm LLC
    Inventors: Julien Vitiello, Fabien Piallat
  • Patent number: 10724940
    Abstract: A corrosion maintenance scheduling and implementation system and method measure one or more characteristics of corrosion in equipment before and after implementation of a corrosion remediation action, determine one or more of a change in the one or more characteristics of the corrosion between before and after implementation of the corrosion remediation action, one or more historical operational characteristics of the equipment, or one or more forthcoming operational characteristics of the equipment, and modify a schedule of the corrosion remediation action for the equipment based on one or more of the one or more characteristics of corrosion that are measured, the change in the one or more characteristics of the corrosion, the one or more historical operational characteristics of the equipment, and/or the one or more forthcoming operational characteristics of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Detor, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Monica Soare, Kevin Harding
  • Patent number: 10716871
    Abstract: A multi-function product disinfection cabinet preferably includes a sealed test cabinet, a high level disinfection system, a dehumidifier and an electrical function tester. The sealed test cabinet preferably includes a sealed test chamber, a rear dehumidifier chamber and a rear droplet chamber. The high level disinfection system includes an aerosol blower, an aerosol generator and an aerosol control module. The aerosol blower blows a disinfectant from the aerosol generator into the disinfection chamber. A pivoting cable holder for a multi-function disinfection cabinet preferably includes a pivoting cable tube, a mounting bracket, a motor with gear reduction, a motor controller and two snap switches. The mounting bracket is attached to an outside sidewall of a disinfection chamber. The pivoting cable tube rotates in the disinfection chamber. The motor rotates the pivoting cable tube. The motor controller and two snap switches are used to control directional rotation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Carl L. Ricciardi, Jonathan J. Ricciardi, Jonathan D. Yoder, Jim Gerend, Dean Kreider
  • Patent number: 10695741
    Abstract: A MOF production system and method of making are detailed for continuous and controlled synthesis of MOFs and MOF composites. The system can provide optimized yields of MOFs and MOF composites greater than or equal to 95%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Radha Kishan Motkuri, Jagannadha R. Bontha, B. Peter McGrail
  • Patent number: 10687687
    Abstract: A domestic dishwasher includes a wash container which has a loading opening. The loading opening of the wash container can be closed by a door. A suction apparatus is provided to suction steam and/or air, in particular moisture-laden air, escaping from the loading opening. The suction apparatus has at least one inlet window located outside a wet chamber of the wash container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Dominik Doppelbauer, Markus Höpfl
  • Patent number: 10685320
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring goods placed in compartments of an inventory apparatus and communicating monitored data to user-computing device via a communication network. The method includes storing information pertaining to goods into a database. The method further includes integrating weighing scales at the bottom of each of the one or more compartment. Further, the method includes determining the weight of the one or more goods in each of the one or more compartment through the weighing scales and transmitting the weighed information to the database via the communication network. The method further includes the monitoring the quantitative value and inventory level of one or more goods placed in the one or more compartments through one or more sensors. Furthermore, the method includes the displaying the weighed information and monitored information over the user-computing device communicated through the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Lamarco Merciano