Having Steam, Air Or Gas Applying Conduit Patents (Class 134/102.1)
  • Patent number: 10912182
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to induce airflow over a sensor lens is provide. The apparatus includes a sensor lens; and a plasma actuator. The plasma actuator may include a dielectric element, a first electrode disposed under the dielectric element, a second electrode disposed on the dielectric element such that the second electrode is exposed, and a plasma layer disposed in between the first electrode and the second electrode. The plasma actuator may be disposed at a periphery of the sensor lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Taeyoung Han, Bahram Khalighi, Paul E. Krajewski, Gayatri V. Dadheech
  • Patent number: 10821485
    Abstract: A powder removal system includes a plurality of tubes including upstream and downstream ends, a manifold fluidly coupled to the tubes, and a pressurized air supply fluidly coupled to the manifold supplying pressurized air to the tubes via the manifold. The downstream ends of the tubes are inserted into a plurality of channels partially filled with powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ananda Barua, Daniel Jason Erno, Arunkumar Natarajan, Ken Ivcar Salas Nobrega, Uttara Vijay Kumar, John Francis Morrison
  • Patent number: 10782520
    Abstract: A cleaning system includes an actuator and an arm rotatable by the actuator. The actuator includes a housing and a rotatable barrier in the housing defining a first chamber and a second chamber. The rotatable barrier is rotatable by relative pressures of the chambers. The arm includes a first nozzle fluidly connected to the first chamber and a second nozzle fluidly connected to the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Garcia Crespo, William Ethan-Alexander McClure
  • Patent number: 10711806
    Abstract: A nozzle module for an energy converter, in particular for a power plant, including a first nozzle for the introduction of a motive fluid into a mixing chamber and an introduction opening for the introduction of a suction fluid into the mixing chamber, the mixing chamber having a geometry for merging the motive fluid and the suction fluid in the mixing chamber in a flow-intensifying manner. To specify a nozzle module which effects an increase in efficiency of the power plant, a vapor pressure of the motive fluid upstream of the first nozzle is lower than a vapor pressure of the suction fluid upstream of the introduction opening, and a gas pressure in the mixing chamber in a region downstream of the first nozzle is lower than a gas pressure in the mixing chamber in a region downstream of the introduction opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Matthias Boscher
  • Patent number: 10698313
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a developing tank and a fluid manifold in the bottom of the developing tank. The fluid manifold includes a plurality of holes through which developer flows and a plurality of valves corresponding to the plurality of holes. The valves allow developer to flow through the holes when open and prevent developer from flowing through the holes when closed. A trench surrounds the fluid manifold through which developer is drained from the developing tank. A controller is configured to control opening and closing of the valves. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes a clamping mechanism configured to insert the substrate into and remove the substrate from the developing tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tzung-Shiun Liu, Chun-Lang Chen, Ching-Yueh Chen
  • Patent number: 10699894
    Abstract: A valve is closed while a cleaning liquid is fed into a tubular body of a cleaning nozzle, and a piezoelectric element applies vibrations to the cleaning liquid. This causes droplets of the cleaning liquid to be produced and discharged from a plurality of discharge holes. The droplet diameter of the discharged droplets is in the range from 15 to 200 ?m, and the distribution of the droplet diameter is such that the value of where a value of 3? does not exceed 10% of the average droplet diameter. The droplet speed is in the range from 20 to 100 meters per second, and the distribution of the droplet speed is such that the value of where a value of 3? does not exceed 10% of the average droplet speed. The droplet flow rate is not less than 10 milliliters per minute. Discharging the droplets of the cleaning liquid from the cleaning nozzle toward a substrate while satisfying these discharge conditions improves cleaning efficiency without damages to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanobu Sato
  • Patent number: 10675589
    Abstract: Methods for cleaning water filtration membranes by treatment with a DNase containing cleaning composition. Optionally the composition also comprises a biocidal and/or other enzymes such as proteases. The DNAse may be derived from Aspergillus oryzae or from Bacillus licheniformis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Novozymes A/S
    Inventors: Rasmus Rune Hansen, Ethan Baker
  • Patent number: 10654009
    Abstract: A Venturi draft tube spouted bed and method are disclosed that enables scale-up with small particles and improves heat and mass transfer by increasing material turnover rate. A Venturi-style eductor has been incorporated into the spouted bed draft tube to provide suction at the bottom of the bed to better entrain material and reduce the propensity for dead zones at the bottom of the narrow conical section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Mainstream Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Yelvington, Nicholas R. Schwartz, Michael J. Blaise
  • Patent number: 10595706
    Abstract: A dishwasher may include a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, an airflow conduit, and a blower assembly fluidly coupled to the airflow conduit. The blower assembly may include a first impeller effecting a flow of ambient air to the treating chamber and a second impeller effecting a flow of mixed air from the treating chamber exhausting the mixed air from the treating chamber. Additionally, at least one of the first and second impellers may effect a flow of ambient air that bypasses the tub and combines with the mixed air before being exhausted from the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Alvaro Vallejo Noriega
  • Patent number: 10533916
    Abstract: Leaks in valves provided in a plurality of pipes connected to a plurality of gas sources are inspected. In a method of an embodiment, a first valve provided in a first pipe connected to a gas source is closed, and a second valve provided in a first pipe on a downstream side of the first valve is opened. A pressure increase is detected by a pressure gauge on a downstream side of the first pipe. In addition, the first valve is opened, and the second valve is closed. A pressure increase is detected by a pressure gauge on a downstream side of the first pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Sawachi, Norihiko Amikura
  • Patent number: 10514520
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiber optic cable that includes a plurality of internal optical fibers and a fiber optic cable portion. The fiber optic cable portion includes an outer jacket and an inner conduit, the inner conduit containing the plurality of optical fibers disposed therein. The fiber optic cable further includes a flexible conduit portion, wherein the flexible conduit portion has a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is secured to the fiber optic cable portion and the distal end has a terminating device. The terminating device at least partially encases the flexible conduit portion, and the plurality of optical fibers passes through the flexible conduit portion and the terminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Cyle D. Petersen
  • Patent number: 10475639
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for processing one or more surfaces of a semiconductor wafer with one or more ozone-containing fluids are provided. The apparatus includes an ozone generator, a solvent flask, a gas-liquid mixing device, and a processing chamber capable of receiving the semiconductor wafer. The apparatus may also include one or more gas-liquid separation devices and switching valves. The processing chamber allows the ozone-containing fluids to enter the processing chamber for treating the wafer surface. The effectiveness of the treatment is ensured by enhancing the ozone concentration of the ozone-containing fluids inside the processing chamber, in either or both gas and liquid phases. The employment of a micro chamber as the processing chamber also helps to reduce the consumption of the treatment gas and liquid, as well as the resulted waste emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI HUAYING MICROELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sophia Wen, Nitao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10441989
    Abstract: According to the manufacturing method of the invention the line component, in particular an additively fabricated line component, comprises a line element for conducting a fluid from a first opening to a second opening, and a line branching connected with the line element for conducting the fluid to a third opening, wherein an outer region of the line component is designed load-compliant by means of a numerical optimization program and thereby includes a multitude of irregular topological structures in its outer region. In the manufacturing method of the line component a notch is incorporated on the inside of the line element, which serves to relieve a tension in a highly loaded state of the line component or the line element, a particle-filled gas stream is guided through the interior of the line component, in order to smooth the inside of the line component and/or the line component is subjected to a pressurization, in order to produce a plastic deformation on an inner surface of the line component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Kroll, Frank Schubert, Stefan Demmig, Sebastian Blümer, Alexander Altmann, Camille Kunzi, David Hölzler, Gerhard Hummel
  • Patent number: 10426253
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning an atomizer, in particular a rotary atomizer, is provided. The cleaning device includes a wet cleaning station having at least one cleaning nozzle for the wet cleaning of the atomizer with a cleaning fluid. The atomizer is introduced into the wet cleaning station in an introduction direction. The cleaning nozzle has a rotatable cleaning trunk for dispensing the cleaning fluid. The cleaning device, in some embodiments, also includes a dry cleaning station. A corresponding operating method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Sonja Brauchle, Thomas Buck, Frank Herre, Georg M. Sommer, Sandra Schlichenmaier, Andreas Fischer, Peter Marquardt
  • Patent number: 10369601
    Abstract: A suctional cleaning system includes a drain line that drains a fluid. The drain line is fluidly coupled to a fluid source. A fitting is fluidly coupled to the drain line and the fluid passes through the fitting. A suction unit is selectively fluidly coupled to the fitting such that the suction unit is in fluid communication with the drain line. The suction unit suctionally cleans the drain line. Moreover, the suction unit selectively directs suction between the plurality of ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Davis
  • Patent number: 10365053
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that is designed to be able to clean HVAC condensers. The apparatus comprises a plurality of pipes that facilitates the passage of water through them allowing water and/or a cleaning solution to clean the condenser by spraying the condenser with sprayers without having to move the apparatus. The apparatus is designed so as to be able to spray every part of the condenser without having to move the apparatus. The apparatus may also have a timer associated with it that allows the condenser to be cleaned at periodic intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Danny Billings
  • Patent number: 10349803
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dishmachine that includes one or more features directed to water, energy or material savings. The disclosed dishmachines are still capable of meeting the soil demands of the articles to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Ellingson, Wesley Mark Nelson
  • Patent number: 10314676
    Abstract: Provided is an oral cleaning device capable of ensuring a sufficient ejection pressure for a cleaning liquid while employing a small and low-cost electric air pump with a low output. An oral cleaning device is provided with an air-tightly closable cleaning liquid tank 2 which stores a cleaning liquid, a cleaning liquid supply passage 24 which has an ejection port 4a for ejecting the cleaning liquid into the oral cavity on one end and an introduction port 23a open inside the bottom part of the cleaning liquid tank 2 on the other end, and an electric air pump 44 which supplies air into the cleaning liquid tank 2 to pressurize the inside of the cleaning liquid tank 2. The cleaning liquid inside the cleaning liquid tank 2 is supplied to the ejection port 4a through the cleaning liquid supply passage 24 by air pressure inside the cleaning liquid tank 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SUNSTAR INC.
    Inventors: Yukinori Wada, Masahiro Nishiura
  • Patent number: 10238241
    Abstract: Operating a hand cleaner dispenser for dispensing a cleaning liquid from a reservoir onto a person's hands in a cycle of operation wherein, during a first time interval during the cycle dispensing the liquid onto the hand as a spray, and during a second time interval during the cycle dispensing the liquid onto the hand as a liquid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: op-hygiene ip gmbh
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones, Zhenchun Shi
  • Patent number: 10234405
    Abstract: A system for measuring steam wetness, including: a plurality of microwave sensors for detecting microwave signals passing through a supply of steam flowing through a cavity; a calibration system for calibrating the plurality of microwave sensors; a film measurement system for measuring a characteristic of a film flowing along an inner surface of the cavity; a system for determining a characteristic of the steam flowing through the cavity based on data provided by the plurality of microwave sensors; and a system for determining a wetness of the steam flowing through the cavity based on the characteristic of the steam flowing through the cavity and the characteristic of the film flowing along the inner surface of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Barham
  • Patent number: 10219683
    Abstract: A method for conditioning a flexible medical endoscope (10) having internal channels (12), so as to maintain disinfection of said endoscope (10) following processing to a state of high level disinfection, comprises the steps of: (a) connecting the internal channels (12) of the endoscope (10) to connectors (31-34) enabling fluid communication with a reservoir (24) of disinfectant fluid (25); (b) charging the internal channels (12) with disinfectant fluid (25) from the reservoir (24); (c) disconnecting the internal channels (12) from the connectors (31-34); (d) sealing the endoscope (10) in a pouch (56) having a substantially air-tight seal (57) and a valve (55) enabling connection to suction means (53); and (e) connecting and activating the suction means (53) so as substantially to reduce pressure within the pouch (56), thereby partially evacuating the pouch (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cantel (UK) Limited
    Inventors: George Christopher Parker, Barry Luke, Colin Oxford
  • Patent number: 10214793
    Abstract: Provided is a method for nitriding a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet which is very useful in obtaining excellent magnetic properties with no variation by immersing a strip in a molten salt bath after cold rolling and before secondary recrystallization annealing during a production process of a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet, to subject the strip to continuous nitriding to uniformly disperse inhibitor forming elements over the full length and full width of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsuda, Hideyuki Takahashi, Hiroi Yamaguchi, Yukihiro Shingaki, Yasuyuki Hayakawa, Takashi Terashima
  • Patent number: 10214297
    Abstract: A pump system includes an actuator which can be retracted by a fluid in the pump system. Also included is a pump with a first drive coupling and a rotational power device with a second drive coupling. The second drive coupling is configured to removably mate with the first drive coupling for powering the pump. A spool valve that is spring loaded and in fluid connection with the pump when the spool valve is in a stow position is also included. In addition, the pump system includes both a relief valve and a reservoir both in fluid connection with the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Larson, Jr., Gary Sasscer
  • Patent number: 10208648
    Abstract: An engine oil cooler backflush valve assembly is provided as a replacement cap to an engine oil cooler EGR coolant supply cover. The backflush valve assembly includes a main body through which a valve stem is inserted. The valve stem has a bushing threadedly attached thereto which moves the valve stem between first and second positions. A removable cap is provided to cover the backflush valve assembly during normal operation and to be removed during backflush operation. A removable lock can also be used to secure the cap and/or bushing to the main body of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: James A. Cooper
  • Patent number: 10054753
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiber optic cable that includes a plurality of internal optical fibers and a fiber optic cable portion. The fiber optic cable portion includes an outer jacket and an inner conduit, the inner conduit containing the plurality of optical fibers disposed therein. The fiber optic cable further includes a flexible conduit portion, wherein the flexible conduit portion has a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is secured to the fiber optic cable portion and the distal end has a terminating device. The terminating device at least partially encases the flexible conduit portion, and the plurality of optical fibers passes through the flexible conduit portion and the terminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Cyle D. Petersen
  • Patent number: 10024141
    Abstract: The invention is a cleaning device and method for cleaning an oil well-bore. The device includes a longitudinal passage and plurality of distribution passages extending from it and terminating near the exterior of the cleaning device in fluid ejection ports which have a progressively widening diameter towards their outermost end. The distribution passages and ports are oriented around a longitudinal axis of the device such that on injection of pressurized cleaning fluid into the longitudinal passage, jets of cleaning fluid are ejected from the ports. The ejected jets being substantially tangential to the outer surface of the device, generate rotational torque on one or more components of the device and cause them to spin. The device may further include a supplementary attachment such as a dual-purpose drilling bit. To perform cleaning, the device is connected to one end of a coiled tubing and is inserted in the well-bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Swinford
  • Patent number: 9975155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaner for use in washing an internal surface of a container, the cleaner comprising an elongate boom having a head, the head having a multiplicity of nozzles in fluid communication with a pressure chamber, and at least a portion of each nozzle being angled with respect to the longitudinal axis of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NIBIRU PTY LTD
    Inventor: Kenneth John Greenwood
  • Patent number: 9973663
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a self-cleaning camera. The system includes a camera including a lens and a housing surrounding the lens. The system includes a shroud coupled to the housing about the lens. The shroud includes at least one anchor point for coupling the shroud to a vehicle. The system also includes a motor coupled to the housing of the camera via a coupling system such that an activation of the motor moves the camera relative to the shroud, and the movement of the camera relative to the shroud assists in cleaning the lens of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Aljosa Krajisnik
  • Patent number: 9955847
    Abstract: Provided herein are a dishwasher comprising a washing chamber arranged for holding soiled items to be washed, a filter, and a circulation pump, and methods of operating the same. The washing chamber may be arranged such that, when the flow of washing liquid passes through the washing chamber, soil is released from the items to be washed and caught in the flow. The filter may be such arranged that, when the flow of washing liquid with soil passes through the filter, soil is separated from the flow of washing liquid and caught at the filter. The dishwasher may further include a soil trap, which is located separate from the circulation flow, and a soil removing unit including a transport unit for transport of the soil caught at the filter into the soil trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation, N.V.
    Inventor: Sarah Tempelmann
  • Patent number: 9930786
    Abstract: A desmear module for a horizontal galvanic or wet-chemical process line for metal, in particular copper, deposition on a substrate to be treated for a removal of precipitates comprising a desmear container connectable to a desmear unit, a pump and at least a first liquid connection element for connecting said pump with the desmear unit, wherein said pump is in conjunction with said desmear unit by said at least first liquid connection element; and wherein a treatment liquid level is provided inside the desmear module, which is above an intake area of the pump; wherein the desmear module further comprises at least a first liquid area, at least an adjacent second liquid area comprising the intake area of the pump, and at least a first separating element arranged between said at least first liquid area and said at least second liquid area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Skupin, Stefan Grüβner
  • Patent number: 9897622
    Abstract: A detergent reservoir reserves detergent for cleaning of a sample probe and includes a cleaning liquid supply port, a detergent supply port, and a waste liquid port When a predetermined condition for execution of cleaning of the detergent reservoir is not satisfied, and a remaining amount of the detergent reserved in the detergent reservoir is a predetermined amount or less, a pump is operated to increase the remaining amount of the detergent to the predetermined amount; and when the predetermined condition for execution of cleaning of the detergent reservoir is satisfied, a solenoid valve is opened to dispose of the detergent in the detergent reservoir. Then, after the detergent in the detergent reservoir is disposed of, the solenoid valve is closed, and a pump is operated to supply cleaning liquid to the detergent reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Rie Horiuchi, Yoshihiro Suzuki, Takashi Nakasawa
  • Patent number: 9858657
    Abstract: A method of laser drilling a hole comprising providing a laser source at a first side of a component to laser drill a hole through the component. A light source is positioned in the path of the laser beam at the opposite side of the component. A camera is provided at the first side of the component. The camera is positioned such that it has a line of sight view of the light source through the laser drilled hole. The laser drilled hole in the component is viewed using the light provided by the light source at the opposite side of the component. The parameters of the laser drilled hole are measured using the view of the laser drilled hole provided by the camera and a flow of gas is provided over the surface of the light source to protect the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Graham Charles Guy
  • Patent number: 9804100
    Abstract: A device for spraying a liquid for use in dye penetration inspection into an inner cavity of a workpiece for making a turbine engine part, the device including a workpiece support, a manifold for spraying the inspection liquid into the inner cavity, a manifold for sucking up and discharging the sprayed inspection liquid, and a mechanism for tilting at least a portion of the support from a substantially horizontal position to an inclined position in which the workpiece is inclined so that the inspection liquid sprayed into the cavity flows under gravity to a zone from which it is sucked up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Josiane Milliot, Yves Chucherko, Jean-Michel Philippe
  • Patent number: 9744642
    Abstract: A slurry feed system includes a valve manifold, a mixing tank, a slurry feed pump, a surface tension meter and suction piping, discharge piping as well as slurry return piping. The valve manifold includes inlet piping, outlet piping fluidly coupled to the inlet piping, and a slurry discharge header for supplying slurry to CMP stations. The slurry feed pump is connected to the mixing tank by the suction piping. The discharge piping is routed from the slurry feed pump to the inlet piping of the valve manifold. The slurry return piping is routed from the outlet piping of the valve manifold to the mixing tank. The suction piping, the discharge piping, the inlet piping, the outlet piping and the slurry return piping define a first slurry supply loop. The surface tension meter is coupled to the first slurry supply loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Huang Chen, Wei-Cheng Li, Chi-Tung Lai, Yung-Ti Hung
  • Patent number: 9708748
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a cabinet, a drawer with a drawer body and a drawer panel, an accommodation unit in the drawer body and defining a space for receiving washing water, a discharge unit for discharging washing water from the accommodation unit to the outside of the accommodation unit, a water discharge channel for guiding discharged washing water in the discharge unit to the outside of the cabinet, and a residual water discharge unit that provides an alternative path for discharging washing water in the discharge unit to the outside of the cabinet, wherein at least a portion of the residual water discharge unit is exposed to and accessible from the outside of the cabinet based on the drawer body being withdrawn from the cabinet, and wherein the entire residual water discharge unit is covered by the cabinet based on the drawer body being retracted within the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinwoo Seo, Jihong Lee, Wooseong Kim
  • Patent number: 9700921
    Abstract: The present invention is related with a method of cleaning a substrate by ultraviolet rays with adjustable radiation energy, comprising steps of: providing an ultraviolet ray light (10) and a substrate (20) to be cleaned with the ultraviolet rays; locating several shading plates (30) between the ultraviolet ray light (10) and the substrate (20) to be cleaned with the ultraviolet rays; rotating the shading plates (30) to adjust an area of the substrate (20) irradiated with the ultraviolet rays emitted by the ultraviolet ray light (10) and thus to control the radiation energy on the substrate (20) in the unit time; cleaning the substrate (20) with the ultraviolet rays emitted by the ultraviolet ray light (10). With the method, the radiation energy of the ultraviolet rays for cleaning the substrate can be flexibly adjusted. The objectives of efficiently removing the organic matter stick on the surface of the substrate and preventing the static damage to the circuit pattern of the substrate can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jiangbo Yao
  • Patent number: 9691639
    Abstract: In order to provide a process container for carrying out a cleaning process, a drying process, a deburring process, a coating process and/or a coating removal process on a workpiece in the interior of the process container, comprising a wall delimiting the interior of the process container, which is usable in a maintenance-friendly and flexible manner, it is proposed that the process container comprises at least one medium passage, by means of which a medium is guidable through the wall of the process container, at least two different process elements of different types being adaptable to at least one of the medium passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Dürr Ecoclean GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann-Josef David, Egon Käske
  • Patent number: 9663838
    Abstract: After molten metal has been poured from a ladle 6 into a converter, metal 6b adhering to the ladle 6 is dropped into the ladle 6 on-line, and molten metal is poured from an electric furnace into the ladle 6 into which the metal 6b has been dropped. As a result, the metal 6b is melted and is recovered as a material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Yoshino, Masayuki Sugiura, Masakazu Mori, Shintarou Tada
  • Patent number: 9610373
    Abstract: The present invention is generally related to a device and method for sanitizing a medical instrument with ozone, in particular the invention relates to a system, method and a device for sanitizing a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. The device has an ozone compartment, an ozone operating system and one or more ozone distribution lines that distribute ozone to a continuous positive airway pressure device. The device may further include a heater adapter unit to connect heating systems in CPAP devices while distributing ozone to sanitize the CPAP device in accordance with the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SoClean, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Leyva
  • Patent number: 9448155
    Abstract: A system for trapping particles in a gas comprising a chamber; an intake for intake of a gas containing at least one particle to be trapped and released, and an outlet for exit of the gas out of the chamber containing at least one particle; a first passage operatively connected to the intake operating to create a flow of a gas containing at least one particle into the chamber, a second passage operatively connected to the outlet for flow of the gas; a third passage operatively connected to a gaseous flow for creating a flow of fluid in a direction substantially opposite to the transfer of gas from the first passage so as to counteract the flow of gas from the first passage; an image sensor for recording an image; and a laser for generating a light beam for forming a photophoretic trap between the first and third passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Yongle Pan
  • Patent number: 9421292
    Abstract: A method for conditioning a flexible medical endoscope (10) having internal channels (12), so as to maintain disinfection of said endoscope (10) following processing to a state of high level disinfection, comprises the steps of: (a) connecting the internal channels (12) of the endoscope (10) to connectors (31-34) enabling fluid communication with a reservoir (24) of disinfectant fluid (25); (b) charging the internal channels (12) with disinfectant fluid (25) from the reservoir (24); (c) disconnecting the internal channels (12) from the connectors (31-34); (d) sealing the endoscope (10) in a pouch (56) having a substantially air-tight seal (57) and a valve (55) enabling connection to suction means (53); and (e) connecting and activating the suction means (53) so as substantially to reduce pressure within the pouch (56), thereby partially evacuating the pouch (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Cantel (UK) Limited
    Inventors: George Christopher Parker, Barry Luke, Colin Oxford
  • Patent number: 9278153
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for an agricultural pesticide-free air sterilization machine. In one embodiment, the machine employs a liquid-gas mixing device, an ozone generator, a water inlet; and/or a water outlet. The mixing device may have a water inlet, a water outlet, a feed pump, a jet device, and/or a liquid-gas mixer. Further, the ozone generator utilizes an oxygen generator, an oxygen storage container, and a high voltage discharge chamber. In other embodiments, the feed pump is connected to the water inlet of the jet device via a hose, and the ozone generator is connected to the gas inlet of the jet device via a gas tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Chun Hung Tsang
  • Patent number: 9265398
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a main sump that holds the main wash fluid supply, and a separate sump formed in the bottom wall of the tub away from the main sump. The separate sump holds a concentrated wash fluid supply. The separate sump supplies wash fluid for washing periods in which a highly concentrated chemistry mixture is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Boma M. Brown-West, Kristopher L. Delgado, Janice M. Kaeding, Jamie M. McQueen, Sathish A. Sundaram, Tremitchel Wright
  • Patent number: 9221068
    Abstract: An apparatus for non-contact cleaning a paint spray tip of a spray gun. The apparatus includes a housing with a top and an opening formed in the top to receive the spray tip. At least one drier nozzle is fluidly connected to a source of compressed air so that discharge from the nozzle impinges upon and dries the spray tip. Similarly, at least one solvent nozzle is also attached to the housing around the opening and discharges solvent on the spray tip when positioned in the housing opening. One or more down flow nozzles are also mounted to the housing to create a downdraft through the housing opening to facilitate cleaning and drying of the spray gun spray tip. A heated fluid also flows through the housing in close proximity to the fluid passageways for the drier nozzle and solvent nozzle in order to heat both the drier nozzle air flow and solvent flow to facilitate cleaning of the spray tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Philip Jessup, Eleanor Jessup
  • Patent number: 9175548
    Abstract: A fluid transfer system for an oil drilling rig which generally includes a portable housing container which includes a pump, a manifold, an air compressor and a pressure washer. The manifold will generally include three inlets, with a first inlet connected to a drilling rig, a second inlet connected to a first storage tank such as a water tank, and the third inlet connected to a second storage tank such as an invert tank. The pump is connected to the manifold to transfer mixed fluids back out the drilling rig. The air compressor is linked to the manifold flow blowing out the fluid conduits prior to transfer of the container or to prevent spillage. The pressure washer may be used to clean various components at the drilling site. The present invention is fully portable such that it may easily be packed up and transferred between multiple drilling sites for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: All In One Rentals LLC
    Inventor: William J. Barker
  • Patent number: 9168553
    Abstract: Device for collecting paint, lacquer and adhesive residues out of paint, lacquer, and adhesive guns, in particular guns connectable to a hose. The device having a receptacle for collecting the residue, and the receptacle configured in such a way that during an interior rinsing of the guns using a rinsing flow for interior cleaning of the guns with a solvent, the degree of interior cleaning of the guns can be controlled optically by the user of the device. The indicator element for displaying the degree of interior cleaning may be made removable from the device. The device for collecting the residue out of paint, lacquer, and adhesive guns may likewise be used when the guns are connected to a hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: B—TEC GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Bellroth, Hans-Joachim Bödrich
  • Patent number: 9076635
    Abstract: A substrate treatment installation includes an installation chamber and a light source for the exposure of substrates to light. The light source is arranged in the interior of the substrate treatment installation and includes at least one discharge lamp arranged in a housing, which is permeable to light at least in sections and has a vacuum-tight cavity for accommodating the lamp, and also at least one reflector element arranged in spatial proximity to the at least one lamp and having an electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: VON ARDENNE Anlagentechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Gross, Erwin Zschieschang
  • Patent number: 9076643
    Abstract: Disclosed is a supercritical processing apparatus which can suppress the occurrence of pattern collapse, improve the throughput, and prolong a maintenance interval. In the disclosed supercritical processing apparatus to remove a liquid remained on a substrate by a super-critical state processing fluid, a heating unit heats the processing fluid to place the processing fluid into a processing receptacle in a supercritical state, and a cooling mechanism forcibly cools an area capable of transferring the heat to the substrate from the heating unit in order to suppress the liquid from being evaporated from the substrate until the substrate is disposed on a seating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Takayuki Toshima, Kazuo Terada
  • Publication number: 20150144164
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning apparatus capable of removing particles that exist in minute recesses formed on a substrate surface is disclosed. The substrate cleaning apparatus includes a substrate holder configured to hold a substrate; and a two-fluid nozzle configured to deliver a two-fluid jet onto a surface of the substrate. The two-fluid nozzle includes a first jet nozzle configured to emit a first two-fluid jet and a second jet nozzle configured to emit a second two-fluid jet at a velocity higher than a velocity of the first two-fluid jet, and the second jet nozzle surrounds the first jet nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Tomoatsu ISHIBASHI
  • Patent number: 9022045
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid treatment apparatus including a nozzle positioned below the substrate retained by a substrate retaining unit. The nozzle is capable of ejecting two fluids of a mixture of a liquid and a gas. The nozzle includes a plurality of liquid-ejecting passages for ejecting a liquid and a plurality of gas-ejecting passages for ejecting a gas, and also includes a plurality of liquid-ejecting ports each corresponding to one of the liquid-ejecting passages. The liquid-ejecting ports are arrayed on a horizontal line extending inwardly from a position below a peripheral portion of the substrate. The liquid-ejecting ports are configured to eject the liquid towards the lower surface of the substrate in an ejecting direction, and the ejecting direction is inclined at an inclination angle in a rotating direction of the substrate rotated by rotational driving unit with respect to a plane including the lower surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Jiro Higashijima, Nobuhiro Ogata, Satoshi Kaneko, Shuichi Nagamine, Yoshihiro Kai