With Means For Collecting Escaping Material Patents (Class 134/104.2)
  • Patent number: 10827903
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a filter assembly positioned between a pump and a spray body along a flow path between the pump and the spray body. The filter assembly includes a cylindrical filter medium positioned within a housing proximate an inlet of the housing. A plurality of vanes is distributed around the cylindrical filter medium. The plurality of vanes is rotatable about the cylindrical filter medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 10820781
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance includes a first water storage tank, a second water storage tank, and a heat pipe heat exchanger comprising a condenser section and an evaporator section. The evaporator section is in operative communication with the first water storage tank and the condenser section is in operative communication with the second water storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Christopher Hofmann, Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 10710796
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cleaning the interior of an above ground storage tank includes a nozzle assembly mounted to a cover on the storage tank sidewall having a horizontally extending wash pipe fixedly and a suction pipe for recirculation of spent fluids. The wash pipe has an interior segment which can be extended to a tank floor and is configured with a bend to extend along the tank sides all to which is attached a submersible swivel joint fitted with a choked nozzle. A control assembly is provided to direct from the nozzle from the exterior of the storage tank. The nozzle vibrates in response to flow of wash fluid from the wash pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Henry James, Michael William O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 10610875
    Abstract: Illustrative processes remove ice buildup in containers or other locations by melting the ice using a de-ice component. Waste fluid may be removed using a vacuum component. The de-ice component causes discharge of pressurized fluid to melt ice. The de-ice component may include a base with guide features configured to engage an opening of the container. The de-ice component may direct a spray of the pressurized fluid into the container to melt the ice. The de-ice component may include a pressure regulator valve to selectively regulate a resulting force of the fluid sprayed into the container, which may enable a user to avoid damaging internal components located within the container. The vacuum component may cause the pressurized fluid to flow through a high pressure nozzle to create a vacuum effect at a suction inlet, which can extract waste fluid and/or other debris from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Cameron E. Gackstetter
  • Patent number: 10610059
    Abstract: A decontamination process may use significantly less water when utilizing a targeted decontamination approach. Analysis of a given decontamination situation may direct responders to set up a given Contamination Reduction Zone and follow protocols for targeted mitigation of contamination found on individual responders working the scene. By targeting and controlling the contamination, significantly fewer resources are used in response to a situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey J Berrigan, Chris W Dawson
  • Patent number: 10189058
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for conveniently and rapidly removing chips from the interior of a pipe by discharging chips with a portion of fluid out of the pipe using the difference between the pressure in the pipe and atmospheric pressure. The apparatus includes a fitting mounted to a region adjacent to a hole bored in a pipe, a sandwich valve coupled to the fitting, a chip-removing adapter mounted above the sandwich valve, a suction tube extending to an inner surface of the pipe through the chip-removing adapter in order to remove chips from the pipe, a vertical moving unit for vertically moving the suction tube, a delivery tube connected to an upper end of the suction tube and configured to deliver the chips to a predetermined place, and a strainer mounted to a distal end of the delivery tube in order to separate the delivered chips from the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DONGHWA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Kag Lee, Min Ho Song
  • Patent number: 10050584
    Abstract: A solar panel cooling system and apparatus. The cooling system includes a shroud that is coupleable to a back side of a solar panel. The shroud encloses a space on the back side of the solar panel and includes a nozzle for spraying cooling fluid onto the back side of the solar panel. The cooling fluid spray is contained within the space and is recirculated through a closed loop system to cool the cooling fluid before again being sprayed by the nozzle. Thermal energy absorbed by the solar panel is transferred to the cooling fluid to cool the solar panel. A backing element can be applied to the solar panel that aids transfer of thermal energy to the cooling fluid, directs the drainage flow of the cooling fluid, or comprises a thermo-electric generator to generate additional electrical energy from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hardware Labs Performance Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wilbert Yuque
  • Patent number: 10041237
    Abstract: A device for controlling the duration of time water is retained in a bath tub or other liquid retaining receptacle; the device comprising a timer element and a plug assembly operable between a closed state and an opened state; the plug assembly changing from the closed state to the opened state at the expiry of a time duration pre-selected on the timer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Malcolm Kerr
  • Patent number: 10032657
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and a method for treating a substrate with a liquid. A substrate treating apparatus includes a substrate supporting unit having a supporting plate for supporting a substrate and a bottom liquid supply unit for supplying a liquid to a bottom of the substrate supported by the supporting plate, wherein the bottom liquid supply unit includes a body and a liquid discharge nozzle for discharging a treatment liquid to the bottom of the substrate and coupled to the body and wherein an upper surface of the body includes a drainage hole for draining a liquid remaining in the body. Accordingly a liquid remained in the body may be discharged through the drainage hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SEMES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jaeyong Kim
  • Patent number: 9952008
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for cleaning the exterior of a furnace heat exchanger that includes a bundle of finned convection or bare radiant tubes heated when in use by the flue gases of a heater furnace. The apparatus comprises a motorized carriage 10 guided for movement along the outer surface of the bundle in a direction parallel to the tubes and a holder 24 on the carriage for holding a lance 20 in a position relative to the carriage 10 that permits the lance 20 to penetrate between the tubes of the bundle and to be advanced along the core by the carriage while remaining in the latter position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Tube Tech International Limited
    Inventor: Michael Watson
  • Patent number: 9931029
    Abstract: A washing system includes a cylindrical body portion which is prepared for each kind of insertion portion and a supply hole portion which is provided in the body portion to communicate with the inside of the body portion and which supplies a fluid to an opening portion of an insertion portion housed in the body portion. The washing system includes a supply mechanism which is shared by the body portion corresponding to each insertion portion that is prepared which supplies the fluid to the supply hole portion and which is attachable to and detachable from the supply hole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaya
  • Patent number: 9911630
    Abstract: A device for processing wafer-shaped articles comprises a closed process chamber providing a gas-tight enclosure, and a rotary chuck located within the closed process chamber. The closed process chamber comprises an annular duct surrounding the rotary chuck and extending along a first direction radially outwardly of the rotary chuck and obliquely to a rotary axis of the rotary chuck, from an inlet end that communicates with the rotary chuck to an outlet end that communicates with an exhaust duct. The annular duct comprises a duct section extending between the inlet and outlet ends that is defined by an inner chamber wall spaced apart from an outer chamber wall. The extent of the duct section along the first direction is at least twice a spacing of the inner and outer chamber walls throughout the duct section, as measured in a direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH AG
    Inventors: Andreas Gleissner, Bhaskar Bandarapu
  • Patent number: 9802227
    Abstract: A spin base is caused to rotate at a number of revolutions of from 250 rpm to 350 rpm (first number of revolutions), and at the same time, a cleaning solution is supplied through a discharge head to a holding surface of a spin base while the upper end of a processing cup surrounding the spin base is placed below the holding surface. Thus, an outer upper surface of the processing cup is cleaned with the cleaning solution scattered from the holding surface. Then, the spin base is caused to rotate at a number of revolutions of from 350 rpm to 450 rpm (second number of revolutions) higher than the first number of revolutions, and at the same time, a cleaning solution is supplied through the discharge head onto the holding surface. Thus, a partition plate outside the processing cup is cleaned with the cleaning solution scattered from the rotating holding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Osada, Kentaro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9790858
    Abstract: An intake-air cooling device is disposed on a rear-stage side of a pre-filter disposed on an intake-air inlet side of an intake-air duct for guiding intake air taken in from an intake-air inlet to a compressor, for cooling the intake air by spraying water to the intake air. The intake-air cooling device includes a plurality of nozzles configured to spray the water to the intake air, a plurality of water conduit pipes including the plurality of nozzles arranged in an axial direction of the plurality of water conduit pipes, and a plurality of supply pumps configured to supply the water to a corresponding one of the plurality of water conduit pipes. Each of the plurality of water conduit pipes is an endless member which has a different perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Atsuhiko Kanebako
  • Patent number: 9709546
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for use in a test to measure the corrosivity of a high temperature hydrocarbon based fluid by determining areal mass density change from a metal layer deposited on a surface of a gallium orthophosphate (GaPO4) crystal. The device includes a blind flange according to ASME B 16.5 having a peripheral bolt portion and a central portion. Bolt holes are present in the peripheral bolt portion of the blind flange for attaching the blind flange to a vessel. A hole through the central portion of the blind flange is provided to which a tube is securely attached at a first end. A second end of the tube is capable of holding the GaPO4 crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: Kyrolos Paul El Giheny
  • Patent number: 9640425
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods and systems for making and/or cleaning semiconductor devices. In one embodiment, a semiconductor device can be formed including a metal layer and a photoresist polymer. During formation, the semiconductor device can be cleaned in a cleaning chamber by a first cleaning solution provided from a solution supply device. After this cleaning process, a second cleaning solution containing metal ions and/or polymer residues can be produced and processed in a solution processing device to at least partially remove the metal ions and/or polymer residues to produce a third cleaning solution for re-use. In an exemplary fabrication or cleaning system, the solution processing device may be configured connecting to either an inlet or an outlet of the cleaning chamber. After cleaning, the semiconductor device can be processed to include a metal plug or an interconnect wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: Zhugen Yuan
  • Patent number: 9623450
    Abstract: A rotating shaft is provided to extend downward from the inside of a spin motor. A plate supporting member is attached to the lower end of the rotating shaft. A spin plate is supported in a horizontal attitude by the plate supporting member. A substrate holding mechanism is provided at the periphery on the spin plate. The lower end of an annular member is formed to be opposite to an annular region extending along the periphery on the upper surface of the substrate held by a spin chuck. A distance between the upper surface of the substrate and the lower surface of the spin plate is larger than a distance between the upper surface of the substrate and the lower end of the annular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9623430
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a slit nozzle cleaning device for coaters. The slit nozzle cleaning device for coaters comprises a heating source, a crucible and a mixing means, the heating source is used to heat the materials in the crucible; the mixing means is used to mix the materials in the crucible. The mixing means is used to mix the materials in the crucible, thus a uniform heating environment in the crucible can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZEHN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yueyan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9498806
    Abstract: Self-raising drive-over entranceways for containment berms are disclosed. The entranceway includes a horizontal bottom panel and a collapsible sidewall that is held in a partially collapsed position forming a void between the bottom panel and sidewall. During a spill or the filling of the containment berm with a fluid, the void area between the partially collapsed sidewall and the horizontal bottom panel fills with the fluid and exerts hydrostatic pressure against the partially collapsed sidewall, forcing it to rotate upward. The higher the fluid level, the more hydrostatic pressure is applied against the sidewall, forcing it up higher until the sidewall obtains a vertical orientation. The sidewall may be restrained either by straps, braces or the like to prevent the fluid from escaping the containment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: Justin L. Stroup, Anthony Scott Diminick
  • Patent number: 9492043
    Abstract: A process for aircraft retrieval and aircraft crash site remediation may include establishing a perimeter at an aircraft crash site. The process may include containing wreckage in a containment unit that is adapted to prevent release of hazardous materials into the environment. The wreckage may include wreckage of an aircraft from the aircraft crash site. The process may include washing at least some of the wreckage in a decontamination unit. The process may include packaging the washed wreckage in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: MAX TORQUE, LLC
    Inventors: Angelo Yeshow Mitlo, Tony Mitlo, Frankie Frunka Mitlo
  • Patent number: 9476658
    Abstract: An air conditioner cleaning assembly cleans a housing of an air conditioning unit. The assembly includes a drain tray having a pair of side walls and a base wall coupled to and extending between the side walls. The base wall and the side walls defining a trough configured for receiving a fluid. An aperture extends through the base wall of the drain tray wherein the aperture drains the fluid from the trough. An attachment strap is coupled to and extends from the drain tray for securing the drain tray to an air conditioner such that the drain tray is positioned under the air conditioner. A sprayer assembly includes a sprayer for delivering fluid into a housing of the air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Nelson Rojas
  • Patent number: 9435325
    Abstract: Rapidly deployable and reconfigurable fluid pumping systems may include a central controller communicatively coupled with one or more local pumping stations connected with a fluid pipeline. The local pumping stations may include at least one pump, and a local controller in communication with the central controller configured to monitor each device of the local pumping station. The local controllers may also provide individual control of each device within the local pumping station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Erika Boeing, Matthew Wootton, Chris Nissman
  • Patent number: 9378988
    Abstract: Nozzle arms for holding discharge heads are caused by a pivotal driving part to move between a processing position above a substrate and a standby position outside a processing cup surrounding a substrate. When the nozzle arms having cleaned a substrate is placed at the standby position, a cleaning solution is ejected from a shower nozzle toward the nozzle arms arranged obliquely downward of the shower nozzle. The three nozzle arms are caused to move up and down such that the nozzle arms cut across a jet of a cleaning solution discharged obliquely downward, thereby cleaning the three nozzle arms in order. Then, a nitrogen gas is ejected from a drying gas nozzle and sprayed on the nozzle arms to remove the cleaning solution attached to the nozzle arms, thereby drying the nozzle arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Osada, Kentaro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9167950
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20150122292
    Abstract: An apparatus for the cleaning of a turbine engine comprises a towable wash cart having a reservoir for cleaning fluid. The reservoir is connected through a pump system to a wash ring operatively mounted to the cart. The wash ring has a plurality of spray nozzles about its periphery arid positionably adjustable for directing an atomized spray of the cleaning fluid into an inlet of the engine. The cart and wash ring is aligned with the engine such that there is no physical contact between the wash ring and engine during the entirety of the cleaning process. While a preferred cleaning fluid is pure water, the reservoir may be segmented to carry a number of different cleaning solutions, which can be mixed in a manifold of the pump system as may be desired for a particular cleaning process. The reservoirs may be heated and insulated to maintain the cleaning solutions at an elevated temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Rochem Aviation, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter McDermott
  • Publication number: 20150122289
    Abstract: A wash fluid and debris containment system includes a wash pad, a collecting trough, and a conveyor. The wash pad includes a support base and a top surface that rests on the support base. The top surface is configured to direct flow of wash fluid and debris to an edge of the top surface. The collecting trough extends along the edge to receive the wash fluid and debris from the top surface. The conveyor is positioned in at least a portion of the collecting trough and operable to remove the debris from an opposite end of the collecting trough from where the wash fluid is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Hydro Engineering Equipment and Supply Co., LLP
    Inventor: James P. McCormick
  • Patent number: 9016292
    Abstract: A system and method for cleaning and cooling solar panels are described. A solar tracker includes a main beam for supporting the solar panels, and nozzles coupled to the main beam. The main beam includes a water channel along its interior which supplies water to the nozzles. The nozzles are positioned to spray water on the collecting surfaces of the solar panels to clean and cool them. The solar tracker may also include gutters to reclaim used water. The solar tracker may include air ducts which direct air across the undersides of the solar panels to cool them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc
    Inventors: Matthew N. Schneider, Ravi P. Jain, Jason Alderman, Michael K. Goodman
  • Publication number: 20150107625
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and method for removing soot and residue deposits from inside a diesel engine. The system provides a portable way of storing and heating a cleaning solution and passing the heated cleaning solution through an adaptor to an air intake of an operating diesel engine. The heated cleaning solution is withdrawn from the cleaning system by the vacuum pressure of the operating diesel engine and by air pressure applied to a storage tank containing the cleaning solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: MICHAEL J. ERWIN, DAVID A. TENPENNY, CASEY BIENIEK, JEFFREY BRUMMETT
  • Patent number: 9004084
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing waste from a soiled container that houses laboratory animals and has an opening is disclosed. The apparatus includes a conveyor having a receiving end for receiving containers from a stack of containers. The stack is disposed such that the openings are upwardly oriented. The apparatus also includes a manipulator that aligns with and engages an uppermost container of the stack and causes the uppermost container to be separated from the stack and to be flipped over onto the receiving end of the conveyor such that the opening is downwardly disposed. Waste discarded from the container falls through openings in the conveyor, and a waste receptacle disposed below the conveyor collects the discarded waste. The conveyor advances to transport the container away from the receiving end toward a discharge end of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Northwestern Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Lay-Swee Lim, Tyrone Chao, William Hayter, John Walker
  • Patent number: 8997762
    Abstract: An automatic wax removing device includes a base, a heating plate, a cooling plate, a first actuator, a second actuator, and an operation plate. The base includes a base plate and a framework. The heating plate is arranged on the base plate. The cooling plate is arranged on the base plate and separated from the heating plate. The first actuator includes a sliding rail and a elongated sliding member on the sliding rail. The sliding rail is fixed on the frame and parallel with the heating plate. The second actuator includes a main body and a rotation shaft arranged on the main body. The main body is slideable along the length of the sliding member. One end of the rotation shaft is connected to the main body. The operation plate is fixed to the other end of the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Publication number: 20150090304
    Abstract: Cleaning apparatus for kitchen equipment, in particular combination streaming, baking and cooking equipment has a cooking space that is to be cleaned which is delimited by at least one wall and includes at least one outlet opening for a liquid. The apparatus comprises a ventilation fan associated with the cooking space having a drive motor; a collecting tank which at least temporarily collects the liquid that exits the cooking space via the outlet opening; a supply line that can be used to supply fresh water and/or a cleaning fluid that can be controlled through a valve in the line; a circulating pump provided at the collecting tank for the liquid sitting in the collecting tank; a circulation line by which the liquid sitting in the collecting tank and conveyed by the circulating pump can be supplied to the cooking space and a drain line for discharging the liquid that exits the cooking space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: WERNER HANGMANN, THOMAS PFLUG, CHRISTIAN EVERT
  • Patent number: 8992693
    Abstract: A cleaning station that includes a container designed to hold a solvent and having a floor and two pairs of side walls connected to form an enclosure, with a first shelf disposed at a location elevated in relation to the container floor and a second shelf disposed above the first shelf, the second shelf being slidable and being removably provided, there being brushes located in an opening in the first shelf that may be used for cleaning tools and a plurality of additional openings in the first shelf to allow the passage of solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Bio Brands, LLC
    Inventors: James B. Currell, Anthony Severino
  • Patent number: 8991408
    Abstract: A device for cleaning channels including a rod-shaped carrier element, at least one cleaning element that is connected with the carrier element, and at least one additional cleaning element that can be detached from the carrier element. A method for cleaning instrument channels wherein the cleaning device is moved in the axial direction in the instrument channel as far as an end point; after reaching the end point the cleaning device is moved back in the opposite axial direction in the instrument channel. Owing to the reverse motion of the cleaning device, the detachable cleaning element is released from the carrier element and thereafter is no longer part of the cleaning process of the previously cleaned instrument channel and can no longer soil the channel. The device and method removes from the instrument channel the substances that are to be removed and produces an efficient and good cleaning result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Norbert Hansen
  • Publication number: 20150083169
    Abstract: A wash system includes a wash unit associated with a mobile unit for providing wash fluid, one or more nozzles for streamline injecting wash fluid provided by the wash unit directly into an engine inlet, and an articulating arm for use in positioning the one or more nozzles. The wash unit is physically spaced from a surface of the engine inlet cowling during a washing process. The articulating arm is operable via one of a hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, or mechanically hand-driven operating means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Carl-Johan Hjerpe
  • Patent number: 8973198
    Abstract: A vehicle for cleaning collector mirrors in solar thermal energy installations, includes an operating cab (2), a body (3) for housing and holding the different items, a rolling system for moving the vehicle, a clean water tank, an assembly for discharging the clean water, at least one structure for spraying clean water (100)) onto the surfaces of the mirrors (22) and a tray (46) for collecting the water used in cleaning the mirrors; a set of lifting columns (5, 6); and supports (53, 63) for the cleaning and/or drying assemblies able to slide along the lifting columns, and in which the cleaning assembly includes a structure fitted with a rigid bar (91), which assumes the profile of the mirror to be cleaned, the bar being provided with an external rotation assembly for a brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Logistica y Acondicionamientos Industriales, S.A.U.
    Inventor: Jesús Lacalle Bayo
  • Publication number: 20150020853
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus including a holding table for holding a plate-shaped workpiece, a cleaning nozzle for spraying a cleaning fluid to the plate-shaped workpiece, and a table cover for covering a circumference of the holding table. The table cover includes a top plate for covering an upper side of the holding table and a side plate for covering the circumference of the holding table. The table cover is provided with a netlike mesh sheet spaced from a lower surface of the top plate and another netlike mesh sheet spaced from an inner surface of the side plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Makoto Maejima
  • Patent number: 8931495
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recovering particulate matter washed from piece of construction equipment with water. Waste materials washed from the construction equipment are collected in a bin. The liquid in the bin is allowed to drain into a receptacle having a sloped bottom for conveying the liquid to a sump. The liquid in the sump is pumped to a first baffle box extending into a first settlement tank to remove a portion of the particulate matter in the liquid. The liquid cascades from the first settlement tank to a second baffle box extending into a second settlement tank to remove another portion of the particulate matter. The liquid is stored after removal of the portions of the particulate matter for recycling in a tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Ricki Joe Abney, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8916003
    Abstract: A wafer scrubber is disclosed, including a chamber, and a holder connecting to a spindle disposed in the chamber, wherein the holder supports a wafer, and the wafer spins to remove water on the wafer, and a meshed inner cup comprising a plurality of through holes disposed between the holder and a wall of the chamber, wherein the meshed inner cup receives water from a surface of the wafer and rotates around the spindle to release the water through the through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nanya Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jeng-Hsing Jang, Yi-Nan Chen, Hsien-Wen Liu
  • Publication number: 20140352726
    Abstract: A liquid processing apparatus includes a substrate retaining part that retains a substrate in a horizontal position and rotates the substrate, first and second processing liquid supply nozzles disposed to supply first and second processing liquids, respectively, to the substrate, liquid receiving cups disposed to appropriately position an upper end thereof above the substrate and to receive the first or second processing liquid that has been supplied to the substrate, a first tubular outer cup including an upper opening and disposed around the liquid receiving cup, vertically movable between a lifted position to which the first tubular outer cup is lifted so that its upper end is positioned above the liquid receiving cup, and a lowered position lower than the lifted position, and a second tubular outer cup disposed externally to the first tubular outer cup. The tubular outer cup is selected according to the kind of processing liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Norihiro Itoh, Kazuhiro Aiura
  • Publication number: 20140352742
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus has a cup part for receiving processing liquid such as pure water which is splashed from a substrate. The cup part is formed of electrical insulation material or semiconductor material. Hydrophilic treatment may be performed on an outer annular surface of the cup part and water may be held on the outer annular surface of the cup part while processing the substrate. With the disclosed apparatus, charged potential of the cup part generated by splashing of pure water can be suppressed, without greatly increasing the manufacturing cost of the substrate processing apparatus. As a result, it is possible to prevent electric discharge from occurring on the substrate due to induction charging of the substrate, in application of the processing liquid onto the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Masahiro MIYAGI, Masanobu SATO, Hiroyuki ARAKI
  • Patent number: 8899246
    Abstract: A device for processing wafer-shaped articles, comprises a chuck adapted to receive a wafer shaped article, and a collector surrounding the chuck. The collector comprises a base and a plurality of divider walls, as well as a plurality of nested partitions surrounding the chuck. Each of the plurality of nested partitions is positioned on a corresponding one of the plurality of divider walls, and each of the plurality of nested partitions is vertically movable so as to define a plurality of separate process regions within the collector depending on the vertical position of each of the plurality of nested partitions. At least one of the divider walls comprises an internal exhaust conduit communicating with an exhaust duct underlying the divider wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research AG
    Inventors: Ante Plazonic, Christian Aufegger, Reinhold Schwarzenbacher
  • Patent number: 8893735
    Abstract: A jewelry cleaning device may include the following components: a basin having a base portion and for holding a cleaning solution, a support post extending upwards from the base portion inside the basin and shaped to securely hold a piece of jewelry in place, and a sleeve sized to fit within the basin and having a plurality of bristles disposed therein with a handle portion on the top end thereof. A plastic dome may likewise be provided on a top end of the sleeve. All components may be modular and may be readily fitted together to form a unitary jewelry cleaning device. By rotating the sleeve using the handle portion while a piece of jewelry is supported within the cleaning solution of the basin on the support post, a user may cause the bristles to clean a piece of jewelry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Adam Shatz
  • Patent number: 8893734
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for a power driven buffing pad includes a wash plate mounted in a cleaning solution reservoir that provides agitating and cleaning contact with the pad mounted on an operating driver. The wash plate can be reciprocated vertically by the operator against a biasing arrangement to operate a pump to deliver cleaning solution from the reservoir to the face of the pad in contact with the wash plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lake Country Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott S. McLain
  • Patent number: 8881749
    Abstract: A system for controlling silica dust generated during the transfer of frac sand from a storage container through a conveyor system includes a system of conduits having a plurality of inlets for collecting silica dust generated at selected points along the conveyor system. An air system pneumatically coupled to the system of conduits generates a negative pressure at each of the inlets to induce the collection of silica dust at the selected points along the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sierra Dust Control, LLC
    Inventor: Kim R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8883030
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus comprising a substrate holding rotating mechanism, a process liquid supply mechanism having a nozzle for dispensing a process liquid toward a principal face of the substrate, a processing liquid reservoir for holding sufficient process liquid to form a liquid film covering the whole principal face of the substrate, a liquid film forming unit for forming the liquid film by supplying the process liquid onto the principal face of the substrate in a single burst, and a control unit for controlling the liquid film forming unit and the process liquid supply mechanism such that the process liquid is dispensed from the process liquid nozzle toward the principal face of the substrate after formation of the liquid film covering the whole area of the principal face of the substrate by the liquid film forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Miyagi, Koji Hashimoto, Toru Endo
  • Patent number: 8851090
    Abstract: An apparatus which includes a towel body formed from a single piece of fabric and having a top side and an opposite bottom side and formed of a towel material. The towel body has a soft terry cloth portion suitable for polishing a golf club head and a weaved portion at a first end of the towel body, the weaved portion having grooves to present a rough surface for cleaning a golf ball or a golf club head. There is a first binding on the first end of the towel body formed by folding over a first end of the single piece of fabric on itself and stitching. There is a second binding on the second end of the towel body formed by folding over the second end of the single piece of fabric on itself and stitching. There are also edge bindings along the edges of the towel body between the first end and the second end formed by stitching along edges of the single piece of fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Team Effort, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce A. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 8845815
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid processing apparatus including first and second cups installed so as to surround a rotation holding unit of a substrate and guide a processing liquid scattered from the rotating substrate downwards. A first driving unit and a second driving unit elevate the first cup and the second cup between a position receiving the processing liquid and the lower position thereof. A controller controls that the first cup and the second cup are ascended at the same time by transferring the driving force of the first driving unit while the first cup or a first elevating member thereof is overlapped with the second cup or a second elevating member thereof from the lower side by setting the ascending speed of the first cup to be higher than the ascending speed of the second cup when the first and second cups are ascended at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ogata, Terufumi Wakiyama
  • Patent number: 8844544
    Abstract: A device for filtering a processing liquid in a processing tank includes an opening for recovering a surface-layer processing liquid on a work-discharging side of the tank, a separating part for recovering an intermediate-layer processing liquid on a work-receiving side of the tank, a hopper for recovering a bottom-layer processing liquid on a bottom surface on the work-receiving side, a first processing liquid discharge nozzle on a bottom surface of the tank and which is oriented in an opposite direction to a work-conveying direction and toward the bottom surface, second processing liquid discharge nozzles on both side surfaces of the processing tank and which are oriented in an opposite direction to the work-conveying direction and toward a work, cyclone devices which filter the processing liquids recovered by the opening, the separating part, and the hopper, and which individually separate foreign material, a separating tank, and a screw conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Industria Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Takahashi, Takeshi Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20140283994
    Abstract: An apparatus for liquid treatment of substrates, comprises a substrate holder and a liquid collector surrounding the substrate holder. The liquid collector comprises a trough for collecting liquid that has been used to treat a substrate. The trough is in fluid communication with a discharge conduit, and the liquid collector further comprising a recessed surface extending from a discharge opening in the trough to an inlet opening of the discharge conduit that is positioned lower than the trough. The discharge opening in the trough has a cross-sectional area that is at least twice as large in cross sectional area than the inlet opening of the discharge conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: LAM RESEARCH AG
    Inventor: Andreas GLEISSNER
  • Publication number: 20140251539
    Abstract: Disclosed are a substrate processing apparatus and a substrate processing method configured to perform a processing of a substrate by a processing liquid, in which the processing liquid is supplied to a substrate which rotates to process the substrate. The substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate rotating unit that rotates the substrate, a processing liquid supply unit that supplies the processing liquid to the substrate, a collection cup disposed around the substrate to collect the processing liquid supplied to the substrate, and form an air stream that flows downward from an opening formed at a top of the collection cup through a periphery of an outside of the substrate, and a negative pressure generating unit which is provided at an inside of the collection cup and at an outside of the opening and generates a negative pressure which acts toward the outside of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Mizuno, Yoichi Tokunaga, Hiromitsu Namba, Tatuhiro Ueki, Jun Nogami, Jiro Higashijima, Yoshifumi Amano, Takatoshi Miyama