Longitudinally Traveling Work Of Bar, Strip, Strand, Sheet Or Web Form Patents (Class 134/15)
  • Patent number: 10376940
    Abstract: A method of cleaning can bodies having a continuous sidewall closed at one end by an integral bottom portion opposite an open end is described. A can body transporter is populated a plurality of can bodies. The transporter transfers can bodies through a can body washer apparatus from an entry end to a delivery end. A plurality of spray bars are located between the entry end and the delivery end and delivers a washing solution to the plurality of can bodies. A substantially constant can body population density is maintained on the can body transporter by controlling a speed of the can body transporter relative to a rate of production of can bodies produced by an upstream can body making apparatus. A time duration of an exposure of the plurality of can bodies to the solution is controlled by regulating delivery of the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: REXAM BEVERAGE CAN COMPANY
    Inventors: Howard Wong, Chad Valien
  • Patent number: 10130980
    Abstract: A cooling method for a rolling ingot of aluminum alloy after metallurgical homogenization heat treatment of said ingot and before hot rolling, characterized in that cooling by 30 to 150° C. is performed at a rate of 150 to 500° C./h, with a thermal differential of less than 40° C. throughout the treated portion of the ingot is disclosed. A facility allowing use of said method and said implementation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CONSTELLIUM NEUF-BRISACH
    Inventors: Vincent Duhoux, Bruno Magnin, Daniel Bellot, Jose Roche, Pierre Aucouturier
  • Patent number: 10132035
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the conditions of at least one band circulating in a paper making machine along a circulation direction is provided with at least one first detecting device configured to detect at least one first parameter indicative of the humidity of the band and positionable in a first position between a pressing station and a conditioning station of the paper making machine; at least one second detecting device configured to detect at least one second parameter indicative of the humidity of the band and positionable in a second position downstream of the conditioning station; and at least one processing unit configured to determine at least one datum indicative of the condition of the band on the basis of the first parameter indicative of the humidity and of the second parameter indicative of the humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: S.A. GIUSEPPE CRISTINI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Canali, Giovanni Cristini
  • Patent number: 10112223
    Abstract: A glass substrate cleansing device includes a transport platform, two spaced air blowing devices located above the transport platform, and a suction device including an air drawing device and a magnetic attraction device, which are mounted on a chassis. The air drawing device includes an air drawing opening arranged between the two air blowing devices. The magnetic attraction device is arranged inside the air drawing opening of the air drawing device. Each of the air blowing devices includes an ultrasonic wave generator mounted therein such that ultrasonic waves emitting from the ultrasonic wave generators are inclined with respect to each other and converge on the glass substrate to be cleansed. The air drawing device includes an impurity storage section in communication with the air drawing opening and an air evacuation device arranged at an end of the impurity storage section that is distant from the air drawing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shihying Sun
  • Patent number: 10080488
    Abstract: A device and method for cleaning or defogging a surgical scope during minimally invasive surgery, including a casing which houses a sponge and a heating element configured to be accessible to the surgical scope and the casing is configured to removably attach to a trocar during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Medix3d LLC
    Inventor: Claude Fiset
  • Patent number: 10006113
    Abstract: A method for forming a part having a dual property microstructure includes the steps of: forming a blank having a narrow top portion and a wide base portion; heating the blank to an elevated temperature; and forming a dual property microstructure in the blank by cooling different portions of the blank at different cooling rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas DeMichael, Gopal Das, Michael A. Moulin
  • Patent number: 9492939
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus for a separator of an electrical device cuts or severs a separator which includes a melt material representing a substrate and a heat-resistant material laminated on the melt material and having a higher melt temperature than the melt material. The separator cutting apparatus comprises at least two cutting members which are disposed spaced apart from one another, a first suction member, and second suction members. The cutting members cut the separator such that a cut piece generates. The first suction member moves the cut piece in a direction away from the separator while sucking the cut piece. The second suction members suck up the cutting dust produced accompanying the cutting process of the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Yanagi, Hiroshi Yuhara
  • Patent number: 9364879
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cooling control method which comprises calculating cooling conditions required for cooling the steel plate to a predetermined temperature for a plurality of positions inside a cooling apparatus based on measured temperatures at a time when the steel plate passes through the cooling apparatus by a thermometer disposed at the entry-side of the cooling apparatus and setting a cooling schedule, calculating a heat transfer coefficient from the set temperature and a cooling water density for cooling one surface of the steel plate, calculating a cooling top water density from the calculated heat transfer coefficient, and controlling the amounts of cooling water of the cooling apparatus based on the ratio of the cooling bottom water density and cooling top water density so as to cool the steel plate to a predetermined cooling end temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichiroh Shimoi, Hironori Ueno, Yoshihiko Himuro
  • Patent number: 9283742
    Abstract: A film peeling apparatus is provided. The film peeling apparatus comprises: a film peeling roller which is sticky; at least one peeling belt which is non-sticky; at least one first rotation shaft which is configured to drive the peeling belt to rotate, wherein when the film peeling roller rotates, the film peeling roller sticks to the film peeling belt and a release film such that the release film is peeled from an original film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE DISPLAY LIGHT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao He
  • Patent number: 9211574
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a steel sheet of the invention includes a hot-rolling process in which a steel material is hot-rolled using a finishing mill so as to obtain a hot-rolled steel sheet; and a cooling process in which the hot-rolled steel sheet is cooled. The hot-rolling process includes a target steepness-setting process in which a target steepness of the edge wave shape is set based on first correlation data indicating a correlation between a steepness of the edge wave shape of the hot-rolled steel sheet and a temperature standard deviation Y; and a shape-controlling process in which operation parameters of the finishing mill are controlled so as to match the steepness of the edge wave shape with the target steepness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tooru Akashi, Takeo Itoh, Daisuke Kasai, Shigeru Ogawa, Shingo Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 9186710
    Abstract: The method for cooling a hot-rolled steel sheet of the invention includes a target ratio-setting process in which a top and bottom heat transfer coefficient ratio X1, at which a temperature standard deviation Y becomes a minimum value Ymin, is set as a target ratio Xt based on correlation data between a top and bottom heat transfer coefficient ratio X of the hot-rolled steel sheet and the temperature standard deviation Y of the hot-rolled steel sheet; and a cooling control process in which at least one of an amount of heat dissipated from a top surface by cooling and an amount of heat dissipated from a bottom surface by cooling of the hot-rolled steel sheet in the cooling section is controlled so that the top and bottom heat transfer coefficient ratio X of the hot-rolled steel sheet in the cooling section matches the target ratio Xt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tooru Akashi, Shingo Kuriyama, Takeo Itoh, Fuminori Tasaki, Koji Noguchi, Hitoshi Nikaido
  • Patent number: 9079226
    Abstract: A high-pressure liquid jet cleaner removes particles adhered to the inside of scribe lines formed at consistent intervals in a thin film solar cell panel and prevents the surface of a thin film formed at the surface of the solar cell panel from being damaged or detached. Jet nozzles are arranged at consistent intervals in the longitudinal direction of a nozzle holder, corresponding to positions of the respective scribe lines. The nozzle holder is supported by supports provided at both ends of the nozzle holder to allow the nozzle holder to move in the longitudinal direction. While the solar cell panel is conveyed parallel to the scribe lines, a high-pressure liquid is jetted out in a straight line from the jet nozzles to the respective scribe lines for cleaning, such that the high-pressure liquid jetting direction of each jet nozzle is parallel to that of the other jet nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Ike, Keiji Tsujita, Hideyuki Tanaka, Morimasa Kuge, Mitsuru Nomura, Masaaki Tomonaga
  • Patent number: 9078694
    Abstract: An instrument cleaning apparatus facilitates the cleaning of a scope utilized during a surgical procedure. The instrument cleaning apparatus includes a base portion and a fluid retention portion. The base portion includes a substantially tubular wall having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal passageway extending therethrough. The fluid retention portion is in mechanical cooperation with the base portion and is adapted to retain a cleaning fluid therein. The fluid retention portion may be contacted by the scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Elias Hartoumbekis, Brian Rockrohr, Gregory Fischvogt
  • Patent number: 9032759
    Abstract: A fluid applicator (20), for cleaning particles from a glass sheet (2), including a conveyor (40) for supporting the glass sheet, a conveyance plane, and a nozzle (24). The conveyance plane is disposed adjacent the conveyor so that when the glass sheet is conveyed by the conveyor, a surface (6) of the glass sheet is disposed in the conveyance plane. The nozzle has a longitudinal axis (23), wherein the longitudinal axis is disposed at an angle of 30 to 90 degrees with respect to the conveyance plane, and the nozzle is disposed at a distance (21) of less than or equal to 100 mm from the conveyance plane. Also, there is disclosed a method for cleaning particles from a glass sheet, using the fluid applicator. The fluid may be delivered to the nozzle at a pressure of 10 to 80 kg/cm2 and a flow rate of from 1 to 20 l/min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Chih Yuan Lu, Chia Hsien Wu
  • Patent number: 9022048
    Abstract: Device for cleaning solar modules, of both the photovoltaic and solar thermal type, by projection of a cleaning liquid onto the surface of said modules in the form of spray, is described. The device is of the towed type, for mounting on a tractor vehicle or similar, and is implemented based on an articulated unit which comprises a coupled parallelogram structure, having the possibility of pivoting around a support structure solidarily joined to the carrier vehicle, joined by the opposite end to a telescopic arm which articulately includes a projection bar on its distal end, with variable positioning, integrating a multiplicity of nozzles for projecting cleaning liquid. The projection bar includes mechanical sensors for positioning thereof on the surface. The different movements are carried out in a controlled manner by actuation of hydraulic cylinders and the articulated joint between the projection bar and the telescopic bar includes a means for adjusting the maximum inclination angle of the projection bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rafael Ma Mendez De La Cuesta
  • Patent number: 8940100
    Abstract: Cleaning of a hot dip galvanized steel sheet is conducted by bringing a strip-shaped steel sheet which was treated by surface oxidation in advance into contact with a cleaning liquid for 1 second or more, and then bringing the hot dip galvanized steel sheet into contact with pure water, while continuously transferring the hot dip galvanized steel sheet. The method allows efficiently and fully washing off the acidic solution adhered to the surfaces of the hot dip galvanized steel sheet treated by surface oxidation. The invention also provides an apparatus for cleaning the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to carry out the above cleaning method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Yoneda, Takahiro Sugano
  • Patent number: 8926760
    Abstract: A method of removing at least a portion of an interaction layer on an electrode region of a solar substrate is provided. The method includes a step of providing a solar substrate including an absorbing region and an electrode region. The absorbing region including an absorbing layer configured to convert light energy into electrical energy. The electrode region is substantially free of the absorbing layer, and the electrode region includes an interaction layer. The method also includes a step of brushing the electrode region to remove at least a portion of the interaction layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Orthodyne Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christoph Benno Luechinger, Erich Christoph Mueller, Orlando Luis Valentin, Tao Xu
  • Patent number: 8900374
    Abstract: A substrate is moved below a substrate cleaning module in a direction extending from a leading edge to a trailing edge of the substrate cleaning module. A cleaning material is dispensed downward toward a top surface of the substrate along the leading edge of the substrate cleaning module. A rinsing material is dispensed downward toward the top surface of the substrate along the trailing edge of the substrate cleaning module to generate a rinsing meniscus. Vacuum suction is applied at a vacuum suction location along a bottom surface of the substrate cleaning module and parallel to the leading and trailing edges of the substrate cleaning module. The vacuum location is positioned between a dispense location of the cleaning material and a dispense location of the rinsing material. A plenum region located between the dispense location of the cleaning material and the vacuum location is vented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu (Sean) Lin, Mark Kawaguchi, Mark Wilcoxson, Russell Martin, Leon Ginzburg
  • Publication number: 20140318578
    Abstract: A method of cleaning thin glass substrates comprises applying a sequence of chemical washing steps as the thin glass substrate is being conveyed in a conveyance direction. In addition, surfaces of the glass substrate may be treated to enhance electrostatic discharge properties of the glass substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Darwin Gene Enicks, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Siva Venkatachalam, Wanda Janina Walczak, Liming Wang
  • Patent number: 8864912
    Abstract: Internal cleaning of inverted cans includes engaging a can's cylindrical wall with a wall-conforming vacuum or adhesive gripper, causing a spraying unit to travel axially in and out of the can's opening while the can is inverted on a circular conveyor, and using a supporting arm or bottom stop to subject the can to a counterforce against a flushing force from sprayed cleaning medium. This prevents the can from being pressed out of a receptacle in which it sits during cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Jakob, Steffen Kappel, Thomas Stolte
  • Patent number: 8840729
    Abstract: An air conditioning drain cleaning system with an automated blow-out cycle to clean out an evaporator pan drain pipe. The system has a pneumatic valve assembly, a controller, a float level switch assembly and a plurality of air lines in a manifold for actuating the pneumatic valve assembly and blowing out the drain pipe. The controller directs the system to initiate or repeat a blow-out cycle until the drain pipe is clear. The pneumatic valve assembly bisects the drain pipe to selectively close the pipe for cleaning with a pair of high pressure air shots, one shot toward each pipe end to dislodge a clog. The float level switch assembly signals the controller if the condensate level in the drain pan drops. If the condensate level does not drop, the controller initiates a further blow-out cycle at increased pressures until the line is clear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Herren, Douglas Comeaux
  • Publication number: 20140261549
    Abstract: A substrate processing device 100 includes a cleaning liquid supply unit 114 supplying a cleaning liquid to a surface of a substrate W, a solvent supply unit 115 supplying a volatile solvent to the surface of the substrate W supplied with the cleaning liquid to replace the cleaning liquid on the surface of the substrate W with the volatile solvent, a heating unit 117 heating the substrate W supplied with the volatile solvent, and a drying unit 118 drying the surface of the substrate W by removing a droplet of the volatile solvent produced on the surface of the substrate W by a heating operation of the heating unit 117, and the heating unit 117 and the drying unit 118 are arranged in a course of transportation of the substrate W transported from the solvent supply unit 115.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Konosuke HAYASHI, Masaaki FURUYA, Takashi OOTAGAKI, Yuji NAGASHIMA, Atsushi KINASE, Masahiro ABE
  • Publication number: 20140230853
    Abstract: A device and method for post-treating a metal strip ,, wherein a pickled metal strip (2) coming from a pickling zone is advanced continuously through a rinsing zone (4) in which residues of a pickling agent adhering to the surface (11) of the metal strip (2) are removed by spraying the metal strip with rinsing fluid. At least one device (8) for generating a liquid mist (9) is provided in the rinsing zone (4). The device (8) can moisten the surface (14) of the metal strip (2) during an interruption of the continuous operation or of a sharply reduced speed of the strip. The device (8) has mist spraying jets above the surfaces of the metal strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Siemens Vai Metals Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Hoedl, Klaus Kofler, Josef Speidl, Alois Stadlbauer
  • Patent number: 8784567
    Abstract: A rapid and effective means for decontaminating fouled oil-control booms is provided. The process involves washing the boom with pressured washing fluid, reorienting the boom to facilitate full inspection, and drying the boom. This can be performed in an assembly-line manner, using one or more conveyors to transport the boom sequentially to a washing area, an inspection area, and a drying area. Consequently, contaminated oil-control booms can be cleaned and redeployed rapidly and inexpensively during an oil release accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: William G. Yates, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8744614
    Abstract: By a first transport robot, n substrates are unloaded from a first retaining portion, then simultaneously transported, and respectively loaded into n substrate holders consecutively arranged from one side defined with respect to an arrangement direction. Thereafter, a rotation mechanism rotates n+m substrate holders so as to perform a substrate inverting operation and so as to arrange the n+m substrate holders along the arrangement direction in an arrangement sequence reverse to a pre-rotation arrangement sequence. Thereafter, the n substrates loaded into the n substrate holders are unloaded in a group of m in a sequence from the one side, and loaded into a second retaining unit by a second transport robot. After the substrate inverting operation, n substrates are unloaded from the first retaining unit, and loaded again into n substrate holders consecutively arranged from the one side by the first transport robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eisaku Machida
  • Patent number: 8728244
    Abstract: A method for descaling a metal strip, in which the metal strip is guided in a direction of conveyance through at least two plasma descaling units, in which it is subjected to a plasma descaling, where the plasma descaling is followed directly or indirectly by an operation in which the metal strip is coated with a coating metal by hot dip galvanizing of the metal strip. The metal strip is coated with the coating metal by a vertical passage process. The coating metal is retained as a coating bath in a coating tank by an electromagnetic seal. The metal strip preheated by the plasma descaling is guided, without exposure to air, from the plasma descaling into a protective gas atmosphere of a continuous furnace necessary for the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: SMS Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Holger Behrens, Rolf Brisberger, Klaus Adolf Frommann, Matthias Kretschmer, Rüdiger Zerbe, Evgeny Stepanovich Senokosov, Andrei Evgenievich Senokosov
  • Publication number: 20140083459
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods related to cleaning during manufacture of radio-frequency (RF) modules. Such modules can be manufactured in an array on a panel. At one or more stages, it can be desirable to perform cleaning operations for such panels. In some embodiments, a cleaning system can include a first belt transport apparatus configured to support a first surface of the panel and move the panel during a cleaning process. The cleaning system can further include a second belt transport apparatus configured to engage a second surface of the panel to keep the panel on the first belt transport apparatus during the cleaning process. At least the second belt transport apparatus can include a mesh, with the mesh having a coating configured to reduce the likelihood of damage to the second surface of the panel and to provide desired electrostatic discharge protection for the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Sean READ, Hoang Mong NGUYEN, Sergio Joaquin GONZALEZ, Luis Eduardo HERRERA, Heliodoro OSUNA
  • Patent number: 8636114
    Abstract: A method is provided for at least one of cleaning and lubricating a sprocket chain (3) while said sprocket chain remains operationally mounted on a vehicle (1). The sprocket chain is enclosed on all sides in a housing (10). The housing consists of mutually connectable upper half-shell (11) and lower half-shell (12) portions which, when connected, define a chain passageway for allowing the sprocket chain to pass through. The housing is suspended from the sprocket chain by a plurality of rollers (26) mounted within the housing. High velocity air is directed to impinge upon the sprocket chain by at least one air knife (23). A hose is connected from a compressed air supply to a tubular hose connection (21) on a surface of the upper half-shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: George Feldstein
  • Patent number: 8585826
    Abstract: A method of web cleaning, particularly relatively soft polymeric webs, without using dipping baths or ultrasonic energy. The method includes conveying the web against a backup roller and spraying the web with a high pressure liquid while the web is supported by the backup roller. Thereafter, residual fluid from the high pressure stream is stripped from the web by a gas curtain while the web is supported by the backup roller. In many convenient embodiments, the web is contacted with a cleaning roller while the web is in contact with the backup roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian E. Schreiber, William B. Kolb, Keith R. Bruesewitz
  • Patent number: 8580045
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for making a chemical head including forming a first return chamber in the chemical head, forming a second return chamber in the chemical head, forming a plurality of first return conduits from a head surface to the first return chamber, forming a plurality of second return conduits from a head surface to the second return chamber and wherein at least one of the first return conduits and the second return conduits being formed at a first angle relative to the head surface, the first angle being greater than about 20 degrees to a meniscus plane normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Enrico Magni, Eric Lenz
  • Patent number: 8578953
    Abstract: A disclosed substrate cleaning apparatus for cleaning a back surface of a substrate includes a first substrate supporting portion configured to support the substrate at a first area of a back surface of the substrate, the back surface facing down; a second substrate supporting portion configured to support the substrate at a second area of the back surface of the substrate, the second area being separated from the first area; a cleaning liquid supplying portion configured to supply cleaning liquid to the back surface of the substrate; a drying portion configured to dry the second area of the back surface of the substrate; and a cleaning portion configured to clean a third area of the back surface of the substrate when the substrate is supported by the first substrate supporting portion, the third area including the second area, and a fourth area of the back surface of the substrate when the substrate is supported by the second substrate supporting portion, the fourth area excluding the second area of the back
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yasushi Takiguchi, Taro Yamamoto, Akihiro Fujimoto, Shuuichi Nishikido, Dai Kumagai, Naoto Yoshitaka, Takahiro Kitano, Yoichi Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 8580039
    Abstract: A surface treatment method of a metal member according to an embodiment of the invention includes removing an oily substance on the metal member by using gas-liquid two fluids that are obtained by boiling heated and pressured water under ordinary pressure. A surface treatment device of a metal member for removing an oily substance on the metal member includes self-generation two fluids production means for producing gas-liquid two fluids by boiling heated and pressured water under ordinary pressure, and a surface treatment room carrying out a surface treatment by bringing the self-generation two fluids into contact with the metal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Cable, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonori Saeki, Yoshiyuki Ando
  • Patent number: 8545637
    Abstract: A cleaning device (1) performs a cleaning of an article by blowing a cleaning medium (5) by an air stream onto the article (4). The cleaning device (1) includes a cleaning tank (6) that forms a space for the cleaning medium (5) to be blown, which includes an opening; a holding unit (3) that holds the article (4) at the opening; a pool member (19) that is arranged on an outer edge of the opening with a clearance between the pool member (19) and the article (4); and a cleaning-medium collecting unit (8) that brings the cleaning medium (5) leaked out of the outer edge and accumulated in the clearance back into the cleaning tank (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Fuchigami, Tatsuya Satoh, Yoichi Okamoto, Yuusuke Taneda
  • Patent number: 8475601
    Abstract: A rapid and effective means for decontaminating fouled oil-control booms is provided. The process involves washing the boom with pressured washing fluid, reorienting the boom to facilitate full inspection, and drying the boom. This can be performed in an assembly-line manner, using one or more conveyors to transport the boom sequentially to a washing area, an inspection area, and a drying area. Consequently, contaminated oil-control booms can be cleaned and redeployed rapidly and inexpensively during an oil release accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: William G Yates, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130118527
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a mandrel bar cleaning facility capable of effectively suppressing carburization generated on the inner surface of a pipe or tube while the pipe or tube is elongated and rolled without hindering an operation. A mandrel bar cleaning facility of the present invention cleans a mandrel bar B which is pulled out of a mandrel bar conveying line after being used for elongating and rolling a pipe or tube in a mandrel mill. The mandrel bar cleaning facility is provided with conveying devices that convey the mandrel bar B in the axial direction while revolving the mandrel bar B in the peripheral direction, and cleaning devices that are arranged oppositely to the side of the mandrel bar B conveyed by the conveying devices and jet high-pressure water having a water pressure of 0.2 to 150 MPa (preferably, 20 to 150 MPa) toward the outer surface of the mandrel bar B.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: SUMITOMO METAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: SUMITOMO METAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
  • Patent number: 8435358
    Abstract: A conveyor dishwasher (2) has a control apparatus (50) for automatically setting the quantity of final rinse liquid sprayed in the final rinse zone (18) per unit time as a function of the conveying speed and/or as a function of the type of washware conveyed through the final rinse zone (18). A rinse aid metering apparatus (57) is also provided which is designed to add in a metered fashion a constant quantity of rinse aid per unit time to the fresh water provided for final rinsing purposes independently of the quantity of final rinse liquid sprayed in the final rinse zone (18) per unit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Harald Disch, Martin Schrempp, Norbert Litterst
  • Patent number: 8414707
    Abstract: A method of removing material such as surface treatments, metal coatings, and other material layers from an edge region of a metal work piece where they could potentially contaminate a nearby weld. According to one embodiment, a scraper tool includes a body having a base portion and a tab portion, and several scraping elements attached to the base portion. During operation, the scraping elements scrape one or more surfaces of the edge region so that the depth to which the scraping element engage the metal work piece is generally affected by the amount of rotation of the scraper tool about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Shiloh Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hari Prasad, Mark A. Schimming, James F. Keys, John Robert Ewolski, Stephen A. Fetsko
  • Publication number: 20130081655
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for processing a substrate are described. The methods include generating a fluid meniscus between upper and lower proximity heads. Each of the upper and lower proximity heads has a length that extends up to at least a diameter of the substrate. The method further includes dispensing a pre-wetting fluid towards an edge region of the substrate to form a pre-wet fluid meniscus on the edge region. The method also includes progressively moving the substrate along a path that is defined between the upper and lower proximity heads to progressively establish contact between the pre-wet fluid meniscus and the fluid meniscus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun Mendiratta, Cheng-Yu Lin, David Mui
  • Publication number: 20130068252
    Abstract: There is described an apparatus for cleaning a filter cloth, comprising: a cleaning station comprising a gas flow device and a support surface defining an aperture; and a collection device positioned below the aperture for receiving material removed from the filter cloth; wherein the gas flow device is configured to provide a flow of gas through an area of filter cloth located above the aperture so as to remove material from the filter cloth and direct it into the collection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Microbial Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Duane Ager, Timothy Goodall, William Pope
  • Publication number: 20130042889
    Abstract: A system for impingement air treatment of a thin film conveyor generally includes a thin film conveyor having a width, a first surface, and a second surface, and a first impingement air device configured to blow impingement air on at least one of the first and second surfaces across at least a portion of the width of the thin film conveyor. Other systems and methods for impingement air treatment of conveyors are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dennis J. White, Michael E. McDonald, Brittan J. Gill, Jennifer K. Pickard
  • Patent number: 8361263
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for protecting a display facility, comprising a protective element for covering an image surface of the display facility. As the protective element is designed to be transparent and the retaining means are provided for the exchangeable arrangement of the protective element in front of the image surface, a protective device is provided, which allows the image surface to be examined and is easy to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Hoheisel
  • Publication number: 20120325267
    Abstract: A method for cleaning rubberized, plastic, or foam exercise mats is disclosed. The apparatus to accomplish this present method includes a machine having a frame structure, at least two sets of rollers, a mechanism coupled to the rollers to push and/or pull the mat through the machine, a cleaning solution application system, a scrubbing system, a cleaning solution removal system, and a housing to enclose the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Mindy Benson, Nathan Benson
  • Publication number: 20120325268
    Abstract: Mat washing device, method of treating a mat, and method of preparing a location for washing mats. The mat washing device includes a system that may be transported on a flat bed trailer from one location to another. The mat washing device includes conveying systems, brush systems, rails systems and control mechanisms. The mat washing device may be used by placing mat, on edge, on a conveying system and conveying the mat to a first brushing system and a second brushing system. In one aspect the first brushing system includes a cable brush having a bolt secured at the end of a cable in order to beat or brush material from the mat when the cable brush is spun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Randall D. Rubenzer, Robert M. Simons
  • Publication number: 20120318472
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes at least one cleaning nozzle that generates and directs a high-pressure liquid jet towards a point of impact on a surface, such as a conveyor belt having a drying screen. A cleaning head has a main opening that faces towards the surface, a discharge opening and a wall with at least one inlet opening defined therein. The at least one cleaning nozzle is disposed outside of the cleaning head and is oriented such that the high-pressure liquid jet passes through the at least one inlet opening before striking the surface. At least one first compressed air supplying device is disposed outside of the cleaning head and is configured to steer liquid from the at least one cleaning nozzle, after it has struck the surface, towards the main opening of the cleaning head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: PAPRIMA INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventor: Roman Caspar
  • Publication number: 20120318298
    Abstract: A method for removing dust-carrying air from a moving paper web is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: providing a moving web, the web having a first side and a second side, the web moving at a sufficient rate to produce a boundary layer of adjacent dust-carrying air; providing a NACA duct, the NACA duct having an intake opening and walls that diverge in increasing cross-sectional area to an exhaust opening having greater cross sectional area than the intake opening; and submerging the intake opening into the boundary layer to scavenge dust-carrying air from the boundary layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Brad Scott Lockhart, André Mellin, John Ferney McKibben, David Matthew Ogden, Brian Christopher Schwamberger, Peter Wiedmann, Richard Matthew Giachetto
  • Publication number: 20120318297
    Abstract: A washing system for cleaning a moving web includes an array of a plurality of stationary nozzles arranged in sets controlled by a control valve and operated in groups. The array includes sufficient nozzle sets each having a spray width of from 5% to 50% of the web width, such that the combined spray width of all nozzle sets is necessary and sufficient to cover substantially the entire web width with cleaning spray. Groups of valves may be operated such that some nozzle sets are turned on while other remain off, thus conserving washing fluids. The nozzles operate at pressures of 1500 to 3500 psi, or 2000 to 3000 psi. Preferably the web is a continuous loop web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: OWENS CORNING INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, LLC
    Inventors: William R. Cooper, Donald R. Miller, Peter A. Dunkailo, Lynn S. Bair
  • Publication number: 20120291807
    Abstract: A device for cleaning the surface of a molybdenum wire at high temperature, comprises a wire pay-off mechanism, a first wire guiding wheel, a cleaning mechanism, a second wire guiding wheel, and a wire take-up mechanism; wherein the two ends of a furnace body of the cleaning mechanism are provided with an inlet hole and an outlet hole for the molybdenum wire. Electrodes connected to a power supply are provided at the inlet hole and in a central part inside the furnace body. An upper part of the furnace body is provided with a gas outlet and a lower part thereof is provided with a wet hydrogen inlet; a heating section is formed between the electrode located at the inlet hole and the electrode located in the central part, and a cooling section is formed between the electrode located in the central part and the outlet hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: CHENGDU HONGBO INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingchun He, Qi Zhou, Jian Li
  • Publication number: 20120291804
    Abstract: A method for cooling a hot strip conveyed on a run-out table after finishing, including ejecting rod-like flows of cooling water from nozzles to the upper surface of the steel strip such that the flows are inclined toward a traveling direction of the steel strip, and draining the cooling water using draining means disposed downstream of the nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi UEOKA, Akio FUJIBAYASHI, Naoki NAKATA, Takashi KUROKI, Shougo TOMITA
  • Patent number: 8298481
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing a plastic bottle in an aseptic filling system according to which at least an inner surface or an outer surface of a bottle is sterilized by injecting a heated sterilizing fluid at 65° C.-90° C. while maintaining internal pressure of the bottle at 1 kPa-20 kPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwashita, Yonosuke Takahara, Kenichi Kominami, Ken Isogawa
  • Patent number: 8293020
    Abstract: A megasonic cleaning method and a megasonic cleaning apparatus are provided. Microcavitation bubbles may be formed by applying an electromotive force to a cleaning solution using a megasonic energy in a separate room from an object to be cleaned. The microcavitation bubbles having a stable oscillation among the formed microcavitation bubbles may be moved to the object to be cleaned. A surface of the object to be cleaned may be cleaned using the microcavitation bubbles having the stable oscillation. Particles attached onto the surface of the object to be cleaned may be effectively removed while preventing pattern damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Hyuck Choi, Won-Jung Kim, Ho-Young Kim, Hyung-Ho Ko, Jong-Keun Oh, Chan-Uk Jeon, Keun-Hwan Park