Combined (e.g., Automatic Control) Patents (Class 134/18)
  • Patent number: 11019979
    Abstract: Provided are a method of detecting a change in process water flow of a circulation pump in an appliance for washing and rinsing goods, and an appliance performing the method. An appliance for washing and rinsing goods may be provided including a circulation pump, a sensing arrangement arranged to measure a property indicating torque of the circulation pump, and a controller. The controller may be arranged to average a first set of values of the measured property, thereby creating a first average, average at least a further set of values of the measured property, thereby creating at least one further average, compare the first average with the at least one further average, and to detect change in process water flow of the circulation pump based on a difference between the first average and the at least one further average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: David Persson, Arne Nensén
  • Patent number: 11007645
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes: a range finding sensor; an acquisition unit which acquires a map of an environment including object position information, and a first path where the cleaning device is to move in the environment; an identification unit which identifies a first path partial path; a converter which converts the partial path into a differently-shaped path to generate a second path; and a motor controller which causes the cleaning device to move along the second path. The identification unit sets a region, on the map, where the range finding sensor can perform range finding from start and end points of a portion of the first path, and identifies the portion as the partial path when only one or more straight lines which traverse the region and are parallel to a line segment toward the end point from the start point are represented as the object in the region set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fabio Dalla Libera, Yuko Tsusaka
  • Patent number: 11006810
    Abstract: A dishwasher, in particular a domestic dishwasher, includes a control device configured to perform a number of washing programs for washing items to be washed, and an input means configured to register a user input for shortening a running selected washing program. The control device is configured to adjust the running selected washing program as a function of a registered user input in such a manner that a remaining washing time of an adjusted selected washing program is shortened compared with a regular remaining washing time of the running selected washing program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Gerstner, Karlheinz Rehm
  • Patent number: 11007983
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system disposed in a vehicle wash facility includes a plurality of vehicle wash components disposed adjacent a vehicle treatment area. The system includes plurality of lights to be disposed in the vehicle wash facility. Each of the lights is configured with at least a first state and in communication with a controller. The controller is configured to enable the first state of the plurality of lights when no vehicles are present in the vehicle wash facility. When the first state is enabled, the plurality of lights are configured to emit light in a preprogrammed pattern of different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Belanger, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Belanger, Curtis S. Prater
  • Patent number: 11000178
    Abstract: A dishwasher according to the present invention includes a tub having a double wall structure so that consumption of energy is reduced using water or air stored in an inner space of the double wall structure of the tub in a washing process and consumption of water is reduced using the water stored in the inner space of the double wall structure in a next washing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Min Cho, Jae Sung Kwon, Sung Min Yoo, In Chul Yun, Ki Sup Lee, Jung Yoon Hahm
  • Patent number: 10997400
    Abstract: A childcare support service offering system includes a terminal and a server. The terminal includes a camera and performs operation control and processing of transmitting terminal usage situation data including image data acquired by being picked up by the camera to the server. The server performs image analysis on the received image data, recognizes the user that watches the terminal, judges a gaze of the recognized user, and judges a degree of interest for the terminal based on the gaze. When the judged degree of interest becomes equal to or less than a predetermined threshold value, the server transmits a changing instruction for causing an operation in the terminal to be changed to another operation to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Motokazu Iwasaki, Genki Fukatsu, Kazuhiro Shimada, Keisaku Nakamura, Satoko Kikuchi, Masaru Watabiki, Yuuka Asaumi, Kanako Miyawaki, Masakazu Kashita, Shinsuke Iuchi
  • Patent number: 10993599
    Abstract: A dish overflow protection system for a dishwasher. The dishwasher has a conveyor mechanism, a holding area, and a washing system. The dish overflow protection system has a housing including a user interface. A first sensor is disposed on the housing and is configured to take a first reading. A second sensor is remote from the housing and is configured to take a second reading. The dish overflow protection system has a control unit configured to halt operation of the conveyor mechanism where a difference between the first reading and the second reading is greater than a threshold. The user interface is usable to modify the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TCD PARTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark B. Fisher, Joel Gross
  • Patent number: 10991589
    Abstract: The variability of an etchant concentration in an immersion processes for treatment of semiconductor devices can be significantly lowered by continuously measuring the conductivity of an etchant solution and comparing against predetermined thresholds. The etchant concentration can be maintained by a feed and bleed process based on conductivity measurements of the etchant solution and the conductivity measurements being correlated with premeasured pH values of an etchant solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Ismail Kashkoush, Jennifer Rieker, Gim-Syang Chen, Dennis Nemeth
  • Patent number: 10980393
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of washing (or pre-washing) silverware/flatware, or one or more other objects/parts is provided. The apparatus and method utilizes a fluid-push/pull pumping system and method in which generally an entire volume of fluid is pushed or pulled through a cavity of a housing in which the silverware/flatware or other objects/parts are located. The housing is configured to hold a mass of silverware or other item(s) within the cavity. The pumping system, which includes manifolding in fluid communication with the cavity, is configured to pump generally an entire volume of fluid out of the cavity, and to direct the pumped fluid back into the cavity to create a generally continuous flow of generally an entire volume of fluid through the cavity, thereby causing the fluid to flow through the mass of silverware or other item(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Cantrell, Mark Churchill, Michael Licata, David Gast
  • Patent number: 10968530
    Abstract: In-plane uniformity of a membrane electroplated on a polygon substrate is improved. An electroplating device includes an anode holder configured to hold an anode, a substrate holder configured to hold a polygon substrate, and a regulation plate provided between the anode holder and the substrate holder. The regulation plate has a body portion having a first polygon opening following an outer shape of the polygon substrate, and wall portions protruding on a substrate holder side from edges of the first polygon opening. The wall portions protrude over a first distance on the substrate holder side in first regions which contain middle portions of sides of the first polygon opening, and are notched in second regions which contain corner portions of the first polygon opening, or protrude over a second distance smaller than the first distance on the substrate holder side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Shamoto, Tsutomu Nakada, Masashi Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10961738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pool cleaning apparatus including: a cleaning unit (100), at least one hydraulic system for circulating a liquid between at least one liquid inlet (103) and at least one liquid outlet (104) and through a filtration device of the cleaning unit (100), a pump suitable for forcing the circulation of water between the liquid inlet (103) and the liquid outlet (104) and through the filtration device, drive and guide means for moving the cleaning unit, and means for controlling said drive and guide means. The pool cleaning apparatus includes at least one debris detection means placed in the hydraulic system of the cleaning unit (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Thierry Michelon, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10950460
    Abstract: A process is provided in which etched layer(s) are protected from residues or defects caused by or resulting from exposure to atmospheric conditions. Protection is provided through the formation of an encapsulation layer post etch. In one embodiment, the encapsulation is provided by a thin layer formed in an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The thin layer prevents the etched layer(s) from exposure to air. This encapsulation process may take place after the etch process thus allowing for substrates to be subsequently exposed to atmospheric conditions with little or no queue time constraints being needed for staging subsequent wet clean processing steps. In one embodiment, the encapsulation process may be performed with no vacuum break between the etch process and the encapsulation process. In one embodiment, the encapsulation film is compatible with subsequent wet process steps and can be removed during this wet process steps without adverse effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Angelique Raley, Andrew Metz, Cory Wajda, Junling Sun
  • Patent number: 10939795
    Abstract: A method and corresponding appliance for carrying out the method may include detecting insufficient circulation pump pressure or process water flow rate through a circulation pump of the appliance, supplying water to a compartment of the appliance and logging a time period during which the water is supplied to the compartment and increasing the speed of the circulation pump to a target pump speed where the circulation pump pressure or the process water flow rate through the circulation pump has reached a sufficient operational level. The method may include logging at least two circulation pump speeds and a time period during which the water is supplied to the compartment, and estimating the water fill rate based on predetermined difference in compartment process water volume for the logged at least two speeds and the water supply time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: David Persson
  • Patent number: 10925461
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub, a spray arm, a sump, a pump body including a partition that partitions the pump body into a first chamber and a second chamber, a communication hole defined in the partition, a pump channel that connects the sump to the first chamber, an arm channel that connects the spray arm to an interior of the second chamber, an impeller located in the second chamber and configured to rotate to supply water to the arm channel, a heating unit configured to heat water stored in the first chamber, a steam channel that connects the first chamber to the tub, and a channel controller configured to, based on rotation of the impeller, supply water that passes through at least one of the sump, the pump channel, the second chamber, or the arm channel to the steam channel to close the steam channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seunghun Kim, Ilhwan Kim, Sangwoo Woo
  • Patent number: 10912440
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub, a spray arm, a sump, a pump body, the pump body including a partition between first and second chambers, a communication hole in the partition that communicates with the first and second chambers, a pump flow path that connects the sump to the first chamber, an arm flow path that connects the spray arm to the second chamber, an impeller in the second chamber, a heating unit to heat water in the first chamber, a steam flow path that connects the first chamber to the tub, a connection flow path that connects the steam flow path to the arm flow path, and a flow path valve configured to close the steam flow path based on water being supplied to the connection flow path, and to open the steam flow path based on a lack of water being supplied to the connection flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangheon Yoon, Gapsu Shin, Taehee Lee, Joonho Pyo
  • Patent number: 10916061
    Abstract: This disclosure presents systems and methods to synchronize real-world motion of physical objects with presentation of virtual content. Individual physical objects may be detected and/or identified based on image information defining one or more images of a real-world environment. Individual network connections may be established between individual computing platforms and individual physical objects. A network connection may facilitate a synchronization of a presentation of virtual content on a computing platform with motion of one or more physical objects in the real-world environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Panec, Janice Rosenthal, Hunter J. Gibson, Nathan D. Nocon, Stephen A. Thornton
  • Patent number: 10898054
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dishwasher that sprays washing water and steam to wash dishes or cooking appliances. The dishwasher according to the present invention includes: a tub which receives a target of washing; a sump which is disposed at a bottom of the tub to store washing water; a spray arm which sprays the washing water stored in the sump into the tub; a heater which generates heat by heating washing water in a circulation passage connecting the sump and the spray arm; and a steam passage which is connected to the steam nozzle, and in which the steam generated by the heater flows. Accordingly, the steam generated in the circulation passage may be supplied smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daebong Yang, Minseong Kim, Hyungman Park
  • Patent number: 10898056
    Abstract: A metering device for dispensing shaped cleaning-agent bodies into a washing chamber of a domestic dishwasher, comprising a reservoir, which is designed to hold a filling of the shaped cleaning-agent bodies and has a transfer opening in a region of the bottom of the reservoir, and a transport device for actively transporting the shaped cleaning-agent bodies from the transfer opening of the reservoir into the washing chamber. In addition, the metering device comprises a lifting device for raising the bottom of the reservoir at least in parts, wherein a discharge slant toward the transfer opening is produced at least in parts or the downgrade of an existing discharge slant is increased at least in parts by the raising of the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Juan Alberto Liarte Marin, Marc Schreiber, Martijn Reinder Torenbeek, Ander Villate Robles
  • Patent number: 10898052
    Abstract: A household dishwasher includes a first spray arm having a first spraying circle, a second spray arm having a second spraying circle which overlaps with the first spraying circle, and a synchronization facility configured to adapt a rotational speed of the first spray arm to a rotational speed of the second spray arm, or vice versa. The synchronization facility includes a first magnetic field allocated to the first spray arm and a second magnetic field allocated to the second spray arm, with the first magnetic field and the second magnetic field having a same polarization, so that the first magnetic field and the second magnetic field repel one another during operation of the household dishwasher to thereby prevent contact between the first spray arm and the second spray arm during a rotational movement of the first spray arm and the second spray arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Hellwig, Anton Oblinger, Gerhard Fetzer
  • Patent number: 10898055
    Abstract: A water-conducting domestic appliance includes a detection unit configured to detect a type of item to be washed as the item is loaded into the water-conducting domestic appliance, and an output unit configured to output a signal carrying information for a user as a function of the detected type of item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventor: Martina Wöbkemeier
  • Patent number: 10894274
    Abstract: The fin and condenser coil cleaning device for air conditioner units is a cleaning device for cleaning the fins and condenser coils of window-mounted air conditioner units. A horizontal support is driven to selectively raise and lower with respect to the fins on the exterior portion of an air conditioner unit. The horizontal support carries nozzles for spraying water on the fins at sufficient pressure that the water passes through the fins and cleans the condenser coils contained within the housing of the air conditioner unit. A plurality of brushes are mounted on the horizontal support for brushing the fins as the horizontal support moves vertically with respect thereto. Sensors may be provided for controlling the direction of vertical movement of the horizontal support and for selectively actuating a motor and a pump for driving movement of the horizontal support and spraying the water through the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Adel Mohammed Al-Shayea, Mustufa Haider Abidi, Abdulaziz Mohammed El-Tamimi
  • Patent number: 10877484
    Abstract: A robotic cleaning device and a method for operating the robotic cleaning device to detect a structure of a surface over which the robotic cleaning device moves. The method includes illuminating the surface with structured vertical light, capturing an image of the surface, detecting at least one luminous section in the captured image, and determining, from an appearance of the at least one luminous section, the structure of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET ELECTROLUX
    Inventors: Anders Haegermarck, Petter Forsberg, Magnus Lindhé
  • Patent number: 10874281
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance equipped with flood protection features that proactively attempt to prevent, stop, and/or mitigate flood events is provided. The dishwasher appliance may also include features for determining the cause of the flood event. Moreover, methods for flood protection of the dishwasher appliance are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Edward Durham, Craig Curtis
  • Patent number: 10873291
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes one or more methods for cleaning photovoltaic panels, which includes using cleaning assemblies for photovoltaic panels that may each include: 1) a track coupled to the photovoltaic panel; 2) a housing coupled to the photovoltaic panel; 3) a drive motor coupled to the housing; 4) a drive wheel coupled to the drive motor, wherein the wheel is capable of rolling on the track; 5) a vacuum pump having a suction head coupled to the housing; and/or 6) an air pump having an ionizing electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Mary Ethel Parker
  • Patent number: 10871388
    Abstract: There is described a system for measuring fluid flow within a conduit. The system comprises a conduit for conveying a fluid, a mount attached to the conduit which may define a high-pressure zone in an interior of the conduit and a low-pressure zone in an exterior of the conduit, and a flow sensing device attached to the mount and configured to move relative to the mount in response to flow of the fluid within the conduit. The flow sensing device is attached to the mount via a coupling which may be located within the high-pressure zone. The system further includes a sensor configured to measure movement of the flow sensing device. The flow sensing device may comprise a paddle and a straight arm extending from the paddle to the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Marceau van Beurden
  • Patent number: 10869588
    Abstract: Provided is a dishwasher for spraying washing water or steam to wash dishes or cooking appliances. The dishwasher according to the present invention includes: a case; a tub which is provided inside the case to form a washing space where a target of washing is received; a spray arm which sprays washing water into the tub; a sump which is disposed under the tub to store the washing water; a washing pump which supplies the washing water stored in the sump to the spray arm and generates steam; a steam nozzle which sprays the steam generated in the washing pump to the washing space; and a steam hose which connects the washing pump and the steam nozzle, wherein the sump comprises a steam hose supporter that supports the steam hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangwoo Woo, Wook Hong, Gyuhan Hwang
  • Patent number: 10858133
    Abstract: Described and illustrated is a method to sterilise containers or receiving flowable foods in a filling device. The method includes evaporating a hydrogen peroxide solution in an evaporator impinging at least one container with the vaporous hydrogen peroxide in a sterilisation zone and at least partially removing the unconsumed part of the vaporous hydrogen peroxide from the sterilisation zone. The removed vaporous hydrogen peroxide is at least partially condensed in a condenser and the condensed hydrogen peroxide is supplied to the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Christian Weiler, Hanno Geissler, Hans-Willi Mainz, Sittipong Boonkaew
  • Patent number: 10849480
    Abstract: A method and dishwasher utilize a spray basket that includes a container body that defines a compartment for retaining utensils as well as multiple sets of nozzles, a portion of which are configured to direct a spray of fluid into the compartment, and another portion of which are configured to direct a spray of fluid external from the container body. The spray of fluid directed external from the container body may be used, for example, to provide a power wash zone adjacent to the spray basket to assist in cleaning other utensils in a dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark W. Wilson, Timothy Martin Wetzel, Scott A. Stinebruner
  • Patent number: 10842344
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control method of a dishwasher (100) including a tub (2) for receiving objects to be washed, a plurality of spray arms (711, 713, 715) for spraying wash water to the objects, and a steam nozzle (42) for spraying steam to the objects, the control method including a main washing cycle of washing the objects, a rinsing cycle of rinsing the washed objects using wash water, and a drying cycle of drying the objects after the rinsing is completed, wherein the drying cycle includes spraying steam, received from a steam source, to the objects to increase a temperature of the objects (a steam spraying step) and resupplying water to the steam source in order to prevent the steam source from being heated after the steam spraying step (a cooling step).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seunghun Kim, Sangwoo Woo
  • Patent number: 10815606
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance with smart dispensing capability is provided. The washing machine appliance has features that dispense a predetermined volume of wash additive (e.g., a detergent, fabric softener, and/or bleach) based at least in part on the viscosity of the wash additive. Methods for operating the washing machine appliance are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hans Bensel, Troy Marshall Wright
  • Patent number: 10792386
    Abstract: A medical device reprocessor is operable to perform a method of cleaning an internal channel of a medical device. The method entails activating a first pump to deliver a detergent to the internal channel for a first predetermined duration, activating a second pump to deliver water to the internal channel to rinse out the detergent for a second predetermined duration, and activating a third pump to deliver pressurized air to the internal channel to purge out the water or detergent contained within the internal channel for a third predetermined duration. Subsequently, the method involves activating a fourth pump to deliver a predetermined volume of disinfectant to the internal channel, and reactivating the third pump to deliver pressurized air to purge out the disinfectant into a chamber. The method repeats filling the internal channel with detergent, water and disinfectant and the subsequent purging of the internal channel with pressurized air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventor: Sungwook Yang
  • Patent number: 10796897
    Abstract: A supercritical fluid producing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a gas supply line, a cooler, a pump, a buffer tank, a heating device, and a supercritical fluid supply line. An inlet port into which a processing fluid from the pump flows is formed at a predetermined position on the buffer tank, and an outlet port through which the processing fluid flows out is formed at a different position from the inlet port. The buffer tank includes a buffer tank body that stores the processing fluid from the pump, and a heater that heats the processing fluid sent into the buffer tank body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Yasuo Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 10786133
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a robot cleaner. The robot cleaner comprises a main body; a plurality of spin mop assemblies disposed at a lower portion of the main body and configured to include at least one mop pad attached at lower portions of the plurality of spin mop assemblies; a driving assembly configured to drive the plurality of spin mop assemblies; a first supply assembly configured to store a first liquid inside the main body and supply the first liquid to at least one mop pad of some of the plurality of spin mop assemblies by adjusting a first valve; and a second supply assembly configured to store a second liquid inside the main body and supply the second liquid to at least one mop pad of the others of the plurality of spin mop assemblies by adjusting a second valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Jeongseop Park
  • Patent number: 10780954
    Abstract: A system can include at least one measuring device that captures and collects multiple two-dimensional images of a mooring line disposed in water. The system can also include a mooring line assessment system that includes a controller communicably coupled to the at least one measuring device. The controller can receive the two-dimensional images from the at least one measuring device. The controller can also generate a three-dimensional reconstruction of the mooring line based on the two-dimensional images. The controller can further present the three-dimensional reconstruction to a user. The two-dimensional images can be captured and the recommendation can be made while the mooring line is in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: Triad National Security, LLC, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Sanders, Robert Kwan Meng Seah, Jolly James, Bill Ward
  • Patent number: 10773221
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for dissolving ammonia gas in deionized water. The system includes a deionized water source and a gas mixing device including a first inlet for receiving ammonia gas, a second inlet for receiving a transfer gas, and a mixed gas outlet for outputting a gas mixture comprising the ammonia gas and the transfer gas. The system includes a contactor that receives the deionized water and the gas mixture and generates deionized water having ammonia gas dissolved therein. The system includes a sensor in fluid communication with at least one inlet of the contactor for measuring a flow rate of the deionized water, and a controller in communication with the sensor. The controller sets a flow rate of the ammonia gas based on the flow rate of the deionized water measured by the sensor, and a predetermined conductivity set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Alfred Brammer, Johannes Seiwert, Christiane Le Tiec
  • Patent number: 10758106
    Abstract: A reprocessing apparatus for washing and cleaning a load comprising a reprocessing chamber, a buffer tank, a buffer tank valve and recirculation valve, fluid distribution devices and plurality of pumps, at least one ultrasonic transducer and a drainage system characterised by said buffer tank is supplied with fresh water and process chemical where buffer tank holds fresh process fluid that is pumped to at least one fluid distribution device and directly into the load, the drainage system for discharging process fluids and recirculation loop for pumping said fluid back the reprocessing chamber, and a method of reprocessing a load in a reprocessing apparatus characterised by that fresh water is mixed with process chemicals externally to said chamber in the buffer tank and delivered to said chamber through fluid distribution devices and internal connecting lines while simultaneously washing the load internally and externally and discharging the fluid from the reprocessing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ASEPTIUM LIMITED
    Inventor: Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski
  • Patent number: 10758638
    Abstract: A system may automatically conduct hygiene cycles for a confined space such an interior space of a box suitable for storing and/or carrying packaged food. The system may include a hygiene device that can be attached to the box to conduct the hygiene cycles. The system may also automatically collect information related to the hygiene cycles and transmit the collected information to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbin Wei, Ying Zhang, Zhili Ding, Huarong Yu
  • Patent number: 10758108
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance includes a tub defining a wash chamber. The dishwashing appliance also includes an inlet defined in the tub and providing fluid communication into the wash chamber. A sump is positioned at a bottom of the wash chamber for receiving fluid from the wash chamber and a heater is in operative communication with the sump. The dishwashing appliance also includes a heat pipe heat exchanger having a condenser section and an evaporator section. The condenser section in operative communication with the wash chamber and the evaporator section is in operative communication with the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan, Adam Christopher Hofmann, Timothy Kopera
  • Patent number: 10709309
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash container for cleaning dishes, glasses, flatware or similar items to be washed during a program sequence which includes a drying phase or another process phase. The wash container has an inlet opening for inflow of a volume flow of air. The volume flow of air entering the wash container through the inlet opening varies a number of times over the drying phase or the other process phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Lutz, Johannes Büsing, Markus Wecker
  • Patent number: 10694920
    Abstract: Provided is a method of operating a dishwasher including a heat pump circuit, wherein a condensate collection container is associated with an evaporator of the heat pump circuit. The method may include the steps of pumping a washing liquid from a sump of the dishwasher using a pump device, opening a first valve in a condensate conduit connecting the condensate collection container with a suction conduit of the pump device, pumping a condensate from the condensate collection container using the pump device. A dishwasher may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Johan Spång
  • Patent number: 10668494
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a holding unit, a nozzle, a driving unit, and a controller. The holding unit holds a substrate. The nozzle supplies a processing liquid to the substrate held on the holding unit. The driving unit moves the nozzle. The controller controls the driving unit, so as to move the nozzle while supplying the processing liquid to the substrate from the nozzle. Further, the controller controls the driving unit based on recipe information including step information including positions of first and second points above the substrate, total time for moving the nozzle between the first and second points, and a moving speed of the nozzle, so as to cause reciprocation of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Go Ayabe, Minoru Tashiro, Kunihiko Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10672627
    Abstract: A substrate processing method includes a substrate holding step of disposing a substrate at a position surrounded by a plurality of guards which have a first guard and a second guard in a plan view and of holding the substrate horizontally, a substrate rotating step of rotating the substrate around a vertical rotation axis which passes through a central portion of the substrate, a hydrophobic agent supplying step of supplying to the upper surface of the substrate in a rotating state a hydrophobic agent which is a liquid for hydrophobizing the upper surface of the substrate, a low surface-tension liquid supplying step of supplying the low surface-tension liquid to the upper surface of the substrate in the rotating state in order to replace the hydrophobic agent on the substrate by the low surface-tension liquid lower in surface tension than water, a first guard switching step of switching a state of the plurality of guards to a first state in which the first guard receives a liquid scattered from the substrate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taiki Hinode, Sadamu Fujii, Nobuyuki Shibayama
  • Patent number: 10661500
    Abstract: A feed mechanism for feeding a filament into a print head assembly in an FDM printer. The feed mechanism includes a drive assembly that drives the filament into a reservoir where the reservoir is heated by a heater, where the filament is liquefied therein. A pump in the reservoir pumps the liquefied filament material out of the reservoir through an extrusion nozzle to a print head of the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth F. McKinney, Andrew Simmons, Kenneth Weidele, Tim Manestitaya, Alex Grammar
  • Patent number: 10654171
    Abstract: An operation device which can reliably prevent any motion of a robot in the real space unintended by the user. An operation device includes a touch screen to display an image of a robot model and to receive a touch input, a model motion execution section to cause the robot model to make a motion in response to a touch input made by touching a surface of the touch screen, a robot motion button for causing the robot to make a motion in the real space, a motion input detection section to detect an input to the robot motion button, and a real machine motion command section to output a command to cause the robot to make an identical motion in the real space to the motion of the robot model executed by the model motion execution section as long as inputs to the robot motion button are continuously detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Keita Maeda
  • Patent number: 10620636
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of identifying a functional region in a 3-dimensional space and a robot implementing the method, and the robot comprises a sensing module that senses a protrusion located outside a robot and provides height and depth information of the sensed protrusion; a functional unit that provides a predetermined function to the outside; a moving unit that moves the robot; a map storage unit that stores a map required for movement of the robot; and a control unit that controls these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Changhyeon Lee, Han Shin Kim, Kyuchun Choi
  • Patent number: 10595704
    Abstract: A method of controlling a dishwasher includes washing an object accommodated inside a tub by spraying water and detergent onto the object, rinsing the object by spraying water onto the object, drying the object by removing moisture adhered to the object, detecting an amount of a rinsing agent, comparing the detected amount of the rinsing agent to a predetermined amount, based on the comparison, determining whether the detected amount of the rinsing agent is less than the predetermined amount, and increasing at least one of a temperature of water to be supplied in the rinsing or a drying time in the drying based on determining that the detected amount of the rinsing agent is less than the predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangsoo Lee, Myungwon Ko, Kitae Kwon
  • Patent number: 10594258
    Abstract: The device and method for measuring the effect of soiling on a photovoltaic device includes a device in which a photovoltaic device (reference solar cell, solar cells, PV module, etc.) may be shifted between partially and fully enclosed compartments in quick succession for measurements of the same device (1) when directly exposed to illumination or solar radiation; (2) when placed under a glass or transparent cover maintained cleared or cleaned of soil; and (3) when placed under glass or transparent cover left exposed to natural outdoor soiling, or attenuated using simulated soil that is not periodically cleaned. The measurements may be of short circuit current (Isc), maximum power (Pmax), or other electrical parameter conventionally used to evaluate performance of the photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Abdullah Ramadhan Alkandary, Abdulwahab Tareq Alasfour, Feras Ghazi Alzubi
  • Patent number: 10576510
    Abstract: A system for cleaning an additive manufacturing machine recoater includes a position module for sensing and/or determining a position of a recoater of the additive manufacturing machine and a gas manifold disposed in the additive manufacturing machine and configured to spray a pressurized gas on the recoater when the recoater is in at least one cleaning position. The system includes a valve configured to allow the pressurized gas to flow from a gas source to the gas manifold, and a valve control module configured to control the valve as a function of the position sensed and/or determined by the position module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DELAVAN, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Donovan, Danielle Douskey, Andy W. Tibbs
  • Patent number: 10561288
    Abstract: A robot cleaner including: a main body, a driving unit configured to move the main body, and a suction device provided in the main body and configured to suction outside foreign substances, and the suction device may include a first suction member having a suction port provided at a bottom surface of the main body and configured to suction the foreign substances, and at least one second suction member formed to move relative to the first suction member and having a suction port configured to suction the foreign substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Man Hong, Sung Jin Park, Young Jae Park, Jin Wook Yoon, Dong Woo Ha
  • Patent number: 10555659
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor dishwasher—with at least one final rinse zone with at least one final rinse nozzle for spraying final rinse liquid onto washware, and wherein a metering device associated with the final rinse zone is provided for adding a disinfectant to the final rinse liquid in a metered manner. A sensor device is configured to detect the concentration of disinfectant in the final rinse liquid which is sprayed in the final rinse zone. Furthermore, a control device is configured to compare the value of the concentration of disinfectant which is detected by the sensor device with predefinable concentration values and, in the event of excessively high deviations of the concentration of disinfectant from the predefinable concentration values, to interrupt the dishwashing process or to output a warning signal to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Björn Himmelsbach, Frank Zoller, Harald Disch, Klaus Padtberg