Combined (e.g., Automatic Control) Patents (Class 134/18)
  • Patent number: 12027394
    Abstract: A method includes: supplying a processing liquid to a center position of a substrate surface; shifting a supply position of the processing liquid from the center position to a first eccentric position; holding the supply position of the processing liquid at the first eccentric position and supplying a substitute liquid to a second eccentric position; shifting the supply position of the processing liquid in a direction away from the center position, and shifting a supply position of the substitute liquid to the center position; and supplying the processing liquid to the first eccentric position at a first flow rate, and reducing the flow rate of the processing liquid to a second flow rate after the supply position of the processing liquid starts to be shifted from the first eccentric position in the direction and until the supply position of the substitute liquid reaches the center position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroki Sakurai, Kazuki Kosai, Kazuyoshi Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11994872
    Abstract: Provided is a method including obtaining a map of an environment of a robot; maneuvering the robot to a first location and orientation that positions the robot to sense a part of the working environment at a second location of the working environment; sensing, while the robot is at the first location, the part of the physical layout of the working environment at the second location; updating the map of the physical layout of the working environment; determining at least a part of a route plan of the robot through the working environment; and maneuvering the robot along the at least the part of the route plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 11967518
    Abstract: Disclosed are a substrate treating apparatus and a substrate reversing method. The substrate treating apparatus includes a supporting portion, a transport mechanism, and a reversing mechanism. The transport mechanism includes a first suction portion and a hand driving unit. The reversing mechanism includes a second suction portion and a rotation driving unit. When the transport mechanism transports a substrate to the supporting portion, the first suction portion is located above the substrate and sucks the substrate upward while causing gas to flow along a top face of the substrate, and the hand driving unit moves the first suction portion to the supporting portion. When the reversing mechanism receives the substrate from the supporting portion, the second suction portion is located above the substrate supported by the supporting portion and sucks the substrate upward while causing gas to flow along the top face of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Takayama
  • Patent number: 11958735
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dispensing ice and at least one liquid, and related cleaning processes. In one embodiment, the system comprises an ice bin for storing a quantity of ice particles, a dispensing tube for carrying at least a first liquid, and a discharge chute in communication with a discharge outlet, wherein the discharge chute is disposed upstream of the discharge outlet. An outlet end of the dispensing tube is positioned within a portion of the ice bin at a location aligned above the discharge outlet. The ice particles and the first liquid are dispensed through the discharge outlet separately or at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: FOLLETT PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Paul William Blayle
  • Patent number: 11920335
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an acquisition unit that acquires excretion information, based on imaging data captured by an image capture apparatus installed in such a way as to include, in an image capture range, an excretion range of excrement in a toilet bowl of a toilet, a generation unit that generates presentation information to be output, based on the excretion information, and a control unit. The acquisition unit acquires information that indicates whether a foreign body being an object other than feces and urine is included in the imaging data as a subject excluding the toilet bowl and washing liquid for the toilet bowl. When information including the foreign body is acquired, the control unit outputs a stop command for stopping a washing function of the toilet bowl to the toilet bowl side, and the generation unit generates alert information as at least a part of the presentation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Furuya, Tsutomu Mieno, Haruhiko Yamabuchi
  • Patent number: 11910979
    Abstract: A water-using household appliance includes a pump sump, a filter element arranged at least partially in the pump sump, and a nozzle unit arranged on the pump sump. The nozzle unit produces an annular flow between the pump sump and the filter element in order to remove dirt from the filter element, with the annular flow flowing around the filter element only in one direction of flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Heinle, Anton Oblinger
  • Patent number: 11812935
    Abstract: In an endoscope cleaning work support device, an operation reception unit received an input from a cleaner. A display control unit controls the display unit to display a procedure for manual cleaning of an endoscope on a display unit step by step. A measurement unit measures a first period of time from a start time of a procedure in a current step marked by reception of an input for displaying the procedure in the current step by the operation reception unit, to an end time of the procedure in the current step marked by reception of an input for displaying a procedure in a subsequent step by the operation reception unit. A comparison determination unit compares a reference period of time defined for each step for displaying the procedure with the first period of time. The display control unit displays information for alerting the cleaner when the first period of time is shorter than the reference period of time on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nishi, Hikari Shimizu, Clarinda Kuan, Kaori Kitano, Yoshiko Ikeda, Takeshi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 11795719
    Abstract: An operating method of an underwater robot based on ultrasonic radar, an underwater robot and a non-volatile storage medium is described. The method comprises: controlling the underwater robot to travel in a first direction from any first position at a bottom of a pool to a second position close to a wall of the pool based on an electrical signal from the ultrasonic radar; controlling the underwater robot to travel from the second position along the wall to a third position to generate an along-wall path; comparing the along-wall path with a pool bottom model, and determining the position information of the third position in the pool bottom model; and controlling the underwater robot to travel along a spiral path starting from the third position to traverse the whole bottom based on the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: COCLEAN Technologies, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fei Zhao, Ye Zhao
  • Patent number: 11782142
    Abstract: A device which is designed to detect surroundings and which includes a housing and a sensor situated within the housing. The housing includes a transmitter/receiver window, through which the corresponding sensor signals may be emitted into the surroundings by the sensor, and/or sensor signals from the surroundings may be received. The device includes a cover, the cover being designed to be transparent to the sensor signals, and the cover being designed to cover the transmitter/receiver window against exterior surroundings of the device. The device includes a cleaning unit, which is situated at an outside of the housing and is movable relative to the housing using a drive unit. The cleaning unit is designed to remove contaminants from the cover. The cleaning unit includes at least one first nozzle to spray a cleaning liquid onto the cover, and at least one second nozzle to blow a gas onto the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Albuquerque, Annemarie Holleczek, Joao Oliveira, Pedro Caldelas, Maria Vorontsova, Ricardo Andre
  • Patent number: 11769390
    Abstract: A furniture cleaning management system (FCMS) for a furniture affordance includes an indicator for indicating a state of the furniture affordance, a sensor option generating a signal indicating that the furniture affordance has been cleaned, and a processor receiving the trigger signal from the sensor option and causing the indicator to indicate that the furniture affordance is a cleaned state. The state of the furniture affordance indicated by the indicator may be selected from the cleaned state and a needs cleaning state. The processor may cause the indicator to indicate that the furniture affordance is in the needs cleaning state according to a schedule of furniture affordance occupancy, a schedule of furniture affordance cleaning, or as a consequence of sensing a user occupancy state at the furniture affordance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: MillerKnoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Lilley
  • Patent number: 11697140
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for a tool is provided. The cleaning apparatus includes a support structure having a first base portion, and a nozzle disposed on the first base portion of the support structure. The cleaning apparatus further includes circuitry that is communicatively coupled to an electronically-actuated fluid release mechanism and a robot. The circuitry determines a count of operation cycles of the tool coupled to an end-effector of the robot and instructs the robot to align the tool with the nozzle. The instruction is provided to the robot based on a determination that the determined count is greater than or equal to a threshold number. The circuitry controls the electronically-actuated fluid release mechanism based on whether the tool is aligned with the nozzle, to release a cleaning fluid through the nozzle for a first time-duration to clean the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jasmeen Luckey, Rodney Riley
  • Patent number: 11676708
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for managing hospital operating room turnover. One exemplary method includes communicating a request associated with a task to one or more users, receiving an acceptance of the request at an acceptance time by the one or more users, determining if the acceptance is on time, starting the task at a task start time, determining if the acceptance is on time based on comparing the task start time with the start due time to determine if the task start time is earlier or equal to the task start due time, indicating task completion by one or more users, recording task completion, and communicating availability of a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: CCDR GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Richard C. Guarino, Damian Barker, Chris DiRusso
  • Patent number: 11627861
    Abstract: Image classification is used to dynamically control one or more wash parameters in an automated cleaning machine. An imaging device installed in the wash chamber of the cleaning machine captures one or more image(s) of articles to be cleaned at various times throughout a cleaning process. A computing device analyzes the captured image(s) to classify the images as to an article type and a rack volume. Based on the article type classification and the rack volume, the computing device dynamically controls one or more parameters of the cleaning process to achieve a satisfactory cleaning and/or sanitizing result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Conor Sylvester Smith, Paul Dominic Christian, Elizabeth Minhee Han, Paul R. Kraus, Rachel Marie McGinness
  • Patent number: 11627859
    Abstract: A wash monitoring system including a water flow meter that transmits water flow readings of flow through a water line, chemical conduits with color sensors on the chemical conduits and configured to transmit color readings of a chemical within the chemical conduits, and chemical flow meters on the chemical conduits that transmit chemical flow readings of flow through the chemical conduits. The system includes a memory containing processor-executable instructions that cause processors to compare the water flow readings with a range of water flow readings, compare the chemical flow readings with a range of chemical flow readings, compare the color readings with a range of color readings associated with each of the one or more chemical conduits, and initiate an alarm if one of the water flow readings, the chemical flow readings, or the color readings are not within the respective ranges of readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: WASHGUARD LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Kaner, Gary Estes, Daniel Devore, Alan Seiler
  • Patent number: 11614744
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relates to a self-moving apparatus and a method for controlling same, the self-moving apparatus including: a housing; a movement module for driving the housing to move; an ultrasonic module configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal and receive an echo signal formed through reflection of an obstacle; and a control module installed on the housing and connected to the ultrasonic module, to implement an ultrasonic detection function by processing the echo signal, thereby controlling a movement mode of the movement module. The control module can control disabling of the ultrasonic detection function according to a received preset signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanzhong Ran, Jiang Du, Kai Wang
  • Patent number: 11585037
    Abstract: A dosing device or system for dispensing tablets, which can include at least one active ingredient for an automatic washing process, into an automatic washing machine, wherein the dosing device or system is for dispensing one or more, but not all, of the tablets at once into the automatic washing machine, and wherein the dosing device or system can be for dispensing only one tablet at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser Finish B.V.
    Inventors: Henry Matthew Lawrence Fletcher, Max William Middleton, Colin Pryor, Simon Burge, Charles Kevin Dillon, Iain Christopher Smith, Mike Andrew Vilhauer, Thomas Murray Fry, Rosanna Elizabeth Parrish, Jörg Peter Pflug, Kai Werner Heppert
  • Patent number: 11548040
    Abstract: A household dishwasher includes a receiving compartment for receiving an item to be washed, a pump sump, and a heat pump assembly through which, during operation, a heat transfer medium flows. The heat pump assembly includes a plate condenser configured to enable a transfer of heat from the heat transfer medium to a washing liquor circulating in the household dishwasher. A spray assembly supplies washing liquor to the item to be washed. A first flow path extends from the pump sump to the spray assembly for conducting the washing liquor, and a second flow path extends from the pump sump to the plate condenser. Means are provided to prevent or hinder foreign matter that is swept along with the washing liquor from adhering to a washing-liquor-facing surface of the plate condenser, or to detach foreign matter adhering to the washing-liquor-facing surface from said surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Naiara Arandigoyen Martínez, Sergio Casado Carlino, Esther Castillo Bergad, Eloy Merino Alcaide, Gustavo Moliner Murillo, Jose Maria Sadaba Chalezquer, Xabier Sagües García, Koldo Urdiain Yoldi, Ciro Sebastián Vereda Ortiz
  • Patent number: 11467553
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for initiating actions based on sequences of events. In one aspect, a process includes receiving, from each of multiple devices, data specifying an event detected by the device. The events are compared to configured scenarios that each specify a sequence of trigger events and an action to be initiated in response to detecting the sequence of trigger events. A determination is made that the events match a first scenario of the scenarios. In response to determining that the events detected by the multiple devices match the first scenario, a first action specified by the first scenario is initiated. A determination is made that a combination of one or more of the events detected by the multiple devices and the first action matches a second scenario. In response, a second action specified by the second scenario is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Short, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, Grace T. Cheng, Michael E. Simanek, Andrew Albert Nat, III, Amir M. Khan, Joseph Pollock, Fadi Mahmoud, Michael Baroody
  • Patent number: 11457559
    Abstract: A control device includes: an image acquiring section that acquires image data of an image of a work target of the work machine; a feature recognizing section that recognizes a feature about at least one of (i) a type of the work target of the work machine, (ii) a number or density of the work target, (iii) a shape of the work target and (iv) an appearance of the work target after work, based on the image data acquired by the image acquiring section; and a control parameter deciding section that decides at least either (i) a parameter for controlling travel of the work machine or (ii) a parameter for controlling work of the work machine, based on the feature recognized by the feature recognizing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Haneda, Takamasa Udagawa, Makoto Yamamura, Masato Fujiwara, Ryuichi Kimata, Satoshi Onodera, Yutaka Tsuji, Hiroyuki Isegawa
  • Patent number: 11434518
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a monitoring device comprising a test composition, a test element comprising a test portion to which the test composition is releasably adhered, a detection reagent, and a container comprising a first end with an opening and a second end opposite the first end. The test composition comprises a predetermined quantity of tracer analyte. The container is configured to receive the test portion and configured to be operationally coupled to an analytical instrument. The tracer analyte and the detection reagent each are capable of participating in one or more chemical reaction that results in the formation of a detectable product. A method of using the monitoring device to assess the efficacy of a washing process is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: G. Marco Bommarito, Ting Liu, Timothy J. Nies
  • Patent number: 11428360
    Abstract: A vertical barrel of an internal diameter to receive a pig having a selected uncompressible diameter, a reducer to compress the pig to a compressed diameter and a fluid system to introduce fluid pressure into the upper end of the barrel to drive the pig through the reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: R.W. LYALL & COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: William DeKeyser
  • Patent number: 11419476
    Abstract: A method for controlling a domestic appliance includes the following steps: determining conventional operating parameters when the domestic appliance is in operation; determining a correlation of the operating parameters with respect to external information; and determining a proposal for operating the domestic appliance with the modified operating parameters if the external information deviates from a conventional value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Georg Rosenbauer, Volker Thaens, Sebastian Von Kummer
  • Patent number: 11390981
    Abstract: A dosing device or system for dispensing tablets, which can include at least one active ingredient for an automatic washing process, into an automatic washing machine, wherein the dosing device or system is for dispensing one or more, but not all, of the tablets at once into the automatic washing machine, and wherein the dosing device or system can be for dispensing only one tablet at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: RECKITT BENCKISER FINISH B.V.
    Inventors: Henry Matthew Lawrence Fletcher, Max William Middleton, Joerg Peter Pflug, Kai Werner Heppert
  • Patent number: 11363929
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for training and operating of robotic appliances. Robotic appliance may be operable to clean user premises. The user may train the appliance to perform cleaning operations in constrained areas. The appliance may be configured to clean other area of the premises automatically. The appliance may perform premises exploration and/or determine map of the premises. The appliance may be provided priority information associated with areas of the premises. The appliance may perform cleaning operations in order of the priority. Robotic vacuum cleaner appliance may be configured for safe cable operation wherein the controller may determine one or more potential obstructions (e.g., a cable) along operating trajectory. Upon approaching the cable, the controller may temporarily disable brushing mechanism in order to prevent cable damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Botond Szatmary, Vadim Polonichko
  • Patent number: 11361979
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate holding portion which holds a substrate W. The substrate holding portion includes two movable holding pins and two fixed holding pins which sandwich the substrate. The substrate processing apparatus includes two support pins which support the substrate W held by the substrate holding portion from below. Each of the support pins has an inner portion which overlaps the substrate held by the substrate holding portion in a vertical direction. An upper end of the support pin is on a side below an overlapping portion of the substrate which overlaps the inner portion in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nishida, Nobuaki Okita
  • Patent number: 11357374
    Abstract: A cleaning device and a method therefor are provided. The cleaning device includes a vacuum cleaner including a dust collecting container and a docking station to which the dust collecting container is coupled. The docking station includes a suction device configured to move air from the dust collecting container to inside of the docking station, a collector configured to collect a foreign substance that is moved together with the air by driving of the suction device, a suction flow path along which air moves inside the docking station, a flow adjusting device configured to open or close the suction flow path, and at least one processor configured to control the suction device to operate based on the dust collecting container being coupled to the docking station, and control the flow adjusting device to periodically open and close the suction flow path in a state in which the suction device operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoonkyung Cho, Seehyun Kim, Jongsoon Kim, Gihyeong Lee, Seongu Lee, Ahyoung Lee, Jaeshik Jeong, Seungryong Cha
  • Patent number: 11342202
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes: spinning a wafer around an axis of rotation at a center of the wafer; applying a first stream of liquid along a line starting from an initial point on the wafer adjacent to the center of the wafer, through the center of the wafer, and ending at an edge of the wafer; applying a second stream of liquid to an inner third of the line starting at the initial point and ending at a boundary point; applying a third stream of liquid to a middle third of the line starting at the boundary point; applying a fourth stream of liquid to an outer third of the line ending at the edge of the wafer; applying a fifth stream of liquid along the line starting from the initial point and ending at the edge of the wafer; and applying a stream of gas along the line starting from the initial point and ending at the edge of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Yu Lee, Sen-Yeo Peng, Chui-Ya Peng
  • Patent number: 11342167
    Abstract: A time period for cleaning performed to remove a deposit formed within a chamber main body can be reduced. A plasma processing method including the cleaning of an inside of the chamber main body of a plasma processing apparatus is provided. The method includes etching including a main etching of etching an etching target film of a processing target object placed on a stage in a low temperature by generating plasma of a processing gas containing a fluorocarbon gas and/or a hydrofluorocarbon gas; carrying-out the processing target object from a chamber; and cleaning the inside of the chamber main body by generating plasma of a cleaning gas in a state that a temperature of an electrostatic chuck is set to be high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Jin Kudo, Taku Gohira
  • Patent number: 11330959
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a sump that defines a transition fill level where the cross sectional area of the sump increases. A pressure sensor is operably coupled to the sump for monitoring sump pressure and wash fluid level. A controller opens a water supply valve to provide a flow of water into the sump and monitors the sump pressure using the pressure sensor. The controller determines when the water has reached the transition fill level corresponding to a known transition fill volume. The controller determines a fill flow rate based on the amount of time needed to reach the transition fill volume and uses the fill flow rate to determine a remaining fill time needed to reach a target volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Nasib Alhaffar, Adam Christopher Hofmann, Kyle Edward Durham
  • Patent number: 11322346
    Abstract: A method of processing a substrate may include preparing the substrate, polishing the substrate, and cleaning the substrate using a double nozzle, which is configured to provide a spray and a chemical solution onto the substrate. The spray may include a deionized water, and the chemical solution may be diluted with the deionized water. The chemical solution and the spray may be spaced apart from each other by a distance of 7 cm to 12 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Yeongbong Park, Jisu Kim, Byoungho Kwon
  • Patent number: 11311172
    Abstract: A household dishwasher includes a dishwasher cavity for accommodating items to be washed, a controller apparatus configured to perform one wash program from a number of wash programs for washing the items to be washed arranged in the dishwasher cavity, an optical sensor configured to capture an optical sensor signal of the items to be washed arranged in the dishwasher cavity, and an evaluating unit configured to ascertain a loading state of the dishwasher cavity as a function of the captured optical sensor signal of the items to be washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Maria Terrádez Alemany, Kai Paintner, Matthias Heckes, Daniel Hitzler
  • Patent number: 11310993
    Abstract: The present invention provides an autonomous cleaning robot device for cleaning in the animal husbandry environment. The cleaning robot is composed of a master machine (autonomous moving controller) and a slave machine (self-propelled cleaning head). The master machine and the slave machine are connected by a robotic arm and a traction hose. The robotic arm can adapt to the movement of the cleaning slave machine to reduce the resistance and secondary pollution or damage caused by friction between the traction cable and the ground during the movement. The traction hose combined with the robotic arm allows slave machine to enter and exit the fence without opening and closing the door to improve efficiency. In the treatment of dirt, the excrement is collected by a suction driving device, and is centrally collected in a storage tank, and then is compacted into blocks by the excrement compression device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Chung-Hsien Kuo, Yu-Cheng Kuo
  • Patent number: 11315820
    Abstract: A substrate processing device is provided. A chamber has a side wall part and a top wall part and contains a substrate holding part. A first gas supply part is disposed in the top wall part and supplies a first gas toward a side on which the substrate holding part is positioned. A second gas supply part is contained in the chamber and supplies a second gas to an inside of the chamber. A control unit controls the first and second gas supply part. The second gas is a gas different from oxygen and an allotrope of oxygen. The second gas supply part has an air feeding port part which is positioned on an upward side of a holding position of a substrate by the substrate holding part in a vertical direction and is positioned on an outward side of the substrate holding part in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ito, Noriyuki Kikumoto, Kazuki Inoue, Kunio Yamada
  • Patent number: 11287832
    Abstract: Provided is a robot-implemented, real-time, process to plan a coverage path, the process including: obtaining environment-sensor data indicating distances from the robot to surfaces in a portion of a working environment; obtaining odometry-sensor data; based on the environment-sensor data and the odometry-sensor data, determining at least a part of a coverage path of the robot through the working environment; and commanding an electric-motor driver to move the robot along the at least part of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 11285862
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular lighting device (1) attached to a motorbike (100) that is capable of traveling around corners due to the vehicle body being tilted toward the direction for turning, wherein the vehicular lighting device (1) comprises at least two lamps and a sensor (7) for detecting the surrounding environment toward the rear of the vehicle. The vehicular lighting device (1) comprises a left lighting unit (2L) and a right lighting unit (2R) as the at least two lamps. The sensor (7) is disposed between the left lighting unit (2L) and the right lighting unit (2R) as viewed from rearward of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACIURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Harada, Keisuke Fujii
  • Patent number: 11253131
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher for washing the dishes or the cooking utensils by spraying washing water and steam and a controlling method therefor. The method of controlling a dishwasher includes: a steam supply step of supplying washing water to the sump from an external water source; and a steam generation step of maintaining a water level of the washing water existing inside the washing pump at a certain water level or higher and heating the washing water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yongtae Kwon
  • Patent number: 11256180
    Abstract: A method includes transferring a wafer into a first processing chamber by using a robot arm mechanism, and applying a photoresist on the wafer in a first processing chamber. The wafer is transferred from the first processing chamber into a second processing chamber by using the robot arm mechanism, and the photoresist is exposed to a pattern of light in the second processing chamber. The method includes transferring the wafer from the second processing chamber into a third processing chamber by using the robot arm mechanism, and developing the exposed wafer in the third processing chamber. The method includes cleaning the robot arm mechanism in a dummy chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fu-Chun Hsieh, Pei-Yi Su, Chih-Che Lin
  • Patent number: 11247246
    Abstract: A process of using a chemical gel cleaning formulation to clean a cooling tower fill, comprising the steps of applying a pre-rinse fluid to the fill; applying the chemical gel cleaning formulation to the fill, wherein the chemical gel cleaning formulation includes glycerin, at least one polysaccharide, at least one corrosion inhibitor, at least one surfactant, and at least one acid; applying a descaling fluid to the fill; applying a neutralizer solution to the fill to neutralize the pH of residual fluid on the fill surface; and rinsing the fill with a rinsing fluid to remove residual chemical gel cleaning formulation and descaling fluid, residual neutralizer solution, and dissolved deposits from the fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Mark Rothenhausen
  • Patent number: 11234574
    Abstract: An intelligent floor cleaner, including a vehicle body, a clean water tank, a control box, a dirty water tank, a floor cleaning apparatus, a manual steering apparatus, an autonomous steering apparatus, a navigation apparatus, and a mileage apparatus, where the clean water tank is located above the vehicle body and is fixedly connected to the vehicle body; the control box is located in a middle location above the vehicle body and is fixedly connected to the vehicle body; the dirty water tank is located at a rear side above the clean water tank and is fixedly connected to the clean water tank; the floor cleaning apparatus is located below the vehicle body; and the navigation apparatus includes a 3D laser and a laser mounting rack, and the navigation apparatus is located above the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Zhejiang Guozi Robot Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weifeng Wu, Huafeng Yang, Lvjun Jin, Jiang Hong
  • Patent number: 11237527
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment of the present invention there is provided an apparatus comprising at least one processing core, at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code being configured to, with the at least one processing core, cause the apparatus at least to cause a first parameter value set comprising at least one first parameter value to be provided to a first set of devices, obtain a fitness value associated with the first parameter value set in the first set of devices, determine, based at least in part on the fitness value and an optimization algorithm, at least one second parameter value set comprising at least one second parameter value, and cause the at least one second parameter value set to be provided to the first set or a second set of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT LTD
    Inventor: Jyri Partanen
  • Patent number: 11217267
    Abstract: A method, performed by an electronic device, of identifying location information of an external includes: obtaining map information including location information for each time interval of a mobile device based on the mobile device moving while generating noise near the external device; obtaining audio signal information about an audio signal including the noise generated by the mobile device, the audio signal being collected by a microphone of the external device; identifying, from the audio signal information, a time point at which a noise level of the noise generated by the mobile device is highest; obtaining, from the map information, location information of the mobile device corresponding to the identified time point; and identifying the location information of the external device based on the obtained location information of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Changwoo Han, Minkyu Shin, Jonguk Yoo, Dokyun Lee, Kangseok Choi
  • Patent number: 11209402
    Abstract: Integrated probes and probe systems suitable for attachment to a robotic arm of a remotely operated vehicle are disclosed. The probes and probe systems serve to perform cleaning operations and both cathodic protection (CP) voltage measurements and ultrasonic testing (UT) thickness measurements at an underwater surface. The cathodic protection measurement system includes one or more electrically conductive legs that extend outwardly from the probe. These legs are arranged about a cleaning tool and an ultrasonic sensor. When the integrated probe contacts the underwater surface, at least one leg contacts the surface, thereby providing a desired distance between the probe and the underwater surface for efficient cleaning and UT inspection. The underwater surface can be cleaned and CP and UT measurements can all be performed using a single, integrated probed during a single operation, without having to reposition the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ayman Amer, Fadl Abdellatif
  • Patent number: 11203094
    Abstract: In a substrate cleaning device, with a polishing head in contact with one surface of a substrate rotated by a spin chuck, the polishing head is moved at least between a center and an outer periphery of the substrate. Thus, the one surface of the substrate is polished by the polishing head, and contaminants present on the one surface of the substrate are removed. At this time, capacity for removing contaminants by the polishing head is changed according to a position in a radial direction of the substrate. The capacity for removing contaminants refers to capacity for scraping contaminants adhering to the one surface of the substrate, and suction marks, contact marks and the like remaining on the one surface of the substrate by polishing. It is possible to change the capacity for removing contaminants by adjusting a pushing force exerted on the one surface of the substrate from the polishing head, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Hiromi Murachi, Ryuichi Yoshida, Koji Nishiyama, Toru Momma, Chikara Sagae
  • Patent number: 11198161
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning the inside of a monocrystal pulling apparatus includes a main tube part that is capable of being inserted into a pull chamber and a wire cleaning mechanism that is provided at an upper portion of the main tube part and is configured to clean a pulling wire to be inserted into the main tube part. The main tube part includes a continuous extension mechanism that adds together and joins a plurality of joint tube parts in an axial direction and allows the plurality of joint tube parts to be sealed and connected to each other. Accordingly, the cleaning device is configured to efficiently clean the wire by preventing powdery dust from adhering thereto again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SUMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Okita
  • Patent number: 11191416
    Abstract: A dishwasher and method utilize an image-based position sensor that is positioned to sense the rotational position of a discretely directable tubular spray element driven by a tubular spray element drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bassam Fawaz, Robert M. Digman, Joel Boyer
  • Patent number: 11192648
    Abstract: A rotary-wing drone and a method of blowing air by an air blowing device integrated with the rotary-wing drone are described. The rotary-wing drone includes a plurality of rotary propellers, an extendable cone, a centrifugal propeller unit, and one or more batteries, in the air blowing device. The rotary-wing drone further includes a camera configured to obtain images of surrounding environment of the rotary-wing drone, and a processing circuitry configured to analyze the images to determine dust characteristics on a solar panel and to obtain one or more parameters of the air blowing device and the rotary-wing drone, to enable the rotary-wing drone to clean the solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Mohannad Bayoumi
  • Patent number: 11191420
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance, as provided herein, may include a cabinet, a tub, a pump, a spray assembly, a first fluid path, and a second fluid path. The first fluid path may extend from a first path inlet to a first path outlet to recirculate air within a wash chamber. The first path inlet may be defined in fluid communication between the wash chamber and the first path outlet. The second fluid path may extend from a second path inlet to a second path outlet to direct ambient air to the wash chamber. The second path inlet may be defined in fluid communication between an ambient environment surrounding the dishwashing appliance and the second path outlet. The second path outlet may be defined in fluid communication between the second path inlet and the wash chamber downstream from the second path inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan, Matthew David Mersch
  • Patent number: 11185200
    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: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Man Hong, Sung Jin Park, Young Jae Park, Jin Wook Yoon, Dong Woo Ha
  • Patent number: 11179729
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for washing and separating pieces of plastics material from contaminating material that also includes metal elements includes a stirring device having a plurality of blades which are driven in a washing fluid to generate a turbulent stirring action to mechanically remove part of the contaminating material from the plastics material. The tilt of the blades and the rotation speed of the stirring device are chosen carefully to generate an upward thrusting action to maintain the plastics material with a specific weight that is greater than the specific weight of the fluid in a floating condition. The plastics material is retained inside the container for sufficient time to obtain a desired degree of purity and decontamination for the plastics material, after which it is evacuated by controlled overflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Flavio Previero
  • Patent number: 11155245
    Abstract: A wash equipment assembly for a car wash and method of operating the equipment are described. For example, the assembly includes a cleaning element configured to clean a vehicle, an arm assembly operably attached to the cleaning element and configured to move the cleaning element to a vehicle cleaning position, the arm movably fixed to a support at a first end and the cleaning element mounted on the arm at a second end, a controlled locator for positioning the arm relative to the support such that the cleaning equipment is moved to the vehicle cleaning position, and a sensor for evaluating an actual orientation of the cleaning element relative to a default orientation of the cleaning element. In certain implementations, the controlled locator can modify the position of the arm in response to a signal from the sensor, thereby providing a closed loop control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Innovative Control Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Detrick