With Spray Or Jet Supplying And/or Applying Means Patents (Class 134/198)
  • Patent number: 10349808
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance having a static jet assembly is provided herein. The dishwashing appliance may include a tub defining a wash chamber, a pump, and a spray assembly. The pump may be configured to deliver a wash fluid into the wash chamber. The spray assembly may be housed within the wash chamber of the tub in fluid communication with the pump to receive wash fluid therefrom. The static jet assembly may be disposed within the wash chamber and include a static body. The static body may extend about an exterior hole. The static body may define an interior passage and a jet aperture in fluid communication with the pump. The jet aperture may be defined in fluid communication between the interior passage and the wash chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bassam Fawaz, Daniel J. Hart, John Edward Dries, Kyle Durham, Matthew David Mersch, Glenn Leon Graham
  • Patent number: 10276407
    Abstract: The substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate holding unit that holds a substrate horizontally, a substrate rotating unit that rotates the substrate held by the substrate holding unit around a prescribed rotational axis extending along a vertical direction, a processing liquid supply nozzle that moves in a horizontal direction and supplies a processing liquid onto an upper surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit, a shielding member that shields an atmosphere between the shielding member and the upper surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit from an ambient atmosphere, an inert gas supply unit that supplies an inert gas between the upper surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit and the shielding member, and a shielding member rotating unit that rotates the shielding member around the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Amahisa, Takeshi Yoshida, Toshimitsu Namba
  • Patent number: 10238131
    Abstract: A baking production system for control of preservative concentration during production of baked products includes a preservative control system, including a preservative control unit, a flow control valve, a flow meter, first and second conductive probes, first and second acidity sensors, a metering pump, a water mixer, a temperature sensor, a moisture sensor, which is configured to mix the water with the preservative solution, thereby creating a water preservative mixture; and a production line, including a dough mixer, which is configured to receive a baking mixture and mix the baking mixture with the water preservative mixture, thereby creating a dough. Also disclosed is a method for preservative concentration control, including calculating water preservative concentration, optimizing preservative solution flow, calculating dough preservative concentration, and optimizing source water flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Brian E. Bartlett, Douglas W. Cotton
  • Patent number: 10217650
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning apparatus may include a substrate support having a support surface to support a substrate to be cleaned, wherein the substrate support is rotatable about a central axis normal to the support surface; a first nozzle to provide a first cleaning gas to a region of the inner volume corresponding to the position of an edge of the substrate when the substrate is supported by the support surface of the substrate support; a first annular body disposed opposite and spaced apart from the support surface of the substrate support by a gap, the first annular body having a central opening defined by an inner wall shaped to provide a reducing size of the gap between the first annular body and the support surface in a radially outward direction; and a first gas inlet to provide a first gas to the central opening of the first annular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: James Matthew Holden, Song-Moon Suh, Todd Egan, Kalyanjit Ghosh, Leon Volfovski, Michael R. Rice, Richard Giljum
  • Patent number: 10150937
    Abstract: A cleaning product having a spray dispenser and a cleaning composition suitable for spraying, the composition housed in the spray dispenser wherein the composition contains: i) at least 5% by weight of the composition of a specific surfactant system; and ii) a specific glycol ether solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Wesley Yvonne Pieter Boers, Peter Vancampenhout, Denis Alfred Gonzales, Aicha Dkidak, Jean-Luc Philippe Bettiol
  • Patent number: 10138445
    Abstract: A cleaning product having a spray dispenser and a cleaning composition suitable for spraying, the composition housed in the spray dispenser wherein the composition includes: i. 5% to 15% by weight of the composition of a specific surfactant system; and ii. a specific glycol ether solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Wesley Yvonne Pieter Boers, Peter Vancampenhout, Denis Alfred Gonzales, Aicha Dkidak, Jean-Luc Philippe Bettiol
  • Patent number: 10138446
    Abstract: A cleaning product having a spray dispenser and a cleaning composition suitable for spraying and foaming, the composition housed in the spray dispenser wherein the composition contains: i) 2 to 15% by weight of a surfactant system comprising an alkyl ethoxylated sulfate anionic surfactant and a specific co-surfactant; and ii) a specific glycol ether solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Wesley Yvonne Pieter Boers, Peter Vancampenhout, Denis Alfred Gonzales, Aicha Dkidak, Jean-Luc Philippe Bettiol
  • Patent number: 10123678
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance is provided having an upper rack assembly that includes a rack that defines a vertical support structure and a manifold base. A manifold cap is attached to the rack over the manifold base such that the manifold cap and the manifold base define a spray manifold. A docking port is defined in a rear wall of the rack for providing fluid communication between the spray manifold and a fluid circulation assembly when the rack is positioned within the wash chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Charles Boyer, Matthew David Mersch
  • Patent number: 10111573
    Abstract: Adapters and spray arm assemblies for dishwasher appliances are provided. An adapter defines an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction. The adapter includes a base unit. The base unit includes an inlet housing defining an inlet annulus. The base unit further includes a first conduit extending from the inlet housing and comprising a passage defined between an inlet and an outlet. The base unit further includes a second conduit extending from the inlet housing and comprising a passage defined between an inlet and an outlet. The entire passage of the first conduit and the entire passage of the second conduit each extend at an angle to the axial direction of less than or equal to 60 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Charles Boyer
  • Patent number: 9868258
    Abstract: A ported mandrel additively manufactured with at least two different materials. A unitary ported mandrel includes a mandrel body of a base material; one or more ports including an erosion resistant material; and one or more return pathways. A method for making a unitary ported mandrel for a downhole fracturing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary S. Silva
  • Patent number: 9861260
    Abstract: A tine assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided. The tine assembly includes a plurality of segmented tines. Each segmented tine of the plurality of segmented tines includes a plurality of tine segments. Each tine segment of the plurality of tine segments is pivotally or rotatably mounted to a respective adjacent tine segment of the plurality of tine segments such that the segmented tines of the plurality of segmented tines are compliant. A related dishwasher appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Alexander Benedict, Rebecca Ann Alvord, Ryan James Diener, Brian Michael Schork
  • Patent number: 9718100
    Abstract: A spray unit, including a body assembly including a solution supply port, the solution port to supply cleaning solution; a flow channel in the body assembly, the flow channel connected with the solution supply port, the cleaning solution to flow through the flow channel; and a spray slit connected to the flow channel, the spray slit to spray out the cleaning solution, the flow channel including at least two chambers to hold the cleaning solution and at least two internal slits connecting the chambers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Je-Yung Yum
  • Patent number: 9664463
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus comprising a first fluid delivery system configured to eject a first fluid through a first nozzle toward a surface to be cleaned; a second fluid delivery system configures to eject a second fluid through a second nozzle toward the surface to be cleaned, wherein the second fluid comprises a compressed gas at a pressure greater than 345 kilopascals (50 pounds per square inch); a housing configured to partially surround and mount the first and second nozzles; a connector configured to couple the first fluid delivery system to a first fluid source; and a connector configured to couple the second fluid delivery system to a second fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Scott P. Burfeind
  • Patent number: 9615721
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a shiftable rack provided with multiple, distinct washing fluid spray arms connected to a common, rack supported manifold. When the rack is shifted to a retracted position within a tub of the dishwasher, the manifold mates with a coupling of a fluid distribution system including a multi-tube feed arrangement configured to selectively distribute washing fluid from a pump assembly to the multiple spray arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, David H. Chen
  • Patent number: 9609998
    Abstract: A device for steaming utensils such as silverware and glassware includes a frame having side and bottom walls. The frame has an open upper end. A heating chamber containing at least one heating device is connected with and depends from the frame bottom wall. A fluid reservoir is arranged within the frame and rests on the frame bottom wall. When fluid such as water is arranged in the reservoir and the heating device is operated, the water is heated to generate steam which exits the frame open upper end. One or more racks containing the utensils to be steamed are arranged on the device. The steam cleans the utensils for subsequent polishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Vincent Sherrett
  • Patent number: 9573169
    Abstract: A vehicle and method for cleaning parabolic trough solar collectors (2) by means of a motorized vehicle (1) which includes a water tank (4); front (5) and rear (6) cleaning arms, with a telescopic part having several sections, coupled at one end to a pivoting head (8) which supports a rotary cleaning brush (9) and comprises spray nozzles (10), as well as proximity sensors (12) for the brushes (9). It comprises the same number of front and rear transverse guide rails (13) which include a linear movement means (14) coupled, by means of a pivot (15), to the cleaning arms (5, 6). The brushes (9) are movable in relation to the head (8) by means of a shaft (21) actuated by a retraction actuator (27) for overcoming obstacles (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ABENGOA SOLAR NEW TECHNOLOGIES, S.A.
    Inventors: Juan Jímenez Huertas, David Gamez Vela, Elena García Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9545184
    Abstract: A rich air sprayer of sanitary ware has a base, the base is disposed with at least two waterways; each waterway includes an inlet hole, a mutation cavity connected to the inlet hole and an air inlet hole connected to the mutation cavity, the flow area of the inlet hole is smaller than that of the mutation cavity, negative pressure is generated inside the mutation cavity when the water flows from the inlet hole into the mutation cavity, the negative pressure makes the mutation cavity suck air from the outside of the sprayer through the air inlet hole, the air and the water are mixed to form bubbles; the outlets of the mutation cavities intersect or the tangents of the outlets of the mutation cavities intersect, making the water flowing out of the outlets of the mutation cavities collide to enhance the granular sensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., Huasong Zhou
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Li Jiang, Jianmin Chen, Bin Cao
  • Patent number: 9470105
    Abstract: The present application and the resultant patent provide a gas turbine engine system. The gas turbine engine system may include a gas turbine engine, a water wash system, and a system controller. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor, a combustor in communication with the compressor, and a turbine in communication with the combustor. The water wash system may be in communication with the gas turbine engine and configured to remove contaminants therefrom. The water wash system may include a number of valves configured to control flows through the water wash system, and a number of sensors configured to measure operating parameters of the water wash system. The system controller may be in communication with the valves and the sensors and operable to automatically control the valves upon receiving operating parameter signals from the sensors in order to perform a wash of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rahul J. Chillar, Dean Matthew Erickson, George Martin Gilchrist, III, Michael Savale, Mica Lee Longwell
  • Patent number: 9459413
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical fiber connector cleaner in which the rotation of the cleaning shaft is linked with the feeding of the cleaning tape so that it is possible to wipe the dirt on the end surface of the connector off reliably. A forwarding and reversing mechanism of the optical fiber connector cleaner is formed of a fixing member contacting the second casing so as to be slidable, and a coil spring biasing the second casing forward in the one direction for the fixing member, a rotation mechanism is formed of a first rack gear disposed on the fixing member, a first gear rotatably mounted in the second casing, and a second gear connected to a base end of the shaft 14, the first gear includes first teeth fitted to the first rack gear, and second teeth fitted to the second gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKOH GIKEN Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahisa Kida
  • Patent number: 9393600
    Abstract: A device according to the present invention can be used for the hydraulic and mechanical connection of a distributor circuit of washing liquid of a trolley carrying objects to be washed to a feed circuit of a washing liquid for a washer machine for objects. The washer machine provides a washing chamber in which to position the trolley which has at least a lateral wall with respect to the direction of insertion of the trolley into the washing chamber. The device comprises a connection member of the distributor circuit, a corresponding delivery or coupling mouth of the feed circuit provided on said lateral wall and at least a connection bushing associable on one side to the connection member of the distributor circuit and on the other side to a corresponding delivery or coupling mouth of the feed circuit that faces inside a washing chamber of the washer machine, so as to determine the mechanical and hydraulic connection between feed circuit and distributor circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: STEELCO SPA
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Patent number: 9199284
    Abstract: A housing has interior and exterior ends with a side wall there between. A spray assembly includes a manifold. The manifold is mounted for rotational movement within the housing. A tube extends through the exterior end. In this manner the manifold is coupled to a source of water. A plurality of spray nozzles is provided. The spray nozzles are provided on the manifold. The spray nozzles are angled in opposite directions. In this manner pressurized water may pass through the tube. Also in this manner water passing through the tube will spin the nozzles. Further in this manner the water coming into contact with a wheel there adjacent will be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Michael J. Reischmann
  • Patent number: 9120132
    Abstract: A pallet washing apparatus and its associated methodology, wherein all of the pallets in a vertical stack of pallets are cleaned simultaneously, the stack being vertically expanded to provide a separation distance between each pallet, with each pallet then being delivered onto individual conveyors passing through washing, rinsing and drying stations, such that cleaning spray may be directed against all surfaces of each pallet, all of the pallets then being restacked for removal in a single stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ZZ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventors: Larry White, Thomas J. Jordan
  • Publication number: 20150144161
    Abstract: A dispensing method is disclosed that includes the following steps: a cleaning sleeve is provided to surround a spray member. A first fluid is previously dispensed from a first fluid outlet of the spray member. A second fluid is sprayed from a second fluid outlet of the cleaning sleeve to clean the spray member. The cleaning sleeve is opened or slid away from the spray member, such that the first fluid outlet of the spray member is exposed to a substrate. The first fluid is dispensed from the first fluid outlet of the spray member to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weibo YU, Kuo-Sheng CHUANG, Wen-Yu KU, Chin-Hsiang LIN
  • Patent number: 9039844
    Abstract: A steam cleaning apparatus including a main body having a main switch, a steam cleaning head coupled to the main body, and a position sensitive switch having a first state when the steam apparatus is in a substantially vertical storage position and a second state when the steam cleaning apparatus is in a tilted, cleaning position, the position sensitive switch being connected in electrical series with the main switch such that when the position-sensitive switch is in the first state the position-sensitive switch interrupts the flow of electrical current from the main switch and when the position-sensitive switch is in the second state, electrical power is supplied by the main switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Barry Pears, David Rowntree, Martyn Riley, Stephen Houghton, Andrew Walker
  • Publication number: 20150136185
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate cleaning apparatus of cleaning a substrate. The substrate cleaning apparatus includes a cleaning chamber, a first cleaning nozzle, a cover member, an air flow generation unit, and an exhaust unit. The main cleaning chamber has a cleaning space in which the substrate is cleaned and includes a sidewall in which a first vent hole is defined. The first cleaning nozzle is disposed in the main cleaning chamber to spray a first cleaning solution. The cover member covers the main cleaning chamber and has one side in which a second vent hole is defined. The air flow generation unit supplies air into the cleaning space through the first vent hole. The exhaust unit is coupled to the one side of the cover member to suck and exhaust the air supplied into the cleaning space through the second vent hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: JUNGWON JO, CHUNGHYUK LEE, Joon NAM, SEONG GU KANG, HAK KIM, SungKu BAEK, KYUNGJAE LEE
  • Patent number: 9032981
    Abstract: A painting implement cleaning and storage apparatus 10 is provided. The apparatus facilitates the cleaning and storage of painting implements such as a roller 12, a brush 14 and a roller pan 16. The apparatus includes a base 18 and a bracket 32 coupled to the base. The roller 12 is supported on the bracket 32 in an upwardly extending diagonal position between shields 45 and 54 for containing paint spreads from the roller. The brush 14 is supported on bracket 32 in a upwardly projecting position. A roller pan 16 is coupable to shield 45 and supported thereon in a descending position. Once the painting implements 12, 14 and 16 are supported on the apparatus 10, cleaning can be accomplished by the application of a stream of water thereto after which the implements can be left until they are needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Rhines
  • Publication number: 20150129004
    Abstract: A dish washing machine including a cabinet configured to form an exterior, a washing tub provided in the cabinet to wash dishes, and a jet nozzle configured to jet washing water to the washing tub, wherein the jet nozzle includes a plurality of nozzle inner walls provided therein to form a passage through which the washing water passes and having a plurality of passage inner walls provided to have arc shapes in section vertical to a flow direction of the washing water. Due to such configuration, a jetting force may be enhanced and washing efficiency may be also improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Wook LEE, Min Ho JUNG, Hyun Dong JUNG, Chan Young PARK, Soo Hyung YOO, Seung Gee HONG
  • Patent number: 9027578
    Abstract: A gravity and flow operated diverter valve diverts liquid flow from one source to either of two output destinations. The valve includes a housing, an inlet opening, a first outlet opening and a second outlet opening. A valve member is located coaxially in the housing interior, the valve member having at least one flow path extending axially therethough, an exterior edge of the valve member and an interior surface of the side wall having a cooperating cam follower structure defining a cyclic path, the path having at least two no flow positions in which the valve member is spaced from the upper wall, and at least two flow positions in which the flow path in the disc selectively allows communication with one or both of the first and second outlet openings, the cyclic path arranged so that on successive liquid flows into the inlet opening the valve member cycles between the at least two flow positions to selectively direct flow out of one or both of the first and second outlet openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joel Charles Boyer, James Lee Armstrong, Satish Kumar Raju Buddharaju
  • Patent number: 9027579
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head is provided comprising a dome-shaped, downwardly open housing, in which at least one spray arm is mounted for rotation about an axis of rotation, wherein the spray arm bears at a distance from the axis of rotation a nozzle which can be acted upon with cleaning fluid subject to pressure and revolves around the axis of rotation together with the spray arm, and comprising a protective disk which covers the at least one spray arm towards the open underside of the housing and defines a ring-shaped fluid passage for a stream of fluid to pass through, said fluid passage being penetrated by retaining bars, wherein the at least one spray arm is rotatable relative to the protective disk. The retaining bars are arranged so as to be distributed unevenly in circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Alfred Kaercher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Binder, Vitali Fischer
  • Patent number: 9028618
    Abstract: A compressor wash system for compressor washing includes stages of fluid delivery lines coupled at one end to a pump output and at the other end to a corresponding nozzle set. A control valve is connected to the fluid delivery line between the pump and the nozzle set, selectively supplying fluid between the pump and the nozzle set. Each nozzle of a nozzle set is positioned on an inlet of the compressor to allow the stages to wash a portion of the compressor. Nozzle sets are positioned around a bellmouth assembly and/or around an inlet cone of the compressor inlet, with a nozzle spray tip of each nozzle extending into an inlet air flow path of the compressor. Fluid may be directed to one or more of the stages in a sequencing pattern determined and configured to wash the compressor. Templates and installation guides are utilized to position the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Gas Turbine Efficiency Sweden AB
    Inventors: John L. Battaglioli, Robert J. L. Bland, Robert J. Burke, Lindsay A. Early, Jonathan R. Knaust, Christopher R. Oliveri, Hilbert H. Valdez, Thomas Wagner, Daniel F. Woolley
  • Patent number: 9027577
    Abstract: A nozzle of a nozzle device includes an arm pipe that extends in a horizontal direction and a downstream pipe formed so as to curve downward from one end of the arm pipe. In the nozzle, a metallic pipe is provided inside a second resin pipe. Moreover, a first resin pipe is provided inside the metallic pipe. A boss is attached to the tip of the metallic pipe between the first resin pipe and the second resin pipe. At the tip of the nozzle, an outer peripheral surface of the first resin pipe, an end surface of the second resin pipe and an end surface of the boss are welded by welding resin. In this way, the metallic pipe is reliably coated with the first resin pipe, the second resin pipe, the boss and the welding resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Screen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Osada, Masashi Sawamura, Koji Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20150122299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher (1) comprising a tub (3) having more than one side wall (2), wherein the washing process is performed, a door (4) providing access into the tub (3) and a detergent dispenser (5) disposed on the door (4) wherein the chemical substances like detergent, softener and rinse aid are placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Nasir Efe Aras, Orhan Atabey, Nurgul Gokdere
  • Patent number: 9022044
    Abstract: A portable vehicle wash system for use during pre-wash and post-wash procedures preferably includes a portable and collapsible free-standing frame capable of may be positioned over an existing vehicle. Such a free-standing frame preferably includes first and second support sections. Each of the first and second support section preferably includes a fluid discharge section, and a plurality of legs integrally formed with the fluid discharge section. Notably, the fluid discharge section of the first support section is isolated from the fluid discharge section of the second support section. A hose is also provided in fluid communication with the free-standing frame. In this manner, the hose may be coupled to an existing water supply source such that water is simultaneously channeled through the free-standing frame and simultaneously dispersed out from the fluid discharge section of each of the first and second support sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Jackson
  • Patent number: 9022047
    Abstract: A rotisserie skewer, basket and parts cleaning assembly is provided. The assembly is located within a wash tank that includes a jet nozzle to expel a stream of fluid into said wash tank. The assembly is rotatably mounted within the wash tank and is capable of holding parts for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John Cantrell, Mark Churchill, Michael P. Licata, David Gast
  • Patent number: 9022048
    Abstract: Device for cleaning solar modules, of both the photovoltaic and solar thermal type, by projection of a cleaning liquid onto the surface of said modules in the form of spray, is described. The device is of the towed type, for mounting on a tractor vehicle or similar, and is implemented based on an articulated unit which comprises a coupled parallelogram structure, having the possibility of pivoting around a support structure solidarily joined to the carrier vehicle, joined by the opposite end to a telescopic arm which articulately includes a projection bar on its distal end, with variable positioning, integrating a multiplicity of nozzles for projecting cleaning liquid. The projection bar includes mechanical sensors for positioning thereof on the surface. The different movements are carried out in a controlled manner by actuation of hydraulic cylinders and the articulated joint between the projection bar and the telescopic bar includes a means for adjusting the maximum inclination angle of the projection bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Rafael Ma Mendez De La Cuesta
  • Patent number: 9016293
    Abstract: A compressor wash system for compressor washing includes stages of fluid delivery lines coupled at one end to a pump output and at the other end to a corresponding nozzle set. A control valve is connected to the fluid delivery line between the pump and the nozzle set, selectively supplying fluid between the pump and the nozzle set. Each nozzle of a nozzle set is positioned on an inlet of the compressor to allow the stages to wash a portion of the compressor. Nozzle sets are positioned around a bellmouth assembly and/or around an inlet cone of the compressor inlet, with a nozzle spray tip of each nozzle extending into an inlet air flow path of the compressor. Fluid may be directed to one or more of the stages in a sequencing pattern determined and configured to wash the compressor. Templates and installation guides are utilized to position the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Gas Turbine Efficiency Sweden AB
    Inventors: John L. Battaglioli, Robert J. L. Bland, Robert J. Burke, Lindsay A. Early, Jonathan R. Knaust, Christopher R. Oliveri, Hilbert H. Valdez, Thomas Wagner, Daniel F. Woolley
  • Patent number: 9017485
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes an ice hopper structure including a plurality of walls having inner surfaces that define an inner volume storing ice therein. The ice hopper may include a drain. A cleaning structure is coupled to the ice hopper structure. The cleaning structure includes a pump linked to a spray mechanism positioned within the inner volume of the ice hopper structure. The spray mechanism disperses a liquid on an inner surface of the ice hopper structure during a cleaning cycle of the ice dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittal Murthy, Jayateertha Malagi, Servesh Adderi Raganath, Matthew Kampert, Chris Zemko
  • Patent number: 9016292
    Abstract: A system and method for cleaning and cooling solar panels are described. A solar tracker includes a main beam for supporting the solar panels, and nozzles coupled to the main beam. The main beam includes a water channel along its interior which supplies water to the nozzles. The nozzles are positioned to spray water on the collecting surfaces of the solar panels to clean and cool them. The solar tracker may also include gutters to reclaim used water. The solar tracker may include air ducts which direct air across the undersides of the solar panels to cool them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc
    Inventors: Matthew N. Schneider, Ravi P. Jain, Jason Alderman, Michael K. Goodman
  • Publication number: 20150107619
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques or systems for particle removal from a semiconductor wafer are provided. Particles, contaminating a semiconductor wafer, have the potential to cause defects, such as scratches into a surface of the semiconductor wafer during chemical mechanical polishing or defocusing during a subsequent lithography stage, for the semiconductor wafer. Accordingly, a mechanic particle cleaner component, such as at least one of a sliver brush roller, a pencil brush, a tape polish, a sonic jet, or a liquid spray component, is configured to apply a mechanical force to an edge region of the semiconductor wafer to detach particles. A chemical particle cleaner component is configured to apply a chemical force to the edge region to detach particles. In this way, particles are removed from the semiconductor wafer before or after chemical mechanical polishing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jiann Lih Wu, He Hui Peng, Jeng-Jyi Hwang, Chi-Ming Yang
  • Publication number: 20150107622
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate liquid processing apparatus including: a first processing liquid supply mechanism provided with a first tank in which a processing liquid is stored and a first nozzle through which the processing liquid stored in the first tank is ejected, and configured to supply the processing liquid to a first surface of a substrate by the first nozzle; a second processing liquid supply mechanism provided with a second tank in which a processing liquid having the same composition as the processed liquid stored in the first tank is stored and a second nozzle through which the processed liquid stored in the second tank is ejected, and configured to supply the processed liquid to a second surface of the substrate by the second nozzle; a processing unit configured to perform processing on the substrate using the processed liquids supplied by the first nozzle and the second nozzle; and a recovery line configured to recover the processed liquids which are supplied to the substrate from the first nozzle a
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takaki, Koji Tanaka, Shun Tominaga
  • Patent number: 9010345
    Abstract: A spray arm assembly for a dishwasher system is disclosed. The spray arm assembly includes a spray arm which has an internal chamber, a liquid inlet in flow communication with the internal chamber to supply the internal chamber with liquid from a source of liquid, an outlet passageway in flow communication with the internal chamber for discharging liquid from the internal chamber, an air inlet in flow communication with the outlet passageway, and a region adjacent the air inlet and defining part of the outlet passageway. The region is configured to create a venturi effect at the air inlet when the liquid passes through the region so that air is drawn into the outlet passageway from the air inlet and a mixture of air and liquid is discharged from the outlet passageway. A dishwasher system incorporating such a spray arm assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Mitchell, Errin Whitney Gnadinger, Ronald Scott Tarr, Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 9010270
    Abstract: Provided is a coating device including: a substrate carrying unit which rotatably holds a substrate while the substrate is upright and is able to dispose the held substrate at a first position and a second position; an application unit which includes a liquid material nozzle ejecting a liquid material to each of first and second surfaces of the substrate disposed at the first position; and a removal unit which includes an accommodation mechanism accommodating a part of the peripheral edge portion of the substrate disposed at the second position and a cleaning liquid ejection mechanism ejecting a cleaning liquid to the peripheral edge portion and removes the liquid material of the peripheral edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato, Tsutomu Sahoda, Kenji Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9004086
    Abstract: A processing chamber for post-wet-etch removing of drying fluid (DF) is disclosed. The chamber includes a chamber wall surrounding a processing volume and a plurality of nozzles disposed annularly about the processing volume and arranged into a set of nozzle rows that includes at least one nozzle row. The chamber also includes a plenum and a set of manifolds coupled to the plurality of nozzles to deliver the supercritical CO2 to the plurality of nozzles. Each nozzle has a nozzle outlet directed toward an interior portion of the processing volume and the nozzles are configured to flow the supercritical CO2 toward the substrates in a manner that minimizes recirculation loops and vortices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ronda K. Nixon, Iqbal A. Shareef, Mark I. Wagner, Robert McAndrew, Tony Ray Kroeker
  • Patent number: 9004085
    Abstract: A dishwashing machine including a dishwasher rack that assumes at least two different height positions; a spraying device to apply washing liquor to items to be washed, wherein the spraying device is assigned to the dishwasher rack; a hydraulic system to supply the spraying device with washing liquor; and a coupling with at least two openings to provide a liquid-conducting connection between the hydraulic system and the spraying device at the at least two different height positions and at at least two tilt positions. The at least two different height positions and the at least two tilt positions are assigned to at least one of the at least two openings to establish the liquid-conducting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Barwig, Bernd Heisele, Norbert Näβler, Anton Oblinger, Karl Wirth
  • Patent number: 8997999
    Abstract: A rotating pressure washing stand for spa or pool filter that includes an open-topped cylindrical housing having a vertical rod centrally disposed therein, a buoyant base disc insertable around said rod, said buoyant base disc configured to releasably support an extant pool or spa filter thereon, wherein water pressurized through a pressure washer is forcibly ejected from a plurality of nozzles disposed in a spiral around the housing into the interior of the housing, said plurality of nozzles including a lowermost nozzle oriented to directionally jet water and rotationally engage a plurality of fin members disposed on a bottom surface of the base disc, whereby a filter is rotated and cleaned inside the housing without a user having to scrub the filter or bend over so to do.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Robert DeRenzis, Sharon DeRenzis
  • Patent number: 8985126
    Abstract: A wash arm arrangement (20) for a dishwasher is disclosed. The wash arm arrangement comprises a central arm (21) adapted to be rotatably connected with a first shaft (23) through which liquid under pressure is fed into the central arm during operation. A second shaft (24) is arranged on the central arm to provide liquid to a satellite arm (22) which is rotatably connected with the second shaft. The satellite arm comprises a collimating nozzle (25) with an exit. The collimating nozzle is arranged for providing a collimated jet for distributing liquid to a washing area of the dishwasher. The inventive concept is based on an understanding that by utilizing a collimated liquid jet with sufficient pressure and flow a good cleaning performance is achieved with a reduced water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Sarah Förster, Anders Haegermarck, Niklas Olson
  • Patent number: 8985127
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a transport drive and control system arranged for autonomous movement of the robot over a floor for performing cleaning operations. The robot chassis carries a first cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arranged to suction loose particulates up from the cleaning surface and a second cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arraigned to apply a cleaning fluid onto the surface and to thereafter collect the cleaning fluid up from the surface after it has been used to clean the surface. The robot chassis carries a supply of cleaning fluid and a waste container for storing waste materials collected up from the cleaning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Stefanos Konandreas, Andrew Ziegler, Christopher John Morse
  • Publication number: 20150075568
    Abstract: A method of cleaning tableware in an automatic dishwashing machine comprising: 1) allowing a mist of a cleaning product, wherein the cleaning product has been atomized to a size wherein greater than 95% of the particles have a diameter less than 2 microns, to contact the food soiled tableware to be cleaned; and 2) removing the food soil on the tableware by using a cleaning fluid; and wherein the second step is to be performed after the first step. A dishwasher comprising a device capable of atomising a cleaning product, wherein the device is capable of atomizing the cleaning product such that greater than 95% of the particles are less than 2 microns in diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Philip Skop, Edmund Pedley, Malcolm McKechnie, John Wasonga
  • Publication number: 20150068559
    Abstract: A cleaning method using vaporized solvent is provided. A solvent-containing vapor is generated, wherein the solvent-containing vapor comprises a solvent. The solvent-containing vapor is conducted to a substrate having debris or contaminants to clean the substrate, wherein the solvent-containing vapor condenses to form a liquid on a surface of the substrate. The liquid phase of the solvent-containing vapor is changed to a solid phase. The solid phase of the solvent-containing vapor is changed back to a liquid phase. The substrate is spun dried to remove the solvent-containing vapor in liquid phase and any debris or contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Albert Po Chia Chen, Kuo-Sheng Chuang, Chi-Ming Yang
  • Publication number: 20150068556
    Abstract: A device (1) for removing a coating, particularly a photoresist, from a substrate (10) in at least one area of the substrate (10), comprises a nozzle (11) suitable for applying a jet of a solution medium to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Pirmin Muffler