Miscellaneous Patents (Class 134/201)
  • Patent number: 10463310
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing data processing and control for use in a medical communication system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Alan Hayter
  • Patent number: 10280248
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a polyurethane sealant, which comprises mixing (a) polyisocyanate, (b) polyetherpolyols, (c) aliphatic, exclusively amine initiated alkoxylation products having an OH-number of 400 to 1000 mg KOH/g and a functionality of 4, (d) blowing agents and optionally (e) chain extenders and/or crosslinking agents, (f) catalysts and (g) auxiliaries and/or additives to give a reaction mixture and reacting the reaction mixture to give the polyurethane sealant. The present invention further relates to a cast in place polyurethane sealant, obtained according to a process according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Yue Xia Feng, Cheun Gwo Chen, Andreas Emge, Jia Liang Di
  • Patent number: 10240247
    Abstract: To provide an anode holder and a plating apparatus including the same, the anode holder being configured to prevent additives and black films from spreading by moving between an internal space in which an anode is provided and an external space. An anode holder 60 according to the present invention includes: an internal space 61 that houses an anode therein; a diaphragm configured so as to cover a front face of the internal space 61; a hole 71 that is formed on an external surface of the anode holder and which communicates with the internal space 61; and a valve 91 that seals the hole 71 shut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Yahagi, Masaaki Kimura, Junichiro Tsujino
  • Patent number: 10231599
    Abstract: A lower rack assembly for a dishwasher appliance includes a lower rack and a lift assembly connected to the lower rack. The lift assembly includes a gear assembly that includes an output spur gear and an input drive gear, and includes a first arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the first arm pivotally coupled to the lower rack, the second end of the first arm coupled to the output spur gear. Movement of the input drive gear causes movement of the lower rack along the transverse direction between a retracted position wherein the lower rack is within the wash chamber and an extended position wherein the lower rack is positioned outside of the wash chamber and along the vertical direction between a lowered position and a raised position wherein the raised position is above the lowered position along the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Kulkarni, Thana Pratap Tirunagari
  • Patent number: 10000884
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a washing machine capable of realizing a circulation function and a bubble function at the same time. The washing machine includes a main body, a tub provided in the main body, a pump provided to circulate wash water into the tub, and a circulation bubble unit provided on a flowing route of the wash water flowing out from the pump, wherein the circulation bubble unit is provided to be connected with the tub, and includes a first fluid path provided so that some of the wash water flowing out from the pump is circulated into the tub, and a second fluid path provided to generate bubbles in the wash water using another some of the wash water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-Suk Bang, Hyun Sook Kim, Yun Joo Chang, Bo-Ram Lee, Ji-Yu Lee
  • Patent number: 9668634
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash container for receiving items to be washed and a front frame which has an open bottom and an upper frame run and is disposed in surrounding relationship to a front loading opening of the wash container. The front frame has a cross-sectional profile and is provided with at least one height stop that projects beyond the cross-sectional profile in height and is configured as a tab in the upper frame run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Becker, Daniel Delle, Jürgen Kratzer
  • Patent number: 9649815
    Abstract: A printing system includes a housing, a track supported by the housing, and a cart which rides along the track. The printing system also includes print heads which eject material onto the cart. To prevent material from inadvertently accumulating on the track and the housing, the cart also includes a wiper configured to wipe the material from at least a portion of the housing. The printing system also includes at least one collection tray configured to direct and/or collect the material wiped from the housing. The printing system further includes a coating applied to outer surfaces of at least some of the elements of the housing, the track, and the cart to further prevent the material from inadvertently accumulating on the track and the housing. The coating can be a siloxyfluorocarbon coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Atwood, Timothy P. Foley, Elizabeth M. Crossen, Annie Liu, David S. Derleth, Matthew D. Savoy, Frank B. Tamarez Gomez
  • Patent number: 9499921
    Abstract: The process for manufacturing a silicon wafer includes steps for mounting a float zone silicon work piece for exfoliation, energizing a microwave device for generating an energized beam sufficient for penetrating an outer surface layer of the float zone silicon work piece, exfoliating the outer surface layer of the float zone silicon work piece with the energized beam, and removing the exfoliated outer surface layer from the float zone silicon work piece as the silicon wafer having a thickness less than 100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Rayton Solar Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew X. Yakub, James Benjamin Rosenzweig, Mark Stanley Goorsky
  • Patent number: 9226621
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is a sink splash guard that easily attaches and detaches to a sink to prevent water from splashing onto a person washing hands or utensils in the sink. The panel of the sink splash guard is made of a flexible plastic so that it folds over itself and includes means to attach to itself, such that the user has the option to fold the splash guard out of the way or remove it, when it is not needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Wayne David Jones, David D. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 9186036
    Abstract: The application relates to a dishwasher (10) which comprises: a washing chamber (12) with a top wall (18), a vertical back wall (14), two opposing vertical side walls (16), a water-collecting bottom (20) at its lower end, a frontal access opening (22) for loading articles to be cleaned, and a door (23) for closing said access opening, at least one basket (24) for accommodating the articles to be cleaned, wherein the basket is laterally supported for sliding movement out of and into the washing chamber on a pair of guide rails (30) which are opposingly arranged inside the washing chamber, and a dispenser (38, 40; 48) for providing an additive to cleaning water to be circulated within the washing chamber. In accordance with the invention the dispenser (38, 40; 48) is provided within one of the guide rails (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Franz-Josef Wipperfurth, Knut Schneider
  • Patent number: 9119523
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance with a tub that defines a wash chamber is provided. A rack assembly is received within the wash chamber and includes a projection that extends from a front of the rack assembly. The projection is configured to engage a door of the dishwasher appliance and position the rack assembly in a retracted position when the door is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew McDaniel, Darrell W. Shewmaker, Ryan James Diener, William Nathan Garnett, Daniel J. Hart, Carl Joseph Rhodes, Jr., Rebecca Ann Eakins
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150097472
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub with a sidewall. A vent is attached to the sidewall of the tub. An inlet line is disposed outside the sidewall and is attached to the vent. The inlet line provides water to the tub through the sidewall. An insulation blanket is disposed over the tub sidewall and the vent. A water vapor path extends from the vent to at least an edge of the insulation blanket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony L. Rockwell
  • Patent number: 8997762
    Abstract: An automatic wax removing device includes a base, a heating plate, a cooling plate, a first actuator, a second actuator, and an operation plate. The base includes a base plate and a framework. The heating plate is arranged on the base plate. The cooling plate is arranged on the base plate and separated from the heating plate. The first actuator includes a sliding rail and a elongated sliding member on the sliding rail. The sliding rail is fixed on the frame and parallel with the heating plate. The second actuator includes a main body and a rotation shaft arranged on the main body. The main body is slideable along the length of the sliding member. One end of the rotation shaft is connected to the main body. The operation plate is fixed to the other end of the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Publication number: 20150059813
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for salvaging red blood cells from patients during a surgical procedure. In one general aspect, a system is described for extracting blood from blood-soaked absorbent surgical materials such as surgical sponges, gauze, tape, and the like. The collected blood and fluids from these materials can be transferred to a cell salvage machine for harvesting viable red blood cells for autotransfusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Cyclone Medtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150027502
    Abstract: Provided are a washing device and a washing method that can remove burnt body fluid adhered to a medical instrument. The washing device can remove the burned component which adhered to a tip end portion of a surgical instrument by applying a physical force caused by the pressure of cleaning agent-dissolved water ejected from a cleaning nozzle member in addition to a chemical force caused by a cleaning agent contained in the cleaning agent-dissolved water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yamamoto, Kohichi Tamura, Yohichi Furukawa, Tomoyuki Kanzaki
  • Publication number: 20150028224
    Abstract: There is described a cleaning system for a radiation source. The cleaning system comprises: (i) a cleaning chamber housing; (ii) a cleaning cartridge removably disposed in the cleaning chamber housing; and (iii) an endcap element removably coupled to the cleaning chamber housing. The cleaning cartridge comprises a first sealing element and a second sealing element, the first sealing element and the second sealing element configured to provide a substantially fluid tight seal with respect to an exterior surface of the radiation source. A radiation source module and a fluid treatment system comprising the radiation source module are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Trojan Technologies
    Inventors: Jeffrey Thomas Barker, Wesley From, Ed Kambulow
  • Publication number: 20150005216
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of solutions containing glutamic acid N,N-diacetic acid or a salt thereof (GLDA) and/or methylglycine N,N-diacetic acid or a salt thereof (MGDA) in treating subterranean formations, wherein the solutions contact carbon steel-containing equipment, and to a system containing a carbon steel-containing material in contact with a solution containing glutamic acid N,N-diacetic acid or a salt thereof (GLDA) and/or methylglycine N,N-diacetic acid or a salt thereof (MGDA), at elevated temperatures and/or employing carbon steel types as usually found in subterranean formations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Akzo Nobel Chemicals International B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelia Adriana De Wolf, Albertus Jacobus Maria Bouwman, Hisham Nasr-El-Din
  • Publication number: 20140366917
    Abstract: A cleaning system configured to use a hydrogen peroxide solution to clean contact lenses. The cleaning system includes a reservoir to hold the cleaning solution and a complex base coupled to the reservoir to insure a hermetically closed reservoir environment. The complex base is separated into at least a first and a second segment. A lens holder assembly holds the lenses within the solution and is coupled to the complex base in the first segment. A motor is located in the second segment of the complex base to selectively introduce a catalyst to the cleaning solution. The cleaning system has additional features that permit the system to allow for the storage of the contact lenses by converting a neutralized cleaning solution into a storage solution to prevent recontamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yoseph YAACOBI
  • Publication number: 20140261537
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and systems for cleaning a scrub brush of a scrubber utilized in semiconductor fabrication are provided. In particular, a charge modification element, such as a base pH material or ammonia, is applied to the scrub brush to modify a charge of a particle on the scrub brush to a modified charge. The modified charge of the particle is similar to a charge of the scrub brush, such that the particle and the scrub brush repel one another. The particle can be detached from the scrub brush utilizing various techniques such as a de-ionized water technique or a mechanical cleaning bar technique. In this way, one or more particles can be detached from the scrub brush to clean the scrub brush of particles so that the scrub brush can be used to clean a semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
  • Patent number: 8833381
    Abstract: A decorating tip cleaning apparatus includes a first frame member having opposed front and rear edges and a second frame member having opposed front and rear edges. The rear edges of the frame members are pivotally coupled together such that the first and the second frame members are movable between a closed configuration at which the front edges, respectively, are generally adjacent one another and an open configuration at which the front edges, respectively, are separated from one another. The first and second frame members include a mesh material extending between respective front and rear edges. The mesh material of the first frame member defines a plurality of apertures spaced apart from one another, each aperture being configured to receive a decorating tip partially therethrough. Each aperture is configured to receive only a portion of a respective decorating tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Moore
  • Patent number: 8834650
    Abstract: A system for cleaning a site of a medical implement is disclosed. The system can include a strip of flexible material and a plurality of cleaning devices attached to the strip. Each cleaning device can include a cap, one or more protrusions, and a cleaning agent. The cap can be selectively removable from the strip of flexible material and can have an inner cavity that is sealed when the cleaning device is attached to the strip and unsealed upon removal of the cleaning device from the strip. The inner cavity can receive a site of the medical implement. The one or more protrusions can extend inwardly from the inner cavity and can engage corresponding protrusions on the site of the medical implement. The cleaning agent can occupy at least some of the inner cavity and can be formulated to clean the site of the medical implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ivera Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Bobby E. Rogers, Paul DiPerna
  • Publication number: 20140256025
    Abstract: A composition for cleaning a medical instrument having a surface at least partially covered by a biofilm. The composition may include a first enzyme having a weight of less than about 10% of the total weight of the composition, a second enzyme having a weight of less than about 10% of the total weight of the composition, and a surfactant having a weight less than about 10% of the total weight of the composition. The second enzyme may be different from the first enzyme. Additionally, the composition may have a pH ranging from about 4 to about 12, and the composition may be configured to remove greater than about 90% of the biofilm from the medical instrument in less than about 10 minutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: RUHOF CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc B. Esquenet, Bernard E. Esquenet, Lee A. Ruvinsky, Alcides Martinez
  • Patent number: 8807151
    Abstract: A household appliance including a mounting aid that has at least two functional parts that are separated from one another by at least one separation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Cengiz Kücük, Michael Lugert, Martin Stickel, Wilhelm Thibaut
  • Publication number: 20140194586
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of reducing type IV rubber allergy of synthetic rubber latex products caused by chemical residues remaining after manufacture of the synthetic rubber products by reducing levels of chemical residues found for said products, said method comprising the steps of: subjecting said products to a wash in a strong alkaline solution to remove the chemical residues remaining after manufacture of the rubber latex products, and a system for reducing type IV allergenicity of synthetic rubber products caused by chemical residues remaining after manufacture of the synthetic rubber latex products by reducing residual levels of chemical residues found for said products, and a product, such as a glove, manufactured from synthetic rubber latex processed in accordance with the method and/or using the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Michiel Inno Paping, Karen-Marlies Schenck
  • Publication number: 20140174468
    Abstract: Provided are a cleaning device that may be applied to a manufacturing equipment without stopping operations of the equipment, a cleaning method, and a method of manufacturing a device. The cleaning device includes: a frame substrate configured to frame the cleaning device; a first functional membrane on a first surface of the frame substrate; and a second functional membrane on a second surface of the frame substrate, which is opposite to the first surface. The cleaning method includes: positioning a cleaning device including a frame substrate and functional membranes formed on opposite surfaces of the frame substrate on a support configured to support a substrate, during a semiconductor manufacturing process or a display manufacturing process on the substrate; maintaining the positioning of the cleaning device on the support for a predetermined time period; and removing the cleaning device from the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Jeong-Yong PARK, Sang-Kyu PARK, Seok-Ju PARK, Min-Kyu BANG, Un-Myung SHIN
  • Patent number: 8757190
    Abstract: A cleaning system for cleaning one or more valve seats in a valve and for cleaning one or more interior surfaces of said valve with a cleaning agent, where said cleaning system are preferably arranged in a mixproof valve (1) consisting of at least a valve body (2), one or more valve seats (5, 9), a first valve plug (4) with a first stem (6) and a second valve plug (8) with a second stem (10), the second valve plug having a central hollow part (11) for guiding the first stem. Said cleaning system has nozzle means (17) for creating two different spray patterns, said nozzle means being arranged between and/or on the first stem and the hollow central part of the second valve plug, where a first spray pattern is primarily used for cleaning the interior surfaces of said valve and where a second spray pattern is primarily used for cleaning one or more of said valve seats, while the valve is open between a product area (14) and a drain area (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Jesper Bak Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20140158299
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a multi-chamber semiconductor processing apparatus including at least two micro chambers for receiving and processing a semiconductor wafer. Each micro chamber includes an upper chamber portion defining an upper working surface and a lower chamber portion defining a lower working surface. The upper chamber portion and the lower chamber portion are relatively movable between an open position for loading or removing the semiconductor wafer and a closed position for receiving and processing the semiconductor wafer. Compared with the prior art, the multi-chamber semiconductor processing apparatus of the present disclosure are provided with a plurality of micro chambers in a longitudinal direction, which enables the multi-chamber semiconductor processing apparatus to carry out single-wafer chemical processing on a plurality of semiconductor wafers at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: WUXI HUAYING MICROELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Sophia Wen
  • Publication number: 20140144465
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning system has a first processing apparatus including a first holding device for holding a substrate, and a treatment solution supply device for supplying onto the entire portion of the front surface of the substrate a treatment solution which includes a volatile component and solidifies or is cured to form a treatment film, and a second processing apparatus including a second holding device for holding the substrate, and a removal-solution supply device for supplying onto the substrate a removal solution which removes the treatment film formed on the front surface of the substrate after the treatment solution supplied by the treatment solution supply device solidifies or is cured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Miyako KANEKO, Takehiko Orii, Itaru Kanno
  • Patent number: 8734597
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a segmental ultrasonic cleaning apparatus configured to remove scales and/or sludge deposited on a tube sheet. The segmental ultrasonic cleaning apparatus includes a plurality of segment groups arranged in a ring shape on a top surface of a tube sheet along an inner wall of the steam generator, in which each of the segment groups includes an ultrasonic element segment and a guide rail support segment loosely connected to each other by metal wires through hand holes located at a lower portion of the steam generator, such that ultrasound waves radiated from an ultrasonic transducer in each of the ultrasonic element segments travels along the surface of the tube sheet, with the segment groups tightly connected in the ring shape by tightening the metal wires via wire pulleys of flange units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Tae Kim, Woo Tae Jeong, Hee Geun Kim, Tae Young Kong
  • Publication number: 20140130979
    Abstract: A cleaning and purifying apparatus 40 cleans a cleaning object 51 in cleaning liquid generated by a plasma generator 1 and pours liquid from a water injection portion 60 toward the cleaning object 51 at the end of cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wataru Sanematsu
  • Patent number: 8596287
    Abstract: A cleaning tank apparatus and methods for cleaning workpieces are described. The cleaning tank may include an outlet plate having a top edge and a bottom edge, with the outlet plate having a plurality of rows of outlet openings. The plurality of rows of outlet openings including a first row of outlet openings being closest to the top edge of the outlet plate, and a second row of outlet openings below the first row of outlet openings, wherein at least one of the outlet openings of the first row is larger than the outlet openings of the second row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: WD Media, LLC
    Inventors: Chaoyuan C. Chen, Bing-Shiuan Chang
  • Patent number: 8567418
    Abstract: A package for delivering a cleaning solution to a surface to be cleaned comprises a housing, a pocket in the housing having at least one piercing projection extending into the pocket and a passageway between the pocket and the surface to be cleaned beneath the housing. A sealed packet containing a cleaning solution can be configured to fit into the pocket and can have at least a portion of an outer surface thereof adapted to be pierced by the at least one piercing projection when the packet is placed in the pocket. The cleaning solution can be discharged from the packet when the packet is positioned in the pocket and the packet is pierced by the at least one piercing projection. The cleaning solution can then be dispensed through the passageway onto a surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Reed, Jr., Eric J. Hansen, Douglas J. Medema
  • Publication number: 20130276836
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning paint roller sleeves comprises an open top drum (2) having a base and side walls for holding a quantity of liquid; a detachable cover (3) for sealing said open top drum; and a removable section (11) comprising a plurality of vertical substantially cylindrical compartments (12) for receiving paint roller sleeves and having a central vertical substantially cylindrical compartment (14). The base of the removable section is positioned above the base of the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Patrick Fahy, Hugh O'Donoghue
  • Publication number: 20130276823
    Abstract: Silicon plates can be cleaned, rinsed and dried by hyperbaric superheated liquid and superheated steam. The superheated liquid can be used to clean and rinse the silicon plates after being saw from a silicon block. A slow drain can be open to remove the superheated liquid. A fast drain then can be open, preferably to atmosphere, to allow steam to vent through bottom. The fast drain can function as a drying process, vaporizing water droplets down the drain with the escaping steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Advanced Wet Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Richard W. Plavidal
  • Patent number: 8562752
    Abstract: A process chamber for processing semi-conductor wafers. The chamber includes at least one rotor within the process chamber. The rotor is adapted to receive and/or process semi-conductor wafers. The top of the process chamber also includes a tiltable rim. This rim tilts from a non-inclined position to an inclined position. The wafers may be loaded into and unloaded from the process chamber when the rim is in its inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: APPLIED Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 8505563
    Abstract: It is to improve the washing efficiency of the wash-target and the cleanness of the washing. There is provided a wash-target holder that is soaked in a wash tank by holding at least one wash-target, which comprises a tray for placing the wash-target, wherein a suction hole is provided at a wash-target placing area of the tray, which is opened through the tray for sucking the wash-target from an opposite side of the wash-target placing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Satoyoshi, Katsuro Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8439054
    Abstract: A painting implement cleaning and storage apparatus 10 is provided. The painting implement cleaning and storage apparatus of this invention facilitates the cleaning and storage of painting implements such as a roller 12, a brush 14 and a roller pan 16. The apparatus of this invention is provided with a base support member 18. The roller 12 is supported on the base support member 18 in an upwardly extending diagonal position adjacent a shield 70 for containing paint spreads from the roller in a predetermined confined area. The brush 14 is supported on the base support member in a predetermined upwardly projecting position. A roller pan 16 is coupable to the base support member 18 and supported thereon in a diagonally descending position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Rhines
  • Patent number: 8418703
    Abstract: A device for fitting an object in a dishwasher is provided. The device can be easily integrated as complementary equipment in a large number of the dishwasher racks and provides the user with the possibility of rapidly filling objects and even fitting objects which are non cylindrical in shape. The fixing device comprises a first section designed to be coupled with the rack of a dishwasher, and a second section that extends substantially vertically forming a curve, the first section being designed to be non rotating and to be coupled with a vertical element of the dishwasher rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Schessl, Rainer Schütz
  • Publication number: 20130068267
    Abstract: An applicator, related applicator system, and a method for delivering a self-adhesive material are provided. The applicator includes an outer surface, and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The inner surface of the applicator defines a void that is operable to receive the self-adhesive material. At least a portion of the inner surface releasably adhere the applicator side of the self-adhesive material where the adhesive force between the portion of the inner surface and the applicator side being less than adhesive force between the substrate and the substrate side. The applicator is used by placing the applicator in contact with a substrate, pressing the applicator against the substrate such that the self-adhesive material adheres to the substrate, and releasing the applicator from the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Douglas A. Soller, William J. Rice, Cory J. Nelson, Michael E. Klinkhammer
  • Patent number: 8388764
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for handling an artificial turf arranged on a base. In at least one embodiment, the apparatus includes a removing station for lifting from the base a strip of the artificial turf extending in a longitudinal direction, a separating station for separating filling material from the strip and a winding station for winding the strip onto a shaft. A method is disclosed for handling an artificial turf arranged on a base. In at least one embodiment, the method includes lifting a strip of the artificial turf extending in a longitudinal direction from the base, separating infill material from the strip and winding the strip onto a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: SYDVAC
    Inventor: Ingemar Jonsson
  • Patent number: 8377227
    Abstract: A utensil holder for use in a dishwasher includes a basket including front, rear, bottom and opposing side walls, as well as an upper opening. The rear wall has a height greater than the front wall. A lid member, having a support surface across which are arrayed a plurality of openings, is secured across the upper opening. The plurality of openings receive and arrange utensils to be exposed to a washing operation. A handle member, including first and second upstanding portions interconnected through a cross bar portion, extends from the basket. The cross bar portion includes angled sections that enable a gripping section to be offset. The utensil holder is designed to mount in various configurations to an inner liner of a dishwasher door, or alternatively be supported on a rack in the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Debra L. Bengston, Mark Britton, Heather Hagans, Scott D. Raches, Wayne M. VanLandingham, Christopher W. Vaughn, Karl R. C. Wendt
  • Patent number: 8375965
    Abstract: Inventive methods and systems of cleaning patterned integrated circuit (“IC”) substrates are described. The cleaning methods of the present invention include: (1) providing the patterned integrated circuit substrate having thereon poly silicon lines adjacent to each other; (2) charging a solution, which contains at least a solute selected to promote cleaning of the patterned integrated circuit substrate, to produce a charged solution, wherein at least a portion of the solute is present as clusters in the charged solution; and (3) conveying the charged solution for cleaning the patterned integrated circuit substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nano OM, LLC
    Inventor: Suraj Puri
  • Patent number: 8356610
    Abstract: A dishwasher, in particular a domestic dishwasher having a detergent-solution pump for pumping dirty washing liquid out of a washing compartment; a discharge line connected to the detergent-solution pump on a pressure side thereof; a venting shaft located above the topmost liquid level of the washing compartment in fluid communication with the discharge line; and a first valve operationally disposed within the venting shaft, with the first valve being closed when the detergent-solution pump is operating and open when the detergent-solution pump is not operating, the dishwasher comprising a bypass line for operationally connecting the detergent-solution pump and discharge line, with the bypass line operationally venting the detergent-solution pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Harlacher, Bruno Reiter, Erika Ulrike Ertle, Marion Ertle, Lisa Marie Ertle, Marco Andreas Ertle
  • Patent number: 8347903
    Abstract: A colander/bowl set includes a bowl having at least one indicator; and a colander comprising a plurality of holes, the colander being insertable into the bowl and removably attachable to the bowl. The at least one indicator is a calibrated guide positioned at a height of a maximum amount of water which the colander/bowl set holds, accounting for displacement of water by the colander and by a particular kind of food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Virginia de Raddo
  • Patent number: 8343621
    Abstract: An image removing method including heating a recording material having thereon an image to a temperature so that the image has a plasticity; pressure-contacting an uppermost stream peeling member with the recording material while the image maintains a plasticity; separating the uppermost stream peeling member from the recording material to transfer at least a portion of the image to the uppermost stream peeling member; and repeating the heating, pressure-contacting and separating steps at least one more time using at least one downstream peeling member, wherein the uppermost stream peeling member has a first outermost layer which does not have a plasticity when being pressure-contacted with the recording material, and at least one of the at least one downstream peeling member has a second outermost layer which has a plasticity when being pressure-contacted with the recording material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kakuji Murakami
  • Patent number: 8327862
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising a wash compartment with a base wall that has a retaining contour, and an electronic control module supported by the retaining contour and which controls appliance components in the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Haltmayer, Mathias Herrmann, Stefan Kasbauer, Claus Köther, Martin Weissenburger
  • Patent number: 8313708
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating objects with a treatment gas comprises a treatment chamber, a chamber input through which objects enter the treatment chamber, and a chamber output (which may be the same as the chamber input) through which the objects leave the treatment chamber. The treatment chamber encloses the treatment gas, which can be steam. The chamber output and/or the chamber input include an intermediate medium, such as a liquid, through which the objects pass. The intermediate medium prevents escape of the treatment gas from the treatment chamber and the ingress of external gases into the treatment chamber, while facilitating input of the objects to the chamber, and output of the objects from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventor: Paul N. Walker
  • Patent number: 8313650
    Abstract: A system for regulating a reverse osmosis system to obtain zero wastewater. A reverse osmosis apparatus filters water from the fresh water supply into a concentrate rinse stream and a permeate rinse stream. A concentrate storage tank and a permeate storage tank are downstream of the reverse osmosis apparatus and receive the concentrate rinse stream and the permeate rinse stream, respectively. A concentrate solenoid valve and a permeate solenoid valve control the flow of the concentrate rinse stream and the permeate rinse stream from their respective storage tank. An institutional dishmachine receives the concentrate rinse stream and the permeate rinse stream during a rinse cycle of the institutional dishmachine. A control system is operatively connected to the concentrate solenoid valve and the permeate solenoid valve and control flow of the rinse streams into the institutional dishmachine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lee J. Monsrud, Adrian E. Hartz