Miscellaneous Patents (Class 134/201)
  • Patent number: 11940801
    Abstract: An automatically moving floor treatment appliance has an appliance housing, a drive, a detector for detecting surrounding area features, and a computer that transmits control commands to the drive, based on the surrounding area features detected by the detector. The detector has a plurality of inner and outer fall sensors arranged on an underside of the appliance housing, which detect a distance of the floor treatment appliance from the surface. The computer controls the drive to change a movement of the floor treatment appliance when the distance detected by the fall sensor is greater than a threshold value defining a slope. The fall sensors are interconnected in an evaluation circuit of the detection means so that the detection signals of the totality of inner fall sensors can be evaluated independently of the detection signals of the totality of outer fall sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Andrej Mosebach, Henning Hayn
  • Patent number: 11896176
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to a triggerless extractor surface cleaning device for cleaning a surface in which a cleaning solution is distributed to the surface and extracted using suction along with dirt and/or debris on the surface in a continuous operation as the extractor moves along the surface. The extractor further comprises an encoder positioned adjacent a wheel of the extractor for detecting a rotational direction and speed of the wheel to generate a signal. Based on receiving the signal, a controller controls operation of a valve to situationally distribute the cleaning solution to the surface depending on a forward rotation of the wheel and independent of user actuation of a trigger positioned on a handle used to propel the extractor along the surface. Distribution of the cleaning solution can be further optimized based on the detected rotational speed of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Patrick Diana, Douglas M. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 11872709
    Abstract: A shaving system comprises a shaving device and a cleaning device. The shaving device has an orientation sensor for generating an output signal representing the orientation of the shaving device. The cleaning device supports the shaving device in a cleaning position with a predefined cleaning orientation. The cleaning device is controlled to operate according to a predefined cleaning program for cleaning the shaving unit when the orientation sensed by the orientation sensor corresponds to said predefined cleaning orientation. This shaving device thus makes use of an orientation sensor to identify when the shaving device is in a cleaning orientation. This gives a low cost sensing solution and enables a single user input button to be used for operating the shaving device and for starting a cleaning program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Tim Mengerink, Johannes Antonius Jansen, Oedilius Johannes Bisschop, Jeroen Christian Nijdam
  • Patent number: 11867008
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and systems, including computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and computer systems, for monitoring the flow of drilling mud from a wellbore by image processing. One method includes: capturing, using a digital imaging device, images of drilling mud at a surface of the wellbore as the drilling mud flows through one or more image capture zones of a circulation system that circulates drilling mud through the wellbore and a wellbore drilling assembly; receiving, by one or more processors of a computer system operatively coupled to the digital imaging device, the images captured by the digital imaging device; and processing, by the one or more processors, the images captured by the digital imaging device to determine a rate of flow of the drilling mud through the one or more image capture zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Arturo Magana Mora, Chinthaka Pasan Gooneratne, Michael Affleck, William Contreras Otalvora
  • Patent number: 11848189
    Abstract: A substrate processing method includes supplying a developing liquid configured to form a resist pattern onto a surface of a substrate on which a resist film is formed; performing multiple cycles of a cleaning processing of supplying a modifying liquid containing a modifying agent having a hydrophilic group onto the surface of the substrate on which the resist pattern is formed and supplying a rinse liquid configured to remove the modifying liquid onto the surface of the substrate; and drying the surface of the substrate after performing the multiple cycles of the cleaning processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Takahiro Shiozawa, Hiroki Tadatomo, Akiko Kai, Hiroshi Ichinomiya
  • Patent number: 11806921
    Abstract: A system and method of retroactively lining a vertical trash chute in a building. A tubular fabric liner is provided having a first open end and a second open end. The tubular fabric liner is infused with a resin. A first plug assembly is attached to the first open end. The tubular fabric liner is pulled through the vertical trash chute to position the tubular fabric liner in the trash chute. A second plug assembly is attached to the second open end. The tubular fabric liner is inflated. As it expands, the tubular fabric liner presses against the interior of the trash chute. This condition is maintained until the resin cures and bonds the tubular fabric liner to the trash chute. Once cured, the plug assemblies are removed, the tubular fabric liner is trimmed, and trash chute access openings are cut through the cured liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: US Chute Lining, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Bowman, Ford C. Bowman
  • Patent number: 11719464
    Abstract: A drain cleaner apparatus for dispensing a cleaning composition into a condensate drain line of an air handler of an air conditioning system. The drain cleaner apparatus includes an apparatus reservoir configured to hold the cleaning composition, a connector interface configured to couple with the condensate drain line to cause an apparatus outlet of the drain cleaner apparatus to be in fluid communication with an opening of the condensate drain line, a dispenser device that is configured to be actuated to selectively dispense an amount of the cleaning composition from the apparatus reservoir and through the apparatus outlet, and a controller configured to actuate the dispenser device to cause the amount of the cleaning composition to be dispensed through the apparatus outlet without manual intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Inventor: Joseph McDonnell
  • Patent number: 11696669
    Abstract: A holder for holding washware in a dish rack of a household dishwasher includes a holding element fastenable on a side wall of the dish rack for pivoting about a vertical axis in a first pivoting direction and a second pivoting direction in opposition to the first pivoting direction. The holding element is designed to block the holding element from pivoting in the first pivoting direction and in the second pivoting direction when the holding element assumes a holding position in which the washware is held and the holding element is pivoted away from the side wall in the holding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Held, Martin Siddiqui-Baeumert
  • Patent number: 11668881
    Abstract: A cleaning stick guide for an optical housing having ferrules therein. The cleaning stick guide includes a guide housing having a proximal end and a distal end. The guide housing includes an insert portion sized and shaped to be inserted into the optical housing. The insert portion defines the distal end of the guide housing. The guide housing includes guide passageways. Each guide passageway extends from the proximal end to the distal end. Each guide passageway is arranged in the guide housing to align with one of the ferrules in the optical housing when the guide housing is inserted into the optical housing. Each guide passageway is sized and shaped to receive a cleaning stick and to guide the cleaning stick to said one ferrule for cleaning the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Kenji Iizumi
  • Patent number: 11618696
    Abstract: An antimicrobial supply system employs a process water supply and incorporates a metallic ion supply connected to the process water supply to provide a high ion concentrate to an output. A dilution reservoir is connected to the metallic ion supply output and has an input from the process water supply. A pump is connected to an output of the reservoir. A manifold connected to the pump provides a dilute concentrate to at least one washing system and a recirculation loop to the dilution reservoir for enhanced mixing of the dilute concentrate. An electronics control module is connected to a first flow controller between the process water supply and the metallic ion supply and a second flow controller between the metallic ion supply and the reservoir for dilution control establishing a desired metallic ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Applied Silver, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Brown, Sean Morham
  • Patent number: 11617491
    Abstract: A dishwasher with an improved door structure. The dishwasher includes a cabinet having a washing tub and a door installed at one side of the cabinet to open and close the washing tub, wherein the door includes a door member in which an electrical component is installed, a handle member installed on the door member to form a handle, and a water discharge channel allowing water to be discharged to outside of the door through the door member and the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Kitae Park, Youngjae Kim, Youngsu Ser, Changwook Lee
  • Patent number: 11534037
    Abstract: An example sheet product dispenser includes a housing with a base portion and a loading door. A motor drives a base portion roller or a loading door roller to cause dispensing of the sheet product along a sheet product path and through an outlet. A pump is in fluid communication with a liquid reservoir and a spray mechanism, and is configured to cause liquid from the reservoir to spray onto the sheet product through the spray mechanism prior to dispensing. A controller is configured to determine whether to operate in either a dry mode or a wet mode based on user input provided. When in the dry mode, the controller causes the motor to operate to dispense dry sheet product. When in the wet mode, the controller causes the motor to operate and the pump to operate to dispense wetted sheet product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Johnson, Timothy Andrew Robertson, Ted Allen Casper, Matthew Keith Florian Williquette
  • Patent number: 11499258
    Abstract: A first irrigation assembly includes a base plate having an upwardly curved sidewall and a planar annular peripheral flange. Spray outlets on the upwardly curved sidewall provide liquid spray to exterior portions of a wetsuit at a plurality of spray angles. Spray outlets on the annular peripheral flange provide liquid spray to exterior portions of the wetsuit at spray angles different from the spray angles of the spray outlets on the upwardly curved sidewall. A second irrigation assembly includes first and second curved pipes and an upper piping arrangement having major external surfaces. First and second flow junctions provide fluid flow connection between the curved pipes and the upper piping arrangement. Spray outlets arranged along the major external surfaces of the curved pipes and the upper piping arrangement provide liquid spray to upper and lower interior rear and front portions of the wetsuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: M.A.S. BULLY LTD.
    Inventor: Maor Dayan
  • Patent number: 11490777
    Abstract: A mop cleaning device includes an outer bucket, a water pump, a big cavity and a small cavity, wherein the big cavity and the small cavity are used for storing liquid, and the water volume of the big cavity is greater than that of the small cavity; the big cavity communicates with the small cavity, a valve for controlling communication of the big cavity and the small cavity is arranged between the big cavity and the small cavity, the water pump communicates with the small cavity and pumps water from the small cavity, and the outer bucket is provided with a support abutting against a mop head of a mop; and when the mop is cleaned, the valve is controlled to close a water passage between the big cavity and the small cavity, and the water pump pumps water from the small cavity to the mop to fulfill cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Ju Hong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11445823
    Abstract: A sliding-pivoting mechanism of a shelf of a piece of furniture or of a household appliance for extracting and raising the shelf out of a body of the piece of furniture or of the household appliance is provided. The mechanism includes at least two pivot arms of a pivoting mechanism, which are rotatably fixed by a first end to at least one of the side walls of the body, parallel to the plane of the side walls, and which are arranged parallel to and at a distance from each other. At respective second ends of the pivot arms, a guide rail of a sliding mechanism is pivotably fixed parallel to the plane of the side walls such that the guide rail is pivotable from a lower position within the body into a raised, upper position at least partially outside the body, at least one running rail that is linearly displaceable in the guide rail and to which the shelf is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: PAUL HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Benjamin Bextermöller, David Krüger, Arnold Gurr
  • 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
    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
    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
    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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
    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