Including Use Of Vacuum, Suction, Or Inert Atmosphere Patents (Class 134/21)
  • Patent number: 10242778
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of rare earth magnet based on heat treatment of fine powder includes the following: an alloy for the rare earth magnet is firstly coarsely crushed and then finely crushed by jet milling to obtain a fine powder; the fine powder is heated in vacuum or in inert gas atmosphere at a temperature of 100° C.˜1000° C. for 6 minutes to 24 hours; then the fine powder is compacted under a magnet field and is sintered in vacuum or in inert gas atmosphere at a temperature of 950° C.˜1140° C. to obtain a sintered magnet; and machining the sintered magnet to obtain a magnet; then the magnet performs a RH grain boundary diffusion at a temperature of 700° C.˜1020° C. An oxidation film forms on the surface of all of the powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nagata, Chonghu Wu
  • Patent number: 10242779
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an alloy powder for rare earth magnet and the rare earth magnet based on heat treatment includes the following: an alloy of the rare earth magnet is firstly coarsely crushed and then finely crushed by jet milling to obtain a fine powder; the fine powder is obtained by being heated in vacuum or in inert gas atmosphere at a temperature of 100° C.˜1000° C. for 6 minutes to 24 hours. The heat treatment of fine powder is performed after the process of finely crushed jet milling before the process of compacting under a magnetic field, so that the sintering property of the powder is changed drastically, and it obtains a magnet with a high coercivity, a high squareness and a high heat resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nagata, Chonghu Wu
  • Patent number: 10195303
    Abstract: A method of removing a liquid from a container (1) for accommodating an ophthalmic contact lens, in particular a soft contact lens, during transporting the container (1) from a liquid bath (13) to a subsequent processing station (14), the method including the steps of: transporting the container (1) from the liquid bath to the subsequent processing station, generating suction (20), and applying the suction (20) to a bottom (11) of the container (1) during the step of transporting the container (1) from the liquid bath to the subsequent processing station, thereby removing the liquid from the container (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Roger Biel, Andrea Kopp, Katrin Sylke Struckmeier, Michael Stutz
  • Patent number: 10130978
    Abstract: Crude oil is discharged from an oil tank. A nozzle is inserted into a support opening formed in advance on a roof of the oil tank. A cleaning liquid containing LCO is injected from the nozzle over the sludge accumulated inside the oil tank after the crude oil is discharged from the oil tank. The cleaning liquid in which the sludge is dissolved is discharged from the oil tank and is returned to the oil tank for recycle cleaning. Subsequently, the cleaning liquid in which the sludge is dissolved is discharged from the oil tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Kawakami, Guiqing Xu, Masayuki Kidokoro, Yasuo Uchida, Masanao Kato, Masanao Mitsuhata, Shouzou Sugihara, Tsukasa Mitsuta, Takayuki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10092935
    Abstract: A device and a method for ejecting a fluid are provided. The device comprises a main pipe, a rotatable housing connected to the main pipe and a hub provided with a nozzle. The hub is rotatably connected to the housing. The fluid is arranged to be conveyed through the main pipe and the housing to said nozzle for ejection of the fluid, and the hub is arranged to rotate about an axis arranged with an angle ? in relation to a longitudinal axis of the main pipe. The angle ? between the axes is arranged to vary between 90?? and 90+?, 2???45, when the housing rotates one revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Bo Boye Busk Jensen
  • Patent number: 10081038
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of cleaning the condenser coil subassembly of an air conditioning apparatus and a bag apparatus for achieving that result. The invention envisions placing a flexible bag construction over and generally around such subassembly, but not over or around the subassembly containing the other components of the air conditioner. This bag has an adjustable mouth portion that will fit over the condenser coil subassembly and also has respective hole means to allow the entry of compressed air and exit of vacuum air, respectively, to and from the enclosed area surrounding the condenser coil subassembly. When the bag is appropriately in place over the subassembly to be cleaned, compressed air is supplied to the enclosed area to loosen and remove debris from the coils while vacuum air is also supplied to remove the debris from the enclosed area to thereby resulting in a cleaning of the condenser coil subassembly without contaminating the area outside the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Coil Pod LLC
    Inventor: Jacob F. Steinmann
  • Patent number: 10010900
    Abstract: A material deposition system is configured to deposit material on an electronic substrate, such as a printed circuit board. The material deposition system includes a frame, a support coupled to the frame and configured to support an electronic substrate during a deposit operation, a gantry coupled to the frame, and two deposition heads coupled to the gantry. Each deposition head includes a needle, with the deposition heads being movable over the support by movement of the gantry. The material deposition system further includes a needle cleaner assembly movable on a needle cleaner gantry, with the needle cleaner assembly being configured to clean needles of the deposition heads. The material deposition system further includes a controller configured to control the operation of the needle cleaner assembly to perform a needle cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Rita Mohanty, Robert W. Tracy, Scott A. Reid
  • Patent number: 9999332
    Abstract: A floor cleaning machine is provided, in particular a hand-guided and/or hand-held floor cleaning machine, including a support device, at least one cleaning roller arranged on the support device, capable of being driven in rotation and provided with a cleaning substrate, a fan device for creating a suction flow, and a suction channel device for the suction flow which provides a suction channel operatively connected for fluid communication between the fan device and the at least one cleaning roller, wherein the suction channel has a mouth towards the at least one cleaning roller that includes a first and a spaced second mouth wall having a mouth opening therebetween, wherein the first mouth wall is positioned above the second mouth wall relative to the direction of gravity, wherein the first and/or second mouth wall are/is in contact against or protrude(s) into the cleaning substrate of the at least one cleaning roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Braendle, Manuel Schulze, Fabian Moser, Moritz Irion, Swen Sorgenfrei
  • Patent number: 9986880
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has a uniflow cyclone with a front cyclone air inlet and a rear air cyclone outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 9920433
    Abstract: A build piece is made from a build plan by an additive metal deposition process, the build plan created from a three dimensional definition of a desired part, the build plan having a first set of dimensions corresponding to the desired part and includes a support structure. The build piece is to a chemical etchant such that the support structure is removed from the build piece and the dimensions of the build piece corresponding to the desired part are reduced to a second set of dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Incodema3D, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Engel, Scott Volk, Jerry Rushak, Peter Engel
  • Patent number: 9888820
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a raised access flooring system includes providing a vacuum cleaner for raised floor environments. The vacuum cleaner includes a body sized to fit underneath the raised access floor system, a power source supported by the body, a vacuum module supported by the body, the vacuum module being configured to intake air and exhaust air, and a drive module supported by the body. The method further includes placing the vacuum cleaner into a space formed between an original floor and a plurality of raised panels of the raised access flooring system, and operating the vacuum cleaner to perform a cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel E. Martins, Jr., Marek Sadowski, Tomasz Czarnecki, Roman Iwaszko, Franciszek Miklaszewicz, Lukasz Kszonowski
  • Patent number: 9883784
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning domestic and industrial surfaces includes a box-like machine body having a suction system and a steam generation system housed therein, and defining a front portion and an opposite rear portion; a joint for the end of a first suction and steam carrying flexible duct; the machine body having an additional multifunctional suction and steam delivery unit which is overhangingly supported by the machine body between two bilateral support arms hinged to the machine body, and extending beyond the front portion of the machine body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Luigi Amoretti
  • Patent number: 9811764
    Abstract: A device for detecting and addressing offending objects that are found in a fluid. The device has an image capturing device that receives images of a substrate such as a fluid. The captured images are analyzed by an image recognition system. If the image recognition system detects the presence of an offending object—the device performs further steps to remove or neutralize the offending object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 9788702
    Abstract: A dripping mop includes a mop head and a mop pole. A dripping control assembly is provided on the mop pole, and includes an inlet conduit, an outlet valve, an outlet conduit, a dripping on/off switch and a dripping limiting switch. The dripping on/off switch has an on state and an off state. In the on state, the mop pole receives a force and displaces towards the mop head to trigger the outlet valve, such that a cleaning liquid is constantly provided for dripping through the outlet conduit. In the off state, the mop pole in the on state again receives a force and displaces towards the mop head to close the outlet valve to suspend the dripping. The dripping limiting switch is rotatable relative to the mop pole, and restrains the mop pole from displacing towards the mop head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Xue Lin Zhu, Jing Li
  • Patent number: 9775646
    Abstract: An instrument and technique for the removal of epidermal layers in a controlled manner utilizing a hand-held instrument with a working end that (i) a vacuum aspiration system, (ii) a source for delivery of a sterile fluids or pharmacological agents to the skin; and (iii) a skin interface surface in the working end that has specially shape structure for abrading surface layers of the patient's epidermis as the working end is moved over the patient's skin while at the same time causing rapid penetration of the fluids into the skin for therapeutic purposes. Movement of the working end across the skin causes abrasion of the surface layers in a path over the patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Axia MedSciences, LLC
    Inventor: John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 9777945
    Abstract: An adjustable washing rack for an air conditioner contains: a body and a water collection bag. The body includes two opposite supports, a first adjusting rod, and a fixing rod. Each support has a first connecting portion, a rotatable coupling portion, and a second connecting portion. The first adjusting rod is defined between two first connecting portions of the two supports and has a first outer fitting extension and a first inner fitting extension. The fixing rod has a second outer fitting extension and two second inner fitting extensions. The each second inner fitting extension has a first end coupled with a connector for rotatably connecting with the rotatable coupling portion of the each support, and a positioning device is mounted between the connector and the rotatable coupling portion of the each support. The water collection bag includes an opening and a U-shaped surrounding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Chang-An Pan
  • Patent number: 9744568
    Abstract: A method of removing insulation from a building, comprising: providing a vacuum device, a first end of an inlet hose connected to an inlet of the device, and a first end of an exit hose connected to an outlet of the device; providing a bag comprising a sheet of non-porous plastic, heat sealed to form the bag, the bag having inlets spaced out along a top of the bag, and a filter connected to the bag for allowing air to solely escape the bag through the filter; connecting an inlet of the bag to a second end of the exit hose, and operating the vacuum device to suck insulation into the inlet hose, through the vacuum device, and propel the insulation through the exit hose and into the bag so that the insulation flows through the top of the bag in a direction towards a bottom of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Walter Jalowiec
  • Patent number: 9711287
    Abstract: A high voltage, high current vacuum integrated circuit includes a common vacuum enclosure that includes at least two cold-cathode field emission electron tubes, and contains at least one internal vacuum pumping means, at least one exhaust tubulation, vacuum-sealed electrically-insulated feedthroughs, and internal electrical insulation. The cold-cathode field emission electron tubes are configured to operate at high voltage and high current and interconnected with each other to implement a circuit function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Fusion Systems LLC
    Inventor: Curtis A Birnbach
  • Patent number: 9691602
    Abstract: A top plate is provided with a top plate rotation mechanism configured to rotate the top plate in a horizontal plane. An outside cup peripheral case disposed around a cup is configured to move between an upper position, in which a top end of the cylinder is positioned above the cup, and a lower position located below the upper position. A nozzle support arm configured to support a nozzle is moved, in a horizontal direction, between an advanced position, in which the arm is advanced into the outside cup peripheral case via a side opening formed in a side surface of the outside cup peripheral case when the cylinder is located in the upper position, and a retracted position, in which the arm is retracted outward from the outside cup peripheral case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Norihiro Ito, Kazuhiro Aiura, Naoki Shindo, Yosuke Hachiya, Takashi Nagai
  • Patent number: 9682585
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic film washout device includes a housing defining a rinsing chamber and a drain in fluid communication with the rinsing chamber. A drum is rotatably coupled to the housing and is configured to be engageable with the photosensitive material for washout thereof. A booster pump is operatively coupled to the housing and includes a pump inlet and a pump outlet, the pump inlet being fluidly connectable to the pressurized fluid source to receive fluid therefrom at an inlet pressure, the pump being configured to elevate the pressure of the fluid exiting the pump via the pump outlet. A plurality of nozzles are coupled to the housing and in fluid communication with the pump to receive fluid therefrom. The plurality of nozzles are configured to direct fluid into the rinsing chamber for washout of the photosensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Media Blast & Abrasives, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Storer, Robert A. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9645506
    Abstract: A liquid confinement system for use in immersion lithography is disclosed in which the meniscus of liquid between the liquid confinement system and the substrate is pinned substantially in place by a meniscus pinning feature. The meniscus pinning feature comprises a plurality of discrete outlets arranged in a polygonal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Michel Riepen, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Paulus Martinus Maria Liebregts, Ronald Van Der Ham, Wilhelmus Franciscus Johannes Simons, Daniël Jozef Maria Direcks, Paul Petrus Joannes Berkvens, Eva Mondt, Gert-Jan Gerardus Johannes Thomas Brands, Koen Steffens, Han Henricus Aldegonda Lempens, Mathieus Anna Karel Van Lierop, Christophe De Metsenaere, Marcio Alexandre Cano Miranda, Patrick Johannes Wilhelmus Spruytenburg, Joris Johan Anne-Marie Verstraete, Franciscus Johannes Joseph Janssen
  • Patent number: 9579005
    Abstract: The present inventions are directed to portable cleaning apparatuses adapted for use on mobile cleaning carts useable, for example, for cleaning hospital rooms. Each apparatus comprises a pre-filter module, a vacuum source module, and a secondary filter module, releasably securable to one another, the entire apparatus being configured provide high efficiency cleaning at low noise levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Xanitos, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Graves, Crispin Mercado
  • Patent number: 9581913
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus exposes a substrate via a projection optical system and liquid. The exposure apparatus includes a first pipe section that flows liquid supplied from a liquid supplying device, and a second pipe section that is disposed at an outside of the first pipe section so as to surround the first pipe section and flows liquid supplied from the liquid supplying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Yoshitomo Nagahashi
  • Patent number: 9492054
    Abstract: A washing machine descaler introduction apparatus for introducing a descaling agent to the water inlets of a conventional washer and dryer at a controlled rate comprises a dispensing bag with an attached dispensing valve assembly and an attachable diverter. In use, the dispensing bag, containing of a descaling agent, is hung from an elevated position above a convention washing machine with the water inlet conduits of the washing machine each connected to one of two outlet tubes of the diverter. Once a hole is opened for ventilation, the valve handle is moved from the closed position, partially or fully opening the valve assembly's outlet pipe, thereby enabling the descaling agent to exit the bag and be directed into the hot water inlet conduit and the cold water inlet conduit at a rate that is controlled by how unobstructed the outlet is with respect to the closing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Frederick Keiner, Patricia Keiner
  • Patent number: 9468352
    Abstract: A floor-cleaning robot having a chassis for moving the floor-cleaning robot in a direction of travel over a surface to be cleaned, a cleaning implement, a control unit and first and second measuring devices for three-dimensional distance measurement. Each of the first and second measuring devices is configured to sense distance between the measuring device and a plurality of surface elements within a respective solid angle that is spanned from the measuring device. The first and second measuring devices are aligned in such a manner that the direction of travel runs through the first solid angle. The second solid angle is offset in relation to the first solid angle. The control unit is designed to generate and/or update a representation of the surface to be cleaned, on the basis of the distances from surface elements sensed by first and second measuring devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: HAKO GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Helge Klüssendorff, Dariush Forouher, Rainer Bavendiek, Axel Zimny
  • Patent number: 9437464
    Abstract: A method for treating substrates with treating liquids, using a treating tank for storing the treating liquids, a holding mechanism for holding the substrates and placing the substrates in a treating position inside the treating tank, a first and a second treating liquid supply device, a temperature control device, and a control device. A first treating liquid is supplied into the treating tank, then a second treating liquid of lower surface tension and higher boiling point than the first treating liquid, is supplied into the treating tank, and placed in a temperature range above the boiling point of the first treating liquid and below the boiling point of the second treating liquid, and then controlling the second treating liquid supply device to replace the first treating liquid stored in the treating tank with the second treating liquid, and controlling the temperature control device to maintain the second treating liquid in the same said temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toyohide Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9415334
    Abstract: An air filter reconditioning apparatus is provided for cleaning air filters. There is a vessel body with a lid and an arbor axle tube provides a source of incoming air. A two stage live arbor is provided having a first roller bearing fitted on the arbor axle tube, a spacer ring fitted on the first roller bearing, a second roller bearing fitted on the arbor axle tube, an impeller ring fitted on the second roller bearing and a housing fitted on the spacer ring and the impeller ring, with an air redirection plate disposed in the housing and fitted to the arbor axle tube. A V-grooved arbor nozzle adapter is threadably connected to the housing such that the housing and the V-grooved nozzle adapter rotate around the arbor axle tube. Nozzles defined in the V-grooved arbor nozzle adapter direct air into the air filter during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Robert T. Rife
  • Patent number: 9416474
    Abstract: A washer that washes a continuous piece of tubular knitted fabric material. The washer includes a frame, a set of rollers, an air nozzle rack, and a controller. The frame rests on a support surface. The set of rollers are rotatably attached within the frame and guide the material through a washing liquid to wash the material. The air nozzle rack is replaceably attached to within the frame and blows air onto the material to cause ballooning of the material to maximize exposure of a total surface area of the material to the washing liquid. The controller is operatively connected to the set of rollers and minimizes and keeps constant the tension of the material as the material passes through the washing liquid under an influence of the air nozzle rack to thereby provide a more effective wash of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Frank Catallo
  • Patent number: 9332887
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transferring heat and/or sound during liquid extraction and/or cleaning processes are disclosed. A fluid extraction system in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a fluid extractor having an outlet positioned to deliver extracted waste fluid, and a fluid tank operatively coupled to the extractor. A blower, having an air intake and an air outlet through which blower air passes, is operatively coupled to the extractor outlet to draw the extracted waste fluid from the extractor. A muffler is positioned at least partially within the liquid tank and has a flow path along which the blower air passes. In particular embodiments, the muffler can also provide a heat exchanger function, for example, to heat cleaning fluid provided to the extractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Sapphire Scientific
    Inventor: Michael James Roden
  • Patent number: 9120315
    Abstract: A droplet ejection device includes a recording head having a nozzle face with nozzles to eject droplets, a maintenance assembly including a cap to seal the nozzle face to form a sealed space therein and a wiper to wipe the nozzle face, a droplet suction channel connected to the cap to collect droplets sucked from the nozzles, and an air release channel connected to the cap to introduce air to return the sealed space to atmospheric pressure. The suction channel and the release channel are communicable with the sealed space to simultaneously perform collection of the droplets sucked from the nozzles and introduction of air into the cap. The suction channel has a flow rate greater than the release channel. When the droplets are sucked from the nozzles into the suction channel, air is introduced from the release channel at a flow rate lower than that of the suction channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomomi Katoh
  • Patent number: 9089879
    Abstract: A device for cleaning wall surfaces, ground surfaces, track superstructures or tunnel walls is configured to be arranged on a rail vehicle that moves along a direction of travel. The device includes an aspirator opening and at least two air nozzles arranged in rows of air nozzles disposed on either side of the aspirator opening such that the aspirator opening is disposed between the rows of air nozzles. The rows of air nozzles are supplied with compressed air such that the pressure of the row of air nozzles disposed in front of the aspiration opening in the direction of travel of the rail vehicle is lower than the pressure of the other row of air nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Albert Brock
  • Patent number: 9072272
    Abstract: A milking installation includes first and second fluid systems (S1; S2) and a coupling arrangement for connecting and disconnecting the first fluid system (S1) to and from the second fluid system (S2). In a connected state, the first and second fluid systems (S1, S2) are in fluid communication with one another, and in a disconnected state the first and second fluid systems (S1, S2) are not in fluid communication with one another. The coupling arrangement includes a common cavity (CC) configured to be alternately included in the first fluid system (S1) or in the second fluid system (S2) for through passage of fluid while the first and second fluid systems (S1, S2) are disconnected from one another. The first fluid system (S1) also has a by-pass arrangement configured to allow fluid in the first fluid system (S1) to circulate independently from the passage of fluid through the common cavity (CC) when the common cavity (CC) is included in the second fluid system (S2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Epke Bosma, Martin Sjolund, Staffan Persson
  • Patent number: 9039840
    Abstract: Strategies for tool designs and their uses wherein the tools can operate in either closed or open modes of operation. The tools easily transition between open and closed modes on demand. According to one general strategy, environmentally controlled pathway(s) couple the ambient to one or more process chambers. Air amplification capabilities upstream from the process chamber(s) allow substantial flows of air to be introduced into the process chamber(s) on demand. Alternatively, the fluid pathways are easily closed, such as by simple valve actuation, to block egress to the ambient through these pathways. Alternative flows of nonambient fluids can then be introduced into the process chamber(s) via pathways that are at least partially in common with the pathways used for ambient air introduction. In other strategies, gap(s) between moveable components are sealed at least with flowing gas curtains rather than by relying only upon direct physical contact for sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TEL FSI, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Lauerhaas, Jimmy D. Collins, Tracy A. Gast, Alan D. Rose
  • Publication number: 20150128998
    Abstract: A pneumatic chip collector includes a free-floating head with a connector configured to be coupled to a pneumatic system. The head has a bottom with at least one slot disposed on the bottom of the head, the at least one slot parallel to the longitudinal axis of the head. The head also has at least one spacer disposed beyond the bottom of the head, the at least one spacer having a outermost surface defining a spacing relative to the bottom of the head with the outermost surface disposed on a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: William D. Nemedi
  • Patent number: 9028617
    Abstract: A cleaning device may include a solution tank configured to store cleaning solution. The solution tank may include an inlet and an outlet. The cleaning device may include at least one discharge line filter in fluid communication with the solution tank and a pump having a pump intake and a pump discharge. The pump may be configured to direct cleaning solution from the solution tank outlet through the at least one discharge line filter. The cleaning device may include a cleaning head in fluid communication with the pump discharge and a bypass line in fluid communication with the pump discharge and the inlet. The bypass line may be configured to divert cleaning solution received from the pump discharge away from the cleaning head and toward the solution tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Balas, Stephen D. Herr, Henry L. Hillman, Jr., Victor Chi-Chih Huang, Ralph McCann, Kevin L. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150122293
    Abstract: A remotely-operable cleaning device having a claw assembly that can manipulate tools and instruments within a vessel. The cleaning device has collapsible tracks allowing it to be placed into small openings and to be expanded once it is passed through the small openings. The claw assembly may include opposing fingerlike projections. The cleaning device may be configured to handle forces from high pressure water lines. The cleaning device may be configured to assembly and disassembly via locking pins. The cleaning device may be transported and/or lowered into a vessel via a lift box or crane of the present invention. The crane may be configured for assembly at a location of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Kenny DesOrmeaux
  • Patent number: 9023154
    Abstract: In the printer, after ink is discharged from nozzle openings by making a closed space area, formed by bringing a cap into contact with a recording head, enter into a negative pressure state due to negative pressure accumulated in a discharge flow path by driving a pump, when making the negative pressure state of the closed space area be subjected to a pressure change in a direction of coming to an atmospheric pressure state, after the air flows into the closed space area by making a second opening and closing valve provided at an inflow flow path which makes the closed space area and an aerial space communicate with each other be in an opened state, the inflow of the air into the closed space area through the inflow flow path is stopped in a state where negative pressure remains in the closed space area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Matsumoto, Yoichi Yamada, Masaru Kobashi
  • Publication number: 20150114432
    Abstract: A substrate processing method that is a method for removing a resist, the surface layer of which has been cured, from a substrate having a pattern disposed inside the resist and includes an SPM supplying step of supplying an SPM, formed by mixing sulfuric acid and a hydrogen peroxide solution, to the substrate and a liquid temperature increasing step of changing, in parallel to the SPM supplying step, a mixing ratio of the sulfuric acid and the hydrogen peroxide solution used to form the SPM to increase the liquid temperature of the SPM supplied to the substrate in the SPM supplying step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Keiji IWATA, Sei NEGORO, Tomohiro UEMURA, Yuji SUGAHARA
  • Publication number: 20150114433
    Abstract: A pet waste vacuum and bagging device is described. The device is equipped with a canister, collection receptacle, collection chute, vacuum motor, and a bag sealer. The device eliminates the need for an individual to come into any contact with pet waste, including the temperature and the smell conventionally known to emanate from pet waste. The device employs the vacuum motor to collect pet waste within the collection receptacle via the collection chute. The collection receptacle is lined with a plastic bag, which is sealed and released from the collection receptacle within the canister upon activation of a dispose button by the user. The device is powered by rechargeable batteries, and may be equipped with a charging cradle to maintain a fully battery charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Oluyinka C. Rivadeneira
  • Patent number: 9011609
    Abstract: An ironing apparatus includes an ironing die and an ironing punch, an injection port for injecting gas or liquid to the metal plate at a high pressure to remove substance adhered to the metal plate therefrom, a suction port for sucking the adhered substance removed from the metal plate, and a protrusion mount portion with a protrusion for preventing dispersion of the gas or the liquid. An ironing method for ironing the metal plate having the single surface or both surfaces coated with the organic resin film includes the steps of injecting the gas or the liquid from the injection port to the metal plate at the high pressure to remove the adhered substance from the metal plate, and sucking and collecting the adhered substance removed from the metal plate from the suction port. The adhered substance such as the hair may be removed by the aforementioned invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Masaki Tada, Katsumi Kojima, Yasuhide Oshima, Hiroki Iwasa
  • Publication number: 20150101637
    Abstract: A flexible vacuum attachment and method of use is provided for attaching a vacuum section to a vacuum to collect debris from a surface. The vacuum attachment comprises a flexible vacuum nozzle and nozzle opening, An end of the nozzle is attachable to a connector, which is then attachable to a vacuum. The nozzle forms a tube made of flexible material with a suction end. The suction end of the nozzle has a flexible tapered opening that is radially collapsible and foldable in one or more axial directions that can conform to various shapes. The tapered opening may include a rim that extends coplanar to a vacuumable surface. The suction end is capable of beating up and down on a vacuumable surface when operated with a vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas VATALARO
  • Patent number: 9007006
    Abstract: Provided is a pump system. The pump system includes an AC (alternating current) electric motor, a converter, a smoothing unit, an inverter, a volt/hertz pulse width-modulation controller, and a main controller. The AC electric motor operates a pump which is a load. The converter receives AC power and converts the AC power into DC (direct current) power. The smoothing unit smoothes a DC voltage converted by the converter. The inverter converts the DC voltage output from the smoothing unit into an AC voltage. The volt/hertz pulse width-modulation controller applies switching voltage to a semiconductor switching device of the inverter. The main controller changes an operating frequency according to a load detected when the Ac electric motor is in operation and puts the AC electric motor to a sleep mode after determining a load operation status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LSIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong Min Yun
  • Publication number: 20150096268
    Abstract: A method of preparing a sealing surface of a container for application of a seal. A lip of the container may be heated, rinsed, and dried to establish the sealing surface. Then the seal may be applied to the sealing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J Brozell, Brian J Chisholm, Joseph E Olsavsky
  • Publication number: 20150090299
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a module is provided that is configured to clean, rinse and dry a substrate. The module includes (1) a tank having an upper tank region positioned above a lower tank region, the upper tank region having (a) an opening through which a substrate is removed from the tank; (b) a first fluid supply configured to supply a first fluid to a surface of a substrate being removed from the tank; and (c) a first suction mechanism, positioned below the first fluid supply, wherein the first suction mechanism is configured to suction fluid supplied from the first fluid supply so as to deter the suctioned fluid from reaching the lower tank region; and (2) a drying vapor supply positioned above the first fluid supply and configured to supply a drying vapor to a surface of a substrate being removed from the tank. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Brian J. Brown, Ekaterina Mikhaylichenko, Jonathan Frankel
  • Patent number: 8984709
    Abstract: A tank cleaning system used for cleaning oil storage tanks. The system includes a rail vacuum pipe, an air line and a steam line connected to an air/steam mixing box. The mixing box includes an air nozzle, a steam nozzle and a mixing box vacuum tube connected to a vacuum pipe. The vacuum pipe includes a steering, guide rail for receiving a swivel wheel. The swivel wheel is attached to a door opening bracket. The bracket is attached to sides of a tank door opening. The steering, guide rail pivots on the swivel wheel and allows an operator, standing outside the tank, to move the mixing box back and forth for engaging and vacuuming up sediment in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: John K. Rollins
  • Publication number: 20150075565
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a test sample well, provided in a diagnostic test card, using a cleaning head having a cleaning tube delivering, at its free end, a cleaning fluid, and a suction tube mounted inside the cleaning tube for aspirating the contaminated cleaning fluid from its free end located in proximity to the free end of the cleaning tube. The method provides for relative displacement between the test card and the cleaning head, so that the test card occupies a cleaning position wherein the cleaning tube delivers, at its free end, the cleaning fluid to the inside of the well to be cleaned and the suction tube aspirates the contaminated cleaning fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Frederic Foucault
  • Publication number: 20150068554
    Abstract: Embodiments of mechanisms for cleaning load ports of semiconductor process tools are provided. The automatic system includes a vacuum cleaner, a rail, and a transport mechanism. The transport mechanism is moveably disposed on the rail and transfers the vacuum cleaner along the rail. The automatic system also includes a system controller. The system controller is connected to the semiconductor process tools and the transport mechanism to detect which load port is unoccupied, such that the system controller controls the transport mechanism to transfer the vacuum cleaner to the unoccupied load port to perform a cleaning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ching-Fa CHEN, Hung-Wen CHEN, Mei-Wei WU
  • Patent number: 8974602
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of reducing contamination in a CVD chamber. The method comprises cleaning the CVD chamber with first cleaning gases containing NF3; removing the particles in the CVD chamber with second cleaning gases containing N2; further removing the particles in the CVD chamber with third cleaning gases containing O2; and seasoning an amorphous carbon layer with mixed gases containing C2H2 and an inert gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Shanghia Huali Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yadan Zhu, Jun Zhou
  • Publication number: 20150053239
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a wafer carrier cleaning method is provided. The wafer carrier cleaning method includes cleaning a wafer carrier with a chemical solution containing a weak acid that can dissolve metals, and cleaning the wafer carrier cleaned with the chemical solution, with pure water. The weak acid contained in the chemical solution is preferably citric acid that can dissolve heavy metals and does not damage the wafer carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Yasushige ABE, Hidekazu TANIGUCHI, Masanobu KIBE, Kosuke MIYAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150054900
    Abstract: A pallet conveyor includes a conveyor track to guide pallets, and a service station deployed on the conveyor track, the service station to perform a service operation in the pallet conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Alex Veis