Including Use Of Vacuum, Suction, Or Inert Atmosphere Patents (Class 134/21)
  • Patent number: 10806815
    Abstract: A floor processing device has a motor-driven floor processing element for processing a floor to be processed, wherein the floor processing element has a hollow space with a hollow space opening that joins the hollow space with the ambient air. A fragrance element is arranged in the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Hackert
  • Patent number: 10792593
    Abstract: A method for removing gas from a froth by supplying at least a portion of the froth from a vessel into a housing, providing a flow of fluid through the housing, introducing the froth into the fluid such that at least a portion of the gas in the froth is removed from the froth and entrained in the fluid to form a mixture of fluid and entrained gas and subsequently delivering the mixture to the vessel and/or another location within a processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GLENCORE TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD
    Inventors: Peter Woodall, Daniel Smith, Brendan Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10786835
    Abstract: An ultrasonic cleaner according to the present invention includes a vibrating part 222 for enlarging ultrasonic vibration of a BLT 100 on a side surface side in a cleaning tank 211, generates cavitation by the ultrasonic vibration with respect to cleaning liquid supplied into the cleaning tank 211 by driving the BLT 100 on the periphery of a nozzle without unevenness, and is capable of performing effective nozzle cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Horie, Tomohiro Inoue, Takamichi Mori, Kouhei Nonaka, Masato Ishizawa, Isao Yamazaki, Hitoshi Tokieda, Akihiro Nojima
  • Patent number: 10788838
    Abstract: A surface processing device for processing surface areas with obstacles, comprising a chassis, surface processing means and first and second sensory means, characterized in that it further comprises a movable assembly, adapted to affect exposure of the surface processing means to surface area, wherein the movable assembly is adapted to move, based on information from the first and the second sensory means, at least between a first position and a second position with respect to the chassis, wherein in the second position the surface processing means have different exposure to surface area than in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAST S.A.
    Inventor: Bartosz Dabrowski
  • Patent number: 10784175
    Abstract: A method is provided for gate contact formation on a semiconductor workpiece using an integrated sequence of processing steps executed on a common manufacturing platform (CMP) hosting one or more film-forming modules, one or more etching modules, and one or more transfer modules. A workpiece having a contact feature formed therein, and inspected throughout, the contact feature having a semiconductor contact surface exposed, is received into the CMP. A metal layer is deposited within the contact feature after the workpiece is treated to remove contamination. The integrated sequence of processing steps is executed within the CMP without leaving the controlled environment, the transfer modules used to transfer the workpiece between the modules while maintaining the workpiece within the controlled environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Robert Clark
  • Patent number: 10777405
    Abstract: A method for processing a substrate is disclosed. The method includes delivering a solvent to a processing chamber and delivering a substrate to the processing chamber. The amount of solvent present in the processing chamber may be configured to submerse the substrate. Liquid CO2 may be delivered to the processing chamber and the liquid CO2 may be mixed with the solvent. Additional liquid CO2 may be delivered to the processing chamber in an amount greater than a volume of the processing chamber to displace the solvent. The liquid CO2 may be phase transitioned to supercritical CO2 in the processing chamber and the substrate may be dried by isothermally depressurizing the processing chamber and exhausting gaseous CO2 from the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Roman Gouk, Han-Wen Chen, Steven Verhaverbeke, Jean Delmas
  • Patent number: 10737301
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning apparatus cleans a surface of a substrate in a non-contact state. The substrate cleaning apparatus includes a substrate holding mechanism configured to hold and rotate the substrate, a two-fluid nozzle configured to jet a two-fluid jet flow, comprising a gas and a liquid, downwardly toward the front surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding mechanism, and a moving mechanism configured to move the two-fluid nozzle in one direction from a central portion toward a radially outer side of the substrate held by the substrate holding mechanism. The two-fluid nozzle is inclined so that an angle between an ejection center line of the two-fluid jet flow jetted from the two-fluid nozzle and a vertical line becomes a certain inclined angle, and the two-fluid jet flow collides with the front surface of the substrate at a forward position in a moving direction of the two-fluid nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoatsu Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10729302
    Abstract: A sewage collection and detection mechanism (10) and a cleaning device (100) are disclosed. The sewage collection and detection mechanism (10) comprises: a recovery tank (11), having an open top and having a tank central axis perpendicular to a horizontal plane. A sewage inlet pipe (12) is connected to the recovery tank (11) and a water level detector (13) is located in the recovery tank (11). The water level detector (13) has a detection probe (131). The detection probe (131) is located on the tank central axis of the recovery tank (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HiZero Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yang Li
  • Patent number: 10695802
    Abstract: A suction nozzle which has a suction chamber with an underlying sump. The suction chamber is defined by a chamber top, a chamber bottom and a peripheral sidewall. Suction draws liquids through the inflow openings in the peripheral sidewall into the suction chamber. The sump underlies the suction chamber. Particles and denser liquids drawn toward the suction chamber tend to migrate along the sump top, passing down sloped surfaces and through a central inlet into the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BEARSPAW SEPARATORS INC
    Inventor: Jim Rathwell
  • Patent number: 10695825
    Abstract: A method for direct casting of cast components by layer-wise generation of composite molds, wherein the composite molds are generated as monolithic elements and simultaneously with their respective cores in an assembled form. The system for layer-wise generation of three-dimensional models from the powdered material in a removable container with a movable bottom, which is separated from the device for lifting and lowering the movable bottom, which is built into the system for layer-wise generation of three-dimensional models. The generation of the molds is done by application of layers of powdered material and binding of the particles of each layer through a binder, added selectively according to a program/pattern only in the volumes, where the solid body of the model is being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: “PRINT CAST” LTD
    Inventors: Georgi Dimitrov Todorov, Tsvetozar Tihomirov Ivanov
  • Patent number: 10595697
    Abstract: Embodiments include a surface maintenance machine, comprising a maintenance tool chamber comprising a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side. A rotary broom is housed in the maintenance tool chamber and substantially enclosed by the first, second, third and fourth sides thereof. The rotary broom sweeps particulate from the surface. A vacuum system generates vacuum for drawing particulate swept by the rotary broom. The vacuum system is positioned proximal to the first side. A skirt assembly extends substantially around the second, third and fourth sides of the maintenance tool chamber. The skirt assembly has a vacuum passage defined therein and in fluid communication with the vacuum system to direct air flow into the vacuum passage, thereby drawing particulate into the vacuum passage and preventing particulate accumulation at portions of the second, third and fourth sides that are distal to the vacuum system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventors: Adam J. C. Runnoe, Laurence A. Jensen, Erik M. Weatherly, Derek R. Younggren
  • Patent number: 10588493
    Abstract: A compound sheath comprising: an endoscopic channel arranged for accepting an elongated endoscopic imaging device; a parallel use channel arranged for accepting a catheter-based tool, and a multi-channel hub that couples to the proximal end of the parallel use channel comprising: a rinse port that couples to a fluid reservoir device that injects fluid; a withdrawal port that couples to a vacuum forming device that removes fluid; a tool port for passing a catheter-based tool; wherein the multi-channel hub establishes a fluid channel for fluid communication between the parallel use channel and the rinse port or the withdrawal port, and a mechanical channel for passing therethrough a catheter-based tool between the parallel use channel and the tool port such that fluid from the rinse port or the withdrawal port and the catheter-based tool of the tool port are simultaneously passing all along the parallel use channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ART Healthcare Ltd.
    Inventors: Liron Elia, Gavriel J. Iddan
  • Patent number: 10573507
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus with efficient drying includes a chamber body having an upper opening, a chamber cover having a lower opening, and a shield plate disposed in a cover internal space of the chamber cover. With the upper opening of the chamber body covered by the chamber cover, a chamber is formed. In the cover internal space, a scanning nozzle for discharging a processing liquid toward a substrate (9) is disposed and an inert gas is supplied and a gas is exhausted from the inside. When the processing liquid is supplied onto the substrate, the discharge part is disposed at a discharge position, and when the discharge part is dried while no processing liquid is supplied onto the substrate, the discharge part is disposed at a waiting position and the lower opening is closed by the shield plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshida, Hiroaki Takahashi, Kazuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10564063
    Abstract: A system for detecting leaks in a sealed insulating glass unit (IGU) includes a pressure source, a flow path that extends between the pressure source and a distal end removably coupleable to the IGU to place the pressure source in fluid communication with an interior space of the IGU, and a pressure sensor to monitor a pressure level in the interior space. A method for testing the IGU for leaks includes applying a pressure to an interior space of the sealed IGU, monitoring the pressure in the interior space, and determining whether one or more failure conditions exists by comparing the monitored pressure to a desired pressure after a specified period of time. The IGU failure exists if the monitored pressure is less than the desired pressure (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Associated Materials, LLC
    Inventor: Christian Aaron Cirino
  • Patent number: 10532787
    Abstract: A compact mobility device has an adjustable drive mode. The device includes a base panel and a number of drive wheels rotatably provided at opposite ends of the base panel. The drive wheels are configured to rotate by receiving torque from a driving unit. A column is constituted by a plurality of links connected in series to be foldable and is configured such that a lower end of a lower link is rotatably coupled to the base panel with an upper end of an upper link being provided with a steering handle. An auxiliary wheel is provided between the links constituting the column and is configured to roll along with the drive wheels by coming into contact with a ground when the links are folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 10497581
    Abstract: In a substrate processing method, a substrate holding unit holds a substrate in a horizontal position, a processing liquid supplying unit supplies first and second processing liquids to the surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit, a substrate rotating unit rotates the substrate held by the substrate holding unit, a heater opposes the substrate held by the substrate holding unit, and a moving unit moves at least one of the substrate holding unit and the heater supporting member such that the heater and the substrate are held in two different relative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Hashizume, Takashi Ota
  • Patent number: 10481053
    Abstract: A method of detecting defects of a glass substrate includes cutting a glass mother substrate into a plurality of glass substrates, penetrating ions into an incision surface of the glass substrate to visualize defects of the incision surface, and photographing the defects of the incision surface to determine a bending strength of the glass substrate based on a size of the defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheol Min Park, Jeong Woo Park, Seung Kim, Seung Ho Kim, Hoi Kwan Lee, Woo Jin Cho, Hee Kyun Shin, Hyun Joon Oh
  • Patent number: 10415517
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an exhaust scavenging system for an engine system including an engine enclosed in an engine enclosure and an air intake system including an air filter having a filter element for filtering air. The exhaust scavenging system includes an exhaust conduit, a venturi, and a valve system. The exhaust conduit is coupled to the engine and is configured to receive exhaust gas discharged by the engine. The venturi is associated with the exhaust conduit and operates to generate a suction to draw air from the air filter and the engine enclosure. The valve system is configured to selectively fluidly connect the venturi with the engine enclosure or the air filter. The valve system fluidly connects the venturi with the air filter for facilitating purging of the filter element of the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10398280
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus, such as a steam mop, includes a steam delivery system having a steam delivery pathway. A fragrance dispenser for receiving a fragrant material is provided on the apparatus, and a portion of the steam delivery pathway is in in heat exchange relationship with the fragrance dispenser to heat the fragrant material in the fragrance dispenser by heat transfer from the steam in the pathway. Fragrance is dispensed from apparatus via heat transfer utilizing the steam pathway as a thermal radiation source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Krebs, Ming Luo, Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10384237
    Abstract: A method for decontaminating a medical instrument having parts that are movable relative to one another involves mounting the instrument in a decontaminating apparatus, and automatically manipulating the instrument to provide relative movement between two or more relatively movable parts of the instrument during an automated decontamination cycle of the decontaminating apparatus. The instrument may be a surgical instrument having an operating portion arranged to remotely control operation of a working portion in use. The method may involve engaging a part or parts of the operating portion to transmit motion thereto for creating the relative movement. An instrument carrier insertable in a decontaminating apparatus in use may be modified to incorporate an instrument manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Medisafe UK Limited
    Inventor: Lawrence Ralph Dawson
  • Patent number: 10383700
    Abstract: A force transducer is coupled to a distal portion of a shaft of a surgical instrument. The force transducer includes proximal and distal portions, radial ribs, and a plurality of strain gauges. The radial ribs form a plurality of through passages. The surgical instrument further includes a flush manifold that receives a liquid from a proximal portion of the shaft, and that directs the liquid along a first subset of through passages of the plurality of through passages toward the distal portion of the force transducer. A plenum at the distal portion of the force transducer collects the liquid from the first subset of through passages and redirects the liquid back toward the proximal portion of the shaft along a second subset of through passages of the plurality of through passages different from the first subset of through passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Blumenkranz
  • Patent number: 10359441
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reagent station (1) for an automated analysis device, comprising a first and a second reagent container storage (2, 10) and a transfer apparatus (20) which transfers reagent containers (16) between the first and the second reagent container storage (2, 10). Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for loading an automated analysis device with reagent containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Products GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Pufahl
  • Patent number: 10352580
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a housing having a suction port and a discharge port, a main fan configured to draw air into the housing through the suction port and discharge air from the housing through the discharge port, an auxiliary fan configured to draw, into the housing, air discharged by the main fan and a controller configured to control a rotational speed of the auxiliary fan to change a direction in which air is discharged from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Jin Kim, Ju-Hyun Kang, Young-Jae Kim, Byung Yul So, Yong-Gak Kim, In-Jung Baek, Na Yeong Byeon, Moo Gyo Seo, Hyeong Joon Seo, Seung Cheon Yu, Sang Woo Lee, Hyo Kyu Lee, Jin Ho Lim, Min-Gi Cho, Hyeong Kyu Cho, Jun Hwang, Do Yeon Kim, Hyun Ah Kim, Yong Ho Seo, Woo Seog Song, Hyun-Joo Song, Young Sun Shin, Joon-Ho Yoon, Bu Youn Lee, Jung Dae Lee, Chang Seon Lee, Min Gu Jeon, Hee Jae Jeong
  • 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
    Assignee: XIAMEN TUNGSTEN CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: XIAMEN TUNGSTEN CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignees: SOFTARD INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., JXTG NIPPON OIL & ENERGY CORPORATION
    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
    Assignee: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    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
    Assignee: MARTINS MAINTENANCE, INC.
    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
    Assignee: JIAXING JACKSON TRAVEL PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    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
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    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: 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