Including Use Of Vacuum, Suction, Or Inert Atmosphere Patents (Class 134/21)
  • Patent number: 11141034
    Abstract: A cleaner includes a first cleaning module including a left spin mop and a right spin mop configured to contact the floor while rotating in a clockwise direction or in a counterclockwise direction when viewed from an upper side, a second cleaning module configured to contact the floor in front of the first cleaning module, and a body supported by the first cleaning module and the second cleaning module. A point on the bottom surface of the left spin mop that receives the largest frictional force from the floor is located on a left-front side of the rotation center of the left spin mop, and a point on the bottom surface of the right spin mop that receives the largest frictional force from the floor is located on a right-front side of the rotation center of the right spin mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Youngkouk Song
  • Patent number: 11122944
    Abstract: A sweeping machine for floors and carpets, comprising a body with wheels for gliding and a maneuvering handle, the body supporting at least one cleaning roller that has a horizontal axis and is actuated by an electric motor by virtue of torque transmission elements; there are elements for the suction of air from a region proximate to the at least one cleaning roller, the suction elements being actuated by the same electric motor for driving the at least one cleaning roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: LINDHAUS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Michele Massaro
  • Patent number: 11116377
    Abstract: A robot polisher has, in a box-shaped body part having a round shape in a plan view, right and left batteries, right and left wheel motors (not shown), and a pair of right and left wheels. The right and left wheel motors are rotationally driven by using the batteries as power supplies. The pair of right and left wheels can be individually rotated forward/backward by the respective wheel motors. On a lower housing, at the front-side lower part of the body part, a pair of right and left brushes are downwardly attached, which rotate in directions opposite to each other during traveling while being in sliding contact with a floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko Goto, Kentaro Koura
  • Patent number: 11089934
    Abstract: A popcorn ceiling scraper includes a scraping head with multiple blades, at least one of which is oriented horizontally in the same plane as the scraping head with other blades extending vertically from the scraping head. The ceiling scraper has a funnel arranged below the scraping head, and the funnel and the scraping head are formed to reach to an edge or juncture between a ceiling and a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: PBJT Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Paul Evans, Jared Jeffcoat, Travis Murphy, Brent Jeffcoat
  • Patent number: 11071429
    Abstract: A robot cleaner includes a main body forming an external appearance of the robot cleaner, moving units configured to move the main body, a cleaning module arranged at one side of the main body so as to contact a floor and rotated, a module driving unit arranged in the main body and rotating the cleaning module, and a dust pocket configured to remove foreign substances attached to the outer circumference of the cleaning module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Jeongseop Park, Youngkouk Song
  • Patent number: 11071430
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a waste water tank. The seal assembly comprises: a base (2) disposed at a waste water tank (1); a linkage (3) movably disposed at the base (2); a sealing cover (4) connected to the linkage (3) and disposed at a waste water inlet (101) and on a suction opening (102); and a push rod (5) connected to the linkage (3) and used for pushing the linkage (3) to press the sealing cover (4) so as to seal the waste water inlet (101) and the suction opening (102). A bottom end of the push rod (5) is connected to a side wheel component (6) of a floor cleaning machine and the push rod (5) can move up and down along the side wheel component (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ZHIYI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xuedong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11019967
    Abstract: A central vacuum cleaning system includes an inlet valve mounted at various locations in a structure or RV and connected to the inlet end of a vacuum conduit. A section of hose is slidably mounted within the conduit and extends from the inlet valve for cleaning an adjacent area. A pair of seals within the inlet valve retains a nozzle handle mounted on the end of the hose in a stored position when the hose is in a retracted position and provides an air seal between the handle and vacuum supply conduit. A locking mechanism mounted on one embodiment of the inlet valves automatically locks the hose in a selected extended position when manually pulled from the inlet valve. A mounting bracket enables the inlet valve to be mounted at various locations in the structure and a pair of seals enables the inlet valve to be open to the ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: H-P Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell V. Nieschwitz, Greg A. Calderone, Shawn C. Metz
  • Patent number: 11006802
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner capable of recording an abnormality immediately upon occurrence of the abnormality. The vacuum cleaner has a main casing. The vacuum cleaner has driving wheels for enabling the main casing to travel. The vacuum cleaner has a control unit for controlling drive of the driving wheels to make the main casing autonomously travel. The control unit has a function as an abnormality sensor for detecting an abnormality. The vacuum cleaner has a camera for picking up an image. The control unit has a cleaning mode for cleaning a cleaning-object surface, an image pickup mode for performing image pickup with the camera, and a standby mode applied during a standby state. Upon detection of an abnormality during the cleaning mode, the control unit is switched over to the image pickup mode to perform image pickup with the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS & SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota Watanabe, Hirokazu Izawa, Kazuhiro Furuta, Yuuki Marutani, Yuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10966587
    Abstract: This document describes a mobile cleaning robot that includes a chassis that supports a drive system, a debris collection volume; and a cleaning head formed to complete a bottom of the robot. The cleaning head includes a frame for affixing the cleaning head to the chassis, a monolithic housing having an interior cavity, a suspension linkage movably suspending the monolithic housing from the frame, the suspension linkage being configured to lift the monolithic housing, a diaphragm formed of a flexible material and mated to the monolithic housing, a rigid duct mated the frame to form a pneumatic path between the monolithic housing and the rigid duct through the diaphragm, and cleaning extractors disposed in the interior cavity of the monolithic housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: William Farmer, Thomas P. Schregardus, Eric Burbank
  • Patent number: 10964608
    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 plurality of metal layers is deposited at a bottom of 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: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Robert Clark
  • Patent number: 10950485
    Abstract: Semiconductor processing apparatuses and methods are provided in which an electrostatic discharge (ESD) prevention layer is utilized to prevent or reduce ESD events from occurring between a semiconductor wafer and one or more components of the apparatuses. In some embodiments, a semiconductor processing apparatus includes a wafer handling structure that is configured to support a semiconductor wafer during processing of the semiconductor wafer. The apparatus further includes an ESD prevention layer on the wafer handling structure. The ESD prevention layer includes a first material and a second material, and the second material has an electrical conductivity that is greater than an electrical conductivity of the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsai-Hao Hung, Ping-Cheng Ko, Tzu-Yang Lin, Fang-Yu Liu, Cheng-Han Wu
  • Patent number: 10888209
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus is disclosed for extracting a liquid from a surface. The apparatus includes at least one extraction head that has at least one aperture that is facing the surface to be cleaned. The vacuum cleaner includes a vacuum pathway situated between the at least one extraction head and a riser that is connected to a vacuum motor. The internal surfaces of the vacuum pathway are smooth and the vacuum pathway has certain dimensions and orientations that optimize the extraction of a liquid from a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Harris Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward E. Durrant, Dale S. Jensen, Craig L. Donaldson, Roger C. Andersen, Monte G. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10814293
    Abstract: A foam generator, in particular for a motor vehicle washing installation, includes a foam generation chamber having at least one inlet for water, surfactant and gas, in particular compressed gas, and one outlet for foam, and contains a fluid-permeable bed of loose particles. The bed fills the foam generation chamber sufficiently to prevent fluidization of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: WASHTEC HOLDING GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Sattler, Stefan Mayer
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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