Work Or Work Parts Movable During Treatment Patents (Class 134/23)
  • Patent number: 10978317
    Abstract: A substrate processing method includes a substrate holding step of holding a substrate in a horizontal attitude, a chemical liquid supply step of supplying a chemical liquid to a main surface of the substrate while rotating the substrate around a vertical rotational axis that passes through a central portion of the substrate, a processing-height maintaining step of maintaining a cylindrical first guard that captures a chemical liquid expelled from the substrate at a processing height position in parallel with the chemical liquid supply step, and a cleaning-height maintaining step of maintaining the first guard at a cleaning height position set below the processing height position in parallel with the chemical liquid supply step after the processing-height maintaining step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Toru Endo, Masayuki Hayashi, Nobuyuki Shibayama
  • Patent number: 10859038
    Abstract: An attachment for purging the inside of the carburetors which is comprised by a tubular device having a carburetor connecting member and quick connect receiver extension. The attachment is connected through the bottom of the carburetor or through the feed fuel line of the carburetor. The attachment is attachable to a quick disconnect fitting which can be connected to a conventional car tire air nozzle or pressurized can with the same fitting as the car tire nozzle. The attachment allows all the jets and passages located on the inside of carburetor to be purged at the same time with multiple short blasts of compressed air or pressurized can solvent but without the carburetor being removed from the engine or taken a part. The same principles can easily be applied to all type carburetors for either a two or four-stroke engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Florin Tamas
  • Patent number: 10792655
    Abstract: A dispenser device includes: a valve system, a dispensing head for dispensing liquid and connected with a transfer tube to the valve system, a dispensing pump connected to the valve system, a first inlet port for conducting rinse liquid to the valve system, and a second inlet port for conducting rinse gas to the valve system. The device includes control equipment for operating the valve system so that the flow via the transfer tube towards the dispensing head includes both the rinse liquid and the rinse gas. The rinse gas is capable of collecting gas bubbles formed on the inner walls of the transfer tube to larger amounts of gas. Thus, the rinse gas facilitates the removal of the gas bubbles with the aid of the rinse liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: WALLAC OY
    Inventors: Ville Virtanen, Timo Maki-Laurila
  • Patent number: 10639683
    Abstract: A recover piping cleaning method is a method of cleaning a recovery piping into which a chemical liquid used for processing of a substrate is led via a processing cup, the recovery piping being arranged to lead the led chemical liquid into a predetermined chemical liquid recovery piping, the method including a piping cleaning step of cleaning the interior of the recovery piping by using a cleaning liquid by, while supplying the cleaning liquid to the recovery piping, leading the liquid led into the recovery piping into a drain piping which is different from the chemical liquid recovery piping, and a cleaning chemical liquid supplying step of, supplying the cleaning chemical liquid from a cleaning chemical liquid supply piping connected to the recovery piping to the recovery piping while leading the liquid led into the recovery piping into the drain piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Tsuchihashi, Atsuyasu Miura, Hiroki Tsujikawa, Kazuhiro Fujita, Masahide Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10480404
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for injecting water into a multistage axial compressor of a gas turbine. With low equipment cost, a significant power enhancement can be achieved, even under changing boundary conditions, by water being injected at a plurality of points along the axial compressor, and by the injected water mass flow being controlled at the individual injection points in accordance with ambient conditions and operating parameters of the gas turbine in such a way that an evened-out loading in the individual stages of the axial compressor can be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ansaldo Energia Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Luis Puerta, Marco Micheli, Wolfgang Kappis, Erik Peter Boldt
  • Patent number: 10100826
    Abstract: A plunger for a wellbore plunger lift system includes a piston having a top end and a bottom end, and a pad having an inner surface that is positioned adjacent to the piston. In some embodiments the pad is moveable from a retracted position to an extended position where a bottom end of the pad is positioned a greater distance than a top end from a central axis of the piston. The piston may include a communication passage extending through the piston from a position above the pad to a position between the piston and the inner surface of the pad. The pad plunger may be a bypass or non-bypass plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Plunger Lift Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Clinton McShane Casey
  • Patent number: 9517497
    Abstract: A rinsing device is comprised of a rinsing head including a first flow path extending horizontally, and a second flow path extending horizontally and being disposed below or above the first flow path so as not to communicate with the first flow path; one or more nozzles arranged horizontally and projecting vertically downward from the rinsing head; and one or more sliding members including passages in fluid communication with the nozzles, the sliding members slidably fitting in the rinsing head and being movable between a first position to place the passages in fluid communication with the first flow path and a second position to place the passages in fluid communication with the second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: MEDICATEC Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Tsukioka
  • Publication number: 20150090301
    Abstract: A treatment cup cleaning method is provided, which includes: a rotating step of rotating a substrate rotating unit with a substrate being held by the substrate rotating unit; a cleaning liquid supplying step of supplying a cleaning liquid to an upper surface and a lower surface of the substrate and causing the cleaning liquid to scatter from a peripheral edge of the substrate to be applied to an inner wall of a treatment cup in the rotating step, whereby the cleaning liquid is supplied to the inner wall of the treatment cup; and a scattering direction changing step of changing a cleaning liquid scattering direction in which the cleaning liquid scatters from the peripheral edge of the substrate in the rotating step and the cleaning liquid supplying step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ayumi HIGUCHI, Asuka YOSHIZUMI
  • Publication number: 20150075567
    Abstract: A method for cleaning the seat of a double seat valve and the double set valve has a deflection surface bordering the remaining area of a recess not delimiting a circumferential wall and opens out from the latter at a front and radially insise end of a second closing member facing a first closing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GEA TUCHENHAGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Burmester, Matthias Südel, Arne Schulz, Bastian Tolle
  • Patent number: 8974604
    Abstract: A sewer pipe is cleaned of collected solids by providing a water supply hose at a first location on the pipe and by driving a jet nozzle head to a second location along the pipe using jets directed along the pipe. At the second location the head is changed for a second head attached to a cable and is pulled back to the first location by the hose. The nozzle is then pulled back to the second location by pulling the cable while nozzles directed along the pipe toward the second location drive the solids forwardly to the second location for extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Slawko Morris Baziuk
  • Patent number: 8900373
    Abstract: A method of cleaning containers in a container cleaning machine, in which the containers are moved in receptacles to a cleaning area, where both the containers and the receptacles are at least partially submerged in a dipping bath of liquid cleaning medium. The containers are positioned such that closed portions of the containers are at an equivalent or higher vertical position than mouth portions of the containers. A nozzle arrangement is used to produce a jet of a cleaning medium which impinges the interior of a corresponding container. The jet has a force which is insufficient to move the container from its resting position in its corresponding container receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Molitor, Klaus Jendrichowski
  • Publication number: 20140345653
    Abstract: A device for cleaning containers, such as for cleaning returnable bottles in a beverage filling plant, comprises a main treatment area, in which the containers are treated by means of a main lye, and a post-treatment area, in which the containers are treated with a water bath or post-lye bath and rinsed with water, wherein in the post-treatment area, a flushing device is provided for removing labels and/or residues of labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: David Kutschke
  • Publication number: 20140326279
    Abstract: A cleaning equipment of sample bottle for chromatography analysis comprising: a base; a support frame vertically fixed to the base; a horizontal column having two ends, wherein one of the ends is disposed at the support frame through an adjustment knob; a rotary drive device fixed to the other end of the horizontal columns; a rotation disk which can rotate through driving of the rotary drive device, and a side edge of the rotation disk provides with multiple placing holes for receiving and fixing sample bottles; a cleaning agent recycling tank disposed below the rotation disk, wherein a side wall of it provides with an ejector pipe connected with a water pump; and a control unit for controlling on/off and rotation speed of the rotary drive device, and on/off of the water pump. The invention also provides a cleaning method of sample bottle for chromatography analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Li Wang, Jingming Wu, Hongqing Huang, Weiwei Zhang, Rui Xu, Xiaobo He, Honghui Zhu
  • Patent number: 8864913
    Abstract: A filter cleaning system for cleaning a filter element is provided. The filter cleaning system includes a set of pulse nozzles and a compressed air supply, which rotate together during a cleaning cycle to release pulse blasts at predetermined time intervals to clean the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: United Air Specialists, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Haynam, Matt Stehlin, Cathy Haglund
  • Patent number: 8864912
    Abstract: Internal cleaning of inverted cans includes engaging a can's cylindrical wall with a wall-conforming vacuum or adhesive gripper, causing a spraying unit to travel axially in and out of the can's opening while the can is inverted on a circular conveyor, and using a supporting arm or bottom stop to subject the can to a counterforce against a flushing force from sprayed cleaning medium. This prevents the can from being pressed out of a receptacle in which it sits during cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Jakob, Steffen Kappel, Thomas Stolte
  • Patent number: 8858720
    Abstract: A method for removing deposits from at least one compressor powered by an engine. The method comprises disconnecting while the engine is turned off, a high pressure downstream side of the compressor from an intercooler, or an air intake manifold for non-intercooled engines, while leaving the compressor attached to a means used in the engine to drive the compressor. The output airflow is diverted from the compressor away from the engine to a disposal or to a means of separating a cleaning fluid from air. After starting the engine and while the engine is running, the cleaning fluid is injected for a sufficient time to clean the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron Belgium NV
    Inventors: Ard Martens, Graham Nancekievill, Ludo Dejaeghere
  • Publication number: 20140246058
    Abstract: A machine and method are provided for washing a tote or other container having a bottom wall, and first and second opposed side walls that are connected by first and second opposed end walls to define an access opening. The machine and method involve utilizing an automated washing machine having a housing that includes a wash zone for spraying wash liquid onto the container, a downstream rinse zone for spraying rinsing liquid onto the tote and a downstream drying zone for directing air flow onto the container to promote drying of the container and a conveyor mechanism for moving the container through the housing. The container is placed in an inverted position on the conveyor mechanism with the bottom wall facing upward and the access opening facing downward, and the conveyor mechanism moves the container through the zones for cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Deborah J. Ashton, Thomas E. Letizia, Allen S. Pucciani, Brian E. Stump
  • Publication number: 20140230858
    Abstract: A method for rinsing a treatment cell of a workpiece surface treatment system, which obtains a surface-treated workpiece by sequentially carrying the treatment cell containing the workpiece to a series of apparatuses for operations in the respective apparatuses is provided. A surface treatment apparatus performs a surface treatment on the workpiece by receiving the treatment cell from a carrying apparatus and supplying a surface treatment liquid to the inside of the treatment cell while rotating the treatment cell. A workpiece collection apparatus collects the workpiece by receiving the treatment cell from the carrying apparatus, inverts the treatment cell, and squirts the inside of the treatment cell with water from below to flow out the workpiece. The carrying apparatus carries the treatment cell to the surface treatment apparatus, and then to the workpiece collection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: C. Uyemura & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka SUGIURA, Ryosuke HAMADA, Tetsuro UEMURA, Hideki NAKADA
  • Patent number: 8808460
    Abstract: Method of cleaning containers, in particular bottles of glass or plastics, in a cleaning module with a cleaning machine where at least one cleaning medium is allowed to act on the containers transported through the cleaning machine, and with an inspection unit, including determining at least one control parameter with respect to the degree of soiling of the cleaned bottles, detecting the degree of soiling of the cleaned bottles, evaluating the detected degree of soiling of the cleaned bottles in view of the at least one control parameter with respect to the degree of soiling, returning bottles evaluated to exhibit an excessive degree of soiling to the inlet of the cleaning machine, and automatically controlling the cleaning parameters of the cleaning machine if the number of returned bottles, based on the number of cleaned bottles, exceeds a predetermined target value or target range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Johannes Preiss
  • Patent number: 8784570
    Abstract: Method for cleaning a steam nozzle (7) of a beverage preparation machine comprising a rinsing container (12) having a top opening (22) and a draining device (23) for evacuating the liquid contained therein; a feed device for feeding the nozzle with liquid; a device (13) for moving the nozzle vertically so that its free end (7a) enters the container (12); and a control unit for controlling the moving and feeding devices. It includes a rinsing sequence with the following steps: the lowering of the nozzle (7) into the rinsing position inside the container; the filling of the container (12) with liquid by the nozzle; and the draining of the container (12) activated by the control unit connected to the moving and feeding devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Gilles Morin, Laurent Gagnon, Vincent Crosville
  • Patent number: 8721800
    Abstract: A method of controlling a washing machine, capable of detecting clothes contained in the washing machine by rotating a drum. The method includes supplying a predetermined amount of water when a barrel cleaning is executed, soaking an interior of a drum in water, draining water after the interior of the drum has been soaked in the water, and detecting clothes contained in the drum by rotating the drum. Whether to perform a barrel cleaning is determined according to the existence of the clothes in the drum, so that vibration and noise are prevented from being generated in the washing machine, and accident due to the movement of the washing machine is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Bae Kim, Doo Young Ryu, Sung Mo Lee, Kyo Soon Choi, Seung Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20140126998
    Abstract: The present application thus provides a compressor wash system for use about a bellmouth of a compressor of a gas turbine engine. The compressor wash system may include a bellmouth wash nozzle positioned about the bellmouth of the compressor and a wash door assembly positioned about a lower half of the bellmouth such that the wash door assembly may be closed when the bellmouth wash nozzle is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Alston Ilford Scipio, Sanji Ekanayake
  • Patent number: 8695612
    Abstract: A bin washer device for washing bins including a conveyor for moving the bins in a conveying direction, a support and at least two bin holders rotatably supported on the support for rotation about an axis adjacent the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Valley Packline Solutions, Fruit Growers Supply Company
    Inventors: Jim Parra, Robert Guerra, Bruce Adams, David Sorenson
  • Patent number: 8663398
    Abstract: A method for cleaning turbines on-line comprises extracting water from air directly at a turbine site having a turbine and treating the air and the extracted water to obtain extremely clean water having a conductivity of less than 3 microsiemens/cm. This extremely clean water is then fed to the turbine to clean the turbine blades while the turbine is on-line. Preferably the extremely clean water is fed through a deionizer before being fed to the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ness Lakdawala, Adel Homsy, Nerses Agopian
  • Patent number: 8603256
    Abstract: A movable trash container cleaning system includes a vehicle with a spray booth and a movable access door for enclosing the spray booth. A manipulating arm is provided for engaging and lifting a container disposed outside a vehicle and inverting a container inside the spray booth. A sprayer is provided and disposed for spraying the fluid onto inside surfaces of the inverted container to clean the container and dislodge the solids. A stationary platform is provided for receiving the dislodge solids wash from the inverted container and the ram packer moves to dislodge the solids from the platform into a storage chamber in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rainbow Conversion Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Shuman, Jerry Moffatt, Bruce Atwell, Robert J. Romacly, Glenn A. Romacly
  • Patent number: 8551253
    Abstract: A method for cleaning plated polished disks used in hard drive media is provided. The method includes positioning plated polished disks in a first batch scrubber having multiple first brushes, wherein each of the plated polished disks is positioned between two of the first brushes, and scrubbing the plated polished disks with the first brushes. The method further includes positioning the plated polished disks scrubbed in the first batch scrubber in a second batch scrubber having multiple second brushes, wherein each of the plated polished disks is positioned between two of the second brushes, and scrubbing the plated polished disks with the second brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: WD Media, LLC
    Inventors: Nazman Na'im, Yeong Yih Boo
  • Patent number: 8551260
    Abstract: A fuel injection flush tool adapted to be connected to a conventional fuel injection flush canister in which a supply of combustible liquid fuel injection cleaner is stored. Liquid cleaner is delivered from the flush canister to a gasoline or diesel-driven engine being serviced by which to burn off carbon deposits from the fuel injectors and related parts during a tune-up or service. During one embodiment, air is applied to the flush canister so that the liquid cleaner is delivered from the canister at a pressure which corresponds to the operating pressure of the engine running at idle. In this case, the fuel injectors can advantageously be cleaned (i.e., decarbonized) in a relatively short time and at reduced cost without having to turn off the engine, disable the fuel pump, or remove seats, fuses, relays, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Parviz R. Horriat, Jimmy B. Horriat
  • Patent number: 8535449
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for removing deposits from rotating parts of a gas turbine engine while under full fire or idle speed utilizing a particulate coke composition. The coke composition may be introduced directly into the combustion chamber (combustor) of the gas turbine or, alternatively, anywhere in the fuel stream, water washing system, or the combustion air system. By kinetic impact with the deposits on blades and vanes, the deposits will be dislodged and will thereby restore the gas turbine to rated power output. If introduced into the compressor section, the coke particles impinge on those metal surfaces, cleaning them prior to entering the hot gas section where the process is repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Envirochem Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Hughes, Daniel T. Smith, Kenneth W. Koch, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8524008
    Abstract: In the case of a device and a method for cleaning substrates on a carrier, to the underside of which the substrates are fastened so as to be parallel to and slightly apart from one another, the carrier has in its interior a plurality of longitudinal channels, which run parallel to one another. As a result of the sawing of the wafers, they merge, via openings, into interstices between the substrates. As a result of a relative movement, an elongate tube, from which cleaning fluid is let out, is introduced into one of the longitudinal channels, the relative movement being achieved substantially through moving of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Gebr. Schmid GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Worm, Reinhard Huber
  • Patent number: 8480813
    Abstract: A method of introducing treatment fluid into containers to remove contaminants therefrom in a container filling plant, and an arrangement therefor. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Molitor, Ulrich Wiedemann, Falk Dittrich
  • Publication number: 20130167875
    Abstract: A first container treatment device includes a container feeding unit, a container removing unit, a feed line for a product, and a cleaning device for cleaning exterior surfaces using a cleaning fluid. The cleaning device has a track that runs at least in an angle range around an axis of rotation thereof. The track has a portion shaped as a hollow body such that some of said cleaning fluid can be guided along a section in the track. A robot is arranged on this track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 8444770
    Abstract: A method for cleaning components of a system for filling holes in a printed circuit board with a fluid fill material includes removing the components being a dispensing head and a manifold connected to the dispensing head preferably as a single unit. The single unit is retained in that format. Excess fluid material from the dispensing head and manifold is evacuated preferably by passing air through the dispensing head and manifold. Then the dispensing head and manifold is placed in a cleaning tub, and the manifold is attached to a solvent pump line. The dispensing head and manifold is flushed with a flow of solvent from the solvent pump line; and excess solvent from the dispensing head and manifold is evacuated, by passing air through the dispensing head and manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: TTM Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tadd Hohlfelder, Brad Moran, Rubin Matthews, Thomas Gannon
  • Patent number: 8435357
    Abstract: A tablet compressing machine and a process for cleaning a tablet compressing machine with a rotor unit, in which an actuator is provided for the purpose of tilting a sealed housing of the tablet compressing machine, in which the rotor unit, a rinsing unit and the powder supply are disposed, so that the cleaning liquid may drain off horizontal surfaces in the sealed housing. The process therefore comprises the steps of distributing the cleaning liquid, tilting the tablet compressing machine and discharging the cleaning liquid. Retrofitting of existing tablet compressing machines is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: BWI PLC
    Inventor: Douglas Stopforth
  • Patent number: 8388761
    Abstract: When the inner surface of containers conveyed in an inverted posture is sterilized, the sterilization efficiency can be increased, the amount of sterilizing fluid used can be reduced, the sterilization time and washing time can be shortened, the number of drive components of the apparatus can be reduced and the apparatus can be simplified and reduced in cost. A non-inserted nozzle 20 is disposed at a distance of 1-50 mm below the lower end surface 52 of a mouth of a container conveyed in an inverted posture, the sterilizing fluid is mixed with air and the sterilizing fluid is atomized and sprayed intermittently from the non-inserted nozzle toward the inside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwashita, Nobuaki Nagatani, Kenichi Kominami
  • Publication number: 20130019906
    Abstract: An agricultural seed box washing device and method includes a modular enclosure having a washing area having a stationary first spray array and a second spray array movable transverse to the path of travel of the seed box for washing all six geometric sides of the seed box. The device includes a two-directional conveyor that allows the seed box to cycle back and further through the first spray array for multiple passes through the spray arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Harold Parlow, II
  • Publication number: 20120312330
    Abstract: An apparatus for rinsing plastics material containers, with a conveying device which conveys the plastics material containers along a pre-set conveying path, with a plurality of spraying devices which act upon an inner space of the plastics material containers with a gaseous medium and which are designed to be movable at least locally with the plastics material containers, with a reservoir for the gaseous medium and at least one connecting line by way of which the reservoir is connected in terms of flow to the spraying devices. The apparatus has an ionizing unit which is arranged between the reservoir and the spraying devices and which ionizes centrally the gaseous medium arriving at the spraying devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Hannelore SOELLNER
  • Publication number: 20120291814
    Abstract: A process and also to a system for cleaning and maintaining a medical hand-held instrument, in particular a dental hand-held instrument, with an elongate grip sleeve in which elements are arranged which pertain to a drive arrangement and which are, in particular, rotatably supported, for example a shaft. For the purpose of cleaning and maintaining the hand-held instrument different media are conducted through it. In this connection a first medium, for example oil, is conducted merely through a power-transmission region surrounding the elements of the drive arrangement, whereas, on the other hand, a second medium, for example a cleaning agent, is conducted additionally also through at least one further cavity within the hand-held instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Kuhn, Bernd Gugel, Thomas Braun
  • Patent number: 8308870
    Abstract: Disclosed are a cleaning apparatus and a cleaning method, which can collect a chemical liquid without reducing the throughput after a substrate is subjected to a cleaning treatment and dried by using a drying solvent, such as IPA. The disclosed cleaning apparatus carries out a chemical liquid cleaning treatment, a rinsing treatment, and a drying treatment with IPA, in order, on a wafer W while rotating wafer W, and includes a cleaning liquid supply device for supplying a cleaning liquid for cleaning the drain cup and the drain tube to the drain cup in a state where the cleaning liquid is not supplied to the wafer. Also, the apparatus further includes a control unit for controlling respective components of the cleaning apparatus. The control unit, after the cleaning treatment and then the rinsing treatment of wafer W, at the time when the drying treatment is performed by IPA, controls the cleaning liquid to be supplied to the drain cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Teruomi Minami, Takashi Yabuta, Satoru Tanaka, Hirotaka Maruyama, Kouichi Eguchi
  • Publication number: 20120279523
    Abstract: There is provided a method for cleaning the compressor of a gas turbine engine. The method comprises providing a fluid passage in the inlet case strut with a nozzle communicating with the fluid passage and the inlet gas path. The fluid passage has a fluid connector for connecting wash/rinse fluid under pressure to the fluid passage. The method further comprises motoring the gas turbine engine, and injecting, through the nozzle, the wash/rinse fluid into the inlet gas path to mix with an incoming flow of air and flow into compressor rotor blades of the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Julien de la Bruere-Terreault, Andrew Robert Marshall
  • Publication number: 20120234353
    Abstract: A self-contained, mobile system for cleaning trash receptacles. The system comprises a water system and a lift system that work in conjunction with each other to provide an automated method for cleaning trash receptacles. The water system acts as a water purification system minimizing waste of the cleaning solution and maximizing efficiency. The system may be adapted to clean multiple trash receptacles sequentially or simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Patrick John Wiley, James William Joyce
  • Patent number: 8216392
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a device for cleaning the core engine of a jet engine, having a supply unit, which provides the cleaning medium, a nozzle unit, which is configured for feeding the cleaning medium into the core engine, and a line connection (10) between the supply unit and the nozzle unit. The invention provides that the nozzle unit has a means for the rotationally fixed connection to the fan shaft of the jet engine, and that a rotary coupling (5) is provided between the nozzle unit and the line connection (10). The object of the invention is further an arrangement of such a device and a turbo fan jet engine, and a method for cleaning the core engine of a jet engine using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lufthansa Technik AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Giljohann, Daniel Göbel, Michael Mensch
  • Publication number: 20120111371
    Abstract: Machine (10) and method for treating containers (12) of liquids comprising in succession at least a loading station (15), into which the containers (12) to be treated are loaded, and all disposed according to a determinate first orientation, and a washing station (17), in which the containers (12) are subjected at least to washing and are disposed in a second orientation able to promote the fall due to gravity of the dirt and/or washing liquid present in the containers (12). The machine (10) comprises, downstream of the washing station (17) and outside it, a manipulator device (41) which automatically rotates the containers (12) exiting form the washing station (17) so as to reposition the containers (12) according to the first determinate orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: STEELCO SPA
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Publication number: 20120085370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for filling or packing contents, particularly beverages, food, medications, or the like, into containers. As the containers pass through the device from an inlet to an outlet side, the containers passing through the working chamber have a sterile fluid, particularly sterile air, applied thereto for preventing germ growth. In order to reduce the cleaning effort for lines for the sterile fluid, the invention proposes that a cleaning medium having an internal line is inserted into the line for applying the sterile fluid. The line no longer needs to be disassembled in order to load the sterile fluid. In order to distribute the sterile fluid uniformly throughout the containers in a working chamber, the sterile fluid is distributed in two stages, first by means of the pipe extending into the working chamber, as described above and then through a profile extending over the containers and below the pipe, having openings for passing the sterile fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Elopak Systems AG
    Inventors: Dirk Auer, Sergey Anokhin
  • Patent number: 8147616
    Abstract: A container rinsing system (10) has an air nozzle adapted to be positioned proximate an opening of the container and adapted to direct a supply of compressed air to the container. A vacuum member is adapted to be in communication with a vacuum source. The vacuum member is positioned around the air nozzle and adapted to vacuum foreign particles away from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Stokely-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Publication number: 20120037190
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for internally cleaning cans (1) having openings (2). According to the invention, an axially displaceable spray element (7) is provided for discharging a cleaning medium into the opening (2) in the course of (overhead) internally cleaning the can (1). To this end, said spray element (7) travels into the associated can (1) and back out again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Jakob, Steffen Kappel, Thomas Stolte
  • Publication number: 20110259366
    Abstract: Cleaning of an ion implantation system or components thereof, utilizing a reactive cleaning reagent enabling growth/etching of the filament in an ion source of the arc chamber, by appropriate control of temperature in the arc chamber to effect the desired filament growth or alternative filament etching. Also described is the use of reactive gases such as XeFx, WFx, AsFx, PFx and TaFx, wherein x has a stoichioimetrically appropriate value or range of values, for cleaning regions of ion implanters, or components of implanters, in in situ or ex situ cleaning arrangements, under ambient temperature, elevated temperature or plasma conditions. Among specific reactive cleaning agents, BrF3 is described as useful for cleaning ion implant systems or component(s) thereof, in in situ or ex situ cleaning arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Sweeney, Sharad N. Yedave, Oleg Byl, Robert Kaim, David Eldridge, Steven Sergi, Lin Feng, Steven E. Bishop, W. Karl Olander, Ying Tang
  • Patent number: 8028722
    Abstract: A fluid handling device with an anisotropic wetting surface including a substrate with a multiplicity of asymmetric substantially uniformly shaped asperities thereon. Each asperity has a first asperity rise angle and a second asperity rise angle relative to the substrate. The asperities are structured to present a desired retentive force ratio (f1/f2) greater or less than unity caused by asymmetry between the first asperity rise angle and the second asperity rise angle according to the formula: f3/f2=sin(?3+½??0)/sin(?2+½??0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Extrand, Michael Wright
  • Patent number: 8002900
    Abstract: A method and apparatus 30 are provided for cleaning of bottle filling equipment 10 that has a plurality of elevated valves 18, each valve being in flow communication with filling liquid supply means 14. The method includes storing a manifold 32 that has a plurality of cleaning openings 42 in a configuration resembling that of the valves, in a position that allows clear visibility and access to the operation of the valves. The manifold 32 is lowered relative to the valves 18, so that it is below the valves and is positioned underneath the valves, with each cleaning opening 42 in flow communication with a valve. The valves 18 are rinsed with liquid flowing through the filling liquid supply 14, the valves and the manifold 32. Afterwards, the manifold 32 is removed from the valves 18 and returned to its stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Etienne Le Roux
  • Patent number: 7998278
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a concentrate for use in a cleaning and/or washing process comprising a) an alkyl glycoside having the general formula R1OGn whereby G is a saccharide residue and n is 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and R1 is an alkyl group or alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and b) a nonionic alkylene oxide adduct, wherein the concentrate has a pH value of less than 6.5, as well as to a solution obtained by diluting the concentrate and to a process of cleaning objects using the concentrate and/or solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tanja Hackenberger, Claudia Caussin De Schneck, Annett Lossack
  • Patent number: 7878247
    Abstract: Methods for cleaning out horizontal wellbores using coiled tubing are provided for use during downhole operations. A coiled tubing having a bottom hole assembly is deployed into a horizontal wellbore. Fluid is circulated down the annulus of the wellbore and up the bottom hole assembly while the bottom hole assembly is moved upward at a selected rate and distance. This method may be used to remove downhole solids, such as formation sands and proppant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: John Gordon Misselbrook, William Arthur Hutton Aitken, Jeff Li