Plural, Separately Fed, And Either Simultaneously Applied Or Admixed, Treating Fluids Patents (Class 134/36)
  • Patent number: 10399078
    Abstract: Apparatuses, components, methods, and systems for interrogating samples are provided. An example system includes a flow cell. An example flow cell includes an aperture, an inlet chamber, and a sample injector positioned within the inlet chamber. An example sample injector is configured to generate a sample stream that flows in biased proximity to a profile included in the inlet chamber. An example method includes the steps of causing sheath fluid to flow into an inlet chamber and through an aperture, injecting sample into an inlet chamber with a sample injector to form a sample stream that is entrained in the sheath fluid, and interrogating the sample stream as the sample stream passes through an interrogation region within the aperture. An example sample injector includes an outlet that is disposed in an off-center position within the inlet chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Thomas, Charles C. Wong, Christopher Delametter, Andrew M. Hardie
  • Patent number: 10395930
    Abstract: Disclosed are a substrate treating apparatus and a substrate treating method. The substrate treating apparatus includes a chamber providing an interior space for treating a substrate, a support unit provided in the chamber and configured to support the substrate, a first ejection unit having a first nozzle configured to supply a first cleaning medium in an aerosol state to the substrate supported by the support unit, and a second ejection unit having a second nozzle configured to supply a second cleaning medium to the substrate supported by the support unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SEMES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youngje Um
  • Patent number: 10388537
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for removing particles from a substrate is provided. The cleaning apparatus includes a first cleaning unit including a first dual nozzle supplying, to a substrate, a first chemical liquid and a first spray including a first liquid dissolving the first chemical liquid, and a second cleaning unit including a second dual nozzle supplying, to the substrate, a second chemical liquid different from the first chemical liquid and a second spray including a second liquid dissolving the second chemical liquid and being the same as the first liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chae Lyoung Kim, Tae-Hong Kim, Jung-Min Oh, Yungjun Kim, Ingi Kim, Boun Yoon, Hyosan Lee, Sol Han
  • Patent number: 10363648
    Abstract: Apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for selectively texturing concrete surfaces are provided. An example method of providing a surface portion of an architectural precast concrete wall panel with an abraded texture is provided. The method includes a step of spraying a surface portion of an architectural precast concrete wall panel with an aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture under conditions adequate to at least partially abrade the surface portion. An example sprayer system for abrading a concrete surface is also provided. The system includes an aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture dispenser including a spray nozzle arrangement. The system also includes a material communication assembly in abrasive flow communication with the aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture dispenser. The system also includes a dispenser positioning arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: C.J. Spray
    Inventors: Chris Bryntesen, Levi Leppke
  • Patent number: 10293383
    Abstract: A mobile high-pressure cleaning apparatus is provided with a vehicle trailer, on the chassis of which at least two running wheels are held so as to be rotatable, and with a high-pressure cleaning appliance having a motor and a pump, and also with at least one water storage tank for storing water for the high-pressure cleaning appliance. So that water can be provided to the apparatus from the at least one water storage tank or from a water supply mains, without risk of water from the water supply mains being returned thereto, the high-pressure cleaning apparatus has a decoupling tank with at least one inlet which can be connected to the water supply mains, and at least one outlet which is connected to the high-pressure cleaning appliance and to at least one water supply tank via a shut-off member which can be actuated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher SE Co. KG
    Inventors: Ronald Krauter, Andreas Pfizenmaier, Stefan Ehrhardt, Torsten Kern, Ulrich Bauer
  • Patent number: 10046073
    Abstract: Provided herein are portable ultraviolet (UV) devices, systems, and methods of use and manufacturing same. Methods of use include methods for UV disinfection and sterilization, more specifically, methods for UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, a room, a space or a defined environment. The portable UV devices, systems and methods are particularly useful for the UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, a room, a space or defined environment used in the food, beverage and dairy industry and in the process of fermentation for an alcoholic beverage. Provided are also portable UV devices, systems, and methods for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present in a container, a room, a space or a defined environment, preferably for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present on an interior surface of a container, a room, a space or a defined environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BlueMorph, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Farren, Noah Bareket, Thomas Edgar Beard
  • Patent number: 10041373
    Abstract: A control system for a gas turbine includes a controller. The controller includes a processor configured to access an operational parameter associated with the gas turbine. The processor is configured to receive a plurality of signals from sensors disposed in a turbine system, wherein the turbine system comprises a compressor system. The processor is further configured to derive a compressor efficiency and a turbine heat rate based on the plurality of signals. The processor is additionally configured to determine if an online water wash, an offline water wash, or a combination thereof, should be executed. If the processor determines that the online water wash, the offline water wash, or the combination thereof, should be executed, then the processor is configured to execute the online water wash, the offline water wash, or the combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Veronica Elizabeth Vela, Berenice Vilchis, Yeremi Adair Lopez, Salvador Villarreal
  • Patent number: 9987385
    Abstract: An instrument reprocessor for cleaning, disinfecting, and/or sterilizing a medical instrument is disclosed. To reprocess instruments having one or more channels defined therein, the reprocessor can include one or more flow control systems configured to control a flow of fluid through each channel. In various embodiments, a flow control system can include a differential pressure sensor and a proportional valve for controlling the fluid flow in a channel. The reprocessor can also include, one, a fluid circulation pump which can be configured to supply the flow control systems with fluid and, two, a system for controlling the pressure of the fluid supplied to the flow control systems. The reprocessor can also include a system for supplying a metered amount of fluid to the fluid circulation system. The system can include a reservoir having a fluid height sensor to monitor the amount of fluid therein and a pump configured to supply the reservoir with fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ETHICON, INC.
    Inventor: Ujjal Bhaumik
  • Patent number: 9382655
    Abstract: A household cleaning appliance configured to execute a cleaning cycle on an article, the appliance including a cabinet defining an interior, a treating chamber located within the interior for receiving the article for cleaning, a dispensing system having a dispensing cup fluidly coupled to the treating chamber, and a bulk dispensing cartridge configured to hold multiple treating chemistry doses for respective ones of multiple cleaning cycles, wherein the dispensing cup is configured to selectively hold the bulk dispensing cartridge, or a single treating chemistry dose for a single cleaning cycle when the bulk dispensing cartridge is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael S. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 9273240
    Abstract: A method for preparing a ternary or higher zeotropic refrigerant mixture comprising components of different volatilities is described. The method comprises: mixing together the less volatile components of the mixture in a pre-blending process; and separately adding the most volatile component to the pre-blended mixture by pressure or mass flow control so that the desired initial liquid composition is attained. The liquid zeotropic refrigerant mixture that is prepared may be transferred from a container in which it is held to another container or to a piece of equipment that is to use the refrigerant mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: MEXICHEM AMANCO HOLDING S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Robert E. Low, Stuart Corr
  • Publication number: 20150114432
    Abstract: A substrate processing method that is a method for removing a resist, the surface layer of which has been cured, from a substrate having a pattern disposed inside the resist and includes an SPM supplying step of supplying an SPM, formed by mixing sulfuric acid and a hydrogen peroxide solution, to the substrate and a liquid temperature increasing step of changing, in parallel to the SPM supplying step, a mixing ratio of the sulfuric acid and the hydrogen peroxide solution used to form the SPM to increase the liquid temperature of the SPM supplied to the substrate in the SPM supplying step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Keiji IWATA, Sei NEGORO, Tomohiro UEMURA, Yuji SUGAHARA
  • Patent number: 9017488
    Abstract: A process for quickly removing hydrocarbon contaminants and noxious gases in a safe and effective manner from catalytic reactors, other media packed process vessels and associated equipment in the vapor phase without using steam. The cleaning agent contains one or more solvents, such as terpenes or other organic solvents. The cleaning agent is injected into contaminated equipment, along with a carrier gas, in the form of a cleaning vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Refined Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cody Nath, Barry Baker, Sean Sears
  • Patent number: 9017485
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes an ice hopper structure including a plurality of walls having inner surfaces that define an inner volume storing ice therein. The ice hopper may include a drain. A cleaning structure is coupled to the ice hopper structure. The cleaning structure includes a pump linked to a spray mechanism positioned within the inner volume of the ice hopper structure. The spray mechanism disperses a liquid on an inner surface of the ice hopper structure during a cleaning cycle of the ice dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittal Murthy, Jayateertha Malagi, Servesh Adderi Raganath, Matthew Kampert, Chris Zemko
  • Patent number: 8999072
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for cleaning heat exchangers and similar vessels by introducing chemical cleaning solutions and/or solvents while maintaining a target temperature range by direct steam injection into the cleaning solution. The steam may be injected directly into the heat exchanger or into a temporary side stream loop for recirculating the cleaning solution or admixed with fluids being injected to the heat exchanger. The disclosed methods are suitable for removing metallic oxides from a heat exchanger under chemically reducing conditions or metallic species such as copper under chemically oxidizing conditions. In order to further enhance the heat transfer efficiency of heating cleaning solvents by direct steam injection, mixing on the secondary side of the heat exchanger can be enhanced by gas sparging or by transferring liquid between heat exchangers when more than one heat exchanger is being cleaned at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Varrin, Jr., Michael J. Little
  • Patent number: 8986461
    Abstract: A cleaning composition and process to remove carbon deposits from combustion equipment components is provided. The de-carbonizing composition is packaged in certain embodiments in an aerosol propellant. The inventive composition is also readily used as a liquid or an atomized mist that is readily introduced into the intake manifold through a tube tolerant of engine inlet operational temperatures and conditions. The invention introduces the composition by a process that precludes the need for engine disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Hischier, Gregory Hewgill
  • Publication number: 20150068556
    Abstract: A device (1) for removing a coating, particularly a photoresist, from a substrate (10) in at least one area of the substrate (10), comprises a nozzle (11) suitable for applying a jet of a solution medium to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Pirmin Muffler
  • Patent number: 8961701
    Abstract: Drying a microelectronic topography. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods that include placing a microelectronic topography inside a process chamber, providing a non-aqueous liquid to the process chamber until at least 90% of the volume of the process chamber contains the non-aqueous liquid, pressurizing the process chamber by way of a fluid different than the non-aqueous liquid, ceasing activity with respect to the process chamber until the non-aqueous liquid and fluid form a mixture that is substantially homogenous, venting the process chamber while simultaneously providing the fluid to the process chamber, and venting the process chamber in a manner which prevents formation of liquid in the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Mark I. Wagner, James P. DeYoung
  • Publication number: 20150047677
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a heater having an infrared lamp and a housing for heating an upper surface of a substrate held by a substrate holding mechanism with the heater in opposed relation to the upper surface. A heater cleaning method includes locating the heater at a position above a lower nozzle in opposed relation to a first spout of the lower nozzle, the lower nozzle being in opposed relation to a lower surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding mechanism, and a lower cleaning liquid spouting step of supplying a cleaning liquid to the lower nozzle to spout the cleaning liquid upward from the first spout with no substrate being held by the substrate holding mechanism to thereby supply the cleaning liquid to an outer surface of the housing of the heater located at the heater cleaning position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ryo Muramoto
  • Patent number: 8951358
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in part, to cleaning methods and solvent cleaning compositions including at least one hydrofluoro-olefin or hydrochlorofluoro-olefin solvent for use in connection with cleaning of metal parts, and in certain preferred embodiments cleaning metal parts to be used in an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hulse, Kane D. Cook
  • Patent number: 8951360
    Abstract: An ozone supply module for supplying ozonated water to an appliance that typically includes: an appliance module housing having a water inlet; a water outlet; and an electrical connection for receiving electrical power; a proton exchange membrane cell positioned within the housing; and a water conveying system within the module housing and operably connected to both the water inlet and water outlet. The water conveying system is typically configured to allow water to flow through the deionizing resin and into contact with the proton exchange membrane cell. The module and the proton exchange membrane cell receive electrical power from a home appliance when the module is operably connected to the appliance. The module produces water that contains (dissolved) ozone to be delivered to a chamber within the appliance when the module is in the engaged position with the appliance. The appliance is typically a residential appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Irene M. Brockman, Ehud Levy, Ginger E. Patera, Mark M. Senninger, Cristian A. Soto
  • Patent number: 8945407
    Abstract: A gas bearing seal using porous materials for distribution of gas flow can provide site isolation during wet processing. In some embodiments, a flow cell comprises a porous media gas bearing surrounding a periphery of the flow cell, isolating the liquid inside the flow cell from the ambient air outside the flow cell. In some embodiments, a protective chuck comprises a porous media gas bearing disposed in a middle of the protective chuck, isolating the liquid outside the protective chuck with the gaseous ambient generated by the porous media gas bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Francis
  • Patent number: 8940106
    Abstract: A composition including HCl, urea, complex substituted keto-amine-hydrochloride, an alcohol, an ethoxylate, and a ketone is provided in a method for solubilizing calcium carbonate in an aqueous suspension or dispersion of calcium carbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Green Products & Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John T. MacDonald
  • Publication number: 20150013727
    Abstract: A fluid nozzle device includes: at least one fluid nozzle which includes a nozzle body having a first inner surface, a second inner surface that is opposite to and spaced apart from the first inner surface, an inner bottom surface that interconnects the first and second inner surfaces and that cooperates with the first and second inner surfaces to define a receiving space thereamong; a gas-intake tube disposed on top of the nozzle body; a liquid-intake tube formed with a liquid inlet and having at least one liquid outlet that is distal from the gas-intake tube; and a plurality of ejecting channels spaced apart from each other and disposed in the nozzle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: els System Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Ming Teng
  • Patent number: 8926856
    Abstract: A heat transfer composition comprising trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234ze(E)), difluoromethane (R-32) and 1,1-difluoroethane (R-152a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Robert E. Low
  • Patent number: 8920571
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and materials for cleaning materials, particles, or chemicals from a substrate with a brush or pad. The method comprising: engaging a surface of a rotating wafer with an outer circumferential surface of a rotating cylindrical foam roller, the cylindrical foam roller having a plurality of circumferentially and outwardly extending spaced apart nodules extending from the outer surface, each nodule defining a height extending from the outer surface of the cylindrical foam roller to a substrate engagement surface of the nodule, the substrate engagement surface of one or more of the nodules having a rounded configuration; and positioning the cylindrical foam roller on the substrate such that the one or more nodules are positioned to have only the rounded substrate engagement surface contact the substrate such that no linear surface of the one or more nodules contacts the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventor: Briant Enoch Benson
  • Patent number: 8911641
    Abstract: A heat transfer composition comprising trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234ze(E)), carbon dioxide (R-744) and a third component selected from difluoromethane (R-32), 1,1-difluoroethane (R-152a), fluoroethane (R-161), 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R-134a), propylene, propane and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Robert E. Low
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8894874
    Abstract: The invention provides a heat transfer composition comprising (i) from about 45 to about 75% by weight 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234yf); and (ii) from about 25 to about 55% by weight 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R-134a). A heat transfer composition comprising, optionally consisting essentially of, (i) from about 20 to about 90% by weight R-1234yf; (ii) from about 10 to about 60% by weight R-134a; and (iii) from about 1 to about 20% by weight R-32 is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Robert E. Low
  • Patent number: 8888924
    Abstract: A solid controlled release composition according to the present invention includes at least one cellulosic material, water, at least one active ingredient, and optionally at least one of a saccharide, sugar alcohol or salt. The active ingredient can be a polycarboxylic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Carter Silvernail, Erik C. Olson, Michael E. Besse
  • Publication number: 20140332034
    Abstract: A method of treating a substrate comprises removing material from a substrate using a treatment protocol to provide a treated substrate followed by a rinsing step. In the rinsing step at least one stream comprising a rinsing fluid is introduced and water vapor is caused to collide with and atomize the rinsing fluid. The atomized rinsing fluid is caused to rinsingly contact the treated substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: TEL FSI, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Lauerhaas, Don Kahaian
  • Patent number: 8863957
    Abstract: A wafer separation apparatus improves wafer separation performance in separation and transfer and suppresses the occurrence of wafer breakage in separation and transfer, while remaining inexpensive and small. The apparatus includes: a cassette that vertically accommodates a large number of single wafers in intimate contact with each other, the cassette being at least vertically opened; a cassette support that removably supports the cassette, the cassette support being at least vertically opened; a hoisting unit that hoists and lowers the cassette support integrally with the cassette; a liquid bath that accommodates a liquid into which the cassette support is immersed integrally with the cassette when the hoisting unit descends; a nozzle in the inside of the liquid bath to issue micro bubbles from the underside of the cassette support toward a large number of the wafers; and a micro bubble generator that generates micro bubbles to be issued from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Watanabe Shoko
    Inventors: Ichiki Kusuhara, Kyouhei Tsunashima
  • Patent number: 8864914
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a ceramic component includes generating a computer solid model of a component, converting the computer solid model to a stereo-lithographic instruction file, and preparing the component in a stereo-lithography machine in response to the stereo-lithographic instruction file. The method further includes providing an amount of solvent, where a residue left from preparing the component is at least partially soluble in the solvent. The method includes immersing at least part of the component in the solvent, heating the solvent in a liquid state, and reducing a pressure of the solvent sufficiently to boil the solvent. The method further includes heat-curing the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Max Eric Schlienger
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140299165
    Abstract: A process for spraying water containing ozone and other substances is disclosed. A spray nozzle is configured having an orifice, with a plenum or chamber around the orifice. An open end of a tube terminates immediately adjacent the orifice, and is connected to at least a supply of ozone from an ozone generator so that ozone is inserted into a stream or spray of water from the orifice. A halogen generator may also be provided for generating a halogen sanitizer that may be in the spray of water or combined with ozone. Other substances that may be used are the fluid from the halogen generator, soaps and sanitizing metals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald L. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8845815
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid processing apparatus including first and second cups installed so as to surround a rotation holding unit of a substrate and guide a processing liquid scattered from the rotating substrate downwards. A first driving unit and a second driving unit elevate the first cup and the second cup between a position receiving the processing liquid and the lower position thereof. A controller controls that the first cup and the second cup are ascended at the same time by transferring the driving force of the first driving unit while the first cup or a first elevating member thereof is overlapped with the second cup or a second elevating member thereof from the lower side by setting the ascending speed of the first cup to be higher than the ascending speed of the second cup when the first and second cups are ascended at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ogata, Terufumi Wakiyama
  • Publication number: 20140274857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of membrane separation processes and clean in place compositions for cleaning such membranes. The cleaning compositions can remove proteins, fats, and other food, beverage, and brewery based soils and offer an environmentally friendly alternative surfactant system to NPE. According to the invention, surfactants and polymers useful for this process are unpredictable and specific surfactants, polymers, and combinations of the same are disclosed for use alone, as part of a cleaning composition. Methods of use of the same are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Paul Schacht, Jeffrey Weilage, Eric Schmidt, Joseph P. Curran, Ralf Krack, Victor Fuk-Pong Man, Charles Allen Hodge
  • Patent number: 8834642
    Abstract: A method of operating a dishwasher having multiple wash chambers, with each wash chamber executing a different cycle of operation, and liquid from one chamber may be reused in the other chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kristopher L. Delgado, Jordan R. Fountain, Barry E. Tuller
  • Patent number: 8834643
    Abstract: A method for cleaning objects made of organic or inorganic materials, wherein the relevant material is brought into contact with a composition in the form of a fluid nanophase system, comprising a) at least one water-insoluble substance having a water solubility of less than 4 grams per liter, b) at least one amphiphilic substance (NP-MCA) which has no surfactant structure, is not structure-forming on its own, the solubility of which in water or oil ranges between 4 g and 1000 g per liter and which does not preferably accumulate at the oil-water interface, c) at least one anionic, cationic, amphoteric and/or non-ionic surfactant, d) at least one polar protic solvent, in particular having hydroxy functionality, e) if necessary one or more auxiliary substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bubbles and Beyond GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Schumann, Rainer Surkow
  • Publication number: 20140251388
    Abstract: A method of supplying oxygenated water is performed on a water tank, in which oxygenated water is received. The method lets the water tank supply a constant amount of the oxygenated water once, and then supply the water tank with water and pure oxygen to recover the dissolution ratio of oxygen of the oxygenated water in the water tank. The method may supply a constant amount of oxygenated water every time for the user to drink it up once.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: BIYOUNG BIOTECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-An CHEN, SHIH-MING TUNG, YEN-HUI CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140230860
    Abstract: Disclosed are pre-wetting apparatus designs and methods for cleaning solid contaminants from substrates prior to through resist deposition of metal. In some embodiments, a pre-wetting apparatus includes a process chamber having a substrate holder, and at least one nozzle located directly above the wafer substrate and configured to deliver pre-wetting liquid (e.g., degassed deionized water) onto the substrate at a grazing angle of between about 5 and 45 degrees. In some embodiments the nozzle is a fan nozzle configured to deliver the liquid to the center of the substrate, such that the liquid first impacts the substrate in the vicinity of the center and then flows over the center of the substrate. In some embodiments the substrate is rotated unidirectionally or bidirectionally during pre-wetting with multiple accelerations and decelerations, which facilitate removal of contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Peng Chua, Bryan L. Buckalew, Thomas Anand Ponnuswamy, Brian Blackman, Chad Michael Hosack, Steven T. Mayer
  • Publication number: 20140230848
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of cleaning a substrate, comprising cleaning at least one surface of a substrate located in a liquid by injecting pressurized cleaning liquid containing bubbles or cleaning particles from a injection nozzle to at least one surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicants: HOYA CORPORATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kazuto YAMAUCHI, Tsutomu SHOKI, Takeyuki YAMADA
  • Patent number: 8808571
    Abstract: The invention provides a heat transfer composition comprising (i) a first component selected from trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234ze(E)), cis-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234ze(Z)) and mixtures thereof; (ii) carbon dioxide (R-744); and (iii) a third component selected from 1,1-difluoroethane (R-152a), fluoroethane (R-161), and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Robert E. Low
  • Patent number: 8808570
    Abstract: The invention provides a heat transfer composition comprising (i) a first component selected from trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234ze(E)), cis-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R-1234ze(Z)) and mixtures thereof; (ii) carbon dioxide (R-744); and (iii) a third component selected from propylene (R-1270), propane (R-290), n-butane (R-600), isobutane (R-600a), and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Robert E. Low
  • Publication number: 20140224282
    Abstract: A method for washing a vehicle is provided, wherein the body of the vehicle is sprayed with pressurized washing liquid via an outlet nozzle of a washing tool and the rims of the vehicle are sprayed with a rim cleaning agent. The washing tool is selectively supplied with at least one of pressurized washing liquid by a high-pressure pump and alkaline rim cleaning agent by a cleaning agent supplying device. A vehicle washing apparatus for performing the method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ralf Schick
  • Patent number: 8801867
    Abstract: A method for cleaning process apparatus used for production of liquids, especially for cleaning filters, for example membrane filters. The apparatus is contacted with a solution of periodate. It is especially preferred that the cleaning process is carried out at a temperature between 15 and 95° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: X-Flow B.V.
    Inventors: Arie Cornelis Besemer, Elmar Van Mastrigt, André Mepschen
  • Patent number: 8801863
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a rack provided with interior and exterior corner nozzles to direct washing fluid onto interior and exterior surface portions of an object placed in a corner of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, David H. Chen
  • Publication number: 20140216505
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning apparatus includes: a pure water supply line provided with a pure water flow regulator and a pure water supply valve; chemical supply lines each provided with a chemical flow regulator and a chemical supply valve; a merging line where pure water and a plurality of liquid chemicals meet to form a cleaning liquid; a cleaning liquid supply line configured to supply the cleaning liquid to a substrate; and a controller configured to control the pure water flow regulator, the pure water supply valve, the chemical flow regulators, and the chemical supply valves such that the pure water and the plurality of liquid chemicals are present at a predetermined ratio at a meeting point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Fujihiko TOYOMASU, Toru MARUYAMA, Mitsunori KOMATSU
  • Patent number: 8793898
    Abstract: A method for drying substrates using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) includes: a pre-stage in which heated fluid is injected to a bottom surface of a substrate to raise a temperature of the substrate simultaneously to injection of an organic solvent to a top surface of the substrate and injection of a dry gas to the top surface thereof to improve a vaporization power of the organic solvent; and a final stage in which the injection of the heated fluid is stopped and the organic solvent and the dry gas are injected to the top surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Ju Jeong, Bok-Kyu Lee, Sun-Kyu Hwang, Jeong-Yong Bae, Soo-Bin Yong
  • Publication number: 20140213063
    Abstract: A wet chemical processing method and apparatus for use in semiconductor manufacturing and in other applications, is provided. The method and apparatus provide for energizing a processing liquid such as a cleaning or etching liquid using ultrasonic, megasonic or other energy waves or by combining the liquid with a pressurized gas to form a pressurized spray, or using both. The energized, pressurized fluid is directed to a substrate surface using a fluid delivery system and overcomes any surface tensions associated with liquids, solids, or air and enables the processing liquid to completely fill any holes such as contact holes, via holes or trenches, formed on the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Yen HSU, Shao-Yen KU, Chun-Li CHOU, Tsai-Pao SU
  • Patent number: 8784568
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of cleaning a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus includes supplying a cleaning gas for removing a deposition film deposited on an inside wall of a treatment chamber through a supply pipe of the treatment chamber so that a supply amount of the cleaning gas from the supply pipe per unit time is greater than an exhaust amount of the cleaning gas from an exhaust pipe of the treatment chamber per unit time. The method further includes supplying an inert gas to fill the supply pipe with the inert gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenichiro Toratani, Takashi Nakao