Operating Or Controlling Device Engaged And Moved By Work Or Separate Work Holder Patents (Class 134/44)
  • Patent number: 10443904
    Abstract: A device for cooling a substance stored within the device has a body with an internal compartment for holding the substance to be cooled. The compartment can be sealed closed and can be accessed for adding substance to the compartment for cooling or for removing substance from the compartment after cooling the substance. The body of the device has an internal cavity that surrounds the exterior of the compartment holding the substance to be cooled. Fluidized coolant is injected into the cavity through an injection port to cool the substance contained within the compartment before removing the substance from the compartment for use. The device may include exterior buttons that compress the internal compartment when the buttons are pressed toward each other, which in turn compresses and breaks up the substance contained within the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick Alan Tatom
  • Patent number: 9253375
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides example methods operable by computing device. An example method can include receiving an image from a camera. The method can also include comparing one or more parameters of the image with one or more control parameters, where the one or more control parameters comprise information indicative of an image from a substantially unobstructed camera. Based on the comparison, the method can also include determining a score between the one or more parameters of the image and the one or more control parameters. The method can also include accumulating, by a computing device, a count of a number of times the determined score image exceeds a first threshold. Based on the count exceeding a second threshold, the method can also include determining that the camera is at least partially obstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peyman Milanfar, Marc Stewart Levoy, Samuel William Hasinoff, Changyin Zhou
  • Publication number: 20150101642
    Abstract: Systems and methods for washing produce to achieve an approximate 5 log colony-forming unit (CFU) reduction of foodborne pathogens per unit of produce are disclosed. In an example embodiment of the disclosed technology, a method includes rinsing the produce. Further, a method may include cleaning or soaking the produce in a cleaning solution. A method may include draining the cleaning solution to remove organic material. A method may further comprise sanitizing the produce, which may include soaking and/or agitating the produce in a sanitizing solution for a predetermined period of time. Finally, a method may comprise draining any remaining solution and drying the produce to remove solution from the surface of the produce.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: C. Harold King
  • Patent number: 8931494
    Abstract: A cleaning container (1) for a cleaning device (4) is provided. The cleaning device has a handle (6) and a cleaning head (5). The cleaning container includes a main chamber (3) for the cleaning and storing of the cleaning device (4) and a secondary chamber (13), connected to the main chamber (3) via an access opening (16). A device for the action of the cleaning fluid on the cleaning device (4) in the main chamber (3) is provided. The main chamber (3) and the second chamber (13) are designed as separate container elements (2, 12), which are connected to one another in a detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Norbert Weis, Ralf Juergens, David McKnight
  • Patent number: 8753571
    Abstract: In a method for sanitizing a touch screen of an electronic device, the electronic device includes a first motor roller and a second motor roller and a screen sanitization system. The first motor roller connects to the second motor roller through a flexible pipe that is filled with a sanitizer. The first motor roller is scrolled to clean and sanitize a first protective film using sanitizer when the first protective film is overlaid on the surface of the touch screen, and a second protective film is drawn to overlay on the surface of the touch screen. The second motor roller is scrolled to clean and sanitize the second protective film using the sanitizer when the second protective film is overlaid on the surface of the touch screen, and the first protective film is drawn to overlay on the surface of the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Ta Hsu, Cho-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 8573236
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a respective apparatus for ultrasonic wet treatment of a plate-like article, which comprises: bringing a solid element, which is connected to a transducer in close proximity to a surface of a plate-like article so that a gap is formed between the solid element and the plate-like article, the gap having a distance d2 between 0.1 mm and 5 mm, dispensing liquid for filling the gap between the solid element and the plate-like article, and detecting ultrasonic waves and/or controlling the distance d2, by measuring the distance d2, comparing the measured distance with a desired distance d0 and adjusting the distance accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research AG
    Inventors: Rainer Obweger, Alexander Lippert, Harry Sax
  • Patent number: 8166983
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub formed by a plurality of walls defining an interior and an exterior, a first conduit coupled to the tub, a valve coupled to the first conduit, a rack moveable between an engaged horizontal position and a disengaged horizontal position and between an upper vertical position and a lower vertical position, and a second conduit coupled to the rack. A first portion of the second conduit engages the valve when the rack is in the upper vertical position, and a second portion of the second conduit engages the valve when the rack is in the lower vertical position. The valve permits fluid to flow from the first conduit to the second conduit when the rack is in the engaged horizontal position. The valve does not permit fluid to flow from the first conduit to the interior when the rack is in the disengaged horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Wolf Appliance, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin R. Clerkin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7946298
    Abstract: A device and method for cleaning a bell cup after its removal from a rotary paint atomizer. The device preferably includes an enclosure within which the bell cup is retained during the cleaning operation. Pressurized cleaning fluid is introduced into the enclosure where it flows over the bell cup and removes paint therefrom. The enclosure may be connected to the nozzle end of a paint spray gun that can be used to deliver the pressurized cleaning fluid thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Charles C. Marks
  • Patent number: 7810511
    Abstract: A device may include a receiving surface to receive a cleaning device adapted to clean a surface of a lens when the device is proximate to the surface of the lens. The device may further include a mounting surface to moveably support the device on a host surface, where the host surface further supports a lens. The mounting surface may further maintain the device in a first position that maintains the cleaning device proximate to the surface of the lens to remove a foreign object from the surface of the lens, and maintain the device in a second position that maintains the cleaning device away from the surface of the lens to allow the lens to receive optical information related to a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Nils Gustav Fagrenius, Sven Rune Fredrik Palmqvist, Johan Martin Wedel, Carl Magnus Waldt, Eva Tina Rålin, Sten Ola Håkansson
  • Publication number: 20090277473
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the cleaning the interior surfaces of tubular members are provided. A flexible conduit having a nozzle disposed on an end can be disposed within the bore of a tubular to be cleaned. The nozzle can have an internal 5-15 degree tapered section with a length-to-diameter ratio of greater than about 2:1. The nozzle can have an outer diameter that is about 80% to 99% of the inner diameter of the tubular. A fluid suspension containing air and solid carbon dioxide can be passed through the nozzle, impinging the surrounding inner surface of the surrounding tubular as the nozzle is disposed within the tubular. The solid carbon dioxide and compressed air suspension can have a solids concentration of from about 0.1% to 10.0% solids. The solids delivery rate through the nozzle can range from about 0.5 lbs/minute to about 5 pounds/minute. The flow of the suspension through the nozzle can be controlled using a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Arlie Mitchell Boggs
  • Publication number: 20090159101
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub formed by a plurality of walls defining an interior and an exterior, a first conduit coupled to the tub, a valve coupled to the first conduit, a rack moveable between an engaged horizontal position and a disengaged horizontal position and moveable between an upper vertical position and a lower vertical position, and a second conduit coupled to the rack. A first portion of the second conduit is configured to engage the valve when the rack is in the upper vertical position and a second portion of the second conduit is configured to engage the valve when the rack is in the lower vertical position, and the valve permits fluid to flow from the first conduit to the second conduit when the rack is in the engaged horizontal position, and wherein the valve does not permit fluid to flow from the first conduit to the interior when the rack is in the disengaged horizontal position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Colin R. Clerkin
  • Patent number: 7521083
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for treatment of a surface of a rotor blade of a windmill, the apparatus being placed in such a manner to be moveable in relation to the surface of a rotor blade, and the apparatus being caused to move depending on a form of treatment determined by means for treatment mounted on, in or next to the apparatus. In this manner, various forms of treatment of a rotor blade may be carried out such as for instance washing, finishing, sealing, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: PP Energy APS
    Inventor: Paul Teichert
  • Publication number: 20080226485
    Abstract: Provided is a vacuum pump having a rotation body cleaning unit. The vacuum pump includes a case provided with rotation guide holes at opposite end parts. The case includes a rotation body placed inside the case and including a rotation shaft having opposite ends rotatably supported by the rotation guide holes and a number of lobes provided in the rotation shaft at predetermined intervals. Further, a cleaning part is supported by the case and placed in a space between the lobes and cleans the rotation body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tea-Jin PARK, Seung-Ki CHAE, Kwang-Myung LEE, Sang-Gon LEE
  • Publication number: 20080210267
    Abstract: A cleaning container (1) for a cleaning device (4), which has a handle (6) and a cleaning head (5), in particular for a toilet brush, is described, wherein the cleaning container (1) comprises a main chamber (3) for the cleaning and storing of the cleaning device (4) and a secondary chamber (13), connected to the main chamber (3) via an access opening (16) and a device for the action of the cleaning fluid on the cleaning device (4) in the main chamber (3). In order to guarantee a clean and simple handling, in particular when the cleaning container (1) is emptied and cleaned, provision is made in accordance with the invention so that the main chamber (3) and the second chamber (13) are designed as separate container elements (2,12), which are connected to one another in a detachable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Norbert Weis, Ralf Juergens, David McKnight
  • Publication number: 20080190456
    Abstract: Described are an apparatus and a method for examining the holes in a nozzle strip, in which are provided a unit for cleaning the nozzle strip and a unit that is connected thereto and used to automatically detect the state of the nozzle holes, the holes being automatically examined for impurities and/or signs of wear by use of optical methods and optionally subjected to complete or partial aftercleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: M.O.M. TOOLS, LLC
    Inventor: Jurgen Heller
  • Publication number: 20080190462
    Abstract: A drive sprocket for driving a modular belt having a plurality of belt modules with intercalated link ends connected by transverse pivot members to form hinges. The belt modules may have transverse ribs. The drive sprocket is driven by a shaft. The drive sprocket has a central opening for receiving the shaft. The body has a plurality of teeth disposed in pairs along a periphery of the body. The body has a first opening formed between adjacent pairs of teeth and extending toward the center of the sprocket to provide access to the hinge area, when the belt engages with the sprocket, for application of cleaning fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: HABASIT AG
    Inventors: Dieter Guldenfels, Marco Lucchi
  • Publication number: 20080178909
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for washing gas turbine engines comprising a manifold comprising one or more tubes; a pumping system for providing pressurized washing liquid to the manifold, the pumping system comprising a pump, and one or more valves; and a control unit for regulating the pumping system according to washing parameters associated to a particular engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Per G. Alvestig, Sebastian Nordlund
  • Publication number: 20080169008
    Abstract: A method for removing post-processing residues in a single wafer cleaning system is provided. The method initiates with providing a first heated fluid to a proximity head disposed over a substrate. Then, a meniscus of the first fluid is generated between a surface of the substrate and an opposing surface of the proximity head. The substrate is linearly moved under the proximity head. A single wafer cleaning system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Seokmin Yun, John M. Boyd, Mark Wilcoxson, John de Larios
  • Patent number: 7398786
    Abstract: A cleaning device for the shaving head of a dry shaving apparatus includes a receptacle formed in a housing of the cleaning device. The receptacle adapted to receive the shaving head for cleaning with a cleaning fluid. During the cleaning cycle, the dry shaving apparatus is lockable in the cleaning device by means of an interlock. The shaving head is exposed to heat from a heater for drying subsequent to cleaning. Following a drying cycle, release of the interlock is controlled by a control element provided in the cleaning device to prevent an operator's skin from being burned by an excessively hot shaving head in an immediately succeeding shaving operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhold Eichhorn, Detlef Gleich, Sebastian Hottenrott, Peter Junk, Christof Kleemann, Michael Odemer, Thorsten Pohl, Tobias Schwarz, Jürgen Wolf
  • Publication number: 20080110478
    Abstract: The invention provides a filter cleaning apparatus having a driving force generating module, a driving force delivering module, and a cleaning module. The driving force generating module is for generating a driving force, the cleaning module is for cleaning a filter, and the driving force delivering module is coupled to the driving force generating module and the cleaning module for delivering the driving force from the driving force generating module to the cleaning module. In this way, the cleaning module is capable of moving on a surface of the filter to achieve the objective of cleaning the filter without dismantling the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Chin-Shien Huang
  • Publication number: 20080035179
    Abstract: A surface treatment device (10) is provided for applying a surface treatment medium to an article (60). The device comprises an application member (12, 14) for holding and applying the surface treatment medium to the article. The device has a securing arrangement (40) for securing the application member to the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Daniel Clark, Stephen Tuppen, Christopher Wynn
  • Patent number: 7216654
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a dishwasher is provided in which an intake port cover for closing a steam intake port is mechanically operated. The dishwasher has a cavity enclosed in part by a door, and a fan motor which drives a fan installed at an upper portion of the door. During a drying operation, the fan generates a suction force to draw steam from the cavity through an intake port of the fan housing and out through an exhaust port. An intake port cover is movably installed with respect to the intake port so as to open and close the steam intake port based on an operation mode of the fan. The intake port cover has a central shaft coupled to a rotational shaft of the fan such that a driving force generated by the fan as it rotates is transferred to the intake port cover so as to selectively open and close the steam intake port. The steam intake port is open during a drying operation, and is closed during a washing and rinsing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Myung Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 6792956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) for cleaning a liquid-containing vessel. More particularly, the present invention relates to a device (1), suitable for cleaning liquid-containing vessels (such as bathtubs or swimming pools), equipped with an energy storage means and a self-tracking means and/or a filter, wherein said device (1) is capable of floating and actively moving in said vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Katia Bredo, Alejandro Cedeno, Nicolas Rémy Denis Pochart, Michela Ratti, Joris Jozef Gustaaf Tack
  • Publication number: 20040168711
    Abstract: A container rinsing apparatus and method of rinsing a container that includes a nozzle positioned to spray liquid at a particular spray angle toward the interior surface of the container when the top surface of the container depresses a base cover of the rinsing apparatus. The rinsing apparatus is capable of completely rinsing virtually any shape of container without requiring manipulation of the container relative to the rinsing device during rinsing. When the container is positioned to engage the rinsing apparatus, the nozzle is closer to the open end of the container than the closed end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: K-TEC, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Dickson, Mark W. McLane
  • Patent number: 6739380
    Abstract: The removal of ceramic material from the interior of cast metallic components is accomplished in a closed system. A vessel within the system is filled with a chemical leaching fluid that immerses the cast component having the ceramic material and/or ceramic cores therein. The leaching fluid is superheated and boiling is controlled by varying the pressure within the closed system without changing the molecules in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Max Eric Schlienger, Michael D. Baldwin, Ariel Eugenio
  • Patent number: 6668842
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing a fluid of mixed disinfectant and water in a spray to footwear of a worker is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing including a base section, a platform installed within the base section, a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the housing, and a fluid dispensing system of mixed disinfectant and water including a first valve assembly configured to dispense fluid to the fluid dispensing assembly when a force is applied to the platform so that the spray of the fluid is dispensed onto the footwear. A method of sanitizing the footwear of a worker with a fluid may include the steps of detecting when the worker has stepped onto a platform and dispensing the fluid onto the footwear for at least a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Bradley Corporation
    Inventors: Arno C. Wilke, James E. Carroll, Jeffery S. Jaworski
  • Patent number: 6648979
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer is cleaned while a sponge or brush is pressed against the wafer with a constant forced applied utilizing a bias in a constant force pencil. The wafer is cleaned in the state wherein a collapsing portion of the constant force pencil with respect to the cleaning sponge cloth is set in such a way that the cleaning pressure, which is applied from the cleaning sponge to the wafer, can be constant and is adjustable. A method for cleaning wafers using a constant force pencil is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Lofaro, Marc Mattaroccia, Leonard C. Stevens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6638770
    Abstract: An apparatus for depositing an array of spots on a receiving surface includes a fluid source, a deposit device that includes a drop-carrying surface, and a cleaning device. The deposit device and a fluid source are cooperatively arranged to deposit a spot(usually created by a drop) on a receiving surface. The cleaning device is constructed and arranged to clean the drop-carrying surface by employing a flow of cleaning fluid or another cleaning matter such as small particles the flow being arranged to prevent contaminating back flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Affymetrix, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean I. Montagu
  • Patent number: 6607606
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for shielding the lens and the field of view of an optical device, such as a camera or an image projector, from obstruction by unwanted contaminants such as dust, dirt, rain, and the like. The invention employs a transparent shield positioned to protect the lens from such contaminants. A wiper is positioned to be in contact with the shield but the wiper is also positioned to not obstruct the field of view. A rotation mechanism is used to cause rotation of the shield. Contaminants that may be deposited upon the shield may be wiped from the shield by the wiper yet the wiper does not obstruct the field of view. Rotation of the shield allows a portion of the shield that is obstructed by a contaminant to be rotated away from the field of view. Rotation of the shield allows a portion of the shield that has been wiped to be rotated into the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Barry Bronson
  • Publication number: 20020139398
    Abstract: An apparatus for washing the media bed of a gas pollution abatement reactor includes a continuous tubular manifold having a plurality of spaced downwardly directed nozzles directing liquid onto the bed supported on a frame, a drive wheel supports the frame, and a motor driving the drive wheel in at least two directions inside the reactor. The manifold is connected to a source of liquid and the apparatus includes directional control switches for reversing the direction of the drive wheel. The reactor is first taken offline and the media bed is cooled to ambient temperature. The components of the washer are disassembled and then re-assembled inside the reactor and the manifold is connected to a source of wash liquid. The washer traverses the media bed, uniformly washing the media bed to remove particulate contaminants without requiring personnel inside the reactor while the media is being washed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: Jerry Wayne Noble
  • Patent number: 6428752
    Abstract: For depositing fluid dots in an array, e.g., for microscopic analysis, a deposit device, e.g. a pin, cooperating with a fluid source defines a precisely sized drop of fluid of small diameter on a drop carrying surface. Transport mechanism positions the device precisely over the receiving surface and drive mechanism moves the deposit device toward and away from the surface. By repeated action, minute drops of fluid can be deposited precisely in a dense array, preferably under computer control. A mobile-fluid storage device resupplies the deposit device along the array, e.g. in the immediate vicinity of the deposit locations. Mobile annular storage rings are lowered and raised to obtain a supply of fluid, or a mobile multiwell plate is used. Cleaning mechanism is shown, in particular a jet arrangement that directs a jet from a pin or tool axis portal to deeper into the confinement chamber, to scrub along a pin or pin-like structure while inducing an air flow from the working zone to prevent back contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Affymetrix, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean I. Montagu
  • Publication number: 20020066471
    Abstract: A system for processing a workpiece includes a base having a bowl or recess for holding a liquid. A process reactor or head holds a workpiece between an upper rotor and a lower rotor. A head lifter lowers the head holding the workpiece into contact with the liquid. Sonic energy is introduced into the liquid and acts on the workpiece to improve processing. The head spins the workpiece during or after contact with the liquid. The upper and lower rotors have side openings for loading and unloading a workpiece into the head. The rotors are axially moveable to align the side openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Steven L. Peace, Paul Z. Wirth, Eric Lund
  • Publication number: 20020020430
    Abstract: A system for processing a workpiece includes a base having a bowl or recess for holding a liquid. A sonic energy source, such as a megasonic transducer, provides sonic energy into a liquid in the bowl. A process reactor or head holds a workpiece between an upper rotor and a lower rotor. A head lifter lowers the head holding the workpiece into the liquid. Sonic energy is provided to the workpiece through the liquid, optionally while the head spins the workpiece. The liquid may include de-ionized water and an etchant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Paul Z. Wirth, Steven L. Peace
  • Patent number: 6314971
    Abstract: The invention concerns a cleaning paper dispenser, consisting of a box (6) and a support for the paper (2) roll (2), at least a spraying nozzle capable of being switched on, and which can be actuated by a motor during the forward progression of the paper for moisturising it, of a motor drive for moving the paper forward, and a reservoir (5) containing the moisturising agent. The drive for moving the paper forward comprises at least a cylinder (7) driven by a motor and a counter-element. Said cylinder (7) consists of a foam envelope (40). The space between said cylinder and the counter-element is located under the roll unwinding point, and the opening for removing the paper from the box is located substantially in vertical alignment with the space separating the cylinder from its counter-element. The force of pressure between the cylinder and the counter-element can be adjusted such that the paper located between them can be removed when the motor has stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Wellgo GmbH Werkzeuge und Spritzgussteile
    Inventor: Albert Schneider
  • Patent number: 6176941
    Abstract: A process for cleansing microorganisms from the pliant epidermal surface of a human hand which comprises brushlessly scrubbing the pliant epidermal surface of the human hand with a plurality of cleansing fluids. The cleansing fluids are oscillating sprays which are sprayed onto the epidermal surface at a frequency of 20-80 HZ and at a temperature of 40-50° C. thereby removing microorganisms present on the pliant epidermal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignees: Warren R. Jewett, Richard L. Bird
    Inventors: Warren R. Jewett, Tadeusz M. Drzewiecki
  • Patent number: 5842491
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus includes an internal cleaning tank having an inlet for introducing and an outlet for removing a cleaning solution, and an external cleaning tank surrounding the internal cleaning tank and having a plurality of inlets and outlets for introducing and removing the cleaning solution. First and second circulation pumps each disposed in the middle of the first and second circulation pipes for connecting the inlet and outlet of the internal cleaning tank with the plurality of inlets and outlets of the external cleaning tank are also provided. A baffle plate may also be disposed within the internal cleaning tank for fixing and separating a cassette having a plurality of wafers contained therein from the bottom of internal cleaning tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: LG Semicon Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suk Bin Han, Yun Jun Huh
  • Patent number: 5522411
    Abstract: A portable hand washing and drying equipment unit comprises a housing having a front hand receiving opening communicating with a central hand compartment. Adjacently above the hand compartment is an upper compartment having a cleansing liquid reservoir with a valve-controlled flow tube for selectively delivering cleansing liquid from the reservoir to the hand compartment, and an electrically powered fan for providing a flow of hand drying air within the hand compartment. The reservoir and fan are supported by a shelf which is slidable into and out of the housing to enable access to such elements. Adjacently below the hand compartment is a lower compartment having a removable waste liquid receptacle therein for temporarily storing used cleansing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: Gloria A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5449009
    Abstract: A fluid collection and disposal system which includes a reusable collection unit designed to be cleaned by a servicing unit after use. The servicing unit performs an automatic servicing cycle to remove the collected fluid from the collection unit and prepare it for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Sherwood Medical Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Kerwin, Jacky S. Yam, Keith G. Korte, Theodore J. Klefisch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5365958
    Abstract: A razor cleaning device is attached to a source of tap water either at a faucet spout or independently of a faucet. The device contains a nozzle for directing the tap water to a location to which blades of a razor are guided for cleaning. The outlet of the nozzle is of a relatively small area, causing the tap water exiting from the nozzle to be of a high pressure. The device contains a valve which remains closed unless the razor blades are in place for cleaning, the closed valve causing the pressure at the valve to increase and also conserving water. The device contains a notched leaf for guiding the razor blades to the location for cleaning, and a lever which is pressed upon by the razor when the blades are in that location, the lever causing the valve to open and a high pressure blast of water to exit the nozzle, cleaning the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Glen Stuhlmacher, II
  • Patent number: 5287866
    Abstract: In a dishwashing system, a dishwashing machine (10) is provided to wash a rack holding thereon tableware in a washing chamber, a wagon (W) is provided to have therein plural stages of horizontal storage shelves in an up-and-down direction, and an elevator (E) is disposed between the wagon and the dishwashing machine. On the elevator (E), a drive control device is provided to move a ramp (56) of the elevator by a driving mechanism (60) toward a position facing to one of shelves of the wagon after the rack has been placed at a reference position of the ramp (56) by way of timing belts (57i) (57l), to drive the timing belts by a timing belt mechanism (57) so as to store the rack onto the shelf, to stop the timing belt mechanism upon completing storage of the rack and to drive the driving mechanism till the ramp reaches the reference position. These operations are repeated by the drive control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Hoshizaki Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Torimitsu, Chiyoshi Toya, Tomio Suyama, Sadayuki Hirate, Tomoko Yamamura
  • Patent number: 5284170
    Abstract: A spraying device rinses recyclable or reusable containers by inverting the container over an open end of a rigid, tubular member. The rigid, tubular member is of substantially uniform diameter with openings of smaller diameter than the tubular member at its open end. A water stream flowing through the tubular member is controlled by hand-operation of a valve member or by valve actuation using the weight of the container and/or the pressure by a user holding the container which depresses a lever initiating the water stream. Therefore, either single-handed or two-handed operation for cleaning or rinsing containers may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventor: Mark Larsen
  • Patent number: 5277207
    Abstract: For the treatment of bottles before they are filled, the bottles (2) gripped by a clamp (24), are inverted by the pivoting of the clamp about an inversion axis (28) and in the inverted position undergo injection by means of a nozzle (49). At the same time, the clamp and the bottle are driven rotationally about the axis of a rotary roundabout (13) simultaneously treating a plurality of bottles.The clamp is articulated on the sides of an individual receptacle (29) which also turns with the roundabout (13) and which discharges into an annular collector (62). The nozzle (49) is situated at the center of a funnel (61) through which the fluid injected into the bottle falls back into the receptacle (29).Utilization for enhancing the hygiene of the collection circuit for the evacuation or recycling of the treatment fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Rene Perrier
  • Patent number: 5017239
    Abstract: A cleaning process is provided for window blinds of the type comprising vertical strips of fabric which are supported at an upper end so as to lie in parallel planes which are rotatable. The process includes a carrying frame for attachment to the lower end of the strips by which the strips are maintained in their proper parallel condition during detachment, washing, rinsing, drying and reattachment. After detachment the strips are immersed in a bath of cleaning liquid which flows longitudinally of the strips from the carrying frame to trailing end of the strips. Rinsing is carried in a similar bath. Drying is carried out by passing the strips between parallel runs of an absorbent fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Allan R. Morrison
  • Patent number: 5000207
    Abstract: Apparatus suitable for processing semiconductor slices, comprises a tank (1) for receiving a jig carrying semiconductor slices, a first supply line (2) for supplying a processing liquid to the tank (1), a supply valve (3) for controlling liquid supply through the first supply line (2), the supply valve (3) being operable in response to changes in fluid pressure at a control port (4) of the supply valve (3) and a second supply line (5) for supplying fluid to the control port (4) to control operation of the supply valve (3). The second supply line (5) communicates with an inlet (8) of the tank (1) via a control valve (7) which is operable in response to changes within the tank to control the fluid pressure at the control port (4) and so control operation of the supply valve (3).In the arrangement shown in FIG. 1, a valve member (7a) of the valve (7) is carried by a platform (9) pivotally mounted within the tank (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B. Titterington, William Ardern
  • Patent number: 4832064
    Abstract: In a glass washing machine having a glass carrier rotatable on an upright axis, half of the carrier is always in an access zone where glasses can be loaded onto the carrier and removed from it, the other half in a cleansing zone where detergent solution is discharged from a first set of spray nozzles and germicidal rinsing solution is discharged from a second set of nozzles. Upon actuation of a pushbutton switch, the carrier rotates through 180.degree., always in the same direction, then stops until the switch is again actuatd. Liquids are discharged from all nozzles while the carrier rotates. Detergent solution is recirculated, but fresh detergent solution is introduced during a predetermined portion of each period of carrier rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Perlick Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Nezworski
  • Patent number: 4239158
    Abstract: There is disclosed a spray head extension for a pressurized container comprising a rigid elongated member having a fluid passageway along the length thereof extending from one end to a location adjacent the other end thereof, the elongated member having at least one opening connected between the fluid passageway adjacent the other end and the exterior surface of the elongated member, the one end having a receptacle therein connected to the fluid passageway and adapted and constructed to receive and engage the valve stem of a pressurized container and to direct the pressurized contents of the container into the fluid conduit and out of the at least one passageway when the valve stem is displaced to open the valve, the elongated member displacing the valve stem by pressing the one end of the elongated member against the interior wall of a space into which the elongated member is inserted, allowing the pressurized contents of the container to flow through the rigid elongated member and out of the at least one pa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignees: George L. Moyles, Roy Shook
    Inventor: William H. Gates
  • Patent number: 4188106
    Abstract: A film disc is rotated in contact with a processing solution in a tray to transform a latent image on the disc to a visible one. The tray, although normally stationary, is supported for rotation about the same axis as that of the rotated disc. After the disc has been processed in the solution, the disc and the tray are operatively connected to simultaneously rotate the two, which centrifugally discharges the solution from the disc and the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Donald M. Harvey