Using Solid Work Treating Agents Patents (Class 134/6)
  • Patent number: 10428546
    Abstract: Components of automatic pool cleaners (APCs) are detailed. The components may include brushes configured to attach to blades of scrubbers of the APCs. The flexible brushes may rotate as their associated blades rotate and have fingers which flex so as to adduce contact between a to-be-cleaned pool or spa surface and bristles protruding outward from sides of the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Systems LLC
    Inventors: Hendrikus Johannes van der Meijden, Bruce Harbottle
  • Patent number: 10413716
    Abstract: A medical device cap that protectively surrounds a medical device component for disinfection purposes and includes an identification element that can record and transmit pertinent information of the medical device cap and the medical device component is disclosed. The medical device cap enables documentation of instances when the cap is used and promotes stronger compliance with the use of medical device caps for applications involving disinfection of a medical device component such as an IV access port or a luer tip. Use of the medical device cap results in better compliance and monitoring of the use of such caps and leads to reduced incidence of CRBSI infections related to medical device component contamination. In one embodiment, the medical device cap enables automated real-time electronic documentation of when the cap is applied, while also documenting duration of application and tracking of device for inventory management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Tushar R. Sathe
  • Patent number: 10357794
    Abstract: A method for removing a residue of a substance, extrudable through a nozzle of an automated end-effector, from an exterior of the nozzle, the method including steps of (1) establishing contact between the nozzle and a cleaning pad; (2) adhering the cleaning pad to the nozzle; (3) inserting the nozzle, with the cleaning pad adhered thereto, into a constricting device; (4) circumferentially squeezing the cleaning pad around the nozzle with the constricting device; (5) withdrawing the nozzle from the constricting device to separate the cleaning pad from the nozzle and remove the residue of the substance from the exterior of the nozzle; and (6) transferring the cleaning pad from the constricting device to a disposal receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John J. DeForest, Fei Cai, Cameron J. Moore, Jeffrey R. Joyce
  • Patent number: 10327614
    Abstract: A device for treating a surface, in particular to a cleaning robot, has a detection device for identifying the type of surface, which detection device has a light source for irradiating the surface with light and has a sensor for detecting the light which is reflected by the surface. In order to improve the identification of the type of surface, it is proposed that a three-dimensional screen panel which forms a plurality of partial volumes is associated with the sensor, wherein each partial volume is in each case associated with a different sensor subarea of the sensor, and wherein adjacent sensor subareas are optically separated from one another by means of the screen panel such that light is prevented from passing from a first partial volume to a second partial volume. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for operating a device for treating a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Lorenz Hillen, Mara Brandt
  • Patent number: 10320411
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention relate to a high accuracy phase shift apparatus. The phase shift apparatus comprises a voltage controlled analog phase shifter, a microcontroller unit (MCU) and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The MCU generates a digital control signal, which is converted into an analog control signal by the DAC to control the voltage controlled analog phase shifter to achieve desired phase shift angle. The phase shift apparatus may further incorporate a temperature sensor for temperature compensation. The output from the temperature sensor may be used to modify the reference voltage of the DAC, or alternatively be used to modify the digital control signal from the MCU. By incorporation digitalized control and temperature compensation to an analog phase shifter, the disclosed phase shift apparatus achieves high accuracy digitalized control, a flat phase shift over a wide bandwidth, and a stable phase shift over temperature variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Chengdu Sicore Semiconductor Corp. Ltd.
    Inventor: Cemin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10300420
    Abstract: A method of filtering air using a composite filter substrate having a mixture of fiber shapes and sizes layer is disclosed. The method provides improved particle cleaning efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Pamela Marie Morison, Rajeev Chhabra, Dana Paul Gruenbacher, David Wesley Monebrake, Susan L Wilking
  • Patent number: 10247669
    Abstract: A cleaning robot has an optical measuring device for determining the type of surface to be cleaned. The optical measuring device has a light source and at least two light sensors. Light emitted by the light source hits a reflection point of the surface at an angle of incidence (?), and is reflected to the first light sensor at a corresponding angle of reflection (?). The light source, reflection point and first light sensor span a plane of incidence. A secondary plane that intersects the reflection point and has a second light sensor spans perpendicular to the surface, and exhibits an angle (?) of between 80° and 100° relative to the plane of incidence. A straight line running through the reflection point and second light sensor has an angle (?) relative to the surface that is essentially as large as the angle of incidence (?) or angle of reflection (?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Windorfer
  • Patent number: 10239099
    Abstract: A cleaning film designed to remove foreign matter and particulates from working surfaces of cleaning wafers used in semiconductor processes. These processes include wafer sort test for cleaning of probe card pins and FEOL tooling for cleaning during wafer handling equipment and wafer chucks. The debris collected on the cleaning wafer working surfaces is removed by the particle removal film allowing the debris and foreign matter to be discarded. The use of the cleaning film allows the operator to refresh the cleaning wafer without use of an outside vendor and eliminates wet washing and the use of solvents in the cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Test Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Eugene Humphrey, Jerry J. Broz, James H. Duvall
  • Patent number: 10220419
    Abstract: A single piece device enables medical clinicians to clean and disinfect both an injection port (needleless I.V. connector) and a vascular access catheter hub. The device has a body with a first end having a blind hole with a wall adapted to be engageable with the threads on the housing of an IV connector and a bottom surface adapted to engage the top surface of the IV connector. The device body has a second end defining a male-luer slip extending out of a recess. The male-luer slip is adapted to extend into a standard vascular access catheter hub such that it engages the inner walls of the catheter hub, and the recess is adapted to receive and be engageable with the outside thread element of the catheter hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RYMED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dana Wm Ryan, James M. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10195110
    Abstract: A capping device for disinfection of a medical container is provided. The capping device includes a top portion having an inner surface, a bottom portion having an inner surface and an opening, and a connector. The connector couples the top portion of the capping device to the bottom portion thereof in a manner which permits movement of the top portion between a fully-seated position on the bottom portion of the capping device to form a hollow defined by the inner surface of the top portion of the capping device and the inner surface of the bottom portion thereof, and a position apart from the opening to permit ingress to the vial. The capping device further includes a disinfecting absorbent material disposed inside the hollow and extending through the opening in the inner surface of the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: DRMA GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Zoran Drmanovic
  • Patent number: 10189098
    Abstract: A method for measuring brush wear in a motor of a saw includes generating, with a sensor connected to a brush in a motor of the saw, a first signal corresponding to a level of wear in the brush and identifying, with a controller, a level of wear for the brush with reference to the first signal. The method further includes generating, with the controller and a user interface device, an output requesting replacement of the brush in response to the identified level of wear exceeding a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Laliberte, Timothy Szweda, Bharadwaja Maharshi Ramaswamy, Niranjan Sathyanarayanarao Krishnarao, Triveni Prabhu, Reshma Hanamanthraddi Neelaraddi
  • Patent number: 10188482
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning a connection end of an enteral feeding system. The device has a handle, and a plurality of cleaning elements disposed to clean the internal surfaces of the enteral feeding connector. A centering post facilitates insertion of the cleaning device in the connection end, and seals the enteral feeding channel from the entry of contaminants during cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jane Marie Reinard, Martin Von Dyck
  • Patent number: 10153059
    Abstract: A charged particle acceleration device according to some embodiments of the current invention includes a first triboelectric element, a second triboelectric element arranged proximate the first triboelectric element to be brought into contact with and separated from the first triboelectric element, an actuator assembly operatively connected to at least one of the first and second triboelectric elements to bring the first and second triboelectric elements into contact with each other and to separate the first and second triboelectric elements from each other, and a charged-particle source configured to provide charged particles in a gap between the first and second triboelectric elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Seth J. Putterman, Jonathan Hird, Brian Naranjo
  • Patent number: 10138443
    Abstract: An aqueous cleaning composition including: a surfactant; a first compound that is immiscible with water and has Hansen solubility parameters of 10 MPa0.5??D?22 MPa0.5, 0??P?14 MPa0.5, and 0??H?14 MPa0.5; and a second compound that is miscible with water and has Hansen solubility parameters of 10 MPa0.5??D?22 MPa0.5, 0??P?10 MPa0.5, and 0??H?14 MPa0.5, wherein the surfactant, the first compound, and the second compound are each independently included in an amount of 0.01 to 30 weight percent, based on a total weight of the cleaning composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Andrea C. Keenan, Jan E. Shulman, Theodore Tysak
  • Patent number: 10110162
    Abstract: An Automatic (Auto) Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panel Washer comprising a main carrier joined by a connecting member to the main mast. A main hydraulic cylinder system comprising one or more hydraulic cylinders and connector arrangement on the main mast raises the main mast up or pushes it down, activating the connecting member, thereby raising or lowering the main carrier. The positioning hydraulic cylinder determines the angle of the main carrier by pushing one end down or bringing it up. A rotating device assembly rotates the main mast and main carrier clockwise or counterclockwise from rest position over its stationary post. The main carrier comprises a rigid frame with attachments including a cleaning assembly consisting of air cylinders with cleaning wiper systems, tracks for the air cylinder shafts, wash material pipes with spray devices attached, rinse material pipes with spray devices attached, and compressed air drying pipes with air spray devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Reuben H. Chow
  • Patent number: 10093884
    Abstract: Treatment compositions for use in laundry capable of effectively removing stains better than detergent alone, and which can be used both through the wash and as a pre-treatment. As a pre-treatment, the compositions remove stains “right before your eyes”. The compositions may be free of oxidizing agents so as to be safe for use on a wide variety of fabrics and dyes. The composition may include one or more alkoxylate surfactants and a polymeric anti-redeposition agent selected from the group consisting of an ethoxylated polyethyleneimine polymer, and an acrylate copolymer. The composition may be free of enzymes, ether sulfate surfactants, and alkylene oxide (“EO” and “PO”) sulfate surfactants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Nancy A. Falk, Michael D. Capracotta, Stephen F. Gross, Ashley M. McDaniel, Aminah M. Rumjahn, Kevin M. Salmon
  • Patent number: 10040103
    Abstract: An apparatus for servicing tubular members includes a cleaning fluid delivery system, a motor configured to provide rotational movement to the cleaning fluid delivery system, and a cleaning fluid actuator configured to provide pressurized cleaning fluid to the cleaning fluid delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Jaroslav Belik
  • Patent number: 10035177
    Abstract: A method of cleaning deposited material from a molding surface (10) of a mold (1) for forming ophthalmic lenses, including bringing a cleaning head (20) into contact with the molding surface (10), the rotational axis (22) of the cleaning head (20) being arranged normal to the molding surface (10), rotating (220) the cleaning head (20) around the rotational axis (22) while maintaining the contact between the cleaning head (20) and the molding surface (10), moving the cleaning head (20) to perform a precession motion (110) around a central normal (11) on the molding surface (10), while rotating (220) the cleaning head (20) around the rotational axis (22) and while maintaining the contact between the cleaning head (20) and the molding surface (10). During the precession motion (110) the rotational axis (22) includes an inclination angle (?1,?2) with the central normal (11) on the molding surface (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Gabriela Cocora, Halina Heidrich, Fabian Kern, Axel Heinrich, Volker Lanig
  • Patent number: 10010240
    Abstract: A system for sanitizing footwear through the use of pulsed ultraviolet (UV) light. The system can include an area that receives footwear of a user and applies a PUV light to the footwear to eliminate pathogens residing on the footwear. The system may contain a protective housing to ensure that exposure to the PUV light is limited to the footwear received in the PUV light area. The system contains electrical circuitry or control mechanism for operation of the PUV light. The system may also contain a brush area so that a user may remove dirt or solid particles from the footwear by engaging bristles that contact the underside and sides of the footwear. The intensity and the duration of the PUV light may be predetermined depending on the requirements of the facility intending to use the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Mark A. Cottone
  • Patent number: 10000822
    Abstract: Methods for hardening a metal sheet material include applying at least one peening stream to the metal sheet material, wherein at least one peening stream is applied, in each case, to a front side of the metal sheet material and a rear side of the metal sheet material, respectively, at least at times simultaneously. In one example, the metal sheet material is a stainless steel material, wherein the at least one peening stream is generated from a peening material in which at least 50% by weight of the peening material has a largest particle diameter of at least 0.8 mm and wherein the metal sheet material has a mean final surface hardness after the application of the at least one peening stream of at least approximately 300 HV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BLANCO GmbH + Co KG
    Inventor: Markus Schiebol
  • Patent number: 9943620
    Abstract: A scalable, portable and modular chlorine dioxide fumigant decontamination system having an activating area and a neutralizing area which may be housed separately or as a single operationally connected unit, and which may be configured as a closed loop system connected to a decontamination chamber for decontamination of articles, or as an open loop system for decontamination of interiors and large confined spaces, and employing a specialized activating cup that is permeable to air yet substantially impermeable to water and chlorine dioxide reaction by-products such that directing air through the activation cup releases nearly pure chlorine dioxide fumigant. Methods and articles relating to the system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Controlled Performance with Gases, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence F. Bender, James F. Knoer
  • Patent number: 9925961
    Abstract: A device or tool for removing snow and other debris from vehicles, and other surfaces including a handle having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a scraper portion coupled to the first end, and a head coupled to the second end. One or more light emitting elements are incorporated into the head to provide for ease of use in low light situations. The head may be a laterally extended foam head that is non-abrasive, freeze resistant, and durable. The handle may include a telescopic extension to allow a reach of a user to be increased or decreased allowing the user to clear away snow and other debris from various sizes of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SNOW JOE, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph S. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9921524
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus comprising: a belt member suspended by a plurality of supporting rotating bodies and thus rotating; a cleaning member removing toner adhering to the belt member; a tray receiving waste toner removed from the belt member by the cleaning member; a vibration mechanism vibrating the tray to move the waste toner toward a lower side of the tray; a steering control mechanism to perform movement control to move the belt member in an axial direction of the supporting rotating bodies while the belt member rotates; and a vibration adjustment mechanism to change a manner of vibration of the vibration mechanism, based on the movement control by the steering control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Satoru Sasaki, Yumiko Izumiya, Hidenori Mine, Takumi Shirakuma, Kosuke Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9891576
    Abstract: A developer feeding device includes a cleaning member contacted to an image bearing drum; a accommodating portion for the developer removed by the cleaning member; a feeding member for feeding the developer from the accommodating portion; a sheet contacted to the drum; and a guide forming a part of a wall surface of the accommodating portion at a position in a side of the sheet with respect to a line connecting a drum center and a feeding member center, as seen in a drum axis direction. The guide extends in a acute angle range formed between a first line extending vertically through the feeding member center and a second line extending in a direction of a rest angle of the developer through the feeding member center, the guide having a shape such as to approach to a linear shape as a distance of the feeding member decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Hayashida, Toshiaki Takeuchi, Akinobu Hirayama
  • Patent number: 9894776
    Abstract: An approach to refurbishing or remanufacturing an electronic device may involve exposing electrical components that are situated within an interior of the electronic device. The approach may also involve replacing one or more defective electronic components of the electronic device with one or more replacement components and applying a protective coating to at least a portion of the interior of the electronic device. The protective coating may cover the circuit board and the electronic components it carries. The protective coating may also cover at least some of the electrical connections of the electronic device. The protective coating may also be applied to the replacement component prior to reassembly. The resulting refurbished or remanufactured electronic device may thus be provided with moisture resistance to help protect the electronic device from damage caused by exposure to moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HZO, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Stevens, Max Sorenson, Scott B. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9844800
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems, methods and apparatus for pre-cleaning a substrate after chemical mechanical planarization processing. Embodiments provide a housing; a chuck assembly configured to securely hold a substrate within the housing; and a buffing pad assembly configured to rotate against the substrate while supported within the housing. The buffing pad assembly includes a buff pad, a compressible sub-pad coupled to the buff pad, and a pad holder coupled to the compressible sub-pad and a buffing motor configured to rotate the buffing pad assembly. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Zuniga, Brian J. Brown
  • Patent number: 9840400
    Abstract: A sterilization and cleaning system of an escalator including a first body, a counting wheel, a controller, a second body and a cloud sever is provided. The first body includes a first tank and a first atomizer connected to the first tank. The first atomizer is adapted to atomize a first sterilization and cleaning liquid and spray the atomized first sterilization and cleaning liquid to a handrail of an escalator. The counting wheel is pivoted to the first body. The controller is electrically coupled to the first atomizer. The second body is disposed side by side with the first body, wherein the second body includes a projector, a sensor and a wireless transmission module. The projector and the sensor are electrically coupled to the controller. The wireless transmission module is electrically coupled to the controller and the sensor. The cloud sever is adapted to communicate with the wireless transmission module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Ling-Chen Lee
  • Patent number: 9821346
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a camera cleaning apparatus. According to one embodiment, a first disc coupled to a first rod, a camera mounted to a portion of the first disc; a second disc coupled to a second rod, wherein a first portion of the first rod is situated inside the second rod and the first rod rotates independently of the second rod; a first and a second directional sensor operatively coupled to the first disc; a first motor mechanically connected to a first rod; a protective cover mounted between the first and the second disc; and a cleaning mechanism mechanically coupled to the second disc and an attachment point disposed on a portion of the protective cover is provided. Embodiments of the present invention can be utilized to clean a protective cover that encapsulates the camera without obscuring the camera's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Abdul Baki, Colin I. Holyoake, Matthew J. Kockott, John A. Owen, Joanne E. Woods
  • Patent number: 9810853
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, an optical receptacle, comprising: a fiber stub including a ferrule containing an optical fiber conducting light; a holder holding the fiber stub; and a sleeve, one end of the sleeve being capable of holding a tip of the fiber stub, one other end of the sleeve being capable of holding a plug ferrule inserted into the optical receptacle, the ferrule including a foreign matter movement suppressor in an end surface of the ferrule, the end surface being polished into a convex spherical configuration on a side to be connected to the plug ferrule, the foreign matter movement suppressor suppressing movement of foreign matter moving, due to inserting and removing the plug ferrule, from an outer circumferential portion of the ferrule toward a central portion of the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Sho Kondo, Hirotsugu Agatsuma, Satoshi Hakozaki, Satoshi Kaneyuki
  • Patent number: 9796004
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing labels from containers made of plastics, such as PET bottles includes: a tubular stator and a rotor defining an annular chamber that extends along a path; on the rotor members are mounted for rotationally dragging and pushing the containers inside the annular chamber; on the tubular stator there are first scraping tools provided with first tip ends; the dragging and thrusting members include second scraping tools provided with second tip ends that are distributed along one or more helical paths; the first tip ends and the second tip ends define respectively in the annular chamber a first punctiform scraping surface and a second punctiform scraping surface for the containers, in which the distance between the first punctiform scraping surface and the second punctiform scraping surface is maintained substantially constant in a longitudinal and circumferal direction with respect to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PREVIERO N. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Flavio Previero
  • Patent number: 9773686
    Abstract: A substrate cleaning apparatus for reducing a limitation of a layout of a chemical liquid nozzle and a rinsing liquid nozzle, while enabling a load cell to be installed at an optimal location and achieving a larger adjustment range, is disclosed. The substrate cleaning apparatus includes a roll assembly including at least a roll cleaning member to be brought into contact with a substrate and a roll arm that rotatably supports the roll cleaning member, a support arm for supporting the roll assembly; an adjustment screw extending through the support arm and screwed into the roll assembly; and a screw support that fixes a relative position of the adjustment screw in a vertical direction with respect to the support arm and rotatably supports the adjustment screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9764440
    Abstract: A method for treating a surface of inorganic flooring (e.g., concrete, terrazzo, or a ceramic) includes applying a composition that includes a silicate to a surface of the inorganic flooring and, while the composition is present on the surface, polishing the surface. The silicate may be a lithium polysilicate and/or a colloidal silica. The composition may further include a surfactant and/or a leveling agent. When the composition is applied to the surface of the inorganic flooring, gravity may enable it to spread substantially evenly across the surface. The acts of applying and polishing may be repeated. Such a treatment may result in a surface that has a glossiness that reflects at least about 80% of incident light when the incident light is directed toward the composition at an angle of 60° to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Concrete Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Dal N. Hills, Kent Barrus
  • Patent number: 9748419
    Abstract: A method includes depositing spacers at a plurality of locations directly on a back contact layer over a solar cell substrate. An absorber layer is formed over the back contact layer and the spacers. The absorber layer is partially in contact with the spacers and partially in direct contact with the back contact layer. The solar cell substrate is heated to form voids between the absorber layer and the back contact layer at the locations of the spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tzu-Huan Cheng, Chia-Hung Tsai
  • Patent number: 9731334
    Abstract: A self-adjusting microbot pigging system for cleaning the interior of a pipe, the system comprises a plurality of microbots, each microbots comprises a propulsion device and a programmable computer processor operatively associated with the propulsion device, each of said processors programmed to instruct its associated propulsion device to operate in cooperation with one or more of the other microbot propulsion devices of said plurality of microbots to form a pig in the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Kirt Ervin
  • Patent number: 9723915
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a brush includes inducing a static charge on a surface of a first plate, wherein the first plate comprises at least one of silicon nitride (SixNy) or silicon oxide (SiaOb), wherein a, b, x and y are integers. The method further includes rotating the brush in contact with the surface of the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Fu-Ming Huang, Liang-Guang Chen, Han-Hsin Kuo, Chi-Ming Tsai, He Hui Peng
  • Patent number: 9716002
    Abstract: A disclosed substrate cleaning apparatus for cleaning a back surface of a substrate includes a first substrate supporting portion configured to support the substrate at a first area of a back surface of the substrate, the back surface facing down; a second substrate supporting portion configured to support the substrate at a second area of the back surface of the substrate, the second area being separated from the first area; a cleaning liquid supplying portion configured to supply cleaning liquid to the back surface of the substrate; a drying portion configured to dry the second area of the back surface of the substrate; and a cleaning portion configured to clean a third area of the back surface of the substrate when the substrate is supported by the first substrate supporting portion, the third area including the second area, and a fourth area of the back surface of the substrate when the substrate is supported by the second substrate supporting portion, the fourth area excluding the second area of the back
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasushi Takiguchi, Taro Yamamoto, Akihiro Fujimoto, Shuuichi Nishikido, Dai Kumagai, Naoto Yoshitaka, Takahiro Kitano, Yoichi Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 9709689
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to marine geophysical surveying. More particularly, embodiments relate to a streamer-preparation apparatus that cleans a geophysical cable to prepare it for application of an antifouling paint. An embodiment discloses a method comprising: moving a streamer into position for cleaning; directing a cleaning fluid onto the streamer as the streamer is being moved; and directing a gaseous fluid onto the streamer as the streamer is being moved. An embodiment discloses: applying an antifouling paint to the streamer with the streamer-preparation apparatus; and applying a curing agent to the streamer with the streamer-preparation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Bruce William Harrick
  • Patent number: 9707596
    Abstract: A device for cleaning a surface (e.g., a barbeque grill, etc.) generally includes an enclosure having at least a lower side, an upper side, and a peripheral edge. The device includes one or more motors having one or more rotational shafts selectively fixable with one or more rotatable brushes. The one or more rotatable brushes have a plurality of bristles. At least a portion of bristles projects below a plane of the lower side of the enclosure. The device also includes a circuit adapted for connecting power from a power source to the one or more motors for a preset period of time upon actuation of an electrical switch connected thereto. The circuit is adapted to run the one or more motors in a first direction and then an opposing direction, such that if the device becomes stuck at an obstruction, it will eventually turn around due to the alternating directions of the one or more motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Grillbot, LLC
    Inventor: Ethan Woods
  • Patent number: 9613797
    Abstract: A cleaning method that peels off an overlapped substrate and cleans a bonding surface of a peeled substrate to be processed, the overlapped substrate including the substrate to be processed and a support substrate bonded together with a protectant, a peeling agent and an adhesive stacked in order therebetween from the substrate to be processed, the cleaning method comprising: removing the protectant by supplying a solvent of the protectant from a solvent supply part to the bonding surface of the substrate to be processed; and removing the peeling agent by absorbing the peeling agent, which has been peeled from the bonding surface of the substrate to be processed, using a peeling agent absorption part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Osamu Hirakawa, Takashi Sakaue, Hiroshi Komeda, Katsuhiro Iino
  • Patent number: 9527189
    Abstract: A system for processing a solar substrate is provided. The system includes a support structure for supporting a solar substrate. The system also includes a brushing system for selectively removing an interaction layer from an electrode region of the solar substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Orthodyne Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christoph B. Luechinger, Erich C. Mueller, Orlando L. Valentin, Tao Xu
  • Patent number: 9492044
    Abstract: A glass wiping device and a control method thereof are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Lv
  • Patent number: 9496131
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid chemical for forming a water-repellent protecting film. The liquid chemical contains an agent for forming a water-repellent protecting film, and a solvent. The agent is for provided to form a water-repellent protecting film on a wafer after a cleaning step for the wafer and before a drying step for the wafer, the wafer having at its surface an uneven pattern and containing at least one kind element of titanium, tungsten, aluminum, copper, tin, tantalum and ruthenium at surfaces of recessed portions of the uneven pattern, the water-repellent protecting film being formed at least on the surfaces of the recessed portions. The liquid chemical is characterized in that the agent for forming a water-repellent protecting film is a compound represented by the following general formula [1].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Central Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Saio, Soichi Kumon, Masanori Saito, Shinobu Arata, Hidehisa Nanai, Yoshinori Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 9488753
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to an apparatus with scraping members for cleaning a geophysical equipment (e.g., a streamer) being towed behind a survey vessel. The apparatus may, in one embodiment, include a housing and a plurality of scraping members that are disposed at least partially outside of the housing. In another embodiment, when the geophysical equipment is being towed behind a survey vessel, portions of the geophysical equipment may be flattened or compressed due to the towing force exerted on the geophysical equipment, and the apparatus of this disclosure may still be used to clean the geophysical equipment. A method is disclosed related to operating an apparatus with a plurality of scraping members and removing debris from a geophysical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Piran Francis Bassett
  • Patent number: 9456725
    Abstract: A robot cleaner includes a main brush to sweep or scatter dust off a floor, a main brush motor to rotate the main brush, a Revolution Per Minute (RPM) detector to detect an RPM of the main brush motor, and a control unit to determine a type of floor according to the RPM of the main brush motor acquired by the RPM detector and control an operation of the robot cleaner based on the determined type of floor. A carpet mode to clean only a carpet area and a hard floor mode to clean a hard floor area excluding the carpet area are given based on detected information relating to the material of a floor, which enables partial cleaning with respect to a cleaning area selected by a user and adjustment in the number of cleaning operations or the intensity of cleaning according to the material of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Won Kim, Jun Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 9402518
    Abstract: An operation of a robotic cleaner includes generating at least one map including information regarding a space to be cleaned by using information measured by at least one sensor. The operation also includes setting a cleaning path by using the at least one map, and cleaning according to the cleaning path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nikolay Burlutskiy
  • Patent number: 9370290
    Abstract: A mobile robot configured to travel across a residential floor or other surface while cleaning the surface with a cleaning pad and cleaning solvent is disclosed. The robot includes a controller for managing the movement of the robot as well as the treatment of the surface with a cleaning solvent. The movement of the robot can be characterized by a class of trajectories that achieve effective cleaning. The trajectories include sequences of steps that are repeated, the sequences including forward and backward motion and optional left and right motion along arcuate paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Dooley, James Philip Case, Nikolai Romanov
  • Patent number: 9368659
    Abstract: A method includes depositing spacers at a plurality of locations directly on a back contact layer over a solar cell substrate. An absorber layer is formed over the back contact layer and the spacers. The absorber layer is partially in contact with the spacers and partially in direct contact with the back contact layer. The solar cell substrate is heated to form voids between the absorber layer and the back contact layer at the locations of the spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: TSMC Solar Ltd.
    Inventors: Tzu-Huan Cheng, Chia-Hung Tsai
  • Patent number: 9324602
    Abstract: Provided is a technique which can properly invert a plurality of substrates at a time. To achieve this object, a substrate inverting apparatus includes: a support mechanism which supports a plurality of substrates in a state where the substrates are stacked vertically in a spaced-apart manner in a horizontal posture; and a clamping and inverting mechanism which clamps the plurality of substrates supported by the support mechanism respectively and inverts the plurality of substrates at a time. In the support mechanism, support members which support the substrate are moved to a standby position from a support position while being moved downward away from the center of the substrate as viewed in the vertical direction. On the other hand, in the clamping and inverting mechanism, clamping members which clamp the substrate are moved to a near position from a remote position by a clamping member drive part and are elastically biased by an elastic member toward side surfaces of the substrate at the near position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Shinohara, Jun Shibukawa, Hiroshi Kato
  • Patent number: 9320404
    Abstract: A mop kit (1000) for a moping system and method is disclosed. The mop kit includes a canister with a plurality of demarcations (110,111,112,113,114,115,116,117,118,119) disposed along a sidewall. Each demarcation can correspond to a fluid level suitable for saturating a predetermined number of mop heads. The mop kit can also include a bucket (400) configured to retain the mop heads along a base (401) of the bucket, as well as the predetermined number of mop heads (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Gornik, Tamara L. Dick
  • Patent number: 9318361
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a collet cleaning method and a die bonder using the same in which a collet can be cleaned without adding a new unit, and foreign substances with 5 high adhesive power can be reliably removed without scattering the foreign substances. A die bonder includes a pickup device, a bonding head unit having a collet that absorbs dies from a wafer at the timing of lifting of the pickup device, and a control unit that controls the pickup device 10 and the bonding head unit. The collet is moved to a position of a dicing tape at which no dies of the wafer held by a wafer ring exist to be brought into contact with the adhesive surface of the dicing tape, so that foreign substances attached to the tip end of the collet are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Fasford Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Ishii, Hiroshi Maki