Sectional Block Structure Patents (Class 137/884)
  • Patent number: 10663072
    Abstract: In one respect, the invention is an improved valve block design having minimal or no deadlegs that improves the efficiency of a system purge process. In another respect, the invention is a system incorporating said improved valve block design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: VERSUM MATERIALS US, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Michael Birtcher, Gildardo Vivanco, William Jon Sheehy
  • Patent number: 10661561
    Abstract: An electrostatic deflection inkjet printer has a main printer body separated by a vapor barrier into an electrical region and a fluid region. Electrically operated valves are provided in the fluid region. Control circuitry for deciding when to operate the valves is provided in the electrical region. Valve drive circuitry, for generating drive currents for the valves, is provided in the fluid region and is in data communication with the control circuitry via wiring, which may be a serial bus, that passes through the vapor barrier. This reduces the number of electrical connections that need to pass through the vapor barrier. A circuit carrier for the valve drive circuitry may be mounted on a valve block for the valves, and an electrically insulating material may cover the circuit carrier. The electrically insulating material may extend partially or wholly around the valve block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LINX PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Stephen Cooke
  • Patent number: 10634132
    Abstract: A paint sprayer includes an end bell, a motor connected to the end bell, a pump drive connected to the end bell, a pair of protrusions attached to an extending from the end bell such that each protrusion is cantilevered from the end bell, and a pump assembly comprising a pair of mounting holes and containing a piston. The pair of mounting holes is adapted to receive and slide onto the pair of protrusions to mount the pump assembly on the end bell as well as slide off of the pair of protrusions to remove the pump assembly from the end bell. The pump drive is configured to covert rotational motion output by the motor to reciprocal motion. The pump assembly is configured to pump paint when reciprocated by the pump drive while mounted on the end bell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Max Carideo, James M. Dalton, Justin G. Johnston, Steve J. Wrobel, Christopher A. Lins
  • Patent number: 10483706
    Abstract: Apparatus and method provide a solenoid coil having a field-replaceable status indicator light, such as an LED. The status indicator light lights up when power is supplied to the solenoid coil to indicate the coil is energized and turns off when the coil is no longer energized. This allows technicians and other personnel working in hazardous environments to easily and reliably monitor the operational status of the solenoid coil. An electrical splitter adapter splits power between the solenoid coil and the status indicator light. The splitter adapter allows the status indicator light to be removed without interrupting power to the solenoid coil. Where the power is AC power, a rectifier may be provided on the splitter adapter to convert the AC power to DC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOMATIC SWITCH COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicholas W. Ingles, German Gutierrez, Jeffrey Loprete
  • Patent number: 10465722
    Abstract: A valve assembly comprises at least one multiple valve having a duct module which includes at least one elongated fluid duct which extends in a straight line along a longitudinal direction and a plurality of branch ducts which open in openings in the fluid duct which are arranged side by side along the longitudinal direction in the inner wall of the fluid duct. The multiple valve comprises at least one multiple valve core which is inserted into the fluid duct such that each valve seal can seal one of the openings. The multiple valve core comprises an elongated carrier and at least one valve element, the carrier having at least one support portion for abutment against the inner wall of the fluid duct and at least one receiving area in which the valve element is connected to the carrier so as to be non-displaceable in the longitudinal direction of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: BUERGERT WERKE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Harry Stoesser, Michael Frech, Heiko Engler
  • Patent number: 10427161
    Abstract: A hand-rotatable motorized-aperture plug arrangement for use as a stopcock in articles of traditional and legacy laboratory glassware of arbitrary complexity. The hand-rotatable plug additionally comprises a longitudinally-movable gate whose gate position is changed by a stepper or D.C. electrical motor. As the gate position is changed, the amount of flow can be varied. Hand-rotation operation of the plug itself can be used to force flow turn-off. The gate position can be monitored by a sensor and can be computer-controlled for use with an article of laboratory glassware for controlling and/or directing the flow of chemical materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10280840
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a manifold including a plurality of manifold channels disposed therethrough, each manifold channel including a manifold channel opening, and a seal plate, including a plurality of seal plate apertures disposed thereon, operably coupled to the manifold, wherein the seal plate includes at least one seal plate channel extending between at least two of the plurality of seal plate apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Meyst, Jonas S. Banhos, Andre Herman Troughton
  • Patent number: 10267406
    Abstract: A lubricant manifold for gear system of a turbofan engine includes a base plate defining an inlet, an outlet and a plurality of open channels. The open channels define a portion of a corresponding plurality of lubricant passages. A cover plate is attached to the base plate to complete the formation of the plurality of lubricant passages. An interlocking interface between the base plate and the cover plate secures the cover plate to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Otto, Stephanie M. Baker, James B. Coffin
  • Patent number: 10215738
    Abstract: A multi-way valve has an upper part, a lower part and a central part connected to the upper part via an interposing first membrane and the lower part via an interposing second membrane, wherein the upper and lower parts contain recesses on the upper and lower part faces facing the membranes, where a control fluid is introducible into the recesses, the central part contains a pair of openings in regions opposite the recesses on the central part faces lying adjacent to the membranes, where while introducing the control fluid into a recess, the membrane closes respective opposite openings in the central part, and where the membrane otherwise recedes into the recess, thereby releasing the opposite openings, where valve connections are mounted on the upper or lower part such that the central part can have a very thin design while preventing dead regions in the channel systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Udo Gellert
  • Patent number: 10120366
    Abstract: A machine tool coolant supply system includes a chassis configured to mount the coolant supply system to a coolant storage tank of a machine tool. The coolant supply system further includes a concentrate tank arranged within the chassis, a first flow control valve coupled to the concentrate tank, a second flow control valve coupled to a water supply line, and a mixer configured to mix a concentrate with water. The mixer includes a first inlet coupled to the first flow control valve and configured to receive the concentrate from the concentrate tank via the first flow control valve, a second inlet coupled to the second flow control valve and configured to receive the water from the water supply line via the second flow control valve, and an outlet configured to dispense a mixture of the concentrate and the water into the coolant storage tank of the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Haas Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene F. Haas, Kurt P. Zierhut, Don P. Earl, Leonid Yukhtman
  • Patent number: 10090092
    Abstract: A solenoid valve includes a spool valve and a linear solenoid. The spool valve is used inside a hydraulic oil. The linear solenoid includes a resin cylindrical bobbin, a coil, and a case. The solenoid valve further includes a projecting portion, a first terminal, a first coil lead wire, a slit, a first coating portion, and a second coating portion. Each of the first coil lead wire and the second coil lead wire includes an exposed portion. The slit separates an electrical connection between the first terminal and the first coil lead wire from an electrical connection between the second terminal and the second coil lead wire. The first coating portion is formed by coating an entire surface of the exposed portion of the first coil lead wire. The second coating portion is formed by coating an entire surface of the exposed portion of the second coil lead wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsumi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9975119
    Abstract: A fuel cell comprising: at least one microfluidic channel that allows the capillary flow and, preferably, also diffusion of at least one suitable fluid for generating electricity, at least one receiving absorbent region coupled to each microfluidic channel, at least one collecting absorbent region coupled to each microfluidic channel, a cathodic zone coupled to each microfluidic channel, and an anodic zone coupled to each microfluidic channel, where each receiving absorbent region and each collecting absorbent region are coupled to one of the microfluidic channels such that when a fluid suitable for generating electricity is deposited in the receiving absorbent region, it flows by capillary action through the microfluidic channel to reach the collecting absorbent region where it is absorbed. As well as an analysis device comprising one or more of these fuel cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Maria de les Neus Sabate Vizcarra, Juan Pablo Esquivel Bojorquez
  • Patent number: 9829089
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressure control apparatus includes a first pressure regulating valve for reducing an initial oil pressure (line pressure) of a working oil, a solenoid-operated valve for converting the oil pressure, which has been reduced in pressure, into a solenoid pressure, and a second pressure regulating valve for converting the line pressure of the working oil into an actuating pressure responsive to the solenoid pressure. The three valves share a single body. Further, an outlet passageway is formed along a thicknesswise direction of the body, with a relief valve being formed upwardly of the outlet passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: KEIHIN CORPORATION, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi Yamada, Kenji Suda, Tomotaka Terajima, Susumu Ito
  • Patent number: 9815444
    Abstract: A miniaturized ABS hydraulic unit is provided. In an ABS hydraulic unit 100 where a pump 12 and valves 13, 14 are disposed in the inside of a hydraulic circuit 1 for making a hydraulic brake perform braking, and an antilock brake control of the hydraulic brake is performed by controlling the pump 12 and the valves 13, 14, a motor 11 for operating the pump 12 is configured to operate the pump 12 by way of a planetary gear mechanism 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Kosaku Sagayama
  • Patent number: 9803765
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to improve assembling workability of the flow passage block and the sealability between the manifold solenoid valve and the flow passage block. A flow passage block 61 is mounted on a manifold solenoid valve having valve bases 12 on which solenoid valves 11 are respectively mounted, a block mounting face 60 is formed by the valve bases 12, an output joint 36 protrudes from each valve base, a joint seal member 71 is detachably mounted on the output joint 36, with the flow passage block 61 being mounted on the block mounting face 60, the joint seal member 71 seals between an outer peripheral surface of an output joint 36 and an inner peripheral surface of an connecting hole 64 which communicates with an air passage of the flow passage block 61.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KOGANEI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joji Inaba
  • Patent number: 9689328
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for controlling operation of an internal combustion engine is described. The engine is operated in a skip fire manner such that selected skipped working cycles are skipped and selected active working cycles are fired to deliver a desired engine output. A particular level of torque output is selected for each of the fired working chambers. Various methods, arrangements and systems related to the above method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Tula Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Younkins, Louis J. Serrano
  • Patent number: 9650923
    Abstract: A variety of methods and devices for controlling the operation of the intake and exhaust valves in an internal combustion engine during skip fire operation are described. In various embodiments, an exhaust valve monitor or other suitable mechanism is used to detect exhaust valve actuation faults. When an exhaust valve actuation fault is detected for a particular cylinder, the corresponding intake valve is deactivated (or not activated) in circumstances when it would otherwise be activated in order to prevent the intake valve from opening into a cylinder that contains high pressure combustion gases. The described approach is particularly beneficial when skip fire operation is combined with cylinder deactivation so that air is not pumped through the cylinders during the skipped working cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Tula Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Parsels, Matthew A. Younkins, Shikui Kevin Chen
  • Patent number: 9550218
    Abstract: A receptacle cleaning assembly for use with electrical connectors includes a receptacle washing fixture having a manifold body with a solution inlet and outlet. A plurality of nozzles, in communication with the solution inlet, are coupled with the manifold body and are arranged in a pattern corresponding to female connector receptacles. An interface seal is coupled with the manifold body. The plurality of nozzles extend through the interface seal, and the interface seal is configured to seal along a face of the connector. At least one solution return passage extends through the interface seal from an exterior of the plurality of nozzles to the solution outlet. An alignment skirt extends from the manifold body, and couples and aligns the connector receptacles with the plurality of nozzles. In another example, the receptacle cleaning assembly includes a receptacle brush fixture including a plurality of reciprocating brushes for use in the female connector receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Steven A. Musante
  • Patent number: 9534702
    Abstract: Electrohydraulic pilot control means (1) for a hydraulic device which can be a proportional directional valve, an adjusting pump or an adjusting motor, which pilot control means contains two proportionally acting pressure control valves (3) and is provided with a control block (2) which accommodates the hydraulic valve parts (4) in holes and to which the associated proportional magnets are flange-connected, wherein the proportional magnets have a common electrical plug connection (5) and wherein the two proportional magnets (3) are joined to form an assembly by being encapsulated with plastic, the said assembly being fastened to the control block (2) and, in this case, being precisely oriented relative to the valve components (4), which are accommodated in the control block, by means of positioning aids which act perpendicular to the movement direction of armatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas Magnete GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Schonlau, Jens Krallmann, Harald Geis, Marc Leinweber, Thomas Zastrau, René Schulz
  • Patent number: 9528617
    Abstract: A valve device for influencing a fluid supply of fluid-operated loads, includes a valve module with a valve housing in which valve shafts are formed to accommodate valve cartridges, and further includes valve cartridges located in the valve shafts, wherein each of the valve shafts together with the valve cartridges accommodated therein bounds a pressure chamber connected to an assigned inlet port in a fluidically communicating manner, and wherein each of the valve cartridges includes two electrically selectable valve means which are designed to influence a free flow cross-section between the pressure chamber and an outlet port assigned to the respective valve means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Martin Maichl, Hannes Wirtl, Andreas Dickhoff
  • Patent number: 9506482
    Abstract: In a electropneumatic field device, an electrical field input and a pneumatic supply input are provided. At least one field output is provided at which a field output signal is output based on a field control signal received via the electrical field input. A group comprising at least two modular components of different functionality is provided and at least one modular slot for occupation with either of said modular components from said group. The at least two modular components of the group and the at least one slot are modularly adapted to one another such that interfaces of the slot and interfaces of either of said modular components in the seat merge into one another when the slot is occupied with either of said modular components so that the modular component which is in the slot is connected to the electrical field input and to the at least one field output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Frank Valentin-Rumpel
  • Patent number: 9429423
    Abstract: A ranging apparatus includes a body, a substrate on which a sensor unit is mounted and fitted to a surface of the body, a sensor holder attached to the surface of the body and configured to hold the substrate, a lens unit attached to another surface of the body, and a positioning mechanism to position and connect the body, the surface and the sensor holder. The positioning mechanism includes first and second engaging parts which are provided between the body and the substrate and configured to engage the body and the substrate, and third and fourth engaging parts which are provided between the substrate and the sensor holder and configured to engage the substrate and the sensor holder. The first and second engaging parts are different in shape, and the third and fourth engaging parts are different in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9353772
    Abstract: A hydraulic control apparatus includes: a plurality of spools incorporated into a valve main body; a cap provided on the valve main body; pilot chambers provided in the cap to correspond to the respective spools; a maximum pressure introduction passage to which a maximum pressure of the pilot chambers is led; connecting passages connecting the maximum pressure introduction passage to the respective pilot chambers; and selection valves provided in the connecting passages. The maximum pressure of the respective pilot chambers is selected by the selection valve and led to the maximum pressure introduction passage. The maximum pressure introduction passage is provided in the cap on an opposite side of the pilot chambers to a side on which the valve main body is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9169940
    Abstract: A purge line changing block joint for enabling supply of different types of purge gas between lines without a significant remodeling of a fluid control apparatus and the fluid control apparatus is provided. A purge line changing block joint is connected to an upper side of a three-way valve channel portion in at least one line of the plurality of lines. The purge line changing block joint includes a process gas inlet channel communicating with a process gas inlet channel of the three-way valve channel portion, an outlet channel communicating the process gas inlet channel and an outlet channel of the three-way valve channel portion, a channel terminal not in communication with a purge gas inlet channel of the three-way valve channel portion but terminating the same, and a new purge gas inlet channel communicating with the outlet channel and opening on the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ryuji Yogo, Izuru Shikata, Mutsunori Koyomogi, Megumu Makino, Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9151404
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a button switch outlet mechanism, which is provided with a body communicating with the water source and in which at least two water passages are arranged, wherein, it is further provided with a switch unit and a water division unit mounted in the body, the switch unit comprises at least two switch buttons that are arranged to the control poles of the switch buttons and a limiting assembly respectively, the limiting assembly controls that one of the switch button is pressed or all the switch buttons are pressed simultaneously and located to the limiting plate; the water division unit is connected to the switch unit to control that the water passages are communicated with the water source respectively or simultaneously. The cooperation of the components of the present outlet mechanism is tight and artistic with effective and stable switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Fuli Guo, Xiang Huang, Haisong Peng
  • Patent number: 9080679
    Abstract: A valve assembly including a valve support and electrically actuated valves mounted thereon. A reception passage includes a control circuit board contacted to the valves extends in the valve support. In the interior of the valve support, there further extend several electric conduction rods which are responsible for power supply and which are electrically contacted to the control circuit board via takeoff contact means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Heiko Kuhbauch, Ralf Starzmann
  • Publication number: 20150107712
    Abstract: A valve housing of a multiple valve device is formed by being split into two parts, that is, a first housing block and a second housing block abutting against and separated away from each other at positions of facing joining surfaces. Three or more spool sliding bores are provided on the first housing block forming a three-dimensional structure. The other spool sliding bores are provided on the second housing block forming a three-dimensional structure. A relief valve for suppressing maximum pressures in a plurality of oil passages to a predetermined set pressure or less is provided on one of the first and second housing blocks. This relief valve is arranged at a position closer to the joining surfaces than each of the spool sliding bores provided in the one of housing blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Kobayashi, Mitsuhisa Tougasaki, Satoru Kubota, Hiroshi Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 9004107
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for controlling gas flow to a semiconductor-processing chamber. The invention includes deactivating ratio setpoint feedback control in a flow ratio controller; initiating gas flow through the flow ratio controller; moving valves of the flow ratio controller to a preset position based on a stored position when an upstream pressure reaches a stored upstream pressure value, wherein the stored position and the stored upstream pressure value were stored during a prior process run; determining that steady state flow ratio controller output flows have been reached; and activating ratio setpoint feedback control in the flow ratio controller. Numerous additional features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Mariusch Gregor, John W. Lane, Michael Robert Rice, Justin Hough
  • Patent number: 9004108
    Abstract: In a solenoid valve control device, a plurality of solenoid valve blocks are connected in series with respect to a solenoid valve control unit. A solenoid valve operating circuit of a given solenoid valve block, to which a block selection signal from a block selection line is supplied, operates plural solenoid valves of the same given block, based on the block selection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9004109
    Abstract: Block valve with emergency input, in particular for vacuum line or network, comprising a valve body traversed by a main fluid passage between a first orifice located at an upstream end of the said main passage and a second orifice located at a downstream end of the said main passage. The valve body further comprises a control device comprising a member operable manually by an operator and movable between at least an open position in which the said control device allows fluid communication between the first and second orifices, and a closed position in which the said control device interrupts any fluid communication between these orifices. An auxiliary fluid passage is fluidly connected via its upstream end to the said main passage between the control device and the first orifice, and comprises a third orifice at its downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Air Liquide Sanità SpA
    Inventors: Patrick Deneux, Nathalie Demerville, Vittorio De Nando
  • Patent number: 8997791
    Abstract: A system for dividing a single mass flow into a plurality N of secondary flows includes an inlet configured to receive the single mass flow, a master FRC (flow ratio controller), and one or more slave FRCs. Each FRC is connected to the inlet and including at least one flow channel. The master FRC and the slave FRCs include in combination a total of N flow channels. Each flow channel i (i=1, . . . , N) is connected to carry a corresponding one of the N secondary flows. In response to preselected ratio setpoints received from a host controller, the master FRC and the slave FRCs maintain ratios Qi/QT (i=1, . . . , N) between individual flow rates Qi (i=1, . . . , N) and a total flow rate QT at the preselected ratio set points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L'Bassi, Junhua Ding, David D'Entremont
  • Patent number: 8985153
    Abstract: A valve sub-base (100) is provided. The valve sub-base (100) includes a coupling system (200). The valve sub-base (100) includes a female coupling member (106a) formed on a first side (151) of the valve sub-base (100). The valve sub-base (100) also includes a male coupling member (106b) formed on a second side (152) of the valve sub-base (100) and configured to engage a corresponding female coupling member (106a) on an adjoining valve sub-base (100) to couple two or more valve sub-bases (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fluid Automation Systems S.A
    Inventors: Richardet Didier, Stefan Gairing
  • Patent number: 8985152
    Abstract: A point-of-use valve (POU valve) manifold is provided that allows for multiple precursors to be delivered to a semiconductor processing chamber through a common outlet. The manifold may have a plurality of precursor inlets and a purge gas inlet. The manifold may be configured such that there are zero dead legs in the manifold when the purge gas is routed through the manifold, and may provide mounting location for the POU valves that alternate sides. One or more internal flow path volumes may include elbow features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramesh Chandrasekharan, Chunguang Xia, Karl F. Leeser, Damien Slevin, Thomas G. Jewell
  • Publication number: 20150075660
    Abstract: A fluid control apparatus has a reduced number of components and enables simple alteration such as increasing or decreasing the number of lines. Channel blocks on a lower stage include a plural-line (three-line) passage block 21 disposed over a plurality of lines. The plural-line passage block 21 receives an upper stage over three lines, with each of the lines including an inlet extension 16b of a flow rate controller 16, and two inlet-side on-off valves 14, 15 arranged in series with the inlet extension 16b. The plural-line passage block 21 has longitudinal passages and transverse passages therein. The longitudinal passages are in communication with passages of the fluid control devices arranged in series per line. The transverse passages are in communication with passages of fluid control devices arranged in adjacent lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Inada, Takahiro Matsuda, Mutsunori Koyomogi
  • Patent number: 8973615
    Abstract: Rails 20 corresponding to lines A, B, C are provided in parallel on a bass plate 1, and coupling members 21, 22 are slidably mounted on each of the rails 20. Each of fluid controllers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 is mounted generally on two of these coupling members 21, 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Tokyo Electron Limited, CKD Corporation, Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: George Hoshi, Tsuneyuki Okabe, Kenichi Goshima, Hideo Kobayashi, Akinori Nagaya, Michio Yamaji, Kazuhiro Yoshikawa, Yuji Kawano
  • Publication number: 20150053291
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a fluid-leading component includes positioning a base element machined by a material-removing method with a planar upper face in a mounting support. The method at least includes the initial application of a layer section with predetermined dimensions of a particulate material in a predetermined region on the planar upper face of the base element; the heating of the layer section by a heat source in such a manner that the particles of the material within predetermined dimensions bond; and the application thereto and heating of at least one further layer section with predetermined dimensions of a particulate material in a predetermined region. In this way it is possible, in the generative manufacturing method, to obviate the need to provide support structures that subsequently have to be removed, and the base element is a functional part of the component to be manufactured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicants: Airbus Operations GmbH, Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Hummel, Philipp Rapp, Lothar Kroll, Frank Schubert, Martin Kausch
  • Publication number: 20150053290
    Abstract: A medical gas manifold including a bank body formed as a single body and including a primary bank regulator valve body and a secondary bank regulator valve body, a primary bank regulator received within the primary bank regulator valve body, a secondary bank regulator received in the secondary bank regulator valve body, a line body formed as a single body and including a first line regulator valve body and a second line regulator valve body, a first line regulator received in the first line regulator valve body, a second line regulator received in the second line regulator valve body, a primary ball valve fluidly coupling the first line regulator to the bank body, and a secondary ball valve fluidly coupling the second line regulator to the bank body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Mark K. Hamm, William C. Osteen, John B. Miller
  • Patent number: 8960236
    Abstract: A series progressive divider valve comprises a valve body and pistons. A fluid inlet extends into the valve body. Stations are disposed in the valve body and extend from a first end to a second end; each station comprises piston stations extending through the valve body and a bypass station fluidly isolating the first end from the second end. The piston stations comprise a piston bore and a piston. The bypass stations comprise first and second fluid passages extending from the first and second ends to positions inside the valve body. Outlet bores extend into the valve body, and each comprises first and second sets of outlet bores. Porting forms passageways connecting the stations to each other and with the outlet bores such that when high pressure fluid is applied to the inlet the pistons reciprocates from the first end to the second end in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Klaphake, Anthony J. Kuschel
  • Patent number: 8960235
    Abstract: A gas dispersion apparatus for use with a process chamber, comprising: a quartz body having a top, a ring coupled to a bottom surface of the top and a bottom plate having dispersion holes coupled to the ring opposite the top; a plurality of quartz plates disposed between the top and the bottom plate, wherein the plurality of plates are positioned above one another and spaced apart to form a plenum above each of the plurality of plates and the bottom plate; a plurality of quartz tubes to couple the plenums to the plurality of dispersion holes, each of the plurality of quartz tubes having a first end disposed within one of the plenums and having a second end coupled to one of the dispersion holes; and a plurality of conduits disposed through the top, wherein each of the plurality of conduits is coupled to one of the plenums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: David K. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8950433
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes a manifold plate having an upper surface, four vertical sides, and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, where the manifold plate includes a gas inlet, a gas outlet, and a plurality of component receiving stations, one or more component receiving stations located on the upper surface and two or more component receiving stations located on the lower surface. The manifold plate also includes a plurality of internal fluid passageways interconnecting the gas inlet, the plurality of component receiving stations, and the gas outlet. The system also includes a plurality of active fluid components, one active fluid component coupled to a corresponding one component receiving station on the manifold plate. The fluid delivery system can be configured having a single channel or a dual channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Advantage Group International Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Manofsky, Jr., Eric J. Redemann, Donald H. Julian
  • Patent number: 8944106
    Abstract: A gas supply system that is easily assembled and/or installed and includes an initially flexible clamping system that allows for the gas supply system to adapt to the gas components. As the assembly of the gas components is complete, the clamping system becomes rigid thereby securing the gas components to a support rail. The slide lock gas delivery system allows a gas system component bottom surface to establish the sealing plane for the inlet and outlet seals independently. The lateral spacing for the gas component mounting holes float during assembly to reduce the opportunity for misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel P. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150027547
    Abstract: A hydraulic spool valve includes a housing, a valve element disposed within the housing, a first piston coupled to the valve element, and a first biasing member. The housing includes a pair of first ports. The valve element is selectively moveable within the housing between a first closed position and a second open position allowing fluid communication between the first ports. Hydraulic pressure against the first piston causes helical translation of the piston in a first direction, and motion of the valve element in a first direction from the first position toward the second position. The first biasing member is configured to bias the first piston and the valve element toward the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Luis A. Arce-Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8939176
    Abstract: A series progressive divider valve comprises a valve body and pistons. The valve body comprises a fluid inlet, piston bores, outlet bores and porting. The fluid inlet extends into an exterior of the valve body. The piston bores extend through the valve body from a first end to a second end, wherein the piston bores are arranged along a first circular path intersecting each of the piston bores. Each piston bore includes a piston. The outlet bores extend into the valve body, and each outlet bore comprises a first set of outlet bores, and a second set of outlet bores. The porting forms a plurality passageways connecting the piston bores to each other and with the outlet bores such that when high pressure fluid is applied to the inlet each of the pistons reciprocates from the first end to the second end in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Klaphake, Anthony J. Kuschel, Dain D. Thul, Andrew J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8931507
    Abstract: A plurality of electromagnetic valves are mounted on a manifold base, a single top cover that covers the plurality of electromagnetic valves as a whole is mounted, the top cover is screwed into the manifold base in a state in which a positioning pin on a lower end of a peripheral wall is fitted into a small hole in the manifold base, a reinforcing rib is formed on an inner face of a top plate of the top cover, the rib is arranged so that the rib is brought into contact with the upper faces of the electromagnetic valves all the time or is brought into contact with the electromagnetic valves when the top cover is elastically deformed by a pressing force from the outside acting on the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Murakami, Shinji Miyazoe
  • Publication number: 20150000777
    Abstract: A modular fluid control system comprised of a plurality of fluid control modules (11), each including a manifold portion (17), and a support element (14) to which the modules are mechanically fixed (12). The manifolds of adjacent units are pneumatically, but not mechanically, connected in order to communicate therebetween. In such an arrangement the modules can be removed from within an array without disturbing neighbouring units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: PARKER HANNIFIN MANUFACTURING LIMITED
    Inventor: Martin Twelftree
  • Patent number: 8919385
    Abstract: A manifold plate and a filtration arrangement including a manifold plate which comprises a body having a mounting region on the exterior of the body and first and second fluid channels extending within the body. The mounting region has at least one first opening and at least one second opening. At least one first fluid passageway fluidly couples the first opening to the first fluid channel and at least one second passageway fluidly couples the second opening to the second fluid channel. One or more filtration units may be mounted to the mounting region in fluid communication with the first and second openings of the manifold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Sayer, Cristopher J. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8905071
    Abstract: An integrated manifold system maximizes space for the circuit board while enabling efficient control of one or more pneumatic devices. The manifold system includes a manifold block, a solenoid valve attached to the manifold block, and a circuit board for controlling the solenoid and other components of an air suspension system. The manifold block includes at least one service port for connecting to a pneumatic device such as an air spring, and a supply port for connecting to a compressor. The solenoid valve is mounted to the manifold block with its longitudinal length being generally parallel to the service port. The circuit board is mounted adjacent to the solenoid valve and oriented generally parallel to the solenoid and service port. A cover encloses the solenoid valve and the circuit board. In one embodiment, the solenoid valve is in fluid communication with the supply port. The solenoid valve is uniquely associated with the service port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Air Lift Company
    Inventors: Joshua D. Coombs, Aaron Mulder
  • Patent number: 8905074
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling gas distribution are provided. In some embodiments, apparatus for controlling gas distribution may include a first flow path from an inlet to a first outlet; a plurality of first orifices disposed within the first flow path; a plurality of first valves that control gas flow through the plurality of first orifices to control a total gas flow at the first outlet; a second flow path from the inlet to a second outlet; a plurality of second orifices disposed along the second flow path; a plurality of second valves that control gas flow through respective ones of the plurality of second orifices to control a total gas flow at the second outlet; and a mounting block having the plurality of first valves and second valves coupled thereto, wherein at least a portion of the first flow path and the second flow path is disposed within the mounting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Corie Lynn Cobb, Ming Xu
  • Publication number: 20140353224
    Abstract: Automated fluid handling system comprising a housing and two or more fluid handling units arranged as interchangeable modular components with an external fluidics section and an internal non fluidics section, and wherein the housing comprises a liquid handling panel with two or more of component positions for receiving said interchangeable modular components such that the external fluidics section is separated from the non fluidics section by the liquid handling panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: JOHAN BLOMBERG, MATS LUNDKVIST
  • Patent number: 8887767
    Abstract: A double-sealed cross-port fitting for use in a series progressive divider valve comprises an adapter body, a passage and a ring segment. The adapter body extends axially from a first end to a second end and includes an adapter segment and a coupling segment. The adapter segment is positioned at the first end and is configured to be coupled to another component. The coupling segment is positioned at the second end, extends from the adapter segment, and is configured to be inserted into a valve body. The passage extends through the adapter body from the first end to the second end. The ring segment extends radially from the coupling segment and is configured to engage the valve body. The ring segment forms a first seal face between the ring segment and the adapter segment and a second seal face between the ring segment and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Klaphake, Anthony J. Kuschel