Combined Patents (Class 141/98)
  • Patent number: 11306629
    Abstract: An oil change system. The oil change system includes an evacuation system, a refill system, one or more sensors and a control circuit. The evacuation system includes a first quick connect fitting configured to mate with a quick connect valve of a vehicle. The refill system includes a second quick connect fitting configured to mate with the quick connect valve of the vehicle. The control circuit is coupled to the evacuation system, the refill system and the one or more sensors, and is configured to automatically identify the vehicle, determine a type, a viscosity and a volume of oil associated with the vehicle and control a volume of new oil added to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: RPM INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: John K. Apostolides
  • Patent number: 11276599
    Abstract: A load port apparatus includes an installation section, a frame section, a first wheel, a second wheel, and a supporter. The installation section includes an installation surface for installing a container for containing a substrate. The frame section is disposed on one side of the installation section, extends upward from this one side, and includes a lower fixation unit located below the installation surface. The first wheel is attached below the installation section and has a first diameter. The second wheel is attached below the installation section and further away from the frame section than the first wheel and has a second diameter smaller than the first diameter. The supporter is attached below the installation section and further away from the frame section than the first wheel and has a vertically adjustable distance from the installation surface to a lower end of the supporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadamasa Iwamoto, Takuya Kudo
  • Patent number: 11209093
    Abstract: A substrate storage container is provided with a valve body attached thereto which includes a first cylindrical portion having one end communicating with the outside of a container body, a second cylindrical portion having one end communicating with the interior of the container body and spaced apart from the other end of the first cylindrical portion, a plug member positioned between the other end of the first cylindrical portion and the other end of the second cylindrical portion, and an elastic body that covers at least the plug member and has an inner diameter equal to or smaller than the outer diameter of the plug member, and wherein gas flow to the container body is controlled by close contact between the plug member and the elastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11160699
    Abstract: The absorbent article comprises at least a topsheet layer and a backsheet layer, each layer having a body facing surface and a garment facing surface, and longitudinal and transversal edges, the article having a longitudinal front portion, a longitudinal back portion and a crotch portion located between the front and the back portion. The article comprises a first and a second zone of microencapsulated phase change material on a surface of a layer of the article. The first and second zones are selected form zones having different microencapsulated phase change materials, different concentrations of a microencapsulated phase change material or comprise microencapsulated phase change material having different phase change temperature intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Lisa Palmqvist, Anna Knös, Philip Blomström
  • Patent number: 11130476
    Abstract: A system includes a fill station, a vehicle, and a controller. The fill station has a first conduit. The vehicle has a subsystem that includes a second conduit configured to couple with the first conduit to establish a fluid connection between the subsystem and the fill station. The controller is programmed to, in response to a predetermined condition of the subsystem while the first and second conduits are coupled, automatically pump fluid from the fill station into the subsystem via the fluid connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Vargas Linan, Sebastian Pesado Fabrega, Victor Manuel Gutierrez Lopez
  • Patent number: 11084071
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suction unit for a wastewater tank, comprising a suction channel extending from a suction adapter designed for attachment to a suction port in the wastewater tank, a connection coupling extending from the suction adapter, wherein said connection coupling and said suction channel are arranged so that the suction channel extends into the wastewater tank, a suction pump connected fluid-tightly to the connection coupling, and a pump control unit in signal communication with the suction pump. A flushing channel extends from a flush adapter designed for attachment to a flushing hole in the wastewater tank, the pump control unit being configured to extract wastewater from the wastewater tank through the suction channel, the connecting line and the suction pump by means of the suction pump, and wastewater is flushed from the wastewater tank through the flushing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: VOGELSANG GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Martin Heinrichs
  • Patent number: 11055947
    Abstract: A outdoor large item vending system for large items such as propane tanks, liquid petroleum gas cylinders of various sizes and other items that must be stored in and dispensed from a hazardous location compliant system (i.e. a Class I, Division 2 compliant system). The vending system can be placed on a store front, parking lot, campsite, or park, and comprises a main housing having compartments to hold large items such as propane container, which are dispensed from the compartments when a payment is made through a credit card reader interface located in the main housing. The large item vending system of the invention is powered by AC current which is turned to DC power by a power supply, or DC batteries charged by AC power and/or solar power, or by other power means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: JALH Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Leonard J. Halsey, Jr., John S. Agor
  • Patent number: 10967911
    Abstract: A vehicle side body includes a vertical plate, a horizontal plate connected to a lower edge of the vertical plate and extending outward from the edge to form an L-shaped inside edge with the vertical plate, an opening extending in the vertical plate and the horizontal plate across the inside edge, and an L-shaped bracket fixed to, around the opening, an inner surface of the vertical plate and a lower surface of the horizontal plate. A hydrogen filling port to which a hydrogen filling nozzle is connectable is attached to the L-shaped bracket. A rib plate is provided to connect an outer surface of the vertical plate and an upper surface of the horizontal plate. An accidental contact between the hydrogen filling nozzle and a body is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshinobu Takashi
  • Patent number: 10961105
    Abstract: A touch-free flowable food product dispenser is disclosed. The food product dispenser includes a main body, a pump assembly mounted in the main body and a cover member mounted to the main body. The cover member is part of an automated pump actuation unit that can be removably mounted to the main body such that the automated pump actuation unit engages a pump assembly supported by the main body. The automated pump actuation unit includes a sensor positioned to detect the presence of an actuation member, such as a hand, in proximity to the sensor. When the actuation member is detected, the automated pump actuation unit actuate the pump assembly to dispense the food product. The cover member and automated pump actuation assembly are formed as a single unit that can be installed on the main body to convert manual pump dispensers to touch-free dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SERVER PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald A. Rusch
  • Patent number: 10912425
    Abstract: Liquid product pump devices, systems, and methods of using the same. An exemplary system of the present disclosure comprises a device, comprising a pump mechanism coupled to a receiving tube whereby a distal end of the receiving tube extends into a skirt, wherein when the skirt is attached to a neck of an bottle having liquid contents therein and wherein when the device rests within or upon a pump base, pressing the inverted bottle and the pump base toward one another causes a portion of the liquid contents to transfer from the inverted bottle and out of the pump base, and further comprises the bottle and the pump base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Clay Callicoat
  • Patent number: 10759652
    Abstract: Data are received indicating an amount of pumped fuel provided to a vehicle fuel tank. A vehicle fuel tank fuel volume is received. Upon determining that a difference between the pumped amount of fuel and a detected change in a fuel volume in the fuel tank exceeds a threshold, a fuel pump is deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone
  • Patent number: 10736978
    Abstract: A small, hands free, portable, rechargeable, waterproof, UV-C light emitting disinfection device. The disinfection device has a durable outer housing that holds an array of externally facing Ultraviolet C spectrum (UV-C) Light Emitting (LEDs) that emit light within the germicidal range of the Ultraviolet C spectrum or between the wavelength(?) range of 200 nm to 280 nm. The disinfection unit can be deployed in a water bottle, backpack bladder, water jug, or any suitable container to disinfect water or other liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Braden A. Reiber, Phillip D. Wright
  • Patent number: 10710127
    Abstract: A flexible cleaning lance safety apparatus is described as including a tripod support structure located close to an opening into an object to be cleaned. A flexible lance drive is fastened to the support structure for driving a high pressure fluid through a lance to the object to be cleaned. A snout tube is connected between the lance drive and an opening into the object to be cleaned. One or more micro pressure valves on each leg of the tripod support structure is operative to sense a predetermined force applied between the support structure and a support surface supporting the tripod support structure. When the predetermined force is sensed this causes the high pressure fluid to be diverted from the lance and the object to be cleaned to atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: STONEAGE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffery R. Barnes, Stephen L. Galbraith, Joseph Schneider
  • Patent number: 10707108
    Abstract: A wafer carrier purge apparatus, an automated mechanical handling system, and a method of handling a wafer carrier during integrated circuit fabrication are provided. The wafer carrier purge apparatus includes a purge plate adapted for insertion into a carrier storage position. The purge plate includes a gas port and a gas nozzle in fluid communication with the gas port. The gas port receives a gas flow. The gas nozzle is adapted to contact an inlet port of a wafer carrier. The purge plate further includes a vacuum port and a vacuum nozzle in fluid communication with the vacuum port, spaced from the gas nozzle. The vacuum nozzle is adapted to capture gas that escapes from the wafer carrier through an outlet port of the wafer carrier. The purge plate is separate and removable from the carrier storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: William J. Fosnight, Stephanie Waite, Stephen B. Miner, John Robinson
  • Patent number: 10699510
    Abstract: A outdoor large item vending system for large items such as propane tanks, liquid petroleum gas cylinders of various sizes and other items that must be stored in and dispensed from a hazardous location compliant system (i.e. a Class I, Division 2 compliant system). The vending system can be placed on a store front, parking lot, campsite, or park, and comprises a main housing having compartments to hold large items such as propane container, which are dispensed from the compartments when a payment is made through a credit card reader interface located in the main housing. The large item vending system of the invention is powered by AC current which is turned to DC power by a power supply, or DC batteries charged by AC power and/or solar power, or by other power means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: JALH Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Leonard J. Halsey, Jr., John S. Agor
  • Patent number: 10580222
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a Value Bearing Indicium (VBI) for on-line ticketing applications. A VBI may be generated by hashing user information to create a message digest that is used to create a digital signature. The digital signature is combined with the user information to create a VBI that can be validated by a variety of stand-alone or on-line methods. An on-line ticketing application using the VBI is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan David Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10421093
    Abstract: A glue coating device for laying stealth optical cables, comprising an outer housing and an inner housing sheathed inside the outer housing. A glue chamber is provided inside the inner housing. One end of the outer housing is a mounting end and the other end is a glue injection end by which the device is mounted on a glue injection gun. A glue injection zone is provided at an end surface of the glue injection end and runs through the glue chamber. The glue injection end has a front preprocessor which comprises two separating and guiding sides forming an angle of 120° therebetween and protruding from the outer housing. A cable positioning groove is provided on the end surface of the outer housing. The device is simple in structure, convenient for constructing, and provides quantitative glue injection and has a favorable coating effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Etern Company Limited
    Inventors: Feng Shen, Xiaohong Chen, Honglei Yang, Zuguo Wei, Zifeng Yao, Danfeng Ling, Guijun Xia, Peijie Zhao
  • Patent number: 10323794
    Abstract: A hydrogen fueling system and method comprises a container, a first tank, second tank, and third tank disposed within the container, and a nozzle coupled to the second tank and the third tank. One or more computer-readable storage media storing instructions executable by one or more processors may control flow of liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas in the system, adjust temperature of the tanks, control pressure in the tanks, and transfer hydrogen gas from the second tank, the third tank, or a combination thereof to one or more target vessels. The system may also comprise flow control assemblies and flow control valves to manage the transfer of liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Jacob William Leachman, Jacob Thomas Fisher, Ian Andrew Richardson
  • Patent number: 10279279
    Abstract: A system produces bubbles. The system may be used as a children's toy, a special effects machine, an art performance prop, a party entertainment item, or a similar object for entertaining users. The system is designed to produce bubbles regardless of the orientation of the system. The system includes a reservoir, a pump, a swiping mechanism, and a fan. The reservoir receives and stores fluid, and the pump provides pressure on the stored fluid such that the fluid travels through the reservoir and exits the reservoir. The swiping mechanism spreads across the exited fluid to create a fluid sheet, and the fan blows on the fluid sheet, transforming it into a bubble. The pump enables the stored fluid to be available for bubble production at any orientation of the system. The system may be moved, rotated, thrown, bounced, swung, etc. by a user and produce bubbles during its motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Sergei Baranoff
  • Patent number: 10274120
    Abstract: A coupling component (60,30) having a first end (61,71) and a second end (66,76), the component having a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end, the first end of the component comprising a first tubular portion (62,71) having a first internal diameter adapted to form a sliding fit with a first pipe section, and a first seal adapted such that the first end can be sealed in use to the first pipe section; the second end having a second diameter or cross-sectional area which is larger than the first diameter and wherein the second end incorporates a flange (67,77), wherein at least part of the face of said flange is in a plane substantially non-perpendicular to, or offset from, the longitudinal axis of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Franklin Fueling Systems Limited
    Inventors: John Alexandre Boudry, Jan Ageheim
  • Patent number: 10247361
    Abstract: An inactive gas introducing facility for a storage rack is provided in which supply of inactive gas to a container is stopped if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a normal stop state in which a stop nullifying command is not issued and in which the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern is continued and any changes, through manual operation, to a parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern are prohibited, if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 10217656
    Abstract: A nozzle prevents obstruction of alignment of a container without using an actuator. When the nozzle contacts the container before an alignment member does, the container is guided by a guide surface of the nozzle, the nozzle is lowered by a load applied from the container so that the alignment member contacts the container to align the container, and purge gas is injected from the nozzle into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanao Murata, Takashi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 10197049
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bicycle tool storage device mountable in a bicycle headset assembly and/or a bicycle pump. A top cap for loading a headset assembly and mounting the device is also provided. The top cap includes an annular body and a device receiving aperture extending through the body. The top cap includes a flange extending radially outwardly from a first end of the body and a ridge defined in an inner surface of the body adjacent to the flange. The ridge is concentrically aligned with the aperture for retaining the device. Further still, a bicycle pump for mounting the device is provided. The pump includes a pump body, a handle, a pump head, and a flange. The pump body houses a plunger and a piston. The plunger and handle define a cavity for receiving the device. The handle further defines a flange for retaining the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: D3 Innovation Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Staples
  • Patent number: 10173890
    Abstract: A box for a microelectronic device includes a first portion and a second portion able to be assembled in order to define, in an assembled position, a housing space for the microelectronic device. A face of the first portion is facing a face of the second portion in the assembled position. The first zones facing the faces form an interface for attaching the first portion and second portion. The second zones face faces forming a cavity for receiving the microelectronic device. At least one among the first portion and the second portion includes at least one element for electrical connection. The first portion and the second portion can apply at least one connection pad of the microelectronic device on the element for connection in the assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Souriau
  • Patent number: 10167131
    Abstract: A content dispensing package apparatus is provided. The content dispensing package apparatus can be configured to elevate contents for immediate dispensing to the user, the user able to raise the contents from outside an outer container. For example, a container for dispensing edible contents can include a first container portion and a second container portion that is configured to move between a first position and a second position. By one approach the apparatus includes a tab coupled to the second container portion. The tab can be accessible from the outside of the container and used to move the second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: David Abrams
  • Patent number: 10162510
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display including a central portion and a curved side portion; a memory storing pages of content; and a display controller configured to control simultaneously the central portion of the display to display at least a portion of a first page of content and the curved side portion of the display to display additional information not forming part of the first page of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Nigel Richardson, Brian Davidson, John Cattermole
  • Patent number: 10145004
    Abstract: A Zr-based or Zr—Cu based metallic glass thin film (MGTF) coated on aluminum alloy substrate and a method of fabricating the metallic glass and MGTF coated on aluminum alloy substrate are disclosed. The Zr-based metallic glass thin film-coated aluminum alloy substrate of the present invention comprises: an aluminum alloy substrate; and a Zr-based metallic glass thin film located on the substrate, in which the Zr-based metallic glass is represented by the formula of (ZraCubNicAld)100-xSix, wherein 45=<a=<75, 25=<b=<35, 5=<c=<15, 5=<d=<15, 0.1=<x=<10. The Zr—Cu-based metallic glass thin film coated substrate of the present invention comprises: an aluminum alloy substrate; a Zr—Cu-based metallic glass thin film located on the aluminum alloy substrate, in which the Zr—Cu-based metallic glass is represented by the following formula of (ZreCufAlgAgh)100-ySiy, wherein 35=<e=<55, 35=<f=<55, 5=<g=<15, 5=<h=<15, 0.1=<y=<10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jason Shiang Ching Jang, Pei Hua Tsai, Jia Bin Li, Yi Zong Zhang, Chih Chiang Fu, Jinn P. Chu
  • Patent number: 10035619
    Abstract: A container treatment machine has treatment positions provided on a circumferential transport element rotating about a vertical machine axis. Each has a container carrier, a centering element, an aggregate, a control valve, and an actuation element. The treatment position clamps empty containers with a clamping force between the carrier and the cone. The actuation element generates the container clamping force. The control valve controls flow through the channel. Containers lying in a sealed position against the centering cone are loaded with pressure medium that travels through the channel to generate a container-stabilizing internal pressure. The control valve, which is in the centering element, causes container pre-tensioning by being opened by a container clamping force that acts between the centering cone and the container to pretension the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Deckert
  • Patent number: 9984514
    Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle fluid replacement monitoring system is provided. The computing device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to receive an indication of a “fluid-empty” condition in a fluid reservoir; receive an indication of a “fluid-present” condition occurring in the fluid reservoir after the “fluid-empty” condition; acquire, responsive to receiving the indication of the “fluid-present” condition, information relating to the “fluid-present” condition; and store, in a memory, the information relating to the “fluid-present” condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 9947563
    Abstract: A wafer container is provided. The wafer container includes a housing, a door and an air-tight device. The housing has a room with an opening formed therein, and a door frame surrounding the opening. The door fits in the door frame to close the opening. The air-tight device is disposed around the door, located between the door and the door frame, and having a protruding part extending toward the room. The protruding part has an early-stage pressure-adjusting element configured to exhaust a first gas from the room by pumping a second gas into the room when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GUDENG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Lin, Chen-Hao Chang, Jui-Ken Kao
  • Patent number: 9686873
    Abstract: A housing for a portable electronic device including a first transparent curved portion configured to curve from a front face of the housing to a first side face of the housing; a second transparent curved portion configured to curve from the front face of the housing to a second side face of the housing; a third transparent curved portion configured to curve from a rear face of the housing to the first side face of the housing; and a fourth transparent curved portion configured to curve from the rear face of the housing to the second side face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Damian Mycroft, Chee Yee Wong, Robert Lihou, Mark Newman
  • Patent number: 9600850
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically using the electronically received directive information to electronically direct control of the at least partial preparation of the ingestible product designated to be ingested by the particular individual living being upon electronically verifying, thru electronic use of the directive information that the authority is authorized to issue the controlled substance instruction and that the controlled substance instruction has been issued by the authority. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Paul Holman, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, Neal Stephenson, Christopher Charles Young
  • Patent number: 9579179
    Abstract: A method and system for producing, marking, and packaging ingots for use in fabricating dental prosthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Vince Benetti, Wolfgang Ott
  • Patent number: 9551461
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a natural gas filling station comprising a dispenser; a structure covering the dispenser and having a canopy top; at least one tank disposed on the canopy top, the tank having at least one gas therein comprising CNG or LNG; and at least one line between the tank and the dispenser for communicating the gas between the tank and the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BOYER, INC.
    Inventor: Mark L. Boyer
  • Patent number: 9518682
    Abstract: A bottom-to-surface connection installation between a common floating support and the sea bottom, having a plurality of flexible lines such as flexible pipes extending between said floating support and the sea bottom. The flexible lines are supported by respective ones of a plurality of troughs each trough lying between two pipe portions defining a first flexible line portion in a hanging double catenary configuration between the floating support and the trough, and a second flexible line portion in a single catenary configuration between the trough and the point of contact of the flexible pipe with the sea bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Saipem S.A.
    Inventor: François Régis Pionetti
  • Patent number: 9453610
    Abstract: An inactive gas introducing facility for a storage rack is provided in which supply of inactive gas to a container is stopped if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a normal stop state in which a stop nullifying command is not issued and in which the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern is continued and any changes, through manual operation, to a parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern are prohibited, if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 9447920
    Abstract: A drip pan apparatus for use in a helicopter includes a drip pan and a frame having a plurality of frame sides and a plurality of frame corners that define an inwardly-facing peripheral surface. A first frame angle is formed between a first inwardly-facing surface and a second inwardly-facing surface. The first frame angle is an acute angle. The drip pan has an outwardly-facing peripheral surface. The outwardly-facing peripheral surface defines a plurality of sides, including a first side and a second side, to cooperate with the inwardly-facing peripheral surface of the frame. A first angle is formed between the first side and the second side. The first angle is an acute angle. A method of installing a drip pan includes modifying at least a portion of a skirt on the helicopter and then securing the frame to one or both of the modified skirt and the helicopter structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Phoenix Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Gray Wilson
  • Patent number: 9386879
    Abstract: A hot drinks machine is provided that is configured to perform a cleaning program and a descaling program, both of which require the use of a service function object. The hot drinks machine is formed with a holder for the service function object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Beutlrock, Peter Brezovnik, Jürgen Fritz, Henrik Pavlovic, Aleksander Sedovsek, Igor Zibret
  • Patent number: 9368378
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus comprising a first supporting unit, a movable unit having a first chamber, a second supporting unit having a second chamber, and a third supporting unit is provided. A micro processing chamber in which the semiconductor wafer is being processed is formed when the first chamber is brought in contact with the second chamber. Each of the supporting units is supported by a corresponding supporting plate, and each supporting plate is positioned and strengthened by a plurality of supporting bars on its peripheral. Such design will prevent the deformation of the supporting plates, reduce the particles generated by the friction of parts resulted from the opening or closure of the micro processing chamber, and allow the easy alignment of these units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Sophia Wen
  • Patent number: 9349624
    Abstract: Metrology methods and apparatus for semiconductor wafer fabrication in which data for metrology is obtained by detecting a measurable property of a monitored entity, which is either (i) a wafer transporter (e.g. a FOUP) loaded with one or more wafers to be monitored, or (ii) a plurality of wafers. Performing metrology measurements on a loaded wafer transporter enables the step of extracting wafer (s) from the transporter for metrology measurements to be omitted. Moreover, metrology measurement may be obtained while transporting the wafer (s) between treatment locations. By considering a plurality of wafers as a unit, a single measurement representing a combination of individual wafer responses is obtained. All wafers contribute to the metrology measurement without the need to perform individual wafer measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: METRYX LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert John Wilby
  • Patent number: 9272847
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting packages from an inlet to an outlet includes a closed transport path having a package transport route and a puck return transport route, an inlet, an outlet, transport elements that are rotatable in a circulation direction and that are adjacent to each other in the transport direction of the packages, and pucks for carrying a package from the inlet to the outlet. After release of the packages at the outlet, the pucks return to the inlet via the puck return transport route. The puck return transport route and the package transport route are in transport planes offset from each other in a vertical direction. The two transports are formed by common transport elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Gyula Varhaniovsky
  • Patent number: 9238518
    Abstract: An inspection system and method that inspects at least two different medications is described. The automated filling station houses at least two different medications. The automated inspection station receives the medications associated with one of the packages. The measurement device associated with the automated inspection station is configured to examine the different medications and generate a measured medication value for the different medications. The measured medication value is received by the inspection control process module. Additionally, the expected medication value is received by the inspection control process module. The inspection result state is then selected by the inspection control process module. The inspection control module compares the expected medication value to the measured medication value. The inspection result state includes a positive inspection result state, a negative inspection result state, and an inconclusive inspection result state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: EDGE MEDICAL PROPERTIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Warren White
  • Patent number: 9174253
    Abstract: A purge nozzle unit 1 includes a nozzle main body 2 including a trunk 41 and a collar section 8 protruding outward from the trunk 41 and a holder 3 including a side wall 31 that is in slidable contact with an outward face of the collar section 8 and a bottom wall 33 having a through hole 32 with which an outward face of the trunk 41 is in slidable contact and is configured such that a vent 30 in communication with the outside is formed in the holder 3 and the nozzle main body 2 is vertically moved relative to the holder 3 by regulating a pressure in a pressure-regulated space S formed between the nozzle main body 2 and the holder 3 and in communication with the vent 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Natsume, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9153468
    Abstract: To prevent an inert gas from stagnating in an internal space of a mount base of a load port apparatus, the load port apparatus includes: an outside air supply device for introducing an air from an external space, in which an operator works, into the internal space of the mount base; a casing surrounding a space in which a drive mechanism for a door is arranged; and a duct through which a gas inside the internal space of the casing is dischargeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Emoto, Tadamasa Iwamoto, Toshihiko Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9119293
    Abstract: A housing for a portable electronic device including a first transparent curved portion configured to curve from a front face of the housing to a first side face of the housing; a second transparent curved portion configured to curve from the front face of the housing to a second side face of the housing; a third transparent curved portion configured to curve from a rear face of the housing to the first side face of the housing; and a fourth transparent curved portion configured to curve from the rear face of the housing to the second side face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Damian Mycroft, Chee Yee Wong, Robert John Lihou, Mark Newman
  • Patent number: 9110580
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display including a central portion and a curved side portion; a memory storing pages of content; and a display controller configured to control simultaneously the central portion of the display to display at least a portion of a first page of content and the curved side portion of the display to display additional information not forming part of the first page of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Nigel Richardson, Brian Davidson, John Cattermole
  • Patent number: 9075518
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a display including a central portion and a curved side portion; a memory storing pages of content; and a display controller configured to control simultaneously the central portion of the display to display at least a portion of a first page of content and the curved side portion of the display to display additional information not forming part of the first page of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Nigel Richardson, Brian Davidson, John Cattermole
  • Patent number: 9066418
    Abstract: A housing for a portable electronic device including a first transparent curved portion configured to curve from a front face of the housing to a first side face of the housing; a second transparent curved portion configured to curve from the front face of the housing to a second side face of the housing; a third transparent curved portion configured to curve from a rear face of the housing to the first side face of the housing; and a fourth transparent curved portion configured to curve from the rear face of the housing to the second side face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Damian Mycroft, Chee Yee Wong, Robert John Lihou, Mark Newman
  • Patent number: 9051928
    Abstract: A safety device for a fuel outlet to prevent delivery of highly combustible fuel to a motor vehicle with a running engine. The safety device comprises a fuel pump for pumping the fuel from an underground tank and into a motor vehicle. The device includes a sound sensor disposed below an area to be occupied by a motor vehicle adjacent to the fuel pump and is adapted to sense the sound of a running engine in an adjacent vehicle and a temperature sensor adapted to detect the engine temperature of an adjacent vehicle. Further, the device or system includes an RF radiation detector adjacent said pump for detecting a running engine, a data analyzer and a control unit for disabling the fuel pump when a running engine is detected in the vicinity of the fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Ahmad I. S. I. Al-Jafar
  • Patent number: 9038677
    Abstract: A combination scoop and funnel apparatus provides a scoop portion defining a dry material reservoir having an open top and a downwardly tapered conical bottom portion which terminates in a discharge aperture. A handle is joined to the scoop reservoir. A movable frusto-conical funnel member defines a funnel aperture at its lower end and an open top at its upper end. The funnel member supports a valve slide which extends upwardly through the discharge aperture and further supports a valve cap on the upper end thereof. The valve member is movable between a downwardly extending valve closed configuration and an upwardly positioned valve open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tyler Keefe