Lens Cleaners Patents (Class 15/214)
  • Patent number: 9670601
    Abstract: A method for operating an air jet spinning machine having at least one spinning unit with one spinning nozzle for producing a yarn is provided. During the operation of the spinning unit, the spinning nozzle feeds a fiber composite through an inlet in a predefined transport direction. The fiber composite within a vortex chamber of the spinning nozzle receives a twist with the assistance of a vortex air flow, such that a yarn is formed from the fiber composite. With the assistance of at least one sensor system, the yarn leaving the outlet is monitored with regard to defined yarn flaws. The production of yarn is interrupted upon the detection of a corresponding yarn flaw. Between the detection of the specified yarn flaw and the interruption of the yarn production, a cleaning process is carried out during which an additive is fed to the spinning unit and is applied to the fiber composite and/or the yarn produced from the fiber composite and/or on parts of the spinning nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Gernot Schäffler, Jörg Hehl, Andreas Fischer
  • Patent number: 9411175
    Abstract: An eyeglass cleaning apparatus employing a non-liquid cleaning composition is described. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a hand-held cleaning instrument and a housing for receiving the cleaning instrument. The cleaning instrument includes at least one cleaning surface containing the cleaning composition and the housing includes at least one replenishment pad which may also contain the cleaning composition. The instrument is movable between a stowed position at least partially inserted within the housing and a deployed position at least partially withdrawn from the housing. The cleaning surface contacts the replenishment surface when the cleaning instrument is moved between the deployed and stowed positions to reorient the cleaning composition particles on the surface of the cleaning surface and hence replenish the cleaning capacity of the cleaning instrument. In one embodiment the cleaning instrument may comprise a pair of cleaning surfaces each mounted on a respective arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Parkside Optical Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Meurrens
  • Publication number: 20150135458
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Publication number: 20150113751
    Abstract: A cleaning tool is configured to remove debris from a glass surface. The cleaning tool includes an upper arm mechanically coupled to an upper pad. A lower arm is rotationally coupled to the upper arm and mechanically coupled to a lower pad. The upper pad and the lower pad are configured to clean both sides of the glass surface at once.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne Lee Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140173845
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 8528149
    Abstract: A moisture removal device is disclosed. In one embodiment, the device includes a first wiper and a second wiper that are magnetically attracted to each other. Each wiper may include a shell layer and an absorber layer that collectively assist with removing moisture and/or dirt or other materials from an object such as a mask, protective eyewear, glasses, or the like. The device can be placed on the object such that one wiper is on an outside surface and one wiper is on an inside surface. The device can be used to remove moisture from one or both surfaces without requiring a user to remove the protective eyewear from his or her head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel J Statkus
  • Patent number: 8429784
    Abstract: A fiber optic component cleaning device includes a folder having a base, a cover and a separator. The cover and the separator are opposite one another relative to the base. The folder has a width. The base and cover have a fold therebetween such that the cover folds onto the base and the base and separator have a fold therebetween such that the separator folds onto the base. The base and cover have about an equal length and the separator has a length less than the length of the base and cover. A plurality of cleaner sheets are disposed in the folder. The cleaner sheets have a width that is about equal to or less than the width of the folder and have a length that is about equal to or less than the length of the base and cover. A top-most fresh cleaner sheet is separated from the plurality of cleaner sheets and is positioned on the separator sheet for cleaning the connector. When soiled, the soiled cleaner sheet is removed and discarded. A method for cleaning a fiber optic connector is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Forrest, Jr., Paul M. Blair
  • Publication number: 20130091649
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 8151399
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Publication number: 20110154600
    Abstract: The invention discloses a disposable dust collector for precision device, including handle and dust collecting terminal, wherein the handle is divided into the left and the right interconnection piece, and then the left and the right interconnection piece are separately connecting with the left and the right dust collecting terminal and are able to fold up along with the interconnecting piece of the dust collecting terminal, in this way of coordination that composed of the dust collector. The invention could be unfolded and then packed, when we need to use it, we could replicate and fix the dust collector, then we could process the dust cleaning for digital camera lens, sensor and so on, after cleaning it could be discarded. The main features are the simple structure and low cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: Shenzhen Anhuaxin S&T Development Co., Ltd
    Inventor: JIAHONG LIAO
  • Patent number: 7954195
    Abstract: Beater Cleaner is a kitchen gadget designed to clean beaters or other similarly shaped products. It consists of tongs that allow squeegee like devices on the ends of each tong to grip the blades of a beater or other similarly shaped object. To use the preferred embodiment of Beater Cleaner, a user uses his thumb and index finger to grab the flexible tongs at the finger grips. He can then tighten or loosen the tongs to fit over various sized and shaped beaters. The rubber squeegees are placed around the beater and the user can scrape the ingredients stuck on the beater into a mixing bowl to insure the maximum amount of ingredients is saved. The user can then use the brush on the opposite end from the squeegees to clean between the blades of the beater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Jody Elizabeth Hentosz
  • Publication number: 20100313376
    Abstract: A cleaning swab for cleaning the surface of an image sensor of a digital camera, projector, video camera or the like is disclosed to include a handle having an expanded flat front end, and a flat absorptive cleaning head fastened to the expanded flat front end of said handle by heat sealing. The flat absorptive cleaning head has a non thermo-compression bonded main cleaning edge disposed at the front side, and two thermo-compression bonded side edges disposed at two opposite lateral sides and joined by the non thermo-compression bonded main cleaning edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Kun-Liang Hong
  • Publication number: 20100293735
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Publication number: 20100212689
    Abstract: A camera apparatus (1) includes: a CCD (2) serving as an imaging device; a cleaning member (3) for performing cleaning of the front face of the CCD (2); and a cleaning controller (13) for controlling the movement of the cleaning member (3). Cleaning control is carried out so that when the cleaning of the CCD (2) is started, the cleaning member (3) is moved to a cleaning position located in front of and in proximity to the CCD (2), and when the cleaning of the CCD (2) is finished, the cleaning member (3) is moved to a retracted position retracted from the cleaning position. The camera apparatus itself is provided with the function of cleaning the imaging device, thereby enabling reduction in time and effort for a cleaning operation performed on the imaging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumasa Saito, Hajime Matsumoto, Tetsurou Kajino, Haruo Kogane, Jyouji Wada
  • Publication number: 20090255074
    Abstract: A cleaning device comprises a main body having a first side provided with a first opening defining a first accommodating space, and a second side provided with a second opening defining a second accommodating space; a squeezable wiper whose first end penetrates the first opening and is retained in the first accommodating space and whose second end is outside the main body; a shield connected with the first opening so that the second end of the wiper is received in the shield; a cleaning liquid bottle received in the second accommodating space and comprising a nozzle portion having a spraying hole; and a cap having a first side connected with the second opening and provided with a third opening, through which the nozzle portion extends to be received in the cap, and a second side having an aperture communicating with the third accommodating space and corresponding to the spraying hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: Su-Shan CHEN
    Inventor: Kuan-Di Huang
  • Publication number: 20090235478
    Abstract: A lens cleaning cloth includes a cleaning cloth having a temporary adhesive disposed thereon to enable the cleaning cloth to be temporarily attached to a necktie. Preferably, the temporary adhesive allows the cleaning cloth to be removed without damaging the tie and also dissolves in dry cleaning fluid, allow the cleaning cloth to be removed when dry cleaning the tie without ruining the tie.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Lan C. England
  • Publication number: 20090126138
    Abstract: A fiber optic component cleaning device includes a folder having a base, a cover and a separator. The cover and the separator are opposite one another relative to the base. The folder has a width. The base and cover have a fold therebetween such that the cover folds onto the base and the base and separator have a fold therebetween such that the separator folds onto the base. The base and cover have about an equal length and the separator has a length less than the length of the base and cover. A plurality of cleaner sheets are disposed in the folder. The cleaner sheets have a width that is about equal to or less than the width of the folder and have a length that is about equal to or less than the length of the base and cover. A top-most fresh cleaner sheet is separated from the plurality of cleaner sheets and is positioned on the separator sheet for cleaning the connector. When soiled, the soiled cleaner sheet is removed and discarded. A method for cleaning a fiber optic connector is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Forrest, JR., Paul M. Blair
  • Publication number: 20090094771
    Abstract: A cleaning device for removing foreign particles off of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and lenses exposed optic surfaces including a hand held application wand, a cohesive rubber and a cleaning base pivoting joint. The user may hold the application wand by the finger grip and align the pivoting base angle to reflect the angle of the optic surface that's about to be cleaned. The next step would be to insert the wand base and cohesive onto the desired optic surface to be cleaned. The rubber would be pressed down onto the sensor filter and adhere any foreign particles to it. The wand and rubber would then be removed by manually lifting up on the wand. The cleaning rubber layer is specially designed and manufactured to leave substantially no residue or contamination on the optic surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Ross Wordhouse
  • Publication number: 20090089951
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 7442259
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 7416610
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Publication number: 20080196189
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a multifunction eyeglass cleaner which includes a first cleaning portion, a second cleaning portion symmetrically disposed with respect to the first cleaning portion, a first cleaning head located at one end of an inside of the first cleaning portion, and a second cleaning head located at one end of an inside of the second cleaning portion and symmetrically disposed with respect to the first cleaning head. The other end of the first cleaning portion is pivotably connected to the other end of the second cleaning portion, the other ends of the first and second cleaning portions define corresponding through holes therein, and a pivot shaft is mounted in the through holes. The present invention has the advantages of simple structure and ease of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Wing Chi Kam
  • Patent number: 7413614
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 7395575
    Abstract: A limited use apparatus for treating contact lenses is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a case having a body and a left and right cover which are joinable to form chambers for receiving the lenses. Each of the chambers has an operative face for receiving the lens. A reactive layer is provided on a portion of each operative face. The operative faces and the reactive layers are dimensioned and arranged whereby the reactive layers come into engagement with respective optical surfaces of a lens positioned there-between when the cover and body are joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Isoclear, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Webb, John Zeis, Scott Castanon
  • Publication number: 20080115306
    Abstract: A cleaning device for removing foreign particles off of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera sensor filter comprising a hand held application wand, a double sided adhesive foam tape and a grouping of extra foam tapes that form a pad which is kept clean within a reusable bag. The user would hold the application wand by the finger grip, remove one release tab from the pad and adhere the base of the application wand to the top of the exposed foam tape so that the shape of the wand base and the foam tape align. The user would then lift up on the wand with their hand and remove the foam tape from the pad. The next step would be to insert the wand base and foam tape into the DSLR lens opening where the sensor filter resides. The foam tape would be pressed down onto the sensor filter and adhere any foreign particles to its adhesive. The wand and foam tape would then be removed by lifting up on the wand with ones hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Ross Wordhouse
  • Publication number: 20080078045
    Abstract: An eyeglasses cleaning device includes: a holding body defining an inner space therein and adapted to receive a cleaning cloth in the inner space, the holding body having a connecting end; and at least one cleaning unit including a mounting member that is coupled detachable to the connecting end of the holding body, and a soft porous block that is mounted on the mounting member and that is adapted to absorb a liquid cleaner therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Allen TSAI
  • Patent number: 7275275
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for cleaning contact lenses is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a housing (110) having first (112) and second (114) housing sections which are joinable to form a chamber for receiving the lens. Each of the housing sections has an operative face (118, 120, 124, 126) facing the chamber formed for receiving the lens. A reactive layer (122) is provided on a portion of each operative face and the operative faces and the reactive layers are dimensioned and arranged whereby the reactive layers come into engagement with respective surfaces of a lens (155) positioned therebetween when the first and second housing sections are joined together. A portion of at least one of the operative faces is recessed relative to the other operative face to define an open volume within the chamber when the first and second housing sections are joined together. The first and second housing sections can be constructed to be in fluid communication when the apparatus is in an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Iso Clear, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Pankow, Charles C. Valauskas
  • Patent number: 7178193
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Alpine Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Patent number: 6849135
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Publication number: 20040134005
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for cleaning contact lenses is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a housing (110) having first (112) and second (114) housing sections which are joinable to form a chamber for receiving the lens. Each of the housing sections has an operative face (118, 120, 124, 126) facing the chamber formed for receiving the lens. A reactive layer (122) is provided on a portion of each operative face and the operative faces and the reactive layers are dimensioned and arranged whereby the reactive layers come into engagement with respective surfaces of a lens (155) positioned therebetween when the first and second housing sections are joined together. A portion of at least one of the operative faces is recessed relative to the other operative face to define an open volume within the chamber when the first and second housing sections are joined together. The first and second housing sections can be constructed to be in fluid communication when the apparatus is in an opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Mark L. Pankow, Charles C. Valauskas
  • Publication number: 20040026287
    Abstract: A moist eyeglass cleaner includes an impermeable reclosable handy packet, and a plurality of stacked moist paper sheets disposed in the packet. The packet includes a first wall having an open side formed with an adjacent pair of fixed parallel ribs, and a second wall having an open side formed with a fixed rib that is clamped between the ribs of the first wall so that the packet is reclosable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Allan Tsai
  • Patent number: 6662397
    Abstract: A self-contained apparatus for cleaning contact lenses comprising a deformable, non-abrasive material having an enzyme enriched layer for contact with the optical surfaces of the lenses. While in contact with the optical surfaces, the contaminants on the lens surfaces are enzymatically removed. Upon separation of the lenses and the deformable material, substantially all of the enzymes are retained on the deformable material, largely eliminating the need to perform additional operations to inactivate the enzymes or otherwise rid the lenses of residual enzymatic matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: IsoCLEAR, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Pankow
  • Publication number: 20030213080
    Abstract: A cloth accessory and methods for the use thereof are disclosed and described. In one aspect, the cloth accessory may include a cover member forming an enclosure with a cavity therein, and a cloth attached to the cover member. The cloth may have a first configuration wherein the cloth is retracted substantially into the cover member, and a second configuration wherein the cloth is extended substantially out of the cover member without becoming detached therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Darren Jones
  • Publication number: 20020069896
    Abstract: A self-contained apparatus for cleaning contact lenses comprising a deformable, non-abrasive material having an enzyme enriched layer for contact with the optical surfaces of the lenses. While in contact with the optical surfaces, the contaminants on the lens surfaces are enzymatically removed. Upon separation of the lenses and the deformable material, substantially all of the enzymes are retained on the deformable material, largely eliminating the need to perform additional operations to inactivate the enzymes or otherwise rid the lenses of residual enzymatic matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventor: Mark L. Pankow
  • Patent number: 6343399
    Abstract: A self-contained single-use apparatus for cleaning and hydrating a pair of contact lenses comprises a housing including a pair of hollow snap-lock lens containers in which opposed layers of a deformable relatively hydrophobic reactive material having surfaces arranged for non-abrasive contiguous wetted contact with the optical surfaces of the lenses when the lenses are enclosed in the housings. While in contact with the optical surfaces contaminants in the lenses are attracted to the contacting surfaces of the reactive layers. Upon removal of the lenses the attracted contaminants remain on the contacting surfaces and are disposed of with the housing. The container contains sufficient absorbed liquid for maintaining the lens in a hydrated condition while being treated in the container during the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: IsoClear, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Pankow
  • Patent number: 6339860
    Abstract: Glasses wiper structure including a clamp body, two wiping units and two fixing members. The clamp body has two clamping arms on two sides. A free end of each of the clamping arms is formed with a recess having a perforation at a certain position. The recess has a shape identical to that of the fixing member. A projecting post of the fixing member is passed from outer side to inner side of the clamping arm through the perforation thereof. A free end of the projecting post is formed with oblique engaging ribs. Each wiping unit from outer side to inner side includes a fabric material, a soft pad, a case seat and a fixing seat which are stacked together. The case seat is placed on bottom side of the soft pad and the fabric material wraps the soft pad and the case seat. The excessive peripheral fabric material is collected between the case seat and the fixing seat. The fixing seat and the case seat are respectively formed with a through hole and a blind hole corresponding to the perforation of the clamping arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventor: Chung-Yang M. Chen
  • Patent number: 6280530
    Abstract: A self-contained apparatus for cleaning contact lenses comprising a deformable, non-abrasive material having an enzyme enriched layer for contact with the optical surfaces of the lenses. While in contact with the optical surfaces, the contaminants on the lens surfaces are enzymatically removed. Upon separation of the lenses and the deformable material, substantially all of the enzymes are retained on the deformable material, largely eliminating the need to perform additional operations to inactivate the enzymes or otherwise rid the lenses of residual enzymatic matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: IsoCLEAR, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Pankow
  • Patent number: 6138312
    Abstract: A self-contained single-use apparatus for cleaning and hydrating a pair of contact lenses comprises a rigid base member. A first sponge member is contained in a first recess formed on a first portion of the base member. A second sponge member is contained in a second recess formed on a second portion of the base member. A thin layer of reactive material is deposited on the exposed face of each sponge member. A crease line on the base member allows the first base portion to be folded over the second base portion, whereby the layers of reactive material contiguously engage the optical surfaces of a lens disposed therebetween. In one embodiment the base member portions are held in engagement by an adhesive layer extending around the periphery of the base member. In another embodiment integrally formed tongs on the one portion of the base member engage eyelets on the other portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Eugene M. Cummings
  • Patent number: 6134736
    Abstract: A self-contained single-use apparatus for cleaning and hydrating a pair of contact lenses comprises a housing including a pair of hollow snap-lock lens containers in which opposed layers of a deformable relatively hydrophobic reactive material having surfaces arranged for non-abrasive contiguous wetted contact with the optical surfaces of the lenses when the lenses are enclosed in the housings. While in contact with the optical surfaces contaminants in the lenses are attracted to the contacting surfaces of the reactive layers. Upon removal of the lenses the attracted contaminants remain on the contacting surfaces and are disposed of with the housing. The container contains sufficient absorbed liquid for maintaining the lens in a hydrated condition while being treated in the container during the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: IsoCLEAR, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Pankow
  • Patent number: 5993560
    Abstract: Devices and compositions are provided for cleaning optical surfaces with carbon black. Carbon black may be impregnated on a soft pad, such as chamois leather, to provide a lens cleaning device. The soft pad may be supported on a handle. The soft pad may be mounted on the handle by a resilient member that is capable of adapting with the soft pad to conform the cleaning surface to concave or convex optical surfaces. A retractable brush may be mounted at the opposite end of the handle from the soft pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Wojciech Wasak, Moshe Ravid
  • Patent number: 5988910
    Abstract: This invention discloses an eyeglass cleaning apparatus including a handle, and a pair of lens engaging rollers mounted on the handle, each of the rollers comprising a soft material arranged such that the edges thereof engage the surface of a lens sought to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Shimon Yahav
  • Patent number: 5694659
    Abstract: A small compact pocket-size flexible device for wiping eyewear lenses. The device includes a sheet-like layer of a soft non-abrasive lens-wiping flexible material which is folded within an outer flexible layer of protective material to completely enclose or envelop and protect the wiping layer against water, dirt or other environmental contaminants while being carried by a sportsperson. The folded wiping device is flat and flexible and easily and unobtrusively carried in a pocket of a sportswear garment. The device may be removably attached to the exterior of such garment by a strap extension which may be part of the device which keeps it in its folded configuration when not used for wiping. The soft lens-wiping sheet material may be treated with a cleaning or defogging composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: T. Greg Merrion
  • Patent number: 5687445
    Abstract: A device for the removal of wetness from eyewear while simultaneously applying an anti-fogging agent. A treated piece of soft, durable material such as chamois or other like material is cut to a usable size shape, although not necessarily the same size and shape. Attached to the material by stitching is a piping. Obviously other securing devices may be used. The piping has an elongated end that extends past the edge of the material enabling the user to create a loop by folding the elongated end of piping back to the point where it extends past material and securing the loop in place pressing together fastening two fastening devices in which one fastening device is outwardly extending hooked filaments that engage a pile surface on the other fastening device. Of course other devices for securing the loop may be substituted for the fastening devices described. The loop enables the user to conveniently carry the device by attaching it to one's clothing or equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Gretchen R. Hocking
    Inventor: Gretchen Ruth Hocking
  • Patent number: 5657506
    Abstract: A self-contained single-use apparatus for cleaning and hydrating a pair of contact lenses comprises a housing including a pair of hollow snap-lock lens containers in which opposed layers of a deformable relatively hydrophobic reactive material having surfaces arranged for non-abrasive contiguous wetted contact with the optical surfaces of the lenses when the lenses are enclosed in the housings. While in contact with the optical surfaces contaminants in the lenses are attracted to the contacting surfaces of the reactive layers. Upon removal of the lenses the attracted contaminants remain on the contacting surfaces and are disposed of with the housing. The container contains sufficient absorbed liquid for maintaining the lens in a hydrated condition while being treated in the container during the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Isoclear, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Pankow
  • Patent number: 5598601
    Abstract: A totally disposable contact lens cleaning device including a polyurethane ester foam, contact lens cleaning pad and a polyethylene cross linked foam, soft base member thermally bonded to the contact lens cleaning pad. The contact lens cleaning device is manufactured by cutting an aperture through a soft base member; and then thermally bonding a contact lens cleaning pad to the soft base member over the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventors: David B. Eaton, Sandra E. Saunders
  • Patent number: 5561483
    Abstract: In a rolling loop motion picture apparatus, such as a projector or camera, the movie film is pressed against a film supporting surface disposed within a light path. In order to be cleaned, the film supporting surface is moved out of the light path to an inoperative position opposite a sheet of material formed of an inert polyurethane material to which particulate contaminants adhere. The sheet is moved into contact with the film supporting surface, whereby the particulate contaminants adhere to the sheet. Then the sheet is retracted from the film supporting surface, along with the particulate contaminants. The film is guided between fixed and movable guide surfaces. The movable guide surface is spring-biased downwardly against the top edge of the film and is constrained against horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventors: Neil A. Johnson, Cy Miller
  • Patent number: 5494528
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning contact lens includes a lens cleaning case having a base and a cover pivotally mounted to the base. The base is provided with two spaced-apart domed lower cleaning pad receptacles. A cleaning pad motion plate is provided with a pair of dished upper cleaning pad receptacles adapted to be concentrically aligned with the lower receptacles when the motion plate is situated between the lower receptacles and the top of the cover. Cleaning pads having cleaning surfaces and spaced-apart handling surfaces are installed on each of the receptacles so that the cleaning surfaces of the lower pads. A stanchion or boss extends upwardly from the motion plate through a provided hole in the cover. The cleaning pads are absorbent and are impregnated with a suitable cleaning fluid. Lenses to be cleaned are placed on the top of each of the lower cleaning pads, the upper cleaning pads are placed on top of the lenses and lower pads, and the cover is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Mary B. Beckrich
  • Patent number: 5475890
    Abstract: A novel reusable swab having a gelatinous elastomer swab head attached to one or both ends of a handle is disclosed. The gelatinous elastomer swab head exhibits a combination of properties including unexpectedly high elongation and tensile strength and excellent shape retention after extreme deformation under high-velocity impact and stress conditions. The gelatinous elastomer swabs of this invention are soft, flexible, and have elastic memory, characterized by a gel rigidity of from about 20 gram to about 800 gram Bloom. These and other properties are particularly essential for cleaning various surfaces, deeply recessed areas small crevices, curved surfaces, various hard-to-clean corners of a car interior, other nooks and crannies, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: Applied Elastomerics, Inc.
    Inventor: John Y. Chen
  • Patent number: 5475891
    Abstract: An applicator for depositing a protective silicone coating onto a plastic eyeglass lens includes a plurality of soft bristles mounted on a gripping element, and the bristles hold the silicone. Preferably, the silicone is a mixture of two polydimethylsiloxane polymers which has about the same index of refraction as the lens. When the bristles are moved against the lens, the polydimethylsiloxane mixture is deposited onto the lens to coat the lens with a protective silicone coating, and to fill in minor imperfections on the surface of the lens. Also, the coating inhibits dust from adhering to the lens, and reduces smudging of the lens. The gripping element is reciprocatingly engaged with a moving member that has an open end. The moving member can be manipulated to move the gripping element between an extended position, wherein the bristles protrude beyond the open end of the moving member, and a retracted position, wherein the bristles do not protrude beyond the open end of the moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Inventor: Ronald P. Rickey
  • Patent number: 5457842
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable eyeglasses wiper. It consists primarily of a pair of tongs and two wiping components. The pair of tongs is V-shaped and each of its two opening ends is a round head. The center of the round head has a joint, which has a joint flange on each of its two sides. Each wiping component consists of a shell seat, which has a soft pad on its top (for example, sponge). The soft pad is wrapped by a piece of wiping cloth. The excessive edge of the cloth is tucked into the space of the bottom of the shell seat. Then, a fixed disc is placed into the space. The fixed disc has a rectangular hole in the center. It enables the wiping component to attach to the inner and outer surfaces of the eyeglasses or sunglasses for wiping. The wiper is portable, too. Therefore, the present invention is very practical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Kun S. Chang