Gapped Support Patents (Class 269/296)
  • Patent number: 11125164
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a baffle for a gas turbine engine component includes providing a baffle that has a baffle wall that circumscribes an open interior region, the baffle wall defining two datum features, wherein at least one of the two datum features is semi-spherical, establishing a fixed reference position of the baffle in a fixture by engaging the two datum features with two corresponding locators on the fixture, and performing at least one operation on the baffle that is dependent upon the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott A. Kovach, Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley
  • Patent number: 10876657
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an apparatus for supporting and moving a product line or pipe string in connection with an underground arcuate path in a ground beneath an obstacle, having a platform on the ground; a pivot member connected to the platform; wherein the pivot member defines a pivot axis substantially perpendicular to the ground; and at least one rotator connected to the pivot member; wherein the at least one rotator pivots about the pivot axis in relation to the platform. The disclosure also relates to an omnidirectional roller apparatus for supporting and moving a product line or pipe string in connection with an underground arcuate path in a ground beneath an obstacle, having a stand mounted on the ground, wherein the stand has a frame; a bearing mounted on the frame; a rotational shaft mounted to the bearing, and a Mecanum wheel mounted on the rotational shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventor: Pablo Esteban Guerra
  • Patent number: 10801824
    Abstract: A multi-function gauge block has a rectangular body member with four side faces and two end faces that define outside measuring faces which define a precise length therebetween and which can be wrung to other gauge blocks or to a platen. An angle face extends between two of the side faces and forms a precise angle between itself and one or both of these side faces. The angle face is bounded by a pair of inside measuring faces that define a precise length therebetween. The multi-function gauge block has a precise mass so that it can be used as a calibration weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: David Alan Haines, Donald William Laux
  • Patent number: 10633191
    Abstract: A movable platform for a skillet conveyor system of a vehicle assembly line, the movable platform comprising rotation means for rotating a body of a vehicle, said rotation means being fixed to the movable platform and completely integrated with said movable platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: C I E M—Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Massimiliano Galimberti, Mario Vizzaccaro
  • Patent number: 10549393
    Abstract: Rotary base for securing tools to a work table with a cylindrical support base and truncated upper end, in whose interior and concentric thereto, there is a threaded lower cover and a cylindrical base piston and with a truncated upper end with means to secure tools. The base piston is arranged on the threaded lower cover and is vertically displaced on this threaded lower cover through the interior of the support base, actuated by a lifting system between a lower unlocking position in which the base piston rotates freely around its axis with respect to the support base and an upper locking position in which the rotation of the base piston with respect to the support base is locked by means of friction of its truncated upper end against the truncated upper end of the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE ITAPUA
    Inventors: Eugenio Jose Cano Coscia, Cinthia Tatiana Prendeski Stolaruk, Valeria Maria Elizabeth Cuadra Fensterseifer, Julian Marcelo Lischuk Baran
  • Patent number: 10458709
    Abstract: A support ring for supporting a semiconductor wafer in a boat of a vertical furnace used in processing of the semiconductor wafer includes a semicircular segment. The semicircular segment has an upper surface, a lower surface opposite the upper surface, a radial inner wall defining an inner radius, and a radial outer wall defining an outer radius. The support ring further includes protrusions in the upper surface of the semicircular segment. The protrusions extend above the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GlobalWafters Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qingmin Liu, William Lynn Luter, Shawn George Thomas
  • Patent number: 10328538
    Abstract: Present invention relates to a rotary positioner that allows a welding table's work surface to be set at an angle as desired by a user. Two vertical frames can move and slide along the length of a chassis-bar to adjust the distance between the two vertical frames. As long as the length of a welding table does not exceed the total greatest distance between the two vertical frames, the present invention can fit any work table or welding table. Caster wheels and height adjustment knobs allow for easy movement and balancing of the rotary positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Tsui, Tony Juan Alba
  • Patent number: 10279457
    Abstract: A cylinder head pallet includes: a base plate; a subplate disposed upwardly of the base plate, spaced apart from the base plate, and having a first surface and a second surface that oppose each other; and a plurality of posts installed on the first surface and the second surface of the subplate to support a cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Young Seok Lee, Do Kyoung Ji, Jun Hyeok Bae
  • Patent number: 10245685
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting in weld assembling a box column from a tack-welded pre-assembly of planar plate components. The apparatus features (1) an elongate frame defining a rotational-assembly axis, and (2) plural pre-assembly-receiving, rotational support structures mounted at spaced locations on the frame—each support structure including (a) an openable/closable yoke possessing a collar-reception zone, (b) an openable/closable collar rotatably receivable within this reception zone, and possessing a central throughpassage having a cross-sectional configuration which is larger than that of a box-column which is to be assembled, and (c) a pair of removably-collar-attachable, throughpassage clamping shoes for forming cooperatively, within the collar throughpassage, a window for complementarily, receiving extension therethrough of a box-column pre-assembly's cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10072892
    Abstract: A support ring for supporting a semiconductor wafer in a boat of a vertical furnace used in processing of the semiconductor wafer includes a semicircular segment. The semicircular segment has an upper surface, a lower surface opposite the upper surface, a radial inner wall defining an inner radius, and a radial outer wall defining an outer radius. The support ring further includes protrusions in the upper surface of the semicircular segment. The protrusions extend above the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBALWAFERS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingmin Liu, William Lynn Luter, Shawn George Thomas
  • Patent number: 10052716
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a blisk drum is described. Disc forging for inertia welding together are provided with sacrificial material whose shape and position is selectively provided such that, on completion of the inertia welding process, integral blades can be fashioned from the sacrificial material. Other components such as buckets and balancing lands may also be provided from the sacrificial material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: James R Lloyd, Oliver Jones, Jamie Sismey, Luke Freeman
  • Patent number: 9950391
    Abstract: A welding system is provided. The welding system includes a fixture, a plurality of pressure blocks, and a laser welder. The fixture is configured to grasp a roof panel and transition to an advanced position in order to align the roof panel with a roof rail along a weld line. The plurality of pressure blocks are movably secured to the fixture such that advancing the pressure blocks when the fixture is in the advanced position provides a compression force between the roof panel and roof rail along the weld line to prevent distortion during a welding operation. The laser welder is configured to weld the roof panel to the roof rail along the weld line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tamara Hanel, Arnon Wexler, Peter Busuttil, Neil Greig
  • Patent number: 9864071
    Abstract: A device has planar components forming part of a stack on a support frame, such as a substrate and upper layer, for example a fiber optic scintillator/fiber optic plate, bonded together by an adhesive layer of well-defined thickness. The device is made by providing a trench in a peripheral recess extending in a marginal portion of the support frame. Excess adhesive is applied to one of the planar components, which are then brought together such that the adhesive layer of well-defined thickness is formed between the two components and surplus adhesive is collected in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TELEDYNE DALSA, INC.
    Inventors: Anton Petrus Maria Van Arendonk, Peter Goossens
  • Patent number: 9815151
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting in weld assembling a box column from a tack-welded pre-assembly of planar plate components. The apparatus features (1) an elongate frame defining a rotational-assembly axis, and (2) plural pre-assembly-receiving, rotational support structures mounted at spaced locations on the frame—each support structure including (a) an openable/closable yoke possessing a collar-reception zone, (b) an openable/closable collar rotatably receivable within this reception zone, and possessing a central throughpassage having a cross-sectional configuration which is larger than that of a box-column which is to be assembled, and (c) a pair of removably-collar-attachable, throughpassage clamping shoes for forming cooperatively, within the collar throughpassage, a window for complementarily, receiving extension therethrough of a box-column pre-assembly's cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9757833
    Abstract: The invention provides an adapter for a dental milling block holder with a dental milling block (52 and 54) or dental grinding block, which is attached to a dental milling block holder, in particular glued on, wherein the dental milling block holder is provided with a round shank which is mounted in the adapter (40). It is characterized in that the adapter (40) is provided with at least one internal thread (92) for the mounting of a fastening screw (31) which acts on the shank, to which fastening screw (31) inside the shank mount of the adapter (40) of the fastening screw (31) positioned opposite of it, at least one in particular elevated, in particular at least two elevated clamping surfaces (74 and 76) are formed against which the shank abuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventor: Erich Konrad
  • Patent number: 9370863
    Abstract: An anti-slip end-effector for transporting a workpiece, which is configured to be attached to a robotic arm, includes: a workpiece-supporting area for placing a workpiece thereon for transportation; at least one front protrusion disposed at a distal end of the workpiece-supporting area for engaging an edge of the workpiece to restrict movement of the workpiece placed on the workpiece-supporting area beyond the front protrusion; and at least one anti-slip protrusion disposed in the workpiece-supporting area for contacting and supporting the backside of the workpiece, said anti-slip protrusion having a top face having a static friction coefficient of 1.0 or more as measured against the backside of the workpiece, and having a surface roughness of less than 0.4 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Naoto Tsuji, Takayuki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9308610
    Abstract: A modular structure, particularly for supporting blanks, which comprises at least one flat plate which has a plurality of seats which can be integrally and removably associated with at least one portion of a blank to be worked on by way of fixing elements, which comprise a fixing element that has at least one lower portion which can be faced towards the plate and which is provided with at least one pin which can be engaged, respectively, with a seat of the plate, and can be inserted along its axis in a cavity defined by a lower portion through a hole with a substantially elongated shape along a predefined direction and is substantially perpendicular with respect to the axis of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: FCS SYSTEM SRL
    Inventor: Almerino Canuto
  • Patent number: 9039001
    Abstract: A device for cleaning trays comprises a tub that has a bottom and a wall. The tub is dimensioned such that a baking tray can be placed therein. The device further comprises a dish drain that can be placed in the tub. Said device for cleaning a baking tray uses only a small amount of space in a kitchen and is easy to handle. In fact, in a typical kitchen that already has a dish drain, the device requires no additional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Marcel Haeuselmann
  • Publication number: 20150128781
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a work table. The work table includes a frame having longitudinally extending opposing side members and a tool guide retention member, multiple support members configured to be removably and lockably coupled to the longitudinally extending opposing side members such that the multiple support members extend between the longitudinally extending opposing side members, and a first tool guide. The tool guide retention member extends along at least a portion of the frame, the multiple support members are configured to support a work piece in a working plane when the multiple support members are coupled to the longitudinally extending opposing side members, the first tool guide is configured to be coupled with the tool guide retention member, and the first tool guide is configured to receive a tool. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Premysl Ducek
  • Publication number: 20150108703
    Abstract: A fixture for supporting articles in an industrial process comprises a plurality of first elongate members extending longitudinally in a first direction. The plurality of first elongate members each comprise a rod member having a riveted portion at an end thereof. The fixture further comprises a plurality of second elongate members extending longitudinally in a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first direction and a plurality of third elongate members extending longitudinally in a third direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction. The rod member of one of the first elongate members extends through an aperture of one of the second elongate members and an aperture of one of the third elongate members and is movably coupled thereto by its riveted portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael W. Perkins, Daniel G. Kiefer
  • Patent number: 9004473
    Abstract: An articulated work holder for a fractional dimensioned, performance vehicle including a base member and first, second and third, support arms having multiple degrees of rotational movement and a vise member carrying vehicle engagement pads for supporting a fractional dimensioned, performance vehicle between the vise engagement pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Brad Lee Perreault, David Morris
  • Patent number: 9004479
    Abstract: A ski tip hold down assembly for holding the tip end of the ski. The ski tip hold down assembly having a base attached to a work bench and an upright stand affixed to the base. The upright stand having a ski rest on a top surface thereof and a ski tip hold down bar secured to the upright stand in spaced apart relation to the ski rest defining an opening adapted to receive a ski tip, with the ski oriented in a base-up configuration, with the ski tip extending underneath the ski tip hold down bar. The apparatus further including a tail rest assembly having a base adapted to be used on the work bench in spaced apart relation to the ski tip hold down assembly and further including an upright stand affixed to the base with a ski rest provided on a top surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Aldrich C. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20150082611
    Abstract: A rail restraining method for restraining a hot-rolled rail in an upright position at a time of forced cooling of a head portion and a foot portion of the rail includes defining a predetermined position within 2 meters from each of both end faces of the rail along a longitudinal direction of the rail as a first restraining position, defining a predetermined position 3 to 10 meters from the first restraining position in a direction toward center of the rail along the longitudinal direction of the rail as a second restraining position at the time of forced cooling, and restraining displacement of the rail in a vertical direction at the first restraining position and the second restraining position by a restraining force F (kN) that satisfies following Expression (1): F?100/L2??(1) where L2 (m) is a distance between the first restraining position and the second restraining position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rinya Kojo, Kenji Okushiro, Yuzuru Kataoka, Yoshikazu Yoshida, Hideki Takahashi, Ryo Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20150059159
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes a holder for holding a carrier and a supporting base for receiving the holder comprising a recess for accommodating a plurality of balls mounted on a surface of the carrier. Furthermore, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes providing a carrier, providing an apparatus comprising a supporting base including a recess, holding the carrier on the supporting base and accommodating a plurality of balls mounted on a surface of the carrier in the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: KUAN-LIN HO, CHIN-LIANG CHEN, WEI-TING LIN, YU-CHIH LIU, SHIH-YEN LIN
  • Publication number: 20150060528
    Abstract: A pipe welding fixture is disclosed herein. The pipe welding fixture includes a body portion. The pipe welding fixture also includes a first support segment fixedly engaged with the body portion and defining a first support surface extending in a first arc in a first plane. The pipe welding fixture also includes a second support segment fixedly engaged with the body portion and defining a second support surface extending in a second arc in a second plane. The first plane and the second plane are transverse with respect to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Robert David Reid
  • Patent number: 8950760
    Abstract: A mobile and adjustable dolly having an adjustable “V” shaped dolly frame. The dolly frame comprises first and second pivotal frame members rotationally coupled to a central support frame member forming a “V” shape. The central support frame member comprises a series of angle maintaining features for securing each frame member at any of a plurality of angled configurations. A distal caster, having a wheel rotation disposed therewith, is assembled to a distal end of each frame member and a central caster is assembled to a pivotal region of the dolly frame. A vehicle support subassembly is disposed upon and extends upward from the each respective frame member. An elongated handle assembly extends from the central caster. The elongated handle assembly further comprises a wheel chock, which removably engages with the central wheel when subjected to the weight of the elongated handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Steven S. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150029485
    Abstract: An object holder (100) for a lithographic apparatus has a main body (400) having a surface (400a). A plurality of burls (406) to support an object are formed on the surface or in apertures of a thin-film stack (410, 440, 450). At least one of the burls is formed by laser-sintering. At least one of the burls formed by laser-sintering may be a repair of a damaged burl previously formed by laser-sintering or another method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Raymond Wilhelmus Louis Lafarre, Sjoerd Nicolaas Lambertus Donders, Nicolaas Ten Kate, Nina Vladimirovna Dziomkina, Yogesh Pramod Karade, Elisabeth Corinne Rodenburg
  • Publication number: 20140368813
    Abstract: An ophthalmic lens holder (1), includes a pedestal (10) and at least three contact pads (30) that rise from the pedestal such as to have substantially coplanar free ends (31), whereby the contact pads are suitable for bearing the ophthalmic lens. The holder has at least three through-openings (25) of axes (A1) substantially orthogonal to the plane of the free ends of the three contact pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL(COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE
    Inventors: Andrea Molinaro, Jerome Pernot, Hughes Ameurlain, Laurent De Sadeleer
  • Patent number: 8910849
    Abstract: A high temperature brazing fixture and method of manufacture for a gas turbine component made of a superalloy is disclosed herein. The high temperature brazing fixture includes a first and second frame member, a support member, and positioning member, all of which are made from the superalloy and fastened together using tab and tab lock couplings. The support member is configured to interface with and support the gas turbine engine component, and the positioning member is configured to interface with and position at least a first location of or hold a first dimension of the gas turbine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Schacht, John Michael Irwin
  • Publication number: 20140305169
    Abstract: In an apparatus for conveying a glass tube strand or glass rod strand having a cross-section that is different from a circular cross-section, in particular having an oval cross-section, a plurality of support and guide members are arranged, if viewed in the direction of movement of the glass tube strand or glass rod strand, one after the other such that the moving glass tube strand or glass rod strand is directly supported thereon and guided by them. The support and guide members are disposed tilted in said direction of movement so that the moving glass tube strand or glass rod strand is directly supported on edges of the support and guide members. Thus, one-sided heat losses due to heat dissipation via the support and guide members can be significantly reduced to thereby reduce the curvature of the glass tube strand or glass rod strand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pulz, Walter Fachtan, Juergen Duernhofer
  • Publication number: 20140260431
    Abstract: A support structure for supporting a heated glass sheet in connection with a bending operation includes a frame, a support ring adjustably supported on the frame for supporting a peripheral portion of the glass sheet, and multiple rib assemblies associated with the frame. Each rib assembly includes a laterally extending rib supported on the frame and multiple spaced apart support members connected to the rib and configured such that at least a portion of each support member is adjustable with respect to the rib. Furthermore, each support member is configured to contact a respective inner portion of the glass sheet to support the respective inner portion of the glass sheet until the glass sheet has been sufficiently cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GLASSTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Dean M. Nitschke, Ashoka G. Jinka, Thomas J. Zalesak, James P. Schnabel, JR., Scott Charles Morrow
  • Patent number: 8820729
    Abstract: When a rare earth magnet block is cut or ground by a cutting or grinding tool, a jig is used for holding the magnet block in place. The jig comprises a base, a pair of metal support members disposed on opposite sides of the base and provided with grooves, and rubber rods received in the support member grooves such that the rubber rod partially protrudes from the groove and abuts on the groove bottom. The magnet block is rested on the base and clamped between the rubber rods. The volume of the groove is larger than the volume of the rubber rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuhito Doi, Takayuki Hasegawa, Takaharu Yamaguchi, Takehisa Minowa
  • Publication number: 20140217665
    Abstract: Embodiments of substrate supports are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate support may include a support plate having a support surface a support plate having a support surface to support a substrate, a support ring to support a substrate at a perimeter of the support surface; and a plurality of first support elements disposed in the support ring, wherein an end portion of each of the first support elements is raised above an upper surface of the support ring to define a gap between the upper surface of the support ring and an imaginary plane disposed on the end portions of plurality of first support elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: OLKAN CUVALCI, JOEL M. HUSTON, GWO-CHUAN TZU
  • Patent number: 8770566
    Abstract: A removably supporting mechanism is provided for a workpiece holding device that can hold and release a workpiece. The workpiece holding device is removably supported on a crossbar extending substantially orthogonal to a workpiece conveying direction of a press machine. The removably supporting mechanism has a guide pin and a guide pin hole. The guide pin is fittable into and engageable with the guide pin hole. One of the guide pin and the guide pin hole is disposed on the workpiece holding device side, whereas another of the guide pin and the guide pin hole is disposed on the crossbar side. The guide pin and the guide pin hole can perform alignment of the workpiece holding device and the crossbar in a direction substantially orthogonal to an inserting direction of the guide pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Takeda
  • Patent number: 8733749
    Abstract: A method for producing a duct from a planar board having two opposed substantially parallel edges with metal foil facings on opposed major surfaces of the board is disclosed. The method comprises making planar cuts through one of the metal foil facings and at least most of the planar board there below to produce a blank with 3 parallel “V shaped grooves which are parallel to angled edges of the blank. A duct is formed by folding the blank so that the “V” shaped grooves form three of the edges of the duct, and the angled edges form the fourth of the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Fran Lanciaux
  • Publication number: 20140103953
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a chuck to support a solar cell in hot spot testing is provided. This embodiment of the chuck comprises a base portion and a support portion disposed above the base portion. The support portion is configured to support the solar cell above the base portion and to define a cavity between a bottom surface of the solar cell and the base portion that thermally separates a portion of the bottom surface of the solar cell from the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Francisco Capulong, Emmanuel Abas
  • Publication number: 20140097175
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding semiconductor wafers during semiconductor manufacturing processes are disclosed. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a heat-conductive layer disposed on a supporting base. The apparatus also comprises a plurality of holes formed through the heat-conductive layer and the supporting base. The apparatus further comprises a plurality of heat-conductive lift pins that extend through the holes over the heat-conductive layer at the top end, and make a direct contact with a wafer substrate. The heat-conductive layer and the lift pins are connected to a heating circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chen-Hua Yu, Chien Ling Hwang
  • Patent number: 8690140
    Abstract: A fixture to be connected to an end of a large member, such as wind turbine blade and wind turbine tower sections is provided. The fixture allows for a high degree of flexibility with regard to size of the end and arrangement of holes in the flange of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Kent Lykke Rasmussen, Bo Michel
  • Publication number: 20140091512
    Abstract: A spacer for a thermal plate in semiconductor processing includes a base substrate having a top surface defined thereon, a wafer having a bottom surface covering a portion of the base substrate, and a plurality of air passages formed in between the bottom surface of the wafer and the base substrate. The air passages connect the bottom surface of the wafer to an ambience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Yong-An Lin
  • Publication number: 20140093336
    Abstract: In the substrate holder, while holding a periphery portion of a semiconductor wafer, some of protruding portions having a grass shape on a pad main body hide beneath the semiconductor wafer, and the others of the protruding portions are exposed outside the semiconductor wafer. Also, the protruding portions hiding beneath the semiconductor wafer contact a rear surface of the semiconductor wafer, and sink the semiconductor wafer to a suitable depth via gravity, thereby holding the semiconductor wafer mainly in a length direction. In addition, some of protruding portions exposed near the periphery portion of the semiconductor wafer contact a side surface of the semiconductor wafer, thereby holding the semiconductor wafer mainly in a width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Tsutomu HIROKI
  • Publication number: 20140094039
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to a support ring to support a substrate in a process chamber. In one embodiment, the support ring comprises an inner ring, an outer ring connecting to an outer perimeter of the inner ring through a flat portion, an edge lip extending radially inwardly from an inner perimeter of the inner ring to form a supporting ledge to support the substrate, and a substrate support formed on a top surface of the edge lip. The substrate support may include multiple projections extending upwardly and perpendicularly from a top surface of the edge lip, or multiple U-shaped clips securable to an edge portion of the edge lip. The substrate support thermally disconnects the substrate from the edge lip to prevent heat loss through the edge lip, resulting in an improved temperature profile across the substrate with a minimum edge temperature gradient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: JOSEPH M. RANISH, Wolfgang R. Aderhold, Blake Koelmel, llya Lavitsky
  • Publication number: 20140084530
    Abstract: A tire work stand comprises a frame for supporting the work stand on a ground surface and for attaching a set of components to the tire work stand. A plurality of rollers is attached to the frame to support a tire above the ground surface and to permit rotation of a tire during inspection of the tire. A ramp is configured to have a first ramp end capable of extending from the ground surface and a second ramp end extending to a position proximal to the frame. A bridge is configured to have a first bridge end extending from the second ramp end and a second bridge end extending to a position proximal to a surface of at least one of the rollers, wherein the bridge acts to inhibit rotation of the roller during loading of the tire and further permits rotation of the tire after the tire has been loaded on the tire work stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicants: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A., COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Dennis D. HODGES, Zachary Alexander Merrill
  • Publication number: 20140057052
    Abstract: A wafer support device is provided. The wafer support device includes a plurality of support portions; and a bottom area located among the support portions, wherein the bottom area has a protective layer formed thereon. A method for processing a working surface of a wafer support device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tien-Chih Cheng, Ying Zhang, Shu-Huei Suen, Chen-Chiao Kao
  • Patent number: 8651471
    Abstract: A part positioning assembly is an illustrative embodiment of the part positioning assembly includes a base, a post carried by the base and a puck detachably carried by the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian K. Malin, Richard Lawson
  • Patent number: 8651501
    Abstract: A mobile and adjustable dolly having an adjustable “V” shaped dolly frame. The dolly frame comprises first and second pivotal frame members rotationally coupled to a central support frame member forming a “V” shape. The central support frame member comprises a series of angle maintaining features for securing each frame member at any of a plurality of angled configurations. A distal caster, having a wheel rotation disposed therewith, is assembled to a distal end of each frame member and a central caster is assembled to a pivotal region of the dolly frame. A vehicle support subassembly is disposed upon and extends upward from the each respective frame member. An elongated handle assembly extends from the central caster. The elongated handle assembly further comprises a wheel chock, which removably engages with the central wheel when subjected to the weight of the elongated handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Davis
  • Patent number: 8651354
    Abstract: An ultrasonic ribbon bonding system is provided. The ultrasonic ribbon bonding system includes a workholder for supporting a workpiece during a ribbon bonding operation. The workholder defines a first plurality of standoffs extending above a surface of the workholder, the first plurality of standoffs configured to contact the workpiece during the ribbon bonding operation. The ultrasonic ribbon bonding system also includes a bond head assembly carrying a ribbon bonding tool, the ribbon bonding tool being configured to bond a ribbon to the workpiece during the ribbon bonding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Orthodyne Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christoph Benno Luechinger, Orlando Luis Valentin
  • Patent number: 8646731
    Abstract: A workpiece support assembly includes workpiece supporting roller assemblies each including a roller rotatably attached to an end of a swing arm. The roller assemblies are mounted to a frame forming a space between the rollers. A workpiece is positioned within the space and is supported in rolling contact by the rollers for rotation about its long axis. The space between the rollers is increased or decreased to support workpieces of various diameters by rotating the swing arms. The position of the rollers, and thus the distance therebetween are maintained or held by a swing arm lock that engages each swing arm and restrains the swing arms against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Grant Burles
  • Publication number: 20140016201
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an improved process for making glass articles having optical coating and easy-to clean coating thereon, an apparatus for the process and a product made using the process. In particular, the disclosure is directed to a process in which the application of the optical coating and the easy-to-clean coating can be sequentially applied using a single apparatus. Using the combination of the coating apparatus and the substrate carrier described herein results in a glass article having both optical and easy-to-clean coating that have improved scratch resistance durability and optical performance, and in addition the resulting articles are “shadow free.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Christopher Morton Lee, Xiao-feng Lu, Michael Xu Ouyang, Junhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8616540
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a jaw apparatus that is tied to a stable anchor (e.g., a vehicle) and that holds wood off the ground in a stable manner to enable cutting by a user. The jaw apparatus can include a main shaft that defines a shaft axis. The main shaft can have a first end and a second end. The first end of the main shaft can have an insertion portion that is configured to be inserted into a trailer-hitch-like receptacle (e.g., a trailer hitch receptacle). The jaw apparatus can include an indentation structure coupled to the second end of the main shaft. The indentation structure can form an indentation, which can have interior surfaces. The interior surfaces can extend upwardly and away from the main shaft. The interior surfaces can be configured to exert upward force on the piece of wood when received in the jaw apparatus. The jaw apparatus can include one or more bars coupled to the main shaft at a bar connection location between the first and second ends of the main shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Tie Boss LLC
    Inventor: Paul R. Maire
  • Patent number: 8613288
    Abstract: Improved resistance to temperature-related degradation or deformation in a wafer-supporting chuck is provided by at least one shielding member that physically and/or thermally shields chuck components from effects of elevated temperature processing fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lam Research AG
    Inventors: Michael Brugger, Otto Lach