For Slender Rigid Articles Patents (Class 34/107)
  • Patent number: 9267739
    Abstract: Substrate support assemblies for a semiconductor processing apparatus are described. The assemblies may include a pedestal and a stem coupled with the pedestal. The pedestal may be configured to provide multiple regions having independently controlled temperatures. Each region may include a fluid channel to provide a substantially uniform temperature control within the region, by circulating a temperature controlled fluid that is received from and delivered to internal channels in the stem. The fluid channels may include multiple portions configured in a parallel-reverse flow arrangement. The pedestal may also include fluid purge channels that may be configured to provide thermal isolation between the regions of the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Xinglong Chen, Jang-Gyoo Yang, Alexander Tam, Elisha Tam
  • Patent number: 8955233
    Abstract: A skate dryer assembly. The assembly has a skate, a dryer module, and a device for blowing or sucking air through or from the module. The skate includes a boot and a blade. The dryer module defines a slot therein adapted to receiving and retaining the blade therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Liliana A. Dean
  • Patent number: 8857072
    Abstract: The mitten and boot dryer for use with a residential furnace includes a vent plate made of a ferrous material, which is mounted either one a forced air residential furnace or down line therefrom. The vent plate features a plurality of holes upon which a vent may be attached via an angled base support. The angled base support features a magnet embedded therein, which attaches itself onto the hole of the vent plate, and can rotate there about. Alternatively, the angled base support may feature a winged end that slides into a winged hole on the vent plate, and is rotated therein so as to lock into the vent plate. The vent has a cap on a farthest distal end and features a plurality of holes along the length. The angled base support includes a friction hinge to enable rotation of the vent with respect to the vent plate. The vents are ideally oriented at angles to enable a boot or mitten to rest thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Cocker, Cathy Cocker
  • Patent number: 8844154
    Abstract: A dryer system for a firefighting ensemble comprising a housing having an air intake port and an air outlet port, a forced air assembly including a heater and a blower accommodated within the housing, a plurality of flexible porous hose segments coupled to the air outlet port operable to receive and conduct forced air therefrom, and the plurality of flexible porous hose segments are operable to conduct forced heated air into elements of the firefighting ensemble to speed drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Publication number: 20140215846
    Abstract: A skate dryer assembly. The assembly has a skate, a dryer module, and a device for blowing or sucking air through or from the module. The skate includes a boot and a blade. The dryer module defines a slot therein adapted to receiving and retaining the blade therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Liliana A. Dean
  • Publication number: 20130078446
    Abstract: A method of drying sticks, a related apparatus, resultant product and its uses where the method involves presenting a plurality of sticks in parallel as a single layer, pressing each stick with a bank of pressing members on and/or into at least one face of the sticks, each with plurality of protuberances, thereby to constrain the sticks against crook, and drying the sticks when so constrained. Preferably each bank of pressing members is an underside of a frame or lattice of a stack of such frames or lattices able to receive such a single layer of sticks between adjacent overlying/underlying frames or lattices, the protuberances preferably being only downwardly directed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Warwick Bosson, Roger Frank Harrison
  • Patent number: 8322045
    Abstract: In one aspect, a substrate processing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a mechanism for forming a meniscus on a surface of a substrate by moving the substrate through a fluid; an air knife apparatus positioned to apply an air knife to shorten the meniscus formed on the surface of the substrate; and a drying vapor nozzle positioned to direct a drying vapor to the meniscus shortened by the air knife. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Stein, Younes Achkire, Timothy J. Franklin, Julia Svirchevski, Dan A. Marohl
  • Patent number: 8225524
    Abstract: An air wiping device for drying an elongated product that passes through the air wiping device. The air wiping device includes a housing having an internal elongated tubular passage through which the elongated product extends and including opposite one and other ends with the housing tubular passage having an inlet end and an outlet end for respectively receiving and passing the elongated product; a first set of nozzles mounted at the one end of the housing for communicating a compressed gas stream to the internal elongated tubular passage and second set of nozzles mounted at the other end of the housing for communicating a compressed gas to the internal elongated tubular passage. The first and second sets of nozzles are mounted for directing the respective gas streams obliquely to the internal elongated tubular passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Huestis Machine Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Bettencourt
  • Patent number: 8216033
    Abstract: A low pressure blow-off assembly provides converging airflow around a length of material moving through the assembly. The assembly generally includes a body having an interior wall and an exterior wall. The interior wall defines a bore extending through the body for receiving the material through the body, and the exterior wall surrounds the interior wall and defines an air reservoir within the body generally between the exterior wall and interior wall. A cap is configured to be coupled to the body to cover at least part of the air reservoir. The bore includes a generally tapered end and the cap includes a generally tapered inner lip, where the tapered end of the bore and the tapered inner lip of the cap define an opening therebetween for discharging air from the air reservoir through the opening in a generally converging airflow pattern around the material passing through the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Process Air Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Kelly Ball
  • Patent number: 8186075
    Abstract: A small, portable electric shoe dryer that includes an elongated, narrow outer housing with three longitudinally aligned heating elements and a fan and motor assembly mounted on one end. Formed on the outer housing and around the fan and motor assembly is a fan vent opening. Formed on the opposite, distal end of the outer housing is a plurality of front and side body vent openings. In one embodiment, a three pole manual switch is mounted inside the outer housing that connects to the fan and motor assembly which draws dry air into the shoe from the top opening or forces moist air out of the shoe. In another embodiment, a pair of longitudinally aligned, upward extending wing elements are formed on the top surface which maintains air space when the inside of the shoe is adjacent to the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Joel Beckett
  • Publication number: 20110154677
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing water from an unfurled umbrella having a member with bristles to receive the axial length of an unfurled umbrella such that the at least one bristle support member surrounds the umbrella by at least 180 degrees, so the plurality of bristles compress the umbrella and remove water from the umbrella as the umbrella passes through the member with bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Pudalov
  • Patent number: 7834297
    Abstract: A golf club grip warning and drying apparatus includes a housing that has a bottom wall and a peripheral wall which is attached to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The peripheral wall has an upper edge defines an access opening extending into the housing. A heating assembly is positioned in the housing. The heating assembly provides warm air for an interior of the housing when the heating assembly is turned on. A securing assembly is attached to the housing. The securing assembly is configured to releasably secure the housing to the golf bag. A golf club grip is removably extendable into the housing and heated by the heating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: David K. Kendall
  • Patent number: 7774953
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system to dry the hands of individuals. The system may include a pedestal, an air pedal and powder pedal hinged to the pedestal, a chamber having a dome connected to a shroud to define a chamber interior. The chamber interior may be divided into a first divided area, a second divided, and an overhead area that connects the first divided area to the second divided area. Each dived area may include a perforated tube to deliver pressurized air and powder into the chamber interior. An air compressor may be connected directly to the perforated tubes and connected to a powder chamber. In addition to pressurized air being delivered to the chamber interior, powder optionally may be delivered to the chamber interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Napoli I. Duran
  • Patent number: 7367136
    Abstract: An umbrella and shoe drying device, for use removing moisture, dirt, and debris from shoes and umbrellas, having a mat portion, a blower housing, and an umbrella holder. The mat portion has a substantially flat top surface having a grating upon which shoes are placed. The blower housing is mounted upon the flat top surface of the mat portion, supports the umbrella holder, and contains a blower. The umbrella housing has a main bore for accommodating umbrellas. The blower is in communication with the main bore and grating, and generates suction that removes moisture, dirt, and debris from umbrellas in the main bore and from shoes positioned upon the grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Carlo J D'Antonio
  • Patent number: 7146745
    Abstract: An apparatus and a process of removing moisture in situ from a generally tubular outer insulation jacket about an underground electrical power distribution cable having opposite end zones in combination with a mating terminator in fluid sealing relation on one of the end zones of the cable, the cable including an inner core including a bundle of longitudinal strands of electrically conductive material defining longitudinally extending interstices between the strands, and the core and interstices extending axially through the jacket and having end zones extending axially from the insulation jacket which includes introducing gas at an elevated low pressure relative to ambient pressure directly into the interstices between said conductive strands at one end zone to flow through the interstices within the core without being in direct contact with the outer insulation jacket and out the other end zone of the cable to withdraw moisture and dry the insulation jacket about the core to retard and reduce tree formation
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas G. Kent, Douglas E. Kirk, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7124516
    Abstract: The device for removing water drops from an umbrella is constituted such that a number of water absorption members with elastic property are disposed at certain intervals radially in the inserting opening for an umbrella of the device body, the inserting space for the umbrella is in the central part of a number of water absorption members, thereby a closed rainy umbrella is inserted into the inserting space, the umbrella cloth is inserted into the clearance between the each adjacent water absorption member, then water drops on the umbrella cloth can be absorbed and removed by sliding the inserted umbrella in the direction of insertion of the umbrella, the device does not need such energy as electric energy, and water absorption is performed certainly and within only short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 7024798
    Abstract: A low-pressure dryer dries a substrate applied a coating solution thereon at low pressure. The dryer includes an airtight chamber installing a substrate table to place the substrate thereon; a diffuser plate, provided as facing the substrate placed on the substrate table with a gap, for discharging gas existing in the gap toward outside, the diffuser plate having a size almost the same as or larger than the substrate; a substrate-temperature adjuster, installed in the substrate table, for adjusting a temperature of the substrate; and a decompression mechanism for decompressing the airtight chamber. The diffuser plate has a temperature adjuster for making temperature adjustments to have a temperature difference between a first region and a second region of the diffuser plate, the first region facing a center region of the substrate, the second region being outside the first region and including a region facing an outer region of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Toyota Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tomohide Minami, Hiroshi Shinya, Takahiro Kitano
  • Patent number: 7020981
    Abstract: A reactor defines a reaction chamber for processing a substrate. The reactor comprises a first inlet for providing a first reactant and to the reaction chamber and a second inlet for a second reactant to the reaction chamber. A first exhaust outlet removes gases from the reaction chamber. A second exhaust outlet removes gases from the reaction chamber. A flow control system is configured to alternately constrict flow through the first and second exhaust outlets. The reactor chamber is configured to for a diffusion barrier within the reaction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: ASM America, INC
    Inventors: Eric J. Shero, Mohith E. Verghese
  • Patent number: 6986214
    Abstract: A low-pressure dryer dries a substrate applied a coating solution thereon at low pressure. The dryer includes an airtight chamber installing a substrate table to place the substrate thereon; a diffuser plate, provided as facing the substrate placed on the substrate table with a gap, for discharging gas existing in the gap toward outside, the diffuser plate having a size almost the same as or larger than the substrate; a substrate-temperature adjuster, installed in the substrate table, for adjusting a temperature of the substrate; and a decompression mechanism for decompressing the airtight chamber. The diffuser plate has a temperature adjuster for making temperature adjustments to have a temperature difference between a first region and a second region of the diffuser plate, the first region facing a center region of the substrate, the second region being outside the first region and including a region facing an outer region of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tomohide Minami, Hiroshi Shinya, Takahiro Kitano
  • Patent number: 6952889
    Abstract: An apparatus and corresponding method for heating a wafer during processing. The apparatus includes a process chamber enclosing a processing tube defining a processing area. The processing tube includes a first wall and a second wall which define a hollow cavity or passageway therebetween. The second wall includes a plurality of holes or outlets formed thereon which allow environmental communication between the hollow cavity and the processing area. The apparatus also includes a plurality of resistive heating elements positioned adjacent to the processing tube. A thermal energy output from the resistive heating elements is configured to heat a gas flowing through the hollow cavity. The gas flowing through the hollow cavity exits the hollow cavity through the plurality of holes and convectively change the temperature of the wafer disposed in the processing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: WaferMasters, Inc.
    Inventor: Woo Sik Yoo
  • Patent number: 6874247
    Abstract: A toothbrush dryer includes a housing formed as a heating chamber for storing toothbrush in the housing, and a heating device provided in the housing preferably at a bottom portion of the housing for warming the toothbrush for keeping a dried toothbrush for preventing bacteria, fungi or algae infection or contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Tsang-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 6796054
    Abstract: A low-pressure dryer dries a substrate applied a coating solution thereon at low pressure. The dryer includes an airtight chamber installing a substrate table to place the substrate thereon; a diffuser plate, provided as facing the substrate placed on the substrate table with a gap, for discharging gas existing in the gap toward outside, the diffuser plate having a size almost the same as or larger than the substrate; a substrate-temperature adjuster, installed in the substrate table, for adjusting a temperature of the substrate; and a decompression mechanism for decompressing the airtight chamber. The diffuser plate has a temperature adjuster for making temperature adjustments to have a temperature difference between a first region and a second region of the diffuser plate, the first region facing a center region of the substrate, the second region being outside the first region and including a region facing an outer region of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Tomohide Minami, Hiroshi Shinya, Takahiro Kitano
  • Patent number: 6792693
    Abstract: A wafer dryer system which is suitable for drying rinse water from substrates in the event of a system malfunction or failure during or after rinsing of the substrates. The wafer dryer system typically includes a pair of drying chambers, each of which is fitted with at least one nitrogen gas inlet, at least one IPA gas inlet and an exhaust opening. A wafer boat which holds multiple wet wafers from an interrupted rinsing process typically in a wet bench system is placed in one of the chambers, after which the chamber is filled with hot nitrogen gas and mixed IPA gas to dry the wafers in the wafer boat. Upon resumption of operation of the wet bench system from which the wafers were taken or upon availability of a second wet bench system, the dried wafers are removed from the chamber for continued rinsing, as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hsing-Kai Huang
  • Patent number: 6766593
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for drying solvent-based ink is described, in which the ink is applied onto plastic cassettes for histological preparations and/or on glass specimen slides (17) for microscopic thin sections. The apparatus (1) comprises a hot-air blower (2) and/or a flash device (3) for drying the ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Laudat, Holger Metzner, Roland Walter
  • Patent number: 6757989
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying a semiconductor substrate includes a chamber having a processing bath and a cover, a liquid flow system for supplying a liquid flow into the processing bath so as to clean the substrate and for draining a liquid from the processing bath, a gas distributor for spraying a gas for drying the substrate, and decompression means for exhausting air in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: DNS Korea, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Yong Bae, Chang-Ro Yoon, Pyeng-Jae Park
  • Publication number: 20040083621
    Abstract: An apparatus and corresponding method for heating a wafer during processing. The apparatus includes a process chamber enclosing a processing tube defining a processing area. The processing tube includes a first wall and a second wall which define a hollow cavity or passageway therebetween. The second wall includes a plurality of holes or outlets formed thereon which allow environmental communication between the hollow cavity and the processing area. The apparatus also includes a plurality of resistive heating elements positioned adjacent to the processing tube. A thermal energy output from the resistive heating elements is configured to heat a gas flowing through the hollow cavity. The gas flowing through the hollow cavity exits the hollow cavity through the plurality of holes and convectively change the temperature of the wafer disposed in the processing tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Woo Sik Yoo
  • Publication number: 20040074102
    Abstract: A dryer lid for a substrate dryer such as a Marangoni-type substrate drying system. The dryer lid includes a lid panel which is mounted on a substrate cleaning tank and has a gasket slot that extends into the bottom surface of the lid panel, around the perimeter thereof. A sealing gasket is seated in the gasket slot. The gasket slot receives the upper edge of a lid frame, the bottom edge of which typically supports a gas shower panel fitted with multiple gas nozzles inside the substrate cleaning tank. Accordingly, the sealing gasket is interposed between the lid frame and the lid panel and seals the junction between those elements to prevent leakage of vaporized IPA and nitrogen drying gases from the cleaning tank during drying of substrates in the cleaning tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Yuan Lin
  • Publication number: 20040064965
    Abstract: A wafer dryer system which is suitable for drying rinse water from substrates in the event of a system malfunction or failure during or after rinsing of the substrates. The wafer dryer system typically includes a pair of drying chambers, each of which is fitted with at least one nitrogen gas inlet, at least one IPA gas inlet and an exhaust opening. A wafer boat which holds multiple wet wafers from an interrupted rinsing process typically in a wet bench system is placed in one of the chambers, after which the chamber is filled with hot nitrogen gas and mixed IPA gas to dry the wafers in the wafer boat. Upon resumption of operation of the wet bench system from which the wafers were taken or upon availability of a second wet bench system, the dried wafers are removed from the chamber for continued rinsing, as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsing-Kai Huang
  • Patent number: 6681498
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with the problem of ensuring optimum drying of contact lenses on a gripper, while at the same time minimizing interruptions in operations. This is achieved by a convex shape of the end face of the blast nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Werner Steffan
  • Publication number: 20030177659
    Abstract: Liquid for prevention of substrate drying is supplied into a processing chamber so that a pool of the liquid is created as an anti-drying atmosphere in advance inside a processing chamber, and substrates, as they are dipped in the pool, are kept on stand-by in a substrate board. In this manner, air drying of the substrates which are kept on stand-by is prevented. When the number of the substrates in the substrate board reaches a certain number, the anti-drying atmosphere is removed from the processing chamber, which is followed by introduction of an SCF into the processing chamber and supercritical drying (high pressure drying) of all of the plurality of substrates inside the processing chamber, namely, batch supercritical drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimitsugu Saito, Yusuke Muraoka, Ryuji Kitakado, Takashi Miyake, Tomomi Iwata, Ikuo Mizobata
  • Publication number: 20030172544
    Abstract: An apparatus for hardening a sealant on a substrate is disclosed in the present invention. The apparatus includes a chamber receiving at least a pair of bonded substrates, and at least one supporting unit supporting the bonded substrates, attached to inner side surfaces of the chamber, and having a substantially flat contact surface contacting the bonded substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Applicant: LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moo Yeol Park, Sung Su Jung
  • Publication number: 20030159307
    Abstract: The object of this invention is to realize a heat exchanger which efficiently and uniformly cools or heats portions to be controlled to a prescribed temperature, and then to provide a surface processing apparatus which makes it possible to continuously carry out stable processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Applicant: ANELVA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumi Sago, Masayoshi Ikeda, Kazuaki Kaneko, Takuji Okada
  • Publication number: 20030131493
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a semiconductor device having a process chamber comprises a lower process chamber wall, a quartz dome over the lower process chamber wall, a pumping mean for making an interior of the process chamber vacuous, a bell-jar over the quartz dome, a bell-jar heater built in a side of the bell-jar, a susceptor on which a wafer is loaded, a susceptor heater built in the susceptor, and a wafer temperature compensator having a reflector plate and supporting elements, the reflector plate being spaced apart a certain distance from the wafer and having a larger area than that of the wafer, the supporting elements being connected to the wafer and supporting edges of a bottom surface of the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Tae-Wan Lee
  • Publication number: 20030121170
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a module is provided that is adapted to process a wafer. The module includes a processing portion having one or more features such as (1) a rotatable wafer support for rotating an input wafer from a first orientation wherein the wafer is in line with a load port to a second orientation wherein the wafer is in line with an unload port; (2) a catcher adapted to contact and travel passively with a wafer as it is unloaded from the processing portion; (3) an enclosed output portion adapted to create a laminar air flow from one side thereof to the other; (4) an output portion having a plurality of wafer receivers; (5) submerged fluid nozzles; and/or (6) drying gas flow deflectors, etc. Other aspects include methods of wafer processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Younes Achkire, Alexander Lerner, Boris T. Govzman, Boris Fishkin, Michael Sugarman, Rashid Mavliev, Haoquan Fang, Shijian Li, Guy Shirazi
  • Patent number: 6564469
    Abstract: A device for performing surface treatment on semiconductor wafers has a cassette (1) for accommodating a plurality of wafers (5) in its interior (3); the wafers (5) are aligned in a first row. The wafer surfaces (51) are essentially in parallel with each other. The cassette (1) has a side-wall (10) which can be arranged essentially perpendicular with respect to the wafer surfaces (51); the side-wall (10) has openings (111′-145′) on its face (101) which is directed to the wafers (5), the openings (111′-145′) are aligned in second rows, the second rows are essentially parallel to the first row; the openings (111′-114′) are connected to respective supply channels (11′, 12′, 13′, 14′, 15′) for transporting a surface treatment medium which is fed to one (15′) of these supply channels via a feeding point (FP). The cross-section of the openings (111′-145′) is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignees: Motorola, Inc., Semiconductor 300 GmbH & Co. KG, Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Mohamad Jahanbani, Stefan Ruemmelin, Ronald Hoyer
  • Publication number: 20030070316
    Abstract: The invention provides a wafer pad assembly for use in an ion implanter for mounting and cooling a wafer. The wafer pad assembly comprises a wafer support pad having an upper surface for mounting the wafer and a lower surface. The lower surface of the wafer support pad is connected to a coolant passage having an inlet section and an outlet section arranged in an opposed configuration, wherein said inlet section is counterbalanced by said outlet section. The lower surface is connected to a frame having an outer curved surface in mating engagement with a complementary shaped bearing surface of a housing wherein said wafer can be tilted or rotated about an axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: Allan Weed, Roger B. Fish
  • Patent number: 6499230
    Abstract: A golf club grip drying device includes one chamber for receipt of a golf club grip and an adjacent chamber for receipt of an aerosol gas dispenser with a transfer tube conveying gas from the aerosol gas dispenser chamber to the golf club grip chamber. An actuator is provided which is responsive to movement of the golf club grip within its chamber so that when the golf club grip is so inserted, it engages the actuator which in turn engages the aerosol gas dispenser to open a valve contained within the aerosol gas dispenser and cause dispensing of aerosol gas within the golf club grip chamber to remove moisture from the surface of the golf club grip and therefore dry it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Mark Eugene Fix
  • Patent number: 6473991
    Abstract: Apparatus to transport and cool rolled products such as bars, round pieces, rods or similar, arrangable downstream of a coil-forming head, comprising a plurality of transport rollers, at least partly motorized and parallel to each other to define a substantially horizontal transport plane on which the rolled products arranged in coils are able to lie, ventilator in correspondence with the transport rollers to blow air towards the rolled products and a conveyor to convey more air towards the lateral edges of the coils than towards the central zone of the coils, the conveyor comprising a plurality of elements, arranged at intervals between the transport rollers. Each of the elements shaped to define transit channels having a first transverse section greater in correspondence with the ends of the transport rollers and a second transverse section less in correspondence with the median zone of the transport rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
    Inventors: Alfredo Poloni, Ferruccio Tomat, Fabio Vecchiet, Nuredin Kapaj
  • Patent number: 6370795
    Abstract: Holders (20) for articles such as newly-formed packets or groups of cigarettes are used to constrain and protect the articles while being conveyed by handling apparatus (22), e.g. in a packing machine (10). Holders (20) of similar external shape, adapted to interface with the handling apparatus, may be provided with differing internal features (28), adapted for receiving different articles, so that the articles may be readily conveyed by the same apparatus. The apparatus may be employed at the exit end of a cigarette packing machine to maintain the shape of newly-formed packets in a packet stabilising region. This region may comprise a reservoir including a series of compartmented drums (24,26) in which each compartment receives a line of abutting holders which is indexed in an axial direction during rotation of the drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Molins PLC
    Inventors: Thomas William Bailey, Andrew John Cleall, Brian Hill
  • Patent number: 6327792
    Abstract: A portable and collapsible sports dryer for drying wearing apparel has at least one rigid air supply tube with an open end for being placed within a clothing article for supporting it above the dryer. An electric blower communicates with the tube for circulating air to dry the clothing article, and a removable drip shield is provided between the open end of the tube and the electric blower for deflecting moisture that drips from the clothing article away from the electric blower. A carrying case containing the air blower serves as a supporting base for the dryer when the dryer is placed on the floor or on a table. The air supply tube is adapted to be stored in a storage plenum within the case and is removed and then connected during use to the blower. The tube is positioned while in operation to extend upwardly from the case for forcing a current of air through an article of wearing apparel supported upon an upper free end of the rigid air supply tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Donald L. Hebert
  • Patent number: 6277443
    Abstract: A batch process for making galvanized steel products with a low lead or no lead zinc coating is described. Metal parts are cleaned, rinsed, pickled and rinsed and are immersed in a hot, pre-flux solution and thoroughly dried before they are immersed in a molten zinc bath. The dryer system includes a mechanism for rotating the batch of parts as they are dried. In one embodiment of the invention, a batch of steel pipe is dried by hot air having a maximum temperature of 125° C. The descrambler system rotates the pipe and moves the pipe in contact with the divider apparatus to separate the pipe in the dryer. The pipe, thoroughly dried, is immersed into a molten zinc bath having less than 0.05% by weight lead, and the use of a top-flux on the molten zinc bath is optional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: John Maneely Company
    Inventor: Gary M. Stefanick
  • Patent number: 6226892
    Abstract: A dryer module for drying filter supports in DNA preparation comprises a receiving member for receiving the filter support and at least one blower member, the blower member being arranged below the receiving member for receiving the filter support so that the filter support is blown on an dried from below. The dryer module also has a heating system for warming the air blown from below against the filter support, the heating system being arranged above the blower member, of which there is at least one. The dryer module is electronically controlled by a control means as a function of the measured temperature of the drying air. The dryer module can be used as a stand-along apparatus or in an automated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Gesellschaft fuer Biotechnologische Forschung mbH (GBF)
    Inventors: Helmut Bloecker, Gerhard Kauer
  • Patent number: 6212793
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are presented for drying and storing laboratory containers which significantly reduce the introduction of contaminants into the containers. A laboratory container system includes one or more containers and a rack for holding the containers in an inverted position. Each container has a base portion, a column portion, and a receptacle portion. A lateral dimension of the base portion is greater than that of the column portion. During use, a container is inverted, and the column portion is inserted between sides of a slot in a flat member of the rack. The spacing between the sides of the slot is sufficient to allow the column portion to pass therebetween, but not the base portion. As a result, the base portion of the container contacts an upper portion of both sides of the slot, and the container is suspended from the rack by the base portion in an inverted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Allison L. Goad
  • Patent number: 6209221
    Abstract: Wafer rack consisting of a carrier frame provided with accommodations for at least two wafers. To provide uniform distribution of gas over said wafers a gas distribution device is fitted at least above each wafer, which gas distribution device is connected to the gas supply for the reactor in which the wafer rack is placed. Connection to such a gas supply can be via coupling of the wafer rack to a part of said reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: ASM International N.V.
    Inventor: Sjaak Jacobus Johannes Beulens
  • Patent number: 6189238
    Abstract: A portable purge system for transporting materials, such as semiconductor wafers used in the manufacture of ICs, comprises a carrier having compartments for releasably receiving and enclosing the materials therein. The carrier is flooded with an inert gas such as nitrogen so as to adsorb the nitrogen on the surface of the materials, dilute contaminants, and purge the contaminants from the carrier. The carrier and the flooding means are mounted in a transport case. A humidifier is connected to the flooding means so that the materials will adsorb water and thereby further resist adsorption of hydrocarbon contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mindaugas F. Dautartas, Ofer Sneh
  • Patent number: 6176022
    Abstract: With the object of removing moisture from a system of N≳2 elongated hollow guiding members (20) for cable-like elements (27), in the system a gas flow (G) is maintained. The gas flow is supplied to the system by way of a gas-supply opening (29) of a coupling-in number (23) coupled to first ends (21) of a number of K hollow guiding members (20) and discharged from the system by way of a gas-discharge opening (30) of a coupling-out member (23) coupled to first ends (21) of the L=N−K remaining hollow guiding members. A coupling-through member (26) coupled to second ends (24) of the N hollow guiding members (20) provides a gastight coupling-through between the second ends (24) of the K hollow guiding members and the L second ends of the L remaining hollow guiding members. Preferably K=N−1, and the N−1 hollow guiding members are located within the Nth hollow guiding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Koninklijke PTT Nederland N.V.
    Inventor: Griffioen Willem
  • Patent number: 6176023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and process for transporting flat objects confined in a specific atmosphere. The device comprises at least one assembly provided with several thin, flat cells (31) that open onto a lateral face (33) of said assembly with the cells arranged in parallel and linked by the same ventilation system. Each cell is constructed to receive a flat object (10) and is closed by an independent door (33). The cells are arranged in tandem and the device includes assembly means for interlocking an upper cell to an adjacent lower cell in each successive pair and in a complementary arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventor: Claude Doche
  • Patent number: 6125548
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying and storing an article, such as a baby bottle, after washing and rinsing includes a tray having a bottom face that is adapted to be supported by an underlying surface such as a counter-top, and an upper face. A plurality of pegs extend out from the upper face, and each peg is sized and arranged so as to be able to support an article, such as a baby bottle, after washing and rinsing. Each peg is mounted to the tray in such a manner as to be movable between a first storage position, wherein the entire peg is positioned relatively close to the upper face for storage and packaging, and a second, operative position. This permits the apparatus to be conveniently folded for packaging and storage purposes. Another aspect of the apparatus involves disk holding structure, connected to the upper face of the tray, for holding baby bottle disks in a location that is isolated from areas of the tray in which liquid may collect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Tor H. Petterson
  • Patent number: RE43349
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying and storing an article, such as a baby bottle, after washing and rinsing includes a tray having a bottom face that is adapted to be supported by an underlying surface such as a counter-top, and an upper face. A plurality of pegs extend out from the upper face, and each peg is sized and arranged so as to be able to support an article, such as a baby bottle, after washing and rinsing. Each peg is mounted to the tray in such a manner as to be movable between a first storage position, wherein the entire peg is positioned relatively close to the upper face for storage and packaging, and a second, operative position. This permits the apparatus to be conveniently folded for packaging and storage purposes. Another aspect of the apparatus involves disk holding structure, connected to the upper face of the tray, for holding baby bottle disks in a location that is isolated from areas of the tray in which liquid may collect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Tor H. Petterson, Grace C. Petterson, legal representative
  • Patent number: RE43635
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying and storing an article, such as a baby bottle, after washing and rinsing includes a tray having a bottom face that is adapted to be supported by an underlying surface such as a counter-top, and an upper face. A plurality of pegs extend out from the upper face, and each peg is sized and arranged so as to be able to support an article, such as a baby bottle, after washing and rinsing. Each peg is mounted to the tray in such a manner as to be movable between a first storage position, wherein the entire peg is positioned relatively close to the upper face for storage and packaging, and a second, operative position. This permits the apparatus to be conveniently folded for packaging and storage purposes. Another aspect of the apparatus involves disk holding structure, connected to the upper face of the tray, for holding baby bottle disks in a location that is isolated from areas of the tray in which liquid may collect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Tor H. Petterson, Grace C. Petterson, legal representative