Movable Gas Or Vapor Distributor Patents (Class 34/229)
  • Patent number: 10892172
    Abstract: Various embodiments comprise apparatuses and related method for cleaning and drying a substrate. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a vertical substrate holder to hold and rotate the substrate at various speeds. An inner shield and outer shield, when in a closed position, surround the vertical substrate holder during operation of the apparatus. Each of the shields can operate independently in at least one of rotational speed and direction from the other shield. A front-side and back-side spray jet are arranged to spray at least one fluid onto both sides of the substrate and edges of the substrate substantially concurrently. A gas flow, combined with a high rotational-speed of the shields and substrate, assists in drying the substrate. At least one turbine disk is coupled in proximity to at least one of the shields to remove excess amounts of fluid. Additional apparatuses and methods of forming the apparatuses are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Planar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Rubinder S. Randhawa, Harry Christov
  • Patent number: 10788265
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a veneer dryer system and methods of constructing, relocating, and replacing veneer dryers and other constructs such as lumber kilns, machinery, and processing lines or parts thereof. Embodiments of a veneer dryer system may include a track and a veneer dryer movably coupled with the track. The track may extend between the desired location of the veneer dryer and a construction location. Movers may be coupled with the track at the construction location. The veneer dryer may be partially or fully constructed on the movers and moved to the desired location for use. A pre-existing veneer dryer at the desired location may remain operational during the construction and removed before the new veneer dryer is moved into place, substantially reducing downtime and costs as compared to prior methods of replacing veneer dryers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventors: Clinton Spangler, Conrad Bullion
  • Patent number: 10752220
    Abstract: A lighted dryer assembly for a vehicle wash system including a housing portion, having a head portion, a body portion, and an outlet portion. The head portion includes an air inlet portion for drawing air into the head portion and an outlet for passing the air to the body portion. The outlet portion has a plurality of exit nozzles that are configured to emit high velocity air therefrom for removing water from an exterior surface of a vehicle while disposed in a vehicle treatment area. The body portion includes an upper portion where air is received from the head portion and a lower portion disposed remote from the upper portion. A light source is disposed within the housing portion and configured to emit light that can be seen by a vehicle disposed in the vehicle treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BELANGER, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Belanger, Barry S. Turner, David L. Tognetti
  • Patent number: 10442184
    Abstract: Dryers (300) comprising a first surface (102) and a deflector (302). The first surface comprises at least one opening (104) through which air is forced during use to dry a printed media and the deflector comprises (302) a second surface to change the direction of airflow passing through the at least one opening. The deflector guides the direction of the airflow such that it flows substantially in a direction corresponding to the direction of travel (310) of the printed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Nuria Espinar Lacueva, Eduardo Martin Orue, Alberto Arredondo
  • Patent number: 9975354
    Abstract: Systems and methods for concentric duct system for a dryer of a printing system. One embodiment includes a dryer of a printing system and a duct system. The dryer includes web conditioners sources to condition a web of print media, intake ports to supply air for the web conditioners, and outlet ports to remove air for the web conditioners. The duct system includes a supply hub and a return hub. The supply hub includes a tubular body with a lower portion and an upper portion, and supply nodes around the lower portion. The return hub includes a body around the upper portion of the supply hub, and return nodes around the body. The duct system further includes supply ducts to connect the supply nodes and the intake ports, and return ducts to connect the return nodes and the outlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart James Boland, Scott Richard Johnson
  • Patent number: 9885520
    Abstract: A system and methodology associated with a connected farming system which includes an intake air modification unit which includes at least one fan, a dehumidifier and a cooling component and which collectively function to condition intake air so as to dry and cool the air prior to introduction into a grain bin. One or more sensors are provided which serve to control the operation of the intake air modification unit such that the air modification unit operates efficiently and taking into account external factors such as the presence/level of grain in the bin, the ambient weather conditions including relative humidity levels and ambient air temperature as well as qualitative characteristics of the air exiting the grain bin to include relative humidity and air temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Shafagh Abbasi
  • Patent number: 9470455
    Abstract: A method of sorting green lumber is based on a ratio of moisture content to either weight or density. The moisture content of each piece of green lumber is measured, and the weight or density of the green lumber is measure. One more thresholds of moisture content to weight or density ratios are used to divide the green lumber into groups. Such a sort tends to produce groups of green lumber that require similar kiln drying schedules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: Mark A. Stanish
  • Patent number: 8910395
    Abstract: In a sludge treatment installation, a movable carriage is arranged transversely above a work surface of a floor. The movement of the carriage by longitudinal translation over the floor is initiated by a first drive shaft carrying a toothed wheel meshing with a drive chain. A second chain helps to guide the carriage. On the carriage is provided a rotary turning tool which engages in the sludge. Driven in rotation by a second drive shaft independent of the first, it includes pairs of semi-cylindrical paddles fixed substantially symmetrically by one of their edges on either side of a shaft driven by the second drive shaft. The two paddles in each pair of paddles are asymmetrical as a result of having different radii, with a difference at least equal to about 5%. Forced ventilation acts directly on the paddles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Aqualter
    Inventor: Loic Darcel
  • Patent number: 8615896
    Abstract: A clothing dryer having a cover structure capable of increasing quantity of air generated from a cooling fan. The clothing dryer includes a first cover covering the cooling fan and a second cover connected to the first cover. A cutoff is provided at a connection area between the first cover and the second cover to branch a flow of air and is positioned below a rotational center of the cooling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Suk Chung
  • Patent number: 8555519
    Abstract: Apparatus for treatment of multiple articles located in separate chambers (38) for treatment with an ambient or heated, and/or treated air flow stream (44); and processes for drying multiple articles located in the separate chambers (38) using an ambient or heated, and/or treated air flow stream (44). The chambers (38) are within a container or form a container (36), and the chambers (38) are connected in a manner that defines a virtual air flow stream tube having a length in excess of any single nominal length dimension or of any nominal internal width dimension or of any nominal internal height dimension of the container so that any to-be-treated items supported within any chamber is treated with air flow stream (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Martin Allen McFarland
  • Patent number: 8528232
    Abstract: Described is a system and apparatus for stripping fluids from the surface of a passing vehicle. The apparatus includes an inflatable blower bag for attaching with a duct structure. The inflatable blower bag includes an entrance for receiving air from the support structure and an exit for directing air onto a passing vehicle. A flexible water stripping blade is positioned proximate the exit such that as the bag falls onto a passing vehicle, the flexible blade engages with the passing vehicle and strips water from the passing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: G. Thomas Ennis
  • Publication number: 20120017461
    Abstract: In a sludge treatment installation, a movable carriage is arranged transversely above a work surface of a floor. The movement of the carriage by longitudinal translation over the floor is initiated by a first drive shaft carrying a toothed wheel meshing with a drive chain. A second chain helps to guide the carriage. On the carriage is provided a rotary turning tool which engages in the sludge. Driven in rotation by a second drive shaft independent of the first, it includes pairs of semi-cylindrical paddles fixed substantially symmetrically by one of their edges on either side of a shaft driven by the second drive shaft. The two paddles in each pair of paddles are asymmetrical as a result of having different radii, with a difference at least equal to about 5%. Forced ventilation acts directly on the paddles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: AQUALTER
    Inventor: Loïc DARCEL
  • Patent number: 8074372
    Abstract: A system configured to dry containers before a date coding process includes a blower assembly, an air manifold and a bracket assembly. The blower assembly includes a centrifugal air blower. The air manifold is connected to the blower assembly and includes a plurality of air nozzles. The air nozzles are configured to be positioned over a conveyor line, wherein the air nozzles are configured to expel air moved by the centrifugal air blower. The bracket assembly is configured to adjustably mount the air manifold over the conveyor line, wherein the bracket assembly allows the air manifold to be horizontally and/or vertically adjusted with respect to the conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Allen S Pucciani, Steven E. Broerman
  • Publication number: 20110219640
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed generally to systems and methods for drying wood products in one or more kilns with recovered flue gases. In some embodiments, methods for drying wood products include firing a fuel in the one or more combustion devices, thereby producing a heated fluid and a flue gas. The heated fluid is circulated to provide a primary heat source to the one or more indirect fired kilns. An amount of flue gas is recovered and transferred to provide a secondary heat source to the one or more indirect fired kilns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventor: Philip Latos
  • Patent number: 7788822
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drying apparatus equipped with linear drive mechanisms to drive spray nozzles in the direction perpendicular to the direction in which a wet object is transferred in the drying box. Each spray nozzle has a long discharge slit elongated in the direction in which the wet object is transferred. Two opposed nozzles are provided at each of the entrance and exit of the drying box. Each nozzle has an elongated slit traversing the width of the wet object in the direction perpendicular to the transporting direction, the opposed surfaces of the nozzles being so inwardly oblique that the gap between the opposed surfaces is larger at the inner edge than the outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Kyowa Kako Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshinori Takemori
  • Publication number: 20100101109
    Abstract: This disclosure reveals a combination of embodiments that increase the evaporation rate of liquid solutions when subjected to blow-down gas flows. Certain gas flow separator baffles or framed inserts with vanes may be especially effective to enhance evaporation when combined with aggressive blow-down flow rates and centrifugal force. The centrifugal force applied to the evaporating liquid protects sample integrity by preventing the solution(s) from splashing out of the drying container. Such splashing, when high blow-down gas flow rates are directed into the sample containers, affects yield and purity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Herbert J. Hedberg, Brian A. Kangas, Michael A. Burns
  • Publication number: 20100083522
    Abstract: A configurable hoof drying apparatus. The drying components of the apparatus are selectable, configurable and inter-changeable for desired drying needs and change a pressure, speed and temperature of an original drying air source. Therefore it can be used with a hot/warm/cool/cold air drying source. The hoof drying apparatus is portable and specifically designed, but is not limited to, drying hooves for the purposes of: hoof wall repair, preparation for medication for hoof diseases and preparation of the hoof for application of hoof dressings and hoof shoes. The hoof drying apparatus can also be used for drying non-hoofed animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Donald R. TRITZ
  • Publication number: 20100043249
    Abstract: A portable dish drying apparatus. The dish drying apparatus uses a heat lamp to dry dishes, which can be controlled using a control panel located on an outside surface of the apparatus. A video output device can be embedded on a front door, cover, or lid of the apparatus in order to allow a user to watch television.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Azanaw Mulaw
  • Publication number: 20100024241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a body drying apparatus that is wall mountable and easily removable. In addition, all of the elements that make the device functional are housed within a single unit with an electrical cord extending from the device for providing power. The internal elements are attached to an insert that is easily received by and removed from the housing for cleaning or replacing. The outlets of the device located on the housing have multiple novel configurations and designs to increase the effective drying capability of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Don Cannetti
  • Publication number: 20090255142
    Abstract: A drying apparatus and method are disclosed. The drying apparatus includes a drying compartment and a heating device that heats air to be provided to the compartment. The heating device includes a coil through which is conducted a heated liquid, and the air is heated as it passes along the coil. The heated liquid can be provided from a source internal or external to the drying apparatus and in at least some embodiments is heated water provided from a hydronic heating device located internal to the drying apparatus. In at least some embodiments, the heated air provided through the drying compartment is returned to the heating device and recirculated through the compartment. In at least some of these embodiments, the heated air emanating from the drying compartment passes through a condensing device that removes moisture from the air before it is returned to the heating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Michael E. Brown
  • Publication number: 20090107002
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for forcing evaporation of a solvent from a coating on a surface of a panel. The method includes directing air to flow along the surface of the panel, and generating turbulence in the air within the column, by creating one or more high pressure pulses of air within the airflow, at a chosen frequency. The turbulence travels in the direction of the airflow, replacing air laden with vapor adjacent to the surface of the panel with dry air, thereby accelerating drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Andras Uhlyarik
  • Publication number: 20080256826
    Abstract: Air circulating apparatus for providing ventilation within a drying cabinet or locker having, the air circulating apparatus having an intake air flow fan and a circular-shaped air ducting system for producing cyclonic air flow within the drying cabinet or locker for enhancing the drying and deodorizing of clothing and sporting equipment not easily laundered for use in an equipment drying cabinet or locker, closet or the like. The air circulating apparatus having a small sized intake air fan, a charcoal filter element activated by the air flow, a timing circuit permitting the fan to be set for a selected period of time, a circular-shaped air ducting system having a series of angled baffles for directing air flow upwardly in a cyclonic flow pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas P. Zarembinski
  • Publication number: 20080178489
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying a disposable razor so as to prevent corrosion due to moisture left on such razor. The apparatus comprising a container having a predetermined shape and formed of a predetermined material. The container is designed for holding at least one such disposable razor. There is a base portion of the container, such base portion being removably engageable with a bottom part of the container, such base portion including a foot member and a housing member. A fan is disposed in the housing of such base portion of the container. A screen is disposed in the base portion of the container atop the fan. The apparatus has a power means disposed in one of the housing and the foot member of the base portion of the container for providing power to the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Roger Dionne
  • Publication number: 20080134538
    Abstract: Apparatus for treatment of multiple articles located in separate chambers (38) for treatment with an ambient or heated, and/or treated air flow stream (44); and processes for drying multiple articles located in the separate chambers (38) using an ambient or heated, and/or treated air flow stream (44). The chambers (38) are within a container or form a container (36), and the chambers (38) are connected in a manner that defines a virtual air flow stream tube having a length in excess of any single nominal length dimension or of any nominal internal width dimension or of any nominal internal height dimension of the container so that any to-be-treated items supported within any chamber is treated with air flow stream (44).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Martin Allen McFarland
  • Patent number: 7340848
    Abstract: The ambient air clothes dryer is an automated device providing axial flow of unheated ambient air through the dryer drum. The dryer may include different drum drive systems, timer and/or humidity detector controls, and a configuration utilizing a separate, portable fan for temporary, removable installation with the dryer housing to provide airflow through the drum. The ambient air dryer greatly reduces energy requirements for drying laundry when compared to conventional heated air dryers, and is quite effective in warm and/or dry climates. The ambient air dryer is portable and may be used indoors or outdoors. The device may be configured to use twelve-volt power from a motor vehicle for use in camping. When used indoors, the device may be placed with a heat source (heat register, etc.) to draw warm air through the drum while humidifying the air as it passes through damp laundry in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Larry W. Ford
  • Patent number: 6925730
    Abstract: A paint removal apparatus includes a canister partially filled with a pressurized coolant. The apparatus includes a housing having a body portion mounted atop the canister with a handle portion extending from the body portion. The handle includes an inlet port while the body portion includes first and second outlet ports. The inlet port is capable of connection to a compressed air stream for delivery thereof through an air channel between the inlet and second outlet ports. A coolant channel extends between the canister and the first outlet port. A trigger connected to a primary valve is movable between first, second, and third configurations. The primary valve and cooperating linkages enable a user to select between delivery of the air stream alone or a portion of the coolant whereby to strip paint. A scraping blade may be removably and rotatably coupled to the housing. The coolant may be dry ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Robert C. Arpke
  • Patent number: 6904704
    Abstract: A manually operated vehicle blow-drying device having a swingable overhead boom and an air supply hose extending down from a distal end of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventors: James T. Morris, Dennis D. Evans, Duane A. Kent
  • Patent number: 6845570
    Abstract: A pavement dryer has a pick-up assembly operating with a gas processing system. The pick-up assembly has an assembly frame mounted on wheels and connected to the gas processing system, and a nozzle that is maintained in close proximity to a paved surface. The gas processing system has a system frame mounted on wheels, a compressor, and a collection chamber. The compressor draws air from the nozzle through the collection chamber. Water entrained in the air flow is removed from the paved surface and settles in the collection chamber. The water may be separated by gas centrifuges. The nozzle has a nozzle lip positioned to provide a controlled gap with the paved surface. The size of the gap can preferably be adjusted, preferably by a movable damper. The nozzle has a trailing edge seal that forcibly engages the paved surface, and preferably also has end seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: WCCP, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Paterson
  • Patent number: 6745497
    Abstract: An axle (30) supports both a nozzle plenum (18) and a plurality lower tubes (28) that telescope into a plurality of upper tubes (26). The nozzle plenum (18) is moved vertically up and down between various operating positions as the tubes (26, 28) telescope into and out of one another to accommodate the changing longitudinal configuration of a vehicle and the nozzle plenum (18) may be rotated about the axle (30) to efficiently direct air against the contour of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Proto-Vest, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Patrick McElroy
  • Patent number: 6735884
    Abstract: A dryer system for automated car wash systems includes a new and improved air dryer having a fan and a rotatable nozzle at its discharge end with the nozzle orientation being controlled by a rotary actuator whose drive shaft is mounted on the axis of rotation of the nozzle. A method of using the blowers includes the use of two or more blowers that are positioned above the vehicle and oriented so the streams of concentrated air complement each other in moving liquid particles on the vehicle toward the side or end of the vehicle where they drop from the lower edges of the sides and ends of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Mark VII Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Fratello, Dennis R. McCadden, Thanh Tran
  • Publication number: 20040040171
    Abstract: A dryer adapted for use with a printing machine, and having at least one nozzle arrangement (6) with elongated, linearly effective nozzle output (7), especially wide slot nozzle arrangement, to blow a drying medium, especially air, onto a surface (16) to be dried, characterized in that the nozzle arrangement (6) has an effective nozzle opening width of 0.01 mm to 0.5 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Reinhardt Listmann
  • Patent number: 6689180
    Abstract: A heat-shrinking film packaging machine includes a conveyor for transporting an article to be packaged through a heating device to have a heat-shrinking film surrounding the article heated and shrunk and thus tightly packaging the article. The heating device includes a hot air flow control device including two air supply devices located on opposite sides of the conveyor to define a channel through which the article is transported. Each air supply device has a surface in which an array of openings is defined and arranged in rows and columns for supplying hot air toward the article. A blocking bar is movably mounted to the surface of each air supply device and associated with each row of the openings. The blocking bar is movable with respect to the openings to selectively and partially block the openings for controlling hot air flow through the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Benison & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Benker Liao
  • Patent number: 6684529
    Abstract: A manually operated vehicle blow-drying device having a swingable overhead boom and an air supply hose extending down from a distal end of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventors: James T. Morris, Dennis D. Evans, Duane A. Kent
  • Patent number: 6665949
    Abstract: A drying tool for drying moisture present in cells of a honeycomb core. The tool includes an inflatable bladder compartment having a bendable exterior surface and a plurality of open-ended nozzles protruding from this exterior surface, with each nozzle having a passage in fluid communication with the bladder compartment. A connector element is connectible with a hot air source for delivering hot air into the bladder compartment for subsequent dispatch through the plurality of nozzles. Preferably, the nozzles are situated in a grid formation and are of a generally conical configuration. In use, the bendable exterior surface with the protruding nozzles is bowed or curved to generally configure to the exterior shape of the honeycomb core such that hot air is pinpointed in a grid pattern to drive heated air into the core and thereby cause circulation through the core cells for moisture evaporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Carl A. Reis, Doris Andren Reis
  • Patent number: 6652274
    Abstract: Fans circulate heated air which is introduced from nozzles defining discharge axes that are respectively directed generally parallel to, yet slightly toward, the rotational axes of the fans. The fans operate in first and second modes to respectively force flow in opposite first and second directions. Heated air is introduced from the nozzles at the high-pressure sides of the fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventors: Robert T. Nagel, John Craig Holbert
  • Patent number: 6519872
    Abstract: A plurality of pairs of telescoping tubes (20) and (22) interconnect a support plenum (12) and a nozzle system (14) for delivering air from the plenum (12) to the nozzle system (14) while allowing the nozzle system (14) to move in an adjustment direction toward and away from the plenum (12). The nozzle system (14) is elongated and includes a fixed shell (24) and a movable shell (26) movably supported by the fixed shell (24). The assembly (10) is characterized by actuators (42) for moving the nozzle system (14) between the various vertical-operating positions and a motor (46) for rotating the nozzle (16). The nozzle system (14) may be moved up and down to accommodate the changing longitudinal configuration of the vehicle (18) and the nozzle (16) may be rotated about the nozzle axis to efficiently direct air against the contour of the vehicle (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Proto-vest, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Patrick McElroy, Christopher Patrick McElroy, Lucian G. McElroy
  • Patent number: 6470598
    Abstract: An adjustable deckel profiler is disclosed, for use in apparatus for drying a moving paper web. The profiler is a slidable member which interacts with impingement air to control and adjust the air against the moving web. Means are provided for adjusting and setting the profiler relative to cross machine drying air profiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri Inc.
    Inventor: Volker J. Ringer
  • Patent number: 6470596
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: 6467190
    Abstract: A duct system includes an upper duct that supplies heated air to an upper plenum and a lower duct that supplies heated air to a lower plenum, and the upper and lower plenums provide the heated air to a kiln chamber. An intermediate plenum is between the upper and lower plenums and has outlets through which heated air supplied to the upper and lower plenums is discharged. A plurality of circulation passages extend generally laterally through the intermediate plenum. Fans positioned in the circulation passages circulate heated air that is external to the plenums. The outlets are nozzles defining discharge axes that are respectively directed generally parallel to, yet slightly toward, the rotational axes of the fans. Tips of the fans' blades extend into boundary layers adjacent the interior surfaces of the circulation passages. The fans operate in first and second modes to respectively force flow in opposite first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventors: Robert T. Nagel, John Craig Holbert
  • Patent number: 6446355
    Abstract: Liquid is removed from disks by apparatus and methods for drying a disk that has been wet in a liquid bath. The disk and the bath are separated at a controlled rate to form a monolayer of liquid on the disk as the disk is positioned in a gas-filled volume. The separation may be by moving the disk out of the liquid bath, and the controlled rate is generally not less than the maximum rate at which a meniscus will form between the liquid bath and the surface of the disk when the liquid bath and the disk are separated. The gas-filled volume is defined by a hot chamber that continuously transfers thermal energy to the disk in the gas-filled volume. Hot gas directed into the volume and across the disk and out of the volume continuously transfers thermal energy to the disk. The directing of the gas out of the volume is independent of the separation of the bath and the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Oliver David Jones, Kenneth C. McMahon, Jonathan Borkowski, Scott Petersen, Donald Stephens, Yassin Mehmandoust, James M. Olivas
  • Patent number: 6443833
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method to redirect airflow and enhance heat transfer using an oscillating baffle. This apparatus and method allows for the improved efficiency of a heat transfer tunnel, while reducing the size of the tunnel. Several embodiments of the oscillating baffle have a first degree of freedom and a second degree of freedom which allows it to oscillate under the power of the airflow. The method employs the oscillating baffle to redirect and mix the airflow in order to enhance heat transfer in a heat transfer tunnel. The oscillating baffle is used for cooling, for heating, for enhancing the mixing of a multi-component air flow or redirecting an air flow. Other applications could include use in dusty environments to provide high speed gas streams sweeping a wall to prevent the build-up of dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Charles W. Knisely
  • Patent number: 6363624
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing a cleaning gas to a semiconductor substrate processing chamber. The apparatus comprises a feed block disposed on top of the processing chamber and a support block disposed over the feed block. The feed block and the support block slidably interfit and are axially moveable with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Lily L. Pang, Thomas K. Cho, Tetsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 6339887
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: 6301802
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: 6298577
    Abstract: A device for enhancing removal of liquid from fabric utilizing mechanical and aerodynamic techniques. A base plate contains one or more apertures to which a vacuum is applied for extracting water from the fabric. The total cross-sectional area of the apertures is selected to be that which will increase, and preferably maximize, the extraction power for the vacuum motor with which said base plate is to be utilized. The number and shape of the apertures is selected to reduce the ratio of the total distance along all the perimeters of said apertures to the total cross-sectional area of said apertures in order to reduce boundary layer drag. The cross-sectional area of each of said apertures is selected to be large enough to permit solid contaminants that can be expected to be in the liquid to pass through said apertures without clogging said apertures. Barriers are attached to the bottom of the base plate to force any liquid in the fabric toward the apertures as the base plate is moved across the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Concept Cleaning Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Haynie
  • Patent number: 6266892
    Abstract: A device for enhancing removal of liquid from fabric, such as a vacuum head device for removing liquid from carpet, includes an elongated base plate to be moved across the carpet. The vacuum head has a tapering cross section with a wider upper end and a narrower lower end configured to penetrate into the carpeted surface. In addition, a plurality of apertures are formed in an array in the base plate to withdraw the fluid under a vacuum force. Preferably, the plurality of apertures are sized larger than a width of the lower surface to create a plurality of protrusions extending from the base plate configured to penetrate the carpeted surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Concept Cleaning Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Haynie
  • Patent number: 6263588
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: 6240653
    Abstract: A gas-blowing device used in an apparatus for carrying out a process for producing pore-free cast-on-strap joints for lead-acid batteries. The device includes a metallic pipe closed at both ends having a plurality of groups of aligned gas outlets, gas inlets and inner plugs, all of which are evenly distributed along the pipe's length, and leveling plates. The gas-blowing device is used to give a simultaneous final cleaning and drying to a plurality of negative and positive plate lug surfaces immediately after water rinsing the plate lugs under ultrasonic vibration and prior to joining the plate lugs by the cast-on-strap process. This is done by means of gas jets coming out at high pressure from the gas outlets, and which are directed towards the plate lug surfaces. A uniform distribution of gas pressure and flow rate for all gas outlets, as well as a correct direction for all gas jets, are assured along the entire pipe's length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Acumuladores Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Luis Francisco Vazquez del Mercado, Gregorio Vargas Gutierrez, Jorge Lopez-Cuevas
  • Patent number: RE39776
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: RE48227
    Abstract: Kiln design that uses a series of at least two subsections with airflow in constant but alternating directions instead of using bi-directional fans that periodically reverse directions. The uninterrupted alternating air flow may be used in continuous drying kilns (CDK) with two sets of carriages carrying spaced stacks of lumber travel in opposite directions through a sequence of chambers. The uninterrupted alternating air flow may be used with a set of at least one pathway for carriages carrying lumber to be dried where all carriages move from a first end of the kiln to a second end of the kiln.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Kiln Drying Systems & Components, LLC
    Inventors: Troy Eugene Ball, Jr., Robert Girardi, Robert King Pollock