Ultraviolet Energy Patents (Class 34/275)
  • Patent number: 11351280
    Abstract: A system and method for sanitizing the interior surface of gloves is provided. One embodiment comprises at least one ultra violet (UV) lamp, wherein the at least one UV lamp is sized and shaped to fit within a selected region within an interior of the glove, and wherein the least one UV lamp emits UV radiation at a predefined intensity for a predefined duration that kills at least one consisting of a virus, a bacteria, and a mold that resides on the interior surface of the selected region of the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Karen White
  • Patent number: 11247493
    Abstract: A drying device includes a storage unit in which energy (e.g. thermal energy) may be stored during a charging phase. The stored energy may be used at the beginning of a subsequent printing phase to warm a drying medium (e.g. air) to dry a recording medium that has been printed to. The maximum required connected electrical load of the drying device is advantageously and efficiently reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Production Printing Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Stefan Scherdel
  • Patent number: 11175596
    Abstract: Designs are provided to reduce the possibility of contaminant particles with a large range of sizes, materials, travel speeds and angles of incidence reaching a particle-sensitive environment. According to an aspect of the disclosure, there is provided an object stage comprising first and second chambers, a first structure having a first surface, and a second structure. The second structure is configured to support an object in the second chamber, movable relative to the first structure. The second structure comprises a second surface opposing the first surface of the first structure thereby defining a gap between the first structure and the second structure that extends between the first chamber and the second chamber. The second structure further comprises a third surface within the first chamber. The object stage further comprises a trap disposed on at least a portion of the third surface, the trap comprising a plurality of baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignees: ASML Netherlands B.V., ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventors: Han-Kwang Nienhuys, Ronald Peter Albright, Jacob Brinkert, Yang-Shan Huang, Hendrikus Gijsbertus Schimmel, Antonie Hendrik Verweij
  • Patent number: 11058783
    Abstract: A UV sterilization device may include a housing defining a cavity therein, and having a door configured to permit access to the cavity, and trays carried within the cavity, each tray configured to receive a mobile wireless communications device. The UV sterilization device may include UV CBAs carried within the cavity respectively adjacent the trays, each UV CBA having LED UV sources configured to irradiate the mobile wireless communications device with UV radiation. The UV sterilization device may include a controller configured to selectively power one or more of the UV CBAs for disinfecting the mobile wireless communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Seal Shield, LLC
    Inventor: Christian Davis
  • Patent number: 10935313
    Abstract: A system and method for sanitizing a mattress is provided. The system for sanitizing a mattress includes a pair of members with at least one member having at least one UV-C emitter, at least one light source, and at least one air source. An ozone source is in communication with the pair of members. A source of air flow is in communication with the pair of members and a heat source is in communication with the heat source. A spray source is also provided for spraying a solution. A method of sanitizing a mattress comprises the steps of applying UV-C radiation to a mattress to kill microorganisms, providing ozone to the mattress, and combining ozone with UV-C radiation and moisture to produce a purifying agent. The method further comprises the steps of applying pressure and heat to the mattress to kill pathogens and spraying a solution on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 10881751
    Abstract: Ultraviolet irradiation of food handling instruments for purposes of sterilization, disinfection, cleaning and other treatment capabilities. A housing having receptacles receives one or more food handling instruments. Ultraviolet light emitting sources located about the receptacles can direct ultraviolet light towards the receptacles and any food handling instruments placed therein. One or more sensors located about the receptacles can detect operational conditions associated with the receptacles and any food handling instruments received therein. A control unit, operatively coupled to the ultraviolet light emitting sources and the one or more sensors, manages the irradiation of the receptacles and any food handling instruments in the receptacles as a function of the operational conditions detected by the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Dobrinsky
  • Patent number: 10702618
    Abstract: In an example, a method of operating a UV light source for a vehicle includes measuring an amount of power on a commodity power feeder, determining when the measured amount of power is greater than a threshold amount of power and, responsively, actuating a switch to a first state in which the switch decouples the UV light source from the power on the commodity power feeder. The method also includes determining when the measured amount of power is less than the threshold amount of power and responsively actuating the switch to a second state in which the switch couples the UV light source to the power on the commodity power feeder. The method also includes, while the switch is in the second state, activating the UV light source, using the power from the commodity power feeder, to emit UV light in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kevin S. Callahan
  • Patent number: 10172430
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a gel nail photocuring machine with multicolor light effects, comprising: a machine body and a control module. The machine body has a curing cavity and one or a plurality of multicolor indicator light module provided on the machine body to produce color light effects on a housing of the machine body, wherein the multicolor indicator light module has a composite light source and a uniform illumination unit provided on one side of the composite light source. The control module is provided on the machine body and is connected to the multicolor indicator light module on the machine body, wherein the control module provides a color difference control instruction to the multicolor indicator light module according to a preset instruction in order to control an output power of each of a plurality of base-color light-emitting units of the composite light source, thereby instructing the multicolor indicator light module to emit light of various colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: COSMEX CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Wan Chieh Hsieh, Ya Wen Wu, Yu Ching Li, Wen Shan Chung
  • Patent number: 10145055
    Abstract: An apparatus for exposing laundry to ultraviolet (UV) light comprises a mobile unit having a housing and at least one UV light carried by the housing and directed exteriorly therefrom. An activation module is located in the housing and configured to supply electrical power to the at least one UV light only when at least one activation criterion is satisfied. A battery power unit located in the housing supplies the electrical power to the at least one UV light via the activation module. The mobile unit can be connected to a base unit located on an interior surface of a laundry machine door. A UV light-sensitive laundry sheet can be used to gage UV light exposure to the laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cliff Shirp Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Laurence Harlan, Yoram Weiss, Roger P. Wiesenauer, Oren Weiss
  • Patent number: 10010100
    Abstract: A solution for treating a surface with ultraviolet radiation is provided. A movable ultraviolet source is utilized to emit a beam of ultraviolet radiation having a characteristic cross-sectional area smaller than an area of the surface to be treated. The movable ultraviolet source can be moved as necessary to directly irradiate any portion of the surface with radiation within the characteristic cross-sectional area of the beam of ultraviolet radiation. The movement can include, for example, rotational movement and/or repositioning the movable ultraviolet source with respect to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 9700072
    Abstract: A solution for treating a surface with ultraviolet radiation is provided. A movable ultraviolet source is utilized to emit a beam of ultraviolet radiation having a characteristic cross-sectional area smaller than an area of the surface to be treated. The movable ultraviolet source can be moved as necessary to directly irradiate any portion of the surface with radiation within the characteristic cross-sectional area of the beam of ultraviolet radiation. The movement can include, for example, rotational movement and/or repositioning the movable ultraviolet source with respect to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 9681726
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a body, a fluid flow path extending through the body from a fluid inlet to a fluid outlet and a PCB extending about the fluid flow path. The PCB may be annular. The PCB may be isolated from the fluid flow path. The PCB may comprise a first layer and a second layer. The first layer may extend substantially continuously about the fluid flow path and the second layer may extend partially about the fluid flow path. The second layer may be adjacent the first layer and may be downstream of the first layer. The body may comprise a duct and the fluid flow path extends through the duct. The PCB may extend about the duct. The body may comprise a primary fluid flow path extending about the duct which may be in fluid communication with the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Paul Anthony Andrew Grant, Anthony Thomas Gosnay, Peter David Gammack, Edward Sebert Maurice Shelton, Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 9487028
    Abstract: A drying device includes: a drying unit that includes a laser light source group in which a plurality of laser light sources are arranged two-dimensionally and that dries ink placed on a recording medium as a result of ejecting of ink droplets from an ejecting unit by irradiating the ink with laser light; a control unit that divides the laser light source group into unit-of-control laser light source groups that are arranged in a crossing direction that crosses a feeding direction of the recording medium and each of which has, as a unit of control, a plurality of laser light sources arranged in the feeding direction of the recording medium, and controls the drying unit using laser light irradiation profiles that are set for the respective unit-of-control laser light source groups; and a setting unit as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukari Motosugi, Takeshi Zengo, Takuma Ishihara, Jun Isozaki, Akira Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20150110970
    Abstract: A method is provided for production of a module, including the steps of: providing a substrate (1) having a first surface (5) in the form of a translucent carrier; providing an open casting mold (6), wherein the formation of at least one optical element (4, 4?) is provided in the casting mold (6); covering the surface (5) with a polymeric casting compound (3) in the open casting mold, while forming the optical element from the casting compound (3); and curing the casting compound in the casting mold, wherein the translucent carrier and the casting compound (3) together form an optical system (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Peil, Susanne Schadt, Harald Maiweg, Marcus Helmling
  • Publication number: 20150082655
    Abstract: An LED array (1) for UV print curing comprising one or more LED modules (2), the array (1) comprising a body (5) which comprises a mounting area (4) comprising one or more LED modules (2) mounted thereon, and two or more fixing holes (6) through the body (5), the position of said fixing holes (6) corresponding to the position of fixing holes (7) in the one or more LED modules (2) mounted on the mounting area (4), wherein the one or more LED modules (2) are secured to the body (5) by pins (8, 38) which pass through the fixing holes (7) within the LED module (2) and through the fixing holes (6) in the body (5), said pins (8, 38) comprising a head (9, 39) and a stem (10, 40), wherein the head (10, 40) engages with a conductive surface (11) on the LED module (2) and the stem (10, 40) is connectable to a power supply for providing power to the conductive surface (11) of the LED module (2) via the head (10, 40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Malcolm Rae, Benjamin Tyler, Robert Rae
  • Publication number: 20150082654
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for hardening ultraviolet (UV) gel for nails, the apparatus including: a housing which is configured in such a way that an upper case of the housing ascends/descends and is rotatable with respect to a lower case so that enlargement/reduction and adjustment of a facing angle between the upper case and the lower case are capable of being performed; a mounting portion disposed on a top surface of the lower case so as to correspond to lengths and distances of user's fingers so that the user's fingers are capable of being mounted on the mounting portion; and UV mounting portions disposed on a bottom surface of the upper case to have an arrangement corresponding to the mounting portion so that UV rays are capable of being concentratively radiated onto user's nails placed on the mounting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: TIANJIN M&C ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyunseob JAEGAL, Chunghyun ROH
  • Publication number: 20150075025
    Abstract: An optical module is provided, including a substrate (1) of a defined shape, the substrate having two surfaces (1a, 1b) opposite from each other and an edge (1c). A layer (2) covers at least one of the surfaces (1a, 1b) of the substrate (1). The layer (2) includes a transparent polymeric material and has at least one optical element (3) which scatters rays of light originating from the substrate and passing through the optical element (3). A design feature for at least one of mounting and aligning (4, 5) the optical module is provided in a mounting region of the layer and is the same material and the same part as the layer (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Heraeus Noblelight GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Peil, Susanne Schadt, Harald Maiweg, Marcus Helmling
  • Patent number: 8981628
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ultra violet irradiating device for aligning liquid crystal and also an water-cooling coaxial tube. The ultraviolet irradiating device includes a water-cooling coaxial tube configured with an inter tube and an external pipe enveloping the internal pipe. A light tube is disposed within the internal pipe, and an infrared filter layer is disposed between the internal and external pipes; and an ultra violet filter layer is coated over an external surface of the external pipe so as to filter out an ultra violet light beam having wavelength lower than 320 nm. The breakage of the unit filters resulted from inter pushing with each other or leakage resulted from overlapping of the unit filters can be readily resolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chonghui Yin, Wen-pin Chiang
  • Patent number: 8973284
    Abstract: A hair dryer apparatus and method for use in hair care. The apparatus preferably includes a nozzle, a housing, an ion generator disposed within the housing, and an ozone generator disposed within the housing. Further, disposed within the apparatus may be a circuit board, which is in electronic communication with at least three control buttons, a microprocessor, a liquid crystal display, and a voltage regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Farouk Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Farouk M. Shami, Dennis R. Morrison, Thong Thu Pham
  • Publication number: 20150059199
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying laundry with ultraviolet radiation is provided. One or more ultraviolet light sources emit ultraviolet radiation, which, in various embodiments, is transmitted through a UV-radiation permeable transparent drum containing the wet laundry and other wet articles to be dried. Also provided is a dryer having ultraviolet light sources centrally situated with respect to the drum, wherein the ultraviolet light sources emit ultraviolet radiation directed at laundry in the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Dan Abramovich, Jerry Chieh Liu
  • Publication number: 20150033575
    Abstract: A dryer for sporting equipment and clothing includes a free-standing tripod provided with a stand at a lower end thereof, a rack at an upper end of the free-standing tripod, an electric forced air motor located at an upper end of the stand and lower than the rack, and a zippered bag. The outlet of the forced air motor is positioned so that air provided thereby displaces upwards. The zippered bag is placed over the rack and falls up to the forced air motor. The central mast of the free-standing tripod includes a UV light for sanitizing the equipment. Therefore, sporting equipment and clothing can be hung from the rack and within the bag so as to be dried by air provided by the forced air motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Domenico Ciarallo
  • Patent number: 8893401
    Abstract: A lamp heater and a drying apparatus including the same, the lamp heater including a plurality of three-phase power source lamps, a dummy load, the dummy load being configured to maintain a phase balance of the three-phase power source lamps, and a controller, the controller controlling the three-phase power source lamps and the dummy load depending on a lighting condition of the three-phase power source lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsund SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hwan Kim, Su-Young Byun, Kyoung-Heon Heo, Sang-Chul Seo, Byoung-Kuk Kim
  • Publication number: 20140338216
    Abstract: A nail polish curing device comprises: a lower part defining a lower recess; an upper part pivoted to the lower part and defining an upper recess; a circuit board mounted on the upper part; and at least one light emitting element connected to the circuit board. The upper part is rotatable relative to the lower part between a first angular position, in which the upper and lower recesses overlap along a vertical direction and cooperate with each other to define an accommodating space for receiving a user's finger therein, and a second angular position, in which the upper and lower recesses do not overlap along the vertical direction, thereby facilitating insertion of a user's toe into an irradiating space between a bottom surface of the upper part and a reference surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Yu-Jen Li, Yi-Min Wang, I-Chen Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20140338215
    Abstract: A nail polish curing device comprises: a lower part having a top surface and a reflective lower recess-defining surface that extends downwardly from the top surface and that defines a lower recess; an upper part disposed above the lower part and having a top wall, a bottom surface, and a reflective upper recess-defining surface that extends upwardly from the bottom surface and that defines an upper recess, the top wall being formed with a plurality of through-holes; a circuit board mounted on the top wall of the upper part; and a plurality of light emitting elements mounted on and electrically connected to the circuit board and extending respectively through the through-holes into the upper recess so as to emit light into the upper and lower recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Yu-Jen Li, Yi-Min Wang, I-Chen Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20140331513
    Abstract: A shoe drying system for drying footwear is provided. The shoe drying system comprises a base platform and a housing is positioned on the base platform with the housing having a vertical wall extending in an upward direction. A collection tray is positionable upon the base platform. An angled draining tray is positionable upon the first end of the collection tray. A shoe rack is positioned upon the draining tray and the vertical wall of the housing. A drying mechanism within the housing directs warm, dry air in a general direction toward the shoe rack. Upon positioning the footwear in the shoe rack and activating the drying means, the footwear is dried enabling a user to maintain a like-new appearance of the footwear for extended periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Binh H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8881422
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying laundry with ultraviolet radiation is provided. One or more ultraviolet light sources emit ultraviolet radiation, which, in various embodiments, is transmitted through a UV-radiation permeable transparent drum containing the wet laundry and other wet articles to be dried. Also provided is a dryer having ultraviolet light sources centrally situated with respect to the drum, wherein the ultraviolet light sources emit ultraviolet radiation directed at laundry in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Uvdry, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Abramovich, Jerry Chieh Liu
  • Patent number: 8869419
    Abstract: An assembly and method for irradiating a surface utilizing a plurality of LEDs in a pattern such that a linear fill factor characterizing such pattern is at least 80% along a focusing direction and/or at least 20% along a direction transverse to said focusing direction, the radiation emitted from the LEDs and reflected onto the surface from a trough reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: SolidUV, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., Robert Sargent
  • Patent number: 8835886
    Abstract: A lamp includes: a housing; a platform supported by the housing; a left light source disposed on a left side of the lamp; a right light source disposed on a right side of the lamp; a first top light source disposed at least partially above the platform, wherein; the left and right sources extend closer to a front of the lamp than the first top light source; and a space between the platform and the; light sources; to simultaneously receive therein five nails of all five digits of a hand or foot of a user. The positions of the sources and platform may be designed so as to provide substantially uniform light flux to all five nails so as to synchronously and uniformly cure light-curable nail gel or acrylic on the user's nails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
    Inventors: Thong Vu, David Valia
  • Publication number: 20140250714
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a supercritical drying method for a semiconductor substrate, comprises introducing the semiconductor substrate into a chamber in a state, a surface of the semiconductor substrate being wet with alcohol, substituting the alcohol on the semiconductor substrate with a supercritical fluid of carbon dioxide by impregnating the semiconductor substrate to the supercritical fluid in the chamber, and discharging the supercritical fluid and the alcohol from the chamber and reducing a pressure inside the chamber. The method further comprises performing a baking treatment by supplying an oxygen gas or an ozone gas to the chamber after the reduction of the pressure inside the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Linan JI, Hidekazu Hayashi, Hiroshi Tomita, Hisashi Okuchi, Yohei Sato, Takayuki Toshima, Mitsuaki Iwashita, Kazayuki Mitsuoka, Gen You, Hiroki Ohno, Takehiko Orii
  • Publication number: 20140237845
    Abstract: There is provided a portable curing device for fingernails that dries and cures a curable material painted on fingernails or toenails by emitting ultraviolet rays to the fingernails or toenails. In a conventional ultraviolet curing device, since a volume of the ultraviolet lamps is large, it is not easy to carry, and since a size of a space into which the finger is inserted is constant, the conventional ultraviolet curing device is not variously used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Bong Keun Llim
  • Patent number: 8814389
    Abstract: Power LEDs are implanted in a specially designed printed circuit board (PCB) that is known in the art as a Metal Core Printed Circuit Board (MCPCB). The MCPCB is bended over to so as to have rounded corners having a radius that is not smaller than a determined value depending of the overall thickness of the MCPCB and other factors without any negative effects on the insulating layer and copper traces in the area of bending. In this manner, the surface area of the heat sink used in an LED nail care curing appliance is increased. The MCPCB with installed LEDs with rounded corners thereby follows the natural curvature (based on the shape of a human hand) of the appliance housing, eliminating the need for additional heat sinks or fans to reduce the heat generated by the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: O P I Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gavril Horvath
  • Publication number: 20140196303
    Abstract: Provided is a low-dielectric constant material curing process including irradiating a low-dielectric constant material on a semiconductor substrate with ultraviolet rays. In the low-dielectric constant material curing process, the ultraviolet light source is a fluorescent lamp including: a light-emitting tube sealed and filled with a discharge gas containing xenon gas; a pair of electrodes for inducing a discharge in the interior space of the light-emitting tube; a dielectric material being interposed between the interior space and at least one of the pair of electrodes; and a phosphor layer formed on a surface of the light-emitting tube and containing a phosphor that is excited by light generated from the discharge gas by a discharge in the interior space. The phosphor emits ultraviolet rays having a wavelength within a range of 180 to 300 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Ushio Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto WASAMOTO, Tomoyuki Habu, Shintaro Yabu
  • Patent number: 8776391
    Abstract: A system and method for post-processing of polymeric items having a liquid component and a predetermined heat deflection temperature is provided. The system includes a washing station to spray water at elevated temperature and pressure on the items while maintaining the temperature of the item below the heat deflection temperature. Then using a water distillation system to separate the water from the water mixed with the liquid polymer component by evaporating the water using heating coils with surface that is not conducive to adhesion of the liquid polymer component and then condense the water vapor into liquid water. The system may further include a spin station to separate the liquid polymer component by spinning the item. The system may further include one or more processing stations to rinse the item, dry the item, cure the item, remove the item from a tray to which the item may be attached and clean trays after removing the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas Kaza, Shiva P Sambu, Kamesh Tata, Michael J Doung, Long Phan
  • Publication number: 20140173927
    Abstract: Provided is a folder type UV curing machine for nails, which includes a lower member on which a curing target is placed, and an upper member coupled to the lower member by means of a hinge based on a shaft to be rotatable within a predetermined angle based on the shaft, the upper member having a lighting unit for emitting ultraviolet rays toward the lower member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: JC KOREA CORP.
    Inventors: Dong Sung Kim, Hyun Surk Kim, Kyung Sik Choi, Ju Young Park, Jeong Rim Choi, Bo Mi Kim
  • Patent number: 8739431
    Abstract: A light solidifying device includes a body, a magnetic slide cover unit connected to the body, a control unit connected to the body, and a light solidifying unit disposed in the body. An inner case of the body is a polygonal case, and an inclined sidewall of the inner case is arranged to face to a user's finger nails in a direction perpendicular to the inclined sidewall. The magnetic slide cover unit can be movable to adjust the opened area of a first opening and a second opening of the body for shielding the light rays emitted from the light emitting diode to prevent from irradiation of the light on the user's eyes and skin during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Nail Alliance LLC
    Inventor: Kuo-Chang Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140109432
    Abstract: A multi-step system and method for curing a dielectric film in which the system includes a drying system configured to reduce the amount of contaminants, such as moisture, in the dielectric film. The system further includes a curing system coupled to the drying system, and configured to treat the dielectric film with ultraviolet (UV) radiation and infrared (IR) radiation in order to cure the dielectric film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Junjun LIU, Eric M. LEE, Dorel L. TOMA
  • Publication number: 20140059878
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for heating an organic coating applied to a number of substrates, especially a mirror, laser radiation being applied to the organic coating while the substrates run past without stopping. This process especially allows paints or inks to be dried or baked with little heat transfer to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Mattieu Bilaine, Vincent Rachet
  • Patent number: 8640357
    Abstract: The drying oven of the present invention comprises a holey plastic plate that can make planetary rotation. The drying mechanisms may consist of classical resistance heaters, blowing heaters and/or coolers, and ultraviolet, infrared and microwave radiation sources in horizontal, vertical or intermediate angle arrangements. There is an absorbent material in a reservoir so as to absorb the excess energy transmitted by the system. The present system completes the drying procedure quickly with full automatization within a standard period without deteriorating the sample and reveals a product which is ready to further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Hasan Huseyin Engin
  • Publication number: 20140020259
    Abstract: A processing system includes a chamber and a steam source that supplies steam in the chamber. A UV source directs UV light onto a deposited layer of a substrate in the presence of the steam from the steam source for a predetermined conversion period to at least partially convert the deposited layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhadri N. Varadarajan, Bart Van Schravendijk
  • Publication number: 20130340273
    Abstract: A floor curing apparatus is disclosed, including an ultraviolet lamp, a replaceable reflector configured to direct light energy transmitted from the ultraviolet lamp, the replaceable reflector including one of a plurality of interchangeable reflectors, a shutter mechanism configured to selectively move a shutter to expose the ultraviolet lamp and the reflector toward a surface upon which the floor curing apparatus operates, and wheels. The ultraviolet lamp and the reflector height from the floor surface are maintained at a predetermined distance above the surface. The plurality of interchangeable reflectors provides varying transmission characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew J. Mackinnon, Dick Amen
  • Patent number: 8601715
    Abstract: Machines and methods for curing ultraviolet (UV)-curable coating materials. In one embodiment, the machine includes a UV radiation source having one or more lamps partially enclosed within a shroud of a curing head. The machine may further include a supplemental energy source located outside of the shroud. The supplemental energy source may illuminate an uncured area of the floor coating material that is beyond the curing head. In some embodiments, the supplemental energy source may reduce or prevent the partial curing of the coating material outside of the curing head resulting from stray UV energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Tweedy, Jr., Christopher B. Adams, Kevin K. Hobbie, Vikki K. Young
  • Publication number: 20130255100
    Abstract: A nail lamp is configured to cure light-curable nail product on a user's nails. The lamp includes an array of discrete light sources with different light wavelength profiles. The different wavelength profiles are configured to, in combination, cure a light-curable nail product. A space is disposed beneath the array and is sized to accommodate therein the nails of an appendage of a user so as to expose the user's nails to light from the array. The space is substantially open to the ambient environment to the front, rear, left, right, and top of the space, thereby providing an open architecture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Creative Nail Design, Inc.
    Inventors: David Valia, Daniel Moore, Thong Vu, Diane Marie Larsen, Guido Charosky, Ignacio Roccheti
  • Patent number: 8528224
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing a substrate include supplying steam in a chamber, arranging a substrate with a deposited layer that includes silicon in the chamber, and directing UV light onto the deposited layer in the presence of the steam for a predetermined conversion period to at least partially convert the deposited layer. Systems and methods for densifying a deposited layer of a substrate include supplying ammonia in a chamber, arranging the substrate that includes the deposited layer in the chamber, and directing UV light onto the deposited layer in the presence of the ammonia for a predetermined conversion period to at least partially densify the deposited layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhadri N. Varadarajan, Bart Van Schravendijk
  • Publication number: 20130212900
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying gloves is provided, including a main member, at least one light source, and at least one air source. The main member includes an outer surface configured for receiving a glove, and a plurality of apertures disposed along the outer surface. The light source emits a UV-C light, and the air source blows air. The UV-C light from the light source and air from the air source can at least partially pass through the outer surface. The apertures are in communication with at least the air source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 8466442
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide ultra-violet (UV) irradiation to cure a gel nail. The apparatus includes a top section and a bottom section, the top and bottom sections forming a unit with an opening sized to allow at least a portion of a human hand to be inserted. An array of light emitting diodes (LEDs) disposed in the unit to emit UV irradiation in a first direction when supplied with electrical power. At least one LED is disposed in the unit to emit UV irradiation in a second direction when supplied with electrical power. The first direction is approximately perpendicular to the second direction such that fingernails and a thumbnail of a human hand inserted into the opening substantially simultaneously receive amounts of UV irradiation sufficient to cure a UV curable gel applied to the fingernails and the thumbnail at approximately the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: O P I Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavril Horvath, George Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 8458922
    Abstract: A hygienic razor blade dryer is provided that comprises a housing having an interior, a razor blade holder disposed within the interior that is adapted to receive a razor blade, a dryer for drying a razor blade received in the razor blade holder, and a vacuum for evacuating the air within the interior to prevent moisture buildup in the air and on the razor blade and to inhibit oxidation on the blade surfaces. A sanitizer may also be provided to sanitize the razor blade before, during or after the dryer operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Toilettree Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Parisi, Gary Parisi, Paul Parisi
  • Publication number: 20130111779
    Abstract: A device for drying food containers is provided. The device for drying food containers includes: a holder portion providing an accommodation space; a support portion vertically detachably connected to the holder portion and formed in a pole shape; and a plurality of hanger portions slantly connected to the support portion. The holder portion includes an accommodation container body and an accommodation cover. The accommodation container body includes: an accommodation container body defining an accommodation space; and an accommodation container connection portion connected to the support portion. The accommodation cover includes: an accommodation cover body formed corresponding to a shape of the accommodation container body and connected to a top surface of the accommodation container body, a central region of the accommodation cover body being lower than a peripheral region of the accommodation cover; and an accommodation cover hole formed in the central region of the accommodation cover body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jin Young Lee
  • Publication number: 20130069083
    Abstract: A lighting module has an array of solid state light emitters, a package in which the array of solid state light emitters resides, the package having a window and an external optical element arranged adjacent the window, the external optical element having a coating, the coating forming an optical pattern when illuminated by light from the array of solid state light emitters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: PHOSEON TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Molamphy
  • Patent number: 8399869
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a UV luminaire may include a housing which is designed for accommodating a plurality of UV lamps and a protective atmosphere, wherein the housing is subdivided in such a manner into chambers respectively containing some of the UV lamps and can be opened in such a manner that each of the UV lamps can be replaced with detriment to the protective atmosphere only of the respective chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: OSRAM Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung
    Inventors: Oliver Rosier, Siegmar Rudakowski, Reinhold Wittkoetter
  • Publication number: 20130025152
    Abstract: An assembly and method for irradiating a surface utilizing a plurality of LEDs in a pattern such that a linear fill factor characterizing such pattern is at least 80% along a focusing direction and/or at least 20% along a direction transverse to said focusing direction, the radiation emitted from the LEDs and reflected onto the surface from a trough reflector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Robert F. Karlicek, JR., Robert Sargent