With Delivery Nozzle For Contacting Gas Or Vapor Patents (Class 34/541)
  • Patent number: 8919359
    Abstract: For reducing time required for sterilizing a container by hydrogen peroxide, mitigating a cost required therefore, simplifying a sterilizing apparatus, reducing space for installing such apparatus, and mitigating load to the environment, a method for sterilizing a container is provided according to which hydrogen peroxide aqueous solution, air at the normal temperature and hot air are simultaneously injected into a container whereby the hydrogen peroxide aqueous solution which has been turned to minute droplets by the air at the normal temperature is instantly gasified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwashita, Kenichi Kominami, Chikako Sunohara, Miki Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 8522451
    Abstract: A method of spraying a treating chemistry into a dispensing dryer in a manner to avoid the pooling and dripping of the treating chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Fredrick E. Chernetski, Michael T. Dalton, Joel Adam Luckman, Karl D. McAllister
  • Patent number: 8522453
    Abstract: A tunnel washer that includes fluid exhaust paths that are optimized to minimize fluid transfer between chambers of the washer and minimize heat loss from each chamber of the washer. The fluid exhaust paths also facilitate uniform vapor evacuation from each chamber of the washer. The tunnel washer also includes spaced-apart double wall curtains for isolating chambers of the tunnel washer to prevent fluid and heat transfer therebetween, and to the exterior of the tunnel washer. The double wall curtains include surfaces that inhibit the curtains from sticking together during operation of the tunnel washer. The tunnel washer also includes an air manifold that provides uniform drying efficiency for articles of varying dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: STERIS Inc.
    Inventors: Maxime Robert, Eugene Cantin, Daniel Giguère, Louis Martineau, Nathalie Thibault
  • Patent number: 7971371
    Abstract: A clothes dryer has a degree of dryness control system that is responsive to moisture level of clothing articles tumbling in a drum and a target moisture value to control the drying cycle of the clothes dryer. The clothes dryer has a load size parameter producing module and an air flow detection parameter module. These modules generate one of two parameter conditions used by the processor to modify or select an appropriate moisture target value. The load size producing parameter module generates one of a small load input parameter and a large load input parameter. The air flow detection module produces one of a first and second air flow parameter to be utilized by the degree of dryness processor. As a result, the processor selects one of four target moisture values from these conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Mabe Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Sébastien Beaulac
  • Patent number: 7491193
    Abstract: A personal care apparatus (1) is provided with a suction nozzle configuration (4) which has two different suction nozzles (15, 22) with two different suction sections (27, 26), wherein the suction nozzles (15, 22) are held adjustably in relation to each other along a path of motion (16) which is preferably perpendicularly to their suction sections (27, 26), so that by means of an adjustment of this type in each case one of the suction nozzles (15, 22) may be adjusted with its suction section (27, 26) into an operating position permitting suctorial interaction with an area of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Arthur Putzer
  • Patent number: 7386944
    Abstract: A method an apparatus for drying a wafer, and an apparatus for cleaning and drying a wafer are provided. In the apparatus for cleaning and drying a wafer, the wafer is dipped into a cleaning solution in a cleaning tank. The wafer is then dried using a drying gas in a drying chamber disposed over the cleaning tank. A shutter separates the cleaning tank from the drying tank. A wafer boat moves the wafer vertically between the cleaning tank and the drying tank. Nozzles for providing the cleaning solution onto the wafer are disposed at both inner sides of the drying tank. The nozzles are connected to a drying gas supply unit to alternately and periodically provide the drying gas onto the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hun-Jung Yi, Won-Young Chung, Sang-Oh Park, Ye-Ro Lee
  • Patent number: 6630031
    Abstract: By a simple apparatus construction and process, it is made possible to “clean precisely” a surface at the molecular/atomic level, and the purification degree of the surface processed minutely is made into 1012 molecules/cm2 or less. A steam-spraying nozzle is disposed such that a line slit nozzle is in a diameter direction, and mist-containing steam is sprayed onto the surface of a substrate. Thereby, particles in the steam-spraying surface (the particles were made to adhere by dipping the substrate in a solution containing polystyrene (particle diameter of 0.6 &mgr;m) or alumina (particle diameter of 0.3 &mgr;m to 0.5 &mgr;m) particles at 105 particles/ml.) are removed by about 90% to 95% after ten-seconds spraying, and by 99% or more, that is, to less than the detection limit of a wafer inspection device, after twenty-seconds spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Sipec Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Miki, Takahisa Nitta
  • Patent number: 5946819
    Abstract: Tenter driers are frequently used for drying textile webs whose edges have an increased weight per unit area or have been treated with glue. It is extremely difficult to dry the edges to the same degree of residual humidity as the remainder of the web. In the inlet region, the blower box has been replaced by blower pipes extending parallel to the chain rails. The pipes are connected to the recirculated air system of the drier and provided with nozzle apertures directed towards the web edges. Since only a low drying capacity is available, the drier either has to be extended or the throughput speed has to be decreased. With the drier according to the invention, a longitudinal section which starts at the inlet and extends over at least 20% of the total length is equipped with blower pipes (27, 28) aligned parallel to the chain rails (13, 14). Blower boxes (18, 19) are also mounted in this longitudinal section, both above and below the textile web (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Babcock Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Reimer, Marc-Aurel Voth, Karl-Heinz Gottschalk, Hans-O. Jeske
  • Patent number: 5749161
    Abstract: The dryer for a motor vehicle washing and drying system includes three downwardly-facing nozzles. The nozzles oscillate in a synchronized manner, with two side nozzles oscillating over a limited range only. A center nozzle, disposed between the two side nozzles, oscillates over a wider range to drive water on the upper surface of the vehicle towards the side nozzles. The side nozzles then drive the water along the contours of the vehicle surface down the sides of the vehicle using the Coanda effect. One of the side nozzles as well as the center nozzle is moved in an inward or outward direction depending upon the sensed width of the vehicle. The center nozzle is rotated in a forward or rearward direction as the vehicle moves underneath the dryer. Each nozzle contains a unique ovoid-shaped member disposed in the nozzle to accelerate and concentrate the output of the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: PDQ Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 5729914
    Abstract: Containers and a method for forming such containers having larger brims with reduced brim curl defects is disclosed including providing a plurality of container blanks for forming containers, forming a plurality of container shells from the plurality of blanks, accumulating the plurality of container shells at an accumulation station, subjecting at least an upper periphery of the shells to a humid atmosphere to precondition the shells with the atmosphere preferably including steam, successively removing the shells from the accumulator and subsequently forming a brim curl about an upper periphery of the shell with the shells being subject to the humid atmosphere for a predetermined time period sufficient to form defect-free brim curls by extending the forming strain limits of the paperboard material. This method being carried out by using an accumulator for accumulating the container shells for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: James River Corporation of Virginia
    Inventors: Robert J. Aloisi, Arthur Livingston, Brian S. Huss
  • Patent number: 5640784
    Abstract: Drying apparatus including pressure control of air supply feeding an air bar and subsequently impinging upon a web, so as to avoid or compensate for web shift without disturbing the cushion pressure and flotation techniques necessary for adequate web flotation and drying, as well as a method of regulating the pressure of supply air to such air bars. A damper or valve is positioned in the header system between first and second ducts feeding each air bar. Proper adjustment of the damper regulates the pressure of supply air in each duct, and compensates for web shift or minimizes or prevents web shift from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventor: Michael O. Rocheleau
  • Patent number: 5421102
    Abstract: A drying apparatus (10) for a vehicle wash system maintains blower air bags (18) at a predetermined distance from the vehicle providing forced air against the vehicle for water removal. Ultrasonic sensors (66) are provided on the nozzles (26) of the bags (18) for sensing objects within a predetermined distance. Control circuitry (40) controls a motor (42) to control movement of the air bags (18) to maintain the predetermined distance. The wiring interconnecting the control circuitry and motor (38) and sensor (66) extends through the interior of the air bags (18) and support air plenum (13, 14) to avoid damage thereto. The control circuitry (40) allows for manual adjustment of the sensitivity of the sensors (66). The circuitry in the sensors (66) is minimized to only the transmitter, receiver and amplifier. Furthermore, each bag (18) is controlled by separate control circuitry (40) so that failure of one air bag and associated circuit does not effect any other bag's operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Proto-Vest, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucian G. McElroy, Alexander B. Faytlin, John Miller
  • Patent number: 5325604
    Abstract: System for kiln-drying hardwood wherein the weight of a representative sample positioned remote from the batch of wood to be dried is monitored. The moisture content of the representative sample is calculated from the measured weight continuously and operational parameters with the kiln are automatically adjusted in response to the moisture content of the sample to provide desired drying conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: The University of Tennessee Research Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Little