With Apparatus Using Centrifugal Force Patents (Class 34/58)
  • Patent number: 9791415
    Abstract: A system for semiconductor manufacturing that uses ultrasonic waves for estimating and monitoring a remaining service lifetime of a consumable element is provided. A consumable element comprises a front side arranged inside a process chamber and a back side, opposite the front side, arranged outside the process chamber. An ultrasonic transducer is arranged on the back side of the consumable element, and directed towards the front side of the consumable element. A monitoring unit is configured to estimate and monitor a remaining service lifetime of the consumable element using the ultrasonic transducer. A method for estimating and monitoring the remaining service lifetime of the consumable element using ultrasonic waves is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsung-Jen Yang, Cheng-Chieh Chen, Hong-Hsing Chou
  • Patent number: 9759484
    Abstract: A centrifugal moisture removal device includes a rotating mechanism and a fixing mechanism. The rotating mechanism includes a rotating bracket and a rotary driving member. The rotating bracket includes two sleeving portions. The fixing mechanism includes two positioning members, two clamping members, and two line driving members. Each clamping member includes a moving staff, an elastic member, and a sensing member. A first end portion of the moving staff passes through a sleeving portion and is mounted on a positioning member. The elastic member is sleeved on the moving staff. A first end portion of the elastic member resists the sleeving portion. A second end portion of the elastic member resists a second end portion of the moving staff. Each line driving member is set above the second end portion of a moving staff. The sensing member senses when the workpiece arrives at the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (JIASHAN) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Lu Yang, Xiao-Xing Ren, Jun-Feng Yao, Long Yu
  • Patent number: 9624046
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate processing section that processes a plurality of substrates assuming a vertical posture in a batch manner; a first traversing mechanism that laterally moves a first traverse holding portion along a first traversing path between a substrate transfer position and a substrate delivery position; a second traversing mechanism that laterally moves a second traverse holding portion along a second traversing path disposed below the first traversing path between the substrate transfer position and the substrate delivery position; an elevation mechanism that raises and lowers an elevation holding portion in the substrate transfer position; and a main transfer mechanism that conveys a plurality of substrates assuming a vertical posture in a batch manner between the substrate delivery position and the substrate processing section, the first and second traverse holding portions, and the elevation holding portion each holds a plurality of substrates assuming a vertical
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiro Mitsuyoshi, Ryo Muramoto
  • Patent number: 9402410
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus has a housing, a basket supported in the housing for rotation about an axis of rotation, and a drive mechanism supported by the housing for rotating the basket to process food in the housing, for example, spinning off water from the food. The drive mechanism has a manual operating lever, a gearwheel rotated by the lever and coupled to the basket for rotating the basket, and a centrifugal clutch between the lever and the gearwheel for transmitting a rotational drive force from the lever to the gearwheel. The food processing apparatus includes a brake mechanism supported by the housing for braking rotation of the basket, the brake mechanism having a braking member frictionally engageable with the gearwheel to stop rotation of the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: KI MEE METAL & PLASTIC FACTORY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shun So
  • Patent number: 9254510
    Abstract: A drying apparatus for drying a semiconductor wafer includes a processing chamber including a rinsing section and a drying section adjacent thereto. The rinsing section has a chamber loading slot associated therewith for receiving the semiconductor wafer. The drying section has a chamber unloading slot associated therewith for outputting the semiconductor wafer. An exhaust control cap is carried by the processing chamber and includes a bottom wall, a top wall, at least one intermediate wall between the bottom and top walls, and a side wall coupled to the top, bottom and the at least one intermediate wall to define stacked exhaust sections. The exhaust control cap has a cap loading slot aligned with the chamber loading slot, a cap unloading slot aligned with the chamber unloading slot, and at least one exhaust port configured to be coupled to a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: John H. Zhang
  • Patent number: 9187890
    Abstract: A problem is to solve problems on removal of solids by a screen and on an installation space and pipe connection in a separator. A solution to the problem is as follows. A separator 1, which is a device for separating solids contained in influent liquid, has a separation tank 2; a partition plate 5 partitioning an inside space of the separation tank 2 into an inflow chamber 3 and an outflow chamber 4; a screen 8 provided at the partition plate 5; a liquid inlet 6 formed at the inflow chamber 3; and a discharge outlet 7 formed at the outflow chamber 4; the inflow chamber 3 is provided with a guide unit 9, 10, 10a for forming a vertical swirling flow in the inflow chamber 3 by reversing the influent liquid from the liquid inlet 6; the screen 8 is disposed along a side face of the swirling flow thus formed. This configuration permits the solids to be removed, without clogging the screen with the solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: HANEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fujio Semba, Satoshi Ohhira, Takuo Shioya, Atsushi Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 9170049
    Abstract: A freeze-drying process includes a primary drying phase. Within this phase, a test is performed for causing a variation of partial pressure of solvent inside a drying chamber. At the beginning of the test, a product sublimation flux, a total pressure and a partial pressure of the solvent in the drying chamber are measured. A product temperature is estimated at the interface of sublimation at the beginning of the test. The solvent vapor pressure at the interface of sublimation is calculated as is a resistance of a dried layer of the product to the vapor flow of the solvent. Next, a thickness of a frozen layer of the product is calculated and a coefficient of heat transfer between heating surface and product is also calculated. An initial temperature profile of the frozen product is then calculated as is a total pressure in the drying chamber. A value of the product temperature at the interface of sublimation at the beginning of test is determined and a time constant of the freeze-drying process is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Azbil Telstar Technologies, S.L.
    Inventors: Davide Fissore, Roberto Pisano, Antonello A. Barresi
  • Patent number: 9097460
    Abstract: Container drying device of the spin-dryer type includes at least two booths, each being adapted to accommodate at least one stack of containers, the at least one stack of containers being loaded into the at least two booths in a loading direction, an axis of rotation about which the container drying device being rotatable, extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the loading direction, and being arranged centrally in the container drying device; and a closing device being movable between a closed position in which the closing device closes the at least two booths at least partially and an open position in which the at least one stack of containers may be loaded into and/or removed from each of the at least two booths, the at least two booths being arranged excentrically, symmetrically on opposite sides of the axis of rotation and substantially in parallel with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: SEMI-STAAL A/S
    Inventor: John Jørgensen
  • Patent number: 9086237
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are disclosed for removing a solvent from a solvent wetted surface of a heat exchange tube. The method includes placing the heat exchange tube in a vacuum chamber, evacuating the vacuum chamber to a lower pressure at which the solvent boils to a vapor, and reclaiming the solvent vapor. The method may include heating the heat exchange tube within the vacuum chamber to a temperature of at least room temperature, but below the solvent's flash point temperature. The apparatus includes a vacuum chamber, a vacuum pump for evacuating the vacuum chamber and a solvent reclaimer for recovering solvent vapor. The apparatus may also include an infrared heater, a radiant heater or other non-flame heater. The method and apparatus may be used for removing solvent from a heat exchange tube having an inside surface wetted with a solvent carrying a dry lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric Konkle
  • Patent number: 9027471
    Abstract: The current invention discloses a food-drying device that includes a container, a drying assembly having a plurality of bores, and a drive mechanism. The drying assembly is disposed in the container and is capable of being rotated relative to the container. The drive mechanism rotates the drying assembly relative to the container. The drive mechanism includes a reciprocating handle movable between a first position and a second position along a linear direction, and a conversion mechanism for converting reciprocating movement of the reciprocating handle to rotary motion of the drying assembly from force supplied by a user to actuate the reciprocating handle moving from the first position to the second position, and from force supplied by the user to actuate the reciprocating handle moving from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Golden Choice Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan Kit Chan, Chung Ming Chan
  • Publication number: 20150113822
    Abstract: A centrifugal moisture removal device includes a rotating mechanism and a fixing mechanism. The rotating mechanism includes a rotating bracket and a rotary driving member. The rotating bracket includes two sleeving portions. The fixing mechanism includes two positioning members, two clamping members, and two line driving members. Each clamping member includes a moving staff, an elastic member, and a sensing member. A first end portion of the moving staff passes through a sleeving portion and is mounted on a positioning member. The elastic member is sleeved on the moving staff. A first end portion of the elastic member resists the sleeving portion. A second end portion of the elastic member resists a second end portion of the moving staff. Each line driving member is set above the second end portion of a moving staff. The sensing member senses when the workpiece arrives at the positioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: MING-LU YANG, XIAO-XING REN, JUN-FENG YAO, LONG YU
  • Publication number: 20150096187
    Abstract: A method and device for continuously drying and crystallizing water-flushed granulate. The method comprises the steps of: feeding water-flushed granulate into a pre-dryer, pre-drying granulate in the pre-dryer, conveying pre-dried granulate into a dryer/crystallizer, and discharging crystallized granulate from the dryer/crystallizer. An air conditioning means produces temperature-controlled and humidity-conditioned air that is delivered to the dryer/crystallizer, wherein the exhaust air of the dryer/crystallizer is delivered to the pre-dryer, and wherein the exhaust air of the pre-dryer is returned to the air conditioning means forming a closed air circuit is formed by the dryer/crystallizer, pre-dryer, and air conditioning means. The device comprises a pre-dryer, a dryer/crystallizer, an air conditioning means, and optionally a control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Stefan Deiss
  • Patent number: 8997370
    Abstract: A centrifugal pellet dryer with a self-cleaning rotor seal, replaceable wear plates, and a fluid powered dewatering tower is presented. The self-cleaning rotor seal includes a plurality of grooves that are structured to eject pellet debris that migrates into between the seal and the housing for the rotor. The replaceable wear plates are secured to the rotor at locations such that they contact pellets that are entering the rotor housing. The dewatering tower includes a helical augur that dewaters a pellet slurry and delivers partially dried pellets to the rotor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: George A. Holmes, Tadeuz Rybka
  • Publication number: 20150075023
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus has a housing, a basket supported in the housing for rotation about an axis of rotation, and a drive mechanism supported by the housing for rotating the basket to process food in the housing, for example, spinning off water from the food. The drive mechanism has a manual operating lever, a gearwheel rotated by the lever and coupled to the basket for rotating the basket, and a centrifugal clutch between the lever and the gearwheel for transmitting a rotational drive force from the lever to the gearwheel. The food processing apparatus includes a brake mechanism supported by the housing for braking rotation of the basket, the brake mechanism having a braking member frictionally engageable with the gearwheel to stop rotation of the basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ki Mee Metal & Plastic Factory Limited
    Inventor: Shun So
  • Publication number: 20150000152
    Abstract: A cylindrical dryer screen having raised embossed regions in the form of embossed deflector strips on the outer surface is provided for a centrifugal pellet dryer. The embossed deflector strips are integral and project outwardly so as not to encroach upon the space within the screen housing for the rotor and rotor blades. The embossed screen with its outwardly projecting deflector strips effectively deflects the pellets back toward the rotor where the pellets are reengaged with rotor energy, resulting in increased dryer efficiency and flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: David E. BRYAN
  • Publication number: 20140373378
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a centrifugal machine (1) for drying granular solid materials, comprising a hopper (2), a centrifuging mechanism (3), associated to the hopper (2), provided with a rotary helical device (6) enabling the transport of the granular solid materials. Said centrifuging mechanism (3) is also provided with a perforated rotary piece (7), surrounding the rotary helical device (6) configured to remove, by centrifugal force, free liquids adhered to the surface of the granular solid materials. Additionally, the machine (1) comprises a solid outlet duct (5) and a solid collecting chamber (8), arranged between the centrifuging mechanism (3) and the solid outlet duct (5), capable of receiving the centrifuging granular solid materials from the rotary piece (7). The solid collecting chamber (8) is provided with a solid conducting rotor (9), which comprises radial blades (10) configured to push the granular solid materials and impart an increase in tangential velocity to them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Josef Andreas Nick
  • Publication number: 20140373384
    Abstract: A method, for drying an etched layer with a plurality of structures with etched spaces between the plurality of structures is provided. A liquid is provided within the spaces on the etched layer. The liquid is displaced with a drying solution with a solvent. Some of the solvent is removed from the drying solution to form a solid from the solution, wherein the solid at least fill half the height of the etched high aspect ratio spaces. The solid is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen M. SIRARD, Diane HYMES, Olivier B. POSTEL
  • Patent number: 8910392
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dewatering machine for umbrella, comprising a frame, a motor disposed inside the frame, a water receiving box disposed inside the frame, an elongated water throwing box disposed inside the water receiving box to accommodate the umbrella and a transmission assembly for connecting the motor and the water throwing box. The water receiving box is fixedly attached to the motor. A plurality of water-draining holes is disposed at the side of the water throwing box. The transmission assembly includes a transmission shaft fixedly attached to the bottom center of the water throwing box. The transmission shaft is perpendicular to the water throwing box. The water throwing box is disposed inside the dewatering device and connected with the motor via the transmission assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Zhifeng Liao
  • Publication number: 20140360039
    Abstract: A centrifuge includes a centrifuging compartment, a supporting assembly adjacent to the centrifuging compartment, a rotation mechanism mounted on the supporting assembly, and a feeding frame positioned in the centrifuging compartment. The centrifuging compartment includes a housing defining a inlet on a top thereof and a sealing cover pivotably coupling to the housing to cover the inlet. The supporting assembly includes a supporting portion positioned beside the housing and a base plate mounted on the supporting portion and located above the housing. The rotation mechanism rotatably extends through the top surface of the housing and the base plate, and coupling to a bottom surface of the housing. The feeding frame is positioned in the housing and coupling to the rotation mechanism, comprising a loading portion, and defining a positioning hole on a top thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: QI WANG, SUI-MANG SONG, NENG-RONG WANG, XIAO-GANG PENG, TAI-YAN XIA, QIONG XIE
  • Publication number: 20140317945
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to corn dry-milling, and more specifically, to methods for producing a high protein corn meal from a whole stillage byproduct produced in a corn dry-milling process for making ethanol and a system therefore. In one embodiment, a method for producing a high protein corn meal from a whole stillage byproduct includes, in a corn dry-milling process for making ethanol, separating the whole stillage byproduct into an insoluble solids portion and a thin stillage portion. The thin stillage portion is separated into a protein portion and a water soluble solids portion. Next, the protein portion is dewatered then dried to define a high protein corn meal that includes at least 40 wt % protein on a dry basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Chie Ying Lee
  • Publication number: 20140310972
    Abstract: A centrifugal pellet dryer having a perforated rotating basket disposed in a housing and configured to rotate. A pellet slurry conduit conveys pellet slurry to be dried. A water baffle is coupled to a seal assembly to form a water chamber. A variable speed AC motor causes the basket to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: George Holmes, Tadausz Rybka
  • Publication number: 20140250709
    Abstract: Improved devices, systems, and methods for drying pellets in a pellet-fluid slurry are disclosed. The system can provide a desired moisture level and output rate for the dried pellets. The system can use two dryers in series to remove moisture from the pellets in the pellet-fluid slurry. The two dryers can be connected with a transport pipe. The transport pipe can include a diverter valve to bypass the second dryer when desired. The transport pipe can also include a blower and/or heater to aid in the transport and drying of the pellets. The first dryer, the second dryer, or both can include a defluidizing section. The first dryer can be located at a higher level than the second dryer to facilitate movement of pellets from the first dryer to the second dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade Wilson, John Linkenhoker
  • Patent number: 8826487
    Abstract: A mop cleaning set includes a mop structure and a dehydration device, the dehydration device is used for dehydrating the mop structure, the dehydration device comprises a mop supporting unit, and the dehydration device is used for fixing the mop structure so that the mop structure will not be thrown out during a dehydration process by spinning when the centrifugal force is too strong, therefore the invention is convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rock Tone Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8826486
    Abstract: A mop cleaning set includes a mop structure and a dehydration device, the dehydration device is used for dehydrating the mop structure, the dehydration device comprises a mop supporting unit, and the dehydration device is used for fixing the mop structure so that the mop structure will not be thrown out during a dehydration process by spinning when the centrifugal force is too strong, therefore the invention is convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rock Tone Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8819890
    Abstract: A rotational structure applied to a rotational mop set is provided. The rotational structure comprises a rotating body, a rotating unit, and at least a pawl unit. The rotating body has at least a stopper. The rotating unit is rotatably assembled to the rotating body, and has a through hole. A spiral bar penetrates the through hole for driving the rotating unit along a first rotating direction or a second rotating direction. The pawl unit is corresponded to the stopper and rotatably assembled to the rotating unit for engaging with the stopper when the rotating unit rotates along the first rotating direction to drive the rotating body to rotate along the first rotating direction, and the pawl unit escapes from the stopper when the rotating unit rotates along the second rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Dikai International Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-I Lin
  • Patent number: 8793834
    Abstract: A mop cleaning set includes a mop structure and a dehydration device, the dehydration device is used for dehydrating the mop structure, the dehydration device comprises a mop supporting unit, and the dehydration device is used for fixing the mop structure so that the mop structure will not be thrown out during a dehydration process by spinning when the centrifugal force is too strong, therefore the invention is convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Rock Tone Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei-Yuan Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8769842
    Abstract: A substrate drying apparatus includes a drying gas nozzle configured so that, assuming that a surface WA of the substrate W is a projection plane, regarding the drying gas flow Gf in the nozzle moving direction Dr, a collision position Gfw with the substrate W is located downstream of a projected discharge position Gfv?, the projected discharge position Gfv? being a discharge position from the drying gas nozzle projected on the projection plane. In a three-dimensional space, the drying gas flow Gf is inclined, such that an angle ? formed by an axis Ga of the drying gas flow Gf and a vertical line Wp of the substrate W is in a range from a half contact angle ?/2 to an angle determined by deducting the half contact angle ?/2 from 90°, the half contact angle ?/2 being a half of the contact angle ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoatsu Ishibashi, Takahiro Ogawa, Kenichi Sugita, Shinji Kajita, Koichi Fukaya, Akira Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8763271
    Abstract: A paint applicator cleaning device having a drive shaft; a hub in communication with the drive shaft having: an external screw thread, a coaxial socket opening into the spigot and an external abutment positioned between the drive shaft and the spigot; a paint-brush-handle tip locator having: a socket at one end adapted to receive a paint-brush-handle tip and a stem at its other end received in the socket; a spring housed in the socket in the hub for urging the tip locator outwards of the socket; a paint-brush shank holder having: a tubular portion with an internal thread complementary to the external screw thread of the hub, a plain bore for centering the socket of the tip locator, a pair of tangs and a pair of jaws at the distal ends of the tangs for gripping the paint brush shank; and a sleeve sized to surround the tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: David Brian Taylor
  • Patent number: 8739347
    Abstract: A spin mop includes a spiral drive mechanism and a mop head. The spiral drive mechanism includes an upper rod, a sleeve axially secured on the upper rod, a stopper secured in the sleeve, two thread rolling plates positioned in the upper rod, a guide block, a lower rod axially inserted in the upper rod, and a follower secured on a top end of the lower rod. The guide block is placed in between the two thread rolling plates so that the guide block is movable in a spiral direction with respect to the upper rod. The follower is configured to be selectively driven by the guide block so that the follower together with the lower rod is rotatable with the guide block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Dyna-Mop, Inc.
    Inventor: Yi-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 8741102
    Abstract: The device for evaporating a treatment liquid comprises a cylindrical enclosure having an outlet orifice opening out into the top end of the enclosure, the enclosure being placed vertically and having a heated inside wall, and liquid nozzles associated with a blow pipe for blowing air under pressure so as to form a jet comprising a mixture of air and of pulverized treatment liquid in a direction that is tangential to the inside wall of the enclosure, each liquid nozzle and the associated blow pipe being arranged so that the jet of mixture is formed in an upper portion of the enclosure and is downwardly inclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Serac Group
    Inventor: Bertrand Gruson
  • Publication number: 20140130364
    Abstract: A pivotally-leveraged manual centrifugal drive according to a preferred embodiment of the invention for use with a bowl and a basket formed to nest within the bowl, comprising: a) a housing formed to mate with the bowl; b) a rotation wheel rotatably connected to the housing, formed to mate with the basket, and having a plane of rotation; c) a handle pivotally attached to the housing and oriented to move in a plane that is substantially perpendicular to the plane of rotation of the rotation wheel; and d) gears connecting the handle to the rotation wheel. Also disclosed are an automatic clutch that engages the rotation wheel only when the handle is moved in one direction, and a braking mechanism that includes a disk having a diameter substantially smaller than the rotation wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Dalla Piazza & Co.
    Inventors: Edward H. Kilduff, Chi Ming Tse, Gareth Brown, Chi Fai Cheung
  • Patent number: 8707576
    Abstract: A tableware sterilizing and drying apparatus of the present invention includes a rotatable base plate, several frames, and a fixation wheel. The frames have rotatable members, which are revolved by rotation of the base plate, and rotated by engagement or contaction of the fixation wheel. Thus, the rotatable member is provided for tableware to be placed thereon. The tableware is then brought drying and sterilizing with flipping motion. Surface of the tableware can be fully dried and sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Yang Yih Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8578628
    Abstract: A cyclone comprising: an upper cylindrical portion which opens into the wider end of a lower frusto-conical portion, with the longitudinal axes of said upper and lower portions aligned and substantially vertical; a primary air inlet into the cyclone arranged such that the inlet air is substantially tangential to the circumference of the cyclone; an exhaust outlet at or adjacent the top of the cylindrical portion; a control valve associated with said exhaust outlet and capable of partially or completely shutting off said exhaust outlet; a secondary air inlet associated with the narrow end of the frusto-conical portion and provided with an airflow stabilizing device which is adapted to admit a stream of air substantially along or spirally around the longitudinal axis of the cyclone; means for removing processed product from the cyclone; means for moving said airflow stabilizing device into and out of the narrow end of the frusto-conical portion during product processing and/or between product processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rich Technology Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Graeme Douglas Coles, Karen Millicent Rafferty
  • Patent number: 8539693
    Abstract: A brake assembly for reducing the rotational velocity the spinning basket of a food spinning device applies a frictional force to an annular ridge on the lid of the spinning basket. A brake button movably disposed in a cover of the spinning device includes flexible pinching arms having cam surfaces. The cam surfaces of the flexible pinching arms extend through a guide aperture, thereby causing the pinching arms to flex toward each other when the brake button is depressed and to apply the frictional engagement to the annular ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Marco Perry, Mark Prommel, David Block
  • Publication number: 20130219740
    Abstract: A substrate drying apparatus includes a drying gas nozzle configured so that, assuming that a surface WA of the substrate W is a projection plane, regarding the drying gas flow Gf in the nozzle moving direction Dr, a collision position Gfw with the substrate W is located downstream of a projected discharge position Gfv?, the projected discharge position Gfv? being a discharge position from the drying gas nozzle projected on the projection plane. In a three-dimensional space, the drying gas flow Gf is inclined, such that an angle ? formed by an axis Ga of the drying gas flow Gf and a vertical line Wp of the substrate W is in a range from a half contact angle ?/2 to an angle determined by deducting the half contact angle ?/2 from 90°, the half contact angle ?/2 being a half of the contact angle ?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: EBARA CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8438749
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for dehydrating a mop. The drive mechanism includes a base (10); a driven gear (12) rotatably mounted on the base; a propeller shaft (121) having a lower end rotated by the driven gear and an upper end to rotate a rotation barrel (21); a driving gear (11) meshing with the driven gear; a spinning shaft (111) to rotate the driving gear; a drive member (13) having a spinning shaft hole (131) meshing with the spinning shaft; an elastic member (14) biased between the drive member and a housing (20) to move the drive member downward relative to the spinning shaft; and a pedal (15) pivotally mounted on the base to move the drive member upward relative to the spinning shaft. The driving gear has a diameter greater than that of the driven gear to drive the driven gear to rotate the rotation barrel easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Rock Tone Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Pei Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8407849
    Abstract: A cleaning tool includes a mop which includes at a lower end a mop head with a wiping object. The mop includes a mop rod formed of an inner rod and an outer rod and a drive mechanism is used to convert the telescoping motion of the mop rod to rotation motion of the mop head. The drive mechanism is a variable speed drive mechanism. As a result, the mop head of the cleaning tool achieves different rotation speeds under dry working condition with a lower resistance compared to washing conditions with a higher resistance. During washing, the mop head is washed rotationally at a lower speed, and the washing operation is conducted through depressing the mop rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Sword Chen
  • Publication number: 20130074357
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for drying wet biosolids to produce a class A biosolids. Generally described, the method of treating biosolids includes drying a wet biosolids in an indirect dryer to produce a partially dried biosolids and drying the partially dried biosolids in a direct dryer in series with and downstream of the indirect dryer to produce a class A biosolids. The indirect dryer and direct dryer may be operated at an average temperature of greater than about 100° C. and may have a total combined residence time of less than about 60 minutes. Also provided are systems for drying wet biosolids including an indirect biosolids dryer and a direct biosolids dryer in series. The methods and systems are particularly effective at reducing the moisture content of the biosolids from greater than 85% to less than 10% by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: AGL RESOURCES INC.
    Inventor: AGL Resources Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130061487
    Abstract: A carpet centrifuge with external placement for industrial cleaning of carpets and other large textile articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Andreas Peter QUENSELL IGLESIAS
  • Publication number: 20130036621
    Abstract: A pivotally-leveraged manual centrifugal drive according to a preferred embodiment of the invention for use with a bowl and a basket formed to nest within the bowl, comprising: a) a housing formed to mate with the bowl; b) a rotation wheel rotatably connected to the housing, formed to mate with the basket, and having a plane of rotation; c) a handle pivotally attached to the housing and oriented to move in a plane that is substantially perpendicular to the plane of rotation of the rotation wheel; and d) gears connecting the handle to the rotation wheel. Also disclosed are an automatic clutch that engages the rotation wheel only when the handle is moved in one direction, and a braking mechanism that includes a disk having a diameter substantially smaller than the rotation wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: DALLA PIAZZA & CO.
    Inventor: DALLA PIAZZA & CO.
  • Patent number: 8365430
    Abstract: A centrifugal dryer for the separation of pellet-like substances from process water including a housing, a rotor arranged in the housing and a screen surrounding the rotor at the peripheral side. The screen has at least one porous screen member which is placed in an arcuate manner around at least one screen carrier hoop and is releasably fastened thereto. The screen is composed of a plurality of screen members which mutually overlap in the peripheral direction and are clamped tight to the screen carrier hoop by one or more tension belts which wrap around the mutually overlapping screen members at the peripheral side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Veltel, Thomas Baaske, Markus Peters, Christoph Maesmanns
  • Publication number: 20130014401
    Abstract: A portable clothes drying device to remove excess water from hand washed clothes, comprising a cylindrical tub shaped outer vessel and having a rotatable inner basket, wherein the inner basket comprises small holes for the egress of water therethrough upon rotation; further comprising suction cups placed on the bottom of the device to secure the device to surface during use; further comprising a top lid attached to the vessel by a hinge and secured to the vessel by means of one or more securing clips on the edge of the outer vessel to clip the edge of the lid; further comprising an switch for turning the unit on and off; further comprising a motor for rotating the inner basket; further comprising a drain spout near the base of the outer vessel for allowing water to drain from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Marlene Matias
  • Patent number: 8347451
    Abstract: A free-of-bearing rotational positioning device for a dewatering basket of a non-treading type wringer bucket, comprising: a bucket body having a projecting seat being extended from the bottom of the bucket body toward inside; a support shaft being covered and secured by the projecting seat, the upper portion thereof jutting out of the top of the projecting seat to create a connection part; a positioning element having a conic part at the top thereof, the conic part being tapered upward, a positioning surface being formed at the bottom of the conic part and extended outward from the periphery of the support shaft; and a dewatering basket having a driven seat at the center of the bottom thereof. The bottom of the driven seat includes a shaft holder made of non-metal material. In mounting the dewatering basket, the driven seat fits from top to bottom over the connection part of the support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Tuo Shen International Corporation Limited
    Inventor: Yung-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 8336159
    Abstract: A non-stepping wringer bucket includes a bucket body, having a top surface substantially in a form of an opening, and a bottom surface having a protruding base; a support shaft fixed on the protruding base, the upper part of the support shaft protruding from the top of the protruding base, forming a combining-section having a ringed trough; an orientate element made from flexible material, tapering on the top, and with a central hole corresponding to the ringed trough the ringed trough receives the orientate element thereon; a dewatering basket and a rotating element installed at the bottom of a rotating base, the rotating base sheathed onto the support shaft and installed at the bottom of the dewatering basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tuo Shen International Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Yung-Hua Chen, Chin-Yang Shin
  • Patent number: 8336160
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a dual rotating dewater bucket and a mop. The dewater bucket includes a freely-rotating dewater basket and a spindle member for receiving a cotton strip disc of the mop. With a passive dual rotating mechanism together with an active rotating mop, a cotton strip disc is placed in the spindle member and rotated, so that the cotton strips of the mop are stirred and spun towards the wavy bucket wall to remove dirt effectively, and then a dewater basket disposed in the same bucket body is used for spinning water absorbed by the cotton strips by a centrifugal force, similar to a washing machine or a dewatering machine to achieve both functions of cleaning and dewatering the mop without the need of a stepping action and provide a convenient and user-friendly operation and a safe application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ching-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 8327502
    Abstract: A centrifugal dehydrating device includes a bucket receiving a cylinder for receiving a mop. A shaft is mounted to a bottom of the cylinder. An annular sleeve is formed on the bottom of the cylinder and engaged with an annular fender on a mounting plate. A water fender includes a skirt having a top portion with an annular groove for receiving a rim of the cylinder. An annular wing extends radially inward from the top portion of the skirt. Water splashing upward from the cylinder during rotation of the cylinder is stopped by the annular wing. A top seat is fixed to a bottom side of the mounting plate and receives a gear train. The gear train meshes with and is driven by a rack on a pedal such that stepping of the pedal causes rotation of the gear train, the shaft, and the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Yao-Feng Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120297637
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dewatering machine for umbrella, comprising a frame, a motor disposed inside the frame, a water receiving box disposed inside the frame, an elongated water throwing box disposed inside the water receiving box to accommodate the umbrella and a transmission assembly for connecting the motor and the water throwing box. The water receiving box is fixedly attached to the motor. A plurality of water-draining holes is disposed at the side of the water throwing box. The transmission assembly includes a transmission shaft fixedly attached to the bottom center of the water throwing box. The transmission shaft is perpendicular to the water throwing box. The water throwing box is disposed inside the dewatering device and connected with the motor via the transmission assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Zhifeng Liao
  • Publication number: 20120266481
    Abstract: A non-thermal dewatering and drying system to remove, separate and segregate free moisture from an essentially granular form of organic and non-organic solid material mixed with free moisture and air. The energy efficient separation and removal of the free moisture is by the system that creates differential pressures in adjacent moving flows. Such pressure differentials result in the induced flash vaporization of free moisture from granular materials, simultaneously with the separation and segregation of water vapor into a moving flow of adjacent air. The system has a novel design that allows retains laminar/plug flow characteristics. The differential is created by increasing the velocity of the process air as it is introduced into the material transport piping of the system. This combining the material, free moisture and higher velocity air allows for rapid mechanical removal, separation and segregation of free water within the transport pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Tim Heffernan, Bruce Rea
  • Publication number: 20120266482
    Abstract: A centrifugal dryer that has improved throughput capacity resulting from the combination of a high angle agglomerate catcher with optional overflow, increased dewatering capacity, a cylindrical dewatering feed chute, a modified rotor design with positionally and structurally modified lifters in the feed and dewatering section, the drying and propagating section, as well as the pellet discharge section, and an efficient circumferential foraminous membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Aaron, Duane A. Boothe, John M. Linkenhoker, Kerry P. Morris, Samuel F. Hannah, Wayne L. Smith, Thomas C. Wenrich