Discharging Or Preventing Accumulation Of Electric Charge (e.g., Static Electricity) Patents (Class 361/212)
  • Patent number: 11320096
    Abstract: A water-proof and weld-free LED bulb comprises a fixing structure and a water-proof structure, wherein the fixing structure is composed of a rivet and a female terminal, an anti-skid clamping portion is arranged at the top of the rivet, and movable lock pieces are arranged on two sides of the female terminal; the water-proof structure is composed of a first water-proof rubber ring and a silica gel plug, a hole is formed in the middle of the silica gel plug, the rivet penetrates through the hole in the silica gel plug, and the anti-skid clamping portion stretches out of the other end of the hole and is clamped on and connected to the female terminal. Weld-free assembly is realized through the rivet and the female terminal, as well as the silica gel plug and the threaded structure arranged at the bottom of a lampshade, the productivity is greatly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Huaping Wan, Zhengkun Wan
  • Patent number: 11311164
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a main body portion, a secondary battery, an electric blower, a handle and a conductive member. The secondary battery is disposed in the main body portion. The electric blower operates by electric power supply from the secondary battery. The handle is one which a user contacts when the vacuum cleaner is used. At least a part of the conductive member is disposed at the handle and conducts static electricity generated due to operation of the electric blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation
    Inventors: Yukio Machida, Yusuke Abe, Naoko Shinagawa, Takayoshi Shimizu, Fumiki Mano
  • Patent number: 11291101
    Abstract: A system for creating a plasma field Faraday cage around a structure, the system comprising a plurality of lasers spaced apart from each other, each laser being configured to transmit an electromagnetic energy beam to a focal point of an atmosphere region, each electromagnetic energy beam having an amount of energy less than an amount of energy required to ionize air, the electromagnetic energy beams intersecting at the focal point such that the electromagnetic energy beams cooperatively ionize the air at the focal point to block electromagnetic radiation from passing through the focal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Joseph Timpson, Joseph Ambrose Wolf
  • Patent number: 11166359
    Abstract: Provided is a method for making a composite structure with exposed conductive fibers. The exposed conductive fibers can be used for static dissipation. In the present method, a liquid, gum, gel, or impermeable film mask is applied to the conductive fiber material. The mask functions to prevent infiltration of curable liquid resin into the conductive fiber material. The masked conductive fiber material is incorporated into the composite structure, along with structural fiber material. The liquid resin is cured. The mask material and cured resin are removed from the masked areas, thereby exposing the conductive fiber material. The exposed conductive fiber material can collect and drain electrostatic charges. The present method can be used to make storage tanks and other objects that require electrostatic charge dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: PETRO GUARDIAN, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dan Steinberg, Robert Franklin Morris, III, Benjamin Allen Hearst
  • Patent number: 11145999
    Abstract: A connector for holding a linear conductor by a first contact portion and a second contact portion is provided. The linear conductor is inserted through an insertion portion. The first contact portion is formed in a pressing portion configured to be deformed elastically to press the linear conductor against the second contact portion. The second contact portion is formed in a fixed portion which is not deformed elastically and the second contact portion has at least one edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: YOKOWO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nozomu Morita
  • Patent number: 11109651
    Abstract: Positioning a cord of a corded instrument is accomplished by securing a wearable cord positioner around a wrist or arm of a technician, and then attaching a cord positioner attachment to the cord positioner for cords that are larger or smaller than the cord positioner is designed to accommodate. Multiple cord positioner attachments may be used with the same cord positioner, and the cord positioner attachments may be left attached to a cord permanently. Once a technician is done performing a task, the cord positioner attachment can simply be slipped off of the cord positioner attached to the technician and left with the cord so that it is never misplaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Debra M Dencek
  • Patent number: 11075505
    Abstract: An ionizer includes a discharge needle, a discharge needle holder holding the discharge needle, and a carrying air jet mechanism jetting out ion-carrying air toward a charge cancellation target. The carrying air jet mechanism is disposed at a position adjacent to the discharge needle holder, and it includes a drive nozzle having a drive air jet port, and a diffuser disposed in front of the drive nozzle with an ambient air suction gap interposed therebetween. A carrying air flow hole is formed inside the diffuser to be coaxial with the drive air jet port, and a carrying air jet port from which the carrying air is jetted out is formed at a fore end of the carrying air flow hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi Yasuoka, Suguru Konno, Gen Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11038346
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) is disclosed. The IC includes a pin to electrically connect the IC to an external circuit and a transistor that includes a base, a collector and an emitter. The pin is coupled to an internal circuit that is configured to operate in a preselected operating frequency range. The base is coupled to the pin and a resistor is coupled between the base and the pin. The IC further includes an electrostatic discharge (ESD) rail coupled to the pin through a first ESD diode. A second ESD diode is coupled between the floating ESD rail and a power supply to provide a second ESD current sink path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Siamak Delshadpour, Dolphin Abessolo Bidzo
  • Patent number: 11011400
    Abstract: An insulating wafer-storing container for storing substrates inside the container is provided in which at least one exterior surface of the container is formed with a contact portion that is to be in contact with an object other than the container and a non-contact portion that is not to be in contact with the object when the object is brought into contact with the at least one exterior surface, and the area of the contact portion is 40% or less of the total of the area of the contact portion and the area of the non-contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Hirotsugu Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10993511
    Abstract: A therapeutic bracelet, including a bracelet body having one or more cavities formed therein; a catalyst solution contained within each of the one or more cavities; an electrical connector electrically attached or coupled to the bracelet body; a connecting cord electrically attached or coupled to the electrical connector; and a plug assembly, wherein the plug assembly includes a “live” pin or blade, a neutral pin or blade, and an earth/ground pin or blade, wherein the “live” pin or blade and the neutral pin or blade are electrically disconnected from the connecting cord and the earth/ground pin or blade, and wherein the earth/ground pin or blade is electrically connected to the connecting cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Randall B. Robinson
  • Patent number: 10944396
    Abstract: To provide a semiconductor device that generates a stable negative potential with high accuracy and achieves lower power consumption. The semiconductor device includes a voltage conversion circuit, a comparator, a logic circuit, a transistor, and a capacitor. The voltage conversion circuit has a function of outputting, as a second signal, a signal obtained by conversion of a voltage of an input first signal in response to a clock signal output from the logic circuit. The comparator has a function of being controlled to be supplied with or not supplied with a power supply voltage in response to a power gating signal. The transistor has a function of holding an output voltage of the comparator in the capacitor in a period during which the transistor is in an off state. The logic circuit has a function of switching between supply and stop of the clock signal on the basis of the voltage held in the capacitor in a period during which the power supply voltage to the comparator is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takanori Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10931179
    Abstract: A grounding brush includes a wire extending along an arc, a plurality of conductive fibers each bent into a U-shape around the wire, and at least one support including a channel crimped about the fibers and wire to secure them to the channel. An assembly includes a mounting plate having an opening configured to surround a rotatable motor shaft having an axis of rotation, a plurality of tabs disposed in a circle around the periphery, each of the tabs extending axially from the first side of the mounting plate and radially toward the axis of rotation to define with an adjacent portion of the first side of the mounting plate a U-shaped bracket and a grounding brush mounted in the plurality of U-shaped brackets with the conductive fibers extending radially inward or outward. Also a method of mounting and adjusting the grounding brush in the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Mathieu Hubert, Igor Dorrestijn, Karl Preis
  • Patent number: 10921660
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to a circuit board, a display panel and a display device. The circuit board includes a ground protection circuit, disposed in a peripheral area of the circuit board. The ground protection circuit includes one or more first wires arranged in parallel, a bridging connection part and a plurality of second wires arranged in parallel, where one end of each first wire is grounded and the other end connects to the bridging connection part electrically, while one end of each second wire connects to the bridging connection part electrically and the other end is grounded. The display panel includes the circuit board and the display device includes the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jingyi Xu, Kunpeng Zhang, Yanwei Ren, Yanyan Zhao, Yi Fan, Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 10886685
    Abstract: A preformed solder-in-pin system for use with electrical connectors. The preformed solder-in-pin system generally includes a connector pin having an open cavity at one end, into which a preformed solder member can be first inserted and then pressed, rather than melted, in place, such that voids and air spaces within the cavity are eliminated. The preformed solder-in-pin system can be assembled in high quantities, where the preformed solder members are placed in a fixture and the fixture is placed on a shaker table, so that large numbers of connector pins, pre-installed in connector grommets, can be inserted largely simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Onanon, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10833568
    Abstract: A generator grounding module selectively mountable to a support bracket and selectively engageable with a rotor includes a plate member movable along a mounting axis to selectively attach the generator grounding module to the support bracket, the plate member movable between a first position and a second position in which the plate member is substantially fixed with respect to the support bracket. A mounting block is movable along the mounting axis with respect to the plate member, a grounding strap is coupled to the mounting block and is movable between a disengaged position and an engaged position in which the grounding strap contacts the rotor, and a biasing assembly is connected to the plate member and the mounting block and operable to bias the mounting block along the mounting axis toward the plate member, wherein the plate member is fixedly attached to the support bracket when in the second position and the biasing assembly biases the grounding strap into the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Garmon, Justin Nathaniel England, Thomas I. Nelson, Kim M. McCreight, Timothy J. Garner
  • Patent number: 10825784
    Abstract: The discharging brush 1 includes a conductive brush unit 11 and a grounding wire 15 connecting the brush unit 11 with a grounding point via a resistor 14. In a discharging device 100, the discharging brush 1 is installed at a conveyance path for conveying a display panel 2, in such a manner that the brush unit 11 is in sliding contact with a terminal 24 formed on a peripheral region of the display panel 2 conveyed along the conveyance path. For example, the resistor 14 has a resistance value equal to or greater than 1 M? and equal to or less than 10 M?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Sakai Display Products Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10798807
    Abstract: There is provided a static electricity removal structure in a low-humidity space, in which static electricity can be removed with high efficiency in the low-humidity space by using a static electricity removal device. A low-humidity space is configured such that dehumidified air is supplied from one side of the low-humidity space into the low-humidity space through a blowout surface material in which ventilation pore is formed, and exhausting is performed from the other side of the low-humidity space, which opposes the blowout surface material. A static electricity removal device is disposed on a downstream side of the blowout surface material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Taichi Sakamoto, Takashi Mukai, Yuta Ikeuchi, Masahiro Yanagida, Kenji Izumi, Teppei Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10761471
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a transfer member, and a light source. The image carrier has a photoconductive layer on a surface of the image carrier. The transfer member is configured to cause a toner image formed on the surface of the image carrier to be transferred to a transferee member at a transfer position of the image carrier. The light source is configured to emit light toward the surface of the image carrier after transfer of the toner image to remove residual charges on the photoconductive layer. An effective light receiving width of the image carrier in a width direction thereof is less than a width of the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Kazufumi Ishida
  • Patent number: 10752377
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing damage to a metal component that is susceptible to damage by electro-magnetic effects or reduce manufacturing assembly steps. An initial channel is formed through the metal component and is defined by an inner surface. A bushing is placed into the initial channel. An interference fit is created between the outer surface of the bushing and the inner surface of the initial channel through the metal component. A final channel is formed through the bushing. A fastener is placed into the final channel to attach the metal component to a second component, wherein electrical magnetic effects occur between the fastener and the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Wilkerson, Tanni Sisco, Paul E. Ffield
  • Patent number: 10730385
    Abstract: The tank (10) for storing a liquid comprises at least one component (14) including at least one port (22) bringing the inside and the outside of the tank (10) into fluid communication. The component (14) comprises two separate members, namely a first member (16) integral with a wall (12) of the tank (10) and a second member (18) attached to an outer face of the wall (12) of the tank (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advances Innovation and Research
    Inventors: Nicolas Leclec'H, Herve Guillerme, Frederic Guignery
  • Patent number: 10718299
    Abstract: An intake system of a vehicle, includes an air cleaner case, an air filter that is arranged inside the air cleaner case and positively charged, and a self discharge type static eliminator that decreases an amount of electrification charge on a wall surface of the air cleaner case within a limited range about a location where the self discharge type static eliminator is installed, when the self discharge type static eliminator is installed on the wall surface of the air cleaner case. An peripheral edge part of the air filter is held by an air filter holding part of the air cleaner case. The self discharge type static eliminator is installed on an outer wall surface of the air filter holding part of the air cleaner case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Toshio Tanahashi, Yoji Kanehara, Koshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10658804
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a main line harness, a branch line harness, and a branching structure configured to connect the main line harness and the branch line harness to each other. The main line harness has a plurality of main lines arranged side by side. Each main line is configured as a wiring member having a rod conductor. The branch line harness has a plurality of branch lines. The branching structure includes connection terminals to be electrically connected to the main lines to form at least part of electrically conductive paths between the main lines and the branch lines. Each connection terminal has a tubular connection portion to cover an outer circumferential surface of the rod conductor. The tubular connection portion has a pressing structure configured to elastically press the outer circumferential surface of the rod conductor placed inside a hollow portion of the tubular connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Masashi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 10658608
    Abstract: Generally, this disclosure provides systems, devices and methods for improved electrical coupling of multiple ground planes of a device. The device may include a plurality of ground planes and an electrically conductive ground clip. The ground clip may include a base portion configured to secure the ground clip to the device and a plurality of spring fingers. Each of the spring fingers may be configured to contact and electrically couple to one of the plurality of ground planes, wherein the ground clip is to provide a conduction path between each of the spring fingers. One of the spring fingers may pass through an opening or cut-through in a first ground plane to contact a second ground plane. The device may be a mobile communication or computing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas G. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10507749
    Abstract: A system for mitigating electrostatic discharge (ESD) that may occur during egress from vehicles is provided. One embodiment comprises a narrow conductive electrode that is galvanically connected to the vehicle chassis, and that is applied to that one edge of a seat which is next to the door nearest that seat. For example, in the U.S., this edge will normally be the left edge of the driver's seat, or the right edge of the front passenger's seat. The electrode is substantially located on a normally unoccupied surface of the seat cushion. Other embodiments further include pointed shapes on the electrode to increase the electric field intensity, which may promote more complete discharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Leon Dickerman
  • Patent number: 10488231
    Abstract: An assembly includes: (a) a sensor including a bolt connector, an anti-rotator configured to snap-fit into a recess, and rails; (b) a cover including a plurality of slots configured to receive the rails and being sized to leave a portion of the bolt connector laterally exposed when finally positioned on the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Saied Nusier, Swadad A. Carremm
  • Patent number: 10476240
    Abstract: An antistatic device for reducing electrostatic charges on moving material webs may include an active positive electrode assembly having a plurality of active individual positive electrodes electrically connected to a positive high voltage source. The device may include an active negative electrode assembly having a plurality of active negative electrodes electrically connected to a negative high voltage source. A sensor system may be included for detecting a polarity of a neutralizing current between the material web and the antistatic device during operation of the antistatic device, and a controller for controlling the high voltage sources. The controller may be coupled to the sensor system and may be at least one of programmed and configured to one of active or leave activated the high voltage source required in each case and one of deactivate and leave deactivated the high voltage source not required in each case in response to the detected polarity of the neutralizing current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Klaus Domschat, Christian W. Trimborn, Armin Goepfrich
  • Patent number: 10470282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a static electricity removal booth, and more specifically to a static electricity removal booth which measures and displays the amount of static electricity accumulated in a human body before entrance into or exit from an explosion-proof area where an inflammable, such as gunpowder, refined petroleum or inflammable gas, is handled, allows an enterer to enter the inside of the static electricity removal booth when a voltage equal to or higher than an allowable value is measured, removes the bodily static electricity by bringing sprayed moisture including a conductive material into contact with the enterer in an omnidirectional manner, and then allows the enterer to enter the explosion-proof area, thereby preventing an explosion accident attributable to human body-accumulated static electricity from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ESGK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kwi Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10455675
    Abstract: A looped pile static reduction blanket or cloth, an apparatus including the looped pile static reduction blanket, and a technique to neutralize static and static patterns from a polymeric film surface during processing, to enable higher speeds and fewer defects during web transport and subsequent processing of wound film rolls, an apparatus including the looped pile static reduction cloth, and a technique to neutralize static from a polymeric shaped part during processing, to enable fewer defects. The looped pile static reduction blanket includes a static reduction engagement cloth that is resilient and can facilitate discharge of static from a web to ground before, during, and after contact with a charged web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joshua M. Retterath, Bruce E. Tait, Chris J. Tanley, Fred J. Roska, Terence A. Lee, Kevin B. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 10404015
    Abstract: An electric connector comprises a contact, a base assembly, a pair of first circuit board sections, and a plurality of electric components. The base assembly has a connector face on a first side and an interior side opposite to the connector face. The contact is disposed on the connector face. The pair of first circuit board sections are disposed on the interior side and extend away from the base assembly. The pair of first circuit board sections face each other. At least one electric component is disposed on each of the first circuit board sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Componentes Electromecanicos Lda., TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Herlander M. Francisco, Joerg Einhorn, Mathias Michael, Georges Romain Ngongang
  • Patent number: 10348084
    Abstract: An input N-plexer filter stage is susceptible to receive surge energy via an input conductor, when the surge energy occurs. A high-pass filter included in a diplexer filter stage applies a radio frequency (RF) signal in a signal path between the input N-plexer filter stage and an output of a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) transmitter stage. A low-pass filter included in the diplexer filter stage couples a surge suppressing threshold device to the signal path to dissipate the surge energy in the surge suppressing threshold device, when the surge energy occurs. The low-pass filter has a cut-off frequency that is lower than a normal operation frequency range of the RF signal. The low-pass filter isolates the surge suppressing threshold device from the signal path in normal operation frequency range of the RF signal, when no surge energy is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Henri Girard, Paul Knutson
  • Patent number: 10332773
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide an electrostatic carrier for transferring a substrate. The electrostatic carrier may have a transparent body. The transparent body may have a first surface sized to transport the substrate into and out of a processing chamber. The electrostatic carrier may also have one or more electrostatic chucking electrodes coupled to the transparent body. The one or more electrostatic chucking electrodes may include a transparent conductive oxide material. In certain embodiments the transparent conductive oxide material is an indium-tin oxide material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Leung Kway Lee, Michael S. Cox, Pallavi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10304675
    Abstract: A semiconductor manufacturing system has a series of steps, from manufacturing of a semiconductor on a wafer until packaging, that can be easily linked. A semiconductor chip manufacturing device manufactures a semiconductor chip, and a semiconductor packaging device packages the semiconductor chip by attaching the semiconductor chip to a package substrate which is larger than the wafer. The semiconductor chip manufacturing device includes a PLAD system for loading the wafer into and out of the semiconductor chip manufacturing device through a shuttle which is capable of housing the wafer. The semiconductor packaging device includes a PLAD system capable of loading the package substrate into and out of the semiconductor packaging device through a shuttle which is capable of housing the package substrate. The shuttles have container bodies of a same shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Michihiro Inoue, Shiro Hara, Fumito Imura, Arami Saruwatari, Sommawan Khumpuang
  • Patent number: 10231320
    Abstract: In a processing machine according to the present invention, an electric discharger to remove static electricity from a charged work piece or charged machining chips is installed on a movement means including a beam supported by a constituting member of the processing machine and a power source installed in the beam. By making the electric discharger movable inside and outside the processing machine, the static electricity can be removed from machining chips and the like in a plurality of areas needing removal of the static electricity using a small number of the electric dischargers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Sato
  • Patent number: 10193332
    Abstract: There is provided an ESD protection device that can have an advantageously low discharge inception voltage. An ESD protection device having a substrate, first and second discharge electrodes provided somewhere on the substrate with their respective distal ends facing each other with a gap therebetween, and a high-dielectric-constant layer having a relative dielectric constant higher than that of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jun Adachi, Katsumi Yasunaka, Takahiro Sumi
  • Patent number: 10190894
    Abstract: Technologies for controlling degradation of a sensor mote including detecting a trigger event and initiating degradation of at least a portion of the sensor mote in response to the trigger event. The trigger event may be embodied as any type of event detectable by the sensor mote such as a trigger signal, particular sensed data, expiration of a reference time period, completion of a task, and so forth. The sensor mote may imitate the degradation by, for example, controlling a valve to release a chemical stored in the sensor mote or allow a substance into the sensor mote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Glen J. Anderson, John C. Weast, Tobias M. Kohlenberg, Brian D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10151998
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes a casing, a developer-carrying member, a supply member, a developing electrode, a supply electrode, and an insulating member. The casing is configured to accommodate therein developer. The developer-carrying member is configured to rotate about a rotational axis and carry the developer thereon. The supply member is configured to supply the developer to the developer-carrying member. The developing electrode is configured to be electrically connected to the developer-carrying member. The supply electrode is configured to be electrically connected to the supply member. The insulating member insulates the developing electrode and the supply electrode with each other. The developing electrode, the insulating member, and the supply electrode are overlapped in this order in an axial direction of the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasumasa Fujii
  • Patent number: 10016597
    Abstract: An ESD grounding apparatus for grounding mats or other equipment to provide a ground connection to mat as well as receptacles for operator wrist straps, and other equipment. The apparatus attaches to a mat by means of securing member such as a clamp or compressing screw rather than using destructive rivets or snaps that create holes in the mat. By using a securing member to secure the device to the mat, the device can be easily removed and reused in another location without damaging or weakening the mat, whereas the previous devices require installing an additional snap into the mat in each location that requires a ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Newman
  • Patent number: 9991881
    Abstract: A switching circuit includes a wiring into which a parallel circuit of a first IGBT and a second IGBT is inserted, and a gate control circuit. The gate control circuit has a first switching element configured to control a gate potential of the first IGBT according to a potential of a second principal electrode, and a second switching element configured to control a gate potential of the second IGBT according to a potential of a fourth principal electrode. An output terminal of the control device is connected to the first switching element through a first switch and is connected to the second switching element through a second switch. The control device applies a control signal to the output terminal in a state where the first switch and the second switch are turned on when switching both of the first IGBT and the second IGBT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Hyoungjun Na, Ken Toshiyuki, Shouji Abou
  • Patent number: 9908733
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a looped pile static reduction roller (100, 200, 300), an apparatus (400) including the looped pile static reduction roller, and a technique to neutralize static and static patterns from a polymeric film surface during processing, to enable higher speeds and fewer defects during web transport. The looped pile static reduction roller includes a static reduction engagement cover (160, 260, 360) that is resilient and can facilitate discharge of static from the web to ground before, during, and after contact with a charged web (320, 420).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Fred J. Roska, Chris J. Tanley, Kevin B. Newhouse, Bruce E. Tait
  • Patent number: 9882078
    Abstract: A process for forming a back-sheet assembly for a photovoltaic module having multiple solar cells with back-side electrical contacts includes providing a substrate, adhering an electrically conductive metal circuit to the substrate, adhering release pads to the metal circuit in a pattern, adhering an insulating layer to the metal circuit, forming openings in said insulating layer in a pattern over the release pads, and filling the openings with electrically conductive material that is in electrical contact with the electrically conductive metal circuit. A process for forming a photovoltaic module with this back-sheet assembly is also provided. The back-sheet assembly and photovoltaic module made with the back-sheet assembly are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Changming Lei, Zelin Liu, Minfang Mu
  • Patent number: 9839106
    Abstract: The invention includes a flat-panel-display (FPD) manufacturing machine which utilizes x-rays for electrostatic dissipation of a bottom side of a FPD when lifting the FPD off of a table during manufacture of the FPD. The invention also includes a method of electrostatic dissipation of a bottom side of an FPD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Moxtek, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Miller, Steven West Wilson, Sanjay Kamtekar, Bill Hansen, Brad Harris
  • Patent number: 9839107
    Abstract: A method and system for reducing static charges on a material. X-rays can ionize a flowing fluid. The ions can be transported to the material and can reduce or dissipate the static charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Moxtek, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Miller
  • Patent number: 9819126
    Abstract: To neutralize static electricity in a charged coaxial cable with a decreased installation space. The first base member 2A and the second base member 2B are installed at the adapter 13 in order to interpose a box nut 13a of the adapter 13 therebetween and are fixed by fixing means 6. A flexible rod-like static electricity neutralizing contact 4 is erected on the second base member 2B parallel to the adapter 13. The static electricity neutralizing contact 4 is brought into contact with a central conductor and an outer conductor of a coaxial connector 15a before the coaxial connector 15a of a coaxial cable 15 is connected to the adapter 13, and static electricity in the charged coaxial cable 15 is neutralized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Satoshi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 9805964
    Abstract: A system for zapping a wafer, the system may include a pulse generation unit that is configured to generate (a) first zapping pulses for causing a breakdown in a first location of a backside insulating layer of a wafer, and (b) second zapping pulses for causing a breakdown in a second location of the backside insulating layer of the wafer; a first conductive interface that is configured to convey the first zapping pulses to the first location, while contacting the first location; a second conductive interface that is configured to convey the second zapping pulses to the second location, while contacting the second location; and wherein the first location differs from the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Tuvia Biber, Efim Kerner, Efraim Siman Tov
  • Patent number: 9776505
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuel injection hole cap for preventing explosion due to static electricity which is characterized in that it is possible to prevent any fire due to an explosion of fuel evaporation gas in such a way to instantly discharge static electricity the instant that a user touches with a hand injection hole cap before the fuel injection hole cap is opened, without carrying any device with him which is configured to prevent the occurrence of static electricity. For this, at the fuel injection hole cap of a vehicle, there is provided a static electricity discharger which is configured to discharge static electricity and flash by the current of the discharging, thus informing the use of the discharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Chang Hee Park
  • Patent number: 9775224
    Abstract: A discharge device and a display panel preparation system based thereon are disclosed. The discharge device includes a conductive contact terminal electrically connected with an electrostatic discharge contactor of a substrate to be processed; and a voltage controller electrically connected to the contact terminal for adjusting a voltage on the contact terminal. The discharge device is able to eliminate (e.g., neutralize) the static electricity on the substrate to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Zhichao Zhang, Zongjie Guo, Zheng Liu, Xiangqian Ding, Mingxuan Liu
  • Patent number: 9750094
    Abstract: An energy efficient under-cabinet lighting system with a low profile switch mode power supply complying with Class 2 requirements. This power source is enclosed in a container to provide constant current to an array of light emitting diodes LEDs that are characterized by long life and low power usage. The system is designed to replace existing under-cabinet fluorescent lamp fixtures. A diffuser minimizes pixelization. The unit is also equipped with a safe-charge USB port that can safely charge lithium-ion batteries of accessories like tablets and cellphones with no danger of overheating their batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Radionic Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Winton, Sri Sridharan
  • Patent number: 9742186
    Abstract: An electronic equipment item for an electronic system, comprising a housing, a backplane board, at least one daughterboard and at least one lightning protection board housed in the housing. A connector is fixed to the backplane board and configured to be connected to the rest of the electronic system. For each daughterboard there is provided one lightning protection board. For each lightning protection board, a first port is arranged to connect the lightning protection board to the backplane board, and a second port is arranged to connect the daughterboard to the lightning protection board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Pierre-Louis Engelvin, Patrice Lafont
  • Patent number: 9728870
    Abstract: A slim card connector is provided. The slim card connector includes a board in which a plurality of openings are arranged at an interval and a plurality of contact terminals provided in the board to be received in the openings, wherein the contact terminals are received in the openings, respectively, when the contact terminals are in contact with a card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-Yi Kim
  • Patent number: 9719889
    Abstract: Provided is a process of using a microtomic system for the preparation of sections for microscope examination. A cutting edge in the system can cut through a sample block and produce a section one end of which remains attached to the cutting edge. A voltage generator can generate a voltage and apply the voltage between the cutting edge and a section receiver such as a semiconductor chip grid. Through electrostatic force caused by the voltage, another end of the section can anchor to the section receiver. The section is then spread on the receiver. The system is automatable, highly efficient, and does not need liquid to float sample sections, and can therefore maintain the integration of the sample sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Focus e-Beam Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhongwei Chen