Discharging Or Preventing Accumulation Of Electric Charge (e.g., Static Electricity) Patents (Class 361/212)
  • 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
    Assignee: GEMA SWITZERLAND GMBH
    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
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    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
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    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: 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: 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
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Adachi, Katsumi Yasunaka, Takahiro Sumi
  • 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
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    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
    Assignee: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Changming Lei, Zelin Liu, Minfang Mu
  • 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: ANRITSU CORPORATION
    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
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS ISRAEL LTD.
    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
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    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
  • Patent number: 9698109
    Abstract: An ESD protection device 1 has a ceramic insulating material 10, first and second discharge electrodes 21 and 22, and a discharge-assisting section 51. The first and second discharge electrodes 21 and 22 are disposed somewhere of the ceramic insulating material 10. The discharge-assisting section 51 is located between the distal end portion of the first discharge electrode 21 and the distal end portion of the second discharge electrode 22. The discharge-assisting section 51 is an electrode configured to reduce the discharge starting voltage between the first discharge electrode 21 and the second discharge electrode 22. The discharge-assisting section 51 is made from a sintered body containing conductive particles and at least one of semiconductor particles and insulating particles. The first and second discharge electrodes contain at least one of the semiconductor material constituting the semiconductor particles and the insulating material constituting the insulating particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Tsukizawa, Jun Adachi, Takayuki Imada, Takahiro Sumi
  • Patent number: 9655270
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a plurality of printed circuit boards having signal GNDs, a metal bar which electrically connects to the respective signal GNDs of the plurality of printed circuit boards, and a card basket which houses the plurality of printed circuit boards and the metal bar and serves as a frame GND. The electronic device also comprises a dielectric between the card basket and the metal bar. The metal bar, the card basket, and the dielectric constitute a noise control capacitor having specific frequency characteristics. By the specific frequency characteristics, the noise control capacitor releases electromagnetic noise occurring in the respective signal GNDs to an outside and shields external noise generated outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kimata, Satoru Ishizaka, Toshio Anzai, Keita Fujimaru, Yoko Toda
  • Patent number: 9614832
    Abstract: An access control system removes the human element from static protection by detecting a level of static energy when the user attempts to authenticate to the access control system, and when the user's detected level of static energy exceeds a defined threshold, access is denied until the user discharges the static energy. A static energy detection mechanism in a badge reader includes two conductive plates that form a first capacitor, and the space between an electrically conductive badge and one of the conductive plates on the badge reader forms a second capacitor. Using these two capacitors, the level of static energy on the user can be measured by the sum of the voltage across these two capacitors as the user presents the badge to the badge reader. The access control system assures the user is properly grounded before allowing access to an area, equipment, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Layne A. Berge, John R. Dangler, Matthew S. Doyle, Thomas W. Liang, Manuel Orozco
  • Patent number: 9599649
    Abstract: A system and method for electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing devices under test (DUTs) uses an ESD gun attached to a robotic arm to execute ESD testing processes. The system and method also uses a relay station to place a DUT after an ESD testing process is performed on one major side of the DUT so the ESD testing can be performed on the other major side of the DUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Kyung Jin Min, David J. Pommerenke, Giorgi Muchaidze, Besarion Chikhradze, Iuri Kalandarishvili
  • Patent number: 9590417
    Abstract: Inside an insulating multilayer substrate 12 in which a plurality of insulating layers are laminated, a cavity portion 13, at least one pair of discharge electrodes 14 and 15, and conductor portions 34 and 35 are formed. The discharge electrodes 14 and 15 are connected to external electrodes 18 and 19 and have facing portions 14a and 15a which are formed along an inner surface of the cavity portion 13 and which face each other with a space provided therebetween. The conductor portions 34 and 35 are formed to cover at least one of facing front ends 14s and 15s of the facing portions 14a and 15a of the discharge electrodes 14 and 15 when viewed in a lamination direction of the insulating layers, a facing direction of the facing portions 14a and 15a, or a direction perpendicular both to the lamination direction and the facing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihito Otsubo
  • Patent number: 9478086
    Abstract: An access control system removes the human element from static protection by detecting a level of static energy when the user attempts to authenticate to the access control system, and when the user's detected level of static energy exceeds a defined threshold, access is denied until the user discharges the static energy. A static energy detection mechanism in a badge reader includes two conductive plates that form a first capacitor, and the space between an electrically conductive badge and one of the conductive plates on the badge reader forms a second capacitor. Using these two capacitors, the level of static energy on the user can be measured by the sum of the voltage across these two capacitors as the user presents the badge to the badge reader. The access control system assures the user is properly grounded before allowing access to an area, equipment, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Layne A. Berge, John R. Dangler, Matthew S. Doyle, Thomas W. Liang, Manuel Orozco
  • Patent number: 9464967
    Abstract: Provided is a microtomic system and process 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: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Focus e-Beam Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhongwei Chen
  • Patent number: 9413115
    Abstract: An EMI gasket for a cage member of an electrical connector assembly includes a base having a metal body section configured to extend along a wall of the cage member. The EMI gasket includes external spring beams extending from the base. The external spring beams are configured to be received in an opening of a bezel mounted to a front end of the cage member and configured to engage the bezel to electrically connect the EMI gasket to the bezel. The external spring beams extend from base ends at the base to distal ends opposite the base ends. The EMI gasket includes a tie bar at the distal ends connecting the distal ends of the external spring beams together. The tie bar has a flange extending outward therefrom. The flange is configured to stop loading of the bezel onto the front end of the cage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Randall Robert Henry
  • Patent number: 9377721
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image carrier; a transfer belt facing a surface of the image carrier, forming a nip serving as a transfer position with the image carrier, and configured to transfer a toner image formed on the surface of the image carrier to a recording paper sheet with a transfer bias of opposite polarity to the surface of the image carrier; a fixing section configured to heat the sheet having the transferred toner image thereon to fix the toner image; and a static eliminator disposed downstream of the transfer position in a direction of conveyance of the sheet and configured to expose a back surface of the sheet opposite to the surface having the transferred toner image thereon to a DC discharge having the same polarity as the transfer bias and directed toward a position where the sheet separates from the transfer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Michishita
  • Patent number: 9374856
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an energy efficient under-cabinet lighting system with a low profile switch mode power supply complying with Class 2 requirements of Underwriters Lab. Northbrook, Ill. This power source is enclosed in a suitable electrical container to provide constant current to the Light Emitting Diodes (LED's) with long life. The system is specially designed to reduce the power consumption as compared to Halogen lamps or Fluorescent lamps without compromising light output. The height of this lighting system is 0.8 inch. A specifically formed transparent diffuser is positioned over the Light Emitting Diodes for uniform illumination over a desired area. These luminaries provide focused light in a desired area and can be coupled or linked by an external interconnect cord. The luminarie provides manual dimming capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey Winton
  • Patent number: 9351386
    Abstract: A polarity control unit includes a flag storage unit that stores any one of a first polarity pattern by which a positive direct-current voltage is applied to discharge needles in a first group and a negative direct-current voltage is applied to discharge needles in a second group and a second polarity pattern by which a negative direct-current voltage is applied to the discharge needles in the first group and a positive direct-current voltage is applied to the discharge needles in the second group, a flag update unit that rewrites one flag stored in the flag storage unit to another flag when a power switch is turned on from its off state or is turned off from its on state, and a command unit that commands a polarity pattern corresponding to the flag stored in the flag storage unit to be output from the polarity output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Toshida, Tomokazu Hariya, Naoto Sasada
  • Patent number: 9335578
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel that displays images and comprises a an outer frame, a light irradiating part that irradiates light toward a back surface of the display panel, a heat radiating plate that radiates heat generated by the light irradiating part and is grounded, a plurality of protective members provided along the outer frame of the display panel, wherein at least one of the plurality of protective members is an opposing protective member that opposes the heat radiating plate, and a conductive member interposed between and electrically connects the opposing protective member and the heat radiating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kodai Nakano, Tatsuji Sudo
  • Patent number: 9338867
    Abstract: An ionizer includes a polarity output unit that can selectively output, to a discharge unit, one of a first polarity pattern where the polarity output unit applies a positive direct-current voltage to a first group of discharge needles and applies a negative direct-current voltage to a second group of discharge needles and a second polarity pattern where the polarity output unit applies a negative direct-current voltage to the first group of discharge needles and applies a positive direct-current voltage to the second group of discharge needles and a polarity control unit configured to control the first and second polarity patterns. The polarity control unit includes a current detection unit configured to detect respective direct currents passing through the first group of discharge needles and the second group of discharge needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Toshida, Tomokazu Hariya, Naoto Sasada
  • Patent number: 9266622
    Abstract: A static charge drain system for an aircraft window includes a resistive probe penetrating an outer ply of the aircraft window, a first end of the probe being exposed at an outer surface of the outer ply of the aircraft window. A second end of the probe penetrates an inner surface of the outer ply of the aircraft window. A conductive drain element is disposed between the outer ply of the aircraft window and an inner ply of the aircraft window and is electrically connected between the second end of the probe and a ground point of the aircraft window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen Eddy
  • Patent number: 9204525
    Abstract: An enhanced protective cover includes a top and bottom textile layer and an air permeable, moisture-vapor-transmissive, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane layer located between the two textile layers. The cover exhibits an MVTR rating of at least 4000 g/m2/day. The protective cover also includes a top layer coating or fiber treatment of a nano-ceramic material designed to increase the durability of the cover and increase the resistance to abrasion and wear while also resisting environmental conditions including exposure to solar radiation, temperature and humidity. Alternatively, the upper layer of the protective cover may incorporate ceramic coated fibers or ceramic co-extruded fibers, or carbon nanotubes. The protective cover may also feature a fire resistant application. The top textile layer may also include a permanent, highly breathable and highly durable electro-static discharge feature added to the inside of the layer by laying down a carbon based printed pattern on the inside of the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Cocoon Inc.
    Inventors: Donald B. Thompson, Leon S. Moser, Katherine A. McNamara, Leo Crotty, Alan Smithies
  • Patent number: 9082800
    Abstract: A substrate treatment system comprise a treatment station having a plurality of treatment units provided at multiple tiers in an up-down direction, a cassette mounting table on which a cassette housing a plurality of wafers W is mounted, and a wafer transfer mechanism arranged between the treatment station and the cassette mounting table, wherein a delivery block in which a plurality of delivery units are provided at multiple tiers is provided between the treatment station and the wafer transfer mechanism, the delivery units temporarily housing a wafer to be transferred between the cassette mounting table and the treatment station and a wafer to be transferred between the tiers of the treatment units. The wafer transfer mechanism includes a first transfer arm that transfers a wafer between the cassette mounting table and the delivery block, and a second transfer arm that transfers a wafer between the tiers of the delivery units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Suguru Enokida, Masahiro Nakaharada, Hidekazu Kiyama, Naruaki Iida, Akira Miyata
  • Patent number: 9046564
    Abstract: A circuit testing device for providing a number of features to assist in testing electrical circuits in a vehicle. The circuit testing device generally includes a housing having a plurality of testing components positioned thereon and therein. The housing generally includes a light source such as an LED for assisting in illuminating dark spaces. The housing also includes a probe for closing connections and an incandescent bulb for testing purposes. A polarity switch is provided to quickly and easily reverse polarity of the probe. A circuit breaker and circuit activation switch are also provided. By utilizing the present invention, circuit integrity as well as electrical testing of various components (both high voltage and low voltage) of a vehicle may be efficiently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Alan Griffin
  • Patent number: 9036321
    Abstract: A transport and storage container for liquids, having an inner container, an outer casing and an underframe with a bottom for supporting the inner container, and electrically non-conductive support legs. At least one support leg has a shaped sheet metal part to dissipate an electrostatic charge from the inner container. The end of the shaped part closest to the inner container has a container contact section for conductive connection with the bottom or the outer casing, and a standing contact section for conductive connection with the standing surface. The contact conductor section of the shaped part extends inside a cavity in the support leg and the standing contact section has a ground contact surface and a stack contact surface. These contact surfaces are connected by an offset element in the standing contact section and the stack contact surface is arranged above the ground contact surface in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PROTECHNA S.A.
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Patent number: 9036322
    Abstract: An apparatus for the absorption, conversion and detection of electromagnetic energy without the need for an earth ground or atmosphere. This apparatus has three major parts: a collector stage, a conversion stage, and an emissive stage. The collection stage, an apparatus that can carry electromagnetic energy from the environment external to the apparatus, is connected electrically to the conversion stage, which comprises one or more layers of a material that can carry an electrical charge, disposed among two or more layers of a material that can carry an electrical charge, which layers are in turn connected electrically to components so as to trap the electromagnetic energy in an electromagnetic field and convert it into electrical energy. Finally, the electrical output of the conversion stage is electrically connected to an emissive stage: comprising an amplification circuit, transducing device or circuit capable of utilizing the energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Douglas Green
  • Patent number: 9019682
    Abstract: A discharge apparatus for a wind turbine is disclosed that enables electric charge to be discharged between a first and a second part of the wind turbine that are rotatable relative to each other. The discharge apparatus includes a charge transfer unit electrically connected to the first part, and an electrically conductive slideway electrically connected to the second part. The charge transfer unit includes an electrically insulative sliding member that maintains mechanical contact with the slideway, and a spark-gap electrode electrically connected to the first part and that moves in unison with the sliding member over the slideway. The spark-gap electrode and slideway form a spark gap having a spark-gap width controlled by the sliding member. The first and second parts are electrically isolated from each other in the absence of a spark, and discharge occurs by sparks bridging the spark gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Vestas wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Claus Grøn Lyngby, Hans V. Erichsen
  • Patent number: 9007739
    Abstract: A protective system is provided including a material comprising a first and second surface opposite one another and a thickness, and where the first surface has a low-electrical resistance and the second surface has a high-electrical resistance that is higher than the electrical resistance of the low-electrical resistance surface, and the material conducts charge from the first surface to the second surface through the thickness. This can be provided in a bilayer structure where a first protective layer having a low-resistivity is disposed upon a second protective layer having a high-resistivity. This protective system is particularly useful for dissipating electrical charge, for example as a lightning strike protection system for composite aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LORD Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy D. Fornes, Seth B. Carruthers, Christopher J. Cox
  • Patent number: 8995102
    Abstract: A display and an electrostatic discharge protection apparatus are disclosed, wherein the display includes a display module, a flex flat cable, a motherboard, and an electrostatic discharge protection apparatus. The flex flat cable is electrically connected with the display module and the motherboard; the electrostatic discharge protection apparatus is disposed between the flex flat cable and the display module. The electrostatic discharge protection apparatus has an isolation board and at least one isolation pad, the isolation board includes a first surface and a second surface, and at least one part of the first surface is attached to the flex flat cable; the isolation pad comprises a first isolation surface, and the first isolation surface is combined with the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Kuo-Cheng Lu, Wen-Cheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20150070809
    Abstract: A wireless communication terminal, comprises: a housing and a mainboard assembly configured in said housing, and it further comprises: a USB component in which a heat source module is provided. Said USB component is configured outside the housing, and a straight plug on the USB component is connected with the heat source module, and the heat source module comprises at least a voltage conversion module; the heat source module and the mainboard assembly use an electrical connection structure. The USB component is connected to the housing. The wireless communication terminal provided in the abovementioned technical solution has a small, exquisite and beautiful structure whose surface temperature is lowered, thereby greatly improving the user experience; in addition, the structure provided in the present utility model is simple and easy to be implemented, and it does not additionally increase the cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Dawei Xiao