Discharging Or Preventing Accumulation Of Electric Charge (e.g., Static Electricity) Patents (Class 361/212)
  • Patent number: 7961450
    Abstract: An antistatic apparatus selectively coupled to an electrical component having a first end and a second end is proposed in the invention. The antistatic apparatus includes a first soldering portion, a second soldering portion, a first discharging portion and a second discharging portion. The first soldering portion selectively connected to the first end of the electrical component. The second soldering portion selectively connected to the second end of the electrical component. The first discharging portion connected to the first soldering portion and rotated clockwise for an angle. The second discharging portion connected to the second soldering portion and rotated counter-clockwise for the angle to provide a discharge path corresponding to the first discharging portion, electrostatic current of the first soldering portion being discharged into the second soldering portion through the discharge path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Ming Chuang
  • Publication number: 20110134579
    Abstract: This invention relates to a high-speed volatile and non-volatile memory assemblies. And, an inventive FET and capacitor are also revealed and introduced into the memory assembly to enhance its performance. Further, the memory assembly has physical addressing capability with CPU so that operating system stored in the memory assembly can be quickly booted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Yen-Wei Hsu, Whei-Chyou Wu
  • Publication number: 20110134580
    Abstract: An ionizer includes two needle electrodes, and a high voltage generating unit for applying a first AC voltage to one of the needle electrodes, and for applying a second AC voltage, having a frequency higher than a frequency of the first AC voltage, to another of the needle electrodes. Static charge of a charged body is eliminated by releasing generated positive ions or negative ions, which are generated in the vicinity of the needle electrodes, toward the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi SUZUKI, Nobuhiro FUJIWARA, Masayuki ORIHARA
  • Publication number: 20110128663
    Abstract: A connecting structure reduces noise effects on an electronic device when hot docking the electronic device to mitigate against malfunctions. When a first electronic device having a first EMI shield is docked with a second electronic device having a second EMI shield, an ESD contact portion, which is connected to the second EMI shield and has higher in impedance than an EMI connecting portion, comes in contact with the first EMI shield earlier than the EMI connecting portion. Electrostatic charge carried on the first EMI shield moves slowly to the second EMI shield due to the high impedance of the ESD contact portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: LENOVO (Singapore) PTE, LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Fumio Tamura, Hiroaki Agata
  • Patent number: 7948732
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge protection device is used to protect a component from electrostatic discharge in an electronic device. The electrostatic discharge protection device comprises a metal shell, a ground conductor, and a conductive material. The metal shell is used to cover the component. The ground conductor is used to directly connect the metal shell and a first grounded end. The conductive material is used to connect the ground conductor and a second grounded end in order to achieve double grounded effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chung-Yaw Su, Yueh-Peng Hsiung, Hsing-Kuang Chen, Jen-Chieh Cheng, Chun-Kang Li
  • Patent number: 7948731
    Abstract: The static eliminator includes an ionizer including a power source and an electrode which applies ions to an electretized dielectric film to eliminate electric charges formed on the electretized dielectric film. The electrified substance is in an electrically non-grounded state when the electric charges on the electretized dielectric film are eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Taro Kinbara
  • Publication number: 20110116202
    Abstract: Aerodynamic effects are found when air flows over objects such as aircraft and motor cars moving through ambient air. The flow of air through the objects involves issues concerned with aerodynamics. Forced circulation of air through pipes presents numerous problems of aerodynamics because of the variable behavioural modes of operation generally in subsonic mode. Opposing forces then come into play and throttle the flows, thus reducing the effectiveness of a given diameter or cross section under particularly critical conditions in the flow of gases, generally air. The flow of gases or liquids close to the walls is slowed and opposes the overall flow, creating differential flow gradients between the centre of the flow and the peripheral edges thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Francois Giry, Claude Annie Perrichon, Pierre Piccaluga, Jose Buendia
  • Publication number: 20110102962
    Abstract: A protection circuit that includes a first power supply system including a first power supply and a first ground, a second power supply system including a second power supply and a second ground, the second power supply system being connected to the first power supply system via a signal line through which signal transfer is performed between a circuit in the first power supply system and a circuit in the second power supply system, and a control circuit that, when coupled to an electro-static discharge (ESD) stress being applied to the first power supply system controls a switch, the switch being provided between the signal line and the first power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Tanaka, Morihisa Hirata, Hitoshi Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20110102961
    Abstract: A charged particle induction apparatus and method comprising a high power light emitting means, such as a laser array, in operable communication with a high energy output means to accomplish initiation of at least two concentric plasma channels in atmosphere extending from the Earth's surface to the charge-rich upper atmosphere, including the ionosphere, for the transmission of charged particles therethrough to ground using the surrounding atmosphere as an insulator. The transmitted energy is drawn down (due to an artificially created potential) through the conductive plasma channels to collection means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn Lane
  • Patent number: 7936551
    Abstract: An electronic device with an electrostatic guiding structure includes a metal case, a plastic case overlapping the metal case, a conductive strip, and an electrically insulating strip. The conductive strip is electrically connected to a conductive region of the plastic case, and has at least one tip portion. An end point of the tip portion is located at an edge of the electrically insulating strip, and separated from the metal case with the electrically insulating strip. The conductive region is electrically connected to a ground region of an electronic module. Therefore, when electrostatic charges accumulated in the metal case is above a specific value, the electrostatic charges are discharged to the ground region of the electronic module according to point discharge principle, thereby protecting user of the electronic device from getting an electric shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Yu-Hung Chen
  • Publication number: 20110096453
    Abstract: An electric charge eliminating device for eliminating electric charge on an image carrying member or on a recording medium carrying member which is incorporated in an image forming apparatus, comprises a needlelike electrode having a plurality of protruding sections which form a plurality of discontinuous discharge points; an insulating holder for holding the needlelike electrode; a discharging power source for applying an electric voltage to the needlelike electrode; and a conductive shielding member arranged between the needlelike electrode and the image carrying member or the recording medium carrying member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Shigetaka KUROSU, Hiroshi MORIMOTO, Nobuyasa TAMURA, Yusuke NISHISAKA
  • Publication number: 20110096452
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (1) forms a toner image by using toner which includes external additives to develop a latent image which is formed via charging and exposure on a surface of a photosensitive drum (18), and transfers the toner image onto a transfer material, and includes: a static elimination unit (19) that irradiates static elimination light onto the surface of the photosensitive drum before the surface of the photosensitive drum is charged, and removes any charge remaining on the surface of the photosensitive drum after it has completed the transfer; and a static elimination intensity adjustment device (74) that, compared with inner side areas of the paper feed width, lessens the amount of static elimination light irradiated onto areas which, when viewed in the direction of the rotation axis of the photosensitive drum, are on an outer side of the paper feed width and are also on an inner side of the developing width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Shinki MIYAJI
  • Publication number: 20110096454
    Abstract: A method and system is provided whereby the environment of the container grown plant is controlled to replicate a natural environment. Since container grown plants are not in direct contact with the soil in the earth, a container grown plant can develop its own local electrical field and static charge that can hinder the development of the plant. A plant media grounding device is provided in which copper prongs fit into a housing that is connected to a power cord. The prongs are inserted at the plant's base in the growing media. The power cord is plugged into an outlet. The plant then becomes grounded to the earth ground of the building's power distribution system. In a further embodiment, the plant media grounding device may further include a variety of sensors in order to monitor the progress of the plant and the plant's environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Corsi, Stephen Doyle
  • Publication number: 20110096455
    Abstract: A lightning strike protection system for protecting composite structures, an improved lightning strike appliqué (LSA) for such a lightning strike protection system, and a method of protecting composite structures, such as an aircraft fuselage. The LSA is electrically connected to adjacent conductive surfaces, e.g., by a fuzz button or a wire bond inserted in the bottom of the LSA. An adjacent conductive surface may be another LSA, a lightning diverter overlay, or a current return network. Charge, e.g., from a lightning strike to the LSA, flows to the conductive layer through the electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Diane C. Rawlings, J. Scott Bauman
  • Patent number: 7929879
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cassette attaching section, a media cassette, a loading plate and a first and second ground conducting route. The cassette attaching section includes a media supplying roller for supplying media. The media cassette is attachably and removably installed in the cassette attaching section. The loading plate is mounted in the media cassette and loads the media stacked up in the media cassette. The first ground conducting route makes static electricity discharge from the loading plate to a grounding portion of the cassette attaching section when the media cassette is attached to the cassette attaching section. The second ground conducting route conducts with the media and makes static electricity discharge to the grounding portion when a distance between the media supplying roller and the media is shortened after the first ground conducting route is conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7924545
    Abstract: An apparatus for modification of the atmospheric humidity profile via creating updrafts of moistened air is provided. The apparatus is based on a capacitor of a Van der Graaf generator which, with the aid of air ionizers comprising a source of alpha particles, produces a unipolar atmospheric electric current of a magnitude sufficient to achieve selective moisture transport. Operating such an apparatus augments or creates a moisture updraft, which may lead to the formation of new clouds and/or an increase in supersaturation in existing clouds, thus enhancing the development of precipitation and/or facilitating the inflow of the evaporated moisture from a water reservoir inland.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventors: Helmut Fluhrer, Elena Davydova, Yuri Saveliev
  • Patent number: 7919711
    Abstract: A utility pole grounding plate including a main section and a plurality of flaps. The main section has a general plate shape adapted to be connected around an outer curved surface of a utility pole. The flaps extend outward from an exterior side of the main section. The flaps are formed by material cut and bent from the main section such that the flaps are integral with the main section. The main section has apertures corresponding to the cut and bent material of the flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Bernard C. Crutcher
  • Patent number: 7911759
    Abstract: An electronic device having ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection for a plurality of sides and including an external cover having at least one aperture and a plurality of slots disposed sufficiently close to a periphery of the at least one aperture. The electronic device further includes an ESD shield configured for providing ESD protection for a second side of an electronic device and also for the first side, the second side being opposite the first side. The ESD shield includes an ESD-shielding surface configured to provide the ESD protection for at least a portion of the second side, and a plurality of orthogonally protruding ESD shielding tabs, individual ones of the plurality of orthogonally protruding ESD shielding tabs configured to fit within respective ones of the plurality of slots when the ESD shield is mated with the external cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory L. Williams, Kwanghyun David Choi
  • Patent number: 7903384
    Abstract: A large current flowing out from video signal line driver is prevented whenever the video signal line is being grounded. The system includes a video signal line driver circuit transmitting video signal at pre-determined DC level, a large current prevention circuit detecting video signal line being shorted to ground and cut-off excessive current source out from video signal line driver circuit into video signal line, a start-up time enhancement circuit improving start-up time of ground detection circuit so that system start-up time is not limited by large current prevention circuit, and a switching threshold control circuit setting the switching threshold of large current prevention circuit and start-up time enhancement circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignees: Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Semiconductor Asia Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Wee Siong Low, Jun Chao Tan, Yoshinori Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 7903385
    Abstract: The static-electricity control part of the present invention contains multiple pairs of backside electrodes (13) provided on both end portions (11b) of a long-edge-side at the backside of insulating substrate (11); multiple pairs of top electrodes (18) provided on both end portions (11c) of a long-edge-side at the top face of insulating substrate (11); top ground electrode (17) provided on the top face of insulating substrate (11) from its short-edge-side one end portion (11a) to other end portion (11b); overvoltage protection material layer (22) for filling gap (19) formed between any one of the multiple pair pairs of top electrodes (18) and top ground electrode (17); and backside wiring (14) provided on the backside of insulating substrate (11) so as to connect between the multiple pairs of backside electrodes (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Nozoe, Takeshi Iseki, Takashi Morino, Kouichi Yoshioka, Hideaki Tokunaga
  • Publication number: 20110051306
    Abstract: A wafer grounding apparatus and method adaptable to a charged particle beam apparatus is disclosed. A wafer substrate is supported by a wafer mount. A grounding pin is arranged to be in contact with a backside film formed on a backside of the wafer substrate. A grounding pulse generator provides at least one pulse to drive the grounding pin such that dielectric breakdown occurring at the backside film leads to establishment of a current path through the backside films. Accordingly, a current flows in the wafer substrate through this current path and then flows out of the wafer substrate via at least one current return path formed from capacitive coupling between the wafer substrate and the wafer mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
  • Patent number: 7897249
    Abstract: A composite material structure includes a first fiber layer, a second fiber layer, a resin layer between the first fiber layer and the second fiber layer and a plurality of chopped fibers provided in the resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Pepka, Steven George Lemery
  • Patent number: 7894172
    Abstract: An ESD protection structure is provided. A substrate includes a first voltage variable material and has a first surface, a second surface substantially paralleled to the first surface and a via connecting the first and second surfaces. A first metal layer is disposed in the substrate for coupling to a ground terminal. The first voltage variable material is in a conductive state when an ESD event occurs, such that the via is electrically connected with the first metal layer to form a discharge path, and the first voltage variable material is in an isolation state when the ESD event is absent, such that the via is electrically isolated from the first metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chi-Liang Pan, Min-Lin Lee, Shinn-Juh Lai, Shih-Hsien Wu, Chen-Hsuan Chiu
  • Publication number: 20110036990
    Abstract: An embossed platen to control charge accumulation includes a dielectric layer, a plurality of embossments on a surface of the dielectric layer to support a workpiece, each of a first plurality of the plurality of embossments having a conductive portion to contact a backside of the workpiece when the workpiece is in a clamped position, and a conductor to electrically couple the conductive portion of the first plurality of embossments to ground. An ion implanter having such an embossed platen is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Dale K. Stone, Lyudmila Stone, Julian G. Blake, Frederick B. Ammon, David E. Suuronen
  • Patent number: 7889477
    Abstract: A high voltage power supply for a static neutralizer is disclosed. The high voltage power supply includes a resonant converter and a load with an emitter module having an emitter, reference electrode, and a capacitance value. The resonant converter is disposed to have a resonant frequency and an output coupled to the load. The resonant converter generates an output waveform with an amplitude sufficient for generating to ions by corona discharge when the load receives the output waveform. The load is predominantly capacitive when the resonant converter is operating at the resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Neubarth, Michael A. Lehr, Scott Gehlke, Peter Gefter
  • Publication number: 20110026186
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge protection component includes an element body, a pair of discharge electrodes, and a pair of terminal electrodes. The element body includes a closed cavity therein. The discharge electrodes are formed in the element body in such a manner as to be exposed to the cavity. The terminal electrodes are connected to the discharge electrodes, respectively, and provided on the element body. There is an oxide of at least one metal selected from zinc, niobium, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium attached to the surface of at least one of the discharge electrodes in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenori Katsumura, Tatsuya Inoue, Hideaki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 7872847
    Abstract: Protective equipment for safely discharging electrical potential comprises an interface (10, 50, 60) adapted to be in contact with a wearer. A conductive path in the interface contacts the wearer, the conductive path reaching a ground. A first circuit device (30) is provided in the conductive path. The first circuit device (30) has at least one variable resistance so as to oppose a first level of variable resistance to decrease a conductivity in the conductive path as a function of an increase in potential difference between the wearer and the ground, to allow static discharge through the protective equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Simon La Rochelle
  • Patent number: 7869181
    Abstract: A lightning protection appliqué incorporates a plurality of conductive plies adhesively affixed to a composite surface, at least a first one of the plies providing conductive characteristics sufficient to divert electrical energy from a lightning strike and at least a second one of the plies comprising operational circuitry. A dielectric ply is fixed to the composite surface over and completely covering at least one metal surface feature between the plurality of conductive plies and the composite surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Quynhgiao N. Le
  • Patent number: 7869183
    Abstract: A static electricity monitoring device is disclosed for monitoring a user wearing a static control garment. The garment comprises a first bootie and a second bootie. The monitoring device comprises a first footpad for interfacing with the first bootie of the garment, and a second footpad for interfacing with the second bootie of the garment, wherein the first footpad is electrically insulated from the second footpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Huynh Phuoc Tan, Julius A. Turangan, Muralidhar R. Dugyala
  • Publication number: 20110002076
    Abstract: A semiconductor device including an electrostatic discharge element that protects the semiconductor device from electrostatic destruction is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first circuit, a second circuit, a connection node connecting the first node to the second node, and a first inductor connected between the connection node and a first power supply. The first inductor and the electrostatic discharge element are formed so that they vertically overlap each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Shingo SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20100321853
    Abstract: A case structure for an electronic device includes a first conductive layer, a conductive housing, and a surface treatment layer. The first conductive layer has a taper protrusion. The conductive housing is disposed at one side of the first conductive layer, and a narrow end of the taper protrusion faces the conductive housing. The surface treatment layer is disposed between the taper protrusion and the second conductive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Chia-Ming Chi, Kuo-Cheng Chu
  • Patent number: 7855868
    Abstract: An aerosol charge neutralizing device simple in structure and easy to maintain, comprising an aerosol passing container that has a conductive material-made tube body constituting an aerosol passing path permitting aerosol to flow therethrough and has an opening pair consisting of openings in pair disposed oppositely across the center line of the tube body and penetrating through the wall surface of the tube body, and insulation tube that has an insulation material-made tube, has a window pair consisting of windows in pair disposed oppositely across the center line of the tube and penetrating through the wall surface of the tube, and is fitted concentrically over the outer surface of the aerosol passing container with the windows coinciding with the openings, a bipolar ionizing element that has a discharge electrode on a dielectric film and is attached to the insulation tube with the windows closed and the discharge electrode exposed to the aerosol passing path, and an outer tube that includes air-tightly the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignees: Tsukasa Sokken Co., Ltd., National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Taishi, Tetsuji Koyama, Soon Bark Kwon, Takafumi Seto, Hiromu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 7850298
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that includes a discharge tray on which a sheet discharged from a discharge port is stacked; a sheet retainer, which guides the sheet discharged from the discharge port onto the discharge tray and is displaced in abutment against an uppermost sheet stacked on the discharge tray, the sheet retainer removing electricity of the sheet; and a detection unit, which detects a stack of the sheet on the discharge tray on a basis of a position of the sheet retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akehiro Ono, Masahiro Kamimura
  • Patent number: 7843677
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for removing a static electricity thereof are provided. The method for removing a static electricity includes performing a switching operation to transmit a signal output from an interface, which is communicably connected to an external device, to a signal processor or cut off the signal from being transmitted to the signal processor, and based on this switching operation, performing a switching operation to supply a bias power to the signal processor or cut off a supply of power to the signal processor. Accordingly, a static electricity signal is grounded using a switch based on an operation state of the electronic device such that a static electricity shock and static electricity noise can be prevented from affecting the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-woong Kang
  • Patent number: 7843674
    Abstract: A motor-drive circuit comprising: a current-passage-control circuit to perform ON/OFF control of a drive transistor connected to a motor coil to pass current through the motor coil; an overcurrent-state-detection circuit to detect whether current passing through the drive transistor is in an overcurrent state where the current exceeds a predetermined threshold value; a charging and discharging circuit to start charging a capacitor in response to detecting the overcurrent state by the overcurrent-state-detection circuit and subsequently discharge the capacitor in response to not detecting the overcurrent state; and an overcurrent-protection-control circuit to stop the ON/OFF control to turn off the drive transistor, for an elapsed charging period for a charging voltage of the capacitor at a predetermined voltage to exceed a threshold voltage, and determine whether to perform such an overcurrent-protection-control as to turn off the drive transistor by detection of the overcurrent state, after the charging peri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Uchiyama
  • Publication number: 20100289863
    Abstract: The invention provides a neutralization apparatus which simplifies an apparatus composition, lowers an apparatus cost and removes electrical charge effectively from a ribbon-like substance which is charged by stripping, and provides a printer having the neutralization apparatus. The neutralization apparatus neutralizes an ink ribbon. The neutralization apparatus has a conductive roller which is arranged so as to contact the surface of the ink ribbon and a neutralization brush which counters the back of the ink ribbon. A balance of the electrical charge of the surface and the electrical charge of the back of the ink ribbon is broken by electrical discharge caused by the conductive roller. And thereby, the charged voltage of the electrical charge of the back of the ink ribbon becomes large and the neutralization brush remove the electrical charge charged to the back of the ink ribbon effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Takanobu Nishimura, Yukio Asari
  • Patent number: 7832088
    Abstract: A method for using a segmented grounding system, including a bit including a coupling portion at a first end, and a generally tapered second end, a shaft with a first end configured to couple to the coupling portion of the bit, and a second end comprising a receiving structure, and a tool configured to couple to the receiving structure of the second end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: E & S Grounding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Stockin, Michael Esparza
  • Patent number: 7829796
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a multi-layer circuit joining assembly material configured to repair multi-layer flex circuits deployed on or in a composite surface as a lightning protection system. The multi-layer circuit joining assembly material includes a first conductive layer having a first end portion, a second conductive layer having a second end portion, and a dielectric material between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David F. Feider, Ralph E. Dufresne, Quynhgiao N. Le
  • Patent number: 7822355
    Abstract: The present invention is related to preventing dust agglomeration on a sharp electrode which is used for generating corona. According to certain aspects, the invention includes a dust shroud which decreases or prevents dust accumulation on the sharp electrodes. The dust shroud changes the gas flow path so as to reduce the amount of gas passing near the sharp electrode. An advantage of the shroud is that it prevents dust from building up on the electrodes. The shroud is a simple, passive addition to the electrostatic pump, such that the pump is otherwise able to operate normally throughout its life. In embodiments, the shroud can be used to protect a corona electrode used in heat sink applications especially in electronics cooling. It can also be used in electrostatic precipitators for cleaning dust or chemical or microbe particles from air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ventiva, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Schlitz
  • Patent number: 7821762
    Abstract: With a piezoelectric transformer formed of a ferroelectric element which generates a high voltage in a secondary section upon application of an AC voltage to a primary section, ground electrodes are attached to upper and lower surfaces of the secondary section of the piezoelectric transformer via a dielectric sheet for insulation in tight contact therewith such that a dielectric barrier discharge occurs around the ground electrodes to generate positive and negative ions, and an air flow is injected from an air nozzle to flow toward a neutralized subject across the ground electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Yasuoka, Yuki Shibata, Nobuhiro Fujiwara, Satoshi Suzuki, Toshio Sato
  • Patent number: 7821765
    Abstract: A light to plug into a wall socket having a negative ion generator in the form of a pin. The pin design can be easily cleaned with a swab and cleaning solution such as rubbing alcohol, eliminating the need to trim or clean a brush electrode when corrosion or deposits form. The negative ion generator is always on and produces the negative ions to purify the air. The device can have a light sensor to activate the light when light is low. The device can also come with light emitting diodes which can be set to indicate the status of the various systems of the device. The device can come equipped with an air freshener that disperses vaporized perfume into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: William Kinsey
  • Patent number: 7817057
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote alarm panel display for monitoring wrist-strap cords used by an operator to install components during the manufacturing of hard disk drives in order to provide grounding to the operator as the operator handles electrically sensitive components and also to provide mobility to the operator within the assembly floor. In one embodiment, the remote alarm panel display comprises a plurality of alarm indicators which are activated when a corresponding wrist strap is disconnected from a wrist strap monitoring device connected to the remote alarm panel display. In one embodiment the alarm indicators are light emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Napoleon B. Bumanlag, Roger Flores Galinggana, Jr., Lloyd Henry I. Li, Ray Nicanor M. Tag-At
  • Patent number: 7800882
    Abstract: An electrostatic shield (10) for use in a portable electronic device (A or B) includes a base (12), a conductive layer (14), and an electroplate layer (16). The conductive layer is formed on the base. The electroplate layer is formed on the conductive layer and defines an aperture (162) therethrough. A portion of the conductive layer is revealed/exposed through the electroplate layer via the aperture. A method for fabricating the electrostatic shield is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: De-Feng Gao, Qing-Bin Zeng
  • Patent number: 7796370
    Abstract: A lightning protection device is provided. The device includes a lower field coupler, an upper field coupler, a lightning sensor, and a controller. The lightning sensor includes a differential voltage window comparator. The lower field coupler is capacitively coupled to the earth ground, and the upper field coupler is coupled to the local atmospheric electric field. If a ground potential rise (GPR) event occurs, the differential voltage window comparator trips. If the differential voltage window comparator trips or if a power line transient occurs, the controller disconnects the power phase, neutral, and ground wires to isolate sensitive equipment. In some embodiments, the controller also detects power line transients and disconnects the power, phase, neutral, and ground wires if a power line transient is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Alset Corporation
    Inventor: John Michael Wruble
  • Patent number: 7772764
    Abstract: A display device and a method of manufacturing the display device are provided. The display device includes a substrate; a driving voltage line disposed on the substrate; a driving voltage line pad to transmit a driving voltage to the driving voltage line; a driving transistor connected to the driving voltage line; a pixel electrode connected to the driving transistor; a common electrode opposing the pixel electrode; a light emitting member disposed between the pixel electrode and the common electrode; and a common electrode pad disposed on the substrate so as to transmit a common voltage to the common electrode. The common electrode pad and the driving voltage line pad are exposed at a side surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joon-Chul Goh, Beohm-Rock Choi, Jung-Soo Rhee, Joon-Hoo Choi, Kwang-Chul Jung
  • Publication number: 20100182728
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus (40) to neutralize the charge on a moving web (42) by splitting the field present on the web (42). One portion of the field is removed by a grounded element (55a, 55) proximate to, and optionally contacting, one side of the web (42). Proximate the opposite side of the web, the apparatus includes an ion source (57a, 57b, 57c), which provides ions to the web (42) to neutralize the charge remaining on the web (42), and a second grounded element (50a, 50b, 50c) positioned between the ion source (57a, 57b,57c) and the web (42). The methods provide a web (42) that is net neutralized and is also dual-side or bipolar neutralized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Richard M. Jendrejack, William B. Kolb, Robert A. Yapel, Peter T. Benson, William R. Dudley, Raghunath Padiyath
  • Patent number: 7751170
    Abstract: Charge transfer is provided to or from an electrically isolated test body by AC modulation of the photoelectric effect. More specifically, a reference body is disposed near the test body without physical contact between the reference and test bodies. Facing surfaces of the reference and test bodies are illuminated by optical radiation having a sufficiently short wavelength that charged particles are emitted from the reference and test bodies. An electrical bias is established between the reference body and the test body. Both the optical radiation and the electrical bias are modulated at the same frequency. A magnitude and direction of a charge transfer rate between the reference and test bodies is set by selecting a phase relation between the optical radiation and the electrical bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Ke-Xun Sun, Brett A. Allard, Robert L. Byer, Saps Buchman
  • Patent number: 7735215
    Abstract: A holder with includes: a holder body formed by molding a resin material, a contact surface on the holder body for receiving an operating object to be held on the holder body, a grip portion on the holder body at a position apart from the contact surface for being gripped by an operator, and an electric conductor extending from the contact surface to the grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Toshiba Storage Device Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohide Nakajima
  • Patent number: 7738236
    Abstract: A system for lightning-protection of an aircraft skin panel that includes a nonconductive skin panel substrate and a series of spaced apart electrically conductive strips embedded in and extending along an outer surface of the nonconductive skin panel substrate. A series of electrically conductive fasteners extend through the nonconductive skin panel substrate to affix it to the airframe of the aircraft. The fasteners are arrayed along peripheral regions of the nonconductive skin panel substrate. Each of the electrically conductive strips is in electrical communication with the aircraft airframe through at least one fastener located proximate each end region of each strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Raymond J. Stein
  • Publication number: 20100139743
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for removing charge buildup/leakage from solar modules. A discharge controller may be coupled between a solar module and a string bus of a solar array. The discharge controller may be configured to disconnect the solar module from the string bus, and to connect a grounded frame to solar cells of the solar module. Since the grounded frame of the solar module may be grounded, connecting the grounded frame and the solar cells allows charge buildup/leakage to discharge into ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: TIGO ENERGY
    Inventors: Ron HADAR, Shmuel ARDITI, Dan KIKINIS