By Charged Gas Irradiation Patents (Class 361/213)
  • Patent number: 10745230
    Abstract: A winding device for a substantially electrically insulating web material having a winding roller on which the web material can be wound, characterized in that an apparatus exists for transferring an electric charge to the web material on the winding roller, and/or when deflecting to the winding roller, and the apparatus for transferring an electric charge is connected to at least one electrical high-voltage source with a positive or negative polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Hubertus Dettke, Christa Dettke, Christoph Dettke
  • Patent number: 10638590
    Abstract: A method for frequency control of a piezoelectric transformer and a circuit arrangement including a piezoelectric transformer are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes exciting a piezoelectric transformer on an input side with an AC voltage of predetermined frequency as input voltage, capturing a phase information for an input impedance of the piezoelectric transformer in a feedback path, evaluating the captured phase information in respect of a predetermined phase criterion, and regulating the frequency of the AC voltage on a basis of the evaluated phase information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Michael Weilguni, Markus Puff
  • Patent number: 10624197
    Abstract: A plasma generator and a method for setting an ion ratio. In an embodiment a plasma generator includes a piezoelectric transformer suitable for ionizing a process gas, an ion separation electrode and a drive circuit suitable for applying a potential to the ion separation electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Michael Weilguni, Markus Puff
  • Patent number: 10548206
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure related to automated static control. A set of static sensor data may be obtained from two or more static sensors. The set of static sensor data may be analyzed to determine whether a static condition exists. In response to a determination that a static condition exists, a set of mobile static unit data may be collected from one or more mobile static units. The set of mobile static unit data may be analyzed to select a mobile static unit of the one or more mobile static units. An action may be transmitted to the selected mobile static unit, and the selected mobile static unit may be deployed to mitigate the static condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Icko E. T. Iben, John Thomas Kinnear, Jr., Ho-Yiu Lam, Sia Kai Julian Tan
  • Patent number: 10488147
    Abstract: An electric projection weapon system is provided. The weapon system includes a targeting system for projecting conductive fluid beams towards a focal point at a target location in space. The electric projection weapon comprises at least two nozzles configured to project the conductive fluid beams towards the focal point. At least one of the nozzles is actuated by a nozzle actuator and is directionally controlled to control convergence of the conductive fluid beams towards the focal point. The weapon includes isolated pressurized reservoirs in fluid communication with the nozzles and containing a high conductance ionic solution, forming the fluid beams when projected from the nozzles. A high voltage power supply applies an electric potential difference between the conductive fluid beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Simon Tremblay, Eric Bharucha
  • Patent number: 10109449
    Abstract: Each of first to fourth needle-like electrodes is arranged such that a direction of extension thereof is parallel, and generates ions by discharge. Through a space, a gas for conveying the ions generated by the first to fourth needle-like electrodes flows. Needle tips of the first needle-like electrode and the second needle-like electrode protrude from a first wall surface that forms the space, are spaced apart from each other, and are arranged in line in the space. Needle tips of the third needle-like electrode and the fourth needle-like electrode protrude from a second wall surface that forms the space and faces the first wall surface, are spaced apart from each other, and are arranged in line in the space. The first needle-like electrode and the fourth needle-like electrode generate positive ions, and the second needle-like electrode and the third needle-like electrode generate negative ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ezaki, Yoshinori Sekoguchi, Satohiko Yamamoto, Tomoaki Takado, Keitaro Yamada, Satoshi Okano
  • Patent number: 10044174
    Abstract: An electrode unit formed by mounting a discharge electrode in a first housing, and a power supply control unit formed by locating a high voltage generation circuit that outputs a pulsating high voltage to the electrode unit in a second housing are electrically connected via a shielded cable, and a capacitor is connected to a ground line electrically connecting between a shield layer of the shielded cable and the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Hariya, Takayuki Toshida
  • Patent number: 9966291
    Abstract: A de-chuck control method is provided for de-chucking a workpiece from an electrostatic chuck that electrostatically attracts the workpiece. The de-chuck control method includes a discharge step of introducing an inert gas into a chamber after a plasma process and performing a discharge process; a high pressure step of introducing a gas having a lower ionization energy than helium gas after the discharge step, and maintaining a pressure within the chamber to a higher pressure than a pressure during the plasma process or a pressure during the discharge step; and a de-chuck step of de-chucking the workpiece from the electrostatic chuck with a support pin while the higher pressure is maintained by the high pressure step or after the higher pressure is maintained by the high pressure step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Junichi Sasaki, Masaaki Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 9950086
    Abstract: A sanitizer for sanitizing various plumbing fixtures and specifically, to a chemical-free sanitizer, more specifically to an ozone-free sanitizer, and yet more specifically to an electronic sanitizer using ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DM TEC, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. Robert
  • Patent number: 9894931
    Abstract: Provided is an anion electronic cigarette that includes an atomizer (1) and battery assembly (2) which are electrically connected to each other. The anionic electronic cigarette further includes an anion generation device, comprising an anion generator (14) which is electrically connected to the control circuit provided in the battery assembly (2). The anion electronic cigarette causes electronic smoke comprised of high-density anions to enter the human body, which can help smokers to mitigate the smoking addiction and even quit smoking, while providing a cleaner a method of smoking. At the same time, when it is required to add liquid tobacco tar into the electronic cigarette in the present invention, it only requires opening the cigarette nozzle and pulling out the sealing pillar from the tar injection hole to inject tobacco tar into the tobacco tar cavity, which is fast and convenient and is not easy for tar to leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN BAUWAY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xuewu Zhou
  • Patent number: 9787065
    Abstract: An ionizer for charging air in a motor vehicle with negative ions. The ionizer has an emitter with a pair of spaced electrodes, a high-voltage power supply, means connecting the power supply to the electrodes to apply a voltage differential across them and thereby ionize gas molecules adjacent the electrodes, and a sensor between the power supply and the electrodes for measuring current passing between the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: paragon AG
    Inventor: Ralf Moenkemoeller
  • Patent number: 9711317
    Abstract: The invention relates to air ionization modules with ionization tubes removably arranged in mounts and to a support comprising the mounts. The air ionization modules are characterized in particular in that as little condensation as possible occurs while enriching an air flow with ions. For this purpose, the support has two mutually spaced plates, a first plate being an assembly plate and a second plate being a circuit board comprising the mounts. Furthermore, a body made of a heat-insulating material is located between the plates such that the second plate is arranged so as to be heat-insulated relative to the first plate. The air ionization module is used to generate ions in an air flow for at least one inner room of a building. Ionized air leads to a separation of multiple odor-causing molecules, an eradication of microorganisms, a degradation of volatile gaseous hydrocarbons, and a reduction of the oxide potential of the air, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LK Luftqualität AG
    Inventors: Beda Weibel, Michael Oswald
  • Patent number: 9357624
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for static charge neutralization in variable pressure environments are disclosed. In particular, barrier discharge ionization apparatus may include a hollow dielectric channel disposed within a variable pressure environment and may have at least one open end, a reference emitter disposed on the outer surface of the channel, and a high voltage electrode disposed within the channel. The high voltage electrode may present a high intensity electric field to the reference emitter through the dielectric channel in response to the provision of a variable-waveform signal dictated by conditions in the variable pressure environment. This results in the generation of a plasma region with electrically balanced charge carriers within the variable pressure environment due to barrier discharge occurring at the interface of the reference emitter and the outer surface of the dielectric channel. The disclosed apparatus are compatible with either radio frequency or micro-pulse voltage power supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gefter, Edward Anthony Oldynski, Steven Bernard Heymann
  • Patent number: 9276385
    Abstract: Two flow passages are provided for allowing the passage of air sent out from a blower in the same direction individually and discharging the air to outside. An ion generation unit for generating positive ions by only corona discharge is arranged at one flow passage, and an ion generation unit for generating electrostatic atomized water particles with negative polarity by electrostatic atomizing phenomenon is arranged at the other flow passage. A throttle is provided at the one flow passage for making the wind speed of air flowing through the one flow passage faster than the wind speed of air flowing through the other flow passage. Since positive ions having shorter lifetime are emitted more than electrostatic atomized water particles with negative polarity having longer lifetime, the balance between positive and negative polarities in the air can be sustained over a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasutaka Kataoka
  • Patent number: 9268194
    Abstract: A technique for controlling the effects generated by the interaction of a plurality of laser pulses with a medium by selecting or varying the successive pulse parameters comprising: generating a plurality of laser pulses interacting with a medium; and selecting or varying the properties/parameters characterizing said laser pulses to control the effects resulting from the interaction among said plurality of laser pulses and said medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: PM & AM Research
    Inventors: Kevin Kremeyer, Jeremy Yeak, Matthias Lenzner
  • Patent number: 9265133
    Abstract: A static elimination device is proposed for eliminating static electricity on the surface of a large-size glass substrate. The static elimination device includes a rotation axis and an electrostatic neutralizer. The rotation axis is installed outside a cassette in which the glass substrate is installed. The electrostatic neutralizer is permanently connected to the rotation axis. The rotation axis is driven to rotate, causing the electrostatic neutralizer centered on the rotation axis to rotate back and forth at a specific angle. The static elimination device of the present invention features simple structure, low fuel consumption and high efficiency, low cost, and high efficiency in static elimination. Owing to these features, the static elimination device of the present invention could work very well for the glass substrate of an arbitrary size. A cassette including the static elimination device is also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Xiande Li, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Erqing Zhu, Minghu Qi, Weibing Yang
  • Publication number: 20150109714
    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: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki TOSHIDA, Tomokazu Hariya, Naoto Sasada
  • Patent number: 9001487
    Abstract: An ionizer includes an electrode shaft, a fixing bar, a driver, and a controller. The electrode shaft includes first and second electrode rows, the first electrode row having a plurality of ionizer electrodes arranged in a first direction and the second electrode row having a plurality of ionizer electrodes arranged in the first direction and spaced apart from the first electrode row. The fixing bar includes a discharge area facing an object to be processed, and accommodates the electrode shaft so a single electrode row is disposed in the discharge area. The driver is inside the fixing bar so as to be coupled to both end portions of the electrode shaft, and controls a position of the electrode shaft. The controller controls the driver to replace the electrode row disposed in the discharge area with another electrode row according to a previously input replacement condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8988845
    Abstract: The present invention provides a forklift and a warehouse system. The forklift includes a hoisting apparatus, a fork, and a static electricity eliminating device. The hoisting apparatus is used to maneuver the fork and the static electricity eliminating device which supplies pressurized ionized airflow toward an area located above the fork. By way of forgoing, the accumulated static electricity can he electively drained and grounded. Furthermore, the accumulated static electricity within the warehouse system can be effectively controlled and eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yunshao Jiang, Minghu Qi, Zenghong Chen
  • Publication number: 20150062771
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing static electricity of a fuel cell stack manufacturing device, includes a cartridge in which a plurality of Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) are received, an air nozzle portion disposed in an upper portion of the cartridge and including an air flow channel for air movement, a plurality of nozzle holes defined along an inner side of the air nozzle portion, which faces the MEAs disposed in the cartridge, to communicate with the air flow channel, and an air inlet portion configured to be supplied with ionized air from the outside to deliver the ionized air to the air flow channel of the air nozzle portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Nam Gu LEE, Sang Hyun CHO
  • Publication number: 20140376146
    Abstract: The static eliminator for parts feeder comprises a hollow cylindrical or truncated conical cup into which air is injected from the upper portion thereof to generate an air stream of negative pressure circling within the cup so as to lift the works up in the air, and an ionized air introduced into the cup to remove the static from the works thus lifted. The static eliminator is disposed above the upper portion of the parts feeder in a space more than the height of the work. The static eliminator is positioned just in front of the place in which the works stop moving due to the static charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: TRINC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Takayanagi
  • Publication number: 20140340809
    Abstract: A static electricity prevention device includes a main body, an air ionizing generator, a first griping arm, a second griping arm and a driving unit. The main body includes a receiving cavity. The air ionizing generator is fixed on the main body and configured for ejecting ionized air. The first griping arm and the second griping arm each comprises a gripping end and a supporting end connected with the gripping end, the first griping arm and the second griping arm are pivotally mounted on the ends of the main body. The driving unit is arranged in the receiving cavity, and configured for driving the supporting end to rotate, and in order to open or close the gripping end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MIN-TSANG TSENG
  • Publication number: 20140340810
    Abstract: A discharge device includes a body including a plurality of dielectric layers stacked one above another, a discharge electrode disposed in the body, an induction electrode disposed in the body to face the discharge electrode with at least one of the dielectric layers interposed therebetween, and a heater electrode disposed in a layer different from a layer in which the discharge electrode is disposed, and different from a layer in which the induction electrode is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko SHIMANAKA
  • Patent number: 8861166
    Abstract: An ionization system for a predefined area includes a plurality of emitter modules spaced around the area, a system controller for individually addressing and monitoring the emitter modules and communication lines for electrically connecting the plurality of emitter modules with the system controller. Each emitter module has an individual address and including at least one electrical ionizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: William S. Richie, Jr., Richard D. Rodrigo, Philip R. Hall
  • Patent number: 8861167
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for a bipolar ionization device that includes an electrically insulated base, a power input terminal, an anode engaged to the base and the power input terminal, a cathode that partially circumscribes the anode, and plurality of tines extending perpendicularly from the anode having a lower portion and a top portion, wherein the lower portion is engaged to the anode and is wider than the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Global Plasma Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Houston Waddell, Joseph Anton Christiansen
  • Publication number: 20140293496
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a method of automatically balancing ionized air stream created in bipolar corona discharge is provided. The method comprises: providing an air moving device with at least one ion emitter and reference electrode connected to a micro-pulsed AC power source, and a control system with at least one ion balance monitor and corona discharge adjustment control; generating variable polarity groups of short duration ionizing micro-pulses: wherein said micro-pulses are predominantly asymmetric in amplitude and duration of both polarity voltages and have a magnitude of at least one polarity ionizing pulses exceed the corona threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Edward Oldynski, Peter Gefter, Leslie Partridge
  • Publication number: 20140268475
    Abstract: An ionizer includes an electrode shaft, a fixing bar, a driver, and a controller. The electrode shaft includes first and second electrode rows, the first electrode row having a plurality of ionizer electrodes arranged in a first direction and the second electrode row having a plurality of ionizer electrodes arranged in the first direction and spaced apart from the first electrode row. The fixing bar includes a discharge area facing an object to be processed, and accommodates the electrode shaft so a single electrode row is disposed in the discharge area. The driver is inside the fixing bar so as to be coupled to both end portions of the electrode shaft, and controls a position of the electrode shaft. The controller controls the driver to replace the electrode row disposed in the discharge area with another electrode row according to a previously input replacement condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang-Su KIM
  • Patent number: 8772974
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transmission of charged particles along a laser-induced conduction path of concentric plasma channels in atmosphere. The apparatus comprises a high power laser array in operable communication with a high energy output means to accomplish initiation of at least two concentric plasma channels in atmosphere, a second energy source for outputting the charged particles to be transmitted, and means for introducing the charged particles to be transmitted into the wall of at least one of the laser-induced conduction channels. Other embodiments further include means for inducing the energy across the conduction path to a target capable of receiving and storing the energy, and a plurality of charging rods bearing a negative or positive charge and in communication with each conductive channel for shaping and stabilizing the charge transmitted therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Glenn Lane Family Limited Liability Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Glenn E. Lane
  • Patent number: 8730642
    Abstract: This invention provides a stacker with static elimination devices arranged at both sides of each shelf of the stacker and comprises a rectangular box producing charged ions. A rotary shaft is connected with the rectangular box and with both ends fixed on upper and lower shelf holders, respectively. A standpipe parallel with the rotary shaft is provided inside the rectangular box and includes a horizontal transverse plate on which an ion generator is installed. The standpipe includes a blowing device directing charged ions generated toward a cartridge transferred in and out of the shelf. With the static elimination devices at both sides of each shelf of the stacker, the charged ions are blown toward glass substrates disposed inside the cartridge transferred in and out of the shelf to eliminate the static of the glass substrate inside the cartridge and improve the yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yunshao Jiang, Minghu Qi, Zenghong Chen
  • Patent number: 8730641
    Abstract: A static electricity removing apparatus for removing static electricity of a charged object comprises a discharge electrode which generates an ionized air having a polarity opposite to that of the object by discharge, an auxiliary electrode which is provided with openings for the ionized air generated by the discharge electrode to pass through, and an electric field forming means which forms an electric field in a space between the auxiliary electrode and the object. The electric field forming means generates the electric field between the auxiliary electrode and the object by allowing a potential having a polarity opposite to that of the object to occur in the auxiliary electrode at the start of the static electricity removal and decreases the electric field between the auxiliary electrode and the object when an absolute value of the potential of the object is equal to or less than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Koganei Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinari Fukada
  • Publication number: 20140126101
    Abstract: The present invention provides a forklift and a warehouse system. The forklift includes a hoisting apparatus, a fork, and a static electricity eliminating device. The hoisting apparatus is used to maneuver the fork and the static electricity eliminating device which supplies pressurized ionized airflow toward an area located above the fork. By way of forgoing, the accumulated static electricity can he electively drained and grounded. Furthermore, the accumulated static electricity within the warehouse system can be effectively controlled and eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yunshao Jiang, Minghu Qi, Zenghong Chen
  • Patent number: 8717733
    Abstract: Self-balancing, corona discharge for the stable production of electrically balanced and ultra-clean ionized gas streams is disclosed. This result is achieved by promoting the electronic conversion of free electrons into negative ions without adding oxygen or another electronegative gas to the gas stream. The invention may be used with electronegative and/or electropositive or noble gas streams and may include the use of a closed loop corona discharge control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gefter, Leslie W. Partridge, Lyle Dwight Nelsen
  • Publication number: 20140118878
    Abstract: The present invention provides a static elimination device which is used for a stacker with a fan filter device. Characterize in that the static elimination device is provided at the end side of each shelf facing the fan filter device in the stacker. Said end side is opposite to the end side of the shelf which a cartridge moves in and out. Two ends of the static elimination device are free to rotate and connected to shelf holders at said end side. Under the action of the fan filter device blowing the airflow, the ions, which are used to eliminate the static, are blown from the static elimination device into the cartridge of the shelf and the surface of the glass substrate on the cartridge. The present invention further provides a stacker. The stacker and the static elimination device according to the present invention can effectively eliminate the static of the cartridge and the glass substrate surface in the same, which can decrease the equipment costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co.
    Inventors: Yunshao Jiang, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yongqiang Wang, Zhiyou Shu, Zhenhua Guo
  • Patent number: 8710456
    Abstract: A multi-sectional linear ionizing bar with at least four elements is disclosed. First, disclosed bars may include at least one ionization cell with at least one axis-defining linear ion emitter for establishing an ion cloud along the length thereof. Second, disclosed bars may include at least one reference electrode. Third, disclosed bars may include a manifold for receiving gas or air from a source and for delivering same past the linear emitter(s) such that substantially none of the gas/air flows into the ion cloud. Fourth, disclosed bars may include means for receiving the ionizing voltage and for delivering same to the linear emitter(s) to thereby establish the ion cloud. In this way, disclosed ionizing bars may transport ions from the plasma region toward a charge neutralization target without inducing substantial vibration of the linear emitter and without substantial contaminants from the gas/air flow reaching the linear emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksey Klochkov, Peter Gefter, Steven Bernard Heymann, Leslie W. Partridge, Greenberry Bedford Brown, Matthew T. Antonelli
  • Patent number: 8693161
    Abstract: Self-balancing, corona discharge for the stable production of electrically balanced and ultra-clean ionized gas streams is disclosed. This result is achieved by promoting the electronic conversion of free electrons into negative ions without adding oxygen or another electronegative gas to the gas stream. The invention may be used with electronegative and/or electropositive or noble gas streams and may include the use of a closed loop corona discharge control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gefter, Leslie W. Partridge, Lyle Dwight Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140078638
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stacker and a static elimination device for the same. The static elimination device is provided at both sides of each shelf of the stacker, comprising: a rectangular box which can produce charged ions, wherein a rotary shaft is provided through and connected with the rectangular box; both ends of the rotary shaft are respectively fixed on upper and lower shelf holders respectively; a standpipe parallel with the rotary shaft is provided inside the rectangular box; the vertical direction of the standpipe is provided with a horizontal transverse plate, and the horizontal transverse plate vertically is provided with an ion generator; a blowing device also is provided on the standpipe, and the blowing device blows the charged ions generated and released from the ion generator into and out of a cartridge of the shelf through the long strip slit direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yunshao Jiang, Minghu Qi, Zenghong Chen
  • Publication number: 20140078637
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for neutralizing static charges on a web exiting an unwinding roll are disclosed. The apparatus comprises two static dissipaters. The first static dissipater is positioned to neutralize static charges on the outside surface of the unwinding roll. The second static dissipater is positioned to neutralize static charges on the inside surface of the web. The method comprises neutralizing static charges on the outside surface of the roll using a static neutralizer, separating the web from the roll at an unwinding nip, and subsequently neutralizing static charges on the inside surface of the web using a static neutralizer. Disclosed also are the apparatus and the method adapted for a roll that may be unwound in either the clockwise or in the counter-clockwise direction and from an unwind turret having a first spindle in a load position and a second spindle in a run position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTROSTATIC ANSWERS LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Stephen Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130321972
    Abstract: A static elimination device is proposed for eliminating static electricity on the surface of a large-size glass substrate. The static elimination device includes a rotation axis and an electrostatic neutralizer. The rotation axis is installed outside a cassette in which the glass substrate is installed. The electrostatic neutralizer is permanently connected to the rotation axis. The rotation axis is driven to rotate, causing the electrostatic neutralizer centered on the rotation axis to rotate back and forth at a specific angle. The static elimination device of the present invention features simple structure, low fuel consumption and high efficiency, low cost, and high efficiency in static elimination. Owing to these features, the static elimination device of the present invention could work very well for the glass substrate of an arbitrary size. A cassette including the static elimination device is also proposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Xiande Li, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Erqing Zhu, Minghu Qi, Weibing Yang
  • Patent number: 8599568
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Gupta, Joseph K. Huntzinger, Michael G. Coady, Curtis Allen Stapert, Kevin Earl Meyer, Timothy D. Garner, Jeffrey T. Bell, Robert L. Vadas, Donald G. Moeschberger, Rick L. Hatcher, Quan N. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8492733
    Abstract: A multi-sectional linear ionizing bar with at least four elements is disclosed. First, disclosed bars may include at least one ionization cell with at least one axis-defining linear ion emitter for establishing an ion cloud along the length thereof. Second, disclosed bars may include at least one reference electrode. Third, disclosed bars may include a manifold for receiving gas or air from a source and for delivering same past the linear emitter(s) such that substantially none of the gas/air flows into the ion cloud. Fourth, disclosed bars may include means for receiving the ionizing voltage and for delivering same to the linear emitter(s) to thereby establish the ion cloud. In this way, disclosed ionizing bars may transportions from the plasma region toward a charge neutralization target without inducing substantial vibration of the linear emitter and without substantial contaminants from the gas/air flow reaching the linear emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksey Klochkov, Peter Gefter, Steven Bernard Heymann, Leslie W. Partridge, Greenberry Bedford Brown, Matthew T. Antonelli
  • Patent number: 8460433
    Abstract: Clean corona gas ionization by separating contaminant byproducts from corona generated ions includes establishing a non-ionized gas stream having a pressure and flowing in a downstream direction, establishing a plasma region of ions and contaminant byproducts in which the pressure is sufficiently lower than the pressure of the non-ionized gas stream to prevent at least a substantial portion of the byproducts from migrating into the non-ionized gas stream, and applying an electric field to the plasma region sufficient to induce at least a substantial portion of the ions to migrate into the non-ionized gas stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gefter, Aleksey Klochkov, John E. Menear, Lyle Dwight Nelsen
  • Publication number: 20130114179
    Abstract: Self-balancing, corona discharge for the stable production of electrically balanced and ultra-clean ionized gas streams is disclosed. This result is achieved by promoting the electronic conversion of free electrons into negative ions without adding oxygen or another electronegative gas to the gas stream. The invention may be used with electronegative and/or electropositive or noble gas streams and may include the use of a closed loop corona discharge control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Peter GEFTER, Leslie W. PARTRIDGE, Lyle Dwight NELSON
  • Patent number: 8432660
    Abstract: In an ion generating unit configured to control driving of a plurality of ion generating elements for generating ions by a controller, the controller drives the ion generating elements upon start up, and is configured to keep driving for a predetermined time period; thereby, the ion concentration of a space upon start up is quickly raised to a predetermined concentration. Further, the controller is configured to drive the ion generating elements intermittently and one after another in order after the predetermined time period has elapsed; the product life is elongated while maintaining the predetermined ion concentration and shortening the driving time of the ion generating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Miwa Kamii, Yasutaka Kataoka
  • Patent number: 8416552
    Abstract: Self-balancing, corona discharge for the stable production of electrically balanced and ultra-clean ionized gas streams is disclosed. This result is achieved by promoting the electronic conversion of free electrons into negative ions without adding oxygen or another electronegative gas to the gas stream. The invention may be used with electronegative and/or electropositive or noble gas streams and may include the use of a closed loop corona discharge control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gefter, Leslie Wayne Partridge, Lyle Dwight Nelsen
  • Patent number: 8383219
    Abstract: A multilayer thermoplastic container for storing and transporting liquid contents, especially combustible or explosive contents, is made of at least three superimposed layers and includes at least one layer for discharging an electric charge. The innermost layer of the container in contact with the liquid content is made of virgin material and a second integrated inner layer which is covered by the innermost virgin material layer is electrically conductive as a result of incorporated additives, e.g. conductive carbon black and is covered on the outside by another electrically non-conductive layer. Electric charge carriers that accumulate on the surface of the thin inner layer due to the friction with the content are “suctioned through” large areas of the inner, electrically non-conductive layer by the second, electrically conductive layer and discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mauser-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Peter Schmidt, Frank Schüller, Reinhard Schubbach
  • Patent number: 8373962
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for increasing interaction between seed particles in a seed cloud and target particles to be neutralized, detected or knocked down to the ground. This is achieved by applying a charge to the seed particles so that the seed cloud formed by release of the seed particles at altitude is highly charged, which in turn produces a strong electric field between the seed cloud and ground. The relatively strong electric field causes the seed particles to move downward (toward the ground) at a velocity sufficient to increase interaction (collisions) between the seed particles and the target particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Exelis Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Ray Diehl
  • Patent number: 8325456
    Abstract: A static eliminator comprises an electric discharge portion, and a case in which the discharge portion for emitting ions in front thereof is disposed. The case includes an ion emitting opening and an ozone, etc suction opening. The ozone, etc generated in the discharge portion is sucked through the ozone, etc suction opening resulting in sucking air from the ion emitting opening in a direction opposite to that of ion emission through the ion emitting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Trinc.Org
    Inventor: Makoto Takayanagi
  • Publication number: 20120293906
    Abstract: A method of removing electrostatic charges from the tray (1, 1?) consists in supplying pressurized ionized air, first along the bottom (12, 12?) of the already turned over tray (1, 1?), and then, when unloading the tray (1, 1?), along its side walls (15, 15?) or the inner walls (14) of a compartment (13). The tray (1, 1?), made of dielectric material, protected against negative action of the electrostatic field, is provided inside with an insert (22, 22?) of conducting material, whereas the insert (22, 22?) may have different shapes. The device for unloading compartment trays (1) made of dielectric material is provided with an ionizer (10) disposed horizontally along the linear transporter (5), in the zone of feeding of the trays (1), whereas its nozzles (11) are turned in the direction of the inside of the bottom (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL TOBACCO MACHINERY POLAND SP. Z.O.O.
    Inventors: Adam Gielniewski, Radoslaw Owczarek
  • Publication number: 20120212874
    Abstract: A static electricity removing apparatus for removing static electricity of a charged object comprises a discharge electrode which generates an ionized air having a polarity opposite to that of the object by discharge, an auxiliary electrode which is provided with openings for the ionized air generated by the discharge electrode to pass through, and an electric field forming means which forms an electric field in a space between the auxiliary electrode and the object. The electric field forming means generates the electric field between the auxiliary electrode and the object by allowing a potential having a polarity opposite to that of the object to occur in the auxiliary electrode at the start of the static electricity removal and decreases the electric field between the auxiliary electrode and the object when an absolute value of the potential of the object is equal to or less than a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: KOGANEI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinari FUKADA
  • Publication number: 20120200982
    Abstract: A solution for static charge neutralization that includes providing at least one pulse train pair to an emitter of an ionizer is disclosed. The pulse train pair is disposed to include a positive pulse train and a negative pulse train that alternate in sequence. The positive pulse train includes an ionizing positive voltage waveform, while the negative pulse train includes an ionizing negative voltage waveform. These ionizing positive and negative voltage waveforms alternately create voltage gradients across the emitter and a reference electrode of the ionizer, generating by corona discharge an ion cloud that includes positive and negative ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Leslie Wayne PARTRIDGE