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20080264449Washing method for a dishwasher, and dishwasher for carrying out one such method - A method for washing and drying items in a dishwasher and a dishwasher are provided. After the dishwasher is placed in a program execution readiness state in which a given washing or drying program can be executed, a washing program and then a drying program are executed. In response to both an interruption of the drying program resulting in the dishwasher no longer being in a program execution readiness state and a thereafter following restoration of the dishwasher to its program execution readiness state, a parameter value is measured and the drying program is resumed if there is no predetermined deviation from a nominal value and, on the other hand, a fresh cycle of a washing program and a drying program is initiated in the event of a predetermined deviation.10-30-2008
20080264447Self-Cleaning Chlorine Generator with Intelligent Control - A water treatment system includes a circulation pump and a chlorine-generating electrolytic cell in fluid communication with a main body of water. When mineral deposits foul the generator, water is stagnated within the electrolytic cell and a minimal amount of a pH-reducing agent is added to remove the mineral deposits. The pH-reducing agent is admitted on a periodic timed basis or when the pH of the main body of water exceeds a predetermined threshold. Cleaning is accomplished by adding the pH-reducing agent when water in the electrolytic cell is not circulating so that the acid dwells within the electrolytic cell for a sufficient amount of time. Re-activation of circulation through the electrolytic cell causes the pH-reducing agent to enter the main body of water.10-30-2008
20110192423BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE WITH IN-LINE SCALE REMOVAL SYSTEM AND DESCALING METHOD USING SUCH SYSTEM - Beverage preparation machine comprising: a fluid circuit comprising a water reservoir, a water pump, a heating means, a beverage producing module, which are fluidically connected for circulating water from the reservoir to the beverage producing module, wherein an inline descaling system is provided in the fluid circuit comprising a dedicated compartment intended for receiving a predetermined dose of a water soluble/dispersible descaling agent. The invention also relates to a method for automatically descaling and rinsing the fluid circuit.08-11-2011
20100116293SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A process system includes a plurality of processing modules each processing a substrate with a process liquid. There is disposed a dispensing mechanism that dispenses the process liquid to the vertically arranged modules. The dispensing mechanism is provided with a process liquid supply source, and pumps corresponding to the respective processing modules. Each pump temporarily stores therein the process liquid which has been pressure-fed through a riser piping from the process liquid supply source by a pressing apparatus, and delivers the process liquid from an outlet. There are disposed nozzles each having a discharge port and discharging the process liquid to the corresponding processing module. Delivery pipings connecting the outlets of the pumps with the discharge ports of the corresponding nozzles have identical length to each other.05-13-2010
20090032061Dishwasher featuring alternating pump operation - A method is provided that allows a dishwasher to be run economically such that the washing residues that accumulate during the washing phases are removed from the washing liquid early on while the dishwasher filter systems are automatically cleaned. The re-circulation pump and the lye pump are at least temporarily operated in an alternating manner during a partial step of a program such that the dishwasher filter systems are automatically cleaned and the accumulated washing residues are conveyed away from the dishwasher at an early stage. The method makes it possible to improve the washing performance of the dishwasher and decrease the total operating time of the washing program, resulting in a reduction of the energy required for operating the dishwasher.02-05-2009
20080276964WASH CYCLES USING OXIDIZING AGENTS AND SENSORS - A substrate treating appliance utilizing a plurality of different chemistries for different cycles or different wash loads with a plurality of receptacles for receiving a plurality of cartridges containing the different chemistries. Each receptacle has one half of a lock and key connection arrangement providing a unique interconnection configuration at each receptacle, relative to the remaining receptacles, permitting only a selected type of chemistry cartridge to be accepted at a particular receptacle. A connection effected between the cartridge and the receptacle occurs by rotation of the cartridge relative to the receptacle between an insertion orientation and a locking orientation. Each receptacle is shaped to receive a cylindrical mouth wall of a particular type of chemistry cartridge. Each receptacle may also be uniquely sized, relative to the remaining receptacles, to accept only a selected type of chemistry cartridge. The plurality of receptacles may be arranged adjacent to one another with each cartridge having a configuration that prevents insertion of a cartridge into a receptacle unless every cartridge located in an adjacent receptacle is rotated to the locking orientation.11-13-2008
20100147330GAS TURBINE COMPRESSOR WATER WASH CONTROL OF DRAIN WATER PURGE AND SENSING OF RINSE AND WASH COMPLETION - A purge drain valve including a spool spliced in a fluid line includes a control valve and an actuator coupled to the control valve for regulating fluid flow. During a washing operation, fluid flows between a supply end and a delivery end of the spool, and during a purging operation, the control valve diverts fluid entering the supply end from the delivery end towards a drain leg. A washing system includes a fluid supply coupled to an input of a wash delivery system and a delivery line coupled to an output of the wash delivery system. The purge drain may be spliced into the delivery line to permit fluid to reach a wash apparatus during a washing operation and to prevent fluid from reaching the wash apparatus during a purging operation. A rinse cycle sensor apparatus may be employed to indicate to an operator if a washing operation is complete based upon a conductivity of fluid exiting from a device being washed.06-17-2010
20120174950OBSTACLE SENSING SPRAY ARM FOR A DISHWASHING MACHINE - A method of controlling the rotation of a spray arm for a dishwasher having a washing chamber, in which the spray arm is located, by rotating the spray arm with of a motor operably coupled to the spray arm.07-12-2012
20130032173CLEANING SYSTEM, CLEANING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF USING CLEANING DEVICE - A cleaning device is provided, including a top portion, a middle portion, and a bottom portion. The top portion includes a first opening. The middle portion is connected to the top portion, and includes an inlet on a lateral side, an annular channel communicated with the inlet, and a second opening communicated with the first opening. The bottom portion is connected to the middle portion, and includes a reservoir and a third opening. The third opening communicates the second opening and the reservoir.02-07-2013
20100043830SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING SUBSTRATE PROCESSING PROGRAM THEREIN - Disclosed is to supply processing liquid having a predetermined flow rate and concentration to substrate processing units of a substrate processing apparatus with high accuracy. The substrate processing apparatus, which processes substrates in the substrate processing units using the processing liquid supplied from a processing liquid supply part, sequentially carries the substrates to the respective substrate processing units, and controls the processing start time such that if the flow rate of the processing liquid used in one of the substrate processing units is less than the control flow rate that is controllable at the processing liquid supply part, the substrates are carried to the plurality of substrate processing units until a flow rate of the processing liquid reaches the control flow rate that is controllable at the processing liquid supply part and then the processing liquid is used simultaneously in the plurality of the substrate processing units.02-25-2010
20100043829Controlling method of dishwasher - Dishwashers and methods of control for operation of dishwashers are disclosed. The dishwasher may include an upper rack in an upper portion of a washing compartment for placing dishes, such as wine glasses, which are susceptible to damage. The dishwasher may also include an upper spraying arm in the upper portion of the washing compartment. During a wash cycle, the upper spraying arm can spray washing water toward the upper rack and steam may be supplied to the washing compartment at various intervals to reduce the risk of damage to the dishes and improve foreign matter removal. During a rinse cycle, water which may be heated in multiple stages by a sump heater may be sprayed toward the upper rack.02-25-2010
20100043828Diswasher and controlling method of the same - Dishwashers and methods of control for operation of dishwashers are disclosed. The dishwasher may include an upper rack in an upper portion of a washing compartment configured to receive small dishes, such as a cup having a small washing load, and a lower rack in a lower portion of the washing compartment for placing large dishes, such as a dinner bowl having a large washing load. The operation of the dishwasher can include wash and rinse cycles having a plurality of sub-cycles. During the sub-cycles, the upper and lower racks can be selectively sprayed with water and steam can be supplied to the washing compartment based on configured conditions, such as a water temperature or operation time being reached. The operation of the dishwasher can reduce excessive washing of dishes having small washing loads and reduce power consumption of the dishwasher.02-25-2010
20100043827Diswasher and controlling method of the same - Dishwashers and methods of control for operation of dishwashers are disclosed. The dishwasher can include one or more racks in a washing compartment for placing used dishes having foreign matter, such as food and drink, and unused dishes having relatively little or no foreign matter and varying washing loads. Operation of the dishwasher can include wash, water drain and supply, and rinse cycles. During the cycles, preheating of a steam generator, water draining and supplying, steam supplying, and water spraying can occur and partially or fully overlap. The dishwasher can reduce excessive washing of dishes having small washing loads and improve power and water consumption.02-25-2010
20100043826SEQUENCING SPRAY ARM ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER - A sequencing spray arm assembly includes a plurality fluid spray arms rotatably mounted on respective radially spaced carrier arms. The rotating fluid spray arms are in fluid communication with a fluid distribution manifold and adapted to distribute washing fluid throughout a washing chamber of the appliance. A sequencing diverter valve system enables delivery of washing fluid from the fluid distribution manifold to one or more of the plurality of rotating fluid spray arms. A fluid responsive rotating drive arm drives the rotation of a sequencing disk in the valve system between discrete positions and enables delivery of fluid to one or more of the plurality of rotating fluid spray arms in a sequential manner such that, for each discrete position, less than the total number of spray arms are supplied with washing fluid at a time.02-25-2010
20100043825SEQUENCING DIVERTER VALVE SYSTEM FOR AN APPLIANCE - A sequencing diverter valve system in a washing appliance includes a fluid distribution manifold having a fluid inlet for receiving washing fluid and a plurality of fluid outlets. A fluid responsive rotating drive arm is connected to a drive reduction mechanism which, in turn, is operatively connected to a rotating sequencing valve for shifting the valve through a plurality of discrete positions at a rate of rotation less than the rate of rotation of the drive arm. As it rotates, the sequencing valve sequentially directs the washing fluid to a respective one or more of the plurality of fluid outlets.02-25-2010
20090159099Dishwasher and Operating Method for Dishwasher - A dishwasher, in particular a domestic dishwasher, having a dishwashing compartment and apparatuses for washing tableware using washing liquor, wherein it is possible to set the pressure in the apparatuses for washing tableware. A feed apparatus for an additive is provided, and the pressure in the apparatuses for washing tableware can be set as a function of the metering of the additive in the feed apparatus.06-25-2009
20090159098MATERIAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method of determining one or more operational parameters of a washing system having a wash tank to which water and material are added. In one embodiment, the method includes monitoring a concentration of material, which is decreased at least partially due to water being added to the wash tank. The method also includes maintaining the concentration of material by dispensing material into the wash tank during a material dispensing operation. Additionally, the method includes generating a parameter indicative of a rate at which the material is dispensed during the material dispensing operation. The method also includes determining a presence of a water flow abnormality based at least partially on the generated parameter.06-25-2009
20100108097BIOCHEMICAL ANALYZER AND METHOD FOR CLEANING FLUID COMPONENTS OF THE SAME - There is provided a biochemical analyzer and a method of cleaning fluid components of the same. The biochemical analyzer includes a reagent adding mechanism, a sample adding mechanism, at least one reaction cup, a cleaning mechanism and a waste pipeline connected to the cleaning mechanism. A control system is employed, wherein the control system has a cleaning mode for cleaning fluid components of the biochemical analyzer, having: a) a water injection step; and b) a water discharge. With the cleaning method, the fluid components such as the water drawing device and waste valve on the waste pipeline may be automatically cleaned without manual intervention.05-06-2010
20090120462Fabricating and cleaning chamber components having textured surfaces - A method of fabricating a substrate processing chamber component involves forming a component having a textured surface and sweeping a jet of pressurized fluid across the textured surface of the component. The jet of fluid is pressurized sufficiently high to dislodge substantially all the particles from the textured surface. The method can be applied to dislodge grit particles from textured exposed surfaces formed by electromagnetic energy beam scanning and grit blasting. The method can also be applied to remove loosely adhered coating particles from the textured surfaces of coated components.05-14-2009
20090084406Composition for stripping and stripping method - The present invention provides a stripping composition and a stripping method capable of easily stripping a color resist or an organic insulating film formed on a substrate to reuse the substrate when defects are found during a process of forming the color filter or organic insulating film on the substrate. In one embodiment, the stripping composition includes about 0.5 to about 45 wt % of hydroxide compound, about 10 to about 89 wt % of alkyleneglycolalkylether compound, about 5 to about 45 wt % of alkanolamine compound, and about 0.01 to about 5 wt % of inorganic salt compound. Advantageously, the stripping process can be performed without damaging a thin film transistor of a bottom substrate while removing the color resist or organic insulating film.04-02-2009
20130068255Automated dust collection system - Apparatus, methods and systems for controlling a dust collecting system are presented. A system includes a plurality of sensors paired to a corresponding plurality of blast gates, and a controller coupled to receive a signal from each of the plurality of blast gates. The sensor non-invasively detects power flow through a tool's power cord. The controller is coupled between a collector and the blast gates. The blast gates may be configured in a star and/or daisy-chained configuration allowing for flexible installation. The controller instructs the collector to turn on and off based on a sensor signal received via a corresponding blast gate.03-21-2013
20130068256Longitudinal Solid-Liquid Countercurrent Contact Method, Method of Washing Solid Particles, Method of Manufacturing Poly(Arylene Sulfide) and Apparatus - A longitudinal solid-liquid countercurrent contact method and apparatus are provided in which an aqueous slurry containing solid particles is supplied from an upper part and is caused to pass through a plurality of contact-processing chambers connected in a vertical direction while being caused to proceed downward, a contacting liquid is supplied from a lower part and is caused to pass through the plurality of contact-processing chambers connected in the vertical direction while being caused to proceed upward, and the aqueous slurry and the contacting liquid are caused to be continuously subjected to countercurrent contact, wherein the viscosity of a liquid phase in at least one of the contact-processing chambers is controlled, and especially the viscosity η03-21-2013
20120180817HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE, IN PARTICULAR A HOUSEHOLD DISHWASHING MACHINE - A household appliance, in particular a household dishwasher, includes an external display, a transmission interface connected for signal transmission to the external display, and a power supply network for supply of electrical energy. The household appliance is isolated from the power supply network after completion of a treatment cycle, and the transmission interface is configured to transmit a signal to activate the external display to display at least the completion of the treatment cycle before the household appliance is isolated from the power supply network.07-19-2012
20090044833Stabilized vertical surface cleaning - A cleaning system for cleaning a surface comprising: a frame for the cleaning system; a liquid supply source; a liquid applicator; and at least one thruster on the frame to provide force against the frame to maintain support with the surface to be cleaned. A surface is cleaned by providing the cleaning device, moving the cleaning device both horizontally and vertically along the surface, and stabilizing the cleaning device with at least one thruster emitting a fluid stream comprising gas.02-19-2009
20120260946LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM STORED THEREIN - Disclosed is a liquid processing apparatus including first and second cups installed so as to surround a rotation holding unit of a substrate and guide a processing liquid scattered from the rotating substrate downwards. A first driving unit and a second driving unit elevate the first cup and the second cup between a position receiving the processing liquid and the lower position thereof. A controller controls that the first cup and the second cup are ascended at the same time by transferring the driving force of the first driving unit while the first cup or a first elevating member thereof is overlapped with the second cup or a second elevating member thereof from the lower side by setting the ascending speed of the first cup to be higher than the ascending speed of the second cup when the first and second cups are ascended at the same time.10-18-2012
20130048025DISHWASHER WITH FAULT IDENTIFICATION - A dishwasher includes a control facility for executing a wash cycle for cleaning items held in a wash chamber which is filled with water via a water inlet facility having an inlet valve operably connected to the control facility. To identify malfunction of the water inlet facility, the control facility executes an identification sequence which includes a test filling phase, in which the inlet valve is opened for a period corresponding to a predefined time value. A detection facility detects during operation of a recirculation pump to recirculate water in the wash chamber at least one operating parameter corresponding to a quantity of water in the wash chamber at an end of the test filling phase. The control facility determines a water flow into the wash chamber during the test filling phase from the detected operating parameter and compares the determined water flow with a minimum water flow.02-28-2013
20130048024CONTROL TECHNIQUE FOR MULTISTEP WASHING PROCESS USING A PLURALITY OF CHEMICALS - Equipment and method for a system implementing a multistep washing process, with a chemical container (02-28-2013
20130048026AUTOMATIC CLEANING METHOD FOR SOLAR PANEL - A method for automatically cleaning a solar panel, includes: obtaining an environmental intensity of sunlight in the outside environment with an environmental light sensor; obtaining a transmitted intensity of incident sunlight throughout the protection panel with a transmission light sensor; deriving a detection difference value between the environmental intensity and the transmitted intensity; comparing the detection difference value with a predetermined value. Wherein if the detection difference value is larger than the predetermined value, the solar panel will be cleaned; if the detection difference value is smaller than the predetermined value, the solar panel will not be cleaned; the driving device sends execution signals to a perfusion device and a driving device so as to the driving device drives a cleaning device to clean the solar panel when the solar panel needs to be cleaned.02-28-2013
20130048023Cleaning system and method for ingestible product preparation system and method - A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically directing at least one second automated cleaning operation of the at least one automated device to remove a third portion other than the first portion and other than the second portion of the at least one first substance from at least a portion of the preparation equipment prior to at least one second preparation occurrence of at least one second ingestible product, the at least one second preparation occurrence electronically initiated via electronically receiving first input associated with a particular individual living being. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.02-28-2013
20100000574CONTROL METHOD OF WASHING MACHINE - A control method of a washing machine is capable of safely achieving a tub washing operation control with low power consumption. At the time of performing tub washing, water of which the amount is decided depending on a volume inside a drum and a volume inside a water tub is supplied to the water tub, and the rotation speed of the drum is controlled to be inversely proportional to the volume of the supplied water, thereby efficiently controlling a tub washing operation with low power consumption. Also, the rotation state of the drum is controlled, at the time of performing the tub washing, to maintain the temperature of a motor or a printed circuit board (PCB) to be a predetermined level or less, thereby safely controlling a tub washing operation with low power consumption. In addition, it is determined whether the revolutions per minute (RPM) of the drum rotating at the tub washing operation belong to a resonance band, and the RPM are controlled such that the RPM deviate from the resonance band, thereby achieving a tub washing operation procedure with small noise and vibration.01-07-2010
20090320880METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CLEANING FILTERS - A method of cleaning a particle filter, in particular for combustion engines, includes the steps of: —a) applying heat to the interior of the particle filter during a certain time period for burning the trapped particles, —b) removing the burnt particles from the particle filter, —c) measuring the particle filter, wherein the measurements are compared to values of a unused filter of the particular type, and—if the measured values deviate from the values of the unused filter by a predetermined amount, steps a) to c) are repeated until the measured values are within an approval range. A system for performing the method is also disclosed.12-31-2009
20090301524METHOD OF REMOVING FUNGUS IN WASHING MACHINE - Disclosed herein is a method of removing a fungus in a washing machine. The method includes determining whether a fungus removal mode is selected, and executing the fungus removal mode if the fungus removal mode is selected.12-10-2009
20090301522Customized Programmable Pool Cleaner Method and Apparatus - A method and apparatus for cleaning the surfaces of a pool by a programmed robotic pool cleaner initially set at an arbitrary position in the poll. The pool can be of any standard or non-standard shapes, and the surfaced with any conventional materials. The robot is advanced until it encounters a first obstacle (12-10-2009
20120216836METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY FLUSHING A BULK DISPENSING SYSTEM IN A CLEANING APPLIANCE - A household cleaning appliance includes a bulk dispensing system configured to receive a removable cartridge containing multiple doses of treating chemistry and configured to deliver a charge of treating chemistry from the cartridge to a treating chamber and a water supply configured to be selectively coupled to the bulk dispensing system to flush at least a portion of the bulk dispensing system.08-30-2012
20120216835CAR WASH SYSTEM - A automatic car washing apparatus is provided with a preparation station including a spray bar joined with an armature. The spray bar is manually moveable to selectively spray certain portions of a vehicle determined by the attendant. The armature provides forces to assist the user in manually manipulating the spray bar to prepare the vehicle to undergo subsequent and/or additional washing or cleaning procedures. A related method is also provided.08-30-2012
20130056030BEVERAGE CAN CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF - A beverage can cleaning apparatus for cleaning beverage cans before they are dispensed from vending machines. The apparatus has a can holder, a hinged platform, tubes, a first nozzle, a second nozzle and a sensing block that matches the profile of the can top periphery. The sensing block is depressed a compressed distance, the distance being dependent on the orientation of the can, and cleaning fluid or compressed air is selectively directed through the first or second nozzle. Subsequent to air or cleaning fluid being dispensed against the top of the beverage can, the can holder releases the hinged platform sending the beverage can into the vending machine's dispenser.03-07-2013
20130056032ROBOT CLEANER, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING THE SAME - A robot cleaner is accessed to a terminal through a network. A situation inside a house can be real-time checked from the outside, and the situation can be rapidly handled according to a state of the robot cleaner. The robot cleaner can patrol a predetermined region or move to a user's desired location, and can provide, to the user through the terminal, images captured on a moving path or the user's desired location. The robot cleaner can provide image information captured during the cleaning to the terminal. And, the terminal can video-record the image information.03-07-2013
20130056031Apparatus and Methods for Movable Megasonic Wafer Probe - Methods and apparatus for a movable megasonic wafer probe. A method is disclosed including positioning a movable probe on a wafer surface, the movable probe having an open bottom portion that exposes a portion of the wafer surface; applying a liquid onto the wafer surface through a bottom portion of the movable probe; and moving the movable probe at a predetermined scan speed to traverse the wafer surface, applying the liquid to the wafer surface while moving over the wafer surface. In additional embodiments the method includes providing a transducer for applying megasonic energy to the wafer surface. Apparatus embodiments are disclosed including the movable megasonic wafer probe.03-07-2013
20090095323Valve with sensor for process solution, and apparatus and method for treating substrate using the same - Provided is a valve with a sensor for process solution, a substrate treating apparatus employing the valve, and a substrate treating method. The valve includes a body, an inlet, an outlet, a shutter, and a sensor. The body is provided with a passage within, through which a process solution for a substrate flows. The inlet is connected to one end of the passage, through which the process solution flows into the body. The outlet is connected to another end of the passage, through which the process solution is discharged to an outside of the body. The shutter is for opening or closing the passage at a region where the inlet and the passage are connected. The sensor is coupled to the body to contact the process solution flowing through the passage and sense a composition of the process solution.04-16-2009
20090165821Detergents - Disclosed are combination products comprising a packaging means and two separate liquid detergents A and B located in said packaging means. Detergent A contains 10 to 75 percent by weight of detergent builder/s, 0.1 to 10 percent by weight of enzymes, and 24.9 to 89.9 percent of water while detergent B contains 10 to 75 percent by weight of detergent builder/s and 25 to 90 percent by weight of water. The inventive combination products are characterized in that liquid detergent A has a pH value (20° C.) ranging from 6 to 9 while liquid detergent B has a pH value (20° C.) ranging from 9 to 14. Neither detergent A nor detergent B contains more than two percent by weight of a bleaching agent. Compared to conventional dishwashing agents, the inventive combination products are characterized by improved cleaning power, especially on bleachable dirt.07-02-2009
20090293913Water-Powered Hand-Washing System and Method - A hand-washing system for washing fingernail beds and cuticular regions of human fingers and thumbs (collectively “digits”). The hand-washing system includes a work enclosure for containing ones of the digits and a high-velocity, high-flow water spray during a washing operation. The work enclosure defines an interior space, part of which defines an energy-dissipation region that, during use, provides a water reservoir for dissipating energy in the high-velocity, high flow water spray. The work enclosure includes a high-energy spray nozzle and a digit portal sized to receive the four fingers of one hand simultaneously in closed-fingered, upwardly-curled configuration. A mixing valve may be provided to allow a user to adjust the temperature of the water during washing. A quick-disconnect fluid-coupling assembly may also be provided and be used to quickly select between work enclosures of differing size.12-03-2009
20090272405INGRESS/EGRESS SYSTEM FOR HYGIENE COMPLIANCE - A system and method for ensuring compliance with a hygiene requirement are provided. The system includes a automated cleaning station operatively associated with a locking mechanism. The automated cleaning station provides means for a user to wash one or more appendage and means for verifying that a full washing cycling was completed. The locking mechanism may be unlocked in response to complete verified washing cycle. The locking mechanism may provide access to, for example, a work area, a work station and/or a work item.11-05-2009
20100126526Safety arrangement for a dishwasher - Provided is a safety arrangement for a dishwasher. The safety arrangement may include a rack sensing component configured to determine whether a rack is in a washing location in a dishwasher and to provide a signal in response thereto. A processing unit may be in communication with the rack sensing component and may be configured to receive the signal. The processing unit may be further configured to prevent a washing procedure of the dishwasher when the signal indicates that the rack is not disposed in the washing location. The dishwasher may further include a user interface in communication with the processing unit, which user interface can provide an indicia of the rack not being disposed in the washing location and/or may be rendered inoperable by the processing unit when the signal indicates that the rack is not disposed in the washing location.05-27-2010
20090056760Metering Device - A device having a reservoir that has an opening, a dosing chamber, and a movable conveying tool. The reservoir, the dosing chamber, and the conveying tool are disposed so the dosing chamber can be filled via the opening in the reservoir in a first position of the conveying tool. The opening of the reservoir is closed by means of the surface of the conveying tool in a second position of the conveying tool. The conveying tool can be moved from the first position into the second position via a thermo-sensitive switch that triggers the movement of the conveying tool. The disclosed device is suitable for metering pourable detergents, especially into the interior of washing or cleaning machines.03-05-2009
20090056759Method and system to remove coke from a coker drum - The present invention is a method to remove coke from a coker drum. The invention includes the steps of impinging fluid from a fluid jet on the inside surface of the coker and then determining the vibration signal of the coker drum. The signal is then transformed to determine the amplitude versus frequency by a Fourier Transform of the vibration signal. The amplitude change of the vibration signal as it goes through a maximum, determines when the coke layer has been cut. The fluid jet is lowered into a new layer of coke.03-05-2009
20090056758TREATMENT APPARATUS, TREATMENT METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An apparatus and a method for accurately determining if a substrate is properly retained by a substrate-retaining mechanism, lowering the manufacturing cost, and instantly detecting any fracture of the substrate during treatment are disclosed. The apparatus includes a substrate-retaining mechanism to retain a wafer, a treatment liquid supply mechanism to supply a treatment liquid to the wafer, and a rotatable cup adapted to rotate as an integral unit with the substrate-retaining mechanism while covering the outer peripheral portion of the wafer. The substrate-retaining mechanism has a retaining member. A second end of the retaining member is in the upper position when a first end of the retaining member retains a wafer, or in the lower position when the first end is retaining no wafer. A touch sensor is arranged below the second end of the retaining member so that, when the second end is in the lower position, it can touch the second end.03-05-2009
20090056756DISHWASHER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A DISHWASHER - A dishwasher is provided which can determine whether a filtering device needs to be cleaned based on the time taken for a drain pump to discharge wash fluid from a sump. The dishwasher can make this determination without a manual examination of food waste collected in the filtering device. A related method of controlling the dishwasher based on such a determination is also provided.03-05-2009
20090056755Method of controlling a dishwashing machine having a steam generator - A method of controlling a dish washing machine capable of automatically washing items to be washed is disclosed. The method includes performing a steam spraying action defined to spray stream on a plurality of racks containing items to be washed, initiating a first water spraying action defined to spray on at least one first rack which is exposed firstly to the stream, and iitiating a second water spraying action defined to spray water on at least one second rack, different from the first rack, wherein spraying water on the first rack begins prior to spraying water on the second rack.03-05-2009
20090056754DISHWASHER WITH TARGETED SENSING - An automatic dishwasher comprises a housing defining a wash chamber for holding utensils to be washed, a movable sensor for determining a utensil load within at least one preselected location within the wash chamber, and a controller operably coupled to the movable sensor to control the direction of movement of the movable sensor to determine the presence and size of a utensil load in the at least one preselected location within the wash chamber.03-05-2009
20120222705DISHWASHER AND CORRESPONDING METHOD FOR OPERATING IT - The invention relates to a dishwasher comprising a washing chamber, a water collection sump, a circulation pump, a circulation filter system with a flat filter arranged between the washing chamber and the water collection sump and a discharge section arranged between a discharge pump and the washing chamber.09-06-2012
20110011423COOKER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AND CONTROLLING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a cooker and methods of manufacturing and controlling the same. In the present invention, a first coating layer that is a general ceramic enamel layer and a second coating layer that includes phosphate-based components are coated on a surface of a cavity corresponding to the inner surface of the cooking chamber. Therefore, with the present invention, the inside of the cooking chamber can be more easily cleaned.01-20-2011
20110011422POLLUTION SENSOR, COOKING APPARATUS HAVING SENSOR FOR DETECTING POLLUTION, AND CONTROL METHOD OF COOKING APPARATUS - Disclosed are a sensor, a cooking apparatus having the sensor, and a control method of the cooking apparatus. The sensor serves to accurately sense a pollution level of the cooking apparatus and to inform of a cleaning time and/or cleaning method based on the pollution level. The pollution level of a cooking compartment may be objectively determined using the sensor that senses the pollution level via a variation of capacitance. Also, it may be possible to guide a cleaning time and/or cleaning method (e.g., manual cleaning, steam cleaning, thermal decomposition cleaning, etc.) based on the pollution level of the cooking compartment, allowing the cooking compartment to be cleaned in the cleaning method at an appropriate cleaning time. In particular, during a thermal decomposition cleaning operation, the pollution level is sensed in real time to enable variable control the cleaning time and automatic control of a cleaning ending time. This may contribute to reduce energy consumption and discharge of CO2.01-20-2011
20130061878HIGH THROUGHPUT PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR CHEMICAL TREATMENT AND THERMAL TREATMENT AND METHOD OF OPERATING - A high throughput processing system having a chemical treatment system and a thermal treatment system for processing a plurality of substrates is described. The chemical treatment system is configured to chemically treat a plurality of substrates in a dry, non-plasma environment. The thermal treatment system is configured to thermally treat a plurality of substrates chemically treated in the chemical treatment system.03-14-2013
20090241994SOLAR CELL DEVICE - A solar cell device includes a solar cell panel having an outer surface and a cleaning system. The cleaning system includes a cleaning component configured for sputtering a cleaning fluid to clean the outer surface, and a controller. The controller is electrically connected to the cleaning component and is configured for controlling the cleaning component.10-01-2009
20090235954Method and a washing system for washing turbines - A method for cleaning turbines on-line comprises extracting water from air directly at a turbine site having a turbine and treating the air and the extracted water to obtain extremely clean water having a conductivity of less than 3. This extremely clean water is then fed to the turbine to clean the turbine blades while the turbine is on-line. Preferably the extremely clean water is fed through a deionizer before being fed to the turbine.09-24-2009
20090014033Substrate Processing Method, Storage Medium and Substrate Processing Apparatus - Provided is a substrate processing method that prevents generation of watermarks on a substrate and can be performed at a low cost. The method controls the ambient humidity around the substrate depending on the kind of the chemical liquid, when the substrate is processed with the chemical liquid. The control of the humidity is performed at least in a drying step that dries the substrate W. In one embodiment, the ambient humidity around the substrate is controlled when a fluid containing IPA as a drying fluid is supplied to the substrate W after processing the substrate W with the chemical liquid.01-15-2009
20120111367SUCTION CLEANER AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A suction cleaner and an operation method thereof are provided. The suction cleaner includes a housing, a holding part, an impeller module, at least one sensing device, and a controller. An end of the housing has a dust-suction opening. The impeller module is located inside the housing, and a channel is located between the impeller module and the dust-suction opening. The controller is electrically connected to the sensing device to drive and adjust the rotation rate and the suction force of the impeller module, and thus the power consumption of the suction cleaner can be reduced.05-10-2012
20120111366APPLIANCE WITH HANDLE INTERFACE - An appliance having a handle for grasping and moving a movable element of the appliance, with a user interface mounted to the handle.05-10-2012
20080314409METHOD FOR WASHING A GLASS CONTAINER - The present invention relates to a method for washing a glass container comprising the steps of washing the glass container with a liquid containing a chelating agent, and controlling the concentration of the free-available chelating agent within the liquid by a colorimetric detection. The invention further relates to an apparatus for carrying out such a method and the use of such an apparatus.12-25-2008
20080308130Methods of Processing Nanocrystals, and Compositions, Devices and Systems Including Same - Methods of processing nanocrystals to remove excess free and bound organic material and particularly surfactants used during the synthesis process, and resulting nanocrystal compositions, devices and systems that are physically, electrically and chemically integratable into an end application.12-18-2008
20080308129MANUFACTURING METHOD OF EPITAXIAL SILICON WAFER AND SUBSTRATE CLEANING APPARATUS - A manufacturing method of an epitaxial silicon wafer is provided. The epitaxial silicon wafer includes: a substrate cut out from a silicon monocrystal that has been manufactured, doped with nitrogen and pulled up in accordance with Czochralski method; and an epitaxial layer formed on the substrate. The manufacturing method includes: cleaning a surface of the substrate with fluorinated acid by spraying onto the surface of the substrate fluorinated acid vaporized by a bubbling tank of a substrate cleaning apparatus; and forming an epitaxial layer on the cleaned surface of the substrate.12-18-2008
20080308128AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR WATERWALL CLEANING AND INSPECTION - An automated cleaning and inspection system includes movement components for moving the system along water-wall tubing disposed in a combustor, cleaning components for cleaning the water-wall and inspecting components for inspecting the water-wall; wherein the moving, cleaning and inspecting are coordinated for automated performance. A computer program product and a method are provided.12-18-2008
20080308127Dishwasher and Operating Method for a Dishwasher - A dishwasher (12-18-2008
20120234355MILKING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CLEANING SAME - The milking machine and method of cleaning the same comprises more than one teat cup with a teat cup liner and a discharge, a pulsator with a control device, and a cleaning device to clean the teat cup by supplying cleaning liquid in the teat cup, wherein the control device is configured to adjust per teat cup, during the cleaning, the flow of the cleaning liquid through the teat cup liner and the discharge by pulsation of the teat cup liner. The teat cup liner itself acts as a valve during the cleaning. This has the advantage that a separate cleaning valve in the milk line is not required, which results in a simpler and more reliable construction.09-20-2012
20120234354DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF - A dishwasher comprising at least one partial program step “drying” in which air from a washing container of the dishwasher and/or ambient air is directed through a sorption column with reversibly dehydratable material into the washing container by a fan, and humidity is removed from the air when the same is directed therethrough. The fan is operated at different rotational speeds in accordance with a main controller of the dishwasher in order to influence the adsorption process.09-20-2012
20080295866BRUSHLESS TYPE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC WASHING OF A VEHICLE - The method for automatic washing of vehicles in a brushless washing system of the type comprising spraying nozzles arranged in at least a first rototranslational arc structure with respect to a vehicle immobile at a washing position, comprises the steps of acquiring the spatial profile of the vehicle when it is immobile at the washing position, using the spatial profile of the vehicle as the reference to generate a rototranslational movement profile of the first arc structure with respect to the to the vehicle immobile at the washing position in which fixed at a desired value is the distance of the first arc structure from the spatial profile of the vehicle and moving the first arc structure along the movement profile keeping the modulus of the instantaneous velocity vector of the first arc structure at a desired value.12-04-2008
20080295865Dish washing machine with steam generator and method of controlling same - Dish washing machine including a steam generator, which supplies steam during the washing procedure to aid in the washing of items in the dish washer, and a method for controlling the same. The dish washing machine capable of discharging residual water from the steam generator to remove impurities in the water contained therein. Discharging the residual water in the steam generator may be performed prior to, during or after the washing procedure in such a manner so as to protect other components from damage due to the high temperatures associated with the residual water.12-04-2008
20130160799DISHWASHER WITH MULTIPLE TREATING CHAMBERS - A method of operating a dishwasher having multiple wash chambers, with each wash chamber executing a different cycle of operation, and liquid from one chamber may be reused in the other chamber.06-27-2013
20110030730SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING AN OZONATED FLUID - A system for producing and distributing an ozonated fluid is described. The system includes a tank for a fluid. A skid is in fluidic communication with the tank to receive the fluid from the tank. The skid includes an ozone generator to generate ozone gas and an injector to inject the fluid with the ozone gas to produce an ozonated fluid. A distribution network distributes the ozonated fluid for application. The distribution network is in fluid communication with the tank to return unapplied ozonated fluid to the tank.02-10-2011
20100212694WETTING A WORKPIECE SURFACE IN A FLUID-PROCESSING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for wetting the surface of a workpiece is disclosed. The apparatus includes a chamber with a vacuum port and a fluid port and a workpiece holder including a body, a ring, and a port. The body includes a surface and defines a cavity extending from the surface. The ring is adapted to retain the workpiece on the surface of body over the cavity. The ring forms a fluid seal relative to the workpiece and to the workpiece holder. The port is defined in the body and in communication with the cavity. The port affects pressure in the cavity to minimize a pressure differential between the front and back surfaces of the workpiece. The fluid port is in communication with the chamber. The fluid port delivers a fluid (e.g., a substantially degassed fluid) to wet the front surface of the workpiece during operation of the chamber at a reduced pressure relative to atmosphere.08-26-2010
20100154825Method and Device for Cleaning the Door of a Coke Oven - The invention relates to a method and a device for cleaning the door of a coke oven, said door comprising a sealing edge and a membrane that is attached to the door panel of the coke oven. According to said method, cleaning tools comprising jet nozzles, which are supplied with a flow medium at high pressure, are situated and displaced back and forth in the region between the sealing edge and the door panel of the coke oven, in such a way that the interior surface of the membrane and the sealing edge are cleaned. The coke oven door is cleaned directly after the coke oven chamber is opened, by at least one jet nozzle element, which is supplied with compressed air and is displaced along the sealing edges. The jet nozzles are oriented in such a way that the air hits the surface to be cleaned at an acute angle.06-24-2010
20110277794FILL PROTECTION ALGORITHM - A fill protection algorithm for determining whether the water level in a dishwasher is sufficient to enable operation of the wash pump of the dishwasher without burn-out or other damage to the wash pump and/or heating element of the dishwasher due to insufficient water level. A change in water temperature TEMP11-17-2011
20110277792CAR WASH SYSTEM WITH LIGHTED SPRAY ARMS AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A touchless, automatic spray-type car wash system includes one or more arms delivering washing fluids wherein the arms are constructed with translucent plastic sleeves which can be illuminated from within by LEDs. Different colors for the arm or arms can be coordinated with wash process steps. Signage can be provided in the bay and can include panels which are illuminated in a sequential fashion coordinated with arm illumination colors to inform the driver as to each step being performed.11-17-2011
20110277793LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIQUID PROCESSING PROGRAM - There is provided a liquid processing method for performing a liquid process on a front surface of a substrate by using a processing solution and then performing a rinse process on the front surface of the substrate by using a rinse solution having a temperature lower than a temperature of the processing solution. The liquid processing method includes performing an intermediate process between the liquid process and the rinse process, for adjusting a temperature of the front surface of the substrate to a temperature higher than the temperature of the rinse solution and lower than the temperature of the processing solution.11-17-2011
20110277791METHOD FOR REMOVING COATINGS FROM SURFACES SUCH AS PAINT APPLICATOR EQUIPMENT - The present invention is directed to a method for cleaning paint equipment comprising applying to at least a portion of the paint equipment a cleaning composition comprising a non-aromatic mono-alcohol polyether compound.11-17-2011
20080271755Method for Controlling of Washer - A novel washing method that is capable of smoothly washing laundry with low washing water consumption and low power consumption is disclosed. The control method is applied to a washing machine having a steam generation unit. The control method comprising a step of discharging water out of the steam generation unit when a rinsing operation of the washing machine is carried out.11-06-2008
20080276966CONTROL AND WASH CYCLE FOR ACTIVATION AND DEACTIVATION OF CHEMISTRY IN THE WASH BATH OF AN AUTOMATIC WASHER - A control for an automatic washer to operate the washer through a wash cycle determined based upon various soils and stains in the substrate load to be washed with a wash liquor in a wash zone of the washer. The control has a plurality of stain/soil type entrées, which can be at least one of selected and detected, and cleaned with a particular wash cycle. The control has dispensing control over at least one wash liquor additive. The control has operational control over activators and deactivators for members of the additives group. The control has operational control over the particular wash cycles using the dispensing control to dispense additives to the wash liquor at selected times during the wash cycle and operating the activators and deactivators at selected times during the wash cycle.11-13-2008
20090145461Degassing System - An ophthalmic device forming system includes an inspection station configured to receive a plurality of ophthalmic devices, a fluid supply fluidly connected to the inspection station, the fluid supply containing a working fluid, and a degassing assembly fluidly connected between the fluid supply and the inspection station. The degassing assembly comprises a housing, a vacuum device, and a membrane. The vacuum device is fluidly connected to the housing adjacent to the membrane.06-11-2009
20110114125METHOD FOR CLEANING A WAFER STAGE - A method for cleaning a wafer stage is provided. First, a wafer stage with a wafer thereon is provided. Second, a leveling scanning step is carried out to examine the evenness of the wafer. The wafer is removed from the wafer stage once an abnormal evenness is detected. Afterwards, a vacuum cleaner device is used to in-situ clean the surface of the wafer stage after the wafer is removed.05-19-2011
20100212693LOCKING SYSTEM FOR A DISHWASHER - The present invention relates to a locking system for a drawer of a drawer dishwasher and a method for unlocking a drawer of a drawer dishwasher. The locking system includes a locking device for locking a drawer of the drawer dishwasher to a chassis or frame of the dishwasher; an opening attempt sensor for detecting an opening attempt of the drawer; and a control unit connected to the opening attempt sensor and the locking device. The control unit is arranged to trigger stop of a dishwasher pump of the dishwasher based on a detected opening attempt, and wherein the control unit is further arranged to trigger the locking device to unlock after the dishwasher pump has been stopped. Thereby, there is provided a reliable and safe way of opening the drawer during a washing program without the risk of hot water splashing out onto the user or onto the floor.08-26-2010
20120285486DIRECTIONAL CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DUAL BRUSH ROBOTIC POOL CLEANERS - A method and apparatus for controlling the directional movement of a self-propelled robotic pool cleaner having at least one pair of rotational support members for propelling and cleaning a surface of a pool. The method includes accelerating the at least one pair of rotational support members of the pool cleaner from a stopped position to a first predetermined rotational rate in a first predetermined time period; rotating the at least one pair of rotational support members at said first predetermined rotational rate for a second predetermined time period; and increasing the first rate of rotation to a second greater predetermined rotational rate, wherein said pool cleaner is propelled at a normalized rate for cleaning said pool.11-15-2012
20110308547CLEANER AND PATH CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A cleaner adapted to clean particles on a plate is provided. The cleaner includes an active driver and a slave driver. The active driver includes a plurality of active cleaning wheels and a control system. Each of the active cleaning wheels includes a first magnet, and the first magnet has an even number of magnetic poles. The control system is electronically connected with the active cleaning wheels so as to control a rotation of the active cleaning wheels. The slave driver includes a plurality of slave cleaning wheels. Each of the slave cleaning wheels includes a second magnet, and the second magnet has an even number of magnetic poles. The plate is disposed between the active driver and the slave driver. The second magnets are disposed opposite to the first magnets, so that the active cleaning wheels drive the slave cleaning wheels to rotate by a magnetic force.12-22-2011
20110271984ADAPTING DISHWASHER OPERATION TO EXTERNAL FACTORS - A method of operating a dishwasher includes receiving a user-input signal indicative of a hidden operating mode, selecting the hidden operating mode of a dishwasher based on the user-input signal, accessing a plurality of pre-programmed dishwashing cycles associated with the selected hidden operating mode, and operating the dishwasher in accordance with one of the plurality of pre-programmed dishwashing cycles.11-10-2011
20090205681Controlling method of dishwasher - A method for controlling a dishwasher including the steps of first determining a steam operation mode for washing dishes and second determining at least one of a motor rotation speed, a number of repetitions of a steam supply step, a steam washing pattern, and an amount of detergent based on the determined steam operation mode.08-20-2009
20110284031Fuel Tank Cleaning Method - A method for cleaning the interior surfaces of a fuel storage tank. The first step of the method is to extract a material sample from the bottom of the fuel tank to determine how thoroughly the tank must be cleaned. The clean fuel is then removed from the tank and is stored in a holding tank. Loose and liquid contaminants are then vacuumed out of the tank. Next, a self-propelled spray nozzle, a sprayer tube, and a rotating spray nozzle, each of which is connected to a pressurized water supply line, are successively lowered into the fuel tank and are used to scour the various interior surfaces of the tank with pressurized water while wash water and loosened contaminants are simultaneously vacuumed out of the tank. The interior of the tank is then dried, and the clean fuel stored in the holding tank is pumped back into the fuel tank.11-24-2011
20110284029FOREIGN MATERIAL CONTAMINATION DETECTION - There are provided a system, method and computer program product for detecting foreign materials in a semiconductor manufacturing process. The manufacturing process uses a plurality of semiconductor manufacturing tools. The system categorizes at least one monitoring wafer according to one or more categories. The system supplies the categorized monitoring wafer to a semiconductor manufacturing tool. The system observes a level of contamination on the categorized monitoring wafer. The system compares the level of contamination to a threshold. The system cleans the tool in a response to determining that the level of contamination is larger than the threshold. The system determines which category of the wafer leaves a highest level of contamination on the tool. The system identifies a root cause of the highest level of contamination on the tool.11-24-2011
20110290281CLEANING AGENT - Liquid washing or cleaning agent preparations includes 12-01-2011
20110284032Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Composition - An automatic dishwashing detergent composition comprising: 11-24-2011
20110139184Systems, Circuits, and Methods for an Intelligent Cleaning System for an Adaptive Solar Power System - A back sheet comprises an interconnect circuit coupling a plurality of solar cell tiles. A tiled solar cell, comprising a solar cell and encapsulating and glass layers, is inserted into the solar cell tiles. Each solar cell is individually addressable and monitored through the use of the interconnect circuit. As such, a monitoring circuit may execute a test of the solar cells by addressing a solar cell and receiving measurements from the solar cell. The measurements from the solar cells may be used to determine whether foreign matter is present on the solar cell array. If foreign matter is present, then a cleaning solution may be applied to the solar cells.06-16-2011
20100170538DEBRIS REMOVAL SYSTEM FOR POWER TOOL - A debris removal attachment for use with a hand-held power tool. The attachment includes an extension shaft, a first impeller coupled to the extension shaft, and a housing provided adjacent the first impeller. The rotation of the first impeller is configured to generate a pressure differential sufficient to draw debris into the housing.07-08-2010
20110290280SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CARRYING OUT SUCH METHOD - Disclosed is a substrate processing apparatus for cleaning and drying a substrate such as a semiconductor wafer. This substrate processing apparatus includes a liquid processing unit for processing a substrate by immersing the substrate in stored purified water, a drying unit arranged above the liquid processing unit and configured to dry the substrate, a substrate transfer apparatus for transferring the substrate between the liquid processing unit and drying unit, a fluid supply mechanism for supplying a fluid mixture containing vapor or mist of purified water and vapor or mist of a volatile organic solvent to the drying unit, and a controller for controlling the supply of the fluid mixture.12-01-2011
20100000575Method Of On-Line Cleaning Of A Heat Exchanger In An Ethanol Plant - A method for on-line cleaning of a heat exchanger in an ethanol plant, including providing heat exchanger, wherein said heat exchanger has an inlet, and an internal surface, wherein said internal surface has accumulated undesired solids; providing an antifoaming agent to said inlet, during normal operation; providing a caustic to said inlet, during normal operation, and cleaning the internal surface of said accumulated undesired solids, during normal operation is provided.01-07-2010
20090183754CLEANING MODULE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING MACHINES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LIQUID FOODS - A cleaning module for machines for the production of liquid foods, particularly for coffee makers, including at least one reservoir for cleaning agents to accept cleaning agents, with at least one dosing device having a control connector and at least one discharge chamber, with the dosing device being connected to the cleaning reservoir and the discharge chamber such that cleaning agents can be fed by the dosing device from the reservoir for cleaning agents to the discharge chamber. The invention further relates to a device for the production of liquid foods and a method for its cleaning.07-23-2009
20090101173METHODS OF AND APPARATUS FOR CORRELATING GAP VALUE TO MENISCUS STABILITY IN PROCESSING OF A WAFER SURFACE BY A RECIPE-CONTROLLED MENISCUS - Apparatus monitors a meniscus process that is performed on wafers. Monitoring data for a current process received by a processor indicates characteristics of a gap between the wafer and a process head. The processor is configured to respond to the data that is in the form of orientation monitor signals and to respond to a current recipe. The processor generates meniscus monitor signals for allowing the meniscus to remain stable in further meniscus processing. The monitoring is of current meniscus processing to determine whether a current gap (i) is other than a desired gap of the current recipe, and (ii) corresponds to a stable meniscus. If so, a calibration recipe is identified as specifying the current gap. This calibration recipe specifies parameters for meniscus processing the wafer surface with the current gap. The meniscus processing of the wafer surface is continued using the parameters specified by the identified calibration recipe.04-23-2009
20120097191TRANSPORT SCHEDULING FOR LOW MICROBIAL BULK PRODUCTS - Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.04-26-2012
20120097190DISHWASHER THAT USES COLD WATER DURING PEAK ELECTRICITY DEMAND AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF CONTROL - A dishwasher and associated control method are provided wherein a water supply manifold supplies a wash chamber with wash liquid. The supply manifold includes a hot water inlet from an external hot water source and a separate cold water inlet, and is configured to be selectively actuated between the hot water inlet or cold water inlet. A controller is in communication with the supply manifold and is configured to act on a signal that is indicative of an actual or pre-defined high electricity demand period on a power supply to the hot water source. The controller is configured to generate an output control signal to the supply manifold to cause the manifold to direct substantially only cold water from the outlet to the wash chamber during the high electricity demand period.04-26-2012
20090145463Ozonated water mixture supply apparatus and method, and substrate treating facility with the apparatus - Provided are an ozonated water mixture supply apparatus and method, and a substrate treating facility that receives an ozonated water mixture from the apparatus to treat a substrate. The ozonated water mixture supply apparatus includes a mixing line and distribution lines. The mixing line respectively receives a treating liquid and an ozonated water from a treating liquid supply line and an ozonated water supply line and mixes the treating liquid and the ozonated water to generate the ozonated water mixture satisfying a previously set concentration. Each of the distribution lines distributes the ozonated water mixture generated from the mixing line into a process unit. The mixing line includes a mixing valve and a static mixer. Therefore, the ozonated water mixture having the previously set concentration is generated and supplied using an in-line mixing method without requiring a mixing vessel such as a mixing tank.06-11-2009
20090151751CONTROL DEVICE FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A dishwasher appliance is provided, and includes a control device configured to direct one of a series of automatic wash programs to be executed by the dishwasher appliance. Each successive automatic wash program within the series corresponds to an increased soil level of dishware to be washed with respect to the previous automatic wash program within the series. The control device is further configured to determine an elapsed time between a first and second uses of the dishwasher appliance and to select the one of the series of automatic wash programs in response thereto upon the second use, whereby, as the determined elapsed time between first and second uses increases, the selected automatic wash program within the series correspondingly progresses along the series. Associated methods are also provided.06-18-2009
20090151750Method and arrangement for the energy-saving operation of dishwashers - The energy-saving operation of dishwashers (06-18-2009
20090145462Maintaining an Ophthalmic Device in a Hydrated State - An ophthalmic device hydration system includes an inspection station configured to receive a plurality of ophthalmic devices and fluid supply fluidly connected to the inspection station. The fluid supply contains a working fluid. The ophthalmic device hydration system also includes a hydration assembly disposed proximate the inspection station and configured to vaporize a volume of the working fluid.06-11-2009
20110197926METHOD FOR OPERATING A DISHWASHER - In a method for operating a dishwasher containing wash items, in particular a household dishwasher, at least at times a heated liquid to the wash items is applied during at least two of a plurality of program steps. A desorption process for desorption of a reversibly dehydratable drying material of a sorption drying system is effected at least at times. The desorption process is carried out at least partially before or during a first of the at least two program steps, with heated liquid being applied to the wash items during the at least two program steps.08-18-2011
20110197922VEHICLE SPRAY WASHER WITH LIGHTING FOR POSITION ASSISTANCE - A spray-type car wash system includes an overhead carriage which can move longitudinally the length of a wash bay. A pair of laterally opposed spray arms depend from the carriage. During vehicle entry into the bay, LED-based lights running down the length of each arm are caused to flash to help the driver center a vehicle between the arms. Cushioning and breakaway features protect the arms from damage. A single-arm system is also disclosed. A double-light, stationary support system is also disclosed.08-18-2011
20110197925METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DERIMING CRYOGENIC EQUIPMENT - The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for liquefying natural gas.08-18-2011
20110197923STAGED COMPRESSOR WATER WASH SYSTEM - A compressor wash system for compressor washing includes stages of fluid delivery lines coupled at one end to a pump output and at the other end to a corresponding nozzle set. A control valve is connected to the fluid delivery line between the pump and the nozzle set, selectively supplying fluid between the pump and the nozzle set. Each nozzle of a nozzle set is positioned on an inlet of the compressor to allow the stages to wash a portion of the compressor. Nozzle sets are positioned around a bellmouth assembly and/or around an inlet cone of the compressor inlet, with a nozzle spray tip of each nozzle extending into an inlet air flow path of the compressor. Fluid may be directed to one or more of the stages in a sequencing pattern determined and configured to wash the compressor. Templates and installation guides are utilized to position the nozzles.08-18-2011
20110197921Stethoscope disinfection monitoring and reporting system - A stethoscope disinfection monitoring and reporting system structured and configured to track, monitor and report the cleaning, disinfecting, and/or sterilizing of the head portion of a stethoscope is presented. The system comprises a stethoscope cleaning assembly cooperatively structured and configured to clean the head portion of the stethoscope, for instance, via the application of a cleaning fluid or solution thereto. The system further comprises a monitoring device and a cooperatively structured and disposed reader assembly. The monitoring device may be unique to, or otherwise serve to identify, the stethoscope. The reader assembly is structured and disposed to detect, identify, and record data pertaining to the monitoring device and/or stethoscope upon cleaning the head portion, or otherwise upon disposition of the head portion into a cleaning relation with the stethoscope cleaning assembly.08-18-2011
20100078044APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE USING PRESSURIZED FLUID - Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an apparatus and a method for cleaning a semiconductor substrate after a polishing process. Particularly, embodiments of the present invention relates to an apparatus and method for cleaning a substrate using pressurized fluid. One embodiment of the present invention comprises two rollers to support and rotate a substrate in a substantially vertical orientation, a pressure wheel to apply a force to engage the substrate with the two rollers, and a swinging nozzle configured to dispense a pressurized fluid towards the substrate.04-01-2010
20090301523Wash Chamber for Surgical Environment - A system and method for a surgical scrub automated cleaning station are disclosed. The surgical scrub cylinder automated cleaning station includes a rotatable, extendable, and retractable wash cylinder that is operable to accommodate any variety of arm length. More specifically, the surgical scrub automated cleaning station may include an accordion, telescoping, or otherwise adjustable cylinder to accommodate a variety of arm lengths. The surgical scrub cylinder automated cleaning station may be used to provide a surgeon or other health care personnel with a hand and forearm washing. The surgical scrub cylinder automated cleaning station may also be monitored to ensure compliance with one or more hygiene protocols.12-10-2009
20110197924TOUCHLESS CAR WASH SYSTEM - A carwash system is disclosed wherein a spray arm dependingly mounted to an overhead longitudinally movable carriage for dispensing fluids onto the exterior surfaces of a vehicle in a wash bay unidirectionally circumnavigates the vehicle for multiple circuits while performing one or more wash functions by coordinating longitudinal and rotational movements of the arm through the selective operation of two independent motor drives. Electrical power and/or data is carried to and from electrical devices on the arm by way of a slip ring conductor which is mounted coaxially with the arm pivot on the bottom side of the carriage. The fluid supply conduit also passes concentrically through this pivot.08-18-2011
20110265822DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LOOSENING A POLYMER LAYER FROM A SURFACE OF A SUBSTRATE - The invention relates to a device for loosening a polymer layer from a surface of a substrate.11-03-2011
20100089422Multi-Dosing Detergent Delivery Device - A multi-dosing detergent delivery device removably insertable into an automatic dishwashing machine. The device comprises a cartridge capable of receiving therein a plurality of dosage elements of a cleaning composition, a collection area formed in a lid area of said device suitable to collect water/wash liquor in a main wash cycle of a dishwasher and a directing means to direct water or wash liquor from said collection area selectively to an interior part of said device. The collection area of the device is optimised for collecting enough water/wash liquor in a main wash cycle of a dishwasher to achieve standard dissolution of a single dosage element during a dishwashing programme.04-15-2010
20100089421SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOW TEMPERATURE HYDRATION OF FOOD SOILS - A system and method for low temperature hydration of food soils allows for hydration of food soils between washing cycles in a dishwasher. A user selects a hydration button to actuate a hydration cycle between dishwashing cycles. During the hydration cycle, a plurality of atomizers are periodically actuated in accordance with a desired amount of hydration selected by the user. Water is supplied from a dedicated water supply line to the atomizers, preferably without being heated, and is distributed throughout a dishwasher chamber utilizing spray nozzles or fans associated with the atomizers. The hydration cycle ends when deactivated, or when a dishwashing cycle is initiated.04-15-2010
20100083986LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A liquid processing apparatus includes: a hollow holding plate configured to hold an object to be processed; a hollow outer rotational shaft fixedly connected to the holding plate; a rotary drive part configured to rotate the outer rotational shaft; and a lift pin plate disposed in a hollow space of the holding plate, and having a lift pin configured to support the object to be processed. Inside the lift pin plate, a cleaning-liquid supply part configured to supply a cleaning liquid is extended. Connected to the lift pin plate is a lifting member configured to locate the lift pin plate on an upper position and a lower position. When located on the lower position, the lift pin plate receives a force of the rotary drive part for rotating the outer rotational shaft so that the lift pin plate is rotated.04-08-2010
20090205682Apparatus and method of removing water-soluble support material from one or more rapid prototype parts - A support removal apparatus is disclosed for removing water-soluble support material from rapid prototype parts, substantially comprising a retention tank for holding an aqueous cleaning solution; a box manifold hydraulically coupled to the retention tank and equipped with nozzle heads in hydraulic communication with a pump's discharge; a heat chamber for housing a heating element to heat the aqueous cleaning solution to a predetermined temperature range; a drain box hydraulically coupled to the retention tank and a pump's intake to convey the aqueous cleaning solution into and through the box manifold; a thermocouple for maintaining the temperature within an optimal range; a level indicator for measuring the solution level in the retention tank for safe operability of the pump and heating element; a cabinet for housing select components of the support removal apparatus and having an integral work platform, accessible compartments, and a localized water supply; and a microprocessor having communicative capabilities for making minute adjustments to the heating element via feedback from the thermocouple and controlling operation of the pump and heating element for a pre-set time interval.08-20-2009
20130019900CLEANING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VACUUM PUMP - The invention relates to a method for cleaning a vacuum pump embedded in a technical system. Water is provided for the cleaning, and a rotational speed of the vacuum pump is adjusted to a value in a cleaning rotational speed range. A defined amount of cold water and/or warm water is supplied to the vacuum pump and the vacuum pump is rinsed with the water during a predetermined time period. After letting the water escape from the vacuum pump, the vacuum pump is dried by aeration with gas or a gas mixture. The invention also relates to a cleaning system for cleaning the vacuum pump.01-24-2013
20130098400INSTRUMENT REPROCESSOR AND INSTRUMENT REPROCESSING METHODS - An instrument reprocessor for cleaning, disinfecting, and/or sterilizing a medical instrument is disclosed. To reprocess instruments having one or more channels defined therein, the reprocessor can include one or more flow control systems configured to control a fluid flow through each channel. In various embodiments, a flow control system can include a differential pressure sensor and a proportional valve for controlling the fluid flow in a channel. The reprocessor can also include, one, a fluid circulation pump configured to supply the flow control systems with fluid and, two, a system for controlling the pressure of the fluid supplied to the flow control systems. The reprocessor can also include a system for supplying a metered amount of fluid to the fluid circulation system. The system can include a reservoir having a fluid height sensor to monitor the amount of fluid therein and a pump configured to supply the reservoir with fluid.04-25-2013
20080276963SENSING OVER SUDS CONDITION TO IMPROVE CLEANING WITH OXIDIZING AGENTS - A wash cycle used in a clothes washer with a wash zone for receiving a load of fabric defined within a rotating drum having an outer wall. The wash cycle includes a step of dispensing a detergent wash liquor into the wash zone, washing the fabric load in the wash zone with the detergent wash liquor, dispensing an oxidizing agent wash liquor into the wash zone and washing the fabric load in the wash zone with the oxidizing agent wash liquor. The washing steps include steps of sensing for an oversuds condition. If an oversuds condition is detected, steps are undertaken to reduce the oversuds condition during the step of washing the fabric load.11-13-2008
20090090388DRUM-TYPE WASHING MACHINE AND TUB CLEANING METHOD OF THE SAME - A drum-type washing machine that is capable of easily cleaning a tub (04-09-2009
20090090391SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - A substrate processing apparatus according to the present invention comprises a substrate holding mechanism for holding a substrate and rotating the held substrate; a process liquid supply mechanism for supplying a process liquid to the substrate; a process liquid acquisition section arranged so as to enclose the substrate holding mechanism and having an acquisition port for acquiring the process liquid scattered by the rotation of the substrate; a movement mechanism for changing a relative position between the process liquid acquisition section and the substrate held by the substrate holding mechanism; and a control mechanism for controlling, when the process liquid scattered by the rotation of the substrate is acquired in the acquisition port, a relative position between the substrate and the acquisition port such that the scattered process liquid is acquired in the acquisition port on the basis of predetermined substrate process condition.04-09-2009
20090090390WASH CHAMBER FOR AUTOMATED APPENDAGE-WASHING APPARATUS - A wash cylinder or chamber for an automated cleaning station to clean an object or a person's body part includes nozzles on the interior of the cylinder, the nozzles of one embodiment comprising an increasing roll angle providing a novel spray pattern. Additionally, embodiments of the invention include fluid guidance and conveyance structures, angled nozzles, sealing structures, finger guards, nozzle ribs, wash chamber seating mechanisms and drains, and nozzle inlays having a plurality of nozzles. Also disclosed are methods of washing an object or body part using a wash cylinder or chamber and methods of assembling a wash cylinder or chamber.04-09-2009
20090090389WASH CHAMBER FOR AUTOMATED APPENDAGE-WASHING APPARATUS - A wash cylinder or chamber for an automated cleaning station to clean an object or a person's body part includes nozzles on the interior of the cylinder, the nozzles of one embodiment comprising an increasing roll angle providing a novel spray pattern. Additionally, embodiments of the invention include fluid guidance and conveyance structures, angled nozzles, sealing structures, finger guards, nozzle ribs, wash chamber seating mechanisms and drains, and nozzle inlays having a plurality of nozzles. Also disclosed are methods of washing an object or body part using a wash cylinder or chamber and methods of assembling a wash cylinder or chamber.04-09-2009
20110168208METHOD OF CLEANING OIL CONTAMINATED SOLID PARTICULATES - The present invention generally relates to a process for the cleaning oil contaminants from solid particulates. The invention also relates to a process and a surfactant composition for cleaning oil contaminated solids, such as cuttings, from oil and gas well drilling operations, and the separation and recovery of the oil from solid particulates.07-14-2011
20090277476CLEANING DEVICE - A cleaning device (11-12-2009
20080236624Method for controlling a dish washing machine - A dish washing machine and a control method of the same are disclosed. The control method of a dish washing machine includes supplying water into a washing compartment through spray arms, a first supplying steam, generated by a first steam generator, into the washing compartment, and when the abnormal operation of the steam generator is detected, terminating the operation of the first stem generator.10-02-2008
20080236622Control method of dish washing machine - A method for controlling a home appliance is disclosed. The method includes selecting one of a plurality of steam washing modes for washing dishes. Each steam washing mode has a corresponding steam washing pattern. Selecting the number of steam washing pattern cycles for the selected steam washing mode, or selecting the operation time associated with the steam washing pattern that corresponds to the selected steam washing mode.10-02-2008
20090293914LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A liquid processing apparatus and method capable of separately collecting first and second processing liquids from each other, and preventing a formation of a defect (such as watermarks and particles) on a target substrate are disclosed. In one embodiment, the liquid processing apparatus includes a substrate holding device, a processing liquid supply device to supply a first processing liquid and a second processing liquid, a rotating cup, an outer discharge portion and an inner discharge portion to respectively discharge the first processing liquid and the second processing liquid received from the first receiving surface of the rotating cup, and a discharge portion switch device to open/close the outer discharge portion. The lower end of the first receiving surface of the rotating cup extends to a lower position than the position of the substrate held by the substrate holding device. The first processing liquid is discharged toward the outer discharge portion when the discharge portion switch device moves up, and the second processing liquid is discharged toward the inner discharge portion 12-03-2009
20120291808AUTOMATED CLEANING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An automated method and apparatus for cleaning articles by direct application of concentrated product to a soiled surface of the article is disclosed. The article type is identified and a product dispensing sequence is activated to control the type of product dispensed onto the articles based on the article type and/or soil type on the article. Product, duration, and other parameters are tailored according to the article type and/or soil type during each sequence of the wash cycle. Product, wash and rinse liquids are applied at specific locations and from specific directions from within the cleaning apparatus based upon the article type and/or soil type on the article.11-22-2012
20120291809EVACUATION STATION SYSTEM - A cleaning system includes a robotic cleaner and an evacuation station. The robotic cleaner can dock with the evacuation station to have debris evacuated by the evacuation station. The robotic cleaner includes a bin to store debris, and the bin includes a port door through which the debris can be evacuated into the evacuation station. The evacuation station includes a vacuum motor to evacuate the bin of the robotic cleaner.11-22-2012
20120291812CLEANING APPARATUS AND DETECTING METHOD THEREOF - The disclosure provides a cleaning apparatus and detecting method thereof. The cleaning apparatus includes a fan, a motor, a detecting device and a control unit. The motor drives the fan to create an air flow through the cleaning apparatus. The detecting device is electrically connected to the motor, and is utilized detected an impedance of the motor. The control unit is electrically connected to the motor and the detecting device respectively, for comparing the impedance of the motor with a predetermined value and outputting a signal indicative of a comparison result.11-22-2012
20120031432METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ZONAL WASHING IN A DISHWASHER - A method for controlling the operation of an automatic dishwasher including receiving input for a zonal wash cycle from a user interface to a controller indicating a selection of a first cleaning cycle corresponding to a first wash zone and a second cleaning cycle, different from the first cleaning cycle, corresponding to a second wash zone, and implementing a zonal wash cycle by implementing each of the first and second cleaning cycles during a single cycle of operation of the dishwasher to define the zonal wash cycle.02-09-2012
20080283095ENDOSCOPE WASHER DISINFECTOR WITH CHEMICAL TANKS - An endoscope washer disinfector comprises a chemical cassette, a loading unit, and a chemical tank. The chemical cassette is charged with a chemical. This chemical cassette has a delivery port to deliver the chemical therethrough. The loading unit allows the chemical cassette to be detachably loaded thereto and is formed to deliver the chemical in the chemical cassette when the chemical cassette is loaded. The loading unit comprises a blade used to forcibly open the delivery port and to sense whether or not the chemical is delivered to the chemical tank via the opened delivery port. The chemical tank stores the chemical delivered from the chemical cassette loaded to the loading unit.11-20-2008
20080289656SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a substrate processing method of drying a substrate to be processed by rotating the substrate while supplying a cleaning solution onto a surface of the substrate, the method comprising, when moving, on the substrate, a cleaning solution supply position where the cleaning solution is supplied on the surface of the substrate in rotation, measuring a water level in a predetermined portion on the surface of the substrate in at least a partial region on the surface of the substrate, and controlling based on the measured water level at least one of a cleaning solution supply position moving velocity when moving the position where the cleaning solution is supplied and a rotational speed of the substrate.11-27-2008
20080289654Dish washing machine and control method of the same - A dish washing machine and a control method of the same are disclosed. The dish washing machine may include a first heater for heating wash water to wash items in a dishwasher. The dishwasher may also include a second heater for generating steam to be supplied to the dishes. A controller is configured to control the first and second heaters to operate alternately.11-27-2008
20130118528ROBOT CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A robot cleaner and a control method thereof includes determining whether a first cleaning mode has been selected, upon determining that the first cleaning mode has been selected, defining a plurality of cleaning regions based on a position of the robot cleaner, and sequentially cleaning the defined cleaning regions.05-16-2013
20080271754Operating Method of the Laundry Machine - A method of operating a washing machine, by which a steam generator is disclosed, laundry and the washing machine itself can be safely protected in a manner that an error occurrence of the washing machine is accurately detected and by which a following cycle such as a washing cycle, a drying cycle and the like can be effectively performed despite the failure of the washing machine. The present invention includes a step (a) of supplying water to a steam generator, a step (b) of supplying steam into a drum by generating heat from a heater of the steam generator, and a step (c) of detecting abnormality of the washing machine while the step (a) or (b) is carried out.11-06-2008
20080271756Automatic Vehicle Washing Unit and Process - The automatic vehicle washing unit, particularly of the type without brushes, comprises at least one first arched structure (11-06-2008
20110108065RINSING METHOD FOR A WATER-CONVEYING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - A washing method for a water-conveying domestic appliance is provided. In at least one sub-program step of a first washing operation in a first operating mode, washing liquid is warmed up to a first temperature. After a number of washing operations that are carried out in the first operating mode and/or as a function of process parameters of preceding washing operations, at least one washing operation is carried out in a second operating mode, during which the washing liquid is warmed up to a second temperature. The second temperature is higher than the first temperature.05-12-2011
20090014032Dishwasher and Method of Controlling the Same - A controlling method of a dishwasher is provided. The method includes a selecting of a wash cycle and inputting of command settings by a user, starting operation of the dishwasher according to the selected cycle and driving a wash pump and discharge member, and controlling the dishwasher during the cycle to end the wash cycle with an upper arm operating.01-15-2009
20110203614METHOD FOR OPERATING A DISHWASHER - In a method for operating a dishwasher, a desorption process of a reversibly dehydratable dry material of a sorption-drying system is initiated at least at times. A parameter that influences the desorption process is hereby evaluated for determining an instant for performing the desorption process.08-25-2011
20100139695Dosage Element and a Method of Manufacturing a Dosage Element - A dosage element of a type to be consumed in use in a ware washing machine comprises an outer casing formed during a preliminary manufacturing process, whereby said outer casing is provided with two compartments respectively containing first and second substances, the two compartments being separated by an insert which forms one or more internal separation walls.06-10-2010
20090283112WASHING MACHINE WITH A TITRATION INDICATOR BASED ON MEASUREMENTS OF SOLUTION CONDUCTIVITY - A system and method is disclosed for indicating satisfactory times for titrating a chemical solution, e.g., cleaning product, used by a utility device to clean and/or sanitize various types of articles. The utility device is described in an exemplary embodiment as being a warewashing machine that applies the chemical solution to articles provided to the machine on racks. The chemical solution is formed in a solution tank from a combination of at least one chemical product and at least one rinse agent. Whereas the chemical product is described as a detergent, the rinse agent is described as water. Over a time period including multiple wash cycles, the chemical product and the rinse agent are added to the solution tank, thereby changing conductivity of the chemical solution. The present invention senses various types of information associated with the formation of the chemical solution and applies one or more test conditions to the sensed information to determine satisfactory time periods for measuring concentration of the chemical product relative to the chemical solution. Indications of the occurrence of these satisfactory times are presented on a display module in a manner visible to field persons responsible for titrating the chemical solution.11-19-2009
20090025754Controlling method of dishwasher - A method for controlling a dishwasher includes sequentially performing a first main washing step, a second main washing step, and a third main washing step. The first main washing step includes supplying washing water, which is heated by a sump heater, to a washing chamber. The second main washing step includes selectively performing a steam spraying action for supplying steam to the washing chamber, and performing a water supplying action for supplying washing water to the washing chamber. The third main washing step includes supplying washing water, heated by the sump heater, to the washing chamber.01-29-2009
20090038644Washing Programme for a Dishwasher Having a Shorter Cycle With a Constant Cleaning Efficiency - A method for cleaning items to be washed in a dishwasher operational using at least one first predetermined wash program sequence including an intensive, low-temperature, automatic or standard program, using a specific mechanical and/or thermal soiling removal energy to achieve a specific cleaning and/or drying result, for carrying out such program steps as pre-rinse, cleaning, intermediate rinse, final rinse and drying, with the predetermined wash program being configured for substantially minimizing the quantity of water and energy used, the method including the steps of applying at least one second predetermined wash program sequence including a rapid intensive, rapid low-temperature, rapid automatic or rapid standard program, using substantially similar mechanical and/or thermal soiling removal energy as first wash program sequence to achieve the substantially similar specific cleaning and/or drying result as first wash program sequence, with second program sequence occurring in less time than first wash program sequence.02-12-2009
20090183753METHOD FOR EVALUATION AND GUARANTEEING THERMAL HYGIENIC EFFECTS - The invention relates to a method for assessing and guaranteeing the thermal hygiene effect on items to be washed which are accommodated in a washing chamber of a single-chamber dishwasher or items to be cleaned which are accommodated in a cleaning chamber of a cleaning and disinfecting machine, with a temperature sensor being permanently assigned to the washing chamber or the cleaning chamber. The thermal hygiene effect produced by the temperature and action time acting on the items to be washed or the items to be cleaned is detected by means of the temperature sensor and a control system, and the heat equivalent values are calculated from this information.07-23-2009
20090139544Dishwasher and controlling method thereof - A dishwasher is provided. The dishwasher includes a tub, a steam generator, and a connecting passage. The tub stores dishes. The steam generator generates steam to be supplied into the tub. The connecting passage connects a discharging end of the steam generator to an inside of the tub.06-04-2009
20090139545CHEMICAL INJECTION FOR VEHICLE WASH SYSTEM AND METHOD - An apparatus includes an application pump that pumps water through a water application line. Fast-acting valves control a flow of different chemical concentrates into the water application line, and a controller is connected to each of the valves and programmed with a chemical injection pulse solenoid algorithm for optimal control of the chemical concentrate. The apparatus provides direct chemical injection into vehicle wash systems through the use of the fast-acting solenoid valves which rapidly turned on and off, creating an accurate and variable means of metering highly concentrated chemicals. Algorithms are used to control operation of the fast-acting solenoids, “pulsing” them in accordance to chemical type and application. The particular algorithm used preferably balances end performance and consistency with mechanical considerations such as actuation lag time, valve longevity, and wash equipment variables.06-04-2009
20090050178METHOD FOR CLEANING A TUB IN A WASHING MACHINE AND A WASHING MACHINE PERFORMING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a method for washing a washing tub and a washing machine having the same applied thereto, and more particularly, a method for washing a washing tub including the step of washing a washing tub with powder detergent and a step for washing the washing tub with bleaching agent; and a washing machine having the same applied thereto. A method for cleaning a tub in a washing machine includes a washing water supply step for supplying washing water to the washing tub, a powder detergent supply step for supplying powder detergent to the washing tub, a powder detergent washing step for washing the washing tub with the powder detergent, a bleaching agent supply step for supplying bleaching agent to the washing tub, and a bleaching agent washing step for washing the washing tub with bleaching agent.02-26-2009
20090199871Cleaning method and system - A method of cleaning a surface such as a driveway or a vertical wall which includes converting or retro-fitting a zero-turn radius (ZTR) or other type of mower to a cleaning apparatus. The conversion of the mower includes the steps of adding a water supply tank to the deck area of the mower and providing low pressure and high pressure flow lines. The low pressure flow lines are supplied via a low pressure pump. The high pressure flow lines are supplied by a separate high pressure pump unit. Plural solenoid valves are utilized in the method and system to control the flow of a cleaning solution for various method operations.08-13-2009
20110030729AUTOMATIC AND MANUAL DETERGENT TYPE IDENTIFICATION TO SELECT A WASH ALGORITHM BASED ON DETERGENT TYPE - A detergent module for dispensing detergent during a wash-cycle is presented in which a sensor senses and indicates or a user via control input indicates whether the detergent in the module is a solid-type detergent or a liquid-type detergent, and the detergent-type indication is used by a dishwashing machine or a laundry washing machine to select a washing algorithm tailored to exploit the cleaning efficiency of the detergent.02-10-2011
20110220149SPRAY DEVICE FOR AN APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A spray device and method for operating an appliance for washing objects, such as spray dishwashers, wherein the spray device rotates in two directions (e.g., clockwise and counterclockwise) to improve spray coverage of the objects.09-15-2011
20110220148Method for performing preventative maintenance in a substrate processing system - A method for performing preventative maintenance in a substrate processing system is described. The method includes diagnosing a level of contamination in a substrate processing system, scheduling a wet clean process when necessary, and scheduling a dry clean process when necessary. The dry clean process may include an ozone cleaning process.09-15-2011
20080264446Hot Source Cleaning System - There is an apparatus for cleaning a substrate mounted on a moveable platen. In an example embodiment, the apparatus comprises a first chamber, the first chamber has solvent-dispensing nozzles; the solvent-dispensing nozzles wet the substrate surface with a solvent as the platen transports the substrate. The platen moves in a predetermined direction and at a predetermined scan velocity as it transports the substrate into a process chamber. The process chamber has a hot source at a predetermined height from the substrate surface; it provides heat energy directed toward the substrate surface, the heat energy evaporates the solvent dispensed on the substrate surface; the solvent evaporation removes particulates from the substrate surface, as the platen transports the substrate from the first chamber into the process chamber. Substrates cleaned may include precision photo-masks, or wafers.10-30-2008
20090084407AUTOMATED WASHING SYSTEM WITH COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION - A system is provided for providing automated washing and verifying compliance of use. The system provides for identifying individual users of one or more cleaning stations through various technologies, such as RFID. Individual's use of cleaning stations is monitored to determine compliance with hand-washing requirements. A compliance report may be generated based on data associated with one or more individuals' use of the cleaning station(s). Educational and/or entertainment content may be displayed to the user when he or she is using the cleaning station. Additionally, the cleaning station may identify containers having authorized consumables such as soap or disinfectant.04-02-2009
20090084405SUBSTRATE TREATING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE TREATING METHOD - A substrate treating apparatus for drying substrates in a solvent atmosphere after treating the substrates with a treating liquid. The apparatus includes a treating tank for storing the treating liquid, a holding mechanism for holding the substrates, the holding mechanism being movable at least between a treating position in the treating tank and a drying position above the treating tank, a chamber enclosing the treating tank, a solvent vapor supply device for supplying solvent vapor into the chamber, a concentration measuring device for measuring solvent concentration in the chamber, and an exhaust device for exhausting gas from the chamber. A controller causes the exhaust device to decompress an interior of the chamber, and causes the solvent vapor supply device to supply the solvent vapor into the chamber, after treating the substrates in the treating position in the treating tank with deionized water serving as the treating liquid. The controller also causes the exhaust device to decompress the interior of the chamber again when, with the substrates placed in the drying position, the solvent concentration has reached a predetermined value.04-02-2009
20090165823ELECTROLYTIC CELLS - An electrolytic cell for producing hydrogen peroxide includes an anode, a cathode and an intermediate membrane. The anode is associated with a first electrolyte and the cathode is associated with a second electrolyte. The use of two electrolytes associated with the respective electrodes permits the user to select the most suitable salt solutions for each electrode and so avoid production of gases and by-products unsuitable for a domestic environment. Thus, the electrolytic cell is suitable for use in an automatic dishwasher.07-02-2009
20090205680WASHING APPLIANCE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A washing appliance is provided, having a circulation pump for circulating a washing fluid. A monitoring device is capable of monitoring a condition of the circulated washing fluid. A control device is in communication with the monitoring device and is configured to direct execution of one of a plurality of automatic wash programs by the washing appliance, wherein each automatic wash program includes a plurality of serially-conducted wash segments, each including at least one pre-wash segment and at least one post-wash segment. The control device is further configured to direct the monitoring device to dynamically monitor the washing fluid condition during at least one of the at least one pre-wash segment and the at least one post-wash segment, and to direct an alteration of the washing fluid in response to the monitoring device determining that the washing fluid condition exceeds a threshold. An associated method is also provided.08-20-2009
20110139182DETERGENT USE - Use of an automatic dishwashing product in an automatic dishwasher for cleaning the internal parts of a dishwasher during an automatic dishwashing operation wherein the operation involves the delivery of at least 250 ppm of a non-ionic surfactant.06-16-2011
20080276965TIMING CONTROL AND TIMED WASH CYCLE FOR AN AUTOMATIC WASHER - A control for an automatic washer to operate the washer through a wash cycle determined based upon various soils and stains in the substrate load to be washed with a wash liquor in a wash zone of the washer. The control has a plurality of stain/soil type entrées, which can be at least one of selected and detected, and cleaned with a particular wash cycle. The control has dispensing control over at least one wash liquor additive. The control has a user input to permit the user to customize the operation of the control with regard to the dispensing of the various wash liquor additive and a timing mechanism. The control has operational control over the particular wash cycles using the dispensing control to dispense additives to the wash liquor at selected times during the wash cycle.11-13-2008
20090211604System and Method For Removing Edge-Bead Material - Embodiments of the invention provide edge-bead removal systems and methods for removing edge-bead material from one or more surfaces of semiconductor wafers. Embodiments of the invention may be applied to process wafers at different points in a manufacturing cycle, and the wafers can include one or more metal layers.08-27-2009
20090211603System and Method For Removing Post-Etch Residue - Embodiments of the invention provide post-etch cleaning systems and methods for removing post-etch residue material from one or more surfaces of semiconductor wafers. Embodiments of the invention may be applied to process wafers at different points in a manufacturing cycle, and the wafers can include one or more metal layers.08-27-2009
20090211602System and Method For Removing Edge-Bead Material - Embodiments of the invention provide edge-bead removal systems and methods for removing edge-bead material from one or more surfaces of semiconductor wafers. Embodiments of the invention may be applied to process wafers at different points in a manufacturing cycle, and the wafers can include one or more metal layers.08-27-2009
20110139183SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PREVENTING PATTERN COLLAPSE USING LOW SURFACE TENSION FLUID - A system for processing a wafer with a low surface tension liquid includes a low surface tension liquid source including a first heat source capable of heating the low surface tension liquid to not more than 25 degrees C. less than boiling point of the low surface tension liquid, a delivery mechanism for delivering the heated low surface tension liquid to an air/liquid interface region and a second heat source directed toward the air/liquid interface region, the second heat source capable of heating the air/liquid interface region to at least 2 degrees C. greater than the boiling point of the low surface tension liquid. A method for processing a wafer with a low surface tension liquid is also described.06-16-2011
20090194137SERVICE ROBOT AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME - In accordance with aspects of the present invention, a service robot, such as a robotic cleaner, can be configured to more effectively service an environment. The service robot can include one or more sensors that sense its location, the location of objects, or both, and can also include noise reduction elements. The service robot can determine that it is under a “furnishing” and implement a different servicing pattern.08-06-2009
20090260655Substrate Cleaning System, Substrate Cleaning Method, Subtrate Cleaning Program, and Program Recording Medium - A substrate cleaning system according to the present invention comprises cleaning devices, and a controller for controlling the driving of the cleaning devices in accordance with driving recipes predetermined. The controller prioritizes the cleaning devices, calculates, on the basis of a driving recipe for a cleaning device having a higher priority and a driving recipe for a cleaning device having a lower priority, a time in which the two cleaning devices can interfere with each other, and sets the calculated time as a waiting time. The cleaning device having the higher priority is made to start cleaning a substrate from a predetermined cleaning-starting position, while the cleaning device having the lower priority is kept waiting in a predetermined waiting position. When or after the waiting time has elapsed since the cleaning device having the higher priority started cleaning, the cleaning device having the lower priority is made to move from the waiting position and start cleaning the substrate.10-22-2009
20090272406Apparatus for on-site cleaning of landscape rock - Methods and apparatus are disclosed that pick up and clean landscape rock using air under vacuum pressure. This apparatus provides a means for cleaning and reusing rock that has become aesthetically unattractive instead of removing the old landscape rock and replacing it with new rock. The invention also includes a device for separating debris from the vacuum airstream. This device may be used in combination with the device for picking up and cleaning landscape rock or may be used independently.11-05-2009
20090255557Automated heat exchanger tube cleaning assembly and system - An automated heat exchanger tube cleaning assembly and system are provided. The present system can automatically (without ongoing human intervention) survey the tube sheet of a heat exchanger in three-dimensions, convert and record the survey results as a digital file in three-dimensions, and then, according to sequential parameters input via custom software, automatically coordinate via computer one or more cleaning devices to effect the cleaning of each desired tube of the heat exchanger.10-15-2009
20090255556WAREWASHER INCLUDING HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM WITH HOT WATER SUPPLEMENT - A warewasher for washing wares includes a housing defining an internal space with at least one spray zone for washing wares. A liquid delivery system provides a spray of liquid within the spray zone. A tank includes an inlet that is connected to a hot water source for filling the tank with hot water. The liquid delivery system receives water from the tank. An exhaust vents heated air from the housing. A final rinse system is connected to a cold water source. A heat recovery system is located between the final rinse system and the cold water source. The heat recovery system transfers heat from the exhaust air to the cold water provided from the cold water source. A valve associated with the hot water source selectively supplements the water exiting the heat recovery system with hot water from the hot water source.10-15-2009
20090272407SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD AND DEVELOPING APPARATUS - A cleaning method of cleaning a surface of a substrate that is processed by a developing process. The method includes pouring a cleaning liquid onto a central part of the substrate. A dry area that is not wetted with the cleaning liquid is created in a central part of the substrate by stopping pouring the cleaning liquid or by shifting a cleaning liquid pouring position to which the cleaning liquid is poured from the central part while the substrate holding device is rotating. The dry area is expanded outward from the central part of the substrate by rotating the substrate holding device at a rotating speed not lower than 1500 rpm without pouring the cleaning liquid onto the dry area. The cleaning liquid is poured onto an outer area contiguously surrounding the dry area on the surface of the substrate.11-05-2009
20090260656PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM10-22-2009
20110139181Dishwasher having steam washing function and dishwashing method - A dishwashing method of a dishwasher which includes a body, a dishwashing tub contained in the body, a steam generator received in the dishwashing tub to generate steam, a plurality of steam injection nozzles to inject the steam generated by the steam generator, a plurality of control valves to control flow of the steam into the respective steam injection nozzles, the method including injecting steam from a plurality of the steam injection nozzles comprising opening a plurality of the control valves, to maintain an injection pressure of the steam generated by the steam generator.06-16-2011
20100263689METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING WATER HARDNESS - The present invention is related to methods, apparatuses, and compositions for controlling water hardness. The methods, apparatuses and compositions also reduce scale formation. The present invention includes substantially water insoluble resin materials. The resin materials may be loaded with a plurality of cations.10-21-2010
20120090638METHOD FOR OPERATION OF AN AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER - A method for operating an automatic dishwasher is disclosed. Provided are a dispenser, a cartridge with a chamber of rinse aid, a washing program including a cleaning program, and a sensor for measuring soil on the dishware or in the wash. The soiling is compared to a reference value and if less than reference, the temperature of the wash is held to ≦65° C., and at the end of the cleaning program and/or the intermediate rinse cycle, rinse aid is dispensed and drying immediately follows the cleaning program and/or intermediate rinse cycle without execution of a rinse aid program.04-19-2012
20100175719ENERGY MANAGEMENT OF DISHWASHER APPLIANCE - A dishwasher is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current cost of supplied energy. The controller operates the dishwasher in one of a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode based on the received signal. The controller is configured to change the power consuming functions by adjusting one or more of an operation schedule, an operation delay, an operation adjustment, and a selective deactivation of at least one of the one or more power consuming functions to reduce power consumption of the dishwasher in the energy savings mode.07-15-2010
20090277478Apparatus and Method for Cleaning Lumens of Medical Devices and Lines - An apparatus includes a counter top sized outer case; first and second electric motors disposed inside of the case. A positive displacement liquid pump with a pulsating output is operatively connected to said first electric motor and has an input and output port. A positive displacement gas pump with a pulsating output is operatively connected to the second electric motor and has an input and output port. A liquid source is fluidly connected to the input port of the liquid pump. The method further includes connecting a medical line or instrument to be cleaned to the output port of the liquid pump and operating the pump until the line or instrument has been cleaned. The line or instrument is then disconnected and connected to the output line of the gas pump. The gas pump is operated until the line or instrument has been cleared of liquid and then disconnected.11-12-2009
20090277477MULTITANK CONVEYOR-TYPE DISHWASHER AND AN OPERATING METHOD FOR IT - Multitank conveyor-type dishwasher (11-12-2009
20100154826System and Method For Rinse Optimization - Embodiments of the invention provide optimized rinse systems and methods for providing rinsing solutions to one or more surfaces of semiconductor wafers. Embodiments of the invention may be applied to process wafers at different points in a manufacturing cycle, and the wafers can include one or more metal layers.06-24-2010
20120103366METHOD FOR CLEANING A DUEL MODE OVEN - According to the invention, the method for cleaning a dual cooking mode oven, comprising a muffle forming the cooking enclosure, and a boiler for sending water, as vapour, inside the enclosure of the muffle, is characterized in that the washing step of the muffle and the descaling step of the boiler are carried out in parallel, simultaneously.05-03-2012
20120103365Pool Cleaning Device With Adjustable Buoyant Element - An automatic pool cleaner has a plurality of components, some of which have a density greater than water, giving the cleaner an overall negative buoyancy. The cleaner has a buoyant element which is adjustable in position relative to the center of gravity of the cleaner. Adjusting the position of the buoyant element changes the probable motion path of the cleaner on the pool floor and on the walls to allow the cleaner to execute a variety of motion paths to clean various parts of the pool. The adjustable element may be slidably positioned by a handle extending through a slot in the housing or be slidable on a slide band attached to the housing, which may be pivotable, translatable and rotatable, providing an additional range of position alternatives. A selected position is held by a detent or other holding mechanism. The adjustable element permits the cleaner to be adapted to clean various pool shapes and surfaces.05-03-2012
20100258145METHOD FOR DETECTING A LOAD-RELATED CHANGE IN THERMAL CAPACITY OF A WATER-BEARING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - A water-bearing appliance, such as a dishwasher, and a method for detecting the load-related change in thermal capacity of the water-bearing domestic appliance, in order to optimize the drying process. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes detecting a temperature gradient during the cooling of the items to be cleaned.10-14-2010
20100018553METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SURFACE TREATMENT OF SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATES USING SEQUENTIAL CHEMICAL APPLICATIONS - A system and method for removing polymer residue from around a metal gate structure formed on a surface of a substrate during a post-etch cleaning operation includes determining a plurality of process parameters associated with the metal gate structure and the polymer residue to be removed. A plurality of fabrication layers define the metal gate structure and the process parameters define characteristics of the fabrication layers and the polymer residue. A first cleaning chemistry and second cleaning chemistry are identified and a plurality of application parameters associated with the first and second cleaning chemistries are defined based on the process parameters. The first and second application chemistries are applied sequentially in a controlled manner using the application parameters to substantial remove the polymer residue while preserving the structural integrity of the gate structure.01-28-2010
20120138093Method and System for Removing Retentate from Filters - A cleaning system and method of cleaning filters that removes the ash in the plugged regions is disclosed. The filter is subjected to vibrations, which serve to loosen trapped and packed retentate from the filter. The loosened retentate is then captured by a collection bin. The cleaning system can be integral with the intended application, such as within an automobile. In another embodiment, the cleaning system is a separate cleaning station, where the filter is removing from its intended application, cleaned, and then reinstalled.06-07-2012
20100192977DISHWASHER, A DOOR ASSEMBLY FOR THE DISHWASHER, AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR DRYING DISHWARE - A dishwasher, a door assembly for the dishwasher and a method of drying the dishware in the dishwasher are provided. The dishwasher may include a sensor configured to measure the turbidity of the water in the dishwasher which is used to determine a wash load size. A control unit of the dishwasher may determine and control cycle times, temperatures, heating elements and a blower of the dishwasher based on the wash load size. The dishwasher may include a humidity level determination that may also be used by the control unit to control the operations of the dishwasher. The door assembly may include a duct configured to receive moisture-laden air creating during the drying cycle and encourage the condensation of the water from the air such that the water may be redirected back to the tub portion of the dishwasher and the dry air may be directed out of the dishwasher.08-05-2010
20090078289METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISHWASHER - A dishwasher and a method of controlling a dishwasher are provided. The method includes heating wash fluid in a washing tub when no dishes are loaded in the washing tub, and sterilizing the washing tub by spraying the heated wash fluid into the washing tub with the use of a wash fluid spray device. Therefore, it is possible to remove wash fluid and impurities remaining in the washing tub and to prevent an offensive odor from being emitted from the washing tub.03-26-2009
20090078288METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISHWASHER AND DISHWASHER - A dishwasher and a method of controlling a dishwasher are provided. Using this method of controlling a dishwasher, it is possible to quickly and precisely determine, during the washing of dishes, whether nozzles are clogged with impurities. It is also possible to easily address the problems associated with clogged nozzles by terminating the operation of a washing pump for a predefined amount of time, and then resuming the operation of the washing pump to clear obstructions from the nozzles.03-26-2009
20090078286METHODS FOR PROTECTING FLOORING DURING A FLUID BASED CLEANING AND DEVICES THEREOF - A method and device for protecting flooring during a cleaning includes identifying at least one contact point between flooring and at least one object resting on the flooring. At least a portion of one surface of a protection pad which has a re-adherable adhesive is applied to a portion of the object which is at the identified contact point when resting on the flooring. At least one cleaning operation on the flooring which involves fluid and movement of the object to one or more locations on the flooring is performed. The protection pad remains secured to the portion of the object during the movement of the object to protect the flooring. The protection pad is removed from the portion of the object once the fluid applied during the cleaning operation has substantially dried.03-26-2009
20090078287Liquid processing apparatus and process liquid supplying method - A liquid processing apparatus includes: a processing part 03-26-2009
20100224217SEMICONDUCTOR CLEANING METHOD AND APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME - A semiconductor cleaning method and apparatus and a controlling method of semiconductor cleaning are disclosed. The developing method includes the following steps. A developing solution is applied onto a wafer having a photoresist layer. Next, the wafer is rotated to scatter the developing solution over the photoresist layer. Then, a nozzle upon the center of the wafer ejects a non-reactive liquid onto the photoresist layer for a time period. Next, the nozzle is moved in a radial direction of the wafer to at least one next location and then ejects the liquid onto the photoresist layer for at least one next time period. The wafer is then rinsed until the developing solution and the unnecessary photoresist dissolved in the developing solution are washed away and a patterned photoresist layer is revealed.09-09-2010
20100236576Stage device and stage cleaning method - A stage device for use in a vacuum includes a frame-shaped movable stage having a sample mounting surface, a fixed stage surrounded by the movable stage, an air bearing to float the movable stage by supplying gas to a gap between the stages, a pressure regulator to regulate a pressure of the gas, a differential pumping portion to prevent the gas from flowing outside the gap, and a controller. The controller moves the movable stage within a predetermined range under a pressure in the differential pumping portion set equal to that for movable stage in use when setting a floating height of the movable stage lower than that for movable stage in use, and under the pressure in the differential pumping portion set higher than that for movable stage in use when setting the floating height of the movable stage equal to that for movable stage in use.09-23-2010
20100275953Washing Household Appliance and control method thereof - An appliance having a drain pump with a motor adapted to be supplied with an alternating supply voltage. The appliance also includes a controller adapted to monitor a current value supplied to the motor and to control the frequency of the supply voltage among a plurality of predetermined frequencies when the drain pump is operated in a full drainage mode. A storage medium associated with the controller stores for each predetermined frequency a maximum current value, a minimum current value and an optimal current value. In one implementation the controller stores computer implemented instructions that when executed (a) determines if the monitored current value is between the maximum current value and the minimum current value, (b) and upon determining that the monitored current value is between the maximum current value and the minimum current value compares the monitored current value with the optimal current value, and (c) adjusts the frequency of the alternating supply voltage among the plurality of predetermined frequencies to cause the monitored current to more closely match the optimal current value. A method of controlling a motor of a drain pump configured to operate between minimum and maximum alternating supply voltage frequencies and to be supplied with a current between a minimum and maximum current values, and preferable with an optimal current, is also provided. In one implementation the method involves monitoring the current delivered to the motor and determining if the monitored current value is between the maximum current value and the minimum current value, upon determining that the monitored current value is between the maximum current value and the minimum current value comparing the monitored current value with the optimal current value, and adjusting the frequency of the alternating supply voltage among a plurality of predetermined frequencies to cause the monitored current to more closely match the optimal current value.11-04-2010
20100224218SYSTEM FOR OFFERING AND PROVIDING CLEANING APPARATUS TO CONSUMERS - A system for providing cleaning apparatus, said system comprising providing a user accessible order unit via which options for the provision of the cleaning apparatus and/or cleaning product for use therewith are made available to a customer. The customer can select the cleaning apparatus option required and select a time and date and location at which said cleaning apparatus is required and the data for this is transmitted from the order unit to a remote processing hub. The cleaning apparatus which is required is identified and a delivery schedule established so as to allow the cleaning apparatus to be delivered at the selected date and time at the cleaning location.09-09-2010
20100242997METHOD FOR USING WAREWASHING COMPOSITION IN AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING MACHINES - A warewashing detergent composition is provided according to the invention. The warewashing detergent composition includes a cleaning agent, an alkaline source, and a corrosion inhibitor. The cleaning agent comprises a detersive amount of a surfactant. The alkaline source is provided in an amount effective to provide a use composition having a pH of at least about 8. The corrosion inhibitor includes a source of aluminum ion and at least one of a source of calcium ion or a source of magnesium ion. The amounts of calcium ion or magnesium ion can be selected depending upon the hardness of the water of dilution. Methods for using a warewashing detergent composition are provided.09-30-2010
20120138094DISHWASHER WITH MULTIPLE TREATING CHAMBERS - A method of operating a dishwasher having multiple wash chambers, with each wash chamber executing a different cycle of operation, and liquid from one chamber may be reused in the other chamber.06-07-2012
20100000573APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CONCENTRATION OF WASH AID IN WASH LIQUID - An apparatus and method of using an automatic washing machine to determine a concentration of a wash aid in a wash liquid, and implementing a controlled flushing of the wash aid in response to the determined concentration.01-07-2010
20110056521AUTOMATIC COIND-OPERATED OR ELECTRONIC CARD-OPERATED WASHING MACHINE AND DRYER FOR HELMETS - An automatic coin—or electronic card—operated washing machine and dryer for helmets, which operates as an automatic and autonomous vending service machine and combines the quick and effective washing of a helmet with the protection of its parts and units and comprises a body (03-10-2011
20110056520METHOD FOR OPERATING A WARE WASHER AND WARE WASHER - The invention relates to a ware washer (03-10-2011
20090211606METHOD OF CLEANING BOTTLES IN A BOTTLE CLEANING MACHINE, AND AN ARRANGEMENT FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD, AND A BOTTLE CLEANING MACHINE - A method of cleaning bottles in a bottle cleaning machine, and an arrangement for performing the method, and a bottle cleaning machine. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.08-27-2009
20120031434SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD - There is provided a substrate cleaning method capable of cleaning a substrate on which a fine pattern is being formed in a short time with a simple configuration without having a harmful influence on the fine pattern. In the method, the substrate is transferred from a processing chamber for performing a process on the surface of the substrate therein to a cleaning chamber for cleaning the substrate therein. The substrate is cooled to a temperature in the cleaning chamber. A superfluid is supplied to the surface of the substrate, and contaminant components in the fine pattern are flowed out along with the superfluid as the superfluid flows over from the surface of the substrate.02-09-2012
20080289655COMMERCIAL WAREWASHER - A commercial dishwasher comprising spray nozzles for spraying liquid into a treatment region in the form of a treatment chamber or a treatment zone for treating items to be washed; at least two centrifugal pumps, which are arranged in series hydraulically one behind the other, for conveying liquid from the wash tank to the spray nozzles; a control device for alternatively operating only one centrifugal pump or at least two of the centrifugal pumps which are connected hydraulically one behind the other in series, in order to thus generate different liquid pressures.11-27-2008
20090107527METHOD OF CLEANING TRANSPARENT DEVICE IN A THERMAL PROCESS APPARATUS, THERMAL PROCESS APPARATUS AND PROCESS USING THE SAME THERMAL PROCESS APPARATUS - A method of cleaning a transparent device in a thermal process apparatus, wherein the transparent device is disposed in a chamber of a thermal process apparatus, and the transparent device includes a wafer holder for carry a wafer disposed under the transparent device, and an energy source output device disposed above the transparent device in the chamber, is provided. The method of the present invention includes performing a surface treatment step to clean a surface of the transparent device.04-30-2009
20090107528WASH CHAMBER FOR APPENDAGE-WASHING APPARATUS - A wash cylinder or chamber for an automated cleaning station to clean an object or a person's body part includes nozzles on the interior of the cylinder, the nozzles of one embodiment comprising an increasing roll angle providing a novel spray pattern. Additionally, embodiments of the invention include fluid guidance and conveyance structures, angled nozzles, sealing structures, finger guards, nozzle ribs, wash chamber seating mechanisms and drains, and nozzle inlays having a plurality of nozzles. Also disclosed are methods of washing an object or body part using a wash cylinder or chamber and methods of assembling a wash cylinder or chamber.04-30-2009
20090071508DISHWASHER WITH TARGETED SENSING AND WASHING - An automatic dishwasher comprises a housing defining a wash chamber for holding utensils to be washed, a movable sprayer fluidly coupled with a source of liquid and having at least one directionally-controllable outlet for controllably spraying liquid into the wash chamber, and a controller operably coupled to the movable sprayer to control the direction of the directionally-controllable outlet to spray liquid in at least one preselected location within the wash chamber.03-19-2009
20090078285Method and Device for Cleaning Pipe Runs - The invention relates to a method for keeping vacuum piping, particularly the vacuum piping (03-26-2009
20100294309PHOSPHATE-FREE DISHWASHER DETERGENT WITH EXCELLENT RINSING POWER - The present invention relates to a phosphate-free machine dishwasher detergent comprising 0.01-20% by weight of at least one alcohol alkoxylate, 0.01-10% by weight of at least one alcohol ethoxylate, 0-15% by weight of at least one sulfonate-containing polymer, 0-15% by weight of at least one hydrophilically modified polycarboxylate, 0-8% by weight of at least one polycarboxylate, 1-50% by weight of at least one complexing agent and 0.1-60% by weight of at least one further additive, where the sum of components (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F) and (G) is 100% by weight, to a process for rinsing surfaces of articles by treating these surfaces with the composition, and to the use of the composition for increasing the rinsing performance in the machine washing of articles.11-25-2010
20100294311METHOD FOR DETECTING THE LOAD OF ITEMS TO BE WASHED, AND DISHWASHER MACHINE - A method for determining at least one of the type and the quantity of items to be washed in a dishwasher machine is provided for use with a dishwashing machine having a washing chamber in which the items are placed in receptacles for subsequent washing of the items during a dishwashing program with the respective disposition of the items in the receptacles constituting the load of the receptacles in the washing chamber of the dishwasher machine. The method includes detecting the load of the receptacles by an image detection system that measures distances in a non-contact manner by means of the speed of light such that the measured distances can be evaluated to obtain a three-dimensional image of the washing chamber.11-25-2010
20100294310Pyrrolidone Containing Detergent Composition - A detergent composition comprises a hydrophobic polymer, a sulphonated polyacrylate, a pyrrolidone derivative and an anionic surfactant. The compositions find particular application in dishwashing applications and exhibit reduced tendency for spotting on the articles to be cleaned.11-25-2010
20110126859SUBSTRATE TREATING METHOD FOR TREATING SUBSTRATES WITH TREATING LIQUIDS - A method for treating substrates with treating liquids, using a treating tank for storing the treating liquids, a holding mechanism for holding the substrates and placing the substrates in a treating position inside the treating tank, a first and a second treating liquid supply device, a temperature control device, and a control device. A first treating liquid is supplied into the treating tank, then a second treating liquid of lower surface tension and higher boiling point than the first treating liquid, is supplied into the treating tank, and placed in a temperature range above the boiling point of the first treating liquid and below the boiling point of the second treating liquid, and then controlling the second treating liquid supply device to replace the first treating liquid stored in the treating tank with the second treating liquid, and controlling the temperature control device to maintain the second treating liquid in the same said temperature range.06-02-2011
20110126857ROBOTIC WASH MONITOR SYSTEM - A vehicle wash system having a wash bay including a plurality of pivotable robotic wash monitors disposed therein. The system includes measuring devices that calculate the distance between the robotic wash monitors and a vehicle in the wash bay. A master control unit is provided for programming the plurality of robotic wash monitors to clean the vehicle in accordance with an optimal set of cleaning instructions. The master control unit generates the optimal set of cleaning instructions based on three-dimensional (3D) data associated with the wash bay, 3D data associated with the vehicle, and the location of the vehicle.06-02-2011
20110108064METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MOVEMENT OF AN AUTOMAIC CLEANING DEVICE USING VIDEO SIGNAL - A method of cleaning an area using an automatic cleaning device may include receiving, from a video camera, information associated with an edge located on a surface, determining, by an automatic cleaning device, a position of the automatic cleaning device on the surface relative to the edge and using the received information to move the automatic cleaning device from the determined position along a path so that the automatic cleaning device cleans the surface along the path. The path may be substantially parallel to the edge, and the edge may be located a distance from a reference point on the automatic cleaning device during movement of the automatic cleaning device.05-12-2011
20110126858METHOD FOR RINSING CLEANED DISHWARE - A method of rinsing cleaned dishware comprising the steps of: (a) cleaning dishware in an automatic dishwasher; and (b) during the rinse cycle of said automatic dishwasher, rinsing said dishware with a rinse aid composition comprising: at least one a graft polymer comprising an acrylic acid backbone and alkoxylated side chains, said polymer comprising a molecular weight of from about 2,000 to about 20,000, said graft polymer comprising from about 20 wt % to about 50 wt % of an alkylene oxide; an acid; a non-ionic surfactant; and optionally at least one component selected from the group consisting of dispersant polymer, perfume, hydrotrope, binder, carrier medium, antibacterial active, dye, zinc carbonate, zinc chloride, and mixtures thereof.06-02-2011
20110023910ENERGY-OPTIMIZED MACHINE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CLEANING APPARATUSES - A cleaning apparatus for cleaning items to be cleaned is provided. The cleaning apparatus comprises at least two loads. The cleaning apparatus has a modular control system, which comprises a machine control system and at least one contactless control element. The machine control system is set up to perform at least one cleaning program. The contactless control element is set up to supply at least one of the loads with energy on a variable basis. The machine control system is set up to provide at least two different actuation strategies for the cleaning apparatus. Each actuation strategy comprises information about required energies for the loads. The machine control system is set up to transmit information about the required energies for the associated loads to the contactless control element via at least one bus system in line with a selected actuation strategy. The contactless control element is set up to apply the respective required energy to at least one associated load.02-03-2011
20120031433MATERIAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method of determining one or more operational parameters of a washing system having a wash tank to which water and material are added. In one embodiment, the method includes monitoring a concentration of material, which is decreased at least partially due to water being added to the wash tank. The method also includes maintaining the concentration of material by dispensing material into the wash tank during a material dispensing operation. Additionally, the method includes generating a parameter indicative of a rate at which the material is dispensed during the material dispensing operation. The method also includes determining a presence of a water flow abnormality based at least partially on the generated parameter.02-09-2012
20110000506Radial flow filter with traveling spray device - A spray device for cleaning residue from a filter member. In one embodiment, the spray device includes a tubular stem telescopically slideable in a sleeve. A coil spring surrounds the stem and resists movement of the stem out of the sleeve. A tubular halo with nozzles is fastened to the end of the tubular stem so that when a pressurized fluid is applied to the stem, the stem is forced out of the sleeve against the spring force, thereby causing the halo to travel along a cylindrical filter surface. The pressurized fluid is also jetted from the nozzles and cleans the cylindrical surface. When the pressurized fluid is removed from the spray device, the spring retracts the stem and the halo back to a rest position. In another embodiment, the halo is replaced with a nozzle head that moves within a cylindrical filter surface to be cleaned.01-06-2011
20110114126RINSING METHOD FOR A WATER-BEARING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE, ESPECIALLY DISHWASHER - A rinsing method for a water-conducting domestic appliance is provided in which rinsing liquid is heated to a first temperature in a first operating mode in at least one partial program step of a first rinse cycle; a scale formation in the water-conducting domestic appliance is recorded by a scale sensor arranged in a hydraulic system; the scale formation is compared with a nominal value for the scale formation; and, upon exceeding the nominal value, a second rinse cycle is executed in a second operating mode, while the rinsing liquid is heated to a second temperature that is higher than the first temperature.05-19-2011
20110017235DISHWASHER AND METHOD FOR CLEANING WASH WARE - The invention relates to a dishwasher (01-27-2011
20100132742TEMPLATE CLEANING METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS - A template cleaning method for cleaning a template for nanoimprint, according to an embodiment of the present invention includes placing a wafer on a stage provided in a chamber, cleaning the wafer placed on the stage, inspecting the wafer for particles after the cleaning of the wafer, placing the template on the stage after the inspection of the wafer, and cleaning the template placed on the stage.06-03-2010
20110079247SOLUTION PREPARATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING INDIVIDUAL SEMICONDUCTOR WORKPIECE - The invention discloses a low-cost apparatus for chemical solution preparation with controlled process parameters such as chemical age, temperature, yield of active ingredients at the point of use. In addition, this apparatus provides chamber-to-chamber consistency on these parameters across multiple processing chambers on a single wafer wet-clean system. The invention also discloses a method to use chemical solution mixture resident time to achieve optimal combined effect of temperature, reactivity and yield of active ingredients of chemical solution mixture for best wafer treatment results.04-07-2011
20090032062Method for precision cleaning and drying flat objects - Cleaning and drying of semiconductor wafers is carried out in a single-chamber type cleaning/drying apparatus for flat objects such as semiconductor wafer, where cleaning is carried out by impinging both sides of the wafer which rotates at a relatively low speed with jets of a washing liquid and where subsequent drying is carried out in the same chamber by increasing the rotation speed of the wafer and supplying an isopropyl-alcohol (IPA) mist onto the wafer from the top of the chamber. After the IPA forms a solution with the residue of water on the wafer, the drying process is accelerated by supplying gaseous nitrogen through nozzles arranged on both side of the coaxial with the wafer center. As a result, the IPA-water solution quickly evaporates without leaving traces of water drops on the dried surface.02-05-2009
20090032063Solid cleaning composition and method of use - This invention relates to solid cleaning compositions and the method for using the solid compositions to clean appliances and other soiled surfaces. The solid cleaning composition is generally comprised of a majority by weight of a cleaning active system; ingredients for forming the cleaning active system into a solid form; and optionally, a fragrance. The solid cleaning composition is ideally suited for reducing and/or eliminating microbial growth, including biofilm growth, contained within and/or on appliances, particularly those appliances that have water contact surfaces such as washing machines and dishwashers. The solid cleaning composition further provides reduction and/or elimination of undesirable odor and staining typically associated with such microbial growth.02-05-2009
20090101174DISHWASHER HAVING IMPROVED HEAT RECOVERY - A cleaning appliance for cleaning of cleaning stock is provided, which is set up in order to act with at least one cleaning fluid upon the cleaning stock in at least one cleaning chamber. The cleaning appliance has at least one fluid tank for storing the cleaning fluid. Furthermore, the cleaning appliance has a suction-extraction device for the suction-extraction of moist air from the cleaning chamber and also has at least one heat recovery device. The heat recovery device is set up in order to extract heat from the moist air. The heat recovery device has at least one Peltier element, which has a heat-absorption side and a waste-heat side. The waste-heat side is in thermal contact with a fluid heating device. The fluid heating device is, in turn, in contact with a first cooling fluid and is set up in order to heat this first cooling fluid. The cleaning appliance is set up, furthermore, in order to use the first cooling fluid for a cleaning process.04-23-2009
20110146716DISHWASHER WITH DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLED CYCLE OF OPERATION - An automatic dishwasher having a sensor that indicates a degree of turbidity of liquid in the dishwasher is dynamically controlled.06-23-2011
20110209729USER INTERFACE FOR DISHWASHING CYCLE OPTIMIZATION - A method of operating a dishwashing machine including determining user satisfaction with a dishwashing cycle, adjusting at least one operational parameter of the dishwashing cycle based on the user satisfaction, and incorporating the adjusted operational parameter into a subsequent dishwashing cycle.09-01-2011
20100186772METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISHWASHER OPERATION - A method, and corresponding system, for dishwasher operation including receiving an operation setting at a dishwasher to be performed by the dishwasher, where the dishwasher is configured to receive an input of electrical power at a defined operating voltage and frequency; and causing an operation of the dishwasher based on the operation setting by causing an inverter of the dishwasher to operate a pump motor of the dishwasher at an electrical power condition different from the defined operating voltage and frequency received at the dishwasher, where the electrical power condition at the pump motor causes the dishwasher to operate in accordance with a quiet dishwashing cycle, a high water pressure dishwashing cycle, a constant mass flow operation, or a minimum water use operation.07-29-2010
20090217949EXTRANEOUS MATTER REMOVING SYSTEM FOR TURBINE - An object of the present invention is to effectively remove extraneous matter adhering to turbine blades without disassembling equipment. A turbine in accordance with the present invention is provided with a pressure gage for detecting the pressure in a steam chamber between a stator blade and a moving blade. In a casing on the upstream side of the stator blade in a duct, a nozzle connected to a high-pressure water generator via a valve is installed. Similarly, in the stator blade, an introduction pipe which is connected to the high-pressure water generator via a valve is provided. The introduction pipe is connected with a nozzle in which many injection ports capable of causing water to flow onto both surfaces of the profile of the stator blade are formed. When extraneous matter adheres to the turbine blades, a control unit detects a rise in pressure via the pressure gage, whereby the control unit opens the valves to remove extraneous matter by means of high-pressure water.09-03-2009
20090217948DISHWASHER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - There is provided a dishwasher and a method of controlling the dishwasher. The dishwasher includes a temperature detecting unit for detecting a temperature of washing water supplied, a rinse dispensing unit for dispensing rinse when washing water is healed up to a rinse dispensing temperature, and a control unit for varying the rinse dispensing temperature in accordance with the temperature of the washing water supplied.09-03-2009
20090217947Nebulizer rinse system and method of use - A method for providing rinsing of a nebulizer comprises directing a second rinsing liquid followed by a nebulizing gas to a gas receiving port of the nebulizer through a valve assembly, the valve assembly being connected to a gas transport line configured to transport at least one of the nebulizing gas and the second rinsing liquid to the gas receiving port; rinsing the sample transport line and an interior portion of the nebulizer with the first rinsing liquid; and rinsing an interior portion of the nebulizer with the second rinsing liquid transported through the gas transport line into the interior portion of the nebulizer via the gas receiving port.09-03-2009
20090217946METHOD FOR IN-SITU CLEANING AND INSPECTING OF A TUBULAR - A method for in-situ cleaning and inspecting of a tubular, comprising: deploying a closable housing to a tubular, hydraulically opening the closable housing and then hydraulically closing the closable housing around the tubular. Marine growth is removed from the tubular using a marine growth plough and high pressure water from at least one high pressure water jet unit, disposed a cleaning end of the closable housing. The cleaned tubular is inspected using at least one enclosable camera block containing at least one digital camera disposed on an inspection end of the closable housing. Signals from the cameras are communicated to a remote location. Hydraulic fluid and high pressure water are provided from the remote location to the closable housing. A tether is used to roll the closable housing along the tubular for continuous in-situ cleaning and inspection of the tubular without interrupting use of the tubular.09-03-2009
20090038645Cleaning apparatus, cleaning tank, cleaning method and computer-readable storage medium - The cleaning apparatus for cleaning a cleaning target set in a cleaning tank filled with a washing fluid includes a flow-control unit for generating a predetermined flow of the washing fluid in the cleaning tank; and an ejection unit for ejecting the washing fluid disposed on a flow path of the predetermined flow of the washing fluid. The cleaning apparatus ejects the washing fluid to outside the cleaning tank by using the ejection unit in removing contaminants on a surface of the cleaning target by washing the cleaning target with the washing fluid. Also, a cleaning tank having substantially the same structure as that of the cleaning apparatus is provided. Moreover, a cleaning method implemented using the cleaning apparatus as described above or the like is provided.02-12-2009
20100037918Container and process for cleaning and inspecting parts - The present invention is drawn to a wire container comprising a plurality of spring-like wires having wave patterns forming a part support that minimize contact points between the container and one or more contained parts when the container is subjected to a vibration causing the wires and the parts to move, thereby eliminating any fixed contact points between the part and the supporting part support. Another aspect of the current invention is a process for removing penetrant from parts comprising: placing one or more parts with penetrant applied in a container having spring-like wire with wave patterns forming a part support; oscillating the container during a cleaning process thereby compressing and expanding one or more spring-like wires thus exposing part surfaces and removing the penetrant from the parts.02-18-2010
20100065085WATER-BEARING HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE WITH A PERIODICALLY OPERATED WATER INLET VALVE - A water-bearing household appliance such as a dish washing machine or washing machine is provided that has a water supply system, an electrically operable electromagnetic water inlet valve for controlling the water supply, and a control unit operating a control program that controls the water inlet valve. The water inlet valve is controlled for a first time period and it is determined when the first time period is complete whether a predetermined test amount of water has flowed through the water inlet valve. If a predetermined test amount of water has flowed through the water inlet valve, the water inlet valve is operated in a first operation mode. On the other hand, if less than the predetermined test amount of water has flowed through the water inlet valve, the water inlet valve is operated in a second operation mode with a reduced long-term load.03-18-2010
20090032064PLATE WASHING SYSTEM WITH ULTRASONIC CLEANING OF PIPES AND A CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An automated method of cleaning the pipes of a plate washing system is provided. The plate washing system includes at least one manifold having a plurality of pipes configured to be provided within wells of a plate in order to wash the wells, an ultrasonic transducer mounted to a tank, and a control system. The plate washing system also includes sensors to sense the position of the pipes relative to plate and the tank, and the fluid level within the wells of the plate. The method includes dispensing fluid to the tank, submerging the tips of the pipes within the fluid, activating the ultrasonic transducer in order to vibrate the fluid, and aspirating the fluid from the tank. The control system may initiate a cleaning operation at the request of the user, at a scheduled interval, or when the level sensing system detects a decrease in instrument function.02-05-2009
20100065084Multi-Dosing Detergent Delivery Device - The invention concerns a multi-dosing detergent delivery device that is removably insertable into an automatic dishwashing machine. The device comprises a cartridge capable of receiving therein a rack of dosage elements of a cleaning composition, a collection area formed in a lid area of said device suitable to collect water/wash liquor in a main wash cycle of a dishwasher and a directing means to direct water or wash liquor from said collection area selectively to an interior part of said device. In particular, the device of the present invention includes a sieve arrangement located in the lid area to prevent or impede particles from blocking water/wash liquor flow into said interior part of the device.03-18-2010
20110100399IN SITU MORPHOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF FOAM FOR A PROXIMITY HEAD - In an example embodiment, a wet system delivers a flow of cleaning foam through a channel in a proximity head to a meniscus interfacing with a semiconductor wafer. The wet system diverts a sample of the flow from the channel through a transparent cell that is connected to the channel by an input passage that leads from the channel to the transparent cell and by an output passage that leads from the transparent cell back to the channel. The wet system illuminates the sample in the transparent cell with an LED from the top or the back and captures an image of the illuminated sample with a CCD camera. The image shows a morphological attribute of the cleaning foam such as bubble diameter or spacing. The wet system generates a statistical characterization from the morphological attribute and adjusts other attributes of the cleaning foam based on the statistical characterization.05-05-2011
20120118324CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD UTILIZING SUBLIMATION OF NANOFABRICATED PARTICLES - A cleaning apparatus comprises a container configured to hold an article to be cleaned, a cleaning solvent dispenser configured to supply a cleaning solvent to the container, an energy generator configured to provide thermal energy to an interior of the container; and a control device in communication with the energy generator and configured to select thermal energy sufficient to sublimate the particles. The cleaning solvent comprises a solvent and nanofabricated particles dispersed therein. The control device controls the energy generator to provide thermal energy to the cleaning solvent in container in which the article is submerged in order to cause sublimation of the particles.05-17-2012
20100236575METHOD FOR THE DRYING TIME CONTROL IN DISHWASHERS - A dishwasher and a method for controlling a drying time in the dishwasher. The dishwasher may comprise a washing compartment for receiving items to be washed, wherein the items to be washed are heated to a defined initial temperature which is above the temperature of a condensation surface communicating with the washing compartment. The method of the invention may include detecting a temperature gradient of a characteristic temperature during the drying of the items to be cleaned, and using the temperature gradient of the characteristic temperature to detect a property that is characteristic of the degree of evaporation of water on the surface of the items to be cleaned.09-23-2010
20120266919DISHWASHER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DISHWASHER - A method for operating a dishwasher that has a washing container; at least two spray devices disposed inside the washing container; a circulating pump to deliver liquid to the at least two spray devices; a first drive to drive the circulating pump; and a reversing device; wherein, based on a position of the reversing device, the circulating pump delivers the liquid to one or both of the two spray devices. The method includes adjusting the position of the reversing device and detecting the current position of the reversing device based on an operating parameter assigned to the first drive.10-25-2012
20110048459METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A WATER-CONDUCTING HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE - A method for operating a water-conducting household appliance having a storage container which is connected by means of an overflow outlet in a liquid-conducting manner to a washing compartment and having a pump which is connected in the liquid-conducting manner to the washing compartment. The method includes starting the pump; filling the storage container with a liquid; monitoring a first operating parameter associated with the pump after the pump has been started; and terminating the filling of the storage container with the liquid when the first operating parameter reaches a predefined threshold value and/or the first operating parameter exceeds a predefined fluctuation range.03-03-2011
20110048460DISHWASHER AND APPROPRIATE CONTROL METHOD - A dishwasher having a control device to control the dishwasher and at least one water feed controlled by the control device. The water feed is connected to at least one external water supply to take in water and the control device automatically controls a monitoring sequence in which at least one limit value is monitored for a temperature of the water that is provided by the external water supply.03-03-2011
20110030728RADIOMETER INCLUDING A CLEANING SYSTEM - A radiometer is provided. The radiometer includes a sensor and a radiation transparent dome. The radiation transparent dome surrounds the sensor. The radiometer also includes one or more fluid nozzles. The one or more fluid nozzles are adapted to apply a fluid on the radiation transparent dome in order to clean the surface of the radiation transparent dome.02-10-2011
20110030731SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A CERAMIC COMPONENT - A method for cleaning a ceramic component includes generating a computer solid model of a component, converting the computer solid model to a stereo-lithographic instruction file, and preparing the component in a stereo-lithography machine in response to the stereo-lithographic instruction file. The method further includes providing an amount of solvent, where a residue left from preparing the component is at least partially soluble in the solvent. The method includes immersing at least part of the component in the solvent, heating the solvent in a liquid state, and reducing a pressure of the solvent sufficiently to boil the solvent. The method further includes heat-curing the component.02-10-2011
20110023909LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The liquid processing apparatus includes: a liquid supply mechanism; a supply line connected to the liquid supply mechanism, the supply line having a discharge opening for discharging a temperature-regulated liquid; a processing unit supporting the discharge opening of the supply line; a return line configured to return the liquid supplied to the supply line to the liquid supply mechanism; and a liquid-supply switching valve configured to switch between supply of the liquid, which is used in a processing of an object to be processed in the processing unit, and stoppage of the liquid supply. The liquid-supply switching valve is disposed on the supply line on a route of the liquid returning from the supply line to the liquid supply mechanism through the return line.02-03-2011
20110146718DOMESTIC DISHWASHER WITH A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING METHOD - A domestic dishwasher is provided, which has a main controller, a sorption drying device, and an additional controller to specifically control an electrical component of the sorption drying device.06-23-2011
20110146717Systems And Methods For Analysis of Water and Substrates Rinsed in Water - A system and method are disclosed for predicting the amount of contaminants deposited on a substrate, such as a semiconductor wafer, after contact the wafer with water in a container. The contaminants may includes materials that negatively affect the properties of the wafer even when the amount of contaminants deposited on the surface of the wafer is below the threshold level of detection of known systems. The method includes contacting the wafer with water for a first period of time, the wafer having wafer surfaces, drying the wafer, analyzing the wafer to determine contaminants on the wafer surfaces, and predicting the amount of contaminants deposited on the wafer when contacting the wafer with water for a second period of time shorter than the first period of time.06-23-2011
20110146715METHOD AND APPARATUS OF CONTROLLING THE RELEASE OF CLEANING AGENTS INTO A DISHWASHER CYCLE - A dishwashing machine includes a dispenser configured to receive a dishwashing tablet having a cleaning agent and a sensor operable to identify the dishwashing tablet in the dispenser. An electronic controller selects a dishwasher cycle based on the identity of the dishwashing tablet.06-23-2011
20100300488HYDROPHILICITY-RESTORING AGENT AND METHOD FOR RESTORING HYDROPHILICITY - The present invention provides a hydrophilicity-restoring agent for removing inorganic matter from a hydrophilic surface whose hydrophilicity has been reduced by the adhesion of the inorganic matter to thereby restore the hydrophilicity of the hydrophilic surface, and provides a method for restoring the hydrophilicity of a hydrophilic surface using the hydrophilicity-restoring agent. A gel of a hydrophilicity-restoring agent is prepared by mixing a thickener such as polyethylene glycol and xanthan gum with an aqueous solution in which a ligand such as citric acid to form a chelate complex is dissolved. The hydrophilicity of the hydrophilic surface is restored by applying the hydrophilicity-restoring agent to the hydrophilic surface with a reduced hydrophilicity and removing the hydrophilicity-restoring agent after an appropriate lapse of time.12-02-2010
20110247656Hygienic toothbrush and method of using same - A hygienic toothbrush comprises a bristle cover movably secured to the elongated body of the toothbrush to protect the bristles of the toothbrush when it is not being used. A storage compartment with a removable lid is provided in the handle of the toothbrush body for storing the cover when not in use.10-13-2011
20110247657Rinse Aid, Comprising Fatty Acid Alkanolamide Polyalkylene Glycol Ethers - Provided for are rinse aids that exhibit improved drying properties during automatic dish washing and thus allow cleaning methods at lower temperatures than customer reference agents. The rinse aids comprise a) at least one surfactant according to the general formula (I), where R10-13-2011
20100263687CLEANING METHOD WITH IMPROVED LONG-TERM HYGIENE EFFECT - A method for cleaning and/or disinfecting an item to be cleaned is proposed. The item to be cleaned is exposed to at least one cleaning fluid, heat equivalents to which the item to be cleaned is exposed being recorded. The heat equivalents are added up, the heat equivalents additionally being weighted with a compensation function during the summation of the heat equivalents. The compensation function can be a function of the temperature at which the heat equivalents were recorded. The compensation function can be adapted to provide heat equivalents recorded in at least one exceptional temperature range with a lower weighting than heat equivalents recorded in other temperature ranges.10-21-2010
20110247655SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SANITIZING PRODUCE IN AN ACIDIC BATH - Methods and systems are disclosed for treating a produce item with a treatment solution that includes water and a first and second treatment acid. The disclosed methods and systems may be particularly beneficial when used to sanitize the produce item of pathogens and/or to maintain the quality of the produce item. A disclosed treatment method includes measuring an amount of water; measuring an amount of a first treatment acid; measuring an amount of a second treatment acid; mixing the water, the first treatment acid, and the second treatment acid to form a treatment-solution concentrate; diluting a quantity of the treatment-solution concentrate to form a treatment solution; and contacting an exterior surface of the produce item with a quantity of the treatment solution.10-13-2011
20080264448METHOD FOR PERFORMING WASH CYCLES IN A DISHWASHER - A method for performing wash cycles in a dishwasher comprising factory includes presetting the dishwasher to an adapted wash cycle as a default cycle, the adopted wash cycle being adapted to a combination product including a detergent agent and at least one of a water-softening agent and a rinse agent. A wash cycle is selected using a control element. Using a cycle controller, the adapted wash cycle is performed until a filling of at least one reservoir with a rinse aid or a water softener salt. Using the cycle controller, a predetermined number of standard wash cycles are performed after the filling of the at least one reservoir.10-30-2008
20090000644Method of Metering Active Substances in a Dishwasher - A method for dispensing a liquid or pasty cleaning agent and a liquid or pasty bleaching agent into a wash tub of a household dishwasher that includes a housing and a dispensing system disposed in the housing. The dispensing system separately stores and discharges the cleaning agent and bleaching agent. The method includes providing the dispensing system with respective reservoirs for each of the cleaning agent and the bleaching agent that have different capacities from each other. Each of the capacities are larger than needed for a single wash cycle. A first quantity of the cleaning agent and a second quantity of the bleaching agent are dispensed during a wash cycle, and the ratio of the dispensed quantities corresponds to the ratio of the capacities of the respective reservoirs.01-01-2009
20080245393WASHING APPARATUS - Apparatus for washing a body comprising 10-09-2008
20080245392Washing a Tub or a Drum in a Washing Machine - The present invention relates to a method for washing a washing tub (10-09-2008
20090165822EXTRACTION CLEANING APPARATUS - An extraction cleaning apparatus includes separate cleaning tanks for water and detergent and optionally also for rinse agent. The apparatus is able to sense its direction of travel and/or rate of travel and to control the cleaning liquid composition and/or rate of its delivery onto the floor in accordance therewith. For example, the apparatus is able to dispense detergent at a higher rate when the forward rate of travel increases and to dispense only water and/or rinse agent in the reverse direction.07-02-2009
20090126762CLEANING AND DRYING APPARATUS AND A CLEANING AND DRYING METHOD - A cleaning and drying apparatus includes a cleaning and drying tank where an organic solvent is stored, a resupplying part configured to resupply the organic solvent in the cleaning and drying tank when a storage amount of the organic solvent in the cleaning and drying tank is equal to or less than a designated value, and a installing and uninstalling apparatus configured to install and uninstall a cleaning and drying subject in a vapor area where vapor of the organic solvent is generated.05-21-2009
20090126763METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISH WASHER - The present invention relates to a method for controlling a dish washer, and more particularly, to a dish washer and a method for controlling the same, in which a contamination level sensor is made to measure a contamination level of a washing tub, accurately.05-21-2009
20120199163SETTING METHOD FOR MICROPLATE WASHING DEVICES - Setting method for microplate washing devices has a receptacle for receiving a microplate and a washing head having washing cannulas. The cannulas are in an array corresponding to a well array with lowermost ends define a work plane. This work plane is parallel to a reference plane. In a first phase, the receptacle and/or washing head are moved together until the lowermost ends of the cannulas touch a surface defining the reference plane. A sensor device has a controller linked thereto and from the sensor device is registered using the controller and a relative altitude value is determined therewith, which indicates touching of the surface by the lowermost ends of the cannulas or for determining the position of this surface. Based on this, an active altitude of the lowermost ends of the washing cannulas in relation to an inner surface of the well bottoms of a microplate is determined.08-09-2012
20080314410Dish washer and method for controlling the same - Disclosed herein are a dish washer which is capable of finishing a rinse mode within a predetermined time by changing an operation start time of a heater according to the temperature of washing water at the time of a final rinse mode of the dish washer, and a method of controlling the same. The method of controlling the dish washer including a washing tub for containing dishes to be washed using washing water and a heater for heating the washing water includes sensing a temperature of the washing water, determining an operation start time of the heater on the basis of the sensed temperature of the washing water, and operating the heater according to the determined operation start time of the heater.12-25-2008
20110041877DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING FOREIGN MATTERS FROM ADHEREING IN DISHWASHER - Device and method for preventing foreign matters from adhering in a dishwasher, the device including a circulating pump including a washing motor for providing a driving source to pump up washing water from a sump, an impeller designed to receive driving force from the washing motor and rotate for pumping the washing water from the sump to spray nozzles, and a disposer designed to receive driving force from the washing motor and rotate, for removing foreign matters introduced together with the washing water, sensing means for sensing a rotation speed of the washing motor, and a system control unit for controlling a rotation direction and/or speed of the washing motor according to the rotation speed sensed at the sensing means, thereby preventing the washing motor from being restricted by food remnants to improve product reliability by providing means for effective removal of the food remnants adhered to the washing motor.02-24-2011
20080236621INTEGRATED WASHER AND STERILIZER - A method and apparatus provides for cleaning and sterilizing a device in one machine. The method comprises the steps of: a) placing the device into a container; b) placing the container into a washing/sterilization apparatus; c) the washing/sterilization apparatus washing the device by applying a washing fluid to an interior of the container to wash the device; d) after washing the device, and without removing the device from the washing/sterilization apparatus, the washing/sterilization apparatus packaging the device in a bacteria impermeable package; e) the washing/sterilization apparatus sterilizing the device by exposing the device to a sterilizing vapor; and f) removing the device while it remains in the package whereby to preserve its sterility until use.10-02-2008
20120199162METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOVING A CLOG FROM A DISHWASHER - Embodiments of the present invention are related to a method and an associated system for removing a forming or fully developed clog from a drain hose in a dishwasher. According to one embodiment, the system includes a drain pump configured to remove water from the dishwasher and a drain hose in fluid communication with the drain pump. The system further includes a control device in operable communication with the drain pump and configured to execute a drain routine in response to detecting a clog in the drain hose, wherein the drain routine comprises repeatedly activating and deactivating the drain pump to facilitate removal of the clog.08-09-2012
20110253174METHOD FOR DECONTAMINATING SEMICONDUCTOR WAFERS - A method for decontaminating at least one object contained in a chamber, the method including a succession of alternated steps of lowering and increasing the pressure in the chamber.10-20-2011
20110162676Method for Treatment of Natural Rubber Products - The present invention relates to a method of reducing allergenicity of natural rubber latex products caused by allergens by reducing extractable protein levels found for said products, said method comprising the steps of: subjecting said products to a wash in a strong alkaline solution to deteriorate the allergens, and a system for reducing allergenicity of natural rubber latex products caused by allergens by reducing extractable protein levels found for said products, and a product, such as a glover or condom, manufactured from natural rubber latex.07-07-2011
20110259368DELIVERY DEVICE - A multi-dosing detergent delivery device for use in an automatic dishwashing machine, the device comprising a housing (10-27-2011
20100319729EQUIPMENT FOR CLEANING ARTICLES OF HOSPITAL AND CARE FURNITURE - A control for ensuring periodical cleaning of articles of hospital and care furniture (12-23-2010
20110030732BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE WITH IN-LINE SCALE REMOVAL SYSTEM AND DESCALING METHOD USING SUCH SYSTEM - Beverage preparation machine comprising: a fluid circuit (02-10-2011
20100132741Detergent Composition - The present invention relates to a detergent composition comprising at least one surfactant, at least one biodegradable builder and, at least one source of metal ions, wherein the metal ions are selected from zinc; tin; magnesium; calcium; strontium; titanium; zirconium; manganese; and/or bismuth. The composition is especially suitable for use as a dishwasher detergent composition. The present invention also relates to methods for using such a composition as well as methods of washing dishes with the composition.06-03-2010
20110253175Wash Pad - A wash pad that includes a wash floor for supporting a wash item and a catch trough disposed in fluid communication with a longitudinal central portion of the wash floor. The catch trough collects at least one of wash fluid and debris from the wash floor. The wash pad also includes an evacuator disposed in fluid communication with the catch trough and an elevator disposed in fluid communication with the evacuator. The evacuator substantially removes wash fluid received from the catch trough, and the elevator elevates debris from a collection height to a dump height for dumping.10-20-2011
20110114124HYGIENIC TOOTHBRUSH AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A hygienic toothbrush comprises a bristle cover movably secured to the elongated body of the toothbrush to protect the bristles of the toothbrush when it is not being used. A storage compartment with a removable lid is provided in the handle of the toothbrush body for storing the cover when not in use.05-19-2011
20110114123DISTANCE INDICATOR - A method and apparatus utilize a first beam emitter and a second beam emitter coupled to the first beam emitter. The first beam emitter and the second beam emitter move in unison between a plurality of positions to indicate a plurality of distances separating the first beam emitter and the second beam emitter from endpoints of beams emitted by the first beam emitter and the second beam emitter.05-19-2011
20110132403DISHWASHER IN THE FORM OF A PROGRAMMABLE MACHINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING IT - The invention relates to a dishwasher (06-09-2011
20110132401ADHESIVE REMOVAL INDICATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - An adhesive removal indicator system and method of use including a method for removing a residual bonding adhesive from a substrate, such as human skin, the method including applying an adhesive adsorbable colored dye on the residual bonding adhesive to form a colored adhesive; applying a bonding adhesive solvent on the colored adhesive; and removing from the substrate the colored adhesive with the bonding adhesive solvent, wherein the adhesive adsorbable colored dye is a skin impermeable dye.06-09-2011
20110083699METHOD FOR OPERATING A WATER-CONDUCTING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - A method for operating a dishwasher is provided. The method includes heating a first amount of liquid in a first partial program step; at least partially storing the heated first amount of liquid in the interior of a liquid reservoir, wherein the heated first amount of liquid is in heat-conducting contact with the interior of a tub; circulating a second amount of liquid in a second partial program step; and emptying the liquid reservoir when the second partial program step has been completed.04-14-2011
20100180916ACOUSTIC PANEL - An acoustic panel for reducing the transmission of noise therethrough is provided. The acoustic panel may include a sound-absorbing surface with a plurality of convex and concave structures. The convex and concave structures may be organized in a regular array and may be spatially arranged to be alternating with one another. A dishwasher may use such an acoustic panel including a panel of sound absorbing material by placing such a panel inside the door, in or around the walls of the tub of a dishwasher, or the panel can also be used to reduce the transmission of noise with other products. A method of inserting a panel of sound-absorbing material into the door of a dishwasher is also provided. The panel may include protrusions extending from one of its surfaces in order to engage a supporting surface of the product to which it is attached.07-22-2010
20110088725Guide device for an automatic device for cleaning a surface immersed in a liquid - An automatic device for cleaning a surface immersed in a liquid, includes a body able to move in a substantially linear manner along the immersed surface and a cylindrical sleeve connected to the body including an inlet and an outlet through which the liquid is ejected when the cleaning device is operating. The device further includes: 04-21-2011
20100116292SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZED GAS TURBINE COMPRESSOR CLEANING AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT - The present invention is directed to a system and method for optimizing a wash procedure. Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a system for optimizing a wash procedure. In a first embodiment, the system comprises: means for collecting a sample of fouling, the sample comprising one or more contaminates; means for identifying the one or more contaminates; and means for selecting one or more washing products for removing the one or more contaminates from a turbine. In an alternate embodiment, the present invention is directed to a method for optimizing a wash procedure. The method comprises: collecting a sample of fouling, wherein the sample comprises one or more contaminates; identifying the one or more contaminates; and selecting one or more washing products for removing the one or more contaminates from a turbine.05-13-2010
20100116291ADVANCED CLEANING TOOL - A cleaning tool, comprising a first support member, an absorbent member disposed below the first support member; and a plurality of brush bristles which extend into the absorbent member. Further embodiments of the present invention provide a cleaning tool comprising a first support member and a second support member, an absorbent member disposed below the second support member, an elastic compressible substrate sandwiched between the first support member and the second support member; a plurality of brush bristles which extend into the absorbent member; and an adjusting mechanism for varying the position of the second support member relative to the first support member, such that the cleaning tips of the brush bristles can be inside, outside or coincident with the absorbent member.05-13-2010
20110061683LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR GENERATING PROCESSING LIQUID, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR GENERATING PROCESSING LIQUID THEREIN - Provided is a liquid processing apparatus for a substrate, including a plurality of substrate processing units configured to process the substrate using a processing liquid, a processing liquid generating unit configured to dissolve a gas into a solvent to generate the processing liquid with a predetermined concentration where the processing liquid being supplied to one of the plurality of substrate processing units or being supplied to two or more of the plurality of substrate processing units simultaneously, and a control unit configured to control the plurality of substrate processing units. Also provided are a method for generating the processing liquid and a recording medium storing a program for generating the processing liquid. The liquid processing apparatus generates a processing liquid having a predetermined concentration regardless of the flow rate of the processing liquid used simultaneously.03-17-2011
20100175718APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WASHING FLUID LEVEL IN A DISHWASHER - A method and associated device and appliance for controlling a washing fluid level in a dishwashing appliance are provided. A sump assembly of a dishwashing appliance is filled with washing fluid to a predetermined fluid level determined by a fluid level sensing device directly engaged with the sump assembly. The sump assembly is operably engaged with a tub portion at a lower end thereof. Washing fluid is circulated between the sump assembly and the tub portion. After circulating the washing fluid, an operational fluid level within the sump assembly is determined by the fluid level sensing device. When the operational fluid level differs from the predetermined fluid level by more than a threshold level, one of a washing fluid drain valve and a washing fluid fill valve is actuated to substantially restore the washing fluid to the predetermined fluid level.07-15-2010
20100212695Dosage Element - Laundry or dishwasher detergent elements (08-26-2010
20100212692OBSTACLE SENSING SPRAY ARM FOR A DISHWASHING MACHINE - A dishwashing machine includes a washing chamber, a spray arm, and a sensor. The sensor provides data regarding the rotation of the spray arm. The direction of rotation of the spray arm is reversed in response to a control signal generated when a load on the spray arm exceeds a predetermined limit.08-26-2010
20110186081SUPPORT CLEANING SYSTEM - An automated support cleaning system comprising a tank disposed within a housing and configured to circulate an aqueous cleaning solution to remove a support structure from a three-dimensional model.08-04-2011
20120145197OZONE GENERATION MODULE - An ozone supply module for supplying ozonated water to an appliance that typically includes: an appliance module housing having a water inlet; a water outlet; and an electrical connection for receiving electrical power; a proton exchange membrane cell positioned within the housing; and a water conveying system within the module housing and operably connected to both the water inlet and water outlet. The water conveying system is typically configured to allow water to flow through the deionizing resin and into contact with the proton exchange membrane cell. The module and the proton exchange membrane cell receive electrical power from a home appliance when the module is operably connected to the appliance. The module produces water that contains (dissolved) ozone to be delivered to a chamber within the appliance when the module is in the engaged position with the appliance. The appliance is typically a residential appliance.06-14-2012
20120145196LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH BIOFILM TREATING CYCLE - A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable treating chamber, where an over-sudsing condition is determined and a biofilm treating cycle is initiated.06-14-2012
20120145195DISHWASHER SYSTEM WITH A REUSE TANK - A method of operating a dishwasher having a wash tub and a reuse tank for storing liquid for subsequent reuse, wherein the condition of the water in the reuse tank may be monitored and/or acted upon to limit the likelihood of undesired effects associated with the growth of micro-organisms in the liquid.06-14-2012
20090050179Cleaner composition consisting of alkalic agent, sodium polyacrylate and sterilizer and cleaning method using the same - The present invention relates to a cleaner composition comprising an alkalic agent, sodium polyacrylate as ion exchanger, a sterilizer and water, and a cleaning method using the same. More particularly, the present invention relates to a cleaner composition comprising 5 to 15 weight % of an alkalic agent, 5 to 20 weight % of sodium polyacrylate having a molecular weight 4,000 to 10,000 as ion exchanger, 0.5 to 30 weight % of a sterilizer, and water as remainder, and a cleaning method using the same. The cleaner composition of the present invention provides the effect of removing fats, proteins, minerals, etc. comparable to or better than that of the conventional cleaner, and can reduce cleaning time and cost because the cleaning process is simplified. Hence, it can be utilized to clean milking machines or other appliances.02-26-2009
20110114127Composition for the Protection of Glassware in a Dishwashing Process - The present invention provides a composition. The composition comprises zinc and bismuth. The composition is for use in the protection of glassware in an automatic dishwashing process.05-19-2011
20110132402MODULAR HUB CONSOLE FOR FLOOR CLEANING MACHINE - A floor surface maintenance vehicle including a frame, a plurality of wheels, a cleaning component extending from an underside of the frame, a steering wheel having a central aperture and rotatable about a central axis, and a steering wheel hub located within the central aperture of the steering wheel and having a panel, wherein the panel is stationary relative to the central axis. Buttons are provided on the panel, including a first button that is C-shaped and extends around a portion of a periphery of the panel. The C-shaped button may by used to control frequently used functions such as cleaning functions or operation of a horn, for example.06-09-2011
20090173362Automated Tank Cleaning Monitoring System - A tank cleaning verification process works in conjunction with a specialized spray head to evaluate cleaning efficacy and to ensure proper cleaning. The system includes an encoder, and one or more pressure sensors to verify proper operation as the tank cleaning system automatically accounts for one or more characteristics of the vessel being cleaned and modifies the cleaning operation accordingly.07-09-2009
20120067373Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Composition - The present invention is in the field of automatic dishwashing detergent compositions, as well as methods of making and using same. In particular, it relates to an automatic dishwashing detergent composition comprising a new protease. The automatic dishwashing detergent composition provides improved cleaning and finishing. In particular the composition of the invention provides better proteinaceous removal at the same level of other proteases available in the market. This also alternatively allows for the use of a lower level of the protease of the invention and therefore a more cost effective composition.03-22-2012
20120037187METHOD FOR OPERATING A DISHWASHER - A method to operate a dishwasher, comprising: (1) adding detergent to a cleaning liquid which is circulated within the dishwasher; (2) measuring the conductivity of the cleaning liquid and determining the rate of change in conductivity caused by dissolution of the detergent in the cleaning liquid; (3) comparing the rate of change in conductivity with a predetermined threshold value so as to determine the dissolution rate of the detergent that has been added in step (A) to the cleaning liquid; and (4) adjusting operating parameters based on the determination of step (C).02-16-2012
20120037185OPTIMIZATION OF DISH MACHINE PARAMETERS - A dish machine includes optimized dish machine operating parameters that may result in increased energy efficiency and reduced utility costs. The operating parameters may include one or more of a wash water temperature, a rinse water temperature, and/or a rinse flow rate. In some examples, the optimized parameters may include a wash water temperature in the range of 160° F. to 164.5° F., a rinse water temperature in the range of 182° F. and 211° F., and a rinse flow rate in the range of 0.4 gal/rack and of 0.66 gal/rack.02-16-2012
20120037186DISHWASHER AND A CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - In the dishwasher and the control method therefor of the present invention, the turbidity of washing water is measured and, if it is decided that the level of dirtiness of the tableware is low, then the time over which a heater operates during the washing routine is reduced and, instead, the time over which the heater operates during the rinsing routine is increased. This is advantageous in that it can improve the performance of the drying which is carried out after the rinsing routine. Further, if it is decided that the level of dirtiness of the tableware is high, then the time over which the heater operates during the washing routine is increased and the time over which the heater operates during the rinsing routine is reduced. This is advantageous in that the washing performance can be improved while the overall heater operating time can be maintained.02-16-2012
20120305027INTELLIGENT SOOTBLOWER - An intelligent sootblower that may be configured as a modification to an existing sootblower or a specially constructed sootblower that, in addition to its normal soot blowing functions, has the capability to measure the flue gas, lance tube, and/or cleaning fluid temperatures. One or more thermocouples or other temperature measuring devices are carried by the sootblower lance tube that is inserted into the boiler. This allows for the temperature of the flue gas, lance tube, and cleaning fluid to be measured as the sootblower lance tube is inserted into and retracted from the boiler. Multiple temperature measuring devices may be located on the sootblower lance to measure the temperature across heat transfer surfaces and at different locations along the lance tube. A data transfer device transmits the temperature measurements from the rotating thermocouple to a non-rotating data acquisition unit for use in boiler cleaning and other operations.12-06-2012
20120305028BUFFER UNITS, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUSES, AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHODS - Provided is a buffer unit, which includes a frame including a base plate, a first vertical plate, and a second vertical plate, wherein the first and second vertical plates are spaced apart from each other on the base plate, a first buffer on which a photomask is placed, the first buffer being allowed to be reversed between the first and second vertical plates; and a plurality of driving parts disposed at outsides of the first and second vertical plates, and driving the first buffer to grip and reverse the photomask placed on the first buffer.12-06-2012
20120305029SEPARATOR FOR CHLOR-ALKALI ELECTROLYTIC CELLS AND METHOD FOR ITS MANUFACTURING - The invention relates to a synthetic diaphragm for chlor-alkali cells with improved energy consumption and gas separation characteristics. The diaphragm comprises a network of polymer fibres bound to a hydrophilic ceramic material containing zirconium chemically bound to hydroxyl groups. The ceramic material is obtained starting from ZrO12-06-2012
20120042906Method and apparatus for cleaning a toothbrush - The invention provides a method of and apparatus for cleaning a toothbrush that is both easy to perform and effective. Brushing teeth is often performed just before going to sleep at a time that people are not inclined to engage in complicated or technical activities. As a result, consumers require a simple non-cumbersome method of cleaning toothbrushes. The inventive method involves a spray bottle dispensing a liquid cleaner to the toothbrush. This method is simple to perform and can be easily adjusted for the best angle or intensity needed to clean a toothbrush. Despite this simplicity it is elegant because it is directly controlled by the user and therefore can be adjusted dynamically in relationship to such factors as what a user just ate, or how a toothbrush looks, smells, or feels at a given moment.02-23-2012
20110308548METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING DEPOSIT THICKNESS - The present invention concerns a method for measuring the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of a structure conducting a fluid stream of hydrocarbons, the method comprising the steps of: applying a first heat pulse or continuous heating to at least one first section of the structure removing deposits on the inner wall of the first section of the structure; applying a second heat pulse to both the first section of the structure and at least one second section of the structure, the first and second sections being spaced apart, which heat pulse does not loosen any deposit of material in the second section; measuring the temperature of the wall of the structure or the fluid during the second heat pulse at both the first and second sections; and determining the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of the structure at the second section based on the measured temperatures. The present invention also relates to a corresponding device and arrangement.12-22-2011
20100263688CATALYTIC WATER TREATMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS - The present invention relates to methods, apparatuses, and systems for treating water. The methods, apparatuses and systems reduce solubilized water hardness using various water treatment agents bound to a supporting material. The present invention also includes methods of employing treated water, for example, in cleaning or food processing applications.10-21-2010
20120042907DISHWASHER WITH AN IMPROVED PUMP-OFF SEQUENCE - A dishwasher, in particular a household dishwasher, includes a control facility for performing a wash cycle to clean items to be washed based on a plurality of selectable wash programs. The control facility operates, in particular controls or regulates, a drain pump for pumping off wash fluid from the dishwasher. At least one of the wash programs includes an automatic execution of a pump-off sequence having at least three successively executed pump-off phases to define first, second and third pump-off phases, during each of which the drain pump is activated, with a break being provided between the first and second pump-off phases and a break being provided between the second and third pump-off phases, wherein the drain pump is deactivated during each of the breaks.02-23-2012
20120042908DISHWASHER WITH A MANUALLY ADAPTABLE WASH PROGRAM - A dishwasher, especially a household dishwasher, includes a control device, in which at least one wash program for carrying out a wash cycle comprising a number of part wash cycles for cleaning and/or drying items to be washed is stored, and an operating device for entering operating commands for the control device. At least one operating command for carrying out one or more adaptation measures on at least one of the wash programs can be input at the operating device to improve avoidance of spots on the items to be washed and/or the drying result on the washed items, when the wash cycle based on the adapted wash program is carried out.02-23-2012
20120000488CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE FOR CONTROLLING CONCENTRATIONS OF ELECTROLYZED WATER IN CIP APPLICATIONS - Control systems for use of electrolysis solutions for automated recirculating or single-pass cleaning systems, such as clean-in-place (CIP) applications are disclosed. Control systems and methods for using automated chlorine output solutions for various cleaning applications are measurable over broad pH ranges. The control systems generate consistent and predictable electrolytic solutions and include a measurement system that identifies chlorine oxyanion concentration across broad ranges of pH, overcoming the sensitivity of chlorine monitors to pH and permitting use of the control systems to control cleaning systems.01-05-2012
20110155177METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CLEANING A SUBSTRATE AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In a cleaning method, a substrate having a pattern formed on the surface thereof can be cleaned by using a cleaning fluid, while preventing the pattern protrusions from being flattened when the cleaning fluid is removed or dried. The cleaning method includes the steps of: loading a substrate onto a loading platform inside a processing chamber; heating the substrate; and supplying a cleaning fluid onto the surface of the substrate. The substrate is heated in the substrate heating step so that the Leidenfrost phenomenon occurs and steam of the cleaning fluid is interposed between the substrate and droplets of the cleaning fluid supplied to the substrate in the cleaning fluid supply step.06-30-2011
20110155176WATER-CONDUCTING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - A water-conducting domestic appliance having a drain pump, a controller to activate the drain pump, and a water safety switch that has a first switch position to react to escaping water, wherein the water safety switch is connected to the controller. If a fault causes water to escape, the water safety switch switches into the first switch position so as to connect the controller to an electrical mains.06-30-2011
20110155175Waterfall tank system - A waterfall tank system is described for sheeting water onto a passing vehicle. The waterfall tank system includes a tank with a water supply inlet and a soap injector for injecting soap into the water flow to create a soap mix that is supplied to the tank. An air motor is included for providing air to an air manifold that is disposed within the tank. When air is introduced into the soap mix, bubbles are created. As the water, soap mix, and bubbles fill the tank, they fall from the tank via an overflow lip that creates a sheeting action, with the water, soap mix, and/or bubbles sheeting onto a vehicle passing below.06-30-2011
20120006359METHODS FOR CORRELATING GAP VALUE TO MENISCUS STABILITY IN PROCESSING OF A WAFER SURFACE BY A RECIPE-CONTROLLED MENISCUS - Methods for monitoring meniscus processing of a wafer surface to stabilize a meniscus are provided. In one example, the processing is in response to a current recipe that defines a desired gap between the wafer surface and a proximity head. The method includes the operations of monitoring current meniscus processing to determine that a current gap is other than the desired gap, and identifying a calibration recipe that specifies the current gap. The method then continues the meniscus processing of the wafer surface using process parameters specified by the identified calibration recipe.01-12-2012
20120006360METHOD FOR OPERATING A WATER CONDUCTING HOUSEHOLD DEVICE - In a method for operating a water-conducting household device a level of filter contamination of a filtration system connected in a hydraulic circuit of the household device is determined. When detected that a predetermined threshold level of filter contamination has been undershot, wash liquid is partially discharged out of the household device.01-12-2012
20120006358CLEANING AGENTS - The invention relates to machine dishwashing agents containing specific polycarbonate-, polyurethane-, and/or polyurea-polyorganosiloxane compounds or precursor compounds thereof of the reactive cyclic carbonate and urea type which help to avoid the formation of water spots and filming after the use of the agents and accelerate the drying of dishes.01-12-2012
20120204907DISHWASHER WITH AN OPTIMIZED FILLING SEQUENCE - A dishwasher includes a control device controlling a dishwashing cycle for cleaning items to be washed, a dishwashing chamber for the items to be washed, an inlet valve for controlled filling the washing chamber with washing liquid, and a circulating pump for circulating the washing liquid in the dishwashing chamber. The inlet valve is opened during a primary filling phase having a duration sufficient to fill the dishwashing chamber with a nominal amount of washing liquid and allowing the circulating pump running to run concentrically at a rated speed. A concentricity monitoring unit performs a concentricity check at the end of the primary filling phase to ascertain whether the circulating pump is running concentrically at the rated speed. The filling sequence is terminated when the circulating pump is running concentrically, whereas the filling sequence is continued when the circulating pump is not running concentrically.08-16-2012
20120204906METHOD OF CONTROLLING A DECONTAMINATION PROCESS - A method of controlling a multi-step decontamination process is disclosed. The method comprises assigning articles into a plurality of groups, processing the articles through a first and/or second sub-process of the multi-step decontamination process, quantifying a biological analyte associated with residue on or in the processed articles, and setting action limits for the first and second sub-processes. A method and a system for monitoring the control of the decontamination process are also disclosed.08-16-2012
20120012135LAUNDRY MACHINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a laundry machine, which allows a user to easily change an operating time so as to enable convenient use, and a control method of the laundry machine. The control method includes receiving an operation, which is to be performed for treating laundry, input by a user, receiving a time, which is required to complete the operation from a start time or re-start time of the operation, input by the user, and performing the operation according to the input time.01-19-2012
20120055512AUTOMATED HEAT EXCHANGER TUBE CLEANING ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM - An automated heat exchanger tube cleaning assembly and system are provided. The present system can automatically (without ongoing human intervention) survey the tube sheet of a heat exchanger in three-dimensions, convert and record the survey results as a digital file in three-dimensions, and then, according to sequential parameters input via custom software, automatically coordinate via computer one or more cleaning devices to effect the cleaning of each desired tube of the heat exchanger.03-08-2012
20110094538SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING WAFER STRESS - A method of using a processing system that is operable to deposit liquid and to remove liquid by way of negative pressure. The method includes arranging a device to have at least one of the liquid deposited thereon by the processing system and the liquid removed therefrom by the processing system. The device has a sensor portion disposed thereon. The sensor portion can provide a sensor signal based on pressure related to the at least one of the liquid being deposited thereon by the processing system and the liquid being removed therefrom by the processing system. The method further includes performing at least one of depositing, by the processing system, the liquid onto the device and removing the liquid, by the processing system, from the device. The method still further includes providing the sensor signal, by the sensor portion, based on the pressure related to the at least one of the liquid being deposited onto the device and the liquid being removed from the device.04-28-2011
20120152284PRESSURE-VENTING CONTAINER FOR DISINFECTION AND STORAGE OF CONTACT LENSES - A lens care system and method for venting gas to release pressure from a container, such as generated in peroxide-based lens treatment. A seal formed between a deformable cap and a container cup prevents release of liquid, but deformation of the cap under the influence of pressure generated within the container temporarily releases the seal to permit venting of gas.06-21-2012
20120152283Automated Cleaning System and Method for an Aircraft Fuselage Interior - The disclosure provides in one embodiment an automated cleaning system for an aircraft fuselage interior. The system comprises a movable assembly designed to fit within an aircraft fuselage interior to be cleaned. The movable assembly comprises a removable track assembly, an automated transport mechanism mounted on the removable track assembly, a manifold and frame assembly mounted on the automated transport mechanism, and a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the manifold and frame assembly for dispensing one or more fluids onto an aircraft fuselage interior surface to be cleaned. The system further comprises a fluid management system coupled to the movable assembly for supplying the one or more fluids to the fluid dispensing assembly. The system further comprises a control system that communicates with and controls the movable assembly and the fluid management system.06-21-2012
20120103364Combination dishwashing machine and sink - In one aspect of the present invention, a combination dishwashing machine and sink that utilizes a first use solution includes a dishwashing machine, a sump, a pump, a sink, a first fluid passageway, and a controller. The sump is in fluid communication with the dishwashing machine and is configured and arranged to contain the first use solution utilized in the dishwashing machine. The pump is in fluid communication with the sump, and the first fluid passageway interconnects the pump and the sink. The controller is operatively connected to the pump and is programmed to signal the pump to direct the first use solution from the sump, through the first fluid passageway, and into the sink. The controller automates the filling of the sink with the first use solution from the sump.05-03-2012
20120103367CLEANING ROBOT, DIRT RECOGNITION DEVICE THEREOF AND CLEANING METHOD OF ROBOT - A cleaning robot a dirt recognition device thereof and a cleaning method of the robot are disclosed. The recognition device includes an image collecting module and an image processing module. The image collecting module may be used for collecting the image information of the surface to be treated by the cleaning robot and sending the image information to the image processing module. The image processing module may divide the collected image information of the surface to be treated into N blocks, extract the image information of each block and process the image information in order to determine the dirtiest surface to be treated that corresponds to one of the N blocks. Through the solution provided by the present invention, the cleaning robot can make an active recognition to the dirt such as dust, so that it can get into the working area accurately and rapidly.05-03-2012
20110088726CLEANING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A WORKPIECE - In order to produce a cleaning device which cleans in a particularly effective manner wherein the cleaning device comprises a cleaning chamber for accommodating a workpiece requiring cleaning and a fluid transfer device for transferring at least one fluid into the cleaning chamber and/or out of the cleaning chamber and wherein the fluid transfer device comprises at least one nozzle in the form of a slotted nozzle extending along a slot axis and said fluid is arranged to be fed into the cleaning chamber or fed out of the cleaning chamber by means of said fluid transfer device in a direction transverse to the slot axis, it is proposed that the cleaning device comprise a slotted nozzle moving device for moving at least a part of the slotted nozzle.04-21-2011
20110088724RINSE AID RELEASE DETECTION METHOD - A dishwashing machine configured to detect the presence of rinse aid in fluid in a washing chamber of the dishwashing machine. An electronic controller selects the drying stage of the dishwashing cycle based on whether rinse aid is present.04-21-2011
20110088723WIND TURBINE FLUID APPLICATION APPARATUS - A wind turbine tower cleaning apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a frame which circumferentially extends at least partially around a wind turbine tower. A separator structure can be attached to the frame and extends between the frame and the wind turbine tower to position the frame at a predetermined distance away from the wind turbine tower. The separator structure can also include an attachment end which is attached to the frame and a slidabe end positionable near the wind turbine tower. A slider can be attached to the slidabe end of the separator structure and can slide on the surface of the wind turbine tower as the frame is raised and lowered on the wind turbine tower. A frame lift device can raise and lower the frame on the wind turbine tower. A sprayer can spray fluid onto the wind turbine tower to clean the wind turbine tower.04-21-2011
20120255580CLEANING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD - A cleaning apparatus includes: a first storage unit; and a heating unit configured to heat the cleaning liquid stored in the first storage unit. The cleaning apparatus further includes: a signal reception unit configured to receive a surplus power generation notification signal; a heating control unit configured to control the heating unit to heat the cleaning liquid stored in the first storage unit when the surplus power generation notification signal is received; a second storage unit configured to introduce therein, at non-cleaning time, the cleaning liquid stored in the first storage unit and heated by the heating unit, and to store the introduced cleaning liquid with heat insulation; and a cleaning liquid spraying unit configured to introduce therein the cleaning liquid stored in the first storage unit or the second storage unit, and to spray the introduced cleaning liquid.10-11-2012
20120118325STAGE DEVICE AND STAGE CLEANING METHOD - A stage device for use in a vacuum includes a frame-shaped movable stage having a sample mounting surface, a fixed stage surrounded by the movable stage, an air bearing to float the movable stage by supplying gas to a gap between the stages, a pressure regulator to regulate a pressure of the gas, a differential pumping portion to prevent the gas from flowing outside the gap, and a controller. The controller moves the movable stage within a predetermined range under a pressure in the differential pumping portion set equal to that for movable stage in use when setting a floating height of the movable stage lower than that for movable stage in use, and under the pressure in the differential pumping portion set higher than that for movable stage in use when setting the floating height of the movable stage equal to that for movable stage in use.05-17-2012
20090133720ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANING - A robotic vacuum cleaner has a control system arranged for controlling at least frequency or intensity of contact between a cleaning brush of its suction nozzle (05-28-2009
20090133719DISHWASHER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Disclosed is a dishwasher, which prevents a washing cycle from being carried out in an insufficient state of washing water caused by the continuous discharge of the washing water due to a siphon action, and a method of controlling the dishwasher. The method includes draining washing water from the dishwasher; supplying the washing water to the inside of the dishwasher; and temporarily stopping the supply of the washing water for a designated time between the drain of the washing water and the supply of the washing water.05-28-2009
20090133718AUTOMATIC COMPRESSOR STAGE CLEANING FOR AIR BOOST SYSTEMS - A method and device for maintaining air boost system performance is provided. One or more stages of the air boost system can be connected by tubing to a cleaning system that includes a fluid reservoir (05-28-2009
20120118323METHOD TO REMOVE FATTY SOILS IN A DISHWASHER - A method of operating a dishwasher by controlling the use of hot liquids to dissolve fatty soils.05-17-2012
20100170537WASTE CONTAINER WASHING VEHICLE - With the waste container washing system described herein, the waste container can be moved into a washing compartment of the washing vehicle for washing thereof; in a first washing phase, the waste container can be exposed to a plurality of water jets of grey water pumped from a grey water reservoir; and in a second washing phase, the waste container can be exposed to a plurality of clean water pumped from a clean water reservoir. The water used in the first and/or second washing phase can be collected and stored in the grey water reservoir. Other improvements, such as a double-action pump for the two phases, a filtering system for grey water, a container movement system and path, and methods are also described.07-08-2010
20120125369Washer, Such As A Dishwasher Or A Washing Machine, And Method For Operating A Washer - The invention relates to a method for operating a washer which comprises a washing chamber for accommodating goods to be cleaned, said washing chamber having in its lower portion a sump for collecting water during operation of the washer, a water inlet connected to a water tank, preferably to a water tank that is integrally, still preferably detachably, formed with the dishwasher, a pump for circulating water through the washing chamber, and a control unit for controlling a washing process carried out by the washer. In accordance dance with a first embodiment of the method of the invention, in this method: water is fed from the tank into the sump by the action of the hydrostatic pressure prevailing within the tank; the pressure within the sump or close to the sump is measured; and based on the pressure measurement the speed of the water flow is monitored and the filling level of the tank is determined, and at least one parameter and/or step of the washing process is controlled and/or indicator signals are issued to a user of the washer.05-24-2012
20120125368LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD, LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING LIQUID PROCESSING METHOD - There are provided a liquid processing method and a liquid processing apparatus capable of removing a resist film without removing an underlying film when removing the resist film from a substrate on which the underlying film and the resist film are formed in sequence from the bottom and into which ions have been previously implanted. In the liquid processing method capable of processing a substrate by a processing solution, the method includes removing the resist film from the substrate by supplying the processing solution at a temperature of about 120° C. or higher to the substrate. The processing solution includes a sulfuric acid and a nitric acid at a preset ratio, and the substrate has thereon the underlying film and the resist film formed on the underlying film, and ions have been previously implanted into the substrate.05-24-2012
20120125366NON-INTEGRATED BULK DISPENSER AND METHOD OF OPERATING A DISHWASHER HAVING SAME - A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.05-24-2012
20120160271WAREWASHER INCLUDING HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM WITH HOT WATER SUPPLEMENT - A warewasher for washing wares includes a housing defining an internal space with at least one spray zone for washing wares, A liquid delivery system provides a spray of liquid within the spray zone. A tank includes an inlet that is connected to a hot water source for filling the tank with hot water. The liquid delivery system receives water from the tank. An exhaust vents heated air from the housing. A final rinse system is connected to a cold water source. A heat recovery system is located between the final rinse system and the cold water source. The heat recovery system transfers heat from the exhaust air to the cold water provided from the cold water source. A valve associated with the hot water source selectively supplements the water exiting the heat recovery system with hot water from the hot water source.06-28-2012
20120160270Method of Fabricating Semiconductor Cleaners - A method of manufacturing cleaning solvents is provided. The method includes selecting a small plurality of test solvents from a large plurality of perspective solvents. The equilibrium composition of a multi-component solution is preferably described by the Hansen solubility model. A small plurality of test solvents is applied to solute samples and the degree of dissolution or swelling recorded. Based on the degree of dissolution or swelling, at least one solvent is selected from the large plurality of perspective solvents based on the Hansen parameters.06-28-2012
20120160269REFRESH WASHING MACHINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A refresh washing machine including a plurality of spray nozzles to spray air into a clothes receiving compartment of a cabinet, a plurality of opening and closing valves to open and close the spray nozzles, and a controller to open at least one of the opening and closing valves and close the other opening and closing valves so that air is sequentially sprayed from the spray nozzles.06-28-2012
20100206333METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A SUBSTANTIALLY VERTICAL SURFACE - A method of and apparatus for cleaning a surface, such as a wall of a waste boiler of a Kivcet furnace, are described. The invention comprises suspending a pair of spaced apart cables adjacent a surface to be cleaned, attaching ends of the rail to respective ones of the cables with equal lengths of cable between the rail and the roof, the rail being reversibly moveable up and down the surface. A carriage has a nozzle assembly, operative to emit a jet of water, with the carriage reversibly moveable along the rail. The rail is moved from one of a top and bottom of the surface to another of the top and bottom of the surface, and the carriage is moved from one side of the rail to another, cleaning the surface as it moves. The foregoing steps are repeated for each remaining uncleaned surface.08-19-2010
20100206332Method of Controlling Dishwasher - There is provided a method of controlling a dishwasher. The method includes performing a preliminary washing cycle, performing a main washing cycle, and performing a rinsing cycle. Steam is supplied during at least one of the main washing cycle and the rinsing cycle.08-19-2010
20100288309METHOD OF USING RINSE AID COMPOSITIONS IN AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING MACHINES - A method of warewashing is provided. A combination detergent rinse aid composition is used according to the invention. The warewashing detergent composition includes an alkaline source and a water-soluble anion. The rinse aid composition comprises an acid. The alkaline source is provided in an amount effective to provide a use composition having a pH of at least about 8. The anion is present in sufficient amount to leave a residue of anions on the surface of the wares. The acid of the rinse aid has a sufficiently low pKa to react with the anions to form an insoluble oxide on the surface of the wares. The insoluble oxide reduces the surface tension of water on the surface of the wares thus reducing water spotting. Methods for using and manufacturing a combination warewashing detergent-rinse aid composition are provided.11-18-2010
20100288308METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING ULTRAPURE WATER, AND METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WASHING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MEMBERS - An ultrapure water production system that can stably produce ultrapure water having a boron concentration of 1 ng/L or less or a metal concentration of 0.1 ng/L or less, a method for producing ultrapure water using the ultrapure water production system, and a method and a system for washing electronic component members. In an ultrapure water production system that includes a mixed-bed deionization apparatus 11-18-2010
20100288307Robot cleaner and method for controlling the same - A robot cleaner to perform a cleaning process by changing a traveling pattern according to a cleaning start position and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The robot cleaner recognizes a current position of the robot cleaner upon receiving the automatic cleaning command. If the automatic cleaning process starts from the charger, the robot cleaner performs the automatic cleaning process using a conventional cleaning method. Otherwise, if the automatic cleaning process starts from the outside of the charger, the robot cleaner changes a traveling pattern, performs the spot cleaning process and then selectively performs the automatic cleaning process.11-18-2010
20110180107METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING WEAR OF SHAKER SCREENS - An apparatus for cleansing and monitoring wear of screen cloths includes a feeding device for feeding used or contaminated screen cloths to, a cleansing unit arranged for receiving and cleansing the screen cloths, a preparation unit arranged for preparing the screen cloth for optical inspection in, an optical inspection station arranged to identify one or more damaged portions of the screen cloth and with a registering device for registering positions for the damaged portions, a measuring device for measuring and registering an extent of the damaged portions extent and degree of damage, a repair unit arranged for mending the damaged portions, and a feeding out unit for feeding out said repaired screen cloth.07-28-2011
20110180106METHOD OF MANUFACTURE OF WAFERS USING AN ELECTRO-CHEMICAL RESIDUE SENSOR (ECRS) - A method of improving the clean, rinse and dry processes during the manufacture of ICs, MEMS and other micro-devices to conserve solution and energy while completing the process within a specified time. An electro-chemical residue sensor (ECRS) provides in-situ and real-time measurement of residual contamination on a surface or inside void micro features within the sensor representative of conditions on production wafers. The measured impedance can be used to determine what process variables and specifically how process conditions affect the rate of change of the measured impedance. The in-situ measurements are used to design and optimize a production process and/or to monitor the production run in real-time to control the process conditions and transfer of a patterned wafer through the processes.07-28-2011
20120211027Contact Lens Cleaning System with Monitor - The invention monitors the neutralization process involving hydrogen peroxide solution and a hydrogen peroxide neutralization catalyst and compares measured values with theoretical values. The system monitors the chemical reaction and notifies the user of the neutralization status. In an exemplary embodiment, the initial hydrogen peroxide solution concentration is neutralized with a palladium catalyst after a period of time. A microcontroller analyzes the measurements and displays the neutralization process results using colored LED lights and/or text or images on a LCD display. In one embodiment, an apparatus adapted for use with a cleaning solution used to clean a medical device may include a trigger, a processing device in communication with the trigger, and a display device. The processing device provides a trigger count and the display device communicates with the processing device and displays a message based on the count.08-23-2012
20120167920METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT A DISHWASHING PROGRAM - A method for carrying out a dishwashing program in an automatic dishwasher includes a washing step, an intermediate cleaning and a clear rinsing. The washing step includes heating water present in a tub of the dishwasher using at least a condenser of a heat pump. The clear rinsing includes heating water present in the dishwasher tub using the condenser together with an electric heater.07-05-2012
20120247510CLEANING PATH GUIDANCE METHOD COMBINED WITH DIRT DETECTION MECHANISM - A cleaning path guidance method combined with a dirt detection mechanism is performed in an automatic cleaning device to generate a cleaning path, so as to guide the automatic cleaning device to clean an area to be cleaned, in which plural grids are defined in the area. The method includes: moving the automatic cleaning device in the area to clear dirt away, and continuously detecting a flow of the dirt cleared away to obtain a dirt level of a current gird; if the dirt level of the current gird exceeds a threshold, marking the grid as a dirty grid; performing an algorithm and finding a shortest path passing through all dirty grids as a cleaning path according to the marked dirty grids; and moving the automatic cleaning device to pass through each dirty grid according to the clean path, so as to clean each dirty gird sequentially.10-04-2012
20120211028COMMERCIAL KITCHENWARE WASHERS AND RELATED METHODS - A method for monitoring tank water replacement of a kitchenware washing assembly generally includes automatically determining whether a counted number of wash cycles is equal to or exceeds a preset value. The method also includes automatically controlling one or more operations of the kitchenware washer assembly where the counted number of wash cycles is equal to or exceeds the preset value.08-23-2012
20100051058Automated Mat Cleaning and Handling System and Method - An automated system is configured to wash and dry mats. The system includes a number of modules, including a loading module, vibration module, washing module, vacuum module, and a discharge module. The disclosed system provides an opportunity for manual inspection of the mats, too. Because the mats that are fed into the system are jostled or shaken before they are washed, reduced amounts of chemicals, water, water pressure, drying energy, etc. are needed to clean the mats. The system may also optionally include a automatic rolling and sorting apparatus, which rolls a mat and sorts it according to weight, size, etc. after it is discharged from the discharge module. A method of cleaning mats is also disclosed.03-04-2010
20090056757METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISHWASHER AND DISHWASHER - A dishwasher and method of controlling a dishwasher are provided. In the dishwasher and the method, a heater in a sump begins to be driven when a measured fluid supply frequency measured before the supply of wash fluid into the sump is complete reaches a predefined value, and thus heats the wash fluid in the sump. Thus, it is possible to reduce the time taken to heat the wash fluid in the sump to a target temperature, thus reducing the operating time of the dishwasher.03-05-2009
20100269861At-home integrated cleaning and disinfection system and method for dental hardware - An at-home integrated cleaning and disinfection system for dental hardware, for consumer use includes a compact and portable base unit sized for at-home use by a consumer, the base unit including a holding frame and an ultraviolet lamp. The system also includes a cleaning chamber within which dental hardware and a cleaning solution that includes hydrogen peroxide are receivable. The cleaning chamber fits within the holding frame in a manner such that contents of the cleaning chamber are exposed to light emitted by the ultraviolet lamp. A vibration mechanism is positioned so as to cause the cleaning chamber to vibrate while the cleaning chamber is fitted within the holding frame. To clean and disinfect dental hardware, the consumer places dental hardware in the cleaning chamber, fills the cleaning chamber with the cleaning solution, and inserts the cleaning chamber into the holding frame. The vibration mechanism is activated, so as to cause the cleaning chamber to vibrate while the cleaning chamber is fitted within the holding frame, and the ultraviolet lamp is activated, so as to expose contents of the cleaning chamber to light emitted by the ultraviolet lamp.10-28-2010
20120312325NON-ELECTRONIC METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING WASH PUMP CAVITATION IN A DISHWASHER - Water fill level detection techniques are provided for a dishwasher system. A dishwasher system includes a tub; a fluid circulation system for circulating water in the tub and a cavitation sense fill system. The fluid circulation system includes at least one recirculation pump and at least one fill valve. The cavitation sense fill system monitors an output pressure of the at least one recirculation pump. The cavitation sense fill system deactivates the at least one fill valve when the output pressure satisfies at least one predefined criteria. A pressure wave damper may optionally be employed to ensure stable pressure measurements.12-13-2012
20120073606DISHWASHER HAVING TWO WATER CONNECTIONS AND CORRESPONDING CONTROL METHOD - A dishwasher includes a water intake device having a hot water intake which receives hot water from an external hot water supply fed, at least partially, by a thermal solar system, and a cold water intake which receives cold water from an external cold water supply. A program control device stores at least one wash program for controlling a wash cycle for cleaning dishes. The at least one wash program has a program step for washing dishes using hot water from the hot water supply and another program step for washing dishes using cold water from the cold water supply.03-29-2012
20120073605METHOD FOR ADAPTING A RINSING PROGRAM IN A DISHWASHER MACHINE, AND CORRESPONDING DISHWASHER MACHINE - A method for adapting a rinsing program in a dishwasher machine, and a dishwashing machine configured to perform the method, the method enabling the rinsing program run of a dishwasher machine to be adapted in such a way that satisfactory cleaning and drying performances are achieved even when using a combination rinse aid. To this end, the rinsing program run is adapted if there is insufficient salt, if the softening device is switched off, and if the dishwasher machine is on.03-29-2012
20120073604Wash Chamber for Surgical Environment - A system and method for a surgical scrub automated cleaning station are disclosed. The surgical scrub cylinder automated cleaning station includes a rotatable, extendable, and retractable wash cylinder that is operable to accommodate any variety of arm length. More specifically, the surgical scrub automated cleaning station may include an accordion, telescoping, or otherwise adjustable cylinder to accommodate a variety of arm lengths. The surgical scrub cylinder automated cleaning station may be used to provide a surgeon or other health care personnel with a hand and forearm washing. The surgical scrub cylinder automated cleaning station may also be monitored to ensure compliance with one or more hygiene protocols.03-29-2012
20120073603DISHWASHER AUTO HOT START AND DSM - A dishwasher is provided comprising one or more power consuming functions and a controller in signal communication with an associated utility. The controller can receive and process a signal from the associated utility indicative of current cost of supplied energy. The controller operates the dishwasher in one of a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode based on the received signal. The controller is configured to change the power consuming functions by adjusting one or more of an operation schedule, an operation delay, an operation adjustment, and a selective deactivation of at least one of the one or more power consuming functions to reduce power consumption of the dishwasher in the energy savings mode. The controller may modify or disable the hot start feature either prior to a wash cycle, or at an early stage of the first prewash cycle, including if a consumer elects to override the prompted energy savings mode.03-29-2012
20120222706STEAM CLEANING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a steam cleaning apparatus (09-06-2012
20120255581CLEANING AND DRYING-PREVENTING METHOD, AND CLEANING AND DRYING-PREVENTING APPARATUS - A cleaning and drying-preventing method including: positioning a nozzle in a container such that a funnel-like inner circumferential surface of the container is located around a periphery of a distal end of the nozzle; sucking a liquid in the nozzle to retract a level of the liquid to a side of a supply passage; supplying a solvent into the container to form a swirl flow of the solvent turning around the distal end of the nozzle, and cleaning the nozzle by the swirl flow; supplying a solvent into the container to form a liquid pool of the solvent; and further retracting the level of the liquid in the nozzle to the side of the supply passage. A liquid layer, an air layer, and a solvent layer are formed in the nozzle in this order from the side of the supply passage, to prevent drying of the liquid in the nozzle.10-11-2012
20120255579FLUID FLOW DEFLECTOR ASSEMBLIES PRINCIPALLY FOR CONNECTION TO SWEEP TAIL HOSES OF AUTOMATIC SWIMMING POOL CLEANERS - Detailed are fluid flow deflectors principally for use with sweep tail hoses of automatic swimming pool cleaners. The deflectors do not function principally on gravitational forces and need not necessarily employ flexible components or attachments for purposes of effecting deflection. Instead, the deflectors may be rigid and continually position a fixed obstacle in a central portion of a fluid stream. Perforations in a rigid wall, moreover, draw fluid into the deflectors, creating a greater volume of exiting stream when an associated pool cleaner is underwater.10-11-2012
20090020141FLOOR CARE APPARATUS WITH PHOTOELECTRIC QUASI-AUTOMATIC HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT - A floor care apparatus includes a nozzle assembly having suction inlet. A canister assembly is connected to the nozzle assembly. A suction generator and a dirt collection vessel are carried on one of the nozzle assembly and canister assembly. A height adjustment mechanism is carried on the nozzle assembly. In addition a photo sensor unit is carried on the nozzle assembly for sensing the height of the nap of an underlying carpet or rug being cleaned. The height adjustment mechanism and the photo sensor unit cooperate together to allow the operator to automatically adjust the operating height of the vacuum cleaner relative to the height of the nap of the carpet being cleaned.01-22-2009
20120260944VACUUM CLEANER AND VACUUM CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE IN A RAISED FLOOR ENVIRONMENT - A remote-controlled, autonomous, or semi-autonomous vacuum cleaner for raised floor environments comprises a vacuum cleaner especially configured to clean tight, hard-to-reach areas, such as the space between the floor and the raised panels of a raised access floor system and a control module for remotely operating the vacuum cleaner.10-18-2012
20120227768Liquid Processing Apparatus, Liquid Processing Method, and Recording Medium Having Computer Program for Performing the Same Method - Disclosed is a liquid processing apparatus which includes: a plurality of liquid processing units to supply a processing liquid to an object to be processed and liquid-process the object; a common exhaust path to discharge atmospheres in the plurality of liquid processing units; an individual exhaust path to connect the common exhaust path with each of the liquid processing units; an opening-closing mechanism provided on the individual exhaust path to be openable; and an air injecting port to inject an air into the common exhaust path. An injection amount adjusting valve is provided on the common exhaust path to adjust the flow rate of the air injected from the air injecting port. A controller controls an opening degree of the injection amount adjusting valve based on an opening-closing state of the opening-closing mechanism.09-13-2012
20120260945APPARATUS FOR CLEANING AN OBJECT AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - An apparatus for cleaning at least one object may include a cleaning chamber, an air-blowing unit, a rotating unit and a collecting unit. The at least one object may be received within the cleaning chamber. The air-blowing unit may be configured to blow air to the at least one object in the cleaning chamber to float particles from the at least one object. The rotating unit may be configured to rotate the at least one object to provide the at least one object with the air in at least two directions from the air-blowing unit. The collecting unit may be configured to collect the floated particles.10-18-2012
20100326472AUTOMATED WASHING SYSTEM WITH COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION - A system is provided for providing automated washing and verifying compliance of use. The system provides for identifying individual users of one or more cleaning stations through various technologies, such as RFID. Individual's use of cleaning stations is monitored to determine compliance with hand-washing requirements. A compliance report may be generated based on data associated with one or more individuals' use of the cleaning station(s). Educational and/or entertainment content may be displayed to the user when he or she is using the cleaning station. Additionally, the cleaning station may identify containers having authorized consumables such as soap or disinfectant. Optional automated collection and forwarding of hygiene compliance information is performed to provide compliance monitors, such as a regulatory agency, with such information.12-30-2010
20100326471DISHWASHER APPLIANCE, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A dishwasher appliance is provided, and includes a control device configured to direct one of a series of automatic wash cycles to be executed by the dishwasher appliance. Each successive wash cycle within the series having an increased energy usage level over a previous automatic wash cycle, wherein each energy usage level is determined from at least one operational parameter associated with the respective automatic wash cycle. An actuator device is operably engaged with the control device, and is configured to be responsive to the user to select a subsequent automatic wash cycle to be executed by the dishwasher appliance as directed by the control device, the subsequent automatic wash cycle comprising one of a previous automatic wash cycle and a successive automatic wash cycle in the series of automatic wash cycles, with respect to the one of the series of automatic wash cycles. An associated method is also provided.12-30-2010
20120325269Semiconductor cleaner systems and methods - In an embodiment, the present invention discloses a EUV cleaner system and process for cleaning a EUV carrier. The euv cleaner system comprises separate dirty and cleaned environments, separate cleaning chambers for different components of the double container carrier, gripper arms for picking and placing different components using a same robot handler, gripper arms for holding different components at different locations, horizontal spin cleaning and drying for outer container, hot water and hot air (70 C) cleaning process, vertical nozzles and rasterizing megasonic nozzles for cleaning inner container with hot air nozzles for drying, separate vacuum decontamination chambers for outgassing different components, for example, one for inner and one for outer container with high vacuum (e.g., <1012-27-2012
20110226283GELLED ADHESIVE REMOVER COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF USE - The present invention includes a process using environmentally friendly materials for the removal of adhesive residues from hard substrates, particularly vehicles, e.g., cars, trucks, buses, aerospace vehicles including airplanes, and the like. The process uses a novel adhesive remover composition comprising one or more non-halogenated organic solvents, a non-abrasive thickening agent, a surfactant, and a vapor-pressure modulating agent. The total Hansen Solubility Parameter (δt) at 25° C. for each of the non-halogenated organic solvents is from about 14 MPa09-22-2011
20110226282CLEANING METHOD USING CLEANING ROBOT - Provided is a cleaning method using a cleaning robot achieving high cleaning efficiency without expensive sensors. The cleaning method using the cleaning robot includes: a first step of traveling and performing a cleaning operation along a path determined by a winding pattern from a cleaning start point by the cleaning robot; a second step of, when the cleaning robot detects an obstacle, traveling and performing the cleaning operation along an outer wall of the obstacle; and a third step of, when the cleaning robot arrives at the path determined by the winding pattern while traveling and performing the cleaning operation along the obstacle, traveling and performing the cleaning operation along the remaining path determined by the winding pattern.09-22-2011
20120125367SERVICE DEVICE FOR MAINTENANCE OF A SOLAR PANEL ARRANGEMENT - The invention relates to a service device for maintenance of a solar panel arrangement, comprising a service unit for maintenance of at least one surface of the solar panel arrangement, a guiding unit for guiding the service unit with respect to the solar panel arrangement, and a driving unit for moving the service unit with respect to the solar panel arrangement, wherein the service unit comprises a first engagement section and a second engagement section, wherein the guiding unit is attachable to the first engagement section, the guiding unit being configured for direct engagement with an edge of the solar panel arrangement, wherein the driving unit is attachable to the second engagement section, and wherein the second engagement section is displaceable with respect to the first engagement section by the driving unit.05-24-2012
20120273006CLEANING SYSTEM FOR A MILKING BOX STALL - In certain embodiments, a system comprises a milk collecting system, a teat cup holder, and a cleansing hose system. The milk collecting system comprises a teat cup, a milk collector, and a milking hose system connecting the teat cup to the milk collector. The teat cup holder stores the teat cup of the milk collecting system such that a nozzle of the teat cup holder substantially aligns with an opening of the teat cup. The cleansing hose system connects the nozzle of the teat cup holder to one or more cleanser sources and operable to backwash at least a portion of the milk collecting system by injecting a cleanser from one or more of the cleanser sources through the nozzle and into the teat cup.11-01-2012
20120318299KITCHENWARE WASHING ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED METHODS - A kitchenware washing assembly is provided for washing kitchenware. The assembly includes a tank configured to hold fluid for washing the kitchenware, a pump configured to circulate fluid within the tank, and a control system configured to control operation of the pump. The pump is operable at two or more different speeds to create two or more different levels of fluid turbulence within the tank. And, the control system is configured to operate the pump at a first one of the two or more different speeds for a specified time period and then cycle operation of the pump to a second one of the two or more different speeds. A temperature sensor configured to monitor temperature of the fluid is included in communication with the control system. And, the control system is configured to terminate operation of the pump if a temperature of the fluid falls below a specified temperature.12-20-2012
20100229893METHOD FOR OPERATING A WATER-BEARING DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - A water-bearing domestic appliance and method of operating a water-bearing domestic appliance, wherein the domestic appliance includes a water feed system that is controlled by a control device and that supplies a measured volume of water to the domestic appliance. The domestic appliance further includes a total water volume detection device to detect a total volume of water that is supplied via the water feed system to the domestic appliance during its service life.09-16-2010
20120298142APPLIANCE CONFIGURED TO CIRCULATE AIR DURING A WASH CYCLE - An appliance such as a dishwasher is configured to re-circulate air to reduce the amount of air with high moisture content that is expelled from the dishwasher. In one embodiment, the dishwasher comprises a wash zone in which objects are positioned to be washed and a door assembly, secured to the dishwasher in sealing engagement. Air from an upper region of the wash zone is drawn into a door cavity in the door assembly and re-circulated to a lower region of the wash zone. Inside of the door cavity is a thermal sink with a surface on which vapor in the air condenses, thereby lowering the relative humidity of the air that is ejected from the door assembly and into the lower region of the wash zone.11-29-2012
20120298141BROKEN WAFER RECOVERY SYSTEM - An apparatus and method for recovery and cleaning of broken substrates, especially beneficial for fabrication systems using silicon wafer carried on trays. Removal of broken wafers and particles from within the fabrication system is enabled without requiring disassembly of the system and without requiring manual labor.11-29-2012
20120138092DISHWASHER WITH IMAGING DEVICE FOR MEASURING LOAD CHARACTERISTICS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - An automatic dishwasher and a method for controlling the operation of the automatic dishwasher including an imaging device that repeatedly captures images of a sub-portion of a wash chamber as a dish rack is moved from a load position to a use position. The repeated capturing of images is synchronized with the movement of the dish rack, and areas of the dish rack in which dishes are present are determined from the repeatedly captured images.06-07-2012
20130008469CLEANING APPARATUS - A cleaning apparatus including a brush to sweep up dust on the floor via rotation thereof, and an elevating device to vertically adjust a height of the brush. The elevating device includes an elevating motor to generate rotation force, a cam configured to be rotated by the elevating motor and serving to vertically move the brush, and a rotation switch configured to rotate in a given direction along with the cam and serving to sense a position of the brush. The cleaning apparatus is structurally simplified as a resulting of using an Alternating Current (AC) motor as the elevating motor.01-10-2013
20100132743Fragrance Dissemination Device - A malodour-counteracting device adapted to be used in an automatic dishwasher having at least one washing cycle and a final drying cycle, the device having the form of two connected containers, adapted to rest on a horizontal surface within the dishwasher to provide an upper container (06-03-2010
20120240959Carwash Emergency Stop - A carwash includes an emergency stop triggered by a car horn. A controller with a microphone listens to various sounds generated during the carwash process and performs a simple spectrum analyses to identify sounds characteristic of car horns. Rather than knowing beforehand a plethora of different car horns, the controller recognizes any number of unknown car horns because virtually all car horn tones are each comprised of multiple prominent frequencies, as opposed to a single frequency note such as the electronic “beeeeep” of a microwave oven. Steady, multiple prominent frequency tones of car horns are readily distinguishable from the noise of carwash spray, which might explain why humans can readily distinguish a car horn from carwash noises, regardless of whether the horn is louder or quieter than the surrounding carwash sounds. In some examples, the horn-activated emergency stop automatically sends a text/video message to a remote carwash owner or manager.09-27-2012
20080251104Systems and Methods for Determination of Endpoint of Chamber Cleaning Processes - Apparatus and method for determination of the endpoint of a cleaning process in which cleaning fluid is contacted with a structure to effect cleaning thereof. The cleaning process includes contacting a cleaning fluid with a structure to be cleaned and producing a cleaning effluent having a sensible heat thermal energy characteristic corresponding to extent of cleaning of the structure, disposing an object in the cleaning effluent that interacts with the cleaning effluent to produce a response indicative of the sensible heat thermal energy characteristic of the cleaning effluent, and monitoring such response to determine when the cleaning is completed. An endpointing algorithm and endpoint monitoring are also described, as well as endpoint monitor sensor elements that are useful to determine endpoint conditions in an efficient and reproduceable manner.10-16-2008
20080236627METHOD FOR CLEANING WEB-LIKE OBJECT TO BE CLEANED AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for cleaning a web-like object to be cleaned, comprising the steps of: 10-02-2008
20080236626NON-ELECTRIC POWERED AUTOMATIC WASHING APPARATUS - The present invention is directed to a non-electric hand-washing apparatus. The present invention is adapted to be used in connection with a supply of pressurized water. The present invention utilizes the water pressure to power at least a timing mechanism that operates to control a wash cycle. The wash cycle includes at least the delivery of a set amount of water to a user's hands. Embodiments of the present invention include the delivery of a quantity of soap to the user at the beginning of the wash cycle. The delivery of soap is also affected by a utilization of water pressure.10-02-2008
20080236625Control method of dish washing machine - A method for controlling a dish washing machine having a steam generator is disclosed. The control method includes initially supplying water into a steam generator to supply stream to dishes and deciding a water replenishment pattern during the steam operation of the steam generator, based on the initial amount of the water in the steam generator, before the steam operation of the steam generator.10-02-2008
20080236623Method for controlling dish washing machine - A method for controlling a dish washing machine is disclosed. The disclosed method includes turning off a heater of a steam generator when a water level sensor for the steam generator indicates a minimum water level, supplying water to the steam generator for a first time, to remove air bubbles around the water level sensor, and counting the number of repetition times of the water supplying step when the water level sensor still indicates the minimum water level after the execution of the water supplying step, and again executing the water supplying step, based on the counted value.10-02-2008
20090211605System and apparatus for automatic built-in vehicle washing and other operations - A self-contained built-in automatic vehicle washing system is constructed from a water supply, a delivery system (e.g., manifold and tubular lines), and spray nozzles. The washing system is pressurized at a reservoir or at the manifold. The nozzles are strategically positioned to effective coverage for the application of cleansers, water, wax, and/or heat for washing the vehicle. A rotating bar slides out from under the vehicle to provide wash nozzles mounted to the bar access to the body exterior of the car. The rotating bar and mounted wash nozzles may also be used in undercarriage cleansing of the vehicle, and the nozzles are turned on and off via valves and a controller in a sequence for washing the vehicle.08-27-2009
20080223405APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WASHING A VEHICLE - An apparatus for washing a vehicle having a first lateral side, a second lateral side, and a top side between the first lateral side and the second lateral side. The apparatus comprises a portal for allowing the vehicle to pass therethrough. The apparatus also comprises at least one nozzle mounted to the portal for directing liquid toward the vehicle. The apparatus further comprises a control apparatus for controlling the at least one nozzle to direct liquid toward the vehicle to progressively wash a limited portion of the first lateral side of the vehicle, a limited portion of the second lateral side of the vehicle, and a limited portion of the top side of the vehicle. Also provided is a method for washing a vehicle using such an apparatus.09-18-2008
20130167871Car Wash Air Dryer Blower Flow Restrictor Arrangement And Method - Stacked inner and outer discs are mounted over an air blower inlet opening of each blower in a car wash system drying zone with matched sets of radial slots and spokes formed in each disc. An actuator rotates one disc between positions in which the set of slots in one disc is aligned with the set of slots in the other disc to allow air flow into the blower inlet to dry a car in the dryer zone to a position in which the set of spokes overlie the set of slots in the other disc to thereby block inlet air flow to reduce the load on a blower motor when a car is not in the dryer zone.07-04-2013
20130167872METHODS AND APPARATUS TO REDUCE BIOLOGICAL CARRYOVER USING INDUCTION HEATING - Methods, systems, apparatus and machine readable media are disclosed to reduce biological carryover. An example method includes generating an alternating electromagnetic field and introducing an aspiration and dispense device into the electromagnetic field. The example method also includes inductively heating the aspiration and dispense device with the electromagnetic field to at least one of denature or deactivate at least one of a protein or a biological entity on a surface of the aspiration and dispense device.07-04-2013
20130167873CLEANING PROCESSING DEVICE FOR BIOLOGICAL IMPLANT - Provided is a cleaning processing device that is for a biological implant and that is capable of quickly eliminating ozone generated by ultraviolet-ray radiation after completion of ultraviolet-ray radiation towards the biological implant. The cleaning processing device for a biological implant performs cleaning processing of the biological implant by means of radiating ultraviolet rays at the surface of the biological implant and by causing ozone to contact the surface of the biological implant, and the cleaning processing device is characterized by being provided with a housing, an ultraviolet-ray radiating lamp that is disposed within the housing and that radiates ultraviolet rays at the biological implant, an ozone-removing filter disposed within the housing, and a fan that introduces the ambient gas within the housing to the ozone-removing filter, and is further characterized by the fan being driven in response to the end of cleaning processing of the biological implant.07-04-2013
20130174871DISHWASHER APPLIANCE WITH OZONE LEVEL MONITORING - The present subject matter provides a dishwasher appliance that measures the amount of ozone in a wash chamber of the appliance. The appliance is also configured for adjusting the amount of ozone in the wash chamber based upon such measurements. The appliance may adjust the amount of ozone by, e.g., adjusting the flow rate of wash fluid to the wash chamber, adjusting the flow rate of air in the wash chamber, and/or adjusting the temperature of wash chamber. Related methods are also provided.07-11-2013
20130133696SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A substrate processing apparatus cleaning method that includes: containing a cleaning gas in a reaction tube without generating a gas flow of the cleaning gas in the reaction tube by supplying the cleaning gas into the reaction tube and by completely stopping exhaustion of the cleaning gas from the reaction tube or by exhausting the cleaning gas at an exhausting rate which substantially does not affect uniform diffusion of the cleaning gas in the reaction tube from at a point of time of a period from a predetermined point of time before the cleaning gas is supplied into the reaction tube to a point of time when several seconds are elapsed after starting of supply of the cleaning gas into the reaction tube; and thereafter exhausting the cleaning gas from the reaction tube.05-30-2013
20130112226OBSTACLE SENSING SPRAY ARM FOR A DISHWASHING MACHINE - A dishwasher having a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and in which is provided a rotating sprayer for emitting liquid into the treating chamber. The rotation of the spray arm may be controlled such that rotation of the spray arm is responsive to a determination that the spray arm has contacted an obstacle within the treating chamber.05-09-2013
20130112225DISH WASHER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A dish washer includes a washing tub accommodating a detergent containing a first enzyme activated at an active temperature range and a second enzyme activated at another active temperature range differing from the active temperature range of the first enzyme, and wash water in which the detergent is dissolved, a heating unit heating wash water, and a controller controls driving of the heating unit such that the temperature of wash water is maintained within the active temperature range of the first enzyme for a first designated time, and controls driving of the heating unit such that the temperature of wash water is maintained within the active temperature range of the second enzyme for a second designated time, when the first designated time has elapsed.05-09-2013
20130112224SUBSTRATE TREATMENT SYSTEM, SUBSTRATE TRANSFER METHOD AND COMPUTER STORAGE MEDIUM - An interface station of a coating and developing treatment system has: a cleaning unit cleaning at least a rear surface of a wafer before the wafer is transferred into an exposure apparatus; an inspection unit inspecting the rear surface of the cleaned wafer whether the wafer is exposable, before it is transferred into the exposure apparatus; wafer transfer mechanisms including arms transferring the wafer between the units and a wafer transfer control part controlling operations of the wafer transfer mechanisms. When it is determined that a state of the wafer becomes an exposable state by re-cleaning in the cleaning unit as a result of the inspection, the wafer transfer control part controls the wafer transfer mechanisms to transfer the wafer again to the cleaning unit.05-09-2013
20130112223SUBSTRATE TREATMENT SYSTEM, SUBSTRATE TRANSFER METHOD, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER STORAGE MEDIUM - In a coating and developing treatment system including a treatment station and an interface station, the interface station has: a cleaning unit cleaning a rear surface of a wafer before the wafer is transferred into an exposure apparatus; an inspection unit inspecting whether the cleaned wafer is in an exposable state; and a wafer transfer mechanism including an arm transferring the wafer between the cleaning unit and the inspection unit. Each of the cleaning unit and the inspection unit is provided at multiple tiers in an up and down direction on the front side in the interface station, and the wafer transfer mechanism is provided in a region adjacent to the cleaning units and the inspection units.05-09-2013
20130092190ROBOT CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - A robot cleaner includes a body to travel on a floor, an obstacle sensing unit to sense an obstacle approaching the body, an auxiliary cleaning unit mounted to a bottom of the body, to be extendable and retractable, and a control unit to control extension or retraction of the auxiliary cleaning unit when the obstacle is sensed, through adjustment of an extension or retraction degree of the auxiliary cleaning unit.04-18-2013
20130092189APPLIANCE WITH TURBIDITY SENSOR CALIBRATION - An appliance is disclosed for improving the accuracy of turbidity measurements. In an exemplary embodiment, the appliance includes a turbidity sensor and at least one processing device in communication with the turbidity sensor. The at least one processing device is configured to conduct a measurement of turbidity with the turbidity sensor exposed to air instead of water so as to provide a reference output from the turbidity sensor exposed to air; measure a turbidity of a fluid in the appliance during operation of the appliance with the turbidity sensor exposed to the fluid so as to provide a measurement output from the turbidity sensor exposed to the fluid; determine a temperature of the fluid; and apply an offset to the measurement output in order to provide an adjusted output, the adjusted output compensating for the difference in output of the turbidity sensor in water instead of air and for the temperature of the fluid.04-18-2013
20130098401ROBOT CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - A robot cleaner includes a body to travel on a floor, an obstacle sensing unit to sense an obstacle approaching the body, an auxiliary cleaning unit mounted to a bottom of the body, to be extendable and retractable, and a control unit to control extension or retraction of the auxiliary cleaning unit when the obstacle is sensed. The control unit recognizes a zone of a charger and performs a control operation to prevent the auxiliary cleaning unit from extending in the charger zone.04-25-2013
20130098403VEHICLE WASH STATION - A method and apparatus for washing a vehicle or water craft includes heating only a quantity of clean wash fluid required to completely wash the exterior of the watercraft to a first predetermined temperature. The heated clean wash fluid is discharged through one or more nozzles on a wash station platform at a predetermined temperature so that the temperature of the wash fluid as it strikes the hull of the water craft is at a second minimum temperature to kill organisms adhered to the vehicle. The clean wash fluid is applied in a number of successive wash cycles each covering a predetermined section of the exterior of the watercraft over a predetermined discharge time period for each section. Rotary spinning, oscillating, fixed and manually moveable nozzles are mounted on the wash station platform to automatically and manually provide wash fluid over the entire exterior surface of the water craft.04-25-2013
20130098402ROBOT CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - A robot cleaner and a control method for the same are disclosed. The robot cleaner and control method are capable of detecting malfunction of an auxiliary cleaning unit, and controlling travel of the robot cleaner in accordance with the detection result, to achieve efficient cleaning of an edge area even when there is an error in the auxiliary cleaning unit. The robot cleaner includes a plurality of auxiliary cleaning units mounted to a bottom portion of the robot cleaner such that the auxiliary cleaning units are extendable and retractable, a sensing unit to sense an extension, retraction, or rotation state of each of the auxiliary cleaning units, and a control unit to determine whether the auxiliary cleaning units operate normally, based on a sensing result of the sensing unit, and to control travel of the robot cleaner, based on a result of the determination.04-25-2013
20130125926Automated Cleaning System and Method for an Aircraft Fuselage Interior - An automated cleaning system for an aircraft fuselage interior is provided. The system has a movable assembly designed to fit within an aircraft fuselage interior to be cleaned. The movable assembly has a removable track assembly and an automated transport mechanism mounted on the removable track assembly, the automated transport mechanism being a guided cart that travels on the removable track assembly. The movable assembly further has a manifold and frame assembly mounted on the automated transport mechanism and a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the manifold and frame assembly for dispensing fluids onto an aircraft fuselage interior surface. The system further has a fluid management system coupled to the movable assembly for supplying the fluids to the fluid dispensing assembly. The system further has a control system that communicates with and controls the movable assembly and the fluid management system.05-23-2013
20130133695SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A chemical liquid process is performed on a substrate. Then, a rinse process that supplies a rinse liquid to the substrate is performed. Thereafter, a drying process that dries the substrate is performed while rotating the substrate. The drying process includes a first drying process that rotates the substrate at a first rotational speed; a second drying process that decreases the rotational speed of the substrate to a second rotational speed lower than the first rotational speed after the first drying process. In the second drying process, the rinse liquid and a drying solution are agitated and substituted while generating braking effect. In a third drying process, the rotational speed of the substrate is increased from the second rotational speed to a third rotational speed after the second drying process. Thereafter, in a fourth drying process, the drying solution on the substrate is scattered away by rotating the substrate.05-30-2013
20130139854DISHWASHER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A dishwasher capable of efficiently washing dishes is provided. A dishwasher includes a washing tub, a rack, an area input unit and a spray module. The washing tub forms a space in which dishes are washed. The rack has the dishes loaded thereto, being provided inside the washing tub. The area input unit receives an area selected from a plurality of areas into which the rack is divided. The spray module sprays washing water toward the selected area input to the area input unit in the plurality of areas of the rack.06-06-2013
20080210260Multipurpose Aqueous Parts Washer - The present disclosure relates generally to a multipurpose parts washer used to remove grease, oil, and dirt from mechanical parts, and more particularly, to an apparatus for washing parts within a single housing having an automatic cleaning portion, with a first cleaning chamber for spraying parts, a second cleaning chamber for soaking and agitating parts, and a manual cleaning portion. The multipurpose parts washer includes three cleaning portions. All portions use cleaning solution from a single pump, a reservoir portion to collect and store the important volume of cleaning solution and debris from the washing process, a single controller interface operated from a display, and a thermal energy source for heating the cleaning solution. The multipurpose design also includes novel features such as the use of a submerged pump within the reservoir, easy-access panels for the pump motor, the controller, and the display, an integrated sink serving as a safety lid of the automatic portion to collect the cleaning solution of the manual cleaning portion and to enclose the automatic cleaning portion, and the use of a timer and a multicolor display for easy operation of each of the cleaning portions. The design may also include a concurrent multifunction cleaning feature, a thermally activated safety lid, an immersion agitation tank, and a removable flat or V-shaped debris pan.09-04-2008
20080202559Wafer cleaning method and equipment - There is disclosed a wafer cleaning method comprising supplying a cleaning water to a wafer cleaned with a chemical solution, measuring the resistivity of a solution including the chemical solution and cleaning water, and differentiating the measured value with respect to time, and cleaning the wafer continuously with the cleaning water until the time differential value of the resistivity becomes equal to or less than a preset value and is held at that values for preset time.08-28-2008
20080202558METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTINUOUS-FLOW DISHWASHING MACHINE - A continuous-flow dishwashing machine and a method for operating the dishwasher is provided. The continuous-flow dishwashing machine is used for cleaning items to be cleaned and has a feed device for transportation of the items to be cleaned in the feed direction through successive treatment zones in the continuous-flow dishwashing machine. This optionally contains an initial cleaning zone, at least one cleaning zone, at least one rinsing zone and, optionally, a drying zone. Means are provided in the at least one rinsing zone in order to supply dishwashing liquid for the at least one rinsing zone to at least one cleaning zone and/or to the initial cleaning zone, as required by a machine controller and governed by a controller, with the decision on the zone to which the dishwashing liquid for the at least one rinsing zone is passed depending inter alia on level states in the at least one cleaning zone and the at least one rinsing zone.08-28-2008
20080202557Industrial Dishwasher and Method of Operating the Same - Industrial dishwasher and method of operating the same, wherein, during at least one operating state other than the drying phase, program control automatically provides for second ambient air to be blown by means of the additional blower directly into the drying channel and through the latter and out through the blowing-out opening, the dishwasher being switched on but the main blower being switched off.08-28-2008
20130146090METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC CLEANING DEVICES - A method for controlling an automatic cleaning device includes the steps of: entering selectively a regular control signal or a power-saving control signal to a cleaning mode control unit; judging whether the regular control signal or power-saving control signal is received to allow the cleaning mode control unit to enter a corresponding regular cleaning mode or a power-saving cleaning mode; activating a first driving motor and a second driving motor in the regular cleaning mode to allow the automatic cleaning device to move on an automatic movement path and keep a cleaning device in operation and pull a passive cleaning device; or activating the second driving motor by the cleaning mode control unit in the power-saving cleaning mode to allow the automatic cleaning device to move on the automatic movement path and pull the passive cleaning device.06-13-2013
20130146091DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A DISHWASHER06-13-2013
20130146092TRANSPORT SCHEDULING FOR LOW MICROBIAL BULK PRODUCTS - Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.06-13-2013
20130146093Ultrasound System and Method for Deicing and Defrosting - According to the present invention there are provided an ultrasound system and method for glass deicing and defrosting, particularly of car's windshields. The system includes cube-shaped ultrasound transducers which generate high-intensity ultrasound waves which propagate in the windshields and heat it uniformly. Selection of the working parameters of the system is performed for specific windshields by a method including simulations.06-13-2013
20130146089Method and System for Fuzzy Constrained Sootblowing Optimization - A system and method to control of sootblowers in a fossil fueled power plant, in particular to plant applications systems using a graphical programming environment in combination with a set of rules to activate sootblowers. The system can be constrained by time limits and/or rule based time limits. Actual blower activation is typically based on the current status of key control variables in the process which alter the actual activation time within a constraints system. The system does not typically require knowledge or models of specific cleanliness relationships. The result is a system without sequences or queues that readily adapts to changing system conditions.06-13-2013
20110240059CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A cleaning apparatus includes a supply unit to supply at least an initial amount of cleaning solution to a specific portion of an object to be cleaned, an agitator to induce agitation in the cleaning solution supplied to the object, an oscillating unit to oscillate the agitator, a drive unit to move any one of the object and the agitator so as to change a clearance between the object and the agitator, a detection unit to detect impedance of the oscillator, and a control unit to control the clearance by controlling the drive unit based on the impedance.10-06-2011
20100307535CLEANING DEVICE AND CLEANING METHOD - A cleaning device (12-09-2010
20100307534CLEANING CONCENTRATE SUPPLY DEVICE, AND MILKING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREWITH - The invention provides a receptacle for receiving cleaning concentrate, the receptacle comprising a concentrate discharge and a container having an opening, wherein a block-shaped cleaning agent is disposed on the opening in a replaceable manner, a liquid supply which is arranged for a washing out action, wherein liquid is sprayed through the opening onto the cleaning agent in order to wash out the cleaning agent and to form a cleaning concentrate, wherein a valve is provided in the concentrate discharge, which valve is controlled by a control device, wherein the control device is arranged to keep the valve closed during the washing out action, and wherein the device further comprises a signal supplier which is arranged to give a first warning signal after a predetermined phase of the washing out action.12-09-2010
20120273005OPTICAL ENDPOINT DETECTION SYSTEM - Methods and apparatus for determining an endpoint of a process chamber cleaning process are provided. In some embodiments, a processing system having an endpoint detection system may include a process chamber having internal surfaces requiring periodic cleaning due to processes performed in the process chamber; and an endpoint detection system that includes a light detector positioned to detect light reflected off of a first internal surface of the process chamber; and a controller coupled to the light detector and configured to determine an endpoint of a cleaning process based upon the detected reflected light.11-01-2012
20110232685APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOVING GUM DEPOSITS, ADHESIVE SUBSTANCES, PAINT AND THE LIKE FROM SURFACES - An apparatus for removing an adhesive substance such as gum, paint, and the like from a surface is provided. The apparatus includes at least two reservoirs, one reservoir contains water so as to provide steam and another reservoir contains a cleaning agent. A common conduit is in fluid communication with the first and second reservoirs and comprising an outlet. A controller modulates the dispensing of steam and cleaning agent. Applying an effective mixture of steam and cleaning agent onto the surface area having this adhesive substance causes the removal thereof.09-29-2011
20130152968METHOD OF OPERATING A DISHWASHER WITH CLOSED LOOP CONDENSER - A dishwasher with a closed loop condenser having a moist air conduit, a dry air conduit having a portion in overlying relationship with a portion of the moist air conduit, wherein the overlying portions of the moist air conduit and the dry air conduit form a heat exchanger, and a controllable gate for selectively introducing, exhausting, or redirecting air relative to the condenser.06-20-2013
20130152969DISHWASHER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A dishwasher, in which a reservoir provided with an electrolyzer is connected to a water collector via a flow path change valve, and wash water in the reservoir is electrolyzed by the electrolyzer during non-operation of the wash water, to generate sterilizing water and to circulate the sterilizing water into the dishwasher, thereby achieving an enhancement in sterilizability of the dishwasher. A method for controlling a dishwasher makes it possible to suppress propagation of microorganisms left in the dishwasher and to remove organic substances, using a sterilizing agent or high-temperature water. It is also possible to reduce generation of offensive odor caused by decomposition of bacteria, through a reduction in the amount of bacteria in the dishwasher. Since sterilization of the dishwasher is automatically carried out, enhanced user convenience is provided.06-20-2013
20130152970AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANER FOR CLEANING A POOL WITH MINIMUM POWER CONSUMPTION AND METHOD THEREOF - An automatic pool cleaner, comprising a pump unit, a control unit and a sensor, the sensor configured to detect foreign objects in the pool. The control unit configured to activate the pump unit at a first power level which is less then full power when a foreign object is not detected by the sensor, and further configured to activate the pump unit at a second power level, which is greater than the first power level, in response to a signal from the sensor unit indicating the detection of a foreign object.06-20-2013
20110284030Vehicle Wash System With Beam System - A vehicle wash system is disclosed that has a vehicle path for movement of a vehicle. The system comprises a support frame, a first beam member mounted to the support frame and a second beam member mounted to the support frame for vertical movement relative to the support frame. The second beam member is spaced from the first beam member. The first and second beam members each have associated therewith a vehicle treatment apparatus. Each of the first beam member and second beam member are movable between (a) operational positions wherein first and second beam members extend across the vehicle path and the treatment apparatus is operable to apply a treatment to a vehicle on the vehicle path and (b) vehicle release positions wherein the beam members do not extend across the vehicle path.11-24-2011
20110290279SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - A substrate processing apparatus according to the present invention includes a process tank including a pair of opposed sidewalls, storing a chemical liquid therein and processing a plurality of substrates by the chemical liquid; a substrate holding mechanism including a holding part holding the plurality of substrates, and a back part connected to the holding part and interposed between the substrates held by the holding part and one of the pair of sidewalls when the substrate holding mechanism is loaded into the process tank. A heating device is disposed on the process tank and heats the stored chemical liquid. The heating device includes a first heating device disposed on the one sidewall, and a second heating device disposed on the other sidewall. Outputs of the first heating device and the second heating device are independently controlled.12-01-2011
20110308549SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD, AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS - In a substrate processing method according to the present invention, a substrate is first processed using a chemical liquid. Next, the substrate is rinsed by supplying a rinsing liquid thereto while the substrate is being rotated. Thereafter, the substrate is dried while the substrate is being rotated. The drying of the substrate includes reducing a rotating speed of the substrate to a first rotating speed lower than that of the substrate during the rinsing of the substrate, while supplying the rinsing liquid to a central portion of the substrate; moving, from the central portion of the substrate toward a peripheral edge portion thereof, a rinsing liquid supply position to which the rinsing liquid is supplied, after the rotating speed of the substrate has been reduced to the first rotating speed; and supplying a drying liquid to the substrate, after the rinsing liquid supply position has been moved.12-22-2011
20110308546SELF-SANITIZING AUTOMATED CONDENSATE DRAIN CLEANER AND RELATED METHOD OF USE - The invention is directed toward a system and method for sanitizing a condensate drain to reduce sludge and related pathogens. The system is directed to a sanitizing assembly having a treatment chamber connected to the condensate drain, where the treatment chamber includes a top end and a shaft. A spray assembly is positioned proximate to the top end of the treatment chamber. This spray assembly has a nozzle spray connected to a hot water source. A spray controller within the spray assembly helps disperse a sufficient quantity and pressure of hot water within the shaft to dislodge sludge, when necessary.12-22-2011
20080276967CLEANING COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING WATER SOLUBLE MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS AND METHODS OF USING THEM - The present invention relates to cleaning compositions and methods employing a water soluble magnesium compound. Such compositions can be used for reducing scale, rinsing, hard surface cleaning, ware washing, and corrosion inhibition.11-13-2008
20090266381Portable washing and disinfecting apparatus - A mobile washing and disinfecting system includes a wash chamber with an openable door, a mobile base coupled to the wash chamber, the mobile base having a recess containing all electromechanical components, a re-configurable spray arm assembly having a pivotable spray arm with a plurality of nozzles connected to a water turbine configured to pivot the spray arm in an oscillating motion for directing a spray of washing and disinfecting fluids radially away from the spray arm within a predefined arc, and a modular programmable microprocessor control supported on the removable wash housing for controlling the cleaning cycles.10-29-2009
20080283096DISINFECTION CONTROL BY TARGET PATHOGEN SELECTION - A method for operating a cleaning device or a cleaning system is proposed. In this case, the cleaning device is set up for carrying out a process for cleaning an article with a germicidal action. The method includes the following steps: information on a target germ with which the article could be contaminated is received; at least one process parameter of the cleaning process is selected according to the target germ in such a way that the target germ is killed with a high degree of probability during the cleaning process; and the cleaning process is carried out with the process parameter.11-20-2008
20120017941INTELLIGENT CONTROL OF A BOTTLE WASHER - Method of cleaning containers, in particular bottles of glass or plastics, in a cleaning module with a cleaning machine where at least one cleaning medium is allowed to act on the containers transported through the cleaning machine, and with an inspection unit, including determining at least one control parameter with respect to the degree of soiling of the cleaned bottles, detecting the degree of soiling of the cleaned bottles, evaluating the detected degree of soiling of the cleaned bottles in view of the at least one control parameter with respect to the degree of soiling, returning bottles evaluated to exhibit an excessive degree of soiling to the inlet of the cleaning machine, and automatically controlling the cleaning parameters of the cleaning machine if the number of returned bottles, based on the number of cleaned bottles, exceeds a predetermined target value or target range.01-26-2012
20120017940METHOD FOR CLEANING SKID OF SURFACE ROUGHNESS TESTER - A method for cleaning a skid of a surface roughness tester including the skid provided with a skid aperture in a vertical direction, and a stylus disposed in the skid aperture of the skid and capable of moving in the vertical direction, wherein the surface roughness tester measures surface roughness of an object by moving the skid along a surface of the object. The method includes removing a foreign substance existing in a gap between the skid aperture and the stylus after measuring the surface roughness of the object.01-26-2012
20130192644PLANT FOR WASHING TROLLEYED OBJECTS - Plant for washing trolleyed objects provided with a head wall. The plant comprises a washing chamber to wash the trolleyed objects, and an extraction device working under traction, to extract the trolleyed objects from inside the washing chamber to an unloading zone outside the washing chamber. The extraction device comprises an unloading structure defining the unloading zone, a movement mechanism assembled on an upper wall of the unloading structure, and an extraction arm assembled on the movement mechanism and provided with attachment members which cooperate from above with the head wall. The movement mechanism moves the extraction arm between a first position, in which the attachment members are inside the washing chamber and cooperate from above with the head wall, and a second position, in which the attachment members are outside the washing chamber and carry out the extraction of the trolleyed object.08-01-2013
20130192641Cleaning system for transparent tank - An automated cleaning system adapted for installation on a tank with transparent walls, with the kit comprising an outer element, an inner element which is adapted for cleaning the inner surfaces of the walls of the tank and which is magnetically coupled to the outer element, a horizontal guide rail, a horizontal drive means that moves a carriage along the guide rail, a vertical drive means fixed to the carriage that drives a shuttle that is fixed to the outer element, and a programmable motion-control system that can controllably move the inner element.08-01-2013
20130192640SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING DELETERIOUS CHEMICALS FROM A FIBER OPTIC LINE - According to one embodiment, the disclosure provides a system for removal of deleterious chemicals from a fiber optic line. The system may a fiber optic line having two ends, an outer tube, an optical fiber, and an inner volume, a fluid operable to move through the inner volume, the fluid operable to remove at least one deleterious chemical other than hydrogen from the fiber optic line, and a fluid controller connected to at least one end of the fiber optic line and operable to control movement of the fluid through the inner volume. According to another embodiment, the disclosure provides a method of removing a deleterious chemical from a fiber optic line. According to a third embodiment, the disclosure provides a method of removing a deleterious chemical from a fiber optic line by introducing a vacuum in an inner volume of a sealed fiber optic line in a static or cyclical manner.08-01-2013
20130192642DISHWASHER AND OZONE GENERATOR - A dishwasher comprising a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber in which liquid may be sprayed from at least one sprayer for the treating of dishes within the treating chamber. A liquid recirculation system may be provided for recirculating the sprayed liquid back to the at least one sprayer. An ozone generator may be provided in communication with the treating chamber to supply ozone to the treating chamber.08-01-2013
20130192643TANK SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING BUBBLES AND ILLUMINATING THE BUBBLES AS THEY FALL FROM THE TANK ONTO A PASSING VEHICLE - A tank system is described for dropping fluid onto a passing vehicle. The tank system includes a tank with a fluid supply inlet. Optionally, a soap injector is included for injecting soap into the water flow to create a fluid mix that is supplied to the tank. A lighting system is attached to the tank. The fluid mix, or any other chemical in the tank, may be heated with the heating unit. An air motor is included for providing air to an air manifold that is disposed within the tank. When air is introduced into the fluid mix, bubbles are created. As the fluid mix and bubbles fill the tank, they fall from the tank via an overflow lip, with the fluid mix and/or bubbles being illuminated by the lighting system as they fall onto a vehicle passing below.08-01-2013
20120024323Method For Determining A Pattern Use Of An Electric Toothbrush And Electric Toothbrush - A method for determining a pattern of use of an electric toothbrush is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing an electric toothbrush including a drive shaft for coupling to a brush part; an electric motor and a drive for providing a first motion of the drive shaft; measuring a characteristic parameter of the electric motor; detecting a distinctive change of the characteristic parameter; and evaluating the distinctive change.02-02-2012
20120291811Feeding Tube Cleaning Devices and Methods - A system includes a tubing set, having a pair of bladders, and a fluid drive system. When the tubing set is filled with fluid, one of the bladders is moved to generate a dynamic pressure wave in the fluid in the tubing set, while the other of the bladders is in contact with a pressure sensor which senses the pressure in the tubing set. When connected to a clogged enteric feeding tube, the system can be controlled by a control system to find the resonate frequency of the combination of the tubing set and the feeding tube, and fluid pressure waves at that frequency can be generated through the one bladder to free the clog in the feeding tube.11-22-2012
20120291810CLEANING SYSTEMS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF - A cleaning system is provided. The cleaning system includes at least one sign object and a cleaning robot. The cleaning robot detects and records a position of the sign object to generate a recorded result. The cleaning robot has a locking function. When the locking function has been activated, the cleaning robot performs a cleaning operation according to the recorded result. When the locking function has been activated and the sign object has been removed, the cleaning robot is capable of performing the cleaning operation according to the position of the sign object before it was removed.11-22-2012
20130199568COLLAPSIBLE AND TRANSPORTABLE AUTOMATED CAR WASH - A collapsible and transportable automated carwash includes a bay with a collapsible frame. The collapsible frame has a plurality of collapsible cross-members. The collapsible cross-members are on the bottom and top of the frame connecting the left side of the collapsible frame to the right side of the collapsible frame. The plurality of collapsible cross-members allows the collapsible frame to collapse and reduce the width of the carwash. Whereby, the collapsible and transportable automated carwash is transportable.08-08-2013
20130199569DETERGENT COMPOSITION COMPRISING MANGANESE-OXALATE - The present invention provides a detergent composition comprising MGDA, managanese oxalate and a bleach compound. In particular the invention provides detergent compositions that are suitable for automatic dishwashing (ADW).08-08-2013
20130199570CLEANING ROBOT SYSTEM AND ITS METHOD FOR CONTROLING - Disclosed are a cleaning robot system and its method for controlling which make it possible to reliably and quickly clean with the aid of the cleaning robot. The cleaning robot system comprises at least one external device each formed of an indicator and a virtual wall setting function, with the aid of which cleaning work can be performed by the unit of blocks about a cleaning area reference point, not leaving non-cleaned area behind. Since the access of the cleaning robot can be restricted by means of a virtual wall set by an external device, any damages of furniture due to a collision of the cleaning robot can be prevented, and the cleaning robot can be barred from escaping from the set cleaning area.08-08-2013
20120060866SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR MONITORING THE STATUS OF A DISHWASHING MACHINE - The present disclosure describes various embodiments of devices and systems for monitoring the clean/dirty status of dishes inside a dishwashing machine. In one embodiment, for example, a dishwasher status indicator can include one or more vessels for holding water to visibly indicate that a dishwashing cycle is complete. In another embodiment, the indicator can include an attachment feature or portion, such as a hook attached to the vessel. The hook can be configured to removably attach the indicator to a dishwasher frame or rack. A user can quickly determine the clean/dirty status of dishes in the dishwasher by observing whether the vessel is holding water.03-15-2012
20130092191Liquid Chemical for Forming Water Repellent Protective Film - The present invention relates to a method for cleaning wafers while preventing pattern collapse of the wafers in semiconductor device fabrication, the wafer having at its surface an uneven pattern and containing silicon element at least on surfaces of recessed portions. Provided is: a liquid chemical for forming a protective film which allows efficient cleaning; and a method for cleaning wafers, using the liquid chemical. A liquid chemical for forming a water repellent protective film is provided for forming a protective film on a wafer (having at its surface an uneven pattern and containing silicon element at least at a part of the uneven pattern), the protective film being formed at least on surfaces of recessed portions of the uneven pattern at the time of cleaning the wafer. The liquid chemical contains a dialkylsilyl compound represented by the formula [1] and does not contain an acid and a base.04-18-2013
20120085369Automated monitoring and control of cleaning in a production area - An automated process for monitoring and controlling cleaning in a production area comprises tracking or identifying an object the production area, monitoring the movement of fluid in the production area, analyzing the interaction between the object and the fluid to determine a level of cleanliness achieved, and triggering an event based on at least one member selected from the group consisting of: (i) the interaction between the object or body part and the fluid or fluid-like medium and (ii) the level of cleanliness achieved. The event comprises at least one member selected from generating a report, activating an alarm, report, activating an alarm, inactivating equipment in the production area, and blocking access to at least a portion of the production area. The system employing a combination of computer(s), computer vision system(s), RFID tag(s), mechanical and electromechanical, chemical, electrical, or photonic device(s) to conduct the tracking, identifying, monitoring, and triggering.04-12-2012
20130206177APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CLEANING IN ROBOTIC CLEANER - An operation of a robotic cleaner includes generating at least one map including information regarding a space to be cleaned by using information measured by at least one sensor. The operation also includes setting a cleaning path by using the at least one map, and cleaning according to the cleaning path.08-15-2013

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