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Material or article handling January USPTO class listing 01/08Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
Listing for abstract view: USPTO application #, Title, Abstract excerpt,Patent Agent. Listing format for list view: USPTO National Class full category number, title of the patent application. 01/31/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080025821 - Octagon transfer chamber: A method and apparatus for processing substrates in a cluster tool is disclosed. The transfer chambers of the cluster tool have eight locations to which additional chambers (i.e., load lock, buffer, and processing chambers) may attach. The transfer chamber may be formed of three separate portions. The central portion may... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, LLP
20080025823 - Load lock device, and substrate processing apparatus and substrate processing system including the same: A load lock chamber includes a chamber. A vacuum pump is connected to the bottom of the chamber through a pipe. A cooling pipe is buried in the upper part of the chamber. One and the other ends of the cooling pipe are connected with a refrigerant circulator. When the... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
20080025822 - Device and method for handling an object of interest using a directional adhesive structure: A device and method for handing an object of interest uses one or more directional adhesive structures to adhere to the object using van der Waals forces. Each of the directional adhesive structures includes hair-like features with angled contact surfaces. The directional adhesive structures are configured such that the angled... Agent: Wilson & Ham Pmb: 348
20080025824 - Wafer transfer apparatus and substrate transfer apparatus: In the wafer transfer apparatus of the present invention, in a minimum transformed state where the robot arm is transformed such that a distance defined from the pivot axis to an arm portion, which is farthest in a radial direction relative to the pivot axis, is minimum, a minimum rotation... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20080025825 - Container inspection/cargo-handling method and container inspection/cargo-handling system: In order to solve the aforesaid problem, a container inspection/cargo-handling system of the present invention includes an automated guided vehicle (AGV) 18 that travels in circulation in a quay area. Further, on a circulation travel line of the AGV 18, provided are a quay crane 16 loading/unloading a container 14... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20080025826 - Means in a reverse vending machine (rvm) for receiving, handling, sorting and storing returnable items or objects: The invention relates to means in a reverse vending machine (RVM) for receiving, handling, sorting and storing returnable items or objects. The RVM includes an item supporting, rotating, sorting and conveyor unit, an upright storage chamber for such items, a safety apparatus to avoid operational hazards, a camera aided detection... Agent: Rodman Rodman
20080025827 - Basket apparatus for mounting wheel to vehicle: A basket apparatus for mounting a wheel to a vehicle comprises a base frame; an upper frame positioned above the base frame; lifting means vertically installed between the base frame and the upper frame to raise and lower the upper frame with respect to the base frame in a vertical... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (sf)
20080025828 - Vehicle-mounted cargo lift: A vehicle-mounted cargo lift including a frame and carry arms suitable for carrying a scooter, a personal transportation device, or other cargo. The frame includes a power inverter/converter, which provides power to a motorized worm drive, which raises and lowers the carry arms. Wheel chocks on the carry arms hold... Agent: Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.c.
20080025829 - Highway vehicle for handicapped drivers in mobility: A highway motor vehicle is equipped to be driven by a handicapped person in a mobility chair. The preferred embodiment permits rear passenger seating commonly found in automobiles and includes a rear stowage compartment for purchased items. The vehicle has a powered hatch and ramp. This hatch and ramp permit... Agent: Louis Ventre, Jr
20080025830 - Mounting device for an implement: An implement for a machine is provided. The machine has at least one lift arm and a front end having a step. The implement has a frame removably mounted to the at least one lift arm. The lift arm also has at least one hook assembly mounted to the frame... Agent: Caterpillar Inc. Intellectual Property Dept.
20080025831 - Load positioning apparatus: A load positioning apparatus includes a movable table that is urged and held at a forward limit position by a movable-table urging element, a load-supporting roller that allows the load to laterally move on a horizontal surface, and a load-positioning roller that is supported on the movable table and adjoins... Agent: Schweitzer Cornman Gross & Bondell LLP
20080025832 - Compact palletizer: A compact palletizer combines a plate apron and an apron conveyor as a layer build area positionable both vertically and horizontally to implement receipt and organization of items as layers and to stack item layers on a pallet. A puller bar serves to pull item rows into layers in a... Agent: Peter A. Haas, Esquire
20080025833 - Method and apparatus for container storage and container retrieval: Apparatus for use in a storage and retrieval system for product held in containers is provided. The apparatus includes multiple, parallel spaced-apart support members (41) defining a plurality of rows (20), each adapted to support a base of a plurality of containers thereby forming a container store. One or more... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC
20080025834 - Unit for preparing groups of products in layers for palletizing: A unit for preparing groups (1) of products in layers (S) for palletizing comprises: a motor-driven element (4) for controlled pick up and release of the groups (1) of products from the first surface (3) to a second surface (5), positioned by the side of the first surface (3), for... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP
20080025835 - Bernoulli wand: A Bernoulli wand for transporting thin (e.g., 200 mm) semiconductor wafers between a rack and a hot process chamber. The wand has a head portion that is configured to cover the entire wafer. The head has a plurality of gas outlets configured to produce a flow of gas along an... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear LLP01/24/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080019803 - Robotic hand with palm section comprising several parts able to move relative to each other: An improved robotic hand in which the palm section enables it to be capable of a wide range of movement with the ability to have good precision and control. The palm section consists of a plurality of parts which are able to move or flex relative to each other. Preferably,... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
20080019804 - Container opening-closing apparatus and container-placement-position adjustment method for the same: A container opening-closing apparatus 1 includes at least a dock plate 31 for supporting and positioning a container 10 capable of accommodating a plurality of semiconductor wafers 14; a dock-moving mechanism 30 for moving the dock plate 31 between a container transfer position and a work position where a container... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC
20080019805 - Method of transporting and heat treating coils of hot rolled products in a rolling mill: A transport path is defined by a plurality of consecutively arranged separately driven conveyor sections. A plurality of heat treating stations are spaced one from the other along the transport path. Coils are conveyed along the transport path through one or more of the heat treating stations. The speed at... Agent: Gauthier & Connors, LLP
20080019807 - Dust resistant load port apparatus and mini-environment system: In a load port apparatus, a slit is formed between an inner circumferential surface of an opening on a wall of the chamber of the apparatus and an outer circumferential surface of a door. In a predetermined section of the slit, the slit width at the chamber side opening of... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20080019806 - Small footprint modular processing system: A method and apparatus for a modular processing system is described. The apparatus includes a transfer chamber as the foundation for the system and includes sidewalls adapted to receive at least three 200 mm and/or 300 mm process chambers. The transfer chamber includes a robot capable of withstanding high temperatures... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, LLP
20080019808 - Apparatus and method for transferring substrate: Provided are an apparatus and method for transferring substrates. The substrate transferring apparatus is provided with a plurality of blades capable of withdrawing wafers from inside a container. Withdrawing members are elevated within coupling holes formed in the blades, and wafers are withdrawn by elevating and protruding the withdrawing members... Agent: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P. A.
20080019809 - Substrate treatment apparatus: The present invention provides a substrate treatment apparatus which sets substrate loading intervals to treatment chambers to a fixed value and prevents the occurrence of stagnancy of substrates in the treatment chambers. The substrate treatment apparatus includes a substrate conveyance chamber 5 which has a substrate conveyance device 11, a... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.
20080019810 - Overhead transfer flange and support for suspending a substrate carrier: In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided for use in supporting a substrate carrier. The first apparatus includes an overhead transfer flange adapted to couple to a substrate carrier body and an overhead carrier support. The overhead transfer flange has a first side and a second side opposite... Agent: Dugan & Dugan, PC
20080019811 - Method and apparatus for vertical wafer transport, buffer and storage: A substrate support and transport system for substrates to be processed is provided. The system includes a container supporting a plurality of substrates in a substantially vertical orientation, where the container has an access door surrounded by a flange defined on a top surface. The system includes a conveying system... Agent: Martine Penilla & Gencarella, LLP
20080019812 - Cab-over loading frame: A cab-over loading frame for use with a transport vehicle in loading, transporting and unloading auxiliary vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and personal watercraft.... Agent: Suzannah K. Sundby Smith, Gambrell & Russel, LLP
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20080019814 - Trailer for off-road towing of vehicles: A tiltable trailer for off-road carrying of off-road vehicles, comprising a rectangular frame having a triangular shaped front end, a rear end, left and right sides, and at least one cross support member; a bed supported by the frame and capable of supporting a vehicle; an elongated tongue structure extending... Agent: Powell Goldstein LLP
20080019815 - System for monitoring load and angle for mobile lift device: A mobile lift device having a load moving device capable of engaging a load is provided. The mobile lift device includes one or more systems for stabilizing the mobile lift device during operation of the load moving device. According to one exemplary embodiment, the mobile lift device is a heavy... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20080019816 - Drive source and transportation robot: The invention includes a base member attached to a casing. The inside of the casing can be a vacuum atmosphere. A partition wall is provided on the base member, the base member separating an air atmosphere and the vacuum atmosphere. A rotating member (a rotating portion of a driving source)... Agent: Kratz, Quintos & Hanson, LLP
20080019817 - Alignment apparatus: An alignment apparatus includes two translational freedom degree guide portion (13), one rotational freedom degree guide portion (12), a translational drive/translational/rotational freedom degree mechanism module (6) including a linear motor provided at one of the translational freedom degree guide portion (13), a machine base portion (7), a reference generator portion... Agent: Sughrue-265550
20080019818 - Stacking apparatus for comestible portions on carrier sheets and method for stacking: An apparatus and method for uniformly and rapidly stacking one or more comestible portions provided on carrier sheets is described. Such carrier sheets are often used as a separator sheet after stacking. In the apparatus of the invention, linear slide platform fingers intermesh with an o-ring acceleration conveyor. The comestible... Agent: Laurence A. Weinberger
20080019819 - Palletizer apparatus and method: A palletizer for quickly and efficiently stacking a plurality of articles on a pallet by forming a stack of articles from the bottom of the stack. The palletizer comprises an article receiving section that forms articles into rows and moves the rows onto a platform, moveably disposed in a stack... Agent: Richard A. Ryan Attorney At Law01/17/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080014051 - Remote manipulation arm in two portions: A remote manipulation arm comprises a master arm (5) mechanically separated from the slave arm (1), the link being re-established by an interface system (6) comprising a control portion (7) and a mechanical portion (8) for driving the slave arm. According to the invention, the mechanical portion (8) comprises a... Agent: Anderson, Kill & Olick, P.C.
20080014052 - System and method for transporting an object in multiple directions: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system operable to transport an object, comprises a frame, a frame transport system, a securing system, an object lift system and a sideways drive system. The frame transport system moves the frame in a plurality of directions comprising a first direction.... Agent: Baker Botts LLP
20080014053 - Device of securing an object: A device (1) for locking an object (16) to a transportation vehicle (51) comprising a receiver (12) securable to the transportation vehicle for receiving a portion (14) of the object, a plate (30) deflectable by the portion of the object to enable release of a locking pin (38), the locking... Agent: Quine Intellectual Property Law Group, P.C.
20080014054 - Rotary-type electric flat trolley for container transportation: The present invention discloses a rotary-type electric flat trolley for container transportation comprising a base frame; a set of wheels provided on both sides of the base frame; wheel driving means provided on each set of wheels for driving the set of wheels; a rotary platform mounted on the base... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department
20080014055 - Bypass thermal adjuster for vacuum semiconductor processing: A bypass thermal adjuster, which may be placed between two robots, provides a chamber for isolation and thermal control of wafers while permitting other wafers to be passed through the adjuster by the robots.... Agent: Strategic Patents P.C..
20080014056 - Sample introduction and transfer system and method: A method and system that provides a processing chamber associated with a load lock chamber. A sample receiving stage coupled to a sample positioning apparatus is configured to move between an introduction position and a processing analysis position within the process chamber. The sample receiving stage is used to result... Agent: Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, P.A.
20080014057 - Loading and unloading apparatus for a coating device: A device for loading at least one substrate into a process chamber of a coating unit and unloading the at least one substrate therefrom by means of a gripper of a handling machine. The device includes a loading plate which can be gripped by the gripper and embodies a storage... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC
20080014058 - Scheduling method for processing equipment: Methods and apparatus for processing substrates using a multi-chamber processing system (e.g., a cluster tool) that has an increased system throughput and repeatable wafer processing history are provided. In one embodiment a first substrate is transferred from a first position to a second position and then the first substrate is... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, LLP
20080014059 - Vehicle storage system: A vehicle stacking apparatus includes a plurality of vehicle parking bays, and at least one traveling vehicle lifter. The vehicle parking bay includes conveying elements, upon which a vehicle can rest, and is capable of moving a vehicle forwardly or rearwardly. The traveling vehicle lifter is able to travel both... Agent: Young & Thompson
20080014061 - Overhead traveling vehicle system and transportation method using the same: Travel rails are provided in upper and lower layers. Buffers accessible by an overhead traveling vehicle from the travel rail in the upper layer and a buffer accessible by the overhead traveling vehicle from the travel rail in the lower layer are provided. Further, an elevation path connecting the travel... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP
20080014060 - Picking station: A picking station for picking articles out of storage containers by a picking person, the picking station being connected to a conveying system which has a conveying track leading through a working area of the picking person, at least for the inward transport of storage containers, wherein the conveying track... Agent: Dechert LLP
20080014062 - Tray discharge device: The present invention provided a tray discharge apparatus which is capable to automatically discharge and store trays with medicine contained in the cart and align the carts. The apparatus comprises: a cart standby portion 13 for putting a cart 8 transported from a cart supply line 48 on standby; a... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.
20080014063 - Device for transporting a material strand: A device for transporting a material strand, in particular a sticky plastic material strand. The device includes a transport unit for transporting the material strand and a discharge unit for discharging a separating powder. The discharge unit is arranged to apply the separating powder directly onto an underside of the... Agent: Posz Law Group, PLC
20080014064 - Bottled water dispenser: Embodiments of an improved bottled water dispenser are loadable from beneath, and may include a movable cart which is used to position the water bottle in the bottled water dispenser. The movable cart may be angled to facilitate removal of water from the bottle, and may include a retaining feature... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080014065 - Lifting and carrying cradle: A cradle for use with a motorized vehicle for lifting and carrying a load. The cradle includes a mounting member that is secured to back end of a motorized vehicle; a platform on which the load is to be carried and inner and outer mounting rods that connect the mounting... Agent: Sand & Sebolt
20080014066 - A system and method for moving material past an obstacle: A method and system are disclosed for moving material past an obstacle and/or for moving materials in areas of limited space. A user can move so that the area and space required to move an object is reduced. A user can utilize the system and method to load an object... Agent: Andrew Vicknair Lloyd N. Shields
20080014067 - Cargo carrier: A cargo carrier includes at least one rail and a sled. The sled slidably engages the rail. One end of rail has a downward sloping portion. When the sled slides along the rail the sled will tilt when the rollers engages the sloping portion of the rail. While in the... Agent: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
20080014068 - Apparatus for transporting multiple atvs in a vehicle: An apparatus for transporting multiple off-highway vehicles in a bed of a pickup truck. The apparatus includes a pair of front uprights and a pair of rear uprights. A platform is pivotally attached to the front uprights and slidingly attached to the rear uprights. A cable is provided for pivotally... Agent: Polster, Lieder, Woodruff & Lucchesi
20080014069 - Wheelchair lifting bay: A wheelchair lifting bay comprising base means, a lifting platform, lifting means and pivot means, in which the lifting platform is connected to the base means by the pivot means, in which the lifting platform comprises a bottom wall and a back wall, in which the pivot means is disposed... Agent: Levy & Grandinetti
20080014070 - Construction machine: On the laterally opposite side of an upper frame constructing an upper rotating body to a cabin, are installed devices in a state that a pin insertion and removal space sufficient for inserting and removing a boom foot pin in the axial direction is ensured, and in a bracket provided... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20080014072 - Configuration for accommodating, transferring and/or transporting at least one functional part of a technical device: A configuration for accommodating and transferring and/or transporting at least one functional part, in particular a tool of a technical device such as a device for automatically sealing containers, has at least one chassis, which supports the functional part accommodating device. There is at least one stop element for the... Agent: Larry Liberchuk LLC
20080014071 - Safety interlock system for mechanical manipulators: A safety interlock system including a rotatable lever operably connected to a lift component and to a load supporting component of a mechanical manipulator, where the rotatable lever is biased in a first rotational direction, and is configured to rotate in an opposite rotational direction in response to a lifting... Agent: Kinney & Lange, P.A.
20080014073 - Robotic die sorter with optical inspection system: A robotic die sorter having pick and place arm assemblies and a mutli-camera optical inspection system is disclosed. A pick arm of the pick arm assembly picks a die from a semiconductor wafer, and a place arm of the place arm assembly receives the die from the pick arm and... Agent: Mccarter & English, LLP
20080014074 - Off-the-bottom depalletizer apparatus and method: A depalletizer for removing articles stacked on a pallet that removes the pallet from the below the stack of articles and then removes layers of the stack from the bottom. The depalletizer comprises a receiving section that transfers the loaded pallet to a support structure in a load separating section.... Agent: Richard A. Ryan Attorney At Law
20080014075 - Vacuum gripping system for positioning large thin substrates on a support table: A method of manipulating a substrate comprising gripping a lower surface of the substrate with a master vacuum gripper mounted on a first motorized stage. The master vacuum gripper is adapted to rotate about a Z-axis. The method also includes gripping the lower surface of the substrate with a slave... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP01/10/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing
20080008561 - Self-adjusting drywall crane: A device for positioning drywall at any angle to a 12 ft height. Comprised of a cradle (7) on which drywall is loaded, the cradle (7) floats and rotates, utilizing the self-adjusting head. The cradle is pinned to a boom (5). The boom (5) is pinned to the boom assembly... Agent: Carl Obid Hontz Jr
20080008562 - Method of transporting and storing an oilfield proppant: A method of transporting and storing an oilfield proppant is provided that includes transporting the proppant to a storage facility by use of a dump truck; providing a load assembly at the storage facility which comprises a load hopper and a load conveyor; transferring the proppant from the dump truck... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation David Cate
20080008563 - Device for distributing material into an enclosure: To distribute charging material evenly in an enclosure such as a furnace or reactor to ensure its best operation, a charging material distribution inside the enclosure 30 of the furnace is used. It has a movable charging device 4 in the form of a spout through which the charging material... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
20080008564 - Variable lot size load port: A variable lot size load port assembly is described having a tool interface, a port door, a latch key, an advance plate, and an elevator. The tool interface extends generally in a vertical dimension and has an aperture. The port door has a closed position wherein the port door at... Agent: Martine Penilla & Gencarella, LLP
20080008565 - Handling device and handling method for wafers: The invention relates to a handling device and to a handling method for wafers, in particular for wafers with a thickness of less than 100 μm. According to the invention it is provided that an adhesive membrane is arranged so as to delimit at least one workspace, the volume of... Agent: Kusner & Jaffe Highland Place Suite 310
20080008566 - Vertical heat processing apparatus and method for using the same: A vertical heat processing apparatus for performing a heat process on a plurality of target substrates all together includes a vertical process container configured to accommodate the target substrates and having a transfer port at a bottom; a holder configured to support the target substrates at intervals in a vertical... Agent: Smith, Gambrell & Russell Suite 800
20080008567 - Workpiece conveying apparatus of machine tool: A workpiece conveying apparatus of a machine tool, capable of covering a workpiece moving mechanism based on a simple structure and thereby preventing the entire machine from increasing in size is provided. A frame member 8 is formed by a pipe body extending from a workpiece machining position A to... Agent: Smith Patent Office
20080008568 - Automated stocking and retrieval system: The invention provides a solution for automatically stocking, storing, dispensing, retrieving and sorting individual parts or products of a variety of types and sizes and weights for order fulfillment. The invention includes a series of vertical and horizontal carousels that converge to exchange products gently without dumping. Multiple products and/orders... Agent: Troutman Sanders LLP
20080008569 - Substrate transfer apparatus and substrate processing system using the same: A substrate transfer apparatus includes first and second blades configured for supporting a substrate at different heights, respectively; an arm part connected to the first and second blades to move the first and second blades; and a drive unit configured for driving the first and second blades and the arm... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080008570 - Bridge loadport and method: A bridge loadport is described comprising a tool interface, an advance plate assembly, a port plate, and a port door. The tool interface extends vertically and is configured to substantially cover one end of a process tool. The advance plate assembly is supported on the front side of the tool... Agent: Martine Penilla & Gencarella, LLP
20080008571 - Wheel lift lock: A wheel lift lock device devoid of the usual straps and ratchet buckles. The device includes a combination of hollow sleeves and hollow tubes. The tubes are adjustably positioned in the sleeves. Locking plungers function to secure the hollow tubes in a desired adjusted position. One of the hollow sleeves... Agent: Litman Law Offices, Ltd.
20080008572 - Tailgate lift-and-secure cable and latch assembly: A lift and secure latch assembly for a vehicle tailgate includes a pair of cables capable of applying upward force to the tailgate and a tensioning mechanism positioned within the tailgate and connected to the support members to apply tension thereto. One of the cables extends from a first lateral... Agent: Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP Attn: Intellectual Property Department
20080008573 - Automated build-by-layer rainbow pallet system: An automated build-by-layer rainbow pallet system comprises a layer build track and a layer build cart that carries a layer build robot and has a number of positions for building rainbow pallets, for storing emptied supply pallets, and for storing empty half-pallets. On the rail-sides are dozens or hundreds of... Agent: Robert Charles HillPrevious industry: Sheet metal container making
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