Patent Number: 6,250,852

Title: Spherical object supplying apparatus

Abstract: A spherical object supplying apparatus is to positively and smoothly supply, when spherical objects such as spherical single crystal silicons are supplied from a storing container such as a hopper to the following processing or manufacturing station (or apparatus), the spherical objects one at a time. The apparatus comprises: a supplying pipe path coupled to a spherical object storing container; a branch pipe which branches from the supplying pipe path; and a fluid supplying apparatus adapted to introduce pressurized fluid into the branch pipe path. The spherical objects are accelerated by the pressurized fluid which is jetted through the branch pipe path into the supplying pipe path.

Inventors: Kai; Shuho (Fukuoka, JP)

Assignee: Mitsui High-Tec, Inc.

International Classification: B65G 47/14 (20060101); B65G 51/00 (20060101); B65G 51/02 (20060101); H01L 21/67 (20060101); H01L 21/677 (20060101); B65G 053/38 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018