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1. (WO1980000073) NACELLE DE DIFFUSION ET PREHENSION
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A tool for gripping an elongated transport device having a concave surface extending from end to end and grooved repeatedly to support peripherally each of a plurality of
disc-like semiconductor elements, each end of the device having a pair of spaced apart notches aligned linearly perpendicular to a radial bisector of said surface, the tool comprising a pair of spaced apart parallel extending arm members operably interconnected to be movable back and forth toward and away from each other, a pair of oppositely extending and linearly aligned
finger sections carried by each of said arm members, each of said finger sections being adapted to be inserted into one of the notches, and means for moving the arm members laterally
toward each other thereby to insert said fingers simultaneously into the notches to grip the transport device.

2. The tool of claim 1 comprising an inverted substantially T-shaped element depending from adjacent the distal end of each of said arms and having a header portion, said
fingers being connected to opposite ends of said header portion.

3. The tool of claim 1 in which each of said arm members is connected to one of a pair of carriage shafts concentrically arranged to slide relatively back and forth relative to each other in a direction perpendicular to the arm members.

4. The tool of claim 3 in which said moving means comprises a pair of pivotally interconnected hand grips and
means interconnecting the grips and said shafts for translating pivotal movement of the grips into relative sliding movement of said shafts thereby to induce said arm members to be moved toward and away from each other upon pivotal movement of the hand grips.

5. The tool of claim 2 in which said header portion comprises a pair of spaced apart shoulder portions adapted

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6. The tool of claim 5 in which each of said shoulder portions is covered with a layer of teflon for engagement with the silicon boat.

7. The tool of claim 6 in which each of said shoulder portions comprises a disc-like element rotatably mounted on said header portion.

8. The tool of claim 1 in which said fingers are rotatably mounted to roll into the notches on the transport device.

9. The tool of claim 8 in which said fingers comprise a fixed shaft surrounded by a rotatably mounted sleeve of teflon.

10. A transport device for use in heat processing of a plurality of disc-like semiconductor elements, said device having a concave surface extending from end to end and provided with a plurality of adjacent grooves laterally traversing the transport in one direction to support each of the semiconductor elements peripherally in generally vertical side by side relationship to each other, the improvement comprising a plurality of notches formed in opposite end portions of the transport, each end having a spaced apart pair of said notches linearly aligned perpendicular to a radial bisector of the concave surface, portions of each end of the transport forming one side of each of said notches being offset inwardly relative to the remainder of the end between the notches to define an abutment surface between the notches for aligning the transport end to end relative to other adjacent transports during heat processin of the semiconductor elements.

11. The device of claim 10 in which the transport is provided with four of said notches.

12. The device of claim 10 in which each of said notches extends inwardly relative to the transport in a direction generally perpendicular to said one direction.

13. The device of claim 10 in which the transport is constructed of polycrystalline silicon material.

14. The device of claim 10 in which the transport has a longitudinally extending flat surface opposite the concave surface defining a plane generally perpendicular to said radial bisector of the concave surface.

15. A tool for gripping a transport device as defined in claim 10 comprising a pair of spaced apart parallel extending arm members operably interconnected so as to be movable back and forth toward and away from each other, the improvement comprising an inverted substantially T-shaped element depending from each of the arm members and having a header portion parallel to the arm members and including a pair of linearly aligned and oppositely extending fingers each of which is adapted to be inserted into one of the notches of the transport, and means for moving the arm members laterally toward each other to insert said fingers simultaneously into said notches to grip the transport.

16. The transport device of claim 10 in which all of said notches are coplanar in a plane perpendicular to said radial bisector of the concave surface.