Patents by Inventor Amber N. Dudley

Patent number: 6820821
Abstract: The invention is an automated sprayer for spraying the walls of a bath and shower enclosure with a cleanser. The sprayer has a housing that can be mounted inside the shower enclosure and that defines a tray in which an inverted bottle of cleanser is stored. The bottom of the tray has a tube extending downwardly along a longitudinal axis through which the cleanser can pass. A motorized head disposed beneath the tube can be rotated about the axis for metering cleanser from the bottle and spraying cleanser outward. The sprayer includes timer circuitry that delays commencement of a spray for a set time and automatically stops spraying after a predetermined period. The sprayer also includes a system for signaling the beginning of a spray cycle including audio and visual alarms. An automated method of cleaning the shower enclosure is also disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 16, 2001
Issued: November 23, 2004
Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Inventors: Brian K. Linstedt, Keith H. Gausmann, Cathal L. Fahy, Luke C. Stonis, Dale Aberegg, Amber N. Dudley, Peter M. Neumann, Douglas Elsie, Daniel K. Childs, Clifford Krapfl, Howard R. Dittmer, Craig F. Shiesley, Terry M. Kovara, Michael C. Fryan, Padma P. Varanasi, Steven A. Zach, Martin Rathgeber
Application number: 20020148908
Abstract: The invention is an automated sprayer for spraying the walls of a bath and shower enclosure with a cleanser. The sprayer has a housing that can be mounted inside the shower enclosure and that defines a tray in which an inverted bottle of cleanser is stored. The bottom of the tray has a tube extending downwardly along a longitudinal axis through which the cleanser can pass. A motorized head disposed beneath the tube can be rotated about the axis for metering cleanser from the bottle and spraying cleanser outward. The sprayer includes timer circuitry that delays commencement of a spray for a set time and automatically stops spraying after a predetermined period. The sprayer also includes a system for signaling the beginning of a spray cycle including audio and visual alarms. An automated method of cleaning the shower enclosure is also disclosed.
Type: Application
Filed: November 16, 2001
Issued: October 17, 2002
Inventors: Brian K. Linstedt, Keith H. Gausmann, Cathal L. Fahy, Luke C. Stonis, Dale Aberegg, Amber N. Dudley, Peter M. Neumann, Douglas R. Elsie, Daniel K. Childs, Clifford Krapfl, Howard R. Dittmer, Craig F. Shiesley, Terry M. Kovara, Michael C. Fryan, Padma P. Varanasi, Steven A. Zach, Martin Rathgeber
Patent number: 6089086
Abstract: A float-type liquid level gauge is provided for measuring the level of a liquid such as LPG within a horizontally oriented cylindrical tank (228). The gauge includes a movable pivot arm (212) supporting a float arm assembly (225) and coupled by gears (207, 214) to a magnet shaft (206, 208) and magnet (210) mounted in a rigid support arm (204) through a sideways-securing shaft channel(209). The support arm is connected to the lower side of a gauge head (202) and the magnet extends into a passage (52) in the gauge head so as to be magnetically coupled to a level indicating dial (226) provided on the upper side of the gauge head. The lower portion (302) of the support arm is angled and offset with respect to a longitudinal axis (265) such that a high ratio can be obtained between the gears while still permitting the components of the gauge to pass through the opening of a standard pressure fitting (234).
Type: Grant
Filed: July 2, 1998
Issued: July 18, 2000
Assignee: Rochester Gauges, Inc.
Inventors: Danny E. Swindler, Amber N. Dudley, Herbert G. Ross, Jr.
Patent number: 6041650
Abstract: A float-type liquid level gauge is provided for measuring the level within a tank of liquids such as liquified petroleum gases. The liquid level gauge includes a movable float arm (30) coupled by gears (46, 48) to a magnet shaft (26) and magnet (28) mounted in a rigid support arm (24) through a side-accessible shaft passage (110). The support arm is connected to the lower side of a gauge head (22) and the magnet extends into a passage (52) in the gauge head so as to be magnetically coupled to a level indicating dial (34) provided on the upper side of the gauge head.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 26, 1997
Issued: March 28, 2000
Assignee: Rochester Gauges, Inc.
Inventors: Danny E. Swindler, Amber N. Dudley, Herbert G. Ross, Jr.