Patents Assigned to Bissell, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11992175
    Abstract: An autonomous vacuum cleaner includes an autonomously moveable housing carrying a vacuum collection system for generating a working air flow for removing dirt from the surface to be cleaned and storing the dirt in a collection space. Distance sensors for position sensing are mounted to the housing. The distance sensors can be staggered and/or positioned on one or more sides or above a brush chamber for a brushroll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Scholten, Jake Andrew Mohan, Andrew James Brouwers, Eric Daniel Buehler, James Joseph Minnema, Jr., Derek Everett Smith, David VanKampen
  • Patent number: 11992165
    Abstract: Self-cleaning features for extraction cleaners and attachments for extraction cleaners, such as accessory tools, wands, and/or hoses, are provided. The self-cleaning features are configured redirect cleaning fluid from a fluid supply system of the extraction cleaner into a working air or fluid recovery path of the extraction cleaner, including, but not limited to into the working air or fluid recovery path of a tool, wand, and/or hose of the extraction cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria J. Royale, Aaron P. Griffith, David M. Miller, Michael Luyckx, Brian C. Wolfe, Justin Benacquisto
  • Patent number: 11986136
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a surface cleaning apparatus that includes a fluid delivery system for mopping a floor surface after sweeping debris from the floor surface. The surface cleaning apparatus can have a brushroll, a collection bin that receives dirt and liquid swept by the brushroll, and a cleanout member configured to empty the collection bin and mechanically remove dirt and liquid accumulated on one or more internal surfaces of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Pruiett, Jacob Resch, James Theodore Hotary, Guoshun Wang
  • Patent number: 11986139
    Abstract: An extraction cleaner includes a steam delivery system, a liquid delivery system, and a recovery system, and includes multiple cleaning modes, including a first cleaning mode in which components of the steam delivery system, liquid delivery system, and recovery system are active, a second cleaning mode in which components of the delivery system and recovery system are active, and a third cleaning mode in which components of the steam delivery system are active. Methods for operating an extraction cleaner are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell J. DeJonge, Ryan J. Alt, Steve M. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20240148214
    Abstract: An accessory tool assembly adapted to couple with a hose of an extraction cleaner including a suction source includes a tool head and at least one fluid distributor for supplying and directing a cleaning fluid therethrough. The tool head includes a front end and a rear end opposed to the front end, wherein a longitudinal direction extends through the front and rear ends and a transverse direction extends perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The tool head includes a working surface on an underside of the front end that defines a working surface edge. A plurality of agitators extend from the working surface adjacent to at least a portion of the working surface edge and define a first interior area therewithin. An extraction nozzle is positioned in the first interior area and defines at least a portion of a suction air inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2023
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Fordahl, Tom Minh Nguyen, Michael Remi Bernhard
  • Patent number: 11969137
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a housing having a suction nozzle opening, a source of suction in fluid communication with the suction nozzle opening for generating a working air stream through the housing, and a multiply-adjustable debris collecting blade coupled along the rear of the suction nozzle opening for collecting debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Kasper
  • Publication number: 20240130598
    Abstract: An accessory tool for an extraction cleaner having an accessory hose, a fluid delivery system, and a fluid recovery system includes a lens, a tool body, a spray tip, and a cleanout assembly. The tool body is connectable to the fluid delivery system and the fluid recovery system via the accessory hose. The lens couples to the tool body to form a suction nozzle volume therebetween. The tool body defines a fluid channel opposite the lens. The spray tip dispenses a cleaning fluid from the fluid delivery system onto a surface during a spray cycle of the extraction cleaner. The cleanout assembly selectively diverts the cleaning fluid from the spray tip and into the suction nozzle volume via the fluid channel during a clean out cycle of the extraction cleaner to thereby clean the lens and the accessory hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2023
    Publication date: April 25, 2024
    Applicant: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Stuive
  • Patent number: 11963657
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus includes a controller coupled to a sensor or a set of sensors that collects and transmits data to a remote computing device. The surface cleaning apparatus can use wireless or networking technology with a protocol for wireless communication with the remote computing device. The remote computing device is configured to identify an event at the surface cleaning apparatus and/or a change in the cycle of operation of the surface cleaning apparatus based on the transmitted data. Sensor data can be transmitted from the remote computing device to a different surface cleaning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Jason W. Pruiett
  • Patent number: 11963609
    Abstract: A floor cleaner can include a housing adapted for movement over a surface to be cleaned and at least one edge cleaning brush provided on the housing. The edge cleaning brush includes multiple cleaning implements which rotate on different axes. A gear system, such as a planetary gear system, can drive one cleaning implement at a lower speed than another cleaning implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Todd R. VanTongeren
  • Patent number: 11966222
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaner includes multiple occupiable space sensors for position and/or proximity sensing. Data from the occupiable space sensors can be used determine areas of occupiable space in proximity to the autonomous floor cleaner. Methods for exiting a trapped condition, obstacle avoidance, and path planning are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: David VanKampen, Sherman Rolf Couch, Jared Thomas
  • Patent number: 11950747
    Abstract: An extraction cleaner having a cleanout tool for use with a surface cleaning apparatus such as an extraction cleaner or vacuum cleaner includes a nozzle cleaning implement and a brush cleaning implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Miller, Karyn Lee Sagorski, Daniel Browne
  • Publication number: 20240099531
    Abstract: An autonomous surface cleaner for cleaning a floor or other surface. The cleaner may include a body, a cleaning implement for cleaning a surface, a motorized drive system, a pair of wheels operable with the motorized drive system to assist moving the body relative to the surface, one or more actuators operable for controllably adjusting a height of the body, and/or a balancing system operable to self-balance the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Todd R. VanTongeren
  • Patent number: 11930975
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus includes a housing including an upright handle assembly and a base mounted to the upright handle assembly. The surface cleaning apparatus is further provided with a brushroll and a fluid delivery system comprising a fluid supply chamber and a fluid dispenser configured to dispense fluid to the brushroll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Jincheng Xia, Jianjun Ge, Zhenjiang Yin, Xin Chen, Yongsheng Liang, Kam Hoi Ma
  • Patent number: 11930974
    Abstract: A handheld extraction cleaner includes a unitary body provided with a carry handle, and further provided with a supply tank, a recovery tank, and a suction source, all of which are carried on the unitary body. The various components of the extraction cleaner can be arranged for a balanced weight in hand. The supply tank can be integrated with a fluid distributor in a removable, modular unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Colin J. Bloemendaal, Kin-leung Tam, Wei-min Yi
  • Patent number: 11925306
    Abstract: A docking station for charging an autonomous floor cleaner includes a transmitter that can transmit a signal for detection by the robot. The docking station can include an opaque shroud for the transmitter and/or spring-loaded charging contacts. The autonomous floor cleaner can comprise a passive receiver that detects signals emitted from the docking station and a time-of-flight sensor for position/proximity sensing. The robot can selectively turn off the time-of-flight sensor when docking with or avoiding the docking station. Methods for docking, re-docking, low power charging, docking station avoidance, obstacle response during docking, and close-proximity docking are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew James Brouwers, David VanKampen, Jeffery Swan, Patryk D. Akhurst, Jared Thomas
  • Patent number: 11910992
    Abstract: A handheld vacuum cleaner is provided with a hand-carriable body housing the components of a vacuum collection system, which can include a working air path through the body from an air inlet to an air outlet. An air deflector is positioned in opposition to the air inlet and directs a working airstream from the air inlet downwardly within a debris removal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Krebs, Thomas K. Ankney
  • Patent number: D1019029
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Kaiyao Zhou, Matthew Haverkamp
  • Patent number: D1023268
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Everett Smith
  • Patent number: D1024470
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Wrobleski
  • Patent number: D1025521
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Derek E. Smith