Patents Assigned to Hayward Industries, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20240229490
    Abstract: Systems and methods for smart valve control of pool and spa components and operations are provided. A smart valve system is provided which includes a multiplexed communications link between the smart valve system and a pool/spa control system which allows for a plurality of relays of the pool/spa control system to control a plurality of valves of the smart valve system using a single data communications cable connected between the smart valve system and the pool/spa control system. The smart valve system allows for calibration and control of a pumping system, such as a variable speed pumping system. The smart valve system optimizes operation and heat transfer of a solar heater in fluid communication with the smart valve system. The smart valve system allows for control and optimization of a pool cleaner in fluid communication with the smart valve system. The smart valve system allows for control and optimization of a gas heater in fluid communication with the smart valve system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2023
    Publication date: July 11, 2024
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Doyle, William Weiss, Troy Renken
  • Patent number: 12018510
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a steering system for a suction cleaning device, a locomotion system for a pool cleaner, and a turbine for use in an automatic cleaner. The steering system includes a fluid driven turbine that rotates a cam gear that is interconnected with a cam wheel for directing a drive pinion. The drive pinion is positionable in a plurality of positions to drive a nose cone that steers the suction cleaning device. The locomotion system includes first and second A-frame arms that respectively engage first and second bearings about first and second eccentrics of a turbine. Rotation of the turbine causes the first and second A-frame arms to rotate back and forth driving associated walking pod assemblies. The turbine includes a turbine rotor and a plurality of vanes connected to the turbine rotor. The plurality of vanes including lateral edges having lateral open regions to facilitate debris-removing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dieter J. Rief, Hans Rainer Schlitzer, Manuela Rief, Rosemarie Rief, Benoit Joseph Renaud
  • Patent number: 12018677
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a user interface that can be universally mounted to a combination variable speed pump and a drive assembly therefor. The user interface is universally configured to be selectively mounted to the drive assembly and/or to an environmental surface that is remotely located from the drive assembly. The user interface is universally configured to be selectively mounted to the drive assembly in any one of a plurality of available positions relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Ortiz, Jason W. Parcell, Dwayne Emory Clark
  • Patent number: 12013685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating cable twists for underwater cleaners are provided. Cable twist mitigation logic is stored in a memory associated with a pool or spa cleaner, and controls operation of the cleaner to mitigate cable twists. A sequence of cleaner orientations is retrieved from memory and compare to one or more pre-defined sequences known to contribute to cable twist. If the sequence of cleaner orientations matches the one or more pre-defined sequences, a twist angle accumulator is incremented by a pre-defined twist angle corresponding to the one or more pre-defined sequences. The system determines whether the cleaner is turning on a surface of a pool or spa, and if so, controls turning of the cleaner using an accumulated angle stored in the twist angle accumulator to mitigate cable twists. A user-definable bias value could also be applied by the system to further mitigate cable twists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Hayes, Patrick Caty, Michael Armes, Michael Padberg
  • Patent number: 11988297
    Abstract: Improved valve assemblies (e.g., multi-position valve assemblies) are provided. More particularly, the present disclosure provides for high efficiency multi-position rotary backwash valve assemblies. In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides for a four-position rotary high efficiency valve assembly for a swimming pool or spa filter. The present disclosure provides multi-position valve assemblies having infrequent maintenance and allowing for user-friendly service. The present disclosure provides for improved multi-position valve assemblies and related features, systems and methods of use. Improved, convenient and effective systems and methods for utilizing improved multi-position valve assemblies (e.g., high efficiency multi-position rotary backwash valve assemblies) are provided. The valve assembly can be utilized in fluid systems as a flow control assembly (e.g., as a backwash valve associated with a pool or spa filter).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Cody Smith
  • Patent number: 11974369
    Abstract: A system and method for an accent lighting system is provided. The system includes a plurality of underwater luminaires each having a plurality of light emitting diodes, and a junction box controller housing a plurality of electrical components for generating electrical signals for controlling the plurality of underwater luminaries. The junction box controller can be mounted to an electrical conduit and a plurality of cables can connect the plurality of underwater luminaires with the junction box controller. An underwater luminaire can include a heat sink and a flexible circuit board having a plurality of light emitting diodes mounted on the heat sink. The flexible circuit board transfers heat from the light emitting diodes to the heat sink. The underwater luminaire can also include a wiring harness for connecting the underwater luminaire to a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Fournier, Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, Steven Mitchell, James Carter
  • Patent number: 11955806
    Abstract: A swivel component allows a power cable to a pool or spa component, to swivel when the inductive power couplings are coupled. The couplings include a first inductive coupling that can be positioned within and/or mounted into a wall fitting, a second inductive coupling that inductively couples with the first inductive coupling, a swivel component attached to the second inductive coupling for allowing the second coupling to swivel with respect to the first inductive coupling, and a retainer ring that engages with the wall fitting and retains the first and second couplings and the swivel component in position within the wall fitting. A power cable is connected at one end to the second inductive power coupling and at an opposite end to a pool or spa component, such as an electric cleaner. Swiveling of the second power coupling relative to the first power coupling reduces kinking of the power cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Potucek
  • Patent number: 11946565
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a first housing that defines an inlet and a fluid output chamber. A second housing is engaged to the first housing and a cover is engaged to the second housing. A valve member is positioned within the first housing. An actuator is positioned between the second housing and the cover and is attached to the valve member through an engagement located within the first housing. A flow rate sensor, as a component of the valve assembly, may be positioned downstream of the inlet and the fluid output chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Doyle, William Weiss
  • Publication number: 20240102305
    Abstract: Power supplies for pool and spa equipment are disclosed. In one embodiment, the power supply includes a buoyant housing, a peripheral float, at least one solar cell positioned on the buoyant housing for collecting sunlight and converting same to electrical energy, and a power cable for interconnecting the power supply and pool/spa equipment. In other embodiments, first and second inductive power couplings are provided for powering pool and spa equipment. The power couplings can also be installed using existing plumbing features of the pool or spa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Potucek, Dennis Willis, Jirawat (Jeffrey) Sumonthee, Benoit J. Renaud, Douglas H. Philhower, Patrick J. Forsythe, William M. Normyle
  • Patent number: 11940052
    Abstract: Improved flow control valve assemblies for fluid systems (e.g., pools or spas) are provided. Advantageous flow control valve assemblies for pool/spa cleaners (e.g., suction pool/spa cleaners) are provided. The present disclosure provides for flow control assemblies for suction pool/spa cleaners, with the cleaners utilized in conjunction with a variable speed pump. A manual valve set-up can be removed from the system, and an advantageous flow control valve assembly can be provided to automatically regulate the flow/suction to the cleaner. The improved flow control valve assembly thereby provides regulated flow to the cleaner, so that if the cleaner remains in the water at low pump speeds, when the pump is later operated at a higher speed the cleaner will function as designed. When there is flow/suction below the desired operating parameters of the cleaner, the pump will operate as desired, and the cleaner is stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Caty, Joseph A. Tessitore, Alan R. Levin, Gary Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20240061450
    Abstract: A first valve of a manifold for a fluid distribution system (“FDS”) regulates fluid flow to a first fluid handling device (“FHD”). A second valve of the manifold may communicate with a second FHD, reservoir, or recirculation line. A target flow condition for the manifold may be determined by a manifold control system (“MCS”) based on a device setting received from the first FHD. The MCS may determine an operation of the FDS based on the target flow condition, fluid flowrate, and supply device operational state. The operation may include the MCS controlling the supply device, first valve, and/or second valve to change the flowrate. The MCS may continuously operate a valve to maintain the target flow condition once exhibited. Fluid distribution systems, systems and methods for turning over an FDS including a manifold, and systems and methods for controlling operations of an FDS including multiple manifolds are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Doyle, William Weiss
  • Publication number: 20240061386
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and controlling aquatic equipment is provided. The system includes a variable speed pump, a controller configured to determine operational parameters of the variable speed pump and to control operation of the variable speed pump, and a wireless communication system operatively coupled to the controller. The wireless communication subsystem is configured to transmit one or more of the operational parameters of the variable speed pump to a device over a WiFi wireless and/or a Bluetooth wireless connection. The wireless communication subsystem is configured to receive one or more control parameters from the device, and the controller controls operation of the variable speed pump based on the one or more control parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, Gregory Fournier, James Murdock, Robert Heon, David Blaine, Craig Horrocks, Kenneth White, JR., Murat Dymov, Michael Nilsson, Thomas-Eric Béliveau, Deyin Xu, Patrick Mainville, Qiwei Huang, Linnette Rivera
  • Publication number: 20230417328
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to butterfly valves, generally including a body assembly and handle assembly. The body assembly generally includes a body, a disc rotationally disposed inside an opening of the body, a cog, and a stem passing through the disc and the body. The handle assembly generally includes a handle body and a force ring. The stem can be rotationally interlocked relative to the disc and the handle assembly. The cog and the force ring can engage to rotationally secure the disc relative to the body. The handle assembly can include a lever and a grip, the force ring, the lever and the grip being pivotally secured relative to each other. The body can include a male radial protrusion and the body assembly can include a liner with a female radial groove. Methods of assembling and positioning a butterfly valve are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Gutmann, Joshua Lee Hoots, Gary A. Moren, Jon Terence Stone
  • Patent number: 11849541
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to modular wiring interface boards for an actuator, the interface boards including a body, electrical terminals configured to receive a signal from a field control device, electrical contacts configured to be placed in electrical communication with a backplane electrically communicating with an actuator, switching mechanisms, and a processor. Each of the switching mechanisms is positionable in a first position and a second position. The processor reconfigures a wiring configuration of the plurality of electrical terminals to accommodate different field control devices based on the positions of the plurality of switching mechanisms. Modular wiring systems for an actuator and methods of operating an actuator are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Wheeler, Jay T. Niland, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11834861
    Abstract: Power supplies for pool and spa equipment are disclosed. In one embodiment, the power supply includes a buoyant housing, a peripheral float, at least one solar cell positioned on the buoyant housing for collecting sunlight and converting same to electrical energy, and a power cable for interconnecting the power supply and pool/spa equipment. In other embodiments, first and second inductive power couplings are provided for powering pool and spa equipment. The power couplings can also be installed using existing plumbing features of the pool or spa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Potucek, Dennis Willis, Jirawat (Jeffrey) Sumonthee, Benoit J. Renaud, Douglas H. Philhower, Patrick J. Forsythe, William M. Normyle
  • Patent number: 11822300
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for controlling pool/spa components. More particularly, disclosed is a system for controlling pool/spa components including a display screen and one or more processors presenting a control user interface for display on the display screen, wherein the control user interface includes a home screen comprising a first portion containing a first plurality of buttons and/or controls for controlling a first group of the plurality of pool/spa components associated with a first body of water, and a second portion containing a second plurality of buttons and/or controls for controlling a second group of the plurality of pool/spa components associated with a second body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, Gregory Fournier, James Murdock, Robert Heon, David Blaine, Craig Horrocks, Kenneth White, Jr., Murat Dymov, Michael Nilsson, Thomas-Eric Béliveau, Deyin Xu, Patrick Mainville, Qiwei Huang, Linnette Rivera
  • Publication number: 20230366531
    Abstract: An underwater light including a programmable controller and a replaceable light-emitting diode (LED) printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is provided. The light includes a controller PCBA in communication with the LED PCBA, and a connector for connecting the controller PCBA to the LED PCBA. An optically-transparent potting compound encapsulates the LED PCBA, and the LED PCBA can be safely replaced by removing a rear housing of the underwater light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Raposo, James Carter, Steven Mitchell, Jeffrey Cho, Yevgeny Rapoport, Joseph A. Gundel
  • Patent number: 11754268
    Abstract: An underwater light including a programmable controller and a replaceable light-emitting diode (LED) printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is provided. The light includes a controller PCBA in communication with the LED PCBA, and a connector for connecting the controller PCBA to the LED PCBA. An optically-transparent potting compound encapsulates the LED PCBA, and the LED PCBA can be safely replaced by removing a rear housing of the underwater light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Raposo, James Carter, Steven Mitchell, Jeffrey Cho, Yevgeny Rapoport, Joseph A. Gundel
  • Publication number: 20230277413
    Abstract: A pool or spa system includes networked pool or spa devices that can be dynamically configured with network addresses by a controller. The controller can transmit a device discovery request on a network and can receive a discovery response from pool or spa devices that require a network address. The system determines and assigns the network addresses for the pool or spa devices based on unique device identifiers associated with the responding pool or spa devices. The network addresses assigned to the pool or spa device are transmitted to the pool or spa device to be used by the pool or spa devices to communicate with the controller over the network. The system can be used to discover and assign addresses to various types of pool or spa devices, such as pumps, underwater lights, chlorinators, water feature controllers, remote controllers, and/or other types of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2023
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Blaine, Kenneth W. White, JR., Craig Andrew Horrocks, James Murdock, Douglas M. Sawyer, JR., Carl Brunetti, Robert Donald Heon, Linnette Rivera
  • Publication number: 20230258276
    Abstract: A check valve assembly includes a body, a valve assembly configured to engage a port of the check valve assembly, and a handle integrally formed with the body and extending from a substantially cylindrical exterior surface thereof. The handle includes a first vertical support member having a first interior surface, a second vertical support member having a second interior surface, and a horizontal support member that has a third interior surface and extends between the first and second vertical support members. The first, second, and third internal surfaces, and the exterior surface of the body member, define a handle aperture. The first and second interior surfaces of the handle aperture are configured to accommodate first and second bolts of a pipe flange fitting extending through the handle aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Applicant: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Moncur, Paul M. Gutmann, Jon T. Stone