Patents Assigned to Zodiac Pool Care Europe
  • Publication number: 20200165832
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming-pool cleaning apparatus which comprises: a body; at least one hydraulic circuit for circulating liquid between at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid outlet, and through a filtering device of the cleaning apparatus; a fluid-circulation pump installed in the hydraulic circuit downstream from the filtering device; means for adjusting the pressure inside the hydraulic circuit upstream from the circulation pump, in response to a detected variation of said pressure, said pressure-adjustment means comprising: at least one secondary liquid intake (21) connected to the hydraulic circuit, upstream from the circulation pump, said at least one secondary liquid intake (21) being provided with a valve (22) mounted rotatably movable about an axis of rotation, and with means for driving the valve from an open position to a closed position, said means for driving the valve comprising a float (26), the orientation and/or the force of which depend on the orientation of the cleani
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie, Thierry Michelon, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10597886
    Abstract: A swimming pool heating system, including a heat pump and control of the compressor of the heat pump according to a number of non-zero power levels, is detailed. The system includes, for example, three power levels, the first level being close to 40% of the maximum compressor speed, the second level being close to 70% of the maximum compressor speed, and the third level being close to 100% of the maximum compressor speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Rémi Deloche, Brice Leroyer
  • Patent number: 10597887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming-pool cleaning apparatus which comprises: a body; at least one hydraulic circuit for circulating liquid between at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid outlet, and through a filtering device of the cleaning apparatus; a fluid-circulation pump installed in the hydraulic circuit downstream from the filtering device; means for adjusting the pressure inside the hydraulic circuit upstream from the circulation pump, in response to a detected variation of said pressure, said pressure-adjustment means comprising: at least one secondary liquid intake (21) connected to the hydraulic circuit, upstream from the circulation pump, said at least one secondary liquid intake (21) being provided with a valve (22) mounted rotatably movable about an axis of rotation, and with means for driving the valve from an open position to a closed position, said means for driving the valve comprising a float (26), the orientation and/or the force of which depend on the orientation of the cleani
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie, Thierry Michelon, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10563780
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting valve (10), comprising at least four connections (101-104) for fluid circulation tubes, which comprises a single control member (120) designed to allow the selective creation of several configurations of communication pathways within the valve, between certain tube connections; these configurations notably include: • a first configuration in which a first tube connection, referred to as “main inlet” (103) is placed in communication with only a second tube connection, referred to as “main outlet” (104), • a second configuration in which the main inlet is placed in communication with a third tube connection (101), referred to as “bypass outlet”, and a fourth tube connection (102) referred to as “bypass return” is placed in communication with the main outlet, and • a third configuration in which the main inlet is placed in communication both with the main outlet and with the bypass outlet, and the bypass return is placed in communication with the main outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Brice Leroyer, Philippe Pichon
  • Publication number: 20200011080
    Abstract: Swimming pool cleaning apparatus may include a cleaning unit intended to be immersed in a swimming pool and at least one liquid filter circuit between at least one liquid inlet and at least one liquid outlet via a filter chamber removable from the body of the cleaning unit. The filter chamber may include a cover and a filter basket. The cover may include components for fastening the filter basket and locking the filter chamber to the body of the cleaning unit. The locking component may be releasable and, when released, may cause an extraction handle to be deployed from the filter chamber and urged toward a predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Faustine Munoz, Philippe Pichon
  • Publication number: 20190338545
    Abstract: A swimming pool cleaner may include at least one light source within its body. The light source may be positioned to project light onto or into (or both onto and into) an on-board filter of the cleaner, facilitating visual examination of the cleanliness of the in situ filter. A transparent region of the body may permit viewing of the on-board filter from outside the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Simon Duffaut, Skye Svenningsen, Eugene Keith McQueen
  • Patent number: 10443258
    Abstract: Swimming pool cleaning apparatus may include a cleaning unit intended to be immersed in a swimming pool and at least one liquid filter circuit between at least one liquid inlet and at least one liquid outlet via a filter chamber removable from the body of the cleaning unit. The filter chamber may include a cover and a filter basket. The cover may include components for fastening the filter basket and locking the filter chamber to the body of the cleaning unit. The locking component may be releasable and, when released, may cause an extraction handle to be deployed from the filter chamber and urged toward a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Faustine Munoz, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10426142
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for cleaning a surface immersed in a liquid, notably a swimming pool cleaning robot, including a body, said body including lower, upper and lateral walls configured so that said lower wall is intended to be positioned facing the immersed surface over which the apparatus (10) moves, said upper wall is opposite said lower wall, said lateral walls connect said lower and upper walls, means for moving the body (11) over said immersed surface. Said apparatus also includes a central chamber (15), situated inside the body (11), and including a filter basket (151), said filter basket (151) including a filter wall, and an opening (113) enabling extraction of said filter basket (151) from the body (11). Furthermore, said opening (113) is on a lateral wall of the body (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10400467
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a swimming pool cleaning device comprising: a body, means for driving and guiding the body comprising at least two pairs of wheels: front wheels and rear wheels, characterized in that the drive means of the device further include: an intermediate wheel turning about a rotation axis disposed between the front wheel and the rear wheel on at least one of the two sides of the device, the diameter and the position of the rotation axis of this intermediate wheel being such that said wheel does not touch the guide plane XrYr when the robot is resting on the latter, said guide plane XrYr being defined by the points of contact of the front and rear wheels with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Louis Favie
  • Patent number: 10316534
    Abstract: The invention relates to swimming pool cleaning robot (10) comprising: a body (11); at least one hydraulic circuit through which a liquid flows between at least one liquid inlet (13) and at least one liquid outlet (14), said hydraulic circuit including at least one means for separating debris suspended in the liquid; pumping means for driving the liquid through the hydraulic circuit; means for driving and guiding the cleaning robot on a surface; and means for controlling the operating parameters of the means for driving and guiding the cleaning robot (10). The control means comprise a pressure sensor (21) that can be used to determine the immersion depth of the cleaning robot in a swimming pool, and means for automatically controlling the measured pressure on the basis of a set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Thierry Michelon, Philippe Pichon, Jerome Bonnin, Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Hendrikus Johannes Van der Meijden, Philip John Newman
  • Patent number: 10246894
    Abstract: Mobile swimming pool cleaners are detailed. Determination of adherence of the cleaners on lateral walls of swimming pools may occur in various ways, and power of pumps of the cleaners may be modified as results of the determinations. User input, further, may be provided indicating whether a cleaner has reached the waterline associated with a lateral wall and whether the cleaner is aspirating air into its inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Rémi Deloche, Philippe Pichon
  • Publication number: 20190032357
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques for indicating loading of filters are described. The apparatus and techniques are especially (although not necessarily exclusively) useful in connection with automatic pool cleaners with on-board filters and pumps. Indicators identifying clogging of the filters may be included in or on the cleaners or transmitted as information to users for further action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, E. Keith McQueen
  • Patent number: 10191483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for modifying a device for cleaning a submerged surface, the device including a cleaning appliance, a control unit suitable for sending control signals to the appliance, characterized in that a modification device is inserted onto the link between the control unit and the appliance, which modification device includes an antenna for receiving wireless request signals and a signal-processing unit for transmitting signals from the control unit to the appliance and, upon receipt of wireless request signals in the receiving antenna, for ignoring signals from the control unit, and producing and transmitting priority control signals to the cleaning appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventor: Thierry Michelon
  • Patent number: 9963897
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power lead for a swimming pool cleaning robot. Said power lead comprises a rotary connector and a buoyancy means supporting said rotary connector. An upper part of said buoyancy means is a cap shaped to slide under a swimming pool cover, under the effect of a traction exerted by the swimming pool cleaning robot on the buoyancy means through the power lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Remi Deloche
  • Patent number: 9887505
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for guiding a cable for linking a submerged robot, in particular a robot for cleaning swimming pools, to the device for controlling and powering same, said guiding device including: a. a coupling including a rotary connector, connected by one side to a first floating portion of the linking cable extending from the control and power device to said coupling and, by the other side, to a second portion of the linking cable extending from said coupling to the submerged robot; b. a floating mounting including: b(i). a float; b(ii). an interface for mechanically linking the rotary connector to said float; and b(iii). a hood extending above the surface when the floating mounting is submerged in a liquid and removably connected to the float; c. in which the mechanical link between the float and the rotary coupling is a ball-and-socket link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Louis Favie, Remi Deloche
  • Patent number: 9809989
    Abstract: The invention is a swimming pool cleaning apparatus comprising a cleaning unit intended to be immersed in the swimming pool, at least one liquid filter circuit between at least one liquid net and at least one liquid outlet via a filter chamber removable from the body of the cleaning unit. The filter chamber comprises a cover and a filter basket. The cover including releasable means for fastening the filter basket and means for locking the filter chamber to the body of the cleaning unit, these locking means being releasable and, when released, causing an extraction handle to be deployed from the filter chamber and urged towards a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Faustine Munoz, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 9791840
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for modifying a device for cleaning a submerged surface, the device including a cleaning appliance, a control unit suitable control signals to the appliance, characterized in that a modification device is inserted onto the link between the control unit and the appliance, which modification device includes an antenna for receiving wireless request signals and a signal-processing unit for transmitting signals from the control unit to the appliance and, upon receipt of wireless request signals in the receiving antenna, for ignoring signals from the control unit, and producing and transmitting priority control signals to the cleaning appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventor: Thierry Michelon
  • Patent number: 9740199
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device and a method of remotely controlling a motorized submerged surface cleaning apparatus (1) comprising a body and a drive device, said remote control device comprising a control terminal (15) having a housing, a device (16) for transmitting control signals for the drive device, characterized in that the housing comprises an orientation detector furnishing at least one orientation parameter of the housing, and in that said device comprises a unit for processing orientation parameters, producing a first command for the drive device for an orientation parameter that is within a first interval of values, and a second command for the drive device for an orientation parameter that is within a second predetermined interval of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventor: Thierry Michelon
  • Patent number: 9708826
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pool cleaning apparatus and a method for controlling such an apparatus comprising a body, a liquid inlet, a liquid outlet, a drive device, a pumping device, a hydraulic circuit between a liquid inlet and a pumping outlet and via a cleaning device, a monitoring device providing electronic signals which are representative of a state of the apparatus, an electronic signal processing unit receiving and analyzing the signals of the monitoring device and controlling the pumping device, wherein, on detection of a removal event of the body from the liquid, the processing unit stops the pumping device after a predetermined emptying time in order to allow active emptying of the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Thierry Michelon, Louis Favie
  • Patent number: 9657488
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming pool cleaning apparatus comprising: at least one hydraulic liquid circulation circuit between at least one liquid inlet (3) and at least one liquid outlet (4), and through a removable filtration device of the cleaning apparatus. The filtration device comprises at least one filtration chamber (8) comprising: a cover (2), a filtration basket (17), the hydraulic fluid circulation circuit comprising a liquid discharge tube (20) emerging from the apparatus through an opening (4) formed in the cover (2) of the filtration device, the filtration basket (17) comprising a central filtering wall (9) surrounding the liquid discharge tube (20) over at least a part of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Rémi Deloche, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur