Patents Assigned to Zodiac Pool Care Europe
  • 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, RĂ©mi Deloche, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur
  • Patent number: 9631389
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning an immersed surface, comprising a hollow body, guiding and driving members, a filtration chamber which is provided in the hollow body and which has at least one liquid inlet, at least one liquid outlet and a hydraulic circuit for circulation of liquid through a filtering device. An accelerometer device is fixedly joined to the hollow body and which is adapted to provide instantaneous measurements of at least one acceleration component of the terrestrial gravity in at least one fixed direction which is fixed relative to the hollow body, and a processing unit for processing the acceleration measurements supplied by the accelerometer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Thierry Michelon, E. Keith McQueen, Tawny Jean Cothran
  • Patent number: 9487963
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automobile apparatus (1) for cleaning surfaces submerged in a basin (2) comprising a driving mechanism, a programmed controlling device for the driving mechanism, a man-machine interface consisting of an input device, and a filter chamber, characterized in that, on activation of a return command button (12), a return setpoint is emitted to the programmed controlling device, which is adapted to inhibit a cleaning program and control the driving mechanism such that it drives the apparatus up to the surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventor: Thierry Michelon
  • Patent number: 9267300
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning a surface which is immersed in a liquid, comprising a hollow body, guiding and driving members, a filtration chamber in the hollow body, at least one liquid inlet, at least one liquid outlet out of the hollow body, at least one axial pumping propeller, a single reversible electric motor whose drive shaft, in order to move it, is simultaneously mechanically connected to at least one motorized member and to each pumping propeller. In a first rotation direction of the drive shaft, each motorized member is driven in a forward direction, and each pumping propeller generates the flow of liquid in the normal direction ensuring the cleaning of the immersed surface. In a second rotation direction of the drive shaft, each motorized member is driven in a backward direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 9250626
    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: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventor: Thierry Michelon
  • Patent number: 9212498
    Abstract: A self-propelled apparatus for cleaning an immersed surface including a hollow body, a guiding and driving device for guiding and moving the hollow body over the immersed surface, the hollow body having a base immediately facing immersed surface, at least one liquid inlet, at least one member protruding from the base of the hollow body towards the immersed surface, wherein it includes, immediately in front of a protruding member, in a movement direction of the hollow body, at least one member, called an anti-blocking member, which can rotate about a rotation axis which is fixed in relation to said protruding member, the anti-blocking member being provided in order to be able to roll over an obstacle of the immersed surface, and to drive the protruding member in movement so as to overcome the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8997293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for cleaning an immersed surface including a body and members for driving the body over the immersed surface; a filtration chamber which is provided in the body and which has: a liquid inlet; a liquid outlet; a hydraulic circuit for the flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device, wherein the filtering device includes a filtering casing which is removably mounted in the filtration chamber and which can be inserted into and removed from the filtration chamber in one piece, and the filtering casing has at least a lower end which opens at the base of the body and which constitutes a liquid inlet into the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Publication number: 20140251884
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning a surface which is immersed in a liquid, comprising a hollow body, guiding and driving members, a filtration chamber in the hollow body, at least one liquid inlet, at least one liquid outlet out of the hollow body, at least one axial pumping propeller, a single reversible electric motor whose drive shaft, in order to move it, is simultaneously mechanically connected to at least one motorized member and to each pumping propeller. In a first rotation direction of the drive shaft, each motorized member is driven in a forward direction, and each pumping propeller generates the flow of liquid in the normal direction ensuring the cleaning of the immersed surface. In a second rotation direction of the drive shaft, each motorized member is driven in a backward direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 8771504
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning an immersed surface, comprising a hollow body, guiding and driving members, a filtration chamber which is provided in the hollow body and which has at least one liquid inlet, at least one liquid outlet and a hydraulic circuit for circulation of liquid through a filtering device. An accelerometer device is fixedly joined to the hollow body and which is adapted to provide instantaneous measurements of at least one acceleration component of the terrestrial gravity in at least one fixed direction which is fixed relative to the hollow body, and a processing unit for processing the acceleration measurements supplied by the accelerometer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Thierry Michelon
  • Patent number: 8763187
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning a surface which is immersed in a liquid, comprising a hollow body, guiding and driving members, a filtration chamber in the hollow body, at least one liquid inlet, at least one liquid outlet out of the hollow body, at least one axial pumping propeller, a single reversible electric motor whose drive shaft, in order to move it, is simultaneously mechanically connected to at least one motorized member and to each pumping propeller. In a first rotation direction of the drive shaft, each motorized member is driven in a forward direction, and each pumping propeller generates the flow of liquid in the normal direction ensuring the cleaning of the immersed surface. In a second rotation direction of the drive shaft, each motorized member is driven in a backward direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 8702980
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning a surface which is immersed in a liquid, comprising a hollow body, guiding members defining at least one axle, a filtration chamber, at least one electric motor, a pumping device which creates, in a normal cleaning direction through a filtering device, a liquid flux which is discharged via at least one main outlet, and at least one secondary liquid outlet arranged so as to orientate a current of liquid which is discharged in a backward direction via this secondary outlet so that this current creates a secondary hydraulic reaction force which generates a nosing-up torque of the apparatus by the hollow body being pivoted about the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Publication number: 20140076791
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for cleaning an immersed surface comprising a hollow body and members for driving the body over the immersed surface; a filtration chamber which is provided in the hollow body and which has: a liquid inlet; a liquid outlet; a hydraulic circuit for the flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device (11), wherein the filtering device (11) comprises a filtering casing (49, 55) which is removably mounted in the filtration chamber and which can be inserted into/removed from the filtration chamber in one piece, and the filtering casing (49, 55) has at least a lower end which opens at the base of the hollow body and which constitutes a liquid inlet into the hollow body of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8627533
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for cleaning an immersed surface, including a body and members for driving the body over the immersed surface, a filtration chamber which has a liquid inlet in the body located at the base of the body, at least one liquid outlet out of the body, a hydraulic circuit for flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device, wherein it includes: at least one rear outlet, and a rigid wall which is arranged in the filtering device and which extends in a direction which is non-parallel with at least one direction which connects an inlet and an outlet in order to form an obstacle to the flow of liquid from this inlet to this outlet which brings about a swirling flow of liquid in the filtering device downstream of this rigid wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8615836
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for cleaning an immersed surface including a body and members for driving the body over the immersed surface; a filtration chamber which is provided in the body and which has: a liquid inlet; a liquid outlet; a hydraulic circuit for the flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device, wherein the filtering device includes a filtering casing which is removably mounted in the filtration chamber and which can be inserted into and removed from the filtration chamber in one piece, and the filtering casing has at least a lower end which opens at the base of the body and which constitutes a liquid inlet into the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8595880
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rolling apparatus for cleaning an immersed surface comprising a hollow body; rolling members; a filtration chamber which is provided in the hollow body; a motorized pumping device configured for generating a flow of liquid between a liquid inlet (9) and a liquid outlet which are connected, wherein it comprises a directional flux guide (91) which is mounted for rotation on a liquid outlet (10) about an axis of rotation and which has a shape configured for orientating the current of liquid which is discharged via this propulsion outlet (10) through this flux guide (91) so that it creates, by means of reaction, in the region of an outlet of the flux guide, forces whose resultant has a non-zero drive component of the apparatus parallel with the immersed surface; an actuator for rotatably driving said flux guide (91); and a unit for controlling said actuator for rotatably driving said flux guide (91).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8590089
    Abstract: Automatic pool cleaners and associated hoses are detailed. Hoses may contract and expand in use and include sections of differing compliancies. Such contractions and expansions may be intensified in more compliant portions and attenuated in less compliant portions. Also discussed are positive locking mechanisms for adjacent hose sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Mark J. Bauckman, Hendrikus Johannes Van Der Meijden, Peter Hugh Harrison
  • Patent number: 8590088
    Abstract: Automatic pool cleaners and associated hoses are detailed. Hoses may contract and expand in use and include sections of differing compliancies. Such contractions and expansions may be intensified in more compliant portions and attenuated in less compliant portions. Also discussed are positive locking mechanisms for adjacent hose sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Mark J. Bauckman, Hendrikus Johannes Van Der Meijden, Peter Hugh Harrison