Patents Assigned to Zodiac Pool Care Europe
  • Patent number: 8578538
    Abstract: Devices for cleaning vessels, especially swimming pools, are discussed. The devices may include repositionable in-line valves, with the valves typically moving laterally (from side to side) and changing the initial direction of the main fluid-flow path through the valves and corresponding cleaner bodies. Asymmetric feet may be utilized as part of the devices, whose bottom bearing surfaces may include elongated strips of material placed parallel to the normally-forward direction of travel of the devices. Discs of non-uniform flexibility also may be employed, and blocking tabs or gripping material may be used to inhibit undesired backward movement of a cleaner when its operation commences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Michael Edward Moore, Hendrikus Johannes Van Der Meijden
  • Patent number: 8505565
    Abstract: Treating, sensing, diverting, measuring, and collecting devices for fluid such as water are described. When designed for use as chlorinators, the devices may divert water flowing in conduits into the devices for treatment and subsequent return to the flow stream. A return tube of the device may be designed to create vortex action, using a pressure differential to evacuate treated water from the device back into the conduit. When designed for use as feeders for supplying acid or other material to flowing water, the devices may include one or more channels communicating between the material and the flowing water. When designed for use as flow sensors or otherwise, the devices may include objects acted upon by flowing water to indicate that water indeed is flowing. Yet other sensors may be utilized to determine characteristics of water passing through the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Raymond Albert Hin, Craig Andrews
  • Publication number: 20130133145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled apparatus for cleaning an immersed surface comprising a hollow body (1), a guiding and driving device (2, 11, 14) for guiding and moving the hollow body (1) over the immersed surface, said hollow body (1) having a base (3) immediately facing immersed surface, at least one liquid inlet (4), at least one member protruding from the base of the hollow body towards the immersed surface, wherein it comprises, immediately in front of a protruding member (7), in a movement direction of the hollow body (1), at least one member, called an anti-blocking member (6), which can rotate about a rotation axis (10) which is fixed in relation to said protruding member (7), said anti-blocking member (6) being provided in order to be able to roll over an obstacle of the immersed surface, and to drive said protruding member (7) in movement so as to overcome the obstacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8438684
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for cleaning a surface which is immersed in a liquid, comprising a hollow body, members which are integral with the hollow body and which come into contact with the immersed surface, a filtration chamber, at least one electric motor which is carried by the hollow body, and a control unit which is configured to control the motor. For at least one movement configuration of the apparatus, at least one non-steering non-driving rolling member in contact with the immersed surface is arranged relative to the instantaneous drive orientation so as to apply a gyration torque of the apparatus only due to such an arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Publication number: 20130104321
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventor: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
  • Publication number: 20130110319
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventor: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
  • Patent number: 8409434
    Abstract: Treatment devices for fluid such as water are described. Principally (although not necessarily exclusively) designed for use as chlorinators, the devices may divert water flowing in conduits into the devices for treatment and subsequent return to the flow stream. A return tube of the device may be designed to create vortex action, using a pressure differential to evacuate treated water from the device back into the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Craig Andrews, Raymond Albert Hin
  • Patent number: 8397331
    Abstract: Detailed is a cleaner apparatus for a submerged surface including a body and at least one liquid inlet at the base of the body, characterized in that it includes at least one accelerating protuberance extending toward the submerged surface while maintaining a height of liquid, and extending, with respect of a forward travel direction of the apparatus, in front of an adjacent liquid inlet while maintaining the passage cross section of the liquid inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio, Robert Rey
  • Patent number: 8397330
    Abstract: Detailed is a rolling device for cleaning an immersed surface, including at least one front drive rolling member and a hydraulic circuit which has at least one liquid outlet which is orientated towards the rear, and which is capable of creating a flow of liquid which is discharged from each rear outlet in order to create a hydraulic reaction force, and which has a longitudinal component for driving the device forwards which is not equal to zero and whose value is adapted to create a pressure torque for each front drive rolling member the immersed surface and, alone, to move the device forwards when it is immersed and when each front drive rolling member is lifted from the immersed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393034
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for cleaning an immersed surface including a body and members for driving this body over the immersed surface, a filtration chamber which has a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet, a hydraulic circuit for the flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device, a handle for operating the body which allows a user to carry it in order to immerse it in the liquid or remove it from the liquid, wherein the liquid outlet is arranged at a longitudinal end of the body, and wherein the operating handle is connected to the body at an opposing end so that, when the body is suspended by the operating handle, it tilts spontaneously under the effect of gravity into an emptying position in which the liquid outlet is located below the liquid inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393031
    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 is provided in the body and which has: a liquid inlet; a liquid outlet; a hydraulic circuit for flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device, wherein the filtering device includes a first filtering shell which extends towards the rear of the body, from a front opening; a second shell which is fitted to the first shell at the front thereof, these shells being able to be fitted together so as to form an integral filtering casing; in which case the second shell closes the front opening of the first shell, with the exception of a liquid inlet passage; the two shells being able to be separated from each other by disengaging the front opening of the first shell which acts as an opening for emptying this shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393033
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for cleaning an immersed surface including a body; members for driving the body; a filtration chamber which has: a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet; a filtering device which is removably mounted in the filtration chamber; a hydraulic circuit for the flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through the filtering device; an axial pumping propeller which is interposed in the hydraulic circuit; a flap for access to the filtering device, wherein the pumping propeller is orientated in order to generate a liquid flow with a horizontal component towards the rear, the outlet being opposite the propeller; the pumping motor is arranged below the hydraulic circuit; the access flap is arranged at the top and/or towards the front of the hydraulic circuit in order to allow the filtering device to be disassembled via the top and/or towards the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393035
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for cleaning an immersed surface including a body and members for driving the body over the immersed surface in a main direction of advance; a filtration chamber which is provided in the body and which has: a liquid inlet conduit which extends inside the body and which has a lower end which forms a liquid inlet and an opposing upper end which opens into a filtering device; a liquid outlet out of the body; a hydraulic circuit for the flow of liquid between the inlet and the liquid outlet through the filtering device, wherein the inlet conduit has a regular cross-section whose surface-area varies from the lower end thereof up to a maximum value at the upper end thereof which opens in the filtering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393032
    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 is provided in the body and which has: a liquid inlet located at the base of the body; a liquid outlet arranged opposite the base of the body; a hydraulic circuit for flow of liquid between this liquid inlet and this liquid outlet through a filtering device; a liquid pumping device including a pumping motor which has a rotating drive shaft which is coupled to a pumping propeller which is interposed in the hydraulic circuit, wherein the liquid outlet is longitudinally offset from the liquid inlet and the pumping propeller has an inclined rotation axis which forms, with the longitudinal direction, an angle which is not equal to zero and which is different from 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8394266
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rolling cleaner apparatus for a submerged surface, comprising rolling drive members, at least one motor (20a, 20b) for driving at least one rolling drive member, a filtration chamber formed in the hollow body and having a liquid inlet into the hollow body, a liquid outlet from the hollow body, a hydraulic circuit for circulating liquid between the liquid inlet and the liquid outlet through a filtering device, a motorized pumping device (12) designed to generate a flow of liquid between each liquid inlet and each liquid outlet, characterized in that it comprises a control unit (90) designed to modulate the flow of liquid circulating between each liquid inlet and each liquid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393036
    Abstract: Detailed is an apparatus for cleaning a surface which is immersed in a liquid including a body, guiding members defining at least one axle, a filtration chamber, at least one electric drive motor, a control unit which is configured to control each drive motor in at least one direction at a speed selected from: at least a first speed at which the apparatus is in a first movement position in accordance with a first predetermined trajectory, at least a second more rapid speed at which the apparatus is in a second nosed-up movement position in accordance with a second predetermined trajectory which is different from the first trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 8393029
    Abstract: Detailed is a device for cleaning an immersed surface including a body, members for driving this body over the immersed surface in a longitudinal direction, including a wheel, a device for brushing the immersed surface, a mechanism for rotating the brushing device about a brushing axis, wherein the driving mechanism of the brushing device includes: an internally toothed ring which is fixedly joined to a wheel, a brush pinion which is fixedly joined to the brushing device and which is engaged in the ring of this drive wheel in such a manner that a rotation of this drive wheel brings about a rotation of the brushing device about the brushing axis thereof in the same rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8393030
    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 is provided in the body and which has a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet, a hydraulic circuit for flow of liquid between the inlet and the outlet through a filtering device, wherein the filtering device includes an opening which is in communication with the liquid inlet and, for filtering and recovering debris, a space which is delimited by filtering walls and which extends towards the liquid outlet, the space having a regular cross-section which decreases from the opening towards the liquid outlet in order to form a convergent chamber for tangential filtration of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Philippe Pichon, Emmanuel Mastio
  • Patent number: 8323486
    Abstract: Treatment devices for fluid such as water are described. Principally (although not necessarily exclusively) designed for use as chlorinators, the devices may divert water flowing in conduits into the devices for treatment and subsequent return to the flow stream. A return tube of the device may be designed to create vortex action, using a pressure differential to evacuate treated water from the device back into the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Craig Andrews, Raymond Albert Hin
  • Patent number: D670461
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mastio, Philippe Blanc-Tailleur, Philippe Pichon