Patents Examined by Andrew A Horton
  • Patent number: 11910984
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has a cyclone unit having a cyclone with a horizontal cyclone axis of rotation. The front end of the cyclone unit comprises a front door that is moveable between a closed position and an open position. A lock secures the front door in the closed position, the lock comprising an actuator, wherein the actuator is spaced towards the rear end of the cyclone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11911804
    Abstract: A transfer substrate recycling apparatus is a transfer substrate recycling apparatus including: a first pass line in which an elongated belt-shaped transfer substrate is unwound and conveyed; a second pass line in which an elongated belt-shaped self-adhesive film is unwound and conveyed; a controlling portion configured to control the conveyance of the transfer substrate; a first removal portion provided in the first pass line, the first removal portion being configured to remove an impurity on the transfer substrate by transferring the impurity onto the self-adhesive film; an inspection portion provided on a downstream side from the first removal portion in the first pass line, the inspection portion being configured to inspect a surface of the transfer substrate; and a second removal portion provided in the first pass line, the second removal portion being configured to remove a residual impurity detected by the inspection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Ishizu, Yoshio Takakuwa
  • Patent number: 11897491
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a surface, such as a windshield of a vehicle, includes an active positioning system and a cleaning head. The active positioning system is configured to deploy from a storage position hidden from view within a covered storage space and to position the cleaning head upon the windshield. The active positioning system includes a first extension member and a second extension member that move relative to one another to position the cleaning head, and also move the cleaning head across the windshield along a path. The cleaning head can have a brush portion configured to agitate debris from the window, and a drying portion configured to dry the window after cleaning. The cleaning device can be controlled via a touch-screen display in the vehicle, enabling a user to direct that specific portions of the windshield be cleaned as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 11896176
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to a triggerless extractor surface cleaning device for cleaning a surface in which a cleaning solution is distributed to the surface and extracted using suction along with dirt and/or debris on the surface in a continuous operation as the extractor moves along the surface. The extractor further comprises an encoder positioned adjacent a wheel of the extractor for detecting a rotational direction and speed of the wheel to generate a signal. Based on receiving the signal, a controller controls operation of a valve to situationally distribute the cleaning solution to the surface depending on a forward rotation of the wheel and independent of user actuation of a trigger positioned on a handle used to propel the extractor along the surface. Distribution of the cleaning solution can be further optimized based on the detected rotational speed of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TECHTRONIC FLOOR CARE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Patrick Diana, Douglas M. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 11882972
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for a surface cleaning apparatus includes a fluid container configured for storing a fluid, a fluid distributor configured for delivering the fluid to a surface to be cleaned, and a flow controller configured for controlling a flow of the fluid from the fluid container to the fluid distributor. The flow controller includes an adjustable valve and is configured for operating in a first mode of operation that supplies the fluid to the fluid distributor at a first volumetric flow rate; a second mode of operation that supplies the fluid to the fluid distributor at a second volumetric flow rate that is lower than the first volumetric flow rate; and a third mode of operation that supplies the fluid to the fluid distributor at a third volumetric flow rate that is lower than the second volumetric flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: YunMing Huang, JianPing Ran, JingShan Wang
  • Patent number: 11882985
    Abstract: A vacuuming device. The device includes a sensor connected to at least a suction head, and is configured to sense a parameter of foreign object debris (FOD) in the suction head. The device also includes a positioning sensor connected to the suction head and configured to ascertain a position of the suction head within an area in which the device is located. The device also includes a computer in communication with the sensor and the positioning sensor. The computer is programmed to classify the FOD using the parameter, and use the position of the suction head to determine a pick-up location of the FOD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rahul C. Thakkar, Robert John Rencher, Surya Pandrangi
  • Patent number: 11882969
    Abstract: A robotic cleaner executing operations such as capturing data indicative of locations of objects in a workspace through which the robot moves; generating or updating a map of at least a part of the workspace based on at least the data; and navigating based on the map or an updated map of the workspace. The robotic cleaner may include a side brush with a main body with at least one attachment point and at least one bundle of bristles attached to the at least one attachment point of the main body, wherein the bristles are between 50 to 90 millimeters in length and positioned between 5 to 30 degrees with respect to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 11871890
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a main body that has an opening; a suction motor that is disposed in the main body and generates suction force; and a filter unit that includes an exhaust filter for filtering air discharged from the suction motor, the filter unit being inserted into the main body through the opening and being separated from the main body, wherein when the filter unit is combined with the main body, a portion of the filter unit protrudes out of the main body, and a portion of the exhaust filter is positioned inside the main body and the other portion of the exhaust filter is positioned outside the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bohyun Nam, Namhee Kim, Jinju Kim, Hyeonjeong An, Jungbae Hwang, Philjae Hwang, Mantae Hwang, Eunji Sung, Taekgi Lee
  • Patent number: 11864714
    Abstract: In general, the present disclosure is directed to a hand-held surface cleaning device that includes a relatively compact form-factor to allow users to store the same in a nearby location (e.g., in a drawer, in an associated charging dock, on a table top) for easy access to perform relatively small cleaning tasks that would otherwise require retrieving a full-size vacuum from storage. A hand-held surface cleaning device consistent with aspects of the present disclosure includes a body (or body portion) with a motor, power source and dust cup disposed therein. The body portion also functions as a handgrip to allow the hand-held surface cleaning device to be operated by one hand, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Tonderys, Andre D. Brown, Daniel Innes, Bastin Antonisami, Jason B. Thorne, Kai Xu, Heliang Chen, Adam Udy
  • Patent number: 11858474
    Abstract: A wind deflector for a windscreen wiper system of a motor vehicle has a windscreen-cleaning apparatus with at least one nozzle for cleaning a windscreen integrated therein. The wind deflector has a wind deflector contour, by way of which an air flow in the region of an associated wiper arm and a wiper blade can be guided. The wind deflector, on its side that faces the wiper blade, has at least one wind-guiding element, which is arranged in the region of the associated nozzle and protrudes, raised, toward the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignees: Audi AG, Dr. Ing. H.C.F. Porsche AG, A. Raymond Et Cie, Volkswagen Aktiengsellschaft
    Inventors: Stephan Haefner, Frank Ackermann, Sven Auch, Axel Feger, Karl Bode
  • Patent number: 11844420
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a surface includes steps of (1) positioning a brush in contact with the surface; (2) rotating the brush relative to a drum about a second axis; and (3) rotating the drum relative to a bracket, supporting the drum, about a first axis, parallel to the second axis, such that the brush orbitally revolves about the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle-Iv, Raul Tomuta, Chris J. Erickson
  • Patent number: 11849568
    Abstract: A motor driving apparatus for a cleaner includes a DC terminal capacitor, an inverter including switching elements configured to convert the DC power into AC power, a motor configured to operate the inverter, an impeller connected to the motor and configured to circulate air, and a printed circuit board having a first surface that mounts the switching elements and faces toward the motor and the impeller, and a second surface that mounts the DC terminal capacitor. The printed circuit board includes circuit elements mounted on a first area of the first surface and configured to carry a current having a level greater than or equal to a predetermined level. The first area is positioned in a flow path of the air circulated by the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seongju Kim, Donggeun Lee
  • Patent number: 11839896
    Abstract: A caulking finger includes a handle and a finger portion. The finger portion may be shaped according to a human finger and is elastic. The various curvatures, shapes, and pliable nature of the finger portion allows the caulking finger to press caulk into a seam or joint to a desired finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: FWMM Products, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Stephenson
  • Patent number: 11840813
    Abstract: A mechanical sweeping mechanism removably affixed to existing ground service equipment (GSE) for the collection and removal of foreign object debris (FOD) in a removable hopper. Movement of a GSE vehicle rotates the independently suspended drive wheels, transmitted by gears/pulleys and chain/belts to power a cylindrical bristle, spinning in the opposite direction of travel, to collect and funnel FOD via a ramp into a removable hopper. Bristle height is adjustable. At least one magnet and skid plate remove metallic FOD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Ryland Brickner-McDonald
  • Patent number: 11840201
    Abstract: A cover for windshield wiper blades having an elongate body with a central collar and first and second elongate portions extending from the central collar. The first and second elongate portions having outer ends, and the central collar defining an interior passageway having a snap-fit tongue. A channel is disposed along each of the first and second elongate portions extending from the central collar towards the outer ends; and an end retainer or other securing mechanism is located at the outer ends. Also, windshield wiper blades incorporating such covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: PYLON MANUFACTURING CORP.
    Inventors: Vambi Raymundo Tolentino, Robert Peter Peers
  • Patent number: 11839349
    Abstract: A cleaner including a base defining a suction chamber, a brush roll driven by a brush roll motor, a sensor configured to sense a parameter related to a floor; and a controller having a memory and electronic processor. The controller is configured to receive the parameter, control the brush roll motor based on the parameter and a first floor coefficient, determine a second floor coefficient based on the parameter, and control the brush roll motor based on the second floor coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Pohlman, Christopher M. Charlton
  • Patent number: 11834007
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an indicator for a wiper blade and a wiper blade. The indicator is a device for a wiper blade detachably provided on a wiper arm for cleaning a windshield, including: a main body provided on the wiper blade or the wiper arm; a notifier provided in the main body and configured to generate a light signal that is identifiable with naked eyes; and a controller configured to control an operation of the notifier, wherein the controller is configured to count the accumulated time from a start time at which an external operation is input regardless of whether the wiper blade operates so as to operate the notifier when the accumulated time reaches a predetermine time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: CAP Corporation
    Inventors: Tae Hun Kim, Young Min Lee, Byoung Yong Ryu
  • Patent number: 11826007
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has a dual first stage cyclones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Conrad, Dave Petersen
  • Patent number: 11826791
    Abstract: A credit card cleaning apparatus for quickly and conveniently sanitizing a credit card includes a housing having a housing top side, a housing bottom side, a housing front side, a housing back side, a housing left side, and a housing right side. The housing front side is spaced apart from the housing back side in parallel opposition defining a housing interior. The housing top side has a card slot extending through to the housing interior. The housing receives a credit card through the card slot. A brush is coupled to the housing. The brush is coupled to the housing back side within the housing interior and is saturated with a sanitizing solution. The brush applies the sanitizing solution to the credit card when it is inserted through the card slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventor: Nicholas Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11819182
    Abstract: A dust remover for a vacuum cleaner, in which dust adhering to a plurality of filters having a cylindrical shape for filtering dust introduced into the vacuum cleaner is removed by repeatedly hitting an inner wall of each of the plurality of filters through rotation of a motor, includes a filter support plate having a plate shape; a plurality of filters arranged spaced apart from each other at regular intervals below the filter support plate in a circumferential direction; a hitting module rotatably provided on the filter support plate to extend to an inner space of each of the filters and configured to hit an inner surface of each of the filters; and a pressure control damper rotatably provided on the filter support plate and configured to optionally open/close a suction pressure of each of the filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Hyun Tae Kim