Patents Examined by Darren W Gorman
  • Patent number: 11980786
    Abstract: A proportioner having a body portion that defines a foam passage and a fluid passage. The proportioner also includes a restrictor assembly having a restrictor disk and an orifice plate having an opening for receiving the restrictor disk. The proportioner can further include a rod member connected to the restrictor disk and a clapper assembly connected to the rod member via a sliding interface. The clapper assembly can be configured to control a flow of the foam concentrate through the foam passage in proportion to a flow of the fire protection fluid through the fluid passage by moving the rod member to vary the distance between the restrictor disk and the orifice plate. The sliding interface can be disposed between a first guide and a second guide, and at least a portion of the restrictor disk is disposed in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Minimax Viking Research & Development GmbH
    Inventors: Derek John Scheffers, Marc Serge Ferere, Shawn J. Feenstra
  • Patent number: 11969615
    Abstract: A concealable sprinkler head includes a frame having a body mountable to a fire suppression liquid source, a pair of frame arms and a pair of corresponding drop pins slidably engaged with a respective frame arm. A thermal trigger is supported within the sprinkler frame. A fluid deflector is secured to the drop pins and includes a generally horizontal surface. The drop pins extend substantially orthogonally from the horizontal surface. An inclined surface of the fluid deflector extends angularly upwardly from the horizontal surface. A concealing cup surrounds the frame arms. A cover plate is attached to the concealing cup, covering the distal end thereof, wherein the drop pins and the deflector are positioned within the concealing cup. The cover plate is removable from the concealing cup permitting the drop pins and the deflector to axially slide out of the concealing cup into an operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: VICTAULIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen J. Meyer, Thomas Wancho, Thomas Sandberg, John Desrosier, Kevin Desmond Maughan
  • Patent number: 11964176
    Abstract: A protective device includes a pipe in a pipe system for transmission of a flow of a fluid from an upstream end of the pipe system to a downstream end of the pipe system. The device includes a pipe insert, disposed within the pipe system between the upstream and downstream ends. The pipe insert has a cylindrical body. A valve is within the pipe insert and is moveable between open and closed positions. The open position opens the pipe insert, enabling transmission of the flow of the fluid, and the closed position occludes the pipe insert, disabling transmission of the flow of the fluid. A sensor is within the pipe insert for disposition within the flow of the fluid to detect a target compound in the pipe insert. The valve moves from the open position to the closed position when the sensor detects the target compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: James M. Miller
  • Patent number: 11951501
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a swing structure and a corresponding water outlet device. A water passing chamber in a body of the swing structure is equipped with a swing member, and an upper end of the swing member is provided with a recess facing a water inlet hole of the water passing chamber. The water flow impacts the recess to drive the swing member to swing to one side randomly. After a lower end of the swing member is out of range of a water outlet hole of the water passing chamber, the upper and lower ends of the swing member are adjacent to or abut against a wall of the water passing chamber, so that the swing member can swing back and forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: JOMOO KITCHEN & BATH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaofa Lin, Xiaoshan Lin, Shaochun Liu, Rong Chen
  • Patent number: 11944855
    Abstract: A fire extinguishing assistance system arranged in a modular vehicle, for assisting e.g. a fire extinguishing vehicle in extinguishing an ongoing or imminent fire in the modular vehicle. The modular vehicle comprises at least one drive module and a functional module that are releasably connected. The system comprises a plurality of ports accessible from the outside of the modular vehicle; wherein each port is configured for receiving a fire extinguishing agent from e.g. the fire extinguishing vehicle. The system also comprises an individual manifold connected to each port, wherein each is arranged to guide the fire extinguishing agent to at least one nozzle directed inside of the modular vehicle. The system further comprises a control device to detect an ongoing or imminent fire and configure at least one of the plurality of ports selected for receiving a fire extinguishing agent to assist in suppressing the ongoing or imminent fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Robert Sjödin, Pontus Svens, Morgan Colling, Sami Teppola, Mikko Kallio, Tomas Skeppström, Linus Ährlig, André Claesson
  • Patent number: 11938359
    Abstract: A concealable sprinkler head includes a frame having a body mountable to a fire suppression liquid source, a pair of frame arms and a pair of corresponding drop pins slidably engaged with a respective frame arm. A thermal trigger is supported within the sprinkler frame. A fluid deflector is secured to the drop pins and includes a generally horizontal surface. The drop pins extend substantially orthogonally from the horizontal surface. An inclined surface of the fluid deflector extends angularly upwardly from the horizontal surface. A concealing cup surrounds the frame arms. A cover plate is attached to the concealing cup, covering the distal end thereof, wherein the drop pins and the deflector are positioned within the concealing cup. The cover plate is removable from the concealing cup permitting the drop pins and the deflector to axially slide out of the concealing cup into an operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: VICTAULIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen J. Meyer, Thomas Wancho, Thomas Sandberg, John Desrosier, Kevin Desmond Maughan
  • Patent number: 11931751
    Abstract: A tire protection sprinkler including a frame body having an inlet, an outlet, defining an internal passageway extending between the inlet and the outlet along a sprinkler axis. A dome shaped deflector member is centered, axially aligned with the sprinkler axis, and spaced from the outlet. The deflector member has an outer surface and an inner surface that preferably includes: a peripheral region, a central region and an intermediate region. The intermediate region includes a primary deflecting surface, and a secondary deflecting surface that is surrounded by the primary deflecting surface The deflector member provides for generation of a non-circular spray pattern defined by four zones of fluid density concentrically formed about the sprinkler axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Manuel R. Silva, Jr., Bernhard Abels, Kenneth Robert Brown, Stefan Vaeth
  • Patent number: 11926978
    Abstract: A modular boom for attaching to a prime mover and configured to dispense a solution to remove snow and deice a surface. The boom includes a boom shroud having a main body extending from a first end to a second end. The main body of the boom shroud has a substantially wedge shaped portion with an edge configured to engage a snow pile or windrow of snow and cause snow to flow about the wedge shaped portion. The boom shroud includes an opening in a bottom of the main body that provides access to an interior cavity. The modular boom includes a boom pipe positioned within the interior cavity of the boom shroud and has ends that extend beyond the boom shroud. The boom pipe having spaced apart apertures along the length configured to dispense the solution onto the surface. The modular boom also includes first and second end caps configured to support the end of the boom pipe and to connect to the first and second ends of the boom shroud to provide structural rigidity to the modular boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: THE TORO COMPANY
    Inventors: David Voigt, Jordan Smith
  • Patent number: 11919013
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a showerhead that outputs a pulsating or massaging spray. The showerhead may include an engine including a flow directing housing, a turbine, and a shutter to create the pulsating or intermittent spray. The flow directing housing may have a plurality of flow directing apertures defined around its perimeter, allowing for water to tangentially flow into the engine, rotating the turbine. As the turbine rotates, the shutter moves back and forth creating the pulsating spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Quinn, Preston Peterson
  • Patent number: 11911779
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed technology provide solutions for improving a shower head with a rinse function and in particular, for improving the safety of a shower head with a rinse jet function. An integrated shower rinse system features a handle equipped with both a shower head and a rinse jet. The system incorporates an inlet for water reception. By default, water flows through the shower head upon initial system activation. A button on the handle, when pressed, diverts the water flow to the rinse jet. Additionally, a switch on the handle allows users to choose various nozzle settings for the rinse jet. An internal spring mechanism ensures that in the absence of water, the rinse jet activation button remains in the off position. As a result, water initially flows through the shower head each time the system is activated, requiring manual button engagement for rinse jet operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Jiajun Mai
  • Patent number: 11903379
    Abstract: A method for performing spraying operations includes monitoring a field condition of a first swath based on data received from a sensor as an agricultural sprayer makes a first pass across a field, the sensor being associated with a first boom section assembly extending over the first swath during the first pass. The method further includes controlling a nozzle assembly as the sprayer makes a second pass across the field to perform a spraying operation along the first swath based on the monitored field condition of the first swath, the nozzle assembly being associated with a second boom section assembly extending over the first swath during the second pass. Additionally, the method includes monitoring a field condition of a second swath based on data received from the sensor as the sprayer makes the second pass across the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 11896744
    Abstract: Cartridge for volatile substances in the liquid state, such as insecticides or fragrances, of the type including a tray-shaped container closed on one side with a multilayer film, said multilayer film consisting of at least one internal vapour permeable membrane and one external vapour barrier layer. Directing/assisting means are provided, adapted to direct/assist the removal of just a first portion of the external vapour barrier layer—in the form of notches, weakening lines or strengthening lines—along a desired partition line, for cartridge activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ZOBELE HOLDING S.P.A.
    Inventors: Franco Zobele, Walter Sordo
  • Patent number: 11890495
    Abstract: A sprinkler bulb 100 for a fire suppression system and a method of activating the sprinkler bulb 100. The sprinkler bulb includes a sealed frangible housing 110; a circuit device 120 within the housing 110, wherein the circuit device 120 comprises an ultraviolet light source 125; and a photosensitive fluid 130 within the housing that in use undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed to ultraviolet light from the light source 125.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: MARIOFF CORPORATION OY
    Inventor: Nazar Krutskevych
  • Patent number: 11883701
    Abstract: Disclosed are an extinguishing capsule and a capsule type fire extinguisher including the same, the capsule type fire extinguisher including at least one extinguishing module including a housing configured to receive an extinguishing capsule therein, the extinguishing capsule including an extinguishing material that expands when heat is applied thereto, the at least one extinguishing module configured to release the extinguishing material from the housing to suppress fire, and a main module configured to control the at least one extinguishing module and bidirectionally communicate a fire situation to a fire station or a user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: FIREKIM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byung Yul Kim
  • Patent number: 11872421
    Abstract: A fire protection system is provided for a space having a roof including a pitched portion and at least one end portion having a hip, sloping downward from an apex substantially coinciding with an end of the pitched portion toward an eave and extending outward toward the ends of the sides of the pitched portion. The hip may have a lower hip, including jack trusses, and an upper hip, including stepdown trusses. Within the upper hip, at least two rows of sprinklers may be placed, with a first row of sprinklers located substantially at the apex. The maximum allowable spacing between sprinklers in a direction perpendicular to the slope of the hip may be greater than a maximum allowable spacing between rows of sprinklers, i.e., in a direction parallel to the slope of the hip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: VICTAULIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Desrosier, Kevin Desmond Maughan, Stephen J. Meyer, Thomas Edwin Archibald
  • Patent number: 11864499
    Abstract: A system and method for automated lawn chemical treatment application are described. The system comprises a station having a series of concentrated chemicals capable of being mixed and diluted in a reservoir having a water supply to form a specialty formula and a vehicle which receives the specialty formula for dispersal. Various features of the vehicle enable a systematic treatment of various plants and/or areas of a law to reduce or eliminate the growth of unwanted plants while promoting the growth of desired plants. These may include the addition of imaging sensors and artificial intelligence to recognize unwanted plants versus desirable plants and develop means to inhibit or grow each over a specified period. A homeowner's ability to consistently treat plants with low-volumes of chemical treatments is enhanced, thus limiting environmental effects and reducing chemical waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ALACS, LLC
    Inventors: James G McClure, Jr., Mehrdad Arefi Nezhad, Mehdi Hashemi
  • Patent number: 11865570
    Abstract: A longitudinally adjustable flow divider situated in the particulate material path of a spinner spreader between the bin and the rotatable disc divides the particulate material so that the particulate material is dischargeable on to the upper surface of the rotatable disc on first and second laterally spaced apart longitudinally oriented drop lines. An actuator operably connected to the flow divider adjusts a longitudinal position of the flow divider to longitudinally adjust drop points on the drop lines at which the particulate material is dischargeable on to the rotatable disc. Longitudinal adjustment of the drop points along laterally spaced apart drop lines on one spinner disc permits control over spread pattern to help achieve uniform distribution of the particulate material on a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Salford Group Inc.
    Inventors: Geof J. Gray, Joshua Scott Fields, Steven Ray Owenby, Richard Hagler, Russell Mcever, Brian Hobson
  • Patent number: 11845091
    Abstract: A multi-mode fluid nozzle includes a generally-cylindrical mixing chamber with a stream mode fluid inlet connected to one side of the chamber, a fluid outlet connected to the opposite side of the chamber and a mist mode fluid inlet connected to the periphery of the chamber. The discharge pattern of the multi-mode fluid nozzle is dependent upon the inlets from which fluid enters the mixing chamber such that when the fluid enters the mixing chamber through the stream mode fluid inlet, the fluid exits the fluid outlet in a stream flow discharge pattern, when the fluid enters the mixing chamber through the mist mode fluid inlet, the fluid exits the fluid outlet in a mist flow discharge pattern and when the fluid enters the mixing chamber through the stream mode and the mist mode fluid inlet, the fluid exits the fluid outlet in a droplet flow discharge pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Innomist LLC
    Inventor: Xinqi Rong
  • Patent number: 11833530
    Abstract: The water outlet device comprises a water outlet component and a control mechanism, the water outlet component comprises a spherical chamber, a bottom of the spherical chamber comprises a water outlet hole, a top of the spherical chamber comprises a first water inlet, a side wall of the spherical chamber comprises a second water inlet, discharging water spray from the water outlet hole is controlled by flow rate variations of the first water inlet and the second water inlet, and the control mechanism cooperates with the first water inlet and the second water inlet to steplessly adjust the flow rate variations of the first water inlet and the second water inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Donghai Chen, Bin Cao
  • Patent number: 11833377
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fire suppression, a fire suppression system including a container configured to receive frames, each of the frames including battery modules; a pipe system including at least one vertically extending pipe, the at least one vertically extending pipe configured to be provided between a respective two of the frames and configured to supply suppressant to at least one of the battery modules of each of the respective two of the frames via slots of the vertically extending pipe; at least one tank connected to the pipe system and configured to store the suppressant; at least one pump configured to recirculate the suppressant to the pipe system or a tank of the at least one tank; and an inlet body configured to connect with a suppressant source, that is external to the container, to provide new suppressant into the pipe system or the at least one tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SAFT AMERICA
    Inventors: David Barkly Ginder, Michael Joseph Bourg, Nikolay Vladimirovich Semenov, Justin Alexander Trinidad