Patents Examined by David A. Redding
  • Patent number: 10500894
    Abstract: A wheel for a robot cleaner includes an outer ring in contact with a surface to be cleaned, an inner ring which is disposed inside the outer ring and receives a driving force, a plurality of spokes which connect the outer ring and the inner ring, and form a plurality of independent spaces through which air passes, and a plurality of ribs disposed in the plurality of independent spaces, each of the plurality of ribs having a shorter length than a length of each of the plurality of spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan-young Park, Seung-il Han, Jun-won Seo, Kyu-ha Lee, Young-mi Kim, Hyun-uk Park, Jea-won Lee, Young-kyun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10499779
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner comprising: a housing; a motor fan assembly arranged to generate an air flow; a dirt container in fluid communication with a dirty air inlet and the motor fan assembly; a moveable dirt compactor mounted in the dirt container and moveable between a stowed position and a dirt compacting position wherein the moveable dirt compactor is closer to one end of the dirt container in the dirt compacting position than in the stowed position, wherein the movable dirt compactor is shaped so as to allow dirt within the dirt container located on one side of the dirt compactor to pass to the other side of the dirt compactor; and a detector switch coupled to the moveable dirt compactor, the detector switch configured to open an electrical circuit and interrupt power supplied to the motor fan assembly when the moveable dirt compactor moves towards the dirt compacting position and urges dirt towards the one end of the dirt container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Muir, Andrew Walker, Cavan Grey, Jack Richardson
  • Patent number: 10493480
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automatic powder cleaning process and device for wheel bolt holes. The device comprises a vacuum pump, a steady pressure tank, a powder cleaning robot, a powder cleaning gun, a control system and accessories. According to the process and the device, shielded protection is canceled, and powder at the mounting part of a wheel bolt hole is automatically cleaned, so that the process and the device are suitable for various wheel products, and the labor and the labor cost are reduced; the problems that a lot of different types of protective plugs needed for wheels are inconvenient to customize and store and high in cost are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zaide Wang, Huanming Ma, Hongtao Wang, Zhiwei Qin, Bo Ning, Lei Bao
  • Patent number: 10485393
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner comprises: a housing and a motor fan assembly mounted in the housing, the motor fan assembly arranged to generate an air flow. A removable dirt container is mountable on the housing and in fluid communication with a dirty air inlet and the motor fan assembly. A moveable dirt compactor is mounted in the dirt container and moveable between a stowed position and a dirt compacting position wherein the moveable dirt compactor is closer to one end of the dirt container in the dirt compacting position than in the stowed position. Wherein the dirt container comprises a primary handle for actuating the moveable dirt compactor with a first hand and a first auxiliary handle for allowing the user to grip with a second hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Muir, Andrew Walker, Cavan Gray, Jack Richardson
  • Patent number: 10477832
    Abstract: A self-propelled manure removal vehicle, including: at least two wheels, at least one motor device and a control device, for displacing the vehicle by driving at least one of the wheels; a floor-scraping device configured to clean a floor surface while being in contact with the floor surface, wherein at least a lower rim of the floor-scraping device is flexible to adapt its shape to the floor surface; and at least one skid element including a lower rim with a slide surface to slide over a floor surface to support the vehicle, and the lower rim of the floor scraping device projects further downwardly than the slide surface of the at least one skid element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Huibrecht Johannes Arjen Van Den Beukel, Harrold Jan Munneke
  • Patent number: 10478030
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a hand vacuum cleaner, a surface cleaning head and a rigid air flow conduit. The hand vacuum cleaner has a main body housing a suction motor and fan assembly. The hand vacuum cleaner also has an air inlet centrally positioned on a front end of an air treatment member, the air inlet is releasably connectable with the air outlet of the rigid wand. The hand vacuum cleaner also has a hand vacuum cleaner electrical connector provided on the front end of the air treatment member adjacent the hand vacuum cleaner air inlet, the hand vacuum cleaner electrical connector is releasably connectable with the outlet end electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectul Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10470630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vacuum cleaner robot comprising a suction device mounted on wheels and a power supply device mounted on wheels, where the suction device comprises a floor nozzle, a dust separator and a motorized fan unit for suctioning an air stream in through the floor nozzle, where the suction device comprises a drive device for driving at least one of the wheels of the suction device, and where the power supply device comprises a drive device for driving at least one of the wheels of the power supply device, where said power supply device is via a power supply cable connected to said suction device for supplying said suction device with power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Eurofilters Holding N.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Sauer, Jan Schultink
  • Patent number: 10471937
    Abstract: A compressed air system is provided for automotive or motorcycle use, wherein compressed air is utilized to assist clearing a windshield or a windscreen during foul weather. The system comprises an electrically driven or belt driven air compressor, a compressed air reservoir tank, a network of air lines throughout the vehicle or attached to a rider's helmet, and a plurality of air nozzles that release the air from the air lines on command. The ejected air is highly pressurized and exits at a high velocity to remove water droplets and particles for improved clarity through the windshield or wind screen. A user-operated switch controls at least one valve to release the compressed air from the network of air lines and through the nozzles, wherein the compressed air tank is continually replenished to allow for consistent and repeated bursts of compressed air over an extended period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Davis, Gregory Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10470635
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device in the form of a suction nozzle (10) for an urban or industrial aspirator (1), preferably self-propelled, comprising a rigid hose or tube (1000), said rigid hose or tube comprising gripping means (100, 200, 300, 400) that comprise a first gripping element (110, 210, 310, 410) in the form of a handle, a support element (120, 220, 320, 420) serving as a lever, and a second gripping element (130, 230, 330, 430) and optionally a base (101, 201, 301, 401).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Glutton Cleaning Machines Division de Lange Christian sa
    Inventors: Damien Bertrand, Christian Lange, Franck Buddeker, Jean-BenoƮt Langouche
  • Patent number: 10470629
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a transport drive and control system arranged for autonomous movement of the robot over a floor for performing cleaning operations. The robot chassis carries a first cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arranged to suction loose particulates up from the cleaning surface and a second cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arraigned to apply a cleaning fluid onto the surface and to thereafter collect the cleaning fluid up from the surface after it has been used to clean the surface. The robot chassis carries a supply of cleaning fluid and a waste container for storing waste materials collected up from the cleaning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Ziegler, Christopher John Morse, Duane L. Gilbert, Jr., Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 10463218
    Abstract: A charging stand (100) for a vacuum cleaner (200) includes a body (1), a pedal (2) and a safety protection device (3). The pedal (2) is disposed to the body (1) and is pivotable between a first position and a second position. The safety protection device (3) is disposed to the body (1), normally cooperate with the pedal (2), and separate from cooperation with the pedal (2) to make the pedal (2) move from the first position to the second position when moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Min Zhong, Chaoyi Deng, Xinzhou Wang, Yonghua Wang
  • Patent number: 10455999
    Abstract: An upright vacuum cleaner (1) includes a brushroll assembly (100) having a brushroll casing (12) and a brushroll (11); a motor assembly (200) having a motor housing (21) and a motor (22); a body assembly (300) having a body (31) and a bridging member (32), in which the bridging member (32) is pivotally connected to the motor housing (21) to make the body (31) rotatable between an upright position and an oblique position; and an elastic assembly (4) provided between the brushroll casing (12) and the bridging member (32), and configured to be pressed downward against the brushroll casing (12) by the bridging member (32) when the body (31) rotates from the upright position to the oblique position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING APPLIANCES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Hu, Hui Zou, Xiahu Xiao
  • Patent number: 10448794
    Abstract: A robotic cleaning device including a main body having a front end portion with a front end wall, a rear end portion, a right side wall connecting the front end wall and the rear end portion and a left side wall connecting the front end wall and the rear end portion. At least one driving wheel is arranged to move the robotic cleaning device across a surface to be cleaned. A cleaning member is arranged at a bottom side of the main body for removing debris from the surface to be cleaned, the cleaning member being arranged in the front end portion of the main body. The main body is arranged such that its width is greatest between the right side wall and the left side wall, and the greatest width is located at the front end portion of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventor: Anders Haegermarck
  • Patent number: 10433698
    Abstract: A hand held surface cleaning apparatus has a fluid flow path extending from a dirty fluid inlet provided at a front end of the hand held surface cleaning apparatus to a clean air outlet, the fluid flow path including a separator and a suction motor, wherein the suction motor is positioned rearward of the dirty fluid inlet. A separation stage comprising the separator, a solid collection chamber in communication with a separated element outlet of the separator and a separated liquid reservoir in communication with the solid collection chamber is provided. The solid collection chamber is positioned rearward of the separated liquid reservoir and the separator is positioned rearward of the solid collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Omachrom Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10433696
    Abstract: An autonomous coverage robot includes a cleaning assembly having forward roller and rearward rollers counter-rotating with respect to each other. The rollers are arranged to substantially maintain a cross sectional area between the two rollers yet permitting collapsing therebetween as large debris is passed. Each roller includes a resilient elastomer outer tube and a partially air-occupied inner resilient core configured to bias the outer tube to rebound. The core includes a hub and resilient spokes extending between the inner surface of the outer tube and the hub. The spokes suspend the outer tube to float about the hub and transfer torque from the hub to the outer tube while allowing the outer tube to momentarily deform or move offset from the hub during impact with debris larger than the cross sectional area between the two rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Duane Leigh Gilbert, Jr., Faruk Halil Bursal, Richard Joseph Therrien, Russell Walter Morin
  • Patent number: 10433688
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a suction unit; a suction motor that generates suction force for sucking air through the suction unit and includes an impeller; a dust separation unit that includes one or more cyclone units generating cyclonic flow to separate dust from air flowing inside through the suction unit; a dust container that stores dust separated by the dust separation unit and is disposed under the suction motor; a battery disposed behind the dust container to supply power to the suction motor; and a handle disposed behind the suction motor, wherein a rotational axis of the impeller and an axis of the cyclonic flow vertically extend and an extension line from the rotational axis of the impeller passes through the one or more cyclone units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bohyun Nam, Namhee Kim, Jinju Kim, Hyeonjeong An, Jungbae Hwang
  • Patent number: 10433497
    Abstract: A portable leaf blower comprises a housing having an air inlet and an air outlet port and defines an air outlet port axis. A handle is attached to the housing. A motor is mounted within the housing, with the motor mount having a rotatable drive shaft. A rotatable impeller is mounted on the drive shaft for rotation therewith, and to draw air into the air inlet and to blow the air out of the air outlet port in generally parallel relation to the air outlet port axis. A blower tube has a tube ingress port and a tube egress port, and defines a tube ingress port axis. The blower tube is connectable in supported relation to one of the housing and the handle, such that the tube ingress port is positioned in spaced relation to the air outlet port, with the air outlet port axis being coincident with the tube ingress port axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
    Inventors: Bruce Matthew T. Cooper, Anthony Wolf
  • Patent number: 10426302
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner can include an air inlet conduit having an inlet conduit axis, a suction motor and fan assembly having a suction motor axis of rotation, and an air treatment member. The handle has a hand grip portion that extends upwardly and forwardly and the suction motor is positioned forward of the hand grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Wayne Conrad, Nina Conrad, Lee M. Cottrell, Dave Petersen, Jason B. Thorne, Adam Udy
  • Patent number: 10426303
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner that includes: a suction hose; and a cleaner main body including: a main body portion, a suction motor that is configured to generate suction force, a dust container that includes (i) a storage space to collect dust and (ii) a suction port through which dust is collected from the suction hose into the storage space, and a cover member (i) that is configured to rotate, about an axis that is outside of a plane of the cover member, between a first position and a second position, (ii) that covers, based on the cover member being located at the first position, at least a portion of the dust container, and (iii) that includes a coupling unit that couples the suction hose to the suction port, wherein, based on the cover member being located at the first position, the coupling unit aligns with the suction port is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungkyu Son, Bohyun Nam, Jaeyong Park, Sehwan Bae
  • Patent number: 10427085
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cleaning robot including a body; a display unit configured to display information related to various operations of the cleaning robot; a dust collecting box separably coupled with the body to collect dust introduced through a dust suction port; an air cleaning box to replace the dust collecting box and installed at the body to purify air introduced into the body and then discharge the purified air; and a control unit configured to recognize whether a box installed at the body is the dust collecting box or the air cleaning box, and to control the cleaning robot to perform a cleaning mode or an air cleaning mode according to a recognized result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Chan Kim, Woo Ram Oh, Sang Sik Yoon