Patents Examined by Michael D Jennings
  • Patent number: 11987217
    Abstract: A method for treating a vehicle having at least one outer surface, includes (a) adjusting an angle of a treatment brush relative to the vertical in at least one predetermined angular range parallel and/or perpendicular to the outer surface, (b) guiding the treatment brush along the at least one outer surface on a path during the treatment process, (c) monitoring the angle of the treatment brush to the vertical parallel and/or perpendicular to the outer surface during step (b), and (d) adapting the path of the treatment brush if a deviation of the monitored angle of the treatment brush from the at least one predetermined angular range is determined in step (c). An apparatus for treating a vehicle having at least one outer surface, a use of the apparatus for treating a vehicle having at least one outer surface, and a computer program product are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Washtec Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Foerg, Bernhard Heinz, David Stecher
  • Patent number: 11986367
    Abstract: The invention relates to method of manufacturing a recess wall lined with bristles for a mouthpiece for simultaneously brushing at a plurality of dental positions, and to a recess wall and mouthpiece manufactured according to the method. In a providing step, an elongate, continuous, bristled sheet part having a first side lined with a plurality of bristles is provided. The elongate sheet part defines a length axis extending parallel to the sheet part and, viewed transverse to the length axis, a cross-sectional shape. The sheet part obtained in the providing step has an initial condition in which the cross-sectional shape has an initial shape, and the length axis is arch-shaped. In a transforming step, the sheet part of the providing step is transformed from the initial condition to a final condition to provide the recess wall. In the final condition the cross-sectional shape has a final U-shape, the length axis is arch shaped, and the first side is a concave inner side of the final U-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: DENTAL ROBOTICS GROUP B.V.
    Inventors: Joppe Gideon Van Dijk, Tim Anton Snijder, Thomas Van De Water
  • Patent number: 11987215
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device of the flat blade type comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade includes at least one longitudinal slit, in which slit at least one longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for a rod-like extension of an oscillating arm, wherein said rod-like extension can be pivotally connected to said connecting device about a pivot axis near a free end thereof, with the special feature that said connecting device comprises a channel arranged to receive said free end of said rod-like extension, wherein said windscreen wiper device comprises a nozzle for spraying a washing liquid onto said windscreen to be wiped, wherein said nozzle is mounted onto said rod-like extension by sliding a ring-like mounting part of said nozzle over the free end of said rod-like extension in a directi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: TRICO BELGIUM S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 11986084
    Abstract: A mobile trailer-cleaning system is a system that facilitates the cleaning of the exterior surfaces of a trailer. The system may include at least one brush assembly, a roof carriage, an agitation mechanism, and a steering assembly. The at least one brush assembly enables the cleaning of all the trailer's exterior surfaces including the rear of the trailer and any non-flat surfaces. The roof carriage serves as a guide to maintain the at least one brush assembly adjacent to the trailer's walls as the at least one brush assembly moves along the trailer. The roof carriage also prevents the at least one brush assembly from tipping over. The agitation mechanism eases the cleaning of the trailer's exterior surfaces by agitating the at least one brush assembly in predetermined modes of operation. The steering assembly enables the user to manually operate the at least one brush assembly during the cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Eugene Saint-Jean, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11981105
    Abstract: The device assists the customer in cleaning residue from their skin and body hair after they use a toilet for elimination, after they receive a cut or abrasion, or from other source. With the device, the person physically transforms toilet paper and other tissue-like paper in real time to have greater texture, density, and wetness, all three of which together facilitate cleaning better than dry paper or than wet paper without such increased density and texture. Being pocket sized and intended for repeated use, the device can be easily carried by or on the person and used in any bathroom or location anywhere without modification to the plumbing facilities, without risk of running out of a supply of pre-moistened wipes, and without damaging the environment or sewage and septic systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: James Kaslik
  • Patent number: 11974709
    Abstract: A cleaning cart can comprise a body defining an underside and at least one shelf, wherein the body has a footprint. A plurality of wheels can rotatably couple to the body. A sweeping attachment can be coupled to the underside of the body. The sweeping attachment can comprise a slide comprising a track that is coupled to the body and a carriage that is configured to slide relative to the track along an axis about and between a first position that is generally within the footprint of the body and a second position that is generally outside of the footprint of the body. A sweeping assembly can be coupled to the carriage. The sweeping assembly can couple to a sweeping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: United States Government As Represented By The Department Of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: Larry Hillson, Micah Hambleton
  • Patent number: 11970850
    Abstract: A sewer cleaning machine includes a frame, a drum rotatably supported by the frame, and a motor supported by the frame and coupled to the drum. The drum includes a cable that is selectively extendable out of the drum. The motor is operable to rotate the drum. The drum is configured to engage a surface to facilitate moving the sewer cleaning machine along the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John S. Scott, Scott T. Moeller, Christopher S. Jones, William D. Stoneback, Warren G. Corrado
  • Patent number: 11963643
    Abstract: A scrubbing tool for cleaning a surface that has a handle for holding by a user in a cleaning operation. The handle has a first connector. The scrubbing tool also has a cleaning head having a second connector configured to mate with the first connector in order to attach the cleaning head to the handle in an engaged position. The cleaning head is comprised entirely of a material configured to dissolve in water and has a cleaning agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: SCRUB DADDY, INC.
    Inventors: John Edward Lee O'Brien, Aaron C. Krause, Aleksandrs Titovs, Joe M. Vaccaro
  • Patent number: 11963608
    Abstract: A toothbrush with a system to replace the bristle head. The present invention patent application follows, for a toothbrush, aimed at oral hygiene, which through a male coupling formed by a tongue with claw, both incorporated in the bristle head, which will couple in the female cavity of the handle, so that with the bristle lifetime end due to its wear, the head can be removed and replaced, providing economy, as well as less environmental impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Marli Sala
  • Patent number: 11944242
    Abstract: A scrubbing tool for cleaning a surface that has a handle for holding by a user in a cleaning operation. The handle has a first connector. The scrubbing tool also has a cleaning head having a second connector configured to mate with the first connector in order to attach the cleaning head to the handle in an engaged position. The cleaning head is comprised entirely of a material configured to dissolve in water and has a cleaning agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SCRUB DADDY, INC.
    Inventors: John Edward Lee O'Brien, Aaron C Krause, Aleksandrs Titovs, Joe M Vaccaro
  • Patent number: 11944250
    Abstract: A cleaning pad structure of stitch bonded construction incorporating one or more substrate layers of an absorbent nonwoven material with an optional additional fluid blocking substrate layer of polymer film or other suitable material in juxtaposed relation to the absorbent nonwoven layers. Stitching yarns are introduced in stitching relation through the substrate layers. One face of the pad defines a cleaning surface of raised yarn loops formed by the stitched yarns. The pad further includes an attachment surface facing away from the cleaning surface. The stitches of yarns across the attachment surface define an engagement surface for attachment to cooperating hooking elements across a surface of a mop head to define a hook and loop attachment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Tietex International Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Patent number: 11946282
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a moving device used in liquid. The moving device includes a mode switching member configured to achieve a position switching of the moving device above a liquid surface and below the liquid surface. When the moving device is below the liquid surface, the moving device is fully submerged below the liquid surface, and when the moving device is above the liquid surface, at least a portion of the moving device is above the liquid surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: XINGMAI INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY (SUZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shilei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11930917
    Abstract: An apparatus for removal of debris from a debris-carrying brush comprising a housing having a brush aperture and an exhaust aperture, a debris-removal component having an array of cleaning elements, and a passive debris collection means, wherein, in a substantially dry environment free of water and cleaning solutions, the debris-removal component rotates such that the array of cleaning elements remove debris from a debris-carrying brush inserted into the apparatus through the brush aperture and brought in contact therewith, rotation of the debris-removal component causes the array of cleaning elements to induce an airflow towards the passive debris collection means, the airflow captures and entrains at least a portion of removed debris, and the entrained debris is deposited in the passive debris collection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Comfortel Furniture Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jono Chapman, Antony Stolfo, Lisa Feleppa, Sandra Sundelin, Matthew Hore, Barry Singer
  • Patent number: 11931211
    Abstract: A medical device for cleaning a laparoscope can include a service box with a pump and a gas valve. Each of the pump and the gas valve can be in communication with an exit valve. The pump can be configured to draw fluid into the service box, along a fluid feed line, and out of the exit valve. The gas valve can be configured to selectively permit gas into the service box, along the fluid feed line, and out of the exit valve. The medical device can include a trocar that can be in communication with the exit valve via a flexible tubing. The trocar can include a hub and a cannula. The hub can be configured to receive and direct the laparoscope through the cannula. The cannula can be configured to receive fluid and gas from the exit valve and direct the fluid and gas to the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Maurice Andre Recanati, Katherine Kramer, Hanna G. Ozbeki, Rebeca Kelly, Apoorv Talekar, Satinder Kaur, Michael Croft, Wesley Kuuttila, Theresa Bonucci, Charles Vanerian
  • Patent number: 11932210
    Abstract: A drive technology for vehicle treatment installations. The drive technology comprises a washing installation drive motor (2) for a vehicle treatment system (69). The washing installation drive motor (2) is preferably configured as a synchronous motor, in particular as a brushless DC motor. The drive motor (2) has an internal rotor (3) with a hollow shaft (5). As an alternative, or in addition, the washing installation drive motor (2) is configured as a modular drive unit (7). The modular drive unit (7) has a uniform configuration and is provided and configured for driving different apparatus constituent parts of a washing installation. The drive technology further includes a washing installation drive (1), a treatment element (52, 55, 57, 64) and also a vehicle treatment system (60) with a corresponding washing installation drive motor (2), and an associated operating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: OTTO CHRIST AG
    Inventor: Markus Christ
  • Patent number: 11930989
    Abstract: A roller assembly for a mobile cleaning system for cleaning a work surface can include a drive shaft, a sheath, a bushing, and a bushing shroud. The drive shaft can be rotatable about a drive axis, and the drive shaft can include a driven end and an opposite bushing end. The sheath can be supported by the drive shaft and the sheath can be rotatable with the drive shaft. The sheath can include a shell engageable with the work surface. The bushing can be located about the bushing end of the drive shaft. The bushing shroud can be connected to the bushing. The sheath and the drive shaft can be together rotatable with respect to the bushing and the bushing shroud, the bushing shroud can include an outer portion defining a first radius of curvature and a recessed portion connected to the outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Hao-Yun Chow, Patrick Chow, Ke Ting Gao, Fangzheng Guo, Jennifer Ann Mauger, Rogelio Manfred Neumann, Jian Yun Pi, Michael G. Sack, Rubal Verma
  • Patent number: 11931779
    Abstract: Provided is a pipeline scraper apparatus that may clean an inside surface of a pipeline. The apparatus may include a body, a water collection recess, a first and a second fluid port, a condenser coil, a lubricant storage tank, and a lubricant. The apparatus is configured to distribute lubricant onto the exterior surface of the body. In the apparatus, a condenser coil may be positioned within the water collection recess, and a lubricant storage tank may be positioned within the interior space. Further provided is a method for using a pipeline scraper apparatus that may include introducing the pipeline scraper apparatus into a pipeline to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Abdulrahman S. Ahmari, Mohammed S. Al Dabbous
  • Patent number: 11925302
    Abstract: An air outlet system for a portable dry vacuum cleaner, via which intake air sucked in by the dry vacuum cleaner can be expelled into the surroundings as exhaust air, wherein the air outlet system has an accommodation bay, which is to be arranged in a housing of the dry vacuum cleaner and in which optionally an air filter cartridge or an outlet adapter may be accommodated, wherein the outlet adapter has an outlet fitting for the connection of a blower hose and the air filter cartridge is free from an outlet fitting of this kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Sonya Wörz
  • Patent number: 11925300
    Abstract: A personal washing tool comprises a tool having a face and handle. The face comprises a reusable adhesive to which a wet wipe or disposable cloth are removable secured. The removable wipe or cloth portion of the tool may be actuated by either a push button mechanism or a sliding switch mechanism either of which are located on the handle. The wipe or cloth portion may be reloaded once a roll is empty and ejected from the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Rea R. Cabading
  • Patent number: 11919486
    Abstract: System for cleaning a glazed surface of a motor vehicle, including at least one wiper and a drive device for driving at least the wiper along an axis of translation, substantially perpendicular to said wiper, where the glazed surface is a detection surface of a sensor/emitter of a detection assembly and in that the drive device includes at least one drive motor driving in rotation about an axis of rotation substantially perpendicular to the axis of translation, and at least a conversion device converting a rotational movement of the drive motor into a rectilinear movement along the axis of translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gerald Caillot, Frederic Giraud, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Vincent Izabel