Patents Examined by Randall E. Chin
  • Patent number: 10383495
    Abstract: A cleaning tool for a floor cleaning machine is proposed which includes a cleaning-action device and a supporting part on which the cleaning-action device is arranged and by means of which the cleaning tool is fixable to the floor cleaning machine, wherein the supporting part includes a seating having a wall and a seating space for a tool holding head of the floor cleaning machine which is bounded by the wall, and the wall includes a holding region for the tool holding head, wherein the wall includes an insertion region for the tool holding head to which the holding region is adjoined, wherein the seating space is widened in the insertion region in comparison with the holding region and tapers towards the holding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Mundinger, Eugen Class
  • Patent number: 10384655
    Abstract: It comprises a housing (1) wherein a ring-shaped brush (2) and a central axis (3) to which a central brush (4) is joined are integrally fastened. The ring-shaped brush (2) delimits an inner space wherein the central brush (4) as well as other intermediate brushes (5) arranged around the central brush are housed. The head further comprises a front disc (6) with idler rotation; wherein said front disc (6) separates two opposing areas: a first area where the central brush as well as the intermediate brushes are, and a second area where a transmission mechanism is located that transmits a rotational movement to the intermediate brushes fastened to satellite axes (12) fitted in tubular junctions (6a) secured to the front disc. It enables the correct cleaning of the inner surface of the gaps in the rims of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ISTOBAL, S.A.
    Inventor: Yolanda Tomas Puchades
  • Patent number: 10376349
    Abstract: A brush head assembly (100) comprising a sandwich assembly (200) comprising a flexible matrix (30?) positioned between two layers of stiff or stiffer material (220), a plurality of bristle tufts (21), each of which comprises a plurality of bristle strands, each bristle tuft having a proximal end (23) and a free end (25), a bristle tuft retention element (250) for each bristle tuft (21), the bristle tuft retention elements (250) connecting the proximal end of the bristle tufts (21) to the sandwich assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Charles Deane, Steven Ernest Franklin
  • Patent number: 10378229
    Abstract: A cleaning robot may be provided and may include a housing comprising at least one inlet and an outlet; a filtering unit for filtering fluid; a bypass mechanism for bypassing the filtering unit; and a fluid suction unit that is arranged to direct towards the outlet fluid that (a) passes through the at least one inlet and (b) passes through at least one out of the filtering unit and the bypass mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: .MAYTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Boaz Ben Dov, Oded Golan
  • Patent number: 10369683
    Abstract: In general, a Buffing Pad Centering System (“BPCS”) for centering a back plate having an edge and a front surface is described. In an example of an implementation of the BPCS, the BPCS may include a centering ring having a top boundary and a bottom boundary and a buffing pad attached to the bottom boundary of the centering ring, where the centering ring is centered on the buffing pad. The centering ring may include a cylindrical vertical member extending between the top boundary and bottom boundary, where the cylindrical vertical member has an inner cylindrical surface and an outer cylindrical surface, and where the inner cylindrical surface is capable of snuggly receiving the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Buff and Shine Mfg. Inc
    Inventor: Richard Umbrell
  • Patent number: 10349800
    Abstract: A laminate cleaning implement. The laminate cleaning implement has a backing sheet, a substrate, and a facing sheet. The backing sheet and the facing sheet are connected at a plurality of discrete bonding points to form a coherent laminate structure and the substrate is disposed between the backing sheet and the facing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Jill Marlene Orr, John Joseph Curro
  • Patent number: 10349813
    Abstract: A personal grooming device designed to loosen and remove dirt and other debris from the surface of a material, such as a shirt or jacket. The grooming device comprises a handle, an inner cage fixedly attached to the handle and sized to receive a travel-size lint roller, an outer cage sized to fit over the travel-size lint roller, and an outer sleeve made from moleskin sized to fit around the outer cage. The outer sleeve may be constructed from an piece of adhesive-backed material wrapped around the outer cage or a single piece of cylindrical material sized to snuggly fit around the external cage. The outer sleeve may be made from other materials. In use, the sleeve loosens debris from a surface after which the external cage with sleeve is removed to expose the lint roller. The lint roller then picks up the loosed dirt and debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jay Savignac
  • Patent number: 10342648
    Abstract: A powered toothbrush apparatus with capacitive touch control is disclosed. The tooth brush includes a head portion having an oscillating tuft block driven by a motor, a handle portion, and an elastically deformable capacitive touch control panel mounted in the handle portion. In one embodiment, the control panel includes a plurality of capacitance sensor buttons each having movable sensor targets paired with a corresponding capacitance sensor electrically connected to a programmable microprocessor. Applying finger pressure on the control panel adjacent a sensor target changes capacitance of the sensor button. The microprocessor detects the change in capacitance, which controls the operating mode of the toothbrush including on/off, motor speed, brushing mode such as pulse, or other. A related operating method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Lars Ralf Rainer Lieberwirth
  • Patent number: 10335007
    Abstract: A bucket having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction includes: a first extension in the longitudinal direction; a second extension in the transverse direction, the first extension being greater than the second extension; two longitudinal sides; a front transverse side; a rear transverse side; and at least one substantially bow-shaped handle. The at least one handle extends in the longitudinal direction and is pivotable in the transverse direction. A spout of the bucket includes a self-contained through-hole and is arranged in the front transverse side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Markus Rueckheim, Christian Mast, Mike Kosub, Tomaso Cascione
  • Patent number: 10334940
    Abstract: A composite head safety toothbrush is disclosed. The toothbrush apparatus detailed herein employs a composite head made from a rigid inner polymer material and a softer thermoplastic material surrounding the inner material. The softer material provides safety for prison toothbrush applications as well as elderly and patient care where care givers may brush the teeth of a patient. Innovative pin connectors in the inner toothbrush head assist in the composite formation. The toothbrush solution herein further importantly provides for a toothbrush having a flexible handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Loops LLC
    Inventor: Steven L. Kayser
  • Patent number: 10329723
    Abstract: A system can include: a street sweeper configured to clean a street, the street sweeper including: a meter module to detect a consumption of water by the street sweeper, wherein the meter module is programmed to quantify an amount of water used by the street sweeper and to send the amount of water to a central server; and a street surface deviation detection device coupled to the street sweeper, the street surface deviation detection device being configured to measure changes in a surface of the street and send the changes to the central server; and the central server programmed to receive the amount of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Thomas Rohrbaugh
  • Patent number: 10328742
    Abstract: A new design for a marker holder and eraser has a front side and a back side, the back side having a recess. The front side has two openings for retaining markers. A metal plate and a magnet holder are disposed within the recess and an erasing material covers the recess. Projections extend from the magnet holder into openings on the front side to engage markers disposed in the openings, thereby holding the markers at any angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Chameleon Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Green, Alfred Darrel Shanbour, II
  • Patent number: 10329724
    Abstract: A vehicular sweeping machine includes a frame and a broom assembly that is mounted to the frame. The broom assembly includes a broom enclosure, a left hub that is mounted on a left hub mount arm, and a right hub that is mounted on a right hub mount arm. A broom is mounted between the left hub and the right hub. An outer tube is attached to the rear of the broom enclosure and to one of the left and right hub mount arms. An inner tube has a fixed end that is attached to the left or right hub mount arm to which the outer tube is not attached. The inner tube also has a free end that is adapted to slide within the outer tube. A linear actuator is attached between the broom enclosure and the left or right hub mount arm to which the fixed end of the inner tube is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Roadtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Petty, Brent Michaels
  • Patent number: 10327877
    Abstract: A powered toothbrush head that, in one embodiment, includes a head portion including a first movable tuft block configured for holding tooth cleaning elements. The first movable tuft block is operably connected to a motor-driven drift shaft for movement. An eccentric cam formed on the shaft drives the first movable tuft block via engagement with a slot formed in the body of the first movable tuft block. The first movable tuft block is movable in a combination oscillating motion comprising vertical motion and lateral pivoting or tilting motion upon rotation of the drive shaft. A related method for oscillating the first movable tuft block is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Lars Ralf Rainer Lieberwirth
  • Patent number: 10315232
    Abstract: A cleaning member 10, for use in cleaning a substrate W, comprises: a tip surface 13 configured to be in contact with the substrate W when cleaning the substrate W, and the tip surface 13 being not covered with a skin layer 11; and a circumferential part having a covered part 16, which is disposed on the base end side and a circumferential surface of which is covered with the skin layer 11, and an exposed part 17, which is disposed on the tip end side and a circumferential surface of which is not covered with the skin layer 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Tomoatsu Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10292560
    Abstract: A mobile surface cleaning robot that includes a robot body having a forward drive direction and a drive system supporting the robot body above a floor surface. The drive system includes right and left drive wheels and a caster wheel assembly disposed rearward of the drive wheels. The caster wheel assembly includes a caster wheel supported for vertical movement and a suspension spring biasing the caster wheel toward the floor surface. The robot also includes a cleaning system supported by the robot body forward of the drive wheels and having at least one cleaning element that engages the floor surface. The suspension spring has a spring constant sufficient to elevate a rear end of the robot body above the floor surface to maintain engagement of the at least one cleaning element with the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Doughty
  • Patent number: 10272560
    Abstract: A multi-component quick assembly handle includes a first tubular member made of a permanently deformable material and having a first end permanently formed with a predetermined diameter (x) and connecting to a second end forming a remaining portion of said first tubular member of a smaller diameter (x??a), a second tubular member made of a permanently deformable material having a first end with a predetermined diameter (x) and connecting a second end having a larger diameter (x+?b) and an inner diameter (y) to complementary receive by way of a friction fit said second end of said first tubular member. A method of forming multi-component quick assembly handle employs male and female tools to accomplish this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Monahan Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Monahan, Kurt Ni
  • Patent number: 6978508
    Abstract: Disposable and semi-disposable cleaning devices use lengths of folded and nonfolded non-woven fiber material interlaid with paper or waste fabric strips or ribbons or any other type of material. These fabrics are an alternative to yarn in the manufacture of inexpensive, disposable and semi-disposable products including mopheads, mats, drop sheets, furniture covers for movers, carpet protectors, cleaning wipes, mopheads, diapers, incontinence mats and the like. A particular embodiment is disclosed wherein a mop swab is made from the disclosed yarn substitute to provide a mop which is priced to discard after one time or several times use depending upon the type of material used in the construction process. The mop swab is formed from the elongate yarn substitute by wrapping about spaced arms and bunched to form a head attachable to a mop fixture. Tail ends may be looped or cut. Wipes may be made from the yarn substitute by forming a wrap and placing the wrap within a case-like cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Scot Young Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Scot Young
  • Patent number: 6941612
    Abstract: A mop wringer for a device for cleaning wet floors has a fixed squeezing plate which is positioned between wringer sidewalls. A movable squeezing plate is pivoted to the sidewalls. An actuating lever is configured as a two-armed lever with a shorter lever arm and a longer arm. The actuating lever is connected to the movable squeezing plate by the shorter lever arm and a push guide. A pressing action is carried out by pivoting the actuating lever away from the movable squeezing plate. In the final pressing position, the push guide forms an almost extended toggle lever joint with the shorter lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventor: Gernot Hirse
  • Patent number: 6932216
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush comprises a body portion and a head including a motor, a moving portion, a handle, and a gear arrangement between the moving portion and the motor. The moving portion rotates, oscillates and/or reciprocates about an axis normal to a longitudinal axis of the head. The moving portion can include stiff bristles and massaging tips and the static portion can include soft bristles and massaging tips. The body portion houses the motor. A switch is operatively connected to the motor to provide momentary or continuous operation of the toothbrush. In one embodiment the gear arrangement includes a shaft, a worm gear and a pair of step gears. In another embodiment the gear arrangement includes a plurality of gears and at least one swivel arm for drive the moving portion in a rotating, oscillating or reciprocating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Blaustein, John R. Nottingham, John Osher, John W. Spirk, Douglas A. Gall