Patents by Inventor Charles J. Morgan

Charles J. Morgan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160095490
    Abstract: A steam generator for a surface cleaning apparatus is described. The steam generator includes: a first chamber for generating steam and collecting scale; a water inlet disposed proximate a first end of the first chamber; a heater in thermal contact with the first chamber; a second chamber housed within the first chamber and in fluid communication with the first chamber; and a steam outlet for releasing steam and in fluid communication with the second chamber, wherein the steam outlet is disposed distal to the first end of the first chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9233402
    Abstract: A steam generator for a surface cleaning apparatus is described. The steam generator includes: a first chamber for generating steam and collecting scale; a water inlet disposed proximate a first end of the first chamber; a heater in thermal contact with the first chamber; a second chamber housed within the first chamber and in fluid communication with the first chamber; and a steam outlet for releasing steam and in fluid communication with the second chamber, wherein the steam outlet is disposed distal to the first end of the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150196180
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner including a base having an agitator housing including an air outlet. The base further includes a volute including a volute air inlet disposed substantially parallel to the agitator housing and a volute air outlet disposed substantially orthogonal to the agitator housing. An air duct connects the volute air inlet and the air outlet of the agitator housing and the air outlet of the agitator housing and the volute air outlet are substantially collinear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Victor B. McClearen, Ernest M. Chavana, JR., Bruce M. Kiern, Charles A. Liter, George V. Hibbs, Dennis T. Lamb, Timothy Kolody, Christopher M. Paterson
  • Publication number: 20150101145
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner including a base including a motor assembly and a wheel, wherein the wheel rotates around the motor assembly about an axis of rotation, the wheel extends radially outward from the motor assembly, and a portion of the motor assembly intersects a plane defined by the wheel perpendicular to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Victor B. McClearen, Ernest M. Chavana, JR., Bruce M. Kiern, Charles A. Liter, George V. Hibbs, Dennis T. Lamb, Timothy Kolody, Christopher M. Paterson
  • Publication number: 20140352101
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with a reduced frictional force between a vacuum base and a cleaning medium is described. The vacuum has a handle, yoke, body, and base. A handle and yoke distinct from, and behind, the base provides a moment arm anterior to the base when a force is applied. The handle and yoke assembly reduce the friction between the cleaning surface and the vacuum, allowing for larger motor and debris capturing capabilities, with easier handling and maneuverability resulting in advanced and superior cleaning capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8839485
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with a reduced frictional force between a vacuum base and a cleaning medium is described. The vacuum has a handle, yoke, body, and base. A handle and yoke distinct from, and behind, the base provides a moment arm anterior to the base when a force is applied. The handle and yoke assembly reduce the friction between the cleaning surface and the vacuum, allowing for larger motor and debris capturing capabilities, with easier handling and maneuverability resulting in advanced and superior cleaning capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20140047666
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with an automated diverter valve is described. The vacuum includes a handle, body, base, an automated diverter valve and air duct including two input ports. An automated diverter valve assembly at the junction of the dirty air intake within the base extends the air duct within the base and connects to the main air duct of the vacuum to the beater bar input and an attachment input. The automated diverter valve causes the air intake of the vacuum to be drawn from either the beater bar (floor) air input or the attachment input depending upon the position of the vacuum handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Bruce Kiern
  • Publication number: 20130340202
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with a reduced frictional force between a vacuum base and a cleaning medium is described. The vacuum has a handle, yoke, body, and base. A handle and yoke distinct from, and behind, the base provides a moment arm anterior to the base when a force is applied. The handle and yoke assembly reduce the friction between the cleaning surface and the vacuum, allowing for larger motor and debris capturing capabilities, with easier handling and maneuverability resulting in advanced and superior cleaning capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8595893
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with an automated diverter valve is described. The vacuum includes a handle, body, base, an automated diverter valve and air duct including two input ports. An automated diverter valve assembly at the junction of the dirty air intake within the base extends the air duct within the base and connects to the main air duct of the vacuum to the beater bar input and an attachment input. The automated diverter valve causes the air intake of the vacuum to be drawn from either the beater bar (floor) air input or the attachment input depending upon the position of the vacuum handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Bruce Kiern
  • Patent number: 8528166
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with a reduced frictional force between a vacuum base and a cleaning medium is described. The vacuum has a handle, yoke, body, and base. A handle and yoke distinct from, and behind, the base provides a moment arm anterior to the base when a force is applied. The handle and yoke assembly reduce the friction between the cleaning surface and the vacuum, allowing for larger motor and debris capturing capabilities, with easier handling and maneuverability resulting in advanced and superior cleaning capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20130125940
    Abstract: A steam generator for a surface cleaning apparatus is described. The steam generator includes: a first chamber for generating steam and collecting scale; a water inlet disposed proximate a first end of the first chamber; a heater in thermal contact with the first chamber; a second chamber housed within the first chamber and in fluid communication with the first chamber; and a steam outlet for releasing steam and in fluid communication with the second chamber, wherein the steam outlet is disposed distal to the first end of the first chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20110265282
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with a reduced frictional force between a vacuum base and a cleaning medium is described. The vacuum has a handle, yoke, body, and base. A handle and yoke distinct from, and behind, the base provides a moment arm anterior to the base when a force is applied. The handle and yoke assembly reduce the friction between the cleaning surface and the vacuum, allowing for larger motor and debris capturing capabilities, with easier handling and maneuverability resulting in advanced and superior cleaning capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20110265285
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a method of reducing noise generated by a vacuum is described. The method comprises providing a vacuum comprising a motor including a motor shaft adapted to operate at a rotational speed of n; attaching a centripetal fan with t number of blades attached to the motor shaft; enclosing the fan between the motor and a motor housing end bracket disposed about the shaft, the motor housing end bracket defining an air input opposite an air output; wherein the variables of speed n and the number of blades t are selected so that a blade pass frequency (BPF) of the centripetal fan is greater than about 5000 Hertz, and the BPF is calculated as BPF=n*t/60. A vacuum implementing the method is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20110265284
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with a blockage sensor and methods of identifying an obstructed airway in a vacuum are described. The vacuum cleaner has a motor and a circuit board to provide electrical current to the motor including an amperage flow sensor to determine the electrical current draw of the motor, and a blockage determiner to sample the electrical current draw and count the number of times the sampled electrical current draw exceeds a threshold amperage within a window of time. The blockage determiner can sense a blockage within the airflow path or the beater bar, and can optionally shut down the motor prior to motor failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Bruce M. Kiern
  • Publication number: 20110265881
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner with an automated diverter valve is described. The vacuum includes a handle, body, base, an automated diverter valve and air duct including two input ports. An automated diverter valve assembly at the junction of the dirty air intake within the base extends the air duct within the base and connects to the main air duct of the vacuum to the beater bar input and an attachment input. The automated diverter valve causes the air intake of the vacuum to be drawn from either the beater bar (floor) air input or the attachment input depending upon the position of the vacuum handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Bruce Kiern
  • Patent number: 4376313
    Abstract: The invention is an improvement in the structure of commodes or toilets to facilitate maintenance when the commode or toilet bowl becomes clogged with an obstruction of some type. The invention provides an easily accessible, removable, sealable, and replaceable access port at, near, or in the vicinity of the trap portion of the commode or toilet where the obstructions usually lodge, and where they are inaccessible without disconnecting and removing the commode or toilet from its sealed setting. The access port may be part of the commode or toilet bowl structure on commodes or toilet bowls with a front or rear trap. The invention eliminates the disconnecting and removal of the commode or toilet bowl and the subsequent resealing, resetting and reconnecting of the commode or toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Inventor: Charles J. Morgan
  • Patent number: D654641
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Christopher M. Paterson
  • Patent number: D680287
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Charles A. Liter, Jonathan Overholt, Bruce Kiern
  • Patent number: D681291
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Morgan, Charles A. Liter, Jonathan Overholt, Bruce Kiern