Patents by Inventor Robert J. Wentworth

Robert J. Wentworth 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).

  • Patent number: 11260833
    Abstract: A number of dolly assemblies are connected in series with chain linkage sections to form an endless conveyor chain for the dolly assemblies to move objects along a track. Each dolly assembly includes a link attachment and a wheel assembly supported by the link attachment. The link attachment includes a base and a body portion. The body portion presents an open-loop partially surrounding an interior and extending between a pair of ends. The ends are spaced from one another to define an opening to the interior therebetween. The pair of ends are also formed in toward the interior to partially surround a respective pocket. Each pocket is configured to receive a portion of an endlink of a respective chain linkage section therein, and each one of the formed ends functions to prevent the endlink of the respective chain linkage section from becoming unhooked from the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Lionel Belanger, Robert J. Wentworth, Douglas J. Calvin
  • Publication number: 20210188222
    Abstract: A number of dolly assemblies are connected in series with chain linkage sections to form an endless conveyor chain for the dolly assemblies to move objects along a track. Each dolly assembly includes a link attachment and a wheel assembly supported by the link attachment. The link attachment includes a base and a body portion. The body portion presents an open-loop partially surrounding an interior and extending between a pair of ends. The ends are spaced from one another to define an opening to the interior therebetween. The pair of ends are also formed in toward the interior to partially surround a respective pocket. Each pocket is configured to receive a portion of an endlink of a respective chain linkage section therein, and each one of the formed ends functions to prevent the endlink of the respective chain linkage section from becoming unhooked from the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Motor City Washworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lionel Belanger, Robert J. Wentworth, Douglas J. Calvin
  • Publication number: 20200031319
    Abstract: Disclosed are exhaust heat recirculation systems for vehicle wash vacuums, methods for making/using such vacuum exhaust heat recirculation systems, and vehicle wash facilities with a central vacuum system having exhaust recirculation capabilities. A vehicle wash facility includes multiple vehicle stalls, and a vacuum system for removing debris from vehicles at the vehicle stalls. The vacuum system includes vacuum hoses mounted at the vehicle stalls, a central power unit that generates vacuum pressure for operating the hoses, and feeders for connecting the hoses to an inlet manifold of the central power unit. An exhaust heat recirculation system is operatively connected to and evacuates exhaust gases from the central power unit. The vacuum system may include a continuous-belt heater unit that receives the evacuated exhaust gases and repurposes the gas for drying towels, mitter cloth strips, brushes, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Lionel Belanger, Robert J. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 10260806
    Abstract: A drying station for a vehicle wash facility includes at least one rotatable drying wheel positioned adjacent a vehicle treatment area. The at least one rotatable drying wheel has a drying material disposed thereon and is configured to engage an exterior of the vehicle to remove water accumulated thereon. The drying station includes a beater device disposed adjacent the at least one rotatable drying wheel with the beater device and the drying wheel being engageable as the at least one rotatable drying wheel rotates. As the rotatable drying wheel spins, the drying material contacts the beater device to help minimize its level of saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Publication number: 20160238316
    Abstract: A drying station for a vehicle wash facility includes at least one rotatable drying wheel positioned adjacent a vehicle treatment area. The at least one rotatable drying wheel has a drying material disposed thereon and is configured to engage an exterior of the vehicle to remove water accumulated thereon. The drying station includes a beater device disposed adjacent the at least one rotatable drying wheel with the beater device and the drying wheel being engageable as the at least one rotatable drying wheel rotates. As the rotatable drying wheel spins, the drying material contacts the beater device to help minimize its level of saturation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 9328959
    Abstract: A drying station for a vehicle wash facility includes at least one rotatable drying wheel positioned adjacent a vehicle treatment area. The at least one rotatable drying wheel has a drying material disposed thereon and which can engage an exterior of the vehicle to remove water accumulated thereon. The drying station includes a beater device disposed adjacent the at least one rotatable drying wheel with the beater device and the drying wheel being engageable as the at least one rotatable drying wheel rotates. As the rotatable drying wheel spins, the drying material contacts the beater device to help minimize its level of saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 8769756
    Abstract: A tire coating apparatus for applying fluid to vehicle tires in a vehicle washing system, includes a pair of mechanical applicators, which each have at least one coating applicator disposed thereon for contacting the vehicle tires to apply the fluid. One mechanical applicator is intended to engage the tires on a right side of a vehicle while the other mechanical applicator is intended to engage the tires on a left side of the vehicle. The mechanical applicators also include a guide portion for guiding the vehicle wheel when a patron had elected not to have a coating fluid applied to the vehicle wheels. The mechanical applicators are rotatable between an initial position where the coating applicators are in a non-coating position to a second position where the coating applicators are intended to contact a vehicle tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 8512835
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system having a plurality of vehicle treatment components with one of the plurality of vehicle treatment components including at least one support member. The at least one support member has an exterior surface. A shrinkable sleeve is sized to fit over the exterior surface of the at least one support member. The shrinkable sleeve is slid onto the at least one support member and located in a predetermined position around the exterior surface. Upon application of heat to the shrinkable sleeve, it shrinks and conforms to the shape of the exterior surface of the at least one support member such that it is fixedly attached to the exterior surface of the at least one support member in the predetermined position. The result is a protective covering for the support member that is durable and readily cleanable such that fluid and debris can be easily wiped off of the covering and corrosion of the support member is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, J. Allan Lunk
  • Patent number: 8505144
    Abstract: A counter-balanced top wheel assembly for laundering a vehicle includes a frame. A brush support arm having a first end and a second end is pivotally mounted to the frame adjacent the first end. A counterweight support arm having a first end and a second end is pivotally mounted to the frame adjacent the first end. The second end of the brush support arm is in communication with a brush such that the brush extends over a vehicle bay to launder an exterior of the vehicle. The assembly includes a pulley mechanism with a strap connecting the brush support arm to the counterweight support arm. The brush support arm and the counterweight support arm extend away from the frame in the same direction. The assembly is configured such that the brush applies consistent weight to the exterior of the vehicle throughout its entire arc of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 8505213
    Abstract: A dryer nozzle for a drying unit in a vehicle wash system includes a nozzle portion for emitting high velocity air to an exterior surface of a vehicle passing thereunder. The nozzle portion has an inner nozzle section and an outer nozzle section. The inner nozzle section and the outer nozzle section being configured such that they can be positioned one inside the other during operation. At least one of the inner nozzle section or the outer nozzle section can be extended and retracted as directed towards or away from the surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 8424480
    Abstract: A tire coating apparatus that is intended to apply coating fluid to vehicle tires in a vehicle washing system when selected by a patron. The tire coating apparatus includes a pair of mechanical applicators, which each include one or more coating applicators disposed thereon for contacting the vehicle tires to apply a coating fluid thereto when selected by a patron. One mechanical applicator includes one or more coating applicator members that are intended to contact the tires on a right side of a vehicle while the other mechanical applicator includes one or more coating applicators that are intended to contact the tires on a left side of the vehicle. The mechanical applicators also include a guide portion for contacting and guiding the vehicle wheel when a patron had elected not to have a coating fluid applied to the vehicle wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Publication number: 20130081569
    Abstract: A tire coating apparatus for applying fluid to vehicle tires in a vehicle washing system, includes a pair of mechanical applicators, which each have at least one coating applicator disposed thereon for contacting the vehicle tires to apply the fluid. One mechanical applicator is intended to engage the tires on a right side of a vehicle while the other mechanical applicator is intended to engage the tires on a left side of the vehicle. The mechanical applicators also include a guide portion for guiding the vehicle wheel when a patron had elected not to have a coating fluid applied to the vehicle wheels. The mechanical applicators are rotatable between an initial position where the coating applicators are in a non-coating position to a second position where the coating applicators are intended to contact a vehicle tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 8333845
    Abstract: A vehicle washing system including a frame having an entrance and an exit side. The frame linearly reciprocates along a plurality of rails that extend generally in the direction between the entrance side and the exit side to travel over a stationary vehicle. The frame has a first fluid dispensing device located in the half adjacent its entrance side and a second fluid dispensing device located adjacent its exit side. The first and second fluid dispensing devices include a plurality of manifolds each of which is in communication with a supply of fluid to apply fluid to the vehicle. The vehicle washing system includes a control system that is in communication with each of the manifolds in the first and second fluid dispensing devices to selectively and independently control the type of fluid emitted from each of the manifolds and in what order during the vehicle cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Publication number: 20120222328
    Abstract: A drying station for a vehicle wash facility includes at least one rotatable drying wheel positioned adjacent a vehicle treatment area. The at least one rotatable drying wheel has a drying material disposed thereon and which can engage an exterior of the vehicle to remove water accumulated thereon. The drying station includes a beater device disposed adjacent the at least one rotatable drying wheel with the beater device and the drying wheel being engageable as the at least one rotatable drying wheel rotates. As the rotatable drying wheel spins, the drying material contacts the beater device to help minimize its level of saturation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 8082618
    Abstract: A cloth-type vehicle laundering implement includes a support mechanism consisting of a rotatable drive shaft and a plurality of generally parallel, adjacently arranged spacers mounted on the support mechanism. Each of the plurality of spacers includes a first face and a second face. The implement includes a plurality of individual circular fabric disk elements disposed between the first face of one of the plurality of spacers and the second face of another of the plurality of spacers. Each of the plurality of individual circular fabric disk elements extends outwardly beyond the spacers. Each of the individual circular fabric disk elements consists of a single piece of non-woven material having an inner diameter and an outer diameter. The inner diameter is retained in a single plane by a securing mechanism such that more material is located adjacent the inner diameter than the outer diameter to provide a more rigid element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Publication number: 20110081849
    Abstract: A rotary finishing device including a generally circular hub having an inner periphery and an outer periphery. The outer periphery includes a plurality of slots formed thereabout, which are defined by a pair of side portions. The plurality of slots are generally uniformly spaced about the outer periphery of the hub. Each of the slots has at least one finishing sheet secured therein by an adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Douglas J. Calvin
  • Publication number: 20110033652
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system having a plurality of vehicle treatment components with one of the plurality of vehicle treatment components including at least one support member. The at least one support member has an exterior surface. A shrinkable sleeve is sized to fit over the exterior surface of the at least one support member. The shrinkable sleeve is slid onto the at least one support member and located in a predetermined position around the exterior surface. Upon application of heat to the shrinkable sleeve, it shrinks and conforms to the shape of the exterior surface of the at least one support member such that it is fixedly attached to the exterior surface of the at least one support member in the predetermined position. The result is a protective covering for the support member that is durable and readily cleanable such that fluid and debris can be easily wiped off of the covering and corrosion of the support member is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, J. Allan Lunk
  • Publication number: 20100275459
    Abstract: A dryer nozzle for a drying unit in a vehicle wash system includes a nozzle portion for emitting high velocity air to an exterior surface of a vehicle passing thereunder. The nozzle portion has an inner nozzle section and an outer nozzle section. The inner nozzle section and the outer nozzle section being configured such that they can be positioned one inside the other during operation. At least one of the inner nozzle section or the outer nozzle section can be extended and retraced as directed towards or away from said the surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger
  • Patent number: 7784140
    Abstract: A vehicle washing system includes an overhead car wash mitter assembly. The assembly includes a pair of side support structures and an overhead supporting structure extending between the side support structures. The overhead supporting structure includes a plurality of rows of racks with each row including a left side rack and a right side rack. The left side racks are moveable together and the right side racks are moveable together and independently of the left side racks. A first gap exists between one of the rows of racks. A second gap exists between another of the rows of racks. The first gap and the second gap are offset laterally from one another with respect to the direction of travel of a vehicle to eliminate any break or gap in cleaning coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Douglas Calvin, Michel LeCourt
  • Patent number: 7784475
    Abstract: A vehicle treatment apparatus for a vehicle cleaning system includes a frame structure having a pair of vertical side supports that are secured to the ground and are spaced apart from one another. The pair of vertical side supports have a generally horizontal treatment member extending therebetween. The horizontal treatment member has a first end and a second end and is configured to communicate with a vehicle that passes thereunder. Each of the pair of vertical side supports include a retention mechanism formed therein for engaging a respective one of the first end and the second end of the generally horizontal treatment member. The generally horizontal treatment member is in communication with a controller to allow substantially vertical movement within each of the retention mechanism from a home position to at least one lower position where it communicates with the vehicle. The generally horizontal treatment member is in communication with a sensor to monitor application of a force thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, Lionel Belanger