With Liquid-moving Recirculation, Or Flow Reversing, And Straining Means Patents (Class 134/111)
  • Patent number: 11241138
    Abstract: A fluid circulation system for dishwasher appliances includes a sump and a pump. The fluid circulation system further includes a filter at least partially disposed within a chamber of the sump and surrounding an impeller of the pump. The fluid circulation system includes a diverter. The fluid circulation system further includes a cleaning manifold disposed proximate an outer surface of a sidewall of the filter, the manifold defining a plurality of apertures for flowing fluid towards the outer surface of the sidewall of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: John Edward Dries
  • Patent number: 11172804
    Abstract: A dish washer and a washing method using the dish washer. As an inner washing tub is rotated in a state where a dish or a cooking utensil is accommodated in a receiving space such that a food side thereof faces an outer circumference of an inner washing tub, food residues are detached from the dish or the cooking utensil by a centrifugal force and thus the dish or the cooking utensil is efficiently washed. The configuration for generating a high-pressure water current is not required, so that it is possible to produce products at low cost, and the configuration is relatively simple, so that it is possible to produce products having various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Wu Il Kim
  • Patent number: 11154917
    Abstract: A pig pumping unit is provided that allows eight passes to be made simultaneously with a single pumping unit. A single engine is used to drive three or four pumps, each connected into separate pumping units. Two engines may thus be used to drive up to eight pumps in a single trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Orlande Sivacoe
  • Patent number: 11045277
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for pre-cleaning or cleaning of objects such as medical, surgical and endoscope devices especially having lumens or channels are described of a sink for holding cleaning liquid. The PLC and software controls operators, doctors, patients and instruments through every step during the procedure which includes integrated leak test automatically, integrated channel rinsing, integrated camera, automatic brush control and endoscope layers with lift system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Z-PROJECTS BVBA
    Inventor: Serge Wellens
  • Patent number: 11037762
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes at least one asymmetry member that causes a non-uniformity of plasma density around the high frequency electrode; and a plasma density distribution controller that is arranged depending on arrangement of the at least one asymmetry member to suppress the non-uniformity of plasma density around the high frequency electrode in the azimuthal direction. The plasma density distribution controller includes a first conductor which has first and second surfaces facing opposite directions to each other and is electrically connected with the rear surface of the high frequency electrode with respect to the first high frequency power; and a second conductor which includes a first connecting portion(s) electrically connected with a portion of the second surface of the first conductor and a second connecting portion electrically connected with a conductive grounding member electrically grounded around the high frequency electrode with respect to the first high frequency power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Yohei Yamazawa, Naohiko Okunishi, Hironobu Misawa, Hidehito Soeta
  • Patent number: 10888903
    Abstract: A washing apparatus for a 3D-printed article is provided for the removal of support material from the article. The apparatus includes a glove isolation cabinet with a liquid-discharging nozzle to enable an operator to spray an article with a washing liquid, and a drain. A first filter arrangement receives liquid discharged from the cabinet. The washing liquid drains through the first filter arrangement under the influence of gravity but the first filter arrangement is located in a trough in which washing liquid that has passed through the first filter arrangement accumulates whereby, in use, one or more filters of the first filter arrangement are submerged to ensure filtered-out residue remains submerged in the washing liquid. A pump is provided to pump liquid that has passed through the first filter arrangement through a second filter arrangement adapted to filter out solid material equal to or greater than 5 ?m in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: David James Dore
  • Patent number: 10864466
    Abstract: A protected drain assembly comprising a drain which is at least partially bordered by a hard surface, and which is protected by a drain cover assembly which comprises (A) a laminar sheet which (i) is on top of the drain and (ii) comprises a central portion which, when a sediment-containing liquid is placed on top of it, allows the liquid to pass through it, and (B) gaskets which (i) are attached to edges of the laminar sheet and (ii) secure the edges of the laminar sheet to the hard surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ertec Environmental Systems LLC
    Inventor: Vincent P. Morris
  • Patent number: 10857734
    Abstract: A 3D printed product post-processing device includes a main body, a lifting mechanism and a vacuum pipeline. An operating chamber is defined in the main body. A cavity and at least one primary recovery opening disposed adjacent to a side of the cavity are defined on a bottom surface of the operating chamber. At least one access hole is arranged on one side of the operating chamber and an operating window is arranged on the operating chamber. A floating powder recovery opening is arranged on top of the other side of the operating chamber. The lifting mechanism is accommodated in the cavity. The vacuum pipeline is respectively connected to the primary recovery opening and the floating powder recovery opening. The floating powders are removed through the floating powder recovery opening to maintain the operating window clean. Therefore, a post-processing operation can be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Tzu-Hua Su, Chien-Hsing Huang, Shih-Jer Din
  • Patent number: 10858776
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a housing; a drum disposed inside the housing and including a rotation shaft that extends in a vertical direction; and a filter unit disposed at an inner wall of the drum, configured to filter washing water flowing in a circumferential direction of the drum and to discharge the washing water in a radial direction inside of the drum. Accordingly, when a water current is formed inside the drum in the circumferential direction of the drum, the filter unit is disposed inside the drum so that foreign substances in the washing water rotated in the circumferential direction of the drum can be easily filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Hak Jae Lee, Jun Ho Kim, Jeong Haeng Lee
  • Patent number: 10815600
    Abstract: Provided is a laundry treating apparatus in which a position of a circulation pump is optimized. The laundry treating apparatus includes a tub holding washing water, a drum rotatably disposed within the tub and holding laundry, a nozzle jetting the washing water to an interior of the drum, and a pump unit having a pump body, a drain pump coupled to the pump body and outwardly draining washing water introduced from the interior of the tub to the pump body, and a circulation pump coupled to the pump body and supplying washing water introduced from the interior of the tub to the pump body to the nozzle, wherein the circulation pump is disposed above the pump body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Sungwoon Jung, Hunjun Jang
  • Patent number: 10800675
    Abstract: A method for cleaning vehicles by means of which the formation of marks caused by drying is prevented. The method comprises a rinsing step using water. In the method, the anions forming poorly soluble salts with alkaline earth metals dissolved in water are removed from the water, while cations causing the water hardness are retained. Furthermore, a vehicle washing system includes: at least one application device for applying rinsing fluid to a vehicle to be cleaned; and an ion-exchange device for removing anions from the rinsing fluid prior to the application to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Sattler, Stefan Mayer, Robert Auer
  • Patent number: 10759549
    Abstract: Shown and described is a device for the drying of packaging, in particular composite packaging for foodstuffs, including: a conveyor belt with cells for receiving the packaging, and at least one drying facility for drying the packaging. In order to achieve particularly efficient drying of the packaging, it is envisaged that the drying facility has at least one contact element with at least one contact surface. Also shown and described are the use of such a device for the drying of packaging filled with foodstuffs, method for drying packaging, and a packaging for foodstuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventor: Markus Commandeur
  • Patent number: 10745308
    Abstract: A system for descaling apparatus is described. The system provides for: a water inlet feedstream; a reverse osmosis system in fluid communication with the water inlet feedstream, in which the reverse osmosis system produces a water permeate output feedstream; and a pressurised carbon dioxide feedstream. The pressurised carbon dioxide feedstream and water permeate output feedstream are arranged in use to combine to produce a pressurised carbonic acid input feedstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Darren Gurney
  • Patent number: 10702898
    Abstract: The invention describes three compartments for cleaning and dispensing fuel and cleaning out fuel storage tanks with a minimum amount of down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Petroleum Tec
    Inventors: Rickie Dale Grooms, Michael Scott Knowles
  • Patent number: 10610908
    Abstract: The washing of drawer-like cages for transporting live poultry consists of successively introducing the drawer-like cages into a rotatable drum with a horizontal axis having an inlet and an outlet, driving the continuous rotation of the rotatable drum, providing a helical roto-translational motion to the drawer-like cages from the inlet towards the outlet of the rotatable drum, and spraying the drawer-like cages with a washing liquid during their roto-translational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Massimo Zanotti
  • Patent number: 10569306
    Abstract: A construction site tool cleaning system. A construction sink is supported by support legs. A drip pant is preferably positioned under the support legs and under the construction sink. Construction sink stabilizers are connected to the support legs and support the construction sink. A construction sink tool support screen covers the top of the construction sink. An elevated pump section is inside the construction sink and is at a higher level than the bottom of the construction sink. A water pump is positioned inside the elevated pump section. A filter screen and filter are positioned on top of the elevated pump section and surround the water pump. A flexible hose is connected to the water pump and a nozzle is connected to the flexible hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Behnam Tabrizi
  • Patent number: 10550763
    Abstract: An engine control apparatus is configured to control a direct injection engine that includes a combustion chamber and an intake system including an intake port. The engine control apparatus includes a cleaning component sensor and a mode controller. The cleaning component sensor is provided in a fuel system and configured to detect a cleaning component included in fuel. The fuel system includes a fuel tank and an injector and is configured to supply the fuel to the combustion chamber. The mode controller is configured to cause execution of a cleaning mode by the direct injection engine, under a state in which the cleaning component included in the fuel is higher than a threshold. The cleaning mode includes increasing an amount of a fuel-air mixture flowing back from the combustion chamber to the intake port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Shota Tobe
  • Patent number: 10549891
    Abstract: A safety closure for or on a container with a media supply line is described. The safety closure comprises: a lid which is actuated in particular mechanically for closing the container; a shut-off device for shutting off the media supply line; a pivoting lever with an actuating arm for pressing on the lid and with an in particular opposite first locking element; and a second locking element which is drive-coupled to the shut-off device and, which as a stop for the first locking element, being selectively operative when the shut-off device is open, is configured such that the lid can not be opened. Accidentally opening the lid when the container is spray rinsed can thereby be prevented in a simple and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Robert Gruber
  • Patent number: 10512386
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a tub defining a wash chamber with a sump positioned at a bottom of the wash chamber for receiving fluid from the wash chamber. A filtering system is positioned between the wash chamber and an outlet of the sump portion. The filtering system includes a first filter and a second filter. The second filter includes a hollow annular base portion and a filter body extending between the base portion and the first filter. The second filter also includes a plurality of nozzles circumferentially arranged about the hollow annular base portion, each nozzle of the plurality of nozzles in fluid communication with the hollow annular base portion and oriented towards the filter body for cleaning the filter body. An inlet in fluid communication with the hollow annular base portion may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Charles Boyer
  • Patent number: 10507278
    Abstract: Fluidic devices, methods, and systems are disclosed. One system may comprises a sheath, a delivery module, and a removal module. The sheath includes a working lumen, a delivery lumen, and a removal lumen. The delivery module is configured to move a fluid from a fluid reservoir and into a body cavity through the delivery lumen. The removal module is configured to move the fluid and a particulate contained therein out of the body cavity through the removal lumen, through a filtration device that removes the particulate, and back into the fluid reservoir. One method comprises placing a distal end of sheath into a body cavity, energizing the working lumen to generate a particulate in the cavity, moving the fluid into the cavity to engage the particulate, and moving the fluid and the contaminant from the body cavity, through a filter for removing the contaminant, and back into the fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Alfred Gao, Cheng Zhang, Yuan Chester Hong, Feng Kevin Xu
  • Patent number: 10493501
    Abstract: A battery washing machine for automotive type vehicle batteries, comprising an enclosed wash cabinet with an overhead spray apparatus, drain racks for supporting the batteries below the spray apparatus, and a water tank beneath the drain racks. The water tank is divided into separator and recirculating supply portions by a vertical separator wall that is partly screened and partly solid. The upper end of the separator portion of the tank is covered with a screen, while the upper end of the recirculating supply portion is covered with a solid water-diverting panel. Solid contaminants are screened and/or settled out of the re-circulated wash water in the tank by the vertical separator wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Noel B. Ash
  • Patent number: 10435902
    Abstract: A portable pool filter system is disclosed. The portable pool filter system is fully immersible and self-contained. Water is suction fed through the filter before entering the pump and being discharged. The device decontaminates water from all contaminations to include algae, iron, red clay, and oils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Leonard Ray Taylor
  • Patent number: 10406316
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a medical instrument including a flushing chamber, the flushing chamber having a lumen sized and configured to accept a distal end portion of the medical instrument during a cleaning process. The flushing chamber has an inlet port and an outlet port. Proximal and distal sealing members of the flushing chamber seal about the medical instrument when the instrument is inserted into the lumen of the flushing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Zachary Thomas Garvey, John Robert Moberg, Lance Nevala, Lucas Schneider
  • Patent number: 10357142
    Abstract: A pump is positioned on the upper surface of the mat adjacent to one edge. A spray nozzle on the upper surface of the mat is positioned to dispense a spray upwardly. Tubing has an input end coupled to the pump. The tubing has an output end coupled to the spray nozzle. An actuator pedal is coupled to the pump. In this manner when the pedal is depressed, the pump will move cleaning/disinfecting fluid from the pump and then through the tubing and then through the spray nozzle. Further in this manner a misty layer of cleaning/disinfecting fluid will be gently wafted onto the upper surface of the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Dawn M. Simmons, John J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10293286
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water purification device based on filter cartridge anti-counterfeiting identification, comprising a filter cartridge assembly (1), a booster pump (2) and a membrane filter assembly (3); a water inlet and a water outlet of the filter cartridge assembly (1) are connected respectively to a water supply pipe and the booster pump (2), the water outlet of the booster pump is connected to a water inlet of the membrane filter assembly (3). The filter cartridge assembly (1) and the membrane filter assembly (3) are respectively provided with an identification chip to be identified and paired with an identifier installed on the water purification device; the booster pump (2) is connected to the identifier; the identifier transmits a signal to propel the booster pump (2) to work only after the identification chips are identified and paired with the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yaowu Zhong, Qing'en Li, Xiaochun Pi
  • Patent number: 10246202
    Abstract: A method for treating kegs in a container-treatment machine includes passing a first keg through a first set of treatment stations on the container-treatment machine and passing a second keg through a second set of treatment stations on the container-treatment machine. The first and second sets depend on a condition of the first and second kegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich-Dieter Froehlich, Thomas Matheyka
  • Patent number: 10161499
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and process for removing hardened lubricant, contaminants and other debris from an enclosed gearbox of an actuator in the gas, oil, and power industries that allows the oil or gas pipeline to continue to operate uninterrupted during servicing. The system operates at a low pressure and includes two pumps: an upstream pump that pumps a non-corrosive mineral oil-based cleaning agent into the gearbox; and a downstream pump that pulls off the pressure from within the gearbox as part of the circulation of the flush system. The system and process are further provided with a clean tank for storing an influent cleaning agent, a waste tank for storing an effluent cleaning agent, and a circulation tank used during the flush circulation process. The system and process may also include a rotatable mounting assembly that is secured to the gearbox of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Horizon Valve Services Inc.
    Inventor: Roy A. Aldridge
  • Patent number: 10154771
    Abstract: A method of cleaning dishware in a low temperature fill-and-dump dishwashing machine wherein the detergent composition doused in the wash cycle comprises sanitizer mitigator and enzymes, and the rinse cycle comprises sanitizer and rinse aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Kelly-Murray, Alan Edward Sherry
  • Patent number: 10112136
    Abstract: A system for collecting shaving remnants and excess lubrication fluids emanating from a mechanical cutting machine, comprising a catch basin, drain filter, quick connection couplings, fluid reservoir, and pump system for reticulating captured lubricating fluid. The catch basin securely fastens to a cutting machine, while the removable backsplash is deployed at an upstanding angle relative to the catch basin in order to capture superfluous materials liberated from a pipe threading, reaming or cutting tool work piece. The backsplash doubles as a sealable lid capable of retaining the contents of the catch basin eliminating unwanted spillage and allowing for safe transport. The fluid is filtered and collected within the fluid reservoir, whereafter a pump draws the oil through a second filter element to reuse the lubricating fluid in the tool operation to create a closed loop system. Quick connect fittings compartmentalize the system to prevent leaks during maintenance or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Enviro-Fab LLC
    Inventors: Samuel J Morris, Glenna V Zamora Morris
  • Patent number: 10087545
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are cleaning discs for cleaning one or more elements of a semiconductor processing apparatus. In some embodiments, the disc may have a substantially circular upper surface, a substantially circular lower surface, a substantially circular edge joining the upper and lower surfaces, and a plurality of pores opening at the edge and having an interior extending into the interior of the disc. In some embodiments, the pores are dimensioned such that a cleaning agent may be retained in the interior of the pores by an adhesive force between the cleaning agent and the interior surface of the pores. Also disclosed herein are cleaning methods involving loading a cleaning agent into a plurality of pores of a cleaning disc, positioning the cleaning disc within a semiconductor processing apparatus, and releasing cleaning agent from the plurality of pores such that elements of the apparatus are contacted by the released cleaning agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mayer, Thomas A. Ponnuswamy, Lee Peng Chua, Robert Rash
  • Patent number: 9795275
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dishwasher having a structure capable of reducing energy consumption, and improving drying performance. The dishwasher includes a body, a washing tub provided inside the body and a drying unit in which a dehumidifying member is rotatably accommodated, wherein the dehumidifying member may include a dehumidifying area and a regenerating area separated from the dehumidifying area to perform dehumidifying and regenerating concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Jung Yoon Hahm, Ki Sup Lee, In Chul Yun
  • Patent number: 9776221
    Abstract: A nozzle cleaning period management device is provided with a cleaning device that cleans suction nozzles that are used in order to perform vacuum retention of an electronic component, a flow rate measurement device for measuring a flow rate that flows through the suction nozzles, a reduction amount calculation device for calculating a unit flow rate reduction amount of the flow rate of the suction nozzle per a number of times of mounting of electronic components on the basis of a flow rate difference before and after cleaning, which is measured by the flow rate measurement device, and an estimation device for estimating a cleaning period, which subsequently cleans the suction nozzles, on the basis of the unit flow rate reduction amount, which is calculated by the reduction amount calculation device, and a flow rate after cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazumi Hoshikawa, Yoshiyuki Honda, Nobuhisa Komiyama
  • Patent number: 9770741
    Abstract: A pipe cleaning apparatus for cleaning the insides of pipes, tubes, and conduits having a pipe support assembly. The pipe support assembly having a plurality of cradles positioned side-by-side to support oilfield pipe. The pair of cradles has C-shaped clamping members, engaging the opposite sides of a pipe and locking the pipe within the pair of cradles. A pipe feeder delivers the oilfield pipe to a plurality of cradles and a pipe receiver receives the oilfield pipe from the plurality of cradles. The pipe cleaning apparatus has a plurality of lances positioned side by side to penetrate the oilfield pipe. The plurality of lances are affixed to a mill, an air-driven tube cleaner, and a water jet nozzle. A pair of pipe conveyors moves the oilfield pipe from one pair of cradles to another pair of cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Wayne Snow
  • Patent number: 9718014
    Abstract: A device configured for cleaning bag filters with compressed air comprises a frame having a hollow interior defining a wall of the frame and openings formed through a thickness of the wall so that the hollow interior is in open communication with an environment external to the frame. A mounting member is configured to be releaseably or permanently attached to one end of the frame and is further configured to be releaseably or permanently attached to a member configured to pass air flow therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GITA GREEN, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis Grieve
  • Patent number: 9702804
    Abstract: Although a more accurate estimate of a person's risk of cardiovascular disease can be made on the basis of the number of lipoprotein particles per unit volume in the person's blood, current methods all rely on measuring the mass of lipoprotein cholesterol per unit volume. It has been discovered that a rapid and accurate lipoprotein particle count can be obtained by photometry. A method and apparatus are provided for measuring the number of lipoprotein particles in a sample using photometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ningbo Alabama, LLC
    Inventor: Krishnaji R Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9675221
    Abstract: A recycling cleaning device includes a tub body, a sucking device and a tube. The tub body has a receiving space, an inlet communicating with the receiving space and a communication portion for communicating with the receiving space. The tub body is for arrangement on a barrel body and defines at least one passage with the barrel body. The sucking device is for disposed in the barrel body. The tube is connected with the sucking device and has an outlet. When the sucking device is disposed in the barrel body, the tube extends from an interior of the barrel body outside the barrel body through one of the passages, and the outlet is controllably arranged substantially toward the inlet of the tub body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Ying-Chieh Liao, Yu-Kuo Liao
  • Patent number: 9457387
    Abstract: A machine and method are provided for washing a tote or other container having a bottom wall, and first and second opposed side walls that are connected by first and second opposed end walls to define an access opening. The machine and method involve utilizing an automated washing machine having a housing that includes a wash zone for spraying wash liquid onto the container, a downstream rinse zone for spraying rinsing liquid onto the tote and a downstream drying zone for directing air flow onto the container to promote drying of the container and a conveyor mechanism for moving the container through the housing. The container is placed in an inverted position on the conveyor mechanism with the bottom wall facing upward and the access opening facing downward, and the conveyor mechanism moves the container through the zones for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PREMARK FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Deborah J. Ashton, Thomas E. Letizia, Allen S. Pucciani, Brian E. Stump
  • Patent number: 9422660
    Abstract: Laundry washing machine (1) includes an outer casing (2) and, inside said outer casing (2), a washing tub (3) which is arranged inside the casing (2) with its opening or mouth directly facing a laundry loading/unloading opening which is realized in the front wall (2a) of the casing (2) substantially astride of the vertical center-plane (M) of the casing (2). A rotatable drum is arranged in axially rotating manner inside the washing tub (3) and is structured for receiving the laundry to be washed. A detergent dispensing assembly (9) is structured for supplying detergent into the washing tub (3). A main fresh-water supply circuit (10) is structured for selectively channeling a flow of fresh water from the water mains towards the detergent dispensing assembly (9) and/or the washing tub (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Daniele Favaro, Maurizio Del Pos
  • Patent number: 9357836
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning of tubular threads having adjustable spacing brushes to accommodate tubulars of different diameters. A plurality of brushes are rotated in a drum, which fits over the tubular connection. The brushes are mounted on L-shaped brackets, which are in turn mounted to a rotary driver by a shaft extending through slots in the brackets. By loosening the attachment of the brackets on the rotary driver, the brackets can be slid radially inward or outward to the extent of the slots, thereby adjusting the diameter of the threads that can be cleaned. The front access plate and seal plate, through which the tubular extends into the drum, are preferably held to the drum by hand operable latches. Solvent may be injected into the drum and onto the threads by a hand pump, and captured in the drum and drained into a container for disposal or reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: STI, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony John Edmond, Ryan Harper, David Stelly
  • Patent number: 9352362
    Abstract: The invention has a container that can be a drum of standard size with a drum cover. The cover can have a closable lid secured with a latch, and can have an open lid safety switch. A control assembly adjacent the lid is provided. A solution level gauge and a low fluid shutoff are also provided. Internally, there can be an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The upper chamber is a dual use spray and immersion chamber, and can have spray manifolds therein. The lower chamber is a reservoir chamber that can, but is not required to, house a submersible pump and a heater. A seal can be provided between the upper and lower chambers. The assembly can be removed as a single unit or in segments from the container for cleaning and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Alliance Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Manninen, Jeffery P. Brouchoud, Kevin L. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9260988
    Abstract: A self-help oil changing apparatus includes a nozzle having an outer tube in which an oil suction tube and an oil filling tube are received. Each of the oil suction tube and the oil filling tube has an end extending out of an insertion end of the outer tube. A clean oil tank and a dirty oil tank are respectively in communication with the other ends of the oil filling tube and the oil suction tube. An oil pressure control module includes a dirty oil pump and a clean oil pump. The dirty oil pump is connected to the oil suction tube and is in communication with the dirty oil tank. The clean oil pump is in communication with the oil filling tube and the clean oil tank. A control unit is electrically connected to and controls operations of the dirty oil pump and the clean oil pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Euroiltec Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsin-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9192969
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for cleaning a spray gun of the type having at least one paint inlet, and a fluid outlet, the cleaning apparatus has at least one support structure, a fluid feed head (3) carried by the structure (2), and removal elements for removing at least a fraction of the fluid coming from the fluid feed head (3), the fluid feed head having at least one feed nozzle (5) defining a duct serving to be connected to the paint inlet of the spray gun. The cleaning apparatus (1) has at least two independent fluid inlets (6, 7) for feeding fluid to the feed nozzle (5), each of the inlets having a distinct discharge (6A, 7A) into the duct of the feed nozzle, one of the inlets (6) being connectable to a cleaning fluid source, and the other (7) of the inlets being connectable to a compressed air source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Saint
  • Patent number: 9145972
    Abstract: A coupling structure for connecting an impeller to a motor shaft of a liquid pump, includes a carrier rod sleeved on the shaft, and a seal assembly connecting the carrier rod to a housing of the pump. The carrier rod is fixed to the shaft by way of a screw thread structure. The seal assembly includes a rotating seal sealingly fixed on an outer surface of the carrier rod and fixed to the carrier rod for rotation there with by an interlocking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: Zhi Ping Fu, Min Li
  • Patent number: 9138782
    Abstract: A collector for collecting wash liquid from an engine washing operation including an inlet duct to receive wash liquid from the wash operation; a plurality of droplet separators to retain the wash liquid within the collector while allowing air to flow out of the collector; a base to receive the wash liquid; an outlet connected to the base to discharge wash liquid from the collector; and a plurality of wheels connected to the base for moving the collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: EcoServices, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Dorshimer, Robert M. Rice, Sebastian Nordlund, Wayne Zadrick
  • Patent number: 9138123
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising liquid lines that guide washing liquor towards spray devices arranged inside a washing receptacle. In an exemplary embodiment, the dishwasher includes a switch-over element, upon actuation of which, the washing liquor may be guided to a first liquid line leading to a first spray device, and/or to a second liquid line leading to a second spray device. The dishwasher may include at least one supplementary filter associated with the switch-over element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Egbert Classen, Helmut Jerg, Hans-Peter Nannt, Kai Paintner, Thomas Wachinger
  • Patent number: 9052143
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying dishes that comprises a rack, an air blower, an open drain trough, a sensor, and a system of tubules through which the air flows. The open drain trough has two vertical sides with perforations. The air flows from the air blower, through the system of tubules and into the open drain trough through the perforations in the sides of the open drain trough, so that when the sensor detects the presence of a dish in the open drain trough, the air blower is activated causing the air to dry the dish in the open drain trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Dorone Janowski, Yoram Janowski
  • Publication number: 20150083170
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance and a vent for coupling a filter and a sump together are provided. The dishwasher appliance includes a cabinet defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, and a sump for collection of a fluid from the wash chamber. The sump includes a base wall and a collar extending from the base wall. The dishwasher appliance further includes a filter for filtering the fluid from the wash chamber. The dishwasher appliance further includes a vent coupling the filter and the sump together, the vent comprising a shaft, the shaft including at least one sidewall. The at least one sidewall defines a main shaft passage therein. The shaft further defines a shaft access passage extending through the sidewall and in fluid communication with the main shaft passage. A collar access passage defined in the collar and the main shaft passage are in fluid communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kyle Edward Durham, John Edward Dries
  • Patent number: 8973591
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a wash chamber and sump disposed below the wash chamber, wherein wash fluid supplied to the wash chamber collects in the sump. A main pump is configured to drawn wash fluid from the sump and supply the wash fluid to the wash chamber, for example via spray arm assemblies. A filter is operably disposed to filter the wash fluid recirculated by the main pump. A backflush line has an outlet disposed downstream of the filter, and a backflush pump is configured to supply backflush fluid through the backflush line against the filter. A reservoir separate from the sump is provided and sized to hold a measured amount of fluid. The backflush pump draws the backflush fluid from the reservoir at a defined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joel Charles Boyer, Errin Gnadinger, Eric B. Devins
  • Patent number: 8967165
    Abstract: A fluid filtration assembly for a dishwasher system is described. The dishwasher system includes a tub defining a wash chamber configured to receive dishwasher contents. The fluid filtration assembly includes a filter assembly having a filter material, a filter fluid inlet, and a filter fluid outlet. The filter fluid inlet is in flow communication with the wash chamber and the filter material. The filter assembly further includes a cleaning fluid inlet that is configured to backflush the filter material. The filter fluid outlet is in flow communication with both the cleaning fluid inlet and the filter fluid inlet. The fluid filtration assembly further includes a valve assembly in flow communication with the cleaning fluid inlet through a first flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Satish Kumar Raju Buddharaju, Joel Charles Boyer, Errin Gnadinger, Mark Thomas Fryman, John Dries, Michael Goodman Schroeder, Eric B. Devins, Nicholas Clancy Schooley
  • Publication number: 20150053243
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher which comprises: a washer main body in which a washing basin is provided to form a space in which dishes are washed; multiple fixed jet nozzles which are fixed to the inner wall of the washing basin and jet water for washing toward the dishes at a fixed position; and a horizontally arranged cylindrical rotating rack rotatably disposed in the washing bath, wherein the inner space thereof is split into multiple dish mounting portions where the dishes can be mounted and the rotating rack rotates along the periphery of the multiple fixed jet nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Due Gyu KIM