With Brake Or Clutch Patents (Class 134/112)
  • Patent number: 11033840
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to part separation and cleaning devices. In an embodiment, a part separation and cleaning apparatus is included having a liquid holding tub defining an interior volume. The liquid holding tub can include a bottom pan defining a center aperture and an outer perimeter, a perimeter wall attached to the bottom pan adjacent to the outer perimeter thereof and a center sleeve attached to the bottom pan over the central aperture and extending upward away from the bottom pan. The apparatus can further include a motor and a drive shaft. An indexing plate within the liquid holding tub can be connected to the drive shaft. The indexing plate can rotate and can include a plurality of discrete compartments. A control circuit can be configured to cause the drive unit to initiate an indexing movement in response to a received signal. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: U.M.C., Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Scott Hennen
  • Patent number: 10709802
    Abstract: A hot-water immersion sanitizing system has a primary basin for receiving an unsanitary tool or machine component; a thermostatically-controlled valve with a first temperature setpoint, configured to conduct water from a hot water water source to the primary basin until a thermocouple senses a temperature within the primary basin has reached at least the first temperature setpoint, to interrupt flow to the primary basin upon the thermocouple sensing at least the first temperature setpoint; and an overflow drain to exhaust water while the thermostatically-controlled valve is open; thereby automatically maintaining temperature of water held in the primary basin for immersion sanitizing tools and parts at a water temperature of the first temperature setpoint or greater while automatically selectively interrupting flow of water from the water source under thermostatic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Randall L. Epperley
  • Patent number: 10161073
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a clutch/coupler floating member positioned between basket and stirrer and provides selective and automatic coupling therebetween according to the phase of the washing cycle. At least one coupler cooperates pivotally and simultaneously with the moving basket and the stirrer. The coupler comprises a stem rotatably hinged to a pivot which cooperates with the basket and is disposed orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the stirrer, wherein a rod end of the coupler cooperates with at least one first coupling member and the other end of the rod cooperates with at least one floating body. The basket comprises at least one housing cooperating with the floating body of the coupler. The stirrer comprises a coupling cooperating with the first coupling member of the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Anderson Luis Camargo Moreira, Rodrigo Estorino Costa
  • Patent number: 10080414
    Abstract: A mount for an electric motor, the mount including a sleeve for receiving the motor, the sleeve including an annular seal extending around the sleeve and a recess extending around the circumference of the sleeve. The sleeve has a first end and a second end. The recess may be disposed adjacent the first end of the sleeve. The annular seal may be disposed at the first end and the recess next to the annular seal. The first end may be a downstream end of the mount. The recess may be an indentation extending circumferentially around sleeve. The recess may be provided on a radially outer surface of the sleeve. The recess may comprise first and second radial surfaces which are spaced apart when in an uncompressed state. The first and second surfaces are pressed together when in a compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Craig Douglas, Antoine Francois Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9968961
    Abstract: A dipping tank includes a pump, a container, a fitting, and a plate which is used to place objects, such as corals, to be dipped. The pump draws fluid from inside the container and discharges it into the container through the fitting. The fitting includes two flexible hoses, one with a propulsive nozzle and the other with one or more dipping nozzles. The propulsive nozzle produces a jet which impinges upon the blades protruding from the bottom side of the plate causing the plate to rotate. The dipping nozzles eject jets which are used to spray and thereby dip the objects. Flexible hoses are configured so as to provide movements in 6 degrees of freedom for the nozzles. Flexible hoses may also further comprise valves to control fluid flow through said hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Hernan Chaves
  • Patent number: 9532701
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and a sprayer for spraying liquid to the treating chamber. The sprayer may include a liquid passage provided in the interior of the body, at least one upper outlet extending through the upper surface of the body and in fluid communication with the liquid passage, at least one lower outlet extending through the lower surface of the body and in fluid communication with the liquid passage, and a valve body moveable relative to the body to fluidly couple the at least one upper outlet and the at least one lower outlet to the liquid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Feddema, Chad T. Vanderroest
  • Patent number: 9004080
    Abstract: A water-bearing domestic appliance is provided which has an appliance element and an appliance component that is attached to the appliance element at a suspension point. The suspension point is disposed in a region of the center of gravity of the appliance component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Stefan Kasbauer, David Semerad
  • Publication number: 20110303248
    Abstract: After a liquid chemical treatment is finished, in parallel with a washing away treatment and/or a drying treatment, by spraying from a nozzle for a cleaning liquid supplied by a cleaning line to an outer surface of a nozzle for a liquid chemical, crystals and the like of components of the liquid chemical adhered on the outer surface of the nozzle are removed. In the cleaning treatment, a spraying time of the cleaning liquid is five seconds to ten seconds. In addition, the components of the cleaning liquid is not specifically limited, however, since ammonium phosphate tends to be solved in purified water, if a liquid chemical containing ammonium phosphate is used, it is preferable to use purified water as the cleaning liquid. Depending on the components and the like of the liquid chemical, a solution that can solve the crystals and the like may be used in stead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventor: Tadashi OSHIMA
  • Publication number: 20110120509
    Abstract: A water-bearing domestic appliance is provided which has an appliance element and an appliance component that is attached to the appliance element at a suspension point. The suspension point is disposed in a region of the center of gravity of the appliance component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Stefan Kasbauer, David Semerad
  • Patent number: 7879972
    Abstract: A method for drying a material such as a polymer hydrogel which passes through a cohesive phase as it dries is disclosed. The method comprises agitating a composition while removing liquid until the solids content of the composition reaches a level at which the composition enters a cohesive phase, halting agitation, removing liquid from the composition in the absence of agitation, and resuming agitation. Practice of the present invention can eliminate the problems associated with adhesion of a material to itself and to process equipment during the cohesive phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Genzyme Corporation
    Inventor: Gary S. Rea
  • Patent number: 7592417
    Abstract: A method for drying a material such as a polymer hydrogel which passes through a cohesive phase as it dries is disclosed. The method comprises agitating a composition while removing liquid until the solids content of the composition reaches a level at which the composition enters a cohesive phase, halting agitation, removing liquid from the composition in the absence of agitation, and resuming agitation. Practice of the present invention can eliminate the problems associated with adhesion of a material to itself and to process equipment during the cohesive phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Genzyme Corporation
    Inventor: Gary S. Rea
  • Publication number: 20080302398
    Abstract: A parts washing machine comprising a housing defining washing chamber and having an opening associated with a closure which provides controlled access to the chamber through the opening, the chamber accommodating a basket adapted to support components to be cleaned, the basket being rotatable about a central upright axis, a drive associated with the basket to effect rotation of the basket, spray means adapted to direct a washing solution into the chamber, wherein the outer face of the side wall of the basket is generally smooth, a braking means adapted to engage the side wall of the basket to render the basket stationary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Frank Raymond Jasper
  • Publication number: 20080035184
    Abstract: The cleaning nozzle according to the invention having a nozzle body (100) and a nozzle head (104) arranged on a shaft (106) rotatably seated on said nozzle body, and having a cavity (107), which extends in axial direction in said nozzle body (100) and which is connected with a pressurized water supply (102), by means of which cavity pressurized water supplied via the pressurized water supply (102) is guided to the nozzle head (104) and is discharged to the outside in said nozzle head (104) by at least one nozzle orifice (118), is formed especially by a friction brake comprising at least two disc elements (108, 110) that are in mechanical contact one with the other in the axial direction for restricting the rotational motion of the shaft (106).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Hans Dieter Wagner, Simon Simpfendoerfer, Ulrich Simpfendoerfer, Martin Hurlebaus
  • Patent number: 7271237
    Abstract: A method for drying a material such as a polymer hydrogel which passes through a cohesive phase as it dries is disclosed. The method comprises agitating a composition while removing liquid until the solids content of the composition reaches a level at which the composition enters a cohesive phase, halting agitation, removing liquid from the composition in the absence of agitation, and resuming agitation. Practice of the present invention can eliminate the problems associated with adhesion of a material to itself and to process equipment during the cohesive phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Genzyme Corporation
    Inventor: Gary S. Rea
  • Publication number: 20040154648
    Abstract: A mobile cleaning workbench that may be used for manually washing equipment components, parts or other articles is provided. The cleaning station provides a source of water or other cleaning liquid for use in the washing of an article in a wash basin. A drain is provided for removal of cleaning liquid from the wash basin. Since some chemicals produce vapors which are emitted as chemical-laden articles are moved about, alternative embodiments of the invention include a ventilation exhaust system that removes the vapors from the washing area and transfers them to a remote location via appropriate ducting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Stout, Alan R. Lappen
  • Publication number: 20010017149
    Abstract: A mechanical clutch assembly, particularly for rotary motion transmission shafts in household or professional cleaning machines. The assembly comprises a first driving disk and a second driven disk which are inserted coaxially in a transmission shaft; the first driving disk is fixed to the shaft and the second driven disk is free with respect to the shaft and is associated, so that it is free to perform a translation movement along the axis of the shaft, with a transmission coupling connected to a corresponding cleaning tool. The first and second disks have, on mutually opposite faces, first radially protruding teeth which are adapted to mesh together, so as to ensure the transmission of motion up to a preset value of the torque; the coupling, which is free with respect to the shaft, accommodates pusher elements for the second disk which are adapted to keep the second disk pushed so as to mesh with the first disk up to preset limits of transmitted torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: August 30, 2001
    Applicant: LINDHAUS S.r.1.
    Inventor: Michele Massaro
  • Patent number: 6209802
    Abstract: A spinning wash nozzle assembly having a fluid brake pump within the rotating spinner housing. The fluid pump has a sump which is also within the rotating spinner housing such that centrifical forces acting on the fluid tend to separate the heavier fluid from any air within the sump. As a result, only the fluid is drawn into the pump as opposed to fluid and air. This avoids undesirable effects on the pump from air being drawn therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: InterClean Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Erkki A. Koivunen
  • Patent number: 6069509
    Abstract: An output stage comprising an input terminal (IP) for receiving an input signal (V.sub.i); an output terminal (OP) for delivering an output signal (V.sub.o) in response to the input signal (V.sub.i); a first (1) and second (2) supply terminal for receiving a supply voltage (SV); a field effect transistor (Q1) comprising a gate (GN), and a main current path between a source and a drain coupled between the first supply terminal (1) and the output terminal (OP); and slewing control means (SCM) for reducing the speed of voltage change at the gate (GN) of the field effect transistor (Q1) for reducing the speed of current change through the main current path of the field effect transistor (Q1) when the output signal (V.sub.o) changes from a first steady state (FST) via a transition area (TRE) to a second steady state (SST).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventor: Steven M. Labram
  • Patent number: 5511569
    Abstract: An improved cleaning apparatus preventing new cleaning chemicals form contamination at the time of exchanging used cleaning chemicals with the new chemicals is provided. The apparatus includes a cleaning chemicals tank storing new chemicals and a cleaning vessel. A first cleaning chemicals supply conduit supplying new chemicals from tank into vessel is coupled to cleaning chemicals tank. A waste fluid conduit externally discharging used cleaning chemicals is provided at the bottom of vessel. Vessel is provided with wetting agent supply means supplying a wetting agent to wet the inner wall surface 8a of vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasukazu Mukogawa
  • Patent number: 5482064
    Abstract: The specification discloses a cleaning apparatus (2) for cleaning machine and engine parts comprising a trough (4) in which the cleaning is performed. A lid (6) is connected to the trough (4) and is movable between a closed position covering the trough and an opened position allowing access to the trough. A first cleaning fluid dispenser in the form of a manifold (8) is located within the apparatus (2). Also provided is a portable cleaning fluid dispensing gun (10) or brush (12) which is connectable to the apparatus (2). The lid (6) operatively cooperates with the manifold (8), gun (10) or brush (12) so that when the lid (6) is in the closed position, cleaning fluid is dispensed through the manifold (8) and when the lid (6) is in the opened position, cleaning fluid can be dispensed through the gun (10) or brush (12). A pump (14) is provided for pumping the cleaning fluid to the manifold (8), gun (10) or brush (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Robowash Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Fenton Goddard
  • Patent number: 5020556
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system is disclosed which consists of an arch through which a vehicle can be moved. A plurality of spinning nozzle assemblies are attached to the arch each having a number of nozzle outlets for directing the water to the vehicle surface to remove dirt, salt, etc. in which only water impacts the vehicle. The nozzles are oriented so as to create a rotational moment to spin the nozzles relative to the nozzle assembly. An oil pump is contained within the assembly to provide a resistance to rotation to regulate the speed of nozzle rotation. Each water nozzle includes an air nozzle to form a sheath of air around each water jet to maintain the integrity of the water jet to maximize the water jet impact force with the vehicle surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: 501 Peerless Pump Company
    Inventors: Olli Lamminen, Erkki A. Koivunen
  • Patent number: 4925495
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for periodically cleaning washing apparatus in which washing liquid is intermittently circulated through a washing chamber adapted to contain the hand of a user. Cleaning is accomplished by intermittently circulating a cleaning liquid through the chamber while displaying a warning to potential users to not use the apparatus during the cleaning cycle. Cleaning is initiated (a) when the apparatus has been used for hand washing a predetermined number of times, (b) a predetermined period of time has elapsed since the last cleaning cycle, (c) the apparatus has been serviced, or (d) following interruption of the electrical power supply to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: Scientific Growth, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Crisp, Melvyn Engel, Richard C. Kudlicki, Judson L. Smith
  • Patent number: 4842001
    Abstract: The present invention provides an industrial washing machine in which articles or parts to be cleaned are supported in a basket rotated by a jet spray and cleaned by a cleaning spray, maintained at a desired pressure. The jet spray provides an overflow relief to avoid unacceptable increases in the cleaning spray pressure with the rotating basket being provided with a brake to substantially maintain a predetermined rotational speed of the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: James O'Leary
  • Patent number: 4565206
    Abstract: The high-pressure lance is shiftably mounted in a bearing bush which is swingably mounted in a base which is to be secured over an opening in the wall of the steam generator. On the base are mounted a revolving cylinder which can swing the bearing bush to-and-fro over 180.degree. and a cylinder-piston unit which can shift the lance. A pneumatic control mechanism couples the lance either by means of clamping-cylinders to the bearing bush during its swinging or by means of another clamping cylinder to the piston of the cylinder-piston unit during its shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Innus Industrial Nuclear Services S.A.
    Inventor: Johannes Booij
  • Patent number: 4316477
    Abstract: A washing machine comprises a casing body having a washing compartment therein, replaceable baskets rotatably supported in the washing compartment, a driving motor provided in the casing body, transmission gear sets engaged with the driving motor to rotate the baskets, tanks connected with a number of injection pipes for storing water and rinsing liquid, and a pump for pressuring the water or the rinsing liquid to be injected out of the injection pipes onto dishes placed in the baskets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1982
    Inventor: Hu-Kuo Song
  • Patent number: 4237912
    Abstract: A cleaning tub having therein a holding basket mounted for rotation about a vertical axis. The basket has a lower section with circumferentially aligned holding and partition members to contain tubular-like members to be cleaned in circumferential alignment. There is also an upper section having radial partitions to contain other objects to be cleaned. During a first washing and rinsing cycle, the basket is caused to oscillate throughout the filling period, the washing period, the emptying period, and also through a final "shake-off" period. There is also a transfer tub to hold either a pasteurizing liquid (i.e. hot water) or a disinfect liquid. Subsequent to the washing cycle, the liquid in the transfer tub can be moved over to the cleaning tub either to pasteurize or disinfect the articles in the basket. Heat control means are provided to bring the transfer liquid to the proper temperature in the transfer tub, and also to maintain this proper temperature in the cleaning tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: H & R Incorporated
    Inventors: Eleanor S. Hill, William J. Hill, Ralph C. Hill
  • Patent number: 4236541
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for washing and drying vegetables and fruit. It includes a closed prism-shaped container in which is housed a rotatable cylindrical container provided with a plurality of passage holes. After the vegetables or fruit have been introduced into the rotatable container, water is introduced by an injector creating a turbulence that stirs and washes the vegetables or fruit by removing the impurities. When the washing is completed, the water contained in the container is emptied and the rotatable container is put into motion which thus dries the washed products by centrifugal force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Assignee: Hoonet s.a.s. di Indro Paolo Dall' & C
    Inventor: Tullio Cipriani
  • Patent number: 4133340
    Abstract: A cleaning machine of the type in which a cleaning fluid spray is directed at an article supported in the interior of a machine cabinet structure and rotated while being sprayed by a plurality of cleaning fluid jets. The cleaning machine disclosed includes a central spray pipe, extending through an article supporting rotary table and adapted to spray the interior of the workpiece simultaneously with the directing of cleaning fluid spray at the exterior of the part, to clean the interior and the exterior of the article simultaneously. The rotary table is adapted to be supported on a bearing assembly, carried by the central spray pipe, the bearing assembly functioning both as the rotational support for the rotary table and also acting to form a fluid coupling between the central spray pipe and cleaning fluid distribution manifolding disposed beneath the rotary table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1979
    Inventor: Thomas B. Ballard
  • Patent number: 4132235
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating photopolymer printing plates, which have already been exposed, with liquid media, in which the plate, mounted on a vertically movable holder, can be moved up and down between an upper loading and unloading chamber and a lower treatment chamber, separated from the upper chamber by a partially open partition, and in which upper and lower rim elements of the plate holder seal the aperture in the partition in a vapor-tight manner when the plate holder is in its terminal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1979
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Eckhard Koplin, Horst Hoffmann, Siegfried Raiff, Peter Richter, Helmut Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 4056260
    Abstract: Apparatus for maintaining the freshness of blood platelet concentrate and related solutions which require continuous agitation to maintain usuable shelf life. A container for holding platelet concentrate packets contains a series of parallel cells which are disposed at an oblique angle with respect to a horizontal plane. A plurality of platelet packet containers are disposed within an equal number of cylinders which are adapted to securely hold the containers. Each cylinder has circumscribed about the outer surface thereof a friction transfer surface, each of which is aligned to contact the friction transfer bearing surface of an adjacent cylinder. A rotating power source engages a friction transfer surface of a cylinder causing same to rotate, the rotational force being transferred to all adjacent cylinders. Environmental control means maintain an appropriate temperature state during the agitation of all platelet packets being operated upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1977
    Inventor: Melvin J. David
  • Patent number: 3978875
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dish washing machine, comprising a receptacle which can be opened to one side - preferably upwards - which encloses the wash zone and forms a water reservoir at the bottom, comprising also at least one dish basket or similar device which can be inserted into the wash zone and secured, and an offset spray pipe which passes through the spray zone from bottom to top in a preferably vertical direction, the spray pipe having a number of superposed jets in its side and the bottom of which extends into the water reservoir and contains a water pumping device, in particular a screw-type impeller which is coupled to an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1976
    Inventor: Erich Hans Slany
  • Patent number: 3973989
    Abstract: A cleaning machine for cleaning dirty, greasy or otherwise polluted metal parts comprises a foraminated basket for receiving said metal parts, which basket is rigidly mounted for rotation with a rotatable wheel. The wheel is driven by spray jets from spray nozzles around the periphery of the wheel. The spokes of said wheel have their free ends provided with vanes mounted thereon in a freely swingable position. Within certain limits of the rotation speed of the rotor the vanes are hit by the spray jets. If a specific speed is exceeded, the vanes are swung outwards by centrifugal forces and brought beyond the effective operation area of the spray jets. In the absence of a driving force the rotation speed will go down. In this way an automatic controlling of the rotation speed is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1976
    Inventor: Egon Senger