With Movably Or Flexibly Mounted Spray Or Jet Applying Conduits Or Nozzles Patents (Class 134/172)
  • Patent number: 11103119
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a dishwashing machine includes a tub accommodating tableware, a nozzle assembly spraying washing water, a vane assembly changing a traveling direction of the washing water sprayed from the nozzle assembly to move linearly inside the tub, a user interface for receiving a divided washing zone selected by a user, and a control unit controlling movement of the vane assembly to wash the selected divided zone by the washing water including the changed traveling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-Kyung Hong, Da Nim Kang
  • Patent number: 11090701
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatuses, machines, systems and methods for periodically washing and/or disinfecting the interior of individual containers having a polygonal base (e.g., rectangular), such as bins of the type used for the used for agricultural commodity collection, storage, and transport (agricultural bins), as well as other types of bins and containers. The systems of the present invention may be operable to automatically and thoroughly clean the interior of such bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: PACKLINE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Lorin Reed, Jim Moshier
  • Patent number: 11006813
    Abstract: An automatic dishwasher with a treating chamber, at least one dish holder, and a sprayer. The sprayer can be coupled to the dish holder and include a set of fan spray nozzles or a set of jet nozzles. The set of fan spray nozzles or the set of jet nozzles fluidly connect the sprayer and treating chamber. One or more angles in which fluid flows from the set of fan spray nozzles or the set of jet nozzles into the treating chamber can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Sujit S. Naik, Floyd Jackson
  • Patent number: 10954077
    Abstract: Provided is a conveyor belt cleaning apparatus, and more particularly, to a conveyor belt cleaning apparatus capable of cleaning a conveyor belt by operating in a pneumatic manner using compressed air without using electricity. The conveyor belt cleaning apparatus uses the rodless cylinder so as to enable the steam spray nozzle to perform a reciprocating motion and make it easy to adjust a speed of the steam spray nozzle and adjust a spray range for an object to be cleaned. Further, the conveyor belt cleaning apparatus is structured such that a width in a left-right direction and a height in an up-down direction may be adjusted, such that the conveyor belt cleaning apparatus may be installed on conveyor belts having various sizes, thereby ensuring diversity of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SJE CORPORATION, LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-Moog Yoo
  • Patent number: 10906516
    Abstract: Provided is a brake control system that can reduce use of a mechanical braking in a railway vehicle using an automatic train control (ATC). The present disclosure is a brake control system for a railway vehicle using an ATC. The brake control system includes: a main electric motor, a main conversion device, a brake controller, and an ATC device. The main electric motor generates a braking force by converting kinetic energy of a wheel of the railway vehicle to electrical energy. The main conversion device actuates the main electric motor. The brake controller outputs a braking signal to the main conversion device. The ATC device outputs a braking command to the brake controller based on the ATC. In addition, the ATC device outputs a preliminary braking signal for energizing the main electric motor prior to output of the braking command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kato, Gakuji Kobayashi, Tomoya Kato
  • Patent number: 10905305
    Abstract: An automated method and apparatus for cleaning articles by direct application of concentrated product to a soiled surface of the article is disclosed. The article type is identified and a product dispensing sequence is activated to control the type of product dispensed onto the articles based on the article type and/or soil type on the article. Product, duration, and other parameters are tailored according to the article type and/or soil type during each sequence of the wash cycle. Product, wash and rinse liquids are applied at specific locations and from specific directions from within the cleaning apparatus based upon the article type and/or soil type on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lee J. Monsrud, Paul J. Mattia
  • Patent number: 10895066
    Abstract: The invention provides a tube-in-tube pull-out faucet which comprises a faucet body and an outer tube fixed to the faucet body, and further comprises a tube-in-tube pull-out device located above the faucet body, wherein the tube pull-out device comprises an inner tube joint, an inner tube joint nut, an inner tube, a first spring bracket, a first pull-out tube joint, a pull-out tube and a telescopic spring which are disposed in a cavity of the outer tube, one end of the inner tube joint is sleeved on the faucet body or the outer tube and the other end thereof is screwed to the inner tube joint nut, the inner tube joint is provided with an integrally formed joint portion, and an outer side wall of the joint portion is in sliding fit with an inner side wall of one end of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignees: FLOWTECH KITCHEN & BATHROOM, TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Weixin Huang
  • Patent number: 10820780
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a treating chamber with four corners and a rotatable sprayer located within the treating chamber, where the sprayer includes two conduit segments which rotate about two different axes and a spray head which rotates about yet another axis. The combined rotation of the conduit segments moves the spray head in a non-circular path around the treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10779702
    Abstract: A spraying assembly for a dish washing machine includes: a bottom shell, a spraying seat, a sprayer and an actuator. A water storage chamber is formed in the bottom shell, which is provided with a water inlet in communication with the water storage chamber. The spraying seat is rotatably disposed on the bottom shell and provided with a water input passage in communication with the water storage chamber. The sprayer is provided with at least one spraying arm and rotatably disposed on the spraying seat and a rotation center of the sprayer is eccentrically arranged with respect to a rotation center of the spraying seat. The sprayer is provided with a plurality of spraying orifices, each being in communication with the water input passage. The actuator is connected to the sprayer and the spraying seat respectively to drive the sprayer and the spraying seat to rotate around their respective rotation centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: FOSHAN SHUNDE MIDEA WASHING APPLIANCES MFG. CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingfeng Li, Feng Gao
  • Patent number: 10720333
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes: a substrate holder to hold a substrate in a horizontal posture while rotating the substrate about a vertical rotary axis passing through the center of a plane of the substrate; a guard member having a shape extending along at least part of a surface peripheral area of the substrate, the guard member being placed in a position close to the surface peripheral area of the substrate held by the substrate holder in a noncontact manner; a cup being a tubular member with an open top end, the cup being provided so as to surround the substrate held by the substrate holder and the guard member together; and a nozzle from which a processing liquid is discharged to the surface peripheral area of the substrate held by the substrate holder. The nozzle is placed on a side opposite the cup with respect to at least part of the guard member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonori Fujiwara, Nobuyuki Shibayama, Yukifumi Yoshida, Tetsuya Shibata, Akiyoshi Nakano
  • Patent number: 10702122
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dishwasher comprising: a tub for containing dishes; a nozzle assembly for ejecting washing water; a vane assembly for changing the path of the washing water, while moving from a first position to a second position inside the tub, such that the ejected washing water is directed towards the dishes; and a controller for stopping the vane assembly, changing the movement speed of the vane assembly, or changing the movement direction of the vane assembly while the vane assembly moves from the first position to the second position, wherein the washing water can also be ejected to corner portions of the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Wook Lee, Sang Soo Choi, Seung Gee Hong, Jun Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10667668
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a treating chamber with four corners and a rotatable sprayer located within the treating chamber, where the sprayer includes two conduit segments which rotate about two different axes and a spray head which rotates about yet another axis. The combined rotation of the conduit segments moves the spray head in a non-circular path around the treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10568489
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dish washing machine. The dish washing machine includes a washing tub in which dishes are stored, a nozzle provided at one side of the washing tub to spray washing water, a vane configured to move in the washing tub and deflect the washing water sprayed from the nozzle toward the dishes, a vane holder movably combined with a rail configured to guide a movement of the vane and configured to support the vane, a driving source configured to generate power for driving the vane to reciprocate, a belt driven to transfer the power generated by the driving source to the vane, and a direction changing member with one end configured to rotate with respect to the vane holder and another end configured to rotatably move with the belt when a movement direction of the vane is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Doo Kim
  • Patent number: 10480875
    Abstract: A method for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting commercial and residential HVAC system includes applying cleaning foam to coils of the HVAC system, the foam including one or more agents that break down organic and/or inorganic fouling debris into particles, the foam removing and carrying away debris from the coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BLUE BOX AIR, LLC
    Inventor: James Metropoulos
  • Patent number: 10448801
    Abstract: A dishwasher filtration system includes a coarse filter disposed in a tub of a dishwasher, the coarse filter configured to filter water directed to a main wash pump. The system also includes a soil accumulation chamber configured to receive a portion of water from the main wash pump. The system further includes a fine filter covering an opening of the soil accumulation chamber, the fine filter configured to filter the portion of water received inside the soil accumulation chamber. The system also includes a backwash nozzle configured to supply water to the fine filter. In addition, the system may include a deflector that deflects the water from the backwash nozzle to the fine filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Raveendran Vaidhyanathan, Edward Thies, Viktor Kopyrin
  • Patent number: 10420452
    Abstract: A dish washing machine is provided herein. The dish washing machine includes a switching assembly configured to change a direction of washing water sprayed by a spray unit. The switching assembly includes a switching unit configured to change the direction of the washing water. The switching assembly also includes a damping unit configured to lessen vibrations of the switching unit. Using this structure, the direction of the washing water is efficiently changed by the switching unit, and vibrations and noise are lessened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan Woo Hong, Jeong Hoon Kang, Dae Uk Kang, Ha Yeon Jo
  • Patent number: 10390676
    Abstract: A dishwasher may include a tub configured to accommodate one or more items to be washed, a spray arm rotatably mounted to the tub, and configured to spray water onto the one or more items to be washed, a sump disposed at a bottom surface of the tub and configured to store water and to supply stored water to the spray arm, a fixed gear unit fixed to the tub with gear teeth arranged along an outer circumferential surface of the fixed gear unit, a rotary gear unit rotatably mounted on the spray arm and configured to engage the gear teeth of the fixed gear unit, and a link member connected to the rotary gear unit and the spray arm, where the spray arm may include, a main arm with a pair of arms, and a pair of auxiliary arms rotatably connected to the main arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seyoung Woo, Joonho Pyo, Daegyu Kim
  • Patent number: 10357140
    Abstract: An autonomous wall cleaner is disclosed. The autonomous wall cleaner comprises a vacuum generator, a number of suction cups, a number of wheels, a number of first actuators, a cleaning element and a controller located on a frame. The wheels are symmetrically arranged on both sides of the frame. The first actuator is capable of driving the wheels. Each suction cup is connected with the vacuum generators and has a sliding disk and an elastic bowl. When the wheels are moving on the wall, the suction cups are sucking to the wall and sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Changzhen Liu, Sixin Chen
  • Patent number: 10264946
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dishwasher including a tub, a door, a sump, a rack, a spray arm, a water guide including a supply flow-path for movement of the wash water from the sump and a supply port formed in the supply flow-path, a supply unit including a support body for receiving the wash water, a connection pipe extending from the support body to the spray arm, and an spray arm coupler, and a connection member including a coupling body coupled to the water guide and the support body, and a through-hole formed in the coupling body. The supply unit includes a rearwardly protruding insertion portion, and the connection member includes protrusions spaced apart from each other to define an insertion space for the protruding insertion portion, so that the supply unit is coupled to the water guide as the protruding insertion portion is inserted into one of the insertion space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyuhyung Choi, Minchul Kim, Baekhon Kim, Sangsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10264944
    Abstract: A dishwasher can include a chassis, a tub, and a dishrack moveable into and out of the tub. A rail assembly mounting the dishrack to the tub can include a slidable rail and at least one support housing secured to the tub for supporting the slidable rail. The dishwasher can also include at least one light source for illuminating a portion of the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michal Dabal
  • Patent number: 10231598
    Abstract: A dish washing machine having a structure improved to increase washing efficiency is provided. The dish washing machine includes a washing tub for washing dishes, an injection unit to inject washing water into the washing tub, and a deflection unit to move inside the washing tub to deflect the washing water injected from the injection unit toward the dishes. The deflection unit includes a first vane to be linearly movable in a direction in which the washing water is injected and a second vane to interwork with the first vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hwang Mook Cho, Jun Hong Park, Eung Ryeol Seo, Gun Ung Lee, Seung-Mok Lee, Chang Wook Lee, Nam Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10188261
    Abstract: A dish washing machine having a structure allowing wash water to be evenly sprayed into a washing tub. The dish washing machine includes a cabinet forming an external appearance of the dish washing machine, a washing tub arranged in the cabinet and allowing dishes to be washed therein, a dish basket arranged in the washing tub to accommodate the dishes, a spray unit to spray wash water into the washing tub, a diversion unit arranged inside a flow passage of wash water to divert the wash water sprayed from the spray unit, and a guide member coupled to one side of the diversion unit to allow the diversion unit to move within the washing tub. As the spray unit and the diversion unit are provided, a dead zone which wash water does not reach may be eliminated, and divided and intensive washing may be implemented in the washing tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Gee Hong, Yong Soo Kyong, Chan Young Park, Soo Hyung Yoo, Chang Wook Lee, Min Ho Jung, Hyoung Jun Kim, Jea Won Lee, Hyun Dong Jung, Jae Man Joo
  • Patent number: 10113654
    Abstract: A diverter assembly for a dishwashing appliance may generally include a diverter head having a body portion and first and second outlets that form a single unitary component. In addition, the first outlet may be configured to be directly coupled to a first spray-arm assembly of the appliance and the second outlet may be configured to be directly coupled to a conduit in fluid communication with a second spray-arm assembly of the appliance. The diverter assembly may also include a valve housing configured to be coupled to the diverter head. The valve housing may define an inlet in fluid communication with a pump of the appliance and may at least partially house a diverter valve that diverts fluid received via the inlet to the first or second outlet. Moreover, the diverter assembly may be configured to be mounted directly to a bottom wall of a tub of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Steven Riddle
  • Patent number: 9968237
    Abstract: A dish washing machine includes a main body, a washing tub provided in the main body, a basket provided in the washing tub to store a dish, a stationary nozzle fixed to one side of the washing tub to spray washing water, and a plurality of vanes which change a direction of the washing water sprayed from the stationary nozzle toward the basket. At least one of the plurality of vanes are rotatably provided and operate so that the washing water sprayed from the stationary nozzle is reflected toward the basket. Through such a configuration, a dead region in which the dish is not washed may be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Wook Lee, Chan Young Park
  • Patent number: 9878226
    Abstract: A golf equipment cleaning device is provided wherein the cleaning device selectively expels a pressurized fluid that a golfer may use at any point on the golf course. A golfer may use a hand pump to pressurize a container that comprises a fluid. Then, the golfer may release the pressurized fluid through the end of a bristled brush such that the golfer may scrub a golf ball or golf club with a bristled brush and a pressurized fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas Nardini
  • Patent number: 9801523
    Abstract: A spray device assembly for a dishwasher appliance is provided including an outer tube and an inner tube. The outer tube extends along an axial direction and defines an outer tube orifice extending along a length of the outer tube. The inner tube also extends along the axial direction and is rotatably positioned at least partially within an opening of the outer tube. Moreover, the inner tube defines an inner tube orifice extending along a length of the inner tube. The outer tube orifice and inner tube orifice together define a nozzle where the outer tube orifice and the inner tube orifice overlap, the nozzle configured to move along the outer tube orifice as the inner tube and the outer tube are rotated relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 9801522
    Abstract: A dish washer including a sump unit disposed below a wash tub and configured to collect water, and an upper nozzle, a lower nozzle, and a subsidiary nozzle configured to spray water received from the sump unit onto dishes/cutlery contained in at least one rack. The sump unit includes a circulating pump configured to pump water collected in the sump unit, and a distributing element configured to allow water pumped by the circulating pump to be sprayed through any one of the lower nozzle and the subsidiary nozzle, and to be sprayed selectively through the upper nozzle. Accordingly, it is possible to independently perform an intensive wash mode of spraying water only through the subsidiary nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeon Suk Wee, Byung Sam Yoo
  • Patent number: 9783925
    Abstract: A dryer appliance is provided, including a cabinet, a drum, an outlet assembly, an exhaust sensor, and a fluid injector. The drum may be mounted within the cabinet and define a drying chamber. The outlet assembly may be attached to the drying chamber and include a conduit defining an exhaust passage in fluid communication with the drying chamber. The conduit may extend from an inlet at the drying chamber to an outlet. The conduit may further define an access port along the exhaust passage between the inlet and the outlet. The exhaust sensor may be disposed in communication with the exhaust passage. The fluid injector may be attached to the conduit between the inlet and the outlet, and be directed at the access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Quentin Pollett, Zhiquan Yu
  • Patent number: 9661978
    Abstract: Spraying device for washing machine, in particular a dishwasher, comprising an impeller provided with blades on the upper part as to receive an axial flow of a washing fluid and to deviate said flow in substantially radial direction, a lower cage defining a containment compartment having an upper access opening for the insertion of the impeller, and an upper closing cover, firmly applicable superiorly on the top of the cage to close the containing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Roberta Cavallaro
  • Patent number: 9650735
    Abstract: A method for controlling a laundry machine is provided, including an air supply cycle in which heated or unheated air is supplied to items received in a holding space. The air supply cycle may include initiating operation of a fan for circulating the air in the holding space, the fan being provided in a duct that forms a flow passage for circulating the air in the holding space, and spraying cleaning water onto a filter for removing foreign matter from the filter, the filter being positioned under the fan for removing foreign matter from air being introduced into the duct from the holding space. Spraying cleaning water onto the filter for removing foreign matter from the filter is not performed at the same time as initiating operation of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngjin Doh, Jihong Lee, Hyunchul Choi, Kyuhwan Lee
  • Patent number: 9474430
    Abstract: A fixed full coverage wash system that includes a base portion having a generally square or rectangular shaped outer portion that extends into one or more corners of a tub of a dishwasher. The base portion is operably connected to the plurality of arms for the delivery of a pressurized liquid. The base portion may include a plurality of tube segments that are not in fluid communication with at least a portion of the other tube segments. Such an arrangement may be used in connection with a rotor that controls the release, or timing, of pressurized liquid through sprayers in the tube segments. According to certain embodiments, the movement and/or position of the rotor may be controllable, such as, for example, through the use of a controller and motor that allows for the control of the location and/or concentration of where the pressurized liquid is sprayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Anthony Daniel Shoemaker, Thomas DeSalvo, Christopher Salatino
  • Patent number: 9039844
    Abstract: A steam cleaning apparatus including a main body having a main switch, a steam cleaning head coupled to the main body, and a position sensitive switch having a first state when the steam apparatus is in a substantially vertical storage position and a second state when the steam cleaning apparatus is in a tilted, cleaning position, the position sensitive switch being connected in electrical series with the main switch such that when the position-sensitive switch is in the first state the position-sensitive switch interrupts the flow of electrical current from the main switch and when the position-sensitive switch is in the second state, electrical power is supplied by the main switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Barry Pears, David Rowntree, Martyn Riley, Stephen Houghton, Andrew Walker
  • Publication number: 20150136189
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance is provided having a spray arm assembly with one or more sliding spray arms. The spray arms can slide linearly, back and forth, along either a transverse or lateral direction of a wash chamber of the appliance. The spray arms are precluded from rotating relative to the wash chamber. A variety of mechanisms are described for providing such linear, sliding movement through the wash chamber. Improved spraying and, therefore, cleaning of articles in the dishwasher can be achieved through the sliding movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Seog Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 9032980
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a dishwashing compartment and a rack provided in the dishwashing compartment for holding items to be cleaned. A rotatable spray arm is associated with the rack for applying water or wash liquor liquid upon the items. Water or wash liquor liquid is supplied to the spray arm via an upright supply tube having at least one region which flares in a direction of the spray arm and a peripheral terminal end facing the spray arm. The terminal end of the supply tube is configured to project into the cavity and thereby is extended into the spray arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Christian Jakob, Hans-Peter Nannt
  • Patent number: 9022044
    Abstract: A portable vehicle wash system for use during pre-wash and post-wash procedures preferably includes a portable and collapsible free-standing frame capable of may be positioned over an existing vehicle. Such a free-standing frame preferably includes first and second support sections. Each of the first and second support section preferably includes a fluid discharge section, and a plurality of legs integrally formed with the fluid discharge section. Notably, the fluid discharge section of the first support section is isolated from the fluid discharge section of the second support section. A hose is also provided in fluid communication with the free-standing frame. In this manner, the hose may be coupled to an existing water supply source such that water is simultaneously channeled through the free-standing frame and simultaneously dispersed out from the fluid discharge section of each of the first and second support sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Jackson
  • Publication number: 20150107634
    Abstract: A movable wafer probe may include: an immersion hood including a top body portion and a bottom foot portion, the top body portion having first inner sidewalls surrounding a top opening, the bottom foot portion having second inner sidewalls surrounding a bottom opening; a transducer disposed above the bottom opening and within the top opening, the transducer spaced apart from the first inner sidewalls of the top body portion by a first spacing, the first spacing forming a fluid exhaust port; and a fluid input port extending through the transducer, a bottom end of the fluid input port opening to the bottom opening
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ying-Hsueh Chang Chien, Chin-Hsiang Lin, Chi-Ming Yang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Shao-Yen Ku
  • Patent number: 9010345
    Abstract: A spray arm assembly for a dishwasher system is disclosed. The spray arm assembly includes a spray arm which has an internal chamber, a liquid inlet in flow communication with the internal chamber to supply the internal chamber with liquid from a source of liquid, an outlet passageway in flow communication with the internal chamber for discharging liquid from the internal chamber, an air inlet in flow communication with the outlet passageway, and a region adjacent the air inlet and defining part of the outlet passageway. The region is configured to create a venturi effect at the air inlet when the liquid passes through the region so that air is drawn into the outlet passageway from the air inlet and a mixture of air and liquid is discharged from the outlet passageway. A dishwasher system incorporating such a spray arm assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Mitchell, Errin Whitney Gnadinger, Ronald Scott Tarr, Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 9010270
    Abstract: Provided is a coating device including: a substrate carrying unit which rotatably holds a substrate while the substrate is upright and is able to dispose the held substrate at a first position and a second position; an application unit which includes a liquid material nozzle ejecting a liquid material to each of first and second surfaces of the substrate disposed at the first position; and a removal unit which includes an accommodation mechanism accommodating a part of the peripheral edge portion of the substrate disposed at the second position and a cleaning liquid ejection mechanism ejecting a cleaning liquid to the peripheral edge portion and removes the liquid material of the peripheral edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Futoshi Shimai, Akihiko Sato, Tsutomu Sahoda, Kenji Maruyama
  • Publication number: 20150083169
    Abstract: A wash system includes a wash unit associated with a mobile unit for providing wash fluid, one or more nozzles for streamline injecting wash fluid provided by the wash unit directly into an engine inlet, and an articulating arm for use in positioning the one or more nozzles. The wash unit is physically spaced from a surface of the engine inlet cowling during a washing process. The articulating arm is operable via one of a hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, or mechanically hand-driven operating means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Carl-Johan Hjerpe
  • Patent number: 8985126
    Abstract: A wash arm arrangement (20) for a dishwasher is disclosed. The wash arm arrangement comprises a central arm (21) adapted to be rotatably connected with a first shaft (23) through which liquid under pressure is fed into the central arm during operation. A second shaft (24) is arranged on the central arm to provide liquid to a satellite arm (22) which is rotatably connected with the second shaft. The satellite arm comprises a collimating nozzle (25) with an exit. The collimating nozzle is arranged for providing a collimated jet for distributing liquid to a washing area of the dishwasher. The inventive concept is based on an understanding that by utilizing a collimated liquid jet with sufficient pressure and flow a good cleaning performance is achieved with a reduced water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Sarah Förster, Anders Haegermarck, Niklas Olson
  • Publication number: 20150075569
    Abstract: Apparatuses, and related methods, for processing a workpiece that include a particular barrier structure that can overlie and cover a workpiece. Apparatuses, and related methods, for processing a workpiece that include a particular movable member that can be positioned over and moved relative to a workpiece. Apparatuses, and related methods, for processing a workpiece that include a particular ceiling structure that can overlie a processing chamber. Nozzle devices, and related methods, that include a particular annular body. Nozzle devices, and related methods, that include a particular first, second, and third nozzle structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jimmy D. Collins, Samuel A. Cooper, James M. Eppes, Alan D. Rose, Kader Mekias
  • Publication number: 20150075573
    Abstract: To provide a turret device used for turret-type cleaning machines which allows an improvement in the mounting accuracy of a turret drive shaft, a drive shaft, and a turning center shaft of a turret. A turret device includes: a spindle; a turret mounting the spindle; a spindle drive device; a turret drive device; a turret drive shaft disposed coaxially with a turning center shaft of the turret; a drive shaft coaxially journaled within the turret drive shaft; a first transmission portion transmitting rotation of the turret drive shaft to the turret; a second transmission portion transmitting rotation of the drive shaft to the spindle through a center shaft; and an engaging portion realizing engagement between the center shaft and the spindle when the turret is indexed and releasing the engagement when the turret is turning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Nagahiro HIRASAKA, Shun FUJITA, Takashi MORI
  • Patent number: 8968485
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a substrate, comprising: a process chamber having a track; a carrier connected to the track; upper and lower proximity heads in the chamber and positioned along the path, the proximity heads having opposing faces that define a gap in which a meniscus of fluid is formed, the path being defined along the gap between the opposing faces; a first pre-wet dispenser and a second pre-wet dispenser disposed along side of the upper proximity head and directed toward the path; a drive for moving each of the pre-wet dispensers between a center position along the length of the upper proximity head and opposite outer positions near outer ends of the upper proximity head; and a pre-wet controller for causing the drive to move each of the first and second pre-wet dispensers based on a position of the carrier when moved under the first and second pre-wet dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun Mendiratta, Cheng-Yu Lin, David Mui
  • Publication number: 20150053244
    Abstract: A nozzle for discharging droplets of a processing liquid for processing a substrate has a main body including a supply port, a drain port, a processing liquid flow passageway connecting the supply port and the drain port, and a plurality of discharge ports from which the processing liquid is discharged. The processing liquid flow passageway includes a plurality of branch flow channels, which branch out between the supply port and the drain port and collect together between the supply port and the drain port. The plurality of discharge ports form a plurality of columns respectively corresponding to the plurality of branch flow channels; and are aligned along and connected to the corresponding branch flow channels. A piezo element applies vibration to the processing liquid flowing through the plurality of branch flow channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Masanobu SATO, Hiroyuki YASHIKI, Mai YAMAKAWA, Takayoshi TANAKA, Ayumi HIGUCHI, Rei TAKEAKI
  • Patent number: 8960207
    Abstract: A washer adapted to wash a part with a solution, the washer comprising spaced apart sidewalls, and at least one arm rotatably mounted near its center on at least one of the sidewalls. The arm has one end and another end, a central portion, and an angled portion near the one arm end and angled relative to its adjacent arm central portion. The washer also includes a plurality of nozzles spaced apart along the arm central portion and the arm angled portion between near the one arm end and near the other arm end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LAX Engineered Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20150047676
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cleaning milking stalls on a platform of a rotary parlour. The rotary parlour includes a robotic manipulation device configured to perform a primary task; a holding device configured to hold the end portion of the hose member in a predetermined parking position, and a control unit. When it is time to clean a milking stall on the platform, the control unit activates the robotic manipulation device such that, instead of performing a primary task, the robotic manipulation device performs an additional task in which the robotic manipulation device grips the end portion of a hose member and moves the end portion from a parking position to a number of cleaning positions from which liquid jets are sprayed from the outlet opening of the end portion against predetermined surfaces to be cleaned in the milking stall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: DELAVAL HOLDING AB
    Inventor: Mats Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8951361
    Abstract: An apparatus for guiding hydraulic hoses for use in cleaning sewer lines. The claimed hose guide locks the hydraulic hose, near the head of the hose, in a clamp, providing rigidity for an operator trying to locate the opening of a clogged pipeline. Once the hose has been placed at the pipeline opening, the operator releases the hose from the hose guide, pressurizes the hose so as to separate the hose from the hose guide, removes the hose guide from the sewer line, and cleans the pipeline with the hydraulic hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Sutton
  • Publication number: 20150020855
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprises: (a) a washing chamber for accommodating articles to be cleaned, and comprising in its lower portion a water-collecting sump floor (12); (b) a spray arm (22) rotatably supported at the sump floor; in accordance with the present invention the dishwasher further comprises (c) a sump member (28) which comprises an insert in the sump floor (12) and which comprises an integral spray arm support (24) which rotatably supports the spray arm (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Mats Lundberg, Luigi Salerno
  • Publication number: 20150007861
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a dishwasher appliance and a spray assembly for the same. The spray assembly includes a rotatable spray member, a biasing mechanism for rotating the spray member in a first rotational direction, and a plurality of nozzles mounted to the spray member. The plurality of nozzles is configured for directing wash fluid out of the spray member. The spray member rotates in a second rotational direction when wash fluid flows out of the plurality of nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Mohammad Shakeb Azmi, Suryanarayana Murthy Atreyapurapu, Madhu Sonnathi, Hiremath Nurondayya
  • Publication number: 20150000708
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a treating chamber with four corners and a rotatable sprayer located within the treating chamber, where the sprayer includes two conduit segments which rotate about two different axes and a spray head which rotates about yet another axis. The combined rotation of the conduit segments moves the spray head in a non-circular path around the treating chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: RODNEY M. WELCH