With Hose Storage Or Retrieval Means Patents (Class 137/355.16)
  • Patent number: 9700905
    Abstract: A mobile cart includes a cart frame, wheels rotatably attached to the frame and feet projecting from the frame to an underlying support surface. A carrier tray is fixedly secured atop the cart frame, having a generally planar tray base, a front wall extending upwardly from the front end of the tray base and a cavity. A first container, containing a first material, and a second container, containing a second material, are positioned in the cavity. A combination mixer and dispenser is releasably secured to the frame and releasably fluidly coupled to the first and second containers. The cart is tiltable between a generally horizontal position and a generally vertical position. The front wall of the tray is angled from the tray base such that the front wall lies against the support surface in the generally vertical position, stabilizing the cart for container loading and unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Black Cat, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard I. Moore, Augustus Everhardt
  • Patent number: 9623271
    Abstract: A fire hose deployment device for a firefighting robotic vehicle comprises a wagon body having a bottom and two generally vertical sides, a front tongue coupled to the wagon body and hitched to a rear hitch of the robotic vehicle. The wagon body has left and right wheels coupled to the wagon near the rear of the wagon body, and the wagon body carries a fire hose with a first end coupled to a nozzle on the robotic vehicle and a second end coupled to a fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 9567187
    Abstract: An inlet conduit assembly for a hose reel assembly includes a clip assembly that is structured to be accessible from the outer side of the frame assembly. The clip assembly is structured to be operated without the use of tools. The clip assembly, essentially, prevents the inlet conduit assembly from being moved axially once installed. In this configuration, a user may quickly and easily actuate the clip assembly to release or engage the inlet conduit assembly. Thus, a user may quickly and easily remove the inlet conduit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Ames Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Arcati
  • Patent number: 9353601
    Abstract: The cable handling apparatus includes a trolley beam, where the trolley beam is adapted to allow a cable trolley to slide thereon and an articulating arm. The articulating arm is hingedly coupled to the trolley beam, and the articulating arm is hingedly coupled to a piece of wellsite equipment. The articulating arm is repositionable between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NABORS DRILLING USA
    Inventor: Ryan Hause
  • Patent number: 9352763
    Abstract: A mobile cart includes a cart frame, wheels rotatably attached to the frame and feet projecting from the frame to an underlying support surface. A carrier tray is fixedly secured atop the cart frame, having a generally planar tray base, a front wall extending upwardly from the front end of the tray base and a cavity. A first container, containing a first material, and a second container, containing a second material, are positioned in the cavity. A combination mixer and dispenser is releasably secured to the frame and releasably fluidly coupled to the first and second containers. The cart is tiltable between a generally horizontal position and a generally vertical position. The front wall of the tray is angled from the tray base such that the front wall lies against the support surface in the generally vertical position, stabilizing the cart for container loading and unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Black Cat, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard I. Moore, Augustus Everhardt
  • Patent number: 9303409
    Abstract: A cleanout boom for guiding a plumbing snake, pressure washer, camera or a similar apparatus into a vent pipe on the roof of a structure. A head assembly with a remote mechanism to attach the head assembly to the vent. The device can be entirely operated from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventors: Luis F. Lopez, Emmanuel Pacin
  • Patent number: 9230217
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a forgetting to turn off power detection apparatus includes an outgoing determination unit that creates a power usage pattern based on electric energy that is calculated from past electric energy data in a consumer equipment, and determines whether or not a consumer has gone outside based on the power usage pattern. The forgetting to turn off power detection apparatus of the embodiments includes a forgetting to turn off power detection unit that receives current electric energy data in the consumer equipment, and detects forgetting to turn off power of an electric equipment of the consumer equipment based on the received electric energy data when the outgoing determination unit determines that the consumer has gone outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomotaka Miyazaki, Kazuo Kimura, Isamu Saitou, Naohiko Murata, Daigo Yoshii
  • Publication number: 20150059861
    Abstract: A compression system and method of manufacturing a compression system are provided. The compression system includes a compressor, and a tank rotatably coupled with the compressor and configured to receive a compressed fluid therefrom. The compression system further includes a sheave configured to receive a hose, with the sheave being coupled with the tank such that the sheave and the tank are rotationally fixed relative to one another and rotatable with respect to the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Timothy Wayne Moore, Edward L. Walter
  • Patent number: 8869820
    Abstract: An inlet conduit assembly for a hose reel assembly includes a clip assembly that is structured to be accessible from the outer side of the frame assembly. The clip assembly is structured to be operated without the use of tools. The clip assembly, essentially, prevents the inlet conduit assembly from being moved axially once installed. In this configuration, a user may quickly and easily actuate the clip assembly to release or engage the inlet conduit assembly. Thus, a user may quickly and easily remove the inlet conduit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Ames Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Arcati
  • Patent number: 8869821
    Abstract: A pre-rinse assembly including: a base and a vertically disposed riser pipe for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end secured at its proximal end to the base. A hose assembly for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end which may be secured at its proximal end to the distal end of the vertically disposed riser pipe and a spray head assembly for expelling water therethrough may be secured to the distal end of the hose assembly. A telescoping arm assembly having a proximal end which may be pivotally mounted on the vertically disposed riser pipe and a distal end which may be pivotally mounted on the distal end of the hose or the spray head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Patent number: 8757574
    Abstract: A hose reel (10) is supported by a mounting bracket (12) which can be attached on a vertical or horizontal surface and allow for 180 degrees of motion to allow the hose reel (10) to automatically swivel in the direction the hose (14) is being pulled. The bracket mechanism (16) consists of integral mounting bosses (18) on the hose reel enclosures (20), a mounting bracket (12), a tube (22) and a constraint device (24) on the tube (22). The mounting bosses (18) on the hose reel enclosures (20) are designed to orient and constrain the mounting tube (22) to allow for the tube to be installed from either end of the hose reel. The constraining device (24) on the tube (22) locks into an integral opening (26) in the mounting bosses (18) to prevent tube (22) displacement in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Bauck, Zaixing You, Lihui Gao, Xueshui Wu, Jin Tian
  • Publication number: 20140166128
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hose management system for a plumbing fixture fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: MOEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Christopher Jon Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8740251
    Abstract: An equipment service apparatus, which is suited for use in servicing ground support equipment (GSE) or aircraft ground equipment (AGE), includes a plurality of features for use in servicing and maintaining the GSE/AGE where the GSE/AGE is in use servicing an aircraft so that the GSE/AGE is not itself required to be transported to a remote location for servicing and/or maintenance. The apparatus may be constructed as a towable cart. The apparatus may include a fuel tank, a pump system configured to add fuel to or remove fuel from the fuel tank, and a fuel valve assembly operable to control fuel flow into and out of the fuel tank. The apparatus may also include a container storage portion configured to retain a plurality of removable fluid storage containers, at least one power source, and a power control system operable to control power from the at least one power source to operate at least some features of the equipment service apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Spokane Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan S. Batson, Silas E. Carroll, IV, Steve W. Santjer
  • Patent number: 8662103
    Abstract: The present invention includes a hose reel having side rollers. A hose reel includes: a housing defined by at least one or more base members; a spool rotatably disposed within the housing, wherein the spool is adapted to connect to a flexible hose; a winding mechanism to rotate the spool and to coil the flexible hose around the spool; and one or more rollers associated with said housing, wherein the one or more rollers are able to rotate during coiling of the flexible hose around the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Keter Plastic Ltd.
    Inventors: Elad Refael Adler, Vadim Prokofiev
  • Patent number: 8616241
    Abstract: A waste evacuation system for a vehicle having an extendible and retractable hose for transferring the waste has been described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas R. Swarts
  • Publication number: 20130276911
    Abstract: An electronic faucet including a spout hub and a pullout wand removably coupled to the spout hub. The pullout wand is touch sensitive when docked to the spout hub, and is not touch sensitive when undocked from the spout hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Steven Kyle Meehan, Joel Sawaski, Greg F. Bellamah
  • Patent number: 8490644
    Abstract: A hydraulically powered, hose winding apparatus comprises a support and a hose reel rotatably mounted on the support. A hose is operatively coupled to the hose reel whereby the hose winds about the hose reel when the hose reel is rotated in a first direction. Rotation of the hose reel is driven by a cooperating valve mechanism and gear mechanism. The valve mechanism includes a turbine which is rotated by pressurized fluid flowing through the valve mechanism. The turbine is coupled the gear mechanism which transmits rotary motion from the turbine to the hose reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Strachan
  • Publication number: 20130180603
    Abstract: A system includes a lateral and a socket. The lateral has a first end and a second end separated by a length of a lumen. At least one of the first end and second end is configured to couple with a fluid supply. The length has a plurality of apertures in a wall of the lumen. Each aperture is in fluid communication with the lumen and disposed along a line substantially parallel with a length axis. The length is configured to allow non-destructive coiling about a reel and non-destructive uncoiling. The length has a cross section sufficiently rigid to resist deformation associated with fluid in the lumen. The socket is coupled to the length at a site of at least one aperture. The socket has a bore in fluid communication with the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Kifco Inc.
    Inventor: Kifco Inc.
  • Patent number: 8469049
    Abstract: A discharge extension assembly includes a main tube having at least first and second ends. The discharge extension assembly further includes at least one extension tube configured to telescope from within the main tube. The main tube and the at least one extension tube may include a plurality of collars that are configured to limit overextension of the at least one extension tube from the main tube. A first bracket is configured to mount to the first end of the main tube. A hinge assembly is configured to pivot the main tube and the at least one extension tube. The hinge assembly may include a stop and a sleeve slidably engaged with a shaft. The stop, the sleeve, and the shaft may be configured to limit movement of the sleeve. A second bracket may be configured to mount to the second end of the main tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Norco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard F. Garceau
  • Patent number: 8465347
    Abstract: A retractable water dispenser arm system for a grinder/polisher includes a flexible hose formed, in part in a loop and affixed at at least one location to a base of the grinder polisher. A spout is mounted to an end of the flexible hose. A biased tension arm engages the hose at the loop, and is moveable, along with movement of the hose, to maintain the hose in tension. The biased tension arm includes a roller over which the hose traverses. A mount on the base is configured to receive the spout and is further configured for traverse of the hose therethrough. The mount includes a mount roller operably mounted thereto for guiding the hose through the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Hart
  • Patent number: 8459296
    Abstract: The present embodiments are directed towards the transfer, retrieval and storage of flexible materials. In one embodiment, a system is provided that generally includes a hose retrieval system having a first hose gripper assembly. The first hose gripper assembly includes a pair of first grippers configured to move between a first open position and a first closed position in opposite crosswise directions relative to a longitudinal axis of a hose. Each first gripper includes a first L-shaped structure, and the first L-shaped structures are configured to overlap one another to define a first bending gap in the first closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works
    Inventors: Anatoly Gosis, Folkert Fred Koch, Frank Otte
  • Patent number: 8424791
    Abstract: A reel assembly comprises a spool member configured to rotate about a spooling axis to wind or unwind a linear material. The spool member is also configured to rotate about a reciprocation axis that is substantially perpendicular to the spooling axis. A housing substantially encloses the spool member and comprises first and second housing portions that are rotatable with respect to one another about the reciprocation axis. The first housing portion defines an aperture configured to receive the linear material therethrough. A rotating member is configured to rotate when the spool member rotates about the spooling axis. The rotating member is mechanically linked with respect to the first housing portion via one or more intervening components, such that each revolution of the rotating member produces one cycle of relative reciprocating rotation between the spool member and the first housing portion about the reciprocation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Caamano, Christian Okonsky Gerard, Daniel Francis Caputo
  • Patent number: 8414272
    Abstract: A compression control unit for a compression device includes a mount on the back of a housing for mounting the compression control unit on a bed unit. The mount includes a securing portion spaced from a back of the housing and lying in a plane generally opposing the back of the housing. The securing portion partially defines a channel for receiving a part of the bed unit to secure the compression control unit to the bed unit. Spaced apart wing portions extend generally upward and laterally outward relative to the securing portion. The wing portions are configured so that fluid tubing secured to an outlet of the compression control unit can be wrapped around the wing portions when the compression control unit is mounted on the bed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Rork Swisher, Kelly M. Anderson, James G. Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8413676
    Abstract: A hose looping supporter (21) is provided on an upper surface (13A) of a lid (13) of a tank body (12) constituting an operating oil tank (11). This hose looping supporter (21) is constituted by a mounting member (22) mounted on the lid (13) and four retaining arms (23) each bent in a substantially J-shape. A suction hose (19) has its midway portion adapted to be looped annularly, and this looped hose portion (19B) is mounted by being held looped by each revolving frame (23). Meanwhile, in the case of replenishing a fuel tank (15) with fuel, the suction hose (19) can be easily removed from each retaining arm (23) of the hose looping supporter (21) by reducing the diameter of the looped hose portion (19B) of the suction hose (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuki Umizaki, Yasutaka Tsuruga, Teruo Irino, Makoto Motozu
  • Patent number: 8292245
    Abstract: A roof mounted air hose holder is provided which is adapted to be mounted on roofs having different pitches. The air hose holder may also be mounted on a flat roof. In a modified form of the invention, one of the air hose reels of the air hose holder may be replaced by an electrical cord reel. In another embodiment, both of the air hose reels may be replaced by electrical cord reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventors: Terrence R. Schindler, Nicholas J. Rife
  • Patent number: 8253073
    Abstract: A hose heater for use in outdoor or unheated interior spaces of a home, construction office or farm. The hose heater includes an enclosure having a hose reel for storing the hose also having an electrical heating unit to warm the stored hose between uses. A heating core located in the center of the reel provides heat, keeping the hose from freezing. The enclosure which itself may be heated or unheated, blankets the hose to provide heat to the outer hose coils to ensure that the extremities are maintained at a freeze-free temperature. This can be used in small scale farming, outside use, and other areas where animals and ice rinks need watering in winter with a hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Christy Lynn Marcotte
  • Publication number: 20120138167
    Abstract: The present invention relates to air hose and/or electrical cord reels suitable for use in a consumer environment. The present invention provides a robust reel structure which permits easy user replacement of cords/air hoses, but protects users from the rotating elements which carry the air supply and/or electrical current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Jay ZUPPARDO
  • Patent number: 8141807
    Abstract: A reel assembly comprises a spool member configured to rotate about a spooling axis to wind or unwind a linear material. The spool member is also configured to rotate about a reciprocation axis that is substantially perpendicular to the spooling axis. A housing substantially encloses the spool member and comprises first and second housing portions that are rotatable with respect to one another about the reciprocation axis. The first housing portion defines an aperture configured to receive the linear material therethrough. A rotating member is configured to rotate when the spool member rotates about the spooling axis. The rotating member is mechanically linked with respect to the first housing portion via one or more intervening components, such that each revolution of the rotating member produces one cycle of relative reciprocating rotation between the spool member and the first housing portion about the reciprocation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Caamano, Christian Okonsky Gerard, Daniel Francis Caputo
  • Patent number: 8133039
    Abstract: A compression control unit for a compression device includes a mount on the back of a housing for mounting the compression control unit on a bed unit. The mount includes a securing portion spaced from a back of the housing and lying in a plane generally opposing the back of the housing. The securing portion partially defines a channel for receiving a part of the bed unit to secure the compression control unit to the bed unit. Spaced apart wing portions extend generally upward and laterally outward relative to the securing portion. The wing portions are configured so that fluid tubing secured to an outlet of the compression control unit can be wrapped around the wing portions when the compression control unit is mounted on the bed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Kelly M. Anderson, David Rork Swisher, James G. Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8087425
    Abstract: A hose assembly includes a length of hose and a bracket. The bracket includes a rigid insert and a resilient overmold encapsulating at least a portion of the insert and mechanically bonding with at least a portion of an exterior of the hose. A method to produce this assembly may employ thermoplastic injection molding and include the steps of associating the rigid insert with the length of hose and overmolding the rigid insert and a section of the length of hose associated with the rigid insert with the resilient material, thereby encapsulating a portion of the insert and mechanically bonding the resilient material with the section of the length of the hose. A portion of the rigid insert may extend from the bracket and provide amounting holes and a bearing surface for mounting fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Gates Corporation
    Inventor: Layne Railsback
  • Patent number: 8082944
    Abstract: A base assembly, including wheels, is attachable to the bottom of a hose reel enclosure. This assembly enables the hose reel enclosure to pivot about a vertical axis. This pivotal movement of the hose reel enclosure permits a hose to be withdrawn from and wound back onto the hose reel in the enclosure while remaining substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the hose reel. This also enables a hose to be taken up evenly onto the hose reel and played out from the hose reel without tipping over the hose reel enclosure. In one embodiment, the base assembly is attached to the bottom of a hose reel enclosure. Two wheels are mounted at one end portion of the assembly and a stake is positioned in a member mounted between the end portions of the base assembly. The stake is driven into the ground below the hose reel enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Suncast Corporation
    Inventors: Lyle A. Rosine, Torrence C. Anderson, Robert Stein
  • Patent number: 8074946
    Abstract: A hose hanger assembly includes a tubular support, at least one mount, a flange structure, and a cover structure. The tubular support defines a first end, a second end, and a storage compartment located therebetween, the first end of the tubular support defining an access opening aligned with the storage compartment. The at least one mount is attached to the second end of the tubular support. The flange structure includes (i) an inner ring member attached in fixed relation to the first end of the tubular support, (ii) an outer ring member spaced apart from the inner ring member, and (iii) and a plurality of links interconnecting the outer ring member and the inner ring member so as to define a plurality of windows, the flange structure being configured to resemble a wheel rim flange. The cover structure is movable between (i) a first position in which the cover structure is located to cover the access opening, and (ii) a second position in which the cover structure is located to expose the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael H. Goetz
  • Patent number: 8075493
    Abstract: A winding unit for an air tube provided to a blood pressure monitor includes a reel body rotatably supported by a case body, and a helical spring that biases the reel body in the direction in which the air tube is wound. The air tube includes a wound portion wound by the reel body, a fixed portion immovably fixed to the case body, and a freely movable portion that freely moves as the reel body rotates. The reel body has a housing containing the freely movable portion. A second free-movement end is disposed at an eccentric position relative to a rotational center of the reel body. The winding unit is thus configured to prevent bending of the air tube in the winding unit and to be downsized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: OMRON Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kishimoto, Masayuki Fukutsuka
  • Publication number: 20110253229
    Abstract: The main upright (14) on a paint sprayer (10) frame (12) is provided with a hose guide (16) and a swivel (18). Attached to the swivel (18) is a generally rectangular hose reel (20) having a retractable handle (22) and a releasable rotation lock (24). Reel (20) is formed from a generally rectangular (mirroring the sprayer frame) loop (20a) having secondary loops (20b) attached thereto. A swivel plate (20c) bisects loop (20a). The upper end of loop (20a) may be used as a handle for the sprayer (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Barry W. Mattson, Bradley H. Hines
  • Patent number: 8006928
    Abstract: A reel assembly comprises a drum configured to rotate about a drum axis. The drum is configured to receive a linear material wrapped around a spool surface thereof as the drum rotates about the drum axis. A housing substantially encloses the drum, wherein a portion of the housing defines an aperture configured to receive the linear material therethrough. A reciprocating mechanism connects to the drum and reciprocatingly rotates the drum relative to the shell about a generally vertical axis as the drum rotates about the drum axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Caamano, Christian Okonsky Gerard, Daniel Francis Caputo
  • Patent number: 7921489
    Abstract: A system for supporting patient care equipment alongside a patient support is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of arms supported by a support structure. The arms may be pivoted to either side of the patient support. The arms may be stored in a console. At least one of the arms may carry service conduits that provide medical air, oxygen, vacuum, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Michael E. Cerimele, Mark A. Graham, Christian H. Reinke, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 7921871
    Abstract: Low-profile garden hose storage apparatus comprises a housing adapted for mounting onto an exterior wall of a building to store a garden hose having first and second ends and an outer diameter ‘d’. A reel, rotatable in the housing, has a central hub and a pair of plates spaced apart at a distance of 1, 2 or 3d. In the preferred embodiment the plates are spaced apart at a distance slightly greater than d such that a single layer of hose may be wound thereon in a ‘pancake’ configuration. A water inlet is coupled to the hub through a swivel fitting, enabling the reel to rotate as water is delivered. The first end of the garden hose is coupled to the hub of the reel between the plates, with the second end of the garden hose extending through an opening in the housing. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for automatically winding the garden hose onto the reel between the plates, thereby retracting the hose into the housing through the opening thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: John E. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 7856998
    Abstract: A portable fluid containment assembly capable of holding and transporting oils, water, engine antifreeze, and the like and/or used fluids of the same types. The assembly includes multiple fluid tanks that are mounted in a tubular structure integrated into a platform. The tubular structure includes multiple support members and reinforcement bars. The tubular structure includes lift tip members and forklift pockets to facilitate movement of the portable fluid containment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventor: Karl James Bauer
  • Patent number: 7810751
    Abstract: A reel assembly comprises a drum configured to rotate about a drum axis. The drum is configured to receive a linear material wrapped around a spool surface thereof as the drum rotates about the drum axis. A housing substantially encloses the drum, wherein a portion of the housing defines an aperture configured to receive the linear material therethrough. A reciprocating mechanism connects to the drum and reciprocatingly rotates the drum relative to the shell about a generally vertical axis as the drum rotates about the drum axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Caamano, Christian Okonsky Gerard, Daniel Francis Caputo
  • Publication number: 20100018586
    Abstract: A system for the application of material such as pesticides, herbicides, and the like, within a body of water. The system includes a conduit extending into the body of water and having a distal end for discharging material into the body of water. The conduit is coupled to an adjustable fixture for adjusting the length of the conduit, which in turn adjusts the depth at which the material is applied to the body of water. The conduit is also coupled to a material handling system for regulating the flow of material to the conduit and out the distal end. The system may be mounted on a vessel that includes electronic controls and guidance systems for controlling the application of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas J. McNabb, Thomas G. Moorhouse
  • Patent number: 7506661
    Abstract: Apparatus for storing a hose or tools on a portable compressor. One embodiment of a hose storage device includes a support bar, a securing plate, and a locking bar. Another embodiment of a hose storage device includes a bracket, a hose reel, and a roller plate having a hose opening and at least one roller. One embodiment of a tool storage device includes a support structure having a top surface, a side surface, and a bottom surface. The tool storage device also includes a foam layer positioned between the top surface and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Doosan International USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Corrigan, Theodore Flatt, William Roger Hutchinson, William Keaton, David Franklin Rowe, Jr., David B. Stahlman, Charles Swartz
  • Patent number: 7503338
    Abstract: A hose control system comprising a receiver and a transmitter by which one can remotely control both the flow of water through a hose and the winding or unwinding of the hose onto a reel. The system preferably has power saving advantages, for example, by the use of a power control unit that reduces the power consumed by the electronics of the devices, but does not unreasonably disrupt the use of the devices. The receiver may be used with different aspects or all of the hose control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Harrington, Martin Koebler, Norbert Kozar, Ramon A. Caamano, Michael J. Lee
  • Patent number: 7487791
    Abstract: An apparatus to aid in the holding and retention of tubing or cables used on patients in a hospital environment is disclosed. The invention is envisioned to be used on intravenous tubing, air tubing, sensor cables and the like. The invention would comprise a clamshell-like case with the approximate dimensions of two inches high, three inches wide and approximately eight inches long. When opened, a series of “S”-shaped grooves along with one that is straight and routed through the center of the case along the long dimension is visible. Excess tubing or cables are routed back and forth along the “S”-shaped grooves and then out the straight one when the slack is taken in. The case is then snapped shut. The case would be made of a semi-pliable material in lieu of a hard plastic for increased patient comfort should the patient physically contact the invention. The invention can be snapped together in a gang fashion in those instances where more than one cable or tube needs to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Patricia Bradley
  • Patent number: 7441284
    Abstract: A device for moving the hose of an automatic pool cleaner in and out of a swimming pool using water power. The device includes a rotatable hose reel disposed within a tank spaced from the pool. In one embodiment, the tank communicates with the pool through an under-the-deck tunnel. In another, the tunnel extends from the tank and over the deck of the pool, for discharge into the pool. The hose reel is connected to a rotatable water wheel having vertically-oriented blades disposed around its circumference. To move the hose from the storage position into the pool, a stream of water from a blow out jet nozzle flushes the hose into the pool and rotates the hose reel in a first direction, causing the hose to unwind and travel into the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew L. Pansini
  • Patent number: 7438084
    Abstract: A tank transport system consisting of a wheeled cart having compartments for holding tanks includes a hose compartment that stores the hoses for the tanks and other associated equipment. The hose compartment includes a flip down door that, in its open position, is disposed substantially horizontally and contains a number of storage slots for holding equipment. A hose storage rack is provided interior of the hose storage compartment for storing the hoses in a wound state. A number of storage areas are also included within the compartment including a bin formed within the hose rack. A pivotable handle is provided that is used to roll the cart on the wheels. Other storage compartments may also be provided external to the hose compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: David J. Trettin, Jon Aaron Schlosser, Mark Allen Catron
  • Patent number: 7431051
    Abstract: A sewage system for vehicles that includes a waste hose that is extendable and retractable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Marathon Coach, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Schoellhorn, Mark A Bryan, Alan B. Christianson, Gerald R Lacey
  • Patent number: 7415988
    Abstract: A tank jacket that has a top portion and a body portion made of a durable flexible material such as nylon is dimensioned to fit over the outside of a storage tank. The top portion includes a hole for receiving the regulator assembly. Specifically, the regulator assembly is removed from the tank, typically by unscrewing the assembly from the tank, and the jacket is fit over the tank so that the hole aligns with the tank's fill/dispense port. The regulator assembly is then reattached to the tank to retain the jacket on the tank. The tank jacket supports a hose support assembly for storing the supply hose and a plurality of pockets for retaining various accessories and tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: David J. Trettin, Jon Aaron Schlosser, Mark Allen Catron
  • Patent number: 7373947
    Abstract: A tank jacket fits over the outside of a storage tank. The jacket includes a hole for receiving the regulator assembly. The tank jacket supports a hose support assembly for storing the supply hose and a plurality of pockets for retaining various accessories and tools. A gauge protector fits over the regulator assembly and includes a first housing section defining a first cavity for receiving the regulator and a second housing section defining a second cavity for receiving the pressure gauge. A handle is formed on the gauge protector to facilitate carrying of the tank. The gauge protector and tank jacket protect the tank and regulator assembly and provide a system for transporting the tank and related equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: David J. Trettin, Jon Aaron Schlosser, Mark Allen Catron
  • Publication number: 20070212233
    Abstract: An air compressor includes a main device on which an air tube collector or an electric wire collector is mounted. The air tube collector includes a bracket mounted on the main device, a rotary member pivoted to the bracket and coupled to an air tube, and a crank connected to the rotary member for driving the rotary member to rotate for enabling the air tube be wound around the rotary member. The electric wire collector includes a housing mounted on the main device and defining therein an accommodation chamber, a reel rotatably mounted in the accommodation chamber of the housing and coupled with an electric wire, and a spring member having an end mounted to the reel and the other end mounted to the housing. The elastic force of the spring member is capable of rotating the reel to have the electric wire be wound around the reel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: Rexon Industrial Corporation Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Chih Chang, Shao-Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 7254850
    Abstract: A system for supporting patient care equipment alongside a patient support is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of arms supported by a support structure. The arms may be pivoted to either side of the patient support. The arms may be stored in a console. At least one of the arms may carry service conduits that provide medical air, oxygen, vacuum, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C Newkirk, Michael E Cerimele, Mark A. Graham, Christian H Reinke, Jonathan D Turner