Abstract: A dispensing system includes a collapsible container for liquid material, such as soap, with an outlet for withdrawal of liquid material during collapse thereof. The dispensing system includes a support structure configured for wall attachment of the dispensing system. The support structure further includes at least one movable follower biased towards a collapsing part of the collapsible container, and a detector for reading the position of the movable follower. Detectable substance can be added to the movable follower or the collapsible container. The detector can actuate an alert indicator for indicating a low level of liquid in the collapsible container. Also a collapsible container with detectable substance is disclosed for use in such a system.
Abstract: A control device for automatic water discharge installed at position where water is discharged in apparatus for automatic water discharge in a kitchen and sanitary environment is provided. The device comprises a housing, a sensor unit disposed inside the housing, a water discharge unit, and an electromagnetic valve assembly. The housing comprises a first holding chamber configured to receive the sensor unit, a second holding chamber configured to receive the electromagnetic valve assembly, a third holding chamber configured to receive the water discharge unit, and a water intake chamber. The sensor unit comprises a circuit board and a sensor set at the circuit board. The circuit board is provided with a processor. The electromagnetic valve assembly comprises an electromagnetic valve electrically connected with the circuit board and a diaphragm unit.
Abstract: A dripper unit comprising a base section and a perforated cap attached thereto; the base section for attaching to an irrigation pipe through which water flows, and having a conduit of a first diameter therein, such that some of the water flowing through the pipe flows into the conduit within the base section; the cap for regulating water flow out from the dripper unit, wherein the cap is characterized by having a plurality of apertures there through, each aperture having a different throughput, such that rotation of the perforated cap with respect to the base section brings a selected aperture from said plurality of apertures into alignment with the conduit, thereby regulating flow out of the dripper unit.
Abstract: A faucet mounted water filtration system includes a base having an inlet, a water receiving chamber, and at least one outlet. The inlet is configured to be coupled to a faucet. A body is coupled to the base. The body includes a filter compartment configured to house a filter cartridge. A cover is rotatably coupled to the body. A cam is operatively coupled to the cover. A valve operatively engages a surface of the cam. The cam is rotatable to move the valve to open and close a passageway to the filter compartment. A biasing element biases the cover to a default position.
December 30, 2005
Date of Patent:
November 17, 2009
General Electric Company
James M. Klump, Daniel Ryan Capelle, Norman J. Boulard, Jeffery Borden, Jay Andrew Broniak, John Steven Holmes
Abstract: The body (1) of the valve has two outlets (71, 72) whose axes (S1, S2) are offset in the direction of the axis (A) of the mounting base (2) by a distance (d) greater than 5 mm, typically comprised between 20 and 60 mm, the spacing (e) between the outlet axes being greater than 60 mm and typically less than 130 mm. This arrangement permits avoiding problems of positioning and collision between the upstream circuitry connected to the outlets 71 and 72 in the use configuration of the valve on a dive tank.
Abstract: A quick-connect diverter valve for use in connecting existing water faucets and water filtration units in and around a kitchen, or other areas where clean drinking water is desired. The device consists of a body having a movable sleeve adaptor at one end and an outlet opening at the other end. The sleeve adaptor is slidable to allow the body to be quickly inserted onto and held in an annular groove formed on a snap adapter secured to an outlet end of an existing faucet or tap. The body of the device includes a central chamber having an easily operated piston valve member which is slidingly held therein so that upon actuation of an operating member, the valve member is moved in a first direction to allow entering water to flow from the device into a water filter and back from the water filter through a further chamber and out the outlet end of the device.
August 31, 1998
Date of Patent:
May 9, 2000
Seychelle Environmental Technologies, Inc.
Carl W. Palmer, Kenneth Rawald, Jeffrey DeLong
Abstract: A water spout seat of the water filtration device is composed of a water discharge tube, a main body, a stop valve, and a trigger member, The main body is provided with a through hole, a water inlet, a chamber, a stop edge located between the through hole and the chamber, a stop lip located between the water inlet and the chamber, and an inclined connection hole located between the water inlet and a water outlet of the main body. The stop valve is provided with a tapered washer which is engaged securely with a tapered hole of a water admitting tube. The through hole, the chamber and the water inlet are located coaxially.
Abstract: A new and improved self-contained, portable, treated drinking water, refrigerator storage jug assembly is provided. The jug assembly includes a storage jug configured to be placed in a refrigerator. A water treating subassembly is mounted to the back of the storage jug and is placed in the refrigerator together with the jug. A fluid connector for connecting the portable jug and water treating subassembly to a kitchen sink for refilling is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the water treating subassembly includes a plurality of water treating modules interconnected to each other. Also in the preferred embodiment, a modular, leak-free flow block connector and a treatment module monitoring device form a part of the overall jug apparatus.
Abstract: A system for alleviating leakage or weepage from a pressure relief valve found on conventional hot water heater tanks due to water pressure build-up in residential water lines caused by the application of intense heat with fast recovery type hot water heaters wherein a water pressure relief valve is easily and quickly connected between a washing machine water supply outlet faucet and a flexible washing machine water inlet hose and water vented from this pressure relief valve is vented through a flexible hose to an appropriate drain.
Abstract: Pleural and other body fluids that may harbor disease organisms are emptied from a container by connecting the container to a venturi device and running water under pressure through the venturi device so that the fluids in the container are entrained into the flow of water under pressure. The outlet of the venturi device is in fluid communication with a sanitary sewer.
Abstract: There is provided a tap water purifier to be directly coupled to a faucet pipe, which includes a water purifying barel filled with a filter medium and a cylindrical valve body integral with the purifying barrel. The purifying barrel having opposite opening ends. The valve body is inserted in a cylindrical bore formed in a casing for rotation about the longitudinal axis of the valve body. The casing has tap water inlet port means, tap water outlet port means and purified water outlet port means formed therein, the tap water inlet port means and the purified water outlet port means opening to the cylindrical bore in the casing at an angular distance of 180.degree. from each other in the same axial position. The valve body includes first and second flow path means formed therein, the first flow path means being communicated with one opening end of the purifying barrel, the second flow path means being communicated with the other opening end of the purifying barrel.
Abstract: A water filter comprising a hollow cylindrical base, a filter assembly fastened in said base at the top which is comprised of an inner filter tube covered with a braided outer filter tube, a cylindrical casing covered on said filter assembly and attached to said base at the top, a ater outlet pipe connected to said base at the bottom, a water intake pipe and a drain pipe respective connected to said base, a plunger fastened in a cylindrical hole inside said base and rotated by a lever, wherein said plunger has a plurality of water passage holes alternatively rotated by said lever to let an intake flow of water from said water intake pipe: (a) flow toward said water outlet pipe directly; (b) flow through said filter assembly to said water outlet pipe (c) flow through the space between said inner filter tube and said outer filter tube and then, penetrate through said outer filter tube toward said drain pipe; (d) flow into the space between said outer filter tube and said cylindrical casing and penetrate through
Abstract: A faucet with control mechanism for passing water through the faucet or for shutting the water off, which comprises ceramic discs having mating long-wearing highly polished faces that provide a water seal when the discs are in closed position, and have openings therein which provide a water passageway when the discs are in open position for axial flow, wherein the ceramic discs themselves form the passageway or pressure vessel which contains the flow and permits the use of a side-operated handle which attaches to a controller inside the faucet which is open to the atmosphere. A lower body portion has a threaded stem with a pair of opposed flat portions for admitting a split mounting washer without having to thread the washer on the threaded stem all the way from the bottom of the stem.
Abstract: A rinsing water supply system for supplying water to a rinsing unit of a developing apparatus in which photosensitive materials are processed and rinsed. The water supply system includes a pipe having a water supply passage through which water is introduced into the rinsing unit from a water source, a solenoid valve for opening and closing the water supply passage, and signal lines arranged along and integrally with the pipe and adapted for transmitting signals for operating the solenoid valve. This arrangement eliminates the necessity for installation of a signal transmission line independently from the water supply passage, for the purpose of transmitting signals for operating the solenoid valve.
Abstract: Disclosed is a system for replacing dirty aquarium water with fresh, clean aquarium water and making up for evaporation, thus keeping the aquarium water level constant. The inventive system includes a passageway for supplying clean water to an aquarium, which passageway has a bypass port leading to a throat designed to cause a pressure reduction. The throat is fluidly connected to an aquarium outlet located at the surface of the aquarium so that the reduction in pressure at the throat causes a suction effect to remove dirty water from the surface of the aquarium. Downstream of the throat, the dirty water is conveyed to a waste outlet.
Abstract: A water supply station is provided with series connected reservoirs for receiving and storing potable water or the like under different temperature conditions. The station includes a first reservoir for receiving an incoming water flow, and a second reservoir coupled to the first reservoir via an overflow conduit. When the first reservoir reaches a substantially filled condition, additional water flow spills through the overflow conduit for passage into the second reservoir. The water within the two reservoirs is maintained under different conditions, such as at selected cold and hot temperatures, respectively, ready for immediate dispensing through appropriate dispensing valves. The water supply station is particularly adapted for use as a countertop unit wherein the reservoirs respectively store water for immediate dispensing and use, for example, in cold or hot beverages.
Abstract: Electrical batteries are integrated with a disposable container of flowable material for powering a dispensing apparatus. The disposable container includes a deformable chamber for containing a predetermined quantity of material to be dispensed, and an electrically energized actuating member deforms the chamber for dispensing the flowable material. The dispensing apparatus is actuated by a photocell system which electrically energizes the actuating member in response to the proximity of a user to the dispensing apparatus without the user contacting the apparatus. The photocell system normally is inactive, and is rendered active by a sensor for detecting the proximity of a user to the apparatus.
August 2, 1985
Date of Patent:
February 2, 1988
Louis Hoffman Associates Inc.
Louis S. Hoffman, William Bohmer, Ralph J. DeVito, Brian R. Langille, Richard D. Watkins, Charles B. Sanders, Martha E. Kerch
Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a diverter coupling, for use in connection with a water-powered appliance, for coupling the appliance to a water outlet, typically a standard household faucet. The diverter coupling is constructed predominantly of molded plastic parts, to accommodate low cost manufacture, and includes detachable sections mounted respectively on the faucet outlet and on the end of the inlet tubing to the appliance. When the two parts are coupled together, water flow from the faucet is diverted into the appliance inlet, flows through the appliance, and is returned and discharged at the sink. Pressure regulating means prevents overloading of the appliance by excessive water pressure.
October 29, 1979
Date of Patent:
August 4, 1981
Walter D. Teague, Jr., Arthur T. Sempliner
Abstract: A reverse osmosis system employs a tank for storing permeate under a pressure which is a portion of the pressure of feed water introduced into a pressure resistant container housing a semipermeable membrane cartridge. Control means such as an automatic valve, preferably of the double diaphragm type, in the line introducing feed water into the pressure resistant container closes to shut off feed water flow when the pressure in the permeate storage tank reaches a first predetermined value, less than the feed water pressure, and re-opens to re-establish feed water flow at a second predetermined pressure lower than the first or shut-off pressure. A constricted passageway device such as a venturi in the pipe or connection between a dispensing device such as a faucet and the permeate storage tank has its throat communicating with the sensing conduit for actuating the feed water control valve.
Abstract: This invention relates generally to fluid discharge devices and, more particularly, to a discharge device for use with a combined filling and draining faucet attachment commonly used with portable washing machines and portable dishwashers. The invention relates specifically to a fluid discharge device having a round hollow truncated cover shaped body with a tubular structure at the top, an adjustment tube inserted into the tubular structure of the body and extending upward allowing for height adjustment of the device. The vertical discharge outlet of the faucet attachment is inserted into the top of the adjustment tube and the height of the discharge device is adjusted so that the base of the device rests on the bottom of the sink and encircles the sink drain.
Abstract: A fluid coupling for connecting a portable washing machine to a domestic water faucet comprises a housing defining an unobstructed fluid passage having a lateral discharge port normally closed by a tilt type valve. A sliding detent plate latches the coupling to the faucet and includes an actuating arm for opening the discharge valve at least momentarily in its traverse between latched and unlatched positions.
Abstract: A fluid discharge device such as for use in draining an appliance, such as a dishwasher, into the sink. The discharge device is arranged to prevent splashing of the discharge fluid on the bottom of the sink and includes a divider wall within the discharge duct for dividing the fluid flow into a plurality of streams. The wall may be perforate to further cause a turbulent reduction in the longitudinal velocity of the discharging fluid stream. The duct may be provided with projections extending transversely into the fluid flow to further provide turbulent reduction in the longitudinal velocity of the fluid stream. The discharge device is adapted to be provided in a turned discharge conduit, such as an elbow, and is arranged to provide the desired splash-prevention functioning while yet effectively minimizing obstruction to the fluid flow so as to prevent blockage thereof as by food particles and the like carried by the discharging fluid.
Abstract: A coupler assembly for a portable washing machine which includes an improved method of assembling and retaining the faucet locking means between the coupler body and the retaining ring. The coupler body supports locking means in pockets between the retaining ring and the body. The retaining ring includes a plurality of inwardly extending segmental shoulders which define recesses therebetween. The retaining ring is assembled onto the coupler body by aligning the recesses with the locking means and sliding the ring onto the body. The retaining ring is then locked by rotating the ring to snap a leg portion into a detent slot in the body. The locking rotation moves the segmental shoulders into alignment with the locking means to prevent movement of the ring from the coupler body.
Abstract: A coupling for dishwashers is provided with a unitary molded plastic body having two nipples extending therefrom, for connection to supply and discharge hoses, and with a separation wall with integral flow deflector, disposed within the molded body for separating flow channels therein and for rigidifying the unitary body. The coupling body is provided with quick connect coupling elements at the upstream end and molded splash preventer means at the discharge end of the coupling.
Abstract: A coupler assembly for a portable washing machine which includes a mechanism associated with an operating lever and a pressure relief means to provide automatic sequential depressurization and then decoupling of the assembly from the faucet when the operating lever is moved in an axial direction.
Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining a predetermined liquid level within a tank while effecting the continuous addition and removal of liquid within the tank. The apparatus is provided with a housing that mounts directly on a side wall of the tank with the housing extending on both sides of the wall, so that it is partially inside and partially outside the tank. The housing has a first passageway which receives fresh liquid from a pressurized supply and introduces a portion of the fresh liquid into the tank. The remainder of the fresh liquid is provided to a second passageway which is connected between the first passageway and a drain. The second passageway has a constriction near its inlet, which accelerates liquid flowing through it and injects the liquid into the second passageway at a high speed. This produces a region of low pressure in the second passageway. A third passageway is connected to the region of low pressure and it is coupled to the water in the tank.
Abstract: A splash guard for use with a combined appliance filling and draining faucet attachment has a sleeve arranged covering a collapsible framework formed by a coiled resilient element. The sleeve forms an inlet and outlet to the framework through which a fluid may pass, with a fitting being arranged blocking the inlet for facilitating attachment of the guard to a faucet attachment, and the like.
Abstract: A water inlet device for an appliance having a cabinet containing a washing chamber characterized by a connector housing having a cavity receiving a diaphragm valve coacting with a valve seat on a port to control flow through the cavity with the operation of the diaphragm valve being controlled by a pilot valve disposed in the appliance. The water inlet device is particularly adapted for portable appliances and preferably has means for forming a quick connection to a source of water. The diaphragm is provided with at least one orifice to allow the source of water to bleed into a pressure chamber to bias or urge the diaphragm valve to a closed position and the pilot valve selectively bleeds this pressure chamber to cause a pressure differential on the diaphragm to selectively open the valve to admit water to the washing chamber of the appliance.