Faucets And Spouts Patents (Class 137/801)
  • Patent number: 10407883
    Abstract: A curved plastic faucet contains: a body, an arcuate tube, connector, and a supply head. The body includes a connection member. The arcuate tube includes an inflow segment, an outflow segment, an arc-shaped section extending to ¼ circumference length of the inflow segment from the outflow segment, and an arcuate water conduit which has an imaginary arc line being an arcuate section of a circle and a length of the arcuate section is not more than ¼ of the circle, wherein a cross section of the arcuate water conduit proximate to the inflow segment is not more than that of the outflow segment, and an outlet is defined adjacent to a lower end of the outflow segment. The connector includes an inlet and at least one stop ring. The supply head includes a guide space and a second screwing portion mating with a first screwing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Luo Da Shi Hardware (Huizhou) Limited Company
    Inventor: Fong-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 10393294
    Abstract: A hammer union (100) includes a male sub (102), a threaded female sub (104), a threaded union nut (106) disposed around abutting ends of the threaded female sub and the male sub, the abutting ends of the threaded female sub and the male sub include contact surfaces (120, 122) perpendicular to a longitudinal axis (50) of the hammer union, and an outermost diameter of the perpendicular contact surfaces and a minor thread diameter of the female sub are equidistant from a longitudinal axis of the hammer union. A method of assembling a hammer union includes inserting a plurality of load segments (108) between a threaded union nut and a male sub, threadedly engaging internal threads of the threaded union nut with external threads (105) of a female sub, and engaging flat contact surfaces (120, 122) of abutting ends of the male sub and the female sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tep Ungchusri, Paul A. Crawford, William H. Garner, Alan R. Killingsworth, King F. Choi
  • Patent number: 10273667
    Abstract: A faucet apparatus includes a rotating operation unit that rotationally operates water spouting and shutting off operations, and a flow adjustment operation and a temperature adjustment operation of hot and cold water, an acceleration sensor that detects an attitude and a rotating movement of the rotating operation unit, and a control unit. The rotating operation unit moves without striding across a horizontal plane at a time of performing a rotating operation from a first operation position to a second operation position around a predetermined rotation axis in the water spouting state. The acceleration sensor is set in a state where a rotation axis at a time of rotating within a predetermined plane in response to the flow adjustment operation and temperature adjustment operation of the hot and cold water does not coincide with a gravity direction axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kamiyoshi, Hideyuki Matsui, Kenichi Hashimoto, Makoto Hatakeyama, Yoshiyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10260217
    Abstract: A faucet includes a sprayhead removably supported by a positioning arm. The positioning arm is articulated to provide multiple degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Brian Alan Enlow, Darrell Scott Crowe, Kurt Judson Thomas, Seth Fritz, Celine Kwok Garland
  • Patent number: 10260216
    Abstract: A pull-down faucet includes a spout and a water hose movable within the spout. A spray hose connector is attached to the discharge end of the water hose. A sprayhead is in fluid communication with the spray hose connector and the water hose, and is movable between a docked position adjacent the discharge end of the spout, to an undocked position away from the spout. A magnet is secured to the interior of the spray hose connector, and a metallic element is secured near the discharge end of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN LOTA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chuanbao Zhu, Liming Ye, Jianping Zhou, Bentai Chen
  • Patent number: 10214885
    Abstract: A method for operating a sanitary fitting having a housing with a spout and a touch sensor, wherein in a touch mode of the sanitary fitting a tapping of a fluid can be activated by touching the touch sensor and wherein by touching the touch sensor for a period of at least 3 seconds, the touch mode is disabled. In addition, a sanitary fitting is specified, which controller is designed and provided for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Achim Mielke, Felix Hamer
  • Patent number: 10209722
    Abstract: A mixer water faucet for installation through a bore in a work surface in proximity to a water supply, includes a stationary housing extending transversely through the bore; a faucet body mounted onto the housing, rotatable relative thereto; a main spout and an auxiliary spout extending from the housing; a main water supply hose for conveying water to the main spout and an auxiliary water supply hose for conveying water to the auxiliary spout, the main water supply hose and the auxiliary water supply hose extending through the housing; and a diverter for selectably directing a supply of water to the main spout and the auxiliary spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Shlomo Pirutin
  • Patent number: 10207280
    Abstract: An overhead shower head with rear switch has a main body. The front of the main body is disposed with an accommodating chamber to accommodate an outlet cover including a cover plate with a ball seat, and the rear is disposed with a switch including a dial button at an eccentric position. The main body is disposed with a through hole that accommodates a water inlet joint. The water diversion body is a water diversion ball and is disposed with two outlets to form a first function waterway and a second function waterway with the inlet joint. The switch includes a first rotating shaft disposed at an eccentric position, a dial button linked to the first rotating shaft and a sealing element linked to the dial button. Thus, the overhead shower head has a short switch route to switch the outlet functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10190445
    Abstract: A switchable roller finger follower includes an inner lever, an outer lever pivotably mounted to the inner lever by a pivot axle, and a coupling device. The coupling device includes a coupling pin configured to move between a locked position in which the inner lever and the outer lever are connected together for movement in at least one direction and an unlocked position in which the inner lever is movable relative to the outer lever in the at least one direction. The coupling device also includes a spring configured to bias the coupling pin in the locked or unlocked position. A de-aeration flow path is formed between an oil passage and an opening for allowing air to move out of the oil passage, past the coupling pin, and exit through the opening. The de-aeration flow path switches between being open and closed based on a position of the coupling pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Pradeep Mohan Mohan Das, Faheem Ahmed, David Chandler
  • Patent number: 10138622
    Abstract: An electrically operable valve assembly for an electronic faucet includes a valve housing having an interior region for receiving a fluid, a solenoid valve, and a temperature sensor positioned outside the interior region. A heat transfer device extends between the temperature sensor and the interior region to transfer heat from fluid in the interior region to the temperature sensor. A controller is in communication with the temperature sensor and operative to control the solenoid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Kurt J. Thomas, Derek A. Brown, Joel D. Sawaski
  • Patent number: 10124349
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. The first diverter is movable in a radial direction within the body between a first radial position and a second radial position. The second diverter is movable in a longitudinal direction within the body between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position. The first actuator is operatively coupled to the first diverter and to the second diverter. The first actuator is configured to simultaneously move the first diverter between the first and second radial positions and the second diverter between the first and second longitudinal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Steven Thomas Radder, Amruta Velapure
  • Patent number: 10087608
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for providing and dispensing various hand care alternatives from a common point of dispension, such as a faucet, for standardizing the hand care, washing, sanitizing, and drying process is disclosed. Included is a liquid flow path having an inlet in fluid communication with a liquid source and an outlet in fluid communication with a user reception point. A secondary flow path has an inlet in communication with one or more hand care alternatives and an outlet in communication with the user reception point. A first pump operatively connected to the hand care alternative and a second pump, independent from the first, pumps air. The air and hand care alternative may be mixed and foamed. In use, the air pump can provide clearing, drying and mixing functions independent from the first pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Thomas Dobizl, Sarah Elise Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 10072401
    Abstract: A faucet including a faucet head, a body and a magnetic coupling releasably coupling the faucet head to the faucet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Nelson, Christopher Michael McGuire
  • Patent number: 9856635
    Abstract: A faucet structure and method for assembling same is disclosed. The structure includes an outer tube, flow guiding part and cap. The outer tube is provided with an assembling gap. The flow guiding part is provided within the outer tube, and with half shells. The first half shell is provided with supplying manifold passage(s) corresponded to the assembling gap, and a first assembling ramp facing the second half shell. The second half shell is provided with a second assembling ramp facing the first half shell and inclined oppositely to the first assembling ramp, and a first threaded connection portion facing one end opening of outer tube. The cap is in correspondence with the end opening, and provided with a second threaded connection portion corresponded to the first threaded connection portion. These threaded connection portions are engaged by threaded connection, while those half shells are pressed against a tube wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hokwang Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shen-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 9821995
    Abstract: The present system provides a beverage dispensing assembly having a radio transmitter, wherein a personal communication device having associated software receives content from a remote content management system in response to a signal from the transmitter being received at the personal communication device. The radio transmitter may be in a retaining cavity of an extender assembly which is positioned between a faucet and a tap handle of the beverage dispensing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bevisys, LLC
    Inventors: James Pendegraft, Martin Howell
  • Patent number: 9803783
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to hose couplings useful for mining applications, more particularly to a fluid coupling capable of generally fully tightened by hand, including a visual lock for visual indication and safety when in a hand-tightened position. The coupling generally includes a male portion, a female portion, a retaining member and a locking member. The male portion passes through the retaining member, and the retaining member threadingly engages the female member. The locking member prevents unthreading of the retaining member from the female member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Zulauf, Donald R. Gilbreath, Randall Mark Leasure, Richard A. Eaton
  • Patent number: 9725891
    Abstract: The faucet comprises a body having a cold water inlet, a hot water inlet and a service water outlet, and housing a monocontrol mechanism, for blocking and liberating the communication between the cold water inlet and/or hot water inlet with the service water outlet; a tubular column, coupled to the body and open to the service water outlet, and onto which is mounted a first head carrying a service radial spout connected to the service water outlet; a filter cartridge mounted in the interior of the tubular column, inferiorly connected to the cold water inlet and onto which is mounted a second head which carries a filtrate radial spout connected to the outlet nozzle of the filter cartridge; and a filtrate cock for blocking and liberating the fluid communication between the cold water inlet and the filtrate radial spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Duratex S.A.
    Inventor: Luiz Moquiuti Morales
  • Patent number: 9714503
    Abstract: An intelligent control faucet includes a faucet that includes a manual operation valve, an intelligent control module, a water egress tube, a cold water ingress tube, a hot water ingress tube, and a magnetic reed detection device. The water egress tube, the cold water ingress tube, and the hot water ingress tube are connected to the manual operation valve. The intelligent control module is connected, in a series manner, to the water egress tube. The magnetic reed detection device is mounted to the water egress tube and is connected through a feeding cable or directly to the intelligent control module. Water flow can be established or cut off through pulling the water egress tube so that the use is made easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN FORBETTER SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zai Jun Song, Xi Liang Yan, Yi Hui Chen, Wen Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 9708801
    Abstract: A water outlet fitting having a base, a hose device with a hose and a water outlet head as well as a holding device including: a mounting portion for mounting the holding device on the base of the water outlet fitting; a locking portion on the free end of the holding device for producing detachable locking of the hose device; and a guide portion for connecting the locking portion to the mounting portion and provide a contact face for the hose device; wherein in a first handling variant the hose device is locked on the holding device, wherein in a second handling variant the hose device is removed from the holding device and is movable in relation to the holding device, and a corresponding holding device. The water outlet fitting has an operating element which is developed in the manner of a stirrup-shaped handle surrounding the water outlet and/or base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KWC AG
    Inventors: Benjamin Wagner, Hans-Ulrich Alder
  • Patent number: 9702126
    Abstract: A faucet stepped legs and assembly method. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy A. Feher
  • Patent number: 9683353
    Abstract: A faucet spray head magnetic docking system includes a socket that couples to an end of the spout, and a bonnet that couples to the spray head and that engages with the socket. The socket includes a shell configured to be arranged in the mouth of the spout, and integrated with one or more magnetic elements. The magnetic elements may be inserted into corresponding holes of the socket shell. Alternatively, the magnetic elements may be incorporated directly into the shell. The bonnet includes a threaded portion for coupling to corresponding threads of a connector at the spray head, and includes one or more corresponding magnets configured to magnetically attract to the magnetic elements of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Verne H. Myers, Xiaojing Ye, Nathan J. Wicker, Walter Pitsch, Philip M. Anthony, III, Aaron B. Eiger
  • Patent number: 9657466
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a spout and a sprayhead movable between a docked position, in which the sprayhead is in contact with the spout, and an undocked position, in which the sprayhead is spaced apart from the spout. The faucet also includes a hose assembly that includes a tubular portion having an inlet end and an outlet end and configured to provide fluid through the spout to the sprayhead and a magnetically responsive end portion coupled to the outlet end of the tubular portion and freely and rotatably received within a portion of the sprayhead. A magnet is located in the spout such that when the sprayhead is in the docked position, the magnet magnetically attracts the magnetically responsive end portion so as to retain the sprayhead against the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Perry D. Erickson, Roger W. Murphy, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 9637892
    Abstract: A pressure gauge structure contains: a body, a positioning sleeve, outlet unit, a fixing member, and a guiding seat. The body includes a chamber and an abutting rib, and the abutting rib has a circular orifice and a noncircular locating rim. The positioning sleeve includes a locking portion retaining with the noncircular locating rim of the body, and the positioning sleeve also includes a connecting hole defined in the top thereof and aligning with the circular orifice. The outlet unit includes a coupling section inserted into the connecting hole from the circular orifice. The fixing member includes an aperture and is fitted and engaged in the positioning sleeve and connected with the coupling section to guide rotation of the outlet unit and to limit removal of the coupling section from the body. The guiding seat is fixed in the chamber and retains with the positioning sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ching Shenger Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Tsai Lee, Ming-Che Lee
  • Patent number: 9637895
    Abstract: An intelligent control faucet includes a faucet that includes a manual operation valve, an intelligent control module, a water egress tube, a cold water ingress tube, a hot water ingress tube, and a magnetic reed detection device. The water egress tube, the cold water ingress tube, and the hot water ingress tube are connected to the manual operation valve. The intelligent control module is connected, in a series manner, to the water egress tube. The magnetic reed detection device is mounted to the water egress tube and is connected through a feeding cable or directly to the intelligent control module. Water flow can be established or cut off through pulling the water egress tube so that the use is made easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN FORBETTER SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zai Jun Song, Xi Liang Yan, Yi Hui Chen, Wen Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 9517505
    Abstract: A tube for pouring liquid metal has a pouring channel with a pouring axis. The tube has a downstream part with a pouring channel with an outlet diameter, and a flared upstream part with a length known as the threshold distance. The threshold distance is greater than four times the outlet diameter. The upstream part is flared and configured so that its upper end has a convex overall shape in the axial direction. The upstream part is included within a first volume corresponding to the complementary part of an axisymmetric frustoconical volume having as its axis the pouring axis. The generatrix of the volume forms an angle greater than 5 degrees with the pouring axis. The upstream part is included within a second volume, delimited by a surface of revolution generated by an isosceles trapezium revolving about the pouring axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Vesuvius Group S.A.
    Inventors: Damien Delsine, Mariano Collura
  • Patent number: 9506229
    Abstract: A faucet is provided. The faucet has a spout and a sprayhead releasably coupled to the spout. A hose having a magnetically responsive collar thereon provides fluid through the spout to the sprayhead. A magnet is located in the faucet such that when the sprayhead is coupled to the spout, the collar magnetically couples to the magnet, thereby applying sufficient magnetic force to the hose to retain the sprayhead against the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Perry D. Erickson, Roger W. Murphy, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 9371634
    Abstract: A water faucet having a housing and a base plate, whereby the housing has an interior space and an inner collar forming a bottom opening. The bottom opening forms at least two different opening widths and the base plate is made in the manner of a crossbar with such a width that in the cross position it can penetrate through the circular bottom opening only in the area of the larger opening width, and further a seat for the base plate is provided in the interior space adjacent to the larger opening width and parallel to the inner collar. Preferably, a bayonet closure is formed between the housing and the base plate. This allows for a simplified production and mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Thomas Flessa, Karl Thomas
  • Patent number: 9340959
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture includes a body and a mixing valve within the body. The mixing valve includes a first linear actuator for controlling a first flow control valve within the mixing valve and a second linear actuator for controlling a second flow control valve within the mixing valve. A controller is located within the body and is configured to send control signals to control actuation of the linear actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 9333698
    Abstract: An insulator base for an electronic faucet includes a housing supporting a light assembly and a connecting wire electrically coupled to the light assembly. A polymer housing secures the light assembly and the connecting wire within the housing. A non-conductive exterior film allows the isolation base to match the finish on an electronically controlled faucet for electrical isolation and faucet status display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Adam M. DeVries, Kurt Judson Thomas, Kyle Robert Davidson, Michael J. Veros, Robert W. Rodenbeck
  • Patent number: 9309976
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a faucet valve cartridge 10 configured for use within a dual handle faucet 16, 18. The valve cartridge 10 includes first and second fluid flow control members 94 and 96 received within a valve housing 74 and configured to control fluid flow from an inlet 32, 36 to an outlet 29.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Garry Robin Marty, Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Patent number: 9284723
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout and a sprayhead movable between a docked position, in which the sprayhead is in contact with the spout, and an undocked position, in which the sprayhead is spaced apart from the spout. The faucet also includes a hose that includes a tubular portion having an inlet end and an outlet end and configured to provide fluid through the spout to the sprayhead and a magnetically responsive end portion coupled to the outlet end and configured to be freely and rotatably received within a portion of the sprayhead. A magnet is located in the spout such that when the sprayhead is in the docked position, the magnet magnetically attracts the magnetically responsive end portion of the hose so as to retain the sprayhead against the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Perry D. Erickson, Roger W. Murphy, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 9243390
    Abstract: A capacitive sensing faucet is provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the faucet includes a a faucet body hub; a spout coupled to the faucet body hub; an insulator defining a capacitive coupling between the faucet body hub and the spout, wherein the insulator is formed from an electrically conductive polymer; a capacitive sensor having an electrode coupled to the faucet body hub; and a controller coupled to the capacitive sensor, the controller determining if the spout is touched by a user based on an output signal from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael Scot Rosko, Joel D. Sawaski, Alfred C. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9208758
    Abstract: The present technology relates generally to musical wind instrument key mechanisms, and more particularly to the octave or register vents that are employed on musical wind instruments to cause the instrument to play pitches an octave or more higher in frequency relative to the frequency obtained prior to actuation of the vent. In some embodiments, an octave/register key for affixing to a musical wind instrument in which an air column is formed includes a core having a core aperture therein. The core is reversibly moveable between a first position in which the core aperture is in fluid communication with the air column and a second position in which the core aperture is out of fluid communication with the air column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventor: Michael Brockman
  • Patent number: 9206917
    Abstract: A water guiding duct positioning structure in a faucet valve base is disclosed, which may include a valve seat, at least two water guiding ducts, and a position limiting member, wherein a valve chamber is located at upper portion of the valve seat to receive a water control valve, and bottom portion of the valve seat is connected with two water inlet tubes and a water outlet tube, which have horizontal slits located at the outer periphery of the water inlet and outlet tubes for the position limiting member to plug in. The water guiding duct has a connector collar, which is installed with a water sealing ring and has at least one ring slot. The position limiting member has a horizontal holding plate, one end of which has a shoulder portion extending both sides from the holding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hsue Sam Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Tsung Lin
  • Patent number: 9194109
    Abstract: A modular faucet is provided with a pipe including an inner well, an aperture proximate to a first end, a groove at a second end, and a recess communicating with the groove; a tee including an externally threaded hollow cylinder, a projection on an inner surface of the cylinder, and a depression on an outer surface and communicating with the cylinder wherein the recess passes through the projection and is fastened in the groove; a hose having one end threadedly secured to the longitudinal part and an internally threaded other end; a spout including a latch at one end, and an externally threaded projection at one end; and a hollow adapter including a slot on an inner surface, a protuberance on an outer surface, and a protrusion distal the protuberance. The hose passes through the depression, the cylinder, and the pipe to threadedly secure to the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Chyi Liou Enterprises Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Hua Ho
  • Patent number: 9194401
    Abstract: An accumulator assembly comprises an accumulator cylinder formed of a cylindrical, gas-impermeable shell and a cylindrical gas-impermeable sleeve disposed within and substantially concentric with the shell. An interstitial space is formed between the sleeve and the shell. A piston slidably is disposed within the sleeve, the piston separating an interior of the sleeve into a first chamber configured to contain a compressed gas, and a second chamber configured to contain a pressurized fluid. A pair of removable axial closures retained to the gas-impermeable sleeve at opposing ends and sealingly engaged with corresponding opposing ends of the gas-impermeable shell is configured to provide maximum resistance to the tensional stress of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: NRG Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. O'Brien, II, Matthew W. Witte, George J. Frank
  • Patent number: 9174228
    Abstract: A kitchen sink sprayer, comprising a body enclosed in an outer enclosure for being gripped and provided with a coupling to a flexible water supply hose connected to a faucet for adjusting the flow-rate between a closed position and an open position, the body comprising a rod which has, at one end, a tip that is adapted to open selectively the access of the water to a duct for forming a central jet and to ducts for forming a peripheral jet, and is provided with means for actuation by the user, the means for actuating the rod having a tab which is connected directly to the rod in an intermediate position of the rod and protrudes from the enclosure of the sprayer, at its lateral surface, by an extent that is sufficient for contact grip by the user when it is necessary to actuate the rod in order to move it from one of its selection positions to the other and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: AMFAG S.P.A.
    Inventor: Orlando Bosio
  • Patent number: 9145664
    Abstract: A weight assembly for a faucet contains: a counterweight including a channel, the channel having an elongated first opening and a longitudinal height, and the longitudinal height being larger than a diameter of the hose; the counterweight also including a non-circular orifice, a first accommodating cavity, and a second accommodating cavity; a retainer inserted into the second accommodating cavity, the non-circular orifice, and the first accommodating cavity and including a notch for defining a second opening facing to the first opening; the notch having an arc-shaped contacting fringe; a longitudinal height of the second opening along the Z-axis direction being larger than the diameter of the hose; a pressing member mounted on a top end of the retainer; a resilient element defined between the first accommodating cavity of the counterweight and the pressing member. Thereby, the counterweight is removed and replaced easily by pressing and releasing the pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: GLOBE UNION INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventors: Chuahua Yuan, Yiping Lin, Yongiun Wu, Cijun Li
  • Patent number: 9010377
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic plumbing fixture fitting, such as an electronic faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy John O'Brien, Louise M. Quigley, Inho Song
  • Patent number: 8997272
    Abstract: A water outlet structure has a housing with an outlet and an opening. An inner pipe body is assembled into the housing via an assembly portion and connected to the outlet. An assembly ring flange is extended from the rear end of the inner pipe body, A locating ring inserted rotarily onto the rear end of the inner pipe body has a circumferential wall and a penetrating portion, so that said water pipe could pass through the penetrating portion, allowing its outlet end to be inserted into the inner pipe body. A leakproofing member is set between the water pipe and the locating ring or inner pipe body. A turn-lock locator is set correspondingly to the circumferential wall of the locating ring and the assembly ring flange of the inner pipe body, such that the locating ring and the inner pipe body can be rotarily locked and positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crescent Plumbing, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Kee-Suo Chen
  • Patent number: 8973612
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device including an electronic faucet having a plurality of faucet components, and a primary capacitive sensor coupled to at least one of the faucet components and providing a primary output signal. At least one secondary capacitive sensor is located on or near an item which causes unintended effects on the output signal from the primary capacitive sensor and provides a secondary output signal. A controller determines a difference signal between the primary and secondary output signals of the primary and secondary capacitive sensors to control operation of the electronic faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Joel D. Sawaski, Adam M. Devries, Robert W. Rodenbeck
  • Patent number: 8950426
    Abstract: There is disclosed a water discharge device that has a water flow path that extends from an inlet through an outlet chamber to an outlet spout; a valve assembly for opening and closing the water flow path; a heating element for heating the outlet chamber and spout to evaporate moisture on internal surfaces of the outlet chamber and spout when the flow path is closed by the valve assembly, the heating element being remote from the flow path; and a controller for controlling operation of the valve assembly and the heating element, the controller including a switch that is operated directly or indirectly by a user to control the opening of the water flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Gary Yewdall, Graham Pickering
  • Patent number: 8944105
    Abstract: A fluid delivery apparatus includes a spout (12) located adjacent a sink basin (16). A fluid supply conduit (14) is supported by the spout (12). Capacitive sensors (29) and (41) are provided on the spout (12) and sink basin (16), respectively. A controller (26) is coupled to the capacitive sensors (29, 41) to control the amount of fluid supplied to the fluid supply conduit (14) based on outputs from the capacitive sensors (29, 41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Robert W. Rodenbeck, David M. Burke, Timothy J. Ensor, Lindsey Hall, Paul D. Koottungal
  • Patent number: 8936037
    Abstract: An outlet pipe structure of a faucet contains a metal tube including metal tube, a hose assembly, a hose assembly, and a seat. The metal tube has a first segment, a second segment, and a channel. The first segment includes a first recess, and the second segment has a pedestal. The hose assembly includes: a hose having a passage, an inlet end, and an outlet end; an inlet connector having at least one locking block; an outlet connector having at least boss. The seat includes a first slot, a second slot, a connecting orifice. The connecting orifice has at least one trough with two opposite retaining faces. The seat also includes at least one coupling tab formed on an outer wall thereof and coupling with the pedestal of the second segment after the seat is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Wanhong Tan, Xiaomao Tang, Yaohui Ni, Tingjin Pan
  • Publication number: 20150013812
    Abstract: Pull-out sprayhead (1) for a faucet, comprising: an inlet fitting (10) provided with a coupling end (11a) which can be connected to an extractable water supply pipe; a supply mouth (10d) in fluid communication with said coupling end (10d); and a magnet (12) fixed at the inlet fitting (10) and designed to allow releasable connection of said pull-out sprayhead (1) to a faucet neck (20), said magnet (12) being arranged in a watertight housing chamber (13) defined between an outer wall of said inlet fitting (10) and a covering nut (14) fastened to said inlet fitting (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: ORLANDO BOSIO
  • Patent number: 8931500
    Abstract: A centerset faucet includes an upper support receiving a waterway including first and second valve interfaces. A lower base is coupled to the upper support, wherein a reentrant edge of the lower base is formed over a bottom lip of the upper support to secure the base thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Patent number: 8925571
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a pull-out faucet is mounted on a platform with a fixing hole and contains a pull-out faucet including a housing, a pull-out spray head, a mixing valve, and a pipe line set; the pipe line set including a plurality of fixedly static pipe lines and a movably dynamic pipe line; a positioning device including a seat and a clamping set; the seat being fixed under the platform by the clamping set and being fixed in the fixing hole to fit with the housing, the seat including a passage set for inserting the pipe line set; wherein the passage set has a first passage for inserting the static pipe lines and a second passage for inserting the dynamic pipe line, and the first passage is spaced apart from the second passage so that the dynamic pipe line is limited in the second passage to move smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Yongjun Wu, Weimien Hsu, Wanhong Tan, Qiuyong Li
  • Patent number: 8925572
    Abstract: A connecting structure of a faucet body and a control valve contains a faucet body, a fixing cylinder, a guiding seat, a control valve, and an outlet pipe. The faucet body includes a first segment, a second segment, a positioning rim, and a receiving space. The fixing cylinder is fitted into the faucet body and includes a circular cavity, an orifice, and two apertures. The guiding seat is disposed in the circular cavity and includes two grooves and two inlets. The control valve is inserted into the receiving space from the first segment of the faucet body, and a bottom end of the control valve is biased against the guiding seat. The outlet pipe couples with the faucet body and communicates with the guiding seat. Thereby, the guiding seat and the control valve are fixed in the faucet body, and a shape of the faucet body is geometrical and variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Tai-World Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sen-Tien Shih
  • Patent number: 8899259
    Abstract: A faucet assembly may include a body housing and an anchor. The anchor may be positioned within a mounting deck, and the body housing may include a mounting tube. The mounting tube may include fingers that releasably engage with one or more structures of the anchor. A screw positioned within the body housing may engage the mounting tube, and draw the mounting tube into the body housing. The fingers of the mounting tube may engage with a structure of the anchor and may close around the structure as the mounting tube is drawn into the body housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Patrick B. Jonte, Michael Scot Rosko, Todd Midkiff, Michael J. Veros
  • Publication number: 20140338118
    Abstract: A faucet assembly including a handle that rotates about a rotational axis extending perpendicular to an angled interface for adjusting a water parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kyle R. Davidson, Kurt J. Thomas, Derek A. Brown, Ryan J. Shaw