Faucets And Spouts Patents (Class 137/801)
  • Patent number: 10961692
    Abstract: A diverter seal member for a diverter structure of a tub spout structure includes a central body, a first seal extension, and a second seal extension. The central body includes a first side, a second side, and an aperture extending completely through the central body between the first side and the second side of the central body. The first seal extension extends from the first side of the central body and around a central axis that extends axially through a center of the aperture. The first seal extension includes a first extension side, a second extension side, and an extension end. The extension end of the first seal extension extends substantially perpendicularly to the first extension side and the second extension side of the first seal extension. The second seal extension extends from the second side of the central body around the central axis of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shashank Varma, Matthew J. Ball, Andrew D. Wieberdink, Evan Yee, Kellen D. Beauchesne
  • Patent number: 10960395
    Abstract: A portable liquid measuring and filtering device includes a measuring channel, at least one sensor, at least one actuating device and a filtering element. The measuring channel is used for allowing a target liquid to flow therethrough. The at least one sensor is disposed within the measuring channel for measuring the target liquid. The at least one actuating device is in communication with the measuring channel for transferring the target liquid. The filtering element is disposed within the measuring channel and arranged adjacent to the at least one actuating device for filtering the target liquid. If a measuring result of the sensor indicates that a monitored value of the target liquid is abnormal, the actuating device is enabled to transfer the target liquid. Consequently, the target liquid is filtered by the filtering element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Ta-Wei Hsueh, Shih-Chang Chen, Li-Pang Mo, Ching-Sung Lin, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang, Wei-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 10947708
    Abstract: A faucet includes a base, a spout, a water level sensor, and a controller. The spout is coupled to the base and includes a first portion proximate to the base and a second portion adjustable relative to the first portion. The second portion includes a water outlet. The water level sensor is disposed on the second portion, and is configured to detect a distance between the water outlet and a level of water in a container disposed below the water outlet. The controller is configured to control the flow of water through the water outlet based on the detected distance between the water outlet and the level of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Patent number: 10947710
    Abstract: A faucet is provided, and the faucet includes a faucet body, an electrically controllable valve, a contact sensing unit or a proximity sensing unit, a motion sensing unit, and a control unit. The control unit determines an operation mode of the faucet based on a signal of the contact sensing unit or the proximity sensing unit, and a signal of the motion sensing unit, and controls an on-off state of the electrically controllable valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Chun-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 10927531
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device comprises a faucet. The faucet includes a hub, a sprayhead, and a hose coupling the hub to the sprayhead. Each end of the hose has a pivot coupling. One of the pivot couplings is configured to permit rotation of the hose relative to the hub. Another of the pivot couplings is configured to permit rotation of the sprayhead relative to the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Terrence Lee Fourman, Jeffrey Lee Moore, Randy L. Schneider, II, Alfred Charles Nelson, Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Patent number: 10745895
    Abstract: An auto-retracting faucet spray head has an auto-retract mechanism, which includes a docking assembly provided at the end of the faucet body to facilitate automatic retraction and docking of the spray head. The docking assembly includes a spring-loaded mechanism that automatically docks the spray head to the faucet body when an adapter coupled to the spray head engages the docking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventor: Hsiao Chang Li
  • Patent number: 10738899
    Abstract: A faucet contains: a hollow body, a control assembly, an inlet pipe set, a mixing-water outlet pipe, a pull hose, a spray head, and an isolation pipe. The hollow body includes an inflow portion and an outflow portion. The control assembly includes a mixing valve and an operation element. The inlet pipe set includes a cold-water inlet pipe and a hot-water inlet pipe. The mixing-water outlet pipe includes a first connector and a second connector. The pull hose includes an inlet segment and an outlet segment. The spray head is connected with the outlet segment of the pull hose, and the spray head is removed from and fixed on the outflow portion of the hollow body. The isolation pipe includes a channel defined therein so that the pull hose slidably moves in the isolation pipe and avoids contacting with the inlet pipe set and the mixing-water outlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Yuanhao Chang, Chungyi Huang, Yiping Lin, Kuotung Ni
  • Patent number: 10675643
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a water discharge structure having a reset function which includes a body internally provided with a water flowing channel, a water outflow end of the body is provided with a first water outflow channel and a second water outflow channel; a button arranged on the body, and a reset spring arranged between the button and the body; a movable element coupled with and fitting the button; and a center shaft coupled with and fitting the movable element, an end of the center shaft is provided with a blocking element, a third spring is provided between an end of the center shaft and the body, and the body is internally provided with a reset device to drive the movable element to reset. A pull-out head includes the above-mentioned water discharge structure having a reset function, and the present invention has the function of memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KAIPING HANSHUN SANITARY WARE INDUSTRIAL CO LTD
    Inventors: Feiwu Huang, Zhengzhen Lei, Qingquan Lai, Si Zhou
  • Patent number: 10633839
    Abstract: A rapid installation structure of a weight assembly is disclosed. The weight assembly includes a left weight body and a right weight body to mate with each other. First sides of the left weight body and the right weight body are fixedly connected through a connecting plate. Opposite second sides of the left weight body and the right weight body are clasped through a locking buckle. The left weight body includes a left weight and a left casing covering the left weight, and is formed with a left mating face. The right weight body includes a right weight and a right casing covering the right weight, and is formed with a right mating face. The locking buckle includes an engaging buckle and an engaging recess to mate with each other. The engaging buckle and the engaging recess are disposed on the left and right mating faces, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN FORBETTER SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiliang Yan, Yihui Chen
  • Patent number: 10633783
    Abstract: A magnetically positioned and engaged clothes dryer vent coupling (14, 30), having magnetic material (12, 36) arranged around the opening of a tube (22, 32) such that as the two halves of the coupling are brought into proximity, the magnetic forces minimizing repulsion and maximizing attraction align the two duct paths and bring the magnets together, forming a seal. The short length of flexible tubing (20) allows freedom of motion of the magnetic end during engagement and provides the necessary flexibility required to maintain a seal through dryer operational movement. The advantages of such a coupling are: simplified and faster dryer installation; elimination of the long length of flexible duct typically used in dry installations; shorter, more easily maintainable dryer exhaust duct path; increased dryer efficiency and increased fire safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Patrick Kelley
  • Patent number: 10597854
    Abstract: A sensing faucet for the integration of soap supply with water exit includes a main body configured with a mounting portion having a first mounting zone and second mounting zone, where the first mounting zone is used to accept a water supply module, and the second mounting zone a soap supply module, where an obtuse angle is formed between the first and second mounting zones. With the above structure, the soap supply module can conform to a human factor design besides the water and soap supply modules are integrated with each other in the same sensing faucet, allowing users direct soap supply according hand washing habits without needing to touch any other components, and the hand cleaning convenience can then be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hsiang-Hung Wang, Yu-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10562735
    Abstract: A stop ball for a tube for fluid or energy is provided. The stop ball comprises a singular hollow body. The hollow body comprises and is integral with a first opening for the tube and an attachment means for attaching the stop ball to the tube, the attachment means comprising a second opening for the tube. A method for attaching a stop ball according to any one of the preceding embodiments to a tube for fluid or energy is provided. The method comprising inserting the tube through all three openings; pulling the attachment means at least partly out of the hollow body; and clamping the attachment means onto the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CEJN AB
    Inventors: Anders Lunnerhag, Lena Henåker, Filip Åkesson
  • Patent number: 10550946
    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 and auxiliary spouts extending from the housing; main and auxiliary supply hoses extending through the housing for conveying water to the main and auxiliary spouts, respectively; and a diverter for selectably directing a supply of water to the main and auxiliary spouts, wherein the main spout rotates about a rotation axis extending through the faucet body, the rotation causing a lateral movement and partial twisting of the auxiliary water supply hose with respect to the main water supply hose thereby to allow thereby to allow freedom of movement of the auxiliary spout and the auxiliary hose during extension and retraction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAT SANITARY FITTINGS AND CASTING LTD.
    Inventor: Shlomo Pirutin
  • Patent number: 10519635
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device comprises a faucet. The faucet includes a hub, a sprayhead, and a hose coupling the hub to the sprayhead. Each end of the hose has a pivot coupling. One of the pivot couplings is configured to permit rotation of the hose relative to the hub. Another of the pivot couplings is configured to permit rotation of the sprayhead relative to the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Terrence Lee Fourman, Jeffrey Lee Moore, Randy L. Schneider, II, Alfred Charles Nelson, Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Patent number: 10497502
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for controlling a solenoid valve, which includes a driving circuit for driving a solenoid of the solenoid valve and a control unit for controlling the driving circuit. The control unit is configured for generating in the solenoid, during operation of the solenoid valve: first current signal for moving the open/close element from a first position to a second position, which is generated by the external supply network, to which the solenoid is connected; and second current signal, which is generated exclusively as a result of residual magnetism in the magnetic element of the solenoid valve and is activated when the open/close element is still in the aforesaid second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Pecori, Emanuele Pisano, Mitzi Puccio
  • 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: 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: 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: 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