Radial Bristle Patents (Class 15/104.2)
  • Patent number: 11473868
    Abstract: A firearm cleaning device with removably attachable components, configured to pass through internal aspects—such as through a barrel and/or breach—of a firearm. The firearm cleaning device as presented includes the use of various cleaning elements combinable with each other to provide a faster and more efficient cleaning of internal aspects of a firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: FULLBLAST ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Hoodecheck, Adam Joseph Zimmer
  • Patent number: 11413664
    Abstract: A whip head tool for cleaning ducts has passageways that hold filaments, such as thermoplastic monofilaments. A straight passageway has a reduced diameter portion which is a choke or pinch point, to deform locally a filament that is pushed through the passageway. A V shape passageway has a choke or pinch point which is the apex, also to deform locally a filament. The ends of a filament extend from the passageway openings and the choking or pinching frictionally holds the filament from flying out of the passageway when the user rotates the tool for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: A. W. PERKINS COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Martin, Gregory Newth
  • Patent number: 11344927
    Abstract: To provide a cleaner configured so that the cleaner can accurately remove dust and dirt, will leave less adhesive residue, and can sufficiently clean areas including an end surface of a ferrule and a guide pin. A cleaner is provided with an adhesive layer having an exposed surface facing an end surface of a connector from which a guide pin protrudes, the adhesive layer being elastically deformable when subjected to contact with the guide pin, and a holding part having a holding wall for holding the adhesive layer while exposing at least the exposed surface, the holding part being capable of bringing the guide pin into contact with the adhesive layer at a position at which the distance from the guide pin to the holding wall is greater than the length of the guide pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Tomoegawa Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Suzuki, Makoto Goto
  • Patent number: 11160403
    Abstract: A reusable straw assembly is present herein. In particular, the straw assembly includes at least one, although in some cases, a plurality of cylindrical straws having different diameters, a brush assembly including a brush stem terminating with a brush head at a distal end thereof, and a housing comprising a body and at least one end cap. The brush assembly, and in particular, the brush stem is fixed to the end cap. The brush stem is axially disposed relative to the one or more straws, which are then disposed within the housing. In the case where the assembly includes a plurality of reusable straws, the plurality of reusable straws are disposable in a coaxially nested configuration and retained on the brush assembly until manually released by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Arix Grant Zalace
  • Patent number: 10688539
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cleaning device and a cleaning method implemented by the cleaning device. The cleaning device is used for cleaning a water supply pipe, and comprises: a cleaning unit, which is at least partially provided inside the water supply pipe; a control unit, which is connected to the cleaning unit, for detecting whether volume of a foreign body left on an inner wall of the water supply pipe exceeds a preset volume, when it is determined that the volume of the foreign body left on the inner wall of the water supply pipe exceeds the preset volume, controlling the cleaning unit to clean the water supply pipe so as to remove the foreign body on the inner wall of the water supply pipe. In this disclosure, foreign bodies left on the inner wall of the pipe can be removed automatically, thus normal water supply can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianfeng Zheng, Yangkun Jing, Sangwoog Kim
  • Patent number: 10646904
    Abstract: The cleaning device is for cleaning the inner surface of pipes. The method is for manufacturing the cleaning device and the use is of a vehicle anti-skid chain for cleaning the inner surface of a pipe. The cleaning device has a sleeve, to which are attached studded chains composed of steel links and surface hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Picote Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mika Lokkinen
  • Patent number: 10591245
    Abstract: A buttstock assembly configured to work in conjunction with a compact buffer assembly consisting of a buffer tube, spring and bolt carrier with an integral buffer is provided. The buttstock assembly, buffer tube and bolt carrier are configured to work with AR15/M16 type firearms and their derivatives. By incorporating the buffer onto the bolt carrier, which is used in conjunction with a buffer tube of reduced length, the overall length of the host firearm is reduced by approximately 3.2 inches. No permanent modification need be made to the host firearm in order to utilize the compact buffer assembly and buttstock assembly disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LWRC International LLC
    Inventor: Jesus S. Gomez
  • Patent number: 10415826
    Abstract: A filament retaining device is disclosed for a chimney and duct cleaning tool. The device comprises a socket having a bore defined by a side wall of the socket and a plurality of pairs of apertures disposed in the side wall of the socket, the pairs of apertures being separated longitudinally of the socket. The device further comprises a plug arranged to move in sliding relation within the bore of the socket. The plug comprises a plurality of channels disposed therein, separated longitudinally of the plug, and separately alignable with a pair of apertures in the side wall. The device further comprises an adjustment member for adjusting a position of the plug within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: RODSTATION LTD.
    Inventor: Adam Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10368957
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a cleaning device. The shaft assembly includes a first tube and an acoustic waveguide. The first tube has a first inner diameter and a distal end. The waveguide has a first outer diameter. The waveguide extends within the first tube. The first outer diameter of the acoustic waveguide and the first inner diameter of the first tube together define a gap. The ultrasonic blade extends distally from the distal end of the first tube. The acoustic waveguide is configured to communicate ultrasonic energy to the ultrasonic blade. The cleaning device is configured to actuate within the gap to thereby clean at least a portion of the shaft assembly and/or at least a portion of the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kristen G. Denzinger, Ashvani K. Madan, Cory G. Kimball, Robert A. Kemerling, John A. Hibner, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Catherine A. Corbett, Michael R. Lamping, Thomas B. Remm
  • Patent number: 10330432
    Abstract: A firearm includes: a rail secured to the firearm; and an adjustable firearm stock secured to the rail, the adjustable firearm stock including: a base removably secured to the rail of the firearm and defining an extension element bore; and an extension element positioned in the extension element bore, the extension element configured to move along an axis of the extension element bore. A method of using a firearm includes: mounting a base of an adjustable firearm stock to a rail of the firearm; and sliding an extension element of the adjustable firearm stock through an extension element bore of the base to adjust the adjustable firearm stock to a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Elemental Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Silverman, Rabun Nolan Vaughn, Jr., Everett Mcdowell Steil
  • Patent number: 10279381
    Abstract: A firearm cleaning device for cleaning a chamber of a firearm includes a rod and a first disk that is selectively couplable by a first face to a first end of the rod. A plurality of first bristles is coupled to and extends radially from an outer perimeter of the first disk. The rod is configured to be grasped in a hand of a user to insert the first disk into a chamber of a weapon. The rod is positioned to rotate the first disk within the chamber so that the first bristles are rotated within the chamber to loosen debris that is adhered to interior surfaces of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Denison
  • Patent number: 10271636
    Abstract: A cleaning device for cleaning a substrate is provided. In one aspect, the cleaning device includes a brush engaged with a mandrel, and the brush forms an Archimedean screw thread form. The brush is formed of an absorbent material, preferably foam. In one aspect, the brush is seated within a groove in the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Scott Withers, Erik Scott Nelson, Robert Allen Willis
  • Patent number: 10206562
    Abstract: A method for washing a treatment tool stand of an endoscope using a stand washing tool having a first washing member formed to a first height position and a second washing member formed to a second height position lower than the first height position. The washing method comprises a first washing member inserting step of inserting the first washing member into a gap between a stand storage wall section of the endoscope and the treatment tool stand; a second washing member abutting step of making the second washing member abut against a treatment tool guide surface of the treatment tool stand; and a stand washing tool moving step of moving the stand washing tool along the treatment tool guide surface in a state where the first washing member is inserted into the gap and the second washing member is made to abut against the treatment tool guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Souta Hirano, Tomohiro Ohki, Kazuya Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10070716
    Abstract: A brush for a trailer hitch receiver. The brush includes a head shaped to conform to an interior channel of a trailer hitch receiver. This allows the brush to be used to clean the interior of a trailer hitch receiver, which is generally challenging to clean. In various embodiments, the head of the brush can be integral with the shaft. In other embodiments, the brush can include multiple interchangeable heads so that the cleaning tool can be used for multiple different types or sizes of trailer hitch receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas J. Bennis
  • Patent number: 9955777
    Abstract: A twisted wire brush comprises a twisted wire core, and first and second lengths of spring coil. The twisted wire core comprises a first core wire intertwined with a second core wire. The first and second lengths of spring coil extend about the first core wire, and the second length of spring coil extends about the first length of spring coil. The first and second lengths of spring coil are pressed between the first core wire and the second core wire. In another embodiment, a method of making a twisted wire brush comprises providing a first and a second core wire, positioning a first length of spring coil to extend inside a second length of spring coil, and the first and second lengths of spring coil to extend about the first core wire, and twisting the first core wire and the second core wire about a core axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Brushtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Zaven Gunjian
  • Patent number: 9956045
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning cannulated surgical tools comprises a hollow body with lavage fluid holes and a brush adaptor at a first end and an inlet adaptor affixed to a second end. A body hub, consisting of inlet channel and drain channel is in liquid communication with an inner lavage fluid tube. A lavage connection tube is in liquid communication with the hollow body at the brush adaptor and through the upper connecting lavage fluid orifice. An inner lavage fluid tube, having an inner channel, extends within the hollow body with a distal end in liquid communication with the inner channel within the inlet adaptor. There are multiple spray openings proximate the distal end of the inner lavage fluid connection tube and a tube brush is dimensioned to fit within the inner channel. The apparatus can be combined with a reservoir to make the unit self-contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: William R. Krause
  • Patent number: 9915497
    Abstract: A buttstock assembly configured to work in conjunction with a compact buffer assembly consisting of a buffer tube, spring and bolt carrier with an integral buffer is provided. The buttstock assembly, buffer tube and bolt carrier are configured to work with AR15/M16 type firearms and their derivatives. By incorporating the buffer onto the bolt carrier, which is used in conjunction with a buffer tube of reduced length, the overall length of the host firearm is reduced by approximately 3.2 inches. No permanent modification need be made to the host firearm in order to utilize the compact buffer assembly and buttstock assembly disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: LWRC International LLC
    Inventor: Jesus S. Gomez
  • Patent number: 9833816
    Abstract: Apparatus for cleaning and disinfecting sink drains and overflow holes. The apparatus includes: a cleaning fluid dispenser having a cleaning fluid reservoir, and a dispensing mechanism with a fluid dispensing port. Cleaning fluid is forced from the cleaning fluid reservoir out via the fluid dispensing port. A flexible tube is attached to the fluid dispensing port, and a support wire is affixed at its proximal end to the inside of the fluid dispensing port. A cylindrical brush is attached to a distal end of the support wire, which runs inside the tube along its length from the dispensing port to the cylindrical brush, so the tube can provide cleaning fluid to the cylindrical brush. The flexible tube is durable under repeated use, sliding in and out of the overflow hole and the drain of a sink, while the wire prevents the tube from kinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Robert John Lopes, Kyle Leon Lopes
  • Patent number: 9630298
    Abstract: A rotary tool containing a core hub with helical groove on its outer surface filled in with continuous abrasive filament formed by folding of a pre-cut abrasive sheet including multiple bristle like straps extending radially from the hub. The method of manufacturing includes the steps of providing a hub, and forming a helical groove with inverted V-shaped cross-section along its cylindrical surface. An abrasive element is wound around the hub so that the folded edge is fed in the V-grove and is buckled inside the groove providing, along with securing it by sufficient pre-tension of the abrasive element, a secure anchoring of the abrasive element through locking of the buckled edge. The abrasive filament is formed from a roll of abrasive cloth as one continuous piece using a cutting operation and is provided with center-line perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Deburr Technologies
    Inventor: Paul D. Okulov
  • Patent number: 9486129
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning an endoscope that may include a handle, a rod insertable into a channel of an endoscope, the rod including a first end and a second end, the first end of the rod being attachable to the handle, a wiping tip insertable into the endoscope channel and attachable to the second end of the rod, and a wiping surface attachable to the wiping tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Risen Star Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Jose Rodriguez Sanjuan
  • Patent number: 9420873
    Abstract: Flash vortex brush cleaning apparatus is provided which comprises a device and method for cleaning inner channels of boreholes which have been drilled or cored within solid substrates, particularly, concrete, masonry, grout, where the boreholes are to be used to bond adhesive anchors therein. Flash vortex brush device comprises a straight tubular shaft; a coil cleaning brush. Tubular shaft includes a first end including an open inlet; opposing second end including an open outlet; first end including a connector element. Coil cleaning brush includes bristles secured in channel affixed wound proximate to second end of shaft developed of pitch to form an open wound coil. Connector element provides removable attaching means to a variety of pre-existing nozzles. For rapid efficient cleaning, first embodiment for use includes flash vortex brush removably attached with air nozzle; second embodiment for use includes flash vortex brush removably attached with water nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jaimie David Gordon
  • Patent number: 9357832
    Abstract: A brush for cleaning a grill or other surface having a bristle assembly of twisted-in-wire material that is removable and replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: Mario M. Gonzalez, Marilyn Bowden, Gregory J. Foster
  • Patent number: 9279634
    Abstract: A firearm bolt cleaning tool includes a tool core defining a plurality of scraper surfaces. The scraper surfaces include a first gas ring scraper surface, a first bolt face scraper surface extending from a terminus of the first gas ring scraper surface, and a first bolt cylinder scraper surface extending from a terminus of the first bolt face scraper surface. Opposing positioned are a second gas ring scraper surface, a second bolt face scraper surface extending from a terminus of the second gas ring scraper surface, and a second bolt cylinder scraper surface extending from a terminus of the second bolt face scraper surface. The first gas ring scraper surface and the second gas ring scraper surface are spaced apart from each other at a distance that is less than a diameter of a cylindrical gas sealing ring holding section of the firearm bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Otis Patent Trust
    Inventors: Kel Shipman, Nicholas Williams
  • Patent number: 9131988
    Abstract: A device for cleaning the interior wall of a catheter has a cleaning lumen and skives as non-inflatable removal elements on the exterior surface of the cleaning lumen. Each skive has a first position when unconstrained and a second position when within the catheter. The skives self-position the device concentrically within the catheter. Suction is desirably applied to the cleaning lumen during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: AVENT, INC.
    Inventors: Alison S. Bagwell, Stephen A. Baratian, Jennifer S. Stadelman, Scott M. Teixeira, Joseph A. Cesa, Benone Tarcau, John Brewer
  • Patent number: 9126241
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus (10) comprises a drive arrangement (16). A discrete holding means (12) is mountable on the drive arrangement. The holding means comprises a flexible elongate cleaning member (14) and a housing (18) for housing at least a portion of the elongate cleaning member. The cleaning apparatus further includes a transmission arrangement (20) for transmitting drive from the drive arrangement to the elongate cleaning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Waqar Majeed
  • Patent number: 8800191
    Abstract: A firearm barrel cleaning brush includes a body, a first swab portion affixed to the body, a bristle brush portion affixed to the body, and a second swab portion affixed to the body. The bristle brush portion is proximate to the first swab portion, and is positioned closer to an end of the body than the first swab portion. The second swab portion is proximate to the bristle brush portion, and is positioned closer to the end of the body than the bristle brush portion. In one embodiment, the cleaning brush is secured to a flexible cleaning rod having a pull-through handle having a base, a swivel, and a handle portion attached to the base by the swivel. The handle portion has a closed position adapted for passage through the firearm barrel, and an open position adapted for pulling the cleaning rod and barrel cleaning brush through the firearm barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Otis Patent Trust
    Inventors: Lawrence Williams, Kel Shipman
  • Patent number: 8572883
    Abstract: A firearm cleaning device comprises a flexible cable and threaded coupling assembly, to which a plurality of components may be attached individually or in combination for optimal configuration based on cleaning need and firearm type. A spear-point piercing adapter may be threadably attached to a cable with a coupling portion fixed thereto. The piercing adapter includes a threaded shank with a sharp tip, on which a cleaning patch is speared and a jag is threadably attached thereto, thereby sandwiching the cleaning patch between a body of the piercing adapter and the jag. The cleaning device and various components and attachments can be packaged and sold as a single compact device, which provides mobility for field use, configurability for use with a wide range of firearm types, and cost savings due to fewer components and reduced packaging size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald W. Markle
  • Patent number: 8458845
    Abstract: A pipe cleaning device having a base; a plurality of bristles disposed on the base; and a connecting component disposed on the base, the connecting component is generally rectangular in cross section and has a first channel disposed therein, the connecting component is for engaging a standard attachment piece on a snake cable, the attachment piece being generally U-shaped with a first wing and a second wing each extending upwardly from a base platform, wherein a second channel is disposed in the first wing and a third channel is disposed in the second wing; wherein the connecting component can be inserted in between the first wing and the second wing such that the first channel is aligned with the second and third channel, wherein a screw can be threaded through the first, second, and third channel to secure the base to the snake cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Robert E. Tabieros
  • Patent number: 8434185
    Abstract: A pipe cleaner assembly is provided for facilitating removal of burrs and debris from an interior surface of a pipe. The pipe cleaner assembly includes an elongated core having a first end and a second end. The first end is configured for attachment to a power tool to selectively rotate the core. A plurality of bristles is provided. Each bristle has a base coupled to the core between the first and second ends. The base of each bristle is coupled to the core so that a free end of the bristle extends from the core. The bristles are aligned along a length of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Charles W. Beaver, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8336150
    Abstract: Provided is a treatment tool including: an elongated member which is formed of a flexible material and includes first and second terminals; a first body portion which is fixed to the first terminal so as to function in a target; a handle portion which is provided in the second terminal and is provided with a rotating holding portion holding the elongated member so as to be rotatable about the axis of the elongated member; and a second body portion which is attached to the handle portion so as to function in a target and is rotated relative to the elongated member when rotating the handle member relative to the elongated member. The treatment tool is capable of performing a cleaning treatment or the like while curtailing extraneous matter from being scattered in the vicinity thereof and reducing contamination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tabuchi
  • Publication number: 20120198637
    Abstract: A downhole brush tool (10) includes a tool body (12) having a brush supporting portion (11, 13) on the tool body between upper and lower stops (20, 24, 26, 28). A split sleeve (32, 34) has a plurality of throughports (30) therein, and a plurality of brush elements (42) including a base member (44) and a plurality of bristles (46) extend from the base member. The base member is positioned within a cavity in the brush supporting portion of the tool body, and a stop surface (45) supported on the split sleeve engages a base member to prevent the brush element from passing radially outward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: WILLIAM E. COYLE
  • Patent number: 8209810
    Abstract: Tracheo-oesophageal valve cleaning apparatus comprises a fluid dispenser with a fluid reservoir and an outlet; a cleaning element mounted proximal to the outlet; and a drive mechanism including an element mounted axially within the said fluid dispenser, wherein axial movement of the element of the drive mechanism towards to the outlet causes both rotation of cleaning element and fluid to be dispensed from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust
    Inventor: Peter Samuel
  • Patent number: 8186092
    Abstract: A firearm cleaning kit is disclosed that includes a case having first and second compartments joined along a fold line, and a fastener, such as a zipper, joining together the first and second compartments of the case. At least one of the compartments includes a pocket. A flexible cleaning rod having a first end and a second end is removably stored in the pocket. A tool compartment is secured to the fold line. The tool compartment includes a plurality of tool-holding cavities, and a firearm barrel cleaning device is secured within one of the tool-holding cavities. The barrel cleaning device includes a body portion, a swab, and a brush. The swab is fixed to a first end of the body portion, and has an outer diameter greater than an inner diameter of the firearm barrel so as to contact the barrel at all points around its circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Otis Patent Trust
    Inventor: Lawrence Williams
  • Publication number: 20120073065
    Abstract: A length of multi-strand rope with gripping means at either end has in the midsection multiple semi-rigid, flexible fiber filaments, which are glued and/or intertwined among the rope strands, and which protrude from the rope to form “bristles” for clearing the water intake grates of a personal water craft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Mona Sue Phillips
  • Patent number: 8065772
    Abstract: A cleaning element for lumen of surgical instruments includes a brush and a flexible metal leader. The brush has a first end, a second end, and a metal core, the metal core defining a longitudinal axis extending throughout the brush. The flexible metal leader has a first end and a second end, the second end of the flexible metal leader being welded to the first end of the metal core of the brush. The flexible metal leader is adapted to be fed through the lumen of the surgical instruments and pulled by the first end thereof through the lumen, with the brush also being adapted to be pulled through the lumen due to its being welded to the second end of the flexible metal leader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cygnus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Walter L. Maguire, Jr., Shaun Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8051523
    Abstract: A tube cleaning implement with elongate shaft supporting a brush in a median section and similar scrapers or wipers fitted to opposite ends of the shaft to provide for a scrape-brush-scrape cleaning action of tube interiors, and to provide a reversible implement having extended useful life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Goodway Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph J Franzino
  • Patent number: 7979943
    Abstract: A cleaning brush which is inserted into a conduit of the endoscope, includes a long and flexible shaft, and a brush part provided at a leading end of the shaft. The brush part includes brush bristles, a strand, etc. A part of the shaft that overlaps the brush bristles in a state where the brush bristles are bent toward the leading end of the shaft, is provided with a small diameter part that is smaller in external diameter than the other part of the shaft. The dimension obtained by adding the external diameter of the small diameter part and twice the external diameter of the brush bristles is smaller than the internal diameter of a conduit into which this cleaning brush is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Arai, Motohiro Kuroda
  • Patent number: 7788837
    Abstract: A device (1) for distributing cleaning solvent (9) in the bore (3) of a barrel (5) of a large caliber weapon. The device (1) comprises an elongated outer casing (11), a distribution assembly (19), a container (25) and a triggering assembly (29). The distribution assembly (19) is mounted into a rear end of the casing (11), and has an inlet (21) for receiving cleaning solvent (9) and an outlet (23) for distributing cleaning solvent. The container (25) comprises a supply of cleaning solvent (9), having a valve (27) connected to the inlet (21) of the distribution assembly (19) for supplying solvent (9) from the container to said distribution assembly (19). The triggering assembly (29) is connected to the container's valve (27) and has a detecting component so as to trigger the valve (27), supplying the distribution assembly (19) with cleaning solvent (9) to be distributed onto the inner surface (7) of the bore (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Antoni Binek, Jerzy R. Pawulski
  • Publication number: 20100163073
    Abstract: A medical cleaning tool (1) having an elongated base member (2) formed of at least two wires (3) being twisted with each other. In addition, the medical cleaning tool has a plurality of bristles (4) fixed between the twisted wires and extending away from the twisted wires, whereby the bristles are positioned in a cleaning section (5) at a first end (6) of the base member (2). The bristles are titanium or a titanium alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: NUMAT AS
    Inventors: Staale Petter Lyngstadaas, Jan Eirik Ellingsen, Johan Caspar Wohlfahrt
  • Patent number: 7676878
    Abstract: Improvements are provided to an apparatus for cleaning a tubular. One set of improvements is provided by a nose shaft extending from the motor, a cone positioned on the shaft, and a brush positioned on the shaft between the nose cone and the vibratory motor. Another set of improvements is provided by a new passage and port arrangement on the piston and sleeve for the vibratory motor. Another improvement is provided by a set of passages and ports to provide oil flow to the area being cleaned. Another improvement is provided by capturing exhaust gas from the motor and exhaust of same at a location away from the operator of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Steven Charles Merrix Parker-Smith
  • Patent number: 7600286
    Abstract: A lint roller assembly having a holder with a handle and a lint roller support section longitudinally adjacent each other. The lint roller support section is adapted to rotatably support a tubular cylindrical lint removal roller. A tubular cylindrical rigid roller cover is open at one end and dimensioned to be positioned over the roller so that the cover entirely encloses the roller. A latch in the cover automatically engages a catch on the holder as the cover is longitudinally inserted over the holder to detachably lock the cover and holder together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: The Evercare Company
    Inventor: Mark Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20090025161
    Abstract: Tracheo-oesophageal valve cleaning apparatus comprises a fluid dispenser with a fluid reservoir and an outlet; a cleaning element mounted proximal to the outlet; and a drive mechanism including an element mounted axially within the said fluid dispenser, wherein axial movement of the element of the drive mechanism towards to the outlet causes both rotation of cleaning element and fluid to be dispensed from the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Peter Samuel
  • Patent number: 7398736
    Abstract: A vehicle (1) for travelling along a conduit (2) such as a pipeline having fluid flowing therein is disclosed. The vehicle comprises a first body carrying a first set of retractable bristles (12) for engaging an internal wall of the conduit such that the bristles resist movement of the first body in a first direction more than in a second direction, and a second set of retractable bristles (13) for engaging the internal wall of the conduit such that the bristles resist movement of the first body in the second direction more than in the first direction. A thread follower (16) carries a third set of resilient bristles (18) for engaging the internal wall of the conduit such that the bristles resist movement of the thread follower in the first direction more than in the second direction. A turbine (5) is actuated by fluid flow in the conduit to cause rotation of a reverse traverse screw (14) to move the first body and thread follower towards and away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Durham Pipeline Technology Limited
    Inventor: Ernest Appleton
  • Publication number: 20080141473
    Abstract: A cleaning brush which is inserted into a conduit of the endoscope, includes a long and flexible shaft, and a brush part provided at a leading end of the shaft. The brush part includes brush bristles, a strand, etc. A part of the shaft that overlaps the brush bristles in a state where the brush bristles are bent toward the leading end of the shaft, is provided with a small diameter part that is smaller in external diameter than the other part of the shaft. The dimension obtained by adding the external diameter of the small diameter part and twice the external diameter of the brush bristles is smaller than the internal diameter of a conduit into which this cleaning brush is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Keiichi Arai, Motohiro Kuroda
  • Patent number: 7356961
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for cleaning firearm barrels, including those of military issue firearms, wherein the methods include a step for removing loose materials from within the barrel, a step for dislodging materials not removed during the first removal step, and a step for removing the materials dislodged during the dislodging step, as well as one or more optional cleaning steps to be performed in addition to or in lieu of the other cleaning steps, and wherein the firearm barrel cleaning device can be adapted to have different configurations for use during one or more of the various cleaning steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: The Otis Patent Trust
    Inventor: Nicholas Williams
  • Publication number: 20070240353
    Abstract: An automatic cleaning apparatus for a gun barrel is disclosed, which includes a wheel contacting an inner surface of the gun barrel and a brush or non-woven fabric rotating against the inner surface of the gun barrel which is applied with a cleaning solution or anti-corrosive oil, and moves forward by rotation of the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventor: Sang Jin An
  • Publication number: 20070226927
    Abstract: An endoscope washing and disinfecting apparatus according to the present invention includes an apparatus body having a washing tub for placing and washing an endoscope, a brush forward and reverse mechanism provided with a fluid supply part for supplying a fluid circulating in the apparatus body into a conduit of the endoscope, and a washing brush cassette freely attachable and detachable to/from the brush forward and reverse mechanism, having a washing brush for brush washing the inside of the conduit by moving forward and reversely by the brush forward and reverse mechanism through the fluid supply part. Thus, an inexpensive endoscope conduit washing brush cassette capable of readily changing a washing brush and an easy-to-use endoscope washing and disinfecting apparatus corresponding to the endoscope conduit washing brush cassette can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Eiri Suzuki, Toshiaki Noguchi, Kenichi Kobayashi, Masahiko Tomita
  • Publication number: 20070220690
    Abstract: A cleaning system having pulverulent foaming cleanser (e.g., acid, alkali metal carbonate and surfactant) is sealed within a water soluble (e.g., PVOH) deformable pouch frictionally retainable within the core of a roll of bath tissue. Upon placement of the pouch in the bowl, water in the bowl penetrates the water soluble wall of the pouch, generating foam which provides cleaning action by activating and carrying cleansing chemicals, not only below the water line of the bowl, but also considerably above it. When used routinely with each change of bath tissue roll, such a cleaning can extend the time between required manual cleanings considerably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventors: John H. Dwiggins, Lynn M. Daul, David W. White, Joseph R. Pounder, Bruce J. Kokko, Sanjay Wahal, Phuong Van Luu, Gerald J. Van Handel, T. Philips Oriaran
  • Patent number: 7213291
    Abstract: A cleaning device that may have a body forming a multifunctional plastic receptacle and that may incorporate features providing easy peel back of one turn of depleted adhesive coated sheet material in the cleaning device and facilitating a neat tearing away of the depleted material. In a preferred embodiment, the body is formed of two body members hinged together to substantially fully enclose a roll of adhesive coated sheet material when snapped closed, and when snapped open, to form a continuous handle-like portion. The roll is slit at one end, which when a full turn of depleted material is peeled back, will allow the slit to align with a sharp, molded-in edge of one of the body members to facilitate tearing off the depleted material, starting at the slit. This also facilitates folding the free end to a double thickness for later easy peel back of the next turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Victory Converter Company Limited
    Inventor: Hsu Hung Cheng
  • Patent number: 7124882
    Abstract: A cleaning kit operable by a tool for cleaning pipes and fittings to prepare same for soldering. The cleaning kit includes a plurality of sockets including wire bristles attached thereto and for receiving the outer surface of a pipe therealong. The plurality of pipes are maintain in continuous contact with a pipe surface for cleaning same while a tool rotatably engages the plurality of sockets about the pipe. The cleaning kit also includes a shank for receiving the plurality of sockets therein and for removably connecting to a tool respectively. A wire brush including a lower end portion and a second shank connected thereto is removably attachable to a tool so that the wire brush can rotatably engage an interior of a pipe and thereby clean same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Emyr Jadydy