Debris Receptacle (e.g., Dustpan) Patents (Class 15/257.1)
  • Patent number: 10415176
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying laundry with ultraviolet radiation is provided. One or more ultraviolet light sources emit ultraviolet radiation, which, in various embodiments, is transmitted through a UV-radiation permeable transparent drum containing the wet laundry and other wet articles to be dried. Also provided is a dryer having ultraviolet light sources centrally situated with respect to the drum, wherein the ultraviolet light sources emit ultraviolet radiation directed at laundry in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UVdry, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Abramovich, Jerry Chieh Liu
  • Patent number: 10301109
    Abstract: A filling ramp for attachment to and filling of a receptacle is described. The filling ramp includes: an attachment end for attachment to a receptacle, the attachment end including connectors configured to interface with the rim of the receptacle; a sheet extending from the attachment end at a proximal end to terminate at a distal end and forming a slide between the distal and proximal ends, the distal end forming a substantially linear edge having a thickness that facilitates movement of material from a surface in contact with the distal end onto the filling ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VALENCIA PIPE COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Dervin, Joe Dvoracek, Kenrick James Durapau
  • Patent number: 10086995
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a landscaping lawn tarpaulin and system is provided which boasts the ability to provide a unique way of loading and transporting landscaping debris and other objects by utilizing one or more compact sized tarpaulins in which the user can easily load, pick up, transport, and dump objects. The invention generally comprises a loading surface formed by a flexible substantially rectangular sheet of material having four corners; and a flexible handle extending laterally outward and integral with the loading surface at each corner. The tarpaulin is fabricated from a flexible material such as a shade mesh or a shade cloth which enables the tarpaulin to flex into a unique pod shape while transporting its content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: James D. Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10046781
    Abstract: A wheelbarrow for carrying materials is described herein, and may include a main frame having first and second spaced-apart elongate longitudinal arms and a support structure configured to engage the ground when the wheelbarrow is in a stationary position, a load carrying container for receiving a load therein, the load carrying container being mounted to and supported by the main frame and configured for supporting a load, an axle mounted to the main frame and below the container, and a ground engaging wheel rotatably mounted on the axle for moving the wheelbarrow in a mobile position. A hollow interior of the load carrying container may have an upper region and a lower region, the upper region located above the ground engaging wheel and extending along a substantial portion of a width of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ERGO MATE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Philip John Dumas, Benjamin Mark Green
  • Patent number: 10006180
    Abstract: Waste clean-up and disposal devices are disclosed for scooping-up, bagging, and disposing of pet waste in a sanitary manner. The device includes a scooper body for removably housing and protecting a flexible tubing dispensing cassette. The scooper body defines a passageway between a waste entrance opening and a waste exit opening. The cassette dispenses flexible tubing from the waste exit opening for receiving waste materials such as pet waste droppings. A blade is preferably connected to the housing for severing of the flexible tubing for disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew Weber
  • Patent number: 9913566
    Abstract: A lobby pan comprises a receptacle having a substantially flat bottom wall of a generally rectangular shape, a rear wall extending transversely from the bottom wall and having a first height, a front wall extending transversely from the bottom wall in substantially the same direction as the rear wall and having a second height that is less than the first height, and a pair of side walls that extend in the same direction as the rear wall and are connected to the rear wall and the front wall so as to form a continuous edge that defines an aperture into the receptacle. The front wall and rear wall are separated by a suitable distance, as are the side walls. In addition, a wash port is disposed on the exterior of the lobby pan so as to enable the interior of the receptacle to be easily washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph McCormick
  • Patent number: 9828732
    Abstract: A dog waste collection (and disposal) system designed to fit in a users pocket or small purse for convenient use when walking a pet. A refill of 5-10 disposable bags may also be manufactured separately for each dog scoop. The device is useful for remote collection and efficient sanitary disposal of pet waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jim Vas
  • Patent number: 9663272
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining a bag in an open configuration has a base with a forward end and a rearward end, a first arm pivotally mounted to the adjacent to the rearward end of the base, and a second arm pivotally mounted adjacent to the rearward end of the base in spaced relation to the first arm. The first arm is movable between a generally horizontal first position and a second position extending at an obtuse angle with respect to said base. The second arm is movable between a generally horizontal first position and a second position extending at an obtuse angle with respect to the base. The first and second arms are adapted to receive an open end of the bag thereon. The base has a top surface that is inclined upwardly from the forward end toward the rearward end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Raymond Smith
  • Patent number: 9655492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dust pan with a handle generally centrally located within the footprint of the dust pan. The handle extends toward the center of gravity of the dust pan to better distribute the weight of the payload during transportation between loading and unloading locations. The dust pan may also incorporate side handles on the upper surface of opposing side walls to provide for enhanced two-handed carrying of heavy loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Quickie Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Schiavo, Jace Weaver
  • Patent number: 9475614
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting material is provided. The apparatus may include a flexible support structure having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface including a material collection area. The apparatus may further include a closure system including a first fastener member disposed on the first surface and a second fastener member disposed on the second surface. At least a portion of the closure system may be spaced from a peripheral edge of the support structure and/or may be configured to releaseably join the first surface and the second surface together. The support structure may include an open configuration and a rolled configuration, wherein in the rolled configuration the closure system may releaseably join the first surface and the second surface together and/or funnel shapes may be formed on either side of the material collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Mari Rittenour
  • Patent number: 9315308
    Abstract: A receptacle top with a brush and a lid, from which the lid may be removed in order to be utilized as a dust pan and then returned to the top to be utilized as an aesthetic lid. The brush may be stored on the exterior of the cover or it may be stored within the body of the lid, thereby allowing the tools required for cleaning to be in one convenient location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: United Comb + Novelty Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Audet, Rebecca B. Foster, Theresa Scalzi
  • Patent number: 9032882
    Abstract: A hand-held table cleaning implement has upstanding rear and laterally opposed side walls, a handle on the backside of the rear wall, a flat horizontal platform extending a distance forwardly from the side walls for insertion beneath a table top, an intermediate portion adjoined to bottom ends of the rear and side walls and back end of the platform defining a central opening tapering downwardly and inwardly therefrom, and a trash receptacle extending downwardly from the intermediate portion for receiving trash, refuse, crumbs, and debris swept or scraped from the table top surface. A generally rectangular scraper may be provided that can be clipped onto a flat surface of the table cleaning implement, and removed therefrom for use in scraping and sweeping debris, crumbs, and food remnants from the table top and into the receptacle. The implement can be hooked over an edge of another object, and is easily stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Rich L. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20150089846
    Abstract: A wheeled scooper is provided. The wheeled scooper reduces the time and effort needed in collecting, transporting and dumping materials. The scooper provides an elongated handle that may be transversely and forwardly pivotably connected to a collector member. The collector member may provide a front opening to a collection space defined by a front edge. The scooper may provide a set of wheels rotatably mounted near a lower rear portion of the collector member so that a user can control the elongated handle to steer the scooper over a supporting surface and easily scoop, transport and dump material into its collection space by means of the positionable front edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Lee WOOLEY
  • Patent number: 8959704
    Abstract: Provided herein are devices which facilitate collection of debris from various locations, such as roads, driveways, and fields. An article provided in accordance with some embodiments includes a receiver with an opening suitable for admitting debris, and also having panels connected thereto which assist in directing debris into the opening of the receiver. An adapter body having a proximal end attached to the receiver permits debris to pass through the adapter body to the distal end of the adapter body, and the distal end is fitted with a collection receptacle, which receptacle comprises a sack, bag or the like that contains perforations or holes sufficiently dimensioned to enable air to pass through the wall of the sack, bag, or the like, while retaining debris within the interior volume of the sack, bag, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Pena
  • Patent number: 8904589
    Abstract: The cleanup system employs an associated clearing component, such as a tool comprised of squeegee and/or brush elements, to close the entrance to a containment or receptacle unit to thereby prevent leakage or escape of liquid, semi-liquid, and/or dry matter during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Santarsiero, Roger Comora
  • Publication number: 20140325788
    Abstract: The device for collecting debris comprises a main section having an edge. The main section is divided into a first portion and as second portion by a main support. The main support extends across main section and connects at either end to the edge of the main section. Two handles are attached to the edge of the first and second portion of main section. A series of supporting members extend from the two handles to the main support. The interconnection of the edge, the handles and the series of supporting members provides a support system in order to allow the device to hold large amounts of heavy debris without ripping or tearing the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Ralph W. McGuffey, III
  • Patent number: 8875339
    Abstract: A dustpan (10) comprises a body (12), a blade (20), and a rear support (22). The body (12) receives materials that are removed from a surface (24). The blade (20) and the rear support (22) are coupled to the body (12). The blade (20) includes a first end (20F), a second end (20S), a first contact point (25A) near the first end (20F), and a second contact point (25B) near the second end (20S). The rear support (22) includes a third contact point (25C) and a fourth contact point (25D). Each of the contact points (25A), (25B), (25C), (25D) contact the surface (24) when the dustpan (10) is in a resting position. Downward pressure on the dustpan (10) establishes firm and continuous contact between the blade (20) and the surface (24) along the length of the blade (20) from the first contact point (25A) to the second contact point (25B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Eben W. Dobson, III
  • Publication number: 20140310909
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for collecting swept waste material are described herein. The apparatus includes a dustpan having a base and a wall, a handle, and a plurality of protrusions. The base is configured to be placed in contact with a surface to be cleaned and includes a front lip over which debris can be swept. The wall extends upwardly from at least a portion of the base other than the front lip and is configured to contain debris in the dustpan. The handle is coupled to a top edge of the wall opposite the front lip and extends away from the wall and downwardly from the top edge so that an end of the handle is disposed approximately even with the base. The plurality of protrusions extend inwardly from the wall and are configured to remove debris from bristles of a broom when the broom is swept across the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Quirky, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Ward, Jordan Diatlo, Kate Vallon, Gareth Brown, Nikki Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8851542
    Abstract: A portable bag holder, kit and method are provided for maintaining a bag mouth of a disposable bag in an open position. The portable bag mouth holder may be provided in combination with one or a plurality of receptacles such that the bag mouth is maintained in an open position of contents in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ideas for Product Designs
    Inventor: Rosemarie Faraone
  • Patent number: 8844091
    Abstract: A squeegee and tray system is provided to clean up spills. The tray has a front edge, a ramp, and a trough for receiving and transporting a spill. The squeegee has a resilient edge to push a spill into the front edge of the tray. A bracket is provided to mount on a vertical surface that receives the tray. The tray has a slot for receiving the squeegee where the squeegee and tray are stored together when placed on the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Big T Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Lloyd Troyer
  • Patent number: 8800100
    Abstract: A scoop and gatherer set for picking up small items and debris, such as for use by a child to scoop-up small toys. The scoop comprises a trapezoidal bottom, two triangular side walls, and a rectangular back wall. The back wall also comprises a rectangular hole of sufficient size to insert a user's palm to grasp and lift the scoop without extensive rotation of a user's wrist. The gatherer is of a slightly concave trapezoidal shape comprising a ledge on the top edge inner surface to assist in grasping it. The gatherer bottom edge may further comprise short bristles for brushing items into the scoop, or a smooth fabric to prevent scratching of the floor surface. The set may further comprise a means to quickly attach and detach the gatherer to the scoop for storage as one unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Amy Bradley
  • Patent number: 8771428
    Abstract: A double bucket cleaning system for use with microfiber mat mops. One bucket contains clean water; the second holds dirty water. The second bucket has a slide press for extracting dirty water from the mop. The system can use a connector to connect the two buckets together, or a single bucket with two compartments can be used. Both designs use a footpad upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the sliding. Finally, once the dirty water has been extracted from the mop, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water, instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Goentzel
  • Publication number: 20140130288
    Abstract: A dustpan (10) comprises a body (12), a blade (20), and a rear support (22). The body (12) receives materials that are removed from a surface (24). The blade (20) and the rear support (22) are coupled to the body (12). The blade (20) includes a first end (20F), a second end (20S), a first contact point (25A) near the first end (20F), and a second contact point (25B) near the second end (20S). The rear support (22) includes a third contact point (25C) and a fourth contact point (25D). Each of the contact points (25A), (25B), (25C), (25D) contact the surface (24) when the dustpan (10) is in a resting position. Downward pressure on the dustpan (10) establishes firm and continuous contact between the blade (20) and the surface (24) along the length of the blade (20) from the first contact point (25A) to the second contact point (25B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Eben W. Dobson, III
  • Publication number: 20140115813
    Abstract: A dustpan comprising a dustpan body having a collection area to hold debris swept into the dustpan and a front edge, a thin plate attached to the underside of the dustpan body at the front edge so that it forms a sharp leading edge of the dustpan, and a plurality of teeth spaced along the front edge of the dustpan, forming a protective comb over the sharp leading edge of the dustpan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Alan Tussy
  • Patent number: 8701243
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for collecting swept waste material are described herein. The apparatus includes a dustpan having a base and a wall, a handle, and a plurality of protrusions. The base is configured to be placed in contact with a surface to be cleaned and includes a front lip over which debris can be swept. The wall extends upwardly from at least a portion of the base other than the front lip and is configured to contain debris in the dustpan. The handle is coupled to a top edge of the wall opposite the front lip and extends away from the wall and downwardly from the top edge so that an end of the handle is disposed approximately even with the base. The plurality of protrusions extend inwardly from the wall and are configured to remove debris from bristles of a broom when the broom is swept across the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Quirky, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Ward, Jordan Diatlo, Kate Vallon, Gareth Brown, Nikki Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8662548
    Abstract: A multifunction lawn and garden device includes a generally flat base member having a plurality of upward radiating walls extending therefrom. A slanted edge is disposed along the front side of the base member, and an aperture is formed within the center of the base member. A generally T-shaped handle is positioned above the center of the base member and is secured to each of the back and side walls, and a removable insert member having a complementary shape as the aperture is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Viani
  • Patent number: 8555459
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for collecting swept waste material are described herein. The apparatus includes a dustpan having a base and a wall, a handle, and a plurality of protrusions. The base is configured to be placed in contact with a surface to be cleaned and includes a front lip over which debris can be swept. The wall extends upwardly from at least a portion of the base other than the front lip and is configured to contain debris in the dustpan. The handle is coupled to a top edge of the wall opposite the front lip and extends away from the wall and downwardly from the top edge so that an end of the handle is disposed approximately even with the base. The plurality of protrusions extend inwardly from the wall and are configured to remove debris from bristles of a broom when the broom is swept across the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Quirky Incorporated
    Inventors: Bill Ward, Jordan Dialto, Kate Vallon, Gareth Brown, Nikki Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8523007
    Abstract: Snapable narrow width rectangular dust pan that can clip about a flat side outer edge of the open end of a refuse container having curved or flat side open rim edges. The dust pan can be used for converting a refuse container into a dust pan refuse container. The receptacle can include an open upper end with a D-shaped configuration and a closed bottom end with a substantially circular bottom configuration. The receptacle can have a generally cylindrical shape and a flat side wall having a triangular tubular shape for allowing the receptacle to be laid on its side so that rakes and brooms can move debris into the D-shaped opening. At least one handle located on the apex of the D-shaped opening allows the container to be lifted to a vertical standing position, and curved interior wall surfaces allow debris to slide toward the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Xtreme Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: David H. Miller
  • Publication number: 20130219650
    Abstract: The present invention is a trash receptacle dustpan lid with an interior facing, includes a dust pan portion that receives swept or pushed onto material, a lid with a top surface and is removably placed and secured on a top of a trash receptacle, a lid handle that is disposed on said top surface of lid, a leading dustpan edge that is disposed across the dust pan portion and receives the swept or pushed onto material and a plurality of ridged reinforced webbing that is adjacently attached to the two sides of the leading dustpan edge. The trash receptacle dustpan lid also includes a dustpan handle to grasp the receptacle dustpan lid, two raised dustpan sides that assist to contain the received swept or pushed onto material within the dust pan portion and a raised webbed dustpan rear to help contain the received material within the dust pan portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Fred Bolen, Dan Linn
  • Patent number: 8490240
    Abstract: An attachable debris guide for a waste bin is disclosed that cooperates with a side of the waste bin to form a pathway into the waste bin. The debris guide is angled so that, when the bin is laid on its side and the debris guide is attached, the debris guide mates with a flat receiving surface such that debris can be swept directly into the waste bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: John T. Mackesy, Michael J. Mackesy, II, Michael J. Mackesy
  • Publication number: 20130152331
    Abstract: A dustpan configured to receive and contain debris includes a base and a wall. The base has a front edge over which debris can be swept when placed in contact with a surface. The wall extends upwardly from a portion of the base other than the front edge to contain the debris. A tooth assembly that includes a set of protrusions configured to remove debris from the bristles of a broom when the broom is swept across the protrusions. The tooth assembly can be at least partially disposed in a handle with an arcuate cross-section. The tooth assembly can define a channel configured to frictionally engage a broom handle. The tooth assembly can be moveable with respect to the dustpan. A handle coupled to the tooth assembly can allow a user to move the tooth assembly between a first configuration and a second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: QUIRKY INCORPORATED
    Inventor: QUIRKY INCORPORATED
  • Publication number: 20130125334
    Abstract: A scoop and gatherer set for picking up small items and debris, such as for use by a child to scoop-up small toys. The scoop comprises a trapezoidal bottom, two triangular side walls, and a rectangular back wall. The back wall also comprises a rectangular hole of sufficient size to insert a user's palm to grasp and lift the scoop without extensive rotation of a user's wrist. The gatherer is of a slightly concave trapezoidal shape comprising a ledge on the top edge inner surface to assist in grasping it. The gatherer bottom edge may further comprise short bristles for brushing items into the scoop, or a smooth fabric to prevent scratching of the floor surface. The set may further comprise a means to quickly attach and detach the gatherer to the scoop for storage as one unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Bradley Amy
  • Publication number: 20130091651
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for collecting swept waste material are described herein. The apparatus includes a dustpan having a base and a wall, a handle, and a plurality of protrusions. The base is configured to be placed in contact with a surface to be cleaned and includes a front lip over which debris can be swept. The wall extends upwardly from at least a portion of the base other than the front lip and is configured to contain debris in the dustpan. The handle is coupled to a top edge of the wall opposite the front lip and extends away from the wall and downwardly from the top edge so that an end of the handle is disposed approximately even with the base. The plurality of protrusions extend inwardly from the wall and are configured to remove debris from bristles of a broom when the broom is swept across the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Quirky Incorporated
    Inventor: Quirky Incorporated
  • Patent number: 8327501
    Abstract: A dustpan (1) is provided that includes a base body (2) that has an essentially triangular base area (3). One edge of the base body is constructed as the sweeping edge (4) and the two other edges each have a side wall (5, 6). A stem (7) that projects essentially at a right angle from the base area (3) for proper use can be attached to the base body (2). At least one side wall (5) is constructed as a standing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Peter L. Arnold, Hans Jorg Clemen
  • Patent number: 8291543
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus to be installed on a pail to allow debris to be swept into the pail when the pail is resting on its side on a surface to be swept. A mounting section is included which is configured to be positioned over at least part of a lip of the pail and secured in place on the pail. A debris collector guide is attached to the mounting section, with the debris collector guide including a pair of sidewalls and a bottom section disposed intermediate the side walls, with the sidewalls and bottom section forming a debris collection region which permits debris to be swept into the debris section and into a pail on which the adapter apparatus is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy R. McCoy, Jesse R. Davison
  • Publication number: 20120260453
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for collecting swept waste material are described herein. The apparatus includes a dustpan having a base and a wall, a handle, and a plurality of protrusions. The base is configured to be placed in contact with a surface to be cleaned and includes a front lip over which debris can be swept. The wall extends upwardly from at least a portion of the base other than the front lip and is configured to contain debris in the dustpan. The handle is coupled to a top edge of the wall opposite the front lip and extends away from the wall and downwardly from the top edge so that an end of the handle is disposed approximately even with the base. The pturality of protrusions extend inwardly from the wall and are configured to remove debris from bristles of a broom when the broom is swept across the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: QUIRKY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bill WARD, Jordan DIATLO, Kate VALLON
  • Publication number: 20120228314
    Abstract: Snapable narrow width rectangular dust pan that can clip about a flat side outer edge of the open end of a refuse container having curved or flat side open rim edges. The dust pan can be used for converting a refuse container into a dust pan refuse container. The receptacle can include an open upper end with a D-shaped configuration and a closed bottom end with a substantially circular bottom configuration. The receptacle can have a generally cylindrical shape and a flat side wall having a triangular tubular shape for allowing the receptacle to be laid on its side so that rakes and brooms can move debris into the D-shaped opening. At least one handle located on the apex of the D-shaped opening allows the container to be lifted to a vertical standing position, and curved interior wall surfaces allow debris to slide toward the bottom of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: XTREME PLASTICS, LLC
    Inventor: David H. Miller
  • Publication number: 20120186037
    Abstract: A vacuum device for collecting pet waste includes a housing coupled to a vacuum source. The housing is a clam-shell configuration and is configured to receive a disposable liner bag. When closed, the housing holds the liner bag securely therein. A method of using the device provides for placing the liner bag within the housing, feeding a portion of the liner through an inlet tube to the housing, such that the inlet of the housing is insulated from contact with the waste being picked up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Tory Reynolds, Connor Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20120180249
    Abstract: The dust container is disposed in the dust collector, so as to receive dirt drawn by the dust collector. The dust container includes a fastening device. The dust container can be taken out from the dust collector by operating the fastening device in one operation, and then installed back into the dust collector after the dirt is cleared away, thereby completing actions of disassembling, assembling and clearing the dust container quickly and cleanly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: MICRO-STAR INT'L CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tse-Ying Tso, You-Wei Teng
  • Patent number: 8152019
    Abstract: Snapable narrow width rectangular dust pans that can easily clip about a flat side outer edge of the open end of a refuse containers having curved or flat side open rim edges. The dust pans can be used as adapters, systems, devices, apparatus, and include novel methods of converting refuse containers into dust pans refuse containers. The receptacles and the dust pans can be formed from molded plastic. The receptacles include an open upper end with a D-shaped configuration and a closed bottom end with a substantially circular bottom configuration. The receptacles can have a generally cylindrical shape and a flat side wall having a triangular tubular shape for allowing the receptacle to be laid on its side so that rakes and brooms can move debris fully into the D-shaped opening with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Xtreme Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: David H. Miller
  • Publication number: 20110283474
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus to be installed on a pail to allow debris to be swept into the pail when the pail is resting on its side on a surface to be swept. A mounting section is included which is configured to be positioned over at least part of a lip of the pail and secured in place on the pail. A debris collector guide is attached to the mounting section, with the debris collector guide including a pair of sidewalls and a bottom section disposed intermediate the side walls, with the sidewalls and bottom section forming a debris collection region which permits debris to be swept into the debris section and into a pail on which the adapter apparatus is installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: TIMOTHY R. McCOY, Jesse R. Davison
  • Patent number: 8056178
    Abstract: Some aspects of the present invention are related to a mop and/or mop head that allows larger debris to pass over at least a portion of the mop head and into a receptacle of the mop head. In some embodiments, the mop head and the receptacle are integrally formed. The mop has debris collecting material coupled to the mop head to collect dust, dirt, and other relatively small debris as the mop moves over a floor. In one particular embodiment, the debris collecting material is a non-woven material. The debris collecting material of the mop can be connected to the mop many different ways. However, in some embodiments, the material is connected via several projections extending from a top surface of the mop head. The projections pass through apertures in the dust collecting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Haim Bar-Noy, Jay Hutchison, James M. Scolaro, Glenn N. Weaver, Ronald R. Dir
  • Publication number: 20110272416
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a waste collection device. The device has a top side, a bottom side, a left side, a right side, and a back side. The bottom side has a first front ridge and a second back ridge. The back side has a plurality of holes. In one aspect, at least one of the top, bottom, left, and right sides extends beyond the back, and at least one of the top, bottom, left, and right sides has a slot into which a scraper can be inserted behind the back side to block at least a portion of the plurality of holes. The back side can connect to the bottom side horizontally closer to the second back ridge than where the back side connects to the top. Also disclosed is a base which interfaces with the waste collection device. Other desirable variations are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Norik Katsakhyan
  • Publication number: 20110260420
    Abstract: A unique system comprises five different devices combined into one to save cost, time, labor, and space. All the five different devices have on-the-fly shape-and-function-shifting capability for changing their shapes and functions and automatically locking them in the shapes and functions while they are in motion, to eliminate the needs for stopping, putting down, unlocking, adjusting, relocking, and picking up the system. The unique five-device-in-one system has multi-purpose shock absorbers, automatic multi-position locking device, utility-bag spreaders, quick-release multi-purpose container, and ground-level dustpan. The unique five-device-in-one system comprises the five following devices: 1) A wheelbarrow, 2) A wheel harvest-bag trash-bag caddy, 3) A wheel tool-refreshment caddy, 4) A dump truck, and 5) A hand truck. All the five different devices above of the system can change their shapes and functions while in motion and can function, simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Dee Volin
  • Patent number: 8002318
    Abstract: A container for picking up and transporting waste such as dog excrement comprises a bag extended by a flap suitable for closing and opening of the bag, the bag having a front wall and a rear wall, the flap extending the rear wall so as to be capable of occupying either an open position for picking up, in which it is folded against an outside face of the rear wall, or else a closed position for transport, in which it is folded against an outside face of the front wall. The invention relates to urban hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: David Hamid Saber
  • Publication number: 20110099765
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to supporting a user's arm in order for the user to utilize a maintenance tool with one hand. The support wraps around the user's arm keeping the apparatus stable while in use and allowing the user to derive more power from the user's arm. A handle for the user to grasp ensures the maintenance tool does not slip up and down or rotate about the user's arm. The apparatus enables the user to simply “sweep” their arm to perform various tasks, based upon a chosen maintenance tool. The arm support extends down from the handle portion, with a maintenance tool at the end. The apparatus is extendable such that it is comfortable for different users based on their weight, weight or other factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Kamran Youssefieh
  • Publication number: 20110100052
    Abstract: An indoor unit of an air conditioner includes an indoor fan, an air filter for capturing dust in an air drawn by the indoor fan, a brush mechanism for removing the dust adhering to the air filter, and a dust storage container for storing the dust removed from the air filter by the brush mechanism. The dust storage container is provided with an opening in which the brush mechanism is positioned. A sealing member is attached to the dust storage container, the sealing member being provided in the dust storage container and between the opening and a storage space in which the dust is stored, for sealing a space between an inner wall surface of the dust storage container and the brush mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Yumoto, Kazuto Yamagata, Tsuyoshi Yokomizo
  • Publication number: 20100306951
    Abstract: A vertically oriented particulate matter collector having a pan and a handle is disclosed. A lip abuts a flat vertical surface to be drilled, such as a wall. The lip when pressed against the wall prevents falling particulate matter from passing between the lip and the wall. A face, attached to the lip, follows the contour of the lip. A back, attached to the face, defines a cavity for collecting particulate matter. A mouth is defined by the opening of the cavity. A floor, opposite the mouth, attaches to the back and face. A collar at the seam joins the face to the floor. The collar projects a slope away from the back and the face. A toe provides support when the pan is set down. The handle, attaches to the mouth defining edge of the back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Eric Odze
  • Patent number: 7818844
    Abstract: A hand trowel is provided with upstanding side and rear walls to prevent cement or grout from sliding off when scooped from a container. The sidewalls of the trowel taper to the front edge of the trowel so that no barrier is created to prevent the front edge from being utilized as a “finishing” edge. A handle extends from the rear wall of the trowel. The handle is provided with ergonomic indentations and the front edge is slanted to allow use by either a right- or a left-handed person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Antoni Wolan
  • Publication number: 20100107355
    Abstract: A cleaning robot system including a robot and a robot maintenance station. The robot includes a robot body, a drive system, a cleaning assembly, and a cleaning bin carried by the robot body and configured to receive debris agitated by the cleaning assembly. The robot maintenance station includes a station housing configured to receive the robot for maintenance. The station housing has an evacuation passageway exposed to a top portion of the received robot. The robot maintenance station also includes an air mover in pneumatic communication with the evacuation passageway and a collection bin carried by the station housing and in pneumatic communication with the evacuation passageway. The station housing and the robot body fluidly connect the evacuation passageway to the cleaning bin of the received robot. The air mover evacuates debris held in the robot cleaning bin to the collection bin through the evacuation passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: IROBOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chikyung Won, Stephen A. Hickey, Mark Schnittman, Zivthan A. Dubrovsky, Selma Svendsen, Jed Lowry, David Swett, John Devlin