Nozzles Patents (Class 15/322)
  • Patent number: 10694914
    Abstract: An appliance includes a steam application device having a main body which includes an inlet section to receive steam, an applicator to apply the steam to a surface, and a swivel assembly to swivel the applicator and the main body relative to each other. The appliance further includes a portable steamer to (i) attach to the steam application device and (ii) detach from the steam application device (e.g., in a simple lift away manner). The portable steamer has a steam generator which generates the steam, and an outlet section which connects to the inlet section of the main body of the steam application device when the portable steamer is attached to the steam application device. The outlet section provides the steam from the steam generator to the inlet section of the main body of the steam application device when the portable steamer is attached to the steam application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Brian R. McGee, Stuart D. Babb
  • Patent number: 10368712
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a fluid recovery system. The fluid recovery system includes a vacuum system that applies a suction force on fluids on the floor surface to draw fluids to a fluid recovery tank. A reservoir is operably coupled to a recovery hose. The reservoir includes an inlet passage, an outlet passage leading to the recovery hose, and a fluid trap portion positioned between the inlet and outlet passages. The reservoir permits passage therethrough of fluids suctioned by the vacuum system from the floor to the recovery hose, and traps a backflow of fluids from the recovery hose in the fluid trap portion when the vacuum system stops suctioning fluids from the floor to the recovery hose. The reservoir is shaped to be generally self-cleaning and clears most fluids trapped in the fluid trap portion when the vacuum system starts suctioning fluids from the floor to the recovery hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventor: Larry David Wydra
  • Patent number: 10362920
    Abstract: A surface cleaning machine is provided, including a cleaning roller holder, at least one cleaning roller which is arranged on the cleaning roller holder, a drive device for driving the at least one cleaning roller in rotation, and a sweeping element which is associated with the at least one cleaning roller and which feeds swept material to the at least one cleaning roller, wherein the sweeping element, at least during a cleaning operation, projects with a front region into a jacket of the at least one cleaning roller, wherein a front face end of the sweeping element is arranged on the front region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Fabian Moser, Saulius Martinkenas, Johanna Buchmann, Andreas Mueller
  • Patent number: 10307028
    Abstract: A cleaner head for a vacuum cleaner having a suction inlet, a front blade and a rear blade. The front blade is located forward of or at the front of the suction inlet and is arranged to pivot about a first axis. The rear blade is located rearward of or at the rear of the suction inlet and is arranged to pivot about a second axis different to the first axis. Each blade pivots between a deployed position and a retracted position. The blades are configured such that when one of the blades is in the deployed position, the other of the blades is in the retracted position. Additionally, when one of the blades moves from the deployed position to the retracted position, the other of the blades moves from the retracted position to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan James Gray
  • Patent number: 10238254
    Abstract: A base plate for a suction head for vacuum cleaners or a similar electric household appliance is described, said base plate comprising a lower face configured as to be directed towards the surface to be vacuumed, an opposite upper surface and a base plate channel open towards the surface to be vacuumed, wherein the base plate channel comprises a front edge and a rear edge, wherein at least the surface of the lower face which extends along the front edge of the base plate channel and at least the surface of the lower face which extends along the rear edge of the base plate channel lie in a same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NEW ERMES EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Riccardo Roschi
  • Patent number: 10219671
    Abstract: A surface cleaning device including a surface-contacting assembly having a suction opening; a body; a suction source in fluid communication with the suction opening for sucking a fluid mixture of liquid and air from a surface; a rotation assembly mounted on the body for rotation relative to the body, the rotation assembly being rotationally fixed relative to the surface-contacting assembly, a separation chamber in which liquid is separated from the fluid mixture, the separation chamber providing a suction inlet in fluid communication with the suction opening, a suction outlet in fluid communication with the suction source, and a drainage outlet for connection to a receptacle for receiving liquid separated from the fluid mixture; and a receptacle for receiving liquid separated from the fluid mixture via the drainage outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Daragh Manning, Darren Holmes, Samuel Bennett
  • Patent number: 9750379
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a vacuum suction pipe through which impurities are collected together with air. A suction side plate has a central hole which corresponds with the vacuum suction pipe so that the vacuum suction pipe is fitted in the central hole. A holding plate is spaced apart from the suction side plate. A spring unit connects the suction side plate with the holding plate to elastically adjust a distance between the suction side plate and the holding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Hyun Jung Ryu
  • Patent number: 9521935
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a vacuum suction pipe through which impurities are collected together with air. A suction side plate has a central hole which corresponds with the vacuum suction pipe so that the vacuum suction pipe is fitted in the central hole. A holding plate is spaced apart from the suction side plate. A spring unit connects the suction side plate with the holding plate to elastically adjust a distance between the suction side plate and the holding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Hyun Jung Ryu
  • Patent number: 9414728
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nozzle arrangement (10) for a cleaning device (100) for cleaning a surface, the nozzle arrangement comprising: —a brush (12) rotatable about a brush axis (14), the brush being provided with flexible brush elements (16) having tip portions (18) for contacting the surface to be cleaned (20) and picking up dirt and/or liquid particles (22, 24) from the surface (20) during the rotation of the brush (12), wherein the brush (12) is at least partly surrounded by a nozzle housing (28) and protrudes at least partly from a bottom side (30) of the nozzle housing (28), —a squeegee element (32) which is spaced apart from the brush (12) and attached to the bottom side (30) of the nozzle housing (28) on a first side (31) of the brush (12) where the brush elements (16) enter the nozzle housing (28) during the rotation of the brush (12), wherein the squeegee element (32) is configured for wiping dirt and/or liquid particles (22, 24) across or off the surface to be cleaned (20) during a movem
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Tseard Van Der Kooi, Britt Roumen, Matthijs Hendrikus Lubbers
  • Patent number: 9402523
    Abstract: A rotary surface cleaning machine for cleaning floors, including both carpeted floors and uncarpeted hard floor surfaces including but not limited to wood, tile, linoleum and natural stone flooring. The rotary surface cleaning machine has a rotary surface cleaning tool mounted on a frame and coupled for high speed rotary motion relative to the frame. The rotary surface cleaning tool has a substantially circular operational surface that performs the cleaning operation. The rotary surface cleaning tool is driven by an on-board power plant to rotate at high speed. The rotary surface cleaning tool is coupled to a supply of pressurized hot liquid solution of cleaning fluid and a powerful vacuum suction source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Roy Studebaker, William Edward Bruders, Brett Alan Bartholmey, Bill Elmer Richardson, Kevin Andrew Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9392922
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus has a supply tank for holding a supply of cleaning solution, a spray tip in fluid communication with the supply tank for distributing the cleaning solution to the surface to be cleaned, and a spray tip receiver. A removable connection between the spray tip and spray tip receiver removably mounts the spray tip to the spray tip receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz
  • Patent number: 9370289
    Abstract: A floor scrubber with a floor scrubber head having a backing plate to which a pad is secured with the pad adapted to being placed in contact with a surface to be cleaned. The scrubber head includes a motor support to which a motor is mounted with the backing plate being secured to the motor support, with the motor configured to move the backing plate and pad when cleaning a surface. The scrubber head further includes a cover member having an opening through which the motor extends, with the cover member further including a pair of wheels with an outer perimeter of the wheels partially extending beyond a periphery of the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Pacific Steamex Cleaning Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kipling J. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 9351625
    Abstract: A surface cleaning head for a steam cleaner, comprising a plurality of steam outlets spaced from one another on the cleaning head, for steam supplied from a steam generator, and a steam distributing device which receives the steam and supplies it to the outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Carter
  • Patent number: 9173540
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to an improved mop having A support arm having a handle, a mop head that is pivotally attached to said support arm, a pair of rollers disposed in said mop head, a cleaning pad rotatably carried by said rollers so that a first roller carries said cleaning pad and a second roller draws sections of said cleaning pad across a cleaning area defined by said mop head, a spray nozzle carried by said mop head that is fluidly connected to a cleaning solution container for allowing the user to select and spray a cleaning solution on the surface being cleaned, and an ultra violet light source disposed on said mop head for disinfecting said cleaning pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Nathan A. Scolari
  • Patent number: 9144359
    Abstract: A carpet washing attachment with a vacuum hose attached to a washing head with a liquid line feeding water/cleaning fluid into washing head is disclosed. Washing head is formed of hollow members and a cover sealed to the top washing head with the vacuum hose attached to the cover. This forms cleaning area which is surrounded by the hollow members. Each of the hollow members has water jet holes located on the inner part of the washing head such that the water exiting the holes is projected inward so that the jets of water come to an apex and intersect at a given distance X from the bottom of the washing head. The angle of the jets and the spacing of members should be chosen such that the distance X is roughly the depth of the carpet pile to be washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignees: Vortex, LLC
    Inventors: Albert W. Gebhard, Donavan J. Allen
  • Patent number: 9127419
    Abstract: A vehicle mounted apparatus for high-pressure fluid blasting to remove material from or otherwise treat a surface, the apparatus comprising: a high-pressure fluid supply connected to a nozzle assembly containing at least one nozzle, the nozzle assembly being supported for movement along a track mounted transversely on the vehicle; and a suction device for conveying airflow and removed material through a conduit from the nozzle assembly to a treatment zone within the vehicle, the treatment zone having a separation means for accumulating removed material, a means for conveying airflow from the separation means to the suction device, and a means for conveying the removed material to a storage zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: AQUAMAX-DEVCO LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Holmes Robinson
  • Patent number: 9038234
    Abstract: A rotary cleaning head that may have a main disc, a cover, and vacuum heads. The cover may define an axially aligned central vacuum opening; and the main disc and cover may define therebetween a vacuum distribution hub and vacuum channels for distributing vacuum from the cover's central vacuum opening to the vacuum slots in the vacuum heads. A dual purpose seal may provide a seal between the cover and the main disc, and may also define at least part of the vacuum hub and vacuum channels. The vacuum heads may have vacuum notches or ridges that may help to collect and direct the cleaning fluid on at least part of the vacuum heads' outer surfaces into vacuum heads' vacuum slots. The rotary cleaning head may be modified to clean either hard surfaces or soft surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Charles B. Monson
  • Patent number: 8991000
    Abstract: An extractor has a plurality of fluid delivery needles mounted to a housing in fluid communication with a fluid distribution system and positioned to penetrate a carpet surface to deliver a cleaning solution below the surface of the carpet and into the carpet nap. Soiled cleaning fluid is removed from the surface with suction. A method of cleaning a carpet or a pet coat having a nap comprises injecting cleaning fluid, such as a foam detergent, directly into the nap and removing soiled cleaning fluid from the carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Huffman, Joseph P. Perry, Charles A. Reed, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8925143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid system (50) for cleaning machine (1), which comprises a floor treating brush and/or disc (7) rotatably driven by a motor (4) and exhibiting surrounding ring-shaped rim (8) and conduit for washing liquid and vacuum suction duct for the supply (11) of washing liquid (12) and suction (13) of washing liquid (14), respectively. A disc-shaped bottom part (25) provided with substantially radially extending vacuum suction ducts (24) is located above said rotatable brush and/or disc (7). A bottom cover (51) is connected to said bottom part (25), and nozzles (27) are connected to said vacuum ducts (24) along the periphery of said bottom part (25) and bottom cover (51) in order to suck up dirty washing liquid (14). Said bottom cover (51) and said bottom part (25) can be released from one another in order to reach said substantially radial vacuum suction ducts (24) located between them (25, 51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Qleeno AB
    Inventors: Ludvig Brunnström, Patrik Andreasson
  • Patent number: 8925142
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing waste material from a surface is provided. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes a vacuum suction head and a waste receptacle for storing waste material that are vacuumed through the suction opening head. The waste receptacle has a discharge port through which waste material stored within said waste receptacle may be discharged for emptying said waste receptacle. Chemical solution held in a fluid reservoir is pumped to one or more fluid nozzles to break up material during, before or prior to vacuuming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence Orubor
  • Patent number: 8925141
    Abstract: A suction nozzle for use in a vacuum cleaner includes a suction opening through which air is drawn in from a surface to be cleaned, a sterilization chamber having at least one inlet and at least one outlet, the sterilization chamber being in fluid communication with the suction opening through the at least one inlet, and a sterilization unit disposed in the sterilization chamber to sterilize the air drawn into the sterilization chamber. The air drawn into the sterilization chamber revolves while moving from the at least one inlet to the at least one outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-ha Kim, Joung-soo Park, Sung-tae Joo, Hyun-ju Lee, Dong-houn Yang
  • Publication number: 20140373304
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a base assembly for a floor cleaner configured to clean a floor through linear reciprocation movement of two rag attachment pads through which the two rag attachment pads come close to and go away from each other. More particularly, the present invention relates to a base assembly for a floor cleaner capable of simultaneously conducting cleaning and sterilization of a floor by injecting steam onto the rag attachment pads while the rag attachment pads are being reciprocally moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Gyung Hee Haan
  • Patent number: 8914938
    Abstract: A municipal sewer cleaning system for efficiently cleaning a below grade municipal sewer line features a vacuum service truck having a vacuum source fluidly connected to a flexible vacuum hose, a compressed air source fluidly connected to a flexible air hose, and a pressurized water source fluidly connected to a flexible water hose. The system features a collar assembly having a rigid inner collar and an inflatable outer collar connected to the air hose. A tapering semi-cylindrical skirt is Ideated on a collar second end and a rigid ninety degree reducing elbow is located on a collar first end. The reducing elbow is fluidly connected to the vacuum hose and features a trough located on an elbow outside wall with a plurality of roller units inside. The water hose slides within the plurality of roller units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Calvin E. Lee
  • Patent number: 8914937
    Abstract: This invention relates to a hinge assembly for a steam cleaner capable of pivoting in front/rear (X) and left/right (Y) directions, and more particularly, to a hinge assembly for a steam cleaner capable of being adjusted automatically in a straight direction after a swerving force is removed, when a base assembly was swerved while locking automatically a left/right directional pivoting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gyung Hee Haan
  • Patent number: 8904596
    Abstract: An oil spill vacuum hose support including an S-shaped vacuum wand having a top end and a bottom end, an internal hose disposed therewithin, and a threaded hose connection attached to an upper end of the internal hose and disposed within a grip on the top end. The hose connection connects the internal hose to an industrial oil spill vacuum hose. A housing, disposed on the bottom end, houses a vacuum head attached to the internal hose terminus to suction up an oil spill. The housing is disposed between a pair of concave guidance skis which support the housing in an upright position and assist with guiding and supporting the vacuum wand. Each guidance ski includes a concave base member and a brace member. A handle is disposed on the vacuum wand to permit a user to maintain a firm grip while guiding the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Leslie G. Perry, Tina S. Perry
  • Publication number: 20140352727
    Abstract: A device and method for cleaning a surface using dry steam is disclosed. A dry steam wand is fitted with a custom nozzle that permits the dry steam to be angled to clean difficult to access surfaces of a gas turbine. The nozzle includes a slit that is configured to maintain sufficient temperature and pressure to effectively remove contaminants found on gas turbines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Manuel Kenneth Bueno, Daniel Thomas Harvell, Gregory Douglas Troutman, Carlo Angelo Yon
  • Publication number: 20140345079
    Abstract: An extraction cleaner for a floor surface comprises a fluid delivery system for storing cleaning fluid and delivering the cleaning fluid to the surface to be cleaned and a fluid recovery system for removing the spent cleaning fluid and dirt from the surface to be cleaned and storing the spent cleaning fluid and dirt. The fluid delivery system can further include a bladder housed within a tank of the recovery system, and the bladder can be closed by a fill cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Johnson, Michael Graham, Mitchell DeJonge, Kenneth MI Lenkiewicz
  • Patent number: 8850654
    Abstract: An upright bare floor cleaner with a handle assembly pivotally mounted to a base assembly. The handle includes a water tank to store a quantity of water and a fluid distribution system that includes a heater and a spray nozzle. Steam is generated by the heater and is distributed to a removable cleaning cloth that applies the steam to the surface to be cleaned. The fluid distribution system further includes an auxiliary hand tool for steam cleaning above-floor surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Nolan, Alan J. Krebs, Kurt E. Ashbaugh
  • Publication number: 20140283328
    Abstract: A multi-functional cleaning system usable as both a vacuum cleaner and a steam cleaner includes (a) a body having a motor assembly for generating suction and a dust collector for collecting foreign matters, (b) a first cleaning head, such as a vacuum nozzle, . detachably coupleable to the body and having an inlet for directing the foreign matters into the dust collector, and (c) a second cleaning head, such as a steam cleaning head, detachably coupleable to the body and having an outlet for directing steam onto a surface. Attaching the body to the first cleaning head forms a vacuum cleaner configuration. while attaching the body to the second cleaning head forms a steam cleaner configuration. Electrical wiring and connectors enable operation of the blower motor only in the vacuum cleaner configuration, and include protection against water ingress that can cause malfunctioning or create a safety hazard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: EURO-PRO OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Barrocas, Jason Boyd Thorne, Alexander J. Calvino
  • Publication number: 20140259510
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus may include a surface cleaning head including a cleaning pad mount that is configured to receive a cleaning pad. A steam distribution system may be provided and may include a steam unit in fluid communication with a water reservoir and may have a steam outlet in communication with the cleaning pad mount. A cleaning solution distribution system may be provided and may include a cleaning solution reservoir in communication with a dispensing outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: G.B.D. Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest CONRAD
  • Publication number: 20140259515
    Abstract: A steam cleaner having a base with a bottom and a sidewall extending from the bottom to form an outer perimeter of the base, and a handle extending from the base. A fluid tank and a steam generator are operatively associated with the handle or the base. The steam generator receives fluid from the fluid tank and convert it into steam. A first control selectively operates the steam generator. The base has a bottom steam distributor on the bottom of the base and a side steam distributor on the sidewall or a top wall of the base. The bottom distributor distributes the steam towards a first region located within the outer perimeter of the base. The side distributor distributes the steam towards a second region located outside the outer perimeter of the base. A second control selects whether to distribute steam through the bottom or side distributor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: RONALD ANDREW NUTTALL, Chih Kao Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140259516
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to an improved mop having A support arm having a handle, a mop head that is pivotally attached to said support arm, a pair of rollers disposed in said mop head, a cleaning pad rotatably carried by said rollers so that a first roller carries said cleaning pad and a second roller draws sections of said cleaning pad across a cleaning area defined by said mop head, a spray nozzle carried by said mop head that is fluidly connected to a cleaning solution container for allowing the user to select and spray a cleaning solution on the surface being cleaned, and an ultra violet light source disposed on said mop head for disinfecting said cleaning pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan A. Scolari
  • Publication number: 20140259514
    Abstract: A floor cleaning machine for cleaning a surface includes a body, a distribution nozzle supported by the body, a supply tank assembly coupled to the body in fluid communication with the distribution nozzle, a suction nozzle supported by the body, and a suction source in fluid communication with the suction nozzle. The suction source is operable to draw fluid and dirt from the surface through the suction nozzle. The floor cleaning machine also includes a recovery tank coupled to the body in fluid communication with the suction source to receive and store fluid and dirt drawn through the suction nozzle. The floor cleaning machine is operable in a first mode to wash the surface and is operable in a second mode to sanitize the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Vail, Patrick J. Quinn, Robert A. Salo, John R. Bantum, Lucas W. Phalen, Gino S. Lovano, Phonesacksith G. Kettavong, Brent Noward, Kyle J. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 8826489
    Abstract: A suction body for a cleaner is provided that can generate electric energy by itself using air drawn in by the cleaner. A suction body includes an ultraviolet sterilizer that radiates ultraviolet rays toward a surface to be cleaned and sterilizes the surface to be cleaned, a lighting device that emits light, a displaying device that displays a cleaning state, a fan that rotates by drawn-in air, and a generator that converts rotary energy of the fan into electric energy so as to supply the electric energy to the ultraviolet sterilizer, the lighting device, and the displaying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang-Keun Oh, Hyun-Ju Lee, Seung-Yong Cha
  • Publication number: 20140245561
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a steam generation system for producing steam from liquid, a liquid distribution system for storing liquid and delivering the liquid to the steam generation system, a steam delivery system for delivering steam to a surface to be cleaned, and a vacuum collection system which can be operated concurrently with the other systems. The surface cleaning apparatus can comprise an upper housing mounted to a lower cleaning foot which is adapted to be moved across a surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: BISSELL HOMECARE, INC.
    Inventors: Jian Yun Pi, Gang Huang
  • Publication number: 20140245558
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide an apparatus for cleaning airfoils inside a gas turbine compressor. In one embodiment, an apparatus for cleaning at least one airfoil within a turbine compressor, includes: a hose for applying cleaning material to the at least one airfoil; and an articulation assembly for articulating a nozzle of the hose, the articulation assembly including: a main shaft attached to the hose at a first end; and an articulating trigger for rotating the first end of the main shaft. The apparatus may further include a borescope attached to the articulation assembly and a borescope monitor for viewing the at least one airfoil via the borescope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Pablo de Jesus Diaz, Rebecca Evelyn Hefner
  • Publication number: 20140245560
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus has a fluid distribution system for storing and delivering fluid to a surface to be cleaned, and includes a supply tank defining a chamber with a fill opening and a fill cap pivotable between an open position and a closed position to selectively cover the fill opening and which includes a funnel for filling the supply tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Huang, Hui Wu
  • Publication number: 20140245559
    Abstract: A rotary cleaning device having a plurality of flush pad extractors can provide improved debris removal and reduced residual material. More specifically, a rotary cleaning device can include a plurality of flush pad extractors which are oriented generally circumferentially about a common rotation axis. These unique flush pad extractors can include a fluid applicator and a vacuum member oriented behind the fluid applicator such that during operation of the device the fluid applicator contacts a surface to be cleaned prior to contact by the vacuum member. In accordance with the present invention, the fluid applicator provides passive delivery of fluid to the surface to be cleaned. Passive delivery of fluid allows for reduced fluid usage and more controlled and even distribution of fluid across a surface without overwetting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Pearl Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Pearlstein
  • Patent number: 8823222
    Abstract: A motor assembly, especially for home appliances such as a cleaner, has an electric motor and a cooling system. The motor may be a fractional horsepower universal motor with a stator and a rotor. The cooling system has a cooling pipe thermally coupled to an element of the stator, such as a core of the stator and providing a flow path for a liquid to cool the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Electrica S.A.
    Inventors: James Ching Sik Lau, Zhan Cai
  • Publication number: 20140215749
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cleaning device for cleaning a surface, with a nozzle arrangement (10) comprising: —a brush (12) rotatable about a brush axis (14), said brush (12) being provided with brush elements (16) having tip portions (18) for contacting the surface to be cleaned (20) and picking up dirt particles (22) and/or liquid (24) from the surface (20) during the rotation of the brush (12), —a drive means for driving the brush (12) in rotation, —a bouncing element (32) comprising a bouncing surface (33) that is configured to let the dirt particles (22) and/or liquid (24), that are released from the brush (12) during rotation, rebound to the brush (12), said bouncing surface (33) being spaced apart from the brush (12) and extending substantially parallel to the brush axis (14), and —an adjustment means (35) for adjusting the position of the bouncing element (32) relative to the surface (20) depending on a direction of movement (40) of the device, wherein the adjustment means (35) is adapted to a
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Johannes Tseard Van Der Kooi, Egbert Van De Veen
  • Patent number: 8794251
    Abstract: The washing apparatus employs a cup with integrated channels for the supply of fluid to integrated spraying nozzles arranged around the rim of the cup and with a central outlet at the top of the cup for removal of fluid and fouling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Tor Mikal Østervold, Sten Terje Østervold
  • Patent number: 8790467
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning an article may include a cleaning head. The cleaning head may have a lower edge and may include an annular steam chamber and a steam nozzle. The annular steam chamber may define a vacuum chamber that may be configured to receive the article therewithin. The annular steam chamber may have a plurality of discrete apertures positioned in vertically spaced relation to the lower edge. The steam nozzle may be configured to provide steam to the annular steam chamber for discharge through the apertures into the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Sergey G. Ponomarev
  • Patent number: 8776304
    Abstract: A device for collecting waste and for disintegrating and self-cleaning and evacuating waste, the device including a waste collection system for collecting the waste, a fluid dispensing system for disintegrating the waste which is collected by the waste collection system, and a discharge system for evacuating the disintegrated waste from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence Orubor
  • Patent number: 8769763
    Abstract: A floor cleaning device includes a base. A cleaning fluid supply tank is carried by the base. A source of pressure communicates with the cleaning fluid supply tank which pressurizes a cleaning fluid held in the cleaning fluid supply tank to an above atmospheric pressure. A fluid delivery system delivers pressurized cleaning fluid from the cleaning fluid supply tank to a surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Gregg M. Kloeppel, Mark Ilko, Andrew A. Amberik, Allan L. Horst, Glenn Matusz
  • Publication number: 20140173847
    Abstract: An extraction cleaner for cleaning a floor surface includes a liquid distribution system and a liquid recovery system. The liquid recovery system includes a motor, and a motor cooling air pathway provides cooling air to the motor and removes heated cooling air from the motor. A duct system delivers heated motor cooling air to a supply tank of the extraction cleaner to heat liquid contained therein, and also drains liquid from the supply tank away from the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Minh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8752236
    Abstract: A steam vacuum cleaner, having a suction port assembly including a suction hole formed on a bottom surface thereof and a dust receptacle detachably attached to the suction port assembly; a pump disposed in the suction port assembly to suction dust-laden air from an object being cleaned and to transfer the dust laden air to the dust receptacle; a steam unit disposed on the suction port assembly; a floorcloth unit disposed on the suction port assembly to scrub the object using steam supplied from the steam unit; and a handle member hinged with a portion of the suction port assembly, wherein the handle member has a variable length. Floorcloth plates having a plurality of steam passages radially formed on the bottom surface thereof may be rotatably mounted on the bottom surface of the suction port assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang-Keun Oh, Hyoun-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8726456
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a chandelier includes a hand-held cleaning head formed by a first and second section joined to one another at a common base and transversely spaced apart from one another as they extend from the base to define a cleaning chamber between them. The cleaning chamber has an open top, an open bottom, and an open end so that a string of chandelier crystals may be positioned within the cleaning chamber. A hot water-spraying nozzle is formed in the cleaning head. The cleaning chamber is in fluid communication with a remote vacuum source and a remote source of hot water and hot air under positive pressure. Crystals disposed within the cleaning chamber are cleaned by hot water from the water-spaying nozzle and the vacuum pulls ambient air and dirt to the source of negative pressure. The crystals are dried by ambient air and the hot air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Keith S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8713749
    Abstract: A cleaner spotter tool for a wet/dry vacuum cleaner having a fluid containing tank, an extractor nozzle housing coupled to the tank, a fluid delivery pump mounted in the nozzle housing, a tubing fluidly coupled to both the tank and the pump for delivering fluid from the tank to the pump, and a spray nozzle on the nozzle housing coupled to the pump for spraying fluid out of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Koblenz Electrica S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Marco Antonio Cortes Ruiz, Felix Rodriguez Perfino, Richard Arthur Kohler
  • Patent number: 8701256
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for removing condensed metal from the surfaces of metal processing chambers, such as, vacuum induction melting (VIM) furnaces having, for example, condensed Mg or Ti, are disclosed. The methods and apparatus provide a robotic arm end positioned in the furnace having a nozzle operatively connected to a source of dry ice. The robotic arm end directs a stream of dry ice particles against the surface of the furnace to displace condensed metal. The displaced metal is collected for reuse or disposal. Aspects of the invention provide a safe and automated process for cleaning process chambers and recovering metal that can typically be dangerous when performed by conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mars Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron P. Mars
  • Publication number: 20140090670
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus is provided that includes a first nozzle configured to direct a cleaning jet towards a contaminated surface at a pressure sufficient to remove contaminants from the surface. At least one second nozzle is configured to direct a rinsing jet towards the contaminated surface to remove cleaning fluid therefrom, wherein the rinsing jet is directed at a pressure sufficient to isolate the cleaning jet from an ambient environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: THE BOEING COMPANY