Nozzle Patents (Class 15/415.1)
  • Patent number: 11452413
    Abstract: An accessory tool for a surface cleaning apparatus, the apparatus including a source of suction, the tool including a body including a dirty air inlet in a tool surface which faces a surface to be cleaned in use; and a neck connected to the body, the neck including first and second passages fluidly connected to each other; wherein the first passage has a smaller cross sectional area than the second passage; wherein the dirty air inlet is fluidly connected to the first and second passages; wherein the first passage has a cross sectional area which is formed by first and second sides connected by third and fourth sides; and wherein the third and fourth sides generally extend towards each other as they extend from the second side to the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Chloe Scott, Tony Elkington, Edward Barrett
  • Patent number: 11426042
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a main body and a suction nozzle. The suction nozzle includes a connector that defines a passage configured to guide the dust in a first direction to the main body, and a housing that rotatably connects to the connector and defines an inlet configured to transfer the dust to the passage. The connector includes an insertion portion that has a cylindrical shape and is configured to insert into the inlet, a first connection portion spaced apart from the inlet in the first direction, and a coupling part disposed at an outer surface of the insertion portion. The coupling part and the first connection portion are configured to restrict movement of the housing in the first direction, and the inlet is configured to restrict deformation of at least one of the insertion portion or the coupling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jung Bae Hwang, Jinrae Cho, Jung Woo Lee, Taekgi Lee, Mi-Jin Kwon
  • Patent number: 11297986
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a compact HVAC unit includes a flexible belt, and a collection element attached to the flexible belt at a first end of the belt. The collection element and the belt form a collection area therebetween, and wherein the collection element has a port therein at the first end of the belt, the port configured to remove debris collected in the collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NET BUILDING SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Clayton Towberman
  • Patent number: 11246742
    Abstract: This invention provides devices and systems and methods therefrom for properly controlling negative pressure applied to oral cavity, facilitating breathing and treating sleep apnea and snoring. The systems comprise a negative pressure system providing a vacuum source and an oral device comprising a shield, a tube passing through the shield, a flexible negative pressure deliverable part connected to the shield or the tube, an optional tongue protector, where the negative pressure deliverable part is conformable to the contour of the upper palate. Negative pressure is delivered to the front and back zones inside the oral cavity via the negative pressure deliverable part to eliminate air space in the oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Chung-Chu Chen, Yin-Ruei Chen, Ming-jian You, Wen-Yen Huang
  • Patent number: 11064854
    Abstract: Embodiments of this disclosure include a cleaner attachment device, and may include a device for attachment to a vacuum or pressure cleaner. Embodiments may include an attachment for cleaning behind water heaters or in other narrow spaces and may include an elongate body with a plurality of apertures arranged helically along the body, and a plurality of resiliently deformable portions arranged along the body and extending from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: DARIUS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventor: John Eugene Downing
  • Patent number: 10952579
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning head (sometimes called a “suction head”) for a vacuum cleaner, and in particular to a cleaning head having a motor to rotate a brush carried by the cleaning head. According to the invention there is provided a cleaning head (10) having a steering joint, the steering joint having a non-rotatable section (26) and a rotatable section (24) with a rotatable joint (20) between the non-rotatable section and the rotatable section. The cleaning head has a first holding region (52) which is engageable by a first part (50) of the rotatable section (24), the first holding region and the first part when engaged resisting rotation of the rotatable section. The cleaning head also has a second holding region (54) which is engageable by a second part (50) of the rotatable section (24), the second holding region and the second part when engaged resisting rotation of the rotatable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Jack Knight Adams, Ross Exley
  • Patent number: 10588817
    Abstract: A vacuum-driven adapter for sexual stimulation includes a primary conduit extending from a base to a crown. The crown is tapered such that when it is inserted into a hose of a running vacuum, it is partially sucked into the vacuum hose to secure the conduit to the hose via a suction fit. At the base is an opening sized to longitudinally receive a male member therethrough. Air flowing into the primary conduit on its way to the vacuum hose vibrates the male member like a reed of a wind instrument. An aperture near the crown is plugged by the user to maintain suction during use; unplugging the aperture may break the seal of the suction fit. Tuning apertures direct air to the male member and can be plugged and unplugged to manipulate air flow and stimulation. Secondary and tertiary conduits nest in the primary conduit to provide sizing options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Joseph Dorsey
  • Patent number: 10555654
    Abstract: A suction nozzle for a vacuum cleaner has: a suction mouth which can be arranged adjacently to the surface to be cleaned and which comprises a suction edge that delimits a sub-surface exposed to the vacuum air stream; a vacuum air stream extraction opening; and a delimiter that can be controlled according to a detection result of a sensor. The sensor is an obstacle sensor for detecting a substantially stationary obstacle located in front of the suction nozzle, in particular a wall or piece of furniture, wherein the obstacle sensor is configured to detect obstacles that are disposed outside the portion of the surface over which the suction nozzle projects and, in relation to an arrangement of the suction nozzle during typical cleaning operation, that protrude beyond a suction edge plane that has the suction edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10292555
    Abstract: A floor tool for a cleaning appliance, the floor tool comprising a cleaner head and a duct assembly. The cleaner head has a suction inlet through which dirt-laden fluid is drawn into the cleaner head and an outlet through which the fluid is discharged. The duct assembly carries the fluid from the outlet to a wand connectable to the duct assembly and comprises a front conduit and a rear conduit. The front conduit is connected to the cleaner head for rotation about a first axis. The rear conduit is connectable to the wand and is rotatable relative to the front conduit about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis. When the floor tool is resting on the floor and the rear conduit extends upwardly, the front and rear conduits arc around and over the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Glenn Colin Prosser
  • Patent number: 10070762
    Abstract: A head for a surface cleaning device, the head includes an inlet for receiving dirt-laden fluid from a surface and an inlet extension member. The inlet extension member is movable with respect to the inlet between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Gavin Burnham, Jake Tyler, Matt Ward
  • Patent number: 9955834
    Abstract: A cleaner comprises a body configured to generate a suction force, a handle including a first manipulation part configured to select a function of the cleaner, an extension pipe detachably coupled to the handle and an accessory assembly configured to be coupled to the handle to clean a cleaning surface. The accessory assembly comprises an accessory body, a dusting tool on which a brush is mounted, a crevice tool to clean a gap, and an Upholstery tool to clean fabrics. The upholstery tool is rotatably coupled to the accessory body, the crevice tool is rotatably coupled to the accessory body so that a suction port of the crevice tool is rotatable with respect to the accessory body, and a central axis of the accessory body is provided to be inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to a rotation axis of the crevice tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Ju Lee, See Hyun Kim, Hyeon Cheol Kim, Han Saem Lee
  • Patent number: 9943205
    Abstract: A multi-function surface cleaning apparatus includes a cleaning containment enclosure including a top surface and a plurality of walls connected to form a chamber therebetween, wherein each wall has an inner surface, an outer surface, and a bottom surface, a delivery lance fluidly connected to the top surface of the cleaning containment enclosure, a vacuum suction hose fluidly connected to the top surface of the cleaning containment enclosure, a gun trigger fluidly connected to a proximal end of the delivery lance, and a water pressure line fluidly connected to the gun trigger. The cleaning containment enclosure may include four walls configured to form a diamond-shaped cleaning containment enclosure. The cleaning containment enclosure further may include a plurality of relief vents that extends from the inner surfaces of the walls of the cleaning containment enclosure therethrough to the outer surfaces of the walls of the cleaning containment enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin M. Letera
  • Patent number: 9924843
    Abstract: A ground brush (1) for a vacuum cleaner includes a ground brush body (10), a brushroll cover (20), and a brushroll assembly (30). The ground brush body (10) is provided with a first mounting groove (101), in which the first mounting groove (101) has an upper opening and a lower opening in communication with each other. The brushroll cover (20) covers on the ground brush body (10), has a first end rotatably connected with the ground brush body (10) and a second end snapped into the ground brush body (10), and has a second mounting groove (201), in which the first mounting groove (101) and the second mounting groove (201) cooperate to form a mounting space. The brushroll assembly (30) includes a brushroll (3) and a driving assembly (302), in which the brushroll is mounted in the mounting space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING APPLIANCES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bingxian Song
  • Patent number: 9861243
    Abstract: A head (200) for a vacuum cleaning device includes a central airflow conduit (255), first and second flexible tubular appendage (211, 212), and a cross member (240). Each tubular appendage includes an internal channel (220) connected to a surface channel (222) via a plurality of ingress vents (221). A cross member (240) structurally connects the first and second flexible tubular appendages such that a cross-connecting airflow channel provides airflow from the first and second tubular appendages to the central airflow conduit. The first and second flexible appendage are attached at an apex (215) to form an A-shaped structure with the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory Caldwell
  • Patent number: 9854951
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner head has a base and a suction opening in the base. An array of flexible flaps protrudes from the base. The flexible flaps are configured to act on a surface to be cleaned. The flexible flaps are spaced from each other to allow the passage of detritus therebetween in a predefined arrangement. The predefined arrangement of the flexible flaps is configured to promote a non-linear flow path through the array of flexible flaps between an end of the base and the suction opening. A gap between first and second rows of flaps is substantially equal to or greater than a space between adjacent flexible flaps in each of the first and second rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Fokke Roelof Voorhorst, Bastiaan Johannes De Wit, Arnoldus Cornelis Wessels
  • Patent number: 9700185
    Abstract: A rug cleaning apparatus to rinse, decontaminate and evacuate fluid or undesirable particulates from the rug with enhanced efficiency is provided. The cleaning apparatus includes a tubular member having a first end, a second end and a side wall, the tubular member having a plurality of openings disposed thereto evenly throughout the side wall, a cap coupled to the second end of the tubular member, and a vacuum coupled to the first end of the tubular member. The tubular member permits the rug to be disposed around the side wall. The vacuum activates to generate sufficient airflow and pressure within the tubular member to draw fluid or undesirable particulates in the rug through the openings of the tubular member and out to the vacuum for a disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Joe Ray Roberts
  • Patent number: 9675223
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner suction head having a housing with a support for movement in the fore-aft direction on a surface. A suction inlet extends through the housing, and has a front edge and a rear edge. A sealing plate is pivotally mounted on the bottom of the housing to rotate about a pivot axis extending in a transverse direction. The sealing plate is movable between a raised position and a lowered position. The sealing plate is mounted in a trailing configuration in which, when the sealing plate is in the lowered position, the pivot axis is at the front of the sealing plate with respect to a fore-aft direction, and a lowermost point on the lower surface of the sealing plate is located behind the pivot axis with respect to the fore-aft direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MIDEA AMERICA, CORP.
    Inventors: Martin Shawn Egan, Donald Davidshofer, Thomas Josefsson
  • Patent number: 9439546
    Abstract: A cleaning head for a surface cleaning apparatus has a plurality of struts extending from a front chamber having a dirty air inlet to a rear chamber having a transition duct that is in communication with a filtration apparatus of a surface cleaning apparatus by a dirty fluid outlet. One or more of the struts comprises an airflow passage. In one embodiment, no outer casing is provided surrounding the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 9186027
    Abstract: An attachment for a cleaning appliance includes a main body having a head and a passageway through which a fluid is able to flow. The head includes first and second suction openings, each of the first and second suction openings being arranged to engage with a surface to be cleaned. The first and second suction openings are in simultaneous communication with the passageway. By providing such an arrangement, both of the first and second suction openings are independently able to engage with a surface to be cleaned and a rotatable connection between the head and a neck is not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Stuart Lloyd Genn
  • Patent number: 9168624
    Abstract: A suction cup dust extractor for a drill including a housing; a drill collar attached to the housing, having a drill passage formed through it; a recess formed by the walls of the housing having an opening and which, in use, locates against a work piece to create a chamber; an aperture located on the housing through which air can pass; and an air passage formed within the housing which enables air to pass from the drill passage to the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Norbert Hahn
  • Publication number: 20150135477
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner suction head having a housing with a support for movement in the fore-aft direction on a surface. A suction inlet extends through the housing, and has a front edge and a rear edge. A sealing plate is pivotally mounted on the bottom of the housing to rotate about a pivot axis extending in a transverse direction. The sealing plate is movable between a raised position and a lowered position. The sealing plate is mounted in a trailing configuration in which, when the sealing plate is in the lowered position, the pivot axis is at the front of the sealing plate with respect to a fore-aft direction, and a lowermost point on the lower surface of the sealing plate is located behind the pivot axis with respect to the fore-aft direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Donald Davidshofer, Thomas Josefsson
  • Publication number: 20150128376
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner (10) having a hollow body (11). The body (11) includes a coupling (12) providing a conduit (13) to which air under reduced pressure is delivered. The body (11) has a transverse slot (16) that faces the floor surface to be cleaned. Forward or rearward of the slot (16) are wheels (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Hiep DUONG
  • Publication number: 20150128998
    Abstract: A pneumatic chip collector includes a free-floating head with a connector configured to be coupled to a pneumatic system. The head has a bottom with at least one slot disposed on the bottom of the head, the at least one slot parallel to the longitudinal axis of the head. The head also has at least one spacer disposed beyond the bottom of the head, the at least one spacer having a outermost surface defining a spacing relative to the bottom of the head with the outermost surface disposed on a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: William D. Nemedi
  • Patent number: 9015902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaner head for a vacuum cleaner. The cleaner head has a housing and a soleplate assembly hingedly connected to the housing. The soleplate assembly and the housing are held closed by a releasable catch, which is pivotally mounted to one of the housing or the soleplate for rotation between a locking position and a release position. In accordance with the invention, the catch incorporates a first cam, which cam engages the other of the soleplate or the housing as the catch is rotated from the locking position towards the release position, in order to force apart the housing and the soleplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stuart Lloyd Genn, Matthew John Dobson
  • Patent number: 9003602
    Abstract: A portable suction nozzle for removing layers of fat, oil and grease (FOG), scum, sludge and the like from the surface or bottom of tanks used in water and sewage treatment plants, septic systems and the like. The device can be used by an operator working in such environments, as well as honey wagon operators, oil spill response teams and the like. The device can be held in place by a holster arrangement mounted to a tank to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher J. Blane
  • Patent number: 8984713
    Abstract: A portable blower having a propulsion unit for continuously generating a supply of pressurized fluid and a conduit assembly for controllably directing fluid from the propulsion unit to and through a discharge opening on the conduit assembly. The discharge opening is bounded by a rim, defined at least partially by a discrete component made from a first material. The conduit assembly has a first portion made from a second material to which the discrete component is operatively connected. The first material is at least one of: a) more resistant to abrasive wear than the second material; b) more resistant to impact than the second material; and c) harder than the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Echo, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Peterson
  • Patent number: 8984714
    Abstract: A method and system for a tone generator assembly are provided. The tone generator assembly includes a resonance chamber that includes a first end and a second end and a body extending therebetween. The body surrounds a cavity therein, wherein the first end includes a resonance chamber opening in flow communication with the cavity. The tone generator assembly also includes a nozzle having a bore therethrough. The bore includes an inlet opening configured to receive a flow of relatively high pressure fluid and an outlet opening coupled in flow communication with the inlet opening and configured to discharge an underexpanded jet of fluid when the flow of relatively high pressure fluid is received at the inlet opening. The resonance chamber and the nozzle are positioned relatively and sized to facilitate emitting a tone from the tone generator assembly having a frequency less than two kilohertz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventors: Ephraim Gutmark, Jeffrey Kastner, David Michael Chapin, Terry Lewis Farmer, James Knox Shelton
  • Publication number: 20150074940
    Abstract: Vacuum cleaner head (100) comprising a bottom sole (10) and wheels (30, 35) defining the ground clearance of the bottom sole and comprising at least one suction duct (20) open toward the ground and converging from an outer edge of the bottom sole (10) toward a suction orifice (15) connected to the vacuum cleaner, characterized in that the suction head comprises a sealing skirt (40) arranged around the periphery of the bottom sole (10), and in that the sealing skirt (40) has at least one opening (45) positioned opposite said at least one suction duct (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Thierry Guinot, Alain Soen
  • Publication number: 20150075794
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly including a nozzle. The nozzle has an elongated body. The elongated body has a nozzle end at one end and a connection portion at another end. A joint section is connected with the connection portion. The joint section allows the nozzle to move axially and radially when an axial force is applied to the nozzle end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Jensen
  • Patent number: 8966711
    Abstract: A cleaner head for a surface treating appliance includes a main body, a front conduit, and a rear conduit. The front conduit includes a front section connected to the main body for rotation relative thereto about a first axis extending rearwardly from the main body and centrally through the front section, a rear elbow section and at least one first connector. The rear conduit includes a front elbow section into which the rear elbow section of the front conduit is inserted, a rear section and at least one second connector connected to said at least one first connector to enable the rear conduit to pivot relative to the front conduit about a second axis which is orthogonal to the first axis and which lies outside a fluid flow path passing through the front conduit and the rear conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: David Alan Millington, Stephen Robert Dimbylow, Peter David Gammack
  • Publication number: 20150040342
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a base having a foot with a suction nozzle and a handle assembly removably coupled to the foot. The handle assembly is movable between a first position, in which the handle assembly is connected to the foot, and a second position, in which the handle assembly is disconnected to the foot. The vacuum cleaner also includes a canister assembly supported by the base. The canister assembly is removable from the base. The vacuum cleaner further includes a latch supported by one of the foot and the handle assembly. The latch is engageable with the other of the foot and the handle assembly to selectively secure the handle assembly to the foot. The latch is inaccessible when the canister assembly is supported by the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Gregg A. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20150026921
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner nozzle having a flexible bellow arrangement for connecting a nozzle inlet to a nozzle outlet. The bellow arrangement has a flat inside surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventor: Roger Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8938851
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly for a floor care appliance includes a one-piece body. The one-piece body has a first face and a second face that is opposed to the first face. The first face forms a first cavity while the second face forms a second cavity. A rotary agitator is received in the first cavity. A drive motor is received in the second cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Ryan T. Dant, Eric J. Streciwilk, Richard E. Downey, Shannon D. Phegley
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8918955
    Abstract: A grooming tool is disclosed that includes a vacuum nozzle attachable to a vacuum source and has a hollow body with a mouth opening. A grooming device selected from a variety of animal grooming hand tools, such as a comb-like grooming blade comprising sharp edges, may span the mouth opening. The grooming device is positioned such that the airflow created by the vacuum source flows over at least one side of the grooming device. A vacuum cleaning tool for removing any animal hair from a grooming tool is also disclosed. A vacuum plenum of the cleaning tool is attachable to a vacuum source and has an opening for cleaning the grooming tool in one pass. The cleaning tool can be mounted on a stationary support may also include a pivot-action mechanism that connects the vacuum grooming tool or the cleaning tool to the vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: PetGroom Tech LLC
    Inventor: James E. Freidell
  • Patent number: 8918957
    Abstract: The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a vacuum cleaner nozzle comprising a nozzle body (1); a suction plate (2) having an elongated suction inlet (3), wherein the suction plate (2) is pivotally connected to the nozzle body (1) about a first pivot axis (A), which first pivot axis (A) extends parallel to the elongated direction of the suction inlet (3); a nozzle outlet device (5) having, at a first end thereof, a tubular opening (6), which tubular opening is matable with a tubular component (7) of a vacuum cleaner; and flexible hose (8) which is arranged to interconnect the suction plate (2) with the nozzle outlet device (5) such that the suction inlet (3) is in fluid communication with the tubular opening (6) of the nozzle outlet device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: AB Electrolux
    Inventors: Tommy Lindquist, Bo Pilsmo
  • Patent number: 8918947
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a crevice tool for vacuum cleaners as a singular component, comprising a socket transitioning into a long, flat air chamber, at an angle of approximately 45 degrees, wherein the air chamber (wand) incorporates both air suction slots and protruding nubs on both the top and bottom of the tool, and lateral slits in the end opposite the socket end. The various components of the crevice tool may be fabricated into kit form, and may include an adaptor, an extension, and a paw like terminal end, that can be used for removing any debris from tight areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael N. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20140366316
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner including a multipurpose suction accessory which includes a cylindrical main body coupled to the handle pipe and including an introduction port formed on a lateral surface of the main body and a discharge port formed at one of both longitudinal end portions of the main body to communicate with the handle pipe, a cylindrical rotating body rotatably coupled to an outside of the main body and including a plurality of suction parts formed on a lateral surface of the rotating body and spaced a predetermined distance from each other in a circumferential direction, the suction ports being sequentially positioned to correspond to the introduction port of the main body by rotating the rotating body with respect to the main body, and a locker to restrict rotation of the rotating body with respect to the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Gwang KIM, Dong Hun Yoo, Byung Jo Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8904595
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner suction head having a housing, one or more support to support the housing on a surface to be cleaned, a suction inlet and front and rear sealing plates. The front and rear sealing plates extend along the front and rear edges of the suction inlet, respectively. the sealing plates are movable between raised positions in which the lower surfaces of the plates are close to the housing, and lowered positions in which the lower surfaces of the plates are remote from the housing. The front and rear plates are movable from the lowered position to the raised position by contact with debris on the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Davidshofer, Thomas Josefsson
  • Publication number: 20140352106
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for capturing dust created from a work surface by a rotary tool attachment. A shield is comprised of a ridged shroud and a skirt. The shroud is configured to be coupled to a rotary tool, and to either fully enclose or partially expose the rotary tool attachment. The shroud has a plurality of air inlets, a first opening, and a second opening through the top surface of the shroud. The first opening receives a mechanical driveshaft of the rotary tool and the second opening is coupled to an external vacuum source. The skirt is coupled to a perimeter of the shroud and extends downward from above the top surface of the shroud and is configured to contact the work surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Skitter & Squirt Adventures, LLC
    Inventor: Jack M. King, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140352105
    Abstract: A platform for receiving an upright vacuum cleaner having has a base, a suction hose, a hose connector, and a vacuum hose. The suction hose is in fluid communication with the suction box opening. The hose connector is in fluid communication with the suction hose. The vacuum hose is in fluid connection with the hose connector. A vacuum having a vacuum head may be positioned in the recessed portion of the base with the vacuum head in fluid communication with the suction box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Mark D. Bosses
  • Publication number: 20140331447
    Abstract: A nozzle of dust blower is mainly a hollow tube with one open end connected to the dust blower and the other end a closed end. The wall near the closed end has several outlets on the same side toward a radial direction of the tube, so that the high-pressure air blown by the dust blower into the tube blows out of the outlets in the radial direction. Corresponding to each of the outlets, the tube has an auxiliary nozzle base. Each nozzle base has a passage connected to the corresponding outlet. The passage of each of the nozzle bases extends along the radial direction of the tube. The end of each of the nozzle bases near the tube has at least one inlet, so as to suck more air into the nozzle base as the air is blown out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: MEI THUNG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SHENG-MING CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140331445
    Abstract: An upright surface cleaning apparatus, such as an upright vacuum cleaner, is provided wherein the upright section is moveable sideways about a pivot axis wherein the pivot axis is angled forwardly and downwardly. In other embodiments, a surface cleaning head is provided which is moveable sideways and is biased to the centered position. In other embodiments, a surface cleaning head is moveable sideways and is provided with a detent mechanism to inhibit sideways movement when in the storage position. In other embodiments, a surface cleaning apparatus is also provided which alternately uses a cleaning head adapted to receive a cloth or a traditional surface cleaning head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Boyd THORNE, Thomas David Reid FORD
  • Publication number: 20140289997
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein provides for high particle removal rate and/or heat transfer from surfaces. The device removes particulate matter from a surface using a bounded vortex generated over the surface, with suction in the vortex center and jets for blowing air along the periphery. The jets are tilted in the tangential direction to induce vortex motion within the suction region. The vortex is said to be bounded because streamlines originating in the downward jets are entrained back into the central vortex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Marshall, Darren Hitt, Jun-ru Wu, Nicholas M. Vachon, Di Chen
  • Publication number: 20140283334
    Abstract: A vacuum nozzle for removing liquid from surfaces includes a nozzle body defining an internal enclosed vacuum chamber wherein the chamber is of a size and shallow depth so as to enhance water flow therethrough, the nozzle body also having a vacuum source connector in fluid communication with the chamber and adapted to receive a vacuum source conduit, and the nozzle body also having a hard outer bottom surface and defining a plurality of vacuum suction ports opening between the chamber and the bottom surface. The vacuum nozzle also includes at least one injection member, wherein the at least one injection member is configured to inject a fluid below the nozzle body, whereby the nozzle, when connected to a suction source is placed on a saturated surface effects removal of water therefrom through the ports and chamber to the vacuum source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Kappos
  • Publication number: 20140261556
    Abstract: A surface sucking apparatus having a body and a plurality of legs. The body removably attachable to a vacuum hose. The body having a first portion, a second portion and a passageway extending therebetween for removing material. The plurality of legs positioned about the body so that the body is movable between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jason J. Martin, Robert William Allen Sellars
  • Publication number: 20140263031
    Abstract: A pole attachment mechanism for removably attaching swimming pool maintenance accessories to an end of a pole. The pole attachment mechanism includes a thumb-press which, when pressed, the pegs projecting from the shaft of the pole attachment are retracted thereby permitting the pole to be received over the retracted pegs or to be released from pegs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Stout Stuff, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lawson, Christopher E. Chance, Timothy Hart, Andrew Bojie
  • Publication number: 20140230185
    Abstract: The invention relates to a collector of liquid that includes a first layer (1) and a third layer (3), each of which includes a respective set of openings (6?) and (6?); a second layer (2), located on top of the first layer (1) and under the third layer (3), wherein collection of liquid to be generated and maintained at all times. A fourth layer (4), located immediately above the third layer (3), includes a material that absorbs by capillarity. The vacuum tube (7) included in the second layer (2) evacuates the liquid coming from the first layer (1) and the third layer (3), wherein said third layer (3) receives the liquid after it is absorbed by the fourth layer (4) and distributed uniformly on said fourth layer (4) by means of the material that absorbs by capillarity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Maxime Pierrick François Burea, Iñigo Abrue De Con
  • Publication number: 20140230186
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaner head for a vacuum cleaner. The cleaner head has a housing and a soleplate assembly hingedly connected to the housing. The soleplate assembly and the housing are held closed by a releasable catch, which is pivotally mounted to one of the housing or the soleplate for rotation between a locking position and a release position. In accordance with the invention, the catch incorporates a first cam, which cam engages the other of the soleplate or the housing as the catch is rotated from the locking position towards the release position, in order to force apart the housing and the soleplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Stuart Lloyd Genn, Matthew John Dobson