With Fixed Support For Or Ground Installed Supply Means (e.g., Static Constructional Installations) Patents (Class 239/200)
  • Patent number: 10335807
    Abstract: A shower head comprising has a shower base body (2?) and a jet disk structure (3) disposed on the shower base body. The jet disk structure (3) includes plural jet disk elements (4) that are individually and detachably fixable to the shower base body (2) and each forms a partial jet disk surface (5) of a total jet disk surface. Furthermore, the shower base body has a distinct fluid supply (7) for each of the jet disk elements. The structure can be embodied, for example, as a shower-bath shower head, in particular for an overhead, hand-held and/or side shower, for providing a water jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Klaus Butzke, Marc Kalmbach
  • Patent number: 10278342
    Abstract: A system for irrigating an irregularly shaped area including a sprinklers and an electronic device in wired or wireless communication with the sprinkler. The electronic device has a processor and a memory storing programmable instructions causing the sprinkler to irrigate watering sectors according to predefined watering parameters, such that an irregular irrigation pattern is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hattar Tanin, LLC
    Inventors: Saadeh Hattar, Volodymyr Tanin
  • Patent number: 10005091
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler includes an engagement component connecting a cap component to a base by a converging movement. The base includes a holding member; the cap component includes an anchor member; and the engagement component includes a first male member and a first female member mating with each other. The first male member is alternatively arranged on the holding member and the anchor member, and the first female member is arranged on the other. Therefore, the first male member non-releasably couples with the first female member by a movement toward each other, and the first engagement component connects the cap component to the base. An indication component couples with the cap component offers visual recognition of the selected one of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Yuan Mei Corp.
    Inventor: Shun-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 9943194
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a dispensing device for dispensing a material stored within the dispensing device. The dispensing system includes a sensor assembly coupled to the dispensing device and for detecting a size of a user in proximity to the dispensing device. The sensor assembly can activate the dispensing device or provide information to the dispensing device to dispense a quantity of the material that is based on the size of the user detected by the sensor assembly. A method of dispensing a material is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Lee Lightner, Mark Adam Bullock
  • Patent number: 9468165
    Abstract: An irrigation device having a flexible container for holding water while delivering the water directly into the soil with the irrigation device having a filler neck to facilitate filling and inhibit backflow therethrough with a cap that can quickly seal the filler neck after the irrigation device is filled and a handhold useable to hold the filler neck in an elevated condition during the filling and closing of the flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: THE PATENT STORE LLC
    Inventors: Christine Lancaster, Tammy Donnelly, William Hiner, John Cain, Katherine Hintze, Allison Rezabek
  • Patent number: 9364843
    Abstract: A wirelessly deployable marker system is provided that allows a user to remotely activate one or more marker flags from individual marker flag assemblies when marking the location of landmarks and obstacles on a lawn. Each marker assembly comprises an elongated marker flag supported by a housing and spring-biased within the housing to elevate the marker into a deployed state. A solenoid latch secures the marker flag within the housing when pressed thereinto, while a wireless transmitter is used to activate the solenoid and therefore release the marker flag from the housing. The solenoid latch engages the marker flag when the flag is within the housing, and allows a spring to elevate the marker flag from the housing when the solenoid latch is withdrawn from the flag. In this way, the flag is remotely deployable, and thereafter can be inserted into the housing manually by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Vincent Glispy
  • Patent number: 9016597
    Abstract: An oscillating sprinkler includes a rotatable cylindrical mount, an impeller housing at one side of the rotatable body, an impeller in the impeller housing, a pair of sweep setting rings at the other side of the rotatable body, and a toggle valve in the rotatable body. The impeller housing has an outlet wall defines two impeller inlets therein. Each of the sweep setting rings has a radial wall provided with an arcuate slot. The rotatable body has a radial inlet wall provided with an aperture. The toggle valve is configured to control which of the impeller inlets in the outlet wall is opened. The toggle valve includes a rocker, a lever, an arm extending the lever and through the aperture in the inlet wall and the slots in the sweep setting rings and a snap bushing sleeved on the arm and having fingers snapped in a groove of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Yuan Pin Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pai-Chou Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8998107
    Abstract: A sprinkler head includes a first housing carrying a center stem having an inlet at an upstream end and an outlet at a downstream end. A second housing is supported within the first housing and encloses a nozzle and a pressure regulator in axially-aligned relationship, defining a flowpath between the inlet and an orifice of the nozzle. The second housing is normally biased to a retracted position but is moveable to an extended position relative to the first housing and to the center stem. A surface of the pressure regulator cooperates with the outlet of the center stem as the second housing moves relative to the first housing to regulate pressure to the nozzle orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nelson Irrigation Corporation
    Inventors: George L. Sesser, Craig B. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8888019
    Abstract: A sprinkler comprises a nozzle, a turbine and a gear train reduction. The gear train reduction has an output stage that is coupled to the nozzle. The turbine is located between the nozzle and the gear train reduction and is coupled to an input stage of the gear train reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Clark
  • Patent number: 8857730
    Abstract: A sump sprinkler system for use with residential and commercial buildings. The sump sprinkler system comprises a system controller and a sprinkler pump in communication with the system controller. The sump sprinkler system also comprises an intake tube connected to the sprinkler pump, wherein the intake having an end arranged in a sump of a building. The sump sprinkler system also comprises at least one sprinkler connected to the output of the sprinkler pump, wherein the sprinkler is in communication with the system controller. The sump sprinkler system also comprises a water level member in communication with the system controller, wherein the water level member is arranged in the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: M.E.C. Systems
    Inventors: David Hartfelder, Andrea Hartfelder
  • Patent number: 8794341
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for fire suppression and containment is provided in accordance with one embodiment of the invention. A conduit with a plurality of nozzle connections, in various configurations to create specific fire suppressant discharge patterns. Each conduit can be operated individually or connected to another conduit by a predetermined length of hose forming a contiguous system, traversing large areas of land. The invention and components form a multipurpose fire suppression apparatus. The system can be operated remotely or manually. An alternative embodiment can be installed in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Each system can be custom designed based upon environmental engineering requirements and system application—with regard to conduit diameters, material composition, shape, length and nozzle design without leaving the core design. The system components can also incorporate sensors, monitoring devices, robotics (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: John Wayne Howard, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8651399
    Abstract: A structure to hang a showerhead includes a fixed base and a supporting unit, wherein the supporting unit has two clamping arms and two conjugating arms, and one side of the clamping arms has a wedging surface that has two conjugating recessed arcs with an inclined angle corresponding to a mounting surface of the fixed base, and the inclined angle of one recessed arc is smaller than the other recessed arc. A conjugating surface extends from one end of the wedging surface, and engages with the other conjugating surface of the other clamping arm. An engaging surface is formed on the other side of the clamping arm to engage with the conjugating arms. According to this structure, the angle of the showerhead can be adjusted based on different inclined angles of the conjugating recessed arcs to further achieve the goal of easily adjusting the angle of water output from the showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Jiin Haur Industrial Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Piao Wu
  • Patent number: 8608092
    Abstract: The rotating sprinkler head valve includes an upper assembly with a stationary rigid cone received in a conical interior chamber of a rotor, and a cylindrical shaft extending through the stationary rigid cone and rotor. A lower assembly includes a bottom helix member, a strainer adapter having an internal transverse slotted plate and a rotatable slotted flow plate to permit flow when the flow plate slots are aligned with slots in the internal transverse slotted plate. A base top member includes a downwardly extending inner tubular portion and a lower interior edge surface with a helical lower surface forming an adjustable helical aperture in cooperation with the bottom helix member, and a recessed inner helical lip is configured to receive the upper helical surface of the bottom helix member for adjusting a helical aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Paul M. Cordua
  • Patent number: 8528836
    Abstract: A leak stopping sprinkler head includes a hollow body that has an upper portion and a lower portion fluidly connected to a valve body. The upper portion has a spraying nozzle and a first internal diameter. The lower portion has a second, larger internal diameter. The valve body includes a valve seat fluidly connected to the lower portion and a water supply. A hollow spheroid is larger than the first diameter, smaller than the second diameter and has perforations for passage of water. A rigid rod connects the spheroid and a sealing disk for the valve seat. The rod is sized to hold the disk away from the valve seat when the hollow body is intact. Destruction of the hollow body permits the spheroid to move out of the hollow body, pulling the rod and the disk upwardly, causing the disk to seal the valve, stopping the flow of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Marc Boyajian
  • Publication number: 20130225304
    Abstract: A play set with a mist device which includes a mist frame unit supported through a framework of the play set. The mist frame unit has a hollow body allowing water passage and comprises a flexible hose member mounted onto the framework, wherein a portion of the flexible hose member is constructed into a hose ring encircling a slide unit; a water inlet provided at a first end of the mist frame unit for connecting to a water source; and a plurality of mist producing units provided along the mist frame unit arranged for producing mist such that a preset mist surrounding area is defined within which the play set is located, therefore the mist can reach all play units of the play set, including the slide unit through the hose ring at an angle which is greater than 270°, thereby providing a cooling effect to the mist surrounding area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8459698
    Abstract: A polymeric riser cap member includes a central tubular section defining a generally cylindrical bore for receiving a sprinkler riser, the central tubular section having open top and bottom ends, and an annular skirt coaxial with the central tubular section and having an inner diameter larger than an inner diameter of the central tubular section. The annular skirt has an inner surface having internal threads threadably connectable with the externally threaded surface of a tubular riser adapter member of a tubular coupler. The bottom end of the central tubular section has an annular projection disposed opposite and spaced from a portion of the annular skirt. The riser cap member includes an annular recess adapted to receive a seal located in a wall extending laterally between the annular skirt and the annular projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: North American Specialty Products LLC
    Inventors: John R. Magargal, Gary A. Leigh
  • Patent number: 8434698
    Abstract: An underground sprinkler system including a tank having an inner cavity adapted to hold chemicals, a distribution pipe fluidly connected to the inner cavity of the tank allowing chemicals to be added to the tank; a mixer connector pipe fluidly connected to the inner cavity of the tank and to a water source hose; a pump disposed in the tank for pumping the chemicals out of the inner cavity of the tank and into the water source hose via the mixer connector pipe; and a secondary connector pipe fluidly connected to the inner cavity of the tank and to the water source hose, the secondary connector pipe allows water from the water source hose to enter into the inner cavity of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jorge Garcia, Ernest Medina, Tony Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8430339
    Abstract: An apparatus for lengthening an extendible pipe comprised of first and second pipe portions having an interior includes a cylinder having an end wall and an open end connected to the first pipe portion. A piston is received in slidable and sealable engagement with the cylinder and is connected to the second pipe portion. The piston, cylinder and end wall define a chamber that is physically isolated from the interior of the pipe. Introduction of a control fluid into the chamber displaces the piston relative to the cylinder so as to lengthen the pipe. The apparatus above may be applied to a sprinkler head riser apparatus and buried as part of an in-ground sprinkler system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventors: Donald George Stewart, Geordie Wayne Vandekerckhove
  • Publication number: 20130048753
    Abstract: A structure to hang a showerhead includes a fixed base and a supporting unit, wherein the supporting unit has two clamping arms and two conjugating arms, and one side of the clamping arms has a wedging surface that has two conjugating recessed arcs with an inclined angle corresponding to a mounting surface of the fixed base, and the inclined angle of one recessed arc is smaller than the other recessed arc. A conjugating surface extends from one end of the wedging surface, and engages with the other conjugating surface of the other clamping arm. An engaging surface is formed on the other side of the clamping arm to engage with the conjugating arms. According to this structure, the angle of the showerhead can be adjusted based on different inclined angles of the conjugating recessed arcs to further achieve the goal of easily adjusting the angle of water output from the showerhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: JIIN HAUR INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Piao Wu
  • Patent number: 8366020
    Abstract: A sprinkler device has an inlet-driving assembly mounted in by a rotary seat, and an outlet valve whose one end is mounted through the rotary seat and in the inlet-driving assembly and the other end has multiple through holes. A spray nozzle assembly is mounted on the outlet valve and has multiple first and second spray holes communicating with the through holes of the outlet valve and the rotary seat, and has a block flange formed around a periphery thereof. A first and a second O-rings are sequentially mounted on the block flange. One end of the spray nozzle assembly is mounted through a cover mounted on the inlet driving assembly. Subjected to a same pressure from water filled in all parts of the sprinkler device, the first and second O-rings reduce friction between the block flange and the cover to enable a smooth rotation of the spray nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kwan-Ten Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Hsiung Wang, Tzu-Meng Wang
  • Patent number: 8328117
    Abstract: A lawn sprinkler providing water distribution over an irregular or unique shaped water receiving area. The apparatus includes a water impeller, a first water regulator, a second water regulator, and a bypass channel. The sprinkler regulates the delivery of water according to the shape of the area to be irrigated, so that water is not wasted on adjacent areas which do not require irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony J. Bredberg
  • Publication number: 20120161433
    Abstract: A polymeric riser cap member includes a central tubular section defining a generally cylindrical bore for receiving a sprinkler riser, the central tubular section having open top and bottom ends, and an annular skirt coaxial with the central tubular section and having an inner diameter larger than an inner diameter of the central tubular section. The annular skirt has an inner surface having internal threads threadably connectable with the externally threaded surface of a tubular riser adapter member of a tubular coupler. The bottom end of the central tubular section has an annular projection disposed opposite and spaced from a portion of the annular skirt. The riser cap member includes an annular recess adapted to receive a seal located in a wall extending laterally between the annular skirt and the annular projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Magargal, Gary A. Leigh
  • Patent number: 8205811
    Abstract: The rotating sprinkler head valve includes an upper assembly with a stationary rigid cone received in a conical interior chamber of a rotor, and a cylindrical shaft extending through the stationary rigid cone and rotor. A lower assembly includes a bottom helix member, a strainer adapter having an internal transverse slotted plate and a rotatable slotted flow plate to permit flow when the flow plate slots are aligned with slots in the internal transverse slotted plate. A base top member includes a downwardly extending inner tubular portion and a lower interior edge surface with a helical lower surface forming an adjustable helical aperture in cooperation with the bottom helix member, and a recessed inner helical lip is configured to receive the upper helical surface of the bottom helix member for adjusting a helical aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Paul M. Cordua
  • Patent number: 8205804
    Abstract: A flexible fluid delivery line with an end fitting retention bracket is disclosed for use during installation of an irrigation or sprinkler system. The retention bracket is malleable along its length and facilitates the positioning and orientation of a sprinkler head or other fluid delivery device with respect to the surrounding ground level. The retention bracket has two annular sleeves connected by a malleable elongate member. Through the pair of annular sleeves passes a semi-flexible riser. The annular sleeves are configured to substantially match the external circumference of the end fittings and retain the fitting therein. The retention bracket may be bent to suit various installation angles. The retention bracket prevents undesired turning or displacement of the end fittings during installation/use/removal of a sprinkler head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Parker
  • Publication number: 20120153043
    Abstract: Power-efficient actuator apparatus and methods. In one exemplary embodiment, the actuator assembly utilizes a shape memory alloy (SMA) filament driven by an electronic power source to induce movement in the underlying assembly to actuate a load (e.g., water valve). In addition, a circuit board is included which allows the actuator assembly to be readily incorporated or retrofit into a wide range of systems such that the signal characteristics of the supply line can, among other applications, be conditioned in order to protect the SMA filament. Furthermore, the circuit board can also readily be adapted for use with “green” power sources such as photovoltaic systems and the like. Methods for manufacturing and utilizing the aforementioned actuator assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Chaitanya Arekar, Leonid Foshansky, Kyle James Ovard, JR., Robert Bogursky, George Marc Simmel
  • Publication number: 20120126027
    Abstract: A multi-purpose watering device that operates as a handheld device and ground based watering device. The device consists of a long handle leading to a turret sprinkler with water distribution on at least two sides. One side is used in a ground based position to water small to medium area lawns and the other is used for watering when the device is used in a held position. A valve on the turret face allows the operator to switch select which will distribute water. The device also contains a rotating sprinkler head suited for watering of large areas. When the rotating head is actuated, water is redirected from the turret head to the rotating head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicants: Partners In Innovation Ltd., ABINITIO WATERING LLC
    Inventors: John A. Helmsderfer, Nicholas Jeffers
  • Patent number: 8177148
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an asymmetrical nozzle housing within a nozzle base of a sprinkler which, when rotated, changes its angular orientation relative to the nozzle base. Since the nozzle is disposed within the nozzle housing, it similarly changes angular orientation relative to the nozzle base, thereby modifying the trajectory of ejected water during irrigation. In this respect, a user can change the trajectory of a watering stream by simply rotating the nozzle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Steven C. Renquist, James T. Wright, III, Miguel A. Santiago
  • Publication number: 20120067974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug for a display stand for produce, suitable for spraying drops of fluid onto the produce, the plug being suitable for being placed in a section member of such a display stand, and including: at least one central recess; and in a side wall at least one orifice for spraying the fluid, the plug being shaped so as to be capable of having at least one degree of freedom to move relative to the section member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: ARECO FINANCES ET TECHNOLOGIE - ARFITEC
    Inventors: Franck Davranche, Michel Gschwind
  • Patent number: 8136744
    Abstract: An extendable sprinkler device comprises a base cylinder having a first end fluidly communicable with a second end via a through passageway. A primary extension assembly is coupled within the through passageway of the base cylinder and is positionable between collapsed and extended positions. The primary extension assembly comprises a primary extension cylinder having a first end fluidly communicable with a second end via a through passageway. A stop is coupled to the first end of the primary extension cylinder. An actuator cylinder is coupled within the primary extension cylinder. The actuator cylinder comprises a first end fluidly communicable with a second end via a through passageway. The second end of the actuator cylinder is coupled with the second end of the primary extension cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventors: Herb Gerard, William Cole
  • Publication number: 20110278373
    Abstract: In a sprinkler device a bladder is mounted in a housing to expand or contract under water pressure, thereby moving a sprinkler head up or down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Klaus Michael Andreas Vollrath, Jurgen Klaus Vollrath
  • Patent number: 8056829
    Abstract: A sprinkler pressure regulator module has a compact arrangement with a shiftable member having an upper cavity for receiving water flow debris, and a portion of a bypass valve may reciprocate therein. The module includes a stator plate directing water into a drive mechanism, such as a turbine drive mechanism. The shiftable member receives fluid flow from a radially outboard direction and is sealed with a cup portion receiving the shiftable member to define a cup cavity. A module exterior surface is separated from a sprinkler housing to define a vent cavity. A pressure release vent communicates with the cup cavity, a vent channel between the cup portion and the exterior surface, the vent cavity, and the exterior environment. The vent cavity and cup portion provide receptacles for debris deposit. Ribs around an opening of the vent channel with the vent cavity generally prevent debris from entering the vent channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Christian T. Gregory
  • Patent number: 8047454
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a structure for fixing a reducer for a sprinkler in a side wall, and more particularly, to a structure for fixing a reducer for a sprinkler for side wall construction, in which since the reducer can easily adjust a distance from the side wall in the horizontal direction, a connection work between the reducer and the sprinkler head for the side wall construction connected to the reducer can be conveniently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: Yong Won E.N.C. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyung Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8033481
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a structure for fixing a reducer for a sprinkler in a side wall, and more particularly, to a structure for fixing a reducer for a sprinkler for side wall construction, in which since the reducer can easily adjust a distance from the side wall in the horizontal direction, a connection work between the reducer and the sprinkler head for the side wall construction connected to the reducer can be conveniently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignees: Yong Won E.N.C. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyung Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8011604
    Abstract: A pop-up water jet assembly comprises a housing having a vertical, central axis, an upper end, a top surface, a lower end, an interior and a water inlet adjacent to the lower end communicating with the interior of the housing. A pop-up member having an upper portion, a top surface, a lower portion and an interior in communication with the interior of the housing, is movable relative to the housing between a raised position in which the upper portion of the pop-up member extends from the upper end of the housing and a lowered position in which the top surfaces of the housing and the pop-up member are substantially flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: B & S Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Holtsnider, Francisco Hinojosa, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7988071
    Abstract: A lawn sprinkler providing water distribution over an irregular or unique shaped water receiving area. The apparatus includes a water impeller, a first water regulator, a second water regulator, and a bypass channel. The sprinkler regulates the delivery of water according to the shape of the area to be irrigated, so that water is not wasted on adjacent areas which do not require irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony J. Bredberg
  • Patent number: 7950599
    Abstract: A hose controlled sprinkler device, whose sequential liquid output states can be remotely controlled by a substantially unidirectional movement of a hose connected to the sprinkler device. The hose controlled sprinkler device includes a valve and at least one valve support. The valve includes a moveable member, a valve housing, an inlet connection configured for connection to the hose and an outlet connection. The valve is configured to have at least one liquid off state, a liquid on state, and a liquid off state output sequence at the outlet connection. The sequence is established by a pressurized liquid input at the inlet connection and further by a unidirectional movement of the movable member and the housing one about the other. The at least one valve support is connected to the valve and is configured to stabilize the valve above at least one of a ground and a lawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: George Wayne Burkhardt
  • Patent number: 7917249
    Abstract: The present invention features an intelligent sprinkler irrigation system for delivering fluid to an arbitrarily-shaped area in a precise manner. In general, the system comprises (a) a fluid source comprising a pressurized fluid; (b) at least one programmable sprinkler head fluidly connected to the fluid source; and (c) a computer system configured to control the sprinkler head to precisely deliver fluid according to a pre-determined sprinkler function. The computer system comprises a teach mode, wherein a plurality of drive parameters are learned and recorded. These drive parameters function to dictate the specific vector positioning of the sprinkler head during execution of the sprinkler component. The teach mode is further configured to learn and record a plurality of flow parameters, which function to control the fluid delivery component of the sprinkler head (e.g., the valve or nozzle), and more particularly, the manner in which the fluid is delivered or emitted from this component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Sterling Investments, LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Fraser M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7867390
    Abstract: An automated water discharging system for prohibiting buoyant debris from reaching and engaging an existing support structure that is partially submerged in an existing body of water may include a mechanism for extracting and channeling water from beneath a water line to above a water line of the existing body of water. Additionally, a mechanism for distributing water from above the water line to a plurality of third locations may be included by creating an artificial current flowing away from the existing support structure. A plurality of conduits and a power-actuated pump may direct the water and debris from one location to the next. Discharge nozzles may discharge the water at an angle defined downwardly towards the water line to thereby create the artificial current leading away from the existing support structure. A controller may be included to adjust the flow rate of the nozzles and the corresponding artificial current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Peterson
  • Publication number: 20100288852
    Abstract: A spray head holder (250) comprising an outer rim and a socket (252) for receiving a spray head. The socket defines an inner mouth (254) surrounded by the outer rim, the inner mouth (254) and outer rim being disposed in respective planes that are obliquely disposed with respect to one another. The longitudinal axis of the socket is obliquely disposed with respect to the plane in which said outer rim lies. A bevelled lip is provided around the outer rim. The spray head holder (250) is particularly suited for fitting to walls behind which space is restricted, for example the bulkhead of a boat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: Munster Simms Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Edward John Gilmore
  • Patent number: 7798432
    Abstract: The present invention provides a deicing device for spraying anti-icing agents over a transport surface, such as paved road or bridge, to protect the transport surface from snow deposition and ice formation. The deicing device that is surface mounted to the transport surface has a pavement sensor to determine when the deicing device is turned on and off to spray the anti-icing agents. The deicing device comprises a supporting housing, a spray puck having a plurality of nozzles and jet channels connected to the nozzles for spraying anti-icing agents, a lock ring to immobilize the spray buck within the supporting housing, and an O-ring for sealing the anti-icing agents from leaking. The spray puck can be rotated within the supporting housing to change a spray direction. The jet channels have round corners, such as parabolic shape cross-section, to prevent from collection of dirt or debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: EnviroTech Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Dickson, Rodney D. Heiden
  • Publication number: 20100181388
    Abstract: A connection station or unit for use with an in-ground water station housing and a drip irrigation system, a soaker hose system, or the like, the station having a cap, a threaded pipe segment, a connector, and a filter and pressure reducer unit. The connector can be a nipple connector suitable for use with a drip irrigation system, a threaded connector suitable for use with a soaker hose connector, or any other type of connector suitable for connecting the invention to an irrigation system. The station can be used as an original installation or as a retrofit for currently installed in-ground irrigation systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Jim Harrington
  • Patent number: 7740195
    Abstract: A wheeled lawn sprinkler assembly for easily moving a lawn sprinkler around a large or small size yard which assembly contains a shut off valve, a collapsible wheel assembly and a collapsible support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Grant Daniels
  • Publication number: 20100145529
    Abstract: An embodiment of an automatic body spray control system may include an atomization nozzle, a linear slide coupled to the atomization nozzle and configured to move the atomization nozzle vertically up and down, a user interface, and a controller for controlling the operation of the linear slide and the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: MT Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Nicholas J. Mastandrea
  • Publication number: 20100127097
    Abstract: A raised sprinkler head upon the top of a fence post delivers water in an aesthetically pleasing manner from a height above the ground for additional range. The sprinkler head blends with the decor of the fence post while the fence post provides a concealed water supply line that extends vertically. The water supply line of the fence post then connects to a buried irrigation supply line, or alternatively a hose. The present invention can be utilized inside of two fence posts and include a compatible fence section to make a pleasing arrangement to the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: STEPHEN FRANK
  • Patent number: 7722739
    Abstract: A self-contained evaporation system for use in disposing of excess water from oil and gas drilling operations is provided. The system includes a water holding tank in which the wastewater is preheated, an evaporation chamber mounted over the holding tank and having an open top, a nozzle system located within the chamber for producing a fine liquid mist, and fans disposed within the chamber for producing an air flow that carries the mist out the open top of the chamber. The system can be set up and taken down by one person in an hour or less, can be used with pond or tank operations, and is capable of operating in high winds and sub-zero temperatures. The system can be carried and mounted on a trailer for easy transport to and from various drilling sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Evaporite Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Niles Haslem, Michael Talmadge Lawing
  • Patent number: 7686234
    Abstract: An irrigation assembly has a main pipeline supported at intervals by mobile towers, a plurality of drop tube assemblies at spaced intervals along the pipeline and a collector positioned to receive water from the drop tube assembly. A plurality of targets are positioned on the ground in the paths of motion defined by the movement of the collectors. The targets may be dishes. Each dish preferably has a perforated drain that penetrates beneath the surface of the ground. Interaction between the collector and the target causes the water stored within the collector to be released into the target. The irrigation assembly may provide for underground irrigation without a collector where a dish or trough receives water from the drop tube assembly and underground drains allow for water to be dispersed below the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lindsay Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 7661605
    Abstract: A fixing structure for a vertical tap includes a vertical tap, a mounting member, a fitting member, a fixing ring, and a decorative loop. The mounting member secured in the ground includes a receiving chamber arranged on the top thereof and has two retaining tabs aft ached on the upper end thereof. The upper end of the fitting member screws with the lower end of the vertical tap. The fitting member includes two opposite fastening projections disposed on the outer periphery at the lower end thereof and extending outwardly therefrom. The fixing ring is fitted onto the external rim of the vertical tap, is then secured in a wooden floor by using a number of wood screws, and is further engaged with the internal rim of the vertical tap by way of a bolt. The decorative loop covers the fixing ring, thereby supporting and securing the vertical tap easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Horng Lai Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Dang Shieh
  • Patent number: 7654474
    Abstract: The rotating sprinkler head valve includes an upper assembly with a stationary rigid cone received in a conical interior chamber of a rotor, and a cylindrical shaft extending through the stationary rigid cone and rotor. A lower assembly includes a bottom helix member, a strainer adapter having an internal transverse slotted plate and a rotatable slotted flow plate to permit flow when the flow plate slots are aligned with slots in the internal transverse slotted plate. A base top member includes a downwardly extending inner tubular portion and a lower interior edge surface with a helical lower surface forming an adjustable helical aperture in cooperation with the bottom helix member, and a recessed inner helical lip is configured to receive the upper helical surface of the bottom helix member for adjusting a helical aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Paul M. Cordua
  • Patent number: 7648082
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler is for use in distributing water to an area of vegetation, and has a rotatable nozzle for dispersing the water by rotation of the nozzle. A magnet is coupled or connected to the nozzle and rotates synchronously with the rotation of the nozzle. A sensor unit is disposed adjacent to the nozzle and detects a magnetic field generated by the magnet during nozzle rotation to generate a signal indicative of the speed and direction of rotation of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: T. Lynn Roney, Steven Sharp
  • Patent number: 7647981
    Abstract: In the system or method for sprinklering a building, the building has a water delivery pipe for delivery of water to at least two different floors of the building. On at least two floors, a respective sprinkler pipe with a plurality of sprinklers is installed. Also a respective pump is installed whose outlet is connected to the respective sprinkler pipe, and whose inlet is connected to the water delivery pipe. A respective sensor for the respective pump automatically activates the pump when at least one of the sprinklers is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventors: William Grant, Sharon Grant, legal representative