Liquid Pump, Pulsator Or Follower Patents (Class 239/23)
  • Patent number: 9730427
    Abstract: A pet drinking fountain assembly having a pump forming part of a fountain mounting arrangement that includes a lift tube coupling a cover to the pump coupled to a lower basin by a mount. The mount and lift tube attenuate pump noise and vibration by providing isolation from the basin and cover and can function as dampeners. In a preferred embodiment the pump is part of a pump module that includes a module housing to which the pump is attached by another noise-attenuating mount. Each mount is formed by one or more suction cups with the cups and lift tube made of vibration dampening material, such as a resilient vibration dampening or isolating material that can be an elastomeric material. The module includes a lift tube coupling discharge that registers in fluid flow communication with a pump outlet and can include a ring or bushing therebetween providing additional noise attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Lipscomb, Qing He, Stanley Suring
  • Patent number: 9592525
    Abstract: A garden fountain having a lower bowl, a middle bowl and an upper bowl. A water pump positioned in the lower bowl pumps water up into the middle bowl. The upper bowl rests in the middle bowl. Using a combination of the water level in the middle bowl and the spacing of the bottom of the upper bowl with respect to the water level in the middle bowl, the user can accurately control the water flow to the upper bowl. A rechargeable battery for the pump is provided in a battery compartment of the base of the fountain, thus providing easy user access to the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: John O. Yeiser, IV
  • Patent number: 9497930
    Abstract: A pet drinking fountain assembly having a pump forming part of a fountain mounting arrangement that includes a lift tube coupling a cover to the pump coupled to a lower basin by a mount. The mount and lift tube attenuate pump noise and vibration by providing isolation from the basin and cover and can function as dampeners. In a preferred embodiment the pump is part of a pump module that includes a module housing to which the pump is attached by another noise-attenuating mount. Each mount is formed by one or more suction cups with the cups and lift tube made of vibration dampening material, such as a resilient vibration dampening or isolating material that can be an elastomeric material. The module includes a lift tube coupling discharge that registers in fluid flow communication with a pump outlet and can include a ring or bushing therebetween providing additional noise attenuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Lipscomb, Qing He, Stanley Suring
  • Patent number: 9474249
    Abstract: A recirculating pet fountain with an upper drinking bowl in water flow recirculation with a lower drinking bowl that includes a step upon which an animal, e.g., cat, can perch while drinking. The upper bowl is suspended above the lower bowl by an arm that provides a graspable handle and conduit through which water is conveyed by a pump upwardly to the upper bowl where the water flows downwardly back into the lower bowl. The fountain preferably includes a water-conveying bridge along which water from the upper bowl flows downwardly toward the lower bowl. The bridge can be an open concave channel along which water drinkable by the perched animal downwardly flows. The lower bowl can have a tubular overflow extending upwardly from water in the lower bowl from which water received from the upper bowl, including via the bridge, overflows into the lower bowl during recirculating fountain operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Lipscomb
  • Patent number: 9402375
    Abstract: A recirculating pet fountain that includes a basin, pump and discharge where water pumped out the discharge is either received by an overflow tube and/or conveyed by a bridge toward water in the basin including into the tube. The bridge can include a channel and be configured so at least some discharged water clings to its underside via surface tension as water flows toward the basin. The tube has a mouth which can receive water from the bridge that can be free falling water that overflows from the tube into the basin. The tube can include one or more discharge ports that can include flow directors that help direct flow of water received in the tube that overflows out the ports. The tube can be length extensible and can include a flow adjuster that can increase effective tube length and can block one or more ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Lipscomb
  • Patent number: 9278369
    Abstract: A water dancing speaker is disclosed. The water dancing speaker comprises a housing assembly, a liquid spraying device, a liquid spraying power supplying device, a liquid column steering device, a driving device and an audio device. The housing assembly is formed with an exhibiting cavity, a partition cavity and an audio cavity, and the liquid spraying device can produce a liquid column. The water dancing speaker of the present disclosure can produce liquid columns that vary rhythmically with the audio characteristics of the played tracks, which improves the ornamental effect of the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: ATAKE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo Tsai Lee, Weiwen Tan
  • Patent number: 9108212
    Abstract: A garden fountain having a lower bowl, a middle bowl and an upper planter bowl. A water pump positioned in the lower bowl pumps water up into the middle bowl. The planter bowl rests in the middle bowl. Using a combination of the water level in the middle bowl and the spacing of the bottom of the upper bowl with respect to the water level in the middle bowl, the user can accurately control the water flow to the plant in the upper bowl. A rechargeable battery for the pump is provided in a battery compartment of the base of the fountain, thus providing easy user access to the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: John O. Yeiser, IV
  • Patent number: 9016594
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a freestanding landscape waterfall assembly which reduces the weight of the waterfall as compared to conventional cast block waterfalls. In one embodiment, a freestanding landscape waterfall includes a face plate having an elongated aperture, a manifold having an outlet configured to direct water through the aperture, and an engagement feature configured to suspend the face plate such that the elongated aperture is in a horizontal orientation. In another embodiment, a freestanding landscape waterfall assembly includes a freestanding landscape waterfall, an overhead support system configured to suspend the freestanding landscape waterfall, and a catch basin positionable below the freestanding landscape waterfall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Sheridan
  • Patent number: 8825310
    Abstract: A sectional control apparatus and method prompts the operator of an implement when the implement, or portion thereof, is traversing over land that has already been seeded and/or disturbed. The apparatus includes a GPS or GNSS receiver that communicates with a GPS or GNSS system and a controller that maps movement of the implement so that real-time positional data for the implement can be compared to the movement map. When the position of the implement, or portion thereof, is detected as moving over previously seeded and/or disturbed land, the controller activates an alert mechanism in the operator cab of the implement to notify the operator that sectional control, i.e., shutting down metering of product or raising the tool bar, needs to be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 8825311
    Abstract: A sectional control apparatus and method prompts the operator of an implement when the implement, or portion thereof, is traversing over land that has already been seeded and/or disturbed. The apparatus includes a GPS or GNSS receiver that communicates with a GPS or GNSS system and a controller that maps movement of the implement so that real-time positional data for the implement can be compared to the movement map. When the position of the implement, or portion thereof, is detected as moving over previously seeded and/or disturbed land, the controller activates an alert mechanism in the operator cab of the implement to notify the operator that sectional control, i.e., shutting down metering of product or raising the tool bar, needs to be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 8763926
    Abstract: An oil lamp-type apparatus or a Kukui pot candle device for achieving the illumination and the appearance of an ignited oil lamp. This is achieved by illuminating water flowing upward (e.g., substantially vertically to provide a flame-shaped element or small fountain of water above the pool surface) using a light source directing its light output upward through the water. The flame-shaped element has kinetic and dynamic movement similar to a flame on an oil lamp or candle wick due to the combination of the water flowing upward and the water falling nearly straight down back into a pool about the water outlet. Further, the effect is achieve by only illuminating the liquid in the flame-shaped element with the vertically upward-direct light stream and not by shining light from the side, from above, or even from an adjacent location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Powell, Joe M. Rohde
  • Publication number: 20140138457
    Abstract: A thermoelectric pumping apparatus for use with a heating device includes a water receptacle. A thermoelectric device includes a “cool” side coupled to the receptacle and an opposed “hot” side, the thermoelectric device generating current upon a temperature differential between the cool and hot sides. A conduction member is proximate the hot side and in selective communication with the heating device. A spring is positioned between a top side of the conduction member and receptacle, the spring being movable between a compressed configuration at which the conduction member is in thermal communication with the hot side of the thermoelectric device and an extended configuration at which the top side of the conduction member is not in thermal communication with the hot side of the thermoelectric device. A water pump is in fluid communication with the water in the receptacle and selectively energized by the thermoelectric device to output the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth John Adler
  • Patent number: 8556190
    Abstract: An apparatus for pixelating falling water droplets to create a graphical image comprising one or more elevated water display heads having a plurality of spaced apart nozzles in one or more rows, each of said nozzles has a water inlet and a water outlet. A high speed solenoid is provided for each nozzle for opening and closing of the water outlet for each nozzle to control the speed at which water exits the nozzles. A water reservoir is provided above the water inlets for the solenoids and nozzles so that water pressure to the nozzles is maintained by gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Pyrotek Special Effects Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Tom, Douglas Adams
  • Patent number: 8500038
    Abstract: A fluid display includes a fluid source, a gas source, and a light source. The fluid source coherently emits fluid along a first trajectory. The gas source emits gas along a second trajectory that intersects the first trajectory. The light source is directed toward the intersection of the first trajectory and the second trajectory. The second trajectory may intersect the first trajectory at an oblique angle. The fluid source and/or the gas source may emit intermittently. The fluid source may emit a laminar jet or spherical fluid globules. The gas source may intermittently emit a gas vortex. The gas may be a flammable gas. The fluid may be water and the gas may be air. The fluid display may provide a “water sparkler” effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: WET Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, Michael Jason Baldwin, Keith J. Kalis, Helen S. Park, Riae Yoo
  • Patent number: 8495965
    Abstract: A submersible apparatus is configured to eject air and/or water in desired predetermined patterns to simulate particular types of ordnance to facilitate safe and effective splash testing of ship radar systems. The apparatus includes a frame, one or more adjustable buoyancy bodies, a source of fluid such as an air compressor or a water pump, and a plurality of nozzles through which the fluid is ejected to create the desired splash. Fluid can be supplied to the buoyancy bodies to adjust the level of the apparatus in the water as necessary to simulate a particular type of ordnance. Additionally, the nozzles can be individually adjustable to facilitate ordnance simulation. A control system is provided to enable remote and/or preprogrammed control of the apparatus. A wireless or hard wired link can be provided to allow a remote user to control the apparatus in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Hadida, David B. Arnal
  • Patent number: 8403238
    Abstract: A portable waterfall feature is provided for use on a fireplace having a mantle and a fireplace opening, and includes a water reservoir; tubing connectors and connectable tubing pieces, which may be assembled to extend upward from the water reservoir when the reservoir is placed at the bottom of the fireplace opening and around the one end of the mantle to be connected to a dispensing tubing piece connectable at the top of the mantle. A flexible curtain hangs down over the front of the mantle and in front of the fireplace opening over the water reservoir so that water that is pumped from the water reservoir flows upward through the assembled tubing pieces, is dispensed from the dispensing tubing piece along the top side of the flexible curtain; and flows down the flexible curtain and back into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Araceli Martinez Hurtado
  • Patent number: 8292195
    Abstract: A frameless portable water panel for displaying advertising and products constructed of transparent material combining a water wall column and cascading water tanks supporting dry, removable display shelves. Water is pumped into a tall water column from a bottom reservoir with a water pump. Water fills the tall water column and flows down on the outside of the front wall of the column then into a series of cascading water tanks before returning to the bottom reservoir. An alternate embodiment is modified to serve as a self-serve drinking fountain by removing the lowest shelf and adding fountain openings in the outside face of the front wall of one of the cascading tanks. Other modifications including bevel top edges on the water column, a light pan under the unit, pegs to secure the shelves, clear splash guards on the back of all shelves, and supporting legs under each shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick Freeman
  • Publication number: 20120111554
    Abstract: An automated indoor water display system has a panel. A pump is operable to pump water from a reservoir to the panel in a manner that causes water to flow over at least a portion of the panel. The panel is held in a housing adapted to limit escape of moisture from the housing. The system can include a humidity control system operable to increase and/or decrease humidity in response to a humidity sensor. The system can include an ultraviolet sanitization system that limits microbial growth in the system. The system can also include a cleaning system that automatically exchanges water in the system with fresh water while the pump operates continuously during the exchange. The system can also include a fan positioned to direct airflow from the room containing the display unit toward the water flowing over the body to enhance removal of airborne contaminants from the air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: HUMIDIFALL, LLC
    Inventor: Jim Wilson
  • Patent number: 8146892
    Abstract: A waterfall decorative humidifier, including mainly a housing, a water exit on top of the housing, a water sub-receptacle in the lower portion of the housing, a water pump in the water sub-receptacle, and a fan in the housing; in which the water pump is connected with the water exit through a water pipe, and in which the housing is generally of the shape of a waterfall; wherein at least one shaft is provided on the housing, and a decoration is connected to the shaft directly or through a mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Giftec Ltd
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Patent number: 8087191
    Abstract: An apparatus for the pixel-integrated return of fluid in the pixel of a fluidic display is characterized in that the fluid with which the desired information is to be displayed and/or the carrier fluid in which the fluid is optionally embedded can be returned in a particularly compact manner and in a manner which is invisible to an observer past the visible part of a pixel (image compartment) into a reservoir (reservoir compartment) through or out of the reservoir. The device comprises an image compartment, a reservoir compartment, a connecting duct and at least one return duct, whereby the at least one return duct is formed by the fact that the connecting duct has at least one area with an uninterruptedly enlarged cross section which transitions in a specified manner into the cross section of the original cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: advanced display technology AG
    Inventors: Frank Bartels, Andriy Bitman, Dieter Jerosch
  • Publication number: 20110174897
    Abstract: A solar panel water pump assembly is provided. A solar panel apparatus includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes and is attached to a support base. The solar panel apparatus is electrically coupled to a battery cell box and a control circuit board box that are attached to a bottom side of the support base. A water conduit adapter is inserted through the solar panel apparatus and the support base via an aperture. Then, the water conduit adapter inserted through the solar panel apparatus and support base is mechanically connected to a water outlet of a pump to form the solar panel water pump assembly. The pump is electrically coupled to the control circuit board box via electrical connectors. Afterward, the solar panel water pump assembly is installed in an underwater environment in a water display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Li Zhuang Mai
  • Patent number: 7861942
    Abstract: A waterfall assembly features a first, substantially hermetically sealed chamber adapted to contain a quantity of liquid. The first chamber includes at least one substantially vertical and transparent side having an internal surface, preferably with a plurality of protrusions. A pump or fluid transport device is in fluid communication with the first chamber and at least one nozzle/aperture disposed within the first chamber. The nozzle/aperture directs the liquid against at least a portion of the internal surface of the vertical side of the first chamber such that some of the liquid flows over the protrusions. A second chamber having a light source may be disposed beneath the first chamber for illuminating the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Rock'n Crab Aquatics
    Inventors: Peri Damon, Scott Neville
  • Patent number: 7845580
    Abstract: A fountain base for supporting one or more statues on top of a disappearing water fountain. The fountain base includes a basin, a statue support located in the basin, and an access lid that permits maintenance access to the interior of the basin without having to remove the statue from the statue support. A pump located within the basin delivers water from the basin to the top of the statue where it is released to flow over the exterior of the surface of the statue, through the access lid, and back into the basin. The access lid, which may be supported by a statue stand or a system of pillars, includes one or more panels that can be removed without removing the statue from the statue support. The panels may include access doors to permit easy access to the interior of the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Xianming Liao
  • Patent number: 7754072
    Abstract: A water feature for use in landscaping applications. A water issuing device, such as a waterfall construction is provided for receiving water and discharging water onto a gravel bed. The bed is positioned below the waterfall and forms a path or surface along which the water can flow in a stream-like manner and through which the water can percolate downwardly into the bed. A perforated and tubularly shaped collection module having a plurality of openings for receiving water percolating downwardly through the bed. A cylindrically-shaped and generally vertically oriented stack is coupled to the module for receiving water therefrom. A pump in the stack receives water from the water collection member and directs water to the waterfall construction. It is noted that water from the waterfall appears to disappear into the gravel and only a shallow stream is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Aquascape Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Kelly, Edgar Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 7744013
    Abstract: An apparatus having a housing with a water channel, for instance a laminar water flow, flowing there through. A pliant member is provided and contained within at least a portion of the housing with an outer surface and an inner surface, the water channel passing substantially unimpeded along and through the inner surface of the pliant member. An at least one water input, an at least one filter member and an at least one jetting element are also provided. The pliant member is oriented within the housing and surrounds at least a portion of water channel, the portion of the water channel flowing therethrough, and the pliant member expanding to absorb surges within the water channel from the input of water flowing in from the at least one water input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100155497
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for fluid handling devices with enhanced functionality. In some embodiments, the fluid handling device may include a plurality of filters coupled to the fluid handling device, where passing a first stream of fluid through the plurality of filters may improve the laminarity of the first stream of fluid, an orifice situated about the fluid handling device, where the first stream of fluid may exit the fluid handling device through the orifice in a substantially laminar state, and a surface disruptor coupled to the fluid handling device, where the surface disruptor may provide a second stream of fluid and where the disruptor may be positioned such that the second stream of fluid interferes with the first stream of fluid exiting the fluid handling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Hagaman
  • Publication number: 20090283441
    Abstract: A cosmetics kit including a fountain is described. The cosmetics kit comprises a base with a fountain attached for circulating a fluid and at least one cosmetic connectable with the base. Additionally, a mixing bowl connectable with the base is included to allow the user to mix custom cosmetics such as lip gloss and perfume with mixing accessories included with the cosmetics kit. Furthermore, a scented oil is added to the circulating fluid in the fountain to create an aromatherapy experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Peter Santaw, Helena Lam, Katherine Benecke, Aj Newton
  • Publication number: 20090250529
    Abstract: A waterfall decorative humidifier, including mainly a housing, a water exit on top of the housing, a water sub-receptacle in the lower portion of the housing, a water pump in the water sub-receptacle, and a fan in the housing; in which the water pump is connected with the water exit through a water pipe, and in which the housing is generally of the shape of a waterfall; wherein at least one shaft is provided on the housing, and a decoration is connected to the shaft directly or through a mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Patent number: 7514048
    Abstract: A controlled odor generator, comprising a central processing unit, at least one micropump unit, a sensor unit and a fan. The micropump unit is housed in a casing containing odorous fluid and has a micropump array for ejecting the odorous fluid in tiny droplets. The central processing unit regulates operation of the micropump unit, allowing to control timing quantity and mixture of spread odor. The sensor unit provides the central processing unit with environmental data, like temperature, air density and humidity, as well as human body states for controlling the micropump unit. Environmental changes are followed by a change of spraying of odor, and varying taste and demand are adapted to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tien-Ho Gau, Yu-Yin Peng
  • Publication number: 20090032611
    Abstract: A floating fountain includes multiple pumps that combine respective outputs into a mixing chamber that is configured to disperse fluid and more specifically water through an outlet port. The pumps may be similar in power rating and configuration and may be connected to the mixing chamber via one or more conduits. Fluid is forced under pressure through the outlet and past a diverter for dispersing the fluid in an ornate manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: RAMPP COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathaniel Fulton, Kevin McGuire
  • Patent number: 7484671
    Abstract: A water feature comprising a vessel (1) for containing water, an electrically powered submersible water pump (2) within the vessel (1) for pumping water to an outlet of the water feature and a solar panel (4) arranged to provide electrical power to the water pump (2). The solar panel (4) is arranged within said water vessel (1) above the water pump and so as to be beneath the water level (7) in the vessel (1) in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Smart Solar Limited
    Inventors: Simon Howard Wigglesworth, Franz Roecker
  • Patent number: 7475832
    Abstract: A portable water sprinkling amusement device incorporates a water storage reservoir for transporting its own supply of water, at least one nozzle assembly defining at least one discharge orifice, an avenue of release establishing fluid communication between the water storage reservoir and the at least one nozzle assembly, and a fluid transfer system operative to develop forces for causing a stream of liquid to flow through the avenue of release and out of the discharge orifice upon actuation of an on/off mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Tropical Ventures LLC
    Inventor: Alan Amron
  • Patent number: 7445162
    Abstract: A packaged garden water feature kit comprises a container which, at the time of sale, holds a large decorative stone or rock with a bore formed vertically therethrough, an electric water pump, a length of tubing for connecting the pump outlet to the bore in the stone, a sheet of flexible plastic of a predetermined area having a hole centered therein and a container lid sealing the container with a pattern of perforations formed through it. In use, the container is buried in the ground with the pump within and the tubing projecting out through the lid. The sheet is laid on the ground with the hole centered over the lid and then hidden from a view by landscaping rocks, or mulch. The bore in the decorative stone is then connected to the tubing and the container is filled with water. When the pump is energized, water spills out of the bore and flows over the stone surface for return to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Pre-Fabulous Stone Co.
    Inventors: Joel P. Forsberg, Benjamin M. Forsberg
  • Patent number: 7427036
    Abstract: A floating fountain apparatus includes a buoyant annular float having a central opening. A pump is secured to a lower side of the float. The pump has a propeller positioned to direct water through the central opening. A pump housing is positioned to receive water flow from the propeller and direct the water flow to a nozzle outlet. A lighting assembly is positioned within the central opening. The pump housing includes an upper pump housing and a lower pump housing. The lower pump housing has a water inlet and a hollow cylindrical outlet. The upper pump housing is slidably received within the cylindrical outlet and has a flow diverting surface to direct flow against an inner surface of the cylindrical outlet to create an annular flow of water. A plurality of vanes extends between the outer and inner members to divide a spacing between the members into a plurality of individual fluid flow pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Kasco Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard William Skluzacek, Douglas John Calvert, Raymond Harris Lee
  • Patent number: 7341203
    Abstract: A fountain device includes a container including a reservoir to hold and retain circulating fluid within the fountain device, where the container includes an opening and a lip extending around at least a peripheral portion of the opening, a pump securable within the container, a cover configured to encompass the opening and engage the lip of the container when the cover is installed on the container, and a discharge hose securable to an outlet of the pump and extendable to an outlet of the container. The cover includes a plurality of apertures that facilitate passage of fluid through the cover to the reservoir of the container. In addition, a kit including all of the above described components of the fountain device is provided, where the components are assembled within the kit to permit easy installation of the fountain device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Aqua Bella Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Yeomans, Henk Sterenberg
  • Publication number: 20070267513
    Abstract: A water display for use within a container having a bottom surface and containing water. The water display has a pump, and a riser, with the pump positioned below the surface of the water. The pump has a discharge opening having conduit connected thereto. The riser is positioned on the bottom surface of the container and extends upwardly therefrom, with the pump being positioned on the upper surface of the riser. Preferably the riser also has pump retaining means. Each piece of horizontal conduit is engaged with a horizontal conduit support in contact with the bottom surface of the container. Each horizontal conduit support has formed therein a channel which retains horizontal conduit therein. Modified embodiments feature a plurality of vertical conduit. Another modified embodiment features at least one pair of vertical conduit spanned by an elevated horizontal conduit having at least one discharge opening therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventor: William A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7264176
    Abstract: An apparatus having a housing with a water channel, for instance a laminar water flow, flowing there through. A pliant member is provided together with an at least one water input, an at least one filter member and an at least one jetting element. The pliant member is oriented within the housing and about the water channel to absorb surges from the input of water flowing in from the at least one water input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 7255288
    Abstract: An aroma therapy for fountain comprises a fountain assembly, which comprises a water container having a bottom, a top opening and an interior, a aroma supporting member for support an aroma therapy dispensing unit, comprising a heating source adapted to generate a heat, a bowl adapted for reserving an aromatic substance therein, a base stand detachably and securely mounted on the aroma supporting member for holding the heat source, and a plurality of supporting frame extended upwardly from the base to securely sustain the bowl, such that the heat generated from the heating source disposed beneath the bowl could heat the bowl thereby diffusing the aromatic substance reserved in the bowl volatized into surrounding air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Wan Shan Chan
  • Patent number: 7118045
    Abstract: A fountain for heating and distributing fluidic material is manufactured using various processes and materials so that the fountain is more easily cleaned and sanitized, has improved performance, and is easier to assemble. In one embodiment, the chocolate fountain includes a heating element encased in an aluminum enclosure. A basin containing chocolate is heated by contact with the aluminum enclosure. Because the aluminum enclosure has a relatively high thermal conductivity, the basin is heating substantially uniformly, thus reducing the occurrence of hot spots. Additionally, a plastic auger having a spiral flight rotates and lifts the melted chocolate upward to a top end of cylinder that houses the auger. The use of a plastic auger advantageously eliminates welding artifacts on the auger, such as burrs and pits, on which melted chocolate may accumulate. Accordingly, the plastic auger is easy to clean. A smaller chocolate fountain that may advantageously be more suitable for home use is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Sephra LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Muir, William F. Polley, Devan B. Muir, Wu C. Liang
  • Patent number: 7066405
    Abstract: A mist sprayer includes a base, a pump, a pressure storage member, a circuit board, a mounting tube, an injection unit, a decorative shade, a mounting seat, a guide unit, a bottle, and a plug. Thus, the liquid is mixed with and atomized by the pressurized gas and the misted gas hits the striking face of the guide unit to multiple misted molecules, thereby enhancing and optimizing the atomized effect of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Jun-Lin Wang
  • Patent number: 6981652
    Abstract: A water fountain includes a basin, multiple water pumps in the space of the basin for pumping the water in the space, an annular disk securely supported by an inner face of the basin and having a centrally defined hole and multiple through holes in communication with the outlets of each of the water pumps via pipes such that water pumped by the water pumps is able to be ejected out of the annular disk from the through holes, a sphere securely supported by a periphery defining the hole of the annular disk and a light emitting diode assembly received in the hole of the annular disk for emitting colorful light beams. A circuit board is sandwiched between a bottom of the basin and a cap for providing electricity to the water pumps and the light emitting diode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Chung-Kuei Lin
  • Patent number: 6971586
    Abstract: A vertical water wall assembly (100) for generating dynamically changing water patterns in a contained channel (114) behind a viewing surface. The water wall assembly includes a translucent front sheet (110) directed toward a viewing space with a rear side containing a multiplicity of concave depressions (111), and a rear sheet (140) disposed behind and in proximity to the front sheet that in part acts as a contrasting background. The edges of these sheets are sealed (120, 122) and water is made to flow in the space defined between the two sheets, entering at the top of the sheets (135) and exiting at the bottom of the sheets (150). The flow of water into the water wall at the water inlet (125) is time varying and is preferably computer-controlled (190). In operation water flowing in the contained channel (114) of the water wall takes dynamic, chaotic pathways through the multiplicity of concave depressions (111).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Gary Randolph Fisher
  • Patent number: 6945468
    Abstract: A rainfall simulation apparatus for a structure is provided, comprising a water source, an electric pump, a vertically oriented riser pipe, a perforated header pipe along the roof of the structure, a V-shaped aperture-containing trough connected to the roof, and an elongated collection bin below the trough and connected to the pump. The rainfall simulation apparatus has particular utility in connection with providing the relaxing acoustic effect of rainfall on a structure while additionally providing the visual effect of rainfall through the windows of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventors: Cipriano Rodriguez, Erika Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6921023
    Abstract: A self-contained water display. The water display includes a cylindrical fountain housing. The fountain housing contains at least one fountain nozzle extending vertically upwardly, and at least one pump adapted to supply water to the nozzle with sufficient volumetric throughput to cause a vertical water stream to be ejected therefrom. A vertically disposed transparent cylindrical cover surrounds the fountain housing with the fountain housing being located in a lower portion of the transparent cylindrical cover. The transparent cylindrical cover has a height above the nozzle that is at least as great as the height of the vertical water stream generated by the fountain nozzle. The fountain housing and the lower portion of the transparent cylindrical cover are surrounded by a lightweight shell simulating a rock. The water display may include a transparent aquarium surrounding the fountain housing and transparent cylindrical cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Lawrence K. Bright
  • Patent number: 6913204
    Abstract: A waterfall system includes a water reservoir; and a waterfall assembly adjacent the water reservoir. The waterfall assembly includes a frame with a plurality of metal structural members connected together to define a hollow interior. At least one discharge nozzle is carried by and directed away from the frame. A plurality of facia members are coupled to an exterior of the frame. The facia members cover the frame but do not cover the at least one discharge nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Chris A. Bradford
  • Patent number: 6883722
    Abstract: A portable relaxation and therapy device or kit includes a liquid retention basin having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall upstanding from the bottom wall to define at least one liquid chamber therewithin. A waterfall is provided having a reflecting surface extending generally upwardly from the retention basin to a liquid dispersing waterfall ledge thereabove. The device or kit includes a pump disposed in the liquid chamber in communication with a tube for directing liquid in the retention basin upwardly to the waterfall ledge. The waterfall ledge causes liquid to cascade downwardly to the liquid chamber of the retention basin in front of the reflecting surface of the waterfall wall. The device also includes a cover for the retention basin disposed over the liquid chamber so as to overlie and substantially isolate from view liquid in at least a portion of the retention basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventor: Greg Pankow
  • Patent number: 6877673
    Abstract: A floating fountain that includes of a tubular, hollow base assembly that can be connected to a pressurized source of fluid, a primary nozzle member located centrally to the base assembly, and a plurality of secondary nozzle members located on the base assembly. Each nozzle member is connected to the base assembly such that pressurized fluid may be communicated from the base assembly to the primary nozzle member and the secondary nozzle members in a manner that allows the pressurized fluid to be organized into separate streams of fluid, which extend from each respective nozzle member. A float body is affixed to a bottom side of the base assembly to provide buoyancy to the floating fountain device. Additionally, an infinitely variable valve is included between the pressurized source of fluid and the base assembly so that the pressure at which the pressurized fluid enters the base assembly and is provided to each nozzle member may be variably controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Richard S. Foster
  • Patent number: 6854661
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing fog, said apparatus having ultrasonic circuitry for producing ultrasonic energy for vaporizing a liquid, comprising a receptacle having a recess in the bottom thereof and a surface located at an upper part of said recess for containing said liquid, said recess defining a space devoid of said liquid, wherein said ultrasonic circuitry is located on a bottom of said surface in said recess and positioned such that said ultrasonic energy produced by said ultrasonic circuitry is transferred to said liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Multi Media Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Perry H. Monitto
  • Patent number: 6848628
    Abstract: A modular fountain includes a base, a bowl and a top or statue supported on the bowl by a pump housing in the bowl. Twist and lock bayonet type connectors are provided for connecting the base to the bowl and the top, if used, to the bowl at the pumping housing. A through passage between the pump housing, the bowl and the base is formed for training a pump power cord therethrough, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Beckett Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Walker
  • Patent number: 6843428
    Abstract: A fountain having a substantially-rectangular fountain body having a dividing floor disposed horizontally therein, dividing the fountain body into a lower chamber open on its bottom end and an upper chamber open on its top end. A conduit, passing through the dividing floor, connects the lower chamber to the upper chamber. A light source is disposed in the lower chamber. A pump, disposed within the upper chamber, pumps water up to a water spout disposed above it, which is returned to the pump by the force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Beckett Corporation
    Inventors: David Wooten, John Walker, Michael Wang