Combined Or Convertible Patents (Class 239/289)
  • Patent number: 10677077
    Abstract: A turbine nozzle according to the disclosure is a turbine nozzle that is used in a radial turbine and includes a ring-shaped hub, a plurality of nozzle vanes that are arranged at equal angular intervals on the hub, and a flow path that is formed between the nozzle vanes. The flow path includes a throat that has a smallest flow path cross-sectional area with respect to a flow direction of working fluid. On a downstream side of the throat with respect to the flow direction, the flow path cross-sectional area increases. Heights of the nozzle vanes on the downstream side of the throat with respect to the flow direction are greater than heights of the nozzle vanes in the throat and gradually increase from an upstream side toward the downstream side with respect to the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Taguchi, Osao Kido, Fumitoshi Nishiwaki, Yoshitsugu Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10576405
    Abstract: A scent-releasing air filter assembly for freshening air includes a shell that defines an interior space. The shell is configured to couple in-line to an air circulation unit. A fibrous material is positioned in and substantially occupies the interior space. A reservoir, which is coupled to the shell and configured to contain a fluid, is in fluid communication with the interior space. The fibrous material is permeated by the fluid that flows from the reservoir. Each of a plurality of holes is positioned in a respective opposing side of the shell. The holes are configured to allow entry of air into the interior space from a first face of the shell and to permit exit of the air from a second face of the shell. The fibrous material is configured to remove solid particulates from the air concurrent with the release of a fragrance from the fluid to the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Vertis Clemons, Evette Clemons
  • Patent number: 10525363
    Abstract: A trampoline water spraying system is provided and includes one or more sprayers configured to extend through the jumping surface of the trampoline, and tubing connecting the one or more sprayers to a water source. A sprayer for emitting water onto a trampoline is also provided. The sprayer includes a fitting configured to connect to tubing on a bottom side of a trampoline's jumping surface, and an emitter that extends through the jumping surface to emit water on a top side of the trampoline's jumping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Gray
  • Patent number: 10335822
    Abstract: A showerhead directional control assembly for enabling physically challenged persons to easily adjust the direction of water spray emitted from a showerhead while seated on a chair in a shower or tub installation including a handle section which is pivotably secured to a mounting section connected to a showerhead assembly, the handle being securable in an extended use position in close proximity to the user, and in an embodiment having an internal construction for locking the handle section to the mounting section in an extended position, and which arm may be pivoted to an non-use position which does not obstruct use of the shower by non-disabled persons, the apparatus further including an adjustable bracket for supporting the handle assembly on a water supply pipe and enabling more precise adjustment of the location of the handle in an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: David P. Shoemaker, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10306845
    Abstract: Provided is a flower pot generating little root rot by controlling a water supply rate for a relatively long period of time even using a simple structure regardless of its size. The flower pot includes: an outer pot body; an inner pot body housed in the outer pot body with a gap as a water supply portion; a vertical position changeable member provided in a predetermined place to connect the outer pot body and the inner pot body; a flange provided on an upper end surface of the sidewall of the inner pot body; and a sealing portion formed of an elastic member and provided between the flange and the upper end surface of the sidewall of the outer pot body, in which water stored in the water supply portion is supplied to the inner pot body through a nonwoven fabric member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Shigeru Yaita, Daisuke Yaita, Kiyomi Nagoya
  • Patent number: 10213519
    Abstract: A fragrance dispenser for emitting fragrance into an airstream impinging on an air filter, the dispenser having a receptacle with an open end that faces toward the air filter and that has a porous diffuser layer occlusively overlying the open end of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kannan Seshadri, Neeraj Sharma, Le'Bron K. Patterson, Jeffrey M. Imsande, Nicolas A. Echeverri, Joon Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 10076110
    Abstract: A dog repellent system for including in the original construction of, or to be added to an existing vehicle that lacks a protective barrier for operators and passengers, such as bicycles, motorcycles, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9974143
    Abstract: A light sensor assembly includes a photocontrol receptacle connector configured to be mounted to a housing, such as of a light fixture. The receptacle connector has a mating interface for mating with a photocontrol sensor connector. The receptacle connector holds contacts at the mating interface for electrical connection with corresponding contacts of the photocontrol sensor connector for controlling the light fixture. The contacts are configured to be electrically connected to power wires of the light fixture. The receptacle connector includes a receptacle connector communication device for wireless communication with the photocontrol sensor connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Richard G. Stuby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9956923
    Abstract: Adjustable portable device holders are herein disclosed. According to one embodiment, an adjustable portable device holder includes an adjustable clamping element and a rotatable mounting element attached to the adjustable clamping element for removably securing a portable device to the adjustable portable device holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KENU, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Y. Minn, David E. Yao
  • Patent number: 9931723
    Abstract: A collar member is for a collar assembly of a cutting system and method. The cutting system has a spindle and a cutting tool coupled to the spindle. The collar assembly includes a number of components and a gas flow system having a number of gas flow delivery apparatus and a number of conduits. The collar member includes a support portion structured to be coupled to the spindle, and a chamber portion extending from the support portion and being structured to be coupled to each of the number of components, the number of gas flow delivery apparatus, and the number of conduits. The support portion has a side portion having an edge portion defining a thru hole in order to form a passageway from an interior of the support portion to an exterior thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Darron Robert Mohr, Christopher Alan Arnold, Steven Christopher Randall, Timothy Arnold Thompson
  • Patent number: 9855361
    Abstract: A system for delivering a multi-phase fragrance composition comprises a container having a body forming a reservoir and an opening in communication with the reservoir and a multi-phase composition disposed within the reservoir. The multi-phase composition comprises a water phase composition and an oil phase composition and the water phase composition and the oil phase composition are substantially separated. The water phase composition comprises a water phase fragrance and both water and propylene glycol as water phase solvents. The oil phase composition comprises an oil phase fragrance and isopar M as an oil phase solvent. The system further includes a wick in contact with the water phase composition and the oil phase composition and configured to sequentially emit the water phase composition and the oil phase composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Banco
  • Patent number: 9694370
    Abstract: An economical shower conversion arrangement for enabling physically challenged persons to shower while seated without assistance embodying a showerhead mount including a pivotable control arm or handle connected to the showerhead assembly which arm is securable in multiple use positions so as to be easily reached and operated by a person seated in a shower chair to adjust the direction of water flow from the showerhead by application of a manual force upon the arm, which arm may be pivoted into a non-use position that does not obstruct use of the shower by non-disabled or standing persons, and including an adjustable balance support to aid in controlling the handle assembly while reducing the amount of stress on the pipe connections and fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: David P. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 9669417
    Abstract: An apparatus for electrostatically spraying a coating product. The apparatus includes a sprayer with first and second pipes which control the flow of the coating product. Air is controlled by at least one valve. The sprayer includes a device for controlling the opening/closing of the valve, a high voltage unit. A generator includes a module for controlling power supplied to the high voltage unit. The sprayer includes a first sensor suitable for detecting the position of a shutter of the valve relative to a seat and for outputting a signal used by the control module to control the power supplied to the high voltage unit, and a second sensor suitable for detecting the position of a switch positioned on the spray gun and for outputting a signal used by the control module to control the power supply of the high voltage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Gilles Goisot, Michel Di-Gioia
  • Patent number: 9636696
    Abstract: A bottle cap 1 for closing the top of a bottle and providing either a stream of fluid through the bottle cap 1 or a spray mist, the bottle cap 1 having a cap body 2 that forms a fluid flow passage between a bottle end 3 that mates with a bottle and a dispensing end 4 through which a fluid stream can exit; an atomizer 5 mounted in the cap body 2, the atomizer 5 having an inlet passage 6 that extends towards the bottle end 3 and an outlet nozzle 7 that extends through the bottle cap 1; the cap body 2 and atomizer 5 sized and arranged so that fluid can flow from the bottle end 3 to the dispensing end 4 around the atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Toby Hextall
  • Patent number: 9584892
    Abstract: A speaker assembly is disclosed as having a shower device, a housing having openings through which sound may travel, and two speakers contained in the housing that project sound through the openings. The housing defines a recess that may be connected to the shower device. The speakers may be wirelessly connected to an external audio source and may be controlled by a wireless remote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Homewerks Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Berkman, Vincent Linden, Michael Malaker, David Pehar
  • Patent number: 9475174
    Abstract: A tool suitable for soil excavation that can be used in a number of distinct applications is disclosed, wherein the tool includes a sonic or supersonic pneumatic nozzle assembly comprising a converging-diverging cylindrical nozzle body having an internal through passage with inlet on the converging side and an outlet on the diverging side of the nozzle body; and a replaceable cylindrical wear tip removably coupled to the nozzle body and with an internal through passage aligning with the outlet of the nozzle body, and wherein an outside form of the wear tip is configured to direct reverse sand blasting particles away from the external surfaces of the nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Francis Hursen
  • Patent number: 9283580
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are water spray wands comprising an internal water pipe; a spray handle; a compartment for a battery; and a light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Calvin Ross Isley
  • Patent number: 9180723
    Abstract: A self-contained battery-powered portable fragrance sprayer activated by a text message received by wireless signal that initiates the fragrance dispersal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Merari Z. Kingsley
  • Patent number: 9057198
    Abstract: Embodiments of an awning assembly are taught which utilize an awning rail assembly including a connector having integrated luminaires. The integrated luminaire does not interfere with the extension or retraction of the awning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Dometic Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Beland, Dale Malott, Pat McConnell, Henry Swinty
  • Publication number: 20150144712
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an illumination system with an outer housing including a base, a central housing pivotably coupled to the base including a fluid inlet, and an upper housing including a fluid outlet. The inner housing defines a chamber and is coupled to the base, and includes a fluid aperture adjacent to the base, and a fluid aperture adjacent to the upper housing and a viewing aperture. The chamber houses an evaporator system not visible through the outer housing, and an illumination device. Some embodiments include a repellent system with a base including a fluid inlet pivotably coupled to a main housing enclosing an inner region, and including an upper portion with at least one fluid outlet. In some embodiments, an evaporator system within the inner region is not visible through the main housing. Some embodiments include an evaporator assembly that includes a lockable evaporator support to render the system non-refillable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Karen Formico, Jeffery Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20150144713
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an illumination system with an outer housing including a base, a central housing pivotably coupled to the base including a fluid inlet, and an upper housing including a fluid outlet. The inner housing defines a chamber and is coupled to the base, and includes a fluid aperture adjacent to the base, and a fluid aperture adjacent to the upper housing and a viewing aperture. The chamber houses an evaporator system not visible through the outer housing, and an illumination device. Some embodiments include a repellent system with a base including a fluid inlet pivotably coupled to a main housing enclosing an inner region, and including an upper portion with at least one fluid outlet. In some embodiments, an evaporator system within the inner region is not visible through the main housing. Some embodiments include an evaporator assembly that includes a lockable evaporator support to render the system non-refillable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Karen Formico, Jeffery Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20150122913
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with an outlet mechanism with additional function, which comprises a fixation base, a hand shower and an additional module. The fixation base is assembled to a shower arm with an inlet, an outlet and a waterway connecting the inlet and the outlet, the inlet is connected to the shower arm. The hand shower is connected to the outlet of the fixation base by a flexible pipe and is detachably fixedly connected to the fixation base. The additional module detachably attached to the fixation base. The present invention has advantages: with the additional function, for example it can play music or give off perfume, the structure is simple with fewer components, the configuration is reasonable, and the structure is compact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Lei WANG, Wenbin FAN, Bin CAO, Huasong ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20150116955
    Abstract: An engine control unit including a substantially rectangular printed circuit board in which a microcontroller is mounted. The printed circuit board includes a connector portion in which connection terminals are provided to be arranged in one side edge portion along the longitudinal direction thereof. The connection terminals of the connector portion include connection terminals for input on one side in the longitudinal direction and connection terminals for output on the other side with respect to a setting position. A microcontroller is disposed at substantially the center portion of the printed circuit board in the longitudinal direction thereof. An electronic component as an input interface circuit is disposed on the one side in the longitudinal direction, and an electronic component as an output interface circuit is disposed on the other side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ichiro TSUJI, Ryuichi YAMAZAKI, Yoshitaka KOGA
  • Patent number: 9011261
    Abstract: A rotating water play device generally comprises a static shaft typically fixedly mounted to a ground surface and a platform mounted for rotation on the shaft. The platform allows at least one person to stand on it and impart a rotating motion thereto. The shaft is configured to be connected to a water source and comprises a hollow axial bore and at least one radial opening. The platform comprises a sleeve pivotally mounted to the shaft, the sleeve comprising at least one radial opening in fluid communication with at least one dispensing opening located on the platform, typically at the periphery thereof. The radial openings of the shaft and of the sleeve are configured to be in intermittent or continuous fluid communication, whereby water can flow through the shaft and then through the platform before exiting the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Stella Hamelin Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Hamelin
  • Publication number: 20150102130
    Abstract: A multi-purpose showerhead to increase the ease and efficiency of personal hygiene. The back of the showerhead has a compartmental chamber which houses several multi-functional hygienic water tools of different colors or braille that can be personalized for each individual. The chamber also a tile and grout cleaner. The inside of showerhead with multi-functional hygienic water tools and the inside of the chamber are coated or made in an antibacterial substance. Each tool comprises a spring-activated rubber slide, which, when activated, slides whichever individual tool is required, out of the aperture and makes it available for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Natalie Davenport
  • Patent number: 9004373
    Abstract: A headlight washer assembly includes a bracket secured to a rear surface of a component of a vehicle adjacent an opening therein through which a headlight washer device is configured to extend and retract. The bracket provides a recessed mounting surface for securing the headlight washer device to the component of the vehicle such that, unlike prior art approaches, the fasteners do not protrude from the front surface of the component of the vehicle. A cap concealing the opening in the component is received within the opening flush with the front surface of the component. In one embodiment, the component is a body panel of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nick A. Massaro, Erich W. Bauer
  • Patent number: 8991647
    Abstract: A station combines a toilet paper dispenser, dispenser for dispensing hand wipes, a dispenser for dispensing surface antibiotic wipes, and a deodorant feature. The station includes a toilet paper dispenser made from a plastic type material and the toilet paper dispenser may be a single or double roll dispenser. The station cover houses a battery-operated fan that pulls air from inside the dispenser. A tray inside the dispenser holds a fragrance cup holding a quantity of deodorant. The base holds one or two rolls of commercial toilet paper, each of which rolls on a hollow plastic axle to hold a bottle containing wipes. A microswitch may be integrated in the cover to disengage the fan when the cover of the unit is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Encore Industrial Supply, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh A. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20150083817
    Abstract: A digital device including a scent emitting unit and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The digital device includes a display unit for displaying a first image including a first object having a first scent property and a second object having a second scent property, a sensor unit for sensing a distance from a specific body part of a user, a scent emitting unit, and a processor. The processor controls the scent emitting unit to emit any one of a first scent, a second scent or a mixture of the first scent and the second scent according to the distance from the specific body part of the user, and a mixture ratio of the first scent to the second scent in the mixture is changed according to a predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jihwan KIM, Doyoung LEE, Sinae CHUN, Eunhyung CHO
  • Patent number: 8985480
    Abstract: A controller may drive a solenoid switch valve to switch the same between a first connecting state and a second connecting state in a state where an electric pump is stopped. In the first connecting state, the switch valve connects the pump to a rear washer nozzle. In the second connecting state, the switch valve connects the pump to a camera washer nozzle. The controller may also display a captured image of an onboard camera and a camera wash touch panel switch on a display when the controller receives a reverse mode signal. The controller may drive the pump to feed the washer fluid to the camera washer nozzle when the controller receives a command signal from the camera wash touch panel switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kikuta, Yukihiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 8985479
    Abstract: A framed freshener provides a thermal formed cavity, or thermoplastic shell, carrying scented gel that fits into a picture frame. The present invention locates a fragrant gel in a thermal formed cavity or thermoplastic shell or container which is then placed within a suitably designed picture frame. Coupling a fragrance with a photo in a frame, the present invention seeks to foster memories in those who view the frame. Additionally, the shell carrying gel makes the frame a decorative air freshening device. The picture frame and the opening for the fragrance container can be die cut to any shape. An alternate embodiment has the shell supported in a wire frame upon a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oplandi, Inc.
    Inventors: Sven Dobler, Aaron R. Bauhs, Ahmed R. Alai-Tafti, Jonathan Millen
  • Publication number: 20150068543
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a battery assembly, an atomizer assembly, and an electronic cigarette. The battery assembly is connected to the atomizer assembly to form the electronic cigarette. The battery assembly includes a battery sleeve and a first connection member, and the atomizer assembly includes an atomizer sleeve and a second connection member. The first connection member and the second connection member are connected with each other. A portion of the first connection member contacting the battery sleeve and/or a portion of the second connection member contacting the atomizer sleeve protrude(s) to form an anti-slip structure, and Teflon paste configured to enhance a connection strength between the first connection member and the battery sleeve and/or enhance a connection strength between the second connection member and the atomizer sleeve is spread on a circumferential outer wall of the anti-slip structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Publication number: 20150053790
    Abstract: A shower assembly. The assembly may include a shower device including a device housing defining an inlet communicating with an inlet chamber, an outlet and a waterway communicating between the inlet chamber and the outlet, the device housing further defining a receptacle having a closed end and an open end, the inlet chamber being behind the closed end, the waterway extending along the receptacle from the closed end toward the open end; and a second device supportable in the receptacle. The outlet may define an outlet plane, and the second device may include a housing providing an outlet, the outlet being one of aligned with and positioned forwardly of the outlet plane when the speaker is supported in the receptacle. The assembly may further include a magnetic connecting structure operable to releasably connect the second device and the shower device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott Hanna, Michael James Soetaert, Keith Scott Ruh, William Clement Kuru
  • Publication number: 20150056369
    Abstract: A system and method for creating and storing a trace of a surveyed area is provided. The system includes a marking device that is moved along the outer perimeter of an area to be surveyed. A tablet computer of the marking device communicates with a surveying station and stores defined points along the survey trace. Once the survey trace is completed, the tablet computer of the marking device generates a calculation of the surface area and a cost estimate for covering the surface area with various materials. The trace is stored within the tablet computer such that the marking device can be utilized to re-mark the surface trace at a later date. The marking device includes a spray unit that is automatically activated by the tablet computer to generate markings along the survey trace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Brandon Kohn
  • Publication number: 20150048180
    Abstract: A flashlight and defensive spray apparatus, such as a flashlight and pepper spray combination apparatus, includes activation buttons for both the flashlight and the defensive spray component in close proximity to one another so as to facilitate activation of both components by a single thumb or finger of the operator, which may be desirable in emergency situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michael H. Teig
  • Publication number: 20150034738
    Abstract: A showerhead assembly attached to a plumbing feature has a main body with a hollow body portion to receive incoming fluid. An outlet is formed on the bottom of the main body to release outgoing fluid, and a fluid distributing element is configured to distribute the outgoing fluid from the hollow body portion. A main sprinkler unit is mounted below the main body to connect to the outlet to receive the incoming fluid, and a plurality of fluid release points formed on the bottom for emitting fluid. Several fluid distributing plates have connectors extended from each of them to connect to the fluid distributing element for receiving fluid from the hollow body portion, and several fluid release points are formed on the bottom of the fluid distributing plate for emitting fluid. The watering area can be adjusted by extending the fluid distributing plates as required, which enables a wide variation in spray patterns flowing from the showerhead assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jianhua Xu, Daniel Zheng, Changzheng Ni
  • Publication number: 20150028130
    Abstract: A sanitary shower has a shower body, a water inlet on the shower body connectable to a wall supply line, at least one jet outlet opening and a water conduit providing fluid communication to the water inlet. The sanitary shower includes a connector body with a water inlet connectable to a wall supply line and a basket-type shower body which extends from the connector body up to an outlet-sided basket terminal axially spaced from the connector body. The basket-type shower body defines a hollow basket interior space adjacent to the connector body, and the outlet-sided basket terminal delimits an axial basket opening and/or a light transparent terminal disk element. On the basket-type shower body and/or on the connector body at least one jet outlet opening is provided. A water conduit provides a fluid communication of the at least one jet outlet opening to the water inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Oki Sato, Joachim Blattner, Hubert Moosmann
  • Patent number: 8941025
    Abstract: Plume shield shroud (10) for a plasma gun (30) includes a substantially tubular member (14) comprising an axial length, a plume entry end (11), and a plume exit end (13). The shroud (10) is adapted to be mounted to a plasma gun (30). A method of protecting, confining or shielding of a gas plume of a plasma gun (30) includes mounting (20) a gas plume shroud (10) on the plasma gun (30) such that the shroud (10) is sized and configured to substantially surround at least a portion of the gas plume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc.
    Inventors: Richard McCullough, Mark F. Spaulding, Robert F. Savill, Jr., Ronald J. Molz
  • Publication number: 20150014440
    Abstract: An irrigation device includes: a nozzle discharging liquid; a cover preventing the liquid discharged from the nozzle from splattering around the container; and a moving mechanism moving the cover between a first position and a second position. When moved to the first position, the cover covers space above the container. When moved to the second position, the cover is removed from the space above the container and the space is uncovered. The moving mechanism moves the cover (i) to the first position when the liquid is supplied to a plant, and (ii) to the second position when the supplying of the liquid to the plant ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ryuji Nagadome, Hiroshi Haji
  • Publication number: 20150011096
    Abstract: A deposition apparatus for processing semiconductor substrates having an isothermal processing zone comprises a chemical isolation chamber in which semiconductor substrates are processed. A process gas source is in fluid communication with a showerhead module which delivers process gases from the process gas source to the isothermal processing zone wherein the showerhead module includes a faceplate wherein a lower surface of the faceplate forms an upper wall of a cavity defining the isothermal processing zone, a backing plate, and an isolation ring which surrounds the faceplate and the backing plate. At least one compression seal is compressed between the faceplate and the backing plate which forms a central gas plenum between the faceplate and the backing plate. A substrate pedestal module is configured to heat and support a semiconductor substrate wherein an upper surface of the pedestal module forms a lower wall of the cavity defining the isothermal processing zone within the chemical isolation chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Ramesh Chandrasekharan, Jeremy Tucker, Karl Leeser, Alan Schoepp
  • Patent number: 8915826
    Abstract: A hopping play ball comprises a pair of elongated grips or handles adjacent to each other and extending radially outward from the surface of the ball. The ball may also comprise an array of mammillated protrusions on the lower surface, opposite the handles, to improve the stability during bouncing on a soft or elastic surface, such as a trampoline rebounding mat. In other embodiments, the ball has one or more water reservoirs in fluid communication with squirt nozzles disposed on either the surface of the ball or an outward facing portion of the handles. The squirt nozzles are activated by the player via the handle grips, and may pump or squirt water in response to each bounce or may be triggered independent of the players bouncing movement. The mammillated surface aids in preventing slippage of the balls during such types of wet play with multiple players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover
  • Patent number: 8910887
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Partners In Innovation, Ltd.
    Inventors: John A. Helmsderfer, Nicholas Jeffers
  • Patent number: 8905152
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fire hose coupling apparatus for self powered lighting of an area where a fire fighter is engaged in fires suppression with a fire hose, and for providing real time environmental data to fire fighters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Generation Unlimited, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Kling, Arthur E. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140352698
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for removing smoke and poisonous gas. The apparatus includes a body configured to include a flux unit which supplies water and a nozzle which is connected to the flux unit and has a narrower width than the flux unit, a frame configured to surround the body and include a suction part for removing smoke, and a heat sensitive unit fixed to seal the nozzle. When the flux unit, nozzle and frame sprays fluid with a certain pressure at high speed through the nozzle, pressure energy of the fluid is changed to velocity energy, and a vacuum state is formed in a suction room at a low pressure due to a fast speed. In order for an operation to be performed as a vacuum ejector for sucking another fluid, the suction part is positioned surrounding the nozzle, and the frame is provided to surround the heat sensitive unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Sung Woo Kim, Myung Min Kim, Myung Ah Kim
  • Publication number: 20140353403
    Abstract: A system designed to hinder the movement of an intruder inside a structure by spraying an adhesive material on the floor where the intruder is located and/or in other places in the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Ofer Hai
  • Patent number: 8899495
    Abstract: A mist generating system includes an input pipeline, an iced water tank, a heat exchanger, a nebulizing pump, an output pipeline, a pressure regulating set and a pressure releasing set communicating with each other via a plurality of pipes. The iced water tank is connected between the input pipeline and the nebulizing pump. The iced water tank is connected to the heat exchanger. One end of the output pipeline is connected to the nebulizing pump. Another end of the output pipeline is connected to the pressure regulating set. The pressure regulating set is connected to the iced water tank. One end of the pressure releasing set connected between the nebulizing pump and the output pipeline. Another end of the pressure releasing set connected to the iced water tank. When the mist generating system is turned on, a volume of water is ejected toward the outside in a mist form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Meng-Yao Chuang
  • Patent number: 8893984
    Abstract: An improved misting bottle and fan apparatus capable of both convective cooling and evaporative cooling independent of either other. The operator can select to have the convective cooling effects of air being blown over the operator. The operator can select to have the evaporative cooling effects of pressurized fluid forced through a small orifice showered down at the operator. In the alternative, the operator is able to select both style of cooling using this device. The positioning and shape of the atomizing device in relation to the forced air is unique as well as the shaping of the air flow optimizes the cooling effects. Location of the atomizing device is proscribed as to prevent the occurrence of drips and runs commonly associated with misting fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Sands, Michael Davis
  • Patent number: 8893991
    Abstract: A hand-held, electrostatically- and/or compressed gas-aided coating material dispensing device comprises a barrel and a handle extending downward from the barrel. The handle includes a module selected from modules having a number of different characteristics for coupling sources of coating material, compressed gas and/or electrical supply to the coating material dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Finishing Brands Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Alexander, Gene P. Altenburger, Michael C. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 8893985
    Abstract: A pump fragrance device includes a pump spray, an inner housing connected to a spray head, and an outer housing on the inner housing. On the inner housing, a junction piece connected to the spray head has an opening thereon. The inner housing's surface has an assembling piece to fit with the outer housing, which has an assembling structure to fit with the inner housing. The inner and outer housings form a fixing structure. The fixing structure is filled with a volatile carrier agent, at least a part of which is located in the spray path of the pump spray. When used, the pump spray sprays content onto a surface of the volatile carrier agent, thereby reducing the quantity of the volatile aromatic agent used. This prolongs the diffusion time of the volatile aromatic agent, thereby relieving users from the danger of the fragrance device being under high temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Aromate Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henry Wu
  • Patent number: 8888013
    Abstract: According to the invention there is provided dispensing means having a housing 16 and a spray dispenser 13, the housing 16 having a first part and a second part, the housing being formed such that when it is in use the first part can be secured to a building construction above ground level such that the second part faces away from the first part, there being a space within the housing, the spray dispenser 13 adapted for detachably fitting to the housing within the space, the spray dispenser having a spray emitting portion 14 and a spray material storage portion 15, the spray emitting portion 14 and the spray material storage portion 15 being detachable with respect to one another, the dispensing means being formed such that when it is operational the spray dispenser 13 can, from substantially within the housing 16, automatically release a spray of the spray material to an area outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Haig McLisky
  • Patent number: 8888017
    Abstract: A system includes a cylindrical blend chamber having two inlets and one outlet. The outlet is fluidly coupled to a transfer line, and a nozzle is positioned downstream of the transfer line. The nozzle is fluidly coupled to an exhaust stream of an internal combustion engine. The system further includes a first inlet fluidly coupled to a diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) stream, and a second inlet fluidly coupled to an air stream. The DEF stream and the air stream intersect at a divergent angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Chetan Ponnathpur, Stephanie L. Apewokin, Steve Holl, Jim F. Burke, John Heichelbech, Andrew Myer, Melissa A. Zaczek, Yongquan Chai, Eric Burmeister, Nate Garrett