Choice Of Any One Material Only Patents (Class 239/305)
  • Patent number: 11433412
    Abstract: A robotic treatment system includes a robotic arm comprising a tool mount, and a plurality of tools, each of the plurality of tools removably connectable to the tool mount. The system further includes a distribution assembly, which includes a distribution source, a distribution feed cable, a distribution return cable, and a plurality of distribution valves. Each of the plurality of distribution valves regulates a distribution flow through the distribution feed cable to one of the plurality of tools or the distribution return cable from one of the plurality of tools. The system further includes a supply assembly, which includes a supply controller, a plurality of substrate feeders, and a plurality of supply feed cables. The system further includes a main controller, the main controller in operable communication with the robotic arm, the supply controller, and each of the plurality of distribution valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Viggiani, Stanley Frank Simpson, Travis Edgar Garner
  • Patent number: 11255540
    Abstract: A burner capable of burning crude or other heavy oil. A combustion chamber is surrounded by a wall of thermal insulation. An air-fuel injector pipe extends through the wall and opens into the combustion chamber. An oil supply pipe extends along the interior of the air fuel injector pipe to an inner open end that is proximate the inner end of the air-fuel injector pipe. A venturi insert is fixed within the air-fuel injector pipe and has an orifice positioned outward of the open inner end of the oil supply pipe. A combustion air supply including a blower and a recuperator transfers heat from outgoing combusted exhaust gases to incoming combustion-supporting air being blown through the recuperator and the air fuel injector pipe into the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Catherine J. Chagnot
  • Patent number: 11203033
    Abstract: Methods and devices for atomizing a fragrant liquid are disclosed. A reservoir receives a volume of a base liquid. One or more drops of a substance are added to the base liquid to form a volume of an aromatic liquid. A vaporizer atomizes the aromatic liquid, forming a mist that is emitted from the device. The device allows a user to customize the blend of substances that are used to form the aromatic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BIO CREATIVE ENTERPRISES
    Inventor: Jason P. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10926454
    Abstract: A handheld dispensing device has a first dispensing element configured to dispense a structural material and a second dispensing element configured to dispense a biological material. The second dispensing element is single-use and sterilizable. The first dispensing element is connectable to the second dispensing element. A dispensing system also is provided and has a sterilizable chamber; at least one robotic arm assembly and a dispensing device within the sterilizable chamber. The at least one robotic assembly is configured to move the dispensing device that has a first dispensing element and a second dispensing element. The first dispensing element is releasably connectable to the second dispensing element. An external control is device connected to the robotic arm assembly and controls the at least one robotic arm assembly. The first dispensing element dispenses a structural material and the second dispensing element dispenses a biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Frank Maggiore
  • Patent number: 10919061
    Abstract: The Invention relates to a gadget (multi-fluid dispenser) that allows a user to carry multiple fluids in one portable device. The multi-fluid dispenser (MFD) features capsules which fit in a cylindrical shell, wherein each capsule is used to store fluid. A removable cap allows a user to select and dispense liquid from a capsule of choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Bishal Bhandari
  • Patent number: 10913200
    Abstract: A dispensing system has a sterilizable chamber. At least one robotic arm assembly and a dispensing device are within the sterilizable chamber. The dispensing device comprising a first dispensing element and a second dispensing element. The first dispensing element is connectable to the second dispensing element The at least one robotic assembly is configured to move the dispensing device. An external control device is connected to the at least one robotic arm assembly and is configured to control the at least one robotic arm assembly. The first dispensing element is configured to dispense a structural material and the second dispensing element is configured to dispense a biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Frank Maggiore
  • Patent number: 10729800
    Abstract: [Object] It is possible to efficiently perfume using a relatively small amount of fragrance material while an increase in size of a perfuming device is minimized. [Solution] Provided is a cartridge for a perfuming device, including: a main body part; an air flow channel that is provided in the main body part and has both ends that are open; and a fragrance material held in at least a part of an inner surface of the air flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Fujita, Yukari Tsunoda, Tsunetoshi Samukawa, Jusuke Shimura
  • Patent number: 10697160
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a multi-function lavatory fixture are disclosed. The lavatory fixture includes a first and second leg, where a first end of each leg is configured to be mounted to a deck and a second end of each leg is located over a basin of the lavatory fixture. A connecting section extends between the second ends of each leg and includes outlets to dispense water and soap to wash a user's hands. The fixture also includes indicators located proximate each of the outlets to indicate to the user the location of each outlet. A sensor located near each outlet identifies the presence of a user's hands near the outlet and dispenses water and soap, accordingly. A controller within the lavatory fixture receives inputs from each sensor and activates the appropriate pump or valve to deliver the desired product at the appropriate outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Loberger, Scott M. Kluck, William L. Haas, Jason Thomas Dodge
  • Patent number: 10435874
    Abstract: The present invention is to optimize the usage of water used by almost all individuals while having a shower. The proposed system uses a timed control for regulating the usage of water and other resources. The system is suitable for residential or commercial applications wherein optimization in usage of water and other resources is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Vamsi Krishna Rachapudi, Hara Gopala Rau Rachapudi, Karan Kumar Eyunni
  • Patent number: 10040079
    Abstract: A two part airless adhesive spray system is provided herein. This system provides numerous enhancements to the prior art including limiting overspray “fog,” saving on sprayed material because of a more efficient spray pattern, and providing a stronger bond than that of the air-atomized spray guns of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Steven E. Adams, John C. Hannon, Terry Nelson, Ian L. Churcher, Andrew T. Sinclair, Robert J. Rose
  • Patent number: 9987643
    Abstract: A system may include a spray device having a body with a first liquid passage configured to flow a first liquid and a second liquid passage configured to flow a second liquid. The spray device also may include a spray head configured to output a spray of the first liquid and the second liquid. In addition, the spray device may include a multi-component container coupled to the body, wherein the multi-component container comprises a first container portion having a first outlet configured to supply the first liquid to the first liquid passage and a second container portion having a second outlet configured to supply the second liquid to the second liquid passage, and the first and second outlets are positioned in close proximity to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Carlisle Fluid Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin Dean Burns
  • Patent number: 9821332
    Abstract: A two part airless adhesive spray system is provided herein. This system provides numerous enhancements to the prior art including limiting overspray “fog,” saving on sprayed material because of a more efficient spray pattern, and providing a stronger bond than that of the air-atomized spray guns of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Steven E. Adams, John C. Hannon, Terry Nelson, Ian L. Churcher, Andrew T. Sinclair, Robert J. Rose
  • Patent number: 9751095
    Abstract: A shower head (10C) has at least one mixing chamber (24) having an air inlet (18) for connection to a supply of pressurized air and a water inlet (22) for connection to a supply of pressurized water so that, in use, the air breaks the water up into droplets in the mixing chamber. The mixing chamber further has at least one outlet (32) so that, in use, the water droplets and air exit the shower head to form a shower of water droplets having a mean trajectory. The or each outlet is arranged so that, in use, at least a substantial proportion of the water droplets exit the shower head so that their individual trajectories on leaving the shower head are offset from the mean trajectory of the shower head and converge towards the mean trajectory of the shower head. This can result in a more uniform distribution of water droplets in the shower pattern. A single annular outlet may be provided, or a plurality of separate outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kelda Showers Limited
    Inventors: Peter James Honeyands, Christopher Honeyands
  • Patent number: 9732862
    Abstract: A method of controlling the flow of different flow paths of fluid is provided. The method includes rotating a valve to a first position, receiving a first concentrate in the first position, discharging the first concentrate through one of two outlets, rotating the valve to a second position, receiving a second concentrate in the second position, and discharging the second concentrate through one of the two outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Schiller, James H. Lohr, Paul J. Larson
  • Patent number: 9662672
    Abstract: A color changer system for a painting robot comprises a color changer. A plurality of color feed lines are included on an inlet side of the color changer. A common color line is included on an outlet side of the color changer, and is configured to forward paint selected by the color changer to an atomizer. A color bar comprises a plurality of docking points supplied by the color feed lines. A color extractor is configured to selectively dock onto one of the docking points of the color bar and, while docked to the color bar, extract paint from an associated color feed line and supply the extracted paint to the common color line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Duerr Systems, GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9433327
    Abstract: A backflow prevention assembly for global use with dispensers requiring a variety of backflow prevention devices based on regulatory standards is provided. The assembly includes a housing comprising first and second housing members and including quick connector attachments extending therefrom. The quick connector attachments are non-threaded members configured to be attached to the various measurement and types of connections found throughout the world. A cover is provided for venting purposes to reduce the backflow siphoning forces or pressure, which causes the backflow of a product chemistry. Furthermore, a backflow prevention device is configured to be fluidly coupled to the housing of the present invention to provide for one way flow and the prevention of backflow of a product chemistry into a water supply. The flow control may be selected based on the regulatory standards of the location used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Max Schultz, Ryan Jacob Urban, Brian Philip Carlson, Jay Anderson, Jeffrey Alan Blansit
  • Patent number: 9375546
    Abstract: A personal airway humidification and oxygen-enrichment apparatus includes at least two membranes adapted to produce a conditioned gas. At least a first of the membranes is adapted to produce a first gas and at least a second of the membranes is adapted to produce a second gas having an oxygen content higher than the first gas. The conditioned gas includes the first gas, the second gas, or a combination thereof from the membranes. The membranes are adapted to produce the first gas and the second gas so that the conditioned gas contains gaseous water to about 100 percent saturation. The apparatus includes means for delivering water to the membranes, means for delivering an initial gas to the membranes, and a delivery hose adapted to receive the conditioned gas from one or more of the membranes and deliver the conditioned gas to a delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: William Henry Ruff
  • Patent number: 9358557
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a diffuser apparatus and system. The diffuser apparatus includes a gas supply line with an injection port facing a first direction for emitting a gas stream into a diffuser space. The diffuser apparatus further includes a dome-shaped surface positioned a first distance away from the injection port. The dome-shaped surface is in downstream fluid communication with the gas stream. The diffuser apparatus further includes a liquid feed line that is connectable in fluid receiving communication with a liquid source. The liquid feed line includes a suction port disposed on the dome-shaped surface facing a second direction. During operation of the apparatus, passing the gas stream over the suction port suctions a particle stream through the liquid feed line in order to form a combination stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Young Living Essential Oils, LC
    Inventors: D. Gary Young, James T. Davis, II, Son Q. Le
  • Patent number: 9089662
    Abstract: The present liquid dispenser comprising a self-sensing dispensing device, fabric softener comprising a power supply means; a liquid dispensing element comprising an actuator and a dispensing; electronic control means operable to control said actuator; liquid supply means; valving means for allowing or blocking liquid to flow from said reservoir through said liquid supply means to said liquid dispensing element, wherein said actuator is operable to execute in itself at least a dispensing function and a detecting function, the detecting function detecting at least characteristics external to the self-sensing dispensing device and causing said actuator to generate a command signal, and wherein said electronic control means is operable to control said valving means and said actuator based on the reception of said command signal; wherein said electronic control means and said piezoelectric actuator are arranged to detect presence or movement of an object in the proximity of said piezoelectric actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Amir Feriani, Cedric Zaugg, Jean-Paul Sandoz, Joseph Hess
  • Patent number: 8978581
    Abstract: An adhesive applying device includes a robot including a robot arm; a rotor set jig for setting thereat a rotor; a gun including a holder to which a cartridge containing the adhesive is mountable, the gun discharging the adhesive in the cartridge mounted to the holder and being mountable to an end of the robot arm; an electromagnetic valve that performs on/off switching control of supply of compressed air at a predetermined pressure into the cartridge mounted to the holder of the gun; a robot controller that controls an operation of the robot; and an upper-order controller that coordinates and controls the on/off switching control performed by the electromagnetic valve and the control of the operation of the robot performed by the robot controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventor: Koji Yano
  • Patent number: 8857738
    Abstract: A device (10) for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir (50) and a container assembly (100) that can include at least one container body (105, 110, 112, 114, 116). The reservoir (50) houses a diluent “D,” for example, water, and each container body houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning agent. Each container body has an outlet assembly (200) with a nozzle (260), so that container assemblies (100) with multiple container bodies correspondingly include multiple nozzles (260). The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby ho end use product is stored in the device (10). Rather, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation, as part of the, dispensing act. Namely, diluent “D” is pumped through an outlet assembly (200), drawing concentrate “C” thereinto which mixes into the end use product while exiting the device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140252127
    Abstract: A spraying device with multi-color cartridge, having an array of liquid tanks, arranged around horizontal axel of cartridge rotation. And A spraying device with multi-color cartridge, having an array of liquid tanks, arranged around vertical axel of cartridge rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gennadi Fedorov
  • Publication number: 20140203097
    Abstract: Reloadable devices can dispense, from a single device, multiple sprays that can vary in composition and/or in dose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: David A. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20140069420
    Abstract: A fluid sample dispenser includes a microdosing device for outputting, during an activation state, a fluid sample at a fluid sample outlet to the environment, wherein the microdosing device is placeable adjacent to a person's nose so that a distance between the outlet of the microdosing device and a nostril of the person's nose is within a predefined range, and a microdosing driver unit for adjusting a dosing rate of the scent sample output at the scent sample outlet by selectively activating the microdosing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Martin RICHTER, Sebastian KIBLER, Juergen KRUCKOW
  • Patent number: 8584716
    Abstract: A multi-station liquid mixing and dispensing apparatus. The apparatus includes a housing that defines a first pocket for supporting a first container and a second pocket for supporting a second container, a first door pivotably coupled to the housing and enclosing the first pocket, and a second door pivotably coupled to the housing opposite the first door. The first door includes a first window through which the first container can be identified. The second door encloses the second pocket and includes a second window through which the second container can be identified. The apparatus also includes a valve coupled to the housing to control flow of chemical concentrate to at least one of the first container and the second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Bertucci, Curtis H. Hubmann, Christopher F. Lang, Steven E. Schiller
  • Patent number: 8556192
    Abstract: A portable pressure washer that includes a base and a tank assembly formed as a one-piece structure and for engagement with the base. The tank assembly has a pair of water tanks that are disposed separately from each other and a solution tank that is disposed between the pair of water tanks. Each of the tanks is provided with a filler cap. A latch mechanism is disposed at opposite ends of the base for releasably securing the tank assembly with the base. The base houses a liquid pump and air compressor. A manual selector is mounted at the base and has separately selectable positions for coupling either with the water tanks or the solution tank. A spray hose is coupled from the pump for directing either of the water or solution when the pump is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Todd W. Wise
  • Patent number: 8550377
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a paint spraying device for spraying various-colored paints, and more specifically, to a paint spraying device which is capable of spraying various-colored paints, individually or in combination, increases spraying efficiency by controlling a paint spray angle, and is easy to carry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jeong Oh Kwon
  • Patent number: 8453949
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-color paint application apparatus, which includes: a paint storage portion having a number of paint containers in the inside of a storage body; a cover portion that can open and close the upper side of the storage body of the paint storage portion; a discharge portion which includes discharge tubes, and auxiliary containers paint discharge valves; a sensor portion having sensors which are respectively fixed to the discharge tubes, in which an alarm sound is produced by a buzzer if electric power is short-circuited; an air inlet portion including a 3-way valve which makes pressure of air selectively flow into the center of the cover portion; a dehumidification portion which is connected with an expansion tube where a drain plug that can remove moisture by adiabatic expansion of the compressed air is formed with the 3-way valve in the air inlet portion; and a spray gun which can selectively spray the compressed air through a switch formed in a handle lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jeong Oh Kwon
  • Patent number: 8333164
    Abstract: A coating apparatus for serially coating workpieces with different shades or colors is disclosed. A metering device comprises a plunger-type dosing mechanism or a metering pump that has a separate inlet with an integrated color valve for each of the most commonly used colors is located in or near the sprayer of the coating apparatus. A separate color changer can be provided for less frequently used colors. The outlet of said color changer may be connected to another inlet of the metering mechanism or to the discharge valve of the sprayer via a separate metering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Duerr Systems, GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Rainer Melcher, Manfred Michelfelder
  • Patent number: 8307907
    Abstract: A hybrid foam system for providing a variety of proportioned foam solutions is provided. The system includes a low flow foam proportioning system operatively associated with a high flow foam proportioning system and a system controller for controlling the operating conditions of the overall hybrid foam system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Hale Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Laskaris, Dominic John Colletti
  • Patent number: 8157190
    Abstract: There is provided an air atomizing type coating apparatus which is constituted by a main body (2) having a first feed tube passage hole (6) extended forward from a cartridge mount portion (5), a passage change-over mechanism (11) attached to the front side of the main body (2) to change over positions of a second feed tube passage hole (14) and a second wash fluid passage (15), a spray nozzle (22) attached on the front side of the passage change-over mechanism (11), and a paint cartridge (30) to be set in the cartridge mount portion (5). Upon shifting the passage change-over mechanism (11) to a coating position, the first and second feed tube passage holes (6) and (14) are brought into communication with each other, a coating operation can be performed by inserting a paint cartridge (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventor: Toshio Onda
  • Patent number: 8132743
    Abstract: A color changer has a common feed passage that is connected to two or more inlet passages. The common feed passage can be reverse purged in a direction that is opposite a direction of powder flow through the common feed passage. A valve element seals a supply port that connects the inlet passage to the common feed passage to eliminate dead space and form a near bore line seal. The valve element is an elastic material that expands in response to applied compressed air inside the valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Terrence M. Fulkerson, Terry John Thompson, Jeffery Edward Dailidas, Kenneth A. Kreeger, Joseph G. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8109228
    Abstract: A cartridge changer (41) is composed of a swing arm (48) with a cartridge gripper (48B) for gripping a paint cartridge (24), and an arcuate moving portion (46) for putting the swing arm (48) in swinging movements in a horizontal plane. The cartridge changer (41) is adapted to pick up a replenished paint cartridge (24) on the mount deck (42) by the cartridge gripper (48B) and transfer the swing arm (48) to a changing position “O” by the arcuate moving portion (46). By the operation, a used paint cartridge (24?) will be replaced by the replenished paint cartridge (24) between the mount deck (42) and a common body (15) which is located in the changing position “O” of the atomizing head changing and washing device (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventors: Tokuo Umezawa, Hidetsugu Matsuda, Masaharu Kuromoto, Yutaka Sakata
  • Patent number: 8006921
    Abstract: For providing a coating material cartridge capable of reliably discharging air and coating material stagnated in a hydraulic fluid chamber, a coating material cartridge has a cartridge main body, a partition body, a coating material transfer path and a plurality of hydraulic fluid transfer paths. The cartridge main body is detachably attached to a coating material filling device. The partition body partitions the inner region of the cartridge main body into a coating material chamber and a hydraulic fluid chamber. The coating material transfer path communicates the coating material chamber and the outer region of the cartridge main body, and each of the hydraulic fluid transfer paths communicates the hydraulic fluid chamber and a outer region of the cartridge main body. Each of the hydraulic fluid transfer paths has a plurality of openings that opens in the hydraulic fluid chamber and the distance for each of the openings from the connection end face is different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Trinity Industrial Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isamu Yamasaki, Takanobu Mori, Noriyuki Achiwa
  • Patent number: 7975645
    Abstract: A common body (15) of a coater unit (14) is mounted on a robot device (13). A common body gripper (33) is fixedly mounted on a fixed plate (32) of an atomizing head changing and washing device (31). At the time of replacing a used atomizing head (19?) and a used paint cartridge (24?) by a washed atomizing head (19) and a replenished paint cartridge (24), respectively, the common body (15) is gripped and located in a predetermined position by the common body gripper (33). When the common body (15) is gripped by the common body gripper (33), the robot device (13) is put in a reduced power mode attenuating driving forces to leave said common body (15) in a freely movable state by application of an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventors: Tokuo Umezawa, Hidetsugu Matsuda, Masaharu Kuromoto, Yutaka Sakata
  • Publication number: 20110163174
    Abstract: A painting system for painting a plurality of colors and a method of using the system to coat articles. The painting system comprises a plurality of paint supply networks and a plurality of paint return networks, each network for a corresponding paint color. A number of paint delivery stations are also provided, each including a plurality of drop lines. Each drop line is in communication with a corresponding paint supply network. Each drop line includes a downstream end coupling. Each paint delivery station includes a plurality of paint return nodes, each in communication with a corresponding paint return network. A paint gun unit is provided with a paint gun supply coupling. The paint gun supply coupling is complementary with each of the downstream end couplings of a corresponding drop line. The downstream end coupling of each drop line is uniquely shaped to engage only with the correct paint return node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nirupama Karunaratne, Carl Cave, Scott Johnson, Russel Woodhouse, Chika Sekine, Darin Long
  • Patent number: 7905428
    Abstract: A sprayer has a sprayer outlet and a pressurizable reservoir adapted to contain a fluid. The reservoir has an air-pressure outlet and a reservoir outlet, the reservoir outlet being in fluid connection with the sprayer outlet. Detachable, pressurizable tanks are adapted to contain a chemical, each tank having a chemical outlet and an air-pressure inlet. Each air-pressure inlet is in fluid connection with the air-pressure outlet of the reservoir for equalizing air pressure between the reservoir and each tank. A switch is adjustable between a plurality of settings for causing at least one of the chemical outlets to be in fluid connection with the sprayer outlet. A ratio valve is provided for selecting a fluid flow rate out of the selected outlet. Fluids flowing into the sprayer outlet from the outlets are mixed together prior to discharge from the sprayer outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Max A. Probasco
  • Publication number: 20110023222
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating a realistic granite or other pattern on a substrate, such as a sink, bath, or piece of furniture. The apparatus and method may use gelcoat to create a regular or irregular pattern. The apparatus may use pressurized air or gear pumps to pump paint from tanks to a spraying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: WoodCrafters Home Products, LLC.
    Inventor: Abraham TANUS
  • Patent number: 7798424
    Abstract: An automatic air freshener spraying device includes a front cover, a base, two air freshener bottles and a press driving device, and a motor of the press driving device is pivotally coupled to the driving gear, such that when the driving gear rotates clockwise or anti-clockwise at the motor, the driving gear with the transmission of the gear set pushes a protruding member at the bottom of one of the left and right sides of a large fan-shaped gear to obtain a larger instant pressing force, and a set of press driving devices are used for controlling the motor to rotate clockwise or anti-clockwise, and either the left or right air freshener bottles is pressed to spray an air freshener from an air freshener nozzle of the left air freshener bottle or the right air freshener bottle, so as to provide a uniform misty spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Po-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 7793858
    Abstract: A paint delivery and application apparatus, wherein the apparatus includes a source of paint, a paint applicator, a supply line interconnecting the source of paint and the applicator and at least one pig in the supply line, wherein the paint pushes the pig from adjacent the source of paint to the paint applicator and a source of purging solvent delivering a small volume of purging solvent to the supply line when the pig is adjacent the source of paint adjacent to and upstream of the pig acting as a lubricant, reducing chattering and skipping of the pig and extending the life of the pig. Where the apparatus includes two pigs, purging solvent is delivered between the pigs adjacent the applicator, the pigs are delivered to adjacent the source of paint and a small volume of solvent is then delivered from between the pigs upstream of the pigs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Durr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Heldt, Rainer Melcher, Manfred Michelfelder, Robert E. Brady
  • Patent number: 7770755
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing several fluid products is described. The device includes at least two sealed flexible gags arranged in a single rigid container, associated with at least one pump, the rigid container consisting of an open cylinder and the bags are provided each with a pump and a push button, and are mounted opposite on each of the two opposite openings of the cylinder. The device is applicable to appliances containing fluids to be dispensed independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Lablabo
    Inventors: Laurent Arghyris, Patrice Puviland, Jean-Philippe Taberlet
  • Publication number: 20100176215
    Abstract: A color changer has a common feed passage that is connected to two or more inlet passages. The common feed passage can be reverse purged in a direction that is opposite a direction of powder flow through the common feed passage. A valve element seals a supply port that connects the inlet passage to the common feed passage to eliminate dead space and form a near bore line seal. The valve element is an elastic material that expands in response to applied compressed air inside the valve element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Terrence M. Fulkerson, Terry John Thompson, Jeffery Edward Dailidas, Kenneth A. Kreeger, Joseph G. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7718119
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for generating a desired smell by processing smell information through a combination of a computer system and a perfume generating means. In order to generate a desired smell under control of a computer, preset perfume information concerning a smell classification table, kinds of preset perfume corresponding to the items of smell in the smell classification table, the amount of smell to be generated and the variation with time of the amount is registered, the item of a specific smell is selected from the smell classification table, and relevant pieces of the preset perfume information corresponding to the item of the specific smell is extracted. A deodorant may be combined or various smells may be combined with an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Yukinobu Tajima, Hideki Tanemura, Naoki Urushihata
  • Patent number: 7712681
    Abstract: A color changer has a common feed passage that is connected to two or more inlet passages. The common feed passage can be reverse purged in a direction that is opposite a direction of powder flow through the common feed passage. A valve element seals a supply port that connects the inlet passage to the common feed passage to eliminate dead space and form a near bore line seal. The valve element is an elastic material that expands in response to applied compressed air inside the valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Terrence M. Fulkerson, Terry John Thompson, Jeffery Edward Dailidas, Kenneth A. Kreeger, Joseph G Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7651035
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly (1) has a first (10) and second dispensing unit (20), each of which first and second dispensing units has a reservoir for accommodating a liquid substance as well as a manually operable first and second pump (12, 22), respectively, attached to the reservoir. The dispensing assembly furthermore has a pump operating button assembly for jointly operating the first and second pump, the first pump connecting to a first dispensing duct in the pump operating button assembly (2A, 2B) and the second pump connecting to a second dispensing duct in the pump operating button assembly. The pump operating button assembly has at least one dispensing nozzle which is in communication with at least one dispensing duct in tie pump operating button assembly (2A, 2B) for dispensing one or more dispensing products based on the substances emanating from the first and second dispensing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Airspray N.V.
    Inventor: Edgar Ivo Maria van der Heijden
  • Patent number: 7614570
    Abstract: A bathing system is disclosed. The system includes a water supply line, an injectant supply line for supplying an injectant such as shampoo and conditioner, and an injector for combining the water and injectant and homogenizing the mixture. The system also includes a sprayer, which is connected to the outlet of the injector and is capable of producing a pulsating spray. Additional injectant supply line or lines can also be included. The injectant lines can be combined with a distribution manifold and in turn fed into the injector. In a preferred embodiment, the injector is of a differential pressure type. A bypass path and valve switch water directing to the sprayer for rinsing without mixing with injectant. The injector and sprayer are configured to produce a water-injectant mixture with a consistent mixing ratio over a wide range of water flow rates and pressures while providing pulsating action in either the wash or rinse cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hair Patrol LLC
    Inventor: James E. Freidell
  • Patent number: 7588196
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a cartridge-type coating machine having a coating device for spraying paint, to which a simple, light and inexpensive cartridge for storing paint therein and for supplying the paint to the coating device is detachably attached. In a coating machine 11, a coating device having a rotary atomizing head 14 and the like is disposed at a front part of a housing 12, and a cartridge 21, in which paint is stored, is detachably attached to a rear part of the housing 12. Paint in the cartridge 21 is supplied to the rotary atomizing head 14 by pressurizing the cartridge 21 by liquid fluid, and a pressure solvent storage chamber 18b for storing the liquid fluid is formed by the housing 12 and the cartridge 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, ABB K.K.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kubota, Shinji Tani, Kazumi Ichihara, Hidetsugu Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7543761
    Abstract: A method and apparatus dispenses first and second fragrances by utilizing a fog nozzle in a ductwork of a facility. The first fragrance is dispensed, at intervals, through the fog nozzle into the ductwork and the second fragrance is dispensed after the first fragrance is dispensed, wherein fragrance desensitivity is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Jondall Mehus, Charles Allen Hodge
  • Publication number: 20090008477
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing a catalyst with a resin and then spraying the mixture onto a surface. The catalyst is mixed with air before the catalyst/air mixture is introduced to the resin in the mixing tube. The sprayer is provided with a specially designed check valve to prevent resin and catalyst from back flowing into the air/catalyst supply line. The construction of the check valve prevents it from clogging or becoming stuck shut during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: ALPHAGEN MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Matt Merchant
  • Patent number: 7469844
    Abstract: A diffusion device comprises a bottom portion having a bottom cover disposed thereon. The device further includes a top portion having a top cover disposed atop the bottom portion and a pump assembly disposed between the top cover and the bottom cover. First, second, and third arm portions extend from the pump assembly, wherein the first, second, and third arm portions include first, second, and third piezoelectric devices, respectively, attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon M. Conway, Thomas Jaworski, Heather R. Schramm, Scott D. Walter, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Jonathan M. Mick