Aspirating Discharge Nozzle Patents (Class 239/318)
  • Patent number: 11267766
    Abstract: A fertilizer application system for a liquid fertilizer concentrate includes a container containing a first fluid. A siphon is disposed on the container and includes two inlets and an outlet. A flow control valve is configured to selectively control an amount of first fluid flowing through the siphon based on ambient temperature of an environment outside the container. A siphon tube includes a siphon tube first portion in fluid communication with the first fluid, and a siphon tube second portion fluidly coupled to an inlet of the siphon. The first fluid includes a liquid fertilizer concentrate comprising a nitrogen containing source, a phosphorous containing source, a sulfur containing source, a potassium containing source, an iron containing source, and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Donald Edward Carlson
  • Patent number: 11260355
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for making content liquid foamy for discharge are described herein. A dispenser for making content liquid discharge foamy by mixing air flow from an air chamber with the content liquid flow from a liquid chamber can be provided. The dispenser can include a mixing chamber configured to mix air and content liquid; a porous member between an air passage from the air chamber and the mixing chamber; and a liquid passage from the liquid chamber to the mixing chamber. The liquid passage can have a first liquid passage and a plurality of second liquid passages. The liquid passage can be configured such that content liquid flows from the first liquid passage to the second liquid passages to the mixing chamber. The second liquid passages can be configured to provide flow of the content liquid in at least two directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chris King, Ryohei Aoyama, Noboru Yashima
  • Patent number: 11066230
    Abstract: A manually operated applicator for spraying and dispensing expanding foam chemicals from aerosol containers is provided. The applicator dispenses compressed gas in close proximity to the foam as the foam exits the applicator, which results in improved adhesion of the foam to surfaces. The applicator includes a nozzle, an aerosol inlet for connection to an aerosol container, a gas inlet for connection to a source of compressed gas, and a trigger for operation of the applicator. The nozzle includes outlets for dispensing the foam and the compressed gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Nathaniel L. Waugh
  • Patent number: 10946838
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a cylindrical sensor window defining an axis, and a tubular annular member fixed relative to the sensor window and substantially centered around the axis. The annular member includes a plurality of first nozzles and second nozzles arranged in an alternating pattern around the annular member. The first nozzles each have a direction of discharge in a radially inward and axial direction forming a first angle with the axis. The second nozzles each have a direction of discharge in a radially inward and axial direction forming a second angle with the axis, and the second angle is different than the first angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andre Sykula, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino, Michael Whitney, David Franco, Maxime Baudouin, Xavier Bousset, William Terrasse, Theophile Jullien, Geoffroy Duplaix
  • Patent number: 10946398
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hose end sprayer configured for connecting to a hose and at least one container. The hose end sprayer includes a main housing sub-assembly having a main housing bore, a flow tube assembly and a nozzle. The flow tube assembly is disposed within the main housing bore and slideably displaceable relative thereto between a first position allowing delivery of neither of the first substance and the second substance through the main bore outlet, and a second position allowing delivery of a mixture of the first and second substances through the main bore outlet. The nozzle includes an interference member configured to selectively interfere with the downstream end of the flow tube assembly when the flow tube assembly is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GREEN GARDEN PRODUCTS COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Mark T. MacLean-Blevins, Adam Conrad Faupel
  • Patent number: 10875040
    Abstract: A pressure washer system comprises a cleaning fluid tank defining a cleaning fluid supply outlet, and a pump, engine and generator (PEG) unit including a pump defining a cleaning fluid pump inlet disposed vertically below the cleaning fluid supply outlet of the cleaning fluid supply tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Rancourt, John Schuetz, Kyle Hecimovich
  • Patent number: 10662911
    Abstract: A fuel system for a partitioned fuel tank includes a fuel pump assembly, a fuel jet pump device, a high pressure conduit, and a low pressure conduit. The tank defines a first chamber and a second chamber. The fuel pump assembly is disposed in the first chamber, and includes a motorized fuel pump. The jet pump device is disposed in the second chamber, and defines a low pressure passage adapted to draw fuel from the second chamber, a high pressure passage, and a mixing passage adapted to receive and mix fuel flowing from the low and high pressure passages. The high pressure conduit extends between the first and second chambers, and is in communication between an outlet of the fuel pump and the high pressure passage. The low pressure conduit extends between the first and second chambers, and is in communication between the mixing passage and the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas R. Martin, Luis Ochoa Rodriguez, Ricardo R. Dorado, David H. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10512923
    Abstract: The element comprises: a hollow body (19); a delivery nozzle (32) for delivering a first liquid carried by the hollow body (19); a dispensing nozzle (50) for dispensing a second liquid carried by the hollow body (19); The dispensing nozzle (50) is suitable for producing droplets having a diameter less than 1 mm, particularly comprised between 1 ?m and 1000 ?m and the delivery nozzle (32) is suitable for producing droplets having a diameter greater than 1 mm, and particularly comprised between 1 mm and 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Céline Farcet, Laurent Gilbert, Ronan Delisle
  • Patent number: 10390601
    Abstract: The system and method for applying cosmetics includes an integral unit formed of a lower housing, an upper housing and a cover. A compressor module is housed inside the lower housing. A control module is housed inside the upper housing, above the compressor module. The control module includes a view screen, printed circuit board connected to the compressor module, an interactive control board connected to the printed circuit board, and a speaker. There is a cosmetics applicator formed by an air hose and an airbrush stylus. The air hose connects to the compressor module to supply compressed air to the airbrush stylus. The control module regulates compressed air to the airbrush stylus. The method of applying cosmetics includes activating the control module, producing audiovisual prompts for loading cosmetics for a desired cosmetic application, producing audio visual instructions for applying cosmetics for the desired cosmetic application, and applying the cosmetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Je Matadi, Inc
    Inventor: Pershant Mehta
  • Patent number: 10220972
    Abstract: A vacuum volume reduction system and method for reducing a volume to be evacuated at a vacuum tube vehicle station are provided. The system has a station vacuum tube in an interior of a station wall of the vacuum tube vehicle station. The station vacuum tube has a tube volume. The system has a volume reduction assembly coupled to the station vacuum tube, and a control system for radially moving the assembly to and from a vehicle outer surface of a vacuum transport tube vehicle, to engage around the vehicle outer surface, for loading and unloading of passengers and/or cargo. The system further has door seal(s), an air supply assembly, and a vent-to-vacuum assembly. The system displaces the tube volume between the station wall and the vehicle outer surface, and in turn, reduces a volume to be evacuated at the vacuum tube vehicle station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Erik Grip, Mark A. DeHaan, John C. Vassberg
  • Patent number: 10166559
    Abstract: A hose end sprayer has a sprayer lid and a container. The sprayer lid has a cap with a pair of bottle connectors formed of single-ended, fixed diameter, threaded sleeves of different radii mounted on the underside of the sprayer lid's cap. The connectors and a threaded adapter allow the sprayer lid to be connected with containers having mouths of different sizes, including containers in which liquid chemicals are sold. A liquid conduit extends across the cap between a hose inlet on one end and a spray nozzle on the other end, with a siphon tube intersecting the conduit within the periphery of the smaller of the bottle connectors, with mixture of pressurized carrier water entering the liquid conduit at the hose inlet with liquid chemical siphoned from the container through the siphon tube. The chemical/water admixture is expelled from the spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Root-Lowell Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michael T. Clarke
  • Patent number: 9827576
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly comprises an intake section, an inner ring section, a discharging section, an intake screw rod, and two blocking caps. The intake section, the inner ring section and the discharging section are joined to each other to be turned with respect to the intake screw rod and secured to the first position to admit large air flow passing through, and to the second position 180 degrees apart from the first position to perform suction with discharge. One of the blocking caps covers the flow hole of the intake section and another blocking cap covers the discharge bore of the discharging section and is provided with a spray pipe to perform high pressure blowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Ben-Why Liao
  • Patent number: 9726456
    Abstract: A blow gun includes a body with first and second paths, a trigger, a control unit, a first spring, a second spring and a first pin. The control unit includes a control member, a bar, a seal ring, an end member, a collar and a fastening member. The control member is received in the first room and has a slot located corresponding to the first hole. The end member is connected to the control member and the seal ring is mounted to the end member to seal the communication between the first and second paths. The first spring is biased between body and the control unit. The second spring is biased between the body and the trigger. The first pin extends through the first hole and is movable in the slot of the control member. The two springs share the force applied thereto to have a long service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Li-Tang Jhu, Chiu-Chu Chuang, Bo-Ming Jhu
  • Patent number: 9655346
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chemical vaporizer device for the purposes of vaporizing and controllably dispensing a pesticide material into a bee hive to kill varroa mites and other predatory pests that threaten honey bees. The device comprises an elongated cylinder having a proximal and distal end, a compressed air inlet, air pressure controller and heating element. The distal end of the device comprises a diffuser outlet and a coiled heating element, which is adapted to rapidly vaporize granular pesticide material in the cylinder while the compressed air discharges the vapor in a constant manner and in higher busts on demand. The user supports the body of the device while controlling the outgoing vapor pesticide by modulating the compressed air controller, which actuates an air valve in the controller. Material is fed into the device proximal end, vaporized and forcibly discharged through the distal end and into a bee hive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Andrey Semenov
  • Patent number: 9616441
    Abstract: A dispenser for mixing and dispensing a liquid chemical concentrate with a dilutent from a container. The dispenser includes two slideable eductors one of which is also rotatable. Both a high and low flow rate can be obtained with simultaneous adjustment of concentration of the chemical concentrate. The dispenser has a high degree of accuracy of the amount of dilution of the chemical concentrate as well as positive positioning of the high and low flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis H. Hubmann, Robert C. Halstead, Matthew E. Young, Elizabeth A. Slater, Richard I. Simpson, Reuben Wu, John A. Boticki
  • Patent number: 9381526
    Abstract: A nozzle head for emitting a spray jet of an application agent is configured such that a volumetric flow of the application agent can be applied by the spray jet, and such that the spray jet will be substantially flat and have a jet width that is a dependency of the volumetric flow of the application agent. The nozzle head comprises two outer plates and a middle plate that is disposed between the two outer plates and that includes a front edge on a spraying side of the nozzle head. The front edge of the middle plate includes a predetermined contour. The middle plate includes first and second outer tips on respective first and second sides of the middle plate, the outer tips protruding in a spraying direction. Further, the middle plate includes a recess in a middle portion of the middle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Kraft, Martin Stiegler
  • Patent number: 9302283
    Abstract: A sprayer system having a sprayer assembly adaptable to a variety of sizes and shapes of containers. The sprayer assembly includes a dual venturi in the flow conduit to provide even pressure and consistent flow in the spray volume. A metering device is coupled to the flow conduit for accurate and reliable regulation of mixture ratios. A dip tube, coupled to the fluid conduit, is adaptable to a variety of container orifices. In addition to acting as a conduit for passage of concentrate into the sprayer assembly, the dip tube may also be used as a cutting device to open the container into which it will be inserted. By adapting to a variety of container orifices, the dip tube allows the sprayer assembly to fit to a variety of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Fountainhead Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Plantz, Mario Restive
  • Patent number: 9296000
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser is provided for controlling the flow of water therethrough and for injecting a liquid chemical into the water passing through the apparatus. The dispenser also includes an air-gap backflow preventer which prevents the water source being contaminated should the dispenser be subjected to a backflow problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Patent number: 9022073
    Abstract: Provided is a device for use in a shower system and a related method. The device may include an appliance for adding a medium to shower water. The appliance may be designed such that it works according to the principle of a water jet pump. Advantageously, the medium added to the shower water may contain one or more fragrance media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Urs Strauli
  • Patent number: 8979002
    Abstract: A manual compressed-air spraying device comprising a head in which are fixed an air nozzle forming a venturi and an output nozzle is disclosed. The head delimits, between the venturi and the output nozzle, a mixing chamber into which directly opens a conduit for channelling product to be sprayed. The output nozzle presents a convergent section and a divergent section downstream of the convergent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: LVMH Recherche
    Inventors: Jaques Gerbron, Marc Chevalier
  • Patent number: 8967496
    Abstract: An actuator and nozzle assembly for a dispensing device for dispensing product under pressure, wherein a product chamber is supported within an outer container and a source of pressurized air pressurizes the product to dispense it through the nozzle. A stem valve normally biased to closed position is opened by an actuator reciprocal on a coupling member that attaches the actuator to the outer container. A first valve controls flow of pressurized air to the nozzle, and a second valve controls flow of product to the nozzle. In a first position of the actuator flow of air to the nozzle is enabled and in a second position flow of product is also enabled. Release of the actuator first interrupts flow of product then interrupts flow of pressurized air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: William Sydney Blake
  • Publication number: 20150028131
    Abstract: A barrel (20) adapted for use with a spray gun (2) is disclosed. The barrel (20) comprises a boost feed port (44) fluidly connected to a boost passageway (48), the boost passageway (48) being integral to the barrel (20). The boost passageway (48) is adapted to convey a pressurized boost fluid originating in the spray gun (2) to a boost delivery port (56) to assist in urging a coating fluid from a compatible coating fluid reservoir (80) for spraying by the spray gun (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen C.P. Joseph, Scott D. Gullicks, Russell E. Blette, Jameel R. Qiblawi
  • Publication number: 20140367489
    Abstract: A hose end sprayer has a sprayer lid and a container. The sprayer lid has a cap with a pair of bottle connectors formed of single-ended, fixed diameter, threaded sleeves of different radii mounted on the underside of the sprayer lid's cap. The connectors and a threaded adapter allow the sprayer lid to be connected with containers having mouths of different sizes, including containers in which liquid chemicals are sold. A liquid conduit extends across the cap between a hose inlet on one end and a spray nozzle on the other end, with a siphon tube intersecting the conduit within the periphery of the smaller of the bottle connectors, with mixture of pressurized carrier water entering the liquid conduit at the hose inlet with liquid chemical siphoned from the container through the siphon tube. The chemical/water admixture is expelled from the spray nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: ROOT-LOWELL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael T. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8864051
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary spraying device in which a fluid tube is assembled with a rotary means formed to have a channel structure. A portion of a fluid which flows through the fluid tube flows into the rotary means so as to provide a rotation applying force for rotating the rotary means when the fluid flows through the channel structure in the rotary means. Thus, the fluid is sprayed rotatably from the fluid tube which is rotated with the rotary means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Strong Fortress Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei Jen Lin
  • 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: 20140291417
    Abstract: For the mobility impaired, it can be difficult to reach the hair and face to apply shower products such as soap, shampoo, and conditioner in a shower. Examples described herein can facilitate automatic dispensing of liquid shower products into a stream of water through a showerhead. Additionally, the flow of the liquid shower products into the stream of water can be manually controlled at a height lower than the shower head, so that a user with a limited range of motion can control the flow without needing to reach up to the height of the shower head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: David Anthony GREEN, John Harrison
  • Patent number: 8814062
    Abstract: A fluid spraying device comprises a fluid tube rotatably disposed therein and a conveying tube disposed in the fluid tube. The fluid tube has a conveying section, a bent section, and a decreasing section connected therebetween. The decreasing section has a cross section area smaller than that of the bent section. One end of the conveying tube extends through the fluid tube to the decreasing section, so as to cause Venturi effect to cause a contained fluid being sprayed out from the conveying tube when a fluid flows through the fluid tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Strong Fortress Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei Jen Lin
  • Publication number: 20140231548
    Abstract: A liquid chemical dispenser for an irrigation system comprises a removable supply container for the chemical which, in a first embodiment, comprises a valve for preventing spillage of the chemical during attachment of the container to the dispenser. This feature allows the container to be mounted in an inverted position on the dispenser without loss of its contents. In a second embodiment, the chemical container comprises a membrane which is pierced by a dip tube when the container is attached to the dispenser. A section of the dip tube produces an annular vent passage in the membrane around the dip tube to provide vacuum relief. The configuration of the containers substantially reduces the chance of inadvertent contact with the contents and the simple design permits the containers to be disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8800891
    Abstract: A shower soap dispenser contains: a water pipe for guiding shower water to a shower head from a water supply pipe, a shower soap cartridge fixed on a pipe joint of the water pipe, and an on/off valve installed on the water pipe. The water pipe includes two feeding holes for guiding soap liquid in the pipe joint into the water pipe to further mix the soap liquid with shower water. The shower soap cartridge including a body, a seal element fixed in the body, a plug, a cover, and a resilient element. The soap liquid is stored between the seal element and the plug. Thereby, the resilient element indirectly acts on the seal element to produce self-sealing effect and is removed from the water pipe randomly, and soap liquid in the shower soap cartridge will not leak. Accordingly, different shower soap cartridges are capable of being removed or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Mengfeng Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140183280
    Abstract: A flow device automatically impels a fluid to disperse from a container without requiring significant physical exertion, such as a repetitive pumping motion, to propel the fluid through. The flow device automatically causes an intake fluid to flow from an intake end of a container, and pass through an interior channel of the container. The intake fluid helps force a dispersion fluid inside the container to disperse through an opposite, dispersion end without requiring a manual motion, such as a pumping action with a finger. The flow device includes a switch that actuates a pressure differentiation portion, such as a fan, vacuum, pump, or compressor, to create a vacuum or redirection of intake fluid within the container sufficient to create the flow for the intake fluid to pass through the container. The automatic switch negates the need to flex and stress joints in a hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Mehri Mafi
  • Patent number: 8746593
    Abstract: A liquid chemical dispenser for an irrigation system comprises a removable supply container for the chemical which, in a first embodiment, comprises a valve for preventing spillage of the chemical during attachment of the container to the dispenser. This feature allows the container to be mounted in an inverted position on the dispenser without loss of its contents. In a second embodiment, the chemical container comprises a membrane which is pierced by a dip tube when the container is attached to the dispenser. A section of the dip tube produces an annular vent passage in the membrane around the dip tube to provide vacuum relief. The configuration of the containers substantially reduces the chance of inadvertent contact with the contents and the simple design permits the containers to be disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8726939
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser for precisely controlling the flow rate of water therethrough and for injecting a liquid chemical into the water passing through the dispenser. The dispenser includes a slide valve for changing the flow rate of the liquid chemical water therethrough. The slide valve may also be positioned so that only rinse water is discharged from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: RL Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Rodney Laible
  • Publication number: 20140117117
    Abstract: A sprayer system having a sprayer assembly adaptable to a variety of sizes and shapes of containers. The sprayer assembly includes a dual venturi in the flow conduit to provide even pressure and consistent flow in the spray volume. A metering device is coupled to the flow conduit for accurate and reliable regulation of mixture ratios. A dip tube, coupled to the fluid conduit, is adaptable to a variety of container orifices. In addition to acting as a conduit for passage of concentrate into the sprayer assembly, the dip tube may also be used as a cutting device to open the container into which it will be inserted. By adapting to a variety of container orifices, the dip tube allows the sprayer assembly to fit to a variety of containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: THE FOUNTAINHEAD GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Plantz, Mario Restive
  • Patent number: 8702018
    Abstract: An apparatus providing improved dispensing of liquid-additives such as soap, shampoo, or bodywash, into an existing waterline outlet in bathroom or kitchen, while optionally featuring a unique Bubblizer™-chamber enabling user to observe an eye-catching dynamic fluidic-admixture display via a 2-inch diameter preview-window, prior to emergence of the bubblized-admixture via a conventional showerhead. The SudsMix™ shower-unit version readily suspends from an existing wall-extending gooseneck-pipe where it fluidicly couples into the water-line without aid of tools. Introduction of the liquid-soap additive is initiated remotely via a pushbutton valve conveniently located at waist-level, while concealed conduit-lines feed selected additive upward from the reservoir-section to the Bubblizer™-chamber integrated into the upper portion of the wall-hugging housing. Other adaptations of the Bubblizer™-chamber are a hand-held wand-like bathing back-scrubber, and similar kitchen-sink dish-scrubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Santiago Rivera
  • Patent number: 8690077
    Abstract: Spray nozzle systems and methods of use are described herein. The spray nozzle system may include a stationary tube, a rigid rotor, and a sub-medium supply source. The stationary tube may be in fluid communication with a pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor is in fluid communication with the pressurized air source. The substantially rigid rotor includes a substantially rigid conduit that is in fluid communication with the passages of the stationary tube and the rotor. A portion of the conduit is substantially arched such that an outlet of the conduit is offset a radial distance in a radial direction from the rotor axis. Pressurized air ejected from the outlet produces directional components of the pressurized air in the direction of rotation about the rotor axis; and during use, the pressurized air rotates the rotor and sucks sub-medium from the sub-medium supply source into the stationary tube passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dehn's Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Seiji Sendo
  • Publication number: 20140027533
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for adding a liquid or gaseous additive to tap water, comprising at least one additive container for the additive, at least one feed channel leading from the additive container to a tap water conduit located downstream of a controllable tap and at least one controllable closing valve placed in the channel. For the purpose of adding the additive to the water use can be made of a pressurized container. This pressure can be generated by a propellant gas already present in the container. It is also possible to make use of a pump incorporated in the device which can be driven in diverse ways. It is however recommended for the additive container to be coupled to a pump for pumping additive present in the interior of the additive container to the feed channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SHOWER POWER INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Egbert Willem Stiemsma, Sander-Willem Van Schaik
  • Patent number: 8544692
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a base station for a liquid dispensing apparatus. The base station includes a driver and a container support having a dispensing device, which includes a liquid duct leading from the container to an outlet. The device further includes a connector connected to the driver and detachably connectable to the dispensing device. In an embodiment, the container support is a holder, and the connector is movable towards the holder to connect to the dispensing device and away from the holder after disconnecting from the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfensteinh, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Patent number: 8544495
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for liquid and/or solid chemicals consisting of a reservoir (20), an inlet line (40) and an outlet line (44) both connected into the reservoir. A saddle (52) attaches to an external fluid supply line with inlet and the inlet lines interfacing with the reservoir. A press-in inlet nozzle (64) is disposed in the fluid inlet line and enters upstream into the fluid supply line and a press-in outlet nozzle (66) is attached into the fluid outlet line entering downstream into the fluid supply line. A saddle clamp (76) attaches the saddle enclosing the external fluid supply line, such that when a fluid flows downstream through the fluid supply line the inlet nozzle receives a portion of the flow through velocity ram induction and is introduced into the reservoir where it mixes with liquid and/or solid chemicals, forming a suspended solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald C. Weingart, Robert Gooch
  • Patent number: 8534325
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ventilation device for ventilating shower streams that is configured as an insert, and that may be utilized in a connection of a sanitary fitting, particularly in the connection of a shower head housing. The insert contains at least one water throughput channel connected to a ventilation channel such that air is suctioned in through the ventilation channel when a flow passes through the water throughput channel, ventilating the water stream. The insert may have a receptacle for a flow restrictor. A backflow preventer may be provided in order to prevent water leakage from the exterior end of the ventilation channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Fabian Melle, Ulrich Kinle
  • Patent number: 8523088
    Abstract: A particle sprayer includes a source of discrete particles, a spray outlet coupled to the particle source, and a conduit extending from a pressurized fluid inlet to the spray outlet and configured to constrain a flow of carrier fluid to flow along the conduit toward the spray outlet to propel particles from the particle source away from the spray outlet. The particles including discrete fastening bits having one or more projections, with each projection having an overhanging head for snagging fibers. The particle sprayer may be used to spray fastening bits onto a surface, to turn the surface into a touch fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Peter J. Mueller
  • Patent number: 8496188
    Abstract: A pressure washer device is provided that employs an unloader bypass valve that directs a selective amount of fluid via a small diameter bypass line back to a water storage tank. The small amount of fluid allows for the pump to remain working and introduces cooler water into a bypass circuit, thereby allowing the thermal relief valve to be omitted. The diameter of the bypass line is of such a diameter to prevent siphonage of the detergent associated with the pressure washer system into the water storage tank as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Karcher North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Linton, Derek Knight
  • Patent number: 8490890
    Abstract: A bathing apparatus includes an in-line mixing unit and a hand operated injecting unit. The mixing unit is coupled between a water supply pipe and a water dispensing device, such as a showerhead and is in fluid communication with the hand operated injection unit. The injection unit, upon user demand, draws a controllable predetermined quantity of bathing fluid from a standard off the shelf purchased bottle of bathing fluid, such as a bottle of bath oil, and then ejects, upon user demand and in a hands free operation, the drawn bathing fluid, at a user selected flow rate. The ejected bathing fluid passes to the mixing unit which causes the ejected bathing fluid to be mixed within a stream of water being delivered to the water dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: William Richard Craig
  • Patent number: 8480011
    Abstract: Provided is a spray nozzle, that includes a stationary tube and a rigid rotor. The stationary tube has a proximal, a distal end opposite the proximal end, and a tube passage that extends from substantially at or near the proximal end of the stationary tube to substantially at or near the distal end of the stationary tube. The stationary tube is configured to communicate substantially at or near the proximal end with a pressurized air source The rigid rotor has a distal end rotatably coupled substantially at or near the distal end of the stationary tube, a proximal end comprising an outlet port substantially at or near the proximal end and a rotor passage in fluid communication with the stationary tube. The rotor passage extends from substantially at or near the distal end of the rotor to substantially at or near the proximal end of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Dehn's Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Seiji Endo
  • Publication number: 20130140380
    Abstract: Foam dispensers, refill units for foam dispensers, and liquid pumps for use in foam dispensers are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an inverted foam pump includes a compression chamber having an inlet valve and an outlet valve. The compression chamber is in fluid communication with a flow restrictor, an atomizer, a mixing chamber, a foaming chip and an outlet. The inlet valve, outlet valve, flow restrictor, atomizer, mixing chamber, foaming chip and outlet extend along a common axis. An air inlet is included that extends into the mixing chamber; the air inlet is an opening to atmospheric pressure. During operation, the liquid pump is located below the liquid container and liquid flowing from the compression chamber is accelerated and atomized. The atomized liquid enters the mixing chamber at a velocity sufficient to draw in air from the air inlet to mix with the liquid to form a foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Allen Pelfrey, Richard C. Sayers, Nick E. Ciavarella, John J. McNulty, Jackson W. Wegelin
  • Patent number: 8453950
    Abstract: Described is a fluid dispensing container having a bottle and fluid withdrawing assembly for liquids, such as liquid cleaners and the like. The bottle has an integral dip tube formed therein connecting at a landing below the top of the bottle neck, fluidly connecting the inside of the bottle with the top opening of the bottle. A fluid dispensing mechanism, such as a hose sprayer, is attached to the top of the bottle to take fluid up through the integral dip tube and dispense the fluid accordingly. The fluid dispensing mechanism may be aligned to allow a direct connection between integral dip tube and the fluid dispensing mechanism at a landing below the bottle opening. The fluid dispensing mechanism may be attached to the bottle with a snap-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventor: Stephen R. Dennis
  • Patent number: 8434699
    Abstract: Safety features in and for hose-end sprayer bottles. In a first safety arrangement, there is ensured a more hindered transition of a spool (e.g., product/carrier spool) or adjuster from a first setting to a second setting than from the second setting to the first setting, wherein in the first setting no carrier stream is admitted through the sprayer and in the second setting solely a carrier stream is admitted through the sprayer. In a second safety arrangement, there is arrested displacement of a container interface (e.g., bottle swivel) from a second (essentially advanced) position towards a first (essentially initial) position upon the container interface displacing from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Green Garden Products Company
    Inventor: Wayne C. Faupel
  • Publication number: 20130099024
    Abstract: A spraying device is provided that includes a cartridge containing a first fluid, the cartridge being removably connected to a sprayer body. The cartridge is oriented such that gravity exerts a downward force on the first fluid. The sprayer body includes a conduit for receiving a second fluid. A valve is coupled to the conduit. The valve allows the second fluid to flow through the valve, thus creating a Venturi vacuum that draws the first fluid out of the cartridge and into the valve to enable the first and second fluids to mix and form an outlet stream. An orifice meters a predetermined amount of the first fluid into the valve to achieve a predetermined ratio of the first fluid to the second fluid. The outlet stream is then dispensed from a spray nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: OMS Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Birrenkott, Paul Havlovitz, Steve Cichy, Michael Cavins, Jon Moyer
  • Publication number: 20130048755
    Abstract: A foam dispensing pump container having a suction inlet capable of introducing a large amount of external air while preventing ingress of water and foam certainly. In the foam dispensing pump container, a suction inlet 45 is opened to an opposite side of a discharging outlet 43 of the nozzle member 4. The suction inlet 45 is communicated with an air course formed between an inner cylinder 41 and an outer cylinder 42 through a through hole 46. A skirt shaped cover portion 47 is formed to extend downwardly from an outer circumferential edge of the ceiling of the nozzle member 4 to a level lower than the suction inlet 45. In order to divide and shut off an inner space of the skirt shaped cover portion 47 (i.e., a space between an inner face of the cover portion 47 and the outer cylinder 42), at least one pair of partitions 49 are formed on both sides of the suction inlet 45 in the circumferential direction of the nozzle member 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: DAIWA CAN COMPANY
    Inventors: Shouji Uehira, Akihito Onodera, Kazuya Abe
  • Patent number: 8353467
    Abstract: A fluid spraying gun of the present invention includes: a tube-shape guide, on which a brush extending forward is implanted; a nozzle, which is formed of a flexible pipe member with a front end thereof as a free end, and sprays one portion of gas, which is supplied from the flow separation portion and passes through the nozzle, toward the brush from the front end thereof, while the nozzle undergoes the gyrating motion guided by the tube-shape guide; an inner nozzle, which sprays gas which has passed through a flow rate adjustment portion from a tip portion thereof; and a liquid distribution pipe, which penetrates the tube-shape guide, links an inside of the tube-shape guide with a liquid supply source, has an intermediate portion into which the inner nozzle is inserted in a state where the inner nozzle is directed toward the tube-shape guide, and draws up liquid from the liquid supply source by a negative pressure arising from spraying of gas by the inner nozzle to cause spraying of liquid on the inside of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: GA-REW Corporation
    Inventor: Kaga Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8336789
    Abstract: A spraying device includes a control handle, a first hollow barrel, a second hollow barrel, a driving unit, a spraying tube, and a liquid ejection tube. With the driving unit that is driven by high pressure air to rotate received inside the second hollow barrel, when the control handle is operated to supply high pressure air to drive the driving unit to rotate in high speed, the spraying tube is caused to rotate with a high speed, making high pressure rotating air ejected from the spraying tube inducing repeated and rotating impacts on a surface to be cleaned to thereby improve the effect of dust removal. Further, the liquid ejection tube is located within the spraying tube and ejects a stream of water (or cleaning agent), which is mixed with the high pressure air to generate a high speed rotating impact to also realize surface rinsing of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Grain Point Enterprise Limited
    Inventor: Chao-Ming Kuo