Liquid Flow Induces Atmospheric Air (e.g., Faucet Aerator) Patents (Class 239/428.5)
  • Patent number: 10822777
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting including a water conduit channel. The sanitary fitting illustratively further includes an insertion duct extending into the water conduit channel and including a user-accessible insertion opening, and an insertion plate including at least one sanitary utility element and exhibiting, in a flow-through region in which the plate has flow-through capability from its one plate main side (H1) to its other plate main side (H2), a smaller plate thickness (PD) as compared to its lateral plate dimension (PL), the insertion plate being insertable in a lateral insertion direction (SL) into the insertion duct via the insertion opening and extractable from the insertion duct counter the insertion direction. The insertion duct remains stationary in an operating position, when the insertion plate is inserted or extracted, and the insertion opening remains user-accessible in the stationary operating position of the insertion duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Daniel Philipp Dieterle, Ulrich Kinle, Fabian Melle, Michael Skrypski, Markus Wöhrle
  • Patent number: 10736711
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dental coupling unit (1), which can be detachably coupled to an instrument attachment (2) for dental treatment and/or examination at the front end (11) of the coupling unit and also can be connected to a supply unit (3) for providing supply media for the instrument attachment (2), wherein a media supply line (4) extends through the coupling unit (1) toward the instrument attachment (2) and wherein additionally a media return line (5) extends through the coupling unit (1), which media return line is connected to an end region of the media supply line (4) extending through the coupling unit (1), which end region faces the instrument attachment (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KALTENBACH & VOIGT GMBH
    Inventors: Hubert Moesslang, Joerg Eberle
  • Patent number: 10697161
    Abstract: The invention relates to a jet regulator (100) having a jet regulator housing (2), in the housing interior of which a flow straightener is provided, said flow straightener having at least one insert part (8, 9) that is insertable into the housing interior, said insert part (8, 9) having a grid structure which is formed from a set of radially oriented webs (13, 13?) which intersect or are in contact with a set of concentrically encircling webs (15) at intersection points (14) or contact points, and having at least one aeration opening (4) which passes through a housing circumferential wall (3) of the jet regulator (100). The jet regulator (100) according to the invention is characterized by the fact that the flow straightener has at least one insert part (8) with radially oriented webs (13), the free web end of which protrudes beyond the outer encircling web (15) and ends at a distance from the housing inner circumference of the jet regulator housing (2) (cf. FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NEOPERL
    Inventor: David Birmelin
  • Patent number: 10697162
    Abstract: A flow self-adjusting faucet aerator includes an aerator unit. Upper and lower ends of the aerator unit have a water inlet and a water outlet, respectively. A flow regulator is fitted in the water inlet of the aerator unit. The flow regulator can automatically adjust the discharge area according to the change of the water pressure of the influent water flow to maintain the stability of the water outflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: XIAMEN LOTA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD., LOTA XIAMEN INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keping Li, Jinqing Ye, Chuanbao Zhu
  • Patent number: 10618066
    Abstract: A spray head for a power sprayer configured to generate a continuous sheet-like water shield around a center stream of water. A water delivery device for use with a sink may produce a stream of water surrounded by a continuous shield of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael Scot Rosko, John David Vogel, Patrick B. Jonte, Ryan Anthony Reeder
  • Patent number: 10544628
    Abstract: A self-directing nozzle of a drill bit of a downhole tool and method are disclosed. The drill bit with the nozzle may be used to form a wellbore in a subterranean formation. The drill bit has a passage for fluid to pass through. The nozzle includes a case positionable in the passage of the drill bit and a movable body movably positionable in the case. The movable body has a channel for passage of the fluid therethrough. The channel has a non-linear shape with a channel axis extending therethrough. The channel axis is curved to define a spiral flow path therethrough whereby the fluid passing through the channel facilitates rotation of the movable body within the passage of the drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: National Oilwell DHT, L.P.
    Inventor: Navid Omidvar
  • Patent number: 10500597
    Abstract: A concealed flow regulator includes a water supply opening providing a water flow and disposed with threads; a housing portion connected to the water supply opening and forming an air flow clearance therewith that communicates with exterior air, having an external revolution surface disposed with external threads and in which is defined a mutation cavity and a suction passage in communication with the mutation chamber and having an external port disposed in the external revolution surface in communication with the air flow clearance and an internal port that connects an interior portion of the mutation cavity with the exterior air; and a diversion device assembled within the housing portion through which the water flow flows into the mutation chamber and generates a negative pressure which sucks in exterior air via the air flow clearance and the suction passage that mixes with the divided water flow to produce bubble water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shilong Wu, Guosong Zhao, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10421083
    Abstract: One variation of a showerhead includes: a body defining a fluid circuit, a first region on a ventral side of the body, and a second region adjacent the first region on the ventral side of the body; a set of hollow cone nozzles distributed within the first region, fluidly coupled to the fluid circuit, and discharging sprays of fluid droplets within a first size range; a set of flat fan nozzles arranged within the second region, fluidly coupled to the fluid circuit, and discharging sprays of fluid droplets within a second size range; and a set of orifices fluidly coupled to the fluid circuit and discharging fluid drops between sprays discharged from the set of hollow cone nozzles and sprays discharged from the flat fan nozzles, fluid drops discharged from the set of orifices within a third size range exceeding the first size range and the second size range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Nebia, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Winter, Carlos Gomez Andonaegui, Gabriel Parisi-Amon, Corey Lynn Murphey, David Shulman, Emilio Gomez
  • Patent number: 10415218
    Abstract: A sanitary fitted element (1) which can be inserted into the water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting and is held releasably there. A characteristic feature of the fitted element (1) according to the invention is that said fitted element has an adjusting device for changing the clear sectional area of flow of the fitted element (1) and/or the discharge rate, which adjusting device is actuable via at least one control element (8) which is arranged actuably on the inflow side of the fitted element (1) and/or on the outflow side thereof. The fitted element (1) according to the invention can be used in a versatile manner in order to reduce the outlay on production and stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Keith Hart, Gerhard Blum, Marc Tempel, Christoph Weis
  • Patent number: 10378192
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant aerator including an aerator cartridge, an insert defining at least one removal slot, and a locking ring defining at least one removal slot at least partially disposed within a housing is disclosed. The locking ring rotates with respect to the housing to allow alignment of the removal slot of the locking ring with the removal slot of the insert. Alignment of the slots form a continuous passageway through the locking ring and into the insert. Alternatively, a plurality of removal slots may be provided. A mating engagement between the locking ring and the housing secures the locking ring within the housing while still allowing it to rotate with respect to the housing. An aerator system is also provided comprising an aerator as described above and a tool adapted to be received in the continuous passageway formed by the alignment of the slots and engage the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SDB IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn D. Bush
  • Patent number: 10329750
    Abstract: A faucet having a faucet base, a water hose, a faucet head, and a chamber is provided. A water valve is provided in the chamber and includes a driving member and a control valve movable between a first position enabling mixing of water and air and a second position enabling shut-off of a water flow. The faucet head further includes a push-to-rotate member movably coupled with the faucet head to enable operating the control valve within the water valve by operating the push member from or near a side of the faucet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBE UNION INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventors: Chiahua Yuan, Yiping Lin, Huiling Chiu, Yuanhao Chang
  • Patent number: 10280599
    Abstract: Tap provided with a tap outflow having a first channel and a second channel and a jet aerator having a jet aerator housing which forms a downstream end of the tap outflow. The jet aerator is further provided with a jet breaker having a jet breaker wall with liquid passage openings, at least one wire mesh layer which is included downstream of the jet breaker wall in the jet aerator housing, an aeration chamber which is situated between the jet breaker and the at least one wire mesh layer, and an air supply of which an entrance opens into the environment and of which an exit opens into the aeration chamber. The tap outflow is further provided with a coupling assembly which is situated upstream of the jet breaker wall in the jet aerator housing and which forms a liquid-tight connection between the first conduit and the jet breaker wall, such that liquid from the first channel is kept separate from liquid from the second channel upstream of the jet breaker wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HENRI PETERI BEHEER B.V.
    Inventor: Niels Theodoor Peteri
  • Patent number: 10265486
    Abstract: Systems and methods may include a gas source, a gas delivery circuit, and a nasal interface allowing breathing ambient air through the nasal interface. A gas flow path through the nasal interface may have a distal gas flow path opening. A nozzle may be associated with a proximal end of the nasal interface a distance from the distal end gas flow path opening. At least a portion of an entrainment port may be between the nozzle and the distal end gas flow opening. The nozzle may deliver gas into the nasal interface to create a negative pressure area in the gas flow path at the entrainment port. The nasal interface and the nozzle may create a positive pressure area between the entrainment port and the distal end gas flow path opening. Gas from the gas delivery source and air entrained through the entrainment port may increase airway pressure or lung pressure or provide ventilatory support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Breathe Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Allum, Joey Aguirre, Joseph Cipollone, Darius Eghbal, Gregory Kapust, Anthony Wondka
  • Patent number: 10260219
    Abstract: A jet regulator (1) is provided including a jet regulator housing having an interior in which there is provided a perforated plate (5) with a plurality of throughflow holes (6) for dividing up the water that flows through, of which at least one of the throughflow holes (6), at least in an outflow-side hole portion, widens in a tapered or conical or stepped manner toward an outflow side. On the outflow side of the perforated plate (5) and at a distance therefrom, there is provided an encircling impingement chamfer (19) which narrows a clear housing cross section in a region of the impingement chamfer progressively in the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Tempel
  • Patent number: 10232136
    Abstract: A system for reducing airway obstructions of a patient may include a ventilator, a control unit, a gas delivery circuit with a proximal end in fluid communication with the ventilator and a distal end in fluid communication with a nasal interface, and a nasal interface. The nasal interface may include at least one jet nozzle, and at least one spontaneous respiration sensor in communication with the control unit for detecting a respiration effort pattern and a need for supporting airway patency. The system may be open to ambient. The control unit may determine more than one gas output velocities. The more than one gas output velocities may be synchronized with different parts of a spontaneous breath effort cycle, and a gas output velocity may be determined by a need for supporting airway patency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Breathe Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Kapust, Todd Allum, Anthony D. Wondka, Joseph Cipollone, Anthony Gerber, Darius Eghbal, Joey Aguirre, George A. Kassanis
  • Patent number: 10208466
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture is provided having an upstream end and a downstream end, the sanitary fixture includes a mounting housing having a thread which is matingly engagable with a thread provided on a water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting. The mounting housing has a downstream housing end side with flow-through holes. At least one insertion part can be inserted into the mounting housing as far as an insertion stop. The fixture includes an aerated jet regulator which is configured such that a circumferential wall of the mounting housing includes at least one aeration duct at least in a subregion of at least a double-walled configuration. The at least one aeration duct, which is arranged towards the downstream housing end side, opens out in at least one aeration opening leading into a housing interior of the mounting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Blum, Hermann Grether
  • Patent number: 10196801
    Abstract: A flow regulator includes a housing portion, a diversion device, an annular seat and an elastic water stop ring. The annular seat, the diversion device and the housing portion are fixedly assembled together. The diversion device includes a periphery wall disposed with diversion holes, a central base within the periphery wall and a deflecting annular wall fixedly connecting the periphery wall and the central base. The external periphery surface of the deflecting annular wall is gradually larger downwardly from the central base to the periphery wall. The central base at least partly extends out of the internal hole of the annular seat. A water flow clearance is formed between the central base and the hole wall of the internal hole of the annular seat. The water flow clearance is disposed above the deflecting annular wall so that water flows out of the flowing clearance and onto the deflecting annular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Feilong Huang, Guosong Zhao, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10188824
    Abstract: A device for use in pulmonary surgery is presented. The device includes a dispensing apparatus 300, 400, 900, a delivery apparatus 100, 1000, 1100, in fluid communication with said dispensing apparatus, and a pressurized gas input 338. The dispensing apparatus is configured to provide a pressurized gas, a fibrinogen stream, and a thrombin stream to the delivery apparatus. The delivery apparatus is configured to mix the fibrogen stream and the thrombin stream in the pressurized gas stream to form a fibrin reaction mixture comprising a cellular foam 700.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Farid Gharazozloo, Barbara Tempesta, Stephen H. Burke
  • Patent number: 10183861
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a micromechanical component including a substrate and a cap connected to the substrate, the cap, together with the substrate, enclosing a first cavity, a first pressure prevailing and a first gas mixture having a first chemical composition being enclosed in the first cavity. An access opening connecting the first cavity to surroundings of the micromechanical component is formed in the substrate or in the cap. The first pressure and/or the first chemical composition is adjusted in the first cavity. The access opening is sealed by introducing energy or heat into an absorbing part of the substrate or of the cap with the aid of a laser. A layer for protecting the sealed access opening is applied to or deposited on or grown on a material area, which transitions into a liquid aggregate state and then transitions into a solid aggregate state and seals the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Achim Breitling, Frank Reichenbach, Jochen Reinmuth, Julia Amthor
  • Patent number: 10087609
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant aerator including an aerator cartridge, an insert defining at least one removal slot, and a locking ring defining at least one removal slot at least partially disposed within a housing is disclosed. The locking ring rotates with respect to the housing to allow alignment of the removal slot of the locking ring with the removal slot of the insert. Alignment of the slots form a continuous passageway through the locking ring and into the insert. Alternatively, a plurality of removal slots may be provided. A mating engagement between the locking ring and the housing secures the locking ring within the housing while still allowing it to rotate with respect to the housing. An aerator system is also provided comprising an aerator as described above and a tool adapted to be received in the continuous passageway formed by the alignment of the slots and engage the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SDB IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn D. Bush
  • Patent number: 10081933
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary functional unit (2), which has a housing (6), which can be releasably fastened to the water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting, the housing (6) having an outflow-side housing end face (9) with outflow openings (10). It is characterizing for the functional unit according to the invention that the outflow-side housing end face (9) has at least one slot (19), the opposing longitudinal sides (20) of which slot are designed as turning engagement surfaces or tool engagement surfaces for a turning tool that can be releasably inserted into the at least one slot (19) and is preferably formed as a coin (21), and that the housing (6) of the functional unit (2) is rotatably held on the water outlet of the outlet fitting and/or the housing end face is mounted rotatably in relation to the housing on said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Blum, Hermann Grether, Georg Stadtler, Alexander Stein, Christoph Weis, Oliver Denzler
  • Patent number: 10066374
    Abstract: A single button, cyclic shower head switch includes a main body having a button opening and at least two outlet passages; a reversing shaft disposed in the main body by a connecting element having a pivot, that has a sealing pad and one end having a spherical surface including a top face and a bottom face, and is configured to move along the axis of the main body; and a reversing button movably coupled to the pivot, that protrudes from the button opening, and is disposed with a guiding groove coupled to the spherical surface of the reversing shaft. When the reversing button is switched, the guiding groove moves circularly about the pivot and abuts against the spherical surface and causes the reversing shaft to move downwardly or upwardly along the axis of the main body so that the sealing pad closes one outlet passage and opens another outlet passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pengfei Wu, Youxian Hu, Gangqiang Wu, Bin Chen
  • Patent number: 10060540
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dual flow switching device, comprising a valve body, a valve element, a spring, an inner valve seat and an outer valve seat, wherein the valve element is arranged through the valve body; the middle part of the valve element is provided with an axial liquid channel and a radial liquid channel; the valve element is provided with upper and lower sealing elements; the outlet of the radial liquid channel is located between the upper and lower sealing elements; the outer valve seat is provided in a corresponding position of the upper sealing element and the inner valve seat in a corresponding position of the lower sealing element; the spring is sleeved on the valve element, and a spring seat is provided on the valve element at the upper end of the upper sealing element. The present utility model boasts a dual-outflow channel and dual-flow outflow function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Kylin Sanitary Technology (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyle William Cutler, Qingshuang Li, Hui Huang
  • Patent number: 10029218
    Abstract: A method and system for a jet pump is provided. The jet pump system includes a pre-mixing bowl includes a nozzle, a mixing section at least partially surrounding the nozzle, and a first inlet opening configured to receive a first flow of fluid and direct the first flow of fluid to an inlet of the nozzle. The pre-mixing bowl further includes a second inlet opening configured to receive a second flow of fluid and to direct the second flow of fluid to the mixing section. The second inlet opening includes a first inlet opening area. The second inlet opening includes an entry angle into the pre-mixing bowl that is oblique with respect to the central axis. The pre-mixing bowl further includes a third inlet opening configured to receive a third flow of fluid to direct the third flow of fluid to the mixing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee Mason, Ronald Bruce Schofield, Seth Michael Ray, Benjamin James Schumacher, James Fitzgerald Bonar, George Elliott Moore
  • Patent number: 10022017
    Abstract: A diverter, and a cooking chamber and cooking apparatus including the diverter, is capable of diffusing liquids, semi-solid substances, and the like. The diverter includes a diverter plate and an orifice that projects from a surface of the diverter plate. The orifice has an open sidewall portion. The diverter further includes a recessed portion formed in the diverter plate, extending from the orifice, and a bumper portion that projects from a surface of the recessed portion and is disposed proximate to the orifice. The cooking chamber includes a heating element, a wall, an inlet port formed in the wall, and a cooking chamber fitting disposed adjacent to the inlet port. The cooking apparatus includes a cooking chamber, a filter pan, a filter pump, and an inlet port formed in a wall of the cooking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Manouchehr Shirali, Trent Abney
  • Patent number: 10013000
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary insertion unit (1) with a flow regulator (2) that has a regulator housing (3) in which a first regulator unit (4) is provided. The first regulator unit has an annular channel (5) that surrounds a core (6) and in which an annular throttle element (7) made of an elastic material is arranged. The throttle element (7) delimits a control gap between the throttle element and a profiled regulating section (8) provided on an inner and/or outer channel wall, the passage cross-section of said gap being modifiable by the throttle element (7), which deforms under the effect of the pressure difference generated in the event of a flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Twitchett, Alexander Stein
  • Patent number: 9986697
    Abstract: The present invention is a highly automated vertical farm, grown hydroponically or aeroponically, generally within a closed container, such as a standard shipping container. The present invention utilizes superomniphobic and/or super hydrophobic coatings to decrease drag on NFT water flow and prevent biologic organism growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Michael H Gurin
  • Patent number: 9909292
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture is provided having an upstream end and a downstream end, the sanitary fixture includes a mounting housing having a thread which is matingly engagable with a thread provided on a water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting. The mounting housing has a downstream housing end side with flow-through holes. At least one insertion part can be inserted into the mounting housing as far as an insertion stop. The fixture includes an aerated jet regulator which is configured such that a circumferential wall of the mounting housing includes at least one aeration duct at least in a subregion of at least a double-walled configuration. The at least one aeration duct, which is arranged towards the downstream housing end side, opens out in at least one aeration opening leading into a housing interior of the mounting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Blum, Hermann Grether
  • Patent number: 9895702
    Abstract: A single pushbutton device includes a housing, a bushing, a water channel assembly, and a rotary assembly. The bushing and the rotary assembly are mounted inside of the housing, the water channel assembly is mounted around of the rotary assembly, and a button is through a hole of the housing. When push down the button, a rotary sleeve of the rotary assembly is rotated, a bump of the rotary sleeve is rotated along multiple noses of the multiple abutting inserts of the water channel assembly to sequentially press down the abutting inserts, further open different waterways, and output water with different spray or bubbling forms. Given the foregoing structure, the single pushbutton device is compact, facilitates quick and convenient operation, and requires less force exerted thereon for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zheng-zhen Lei
  • Patent number: 9869075
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary component, namely a stream regulator or stream former for flowing fluid media, consisting of property-defining components in a sandwich-like arrangement in the direction of flow which comprise at least one screen attachment, one diffuser plate assembly as well as a shell body having segments of stream-forming openings extending across its cross-sectional surface. The property-defining components are exchangeable and combinable so as to realize adaptability to different user and user requirements. A locking means is provided e.g. on the inner circumference of the shell body for this purpose as is a corresponding counter-locking means on the outer circumference of the diffuser plate assembly. The diffuser plate assembly exhibits, at least on its exterior, a flow rate class-specifying optical code and the shell body exhibits a stream type-specifying, namely laminar or aerated, optical code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: NEOPERL GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Denzler
  • Patent number: 9868289
    Abstract: A bubbler may be provided between nozzles. The bubbler may be provided opposite a standpipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ozgur E. Yildirim, Volker Smektala, Mike H. Steed, Joseph R. Elliot
  • Patent number: 9868125
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multifunction pivoting body spray whose diverter assembly is upstream of and operates independently of its pivot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven M. Macsay
  • Patent number: 9863127
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting having an outlet contains an outlet end which is formed in a substantially tubular manner. In this tubular end there is arranged a shut-off valve having a cartridge, water flowing through the center of said shut-off valve. A rotary shaft serves to rotate and thus actuate the valve cartridge. The rotary shaft is arranged and mounted inside a mounting sleeve which contains an outlet element at its outlet-side end. An external sleeve, which forms a flush continuation of the fitting housing, serves to rotate the rotary shaft. The sleeve is connected to the rotary shaft by a radial pin which engages through an arcuate slot that extends in the circumferential direction. When the sleeve is rotated, the position and setting of the outlet element remains the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Matthias Balkau, Joachim Blattner, Ulrich Kinle, Marcus Wöhrle
  • Patent number: 9844790
    Abstract: A wear part includes at least one wear component made from abrasion-resistant material and an upper seal groove around a central aperture on the upper face of the wear part. The upper seal groove is adapted to receive an axially compressible seal. A spray nozzle assembly includes at least one wear part made from a hard and abrasion-resistant material and a protective housing made from a strong and resilient material and having a downstream chamber adapted to receive one or more of the wear parts in releasably trapped relationship, the downstream chamber having a wall including a post defined by a slot in the downstream chamber wall either side of the post, the post including an inwardly extending protuberance at or near its end and adapted to prevent the wear part from escaping from the downstream chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SPRAY NOZZLE ENGINEERING PTY. LIMITED
    Inventors: Sean Morgan, Stuart Morgan
  • Patent number: 9789500
    Abstract: A bearing air passage through which bearing air is supplied toward an air bearing of an air motor and a turbine air passage through which driving air is supplied toward a turbine are provided in a housing. An annular space surrounding the air motor is provided between the housing and a cover. A bearing air branch passage connecting the annular space and the bearing air passage to each other and a turbine air branch passage for connecting the annular space and the turbine air passage to each other are provided. The air branch passages lead a part of the compressed air to the annular space and keep the cover in a heated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventor: Kuniharu Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9783966
    Abstract: A jet breaker/aerator cartridge, manually screwable about a screwing axis (x) within the mouth of a faucet. The cartridge has an external casing made of preferably plastic material and an engagement portion provided with a thread on its external surface for screwing the cartridge within the mouth, and a gripping portion which extends downstream with respect to the engagement portion. The gripping portion has at least one radial protrusion protruding with respect to a central cylindrical body of the gripping portion. The radial protrusion allows application of a manual screwing force with an arm advantageously far from the screwing axis (x).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AMFAG S.r.l.
    Inventor: Orlando Bosio
  • Patent number: 9752305
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture is provided having an upstream end and a downstream end, the sanitary fixture includes a mounting housing having a thread which is matingly engagable with a thread provided on a water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting. The mounting housing has a downstream housing end side with flow-through holes. At least one insertion part can be inserted into the mounting housing as far as an insertion stop. The fixture includes an aerated jet regulator which is configured such that a circumferential wall of the mounting housing includes at least one aeration duct at least in a subregion of at least a double-walled configuration. The at least one aeration duct, which is arranged towards the downstream housing end side, opens out in at least one aeration opening leading into a housing interior of the mounting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Blum, Hermann Grether
  • Patent number: 9714502
    Abstract: A switch device with multiple water outputs includes a switch valve, a rotary rod, an engagement ring, a first rotary plate and a second rotary plate. The rotary rod is mounted through an opening of the switch valve. The engagement ring has an inner toothed ring and an outer toothed ring formed on a bottom end of the rotary rod. The first rotary plate and the second rotary plate respectively engage the inner toothed ring and the outer toothed ring, and the both rotary plates have multiple holes. As water entering the holes with different number and deviation angle of the first and second rotary plate selectively communicate with each other, different water outputs can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: XIAMEN RUNNER INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Huan-Long Huang, Wen-Hua Ye, Zhao-Yi Zhuo
  • Patent number: 9580893
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture is provided having an upstream end and a downstream end, the sanitary fixture includes a mounting housing having a thread which is matingly engagable with a thread provided on a water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting. The mounting housing has a downstream housing end side with flow-through holes. At least one insertion part can be inserted into the mounting housing as far as an insertion stop. The fixture includes an aerated jet regulator which is configured such that a circumferential wall of the mounting housing includes at least one aeration duct at least in a subregion of at least a double-walled configuration. The at least one aeration duct, which is arranged towards the downstream housing end side, opens out in at least one aeration opening leading into a housing interior of the mounting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Blum, Hermann Grether
  • Patent number: 9540281
    Abstract: A process for producing insulating foam, wherein certain especially small inorganic minerals such as silica fume are directly integrated into bubble fluid to better mechanically strengthen bubbles formed and thus allow the formation of smaller bubbles to be reformed. The manner of reforming the bubbles is progressive and actualized by a glass bead chamber, a second stage consisting of two screened discs, separated from each other and located at the end of the glass bead chamber, and a third stage chamber presenting itself with a considerably enlarged screen area and having considerably finer meshes than the second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AIR KRETE, INC.
    Inventors: Terry P. Warner, R. Keene Christopher
  • Patent number: 9537328
    Abstract: A battery rack includes: a plurality of battery packs; a plurality of slave battery management systems, each of the slave battery management systems being coupled to a corresponding one of the battery packs, being powered by an operating power, and being configured to use the corresponding one of the battery packs for the operating power in response to receiving a corresponding one of a plurality of operating power changing signals; and a master battery management system coupled to the slave battery management systems and configured to transmit the operating power changing signals to the slave battery management systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Joong Kim
  • Patent number: 9499967
    Abstract: An air suction spray nozzle includes a spray pipe and a nozzle component. A spray pole at the end of the spray pipe is inserted to the nozzle component. The nozzle component includes a spray nozzle housing, a spray nozzle set and a rectifying core. One end of the spray nozzle housing is disposed with an open window. The spray nozzle housing is disposed with flushing holes at the area of the open window. The rectifying core is disposed between the spray pole and the flushing holes. The spray nozzle set is locked and assembled to the open window. Water sprays out of the outlet hole of the rectifying core from the spray pole, and then sprays out of the flushing holes. A vent cavity is disposed between the outlet hole and the flushing holes and is connected to the air through the clearance of the spray nozzle housing and the rectifying core and then through the open window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: WDI (XIAMEN) TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Chen Defu
  • Patent number: 9475070
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a water faucet which allows a large space to be secured above the washing area and yet can deliver a high washing performance by landing streams or waterdrops having a large cross-sectional area evenly on a piece to wash. This water faucet includes a flow velocity changing part which changes the flow velocity of the stream discharged from each of multiple water spray holes such that the cross-sectional area of the stream changes with time. The multiple water spray holes are disposed at intervals such that, when the cross-sectional area of one stream discharged from one water spray hole exceeds a predetermined size, the one stream is merged with one of the other streams discharged from the multiple other water spray holes adjacent to the one water spray hole, and such that the one of the other streams with which the one stream merges changes with time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromi Akahira, Koji Takeda, Minoru Shibata
  • Patent number: 9463477
    Abstract: A demountable showerhead with tearing mode has backstop mouths arranged on an outlet surface of a shower. Each backstop mouth is disposed with an outlet waterway to connect to the waterway of the shower. The outlet waterway has a big and small end, and is contracted along the outlet direction of the shower, and a flexible cover, which comprise bowl shape plugs and a flexible connector connected to the bowl shape plugs; each plug has a big and small end, the small end of the plug is connected to the connector, the big end of the bowl shape plug is deformed and plugged into the small end of the backstop mouth, the external wall of the plug is coupled to the outlet waterway in elastic way; the internal wall of the plug is contracted along the outlet direction, the bottom of the external wall is disposed with outlet holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Xiaowei Du, Yuanfang Huang, Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 9428892
    Abstract: A jet regulator, having a non-circular profile when viewed in a flow direction, is provided. The jet regulator includes a jet regulator housing configured to be inserted into a water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting from an outlet end side. The housing includes a latching part, which has at least one spring arm integrally formed on an outer periphery of the jet regulator housing, the at least one spring arm extending tangentially away from the housing, in the flow direction, toward a free arm end. The at least one spring arm is resiliently biased away from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventor: Georg Stadtler
  • Patent number: 9388557
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture (6) is provided having a mounting housing (9) which has a thread (10) for fastening to a mating thread provided on the water outlet of a sanitary outlet fitting. The mounting housing (9) has a downstream housing end side (12) with flow-through holes (13), and wherein at least one insertion part can be inserted into the mounting housing (9) as far as an insertion stop. According to one of the solution proposals described here, it is provided that the fixture (6) has an aerated jet regulator (16) or is configured as such, that the circumferential wall of the mounting housing (9) borders at least one aeration duct (14) at least in a subregion of at least double-walled configuration, and that the at least one aeration duct (14), which is open towards the downstream housing end side (12), opens out in at least one aeration opening (15) leading into the housing interior of the mounting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Blum, Hermann Grether
  • Patent number: 9382700
    Abstract: A jet regulator (1) including a two-part jet-regulator housing (2), the outlet end face (3) of which has multiple passages (4), a pot-shaped inlay (6) that is inserted into the housing interior (2) until it reaches the outlet end face (3) and that has multiple tubular spray nozzles (7), each of which penetrates a passage (4) on the outlet end face of the jet regulator housing (2) and the free spray-nozzle region of which protrudes beyond the outlet end face (3) of the jet regulator (1, 5). The jet regulator also includes an insert (8) that is inserted in the housing interior and the position of the inlay part (6) is secured in an axial direction between the insert, the second housing part and the outlet end face (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: NEOPERL GMBH
    Inventor: Gerhard Blum
  • Patent number: 9376792
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture includes a body and a mixing valve provided within the body. The mixing valve includes a first inlet for receiving a first fluid, a second inlet for receiving a second fluid, and a mixing chamber having a fluid outlet for outputting the first fluid or the second fluid or a mixture thereof. The mixing valve includes a first flow control valve for controlling the flow of the first fluid into the mixing chamber and a second flow control valve, separate from the first flow control valve, for controlling the flow of the second fluid into the mixing chamber, wherein at least one of the first or second flow control valve includes at least two separate outlets into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER MIRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 9364389
    Abstract: A hygienic water jet assembly for a spa includes a body having a conical jet outlet that receives pressurized water and air from suitable sources. A control insert is disposed within the conical jet outlet and spaced therefrom by a gap, such that the control insert serves to combine the water and air together for delivery to a jet nozzle carried by the control insert. The control insert also includes a pair of conical surfaces that allows residual water within the control insert to drain by gravity out of the control insert through apertures disposed therethrough. The water draining out of the control insert is then permitted to drain out of the jet nozzle via the gap by gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MANSFIELD PLUMBING PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Conrad
  • Patent number: RE47552
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aerator with dual spraying functions, including a flow control assembly, a water separator, and a water dispenser that are combined with a housing. The flow control assembly and the water separator are combined together and the water separator and the water dispenser are rotatably connected to each other. The water separator has a surface in which discharge holes are formed. The water dispenser has an internal chamber having a circumferential portion in which needle-like water channels are formed to correspond to the water separator. Bubbling water passages are formed between the needle-like water channels and a central portion surrounded by the needle-like water channels defines a bubbling water channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN WATER NYMPH SANITARY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huaqiang Zhou