Integral Or Rigidly Interconnected Valving Means Patents (Class 239/446)
  • Patent number: 10935146
    Abstract: A T-joint includes a pipe body and a switch. The pipe body includes an inlet opening, a first outlet opening, a second outlet opening and a switch accommodating space communicating with each other. The switch is positioned into the switch accommodating space of the pipe body, and includes a pressed member and an outlet-selecting member. The pressed member and the outlet-selecting member are connected to each other. By pressing either a first pressed portion or a second pressed portion of the pressed member, the isolating member of the switch could be positioned to lead the inlet opening to communicate with a corresponding one of the first outlet opening and the second outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: PURITY (XIAMEN) SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: James Wu, Alex Wu, Ce-Wen Yang
  • Patent number: 10895065
    Abstract: This invention relates to a diverter valve assembly, including a valve housing and a holder secured to the side of the housing for retaining a hand-held showerhead. The housing includes a water inlet port, and first and second water outlet ports. The valve housing includes a single internal valve cavity within which the hollow valve core rotates. The hollow valve core assists in diverting water within the valve cavity to one or both of the water outlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Xiamen Lota International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuanbao Zhu, Xuedong Wang, Jun Chen, Jiangcheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10864532
    Abstract: An outlet device capable of switching different outlet water types in a same outlet hole, has a main body and an outlet cover plate; the outlet cover plate and the main body shape a chamber; a water reversing element is disposed in the chamber, a driving element drives the water reversing element to move in the chamber in the directions closing to the outlet cover or away from the outlet cover; the water reversing element is disposed with reversing unit corresponding to the outlet holes of the outlet cover plate one by one, the reversing unit moves with the water reversing element and changes the distance to the reversing coupling unit, making the direction or vortex velocity of water flowing into the reversing coupling unit change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Hailang Gong, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10568466
    Abstract: A showerhead assembly is provided having a diverter, a primary showerhead and a wall mounted supplemental showerhead. The showerhead assembly's diverter includes a female threaded inlet for affixing to a male threaded pipe, a first outlet, a second outlet, and a valve assembly which selectively permits or obstructs the flow of water through the first and second outlets. The primary showerhead is connected to the diverter's first outlet by a ball and socket joint connector, and the supplemental showerhead is connected to the diverter's second outlet by a hollow flexible hose. The supplemental showerhead is affixed to a shower stall wall by a fastener, such as a male threaded fastener, hook and pile, adhesive, magnets or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: ETL, LLC
    Inventor: Travis Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10563384
    Abstract: A faucet having a series of nozzles positioned longitudinally along the length of a spray arm to provide a robust and thorough delivery of water for the washing of produce. A thermometer may be integrated into the faucet to provide water temperature readings from various locations along the faucet. A valve allows for the nozzles to be turned on or off as desired by a user. The nozzles of the faucet provide a robust spray over the area under faucet, thereby improving the rinsing of produce. The thermometer allows a user to ensure that produce is washed at the correct temperature to open stomata and remove any trapped bacteria or other harmful items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Norman Faiola
  • Patent number: 10464077
    Abstract: A combination showerhead with swing button switching includes a fixing holder mounted to a supporting arm and including an inlet passage connected to the supporting arm and at least two diversion passages; a first showerhead mounted to the fixing holder and connected to at least one of the at least two diversion passages; a second showerhead connected to another of the at least two diversion passages; and a switching mechanism including a diversion plate rotatable relative to the fixing holder and cooperating with the inlet passage and the at least two diversion passages to switch waterways; a transmission part fixed on the diversion plate; and a swing button that is swingable relative to the fixing holder and that is connected to the transmission part so that swinging of the swing button drives the transmission part and causes the diversion plate to rotate. The fixing holder further includes a fixing seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Jincan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10287761
    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 control member rotatably coupled with the faucet head to enable a user to operate the control valve within the water valve by operating the control member from a side of the faucet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chiahua Yuan, Yiping Lin, Huiling Chiu, Yuanhao Chang
  • Patent number: 10106965
    Abstract: A touch spray head is in connection with a water supply segment of a water supply pipe which is accommodated in a body of a faucet and includes a water channel, the touch spray head and the water supply pipe are pulled out of and retracted back to an outlet of the body, and the touch spray head contains: a casing, a positioning member, a control valve, and an actuation device. The casing includes a hole arranged thereon, the positioning member includes at least one first through orifice, and each of the at least one first through orifice communicates with the water channel and the hole. The control valve includes a movable stem configured to turn on the control valve, and the actuation device partially exposes outside the casing and is operated by a user so as to urge the movable stem of the control valve to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Huiling Chiu, Chiahua Yuan, Yiping Lin
  • Patent number: 9656279
    Abstract: A top spraying shower head with reset function comprises a shower head main body having: a waterway switch valve, an inlet passage, a first outlet hole, and a second outlet hole concentrically arranged in the direction of the inlet passage. The inlet passage with the first outlet hole or the second outlet hole form a first outlet passage and a second outlet passage respectively. The waterway switch valve comprises: a valve body having a slidable valve body that moves between a first position and a second position to close the first outlet passage or the second outlet passage; a sealing element which can open the first and second outlet passage; an elastic element abutting between one end of the valve spindle and the inner wall of the valve body; and a W-shaped camshaft rotatably assembled in the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghui Zhang, Xiaojia Liu, Donghai Chen
  • Patent number: 9623424
    Abstract: A handheld showerhead including a showerhead portion, a handle portion, and a movable mode selector portion. The mode selector portion includes a rotationally-fixed first end coupling and a rotationally-fixed second end coupling, which is concentrically aligned with the first end coupling, and a rotatable control knob body. The movable mode selector includes a fluid seal coupled to the rotatable knob body, the first fluid seal including at least one fluid control aperture. The second end coupling also includes a fluid inlet aperture and a fluid outlet aperture. The inlet aperture is in fluid communication with a fluid supply, and the outlet aperture is in fluid communication with the control knob body. A second fluid seal is positioned between the second end coupling and the control knob body. A single mechanical fastener axially couples the control knob body to the first end coupling and the second end coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Luettgen, Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 9623425
    Abstract: A showerhead including a handle portion, a showerhead portion, a water supply connector, and a mode selector positioned around the water supply connector. The mode selector is positioned around the water supply connector and includes a rotatable control knob mounted above the handle portion and configured to rotate about an axis and a rotatable valve core received within and sealed to the control knob to create a second fluid chamber between the valve core and the control knob. The valve core further defines a first aperture and a second aperture and rotation of the control knob rotates the valve core to selectively align the second aperture of the valve core with one of two or more fluid inlets while maintaining the first aperture in at least partial alignment with a second fluid outlet from the first fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Luettgen, Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 9550195
    Abstract: A shower head includes a fixation portion and a switch mechanism. The fixation portion has two diversion waterways that connect to an inlet waterway. The switch mechanism rotates the two diversion waterways. The first diversion waterway has a mutation cavity connected to a diversion hole. The mutation cavity has a flow straightener that water from the diversion hole collides in the flow straightener. The second diversion waterway has a first section and a second section with a larger outlet. A suction hole is disposed between the mutation cavity and the second section. When water flows out of the first diversion waterway, air enters the mutation cavity from the second diversion waterway through the suction hole, bubble water flows out of the first diversion waterway; when water flows out of the second diversion waterway, air enters the second section from the first diversion waterway through the suction hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongbin Cao, Canbin Lai, Tao Cai, Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 9422695
    Abstract: A water faucet has a housing, an outlet cover, a valve shaft, a valve base, a pushing rod and a linkage rod. By repeatedly pressing a knob, water supply can be switched between the two different outlet portions, which is easy to operate. A valve shaft is only pushed by the spring such that a stopping loop of the valve shaft firmly contacts the divider of the valve base without leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Gary Wu
  • Patent number: 9283575
    Abstract: A shower has a fixed unit and an outlet unit. The fixed unit is disposed with an inlet waterway and, the outlet unit is disposed with a first outlet cavity to connect to the inlet waterway and several first outlet nozzles, which are connected to the first outlet cavity. Each of the first outlet nozzles is assembled with a diverter in interference fit way inside, the external revolution surface of the diverter is disposed with side grooves, each side groove is disposed with an oblique groove to make the water flowing of the first outlet cavity rotated when the water flowing is entered into the diverter, the diverter is disposed with centre holes throughout along the axis; the first outlet cavity is disposed with a moving plate inside; the outlet unit is connected to the fixed unit in rotating way, the plate can move between a first and second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Wei Zhang, Jianmin Chen, Yangwang Liu
  • Patent number: 9067225
    Abstract: A rotary switch valve has a main body with a division board hermetically set in a sleeve body and the sleeve body and has a water inlet and two water outlets, a let-off pipe rotationally joined to the back of the sleeve body and connected to the back cavity, and a water division plate which is rotationally set in the sleeve body to rotate between the first and second position and is fixed to the let-off pipe to rotate along the let-off pipe to connect or cut off the water outlet in the first water outlet or the second water outlet. The shower group with the rotary switch valve has an arm tube, a rain shower connected to the first water outlet and a head shower connected to the second water outlet. The head shower water outlets and the rain shower can be switched by rotating the let-off pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Tianyu Chen, Ziguang Liu, Qingshuang Li
  • Patent number: 9033261
    Abstract: A single point touch shower has a fixed unit, an outlet terminal and a switching mechanism. The fixed unit has an inlet passage connecting the water resource; the outlet terminal is asway connected to the fixed unit and provided with a plurality of outlet functions; the switching mechanism comprises a first ratchet wheel, a stopping claw and a transmission mechanism; the first ratchet wheel is rotationally connected to the outlet terminal; the stopping claw connects the first ratchet wheel and the fixed unit to limit the reversal of the first ratchet wheel; the transmission mechanism connects the first ratchet wheel and the fixed unit to transmit the mutual swing between the outlet terminal and the fixed unit to the relative rotation between the first ratchet wheel and the outlet terminal, and the outlet functions switching is controlled through the relative rotation between the first ratchet wheel and the outlet terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Hexian Cai, Jianmin Chen, Bin Chen
  • Publication number: 20150115065
    Abstract: A side spraying shower head includes an inlet waterway; a cover unit with a first and second water cavity; a water diversion body covering the cover unit, the water diversion body having a first inlet hole connected to the first water cavity and a second inlet hole connected to the second water cavity; a fixation base attached to the water diversion body, the fixation base including a first connection waterway and a second connection; a switch shaft, laterally movable inside the fixation base, the central portion of the switch shaft including a seal portion disposed between the first and second connection waterway; a press mechanism attached to the cover unit to push the switch shaft to close the second connection waterway; an elastic element abuts against the switch shaft and the fixation base to push the switch shaft to close the first connection waterway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde LIN, Wenxing CHEN, Jincan ZHANG, Huasong ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20150090811
    Abstract: A combined pilot valve mechanism and a shower system are applied with the combined pilot valve mechanism. By switching to close the control hole, the first water diversion hole or the second water diversion hole to control the pressures of the pressure cavity, the valve spool is driven to move to alternately close the first outlet or the second outlet, so that the inlet waterway is switched to connect to the first outlet waterway, the first water diversion hole or the second water diversion hole. As the shower system is applied with a combined pilot valve mechanism, which utilizes the control hole to switch the waterways, thus preventing the main pipe from great water pressure. The diameter of the control hole can be smaller, so that the water pressure of the button mechanism can be ignored, only friction and light elastic force of the spring exist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yulin WU, Mingfu ZHANG, Bin CAO, Huasong ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20150090813
    Abstract: A pilot valve switch mechanism of a shower system includes a fixed portion and a valve spool. The fixed portion is has an inlet waterway, a first and second outlet waterway and a control hole that can connect to the outlet waterways. The first outlet waterway has a first outlet and the second outlet waterway has a second outlet. The valve spool is slidably assembled inside the fixed portion vertically to the inlet waterway, and has a slim hole connected to the inlet waterway. The valve spool and the fixed portion form a pressure cavity. The control hole and the slim hole are connected to the pressure cavity. The pressure cavity is controlled by the control hole to drive the valve spool to move along the inlet waterway to close the first or second outlet, switching the inlet waterway to connect to the first or second outlet waterway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingfu ZHANG, Lei WANG, Xiaofeng YANG, Huasong ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20150090812
    Abstract: A pilot valve switch mechanism and combined shower applied with the pilot valve switch mechanism includes a fixed portion and a valve spool. The fixed portion includes an inlet waterway, a first outlet waterway, a second outlet waterway and a control hole capable to connect to the outlet waterways. The first outlet waterway has a first outlet. The second outlet waterway has a second outlet. The valve spool is slidably assembled inside the fixed portion along the inlet waterway, with a slim hole connected to the inlet waterway. The valve spool and the fixed portion form a pressure cavity, which is connected to the control hole and the slim hole. The control hole controls the water pressure of the pressure cavity to drive the valve spool to close the first or second outlet, connecting the inlet waterway to the first or second outlet waterway. The control hole switches the waterways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: Xiamen Solex High-tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yulin WU, Mingfu ZHANG, Yuehua QIU, Huasong ZHOU
  • Patent number: 8967497
    Abstract: A handheld showerhead including a showerhead portion, a handle portion, and a movable mode selector portion. The mode selector portion includes a rotationally-fixed first end coupling and a rotationally-fixed second end coupling, which is concentrically aligned with the first end coupling, and a rotatable control knob body. The movable mode selector includes a fluid seal coupled to the rotatable knob body, the first fluid seal including at least one fluid control aperture. The second end coupling also includes a fluid inlet aperture and a fluid outlet aperture. The inlet aperture is in fluid communication with a fluid supply, and the outlet aperture is in fluid communication with the control knob body. A second fluid seal is positioned between the second end coupling and the control knob body. A single mechanical fastener axially couples the control knob body to the first end coupling and the second end coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Luettgen, Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8919676
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer includes a spray boom equipped with a plurality of spray heads, with each head having a body defining a cavity located in fluid communication with a fluid inlet and an array of four outlets leading to four nozzles respectively having different flow rates. A nozzle-select control member is mounted for rotation in the cavity and includes a fluid passage arrangement for establishing fluid connections between the inlet and different ones or combinations of the four nozzles as the control member is rotated among preselected discrete positions by an electric stepper motor, with the stepper motor being controlled in response to vehicle speed so that the spray tip capacity decreases for effecting a constant application rate as the vehicle speed decreases from a maximum permitted speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Travis G. Funseth, David S. Mercer, Richard A. Humpal
  • Patent number: 8919671
    Abstract: A shower head includes a shower body, a spherical joint, a fixing seat, a TPR roller, a welding sheet, a switching shaft, a connecting member, a water dispensing disc, a supporting frame, an inclined member, a rotor, an air intake valve, a TPR lid, and a cover. The switching shaft is a concave body with a handle. A cylinder having a hole is provided in the concave body. A spring and a sealing gasket are sleeved on the cylinder. A pillar is arranged on the outer side of the concave body. The pillar is connected with the connecting member. The handle of the switching shaft is connected with the welding sheet. The shower head has the advantages that the sealing effect is better when the water pressure is lower, and it is easy to switch when the water pressure is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sinyu Technology (Fujian) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhangjun Yu
  • Patent number: 8915455
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a massage shower that can achieve the dynamic switch of the water flow, it comprises a hollow essential body, a oblique water body, a impeller that is under the said oblique water body, a face cover component that has the effluent holes and a moving plate used to switch the effluent holes of different areas in the face cover component, the said impeller and the said moving plate are connected through a differential gearing transmission retarding mechanism. The said massage shower can achieve the dynamic switch of different effluent holes on the face cover of the shower during the using process, and achieve excellent massage effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Ziguang Liu, Jianmin Chen
  • Patent number: 8910887
    Abstract: A multi-purpose watering device that operates as a handheld device and ground based watering device. The device consists of a long handle leading to a turret sprinkler with water distribution on at least two sides. One side is used in a ground based position to water small to medium area lawns and the other is used for watering when the device is used in a held position. A valve on the turret face allows the operator to switch select which will distribute water. The device also contains a rotating sprinkler head suited for watering of large areas. When the rotating head is actuated, water is redirected from the turret head to the rotating head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Partners In Innovation, Ltd.
    Inventors: John A. Helmsderfer, Nicholas Jeffers
  • Patent number: 8888020
    Abstract: A multi-stage showerhead for preventing mixed flow and back pressure, in which a capacity space is set inside a housing, the capacity space is provided for placing an inner disk, an outer disk, a distribution base, an outlet base, a bottom base and a water-gas mixing seat, wherein at least a counter-stop pad is set inside the water-gas mixing seat for avoiding that water and gas fixed to produce back-pressure counter current, to thereby ensure the purpose of water-saving and not reducing the strength of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: So Mei Huang
  • Patent number: 8876023
    Abstract: A showerhead (20) has a spray head (32) having a plurality of spray outlets (36, 38,42,44) on different faces is mounted for manual rotation about a single pivot axis both to select a spray outlet and to adjust the direction of the spray for the selected spray outlet. The showerhead can be configured so that flow of water is uninterrupted during changeover between spray modes. Alternative versions of the showerhead are disclosed in which the spray head is mounted for powered rotation, for example by a motor, allowing remote operation of the showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Mira Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Taylor Peel, Jennifer Ellen Barnard, Simon Westgate, Alexander Fagg, Craig Edwin Baker, Peter Thomas Green
  • Publication number: 20140291419
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a faucet assembly with a unique multifunction spray head. The spray head is capable of at least four spray functions, and has an outer shell; a flow body extending within the shell, a first end extending out of the shell for attachment to a faucet and a second end in fluid communication with a spray selector assembly The flow body defines a flow path from the first end of the flow body to a flow selector assembly. The spray head includes a flow selector assembly comprising: a selector valve housing body having at least four valve recesses therein; at least four flow selector valves seated within the recesses in the selector valve housing body; and a rotating selector valve ring. A sprayer seat has a faceplate thereon and a flow diversion conduit corresponding to each selector valve to provide flow paths from a selector valve to a sprayer outlet or an aerator outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventor: Walter Pitsch
  • Publication number: 20140263756
    Abstract: A faucet wand assembly including a mode diverter and a rotational spray diverter positioned downstream from the mode diverter. The mode diverter is configured to switch between a spray mode and a stream mode, and the spray diverter is configured to change open water outlets in the spray mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Kyle Meehan, Tang Yilin, Lu Junxi
  • Patent number: 8770494
    Abstract: A decoking tool includes a tool body, a diverter plate, a diverter body, a plurality of flow paths and a shifting apparatus. The plurality of flow paths may include a clearing flow path, a cutting flow path and a boring flow path each having a nozzle. The nozzle that terminates the clearing flow path can be directed substantially upwards during normal operation. The shifting apparatus can be operatively coupled to the diverter plate and/or the diverter body such that upon operation of the shifting apparatus, the diverter plate and the diverter body rotate relative to one another to substantially align a selection orifice and at least one of a clearing orifice, a cutting orifice and a boring orifice to establish fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the respective nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventor: Daniel O. Arzuaga
  • Patent number: 8757517
    Abstract: A showerhead having a plurality of spray modes including a manifold defining a plurality of mode apertures, a front channel plate, a rear channel plate, and a radial mode changer. The front channel plate includes a plurality of front plate partitions connected to an exterior surface of the manifold. The front plate partitions define at least two channels, each channel of the at least two channels corresponds to one of the plurality of spray modes. The mode apertures in the manifold provide fluid communication between the manifold and the at least two channels. The rear channel plate encloses the at least two channels to form at least two chambers. When the radial mode changer is rotated, one or more of the ports of the radial mode changer is aligned with one or more of the mode apertures, and water flows through the radial mode changer into one of the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl T. Whitaker, Leland C. Leber, Brian Randall Williams
  • Patent number: 8727241
    Abstract: A kitchen sink sprayer, comprising a body enclosed in an outer enclosure for being gripped and provided with a coupling to a flexible water supply hose connected to a faucet for adjusting the flow-rate between a closed position and an open position, the body comprising a rod which has, at one end, a tip that is adapted to open selectively the access of the water to a duct for forming a central jet and to ducts for forming a peripheral jet, and is provided with means for actuation by the user, the means for actuating the rod having a tab which is connected directly to the rod in an intermediate position of the rod and protrudes from the enclosure of the sprayer, at its lateral surface, by an extent that is sufficient for contact grip by the user when it is necessary to actuate the rod in order to move it from one of its selection positions to the other and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Amfag S.p.A.
    Inventor: Orlando Bosio
  • Patent number: 8720799
    Abstract: A shower head hanger includes a three-way pipe, a bracket, a face lid, and a rotation valve. The three-way pipe has a rear end which is fixed to a wall. The three-way pipe has a lower end which is connected with a shower head through a tube. The three-way pipe has a front end which is in a forked shape to receive the bracket therein. The shower head is hanged on the bracket. The face lid is located at the front end of the three-way pipe. The three-way pipe has a side wall formed with a valve hole to receive the rotation valve which is used to control communication of the rear end, the front end and the lower end. The shower head hanger of the present invention provides a multi-outflow function for the user to take a shower in a different way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Huei-Chun Tseng
  • Patent number: 8720800
    Abstract: A shower head includes a main body seal seat fixed to a main body. The main body seal seat is fitted in a rotation seat in a rotation way and located above a cover seal seat. The cover seal seat is fixed to a cover unit. The joint of the main body seal seat and the rotation seat has a groove to receive a first seal ring. The main body seal seat has at least one water inlet. The water inlet is provided with a spring and a second seal ring therein. The spring is located between the second seal ring and the water inlet of the main body seal seat. The cover seal seat has at least one through hole corresponding in position to the water inlet. The cover unit has at least one water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Wei-Sheng Wu
  • Patent number: 8424781
    Abstract: A power sprayer or spray device for use with a faucet. The spray device may include a spray mode and a stream mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Michael Scot Rosko, John D. Vogel, Patrick B. Jonte
  • Patent number: 8398825
    Abstract: A mode shifting apparatus for a decoking tool, a decoking tool and method of operating same. The apparatus includes features to make it rotatably and translationally responsive to changes in pressure of a decoking fluid such that the apparatus is cooperative with the tool and the decoking fluid in a first operating condition to establish a drilling mode with one or more of the tool's drilling nozzles, and in a second operating condition to establish a cutting mode with one or more of the tool's cutting nozzles. In one form, the apparatus includes one or more sets of tandem seals disposed along a component interface within the apparatus or between the apparatus and the tool to help redundantly isolate seizure-sensitive components within the apparatus from the pressurized decoking fluid. In another form, the apparatus includes a gas spring to counteract the forces imposed by the pressurized decoking fluid. In another form, the apparatus includes a manual override connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Douglas Adams, Lloyd D. Hanson, Andrew Worley
  • Patent number: 8297538
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a shower switch with adjustable device comprising a main body, a water divided device, a cover, a driving device and a handle. Particularly, the water divided device contains a water divided plate with water divided holes for operating with a sealing plate, which is further positioned inside the main body, and the driving device has one end thereof connecting to the sealing plate and the other end thereof pivoted to the handle. In this manner, the driving device pivoted to the main body and the handle synchronically rotates the sealing plate against the water divided plate by one hand so as to conduct the water from the sealing plate into different water divided holes for the purpose of water switching and of preventing from wetting the hands, hence increasing the convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 8292200
    Abstract: A showerhead with multiple modes of operation may include a first turbine and a second turbine, each disposed within a unique flow channel. The first and second turbines may interrupt water flow through their respective flow channels, thereby providing at least one pulsating water spray emanating from the showerhead. The showerhead may include a third flow channel having no turbine disposed therein, such that water flowing through the third flow channel is not interrupted and thus emitted from the showerhead as a drenching spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Damian Macan, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8256647
    Abstract: A valve assembly for dispensing a plurality of flowable materials, such as viscous fluids or powders, comprising a valve member having a plurality of inlets for the plurality of flowable materials and dispense outlets communicating with the inlets and a closure having one or more openings in a pattern that corresponds to the pattern of at least some of the outlets. The valve member and the closure are movable relative to each other between a closed position in which the outlets are closed and at least one dispensing position in which one or more openings in the closure are at least partially in register with the dispense outlets thus clearing the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fluid Management Operations LLC
    Inventors: Marcel Engels, Marcus Johannes Voskuil, Goran Aleksijovski, Rob van Leeuwen
  • Publication number: 20120097766
    Abstract: A sidespray for use with a water faucet unit includes a trigger valve and a volume control valve. The trigger valve is configured to define a full-ON water flow condition and a full-OFF water flow condition for the sidespray. A diverter actuator is coupled to the trigger valve to select between the full-ON water flow condition and the full-OFF water flow condition for the sidespray. The volume control valve is configured to define a volume-variable water passageway to limit a water flow volume through the sidespray when the trigger valve has set the sidespray to the full-ON water flow condition. A volume control actuator is coupled to the volume control valve to selectively adjust the water flow volume through the sidespray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: James Lin
  • Patent number: 8066203
    Abstract: A switching device of a multifunctional shower head is integrated into the cavity of the shower head, which mainly includes a switching button, a radius bar, a swing arm, a coupled gear, a shaft for the coupled gear, a division gear, and a shaft for the division gear; wherein one end of said radius bar extends out of the shower head via a through-hole to fix with a switching button, and the end has a pivot pin; one end of said swing arm is fixed onto the shaft of the coupled gear, while a slot guide is disposed on the other end for connecting with said pivot pin of said radius bar; said gearing coupled and division gears are located in the cavity of the shower head via their shaft respectively; said division gear closing on the outlet of the main body has several dividing holes coordinating to the outlet of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 7918408
    Abstract: A hand-held showerhead structure includes a handle portion, a water-outlet base, and a rotary member. The rotary member includes an outlet valve and is mounted on the water-outlet base in a rotationally adjustable manner, which is turned by a user to adjust to a desired water-spraying mode. A plurality of annular chambers is defined between a middle cover and a lower cover of the outlet valve. A plurality of arc-shaped flow-guide ribs distributed radially and separated from one another is protruded from a top wall of the lower cover opposing to an annular chamber in an outer peripheral area. A plurality of open-ended arc-shaped flow-guide channels is accordingly defined between the flow-guide ribs. Moreover, a plurality of outlet holes is arranged in flow-guiding directions of the flow-guide channels. Therefore, the showerhead positioned in such a water-spraying mode is capable of achieving a uniform water-spraying effect at a larger spraying area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Ching-Chen Tshieh
  • Patent number: 7909269
    Abstract: A pull-out faucet has a spray head with spray selection and pause control. A spring-loaded push button interrupts outlet spray entirely as long as it is being depressed. A rocker button controls spray through inner and outer sets of outlet orifices, for example, giving the user the option of an aerated water jet or an unaerated shower. The rocker button mounts on an integral pivot post of a valve body that houses a diverter valve that is controlled by the rocker button. The rocker button has a pair of legs that extend through openings in the valve body to engage a groove in the diverter valve. Pivoting the rocker button about a pivot axis by depressing either its forward or aft portion, moves the diverter valve along a valve axis to route flow to either the inner or outer orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, David E. Hansen, Patrick H. Montag
  • Patent number: 7819343
    Abstract: In a tool for cutting up coke, comprising a housing mounted on a drill stem in the operating condition, and wherein at least one cutting nozzle for cutting and one boring nozzle for boring coke by means of a water jet, and a switchable valve means arranged in a flow-through channel for alternatively feeding the water to the flow channels in a flow body for the paths to the cutting and boring nozzles, and a switching apparatus manually or water-pressure-controlled operable at switching pressure of the water within the flow-through channel, for switching the valve means, are arranged, comprising a distribution apparatus rotatably supported above the flow body, with at least one valve body for closing off at least one opening of the flow channels, wherein depending on each angular position of the distribution apparatus with respect to the flow body, the flow path of the water to the boring nozzle or the flow path to the cutting nozzle is free or obstructed, for easier rotation of the distribution apparatus,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ruhrpumpen GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Paul, Dirk Heidemann, Kay Simon, Thomas Graefenstein, Steffen Krenzer
  • Patent number: 7766260
    Abstract: A switchable showerhead has a body, a switching device, a water-spraying device and an operating device. The body has a mounting recess, a front through hole, a rear through hole, a mounting chamber, a connecting frame, an inserting hole and an inner tube. The switching device is mounted in the body and has a holding element, a front guide base, a rear guide base and a valve stem. The valve stem is movably mounted in the guide bases. The water-spraying device is mounted in the body, communicates with the switching device and has a shell and a cover. The shell is mounted in the mounting recess. The cover is mounted on the shell and has an inserting tube and multiple spouts. The operating device is mounted on the body, is connected to the switching device and has an operating panel connected to the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Wen-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 7753291
    Abstract: A water outlet apparatus comprises a hand-held tubular wand in two co-axial rotatable parts in which at or towards the outer end of an outer part water outlet means is provided. A mixing/shut-off valve is housed in an inner end of the outer part. An inner part has secured therein one end of a hosing for delivery separately of two types of water, i.e. hot water and cold water, to the valve for mixing. The other end of the hosing is for integration into two separate sources of water. The water outlet means may be a series of nozzles radially of the outer part of the wand for use as a shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Munster Simms Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Edward John Gilmore
  • Patent number: 7748649
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a novel water discharging apparatus capable of rapidly enhancing an outer appearance and a cleaning property and enjoying a plurality of water discharging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujii, Shoji Miura, Yoshihiro Kiyofuji
  • Patent number: 7740186
    Abstract: An improved shower head having multiple modes of operation. The shower head may include a first turbine and turbine, each disposed within a unique flow channel. The first and second turbines may interrupt water flow through their respective flow channels, thereby providing at least one pulsating water spray emanating from the shower head. The shower head may include a third flow channel having no turbine disposed therein, such that water flowing through the third flow channel is not interrupted and thus emitted from the shower head as a drenching spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Damian Macan, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 7594617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shower attachment which comprises a first part (T1) which comprises a water guiding channel (2), and a second part (T2) which comprises at least one first and one second outlet opening (A1, A2) which can be selectively connected to the water guiding channel (2) by means of a valve (V). Said valve (V) is embodied by areas (BI, B2) of the two parts (TI, T2), which are connected to each other in a manner such that they can be displaced and are arranged in the inside of the second part (T2). The valve (V) can be changed by displacing at least one part (T2), and the both known areas (B1, B2) are connected together in such a manner that they can pivot. The first part (T1) comprises a pivotable axis (24) and at least one outlet opening (7) which is arranged at a distance therefrom. The second part (T2) comprises, optionally, at least two inlet openings which are arranged at a distance in relation to said pivotable axis (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignees: Weidman Plastics Technology AG, Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventors: Henning Kaess, Paul Boesch, Kurt Kremm
  • Patent number: 7503345
    Abstract: The invention is a flow controller attachable to a water supply. The controller has a body with inlet and outlet connections and a control element positioned between the inlet and outlet. The controller has an actuator extending from the control element that permits selection of three different settings. The first setting aligns a set of openings in the control element with the inlet and outlet of the body permitting unimpeded full flow of water. A second setting aligns another set of openings, which form a weep hole, in the control element to substantially impede flow from the inlet to the outlet. A third setting aligns a third set of openings in the control element with a flow control device, to partially impede flow from the inlet to the outlet, creating a low flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Speakman Company
    Inventors: Graham H. Paterson, Frederick M. Kappel