At Least One Flow Path Always Open Patents (Class 239/447)
  • Patent number: 11278920
    Abstract: An improved showerhead assembly is provided for use with handheld showerheads. The handheld showerhead includes an elongate handle and a showerhead face including one or more nozzles for spraying water. In addition, the showerhead assembly includes a hollow mount for affixing to the male threaded pipe found in a shower stall. The mount includes a “C” shaped receptacle for holding the handheld shower assembly, an inlet for receiving water, as well as an outlet for expelling water to a flexible hose, which in turn is connected to the handheld showerhead. In addition, the mount includes supplemental spray assemblies which are affixed to the left and right sides of the “C” shaped receptacle and which can be rotated so as to expel water through different spray nozzle configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ETL, LLC
    Inventor: David Hofman
  • Patent number: 11179735
    Abstract: A shower includes a first shower assembly, a rotatable valve and a second shower assembly. The first shower assembly has a first inlet bore and a first outlet bore individually separated from each other. The rotatable valve has two diverter flow paths which are separated from each other, and has a second inlet bore and a second outlet bore, wherein the second inlet bore communicates with the second outlet bore. The second shower assembly has a third outlet bore communicating with the second outlet bore. The second shower assembly is connected to the rotatable valve. The second shower assembly is turnable relative to the first shower assembly to rotate the rotatable valve. When the second shower assembly is turned to rotate the rotatable valve, the first outlet bore, the second inlet bore or the both communicate with the first inlet bore through at least one of the diverter flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: PURITY (XIAMEN) SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: James Wu, Alex Wu, Ce-Wen Yang
  • Patent number: 10610874
    Abstract: A handheld shower head includes a shower head body, a water inlet assembly and a water outlet assembly mounted on the shower head body. The water inlet assembly includes a water inlet body and a flow control device. The flow control device includes a gasket, a return spring, a control valve shaft, and a control button. The control valve shaft passes through the flow control chamber of the water inlet body. A lower portion of the control valve shaft is connected with the gasket. The control button is connected with an upper portion of the control valve shaft. The handheld shower head can control the flow rate of water discharge and is user-friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: XIAMEN LOTA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD., LOTA XIAMEN INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuedong Wang, Jiangcheng Zhang, Xiaofei Guo, Zheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10449558
    Abstract: A handheld pet spray wand may be configured for use in washing or bathing a pet, for example, a dog. The handheld pet spray wand may be configured for attachment to a hose that is further attached to a water supply source. The handheld pet spray wand may be operable to have a number of spray modes to assist in the cleaning of the pet. The handheld pet spray wand may further be configured to provide selective nozzle array sizes designed for both small and large pets. The form factor of the spray wand may further be ergonomically formed to provide a spray pattern conforming to the body of the pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Thurgood
  • Patent number: 10406541
    Abstract: An outlet device providing fan-shaped pulsating water particles includes a water inlet portion that has at least two inlet holes that are uniformly rotatably symmetrically arranged; and an outlet portion having a single outlet hole such that a vertical projection of the single outlet hole onto a horizontal plane of the water inlet portion partially coincides with one inlet hole of the at least two inlet holes and forms a flow down area and water vertically flows from an overlapping portion of the one inlet hole to a coinciding overlapped portion of the single outlet hole without changing flow direction as flow down water while water tangentially flowing from the one inlet hole toward a non-coinciding portion of the single outlet hole rotates as rotating water and impacts the flow down water to form water particles. A shower head including the outlet device is additionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wencong Xu, Minghao Chen, Mingfu Zhang, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10406539
    Abstract: A remote switch combination shower head includes a first shower head, a second shower head and a switch mechanism, wherein further comprising a fixing seat assembled to a support arm, the fixing seat is disposed with an inlet waterway connected to the support arm, a first diversion waterway and a second diversion waterway; the first shower head is assembled to the fixing seat and is capable of connecting to the first diversion waterway; the second shower head is a hand shower head connected to the second diversion waterway by a flexible pipe; the switch mechanism comprises a switch component and an operation component, the switch component is disposed to the fixing seat and is coupled to the inlet waterway, the first diversion waterway and the second diversion waterway, so that the waterways are switched by the movement of the switch component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Wenxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10150122
    Abstract: A shower head structure includes a main body, a face plate, and a switching device installed inside the main body for controlling an outflow of water from the face plate. The circumferential portion of the face plate is provided with a plurality of water outlet units. Each water outlet unit includes a plurality of jet orifices. The water flowing from the plurality of jet orifices forms a bunched spout. The bunched spout includes a plurality of fine spouts. The water won't spray about. Since the diameter of the jet orifice is small, the force of the fine spouts is stronger. The water-saving effect is good. The shower head can be used for low pressure environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN LOTA INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuedong Wang, Jiangcheng Zhang, Yuzheng Wu
  • Patent number: 9849471
    Abstract: A combination showerhead with dial button switching includes a fixing seat, two shower heads and a switch mechanism. The fixing seat has an inlet waterway and at least two diversion waterways. The switch mechanism includes a water diversion plate, a valve spool, a dial button and an elastic body. The water diversion plate is movably connected to the fixing seat and coupled to the inlet waterway and the diversion waterways, so that the plate rotates in a preset angle to switch the waterways. The valve spool is connected to the fixing seat and to the water diversion plate, so that the valve spool slides to drive the water diversion plate to rotate in a preset angle. The dial button has a cam portion and is rotatably connected to the fixing seat. The valve spool abuts against the periphery surface of the cam portion. The elastic body resets the valve spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengde Lin, Mingfu Zhang, Jincan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9844787
    Abstract: A shower head with alternating outlet function, includes: an inlet waterway with an inlet port, an outlet port, a waterway, an outlet terminal having at least two mutually independent outlet cavities rotatably distributed on a plane, and all have outlet holes, alternating inlet holes and synchronous inlets; the outlet holes are disposed on the outlet surface of the shower head; and an alternating cavity with alternating inlets, fixed to the outlet terminal. The alternating cavity is connected to all alternating inlet holes. The interior thereof is disposed with a hydraulic alternating device to make the alternating inlets to connect to the alternating inlet holes in alternating manner driven by water pressure. The synchronous inlets and the alternating inlets are switched to connect to the outlet port by a water diversion plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Yangfeng Ji, Jianmin Chen, Yuanfang Huang
  • Patent number: 9656280
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Xiao Jing Ye, Zhengzhen Lei
  • Patent number: 9469811
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for crushing coke, and includes a housing 2 that, in an operating state, is fastened to a drill rod, and in which is arranged at least one cutting nozzle 10 for cutting and a drilling nozzle 9 for drilling coke by means of a water jet, and a control for supplying water flowing through the housing 2 under pressure for drilling or cutting, wherein the control for switching the tool 1 from a drilling mode to a cutting mode and vice versa includes a control device 7 that is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the housing 2 to switch the tool 1, wherein the drilling or cutting mode is set depending on the angular position of the control device 7. To obtain a clear understanding of whether the tool 1 is in drilling or cutting mode, at least one position element 38, 39 is arranged on the control device 7 that displays the angular position of the control device 7 in the drilling and/or cutting mode of the tool 1 through a window 18 in the housing 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Ruhrpumpen GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Hoppe, Wolfgang Paul, Kay Simon, Andreas Wupper
  • Patent number: 9387495
    Abstract: A shower device, such as a hand shower, includes a housing having an inlet and an outlet, the housing defining a first flow path and a second flow path between the inlet and the outlet, a first flow regulator positioned in the first flow path and limiting a flow of water therethrough to a first flow rate, and a second flow regulator upstream of the first flow regulator and limiting a flow of water therethrough to a second flow rate, the first flow path and the second flow path passing through the second flow regulator. A valve may be positioned in the second flow path and biased to close the second flow path and an actuator may be coupled to the valve and operable to open the valve, the actuator being positioned on the housing flush with or recessed from the housing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Schumacher, James J. Barczynski, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9233379
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with a pat-switching sprinkler, which is provided with a fixation unit (100), an operation bat (200) and switching mechanism (300). The fixation unit (100) is provided with a water entry (110) and multiple water exits (120) which can get through with the water entry (110). The operation bat is provided with an operation part (210), a connection part (220) and a pin-jointed part (230), which pivots the fixation unit. The connection part (220) and the operation part (210) respectively lie at the inner side and external side of the fixation unit. The switching mechanism (300) is arranged in the fixation unit (100) and is in transmission with the connection part (220). It has advantages as below: swing the operation bat by patting it, which can put the switching mechanism in motion to switch the water exits. Thus, it saves the switching force and can be switched reliably and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Hongliang Ma, Jianmin Chen, Liangwei Wang
  • Patent number: 9205435
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler can include a riser and a nozzle mounted at an upper end of the riser for rotation. The sprinkler can include a high flow rate port and a low flow rate port that can each emit a stream of water. The sprinkler can include a diverter valve that can intermittently block or permit the flow of water to the high flow rate port and/or to the low flow rate port as the nozzle rotates. The sprinkler can include a gear train reduction mounted in the riser and coupled to rotate the nozzle. A turbine can be coupled to an input shaft of the gear train reduction and can be rotatable by water flowing through the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Clark, Donald M. Sheetz, III, LaMonte D. Porter
  • Patent number: 9175225
    Abstract: A mode shifting apparatus for a decoking tool is described herein. A diversion plate can be used to provide selective delivery of a pressurized decoking fluid to one or the other of nozzles in the tool. The mode shifting apparatus can be used to switch between a cutting mode of operation and a drilling mode of operation by rotation of the diversion plate, where a biasing force causes the diversion plate to unseat itself from an adjacent surface of the tool in order to reduce friction forces between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Daniel O. Arzuaga, Jagadish Janardhan
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8997790
    Abstract: A touch switch outlet mechanism has a fixation unit and a switch unit. The fixation unit includes an inlet waterway connected to the water source, a water diversion cavity connected to the inlet waterway, N number of water diversion holes connected to the water diversion cavity and several outlet functions with same number as the water diversion holes and one to one corresponding to the water diversion holes, N is equal to or more than 2; The switch unit includes N?1 number of sealing balls and N touch buttons, the N touch buttons are separately disposed with a touch end inside the water diversion cavity and a controlled end controlled by the user, the touch ends of the N touch buttons corresponding to N water diversion holes and sliding connected to the fixation unit, the N?1 sealing balls can close N?1 of the N water diversion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Libin Shen, Jianmin Chen, Bin Cao
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150041562
    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: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Taylor Peel, Jennifer Ellen Barnard, Simon Westgate, Alexander Fagg, Craig Edwin Baker, Peter Thomas Green
  • 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: 8919379
    Abstract: A plug switch outlet mechanism has a first and second shower. The first shower includes a first switch mechanism inside and a socket outside a fixed unit, an outlet connected to the fixed unit; the fixed unit is disposed with two waterways and an inlet waterway connected to the external water source, one of the waterway is connected to the outlet, the socket is disposed with a switch, the switch is driving connected to the first switch mechanism for driving the first switch mechanism when touched to make the two waterways switched to connect to the inlet waterway; the second shower is connected to the other waterway, the second shower is coupled to the socket and can plug into the socket, when the second shower is inserted into the sockets or pulled away from the socket, the switch is touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Haisong Peng, Renzhong Li, Bin Chen
  • Publication number: 20140361098
    Abstract: A fluid distributor has a component configured for selective rotation about a central axis of the fluid distributor, a fluid input, a first fluid output, and a second fluid output, wherein rotation of the component in a first direction about the central axis alternates selection between the first fluid output and the second fluid output and at least one of (1) the component is configured to rotate about the central axis by at least 360° in the first direction and such rotation of the component about the central axis provides at least four alternations between selection of the first fluid output and the second fluid output and (2) selection of the second fluid output is the next available fluid output for selection in response to rotating the component about the central axis away from a position of the component in which the first fluid output is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Kennedy
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8851398
    Abstract: An overhead shower comprises a stationary part rotably connected to a rotating part having two water division apertures disposed oppositely left and right, and a cover plate having two movable members disposed left and right, rotably connected inside said rotating part. A switching method comprises: step 1, Push one side of the overhead shower to rotate the rotating part until the top surface of the movable member of said side of the cover plate leans against the stationary part, and until the water division aperture seals and leans against the underside of the movable member of said side of the cover plate, to seal said water division and simultaneously open another water division aperture; step 2, Release the overhead shower, then the rotating part and said movable member of the cover plate attach hermetically under the water pressure, the rotating part will be restored by a spring or gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Renzhong Li, Jianmin Chen, Mayang Lai, Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 8800893
    Abstract: A faucet wand includes a waterway having a plurality of conduits; a diverter valve and a reset valve. The diverter valve diverts fluid flow between two of the conduits and has a default position. The reset valve can cause the diverter valve to return to its default position from another position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael L. Malek, W. Randall Tucker
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140034758
    Abstract: A shower head contains a shower head housing with a jet disc having jet outlet openings. A water inlet leads into the shower head housing and adjoins a changeover valve that switches between three water supplies. Each water supply leads to a different group of jet outlet openings in the jet disc. An opening closed by a seal of deformable material is provided between each two groups of jet outlet openings. The seal is designed such that the opening opens when pressure is applied from one side and the opening closes when pressure is applied from the other side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventors: Juergen BUEHLER, Fabian MELLE
  • Patent number: 8632023
    Abstract: A shower head includes a push-button operated rotatable valve having a plurality of positions including; a first position in which the shower head allows water to flow to a first function, a second position radially offset from the first position in which the shower head allows water to flow to a second function, a third position radially offset from the first position and the second position and to the first position, in which the shower head allows water to flow trickle through the shower head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Michael Miller, James Wu, Alex Wu, Cewen Yang
  • Publication number: 20140014743
    Abstract: A shower device according to the invention includes a shower head housing having a jet disk and a multiplicity of jet outlet openings. The jet outlet openings are divided into multiple groups of jet outlet openings. For each group of jet outlet openings, a distinct chamber is formed in the shower head housing. A water inlet can for example be connected by means of a change-over valve to in each case one of the chambers fluidic in parallel. The two chambers are arranged consecutively in the shower head housing. The water exiting the rear chamber as viewed relative to the jet disk can for example pass through the front chamber in a sealed channel or as a jet, which passes through a larger opening of the jet disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Franz SCHORN, Klaus BUTZKE, Markus WÖHRLE, Fabian MELLE, Juergen BUEHLER, Sven KLEINWAECHTER
  • Patent number: 8616470
    Abstract: A showerhead system includes an arm structure adapted to couple to a water pipe to receive water flow therefrom. The arm structure includes a first fluid conduit, a second fluid conduit, and a mode selector operatively coupled to the first fluid conduit and the second fluid conduit. The mode selector transitions between a first setting to direct water flow from a first chamber to a second chamber positioned below the first chamber and a second setting to direct water flow from the first chamber to a third chamber positioned below the first chamber. The second chamber is in fluid communication with the first fluid conduit and the third chamber is in fluid communication with the second fluid conduit. The showerhead system further includes a spray head configured to distribute the water from at least one of the first and second the fluid conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian R. Williams
  • Patent number: 8584972
    Abstract: A handheld showerhead includes a showerhead portion and a handle portion. The showerhead portion includes a plurality of nozzles. At least two fluid channels are defined in part by at least two walls that are adjacent and parallel to each other and a curved wall that extends between edges of the at least two walls. A base wall is operably associated with the at least two walls and defines two or more fluid channel inlets each in fluid communication with a respective one of the two more fluid channels. The handle portion is operatively associated with the showerhead portion, and includes at least one of a fluid inlet and a fluid passage, and including a rotatable mode selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Luettgen, Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8573512
    Abstract: A handheld water discharging device contains a housing; a water supplying pipe fixed in the housing and including a valve holder and a discharge assembly; wherein the valve holder includes an inlet room, a distributing room, a peripheral flowing room, a central flowing room, and a groove; the distributing room includes a plurality of ratchet blocks; the discharge assembly is fixed at the groove and includes a first outflow member and a second outflow member; a valve core displaces in the distributing room and includes a first closing segment; a resilient element is used to push the valve core downward; a positioning member is fixed in the distributing room and includes a biasing portion, a number of engagement teeth, and a stem; a button element serves as to push the positioning member upward properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Xiaodi Hu
  • Patent number: 8550380
    Abstract: The spray head has a housing-mounted inflow passage for feed water, and a central first outflow passage. A second and a third outflow passage are offset in the circumferential direction with respect to an axis of rotation. Each of the outflow passages is connected to a corresponding water outlet for producing different spray jets. A control element having a connecting channel is disposed in the interior of the spray head and is rotatable about the axis of rotation by the actuating element. The actuating element can execute a lifting movement. In the starting position of the actuating element, the connecting channel exclusively connects the inflow passage to the first outflow passage. In the lifting position of the actuating element, the inflow passage is connected either to the second or the third outflow passage as a function of the actuating element and the associated rotational position of the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: KWC AG
    Inventors: Christian Gautschi, Michael Lehner
  • Publication number: 20130233947
    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: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Luettgen, Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8490891
    Abstract: A washing fluid supply structure of a water outlet device and a shower device, is arranged in the water supply pipeline of the water outlet device. It has a container for washing liquid, and a fluid supply device disposed in a main body which is a water flow pipeline. The upper end of the water flow pipeline is connected with a water supply pipeline, and the lower end of the water flow pipeline is connected with the water outlet device. A connecting pipe connects the container to the fluid supply device. The washing liquid flows into the fluid supply device through a pathway of one-way valves. The fluid supply device is connected to the water outlet device through a washing fluid delivery pipe. The washing liquid in the fluid supply device flows into the water outlet device through the pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tianyu Chen
  • Patent number: 8459573
    Abstract: A fluid effects apparatus for producing a water display or show. The apparatus includes a base with a center point gimbal mechanism and a fluid outlet manifold with an inlet for receiving fluid. The fluid outlet manifold is pivotally supported upon the center point gimbal mechanism and includes a nozzle manifold with a pivotally mounted nozzle for dispersing the received fluid and a nozzle drive assembly coupled to the nozzle that selectively rotates the nozzle about its rotation axis. The drive assembly includes a motor mounted to pivot with the fluid outlet manifold upon the center point gimbal. The drive assembly includes an output drive element of the motor that is coupled to the nozzle to selectively rotate the nozzle. The nozzle manifold includes a second nozzle and switching means for selectively directing the received fluid to one of the two nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evelyn S. Wiseman, Theodore R. Carlsson, Jennifer Magill, Michael A. Layman, William T. Slusser, Jason A. Badger, Matthew A. Cotter, Charles P. Davis
  • Patent number: 8430344
    Abstract: A swayable and retractable shower, includes a retractable assembly and a shower head. The retractable assembly includes a fixed portion, a retractable portion and a reset portion. The fixed portion has a through sliding hole. The retractable portion with a through water entry is hermetically and slidably connected in the through sliding hole. The reset portion is disposed between the fixed portion and the retractable portion. The water entry communicates with the through sliding hole. The shower head is swayably connected to the lower end of the retractable portion and can communicate with the water entry, so the shower head can swing left or right in optional directions when it is stretched out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignees: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Cai, Shenghe Chen, Hua Yao, Huasong Zhou
  • Patent number: 8366025
    Abstract: A shower head contains a body including an inflow passage, a plurality of distributing passages, and a first groove; a rotary disk including a second disc portion, a post portion extending, an opening; a first resilient element used to provide a driving force and a restoring force onto the rotary disk; a pushing member fixed in the rotary disk and including a number of second ratchet blocks; a second resilient element used to provide the restoring force onto the pushing member after releasing the pulling force; a pulling device served to provide the pulling force on the pushing member and including an external portion extending from the body to be forced and an internal portion located at the body to be pulled, the internal portion at least containing a pull line member with a suitable length to insert through the inflow passage of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Mengfeng Cheng, Shengping Hu, Dajun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8348181
    Abstract: A shower assembly having a plurality of spray modes for expelling water includes a housing having a water inflow and a water outflow. The shower assembly provides a manifold defining a cavity having a sidewall. One or more mode apertures formed in the sidewall of the cavity are in fluid communication with the water outflow. A radial mode changer provided in the shower assembly defines a hollow passageway in fluid communication with the water inflow, and further defines a plurality of recessed ports in fluid communication with the hollow passageway. The radial mode changer is rotatably received in the cavity of the manifold and may be rotated relative to the manifold to align at least one of the recessed ports with at least one of the mode apertures for providing flow from the water inflow into the water outflow via the radial mode changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl T. Whitaker, Leland C. Leber, Brian Randall Williams
  • Patent number: 8313049
    Abstract: A shower faucet includes a housing having a press bar axially connected; a tube member installed in the housing and including a seat having a second room to distributing water and a displace room; a distributing valve core pushed to move between a higher and a lower positions of the second room to generate a first and a second waterings; a button element biased against by the press bar to actuate a rotary positioning member to engage with the distributing valve core to generate the second watering, wherein the positioning member is retained on ratchet members of the displace so that the second watering is kept without pressing the press bar continuously, a resilient element used to push the distributing valve core so that the positioning member is rotated and pushed to disengage from the ratchet members, such that watering levels are switched by pressing the press bar easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Feng Xu
  • Patent number: 8308085
    Abstract: The present invention provides a showerhead that allows a bather to switch among at least three different water delivery functions. In the first function, the showerhead delivers a concentrated fluttering spray at a rate not to exceed 1.5 GPM (5.75 GPM). In the second function, the showerhead delivers a combined spray pattern, wherein the fluttering spray and a radially dispersed precision spray are simultaneously delivered to the bather at a rate not to exceed 2.0 GPM (7.57 L/min) for the combined water flow. In the third function, the showerhead delivers the precision spray pattern at a rate not to exceed 2.0 L/min (7.57 GPM). The combination spray pattern is effected without compromising either the desirable massaging and cleaning effect of water delivery or the inherent water conservation benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Meisner, Walter Pitsch, Tung Hsien Lu
  • 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: 8276833
    Abstract: A handheld and multi-section water distributor contains a body including an inlet end, an outlet end, and a chamber defined between the inlet end and the outlet end; a pressing element including a push segment and a press segment integrally connected on a bottom end of the push segment; a plugging member including a plug segment and a retaining segment integrally extending from a bottom end of the plug segment; the plug segment being formed in a cone shape and extending downward decreasingly to define an outer sealing wall so as to closely engage with the inner sealing wall of the closing room; the retaining segment including a number of protrusions arranged around a bottom end thereof to be retained in the recesses respectively; a resilient element fixed between the inflow room and a top fence of the plugging member to push the plugging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Mengfeng Cheng, Changwen Zhang
  • Patent number: 8267330
    Abstract: A mobile hose winding apparatus, including a case, a hose winding mechanism for hose winding, a sprinkler mechanism and a water inlet and outlet mechanism. One end of the water inlet and outlet mechanism is used to connect to the hose on the winding mechanism while the other end is connected to the water inlet of the sprinkler mechanism; the hose winding mechanism and the water inlet and outlet mechanism are fitted in the case, with the sprinkler mechanism in the front of the case. The mobile hose winding apparatus abandons the wall-mounted connecting mode of the conventional hose winding apparatus, and thus the apparatus according to the present disclosure can be moved as a whole for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ames True Temper, Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Huang
  • Patent number: 8162236
    Abstract: A water delivery system is disclosed. The water delivery system may have an electronic user interface. The electronic user interface may be a portable device. The electronic user interface may include inputs to select water temperature, water flow rates, water flow patterns, and/or task based presets. A mixing valve for use with either manual faucets or electronic faucets is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Robert W. Rodenbeck, Paul D. Koottungal, Anthony G. Spangler, Michael J. Veros
  • Patent number: RE47861
    Abstract: A shower fixture is provided that includes a fixed fluid dispensing unit and a removable fluid dispensing unit releasably secured to a receptacle therefor associated with the fixed dispensing unit such that the fixed dispensing unit and removable dispensing unit in a secured relationship form an integral dispensing face. A fluid supply provides selective communication with a front or side mounted diverter control interface for directing fluid flow to at least one of the fixed and removable fluid dispensing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sidus Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Mordechai Lev