And Flow Regulation Or Control Of Outlets Patents (Class 239/562)
  • Patent number: 11458487
    Abstract: A multi-mode showerhead having a housing with a front and a rear and an offset integrated water filter system incorporated into the showerhead. The multi-mode offset filtered showerhead has multiple nozzle assemblies, one of which is movable or rotatable and another of which is removable and may contain a unit to hold a water filter cartridge for insertion and removal from the integrated water filter system incorporated into the showerhead. A selector switch and other water flow control devices are used to selectively control the flow of water through the showerhead to the nozzle assemblies. The showerhead is mounted on a shower arm by way of a single water inlet on the rear of the housing and is fluidly connected to a hollow filter chamber in the integrated water filter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: David K. Farley
  • Patent number: 11389042
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation, the dishwasher comprising a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a dish rack received within the treating chamber and configured for receiving dishes for treatment during the cycle of operation, a sprayer located within the treating chamber and above the dish rack, and emitting a second liquid at a second speed, greater than the first speed, downwardly onto the dish rack to form a high-speed spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alvaro Vallejo Noriega, Harsh R. Mondkar, Kevin Green
  • Patent number: 10967409
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for cooling a roll. The roll concerned can be a roller in a roll stand or a measuring roll. The device comprises a cooling shell having a cross section in the shape of a section of a circular arc, for covering a surface region of the roll (200), wherein, in the region of an edge of the cooling shell, a bearing is formed with a pivot joint (120) with an axis of rotation running perpendicular to the circular arc-shaped cross-section, for pivoting the cooling shell about the axis of rotation. According to the invention, in order to ensure that the size of the cooling gap during the rolling operation or during the operation of a measuring roll is always autonomously optimally set, the bearing has a degree of freedom in radial direction r with respect to the circular arc-shaped cross-section of the cooling shell, such that the cooling shell is mounted in the bearing in such a way as to be freely movable in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SMS GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Kipping, Johannes Alken, Ralf Seidel, Torsten Mueller, Magnus Treude
  • Patent number: 10646893
    Abstract: A method of calibrating the jetting profile includes applying voltage to a piezoelectric actuator to move a valve closure structure between non-impact and impact positions, sensing the position of the valve closure structure, establishing a reference point using voltage and position data, and using the reference point to adjust the voltage applied. Another method uses a mechanical stop to calibrate a jetting system. This method includes applying voltage to the piezoelectric actuator to move the valve closure structure between non-impact and impact calibration positions, sensing the position of the valve closure structure, generating voltage and position calibration data, establishing a master reference point using this data, and using the master reference point to determine wear of at least one of: the piezoelectric actuator and the valve closure structure. Another method of operating a jetting system includes the user inputting information into a control component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Burzo, Michael Gorman, Alan R. Lewis, Cutler Crowell, III
  • Patent number: 10312113
    Abstract: A flow passage structure includes a member. The member includes a plurality of first openings, a plurality of second openings, a flow passage, and a plurality of joining and branching parts. The flow passage connects the first openings with the second openings. The joining and branching parts are provided in the flow passage and each have a plurality of first parts having respective first ends connected with each other and a plurality of second parts having respective second ends connected with each other. The second parts are closer to the second openings than the first parts are, in a path between the first opening and the second opening. The first ends are connected with the second ends in each joining and branching part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takahiro Terada, Masayuki Tanaka, Shiguma Kato
  • Patent number: 10253977
    Abstract: A gaseous fuel-air burner having a bluff body flame stabilizer, and methods of operating the same, are described herein. One device includes a bluff body configured to stabilize a flame produced by the gaseous fuel-air burner, wherein the bluff body has a conical shape configured to stabilize the flame by generating a recirculation zone having a stagnation point where the flame is stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Goh, Brad Patterson, Edward Lovett
  • Patent number: 9108206
    Abstract: A sprinkler. A stationary base includes a turbine to drive an upper housing. A plurality of sprinkler nozzle assemblies mounted on the upper housing include low voltage solenoids that are energized via slip ring contacts, with a power discontinuous slip ring located on the base. When powered, the solenoids open to allow water to be directed from the nozzle in the sprinkler nozzle assembly. the nozzles are sized, shaped, and directed to apportion water as needed to provide average water quantities amongst parts of irregularly shaped parcels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony J. Bredberg, Al Davignon
  • Publication number: 20150140442
    Abstract: The electrolyte material includes a polymer, a salt, and a solvent. The electrolyte material has a viscosity in the range from about 3.0 cP to about 20.0 cP such that the electrolyte material can be applied to a substrate using an ink jet print head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Theodore F. Cyman, JR., Kevin J. Hook, Pamela Geddes, Alan R. Murzynowski, James W. Blease, Daniel E. Kanfoush
  • Publication number: 20150115055
    Abstract: A fuel injection valve injects a fuel into the combustion chamber or into the injection port of an internal combustion engine, the valve being actuated by an actuator assembly that includes a small displacement actuator and a large displacement actuator. The method includes commanding the small displacement actuator to move the valve member to a first open position corresponding to a first flow area and commanding the large displacement actuator to move the valve member to a second open position corresponding to a second flow area that is larger than the first flow area such that the ratio between the second flow area and the first flow area is at least 15:1. The fuel injection valve can also be operated to alternatively inject two different fuels, one of the fuels being a gaseous fuel and the other one being a liquid fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: David R. Wager, Gordon P. McTaggart-Cowan, David K. Mumford, Sandeep Munshi
  • Publication number: 20150114560
    Abstract: A substrate processing includes a holding mechanism, a plurality of nozzles, and an adjusting unit. The holding mechanism rotatably holds a substrate. The nozzles are disposed to be arranged in a diametric direction of the substrate held by the holding mechanism and supply a chemical liquid to the substrate. The adjusting unit supplies a chemical liquid of a first temperature and a chemical liquid of a second temperature to each of the plurality of nozzles in a predetermined ratio, in which the second temperature is higher than the first temperature. The adjusting unit supplies the chemical liquid of the second temperature in a higher ratio to a nozzle disposed at an outer circumference side of the substrate than to a nozzle disposed at a center side of the substrate. In addition, the adjusting unit supplies the chemical liquid of the second temperature in a higher ratio to the nozzle disposed at the outer circumference side of the substrate than to the nozzle disposed at the center side of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Shigehisa INOUE
  • Publication number: 20150108256
    Abstract: A throttle body fuel injection system including a throttle body with at least one air intake, a fuel injector coupled to the throttle body at a fuel port and an annular ring coupled to the cylindrical inner wall of the air intake. The annular ring includes a primary fuel discharge orifice adjacent to the fuel port and a plurality of secondary fuel discharge orifices arranged radially around the annular ring for spraying atomized fuel into the air intake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Doug FLYNN, James DRALLE, Amy GIESKE, Charles JENCKES, Corey SPAINHOWARD
  • 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: 20150034735
    Abstract: An ejection head for ejecting alignment film forming composition includes multiple nozzles. Each nozzle includes a chamber, a composition source, and a control valve. A liquid transportation pipe and a pusher are disposed on the bottom and the top of the chamber, respectively. The pusher is used for pushing the alignment film forming composition out of the liquid transportation pipe. The composition source is used for transporting the alignment film forming composition to the chamber. The control valve is used for controlling switching of the liquid transportation pipe to control output of the alignment film forming composition. Owing to the control valve and the blowing device, the alignment film forming composition is prevented from condensing on the nozzle and blocking the nozzle or from forming large droplets because of accumulation. In this way, the quality of the alignment film is greatly enhanced owing to uniform spraying and regular output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ming Liu, Tao Song, Tao Ma, Guodong Zhao
  • Publication number: 20150034741
    Abstract: A fuel injector for fuel injection systems of internal combustion engines has an excitable actuator for activating a valve closing element, which forms a sealing seat together with a valve face implemented on a valve seat element. Multiple spray-discharge openings are implemented in the valve seat element downstream from the valve face. The fuel injector is distinguished in that the spray-discharge openings include at least one upstream first spray-discharge opening section and one downstream second spray-discharge opening section having a different opening width and a wall area of the second spray-discharge opening section of all spray-discharge openings on a semi-circle runs either parallel or at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the valve seat element having the spray-discharge openings. The valve seat element is manufactured using metal injection molding methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas SCHRADE, Dieter MAIER, Gerhard STRANSKY
  • Publication number: 20150034733
    Abstract: A shower pipe assembly to provide a wash liquid for washing a pulp mat, comprising: a shower pipe with areas defining oblong orifice openings extending through the wall; and a combination plate paddle configured to be removed and configured to be adjusted along the wall, wherein the combination plate paddle comprises a plate and a paddle, wherein the plate has areas defining a plate opening as adjacent to and configured to communicate with at least one oblong orifice opening of the shower pipe in an open position, wherein the opening formed by the oblong orifice opening in the pipe and the plate can be adjusted by moving the combination plate paddle along the wall of the pipe, and the combination plate paddle is slideably engaged to the shower pipe by fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Todd S. Grace
  • Publication number: 20150021416
    Abstract: A fuel injector for supplying fuel to a fuel consuming devise includes a fuel inlet for receiving the fuel, a nozzle tip for dispensing the fuel from the fuel injector, a conduit for communicating the fuel from the fuel inlet to the nozzle tip, a valve seat, and a valve selectively seatable and unseatable with the valve seat for selectively preventing and permitting fuel flow out of the nozzle tip. The nozzle tip includes a non-circular recess on a downstream side thereof and a metering hole on an upstream side thereof opening into the non-circular recess to allow fuel to exit the nozzle tip, the metering hole having a smaller area than the non-circular recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150020778
    Abstract: A fuel injector includes a needle moveable along a central axis to initiate and terminate an injection event, and a nozzle body that receives the needle. The nozzle body includes a needle seat, a nozzle sac, and a passageway between the needle seat and the nozzle sac. The passageway defines a passageway inner surface. The nozzle sac has a curved, non-spherical profile and defines a sac inner surface that extends away from a distal end of the passageway inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventors: Abhijit P. Upadhye, Josef Morell
  • Publication number: 20150014448
    Abstract: A gaseous fuel injector for supplying gaseous fuel to a fuel consuming device includes a fuel inlet, a fuel outlet, a fuel passage for communicating the gaseous fuel from the fuel inlet to the fuel outlet and a valve assembly for selectively preventing and permitting the gaseous fuel to pass from the fuel inlet to the fuel outlet. The valve assembly includes a valve seat with a plurality of apertures for providing fluid communication therethrough and a valve extending along a valve axis for selectively preventing and permitting flow of the gaseous fuel through the valve seat. Each one of the plurality of apertures is a radially extending slot and the plurality of apertures is arranged in a polar array centered about the valve axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
  • Publication number: 20140367482
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes embodiments directed to a showerhead. In some of the embodiments, the showerhead includes a housing defining a chamber in fluid communication with a fluid inlet such as a water source, a first bank of nozzles, and a second bank of nozzles. The showerhead also includes a massage mode assembly that is at least partially received within the chamber. The massage mode assembly includes a turbine, a cam connected to or formed integrally with the turbine, and a shutter connected to the cam. With the structure of the massage mode assembly, the movement of the shutter is restricted along a single axis such that as the turbine rotates, the cam causes the shutter to alternatingly fluidly connect and disconnect the first bank of nozzles and the second bank of nozzles from the fluid inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph W. Cacka, Leland C. Leber, Michael J. Quinn
  • 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: 8845326
    Abstract: An gas burner assembly for a cooking appliance includes a main burner assembly, a simmer burner assembly positioned in a stacked relationship with and located below the main burner assembly, a venturi assembly for delivering a gas flow to the main burner assembly, a gas boost pump configured to control a pressurization of the gas flow, a gas valve assembly for controlling a rate of the gas flow, and an encoder coupled to the gas valve assembly, the encoder configured to track a position of the gas valve assembly and provide a signal to the gas boost pump for pressurization of the gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Shaffer, Eric K. Watson, Brian Michael Schork, Paul Bryan Cadima, Paul E. McCrorey
  • Publication number: 20140252125
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a multi-spindle spray nozzle assembly for a steam desuperheating or attemperator device. The nozzle assembly features a nozzle holder which accommodates two small, spring-loaded nozzles, each of which is adapted to produce a spray pattern of reduced cone angle (e.g., approximately 60°) in comparison to currently know nozzle designs. The two nozzles are positioned within the nozzle holder such that they diverge from the axis thereof as allows the spray pattern generated thereby to be effectively tilted into the flow of steam within a desuperheating device having the nozzle assembly interfaced thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Marco Mastrovito
  • Patent number: 8827183
    Abstract: A hand-held paint spray gun apparatus having a paint reservoir on the gun and reciprocating piston driven by a motor in the hand-held paint spray gun, the gun having a multiple orifice spray tip with a pair of apertures emitting generally fan or cone shaped overlapping spray patterns. A locking nut retains the cylinder to a motor frame and a frame carries the spray tip, with one of the nut and frame having a corrugated surface and the other of the locking nut and the spray tip frame having a plurality of protrusions engaging the corrugated surface. The protrusions are spaced apart circumferentially from each other and with respect to the spacing of a plurality of troughs and crests in the corrugated surface such that only one protrusion at a time is nested in a trough of the corrugated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
    Inventor: Michael B. Jones
  • Patent number: 8814068
    Abstract: A water separation structure of a shower head includes a cover unit, a cover seal seat and a main body seal seat. The cover unit has three water outlets. Three water passages and a shift water passage are formed between the cover seal seat and the cover unit. The cover seal seat has five through holes. The main body seal seat has a water inlet and a blind hole which are spaced and located corresponding to the five through holes. The water inlet comprises a seal ring therein. The blind hole comprises a seal pad therein. The water inlet communicates with one of the five through holes by means of rotation to open the relative water passage. The blind hole is to block the other through holes and close the other water passages. The seal ring and the seal pad are against the cover seal seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Wei-Sheng Wu
  • Patent number: 8807452
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for producing a water maze from walls of falling water that can be reconfigured to change the maze. In one embodiment, the apparatus is comprised of a plurality of spray bars that are each capable of producing a separate wall of falling water droplets and a plurality of water valves that are each associated with only one spray bar. The water valves can be used to define at least two different paths between the entrance and exit of the maze. The apparatus is also capable of being used to create interesting visual effects by projecting light/images on to multiple screens created by walls of falling water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Technifex Products, LLC
    Inventors: Montgomery C. Lunde, Clement Folckemer
  • Patent number: 8794543
    Abstract: A showerhead may include a housing, a turbine, and a shutter. The housing may include a fluid inlet, at least one fluid outlet, and a chamber in fluid communication with the inlet and one or more outlets. The turbine and shutter may be placed in the cavity. The shutter may include at least one opening. The shutter may selectively cover and uncover fluid outlets, thus selectively fluidly connecting the fluid outlets with the chamber. Water flowing through the housing causes the turbine to spin. As the turbine spins, the shutter rotates at a slower speed than the turbine to produce a periodic interruption of water flow through the outlets by covering and uncovering the outlets as the shutter rotates within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventor: Leland C. Leber
  • Patent number: 8783583
    Abstract: Droplet deposition apparatus including at least one droplet ejection unit having a plurality of fluid channels disposed side by side in a row, an actuator, and a plurality of nozzles, said actuator being actuable to eject a droplet of fluid from a fluid channel through a respective nozzle, a support member for said at least one droplet ejection unit, a first conduit extending along said row and to one side of both said support member and said at least one droplet ejection unit for conveying droplet fluid to each of the fluid channels of said at least one droplet ejection unit; and a second conduit extending along said row and to the other side of both said support member and said at least one droplet ejection unit for receiving droplet fluid from each of the fluid channels of said at least one droplet ejection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Xaar Technology Limited
    Inventors: Paul Raymond Drury, Angus Condie, Jerzy M. Zaba
  • Patent number: 8770495
    Abstract: A shower head includes a shell, a positioning base, a plurality of water spraying heads, a plastic piece, a metal cover and a handle set. The positioning base has a flat board and a hanging base having an elongated hole at center thereof, and a plurality of hanging slots are circularly disposed at the periphery of the flat board. The water spraying head engages with several hanging slots so as to evenly circularly dispose at the flat board. The plastic piece is formed by injection molding and a through hole is formed at center thereof. The metal cover is made by copper, surface of which has a plurality of cover through holes. The handle set has a control unit, and a connecting rod eccentrically protrudes out from one end of the control unit, and the other end is provided for a nut to lock and engage with a movable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sunrise Shower Products Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Chih Chen
  • Publication number: 20140151468
    Abstract: Fuel injection valve with conical valve seat surface that abuts a valve body to seal fuel, fuel injection orifices having an inlet opening formed on the valve seat surface, wherein fuel sprays injected from the plurality of fuel injection orifices include a first fuel spray constituted by a fuel spray injected from at least one fuel injection orifice and a second fuel spray constituted by a plurality of fuel sprays injected at an outer periphery of the first fuel spray, and a fuel injection orifice that injects the first fuel spray constituted with a plane that includes an orifice axis connecting a center of an inlet with a center of an outlet of the fuel injection orifice, parallel to a center axis of the fuel injection valve intersecting a plane, a conical apex that forms the valve seat surface to form an inclination angle that is larger than 0°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshihito Yasukawa, Motoyuki Abe, Hideharu Ehara, Tohru Ishikawa, Eiji Ishii
  • Patent number: 8695897
    Abstract: A handheld showerhead assembly is provided which provides for a plurality of spray patterns. In a preferred embodiment, the showerhead assembly provides for four spray patterns including an oval shaped spray pattern. The showerhead is rotatably attached to the handle so that the showerhead can be rotated relative to the handle without altering spray patterns, other than their orientation. Furthermore, the handheld shower assembly includes a push button controller located within the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ray Engel
  • Patent number: 8684283
    Abstract: A variable range sprinkler apparatus includes a sprinkler portion, a bypass unit housing a plurality of valves, and a water inlet portion. The sprinkler portion of the apparatus, which may be a rotary sprinkler unit, is attached to the bypass unit, and the bypass unit is coupled to the water inlet portion. Inside the bypass unit is a plurality of valves, at least one of which is adjustable, that are designed to open a water passage in the bypass unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Melnor, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Nies, Ha Van Duong, Vicky Ann Michael
  • Publication number: 20140076987
    Abstract: A mode shifting apparatus for a decoking tool. 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. The diversion plate may be temporarily unseated from an adjacent surface of the mode shifting apparatus prior to relative rotation between them such that both rotationally-induced forces and the need for relying upon a lubricating fluid to achieve damping between adjacent component surfaces may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Daniel O. Arzuaga, Jagadish Janardhan
  • Publication number: 20140027544
    Abstract: A water frolic apparatus is provided comprising a power supply; a controller electrically connected to the power supply, the controller capable of operating a valve; the valve having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet attachable to a water supply from a hose and the outlet attachable to plastic tubing, wherein operation of the valve controls flow of water; and a plurality of pods, each of the pods having a first hole that accepts entry of the tubing and a second hole allowing water from the tubing to spurt through. The pods are connected in series, wherein, except for the last pod in the series, the tubing extends through the entire length of each of the pods to the next pod. In an embodiment, the controller is configured to open the valve at a set interval or a pseudo-random interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Corbin C. Hague, Gregory D. Hague, William J. Stafford
  • Patent number: 8631824
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system provides for dispensing liquid products to two or more appliances. Liquid diluent is communicated through an anti-siphon valve (64) connected in fluid communication to an aspirator (14). A mixed solution from the aspirator (14) is communicated to a distribution valve (36) for directing flow of a liquid product to two or more appliances using a single aspirating dispenser (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: John Thomas Pelkey, Richard Jondall Mehus, Ryan Jacob Urban, Nicholas Donald Parent, Scott Russell Limback
  • Publication number: 20140008467
    Abstract: The present invention relates to shower apparatus, systems and methods of using the same. Specifically, the shower apparatus of the present invention comprises embodiments of circular and/or arcuate water dispensing tubes for utilization in a shower. Further, embodiments further include connection and leveling mechanisms and water flow diverters for use in the same. In addition, embodiments further include water dispensing holes disposed within the circular and/or arcuate water dispensing tubes for specialized water distribution and coverage thereof of a user within a shower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Gene R. Allard
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130299608
    Abstract: A showerhead assembly including a first fluid dispensing unit including a plurality of first fluidic devices, and a second fluid dispensing unit removably coupled to the first fluid dispensing unit and including a plurality of second fluidic devices. The first fluidic devices and the second fluidic devices each provide a multi-dimensional spray pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Anthony G. Spangler, Paul V. Patton, Garry Robin Marty, Brian Wayne Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130284827
    Abstract: A sprayer nozzle cartridge for a sprayer nozzle apparatus of an agricultural sprayer is disclosed. The sprayer nozzle cartridge is adapted for coupling to a nozzle connector of the sprayer nozzle apparatus and for receiving a fluid from the sprayer nozzle apparatus. The sprayer nozzle apparatus includes an apparatus housing for supporting the nozzle connector and a control element configured to control fluid flow. The sprayer nozzle cartridge includes a cartridge housing. A plurality of nozzle tips having a plurality of flow paths are coupled to the cartridge housing. The control element selectively communicates fluid to at least one of the plurality of flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Richard A. Humpal, Travis G. Funseth
  • Patent number: 8567692
    Abstract: A sprinkler includes an oscillating tube that receives water from a supply, and the tube oscillates about a longitudinal axis through a range of radial angles. A plurality of nozzles spaced along the oscillating tube distribute water generally upward and outward from the oscillating tube to create a water distribution pattern on the ground. The longitudinal angles of at least some of the nozzles are automatically selectively regulated as a function of the radial angle of the oscillating tube, controlling the impact locations on the ground of the water emanating from the respective nozzles. The longitudinal angles may be automatically regulated such that the water emanating from the respective nozzles reaches parallel, rectilinear, evenly-spaced impact locations on the ground. The ranges of radial angles traversed by at least some of the nozzles may be automatically regulated such that the ends of the water distribution pattern are rectilinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Eldon Coppersmith
  • Patent number: 8567700
    Abstract: A showerhead is disclosed with a control surface about the lower periphery of the showerhead that can be continuously rotated through 360 degrees to control the water spray patterns exiting the showerhead. The control surface is mechanically linked by a cam track and mating cam followers to a set of plungers in the showerhead faceplate. The plungers can be axially moved within openings in the faceplate of the showerhead by rotation of the control surface. That axial movement of the plungers allows a user's adjustment of the spray patterns exiting the showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Miedzius
  • Publication number: 20130276983
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus may include a process chamber configured to perform a plasma using process and contain a plurality of substrates, a support member provided in the process chamber, the substrates being laid on the same level of the support member, an injection member provided to face the support member and include a plurality of baffles, such that at least one reaction gas and a purge gas can be injected onto the substrates in an independent manner, and a driving part configured to rotate the support member or the injection member, such that the baffles of the injection member can orbit with respect to the plurality of the substrates laid on the support member. The injection member may include a plasma generator, which may be provided on at least one, configured to inject the reaction gas, of the baffles to turn the reaction gas into plasma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Yong Sung Park, Sung Kwang Lee, Dong Yeul Kim, Kazuyuki Toyoda, Osamu Kasahara, Tetsuaki Inada
  • Publication number: 20130248618
    Abstract: A fluid ejection apparatus includes a substrate having a plurality of fluid passages for fluid flow and a plurality of nozzles fluidically connected to the fluid passages, a plurality of actuators positioned on top of the substrate to cause fluid in the plurality of fluid passages to be ejected from the plurality of nozzles, and a protective layer formed over at least a portion of the plurality of actuators, the protective layer having an intrinsic permeability to moisture less than 2.5×10?3 g/m·day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Christoph Menzel, Andreas Bibl, Paul A. Hoisington
  • Publication number: 20130228637
    Abstract: Adjustable arc of coverage spray nozzle assembly for irrigation where the spray is characterized by the water jets which are cyclically deflected at a high frequency such that they break up into fan shaped water droplet patterns in which the fluid distribution and droplet size can be controlled. Jet deflection is accomplished with energy in the pressurized liquid itself. Multiple fluidic oscillating stream nozzle cavities are molded into a circular plate surround and adjustable arcuate length orifice valve so that one or a series of these fluidic discharge nozzles can be selected to have pressurized water to provide a selectable arc of coverage around a single sprinkler nozzle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Carl L.C. Kah, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130221136
    Abstract: A unit fuel injector (30) has a reverse flow check (122) disposed in a circular reverse flow check cavity (124) to substantially close an exit through-passage (112) to the cavity which has a central axis (125) parallel to and spaced radially from a longitudinal axis (AX) of the unit fuel injector. The exit through-passage opens to the circular reverse flow check cavity at the central axis of the circular reverse flow check cavity. An adjoining cavity (131) distally adjoins the circular reverse flow check cavity. A passage (132) that at the adjoining cavity is radially off-set from the central axis of the circular cavity extends distally to a distal end of the spring cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Erik Jordan Hansen, James E. Korenchan
  • Publication number: 20130186985
    Abstract: A proximal end face of a proximal end wall (82) of a spring cage (42) in a unit fuel injector (30) and a distal end face of a check valve body (44) cooperatively define a reverse flow check cavity (124) within which a reverse flow check (122) is disposed for selectively opening and substantially closing an exit through-passage (112) in the check valve body (44). The reverse flow check opens the exit through-passage during high-pressure injection and substantially closes the exit through-passage when injection ceases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company , LLC
    Inventor: Erik Jordan Hansen
  • Publication number: 20130168473
    Abstract: A multiple nozzle body including a plurality of discharge nozzles for arranging on the liquid line of an agricultural crop sprayer, wherein the liquid line can be connected to the supply line of the multiple nozzle body, wherein the supply line opens out in a distribution space, wherein a plurality of connecting lines that respectively lead to a discharge nozzle branch off from the distribution space, wherein a shut-off element that is respectively assigned to a connecting line and is formed as a shut-off valve is assigned to the distribution space, wherein one or more connecting lines can be optionally connected to and/or shut off from the supply line by means of the shut-off element of the shut-off valves, which can be actuated by means of a switchable actuating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Laurenz Langkamp
  • Patent number: 8469294
    Abstract: A self-contained flow path unit (202), (302), (400), (500) includes a continuous flow path operatively connected to a continuous strip member to form a self-contained flow path unit. The self-contained flow path unit may be accumulated for later use in forming an irrigation hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: John D. Mata, William C. Taylor, Jr., Jeffrey A. Vildibill
  • Patent number: 8453596
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying fluids such as adhesive, in particular hot melt adhesive, to a substrate movable relative to the apparatus, comprising a main body having a feed passage connectable to a fluid source, an application valve for selectively interrupting or enabling the flow of fluid in the feed passage, and a nozzle arrangement having a distributor passage connectable to the feed passage and at least one nozzle opening communicating with the distributor passage for delivery of the fluid. A body is movable in the distributor passage and has through passages which can be selectively associated with the nozzle opening by means of movement of the body in such a way that fluid is passed out of the distributor passage into the nozzle opening through at least one through passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Luebbecke, Thomas Burmester, Hubert Kufner
  • Publication number: 20130129915
    Abstract: A coating nozzle includes a nozzle body including an inlet opening for receiving a liquid supplied from a liquid supply valve and an outlet opening, a distribution plate disposed adjacent to the nozzle body and including an elongated bore in fluid communication with the outlet opening, a shim plate disposed adjacent to the distribution plate and including a shim plate cutout communicating with the elongated bore of the distribution plate, and a baffle plate disposed adjacent to the shim plate. At least a portion of the shim plate cutout is located between the first elongated bore and the baffle plate so as to define a multi-face dispensing slot for dispensing the liquid onto at least two faces of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130122211
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower cleaning or coating apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a frame which circumferentially extends at least partially around a wind turbine tower. A separator structure can be attached to the frame and extends between the frame and the wind turbine tower to position the frame at a predetermined distance away from the wind turbine tower. The separator structure can also include an attachment end which is attached to the frame and a slidabe end positionable near the wind turbine tower. A slider can be attached to the slidabe end of the separator structure and can slide on the surface of the wind turbine tower as the frame is raised and lowered on the wind turbine tower. A frame lift device can raise and lower the frame on the wind turbine tower. A plurality of sprayers can be positioned circumferentially along the frame and configured to selectively spray fluid onto the wind turbine tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Dustin Jensen, Broque L. Fraughton, Sonny K. Fraughton