Branched Flow Line Type Patents (Class 239/565)
  • Patent number: 9822495
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying an asphalt binder composition to a roadway during construction or repair of an asphalt pavement which apparatus include: a mobile vehicle having a chassis extending in a longitudinal direction which longitudinal direction is aligned with a forward/rearward direction of travel of said mobile vehicle; at least one storage tank supported on the chassis containing an asphalt binder composition; and at least one spray nozzle configured to dispense the asphalt binder composition from the at least one storage tank in a longitudinal strip or band having a width that is no greater that a width of the asphalt binder composition dispensed by one of the at least one spray nozzle. The at least one spray nozzle can include a plurality of spray nozzles that are coupled to a common spray bar. According to one embodiment the asphalt binder composition is a void reducing asphalt membrane composition that is provided between adjacent asphalt pavement passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Heritage Research Group
    Inventors: Marvin Keller Exline, James Joseph Cunningham, Anthony J. Kriech
  • Patent number: 9486063
    Abstract: A paint application assembly includes a backpack that has a back side and a bottom side and the back pack includes a pair of straps coupled to the backpack and a belt coupled to the backpack. The straps are positioned on the back side to be looped over shoulders of a user so the backpack is retained on a back of the user. The belt is positioned on the bottom side and the belt may be wrapped around a waist of the user. A paint application apparatus is coupled to the backpack to contain and selectively dispense a paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Jose Roman
  • Patent number: 8905335
    Abstract: A casting nozzle includes a monolithic nozzle body made from a cured photopolymer. A conductive metal coats the exterior surfaces of the nozzle body to a thickness in the range of about 2-about 4 ten-thousandths of an inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Edwin J. Mulder
  • Patent number: 8881998
    Abstract: A portable misting trailer system for preventing bodies from overheating and regulating body temperature, having a trailer frame with a first and second side bar secured to a portable trailer base, a plurality of arched tubes having a first and second end, the first end of each tube attaches to the first side bar, the second end of each tube attaches to the second side bar, a plurality of misting heads on the arched tubes fluidly connected thereto, a water system within the trailer frame having a storage tank fluidly connected to a water pump that is operatively connected to a power source which is operatively connected to an on-off switch, whereupon turning on the on-off switch activates the pump to pump water from the water tank into the plurality of the arched tubes, whereupon water would exit the arched tubes via the misting heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Sinkfield, C. Brian Hart
  • Patent number: 8876024
    Abstract: The present invention generally comprises a heated showerhead assembly that may be used to supply processing gases into a processing chamber. The processing chamber may be an etching chamber. When processing gas is evacuated from the processing chamber, the uniform processing of the substrate may be difficult. As the processing gas is pulled away from the substrate and towards the vacuum pump, the plasma, in the case of etching, may not be uniform across the substrate. Uneven plasma may lead to uneven etching. To prevent uneven etching, the showerhead assembly may be separated into two zones each having independently controllable gas introduction and temperature control. The first zone corresponds to the perimeter of the substrate while the second zone corresponds to the center of the substrate. By independently controlling the temperature and the gas flow through the showerhead zones, etching uniformity of the substrate may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Carducci, Olga Regelman, Kallol Bera, Douglas A. Buchberger, Paul Brillhart
  • Publication number: 20140314954
    Abstract: A multinozzle deposition system for direct write applications comprises a body including a first network of microchannels embedded therein, where the first network of microchannels extends from a parent microchannel through a series of furcations to a plurality of branching microchannels. The series consists of k generations with furcation number m where the /cth generation includes mk branching microchannels. A first end of the body includes a single inlet to the parent microchannel and a second end of the body includes mk outlets from the branching microchannels, where k is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and m is an integer greater than or equal to 2. The body comprises a material having a sufficient rigidity to sustain a pressure in the microchannels of about 690 kPa or greater without distortion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Lewis, Christopher J. Hansen, Steven Kranz, John J. Vericella, Willie Wu, David B. Kolesky
  • Patent number: 8857730
    Abstract: A sump sprinkler system for use with residential and commercial buildings. The sump sprinkler system comprises a system controller and a sprinkler pump in communication with the system controller. The sump sprinkler system also comprises an intake tube connected to the sprinkler pump, wherein the intake having an end arranged in a sump of a building. The sump sprinkler system also comprises at least one sprinkler connected to the output of the sprinkler pump, wherein the sprinkler is in communication with the system controller. The sump sprinkler system also comprises a water level member in communication with the system controller, wherein the water level member is arranged in the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: M.E.C. Systems
    Inventors: David Hartfelder, Andrea Hartfelder
  • Publication number: 20140290568
    Abstract: A nozzle is mounted on an end of an ejector for ejecting an aerosol on an ejection side in a honeycomb filter production apparatus. The nozzle is formed into a shape having a longitudinal direction. A single introduction port is formed at an end surface of the nozzle on one side in the longitudinal direction, and a plurality of discharge ports are formed at an end surface of the nozzle on the other side in the longitudinal direction. A single introduction passage extends linearly from the single introduction port in the longitudinal direction. A plurality of discharge passages are each branched from an end portion of the introduction passage on a side opposite to the introduction port and extend to corresponding one of the discharge ports in a direction tilted from the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuho AOKI, Tasuke NARISHIGE, Shinya YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20140291421
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate treating apparatus including a housing; a plurality of opening-and-closing members configured to provide a driving force for opening and closing the housing; a fluid storing member supplying a fluid to the opening-and-closing members; and a fluid distribution unit connected to the fluid storing member via a supply conduit to distribute the fluid supplied from the fluid storing member to the opening-and-closing members. The fluid distribution unit includes a distribution conduit diverging from the supply conduit and connected to a corresponding one of the opening-and-closing members; and a fluid distribution member provided at a junction between the supply conduit and the distribution conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SeokHoon Kim, Yongmyung Jun, Yongsun Ko, Kyoungseob Kim, Jung-Min Oh, Kuntack Lee, Jihoon Jeong, Yong-Jhin Cho
  • Publication number: 20140263759
    Abstract: A nozzle and system for manufacturing composite sandwich panels, including an input port configured to receive a fluidic production material for forming a composite sandwich panel; a branching element coupled to the input port, wherein the production material that enters the branching element is output from a first end and a second end of the branching element; and an elongate tubular member coupled to the first end and the second end of the branching element for receiving the production material, wherein the elongate tubular member has a first end; a second end and a plurality of openings formed in the elongate tubular member such that the received production material is output through the plurality of openings. In another embodiment, the nozzle includes a second plurality of openings formed in the elongate tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ulrich Schwartau
  • Patent number: 8807449
    Abstract: A pesticide delivery system integrated into an overflow drain system of a bathtub, a sink, or any other water-retaining basin. The pesticide delivery system includes a pesticide intake segment passing through a transition passage, wherein the transition passage is formed through a wall of a section of the overflow drain system. A fluid retentive seal is located between an exterior of the pesticide intake segment and the overflow conduit wall. A pesticide distribution conduit extends from a distribution end of the pesticide intake segment to a termination end. Pesticide can be discharged through a pesticide delivery port located at an end of the pesticide distribution conduit or through a plurality of pesticide distribution ports spatially located along the pesticide distribution conduit. A plurality of pesticide distribution continuation conduits can be in fluid communication with the pesticide distribution conduit to distribute the pesticide along various directions and locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: John Obi
  • Patent number: 8800673
    Abstract: An attic fire protection system is provided. The system comprises a fluid supply manifold for supplying a fluid, positioned at an effective height below and parallel to the underside of a roof having a non-zero pitch angle. The system contains a plurality of fittings each having at least one exit port for directing the flow of the fluid, the fittings being spaced within at most a maximum effective distance apart from each other and being connected to receive fluid from the supply manifold, wherein the exit ports are structured to supply the fluid in a direction parallel to the underside of the roof. Most broadly, however, the fittings are structured or arranged to supply the fluid in a direction forming an oblique angle with the horizontal and the vertical, which may or may be exactly the same as the pitch angle of the roof. The system also includes a plurality of horizontal sidewall sprinklers each connected to a respective exit port of one or another of the fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Multer, George S. Polan, Myron L. Allen
  • Publication number: 20140174362
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and methods for depositing materials by vapor deposition and plasma enhanced vapor deposition techniques, and more particularly a gas distribution assembly and vapor deposition chamber to deposit a material. The gas distribution assembly comprises a plurality of sections with each section containing a flow channel with passages extending from the flow channel to the processing region of a processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Chien-Teh Kao, Mei Chang, Hyman Lam, Joel M. Huston, Xiaoxiong Yuan, Olkan Cuvalci
  • Patent number: 8721307
    Abstract: A device for blowing air by a nozzle assembly includes a base seat for generating an air stream to supply air flow and a nozzle assembly supported by the base seat and comprising a slot-shaped opening for blowing air. An airflow passage is connected between the base seat and the nozzle assembly. An intake end of the airflow passage is opened on the outer surface of the base seat, and an output end is connected to the nozzle assembly by a pivot component. An intake end of the nozzle assembly is connected to an output end of the base seat by the pivot component. An impeller and electric motor for driving the impeller to rotate are provided within the base seat. The nozzle assembly is rotatably fixed on the base seat by the pivot component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Dezheng Li
  • Patent number: 8695632
    Abstract: A brine generating system is disclosed for use with an underground storage tank, the system including a main salt delivery channel that branches into two horizontal feed lines through a reducer to deliver salt under pressure to the bottom of the storage tank in a generally equal distribution along the tank floor. The salt distribution system can be combined with a water distribution system to ensure delivery of water at the location of the salt deposits along the tank floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Brinemaker, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Ireland
  • Publication number: 20140077006
    Abstract: A multi-hole nozzle component for a filling machine is described herein. The multi-hole nozzle component may be part of a nozzle assembly. The nozzle component has a periphery, an inlet side having a surface, and an outlet side having a surface. The nozzle component has a plurality of separate passageways extending through the nozzle component from adjacent its inlet side to its outlet side, wherein the passageways form a plurality of openings in the surface of the outlet side of the nozzle component. In one embodiment, the surface of the outlet side of the nozzle component has a plurality of grooves therein that are disposed to run between said openings in the surface of the outlet side of the nozzle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Eric Shawn Goudy
  • Patent number: 8657211
    Abstract: In a second tank unit, a controller controls the on/off switching of a water supply solenoid valve so that water is stored in a sub tank within the level of Lu to Ll. At the same time, the controller controls the on/off switching of a pressurizing solenoid valve and a decompressing solenoid valve so that the air pressure in the upper space in the sub tank is maintained at a target value. As a result, regardless of the water level in the sub tank, the back pressure in the tank is maintained at the target value higher than atmospheric pressure. In this state, when a central controller turns on a water spouting solenoid valve, pressured water rapidly spouts from a nozzle. Moreover, a change in the target values of the back pressure promptly changes the height of the spouting water. Accordingly, water spouting can be promptly started/stopped, and the height or size of the spouting water can be readily and smoothly changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: KDF Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suguru Ueda, Masaki Usui
  • Publication number: 20140043388
    Abstract: A long liquid discharge head of the present invention includes a passage member 4 in one direction having a plurality of discharge holes 8 and a plurality of pressurizing chambers 10; a plurality of pressurizing sections 30 for pressurizing liquid in a plurality of the respective pressurizing chambers 10; and a long reservoir 540 in the one direction bonded along the passage member 4 and having a reservoir passage 42 for supplying the liquid to a plurality of the pressurizing chambers 10, and when viewed in the direction in which the reservoir 540 and the passage member 4 are bonded, the reservoir 540 includes a plurality of heat insulating sections (the reservoir passage 42 and a space 541a-4) extending in the one direction and a heat transfer section 541a-3 provided between a plurality of the heat insulating sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Takaaki Ichizono
  • Publication number: 20140014735
    Abstract: A watering device comprising an inlet valve operably to be connected into fluid communication with a water source, a primary manifold coupled to and in fluid communication with the inlet valve wherein the primary manifold divides the water flow into at least two closed channels. The watering device further includes at least two flexible tubing portions wherein each of the flexible tubing portions may be connected to and in fluid communication with one of the closed channels. The watering device further includes at least two distribution manifolds wherein each of said distribution manifolds may be connected to and in fluid communication with one of the flexible tubing portions. Each distribution manifold includes a plurality of water orifices to facilitate the flow of water therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: David Robert Ford, Todd Richard Strickland
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130291908
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance is provided with a spray arm assembly. The spray arm assembly defines an orifice for directing liquid out of the spray arm assembly. The orifice can selectively receive a nozzle with a particular outlet geometry. By selectively receiving the nozzle, a spray pattern of liquid exiting the orifice can be changed by replacing or modifying the nozzle without remanufacturing or replacing the spray arm assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Joel Charles Boyer, Errin Whitney Gnadinger, Ronald Scott Tarr, Satish Kumar Raju Buddharaju
  • Patent number: 8573516
    Abstract: A method of designing a fuel nozzle of a gas turbine engine to reduce fretting thereof during use, including establishing an initial nozzle design, determining a first natural frequency of that design and a running frequency range of the gas turbine engine, and increasing a first transverse dimension of the stem member of the nozzle across a length of a portion thereof adjacent the inlet end until the first natural frequency of the nozzle is outside the running range, while a second transverse dimension of the portion remains at least substantially unchanged across the length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventor: Saeid Oskooei
  • Patent number: 8561918
    Abstract: A nozzle for treating an interior of a workpiece by means of a highly pressurized fluid medium flowing out of at least one nozzle channel. The nozzle channel branches off from a supply borehole provided in the form of a blind hole. The nozzle is designed in such a manner that the nozzle channel, starting from the bottom end area of the supply borehole, extends at an angle less than or equal to 90° to the supply bore hole in the inflowing direction, the bottom of the supply borehole being provided with an elevation whereby narrowing the transition area to the nozzle channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hammelmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Alwin Göring, Walter Burger, Michael Jarchau, Dominic Krautwurst
  • Publication number: 20120248227
    Abstract: A multi port nozzle may be provided. The multi port nozzle may include a main inlet. In addition, the multi port nozzle may include a first chamber branching off from the main inlet. The first chamber may have a first port. Moreover, the multi port nozzle may include a second chamber branching off from the main inlet. The second chamber may be separated from the first chamber by a partition and may have a second port. The first chamber may include a first plurality of mixing elements and the second chamber may include a second plurality of mixing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: John Peterson
  • Patent number: 8191802
    Abstract: A spray head for attachment to an aerosol container containing pressurized product is provided, the spray head comprising conduit means, more than one separate spray outlet and a splitting chamber for diverting the flow to the spray outlets, wherein the conduit means comprise inlet means for attachment to a valve stem of the aerosol spray unit and conduit outlet means which are in direct fluid communication with the splitting chamber, wherein the splitting chamber is in fluid communication with the spray outlets and wherein, for each spray outlet, the ratio, L1/L2, of the distance (L1) between the conduit outlet means and the spray outlet to the distance (L2) between the inlet means and the spray outlet is in the range 0.01 to 0.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ayub Ibrahim Khan, Su-Yon McConville, Christopher Luke Leonard, Scott Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 8191801
    Abstract: A spray head for attachment to an aerosol spray unit containing pressurized product is provided, the spray head having at least two separate spray outlets, wherein at least one of the spray outlets has a non-circular cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ayub Ibrahim Khan, Su-Yon McConville, Christopher Luke Leonard, Scott Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 8118109
    Abstract: A system by which a building structure is protected from wildfires, adjacent structure fires, and similar disasters while also affording a method to clean the roof using a plurality of specially-formed shingles, end caps, and ridge units designed to deliver a dispersing water spray, is herein disclosed. The shingles and ridge units would be provided in sectional pieces that interconnect theretogether to extend across a roof area. The end cap units provide plumbing connections thereto connected shingle units and a central water supply line within the structure. The system covers the roof and end wall areas of the building structure with water, thereby preventing ignition from an external source to take place. The system can also be used to clean the roof of dirt and debris if desired, and may additionally protection from chemical, biological, and/or radiological (CBR) attacks by rinsing off contaminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher L. Hacker
  • Publication number: 20110315792
    Abstract: A nozzle for use with a sprayer, such as a spray gun for a pressure washer or a garden hose system, includes a body, which has an inlet for receiving a pressurized flow of water. The nozzle further includes first and second outlets, and first and second passages. The first and second outlets are formed in an end of the body. The first passage extends between the inlet and the first outlet, and the second passage extends between the inlet and the second outlet. The first and second passages are substantially straight and parallel to one another. During operation of the nozzle, the pressurized flow of water from the inlet is split, passes through the first and second passages, and exits the body from the first and second outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Richard J. Gilpatrick, James A. Louden
  • Publication number: 20110284663
    Abstract: An adjustable sprinkler system distributes water from a garden hose through a feed housing to a pair of pivotally attached arms. There is a sprinkler unit attached near the end of each arm. Each sprinkler unit has an interchangeable spray head attached that is specific to the desired watering pattern. By pivoting the arms away from one another, the sprinkler system is placed on either side of the base of the shrub or tree to be watered. This adjustable sprinkler system accommodates newly planted and existing small to large and short to tall trees and shrubs, provides a multitude of spray patterns at varying water volumes, and minimizes water waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Mark R. Natterer
  • Patent number: 8057222
    Abstract: A direct flame impingement burner including a metal block with a fuel inlet and an oxidant inlet and at least two outlet nozzles having a set of identical nozzle outlet openings. The oxidant inlet is connected with an oxidant chamber within the block that is connected with at least one oxidant outlet opening in the set of nozzle outlet openings by passageways of identical length and cross-sectional area. The fuel inlet is connected with a fuel chamber within the block that is connected with at least one fuel outlet opening in the set of nozzle outlet openings by passageways of identical length and cross-sectional area. The fuel gas pressure is equal over all corresponding fuel outlet openings in the set of openings in each nozzle, and the oxidant gas pressure is equal over all corresponding oxidant outlet openings in the set of openings in each nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: AGA AB
    Inventors: Lennart Rangmark, Tomas Ekman
  • Publication number: 20110088315
    Abstract: A system and method for harvested water irrigation is provided. The irrigation system generally collects harvested water from a variety of sources and disperses it from a tank to a landscape for irrigation. The irrigation may be managed using a system controller. The system controller interacts with a variety of devices, including a level controller, a pump or valve, and at least one zone valve. The system may be configured to end irrigation cycles in response to certain events and to supplement harvested water irrigation with potable water as needed or selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Michael L. Donoghue
  • Publication number: 20110077784
    Abstract: A method for operating a fluid additive control system to inject a fluid additive into a fluid dispensation system is provided. The method includes receiving a first control signal indicating that a fluid dispensation device within the fluid dispensation system is active, and determining a fluid additive quantity based upon the identity of the fluid dispensation device. The method also includes activating a fluid additive injection system, where the fluid additive dispensation system injects the fluid additive into the fluid dispensation system in response to the activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Jon Lips
  • Patent number: 7896261
    Abstract: A Y-shaped plumbing fitting comprises three generally radially extending tubes connected together for transmission of fluid therebetween. The radially outward end of each tube is terminated by a pipe connector. The axes of the three tubes extend radially in a common plane and intersect at a single point, subtending angles of 120° with each other. A further connector is provided extending substantially perpendicularly to the common plane of the three tubes to connect a fitting to the three tubes. An irrigation system, using the Y-shaped plumbing fitting comprises a network of pipes connected by the “Y” shaped fittings. Each pipe in the network is connected at each end to a leg of a respective Y-shaped fitting such that the pipes each form one side in a hexagonal shaped pipe network formation. Alternate “Y” shaped plumbing fittings are fitted with watering outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Tony Holmes
  • Patent number: 7867390
    Abstract: An automated water discharging system for prohibiting buoyant debris from reaching and engaging an existing support structure that is partially submerged in an existing body of water may include a mechanism for extracting and channeling water from beneath a water line to above a water line of the existing body of water. Additionally, a mechanism for distributing water from above the water line to a plurality of third locations may be included by creating an artificial current flowing away from the existing support structure. A plurality of conduits and a power-actuated pump may direct the water and debris from one location to the next. Discharge nozzles may discharge the water at an angle defined downwardly towards the water line to thereby create the artificial current leading away from the existing support structure. A controller may be included to adjust the flow rate of the nozzles and the corresponding artificial current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Peterson
  • Patent number: 7841027
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a partition system includes a flexible partition expandable along at least its length and its height, at least one support element associated with the partition, and a fluid delivery system associated with the partition and configured to deliver a fluid to a space adjacent to the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Immediate Response Technologies
    Inventor: Chad Sample
  • Patent number: 7823800
    Abstract: A misting system may include at least one prefabricated mist line comprising at least one mist tee having at least one arm extending outwardly from a body, a latitudinal threaded hole defined in the body, and a longitudinal hole extending through the at least one arm and at least into the body and in fluid communication with the latitudinal threaded hole. A method of forming a misting system may include prefabricating at least one mist line by: aligning an end of at least one tube having a hole there through of a first predetermined diameter with at least one arm of at least one misting tee that is of a second predetermined diameter greater than the first predetermined diameter; and press-fitting the at least one arm into the end of the at least one tube, thereby deforming an end portion of the at least one tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Jeff Kalpakoff, Niko Lambesis
  • Patent number: 7766092
    Abstract: Fire sprinkler system comprising a network of CPVC pipe lengths in which at least some of the pipe lengths are interconnected with mechanical devices having resilient sealing members that are chemically compatible with the CPVC composition. Repairs and system modifications can be made without the use of solvent cement. In-line joints are formed with a coupling device including a pair of arcuate coupling segments having a first end, a second end, and an interior concave surface extending between the first end and the second end. A longitudinal channel extends along the concave surface. At least one mechanical fastener is operative to detachably connect the pair of coupling segments. A resilient annular seal is located within the longitudinal channel of each segment. A branching device connects a branch pipe to a main pipe through an orifice in the main pipe utilizing a saddle-like sealing member. The pipe assemblies are able to pass UL testing protocols for wet fire sprinkler systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Perkovich, Andrew M. Olah, Gary L. Johnson, Stanley J. Nerderman
  • Patent number: 7748649
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a novel water discharging apparatus capable of rapidly enhancing an outer appearance and a cleaning property and enjoying a plurality of water discharging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujii, Shoji Miura, Yoshihiro Kiyofuji
  • Patent number: 7686234
    Abstract: An irrigation assembly has a main pipeline supported at intervals by mobile towers, a plurality of drop tube assemblies at spaced intervals along the pipeline and a collector positioned to receive water from the drop tube assembly. A plurality of targets are positioned on the ground in the paths of motion defined by the movement of the collectors. The targets may be dishes. Each dish preferably has a perforated drain that penetrates beneath the surface of the ground. Interaction between the collector and the target causes the water stored within the collector to be released into the target. The irrigation assembly may provide for underground irrigation without a collector where a dish or trough receives water from the drop tube assembly and underground drains allow for water to be dispersed below the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lindsay Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Richard W. Parod, Charles H. Meis
  • Patent number: 7654473
    Abstract: A watering system that has first and second upright supports, a plurality of bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels and a first spray head is disclosed. Each of the first and second upright supports have substantially laterally oriented brackets dimensioned to releasably hold objects having a first outer diameter, including the bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels. The substantially rigid water channels each have a central body and left and right hose barbs in fluid relationship to one another through the central body. The central body has an aperture dimensioned to receive and mechanically engage the insertion end of the first spray head. The first spray head has a spray jet with a first water flow rate. The system may further include second and third spray heads with second and third water flow rates each different from each other and the first water flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Hibberd
  • Publication number: 20090302129
    Abstract: A three-dimensional spray envelopment system including at least one pressurizable fluid reservoir containing a reservoir fluid which may be an anti-mold or anti-fungal agent. The pressurizable fluid reservoir is in intermittent fluid communication with at least one fluid conduit and with a fluid controller. The spray heads and fluid conduit may further form an array extending over various parts of the external surfaces of a structure and may provide simultaneous spray coverage to a majority of a surface area of the plurality of structure external surfaces, including a roof. The fluid controller may include a timer and a remotely operable internet accessible controller. The pressurizable fluid reservoir may be in intermittent fluid communication with a building water supply, which can supply diluent for reservoir fluid and supply pressure to the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Hartley
  • Patent number: 7578454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spray device for fire fighting, which sprays atomized water to extinguish a fire. The spray device (100) includes an upper body (10), a lower body (20) which is removably coupled to the upper body (10), a nozzle tip (30) which has a swirl (39) therein and is removably inserted into each nozzle tip hole (22) of the lower body (20), and an interposition unit (40). The spray device (100) further includes an inclined surface (16), a tightening contact surface (19-1) provided on an outer surface of a circular head part (19) of the upper body (10), a working groove (26) to provide an internal thread (25) on the lower body (20), and a hemispherical mesh (42) which has a convex shape and is provided in a chamber (41) defined at a center position between the upper body (10) and the lower body (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Tank Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-Il Joo
  • Patent number: 7562715
    Abstract: A fire protection system includes a conduit, with a fluid passageway for receiving fire suppressant fluid from a fire suppressant fluid supply, a discharge device in fluid communication with the conduit for dispersing the fire suppressant fluid and at least one surface at the conduit or the discharge device across which the fire suppressant fluid flows, which surface has a plurality of channels extending across the surface in a direction generally orthogonal to the flow of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas T. Groos
  • Publication number: 20090126131
    Abstract: The invention relates, on the one hand, to a brush (1) for a scrubbing, sweeping and/or polishing machine for mechanical cleaning of several surfaces that are separated from each other by means of grooves and/or joints, such as, inter alia, paving stones, tiles, Bangkirai and/or building bricks, wherein the scrubbing, sweeping and/or polishing machine is provided so as to move the brush in a plane that is substantially parallel to the said surfaces that are separated from each other, and a scrubbing, sweeping and/or polishing machine provided with one or more brushes (1), the brush (1) being provided with at least one set of polishing bristles (2) for cleaning or polishing the surfaces; at least one set of joint bristles (3) for cleaning the grooves and/or joints between the surfaces; and the polishing bristles (2) having a length that is shorter than the length of the joint bristles (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Marc Delaere, Christiaan De Clerck
  • Patent number: 7487841
    Abstract: A building inside fire extinguishing system, the building having a standard roof pitch and corresponding peak angle. The system including a main water supply line extending along the base or lower margin of the roof and having spaced parallel upright pipe nipples attached to the main water supply line, a plurality of feed lines extending upwardly from the main water supply line parallel to the roof and a plurality of spaced water sprinkler heads operably attached to each of the feed lines. To interconnect the upper end of each upright nipple, an array of roof slope sprinkler fittings is provided, one of which is selected angularly matching the roof pitch. These sprinkler fittings each include an angled hollow body having a female threaded inlet and a female threaded outlet angularly oriented at different standard roof pitch angles one of which will equal the standard pitch of the roof. Each fitting is threadable directly to and between the pipe nipple and a lower end of the feed line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Gonci
  • Publication number: 20080250556
    Abstract: A showerhead assembly includes a water adapter and a water flow diverter. The water adapter includes two rotatable frames having a first water outlet and a second water inlet respectively and a supporting frame, having a first water inlet communicating with the first water outlet and a second water outlet, rotatably coupled between the rotatable frames. The water flow diverter contains a first water opening communicating with the first water outlet, a second water opening communicating with the second water inlet, and a water exit. The water flow diverter is adapted for selectively controlling the water flow at one of the conditions including the water flowing out at the second water outlet only, the water flowing out at the water exit only, and the water flowing out at both the second water outlet and the water exit at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Hoi Kwan Henry Mang, Loi Shing Mang
  • Patent number: 7389824
    Abstract: An early suppression fast response fire protection system includes a sprinkler piping system with at least one sprinkler head assembly, a water supply system, and a check valve in fluid communication with the sprinkler piping system and the water supply system. An antifreeze solution supply system is in fluid communication with the sprinkler piping system, with the check valve isolating the antifreeze solution from the water supply unless a fire condition occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventor: Eldon D Jackson
  • Patent number: 7383892
    Abstract: An early suppression fast response fire protection system includes a sprinkler piping system with at least one sprinkler head assembly, a water supply system, and a check valve in fluid communication with the sprinkler piping system and the water supply system. An antifreeze solution supply system is in fluid communication with the sprinkler piping system, with the check valve isolating the antifreeze solution from the water supply unless a fire condition occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventor: Eldon D. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20080087749
    Abstract: A water treatment and/or irrigation system which includes a source of water under pressure, such as a pump, an optional filter that receives water from the pump and emits filtered water under pressure, a system of irrigation lines that receives water under pressure for distribution to a field, and a flushing system for periodically cleaning the irrigation lines and/or the filter. The flushing system has a pressure vessel that receives the water under pressure and periodically builds its pressure to a level in excess of the normal level of the pressure delivered to the field, followed by discharging the built-up pressure as sharp pulses separated by one or more short time intervals directed toward the irrigation lines and/or the filter to effect cleaning thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Rodney Ruskin, Francois vanderSpuy
  • Patent number: RE40463
    Abstract: A variable pressure spray type vehicle laundry apparatus in which a carriage is mounted for longitudinal displacement along overhead parallel beams and an inverted L shaped spray arm carrying both horizontally and vertically directed nozzles circumscribes the vehicle to be laundered. In the preferred embodiments two reversely similar L shaped spray arms are used and caused to operate through a butterfly type cycle to spray various fluids at different pressures on the vehicle. For low pressure operations, the twin arm system is centered over the vehicle and both spray arms are supplied with low pressure fluid at the same time. For high pressure operations, the left and right spray arms are operated in sequence and each is maintained at an optimal spray arm to vehicle spacing during its operating cycle. The carriage is provided with a laterally translatable shuttle structure for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Belanger, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Belanger, Robert J. Wentworth