Pivot Type Flow Connection Patents (Class 239/587.5)
  • Patent number: 10239074
    Abstract: A hose gun has a gun body and a water outlet head for outputting water from the gun. The gun body has a user grip body portion and a second body portion which is at an angle to the user grip portion. Joint means are provided between the water outlet head and the gun body allowing the water outlet head to be moved relative to the gun body between a forward watering position and a sprinkler position in which the hose gun is positionable on a surface with the user grip body portion and second body portion acting as a base and the water outlet head directed upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: EXEL INDUSTRIES SA
    Inventors: George Leigh Walters, John Francis O'Toole
  • Patent number: 9849603
    Abstract: A cutting fluid jet machine includes: a cutting fluid jet nozzle; a nozzle-angle adjusting servo motor; a nozzle-length adjusting servo motor; a nozzle-location calculating unit; and a nozzle controlling unit for controlling an angle and a length of the cutting fluid jet nozzle in accordance with movement of a machine tool in a spindle direction based on a nozzle location calculated by the nozzle-location calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rikizou Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9687870
    Abstract: A sprinkling device includes a grip, a rotary seat sealingly mounted onto the grip and a sprinkling head sealingly and rotatably mounted onto the rotary seat. The sprinkling device is used as a spray gun when an axis of sprinkling head co-axially corresponds to that of the rotary seat or the axis of sprinkling head is parallel to that of the rotary seat. The sprinkling device is used as a sprinkler when the axes of the sprinkling head and the rotary seat form an angle, wherein the grip is used as a platform and the sprinkling head upwardly sprays water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: AQUALEAN MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATES CO., LTD., VERDUREWIN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pin-Hsien Yu
  • Patent number: 9604241
    Abstract: Cleaning device includes shaft that interfaces with fluid source and defines conduit. Mounting couples to cleaning element and includes interior and apertures. Liquid conducting universal joint is coupled with mounting and shaft. Joint includes a nozzle coupled to shaft that is in fluid communication with conduit. Nozzle includes nozzle mating feature defining nozzle aperture. Joint includes rotational element having first mating feature rotationally coupled with nozzle mating feature and is rotatable about radial axis of nozzle mating feature and second mating feature. Rotational fluid conduit extends between mating features. Joint includes connector coupled with mounting that defines connector conduit. Connector mating feature is rotatably coupled with second mating feature and is rotatable about radial axis of second mating feature that is substantially orthogonal to radial axis of nozzle mating feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan Laurel
  • Patent number: 9403179
    Abstract: Cleaning device includes shaft that interfaces with fluid source and defines conduit. Mounting couples to cleaning element and includes interior and apertures. Liquid conducting universal joint is coupled with mounting and shaft. Joint includes a nozzle coupled to shaft that is in fluid communication with conduit. Nozzle includes nozzle mating feature defining nozzle aperture. Joint includes rotational element having first mating feature rotationally coupled with nozzle mating feature and is rotatable about radial axis of nozzle mating feature and second mating feature. Rotational fluid conduit extends between mating features. Joint includes connector coupled with mounting that defines connector conduit. Connector mating feature is rotatably coupled with second mating feature and is rotatable about radial axis of second mating feature that is substantially orthogonal to radial axis of nozzle mating feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Bryan Laurel
  • Patent number: 9296363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement for drying paint or lacquer on a product, which arrangement is intended to be disposed in a suitable installation space with a support surface for processing the product. The arrangement comprises a drying arch with drying elements extending over the installation space. The drying arch is divided into two arch segments, wherein the two arch segments are mounted at a respective one of two sides opposing each other of the installation space, on a respective actuating unit. The actuating units are arranged at the support surface and comprise, on the one hand, means for moving the actuating unit with its arch segment along its side of the installation space, and, on the other hand, means for tilting the arch segment mounted to the actuating unit at the respective side of the installation space, as well as means for displacing the arch segment mounted to the respective actuating unit outward and inward relative to the installation space and the opposite side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: PIVAB AB
    Inventor: Ronny Pihlblad
  • Patent number: 9149816
    Abstract: A point touch switching mechanism has a ball head component, a water separation unit, a switching unit, and a swinging block. The water separation unit can swing with respect to the ball head. The switching unit comprises a slide base connected to the water separation unit and a water separation disk fixedly connected to the slide base, so that the water separation disk can rotate forward when sliding with respect to the water separation unit, and water separation switching can be implemented when the water separation disk rotates with respect to the water separation unit. The swinging block can be connected to the water separation unit in a sliding manner, and the sliding of the swinging block and of the slide base form a connection, so that the water separation unit can drive the swinging block and drive the slide base to slide with respect to the water separation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasong Zhou, Zhongcheng Jin, Jianmin Chen, Bin Chen
  • Publication number: 20150008269
    Abstract: A fluid sprayer includes a rigid fluid conduit extending along a conduit axis between longitudinally opposed open conduit first and second ends. A spray nozzle having a fluid-expulsion bore is connected to the conduit second end such that the is nozzle can pivot about a nozzle-pivot axis that extends orthogonally to the conduit axis and fluid introduced into the conduit first end is expelled through the fluid-expulsion bore. An attachment-mounting arm is connected to the fluid conduit for pivotal movement about an arm-pivot axis having a component of spatial extension orthogonal to the conduit axis and being longitudinally non-displaceable relative to the rigid fluid conduit. Moreover, the attachment-mounting arm is selectively lockable into a plurality of discrete angular positions relative to the conduit and configured to removably retain a surface-engaging attachment designed for engaging a surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Metaxatos, James McGee, Julie Napolitan, Joel Nevin, Richard M. Farland, Corey Talbot
  • Patent number: 8919672
    Abstract: A washing apparatus with an adjustable water spraying head includes a water inlet tube, a water guiding tube and a water spraying head. A second connecting base of the water guiding tube engages with a first connecting base of the water inlet tube. A plurality of first positioning holes that are against a first positioning unit of the water inlet tube are circularly formed at the engaging side. The water spraying head is plugged into a water outlet end of the water guiding tube, and a second positioning unit is located at an outer periphery of a connecting tube. The second positioning unit is against a second spring and wedged in a second positioning hole of the water guiding tube. According to the structure stated above, the adjustment of the water spraying head is more convenient without frequently moving the water inlet tube, which causes water to spray randomly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Shin Tai Spurt Water of the Garden Tools Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Yuan Chen
  • 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: 8790046
    Abstract: An embankment system comprises a source of pressurized sand/concrete slurry and a delivery conduit in fluid communication with the pressurized sand/concrete slurry source. The embankment system further comprises an elongate nozzle having an inlet and an outlet, with the inlet operatively associated with a distal end of the delivery conduit. A tube formed of a sheet material having an open end and a closed end is operatively associated with the nozzle outlet to receive the pressurized sand/concrete slurry through the open end, such that the tube is continuously filled with the pressurized sand/concrete slurry between the closed end and the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Rampart Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ross
  • Patent number: 8789771
    Abstract: A faucet is disclosed having a faucet base, a faucet spout mounted on the base and configured to swivel relative thereto, a female connector sleeve having an axial through channel, and a male connector sleeve having an axial through channel that is in fluid communication with the axial through channel of the female connector sleeve, the male connector sleeve being telescopically received within the female connector sleeve. The faucet further includes a first tube connected between one of the male and female connector sleeves and a fluid control valve, and a second tube separately formed from the spout, the female connector, and the male connector and connected between the other of the male and female connector sleeves and an outlet of the spout by internally extending within the spout. The male connector sleeve rotates within and relative to the female connector sleeve when the spout and second tube swivel relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, William R. Bares
  • Publication number: 20140191066
    Abstract: A swing nozzle (1) includes a base (11), a frame (12), the base end side of which is turnably supported on the base (11), a support body (13) which is supported on the leading end side of the frame (12) so as to be able to turn around a turning center axis parallel to a turning center axis of the frame (12) with respect to the base (11), and a pipe body (14) which is supported on the base (11) and the support body (13) in a state where a flexible section (50) between the base (11) and the support body (13) is bent and which discharges a fluid from an opening portion (56) of an opposite end to the base (11). According to the swing nozzle (1), it becomes possible to provide a swing nozzle in which it is possible to stably perform a swing movement in a plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GA-REW Corporation
    Inventor: Kaga Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8708254
    Abstract: A fluid sprayer includes a rigid fluid conduit with a conduit side wall extending along a conduit axis between open first and second conduit ends. The conduit side wall defines a fluid passage extending between the open first and second ends. A spray nozzle with a fluid-expulsion bore is connected to the second conduit end such that it can pivot about a nozzle-pivot axis that extends orthogonally to the conduit axis and such that fluid introduced into the first conduit end is expelled through the fluid-expulsion bore. A nozzle actuator is attached to the conduit for bi-directional rotation about an actuator-rotation axis having a component of spatial extension perpendicular to the conduit axis. The nozzle actuator and nozzle are mechanically linked so that rotation of the actuator causes the nozzle to pivot with respect to the conduit axis. A spray-angle selector rotates in tandem with the nozzle actuator and includes an angle-selection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hyde Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Brooke Baxter, William Raymond Bucknam, Richard M. Farland, Corey Talbot
  • Patent number: 8636234
    Abstract: A swivel nozzle mechanism used with a high pressure fluid washer attaches to an output wand, typically through a flexible hose, to direct a high pressure fluid from the washer to a directed target. The swivel nozzle mechanism attaches to a distal end of the wand and is controllable by a handle mechanism attached to the wand which enables the rotation of a spray nozzle about an axis, normal to the wand axis, at the distal end of the wand. The handle controls the direction of rotation of the spray nozzle and has a plurality of stable operating points resistant to movement and thereby providing for prolonged use at a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Power Plus Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Da Quan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8632022
    Abstract: A spray guide is disclosed herein for implementation a spray assembly comprising a spray wand and a spray nozzle. The spray guide includes an arm having a first end and a second end. A mechanism is used for removably attaching the first end of the arm to the swivel angle head, so that the arm will extend over the swivel angle head and the spray nozzle. A wheel is also provided. Another mechanism is provided for rotatably connecting the wheel to the second end of the arm. When an edge of the wheel is placed in a corner joint between a wall and a ceiling and the spray want manually moved therealong, the wheel will rotate in the corner joint to allow paint to be evenly sprayed from the spray nozzle onto an area of the wall adjacent to the ceiling. Also disclosed herein is a spray nozzle assembly for use with a handheld sprayer. Further, a spray guide designed for minimizing overspray is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Terry Potter
  • Patent number: 8632019
    Abstract: An automatic flow regulation sprinkler for gardening includes a base having a linking first water way and second water way on opposite sides thereof. Two outer ends of a transverse axle tube communicates the first water way and the second water way respectively. The transverse axle tube has at least one water outlet. A mobile tube has a front water way, water outlet, and an outer transverse water way communicating the front water way. The outer transverse water way pivoted to the transverse axle tube so as to rotate freely. The outer transverse water way has a regulating portion arranged around the transverse axle tube so as to block the water outlet of the transverse axle tube. Therefore, water flow can be regulated based on the angle of elevation of the mobile tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Shun-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 8528840
    Abstract: A sanitary insert (1) includes a housing (8) and a flow guide (4), the housing (8) having a generally cylindrical shape and an inner wall portion thereof has a concavity (3) around its periphery. The flow guide (4) having generally a disc shape with an outer wall portion thereof having a convexity (2), the housing (8) being configured to pivotally secure the flow guide (4) within it by a ball and socket type engagement thereby allowing an articulating movement of the flow guide (4) within the housing (8). The housing (8) being configured to be inserted into a plumbing outflow fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Wolf-Dieter Lacher, Oliver Denzler, Alexander Stein
  • Publication number: 20130216716
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nozzle (1) for applying a coating agent, in particular for applying wax during seam sealing or for applying a preserving agent during cavity preservation on a vehicle body component, with an elongated hollow lance (4) for feeding the coating agent to be applied through the lance (4) along its longitudinal axis (17), as well as at least one nozzle opening (10, 11) for dispensing the coating agent, wherein the nozzle opening (10, 11) is arranged in the lateral surface of the lance (4) and dispenses the coating agent sidewards with respect to the longitudinal axis (17) of the lance (4). It is suggested that the nozzle opening (10, 11) is rotatable about the longitudinal axis (17) of the lance (4), so that the coating agent can be dispensed in different directions according to the angular position of the nozzle opening (10, 11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Stefan Ströhlein, Marc Engelhart
  • Patent number: 8490894
    Abstract: A multi-function shower head structure includes a connection base, a valve bolt, a guide bolt, a housing and a plurality of spray units. The connection base is used to connect external water and is connected with the valve bolt. The guide bolt is pivoted to the valve bolt. The guide bolt has an axial conducting hole and a guide channel to communicate with the conducting hole. The conducting hole can be rotated about the valve bolt, such that the valve bolt guides the water of the connection base to the conducting hole of the guide bolt for a guide channel to output water. The housing has a hole seat. The hole seat has a pivot hole for connection of the guide bolt. The spray units are disposed in the housing. Each spray unit has a water chamber. The guide channel of the hole seat has a plurality of spaced branch channels corresponding to the respective water chambers to communicate with the pivot hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ateck (Xiamen) Showers Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhongping Lu, Shuiming Xu, Hui Chen
  • Publication number: 20130119167
    Abstract: A high pressure monitor includes an outlet body with a transverse passage, which extends through the body to form two inlets of the outlet body, and a second passage, which is in communication with the transverse passage and extends through the outlet body to form an outlet. The monitor further includes first and second bodies, with the outlet body mounted between the first and second bodies. Each of the first and second bodies has a transverse passage, which are in fluid communication with the inlets of the outlet body. A first swivel joint is provided between the outlet body and the first body. A second swivel joint is provided between the outlet body and the second body. Further, each of the swivel joints comprises a pressure balanced hydraulic fitting with seals and bearings, wherein the seals and bearings are oriented to reduce the axial pressure on the bearings from fluid flowing through the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: ELKHART BRASS MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8430345
    Abstract: A faucet assembly is disclosed having internal carrier tubes, where the faucet spout can swivel relative to a faucet base without stressing the tubes. One tube connects a mixing valve to a connector sleeve. Another tube connects a spout outlet to another connector sleeve. The connector sleeves telescope within each other, have a seal there between, and are provided with a clip structure to hold them axially together while permitting relative rotation there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 8376249
    Abstract: A movable structure of a faucet outlet including a faucet body, a connecting tube, a switching valve stick, a valve unit, a water outlet head and a cover, wherein the faucet body has a water channel in front of an inner space therein and a water outlet with a downward opening. A converging space at the faucet body has a board and a positioning hole. The water outlet head is an elongated and hollow body where a plurality of separation boards are formed to generate a plurality of water outlet channels, and a connecting point is formed at each lateral side of the water outlet channel. The other side of the cover has a sealing surface next to the water channel to securely cover on the water outlet of the cover, and a water-stopping ring is located between the water outlet and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Alexander Yeh Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 8360346
    Abstract: A bodyspray assembly is disclosed that provides a pivotable spray head mounted essentially flush with the surrounding enclosure wall. In one embodiment, a special tool is provided to rotate a waterway housing, to selectively couple the waterway housing to a source from the front of the assembly. In another embodiment, rotation of a spray face assembly rotates a waterway housing, to selectively couple the waterway housing to a source from the front of the assembly. The bodyspray assembly provides ball and socket type articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Michael R. Furseth
  • Patent number: 8245957
    Abstract: A swivel nozzle mechanism used with a high pressure fluid washer attaches to an output wand, typically through a flexible hose, to direct a high pressure fluid from the washer to a directed target. The swivel nozzle mechanism attaches to a distal end of the wand and is controllable by a handle mechanism attached to the wand which enables the rotation of a spray nozzle about an axis, normal to the wand axis, at the distal end of the wand. The handle controls the direction of rotation of the spray nozzle and has a plurality of stable operating points resistant to movement and thereby providing for prolonged use at a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Power Plus Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Da Quan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8205810
    Abstract: A sanitary water outlet (1) having a conduit (4) at the discharge end. The conduit (4) is provided with at least one perforated plate (5) and/or a grid structure or lamellar structure with a number of discharge holes or discharge openings (7) which are bordered by flow guide walls (6). The water outlet is characterized in that it has a joint sleeve (2) which is adjustably or pivotally disposed in a socket (3) while the conduit (4) is provided inside the joint sleeve (2). The water outlet allows the water jet that is discharged from a water discharging plumbing fixture to be oriented as needed without requiring a ball-and-socket joint which uses a lot of space and may not be aesthetically appealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Wolf-Dieter Lacher, Oliver Denzler, Alexander Stein
  • Patent number: 8186366
    Abstract: A portable manual vehicle wash assembly including a base removably attachable to a top exterior surface of a vehicle. A hollow pipe is attached to the base and includes an inlet formed at a first end thereof, and an outlet at a second end thereof. The inlet is adapted to receive an end of a first hose in fluid communication with a water source. The outlet is generally directed away from the exterior surface of the vehicle, and has a swivel member attached thereto. The swivel member is connected to a water emitter, typically in the form of a second hose or a spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Jerry J. Montoya, Nicomedes A. Trujillo
  • Patent number: 8181889
    Abstract: The invention relates to irrigation by means of sprinklers for agriculture, lawns, golf courses and other applications. More particularly, the invention provides a sprinkler arranged to distribute water evenly over a field area of almost any shape. Preferably the invention relates to a pop-up sprinkler thus, when not in use, i.e., when no water pressure is applied, the entire device is level or below ground surface. The invention comprises: a lower water inlet, an inner member, within an upper housing, suspended on a vertical axis within the lower water inlet. An inner member within the upper housing being free to revolve around a vertical axis and revolvably supporting; at least one nozzle assembly having at least one water inlet and an outlet jet and being supported on a horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Accurate Watering Ltd.
    Inventor: Haim Shahak
  • Patent number: 8181892
    Abstract: The invention relates to a discharge device for a cleaning fluid or treatment fluid, in particular to a lance for a high-pressure cleaner, comprising a pivotable head piece and an elongate holder which carries the head piece at its one end and is made at its other end for holding and for remotely controlled pivoting of the head piece, wherein the holder includes a carrier for the holding of the head piece and an actuation member adjustable relative to the carrier for the pivoting of the head piece relative to the carrier, and wherein the carrier and the actuation member extend up to the head piece in an at least approximately axially parallel arrangement, and in particular coaxial arrangement, with the carrier extending inside the actuation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Anton Jäger
  • Patent number: 8177148
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an asymmetrical nozzle housing within a nozzle base of a sprinkler which, when rotated, changes its angular orientation relative to the nozzle base. Since the nozzle is disposed within the nozzle housing, it similarly changes angular orientation relative to the nozzle base, thereby modifying the trajectory of ejected water during irrigation. In this respect, a user can change the trajectory of a watering stream by simply rotating the nozzle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Steven C. Renquist, James T. Wright, III, Miguel A. Santiago
  • Patent number: 8132745
    Abstract: Output of a showerhead system is selectable between a plurality of spray modes using a control mode selector located adjacent to a shower pipe. The showerhead system also includes an adjustment mechanism located near or about the shower pipe to pivotably adjust the position of the showerhead. The showerhead system also has dual support structures in the form of arms extending between the control mode selector and the showerhead. The dual arms each house one or more hoses that may be flexible and transport water from the mode selector can be adjusted to direct water to individual hoses or simultaneously to multiple hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Leland C. Leber, Brian R. Williams
  • Patent number: 8070076
    Abstract: Articulating faucets have segments connected by a plurality of movable joints. Each joint includes a pair of ceramic mating disks arranged in face to face contact, but able to rotate relative to each other when sufficient force is applied. A wave spring helps keep the disks in constant contact, and rubber spheres press against opposing surfaces of the ceramic disks to produce shear forces to keep the joint stable. In the faucet water passes through the joint by means of a tube or a hollow banjo bolt sealed from the joint. The faucet can therefore direct water to a wide variety of positions, without the need for a side spray, and while reducing the risk of joint leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Christopher M. Shay
  • 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: 8056836
    Abstract: The present invention includes a swinging switching structure of outlet device fixed below a shower body, a water-dividing body sealed and fixed above an outlet device; said water-dividing body having at least two water-dividing bores so as to connect to the water cavities with different function of said outlet device having a movable switching device in the shower, and by the co-operation of shower and water-supply pipe-joint, when flapped, the shower will swing and inclined, then the movable switching device will control the water to spray out through different bores of water-diving body, thus achieving the switching of function. This water switching function of the shower is more efficient and flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Xiamen Solex High-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianmin Chen, Renzhong Li
  • Publication number: 20110133003
    Abstract: A multi-function shower head structure includes a connection base, a valve bolt, a guide bolt, a housing and a plurality of spray units. The connection base is used to connect external water and is connected with the valve bolt. The guide bolt is pivoted to the valve bolt. The guide bolt has an axial conducting hole and a guide channel to communicate with the conducting hole. The conducting hole can be rotated about the valve bolt, such that the valve bolt guides the water of the connection base to the conducting hole of the guide bolt for a guide channel to output water. The housing has a hole seat. The hole seat has a pivot hole for connection of the guide bolt. The spray units are disposed in the housing. Each spray unit has a water chamber. The guide channel of the hole seat has a plurality of spaced branch channels corresponding to the respective water chambers to communicate with the pivot hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Zhongping LU, Shuiming Xu, Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 7866576
    Abstract: A combination shower arm and water filter having an integrated design for attachment between a water pipe behind a shower wall and a showerhead. The combination shower arm and water filter including a body having a first hollow arm and a second hollow arm connected to a central cartridge holding portion. The filter holding portion has a central opening with a filter cartridge or element removably held in a hollow chamber formed above the filter holding portion by means of a cap that is removably secured to the an upwardly extending annular portion formed on the filter holding portion. Water entering the combined shower arm and filter assembly through the first hollow arm is directed into the hollow chamber for passage through filter media in the filter cartridge or element before it exits through the second hollow arm and out a showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: David K. Farley
  • Patent number: 7832662
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shower head comprising a housing-type first part (T1) inside which a water duct extends. One end of said water duct communicates with a water inlet. The first part (T1) is connected to a second part (T2) that is embodied as a discharging element. The receiving space of the discharging element communicates with the other end of the water duct in at least one mode of operation of the shower head. In said mode of operation, the external edge of the second part (T2) forms an overflow edge in one region, via which water can flow off. The second part (T2) forming the discharging element is composed of a top portion and a bottom portion, between which an interior space is located that communicates with the second end of the water duct in a second mode of operation of the shower head. A plurality of nozzle-type discharge ports (A2) are arranged in the bottom portion of the second part (T2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventor: Dina Gallo
  • Publication number: 20100206965
    Abstract: An adjustable fuel nozzle assembly [1000] for spraying fuel into a recovery boiler [13] includes at least two fuel nozzle assemblies [1100, 1300]. An adjustment section [1500] adapted to adjust the relative orientation between the nozzle assemblies [1100, 1300] and hold them at the desired orientation relative to each other to create a desired spray pattern. The adjustment section [1500] also adapted to simultaneously aim several fuel nozzles at a target location, retaining their relative orientation between the nozzle assemblies [1100, 1300]. This allows the nozzle assemblies [1100, 1300] to spray fuel with a desired spray pattern to a desired location to properly control combustion of the recovery boiler [13], thereby increasing stability of combustion minimizing the creation of pollutants such as NOx gases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Steven R. Gibowski
  • Publication number: 20100181393
    Abstract: A swivel fitting used to connect to various components in a fluid handling system is provided. The swivel fitting incorporates an annular chamfer surface to reduce the affect that the fitting has on the flow properties of the fluid when the fluid is caused to flow through the fitting. The use of the swivel fitting in a paint supply line is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Jan Pitzer, Bill Bertakis, Jerry VerHoven, Randall Sandifur
  • Publication number: 20100133364
    Abstract: The present invention includes a swinging switching structure of outlet device fixed below a shower body, a water-dividing body sealed and fixed above an outlet device; said water-dividing body having at least two water-dividing bores so as to connect to the water cavities with different function of said outlet device having a movable switching device in the shower, and by the co-operation of shower and water-supply pipe-joint, when flapped, the shower will swing and inclined, then the movable switching device will control the water to spray out through different bores of water-diving body, thus achieving the switching of function. This water switching function of the shower is more efficient and flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jianmin Chen, Renzhong Li
  • Patent number: 7703545
    Abstract: A fire-fighting monitor includes a first body having an internal passageway defining an inlet and an outlet, a coupler having an internal passageway defining an inlet and an outlet, the coupler being pivotally mounted to the body at the outlet of the body wherein the internal passageway of the coupler is in communication with the internal passageway of the body, and the coupler having at least one pivot axis. Further, the monitor includes a counterbalance device, which comprises an annular member mounted to the first body at the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Combs, James M. Trapp
  • Patent number: 7622001
    Abstract: A robot includes a body structure on which a robot arm having an end effector is rotatably supported. The body structure has a stationary base unit fixedly installed and a movable unit rotatably supported on the stationary base unit to turn about an axis of rotation. The stationary base unit includes a stationary-side guide part having a stationary-side internal space in which a flexible, elongate member connected to the robot arm or the end effector is extended loosely along the axis of rotation. The stationary-side guide part opens upstream in an elongate member inserting direction. The movable unit includes a movable-side guide part having a movable-side internal space in which the elongate member is extended loosely along the axis of rotation. The movable-side guide part opens downstream in an elongate member inserting direction. The stationary-side and the movable-side internal spaces communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Inada, Toshiyuki Tsujimori, Shinji Kitamura, Ryou Taniuchi
  • Patent number: 7600701
    Abstract: A spray head and a device for delivery of a liquid which enables the liquid to be delivered from a container to which the spray is connected both as a spray mist and as a jet. A first feature is that the delivery tube is shorter than the container diameter or the inside diameter of a protective cap for the container. A second feature is that the spray head—especially with the delivery tube which is and/or is not connected to the nozzle—does not project laterally beyond the perimeter of the container and/or fits under the protective cap. A third feature is that the delivery tube can be pivoted up away from the nozzle. A fourth feature is that the spray head has a groove-shaped top recess for holding the delivery tube. These features are usable singly or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Jasper, Ralf Jordan, Wilfred Otte
  • Patent number: 7594617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shower attachment which comprises a first part (T1) which comprises a water guiding channel (2), and a second part (T2) which comprises at least one first and one second outlet opening (A1, A2) which can be selectively connected to the water guiding channel (2) by means of a valve (V). Said valve (V) is embodied by areas (BI, B2) of the two parts (TI, T2), which are connected to each other in a manner such that they can be displaced and are arranged in the inside of the second part (T2). The valve (V) can be changed by displacing at least one part (T2), and the both known areas (B1, B2) are connected together in such a manner that they can pivot. The first part (T1) comprises a pivotable axis (24) and at least one outlet opening (7) which is arranged at a distance therefrom. The second part (T2) comprises, optionally, at least two inlet openings which are arranged at a distance in relation to said pivotable axis (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignees: Weidman Plastics Technology AG, Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventors: Henning Kaess, Paul Boesch, Kurt Kremm
  • Publication number: 20090032616
    Abstract: In the case of a windshield washer device (2) for a motor vehicle, a nozzle holder (6) is connected via a spring element (12) to a fastening flange (4) fastened to the motor vehicle. The nozzle holder (6) has a connection (9) for a washer fluid line (10). The spring element (12) is formed as a cross-sectional tapering (15) of a connecting element (14). The angle of inclination of the nozzle holder (6) and therefore the angle of inclination of a washer nozzle (7) arranged in the nozzle holder (6) can be adjusted via an adjusting means (13) at a distance from the spring element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Holger Semmelroth, Heiko Weitzel
  • Patent number: 7472846
    Abstract: A combination swivel spray aerator includes a stem that defines an inlet port for supplying water. The stem includes a neck and a swivel connector that is provided at one end of the stem. A spray head is coupled to the swivel connector in a swiveling manner. The spray head includes a housing and a swivel seal that seals between the housing and the swivel connector. A shroud is coupled to the stem for hiding at least the neck of the stem from view in order to provide a clean appearance. The swivel spray aerator further includes a diverter that switches between spray and aeration modes regardless which direction the spray head is rotated. A gimbal mechanism in the spray head allows the spray head to twist without requiring excessive swiveling friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Kurt Judson Thomas, Josh Barber
  • Patent number: 7464887
    Abstract: A pivotable watering nozzle assembly includes a handle having an inlet tube received therein and a pivotable device is connected to the handle such that a nozzle member is pivotably connected to the pivotable device. A switch device for controlling the entrance of water into the nozzle member is connected to an outside of the handle. A tank member, a porous plate with orifices and a frame are respectively connected to the nozzle member. A seal ring is connected between the tank member and the nozzle member, and a seal member is connected between the porous plate and the tank member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Shun-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 7445164
    Abstract: A sprinkler includes a fixed unit, a rotary unit, an impeller, a connector, and a spray head. The fixed unit has a water inlet. The rotary unit is mounted rotatably on and is fluidly communicated with the fixed unit. The impeller rotates the rotary unit and is adapted to be driven by water from the water inlet. The connector is mounted on and is fluidly communicated with the rotary unit. The spray head is mounted on and is fluidly communicated with the connector. The spray head is rotatable relative to the rotary unit so as to change an inclined position of the spray head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Maw-Shinn Liaw
  • Patent number: 7427038
    Abstract: A dual-axis rotating sprinkler has a nozzle, an adjusting assembly, a rotating assembly and an adapting tube. The adjusting assembly is attached to the nozzle. Pivoting the adjusting assembly easily changes the elevation angle of the nozzle to change the spray area. The rotating assembly is attached to the adjusting assembly. The adapting tube is mounted around the rotating assembly, connects to the water pipe to allow the water passing through the adapting tube and filling into the rotating assembly. The water drives the rotating assembly to rotate the adjusting assembly. Therefore, the dual-axis rotating sprinkler rotates by the rotating assembly to spray in all directions and can be pivoted by the adjusting assembly to change the spray area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventors: Po-Hsiung Wang, Tzu-Meng Wang
  • Patent number: 7419107
    Abstract: A swivel inlet hose-drag irrigation machine is disclosed which utilizes an inlet elbow mounted in a swivel bearing on the cart to attach a water supply hose to the machine. The inlet elbow is mounted to the side of the four-wheel linear cart rather than behind the cart between the tires. The inlet elbow is free to rotate in a 180° arc so that the hose can be attached from either end of the cart at the side thereof. The machine also includes a pair of vertically disposed and rotatable rollers which are mounted at the opposite ends of the cart to push the drag hose out of the way of the tires of the cart so that the tires of the cart do not roll over the drag hose thereby eliminating any manual handling of the drag hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Dennis R. Theilen