Steam And Spray Patents (Class 38/77.5)
  • Patent number: 11028529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating a textile treatment device comprising a heatable soleplate intended to be in contact with a textile for treating the textile. The method comprises a first step (1001) of setting a first temperature target for the heatable soleplate, and a step (1002) of detecting movement of said textile treatment device. If the step (1002) of 5 detecting movement did not detect any movement of said textile treatment device during more than a given first time duration, a step (1004) of actively decreasing the temperature of the heatable soleplate (4) up to reaching a first given temperature having a value below said first temperature target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Xin Xian Kong, Frederik Jan De Bruijn, Binyam Gebrekidan Gebre, Yen Leng Pang, Kenny Khng, Karl Catharina Van Bree, Boon Teck Tan, Victor Martinus Gerardus Van Acht, Yong Jiang, Hee Poh Sin, Mohankumar Valiyambath Krishnan, Orhan Kahya, Aditya Mehendale, Harold Agnes Wilhelmus Schmeitz, Dmitry Nikolayevich Znamenskiy, Antonius Johannes Joseph Wismans, Sergio Consoli, Petra Bijl, Arnoldus Johannes Martinus Jozeph Ras, Yao Hean Chiah
  • Patent number: 9200403
    Abstract: An iron includes a housing, a sole plate coupled to the housing and having a plurality of openings formed therein, a water reservoir in the housing, a first steam chamber in selective fluid communication with the water reservoir via a first feed channel, and a heater in thermal communication with the sole plate and the first steam chamber. The heater heats the sole plate and water in the first steam chamber received from the water reservoir to generate steam. A steam nozzle is mounted to the housing and is in fluid communication with the first steam chamber for emitting at least a first volume of the steam. A feedback tube extends between the first steam chamber and the water reservoir for passing at least a second volume of the steam to the water reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: George Stamper
  • Publication number: 20140352183
    Abstract: A clothes iron comprising a heated sole plate and a spray device for spraying water droplets of liquid on to a spray zone situated outside the surface covered by the sole plate wherein the clothes iron comprises applicator means extending outside the sole plate, wherein said applicator means comes into contact with the water droplets sprayed on the clothes to be ironed by said spray device before the sole plate reaches the spray zone while the clothes iron, resting on the sole plate thereof, is moved in translation toward the spray zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Gelus
  • Patent number: 8453359
    Abstract: An air-feed device and boiler iron has a three-station guiding valve. The body contains an air inlet linking boiler and two air outlets located in two sides of a guiding valve. The first outlet links wet vapor snoot of iron and the second links heating plate of boiler. One end of a valve rod of the guiding valve is in the valve body and links to a fixed valve plug. The other end is led outside through an opening in the top of body. When the valve rod rests at any one of the stations, the valve plug blocks a desired combination of air outlets and/or inlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (China) Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chienchih Pan
  • Patent number: 8201351
    Abstract: Procedure and device for the micro-mixing of miscible or immiscible fluids through reflux cell, produced by the invasion of one of the fluids going upstream into the feeding tube of the other fluid. This tube is closed and has a tube exit which is placed opposite an area of confluence where the exiting flow of the intercepted fluid meets an approximately perpendicular current of invading fluid, which is radially and centripetally directed to the axis of this exiting flow. The product is released outside through an exit orifice. The edges of the tube exit and the exit orifice are opposite each other and separated by an axial gap; and the penetration of this reflux cell into the feeding tube is regulated by controlling the velocity of the fluid. An application of the invention is the ironing with a steam-aided water spray of drops smaller than 200 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Alfonso Miguel Ganan Calvo
  • Publication number: 20110107625
    Abstract: Clothing iron including a sole (1) having a bottom side with a sliding surface (11) coming into contact with cloth and comprising at least one steam-supplied recess (10), the recess (10) being bounded on its entire periphery by the sliding surface (11) in such a manner that the recess (10) forms a steam diffusion cavity that is surrounded by the sliding surface (11) when the sole (1) is applied to the cloth being ironed, characterized in that the sliding surface (11) represents less than 50% of the total surface of the bottom side of the sole (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Franck Mandica, Dominique Gelus, St├ęphanie Pessayre
  • Publication number: 20100307034
    Abstract: A steam iron is described. The steam iron includes a housing, a handle defined at an upper portion of the housing, a soleplate carried on a base portion of the housing, a heating assembly carried in the housing and in thermal communication with the soleplate, a spray outlet, a water reservoir defined in the housing, and a pump assembly. The pump assembly includes a first mechanical pump which is manually operable to pump water from the reservoir and deliver a shot of steam from the soleplate, and a second mechanical pump manually operable to pump water from the reservoir and deliver a spray of water from the spray outlet. The steam iron also includes an underhandle trigger for manually operating one of the first and second mechanical pumps, the underhandle trigger being located beneath the handle, and an upper trigger for manually operating the other of the first and second mechanical pumps, the upper trigger being located in an upper portion of the iron housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Sunbeam Corporation Limited
    Inventors: David Randall Knott, Mark Thomas
  • Patent number: 7681342
    Abstract: A cordless ironing apparatus includes an iron and an ironing board adapted to be used with the iron. The iron includes a soleplate. The ironing board includes an ironing surface on which fabric is placed and an electromagnetic generator. The electromagnetic generator is adapted to generate an electromagnetic field which generates heat in the soleplate of the iron. Alternatively, the ironing apparatus includes an iron and an induction device which is removable or separate from an ironing board. The induction device includes an electromagnetic generator which is adapted to generate an electromagnetic filed which generates heat in the soleplate of the iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Lung Wai Choi
  • Publication number: 20090121825
    Abstract: A communication system transfers a signal over a single signal wire (SW) between a first system (S1) and a second system (S2). The first system (S1) comprises: a first controller (C1) to supply an output signal (MO) and a switch signal (MS), and to receive an adapted input signal (MIA). The output signal (MO), the switch signal (MS), the adapted input signal (MIA), and the first controller (C1) are referenced to a first ground potential (G1). A first galvanic separating unit (U 1) receives the output signal (MO), the first ground potential (G1), and a second ground potential (G2) to supply to the single signal wire (SW) an adapted output signal (MOA) referenced to the second ground potential (G2). A second galvanic separating unit (U2) receives the first ground potential (G1), the second ground potential (G2) and at an input terminal (IT) an input signal (MI) referenced to the second ground potential (G2) to supply the adapted input signal (MIA) referenced to the first ground potential (G1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Tang Pong Har
  • Patent number: 7451559
    Abstract: The invention relates to an iron comprising a cartridge (4) for containing a liquid (5), a nozzle means (6) having at least one aperture (20), a pump means (14) for delivering said liquid to the nozzle means, said cartridge (4) comprising an outer wall (29) with vent means (25) including a vent hole (28) for ventilating said cartridge (4). To prevent soiling of the iron due to spillage of liquid (5) through the vent hole (28), said vent means (25) comprises a storage chamber (26)for receiving an excess of liquid from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Sen Kee Chen, Narendra Pawar
  • Publication number: 20080271350
    Abstract: Procedure and device for the micro-mixing of miscible or immiscible fluids through reflux cell, produced by the invasion of one of the fluids going upstream into the feeding tube of the other fluid. This tube is closed and has a tube exit which is placed opposite an area of confluence where the exiting flow of the intercepted fluid meets an approximately perpendicular current of invading fluid, which is radially and centripetally directed to the axis of this exiting flow. The product is released outside through an exit orifice. The edges of the tube exit and the exit orifice are opposite each other and separated by an axial gap; and the penetration of this reflux cell into the feeding tube is regulated by controlling the velocity of the fluid. An application of the invention is the ironing with a steam-aided water spray of drops smaller than 200 microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Alfonso Miguel Ganan Calvo
  • Patent number: 7340853
    Abstract: An electric iron having a housing (1) and a soleplate (2) in which at least one outlet opening (10;15;34;45) is provided, means (8;19;28;39;43) for generating a fine liquid spray or foam or steam, and means (5) for delivering said generated fine liquid spray or foam or steam through said outlet opening. According to the invention, the iron is provided with detection means (12,14;22,23;35,36;49) for detecting the presence of a surface (7a) in the proximity of the sloplate (2) and for generating a detection signal in response to said detection, and with control means (6) for controlling the delivery of said fine liquid spray or foam or steam in response of said detection signal. For example, the detection means comprise a movable spring-loaded contact element (12) located in the soleplate (2), said element (12) activating a switch (14) for generating said signal when the soleplate is positioned against said surface (7a) and thus depresses said element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Boon Khian Ching, Yong Jiang, Nyik Siong Wong, Tang Pong Har
  • Publication number: 20080047172
    Abstract: A method and device for forming steam with high pressure and a cleaner or iron comprising the device are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Tuming You
  • Patent number: 7191554
    Abstract: An electric iron including a housing; a soleplate connected to the housing; a heater for heating the soleplate; a fluid holding system connected to the housing, the fluid holding system including a first fluid reservoir; and a second water only reservoir connected to the soleplate; and a fluid dispensing system for dispensing fluid from the first reservoir and for dispensing water from the second reservoir. The fluid dispensing system includes a spray nozzle connected to the housing and a pump connecting the first reservoir to the spray nozzle. The fluid dispensing system is adapted to dispense fluid from the first reservoir only through the spray nozzle and only without addition of water from the second reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Applica Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio A. Almanzar, Maria C. Duque, Michael R. Fretwell
  • Patent number: 7093384
    Abstract: An iron comprising a housing (1), a heatable soleplate (4) and means for generating very fine liquid droplets to be expelled from at least one discharge opening (9) of the iron, said means comprising at least one air passage (8) for pressurized air supply and at least one liquid passage (13) for pressurized liquid supply, said air passage (8) and said liquid passage (13) communicating with each other for mixing air and liquid, said mixture of air and liquid being supplied to the discharge opening (9). To improve the generation of fine liquid droplets (mist) an outlet of the liquid passage (8) ends into the air passage (13) upstream of the discharge opening (9) to introduce liquid into the air passage and an outlet of the air passage is provided with a nozzle (10) having said discharge opening (9). Preferably the pressurized air and liquid supply is obtained by means of electric pumps (6,7). The liquid may be water or a (diluted) additive liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Nyik Siong Wong, Yong Jiang, Tao Guo, Kumar Asok SO Kasevan
  • Patent number: 7062869
    Abstract: A household apparatus for use in conjunction with clothing. The apparatus is an iron that has two separate compartments for liquid rather than just one compartment. One of the compartments is for water, while the other compartment is for a water/starch combination. Each compartment has its own separate dispersing mechanism that allows an individual to independently add water, starch, or both to a particular item of clothing being ironed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventors: Lucy Pilcher, Kathy Lynneu Pilcher
  • Patent number: 6935056
    Abstract: A new steam iron with a steam chamber connected with the labyrinths and the steam outlet vents of the soleplate through a small connection duct or a small hole, in such a way as to keep high pressure inside the steam generation chamber. The iron is provided with a steam spray positioned at the front and directed towards its point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Euroflex S.r.l.
    Inventor: Pierantonio Milanese
  • Publication number: 20040172867
    Abstract: The invention concerns an ironing apparatus comprising an iron (1), a water reservoir and a pipe (2) connecting the reservoir to the iron (1), the sole plate (4) of the iron (1) including an evaporation chamber (5) adapted to generate steam from the water coming from the reservoir, the evaporation chamber (5) including on one of its walls (6) a water inlet (7), the iron further including means for closing and opening (8) said inlet (7). Said ironing apparatus is characterized in that it comprises means for forcing the displacement of the water arranged between the reservoir and evaporation chamber (5), the latter including a mobile wall (8) arranged parallel and opposite the wall (6) including the inlet (7), said mobile wall (8) acting as valve for said inlet (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Serge Voitchovsky
  • Patent number: 6671985
    Abstract: The invention concerns an iron comprising a water reservoir (5), a textile additive reservoir (12), and a pump (15) comprising a mixing chamber (20) capable of sucking into the mixing chamber a dose of water and a dose of additive via an additive proportioning tap (34), so as to produce in the mixing chamber a diluted additive solution, and of conveying said solution towards a sprayer (16). The invention is characterized in that the pump (15) is of the piston type mobile in a body (18) and defining the mixing chamber (20) which emerges into the water reservoir (5) via a non-return valve, and said pump (15) also serves as additive proportioning tap (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Bouleau
  • Publication number: 20030056406
    Abstract: The invention concerns an iron comprising a water reservoir (5), a textile additive reservoir (12), and a pump (15) comprising a mixing chamber (20) capable of sucking into the mixing chamber a dose of water and a dose of additive via an additive proportioning tap (34), so as to produce in the mixing chamber a diluted additive solution, and of conveying said solution towards a sprayer (16). The invention is characterized in that the pump (15) is of the piston type mobile in a body (18) and defining the mixing chamber (20) which emerges into the water reservoir (5) via a non-return valve, and said pump (15) also serves as additive proportioning tap (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Bouleau
  • Publication number: 20020020085
    Abstract: Here disclosed is a steam sprayer for use in ironing textile products including clothes, which is user-friendly and offers highly effective ironing. A vaporizing chamber generates steam by vaporizing water stored in a tank. A water-supplying unit supplies the vaporizing chamber with water. A steam-ejecting section spouts steam outside. The steam-ejecting section includes a ironing surface with high frictional resistance characteristics. When touching the ironing surface to clothes or other fabrics for ironing, pulling force caused by the frictional resistance, which is a preferable wrinkles-off effect. Thus, the steam sprayer can offer a synergistic effect brought by spouting steam and applying the pulling force to clothes, fixing the form of clothes neatly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kobayashi, Toshihide Nakamura, Mamoru Ikeshima, Masao Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6249996
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a fluid transfer device for a pressing iron, with a housing accommodating therein a pump chamber, with a pump element for varying the pump chamber volume, and with an actuating member for actuating the pump element. According to the present invention, the fluid transfer device is characterized in that the actuating member is constructed as a deformable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Dorber, Antonio Rebordosa, Josep Recasens, Antonio Condes, Miguel-Angel Colas Jimenez, Desideri Sastre Falco
  • Patent number: 6243976
    Abstract: A fill port assembly has a base having a recessed pocket with an arcuately concave base wall and mutually parallel sidewalls. A fill port is located intermediate the upper and lower ends of the base wall and a fill port cover is slidably mounted on the sidewalls for movement along an arcuate path from a first, normal, position in which the cover covers the fill port to a second, raised, position in which the cover is located above the fill port and the lower part of the base wall is exposed. In the raised position, the upper end of the cover projects upwardly and forwardly from the pocket so that the front surface of the cover and the lower part of the bottom wall of the pocket form a funnel for directing water into the fill port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex, Inc.
    Inventors: S. Devon Beverly, Martin Brady