Tank And Bowl With Plural Connections, One Being Pneumatic Patents (Class 4/328)
  • Patent number: 9988802
    Abstract: A siphonic toilet including a bowl, a passageway and a valve. The passageway includes an entrance fluidly connected to the bowl, an outlet, and a dam located between the entrance and the outlet, wherein the dam and bowl are configured to hold a first volume of water prior to a flush cycle. An inlet is located in the passageway downstream from the dam to introduce water into the passageway downstream from the dam. The valve is located between the inlet and the outlet of the passageway, and the valve retains a second volume of water when in a closed position prior to the flush cycle of the toilet to affect a siphon during the flush cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Smith, Billy Jack Ahola, Mark Baumgartner, Larry Duwell, Don Bogenschuetz, Peter Swart, Tobin Vetting
  • Patent number: 8929889
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software for handling of frequency bands in neighbor lists in wireless communication devices are provided herein. In one example, a method of operating a wireless communication device is presented which includes scanning a first frequency band of a source sector based on a neighbor list, and dropping the first frequency band of the source sector from an access list based on a first drop threshold included in the neighbor list. The method also includes scanning a second frequency band of the source sector and the second frequency band of a target sector based on the neighbor list, and adding the second frequency band of the source sector and the second frequency band of the target sector to the access list based on second and third add thresholds included in the neighbor list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: John W. Prock, Patrick William Himmelberg, Siddharth Oroskar, Lawrence D. Hafner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8196231
    Abstract: A toilet that applies pressured air between an upper trap (30) that connects to the toilet bowl and a lower trap (32) that connects to a drain (16), includes a pressured air source (42) that holds a large volume of pressured air equal to at least 30% of the volume of the trapway passage (34) that connects the traps. The pressured air source includes a container (70) with its top coupled though a conduit (90) to the trapway passage, and with air in the container top compressed by water rising in the container after each flushing. The container top lies at least as high as the full water level (52) in the toilet tank when the toilet tank is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: P & C Hennessy Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Hennessy
  • Patent number: 8141179
    Abstract: A toilet has a source (42) that applies a vacuum to a trapway (14) at the beginning of a flushing to immediately flush the toilet bowl (12). As a result, water from the water tunnel 26 and the toilet bowl top channel 28 flow into the bowl after the flushing to create a large water spot (98) in the toilet bowl. A low water flush (e.g. 1½ liters to flush urine) can be obtained by not letting water flow out of a secondary volume (63) that lies outside a divider (140) in an isolator (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: P & C Hennessy Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Hennessy
  • Patent number: 8127376
    Abstract: A water closet has a variable siphon soil exhaust system with a flexible water bladder connected to a water inlet, a tension spring within the water bladder to contract the water bladder, a variable siphon tube connected to the water bladder to allow soil to be exhausted from the bowl while lifted and lowered by an expanding and contracting motion of the water bladder, and a small tube for connecting the water bladder to the variable siphon tube. A cover has a first port connected to the water supply passage, a second port connected to the bowl, and a third port connected to a bottom tube laid under the floor. The variable siphon tube has one end connected to the bowl through a bellows tube and an opposite freely movable open end communicating with the interior of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: H & G. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-In Lee, Bong-Kyun Lim
  • Publication number: 20110289669
    Abstract: A toilet has a vacuum source (42) that applies a vacuum to a trapway (14) at the beginning of a flushing to immediately flush the toilet bowl (12). As a result, water from the water tunnel 26 and the toilet bowl top channel 28 flow into the bowl after the flushing to create a large water spot (98) in the toilet bowl. A low water flush (e.g. 1½ liters to flush urine) can be obtained by not letting water flow out of a secondary volume (61) that lies outside a divider (140) in an isolator (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Philip Hennessy
  • Publication number: 20110004990
    Abstract: Toilet Flushing system using compressed air (1) is thoroughly automated, run by a PLC, operable just by the pressing of a single button, self-cleaning, which saves water for the waste expel from the toilets as well as working force and chemical products for cleaning them, which uses compressed air for expelling the waste and contaminated waters in replacement for the great amount of water submitted to the gravity force and is operated in expel-replacement cycles of the toilet hydro seal, object of this patent, is consisted of the most effective and radical devices that save the toilets flushing water. As the waste expelling and the hydro seal replacement in the conventional toilets can only be performed by the jet of a large amount of water, they are fundamentally great wasters of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Jair Scherrer Leitao
  • Patent number: 7594282
    Abstract: A pipe work 10 provided with a cleaning control valve V1 is connected to a rim 3 of a toilet main body 1 in a hygienic western-style toilet facility provided with an ejector inhaling and discharging air from a water-discharge channel where there is no possibility for odors and filthy water to be supplied to a toilet bowl in cleaning operation. A branch pipe 11 is branched from more upstream side than the cleaning control valve V1 of the water-supply pipe 10, and is connected to the ejector 20 through a U-shaped pipe 12 and an ejector water-supply valve V2. A discharge outlet of water of the ejector 20 is connected to a second water-discharge channel 7 through a pipe work 13. One end of a negative pressure transmission channel 21 is connected to an air suction inlet 20a provided at a throat portion of the ejector 20. The other end of the negative pressure transmission channel 21 is connected to an upper end 5a of a rising portion of a first water-discharge channel 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Inax Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Shirai
  • Patent number: 7159251
    Abstract: A water saver toilet that produces a larger water spot (122) in the toilet bowl (12) and a better flushing, and that enables partial and full flushing. A trapway (14) that extends from the toilet bowl outlet to a drain (16), has upper and lower traps (30, 32) and a trapway passage (34) that extends between and into the traps. The lower trap is constructed to be sealed by water therein prior to each flushing, and a pressured air source (98) applies pressured air to the trapway prior to a flushing. The pressured air in the trapway pushes some upper trap water into the toilet bowl to increase the water spot therein. A first container (40) lies in the water tank, and the water therein can be flushed down from the first container though a coupling region (80) and though a flush valve (24), for a partial flushing. A full flushing is achieved by opening a second valve (62) to pass water lying in the tank around and above the first container, and through the coupling region and the flush valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Philip Hennessy
  • Patent number: 6651266
    Abstract: A toilet flushing method causes high-pressure flush water, provided by a flow pipe, to spray along the baffle in the bottom of the trap of a toilet bowl and causes the flush water used for washing the toilet bowl to spray into the toilet bowl. The high-pressure flush water discharges the egesta with water in order to supply sealing water to the trap. A toilet, which uses components for improving the prior art toilet, carries out the flushing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignees: Beijing Zhonglian Huan-Jietong, Water-Saving Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Liu, Bing Hua Chen, Sili He
  • Patent number: 6131211
    Abstract: A vacuum assist toilet provides an efficient flushing in a tank of relatively low height. A container assembly (36) includes a largely sealed container (34) that lies within the tank (12) to hold water that is dispensed in a flushing so as to create a vacuum at the top of the tank for application to the toilet bowl outlet. The flush valve (40) lies within the container, and the lower portion of the container is isolated from tank water surrounding the container, so water used during a flushing is obtained primarily by the outflow of water within the container and through a valve seat at the bottom of the container. A baffle (130) largely surrounds the region containing the flush valve, to produce an earlier dosing of the flush valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: FluidMaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Hennessey
  • Patent number: 5926860
    Abstract: A vacuum assist toilet provides an efficient flushing in a tank of relatively low height. A container assembly (36) includes a largely sealed container (34) that lies within the tank (12) to hold water that is dispensed in a flushing so as to create a vacuum at the top of the tank for application to the toilet bowl outlet. The flush valve (40) lies within the container, and the lower portion of the container is isolated from tank water surrounding the container, so water used during a flushing is obtained primarily by the outflow of water within the container and through a valve seat at the bottom of the container. A baffle (130) largely surrounds the region containing the flush valve, to produce an earlier closing of the flush valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Fluidmaster
    Inventors: Mark Stauder, Myron Joseph Ament, Glen Bolton, Arnold Hennessey
  • Patent number: 5694652
    Abstract: The invention provides a toilet flushing system comprising a water reservoir provided with a water inlet, and a water outlet for directing water into or towards an associated toilet bowl; a discharge chamber communicating with the discharge outlet of the toilet bowl, the discharge chamber having at a downstream location thereof an exit opening provided with closure means; and air conduit extending between an upper end of the water reservoir and the discharge chamber such that reductions in air pressure within the upper end of the water reservoir caused by a fall in water level in the water reservoir are transmitted to the discharge chamber to produce temporarily a partial vacuum therein thereby to draw water from the toilet bowl through the discharge chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Michael John Stock
    Inventors: Michael John Stock, Christopher John Richmond
  • Patent number: 5579542
    Abstract: A tank type toilet has a water saving, vacuum-assisted flushing system that incorporates a diverter valve disposed in the tank portion of the toilet. During the flushing of the toilet, pressurized water is discharged from a ballcock valve assembly in the tank and delivered to the diverter valve which creates from the received water a water jet that is used to create a vacuum area within the diverter valve. The vacuum area is communicated with an uppermost interior portion of the bowl trapway to facilitate a main flushing action in the bowl that requires less flushing water. At the same time, the water jet entrains tank water therein, through water inlet openings in the diverter valve body, and delivers the jet and entrained water to the rim flushing passage of the bowl to augment the vacuum-assisted main flushing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Eljer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Hayman
  • Patent number: 5487193
    Abstract: A water saver toilet is provided, of the type that applies a vacuum to the toilet bowl outlet to assist flushing, which effectively uses the vacuum and which can be of low height. The toilet bowl outlet includes upper and lower trap devices (44, 50 in FIG. 2) connected by a trapway (46), with a vacuum source applied to the trapway during a flushing to pull out water and debris from the toilet bowl. One vacuum source (FIG. 3) includes a largely horizontal diaphragm (76) which separates a water chamber (82) from a vacuum chamber (80). The water chamber is initially filled with water, which is rapidly emptied during flushing, causing the diaphragm to rapidly fall from an upwardly bowed configuration (76) to a downwardly bowed configuration (76A). The vertically moving diaphragm produces a vacuum in the vacuum chamber that is connected to the trapway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Fluidmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5426794
    Abstract: A vacuum assisted toilet is described, of the type wherein the toilet bowl outlet has a lower trap that is open to the passage of air therethrough except during each flushing when a vacuum is applied, which uses the vacuum more effectively. A vacuum source (46, FIG. 3) includes a first container portion (107) that holds water between flushings, with the water released during a flushing and creating a vacuum in a second portion (106) of the container that is coupled through a vacuum conduit (48) to the toilet bowl outlet. Instead of constantly coupling the second portion of the container to the bowl outlet, the second portion of the container is allowed to progressively expand but remain substantially unconnected to the bowl outlet until a predetermined amount of expansion (to 108) when the second portion is suddenly connected through the vacuum conduit (48) to the bowl outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Fluidmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5404597
    Abstract: A vacuum assisted toilet wherein a vacuum is applied between upper and lower traps (40,44 in FIG. 2) of a toilet bowl outlet during a flushing, wherein the lower trap is constructed to more reliably assure that an air passage (64) above a pool of water (52) of the lower trap will quickly close near the beginning of a flushing and will remain open between flushings. The lower trap has a lower wall (50) that holds a pool of water (52) with a pool top (62) of predetermined height (A) between flushings, and has an upper wall (60) spaced above the pool top to form an air passage. The upper wall forms a narrow but tall vent (100, FIG. 4) of the air passage, which assures that the air passage will always be open between flushings, and with the narrow but tall vent being quickly closed by water rapidly flowing therethrough at the beginning of a flushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Fluidmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5386596
    Abstract: A water saver toilet is provided, of the type that applies a vacuum to the toilet bowl outlet to assist flushing, which effectively uses the vacuum. The toilet bowl outlet includes upper and lower trap devices (44, 50 in FIG. 2) connected by a trapway (46), with the lower trap device being initially unobstructed. At the beginning of flushing, the initial water flow causes obstruction of the lower trap device to air flow, and a vacuum is then applied to the trapway to pull out water and debris from the toilet bowl. One toilet (FIG. 5) is of the urinal type, and includes a container (214) lying within a water tank, with the lower end (218) of the container opening to the water tank, and with the upper end (219) of the container connected by a vertical vacuum pipe (221) to the trapway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Fluidmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5142712
    Abstract: A vacuum assisted toilet is described wherein a vacuum is applied to a toilet bowl outlet during flushing, which avoids malfunctions that could allow sewer gas to escape, and which uses flushing water effectively. The toilet bowl outlet includes upper and lower trap devices (40,44, FIG. 5) coupled by a trapway (42), with the lower trap device forming an unobstructed air passage when no water is moving therethrough but which includes a trapping region (64) that completely fills with water and forms an airflow barrier during flushing. The vacuum source includes a container (72, FIG. 1) in the toilet tank, with the container fixed in place in the tank to lie stationary therein, and with an ordinary flush valve (23) lying outside the container, so substantially the only part of the toilet that moves during flushing is the long developed and reliable flush valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Fluidmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Hennessy