Wash Receptacles Patents (Class 4/619)
  • Patent number: 7855651
    Abstract: A hand hygiene behavior management system capable of monitoring and recording information generated by the operation of dispensers as a method of assessing behavior of a group as an indication of overall hygiene performance. The system generally includes a plurality of wireless communication devices with a first number of the wireless communication devices being disposed within or adjacent dispensers and operatively configured for sensing, monitoring and reporting information about the status and operation of the dispensers. A hierarchal communication network for access to a central host database; a data processor and hygiene management application software operatively configured to create hygiene management reports based upon the monitored dispenser data and a method to provide user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Cognetive Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Claude W. LeBlond, Henry M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 7854030
    Abstract: A utility tub is provided with a sink area having support surfaces for removably supporting a tray. The tray may hold items that are drying. In addition, the utility tub may be provided with an enlarged area for supporting other items, and various accessories such as a towel rack or towel pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: American Shower and Bath
    Inventors: Chia Ying Lee, Victor Hoernig
  • Patent number: 7802327
    Abstract: A portable and compact children's training sink is provided with a main housing having a basin, a drain hole disposed in the basin, and a back splash panel substantially adjacent to, behind, and projecting above the basin. Support legs support the main housing, including at least one front support leg and at least one rear support leg. The front and rear support legs are spaced apart to accommodate and placed over or outside of a household bathtub or shower stall. A reservoir is preferably removably disposed in the back splash panel, and a spigot is in fluid communication with the reservoir and extends over and empties into the basin. When the rear support leg is placed inside a bathtub or shower and the front support leg is placed outside the shower, fluid entering the basin by gravity from the reservoir and through the openable spigot exits via the drain hole and empties into the bathtub or shower or a waste water receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: Judith Moceri, Michael Moceri
  • Publication number: 20100132110
    Abstract: Bimetal laminate structures and an improved method for manufacturing the same are provided herein. In one preferred embodiment, the laminate structure includes a first constraining layer that is fabricated from a metallic material, such as stainless steel. A second constraining layer that is appreciably thicker than the first is also included. The second constraining layer is fabricated from a different metallic material, such as low-carbon cold rolled steel. An adhesive layer spans between and rigidly bonds the first and second constraining layers. The first and second constraining layers have a thickness ratio, a yield strength ratio, and a springback ratio that are collectively optimized such that the laminate structure can be formed, preferably through a deep drawing operation, to define one or more depressions/basins of a predetermined depth without delaminating or cracking. The adhesion strength of the adhesive layer is also engineered to prevent separation of the two constraining layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: MATERIAL SCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventor: James R. Schwaegler
  • Publication number: 20100132112
    Abstract: A lavatory system is provided that includes a first wash station having a first fluid dispensing fixture and a first drain, a second wash station having a second fluid dispensing fixture and a second drain, a support structure extending between the first wash station and the second wash station and at least one array of photovoltaic cells supported at the support structure. The at least one array of photovoltaic cells is configured to provide power for operating both the first fluid dispensing fixture and the second fluid dispensing fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, John Loberger, Brendan Doorhy, Joseph Mazza, Brian Gaza, Donald O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20100125945
    Abstract: A one-piece bowl including an open top, a bottom opening, a rim portion, an interior space and a plurality of cavities is provided. The rim portion substantially surrounds the bowl near the open top, and an inner channel is formed along and within the rim portion. The interior space is substantially defined by an interior surface, the open top and the bottom opening. The plurality of cavities extends from the inner channel to the interior space. The inner channel and the cavities are configured to pass fluid from an outer fluid source to the interior space. A mold assembly and a method for forming a one-piece greenware piece for the bowl are also provided. The mold assembly includes a top mold component and a bottom mold component that are configured to mate and thereby form a reservoir substantially defining the bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: DOMETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Hashem, Gerald James ST.Louis, Stanley Andrews
  • Patent number: 7698770
    Abstract: A system is provided for providing automated washing for debris removal from the skin of a user's hands. At least some embodiments of the present include a friction enhancing structure such as a brush. In at least one embodiment of the invention, the system includes an RFID capability for identifying when at least one component, such as a removable brush, is due to for replacement for sanitation reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Resurgent Health & Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Paul R. Barnhill, James Glenn, Timothy Prodanovich
  • Publication number: 20100077547
    Abstract: Stainless steel sinks are disclosed which have a chrome surface coating layer. In one highly preferred form the layer is electroplated in a non-uniform manner such that high wear areas automatically receive an extra thickness of the chrome. The layer improves stain resistance and scratch resistance well beyond what conventional chromium mixed throughout the stainless steel itself will do. Processes for applying the layer are also described, as are the effects of different brushing finishes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Nathan F. Tortorella, Christopher T. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20100025609
    Abstract: A mount for a device, such as a faucet controller or valve actuator assembly for mounting the device to a sink or basin having carrier arm mounting holes. A valve actuator assembly for operating a valve for a sink or basin and operable with a push pad, the valve actuator assembly having a housing mountable to the sink or basin, the housing supporting a shaft and a valve, the shaft rotatable between a normal at rest position and a valve operating position, a rocker operably connected with a shaft, for rotation with the shaft, the rocker having an extent for operably urging a member supporting the valve when the shaft in is the valve operating position, and a push pad mechanism operably connected with the shaft and the push pad to selectively activate the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Tapmaster Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter A. Pubben, Gregory Vincent Browne, Scott Phillips, Chris Denny
  • Publication number: 20090260152
    Abstract: A moldable paper pulp composition comprising an aqueous suspension of a base material comprising paper particles and a detergent resistant binding agent for the paper particles, in an intimate and substantially homogenous mix. Also provided are articles molded from the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: VERNACARE LIMITED
    Inventor: Lesley Webster
  • Publication number: 20090193577
    Abstract: A universal face wash and care station for an easy and effective washing of user's face and/or scalp without need for special accommodations and preparation. One of the key features of the invention is providing a comfortable and/or ergonomically neutral user posture, such as standing upright or sitting when using the device. Another key feature is providing a hand-free face and/or scalp washing and care without preliminary preparation, such as undressing and preliminary washing of hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Nikolai Eiteneer, Boris Eiteneer
  • Publication number: 20090139023
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a basin or sink attachment device, basin or sink panel device, and a basin or sink. The basin or sink attachment device includes a plurality of item holders, an arm and a sink mount. The basin or sink panel device includes a sink mount and a plurality of panel. The basin or sink includes at least one an arm engager coupled to at least one of its side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: TALERICO CORPORATION
    Inventor: James E. Talerico
  • Publication number: 20090113619
    Abstract: A dual spout-type faucet with controllable conventional-flow and mister-flow rates is provided. In a first mode, one or more mister elements, or apertures having mister-like openings, are co-located proximate to a spout outlet, wherein water flow rates to the mister elements (or openings) and spout outlet are both controllable by one or more valve controllers accessible to a user. In a second mode, one or more mister elements, or apertures having mister-like openings, are co-axially located in a spout outlet wherein water flow rates to the mister elements (or openings) and spout outlet are both controllable by one or more valve controllers accessible to a user. In another embodiment the apparatus may be handheld and positionable and equipped to dispense soap or a cleaning solution optionally including attachable scrubbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Clyde L. Tichenor, Darrell Jay Metcalf
  • Publication number: 20090094738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a glass or glass-ceramic washbasin. The inventive washbasin is characterized in that it essentially comprises at least one part (1) which forms a water receptacle and which is made from glass or glass-ceramic and at least one part (2) which prevents the water from flowing from the first part (1). In addition, the assembly is provided with a water drain hole (3). The aforementioned first part (1) is equipped with a groove (2?) for receiving the lower edge of the second part (2) and said two parts (1 and 2) are assembled by means of a glue that is injected into the base of the groove (2?) prior to assembly. The invention is particularly suitable for household equipment, such as washbasins that are made from glass or glass-ceramic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Bertrand Epp, Serge Dezorzi
  • Publication number: 20090083906
    Abstract: The invention provides a mixing faucet system for an aircraft capable of minimizing as much as possible the size of the portion visible to the user, to thereby enhance the design flexibility of the wash basin and the lavatory including the wash basin. A mixing faucet system 1 for an aircraft comprises a discharge unit 2 of hot and cold water disposed on the wash basin in a lavatory of an aircraft, and a supply unit 3 separated from the discharge unit 2 and provided at a remote location from the wash basin for supplying to the discharge unit 2 through a hose 4 cold water and hot water either independently or in a mixed state. The discharge unit 2 is not equipped with a mixing function, and the supply unit 3 provided with the mixing function can be placed at a position remote from the discharge unit 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi KURITA
  • Publication number: 20090077736
    Abstract: A lavatory system is disclosed to include one or more integrated hand washing stations. Each hand washing station includes a basin, a faucet, a solenoid valve configured to control water flow to the faucet, and a electric hand dryer located adjacent the basin and the faucet so that the user of the washing station may use the faucet and the electric hand dryer without leaving the washing station. The electric hand dryer preferably includes an outlet to direct air across the associated basin so that any water that drips from the user's hands will fall within the basin. A control system may be provided to control activation of the fixtures such as the solenoid valve, the electric hand dryer, and/or soap dispenser. The control system may be configured, for example, to inhibit simultaneous activation of the solenoid valve and the hand dryer. A photovoltaic system may be provided to provide power to one or more of electrical fixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: John M. Loberger, Jason M. Renner, Jeffery S. Jaworski, Mark A. Thielke, Mark A. Meyer, Kevin M. Kohlwey, Douglas Carpiaux, Daniel J. De Lay, Glenn T. Walters, Richard Walters, Jon W. Hauser, II
  • Patent number: 7461419
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system for a sink comprises a basin having a multiplicity of perforations located therein in an irregular pattern, a faucet assembly in fluid communication with a source of the liquid and with a first plurality of the perforations, and a drain assembly in fluid communication with a second plurality of the perforations and with a third plurality of the perforations, the drain assembly allowing egress of the liquid from the basin through the third plurality of the perforations and being selectively operable to allow egress of the liquid from the basin through the second plurality of the perforations. Upon selective activation of the faucet assembly, the liquid is introduced into the interior of the basin from all sides in a plurality of independent streams that converge toward and intersect with one another in the air above the basin to form a pleasing, dome-shaped display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Victoria Milne
  • Patent number: 7443305
    Abstract: An identification badge worn by an individual is sensed when that individual enters a lavatory. The individual is also provided with an indication device which is worn on or about the hands. Inside the lavatory, there is also provided a hand cleaning station which includes a sensor that determines whether the indicating device is in close proximity and dispenses soap on the individual's hands, then provides an appropriate indication to a computer system. Should the badge sensor sense the individual's departure from the lavatory without an appropriate indication being generated by the indicator sensor, a warning signal is generated, which is sent to the computer system and to an appropriate officer, who can then address the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Vincent L. Verdiramo
  • Publication number: 20080178381
    Abstract: A natural stone basin is supported by drilling one or more cavities and inserting legs into the cavities. The legs support the weight of the basin and give the basin a unique aesthetic appearance. The legs stabilize the natural stone basin when positioned at a selected angle, so the basin can serve as a sink or fire pit, or the basin can also be tilted as part of a cascade fountain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Vol Haye Montgomery, Donne L. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 7331070
    Abstract: A portable sink includes first and second storage tanks for storing clean and dirty water respectively and a concave basin between the two tanks. The sink also includes a plastic base member that supports the clean water tank above and to one side of the base and the second tank below the concave basin. A normally closed one-way depressible valve connects the basin and the second storage tank for allowing water to drain into the second tank by gravity and from preventing dirty water from being returned to the basin. The valve also includes a circular plug with an upwardly extending skirt and a coil spring within the skirt for biasing the valve into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Aref Ghareeb Al-Anezi
  • Patent number: 7278176
    Abstract: Polymeric plumbing fixtures such as sinks, lavatories and tubs are disclosed that comprise a thermoformed or molded interior shell having a top side with a relatively smooth, polymeric surface; a polymeric reinforcing layer bonded to the underside of the shell; and a thermoformed or polymeric cap nestably engageable with the underside of the reinforced shell. The cap cooperates with the shell to encapsulate the reinforcing layer and the reinforcing layer bonds the cap the shell to form a unitary structure. The polymeric cap thereby provides an attractive, finished surface on the underside of the resultant fixture. The structural configuration disclosed herein is particularly preferred for use in making kitchen sinks. A method for making the subject fixtures is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Clarke Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Don H. Clarke
  • Patent number: 7228574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wash basin (2) for rinsing or washing hair of the head, comprising an illuminating device (3) having a plurality of light projectors (5) for illuminating an inner region (14) of the wash basin (2). Said wash basin (2) consists of a light permeable material (4), the light projectors (5) of the illuminating device (3) being arranged outside the wash basin (2) in such a way that at least one partial region (11) of an outer side (6) of the wash basin (2) can be subjected to light (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventors: Lars Hansen, Ingo Irmler
  • Patent number: 7162788
    Abstract: A non-welded field joint for connecting two portions of a pot and pan washing machine together as a single unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Metcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: John Inch, John W. Cantrell, Mark Churchill, Dave Stockdale
  • Patent number: 7159252
    Abstract: A sink may include a basin and a faucet assembly foldably mounted relative to the basin. The faucet assembly is rotatable between an upright position wherein the faucet assembly protrudes out from the basin and a folded position wherein the faucet assembly is received within the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Today's Gear, Inc.
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Peter C. Hill
  • Patent number: 7155759
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system for a sink comprises a basin having a plurality of perforations located therein in an irregular pattern, and a faucet assembly in fluid communication with said a source of liquid and with said perforations. Upon selective activation of said faucet assembly, the liquid is introduced into the interior of the basin from all sides in a plurality of independent streams that converge toward and intersect with one another in the air above the basin to form a pleasing, dome-shaped display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Victoria Milne
  • Patent number: 7039963
    Abstract: A lavatory system configured to accommodate a first person and a second person having different physical abilities than the first person is disclosed. The lavatory system includes a first station having a first upper surface and a second station having a second upper surface. The first upper surface is laterally and vertically offset from the second upper surface so that the first station is configured to accommodate the physical abilities of the first person and the second station is configured to accommodate the physical abilities of the second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Loberger, David H. Roland
  • Patent number: 7000266
    Abstract: A spout directs a stream of water onto an adjacent washing apparatus. The washing apparatus has a body with a first work surface and a drain opening that is connected by a coupling to the waste water system of a building. A second platform is removably positionable on the first work surface and has a second work surface raised from the first work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: James M. Piatt, William F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6957452
    Abstract: An optical coupler for use within a sink assembly comprising a countertop having a countertop bore formed therethrough and a sink basin mounted above the countertop, the basin having a bore co-axial with the countertop bore for receiving the terminal end of a water drain pipe passing up through the countertop to the sink basin. The light coupler includes a light coupler body having a lower portion received through the countertop bore and an upper portion resting on the countertop about the countertop bore. The water drain pipes passes up through a bore formed through the light coupler body, the coupler further having a light-transmissive portion coupling the lower portion with the upper portion. Light from a light source located proximal the lower surface of the light coupler body lower portion is admitted through the lower surface and transmitted up through the light coupler body and out the upper surface to the sink basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: O'Ryan Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Grant
  • Patent number: 6938283
    Abstract: A sink and faucet support assembly includes a housing that has a bottom wall, a top wall and a peripheral wall attached to and extending between the top and bottom walls. The peripheral wall includes a front wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. A back side of the housing is open. The top wall has an opening extending therethrough. A sink apparatus includes a bowl portion and a base that has a shape adapted for being positioned in the opening. The bowl portion has a drain opening therein extending through the base. A ledge is attached to an upper edge of the bowl portion. A faucet apparatus is mounted on the ledge. A water supply is fluidly coupled to the ledge. A drainpipe extends into the housing through the back side and is fluidly coupled to the drain opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Graciela Martinez
  • Patent number: 6938282
    Abstract: A tableware washing apparatus is adapted to allow garbage deposited to tableware to be washed off by washing water injected toward the inside of a shower sink, and the garbage dropped into the inside of the shower sink to be washed out with the washing water. A cross-sectional shape of the shower sink includes a bottom wall having a large curvature, a first sidewall rising substantially vertically from one of opposite ends of the bottom wall, and a second sidewall rising from the other end of the bottom wall and having a curvature smaller than that of the bottom wall. A sectional area of a flow path at the bottom wall is small, as compared with a shower sink having a quadrilateral section or a circular section. Therefore, even if the flow rate of the washing water is reduced to save water, the flow speed of the washing water flowing on the bottom wall can be raised to effectively wash out the garbage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6912741
    Abstract: Disclosed is a parabola type aqueduct, which allows water discharged from discharge pipes installed at the top surface of a washstand to fall down to a concave part of the washstand while forming a parabola. The parabola type aqueduct includes: a washstand having a concave part for gathering water to allow a user to use the water, and a drain formed at the bottom of the concave part; a plurality of discharge pipes having a plurality of outlets located at the top surface of the washstand, the discharge pipes allowing water spouting from the outlets to fall down to the concave part of the washstand while forming a parabola; and a plurality of solenoid valves mounted on the discharge pipes respectively for controlling the amount of water spouting through the outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: FEELUX Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shi Youl Noh
  • Patent number: 6886191
    Abstract: A soaking apparatus utilizing a soaking basin and a disposable liner configured to fit within the basin cavity. The basin is comprised of a material layer formed to define an integral floor and a peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The basin floor and peripheral wall together define the boundary of a basin cavity. An elongate protrusion protrudes from the floor into the basin cavity between left and right foot areas. The liner is comprised of a thin (e.g., 3-12 mils) material layer formed to define an integral floor and peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The liner floor and peripheral wall are dimensioned to closely nest within the basin cavity. The liner floor also defines left and right foot areas spaced by a protrusion projecting into the liner cavity. The underside of the liner protrusion forms a concave recess for accommodating the basin floor protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Vladimir Zolotnik
  • Patent number: 6880183
    Abstract: A portable hip-bathing device is made of a vinyl sheet capable of being carried in a folded state, and, in use air is blown into it to form the shape of a hip-bathing device adapted to contain water. In order to prevent overflow a horizontal flat part is formed on a wall of a supporting part and a plurality of water discharge holes are provided in the flat part to prevent bathing water from rising above the flat part when carrying out hip-bathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Il Ho Song
  • Patent number: 6880182
    Abstract: A spa apparatus and method for cleaning the same. The spa apparatus includes a basin for retaining fluid, a removable foot rest plate positioned within the basin, an impeller coupled to the basin, and a motor drivably coupled to the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: European Touch Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Gruenwald
  • Patent number: 6857141
    Abstract: A multi-layered concave basin is formed for mounting in an opening in a wash stand. The basin is made from pliant woven twigs with successive bottom layers of a first clear epoxy, a clear fiber cloth and a second clear epoxy and a top layer of a third clear epoxy to create a basin impervious to water under pressure from a wash basin spigot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventors: Karen R. Jackson, Amy J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 6802090
    Abstract: This lavatory-toilet combination allows the user to immediately recycle hand and other lavatory sink water to flush the toilet or to drain in the traditional manner. Besides choosing flush or drain, the user chooses the amount of water over 1.6 gallons and the temperature of that water. This combination eliminates the toilet tank with it's many parts needing repair and replacement. REFERENCES 1,935,779 21 Nov. 1933 Kemach 2,860,348 18 Nov. 1958 McClenahan 3,588,922 29 Jun. 1971 Carfora 3,995,327  7 Dec. 1976 Hendrick 5,228,152 20 Jul. 1993 Fraley 5,522,096  4 Jun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: Vicki Lee Martin
  • Publication number: 20040194207
    Abstract: A small sink mounted on a stationary swivel is provided which can be used by adults and children in the hygienic practice to prevent the spread of deadly bacteria and viruses. The mini sink is easily swung in an arc to a position in front of the user, then, after use, it can be pushed back into a storage position. Part II of this invention covers public avenues where too, the normally accepted practice of washing hands after cleansing the posterior area of fecal matter and urine and redressing was thought to assure and meet personal sanitary requirements. But sterilizing hand inserts and the miniscrub set new standards for personal hygiene at home and abroad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Calvin Junnie Floyd, Stanley Perkins
  • Patent number: 6799336
    Abstract: A sink support shell apparatus and method of making a sink support shell are provided. The sink support shell apparatus is a shell shaped to be compatible with the sink that is to be placed in the sink support shell. The sink support shell includes a rim for mounting the shell either above or below the countertop level. The shell further includes an overflow/vent channel and stand-off in the base for attaching the shell to the necessary plumbing fixtures to allow for drainage of the water from the sink. The overflow/vent channel is formed in the material of the shell and allows water to flow down the channel to be drained by the attached plumbing fixtures as well as air to be vented to reduce suction noise. The sink support shell is made of high-impact material, such as a metal or hard plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: William D. Freeman
  • Publication number: 20040181870
    Abstract: A drawn blank of metal is provided to define the floor of a subsequently formed commercial sink. A flat strip of metal is folded and welded at the abutting ends to form a peripheral frame which can then be seated on the blank and welded thereto. The peripheral frame may be of any suitable height so as to permit the blank to be used to make sinks of different heights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Richard Bohacik, Stanley Dickerson
  • Publication number: 20040148696
    Abstract: Polymeric plumbing fixtures such as sinks, lavatories and tubs are disclosed that comprise a thermoformed or molded interior shell having a top side with a relatively smooth, polymeric surface; a polymeric reinforcing layer bonded to the underside of the shell; and a thermoformed or polymeric cap nestably engageable with the underside of the reinforced shell. The cap cooperates with the shell to encapsulate the reinforcing layer and the reinforcing layer bonds the cap the shell to form a unitary structure. The polymeric cap thereby provides an attractive, finished surface on the underside of the resultant fixture. The structural configuration disclosed herein is particularly preferred for use in making kitchen sinks. A method for making the subject fixtures is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Don H. Clarke
  • Publication number: 20040148697
    Abstract: A portable wash basin device is disclosed. The device includes a sink for receiving fresh water therein for permitting a user thereof to wash. The sink defines an open top for the reception therein of the fresh water so that the user thereof is permitted to wash therein. A container is disposed adjacent to the sink for containing the fresh water and a pump is operably connected to the container for pumping the fresh water from the container into the sink. A lid is secured to the sink such that when the lid is disposed in an open disposition thereof, access to the sink by the user thereof is permitted and when the lid is disposed in a closed disposition thereof, the lid covers the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Scott Patterson
  • Patent number: 6763533
    Abstract: A coupling system for securing a sink to a drain pipe. The coupling system of the present invention can include a support member and a flange connector. The flange connector can be coupled to the support member about opposite surfaces of a sink. The support member can include both a shoulder and a support surface opposite to the shoulder. The shoulder can be configured to support a sink and a gasket can be positioned thereon or within a recess therein to provide enhanced communication between a sink and the shoulder. The support surface, by comparison, can be configured to rest upon a support surface able to support the sink when coupled to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventors: Robert H. Mayer, Nicole D. Mayer
  • Publication number: 20040103473
    Abstract: A spout directs a stream of water onto an adjacent washing apparatus. The washing apparatus has a body with a first work surface and a drain opening that is connected by a coupling to the waste water system of a building. A second platform is removably positionable on the first work surface and has a second work surface raised from the first work surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: James M. Piatt, William F. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20040083546
    Abstract: A bowl section of a wash-hand basin main body is provided with an overflow edge section of which part is extended upward to form an extension section. The extension section is provided with a cleaning fluid ejection port adapted to eject soapy water or the like for removing dirt and/or bacteria adhered to a user's hands. In this construction, the extension section continuously formed at a section of the overflow edge section of the bowl section functions as a conventional function case and as result, the number of parts and the number of execution man-hours can be reduced. Since a clearance or gap as seen in the prior art is not produced, cleaning efficiency can be improved. A cleaning fluid is filled in a tank, and a cleaning fluid refilling port for refilling the cleaning fluid from the tank is provided on the inner surface of a water receiving section. The cleaning fluid within the tank is supplied to the cleaning fluid ejection port by a pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: Kazuaki Tahara, Yasuhiro Kumamoto, Yoshihiro Yonezawa, Tatsuo Shijo, Junichi Yano, Satoshi Kato
  • Publication number: 20040068790
    Abstract: The invention of the Professional Water Bath is engineered towards the safe use of the culinary technique known as ‘water bathing’ and is directed specifically towards pastry chefs, commercial and private alike, that regularly employ this technique. The concept of the Professional Water Bath is that it limits the risk of transporting oven-hot containers with boiling water and fragile culinary products after baking time is completed. The risk involved with current equipment is that the pans (being horizontal in design and rather shallow) are not stable when filled with water. The improvements with the Professional Water Bath are a liquid release valve that allows water to be drained from the reservoir before removal from the oven and thicker gauge metal to provide stability when transporting culinary products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: James Bradford Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20040040084
    Abstract: A sink may include a basin and a faucet assembly foldably mounted relative to the basin. The faucet assembly is rotatable between an upright position wherein the faucet assembly protrudes out from the basin and a folded position wherein the faucet assembly is received within the basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Peter C. Hill
  • Patent number: 6699606
    Abstract: A sanitary ware comprises a sanitary ware body and a surface glaze layer provided on the sanitary ware body. The surface glaze layer has a center line average roughness Ra of less than 0.07 &mgr;m as measured with a stylus type surface roughness tester according to JIS B 0651-1996.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Machida, Koichi Hayashi, Hirotaka Ishibashi, Tomoyasu Ichiki, Masaaki Ito, Masami Ando, Atsushi Kitamura, Toshihiro Aoshima, Katsuhiro Kawakami, Satoshi Horiuchi, Makoto Hayakawa
  • Publication number: 20040034923
    Abstract: A sink support shell apparatus and method of making a sink support shell are provided. The sink support shell apparatus is a shell shaped to be compatible with the sink that is to be placed in the sink support shell. The sink support shell includes a rim for mounting the shell either above or below the countertop level. The sink sits in the shell and is attached to the shell by a waterproof adhesive, such as silicon glue. The shell further includes an overflow/vent channel and stand-off in the base for attaching the shell to the necessary plumbing fixtures to allow for drainage of the water from the sink. The overflow/vent channel is formed in the material of the shell and allows water to flow down the channel to be drained by the attached plumbing fixtures as well as air to be vented to reduce suction noise. The sink support shell is made of high-impact material, such as a metal or hard plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: William D. Freeman
  • Publication number: 20040034924
    Abstract: A sink assembly may include a sink housing including a conduit rack and a receptacle for a sink with such a foldable faucet assembly. The sink assembly may further include one or more slidable table portions or a pivotable lid for covering the sink when the faucet assembly is in the folded position. A serving cart, a gardening cart and a barbecue station, each including a sink with a foldable faucet assembly and a slidable table portion or pivotable lid for covering the sink when the faucet assembly is in the folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Peter C. Hill
  • Publication number: 20040031095
    Abstract: A tableware washing apparatus is adapted to allow garbage deposited to tableware to be washed off by washing water injected toward the inside of a shower sink, and the garbage dropped into the inside of the shower sink to be washed out with the washing water. A cross-sectional shape of the shower sink includes a bottom wall having a large curvature, a first sidewall rising substantially vertically from one of opposite ends of the bottom wall, and a second sidewall rising from the other end of the bottom wall and having a curvature smaller than that of the bottom wall. A sectional area of a flow path at the bottom wall is small, as compared with a shower sink having a quadrilateral section or a circular section. Therefore, even if the flow rate of the washing water is reduced to save water, the flow speed of the washing water flowing on the bottom wall can be raised to effectively wash out the garbage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Seiji Yamamoto