Wash Receptacles Patents (Class 4/619)
  • Publication number: 20040025246
    Abstract: A portable hip-bathing device is disclosed, in which the device is made of a vinyl sheet so as to make it possible to carry with it in a folded state, and, in using it, air is blown into it to form a shape of the hip-bathing device and to contain water so as to do a hip-bathing, as well as preventing any water overflow. The portable hip-bathing device is capable of being folded to be carried with, and is capable of receiving the air to form a water containing part. Further, a horizontal flat part is formed on a wall of a supporting part. Further a plurality of water discharge holes are formed on the flat part to prevent bathing water from coming up above the flat part when carrying out a hot bathing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Il Ho Song
  • Patent number: 6678902
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a washbasin for babies comprising a main portion shaped as a real washbasin, with a central concavity and a flat peripheral portion surrounding it, intended to serve as rest surface for the main portion on the edge of a bidet or on a special rest stand, and a portion hinged to said main portion so as to allow opening the washbasin for use and closing the washbasin for carrying it like a briefcase. On its inside wall surface, the hinged portion of the main portion is provided with means for attaching a mirror and healthcare products for the baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Foppa Pedretti S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gabriele Adriano
  • Patent number: 6631525
    Abstract: A washing platform has a generally flat upper work surface. A spout is located adjacent the washing platform and provides a stream of fluid which impinges the work surface. The bowl can be removably placed on the washing platform to receive water from the spout. The bowl has an aperture through the bottom and a gasket which is attached to an exterior surface of the bowl around the aperture. When the bowl is placed on the work surface, the gasket provides a seal that inhibits flow of fluid there between until a user lifts the bowl to drain the water there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: James M. Piatt, William F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6618874
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is first a waste (10) for a washbasin (3) of a washstand (1) with a slot-shaped runout (6) with a channel-shaped trough (20) with a connecting branch (21) for connection to a drain pipe and second a washstand (1), wherein the basin (3) is formed by a rear wall (5) oriented approximately normal to the upper side of the washstand (1) and by a bottom (4) that extends angularly from the upper side and is oriented toward the rear wall (5), a slot-shaped runout (6) being formed between rear wall (5) and bottom (4) , and wherein the slot-shaped runout (6) is provided with a channel-shaped trough (20) according to one or several features of the claims 1 through 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Gerloff
  • Patent number: 6618873
    Abstract: A waste disposer assist tool for automatically feeding waste food contained within the housing of a standard kitchen electric food disposer and for spraying liquid soap. The tool includes a hollow handle and a piston which screw together through a central hole of a flexible plunger. The plunger is held between respective flanges ofthe handle and the piston with the piston slightly protruding from within the plunger. The tool is positioned over the opening of the sink above the garbage disposer with the piston fitted within and in a substantially air-tight seal with the interior of the housing of the disposer unit. The plunger fits in a substantially air-tight seal against the bottom interior of the sink. The slight vacuum created by the outflow of ground food waste and water by the garbage disposer blades below the piston causes the higher ambient pressure against the upper side of the plunger to force the piston downward against he waste food in an automatic feed fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventors: Brian Mulgrew, Michael M. Anthony
  • Patent number: 6611972
    Abstract: A sink comprising 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. Another embodiment comprises a sink assembly including 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: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Spang & Company
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Peter C. Hill
  • Patent number: 6609257
    Abstract: A basin generally for use in health-care industries for debridement and/or irrigation of wound areas. The basin is best used for treatment of wounds on extremities and comprises a stable basin having contoured seats on opposing side walls and a filtering device to prevent clogging of the drainage hole and tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Fiore Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. O'Geary
  • Patent number: 6591434
    Abstract: A sink, and a method of reducing vibration and resulting noise of such sinks, are disclosed. The sink includes a basin, a drain and first and second pads. The basin has a bottom wall, side walls, and inner and outer surfaces of such walls. The drain is in the bottom of the basin, and first and second regions are defined between the drain orifice and the first and second sides, respectively. The pads are attached to the bottom and a side wall, in each case proximate respective midpoints of open regions thereon. The pads are a laminate of a rubber-like material and metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Christopher M. De Cleene, Mark A. Romo
  • Patent number: 6574805
    Abstract: A collapsible sink device includes a collapsible frame movable between an extended position and a collapsed position and a sink detachably mounted on the collapsible frame. The collapsible frame includes four legs and two foldable plank assemblies each including two planks each pivotally connected with one of the legs so that the foldable plank assemblies are parallel to each other in the extended position and that the planks of each of the foldable plank assemblies overlap in the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Publication number: 20030088913
    Abstract: A sink comprising 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. Another embodiment comprises a sink assembly including 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: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Peter C. Hill
  • Publication number: 20030079281
    Abstract: A washing platform has a generally flat upper work surface. A spout is located adjacent the washing platform and provides a stream of fluid which impinges the work surface. The bowl can be removably placed on the washing platform to receive water from the spout. The bowl has an aperture through the bottom and a gasket which is attached to an exterior surface of the bowl around the aperture. When the bowl is placed on the work surface, the gasket provides a seal that inhibits flow of fluid there between until a user lifts the bowl to drain the water there from.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: James M. Piatt, William F. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6548162
    Abstract: Sanitary wares having a controlled surface are disclosed which are less likely to be stained or soiled and/or possess excellent gloss. The first sanitary ware comprises a sanitary ware body and a surface glaze layer provided on the sanitary ware body, wherein the surface glaze layer has a center line average roughness Ra of less than 0.07 &mgr;m. This sanitary ware is advantageous in that stains or soils are much less likely to be adhered to the surface thereof and, even when adhered to the surface thereof, can be removed by a weak water stream. The second sanitary ware comprises a sanitary ware body and a surface glaze layer provided on the sanitary ware body, wherein the surface glaze layer has a kurtosis Rku of less than 2.70. This sanitary ware advantageously possesses excellent surface gloss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    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: 20030046758
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is first a waste (10) for a washbasin (3) of a washstand (1) with a slot-shaped runout (6) with a channel-shaped trough (20) with a connecting branch (21) for connection to a drain pipe and second a washstand (1), wherein the basin (3) is formed by a rear wall (5) oriented approximately normal to the upper side of the washstand (1) and by a bottom (4) that extends angularly from the upper side and is oriented toward the rear wall (5), a slot-shaped runout (6) being formed between rear wall (5) and bottom (4), and wherein the slot-shaped runout (6) is provided with a channel-shaped trough (20) according to one or several features of the claims 1 through 9.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Gerloff
  • Publication number: 20030033669
    Abstract: A hand washing apparatus has a hand washing bowl (30) mounted when in use at a suitable height for washing the hands. The bowl (30) and its cover are reconfigurable between a hand washing position and an inactive position. The hand washing apparatus includes controls for reconfiguring the bowl and its cover between a hand washing position and an inactive position, a dispenser (34) for dispensing water over the hands in the bowl and a dispenser (34) for dispensing soap over the hands in the bowl. Also disclosed is a method of cleaning the hands using such apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Applicant: Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre
    Inventor: Geoffrey Roy Fernie
  • Publication number: 20020184704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable sink with a lid that is capable of being connected to an existing water supply, such as an outdoor hose or faucet, such that running water can be provided inside the sink in an outdoor environment. The sink preferably has features that make it easy to use in any outdoor environment, such as folding legs, an adjustable spigot, a spray nozzle, a storage drawer, a shelf, a large drain, a funnel, a strainer for the drain, cutting boards, baskets, etc. The lid also enables the sink to be used as a container for storing items during travel. In this respect, the sink can be made of an insulating material so that it can double as an ice chest when desired. A pressurized water tank can be provided which is preferably sized to fit inside the sink and adapted to supply water where no other water supply is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Gregory Stuart Cawthon
  • Patent number: 6481983
    Abstract: A handless or footless operation of an electrical automatic water flow control apparatus for turning water on and off without touching the faucet lever of a faucet. The electrical water flow control apparatus is installed in line between the water shutoff valves from the wall and the water supply lines that descend from a faucet. The flow control apparatus includes a housing which houses a pair of solenoid operated valves. Each solenoid operated valve has an inlet port and an outlet port, where the ports are protruding through a wall of the housing. The inlet ports are connected to the hot and cold water shutoff valves by flexible hoses. The outlet ports are connected to the water supply lines from the faucet by flexible hoses. The electrical flow control apparatus further comprises an elongated bar switch actuator and a transformer which supplies power to the solenoid operated valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Gerald W. Miller
  • Patent number: 6453487
    Abstract: A field sanitation unit provides multiple compartments forming separate sinks. The multiple compartments are heated via a channel located on the underside of the trough, having at one end thereof a firebox. The firebox receives a flame tube from a burner, and supplies hot gases through the firebox to a channel running the length of the trough. By providing baffles within the channel, it is possible to redirect the hot gases laterally, thereby controlling the temperature of each sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Robert S. Babington
  • Patent number: 6427259
    Abstract: The invention is a portable sink with a lid that is capable of being connected to an existing water supply, such as an outdoor hose or faucet, such that running water can be provided inside the sink in an outdoor environment. The sink preferably has features that make it easy to use in any outdoor environment, such as folding legs, an adjustable spigot, a spray nozzle, a storage drawer, a shelf, a large drain, a funnel, a strainer for the drain, cutting boards, baskets, etc. The lid also enables the sink to be used as a container for storing items during travel. In this respect, the sink can be made of an insulating material so that it can double as an ice chest when desired. A pressurized water tank can be provided which is preferably sized to fit inside the sink and adapted to supply water where no other water supply is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Cawthon Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Stuart Cawthon
  • Patent number: 6405388
    Abstract: A wash sink and drained area assembly and method of construction comprise a wash sink assembled in immediate and lateral proximity to an enclosable and drained floor area with racks provided for drying items and a retractable curtain across the front edge of the drained area, the assembly formed as a single unit suitable for installation in a residential utility room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Jed H. Brown
  • Patent number: 6401274
    Abstract: A central steel column serves as a core module for a portable washstand. The column extends upwardly from a horizontal foot, and has foot pumps which communicate with a water intake tube and with water spouts. In addition, the central column has fasteners, such as adjustable bands, for connecting fresh and waste water receptacles to the column. A yoke may have pins which extend into the rims of the receptacles to connect them to the column. The receptacles may be conventional cylindrical drums, which support a molded plastic countertop with washbasins positioned beneath the spouts. For decorative purposes, a molded front panel extends between the countertop and the base, and together with a sheet rear panel encloses the two drums. Paper towel and soap dispensers may be connected to the central column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Wilbert, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry F. Brown
  • Publication number: 20020050006
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method effectively preventing infection, and provides a fluid supply apparatus capable of being preferably used for the system. A fluid supply apparatus is disposed near a doorway of a hall of an ordinary household. The fluid supply apparatus includes a water supply function by means of a water supply nozzle, a gargle discharge function by means of a gargle nozzle, a disinfectant discharge function by means of a disinfectant nozzle, and a sink. A body detection sensor for detecting a human body who enters a room is provided above the doorway. When the body detection sensor detected a body, a voice output apparatus outputs a voice recommending to gargle and wash hand to this person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Inventor: Ichiro Saraya
  • Patent number: 6305663
    Abstract: A handless or footless operation of an electrical automatic water flow control apparatus for turning water on and off without touching the faucet lever of a faucet. The electrical water flow control apparatus is installed in line between the water shutoff valves from the wall and the water supply lines that descend from a faucet. The flow control apparatus includes a housing which houses a pair of solenoid operated valves. Each solenoid operated valve has an inlet port and an outlet port, where the ports are protruding through a wall of the housing. The inlet ports are connected to the hot and cold water shutoff valves by flexible hoses. The outlet ports are connected to the water supply lines from the faucet by flexible hoses. The electrical flow control apparatus further comprises an elongated bar switch actuator and a transformer which supplies power to the solenoid operated valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Gerald W. Miller
  • Patent number: 6298502
    Abstract: A central steel column serves as a core module for a portable washstand. The column extends upwardly from a horizontal foot, and has foot pumps which communicate with a water intake tube and with water spigots. In addition, the central column has fasteners, such as adjustable bands, for connecting fresh and waste water receptacles to the column. The receptacles may be conventional cylindrical drums, which support a molded plastic countertop with washbasins positioned beneath the spigots. For decorative purposes, a molded front panel extends between the countertop and the base, and together with a sheet rear panel encloses the two drums. Paper towel and soap dispensers may be connected to the central column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Alltrista Corporation
    Inventor: Henry F. Brown
  • Patent number: 6289530
    Abstract: A jetted laundry/utility/kitchen sink provided with a plurality of water/air jets that introduce a pressurized flow of water/air into the interior of the sink. A motor/pump unit takes water from the interior of the sink, pressurizes the water, and returns the pressurized water to the interior of the sink via the nozzles. A flow diverting formation having a flow re-directing surface assists the nozzles in establishing a sustained circulation pattern within the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Mr. Tubs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Miller, Jeff C. Henry, Katherine R. Adams
  • Patent number: 6212707
    Abstract: A bowed front bathroom vanity system is supported by a frame having a back and two side elements. A support substrate is supported by the three frame elements, and defines a hole for the sink and plumbing connections. A bowed front apron support bracket provides upper and lower rails connected by a plurality of support stanchions. The upper rail is carried by a recessed front edge defined on the support substrate. A bowed front apron and left and right apron wings, are typically made of stone or similar material, and are carried by the bowed front apron support bracket. A vanity surface is carried by the upper surface of the support substrate, and a back splash and opposed side splashes are carried by the vanity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventors: Terry M. Thompson, Michael Zukun Ni
  • Patent number: 6173458
    Abstract: A portable sink having a sink module and a hot and cold water outlet connected to a spigot and a used water outlet from said sink connected to a cabinet mounted on wheels having at least one door to access the interior thereof. At least one tank for fresh water and a reservoir for used water is mounted in the cabinet. An electrical connection for powering a pump and a heater connected to the outlet of the pump has an outlet connected to the hot water outlet and a connection from the pump to the cold water outlet. A hammer arrester diminishes line surges and fluidic pounding from the pump, and a flow check valve prevents back flow to the fresh water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Larry D. Maddux
  • Patent number: 6154895
    Abstract: A decorative sink apron with curved corners. The exposed portion of the apron has brackets attached thereto and a decorative cover is secured to the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen G. Pisklak
  • Patent number: 6131929
    Abstract: A portable, modular service cart that is readily converted to a refreshment center, game table or vanity is disclosed. The cart generally comprises a mobile unit having a horizontal tray and legs extending downward from corners thereof. The legs have casters located at lower ends thereof and comprise telescoping members for permitting adjustment of tray height. The tray has an upper surface with a sink and multiple wells provided therein, with some or all of the wells being removable and/or refrigerated. A collapsible faucet extends beyond the upper surface of the counter and includes a first end that extends over the sink and a second end that rests beneath the upper surface of the counter and is coupled to a water supply line. The water supply line is connected at an opposite end to a continuous, endless water source such as an outdoor faucet or spigot. A water filtering system is preferably secured to one of the legs of the mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Reginald J. Haley
  • Patent number: 6076202
    Abstract: A shampoo sink system that includes an adjustable base assembly including an anti-tip wall attachment structure that includes an exterior sink structure having a liner structure with an emptying trough hingedly attached thereto. The liner structure is emptied by pivoting the liner at the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: M. Olene Lockwood
  • Patent number: 6058523
    Abstract: An insulated bed bath construction 10 including a thermally insulated dual reservoir basin member 20 which cooperates with a main lid member 30 having a pair of apertures 32, 33 which are alignable with the pair of liquid reservoirs 24, 25 and wherein each of the apertures 32, 33 is provided with a closure unit 13 adapted to sealingly engage the respective apertures 32, 33 to minimize thermal losses from one reservoir 24 when the other reservoir 25 is being accessed through its aligned aperture 33 during the bathing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Renee Sleboda
  • Patent number: 6016578
    Abstract: The front wall of this washbasin forms a central recess to receive the surgeon's waist while the bowl forms, on each side of the recess, a pocket which extends down to the bowl bottom. The surgeon's elbows are received within the pockets while the hands and forearms are being washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Hanna Malouf
  • Patent number: 5924148
    Abstract: An automatic hand washing and drying machine for automatically washing and drying the hands and, optionally, moisturizing the hands. The machine has an enclosed hand washing chamber wherein the housing has a front wall having first and second openings for receiving therethrough the right and left hands of the user. The first and second openings are covered with a first and second flexible rubber gaskets, respectively. The housing further comprises a sloped top wall made of clear and transparent material to allow the user to visually inspect the hand washing and drying processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Stanley E. Flowers, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5915851
    Abstract: A water appliance of a modular construction including a basin module having attachable wing modules, a cabinetry module having cabinet doors to match surrounding kitchen cabinetry or appliances, a utility module for containing water, electrical, and electronic conduits from counter level down to below the basins, a garbage disposer module flow connected to drains of the basin and pre-piped for drainage, and a control module connected to a top of the utility module and quickly connectable to water, electrical, and electronic conduits from the utility module. The control module provides a light for the basin area as well as water dispensing conduits which can be precisely electronically controlled for water delivery, flow rate, quantity, temperature, CO.sub.2 content, purity level, detergent level, etc. A hand held brush extending from the controller module by a flexible hose can be provided and its controls applied onto the control panel of the controller module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Wattrick, Karen L. Wells
  • Patent number: 5881404
    Abstract: An outdoorsman sink including a sink basin having a bottom face with a drain formed therein. A pipe is coupled to a lower surface of the bottom face in communication with the drain. The pipe terminates with a couple for removably connecting with a sewer. The sink basin further includes legs for supporting the sink basin. A faucet is coupled to the sink basin with an associated pipe for removably coupling with a water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Greg E. Knight
  • Patent number: 5870783
    Abstract: A kitchen sink with a frame and at least one basin are prefabricated as separate parts. For the connection between frame and basin(s), one of the two parts has undercut zones and the connection takes place through pressing the other part into an undercut zones mentioned, or into an interference fitting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Niro-Plan AG
    Inventors: Elmar Stoll, Melchior Lanz, Fritz Berchtold, Max Ris, Martin Bolli
  • Patent number: 5869231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sampling kit for obtaining, in a rapid and gentle manner, a defined volume of lacrimal fluid for the purpose of reproducibly determining components of the lacrimal fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Behring Diagnostics GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Romisch, Eckhard Schuler, Klaus Habenstein, Jurgen Lindner
  • Patent number: 5860172
    Abstract: A sink construction for use in a kitchen, bathroom or any other facility in which an attractive sink would be normally installed. The sink construction includes a sink bowl bottom combined with a vertical wall, with the vertical wall and counter top preferably constructed of the same material. The vertical wall includes at least one seam with connection including a tongue and a groove. The vertical wall is connected to the counter top assisted by laterally extending support members beneath the counter top. The sink bowl is secured within a downwardly and inwardly opening recess on the lower inner edge of the vertical wall by a filler material that engages a lateral flange at the top of the sink bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Holm Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 5819335
    Abstract: A washing facility including a receptacle fabricated in sheet material with deck portions. The preferred receptacle has vertical front and rear planar walls joined by an arcuate central wall. The rear wall has an inlet, and the front wall has an overflow and an outlet, the former being visible but the latter being obscured from the front of the facility. A water supply unit on the exterior of the receptacle under the deck includes a nozzle over the inlet, for ejecting water from the inlet in an arcing laminar sheet, and valves connected to the nozzle. Valve control handles are slidably mounted on the deck and connected to the valves through the deck. A water drainage unit on the exterior of the receptacle has a chamber over the overflow and the outlet, stopper slidable between open and closed position, and a drain conduit leading from the chamber. A stopper handle located on the inner surface of the receptacle is attached to the stopper for moving the stopper between its two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Frank J. Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5797150
    Abstract: A method for forming a stainless steel sink bowl having a top edge, a sidewall and a bottom surface interconnected by smooth corner surfaces from a single sheet is provided. The method comprises drawing a stainless steel blank between a first draw die and a first forming die to form a first drawn blank having an unfinished bowl with a length, width and depth which are less than the finished length and width and generating a deformation warmth in the blank at the corner surfaces in proximity to the rim as the first drawn blank is being formed to a temperature of approximately 70.degree. C. to 90.degree. C. The first drawn blank is immediately removed from the first draw die and the first forming die and transferred to a finish draw die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Franke Inc.
    Inventor: Melchior Lanz
  • Patent number: 5715547
    Abstract: A laundry basin that includes a laundry basin body having a plurality of walls secured to a base and a plurality of legs secured to the body. A towel rack, a removable shelf and a removable soap dish are secured to the laundry basin body. The shelf includes a support member having brackets extending upwardly therefrom. The brackets define recesses that are adapted to receive portions of the laundry basin body. The soap dish includes a three-sided structure secured to a perforated bottom wall that defines an open side wall at an open top. The open side wall is positioned adjacent a laundry basin side wall to define an open topped receptacle adapted to receive a bottle of liquid soap. The towel rack is pivotally secured to the laundry basin body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen R. Becker, Michael A. Funari, Donald A. Kubiak, Alex P. Marini
  • Patent number: 5670945
    Abstract: A self-monitoring hand-sanitizing station having a basin capable of holding an antiseptic solution to be situated near the entrance to a food handling area. A first proximity detector determines when an individual is approaching both the basin and the entrance. The basin contains a first moisture-proof switch and a second moisture-proof switch the activation of which switches must be done simultaneously; these switches are so situated that a user cannot accomplish such simultaneous activation with a single hand. A second proximity detector determines when an individual has passed beyond the basin toward the entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Alan R. Applonie
  • Patent number: 5625909
    Abstract: Sanitary appliance (washbasin, bidet, bath, sink, etc . . . ) which comprises a main basin (2) in conjunction with an adjoining chamber (4), but where the basin (2) and the chamber (4) are separated from one another by an at least partially removable wall (3). The water in the basin (2) is in contact with chamber (4) via openings (14). The chamber (4) is provided with a discharge conduit which at the same time forms the overflow (15). Said discharge conduit is a virtually upright pipe (7, 8) which in the open state discharges the water and in the closed state retains the water in the basin. At least a portion of the removable wall (3) is joined to at least a portion of the upright pipe. FIG. 1a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Kurt S. B. Ericson
  • Patent number: 5580621
    Abstract: A polymeric composite structure having a polymeric shell layer with a finish-side and a non-finish side and a cross-linked thermosetting polymeric backing layer and method of manufacturing thereof is provided. The cross-linked thermosetting polymeric backing layer is simultaneously molded to conform to the shape of and bonded directly to essentially the entire non-finish side of the polymeric shell layer. The method includes forming the polymeric shell having a finish-side and non-finish side into a suitable shape, placing the shell into a mold, and introducing an uncured blended mixture of unsaturated thermosetting polymeric backing material and cross-linking promoter into the mold to force the backing material to directly coat the non-finish side of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Karl T. Kuszaj, Ronald D. Barndt, Jeffrey E. Willis
  • Patent number: 5566404
    Abstract: A sink for disabled persons. The sink is designed for use in the kitchen or in the bathroom. It includes at least one wide side ledge adequate for the placement of a faucet assembly, alleviating the problems associated with rear ledge faucet assembly placement. The bottom of the sink is designed to accommodate one in a wheelchair or sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: John Laughton
  • Patent number: 5561871
    Abstract: A sink for disabled persons designed for use in the kitchen or in the bathroom. It includes at least one wide side ledge adequate for the placement of a faucet assembly, alleviating the problems associated with rear ledge faucet assembly placement. The bottom of the sink is designed to accommodate one in a wheelchair or sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: John Laughton
  • Patent number: 5544370
    Abstract: A built-in sink unit with at least one basin, which has first surface areas, such as the bottom of the basin, subject to severe wear during use as well as second surface areas, such as the side walls of the basin, subject to less severe wear during use and in which the first surface areas are provided with a three-dimensional surface structure and the second surface areas are smooth. To ensure that any surface damage in the region of the surface areas subject to severe wear during use does not immediately catch the eye, the built-in sink unit gives the optical impression, when new, of really being a new article and the sink unit can, finally, be cleaned effectively with abrasive means without any disadvantageous optical effects thereby resulting, the surface structure of the first areas is formed by microgrooves at least approximately straight and extending parallel to one another, the surface roughness measured transversely to the longitudinal direction of the microgrooves being greater than 0.1 .mu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Blanco GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans Gotter, Manfred Muck, Thomas Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 5530973
    Abstract: A portable sink for use out-of-doors has inflatable side walls with a sink bottom wall having a holder thereon into which may be placed a heat packet providing a unitary heat source for heating sink contents. The holder may be of a closed cell synthetic material to lessen heat loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: James L. Dodge
  • Patent number: 5526539
    Abstract: A portable washing cart for facilitating washing of hair at a remote location. The inventive device includes a wheeled main body having a plurality of pivotally mounted doors. An interior counter top is mounted within the main body and includes a fixed sink mounted relative to the counter top and a movable sink removably mounted relative to the counter top which can be extended therefrom for placement proximal to a head of an individual residing within an adjacent support structure. A water handling assembly is mounted within the main body for supplying water to the sinks and for collecting waste water drained therefrom such that shampooing of the hair of an individual residing within a bed can be accomplished without moving the individual from the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventors: Lori J. Bower, Dennis L. Bower, Lois A. Monroe, William W. Monroe
  • Patent number: 5522411
    Abstract: A portable hand washing and drying equipment unit comprises a housing having a front hand receiving opening communicating with a central hand compartment. Adjacently above the hand compartment is an upper compartment having a cleansing liquid reservoir with a valve-controlled flow tube for selectively delivering cleansing liquid from the reservoir to the hand compartment, and an electrically powered fan for providing a flow of hand drying air within the hand compartment. The reservoir and fan are supported by a shelf which is slidable into and out of the housing to enable access to such elements. Adjacently below the hand compartment is a lower compartment having a removable waste liquid receptacle therein for temporarily storing used cleansing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: Gloria A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5502848
    Abstract: A portable wash basin stand for use outdoors that uses a common garden hose as a water connection between the stand and the nearest plumbing. The stand has a circular weighted base and four upright posts that support a sink. Arrayed on the upright posts are a number of bayonet mounts that can be used to support a variety of accessories including a garden umbrella, a paper towel dispenser, a paper cup dispenser, a soap dispenser, a working shelf and other useful accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: James P. Cowan