Abstract: A shaped rigid thermoplastic cradle and leveler for vessels such as sanitaryware is disclosed. The cradle and leveler are separately formed or integrally shaped from a single thermoformed sheet of rigid thermoplastic material. The rigid thermoplastic material has a flexural modulus of at least about 300,000 psi to provide sufficient rigidity in the sidewall of the cradle. The leveler includes an integral floor leveling means for providing a designed pitch so as to conform to the desired pitch of the floor region of the vessel toward the drain hole. The floor region comprises a plurality of tapering, alternating upper and lower contacting regions. Between each adjacent upper contacting region is defined unsupported span regions having the shortest distance between adjacent upper contact regions of not more than 12 inches (30.5 cm). Preferably the shortest distance between adjacent upper contact regions defining the unsupported span is from 2.5 inches to about 6 inches.
January 18, 1994
Date of Patent:
February 27, 1996
The Geon Company
Susan K. Adams, M. Timothy Chernock, Martin Warchola, Martin E. Woods
Abstract: A protective film is placed on acrylic sheet. The film has a polyethylene side and an adherent EVA side; it will survive stressful lamination procedures as well as thermoforming, and can be easily removed from a finished article after thermoforming.
Abstract: A push control faucet handle is provided for a sink having a spout which consists of a housing mounted to the sink. A water control valve is connected to bottom of the housing. The water control valve has a first pipe line connected to a water supply and a second pipe line connected to the spout in the sink. A knob rides within the housing and is adjustably coupled to the water control valve. A device is for biasing the knob to a raised position above a top surface of the sink. The knob can be manually rotated to open and close the water control valve to control the flow of water from the water supply to the spout in the sink. A mechanism is for retaining the knob in a lowered position flush with the top surface of the sink, when the knob is pressed down into the housing and for releasing the knob so it will return to the raised position when the knob is pressed again. When the knob is in the lowered position a young child will have difficulty in reaching and operating the knob.
Abstract: A sink for washing tie-stall dairy farm milk pipeline systems includes a narrow trough at the bottom of the sink. The trough receives the inflations of milking machines placed in the sink for washing. The sides of the trough confine and constrain the inflations so that the machine does not tip over while in the sink. The water level remaining in the sink when the pipeline system is flushed through therefore can be small, leading to water savings of up to 30%. The trough is made from stainless steel sheets, bent to shape; the sides of the sink extend outwards and outwards from the trough at an angle, whereby the sink sides guide the inflations into the trough as the farmer lowers the milking machine into the sink.
Abstract: A parts washer (10) is disclosed in its preferred form including modular components of a base (12), a reservoir (14), a reservoir cover (16), a wash basin (18), and a basin cover (20). The reservoir (14) is slideably received in a receptacle (34) formed in the base (12). The cover (16) is slideably received on the reservoir (14) with a positioning trough (70) of the cover (16) received in a groove (48) in the reservoir (14) and is removably fastened to the reservoir (14) by an expandable plug (114) insertable into and expandable within parallel assembly apertures (50, 68) formed in the reservoir (14) and the cover (16). The wash basin (18) abuts with the cover (16) and includes a depressed center portion having a drain depression formed therein which is slideably received and nestled within a depressed center portion having a drain depression formed in the cover (16) and further includes a positioning trough (88) which is slideably received and nestled within the trough (70) of the cover (16).
Abstract: The support element (10) comprises a concave portion (11) having its concavity facing the vertical wall (3) and arranged define at the front, and at least in part laterally, a shell closed at its rear by the vertical wall (3) to determine a chamber (12), and an electric lamp (20) installed within the chamber (12), the chamber (12) comprising one or more lateral apertures (13) and/or lower apertures (14) which enable the light produced by the electric lamp (20) to escape from the chamber (12).
Abstract: A method of bathing and soaking the perineum of women, including postpartum women, by standing in the shower and directing water from the shown head into an open-topped vessel held between the upper-inner thighs. The related apparatus incorporates dam means to assure that excessive water velocities do not occur.
Abstract: A hand sanitizing wash station including a sink, a soap dispenser located above the sink for supplying soap, a water dispensing faucet located above the sink operated by a solenoid valve, a hot-air dryer located above the sink for supplying hot-air, a first infrared sensor for detecting the proximity of a user, the first sensor being operatively connected to the soap dispenser and the solenoid valve to activate the soap dispenser and the solenoid valve upon detecting the presence of a user, and a second infrared sensor for detecting the presence of a user, the second sensor being operatively connected to the solenoid valve and the hot-air dryer such that the second sensor will deactivate the solenoid valve and will activate the hot-air dryer.
February 11, 1991
Date of Patent:
April 6, 1993
World Dryer, Division of Specialty Equipment Companies, Inc.
Abstract: A remote control wash basin is disclosed having a foot pedal operation. The foot pedal operates a crank to pull a wire cable that operates a lever to open a normally closed push button valve. Depressing the foot pedal latches the valve into the open position where it remains until a release pedal is depressed. The release pedal occupies the portion of the face of the foot pedal and releases the latch to allow the foot pedal to return to its normally non-operational position. The foot pedal operated fluid controlling mechanism can be added to a wash basin cabinet with minimal changes.
Abstract: A coated sanitary fixture having an extended deck with the coating under the deck having areas of reduced thickness of polymeric material.Preferably, the distance from the outer edge of the shell's deck to the outer edge of an area of reduced thickness is about 16% of the length of the deck of the sanitary fixture. In an alternative embodiment, the deck has at least one outermost area of reduced thickness and at least one non-outermost area of reduced thickness. The outermost area is preferably about half the height of the non-outermost area. In another preferred embodiment, the deck includes at least one outermost area of reduced thickness and at least one non-outermost area of reduced thickness. The height of the outermost area varies from a maximum height near the middle of the deck, to a minimum height near the end of the deck.
Abstract: A sink assembly is disclosed that has a separate rim and basin made of different materials. The basin has a flange surrounding a bowl that is exposed under the rim to form an accessible ledge. A glass-filled polyester resin is injected into a mold adjacent the underside of the rim member and the flange. The polyester resin bonds with the rim member and prevents the basin from moving relative to the rim member.
March 30, 1990
Date of Patent:
May 21, 1991
Bruce M. Sauter, Jeffrey F. Tempas, Robert B. Sandman
Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and apparatus for monitoring liquids ischarged intermittently from a discharge receptacle having a siphon. The liquids originate in a facility in which personnel work with open radioactive substances. Measurements are made of the radioactive charge of discharged liquids in the region of the siphon of each discharge receptacle to prevent contamination of the discharge path into the drainage system. If a radioactive limit value of radiation is detected which is above a specific threshold, discharge of the liquid into the drainage network is prevented. The discharge receptacles are then emptied individually and upwardly.
September 8, 1989
Date of Patent:
May 14, 1991
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Wiederaufarbeitung von Kernbrennstoffen mbH
Abstract: A built-in sink comprises separate modules, for example, a sink basin and a drainboard, positively connected with each other. Each module is provided with a joining flange, the flanges being held together by a connecting strip. The modules contain overflow spouts along the common edge therebetween. The spouts face one another and empty into a common drain disposed therebelow.
Abstract: A sanitary fitting and plumbing fixture, such as a sink, bathtub or lavatory, are so arranged such that the actuating lever and spout are disposed in recesses formed in the plumbing fitting, the spout being constructed so that when water is flowing through the fitting, it is discharged from the spout in a waterfall-like fashion.
Abstract: The present invention relates to a sanitary equipment which is provided in a toilet attached to a clean room. The side surface of the body of the sanitary equipment is made almost vertical, and fixation elements for fastening the body of the equipment onto the wall of the toilet do not protrude into the toilet. As a result, air is circulated through the toilet in such a manner that the air flowing down in the toilet is not disturbed.
Abstract: An improved lavatory sink assembly having an overflow duct preferably made of plastic. In a preferred manufacturing process, surface coatings are first applied to the bowl and thereafter adhesives such as a hot-melt glue and a room temperature vulcanizing material are applied to the sink bowl. The overflow duct is then applied to the sink bowl. This assembly process eliminates problems associated with spot welding of metal overflow ducts and enables a uniform layer of coating to be applied to the sink bowl surfaces.
Abstract: A light weight, durable plumbing fixture, e.g., a bathtub, sink, shower receptor, etc., is fabricated from a multilayer polymer composite structure of high impact strength and delamination resistance. The composite possesses a relatively thin polymeric cosmetic, or finish, layer, e.g., of acrylic resin, chemically bonded to a relatively thick, reinforced, cross-linked, isocyanate-modified thermosetting polyester or polyether dense foam resin substrate layer.
Abstract: It is known to form one or more faucet mounting holes in the deck portion of a metal sink. To separate the sink deck from the underlying countertop, a gasket is inserted between the sink and countertop in alignment with the holes. This method of construction sometimes results in a skink of inadequate strength to resist bending or warping of the deck around the holes when a faucet is secured on the deck, In addition, such holes often have sharp edges, which may cut through the brass supply tubes of a faucet.
Abstract: A sanitary appliance comprising a main basin (11) and an adjacent chamber (1) separated from said basin by a wall (3), said main basin being provided with an outlet (2) communicating with said chamber, said chamber being also provided with an outlet (5), the appliance further comprising an opening and closing device (7) mounted in the chamber and operated from outside the chamber, said device comprising an upstanding pipe movable between a closing position wherein it prevents liquid to flow from the outlet of the main basin directly to the outlet of the chamber, and an open position, wherein it permits such liquid flow; at least a part of the wall (3) separating the chamber and the main basin being removable.
Abstract: A portable hand wash unit is comprised of a tank having a dispenser housing hinged to the upper portion of the tank. The dispenser housing is shaped to define a pair of wash basins, each having a water outlet connected in continuous communication with a metering receptacle and each basin having a soap dispenser pump connected in communicating relation with a soap reservoir. Each wash basin is provided with a manual water pump which pumps clear water from a bag of water within the tank through the inlet of each metering receptacle. The inlet for each metering receptacle has a cross-sectional size approximately twice the cross-sectional size of the water outlet, thereby allowing a user the time needed to wash his hands after the user has finished operation of the water pump.
June 19, 1987
Date of Patent:
September 13, 1988
Satellite Industries, Inc.
Duane T. Tegg, Perry M. Domaas, Michael A. Holm
Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of the invention provides a peripheral flange generally perpendicular to the plane of the lavatory basin. The flange has a generally downwardly, inwardly sloping surface to enable the splash water to flow into the basin within the lavatory. As the flange sweeps around the periphery of the lavatory it develops into a massive spout support. The spout support enables the spout to direct water into the basin without causing the spout to extend across the basin surface. The support also has a protruding portion that establishes a reentrant basin surface in which the overflow drain is concealed from view when the lavatory is installed.
Abstract: A utility sink with pull-through rollers is provided, having removable and repositionable compression surfaces which improve safety and efficiency in the mop wringing state of cleaning floor surfaces. A basin confines and saves cleaning liquids to soak the mops, and has snap pivot retainers that position pull-though rollers so the user's thrust may be downward or away from his body while he stands in a safe and secure stance.
Abstract: An eye wash fountain device in which eye and face wash nozzles are attached to a unit which is separate from and removably attached to a sleeve or conduit on an adapter for attachment to water supply, said adapter being provided with a valve means to divert normal water flow to said sleeve or conduit and to said nozzles. The nozzles are provided with a special type of perforated disc which serves to modify and control the spray obtained.
Abstract: A battery operated eyewash system is disclosed which includes a liquid spraying device operable by rechargeable batteries through a spring loaded slideable switch, in combination with a hood secured to the liquid spraying device. The liquid spraying device further includes a nozzle which extends in an opening in the front of the hood for spraying liquid into the eye or eyes of a user when the user positions the face in the opening. The slideable switch is operable through a switch actuating mechanism having an operating knob extending through the front of the hood so as to be readily accessible to the user.
Abstract: An assembly for collecting and disposing of waste solvents in a manner to meet safety requirements of municipalities. The assembly includes a waste tank and an open-top container for receiving and supporting the waste tank. The container has a greater internal volume that does the waste tank so that, when the waste tank is in the container, a space surrounds the waste tank. Such space is adapted to receive and trap any leakage or overflow of the solvent from the waste tank during use of the assembly. The waste tank has a first port for receiving waste solvent and a second port for allowing the waste solvent to be pumped out of the waste tank. Liquid level sensors are provided on the waste tank for sensing the solvent therein at different levels. The container has brackets for positioning the waste tank on the bottom of the container, and the container has casters to allow the assembly to be easily shifted from place to place.
Abstract: This invention relates to an electro mechanical-electronic device designed to prevent nosocomical contagions spread by the hands of health care personnel and others due to improper and incomplete hand washing. The device establishes a time reference for the personnel to insure the proper time standards of washing and rinsing hands are attained. Further, the automatic dispensing of a proper quantity of non-contaminated skin degermer and the replacement of natural emolients removed during the washing process is accomplished.
Abstract: A hair washing basin or bowl for hairdressers or the like is provided with a recess for the nape of the neck on the edge of the basin or bowl as well as with an opening at the deepest location of the basin or bowl for evacuating the washing and rinsing water. The inside of the basin is provided with an obstacle limiting the water flow path inside the basin which leads to the evacuation opening, forming a wall and imparting a circular motion to the flowing water. Owing to said elements, long hairs will remain in the limited flow path and will be continuously and throughout their length immersed in the washing and rinsing water without the risk for the hair ends of entering the evacuation opening.
Abstract: A portable beauty basin vanity for use in any location having a deck, side walls and end walls so as to form a cup-shaped body. The deck surface is equipped with a centrally located basin having a drain therethrough and equipped with a stopper means to selectively retain water within the basin or allow the operator to empty used wash water and refill the basin as desired. The deck surface is further equipped with various recesses to store and dispense various creams, lotions, soaps and washcloths. A detachable water spray apparatus is also provided having a spray head attachment and a tube means detachably secured at the other end to a water source. The spray head has means to control the flow of water and is detachably secured to the deck portion in close proximity to the basin by any suitable attachment means whereby the operator may dispense water in any direction as desired.
Abstract: In a kitchen sink, it is known to have a drain plug at the bottom of the sink; it is unpleasant to remove this plug when the sink is full of liquid. In this invention, a sliding valve controls the flow of liquid from the sink within the sink drain tube. An apertured sliding plate is housed within a two-part bored casing connected to the sink drain tube. Pushing the sliding plate toward the sink drain tube closes the latter and vice-versa. A pivotable handle surmounting the sink activates the sliding plate through a multi-lever connecting link. The two casing parts are fitted with a gasket in between and are detachable. Each part is welded to a drain nipple. The two drain nipples are series connected in the drain line. The entire assembly is easily installed and removed.
Abstract: The sink includes a basin with a drain-equipped rear portion of usual depth, or of depth adequate to perform intended tasks, and a substantially shallower forward portion. The exterior bottom of the sink portion in the front of that basin is correspondingly recessed to accommodate the knees and part of the lap of a seated user. Beside the stepped basin, the sink may have a second basin, for instance wholly of conventional depth. A number of optional sink inserts are disclosed including an imperforate pan and a perforated pan, each adapted to be removably disposed in the forward portion of a basin of the sink on two laterally spaced supports. A chopping block may be removably supported in one of the pans.
Abstract: A top fitted with a basin having good water drainage which is constructed by fixing the basin to the top made by laminating a decorative board on the top surface of a wood derived material, e.g. plywood, particle board etc. as a core material, so that a flange part of the basin is situated beneath the rear surface of the decorative board, and bonding and reinforcing with a synthetic resin, and a process for their production.By the present invention, the basin can be firmly fixed without any spaces, and therefore remarkably increases durability of kitchen fixtures.
Abstract: A sink assembly of a type including an enclosing cabinet (14) for supporting a sink bowl (16) from a floor (24) includes a liquid-impervious cabinet liner (22) supported by the cabinet (14) within an enclosed space (32) below the sink bowl (16) and its drain pipe (20) for catching water dripping from leaks and condensations. The sink liner (22) communicates with a second drain pipe (52) which exhausts water from the sink liner (22). The sink liner (22) is constructed so that its drain pan (42) is raised above a cabinet floor (40), with the drain pan (42) having tapered surfaces for accelerating flow toward the second drain pipe (52).
Abstract: A self-skimming dish rinser for adaptation in a standard conventional sink comprising a liner inserted in the sink having side walls approximately equal to but slightly less than the sink side walls and a tray bottom having a drain opening fitting and aligned with the sink drain opening. The rinser including centering structure extending from the drain opening for facilitating such alignment. Additionally, the rinser side walls and bottom are sized and shaped to fit inside the conventional sink and the rinser side walls are spaced a predetermined distance from the sink side walls and remain in that position via the centering structure extending from the drain opening.
Abstract: A hand washing and drying device having a recessed bowl defining a hand washing and drying space. Drying structure is provided including an air moving device which is mounted to the bowl. The air moving structure further includes an outlet opening to within the drying space defined by the recessed bowl to provide an improved utilization of the drying air provided by the air moving structure. The hand washing and drying device also includes a water tank mounted to the bowl. The device may include a housing removably enclosing the bowl and components carried thereby. A wall hanger may be provided for removably mounting the housing in providing a wall-mounted installation of the device.
Abstract: Apparatus for aiding in the showering of bathing of bed patients, which apparatus includes disposable non-porous sheets adapted to be fitted within a basin for collecting shower and bath water after use. The basin is removable from the bathing apparatus frame structure so that it may easily be maneuvered under a bed patient, and then used similar to a stretcher to transport the bed patient from the hospital bed to the apparatus support structure. Water collected during the bathing procedure is directed into a holding tank which includes a water pump and drain hose for draining such shower or bath water into an appropriate lavatory drain.
Abstract: A drinking fountain of the wall hung type having a push bar actuator operable and usable by a handicapped occupant of a wheel chair without assistance by others. A cabinet is adapted to be mounted on a wall, and a control valve is actuated by an inwardly depressible push bar in the front wall thereof which is supported by pivot means and the push bar operates a control valve to cause a stream of drinking water to be dispensed in an upward trajectory from a drinking spout mounted upon the cabinet. The push bar is capable of being actuated by gently pushing either end or the middle of the bar inwardly with a return spring providing automatic shutoff when the push bar is released.
Abstract: A hand washing and drying apparatus having automatic means for providing hand washing material and hand drying air. The hand washing and drying operation is effected within a space defined by a bowl. The bowl may be recessed within the apparatus to facilitate an efficient use of warm water and warm air during the hand washing and drying operation. The hand drying air outlet may be mounted to the bowl for delivering the hand drying air directly thereinto. Similarly, a means for delivering hand washing material in the form of water may be mounted directly to the bowl. The automatic controls may include manually operable portions adapted to be manipulated by the user without substantially removing his hands from the bowl space. A soap dispenser may be mounted in the device adjacent the bowl space. The bowl may be provided with an upper arm extending at a forward angle for facilitated hand washing and drying.
Abstract: A method of thermoforming a thermo-plastics sheet carrying a protective layer of polyethylene on at least one of the surfaces of the sheet comprising heating the assembly of sheet together with its protective layer to above the softening point of the thermoplastic and subsequently stretching the assembly to a desired shape.