With Cleaning Brush, Soap Dispenser Or Holder Patents (Class 4/628)
  • Patent number: 10233587
    Abstract: A fabric treating appliance having a cabinet with an interior and having a top wall defining an access opening. A cover is provided that is movable relative to the cabinet between an open position and a closed position to selectively close the access opening. A shroud extends between the cabinet and the tub. A scrubbing tool seat is located in one of the top wall and the shroud and a scrubbing tool is removably disposed in a scrubbing tool seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Scott E. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9458612
    Abstract: An electronic faucet is provided comprising a spout; a fluid supply conduit supported by the spout; a valve assembly including a solenoid valve positioned to control fluid flow through the fluid supply conduit, the solenoid valve including a solenoid coil and a moveable valve member operably coupled to the solenoid coil; and a controller operative to control the solenoid valve, the controller including a circuit board coupled to the valve assembly and a processor mounted to the circuit board to control the solenoid valve, the solenoid coil being mounted to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Kurt J. Thomas, Derek A. Brown, Joel D. Sawaski
  • Patent number: 9447566
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system comprising a faucet. The faucet can comprise a discharge assembly. The discharge assembly can comprise a middle column. The middle column can comprise a pump activator, which can be constructed to cause the middle column to dispense a liquid soap responsive to user compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Zihan Chen
  • Patent number: 9198811
    Abstract: A modular instrument kit configured to receive a plurality of instrument trays therein. At least one of the trays includes a planar base, a rear wall orientated at an angle relative to the base, a flange, and an instrument support configured to support a plurality of surgical instruments. The at least one tray is configured to be seated on a generally planar surface in a free-standing position to support the plurality of surgical instruments such that tips of the instruments extend upward so as to be readily viewable in an operating room. The at least one tray is configured to be hung from a generally vertical surface with the rear wall generally flush against a first surface of the generally vertical surface and the flange in contact with a second surface of the generally vertical surface that is opposite to the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pizzato, Jerry Burttram
  • Patent number: 9173487
    Abstract: A sink is provided. The sink includes a basin having a first side wall, an opposite second side wall and a front wall. The sink also includes a rim supported at and extending outwardly from an upper end of the first and second side walls in a substantially horizontal orientation. The sink further includes an apron extending vertically below the rim and laterally between a first end and an opposite second end to define a front portion of the sink. The first end of the apron extends outwardly past the rim associated with the first side wall and the second end of the apron extends outwardly past the rim associated with the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, James S. Giefer
  • Publication number: 20150135428
    Abstract: A concealed soap dispenser comprising: a sink having a sink drain and an overflow opening; an overflow housing secured within the overflow opening, the overflow housing including an inlet to allow fluid to enter a chamber within the overflow housing and an outlet to allow fluid to exit the chamber within the overflow housing; an overflow drain conduit secured by its proximal end to the overflow housing and secured by its distal end to the sink drain wherein fluid may exit the overflow housing and flow through the lumen and into the sink drain; and a soap dispenser secured within the overflow housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Patent number: 8950019
    Abstract: A lavatory system is disclosed including 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 an 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 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 to inhibit simultaneous activation of the solenoid valve and the hand dryer. A photovoltaic system may be provided to provide power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    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: 8925124
    Abstract: A portable hand washing station is provided. The station has a durable carrying case which defines an interior hand washing compartment. The front wall is adapted to include a door to permit hand access into the interior of the hand washing compartment. A lid is connected to the case so that the lid is capable of extending in an upright vertical position. A shelf is connected to the interior surface of the lid. The shelf has a pair of spaced apart valve openings. A pair of liquid dispensing reservoirs is supported on the shelf. Each of the reservoirs includes a top wall with a mouth opening, a bottom wall with a drain opening, and a touch operated flow valve connected to the bottom wall in liquid communication to the bottom wall. The flow valves are adapted to extend in axial alignment a one of the valve openings so that a cleaning or rinsing solution is dispensed into the compartment when the flow valves are deflected by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Michael J. Littlehorn, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8819876
    Abstract: An example shower assembly includes a mount for removeably securing and supporting an accessory item to a shower wall. The mounts are permanently attached to the shower wall and are spaced apart a set desired distance. Slots on the accessory item receive the mounts to support the accessory item firmly and substantially rigidly to the shower wall. Removal of the accessory item is performed by lifting to allow installation of another accessory item as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Peter Dabrowski, Michael Krushlin
  • Patent number: 8719976
    Abstract: The invention concerns equipment for use at a carwash. The equipment can be used to wash any vehicle, as well as boats (on trailers) and anything else that can be brought into its vicinity. The equipment comprises a wash stand incorporating a basin sized to receive a car washing sponge. The equipment has an inlet valve to fill the basin, an outlet valve to empty the basin, and a control system to perform a wash sequence as follows: closing the outlet valve; opening the inlet valve to selectively fill the basin with water or a mixture of water and cleaning agent; then, periodically opening the inlet valve to top up the basin with water or a mixture of water and cleaning agent; finally, opening the outlet valve to empty the basin. All the steps of the wash sequence are performed according to a predetermined timing schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Oil Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: John Mirabito
  • Patent number: 8566972
    Abstract: A liquid aroma injector for a spa having a reservoir comprising an upper chamber, a lower chamber, and a subchamber, a plunger assembly comprising a plunger button, a shaft, and an annular flanged gasket. The shaft extends through said upper and lower chamber of the reservoir. The liquid aroma injector further comprises a hose through which liquid aroma travels to the liquid aroma diffuser that releases liquid aroma into the water of a spa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Custom Molded Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Thomas Vogtner, Nathan Zahora
  • Patent number: 8523125
    Abstract: A structure mountable soap disk having a back wall support portion and a downwardly cantilevered bar soap receptacle portion with the soap bar receptacle portion having side and front wall with at least one aperture for water to drain therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Colin Jardine
  • Patent number: 8438673
    Abstract: A removable and interchangeable soap dish and/or other fixture which has a wall mount segment having a male connector with screw holes. The mount is L-shaped with the wall side and connector both rectangular shaped and connected perpendicularly. Protruding out from the mount and perpendicular to the male connector is a handle. The mount is attached to any wall using standard screws which fit into the screw holes. A female slot which is shaped and designed to receive the male connector is molded inside the fixture. A securing devise at the end of the slot allows the male end to slide in then lock into place. Attach the fixture to the wall mount by lining up the female slot and male connector and apply pressure to push them together. The locking device is deactivated by applying minimum pressure to the fixture as it is pulled away from the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Frederica Fay Bell
  • Patent number: 8364546
    Abstract: A restroom monitoring system for monitoring attributes of fixtures within a restroom using sensors. Additional attributes are determined from the monitored attributes. Consumable usage levels are estimated based on predetermined consumption levels associated with usage states of the fixtures. The restroom monitoring system provides an indication of the need for replenishment of consumables based on the monitored attributes of the fixtures. In addition, restroom monitoring system may provide additional information regarding the restroom attributes to a service provider, a manager or a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sloan Valve Company
    Inventors: Edward Yenni, Peter J. Jahrling
  • Publication number: 20120223159
    Abstract: The present invention provides a soap dispenser (11) for use with a fluid outlet, such as a tap (15). The soap dispenser (11) comprises a soap holder (213) for holding a soap cartridge. The soap holder comprises at least one upper aperture in an upper region through which fluid enters the soap holder, and at least one lower aperture in a lower region through which fluid exits the soap holder. The soap holder incorporates at least one diverting section (25) to divert any fluid moving in an upward direction back into the holder. The soap dispenser also comprises a connection arrangement for connecting the soap holder with respect to the fluid outlet. In use the soap holder is positioned underneath the fluid outlet such that fluid enters the holder through the at least one upper aperture. The fluid then passes over the soap cartridge and exits through the at least one lower aperture to provide a user with a soapy fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: SOAPSTREAM PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Keith Alwyn Gregory
  • Publication number: 20120077166
    Abstract: A portable brushing station for encouraging good brushing habits in children includes a cabinet assembly having a countertop and a concave sink with a portable water supply and removable drainage unit. Additionally, the portable brushing station can include a removable sink and drain combination which can be easily cleaned after each use. Additionally, the portable brushing station can include an instructional and entertainment unit for interactively teaching children proper brushing habits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Dwayne Cyr
  • Publication number: 20110296605
    Abstract: An oral hygiene station (10) for children has a portable, hand held body (12), and a suction cup (26) for releasably mounting the body to a vanity unit. The body (12) has a basin (16) and a lid (18) hingedly connected thereto for opening and closing the basin. The basin has slots (20) each of which can receive therethrough the shaft of a toothbrush. The basin also has a mouth wash cup holder (22). The lid (18) has a mirror (24) supported on its inside surface so that a child using the oral hygiene station (10) can see themselves in the mirror when the lid is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Andrew John Kerr
  • Patent number: 8015654
    Abstract: An apparatus for washing hands and/or fingernails includes a brush assembly attached to a water faucet. The brush assembly includes a backplane with two opposed brushes attached to the backplane such that the bristles on each brush face outward from the backplane. A clamping mechanism removable attaches the brush assembly to the faucet. The clamping mechanism is pivotable on the faucet so the user can move the brush assembly into the water stream to use the brushes and out of the water stream for rinsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Syracuse University
    Inventor: Norman Faiola
  • Patent number: 7886936
    Abstract: A insulated cooler includes a thermally insulated storage compartment and a water storage chamber mounted thereon and preferably formed integrally therewith. A water spout communicates with the water storage chamber to permit water to flow from the storage chamber for washing hands and the like when in areas without running water. A soap dispenser is mounted on the cooler to facilitate the washing process. An external carrier may also be mounted on the cooler for carrying various items which do not need to be stored within the insulated storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Steven M. Helline
  • Publication number: 20110023227
    Abstract: Soap bar holders having a receiver with walls having inner surfaces which converge and include support features that engage with peripheral portions of a soap bar and hold it in a suspended position across the receiver interior chamber. The receiver is preferably provided with vents which allow air to dry a wet soap bar. The vents may also include multiple vent passages extending through the receiver walls thereby further facilitating drying of the soap bar. The receiver support features may be configured in different shapes. The soap holder may further include a drip catcher in a bottom wall of the receiver to hold any soap and water which may drip from the soap bar. There may also be a base upon to which the receiver sits and it may alternatively be integrated into a sink or other washing fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Randy D. Sines
  • Publication number: 20110017769
    Abstract: A dispenser, more particularly, a hand cleaner dispenser incorporating a reader for a user's hand in the form of a palm reader which avoids the need for contact between the user's hand and the dispenser yet provides opportunity for the monitoring of usage including determining the identities of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100275367
    Abstract: An assembly of a sink magnetically engaging a dishwashing brush, one of the sink and the brush comprising a magnet and the other of the sink and the brush comprising a magnet or a magnetically permeable material. In one embodiment, the brush comprises a first and a second part, the first part being adapted to be grasped by a user, and the second part comprising bristles, the first and second part each having a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axes of the first and second parts having a non-zero angle there between, the sink comprises the magnet or magnetically permeable material at a position at a side thereof, the sink having an upper rim and a center portion, and the brush comprises the magnet or magnetically permeable material in a position so that, when engaging the sink, the second part is positioned over the sink and within the upper rim, whereas the first part extends above the upper rim and away from the center portion of the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Kimic I/S
    Inventors: Kim Bager, Michael Hilbert Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20100235981
    Abstract: Container unit for storage and disinfection of various items, such as dishcloths, sponges, brushes and the like, where the unit comprises an outer housing, and an inner moveable rack, characterised in that the inner moveable rack comprises a reservoir, and that said rack and reservoir are connected to the outer housing by means whereby the inner rack can move out from a position in the housing where the housing substantially encloses the rack and reservoir, to a position where the rack and at least part of the reservoir are accessible, and that means are provided either in the housing or the rack for disinfecting objects on the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Vivi Aakjaer Jensen
  • Patent number: 7726471
    Abstract: This soapbox is capable of draining wet bar soaps very quickly and efficiently and keeps water away from the surface of the bar soap. The unique design of the soap rack and its rack-bars keep the soap bar significantly dry and minimizes the wastage of soap. After its use, the bar soap will be conveniently stored in a compact, watertight box without the worry of spoiling the surroundings with the soapy water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Suryaprasad Rao Srungaram
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7647653
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a soap dispenser designed to fit into a water faucet having a stopper-closing lift rod. The rod is removed, and the dispenser tube is inserted into the faucet base hole and down under the counter where the tube is connected to a reservoir of liquid soap. Pressing down on the top of the soap dispenser produces liquid soap through a soap spout above the water faucet spout. Pulling up on the dispenser closes the sink stopper, and pushing down opens the sink stopper. The method of doing the retrofit is also claimed, as well as electrically and mechanically operated versions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: John Richard Catania
  • Patent number: 7533425
    Abstract: A juvenile bathtub includes a basin and a nest formed as a seat for supporting a juvenile in the basin. The basin includes a top surface and a bottom surface and a cavity to retain a pool of bathing water. The nest is mounted for movement in the basin and includes lower and upper sections and further includes a lowered position and a raised position within and relative to the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Monti, Yves Michel, Andrew W. Marsden
  • Patent number: 7073215
    Abstract: A household liquid dispensing system for dispensing a household liquid, such as soap, shampoo, dish washing detergent and bath oil through an outlet of a household water system. The liquid dispensing system comprises a household water system having an outlet, a storage unit for storing at least one liquid operatively connected to the household water system, and a control for connecting and disconnecting the storage unit to the household water system. In a first aspect of the invention the liquid is introduced into the household water system by a venturi. In a second aspect of the invention, the storage unit is positioned above an outlet of the household water system and is introduced by gravity. The control is normally biased to an “off” position. This invention can be utilized for showers, bathtubs, laundry tubs and sinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph J. Berke, Charles T. Michael
  • Patent number: 6980126
    Abstract: A unit for pedestrian control of traffic lights operated by a traffic light controller, comprises a casing adapted to be mounted to a traffic light post, the casing having a bottom face carrying a window, and a photocell mounted in the casing for directing a beam through the window in a downward direction generally parallel to the post to which the casing is mounted. The photocell is responsive to the presence of a pedestrian's hand placed beneath the window in the beam. The photocell is adapted to be operatively connected to the traffic light controller to send a signal thereto when the presence of a pedestrian has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Logisig Inc.
    Inventor: Serge Fournier
  • Patent number: 6662940
    Abstract: A draining soap dish for multiple bars of soap including a top plate having a plurality of rectangular shaped opening's therethrough in a spaced relationship. The openings each are dimensioned for receiving a bar of soap therethrough. The top plate has four support walls extending downwardly therefrom. One of the support walls has a drainage recess extending upwardly of a free edge thereof. A plurality of containers are coupled with respect to the openings of the top plate for receiving a bar of soap therein. Each of the containers have an open upper end, a closed tapered lower end, opposed end walls, and opposed side walls. The open upper ends of the containers are positioned within the openings of the top plate. The plurality of containers each have U-shaped drainage slots therein extending along the opposed side walls and the closed tapered lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Casimer Kowal
  • Patent number: 6523193
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of 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 performed by a water supply nozzle, a gargle discharge function performed by a gargle nozzle, a disinfectant discharge function performed by a disinfectant nozzle, and a sink. A body detection sensor for detecting a human body that enters a room is provided above the doorway. When the body detection sensor detects a body, a voice output apparatus outputs a voice prompting the person to gargle and wash hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Saraya Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ichiro Saraya
  • Publication number: 20020157179
    Abstract: A cleaning device for attachment to a water faucet, comprising a housing element having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion being threaded for operable engagement with a water faucet, and the bottom portion having an opening therein. An aperture is positioned in the housing element allowing the flow of water through the housing element. A plurality of cleaning bristles are positioned in the opening of the bottom portion of the housing element for cleaning fingernails, hands, razors, toothbrushes and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Patrick S. Theriault
  • Patent number: 6418574
    Abstract: A back cleaning device having two shells, one inner and one outer with a soap solution bladder affixed between the respective shells. The bladder holds a liquefied soap solution that may be dispersed from an upper dispersal nozzle. The inner shell contains mounting brackets that allow it to be engaged to separate height locations on at least one separate rail that may be affixed to a wall in a shower or bath. The outer shell will include at least one scrub pad engaged to an outer surface. The person needing a back cleaning will lean her back against the scrub pad pushing the outer shell towards the inner shell compressing the bladder. The person will move their back up and down against the scrub pad. This bladder compression forces soap solution out of the upper dispersal nozzle. The soap solution runs over the scrub pad, soaping the scrub pad. The person needing the cleaning has their back cleaned due to the up and down movement against the soaped scrub pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Larry R. McDowell
  • Patent number: 6189163
    Abstract: A device for automatically controlling the operation of a washroom appliance such as a water faucet, soap dispenser, shower, urinal, etc., comprising means for actuating said appliance, means for deactuating said appliance, a remote control arranged for emitting a signal, a receiver arranged for receiving said signal and for generating a maintenance signal in response to receipt of the signal from the remote control, and means responsive to the maintenance signal for generating an overruling signal for disabling said actuation means. The device comprises in a first aspect of the invention means for intermittently actuating and deactuating said receiver to reduce the power consumption thereof. In a second aspect, the invention relates to a device for automatically controlling flow of water in a wash fountain, including a maintenance function which enable to deactivate the wash fountain except for at least one valve to permit supply of water for cleaning the wash fountain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Karel Carl Van Marcke
  • Patent number: 6125482
    Abstract: A handwash station comprises a wall mounted cabinet which contains soap and water dispensing means, a proximity sensor and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry controls the dispensing of soap and water in response to signals from the proximity sensor. A count of valid handwashes is incremented only if a user's hand is detected by the proximity sensor at certain key points. The key points comprise at least the start of a last soap dispensing step and the start of a last rinsing water dispensing step. Differential valid handwash count values are stored periodically by the processing circuitry and can be downloaded to a central station for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: H.M.S.I. Limited
    Inventor: Frank Foster
  • Patent number: 6119285
    Abstract: A lavatory fixture having a combination, urinal and hand wash faucet for public restrooms, particularly in high traffic locations such as airports, the lavatory fixture having a urinal and hand sink combined in a single lavatory unit with a self-activated hand faucet being positioned above a urinal catch basin, the hand faucet having an associated proximity sensor to activate a water flow for washing hands, when a user's hands are placed proximate the faucet, and the urinal having an associated proximity sensor for sensing the presence of a user proximate the urinal to flush the urinal when the user moves away from the urinal, the lavatory fixture having a common drain and an optional hand soap dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Sun Y. Kim
  • Patent number: 6016818
    Abstract: A recirculating parts washer is disclosed that features a vertically mounted base and a sink and lid rotatably connected to the base. The recirculating parts washer features a cleaning fluid supply container which is separate from the sink but connected to it via a supply line and a drain line.Cleaning fluid is circulated to the sink via the supply line by means of a submersible pump submerged within the cleaning fluid inside the cleaning fluid supply container. Cleaning fluid returns to the supply container via the drain line, thus enabling the cleaning fluid to be reused over and over again until it is exhausted.By having the sink and lid rotatably mounted to the base of the recirculating parts washer, the bulk of the assembly can be conveniently pivoted upwards and back against the wall when not in use. The recirculating parts washer also features a direct current power supply assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: NCH Corporation
    Inventors: Jose E. Evaro, Dale V. Kiplinger, David L. Varnell, Don A. York
  • Patent number: 5966753
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling plumbing fixtures includes an electronic control board having a microprocessor that accepts four inputs and produces four outputs. Inputs at other than the microprocessor's operating voltage are converted thereto. Outputs having different voltages are controlled by latching relays. The control board can be used with a sink that requires a sequenced hand washing. The control board can form a node on a network that monitors and controls the functions of multiple boards throughout a facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Sloan Valve Company
    Inventors: Jerome M. Gauthier, Nhon T. Vuong, Mark J. Sippel
  • Patent number: 5947272
    Abstract: A soap case having a receiving portion for receiving a bar of soap, the soap case characterized in that the receiving portion has a width wider than the thickness of the bar of soap and narrower than the width of the bar of soap such that the bar of soap can be received in a standing position as a pair of relatively wider surfaces of the bar of soap face both side surfaces of the receiving portion, and a depth sufficient for the bar of soap to stably stand upright, and comprises side surfaces each being curved of which the effective contact portions actually contacting the bar of soap being received becomes narrower towards the bottom of the case, a front surface for supporting the received bar of soap to stably stand upright, a rim surface of a curved shape forming the upper portion of the side surfaces and the front surface, and a bottom surface of a curved shape sloped at a predetermined angle.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Young-keun Park
  • Patent number: 5941376
    Abstract: A container for a soap bar is provided which container is formed of first and second mating sections which are hollowed to form a soap-bar-receiving chamber when the sections are mated. The chamber recess in the first section is formed so as to control the position of the soap bar therein to control the contact area of a wet soap bar with the walls of the chamber in the first section so as to minimize sticking of the soap bar to the chamber walls and to facilitate air flow through the chamber. An opening is provided in the first section to permit the soap bar to be pushed out therefrom with a users fingers and to, in conjunction with an opening in the upper section, further facilitate air flow through the container for soap bar drying. A lip or other suitable element may be provided to prevent water drippage from the openings or the openings may be otherwise designed to inhibit water from flowing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: James R. Liggett
  • 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: 5894612
    Abstract: A multifunctional water-resistant bathroom fixture is provided for multiple utilitarian applications in the bathroom including use as a water-resistant bathroom soap holder and bathroom tissue dispenser for coordinating the bathroom shower area. The multifunctional bathroom fixture includes a wall mounting bracket or frame for carrying a pivotal sloping cover and a water-resistant closure device disposed between the sloping cover and wall mounting frame. The wall mounting frame may include sloping sides conforming to the configuration of the sloping cover to provide a soap dish or bathroom tissue closure that is resistant to water and adaptable to a wide variety of applications in the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: David W. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5887769
    Abstract: A sink disinfecting apparatus consisting of a dual compartment container having a water reservoir in one half and a disinfectant reservoir in the other half. The heated water reservoir is connected to the house cold water supply and discharges to a venturi which aspirates disinfectant from the disinfectant reservoir which then discharges through a valve to a disinfectant tray holding a sponge or other type of cleaning pad. A mixture of water and disinfectant is discharged to the tray by operating a push button valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Terrel G. Kidd
  • Patent number: 5813063
    Abstract: A portable sink (10) includes a housing (12) having a basin (14) movably mounted to the housing. The basin is movable from an inserted position in the housing, to a position extending from the housing. The basin includes an outlet (22) for draining fluids from the basin. When the basin is in the extended position, the outlet form the basin aligns with an inlet (26) to drain a tank (24) in the housing. Thus, in the extended position, fluid in the basin is directed through the outlet into the inlet of the drain tank. When the basin is in the inserted position, the outlet form the basin is remote from the inlet to the drain tank. The portable sink further includes a flexible spigot (78) mounted to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventors: Louis Scott Watkins, Shawn Mathews
  • Patent number: 5781942
    Abstract: A wash station comprises a sink and a water dispensing faucet operably associated with the sink for selectively dispensing water thereto. A first sensor is operably associated with the sink for determining the presence of a user. An electrically operated valve is in flow communication with the faucet for causing water to be selectively supplied thereto and operably associated with the first sensor for being actuated thereby. A soap dispensing faucet is operably associated with the sink for selecting dispensing soap. A second sensor is operably associated with the soap dispensing faucet for determining the presence of a user in operable association with the soap dispensing faucet. A pump is in operable association with a soap supply, in fluid communication with the soap dispensing faucet, and in operable connection with the second sensor for causing soap to be selectively supplied to the soap dispensing faucet upon detection of a user by the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Sloan Valve Company
    Inventors: Charles S. Allen, Daniel C. Shaw, Lee M. Adler
  • Patent number: 5765242
    Abstract: Hand sanitizing apparatus for use in combination with existing wash basins having a water supply. A person's hands are washed and dried while held at a sensed position below the apparatus. The apparatus includes a housing adapted to be supported a given height above the wash basin, and a soap/water spray head fixed inside the housing to direct soap and water toward the person's hands. Hot and cold water lines extend between the wash basin water supply and a solenoid valve in the housing, to communicate warm rinse water from the valve when opened to the spray head of the apparatus. A soap reservoir and pump are arranged inside the housing to communicate liquified soap to the spray head. An air dryer unit fixed inside the housing serves to dry the hands after wetting by the soap and water sprays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph Marciano
  • Patent number: 5732422
    Abstract: A combination hand sink and trash receptacle comprises a hand sink having a horizontal support surface and a wash basin downwardly extending from the support surface. A fixed trash skirt is positioned around the wash basin, and the skirt is secured to the underside of the horizontal support surface. The trash skirt has a front face with a trash opening therein, and a movable trash receptacle is mounted directly under the trash skirt. A horizontal sliding connection between the fixed trash skirt and the movable trash receptacle includes horizontal side flanges on the trash receptacle and horizontal side channels on the trash skirt constructed and arranged to slidingly receive the side flanges on the trash receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, Brian C. Powell, Rodney R. Normington
  • 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: 5687434
    Abstract: A portable wash station, comprising an outer water tank, a flexible inner water tank secured within the outer tank, and a sink basin affixed atop the outer tank including at least one sink, one water faucet for dispensing water from the outer tank and one drain for draining water from the sink into the inner tank. The flexible inner tank has an associated volume that expands as the water is dispensed from the outer tank and into the flexible inner tank, that contracts as the water is removed therefrom, and that is subjected to minimal hydraulic pressure from the water dispensed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: PolyJohn Enterprises Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Leach Tagg