With Cabinet, Shelf, Or Drawer Patents (Class 4/630)
  • Patent number: 9428274
    Abstract: An aircraft monument for installation in an aircraft cabin including a first functional module, the first functional module including a side wall for delimiting the first functional module from a region of the aircraft cabin adjacent to the first functional module and/or from a region of the aircraft monument adjacent to the first functional module. The side wall is movable between a first and a second operational position and comprises a side-wall region which merely in the second operational position of the side wall serves for delimiting the first functional module from a region of the aircraft cabin adjacent to the first functional module, so that a movement of the side wall out of its first operational position into its second operational position results in an enlargement of a base area of the first functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sabrina Moje, Matthias Breuer
  • Patent number: 9032566
    Abstract: A vanity assembly is provided. The vanity assembly can comprise a base, side walls, and a combination sink and countertop. The sink can have a drainage section located near a back side of the sink. The vanity assembly can further comprise a drawer configured to move relative to the sink, the drawer extending in front of the sink and utilizing a substantial portion of the space in front of the sink's drain section for storage. The drawer can have side wall sections and a bottom section configured to facilitate storage of common household items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: RSI HOME PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Damian J. Le Duff
  • Patent number: 9003577
    Abstract: Ligature-resistant lavatory assembly incorporating a ligature-resistant adjustable faucet and valve, particularly suitable for use in behavioral health, psychiatric facilities, or prisons. The ligature-resistant adjustable faucet control includes a fixable seating element and a control knob at least partially rotatable received in the seating element. The control knob is connected to a mixing valve so that rotation of said control knob controls the mixing valve and, in turn, adjusts the temperature of water dispensed from the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Laurence D. Kopp, Edward J. Kopp, Christopher L. Kopp
  • Publication number: 20150067962
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink basin. The sink basin includes a bottom surface having a drain; one or more walls extending upward from the bottom surface; one or more ledges formed on at least one wall; and one or more sink accessories configured to be removably and slidably positioned on at least one of the one or more ledges, each of the one or more sink accessories being sized and shaped to fit within the sink basin. The one or more sink accessories are configured to assist with one or more tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Sarah O'Brien, Terrence K. Mahon, Ryan R. Detlaff, Alexander Haggar
  • 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.
  • Publication number: 20140366262
    Abstract: A portable assembly comprises a housing unit comprising a top, sides a bottom, a plurality of storage units, and a cover being operable for opening and closing above the top. A counter top is joined to the top. A sink unit is disposed in the counter top. A water supply unit is disposed within the housing unit and supplies water to the sink unit. A cooking unit is disposed in the counter top. At least two shelves are joinable to sides of the counter top. An illumination source is configured to be operable for at least illuminating the counter top and a surrounding area. A plurality of legs supports the housing unit in which the assembly is transportable to a location to provide amenities at the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Flynn
  • Publication number: 20140338655
    Abstract: A universal portable kitchen package is provided for use with aid relief in a disaster zone. A self-sufficient kitchen package includes: a portable kitchen unit that has a sink attached to a drainage hose, a storage space and a workspace; an external firebox; an external water filtration system; a survival kit; a set of basic kitchen utensils and other additional elements which would be needed for survival of a family of 4-6 persons in a distress zone or inside small housing/infrastructure. The portable kitchen unit comprises three compartments: a utility compartment under the sink area, a food compartment and a supply compartment under the countertop workspace. The portable kitchen unit is disposed on detachable wheels. Undercarriage height provides maximum clearance when the portable kitchen unit is transported on the ground. A push-bar can be provided to aid in the pushing of the kitchen unit, and the bar can also act as a towel rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Mark DOYLE
  • Patent number: 8844070
    Abstract: A self-rimming sink is provided. The self-rimming sink includes a basin and a rim extending outwardly from an upper end of the basin in a relatively horizontal orientation. The rim is configured to be placed on top of a countertop for supporting the sink. The self-rimming sink also includes an apron coupled to the rim and defining a front portion of the sink. The apron has a front surface extending vertically below the rim and laterally between a first side surface and an opposite second side surface. The first and second side surfaces each having a front vertical lip that extends laterally to an outer periphery of the rim and a rear side wall portion. The rear side wall portion is recessed relative to the front vertical lip and the outer periphery of the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, Jason R. Miller, James S. Giefer
  • Publication number: 20140245533
    Abstract: An expandable sink caddy having a front plate, a substantially rigid back plate, a flexible section extending between at least a portion of the sides, tops and bottoms of the front and back plates and one or more vertical attachment members for attaching the sink caddy to a vertical surface in a sink. The flexible section includes two or more living hinges to adapt the caddy from a closed configuration, where the front plate and back plate are maintained in relatively close relation, to an open configuration, where the front plate and back plate are maintained in a relatively spaced apart relation. Apertures are included in a lower portion of the sink caddy to drain liquid that may be directed into the sink caddy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ROBINSON HOME PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Harvey Lee, Jenna Marie Edgemon
  • Patent number: 8794577
    Abstract: A system for mounting a sink to the under-side of a countertop, the sink having a bowl and a laterally extending flange emanating from the bowl, comprising: a pair of rigid side mounting rails adapted to engage the underside of the flange and adapted to engage a side wall of a cabinet on which the countertop is mounted; the side mounted rails being ā€œLā€ shaped and each having a plurality of openings spaced along the length of the side mounting rails, the openings being adapted to engage a plurality of fasteners and a plurality of threaded bolts; a rigid front mounting rail adapted to engage the underside of the flange and adapted to engaged the front wall of a cabinet on which the countertop is mounted; the front mounted rail being ā€œLā€ shaped and having a plurality of openings spaced along the length of the side mounting rails, the openings being adapted to engage a plurality of fasteners and a plurality of threaded bolts; the plurality of threaded bolts is adapted to engage the plurality of openings in the si
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Publication number: 20130326807
    Abstract: A storage device for a sink capable of being installed between an upper cabinet and a lower cabinet of a sink is provided. The storage device for a sink can be provided at a corner of the sink having a low degree of space utilization to easily store cutting boards, kitchen cleaners, sponges and the like. Also, since a plate provided with a storage unit is rotatably disposed on a vertical rod, the storage device for a sink can be configured to turn the plate toward a wall so that products are invisible after storage of the products, thereby tidily arranging the stored products. In addition, the storage device for a sink can be provided with hook rings, magnetic materials and tong-type grasping units to easily arrange and store products used for various purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Eun-young Ahn
  • Patent number: 8424128
    Abstract: A drawer is disclosed which is installed in a cabinet structure containing plumbing comprising water lines and a waste line. The drawer comprises a sink which is disposed in the drawer proximate the top of the drawer near one side of the drawer and the sink comprises a fold-down faucet, valves and a drain. The drawer also comprises a plumbing mount plate for connection to the water and a waste line in the cabinet structure. Flexible tubing connects the valves and drain of the sink to the plumbing mount plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Steven G. Dvorak
  • Patent number: 8220417
    Abstract: An apparatus for washing an animal with a liquid, includes a container having an open upper end portion, opposite end walls, opposite side walls, and a bottom wall. At least one pair of ledges extends from the opposite side walls above the bottom wall. One or more platforms are each provided with widths that are shorter than the lengths of the platforms, wherein the platforms may be passed through the container to the bottom wall when the platforms are turned in one direction or supported by the pair of ledges when the platforms are turned ninety degrees. Multiple pairs of ledges may be provided for varied platform levels within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventors: Mark S. Arndt, Jeanne L. Caples
  • Patent number: 8117689
    Abstract: A wheeled cart is configured to removably carry a patient's personal wash basin. The cart includes a lid that covers the personal wash basin when the cart is moved from a bathroom to the patient so that liquid in the wash basin cannot splash out onto the floor if the cart strikes an obstruction. A flexible tube is provided for filling the basin from a sink. A drain pipe is provided to empty the wash basin without the need to lift the wash basin. A disposable thin personal wash basin having a funnel-shaped outlet may be used with the cart to minimize potential contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Shamirra Slayton
  • Publication number: 20110145988
    Abstract: A vanity assembly is provided. The vanity assembly can comprise a base, side walls, and a combination sink and countertop. The sink can have a drainage section located near a back side of the sink. The vanity assembly can further comprise a drawer configured to move relative to the sink, the drawer extending in front of the sink and utilizing a substantial portion of the space in front of the sink's drain section for storage. The drawer can have side wall sections and a bottom section configured to facilitate storage of common household items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Damian J. Le Duff
  • Publication number: 20100175182
    Abstract: The manufacturing process of work top with sink including a work top 120 and a sink 122 stuck together comprises: a work top forming step 10; and a sink forming step 30 in which a sink forming uneven mold is attached to a sink opening 121a formed in the work top 120 and resin is injected into the uneven mold whereby the sink is formed and simultaneously stuck to the sink opening (FIG. 1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: CLEANUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Konno, Kazuhiro Okada, Akihiko Ogata, Junji Nagase
  • Patent number: 7748798
    Abstract: Furniture such as bathroom vanities are suitable to be shipped in collapsed form and then readily assembled/erected at the installation site. A back wall folds forwardly as bracing along the front folds vertically in one form. There can be a multi-piece collapsible brace between opposed side walls with four pivot points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Alex V. LeTourneau, Michael S. Kohlman, Michael Terrill, Scott R. Krebs, John C. Campbell, David J. Kroening, Jeffrey Laundre
  • Patent number: 7743439
    Abstract: A portable sink having a hot and cold water faucet connected to an electric water pump and fresh water tank and a wastewater outlet from said sink connected to a wastewater tank and cabinet mounted on wheels having one upper door that has a dipwell attached that is connected to the fresh and waste-water systems and one lower door to access the interior thereof. The dipwell is mounted on the upper door that is rotatable about a vertical access. The dipwell is within the cabinet when the door is closed and outside the cabinet when the door is rotated 90 degrees in a locked open position. One tank for fresh water is mounted in the cabinet and a tank for wastewater is mounted outside the cabinet. There is an electrical connection for powering the water pump and water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Magnolia Carts, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Switzer
  • Publication number: 20100078904
    Abstract: Disclosed are medical systems associated with mobile and/or emergency response capabilities. The mobile medical carts and cabinets of the present invention facilitate the activities of a nurse and/or other health care providers in remote (non-hospital) environments. The mobile medical units include a mobile medical wash station that provides a wash sink/faucet and counter top structure that allows health care provides to carry out their services in a hygienic manner. The unit provides as close to an in hospital wash station as possible on a mobile platform and includes external connections to an electrical power source and a pressurized water supply. The present invention further includes a mobile medical nurses' station that provides most if not all of the same functionality of a fixed nurses' station within a hospital. The units are each supported on mobile cart platforms that allow for easy movement and set-up in field locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffery A. COLLINS
  • Publication number: 20080263761
    Abstract: A bathroom fixture has slide-mounted pullout drawers that extend diagonally forward from its sides. The fixture can be a lavatory with a vanity base in which one or more drawers are slidably mounted. The slide mechanism for each drawer includes a fixed race and telescoping rail supporting the drawer from underneath and another fixed race and telescoping rail mounted between a side wall of the drawer and a vertical support member. Both telescoping slides are mounted diagonally with respect to the front and the associated side of the vanity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Kohlmann, Nicholas W. Paterson, Michael Terrill, Matthew M. Smeltzer
  • Patent number: 7240379
    Abstract: A portable sink having a hot and cold water faucet connected to an electric water pump and fresh water tank and a wastewater outlet from said sink connected to a wastewater tank and cabinet mounted on wheels having one upper door that has a dipwell attached that is connected to the fresh and waste-water systems and one lower door to access the interior thereof. The dipwell is mounted on the upper door that is rotatable about a vertical access. The dipwell is within the cabinet when the door is closed and outside the cabinet when the door is rotated 90 degrees in a locked open position. One tank for fresh water is mounted in the cabinet and a tank for wastewater is mounted outside the cabinet. There is an electrical connection for powering the water pump and water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Switzer
  • Patent number: 6938283
    Abstract: A sink and faucet support assembly includes a housing that has a bottom wall, a top wall and a peripheral wall attached to and extending between the top and bottom walls. The peripheral wall includes a front wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. A back side of the housing is open. The top wall has an opening extending therethrough. A sink apparatus includes a bowl portion and a base that has a shape adapted for being positioned in the opening. The bowl portion has a drain opening therein extending through the base. A ledge is attached to an upper edge of the bowl portion. A faucet apparatus is mounted on the ledge. A water supply is fluidly coupled to the ledge. A drainpipe extends into the housing through the back side and is fluidly coupled to the drain opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Graciela Martinez
  • Patent number: 6857141
    Abstract: A multi-layered concave basin is formed for mounting in an opening in a wash stand. The basin is made from pliant woven twigs with successive bottom layers of a first clear epoxy, a clear fiber cloth and a second clear epoxy and a top layer of a third clear epoxy to create a basin impervious to water under pressure from a wash basin spigot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventors: Karen R. Jackson, Amy J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 6782593
    Abstract: A method of making a flush mountable ceramic sink characterized by having a mouth opening into a planar flange surrounded by an outer rim, the method comprising the steps of: (a) producing a green sink having a base with a mouth surrounded by a lip opposite the base, the lip being surrounded by an outer rim; (b) drying the green sink; (d) firing the green sink; (e) allowing to cool; (g) grinding the lip of the sink flat to form a ground planar flange; (h) grinding away the outer rim at an angle to the planar flange, so that the outer rim tapers from the flange inwards towards the bottom of the sink; (i) applying a post grinding glaze at least to the flange, and (j) firing the post-grinding glaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Merhav-Designer Building Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Eli Shimony
  • Patent number: 6643867
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a faucet stand for positioning a faucet in operative relationship to a free-standing bowl mounted on a table or counter top. The faucet stand includes a base with a curved front surface for receiving the bowl, first and second sides extending from the base, and at least one through hole extending through the base for receiving the faucet. The faucet stand allows the use of conventional faucets with free-standing bowls thereby eliminating the need for either specially sized faucets or faucets extending from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Deco Lav, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Louis Silverman, Robert Howard Mayer
  • Publication number: 20030041373
    Abstract: A sink assembly having a sink bowl supported by a cabinet, wherein the cabinet encloses water supply and drain pipes. The cabinet preferably including front opening doors and a floor that slopes upwardly from the doors. In the event of a water leak inside the cabinet, the water strikes the sloped floor and flows down the floor and exits the cabinet in front of the doors. By this means, leaking water is prevented from accumulating within the cabinet and a user is provided with a warning of the leak.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventor: John Z. Blazevich
  • Patent number: 6502254
    Abstract: A wheelchair accessible vanity panel has a panel that is cantilevered at a space over a floor or other surface, and has a free edge along a side or along a curve or angle extending around two or more sides. The cantilevered panel leaves a free space over a vertical height that preferably is dimensioned to admit the lower part of a wheelchair or can be used with a stationary-type chair. A hand grip is formed integrally with the horizontal panel, the grip being defined by at least one strip along the free edge of the panel subdivided from the free edge by a slot extending for a distance along the free edge. The handgrip is durably and attractively integral with the panel and provides a readily and securely grasped part of the panel by which the user of a wheelchair can displace the chair toward or away from the panel and the work surface it defines. Preferably the hand grip is provided by laminating multiple thicknesses, forming a slot and rounding over the edges of the slot and the free edges of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Ewing Cole Cherry Brott, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Anthony De Menna
  • Patent number: 6311345
    Abstract: A method of integrating a basin into a receiving plane, in particular a plane for sanitary fittings or a worktop in a piece of bathroom or kitchen furniture. The method consists in disposing and fixing the basin (3) in an opening in the receiving plane (9) in such a way that the edge of the opening (11-14) is held in a rabbet between the peripheral mouth of the basin (6-8) and a lower shoulder of polymerized resin (19) connecting and caulking the basin and the receiving plane over the entire circumference at the bottom part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Christian Limbach
  • Patent number: 6256936
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated module includes a counter-top having a front access edge, side portions and a rear portion. A sink is disposed in the counter-top. A perimeter wall extends upward from the side and rear portions of the counter-top. A ceiling spans the perimeter wall above the counter-top. The module is preferably constructed as a one piece integrally molded structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Wellness, LLC
    Inventors: Earl S. Swensson, David S. Gilbert, George P. McAllister, Jr., Joseph L. Miles, Jr.
  • 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: 6113839
    Abstract: A modular, vacuum formed, unitary vanity which extends from floor to the ceiling, or near the ceiling. Alternatively, the vanity extends upwardly from the counter top level to the ceiling. The vanity is vacuum formed of a single piece of formable material, such as acrylic. The vanity has no joints or seals to deteriorate with use and time or to collect dirt. The modular and unitary vanity fits within a void formed in a wall during construction. The device is substantially maintenance free in ordinary use. The vanity is vacuum formed from a single piece of formable material using a vacuum form mold. The mold is a break apart mold which allows the vanity to be removed from the mold without interference from the sink bowl which is formed in the vanity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Aqua Bath, Inc.
    Inventor: George P. McAllister
  • Patent number: 5926866
    Abstract: A movable bathtub for a baby. The movable bathtub comprises a body and a plurality of wheels on the bottom of the body so as to move the bathtub. The body is separated into a bathing space and a storage space by a separator. The bathing space is placed with a curve-shaped supporting net in one end of which a tub drain and a tub stopper are provided. The storage space is provided with a water-pot in a front end thereof and several drawers in the back end thereof. With the structure of the invention, a parent can pour heated water to the bathtub and bath a baby while standing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Ming-Hui Chao
  • 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: 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: 5727579
    Abstract: A hand washing and drying apparatus comprising a washing and drying chamber including at least one access port providing access for inserting at least one hand to be washed, wash liquid dispensing means in fluid communication with the interior of the washing and drying chamber for dispensing wash liquid within the washing and drying chamber, blow drying means in fluid communication with the interior of the washing and drying chamber for providing a directed supply of drying air within the washing and drying chamber, and towel dispensing means in communication with the interior of the washing and drying chamber for dispensing a towel, e.g., a disposable paper towel, within the chamber. The apparatus also may include vacuum disposal means for removing used towels from the washing and drying chambers and storing same. The apparatus further may include control means for controlling the operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: William M. Chardack
  • Patent number: 5715549
    Abstract: Provided is a self-contained water supply system for over-the-road trucks. More specifically, the present invention includes a sink assembly stowable within a cabinet assembly which is capable of providing a self contained supply of water from a supply tank located within the interior of the vehicle. The sink assembly further includes a basin for collecting water and draining the waste water into a drain tank also contained within the vehicle. The sink assembly including the basin and the faucet assembly are disposed within a drawer assembly which is stowable within a cabinet assembly located in the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: ASC Incorporated
    Inventors: David Piontek, Walter Kemmer
  • 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: 5704078
    Abstract: A portable sink is particularly adapted for use in a portable toilet and includes a cabinet in which a conventional five gallon bottle of water can be retained. The sink is designed to drain into the portable toilet, and a supply of deodorizing soap operates to both clean a user's hands and deodorize the entire portable toilet assembly. Suction cups are provided on rear and bottom surfaces of the sink to facilitate its attachment to the plastic housing of the portable toilet, and adjustable brackets mounted on magnetic supports allow the brackets to be positioned to fit virtually any manufactured shape of water bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Velma Chandler
  • Patent number: 5702115
    Abstract: A utility cart for facilitating patient care and supporting patient care material is described. The cart includes a frame, plural wheels on the frame, and plural walls mounted on the frame forming two spaced vertical support members defining at least one storage area which may be accessed via a hingedly mounted wall. At least one shelf is mounted between the support members and is bi-directionally extendable on either side of the cart. A bi-directionally extendable drawer, is similarly mounted adjacent the shelves. A sink is provided on the frame, and a console on the cart adjacent the sink includes plural faucets operatively connected to storage tanks for supplying water, soap, and/or moisturizer. Photo-sensitive switches on the console adjacent the faucets enable no-contact dispensing of various liquids. The console also includes plural information-conveying gauges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: L. Frank Pool
  • Patent number: 5555907
    Abstract: An enclosure containing valves, batteries and electronic circuitry controlling the operation of an automatically actuated faucet includes a dividing wall slanted from the horizontal and separating an upper compartment, containing the valves, from a lower compartment containing the control electronics. Water from leaks in the top compartment (or water that runs down a pipe into the top of the box) runs down the slanted dividing shelf and drains from the box without contacting the electronic components. All the associated plumbing fittings are adjacent a top surface of the box so as to ease installation of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Harald Philipp
  • 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: 5465438
    Abstract: A mobile nursing home unit is formed by an upright cabinet containing an assembly of nursing facilities including a sink and a superposed gray water tank and fresh water reservoir selectively supplying water to and draining from the sink into the gray water tank. Miscelleanous washcloths, soaps, lotions, towels and other desired small items are temporarily stored on the cabinet top wall and maintained thereon during mobile movement of the cabinet by a kitchen rail extending along adjacent edge limits of the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventors: Thomas Allman, Cathy A. Lee
  • Patent number: 5265284
    Abstract: An integral unit for mounting complete wall-mounted sanitary appliances comprises a flat profiled support (1) and a sectional box structure (3) which are intended to be fixed to a wall (5) one below the other, the first (1) of which is intended to support both a sanitary appliance and corresponding accessories (13), which are received in the box structure (3). The support (1) comprises two lateral elements (6; 66) for its fixing to the wall (5), and a central channel-shaped body (4) for containing the water feed and waste pipes (15), with said lateral elements (6; 66) there being associated two rods (88) for fixing and supporting the corresponding appliance (2; 20; 200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Arduino Dottori, Roberto Ingegnere
  • Patent number: 5257423
    Abstract: A wash station enclosure for installation proximate self-service gas pumps and for use by users of said pumps has a cabinet with a top surface with a flush-mounted washbasin therein. A spigot protrudes above the washbasin and communicates with a freshwater tank within the cabinet. An overhang is supported by two vertical supports which are affixed to the sides of the cabinet and support the overhang over and above the washbasin to form a sheltered space. The water within the freshwater tank is kept at a comfortable hand washing temperature by an electric heater. An electric pump communicates with the freshwater tank to cause water to flow from the tank to the spigot in response to activation of a switch. Heat lamps are mounted in the overhang soffit. The heat lamps are activated at the same time as the water flow to illuminate the washbasin and the area around it and to warm the hands of a user of the wash station by infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Leer Manufacturing Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Sam J. Jacobsen, James L. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 5199119
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Ronald D. Weber
  • Patent number: 5182822
    Abstract: A cabinet structure includes side walls, a floor, and a rear wall, and a top wall mounting a concave sink therewithin. The sink is operative through a manually operative pump and an underlying reservoir to direct fluid into the sink, with a drain associated with the sink directed into a further reservoir. A cylindrical cavity contains a series of nested cylindrical cups therewithin mounted for access in an inverted configuration. A modification of the invention includes a rear plate directed upwardly of a rear wall mounting a further reservoir, wherein the further reservoir includes a serpentine conduit, with the serpentine conduit directing metered fluid onto a simulated toothbrush member to effect oscillation of the toothbrush member, whererin the toothbrush member is biased by a spring to effect oscillation of the toothbrush upon fluid directed upon the toothbrush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventors: Dwayne L. Cyr, Dale A. McCollom
  • Patent number: 5070554
    Abstract: A sanitary fixture and cover assembly is disclosed. The cover, which is hinged to the sanitary fixture, encloses at least the area where the water delivery means, i.e. faucet, is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: Franco Bertoli
  • Patent number: 4942631
    Abstract: A sanitizing station suitable for use in institutional kitchens and the like includes a plumbing cabinet, a sink mounted on top of the cabinet and a spray manifold for spraying a sanitizing solution mounted above the sink. The solution is a mixture of water and a sanitizing chemical. A pump is used to inject the sanitizing chemical into a water pipe that is connected to the spray manifold. Tubing connects an outlet of this pump to the pipe. An infrared proximity switch mounted above the sink operates both the pump and a solenoid valve located in the water pipe for a preset period of time upon placement of the user's hands at a predetermined location above or in the sink. A covering hood can be mounted above the sink and it can provide support for the spray manifold and the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignees: Barry Robertson, Rudy Rosa
    Inventor: Rudy Rosa
  • Patent number: 4462126
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Inventor: Mildred S. Cleaveland
  • Patent number: 4456021
    Abstract: Disclosed is an arrangement which enables highly efficient and convenient food preparation. The arrangement comprises a sink having two adjacent basins. A colander and a cutting board are arranged in one of the sinks in such a way that the cutting board is supported by the top edge of the sink while the colander is slidably supported on rails beneath the cutting board. The colander is conveniently storable beneath the cutting board but, in use, is simply slid out from beneath the cutting board whereby food chopped up on the cutting board can be scraped off into the colander for rising or draining. An overflow region may be provided in the dividing wall between the two sinks so that if one sink becomes blocked, water overflows into the second sink, and hence to the drain, rather than overflowing onto the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Waltec, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Leavens