With Work Surface Patents (Class 4/631)
  • Patent number: 10104962
    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: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, Jason R. Miller, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 9803347
    Abstract: A seamless undermount stainless steel sink system includes a solid countertop constructed of granite, marble, quartz stone, quartzite, porcelain, glass, engineered stone, multi-layered and/or composite materials, and having a sink mounting aperture defining an inner periphery disposed therethrough. The system also includes a stainless steel sink having a sidewall with a rimless upper edge defining an outer periphery therearound. A mounting assembly is attached to a portion of the stainless steel sink at a predetermined mounting depth below the rimless upper edge, and an interface is formed between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop. A sealing assembly is disposed in the interface between the rimless upper edge of the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop to prevent water, food, or other debris from getting in between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Mehmet Hocaoglu
  • Patent number: 9689153
    Abstract: A seamless undermount stainless steel sink system includes a solid countertop constructed of granite, marble, quartz stone, quartzite, porcelain, glass, engineered stone, multi-layered and/or composite materials, and having a sink mounting aperture defining an inner periphery disposed therethrough. The system also includes a stainless steel sink having a sidewall with a rimless upper edge defining an outer periphery therearound. A mounting assembly is attached to a portion of the stainless steel sink at a predetermined mounting depth below the rimless upper edge, and an interface is formed between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop. A sealing assembly is disposed in the interface between the rimless upper edge of the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop to prevent water, food, or other debris from getting in between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Mehmet Hocaoglu
  • Patent number: 9476190
    Abstract: An undermount sink that can be integrally mounted to a laminate or solid surface countertop. The undermount sink has a novel mounting structure to accomplish mounting to a laminate countertop. A mounting flange is attached to an outer perimeter of the undermount sink bowl, and is reinforced by way of a mounting flange support within the mounting flange that is mechanically fastened to the upper outer perimeter of the undermount sink bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Chad Michael Cusimano
  • Patent number: 9157219
    Abstract: An undermount sink system for mounting beneath a countertop having an upper counter surface. The undermount sink system includes a sink basin and a discharge conduit coupled to the sink basin, which is positioned to expel fluid into the sink basin via an outlet thereof. The discharge conduit and basin are configured to mount to the countertop entirely below the upper counter surface. The flow of fluid through the discharge conduit may be activated via a motion sensor or switch coupled directly to the basin or a spacer ring positioned between the basin and the countertop. Controls for adjusting the temperature and/or flow rate of fluid through the discharge conduit may also be coupled to the basin or a spacer ring positioned between the basin and the countertop, or alternatively, to a surface of the countertop. Methods of making and using undermount sink systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Rod Gibson
  • Publication number: 20150059082
    Abstract: A seamless undermount stainless steel sink system includes a solid countertop, such as granite or marble, having a sink mounting aperture defining an inner periphery disposed therethrough. The system also includes a stainless steel sink having a sidewall with a rimless upper edge defining an outer periphery therearound. A mounting assembly is attached to a portion of the stainless steel sink at a predetermined mounting depth below the rimless upper edge, and an interface is formed between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop. A sealing assembly is disposed in the interface between the rimless upper edge of the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop to prevent water, food, or other debris from getting in between the stainless steel sink and the solid countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Mehmet Hocaoglu
  • Patent number: 8938823
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention provides an insert that is incorporated into laminated countertops during fabrication of stock countertop material. Once installed, a guide portion of the insert serves as a template for the later removal of a selected cut-out portion of the insert, to leave an opening in the countertop defined at least in part by a remaining portion of the insert. In this way, the insert may for example serve as both a template for cutting a sink opening in a laminated countertop, and as a component of a sink undermounting system in the laminated countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Counter-Seal Corp.
    Inventors: Bryan Gordon Drozdowich, Peter Zurba
  • Patent number: 8925125
    Abstract: A method for producing a basin (1) integrated in a work plane, called the receiving plane (2), having an upper surface (2a) and a lower surface (2b), according to which method the receiving plane is pierced right through and an opening (3) adapted to receive the basin is formed, this receiving plane is installed in a mould (10) and the basin is moulded by injecting synthetic material directly onto the edge (3a) of the opening of the receiving plane. A receiving plane suitable for carrying out the method and a monobloc plane/basin assembly thus obtained are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Chene Vert
    Inventor: Benoit Galinier
  • Patent number: 8898827
    Abstract: A waterproof sink insert (124, 124?, 124?, 124??, 124??) for installing an under-mount sink (108) in a built-up surround (104) having a non-waterproof support structure (116) so as to inhibit water damage to the support structure. The sink support insert is mounted within an insert opening (128) formed in the support structure. The sink support insert comprises a mounting region (144) located radially inward from the outer periphery (148) of the sink support insert. The sink is secured to the sink support structure within the mounting region. The sink support insert may optionally include one or more apertures (136) for receiving a faucet or other sink appurtenance(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Aldrich Fabrication Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Aldrich
  • Patent number: 8857786
    Abstract: A lavatory system is provided that includes a first wash station having a first fluid dispensing fixture and a first drain, a second wash station having a second fluid dispensing fixture and a second drain, a support structure extending between the first wash station and the second wash station and at least one array of photovoltaic cells supported at the support structure. The at least one array of photovoltaic cells is configured to provide power for operating both the first fluid dispensing fixture and the second fluid dispensing fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, John Loberger, Brendan Doorhy, Joseph Mazza, Brian Gaza, Donald O'Brien
  • 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: 20140250588
    Abstract: A convertible sink configuration device and method converts a counter recessed sink into an infinity sink and back again. The method and device enable the covering of a drain and the majority of a counter recessed sink opening area to present a spa like infinity sink and back again with ease. The device may include a sink insert attached to a base support. The base support may attach to a supporting mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: James Pey Chen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8684552
    Abstract: A lighted furniture apparatus and kit having a base, a plurality of side panels, a top, and a lighting element. At least a portion of the side panels are at least partially light transmitting. The side panels include vertical edges, each defining a partially-enclosed rod-receiving passage. An elongated connecting rod is configured to be slidably received within the rod-receiving passages of two adjacent panels to secure them together. The lighting element may be disposed within the interior space formed by the base, side panels, and top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Agio International Company, Ltd
    Inventor: Martin de Blois
  • Patent number: 8499375
    Abstract: A washbasin includes: a washbasin body having a water containing space and comprising an insertion hole formed in a front surface thereof in a downward inclined direction and a drain hole formed on the bottom surface thereof; a water supply nozzle projected toward the water containing space through the insertion hole from a rear end of the washbasin body, wherein the projected portion of the water supply nozzle is rotated in a direction desired by a user so as to control a water supply direction and a water supply amount; a cold/hot water supply valve buried in a one-side edge of the washbasin body and coupled to the water supply nozzle through a pipe; and a cold/hot selection level installed on the top surface of the cold/hot water supply valve and selectively supplying cold/hot water to the water supply nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Suk-Jin Kim, Hyun-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8418281
    Abstract: An under counter mount sink sealing surface and method of making that provides a watertight interface between an under counter mount sink and a laminate counter as well as a simplified and more dimensionally accurate method of field installing the sink below the counter. The water impervious seal is tightly chemically bonded to the cutout lip of the laminate as well as to the entire area on the bottom face of the laminate countertop that contacts the entire profile of the top face of the under counter mount sink. The seal also aligns the sink into the correct location and contacts the entire surface of the as it is deck aligned or completely parallel to the sink top flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Undermount LLC
    Inventor: John Norman Sutter
  • Publication number: 20130086742
    Abstract: A utility tub includes a basin having a bottom wall and a sidewall extending generally perpendicularly therefrom. At least two legs support the basin above a supporting surface. Each of the at least two legs extends generally perpendicularly with respect to the bottom wall of the basin and the supporting surface. A shelf includes a top surface and an opposing bottom surface. The shelf is selectively removably detachable to the basin and each of the at least two legs such that the shelf has a first configuration wherein a least a portion of the shelf is supported within the basin above the bottom wall and the second configuration wherein at least a portion of the shelf is supported by the at least two legs below the bottom wall of the basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: ZENITH PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaveh DIDEHVAR, Joseph VACCARO, Joseph WEBB
  • Patent number: 8356367
    Abstract: An adjustable support device for under-mounted sanitary fixtures which enables the installation of rimless and rimmed fixtures to a countertop without the use of counter attaching hardware. The system includes mounting brackets for attachment to under-counter support cabinetry and moveable carriages suspended from the mounting brackets by adjustable lift actuators. Length adjustable hanger beams are attached to the opposing moveable carriages to create a support surface for the fixtures. The moveable carriages and attached hanger beams are lowered by the lift actuators to accommodate the insertion of a sanitary fixture and then raised to position the supported, upward facing rim of the fixture to the desired position relative to the countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Peter S Flynn
  • Patent number: 8277070
    Abstract: A counter includes a base and a countertop spaced from the base that has an edge that defines a border of the countertop. An edge or support collar is disposed between the base and the countertop, the edge collar including a light-transmissive band that extends along the border of the countertop. The light-transmissive band has an inner side and an outer side opposite the inner side that forms a stratified outer edge with the edge of the countertop. A light source is positioned adjacent the inner side of the edge collar and configured to emit light outward through the light-transmissive band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Crafted Countertops, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph R. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20120204343
    Abstract: A sink with a back upper tier accessory rail located along the top of the back wall; a front upper tier accessory rail located along the top of the front wall; a back lower tier accessory rail located on the back wall, where the back lower tier accessory rail is lower than the back upper tier accessory rail; a front lower tier accessory rail located on the front wall, where the front lower tier accessory rail is lower than the front upper tier accessory rail; and at least one upper accessory sized to rest on the upper tier accessory rails such that the accessory may slide along the upper tier accessory rails. The sink may further comprise at least one lower accessory sized to rest on the lower tier accessory rails such that the accessory may slide along the lower tier accessory rails. The accessories may include: a cutting board; a platform holding a bowl or colander; a drain rack; a condiment pallet; a cutting board with an induction cook top resting atop the cutting board; or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Roger Shollmier
  • Patent number: 8166618
    Abstract: A strapping device used for installing, supporting, and sealing under-mount sinks comprises a series of straps looped by a series of rings and locking tightening devices. The locking tightening devices are used to tighten the straps and raise and support an under-mount sink in position. The rings and straps are anchored to hooks attached to the edge of the sink opening on the counter top underlay. A series of hooks are capable of holding a series of straps under tension to support an under mount sink in position with a located on the lip of the under-mount sink. A continuous loop of closed cell PVC is disposed atop the lip of the sink, so that when the sink is tightened through the countertop underlay, the lip of the sink encounters the underside of the countertop and the sealing material is compressed, forming a permanent, flexible, water-tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Leonard Eriksson
  • Publication number: 20120048150
    Abstract: A handicap accessible laboratory table is disclosed for use in lectures and laboratory experiments. The table has a base suitable for wheelchair access, a generally planar countertop mounted on at least three telescoping legs, a motor to raise and lower the countertop without requiring locking the legs into position, and a fixed-height sink mounted adjacent to the edge of the countertop and providing clearance for a wheelchair to fit beneath the sink. Optionally, the table can also have a marine edge to control spills, a two-depth sink to allow for handicap access which can have a faucet or a sprayer, a finger guard to protect children's fingers when the countertop is in motion, a storage area for rods, and a key-activated switch or remote for controlling the countertop height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: SHELDON LABORATORY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Roger Moore
  • Publication number: 20100275368
    Abstract: A combined sink and storage rack assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a sink basin, a work area integral with the sink basin, and a wire rack hung underneath the work area at a side of the basin. Spring clips mounted on the sink basin and work area hook the rack. Sections of the rack's wire that insert into the spring clips are coated with an elastomer, such as silicone rubber, in order to dampen vibrations transmitted from the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Jason R. Miller, Niels J. Eilmus
  • Publication number: 20100275369
    Abstract: A food preparation system is disclosed. It has a sink with an upper rim, a carry tray slideable along the rim regardless of whether inverted or not, the carry tray having a carry cavity on an upper side and a cutting board surface on a bottom side, and at least one bowl capable of being oriented in the carry cavity in either of two inverse orientations. The bowl has a first upward facing compartment defining a first volume for larger items, and a second downward facing compartment defining a second volume for smaller items. The system provides, in a compact way, cutting board, carry tray, and customized bowl storage capability adjacent a food preparation sink. Specialize bowls for use therewith are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Niels J. Eilmus, Jason R. Miller
  • Patent number: 7802327
    Abstract: A portable and compact children's training sink is provided with a main housing having a basin, a drain hole disposed in the basin, and a back splash panel substantially adjacent to, behind, and projecting above the basin. Support legs support the main housing, including at least one front support leg and at least one rear support leg. The front and rear support legs are spaced apart to accommodate and placed over or outside of a household bathtub or shower stall. A reservoir is preferably removably disposed in the back splash panel, and a spigot is in fluid communication with the reservoir and extends over and empties into the basin. When the rear support leg is placed inside a bathtub or shower and the front support leg is placed outside the shower, fluid entering the basin by gravity from the reservoir and through the openable spigot exits via the drain hole and empties into the bathtub or shower or a waste water receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: Judith Moceri, Michael Moceri
  • Publication number: 20100132112
    Abstract: A lavatory system is provided that includes a first wash station having a first fluid dispensing fixture and a first drain, a second wash station having a second fluid dispensing fixture and a second drain, a support structure extending between the first wash station and the second wash station and at least one array of photovoltaic cells supported at the support structure. The at least one array of photovoltaic cells is configured to provide power for operating both the first fluid dispensing fixture and the second fluid dispensing fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, John Loberger, Brendan Doorhy, Joseph Mazza, Brian Gaza, Donald O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7721364
    Abstract: A remote indoor kitchen coupled to existing water and drainage resources where the water and drainage lines may be uncoupled utilizing quick-connect couplers and the remaining fast remove portion of the line is removed. Water leakage is prevented through shutoff valves upstream and downstream of the fast remove portion. Optionally, couplers containing integrally disposed, one-way valves in the female members, are located at either end of the fast remove portion of the line to prevent water leakage. Preferably, the supply tubing is resilient and predisposed to coil making removal simpler. Water drainage is accomplished through valveless couplers and preferably by assisted by pump. The kitchen assembly includes a frame with preferably collapsible lower legs, at least one sink, a planar surface, storage drawers, a faucet, a spray nozzle, a backsplash with an electrical outlet. Optionally the sink includes a garbage disposal, mounted oven, and a protective plastic overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Pearson
  • Publication number: 20100017957
    Abstract: A gasket intended for top-down, press fit installation of a sink in a counter. The gasket includes a body having a flange adapted to engage a portion of the sink. The body further includes a receiver and at least one projection extending from the body. A method of using the gasket is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: JOHN JOHNSTON
  • Publication number: 20100017956
    Abstract: An inlay-type sink includes a table board having a hole and an annular insertion groove formed under the table board along a periphery of the hole. A sink includes a sink main body, a first horizontal flange section being annularly disposed along a periphery of the sink main body. A vertical skirt section being formed on an edge of the first horizontal flange section. The first horizontal flange section attaching to lower side of the table board. The vertical skirt section being inserted in the insertion groove of the table board; and retainer member locked under a bottom of the table board to together with the table board tightly clamp the first horizontal flange section. In case water infiltrates into the gaps between the table board and the first horizontal flange section, the water will be stopped by the vertical skirt section from leaking outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Yue-Sheu Chen
  • Publication number: 20100011499
    Abstract: A method for protecting the wood board layer from potential water damage during use is disclosed. The method for protecting the wood board layer from potential water damage originating from the faucet plumbing provides for replacing the particle board with non-porous plastic blocks in the areas in which holes are drilled in order to accommodate the faucet plumbing. The non-porous plastic blocks enclose the faucet plumbing and prevent the water from a possible leak to come in contact with the particle board areas around the plumbing for a long enough period of time until the leak can be repaired. The method for protecting the wood board layer from potential water damage originating from the sink caulking provides for applying a waterproof sealer to the bottom of the particle board in an area around the sink apertures that has a perimeter extending at least 2 inches from the sink aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Milton Schiller
  • Patent number: 7647654
    Abstract: A basin for installation into an opening defined by a kitchen countertop, the countertop having a substantially uniform planar top surface, where the basin includes a wall defining a reservoir, a ledge disposed along at least a portion of the wall and a cover contacting the ledge within the reservoir such that the cover top side is level with the countertop surface. The basin cover underside receives and retains a cutting board which may be accessed by a user and removed for use anywhere in the kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Harry Shamroth
  • Patent number: 7617548
    Abstract: A gasket for securing and sealing a sink in an opening of a counter. The gasket includes a body having a flange adapted to engage a portion of the sink. The gasket also includes at least one projection spaced apart from the flange. The at least one projection engages an inner surface of the counter when installed. Accordingly, the gasket enables top-down, press fit installation of the sink. A method of using the gasket is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: John Johnston
  • Publication number: 20090205127
    Abstract: Provided herein are adapters useful in constructing countertops for kitchens and other areas in which fixtures such as sinks and cooking range tops are desired to be installed. Through use of an adapter according to the invention, on-site cutting of holes or voids in stone countertops is eliminated and countertops may be fabricated using plain rectangular slabs of stone or other materials readily. Use of an adapter according to the invention reduces labor and costs associated with countertop fabrication and installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: James T. Osher
  • Publication number: 20090139076
    Abstract: A method for undermounting a sink to a countertop includes preparing a countertop and a sink. Thereafter a primary channel is routed within the backside of the countertop, the primary channel including a base and being shaped and dimensioned for receipt of the sink flange, and a secondary channel is routed within the base of the primary channel along an interior circumference of the primary channel. Substrate material is then removed from the secondary channel to expose an underside of the decorative laminate and adhesive is applied within the secondary channel so that the underside of the decorative laminate is fully covered. A bead of adhesive is applied to the base of the primary channel and the sink flange is placed within the primary channel. A support plate is secured around the sink flange to provide support and a central portion of the countertop defined by the primary channel is cut out to expose the bowl of the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Rajesh Ramamurthy, Herman Lee Ratliff, Richard Anthony Conde, Robert W. Moore, Robert Guerra, Jacinto Moreno, III
  • Publication number: 20090106892
    Abstract: The present invention is a sink cover including a body portion having a drain sleeve thereon that is positioned in engagement with the drain of a sink. The sleeve is engaged with a collar the holds the body portion in the sink over the drain, and allows the body portion to be rotated. A shroud is connected to the body portion or the collar at one end and to the edge of the sink at the opposite end to provide a continuous surface over the surface of the sink that directs fluids and other materials on implements being cleaned over the sink cover through cover and into the drain opening without contacting the surface of the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Charles P. Hickey
  • Patent number: 7478443
    Abstract: In order to provide a sink, comprising at least one basin, which is provided with a basin flange at its upper edge, a cover, which is fixed to the basin and at least partially covers the basin flange, and at least one holding element on the sink side, which cooperates with a holding element on the worktop side when the sink is fitted, in order to hold the sink on a worktop, in the production of which no after-treatment of visible faces of the sink is necessary and in which the cover can be freely designed and, in particular, can be configured without a dent, it is proposed that the holding element on the sink side is connected to the basin flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Blanco GmbH + Co KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schneider, Michael Osterroth
  • Publication number: 20080148475
    Abstract: A multi-basin sink includes a sink and an accommodation space recessed in the sink and segregated into multiple basins; one or a plurality of horizontal flange protruding toward interior of the accommodation space being disposed at a depth approximately one fourth up to three fourths below a middle section of the accommodation space at where closer to an opening of the basin to reinforce strength sideway of the entire sink; a board or disk laterally striding over the horizontal flange; a mobile partition being provided in and to adjust height of the partitioning portion in the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: HSIEN-YANG LIN
  • Patent number: 7305723
    Abstract: A sink with an integrally molded recessed dish drain area adjacent to the sink basin and which incorporates an integrated reversible utility board that may be hinged or unhinged with the under side of the utility board providing a cutting board/work station surface which can conveniently and efficiently aid in the preparation of food by cutting, dicing or chopping, vegetables or meats. etc., with minimal inconvenience. The arrangement comprises a sink having at least one basin with a garbage/waste disposal and a molded or formed recessed area that may serve as a dish drain area and such drain area when not in use may be enclosed by the utility board. This new and improved arrangement for a utility board/work station provides a reversible utility board that is molded/contoured and is supported by at least two sides of the top area of the recessed flange and over the dish drain basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Jimmy J. Fulks
  • Patent number: 7246387
    Abstract: A sink assembly supported by a countertop surface or a freestanding cabinet to form a food preparation station is provided. The sink assembly includes a sink basin, a stanchion, a cutting board supported by the stanchion, and a coupling member fastening the cutting board and stanchion. The stanchion has first and second uprights extending between lower edges that are coextensive with the basin floor and terminating in a platform spanning therebetween. Mounts, such as slotted brackets, releasably secure the stanchion to the basin floor. The coupling member may be first and second pairs of cooperating fasteners associated with the cutting board and platform. The fasteners can be a cooperating tab and slot and a cooperating spring clip and peg. The basin floor may be sloped in multiple directions while the cutting board, when coupled to the stanchion, extends generally parallel to the horizontal plane of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventors: E. Jay Erickson, Andrew Gordon
  • Patent number: 7240380
    Abstract: A sink assembly that may be supported by a countertop surface or a freestanding cabinet to form a food preparation station is provided. The sink assembly includes a sink basin, a stanchion extending upwardly from the sink basin floor, and a cutting board supported by the stanchion. The stanchion has a sidewall that is formed as a one-piece integral extension of the sink basin floor and terminates in an upper rim portion to support the cutting board. The front wall of the sink basin may have an area of reduced height to facilitate access to the cutting board. The food preparation station may be equipped with an appliance underneath the sink basin, such as a dishwasher, but may also include a garbage disposal, a waste chute, a removable cooking dome, a sloped basin floor, an auxiliary tray sized to partially fit beneath the cutting board, and height adjustment features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: E. Jay Erickson
  • Patent number: 7007317
    Abstract: This invention deals with a sink having a flange can be flush mounted in a countertop where the countertop is made of a laminate upper layer supported by a wood based body such as particle board. The countertop is readied for sink mounting by ploughing out a sink channel in the supporting body of the countertop. The sink channel is filled with a hardenable plastic such as an epoxy. The upper surface of the epoxy and the laminate is machined such as by a router to create a rabbet to accommodate the flange of the sink. The sink channel is arranged so that the hardened epoxy extends under the laminate so that any water which passes under the flange of the sink will contact the epoxy and not the wood based structure. A faucet having holes to accommodate hot water, cold water, spigot and faucet accessories can be mounted using the same channel and epoxy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Niro-Plan AG
    Inventor: Richard William Brown
  • Patent number: 6986174
    Abstract: A mounting device for securing a sink to a countertop including a mounting plate and a support member. The mounting plate has a plurality of perforations which are sufficiently large to permit seaming compound to flow therethrough. The support member includes a mounting flange and a support flange. The mounting flange is adapted to secure the support member to the mounting plate, and the support flange is adapted to contact and support the sink flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Nitro-Plan AG
    Inventor: Richard Brown
  • Publication number: 20040093667
    Abstract: A sink assembly that may be supported by a countertop surface or a freestanding cabinet to form a food preparation station is provided. The sink assembly includes a sink basin, a stanchion extending upwardly from the sink basin floor, and a cutting board supported by the stanchion. The stanchion has a sidewall that is formed as a one-piece integral extension of the sink basin floor and terminates in an upper rim portion to support the cutting board. The front wall of the sink basin may have an area of reduced height to facilitate access to the cutting board. The food preparation station may be equipped with an appliance underneath the sink basin, such as a dishwasher, but may also include a garbage disposal, a waste chute, a removable cooking dome, a sloped basin floor, an auxiliary tray sized to partially fit beneath the cutting board, and height adjustment features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: E. Jay Erickson
  • Publication number: 20040049844
    Abstract: The two-piece vanity top includes a granite top piece having a sink opening. A sink member having a flange is joined to an undersurface of the granite top piece to align with the sink opening. The sink flange thus extends along the undersurface of the top piece. A plurality of clamping assemblies are bonded to the undersurface of the top-piece without penetrating the top-piece and without threading any fasteners into the granite surface. Each of the clamping assemblies includes an adjustable clamping member that is engageable with the sink flange to force the sink flange against the undersurface of the top-piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Applicant: Vertex Stone and Chinaware Limited
    Inventor: Norman Stone
  • Patent number: 6530097
    Abstract: A stone-top sink board arrangement includes a sink board having a through hole, a reinforcing panel overlappedly mounted underneath the sink board, wherein the reinforcing panel has a guiding hole coaxially aligning with the through hole of the sink board, a mounting unit arranged for securely mounting the top surrounding edge of the bowl to the reinforcing panel, and at least two supporting flanges. Therefore, by securely mounting on inner sides of two supporting walls respectively of a cabinet, the reinforcing panel is substantially supported on the supporting flanges while the sink board is sitting on top of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Chen Sung
  • 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: 6446279
    Abstract: A drainage surface is provided on a conventional stamped metal sink and drain board unit. Multiple separate arrays of surface ridges are cold metal stamped in each of the drain boards. The upper ridge surfaces form a resting plane for dishware and cooking utensils while drying, permitting air circulation under the each of the kitchenware articles. Such circulating air speeds drying times and lessens the opportunities for cross-contamination problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Theodore C. Lambertson
  • Patent number: 6442905
    Abstract: A complete pre-fabricated tile counter is described that is already tiled and grouted and ready for installation upon a cabinet or other substructure, with or without a back splash or side splash panel. Counter tops including built-in sinks, and counters and splash panels may be produced economically in any style, shape and tile selected by a homeowner or builder prior to installation at a site. The invention counters are designed to be installed easily by the average homeowner or builders, in a minimum of time and with little mess to be cleaned up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Albert I. Weinstein
  • Publication number: 20020108172
    Abstract: A sink form for use in installing a sink having laterally extending flanges in a countertop is preferably formed of a plastic material, such as nylon or polypropylene resin. It is preferably made to the exact shape of the cut-out opening for the sink, although for round or oval sinks, the form may consist of a flexible strip of the proper cross-section cut to length as required to match the opening. The sink form has a cross section consisting of a downwardly extending portion which is secured to the edges of the opening, a laterally extending flange portion, and, at the outer edge of the flange portion, an upstanding vertical portion terminating in an outwardly curved part. The downwardly extending portion is secured to the edge of the cut-out opening with the laterally extending flange portion spaced away from the countertop to allow for a layer of concrete float material between the flange portion and the countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Jay M. Loch
  • Patent number: 6349429
    Abstract: An apertured mounting unit comprises a deck sheet with a top and a bottom surface, the deck sheet has a cross-sectional edge defining an aperture. A non-porous seal member abuts the edge, the seal member has top and bottom surfaces. A sink with an upper circumferential flange may be removably mounted on the bottom surface of the deck sheet, with the flange in sealing engagement with the seal member. The flange cooperates with the seal member and with the bottom surface of the deck sheet so that the flange is brought into sealable engagement with the seal member when the flange is biased against a stop that is fixed with respect to the bottom surface of the deck sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Counter-Mate, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Zurba, Bryan Gordon Drozdowich