Combined Patents (Class 4/638)
  • Patent number: 10100501
    Abstract: A multi-purpose hand washing station is disclosed that includes a hand dryer attached to a basin. The hand dryer includes a top air plenum and a bottom air plenum. A grid molded into each air plenum provides structural support to the plenums. Both the top and bottom air plenums include a plurality of air outlets that direct pressurized air from a blower for hand drying. An air hose that supplies pressurized air to the bottom air plenum includes a water trap that prevents water from flowing into the air outlets, down the air hose, and to the blower. A soap dispenser mounted on the basin dispenses liquefied soap for hand washing and is refillable by opening a lid on the soap dispenser and pouring liquefied soap into a funnel insert where it travels through a fill port into a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Figurski, Michelle L. Rundberg, John M. Loberger, Terry Lee McCallum, Dale William Gallmann, Jason M. Renner, Jeffery S. Jaworski, Theodore E. Dhein
  • Patent number: 9915057
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a sink having a basin. The apparatus includes a plurality of interconnected panels for positioning on a top surface of the sink. The plurality of interconnected panels are configured to be positionable in a first position to cover the sink basin and a second position for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: CREATIVE BLONDE, LLC
    Inventor: Janna Williams
  • Patent number: 9790674
    Abstract: A work table is converted to a portable sink by joining the work table to a faucet spigot for connection to a water source. A removable water plate has a rear wall that extends upwardly from the upper surface of the water plate. The water plate further defines an opening that directs liquid(s) (e.g., water) to a drain. The rear wall of the water plate is removably insertable into a space or gap in a back wall of the table or work surface to mount the water plate between the faucet spigot and the work surface. A cassette defining an internal compartment that leads to a drain may be mounted to a back surface of the back wall of the work table. When a cassette is so mounted, the rear wall of the water plate then may be held inside the cassette, slidably engaged between a rod support inside the cassette and an internal wall of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Reese
  • Patent number: 9617004
    Abstract: A water supply module 10? for a transportation means comprises a receiving connection 16? for receiving water from a supply line, a delivery connection 20? for delivering water to a faucet 30?, a control connection 22? for receiving control commands of an actuating element 76 on the faucet 30?, and a control unit 80. The control unit 80 is designed, on the basis of control commands of the actuating element 76, to adjust the delivery of water from the delivery connection 20? to the faucet 30?. The water supply module 10? is designed as an assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Dannenberg, Sebastian Flashaar
  • Patent number: 9095239
    Abstract: A pop-up drain plug insert comprising: a base formed for secure placement within a drain bowl in a sink which includes a bottom having a solid center and a plurality of apertures, a side emanating upwardly from the perimeter of the bottom, a flange emanating outwardly from the side, a gasket operatively associated with the side and the flange and a wall emanating upwardly near the center of the bottom to form a cup, the wall being substantially parallel to the side; a stopper formed for secure placement within the base which includes a top, a stem having a spring mechanism which permits the extension and retraction of the stem emanating downwardly from the top, a gasket surrounding the stem and being operatively associated with the top, wherein the stem being operatively associated with the cup in order to raise and lower the stopper from the base in order to permit or restrict the flow of liquids through the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Patent number: 8997271
    Abstract: A lavatory system including a countertop and a first hand washing station is provided. The first hand washing station includes a basin supported by the countertop and a faucet supported by the countertop. The lavatory system also includes a hand dryer including a housing supported by the countertop. The housing defines a cavity in which a user's hands are inserted during drying, and a motor configured to generate blown air which is supplied to the cavity. The housing is located such that the user's hands may be inserted into the cavity without the user leaving the first hand washing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bradley Corporation
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, Mark A. Figurski, Timothy E. Perrin, John M. Loberger, Jason M. Renner, Kevin M. Kohlwey, Jon A. Dommisse, Thomas E. Pelt
  • Publication number: 20150074899
    Abstract: A sink system including a vent for receiving forced air into the sink from a dryer. A vent ring may be located between a sink basin and a sink deck forming the vents. The dryer may be included in a fixture housing with a faucet as a combination. The sink deck may include a vent lip that directs forced air into the vent. The vent lip extends into a basin region beyond the vent. The vent ring may be affixed to the sink deck or to the sink basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Stone and Steel
    Inventor: Randall Gallob
  • Publication number: 20150059085
    Abstract: A hand treatment device is provided for drying a user's hands with an airflow. The hand treatment device comprises a hand treatment chamber comprising a hand insertion section and an outflow sink for purging fluid carried by the airflow from the user's hands to the outflow sink. Therein, the airflow is generated by applying a negative pressure to the outflow sink, such that air is sucked from an environment of the hand treatment device through the hand insertion section into the outflow sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Christian SEIBT
  • Publication number: 20150052678
    Abstract: A basin and hand drying system includes a hand dryer attached to a basin. The hand dryer includes a top air plenum and a bottom air plenum. The air plenums include a plurality of air outlets that direct pressurized air from a blower motor for hand drying. A soap dispenser and faucet mount on the basin for dispensing liquefied soap and water for hand washing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, Mark A. Figurski, Kenneth A. Kreitzer, Jason M. Renner, Jon A. Dommisse, Terry Lee McCallum
  • Publication number: 20150040311
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally provide a grey water interface valve liquid level sensor system. The liquid level sensor system may deliver information about the water level and the water movement that occurs in a water reservoir. A control unit may then activate a valve to open so that the water can be removed via vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jakob Hennings, Rohan Lean, Joachim Hilse, Razmik B. Boodaghians, Jeroen Willem Kurvink
  • Publication number: 20150033468
    Abstract: An insect-discouraging device (30) for installation at various sites in a sink system to periodically release an insect-discouraging material (31) without human participation. The insect-discouraging material (31) may comprise formulated chemicals, biological pesticides, viral agents, and/or micro-organisms. Such insect-discouragers are usually available in a variety of forms (e.g., powder, granules, liquid, etc.) whereby a format can be chosen that is compatible with the selected device design and the intended venue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: BLACKHAWK MACHINE LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Sapara
  • Patent number: 8881322
    Abstract: A hand washing station has a receptacle with a raised or domed portion, a fluid dispenser for dispensing a relatively hot fluid, a drain for draining fluid from the receptacle, and a cooling jacket for conveying a relatively cold fluid beneath the raised portion of the receptacle. The raised portion of the receptacle forms part of a heat exchanger for transferring heat from the relatively hot fluid within the receptacle to the relatively cold fluid within the cooling jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Andre David Brown, Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 8881324
    Abstract: A hand washing station has a fluid dispenser for dispensing a relatively hot fluid into a receptacle having a drain. The fluid dispenser is arranged to dispense fluid on to a heat exchanger located above the drain. A relatively cold fluid is conveyed adjacent or over an internal surface of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Andre David Brown, Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 8881323
    Abstract: A receptacle of a hand washing station includes a heat exchanger having an external surface for thermally contacting a relatively hot fluid and an internal surface for thermally contacting a relatively cold fluid. The external surface of the heat exchanger forms at least part of the external surface of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Andre David Brown, Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Publication number: 20140259376
    Abstract: A lighting system has a flexible member to engage a sink edge, lighting elements, and a controller to illuminate the sink. The sink is preferably glass or other transparent material with a non-smooth surface to reflect the light. The flexible member is optically transparent to allow the light to reach the sink. The sink may also have a motion detector to illuminate the sink upon approaching the sink. The lighting system and sink may be combined as a kit to be provided to homeowners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Glowsink, LLC
    Inventor: Jason S. Turner
  • Publication number: 20140208502
    Abstract: The present invention disclosed a washing apparatus comprising a first water sink and a second water sink, and the depth of the second water sink is greater than that of the first water sink, such that an interspace between the first and second water sinks is formed when they are stacked. The second water sink is equipped with a second outlet, a water spray mechanism is configured at the bottom of the second water sink, and the water spray mechanism comprises a nozzle towards said interspace. The present invention can be two different modes, one can be a basin when both water sinks are stacked, while the other is a washing apparatus when the openings of both water sinks are closed oppositely each other, whereby forming an enclosed space for washing the objects in the space. This washing apparatus features low cost and convenient operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Caibai He
  • Publication number: 20140201904
    Abstract: An insect-discouraging device (30) for installation at various sites in a sink system to periodically release an insect-discouraging material (31) without human participation. The insect-discouraging material (31) may comprise formulated chemicals, biological pesticides, viral agents, and/or micro-organisms. Such insect-discouragers are usually available in a variety of forms (e.g., powder, granules, liquid, etc.) whereby a format can be chosen that is compatible with the selected device design and the intended venue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Michael A. Sapara, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140130250
    Abstract: A fixture for a sink—for example provided in a commercial washroom or the like—incorporating a water tap and a hand dryer. The water tap comprises a spout arranged to project over the basin of the sink. The hand dryer comprises: an opposing pair of left-hand nozzles mounted on the spout for directing air onto the front and back of a user's left hand as it is passed—with palm open—in between the opposing nozzles, and an opposing pair of right-hand nozzles mounted on the spout for directing air onto the front and back of a user's right hand as it is passed—with palm open—in between the nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Christopher Lesniowski
  • Publication number: 20140101844
    Abstract: There is proposed a sanitary fitting having a fitting housing and having an electrical control unit for controlling the water flow through at least one water line, wherein the electrical control unit has at least one electrically actuable control element, in particular a throughflow valve, for closing and opening the water line, wherein the fitting housing is provided for arranging at an installation site, in particular on a wall, on an installation platform and/or on a sanitary body such as a washbasin, bathtub or the like, which sanitary fitting can be maintained or repaired with particularly little effort, specifically even in applications in which the demands with regard to vandalism are of considerable significance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Aquis Sanitar AG
    Inventor: Andreas Wawrla
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140033426
    Abstract: A basinless sink is provided having a top with a substantially flat upper surface to receive a liquid. The top may have a first end and distal second end that is elevated above the first end to direct flow of the liquid. A slot located near the first end may drain the liquid from the top into a drain or drainage basin. The drainage basin may at least partially enclose a space in which the liquid is collectable. Liquid may be removed via the drain through plumbing. Legs, a backsplash, and/or faucets may be included. Flanges may be located on the side edges of the top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Mission Azure, LLC
    Inventor: Laura Tocco Haggin
  • Publication number: 20130152303
    Abstract: A hand washing station has a fluid dispenser for dispensing a relatively hot fluid into a receptacle having a drain. The fluid dispenser is arranged to dispense fluid on to a heat exchanger located above the drain. A relatively cold fluid is conveyed adjacent or over an internal surface of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20130152301
    Abstract: A hand washing station has a receptacle with a raised or domed portion, a fluid dispenser for dispensing a relatively hot fluid, a drain for draining fluid from the receptacle, and a cooling jacket for conveying a relatively cold fluid beneath the raised portion of the receptacle. The raised portion of the receptacle forms part of a heat exchanger for transferring heat from the relatively hot fluid within the receptacle to the relatively cold fluid within the cooling jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dyson Technology Limited
  • Publication number: 20130152302
    Abstract: A receptacle of a hand washing station includes a heat exchanger having an external surface for thermally contacting a relatively hot fluid and an internal surface for thermally contacting a relatively cold fluid. The external surface of the heat exchanger forms at least part of the external surface of the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dyson Technology Limited
  • Patent number: 8337033
    Abstract: A washing counter, including a bowl portion having a concave configuration used for washing and the like, a counter portion supporting the bowl portion, and a light source portion disposed on a backside of the bowl portion to emit light toward the bowl portion. The light radiates from the surface of the bowl to the surroundings with at least one portion of the bowl portion being formed of a transparent member. The transparent member is obtained by dispersing a light diffusing member in a base member having a transparent raw material having light-transmitting transparency. The light diffusing member being a micro particle having a transparent raw material having a light refractive index different from a light refractive index of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Toto Ltd
    Inventors: Takeshi Kaneda, Masanobu Wano, Hiroshi Nagakawa, Shigeru Asoh, Chihiro Sugiyama, Mitsunori Koga, Masaaki Ezawa
  • Publication number: 20120291195
    Abstract: A dual-purpose fixture for a sink or wash basin, incorporating both a water tap and a hand dryer. The water tap has a spout arranged to project over the basin of the sink, and the hand dryer incorporates two or more hand-dryer nozzles—at least one for each of a user's hands. The left-hand nozzle is located on the left-hand side of the spout and the right-hand nozzle is located on the right-hand side of the spout, specifically so that the spout acts as a dividing partition between the two hand-dryer nozzles. This encourages correct usage of the hand-dryer. The fixture may be fitted to a sink or wall-mounted above the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin COURTNEY, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Christopher Lesniowski
  • Publication number: 20120266377
    Abstract: A rack system for use with a kitchen sink is disclosed. The rack system comprises a support structure configured to span between opposite sides of the sink, a soaker receptacle provided at a first portion of the support structure and a substantially horizontal support surface provided at a second portion of the support structure. The soaker receptacle is configured to retain a liquid used for soaking at least one utensil. The support structure is configured to support the soaker receptacle such that a bottom portion of the soaker receptacle is offset from a bottom wall of the sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Niels J. Eilmus
  • Publication number: 20120260418
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a lavatory system are described that include a bidirectional hand dryer having a top, bottom, back, and right side and multiple sensors and LEDs. Upper and lower nozzles are also provided and respectively connected to upper and lower plenums. At least two flexible air delivery hoses are connected to the plenums. A motor housing is provided and includes a motor, ports connected to the hoses, noise abatement features, and a motor microcontroller. A hand-receiving cavity exists between the top, back, right, and bottom side for receiving at least one hand of a user. Tips are connected to the nozzles and emit high speed colliding columns of air to shear water off of the user's hand. The columns of air are spaced and calibrated in such a way as to reduce forces on the user's hand which would otherwise move the hand toward the side surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle L. Rundberg, Kevin M. Kohlwey, Graeme S. Bayley, John M. Loberger, Mark A. Figurski, Theodore E. Dhein, Kenneth A. Kreitzer, Kevin B. Kline, Jason M. Renner, Scott I. Biba, Cory R. Boudreau
  • 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: 20120210509
    Abstract: A hand-drying device is provided for an aircraft, which can be integrated into a washing stand, so that the hand washing and hand drying process can be performed within the washbasin of the washing stand. Corresponding sensors make this process contactless.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Martin DEHN, Andrew MUIN, Jan REH
  • Publication number: 20120186011
    Abstract: Apparatus for washing and drying hands including a generally horizontal chamber having a defining wall, a central axis, an open end with an inwardly curved peripheral lip, a closed end, a top micro-spray nozzle arranged in the wall above the central axis, two side micro-spray nozzles arranged in the wall on opposed sides of the central axis, an air inlet arranged in the wall above the central axis, an air outlet arranged in the wall below the central axis, and two side air ducts exteriorly surrounding the wall to connect the air inlet to the air outlet, wherein in use liquid is sprayed from the top and side micro-spray nozzles to collectively establish a liquid curtain of micro-sprays across the central axis of the chamber, and air circulates within the chamber and recirculates around the chamber from the air outlet to the air inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Nigel David Wright, Ken Tasman Choate
  • Patent number: 8181289
    Abstract: A lavatory system has a cabinet including a base, a basin and a head extending above the basin. A water outlet/sensor is mounted in the head. A water supply line is connected to the water outlet. A solenoid valve in the water supply line controls the flow of water through the water supply line. A circuit board sends electrical signals to the solenoid valve for opening and closing the valve upon receipt of indications from a sensor as to whether a user hands is present or not. The solenoid valve, shut off valve, circuit board and sensor are mounted in the head with a sloped surface towards the basin. A manual shutoff valve mounted in the head is included in the supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Sloan Valve Company
    Inventors: Paul A. Schmitt, Richard A. Nortier, Mark Gutting-Kilzer, James C. Allen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110271441
    Abstract: A lavatory system including a countertop and a first hand washing station is provided. The first hand washing station includes a basin supported by the countertop and a faucet supported by the countertop. The lavatory system also includes a hand dryer including a housing supported by the countertop. The housing defines a cavity in which a user's hands are inserted during drying, and a motor configured to generate blown air which is supplied to the cavity. The housing is located such that the user's hands may be inserted into the cavity without the user leaving the first hand washing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, Mark A. Figurski, Timothy E. Perrin, John M. Loberger, Jason M. Renner, Kevin M. Kohlwey, Jon A. Dommisse, Thomas E. Pelt
  • Publication number: 20110119825
    Abstract: A device to encourage hand washing which provides visual feedback to a user who can control a video game, blow bubbles, or view other visual feedback device while washing their hands. The device in one mode features at least one controller configured to operate when wet or continually doused with water while the user is washing their hands. The user may view a video or other means for visual interaction while washing their hands, and control a portion of the display with the controller. A video game or the like may thus be played by washing their hands thereby providing user encouragement to wash their hands. In a hand powered mode of the device, a compressible shell is employed to blow bubbles while squeezed and concurrently washing the user's hands. The controller or the shell may be employed with components providing a dermabrasive action against the palm of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Reiter, Thomas A. Arnold
  • Patent number: 7735661
    Abstract: An adjustable kitchen draining rack for spanning across a sink basin and supporting a plurality of cooking receptacles that contain hot or cold flowable oils and/or greases, and allowing said cooking receptacles to safely and efficiently drain into a disposable collection receptacle thus preventing said oils and/or greases from entering sink basin drain systems and avoiding costly sink drain and piping clogs, costly clogging and damage to public sewer systems and equipment, and harm to the environment, while reducing water and energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Wallace Maurice Sumner, Marsha Lueth Sumner
  • Patent number: 7731846
    Abstract: A grease collection system for collecting and storing cooking grease for disposal by a user. The grease collection system includes an inlet assembly being designed for being coupled to a cabinet. The inlet assembly is designed for receiving the cooking grease to be disposed of by the user. A collection assembly is in fluid communication with the inlet assembly whereby the collection assembly is designed for receiving and storing the cooking grease from the inlet assembly to be selectively disposed of by the user. A hose member is fluidly coupled between the inlet assembly and the collection assembly. The hose member provides fluid communication between the inlet assembly and the collection assembly whereby the hose member is designed for permitting the cooking grease to flow from the inlet assembly to the collection assembly when the inlet assembly receives the cooking grease from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Robert E. Jones
  • Publication number: 20090172876
    Abstract: A towel holder is removably outfitted upon a pedestal style sink for presenting both items to a user at a single station. The holder is formed from a single rod member uniquely bent to effect a three-dimensional structure having C-shaped lateral supports and a C-shaped central support. The lateral supports each have a free rod end, a lateral support end portion, and a rim-traversing-engaging portion. The central support has opposed central support end portions and a towel-support portion. The central and lateral support end portions integrally form opposed sink-engaging junctions. The free rod ends, rim-traversing-engaging portions, and sink-engaging junctions engage the sink, and the inherent weight of the rod member aligns the towel support portion relative to a sink rim. The towel support portion of the towel holder may thus bear a towel in adjacency to the pedestal sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: Kyle J. Hendrickson, Matthew D. Wyatt
  • Patent number: 7533426
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for a gray water interface valve for use with a vacuum source and a collection tank. The systems and methods comprise a basin for collecting gray water, the basin having an outlet; a reservoir in fluid communication with the outlet, the reservoir adapted to house gray water; a vent line associated with the reservoir; a pressure switch associated with the reservoir, the pressure switch adapted to signal when the reservoir is full; a controller associated with the pressure switch, the controller adapted to begin a discharge cycle by checking and switching on the vacuum source if necessary; a solenoid valve activated by the controller in order to control the flow of vacuum through the system; and a drain valve adapted to open via vacuum pressure and evacuate gray water from the reservoir, wherein the drain valve is adapted to close before all of the gray water from the reservoir is emptied to reduce noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Pondelick
  • Publication number: 20090113618
    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: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Shamirra Slayton
  • Publication number: 20090105618
    Abstract: An invention is provided for a spa chair base suitable for use with any suitable seat. The spa chair base includes a pedicure basin defined by a plurality of sidewalls attached to a bottom portion, where the bottom portion and the plurality of sidewalls define an inner volume capable of containing a liquid to a particular liquid level. Disposed in the bottom portion of the pedicure basin is a physical massage element capable of providing a physical massage to a user. In addition, a waterproof physical massage element liner is attached to the pedicure basin and disposed between the physical massage element and the inner volume of the pedicure basin. The physical massage elements can utilize vibration, inflatable bladders, rollers, or any other type of massage element that provides a physical massage utilizing more than water pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Publication number: 20080313803
    Abstract: In order to provide a retaining device for retaining a built-in appliance, in particular a built-in sink unit, on a worktop, comprising at least one appliance-side retaining element, at least one worktop-side retaining element and at least one tensioning element for bracing the worktop-side retaining element and the appliance-side retaining element relative to one another, wherein the tensioning element comprises a threaded portion, a retaining portion and a reduced-diameter portion, which is disposed between the threaded portion and the retaining portion and the diameter of which is smaller than the diameter of the retaining portion, and wherein the appliance-side retaining element has at least one through-opening, through which in the fitted state of the retaining device the reduced-diameter portion of the tensioning element extends, that enables reliable mounting of the built-in appliance on the worktop and does not spoil the appearance of the built-in appliance, it is proposed that the appliance-side reta
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: BLANCO GmbH + Co KG
    Inventors: Michael Osterroth, Frank Merkel, Bernd Elsinger
  • Publication number: 20080271239
    Abstract: A multi-function sink includes a basin, a motor and a colander. Advantageously, the basin is supported by a frame, which frame is sized and shaped to fit into a corresponding aperture in a counter. Wet food is placed into the colander and the colander is placed into the basin. A sink-based coupler mates with a colander-based coupler. The user activates the motor, thereby causing the motor to rotate the colander and centrifugally dry the food. The building-in of the multi-function sink into a counter provides advantages over stand-alone centrifugal food driers in that the location of the food drier is readily known and, in those embodiments that include a faucet assembly, a ready supply of water is available for washing the food before centrifugally drying the food. Further advantageously, when the colander is removed, the multi-function sink may be used as a simple basin having a drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: QIAN WANG, YIXIN CHEN, ANDY LAM
  • Publication number: 20080172787
    Abstract: A timer and alert module for an emergency eyewash station is disclosed. The module includes a housing; a control circuit having a timing cycle contained within the housing; a speaker electrically connected to the control circuit; a switch configured and arranged to disable the control circuit; and a sensor configured and arranged to trigger the control circuit to start the timing cycle. The control circuit selectively activates the speaker periodically during the timing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: SPERIAN EYE & FACE PROTECTION, INC.
    Inventors: Deeyu Tao, Raymond A. Boissonneault, Michael C. Pereira
  • Patent number: 7228574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wash basin (2) for rinsing or washing hair of the head, comprising an illuminating device (3) having a plurality of light projectors (5) for illuminating an inner region (14) of the wash basin (2). Said wash basin (2) consists of a light permeable material (4), the light projectors (5) of the illuminating device (3) being arranged outside the wash basin (2) in such a way that at least one partial region (11) of an outer side (6) of the wash basin (2) can be subjected to light (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventors: Lars Hansen, Ingo Irmler
  • Patent number: 7140382
    Abstract: A water circulating system including a water control fixture having an operating valve and a thermostatically controlled bypass valve disposed in the fixture for bypassing water away from the fixture until the water temperature reaches a desired level. When pressurized water from the hot water heater reaches the desired temperature level at the fixture, the bypass valve closes and hot water is made available to the fixture. The bypass valve has a thermal actuator element that is thermally responsive to the temperature of the water. The fixture can have a housing with an interior chamber for operatively receiving the bypass valve. Various passages or channels can be provided to facilitate communication between the bypass valve and the water supply lines. Alternatively, the bypass valve can be positioned in the operating valve, which can include the moveable ball or replaceable cylindrical valving cartridge types of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Grundfos Pumps Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Kempf, Ken Lum
  • Patent number: 7073528
    Abstract: A water control valve configured for use with a bypass valve to automatically bypass cold or tepid water in a hot water supply line so as to maintain hot water at the fixture. The water control valve is useful for shower/tub facilities and for appliances such as washing machines and dishwashing machines. The water control valve for use with shower/tub facilities is adapted for the bypass valve to attach to or be adjacent to the water control valve by utilizing bypass ports, passageways and/or connectors. The water control valve for use with appliances is adapted to have a second outlet for connecting to a second water control valve or, for combination service valves, to have the bypass valve disposed in the tubular section between the hot and cold water components. The preferred bypass valve is a thermostatically controlled bypass valve of the type having a thermal actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Grundfos Pumps Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Dale Kempf, Ken Lum
  • Patent number: 6962609
    Abstract: A process for making multi-colored fabrics from a single dye formula is described. The process involves providing a substrate including synthetic fibers, with the substrate having defined regions where the synthetic fibers have differing levels of fiber orientation, and dyeing the substrate with a dye bath containing at least one dye from at least two of the categories of a) high contrast dyes, 2) medium contrast dyes and c) low contrast dyes, to thereby produce a multi-colored substrate from a single dye formula. The substrates are characterized by having a base of a first color and patterned regions of a different color, with the regions of different colors corresponding to regions of different levels of fiber orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Jim Rogers, Michael Meadows
  • Patent number: 6957452
    Abstract: An optical coupler for use within a sink assembly comprising a countertop having a countertop bore formed therethrough and a sink basin mounted above the countertop, the basin having a bore co-axial with the countertop bore for receiving the terminal end of a water drain pipe passing up through the countertop to the sink basin. The light coupler includes a light coupler body having a lower portion received through the countertop bore and an upper portion resting on the countertop about the countertop bore. The water drain pipes passes up through a bore formed through the light coupler body, the coupler further having a light-transmissive portion coupling the lower portion with the upper portion. Light from a light source located proximal the lower surface of the light coupler body lower portion is admitted through the lower surface and transmitted up through the light coupler body and out the upper surface to the sink basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: O'Ryan Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Grant
  • Patent number: 6753186
    Abstract: A water quality sampling system and method in which compact water impurity detector and monitoring units intended for domestic use are installed in a residential environment while detected values are electronically transmitted to a Central Monitoring Station (CMS), where customers can register and pay over the Internet. Using the impurity detector units, a portion of an incoming water stream is passed to an analyzer for detection of chlorine and various contaminants. The detector analyzes related data for determining the condition and extent of impurity in the water elements. This data is transmitted from a compact control box, known as the wall unit, that translates the data for output to the CMS, located in another geographic locale, via a common data acquisition network. This network can be the Internet or a cellular and/or satellite connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: eWaterTek Inc.
    Inventor: Harold I. Moskoff