Flush Closet Or Urinal And Wash Receptacle Patents (Class 4/664)
  • Patent number: 9988803
    Abstract: A urinal having the bowl surface formed by only the front face portion in an upper region which does not have any forwardly projecting plate-like side walls at opposite sides thereof as in the conventional urinal. Flush water cleans a wider part of the bowl surface than in the prior art as well as reduce an area of the bowl surface that is not cleaned and provide an improved cleanliness and sanitation of the bowl surface. The urinal includes: a bowl surface being arranged so as to situate between a line segment connecting the left and right side edges and an arcuate segment of a circle having a diameter corresponding to the line segment, as viewed in the horizontal section through the flush water discharging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Tani, Yusuke Takiguchi, Yuichi Furuta, Tomohiro Kai, Hironori Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9919069
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sanitization of surfaces, such as hands, are provided. In general, the described techniques utilize a system including a housing having an active agent receptacle in fluid communication with at least one nozzle, and an air pump in fluid communication with the at least one nozzle. The system also includes a control module configured to control the delivery of an active agent as an aerosol spray through the at least one nozzle in a delivery dose. The delivery dose is expelled onto the surface as a thin uniform layer and dried such that the entire surface sanitization process is completed in less than or equal to 5 seconds. The active agent receptacle can be configured to receive a removable and replaceable cartridge carrying the active agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LivOnyx Inc.
    Inventors: Maury D. Cosman, Bruce L. Carvalho
  • Patent number: 9267273
    Abstract: A method and apparatus brings the wall-mount faucet installation outside of the wall to the bath vanity cabinet itself. Therefore, the plumbing is not confined by the wall stud location and distances, yielding all plumbing to be within the furniture sink vanity cabinet. The methods and apparatus enable the installation and future maintenance of wall-mount faucets to be at a minimum effort. The methods and apparatus can substantially reduce the cost of bathroom re-modeling while enabling modular/furniture/prefabricated styles of bath sink vanities to be used with wall-mount faucets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: James Pey Chen
  • Publication number: 20150096118
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are presented. An apparatus comprises a wall and a urinal. The wall is physically associated with a fuselage for an aircraft. The urinal is positioned along the wall, the wall and urinal positioned within a specialty lavatory area module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Darren Carl McIntosh
  • Publication number: 20150013063
    Abstract: In a craft such as an aircraft, a lavatory unit may be powered by the various outputs of a fuel cell system, including by-products that typically become waste. For example, but not limited to, a combination of the water, oxygen-depleted air, thermal energy and/or electrical energy generated by the fuel cell system may be used to supply water to the faucet and the toilet of the lavatory unit, to supply the lavatory unit with its electrical needs, and to heat and/or disinfect and/or dry the lavatory unit and its surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Razmik Boodaghians
  • Publication number: 20140359934
    Abstract: A toilet module for a vehicle is provided. The toilet module comprises a housing having a front wall, a first functional wall and at least one second functional wall, which enclose a floor surface on the underside of the housing, and a toilet unit. The front wall comprises an access opening. The first functional wall is arranged opposite the front wall and accommodates the toilet unit. The at least one second functional wall extends between the first functional wall and the front wall and is perpendicular to the front wall. The toilet unit has a longitudinal extension axis which forms an angle which is greater than 0° with the at least one second functional wall. In this way, a particularly narrow and compact toilet module can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Ralf SCHLIWA, Volker LUDERER, Florian SCHUEPHAUS, Roland LANGE, Michael ECKERT
  • Publication number: 20140196206
    Abstract: A modular lavatory monument assembly configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The modular lavatory monument assembly includes first, second, third and fourth walls that cooperate to form an outer shell that defines a lavatory interior. The fourth wall includes an alcove extending outwardly therefrom. The assembly also includes a sink module positioned in the alcove, a mirror module positioned above the sink module in the alcove, and a door positioned on one of the second or third walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Savian, Ian Geoffrey Scoley
  • Publication number: 20140165285
    Abstract: A toilet area for an aircraft cabin comprising an access door and housing a toilet bowl. The toilet area also comprises an evacuation exit, the access door occupying a closed position in the toilet area in a toilet configuration and a folded position in the toilet area in an evacuation configuration. Usage in particular in a flying wing aircraft is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Yves Durand, Bernard Guering
  • Publication number: 20140109310
    Abstract: The portable half bathroom of this invention looks and serves as a regular cabinet 10 until it is needed as and converted to half bathroom 20. Front, back, right & left side walls 2, doors 3, flooring 4, and roofing 5 will be pulled out and unfolded either manually or automatically via electrical or battery system to promote privacy and comfort by forming a room. All side and back walls are racked on their relative sides of the cabinet (10) when the portable half bathroom (20) is not in use. By pressing a button or releasing lever (6), a multi-legged toilet 7 deploys out through front doors of the cabinet. Sink 9, and foldable tank 15 and faucet 11 unfold from their connection or hinge 19 and deploy or sit on the top surface of the cabinet for hygiene. Waste products are collected in environmentally friendly or biodegradable water resistant disposable containers 12.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ybirhan Girmay Meressa
  • Publication number: 20140013502
    Abstract: A portable toilet particularly suited to be a roll-out toilet positions a toilet with its holding tank at a rear wall, a sink at an opposed front wall , a urinal on one of the side walls and an access door through the opposing sidewall to provide access to the enclosure formed by the, front, rear and side walls. By connecting the drain from the sink to the urinal so that the water draining from the sink must pass through the urinal and then pass from the urinal to a toilet holding tank via a drain line connecting the urinal to a toilet holding tank the sink drain water is collected and will tend to wash and thereby clean the urinal .
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Ken Winter, Roger Winter
  • Patent number: 8424130
    Abstract: A toilet monument is provided, in particular for a passenger transport vehicle, which includes, but is not limited to a receptacle that is configured to receive a mobile sanitary unit. The mobile sanitary unit includes, but is not limited to components for operating the sanitary unit. The mobile sanitary unit may be removed completely from the toilet monument in order to make it possible to affect decentralized cleaning and servicing of the mobile sanitary unit. The term mobile sanitary unit refers, for example, to a toilet unit, a hand wash facility, a urinal or a shower unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Dannenberg, Christiane Lindauer, Thomas Vogt
  • Patent number: 8375481
    Abstract: A shower water recycling system for toilet flushing that includes a storage tank having a water pipe inlet operationally controlled by means of a float valve, the float valve maintaining a reserve volume of water within an interior cavity of the storage tank, and a pump to pump water from an outlet of the storage tank to an extant toilet cistern, the storage tank having a rotatable plug disposed in a centrally draining top surface, said plug moveable between a first drain position and a second drain position whereby a drainage collar alternately sealingly engages and disengages with a drainage pipe disposed bypassing the interior cavity, and a flush arm slidingly activates and deactivates a flush valve to drain the storage tank, as desired, whereby shower water is conserved and recycled for use in an extant toilet, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Joshua Gibbins
  • Publication number: 20120261509
    Abstract: An aircraft lavatory includes first and third walls extending inwardly from a second wall and a fourth wall connecting the first wall to the third wall. A countertop extends along a portion of the first wall. A sink is disposed in the countertop. The countertop defines an under-countertop recess free from obstructions. A toilet is disposed adjacent to both the second wall and the third wall and defines a toilet axis bisecting the toilet. A door extends along at least a portion of the third wall. An access axis is defined that is disposed at an access angle with respect to the toilet axis. When a person in a wheelchair enters the lavatory area along the access axis, the countertop recess accommodates at least a portion of the person's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Bombardier Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Grant, Mark Mathieu
  • Patent number: 8185983
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink coupled to a storage area. The storage area is coupled to a bypass line and a common line, and a vacuum blower may apply pressure to the common line. First and second valves control the flow of fluids between the bypass line, storage area and common line, for operation of the system in a drain mode and a disposal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Scott M. Wierenga
  • Patent number: 8141185
    Abstract: A sanitary device for autonomous operation for a conveyance. The sanitary device has a sanitary module and a supply system. The sanitary module is set up replaceably in a cabin area of the conveyance. The supply system is set up in the sanitary module to supply it. The sanitary module is autonomously operable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Hoffjann, Hansgeorg Schuldzig, Heinz-Detlef Naeve, Juergen Friedrich Haastert
  • Patent number: 8104106
    Abstract: A free-standing urinal (1) having: a housing (2); a trough (3) for urine; a urine collection tank (4) located within the housing (2); a drain (7) and waste trap (8) arrangement extending between the trough (3) and the tank (4); a valved outlet (28) from the tank (4); a hand wash sink (9); a drain (10) extending between the sink (9) and the trough (3); a fresh water dispenser for dispensing water into the sink (9); a paper towel dispenser (60); a paper towel waste container (70); and lifting fixtures (35, 36, 37) for moving the urinal (1) by forklift, hand or crane; The drain (7) and waste trap (8) arrangement has an “S bend” (30) containing an oily sealant (31). The urinal (1) is portable, it is freestanding and need not be mounted to a wall or other fixture, and it need not be connected to a mains water supply and sewerage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Fredrick Noel Anderson
  • Publication number: 20110258770
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hygienic urinal intended for use by people on farms, at large events and, in particular, at the top, or between the floors of a structure under construction. For this purpose, the invention comprises a portable urinal with a wash-hand basin, formed by a hollow prism having a rectangular base and a U-shaped concave urinal projecting out from the front surface thereof. The upper part of the rear face of the concave urinal is communicated with an upper oval wash-hand basin by means of multiple holes, thereby enabling a curtain of water to flow into the prism through small lower holes. The upper inner part of the prism is provided with a drinking water tank which is connected via a hose to a foot pump located in a cavity at the bottom right corner, such that, when necessary, the user can use the foot pump to activate the discharge of water through a curved faucet above the wash hand basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jorge Enrique Velasco Morande
  • Patent number: 8011033
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink and a storage area receiving and storing matter from the sink. The storage area receives air from the bypass line during a flush. Also, matter from the storage area and sink is vacuumed through a common line during the flush. A valve limits an amount of air supplied by the bypass line such that increased suction is applied to the sink through the common line. The valve may be manually operated or operated by a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Scott M. Wierenga
  • Patent number: 7984520
    Abstract: A water closet has a wash basin positioned above a toilet which is secured to a floor. A guide is adapted to direct movement of the wash basin in a generally vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Boyd Black
  • Patent number: 7882577
    Abstract: A mobile sanitary system has a transportable platform, in particular a chassis, on which a plurality of sanitary elements are arranged. A number of technical supply devices are situated on the platform. According to one aspect of the invention, the technical supply devices are arranged in a central region of the platform, which region is surrounded all the way around by the plurality of sanitary elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kärcher Futuretech GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Merz, Michael Moser, Gunter Siegle, Johann Tatar
  • Publication number: 20100186162
    Abstract: In one preferred embodiment, the present invention includes a self-standing public restroom facility requiring only sewer and water at the installation site. The facility is a functional, low-cost, easy-to-maintain, low-power-consumer, safe, accessible public restroom facility available to all citizens of a modern society, whether such citizens be tourists, business-persons, transients, home-less, able-bodied or physically challenged. The facility comprises a plurality of wall panels that bolt to a slab and to each other to enable rapid, low cost, off-site, modular construction and easy assembly on-site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: City of Portland
    Inventor: Charles Randall Leonard
  • Publication number: 20100005584
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, a water closet has a wash basin positioned above a toilet which is secured to a floor. A guide is adapted to direct movement of the wash basin in a generally vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Boyd Black
  • Patent number: 7540040
    Abstract: A toilet seat cover and back support includes a hinge connecting the back support to the rear of the toilet bowl cover and a guide is provided in the cabinet for the seat cover to maintain the back support in an upright position when the seat cover is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Harry A. Roenick
  • Publication number: 20080289099
    Abstract: A bath stall unit for accommodating a disabled person includes a walled structure having a curved exterior wall portion and a curved access door associated therewith. The door is movable generally horizontally along a curved path defined by the wall portion between open and closed positions to provide access to the unit by lateral transfer, such as from a wheelchair. A toilet in the unit is disposed to receive a person transferred thereinto, where both a lavatory and shower facilities are provided. The configuration of the unit provides a sufficiently narrow width to permit an assembled unit to be delivered to a home or a facility through an exterior doorway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Jerald P. Skinner
  • Publication number: 20080265092
    Abstract: A handicapped-accessible aircraft lavatory includes a wheelchair region, a toilet assembly adjacent to and oriented at a non-zero angle with respect to the wheelchair region, and a sink assembly adjacent to the toilet assembly. The sink assembly includes a basin positioned at a predetermined height and a predetermined lateral distance with respect to the toilet seat, wherein the predetermined height and the predetermined distance are selected such that the sink assembly is within arms-reach of a passenger (e.g., a 95th percentile male passenger) sitting on the toilet seat. Additional amenities such as mirrors, toilet paper, tissues, and the like may also be similarly positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Ben M. Cooper, Bryan D. Moran
  • Patent number: 7424755
    Abstract: A novel integrally molded cabinetry assembly having a commode formed therein. The commode substantially hangs inside the cabinetry and includes an outlet that is located on a first lower side portion thereof and the plumbing conduits incorporate a flexible portion. Whereby, the plumbing conduits can be installed at optional locations as they need not be installed directly above the sewer outlet as required in standard installations. The entire assembly also allows for numerous optional accessories, such as a novel sink, a special urinal, air evacuation system, a grinder, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Inventor: Robert D. Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20080127411
    Abstract: A sanitary device for autonomous operation for a conveyance. The sanitary device has a sanitary module and a supply system. The sanitary module is set up replaceably in a cabin area of the conveyance. The supply system is set up in the sanitary module to supply it. The sanitary module is autonomously operable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Hoffjann, Hansgeorg Schuldzig, Heinz-Detlef Naeve, Juergen-Friedrich Haastert
  • Publication number: 20080022454
    Abstract: A system for minimizing storm water contamination in a residential subdivision utilizes a high population density of portable toilets and of paint—dry wall compound—concrete tool washing stations, and, utilizes paint—dry wall compound—concrete tool washing stations as ballast in combination with portable toilets to stabilize the portable toilets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Randall W. Zell, Patrick M. Velasco, George E. Duncan, Franklin T. Huffman
  • Patent number: 7299511
    Abstract: Lavatory systems that include lavatory modules are provided. In one embodiment, each lavatory module includes a first wall, a second wall coupled to the first wall, a sink, and a urinal. The first wall of a first one of the lavatory modules is attached to the first wall of a second one of the lavatory modules and the first wall of a third one of the lavatory modules is attached to the first wall of a fourth one of the lavatory modules. The second walls are attached to each other. The lavatory modules include an amenities cabinet and a trash bin. The sinks and urinals may be coupled to a common plumbing system. The lavatory modules are manufactured separately and attached once loaded and placed into position on board a vehicle, such as an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: William C. Quan
  • Patent number: 7284287
    Abstract: Dual purpose lavatory units are disclosed. In one embodiment, a lavatory unit includes a first section, a second section, and a divider wall separating the first and second sections. The first section includes a commode and the second section includes at least one of a urinal and a sink. The dual-purpose lavatory may be constructed as a unit that is mountable in a vehicle such as an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ben M. Cooper, Allan B. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7137156
    Abstract: A portable lavatory, which is easily loaded into a freight box of a truck and is maintained in a stable loaded state in the freight box during transportation, is disclosed. In the portable lavatory (10), the capacities of both a fresh water tank (20) and a foul water tank (30) of a tank unit (12) are altered in inverse proportion to each other. The tank unit (12), integrated with a lower end of a lavatory facility unit (11), has a width and length shorter than those of the lavatory facility unit, thus being stepped inward from the lower end of the lavatory facility unit. The fresh water tank (20) and the foul water tank (30) are assembled with each other at flanged open ends thereof into a single structure, with a variable tank (40) provided in a junction part between the two tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Jinsung Mobile Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byung Joon Yang
  • Patent number: 7032351
    Abstract: A bathroom compartment in a bathroom includes at least one partition having a core with one or more core layers, the core layers being made from wood or cellulose fibers which are surrounded and bound by a hot-curing resin. The core includes pigment to provide a solid-core color. The outer surface of the core may be provided without a surface covering or may be covered with a clear sheet of material or a sheet of material having the same color as the solid core color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Redman
  • Patent number: 7024707
    Abstract: There is provided a convenience (1) comprising a sanitary compartment (7) having a toilet bowl (8), and an equipment room (10) separated from the sanitary compartment (7) and accessible through a door (16) from the outside of the convenience (1), independent from the sanitary compartment access, said convenience (1) further comprising a urinal (32), which is at least partly formed in the door (16) of the equipment room (10) and separated from the sanitary compartment (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: J.C. Decaux International
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Gagosz
  • Patent number: 7007318
    Abstract: A lavatory system is disclosed. The lavatory system comprises a base, a panel coupled to the base and configured for translating movement between a first position and a second position, a cover configured for pivoting movement relative to the base between a deployed position and a stowed position, a linkage coupled to the cover and the panel, and a motion control device including a damper configured to affect the movement of the cover and the panel. The linkage comprising at least one member configured to transfer the pivoting movement of the cover to translating movement of the panel. Movement of the cover from the deployed position towards the stowed position actuates the at least one member to move the panel from an extended position towards a retracted position. The damper is configured to control the velocity of the cover during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Bork, Timothy E. Perrin
  • Patent number: 6986171
    Abstract: A lavatory system is disclosed. The lavatory system comprises a base, a commode having a front and a rear coupled to the base and movable relative to the base between a deployed position and a stowed position, a first projection engaged between the base and the commode, and a first member adjacent the front and coupled to the projection so that the commode can be disengaged from the base. An apparatus for a lavatory system is also disclosed. The lavatory system has a commode with a front and a rear coupled to a base and configured to pivot between a deployed position and a stowed position, and a detent engaged between the commode and the base. The apparatus comprises a member adjacent the front of the commode and operatively coupled to the detent, the member configured to disengage the commode from the base by actuation of the detent so that the commode can be moved from the deployed position toward the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy E. Perrin
  • Patent number: 6938284
    Abstract: A washstand unit 10, a waste storage compartment 11, a mirror 12, an upper cabinet 13 and a lighting equipment 14 are disposed on a side panel 5. Fitting concave portions 15 and 16 are formed on the washstand unit 10 for receiving portions of the waste storage compartment 11 and lighting equipment 14. Fitting portions 19, 20 and 21, 22 are formed on the mirror 12 for receiving portions of the upper cabinet 13 and lighting equipment 14. The washstand unit 10, the waste storage compartment 11, the mirror 12, the upper cabinet 13 and the lighting equipment 14 are mounted independently on the side panel 5 without assembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Jamco Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Kitade, Ryoichi Itakura, Toshihisa Kasuya
  • Patent number: 6848126
    Abstract: A mobile, portable washing bowl or bidet, sink bowl and shower primarily for use indoors. The system uses running water and there is no need for electronic pumps. The entire device is easily transported and meets the personal hygiene needs of people with limited mobility. The washing bowl and sink bowl are mounted to a vertical support riser and washing bowl support plate. The entire frame is mounted to a pneumatic height adjuster assembly, which in turn is mounted to a five-legged caster base. Each leg of the wheelbase terminates with locking casters. There is a water tank which allows water to flow, via gravity, through three sets of flexible hoses to the sink, then the washing bowl and finally through the draining hose. Each hose has a shut off valve so that water can either be contained or released in each of the holding places —the water tank, the sink bowl or the washing bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Saint-Ange Marcellus
  • Patent number: 6823538
    Abstract: A toilet unit for a vehicle, in particular a rail vehicle, the toilet unit comprising a cubicle equipped at least with a toilet pan or with a handbasin, said toilet unit defining a limiting volume that is in the shape of a rectangular block, and that is suitable for fitting into a space provided in the rail vehicle for this purpose, said toilet unit incorporating, inside said limiting volume, at least a clean water tank and a waste water retention tank, wherein said clean water tank and said waste water retention tank are disposed vertically in respective corners of the rectangular limiting volume, each tank having an outside wall that is wedge shaped to match the shape of the corner of the rectangular limiting volume, and an inside wall on its side that faces into the cubicle that substantially matches the shape of said cubicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Alstom
    Inventors: Bernard Leclercq, Bernard Renaud
  • Publication number: 20040227034
    Abstract: A lavatory complex for an aircraft is provided. The lavatory complex includes a male lavatory facility and a female lavatory facility. The male lavatory facility includes stall units and may include urinals. The female lavatory facility includes stall units. Each stall unit suitably includes a single commode. The male and female lavatory facilities include at least one sink separated from the stall units by stall unit doors. The lavatory complex may include sinks that are not located within either the male or female lavatory facilities. A lavatory may include illuminating indicators; an illuminated, folding, baby changing station; a vanity; a self-cleaning toilet; and/or an illuminated faucet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Mark E. Wentland, Jeanne Guerin, Bethany L. Franko, Shawn A. Claflin, Douglas E. Emsley, Domenic S. Giuntoli, Melanie L. Kimsey, Hau T. Pho, Alan J. Anderson, Charles C. Jensen, Michael D. Thoreson, Michael Jaquish, Wayne T. Yutani, John A. Caldwell, Richard K. Simms, Dennis C. Lin, Thomas F. Pistler, Kevin W. Shimasaki
  • Patent number: 6819238
    Abstract: A restroom maintenance alert system and method for signaling when a restroom needs service includes a signaling device, an actuator located in a public restroom and configured to communicate with a signaling device to activate the signaling device, and instructions located on at least one of or on or near the actuator and directed to a restroom patron to actuate the actuator if the restroom needs service. The signaling device is located outside the public restroom. The method for signaling the restroom needs service includes providing the actuator in a restroom, instructing a restroom patron to activate the actuator if the restroom needs service, and activating a signaling device when the activator is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Systems Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene Pecora, Angelo Arcaria
  • Publication number: 20040194207
    Abstract: A small sink mounted on a stationary swivel is provided which can be used by adults and children in the hygienic practice to prevent the spread of deadly bacteria and viruses. The mini sink is easily swung in an arc to a position in front of the user, then, after use, it can be pushed back into a storage position. Part II of this invention covers public avenues where too, the normally accepted practice of washing hands after cleansing the posterior area of fecal matter and urine and redressing was thought to assure and meet personal sanitary requirements. But sterilizing hand inserts and the miniscrub set new standards for personal hygiene at home and abroad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Calvin Junnie Floyd, Stanley Perkins
  • Publication number: 20040163170
    Abstract: Dual purpose lavatory units are disclosed. In one embodiment, a lavatory unit includes a first section, a second section, and a divider wall separating the first and second sections. The first section includes a commode and the second section includes at least one of a urinal and a sink. The dual-purpose lavatory may be constructed as a unit that is mountable in a vehicle such as an aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Ben M. Cooper, Allan B. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6721967
    Abstract: A portable washroom for providing both washing and toilet facilities. The washroom is an enclosure that includes a base, upright supports mounted to the base, wall panels mounted between the upright supports, and a roof mounted to the top of the wall panels. An upward flushing toilet is mounted within the enclosure. The toilet has a waste line extending through one of the wall panels, and out of the enclosure so that waste from the flush toilet and wash basin is flushed outside of the enclosure. A wash basin is mounted within the enclosure and includes a drain line that connects to the toilet bowl waste line. A fresh water supply line extends through one of the wall panels of the enclosure and is fluidically connected to the toilet and to the wash basin for supplying fresh water thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Earl J. Braxton
  • Publication number: 20040049845
    Abstract: A personal care module for use by a patient within a room of a healthcare facility comprises a first washing station, at least one of a toilet and a second washing station, and a housing coupled to the first washing station and the at least one of the toilet and the second washing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Dennis J. Gallant
  • Publication number: 20040010847
    Abstract: A portable washroom for providing both washing and toilet facilities. The washroom is an enclosure that includes a base, upright supports mounted to the base, wall panels mounted between the upright supports, and a roof mounted to the top of the wall panels. An upward flushing toilet is mounted within the enclosure. The toilet has a waste line extending through one of the wall panels, and out of the enclosure so that waste from the flush toilet and wash basin is flushed outside of the enclosure. A wash basin is mounted within the enclosure and includes a drain line that connects to the toilet bowl waste line. A fresh water supply line extends through one of the wall panels of the enclosure and is fluidically connected to the toilet and to the wash basin for supplying fresh water thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Earl J. Braxton
  • Publication number: 20040003461
    Abstract: A toilet unit for a vehicle, in particular a rail vehicle, the toilet unit comprising a cubicle equipped at least with a toilet pan or with a handbasin, said toilet unit defining a limiting volume that is in the shape of a rectangular block, and that is suitable for fitting into a space provided in the rail vehicle for this purpose, said toilet unit incorporating, inside said limiting volume, at least a clean water tank and a waste water retention tank, wherein said clean water tank and said waste water retention tank are disposed vertically in respective corners of the rectangular limiting volume, each tank having an outside wall that is wedge shaped to match the shape of the corner of the rectangular limiting volume, and an inside wall on its side that faces into the cubicle that substantially matches the shape of said cubicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Applicant: ALSTOM
    Inventors: Bernard Leclercq, Bernard Renaud
  • Patent number: 6643865
    Abstract: An apparatus for installation in a lavatory having a toilet with a bowl is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a base; a panel coupled to the base, a cover coupled to the panel and movable between a first position and a second position, a first mechanism including a linkage coupled to the panel and the cover. Access to the bowl of the toilet is at least partially obstructed by movement of the cover. A method of protecting a hinge mechanism for a lavatory system is also disclosed. The method comprises placing a barrier to extend across at least a portion of the hinge mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Bradley Fixtures Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Bork, Timothy E. Perrin
  • Patent number: 6640356
    Abstract: An advertising surface on which advertising is conveyed through still or moving images is mounted on or above a urinal (1). The advertising is activated by the user of the urinal (1) when he approaches the same. The advertising can be controlled through the Internet and can be adapted to the location and the time of transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Keller Hans
  • Patent number: 6637049
    Abstract: A personal care module for use by a patient within a room of a healthcare facility comprises a first washing station, at least one of a toilet and a second washing station, and a housing coupled to the first washing station and the at least one of the toilet and the second washing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Gallant
  • Patent number: 6615421
    Abstract: The lavatory unit shown as a whole by reference number 1 comprises a box-shaped lavatory body 10 formed of panel material, which is positioned to an appropriate position on a floor panel 70 of an aircraft. A toilet unit 20 is fixed on a floor panel 110 inside the lavatory body 10, and a wash basin unit 30 is equipped to one side of said toilet unit 20. The lavatory body 10 stows a storage module 50 capable of being pulled out of and stowed again to the body 10. Said storage module 50 includes for example a closet for storing the coats and jackets of passengers etc. A state is shown where the closet 50 is pulled out of the lavatory body 10, expanding the lavatory unit. The space inside the lavatory is expanded, allowing the use of a bench 150 etc., thus improving the service provided to passengers. A part of the closet 50 being pulled out protrudes to the space in front of the aircraft door 80, but since this space is not used during flight, the space inside the aircraft is utilized efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Jamco Corporation
    Inventor: Ushio Itakura