Supply Outlet For A Sink Or Bath Patents (Class 4/675)
  • Patent number: 10161119
    Abstract: The present invention provides a faucet with a wand that has a geometric orientation of the wand and/or a geometric relationship between components of the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher Jon Gilbert, Dale A. Pulver
  • Patent number: 9689148
    Abstract: A mixer connection mechanism convenient to be mounted on a countertop is provided, which may be provided to be mounted to a countertop of a sink having a mounting hole. The mixer connection mechanism includes a base seat, a locking device, a screw rod assembly, and a position-limiting blocking lever. The screw rod assembly and position-limiting blocking lever are arranged between the base seat and the locking device. When mounted, the screw rod assembly is screwed up by an operation above the countertop of the sink to allow the screw rod assembly to be rotated, whereby rotation of the locking device is limited by the position-limiting blocking lever. Further, the locking device moves towards the countertop of the sink and abuts against a lower surface of the countertop of the sink. Meanwhile, an abutting end at the bottom of the surrounding wall abuts against the countertop of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: PRIMY CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Xuguang Zou, Knud Robert Samsing, Venkat Tirunagaru, Zhuofei Chen, Xiaobo Li
  • Patent number: 9574332
    Abstract: The present invention provides a faucet with a wand that has a geometric orientation of the wand and/or a geometric relationship between components of the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher Jon Gilbert, Dale A. Pulver
  • Patent number: 9272295
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sprayer that has on the sprayer itself capability for simultaneously controlling on/off function and flow selection. A forward button can be pressed by a forefinger to turn flow on, while a rearward rocker can be controlled by a thumb to select between aerated and non-aerated flow. The on/off control is biased to the off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 9062438
    Abstract: Disclosed is a swivel faucet, such as one having a pull-out sprayer. In one aspect the inlet and outlet lines are formed in an integral structure with a transverse plate that faces a mixing valve. In another aspect the control handle for the faucet is provided with a concentric visible bore and hidden set screw bore combined with a bushing having a cutout to facilitate their use. In still another aspect there is provided a bearing that mounts to a pivotable sprayer and provides distinct swivel positions through the use of a detent connection to a land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William R. Bares, Perry D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9003577
    Abstract: Ligature-resistant lavatory assembly incorporating a ligature-resistant adjustable faucet and valve, particularly suitable for use in behavioral health, psychiatric facilities, or prisons. The ligature-resistant adjustable faucet control includes a fixable seating element and a control knob at least partially rotatable received in the seating element. The control knob is connected to a mixing valve so that rotation of said control knob controls the mixing valve and, in turn, adjusts the temperature of water dispensed from the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Laurence D. Kopp, Edward J. Kopp, Christopher L. Kopp
  • Patent number: 8990974
    Abstract: A overmold fitting is coupled to a fluid conduit. The overmold fitting may include a first portion and a spaced apart second portion proximate a first end of the fluid conduit. The first portion may be an end ring and the second portion may be a retention ring. The overmold fitting may include a visual indicator to provide an indication of the fluid to be used with the fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Masco Corporation of Indiana, Mercury Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt J. Thomas, Derek A. Brown, Brian A. Enlow
  • Publication number: 20140325752
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture that replaces a hand held shower and bathtub filler spout and a shower valve hidden within the shower arm (or replaces the shower arm) with the shower head placed directly on the valve outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Stefan Tuineag
  • Patent number: 8863769
    Abstract: A sprayer seating assembly is disclosed for more securely docking a sprayer head to an escutcheon positioned on a countertop or the like. The escutcheon has a bore extending there through and a recess adjacent the bore. A sprayer head is linked to a supply hose and has a recess adjacent a base portion of the sprayer head. A flexible snap member is mounted in one of the recesses such that it can flex at least partially into the other of the recesses when the recesses are aligned. The escutcheon forms a rest seat for the sprayer head and the flexible snap member assists in removably retaining the sprayer head against the rest seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Terrence J. Andersen, Michael R. Bates
  • Patent number: 8746273
    Abstract: A plastic faucet body with copper connecting legs contains a plastic member including two seat portions, a connecting portion having at least one exit and a tunnel, and two support feet, each having an inlet and a channel; two copper connecting legs engaged on the two support feet. A bottom end portion of each copper connecting leg beyond a bottom end of the each support foot forms a distance so that between the each copper connecting leg and the each support foot is defined a receiving chamber. A lower coupling portion forms on a connection zone of the each support foot and the each copper connecting leg. A groove communicates with the receiving chamber and the lower coupling portion. A seal element is retained with the groove to stop cold water from the cold water pipe or hot water from the hot water pipe flowing into the lower coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chaota Yang, Chiahua Yuan, Yiping Lin, Shengping Hu
  • Patent number: 8739827
    Abstract: Conventional single-lever plumbing fixtures include a so-called cartridge in which the cold and hot water streams fed to said plumbing fixture are discharged into sanitary equipment or are blocked and are mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: CeramTec GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Leinen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140102574
    Abstract: A water valve suitable for use with a bathtub has a housing, a control bolt, an angular positioning device, an upper ceramic plate, a lower ceramic plate and a valve base. The water valve is mounted onto a water supply unit of the bathtub and used for switching between different water outlet options.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: GEANN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsiang-Shih Wang
  • Publication number: 20130180044
    Abstract: A securement device for a tap having a tap body with a bottom face and at least one water supply shaft extending from the tap body bottom face to pass through an aperture in a sink or bath, has a support member adapted to be connected to the tap body spaced from the tap body bottom face, the tap body being placed adjacent one side of a sink or bath with the tap shaft or shafts extending through the sink or bath aperture and the support member engaging the tap body on the other side (underside) of the sink or bath to secure the tap body on the sink or bath. The support member has a support plate or body with at least one edge cut-out/slot to receive a tap pillar forming or assembled to a water supply shaft of the tap body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Declan Bonar
  • Patent number: 8464369
    Abstract: Disclosed are fittings (e.g. tub spouts) suitable for mounting to a member (e.g. a water pipe). Special clamping structures are provided and located in a cavity of a fitting body. The clamping structures have at least two separate clamp parts that surround the water pipe or other member. A set screw can be extended radially inward from a hole in the fitting body to drive a clamp part. This helps to retain the end of the member in the cavity, while distributing clamping load away from a single point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Michael R. Furseth
  • Patent number: 8366019
    Abstract: A device and method for delivering water to a person who is unable to reach household or other types of water dispensing faucets. In some embodiments, the device comprises a trough for delivering the liquid and an attachment member for attaching the trough to a faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Peachy LLC
    Inventor: Susanna Lee
  • Patent number: 8214941
    Abstract: Disclosed are fittings (e.g. tub spouts) suitable for mounting to a member (e.g. a water pipe). Special clamping structures are provided and located in a cavity of a fitting body. The clamping structures have at least two separate clamp parts that surround the water pipe or other member. A set screw can be extended radially inward from a hole in the fitting body to drive a clamp part. This helps to retain the end of the member in the cavity, while distributing clamping load away from a single point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Michael R. Furseth
  • Patent number: 8210195
    Abstract: A method for securing a faucet assembly to a counter top. The faucet assembly has downwardly depending threaded inlets for the hot and cold water. Flexible water hoses are secured to the hot and cold water under sink valves and the upper ends of the flexible hoses are extended through a hot water opening and a cold water opening in the counter top. Hollow cylinder cold flexible polymeric sleeves are pressed over the hot and cold water threaded inlet nipples. The assembly is then pushed down over the counter top so that the flexible sleeves form a tight frictional fit in the counter top openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Juan Quintana
  • Patent number: 8185984
    Abstract: A faucet spout mounting assembly includes a mounting hub, a spout supported for rotation relative to the mounting hub, a retaining member configured to restrain axial movement of the spout relative to the mounting hub, and a biasing member configured to provide an axial load between the spout and the mounting hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Steven Kyle Meehan, Darrell Scott Crowe
  • Patent number: 8112832
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary washstand fitting, comprising a housing which is detachably secured to a washstand with the aid of a fixing device. The fixing device comprises a base which can be fixed to the washstand, an insertion device enabling the housing to be placed on the base from the top, and a clamping device enabling the housing thus arranged to be clamped against the base. The clamping device comprises a spring ring which is received in a groove of the base and which is radially expandable by means of a threaded pin such that it can also be engaged in a complementary counter groove in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventor: Hans-Hermann Hecker
  • Patent number: 8104111
    Abstract: A shower device is proposed that features a fixed-installation housing. This housing can, for example, stand up from the floor and may extend beyond normal human body size. The housing is fitted with a shower arm that can be moved out of an inactive position. In the inactive position, the surface of the shower arm lies flush with the surface of the housing. The jet discharge area of a shower head arranged in the shower arm faces inwards, so that it is only possible to see a flat surface on the exterior of the housing. Through pressure on this surface, a catch mechanism is released and this causes the shower arm to move out of the housing. This is accomplished via a drive mechanism, which may feature a spring, for example. Extension is performed at a relatively slow speed, which can be achieved using a damper device. The shower arm moves to a position in which the now-visible jet discharge disc of the shower head can be used as an overhead shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventors: Juergen Gross, Elvira Mangold
  • Patent number: 8079098
    Abstract: A pull rod coupling configured to operably couple a pull rod to a fluid control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Publication number: 20110289676
    Abstract: An outlet of a spigot has a bottom seat, a neck, a head and a flow passage. The bottom seat has a bottom face. The neck is formed on and protrudes upward from the bottom seat. The head is formed on and protrudes forward from the neck and has a bottom side. The flow passage is formed in the outlet between the bottom seat, the neck and the head and has at least one inlet hole and an outlet hole. The inlet hole is formed through the bottom face of the bottom seat and communicates with the flow passage. The outlet hole is U-shaped, is formed in the head opposite to the neck and communicates with the flow passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Chen-Chang LIN
  • Patent number: 8046850
    Abstract: A faucet spout structure comprises a spout housed between upper and lower housings of a water supply seat and assembled onto an outlet mount equipped with handles and a deck. The spout has a first connecting tube with an abutment surface and a stepwise coupling section extending at one end, to which a sealing ring and a coupling cavity of a second connecting tube are sequentially joined and firmly located by a buckling collar. The second connecting tube has the other end equipped with an external-threaded locking section and a stepwise conjoining section to fix to an assembling section of an outlet duct mounted to the outlet mount. The first connecting tube also has a fixing section defined by a water outlet to which a nozzle is secured and fixed to the conjoining end area of the upper and lower housings, achieving flexible assembly and maintenance of the spout thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Kim Chang
  • Patent number: 8024822
    Abstract: An improved shower arm. The shower arm includes an elbow portion adapted to fluidly communicate with a shower head and an arm portion adapted to fluidly communicate with a water supply. The arm portion is pivotably coupled with the elbow portion about a long axis of the elbow portion, with the long axis of the elbow portion and a long axis of the arm portion forming an angle. The arm portion and the elbow portion form a continuous channel configured to fluidly connect the water supply with a shower head. A mechanism allowing a user to selectively pivot and lock the position of the arm portion relative to the elbow portion is provided. The locking mechanism may include one or more sets of splines or similar features, such that engagement of the sets of splines securely locks the relative position of the arm and elbow portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Damian Macan, Harold A. Luettgen
  • Publication number: 20110167557
    Abstract: A bronze outlet pipe and making process thereof comprises the steps of: a. fluid inflation forming; b. working an outer wall of the tube member; c. working a first and a second connectors; d. working an arcuate leadless brass tube; e. selectively welding the first inlet with the orifice or welding the first outlet with the mouth together; f. welding the first connector and the tube member together; g. selectively welding the first connector or the second connector with the first opening of the first inlet together, or welding the orifice of the first connector or the mouth of the second connector with the first inlet of the tube member or the first outlet of the tube member together; h. surface treating; wherein the tube member and plural welding portions are surface treated to finish the bronze outlet pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Xiqiao Tan
  • Patent number: 7886763
    Abstract: A faucet incorporating vandal resistant features is provided to limit the possibility of tampering by limiting access to the valve cartridges of the faucet. The faucet includes a valve cartridge and a handle bat operatively attached to the valve cartridge. A hub covering the valve cartridge is freely rotatable about the valve cartridge, and a mechanical fastener attaching the handle bat to the valve cartridge includes a specially-configured driver pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew S. Smith, Allen L. Talley
  • Patent number: 7836527
    Abstract: A conduit for communication of a pressurized water or fluid supply to a counter top appliance above a sink having a faucet providing water to the sink. The device features an elongated rod having an axial passageway for communication of a fluid when engaged through the drain rod aperture of a faucet. The rod has an exterior circumference sized to translate in the aperture and operate the drain closure apparatus on the sink. A pulsating dental cleaning appliance or water dispenser or knob are engageable to the top end of the rod which is adapted on a bottom end under the sink to engage with a pressurized fluid supply. The device may be provided for retrofit through existing faucets by replacing the drain rod, or with new faucets to provide a route for pressurized fluid above a counter top without having to drill holes in the counter top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Ronald E. Welch
  • Patent number: 7818830
    Abstract: A safety bathtub spout cover includes a soft exterior spout receiving hollow body. A temperature sensor mechanism is positioned within the water flow within the hollow body. The temperature sensor mechanism is coupled to a temperature display and an audible temperature alarm on the hollow body to signal unsafe temperature conditions sensed by the temperature sensor mechanism. A child-proof manual override may be provided for disengaging the audible alarm. The body may further include a closing mechanism for attaching the spout cover to the faucet in a temporary, non-marring, non-residue attachment manner. The audible alarm may be a progressive audible temperature alarm with varied levels of activation corresponding to the severity of the scald condition sensed. The display is mounted in a manner visible from any viewing height above the faucet. The spout cover features may be incorporated directly into a safety spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Thorley Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Henry F. Thorne, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 7793365
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water discharge device (1) provided with a device body (2) and a connector (4) and adapted to be attached to a feedwater pipe (6). The water discharge device comprises fixing means (8) for fixing the device body to the connector at a given installation position. The connector has a feedwater-pipe-joining portion (4a) adapted to be joined to the feedwater pipe, and a connector-side engaging thread portion (4b), and the device body has a body-side engaging thread portion (14) positioned in such a manner as to be engaged with the connector-side engaging thread portion once during an operation of attaching the device body to the connector, and located beyond the connector-side engaging thread portion after the device body is fixed at the installation position. The water discharge device of the present invention can reliably prevent falling-off of the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Toto Ltd
    Inventors: Shoji Miura, Emiko Sumimoto
  • Patent number: 7775450
    Abstract: An adjustable height housing enables a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) with a dial permitting manual control of bathtub shower water temperature to be vertically mounted in a horizontal bathtub deck. The housing can be installed on a narrow bathtub rim yet also accommodates substantial substrate thickness of bathtub decks where required. Manual adjustment of hot and cold ring stops is performed from the top-side using only a screwdriver to gain access. The housing includes a long threaded outer sleeve which extends from near the top deck surface to the thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) cartridge body housing below, thereby accommodating any deck thickness from a 1/16 inch thick stainless steel tub edge to a compound deck construction up to 2¾ inches thick. The rotatable temperature dial is coupled to a cap rotatable by the adjustment handle which, in turn, rotates an adjustable extension shaft within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Jerome Warshawsky
  • Patent number: 7770244
    Abstract: A soap-dispensing faucet structure comprises an upright cylindrical faucet body, having a spout extending outwards at the front side, and a tube seat at one side of the lower section to which a core shaft, a locking cap, and a faucet handle are sequentially mounted thereto. The upper section of the faucet has an appropriate-depth receiving chamber to which a sleeve cover and a pump device are combined to form an individual soap-receiving accommodation space. The lower section of the faucet has a set of cold and hot water ducts and an outlet tube that are fluidly connected to the core shaft of the tube seat to provide another individual water-discharging chamber linked to the spout to form a water influx-and-outflow circuit to be switched on and off by the faucet handle, providing a concise and whole depth-extending visual effect, and easier assembly and maintenance of the soap-dispensing faucet thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Pony Sanitary Ware Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Jackson B Yeh
  • Patent number: 7707664
    Abstract: A bathroom cleansing apparatus for use by individuals when taking a shower. The bathroom cleansing apparatus is an improved showerhead which is attached to a length of flex hose. The flex hose itself is not normally visible when the shower head is not in use, but rather, is attached to a spool that is axially mounted behind a shower wall. The flex hose winds around the spool a few times before being attached to an incoming water line. The spool itself is attached to a torsion spring, which will cause the apparatus to slowly pull any extra length of flex hose not being used back onto the spool for later use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: James P. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7698754
    Abstract: A flat ribbon-shaped waterfall for a portable spa is caused to flow out of the top rim or top side of a spa. A narrow elongated spout forms the output end of a plenum chamber that has a water inlet. The plenum chamber is constructed to baffle surges in the inlet water flow. A light source is placed close to the mouth of the elongated spout to light the ribbon of water flowing from the spout in multi-color, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Richard K. Kunkel
  • Patent number: 7661155
    Abstract: A lateral driving faucet water outlet seat comprises a water input outer tube placed; a surface of the water input outer tube being formed with a confining portion; a lower clamping stop having a polygonal outer sides; a limiting unit having a hexagonal engaging portion extended from a lower side of the limiting unit for engaging with the outer side of the lower clamping stop; a top of the engaging portion being enlarged with a resisting ring; an inner edge being formed with a limiting portion at a position corresponding to the confining portion of the water input outer tube for confining the rotation of the water input outer tube; an upper clamping stop having a polygonal outer side; and a water outlet base placed upon an upper side of the combining object; the water outlet base having a water outlet hole for receiving the combining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Tsai-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 7461419
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system for a sink comprises a basin having a multiplicity of perforations located therein in an irregular pattern, a faucet assembly in fluid communication with a source of the liquid and with a first plurality of the perforations, and a drain assembly in fluid communication with a second plurality of the perforations and with a third plurality of the perforations, the drain assembly allowing egress of the liquid from the basin through the third plurality of the perforations and being selectively operable to allow egress of the liquid from the basin through the second plurality of the perforations. Upon selective activation of the faucet assembly, the liquid is introduced into the interior of the basin from all sides in a plurality of independent streams that converge toward and intersect with one another in the air above the basin to form a pleasing, dome-shaped display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Victoria Milne
  • Publication number: 20080256702
    Abstract: A soap-dispensing faucet structure comprises an upright cylindrical faucet body, having a spout extending outwards at the front side, and a tube seat at one side of the lower section to which a core shaft, a locking cap, and a faucet handle are sequentially mounted thereto. The upper section of the faucet has an appropriate-depth receiving chamber to which a sleeve cover and a pump device are combined to form an individual soap-receiving accommodation space. The lower section of the faucet has a set of cold and hot water ducts and an outlet tube that are fluidly connected to the core shaft of the tube seat to provide another individual water-discharging chamber linked to the spout to form a water influx-and-outflow circuit to be switched on and off by the faucet handle, providing a concise and whole depth-extending visual effect, and easier assembly and maintenance of the soap-dispensing faucet thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Jackson B. Yeh
  • Patent number: 7406722
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved automatic faucet for a lavatory unit of an aircraft. A body 110 of an automatic faucet 100 has on its lower left side (seen from the front) a liquid soap dispenser outlet 200, and the dispenser outlet 200 is connected to a liquid soap dispenser tank via a valve not shown. A reflective infrared sensor 210 for the liquid soap dispenser outlet and an LED light 230 for the liquid soap dispenser outlet are provided adjacent to the liquid soap dispenser outlet 200. When a user's hand is placed within the area of infrared waves 220, a predetermined amount of liquid soap is supplied over the user's hand. The LED light 230 is turned on to illuminate the user's hand. A water supply outlet 300 is provided at the lower right side of the body 110, which is connected to a water tank via a valve not shown. A reflective infrared sensor 310 for the water supply outlet and an LED light 330 for the water supply outlet are provided adjacent to the water supply outlet 300.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Jamco Corporation
    Inventors: Masahito Fukuizumi, Tatsuya Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7392552
    Abstract: A faucet light-effect module is disclosed. The device comprises a housing, a spring switch, an electro-magnetic control module. The device produces a different color water stream based on the temperature of the water detected by the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Ching-Hsien Lu
  • Publication number: 20080078021
    Abstract: A conduit for communication of a pressurized water or fluid supply to a counter top appliance above a sink having a faucet providing water to the sink. The device features an elongated rod having an axial passageway for communication of a fluid when engaged through the drain rod aperture of a faucet. The rod has an exterior circumference sized to translate in the aperture and operate the drain closure apparatus on the sink. A pulsating dental cleaning appliance or water dispenser or knob are engageable to the top end of the rod which is adapted on a bottom end under the sink to engage with a pressurized fluid supply. The device may be provided for retrofit through existing faucets by replacing the drain rod, or with new faucets to provide a route for pressurized fluid above a counter top without having to drill holes in the counter top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald E. Welch
  • Publication number: 20080052820
    Abstract: A faucet light-effect module is disclosed. The device comprises a housing, a spring switch, an electro-magnetic control module. The device produces a different color water stream based on the temperature of the water detected by the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Ching-Hsien Lu
  • Publication number: 20070271695
    Abstract: A faucet including a molded waterway assembly having a plurality of tubes overmolded within a base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Kurt Judson Thomas, Alfred Charles Nelson, Derek Allen Brown, Joshua R. Barber, Thomas C. Pinette
  • Patent number: 7237279
    Abstract: A method for dispensing a household liquid, such as soap, shampoo, dish washing detergent and bath oil through an outlet of a household water system. The liquid dispensing system comprises a household water system having an outlet, a storage unit for storing at least one liquid operatively connected to the household water system, and a control for connecting and disconnecting the storage unit to the household water system. In a first aspect of the invention the liquid is introduced into the household water system by a venturi. In a second aspect of the invention, the storage unit is positioned above an outlet of the household water system and is introduced by gravity. The control is normally biased to an “off” position. This invention can be utilized for showers, bathtubs, laundry tubs and sinks. The method is comprised of the steps of dispensing the liquid through the household water system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph J. Berke, Charles T. Michael
  • Patent number: 7197777
    Abstract: A flexible, plastic collar for sealing the space between a water supply line or pipe and a wall aperture, the collar including an annular, generally conical surface, a convex front face, a concave rear face, a centered opening provided with a sleeve for receiving and sealing against the pipe, a tapered edge for sealing against the wall and an annular ridge for preventing over-deflection of the collar when pressed against the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Ismert, Frank D. Julian
  • Patent number: 7191476
    Abstract: A multi-functional switching apparatus for bathroom showers comprises first/second control valves, first/second adjusting valve units, first/second control valve spindle units, and first/second handle units wherein the second control valve has a coupling portion fluidly connected to the first control valve. In addition to an upper valve, a watertight ring, a lower valve, and a hoop respectively, the first adjusting valve unit also has a packing piece, and the second adjusting valve unit a positioning collar. Both first/second control valve spindle units have a valve spindle with coupling sections and fixing sections disposed thereon respectively. An adjusting device is mounted to the first valve spindle, and a flow-switching device to the second valve spindle. The first/second handle units with a handle and a cross-shaped grip also include a fixed cover, a cover seat, and a cap respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Chung Cheng Faucet Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsi Chia Ko
  • Patent number: 7174581
    Abstract: A top mounting faucet assembly comprising a mounting plate that may be mounted to a sink surface, a waterway tube, a faucet body housing, and a locking mechanism. The waterway tube is housed within the faucet body housing, to form a removable faucet assembly. The locking mechanism is attached to the mounting plate. This removable faucet assembly is mounted upon the mounting plate by attaching the faucet assembly to the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Gerald J. McNerney, Garry Marty
  • Patent number: 7174579
    Abstract: An electronic temperature display system that connects directly to a water outlet comprising a sensor coupling unit, bushing, and a display panel assembly. Microprocessor-based circuitry monitors both temperature and the presence or absence of water through the water outlet. The device displays real-time shower temperature on a self-contained unit consisting of a position adjustable display panel. A programmable temperature scorching setting provides protection from scorching by signaling an audible warning tone when the water temperature has gone passed a preset temperature. The device displays true water temperature by monitoring temperature and water conductivity inside the sensor-coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Pedro Bauza
  • Patent number: 7171979
    Abstract: A drinking water fountain includes a control valve seat having an inside formed with a mounting hole, a screw member having a first end secured in the mounting hole of the control valve seat and a second end protruding outward from the mounting hole of the control valve seat, and a retractable positioning member pivotally mounted on the second end of the screw member. Thus, the control valve seat is mounted on the sink easily and conveniently, thereby facilitating a user mounting the drinking water fountain on the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Yea Leng Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Fu Lai
  • Patent number: 7155758
    Abstract: A bathtub liquid dispensing system for dispensing a mixture of water and a household liquid, such as soap, shampoo and bath oil through an outlet such as a faucet of a bathtub. The bathtub liquid dispensing system comprises a bathtub having an outlet, a storage unit for storing at least one household liquid operatively connected to a bathtub water supply, and a control for connecting and disconnecting the storage unit from the bathtub water supply. In a first aspect of the invention the liquid is introduced into the bathtub water system by a venturi. In a second aspect of the invention, the storage unit is positioned above the bathtub and is introduced by gravity. The control is normally biased to an “off” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph J. Berke, Charles T. Michael
  • Patent number: 7155759
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system for a sink comprises a basin having a plurality of perforations located therein in an irregular pattern, and a faucet assembly in fluid communication with said a source of liquid and with said perforations. Upon selective activation of said faucet assembly, the liquid is introduced into the interior of the basin from all sides in a plurality of independent streams that converge toward and intersect with one another in the air above the basin to form a pleasing, dome-shaped display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Victoria Milne