Faucet Or Spout Patents (Class 4/678)
  • Patent number: 11434123
    Abstract: Proposed is a touchless water dispensing control system, wherein water dispensing operation is possible without requiring physical contact between a user and a water supply device. In an embodiment, proposed are: a touchless water dispensing control system for a water supply device, the water dispensing control system including at least two water dispensing valves, a touchless locking operation module detecting an approaching object, a touchless water dispensing operation module detecting the approaching object, and a controller comparing a user's gesture patterns received from each of the locking operation module and the water dispensing operation module with a preset condition and controlling operation of the water dispensing valves on the basis of a result of comparison; and a water dispensing control method using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: YOUNGONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seok Eun Chang
  • Patent number: 11396741
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a housing with a water supply assembly, a soap supply assembly, first and second sensing probe assemblies, and a controller provided in the housing, wherein a sensing region of the first sensing probe assembly is an upper portion of the housing, a sensing region of the second sensing probe assembly is a lower portion of the housing, an output terminal of each sensing probe assembly is electrically connected with an input terminal of the controller, and an output terminal of the controller is electrically connected with a control terminal of each of the water and soap supply assemblies. The controller controls the water supply assembly to start/stop water supply according to the sensing signal from the first or second sensing probe assembly, and controls the soap supply assembly to start/stop soap supply according to the sensing signal from the first or second sensing probe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI KOHLER ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Zhou, Qiang Xiao, Feiying Su, Weiren Lin
  • Patent number: 11377827
    Abstract: A positioning hose structure for a pull-out faucet contains: a body, a supply pipe, a fitting sleeve, a flexible hose, a guide element, a slide member, and a spring. The body includes a locking portion, and the supply pipe includes an extension, an opening, a defining portion, and a screw element. The fitting sleeve includes a hollow connection tube having a through hole, a receiving orifice, a shoulder, multiple protrusions, and multiple guiding slots. The flexible hose includes a joining portion and a water supply head. The guide element includes a fixing orifice having a positioning portion, and the guide element further includes multiple first ribs and a first toothed portion. The slide member includes multiple second ribs, a second toothed portion, and a protruded tab. The spring is accommodated in the receiving orifice and abuts against the shoulder and the protruded tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ching Shenger Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Tsai Lee, Ming-Che Lee
  • Patent number: 11208793
    Abstract: A sanitary equipment with a water supply system, a water route system, and a hand washing table are provided. The sanitary equipment includes a machine having a machine water outlet; a movable hand washing table pivoted on the machine and located below the machine water outlet, the movable hand washing table being capable of opening or retracting with respect to the machine; and a water route system disposed in the machine and connected to the machine water outlet to discharge potable water and non-potable water from the machine water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Po-Chun Liu, Wen-Yi Chiu, Pin-Hsing Lee
  • Patent number: 11208792
    Abstract: A faucet spray head magnetic docking system includes a socket that couples to an end of the spout, and a bonnet that couples to the spray head and that engages with the socket. The socket includes a shell configured to be arranged in the mouth of the spout, and integrated with one or more magnetic elements. The magnetic elements may be inserted into corresponding holes of the socket shell. Alternatively, the magnetic elements may be incorporated directly into the shell. The bonnet includes a threaded portion for coupling to corresponding threads of a connector at the spray head, and includes one or more corresponding magnets configured to magnetically attract to the magnetic elements of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Verne H. Myers, Xiaojing Ye, Nathan J. Wicker, Walter Pitsch, Philip M. Anthony, III, Aaron B. Eiger
  • Patent number: 11066816
    Abstract: A faucet extender having a channel adapted to extend and divert a fluid out of an open edge away from a faucet opening. The faucet extender may have a fluid outlet fitting having a receiving opening and a flow-through opening. The faucet extender may have an attachment mechanism that pivotally rotates and secures the fluid outlet fitting in an angle that diverts the fluid to the open edge. The faucet extender is adapted to interface with a variety of different faucet configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Sun Simon Kang, Thomas E. Birkert, Mark Gerard Tebbe, Quinn Michael Biesinger, Nathan Lu
  • Patent number: 11059057
    Abstract: A shower head, illustratively for a sanitary shower, including a shower head housing, a fluid inlet into the shower head housing, a shower jet outlet out of the shower head housing, a fluid duct within the shower head housing from the fluid inlet to the shower jet outlet, and an overpressure valve pressure-coupled to the fluid duct, including a movable valve body which, in case of an overpressure in the fluid duct, moves from a normal position to an overpressure position. The valve body is illustratively configured to be self-retaining in the overpressure position and returnable to the normal position by user operation, and/or the valve body acts position-dependent on a passage cross-section of the fluid duct, wherein the valve body reduces the passage cross-section in the overpressure position relative to the normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hansgrohe SE
    Inventor: Fabian Melle
  • Patent number: 11001994
    Abstract: A reduced profile faucet handle assembly illustratively includes a mounting shank receiving a valve assembly, and an escutcheon operably coupled to the mounting shank. A mounting ring is positioned intermediate the mounting shank and the escutcheon, and a retainer couples the escutcheon to the mounting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventor: Michael Scot Rosko
  • Patent number: 10994844
    Abstract: A modular faucet system for an aircraft comprising a faucet outlet, a flow valve, and an actuator. The faucet outlet is configured to be installed on the aircraft. The flow valve is configured to be installed on the aircraft separately from the faucet outlet, to be connected by a first water line to a water supply comprising a water tank on the aircraft, and to be connected by a second water line to the faucet outlet. The actuator is configured to be installed on the aircraft separately from the faucet outlet and the flow valve. The actuator comprises a touchless sensor that is configured to detect a user of the modular faucet system. The actuator is configured to generate a control signal to open the flow valve to provide water from the water supply to the faucet outlet in response to detection of the user by the touchless sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Stephen M. Young
  • Patent number: 10982418
    Abstract: Water tap (2) or water valve assembly is provided which has biometric recognition means (20) provided on or associated with the same. The biometric recognition means (20) are arranged such that operation of the water tap (2) or water valve assembly and/or operation of one or more functions of the water tap (2) or water valve assembly takes place only upon recognition or a positive match of one or more biometric features of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cassellie Ltd.
    Inventor: James Casey
  • Patent number: 10960982
    Abstract: A modular faucet system for an aircraft comprising a faucet outlet, a flow valve, and an actuator. The faucet outlet is configured to be installed on the aircraft. The flow valve is configured to be installed on the aircraft separately from the faucet outlet, to be connected by a first water line to a water supply comprising a water tank on the aircraft, and to be connected by a second water line to the faucet outlet. The actuator is configured to be installed on the aircraft separately from the faucet outlet and the flow valve. The actuator comprises a touchless sensor that is configured to detect a user of the modular faucet system. The actuator is configured to generate a control signal to open the flow valve to provide water from the water supply to the faucet outlet in response to detection of the user by the touchless sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Stephen M. Young
  • Patent number: 10907330
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a housing with a water supply assembly, a soap supply assembly, first and second sensing probe assemblies, and a controller provided in the housing, wherein a sensing region of the first sensing probe assembly is an upper portion of the housing, a sensing region of the second sensing probe assembly is a lower portion of the housing, an output terminal of each sensing probe assembly is electrically connected with an input terminal of the controller, and an output terminal of the controller is electrically connected with a control terminal of each of the water and soap supply assemblies. The controller controls the water supply assembly to start/stop water supply according to the sensing signal from the first or second sensing probe assembly, and controls the soap supply assembly to start/stop soap supply according to the sensing signal from the first or second sensing probe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI KOHLER ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Zhou, Qiang Xiao, Feiying Su, Weiren Lin
  • Patent number: 10711936
    Abstract: A weight assembly is fixed on a hose of a faucet and contains: a tubular retainer and a counterweight. The tubular retainer includes a first segment, a second segment, a fitting orifice, an opening, an engagement portion, and a forced portion. The counterweight includes a third segment, a fourth segment, a through orifice, and a press portion. After the tubular retainer is fitted on the hose, the fourth segment of the counterweight moves toward the first segment of the tubular retainer so that the press portion presses the forced portion of the tubular retainer after the tubular retainer is accommodated into the through orifice, and the forced portion retracts inward to actuate the engagement portion to engage with the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Globe Union Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Yiping Lin, Kuotung Ni, Chungyi Huang
  • Patent number: 10458642
    Abstract: A faucet may be used to deliver water in a temperature and volume controlled manner. The faucet may also deliver light through the use of an integrated light fixture. The light fixture may emit at least one of visible and ultraviolet light. The light fixture may be selectively activated to display a number of types of light, intensities of light, and/or light colors. The activation of the light may be done through a touch sensor, optical sensor, and/or audio sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Heuer, Chasen Beck, Stephen Blizzard, Adam William Tracy
  • Patent number: 10400429
    Abstract: A faucet including a spout having a passageway configured to receive water from a water source. An open chamber is coupled to the passageway. The open chamber extends from a first side of the spout to a second side of the spout. The second side is opposite the first side. A trough is disposed within the open chamber of the spout. The trough is configured to receive water from the passageway. A spillway is disposed within the open chamber of the spout. The spillway includes a crest coupled to the trough, the crest being configured to permit water in the trough to flow thereover. A chute wall is coupled to the crest, the chute wall being configured to receive water flowing over the crest. An outlet is defined by the chute wall at the second side of the spout, the outlet being configured to deliver water from the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Thad James Eads, Michael Scot Rosko, Kyle Robert Davidson, Gerald R. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10077194
    Abstract: A disinfecting device including a conduit configured to carry a flowing liquid. The conduit has a first index of refraction. A sheath surrounds the conduit and has a second index of refraction. The second index of refraction is lower than the first index of refraction. The disinfecting device also includes a light source configured to produce disinfecting light and arranged to send the disinfecting light into the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KAVO DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Gordon Knight, Honson Ka-Ho Lam, Robert Thomas St. Louis, Nabil F. Dagher, Harold Thomas Lockamy
  • Patent number: 9518382
    Abstract: A widespread faucet assembly may include one or more valve assemblies and a delivery spout. The anchors for the valve assemblies and delivery spout may be positioned within a mounting deck, and the valve assemblies and the delivery spout are releasably connected to the respective anchors to minimize installation tasks below the mounting deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: DELTA FAUCET COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick B. Jonte, Michael Scot Rosko, Todd Midkiff, Michael J. Veros
  • Patent number: 9315975
    Abstract: A faucet including a faucet head, a body and a magnetic coupling releasably coupling the faucet head to the faucet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Kyle Robert Davidson, Michael Scot Rosko, Charles Alfred Nelson
  • Patent number: 9303391
    Abstract: A faucet includes a faucet mount assembly for mounting the faucet to a surface and for communicating and mixing hot and cold water to a user. The faucet mount assembly generally includes a mounting plate, a fluid tube, and one or more valve housings. The valve housings are coupled to the mounting plate and are configured to receive valve components for selectively allowing water to flow through the valve housings. The fluid tube is disposed in fluid communication with outlets of the valve housings and is configured to transfer water from the valve housings to a spout for delivery to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Ryan Leichty, Michael Furseth
  • Patent number: 9259744
    Abstract: A pull-out faucet is provided. The faucet includes a spout having an outlet end, a spray head having an engaging end, and a sleeve disposed between the outlet end of the spout and the engaging end of the spray head and configured to detachably couple the spray head to the spout. The sleeve comprises a substantially rigid first portion and a substantially compliant second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: David E. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20150135429
    Abstract: A fixture fits next to the basin of a sink. The fixture has a water spout arranged to project over the basin of the sink. The water spout has a water nozzle arranged for connection through the spout to a water supply. The fixture further includes an elongate air-knife discharge outlet for discharging an air-knife onto a user's hand to dry it. This discharge outlet is arranged for connection to an air supply via an air duct, the air duct having a side wall extending between a first end of the duct and a second end of the duct. The first end of the duct is connected to the air supply, the second end of the duct forms—or is connected to—the air-knife discharge outlet. The outlet extends across the second end of the duct, as opposed to being provided in the sidewall of the duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: James Dyson
  • Publication number: 20150121616
    Abstract: A dispensing arrangement for water comprises a tap, in particular a kitchen tap such as a boiling water tap, provided with a shut-off valve and an operating element, such that the dispensing arrangement is operable with a compound movement of the operating element. For dispensing of the water at least a portion of the compound movement serves to release the shut-off valve prior to operation and comprises at least one of a movement to-and-fro, a repeated movement and a movement of at least a predetermined duration and wherein a subsequent portion of the compound movement serves to operate the shut-off valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Niels Theodoor Peteri
  • Publication number: 20150113726
    Abstract: A positioning structure of a water supply hose for a pull-out faucet contains: a faucet body including an outlet; a water supply hose accommodated in the faucet body so as to supply water and including an outlet segment; a spraying head connected with the outlet segment of the water supply hose and being pulled outwardly and retracted inwardly with the water supply hose; a magnetic attraction device including a first connecting member and a second connecting member which magnetically attract with each other. The first connecting member is disposed in the outlet, the second connecting member is mounted on an outlet segment, the second connecting member retracts back to its original position with the water supply hose and the spraying head and moves into the outlet so as to magnetically attract with the first connecting member, hence the water supply hose and the spraying head are magnetically attracted and fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chaota Yang, Kuoming Tseng, Yiping Lin, Chunhung Li, Yongiun Wu
  • Publication number: 20150107019
    Abstract: A top-mount faucet assembly includes a coupling mounted on a counter that selectively couples a faucet thereto. The counter coupling has a disc-shaped collar with two keepers and a land for selectively locking the faucet. The land has a v-shaped part and a n-shaped part. The faucet has a main valve body with a locking assembly. To couple the faucet to the counter coupling, the main valve body is placed over the coupling and turned clockwise so that slots align with the keepers to fix the faucet axially to the coupling. As the faucet rotates clockwise, the locking assembly rides along the v-shaped part until captured by the n-shaped part to lock the faucet in place rotationally. To uncouple the faucet from the coupling, a button is pushed so that the locking assembly moves radially inward out from the n-shaped part, then the faucet is turned counter-clockwise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Craig A. Schmitt, Alex Pratt, Adam J. Becker, Kurt Seger
  • Publication number: 20150101122
    Abstract: A touch free automatic type water supply device is adapted to be installed at a faucet. The faucet includes an outlet. The touch free automatic type water supply device includes: a shell including an inlet, a flow channel and an outlet, wherein the inlet of the shell is adapted to be communicated with the outlet of the faucet; a control circuit adapted to sense an external object and then to generate a control signal; and a driving unit, whose an end is disposed in the shell, and is physically connected to an end of the flow channel, wherein the driving unit is electrically connected to the control circuit for controlling water flow rate of the outlet or automatically switching on/off water supply of the outlet according to the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Tien Ho CHUNG
  • 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: 8997272
    Abstract: A water outlet structure has a housing with an outlet and an opening. An inner pipe body is assembled into the housing via an assembly portion and connected to the outlet. An assembly ring flange is extended from the rear end of the inner pipe body, A locating ring inserted rotarily onto the rear end of the inner pipe body has a circumferential wall and a penetrating portion, so that said water pipe could pass through the penetrating portion, allowing its outlet end to be inserted into the inner pipe body. A leakproofing member is set between the water pipe and the locating ring or inner pipe body. A turn-lock locator is set correspondingly to the circumferential wall of the locating ring and the assembly ring flange of the inner pipe body, such that the locating ring and the inner pipe body can be rotarily locked and positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Crescent Plumbing, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Kee-Suo Chen
  • Patent number: 8950426
    Abstract: There is disclosed a water discharge device that has a water flow path that extends from an inlet through an outlet chamber to an outlet spout; a valve assembly for opening and closing the water flow path; a heating element for heating the outlet chamber and spout to evaporate moisture on internal surfaces of the outlet chamber and spout when the flow path is closed by the valve assembly, the heating element being remote from the flow path; and a controller for controlling operation of the valve assembly and the heating element, the controller including a switch that is operated directly or indirectly by a user to control the opening of the water flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Gary Yewdall, Graham Pickering
  • Publication number: 20150033469
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic faucet with a head (15) that incorporates the operative system for controlling dispensing of the water. The head is mounted at the end of the spout (4). Furthermore, the tap is equipped with a by-pass system for manual operation in an emergency when the operative system has a malfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: DMP ELECTRONICS SRL
    Inventor: Diego Ferrante
  • Patent number: 8931500
    Abstract: A centerset faucet includes an upper support receiving a waterway including first and second valve interfaces. A lower base is coupled to the upper support, wherein a reentrant edge of the lower base is formed over a bottom lip of the upper support to secure the base thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Kurt Judson Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150000033
    Abstract: A water outlet fitting having a base, a hose device with a hose and a water outlet head as well as a holding device including: a mounting portion for mounting the holding device on the base of the water outlet fitting; a locking portion on the free end of the holding device for producing detachable locking of the hose device; and a guide portion for connecting the locking portion to the mounting portion and provide a contact face for the hose device; wherein in a first handling variant the hose device is locked on the holding device, wherein in a second handling variant the hose device is removed from the holding device and is movable in relation to the holding device, and a corresponding holding device. The water outlet fitting has an operating element which is developed in the manner of a stirrup-shaped handle surrounding the water outlet and/or base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin WAGNER, Hans-Ulrich ALDER
  • Publication number: 20140373270
    Abstract: An improved opening for a metal faucet has an outlet neck having an opening with an outer threaded section at an outer edge and a curved stopping ring at the opening, the stopping ring having a rounded surface at an inner edge. The improved opening for a metal faucet which does not have any sharp edge and provide smooth water flows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: CHIN-MING HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20140366264
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of touch-free devices and systems comprising touch-free devices operating in a concerted effort are disclosed below. An exemplary touch-free device includes a spout, a processor, memory, an object sensor, a communication interface and logic stored on the memory. The logic contains processor readable instructions for causing the touch-free device to communicate with a second touch-free device. Wherein the processor readable instructions coordinate the operation of the touch-free device with respect to the second touch-free device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nick E. Ciavarella, John J. McNulty, Jackson W. Wegelin
  • Patent number: 8899259
    Abstract: A faucet assembly may include a body housing and an anchor. The anchor may be positioned within a mounting deck, and the body housing may include a mounting tube. The mounting tube may include fingers that releasably engage with one or more structures of the anchor. A screw positioned within the body housing may engage the mounting tube, and draw the mounting tube into the body housing. The fingers of the mounting tube may engage with a structure of the anchor and may close around the structure as the mounting tube is drawn into the body housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventors: Patrick B. Jonte, Michael Scot Rosko, Todd Midkiff, Michael J. Veros
  • Patent number: 8869821
    Abstract: A pre-rinse assembly including: a base and a vertically disposed riser pipe for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end secured at its proximal end to the base. A hose assembly for conveying water therethrough which has a proximal end and a distal end which may be secured at its proximal end to the distal end of the vertically disposed riser pipe and a spray head assembly for expelling water therethrough may be secured to the distal end of the hose assembly. A telescoping arm assembly having a proximal end which may be pivotally mounted on the vertically disposed riser pipe and a distal end which may be pivotally mounted on the distal end of the hose or the spray head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Vito Laera
  • Publication number: 20140310869
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for attaching a tap body on to a sink. The apparatus comprises a tap body for positioning above an aperture on the sink and the tap body has at least one water pipe inlet port on a surface which is positioned directly above the aperture. The apparatus also comprises a fastening plate which is positioned underneath the aperture on the sink, and a securing means which is insertable through the tap body which secures the tap body and the fastening plate from above the sink. At least one water pipe inlet port is flush with the external surface of the tap body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Anthony McNicholas
  • Patent number: 8857471
    Abstract: A control structure of a wall-mounted faucet includes a water outlet and a control device, wherein the control device has a control stick, a valve block, a sealing unit and a resilient unit, wherein the control stick is disposed through a through hole of the water outlet, and the valve block has two clamping ribs protrudingly located at front side of the valve block, and the clamping ribs clamp the control stick. A connecting surface is located on top of the clamping ribs, and the resilient unit covers the control stick, wherein both ends of the resilient unit are against the stopping surface of the water outlet and the connecting surface of the valve block. So, the control stick is pushed by the resilient unit to drive the valve block to escape the valve of the water outlet to avoid the water unexpectedly spraying out from the showerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Alexander Yeh Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Chen Huang
  • Publication number: 20140259383
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tub filler faucet assembly for coupling to a floor. The tub filler faucet assembly includes a spout, a mounting assembly, and a rough-in assembly. The mounting assembly is coupled to the spout and the rough-in assembly. The rough-in assembly is positioned below the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MASCO CORPORATION OF INDIANA
    Inventors: Curtis H. Harris, Scott K. Jones, Adam M. DeVries
  • Publication number: 20140250590
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture at least having a first housing section and a second housing section which are arranged movable to one another, whereby the first housing section together with the second housing section forms an electrical sensor. In particular, an electrically conductive and simultaneously sealing coupling component is provided between the housing sections, whereby further an electrically conductive coupling component is provided between the first housing section and the second housing section and the coupling component comprises an electrically conductive plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Hans Dieter KEITER, Achim MIELKE, Frank-Thomas LUIG, Gunter GAEBEL
  • Patent number: 8826932
    Abstract: A diverter valve which is operable to divert a water supply to a spray includes an undiverted through passage for another water supply, such as filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: TCL Manufacturing Limited
    Inventors: Michael Seal, Derek Sumsion, Anthony Harman
  • Patent number: 8800075
    Abstract: An improved docking assembly for faucets having a pull-down sprayhead extendable from a spout. The docking assembly generally comprises a receptacle fitted into the spout which is formed with chamfered interior walls. A spring-loaded flexible collet is contained within the receptacle with a degree of sliding freedom for spring-biased travel along the chamfered interior walls of the receptacle, from a first position that allows generous radial expansion of the collet to a second position in which radial expansion is restricted. A quick-connect fitting attached to the pull-down sprayhead moves the collet into its first position allowing radial expansion of the collet. Removal of the quick-connect fitting moves the collet to its second position which restricts radial expansion, inhibiting said removal. Consequently, the pulldown sprayhead may be docked to the spout with considerably less insertion force than the opposite removal force needed to undock the pulldown sprayhead from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Price Pfister, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Christopher van Leyen, Shoufeng Li
  • Patent number: 8789771
    Abstract: A faucet is disclosed having a faucet base, a faucet spout mounted on the base and configured to swivel relative thereto, a female connector sleeve having an axial through channel, and a male connector sleeve having an axial through channel that is in fluid communication with the axial through channel of the female connector sleeve, the male connector sleeve being telescopically received within the female connector sleeve. The faucet further includes a first tube connected between one of the male and female connector sleeves and a fluid control valve, and a second tube separately formed from the spout, the female connector, and the male connector and connected between the other of the male and female connector sleeves and an outlet of the spout by internally extending within the spout. The male connector sleeve rotates within and relative to the female connector sleeve when the spout and second tube swivel relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, William R. Bares
  • Patent number: 8789276
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary fitting having a housing element and a functional unit which comprises water-conducting components and is housed in the housing body of the sanitary fitting, wherein the housing element comprises at least two shell-shaped individual parts. The shell-shaped individual parts are produced from a metal alloy or a plastic in a diecasting process and are adhesively bonded to each other or connected to each other by means of material bonding to form a hollow element surrounding the functional unit by means of a joining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventor: Karl Thomas
  • Patent number: 8776355
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for fixing a faucet to a mounting (1), such as a worktop or a sinktop. A fixing collar (2) is fastened to the top surface of a mounting by turning from above one or more set screws (3) extending from the fixing collar (2) over a distance below a bottom surface of the worktop. Turning of the screw is used for raising a clamping claw (4), which is in engagement with the threading of said set screw and which is steered by means of a guide (5) extending downward from the fixing collar and used for disallowing a rotation of the clamping claw (4) along with the set screw (3). The bottom end of a faucet body (10) or its extension is fastened around the fixing collar (2) by expanding the fixing collar (2) by an actuation means, such as a screw (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Oy Graana Finland AB
    Inventors: Hannu Reiman, Raimo Kaukinen, Esko Savolainen
  • Patent number: 8763175
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a faucet is fixed on a sink countertop with a hole and contains a faucet having a housing, a pull-out spray head, a mixing valve, and a water supply set. The water supply set includes a cold-water inlet pipe, a hot-water inlet pipe, and a mixing outlet pipe. A positioning device includes a base having a peripheral fence, a bottom fence, and a mouth. The bottom fence has a limiting face and at least one orifice, the limiting face has a channel, two stop posts, and an abutting face. Two screw rods extend out of the hole and are rotated above the base. Two clamping blocks are screwed with the two screw rods and are limited by the two stop posts to rotate when the two screw rods are rotated, and the two clamping blocks move upwardly to retain a bottom end of the sink countertop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Chunhung Li, Weimien Hsu, Wanhong Tan, Yongiun Wu, Qiuyong Li
  • Patent number: 8763624
    Abstract: A water output switch structure of a faucet includes a water output head having a water inlet tube inside that includes a switch valve inside to change water output status of the water output head, a water output cover underneath the water output head, a control unit and a button disposed on the water output cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Alexander Yeh Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 8746596
    Abstract: A manual spray head can be connected with a flexible hose line by means of a coupling that has a ball-and-socket joint inserted between the manual spray head and the hose line. This arrangement not only increases the mobility and flexibility between the manual spray head and the flexible hose line, but also permits twisting of the manual spray head relative to the hose line without fear of unscrewing the screw-type connection or similar coupling provided between the manual spray head and the hose line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Neoperl GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Grether, Christoph Weis
  • Publication number: 20140150177
    Abstract: A combined washing/drying station for a washroom comprising a water outlet for discharging water to wash a user's hands connected to a mains water supply and an air outlet for discharging airflow to dry a user's hands. The airflow is generated by a blower module connected to a mains electricity supply via a connector unit hard-wired to the electrical mains. The blower module comprises an electrical connector which connects to an electrical connector on the connector unit to allow modular replacement of the blower module. Connection to the mains water supply is via the same or an additional connector unit plumbed into the water mains. A flow-control valve is provided on the respective connector unit for isolating the water mains at the connector unit. An inlet port of the valve is connected to the water mains and an outlet port of the valve is connected to the water outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Lee HARTLEY, Thomas Andrew WESTON
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8713725
    Abstract: The rinsing device comprises a flexible connecting pipe which at one end is connected to a connecting element which may be attached to a fitting and at the other end bears a spray head with an actuating lever. The spray head is held on a holder, which protrudes outwardly from the connecting element. The connecting pipe comprises a flexible water feed pipe which is surrounded by a casing element, which is formed by a single spiral tension spring consisting of one piece. Said spiral tension spring consists of a first upright spring portion having a straight spring axis, a second curved spring portion attached thereto and a third, similarly upright spring portion having a straight spring axis, which is attached to the second spring portion. A tube-shaped protective casing extends around the casing element which protects the casing element from soiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: KWC AG
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Alder, Michael Lehner, Heinz Graber