Upright Or Multichambered Casing Patents (Class 55/472)
  • Patent number: 10286405
    Abstract: An air cleaning device for removing aerosol particles from an air stream comprising: a particle charger comprising a housing and an electrode arrangement therein for generating air ions in the air stream, the particle charger having a particle charging zone within which, in use, aerosol particles in the air stream are electrically charged via collision with the air ions; a filter for precipitating electrically charged aerosol particles from the air stream moving through the device; and an air mover, comprising a casing, for moving the air stream through the device; wherein the particle charger and the air mover are provided upstream of the filter; and wherein the housing of the particle charger is hermetically sealed to the casing of the air mover in the direction of air flow through the device, such that the particle charger and the air mover are intimately coupled together, whereby all air entering the device has to pass through both the particle charger and the air mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Darwin Technology International Limited
    Inventors: George Griffiths, Geoffrey Norman Walter Gay, Mark Gaskell
  • Patent number: 10045673
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner having a housing that consists of a bottom part with a dirt receptacle and a top part. At least one filter is arranged in the housing and an intake airflow can flow through it, and the housing has at least one hinged housing in which the at least one filter is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NILFISK-ADVANCE A/S
    Inventor: Anders Foenss
  • Patent number: 9180398
    Abstract: A filter arrangement includes a filter element, a frame construction secured to the filter element, and a handle member secured to the filter element. In preferred embodiments, the handle member is secured to the frame construction. Preferably, the filter element includes a central core member, wherein fluted filter media is coiled around the central core member. Preferably, the central core member includes a plurality of corrugations, wherein the corrugations mateably engage at least some flutes. Preferably, the handle member is integral with the central core member, and also includes a fastening member for connection to a frame construction on the filter element. Methods for cleaning air and servicing an air cleaner preferably include constructions as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Scott Gieseke, William M. Juliar, Edward A. Steinbrueck, Wayne R. W. Bishop, Patrick Golden, Wayne C. Musselman
  • Patent number: 9167944
    Abstract: An appliance or domestic apparatus such as a surface cleaning apparatus comprises a first part and a second part. The second part comprises an insertion portion slidably insertable into the first part to define an inserted position. The insertion portion comprises a longitudinal axis and a first detent member. A movable lock is slidably mounted on at least one of the first part and the second part, and is slidable at an angle to a longitudinal axis of the insertion portion. The movable lock has a second detent member. When the insertion portion is in the inserted position, the first detent member is positioned inwardly of the second detent member, and the second detent member is selectively positionable to interact with the first detent member to lock the first part to the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 8974565
    Abstract: An air filtration and air purification apparatus comprising: a first air channel; a second air channel; a divider that separates the first air channel from the second air channel; a first filter located in first air channel; a first filter located in the second air channel; a first air blower configured to pull air from the ambient environment generally into the first air channel, moving said air through the first filter, and returning said air into the ambient environment, creating generally a first air stream; a second air blower configured to pull air from the ambient environment generally into the second air channel, moving said air through the second filter and returning said air into the ambient environment, creating generally a second air stream; a control system that controls the activation and deactivation of the first and second air blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Cecchi, Monica Mezezi
  • Patent number: 8950401
    Abstract: A breathing apparatus is operable in self-contained and filtered modes of operation. In the self-contained mode of operation, a breathable gas is delivered to a user from a self-contained source of breathing gas. In a second, filtered mode of operation, a suction source draws ambient air through a filter removing contaminants and delivers filtered ambient air to the user. A method of delivering air to a subject is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, Daniel A. Desrosiers, Mark A. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8915983
    Abstract: A range extractor hood includes a screen, at least one filter element and at least one pivot bearing which swingably supports the at least one filter element on the screen. At least one locking member retains the at least one filter element to the screen. Located on the screen is a releasing device for, at least partially, releasing the locking member and retention of the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Anna Broβmann, Julia Ehrensberger, Andrzej Goczol, Michael Hegendörfer, Robert Hibelt, Thomas Kotlinski, Daniel Metz, Stefan Panten, Klaus-Heiner Rutsch, Ilka Schneider, Julia Wellhausen, Thomas Wilde
  • Patent number: 8888880
    Abstract: A vacuum loader system is disclosed. In the vacuum loader system, the air inlet comprises a load-bearing member of a support structure that supports the system. The vacuum loader system also includes a filter chamber with co-located primary and secondary or safety filter elements. A safety filter element is at the center of the filter chamber, surrounded by primary filter elements. After the air flows through the primary and safety filter elements, it is directed downwardly, out of the filter chamber and back toward the blower, beyond which it is ultimately expelled through a silenced outlet. In some embodiments, the conduit that carries air from the filter chamber toward the blower may also be a member of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Air Dynamics Industrial Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Brian McGinnis, Daniel P. Lehman
  • Patent number: 8801823
    Abstract: A system for separating contaminants from an airstream, including a centrifugal fan and housing; a contaminant containment vessel mounted to an outer surface of the housing; and a diverter in the airstream downstream of the fan and within the housing, the diverter being configured to separate a portion of the airstream from a remainder of the airstream, accelerate the portion of the airstream towards the containment vessel, and thereafter guide the portion of the airstream towards the remainder of the airstream. The diverter preferably does not negatively impact the rated performance of the fan, such that a performance of the system is not measurably different than the rated performance of the fan and housing combination. The diverter may accelerate contaminants entrained in the airstream toward the containment vessel, thereby separating the contaminants from the airstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Leseman Davis, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Byron Davis, Gary Thelen Leseman
  • Publication number: 20130340621
    Abstract: A coalescing filter device that extracts harmful particles and mist from the air. The coalescing filter device may include a housing with a coalescing filter suspended within the housing. The coalescing filter may be suspended at an angle relative to the housing, such as a 45 degree angle. A blower may be attached to the top of the housing and may blow air from the inside of the housing to the outside. A bag filter may be sealed to the top of the coalescing filter and a charcoal filter may be secured to the housing in between the blower and the bag filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Tanis, Rodney Tanis
  • Patent number: 8574331
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include air-treatment mask systems having at least one controllable air-treatment device that is controlled responsive to one or more signals from at least one pollutant sensor, and related methods of operation and air-treatment masks. In an embodiment, an air-treatment mask system includes a wearable air-treatment mask having a mask body including a face-securing member, and at least one controllable air-treatment device supported by the mask body. The air-treatment device is configured to treat incoming air. The system includes at least one pollutant sensor configured to sense ambient air for a presence of at least one pollutant and output one or more signals responsive to the sensing. The system includes control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the air-treatment device and the pollutant sensor and configured to control operation of the controllable air-treatment device responsive to receiving the signal(s) from the pollutant sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood
  • Patent number: 8523970
    Abstract: A portable air filter having a cylindrical, perforated shell with an end wall at one end closing the shell and an end wall at the other end having an opening. A hepa filter is removably mounted within the shell adjacent the perforations. The air filter has a blower unit with a through duct and a fan and a motor in the duct. The blower unit is detachably mountable on the shell adjacent the end wall at the other end with one open end of the duct extending through the opening in the end wall. Air is drawn through the perforated shell and hepa filter into the duct and out of the duct through its other open end away from the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Ness Lakdawala, Quinn Rico
  • Patent number: 8496719
    Abstract: A dust collection system has a cyclone separator in which dust is separated from an air stream and the air stream is passed from a separator and flows through a final filter back into the ambient air. A flame arrester is positioned downstream of the separator, either in advance of or after the final filter. The flame arrester defines a multiplicity of narrow channels to permit exhaust air flow but block any flame front. In a preferred embodiment the flame arrester is in the form of a sheath of a porous metal material surrounding the final filter. The sheath may comprise a metal wire mesh screen, with a guard cage surrounding the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Witter
  • Patent number: 8491686
    Abstract: A dust collector arrangement has a dust separator supported on a frame, with a lid for the dust collection barrel is mounted onto the frame below it. The lid is supported at a fixed elevation above the surface of the shop floor to create a space or clearance between the rim of the dust collection barrel and the lid. The barrel is supported on casters, and can be rolled into place under the rim, and can be rolled out for emptying. Over-center latches positioned at intervals around the upper part of the barrel side wall, engage corresponding structure on the lid. These pull the barrel upwards against the lid and with the barrel casters lifted off the floor surface. The latch members release to lower the barrel for emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Witter, Jeffrey Hill, John J. Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 8491685
    Abstract: A dust collection arrangement employs a variable frequency drive to supply AC to its fan motor. A current sensor measures the current drawn by the motor, and this is compared with a preset value. The variable frequency drive adjusts the frequency of the AC applied to the motor to maintain the motor current at the preset level. This keeps the flow of air in the system optimal as dust producing tools are added or taken off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Witter, Jeffrey Hill
  • Patent number: 8470064
    Abstract: A system for separating contaminants from an airstream, including a centrifugal fan and housing; a contaminant containment vessel mounted to an outer surface of the housing; and a diverter in the airstream downstream of the fan and within the housing, the diverter being configured to separate a portion of the airstream from a remainder of the airstream, accelerate the portion of the airstream towards the containment vessel, and thereafter guide the portion of the airstream towards the remainder of the airstream. The diverter preferably does not negatively impact the rated performance of the fan, such that a performance of the system is not measurably different than the rated performance of the fan and housing combination. The diverter may accelerate contaminants entrained in the airstream toward the containment vessel, thereby separating the contaminants from the airstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Leseman Davis, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Byron Davis, Gary Thelen Leseman
  • Patent number: 8454716
    Abstract: A particle separating structure for use with a turbine engine. The particle separating structure includes a main housing, first swirling structure, and second swirling structure. The first swirling structure is provided for swirling cooling fluid passing through a first cooling fluid flowpath defined in the main housing. The second swirling structure is provided for swirling cooling fluid passing through a second cooling fluid flowpath defined in the main housing. The first swirling structure is positionable in at least two positions, a first position allowing cooling fluid to pass through the first cooling fluid flowpath and a second position allowing cooling fluid to pass through the first and second cooling fluid flowpaths. The swirling of the cooling fluid causes particles in the cooling fluid to pass to a particle discharge zone while the cooling fluid passes out of the main housing through a cooling fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick M. Sedillo
  • Publication number: 20130067876
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter comprising a filter housing, an inlet and a cylindrical inner portion. The inlet is configured for conveying a gas flow into the filter whereby the gas flow is conveyed around a gap between filter housing and inner part, said inlet configured for supplying a particle-containing gas flow to the filter through the filter elements and out through a clean-gas outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SIMATEK A/S
    Inventors: Arne Grønbæk JENSEN, Christian Dan ANDERSEN
  • Patent number: 8377160
    Abstract: A cyclonic dust collector arrangement employs a cyclone that has a conic body formed of a conic wall. An upper divider plate closes off the upper end of the conic body, with a vortex tube descending from a central passage in the divider plate. The conic body has a narrow nose at a lower end so that the upper divider plate and the lower nose define a cyclonic chamber within the conic body. The inlet conduit penetrates the conic wall below the divider plate. The fan chamber of the separator is mounted above the divider plate, and serves to induce air flow from the inlet conduit into the cyclonic chamber, and through said vortex tube into the fan chamber. The air is discharged through a final filter. This construction has reduced manufacture costs and improved dust separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Oneida Air Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Witter
  • Patent number: 8377183
    Abstract: A high cleaning efficiency room air cleaner with a slim profile providing a clean air delivery rate sufficient to clean any ordinary size room includes a flat-panel housing having an internal chamber sized to receive conventional large area flat-panel furnace filters of standard size and a fan array preferably of high efficiency, low power axial computer fans mounted to the flat-panel housing. The room air cleaner may include a scent cartridge and a UV lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lasko Holdings
    Inventors: Matthew T. R. Bailey, Ross L. Cowie, Rudy A. Vandenbell, David Harris
  • Publication number: 20130031881
    Abstract: A power tool dust collecting device includes a fan chamber and a dust collecting chamber. The fan chamber is formed in a housing which is mountable on a hammer drill and in which a suction opening is provided protrudingly. The fan chamber houses a fan that rotates in accordance with driving of a motor. The dust collecting chamber is formed on an upstream side of the fan chamber. Mounted on the dust collecting chamber is a filter through which passes air that has been sucked up from the suction opening by the rotation of the fan and which collects dust included in the air. An air pumping unit that pumps air from a downstream side of the filter toward an upstream side is provided inside the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka MACHIDA, Kiyonobu YOSHIKANE
  • Publication number: 20130022506
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air cleaning device essentially comprising at least a vertical hollow structure having a first perforated side surface forming an inlet (1-2) for the air to be cleaned and a second perforated side surface forming an outlet (3-4) for the cleaned air. The invention is characterized in that the vertical hollow structure is covered with a protective cover and decorative elements (15) are positioned outside said cover in order to conceal the vertical hollow structure completely or partially. The structure contains filter units, as well as a fan (6-7) that forces the passage of air between the air inlet and the air outlet, thereby eliminating impalpable components and preventing a reaction with impure gases which are also eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Eusebio Moro Franco, Maria Asunción Gallart Grau
  • Patent number: 8216330
    Abstract: A powered air cleaning system has a flow path extending through the system from an inlet to an outlet. A motor-driven fan is located along the flow path to draw particulate debris laden air into the inlet and rotate it about an axis to form a rotating flow that stratifies the debris laden air with the heaviest particles in the outermost orbits of the rotating flow. An ejector port ejects particulate debris laden air from the stratified rotating flow in the system. At least one de-swirl component located within the rotating flow aerodynamically redirects clean air from the innermost orbits of the stratified rotating flow toward the outlet to provide a positive airflow pressure out of the outlet. The system has a variable speed fan motor and an integrated controller for adjusting the speed of the motor and thereby the flow rate of clean air through the outlet of the system. The controller receives a signal that is a function of airflow requirements of a device supplied with clean air by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Sy-Klone Company
    Inventors: James G. Moredock, Eric L. Ehrenberg
  • Patent number: 8152881
    Abstract: A housing for a centrifugal fan includes a surrounding wall extending upwardly from a periphery of a bottom wall with an air inlet, and including a surrounding wall body defining an opening, a protruding wall body extending outwardly from the surrounding wall body, corresponding to the opening, and having a dust-discharging hole, and a shielding plate disposed on the protruding wall body. The surrounding wall body and the bottom wall cooperatively define an accommodation space communicated with the air inlet, and an air outlet communicated with the accommodation space. The protruding wall body, the shielding plate, and the bottom wall cooperatively define a turbulence space communicated with the accommodation space. The shielding plate is movable between a closed position to close the dust-discharging hole, and an open position to open the dust-discharging hole so as to permit fluid communication between the turbulence space and the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Chih Chen, Wei-Cheng Chou
  • Patent number: 8083840
    Abstract: A high cleaning efficiency room air cleaner with a slim profile providing a clean air delivery rate sufficient to clean any ordinary size room includes a flat-panel housing having an internal chamber sized to receive conventional large area flat-panel furnace filters of standard size and a fan array preferably of high efficiency, low power axial computer fans mounted to the flat-panel housing. The room air cleaner may include a scent cartridge and a UV lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Headwaters R&D Inc
    Inventors: Matthew T. R. Bailey, Ross L. Cowie, Rudy A. Vandenbell, David Hards
  • Patent number: 8029590
    Abstract: A collapsible filtration tank for a dust collector includes an outer frame, an engaging base and a filter. The outer frame is formed cylindrical, having plural meshes formed in its circumferential wall. The engaging base is formed annular, installed around the opening of the outer frame. The filter is inserted in a chamber of the outer frame and restrictively blocked by the blocking edge of the engaging base. Thus, the filter can be independently replaced with a new one instead of shifting the whole filtration tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: San Ford Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Tai Cheng
  • Patent number: 8007565
    Abstract: A powered air cleaning system has a flow path extending through the system from an inlet to an outlet. A motor-driven fan is located along the flow path to draw particulate debris laden air into the inlet and rotate it about an axis to form a rotating flow that stratifies the debris laden air with the heaviest particles in the outermost orbits of the rotating flow. An ejector port ejects particulate debris laden air from the stratified rotating flow in the system. At least one de-swirl component located within the rotating flow aerodynamically redirects clean air from the innermost orbits of the stratified rotating flow toward the outlet to provide a positive airflow pressure out of the outlet. The system has a variable speed fan motor and an integrated controller for adjusting the speed of the motor and thereby the flow rate of clean air through the outlet of the system. The controller receives a signal that is a function of airflow requirements of a device supplied with clean air by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Sy-Klone Company
    Inventor: James G. Moredock
  • Patent number: 7998231
    Abstract: An air purifier includes a housing, a centrifugal fan and an air purifying filter. The fan is substantially centered in the housing. The fan has a rotary shaft extending in a depth direction of the air purifier and a fan inlet port facing frontward. Air suctioned by the fan is blown out in a direction perpendicular to the rotary shaft. The filter is aligned with the fan along the direction perpendicular to the rotary shaft. An air inlet port is disposed in front of the fan so as to communicate with the fan inlet port. When the fan rotates, air is suctioned into the air purifier via the air inlet port. An air outlet port is arranged relative to the filter such that air purified by the filter is blown out of the air purifier through the air outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiming Zheng, Yasuhiro Oda, Tooru Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7955404
    Abstract: A dust collector includes a shell, an exit tube, an inner tube, a suction device, a first dust container, a bypass tube and a first dust bag. The shell defines a first receiving room therein. The exit tube defines an exit passage therein. The inner tube defines a connection passage which has a first opening and a second opening. The first opening communicates the first receiving room, and the second opening communicates the exit passage. The suction device provides the exit passage with a negative pressure. The first dust container defines a second receiving room therein. A mesh is disposed on a bottom surface of the first dust container to divide the second receiving room into a first chamber and a second chamber. The bypass tube defines a bypass passage therein, and it communicates the connection passage with the second chamber. The first dust bag is disposed in the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Tony Lin
  • Publication number: 20110100221
    Abstract: An air purifier includes a vertically disposed housing provided with a wire gauze filter, electric fans and air filter elements. The electric fans draw outside air around the floor vertically into the bottom air intake port toward the top air output port of the housing so that the flow of air, when passed out of the air output port, flows upwards to a certain elevation and is then diffused and lowered in all directions around the housing. By means of the traction of the flow of air, the pressure difference of the convection of air between the low air pressure and the high air pressure at the bottom and top sides of the housing, high concentration of car waste gas, micro dust particles, hair dust, micro fibers and other harmful industrial odors that fall to the floor due to the effect of gravity or floating nearly above the floor are sucked into the inside of the housing by the low air pressure zone at the open bottom side of the housing and then removed by the filter elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Fu-Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 7931716
    Abstract: A cleaning appliance includes a main body, a filter and an interlock. The main body includes an airflow generator, a separating apparatus separating dirt and dust from an airflow, and a flowpath between the separating apparatus and the airflow generator delimited by a wall. The interlock has a first part located on the filter and a second part located on the main body outside the flowpath, arranged to communicate remotely when the filter is correctly located in the pre-determined position. The interlock is arranged selectively to allow or prevent operation of the airflow generator depending upon the relative separation between the first and second parts. By providing an interlock which has first and second parts which communicate remotely, the second part located on the main body can be isolated from the airflow path so that the second part is not subject to dirt and dust carried by the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: George Francis Paul Oakham
  • Patent number: 7914598
    Abstract: An air treatment system includes features for maximizing efficiency and effectiveness. In one embodiment, a sensor air passage utilizes a low pressure region created by the blower to draw air through the passage. In another embodiment, a filter frame includes a plurality of connectors formed integrally with the filter frame. In another embodiment, a screen is positioned adjacent to the blower intake. The screen includes a plurality of angled strands oriented in a particular direction. In another embodiment, a remote control holder is formed integrally with the housing. In another embodiment, a gasket is positioned between the blower and the housing, forming a seal between the blower and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Gregory K. Evans, Bradley J. Pippel
  • Patent number: 7909922
    Abstract: A dehumidifier is provided. A dehumidifier includes a cabinet defining an outer appearance, a barrier installed in the cabinet to collect condensed water removed from air, a bucket assembly for storing the condensed water directed from the barrier, and a condensed water detecting unit for detecting an amount or level of the condensed water stored in the bucket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Duck-Yong Jang, Chi-Wao Kim
  • Patent number: 7887614
    Abstract: An air shower device which prevents allergenic substances which cause hay fever from being brought into a living space, in which a person resides or carries out an activity, by an outside body. The air shower device includes a suction unit, which takes in outside air; an air blower unit having an air blower which blows air which has been taken in, at a specific air-flow rate and a filter which cleans by removing dust, including pollen, from air which is blown; and a dust collecting unit which collects dust, including pollen, from exhaust of an air shower room which includes the air blower unit. Further, the air shower device includes an air-flow rate control unit which controls the amount of air blown by an air blower according to an amount of pollen dispersed in the outside air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Osamu Nakamura, Yasuyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 7887623
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting smoke and dust with a deodorizing function which has excellent capability for maintenance and an improved deodorizing and silencing effect, the apparatus having a housing and a bulkhead having an opening and disposed in the housing to separate a space for deodorizing and filtering exhaust gas from a space for discharging exhaust gas, a vacuuming device for vacuuming exhaust gas disposed in the space for discharging and communicating with the opening of the bulkhead, a filtering device for filtering exhaust gas disposed in the space for deodorizing and filtering and communicating with the vacuuming device through the opening of the bulkhead, and a deodorizing device for deodorizing the exhaust gas concentrically disposed at an outer side of the filtering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sintokogio Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Takayanagi, Tomoyuki Suzuki, Hidenori Ikeno
  • Patent number: 7857877
    Abstract: An assembly for installation in a refrigerator provides an enclosure for conducting service lines therethrough and an air filter unit mounted to the enclosure. The air filter unit includes an air filter housing that contains an air filter and includes openings for the ingress of air from the refrigerator which, after passing through the air filter, is discharged to the refrigerator interior through discharge openings in the air filter housing. Means such as a fan is provided to establish a flow of air through the air filter housing. The air filter unit has utility separately from the enclosure for conducting service lines in which case the air filter housing includes first and second portions that are pivotally connected to one another. The air filter within the air filter housing is supported by one of the first and second portions of the air filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick L. Gunderson, Joseph E. Brand
  • Patent number: 7828867
    Abstract: A portable air treatment device and system including a filter retaining mechanism for selectively retaining a replaceable filter assembly. The filter retaining mechanism includes a rigid, non-moveable body that reduces a size of an access opening to a filter chamber otherwise formed by the air treatment device housing, along with a bearing surface. The rigid body serves as a catch or latch, preventing unexpected dislodgement of a filter assembly from the chamber. The bearing surface is also rigid and non-moveable, and provides a means for easily inserting and removing a primarily non-permanently deflectable filter assembly about the rigid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andy Fox, Ronald C. Johansson, Kevin E. Kinzer, Glendon D. Kappel, Casey L. Carlson, Paula A. Marrs
  • Patent number: 7828868
    Abstract: An air treatment system includes features for maximizing efficiency and effectiveness. In one embodiment, a sensor air passage utilizes a low pressure region created by the blower to draw air through the passage. In another embodiment, a filter frame includes a plurality of connectors formed integrally with the filter frame. In another embodiment, a screen is positioned adjacent to the blower intake. The screen includes a plurality of angled strands oriented in a particular direction. In another embodiment, a remote control holder is formed integrally with the housing. In another embodiment, a gasket is positioned between the blower and the housing, forming a seal between the blower and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Gregory K. Evans, Bradley J. Pippel, James Dodds
  • Patent number: 7819957
    Abstract: An operating room filter system connectable to a surgical body gas evacuator, such as a trocar, that includes a carbon monoxide filter media that removes carbon monoxide from a surgical waste gas. In addition, the inclusion of further filter media upstream of the carbon monoxide filter media inhibits the saturation of the carbon monoxide filter media to thereby provide an extended life to the filtration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Keith Roberts, David Rasch
  • Patent number: 7811348
    Abstract: An airflow shaper for use in an air cleaner is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The airflow shaper includes a body including a substantially central axis and a raised central region formed on the body. The raised central region transitions an impinging axial airflow into a substantially radial airflow or transitions an impinging radial airflow into a substantial axial airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Paterson, Charles W. Reynolds, Paul A. Moshenrose
  • Patent number: 7806951
    Abstract: The present invention is a mobile air contaminant control system that includes a filter assembly enclosed by a mobile outer chamber. The filter assembly is tapered to create a large volume air way downstream from the filter assembly that enables more even air flow and filter loading. One or more exhaust fans pull the air through the filter assembly and exhaust it to the exterior of the chamber. The system is functionally attached to an exterior structure having at least one air intake and housing a work piece. As airborne contaminants are generated from the work piece(s), the control system exhausts them from the exterior structure through the filter assembly and into the external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: NIF Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7794518
    Abstract: A filter system for an air cleaner is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The filter system includes one or more filter elements and a filter tray adapted to be received in a filter tray receptacle of the air cleaner. The filter tray includes a bottom surface and one or more bottom airflow apertures formed in the bottom surface. The filter tray receives the one or more filter elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Paterson, Charles W. Reynolds, Dennis T. Lamb
  • Patent number: 7789921
    Abstract: Portable devices for mitigating the accumulation and localized settling of airborne particulates are provided. The devices establish airflow patterns which push or carry various airborne particulates outwardly away therefrom, thereby establishing a localized zone having relatively fewer airborne particulates. Correspondingly, each the devices establishes a localized zone, defined circumferentially about the perimeter of the device, in which there is relatively less surface accumulation of particulates which were previously airborne and settled out. The devices establish such airflow patterns by proving a fan which draws a volume of air axially through a top portion of the device, then pushes the volume of air axially down through the device where it is radially emitted from the bottom portion of the device, defining a circumferentially expanding plane of airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew N. Thurin, Michael J. Maloney, Jeremy F. Knopow, Kevin L. Askling, René Maurice Béland
  • Patent number: 7763091
    Abstract: A dust collector has a vacuum coupling for connection to a vacuum source such as a portable vacuum cleaner or other suitable source. A vacuum reservoir is formed from a chamber between nested interlocking receptacles. A variable density pattern of inlet holes through one interlocking container into the vacuum reservoir provides better flow and capture of debris, while multiple inlets within the vacuum reservoir provide even and consistent suction. A variety of inlet geometries are presented that are suitable to a variety of purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Edward J. Nunke
  • Patent number: 7748380
    Abstract: A combined air-supplying/air-purifying breathing system that includes a self-contained breathing apparatus, a facepiece for delivering breathable air from the self-contained breathing apparatus to a user, and a powered air-purifying respirator having at least one filter and a blower and having an output connected by a hose assembly to the facepiece. A control interface operationally connects the self-contained breathing apparatus to the powered air-purifying respirator. The self-contained breathing apparatus includes a pressure vessel, a cylinder valve assembly and a pressure reducer, all carried by a back frame, and the powered air-purifying respirator is adapted to be mounted on, and carried by, the back frame, by coupling the back frame and the respirator together at respective attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: STI Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Allen Phifer, William Eugene Parson, Judge W. Morgan, III, Robert Daniel Williams
  • Patent number: 7713330
    Abstract: A tower ionizer air cleaner is provided. The tower ionizer air cleaner includes a tower chassis, with a base of the tower chassis including a small footprint, one or more airflow inlet openings in the tower chassis, one or more airflow outlet openings in the tower chassis and substantially opposite to the one or more airflow inlet openings, and an ionizer element positioned within the tower chassis. The tower ionizer air cleaner further includes one or more fan units substantially vertically located within the tower ionizer air cleaner and affixed to the tower chassis. The one or more fan units are configured to provide an airflow between the one or more airflow inlet openings and the one or more airflow outlet openings and through the ionizer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Bohlen, Thomas A. Oreck, Bruce Kiern, Christopher M. Paterson, Charles W. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 7670400
    Abstract: A motor mount assembly for an air cleaner is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The motor mount assembly includes a motor ring adapted for receiving a motor, a mount ring adapted to be received in the air cleaner, and a plurality of mounting vanes extending between the motor ring and the mount ring. A mounting vane of the plurality of mounting vanes includes a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end is affixed to the motor ring and the proximal end is affixed to the mount ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Charles W. Reynolds, Owen T. Bourgeois, Christopher M. Paterson
  • Patent number: 7670414
    Abstract: Disclosed is a filter unit for an air conditioner, which is provided at an indoor unit for the air conditioner so as to purify the air discharged to a room. The filter unit includes a filter for purifying air, a filter case accommodated in the filter and having a filter gate at a side thereof for placing/withdrawing the filter, and a cover for opening/closing the filter gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Won Cha, Hyun Hur
  • Patent number: 7658190
    Abstract: A powered air-purifying respirator that includes an enclosure, defining a single contiguous enclosed interior, an inlet duct, including an inlet and a distribution portion, that guides ambient air to the interior of the enclosure, a plurality of filter canisters disposed within the interior of the enclosure, and a blower that forces air through the at least one inlet, into the interior of the enclosure and through the plurality of filter canisters to produce filtered air suitable for breathing. A valve controls the flow of ambient air through the inlet duct. A fluid dam, disposed in an air path between the inlet and the filter canisters prevents liquids from reaching the filter canisters. The enclosure is reinforced and is adapted to provide protection for the filter canister from flame and heat while the filter canister is in use. A recirculation valve recycles previously-filtered air back into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: STI Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Jerry Allen Phifer, William Eugene Parson, Judge W. Morgan, III, Robert Daniel Williams
  • Patent number: 7647927
    Abstract: A breathing apparatus is operable in self-contained and filtered modes of operation. In the self-contained mode of operation, a breathable gas is delivered to a user from a self-contained source of breathing gas. In a second, filtered mode of operation, a suction source draws ambient air through a filter removing contaminants and delivers filtered ambient air to the user. A method of delivering air to a subject is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, Daniel A. Desrosiers, Mark A. Hansen