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Title:
CARPET CLEANING DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1981/000805
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The carpet cleaning device (10) of this invention includes a liquid application means (35, 36) liquid removal means (30) and carpet brushing means (46, 47). A reciprocating motion is provided to a pivoted brush (46, 47) by means of a rotary shaft (23) having an oblique crank portion (26) carrying a bearing (37) whose outer race is connected to the brush. The shaft axis, center line of the bearing, and the brush pivot axis all intersect at a common point (38) thus transforming rotary motion of the shaft to an arcuate, reciprocating motion of the brush.

Inventors:
Notta I, Scovell A.
Application Number:
PCT/US1980/001252
Publication Date:
April 02, 1981
Filing Date:
September 25, 1980
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WETROK INC.
International Classes:
A47L11/34; (IPC1-7): A47L11/12; A47L11/202
Foreign References:
US4014067A1977-03-29
US4136420A1979-01-30
US4156952A1979-06-05
US4167799A1979-09-18
US3871051A1975-03-18
US2997730A1961-08-29
US1878914A1932-09-20
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS
1. (received by the International Bureau on 23 March 1981 (23.03.81)) (Amended) In a cleaning device for carpets and the like of the type having suction pickup means and reciprocating brush means arranged to con¬ tact the carpet, the improvement comprising: a drive shaft, means to rotate said shaft, said shaft having a crank portion disposed at an oblique angle to the axis of said shaft, said brush means being pivoted to reciprocate in con¬ tact with the carpet, a bearing mounted on said crank portion and means connecting said bearing to said brush means, rotational motion of said shaft being converted to pivotal reciprocation of said brush means through said crank portion, said bearing, and said means connecting said bearing to said brush means, the pivot axis of said brush means, the center line of said bearing and the axis of said shaft substantially inter¬ secting at a common point.
2. The device of claim 1, having means to deliver a liquid cleaning or rinse solution to the car¬ pet, said brush means comprising a transversely extending bar pivoted to reciprocate in contact with the carpet.
3. The device of claim 2 wherein the means connecting said bearing to said brush means comprises a ring plate attached to said bearing and having a bore at the bottom center thereof.
4. The device of claim 3 further comprising pin means insertable into said bore and connecting said ring plate with brush holding means. 9 .
5. The device of claim 4 further comprising a socket in said brush holding means and re¬ silient bushing insertable into said socket, said pin means insertable into said bushing.
6. 5 The device of claim 5 wherein the bushing comprises a urethane elastomer.
7. (Amended) The device of claim 2 wherein said crank portion of said shaft is disposed at an angle in the range of about 10 to 15 degrees relative to the shaft axis.
8. The device of claim 2 further comprising means to adjust the brush height relative to the carpet being cleaned. '. (Amended) The device of claim 8 wherein said brush height adjusting means comprises a lower frame member pivoted about wheel means disposed at one end of the cleaning device, said shaft and brush means being mounted on said lower frame member, an upper frame member, and means for moving said lower frame member relative to said upper frame member. 6 Claims 1 In a cleaning device for carpets and the like of the type having suction pickup means and reciprocating brush means arranged to contact the carpet, the improvement comprising: a drive shaft, means to rotate said shaft, said shaft having a crank portion disposed at an oblique angle to the axis of said shaft, said brush means being pivoted to reciprocate in contact with the carpet, a bearing mounted on said crank portion and means connecting said bearing to said brush means for translating rotation of said shaft to pivotal reciprocation of said brush means, the pivot axis of said brush means, the center line of said bearing and the axis of said shaft substantially intersecting at a common point.
9. 2 The device of claim 1, having means to deliver a liqui cleaning or rinse solution to the carpet, said brush means comprising a transversely extending bar pivoted to reciprocate in contact with the carpet. ' 3. The device of claim 2 wherein the means connecting said bearing to said brush means comprises a ring plate attached to said bearing and having a bore at the botto center thereof.
10. 4 The device of claim 3 further comprising pin means insertable into said bore and connecting said ring plate with brush holding means .
11. 5 The device of claim 4 further comprising a socket in said brush holding means and resilient bushing insert able into said socket, said pin means insertable into said bushing. 7 6 The device of claim 5 wherein the bushing comprises a urethane elastomer.
12. 7 The device of claim 2 wherein the crank portion of said shaft is disposed at an angle in the range of about 10 to 15 degrees relative to the shaft axis.
13. 8 The device of claim 2 further comprising means to adjust the brush height relative to the carpet being cleaned.
14. The device of claim 8 wherein said brush height adjusting means comprises a lower frame member pivoted about wheel means disposed at one end of the cleaning device, said shaft and brush means mounted on the frame.
Description:
International Bureau

INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION PUBLISHED UNDER THE PATENT CO

(51) International Patent Classification * *': (11) International Publication Number: WO 81/00805

Al A47L 11/12, 11/202 (43) International Publication Date: 2 April 1981 (02.04.81)

(21) International Application Number: PCT/US80/01252 (81) Designated States: AT, AT (European patent), AU, CH, CH (European patent), DE, DE (European patent),

(22) International Filing Date:25 September 1980 (25.09.80) DK, FR (European patent), GB, GB (European pa¬ tent), JP, NL, NL (European patent), NO, SE, SE (Eu¬ ropean patent).

(31) Priority Application Number: 079,960

(32) Priority Date: 28 September 1979 (28.09.79) Published

With international search report

(33) Priority Country: US Before the expiration of the time limit for amen¬ ding the claims and to be republished in the event of the receipt of amendments

(71) Applicant: ETROK, INC. [US/US]; 2111 Liberty Dri¬ ve, Box 289, L.P.O., Niagara Falls, NY 14304 (US).

(72) Inventors: NOTTA, Adolf; Apartment 22, 1 Main Street,

Youngstown, NY 14174 (US). SCOVELL, Ian, A.; Apartment 23, 1 Main Street, Youngstown, NY 14174 (US).

(74) Agents: BEAN, Edwin, T., Jr., et al.; Christel, Bean & Li- nihan, 2024 Liberty Bank Building, Buffalo, NY 14202 (US).

(54) Title: CARPET CLEANING DEVICE

(57) Abstract

The carpet cleaning device (10) of this invention includes a liquid application means (35, 36) liquid removal means (30) and carpet brushing means (46, 47). A reciprocating motion is provided to a pivoted brush (46, 47) by means of a rotary shaft (23) having an oblique crank portion (26) carrying a bearing (37) whose outer race is connected to the brush. The shaft axis, center li¬ ne of the bearing, and the brush pivot axis all intersect at a common point (38) thus transforming rotary motion of the shaft to an arcuate, reciprocating motion of the brush.

FOR THE PURPOSES OF INFORMATION ONLY

Codes used to identify States party to the PCT on the front pages of pamphlets publishing international appli- cations under the PCT.

AT Austria KP Democratic People's Republic of Korea

AU Australia LI Liechtenstein

BR Brazil LU Luxembourg

CF Central African Republic MC Monaco

CG Congo MG Madagascar

CH Switzerland MW Malawi

CM Cameroon NL Netherlands

DE Germany, Federal Republic of NO Norway

DK Denmark RO Romania " π Finland SE Sweden

FR France SN Senegal

GA Gabon SU SovietUnion

GB United Kingdom TD . Chad

HU Hungary TG Togo

JP Japan US - United States of America

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DESGRΓPTION

Carpet' Cleaning ' Device

' Technical Field

This invention relates generally to carpet cleaning machines having suction means and carpet brushing means. More specifically, this invention relates to a carpet cleaning machine having a reciprocating, carpet engaging brush driven by a mechanism which directly converts rotary motion to an arcuate, reciprocating movement.

Background Art

A number of carpet cleaning devices utilizing a com¬ bination of suction means with a reciprocating, carpet engaging brush are known in the prior art. The brush itself is typically pivoted on arms and is reciprocated by action of an eccentric working through a connecting rod or cam means.

One such device is illustrated in U.S. Patent No. 2,114,116 in which a shaft is eccentrically mounted in a belt-driven pulley and transmits reciprocating pivotal movement to an agitator or brush through a pin member opera¬ ting in an arcuate cam way.

A more recent cleaning device combining a reciprocating brush with liquid cleaning means and suction pickup is shown by U.S. Patent No. 4,014,067. In this device, a conventional eccentric operating through a connecting rod imparts a re¬ ciprocating action to a pivotally mounted brush.

It is also known to translate rotary motion into linear reciprocating motion utilizing a shaft having a crank portion set at an oblique angle to the shaft. One such device adapted for use in a reciprocating saw is illustrated in U.S. Patent No. 2,824,455.

The translation of rotary motion to a reciprocating, arcuate movement by means of an eccentric introduces a

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considerable amount of vibration and noise into the opera¬ tion of a machine. In addition, because of the stresses involved, an eccentric arrangement is inherently a high wear componen .

Disclosure of Invention

A cleaning implement especially adapted for washing a floor fastened carpet comprises nozzle means for delivering a cleaning or rinse solution to a carpet area, reciprocating brush means to thoroughly contact the solution and carpet and vacuum pickup means to remove the solution from the carpet. The brush means is powered by a motor driving a shaft having a crank portion obliquely disposed relative to the shaft axis. Mounted on the crank is a bearing whose inner race rotates with the crank and whose outer race is fixedly mounted to a ring frame. The frame in turn connects to a brush carrying member pivoted at points along an axis which intersects the axis of the shaft and the center line of the bearing at a common point thus directly converting rotary motion of the shaft to arcuate reciprocating movement of the brush.

Hence, it is an object of this invention to provide a carpet cleaning device having an improved brushing means.

It is a specific object of this invention to provide mean to drive the brush of a carpet cleaning device by translatin rotary motion of a shaft directly to a reciprocating, arcuat movement of the brush.

Brief Description of Drawings

Figure 1 is a side outline view of the cleaning device of this invention. Figure 2 is a partial sectional view taken along line 2- of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a partial sectional view taken along line 3-3 of Figure 2.

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Figure 4 is a sectional view of the brush height adjust¬ ment means taken along line 4-4 of Figure 2.

Figure 5 is a sectional view along line 5-5 of Figure 2 showing detail of the cleaning fluid entry means. Figure 6 illustrates the drive shaft and brush attitude at one extreme position.

Figure 7 illustrates the drive shaft and brush attitude at the opposite extreme position.

Best Mode for Carrying Out the Invention The invention will be described in reference to the drawing in which like numbers denote like parts throughout the figures.

The carpet cleaning machine of this invention is indicated generally by the numeral 10. Referring first to Figure 1, the machine includes a vacuum hose connection 11, handle mount 12, roller 13 located generally beneath the handle mount and housing side plate 14.

As is shown in Figure 2, there is provided a lower frame plate 15 which is pivotally mounted at the ends 16 and 17 of roller 13. Mounted on frame plate 15 is motor 18 having a shaft 19 with pulley 20 mounted thereon. The motor is connected by means of belt 21 and pulley 22 to drive shaft 23 which is rotably mounted on frame plate 15 by means of bearings 24 and 25. Shaft 23 terminates in a crank portion 26 (best illustrated in Figures 6 and 7) disposed at an oblique angle relative to the shaft axis. Brush holder bar 27 is pivotally mounted on forwardly projecting ears 28 and 29 of frame plate 15.

Disposed transversely across the front of the machine just forward of the brush holder bar is vacuum head 30.

Mounted at the top of the machine on a horizontal projecting lug 31 of upper frame member 32 is brush height controlling means 33 which is shown in greater detail in Figure 4. Also mounted to frame plate 15 at one side thereof is liquid

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cleaning solution entry conduit 34 which terminates in a tranversely extending manifold 35 having a plurality of downwardly directed spray nozzles 36. Figure 5 presents a detailed view of the solution entry conduit, manifold and nozzle arrangement.

As before noted, drive shaft 23 terminates in a crank portion 26 which is disposed obliquely at a small angle, which may conveniently be on the order of 10 to 15 degrees, from the axis of the shaft. Mounted on crank portion 26 is a bearing 37 which is preferably of the ball type having an inner and an outer bearing race. The center line of bearing 37 intersects axis of shaft 23 at a point 38 which point is also on a common axis with the pivot points of the brush holder bar 27. Bearing 37 is held in place on crank 26 by means of snap ring 39.

The inner race of bearing 37 rotates with crank 26 while the outer race is held stationary by means of ring plate 40 which circles the bearing and is held in place by snap ring 41. An upper end of connecting pin 42 is fitted in a bore 43 located at the bottom center of ring plate 40. The lower end of pin 42 fits into resilient bushing 44 carried by a socket 45 formed in brush holder bar 27. Bushing 44 is pre¬ ferably fabricated of a urethane elastomer or like material and acts to substantially dampen any vibration and to reduce or eliminate noise created by or transmitted through the drive mechanism. In addition, the elastomeric nature of bushing 44 accommodates manufacturing tolerances of the con¬ necting parts upon assembly.

Operation of the brush drive means will be more clearly understood by reference to Figures 6 and 7. In this parti¬ cular embodiment, the crank portion of shaft 23 is offset from the shaft axis at a 12° angle. Figure 6 illustrates one extreme position of the brush means while Figure 7 illustrates the opposite extreme position caused by rotation of shaft 23 through an angle of 180°. Pin 42, acting throug ring plate 40, connects the outer race of bearing 37 to the

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