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Carburetor drain

A carburetor includes a carburetor bowl, a fuel supply pipe, a fuel drain pipe, and a valve. The carburetor bowl is configured to store fuel and provide the fuel to an air passage. ... Kohler Co

Plumbing fixture with user interface

A water delivery device that includes a body having a cold water inlet, a hot water inlet, and an outlet; a mixing valve in the body, and a touchscreen user interface on a surface of the body. The mixing valve includes a housing having a mixing chamber that is fluidly connected to the outlet, a first flow control valve moveably disposed in the housing to control a cold water flow from the cold water inlet to the mixing chamber, and a second flow control valve moveably disposed in the housing to control a hot water flow from the hot water inlet to the mixing chamber. ... Kohler Co

Engine air cleaner

An apparatus for removing debris from the intake of an engine includes an air cleaner housing with an inlet opening, an air entry cavity, one or more turbulent flow tubes, and at least one outlet opening. The inlet opening in the air cleaner housing is configured to receive an incoming flow of air from a blower. ... Kohler Co

Handwashing station

A handwashing station that includes a basin, a liquid dispensing system, and an air dispensing system. The liquid dispensing system is configured to dispense a liquid into the basin to wash a user's hands. ... Kohler Co

Forced induction engine with electric motor for compressor technical field

A generator system may include a compressor and an electric motor. The compressor includes an impeller, and the compressor provides a quantity of air flowing toward an intake of an engine through rotation of the impeller. ... Kohler Co

Air intake assemblies, apparatuses and methods for an engine

Intake assemblies for an engine are provided. In one aspect, an air intake assembly includes a screen defining a plurality of air passage holes therein, a fan, a flywheel, a crankshaft, and a screen support member coupled to the screen. ... Kohler Co

Toilet seat lighting apparatuses

Various disclosed apparatuses relate to lighting mechanisms for illuminating portions of a fixture, such as a toilet. One embodiment relates to a seat assembly of a toilet. ... Kohler Co

Floor-mounted toilet with adjustable trapway for connection to wall carrier

A toilet includes a base configured to engage a floor in a bathroom, the base defining a rear wall. The toilet further includes a plurality of openings defined in the rear wall configured to couple the rear wall to at least one of a wall in a bathroom or a wall carrier. ... Kohler Co

Toilet installation system and method

A method of securing a toilet base that includes coupling a foot of a first support member to a first portion of a trap; pivotally coupling a first clamping member to a leg of the first support member, so that first clamping member can rotate relative to the first support member; placing the toilet base over the trap, so that a skirt of the toilet base surrounds the first support member and the first clamping member; inserting a first adjusting member through a first opening in the skirt so that a shank of the first adjusting member is coupled to a distal end of the first clamping member; and rotating the first adjusting member in a first direction to a secure position in which a head of the first adjusting member loads the skirt and the first support member loads the shank to secure the toilet base to the trap.. . ... Kohler Co

Plumbing fixture with heating element

A plumbing component includes a valve provided within a portion of the plumbing component and configured to control the flow of water through the plumbing component. The valve includes a body and at least one waterway within the body. ... Kohler Co

Faucet with offset valve

A faucet assembly includes a valve housing having a first side defining first and second openings, the second opening configured to receive a valve. The valve housing further includes a second side defining a third opening configured to receive at least one fluid inlet line and at least one fluid outlet line therethrough. ... Kohler Co

Plumbing fixture with heating elemenet

A shower head that includes a movable handset, a mixing valve, and an electric heater. The movable handset includes a stem configured to detachably engage a shower head dock, and a spray head coupled to the stem and configured to discharge water. ... Kohler Co

Remote radiator for a generator system

A generator structure includes a lower compartment, an upper compartment, and an intake duct. The lower compartment is configured to support and house at least an alternator and an engine. ... Kohler Co

Faucet with multi-directional controls

A faucet that includes a base configured to detachably mount to a mounting surface; a sleeve coupled to and extending upwardly from the base; a handle body disposed around the sleeve and configured to rotate about a vertical axis, the handle body including a vertical portion and a horizontal portion extending outward from a side of the vertical portion; a first valve disposed within the base; a second valve disposed within the horizontal portion of the handle body; and a spout configured to receive water from the sleeve and direct the water to an outlet of the spout; where the vertical portion of the handle body is configured to be rotated about the vertical axis to control the first valve, and the horizontal portion of the handle body is configured to be rotated about a horizontal axis to control the second valve.. . ... Kohler Co

07/12/18 / #20180192853

Wine glass drying rack

Systems and methods of using a wine glass drying assembly. The wine glass drying rack assembly includes a tray with a bottom, sides, and a vertical lock. ... Kohler Co

07/12/18 / #20180192829

Walk in bath

A walk in bath includes a shell, a door, and a seal member. The shell defines a bathing area and includes a wall with an opening therein. ... Kohler Co

07/05/18 / #20180191592

Method and system for monitoring iot devices

A method for monitoring internet of things (iot) devices includes activating a communication connection with a terminal device in response to a monitoring request for the terminal device, conducting communications of monitoring data corresponding to the monitoring request via the communication connection, and controlling a state of the communication connection according to an operating mode of the terminal device.. . ... Kohler Co

07/05/18 / #20180187399

Systems and methods for programming and controlling water delivery devices

A method for programming a water delivery device having a first optical communications interface is provided. The method includes physically coupling a communications bridge to the water delivery device. ... Kohler Co

06/21/18 / #20180173180

Generator system architecture

A generator system for operation of at least one generator and at least one breaker includes an interface, a database, and a generator controller. The interface is configured to receive an architecture for the generator system. ... Kohler Co

06/21/18 / #20180171613

Flushometer

A flushometer valve includes a hollow body and a piston assembly disposed inside the hollow body for controlling operation of the flushometer valve. The piston assembly and hollow body define an inlet chamber, an outlet chamber and a pressure chamber. ... Kohler Co

06/14/18 / #20180167002

Synchronous inverter

An apparatus includes a first inverter circuit and a second inverter circuit. The first invertor circuit is configured to couple an alternator and a load device to deliver a driving signal from the alternator to the load device. ... Kohler Co

06/14/18 / #20180163689

Ignition module for internal combustion engine with integrated communication device

An electronic device for the ignition system of an engine, which may incorporate circuitry for voltage amplification via transformer action, while also containing circuitry for sensing operational parameters, circuitry for calculation of derived values from the sensed data or operational parameters, circuitry for storage of the data and derived values, circuitry for engine system control, and circuitry for the wireless communication of data and derived values.. . ... Kohler Co

06/07/18 / #20180156969

Illuminated drain stopper

An illuminated drain stopper includes a body having an upper end and a lower end, and a light pipe disposed at the upper end of the body. The light pipe is configured to transfer light from a light source within the body to an outer periphery of the light pipe.. ... Kohler Co

06/07/18 / #20180153363

Heated toilet seat

A heated seat having a thermally conductive metal seat, a protective coating disposed on a top surface of the metal seat, and a thermally conductive water pipe in the thermally conductive metal seat. Hot water can be routed through the water pipe to heat the seat. ... Kohler Co

05/31/18 / #20180149692

Output cable measurement

A generator system includes a generator controller for monitoring the operation of generator cable. The generator controller is configured to receive a first signal indicative of a generator output and a first connection of a generator cable and a second signal indicative of a second connection of the generator cable. ... Kohler Co

05/24/18 / #20180142507

Shower door hinge assembly

A shower door hinge assembly includes a mount, an upper member, a lower member, a body, a plurality of gears, and a stop member. The mount is configured to be coupled to a fixed structure. ... Kohler Co

05/24/18 / #20180142457

Pre-primed siphonic toilet

A siphonic toilet including a bowl, a passageway and a valve. The passageway includes an entrance fluidly connected to the bowl, an outlet, and a dam located between the entrance and the outlet, wherein the dam and bowl are configured to hold a first volume of water prior to a flush cycle. ... Kohler Co

05/10/18 / #20180131302

Printed circuit board based exciter

In one embodiment, a generator includes a rotor configured to rotate in cooperation with a stator to generate electrical power. An exciter of the generator includes at least one circuit board, a stationary exciter stator, and a control circuit. ... Kohler Co

05/10/18 / #20180131301

Alternator controller

In one embodiment, a generator includes a rotor configured to rotate in cooperation with a stator to generate electrical power. A sensor, which is supported by the rotor, is configured to generate a trigger signal indicative of a position of the rotor. ... Kohler Co

05/03/18 / #20180119401

Toilet inlet configuration

A toilet assembly includes a pedestal, a tank disposed on the pedestal, and an inlet chamber formed in the pedestal. The inlet chamber includes an inlet portion comprising an upstream end defining an upstream inner diameter, and a downstream end defining a downstream inner diameter less than the upstream inner diameter. ... Kohler Co

05/03/18 / #20180116485

Drying rack

A selectively deployable drying rack with selectively reconfigurable components is disclosed. The drying rack includes a base and an upper rim. ... Kohler Co

05/03/18 / #20180116470

Bathroom fixtures and components

A bathroom module is disclosed. The bathroom module comprises a shower area, a toilet area, a grooming area, and plumbing inlet lines. ... Kohler Co

04/19/18 / #20180106420

Mounting system and method

A mounting system includes an arm having a first end and a second end, the first end configured to engage a first side of a wall. The mounting system further includes a bracket configured to engage a second side of the wall opposing the first side, the bracket coupled to the arm by a fastener, wherein the second end of the arm is configured to engage the first side of the wall at a location offset from the fastener.. ... Kohler Co

04/12/18 / #20180098670

Shower enclosure system

A shower enclosure comprises a plurality of prefabricated panels that are arranged to at least partially surround a space for bathing. At least one of the panels is a layered structure having a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. ... Kohler Co

03/29/18 / #20180087416

Internal combustion engine having oil baffle

An internal combustion engine that includes an oil baffle in the oil sump. The internal combustion engine may include a crankcase comprising an oil sump containing an oil reservoir, a crankshaft, and an oil baffle positioned within the oil sump. ... Kohler Co

03/29/18 / #20180087257

Toilet coupling

A toilet having a tank including a bottom with an outlet; a pedestal having a bowl and a ledge, an inlet and three holes around the inlet are disposed in the ledge; a valve having a threaded valve body extending through the outlet to the inlet; a mounting bracket having a generally triangular base and three mounting locations disposed around an opening in the base with one mounting location proximate each corner of the base, each mounting location includes an offset mounting surface; a valve nut threaded to the valve body to hold the mounting bracket between the bottom and the valve nut; a flexible gasket disposed around the valve nut between the mounting bracket and the pedestal; and three fasteners disposed externally to the tank, each fastener extending through one mounting location and one hole in the ledge to secure the mounting bracket to the pedestal.. . ... Kohler Co

03/22/18 / #20180080209

Toilet with overflow protection

A toilet includes a base and a basin. The base supports the toilet on a surface. ... Kohler Co

03/22/18 / #20180080203

Kitchen faucet pulldown weight

A weight for a faucet hose includes a body defining a channel extending therethrough, the channel having a non-linear axis, wherein the channel is configured to receive and frictionally engage a hose.. . ... Kohler Co

03/22/18 / #20180078096

Shower track guide system

A shower track guide system for a shower enclosure may include an elevated track positioned above a base and at least one stand disposed between the base and the track. The track may be mounted to the at least one stand. ... Kohler Co

03/15/18 / #20180073619

Gear

A multiple component gear includes a first material for a first portion of the teeth and a second material for a second portion of the teeth. The gear may be manufactured by providing a blank for a multiple component gear, the blank formed from a first material, coupling the blank for the multiple component gear to a mold, adding a second material to the mold to form a second material secured to the blank through overmolding, and forming first teeth in the blank and second teeth in the second material.. ... Kohler Co

03/15/18 / #20180073480

Multiple-keyed flywheel and engine crankshaft

A multiple-keyed crankshaft and flywheel provides for different ignition timing options for an internal combustion engine. The crankshaft of the engine includes multiple keyways set at designated angular displacements of the crankshaft that correspond with keyways on a flywheel for providing different timing options for the engine. ... Kohler Co

03/15/18 / #20180073227

Shower head with integrated mixing valve

A shower head having a stem; a spray head coupled to the stem; a mixing valve located within the stem or the spray head, the mixing valve having a first valve member assembly for controlling a first fluid flow to a mixing chamber and a second valve member assembly for controlling a second fluid flow to the mixing chamber. Each valve member assembly includes a spool, a first valve member on the spool that engages with a first valve seat in a closed position and a second valve member on the spool that engages with a second, separate, valve seat in the closed position. ... Kohler Co

03/15/18 / #20180073226

Sprayhead retraction assembly

A sprayhead retraction assembly includes a hose coupled at a first end to a faucet sprayhead and at a second end to a water source. The assembly further includes a first member having a first portion that is engaged with the hose between the first and second ends of the hose. ... Kohler Co

03/15/18 / #20180073225

Sprayhead retraction assembly

A method of installing a sprayhead retraction assembly includes providing a portion of a hose in a groove defined by a first pulley, and coupling a first end of a constant-force spring to a first surface. The method further includes coupling a second end of the constant-force spring to a second pulley, and coiling the constant-force spring around the second pulley, wherein the second pulley is coupled to and offset from the first pulley.. ... Kohler Co

03/08/18 / #20180069498

Field current profile

An output of a generator may vary according to the speed of the engine, physical characteristics of the engine, or other factors. A profile for a generator that describes a periodic fluctuation in an operating characteristic for the generator is identified. ... Kohler Co

03/08/18 / #20180065823

Paper dispenser

A rolled paper dispenser having a first arm having a cavity; a second, spaced apart, arm that includes one of an extension and a notch; and an elongated paper holder extending between a first end, which is coupled to the first arm, and a second end, which has the other of the extension and the notch to couple to the second arm in a closed position and to decouple from the second arm in an open position, the paper holder comprising a tubular member and a fastener, the tubular member having an outer surface, which is configured to receive a rolled paper product, and an inner surface, which defines a longitudinal bore in which the fastener is disposed, the fastener extending beyond the tubular member at the first end to engage the cavity to couple the paper holder to the first arm.. . ... Kohler Co

02/22/18 / #20180052193

Generator waveform measurement

A generator waveform is measured using one or more techniques that reduce the computing resources for measuring the generator waveform and the time required for measuring the generator waveform. One example includes a template matching technique that iteratively selects templates to estimate the phase offset of the generator waveform. ... Kohler Co

02/22/18 / #20180051448

Mixing valve

A mixing valve having a housing and first and second flow control valves. The housing has a mixing chamber, a first outlet, and a second outlet. ... Kohler Co

02/22/18 / #20180050350

Joint connector

A ball joint connector is provided for linking a showerhead to a water supply pipe. The connector has an internal venturi that draws air into the connector to aerate water being provided to the showerhead. ... Kohler Co

02/08/18 / #20180038510

System and method to detect and communicate faucet valve position

A faucet that includes a mechanical valve having an outer member and a valve member, wherein the valve member is configured to move radially relative to the outer member between an open position and a closed position; a ring disposed at least partially around the outer member and configured to move in response to the movement of the valve member; and a switch configured to open and close in response to the movement of the ring.. . ... Kohler Co

02/08/18 / #20180038084

Sensor assembly for faucet

A sensor assembly for controlling a flow of water through a faucet includes a shank and a head. The shank is configured to pass through an aperture in a wall and terminates at a flange at a first end of the shank. ... Kohler Co

02/01/18 / #20180030698

Frequency modulated sprayer

A sprayer including a fluid carrier having an inlet configured to receive water from a water source and an outlet for emitting water, and including a vibration source coupled to a portion of the fluid carrier between the inlet and the outlet. When the sprayer is in a first mode of operation, water is emitted from the outlet in a first pattern; and when the sprayer is in a second mode of operation, the vibration source is configured to oscillate the fluid carrier such that water is emitted from the outlet in a second pattern.. ... Kohler Co

01/11/18 / #20180010376

Hinge

A hinge having a first hinge part and a second hinge part. The second hinge part has a hinge pin to which the first hinge part is connected for movement relative to the second hinge part about a hinge axis between a closed position. ... Kohler Co

01/04/18 / #20180002904

Apparatus and control system for multi-gestural control of water delivery devices

A water delivery device includes a body, a user interface, a mixing valve, a first capacitive sensor pad, and a second capacitive sensor pad. The body includes a spout. ... Kohler Co

12/28/17 / #20170370335

System and method for vibration resistant rollover valve

A system includes a fuel delivery system of an engine, the fuel delivery system including a vent tube, walls providing a seat and forming a cavity at an opening of the vent tube, a floor of the cavity, the floor including a convex portion protruding from the floor, and a stopper in the cavity for sitting in the seat during a rollover situation.. . ... Kohler Co

12/28/17 / #20170367928

Whirlpool bathtub and purging system

A method of purging a whirlpool bathtub includes providing a pump having an off condition and an on condition, the pump configured to circulate water to a basin through a water feed line. The method further includes providing a blower having an off condition and an on condition, the blower configured to provide air to the basin through an air feed line. ... Kohler Co

12/14/17 / #20170356170

Sprayhead retraction assembly

A sprayhead retraction assembly includes a first member defining first and second projections, a first pulley axially connected to the first projection, the first pulley configured to receive a hose, a second pulley axially connected to the second projection, and a constant-force spring defining a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is coupled to the second pulley, such that the constant-force spring is configured to coil around the second pulley, and wherein the second end is configured to be coupled to a surface.. . ... Kohler Co

12/14/17 / #20170356169

Flexible tub spout

A spout for a tub. The spout for the tub includes a spout body having opposite first and second sides. ... Kohler Co

12/14/17 / #20170356168

Tub spout engine

A spout for a tub. The spout includes a spout shell having opposite first and second sides. ... Kohler Co

12/07/17 / #20170350104

Faucet

A faucet that includes a base, a sprayhead, a flexible hose and a control arm. The base is mountable to a mounting surface. ... Kohler Co

11/30/17 / #20170343143

Quick connect release system for a fluid coupling

A quick connect and quick disconnect adaptor for a fluid coupling system is provided. The adaptor includes a first half having a center point, and a sidewall at least partially defining a plurality of bores. ... Kohler Co

11/30/17 / #20170342893

Noise suppression systems

An apparatus or system includes a component that generates or transfers noise having a frequency within a noise frequency range. The component may include a boundary. ... Kohler Co

11/30/17 / #20170340174

Plumbing fixture lid and seat assembly

A lid and seat assembly for a plumbing fixture includes a housing, a lid, and a seat. The housing includes a generally planar front surface and a generally planar rear surface. ... Kohler Co

11/23/17 / #20170335985

Drip proof outlet diffuser for a faucet

An anti-drip device, such as for use in a faucet or water supply line, that includes a support having at least one water outlet and an elastic lip member disposed inside each water outlet. Each elastic lip member has an open state and a closed state inside the associated water outlet, and each elastic lip member is capable of switching between the open state and the closed state. ... Kohler Co

11/23/17 / #20170333920

Multi-function sprayhead

A sprayhead having a valve including a body with an inlet and first, second, and third chambers; a first diverter movable between a first position, in which the second chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the first chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet, and a second position, in which the first chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet and the second chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet; and a second diverter movable between a first position, in which the third chamber is fluidly disconnected from the second chamber, and a second position, in which the third chamber is fluidly connected to the second chamber. The sprayhead having a first outlet that receives fluid from the first chamber; a second outlet fluidly connected to the second chamber when the second diverter is in the first position; and a third outlet that receives fluid from the third chamber.. ... Kohler Co

11/23/17 / #20170332847

Caulkless seal

A seal for a bathing enclosure includes a first structure having a first flange extending from an upper end thereof and a second structure having a second flange extending from a lower end thereof and a channel. The channel includes a first side surface extending upward from an end of the second flange, a second side surface opposing the first side surface, extending upward from the second flange, and an upper surface opposing the second flange, extending between the first side surface and the second side surface. ... Kohler Co

11/16/17 / #20170328286

Throttle drive actuator for an engine

A throttle drive actuator for an engine includes a rotor and a stator. The rotor connects with a valve of a throttle body to rotate the valve, to open a close an air passage of the throttle body of the engine.. ... Kohler Co

11/09/17 / #20170322528

Generator management system and method that selectively activate at least one of a plurality of generators in a power generation system

A method of determining an operation of at least one of a plurality of generators in a power generation system. The method includes identifying a system parameter that is related to operation of the power generation system; and determining which of the plurality of generators to operate to minimize fuel consumption of the power generation system based on the system parameter. ... Kohler Co

10/26/17 / #20170306595

Composite faucet body and internal waterway

The present application generally relates to a faucet. The faucet includes a continuous internal waterway and a body. ... Kohler Co

09/28/17 / #20170275861

System and method to position and retain a sensor in a faucet spout

A method for controlling touchless operation of a faucet that includes turning on a sensor of the faucet in response to receiving a signal that a mechanical valve of the faucet is in an open position, wherein the mechanical valve is movable between the open position and a closed position; shifting an electronic valve of the faucet from a closed state, in which a fluid does not flow from the faucet, to an open state, in which the fluid is configured to flow from the faucet, in response to a first interruption of a field of detection of the sensor; and shifting the electronic valve to the closed state in response to a second interruption of the field of detection of the sensor, so long as the second interruption follows the first interruption within a predetermined period of time.. . ... Kohler Co

09/21/17 / #20170269614

Toilet fill valve with improved noise performance

A fill valve for receiving a fluid flow includes a lower pipe and a flow restrictor cartridge. The flow restrictor cartridge is received in the lower pipe. ... Kohler Co

09/21/17 / #20170268207

Self-aligning lift knob for plumbing fixture

Various embodiments provide for a plumbing fixture comprising a spout. The spout comprises a body with a collar on a top surface of the body and a hole extending through the collar and defining an internal surface of the collar. ... Kohler Co

09/14/17 / #20170260901

Noise suppression system

A noise suppression system for an electric generator having a housing including an internal combustion engine and air-cooled alternator. A fan draws ambient cooling air into the housing for cooling the alternator. ... Kohler Co

09/07/17 / #20170254057

Lavatory drain

An adjustable lavatory drain assembly includes a receptor and a cover. The receptor includes a lower end and an upper end. ... Kohler Co

09/07/17 / #20170254056

Method of making a drawn sink having a low-profile rim

A method for making a sink with a supporting structure, comprising: drawing a sink including at least one basin and a rim extending outwardly from at least one side of the at least one basin; and coupling a support structure in the form of at least one channel to an underside of the at least one side of the rim using a tool; wherein the tool includes a channel support configured to receive one channel of the at least one channels.. . ... Kohler Co

08/31/17 / #20170250570

Redundant generator control

A generator system may include redundant control. The generator system may include any combination of redundant controllers, redundant communication paths, or other redundant control. ... Kohler Co

08/31/17 / #20170248092

Electronic fuel injection system and method for engines

A system includes an electronic fuel injection system of an engine, the electronic fuel injection system including an electronic governor control unit for controlling various functions of the engine.. . ... Kohler Co

08/31/17 / #20170247871

Line pressure-driven, tankless, siphonic toilet

A tankless toilet includes a bowl, a trapway, and a jet. The bowl includes a rim at an upper portion of the bowl and a sump at a lower portion of the bowl. ... Kohler Co

08/31/17 / #20170247864

Trim system for fluid control valve and method of installing trim system for fluid control valve

A method for installing a trim system for a fluid control valve mounted behind a wall and configured for use with a kitchen or bath fixture. The method includes positioning a locating ring against a trim assembly, where the locating ring has an adhesive layer on a rear surface thereof; coupling the trim assembly to the fluid control valve; pushing the trim assembly and locating ring toward the wall to bond the adhesive layer of the locating ring to the wall; removing the trim assembly from the locating ring; coupling a mounting bracket to the locating ring; securing the mounting bracket to the wall; and coupling the trim assembly to the mounting bracket.. ... Kohler Co

08/24/17 / #20170244276

Transfer switch with monitor on load side

A transfer switch selectively couples at least two power sources to a load. The load may be a home, business, or vehicle. ... Kohler Co

08/24/17 / #20170241425

Dual compressor turbocharger

A dual compressor turbocharger includes two compressors. One compressor supplies fuel pressure, and one compressor supplies air pressure. ... Kohler Co

08/24/17 / #20170241118

Touchless flushing systems and methods

A touchless actuation system for a toilet includes a touchless sensor, a motor assembly, and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive a signal from the touchless sensor and to detect an object within a detection region based on the signal. ... Kohler Co

08/24/17 / #20170239673

Shower device

A shower device including a housing and a spray engine. The housing defines an inlet for a water supply. ... Kohler Co

08/17/17 / #20170233988

Shower bar system

An assembly for a shower system having first and second shower members and connectable to a water supply with a supply pipe having a pipe outlet. The assembly includes an adjustable supply assembly and a diverter valve. ... Kohler Co

08/03/17 / #20170219114

Valve with fail-safe device

A power operated valve for controlling fluid flow is provided with a fail-safe device responsive to failure of the power supply to the valve to shut-off fluid flow. A valve member is coupled to linear actuator for movement towards and away from a closed position for controlling fluid flow through the valve. ... Kohler Co

08/03/17 / #20170218806

Muffler

A muffler includes a first chamber, a second chamber, an extender tube, a reverse flow tube, and a separation chamber. The first chamber is coupled to an exhaust inlet of the muffler. ... Kohler Co

08/03/17 / #20170216855

Spray head

A spray head assembly comprising a body configured to receive a supply of fluid and a face in fluid communication with the body, the face having a plurality of nozzles arranged in a non-linear pattern for directing the fluid from the spray head, wherein the plurality of nozzles are configured to direct the fluid flow to form a wedge-shaped spray pattern between the face and a focal region at a focal length from the spray head, and wherein the spray pattern forms a linear spray arrangement in the focal region.. . ... Kohler Co

08/03/17 / #20170215548

Multi-purpose nesting wet shaving bowl

An apparatus for shaving and a kit for shaving. The shaving apparatus comprises an upper bowl and a lower bowl. ... Kohler Co

07/27/17 / #20170211721

Faucet assembly

A faucet assembly includes a non-metallic valve body, a valve, a handle adapter, and a retaining clip. The non-metallic valve body includes a longitudinal opening disposed therein and a slot disposed within a side portion thereof. ... Kohler Co

07/27/17 / #20170211711

Valve assembly

A fluid control valve includes a body, a stem, a moveable disc, a stationary disc, and a valve seal. The stem is rotatably coupled to the body, and is configured to freely rotate three hundred and sixty degrees relative to the body. ... Kohler Co

07/27/17 / #20170211260

Handle assembly

A faucet handle assembly includes a faucet handle, a handle adaptor, and a bonnet. The handle adaptor includes a plurality of end stops extending radially outward therefrom, and is configured to rotatably couple the faucet handle to a fluid control valve disposed within a valve body, and rotatably couple to the valve body by the plurality of end stops. ... Kohler Co

07/13/17 / #20170196411

Shower seat assembly

A bathing area accessory may be used within a bathing area. The bathing area accessory may be a bathing area shelving assembly, a bathing area bar assembly, a storage assembly, a bathing area seat assembly, or a shaving ledge assembly. ... Kohler Co

06/29/17 / #20170184015

Biofuel power generation systems

An integrated modular biomass to electric power generation system is disclosed. The system comprises various subsystem modules including components which may be prefabricated and mounted on separate and portable self-supporting liftable platforms in a factory controlled environment. ... Kohler Co

06/29/17 / #20170183846

Faucet with offset valve

A faucet assembly includes a faucet body having a mounting axis in a direction the faucet body projects from a mounting point. The assembly further includes a valve housing projecting from the faucet body and a valve disposed in the valve housing. ... Kohler Co

06/29/17 / #20170181541

Cabinet system including accessory

A system that includes a cabinet and an accessory that is capable of being stored within a storage compartment of the cabinet. The cabinet may include a mirrored door having a ferromagnetic element. ... Kohler Co

06/22/17 / #20170176234

Water level monitoring method

A method for detecting water level in a water tank that includes a probe voltage value acquiring step comprising periodically acquiring a voltage value of a water level probe as a probe voltage value; a voltage value comparing step that compares the probe voltage value with a stored voltage threshold value, if the probe voltage value is lower than the voltage threshold value, the method determines that the water tank level is higher than the water level probe and updates the water data to be the probe voltage value, and if the probe voltage value is higher than the voltage threshold value, the method determines that the water tank level is lower than the water level probe and updates the waterless data to be the probe voltage value; and a threshold value updating step that updates the voltage threshold value in response to the water data and the waterless data.. . ... Kohler Co

06/22/17 / #20170173602

Multi-function splashless sprayhead

A fluid control valve includes a body, a first diverter, a second diverter, and a first actuator. The body includes an inlet configured to receive a supply of fluid. ... Kohler Co

06/22/17 / #20170173601

Spray head with hyperboloid spray pattern

A spray head for directing water into a spray pattern that includes a casing configured to receive a supply of water and a plurality of nozzles disposed on the casing with each nozzle being configured to emit water in a stream away from the casing. The plurality of streams of water from the plurality of nozzles are configured to form a hyperboloidal shaped spray pattern.. ... Kohler Co

06/15/17 / #20170164788

Bathtub support member

A support member for a bathtub comprises a base and a plurality of flexible elements. The base includes an upper surface configured to be coupled to a bathtub. ... Kohler Co

06/01/17 / #20170152961

Shower head with integrated mixing valve

A plumbing fitting having a body and a housing located in the body that includes a first inlet for receiving the first fluid, a second inlet for receiving the second fluid, and a mixing chamber. The plumbing fitting includes a first flow control valve operatively coupled to the housing; a second flow control valve operatively coupled to the housing; and an actuator assembly configured to move the first flow control valve relative to the housing to control flow of the first fluid from the first inlet to the mixing chamber, such that the first fluid exerts substantially no net force on the first flow control valve, and configured to move the second flow control valve relative to the housing to control flow of the second fluid from the second inlet to the mixing chamber, such that the second fluid exerts substantially no net force on the second flow control valve.. ... Kohler Co

06/01/17 / #20170152956

Fluid control valves

A fluid control valve for mixing hot and cold water has an inlet for cold water, an inlet for hot water, and at least one outlet for temperature controlled water. The valve further includes a temperature control device for mixing hot and cold water to provide a source of temperature controlled water that includes a cartridge having inlet ports in communication with the inlets for hot and cold water and an outlet port in communication with the at least one outlet for temperature controlled water. ... Kohler Co

06/01/17 / #20170152955

Fluid control valves

A fluid control valve for mixing hot and cold water has an inlet for cold water, an inlet for hot water and at least two outlets for temperature controlled water. The valve further has a flow control device comprising a pair of control members that are relatively movable to control flow of water at the inlets and outlets of the valve for selecting flow to an individual outlet or a combination of at least two outlets.. ... Kohler Co

06/01/17 / #20170152774

Lubricating system for internal combustion engine, oil pan apparatus, and internal combustion engine

A valve system is disclosed herein. The valve system, in one arrangement, may comprise: a fluid pathway for transporting a fluid; a first valve operably coupled to the fluid pathway, the first valve comprising a first resilient element; a second valve operably coupled to the fluid pathway, the second valve comprising a second resilient element that is substantially identical to the first resilient element; wherein, when the first valve is in a closed state, the first resilient element is compressed to a first length so that the first valve opens at a first pressure; and wherein, when the second salve is in a closed state, the second resilient element is compressed to a second length so that the second valve opens at a second pressure, the first length is less than the second length such that the second pressure is less than the first pressure.. ... Kohler Co

06/01/17 / #20170152650

Shower and speaker assembly

A shower and speaker assembly. The assembly may include a shower device including a device housing defining an inlet communicating with an inlet chamber, an outlet and a waterway communicating between the inlet chamber and the outlet, the device housing further defining a receptacle having a closed end and an open end, the inlet chamber being behind the closed end, the waterway extending along the receptacle from the closed end toward the open end; and a speaker supportable in the receptacle. ... Kohler Co

05/18/17 / #20170138032

Method of installing apron-front sink

A method of installing an under-mount apron-front sink to a cabinet includes placing an under-mount apron-front sink onto a portion of the cabinet, wherein the under-mount apron-front sink extends through an opening disposed in a front wall of the cabinet and sliding the under-mount apron-front sink in a rearward direction through the opening until a front apron of the sink engages the front wall of the cabinet, wherein the front apron comprises a left end and a right end. A lateral distance between the left end and the right end of the front apron is greater than a lateral width of the opening of the cabinet such that the front apron at least partially overlaps the opening such that the opening is not visible with the sink installed.. ... Kohler Co

05/18/17 / #20170138031

Method of installing apron-front sink

A method of installing an apron-front sink to a cabinet includes inserting a portion of an apron-front sink through an opening in a front panel of a cabinet. The apron-front sink has an apron that is wider than the opening and conceals edges of the opening.. ... Kohler Co

05/18/17 / #20170138030

Apron-front sink assembly

An assembly includes a cabinet including an opening in a front face thereof and an apron-front sink coupled to the cabinet that includes a basin having a width that is less than a width of the opening, and an apron extending laterally between a first end and an opposite second end. The apron is positioned forward of the front face of the cabinet and the first and second ends of the apron extend beyond the opening to conceal the opening.. ... Kohler Co

05/18/17 / #20170138029

Sink and cabinet assembly

A kitchen sink and cabinet assembly includes an apron-front sink including at least one basin and an apron positioned forward of the at least one basin and a standard cabinet base that includes a front wall. A first side wall and a second side wall are coupled to the front wall, and the first and second side walls each have a height of approximately 34.5 inches and are separated from each other by a distance selected from the group consisting of approximately 30, 33, and 36 inches. ... Kohler Co

05/18/17 / #20170138028

Apron-front sink assembly

An assembly includes a cabinet including a front face and an opening in the front face that is defined at least in part by two vertical cut lines and a horizontal cut line that extends between the two vertical cut lines. The assembly also includes a sink coupled to the cabinet, the sink including a basin and an apron coupled to the basin and located forward of the basin to provide a front surface of the sink. ... Kohler Co

05/11/17 / #20170134023

Reed switch with communication function which used for urinal

A system for controlling a magnetic switch in urinals includes a switch control unit and a control signal receiving unit connected to the switch control unit via a magnetic field. The switch control unit is configured to generate and eliminate the magnetic field based on a received pulse signal. ... Kohler Co

05/11/17 / #20170127886

Capped rim system for a bathtub

A capped bathtub system including a bathing well having a rim extending along a perimeter of an upper part of the bathing well and a rim cap configured to cover the rim. The rim cap includes a first flange that extends partially along an inner surface of the bathing well, a second flange that extends partially along an outer surface of the bathing well, and a cover portion that connects the first flange to the second flange. ... Kohler Co

05/04/17 / #20170120283

Automatic adjustable showerhead

A showerhead structure includes a ball assembly and a showerhead assembly. The ball assembly includes a ball body, a wearing proof sheet, a locating ring, a connection nut and a fixing nut. ... Kohler Co

05/04/17 / #20170120281

Systems and methods for controlling water temperature in toilets and bidets

A process includes setting a preset temperature; setting up a counter, wherein a first number is displayed on the counter in response to a water control switch switching from a low position to a high position, a second number is displayed on the counter in response to the water control switching from the high position to the low position; setting a target temperature in response to a first determination as to whether the first number or the second number is displayed on the counter, wherein the target temperature is equal to the preset temperature in response to the first number being displayed and the target temperature is equal to preset temperature less an adjustment temperature in response to the second number being displayed; and maintaining the target temperature for a period of time, then restoring the target temperature to the preset temperature after the period of time.. . ... Kohler Co

04/20/17 / #20170110996

Segmented waveform converter on controlled field variable speed generator

A generator or another type machine includes a controlled field alternator, a segmented waveform converter, and a controller. The controlled field alternator is configured to generate a polyphase signal. ... Kohler Co

04/20/17 / #20170110991

Hybrid device with segmented waveform converter

An apparatus includes a controlled field alternator or utility source of electrical power, a segmented waveform converter, and a controller. The source of electrical power is configured to generate a polyphase signal. ... Kohler Co

04/20/17 / #20170110976

Segmented waveform converter on controlled field variable speed generator

An apparatus includes a controlled field alternator or utility source of electrical power, a segmented waveform converter, and a controller. The source of electrical power is configured to generate a polyphase signal. ... Kohler Co

04/20/17 / #20170107703

Faucet assembly

Disclosed is a swivel faucet, such as one having a pull-out sprayer. In one aspect the inlet and outlet lines are formed in an integral structure with a transverse plate that faces a mixing valve. ... Kohler Co

04/20/17 / #20170106381

Multi-function sprayhead

A sprayhead includes a body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The body includes a fluid inlet proximate the first end and a fluid outlet proximate the second end. ... Kohler Co

04/06/17 / #20170097004

Dual compressor turbocharger

A dual compressor turbocharger includes two compressors. One compressor supplies fuel pressure, and one compressor supplies air pressure. ... Kohler Co

04/06/17 / #20170096951

Throttle drive actuator for an engine

A throttle drive actuator for an engine includes a first magnet including a north pole and a south pole and a second magnet positioned adjacent the first magnet, the second magnet including a north pole and a south pole. The north pole of the second magnet is positioned opposite the south pole of the first magnet to create a first magnetic field, and the south pole of the second magnet is positioned opposite the north pole of the first magnet to create a second magnetic field. ... Kohler Co

04/06/17 / #20170095124

Method of assembling a shower door sealing assembly

A method of assembling a shower door sealing assembly includes inserting a bumper into a channel that extends along an outer perimeter of at least one vertical side of a door frame having two vertical sides and a horizontal side that extends between the vertical sides. The bumper is coupled to the door frame via a friction fit between the channel and the bumper. ... Kohler Co

03/16/17 / #20170074441

Clutched joint for articulating faucet

A joint for an articulating faucet includes a first housing, a second housing, and a clutch assembly. The first housing defines a first inner cavity and the second housing defines a second inner cavity. ... Kohler Co

03/16/17 / #20170073953

Nozzle assembly and method of controlling the same

A nozzle assembly including water and gas supply units, a jet pipe having a nozzle for spraying water and/or gas, and a supply pipeline. The supply pipeline includes a first end fluidly connected with the nozzle and a second end fluidly connected with the water and gas supply units. ... Kohler Co

03/16/17 / #20170073951

System for preventing reverse flow

A backflow prevention device including a tank having a holding chamber and first and second inlets connected with the holding chamber; a control valve having an intake chamber and first and second discharge chambers connected with the first and second inlets, respectively, the intake chamber connected with the first discharge chamber through a valve inlet; a valve sealing element for opening and closing the valve inlet, the second discharge chamber connected with the intake chamber through a hole of the valve sealing element; a float in the holding chamber; a slide bar in the holding chamber, contacting the float, and moveable toward the second inlet under the action of the float; and a slide bar sealing element for controlling opening and closing of the second inlet. When the second inlet is closed, the valve inlet is closed; and when the second inlet is open, the valve inlet is opened.. ... Kohler Co

03/16/17 / #20170073944

Magnetic docking faucet

A faucet includes a spout; a sprayhead that is moveable relative to the spout between a docked position and an undocked position; a magnet associated with the spout and having a bore; and a magnetically responsive collar associated with the sprayhead and moveable relative to the magnet in an axial direction as the sprayhead moves between the docked and undocked positions. In the docked position, magnetic forces between the magnet and the collar attract a center of the collar to align with a center of the magnet in the axial direction with the collar in the bore of the magnet.. ... Kohler Co

03/02/17 / #20170059053

Valve body rough-in guide

A rough-in guide for a valve body includes a first side and a second side. The first side includes a valve body retaining jaw and a recessed region. ... Kohler Co

03/02/17 / #20170058500

Clean toilet and accessories

A toilet that includes a bowl, a tank configured to hold water, and a flush valve within the tank. The flush valve includes a valve body fluidly connecting the tank and the bowl, a float moveable relative to the valve body to open and close the flush valve, and a guide member coupled to the valve body for guiding movement of the float, where the guide member includes a chamber that is configured to hold a cleaning compound including a chemical compound and water. ... Kohler Co

03/02/17 / #20170058497

Self-rimming apron-front sink

A self-rimming sink is provided. The self-rimming sink includes a basin and a rim extending outwardly from an upper end of the basin in a relatively horizontal orientation. ... Kohler Co

02/23/17 / #20170051840

Flush cap for a valve assembly

A flush cap for a valve body includes a substantially flat base and annular inlet portion. The substantially flat base has opposite first and second sides. ... Kohler Co

02/23/17 / #20170051835

Retainer for check valve

A retainer for retaining a check valve to a valve body includes a continuous body, a first group of projections, and a second group of projections. The continuous body is configured to engage a slot of the valve body to secure the continuous body to the valve body. ... Kohler Co

02/23/17 / #20170051490

Kinetic trapway

A toilet having an outlet trapway that is movable during a flushing cycle includes a toilet bowl having an opening adjacent its lower end and a conduit linked to the opening so as to be able to swivel between a first upwardly directed position which forms a trap for the toilet, and a second less upwardly directed position which can be reached during the flushing cycle to facilitate evacuation of the toilet bowl. The toilet further includes an actuator that moves the conduit between the first and second positions during the flushing cycle in response to a condition of a water supply for the toilet. ... Kohler Co

02/16/17 / #20170045006

Pressuring system for a vehicle engine components for water protection

A pressuring system for a vehicle engine includes an intake manifold into which ambient gases flows. A control valve connects to the intake manifold. ... Kohler Co

02/16/17 / #20170044938

Internal combustion engine and oil treatment apparatus for use with the same

An internal combustion engine having an improved oil treatment system. The internal combustion engine may be a splash lubrication engine in which oil is flowed through an oil circulation circuit by a passive pump. ... Kohler Co

02/09/17 / #20170037835

Thermostats

A thermostat comprises a hollow body containing a thermally responsive material, and a force transmitting member affixed to the body by an over-moulded portion.. . ... Kohler Co

02/09/17 / #20170037609

Toilet coupling

A toilet that includes a tank having a bottom and an outlet; a bowl having an inlet and three holes; a valve fluidly connecting the outlet and the inlet, the valve comprising a threaded valve body extending through the outlet; a rigid mounting bracket located adjacent to the bottom and comprising an aperture, which receives the valve body, and three openings spaced apart around the aperture in a triangular arrangement; a valve nut threaded to the valve body to clamp the mounting bracket between the valve nut and the bottom; a flexible gasket for sealing the valve body and the inlet, wherein the gasket contacts the valve body and the valve nut; and three fasteners, each fastener engaging one of the three openings and one of the three holes, wherein each fastener is located external to the tank and does not pass through the bottom of the tank.. . ... Kohler Co

02/09/17 / #20170037608

Toilet coupling

A method for securing a toilet tank to a toilet bowl through an attachment assembly. The method includes the steps of engaging a valve to the tank through an opening in the tank, moving a mounting bracket over the valve through an opening in the mounting bracket to position the mounting bracket adjacent to the tank, the mounting bracket having at least three mounting locations with fasteners attached thereto, coupling a valve nut to the valve to secure the mounting bracket between the tank and the valve nut, and securing the mounting bracket to the bowl through the fasteners. ... Kohler Co

02/09/17 / #20170037606

Mounting system for sink

A sink assembly mountable to a support structure having a cabinet and a countertop supported by the cabinet. The sink assembly includes a sink having at least one basin, a rim that is above and extends outwardly beyond the at least one basin, an apron that extends laterally across and beyond a front of the at least one basin, and a receiving member coupled to a first underside of the sink. ... Kohler Co

02/02/17 / #20170030057

Handshower slide mechanism

A handshower slide includes a bar with a passageway, a slide mechanism positioned along a length of the bar, and a showerhead holder movable with the slide mechanism along the length of the bar. The slide mechanism includes a handle and a cam, and the cam is positioned within the passageway and is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation relative to the bar. ... Kohler Co

02/02/17 / #20170029595

Method of making an engineered composite material and products produced therefrom

A method of making an article includes mixing a filler material and a polymer matrix material to produce a composite material, introducing the composite material produced by the mixing into a mold of a desired shape, and removing an article having the desired shape from the mold. The resulting article has a water absorption of less than about one percent and the filler material comprises vitreous china.. ... Kohler Co

01/26/17 / #20170022894

Portable generators

A customizable portable generator system and methods for assembling the same are disclosed. In one example, the generator system generally includes a universal frame including a plurality of mounting interfaces configured for detachably attaching one of a plurality of different engines and a plurality of wheel assemblies and/or support legs. ... Kohler Co

01/26/17 / #20170022748

Shower threshold and methods of implementation

A shower threshold and a method of implementing a shower threshold are disclosed. The shower threshold includes an elongated base component having one or more sidewalls extending from a base region of the elongated base component to an apex of the elongated base portion. ... Kohler Co

01/26/17 / #20170022691

Shape memory faucet

A shape memory faucet includes a base having a flat portion configured to be coupled to a surface and a body portion extending from the flat portion in a direction away from the surface, a spray head configured to direct a spray of fluid, and a faucet spout extending from the body portion of the base to the spray head. The faucet spout includes a waterway and at least one elongated member formed from a shape memory alloy material disposed adjacent to the waterway.. ... Kohler Co

01/12/17 / #20170009901

Valve assembly having improved rotational feel

A valve assembly includes a valve housing having an internal generally cup-shaped bore, a valve control cartridge inserted into the bore and having a rotatable control stem extending upwardly therefrom, and a bonnet nut having a through-bore. The bonnet nut is threaded to the valve housing such that the control stem extends through the through-bore. ... Kohler Co

01/12/17 / #20170009434

Plumbing fixture with user interface

A shower head having a stem, a spray head coupled to the stem and including a plurality of outlets for discharging water into at least one spray pattern, and a mixing valve located within the stem. The mixing valve has a housing having a first inlet, a second inlet and an outlet; a first flow control valve for controlling the flow of a first fluid from the first inlet to the outlet; and a second flow control valve for controlling the flow of a second fluid from the second inlet to the outlet. ... Kohler Co








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