JP2002360471A - Self-travelling vacuum cleaner - Google Patents

Self-travelling vacuum cleaner

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JP2002360471A
JP2002360471A JP2001169243A JP2001169243A JP2002360471A JP 2002360471 A JP2002360471 A JP 2002360471A JP 2001169243 A JP2001169243 A JP 2001169243A JP 2001169243 A JP2001169243 A JP 2001169243A JP 2002360471 A JP2002360471 A JP 2002360471A
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Masayo Haji
Kiminori Kato
Hiroyuki Kayama
Toru Kodachi
Hiroshi Mori
Naoyuki Ohara
Hidetaka Yabuuchi
Miki Yasuno
幹 保野
公軌 加藤
雅代 土師
徹 小立
直行 尾原
宏 森
秀隆 藪内
博之 香山
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a self-travelling vacuum cleaner which has a self-travelling function of its vacuum cleaner main body, and automatically carries out cleaning of a surface to be cleaned, wherein the self-advancing vacuum cleaner can stop its operation through simple operation when cleaning is halted during traveling thereof, and is easily portable. SOLUTION: According to the vacuum cleaner, a sucker 3 having a rotary brush 2, scrapes up dust adherent to the surface to be cleaned, and an electric blower 4 for generating dust-sucking air current for sucking dust, collects the sucked dust to a dust collecting section 5, followed by advancing the vacuum cleaner main body 1 by a roller 11 driven by a driving motor 8. A power source section 6 supplies electric power to the electric blower 4 and the driving motor 8, and a control means 15 halts at least one of the rolling brush 2, the electric blower 4, and the driving motor 8. Halting operation of the control means 15 is carried out by a grip 20 arranged on the vacuum cleaner main body 1.

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【発明の詳細な説明】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

【0001】 [0001]

【発明の属する技術分野】本発明は、掃除機本体に自走機能を有し、被掃除面の清掃を自動的に行う自走式掃除機に関するものである。 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention has a self-running function cleaner body, to a self-propelled cleaner automatically cleaning the surface to be cleaned.

【0002】 [0002]

【従来の技術】従来、この種の自走式掃除機は、電動送風機により発生する塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れにより、 Conventionally, this kind of self-propelled vacuum cleaner, by the flow of air to inhale the dust generated by the electric blower,
吸込具より被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込み、吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵部に集塵するよう構成し、さらに、電動送風機と後述する駆動モータに電源を供給する電池と、光(赤外線)により距離を検知する複数のセンサとを設けて掃除機本体を構成し、この掃除機本体を駆動モータにより駆動されるローラーにより走行できるように構成している。 Suction dust attached from suction unit on a surface to be cleaned, configured to dust collecting dust sucked into the dust collection unit further comprises a battery for supplying power to the drive motor to be described later the electric blower, light (infrared) It is provided a plurality of sensors constitute a cleaner body, and configured to be run by the cleaner rollers driven by a main drive motor for detecting the distance by.

【0003】このように構成した自走式掃除機は、掃除機本体に設けた電源スイッチをオンし、スタートスイッチをオンして運転を開始すると、電動送風機が作動し、 [0003] In this way configuration the self-propelled vacuum cleaner turns on the power switch provided in the cleaner main body, and to start the operation by turning on the start switch, the electric blower is operated,
駆動モータにより駆動されるローラーにより直進走行を開始する。 The rollers driven by the drive motor to start running straight. 走行中は、複数のセンサにより家具などの障害物までの距離を測定し、さらに被掃除面の段差を確認して、障害物、段差を回避して走行し、同時に、電動送風機により発生する空気の流れにより、吸込具より被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込み、被掃除面の清掃を自動的に行う。 During traveling, the plurality of sensors to measure the distance to obstacles such as furniture, further check the steps of the surface to be cleaned, an obstacle, travels to avoid the step, at the same time, it generated by the electric blower air the flow, suction dust adhering from suction unit on a surface to be cleaned, automatically cleaning the surface to be cleaned.

【0004】 [0004]

【発明が解決しようとする課題】このような従来の構成では、走行中に掃除を中止する場合には、掃除機本体に設けた停止スイッチを押して、電動送風機、駆動モータなどを停止させた後、抱えるように持って収納場所または電池を充電する充電場所に運ぶ必要があり、操作が面倒である上、形状が大きく重いため、持ち運びにくいという問題を有していた。 BRIEF Problem to be Solved] In such a conventional configuration, when to stop cleaning during running, press the stop switch provided in the cleaner main body, the electric blower, after the a driving motor is stopped , it is necessary to carry charging location for charging the storage location or cell with such facing, on the operation is troublesome, since the shape is the size and weight has a problem that it is difficult to carry.

【0005】また、被掃除面が絨毯の場合は、絨毯の上を走行させて掃除をすると、ローラーの走行痕跡が絨毯の表面に残り、きわめて見苦しいという問題も有していた。 Further, if the surface to be cleaned is a carpet, when the cleaning by traveling over the carpet, running traces of roller remains on the surface of the carpet, also had the problem that very unsightly.

【0006】さらに、被掃除面に凸状の段差があるとき、段差が高く吸込具が当たる程度の高さの場合は、その段差を乗り越えない場合があり、手動で乗り越えさせるか、段差を回避させる必要があり、自走式掃除機でありながら取扱いが面倒であるという問題を有していた。 Furthermore, when there are convex stepped surface to be cleaned, in the case of the degree of height of a step higher suction tool hits, you might not get over the step, manually or let overcome, avoiding the step There is a need to be, handling had a problem in that it is cumbersome, yet self-propelled vacuum cleaner.

【0007】本発明は上記従来の課題を解決して、使用性の高い自走式掃除機を提供するもので、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、簡単な操作で動作を停止させるとともに、容易に持ち運びができるようにすることを第1の目的としている。 [0007] The present invention to solve the conventional problems described above, is provided a high usability self-propelled cleaner, for example, to stop cleaning during running stops the operation by a simple operation , and to make it possible to easily carry to a first object.

【0008】また、被掃除面が絨毯であっても、ローラーやキャスターの走行痕跡が残らないようにし、掃除後の美観を向上することを第2の目的としている。 [0008] In addition, even in the surface to be cleaned carpet, so as not to leave the running traces of roller or caster, it is to improve the aesthetic appearance of the post-cleaning and a second object of the present invention.

【0009】また、被掃除面に凸状の段差があっても、 Further, even if a convex-shaped step surface to be cleaned,
段差を容易に乗り越えて掃除ができるようにし、取扱いを容易にして使い勝手を向上することを第3の目的としている。 Step to allow easily overcome by cleaning, and to improve the usability and facilitates handling by the third object of.

【0010】 [0010]

【課題を解決するための手段】本発明は上記第1の目的を達成するために、回転ブラシを有する吸込具により被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を掻き上げ、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵部に集塵し、駆動モータにより駆動されるローラーにより掃除機本体を走行させ、電動送風機、駆動モータに電源部より電源を供給し、回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータのうち少なくとも1つを停止手段により停止させるよう構成し、前記停止手段は前記掃除機本体に設けた前記掃除機本体運搬用の把手を操作することにより停止させるよう構成したものである。 The present invention SUMMARY OF] In order to achieve the first object, scraped dust attached onto the surface being cleaned by suction device having a rotary brush, generating a flow of air sucked dust and dust collecting dust sucked by the electric blower to the dust collection unit, the rollers driven by the drive motor is running the cleaner main body, the electric blower, the power supply from the power unit to the drive motor, the rotating brush, an electric blower , at least one of the driving motor configured to be stopped by the stop means, the stop means is obtained by construction so as to stop by operating the handle of the cleaner body for carrying provided on the cleaner main body .

【0011】これにより、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手により持ち上げるだけの簡単な操作で動作を停止することができるとともに、容易に持ち運びをすることができる。 [0011] Thus, for example, to stop cleaning during running, it is possible to stop the operation by a simple operation of just lifted by the handle, it can be easily carried.

【0012】また、上記第2の目的を達成するために、 [0012] In addition, in order to achieve the second objective,
電動送風機により発生する塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れにより、吸込具より被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込み、吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵部に集塵するよう構成し、駆動モータにより駆動されるローラーにより掃除機本体を走行させるとともに、キャスターにより掃除機本体を走行自在に支持し、ローラーまたはキャスターの走行痕跡を起毛布で構成した痕跡消去機構により消去するようにしたものである。 The flow of air sucking dust generated by the electric blower, sucks dust attached from suction unit on a surface to be cleaned, configured to dust collecting dust sucked into the dust collecting portion, the rollers driven by the drive motor with moving the cleaner main body travels freely support the cleaner main body by casters, it is obtained by the running traces of roller or caster is erased by traces erasing mechanism constituted by raised cloth.

【0013】これにより、被掃除面が絨毯であっても、 [0013] Thus, even in the surface to be cleaned carpet,
ローラーやキャスターの走行痕跡が残らないようにでき、掃除後の美観を向上することができる。 Can so as not to leave the running traces of roller or caster, it is possible to improve the aesthetic appearance of the post-cleaning.

【0014】また、上記第3の目的を達成するために、 [0014] In order to achieve the third object,
電動送風機により発生する塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れにより、吸込具より被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込み、吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵部に集塵するよう構成し、駆動モータにより駆動されるローラーにより掃除機本体を走行させ、吸込具は、第1の回動軸により回動自在の支持した支持体に第2の回動軸により床面に対して略水平に支持し、支持体により上下動自在に構成したものである。 The flow of air sucking dust generated by the electric blower, sucks dust attached from suction unit on a surface to be cleaned, configured to dust collecting dust sucked into the dust collecting portion, the rollers driven by the drive motor is traveling cleaner body, a suction tool is by a second pivot shaft support that supports the rotatable by a first rotation shaft support substantially horizontal to the floor, moved vertically by the support it is obtained by freely configured.

【0015】これにより、被掃除面に凸状の段差があっても、吸込具が段差を容易に乗り越えて掃除をすることができ、取扱いを容易にして使い勝手を向上することができる。 [0015] Thus, even if there is a convex-shaped step surface to be cleaned, can suction device to clean overcame easily step, it is possible to improve the usability and ease of handling.

【0016】 [0016]

【発明の実施の形態】本発明の請求項1に記載の発明は、被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を掻き上げる回転ブラシを有する吸込具と、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機と、前記電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵する集塵部と、駆動モータにより駆動され掃除機本体を走行させるローラーと、前記電動送風機、前記駆動モータに電源を供給する電源部と、前記回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータのうち少なくとも1つを停止させる停止手段と、掃除機本体運搬用の把手を備え、 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION According to a first aspect of the present invention includes a suction device having a rotary brush scraped dust adhering onto the surface to be cleaned, an electric blower for generating an air flow for sucking dust a dust collection unit for dust collecting dust sucked by the electric blower, and the roller which is driven by a driving motor to travel the cleaner main body, and the electric blower, power supply unit for supplying power to the drive motor, the rotary brush , electric blower, and stop means for stopping at least one of the drive motor, is provided with the handle of the cleaner body for carrying,
前記停止手段は前記把手を操作することにより停止させるよう構成したものであり、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手により掃除機本体を持ち上げると、把手により回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させるため、把手により掃除機本体を持ち上げると同時に停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、簡単な操作で動作を停止することができるとともに、容易に持ち運びをすることができる。 Said stop means is obtained by construction so as to stop by operating the handle, for example, to stop cleaning during running, lifting the cleaner body by a handle, a rotating brush by the handle, the electric blower, a drive motor for stopping the at least one of the, handle by lifting the cleaner main body when it is possible to stop at the same time, can carry as it is, it is possible to stop the operation by a simple operation to easily carry be able to.

【0017】請求項2に記載の発明は、上記請求項1に記載の発明において、把手を掃除機本体の上面に設けたものであり、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手により掃除機本体を容易に持ち上げることができ、把手により持ち上げると同時に回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 [0017] The invention described in claim 2 is the invention according to the claim 1, which is provided a handle on the upper surface of the cleaner body, for example, to stop cleaning during running, cleaning the handle machine body can be easily lifted at the same time rotating brush lifting the handle, the electric blower can be stopped at least one drive motor, it is carried as it is, it is possible to facilitate handling .

【0018】請求項3に記載の発明は、上記請求項1または2に記載の発明において、把手を掃除機本体より引き出し可能とし、把手を引き出した状態で、回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させるようにしたものであり、把手を掃除機本体に収納した状態では把手は邪魔になることがなく、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手を引き出すことで回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 The invention described in claim 3 is the invention described in claim 1 or 2, the handle and can be pulled out from the cleaner main body, in a state of pulling out the handle, rotating brushes, electric blower, the drive motor is obtained by so as to stop at least one, without handle becomes a hindrance in a state accommodating a handle to the vacuum cleaner main body, for example, to stop cleaning during running, the rotation by pulling out the handle brush , electric blower, at least one drive motor can be stopped, it is carried as it is, it is possible to facilitate handling.

【0019】請求項4に記載の発明は、上記請求項1または2に記載の発明において、把手を可倒式とし、把手を直立した状態で、回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させるようにしたものであり、把手を倒した状態では把手は邪魔になることがなく、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手を直立することで回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 [0019] The invention described in claim 4 is the invention according to the claim 1 or 2, and the handle and retractable, in an upright position the handle, rotating brushes, electric blower, at least one drive motor is obtained by so as to stop the, without handle becomes a hindrance in the state defeated the handle, for example, to stop cleaning during running, rotating brush, an electric blower by upright handle, a drive motor it is possible to stop at least one of the can carry as it is, it is possible to facilitate handling.

【0020】請求項5に記載の発明は、上記請求項1に記載の発明において、駆動モータは、減速ギヤを内蔵したギヤードモータで構成したものであり、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、駆動モータへの通電を止めた状態で、手動で掃除機本体を押して移動させようとすると、ギヤードモータに内蔵した減速ギヤが負荷となって、大きな力を加えないと動かないが、把手により持ち運ぶことで、容易に移動させることができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 [0020] The invention described in claim 5 is the invention according to the claim 1, the drive motor, which is constituted by a geared motor with a built-in reduction gear, for example, to stop cleaning during running , in a state of stopping the energization of the drive motor, when an attempt to move manually pressing the cleaner main body, and a reduction gear having a built-in geared motor becomes a load, but does not move unless large force, the handle by carried, can be easily moved, it is possible to facilitate handling.

【0021】請求項6に記載の発明は、上記請求項1〜 [0021] The invention according to claim 6, said claims 1 to
4に記載の発明において、把手は、掃除機本体を懸垂した状態から床面に設置するとき、吸込具がローラーより後に床面に当接する位置に設けたものであり、把手により掃除機本体を持ち運ぶときなど、掃除機本体を把手で懸垂した状態から床面に設置するとき、ローラーが先に床面に当接することで、掃除機本体を床面に設置するときに吸込具に大きな力がかかることがなく、吸込具の破損を防止することができる。 In the invention described in 4, the handle, when the state of suspending the cleaner body is placed on a floor, the suction device is intended to provided the position abutting on the floor after the roller, the cleaner main body by the handle etc. when carrying, when installing the floor from the state, appended to the cleaner body at the handle, rollers that abuts against the floor first, a large force to the suction unit when installing the cleaner main body on a floor there is no such thing, it is possible to prevent damage to the suction device.

【0022】請求項7に記載の発明は、被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込む吸込具と、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機と、前記電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵する集塵部と、駆動モータにより駆動され掃除機本体を走行させるローラーと、前記掃除機本体を走行自在に支持するキャスターと、前記電動送風機、前記駆動モータに電源を供給する電源部とを備え、前記ローラーまたはキャスターの走行痕跡を消去する痕跡消去機構を起毛布で構成したものであり、電動送風機を作動しながら、駆動モータにより駆動されるローラーにより走行させる場合に、被掃除面が絨毯でローラーまたはキャスターの走行痕跡がついても、起毛布により走行痕跡を消去することができ、掃除後の美観を向上することができる。 [0022] The invention according to claim 7, dust collection and suction device for sucking dust adhering onto the surface to be cleaned, an electric blower for generating an air flow sucking the dust, the dust sucked by the electric blower comprising: a dust collecting portion, and rollers which are driven by a driving motor to travel the cleaner main body, and a caster for supporting freely travel the cleaner main body, the electric blower, and a power supply unit for supplying power to the drive motor, are those in which traces erasing mechanism for erasing the traveling trace of the rollers or casters constituted by raised fabric, while operating the electric blower, in the case of travel by rollers driven by a drive motor, roller with the surface to be cleaned carpet or even with the traveling traces of caster, it is possible to erase the traveling trace the cause blankets, it is possible to improve the aesthetic appearance of the post-cleaning.

【0023】請求項8に記載の発明は、上記請求項7に記載の発明において、ローラーの後方にキャスターを設け、キャスターの後方にばねで付勢した痕跡消去機構を設けたものであり、ローラーとキャスターの後方にばねで付勢した痕跡消去機構を設けることで、ローラーやキャスターの走行痕跡を確実に消去することができ、掃除後の美観を向上することができる。 [0023] The invention of claim 8 is the invention according to the claim 7, the casters provided behind the roller, which is provided biasing the trace erase mechanism spring behind the caster, roller and by providing the urging the trace erase mechanism spring behind the caster, can be reliably eliminated traveling trace of rollers or castors, it is possible to improve the appearance after cleaning.

【0024】請求項9に記載の発明は、被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込む吸込具と、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機と、前記電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵する集塵部と、駆動モータにより駆動され掃除機本体を走行させるローラーと、前記電動送風機、前記駆動モータに電源を供給する電源部とを備え、前記吸込具は、第1の回動軸により回動自在の支持した支持体に第2の回動軸により床面に対して略水平に支持し、前記支持体により上下動自在に構成したものであり、被掃除面に凸状の段差があると、支持体が第1の回動軸を中心として上方に回動することにより、吸込具を上方向に移動させることができ、吸込具が段差を容易に乗り越えて掃除をすることができ、取扱いを容易にして使い勝手を向上 [0024] The invention according to claim 9, dust collection and suction device for sucking dust adhering onto the surface to be cleaned, an electric blower for generating an air flow sucking the dust, the dust sucked by the electric blower a dust collection unit includes a roller which is driven by a driving motor to travel the cleaner main body, the electric blower, and a power supply unit for supplying power to the drive motor, wherein the suction unit includes times by the first rotational shaft supported substantially horizontally to the floor surface by a second rotating shaft supporting the support of the universal movement, said by support are those constructed vertically movable, there is a convex-shaped step surface to be cleaned When, by the support pivots upward about the first pivot axis, can move the suction unit upwards, it can suction device to clean overcame easily step, easy to improve the usability handling ることができる。 Rukoto can.

【0025】請求項10に記載の発明は、上記請求項9 [0025] The invention according to claim 10, the claim 9
に記載の発明において、吸込具の前面に、後方側が下がる傾斜面を設けたものであり、被掃除面に凸状の段差があると、吸込具の前面に設けた傾斜面により吸込具を持ち上げることができて、吸込具が段差を容易に乗り越えて掃除をすることができ、取扱いを容易にして使い勝手を向上することができる。 In the invention according to, in front of the suction device, which is provided an inclined surface rear side decreases, if there is a convex-shaped step surface to be cleaned, lifting the suction device by an inclined surface provided on the front surface of the suction device things can, a suction device is stepped able to easily overcome by cleaning, it is possible to improve the usability and ease of handling.

【0026】 [0026]

【実施例】以下、本発明の実施例について、図面を参照しながら説明する。 EXAMPLES The following examples of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

【0027】(実施例1)図1に示すように、掃除機本体1は、前方底部に2個の回転ブラシ2を有する吸込具3を設け、回転ブラシ2により被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を掻き上げるよう構成している。 As shown in (Example 1) FIG. 1, the vacuum cleaner main body 1, a suction unit 3 having two rotating brush 2 in front bottom portion is provided, the dust deposited on the surface being cleaned by a rotary brush 2 It is configured to raise scrape. 電動送風機4は、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させるもので、集塵部5 Electric blower 4 is intended to generate a flow of air sucking dust, dust collecting part 5
を介して吸込具3に連通し、電動送風機4により吸込具2から吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵部5に集塵するよう構成している。 Communicates with the suction device 3 via is configured to dust collecting dust sucked from suction unit 2 to the dust collecting part 5 by the electric blower 4.

【0028】電源部6は、充電可能な二次電池を複数収納した電池パック7で構成し、電動送風機4と後述する駆動モータ8に電源を供給する。 The power supply unit 6 supplies power to the drive motor 8 constitute a battery pack 7 for accommodating a multiple number of rechargeable secondary batteries will be described later the electric blower 4. 測距センサ9は、光(赤外線)を照射し家具などの障害物により反射してきた反射光の照射光との間の角度で距離を測定するもので、図2に示すように、掃除機本体1の前方、側方、後方にそれぞれ複数設けている。 Distance measuring sensor 9, which measures the angle distance between the optical (infrared) radiation of the reflected light which has been reflected by an obstacle, such as irradiated furniture, as shown in FIG. 2, the cleaner body 1 of the front, side, and a plurality respectively to the rear. 段差センサ10は、被掃除面の段差を検知するもので、上述の測距センサ8と同様に構成し、掃除機本体1のコーナー部に斜め下方に向けて設けている。 Step sensor 10 is for detecting the level difference of the surface to be cleaned, constructed similarly to the distance measuring sensor 8 described above, are provided obliquely downward in the corner portion of the cleaner main body 1.

【0029】ローラー11は、掃除機本体1を走行させるもので、掃除機本体1の左右に設け、駆動モータ8により左右独立して駆動される。 The roller 11 is intended to run the cleaner main body 1, provided on the left and right of the cleaner body 1, the left and right independently driven by the drive motor 8. 駆動モータ8は、減速ギヤ(図示せず)を内蔵したギヤードモータで構成している。 Driving motor 8 is constituted by a geared motor with a built-in reduction gear (not shown). キャスター12は掃除機本体1を走行自在に支持している。 Casters 12 are supported freely traveling cleaner body 1.

【0030】操作部13は文字などを表示する機能と触れるとオン、オフする機能を有するパネルスイッチを備え、表示部14は発光ダイオード、ブザーなどの表示器を備え、これら操作部13と表示部14は制御装置15 The operation unit 13 is touched with the function of displaying characters on, comprising a panel switch having a function of off, the display unit 14 the light emitting diode includes a display device such as a buzzer, these operation unit 13 and display unit 14 the control device 15
に接続しており、使用者がパネルスイッチを操作することにより、制御装置15により電動送風機4、駆動モータ8などの動作を制御して、電動送風機4により塵埃を吸引しながら、駆動モータ8により駆動されるローラー11により自動走行するように構成している。 Are connected to, the user operates the panel switch, the electric blower 4 by the control device 15 controls the operation of a driving motor 8, the electric blower 4 by suction dust, by the drive motor 8 It is configured to be automatically run by a roller 11 to be driven. なお、1 In addition, 1
6は電源スイッチである。 6 is a power switch.

【0031】掃除機本体1は、吸込具3、電動送風機4、集塵部5、電源部6、駆動モータ8、測距センサ9、段差センサ10、制御装置15などを内包し、図2 The cleaner main body 1 is suction unit 3, the electric blower 4, the dust collecting part 5, the power supply unit 6, the drive motor 8, the distance measuring sensor 9, step sensor 10, and enclosing a control device 15, FIG. 2
または図3に示すように、透明または半透明の外郭17 Or as shown in FIG. 3, the transparent or semi-transparent outline 17
で覆っている。 It is covered with. このため、測距センサ9および段差センサ10は外郭17を通して光(赤外線)の送受を行い、 Therefore, the distance measuring sensor 9 and the step sensor 10 performs transmission and reception of light (infrared) through shell 17,
段差センサ10は、掃除機本体1のコーナー部に斜め下方に向けて設けているので、外郭17の一部を突出させた突出部18を通して光(赤外線)の送受を行う。 Step sensor 10, since the provided obliquely downward in the corner portion of the cleaner body 1, for transmitting and receiving light (infrared) through the projecting portion 18 is projected a part of the outer shell 17.

【0032】ここで、これらのセンサは、光(赤外線) [0032] In this case, these sensors, optical (infrared)
の送受を行っており、一般に、熱源は赤外線を放射しているので、熱源も検知することができる。 And performing transmission and reception of, in general, the heat source since the emit infrared radiation, can also be detected heat source. 外郭17の下方に、弾性体で構成したバンパー19を設けている。 Below the shell 17 is provided with a bumper 19 which is an elastic body.

【0033】把手20は、掃除機本体1の上面に引き出し可能に設けて掃除機本体1を持ち運ぶもので、図4に示すように、この把手20を引き出したとき、引き出したことを検知する検知手段(図示せず)により、停止手段を構成する制御装置15は、回転ブラシ2、電動送風機4、駆動モータ8の少なくとも1つを停止させるよう構成している。 The handle 20 is intended to carry the cleaner body 1 is provided can be pulled out to the upper surface of the cleaner body 1, as shown in FIG. 4, when pulled out the handle 20, the detection for detecting that the drawer by means (not shown), the control unit 15 constituting the stop means, the rotary brush 2, the electric blower 4, and configured to stop at least one of the drive motor 8.

【0034】この把手20は、図5に示すように、掃除機本体1を把手20により懸垂したとき、吸込具3がローラー11より上方になるように傾く位置に設け、この状態から床面に設置するとき、吸込具3がローラー11 [0034] The handle 20, as shown in FIG. 5, when suspending the cleaner main body 1 by the handle 20, provided at a position where the suction device 3 is inclined so that above the roller 11, on the floor in this state when installing, suction device 3 roller 11
より後に床面に当接するようにしている。 It is into contact with the floor surface after more.

【0035】上記構成において動作を説明する。 [0035] To explain the operation in the above structure. 電源スイッチ16を入れて掃除機本体1を清掃領域の壁面にほぼ平行に置き、操作部13のスタートボタンを押すと、 Place approximately parallel to the cleaner body 1 to turn on the power switch 16 on the wall of the cleaning area, and press the start button of the operation unit 13,
電動送風機4が作動し、駆動モータ8によりローラー1 Electric blower 4 is operated, the roller 1 by a driving motor 8
1が駆動されて前方へ直進走行を開始する。 1 is driven to start running straight forward. 走行中は、 While the vehicle is running,
電動送風機4により集塵作業を行ないながら、常に測距センサ9により周囲の家具などの障害物までの距離を測定するとともに、段差センサ10により被掃除面の段差を確認している。 While performing dust collection work by the electric blower 4, always with measuring the distance to an obstacle, such as the surrounding furniture by the distance measuring sensor 9, it was confirmed the step of surface to be cleaned by the step sensor 10.

【0036】掃除機本体1から家具などの障害物までの距離が所定の距離まで接近すると、一旦停止後、所定角度だけ角度を振って方向変換して走行する。 [0036] When the distance from the cleaner body 1 to the obstacle, such as furniture approaches to a predetermined distance, once after stopping, running and redirecting waving angle by a predetermined angle. 被掃除面に段差がある場合も同様である。 If the surface to be cleaned there is a step is the same. このように、家具などの障害物や段差を回避しながら清掃領域を自動走行して掃除を行う。 Thus, we clean the cleaning area by the automatic travel while avoiding obstacles and steps, such as furniture.

【0037】つぎに、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手20により掃除機本体1を持ち上げると、把手20を引き出したとき、制御装置15は、回転ブラシ2、電動送風機4、駆動モータ8の少なくとも1つを停止させるよう構成しているので、把手20により掃除機本体1を持ち上げると同時に停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、簡単な操作で動作を停止することができるとともに、容易に持ち運びをすることができる。 Next, for example, to stop cleaning during running, lifting the cleaner main body 1 by the handle 20, when pulled out the handle 20, the control unit 15, the rotary brush 2, the electric blower 4, the drive motor since 8 is configured so as to stop at least one, the handle 20 lift the cleaner main body 1 when it is possible to stop at the same time, can carry intact, may stop the operation with a simple operation it is possible, it is possible to easily carry.

【0038】ここで、把手20を掃除機本体1の上面に設けているので、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、 [0038] Here, since provided a handle 20 on the upper surface of the cleaner body 1, for example, to stop cleaning during running,
把手20により掃除機本体1を容易に持ち上げることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 The cleaner main body 1 can be easily lifted by the handle 20, can be carried as it is, it is possible to facilitate handling.

【0039】また、把手20を掃除機本体1より引き出し可能とし、把手20を引き出した状態で、回転ブラシ2、電動送風機4、駆動モータ8の少なくとも1つを停止させるようにしているので、把手20を掃除機本体1 Further, the handle 20 and can be pulled out from the cleaner main body 1, in a state of pulling out the handle 20, the rotary brush 2, the electric blower 4, since at least one of the drive motor 8 is to be stopped, the handle 20 the vacuum cleaner main body 1
に収納した状態では把手20は邪魔になることがなく、 It is not to become a handle 20 is the way in the storage state to,
走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手20を引き出すことで回転ブラシ2、電動送風機4、駆動モータ8の少なくとも1つを停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 For example, to stop cleaning during running, the rotation by pulling out the handle 20 brush 2, the electric blower 4, it is possible to stop at least one of the drive motor 8 can carry intact, easy to handle it can be.

【0040】また、駆動モータ8は、減速ギヤを内蔵したギヤードモータで構成しているので、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、駆動モータ8への通電を止めた状態で、手動で掃除機本体1を押して移動させようとすると、ギヤードモータに内蔵した減速ギヤが負荷となって、大きな力を加えないと動かないが、把手20により持ち運ぶことで、容易に移動させることができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 [0040] In addition, the drive motor 8, because it is composed of a geared motor with a built-in reduction gear, for example, if you want to stop the cleaning while traveling, in the state of stopping the power supply to the drive motor 8, manually cleaning attempting to move by pushing the machine body 1, and a reduction gear having a built-in geared motor becomes a load, but does not move unless large force, that carried by the handle 20, can easily be moved, handled it is possible to facilitate.

【0041】なお、本実施例では、把手20を掃除機本体1より引き出し可能としているが、図6に示すように、把手20aを可倒式とし、図7に示すように、把手20aを直立した状態で、回転ブラシ2、電動送風機4、駆動モータ8の少なくとも1つを停止させるようにしてもよく、この場合は、把手20aを倒した状態では把手20aは邪魔になることがなく、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、把手20aを直立することで回転ブラシ2、電動送風機4、駆動モータ8の少なくとも1つを停止させることができ、そのままの状態で持ち運びができ、取扱いを容易にすることができる。 [0041] Incidentally, in this embodiment, the handle 20 is set to be pulled out from the cleaner main body 1, as shown in FIG. 6, the handle 20a and retractable, as shown in FIG. 7, upright handle 20a in a state, the rotary brush 2, the electric blower 4 may be stopped at least one of the drive motor 8, in this case, without handle 20a is get in the way while defeating the handle 20a, the running for example, to stop the cleaning during the rotary brush 2 by upright handle 20a, the electric blower 4, it is possible to stop at least one of the drive motor 8 can carry intact, easy to handle it can be.

【0042】(実施例2)図8および図9に示すように、起毛布21は、掃除機本体1の下面に取り付けて、 [0042] As shown in (Example 2) FIGS. 8 and 9, raised fabric 21 is attached to the lower surface of the cleaner body 1,
ローラー11の走行痕跡を消去する痕跡消去機構を構成するもので、ローラー11の後方に設け、起毛布22 Constitutes a trace erasing mechanism for erasing the traveling trace of the rollers 11, provided behind the roller 11, it raised cloth 22
は、同様に掃除機本体1の下面に取り付けて、ローラー11の後方に設けたキャスター12の走行痕跡を消去する痕跡消去機構を構成するもので、キャスター12の後方に設けている。 Similarly attached to the lower surface of the cleaner body 1, it constitutes a trace erasing mechanism for erasing the traveling trace of casters 12 provided at the rear of the roller 11 is provided behind the casters 12. 起毛布22は、図10に示すように、 Napped cloth 22, as shown in FIG. 10,
ばね23で下方に付勢している。 It is urged downward by a spring 23. 他の構成は上記実施例1と同じである。 Other configurations are the same as in Example 1.

【0043】上記構成において動作を説明する。 [0043] explaining the operation in the above structure. 電動送風機を作動しながら、駆動モータにより駆動されるローラー11により走行させるとき、被掃除面が絨毯の場合は、絨毯の表面にローラー11またはキャスター12の走行痕跡がつくことがある。 While operating the electric blower, when to travel by a roller 11 that is driven by the drive motor, in the case of surface to be cleaned carpet, it may take the travel trace of the rollers 11 or casters 12 on the surface of the carpet.

【0044】この場合でも、ローラー11の後方に起毛布21を設けているので、起毛布21によりローラー1 [0044] In this case, since there is provided a raised fabric 21 to the rear of the roller 11, the roller 1 by the raised blanket 21
1の走行痕跡を消去することができ、また、キャスター12の後方には、ばね23で付勢した起毛布22を設けることで、キャスター12の床面に対する荷重を軽減することができ、キャスター12の走行痕跡を確実に消去することができ、掃除後の美観を向上することができる。 Can be erased one of the running traces, also in the rear caster 12, by providing the raised fabric 22 which is biased by a spring 23, it is possible to reduce the load on the floor surface of the caster 12, casters 12 it is possible to erase the traveling traces of certainty, it is possible to improve the aesthetic appearance of the post-cleaning.

【0045】(実施例3)図11に示すように、吸込具3は、第1の回動軸24により回動自在の支持した支持体25に第2の回動軸26により床面に対して略水平に支持し、支持体25により上下動自在に構成し、前面に後方側が下がる傾斜面27を設けている。 [0045] As shown in (Example 3) FIG. 11, the suction device 3, the floor by a second pivot shaft 26 on a support 25 which supports the rotatable by a first rotation shaft 24 to Te supported in a substantially horizontal, vertically movable constituted by a support 25 is provided with an inclined surface 27 which rear side is lowered to the front. 他の構成は上記実施例1と同じである。 Other configurations are the same as in Example 1.

【0046】上記構成において動作を説明する。 [0046] To explain the operation in the above structure. 電動送風機を作動しながら、駆動モータにより駆動されるローラー11により走行させるとき、被掃除面に凸状の段差があると、吸込具3はの前面に設けた傾斜面27により被掃除面の凸状の段差に乗り上げ、同時に、支持体25 While operating the electric blower, when to travel by a roller 11 that is driven by the drive motor, when there is a convex-shaped step surface to be cleaned, the inclined surface 27 provided on the suction unit 3 Hano front of the cleaning surface convex rides on Jo stepped, at the same time, the support 25
が第1の回動軸24を中心として上方に回動することにより、吸込具3を上方向に移動させることができ、吸込具3が段差を容易に乗り越えて掃除をすることができ、 By There can be pivoted upward about the first pivot shaft 24, the suction device 3 can be moved in the upward direction, it is possible to suction unit 3 to the cleaning overcoming easily step,
取扱いを容易にして使い勝手を向上することができる。 To facilitate handling it is possible to improve the usability.

【0047】 [0047]

【発明の効果】以上のように本発明によれば、走行中に掃除を中止する場合などに、簡単な操作で動作を停止させるとともに、容易に持ち運びができる使用性の高い自走式掃除機を提供できる。 According to the present invention as described above, according to the present invention, for example, to stop cleaning during running stops the operation with a simple operation, high usability that may easily carried propelled cleaner It can provide.

【0048】また、被掃除面が絨毯であっても、ローラーやキャスターの走行痕跡が残らないようにし、掃除後の美観を向上できる。 [0048] In addition, even in the surface to be cleaned carpet, so as not to leave the running traces of roller or caster, it is possible to improve the aesthetic appearance of the post-cleaning.

【0049】また、被掃除面に凸状の段差があっても、 [0049] Further, even when convex stepped surface to be cleaned,
段差を容易に乗り越えて掃除ができるようにし、取扱いを容易にして使い勝手を向上できる。 Step to be able to easily overcome by cleaning, it can be easily to improve the ease of use and handling.

【図面の簡単な説明】 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

【図1】本発明の第1の実施例の自走式掃除機の縦断面図 Longitudinal sectional view of a self-propelled cleaning device of the first embodiment of the present invention; FIG

【図2】同自走式掃除機の外郭を透明にした状態の斜視図 FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a state in which the transparent outer shell of the same self-propelled vacuum cleaner

【図3】同自走式掃除機の半外郭を透明にした状態の斜視図 FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a state in which the transparent half shell of the self-propelled vacuum cleaner

【図4】同自走式掃除機の把手を引き出した状態の斜視図 4 is a perspective view of a state of pulling out the handle of the self-propelled cleaner

【図5】同自走式掃除機の把手で懸垂した状態の斜視図 FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a state of being suspended in the grip of the self-propelled vacuum cleaner

【図6】同自走式掃除機の他の例の半外郭を透明にした状態の斜視図 6 is a perspective view of a state in which the transparent half shell of another example of the self-propelled cleaner

【図7】同自走式掃除機の把手を直立した状態の斜視図 FIG. 7 is a perspective view of an upright position the handle of the self-propelled cleaner

【図8】本発明の第2の実施例の自走式掃除機の下面図 Figure 8 is a bottom view of the self-propelled cleaner of a second embodiment of the present invention

【図9】同自走式掃除機の側面図 FIG. 9 is a side view of the self-propelled vacuum cleaner

【図10】同自走式掃除機の一部切欠した拡大側面図 FIG. 10 is an enlarged side view of the cut-out part of the same self-propelled vacuum cleaner

【図11】本発明の第3の実施例の自走式掃除機の縦断面図 Figure 11 is a longitudinal sectional view of a self-propelled cleaner of a third embodiment of the present invention

【符号の説明】 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS

1 掃除機本体 2 回転ブラシ 3 吸込具 4 電動送風機 5 集塵部 6 電源部 8 駆動モータ 11 ローラー 15 制御装置(停止手段) 20 把手 1 the vacuum cleaner body 2 rotating brush 3 suction unit 4 electric blower 5 dust collecting unit 6 power unit 8 drives the motor 11 rollers 15 control unit (stop means) 20 handle

───────────────────────────────────────────────────── フロントページの続き (72)発明者 尾原 直行 大阪府門真市大字門真1006番地 松下電器 産業株式会社内 (72)発明者 小立 徹 大阪府門真市大字門真1006番地 松下電器 産業株式会社内 (72)発明者 藪内 秀隆 大阪府門真市大字門真1006番地 松下電器 産業株式会社内 (72)発明者 香山 博之 大阪府門真市大字門真1006番地 松下電器 産業株式会社内 (72)発明者 保野 幹 大阪府門真市大字門真1006番地 松下電器 産業株式会社内 (72)発明者 土師 雅代 大阪府門真市大字門真1006番地 松下電器 産業株式会社内 Fターム(参考) 3B006 GA00 KA01 3B061 AA05 AD05 ────────────────────────────────────────────────── ─── of the front page continued (72) inventor Naoyuki Ohara Osaka Prefecture Kadoma Oaza Kadoma 1006 address Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Odachi Toru Osaka Prefecture Kadoma Oaza Kadoma 1006 address Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. in (72) inventor Hidetaka Yabuuchi Osaka Prefecture Kadoma Oaza Kadoma 1006 address Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Hiroyuki Kayama Osaka Prefecture Kadoma Oaza Kadoma 1006 address Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Hono stem Osaka Cabinet Office Kadoma Oaza Kadoma 1006 address Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Masayo Haji Osaka Prefecture Kadoma Oaza Kadoma 1006 address Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. in the F-term (reference) 3B006 GA00 KA01 3B061 AA05 AD05

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    【特許請求の範囲】 [The claims]
  1. 【請求項1】 被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を掻き上げる回転ブラシを有する吸込具と、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機と、前記電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵する集塵部と、駆動モータにより駆動され掃除機本体を走行させるローラーと、前記電動送風機、前記駆動モータに電源を供給する電源部と、前記回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータのうち少なくとも1つを停止させる停止手段と、掃除機本体運搬用の把手を備え、前記停止手段は前記把手を操作することにより停止させるよう構成した自走式掃除機。 1. A and suction device with a rotating brush scraped dust adhering onto the surface to be cleaned, an electric blower for generating an air flow for sucking dust, dust collection of the dust collecting dust sucked by the electric blower and parts, and a roller which is driven by a driving motor to travel the cleaner main body, the electric blower, and the drive motor to the power supply unit for supplying power, said rotating brush, the electric blower is stopped at least one of the drive motor and stop means, the cleaner body includes a handle for carrying, said stop means self-propelled cleaner configured so as to stop by operating the handle.
  2. 【請求項2】 把手を掃除機本体の上面に設けた請求項1記載の自走式掃除機。 2. A self-propelled cleaning device according to claim 1, wherein provided a handle on the upper surface of the cleaner body.
  3. 【請求項3】 把手を掃除機本体より引き出し可能とし、把手を引き出した状態で、回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させるようにした請求項1または2記載の自走式掃除機。 Wherein the withdrawable from the cleaner body to handle, when it is slid out of the handle, rotating brushes, electric blower, self-propelled at least one drive motor and be stopped according to claim 1 or 2, wherein Vacuum cleaner.
  4. 【請求項4】 把手を可倒式とし、把手を直立した状態で、回転ブラシ、電動送風機、駆動モータの少なくとも1つを停止させるようにした請求項1または2記載の自走式掃除機。 4. and the handle retractable in the upright the handle, rotating brushes, electric blower, self-propelled cleaner according to claim 1 or 2, wherein at least one of the drive motor was to be stopped.
  5. 【請求項5】 駆動モータは、減速ギヤを内蔵したギヤードモータで構成した請求項1記載の自走式掃除機。 5. A drive motor, self-propelled cleaner according to claim 1, wherein configured in geared motor with a built-in reduction gear.
  6. 【請求項6】 把手は、掃除機本体を懸垂した状態から床面に設置するとき、吸込具がローラーより後に床面に当接する位置に設けた請求項1〜4のいずれか1項に記載の自走式掃除機。 6. handle, when the state of suspending the cleaner body is placed on a floor, according to any one of claims 1 to 4, the suction device is provided in a position where it comes into contact with the floor surface after the roller of self-propelled vacuum cleaner.
  7. 【請求項7】 被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込む吸込具と、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機と、前記電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵する集塵部と、駆動モータにより駆動され掃除機本体を走行させるローラーと、前記掃除機本体を走行自在に支持するキャスターと、前記電動送風機、前記駆動モータに電源を供給する電源部とを備え、前記ローラーまたはキャスターの走行痕跡を消去する痕跡消去機構を起毛布で構成した自走式掃除機。 7. A suction device for sucking dust adhering onto the surface to be cleaned, an electric blower for generating an air flow sucking the dust, and a dust collection unit for dust collecting dust sucked by the electric blower, a drive motor and rollers which are driven to travel the cleaner body by a caster for supporting freely travel the cleaner main body, the electric blower, and a power supply unit for supplying power to the drive motor, the travel trace of the rollers or casters self-propelled vacuum cleaner that traces erasing mechanism composed of a raised fabric to erase.
  8. 【請求項8】 ローラーの後方にキャスターを設け、キャスターの後方にばねで付勢した痕跡消去機構を設けた請求項7記載の自走式掃除機。 8. The caster provided behind the roller, self-propelled cleaner according to claim 7, wherein providing the urging the trace erase mechanism spring behind the casters.
  9. 【請求項9】 被掃除面上に付着した塵埃を吸い込む吸込具と、塵埃を吸い込む空気の流れを発生させる電動送風機と、前記電動送風機により吸い込んだ塵埃を集塵する集塵部と、駆動モータにより駆動され掃除機本体を走行させるローラーと、前記電動送風機、前記駆動モータに電源を供給する電源部とを備え、前記吸込具は、第1 9. A suction device for sucking dust adhering onto the surface to be cleaned, an electric blower for generating an air flow sucking the dust, and a dust collection unit for dust collecting dust sucked by the electric blower, a drive motor includes a roller which is driven to travel the cleaner main body, the electric blower, and a power supply unit for supplying power to the drive motor by the suction tool is first
    の回動軸により回動自在の支持した支持体に第2の回動軸により床面に対して略水平に支持し、前記支持体により上下動自在に構成した自走式掃除機。 Substantially horizontally supported, self-propelled cleaner which is constructed vertically movable by the support relative to the floor by a second pivot shaft support that supports the rotatable by the rotation axis of the.
  10. 【請求項10】 吸込具の前面に、後方側が下がる傾斜面を設けた請求項9記載の自走式掃除機。 In front of 10. suction tool, the self-propelled cleaner of claim 9, wherein providing the inclined surface rear side decreases.
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