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US20070067946A1
US20070067946A1 US11/363,032 US36303206A US2007067946A1 US 20070067946 A1 US20070067946 A1 US 20070067946A1 US 36303206 A US36303206 A US 36303206A US 2007067946 A1 US2007067946 A1 US 2007067946A1
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Hwa-Gyu Song
Hyun-Ju Lee
Dong-houn Yang
Jae-sun You
Jun-Young Lee
Jung-hyeon Kim
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L9/00Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
    • A47L9/02Nozzles
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L9/00Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
    • A47L9/009Carrying-vehicles; Arrangements of trollies or wheels; Means for avoiding mechanical obstacles

Abstract

A suction brush of a vacuum cleaner includes: a body configured to communicate with a dust collection device and including at least one suction port; a cover configured to cover a top of the body; and at least one rolling pin configured to be rotatably coupled at a bottom of the body.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims the benefit of priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(a) to Korean Patent Application No. 2005-89809, filed Sep. 27, 2005, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference. This application may also be related to commonly owned U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/991,426, filed Nov. 19, 2004, and commonly owned U.S. Pat. No. 6,918,156, the contents of each of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entireties.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to a suction brush of a vacuum cleaner.
  • 2. Description of the Related Art
  • In general, a suction brush of a vacuum cleaner has a suction port at the bottom thereof to enable suctioning of dust or other debris (collectively, “debris”) from a surface to be cleaned, and a dust guide groove to guide the debris to the suction port.
  • In order to improve the manipulability of the suction brush of a vacuum cleaner, it has been proposed to provide plural auxiliary wheels on the bottom of the suction brush adjacent to the dust guide groove, as described in Korean Patent Publication No. 2004-47365, or to provide rolling rollers at the rear part of the bottom of the suction brush, as described in Korean Patent Publication No. 2005-18492.
  • The above-mentioned techniques may somewhat reduce the sticking force between the suction brush and the surface to be cleaned. However, if the object to be cleaned is a soft carpet, it is difficult to improve the manipulability of the suction brush and often the auxiliary wheels or rolling rolls do not smoothly roll.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • Accordingly, the present invention has been made to solve the above-mentioned problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide an improved suction brush of a vacuum cleaner, which is superior in manipulability for moving the suction brush while contacting a surface to be cleaned. At the same time, a suction force which is directly related to the debris removing capability of the suction brush is maintained.
  • To this end, a non-limiting aspect of the present invention provides a suction brush of a vacuum cleaner, which includes: a body configured to communicate with a dust collection device and including at least one suction port; a cover configured to cover a top of the body; and at least one rolling pin configured to be rotatably coupled at a bottom of the body.
  • Another non-limiting aspect of the present invention provides a vacuum cleaner, including: at least one suction brush; at least one dust collector; and means for separating the at least one suction brush from a surface to be cleaned.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The above aspects and features of the present invention will be more apparent from the description for certain embodiments of the present invention taken with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a non-limiting example of a suction brush of a vacuum cleaner;
  • FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view showing a suction brush of a vacuum cleaner according to a non-limiting embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3 is a view showing a bottom of the suction brush shown in FIG. 2;
  • FIGS. 4A to 4C are schematic views illustrating a non-limiting example of coupling a rolling pin shown in FIG. 2 to the body of the suction brush;
  • FIG. 5A is a graph comparatively showing the dust removing capabilities of a suction brush according to a non-limiting embodiment of the present invention and a conventional suction brush in comparison; and
  • FIG. 5B is a graph comparatively showing the manipulation forces required for a suction brush according to a non-limiting aspect of the present invention and a conventional suction brush.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS
  • Hereinbelow, the embodiments of the present invention are described in detail with reference to accompanying drawings. In the accompanying drawings, like numerals refer to like elements thoughout.
  • An exemplary vacuum cleaner is illustrated in FIG. 1. Generally, the vacuum is turned on when the suction brush is on the surface to be cleaned. A suction motor (not shown) may be driven and debris (with air) is suctioned through the opposite ends 5 a and 5 b of the dust guide groove 5 when the bottom of the suction brush 1 is proximate to or contacting the surface to be cleaned (e.g., a carpet) (not shown).
  • After the debris and air, which are caused to flow into the dust guide 5, are suctioned into the vacuum cleaner through the suction port 7, the debris is collected through a dust collecting unit (not shown) and the air is filtered and discharged to the outside of the vacuum cleaner.
  • The effectiveness of a carpet type suction brush may be determined by two factors, i.e., suction force and ease of maneuvering (maneuverability). In general, if the suction force is increased, the force between the suction brush and the carpet is strong, and maneuverability reduces. If the maneuverability is improved, the suction force is generally reduced. In particular, when an object to be cleaned is lightweight (like a carpet), it is helpful to design the dust guide groove so that the suction force can be increased while the force to be exerted by a user to maneuver the suction brush can be reduced, thereby improving the maneuverability of the suction brush.
  • As mentioned above, the dust guide groove 5 is the part into which the debris is introduced during cleaning. In particular, the carpet strongly contacts opposite ends 5 a and 5 b of the dust guide groove 5 and the suction port 7 due to the suction force of the vacuum cleaner. Therefore, when the user moves the suction brush 1 in any direction when the suction brush 1 is in contact with the carpet, the suction force opposes the movement of the suction brush 1. The force caused by suctioning decreases the maneuverability of the vacuum, which increases the amount of force required by the user.
  • In order to overcome this problem, a pair of wheels 9 a and 9 b may be provided at the rear parts of the opposite sides of the body 2 of the suction brush 1. However, when the object to be cleaned is a carpet, there is still inconvenience for the user because the carpet still strongly sticks to the dust guide groove 5 and the suction port 7 of the suction brush 1.
  • Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, the suction brush 10 may include a body 11 which may be formed with a suction port 17 and a dust guide groove 15 for guiding debris to the suction port 17, as well as with a cover 12 which may be provided on the top of the body 11 to cover the top of the body 11.
  • A suction brush 10 of a vacuum cleaner according to a first non-limiting embodiment of the present invention may be in communication with a dust collection device (not shown) of the vacuum cleaner at one end thereof directly or via a flexible hose (not shown).
  • The dust guide groove 15 may be extended between the left and right ends of the body 11 in the left and right directions of the suction port 17 and may be in communication with the suction port 17. A pair of rolling pins 20 may be installed at or adjacent to the left and right edge portions of the dust guide groove 15. Each of the rolling pins 20 may include a cylindrical portion 21, which may contact a surface to be cleaned, so that a space of height H may be formed between the surface to be cleaned and the bottom of the body 11 during cleaning, and a pair of coupling projections 25 a and 25 b may project from opposite ends of the rolling pin 20. At or adjacent to the left and right edge portions of the dust guide groove 15, two pairs of coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c may be formed, so that each pair of coupling projections 25 a and 25 b may be rotatably fitted in a corresponding pair of coupling groove 15 b and 15c.
  • It may be also preferable to form the dust guide groove 15 such that the width is gradually increased corresponding to a shape of the suction port 17 as viewed from inlets 15 a to a central portion 15 d of the dust guide groove15. Moreover, to improve the efficiency of suctioning debris, it may be desirable to form the dust guide groove 15 generally in a streamlined shape, so that flow resistance can be minimized.
  • Meanwhile, the rolling pins 20 allow the body 11 to be more easily maneuvered when an adhesion force between a surface to be cleaned and the body 11 is constantly maintained. Each rolling pin 20 may include a cylindrical portion 21 configured to contact a surface to be cleaned, thereby spacing the bottom of the body 11 from the surface to be cleaned. A pair of coupling projections 25 a and 25 b, which may be rotatably connected to the opposite ends of the dust guide groove 15, may also be included.
  • Each pair of projections 25 a and 25 b, which may be removably fitted in the corresponding pair of coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c, may have a cross-sectional area smaller than that of the coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c, as shown in FIGS. 4A and 4B. Consequently, spaces S may be formed between coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c and projections 25 a and 25 b, thereby forming a passage for the debris introduced from inlets 15 a of the dust guide groove 15.
  • The projections 25 a and 25 b may have any shape in cross-section. For example, the projections 25 a and 25 b may have a circular shape flattened at opposite sides as shown in FIG. 4A or an oval shape. Preferably, projections 25 a and 25 b may be rotatable within the coupling grooves 15 a and 15 b and the cross-sectional area thereof may be smaller than that of the coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, each rolling pin 20 may be formed with a spiral groove 23 extending along the periphery of the cylindrical portion 21. Although it is exemplified in the present non-limiting embodiment that the spiral groove 23 forms five turns around the rolling pin 20, the present invention is not limited with respect to the number of turns and/or the pitch of the spiral groove 23. Owing to the spiral grooves 23, even if cleaning is performed when the bottom of the body 11 of the suction brush 10 comes into close contact with a surface to be cleaned, air flows into the suction port in the directions indicated by arrows B as well as in the directions indicated by arrows A as shown in FIG. 3. As a result, it may be possible to prevent the surface to be cleaned from strongly adhering to the suction brush 10 and from being dragged by the suction brush 10. Consequently, the maneuverability of the suction brush 10 can be improved.
  • As the rolling pins 20 rotate, passage for debris can be secured through the spiral grooves 23. Accordingly, it is possible to smoothly move the suction brush 10 in any direction when the bottom of the body 11 is in close contact with the surface to be cleaned.
  • To maintain the space between the surface to be cleaned and the bottom of the body 11 within a range not more than approximately 0.5 mm, it is also possible to properly set the diameter of the cylindrical portions 21 and/or to adjust the mounting depth of the rolling pins 20. It is preferable that the space be set to height H, which allows the suction force to be substantially constantly maintained at the level obtained in the state in which the rolling pins 20 are removed from the body 11.
  • The procedure for installing the rolling pins 20 at or near the bottom of the body 11 will now be described with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4A-4C. At first, the projections 25 a, 25 b of the rolling pins 20 may be turned so that they are substantially in line with the width of the coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c as shown in FIG. 4A, and then the projections 25 a and 25 b may be fitted in the coupling grooves 15 b and 15 c as shown in FIG. 4B. From this state, it may be preferable that the rolling pins 20 be turned to a predetermined angle to be stably coupled at or adjacent to the left and right edge portions of the dust guide groove 15, so that the escape of the projections 25 a and 25 b of the rolling pins 20 can be prevented. Because the rolling pins 20 coupled in this manner may be interposed between a surface to be cleaned and the dust guide groove 15 during the cleaning, they may be prevented from moving away from the dust guide groove 15.
  • The suction brush 10 of a vacuum brush according to a non-limiting embodiment of the present invention as configured above can be improved in manipulability because the rolling pins 20 may be installed and roll at or adjacent to the left and right edge portions of the dust guide groove 15, to which the highest suction force is applied, thereby reducing the sticking force between the surface to be cleaned and the suction brush 10. In particular, air and debris may be suctioned from the surface to be cleaned through the spiral grooves formed on the rolling pins 20, thereby reducing the frictional force and sticking force between the surface to be cleaned and the suction brush 10.
  • In addition, according to the above-mentioned embodiment of the present invention, it is possible to improve the manipulability of the suction brush 10 while maintaining the suction force whether a surface to be cleaned is a hard floor or a soft carpet.
  • FIG. 5A is a graph comparatively showing the suction forces, which may be directly related to the dust removing capabilities of a suction brush, according to a non-limiting embodiment of the present invention and a conventional suction brush: FIG. 5B is a graph comparatively showing the maneuvering forces of the suction brush according to the embodiment of the present invention and the conventional suction brush. Referring to FIG. 5A, there is no change in suction efficiency before and after mounting the rolling pins. However, referring to FIG. 5B, it can be confirmed that the force applied by a user to move the suction brush, i.e. the maneuvering force, is substantially reduced.
  • By way of example, the operation of the inventive suction brush configured as described above will now be described in terms of the case in which the surface to be cleaned is the surface of a carpet. At first, if the vacuum cleaner is powered on to drive the vacuum motor of the cleaner, vacuum force is transmitted to the suction brush 10. Then, the suction brush 10 comes into close contact with a surface of the carpet. The space between the bottom of the body of suction brush 10 and the carpet may be maintained at the height H (see FIG. 4B) due to the rolling pins 20. In particular, due to the height H, the force between the carpet and the suction brush 10 is reduced.
  • Therefore, when pushing or pulling the suction brush 10 while cleaning, the user can easily manipulate the suction brush 10 because the rolling pins 20 roll. Furthermore, because the air flowing through the spiral grooves 23 formed around the cylindrical portions 21 of the rolling pins 20 functions to slightly lift the suction brush 10, the user can more easily maneuver the suction brush 10.
  • The present invention has an advantage in that by providing a pair of rolling pins at the bottom of the suction brush, the sticking force between a surface to be cleaned and the suction brush can be reduced, whereby the maneuvering force for moving the suction brush can be also reduced. In addition, because air is suctioned through the spiral grooves 23 formed around the rolling pins 20, the frictional force between the surface to be cleaned and the suction brush can be reduced, whereby the user can easily clean the surface to be cleaned even if the surface is formed of a lightweight material such as a carpet.
  • Although representative embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described in order to exemplify the principle of the present invention, the present invention is not limited to the specific embodiments disclosed herein. It will be understood that various modifications and changes can be made by one skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims. Therefore, it shall be considered that such modifications, changes, and equivalents thereof are all included within the scope of the present invention.

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1. A suction brush of a vacuum cleaner, comprising:
a body configured to communicate with a dust collection device and including at least one suction port;
a cover configured to cover a top of the body; and
at least one rolling pin configured to be rotatably coupled at a bottom of the body.
2. The suction brush of claim 1, wherein the at least one rolling pin includes a first rolling pin installed at a first side of the body and a second rolling pin installed a second side of the body.
3. The suction brush of claim 2, wherein the first side is opposite the second side.
4. The suction brush of claim 2, wherein at least one dust guide groove is configured to be formed at the bottom of the body to guide debris and air to the at least one suction port.
5. The suction brush of claim 4, wherein the first and second rolling pins are respectively installed proximate to opposite ends of the at least one dust guide groove.
6. The suction brush of claim 1, wherein the at least one rolling pin comprises:
a cylindrical portion configured to contact a surface to be cleaned, thereby spacing the bottom of the body from the surface to be cleaned; and
at least one coupling projection configured to project from opposite ends of the cylindrical portion and configured to be rotatably connected to the bottom of the body.
7. The suction brush of claim 1, wherein the at least one rolling pin comprises a groove formed along the periphery thereof.
8. The suction brush of claim 7, wherein the groove includes at least one spiral portion.
9. A vacuum cleaner, comprising:
at least one suction brush;
at least one dust collector; and
means for separating the at least one suction brush from a surface to be cleaned.
10. The vacuum cleaner of claim 9, wherein the means for separating includes at least one rolling pin.
11. The vacuum cleaner of claim 9, further comprising at least one guide groove configured to guide dust attracted by the at least one suction brush to the at least one dust collector.
12. The vacuum cleaner of claim 11, wherein the at least one guide groove is configured to be formed proximate to a bottom of the at least one suction brush.
13. The vacuum cleaner of claim 12, wherein the means for separating is formed proximate to the at least one guide groove.
14. The vacuum cleaner of claim 11, wherein the means for separating is formed proximate to the at least one guide groove.
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