Dust collector of vacuum-cleaning robot

FIELD: household appliances; vacuum cleaning robots.

SUBSTANCE: detachable dust collector design for vacuum-cleaning robot is installed in dust-collecting chamber. Proposed dust collector has housing provided with air intake hole and dust discharge hole installed in dust-collecting chamber of vacuum-cleaning robot for taking out, and cover with air discharge hole located in opening of dust-collector housing for removal to permit removal of dust from dust collector taken out of dust-collecting chamber of housing. Cover connected with dust collector housing has filter to prevent discharge of collected dust through air discharge hole. Housing of dust collector has air intake pipe unit which projects inside from air intake hole, and handle unit which adjoins dust discharge hole.

EFFECT: facilitated removal of dust from dust collector.

8 cl, 6 dwg

 

The present invention relates to a dust box of the robot cleaner. More specifically, the present invention relates to a removable dust collector installed in the dust chamber robot vacuum cleaner, which moves automatically and cleans the dust.

Basically, the dust and the air are absorbed into the robot cleaner together. In this case, the dust collected in the dust collection chamber, and out comes the air. To remove the dust collected in the dust chamber, the user has to open the door accessible from the outside of the robot vacuum cleaner, or to remove a dust collector, which is installed separately inside the dust collection chamber.

However, this conventional method of removing the collected dust is inconvenient, because all operations are carried out manually by the user. If the robot cleaner does not have a dust collector, the user has to turn the robot cleaner to remove collected inside the dust, and if the robot cleaner has a dust collector, the user has to manually connect and disconnect the bag. Both cases take the trouble.

In addition, to make the robot cleaner is compact and lightweight, the dust box of the robot cleaner design less than the dust bag or paper bag regular vacuum cleaner. Therefore, the user must frequently to empty the dust box of the robot cleaner.

In particular, usually the first vacuum cleaner has perevypusku hole, very narrow compared to the size of the dust collection space. Therefore, the dust removal is difficult, and the dust is frequently left in the dust space even after emptying the bag. The remaining dust can gradually accumulate, sticking to the inner surface of the dust collection space, which may inhibit its removal. As a result, the efficiency of absorption decreases. Therefore, the user must intensively to shake the robot cleaner or dust collector to effectively remove dust, although it is not completely removed in this way.

An example of such a known dust collector is known from U.S. patent No. 5781960 the dust box of the robot cleaner, comprising a housing dust box made with vozduhovodnom hole and mounted in the dust chamber robot vacuum cleaner with the ability to extract from it.

The technical task of the present invention is to overcome the above problems and/or disadvantages and achieve at least the advantages described below. Accordingly, the technical result of the present invention is to provide a dust box of the robot cleaner, which can be easily emptied, and ways to remove collected dust in it.

To achieve the technical result of the proposed dust box of the robot cleaner, which, according to the present from which briteney contains the body of the dust collector, made with air intake opening and perevypustim hole and mounted in the dust chamber robot vacuum cleaner with the ability to extract from it, and the cover located in the opening of the housing of the dust collector with the possibility of reading from it for removal from the lessons of the dust collection chamber of the body of the dust collector dust in the cap holds the vent hole.

Preferably connected to the housing of the dust collector cover contains a filter to prevent the release of collected dust through the vent hole.

Preferably the housing of the dust collector node contains the intake tube, which is inside of the air intake holes, and the node handle, which is adjacent to perevypushchena the hole.

Preferably the housing of the dust collector node contains the intake tube, which is inside of the air intake holes, and the node handle, which is adjacent to perevypushchena the hole.

Preferably the aperture node intake tube made valve element, which under the action of its own weight closes the hole site, air intake tube, and the valve element is opened by air pressure when the air flows through the intake port.

Preferably perevypusku hole provided with Oplotnica the th element, which may be made of elastic material for a tight fit in perevypusku hole.

Preferably the sealing element has a flange handle for easy separation from pylevidnogo holes.

The merits and advantages of the present invention will become clearer after studying the following detailed description of the possible specific variants of its implementation given with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which

figure 1 is a perspective image of a robot vacuum cleaner that uses a dust collector according to the present invention;

figure 2 is a perspective image in an enlarged scale with a spatial separation of the main parts shown in Fig. 1, specifically illustrating the construction of the bag extracted from the dust collection chamber;

figure 3 is a longitudinal section of the robot vacuum cleaner with dust box, shown in figure 2, enclosed in a dust chamber of the robot cleaner;

figure 4 is a perspective image with a spatial separation of the parts of the dust collector;

5 is a diagram of a sequence of operations illustrating a method of removing dust collected in the robot cleaner, the corresponding specific variant of implementation of the present invention; and

6 is a perspective image with a spatial separation of the parts of the dust collector according to stuudio one specific variant of implementation of the present invention.

The following is the detailed description of preferred specific embodiments of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings.

In the following description, the same position drawings are used to denote identical elements in different drawings. Material objects, as described in the description, such as characterized in detail the construction and elements, are only descriptive and are mentioned only in order to facilitate full understanding of the invention. Thus, it is obvious that the present invention can be carried out without these material objects. In addition, omitted a detailed description of well-known functions or constructions, as this could complicate the understanding of the invention optional details.

Figure 1 presents a perspective image of a robot vacuum cleaner that uses a bag that matches the present invention. The robot cleaner 20 has an upper housing 41. In the center of the upper casing 41 made a hole 42 (2) under the unit to capture the image, and on one side of the upper casing 41 is a window 43 display and a set of holes 45 for the indicator light bulb.

Figure 2 presents in an enlarged scale perspective image with a spatial separation of the jus is x parts shown in figure 1, while figure 3 presents the cross-section in the collection corresponding to figure 2, specifically illustrating the construction of the robot cleaner. Referring to figure 2 and 3, note that the robot cleaner 20 includes bylawsbylaws node 21 for sucking air and dust from the outside and the load drive unit 31, which is used to clear. The robot cleaner 20 has a block 35 of capturing images and transmitting-receiving unit (not shown), so that the robot cleaner capable of controlling their position and to detect obstacles moving along the surface.

Bylawsbylaws node 21 includes dust collection chamber 23, which opened up the door 25 for closing the opening aperture of the dust collection chamber 23 and the dust collecting container 51 that corresponds to a particular variant of implementation of the present invention, which is connected with the possibility of removal of the dust collection chamber 23. On one side of the dust collection chamber 23 has a suction motor 27 for forming the efforts of suction. Air suction unit 21 also includes a suction brush unit (not shown) for sucking air from external dust and direction in her dust collection chamber 23.

Dust chamber 23 has an air suction channel 22 in the bottom and the vent channel 24 in its side wall. Air suction channel 22 includes a rim 22' channel speaker up in the ardour of the national chamber 23. In the opening in the upper part of the dust collection chamber 23 can be executed hole hook (not shown). In the frame 25 made a hook for engagement with the groove under the hook, made in a dust chamber 23 for fixing the door 25 with the possibility of opening in the upper opening dust collection chamber 23. The suction brush Assembly is mounted in the lower part of the dust collection chamber 23.

In Fig. 4 presents a perspective image with a spatial separation of the parts of the dust collector shown in Fig. 2. The dust collecting container 51 includes a housing 53 of the dust collection unit, which forms a space for collecting dust, and the cover 55 that is connected with the possibility of withdrawing from the housing 53 of the bag. One side wall of the housing 53 of the bag serves as an opening 54 corresponding to the wall of the dust chamber 23 in which the air channel 24. Cover 55 is connected to the opening 54, and on one side of the cover 55 is made the vent hole 56, which corresponds to the vent channel 24. With vent hole 56 of the cover 55 is connected to the filter 91.

The housing 53 of the dust collection unit has an intake port 61 (Fig 3) in the bottom. Intake port 61 is open and is connected with the air suction channel 22 of the dust collection chamber 23, and the size of the holes is sufficient to conclude it rim 22' channel available in vozduhoksily the channel 22. Therefore, the dust-Laden air flows into the housing 53 of the bag for air suction channel 22. In the air inlet hole 61 of the housing 53 of the dust collection unit acts up the intake tube 63. At the open end of the intake tube 63 is installed with the possibility of opening the valve element 65 (Fig 3). The valve element 65 closes the open end of the intake tube 63, turning down under the action of its own weight, and is opened by pressure of air flowing from the outside into the housing 53 of the bag.

The housing 53 of the bag also has perevypusku hole 67 that is open on one side of the top cover. Perevypusku hole 67 is revealed when you open the door 25 dust collection chamber 23. In this state, the user enters the suction unit normal vacuum cleaner (not shown) or a portable filter (not shown) in intimate contact with perevypustim hole 67, thereby it becomes possible to release dust collected inside. Therefore, in the preferred embodiment, a vacuum cleaner or a portable filter includes a suction inlet in the suction node corresponding perevypushchena hole 67 of the dust collection unit 51 according to the present invention.

Along the circumference pylevidnogo holes 67 of the housing 53 of the bag is made of the longitudinal groove. The size of this Kanak which corresponds to the size of the suction holes of the conventional vacuum cleaner or a portable filter. To ensure air leakage between the said groove and the suction inlet of a vacuum cleaner or a portable filter can be installed first seal 69.

The upper cover 53 of the bag also includes a node 71 of the lever in the Central position. Node 71 of the handle is revealed when you open the door 25 dust collection chamber 23. Capturing the node 71 of the handle, the user can connect and disconnect the dust collecting container 51. Node 71 of the handle is provided in the top cover and can be performed as a single unit with the housing 53 of the dust collection unit by injection molding. The housing 53 of the bag is preferably made of a transparent material, so that the user can observe the amount of dust collected in the dust box.

The cover 55 are different ways to perform such a way that it will be easily installable and removable relative to the housing 53 of the bag. For example, on the perimeter of the lid 55 may provide the connection tab, and on the housing 53 of the dust collection unit - connecting groove 52. In addition, in the upper part of the cover 55 is made separating protrusion 57 to separate the cap 55 of the housing 53 of the bag. Inside the housing 53 of the bag along its circumference compacted 93 to ensure the air permeance of the housing 53 of the bag.

The filter 91, fitted the config with the possibility of removal in the vent hole 56 of the cover 55, has a set of filter cells on the peripheral surface. On the surface of cells of the filter is fixed porous filter element. Therefore, the dust contained in the air that is released through the vent hole 56, it is possible to filter.

Below, with reference to the sequence diagram of operations presented on figure 5, describes a method of removing dust collected in the robot cleaner in accordance with the present invention.

When is the wipe command, the robot cleaner 20 begins to move (S1) to conduct cleanup work. The robot cleaner moves within the area of cleaning, maintaining communication with the control unit (not shown). The robot cleaner moves along the mentioned area, without preparation bypassing faced by them obstacles in accordance with a predefined common movement, which was proposed by the Applicant of this application. During the movement of the robot cleaner 20 actuates a fixed generator vacuum and holds (S2) on the clearing.

When the vacuum generator is running, the outside air sucked by the air suction channel 22. The intake air is moving through the intake tube 63 dust collector 51 and flows into the dust collecting container 51, pushing the valve element 65, which closes the through-flow direction of air. Then the air is pocketsa out through the vent hole 24. At this point, the dust present in the produced air is filtered by the filter 91, whereupon the dust collected by the dust collecting container 51.

Over time, the amount of dust in the dust collecting container 51 is gradually increased. Work on cleaning stops when the robot cleaner 20 stops its movement or disables the generator excitation rarefaction. At this point, the valve element 65 of the dust collection unit 51 closes the open end of the intake tube 63, turning down under the action of its own weight. Therefore, the filtered dust cannot flow back into the air suction channel 22. The user can check the amount of dust collected in the dust collecting container 51, opening the door 25 dust collection chamber 23. In addition, the door 25 is made of a transparent material so that the user easily control the amount of collected dust without opening the door 25.

In accordance with the present invention, there are two ways to delete (S3) dust collected in the dust collecting container 51. One involves removing the dust collector 51, and the other using a vacuum cleaner or a portable filter without removing the dust collection unit 51. You can select (S4) any of these methods. When the dust removed (S6) using a portable filter, first open the door 25 dust collection chamber 23. Then connect a portable filter that is they way what air suction channel 11 portable filter is aligned with perevypustim hole 67 of the bag 51. After that you can quickly and easily remove the dust in the dust collecting container 51.

However, when the portable filter is ineffective or, for example, goes down, removed the dust, removing (S5) a dust collector 51. The dust collecting container 51 is removed from the dust collection chamber 23, just grabbing the node 71 of the handle, is made on the top cover of the bag. Opening the cover 55 of the dust collection unit 51, easily removed (S7) the dust in the dust collecting container 51. Then re-connect (S8) cover 55 and reinstall (S8) a dust collector 51 in the dust collection chamber 23, returning it to its original state, which can again remove dust above methods.

In Fig. 6 presents a perspective image of the dust collection unit corresponding to another particular variant of implementation of the present invention.

The dust collecting container 51 contains a sealing element 100 to close the seal or opening pylevidnogo holes 67 on the housing of the dust collector 53.

Sealing element 100 has a flange handle 110 for ease of use of the sealing element 100. The sealing element 100 is selected by dense planting on the outer circumference pylevidnogo holes 67 for ware is possible to close perevypusku hole 67 to seal it. With this purpose, the sealing element 100 is preferably made of an elastic material such as rubber.

When the robot cleaner 20 is open, the sealing element closes tightly perevypusku hole 67. Therefore, preventing contamination of the inner space of the dust collection chamber 23 (2) dust collected in the dust collecting container 51, through its leakage through perevypusku hole 67. In addition, loss efforts suction imparted perevypustim hole 67, is also prevented. To remove the dust collected in the dust collecting container 51, the user opens the sealing element 100, using flanged handle 110, and connects the suction channel of the conventional vacuum cleaner (not shown) or a portable filter, to ensure the absorption of the collected dust, thereby cleaning the dust collection unit 51.

As shown in Fig.6, the sealing element 100 can be installed on a dense planting on the outer circumference pylevidnogo holes 67 for closing seal this pylevidnogo holes 67. However, the sealing element 100 can also be installed on the inner circumference pylevidnogo holes 67.

In accordance with a specific implementation options described above, the dust collected in the robot cleaner, you can remove it with ease.

In addition, the dust collecting container 51 can is istit conventional vacuum cleaners, already available in your home or office, but do not remove the dust box 51 small capacity from the robot vacuum cleaner every time for cleaning.

In addition, in accordance with the method of dust removal in accordance with the present invention, the user need not directly be soiled by dust or dirt. A dust collector 51 of robot vacuum cleaner brush conventional vacuum cleaner, and the user empties ordinary paper bag vacuum cleaner, when the paper bag is filled.

Although the invention is illustrated and described with reference to the accompanying drawings of a preferred specific variants of its implementation, specialists in the art will understand that within the essence and scope of the claims of the invention, which is limited by the attached claims, various changes in form and detail.

1. The dust box of the robot cleaner, comprising a housing dust box made with air intake opening and perevypustim hole and mounted in the dust chamber robot vacuum cleaner with the ability to extract from it, and the cover located in the opening of the housing of the dust collector with the possibility of reading from it for removal from the lessons of the dust collection chamber of the body of the dust collector dust in the cap holds the vent hole.

2. A dust collector according to claim 1, which is connected with the body the bag the cover contains a filter to prevent the release of collected dust through the vent hole.

3. A dust collector according to claim 1, in which case dust collector node contains the intake tube, which is inside of the air intake holes, and the node handle, which is adjacent to perevypushchena the hole.

4. A dust collector according to claim 2, in which case dust collector node contains the intake tube, which is inside of the air intake holes, and the node handle, which is adjacent to perevypushchena the hole.

5. A dust collector according to claim 4, in which the aperture node intake tube made valve element, which under the action of its own weight closes the hole site, air intake tube, and the valve element is opened by air pressure when the air flows through the intake port.

6. A dust collector according to claim 1, in which perevypusku hole provided with a sealing element.

7. A dust collector according to claim 6, in which the sealing element is made of elastic material for a tight fit in perevypusku hole.

8. A dust collector according to claim 6, in which the sealing element has a flange handle for easy separation from pylevidnogo holes.

Priority items:

24.07.2003 according to claims 1-5;

14.05.2004 on PP-8.



 

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Vacuum cleaner // 2257830

FIELD: mechanical engineering, in particular, vacuum cleaning equipment.

SUBSTANCE: vacuum cleaner is of the type to be selectively used with dust catcher of larger capacity equipped with bag and cyclone-type dust catcher of lower capacity, in accordance with characteristics of space to be cleaned, with the use of one suction brush, i.e., by selectively connecting dust catcher with bag and cyclone-type dust catcher to one suction brush. Vacuum cleaner has one suction brush with suction opening adapted for contacting with surface to be cleaned, and device for creating vacuum and suction force in suction opening. One end of vacuumizing device is connected to air suction opening and other end of said device is connected to dust catching device adapted for separating dust and air contaminants from air flow sucked through air suction channel. Dust catching device comprises cyclone-type dust catcher provided with dust chamber and designed for causing sucked air swirling to thereby separate dust and air contaminants from air flow by means of centrifuging force created by swirling air flow, and dust catcher provided with dust bag of larger volume than dust chamber of cyclone-type dust catcher and adapted for causing sucked air to pass through dust bag to thereby provide filtering of dust and air contaminants. Suction brush is further equipped with retainer for detachable fastening of cyclone-type dust catcher or dust catcher equipped with bag to suction brush. Cyclone-type dust catcher or dust catcher with bag may be used in alternation according to characteristics of space to be cleaned.

EFFECT: increased efficiency and wider operational capabilities.

10 cl, 8 dwg

FIELD: mechanical engineering.

SUBSTANCE: robot-vacuum cleaner has adjustable brush whose height is automatically regulated in accordance with state of surface to be cleaned. Housing of robot-vacuum cleaner has control part programmed for controlling robot-vacuum cleaner to provide for automatic displacement and cleaning of floor surface to be cleaned in accordance with predetermined values, driven part which is actuated in accordance with control signal delivered from control part, dust sucking part adapted for catching and collecting of dust with the help of electric engine designed for creating suction force, and receptacle part of pivot joint, said part protruding toward surface of floor to be cleaned. Brush casing has protrusion of pivot joint, rotationally connected with said receptacle part of pivot joint, and suction channel connected in sealing relation to housing part adapted for dust suction. Brush casing rotates upward and downward relative to receptacle part of pivot joint in accordance with state of floor surface to be cleaned. Brush of robot-vacuum cleaner is positioned for rotation between its casing and cover. Brush cover retaining means has at least one retaining member mounted within brush cover for rotation therein, extending through opening adapted for mounting of retainer and defined within brush cover, said retaining member being adapted for rotation in clockwise and counterclockwise directions and comprising retainer including long axis and short axis at its one end and round handling portion at its other end. Round handling portion is designed for rotating retainer between retaining position and releasing position. Brush cover retaining means has at least one retaining opening whose position corresponds to position of brush cover retaining member and whose shape also corresponds to shape of retainer.

EFFECT: increased efficiency by keeping predetermined distance between brush and floor surface regardless of characteristics of floor surface, and simplified and convenient brush maintenance.

10 cl, 7 dwg

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