Distributed control system for hydro-massage bath

FIELD: personal demand items.

SUBSTANCE: control system includes main controller 42 with many outlets for connection of first microprocessor 44 with a set of elements 38, 56-58 User interface 62 is specialised and unique for certain model of plumbing fixtures; it holds master programme which is meant for control of certain elements of this certain model Main controller 42 is common and may be used for a number of different models of plumbing fixtures with various sets of elements 38, 56-58 After commands are entered by user, master programme is transferred to the main controller and configures it for operation with certain model of plumbing fixtures.

EFFECT: possibility to control a set of hydro-massage baths using elements common for various models

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The technical field

The present invention relates to plumbing fixtures such as hot showers and hot tubs, and, in particular, to systems operation control elements hot shower or hot bath.

Prior art

Hot showers and hot tubs provide therapeutic massage effect due to the supply of water through multiple nozzles in the side of the tub to create a recirculating turbulent flow of water. Water from the bath is removed through the drain into the pump and then forcibly fed through a nozzle to create jets of water in the tub. Air can be added to the circulating water through each nozzle air flow is regulated to enhance turbulence and massaging action of the water exiting the nozzles. Often each nozzle can be rotated to the direction of the water jet to the desired area of the body of the person taking the bath. Some nozzles will even allow regulation of water flow or air flow, mixed with water.

Valves are used to create a pulsating stream of water, which provides a massage effect, repeating rhythmic effect on the fabric produced by the masseur or masseuse. The water flow can be fed sequentially through p is the sequence of the nozzles to ensure progressive stimulation along the spine receiving tub user, what, in particular, relaxes the back and neck of the person.

To reinforce the impression from bathing, lamps, installed under water, you can control the emission of light of variable intensity and color.

Manufacturer of hot tubs manufactures a line of products that contains several models, starting with the one which has the most basic functions, and then to the top of the models with the full set of functions. Top of the line model allows the user taking a bath, activate the selected nozzle and set the picture thread for different groups of nozzles.

Each model hot tubs has a controller to control various elements, i.e. valves, pumps, heater, lighting, etc. in accordance with signals from the operator control panel, usually installed on the rim of the tub. Because different models have different combinations of elements, the controller and the control panel must be unique for each specific model.

The invention

The technical task of the present invention is to provide a control system for hot tubs, containing a sequence of coordinated controllers and operator control panels for hot tubs, in which it is desirable, wherever possible, to use the common elements for rannikolla hot tubs, to reduce the number of different elements that need to be developed and produced.

The task is solved according to the invention by creating a management system for sanitary equipment, such as hot tubs, containing many elements, running on electric power, the control system contains the master controller and the input controller. The main controller includes a first microprocessor, a first memory unit connected to the first microprocessor, and multiple outputs, connecting the first microprocessor with many elements of plumbing. The input controller includes an input device through which a user of the sanitary equipment may enter commands for selective control of many elements. An input device connected to the input controller, which contains a second microprocessor connected to the second memory block. In the second block memory stores a first program for performing a second microprocessor for processing commands from the input device, and stores the second program to perform the first microprocessor to control many elements. The transfer mechanism is intended to move the second program from the first memory block in the second memory block after activation of si is management issues.

This configuration of the control system only provides input to the controller control circuit to be unique to specific models of hot tubs. Only this podagrica consists of hardware and software adapted to the specific model of the hot tubs. A scheme of the main controller and software that is permanently stored in it are General and suitable for managing any of the many models of hot tubs.

Brief description of drawings

The invention is further explained in the description of the preferred variant of the embodiment with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 depicts a General view of the hot tub according to the invention;

Figure 2 - block diagram of the control circuit of the hot tub according to the invention.

A detailed description of the preferred variant embodiment of the invention

Hot tub 10 (figure 1) contains the actual tub 12 having many traditional hot nozzles 14, projecting from the inner side wall 16. The bottom of the tub has a standard drain hole 18. At one end of the bath on the end wall 20 posted by many nozzles 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, arranged in pairs. Four pairs 21, 22, 23 and 24 nozzles placed one above the other, and the fifth pair of nozzles 25 is located horizontally on both sides of the t fourth pair of nozzles 24. As will be described, the flow of water through each pair of nozzles 21-25 controlled by separate valve that allows you to adjust the water flow independently of other pairs of nozzles.

Soft cushion 30 is attached to the side of the end wall 20 of the bath. Cushion 30 has an external coating of vinyl material and soft filling inside. Cushion 30 has a Central recess that is separate removable cushion 32. Cushion 32 has a U-shaped inner spacer of elastic material, which takes the form of a neck of a user taking a bath.

Strip covered with a membrane of a porous fabric to form the cushion rectangular shape, which allows the flow of water to pass through it from the nozzles under the pillow. Additional valves independently control the flow of water through the pillow in pulsed or continuous mode for massaging the neck receiving tub.

Panel 34 controls mounted on the rim of the tub 12 and is part of the circuit 40 controls (figure 2). An alternative to the hot tub, which is installed in the hole in the console for the bath panel 34 of the control can be located on the console next to the hot tub. Panel 34 of the control, in particular, is part of the input controller 35, which is electrically connected with the main controller 42 that are located remotely from PA who ate 34 management in a separate housing 43 in the bathroom next to the valves, the pump and other elements of the hot tub running on electricity. Panel 34 of the control used by the receiving tub to select various functions and elements of the hot tub 10 that are to be activated, and this selection is transmitted to the main controller 42, which controls the operation of these elements.

The main controller 42 includes a first microcomputer 45, which has a first microprocessor 44 that executes a program stored in non-volatile first memory block of the 48. In the first block 48 memory also stores data used by these programs. The first circuit 50 input/output (I / O) are interfaces between the sensors, such as sensor 36 water level set in the side wall 16 of the tub and other input devices and the first microprocessor 44. When the program is run the first microprocessor 44 are formed output signals that are processed by a set of output circuits 52-55 for the inclusion of elements of the hot tub 10. One of these output signals is processed output circuit 52 of the pump to control the pump 56 hot tubs. The other group of output signals fed to the circuit 53, which control the valves 57, control water flow in the hot nozzles. Another output signal from the first microprocessor 44 is supplied to the circuit 54 controls the heater is, which controls the heater to the hot tub. Can be used with other types of output circuits, such as circuit 55 lighting control, which receives output signals to control the operation of lighting devices 38 in the hot tub.

The main controller 42 processes the control commands received from the input controller 35 through line 60 connected. The input controller 35 includes a user interface 62 on the panel 34 input, with which the receiving tub selects various functions to be activated, and the intensity or other parameters of the selected function. The user interface 62 generates an input command to the second microcomputer 63, which has a second microprocessor 64 executing the program stored in the nonvolatile second block 66 memory, which controls the operation of the input controller 35. The second microcomputer 63 has a second circuit 68 I/O, which serve as the interface between the second microprocessor 64 and the user interface 62 and a line 60 connected. The second microprocessor 64 responds to input commands from the user interface 62, generates control commands that are sent by line 60 links on the main controller 42. The control commands are received by the first microprocessor 44.

The main controller 42 processes the input signal is Aly, set by the operator directly from the wireless remote controller 70 remote control, which is similar to the devices commonly used in household electronic equipment. Wireless controller 70 remote control contains many switches 72 for a variety of hot features. The switches 72 are connected to the encoder 74, which generates a control command that indicates which of the switches activated by receiving a bath. This management team is modulated at the carrier radio frequency (RF) transmitter 76 that generates and transmits a signal 78 remote control. The signal 78 remote control is detected by the RF receiver 80 in the main controller 42, which receives the control command and sends it to the input of the first microprocessor 44.

The main controller 42 is common to many different models of hot tubs with different combinations of features and elements 38, 56-58. In the first block 48 memory in the main controller 42 continuously stored program to activate and control all elements used in any models of hot tubs. In particular, the first block of memory contains software drivers for different types of pumps, valves, heaters, lighting fixtures and other devices. Thus, no matter how specific the second model hot tubs installed master controller 42, it has all the programs of the software system to trigger a specific output device implemented in this model. Similarly, in the first block 48 memory permanently stores programs for processing input signals received by the first circuits 50 I/O from the sensors, the input controller 35 and the RF receiver 80. Various programs of the input, output and communications stored in memory, are generally used in a number of different models of hot tubs, which can be installed in the main controller 42.

In contrast, the main controller 42, the input controller 35 is designed for specific models of hot tubs. In other words, the user interface 62 and the other elements of the input controller 35 are intended only for functions used in this particular model. The second block 66 memory includes software for converting signals from the user interface 62 in the control commands available for hot functions. Therefore, for each model, hot tubs, formed a separate version of the input controller 35.

The second block 66 memory input controller 35 also contains a program for performing the first microprocessor 44 to the main controller 42. This control program is also designed for a particular model is idromassage baths, because it must be adapted to control features and elements available in this particular model. After activation circuit 40 of the control program of the main controller, stored in the second block 66 memory, is transferred from the input controller 35 in the first block 48 memory in the main controller 42. This transfer is performed by the second microprocessor 64, sequentially accesses each memory cell in the second block 66 memory and reads the corresponding program instruction. The program instructions are transmitted over line 60 leads to the microprocessor 44, which sequentially stores the instructions in the section of the first block 48 memory in the main controller 42. The activation circuit 40 of the control that starts the transfer of the program, may be due to power supply from the power lines of a building in a hot tub 10, the activation of the power switch on the panel 34 input receiving tub or any other action that is carried out at the beginning of the use of hot tubs.

This transfer software stored in the second block 66 memory, configures the master controller 42 on the specific model of the hot tubs. As a result, only the input controller 35 circuit 40 controls should be designed for specific models of hot tubs. CX is mA main controller 42 and the software, permanently stored in it are General and suitable for managing any of the many models of hot tubs. However, it should be understood that if a particular model hot tubs do not have a specific item, such as a heater 58, the corresponding output line of the circuits 52-55 control output will not be connected. This greatly simplifies the manufacture of the control circuit of the hot tub and reduces the number of different parts that need to produce and maintain in the registry.

The above description mainly devoted to a preferred variant embodiment of the invention. Although some attention was given to various alternatives within the scope of the invention. It is obvious that the person skilled in the art can realize additional alternatives that the disclosure of the embodiments of the invention. Accordingly, the scope of the invention should be determined by the following claims and not limited to the above disclosure.

1. Control system for sanitary equipment, which has many elements, running on electricity, containing the main controller having a first microprocessor, a first memory unit connected to the first microprocessor, and multiple outputs, connecting the first ICRI is a processor with multiple elements, the input controller having an input device through which the command input by the user of the sanitary equipment for selective control of multiple elements connected to the second microprocessor, which is connected to the second memory block containing the first program to the second microprocessor for processing commands from the input device, the second memory block containing a second program to perform the first microprocessor to control many elements, and a transfer mechanism that is designed to move the second program from the second memory block in the first memory block after activation of the control system.

2. The control system according to claim 1, characterized in that the transfer mechanism is intended to move the second program from the second memory block in the first memory block after the power supply to the control system.

3. The control system according to claim 1, characterized in that the transfer mechanism is intended to move the second program from the second memory block in the first memory block after the introduction of the commands in the input device by the user.

4. The control system according to claim 1, characterized in that the first block of memory is a nonvolatile memory.

5. The control system according to claim 1, characterized in that the second block of memory with the holding of a software program to control a number of elements.

6. The control system according to claim 1, wherein the main controller is common to control many models of sanitary equipment, with different sets of elements, the input controller is designed for one of the many models of plumbing, and the second program is designed to control only those elements on one of the models of sanitary equipment.

7. The control system according to claim 1, wherein the main controller is placed in a separate housing remotely from the input controller.

8. The method of controlling a hot tub, containing many elements, running on electricity, which consists in the fact that they use the main controller, which has a first microprocessor,
the first memory block connected to the first microprocessor, and multiple outputs, connecting the first microprocessor with many items,
use an input controller that has an input device with which a user hot tubs can enter input commands to control many of the elements connected to the second microprocessor, which is connected to the second memory block,
keep the first program and the second program in the second memory block, after activation of the control system is transferred into is that the program from the second memory block in the first memory block,
execute the first program by the second microprocessor for processing input commands from the input device and transmitting the control command to the main controller,
perform a second program by the first microprocessor to control many elements in accordance with the control commands.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein upon activation of the control system serves the electric power management system.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein upon activation of the control system, the user manipulates the input device.



 

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