Title of Invention

SHOWER SYSTEM HAVING A PERMANENTLY INSTALLED HEAD NOZZLE ARRANGED OVER A SHOWERING AREA

Abstract A shower arrangement designated to be affixed to a showering area comprises an arced hollow section inside of which is a water line to a head nozzle at the top area of the arc. The arced hollow section has two preferably parallel legs that are both affixed to a wall. The arrangement can be affixed between two abutting walls, between two parallel walls, or also in front of a single wall.
Full Text Description
Shower Arrangement
The invention is based on a shower arrangement having a permanently installed
head nozzle arranged over a showering area.
In a known shower arrangement of this kind (U.S. 2,336,402), a showering area is
disposed as a cabin having three side walls. Pipes run vertically upward in the
corners of the showering area and meet at a head nozzle above the middle of the
showering area. Side nozzles are affixed to the vertical pipes.
To be understood as a "showering area" is a location where a user showers either
sitting or standing. It can be a shower stall, shower cell or a place in a bathtub.
Such a shower area also has an approximate center. The center can be a
geometric center.
The invention is based on the task of creating a shower arrangement that has a
simple design and can be used for different types of showering areas.
To solve this task, the invention proposes a shower arrangement with the features
cited in claim 1. Developments of the invention are the subject of subclaims.
The shower arrangement hence contains an arced hollow section that ends in two
legs. These two legs are connected with a cross-member to yield a stirrup shape.
The cross-member can be arced to produce a U shape. It can also deviate from
the arced form up to forming a straight line. It does not need to exactly contact the
top ends of the legs and can be a certain distance from them. A nozzle is affixed to
the cross-member such that it approximately lies over the center of the showering
area.
Both legs lie at least partially in a plane, and the plane of both legs can be different.
This arrangement enables a nozzle, especially designed as a head nozzle, to be
affixed above the center of the showering area. No additional holders are
necessary with the exception of the arced hollow section.
It is conceivable to use the bottom ends of two legs to affix the shower
arrangement. In an advantageous development of the invention, the two legs are
especially designated for being permanently affixed to a wall or another vertical
arrangement. Since the legs lie at least partially within a plane, they can be very
easily affixed to a vertical surface. They can be affixed directly to the wall, or at a
certain distance from the wail. Among other things, this depends on the type of
hollow section, for example, if the section is flat or round.
The nozzle can for example be oriented over the middle of the showering area with
an arm. It is particularly advisable, however, when the cross-member of the arced
hollow section is arranged so that it runs over the center of the showering area.
It has already been mentioned that the two legs do not have to lie in the same
plane. In another embodiment of the invention, both legs lie in the same plane.
Another possible leg design is for the legs to lie in parallel planes.
It is particularly advisable when the entire arced hollow section lies in one plane
according to the invention.
In another possible embodiment proposed by the invention, the cross-member can
bend out of the plane of at least one leg, and preferably out of the plane of both
legs.
According to the invention, both legs can be straight. This is the simplest
manufacturing possibility that also offers the widest variety of uses.
The invention proposes that at least one leg of the shower arrangement and
preferably both legs are provided with at least one nozzle. These can be small,
space-saving side nozzles.
At least one nozzle can preferably be supplied by a water line within the hollow
section. It is of course also conceivable to affix a separate water line for example to
the outside of the arced hollow section. For visual reasons, however, it is
preferable for the water line to be disposed within the arced hollow section. This is
all more desirable since the fitting housing is directly connected with one leg of the
arced hollow section.
Additional features, details and preferences of the invention are found in the
following description of preferred embodiments of the invention, the claims,
abstract and drawing. The wording of the claims and abstract is made part of the
description by means of reference. The following figures are shown:
Fig. 1 a schematic arrangement according to the invention over the corner
in a shower stall;
Fig. 2 the shower arrangement proposed by the invention in a shower stall
with two parallel walls;
Fig. 3 a schematic arrangement of an arced hollow section in front of an
individual wall;
Fig. 4 a simplified representation of a front view of a shower arrangement;
Fig. 5 a top view of a shower arrangement whose front view would
correspond to Fig. 4;
Fig. 6 a front view corresponding to Fig. 4 of an embodiment with diverging
legs;
Fig. 7 a top view of the arrangement in Fig. 6;
Fig. 8 a top view corresponding to Fig. 5 and 7 of another embodiment;
Fig. 9 a top view of an arrangement similar to Fig. 3;
Fig. 10 a front view corresponding to Fig. 4 and 6 of another embodiment;
Fig. 11 A top view corresponding to Fig. 9 of the arrangement in Fig. 10.
Fig. 1 shows a schematic overview of how the shower arrangement according to
the invention can be affixed in a shower stall with walls and a floor. The shower
arrangement has a first leg 1 that is straight in the portrayed example and therefore
lies in a plane. Leg 1 is provided with fitting housing 2 that is at operating height. In
the portrayed example, leg 1 extends out of the top and bottom of the fitting
housing 2. Even if leg 1 is not designed as a continuous pipe within the fitting
housing, this impression is provided by the arrangement. Leg 1 therefore runs
above and below the fitting housing 2 in a line.
The shower arrangement has a second leg 3 that is also straight in the portrayed
example. It accordingly also lies in a plane. In the simplest case portrayed here,
both legs 1,3 are parallel and therefore lie in the same plane.
The top areas of the two legs 1, 3 are connected by a cross-member 4 that does
not need to be designed as a straight part but can consist of several angled or bent
parts. To be understood as a "cross-member" is the part that connects the two legs
to each other. In its top area, cross-member 4 is provided with nozzle 5, preferably
a head nozzle that sprays directly downward.
The first leg 1 is affixed to a wall 6 of the shower stall at a distance from the corner
7 that connects this wall 6 with the second wall 8.
The second leg 3 of the shower arrangement is also affixed to a wall 8, i.e., the
wall 8 joined to the first wall 6 via corner 7. The second leg 3 is also affixed at a
distance from the corner 7. The cross-member 4 therefore runs almost diagonally
across the showering area so that its top lies directly above the approximate
middle of the showering area.
Legs 1,3 and cross-member 4 are designed as a continuous hollow section so that
water proceeding from the fitting housing 2 can be guided through the inside of the
hollow section to the head nozzle 5. Fittings which will not be further described are
disposed within fitting housing 2, and said fittings can be operated by means of an
operating element 9. Individual side nozzles 11 directed inward are disposed on
both straight legs 1,3.
The hollow section provided with the fitting housing 2 can not only be arranged
over a comer in a shower stall where the comer does not need to be a right angle,
the hollow section can also be connected to two walls that do not join at a corner
as shown in Fig. 2. Two walls 6,8 are indicated that are connected via a third wall
12. In particular, walls 6,8 can be parallel. In this case as well, the shower
arrangement can be screwed to the two walls so that the cross-member 4 crossing
the approximate middle of the showering area.
The same arrangement is used in Fig. 1 and 2. In this instance, the entire arced
hollow section lies in one plane. The legs are straight and parallel. Fig. 3 shows an
embodiment in which the two legs 1,3 are also straight and parallel as well as lying
in the same plane. However, the cross-member bends outside of the plane in
which the two legs 1,3 lie. This arrangement can be affixed in front of an individual
wall so that the nozzle 5 is disposed far enough from wall 6 to allow a showering
area to also be formed in this instance. The plan view of the shower arrangement
in Fig. 3 approximately corresponds to that in Fig. 9.
The following figures show highly simplified options of how the arced hollow
section can be designed. The fitting housing 2 is sometimes left out. In addition,
the cross-member 4 is always designed as a straight part. Fig. 4 and 5 show a
front and top view of the simplest design where both legs 1,3 are straight and
parallel, i.e., in the same plane, and where cross-member 4 also lies in the same
plane. This corresponds to the arrangement in Fig. 1 and 2 apart from the fact that
the cross-member is straight in this instance.
The front view of Fig. 4 also corresponds to the arrangement in Fig. 3.
Fig. 6 and 7 show an arrangement in which the arced hollow section lies in a plane
with two legs 1,3 and cross-member 4; however, the two legs 1,3 are not parallel.
For visual reasons, such an arrangement can be recommendable. With the
arrangement in Fig. 6, it is of course also possible to design the cross-member as
in the arrangement in Fig. 3.
Fig. 8 shows another possible arrangement in which the two legs 1,3 are parallel
viewed from the front, but not from the top. In this embodiment, the two legs 1,3 lie
in parallel planes. This arrangement could for example be affixed as shown in Fig.
2.
Fig. 9 shows a top view that for example corresponds to Fig. 3. However, an
arrangement with two diverging legs 1,3 as in Fig. 6 could be designed so that the
cross-member 4 is bend forward out of the plane of the two legs 1,3.
Fig. 10 shows a front view of an embodiment in which the two legs 1,3 converge.
Fig. 11 shows a top view of the arrangement in Fig. 10 from which it can be seen
that the two legs also converge to the rear. Both legs 1,3 also lie in their own plane,
and the planes of the two legs do not coincide. Such an arrangement can for
example be affixed in a corner where the angle between the two planes of the two
legs 1,3 corresponds with the corner angle.

Claims
1. Shower arrangement, with
1.1 a fitting housing (2),
1.2 an arced hollow section having
1.2.1 a first leg (1) that lies at least partially in a plane and is provided with
a fitting housing (2),
1.2.2 a second leg (3) lying at least partially in a plane, and
1.2.3 a cross-member (4) that connects the top ends of the legs (1,3), and
having
1.3 a nozzle (5) that
1.3.1 is affixed to cross-member (4) above the center of the showering area
assigned to the shower arrangement.
2. Shower arrangement according to claim 1, in which the two legs (1,3) are
especially designated to be permanently affixed to a wall (6,8).
3. Shower arrangement according to claim 1 or 2, in which the cross-member
(4) is guided over the middle of the showering area.
4. Shower arrangement according to one of the prior claims, in which the two
legs (1,3) lie in the same plane.
5. Shower arrangement according to one of claims 1 to 3, in which the two legs
(1,3) lie in parallel planes.
6. Shower arrangement according to one of claims 1 to 4, in which the entire
hollow section lies in a plane.
7. Shower arrangement according to one of claims 1 to 5, in which the cross-
member (4) bends out of the plane of at least one leg (1,3).
8. Shower arrangement according to one of the prior claims, in which both legs
(1,3) are straight.
9. Shower arrangement according to one of the prior claims, in which both legs
(1,3) are provided with nozzles (11).
10. Shower arrangement according to one of the prior claims, with at least one
water line inside the arced hollow section.

A shower arrangement designated to be affixed to a showering area comprises an
arced hollow section inside of which is a water line to a head nozzle at the top area
of the arc. The arced hollow section has two preferably parallel legs that are both
affixed to a wall. The arrangement can be affixed between two abutting walls,
between two parallel walls, or also in front of a single wall.

Documents:

1343-KOLNP-2004-(31-10-2011)-CORRESPONDENCE.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-(31-10-2011)-OTHERS.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-ABSTRACT-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-ABSTRACT-1.2.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-abstract.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-AMANDED CLAIMS-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-AMANDED CLAIMS.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-claims.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-CORRESPONDENCE-1.1.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-correspondence.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-DESCRIPTION (COMPLETE)-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-DESCRIPTION (COMPLETE)-1.2.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-description (complete).pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-DRAWINGS-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-DRAWINGS-1.2.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-drawings.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-EXAMINATION REPORT REPLY RECIEVED.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 1-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 1-1.2.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-form 1.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-form 18.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 2-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 2-1.2.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-form 2.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 3-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 3-1.2.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-form 3.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-FORM 5-1.1.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-form 5.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-OTHERS-1.1.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-OTHERS-1.2.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-PA.pdf

1343-KOLNP-2004-PETITION UNDER RULE 137.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-specification.pdf

1343-kolnp-2004-translated copy of priority document.pdf


Patent Number 248651
Indian Patent Application Number 1343/KOLNP/2004
PG Journal Number 31/2011
Publication Date 05-Aug-2011
Grant Date 01-Aug-2011
Date of Filing 13-Sep-2004
Name of Patentee HANGROHE AG
Applicant Address AUESTRASSE 5-9, 77761 SCHILTACH
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 DIMITRIADIS ANDREAS IN DEN WEINGĂ„RTEN 14/1, 73547 LORCH, DEUTSCHLAND
2 SCHĂ–NHEERR TOM ARGONNENSTRASSE 22, 70374 STUTTGART, DEUTSCHLAND
3 HAUG ANDREAS FRANKLINSTRASSE 77, 70435, STUTTGART, DEUTSCHLAND
PCT International Classification Number A47K 3/28
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP2004/000655
PCT International Filing date 2004-01-27
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 103 05 786.2 2003-02-06 Germany