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(11)EP 2 688 455 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
19.10.2016 Bulletin 2016/42

(21)Application number: 12725532.1

(22)Date of filing:  20.03.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A47L 15/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/NL2012/050173
(87)International publication number:
WO 2012/134270 (04.10.2012 Gazette  2012/40)

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CLEANING DEVICE FOR DRINKING GLASSES AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

REINIGUNGSVORRICHTUNG FÜR TRINKGLÄSER UND ENTSPRECHENDES VERFAHREN

DISPOSITIF DE NETTOYAGE POUR DES VERRES À BOIRE ET PROCÉDÉ ASSOCIÉ


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 20.03.2011 NL 2006432

(43)Date of publication of application:
29.01.2014 Bulletin 2014/05

(73)Proprietor: Coöperatieve Vereniging Speedy Glass Cleaner U.A.
5224 CJ 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

(72)Inventor:
  • TIMMERMANS, Gerardus Jan Maria
    5224 CJ 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

(74)Representative: Huygens, Arthur Victor 
Octrooibureau Huygens P.O. Box 86
3400 AB IJsselstein
3400 AB IJsselstein (NL)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2008/007876
DE-A1- 1 503 730
DE-A1- 2 602 707
FR-A- 1 440 595
GB-A- 2 245 822
WO-A1-2011/005089
DE-A1- 2 329 805
DE-A1- 2 614 172
GB-A- 1 142 607
US-A- 3 315 294
  
  • Anonymous: "Flaschenbürsten Set", Internet Article , 1 October 2010 (2010-10-01), XP002662472, Retrieved from the Internet: URL:http://web.archive.org/web/20101001060 821/http://www.manufactum.de/Produkt/17253 9/753435/FlaschenbuerstenSet.html [retrieved on 2011-10-31]
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description


[0001] This invention relates to a cleaning device for cleaning containers, such as drinking glasses, which is suitable to be immersed partially or fully in a cleaning solution, with a plurality of vertical cylindrical brushes, over which a drinking glass and the like can be placed to be scrubbed on the inside and outside. This device comprises a basic housing with an essentially complementary upper section and lower section, surrounding a hollow space in which a plurality of engaging, horizontally mounted rotatable gearwheels are positioned, whereupon each time an axially extending socket is installed for a cylindrical brush, as well as a tube-shaped housing, which is positioned essentially vertically at the end of the basic housing, wherein the tube-shaped housing houses an electric motor and a drive shaft, wherein the drive shaft is connected at one end to the electric motor and extends at the other end into the basic housing, wherein at this other end a driving pinion is positioned which is connected optionally through an idler gear with one of the rotatable gears, and wherein the cylindrical brushes are detachably connected with the respective sockets.

[0002] A device of this type is known from GB 1,142,607 and is used in particular in hotels and restaurants and in mass catering. Such a device is activated by means of an electric switch or by pressing one of the brushes when placing a glass for cleaning.

[0003] Published patent application DE 26 14 572 discloses a cleaning device for glasses and the like which comprises electrically driven movable brushes, wherein the power is switched on and off by means of a light barrier such as a sensor, which is positioned on either side of a rinsing-tube which houses the cleaning device.

[0004] US 3,638,268 discloses a device for cleaning and polishing drinking glasses with a submersible motor and heating means, wherein the water supply is connected directly to the device, and wherein the housing and gears are made of synthetic material and the rinse water provides lubrication of the gearwheels. The axes of the brushes are fixed on the driving sockets by means of a bayonet joint.

[0005] NL 1020423 discloses a rinsing device for the manual cleaning of drinking glasses with a small number of fixed cylindrical brushes, which are positioned vertically side by side, wherein the water supply is regulated automatically by means of an electronic switch which is controlled by detecting the movements or actions made during the cleaning of the drinking glasses.

[0006] EP-A-0 674 871 discloses rinsing brushes, with slightly tapered axes to allow effective cleaning of glasses of various sizes.

[0007] Rinsing and polishing devices for drinking containers, in particular drinking glasses, have been known for a long time and are being used on a large scale in many ways. One of the problems in the state of the art which has not, or insufficiently, been solved is that the glasses need to be cleaned properly on the inside and outside, so that no lipstick, greasy edges and the like remain. In order to solve this problem a rinsing device is effectively provided with a variety of rotating brushes, with a glass placed on the first rotating brush to clean the inside, while the other rotating brushes which surround the first brush scrub the outside at the same time. A drawback of the rotating brushing systems of the state of the art is that the electric drive of the brushes needs to be either operated manually, or by pressing one of the brushes when placing a glass. In the former case the brushes will rotate almost permanently, because the switch cannot be turned on and off again and again by the operator during the job. In the latter case the version with a pressure switch in the water under a brush is considerably more expensive and the risk of mechanical failure is much larger.

[0008] The purpose of the present invention is to solve this problem by providing an improved device for cleaning drinking glasses and the like which is semi-automatic, durable, easy to clean and cost effective.

[0009] According to the invention this objective is achieved by providing a cleaning device for cleaning drinking glasses and the like of the aforementioned type, wherein the electric motor which drives the brushes is activated and deactivated by means of a sensor, wherein the sensor is fitted on the upper side of or on the tube-shaped housing.

[0010] In a first preferred embodiment the sensor also activates and deactivates a water-metering system, which can be used in combination with the said device. Such a water-metering system with sensor activation is described in great detail in NL1020423.

[0011] It is effective and therefore preferred if deactivation of the electric motor and, optionally, the water-metering system takes place with a variable lag time.

[0012] The sensor is fitted on or at the tube-shaped housing of the cleaning device so that it detects the movements of the operator at the rinsing-tub, when the operator comes close to the brushes of the device with glasses.

[0013] According to a preferred embodiment the electric motor during each activation is driven such that it rotates in opposite direction as compared to the preceding activation. In this way the brushes will keep their original shape as much as possible and will wear out evenly. As a motor, usually a suitable and for this purpose common power source is used, preferably of a type which works on a 12 or 24 V voltage, driven by a transformer which is connected to the mains. Preferably a 'slow start' is implemented on the motor, as well as a run-out, so that the brushes will not start or stop abruptly, which is much more comfortable when in use. The motor is preferably equipped with a device which prevents overloading.

[0014] The device according to the invention preferably comprises five to eight brushes, wherein one or two brushes are placed centrally and are surrounded by the other brushes. In this way the operator will be able to clean one or two glasses at the same time. It is effective if at least the axes of one of the central brushes or of both central brushes are tapered towards the free end, so that glasses of various shapes are cleaned effectively at all times. Preferably, the top part of the brushes which are at the free end have softer bristles than the remaining part of the brushes. Preferably, brushes of a type which can be cleaned in an industrial dishwasher are used.

[0015] For cleaning and possibly replacing brushes it is desirable that these brushes can be easily detached and reinstalled in the device. Preferably, the brushes are attached by means of a bayonet joint with corresponding sockets on the driving gears. According to a special embodiment, one or more radial projections turned inwards are mounted in the sockets for the brushes, whereas the brush axes are provided at the end which is connected with the sockets with one or more grooves which are formed in such a way that the projections are fitted into the corresponding grooves of the brushes and then secured by means of a bayonet joint, clockwise as well as anti-clockwise.

[0016] Preferably, the device according to the invention is made of synthetic material for the greater part, which is durable and easy to clean. This applies particularly to the upper and lower section of the basic housing as well as to the tube-shaped housing of the motor and the gears. The upper and lower section may be joined in various ways, and preferably those joints are selected in such a way that both parts may be easily separated to clean the gears and sockets for the brushes and, if necessary, to replace and to rejoin them. For the connection of both sections e.g. nuts and bolts may be used, but also e.g. locking elements of the key type, provided with a pivoted handle, which are inserted at the top of both sections held together and then turned a quarter turn to lock, after which the pivoted handle will be folded in. The bottom of the basic housing usually is provided at the edges or corners with suction cups or feet and the like.

[0017] The tube-shaped housing comprises at least a bottom section and a connecting upper section, which are glued together. The upper section may consist of several parts, e.g. a part which houses the motor and, on top of that, a separate part for the sensor and control electronics.

[0018] In a preferred embodiment, the bottom part of the tube-shaped housing and the top section of the basic housing are made of one piece. To reinforce this construction usually several extra ribs are applied at the foot-end of the tube-shaped housing.

[0019] The gearwheels and sockets for holding the brush axes are also made of one piece. Furthermore, the gearwheels are preferably open, so that as little as possible water, detergent and/or impurities remain on the gearwheels, when the device and/or the water is removed from the rinsing-tub.

[0020] The gearwheels are usually made of nylon or similar synthetic material and do not require extra lubrication when used. The gearwheels preferably rotate on pins of synthetic material or stainless steel, which are mounted through or on the lower section of the basic housing. The gearwheels are driven by a driving pinion, which is positioned at the one end of the drive shaft, whereas the other end usually is connected to the motor via a connection element. The driving pinion usually also rotates on a pin on the lower section of the basic housing and is connected effectively via an idler gear, which is mounted in a similar way, with the gearwheels of the brushes. The driving pinion and idler gear are usually effected in such a way that they reduce the number of revolutions of the motor to the desired value for rotation of the brushes. If desired, the gearwheels of the brushes and the idler gear are locked on the pins, e.g. by means of locking rings.

[0021] The invention also relates to a method for cleaning containers for drinks, such as drinking glasses, wherein essentially a device is used as defined hereinbefore, which device is positioned in a rinsing-tub fully or partially filled with water, wherein each time one or two glasses are placed on the brushes in order to be cleaned, during which the electric motor and optionally the water-metering system are activated and deactivated by means of a sensor when placing or removing the glasses on/from the brushes, wherein the sensor is positioned on the upper side of or on the device so that the sensor detects the movements of the operator at the rinsing-tub, when the operator nears the brushes of the device with glasses.

[0022] The invention will now be described and explained in more detail based with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective front view of the device according to the invention, with only 3 brushes shown;

Figure 2 is a perspective front view of Figure 1, with the basic housing and tube-shaped housing in see-through display;

Figure 3 is a perspective rear view of the device according to the invention, with only 3 brushes shown;

Figure 4 is a perspective rear view of Figure 3, with the basic housing and tube-shaped housing in see-through display;

Figure 5 is a schematic top view of the device according to the invention;

Figure 6 is a schematic top view of Figure 5 with the basic housing and tube-shaped housing in see-through display;

Figure 7 is a schematic top view of the lower section of the basic housing of the device according to the invention with the gearwheels;

Figure 8 is a perspective view of the lower section of the basic housing of the device with the gearwheels and the sockets for the brush axles;

Figure 9 is a perspective view of the bottom of the upper section of the basic housing and the bottom part integrated with the tube-shaped housing of the motor and drive shaft;

Figure 10 is a perspective view of the top section of the basic housing and the lower part integrated with the tube-shaped housing of the motor and drive shaft; and

Figure 11A and B show a rinsing-tub in perspective view and side view, respectively, in which the device according to the invention is contained.



[0023] In Figures 1-4, device 1 according to the invention is shown with a basic housing 2 and a tube-shaped housing 4, 5 at the end of the basic housing. The basic housing includes an upper section 15 and a lower section 18, which can be seen in more detail in Figures 7-10, which sections are complementary and together form a hollow space wherein the engaging gearwheels 17, the driving pinion 13 and the idle gear 16 are positioned. On the gearwheels 17 the sockets 7 are positioned, which extend through the holes 20 up to above the upper surface of the basic housing 2, in which sockets the brushes 3 are secured. The complementary upper section 15 and the lower section 18 of the basic housing 2 are interconnected and then locked by means of locking elements 8. The locking elements shown are of the key type and after inserting they are turned one quarter to lock them, whereafter the pivoted handle which serves as a grip is folded away.

[0024] The tube-shaped housing preferably comprises a lower section 4 and a separate upper section 5, which is mounted to the lower section with an adequate locking. In the upper section 5 of the embodiment shown the electric motor 10 is positioned, as well as a sensor 6 and the control electronics 14. A power cable (not shown) which is led through hole 21 into the upper section 5 to the control electronics and the motor, will provide power. Optionally, an internal or external (storage) battery may be used for power supply. Optionally, the top section 5 may comprise several separate parts which fit together, wherein in one part e.g. the motor 10 is mounted and in the other part the sensor 6 and the control electronics 14. These embodiments all form part of this invention.

[0025] According to the preferred embodiment as illustrated here the sensor 6 is positioned in the upper section 5 of the tube-shaped housing, which means that movements over the rinsing-tub, made by the operator cleaning the drinking glasses are detected immediately. It activates the switch to turn on motor 10, then the motor starts rotating. The rotation power is transferred via the drive shaft 12, which by means of joint 11 is connected to motor 10, to driving pinion 13 which is fixed to drive shaft 12, e.g. by gluing.

[0026] In Figures 5 and 6 an embodiment is shown, wherein the gearwheels 17 with the sockets 7 are secured onto the pins by means of locking rings. Figure 6 also illustrates that the gearwheels 17 are open, which is a preferred embodiment of the invention.

[0027] Figures 7-11 are more detailed drawings which need no further explanation.

[0028] It will be clear to a person skilled in the art that modifications and adjustments may be implemented in the cleaning device as described herein.

[0029] These modifications and adjustments therefore all fall within the scope of this invention, which is defined by the appended claims.

List of illustrated parts:



[0030] 
  1. 1. Cleaning device.
  2. 2. Basis, with an upper section 17 and a bottom section 15, wherein the driving unit of the brushes is placed.
  3. 3. Cylindrical brushes.
  4. 4. Bottom section of the tube-shaped housing for the driving motor and spacer shaft between the motor and gearwheels.
  5. 5. Protective cap, also upper section of the tube-shaped housing.
  6. 6. Sensor.
  7. 7. Socket for inserting brush axes.
  8. 8. Locking element for the upper and lower section of the basic housing.
  9. 9. Reinforcement rib.
  10. 10. Electric motor.
  11. 11. Joint between the motor and drive shaft for gearwheels.
  12. 12. Drive shaft.
  13. 13. Driving pinion.
  14. 14. Control electronics.
  15. 15. Upper section of the basic housing.
  16. 16. Idler gear for reducing the number of revolutions
  17. 17. Gearwheels for rotating brushes 3.
  18. 18. Lower section of the basic housing.
  19. 19. Mounting groove for locking the upper and lower section of the basic housing.
  20. 20. Holes for socket 7.
  21. 21. Socket for power cable.
  22. 22. Reinforcement rib.



Claims

1. A device (1) for cleaning drinking glasses which is suitable to be immersed partially or fully in a cleaning solution in a rinsing-tub, with a plurality of vertical cylindrical brushes (3), over which a drinking glass can be placed to be scrubbed on the inside and outside, said device comprising:

a basic housing (2) with an essentially complementary upper section (15) and lower section (18), which enclose a hollow space, in which a plurality of engaging, horizontally installed rotatable gearwheels (17) are positioned, whereupon each time an axially extending socket (7) is installed for a cylindrical brush (3), as well as a tube-shaped housing (4, 5) which is positioned essentially vertically at the end of the basic housing (2),

wherein the tube-shaped housing (4, 5) houses an electric motor (10) and a drive shaft (12), wherein the drive shaft (12) is connected at one end (11) to the electric motor (10) and extends at the other end into the basic housing (2), wherein at this other end a driving pinion (13) is positioned which is connected, optionally through an idler gear (16), with one of the rotatable gearwheels (17), and

wherein the cylindrical brushes (3) are detachably connected with the corresponding sockets (7),

wherein the electric motor (10) which drives the brushes (3) is activated and deactivated by means of a sensor (6) and wherein the sensor (6) is fitted on the upper side of or on the tube-shaped housing (5) so that the sensor (6) is able to detect the movement of the operator at the rinsing-tub, when the operator nears the brushes of the device (1) with glasses.


 
2. The device of claim 1, wherein the sensor (6) also activates and deactivates a water-metering system, which can be used in combination with the said device.
 
3. The device of claim 1 or 2, wherein the deactivation of the electric motor (10) and, optionally, the water-metering system takes place with a variable lag time.
 
4. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the electric motor (10) during each activation is driven such that it rotates in opposite direction as compared to the preceding activation.
 
5. The device of any one of the preceding claims, which comprises five to eight brushes (3), wherein one or two brushes are placed centrally and are surrounded by the other brushes.
 
6. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein at least the axles of one of the central brushes or of both central brushes are tapered towards the free end.
 
7. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the top part of the brushes (3), which are at the free end, have softer bristles than the remaining part of the brushes (3).
 
8. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the brushes (3) can be fixed to the corresponding sockets (7) by means of a bayonet joint.
 
9. The device of claim 8, wherein in the sockets (7) for the brushes one or more radial projections turned inwards are mounted, and that at the end of the brush axles which is connected with the sockets, one or more grooves are provided which are formed in such a way that the projections are fitted into the corresponding grooves of the brushes, when inserting the brushes (3) into the sockets (7) and then secured by means of the bayonet joint.
 
10. The device according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the upper section (15) and lower section (18) of the basic housing (2), as well as the tube-shaped housing (4,5) and gearwheels (13, 16, 17) are made of synthetic material.
 
11. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the tube-shaped housing (4,5) comprises at least a lower section (4) and a part joined on top of that (5), of which the lower section (4) of the tube-shaped housing (4,5) and the upper section (15) of the basic housing (2) are made of one piece.
 
12. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the gearwheels (17) and the sockets (7) are made of one piece.
 
13. The device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the gearwheels (17) are open.
 
14. A method for cleaning drinking glasses, wherein essentially a device (1) according to any one of claims 1-13 is used, which device (1) is positioned in a rinsing-tub fully or partially filled with water,
wherein each time one or two drinking glasses are placed on the brushes (3) in order to be cleaned, during which the electric motor (10) is activated and deactivated by means of the sensor (6) when placing resp. removing the glasses on/from the brushes, wherein the sensor (6) is fitted on the upper side of or on the device (1) so that the sensor (6) detects the movements of the operator at the rinsing-tub, when the operator nears the brushes of the device (1) with glasses.
 
15. A method according to claim 14 and dependent at least on claim 2, wherein the sensor (6) also activates and deactivates the water-metering system.
 


Ansprüche

1. Vorrichtung (1) zum Reinigen von Trinkgläsern, die dafür geeignet ist, teilweise oder vollständig in eine Reinigungslösung in einer Spülwanne eingetaucht zu werden, mit einer Vielzahl von vertikalen, zylindrischen Bürsten, über die ein Trinkglas angeordnet werden kann, um auf der Innenseite und der Außenseite gebürstet zu werden, wobei die Vorrichtung Folgendes aufweist:

ein Grundgehäuse (2) mit einem oberen Abschnitt (15) und einem unteren Abschnitt (18), die sich im Wesentlichen gegenseitig ergänzen, die einen Hohlraum einschließen, in dem eine Vielzahl von ineinander eingreifenden, horizontal installierten, drehbaren Zahnrädern (17) positioniert sind, auf denen jeweils ein sich in axialer Richtung erstreckender Sockel (7) für eine zylindrische Bürste (3) installiert ist, sowie ein rohrförmiges Gehäuse (4,5), das im Wesentlichen vertikal an dem Ende des Grundgehäuses (2) positioniert ist,

wobei das rohrförmige Gehäuse (4,5) einen Elektromotor (10) und eine Antriebswelle (12) aufnimmt, wobei die Antriebswelle (12) an einem Ende (11) mit dem Elektromotor (10) verbunden ist und sich an dem anderen Ende in das Grundgehäuse (2) erstreckt, wobei an diesem anderen Ende ein Antriebsritzel (13) positioniert ist, welches, optional durch ein Zwischenrad (16), mit einem der drehbaren Zahnräder (17) verbunden ist, und

wobei die zylindrischen Bürsten (3) abnehmbar mit den entsprechenden Sockeln (7) verbunden sind,

wobei der Elektromotor (10), der die Bürsten (3) antreibt, mittels eines Sensors (6) aktiviert und deaktiviert wird, und wobei der Sensor (6) auf der oberen Seite von oder auf dem röhrenförmigen Gehäuse (5) angeordnet ist, so dass der Sensor (6) in der Lage ist, die Bewegung der Bedienperson an der Spülwanne zu detektieren, wenn sich die Bedienperson den Bürsten der Vorrichtung (1) mit Gläsern nähert.


 
2. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Sensor (6) auch ein Wasserdosiersystem aktiviert und deaktiviert, das in Verbindung mit der Vorrichtung benutzt werden kann.
 
3. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Deaktivierung des Elektromotors (10) und, optional, des Wasserdosiersystems mit einer variablen Verzögerungszeit stattfindet.
 
4. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Elektromotor (10) während jeder Aktivierung so angetrieben wird, dass er in der entgegengesetzten Richtung im Vergleich zu der vorhergehenden Aktivierung rotiert.
 
5. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, die fünf bis acht Bürsten (3) aufweist, wobei eine oder zwei Bürsten zentral angeordnet und von den anderen Bürsten umgeben sind.
 
6. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei wenigstens die Achse von einer der zentralen Bürsten oder von beiden zentralen Bürsten sich in Richtung des freien Endes verjüngt.
 
7. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der obere Teil der Bürsten (3), die sich an dem freien Ende befinden, weichere Borsten als der verbleibende Teil der Bürsten (3) aufweist.
 
8. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Bürsten (3) mittels einer Bajonettverbindung an den entsprechenden Sockeln (7) befestigt werden können.
 
9. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 8, wobei in den Sockeln (7) für die Bürsten eine oder mehrere radiale, nach innen gerichtete Vorsprünge montiert sind, und dass an dem Ende der Bürstenachse, die mit den Sockeln verbunden ist, eine oder mehrere Nuten vorgesehen sein, welche auf eine solche Art und Weise geformt sind, dass die Vorsprünge in die entsprechenden Nuten der Bürste eingreifen, wenn die Bürsten (3) in die Sockel (7) eingeführt und dann mittels der Bajonettverbindung gesichert werden.
 
10. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der obere Abschnitt (15) und der untere Abschnitt (18) des Grundgehäuses (2) sowie das rohrförmige Gehäuse (4,5) und die Zahnräder (13,16,17) aus einem synthetischen Material hergestellt sind.
 
11. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das rohrförmige Gehäuse (4,5) wenigstens einen unteren Abschnitt (4) und einen auf demselben angeordneten Teil (5) aufweist, von denen der untere Abschnitt (4) des rohrförmigen Gehäuses (4,5) und der obere Abschnitt (15) des Grundgehäuses (2) aus einem Stück hergestellt sind.
 
12. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Zahnräder (17) und die Sockel (7) aus einem Stück hergestellt sind.
 
13. Vorrichtung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Zahnräder (17) offen sind.
 
14. Verfahren zum Reinigen von Trinkgläsern, wobei im Wesentlichen eine Vorrichtung (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 - 13 verwendet wird, wobei die Vorrichtung (1) in einer vollständig oder teilweise mit Wasser gefüllten Spülwanne positioniert wird, wobei jedes Mal, wenn ein oder zwei Trinkgläser auf den Bürsten (3) angeordnet werden, um gereinigt zu werden, der Elektromotor (10) mittels des Sensors (6) aktiviert und deaktiviert wird, wenn die Gläser auf den Bürsten angeordnet bzw. von denselben entfernt werden, wobei der Sensor (6) auf der oberen Seite von oder auf der Vorrichtung (1) angeordnet ist, so dass der Sensor (6) die Bewegung der Bedienperson an der Spülwanne detektiert, wenn sich die Bedienperson den Bürsten der Vorrichtung (1) mit Gläsern nähert.
 
15. Verfahren nach Anspruch 14 und wenigstens von Anspruch 2, wobei der Sensor (6) auch das Wasserdosiersystem aktiviert und deaktiviert.
 


Revendications

1. Dispositif (1) pour nettoyer des verres, qui est approprié pour être immergé partiellement ou complètement dans une solution de nettoyage dans un bac de rinçage, avec une pluralité de brosses cylindriques verticales (3), sur lesquelles un verre peut être placé pour être frotté à l'intérieur et l'extérieur, ledit dispositif comprenant :

un boîtier de base (2) avec une section supérieure essentiellement complémentaire (15) et une section inférieure (18) qui enferment un espace creux, dans lequel une pluralité de roues dentées de mise en prise (17) installées de manière horizontale sont positionnées, après quoi, chaque fois, une douille s'étendant de manière axiale (7) est installée pour une brosse cylindrique (3), ainsi qu'un boîtier de forme tubulaire (4, 5) qui est positionné de manière essentiellement verticale à l'extrémité du boîtier de base (2),

dans lequel le boîtier de forme tubulaire (4, 5) loge un moteur électrique (10) et un arbre d'entraînement (12), dans lequel l'arbre d'entraînement (12) est raccordé au niveau d'une extrémité (11) au moteur électrique (10) et s'étend au niveau de l'autre extrémité dans le boîtier de base (2), dans lequel, au niveau de cette autre extrémité, on positionne un pignon d'entraînement (13) qui est raccordé, facultativement par une roue intermédiaire (16), à l'une des roues dentées rotatives (17), et

dans lequel les brosses cylindriques (3) sont raccordées de manière détachable aux douilles (7) correspondantes,

dans lequel le moteur électrique (10) qui entraîne les brosses (3) est activé et désactivé au moyen d'un capteur (6), et dans lequel le capteur (6) est monté sur le côté supérieur de ou sur le boîtier de forme tubulaire (5) de sorte que le capteur (6) peut détecter le mouvement de l'opérateur au niveau du bac de rinçage, lorsque l'opérateur s'approche des brosses du dispositif (1) avec les verres.


 
2. Dispositif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le capteur (6) active et désactive également un système de mesure d'eau, qui peut être utilisé en combinaison avec ledit dispositif.
 
3. Dispositif selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel la désactivation du moteur électrique (10) et facultativement du système de mesure d'eau a lieu avec un décalage de temps variable.
 
4. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le moteur électrique (10) pendant chaque activation, est entraîné de sorte qu'il tourne dans la direction opposée par rapport à la précédente activation.
 
5. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, qui comprend de cinq à huit brosses (3), dans lequel une ou deux brosses sont placées de manière centrale et sont entourées par les autres brosses.
 
6. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel au moins les essieux de l'une des brosses centrales ou des deux brosses centrales sont progressivement rétrécis vers l'extrémité libre.
 
7. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la partie supérieure des brosses (3) qui sont au niveau de l'extrémité libre, a des poils plus souples que la partie résiduelle des brosses (3).
 
8. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel les brosses (3) peuvent être fixées aux douilles (7) correspondantes au moyen d'un joint à baïonnette.
 
9. Dispositif selon la revendication 8, dans lequel, dans les douilles (7) pour les brosses, on monte une ou plusieurs saillies radiales orientées vers l'intérieur, et en ce qu'au niveau de l'extrémité des essieux de brosse qui est raccordée avec les douilles, on prévoit une ou plusieurs rainures qui sont formées de sorte que les saillies sont montées dans les rainures correspondantes des brosses, lorsqu'on insère les brosses (3) dans les douilles (7) et qu'on les fixe ensuite au moyen du joint à baïonnette.
 
10. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la section supérieure (15) et la section inférieure (18) du boîtier de base (2), ainsi que le boîtier de forme tubulaire (4, 5) et les roues dentées (13, 16, 17) sont réalisés avec un matériau synthétique.
 
11. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le boîtier de forme tubulaire (4, 5) comprend au moins une section inférieure (4) et une partie assemblée sur le sommet de ce dernier (5), dont la section inférieure (4) du boîtier de forme tubulaire (4, 5) et la section supérieure (15) du boîtier de base (2) sont réalisées d'un seul tenant.
 
12. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel les roues dentées (17) et les douilles (7) sont réalisées d'un seul tenant.
 
13. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel les roues dentées (17) sont ouvertes.
 
14. Procédé pour nettoyer des verres, dans lequel on utilise essentiellement un dispositif (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 13, lequel dispositif (1) est positionné dans un bac de rinçage complètement ou partiellement rempli d'eau, dans lequel chaque fois, un ou deux verres sont placés sur les brosses (3) afin d'être nettoyés, pendant que le moteur électrique (10) est activé et désactivé au moyen du capteur (6) lorsque l'on place et que l'on retire respectivement les verres sur/des brosses, dans lequel le capteur (6) est monté sur le côté supérieur de ou sur le dispositif (1) de sorte que le capteur (6) détecte le mouvement de l'opérateur au niveau du bac de rinçage, lorsque l'opérateur s'approche des brosses du dispositif (1) avec les verres.
 
15. Procédé selon la revendication 14 et dépendant au moins de la revendication 2, dans lequel le capteur (6) active et désactive également le système de mesure d'eau.
 




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