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(11)EP 3 022 441 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
10.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/24

(21)Application number: 14825635.7

(22)Date of filing:  15.07.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
F04B 1/07(2006.01)
F04B 17/03(2006.01)
F04B 53/14(2006.01)
F04B 9/04(2006.01)
F04B 49/12(2006.01)
A47L 13/22(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/046689
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/009717 (22.01.2015 Gazette  2015/03)

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VARIABLE FLOW RATE MECHANICAL PUMP ASSEMBLY

MECHANISCHE PUMPENANORDNUNG MIT VARIABLER DURCHFLUSSRATE

ENSEMBLE POMPE MÉCANIQUE À DÉBIT VARIABLE


(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: 17.07.2013 US 201361847319 P
26.03.2014 US 201461970481 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
25.05.2016 Bulletin 2016/21

(73)Proprietor: SharkNinja Operating LLC
Needham, MA 02494 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • VRDOLJAK, Ognjen
    Laval, QC H7W 1Y3 (CA)
  • PERRON, John-Paul
    Allston, MA 02134 (US)
  • MEYER, Dan
    Boston, MA 02215 (US)

(74)Representative: Barker Brettell LLP 
100 Hagley Road Edgbaston
Birmingham B16 8QQ
Birmingham B16 8QQ (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 433 649
DE-B- 1 209 395
US-A- 4 702 674
US-A1- 2013 163 968
US-A1- 2013 294 946
DE-A1- 2 446 806
GB-A- 2 497 816
US-A1- 2012 177 505
US-A1- 2013 167 319
  
      
    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

    RELATED APPLICATIONS



    [0001] This application claims benefit of and priority to U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 61/970,481 filed March 26. 2014 and to U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 611847,319 filed July 17, 2013, under 35 U.S.C. §§ 119, 120, 363. 365, and 37 C.F.R. § 1.55 and § 1.78.

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] The subject invention relates to pumps and, in one version, a pump for a steam appliance steam generator.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0003] Steam appliances (mops and the like) may include a liquid reservoir, a steam generator (boiler) and a pump between the liquid reservoir and the steam generator. If variable settings are present, the pump may be a variable rate pump controlled by an electronic circuit responsive to a switch setting. Most are DC powered pumps requiring voltage conversion circuitry.

    [0004] Published patent application Nos. 2010/0287716; 2010/0236018; and 2006/0222348 describe different steam appliance pump subsystems. U.S. patent Nos. 3,139,829 and 2,968,963 show examples of prior art piston pumps.

    [0005] GB 2497816A discloses a water pump device for electric appliances such as steam cleaners/ steam mops includes a water container, a piston cylinder, and an alternating current (AC) synchronous motor. Water from the container is supplied via a silicone tube and a check valve to the pump which includes a piston actuated by an eccentric and connecting rod arrangement. From there the water may be supplied to a steam generator via a further check valve. A steam adjustment knob may be included which controls a cam to change the movement route of the piston by restricting its stroke, so that the volume of the pressurized water can be adjusted for desired temperature and pressure of steam.

    [0006] DE 1209395B discloses a device for changing the stroke of a rectilinearly reciprocating machine part, which is driven by an eccentric or a crankshaft via an eccentric or eccentric connecting rod with an end bearing in a cross-head and by means of a rigid connecting rod.

    BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] Disclosed is a variable flow rate mechanical pump assembly useful in steam appliances and in other systems.

    [0008] Featured is a mechanical pump comprising a motor with an output shaft, a cam coupled to the output shaft for rotating the cam when the motor is energized, and a driver with spaced ledges engaging the cam and driven linearly by the rotating cam. The piston is driven by the driver. A cylinder receives the piston therein and includes an inlet section for drawing fluid into the cylinder and an outlet section for pumping fluid out of the cylinder as the piston reciprocates in the cylinder.

    [0009] The pump motor is preferably a synchronous, constant speed motor operable by a line voltage. The pump may further include a spring compressed by the piston. In one version, the piston is directly coupled to the driver. The result is a single speed pump. In another version, the pump is variable speed. There, an adjuster is located between the driver and the piston and is configured to vary the stroke of the piston. The driver may include a race receiving a pin of the piston therein adjustably varying the relationship between the piston and the driver. The adjuster may reside between a ledge of the driver and the piston and the adjuster may include stepped portions each engaging the piston depending on the position of the adjuster. Further included may be an actuator for the adjuster. One actuator includes one or more races receiving one or more tabs of the adjuster. The actuator may include a handle for sliding the actuator.

    [0010] Also featured is a variable flow rate mechanical pump comprising a motor driving an output shaft, a cam coupled to the output shaft, a piston driver linearly driven by the cam, and an adjuster between the piston driver and the piston configured to vary the stroke of the piston. A variable flow rate device may include a motor, a pump configured with a piston, a piston driver driven by the motor and driving the piston, and an adjuster configured to vary the relationship between the piston and the piston driver. The motor may include an output shaft with a cam coupled thereto driving the piston driver.

    [0011] Also featured is a steam mop comprising a steam generator providing steam to a mop head, and a pump providing liquid to the steam generator. The pump includes a motor driving an output shaft, a cam coupled to the output shaft for rotating the cam when the motor is energized, a driver with spaced ledges engaging the cam and driven linearly by the rotating cam, a piston driven by the driver, and a cylinder receiving the piston therein including an inlet section for drawing fluid into the cylinder from a reservoir and an outlet section for pumping fluid out of the cylinder to the steam generator as the piston reciprocates in the cylinder.

    [0012] One steam mop pump assembly includes a piston for pumping a liquid, a motor, a piston driver driven by the motor, and a coupling between the piston and the piston driver configured to adjust the position of piston relative to the piston driver.

    [0013] The subject invention, however, in other embodiments, need not achieve all these objectives and the claims hereof should not be limited to structures or methods capable of achieving these objectives.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES



    [0014] Other objects, features and advantages will occur to those skilled in the art from the following description of a preferred embodiment and the accompanying drawings, in which:

    Fig. 1 is a schematic three dimensional front view of a pump piston driver linearly driven by a cam in accordance with one example of the invention;

    Fig. 2 is a schematic three dimensional rear view of a piston driven by the piston driver of Fig. 1;

    Fig. 3 is a schematic three dimensional front view showing an adjuster component limiting the stroke of the piston shown in Fig. 2;

    Fig. 4 is a schematic three dimensional front view showing an example of an adjuster actuator;

    Fig. 5A is a schematic view showing the components of Figs. 1-3 in their assembled configuration and with the adjuster limiting the piston stroke for a high flow output from the pump;

    Fig. 5B is a schematic view similar to Fig. 5A except now the adjuster has been slid to the left in the figure for a medium flow rate;

    Fig. 5C is a schematic view similar to Fig. 5A and Fig. 5B but now the adjuster has been slid fully to the left in the figure for a low flow rate setting;

    Fig. 6 is another schematic three dimensional view showing the components of Figs. 1-3 in their assembled configuration;

    Fig. 7 is a schematic front view showing the addition of the adjuster actuator of Fig. 4 to the assembly;

    Fig. 8 is a schematic block diagram showing the primary components associated with a typical steam mop in accordance with examples of the invention;

    Fig. 9 is a schematic three dimensional front view of an example of a steam mop incorporating the pump described herein;

    Figs. 10A and 10B are views showing the adjustable nature of the piston relative to the piston driver; and

    Figs. 11A-11B show adjustment of a piston relative to the piston driver.

    Fig. 12 shows another version of a pump in accordance with the subject invention;

    Fig. 13 shows the piston and cylinder subsystems of the pump of Fig. 12;

    Fig. 14 is another schematic view showing the piston assembly;

    Fig. 15 is a schematic view of the interior components of the pump of Fig. 12;

    Fig. 16 is a schematic side view showing the pump motor and piston assembly;

    Fig. 17 is a schematic view showing the piston and cylinder arrangement; and

    Fig. 18 is a schematic view showing another pump arrangement.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0015] Aside from the preferred embodiment or embodiments disclosed below, this invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or being carried out in various ways. Thus, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and the arrangements of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. If only one embodiment is described herein, the claims hereof are not to be limited to that embodiment. Moreover, the claims hereof are not to be read restrictively unless there is clear and convincing evidence manifesting a certain exclusion, restriction, or disclaimer.

    [0016] Fig. 1 shows small 120 VAC synchronous motor 10 (e.g., a constant 60 RPM motor) with a small profile (e.g., 50 mm in dia. and 20 mm deep) driving rotating output shaft 12. Cam 14 is coupled to motor output shaft 12 and drives piston driver 16 linearly in the direction of arrow 20 with ledges 18a and 18b engaging cam 12. Piston driver 16 drives pump piston 22, Fig. 2 linearly again shown by arrow 20. In some embodiments, the piston 22, Fig. 2 is adjustable with respect to piston driver 16, Fig. 1 to vary the stroke length of the piston. Here, adjuster 24, Fig. 3 is disposed between piston driver 16, Fig. 1 and piston 22, Fig. 2 and is configured with stepped portions 26a-26c which function to adjust the relationship between driver 16, Fig. 1 and piston 22 to vary the stroke of piston 22, Fig 2 when pin 23, Fig. 2 resides in race 17, Fig. 1 in piston driver 16. See also Fig. 6.

    [0017] In the examples shown in Figs. 5A-5C, the stroke of piston 22 is varied due to the adjuster being moved. In Fig. 5A the thickest step 26a is between the top of piston 22 and the underside of step portion 26a. This would correspond to the longest piston stroke and a "high" steam setting for a mop, in one example. In Fig. 5B, the adjuster 24 is slid to the left and now thinner step 26b is between the top of piston 22 and the underside of step portion 26b. This would correspond to a "medium" steam setting for a mop. In Fig. 5C, adjuster 24 is slid even further to the left and now the thinnest step 26c is between the top of piston 22 and the underside of step portion 26a. This would correspond to a "low" steam setting for a mop.

    [0018] Fig. 4 shows actuator 40 for the adjuster 24, Fig. 3 with races 42a and 42b slidably receiving therein tabs 25a and 25b, Figs. 3 and 5 of adjuster 24. See also Fig. 7. Actuator 40 may include handle 44 for sliding actuator 40 transversely with respect to the piston driver - an action which drives the adjuster both transversely across and up and down along the axis of the piston driver.

    [0019] In Fig. 7, piston 22 typically extends into cylinder 50 which communicates with inlet section 52b and outlet section 52a each including corresponding check valves 54a, 54b, respectively. Duck bill or other valves may be used. Driving piston 22 down in cylinder 50 pushes water out outlet section 52a as valve 54a opens while driving piston up in cylinder 50 creates a vacuum pulling water into cylinder 50 as valve 54b opens. Adjuster 24 functions to change the stroke of piston 22 in cylinder 50 and actuator 40 changes the position of adjuster 24.

    [0020] In a steam mop configuration, a water reservoir 60, Fig. 8 is connected to pump 30 inlet section 52b and the pump assembly includes an adjuster actuator handle 44. The pump outlet section 52b is connected to the steam generator or boiler 62 which produces steam delivered mop head 64. The user can slide adjuster actuator handle 44 right and left as shown, for example, in Fig. 9 for low, medium, and high steam settings if the pump assembly 30, Fig. 8 is disposed in the upper portion of the steam mop handle. In other configurations, other means can be used to manipulate either the actuator handle or the adjuster of Fig. 3 directly including mechanical linkages, and the like. Further, the adjuster is not limited to three settings. There could be less or more settings and one setting could actually fully limit any travel of the piston resulting in an "off" configuration for the pump even though the pump motor continues to rotate shaft 12 and cam 14, Fig. 1. For example, Fig. 10A shows how piston 22 would remain stationary as driver 16 reciprocates up and down. Thus, with proper sizing of the slot or race 17 and adjuster 24, the pump can be off even if the motor keeps rotating eliminating the need for an electric on/off switch thus reducing production costs. In Fig. 10B, adjuster 24 constrains piston 22 to move with driver 16.

    [0021] Figs. 11A-11B show how by adjusting the position of piston 22 relative to driver 16, the stroke length of piston 22 is varied. In Fig. 11A, piston 22 has a short stroke length for a given stroke length of driver 16. In Fig. 11B, piston 22 has a longer stroke length for the same stroke length of driver 16. Conceptually, the length of the piston rod is adjustable.

    [0022] One result is a variable flow rate mechanical pump preferably employing a constant RPM simple, small, reliable, and long life motor and the ability to control the flow rate of the pump mechanically thus eliminating expensive electronic circuitry and or voltage conversion circuitry.

    [0023] Fig. 12 shows another design for a single speed pump 100 incorporating 120VAC synchronous motor 10 which is preferably powered by line voltage. No transformer or transformer related circuitry is required, saving manufacturing costs. Pump 100 has base plate 100 and cover plate 102. Motor 10 is coupled to base plate 100 and cam 104, Figs. 13-15 which is eccentrically coupled to output shaft 108 of the motor. Cam 104 drives piston 110 up and down in cylinder 112 via piston driver 113 ledges 18a, 18b, Figs. 16-17 as discussed above with respect to Fig. 1. Piston 110 may include spaced O-rings 114A and 1 14B, Fig. 14 sealing against the inside of cylinder 112, Fig. 15. Cylinder cover 116 may also be provided to seal piston 110 with respect to cylinder 112. When cam 104 drives piston 110 upwards, Fig. 15, fluid is drawn into inlet section 52b. When earn 104 drives piston 110 downwards, fluid is pumped out of outlet section 52a. The inlet and outlet sections may include valves as discussed above with respect to Fig. 7.

    [0024] In Fig. 18, a spring 105 is disposed inside piston 110 aperture 111 to store energy. Housing 110 includes spring stop 113 extending into piston aperture 111. Spring 105 is compressed on the up stroke of piston 110. Spring 105 equalizes the force required in the pull and push strokes and increases the pump torque significantly (e.g., by 20%). A similar spring arrangement may be used in the variable stroke designs of Figs. 1-11.

    [0025] Specific features of the invention are shown in some drawings and not in others, but this is for convenience only as each feature may be combined with any or all of the other features in accordance with the invention. The words "including", "comprising", "having", and "with" as used herein are to be interpreted broadly and comprehensively and are not limited to any physical interconnection. Moreover, any embodiments disclosed in the subject application are not to be taken as the only possible embodiments. Other embodiments will occur to those skilled in the art and are within the following claims.


    Claims

    1. A mechanical pump (30, 100) comprising:

    a motor (10) with an output shaft (12, 108);

    a cam (14, 104) coupled to the output shaft (12, 108) for rotating the cam (14, 104) when the motor (10) is energized;

    a driver (16, 113) with spaced ledges (18a, 18b) engaging the cam (14, 104) and driven linearly by the rotating cam (14, 104);

    a piston (22, 110) driven by the driver (16, 113);

    a cylinder (50, 112) receiving the piston (22, 110) therein including an inlet section (52b) for drawing fluid into the cylinder (50, 112) and an outlet section (52a) for pumping fluid out of the cylinder (50, 112) as the piston (22, 110) reciprocates in the cylinder (50, 112); and
    characterized by an adjustor (24) residing between a ledge (18a, 18b) of the driver (16, 113) and the piston (22, 110) configured to vary the stroke of the piston (22, 110).


     
    2. The pump of claim 1, in which the motor (10) is a synchronous constant speed motor operable by a line voltage.
     
    3. The pump of claim 1, further including a spring (105) compressed by the piston (22, 110).
     
    4. The pump of claim 1, in which the piston (22, 110) is directly coupled to the driver (16, 113).
     
    5. The pump of claim 1, in which the driver (16, 113) includes a race (17) receiving a pin (23) of the piston (22, 110) therein adjustably varying the relationship between the piston (22, 110) and the driver (16, 113)
     
    6. The pump of claim 1, in which the adjuster (24) includes stepped portions each engaging the piston (22, 110) depending on the position of the adjuster (24).
     
    7. The pump of claim 1, further including an actuator (40) for the adjuster (24).
     
    8. The pump of claim 7, in which the actuator (40) includes one or more races (42a, 42b) receiving one or more tabs (25a, 25b) of the adjuster (24).
     
    9. The pump of claim 7 or claim 8, in which the actuator (40) includes a handle (44) for sliding the actuator (40).
     
    10. A steam mop comprising:
    a steam generator providing steam to a mop head; and a mechanical pump (30, 100) providing liquid to the steam generator, the pump including:

    a motor (10) driving an output shaft (12, 108),

    a cam (14, 104) coupled to the output shaft (12, 108) for rotating the cam (14, 104) when the motor (10) is energized,

    a driver (16, 113) with spaced ledges (18a, 18b) engaging the cam (14, 104) and driven linearly by the rotating cam (14, 104),

    a piston (22, 110) driven by the driver (16, 113),

    an adjustor (24) residing between a ledge (18a, 18b) of the driver (16, 113) and the piston (22, 110) configured to vary the stroke of the piston (22, 110); and

    a cylinder (50, 112) receiving the piston (22, 110) therein including an inlet section (52b) for drawing fluid into the cylinder (50, 112) from a reservoir and an outlet section (52a) for pumping fluid out of the cylinder (50, 112) to the steam generator as the piston (22, 110) reciprocates in the cylinder (50, 112).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Mechanische Pumpe (30, 100), umfassend:

    einen Motor (10) mit einer Abtriebswelle (12, 108),

    einen Nocken (14, 104), der mit der Abtriebswelle (12, 108) gekoppelt ist, um den Nocken (14, 104) zu drehen, wenn der Motor (10) erregt ist,

    einen Treiber (16, 113) mit beabstandeten Vorsprüngen (18a, 18b), die mit dem Nocken (14, 104) eingreifen und durch den sich drehenden Nocken (14, 104) linear angetrieben werden,

    einen Kolben (22, 110), der durch den Treiber (16, 113) angetrieben wird,

    einen Zylinder (50, 112), der den Kolben (22, 110) aufnimmt und darin einen Einlassabschnitt (52b) zum Saugen von Flüssigkeit in den Zylinder (50, 112) und einen Auslassabschnitt (52a) zum Pumpen von Flüssigkeit aus dem Zylinder (50, 112), während sich der Kolben (22, 110) in dem Zylinder (50, 112) hin- und herbewegt, umfasst, und

    gekennzeichnet durch eine Einstellvorrichtung (24), die sich zwischen einem Vorsprung (18a, 18b) des Treibers (16, 113) und dem Kolben (22, 110) befindet und dazu ausgelegt ist, den Hub des Kolbens (22, 110) zu ändern.


     
    2. Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, bei der der Motor (10) ein Synchronmotor mit konstanter Drehzahl ist, der durch eine Netzspannung betreibbar ist.
     
    3. Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend eine Feder (105), die durch den Kolben (22, 110) zusammengedrückt wird.
     
    4. Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, bei der der Kolben (22, 110) direkt mit dem Treiber (16, 113) gekoppelt ist.
     
    5. Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, bei der der Treiber (16, 113) eine Rille (17) umfasst, die einen Bolzen (23) des Kolbens (22, 110) aufnimmt und dabei das Verhältnis zwischen dem Kolben (22, 110) und dem Treiber (16, 113) einstellbar ändert.
     
    6. Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, bei der die Einstellvorrichtung (24) gestufte Abschnitte umfasst, die jeweils abhängig von der Stellung der Einstellvorrichtung (24) mit dem Kolben (22, 110) eingreifen.
     
    7. Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend ein Stellglied (40) für die Einstellvorrichtung (24).
     
    8. Pumpe nach Anspruch 7, bei der das Stellglied (40) eine oder mehrere Rillen (42a, 42b) umfasst, die einen oder mehrere Ansätze (25a, 25b) der Einstellvorrichtung (24) aufnehmen.
     
    9. Pumpe nach Anspruch 7 oder Anspruch 8, bei der das Stellglied (40) einen Griff (44) zum Verschieben des Stellglieds (40) umfasst.
     
    10. Dampfmopp, umfassend:
    einen Dampferzeuger, der einen Moppkopf mit Dampf versorgt, und eine mechanische Pumpe (30, 100), die den Dampferzeuger mit Flüssigkeit versorgt, wobei die Pumpe Folgendes umfasst:

    einen Motor (10), der eine Abtriebswelle (12, 108) antreibt,

    einen Nocken (14, 104), der mit der Abtriebswelle (12, 108) gekoppelt ist, um den Nocken (14, 104) zu drehen, wenn der Motor (10) erregt ist,

    einen Treiber (16, 113) mit beabstandeten Vorsprüngen (18a, 18b), die mit dem Nocken (14, 104) eingreifen und durch den sich drehenden Nocken (14, 104) linear angetrieben werden,

    einen Kolben (22, 110), der durch den Treiber (16, 113) angetrieben wird,

    eine Einstellvorrichtung (24), die sich zwischen einem Vorsprung (18a, 18b) des Treibers (16, 113) und dem Kolben (22, 110) befindet und dazu ausgelegt ist, den Hub des Kolbens (22, 110) zu ändern, und

    einen Zylinder (50, 112), der den Kolben (22, 110) aufnimmt und darin einen Einlassabschnitt (52b) zum Saugen von Flüssigkeit in den Zylinder (50, 112) aus einem Behälter und einen Auslassabschnitt (52a) zum Pumpen von Flüssigkeit aus dem Zylinder (50, 112) zu dem Dampferzeuger, während sich der Kolben (22, 110) in dem Zylinder (50, 112) hin- und herbewegt, umfasst.


     


    Revendications

    1. Pompe mécanique (30, 100) comprenant :

    un moteur (10) avec un arbre de sortie (12, 108) ;

    une came (14, 104) accouplée à l'arbre de sortie (12, 108) pour faire tourner la came (14, 104) lorsque le moteur (10) est sous tension ;

    un dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) à rebords espacés (18a, 18b) venant en prise avec la came (14, 104) et entraîné linéairement par la came rotative (14, 104) ;

    un piston (22, 110) entraîné par le dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) ;

    un cylindre (50, 112) recevant le piston (22, 110) en son sein, comprenant une section d'entrée (52b) pour aspirer le fluide dans le cylindre (50, 112) et une section de sortie (52a) pour pomper le fluide hors du cylindre (50, 112) lorsque le piston (22, 110) effectue un mouvement de va-et-vient dans le cylindre (50, 112), et

    caractérisé par un ajusteur (24) se trouvant entre un rebord (18a, 18b) du dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) et le piston (22, 110) conçu pour varier la course du piston (22, 110).


     
    2. Pompe selon la revendication 1, le moteur (10) étant un moteur synchrone à vitesse constante pouvant être alimenté par une tension de secteur.
     
    3. Pompe selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un ressort (105) comprimé par le piston (22, 110).
     
    4. Pompe selon la revendication 1, le piston (22, 110) étant directement accouplé au dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113).
     
    5. Pompe selon la revendication 1, le dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) comprenant une course (17) recevant un axe (23) du piston (22, 110) en son sein, variant de manière ajustable la relation entre le piston (22, 110) et le dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) .
     
    6. Pompe selon la revendication 1, l'ajusteur (24) comprenant des parties étagées venant chacune en prise avec le piston (22, 110) en fonction de la position de l'ajusteur (24).
     
    7. Pompe selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un actionneur (40) pour l'ajusteur (24).
     
    8. Pompe selon la revendication 7, l'actionneur (40) comprenant au moins une course (42a, 42b) recevant au moins une languette (25a, 25b) de l'ajusteur (24).
     
    9. Pompe selon la revendication 7 ou 8, l'actionneur (40) comprenant une poignée (44) pour faire coulisser l'actionneur (40).
     
    10. Serpillière à vapeur comprenant :
    un générateur de vapeur fournissant de la vapeur à une tête de serpillière ; et une pompe mécanique (30, 100) fournissant du liquide au générateur de vapeur, la pompe comprenant :

    un moteur (10) entraînant un arbre de sortie (12, 108),

    une came (14, 104) accouplée à l'arbre de sortie (12, 108) pour faire tourner la came (14, 104) lorsque le moteur (10) est sous tension,

    un dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) à rebords espacés (18a, 18b) venant en prise avec la came (14, 104) et entraîné linéairement par la came rotative (14, 104),

    un piston (22, 110) entraîné par le dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113),

    un ajusteur (24) se trouvant entre un rebord (18a, 18b) du dispositif d'entraînement (16, 113) et le piston (22, 110) conçu pour varier la course du piston (22, 110) ; et

    un cylindre (50, 112) recevant le piston (22, 110) en son sein, comprenant une section d'entrée (52b) pour aspirer le fluide dans le cylindre (50, 112) à partir d'un réservoir et une section de sortie (52a) pour pomper le fluide hors du cylindre (50, 112) vers le générateur de vapeur lorsque le piston (22, 110) effectue un mouvement de va-et-vient dans le cylindre (50, 112).


     




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