Kohler, WI, United States
Kohler, WI, United States

The Kohler Company, founded in 1873, is an American manufacturing company based in Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler is best known for its plumbing products, but the company also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators. Kohler also owns various hospitality establishments in the United States and Scotland. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Kohler | Date: 2016-11-07

A toilet having an outlet trapway that is movable during a flushing cycle includes a toilet bowl having an opening adjacent its lower end and a conduit linked to the opening so as to be able to swivel between a first upwardly directed position which forms a trap for the toilet, and a second less upwardly directed position which can be reached during the flushing cycle to facilitate evacuation of the toilet bowl. The toilet further includes an actuator that moves the conduit between the first and second positions during the flushing cycle in response to a condition of a water supply for the toilet. The water supply comprises a water tank, and the condition of the water supply is a level of water in the water tank.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2016-10-18

A sink assembly mountable to a support structure having a cabinet and a countertop supported by the cabinet. The sink assembly includes a sink having at least one basin, a rim that is above and extends outwardly beyond the at least one basin, an apron that extends laterally across and beyond a front of the at least one basin, and a receiving member coupled to a first underside of the sink. The sink assembly includes a bracket having a first portion, which engages a portion of the cabinet, and a second portion, which engages a second underside of the sink. The sink assembly includes a connecting member configured to extend between and couple to the receiving member and the bracket to secure the sink to the support structure.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2016-10-18

A method for securing a toilet tank to a toilet bowl through an attachment assembly. The method includes the steps of engaging a valve to the tank through an opening in the tank, moving a mounting bracket over the valve through an opening in the mounting bracket to position the mounting bracket adjacent to the tank, the mounting bracket having at least three mounting locations with fasteners attached thereto, coupling a valve nut to the valve to secure the mounting bracket between the tank and the valve nut, and securing the mounting bracket to the bowl through the fasteners. The at least three fasteners are disposed external to the tank and couple the tank to the bowl without directly engaging the tank.


A method of making an article includes mixing a filler material and a polymer matrix material to produce a composite material, introducing the composite material produced by the mixing into a mold of a desired shape, and removing an article having the desired shape from the mold. The resulting article has a water absorption of less than about one percent and the filler material comprises vitreous china.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2017-01-04

An alternator includes an exciter field device generating an exciter magnetic field in a first air gap, an exciter armature device configured to rotate with respect to the exciter magnetic field and impart a first voltage in a first set of coils at the first air gap, a main stator device including a second set of coils, and a rotor field device configured to be energized by the first current in the first set of coils and generate a main magnetic field that imparts a second voltage on the main stator device at a second air gap. The main stator device and the exciter field device lie in on a common plane normal to an axis of rotation, and the exciter armature device is inwardly spaced from the exciter field device, main stator device, and the rotor field device.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2017-03-01

A rough-in guide (100) for a valve body (200) includes a first side (7) and a second side (5). The first side includes a valve body retaining jaw (160) and a recessed region (20). The valve body retaining jaw is configured to selectively receive a first portion of the valve body and to secure the valve body to the rough-in guide during transport, the guide thus serving as a packaging. The recessed region is configured to receive a second portion of the valve body. The second side is opposite the first side comprising a valve body retaining clip (120). The valve body retaining clip is configured to selectively secure the valve body to the rough-in guide when installed on the construction site.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2017-02-22

A retainer (100) for retaining a check valve to a valve body includes a continuous body (10), a first group of projections (40), and a second group of projections (50). The continuous body is configured to engage a slot of the valve body to secure the continuous body to the valve body. The continuous body is further configured to include an opening (30) configured to receive a portion of the check valve. The first group of projections is configured to extend radially from the continuous body. The first group of projections is further configured to contact the valve body to limit rotation of the retainer relative to the valve body. The second group of projections is configured to extend axially from the continuous body. The second group of projections is further configured to engage at least one of the check valve and the valve body.


An internal combustion engine having an improved oil treatment system. The internal combustion engine may be a splash lubrication engine in which oil is flowed through an oil circulation circuit by a passive pump. In another aspect, a dipstick tube may be provided that includes a portion of the oil circulation circuit. In a further aspect, the internal combustion engine comprises one or more protuberances that automatically penetrate an oil treatment apparatus upon the oil treatment apparatus being mounted to the internal combustion engine, thereby fluidly coupling the oil treatment apparatus to the oil circulation circuit.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2017-02-22

A flush cap 100 for a valve body 210 includes a substantially flat base 5 and annular inlet portion. The substantially flat base has opposite first and second sides 30,20. The annular inlet portion 40 extends from the first side. The annular inlet portion is configured to engage a bore in the valve body. The annular inlet portion includes an inlet bore 50 and a tab 60. The tab extends from an outer surface of the annular inlet portion in a radial direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the annular inlet portion. The tab is configured to selectively engage the valve body to detachably couple the flush cap to the valve body.


Patent
Kohler | Date: 2017-04-12

A throttle drive actuator for an engine includes a first magnet including a north pole and a south pole and a second magnet positioned adjacent the first magnet, the second magnet including a north pole and a south pole. The north pole of the second magnet is positioned opposite the south pole of the first magnet to create a first magnetic field, and the south pole of the second magnet is positioned opposite the north pole of the first magnet to create a second magnetic field. A direction of the second magnetic field is directed opposite a direction of the first magnetic field. An armature is positioned between the first magnet and the second magnet, the armature including windings. The armature rotates between the first magnet and the second magnet when the windings are energized, and the armature rotates a valve of a throttle body of the engine, to open a close an air passage of the throttle body.

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