PATENT DETAILS

DETAILS OF THE PATENT. DISINFECTING DEVICE FOR VEGETABLES,BABIES BOTTLES AND SIMILAR.
Technical Sector. 
Status of the technique. 
Purpose of the invention

TECHNICAL SECTOR

LThe Invention Patent, whose rights and intellectual property relate to a device 
intended for disinfecting vegetables, fruits and garden produce, and everyday items such as baby bottle teats and containers, contact lenses, toothbrushes, etc., so as to avoid the risk of contagion when using these objects.

 

STATUS OF THE TECHNIQUE

Investigations have shown that in domestic, industrial surroundings, etc. there is a problem with regards to using objects, which due to their nature and use, are likely to incorporate harmful microbes that can cause infectious contamination, and because there are no proper means to disinfect these objects, they are often used assuming the high risk of contamination.
At present there are some methods of disinfection, which solve the problem for certain objects, but this is for specific objects and not those in general; the use of these methods is inconvenient and impractical, so they are often rejected by users, making the problem of a risk of contamination still persist.
Research has led to the conclusion that the solution to widespread disinfection of risk objects, is conditioned by the particular shapes of the different types of objects and difficulty in each case to reach the critical points where bodies can be deposited making removal difficult, and in some cases it is necessary to use very aggressive methods, which for some objects can damage them and therefore they cannot be applied to these, together with the practical difficulties of using these methods, when applicable.
Solutions based on disinfection using enriched oxygen are known about, placing the objects to be disinfected in places where an ozone projection is performed on the objects to disinfect, or where an ozonised environment is created that surrounds the objects and penetrates them. These types of solutions we have known of till now need highly complex functional equipment to create ozone and apply it effectively way so as to disinfect objects, as well as having quite an impractical structure to use it and important limitations in how to arrange the objects to be disinfected.

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PURPOSE OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with this invention, we propose an apparatus that provides very advantageous constructive and functional characteristics for the function of disinfecting, presenting a device made up from several separate parts put together simply and practically.
The apparatus which has been invented comprises of three separate parts which can be easily attached and unattached, there is a body which includes the operating equipment, a container to place all the objects to be disinfected in a liquid medium such as water and a lid to close the container, which has a system to lock together the assembly of the different parts to make a single device with a system to free them when they have to be taken apart.
The assembly system is made up by a mechanism that includes two locking bolts between the lid and the container housing the objects to be disinfected and another locking bolt between the lid and the container body of the operating equipment, with a switch that allows these bolts to unlocked all at once and another button that enables the lock between the lid and the body which houses the operating team to be individually unlocked.
The body housing the operating equipment is made up from a front closing lid fixed by screws, this cover has a conformation with side guides, which engages another guide plate provided with reciprocal coupling, while the second plate together with the container housing the objects to be disinfected is coupled between the reciprocal guides This second plate is securely attached to the lid of the container housing the objects to be disinfected, whereupon the three parts of the apparatus are can be engaged or disengaged by sliding between the aforementioned guides, together with the locking and unlocking using the mechanism incorporated in the lid.
The two plates of the coupling between the parts of the apparatus also include a tubular plug coupling, which is switched on and off by itself by the coupling and uncoupling of said plates, with the tubular plug determining a communication link between a conduit from the operating equipment and one connected to a series of outputs projected through the plate which engages the container housing the objects to be disinfected. 
The aforementioned tubular conduction outputs are on the inside of the container housing the objects to be disinfected, in the layout assembled for the equipment, with the outputs varying in shape and distribution according to what the objects are that the device is to be used for. We plan to make an application for containers such as baby bottles or similar, where the outlets will be arranged at a certain inclination projected downwards, incorporating a tubular extension with elements supplied with radial elastic arms.
By doing this the containers to be disinfected can be easily positioned by securing them on the tubular extensions of the outputs and thanks to the inclined position, they are suitably positioned for such containers to be filled completely ¬†gradually with the liquid in the housing container, whereby the fluid contacts the entire surface of the containers to be treated, so that they can be disinfected completely and effectively, which helped even more by the projection outlets of the disinfecting device which are inside the containers to be treated. The distribution of the outputs is also set up so that on being introduced into the housing container they are progressively immersed, first one and then another, thereby avoiding their flotation effect, to ease their introduction as well as not causing an overflow of the housing container in having the necessary amount of fluid for all containers to be disinfected to be covered completely.
The operating equipment comprises of a supply air pump, an ozone generator, through which the pump draws air, and a solenoid valve for opening and closing the passage to the driving output, which is directed to the projection exits in the housing container, together with an electrical power and control system.
The electrical system comprises of a power supply with transformation and rectification means providing a power supply to operate ozone producing means and a low voltage output through a stabilizer to operate a microswitch which controls all the functional behavior, using indicators that reflect the operating status.
The ozone generator drive is performed by means of a multi-phase voltage doubler, which gives a very high voltage application, with this doubler having an outlet with a high impedance resistors, which is achieved by rapid discharge of electrical voltage on the disconnection switches, to prevent parasitic loads that may affect users.
The power supply to the operating equipment is produced by a square wave of constant pulses with variable interspaces that can be adjusted, allowing an automatic activation and deactivation to be determined in operating cycles for the production of ozone as required by the application. The intensity of the pulses is also adjustable, thereby allowing the speed of the pump to be varied without changing the electrical frequency. Operation is accomplished without electromagnetic influences, completely safely in low voltage, which makes it perfect to be used in a domestic environment, complying with the specifications set out on this.
Furthermore, the closure coupling between the component parts of the apparatus, has a safety switch which disconnects the power to the operating equipment when the unit is not perfectly closed, thus preventing possible risks of accidents. Therefore, this apparatus that has been invented, certainly has very advantageous features, acquiring its own and preferential character for the role it was intended.

 

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