Church & Dwight has been granted a patent for a showerhead with a pause assembly that controls water flow. The showerhead includes a handle with an inlet and a control for the pause assembly, which can be manipulated by the user. An actuator translates the motion of the control to change the state of the pause assembly. GlobalData’s report on Church & Dwight gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A showerhead with a pause assembly controlled by a handle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Church & Dwight Co Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11759801B2) describes a showerhead with a pause assembly that allows users to control water flow. The showerhead includes a head portion with multiple nozzles, a handle with an inlet, and a pause assembly positioned within the handle. The pause assembly consists of a control and an actuator.

The control extends outwardly from the handle and can be manipulated by the user to change the state of the pause assembly. It includes a body and first and second legs extending from opposing sides of the body. The actuator translates the motion of the control to change the state of the pause assembly. It has first and second slots that allow insertion of the corresponding legs of the control. The slots also have a second width that inhibits the removal of the legs.

The actuator is defined as a curved plate, and the first and second slots are formed as mirror images of each other. Additionally, the actuator has an actuator aperture positioned between the second slot and an edge of the actuator.

The pause assembly further includes a valve housing formed as a cylindrical tube. The actuator is slidable along the outer surface of the valve housing in response to the user's control movement. The valve housing has a housing inlet, a housing outlet, and a valve cavity in fluid communication with the inlet and outlet. A valve received in the valve cavity is operably coupled to the actuator and can rotate to allow or reduce fluid flow from the inlet to the nozzles.

The valve driver is coupled to the actuator and the valve to transfer motion from the actuator to the valve. The valve housing also includes a recessed surface with a valve aperture, where the valve driver is seated. The valve housing has ridge walls on each end, and a seal is positioned in a seal groove defined between each pair of ridge walls. Additionally, a prong extends from one end of the valve housing to secure it within the handle.

The patent also includes a second embodiment of the showerhead, which is similar to the first embodiment but with some variations in the design of the control, actuator, and slots.

Overall, this patent describes a showerhead with a pause assembly that allows users to control water flow, providing convenience and flexibility during showering.

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