iRobot has been granted a patent for a mobile cleaning robot with a unique bin design that separates debris and includes a filter unit for efficient cleaning. The robot’s chassis, blower, and bin configuration allow for easy evacuation of collected debris. GlobalData’s report on iRobot gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on iRobot, Cleaning robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. iRobot's grant share as of February 2024 was 73%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Mobile cleaning robot with user-separable bin and filter unit

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: iRobot Corp

A newly granted patent (Publication Number: US11918172B2) discloses a mobile cleaning robot with innovative features aimed at enhancing its cleaning efficiency. The robot includes a chassis, a drive system for navigation, a cleaning head for debris collection, a blower, and a bin designed to receive airflow from the cleaning head. The bin features an internal barrier defining two volumes, a removable filter unit in the airflow path, and a prescreen filter for enhanced filtration. The design allows for easy maintenance and cleaning of the robot, ensuring optimal performance.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features such as support beams within the bin, a spring for retention of the filter unit, and a filter door with interlocking tabs for sealing. The inclusion of a prescreen filter with a wire mesh adds another layer of filtration to the robot's cleaning process. The user-friendly design, including a keyed feature for bin placement and a transparent filter door, enhances the overall usability of the mobile cleaning robot. Overall, the patented technology showcases advancements in the field of robotic cleaning devices, focusing on efficiency, ease of maintenance, and improved filtration mechanisms for a more effective cleaning experience.

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