US Pat. No. 9,234,606

TRANSVERSE HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VALVE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A handle assembly for a valve system, comprising:
a first gear coupled to an input shaft;
a handle coupled to the input shaft;
a second gear coupled to an output shaft and positioned to engage the first gear; and
a bushing coupled to the output shaft such that the output shaft is rotatable relative to the bushing, the bushing comprising:
an inner ring;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced outer members, wherein the outer members comprise a plurality of tapered ribs formed
axially and configured to engage a body housing the output shaft; and

a plurality of spokes extending between the inner ring and the outer members;
wherein the bushing is configured to provide radial forces to the output shaft to encourage engagement of the teeth of the
first gear and the second gear.

US Pat. No. 9,115,485

TUB WITH SEPARATE COMPARTMENT WITH INTEGRATED WATER DISCHARGE SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A tub including a receptacle suitable for containing water, the tub comprising:
a compartment communicating with a discharge orifice of the tub and including an opening emerging in one face of the tub;
a communication orifice suitable for the passage of water from the receptacle to the compartment, the compartment housing
a water discharge system; and

a control plate forming a cover in the opening of the compartment and configured for actuating the opening and closing of
the water discharge system, the control plate being flush with the surface of the face of the tub when the discharge system
is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,173,487

APRON-FRONT SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

18. An undermount, apron-front sink comprising:
a basin including at least one sidewall;
an apron including a front member configured to define a front portion of the sink, a top surface, a bottom member, a left
end, and a right end; and

a rim coupling the apron to the at least one sidewall;
wherein the top surface of the apron and the rim are substantially continuous and coplanar;
wherein the rim is configured to be mounted adjacent an underside of a horizontal countertop;
wherein the top surface and the front member extend outwardly past an outermost periphery of the rim and laterally between
the left and right ends to at least partially cover at least a portion of a front wall of a cabinet;

wherein the left and right ends of the apron define outermost side peripheries of the sink;
wherein the bottom member extends from a lower portion of the front member toward the basin;
wherein the bottom member includes a rear edge that is coplanar with a rear edge of the left end of the apron and a rear edge
of the right end of the apron, such that the rear edges of the bottom member of the apron are configured to engage a vertical
surface of a cabinet when the rim is mounted adjacent the horizontal countertop;

wherein the rim is supported by the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 9,425,727

CHARGING AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE WITH A VARIABLE SPEED GENERATOR

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power management system comprising:
a variable speed generator that provides a voltage output to a bus, wherein the bus is adapted to be connected to a load and
an energy storage device; and

a generator controller that controls the speed of the variable speed generator, wherein the generator controller monitors
a charge level of the energy storage device, wherein the generator controller remotely displays information relating to operation
of the power management system, wherein the generator controller provides information relating to operation of the power management
system over a network, wherein the generator controller operates in a lower power state when the generator controller determines
that the variable speed generator does not need to operate based on the charge level of the energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,273,452

SHOWER BAR SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower system connectable to a water supply, the water supply including supply pipe having a pipe outlet, the system
comprising:
an adjustable supply assembly fluidly connectable to the supply pipe, the supply assembly including
an adapter defining an axis and having an inlet coupleable to the pipe outlet,
a supply member having a supply outlet and coupled in fluid communication with the adapter, the supply member being coupled
to the adapter for movement along the axis to adjust a distance between the pipe outlet and the supply outlet, and

a seal positioned and operable to provide a sealed connection between the adapter and the supply member in adjusted positions
of the supply member relative to the adapter;

a shower bar fluidly connectable to the supply assembly, the shower bar including a shower pipe having a shower pipe inlet
coupleable to the supply outlet and a shower pipe outlet, the shower pipe inlet being coupleable to the supply outlet in a
position a first distance from the pipe outlet, the supply member being movable relative to the pipe outlet to position the
supply outlet at the first distance; and

a shower member fluidly connectable to the shower bar to dispense water from the water supply.

US Pat. No. 9,425,608

OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. An electrical system for use with an alternator system that supplies electrical power, the electrical system comprising:
a first circuit portion configured to govern whether the electrical power is communicated from the alternator system to a
terminal associated with both of a battery and a load;

a second circuit portion configured to determine whether a voltage is elevated above a predetermined threshold and to provide
a first signal upon determining that the voltage is elevated above the predetermined threshold, wherein the voltage is either
a first voltage at the terminal or a second voltage based at least indirectly upon the first voltage; and

a third circuit portion coupled at least indirectly to each of the first and second circuit portions, wherein the third circuit
portion includes at least one comparator circuit portion configured to make a determination as to whether an additional voltage
is below or equal to a charge set point,

wherein the third circuit portion is connected electrically at least indirectly in between the second and first circuit portions
and configured to provide a second signal for receipt by the first circuit portion upon receiving the first signal from the
second circuit portion,

wherein the third circuit portion also is configured to provide the second signal for receipt by the first circuit portion
upon the determination being made by the at least one comparator circuit portion that the additional voltage is not below
or equal to the charge set point, and

wherein the second signal is additionally configured to cause the first circuit portion to cease allowing communication of
the electrical power to the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,334,971

UNIVERSAL VALVE BODY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An aspirator for a valve assembly, the aspirator comprising:
a surface configured to direct fluid to a first outlet port of a valve body; and
a fluid channel configured to direct fluid to a second outlet port of the valve body;
wherein the aspirator is configured to releasably couple to the valve cartridge in a first orientation and a second orientation,
wherein the aspirator is rotated 180 degrees relative to the valve cartridge between the first orientation and the second
orientation;

wherein the aspirator is configured to be removable from the valve cartridge in the first orientation and re-insertable into
the valve cartridge in the second orientation, thereby allowing the valve cartridge to be rotated 180 degrees relative to
the valve body while maintaining the aspirator in an unchanging orientation relative to the valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,154,067

TORQUE SHARING ON PARALLELED GENERATORS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method comprising:
detecting or receiving data for a first torque on a first engine of a first generator;
detecting or receiving data for a second torque on a second engine of a second generator;
calculating a torque target based on the first torque and the second torque; and
controlling operation of the first engine based on the torque target.

US Pat. No. 9,212,478

TOILET INSTALLATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

11. A toilet comprising:
a pedestal having a bowl and a wall with an opening therein;
a trap having a passageway in fluid communication with the bowl and a base configured to be coupled to a soil pipe; and
a mounting assembly for coupling the pedestal to the trap, the mounting assembly comprising:
a support member coupled to the trap;
a clamping member including a bore and a distal end pivotally coupled to the support member; and
an adjusting member extending through the opening in the wall, through an opening in the support member, and into the bore
of the clamping member;

wherein adjustment of the adjusting member pivots the clamping member relative to the support member to move the adjusting
member such that the adjusting member imparts a load into both the support member and the wall of the pedestal.

US Pat. No. 9,182,045

CONCENTRIC DIVERTER CARTRIDGE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A diverter cartridge for a fluid mixing valve, the cartridge comprising:
an inlet adapter having a first inlet port, a second inlet port, a first outlet port and a second outlet port;
a diverter plate having:
a first surface comprising a first opening and a second opening;
a second surface opposite the first surface, the second surface comprising a third opening, a fourth opening, a fifth opening,
and a sixth opening;

a first inlet channel extending through the diverter plate and connecting the first opening, the third opening, and the fourth
opening; and

a second inlet channel extending through the diverter plate and connecting the second opening, the fifth opening, and the
sixth opening;

wherein the diverter plate is rotatable relative to the inlet adapter between a first end position, a second end position,
and a neutral position between the first and second end positions;

wherein rotation of the diverter plate from the neutral position toward the first end position fluidly connects the first
inlet channel with the first inlet port via the third opening, fluidly connects the second inlet channel with the second inlet
port via the fifth opening, increases a volume flow rate of a fluid through at least one of the first and second inlet channels,
and diverts the fluid to exit the cartridge via the first outlet port; and

wherein rotation of the diverter plate from the neutral position toward the second end position fluidly connects the first
inlet channel with the first inlet port via the fourth opening, fluidly connects the second inlet channel with the second
inlet port via the sixth opening, increases a volume flow rate of a fluid through at least one of the first and second inlet
channels, and diverts the fluid to exit the cartridge via the second outlet port.

US Pat. No. 9,118,213

PORTAL FOR HARVESTING ENERGY FROM DISTRIBUTED ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCES

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A modular energy harvesting portal comprising:
a first preconditioner including a first DC output and a first power input connectable to a first source, the first preconditioner
configured to convert a first type of power provided from the first source to a first DC level, and output the converted power
at the first DC level;

a second preconditioner including a second DC output and a second power input connectable to a second source, the second preconditioner
configured to convert a second type of power provided from the second source to the first DC level, and output the converted
power at the first DC level;

a first inverter including a first DC input and a first AC output, the first inverter converting DC power received at the
first DC input to AC power and outputting AC power at the first AC output;

a second inverter including a second DC input and a second AC output, the second inverter converting DC power received at
the second DC input to AC power and outputting AC power at the second AC output;

a controller configured to communicate with the first inverter, second inverter, first preconditioner, and second preconditioner;
a backplane including
first and second preconditioner slots for receiving the first preconditioner and the second preconditioner,
first and second inverter slots for receiving the first inverter and the second inverter,
a DC bus connecting the first DC output, second DC output, first DC input, and second DC input, and
an AC output bus connecting the first AC output and second AC output, wherein the controller selectively couples the AC output
bus to an AC grid; and

a sink circuit coupled to the DC link bus and operable to selectively dissipate power resident on the DC link bus, wherein
the sink circuit is activated to dissipate power resident on the DC link bus in response to removal from the backplane of
at least one selected from the group of the first preconditioner, the second preconditioner, the first inverter, and the second
inverter.

US Pat. No. 9,468,939

FACEPLATE FOR SHOWER DEVICE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

22. A shower device comprising:
a housing defining an inlet for receiving water;
a nozzle plate having a surface and including a plurality of nozzles projecting therefrom for discharging water, at least
some of the plurality of nozzles each having a barb;

a faceplate having a continuous front surface and a rear surface and defining a plurality of apertures therethrough, each
of the plurality of nozzles being received in an associated one of the plurality of apertures, the faceplate being snap-fit
to the nozzle plate by the barbs; and

a pattern formed from facets and located rearwardly of the front surface of the faceplate;
wherein the barbs engage the continuous front surface of the faceplate; and
wherein, in the pattern, adjacent facets meet at an intersection, and wherein each of the plurality of apertures is positioned
at an associated intersection.

US Pat. No. 9,462,915

SHOWER DOOR CAM SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower door cam system comprising:
at least one shower door having a predetermined number of offset rollers; and
at least one panel having the predetermined number of offset tracks, each track comprising a straight portion disposed between
two downward-sloping curved ends, and each track configured to receive one of the rollers,

wherein in a closed position of the shower door, the shower door contacts a shower floor of a showering enclosure to form
a watertight seal, and

wherein in an open position of the shower door, the shower door is elevated such that a gap is formed between the shower door
and the shower floor of the showering enclosure.

US Pat. No. 9,272,295

SPRAYER ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sprayer, comprising:
a sprayer body having a handle portion and an outlet head, with a passage extending through the sprayer body from the handle
portion through the outlet head;

a flow selector valve positioned within the outlet head to direct flow between two exit pathways;
a first actuator positioned on an exterior rear side of the outlet head to control the flow selector valve;
an on/off valve positioned in the handle portion to control flow from the handle to the outlet head; and
a second actuator positioned on an exterior frontal side of the handle portion to control the on/off valve;
wherein the first and second actuators are located on opposing frontal and rear sides of the sprayer body to allow the first
actuator to be pressed by a thumb while the second actuator is simultaneously contacted by another finger on the same hand
as the thumb while said same hand is grasping the handle portion; and

wherein the second actuator is biased to a position that directs the on/off valve to a closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,255,389

FOOD PREPARATION SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A food preparation sink comprising:
a first end wall;
a second end wall disposed opposite the first end wall;
a bottom wall sloping downwardly while extending from the first end wall toward the second end wall and having a varying slope,
the bottom wall including:

a drain floor forming a portion of the bottom wall disposed near the second end wall and having a drain opening within the
drain floor allowing water and waste to exit the sink; and

a concavely sloped region near the first end wall and a convexly sloped region between the concavely sloped region and the
drain floor; and

a nozzle mounted adjacent the first end wall and being coupled to a water source to provide a water flow into the sink through
the first end wall, the water flow, when present, being configured to follow the contour of the concavely sloped region and
the convexly sloped region after exiting the nozzle and being capable of carrying waste within the sink toward the drain opening.

US Pat. No. 9,197,098

STANDBY POWER SYSTEM THAT PREDICTS A NEED TO SUPPLY POWER TO A LOAD TO MINIMIZE START TIME OF A GENERATOR

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A standby power system comprising:
a sensor adapted to monitor a primary utility power source that provides power to a load;
a generator that is adapted to supply power to the load, wherein the generator includes an internal combustion engine that
drives an alternator; and

a generator controller that operates the generator and receives data from the sensor, wherein the generator controller analyzes
the data from the sensor such that the generator controller is configured to determine that there may be a potential loss
of power from the primary utility power source, and wherein the generator controller acts to perform (i) operating an oil
pump to lubricate mechanical components in the internal combustion engine, (ii) activating heating elements that enhance combustion
in the internal combustion engine, (iii) operating air inlet louvers on an enclosure for the generator to permit the flow
of combustion and cooling air to the internal combustion engine, (iv) injecting a fluid for combustion into the internal combustion
engine to permit quicker starting of the internal combustion engine; or (v) activating fuel preparation equipment to improve
starting of a combustion engine before there is a loss of power from the primary utility power source without starting the
internal combustion engine in order to minimize a time to availability for the generator to supply power to the load when
there is a loss of power from the primary utility power source.

US Pat. No. 9,181,686

REPLACEABLE TRIM KIT

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

15. A drain system configured to mount to a fixture, comprising:
a housing configured to be mounted to an internal side of a wall of the fixture, wherein the wall includes an opening therein
to allow access to the housing;

a mounting plate configured to be coupled to the housing and mount directly to an external side of the wall, wherein the mounting
plate includes an outer portion having an opening and a plurality of tabs extending from the outer portion;

an escutcheon having an interior surface with a plurality of catches, an exterior surface having a decorative design, and
an opening to allow access to the housing; and

an actuator that includes an engaging member that is configured to detachably engage the housing through the openings in the
escutcheon and the mounting plate;

wherein the actuator does not directly contact the escutcheon; and
wherein the plurality of catches are configured to allow the escutcheon to be detachably coupled to the mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 9,062,441

CABLE OVERLOAD DEVICE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

11. A drain valve system for a fixture, comprising:
a housing configured to mount to a wall of the fixture and having an opening;
a drain stopper configured to move within the opening between an open position and a closed position;
a lever pivotally coupled to the housing and including a first arm and a second arm, the first arm being configured to move
the drain stopper upon rotation of the lever;

a cable having a driven end and a driving end that is connected to a drain control assembly configured to move the cable;
and

a cable overload device comprising:
a plunger coupled to the driven end of the cable;
a linking member having a first end and a second end coupled to the second arm of the lever, such that movement of the linking
member rotates the lever;

a sleeve having a first side that receives the driven end and a second side that receives the linking member; and
an energy absorber disposed between the plunger and the linking member to absorb a force imposed into the linking member from
the drain stopper;

wherein the sleeve is configured to move with one of the plunger and the linking member relative to the other of the plunger
and the linking member.

US Pat. No. 9,331,498

POWER GENERATION SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES EFFICIENT BATTERY CHARGER SELECTION

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power generation system comprising:
a first generator that includes an internal combustion engine and an alternator;
a second generator that includes an internal combustion engine and an alternator;
a first generator controller that operates the first generator;
a second generator controller that operates the second generator;
a first battery charger that is configured to charge a first battery and determine a state of charge for the first battery,
wherein the first battery charger is configured to charge the first battery using power received from a primary power source,
the alternator of the first generator or the alternator of the second generator;

a second battery charger that is configured to charge a second battery and determine a state of charge for the second battery,
wherein the second battery charger is configured to charge the second battery using power received from a primary power source,
the alternator of the first generator or the alternator of the second generator; and

wherein at least one of the first generator controller and second generator controller determines which of the first battery
charger and second battery charger is supplied with power from the primary power source, the alternator of the first generator
or the alternator of the second generator, wherein the first battery and the second battery are each configured to provide
power to start the first generator, wherein the first battery and the second battery are each configured to provide power
to start the second generator, and wherein the first battery charger is configured to charge the second battery and determine
a state of charge for the second battery, and the second battery charger is configured to charge the first battery and determine
a state of charge for the first battery.

US Pat. No. 9,133,735

VARIABLE VALVE TIMING APPARATUS AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE INCORPORATING THE SAME

KOHLER CO.

1. A variable valve timing apparatus for cooperating with a cam shaft to vary timing of an action of a first cylinder valve
of a first cylinder of an internal combustion engine, the variable valve timing apparatus comprising:
a timing shaft rotatable about a timing shaft axis and comprising a first eccentric;
a first timing control member;
a first arm rotatably coupled to the first timing control member so as to be rotatable relative to the first timing control
member about a first arm axis, the first arm comprising a first follower portion having a first surface in operable cooperation
with a first cam of the cam shaft and a second surface in operable cooperation with the first cylinder valve; and

the first timing control member rotatably mounted to the cam shaft and operably coupled to the first eccentric of the timing
shaft such that rotation of the timing shaft causes the first arm axis to rotate about the cam shaft axis and the first timing
control member to rotate about the cam shaft axis, thereby angularly moving the first follower portion about the cam shaft
axis between a first angular position and a second angular position to alter timing of the action of the first cylinder valve
relative to a reference timing.

US Pat. No. 9,074,535

INTEGRATED ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. An engine control assembly for use with an internal combustion engine, the engine control assembly comprising:
a mounting structure;
a first lever structure that is coupled to the mounting structure and configured to rotate about a first axis to any of a
plurality of positions ranging from a first position to a second position in response to input forces being applied thereto;

a switch device positioned in relation to the first lever structure, the switch device configured to cause the engine to stop
running when the first lever structure is in the first position so as to impart a further force at least indirectly to an
input of the switch device;

at least one first linking structure coupled to the first lever structure and configured to allow first rotational movement
of the first lever structure to influence at least indirectly an engine throttle operation; and

at least one second linking structure coupled to the first lever structure and configured to allow second rotational movement
of the first lever structure to influence at least indirectly an engine choking operation, wherein the engine choking operation
occurs at least when the first lever structure is at the second position;

wherein the at least one second linking structure includes a rod that extends between the first lever structure and a choke
actuation input structure, wherein the rod includes at least one bend portion along a length of the rod, wherein at least
one portion of the first lever structure includes a formation with an orifice through which the rod extends, wherein the formation
is in contact with the at least one bend portion when the first lever structure undergoes the second rotational movement,
so that at least some substantially linear movement is imparted to the rod that in turn causes at least some associated movement
of the choke actuation input structure resulting in the engine choking operation, and wherein the rod and the formation are
configured so that the first rotational movement of the first lever structure does not cause any corresponding movement of
the choke actuation input structure.

US Pat. No. 9,315,978

FOOD PREPARATION SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A food preparation sink, comprising:
a first end wall;
a second end wall disposed opposite the first end wall;
a first planar sidewall extending between and directly coupled to each of the first and second end walls;
a second planar sidewall extending between and directly coupled to each of the first end wall and the second end wall; and
a bottom wall extending between the first end wall and the second end wall, the bottom wall including:
an elongated sloped portion;
a transition; and
a drain floor;
wherein the sloped portion provides a raised work area relative to the drain floor that is configured to allow for food preparation
thereon, wherein the sloped portion slopes downward from the first end wall toward the transition, and wherein the drain floor
extends from the second end wall toward the transition.

US Pat. No. 9,211,004

MEDICINE CABINET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A medicine cabinet comprising:
a cabinet box with a cabinet door, a top panel, a bottom panel, and two side panels joining the top panel and the bottom panel;
a plurality of shelves each configured to be inserted within the cabinet box between a pair of clips having an engagement
structure that mates in a height-adjustable manner with a corresponding engagement structure disposed on or adjacent to the
two side panels; and

a magnifying mirror that selectively slides in a height-adjustable manner in a track along the cabinet door; the magnifying
mirror being connected to the cabinet door with a bow clip,

wherein the top panel and the bottom panel are interchangeable to permit the cabinet to be inverted for installation in an
opposite hand configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,487,937

TOILET COUPLING

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:
a tank having a bottom;
a bowl; and
an attachment assembly configured to secure the bottom of the tank to the bowl, the attachment assembly comprising:
a mounting bracket having at least three mounting locations spaced apart around an opening;
a valve configured to fluidly connect the tank and the bowl, the valve being configured to engage the bottom of the tank and
the opening in the mounting bracket;

a valve nut configured to couple to the valve to secure the mounting bracket between the valve nut and the tank;
a gasket disposed between the valve nut and an inlet opening of the bowl to prohibit leaking, wherein the gasket is directly
coupled to the valve, the valve nut, and the mounting bracket; and

at least three fasteners configured to secure the mounting bracket to the bowl;
wherein the at least three fasteners are disposed external to the tank and couple the tank to the bowl without directly engaging
the tank;

wherein the pitch of the tank is adjustable relative to the bowl about a lateral axis through adjustment of at least one of
the at least three fasteners; and

wherein the roll of the tank is adjustable relative to the bowl about a fore-aft axis through adjustment of at least one of
the at least three fasteners.

US Pat. No. 9,353,513

TOILETS WITH IMPROVED TRAPWAYS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:
a bowl having a bowl opening;
an outlet; and
a trapway connecting the bowl opening and the outlet for contents of the bowl to flow from the bowl opening to the outlet,
the trapway comprising an up leg, a weir, a down leg, a heel, and an out leg;

wherein the up leg extends rearward and upward from the bowl opening to the weir, the down leg extends downward from the weir
to the heel, and the out leg extends forward from the heel to the outlet;

wherein a vertical portion of the down leg extends vertically and has a circular or D-shaped cross-sectional profile;
wherein a horizontal portion of the out leg extends horizontally and has a D-shaped cross-sectional profile; and
wherein as the heel transitions from the down leg to the out leg, a cross-sectional profile of the heel increases in a major
dimension and then decreases as the cross-sectional profile of the heel decreases in a minor dimension and then increases.

US Pat. No. 9,109,565

POWER SYSTEM THAT OPERATES IN AN EXERCISE MODE BASED ON MEASURED PARAMETERS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power system, comprising:
a power generation component;
a sensor configured to measure a parameter; and
a controller in communication with the power generation component and the sensor, the controller configured to run the power
generation component in an exercise mode where the power generation component is not supplying power for a duration, the controller
determining the duration to run the power generation component in the exercise mode without supplying power based on the measured
parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,276,511

FIELD CURRENT PROFILE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method comprising:
identifying a profile for a generator, wherein the profile describes a periodic fluctuation in an operating characteristic
for the generator; and

controlling, based on the profile, a level of a field current for an alternator associated with the generator,
wherein the operating characteristic describes an output of the alternator, and the periodic fluctuation includes harmonics
caused by operation of the alternator.

US Pat. No. 9,095,862

SHOWER AND SPEAKER ASSEMBLY

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower assembly comprising:
a shower device including a device housing defining an inlet and an inlet axis, the inlet communicating with an inlet chamber,
an outlet and an outlet axis substantially coaxial with the inlet axis, and a waterway communicating between the inlet chamber
and the outlet, the inlet chamber having a radius in a direction transverse to the inlet axis, the outlet being disposed at
least partially radially outside of the inlet chamber, the device housing further defining a receptacle having a closed end
and an open end, the open end having a larger radius in a direction transverse to the inlet axis than the closed end such
that the receptacle generally diverges toward the open end, the inlet chamber being behind the closed end, the waterway extending
along the receptacle from the closed end toward the open end, the waterway generally diverging away from the inlet axis from
the closed end toward the open end as the waterway extends toward the outlet, the waterway being annular and extending around
the receptacle; and

a second device supportable in the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 9,492,038

SHOWER DOOR SEAL SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower sealing system, comprising:
a sliding shower door slidable along a length of an upper track assembly and configured to slide horizontally and freely above
a surface;

a sealing element configured to provide a fluid seal between the surface and at least a portion of the shower door;
a trigger mechanism coupled to the sealing element; and
a stop configured to activate the trigger mechanism when at least partially in contact with the trigger mechanism;
wherein the trigger mechanism is configured to move the sealing element from a storage position to a sealing position when
the stop activates the trigger mechanism;

wherein the stop is configured to activate the trigger mechanism when the shower door is at least partially closed such that
the sealing element is in the sealing position when the shower door is in a closed position; and

wherein the sealing element provides the fluid seal between the shower door and the surface when the sealing element is in
the sealing position.

US Pat. No. 9,369,075

RESONANT COMMUTATION SYSTEM FOR EXCITING A THREE-PHASE ALTERNATOR

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for exciting a field coil of an alternator in order to produce a magnetic field that induces electricity in an
alternator output coil assembly, the system comprising:
a generator that has an excitation output coil assembly for producing alternating electricity;
a rectifier having an input coupled to the excitation output coil assembly and an output, converting the alternating electricity
into a direct current with an output voltage, and providing the direct current at the output;

a capacitor connected to the output of the rectifier and having a capacitance that forms a resonant circuit with inductance
of the excitation output coil assembly, wherein the resonant circuit causes the output voltage and direct current to vary
cyclically;

a switch connected in series with the field coil, the switch being operable to control application of the direct current to
the field coil;

a minimum current detector coupled to the output of the rectifier and operable to determine when the magnitude of the direct
current is at a minimum level and in response thereto producing an indication; and

a controller coupled to a control terminal of the switch and an output of the minimum current detector, the controller,
in response to an excitation control signal, places the switch in a conductive state in which the direct current is applied
to the field coil, and,

in response to the indication received from the output of the minimum current detector, places the switch in a non-conductive
state.

US Pat. No. 9,315,980

URINAL BRACKET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bracket for coupling a urinal to a soil pipe, comprising:
a body portion defining a first opening configured to be in fluid communication with the soil pipe, the body portion having
a first surface configured to receive a resilient gasket;

an arm extending outwardly from the body portion, the arm having a structure configured to receive a fastener for coupling
the bracket to the urinal, the structure having a first surface positioned forward of the first surface of the body portion;
and

a threaded surface at least partially defining the first opening and configured to threadably couple to the soil pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,314,397

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING TRANSDUCERS TO PROVIDE A VIBRACOUSTIC EXPERIENCE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A water system comprising:
a reservoir configured to contain water and comprising a wall, a first axis of symmetry substantially parallel to and equidistant
from sides of the reservoir, and a second axis of symmetry substantially parallel to and equidistant from ends of the reservoir;
and

four vibratory transducers mounted against the wall of the reservoir, the four vibratory transducers being configured to receive
an input signal and to generate vibrations within water contained in the reservoir by vibrating the wall of the reservoir,

wherein the four vibratory transducers are mounted in an asymmetrical configuration with respect to both the first axis of
symmetry and the second axis of symmetry such that, when the wall is partitioned into four sections, only a single vibratory
transducer is mounted against each section of the wall and no other vibratory transducers are mounted against the wall, wherein
the asymmetrical configuration reduces an interference and cancelling effect between vibratory waves produced by each of the
vibratory transducers.

US Pat. No. 9,281,716

GENERATOR CONTROLLER CONFIGURED FOR PREVENTING AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH FROM SUPPLYING POWER TO THE SELECTED LOAD

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power management system comprising:
a generator that includes an internal combustion engine and an alternator; anda generator controller that operates the generator, wherein the generator controller is configured to prohibit at least some
of a plurality of transfer switches from supplying secondary power or primary power to outputs of the respective transfer
switches;
wherein each of the respective outputs on the transfer switches provides power to a load, wherein each load is located in
a different location, wherein each of the locations corresponds to a different residence in a dwelling or residential community.

US Pat. No. 9,261,030

AUTOMATIC FUEL SHUTOFF

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A carburetor comprising:
a carburetor chamber configured to mix air and fuel;
a fuel valve chamber configured to supply the fuel to the carburetor chamber;
a carburetor chassis including the fuel valve chamber and the carburetor chamber;
a combination lever including a longitudinal handle and a cylindrical portion, wherein the fuel valve chamber is configured
to support the cylindrical portion;

a directional cavity formed in the cylindrical portion of the combination lever and configured to regulate a supply of the
fuel to the carburetor chamber according to a rotation of the combination lever; and

an abutment portion of the combination lever configured to engage a switch for completing an electrical shutoff path to an
engine coupled to the carburetor,

wherein the directional cavity of the cylindrical portion of the combination lever is configured to receive the flow of fuel
from a fuel intake and deliver the flow of fuel, through the directional cavity, to the carburetor chamber through an output
path, wherein the fuel intake and the output path are in a direction substantially perpendicular to the rotation of the combination
lever.

US Pat. No. 9,200,435

RETAINER ASSEMBLY FOR SWIVEL SPOUT

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A swing spout assembly, comprising:
a spout having a channel extending from an inlet end to a discharge end, the inlet end having a groove formed therein;
a snap ring configured to engage the groove of the inlet end;
an escutcheon disposed around the inlet end of the spout, wherein the snap-ring is configured to engage a groove of the escutcheon;
and

a stationary body having a portion configured to extend into the channel of the spout;
wherein the spout is configured to swivel relative to the escutcheon and the stationary body.

US Pat. No. 9,364,120

CAULKLESS SEAL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bathing enclosure, comprising:
a base having a first flange extending outward from an upper end thereof to define an upper surface;
one or more wall panels having a second flange extending outward from a lower end thereof to define a lower surface;
a compliant member having a length and a width, the length being greater than the width;
wherein the base and the one or more wall panels at least in part define a forward entrance into an interior of the enclosure,
a generally horizontal interface being formed between the first flange and the second flange; and

wherein the compliant member is coupled to a first of the one or more wall panels proximate the entrance and the compliant
member forms a seal with the first flange, the length of the compliant member extending outward relative to the interior of
the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 9,261,028

GOVERNOR SYSTEM ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO.

1. A governor system assembly for an engine, the assembly comprising:
a governor gear;
a weight;
a locking pin pivotably coupling the weight to the governor gear along a pivot axis, the locking pin having a locking segment
selectively rotatable into engagement with the governor gear about the pivot axis for securing the locking pin to the governor
gear;

wherein the locking pin is rotatable between an unlocked position in which the locking segment disengages the governor gear
and a locked position in which the locking segment engages the governor gear.

US Pat. No. 9,193,260

CLOSURE DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS FROM A FUEL TANK

KOHLER CO.

1. A closure device for controlling evaporative emissions from a fuel tank comprising:
a housing having an axis and defining an internal chamber containing a hydrocarbon adsorbing media;
a stem extending from a floor of the internal chamber along the axis, a first portion of the stem residing between the floor
and a roof of the internal chamber, the first portion comprising a majority of an axial length of the stem;

a sheath disposed over the first portion of the stem so as to form an annular gap between the sheath and the stem, the sheath
having a closed top end that is spaced from a roof of the internal chamber;

at least one aperture that forms a passageway between a bottom portion of the annular gap and the internal chamber;
the stem comprising an inlet passageway extending from a fuel vapor inlet port to a top portion of the annular gap; and
at least one outlet passageway extending from the internal chamber to an atmospheric air outlet port.

US Pat. No. 9,080,362

SHOWER DOOR BUMPER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower door assembly comprising:
a frame having an upper frame member that is elongated with a generally constant cross-section defining a channel therein,
the upper frame member further including a first flange and a second flange that are downwardly extending and spaced apart;

a door configured to slide in a direction parallel with the channel; and
a bumper member positioned generally within the channel of the upper frame member and configured to limit movement of the
door;

wherein the bumper member is coupled directly to the upper frame member; and
wherein the bumper member is configured to be compressed between the first flange and the second flange in a direction normal
to a sliding direction of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,462,885

BATHING AREA ACCESSORIES

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shelving assembly for use within a bathing area, comprising:
a niche configured to be recessed relative to a wall of the bathing area,
wherein the niche includes a plurality of slots; and
at least one generally planar shelf attachable to, removable from, and reattachable to the plurality of slots of the niche,
wherein the plurality of slots are configured to receive and secure the at least one shelf,
wherein the niche comprises two sidewalls that extend substantially vertically along a vertical length of the niche and a
lower surface that extends between and connects a lower portion of the two sidewalls, wherein the plurality of slots are on
the two sidewalls and the at least one shelf attaches with a pair of slots from the plurality of slots that are vertically
aligned with each other,

wherein the lower surface of the niche has a front portion that is aligned with the wall of the bathing area and a back portion
that is recessed relative to the wall of the bathing area, wherein the front portion and the back portion extend between the
two sidewalls,

wherein the front portion is lower than the back portion such that the lower surface of the niche is inclined;
wherein the niche comprises a back wall that extends substantially vertically along the vertical length of the niche and extends
between a back portion of the sidewalls,

wherein a back edge of the at least one shelf is spaced apart from the back wall such that there is a gap between the back
edge the at least one shelf and the back wall for liquid to flow through down to the inclined lower surface which directs
liquid away from the niche.

US Pat. No. 9,380,917

DISPENSER SYSTEM FOR DISPOSABLE WIPES

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A disposable wipes dispenser system, the dispenser system comprising:
a case configured to contain a disposable wipes container;
a cover including a lid and a shank configured to mount in a mounting hole disposed within a mounting surface, wherein the
shank is configured to be received in the mounting hole; and

a funnel configured to couple to the disposable wipes container and to the cover when the funnel is positioned below the mounting
surface;

wherein the case is configured to couple to the cover from below the mounting surface; and
wherein the disposable wipes are accessible from above the mounting hole when the cover is coupled to the mounting surface,
the funnel is coupled to the cover, and the disposable wipes container is coupled to the funnel.

US Pat. No. 9,062,790

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO POSITION AND RETAIN A SENSOR IN A FAUCET SPOUT

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet having an electronic valve, comprising:
a spout having a tubular sidewall extending between a first end through which a fluid exits and a second end though which
the fluid enters, wherein the tubular sidewall includes a curved portion extending along a curved longitudinal axis and having
an underside apex located between the first and second ends, wherein the tubular sidewall includes an opening along an underside
of the curved portion and a portion of the sensor is disposed in the opening;

a sensor disposed within the curved portion of the tubular sidewall proximate the underside apex, wherein the sensor is operatively
coupled to the electronic valve; and

a sensor holder configured to retain the sensor in the spout, the sensor holder comprising:
a frame configured to secure the sensor to the curved portion adjacent to the underside apex of the curved portion, the frame
having a front end extending toward the first end of the spout and a back end extending toward the second end of the spout;

a raised window along an underside of the frame and adjacent to the underside apex of the curved portion, the raised window
configured to engage with the opening along the underside of the curved portion to position the sensor holder relative to
the spout;

at least one leg disposed at the back end of the frame and extending in a vertical direction perpendicular to a longitudinal
axis of the sensor holder; and

a tab extending from the front end of the frame, a position of the tab secured by a corresponding tab of a spray insert of
the faucet;

wherein a horizontal motion of the sensor holder is inhibited by the raised window and a vertical motion of the sensor holder
is inhibited by the at least one leg and the tab of the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,462,916

SHOWER RECEPTOR

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower base for a shower assembly, comprising:
a floor having an end and at least one side;
a drain cavity disposed at the end, wherein the drain cavity is recessed downwardly relative to the floor to capture water
therein; and

a transition connecting the end of the floor to a portion of the drain cavity, the transition comprising a first section having
a compound radius that varies in size along the first section, wherein the first section extends outwardly from a vertex to
the at least one side of the floor;

wherein an edge of the first section of the transition is collinear with a forward edge of the end of the floor.

US Pat. No. 9,462,919

DAMPER LOCKING MECHANISM FOR TOILET SEAT

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:
a seat;
a bowl; and
a damper locking mechanism configured to allow the seat to rotate relative to the bowl with an influenced inertia, the damper
locking mechanism comprising:

a hinge base having a biasing member and an interior surface that defines a bore; and
a damper having an exterior surface that engages the interior surface,
wherein the biasing member comprises a fixed end affixed to the interior surface of the hinge base, a distal end, and a contoured
surface disposed between the fixed end and the distal end,

wherein when the damper is disposed in the bore, the contoured surface of the biasing member contacts the exterior surface
of the damper and imparts a radial force to bias the damper into the hinge base and remove a looseness between the seat and
the bowl.

US Pat. No. 9,388,731

NOISE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM

KOHLER CO.

1. A noise suppression shroud for an engine having a blower housing and fan positioned therein, the shroud comprising:
a longitudinal axis;
a body having a lower portion mountable on the blower housing of the engine and an upper portion, the body further comprising
a top wall and extending downwards therefrom a front wall, a rear wall, and opposing first and second lateral sidewalls;

a cavity formed in the body;
the first and second lateral sidewalls each defining a discrete first air inlet passage and a discrete second air inlet passage
respectively, the first and second air inlet passages each extending rearwards beyond the rear wall and on opposite sides
of the rear wall, the first and second air inlet passages being downwardly open and in fluid communication with the fan in
the blower housing;

a quarter wave resonator disposed in the cavity and tuned to attenuate noise within a first range of frequencies generated
by the fan within the blower housing;

wherein each of the air inlet passages defines a centerline which is angled obliquely to the longitudinal axis, the air inlet
passages each including a rear terminal end which is spaced farther apart laterally from the longitudinal axis than a front
end of the air inlet passage which is connected to the front wall of the body of the shroud;

wherein the first and second air inlet passages are each operable to separately draw cooling air underneath the shroud and
inwards in a forward direction towards the fan, the cooling air drawn in by the first and second air inlet passages being
combined in the cavity and collectively drawn into the fan.

US Pat. No. 9,328,641

POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES A WET EXHAUST SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A catalytic assembly comprising:
a cooling housing that receives a coolant;
a catalyst housing disposed within the cooling housing such that coolant flows between the catalyst housing and the cooling
housing, wherein the catalyst housing includes a first fitting; and

a catalyst substrate within the catalyst housing such that exhaust flows through the catalyst substrate, wherein the cooling
housing includes a second fitting that mates with the first fitting such that the first fitting and second fitting prevent
rotation of the catalyst housing relative to the cooling housing without the aid of additional rotation-prevention features.

US Pat. No. 9,220,657

WATER INGRESS DETECTION SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A detection system for a tub having a water recirculation system, the detection system comprising:
an electronic sensor configured to detect a condition indicative of water being present in a water recirculation system of
a tub; and

an indicator configured to provide a visual indication according to the detected condition.

US Pat. No. 9,431,942

GENERATOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT SELECTIVELY ACTIVATES GENERATORS BASED ON AN OPERATING PARAMETER

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A generator management system comprising:
a first generator that is adapted to supply power to a load;
a first generator controller that operates the first generator;
a second generator that is adapted to supply power to the load;
a second generator controller that operates the second generator;
a communication bus that directly connects the first generator controller and the second generator controller such that the
first generator controller and the second generator controller exchange data; and

wherein at least one of the first generator controller and the second generator controller identifies an operating parameter
of the first generator and the second generator that is shared between the first generator controller and the second generator
controller directly via the communication bus in order to establish an order for activating the first generator and the second
generator based on the operating parameter of the first generator and the second generator and dynamically updates the order
for activating the first generator and the second generator based on the operating parameter of the first generator and the
second generator.

US Pat. No. 9,260,846

DRAIN CONTROL ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A drain control assembly comprising:
a receiving member comprising a bore and a receiving portion for selectively receiving a first actuator in a first configuration
and a second actuator in a second configuration; and

a moveable member configured to move between a first position and a second position within the bore of the receiving member
to cause a cable to open or close a drain valve assembly;

wherein the first actuator comprises a first body portion and is configured to move the moveable member between the first
and second positions in response to linear movement of the first body portion; and

wherein the second actuator includes a second body portion and is configured to move the moveable member between the first
and second positions in response to rotational movement of the second body portion.

US Pat. No. 9,249,616

SHOWER DOOR JAMB SEAL

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A wall jamb for a showering enclosure comprising:
a plurality of legs configured to receive a side of a shower door panel;
a base connecting the plurality of legs such that the wall jamb is an elongated member defining a length, wherein the base
and the plurality of legs collectively define a generally U-shaped cross-section taken transversely to the length of the wall
jamb; and

a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed at an exterior surface of the base, the pressure sensitive adhesive configured to adhere
to a wall of the showering enclosure,

wherein the plurality of legs and the base are formed of a resilient material, and
wherein the plurality of legs are configured to obtain a clamp-like hold on the shower door panel when the shower door panel
is received therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,151,405

TRANSVERSE HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VALVE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A handle assembly for a valve system, comprising:
an input shaft having a first end and a second end;
a first gear coupled to the input shaft between the first and second ends;
a handle coupled to the second end of the input shaft;
a second gear coupled to an output shaft and positioned to engage the first gear;
a body rotatably supporting the first end of the input shaft and having a cavity that receives the output shaft;
a retaining nut disposed in the cavity and coupled to the body; and
a spring that is disposed in the cavity and provided between the output shaft and the retaining nut, wherein the spring is
supported by the retaining nut to apply a force on the output shaft to bias the second gear toward the first gear.

US Pat. No. 9,085,882

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A PROGRAMMABLE SHOWER INTERFACE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for controlling shower outlets, comprising:
an electronic display configured to display multiple different graphical user interfaces for controlling the shower outlets,
each of the graphical user interfaces comprising a different set of graphical user interface elements;

a controller configured to cause the electronic display to display a graphical user interface, the graphical user interface
comprising a plurality of graphical user interface elements;

a first group of one or more shower outlets;
wherein at least one of the graphical user interface elements is a graphical representation of shower layout comprising a
first shower outlet element that is associated with the first group of one or more shower outlets, another of the graphical
user interface elements is a first zone element that displays an indication of water temperature for the first group of one
or more shower outlets, and the first shower outlet element and the first zone element have a first common color indicating
that the water temperature displayed by the first zone element applies to the first group of shower outlets.

US Pat. No. 9,085,883

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A PROGRAMMABLE SHOWER INTERFACE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for controlling shower outlets of a custom physical shower, the system comprising:
a plurality of shower outlets;
an electronic display configured to display multiple different graphical user interfaces for controlling the shower outlets,
each of the graphical user interfaces comprising a different set of graphical user interface elements; and

a controller in communication with the electronic display;
wherein the controller causes the electronic display to display a graphical user interface comprising a graphical representation
of a shower layout of the custom physical shower and a graphical representation of the shower outlets that includes one or
more graphical user interface elements that are associated with one or more of the shower outlets, and wherein an orientation
of the graphical user interface elements is programmable by a user to visually represent multiple different physical orientations
of the shower outlets of the custom physical shower, each of the multiple different physical orientations corresponding to
a different physical configuration of the shower outlets;

wherein the controller is configured to receive and act upon an indication of a request to change a state of the shower outlets.

US Pat. No. 9,051,722

MULTI-SPRAY BIDET

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sprayer for a bidet, comprising:
a generally elongate wand comprising a central aperture defined by an upper surface of the wand extending to a cutout defined
by a lower surface of the wand; and

a spray head comprising a body portion, a head portion, and a bottom portion;
wherein the wand is configured to communicate water to the body portion of the spray head, the body portion of the spray head
is configured to communicate the water to the head portion, and the head portion is configured to spray the water;

wherein the spray head is configured to be received within the central aperture and to releasably couple to the wand such
that the head portion is centrally located relative to the upper surface of the wand; and

wherein the cutout is configured to provide access to the bottom portion of the spray head such that a user is able to remove
the spray head from the wand as a single unit by directly applying an upward force to an exposed surface of the bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 9,045,888

TOILET FLUSHING ASSEMBLY AND SEQUENCE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:
a bowl;
a flush valve configured to control flow from the bowl; and
a supply valve configured to control flow to the bowl;
wherein the flush valve and the supply valve are configured such that during a flush sequence the supply valve and the flush
valve are both opened and closed twice, first during a pre-rinse cycle and subsequently during a rinse cycle, the supply valve
and the flush valve being closed at a start and end of the cycles and open between the start and end of the cycles.

US Pat. No. 9,274,531

THERMOSTATIC FLUID SUPPLY INVERTER VALVE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An assembly for a thermostatic mixing valve, the assembly comprising:
a valve body including a first fluid channel having a first inlet port for receiving a first fluid from a first fluid supply
line, a second fluid channel having a second inlet port for receiving a second fluid from a second fluid supply line, and
a cartridge chamber having a first layer, a second layer offset from the first layer, and an opening for receiving a thermostatic
mixing cartridge;

a first removable insert configured to be insertable into the first fluid channel and the second fluid channel, wherein the
first removable insert guides the first fluid to the first layer when inserted into the first fluid channel and guides the
second fluid to the first layer when inserted into the second fluid channel; and

a second removable insert configured to be insertable into the first fluid channel and the second fluid channel, wherein the
second removable insert guides the first fluid to the second layer when inserted into the first fluid channel and guides the
second fluid to the second layer when inserted into the second fluid channel.

US Pat. No. 9,279,379

POSITION BASED AIR/FUEL RATIO CALCULATION IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:
a combustion chamber;
a rotating component;
a sensing system that detects an angular position of the rotating component; and
a controller that calculates a ratio between air and fuel in the combustion chamber based on the detected position of the
rotating component, wherein the controller calculates a speed of the rotating component and an acceleration of the rotating
component based on the detected position of the rotating component, wherein the controller determines a burn rate of the air
and the fuel in the combustion chamber based on the speed of the rotating component, the acceleration of the rotating component,
and the detected position of the rotating component.

US Pat. No. 9,464,415

FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet, comprising:
a spout base having a first end and an opposite second end, and first and second water supply lines received within the spout
base, wherein each of the first and second water supply lines includes a first end having a connector;

a hub including an inlet end, an outlet end, an aperture provided within a side wall proximate the inlet end, and an inlet
port for each water supply line, each inlet port provided within the inlet end and configured to receive the connector of
one water supply line; and

a pin;
wherein the pin is located within the aperture and engages a portion of the connectors of the first and second water supply
lines and secures the connectors to the hub;

wherein an outlet hole extends through the hub between the inlet end and the outlet end;
wherein a plug blocks the inlet end of the outlet hole so as to prevent any water contained within the hub from flowing out
of the outlet hole at the inlet end of the hub; and

wherein when the pin is within the aperture, the pin secures the plug within the outlet hole.

US Pat. No. 10,071,018

WHIRLPOOL BATHTUB AND PURGING SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method of purging a whirlpool bathtub, comprising:providing a pump having an off condition and an on condition, the pump configured to circulate water to a basin through a water feed line;
providing a blower having an off condition and an on condition, the blower configured to provide air to the basin through an air feed line;
turning the blower to the on condition and the pump to the off condition; and
introducing at least a portion of the air from the blower into the pump and the water feed line.

US Pat. No. 9,387,495

SHOWER DEVICE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower device comprising:
a housing having an inlet and an outlet, the housing defining a first flow path and a second flow path between the inlet and
the outlet;

a first self-closing flow regulator positioned in the first flow path and limiting a flow of water therethrough to a first
flow rate; and

a second self-closing flow regulator positioned upstream of the first flow regulator and limiting a flow of water therethrough
to a second flow rate, the first flow path and the second flow path passing through the second flow regulator, the second
flow rate being greater than the first flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,385,575

COOLING AND CONTROL OF A LOAD BANK USED IN A POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power generation system comprising:
a generator that includes an alternator and an internal combustion engine that drives the alternator to generate power;
a load bank configured to selectively absorb power from the generator;
a cooling system that includes a liquid, the cooling system configured to operate in a plurality of operating modes; and
a controller that manipulates the liquid in the cooling system based on the operating mode of the cooling system , where the
operating modes include a warm-up mode, a low load mode and a high load mode;

where the liquid receives heat from the load bank and supplies heat to the engine in the warm up mode;
where the liquid receives heat from the load bank, receives heat from engine and supplies heat to a heat exchanger in the
low load mode; and

where the liquid receives heat from engine and supplies heat to the heat exchanger in the high load mode without receiving
heat from the load bank.

US Pat. No. 9,380,918

TOILET WITH LIGHTED SEAT HINGE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet assembly, comprising:
a toilet base including a bowl;
a tank coupled to the toilet base;
a seat assembly connected to the toilet base, the seat assembly comprising:
a hinge assembly comprising a hinge housing and a lighting mechanism at least partially encapsulated by the hinge housing,
the lighting mechanism including a first light source, a reflector configured to distribute the light emitted by the first
light source along a length of the reflector thereby creating a light bar effect, and a power source;

a lid pivotally connected to the hinge assembly;
a ring pivotally connected to the hinge assembly;
wherein the lighting mechanism is configured to direct light at the tank and to direct light into the bowl such that light
is reflected off of the tank and off of an interior surface of the bowl.

US Pat. No. 9,279,392

GASEOUS ENGINE FUEL DELIVERY

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A fuel injection system for a gaseous engine, the fuel injection system comprising:
an intake flow component configured to mix a flow of air and a flow of gaseous fuel, wherein a venturi surface is configured
to cause a venturi pressure from the flow of air;

a throttle configured to regulate the flow of air into the intake flow component;
a plunger configured to regulate the flow of gaseous fuel into the intake flow component under the venturi pressure; and
a controller configured to generate at least one drive signal for the plunger,
wherein the at least one drive signal includes a plurality of drive signals, and each of the plurality of drive signals is
associated with a cylinder of the gaseous engine.

US Pat. No. 9,228,633

ENGINE BALANCE SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A balance system for implementation within an engine crankcase, the balance system comprising:
a crankshaft including a crank pin portion, at least one shaft portion, at least one crank arm portion coupling the crank
pin portion to the at least one shaft portion, and at least one eccentric portion provided along the at least one shaft portion,
wherein the crankshaft is further configured to be coupled to a connecting rod;

a counterbalance assembly having at least one connecting arm and a counterbalance weight with first and second ends, wherein
each of the at least one connecting arm includes a respective circular orifice that is positioned around and supported by
a respective one of the at least one eccentric portion; and

first and second hinged arms rotatably coupled proximate the first and second ends of the counterbalance weight, respectively,
wherein the first and second hinged arms at least indirectly link the first and second ends of the counterbalance weight to
a portion of the engine crankcase and guide movement of the counterbalance weight,

wherein the at least one connecting arm includes first and second connecting arms that are respectively supported upon the
first and second eccentric portions, respectively, and

wherein the first and second connecting arms are affixed to the counterbalance weight proximate the first and second ends
of the counterbalance weight, wherein a first plurality of fastening or engaging mechanisms is used to affix the first connecting
arm to the counterbalance weight, and a second plurality of fastening or engaging mechanisms is used to affix the second connecting
arm to the counterbalance weight.

US Pat. No. 9,069,359

PRESSURE BALANCE UNIT

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A pressure balance unit for a valve assembly, the pressure balance unit comprising:
a first shell having a tongue extending therefrom, wherein the first shell defines a first bore;
a second shell having a groove indented therein, wherein the second shell defines a second bore;
a sliding element having a shaft defining an axis and including a separating wall dividing a first hollow core and a second
hollow core, a first end movable along the axis within the first bore, and a second end movable along the axis within the
second bore, wherein the shaft also includes a first hole, which extends radially relative to the axis and fluidly connects
the first hollow core and a first pressure chamber, and a second hole, which extends radially relative to the axis and fluidly
connects the second hollow core and a second pressure chamber; and

a sleeve provided over at least one of the first end and the second end of the sliding element,
wherein the groove in the second shell is configured to receive the tongue from the first shell and wherein the first bore
and the second bore are coaxially aligned when the tongue is received in the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,108,165

PROTECTIVE FUNCTIONS FOR PARALLEL GENERATORS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store expected operating parameters for a system of generators including a first generator and a second generator, wherein the expected operating parameters include a threshold for reverse power and a threshold for output voltage; and
a processor configured to receive operation data for the first generator and the second generator, wherein the operation data include reverse power levels and an output voltage level, wherein the processor is configured to determine deviations between a reverse power level for the first generator and the threshold for reverse power and between an output voltage and the threshold for output voltage, wherein the processor is configured to generate a disconnection command for the second generator when the deviation for the reverse power level for the first generator exceeds an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 9,416,884

FLUID CONTROL VALVE AND ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A concentric cartridge for a fluid mixing valve, the cartridge comprising:
a stationary housing;
an inlet adapter configured to receive a first fluid and a second fluid;
a pressure balance unit;
a volume control plate configured to rotate with the pressure balance unit and positioned between the inlet adapter and the
pressure balance unit;

a temperature control plate; and
a mixing plate positioned between the pressure balance unit and the temperature control plate, wherein the mixing plate is
fixed to the stationary housing such that the mixing plate remains substantially stationary;

wherein the pressure balance unit and the volume control plate are rotatable relative to the inlet adapter to control a volume
of the first and second fluids permitted to enter the pressure balance unit; and

wherein the temperature control plate is rotatable relative to the stationary mixing plate and comprises covers configured
to cover and uncover openings in the mixing plate to control relative amounts of the first and second fluids permitted to
pass through the openings;

wherein the temperature control plate and the pressure balance unit rotate independently from each other relative to the stationary
housing such that:

the temperature control plate remains substantially stationary relative to the stationary housing as the pressure balance
unit is rotated relative to the stationary housing, and

the pressure balance unit remains substantially stationary relative to the stationary housing as the temperature control plate
is rotated relative to the stationary housing.

US Pat. No. 9,368,972

GENERATOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT DETERMINES A TIME TO ACTIVATE AND DEACTIVATE GENERATORS BASED ON THE LOAD LEVEL

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A generator management system comprising:
a first generator:
a second generator;
a bus that connects the first generator and the second generator to a load; and
a control that determines a time delay to connect the first generator and second generator to the bus and disconnect the first
generator and second generator from the bus, wherein the control continuously monitors the instantaneous load supplied by
the first generator and the second generator and varies the time delay based on the monitored instantaneous load supplied,
wherein the control determines the time delay to connect the first generator and second generator to the bus and disconnect
the first generator and second generator from the bus based on a relationship between the load supplied by any of the connected
first generator and second generator and a set point stored in the control.

US Pat. No. 9,303,391

FAUCET MOUNT ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet mount assembly comprising:
a mounting plate configured to receive a first valve housing, the mounting plate including a channel having a drainage aperture
disposed therein; and

a fluid tube disposed within the channel, the fluid tube being removably coupled to and in fluid communication with the first
valve housing, wherein the fluid tube includes an outlet for routing water from the first valve housing to a spout of a faucet;

wherein the channel has a bowed surface including a raised portion within the channel that slopes downwardly to direct any
fluid leakage from the first valve housing, the fluid tube, or spout toward the drainage aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,283,144

MANUAL BIDET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bidet assembly for a toilet, comprising:
a sprayer configured to spray water;
a water supply system configured to selectively communicate water from one or more water sources to the sprayer;
an arm operationally coupled to the water sprayer and to the water supply system;
wherein the arm is configured such that rotation of the arm about a first axis acts to rotate the sprayer and the arm further
comprises a feature configured to allow control of water flow from the water supply to the sprayer;

wherein the arm extends radially away from the first axis and includes a valve positioned in a cavity thereof to control the
water flow;

wherein the arm includes a first section configured to rotate about the first axis and which extends away from the first axis,
and the arm includes a second section extending from the first section, the second section being configured to rotate relative
to the first section to operate the valve for controlling the water flow.

US Pat. No. 9,181,685

MAGNETIC DOCKING FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet, comprising:
a spout;
a sprayhead releasably coupled to the spout;
a hose coupled to the sprayhead and having a magnetically responsive collar thereon, the hose providing fluid through the
spout to the sprayhead;

a magnet located in the faucet such that when the sprayhead is coupled to the spout, the collar magnetically couples to the
magnet, thereby applying sufficient magnetic force to the hose to retain the sprayhead against the spout; and

a retainer located in the faucet and supporting the magnet;
wherein the spout is rotatably coupled to a base, and the retainer is supported by the base inside the spout.

US Pat. No. 9,085,880

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A PROGRAMMABLE SHOWER INTERFACE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system controlling shower components of a shower, comprising:
a shower having one or more shower components;
an electronic display configured to display multiple different graphical user interfaces for controlling the shower components,
each of the graphical user interfaces comprising a different set of graphical user interface elements;

a controller configured to cause the electronic display to display a multi-dimensional graphical representation of a temperature
profile, the temperature profile comprising at least two temperature points that are user adjustable in temperature and time
via user interface controls, wherein adjusting the temperature of a temperature point moves the temperature point along a
first dimension of the multi-dimensional graphical representation of the temperature profile, and adjusting the time of a
temperature point moves the temperature point along a second dimension of the multi-dimensional graphical representation of
the temperature profile;

wherein the controller causes the temperature profile to be stored in memory for use in controlling the shower components,
and causes water to be output from the shower components at a first temperature at a first time of a first temperature point
and at a second temperature at a second time of a second temperature point, the first temperature being different than the
second temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,086,155

VALVE ASSEMBLY HAVING IMPROVED ROTATIONAL FEEL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A valve assembly, comprising:
a valve housing having an axially extending bore;
a valve control cartridge received in the bore, the valve control cartridge having a valve cartridge housing and a valve stem
extending axially therefrom and rotatable relative to the valve cartridge housing;

an o-ring positioned between the valve cartridge housing and the valve stem to seal an interface therebetween;
a bonnet nut having a through-bore, the bonnet nut coupled to the valve housing such that the control stem extends through
the through-bore; and

an interface between the valve stem and the through-bore, the interface configured to provide a desired rotational feel of
the valve stem.

US Pat. No. 9,074,698

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT AND COMMUNICATE FAUCET VALVE POSITION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for detecting and communicating a mechanical valve position in a faucet, the system comprising:
a mechanical valve comprising:
a control stem configured to selectively operate the mechanical valve between an open state and a closed state;
an outer member; and
an inner member that is movable relative to the outer member between an open position and a closed position in response to
operation of the mechanical valve between the open state and the closed state; and

a ring disposed at least partially around the outer member of the mechanical valve and having a switch fixedly disposed thereupon;
wherein the ring is coupled to the inner member, such that moving the inner member from the closed position to the open position
in-turn moves the ring to actuate the switch.

US Pat. No. 9,065,307

APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING ATTACHMENT OF FAN AND FLYWHEEL IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. In an internal combustion engine, an apparatus for facilitating coupling of a fan and a flywheel, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of protrusions formed on the fan that protrude outward from a first side surface of a main body of the fan, wherein
each of the protrusions defines a respective hole therewithin and the respective hole extends all of a respective distance
from a respective tip of the respective protrusion protruding outward from the first side surface, through the respective
protrusion and the main body, to a second side surface of the main body of the fan that is opposed to the first side surface;

a plurality of receiving structures formed in the flywheel, wherein the receiving structures are positioned so that, when
the fan is axially aligned with and adjacent to the flywheel, the protrusions are respectively received by the receiving structures;
and

a plurality of pins,
wherein when the pins are inserted into the holes, portions of the protrusions expand outwardly so that interference is created
between exterior surfaces of the protrusions and the receiving structures,

wherein each of the pins includes a respective stem and a respective formation proximate a respective first end of the respective
stem, and

wherein the pins and protrusions are configured so that, when a respective one of the pins is fully inserted into a respective
one of the holes associated with a respective one of the protrusions, the respective formation of the one pin is located beyond
the respective tip of the respective protrusion,

whereby the one pin is substantially locked in place relative to the one protrusion, and
whereby due to the interference the fan and flywheel are rotationally coupled with one another.

US Pat. No. 9,809,054

DECORATED RIGID PANEL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A modular shower wall, comprising:
a rigid panel for use as a wall in a shower enclosure, the rigid panel formed from a substrate material; and
an image on a surface of the rigid panel, the image comprising sublimation ink absorbed in the substrate material;
wherein the substrate material is a charge comprising a first outer layer of a homogeneous paste material, a plurality of
glass fibers disposed over the first outer layer, and a second outer layer of the homogeneous paste material disposed over
the plurality of glass fibers;

wherein the charge is folded a plurality of times to define a multi-layer charge having a smaller width and length than the
width and length of the rigid panel; and

wherein outer surfaces of the multi-layer charge do not include an additional material layer formed thereon and in which the
sublimation ink is absorbed.

US Pat. No. 9,284,723

MAGNETIC DOCKING FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet comprising:
a sprayhead;
a spout;
a hose assembly comprising:
a hose passing through the spout, the hose having a first end for receiving fluid from a fluid source and a second end for
providing the fluid to the sprayhead;

a ball rotatably coupled to the sprayhead; and
a magnetically responsive ferrule securing the ball to the second end of the hose;
a magnet located in the spout and configured such that when the sprayhead is brought toward the spout, the ferrule magnetically
couples to the magnet, thereby generating sufficient magnetic force upon the ferrule to retain the sprayhead against the spout;
and

a docking assembly supported in the spout, the docking assembly comprising:
a retaining portion configured to support the magnet; and
a receiving portion configured to receive a socket of the sprayhead when the sprayhead is coupled to the spout and comprises
an annular groove configured to receive an o-ring, the o-ring also received in a corresponding annular groove in the spout,
thereby securing the docking assembly to the spout.

US Pat. No. 9,143,018

POWER GENERATION SYSTEM WITH CONTROLLED ENCLOSURE OPENINGS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power generation system comprising:
a generator that includes an alternator and an internal combustion engine configured to drive the alternator to generate power;
an enclosure that houses the internal combustion engine and the alternator, where the enclosure includes an opening that permits
air to flow into or out of the enclosure;

a mechanism that regulates the air flow through the opening;
a module configured to monitor a load connected with the generator without using temperature to monitor the load; and
an enclosure controller that selectively manipulates the mechanism based on the monitored load.

US Pat. No. 9,808,811

SHOWER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower assembly, comprising:
an inlet configured to receive water from a water source;
a first tank associated with a plurality of first outlets configured to pass water from the first tank; and
a second tank associated with a plurality of second outlets configured to pass water from the second tank;
wherein the second tank is configured to receive and collect water from the inlet and also to distribute water to the first
tank;

wherein the first tank and the second tank are defined by a reservoir, the reservoir having a wall that divides the first
tank from the second tank and limits water flow therebetween; and

wherein the reservoir includes a bottom panel, the wall is an inner wall coupled to and extending upward from the bottom panel,
and the reservoir further includes an outer wall extending upward from the bottom panel.

US Pat. No. 9,506,229

MAGNETIC DOCKING FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet, comprising:
a spout;
a sprayhead releasably coupled to the spout;
a hose coupled to the sprayhead and having a magnetically responsive collar thereon, the hose providing fluid through the
spout to the sprayhead; and

a magnet located in the faucet such that when the sprayhead is coupled to the spout, the collar magnetically couples to the
magnet, thereby applying sufficient magnetic force to the hose to retain the sprayhead against the spout; and

a retainer having a wall extending through an internal bore of the magnet to couple the magnet and the retainer.

US Pat. No. 9,464,588

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLING FUEL-TO-AIR RATIO FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

KOHLER CO.

1. A method of controlling a choke valve of an internal combustion engine using an electronic system comprising, in operable
cooperation, a controller, a first temperature sensor configured to measure a first temperature indicative of engine temperature,
a second temperature sensor configured to measure a second temperature indicative of ambient air temperature, and an actuator
configured to move the choke valve, the method comprising:
a) determining, with the controller, a starting position for the choke valve that is dependent on the first temperature;
b) performing a first choke opening stage that comprises moving, with the actuator, the choke valve from an initial position
to the starting position;

c) determining, with the controller, a first ramp for opening the choke valve, wherein a first characteristic of the first
ramp is dependent on the first and second temperatures; and

d) subsequent to completion of the first choke opening stage, performing a second choke opening stage that comprises moving,
with the actuator, the choke valve toward a fully-open position in accordance with the first ramp.

US Pat. No. 9,435,107

SHAPE MEMORY FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shape memory faucet, comprising:
a base configured to be coupled to a surface;
a spray head configured to direct a spray of fluid; and
a faucet spout disposed between the base and the spray head, the faucet spout comprising a waterway and at least one elongated
member formed from a shape memory alloy material disposed adjacent to the waterway,

wherein the at least one elongated member formed from the shape memory alloy material is configured to deform from an initial
shape to a displaced shape when a force is exerted upon the faucet spout or the spray head, maintain the displaced shape,
and automatically return from the displaced shape to substantially the initial shape when released.

US Pat. No. 9,249,898

FAUCET ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A handle assembly for a faucet, the handle assembly comprising:
a faucet handle defining a cylindrical portion extending from an end to a flange portion and having a constant outer diameter
between the end and the flange portion; and

a silicone cover configured to slide over and be removably coupled to the faucet handle, wherein the silicone cover comprises
an opening configured to receive the faucet handle and an external surface configured to be gripped by a user;

wherein the silicone cover comprises an internal bore extending from the opening to a closed end, the internal bore having
a constant diameter along a substantial length of the cover;

wherein the faucet handle includes a longitudinal groove extending from the end to the flange portion; and
wherein the constant diameter of the internal bore is less than the constant outer diameter of the faucet handle such that
at least a portion of the silicone cover is forced into the longitudinal groove when the silicone cover is slid over the faucet
handle due at least to the size differential between the internal bore and the faucet handle.

US Pat. No. 9,233,774

PACKAGING FOR PLUMBING FIXTURES

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

14. A box for a plumbing fixture comprising:
at least five vertical, planar panels which form a cavity therebetween and which define a horizontal outer periphery of the
box in a fully-expanded state, the horizontal outer periphery being symmetric about only one vertical plane;

wherein at least three of the vertical, planar panels each include at least one handle, the handles being positioned symmetrically
about the one vertical plane and no other vertical plane; and at least two of the handles are positioned on opposite sides
of the one vertical plane;

wherein in the fully-expanded state, the box is configured to enclose a plumbing fixture.

US Pat. No. 9,206,721

CYCLONIC AIR CLEANER

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. An air cleaner comprising:
a housing defining a chamber therewithin;
a filter element disposed within the chamber of the housing;
a duct element having a passageway in fluid communication with the chamber of the housing, the duct element extending along
and downwardly from about a top portion of the housing, the duct element further comprising an inlet for drawing intake air
into the chamber; and

a base member in fluid communication with the chamber of the housing and having an outlet, the base member for releasably
securing a bottom portion of the housing thereto;

wherein the air drawn into the chamber of the housing is filtered by first and second filtering operations to obtain filtered
air, the first and the second filtering operations accomplished at least in part due to a cyclonic motion of the air and passage
of the air through the filter element, respectively; and

wherein the filtered air from the chamber of the housing is released through the outlet in the base member.

US Pat. No. 9,856,690

SHOWER THRESHOLD AND METHODS OF IMPLEMENTATION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower threshold comprising:
an elongated base component having one or more sidewalls extending from a base portion of the elongated base component to
an apex of the elongated base component, wherein at least one of the one or more sidewalls includes a sloped surface extending
upward from the base portion to the apex;

a flexible cap coupled to and extending from the elongated base component along the apex, the flexible cap comprising a plurality
of layers; and

a center-guide coupled to the inclined surface, the center-guide extending partially along the elongated base component;
wherein the center-guide includes a plurality of walls forming a channel disposed between at least two walls of the plurality
of walls, and

wherein the plurality of layers of the flexible cap includes a core layer, a shell layer, and a contact layer coupled to at
least a portion of an outer layer of the shell layer, wherein the core layer comprises a material that is less rigid than
the shell layer and the contact layer includes a material having a greater rigidity than the shell layer.

US Pat. No. 9,840,831

SPRAYHEAD RETRACTION ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sprayhead retraction assembly comprising:
a first member defining first and second projections;
a first pulley axially connected to the first projection, the first pulley configured to receive a hose;
a second pulley axially connected to the second projection; and
a constant-force spring defining a first end and a second end;
wherein the first end is coupled to the second pulley, such that the constant-force spring is configured to coil around the
second pulley; and

wherein the second end is configured to be coupled to a surface.

US Pat. No. 9,397,598

POWER SYSTEM THAT OPERATES IN AN EXERCISE MODE BASED ON MEASURED PARAMETERS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method comprising:
identifying a parameter;
determining when the parameter satisfies a condition;
monitoring a duration of operation of a generator in an exercise mode, the generator not providing power to a load when operating
in the exercise mode;

comparing, using a control system, the duration to a time threshold; and
stopping the operation of the generator in the exercise mode based on the determination of when the parameter satisfies the
condition and the comparison of the duration to the time threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,382,699

HANDSHOWER SLIDE MECHANISM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A handshower slide comprising:
a bar with a passageway; and
a slide mechanism positioned along a length of the bar,
wherein the slide mechanism comprises a handle, a cam, and a shower holder,
wherein the cam is positioned within the passageway and is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation
relative to the bar,

wherein the slide mechanism is secured along the length of the bar while the cam is in the first orientation and movable along
the length of the bar while the cam is in the second orientation,

wherein an orientation of the cam is controlled by a spring and is biased toward the first orientation,
wherein the handle is coupled to a portion of the slide mechanism through the spring and an orientation of the cam is correlated
to a position of the handle, and

wherein the cam is configured to be movable from the first orientation to the second orientation by an external force on the
handle that overcomes the force of the spring and frictionally engages the cam with the bar.

US Pat. No. 9,341,278

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUALLY OVERRIDING A SOLENOID VALVE OF A FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for manually overriding a solenoid operated valve in an event of power failure, comprising:
a solenoid operated valve, the solenoid operated valve comprising:
a valve body including a sealing surface, a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet;
a sealing element selectively separating the fluid inlet from the fluid outlet;
a solenoid configured to selectively couple and decouple the sealing element to the sealing surface;
a lifter threadedly coupled to the solenoid operated valve; and
a pin inserted into a plurality of holes disposed within the valve body such that the pin rests in a recess of the lifter,
wherein the pin limits translation of the lifter, and wherein rotation of the lifter relative to the valve body in a first
direction causes the lifter to decouple the sealing element from the sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,180,067

USER INTERFACE DEVICE FOR A BATH OR SHOWER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A user interface device for a vibroacoustic bath, the user interface device comprising:
a resistive touchscreen device configured to display images and to receive touch input via a panel of the resistive touchscreen
device, wherein the resistive touchscreen device is configured to display at least one image for use in controlling the vibroacoustic
bath, the resistive touchscreen further configured to receive a user selection relating to the image; and

a control circuit configured to cause the resistive touchscreen device to display a plurality of vibroacoustic experience
themes, each of the vibroacoustic experience themes corresponding to a different stored audio file defining a different pattern
of vibratory and aural stimuli;

wherein the control circuit is configured to select one of the stored audio files in response to a user selection of the corresponding
vibroacoustic experience theme via the resistive touchscreen device and to use the selected audio file to generate a multichannel
signal comprising a plurality of coordinated channels including at least one vibratory channel and at least one audio channel;

wherein the control circuit is configured to provide the at least one vibratory channel to a set of vibratory transducers
configured to generate a vibratory stimulus within water contained in the vibroacoustic bath by vibrating a wall of the vibroacoustic
bath and to provide the at least one audio channel to a set of audio transducers configured to generate an aural stimulus
using the vibroacoustic bath;

wherein the control circuit is configured to coordinate operation of the vibratory transducers and the audio transducers using
the multichannel signal to produce a vibroacoustic experience corresponding to the user-selected vibroacoustic experience
theme in which the vibratory stimulus and the aural stimulus are coordinated.

US Pat. No. 9,085,881

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A PROGRAMMABLE SHOWER INTERFACE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for controlling shower output devices, comprising:
a plurality of shower output devices that include one or more shower outlets and at least one of a sound output device, a
light output device, or a steam output device;

a plurality of shower subsystems that include a shower outlet subsystem and at least one of a sound subsystem, a lighting
subsystem, or a steam subsystem;

an electronic display configured to display multiple different graphical user interfaces for controlling the shower output
devices, each of the graphical user interfaces comprising a different set of graphical user interface elements; and

a controller that causes the electronic display to display a graphical user interface that comprises a menu of at least first
and second previously stored shower programs;

wherein the controller causes the electronic display to display, in response to selection from the menu of the first stored
shower program and simultaneous with display of the menu, a first set of graphical user interface elements that indicate which
of the shower subsystems and which of the shower output devices are associated with the first stored shower program, the first
set of graphical user interface elements including a graphical user interface element representing at least one of the sound
subsystem, the lighting subsystem, or the steam subsystem,

wherein the controller causes the electronic display to switch from displaying the first set of graphical user interface elements
to displaying a second set of graphical user interface elements in response to selection from the menu of the second stored
shower program, wherein the second set of graphical user interface elements are displayed simultaneous with display of the
menu and indicate which of the shower subsystems and which of the shower output devices are associated with the second stored
shower program, the displayed graphical user interface elements being a different combination for the first and second shower
programs.

US Pat. No. 9,061,294

JOINT CONNECTOR

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

9. A showerhead assembly comprising:
a joint connector comprising:
a housing having an inlet section sized and shaped to connect to the fluid supply outlet, and an outlet section sized and
shaped to be received in a showerhead;

a passageway extending axially through the housing, wherein a portion of the passageway is sized and shaped to form a venturi
disposed within the outlet section;

a fluid pathway extending from a portion of the venturi to an exterior surface of the housing;
a flow control member disposed within the fluid pathway; and
the housing further including a fluid channel transecting the fluid pathway;
a showerhead mounted to the joint connector;
a bushing located on an inlet side of the outlet section between the outlet section and the showerhead; and
a packing seal located on an outlet side of the outlet section between the outlet section and the showerhead,
wherein the bushing has an inlet side, an outlet side, and a split extending through the bushing from the inlet side to the
outlet side allowing fluid communication through the split in the bushing.

US Pat. No. 9,844,788

JOINT CONNECTOR

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A joint connector comprising:
a housing having an inlet section configured to connect to a fluid supply outlet, and an outlet section configured to receive
a fluid dispersing member;

a passageway extending axially through the housing, wherein a portion of the passageway is sized and shaped to form a venturi;
a fluid pathway extending from a portion of the venturi to a port in an exterior surface of the outlet section of the housing,
wherein the fluid dispersing member conceals the port; and

a flow control member disposed within the fluid pathway.

US Pat. No. 9,585,524

WALL-ENTRY BATHTUB

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A wall-entry bathtub, comprising:
a basin;
a shell defining an entryway to allow access into the basin;
an entry wall movable between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein the entry wall is substantially clear of the
entryway in the lowered position and at least partially blocks the entryway in the raised position;

first and second entry wall position sensors configured to sense the position of the entry wall; and
a controller in electronic communication with the first and second entry wall position sensors, wherein the controller is
configured to control components of the bathtub based at least in part on the position of the entry wall;

wherein the controller is configured to provide an alarm indicating an error condition if at least one of the first and second
entry wall position sensors sense that the entry wall is in the raised position.

US Pat. No. 9,499,968

KINETIC TRAPWAY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet having an outlet trapway that is movable during a flushing cycle, the toilet comprising:
a toilet bowl having an opening adjacent its lower end;
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;

an inlet line through which water enters the toilet bowl;
an actuator in open fluidic communication with the inlet line and linked to the conduit; and
a biasing spring linked to the conduit;
wherein the actuator moves the conduit between the first and second positions when water is present in the inlet line;
wherein the actuator is actuated by a pressure change in the inlet line from water passing therethrough;
wherein the biasing spring and the actuator are linked to the conduit at different locations; and
wherein the biasing spring acts on the conduit to bias the conduit toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,492,011

SELF-RIMMING APRON-FRONT SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

16. A sink comprising:
a basin having a plurality of sidewalls;
a rim extending outward from an upper end of the plurality of sidewalls;
an apron coupled to the rim and having a front surface extending laterally between a first end and a second end;
a first rear sidewall recessed laterally inward relative to an outer periphery of the first end of the apron;
a second rear sidewall recessed laterally inward relative to an outer periphery of the second end of the apron;
wherein the first end of the apron includes a first rearward transition surface extending rearward from the front surface
and a first lateral transition surface extending from the first rearward transition surface toward the first rear sidewall;

wherein the second end of the apron includes a second rearward transition surface extending rearward from the front surface
and a second lateral transition surface extending from the second rearward transition surface toward the second rear sidewall;
and

wherein the first and second rear sidewalls each extend continuously in a vertical direction between the rim and a bottom
end surface of the apron.

US Pat. No. 9,486,113

BATHTUB APRON ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An apron assembly for a bathtub having an above-floor drain, the apron assembly comprising:
an apron coupled to an upper surface of the bathtub, wherein a bottom end of the apron includes a lip extending outwardly
relative to the bathtub in a lateral direction from the bottom end of the apron;

an apron extension configured to couple to the lip of the apron in a snap-fit fashion; and
an apron cover configured to couple directly to a front surface of the apron extension in a snap-fit fashion;
wherein the apron extension includes a receiving pocket for receiving the lip to couple the apron extension to the apron.

US Pat. No. 9,476,247

SHOWER THRESHOLD AND METHODS OF IMPLEMENTATION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower threshold comprising:
an elongated base component having one or more sidewalls extending from a base region of the elongated base component to an
apex of the elongated base component; and

a flexible cap coupled to and extending from the elongated base component along the apex of the elongated base component,
the flexible cap comprising a plurality of layers, the plurality of layers including a resilient core layer, a shell layer,
and a contact layer coupled to at least a portion of an outer layer of the shell layer, the contact layer including a material
having a greater hardness than the shell layer, and the shell layer having a greater rigidity than the resilient core layer;

wherein at least a portion of the flexible cap is configured to be received within a recessed region of a shower door to provide
a track for guiding the shower door.

US Pat. No. 9,476,508

VALVE ASSEMBLY HAVING IMPROVED ROTATIONAL FEEL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A valve assembly, comprising:
a valve housing having an internal generally cup-shaped bore;
a valve control cartridge inserted into the bore and having a rotatable control stem extending upwardly therefrom; and
a bonnet nut having a through-bore and a counterbore axially aligned with the through-bore, the bonnet nut coupled to the
valve housing such that the control stem extends through the through-bore;

wherein the valve control cartridge is received in the counterbore;
wherein flexible fingers are provided along the through-bore and along a surface between, and perpendicular to, the counterbore
and the through-bore to control a level of resistance to a rotation of the rotatable control stem; and

wherein the control stem is positioned to frictionally engage the flexible fingers as the control stem is rotated.

US Pat. No. 9,062,438

FAUCET WITH SPRAY HEAD

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet assembly, comprising:
a mixing valve;
an inlet/outlet assembly connected to the mixing valve, the inlet/outlet assembly having inlet and outlet lines permanently
affixed to a face plate;

a valve housing including:
a bore configured to receive the inlet/outlet assembly and having a longitudinal axis; and
a cavity for the passage of the inlet and outlet lines therethrough, the cavity having a longitudinal axis;
wherein the longitudinal axis of the bore is skew from the longitudinal axis of the cavity, the longitudinal axis of the bore
being neither parallel nor intersecting with the longitudinal axis of the cavity; and

wherein the inlet and outlet lines each include a first bend and a second bend adjacent the first bend; wherein at the first
bends, the inlet and outlet lines bend sideways from the horizontal to the vertical adjacent their junctions with the face
plate so that they join the face plate on an opposite side of the face plate from the mixing valve, and wherein the first
bend of each line bends the line from the face plate towards the cavity, and the second bend of each line bends the line in
the direction of the longitudinal axis of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,045,890

PRESSURE TOILET WITH BULK LOADING SIPHON ASSIST

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet having a bowl and a pressurized water supply with a channel for injecting water under pressure into a trapway,
the trapway extending between a bowl opening and an outlet, the trapway having an up leg extending upward and rearward from
the bowl opening to a water dam region above the bowl opening and a down leg sloping substantially straight downward and forward
the entire length from the water dam region to the outlet at an angle between 40 and 60 degrees with respect to a horizontal
plane containing the outlet, wherein the down leg of the trapway includes a baffle located adjacent to the horizontal plane
containing the outlet for accumulating bulk waste upstream from the outlet and wherein during a flush cycle the toilet effects
a siphon when a threshold concentration of bulk waste material is present within the trapway but does not effect a siphon
when that concentration of bulk waste material has not yet been reached in the trapway.

US Pat. No. 10,132,068

URINAL SPREADER ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

10. A spreader assembly for a urinal, the spreader assembly comprising:a spreader body configured to be coupled to the urinal, the spreader body having a groove;
a spreader mat including:
a lip extending around a perimeter thereof, the lip being configured to engage the groove of the spreader body; and
a plurality of apertures configured to disperse water in a predetermined pattern; and
a spreader cover configured to retain the spreader mat position on the spreader body, the spreader cover comprising an annular side wall that is located radially outward relative to the spreader body, wherein the annular side wall includes a plurality of slots, and wherein a set of the plurality of apertures extends through each slot of the plurality of slots.

US Pat. No. 10,072,770

VALVE BODY ROUGH-IN GUIDE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A rough-in guide for a valve body, the rough-in guide comprising:a first side including:
a valve body retaining jaw configured to selectively receive a first portion of the valve body and to secure the valve body to the rough-in guide; and
a recessed region configured to receive a second portion of the valve body;
a second side opposite the first side and including a valve body retaining clip;
wherein the valve body retaining clip is configured to selectively secure the valve body to the rough-in guide; and
wherein the recessed region extends partially from the first side to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,072,402

SPRAYHEAD RETRACTION ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method of installing a sprayhead retraction assembly comprising:providing a portion of a hose in a groove defined by a first pulley;
coupling a first end of a constant-force spring to a first surface;
coupling a second end of the constant-force spring to a second pulley; and
coiling the constant-force spring around the second pulley, wherein the second pulley is coupled to and offset from the first pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,030,782

DISPENSING DEVICE AND BATTERY PACKAGE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A fluid dispensing device comprising:a housing defining a passage having an outlet; a sensor operable to sense a condition and to send a signal based on the sensed condition; a dispensing mechanism operable to dispense fluid through the passage and out of the outlet; a solenoid controlled, based on the signal from the sensor, to cause the dispensing mechanism to dispense fluid; and a hybrid battery including a battery cell and a capacitor disposed in the housing and operable to power the solenoid, the battery charging the capacitor, the capacitor thereafter energizing the solenoid, a space being defined between and around the battery cell and the capacitor, wherein the hybrid battery further includes resin substantially filling the space between and around the battery cell and the capacitor to inhibit airflow through the space, thereby fully encapsulating the battery cell and the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,995,026

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

14. A sink assembly mountable to a support structure comprising a cabinet and a countertop supported by the cabinet, the sink assembly comprising:a sink comprising 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;
a bracket having a first portion configured to engage a portion of the cabinet and a second portion configured to engage a second underside of the sink; and
a connecting member configured to extend between and couple to the receiving member and the bracket to secure the sink to the support structure;
wherein the second underside of the sink is a bottom surface of a floor of the at least one basin.

US Pat. No. 9,874,287

SERVICE VALVE FOR A VALVE BODY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A service valve for a valve body, the service valve comprising:
a base rotatable between an open orientation and a closed orientation relative to the valve body, wherein rotation of the
base by 180 degrees rotates the base between the open orientation and the closed orientation, wherein the open orientation
allows fluid flow into the valve body through the service valve and the closed orientation blocks the fluid flow into the
valve body through the service valve; and

a tab extending from the base, the tab preventing removal of a cover from the valve body when the base is in the open orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,623,423

SPRAY HEAD

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A spray head assembly for a faucet, comprising:
a body configured to receive a supply of fluid; and
a face in fluid communication with the body, the face having a wall and a plurality of nozzles arranged in a non-linear pattern
for directing the fluid from the spray head in a spray pattern, wherein each nozzle of the plurality of nozzles has a fixed
position relative to the wall and includes a central axis along which a fluid stream is configured to be directed;

wherein together the central axes of the plurality of nozzles form a wedge-shaped spray pattern between the face and a focal
region at a focal length from the spray head and form a linear pattern in the focal region; and

wherein each central axis does not intersect any other central axis of another of the plurality of nozzles between and including
the face and the focal region.

US Pat. No. 9,598,849

TOILET INSTALLATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

16. A method for installing a skirted toilet base of a toilet having a bowl to a drain pipe configured to transfer waste and
water, the method comprising:
coupling a base of a trap to the drain pipe such that a passageway of the trap is fluidly connected with the drain pipe, wherein
a first clamping member is pivotally coupled to the trap and a second clamping member is pivotally coupled to the trap;

positioning the skirted toilet base over the trap such that the bowl is fluidly connected to the passageway;
coupling a first adjusting member to the first clamping member through a first opening in the skirted toilet base such that
a portion of the first adjusting member contacts the skirted toilet base, wherein adjustment of the first adjusting member
relative to the first clamping member tightens or loosens the skirted toilet base to the trap by rotating the first clamping
member into or out of engagement with the first adjusting member; and

coupling a second adjusting member to the second clamping member through a second opening in the skirted toilet base such
that a portion of the second adjusting member contacts the skirted toilet base, wherein the second adjusting member is separate
from the first adjusting member, and wherein each of the first and second adjusting members is adjustable independently of
the other adjusting member.

US Pat. No. 9,587,385

HANDSHOWER SLIDE MECHANISM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An adjustable showerhead slide comprising:
a bar with a passageway;
a slide mechanism positioned along a length of the bar;
a showerhead holder movable with the slide mechanism along the length of the bar,
wherein the slide mechanism comprises a handle and a cam,
wherein the cam is positioned within the passageway and is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation
relative to the bar,

wherein the slide mechanism is not movable along the length of the bar while the cam is in the first orientation and is movable
along the length of the bar while the cam is in the second orientation,

wherein an orientation of the cam is correlated to a position of the handle; and
a spring coupled to the handle and the cam, wherein the spring biases the cam toward the first orientation and away from the
second orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,515,592

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETECTING A WIRING CONFIGURATION FOR A CONTROLLED FIELD ALTERNATOR

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for detecting a wiring configuration of a controlled field alternator that produces alternating current and includes
a plurality of reconnectable output leads, the system comprising:
a sensor for measuring an output voltage of the alternator; and
a controller that includes a plurality of predetermined voltage ranges stored in a database, wherein one of the predetermined
voltage ranges corresponds to high wye wiring configuration, another of the predetermined voltage ranges corresponds to low
wye wiring configuration and another of the predetermined voltage ranges corresponds to delta wiring configuration, wherein
the controller compares the output voltage of the alternator that is measured by the sensor with the plurality of predetermined
voltage ranges to determine the wiring configuration of the alternator.

US Pat. No. 9,128,495

USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING A BATHROOM PLUMBING FIXTURE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A user interface which produces electrical signals for controlling a plumbing fixture, said user interface comprising:
an enclosure having a faceplate with an exterior surface and a pedestal projecting outward from and fixedly attached to the
faceplate;

a display for presenting information to a user of the plumbing fixture, wherein the display is visible through the exterior
surface of the faceplate;

a selector having a selector ring positioned to rotate around the pedestal and containing an annular arrangement of a plurality
of permanent magnets, and having a Hall effect sensor located adjacent the selector ring and producing an electrical signal
in response to motion of the plurality of permanent magnets;

a magnetic ring embedded in a fixed position beneath the exterior surface around the pedestal and configured to attract the
annular arrangement of permanent magnets, wherein the magnetic ring pulls the annular arrangement of permanent magnets toward
the exterior surface using magnetic force to hold the selector ring to the user interface, wherein the Hall effect sensor
is embedded beneath the exterior surface within an opening in the magnetic ring, wherein each of the plurality of permanent
magnets in the selector ring magnetically engages the magnetic ring and the Hall effect sensor in sequence as the selector
ring rotates;

a controller connected to the display and the Hall effect sensor, wherein the controller causes multiple different graphical
menus to be presented on the display, each of the multiple different graphical menus comprising a plurality of selectable
shower control options presented concurrently on the display, wherein at least one of the shower control options is displayed
with highlighting; and

a data interface connected to the controller, wherein the controller uses the data interface to send commands to a valve controller
for a plurality of shower valves, wherein the controller is configured to use the commands for the valve controller to make
shower adjustments in response to selections made on the display via the selector, wherein rotation of the selector ring moves
the highlighting from one of the shower control options to another of the shower control options presented concurrently on
the display and causes the controller to make multiple different shower adjustments based on which of the multiple different
graphical menus are presented on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,125,478

TOUCHLESS FAUCET ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet for discharging water, comprising:a spout comprising:
a base extending upwardly from a mounting surface; and
an arched portion having a first portion, which curves upward and outward from the base, and a second portion, which curves downward and outward from the first portion, the second portion having an outlet for discharging water from the spout;
a light emitter mounted on or in the second portion of the spout and configured to emit a light beam outside of a work region associated with the faucet;
a light sensor mounted on or in the spout and configured to receive the light beam and detect an interruption of the light beam; and
a control circuit configured to control the flow of water through the faucet based on the interruption of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,063,175

FIELD CURRENT PROFILE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method comprising:accessing a profile from memory, the profile based on data measured by a detection circuit and indicative of a characteristic of an alternator; and
applying the profile to a parameter of the alternator.

US Pat. No. 9,879,407

FAUCET HANDLE FITTING

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A fitting for a faucet handle, comprising:
a body having an interior wall disposed within the body, the interior wall having a plurality of apertures;
wherein each aperture has at least a first opening and a second opening fluidly connected by a channel;
wherein the first opening is angularly offset relative to the second opening; and
wherein at least one of the channels forms a helical path.

US Pat. No. 9,650,490

METHOD OF MAKING AN ENGINEERED COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND PRODUCTS PRODUCED THEREFROM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method of making an article comprising:
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;
wherein the resulting article has a water absorption of less than about one percent and the filler material comprises vitreous
china.

US Pat. No. 9,624,797

LUBRICATING SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, OIL PAN APPARATUS, AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

KOHLER CO.

1. A lubrication system for an internal combustion engine, the lubrication system comprising:
an oil cooler;
an oil cooler supply passage for delivering oil to an inlet of the oil cooler from an oil reservoir;
an oil cooler outlet passage for delivering oil from an outlet of the oil cooler to one or more portions of the internal combustion
engine to be lubricated;

a first pressure relief valve operably coupled to the oil cooler supply passage, the first pressure relief valve configured
to open at a first predetermined pressure to allow oil in the oil cooler supply passage to return to the oil reservoir without
passing through the oil cooler; and

a second pressure relief valve operably coupled to the oil cooler outlet passage, the second pressure relief valve configured
to open at a second predetermined pressure to allow oil in the oil cooler outlet passage to return to the oil reservoir after
passing through the oil cooler without being delivered to the one or more portions of the internal combustion engine to be
lubricated, the second predetermined pressure being less than the first predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,611,633

PLUMBING FIXTURE WITH FLUSH VALVE ACTUATOR AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING SAME

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:
a bowl having a lower opening;
a trapway configured for selective fluid communication with the lower opening, the trapway and the bowl defining a space therebetween;
a flush valve positioned between the lower opening and a portion of the trapway and configured to control flow from the bowl
through the trapway; and

a valve actuator positioned at least in part in the space, the valve actuator including a motor and a belt extending between
the motor and the flush valve to move the flush valve between a first closed position wherein fluid is prevented from flowing
from the bowl to the trapway, and a second open position wherein fluid can flow from the bowl to the trapway.

US Pat. No. 9,568,132

CLUTCHED JOINT FOR ARTICULATING FAUCET

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A joint for an articulating faucet, comprising:
a first housing rotatably coupled to a second housing;
a clutch pin including a movable end cap;
an annular clutch disc defining an aperture that receives the clutch pin;
a first friction element coupled to the annular clutch disc with a first standoff;
a second friction element in contact with the first friction element and coupled to the second housing with a second standoff,
wherein at least one of the first standoff and the second standoff is spherical and comprises a synthetic material, wherein
relative movement between the first friction element and the second friction element provides a resistive torque that inhibits
relative motion between the first housing and the second housing; and

an interface member coupled to the annular clutch disc and configured to apply a force to at least one of the first friction
element and the second friction element that varies based on the position of the movable end cap.

US Pat. No. 9,504,625

VIBROACOUSTIC WATER SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A vibroacoustic water system, comprising: a shell for containing water, the shell comprising a left side wall and a right
side wall offset on opposite sides of a first axis, and a head wall and a foot wall offset on opposite sides of a second axis
perpendicular to the first axis, wherein the first axis and the second axis define four quadrants, wherein the left side wall,
the right side wall, the head wall, and the foot wall form a closed perimeter of the shell;
a set of audile transducers mounted in energy transmitting relation to the shell, the set of audile transducers receiving
an audile input signal having an audile wave characteristic and driving the shell to effect an aural stimulus;

a set of at least four vibratile transducers mounted in energy transmitting relation to the shell and positioned below a waterline
of water in the shell, wherein at least one of the vibratile transducers is arranged in each of the four quadrants and secured
to each of the head wall, the foot wall, the left side wall, and the right side wall, the vibratile transducers receiving
a vibratile input signal having a vibratile wave characteristic different from the audile wave characteristic and driving
the shell to effect a tactile stimulus in the water which is different from the aural stimulus;

the shell further comprising a head pocket formed on the head wall of the shell and above a backrest portion of the head wall,
the head pocket extending substantially horizontally outside the closed perimeter, and curving upward and connecting to a
rim of the shell; and

a controller comprising preprogrammed logic that causes the controller to distribute the audile input signal between the set
of audile transducers to achieve a desired auditory experience, and to distribute the vibratile input signal between the at
least four vibratile transducers to achieve a desired vibratory experience, thereby creating a spatial center location for
each of the aural and tactile stimuli, wherein the controller causes the spatial center of the tactile stimulus to move between
each of the four quadrants along two dimensions of a plane defined by the first and second axes, wherein the controller causes
the spatial centers of the aural stimulus and the tactile stimulus to move in coordination with each other so as to provide
spatially-varying and coordinated vibratory and auditory experiences;

wherein the controller is configured to receive an auxiliary input and to route the auxiliary input to the audile transducers
and the vibratile transducers, wherein the controller is further configured to analyze the auxiliary input to extract pulsating
signals forming a beat, and wherein the controller is further configured to cause the extracted pulsating signals to be provided
to the vibratile transducers and filtered from the audile signal.

US Pat. No. 9,486,119

TOILET BUMPER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bumper assembly for a toilet or bidet attachment, the bumper assembly comprising:
a first member configured to engage a pocket in a projection of a seat or a lid of the toilet or bidet attachment; and
a resilient second member coupled to the first member and configured to engage the pocket in the projection of the seat or
the lid;

wherein the first member is more rigid than the second member and includes a first catch configured to selectively engage
a first recess of the projection and a second catch configured to selectively engage a second recess of the projection to
detachably couple the first member to the seat or the lid; and

wherein the first catch extends in a first direction and the second catch extends in a second direction that is different
than the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,457,822

PORTABLE GENERATORS

KOHLER CO.

1. A kit for assembling a portable generator unit, the kit comprising:
a frame having a plurality of equipment mounting interfaces;
a plurality of engines having at least one different characteristic, each engine including at least one commonly configured
first engine mounting interface configured to mate with a corresponding second engine mounting interface on the frame;

a plurality of wheel assemblies, each of the wheel assemblies including a first frame support mounting interface configured
to mate with a corresponding floor support system mounting interface on the frame; and

a plurality of support legs, each support leg including a second floor support mounting interface configured the same as the
first floor support mounting interface to mate with the floor support system mounting interface on the frame;

wherein the first and second frame mounting interfaces each comprise a pair of spaced apart mounting holes and a pair of spaced
apart mounting tabs, the mounting tabs being insertable into mating holes of the floor support system mounting interface on
the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,334,634

MIXING VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A mixing valve for a faucet, the mixing valve, comprising:
a body having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a side wall extending between the first end and the second
end;

a plurality of bores having ports in the first end and extending at least partially through the body between the first end
and the second end, the plurality of bores comprising an inlet bore configured to receive therein an end portion of a fluid
supply line and an outlet bore configured to receive therein an end portion of a fluid outlet line;

a lateral slot having an aperture in the side wall, a first branch of the lateral slot extending from the aperture along a
perimeter of the side wall and intersecting the inlet bore, and a second branch of the lateral slot extending from the aperture
at least partially through the body and intersecting both the inlet bore and the outlet bore; and

a coupler having a neck, a first arm extending from a first end of the neck, and a second arm extending from a second end
of the neck;

wherein the coupler is configured for insertion through the lateral slot such that the first arm extends through the first
branch along the perimeter of the side wall and intersects the inlet bore, and the second arm extends through the second branch
at least partially through the body and intersects both the inlet bore and the outlet bore;

wherein the first arm and the second arm engage opposite sides of the end portion of the fluid supply line so as to retain
the fluid supply line within the body between the first arm and the second arm;

wherein the second arm passes between the end portions of the fluid supply line and the fluid outlet line such that an inner
surface of the second arm engages the end portion of the fluid supply line and an outer surface of the second arm engages
the end portion of the fluid outlet line so as to retain the fluid outlet line within the body.

US Pat. No. 9,170,720

SMART TOILET SYSTEMS AND METHODS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A plumbing fixture comprising:
(a) a basin;
(b) a plumbing system configured to supply water to the basin;
(c) a processing circuit;
(d) a housing containing the plumbing system and the processing circuit, the housing including a rear face having a section
extending therefrom, wherein the section extending from the housing includes a first face and a second face, wherein the first
face is parallel to the rear face, wherein the second face connects the first face to the rear face, and wherein the housing
includes ports on the second face allowing access to a digital media interface;

(e) a first audio source, wherein the first audio source is one of: a radio receiver, a memory card reader, an auxiliary input,
a USB connection, a wired networking device, a Bluetooth device, and an IEEE 802.11 compliant device;

(f) a speaker within the housing, wherein the second face includes a speaker opening configured to allow sound emitted from
the speaker to exit the housing, wherein the processing circuit is configured to receive a signal from the first audio source
and control a sound emitted by the speaker based on the signal;

(g) a remote receiver coupled to the processing circuit; and
(h) a user-operable remote controller configured to communicate with the remote receiver, wherein the processing circuit is
configured to control the sound emitted by the speaker based on input received from the remote controller, the user-operable
remote controller including:

an electronic display,
a user input device, and
second processing circuit configured to:
cause the electronic display to display a first user interface, wherein the first user interface includes a display of a plurality
of selectable audio sources,

receive an input indicative of a user-selected audio source via the user input device,
transmit a signal to the remote receiver based on the input received via the user input device, and
cause the electronic display to display a second user interface, wherein the second user interface permits deselection of
one or more of the plurality of selectable audio sources, wherein deselecting an audio source via the second user interface
prevents the deselected audio source from being displayed in the first user interface.

US Pat. No. 9,993,122

ROLLED SHEET PRODUCT DISPENSER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A dispenser for rolled sheet products comprising:a base including a top surface that extends gradually downward from an outer peripheral portion of the base toward a center portion of the base defining a frusto-conical shape; and
a spindle coupled to the center portion of the base and configured to support a rolled sheet product along a longitudinal direction;
wherein the top surface surrounds a lower portion of the spindle and is configured to engage a lower edge of an outermost sheet of the rolled sheet product to prevent the outermost sheet from unraveling.

US Pat. No. 9,848,740

SHOWER STORAGE SYSTEMS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A storage system for a shower enclosure, comprising:
a first wall member including a corner defining a recessed portion, wherein the first wall member includes a corner notch
disposed along the corner within the recessed portion, and a first side notch disposed along an inner side surface of the
first wall member adjacent the recessed portion;

a second wall member coupled to the first wall member at an end of the corner adjacent the recessed portion and oriented perpendicular
to the first wall member, wherein the second wall member includes a second side notch disposed along an inner side surface
of the second wall member; and

an accessory removably coupled between the first wall member and the second wall member at the corner notch, the first side
notch, and the second side notch.

US Pat. No. 9,848,741

SHOWER ENCLOSURE SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower enclosure comprising:
a plurality of panels at least partially surrounding a space for bathing;
wherein the plurality of panels includes a first panel and a second panel adjacent to the first panel, the first panel having
a first elongated end member coupled to an end thereof, and the second panel having a second elongated end member coupled
to an end thereof;

wherein the first end member and the second end member are interfit at first sides thereof to couple the first panel to the
second panel and to form a joint therebetween;

wherein the first end member is a forward end member, including a rearwardly open recess defined between a first flange and
a rearwardly extending segment spaced apart from the first flange;

wherein the second end member is a rearward end member and includes a forwardly open recess defined between a second flange
and a forwardly extending segment spaced apart from the first flange;

wherein the rearwardly extending segment is received in the forwardly open recess of the second end member;
wherein the forwardly extending segment is received in the rearwardly open recess of the first end member; and
wherein a gap is defined between the rearwardly extending segment and the second flange, the gap configured to receive a gasket
therein.

US Pat. No. 9,657,466

MAGNETIC DOCKING FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet, comprising:
a spout;
a sprayhead movable between a docked position, in which the sprayhead is in contact with the spout, and an undocked position,
in which the sprayhead is spaced apart from the spout;

a hose assembly comprising:
a tubular portion having an inlet end and an outlet end, wherein the tubular portion is configured to provide fluid through
the spout to the sprayhead; and

a magnetically responsive end portion coupled to the outlet end of the tubular portion, wherein the magnetically responsive
end portion is freely and rotatably received within a portion of the sprayhead; and

a magnet located in the spout such that when the sprayhead is in the docked position, the magnet magnetically attracts the
magnetically responsive end portion of the hose assembly so as to retain the sprayhead against the spout.

US Pat. No. 9,657,469

LAVATORY DRAIN

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An adjustable lavatory drain assembly, comprising:
a receptor having a lower end and an upper end, the upper end of the receptor including an outer flange; and
a cover removably coupled to the upper end of the receptor, wherein the cover comprises:
a body including an opening defining a first flow path; and
a sleeve extending from a bottom surface of the body;
wherein the sleeve is adjustably coupled to the upper end of the receptor forming a circumferential gap between an upper surface
of the outer flange and a bottom surface of the body;

wherein the cover is selectively adjustable relative to the receptor to increase or decrease the circumferential gap;
wherein the circumferential gap defines part of a second flow path; and
wherein the receptor includes an inner flange radially extending within the receptor and disposed between the lower end and
the upper end, wherein the inner flange is configured to act as a stop for limiting a position of the receptor relative to
a drain pipe and a position of the cover relative to the receptor.

US Pat. No. 9,657,471

TOUCHLESS FLUSHING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A touchless actuation system for a toilet, the system comprising:
a touchless sensor;
a motor assembly; and
a processing circuit configured to receive a signal from the touchless sensor and to detect an object within a detection region
based on the signal, wherein the touchless sensor lacks an optical path to the detection region;

wherein the processing circuit is configured to activate the motor assembly upon detecting the object and wherein the motor
assembly is configured to actuate flushing of the toilet when activated by the processing circuit;

wherein the actuation system is completely concealed within a closed reservoir for the toilet;
wherein the touchless sensor is a projected capacitive sensor configured to project an electromagnetic field through a surface
of the closed reservoir, wherein the electromagnetic field defines the detection region outside the reservoir;

wherein the object is a hand or forearm of a user and the user flushes the toilet by moving said hand or forearm into the
detection region without touching the toilet, the reservoir, or the actuation system.

US Pat. No. 9,687,859

SHOWER DEVICE

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A multi-mode shower device comprising:
a housing defining an inlet connectable to a water supply;
a valve including a valve body defining a valve port in fluid communication with the inlet, the valve body including a mode
isolator adjacent the valve port, a raised sealing surface being formed between the valve port and the mode isolator, the
valve body being formed as a single piece of material;

the mode isolator, the raised sealing surface, and the valve port being formed on the single piece of material of the valve
body; and

a spray engine supported for pivoting movement relative to the valve to change a mode of the shower device, the spray engine
providing a spray face having a first outlet and a second outlet, the spray engine defining a first inlet port and a second
inlet port;

in a first shower mode position of the spray face relative to the valve, the first inlet port being aligned with the valve
port to provide a first shower mode through the first outlet and the second inlet port being misaligned with the valve port
and at least partially aligned with the mode isolator to substantially prevent flow through the second outlet;

in a second shower mode position of the spray face relative to the valve, the second inlet port being aligned with the valve
port to provide a second shower mode through the second outlet and the first inlet port being misaligned with the valve port;

in an intermediate shower mode position of the spray face relative to the valve, the first inlet port being at least partially
aligned with the valve port to provide the first shower mode through the first outlet and the second inlet port being at least
partially aligned with the valve port to provide the second shower mode through the second outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,649,645

MULTI-FUNCTION SPRAYHEAD

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sprayhead, comprising:
a cartridge;
an outlet disc fixed relative to the cartridge, the outlet disc having an inlet side and an outlet side having a first outlet
port, a second outlet port, and a third outlet port; and

a movable disc having an inlet side fluidly coupled to a fluid inlet and having an outlet side adjacent and movable relative
to the inlet side of the outlet disc, wherein the movable disc defines a passageway extending from the inlet side of the movable
disc to the outlet side of the movable disc, wherein the movable disc is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation and
configured to translate in a radial direction relative to the axis of rotation while the sprayhead is in use;

wherein movement in a first direction of the movable disc relative to the outlet disc fluidly couples the fluid inlet to at
least one of the first outlet port, the second outlet port, and the third outlet port, and wherein movement in a second direction
of the movable disc relative to the outlet disc controls a volume of fluid flowing from through the sprayhead.

US Pat. No. 9,605,418

MULTI-FLUSH MODE TOILET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An actuation mechanism for a dual flush toilet configured to include a flush valve operable in a first flush mode involving
a first volume of water and a second flush mode involving a second volume of water that is different than the first volume
of water, the actuation mechanism comprising:
a pivot pin rotatable about an axis of rotation defined by a body of the pivot pin, the pivot pin also includes an extension
extending outwardly from the body in a radial direction relative to the axis of rotation;

a first lever configured to contact the extension after a predetermined rotation of the first lever, such that continued rotation
of the first lever rotates the pivot pin a first rotation to actuate the first flush mode; and

a second lever configured to contact the extension after a predetermined rotation of the second lever, such that continued
rotation of the second lever rotates the pivot pin a second rotation to actuate the second flush mode;

wherein the first rotation is different than the second rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,486,114

REMOVABLE HEADER FOR A SHOWER DOOR TRACK ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower door track assembly, comprising:
a vertical support;
a lower rail connected to the vertical support configured to receive a roller of a sliding shower door;
a connecting projection connected to the vertical support; and
a removable header including an upper roller retainer, a first arm, and a second arm, wherein the first arm and the second
arm are generally parallel and spaced apart;

wherein the removable header is removably attachable to the connecting projection such that when the removable header is attached
to the connecting projection, the upper roller retainer prevents a received roller from being removed from the lower rail,
and when the removable header is detached from the connecting projection, the received roller is removable from the lower
rail.

US Pat. No. 10,072,400

FAUCET ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet assembly comprising:a mixing valve including a valve stem;
a control handle connected to the mixing valve and having an inner wall spaced apart from an outer wall to at least partially define a cavity, the control handle including a set screw bore through the inner wall and a visible bore through the outer wall, the set screw bore being separated from the visible bore by the cavity, and the cavity having a volume larger than either the set screw bore or the visible bore;
a cap which removably covers the visible bore; and
an O-ring mounted on the cap to seal an interior of the handle;
wherein the control handle has a lever arm that extends radially outward from a side of the control handle, and the visible bore is positioned at a diametrically opposed side of the control handle from the lever arm; and
wherein the set screw bore includes a central axis, and in a first position of the control handle, the central axis of the set screw bore is vertical and extends through the visible bore and the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,041,421

SAFETY SYSTEM FOR ENGINE SHUTDOWN, AND ENGINES AND EQUIPMENT INCORPORATING THE SAME

KOHLER CO.

1. An engine powered lawnmower comprising:an engine unit comprising:
an engine configured to rotate a shaft;
a fuel-air mixer mounted directly to the engine and configured to provide a mixture of fuel and air;
an ignition coil mounted directly to the engine and configured to provide a plurality of sparks;
a fuel solenoid mounted directly to the engine, the fuel solenoid alterable between: (1) an open position when receiving power in which fuel is permitted to flow to the fuel-air mixer; and (2) a closed position when not receiving power in which fuel is prevented from flowing to the fuel-air mixer, the fuel solenoid being normally in the closed position;
a first relay mounted directly to the engine; and
an engine-side wiring harness mounted directly to the engine and operatively coupled to each of the first relay, the ignition coil, and the fuel solenoid, the engine-side wiring harness terminating in a multi-pin connector;
the engine-side wiring harness further comprising a first relay connector operatively coupled to the first relay and the multi-pin connector, the first relay connector comprising a first coil terminal, a second coil terminal, a power supply terminal, a normally open terminal, and a normally closed terminal;
the fuel solenoid electrically connected to the normally closed terminal of the first relay connector;
the first relay further comprising: a relay coil electrically connected between the first and second coil terminals; and a relay switch;
the first relay alterable between: a first state in which the relay switch is in electrical contact with the power supply terminal and the normally closed terminal so that power is supplied to the fuel solenoid; and a second state in which the relay switch is in electrical contact with the power supply terminal and the normally closed terminal so that power is not supplied to the fuel solenoid;
wherein the first relay is normally in the first state;
a machine unit comprising:
a fuel supply;
a working tool;
a safety switch configured to generate a safety switch activated signal upon being activated; and
a machine-side wiring harness operatively coupled to the safety switch and terminating in a second coupler comprising a connector;
the shaft of the engine operably coupled to the working tool, and the fuel supply operably coupled to the fuel-air mixer;
the multi-pin connector of the engine-side wiring harness connected directly to the connector of the second coupler of the machine-side wiring harness, thereby operably connecting the safety switch to the first relay and the ignition coil; and
wherein upon the engine running and the safety switch is activated to generate the safety switch activated signal: (1) the first relay is transitioned from the first state to the second state, thereby allowing the fuel solenoid to return to the closed position; and (2) the ignition coil is disabled so that it no longer provides the plurality of sparks to the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,963,289

OUTDOOR PROTECTIVE HOUSING FOR STORING AND CONNECTING A PORTABLE GENERATOR

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A portable generator housing comprising:an enclosure including:
a bottom;
a movable top; and
a movable side removably connected with the movable top, where the movable side is configured to move between a first position where a top edge of the movable side is adjacent to the movable top and a second position where the top edge of the movable side is in communication with a ground adjacent to the bottom.

US Pat. No. 9,856,991

FLUSH CAP FOR A VALVE ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A flush cap for a valve body, the flush cap comprising: a substantially flat base having opposite first and second sides;
an annular inlet portion, extending from the first side and configured to engage a bore in the valve body, the annular inlet
portion including an inlet bore and a tab; and an annular outlet portion extending from the second side, wherein the annular
outlet portion includes an outlet bore that is in fluid communication with the inlet bore; wherein 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;
and wherein the tab is configured to selectively engage the valve body to detachably couple the flush cap to the valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,816,257

SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sensor assembly for controlling a solenoid valve, the solenoid valve controlling a flow of water through a faucet, the
faucet being spaced apart from the sensor assembly, the sensor assembly comprising:
a shank passing through an aperture in a wall and terminating at a flange at a first end of the shank;
a head coupled to the shank, the head comprising:
a base having a first side configured to be supported by a first side of the wall and a second side configured to interface
with a first side of the flange, the base comprising an opening and a hole configured to receive an at least partially-threaded
portion of the shank, wherein the flange is entirely contained within the base;

a top portion opposite the base and comprising a transparent or translucent cover that covers the opening of the base; and
circuitry positioned between the transparent or translucent cover and a second side of the flange opposite the first side,
the circuitry at least partially received within a recess in the shank and interfacing with the second side of the flange,
the circuitry comprising:

a proximity sensor comprising:
a transmitter configured to project a beam into a detection zone on the first side of the wall through the transparent or
translucent cover, the beam extending substantially normal to and away from the wall; and

a receiver configured to detect a reflection of the beam off of an object in the detection zone; and
processing electronics configured to cause the solenoid valve to open in response to the receiver detecting a first reflection
from the object in the detection zone; and

a nut threadedly coupled to the shank and configured to be supported by a second side of the wall opposite the first side
of the wall such that tightening the nut on the shank secures the head on the first side of the wall and secures the nut on
the second side of the wall.

US Pat. No. 9,816,259

WATER TANK SYSTEM FOR TOILET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A water tank for a toilet, the water tank comprising:
a first chamber comprising an orifice for connecting to a toilet bowl; and
a free-floating member within the first chamber that is not coupled to any other component and that is configured to selectively
engage with and disengage from the orifice to selectively block or allow a flow of water through the orifice;

wherein the free-floating member is configured to be selectively disengaged from the orifice in response to a differential
pressure created within the water tank by releasing a volume of air from within the water tank to the outside atmosphere free
from any mechanical actuator engaging with, or disengaging from, the free-floating member.

US Pat. No. 9,707,574

DIVERTER VALVE ASSEMBLY AND SHOWER SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower system comprising:
a shower device defining a device outlet and a device inlet;
a conduit fluidly connected between the device inlet and a water supply;
a hand shower including
a hand shower housing defining a hand shower outlet and a hand shower inlet, and
a hose fluidly connected to the hand shower inlet; and
a diverter valve assembly fluidly connected between the conduit and the hose, the diverter valve assembly including
a housing,
a first valve seat and a second valve seat, and
a valve member movable relative to the housing between a first position, in which the valve member engages the first valve
seat to direct water to the device inlet, and a second position, in which the valve member engages the second valve seat to
direct water to the hand shower inlet, the valve member being adjustable from the first position toward the second position
by a force applied to the hose.

US Pat. No. 9,657,472

SMART TOILET SYSTEMS AND METHODS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A plumbing fixture comprising:
a basin;
a plumbing system configured to supply water to the basin;
a processing circuit comprising a digital media interface; and
a housing containing the plumbing system and the processing circuit, the housing comprising a rear face having a section extending
therefrom, the section comprising a first face parallel to the rear face and a second face connecting the first face to the
rear face, wherein the second face comprises ports allowing access to the digital media interface.

US Pat. No. 9,293,914

POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES A GENERATOR CONTROLLER

Kohler Co, Kohler, WI (U...

1. A power management system comprising:
an engine-driven generator;
a load switching and sensor module located remotely from the generator, the load switching and sensor module including a power
switching device and a sensor circuit;

a databus; and
a generator controller mounted to the engine-driven generator, the generator controller configured to control the engine-driven
generator and the power switching device in the load switching and sensor module, the generator controller configured to receive
input and output signals from the load switching and sensor module via the databus and provide commands via the databus to
the load switching and sensor module in order to control the power switching device and selectively provide power to a particular
load, wherein the generator controller includes a power source that is inside the generator controller and supplies power
to operate the load switching and sensor module, wherein the load switching and sensor module is not connected to utility
power such that the loss of utility power will not affect the operation of the load switching and sensor module;

wherein the sensor circuit includes a sensor input circuit that converts an input signal received from a sensor located remotely
from the load switching and sensor module for delivery to the generator controller via the databus, and wherein the sensor
circuit includes an output circuit that transmits an output signal received from the generator controller for transmission
to the sensor, wherein the sensor includes at least one of a temperature sensor, security sensor, flammable gas sensor, smoke
sensor, CO sensor, fuel level, motion sensor, time input, thermostat, moisture sensor, light level, water level, weather sensor
or camera sensor, wherein the generator controller is configured to store data that is received from the load switching and
sensor module related to the operation of the sensor and the particular load.

US Pat. No. 10,138,621

HANDLE ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet handle assembly, comprising:a faucet handle;
a handle adaptor having a plurality of end stops extending radially outward therefrom, wherein the handle adaptor is configured to:
rotatably couple the faucet handle to a fluid control valve disposed within a valve body, and
rotatably couple to the valve body by the plurality of end stops; and
a bonnet including an inner ring having a plurality of locking features, wherein the bonnet is configured to be removably coupled to the valve body by the plurality of locking features.

US Pat. No. 10,041,456

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIBRATION RESISTANT ROLLOVER VALVE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system, comprising:a reservoir chamber;
a vent tube to vent gases from the reservoir chamber;
walls between the reservoir chamber and the vent tube, the walls providing a seat and forming a cavity at an opening of the vent tube;
a floor of the cavity, the floor including a convex portion protruding from the floor; and
a stopper positioned in the cavity for sitting in the seat during a rollover situation.

US Pat. No. 10,000,913

MAGNETIC DOCKING FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet, comprising:a spout;
a sprayhead that is moveable relative to the spout between a docked position and an undocked position;
a magnet associated with the spout and having a bore; and
a magnetically responsive collar associated with the sprayhead and moveable relative to the magnet in an axial direction as the sprayhead moves between the docked and undocked positions;
wherein in the docked position, magnetic forces between the magnet and the collar align a center of the collar with a center of the magnet in the axial direction with the collar in the bore of the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,000,915

SHOWER BAR SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. An assembly for a shower system, the shower system including a first shower member and a second shower member, the assembly being connectable to a water supply including a supply pipe having a pipe outlet, the assembly being fluidly connectable between the water supply and the first shower member and the second shower member to be operable to dispense water from the water supply through the first shower member and through the second shower member, the assembly comprising:an adjustable supply assembly including
an adapter defining an axis and having an inlet coupleable to the pipe outlet,
a supply member having a supply outlet in fluid communication with the adapter, the supply member being coupled to the adapter for movement along the axis to adjust a distance between the pipe outlet and the supply outlet, the supply outlet being fluidly connectable to the first shower member and the second shower member, and
a seal positioned to provide a sealed connection between the adapter and the supply member in adjusted positions of the supply member relative to the adapter; and
a diverter valve in fluid communication with the supply outlet, the diverter valve including a valve inlet in fluid communication with the supply outlet, a first valve outlet in fluid communication with the first shower member, and a second valve outlet in fluid communication with the second shower member;
wherein the shower system is mounted in an enclosure having a wall, wherein the adapter connects to the pipe outlet on one side of the wall, and wherein the diverter valve is located on another side of the wall.

US Pat. No. 9,956,704

DECORATED RIGID PANEL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method of forming a decorated compression molded component, the method comprising:forming a substrate of uncured thermoset material;
folding the substrate over itself several times to define a multi-layer charge of the uncured thermoset material;
inserting the multi-layer charge between an upper tool and a lower tool;
pressing the multi-layer charge by the upper tool and the lower tool while heating the multi-layer charge by the upper and lower tools to shape and cure the multi-layer charge into a rigid, cured compression molded component having a length and width greater than a length and width of the charge;
separating the upper tool from the cured component and placing a carrier with a transfer image between the compression molded component and the separated upper tool, the transfer image being formed of a sublimation ink; and
transferring at least a portion of the sublimation ink to the compression molded component by pressing the carrier against the compression molded component by the upper and lower tools at a pressure above approximately 100 psi while applying heat, by the upper and lower tools and by heat from the cured compression molded component, to the sublimation ink to between approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit and approximately 360 degrees Fahrenheit so as to cause the sublimation ink to sublimate and become absorbed into the compression molded component, thereby forming a transferred image therein,
wherein during said transferring of at least a portion of the sublimation ink to the compression molded component, the upper tool is heated to a temperature that is higher than a temperature to which the lower tool is heated.

US Pat. No. 9,871,378

PARALLELING MODULE FOR A GENERATOR SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power management system comprising:
a first generator that includes an engine and an alternator; and
a contactor that is powered by the alternator to close the contactor in order to provide an electrically conductive path from
the alternator to an output;

a second generator that includes an engine and an alternator, wherein the first generator is inside a first enclosure and
the contactor is a first contactor that is inside the first enclosure;

a second contactor that is powered by the alternator of the second generator to close the second contactor in order to provide
an electrically conductive path from the alternator of the second generator to the output; and

a second enclosure, wherein the second generator and the second contactor are inside the second enclosure,
a paralleling enclosure that electrically connects the first generator and the second generator in parallel, wherein the paralleling
enclosure includes the output; and

a trailer including at least two wheels, wherein the paralleling enclosure is secured to the trailer.

US Pat. No. 9,839,330

SHOWER TRACK GUIDE SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower track guide system for a shower enclosure, the system comprising:
an elevated track positioned above a base;
at least one stand disposed between the base and the track, the track mounted above the at least one stand such that an upper
surface of the at least one stand contacts a lowermost surface of the elevated track and a lower surface of the at least one
stand contacts the base; and

at least one guide coupled to a shower door of the shower enclosure, the at least one guide being configured to permit the
shower door to move along a top of the track to permit access to the shower enclosure;

wherein the at least one stand elevates the track above the base to permit water to flow underneath the track,
wherein the at least one guide is configured to travel along an uppermost surface of the elevated track in a direction of
door movement,

wherein no portion of the shower door is disposed lower than the uppermost surface of the elevated track, and
wherein a movable connection is provided between the shower door and the elevated track without the at least one guide being
disposed within the elevated track.

US Pat. No. 9,837,942

POWER SYSTEM THAT OPERATES IN AN EXERCISE MODE BASED ON MEASURED PARAMETERS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power system comprising:
a generator comprising an engine and an alternator, the generator configured to operate in one of at least two operation modes,
the at least two operation modes including an exercise mode and a normal mode;

a controller that instructs the generator to operate in one of the at least two operation modes;
wherein the controller is configured to instruct the generator begin operation in the exercise mode, identify a parameter,
and instruct the generator to shut down after a duration, the duration based on the parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,822,902

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT AND COMMUNICATE FAUCET VALVE POSITION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet configured for touchless actuation, comprising:
a faucet body;
a mechanical valve that is disposed in a portion of the faucet body and is movable between an open state and a closed state;
a member that at least partially surrounds a cylindrical outer surface of the mechanical valve and reciprocates in a radial
direction relative to the outer surface of the mechanical valve between an open position and a closed position in response
to operation of the mechanical valve between the open state and the closed state, wherein the radial direction is normal to
a longitudinal axis of the outer surface of the mechanical valve;

an electronic valve that is movable between an open state and a closed state; and
a system that detects and communicates a state of the faucet in response to the position of the member.

US Pat. No. 9,820,619

BATHTUB SUPPORT MEMBER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A support member for a bathtub, comprising:
a base including an upper surface configured to be coupled to a bathtub; and
a plurality of flexible elements extending laterally outward from a side of the base a first distance and configured to engage
a lower portion of the bathtub;

wherein the plurality of flexible elements are spaced apart from each other a second distance that is less than the first
distance; and

wherein the plurality of flexible elements are each configured to flex in response to the support member being coupled to
the bathtub so as to adapt to a shape of the lower portion of the bathtub.

US Pat. No. 9,816,258

DRAIN CONTROL ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

11. A drain control assembly comprising:
a housing; and
a driven member in the housing and configured to pivot relative to the housing about a pivot axis, the driven member comprising:
a contact surface: and
a portion that is configured to receive a cable of a drain valve assembly to thereby move the cable and the drain valve assembly
between an open position and a closed position upon pivoting of the driven member;

wherein in a first mode, the driven member is configured to pivot about the pivot axis in response to a first driving member
moving linearly along a longitudinal axis after the first driving member contacts the contact surface; and

wherein in a second mode, the driven member is configured to pivot about the pivot axis in response to a second driving member
rotating about the longitudinal axis after the second driving member contacts the contact surface.

US Pat. No. 9,816,637

TESTING CAP FOR A VALVE BODY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A testing cap for a valve body, the testing cap comprising:
a base configured to releasably attach to the valve body and to cover an opening in the valve body, wherein the opening is
configured to receive a valve cartridge and the base covers the opening in place of the valve cartridge;

a structure extending from a first side of the base, wherein the structure is located within the valve body when the base
is attached to the valve body and configured to be oriented relative to the valve body in multiple different orientations
comprising a first orientation and a second orientation; and

a dial located on a second side of the base opposite the first side, the dial comprising indentations in a portion of the
dial accessible outside the valve body, the indentations extending through the base and into hollow regions within the structure
on the first side of the base such that each of the hollow regions is open to one of the indentations in the dial;

wherein the structure allows fluid to enter the valve body through an inlet port in the valve body and exit the valve body
through an outlet port in the valve body when the structure is oriented in the first orientation;

wherein the structure comprises a wall having a first surface that defines a boundary of at least one of the hollow regions
within the shell and a second surface, opposite the first surface, that covers at least one of the inlet port or the outlet
port when the structure is oriented in the second orientation, thereby preventing fluid flow through the valve body, wherein
at least one of the hollow regions is aligned with at least one of the inlet port or the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 9,816,641

TRANSVERSE HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VALVE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A handle assembly for controlling a flow of water through a valve for a faucet, the handle assembly comprising:
an output shaft connectable to the valve to control flow of water through the valve upon rotation of the output shaft about
a first axis;

an input shaft rotatable about a second axis that is configured substantially transverse to the first axis, the input shaft
connectable to the output shaft to rotate the output shaft upon rotation of the input shaft;

a handle coupled to the input shaft for rotating the input shaft upon rotation of the handle about the second axis; and
a saddle interconnecting the input shaft and the output shaft, the saddle comprising:
a generally “U” shaped or generally “C” shaped body having a channel that supports one of the input shaft and the output shaft;
and

a post extending away from the body for engaging an opening in the other of the input shaft and the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,775,470

SINK ACCESSORY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A kitchen sink assembly comprising:
a first basin having an inner wall;
a second basin having an inner wall;
a dividing wall extending between the inner walls of the first and second basins to form a divider therebetween;
a first accessory configured to removably attach to the divider, the first accessory comprising:
a wire-form first attachment structure configured to directly couple the first accessory to a first section of the divider;
a wire-form second attachment structure spaced apart from the first attachment structure and configured to directly couple
the first accessory to a second section of the divider;

a first supporting structure configured to extend between the first and second attachment structures adjacent to one of the
inner wall of the first basin and the inner wall of the second basin;

a second supporting structure configured to extend between the first and second attachment structures adjacent to the other
of the inner wall of the first basin and the inner wall of the second basin; and

a second accessory configured to removably attach to the divider, the second accessory comprising:
a first attachment structure configured to couple the second accessory to the first section of the divider;
a second attachment structure spaced apart from the first attachment structure of the second accessory and configured to couple
the second accessory to the second section of the divider; and

a supporting structure configured to extend between the first and second attachment structures of the second accessory adjacent
to one of the inner wall of the first basin and the inner wall of the second basin;

wherein the first attachment structure of the second accessory is configured to nest with the first attachment structure of
the first accessory when both first attachment structures are coupled to the first section of the divider; and

wherein the second attachment structure of the second accessory is configured to nest with the second attachment structure
of the first accessory when both second attachment structures are coupled to the second section of the divider.

US Pat. No. 9,725,889

TRIM SYSTEM FOR FLUID CONTROL VALVE

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A trim system for controlling a fluid control valve for a kitchen or bath fixture, the fluid control valve having a first
actuator configured to control one of a flow rate and a temperature of water from the valve and a second actuator configured
to control the other of the flow rate and temperature of water from the valve, the trim system comprising:
a first stem driver coupled to the first actuator of the fluid control valve;
a cage coupled to the first stem driver;
a first handle coupled to the cage;
a second stem driver coupled to the second actuator of the fluid control valve; and
a second handle coupled to the second stem driver;
wherein the first stem driver and the cage are configured to compensate for axial and angular misalignment between the first
handle and the first actuator, and the second stem driver and the second handle are configured to compensate for axial and
angular misalignment between the second handle and the second actuator;

wherein rotation of the first handle is configured to rotate the first actuator through the first stem driver and the cage,
and rotation of the second handle is configured to rotate the second actuator through the second stem driver; and

wherein the first stem driver and the cage are disposed in a bore of the second stem driver, such that the second stem driver
extends circumferentially around the first stem driver and the cage.

US Pat. No. 9,752,494

NOISE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS

KOHLER CO.

9. An engine comprising:
a cylinder that generates or transfers noise having a frequency within a noise frequency range, the cylinder comprising a
side surface;

a plurality of cooling fins extending radially from the side surface of the cylinder;
a micro-perforated cylinder wrap comprising a micro-perforated sheet positioned a first distance from the side surface of
the cylinder, the micro-perforated sheet positioned proximate to ends of the cooling fins and comprising a plurality of micro-perforated
holes, the micro-perforated sheet configured to absorb sound within an absorption frequency range based on parameters of the
micro-perforated sheet; and

a baffle wall positioned at a second distance from the cylinder wrap and collectively forming a micro-perforated panel with
the micro-perforated sheet, the second distance defining a cavity creating an air space between the baffle wall and the micro-perforated
sheet;

wherein the parameters include the distance from a boundary and dimensions of the micro-perforated holes, and wherein the
parameters are set such that the absorption frequency range overlaps the noise frequency range;

wherein the second distance is selected so that the cavity absorbs noise within the noise frequency range of the noise generated
by the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,718,068

SHOWER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower assembly comprising:
an inlet for receiving water from a water source, the inlet being configured to restrict water flow from the water source
to a maximum inlet flow rate;

a panel defining a reservoir for receiving water from the inlet, the panel comprising:
a plurality of first outlets configured to pass water from the reservoir at a first collective flow rate that is less than
the maximum inlet flow rate; and

a plurality of second outlets configured to selectively pass water from the reservoir at a second collective flow rate; and
a seal configured to selectively control whether water passes through the plurality of second outlets through movement into
and out of contact with the panel that is controlled by a user;

wherein a sum of the first collective flow rate and the second collective flow rate is greater than the maximum inlet flow
rate.

US Pat. No. 9,689,330

DPF REGENERATION IN A POWER SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES PARALLEL GENERATORS

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A power system comprising:
a plurality of generators configured to be connected to a bus, wherein each of the plurality of generators includes a diesel
particulate filter, wherein the bus is configured to connect to at least one load;

wherein the plurality of generators includes at least one controller that is configured to operate the plurality of generators
and determines when there is a need to regenerate one of the diesel particulate filters in one of the plurality of generators;

the at least one controller is further configured to communicate the need to regenerate the diesel particulate filter to each
of the other generators in the plurality of generators that include diesel particulate filters which do not require regeneration,
and determine a strategy for operating the power system based on the need to regenerate the diesel particulate filter.

US Pat. No. 9,657,874

PLUMBING FITTING ADAPTER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A coupling system for interconnecting a tube to a valve body, comprising:
a valve body having a body portion and a nipple extending from the body portion, the nipple having a threaded external surface
and an internal wall defining a bore;

an elongated adapter having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the adapter defining a passageway extending
from the first end to the second end, wherein the first end of the adapter is received in the bore of the nipple, the second
end of the adapter is configured to couple to the tube, and the adapter includes a recess that extends inwardly from an outer
surface of the first end;

a nut defining a hole through which the first end of the adapter passes, the nut having an internally threaded surface configured
to engage the threaded external surface of the nipple; and

a compression fitting seated in the recess and having a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion contacts
the adapter and the nut, the second portion does not extend beyond the outer surface and contacts the adapter, and the compression
fitting inhibits removal of the adapter from the valve body with the nut tightened on the nipple.

US Pat. No. 9,689,151

DRAWN SINK HAVING LOW-PROFILE RIM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sink comprising:
at least one basin;
a rim extending outwardly from at least two adjacent sides of the at least one basin;
a first support member coupled to an underside of a first side of the at least two adjacent sides of the rim;
a second support member coupled to an underside of a second side of the at least two adjacent sides of the rim; and
a connecting member directly connected to both the first and second support members underneath the rim;
wherein the first and second support members are configured offset from one another and an outer periphery of the rim to increase
the rigidity of the rim; and

wherein the connecting member has a cross-sectional profile that is different than a profile of the first support member and
a profile of the second support member.

US Pat. No. 9,629,457

BATHING AREA ACCESSORIES

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A seat assembly configured to be attached to a wall of a bathing area comprising:
a bench movable between a seated position and a folded position, wherein the bench includes an outer covering and an internal
support plate; and

a support bracket configured to be statically attached to the wall of the bathing area and hingably attached to the bench
such that the bench rotates relative to the support bracket between the seated position and the folded position;

wherein the bench is substantially perpendicular to the wall of the bathing area in the seated position and is substantially
parallel to the wall of the bathing area in the folded position, and

wherein the outer covering substantially conceals a seating portion of the internal support plate.

US Pat. No. 9,598,989

LUBRICATING SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, OIL PAN APPARATUS, AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

KOHLER CO.

1. A lubrication system for an internal combustion engine, the lubrication system comprising:
an oil cooler;
an oil cooler supply passage for delivering oil to an inlet of the oil cooler from an oil reservoir;
an oil cooler outlet passage for delivering oil from an outlet of the oil cooler to one or more portions of the internal combustion
engine to be lubricated;

a first pressure relief valve operably coupled to the oil cooler supply passage, the first pressure relief valve configured
to open at a first predetermined pressure to allow oil in the oil cooler supply passage to return to the oil reservoir without
passing through the oil cooler; and

a second pressure relief valve operably coupled to the oil cooler outlet passage, the second pressure relief valve configured
to open at a second predetermined pressure to allow oil in the oil cooler outlet passage to return to the oil reservoir after
passing through the oil cooler without being delivered to the one or more portions of the internal combustion engine to be
lubricated, the second predetermined pressure being less than the first predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,595,852

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTRICALLY INSULATING END TURNS OF A STATOR ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO.

1. A stator assembly comprising:
a stator core;
at least two coils of different phases wound on the stator core and having an end turn that extends from the stator core;
at least one elongated rigid separator member positioned between adjacent end turns of the coils and maintaining space between
the adjacent end turns, the elongated rigid separator member constructed of a first dielectric material; and

at least one flexible sheet constructed of a second dielectric material positioned between the adjacent end turns of the coils.

US Pat. No. 9,574,333

SINK SYSTEM

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sink basin, comprising:
a bottom surface having a drain;
a front wall and a rear wall that is opposite the front wall, the front wall and the rear wall each extending upward from
the bottom surface;

wherein the front wall includes a first ledge that extends upward and away from a center of the drain, and a first transition
that extends upward and inward toward the center of the drain to terminate at the first ledge;

wherein the rear wall includes a second ledge that extends upward and away from the center of the drain, and a second transition
that extends upward and inward toward the center of the drain to terminate at the second ledge; and

wherein the first ledge and the second ledge are positioned at a first height above the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,130,172

APRON-FRONT SINK ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. An assembly comprising:a cabinet including an opening in a front face thereof; and
an apron-front sink coupled to the cabinet and comprising:
a basin having a width that is less than a width of the opening; and
an apron extending laterally between a first end and an opposite second end and positioned offset from a front wall of the basin to define a space between the apron and the basin;
wherein the apron is positioned forward of the front face of the cabinet and the first and second ends of the apron extend beyond the opening to conceal the opening; and
wherein a bottom edge of the apron overlaps a portion of the front face below the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,130,173

METHOD OF INSTALLING APRON-FRONT SINK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method of installing an apron-front sink to a cabinet, comprising:inserting a portion of an apron-front sink through an opening in a front panel of a cabinet;
wherein the apron-front sink comprises a basin and an apron spaced apart from the basin, wherein the apron is wider than the opening to overlap at least a portion of the front panel and conceal each of the edges of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,130,219

SHOWER STORAGE AND ASSIST ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A storage and assist assembly for a shower, comprising:a first member configured to be coupled to an upper portion of a fixed wall member;
a second member configured to be coupled to a lower portion of the fixed wall member; and
an elongated member removably coupled between the first and second members and configured to receive one or more storage accessories thereon;
wherein the first and second members each comprise:
a front wall;
a pair of side walls extending outwardly from the front wall to define a sleeve configured to receive a portion of the fixed wall member therein;
a flange extending outwardly from the front wall opposite the pair of side walls; and
a protrusion extending from at least one of a top surface or a bottom surface of the flange.

US Pat. No. 9,976,293

MANUAL BIDET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bidet assembly for a toilet, comprising:a sprayer configured to spray water;
a water supply system configured to selectively communicate water from one or more water sources to the sprayer; and
an arm operationally coupled to the sprayer and to the water supply system;
wherein the arm is configured such that rotation of the arm about a first axis acts to rotate the sprayer; and
wherein the arm includes an outer wall defining a cavity therein that extends radially away from the first axis and includes a valve coupled to the outer wall and disposed entirely within the cavity to control water flow from the water supply system to the sprayer.

US Pat. No. 9,936,856

WINE GLASS DRYING RACK

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A wine glass drying assembly comprising:a tray comprising a top, sides, and a vertical lock;
a support comprising stems and a first support member extending between the stems, wherein one of the stems is coupled to the vertical lock and wherein the support is rotatable about the vertical lock of the tray; and
a rack comprising a second support member and at least two glass supports extending from the second support member, wherein the at least two glass supports define a slot for receiving wine glasses, wherein the second support member is coupled to the first support member, and wherein the rack is rotatable about the first support member;
wherein the support and rack are rotatable between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position, wine glasses can be received;
wherein the first support member comprising a first set of grooves and the second support member comprises a second set of grooves; and
wherein the first set of grooves receives the second set of groves in the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,908,729

PAPER DISPENSER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A dispenser for a rolled paper product, comprising:
a first arm comprising a base portion and an end portion, the base portion having a first cavity;
a first mounting bracket disposed in the first cavity, wherein the first mounting bracket is configured to be coupled to a
wall;

a bushing assembly comprising:
a first member at least partially disposed in the first cavity; and
a second member at least partially disposed in the first cavity;
wherein the first and second members are rotatable relative to one another, such that the end portion and the first member
are selectively rotatable relative to the second member and the first mounting bracket, and wherein the first member rotates
against a surface of the second member during rotation of the end portion;

a second arm comprising a second cavity;
a second mounting bracket disposed entirely in the second cavity and configured to rigidly couple the second arm to the wall;
and

an elongated member configured to receive the rolled paper product, the elongated member detachably coupled to the end portion
by a fastener extending through the elongated member, such that the elongated member rotates with the end portion relative
to the second arm.

US Pat. No. 9,910,578

USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING A BATHROOM PLUMBING FIXTURE WITH OUTLET AND FLOW PATTERN SELECTION SCREENS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A control system for a plumbing fixture, the control system comprising:
a plurality of valves, each of the valves fluidly connected to one or more water outlets and configured to control a flow
of water to the one or more water outlets;

a user control panel comprising an electronic display configured to display multiple different information screens comprising
graphical menus for controlling the plurality of valves and a selector control configured to receive input from a user for
navigating the graphical menus and for selecting items displayed in the graphical menus, the information screens including:

an outlet selection screen comprising an outlet selection menu that provides a list of the water outlets and allows a user
to select one or more of the listed water outlets via the selector control; and

a flow pattern selection screen comprising a flow pattern menu that provides a list of flow patterns for a selected water
outlet and allows a user to select one or more of the listed flow patterns via the selector control; and

a controller in communication with the plurality of valves and the user control panel, wherein the controller receives a first
user input from the selector control and causes the electronic display to switch from displaying the outlet selection screen
to displaying the flow pattern screen in place of the outlet selection screen in response to a selection of one or more of
the water outlets listed in the outlet selection menu via the selector control;

wherein the controller receives a second user input from the selector control and causes the plurality of valves to make multiple
different adjustments to the flow of water in response to the second user input based on which of the multiple different graphical
menus are displayed when the second user input is received.