US 2445694 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
I July 20, 1948. B. PREDMORE 1 2,445,694
'URINAL Filed Jan. 29, 1946 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 July 20, 1948. B. PREDMORE URINAL Filed Jan. 29, 1946 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented July 20, 1948 84 URINAL Th s e e e re e 9 e e t e male with the structure at th'eu l e memb ada ted t9 and conduct it downwardly so iv r d t e cl eela One f the obiectsis to imp re h sirl 'qt r and r angement of w at btfi fmfldbm dl A th b e s to pr ride an. a plian e pt this"type which" is moreco nifort'ble, more venient' to" use, and more re drly kept in cl sanitary condition. the previousappliances of'tlii's general"c1ass:"
In the accompanying drawings;
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary front view of an applian'ce' embodying"theinvention';
Fig. 2 is a rear view of the parts shown in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is an enlarged section on line 3-3 of .F'igPZ; showing, among other things, the's upporting belt that encirclesthe waist il 'ig." fl is a sectional v'i'w"s"6n' iewha t similar tol jig. 3, with the liner remove rom thefi'iiirfel F :d H I I 2311 mem er; Fi liner. In the drawings, in which there is illustrated a preferred embodiment, the"'suppbrting belt is shown in Fig. 3, but is only partially shown in Figs. 1 and 2, inasmuch as the particular character of belt employed is unimportant. In articles of this character the support of the funnel member is performed partly by the belt and partly by depending members in the nature of straps that are disposed adjacent the groins and have their ends connected to the belt at the rear portion of the latter. In the present instance such groin straps are used, but they are only partially shown in the drawings for the reason that detailed disclosure in this respect is unnecessary. The main parts of the appliance are preferably constructed of rubber or rubberlike material, so that they are of an elastic and flexible character.
In the drawings, the rubber belt is indicated at 10. To this belt is suitably attached at the front of the appliance a flexible rubber panel II that depends from the belt. Preferably the upper portion of the panel underlaps the belt, as indicated at H, the two parts being firmly secured together as by vulcanizing. The panel has flexlongitudinal sectional view'of the r ti -ew P a s 09 sa the ea -int N p a ITPPIQ?! r in s r- 1 5.
2 sla ly at est pth lbi ei m m -rs iting T th a e i marina e m mber I i ne e 3 h ,5 ns ant at rt a en 1. 6 s 1 a the lower end it 'is"'provided "with 'a" coupling i h co nectlo'n r Ne rti reap ,elexttrshtwriz re] fvith 3 9.118 art of e $11 1}?! memher and remoyably mountedthe'r in is a" i '6 i hi 'esr. dl h 't rubber. .Th'i j i e ,1 5 o hi @2 1 an tii'i ,x i e "at he'lbw e ap ns in 'ntv rm rubber parts. The wall of the funnel member extends through the panel and to the rearof the panel, as shown in Fig. 4, and is provided rearwardly of the panel with an integral lateral flange l3 that is slightly spaced from the adjacent wall of the panel. The panel wall in this portion of the panel is somewhat offset, as shown at H), the offset being forwardly disposed and annular and the flange l8 being substantially in the plane of the main portion of the panel, although it will be apparent that variation may be made in this respect, as well as others, if desired. The flange I8 preferably extends throughout the circumference of the funnel member opening. The funnel member has a wall of substantially greater thickness than the liner, and therefore the flange l8 acts as a firm support for a portion of the liner that is lapped over this flange. Preferably the liner is supported on the flange l8 by having an integral doubled or hook-like flange on the liner embracing the flange I8, the flanged end portion of the liner being cured or vulcanized in a manner such that the doubled or hook-like flange tends to conform closely to the supporting flange.
The hook-like flange of the liner is shown in the drawings at 20, this flange being at the upper end of the liner. The forward portion of the double flange is indicated at 2|, and from this portion the rubber wall at the upper part of the liner (Fig. 5) extends upwardly, and is then curved over and extends rearwardly to the portion 22. From the portion 22 the rubber wall of the liner passes downwardly (upper part of Fig. 5) and forwardly on a gentle curve 23 in order to provide the above-mentioned upper opening in the liner, and from the portion 23 the wall is directed forwardly and upwardly, as indicated at 24, this portion 24 being joined to the main side wall portion of the liner.
The upper opening in the liner is formed by a constriction 23 in the wall of the liner located between its ends but near the upper end, the wall in the constricted part being cured so that normally it extends along a gradual curve. Immediately adjacent the constricted part, the wall of the liner is shaped and cured to provide the doubled-over securing flange 22, 2|. The securing flange is integral with the constricted part. The constricted part extends laterally and inwardly with respect to the adjacent body part of the liner whereas the securing flange extends laterally and outwardly with reference to that part of the liner body. In effect, the liner is provided with a doubled wall portion lying in a single transverse plane with reference to the body and having an inwardly extending part 23 and an outwardly extending part 22, 2|, the former providing a relatively small opening (in comparison to the panel aperture) at the upper end of the liner and the latter providing a flange structure that is suitable for securing the upper end of the liner detachably upon its support.
It will be apparent from the foregoing that the liner is of a character to increase to a large degree the comfort with which the appliance can be worn. It will also be seen that by providing the liner with a hook-like flange, and by providing the other part of the structure with a cooperating supporting flange, the liner can be installed very readily and conveniently, and that the liner when installed will be supported eflectively against displacement. Moreover, it will be seen that when it is desired to remove the liner for cleaning or for other purpose, the liner can be disassembled easily and quickly.
Preferably the supporting flange and the hooked flange engageable therewith are of substantial width, so that the connection thereby provided is quite secure. It will be noted, furthermore, that when the appliance is in use a relatively wide and substantially flat portion of the liner is presented toward the body of the wearer, as appears from Fig. 2, and as this portion is very soft and flexible, the effect is that of a flat cushion interposed between the panel and the abdomen of the wearer.
Only one form of the invention is herein shown, but various modifications and changes may be made without departure from the principles of the invention or the scope of the claim.
What I claim is:
In an article such as described, the combination of a supporting panel having an aperture, a funnel member extending forwardly from said aperture and provided rearwardly of the aperture witha laterally and outwardly directed securing flange, and a liner of thin flexible cured elastic material within the funnel, said liner having an integral cured portion of its Wall adjacent said aperture formed to provide an inwardly extending double-walled constriction in the liner creating an entrance opening for the liner of substantially less diameter than the body of the liner and of less diameter than said aperture and also to provide an outwardly extending double-walled securing flange portion to engage said first flange by folding thereover in a forward direction to thereby hold the liner detachably in place in the funnel member.
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