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FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to systems for delivering water to plants and soil. More particularly, this invention relates to an integrated clip and injector assembly for securing and delivering water to an area.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Irrigation systems are used in order to artificially apply water to an area where it is needed but not necessarily present. Automated and semi-automated irrigation systems enable areas of agriculture, landscaping and planting to be watered with little effort after the system is configured to deliver a necessary amount of water at a specified time. One key to an effective system is to get as much water and nutrients to the area as possible without over watering. However, irrigation water is often lost due to evaporation and decreased contact with the desired area as the water is sprayed over a large distance. Water may also be lost if the watering area or plants to be watered are inadvertently moved before or during watering. Placing an irrigation outlet closer to the desired point of watering enables the system to better monitor the amount of distributed water and consequently increases the efficiency of the system by reducing the amount of water lost from evaporation and over watering. Further, anchoring the watering area in place also ensures that the watering area and plants to be watered do not move and receive the required amount of moisture.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An integrated clip and injector assembly comprises a clip for securing a watering area such as a watering mat in place and an injector clip for securely holding an emitter configured to deliver an adjustable quantity of water to the area. The securing clip comprises a clip for clipping to a mat or watering area and one or more mounting features for attaching the clip and the mat to an additional object. The injector clip holds the emitter at a location on the mat so that water is delivered to the desired area. The amount of water delivered to the area is adjusted by a flow restrictor.

In one aspect, a mounting clip for a watering mat comprises a clip body for clipping to the watering mat and comprising a top, a bottom, and a side wall connecting the top and the bottom and one or more mounting features for mounting the clip to an object. In some embodiments, the side wall comprises a curved surface between the top and the bottom. The object is able to comprise one of a table, the ground, and a surface for holding the watering mat. In some embodiments, the clip comprises a hook feature for securing the clip body to the watering mat. In some embodiments, the one or more mounting features comprise one or more mounting holes. In some of these embodiments, the one or mounting holes are configured to receive one or more of a screw, a nail, and a zip-tie. The top comprises a smooth low profile top which is mounted flush with a top of the watering mat.

In another aspect, an injector device for a watering assembly comprises a snap jaw for releasably receiving an emitter body and a clip for clipping the injector device to a watering area. In some embodiments, the snap jaw comprises one or more teeth for securing the emitter body. In some of these embodiments, the snap jaw comprises a torque key for preventing the emitter body from twisting. A hood is able to protect an injector tube of the emitter body. In some embodiments, the watering area comprises a first watering mat. In some embodiments, the injector device comprises a rear hook feature for securing the injector device to a second watering mat. The emitter body is reversible within the snap jaw.

In a further aspect, an emitter assembly comprises a housing and an adjustable water flow restrictor received within the housing. In some embodiments, the adjustable flow restrictor is secured within the housing by a clip. In some embodiments, the adjustable flow restrictor comprises a tapered flow segment. The adjustable flow restrictor is able to comprise a helical flow path. In some embodiments, the adjustable flow restrictor is axially movable with respect to the housing in order to adjust a flow path. The emitter assembly is able to be releasably received by an injector device. The emitter assembly comprises interlocking geometry to match the injector device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1A and 1B illustrate a mounting clip for a watering mat in accordance with some embodiments.

FIG. 2 illustrates an injector clip in accordance with some embodiments.

FIGS. 3A and 3B illustrate an injector clip and emitter assembly in accordance with some embodiments.

FIG. 4 illustrates an emitter assembly in accordance with some embodiments.

FIG. 5A illustrates a flow restrictor for an emitter assembly in accordance with some embodiments.

FIGS. 5B-5C illustrate a close-up view of a flow segment of a flow restrictor in accordance with some embodiments.

FIG. 6 illustrates a housing for an emitter assembly in accordance with some embodiments.

FIG. 7 illustrates a watering assembly in accordance with some embodiments.

FIG. 8 illustrates a method of watering an area in accordance with some embodiments.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In the following description, numerous details are set forth for purpose of explanation. However, one of ordinary skill in the art will realize that the invention may be practiced without the use of these specific details or with equivalent alternatives. Thus, the presently claimed invention is not intended to be limited to the embodiments shown but is to be accorded the widest scope consistent with the principles and features described herein. Throughout the description similar components are similarly marked in order to aid comprehension.

Embodiments are directed to an integrated clip and injector assembly for an irrigation system. The integrated clip and injector assembly comprises a clip for securing a watering area such as a watering mat and an injector clip for securely holding an emitter configured to deliver an adjustable quantity of water to the area. The securing clip comprises a clip for clipping to a mat or watering area and one or more mounting features for attaching the clip and the mat to an additional object. The injector clip holds the emitter at a location on the mat so that water is delivered to a desired area. The amount of water delivered to the area is adjustable between a high flow and a low flow.

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In operation, the integrated clip secures a watering area such as a watering mat in place so that it is not inadvertently moved or otherwise displaced. With the watering mat securely held in place, an injector clip and emitter deliver an adjustable quantity of water to the area. The injector clip holds the emitter at a location on the mat so that water is delivered to a desired area. The amount of water delivered to the area is adjustable between a high flow and a low flow so that the precise amount of water is delivered to the desired area. Accordingly, the integrated clip and injector assembly as described herein has many advantages.

The invention has been described in terms of specific embodiments incorporating details to facilitate the understanding of the principles of construction and operation of the invention. Such reference herein to specific embodiments and details thereof is not intended to limit the scope of the claims appended hereto. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that modifications area able to be made in the embodiment chosen for illustration without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Specifically, it will be apparent that the design of the system is able to be implemented in many different styles and configurations. Further, it will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that the precise structure of the device is able to be substantially varied to accommodate various styles of water sources and watering areas. Consequently, the claims should be broadly construed, consistent with the spirit and scope of the invention, and should not be limited to their exact, literal meaning.

Source: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2016/0338273.html



Article #2

Effectively waters your potted plants indoors or outdoors.

Water your plants indoors or outdoors

Whether your potted plants are indoors or outdoors, the Idris watering system will effectively deliver just the right amount of water to your plants.

The tank designed for the Idris is not only attractive; it also maximizes the convenience of this new watering system. The tank can be filled through the top opening, without being removed from the Pot, and the special graduated scale clearly shows your water level.

Idris delivers just the right amount of water

Idris includes four differently colored and easily identifiable drippers, you can select exactly the right amount of water for the growth and well being of your plants.

This unique watering system also includes an adjustable tripod ensuring perfect stability and four threaded connectors to fit any type of standard plastic drinks bottle.

Made completely of plastic, Idris will be unaffected by limescale and last for ever. A technologically advanced product embracing Claber research and experience, scientifically tested and 100% reliable!

Source: http://lawnbeltusa.com/product/automatic-watering-device



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