Patents Assigned to Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20220372686
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet defining a front opening in a front panel. The front opening is defined by a lip having a curved edge. The lip defines a plurality of apertures spaced-apart around the front opening. A tub is disposed within the cabinet. The tub defines an access opening aligned with the front opening. A drum is disposed within the tub. A bellows assembly extends between the cabinet and the tub. The bellows assembly includes a projection coupled to the curved edge of the cabinet. A deflector has a rim and a chute wherein the chute extends toward the drum. The rim is configured to snap-fit over the projection of the bellows assembly. The rim includes a plurality of hooks where each hook is configured to extend through an aperture and interlock with the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Darryl C. Bodine, Donald Erickson, Gregg P. Fitzgerald, Eric A. Hill, Patrick A. McCormick, Stephen D. Ostdiek, Anna C. Schelling, Robert J. Schneider, Mohaideen Abdul Khadaar Sikkandar Batcha, Todd J. Tunzi
  • Publication number: 20220375823
    Abstract: A device is provided that includes a heat conductive structure; a heat transfer structure for extracting heat from the heat conductive structure by means of a boundary layer; a motor for rotating the heat transfer structure relative to the heat conductive structure; and a vertical fixing mechanism for allowing the heat transfer structure to rotate above the heat transfer structure without making contact with the heat transfer structure so as to define a boundary layer between the heat conductive structure and heat transfer structure, wherein the heat transfer structure extracts heat from the heat conductive structure by means of the boundary layer, and wherein the heat conductive structure includes small geometric turbulators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nelson Rene Garcia-Polanco, John Piero Piero Doyle, Raffaele Paganini, Francesco Mastrangelo
  • Publication number: 20220373242
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining an interior volume and a door for accessing the interior volume. An ice maker is disposed within the interior volume harvesting ice. The ice maker includes a frame and a motor. An ice tray includes a first end engaged with the motor, a second end engaged to the frame and a plurality ice wells defined by a plurality of weirs including first and second sets of weirs positioned proximate the first and second ends respectively, and interior weirs positioned therebetween. Each of the first and second sets of weirs and the internal weirs include a passage bifurcating each weir into first and second weir portions. Each of the passages defined by the first and second sets of weirs have a cross-sectional area that is greater than a cross-sectional area of any one of the passages defined by the internal weirs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert B. Becker, Marcus R. Fischer, Christopher R. McElvain, Ryan D. Schuchart
  • Publication number: 20220370972
    Abstract: A mixing device and method for generating reaction plastic, the mixing device including: a mixing chamber configured to mix reactive components to generate the reaction plastic; a discharge unit, including a discharge pipe connected to the mixing chamber configured to discharge the reaction plastic generated in the mixing chamber; a cleaning piston that is axially aligned with the discharge pipe of the discharge unit and is moveable into the discharge pipe to clean reaction plastic from the discharge pipe; a fluid supply device configured to provide a lubricant into the discharge unit via an outlet to lubricate the discharge unit, a control piston arranged within the mixing chamber and configured to control flow of the reactive components; wherein an axial direction of the control piston is oblique to an axial direction of a discharge pipe of the discharge unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicants: KRAUSSMAFFEI TECHNOLOGIES GMBH, WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ernst SCHEIDT, Ralf MOSER, Gilberto FISCHER
  • Publication number: 20220372688
    Abstract: A cartridge for a laundry appliance includes an outer housing having an interior chamber therein. The outer housing includes a primary axis and a secondary axis that is perpendicular to the primary axis. A pump is contained within the outer housing that selectively delivers a laundry chemistry from the interior chamber to a dispensing outlet of the outer housing. The dispensing outlet is defined within a contoured edge of the outer housing and orients the dispensing outlet at an oblique angle with respect to the primary and secondary axes. A rotational drive is operated by an external actuator. The rotational drive is positioned within the outer housing and in operable communication with the pump. The rotational drive aligns with a drive aperture defined within a wall of the outer housing for receiving the external actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Moshin Attar, Brent Burgess, Chloe Condon, Marcus Fischer, Christopher Hartnett, Peter Howes, Gobi Krishnan Mallikarjunan, Eric Monville, Sayer J. Murphy, Natasha Paulinski, Tristan VanFossen, Michael Vriezema, Anne Wessel, Sann Naing, Demetrius Schaaf
  • Patent number: 11503955
    Abstract: A coffee grinding apparatus includes a removable holder assembly having first and second arms that are spaced-apart from one another to define an open receiving area therebetween. The arms each include upper and lower tabs that extend inwardly into the open receiving area first and second distances, respectively. The first and second distances of the upper and lower tabs are configured to retain and support portafilter assemblies of various sizes for filling with coffee grounds using the coffee grinder apparatus. Another holder assembly for use with the coffee grinding apparatus may include opposed abutment surfaces for engaging inner and outer surfaces of a cup portion of various sized portafilter assemblies. Each disclosed holder assembly is configured to attach to a pedestal portion of the coffee grinding apparatus in use, and can be stored in a support base of the coffee grinding apparatus when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Ebstein, Daniel F. Galea, Edward Haney, Neela Lohith Paruchuri, Norma Richards, Pravin R. Shewale, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Publication number: 20220364674
    Abstract: An auger feeder includes a hopper having an inner hopper wall and an outer hopper wall where the inner hopper wall includes an air permeable surface. A space is positioned between the inner and outer hopper walls. A heater is coupled to an outside edge of the inner hopper wall or a n outside edge of the outer hopper wall while a feed screw is positioned along an inside edge of the inner hopper wall. The auger feeder additionally includes an evacuator coupled to a vacuum port that is positioned in the outer hopper wall. The auger feeder also includes an aperture exit positioned at a bottom of the inner and outer hopper walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: ABHAY NAIK, ASHISH NIGAM
  • Publication number: 20220364784
    Abstract: A door panel for a refrigerating appliance includes an inner liner. An outer wrapper is attached to the inner liner and defines an insulating structure with an insulating cavity disposed therein. An insulating material is defined within the insulating cavity. A dispenser structure is defined within a central portion of the inner liner and the outer wrapper. The dispenser structure defines an insulated dispenser portion therein. A dispenser conduit extends from an interior area disposed above the dispenser structure to an external dispensing cavity and passing through the insulated dispenser portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Sarah Galea, Dustin M. Miller, Vikas C. Mruthyunjaya, Abhay Naik, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak
  • Publication number: 20220364295
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a blower that delivers process air through an airflow path. A rotating drum defines a processing chamber. The processing chamber is part of the airflow path. A steam generating system disposes steam into the processing chamber. A plurality of fluid nozzles direct the steam into the processing chamber according to an operating pattern. The plurality of fluid nozzles include a first nozzle that is positioned within an upper portion of the processing chamber and a second nozzle that is positioned in a lower portion of the processing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan R. Bellinger, Shannon Wynne, Mark J. Christensen
  • Patent number: 11503679
    Abstract: An electromagnetic cooking device and method of controlling the same is provided herein. The cooking device has a cavity in which popcorn is placed and a plurality of RF feeds configured to introduce electromagnetic radiation into the cavity for popping the popcorn. A controller is provided and is configured to: analyze forward and backward power at the plurality of RF feeds to calculate efficiency; determine and monitor a coefficient of variation of the efficiency; detect a popping state of the popcorn based on changes in the coefficient of variation; and adjust a power level of the electromagnetic radiation in response to detection of the popping state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Davide Guatta, Valeria Nocella, Mattia Rigo
  • Patent number: 11499259
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes an outer cabinet having a top panel that defines an aperture for accessing an interior of the cabinet. A tub is positioned within the outer cabinet and below the aperture. A rotating drum disposed within the tub. A pretreat basin is selectively positioned in an installed position relative to the top panel and above the drum. The pretreat basin has an outer frame and a pivoting central portion that rotationally operates within the outer frame between a sealed position defined by the pivoting central portion being in alignment with the outer frame and a rotated position defined by the pivoting central portion being rotated out of alignment with the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Seth E. Bixby, Sayer J. Murphy, Giuseppe Netti, Jun Young Park, Jeremy D. Watkins
  • Patent number: 11502454
    Abstract: An appliance cord assembly may include a first cord portion including a plug at one end configured to be received by a wall outlet and a plug mount at the opposite end, a second cord portion including a captive end hardwired to an appliance and a free end connected to a panel mount, the panel mount being configured to connect with the plug mount of the first cord portion to create a conductive engagement with the plug mount, such that in the connected state, the plug mount and the panel mount define a key opening, and a service tool configured to be received by the key opening to disconnect the panel mount and plug mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harikrishna Ambalam, Scott Patrick Kokoska, Varun D. Kuvalekar, Vishal Madkaikar
  • Publication number: 20220356624
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a tub contained within an outer cabinet. A motor assembly is attached to the tub having a first rotor and a second rotor that operate about a common rotational axis. A drum is disposed within the tub and coupled with the first rotor to rotationally operable about the common rotational axis. A blower is coupled to the second rotor and disposed within the tub to rotationally operate about the common rotational axis to deliver process air through an airflow path that includes a processing space defined within the drum. The blower is positioned within a blower housing that is positioned between the tub and the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matteo Carnevale, Massimiliano Daniele, Leonardo Vitaletti, Alberto Vitali
  • Publication number: 20220357041
    Abstract: A display apparatus for a cooking appliance includes a first substrate. The first substrate forms an interface surface of the interface console and is designed to be exposed to a heat source of a cooking appliance. A display device is configured to transmit light through the first substrate and is aligned with the first substrate in a spaced-apart configuration. The spaced-apart configuration forms an insulated passage with an interior cavity between the display device and an interior surface of the first substrate. An air intake is in connection with the insulated passage. The interior cavity provides an air flow path extending from an inlet positioned away from the heat source and draws environmental air from the inlet and through the insulated passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Dolezan, Vinod Jadhav, Shekhar D. Jirafe, Tyler Douglas Mathews, Fernando A. Ribas Junior, Rahul Wadke, James R. Chisholm, Randell L. Jeffery
  • Publication number: 20220355970
    Abstract: A cross-brace assembly for a package for a household appliance and method of assembling are provided. The cross-brace assembly can include a holder having a body having opposing first and second sides. The body includes first and second inner tabs that include first and second apertures, respectively. A first outer tab projects from the first side of the body, adjacent to the first inner tab, and a second outer tab projects from the second side of the body, adjacent to the second inner tab. A brace having opposing first and second ends can be received within the first and second apertures such that the first end of the brace is disposed adjacent the first outer tab and the second end of the brace is disposed adjacent the second outer tab to retain the brace relative to the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Homprakash Hariharan, Jayakumar Jayabal, Sadasivam Narayanan
  • Publication number: 20220355532
    Abstract: A method of forming a vacuum insulated structure includes providing a structural envelope an insulating cavity defined within the structural envelope. An expanding device is attached to opposing outer walls of the structural envelope and the interior cavity is expanded by pulling the opposing outer walls away from one another to define an expanded state. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating cavity to occupy substantially all of the insulating cavity in the expanded state. Gas is expressed from the insulating cavity to collapse the structural envelope to a final state and a final interior volume that is less than the expanded interior volume. The final state of the structural envelope defines a densified state of the insulating material within the insulating cavity. The vacuum port is then closed to hermetically seal the insulating cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Gustavo Frattini, Abhay Naik
  • Publication number: 20220356633
    Abstract: A debris collection apparatus includes a blower assembly and a collection assembly. The collection assembly defines an upper aperture, a lower aperture, and a hollow structure extending between the upper and lower apertures. A wiper is positioned within the hollow structure. A flapper valve is coupled to the lower aperture. A filter is coupled to an inner surface of the hollow structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sayer James Murphy
  • Patent number: D969552
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Nicholas Schutte, Anne Wessel
  • Patent number: D969553
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Wenkai Wu
  • Patent number: D969767
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Yifan Wang