Patents Assigned to Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 10820382
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering radio frequency electromagnetic energy to cook foodstuff in an enclosed cavity of a cooking device includes generating, with a small signal generating component, a radio frequency signal at a first power level, amplifying the radio frequency signal to a second power level greater than the first power level with a radio frequency amplification component, and feeding the amplified radio frequency signal to the enclosed cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Whirlpool Corporation, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Davide Guatta
  • Patent number: 10820383
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating a microwave heating apparatus includes a microwave source adapted to feed microwaves to a cavity via a transmission line, including measuring a power of microwaves transmitted from the microwave source to the cavity, receiving operational data indicative of the power supplied to the microwave source, and adjusting at least one of an impedance of the transmission line or the impedance matching between the microwave source and the transmission line based on the measured power of the transmitted microwaves and the received operational data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf Nordh, Hakan Carlsson, Olle Niklasson, Fredrik Hallgren
  • Patent number: 10816253
    Abstract: An ice-making apparatus for an appliance having a housing with an interior volume and an ice tray horizontally suspended in the interior volume. The ice tray has a cold plate with a top surface and a bottom surface and a containment wall surrounding an edge portion of the cold plate to retain water. A cooling source is thermally coupled to the bottom surface of the cold plate. An intake conduit extends into the interior volume over the ice tray and is configured to draw ambient air into the interior volume over the ice tray, and the ambient air is above freezing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 10819534
    Abstract: An appliance, communication system, and method thereof for a communicating on a network including an appliance interactive display coupled to an appliance communication module, wherein the appliance communication module is configured to receive a message including an embedded interactive element, and sending a return message that relates to the activation of the embedded interactive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon Satanek, Wen Shi
  • Patent number: 10817834
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided with a container for storing a substance and that has a sensing and reporting system configured to determine an attribute of the substance within the container. The sensing and reporting system includes a sensor configured to sense the attribute of the substance, a transmitter, and a processor in communication with the sensor and the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10816586
    Abstract: A method for detecting the presence of an energized e-field in a space, wherein the space includes at least one electrically conductive element disposed in the space and coupled with a controller, the method including receiving in the controller a signal from the at least one electrically conductive element, determining that an energized e-field occupies the space, and generating an indication, by the controller, indicative of the presence of the energized e-field in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark L. Herman, Garry L. Peterman, Daniel M. Putnam
  • Patent number: 10813531
    Abstract: A dishwasher with at least one guide rail. The guide rail can slidably couple a dish rack to a tub, where the tub defines at least a portion of a treating chamber. The dish rack can carry at least one wheel assembly that includes at least one wheel. The wheel can be contained in a wheel channel of the wheel assembly. The wheel channel can in part be defined by walls of the guide rail. A track closure can rotatably couple to the guide rail for the selective removal of the dish rack from the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Martin Kenneth Hansen, Abhinay S. Munje
  • Patent number: 10819258
    Abstract: A method and circuit for controlling or starting a U-shape single phase synchronous permanent magnetic motor (U-SPSPM motor) having a rotor and a stator and coupled to a single phase alternating current (AC) power source through a switch, including estimating back electromotive force (back-EMF) of the motor based on an observer model with inputs indicative of the measured signals, and triggering the switch to supply power to the motor based on the estimates of the back-EMF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Fitzpatrick, Biao He, Qiang Mei, Ying Xiao
  • Patent number: 10815605
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance includes a cabinet defining an interior. A drum is located within the interior and defines a treating chamber. The laundry treating appliance includes a bulk treating chemistry dispenser. A method for rinsing or cleaning the bulk treating chemistry dispenser can be included. The method includes monitoring an operation of the laundry treating appliance and determining by a controller that a rinse or cleaning cycle for the bulk treating chemistry dispenser is due.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Rommy Mariana Bueno, Ndjeka K. Luhahi, Eric G. Griswold, Joel Aldebaran Salazar, Dennis Kehl, Alejandro Guzman, Steven Key, Ryan James Van Zoest
  • Patent number: 10817848
    Abstract: Systems for monitoring appliances at a site, such as a household or business office. The appliances can include, for example but not limited to, an electric oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, laundry washer, freezer, pool controller, light bulb, microwave oven, computer, motor vehicle, television, telephone, etc. In many of the embodiments, the appliance has a computer based architecture or a controller that enables communication of data concerning the electronic appliance. In some embodiments the appliance is an apparatus with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag or other passive device that can be interrogated for information concerning the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Kelly Jones, Scott Andrew Horstemeyer
  • Patent number: 10816219
    Abstract: A vent hood kit comprises a canopy assembly having an intake end and an outlet end, a blower housing selectively and alternatively coupled with the exhaust end of the canopy assembly in an in-line position and an external position, a blower assembly disposed within a blower housing and in communication with the intake end in both the in-line and external positions and an exhaust duct adapter of the blower housing is configured to be in communication with the intake end in both the in-line and external positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Zachary J. Bruin-Slot
  • Patent number: 10813527
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising a chassis, a tub supported by the chassis and at least partially defining a treating chamber, and a pump that circulates wash liquid in the treating chamber. The pump has an impeller that has a cover, a base with an axis of rotation, and at least one fin protruding from the base. The impeller also has a cap removably coupled to the impeller and at least one blade integrally formed with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Pritish Roy, Todd Michael Jozwiak, John Joseph Burns
  • Patent number: 10813526
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation and a dispensing system for storing and dispensing a treating chemistry to the treating chamber during the cycle of operation. The dishwasher may dispense a treating chemistry when a temperature of a liquid in the treating chamber satisfies a predetermined temperature threshold. The temperature of the liquid may be maintained to satisfy the predetermined temperature threshold for a predetermined period of time based on the treating chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Feddema, Elliott V. Stowe, Mohan Takale
  • Patent number: 10813529
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening receiving dishes for treatment, a door moveable between an opened position and a closed position along a predetermined arc for selectively closing the access opening, the door having an interior side that faces the treating chamber in the closed position and an exterior side opposite the interior side and a handle extending from the exterior side of the door where a user may grasp the handle to move the door, and a method of using thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael W. Lagness, Rafael G. Reyes, Michael S. Seeley, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 10813525
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spray system, a liquid recirculation system fluidly coupling the treating chamber to the spray system to recirculate wash liquid from the treating chamber to the spray system, and filters capable of removing particles from the wash liquid. The filters include a microfilter fluidly coupled to at least one of the recirculation system and the spray system and an ultrafilter fluidly coupled to an outlet side of the microfilter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan R. Fountain, Antony M. Rappette, Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10815597
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance is disclosed. The laundry treating appliance includes a tub having a tub side wall and a tub end wall defining a liquid chamber with a tub end opening. A tub manifold portion is positioned at the tub end wall. A rotatable drum is located within the liquid chamber, rotatable about a rotational axis, and has a drum side wall and a drum end wall at least partially defining a treating chamber with a drum end opening. A drum manifold portion is positioned at the drum end wall and confronts the tub manifold portion. At least one lifter is secured to the drum, and a liquid conduit fluidly couples the drum manifold portion to the at least one lifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tibor Budicky, Bystrik Cervenka, Crescenzo Iannicelli, Mauro Mancini, Jan Martinko, Vladimir Olejar, Vaclav Petracek
  • Patent number: 10813486
    Abstract: A food processing device includes a base portion with a motor housing upwardly extending from a first end of the base portion. A motor is disposed within the motor housing. A processing assembly extends upwardly from a second end of the base portion and is spaced-apart from the motor housing to define a processing area therebetween. An auger assembly includes an auger shaft that is operably coupled to the motor for driving rotational movement of the auger shaft. A clutch assembly is disposed within the motor housing and is operable between engaged and disengaged positions with the auger assembly. A disconnect feature is disposed on the motor housing and configured to selectively actuate movement of the clutch assembly between engaged and disengaged positions with the auger assembly. In use, a food substrate is mounted to the processing accessory and the auger shaft to process the food substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Mansour Ourasanah
  • Patent number: D900417
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Baldwin, Michael S. Seeley
  • Patent number: D900418
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Polonsky, Anna C. Schelling
  • Patent number: D900424
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Suzanne Berberet, Michael Kahwaji, Ejung Kim, Michael Seeley