Patents Assigned to Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190252932
    Abstract: A motor for a laundry appliance includes a drive shaft coupled to a drum at a first end. The rotor frame is coupled proximate the second end of the drive shaft, where the rotor frame includes at least one polymeric material. A central hub includes a core and a perimetrical ring that extends circumferentially around the core. A plurality of recesses are defined within a planar surface of the perimetrical ring, wherein a portion of the polymeric material is received within the plurality of recesses to secure the rotor frame to the central hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Krati Bhargava, James Hull
  • Publication number: 20190249918
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a liner and a wall covering assembly to create a false wall within a refrigerator cabinet. The wall covering assembly includes a top wall spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner, and a rear wall spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. The rear wall of the wall covering assembly includes a ventilated portion for providing outwardly directed air to the refrigerator cabinet. A duct assembly is disposed between the wall covering assembly and the liner and is configured to deliver air through the ventilated portion of the wall covering assembly and also deliver air in the form of a downwardly directed air curtain at the front portion of the refrigerator cabinet. The air curtain disrupts the outward flow of air from the ventilated portion of the wall covering assembly at the front portion of the refrigerator cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Lynne F. Hunter, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Alberto R. Gomes
  • Publication number: 20190246832
    Abstract: A heating appliance includes a translucent cooktop and a burner in communication with the cooktop. The burner is operable between deactive and active states. The upper surface of the cooktop defines a cooldown state after the burner is moved from the active to the deactive state. A light module includes a light source and is in an illuminated state when the burner is in the active state and when the cooktop is in the cooldown state. A light guide extends from the light module and around a portion of the burner. The light guide is positioned such that the light source directs light through the light guide. The outer surface of the light guide includes a formed surface that directs light upward and through the cooktop, wherein the light guide is visible through the cooktop when the light module is in the illuminated state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frederick Millett
  • Patent number: 10379569
    Abstract: A control knob for an appliance includes an outer control ring, a stationary hub, a rotation modulating mechanism coupled to the outer control ring and engaged with an outer surface of the stationary hub, wherein the outer control ring is rotationally operable about the stationary hub at a first rate, an indicial ring positioned around the stationary hub, wherein the indicial ring engages a portion of the rotation modulating mechanism, wherein rotation of the outer control ring at the first rate causes the rotation modulating mechanism to rotate the indicial ring about the stationary hub at a second rate, the second rate being different than the first rate and an encoder shaft positioned within the stationary hub, wherein an inner gearing mechanism extends between an exterior surface of the encoder shaft and one of the outer control ring and the indicial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Edinger, Casey L. McCuan, Leif A. Norland
  • Patent number: 10378806
    Abstract: An ice maker includes an ice making tray having an array of individual ice cube compartments. The ice making tray having a transverse axis and at least one pivot axle aligned with the transverse axis. The tray defines a median wall extending parallel with the transverse axis and having a uniform height along the length of the wall. A mechanical oscillating mechanism is coupled to the ice making tray. The oscillating mechanism rotates the tray from a horizontal plane along the longitudinal axis at an angle ? of about 20° to about 40° such that water in the tray cascades over the median wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Mark E. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10376129
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub defining a treating chamber, a chassis supporting the tub, and a set of leveling assemblies mounted to the chassis. A leveling assembly can include a leveling foot having a threaded shaft and a nut having a threaded interior and a flexible or moveable portion configured to receive a portion of the threaded shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: William K. Kangas, Thomas M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10376128
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid and a flow diverter wherein liquid passing through a gap between the flow diverter and the rotating filter applies a greater shear force on the surface than liquid in an absence of the flow diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jacquelyn R. Geda
  • Publication number: 20190239696
    Abstract: A food-product handling device includes a sifter unit having housing defining an open upper side, a mount extending outwardly from the first housing along a first axis, and a lower side opposite the upper side. A sifter basket has an interior and is aligned with and inset within the open upper side. The device further includes a scale assembly having a body defining an upper opening and an opposite lower opening and having an annular weight-sensing unit surrounding the upper opening. The body is positionable on the housing of the sifter unit with the opening in communication with the open upper side of the housing. A hopper is positionable on the weight-sensing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lucas DeVito, Peter Lund, Nicholas Schutte, Joseph Snyder
  • Publication number: 20190239680
    Abstract: A heating appliance includes a translucent cooktop and a burner in communication with the cooktop. The burner is operable between deactive and active states. The upper surface of the cooktop defines a cooldown state after the burner is moved from the active to the deactive state. A light module includes a light source and is in an illuminated state when the burner is in the active state and when the cooktop is in the cooldown state. A light guide extends from the light module and around a portion of the burner. The light guide is positioned such that the light source directs light through the light guide. The outer surface of the light guide includes a formed surface that directs light upward and through the cooktop, wherein the light guide is visible through the cooktop when the light module is in the illuminated state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frederick A. Millett
  • Patent number: 10368717
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising a projection means having a concentration lens for concentrating a light beam coming from the light source, said concentration lens being external to the door and solidly constrained to a frame that encloses said access opening. The light beam is projected by the lens towards the exterior of the dishwasher. Downstream of the lens, the light beam extends in a substantially horizontal direction. Downstream of the lens, the light beam intersects an imaginary vertical upwards projection of an upper edge (30) of the door (3) considered in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Lippera, Roberto Giorcelli, Giacomo Marvardi
  • Patent number: 10375829
    Abstract: Example human-machine interface (HMI) assemblies are disclosed. An example HMI assembly includes a fascia, a touch film having a first raised contact, a printed circuit board (PCB) having a second raised contact, and a backer having an extending member and attached to the fascia, the member configured to press the first contact against the second contact by applying a force to the PCB at substantially the second raised contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Neomar Giacomini, Mark E. Glotzbach, Brian N. Radford
  • Patent number: 10371436
    Abstract: A bin assembly for use within a refrigeration appliance includes a substrate defining a compartment including a central portion, a first lateral portion, and a second lateral portion. A cavity is formed within each lateral portion. A locking member is configured to extend through an opening defined in an exterior wall of each lateral portion. The locking member includes a flange protruding perpendicularly from the locking member. A cover is secured to the locking member and the substrate, and inhibits rotation of the locking member. A rotatable member is coupled to the locking member and configured to move the bin between a stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Shrawan Kumar, Kundan S. Rawate, Lokendra Kumar, Naushad P. Monangat
  • Patent number: 10373770
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance having at least one automatic cycle of operation, a plurality of components selectively operable by a controller to implement the at least one cycle of operation on a load of laundry received within a treating chamber of the appliance with the controller having a user interface for receiving input from a user and a door for closing an open face of the treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl C. Bodine, Donald E. Erickson, Michelle K. Flachs, Terry K. Litaker, Chris W. Paraskevopoulos, Scott Albright, Robert Blake
  • Patent number: 10371438
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided having at least one internal refrigerated compartment in which a plurality of refrigeration zones are provided, wherein an environment in each refrigeration zone may be independently controlled using a user interface configured to receive a zone selection input from a user indicating one of the plurality of refrigeration zones in which the user desires to adjust the environment; a plurality of lights provided in the internal refrigerated compartment and disposed proximate to each of the plurality of refrigeration zones, wherein groups of the plurality of lights may be separately controlled for visually identifying each of the refrigeration zones; and a controller configured to receive a zone selection input from the user interface, identify a group of the plurality of lights that are disposed proximate the selected refrigeration zone, and control the identified group of the plurality of lights to visually confirm the selected refrigeration zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Ammerman, Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 10371387
    Abstract: A cooking appliance comprises a cooktop, an oven cavity and a console. The console includes a user interface for the cooking appliance. Air exiting the oven cavity passes through a flue, and a deflector reduces heat transfer between this air and the console. The cooking appliance further comprises a back panel including a first hole. Air traveling along a first airflow path defined by the cooking appliance exits the flue and is deflected rearward through the first hole by the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jack R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10372154
    Abstract: A control knob for an appliance includes an outer control ring, a stationary hub, a rotation modulating mechanism coupled to the outer control ring and engaged with an outer surface of the stationary hub, wherein the outer control ring is rotationally operable about the stationary hub at a first rate, an indicial ring positioned around the stationary hub, wherein the indicial ring engages a portion of the rotation modulating mechanism, wherein rotation of the outer control ring at the first rate causes the rotation modulating mechanism to rotate the indicial ring about the stationary hub at a second rate, the second rate being different than the first rate and an encoder shaft positioned within the stationary hub, wherein an inner gearing mechanism extends between an exterior surface of the encoder shaft and one of the outer control ring and the indicial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Edinger, Casey L. McCuan, Leif A. Norland
  • Patent number: 10368716
    Abstract: A foam panel for use in a dish treating appliance having a door. The foam panel comprises areas of differing densities. The foam panel comprises uncompressed and compressed areas to form at least some of the areas of differing densities. The foam panel also comprising at least one wiring attachment provided with the foam panel wherein the wiring attachment comprises at least one rib formed in the foam panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Venkata S. Dirisala, Aaron P. Bennett, Amirkhan A. Modi
  • Patent number: D855395
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Benoit, Michael A. Kahwaji, Brandon T. Mock, Jason W. Tippetts
  • Patent number: D855435
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Hall, Zachary A. Lownds, Michael S. Seeley, Jason W. Tippetts, Rex Wilson, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Patent number: D856615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Ethan Harbrecht