Patents Assigned to Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 10390681
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprises a chassis having a base, a tub supported on the base and at least partially defining a treating chamber having an access opening, a door having a door height extending between a door upper end and a door lower end, a hinge pivotally mounting the door to the chassis for pivotal movement between a closed position, wherein the access opening is closed, and an opened position, wherein the access opening is opened, a non-racking decorative cover having a cover height extending between a cover upper end and a cover lower end; and a slide assembly mounting the decorative cover to the door to move the decorative cover upwardly from a retracted position to an extended position as the door is pivoted from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Grzegorz Klusek, Sebastian Jan Chwalibog, Jacek Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20190257574
    Abstract: A method of making a liner for an appliance is provided that includes: mixing a polymeric capping layer precursor and a pigment additive; forming the capping layer precursor and the pigment additive into a capping layer at a capping layer formation temperature; and rolling the capping layer, a barrier layer and a polymeric base layer together to form a liner, each of the capping layer, the barrier layer and the base layer at about the capping layer formation temperature. Further, the liner comprises a capping region, a barrier region and a base region, the capping region comprising the pigment additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ermanno Buzzi, Charles R. Cravens, Vincent D. Csapos, Muhammad Khizar
  • Patent number: 10390387
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for heating a load using microwaves is disclosed. The apparatus includes a transmission line, configured to transmit microwaves from a microwave generator to a cavity. A sensing device configured to measure electromagnetic field strengths for providing information about the phase and the amplitude of a reflection coefficient that represents a ratio between the amount of microwaves reflected back towards the microwave generator and the amount of microwaves transmitted in the transmission line from the microwave generator. A control unit configured to detect whether the measured electromagnetic field strengths correspond to a reflection coefficient having a phase within a certain interval of phases and an amplitude within a certain interval of amplitudes. Additionally, certain intervals of phases and amplitudes correspond to an operating region of the microwave generator. The control unit controls feeding of microwaves to the cavity based on this detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Hakan Carlsson, Ulf Nordh
  • Patent number: 10383504
    Abstract: An automatic dishwasher having a wash tub defining at least a portion of a wash chamber, a first sprayer mounted within the wash chamber for rotatable movement therein, a liquid flow path fluidly coupling the wash chamber to the first sprayer, a valve assembly located within the liquid flow path and having a valve element rotatable about a first axis of rotation and between at least first and second positions to selectively divert liquid in the liquid flow path to the first sprayer and a drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jordan R. Fountain
  • Patent number: 10385499
    Abstract: An appliance and method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment and a dispensing system having a dispensing pump for dispensing a treating chemistry for use in treating the laundry, the method comprising determining a soil level of laundry in the treating chamber and determining a dispensing parameter based on the determined soil level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Hendrickson, Janice M. Kaeding
  • Patent number: 10386077
    Abstract: An appliance includes an outer shell and an inner shell, wherein the outer shell and the inner shell are engaged to define an insulating cavity therebetween, and wherein the inner shell includes an inner surface that defines an interior cavity. An insulation member includes a plurality of layers, each layer of the plurality of layers including an insulative sheet defining first and second surfaces and a plurality of microspheres at least partially disposed within the insulative sheet, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of microspheres extends outward from each of the first and second surfaces to define a plurality of protrusions, and wherein the engagement of two adjacent layers of the plurality of layers causes a portion of the plurality of protrusions to engage and define a plurality of insulating air pockets between the adjacent layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A. Millett
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: D856615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Ethan Harbrecht
  • Patent number: D857316
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew C. Kubasiak