Patents Examined by James O. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10281195
    Abstract: For the purpose of increasing flexibility a home appliance device, in particular a home chiller appliance device, is proposed. The novel device includes at least one functional housing, which is arranged at least largely within an insulation-receiving chamber and defines at least one receiving space for receiving at least one functional unit; and at least one attachment element which at least partly encompasses the functional housing in an assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Volkan Cakirca, Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Emre Guentav, Hueseyin Sen, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 10281196
    Abstract: An appliance having an appliance cabinet has at least one food storage compartment and an accessory removably mounted within the food storage compartment. An integrated accessory interface having a horizontally extending channel defining an upwardly extending curvilinear cavity is disposed within the food storage compartment, and an upwardly extending curvilinear integral tab is disposed proximate an upper portion of the accessory. The curvilinear integral tab extending outwardly and upwardly from the accessory and adapted to engage the channel to removably mount and retain the accessory within the appliance cabinet, wherein the curvilinear integral tab of the accessory is rotationally received within the horizontally extending channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Michael S. Seeley
  • Patent number: 10271645
    Abstract: A carriage is moveably supported upon a track for storage of food items therein. The track acts as sliding surface for the carriage that itself facilitates users accessibility to the items therein. An integral gripping end and an adjustable grip are situated at opposite ends of the track; these provide easy placement and engagement of the device upon a shelf within a refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Camden Ronald Davis
  • Patent number: 10274249
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes: a cabinet having a cabinet liner; a partition plate assembly disposed in the cabinet liner and configured to partition an inner space of the cabinet liner into a plurality of compartments spaced apart from one another; and a door having a door liner, mounted to the cabinet, and configured to open or close the plurality of compartments simultaneously, in which the door liner is configured to be sealingly fitted with the partition plate assembly so as to isolate the plurality of compartments hermetically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Junze Wang
  • Patent number: 10260794
    Abstract: An exemplary support structure for a refrigerator (12) includes a pedestal (10). The pedestal is comprised of a housing (18) comprised of a plurality of panels (20, 22, 24, 26, 28) which are held together in fixed relation through interengaging projections and recesses. A drawer (32) is comprised of a plurality of drawer panels (34, 36, 38, 40, 44) which are held together through interengaging projections and recesses. The panels which make up the pedestal are configured along with other components to be packed and shipped in a single box (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Bryan Stuart Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10260261
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet with a door positioned at the front of the cabinet. The refrigerator appliance also includes a hinge having a hinge bracket coupled to the cabinet. The hinge bracket includes a lateral plate. A pivot pin is received in the lateral plate. The door is rotatably coupled to the pivot plate. A lateral surface of the door is spaced apart from the lateral plate of the hinge bracket along the vertical direction by a height. An adjustable spacer is positioned between the lateral plate of the hinge bracket and the lateral surface of the door to adjust the height. The adjustable spacer includes a rotatable washer and a fixed washer abutting the rotatable washer. The rotatable washer includes a first inclined engagement surface and a second inclined engagement surface. The fixed washer includes a third inclined engagement surface and a fourth inclined engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Daryl Lee Reuter, Brian Culley
  • Patent number: 10244867
    Abstract: A slide rail mechanism includes a slide rail, a resilient member, and an adjusting device. The slide rail includes a front portion and a rear portion. The resilient member is located between the front portion and the rear portion of the slide rail and includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is fixed with respect to the slide rail. The adjusting device is configured for adjusting the height of the second portion with respect to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsiu-Chiang Liang, Ken-Ching Chen, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10238209
    Abstract: A home appliance device, in particular a home appliance chiller device, with improved efficiency, includes a door rack container having an access opening and a pivot unit which is pivotably coupled to the door rack container about a pivot axis. The pivot unit includes a container door for closing the access opening and a receptacle coupled to the container door for storing products. The receptacle includes an extension which is at least substantially parallel to a main extension plane of the access opening and at least substantially perpendicular to the pivot axis. The extension of the receptacle is at least 5% shorter than a corresponding extension of the container door in a closed state of the container door. A home appliance, in particular a home chiller appliance, including a home appliance device, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Sezgin Ahmedov, Altan Alyanak, Dogukan Cetinyol, Fidan Gueler, Aydin Kutlu, Muratcan Malkoc, Laura Ringemann Springer, Graham Sadtler, Gonca Subasi, Rasit Oenver
  • Patent number: 10240859
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration appliance apparatus has an appliance body, which partially defines a refrigeration chamber, and at least one storage unit which is arranged within the refrigeration chamber and which defines at least one storage chamber for storing food. The storage chamber is open in the direction of an upper face of the storage unit. A closing unit at least substantially closes the storage unit in the direction of the upper face in at least one storage state. In order to provide a generic apparatus with improved properties in respect of ease of operation, the domestic refrigeration appliance apparatus has one suspension unit, which supports the closing unit such it is able to oscillate relative to the appliance carcass in at least one operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Cizik, Stefan Deissler, Andrea Fink
  • Patent number: 10233681
    Abstract: A vehicle door locking device includes a switching portion capable of switching between a first state in which the switching portion makes contact with a door to inhibit the door from moving in an opening direction no less than a distance required for removing an object caught in the door, and a second state in which the movement of the door of no less than the distance is not inhibited. The switching portion has a cam that rotates according to an opening/closing operation of the door. The rotation of the cam by a predetermined angle or more is inhibited in the first state, and the rotation of the cam is allowed in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nabtesco Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Ueda, Atsuhito Yamaguchi, Hiroki Uno, Shinsuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 10234193
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator (1) comprising a body (2) wherein foodstuffs and beverages are placed; a protector plate (3) placed into the body (2); at least one drawer (4) that is placed under the protector plate (3), wherein fruits and vegetables are placed; a separator plate (6) that is disposed over the protector plate (3) and that has more than one hole (5) enabling the air delivered to the protector plate (3) to at least partially reach the drawer (4); a shelf (7) that is situated above the protector plate (3) so that there is a distance between the protector plate (6) and the shelf (7); and at least one air blowing opening (122) that is arranged on the body (2) and that enables cold air to be blown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Nihat Gunduz, Feyzi Alper Soysal, Isil Uslu, Serdar Kocaturk, Samet Akan, Levent Akdag
  • Patent number: 10227793
    Abstract: A domestic appliance for treating items may include a cabinet having a plurality of walls at least partly defining an interior chamber for treating items; a door assembly to enclose the interior chamber; a fascia panel attached to the door assembly, the fascia panel having a handle shell that at least partly defines a handle recess on the fascia panel, and the fascia panel having at least one fascia panel rib formed on an interior surface of the fascia panel opposite the handle shell; a handle tray having a main body and at least one finger extending from the main body, the at least one finger structured to be positioned adjacent to the at least one fascia panel rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Mia Criner, David Hite
  • Patent number: 10227800
    Abstract: Enclosure comprises a plurality of bar members translatably attached to an interior surface of the door of the enclosure. Each of the plurality of bar members comprises a projection. A plurality of blocks are disposed on a peripheral edge of the opening of the enclosure's body, such that there is a corresponding block for each projection, and wherein each of the plurality of blocks define a channel for receiving and engaging its corresponding projection. When actuated in a first member, an actuator causes each of the plurality of bar members to translate between a first position and a second position. When the door is in a closed position, translation of the bar members to the first position causes each projection to engage with the channel of its corresponding block to thereby hold the door in the closed position. Translation of the plurality of bar members to the second position causes each projection to be translated out of engagement with its corresponding block such that the door can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Chromalox, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Mark Trussler
  • Patent number: 10212841
    Abstract: A cabinet holding structure, the slide rails are disposed on the frames and have troughs. Supporting components are assembled on ends of the slide rails. Each supporting component includes a positioning plate, a screw nut, a supporting plate, a stud and a screw bolt. The positioning plate has a through hole and is placed on the slide rail, and the supporting plate is plated on another side of the slide rail. The stud protrudes through the trough. The screw bolt passes through the trough and the through hole to be fixed by the screw nut. The chassis includes a shell and notches. The shell is positioned on the slide rails by buckling the notches and the stud together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Kuo-Hsien Wang, Ken-Sheng Lin, Richard S. Chen
  • Patent number: 10203151
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration appliance with a housing in which a receiving chamber for foodstuffs is formed, is delimited by walls of an interior container, and is formed with an additional compartment for foodstuffs in the receiving chamber comprising delimiting walls by way of which a receiving volume of the additional compartment is delimited. Delimiting walls can be separated and joined non-destructively, thus enabling the additional compartment to be reversibly assembled and disassembled in the receiving chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Cizik, Jessica Dittmann, Andrea Fink, Claudia Weiβ, Marcus Wehlauch, Felix Wiedenmann
  • Patent number: 10194757
    Abstract: The device is a cooling appliance with a cooling chamber that includes a top assembly with a top, rear, and bottom; a rear wall assembly and a bottom assembly. The bottom assembly is supported by vertically adjustable front and rear feet. The front and rear feet include a vertical adjustment mechanism that is accessible from above and are vertically adjustable from above through the bottom assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AHT Cooling Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhold Resch
  • Patent number: 10190815
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration appliance includes a heat-insulated inner container delimiting a coolable interior for foodstuffs, a refrigeration device cooling the interior, a door leaf articulated by hinges for opening and closing the interior and an opening aid. At least one hinge is self-closing for automatically closing the door leaf up to a first opening angle. The opening aid includes an actuator and a tappet moving back and forth by the actuator between first and second positions. The opening aid enables the door leaf to be closed if the tappet is in the first position, to move the tappet from the first to the second position to push open the closed door leaf using the tappet up to a second opening angle smaller than the first opening angle, and to automatically move the tappet into the first position immediately or with a time delay after reaching the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Kempfle
  • Patent number: 10174953
    Abstract: A domestic appliance, such as a double oven range, incorporates a door having a bottom end portion which, when shifted between closed and opened positions, both pivots and vertically shifts relative to a frame body of the appliance through at least a connecting rod, push rod and pivot arm of a hinge mechanism. Due to a combined pivoting and lifting action of the door, minimal to no clearance is required between the bottom end portion and adjacent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tushar Jadhav, Sachin Kadus, Sachin Karade, Atul Nalawade
  • Patent number: 10165859
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a drawer slide synchronizer with a first cable and a second cable. A first bearing is mounted to a first one of a pair of drawer slides, and a second bearing is mounted to a second one of the pair of drawer slides. The first and second cables contact the first bearing, and the first and second cables also contact the second bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alisa Marie Dickerson, Louis A. Wantland, Bagawathkumar Chellappan
  • Patent number: 10161671
    Abstract: An adjustable shelf assembly for a refrigerator appliance includes a rear bracket and a rack positioned on the rear bracket. A pinion gear is meshed with the rack. A shelf frame is slidably mounted to the rear bracket. The pinion gear is rotatably mounted to the shelf frame. An actuator is positioned on the shelf frame. A line couples the actuator to the pinion gear such that the pinion gear is rotatable with the actuator via the line. The shelf frame is configured to move along a vertical direction relative to the rear bracket when the pinion gear is rotated by the actuator via the line. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Bagawathkumar Chellappan