Patents Examined by Jason Y. Ko
  • Patent number: 11951953
    Abstract: A vehicle has a steering device with a manually actuatable steering input unit for manual gripping and inputting steering commands. The steering input unit has a one-piece or multi-piece gripping surface that is manually grippable for inputting steering commands, and a cleaning device for cleaning the gripping surface. The steering input unit is movable between a usage position, in which it can be gripped by the driver, and a non-usage position in which it cannot be gripped by the driver. The cleaning device has at least one cleaning box arranged on the vehicle and having or containing a cleaning device for cleaning the gripping surface. In the usage position the steering input unit is arranged outside the cleaning box at least in the region of the gripping surface and in the non-usage position it is arranged inside the cleaning box at least in the region of the gripping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG
    Inventor: Torsten Schadt
  • Patent number: 11946188
    Abstract: A retrofit auxiliary device that supports operations of at least one cleaning appliance. The retrofit auxiliary device including at least one fluid channel and a device controller. The device controller being communicatively coupled to the at least one cleaning appliance to monitor or control the operation of the at least one cleaning appliance, and a user display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Alexander, Joel M. Sells, Eric J. Schuh
  • Patent number: 11946268
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a surface of a structure includes a main carriage having an accessory carriage that is vertically movable with respect to the main carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: FORJAK Industrial, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Garvey Logan
  • Patent number: 11946184
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet that has a front panel. A tub is positioned within the cabinet. A door is coupled to the front panel of the cabinet. The door moves vertically between a closed position and an opened position. A bellows assembly is coupled to the front panel. The bellows assembly extends between the cabinet and the tub. A sealing assembly includes a first seal and a second seal that are each coupled to the bellows assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl C. Bodine, Gregg P. Fitzgerald, Stephen D. Ostdiek, Marcel Schmidt, Todd J. Tunzi
  • Patent number: 11945007
    Abstract: A washing system that includes a vessel for storing a cleaning solution, an inlet connection point for pressurizing the vessel, and an outlet connection point for dispensing the cleaning solution. In one embodiment, the washing system includes a regulator valve configured to remain open and allow the inside of the vessel to be filled with pressurized gas via the inlet connection point when pressure inside the vessel is below a predetermined value and automatically close when pressure inside the vessel exceeds the predetermined value. In another embodiment, the washing system includes a relief valve (e.g., at the top of the vessel) that is configured to remain closed when pressure inside the vessel is below a predetermined value and automatically open when pressure inside the vessel exceeds the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Veltek Associates,, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosario S. Calio, Jeffrey Churchvara, Arthur Vellutato, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11939757
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a descaling apparatus of an electronic toilet bidet, the descaling apparatus comprising a descaling liquid storage tank, comprising a descaling agent chamber; a descaling agent storage box configured to house solid descaling agent and disposed in the descaling agent chamber; and a descaling apparatus connector disposed on the descaling liquid storage tank. The descaling apparatus connector comprising a first end in fluid communication with a descaling liquid inlet of the descaling agent chamber and a descaling liquid outlet of the descaling agent chamber and comprises a second end configured to be connected or disconnected to the electronic toilet bidet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Shanghai Kohler Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: Desheng Liao
  • Patent number: 11926949
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laundry treating apparatus. The laundry treating apparatus includes a first treating apparatus having a first front panel disposed on a front face thereof and a first drum disposed therein for accommodating laundry, and a second treating apparatus disposed beneath the first treating apparatus to support the first treating apparatus. The second treating apparatus has a second front panel disposed on a front face thereof and a second drum disposed therein for accommodating the laundry. The laundry treating apparatus further includes a control panel disposed between the first front panel and the second front panel. The control panel is signally connected to the first treating apparatus and the second treating apparatus. The control panel is inserted between the first front panel and the second front panel, and is fixed by sliding in a lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youngho Jung, Sanghee Yoo, Sangho Cho
  • Patent number: 11925247
    Abstract: A caddy system comprising multiple stations constructed therein which enable barber tools (e.g., clippers, shavers, combs, etc.) to be placed, retrieved, for normal use, and cleaned during normal use and/or at other times. The caddy system functions can include the sanitizing and/or lubricating of barber tools when placed into the caddy. A jet nozzle system flushes the tool heads with at least sanitizing fluid. The caddy system can be so constructed to store in barber cabinets and attach to barber chairs for convenient use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Antonio M Siler, Robert E Culver, II
  • Patent number: 11925881
    Abstract: The present invention provides a high temperature chemical solution supply system for cleaning substrates. The system includes a solution tank, a buffer tank, a first pump and a second pump. The solution tank contains high temperature chemical solution. The buffer tank has a tank body, a vent line and a needle valve. The tank body contains the high temperature chemical solution. An end of the vent line connects to the tank body, and the other end of the vent line connects to the solution tank. The needle valve is mounted on the vent line, wherein the needle valve is adjusted to reach a flow rate to vent gas bubbles inside of the high temperature chemical solution out of the buffer tank through the vent line. An inlet of the first pump connects to the solution tank, and an outlet of the first pump connects to the buffer tank. An inlet of the second pump connects to the buffer tank, and an outlet of the second pump connects to a cleaning chamber in which a substrate is cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: ACM RESEARCH (SHANGHAI) INC.
    Inventors: Fuping Chen, Hui Wang, Xi Wang, Shena Jia, Danying Wang, Chaowei Jiang, Yingwei Dai, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 11926951
    Abstract: Disclosed are a motor control apparatus and a motor control method. Specifically, the motor control apparatus includes an inverter part configured to convert a direct current (DC) input into an alternating current (AC) output and provide the AC output to the motor, and a controller configured to control the inverter part in relation to driving of the motor, and the controller controls the inverter part to apply a first pattern voltage having the same phase to the motor and then apply a second pattern voltage having different phases to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ki Wook Lee, Han Su Jung, Kwang Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 11926948
    Abstract: A method for controlling a laundry treating apparatus is disclosed. In a washing step, the presence or absence of entangled laundry is detected using at least one of a vibration value of a drum, a current value applied to a drive unit, and an RPM value of the drum, and a step of untangling the entangled laundry is performed using at least one of a vibration value of a drum, a current value applied to a drive unit, and an RPM value of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Baekeun Kwon
  • Patent number: 11920275
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet and a control panel mounted on the cabinet, the control panel having a plurality of controls that each may be activated to permit manipulation by a user or deactivated to prevent manipulation by the user. A method of operating the laundry appliance includes obtaining a desired automation level, determining a set of active controls of the plurality of controls that are associated with the desired automation level, and activating the set of active controls on the control panel for manipulation by the user of the laundry appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James Augustine Ford
  • Patent number: 11920286
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a clothes treatment apparatus comprising: an outer case having a first opening of which the front is open; an inner case provided inside the outer case; a machine room forming part positioned at the lower part of the inner case so as to form a machine room separated from the inner case; a foaming space formed between the outer case and the machine room forming part; foamed plastics filled in the foaming space; and strength reinforcing parts positioned at both side surfaces of the outer case in the foaming space so as to reinforce the strength of the outer case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Junyoung Choi, Wansik Nam, Sunghoo Park, Hyeyong Park
  • Patent number: 11910980
    Abstract: A warewash machine includes a chamber with a wash zone and front, left and right access openings. At least one spray arm is disposed to spray liquid toward the wash zone. A multi-sided hood assembly is movable between a lowered and closed position for washing and a raised open position for inlet and outlet of wares. An air exchange system is provided for extracting hot water vapor from the chamber and for providing heated air into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Carpenter, Lyle J. Oesterling
  • Patent number: 11910920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an online system and a control method therefor, the online system comprising a clothing apparatus which may determine a cycle or an option by calculating the contamination level and wrinkling of clothes, or intensively treat parts that are contaminated or wrinkled, or recommend laundering with a washing machine when the contamination level or wrinkling is equal to or greater than a reference value, or induce a server or a washing machine to determine an appropriate cycle or option for laundering the clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Guang Jang, Mina Suh, Sungmin You, Sukhyun Lim, Juhee Jo
  • Patent number: 11905635
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is disclosed. The laundry treating apparatus includes a first treating apparatus, a second treating apparatus, and a control panel disposed signally connected to the first treating apparatus and the second treating apparatus, and the first treating apparatus includes a lower frame disposed rearward of the control panel and coupled to the control panel to fix the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daehan Kwon, Donghyun Jin, Youngho Jung
  • Patent number: 11898290
    Abstract: The laundry treating appliance according to the present disclosure may comprise a drum that receives laundry and is capable of rotating, a motor rotating the drum, a current detector detecting a current of the motor and a controller controlling the motor to accelerate rotation of the drum and obtaining a function of current change based on the current detected by the current detector during the acceleration of the drum, and determining a first motion speed based on decreasing of a first derivative of the function of current change, wherein the controller controls the motor to stop and then controls the motor to rotate in the first motion speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myunghun Im, Hwanjin Jung, Jaehyun Kim, Kyungchul Woo
  • Patent number: 11898289
    Abstract: A laundry washing machine and method adapt the operation of a laundry washing machine for a particular installation environment using a calibration process that may be performed at installation and/or at various times thereafter to determine one or more operational settings used to control the operation of the laundry washing machine. A calibration process, for example, may determine one or more of an ambient light characteristic, a water supply pressure, and an empty wash tub weight to generate one or more operational settings used by a controller of a laundry washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Phillip C. Hombroek, Andrew Perry, Abubakar Abukar
  • Patent number: 11883857
    Abstract: A cleaning solution detection device includes a transfer part configured to unload and transfer a substrate having a surface to which a cleaning solution is applied when a cleaning process is completed, a detector configured to detect the cleaning solution that falls from the surface of the substrate in a process in which the substrate is unloaded and transferred by the transfer part, and a controller configured to determine whether a dangerous situation occurs due to a fall of the cleaning solution based on information detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: KCTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyung Chul Kim, You Sun Jung
  • Patent number: 11873555
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique capable of stabilizing a supply flow rate of a vaporized gas. According to one aspect of the technique, there is provided a vaporizer including: a liquid vessel in which a liquid source is stored; a first heater capable of heating the liquid source by immersion into the liquid source stored in the liquid vessel; a second heater capable of heating the liquid vessel; a first temperature sensor capable of measuring a temperature of the liquid source by immersion into the liquid source; a second temperature sensor capable of measuring a temperature of the liquid vessel; and a controller capable of controlling the first heater based on the temperature measured by the first temperature sensor and controlling the second heater based on the temperature measured by the second temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Gen Li, Hirohisa Yamazaki, Kenichi Suzaki