Patents Examined by Kevin G Lee
  • Patent number: 11982038
    Abstract: A lifter for a laundry treating apparatus includes a first member mounted at an inner side of a drum; and a second member mounted on the first member and protruded toward an inside of the drum, wherein the first member includes a hook protruded and formed along a circumference of the first member, at least part of which is disposed to cover an inner circumferential surface of the drum when inserted into a fastening hole of the drum and then slid in one direction; and a shield protruded and formed at an inner side of the first member and configured to completely cover the fastening hole when the hook is inserted into the fastening hole and then slid in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kilryong Lee, Byeongha Jeon, Jinseok Ahn
  • Patent number: 11958086
    Abstract: A device for cleaning surfaces, mobile, in particular for the cleaning of the cooling elements of an exchanger, including a truck for a nozzle-carrier rack, intended to be disposed in a movable manner facing the surface to be cleaned, carrying a nozzle-carrier rack, with one or more nozzles spraying the surface to be cleaned, and a guide system including, on the one hand, at least one guide profile on which the truck for a nozzle-carrier rack moves, acting as a path for the truck during its movement in the direction of the guide profile, and on the other hand, bearing members of the truck moving on the at least one profile, and wherein the at least one guide profile is rigidified by at least one rigidification beam, under elastic tension, rigidly connected in several discrete positions by fastening plates to the guide profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: A X SYSTEM
    Inventors: Romain Pennel, Jason Dehem
  • Patent number: 11959214
    Abstract: This information processing system comprises an information station inside a store, a washing machine, and a user terminal operated by a user, wherein, when the information station detects that the user U has visited the store, the information station executes control to display a QR code for transmitting a store-visit coupon to the user terminal. The washing machine displays an advertisement, and also, when the washing machine detects that the user has used the washing machine, the washing machine executes control to display a QR code for transmitting a usage coupon to the user terminal. The user terminal acquires information indicated by the QR code displayed on the information station and information indicated by the QR code displayed on the washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: WASHHOUSE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasutaka Kodama
  • Patent number: 11952702
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus includes first and second treating apparatuses; a first display on which a control command that may be input to the first treating apparatus; a first apparatus input unit for inputting the control command to the first treating apparatus; a first display controller controlling the first display and the first apparatus input unit; a first apparatus first power circuit connecting the first display controller and the first apparatus input unit to a power source; a first apparatus second power circuit connecting the power source with the first load controller, switched by a first controller switch; and a first apparatus third power circuit connecting the power source with the first driving unit, switched by a first load portion switch. When the control command is input through the first apparatus input unit, the first display controller controls the first controller switch to close the first apparatus second power circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinhwan Son, Changhun Oh
  • Patent number: 11931683
    Abstract: A scrubber system may include a scrubber housing including a vertically extended cleaning space, an inflow chamber coupled to a bottom portion of the scrubber housing, and first and second inflow portions, each of which is configured to supply a gas into the inflow chamber. The inflow chamber may include a mixing space, and the mixing space may be connected to the cleaning space. The first inflow portion may include a first connection pipe coupled to the inflow chamber to provide a first connection path and the second inflow portion may include a second connection pipe coupled to the inflow chamber to provide a second connection path. The first and second connection paths may be extended toward the mixing space in opposite directions, respectively, and may be connected to opposite portions of the mixing space, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Seok Roh, Suji Gim, Heesub Kim, Hee Ock Park, Jongyong Bae, Sung Chul Yoon, Sunsoo Lee, Dong Keun Jeon, Jinkyoung Joo
  • Patent number: 11905636
    Abstract: A method for operating a laundry machine having a rotatable drum a tub enclosing said drum; a water supply; a control unit a laundry treatment agent dispensing device configured to hold and deliver at least one of a laundry detergent and a laundry softener; and a control system configured to provide a softener signal that alternately assumes a first value indicating that no laundry softener will be delivered, and a second value indicating that laundry softener will be delivered. The method comprises: performing a washing phase in which detergent is delivered into the tub; and performing a number of rinsing phases wherein detergent from the washing phase is removed using water from said water supply apparatus, wherein the control unit sets the number of rinsing phases according to whether the softener signal assumes the first value or the second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Andrea Zattin, Martino Bondi, Elisa Stabon
  • Patent number: 11905645
    Abstract: A method for controlling a laundry treating apparatus includes a dry cloth sensing operation of sensing an amount of clothes put into a drum, a wet cloth sensing operation of sensing a washing load based on a moisture content of the clothes by supplying water into a tub, and a cloth material sensing operation of sensing a cloth material of the clothes put into the drum based on a rpm gap and a motor-constrained state where rotation of a motor is restricted. The rpm gap is a difference between a target rpm of a rotator in the drum and an actual rpm of the rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sunho Lee, Youngjong Kim, Dongcheol Kim
  • Patent number: 11898291
    Abstract: A home appliance including a user interface with a plurality of LEDs, the LEDs being activated and deactivated according to predetermined sequences as dictated by input signals and triggers to the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Didat, Donald James Leisl, III, Richard Gary Woodham, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11889965
    Abstract: A mechanism for the door of a domestic electrical appliance, for example a dishwasher, is described. The mechanism includes a door latch for holding the door closed, a latch opener mechanism, an electrically controlled actuator for displacing the latch opener mechanism, a movably arranged pusher, and a spring device for providing a spring force which acts on the pusher. The latch opener mechanism functions such that, when the door is closed, it can be transferred from an inactive position into an active position while at least partially overcoming a holding-closed action of the door latch. The movably arranged pusher is separate from the latch opener mechanism and is decoupled therefrom in terms of movement. After the holding-closed action of the door latch has been overcome, the spring drive allows the door to be pushed open by the pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: EMZ-HANAUER GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Josef Bauriedl, Matthias Bauer, Georg Spie├čl
  • Patent number: 11872601
    Abstract: A portable machine for washing and drying cartridge cases for a gun or rifle includes a washing chamber having a cartridge case introduction opening, an inlet port, a discharging port, and a door configured to hermetically close the cartridge case introduction opening. The portable machine also includes a hydraulic circuit configured to allow washing liquid to enter the washing chamber via the inlet port to be discharged via the discharging port. The portable machine also includes a rotating body arranged in the washing chamber to rotate about an axis, the rotating body including a movement element. The movement element protrudes into the washing chamber and is configured to repeatedly lift and release the cartridge cases in the washing chamber during rotation of the rotating body. The portable machine also includes an operating motor, and a drying device arranged to dry the cartridge cases in the washing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Roberto Asara
  • Patent number: 11864708
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a washing machine and components and systems for enabling a user to clean the washing machine are provided. The method includes gaining access to debris that is trapped in otherwise inaccessible and/or concealed areas and/or directing debris out of inaccessible and/or concealed areas. The components include a jet channel that selectively couples to a discharge manifold in use and is removable to provide access to an interior area of the discharge manifold for cleaning. The systems include a removable mount assembly for accessories and a purging system for pumps and other concealed areas. The purging system is configured to discharge purging fluid through a plurality of purging ports and into concealed areas so as to direct debris in the concealed areas out of the concealed areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: UNIFIED BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael P. Licata, Richard Powers, David Gast
  • Patent number: 11866866
    Abstract: An energy efficient autonomous laundry system includes a plurality of combination washing and drying machines, at least one exhaust combining manifold in fluid communication with the plurality of combination washing and drying machines, at least one heat pump receiving combined exhaust from the manifold, one or more sensors disposed throughout the airflow of the system, and a controller in operative communication with all of these system components. The controller is configured to receive an output signal, analyze at least one air characteristic associated with the one or more sensors, determine, based on the analysis, whether the at least one air characteristics is within a preprogrammed range of values for at least one of air temperature, air flow, and air humidity, and adjust one or more controls, including controls for adjusting at least one of air temperature, air flow, and air humidity at the one or more locations within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Monotony.ai, Inc.
    Inventors: Noa M. Rensing, Benjamin D. Bixby, Jesse Sielaff
  • Patent number: 11859327
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to providing a washing machine that can change a setting value stored in advance in the washing machine remotely from the outside, it is possible to quickly solve the problem without an engineer's visit in a counselling process with a user, and increase the user's satisfaction by reducing the time and cost waste, a system including the same and a method of controlling the washing machine. The washing machine includes a communicator configured to communicate with the outside; a storage configured to store a setting value; and a controller configured to change the setting value stored in the storage based on the setting value received by the communicator, and to control the washing machine based on the changed setting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Hoo Kim
  • Patent number: 11859337
    Abstract: An appliance latch receives a strike when the appliance lid is closed and provides an electrically activated lock holding the lid closed during portions of the wash cycle that might present a hazard. The strike presents two different surfaces to the latch, the first to activate a lock mechanism and the second to activate an anti-tamper switch before the appliance may be actuated thereby reducing the risk of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Randy S. McDonald, Joel C. Bragg, Jeffrey J. Krieger
  • Patent number: 11859329
    Abstract: The method is implemented at a washing mode sharing platform. A to-be-shared washing parameter of at least one first laundry equipment, and a to-be-shared washing mode corresponding to the to-be-shared washing parameter, are acquired. A historical data set is generated based on the to-be-shared washing parameter and the to-be-shared washing mode. A target washing mode and a target washing parameter corresponding to the target washing mode are determined from the historical data set. The target washing mode and the target washing parameter are sent to second laundry equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yueyue Chu, Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 11859336
    Abstract: A laundry machine includes a washtub, a drum, a gearbox, a seal, and a spin tube. The drum is disposed within and is configured to rotate relative to the washtub. The seal is disposed between the gearbox and the washtub. The spin tube extends from the gearbox and into the washtub. The spin tube is configured to transfer power from the gearbox to the drum to rotate the drum. The spin tube includes a shaft and a sleeve. The shaft is made from a first material. The sleeve is disposed about a section of the shaft. The sleeve is made from a second material that is less corrosive than the first material. An outer periphery of the sleeve engages the seal to prevent the ingress of water from the washtub into the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Yugandhar Chandele, Kailash D
  • Patent number: 11839905
    Abstract: An integrated and standalone vibrating base assembly for cleaning contact lenses having two selective modes of operation, each mode operably configured to produce different preset vibrational rotations per minute, and comprising a base housing defining a housing cavity, with at least one vibration motor disposed within the housing cavity, electrically coupled to a power source, and operably configured to selectively induce a vibration therefrom with at least one switch coupled to the base housing; and a bottom surface and an upper surface spanning inwardly toward the housing cavity from an upper edge of the base housing to define a concave recess sized to receive two contact lens containers, the upper surface of a friction-inducing, deformable, and polymeric material configured to support two contact lens containers and operably coupled to the at least one vibration motor and to receive a vibration thereon upon activation of the at least one switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: EKHOO, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandre Coelho
  • Patent number: 11834767
    Abstract: Disclosed is a washing machine having an improved wire connection structure for electrically connecting electrical components. The washing machine includes a cabinet which has a first electrical component, forms an exterior, and has an opening through which laundry is inserted; a door provided with a second electrical component, and configured to open and close the opening; a wire which electrically connects the first electrical component and the second electrical component; and a hinge which has a wire guide portion for coupling the door to the cabinet so as to be rotatable about a rotating axis and for guiding the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Min Chun, Hwa Shik Kim, Min Jea Choi, Nae Young Park
  • Patent number: 11834768
    Abstract: Disclosed is a washing machine having an improved wire connection structure for electrically connecting electrical components. The washing machine includes a cabinet which has a first electrical component, forms an exterior, and has an opening through which laundry is inserted; a door provided with a second electrical component, and configured to open and close the opening; a wire which electrically connects the first electrical component and the second electrical component; and a hinge which has a wire guide portion for coupling the door to the cabinet so as to be rotatable about a rotating axis and for guiding the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Min Chun, Hwa Shik Kim, Min Jea Choi, Nae Young Park
  • Patent number: 11821126
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a basket rotatably mounted within a cabinet and defining a chamber configured for receiving a load of clothes, a door pivotally mounted to the cabinet for providing selective access to the chamber, and a camera assembly mounted within the cabinet in view of the chamber. A controller is configured to initiate an automatic self-clean cycle, the method comprising determining that the door is closed, obtaining one or more images of the chamber using the camera assembly, determining that there is no load in the chamber based at least in part on the one or more images, determining that a self-clean condition is satisfied, and commencing the self-clean cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Je Kwon Yoon, Seung-Yeong Park, Jaehyo Lee