Patents Examined by Kevin G Lee
  • Patent number: 10799919
    Abstract: A washing device includes a main body, a water system, and a drying system. The main body includes a first washing zone, a second washing zone, and a drying zone. A transporting device transports an object to make it pass through the first washing zone, the second washing zone, and the drying zone. The first washing zone has a first water outlet, and the second washing zone has a second water outlet. The water system includes a heater for heating water and a tank. A first pipe connects the heater and the first water outlet, and a second pipe connects the heater and the tank. An outlet pipe connects the tank and the second water outlet. A collecting structure collects waste water and injects into the tank. The drying system is adapted to supply air flow to the drying zone for drying the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Ping-Yuan Liao
  • Patent number: 10787763
    Abstract: An outer drum of a washing machine is provided, and relates to the technical field of washing machines. Two opposite side walls of the outer drum of the washing machine are formed as non-circular surfaces to avoid collision with side plates of a housing. A washing machine having the above outer drum is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Huacheng Zhang, Zongyuan Weng, Qidui Liang, Zhiqiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10779701
    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: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Licata, Richard Powers, David Gast
  • Patent number: 10780465
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a felt in a system for producing a paper web has a device for introducing a cleaning liquid into the felt and at least one following suction device in the direction of movement of the felt and having a vacuum duct, through which the cleaning liquid is suctioned out of the felt. The suction device between the vacuum duct and the felt is formed with suction ducts, through which the cleaning liquid in the felt is suctioned away. At least one of the suction ducts is assigned an inflatable valve element. In the inflated state of the valve element the suction duct is closed and in its ventilated state the suction duct is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Klaus Bartelmuss
  • Patent number: 10774455
    Abstract: A washing machine is disclosed, which prevents bubbles in the drum from leaking outside when an auxiliary door is opened during a washing process. The washing machine includes a cabinet including a first opening, a tub disposed in the cabinet and configured to store wash water therein, a drum rotatably disposed in the tub, a door assembly mounted to the cabinet to open or close the first opening, and including a second opening, an auxiliary door configured to open or close the second opening, and an interference part located at a rear of the auxiliary door to form a predetermined space in the rear part of the auxiliary door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10767301
    Abstract: A spin cycle mobile washer (SCMW) for manually washing laundry comprises a portable, wheeled frame (F) supporting an axle (A) on each end of which is mounted a wheel (W). A shaft (RS) rotatably mounted on the axle rotates as the axle rotates. An inner wash tub (IWC) is mounted on a rotatable disc (RD) to which one end of the shaft is connected for rotation of the shaft to effect rotation of the tub. This tub has a plurality of paddles (P1-P3) attached to an interior surface so to agitate laundry to be cleaned which is loaded into the tub. This tub is fitted inside an outer wash tub (OWC) with the inner wash tub having openings therein by which water flows through and between the tubs for movement of the wheeled frame by a user to affect the cleaning of laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Talar Terzian
  • Patent number: 10767298
    Abstract: A stain removal tool for a laundry washing machine. The stain removal tool may be deployed from a stowed position and may be adapted to receive at least a portion of an article to substantially remove or treat a stain with water. The stain removal tool may have one or more nozzles upstream of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Phillip C. Hombroek, Christopher G. Hoppe, Bryan T. Snook
  • Patent number: 10767300
    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 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Min Chun, Hwa Shik Kim, Min Jea Choi, Nae Young Park
  • Patent number: 10745848
    Abstract: A household appliance for washing fabric items, comprising: a washing compartment (2); an opening (3) for access to the washing compartment to enable introduction and extraction of the laundry items; a hatch door (4) for access to the washing compartment (2), mobile between a closed position in which it occludes said access opening (3) and an open position in which it enables access to the washing compartment (2); a border (5) of said access opening to the washing compartment (2), said border (5) abutting the hatch door (4) in the closed position; a first tank (61) containing a detergent for washing; a first indicator (610) located on the border (5) and indicating a load level of said first tank (61).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giacomo Pittalis, Elisa Polverini, Roberto Tarabù{grave over ( )}, Luca Andrenacci, Romina Catani, Zakaria Khalfaoui, Filippo Matarazzi, Alessandro Falsetti
  • Patent number: 10743962
    Abstract: An all-in-one cleaner is disclosed. An all-in-one cleaner, according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises: a cleaner body; a soaking unit which is provided on one side of the cleaner body and carries out a soaking step on a subject to be cleaned; a washing unit which is provided near the soaking unit and carries out a washing step on the subject to be cleaned, for which the soaking step has been completed; and a rinsing unit which is provided near the washing unit and carries out a rinsing step on the subject to be cleaned, for which the washing step has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Kwang Bum Park
  • Patent number: 10745846
    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: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Randy S. McDonald, Joel C. Bragg, Jeffrey J. Krieger
  • Patent number: 10731287
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance can include a chassis defining an interior, with a tub and a drum provided in the interior to define a treating chamber for treating articles according to a cycle of operation. A door can selectively open an access opening in the chassis for accessing the treating chamber. The door can include a hinge assembly having a first hinge arm and a second hinge arm coupled to an actuator arm. Operation of a handle assembly can actuate the actuator arm and can selectively couple the first hinge arm at a first hinge or the second hinge arm at a second hinge to open the door in a first or second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy E. Heater, Nicholas E. Mawhorr, Jaroslav Ridilla, Justin Zirbes
  • Patent number: 10722100
    Abstract: A household dishwasher includes a wash container for holding dishes to be washed and a fill reservoir attached to the wash container. The fill reservoir is filled with fresh water from a fresh water network, and a quantity of fresh water required for the wash sub-cycle is removed from the fill reservoir and feed into the wash container. A heat pump includes an evaporator which is thermally coupled to the fill reservoir to extract heat energy from stored fresh water, and a condenser via which heat energy is fed into an interior space of the wash container. Disposed between the interior space of the wash container and an interior space of the fill reservoir is a single-layer or multilayer insulation material system to reduce a heat flow from the wash container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Heinle, Hans-Peter Nannt, Kai Paintner
  • Patent number: 10722321
    Abstract: A washer machine for medical instruments comprises a washing chamber, at least a sliding loader trolley at least to load the medical instruments into the washing chamber and a washing device to wash the medical instruments, comprising a multiple connection unit and a plurality of flexible washing pipes connectable to the aperture of the medical instrument to be washed. The multiple connection unit comprises a free multiple connector, autonomous and unconstrained from the sliding loader trolley and connectable to said flexible washing pipes, and a static and fixed multiple counter-connector disposed in the washing chamber. A releasable manual mechanical clamping device is provided for the selective connection of the free multiple connector to the static and fixed multiple counter-connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: STEELCO SPA
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Patent number: 10710796
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cleaning the interior of an above ground storage tank includes a nozzle assembly mounted to a cover on the storage tank sidewall having a horizontally extending wash pipe fixedly and a suction pipe for recirculation of spent fluids. The wash pipe has an interior segment which can be extended to a tank floor and is configured with a bend to extend along the tank sides all to which is attached a submersible swivel joint fitted with a choked nozzle. A control assembly is provided to direct from the nozzle from the exterior of the storage tank. The nozzle vibrates in response to flow of wash fluid from the wash pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Henry James, Michael William O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 10667943
    Abstract: A nozzle is provided herein for ophthalmic dispensers which is configured to accommodate microdosing. The nozzle includes a converging pathway. Preferably, the pathway converges so as to impart momentum to liquid passing therethrough through an increase of velocity. A tapered portion may be provided flared openly from the inlet to best accept liquid flow thereinto and provide a funneling effect into the flowpath. Preferably, the flowpath terminates at an outlet which is internally un-radiused and circumscribed by a chamfered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Ben Z. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10669661
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus for treating laundry includes a main washing device and a secondary washing device. The secondary washing device includes a tub configured to receive wash water, a drum rotatably provided in the tub and configured to receive laundry, and a pulsator rotatably provided in the drum and configured to be rotated by motion of one or both of the wash water and the laundry that are received in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jonghwan Lee, Junho Lee, Dongsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10669705
    Abstract: A toilet bowl treatment apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a hanger having a detent, and a blister-type cartridge having a tray, a treatment material disposed in the tray, and a cover removably coupled to the tray over the treatment material. The cartridge also has a detent that releasably engages the detent of the hanger for detachably coupling the cartridge to the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Willert Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Bruce Willert
  • Patent number: 10661312
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and methods for debriding soft tissue from bone using a high-pressure water debridement system. One embodiment includes a cylindrical sleeve bounded by endcaps and having a drainage port positioned for effluent drainage. A central shaft is configured to receive a bone segment and is disposed along a longitudinal center of the sleeve and rotatively coupled between the endcaps. At least one high-pressure water nozzle is disposed on each side of the sleeve, each of which is positioned to impact the bone segment with a high-pressure water stream. A rotational actuator is configured to rotate the central shaft and the bone segment relative to the sleeve and the water nozzles such that when the high-pressure water nozzles are operational, the high-pressure water streams debride the bone segment. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Allosource
    Inventors: Denis M. Meade, Shane Graham, Kyle von Kaenel
  • Patent number: 10646099
    Abstract: In an embodiment the present invention provides a dispensing device for introducing a pourable detergent in metered amounts into a treatment chamber of a program-controlled cleaning appliance, in particular a dishwasher, the dispensing device including: a supply container for holding the detergent, the supply container having a reservoir chamber and a metering chamber terminating in a dispensing opening, the metering chamber being provided by a metering element that is movably disposed within the supply container and is movable from a non-metering position to a metering position; and a carrier unit which is rotatable by a motor and is configured to replaceably receive the supply container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Fabian Hils, Dirk Wegener