Patents Examined by Marc Lorenzi
  • Patent number: 11053622
    Abstract: An apparatus for a laundry treating appliance including a first basket defining a first treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment according to a selected cycle of operation. A first clothes mover can be provided in the first treating chamber. A removable basket assembly can include a second basket with a second clothes mover. A transmitter can be included in the removable basket assembly for operably coupling the second clothes mover to the first clothes mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandre L. Marangoni, Fernando Raiss Martins, Marcelo A. Santos, Eduardo Luis Violin
  • Patent number: 11053628
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance and method of operating a laundry treating appliance includes a treating chamber receiving laundry for treating, a dispenser fluidly coupled to the treating chamber and a faucet. A water supply circuit includes a hot water inlet and a cold water inlet supplying hot water, cold water, or a mixture of hot and cold water to the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Celso Andres Alarcon, Marcus A. Cannon, Emmanuel F. Gonzaga, Guy Stormo
  • Patent number: 11001955
    Abstract: A washing machine having a bubble generator includes a bubble spray part provided at an upper side of a tub and configured to discharge bubbles from a top to a bottom inside the tub, a wash liquid jet nozzle provided inside the bubble spray part and configured to jet wash liquid; a blowing fan provided in the bubble spray part and configured to blow air in a direction in which the wash liquid jet nozzle jets the wash liquid; and a porous plate member provided at a front end of the bubble spray part and including a plurality of holes, wherein when the wash liquid jetted from the wash liquid jet nozzle collides with the porous plate member, bubbles are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwang-mook Cho, Geon-ung Lee, Eun-suk Bang, Dong-pil Seo, Eung-ryeol Seo
  • Patent number: 11000176
    Abstract: A dishwasher and method for operating the same utilize a diverter valve to control via rotation the flow of fluid such as wash fluid or pressurized air to a rotatable conduit supported in the rack of a dishwasher. A valve member may be disposed at a predetermined rotational position about an axis of rotation of the conduit such that a fluid inlet on a rotatable valve body may be rotated to the predetermined rotational position to restrict fluid flow to the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Robert M. Digman, Joel Boyer
  • Patent number: 10988889
    Abstract: An additive dispenser of a washing appliance is provided herein. The additive dispenser may include a water inlet and a drawer frame. The water inlet may be positioned upstream from a wash chamber. The drawer frame may define a compartment to receive an additive pod. The compartment may be positioned in downstream fluid communication with the water inlet. The drawer frame may include a sidewall at least partially enclosing the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hans Bensel, Karlarrious Dawain Donar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10975513
    Abstract: A wash tub apparatus and method of manufacturing the wash tub for a laundry washing machine. The wash tub may include a bearing housing shell and a bearing housing insert. The bearing housing insert may include at least one bearing. The bearing housing shell may be overmolded with a plastic portion of the cylindrical tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bryan T. Snook, Christopher G. Hoppe
  • Patent number: 10964556
    Abstract: A top plate when located at a first position is held by an opposing-member holder, and the top plate when located at a second position is held by a substrate holder and rotated along with the substrate holder. In a substrate processing apparatus, a first processing liquid nozzle located at a supply position inside a to-be-held part of the top plate supplies a first processing liquid through an opposing-member opening to a substrate and is moved from the supply position to its retracted position, and a second processing liquid nozzle is moved from its retracted position to the supply position and supplies a second processing liquid through the opposing-member opening to the substrate. This configuration suppresses or prevents mixture of multiple types of processing liquids, as compared with the case where multiple types of processing liquids are sequentially supplied from a single processing liquid nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Ryo Muramoto, Mitsukazu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10959596
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub and spray arm assembly for a dishwasher having a spray arm assembly for spraying wash liquid in the tub. The spray arm assembly has spray arm inlet, a bearing assembly with a bearing body that defines a through passage with a bearing inlet and a bearing outlet fluidly coupled to the spray arm inlet. The spray arm assembly also has a liquid supply conduit with a supply outlet fluidly coupled to the bearing inlet, a seal positioned between the bearing body and the liquid supply conduit; and a deflector provided within the supply outlet to effectively divide the supply outlet into at least two portions. At least one of the two portions faces upstream and defining an effective cross-sectional area confronting the bearing inlet that is less than or equal to the cross-sectional area of the bearing inlet. The deflector is also aligned with the bearing inlet and defines a turn in the supply outlet for directing liquid into the bearing inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Feddema, Blair D. Mikkelsen, John A. Miller, Kevin Miller, Alvaro Vallejo Noriega, Antony M. Rappette, Frederick T. Roderick, Pritish Roy
  • Patent number: 10960440
    Abstract: A high-pressure cleaning apparatus including a high-pressure pump that includes a suction chamber, at least one pump chamber in which liquid is pressurized, and a pressure chamber arranged downstream of the pump chamber is disclosed. The high-pressure pump includes a return line via which the pressure chamber is in flow communication with the suction chamber, and a valve unit by which a free cross-sectional area of the return line is changeable. The high-pressure cleaning apparatus also includes a drive unit associated with the valve unit, a control unit coupled to the drive unit and a pressure sensor coupled to the control unit for detecting liquid pressure on the pressure side of the pump chamber. Depending on the signal of the pressure sensor, the liquid pressure can be controllable to a predetermined or predeterminable liquid pressure by changing of the free cross-sectional area of the return line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Kloepfer, Markus Fischer, Swen Munz, Timo Spengler
  • Patent number: 10953441
    Abstract: The present invention provides a local clean microenvironment near optical surfaces of an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optical assembly maintained in a vacuum process chamber and configured for EUV lithography, metrology, or inspection. The system includes one or more EUV optical assemblies including at least one optical element with an optical surface, a supply of cleaning gas stored remotely from the one or more optical assemblies and a gas delivery unit comprising: a plenum chamber, one or more gas delivery lines connecting the supply of gas to the plenum chamber, one or more delivery nozzles configured to direct cleaning gas from the plenum chamber to a portion of the EUV assembly, and one or more collection nozzles for removing gas from the EUV optical assembly and the vacuum process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KLA Corporation
    Inventors: Gildardo Delgado, Francis Chilese, Rudy F. Garcia, Mohammed Tahmassebpur, Salam Harb
  • Patent number: 10940509
    Abstract: The present discloses a system for washing and de-icing of aircrafts. The preset invention provides a hangar comprising three gantries to ensure different steps of the washing or the de-icing process. The structure of the gantries is essentially made of telescopic arms allowing more flexibility on the positioning of nozzle clusters during the washing and de-icing process. The use of such a mechanical system is easily accommodated to different aircraft bodies regardless their sizes. The whole functionality and positioning of the system is ensured by a programmable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Svein Gunnar Mæland
  • Patent number: 10939795
    Abstract: A method and corresponding appliance for carrying out the method may include detecting insufficient circulation pump pressure or process water flow rate through a circulation pump of the appliance, supplying water to a compartment of the appliance and logging a time period during which the water is supplied to the compartment and increasing the speed of the circulation pump to a target pump speed where the circulation pump pressure or the process water flow rate through the circulation pump has reached a sufficient operational level. The method may include logging at least two circulation pump speeds and a time period during which the water is supplied to the compartment, and estimating the water fill rate based on predetermined difference in compartment process water volume for the logged at least two speeds and the water supply time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: David Persson
  • Patent number: 10914028
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance, such as a clothes washer, either vertical or horizontal axis, can have a bulk dispenser capable of dispensing multiple doses of treating chemistry from a reservoir of treating chemistry. A housing fluidly couples a supply of water and the treating chemistry for supplying both to a treating chamber within the laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Gallagher, Kurt L. Masciovecchio, Michael T. Moore, Robert J. Pinkowski, Brian Rogers, David Scharich, III, Guy Stormo, Ray Thompson
  • Patent number: 10888907
    Abstract: A mixed jet descaling device axially and eccentrically arranged for the inner wall of a metal pipe comprises a support rod (1) arranged inside the metal pipe (100), the support rod being parallel to the central axis of the metal pipe, eccentrically arranged and not concentric with the central axis of the metal pipe; and at least two spray nozzle units (2, 2?, 2?) for spraying the mixed jet, the spray nozzle units being arranged from front to back along the length direction of the support rod. At least two mixed jet spray nozzles (21, 21?, 21?) are provided in each spray nozzle unit and uniformly arranged along the circumference of the support rod in such a manner that the mixed jet spray nozzles diverge towards periphery of the support rod with the axis of the support rod as the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mingnan Duan
  • Patent number: 10876246
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a level sensor positioned within a bulk dispense tank. The level sensor includes a tether, a float body and a circuit board. The tether is mounted within the bulk dispense tank such that a distal end portion of the tether is moveable relative to the bulk dispense tank. The float body is positioned at the distal end portion of the tether. The circuit board is positioned within the float body and has one or more of an accelerometer chip and a gyroscope chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan James Beckley
  • Patent number: 10871082
    Abstract: A turbine system includes a foam generating assembly having an in situ foam generating device at least partially positioned within the fluid passageway of the turbine engine, such that the in situ foam generating device is configured to generate foam within the fluid passageway of the turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Jr., Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Michael Edward Eriksen, Nicole Jessica Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10861719
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing wafer-shaped articles comprises a rotary chuck and a heating assembly that faces a wafer-shaped article when positioned on the rotary chuck. A liquid dispenser positioned so as to dispense liquid onto a surface of a wafer-shaped article that faces away from the rotary chuck when positioned on the rotary chuck. The heating assembly comprises an array of radiant heating elements distributed among at least five individually controllable groups. The liquid dispenser comprises one or more dispensing orifices configured to move a discharge point from a more central region of the rotary chuck to a more peripheral region of the rotary chuck. A controller controls power supplied to each of the at least five individually controllable groups of radiant heating elements based on a position of the discharge point of the liquid dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lam Research AG
    Inventors: David Mui, Butch Berney, Alois Goller, Michael Ravkin
  • Patent number: 10851485
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a multifunctional dyeing and finishing kettle and a production-type supercritical CO2 fluid anhydrous dyeing and finishing apparatus with a scale over 1000 liters. The production-type supercritical CO2 fluid anhydrous dyeing and finishing apparatus mainly comprises a CO2 low-temperature storage tank, a CO2 supply storage tank, a low-temperature transfer pump, an ethylene glycol head tank, an ethylene glycol pump, a water cooling tower, a water pump, a refrigeration unit, a condenser, a heat exchanger, a heat transfer oil system, a heat transfer oil replenishment system, a precooler, a CO2 boost pump, a dye kettle, a feeder, a multifunctional dyeing and finishing kettle, a CO2 circulation pump, a cooler, a separation kettle, an adsorber and a recovery compressor, an on-line monitoring system and an automatic control system. The apparatus is capable of meeting single-color or multi-color dyeing and finishing production of a plurality of textiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Laijiu Zheng, Huanda Zheng, Shihui Gao, Jun Yan, Juan Zhang, Fang Ye, Yitong Han
  • Patent number: 10851771
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable battery steam cleaner comprising in combination of a hollow main body, in which a water tank, peristaltic pump, control system and lithium battery; the water tank in connection with the input of the peristaltic pump; the output of the peristaltic pump in connection with one end of silicone hose; and the other end of silicone hose in connection with the steam generator. The present invention can continuously transport liquid from the water tank, through the silicone hose, into the steam generator, and thus eject steam continuously for cleaning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing China Base Startrade Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shihui Xu
  • Patent number: 10849480
    Abstract: A method and dishwasher utilize a spray basket that includes a container body that defines a compartment for retaining utensils as well as multiple sets of nozzles, a portion of which are configured to direct a spray of fluid into the compartment, and another portion of which are configured to direct a spray of fluid external from the container body. The spray of fluid directed external from the container body may be used, for example, to provide a power wash zone adjacent to the spray basket to assist in cleaning other utensils in a dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark W. Wilson, Timothy Martin Wetzel, Scott A. Stinebruner