Patents Examined by Thomas Bucci
  • Patent number: 10920357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washing apparatus and to a washing apparatus having a convenient user interface. More specifically, the present invention relates to a washing apparatus that provides a user interface that is concentrated, simple and intuitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jayoen Kim, Youngwoo Kim, Joohyeon Oh, Darae Kim
  • Patent number: 10910964
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10889012
    Abstract: A machine tool which removal-machines a workpiece by a tool includes an in-machine robot provided in a machining chamber, and a cleaning mechanism that cleans the in-machine robot by removing an adhering substance adhering to the in-machine robot. When the in-machine robot is cleaned, the in-machine robot moves relative to the cleaning mechanism and positions in proximity to the cleaning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OKUMA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoichi Morimura
  • Patent number: 10881257
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a main body, a cleaning tool assembly connected to the main body to be movable in at least one axial direction, a handle part connected to the main body and configured to receive an applied force of a user, a detection part provided in the handle part and configured to detect a magnitude and a direction of the force applied to the handle part, and a control part configured to control the movement direction of the cleaning tool assembly based on the detected direction of the force and to control the movement distance of the cleaning tool assembly based on the detected magnitude of the force. In this way, the steering performance may be improved by reducing a horizontal load felt by a user when the user holds and moves the handle of the cleaner, fatigue felt when performing the cleaning operation may be removed by removing a vertical load applied by the handle, and convenience may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung Chan Kim, Kyung Han Jeong, Shin Kim, Won Min Lee, Eun Sung Kim, Sang Sik Yoon, Byoung In Lee, Woo Ram Oh, Yeon Kyu Jeong, Jae Young Jung
  • Patent number: 10820777
    Abstract: A dishwasher according to the present invention comprises: a tub providing a washing space; a sump communicating with the tub through a recovery hole, and storing washing water; and a flow path portion installed on one surface of the tub, and supplying washing water to the tub and the sump. The flow passage portion includes: a water supply passage connected to a water supply source and receiving washing water; a first flow passage connected to the water supply passage and receiving washing water, and supplying washing water to the tub; and a second flow passage connected to the water supply passage and receiving washing water, and supplying washing water to the sump. The present invention has the advantages in that washing water can be supplied simultaneously to the tub and the sump, and washing water flowing in reverse in the sump can be prevented even when there is negative pressure in washing water being supplied to the sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Baekhon Kim, Donghwi Park, Jinhong Kim
  • Patent number: 10822734
    Abstract: Provided is a washing machine including a main body having an opening and a door assembly disposed at the opening, wherein the door assembly includes a door that opens and closes the opening and an auxiliary washing unit having an auxiliary washing space in which hand-washing can be performed, and provided to pivot about one side of the door in an inside of the door. Through this configuration, separated washing spaces can be provided and separate hand-washing can be performed. Also, pressure of washing water supplied into the washing machine can be regulated so that water supply efficiency can be improved and a flow rate of the washing water can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min Hyung Kim, Hyun Mook Kim, Yong Kwon Won, Masato Suzuki, Mitsuhiro Shigeri, Young Sun Shin, Goan Su Jung, Amitoj Singh, Gyu Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10815600
    Abstract: Provided is a laundry treating apparatus in which a position of a circulation pump is optimized. The laundry treating apparatus includes a tub holding washing water, a drum rotatably disposed within the tub and holding laundry, a nozzle jetting the washing water to an interior of the drum, and a pump unit having a pump body, a drain pump coupled to the pump body and outwardly draining washing water introduced from the interior of the tub to the pump body, and a circulation pump coupled to the pump body and supplying washing water introduced from the interior of the tub to the pump body to the nozzle, wherein the circulation pump is disposed above the pump body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungwoon Jung, Hunjun Jang
  • Patent number: 10813527
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising a chassis, a tub supported by the chassis and at least partially defining a treating chamber, and a pump that circulates wash liquid in the treating chamber. The pump has an impeller that has a cover, a base with an axis of rotation, and at least one fin protruding from the base. The impeller also has a cap removably coupled to the impeller and at least one blade integrally formed with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Pritish Roy, Todd Michael Jozwiak, John Joseph Burns
  • Patent number: 10813514
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cleaner comprising a cleaner body, a front wheel rotatably provided in a front portion of the cleaner body, a rear wheel rotatably provided in a rear portion of the cleaner body, a first member attached to an outer circumferential surface of the front wheel and configured to contact with a cleaning object surface, a second member attached to an outer circumferential surface of the rear wheel and configured to contact with the cleaning object surface, a front motor rotating the front wheel, a rear motor rotating the rear wheel and a controller driving the front motor and the rear motor, wherein the controller controls the front motor and the rear motor to become rotated in the opposite directions while cleaning is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaewon Jang, Jeongyun Kim, Donghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10793986
    Abstract: Provided is a washing machine including an auxiliary washing unit configured with an auxiliary washing space formed separately from a main washing space formed in a rotating tub, and a discharging assembly by which the auxiliary washing space and the main washing space are selectively in communication with each other. Through such a structure, auxiliary washing may be independently performed, and washing efficiency may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Kim, Chang Yeong Kim, Hyeon Cheol Kim, Goan Su Jung, Min Hyung Kim, Yong Kwon Won
  • Patent number: 10787761
    Abstract: A laundry treating system includes a laundry treating appliance having a first basket for receiving a first laundry load and a first clothes mover disposed in the first basket. The laundry treating system is user configurable between first, second, and third configurations. A kit for customizing a laundry treating appliance can include a second clothes mover and a second basket configured to removably couple with the laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Philip J. Czarnecki, Pamela R. Klyn, Eric W. Merrow, Jon Strait, Mary E. Zeitler
  • Patent number: 10780462
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning game, fruit, vegetables, fish, or crustacea in a container has a pipe and a connector connected to the pipe adjacent one end of the pipe. The pipe has a plurality of apertures formed in spaced relation to each other along a length of the pipe. The pipe is adapted to extend generally vertical within the container. The plurality of apertures are adapted to direct a flow of water in a generally cyclonic path in the container. The connector is adapted to introduce water into and through the pipe from a water hose or a conduit. A fastener is affixed to the pipe or the connector so as to removably affix the pipe to the a container. A spacer is affixed to the pipe so as to position the pipe a distance away from a wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Tim McDonald
  • Patent number: 10770315
    Abstract: A fall-proof apparatus for cleaning semiconductor devices is provided. The fall-proof apparatus comprises: a nozzle (102) connecting with a carrier (101); a megasonic/ultrasonic device (105) fixing on the carrier (101); and a sensor (104) detecting the distance between the megasonic/ultrasonic device (105) and the carrier (101) to determine whether the megasonic/ultrasonic device (105) is loose and going to fall. The megasonic/ultrasonic device works with the nozzle during a cleaning process. A chamber with the fall-proof apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ACM Research (Shanghai) Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenming Chu, Xi Wang, Hui Wang, Shena Jia, Jun Wu, Fuping Chen, Xuejun Li
  • Patent number: 10760201
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a cabinet and a wash tub mounted within the cabinet. The washing machine appliance also includes a spray hose assembly fluidly connected to a wash fluid source and configured for selectively providing a flow of wash fluid in a desired direction and location. The spray hose assembly includes a retractable hose mounted within the cabinet and a spray head attached to the retractable hose. The retractable hose of the spray hose assembly may be retractable by one or both of a coiled section of the retractable hose or a torsion spring configured to provide a return force to the retractable hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander B. Leibman, Manidhar V V S Yandamuri
  • Patent number: 10750924
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening, a sump fluidly coupled to the tub, and a liquid recirculation circuit fluidly coupling the sump to the treating chamber. The liquid recirculation circuit includes at least one rotating spray tube having a longitudinal body axis defining a rotational axis. A plurality of spray nozzles are provided in the rotating spray tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick T. Roderick, Antony M. Rappette, Daniel Lottinville, David Brightbill, Matthew Jaske, Rodney Welch, Michael Lagness
  • Patent number: 10744979
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor window, a deflector fixedly positioned to deflect a first airflow travelling in an opposing direction to a direction of travel of the sensor window to one or more directions tangential to the sensor window, and a nozzle fixedly positioned to direct a second airflow through the nozzle to a space between the sensor window and the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Schmidt, Scott A. Black, Katherine Jo Ralston
  • Patent number: 10731286
    Abstract: A machine and method for washing fabric articles adaptively fills a wash basin with water based on a time period between rotation reversal of the wash basin and a load present in the wash basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance Laundry Systems LLC
    Inventors: Wayne M Sharkey, Jeffrey R Hochtritt, Benjamin R Patri
  • Patent number: 10729305
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub, a first dish rack, and a second dish rack disposed above the first dish rack in the tub. The second dish rack includes a frame configured to couple to and adjust in a vertical position relative to a plurality of mounting rails in the tub. The second dish rack also includes a collapsible portion coupled to the frame and configured to adjust in a vertical position relative to the frame. In some embodiments, the second dish rack further includes a feed pipe coupled to the collapsible portion, the feed pipe having at least one connection point configured to align with at least one water supply point, wherein each vertical position of the collapsible portion corresponds to a different alignment of the at least one connection point and the at least one water supply point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Viktor Kopyrin, Raveendran Vaidhyanathan
  • Patent number: 10730082
    Abstract: A workpiece processing apparatus allowing in situ cleaning of metal deposited formed on the extraction plate and in the plasma chamber is disclosed. The apparatus includes an extraction plate having an extraction aperture through which the sputtering material is passed. The apparatus also includes a sealed volume disposed within the plasma chamber which is in communication with a cleaning aperture on the extraction plate. The sealed volume is in communication with a cleaning gas, which is excited by the plasma in the plasma chamber, and can be used to clean the exterior surface of the extraction plate. The feed gas used in the plasma chamber can be selected from a sputtering species and the cleaning gas. Since the volume in the sealed volume is separated from the rest of the plasma chamber, the cleaning of the extraction plate and the cleaning of the plasma chamber may be performed independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen F R Gilchrist, Costel Biloiu, Shurong Liang, Christopher R. Campbell, Vikram Singh
  • Patent number: 10687685
    Abstract: A dishwasher is disclosed, which comprises a cabinet; a base forming a lower portion of the cabinet; and a support coupled to a coupling portion provided in the base, supporting the cabinet, wherein the coupling portion includes a hollow shaped coupling hole; and a plurality of first threads formed in the coupling hole, and the support includes a plurality of second threads engaged with the first threads; and a stopper formed to be protruded at a groove of the second thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Bongsoo Son, Donghwi Park, Hyoseong Gwag