Patents by Inventor ALESSANDRO GIGANTE

ALESSANDRO GIGANTE has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11408922
    Abstract: A system for detecting miswiring in an AC power supply for an appliance may comprise a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a fault condition and may disconnect different electrical loads from the power supply in the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alessandro Gigante, Erik P. Oosterwal
  • Publication number: 20210126446
    Abstract: A system for detecting miswiring in an AC power supply for an appliance may comprise a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a fault condition and may disconnect different electrical loads from the power supply in the fault condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: ALESSANDRO GIGANTE, ERIK P. OOSTERWAL
  • Patent number: 10910819
    Abstract: A system for detecting miswiring in an AC power supply for an appliance may comprise a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a fault condition and may disconnect different electrical loads from the power supply in the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alessandro Gigante, Erik P. Oosterwal
  • Publication number: 20200284438
    Abstract: A heating arrangement for an oven includes a heating assembly including a plurality of elongate heating members extending along respective longitudinal axes oriented in a first direction and mutually spaced apart in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The heating arrangement further includes a cover unit having a body extending along a plane oriented parallel with the plurality of elongate heating members and spaced apart therefrom in a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions. A plurality of openings extend through the body with at least some of the openings being aligned with respective ones of the elongate heating members in the first and second directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alessandro Gigante, Dhiraj Jambuvant Gotekar, Kedar Kulkarni
  • Publication number: 20190309957
    Abstract: A steam generating system for an oven includes an upper tank having an upper water outlet and a lower water outlet. A lower tank is positioned at a vertical position that is lower than a vertical position of the upper tank. A first hose is coupled to the upper water outlet of the upper tank and further coupled to the lower tank. A second hose is coupled to the lower water outlet of the upper tank and further coupled to the lower tank. A valve assembly is positioned along the second hose and operable between open and closed conditions. An inlet pump is coupled to the upper tank and an outlet pump is coupled to the lower tank to provide and discharge water from the system. A method of filling and emptying the steam generating system and generating steam is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica Buschman, Alessandro Gigante, Jurij Paderno, Massimiliano Frontini, Massimiliano Daniele, Luca Minetto, Alberto Castiglioni, Edoardo Gallenzi
  • Publication number: 20190309956
    Abstract: A steam generating system for an appliance includes a first tank positioned at a first vertical position and having an upper water outlet and a lower water outlet. A second tank is positioned at a second vertical position that is lower than the first vertical position of the first tank. A first and second interconnecting members respectively connect the upper and lower water outlets of the first tank to the second tank. Together, the first and second interconnecting members fluidically connect the first and second tanks. A valve assembly is positioned along the second interconnecting member to selectively provide access to the second tank from the first tank. Inlet and outlet pumps are respectively coupled to the first and second tanks to supply and discharge water from the steam generating system. The appliance further includes a retractable hose for connecting the steam generating system to a water source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica Buschman, Alessandro Gigante, Jurij Paderno, Massimiliano Frontini, Massimiliano Daniele, Luca Minetto, Alberto Castiglioni, Edoardo Gallenzi
  • Publication number: 20190223262
    Abstract: A microwave oven and a method of operating the same is provided herein. The method includes the steps of: sensing that a door of the microwave is in an open state; interrupting a power input to a generator power supply unit comprising a first converter, a first energy reserve, a second energy reserve located downstream from the first energy reserve, and a second converter located between the first and second energy reserves; detecting an input voltage; and disabling the second converter if the detected input voltage is less than a threshold voltage that is proportional to the detected input voltage, wherein disabling the second converter triggers the second energy reserve to discharge, and wherein the time necessary to discharge the second energy reserve is free of influence from the first energy reserve and is independent of the detected input voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicants: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Alessandro Gigante, Giuseppe Tarantino, Matteo Rinaldi, David O. Wahlander
  • Publication number: 20190027920
    Abstract: A system for detecting miswiring in an AC power supply for an appliance may comprise a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a fault condition and may disconnect different electrical loads from the power supply in the fault condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: ALESSANDRO GIGANTE, ERIK P. OOSTERWAL
  • Patent number: 10109996
    Abstract: A system for detecting miswiring in an AC power supply for an appliance may comprise a voltage sensor sensing the voltage of a first hot line of the power supply for powering light electrical loads, a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a first fault condition indicating that the second hot line and a neutral line are reversed when the voltage of the first hot line exceeds a threshold, and may identify a second fault condition indicating that the first hot line and the neutral line are reversed when the phase signal is within a phase threshold measured from 0 degrees. The system may disconnect different electrical loads from the power supply in the first and the second fault conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alessandro Gigante, Erik P. Oosterwal
  • Publication number: 20170256932
    Abstract: A system for detecting miswiring in an AC power supply for an appliance may comprise a voltage sensor sensing the voltage of a first hot line of the power supply for powering light electrical loads, a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a first fault condition indicating that the second hot line and a neutral line are reversed when the voltage of the first hot line exceeds a threshold, and may identify a second fault condition indicating that the first hot line and the neutral line are reversed when the phase signal is within a phase threshold measured from 0 degrees. The system may disconnect different electrical loads from the power supply in the first and the second fault conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: ALESSANDRO GIGANTE, ERIK P. OOSTERWAL