Patents by Inventor Brent Alden Junge

Brent Alden Junge 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).

  • Publication number: 20200011581
    Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold body with two rows of mold cavities defined in the mold body. The ice maker also includes an ejector assembly having a plurality of ejector pads corresponding to the mold cavities. The ejector pads are movable between a low position proximate to the floor of a corresponding mold cavity and a high position proximate the opening of each corresponding mold cavity. The ejector pads are operable to eject ice from the mold cavities when the ejector assembly moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, John Keith Besore, Samuel Vincent DuPlessis
  • Publication number: 20190353421
    Abstract: An inventory system for a refrigerator appliance includes an inventory plate which is operably coupled to a load cell and positioned within a chilled chamber. The inventory plate may be a fixed shelf or a portable coaster on which food items may be placed. A controller is configured for monitoring a weight of the food items over time using the load cell and/or a moisture content using a moisture sensor and providing an indication of food quality based at least in part on the weight and/or moisture content of the food items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, John Keith Besore, Michael C. Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190338997
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance and an arc-resistant heating assembly are provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, a sealed system, and an electrical heater. The electrical heater may include a resistive element, a sheath, a thermally conductive electrical insulation, and an internal insulator. The sheath may be disposed about the resistive element from a first end portion to a second end portion. The thermally conductive electrical insulation may be radially positioned between the resistive element and the sheath. The internal insulator may be radially positioned between the resistive element and the thermally conductive electrical insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Vineeth Vijayan, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10465967
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance with a freezer chamber divided into multiple compartments and features for selectively adjusting the temperature within one of the compartments while maintaining the temperature within the other compartment(s). The refrigerator can include evaporator including a first evaporator section and a second evaporator section, the first evaporator section positioned in a first evaporator chamber and the second evaporator section positioned in a second evaporator chamber. An evaporator shutoff valve is positioned along at least one of the first or second evaporator sections for selectively allowing fluid communication therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge
  • Publication number: 20190316826
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet that defines a chilled chamber including a fresh food portion a freezer portion. A door is rotatably mounted to the cabinet at a front portion of the chilled chamber. The door rotates between a closed position where the door sealingly encloses the fresh food portion and the freezer portion of the chilled chamber and an open position to permit access to the fresh food portion and the freezer portion of the chilled chamber. The door also includes an outer casing comprising a thermally insulated wall that defines a freezer chamber and a front panel rotatably mounted to the outer casing of the door such that the front panel of the door permits access to the freezer chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Lauren Nicole Platts, Stephanos Kyriacou, Alan Joseph Mitchell, John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Michael C. Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10408532
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes drawer assembly for a chilled chamber of the appliance. The drawer assembly includes a storage bin positioned within the chilled chamber and one or more adjustable dividers slidably mounted within the storage bin. The adjustable dividers include a top support arm, a window that acts as a light guide or diffuser, and a light source mounted to the adjustable divider for illuminating the storage bin. The drawer assembly further includes a power supply, such as a bus bar assembly having parallel positive and negative strip terminals that remain connected with spring terminals on the adjustable dividers to ensure the light source remains illuminated when the adjustable dividers are moved within the storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Lauren Nicole Platts, Bagawathkumar Chellappan, Brent Alden Junge
  • Publication number: 20190226728
    Abstract: A beverage container is provided herein. The beverage container may include a container body, a thermo-electric heat exchanger, and a conduction pipe. The container body may include an inner shell, a conduction wall, and a plurality of fins. The inner shell may define a fluid cavity. The conduction wall may be spaced apart from the fluid cavity outward along a radial direction. The plurality of fins may extend radially outward from the conduction wall. The thermo-electric heat exchanger may be mounted within the container body in thermal communication with the fluid cavity. The conduction pipe may extend from the thermo-electric heat exchanger within the container body. At least a portion of the conduction pipe may be positioned between the inner shell and the plurality of fins along the radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Hunter, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10345024
    Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first and second arms between a low position and a high position and can eject ice from the mold cavity when the ejector pad moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10344778
    Abstract: An ejector for a sealed system includes a motive liquid passage with a converging section, a throat and a diverging section. The throat of the motive liquid passage is disposed between the converging section of the motive liquid passage and the diverging section of the motive liquid passage. The ejector also includes a plurality of nucleation sites at the converging section of the motive liquid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunaranjan Chaudhry, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10317127
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be disposed within the chilled chamber. Moreover, the drawer assembly may include a drawer frame and a forward panel, as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Lauren Nicole Platts
  • Publication number: 20190170420
    Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first and second arms between a low position and a high position and can eject ice from the mold cavity when the ejector pad moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10281187
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber and a freezer chamber below the fresh food chamber. The refrigerator appliance further includes an ice maker disposed within the cabinet outside of the freezer chamber and proximate to the fresh food chamber. The ice maker is in thermal communication with a freezer evaporator via a fan, a supply duct, and a return duct. The ice maker includes a harvest heater and the freezer evaporator is deactivated while the harvest heater is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10274242
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. A refrigeration system includes a single evaporator coil having a first evaporator section in series with a second evaporator section. The first evaporator section is positioned in the first freezer compartment to maintain the temperature in that compartment at a fixed, low temperature (e.g., 0° F.). The second evaporator section is positioned in the second freezer compartment which is a “convertible” compartment capable of maintaining temperatures between the freezer and fresh food compartment temperatures (e.g., between about 0° F. and 37° F.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Stephanos Kyriacou
  • Patent number: 10274237
    Abstract: An ice maker includes a plurality of fingers extending into a tub. A manifold has a plurality of outlets. The plurality of outlets is positioned below the plurality of fingers within the tub. A multi-speed pump is operable to flow liquid water from a reservoir to the manifold such that the liquid water exits the manifold at each outlet of the plurality of outlets and flows upwardly towards the plurality of fingers. A controller is configured for changing a speed of the multi-speed pump during an ice making cycle of the ice maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, Charles Benjamin Miller
  • Publication number: 20190113266
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet which defines a fresh food storage chamber, a frozen food storage chamber, and a variable food storage chamber positioned between the fresh food storage chamber and the frozen food storage chamber. The refrigerator appliance includes a wall which at least partially defines the variable food storage chamber. The wall includes an outer surface facing an ambient environment around the refrigerator appliance and an inner surface positioned opposite the outer surface. The refrigerator appliance also includes insulation extending between the outer surface of the wall and the variable food storage chamber. The insulation includes a plurality of movable segments. The movable segments are movable between a first position and a second position. A thermal conductivity of the wall is greater when the movable segments are in the second position than when the movable segments are in the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. Schweiger, Brent Alden Junge
  • Publication number: 20190093940
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be disposed within the chilled chamber. Moreover, the drawer assembly may include a drawer frame and a forward panel, as described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Lauren Nicole Platts
  • Patent number: 10208999
    Abstract: A refrigeration heating assembly and method of operation are generally provided herein. The heating assembly may include an inner glass tube, a resistive heating element, an outer glass tube, a first end cap, a second end cap, and a sensor assembly. The inner glass tube may include a continuous inner wall defining a central passage. The resistive heating element may be disposed within the central passage. The outer glass tube may include a continuous outer wall disposed about the inner glass tube. A radial gap may be defined between the glass tubes. The first end cap may be positioned on the outer glass tube and the inner glass tube at a first end. The second end cap may be positioned on the outer glass tube and the inner glass tube at a second end. The sensor assembly may be disposed in fluid communication with the radial gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineeth Vijayan, Martin Mitchell Zentner, Brent Alden Junge
  • Publication number: 20190032990
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a locking assembly is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a food storage chamber and one or more doors rotatably attached to the cabinet. A door may be movable between an open position distal to the food storage chamber and a closed position proximal to the food storage chamber. The locking assembly may selectively secure the door in the closed position. The locking assembly may include a first magnetic element attached to the cabinet apart from the door, a second magnetic element movably mounted within the door for selective magnetic engagement with the first magnetic element in the closed position, and an articulating arm. The second magnetic element may be movable between a first position and a second position within the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Bagawathkumar Chellappan, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10174235
    Abstract: The present invention provides a binary refrigerant mixture that can be used in single or dual evaporator refrigeration systems to provide for efficient cooling without the use of a high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant such as R-134a and that is less flammable than a hydrocarbon refrigerant such as R-600 (n-butane) or R-600a (isobutane). Further, the binary refrigerant mixture can be classified as an A2 refrigerant in that it has a heat of combustion of less than 19 kilojoules per kilogram. In addition, the binary refrigerant mixture has a comparable energy efficiency when compared to R-134a and can be used in refrigeration systems designed for use with R-600 or R-600a refrigerants without having to change their design (i.e., without having to change the compressor design).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, Richard DeVos
  • Patent number: 10161667
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having a defrost chamber is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, a defrost drawer housing, and a pair of electromagnetic electrodes. The defrost drawer housing may be mounted within the chilled chamber and define the defrost chamber for the receipt of a food item. The pair of electromagnetic electrodes may be spaced apart along a vertical direction within the drawer housing. Each electromagnetic electrode may include a first heating ring and a second heating ring that is larger than the first heating ring. Each electromagnetic electrode may also include a conductive path and an electrical restrictor element. The conductive path may extend between the first heating ring and the second heating ring. The electrical restrictor element may be coupled to the conductive path and selectively permit a current therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey