Patents by Inventor John Kuehl

John Kuehl 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: 10759675
    Abstract: A customizable multi-stage fluid treatment assembly typically includes a connector, a plurality of cartridges, and a cap. The plurality of cartridges have a treatment medium spaced within an interior volume of the individual cartridges, between the ends thereof. The ends of the plurality of cartridges are configured to receive a fluid, bring the fluid into operative contact with the treatment medium, and dispense the fluid from the opposing end of the cartridge. The connector is coupled with one end of the plurality of cartridges and has an inlet and an outlet for receiving and dispensing the fluid to and from an appliance. The cap is coupled with the other end of the plurality of cartridges, enclosing the fluid treatment assembly, which is configured to be received in a cavity of an appliance. The cartridges of the plurality of cartridges may be individually replaced with cartridges to meet customized needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ginger Elayne Patera, Steven John Kuehl, Mark M. Senninger
  • Publication number: 20200042752
    Abstract: A system includes a processor, a barcode reader, and an RFID R/W component. The barcode reader scans a barcode of an item to generate barcode information, and communicates the barcode information to the processor. The RFID R/W component receives, from the processor, a serialization number corresponding to the barcode information. The RFID R/W component then writes the serialization number to an RFID tag of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Matt Tourdot, Brian George, Dillon Biermeier, John Kuehl
  • Publication number: 20200034582
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 10546161
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: PROMEGA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Publication number: 20190135656
    Abstract: A customizable multi-stage fluid treatment assembly typically includes a connector, a plurality of cartridges, and a cap. The plurality of cartridges have a treatment medium spaced within an interior volume of the individual cartridges, between the ends thereof. The ends of the plurality of cartridges are configured to receive a fluid, bring the fluid into operative contact with the treatment medium, and dispense the fluid from the opposing end of the cartridge. The connector is coupled with one end of the plurality of cartridges and has an inlet and an outlet for receiving and dispensing the fluid to and from an appliance. The cap is coupled with the other end of the plurality of cartridges, enclosing the fluid treatment assembly, which is configured to be received in a cavity of an appliance. The cartridges of the plurality of cartridges may be individually replaced with cartridges to meet customized needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: GINGER ELAYNE PATERA, STEVEN JOHN KUEHL, MARK M. SENNINGER
  • Publication number: 20190130139
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 10155669
    Abstract: A customizable multi-stage fluid treatment assembly typically includes a connector, a plurality of cartridges, and a cap. The plurality of cartridges have a treatment medium spaced within an interior volume of the individual cartridges, between the ends thereof. The ends of the plurality of cartridges are configured to receive a fluid, bring the fluid into operative contact with the treatment medium, and dispense the fluid from the opposing end of the cartridge. The connector is coupled with one end of the plurality of cartridges and has an inlet and an outlet for receiving and dispensing the fluid to and from an appliance. The cap is coupled with the other end of the plurality of cartridges, enclosing the fluid treatment assembly, which is configured to be received in a cavity of an appliance. The cartridges of the plurality of cartridges may be individually replaced with cartridges to meet customized needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ginger Elayne Patera, Steven John Kuehl, Mark M. Senninger
  • Patent number: 10066861
    Abstract: An ice piece release system that includes a chilled compartment set at a temperature below 0° C., a warm section at a temperature above 0° C., and a tray in thermal communication with the chilled compartment. The tray includes a plurality of ice piece-forming receptacles and a cavity in thermal communication with the receptacles. The ice piece release system also includes a primary reservoir assembly in thermal communication with the warm section and fluid communication with the cavity of the tray. The ice piece release system further includes a heat-exchanging fluid having a freezing point below that of water, and the fluid resides in the primary reservoir assembly and the cavity of the tray. The primary reservoir assembly is further adapted to move at least a portion of the heat-exchanging fluid in the reservoir assembly into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Corey M. Gooden, Steven John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9987602
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus which includes a tank, a liquid inlet and a fluid dispensing system which includes a dispensing fluid conduit having a helical portion at least substantially vertically oriented within the interior volume of the tank. The beverage dispensing apparatus also includes a fluid circulating system that includes at least one fluid circulation conduit having an inlet portion positioned proximate the bottom portion of the tank and at least one outlet. A fluid cycling device is also included in the beverage dispensing apparatus and is configured to move fluid from the bottom portion of the tank to the fluid circulation conduit. The at least one outlet is configured to produce a fluid flow tangential to the orientation of the dispensing fluid conduit configuration. Evaporator coils extend around a perimeter of the tank's exterior sidewall surface and are configured to chill the fluid within the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven John Kuehl, Alexandre Azevedo, Nihat O. Cur, Alisson Costa DaSilva, Gustvo Lazzaris De Bona, Marcos Heinzle, Leandro Berno Lidio, Verne H. Myers
  • Patent number: 9977928
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PROMEGA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Publication number: 20180082088
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tray for use with a cloud application platform is described. A cloud application, operatively coupled to the RFID tray via the cloud application platform, issues a command to the RFID tray. The issued command is received by an embedded agent of the RFID tray. Based on the received command, the RFID tray performs an RFID scan of one or more RFID-tagged items placed on or in the RFID tray, and the embedded agent sends the tag information from the one or more RFID-tagged items to a cloud application of the cloud network that tracks an inventory of the RFID-tagged items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9803898
    Abstract: An outdoor unit (ODU) for an air conditioning system includes a baffle or other airflow direction control such that the cooling air from a condenser is at least partially directed over the compressor to provide air movement around the compressor to assist in thermal transfer of heat from the compressor. In one system, curvilinear frustoconical baffles are positioned in a conventional barrel-type outdoor unit to direct airflow toward the compressor before being discharged from the unit. When any of the ODUs is part of a heat pump system for providing heating and cooling, a retractable or movable air diverting system is employed when in the heating mode to prevent airflow through the condenser from reaching the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, Steven John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9731234
    Abstract: A liquid (water) pitcher that includes a pitcher having a liquid receiving aperture configured to allow a liquid (water) to be delivered into an interior liquid storage volume defined by at least one upwardly extending wall extending upward from a base and a liquid (water) filter positioned within the pitcher that includes a filter housing and at least one gravity-driven fluid treatment medium within the filter housing where the filter housing has a plurality of fluid intake apertures and at least one treated fluid outlet configured to deliver treated fluid into an internal volume of a vessel wherein the at least one fluid filtering medium treats the liquid at a rate of at least about one liter per minute while removing at least chlorine odor and chlorine taste components from the liquid (water).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, Kirk W. Goodwin, Timothy A. Kee, James W. Kendall, Steven John Kuehl, Verne H. Myers, Ginger Elayne Patera, Mark M. Senninger
  • Patent number: 9714785
    Abstract: An appliance includes a cabinet; a first compartment; and a second compartment. The first compartment and the second compartment are separated by a horizontal mullion. The cabinet also typically includes a coolant system that has: a single compressor for regulating a temperature of the first compartment and a temperature of the second compartment operably connected to at least one evaporator; a shared coolant fluid connection system; and a coolant fluid spaced within the shared coolant fluid connection system used to regulate both the temperature of the first compartment and the second compartment. The compressor can provide the shared coolant at least two different pressures to at least one evaporator using the shared coolant fluid connection circuit. The ratio of the substantially steady state heat gain for the first compartment to the substantially steady state total heat gain for the overall cabinet is about 0.65:1 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, Steven John Kuehl, Andrew D. Litch, Luiz A Lopez, Guolian Wu
  • Publication number: 20170074573
    Abstract: An ice piece release system that includes a chilled compartment set at a temperature below 0° C., a warm section at a temperature above 0° C., and a tray in thermal communication with the chilled compartment. The tray includes a plurality of ice piece-forming receptacles and a cavity in thermal communication with the receptacles. The ice piece release system also includes a primary reservoir assembly in thermal communication with the warm section and fluid communication with the cavity of the tray. The ice piece release system further includes a heat-exchanging fluid having a freezing point below that of water, and the fluid resides in the primary reservoir assembly and the cavity of the tray. The primary reservoir assembly is further adapted to move at least a portion of the heat-exchanging fluid in the reservoir assembly into the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Corey M. Gooden, Steven John Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9568219
    Abstract: A thermal storage container is coupled to a pump for circulating cooled liquid from the thermal storage container in at least one of two circuits. One circuit includes a heat exchanger coupled to the fresh food evaporator for assisting in cooling the fresh food section of the refrigerator or for chilling the liquid. Another circuit includes a sub-cooler between the condenser and the evaporator for cooling the output from the condenser before entering the evaporator, hereby increasing the efficiency of the system. A three-way valve is coupled from the output pump to couple the stored coolant selectively to one or the other or both of the coolant circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven John Kuehl, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 9534824
    Abstract: An ice piece release system that includes a chilled compartment set at a temperature below 0° C., a warm section at a temperature above 0° C., and a tray in thermal communication with the chilled compartment. The tray includes a plurality of ice piece-forming receptacles and a cavity in thermal communication with the receptacles. The ice piece release system also includes a primary reservoir assembly in thermal communication with the warm section and fluid communication with the cavity of the tray. The ice piece release system further includes a heat-exchanging fluid having a freezing point below that of water, and the fluid resides in the primary reservoir assembly and the cavity of the tray. The primary reservoir assembly is further adapted to move at least a portion of the heat-exchanging fluid in the reservoir assembly into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Corey M. Gooden, Steven John Kuehl
  • Publication number: 20160244341
    Abstract: A gravity driven water filter having: a housing with at least one upwardly extending sidewall that extend upwardly from a bottom of the housing and define an interior volume of the housing; a filter media retention screen covering treated water outlets on a bottom of the housing; and a lid closing a top of the housing and enclosing the interior volume of the housing where the lid includes a plurality of water inlet holes, an upwardly extending vent stack, and finger actuated tabular members radially extending from the vent stack and engaged with the vent stack and a top surface of the lid to permit a rotational force to be applied to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: TIMOTHY J. CAMPBELL, DAVID P. COOPER, BETH M. JACKSON, STEVEN JOHN KUEHL, MARK M. SENNINGER
  • Publication number: 20160244337
    Abstract: A customizable multi-stage fluid treatment assembly typically includes a connector, a plurality of cartridges, and a cap. The plurality of cartridges have a treatment medium spaced within an interior volume of the individual cartridges, between the ends thereof. The ends of the plurality of cartridges are configured to receive a fluid, bring the fluid into operative contact with the treatment medium, and dispense the fluid from the opposing end of the cartridge. The connector is coupled with one end of the plurality of cartridges and has an inlet and an outlet for receiving and dispensing the fluid to and from an appliance. The cap is coupled with the other end of the plurality of cartridges, enclosing the fluid treatment assembly, which is configured to be received in a cavity of an appliance. The cartridges of the plurality of cartridges may be individually replaced with cartridges to meet customized needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: GINGER ELAYNE PATERA, STEVEN JOHN KUEHL, MARK M. SENNINGER
  • Publication number: 20160136593
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus which includes a tank, a liquid inlet and a fluid dispensing system which includes a dispensing fluid conduit having a helical portion at least substantially vertically oriented within the interior volume of the tank. The beverage dispensing apparatus also includes a fluid circulating system that includes at least one fluid circulation conduit having an inlet portion positioned proximate the bottom portion of the tank and at least one outlet. A fluid cycling device is also included in the beverage dispensing apparatus and is configured to move fluid from the bottom portion of the tank to the fluid circulation conduit. The at least one outlet is configured to produce a fluid flow tangential to the orientation of the dispensing fluid conduit configuration. Evaporator coils extend around a perimeter of the tank's exterior sidewall surface and are configured to chill the fluid within the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: STEVEN JOHN KUEHL, ALEXANDRE AZEVEDO, NIHAT O. CUR, ALISSON COSTA DASILVA, GUSTVO LAZZARIS DE BONA, MARCOS HEINZLE, LEANDRO BERNO LIDIO, VERNE H. MYERS