Patents by Inventor Lynne F. Hunter

Lynne F. Hunter 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: 20200124343
    Abstract: An appliance mounting device is provided herein. The appliance includes a vacuum insulated structure having a liner positioned within a wrapper, wherein the liner and wrapper cooperate to define an interior cavity. The appliance further includes an insulating material positioned within the interior cavity and a hanger coupled to an adapter plate and a support member. The support member is configured to couple to an interior surface of the vacuum insulated structure while maintaining a vacuum in the interior cavity and a holding member is coupled to a first side of the adapter plate and configured to receive a positioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lynne F. Hunter, Raffaella Gropallo, Giulia Marinello
  • Patent number: 10612834
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated refrigerator structure being formed from a wrapper extending around a liner is provided. The liner is positioned inside of the wrapper to form a gap there between, and to form a cavity between the wrapper and the liner. An insulating thermal bridge is formed from molding one or more extruded rails to one or more corner pieces in an injection molding device. The insulating thermal bridge is coupled across the gap wherein the insulating thermal bridge includes elongated first and second channels wherein the first and second edges are inserted into the elongated first and second channels, respectively. A curable sealant is contacted to the elongated first and second channels and the cavity is at least partially filled with a porous material between the wrapper and the liner. A vacuum is formed in the cavity and the cavity is sealed to maintain the vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Gustavo Frattini, Alberto Regio Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Dustin M. Miller, Abhay Naik, Berhanu Allo
  • Patent number: 10598424
    Abstract: An appliance is provided herein. The appliance includes a cabinet having a wrapper, a liner, and a trim breaker. The wrapper, the liner, and the trim breaker define an insulating cavity therebetween. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating cavity. A frame includes an upper frame portion, a vertical frame portion, and a lower frame portion. The frame is at least partially disposed within the insulating cavity. An upper hinge mount is disposed on the upper frame portion. A lower hinge mount is disposed on the lower frame portion. The lower frame portion has a closed outer periphery. A door is rotationally mounted to the cabinet via an upper hinge mounted to the upper hinge mount and a lower hinge mounted to the lower hinge mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Michael A. Fiori, Lynne F. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10563905
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes a cabinet having an inner liner, an outer wrapper and a plastic trim breaker extending therebetween. A door panel is operable relative to the cabinet between open and closed positions. The door panel has a seal that magnetically engages a contact surface of the cabinet to define the closed position of the door panel. A ferromagnetic plate extends over a portion of the plastic trim breaker to define the contact surface. A heat loop is disposed between the trim breaker and the ferromagnetic plate, in thermal communication with the contact surface. The heat loop extends from the trim breaker to a machine compartment of the cabinet. The ferromagnetic plate includes a looped edge that defines a heating chase. The heat loop is positioned within the heating chase and extends to the machine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Lynne F. Hunter, Daniel Lottinville, Giulia Marinello, Dustin M. Miller, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak
  • Publication number: 20200033049
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated refrigerator structure includes a shell having a liner and a wrapper where the shell defines an internal vacuum cavity, and a refrigerator and/or freezer compartment. The vacuum insulated refrigerator structure additionally includes an elongated pass-through defining an elongated internal space having a central portion disposed in the internal vacuum cavity. The elongated pass-through has opposite end portions that are sealingly connected to the shell, each opposite end portion having an opening that permits access to the elongated internal space from the outside of the shell. The vacuum insulated refrigerator structure also includes a vacuum core material fill positioned in the internal vacuum cavity and one or more utility lines disposed in one or more elongated internal passageways extending out of the openings at the opposite end portions of the elongated pass-through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Michael A. Fiori, Gustavo Frattini, Giulia Marinello, Lynne F. Hunter, Sunil S. Ekshinge, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak
  • Publication number: 20200002987
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided herein. The refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a compartment. A door is configured to seal the compartment and is operable between open and closed positions. A hinge assembly is operably coupled to the cabinet and to the door. The hinge assembly includes a first link coupled to the cabinet. A second link is pivotable about the first link. A third link is pivotable about the second link and a fourth link. The fourth link is further coupled to the door. A fifth link is pivotable about the second link and the fourth link. A sixth link is pivotable about an intermediate portion of the fifth link and the first link. The sixth link is disposed through a void defined by the fifth link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Lottinville, Lynne F. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20190308393
    Abstract: An operable panel for an appliance includes a metallic outer wrapper having a perimetrical wrapper edge that partially defines a perimetrical breaker channel, an inner liner and a plurality of corner brackets disposed proximate the perimetrical wrapper edge. Each corner bracket cooperates with the perimetrical wrapper edge to fully define the perimetrical breaker channel. A trim breaker is adhered to the metallic outer wrapper and the corner brackets at the perimetrical breaker channel and having a liner channel that receives a portion of the inner liner. The trim breaker extends between the inner liner and the outer wrapper. An insulation material is disposed within an insulating cavity defined between the inner liner and the outer wrapper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Lakshya J. Deka, Eric J. Dherde, Gustavo Frattini, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Dustin M. Miller, Abhay Naik, Karen J. Querfurth, Jerry M. Visin
  • Publication number: 20190310011
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet and a surround lighting feature. The vacuum insulated cabinet includes a liner disposed within a wrapper, which are interconnected by a thermal bridge to form a vacuum cavity therebetween. A wall covering assembly includes a top wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner. The wall covering assembly also includes a rear wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. In assembly, the liner and the wall covering assembly cooperate to define a refrigerator compartment. A cavity is formed between liner and the wall covering assembly. A surround lighting assembly is disposed around an opening into the refrigerator compartment and is powered by a wiring system concealed by the wall covering assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Abhay Naik
  • Publication number: 20190293339
    Abstract: An appliance includes an outer wrapper and an inner liner placed within the outer wrapper and spaced apart from the outer wrapper to define an insulating space. A trim breaker extends between the inner liner and the outer wrapper to define a structural cabinet. The trim breaker defines a front face of the cabinet. The trim breaker defines a gas conduit disposed within a wall of the structural cabinet proximate the insulating space. The gas conduit is adapted to define selective communication between the insulating space and an exterior of the structural cabinet. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating space, wherein the gas conduit is substantially free of the insulating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Abhay Naik, Lorraine J. Westlake
  • Publication number: 20190285335
    Abstract: A flush-mount refrigerator is provided that includes a cabinet defining a compartment and including a pair of side walls that extends forwardly of the compartment. A pair of doors is coupled to the cabinet and positioned on either side of a centerline of the cabinet. The pair of doors are spaced apart by a predetermined spacing. A storage feature is positioned within the compartment of the cabinet and movable between an extended position and a recessed position when one or both of the pair of doors is in an open position. A hinge assembly is coupled to the cabinet and to one of the pair of doors. The hinge assembly includes a six-link mechanism that keeps the door within a predefined distance of at least one side wall when the door is moved from a closed position to the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lynne F. Hunter, Aaron M. Stewart, Daniel Lottinville
  • Publication number: 20190249918
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a liner and a wall covering assembly to create a false wall within a refrigerator cabinet. The wall covering assembly includes a top wall spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner, and a rear wall spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. The rear wall of the wall covering assembly includes a ventilated portion for providing outwardly directed air to the refrigerator cabinet. A duct assembly is disposed between the wall covering assembly and the liner and is configured to deliver air through the ventilated portion of the wall covering assembly and also deliver air in the form of a downwardly directed air curtain at the front portion of the refrigerator cabinet. The air curtain disrupts the outward flow of air from the ventilated portion of the wall covering assembly at the front portion of the refrigerator cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Lynne F. Hunter, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Alberto R. Gomes
  • Publication number: 20190162465
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated refrigerator structure being formed from a wrapper extending around a liner is provided. The liner is positioned inside of the wrapper to form a gap there between, and to form a cavity between the wrapper and the liner. An insulating thermal bridge is formed from molding one or more extruded rails to one or more corner pieces in an injection molding device. The insulating thermal bridge is coupled across the gap wherein the insulating thermal bridge includes elongated first and second channels wherein the first and second edges are inserted into the elongated first and second channels, respectively. A curable sealant is contacted to the elongated first and second channels and the cavity is at least partially filled with a porous material between the wrapper and the liner. A vacuum is formed in the cavity and the cavity is sealed to maintain the vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Gustavo Frattini, Alberto Regio Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Dustin M. Miller, Abhay Naik, Berhanu Allo
  • Publication number: 20190162356
    Abstract: An appliance includes a metallic outer wrapper having sidewalls, a wrapper backwall and a machine wall. At least one metallic inner liner has liner walls and a liner backwall, wherein the metallic outer wrapper and the at least one metallic inner liner are coupled together at a trim breaker to define a structural cabinet having a hermetically sealed interior cavity defined between the metallic outer wrapper and the at least one metallic inner liner. The trim breaker defines a front face of the structural cabinet. At least one trim breaker conduit extends through the wrapper and liner backwalls wherein the trim breaker conduit defines a conduit through the structural cabinet, and wherein the structural cabinet is hermetically sealed at the trim breaker conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Mohamed Alshourbagy, Lakshya J. Deka, Eric J. Dherde, Gustavo Frattini, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Giulia Marinello, Abhay Naik, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Jerry M. Visin
  • Publication number: 20190154328
    Abstract: An appliance is provided herein. The appliance includes a cabinet having a wrapper, a liner, and a trim breaker. The wrapper, the liner, and the trim breaker define an insulating cavity therebetween. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating cavity. A frame includes an upper frame portion, a vertical frame portion, and a lower frame portion. The lower portion includes a top section, a bottom section, an inner section, and a front section. A door is rotationally mounted to the cabinet via an upper hinge and a lower hinge mounted to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Michael A. Fiori, Lynne F. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20190137167
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet is provided that includes an inner liner and an external wrapper. The inner liner is positioned within the external wrapper such that a gap is defined between the external wrapper and inner liner. The external wrapper includes a machine compartment including: a top wall, an interior wall, a bottom wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. A foot is defined by the external wrapper and is positioned below the machine compartment. The foot is at least partially defined by the bottom wall and at least partially supports the refrigerator cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Beckner, Paul B. Allard, Lynne F. Hunter, Gustavo Frattini, Abhay Naik
  • Publication number: 20190128591
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance door is provided that includes a door wrapper forming an exterior of the appliance door. The door wrapper defines a wrapper flange defining a plurality of wrapper protrusions. A door liner defines a liner flange. The liner flange defines a plurality of liner protrusions. The door wrapper and the door liner are in a spaced apart configuration. A trim breaker defines a wrapper groove, a liner groove and a gasket groove. The wrapper flange is centered within the wrapper groove and the liner flange is centered within the liner groove. An adhesive is positioned within each of the wrapper and liner grooves. A portion of a gasket is positioned within the gasket groove of the trim breaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jerry M. Visin, Lynne F. Hunter, Paul B. Allard
  • Publication number: 20190128594
    Abstract: An appliance includes an outer wrapper, an inner liner, a trim breaker having a wrapper channel that receives a wrapper edge of the outer wrapper and a liner channel that receives a liner edge of the inner liner, and an insulation material disposed within an insulating cavity defined therebetween. A multi-component thermal encapsulation material defines pre-mix, application and sealing states. The pre-mix state is defined by the distinct components of the thermal encapsulation material being separated from one another, the application state defined by the distinct components combined together into an uncured state of the thermal encapsulation material, and the sealing state defined by the thermal encapsulation material disposed within the wrapper and liner channels and surrounding the wrapper and liner edges, respectively, in the sealing state that defines a hermetic seal between the trim breaker and the outer wrapper and the inner liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Lakshya J. Deka, Gustavo Frattini, Lynne F. Hunter, Hua Liu, Abhay Naik, Eric J. Vasko, Jerry M. Visin
  • Publication number: 20190101320
    Abstract: An appliance includes a cabinet having an outer wrapper, an inner liner and a trim breaker defining a joint therebetween. The outer wrapper, inner liner and trim breaker define an insulating cavity. A vacuum insulated structure is disposed within the insulating cavity. A metallic frame is in communication with the outer wrapper and includes an upper hinge mount and a lower hinge mount that are connected by a vertical frame member. The metallic frame is at least partially disposed within the insulating cavity. A door panel is rotationally mounted to the cabinet via an upper hinge mounted to the upper hinge mount and a lower hinge mounted to the lower hinge mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Michael A. Fiori, Lynne F. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20190011174
    Abstract: An appliance is provided herein. The appliance includes a cabinet having a wrapper, a liner, and a trim breaker. The wrapper, the liner, and the trim breaker define an insulating cavity therebetween. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating cavity. A frame includes an upper frame portion, a vertical frame portion, and a lower frame portion. The frame is at least partially disposed within the insulating cavity. An upper hinge mount is disposed on the upper frame portion. A lower hinge mount is disposed on the lower frame portion. The lower frame portion has a closed outer periphery. A door is rotationally mounted to the cabinet via an upper hinge mounted to the upper hinge mount and a lower hinge mounted to the lower hinge mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Michael A. Fiori, Lynne F. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20190011172
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided herein that includes a cabinet defining a refrigerated compartment and a machine compartment. A compressor is disposed within the machine compartment and adapted to compress a refrigerant within a refrigerant line. A heat exchanger is positioned in communication with the compressor and is adapted to reject heat from a refrigerant into the machine compartment. A fan is disposed between the heat exchanger and compressor. The fan is adapted to draw air from an area adjacent the machine compartment and through the heat exchanger. A funnel is disposed between the heat exchanger and the fan and directs air toward the fan. A tunnel is disposed between the fan and the compressor and directs forced air from the fan toward the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lynne F. Hunter, Giulia Marinello, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Alberto R. Gomes