Patents by Inventor Mark E. Glotzbach

Mark E. Glotzbach 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: 20190335587
    Abstract: Example human-machine interface (HMI) assemblies are disclosed. An example human-machine interface assembly can include a fascia. The human-machine interface assembly can further include a printed circuit board (PCB). The printed circuit board can have a light emitting diode (LED) to emit light through the fascia. The human-machine interface assembly can further include a backer that can be attached to the fascia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: MATTHEW P. EBROM, NEOMAR GIACOMINI, MARK E. GLOTZBACH, BRIAN N. RADFORD
  • Patent number: 10375829
    Abstract: Example human-machine interface (HMI) assemblies are disclosed. An example HMI assembly includes a fascia, a touch film having a first raised contact, a printed circuit board (PCB) having a second raised contact, and a backer having an extending member and attached to the fascia, the member configured to press the first contact against the second contact by applying a force to the PCB at substantially the second raised contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Neomar Giacomini, Mark E. Glotzbach, Brian N. Radford
  • Patent number: 10333731
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus for communicatively coupling internal components and accessories appliances, and appliances with external components and accessories are disclosed herein. A disclosed example method of operating a domestic appliance having at least one of an internal communications network and/or an external communications network among at least two components includes identifying the components, communicating the capabilities of each identified component, communicating the status of each identified component, providing a command interface for operating the components, facilitating communication between the components, and operating the appliance using the command interface and the facilitated communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy, Andrew D. Whipple, Donald E. Maynard, Matthew J. Nibbelink
  • Publication number: 20190109723
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus for communicatively coupling internal components and accessories appliances, and appliances with external components and accessories are disclosed herein. A disclosed example method of operating a domestic appliance having at least one of an internal communications network and/or an external communications network among at least two components includes identifying the components, communicating the capabilities of each identified component, communicating the status of each identified component, providing a command interface for operating the components, facilitating communication between the components, and operating the appliance using the command interface and the facilitated communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: MATTHEW P. EBROM, MARK E. GLOTZBACH, RICHARD A. MCCOY, ANDREW D. WHIPPLE, DONALD E. MAYNARD, MATTHEW J. NIBBELINK
  • Patent number: 9720249
    Abstract: Light collimators and methods for human machine interfaces are disclosed. An example human machine interface includes a top surface having a decorative element to be illuminated, a light source, and a plurality of parallel light collimators that collimate visible light emitted by the light source and direct the collimated light toward the bottom side of the decorative element. An example method of illuminating a decorative element of a human machine interface includes emitting light, passing the light through a plurality of collimators defined in the human machine interface, and directing the collimated light toward the decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Neomar Giacomini, Mark E. Glotzbach, Brian N. Radford, Eric J. Schuh
  • Publication number: 20170168603
    Abstract: A touch screen user interface display has a capacitive touch screen with at least one sensing field. A conductive physical element that is external to the capacitive touch screen and electrically coupled to the at least one sensing field of the capacitive touch screen is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: MARK E. GLOTZBACH, RANDELL L. JEFFERY, ERIC J. SCHUH
  • Publication number: 20170142835
    Abstract: Example human-machine interface (HMI) assemblies are disclosed. An example HMI assembly includes a fascia, a touch film having a first raised contact, a printed circuit board (PCB) having a second raised contact, and a backer having an extending member and attached to the fascia, the member configured to press the first contact against the second contact by applying a force to the PCB at substantially the second raised contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: MATTHEW P. EBROM, NEOMAR GIACOMINI, MARK E. GLOTZBACH, BRIAN N. RADFORD
  • Publication number: 20160218884
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus for communicatively coupling internal components and accessories appliances, and appliances with external components and accessories are disclosed herein. A disclosed example method of operating a domestic appliance having at least one of an internal communications network and/or an external communications network among at least two components includes identifying the components, communicating the capabilities of each identified component, communicating the status of each identified component, providing a command interface for operating the components, facilitating communication between the components, and operating the appliance using the command interface and the facilitated communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew P. EBROM, Wallace J. ELSTON, Robert J. FELDBRUEGGE, Mark E. GLOTZBACH, Layne E. HEILMAN, Randell L. JEFFREY, Anthony E. JENKINS, David J. KMET, Timothy M. KNEZIC, Stephen D. KREFMAN, Richard A. McCOY, Christopher S. MOES, James P. O'SHAUGHNESSY, Randy A. VOSS, Andrew D. WHIPPLE
  • Publication number: 20160134431
    Abstract: A client having at least one memory location is provided for use with an appliance network. The client includes an arbitrary software component for performing a useful function, a software architecture or a software architecture driver configured to generate or enable transmission of messages, and means to communicate by message over a network. Thus, the client can have full capability to act as an accessory to an appliance to communicate with and to enhance or alter the operation of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: MATTHEW P. EBROM, ROBERT J. FELDBRUEGGE, MARK E. GLOTZBACH, RICHARD A. MCCOY, CHRISTOPHER S. MOES, ANDREW D. WHIPPLE
  • Publication number: 20160116756
    Abstract: Light collimators and methods for human machine interfaces are disclosed. An example human machine interface includes a top surface having a decorative element to be illuminated, a light source, and a plurality of parallel light collimators that collimate visible light emitted by the light source and direct the collimated light toward the bottom side of the decorative element. An example method of illuminating a decorative element of a human machine interface includes emitting light, passing the light through a plurality of collimators defined in the human machine interface, and directing the collimated light toward the decorative element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: NEOMAR GIACOMINI, MARK E. GLOTZBACH, BRIAN N. RADFORD, ERIC J. SCHUH
  • Patent number: 9264252
    Abstract: A client having at least one memory location is provided for use with an appliance network. The client includes an arbitrary software component for performing a useful function, a software architecture or a software architecture driver configured to generate or enable transmission of messages, and means to communicate by message over a network. Thus, the client can have full capability to act as an accessory to an appliance to communicate with and to enhance or alter the operation of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Robert J. Feldbruegge, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy, Christopher S. Moes, Andrew D. Whipple
  • Publication number: 20160028556
    Abstract: An appliance network comprising a networked appliance and capable of communicating with a consumable such that information related to the consumable is communicated to the networked appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: MATTHEW P. EBROM, WALLACE J. ELSTON, III, MARK E. GLOTZBACH, LAYNE E. HEILMAN, ANTHONY E. JENKINS, STEPHEN D. KREFMAN, RICHARD A. MCCOY, JAMES P. O'SHAUGHNESSY, RANDY A. VOSS
  • Patent number: 9164867
    Abstract: An appliance network comprising a networked appliance and capable of communicating with a consumable such that information related to the consumable is communicated to the networked appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Wallace J. Elston, III, Mark E. Glotzbach, Layne E. Heilman, Anthony E. Jenkins, Stephen D. Krefman, Richard A. McCoy, James P. O'Shaughnessy, Randy A. Voss
  • Patent number: 9009811
    Abstract: An appliance has a communication network with a plurality of nodes for executing commands to enable operation by components. A firewall is provided to restrict access to the commands by the nodes without a password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Patrick J. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy, Daniel M. Putnam, Andrew D. Whipple
  • Patent number: 8856036
    Abstract: A method of enabling adaptable demonstrations of products provides products with an internal communications network among at least two components, and includes distributing the products to vendors in different markets, providing to each vendor at least one smart device capable of assuming control of a component in the products, and distributing demonstration software to the vendors having smart devices. The demonstration software is unique to the vendor and/or the market so that the smart devices in different markets or among different vendors can be uniquely adapted to cause demonstration of the components in the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Philip A. Molloy
  • Patent number: 8688530
    Abstract: An appliance having a smart device in communication with multiple components of the appliance and a user interface of the appliance, the smart device having an updatable demonstration software that takes over control of the multiple components from the controller when executing the demonstration software to implement a demonstration of the appliance by controlling the actuation of the components and display related multimedia information on the multimedia user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Layne E. Heilman, Richard A. McCoy, Phillip A. Molloy
  • Patent number: 8680983
    Abstract: A method of self servicing an appliance includes connecting a service accessory to an appliance, recording diagnostics data associated with the appliance onto the service accessory, removing the service accessory from the appliance, coupling the service accessory to a personal computer, and uploading the diagnostics data to an automated service system. Another embodiment includes coupling a service accessory to a computer having a test script, transferring a test script from the computer to the service accessory, connecting the service accessory to the communication network of the appliance, establishing communications between the service accessory and the appliance using the communication network; and executing the test script over the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8682733
    Abstract: A product in the form of a household appliance has an internal communications network connecting two or more components, and software architecture implemented on the network that identifies the components, communicates the capabilities of each identified component, communicates the status of each identified component, provides a command interface for operating the components, and facilitates communication between the components and devices external to the product. An external smart device having demonstration software communicates with the internal communications network and is in control of at least one of the components to effect a demonstration of features of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Philip A. Molloy
  • Patent number: 8682735
    Abstract: Conducting a video conference as part of the operation or demonstration of an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8676656
    Abstract: A method of demonstrating a household appliance by executing a demonstration software to cause demonstration of at least one component of the appliance and to display related information on a user interface of the appliance by a multimedia program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy, Phillip A. Molloy