Patents by Inventor Robert S. Hanson

Robert S. Hanson 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: 4173378
    Abstract: A supporting frame and cover panel assembly adapted for slidably and sealingly supporting a food storage drawer in a generally airtight sealed environment for extended food storage. The assembly includes a rectangular one-piece frame supporting a cover panel in a locked manner by a pair of trim members. A seal, suitably affixed in the side members and a rearward member, are substantially coextensive therewith such that the seal extends into a path of the drawer when the drawer is moved from its open position to its closed position, whereby when the drawer is in its closed position the seal abuts the side and rear walls of the drawer. The front cross frame member includes means for effecting a sealed relationship with the front wall of the drawer when the drawer is in its closed position to complete the generally airtight sealed environment for the food in the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: White Consolidated Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Hanson, Paul E. Kronenberger, Charles C. Whistler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4086785
    Abstract: A two-piece electric fan motor mounting arrangement for use in a domestic refrigerator cabinet which is designed to provide improved dampening of motor torque vibrations while allowing for easy assembly by reducing the number of parts. The mount includes a blower orifice housing and a U-shaped bracket, each molded of plastic, with the result that the mount has no effect on the motor magnetic flux path, thus permitting more efficient motor performance at the designed R.P.M. of the fan impeller while eliminating the requirement for electrical grounding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1978
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Donald P. Kochendorfer, Robert S. Hanson
  • Patent number: 4047393
    Abstract: A refrigerator machinery compartment air filter for a forced air condenser operative to maintain the proper air flow over the heat transfer surfaces insuring efficient operation. The filter has two sections connected by a flexible hinge allowing for ready insertion and removal from the front of the compartment for ease of cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1977
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Hanson, Ralph R. Rigg
  • Patent number: 3982406
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet having a chilled water dispensing service area accessible from the exterior of the cabinet with a vertically extending water supply storage tank and filter cartridge assembly located in the fresh food compartment with the filter cartridge coextensive with one vertical edge of the tank positioning the cartridge upper inlet adaptor integral tube positioned adjacent an upper outlet of the tank. The tank has a serpentine storage volume comprising a plurality of substantially horizontal extending passes connecting the tank inlet and outlet with the tank uppermost pass extending at an inclined axis toward the tank outlet. The adaptor tube axis is inclined downwardly so as to be complementary to the upwardly inclined axis of the tank outlet whereby chilled water from the tank is purged of air and filtered just prior to being dispensed at the service area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1976
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Hanson, Louis D. Benasutti
  • Patent number: 3968906
    Abstract: An ice piece dispenser comprising a storage container having a longitudinally extending trough in its bottom wall with an ice dispensing closure means at the front end of the trough. A motor driven ram is positioned in the trough for combined reciprocating and oscillating travel wherein the ram has a stepped upper surface with a vertically extending ice piece agitating fin member formed integrally on one of the ram steps. The fin member is operative, in conjunction with the container's sloped front wall chute, to break-up ice piece clusters upon the forward thrust of the ram and whereby the ice pieces exert a downward gravitational force on inclined edges of the fin to maintain the ram in sliding contact with the trough base during its forward thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1976
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Donald P. Kochendorfer, Robert S. Hanson
  • Patent number: 3952539
    Abstract: A clear ice maker has an improved stationary open-top water tray comprising a plastic frame with metal inserts in the tray side, end and bottom walls for containing a predetermined quantity of water. The tray receives a removable grid having a plurality of open-bottom, open-top ice mold cavities and flexible filler means between the cavities to displace substantially all of the water into the cavities when the grid is in the tray. The tray side and end metal inserts have heaters thereon which are activated prior to ice harvest to melt the ice bond between the grid and tray permitting release of the grid. The tray bottom wall metal insert has continuously energized heater means thereon and is formed to provide a raised area beneath each grid cavity, thereby preventing freezing through the bottom of the grid cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1976
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Hanson, Cecil C. Pugh