Patents by Inventor Rodney M. Welch

Rodney M. Welch 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: 20190292072
    Abstract: A vapor compression distillation assembly for distilling influent liquid, the vapor compression distillation assembly comprising a housing defining an interior and having an inlet for influent liquid, an evaporator and a condenser provided within the housing interior, an outlet for distillate, and at least one compressor fluidly coupled with the housing interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventor: RODNEY M. WELCH
  • Patent number: 10314457
    Abstract: A liquid filtering system for a dishwasher, having a housing defining a filter chamber and configured to be fluidly coupled to a recirculation flow path of the dishwasher, a filter located within the filter chamber and having a first end axially spaced from a second end and defining a filter there between that has a first surface and a second surface, the filter being positioned within the recirculation flow path to filter soils from liquid flowing through the recirculation flow path as the liquid passes through the filter and a flow diverter to aid in cleaning the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Publication number: 20190110659
    Abstract: A liquid filtering system for a dishwasher, having a housing defining a filter chamber and configured to be fluidly coupled to a recirculation flow path of the dishwasher, a filter located within the filter chamber and having a first end axially spaced from a second end and defining a filter there between that has a first surface and a second surface, the filter being positioned within the recirculation flow path to filter soils from liquid flowing through the recirculation flow path as the liquid passes through the filter and a flow diverter to aid in cleaning the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch, Anthony B. WELSH
  • Publication number: 20190093279
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a drum for processing laundry. A blower delivers process air through an airflow path that includes the drum. A lint filter is positioned within the airflow path that separates particulate matter from the process air. A lint disposal mechanism removes entrapped lint particles from a surface of the lint filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jordan Grider, Alexander Halbleib, Christopher A. Jones, Roy E. Masters, JR., Rodney M. Welch, Anthony B. Welsh, Erica L. Roberts, Thomas Kessler
  • Publication number: 20190062985
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet having a rotating drum operably positioned therein for processing fabric. At least one transducer is positioned proximate the drum that provides an ultrasonic resonance that is directed into an interior chamber of the drum. The ultrasonic resonance is adapted to be directed into damp fabric being treated within the interior chamber. The ultrasonic resonance serves to modify water trapped within the damp fabric into a substantially gaseous form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark J. Christensen, Donald Erickson, Jordan M. Grider, Alexander Halbleib, Christopher A. Hartnett, Christopher A. Jones, K. David McAllister, Rodney M. Welch, Erica L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10213085
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one cycle of operation including a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving the dishes, at least one sprayer, a liquid recirculation system, a liquid filtering system including a housing defining and a filter located within the interior and a heater configured to heat liquid that has passed through the inlet opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alvaro Vallejo Noriega, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10178939
    Abstract: A liquid filtering system for a dishwasher, having a housing defining a filter chamber and configured to be fluidly coupled to a recirculation flow path of the dishwasher, a filter located within the filter chamber and having a first end axially spaced from a second end and defining a filter there between that has a first surface and a second surface, the filter being positioned within the recirculation flow path to filter soils from liquid flowing through the recirculation flow path as the liquid passes through the filter and a flow diverter to aid in cleaning the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 10172506
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a compartment in the form of a drawer or pull-out treating chamber slidably mounted in a chassis is provided with one or more liquid supply and draining conduits for supplying and draining liquid to and from the treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan R. Fountain, Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20180338668
    Abstract: An air vent for a dishwasher drain assembly having an overmolded volute is disclosed. The air vent has a surface with a first aperture defined therethrough and at least a portion of the surface sloping downward toward the first aperture. A flexible member having a shape is positioned across the portion of surface. The flexible member flexes toward and sealably engages the first aperture when a force presses the flexible member, and the flexible member is positioned away from the first aperture allowing air to pass through the first aperture when the force does not press the flexible member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventor: Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10076226
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, Jacquelyn R. Geda, Todd M. Jozwiak, John A. Miller, Antony M. Rappette, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10070769
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan R. Fountain, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10064537
    Abstract: Dishwasher drain assemblies having overmolded volutes are disclosed. A disclosed example drain assembly for a dishwasher having a tub, a sump fluidly coupled to the tub, and a discharge outlet includes a drain pump having an impeller to pump fluid from the sump to the discharge outlet, and a resilient member overmolded onto at least a portion of the drain pump, the resilient member defining a volute for the drain pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20180242814
    Abstract: A washing appliance includes a treating chamber, a sprayer emitting liquid into the treating chamber, and a recirculation circuit including a centrifugal separator and an electrocoagulation unit both fluidly coupled to the recirculation circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventor: RODNEY M. WELCH
  • Patent number: 10058227
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotatable filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid and a diverter overlying and spaced from at least a portion of the upstream surface to form a gap there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kristopher L. Delgado, Jordan R. Fountain, Jacquelyn R. Geda, Antony M. Rappette, Rodney M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20180184878
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotatable filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid and a diverter overlying and spaced from at least a portion of the upstream surface to form a gap there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Kristopher L. Delgado, Jordan R. Fountain, Jacquelyn R. Geda, Antony M. Rappette, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 10004379
    Abstract: A multiple chamber dishwasher has a door with multiple parts that can be linked for cooperative movement in a first mode and unlinked for independent movement in a second mode. A mode selector operatively coupled to a transformation link that effects conversion of the door between the first and second modes allows user selection of the door mode and can be associated with a door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney M. Welch, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 9993131
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kristopher L. Delgado, Jordan R. Fountain, Jacquelyn R. Geda, Antony M. Rappette, Rodney M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20180132691
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub and a recirculation pump, which includes a housing defining a chamber and having an inlet fluidly coupled to the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to the tub, an impeller rotatably mounted within the chamber and expelling liquid from the chamber through the outlet, and a filter fluidly disposed between the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Jordan R. Fountain, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 9931015
    Abstract: Hydraulically-driven dishwasher diverters are disclosed herein. An example hydraulically-driven dishwasher diverter includes a diverter housing having a plurality of wash zone openings defined therethrough corresponding to respective wash zones of a dishwasher, and a rotating cylindrical diverter valve including a valve outlet to fluidly couple a fluid flowing through the cylindrical diverter valve through one of the wash zone openings, a flexible portion adjacent the valve outlet to seal another one of the wash zone openings in response to fluid pressure in the cylindrical diverter valve while the valve outlet is fluidly flowing the fluid through the one of the wash zone openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Juan I. Luciano, Antony M. Rappette, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 9918609
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub and a recirculation pump, which includes a housing defining a chamber and having an inlet fluidly coupled to the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to the tub, an impeller rotatably mounted within the chamber and expelling liquid from the chamber through the outlet, and a filter fluidly disposed between the inlet and the outlet and operably coupled to the impeller for co-rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan R. Fountain, Rodney M. Welch