Patents by Inventor Ryan James Scheckelhoff

Ryan James Scheckelhoff 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: 10465324
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a wash tub defining a wash chamber for receipt of a load of articles for washing and a water control valve for regulating a flow of water from a water supply into the wash chamber. A controller is configured for detecting a low water level in the wash chamber, e.g., due to a low water supply pressure, by obtaining a target volume and a fill volume; obtaining an underfill limit based at least in part on the fill volume; obtaining a tub water level after attempting to fill to the target volume; obtaining a new fill level if the tub water level is less than the underfill limit; and filling the wash tub to the new fill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Matthew Dillon, Ryan Ellis Leonard, Stephen Edward Hettinger, Ryan James Scheckelhoff
  • Publication number: 20190309460
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance and methods for operating the same are provided. The washing machine appliance includes features for executing a calibration cycle in which water flow rates through one or more valves may be calculated and water pressure conditions may be detected and identified. Further, in some instances, the flow rate setting of the washing machine appliance may be adapted or modified in accordance with the flow rates calculated during the calibration cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Je Kwon Yoon, JaeHyo Lee, Ryan James Scheckelhoff
  • Publication number: 20190257018
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a motor for selectively rotating a wash basket within a wash tub. A controller is configured for initiating a spin cycle by ramping up the speed of the wash basket to a target speed. The controller monitors a measured basket speed to determine whether the measured basket speed has reached a predetermined acceleration reference speed within an acceleration time limit or whether the measured basket speed has fallen below a dropout reference speed for a dropout time limit. If either condition exists, the controller adjusts the operation of the washing machine appliance, e.g., by reducing the wash basket speed to permit wash fluid entrained in the annulus to escape and reduce drag on the wash basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan Ellis Leonard, Stephen Edward Hettinger, Ryan James Scheckelhoff
  • Patent number: 10126724
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing appliance power consumption. In one embodiment, an appliance can include a plurality of microcontrollers. Each of the microcontrollers can be associated with at least one appliance component. The appliance can further include one or more low power management microcontrollers. The low power management microcontrollers can be configured to monitor a state of each of the microcontrollers. The low power management microcontrollers can be further configured to determine that one or more of the microcontrollers of the plurality of microcontrollers are in an inactive state. The low power management microcontrollers can be configured to send one or more command signals to place the one or more microcontrollers in the inactive state in a lower power mode based at least in part on the determination that the microcontroller is in the inactive state. The respective microcontroller can consume less power in the lower power mode than while in an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan James Scheckelhoff, Steven Keith Root, Ryan Michael Hartlage
  • Patent number: 10054911
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing performance of an appliance. The method includes collecting user feedback and/or performance data related to an operating cycle of an appliance. This collected data is transmitted to a remote server which provides a recommendation, based on the user feedback and/or performance data, for improving the performance of the appliance during a subsequent operating cycle. In addition, feedback related to one appliance may be used to make operating adjustments to another appliance. In this manner, closed loop feedback can be used to improve and optimize the operation of one or more appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan James Scheckelhoff
  • Patent number: 9951462
    Abstract: A method for supplying heated water from a water heater appliance to a washing machine appliance includes initiating a wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, directing heated water from a water heater appliance into the washing machine appliance if a set point temperature of the water heater appliance is equal to or greater than a specific temperature and/or if the water heater appliance contains a volume of heated water required for the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, and delaying the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance if the set point temperature of the water heater appliance is not equal to or greater than the specific temperature and/or if the water heater appliance does not contain the volume of heated water required for the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan James Scheckelhoff, James Quentin Pollett, Shaun Michael Ward
  • Publication number: 20170255174
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing appliance power consumption. In one embodiment, an appliance can include a plurality of microcontrollers. Each of the microcontrollers can be associated with at least one appliance component. The appliance can further include one or more low power management microcontrollers. The low power management microcontrollers can be configured to monitor a state of each of the microcontrollers. The low power management microcontrollers can be further configured to determine that one or more of the microcontrollers of the plurality of microcontrollers are in an inactive state. The low power management microcontrollers can be configured to send one or more command signals to place the one or more microcontrollers in the inactive state in a lower power mode based at least in part on the determination that the microcontroller is in the inactive state. The respective microcontroller can consume less power in the lower power mode than while in an active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Ryan James Scheckelhoff, Steven Keith Root, Ryan Michael Hartlage
  • Publication number: 20170139379
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing performance of an appliance. The method includes collecting user feedback and/or performance data related to an operating cycle of an appliance. This collected data is transmitted to a remote server which provides a recommendation, based on the user feedback and/or performance data, for improving the performance of the appliance during a subsequent operating cycle. In addition, feedback related to one appliance may be used to make operating adjustments to another appliance. In this manner, closed loop feedback can be used to improve and optimize the operation of one or more appliances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventor: Ryan James Scheckelhoff
  • Publication number: 20170073877
    Abstract: A washing machine and a method for operating a washing machine appliance. After the user selects a wash cycle, the washing machine appliance may perform a load sensing routine, during which a standard water fill amount and standard agitation intensity are determined. The washing machine appliance includes a controller that receives a user input of a supplemental water fill amount and provides the tub with an amount of water equal to the standard water fill amount plus the supplemental water fill amount. The controller determines an increased agitation intensity based at least in part on the supplemental water fill amount and operates the motor in order to rotate an agitation element according to the increased agitation intensity. The present subject matter thereby enables a user to adjust the water fill amount while maintaining the agitation stroke intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Edward Hettinger, Richard Dean Suel, II, Ryan James Scheckelhoff, Joseph Zekoski
  • Publication number: 20160348297
    Abstract: A method for supplying heated water from a water heater appliance to a washing machine appliance includes initiating a wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, directing heated water from a water heater appliance into the washing machine appliance if a set point temperature of the water heater appliance is equal to or greater than a specific temperature and/or if the water heater appliance contains a volume of heated water required for the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, and delaying the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance if the set point temperature of the water heater appliance is not equal to or greater than the specific temperature and/or if the water heater appliance does not contain the volume of heated water required for the wash cycle of the washing machine appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Ryan James Scheckelhoff, James Quentin Pollett, Shaun Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 9334599
    Abstract: Systems and methods for safely powering an appliance user interface without external power are provided. One exemplary method includes receiving power generated by rotation of a rotor. The method further includes monitoring for the presence of a safety condition and disabling passive braking of the rotor when the safety condition is present such that the user interface of an appliance is powered. An exemplary washing machine can include a basket and a motor which includes a rotor, the motor being configured to rotate the basket by rotating the rotor. The washing machine can further include a user interface and a motor control circuit configured to drive the motor. The motor control circuit can be further configured to receive power generated by rotation of the rotor, monitor for the presence of a safety condition, and disable passive braking of the rotor when the safety condition is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Scott Michael Gelber, Steven Michael Recio, Richard D. Suel, II, Jonathan Blair Talmadge, Heather Rae Posthauer, Ryan James Scheckelhoff, Abhijeet A. Bhandwale, Byron Lee Boylston
  • Publication number: 20160102425
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance including a cabinet, a tub positioned within the cabinet, and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub is provided. The washing machine appliance additionally includes a spout fluidly connected to a water source, the spout configured to flow water from the water source into one or both of the tub and the drum. Moreover, the washing machine appliance includes a spray hose assembly fluidly connected to the water source, the spray hose assembly including a hose and a handle. The spray hose assembly is configured for selectively providing a flow of water in a desired location and direction to assist a user in, e.g., cleaning out a dispenser cup and/or performing one or more pretreatment activities on articles to be washed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventor: Ryan James Scheckelhoff
  • Publication number: 20140196508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for safely powering an appliance user interface without external power are provided. One exemplary method includes receiving power generated by rotation of a rotor. The method further includes monitoring for the presence of a safety condition and disabling passive braking of the rotor when the safety condition is present such that the user interface of an appliance is powered. An exemplary washing machine can include a basket and a motor which includes a rotor, the motor being configured to rotate the basket by rotating the rotor. The washing machine can further include a user interface and a motor control circuit configured to drive the motor. The motor control circuit can be further configured to receive power generated by rotation of the rotor, monitor for the presence of a safety condition, and disable passive braking of the rotor when the safety condition is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Michael Gelber, Steven Michael Recio, Richard D. Suel, II, Jonathan Blair Talmadge, Heather Rae Posthauer, Ryan James Scheckelhoff, Abhijeet A. Bhandwale, Byron Lee Boylston