With Closable Work-treating Chambers Patents (Class 134/200)
  • Patent number: 10692739
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment to the present disclosure includes: a main body which has therein a processing space capable of accommodating the substrate; a holding unit which holds the substrate in the main body; a supply unit which is provided at a side of the substrate held by the holding unit and supplies the processing fluid into the processing space; a discharge unit which discharges the processing fluid from an inside of the processing space; and a flow path limiting unit which limits a lower end of a flow path at an upstream side which is formed while the processing fluid flows from the supply unit to the discharge unit. Further, an upper end of the flow path limiting unit is disposed at a position higher than the upper surface of the substrate held by the holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yosuke Kawabuchi, Gentaro Goshi, Keisuke Egashira, Hiroki Ohno, Hiroshi Marumoto, Takuro Masuzumi, Kento Tsukano, Shotaro Kitayama
  • Patent number: 10604881
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a cabinet and a top panel coupled to a top edge of the cabinet. A console shell is coupled to the top panel. The console shell defined left and right shoulders extending from the console shell towards a front of the cabinet. An edge-to-edge lid is coupled to the left and right shoulders via left and right wire hinges, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan L. Allen, Charles J. Guidarini
  • Patent number: 10561295
    Abstract: A dishwasher has a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation and a dispensing system for storing and dispensing treating chemistry to the treating chamber during the cycle of operation. The dishwasher can be provided with a lifetime supply of a treating chemistry for the dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Whirpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Kaustav Ghosh, James W. Klein, Scott D. Slabbekoorn
  • Patent number: 10548456
    Abstract: A washing basket assembly and a tray assembly for a dish-washing machine as well as a dish-washing machine are provided. The washing basket assembly includes a first basket body and a second basket body. The second basket body s disposed to the first basket body and switchable between an opened position and a closed position. When the second basket body is in the closed position, the second basket body and the first basket body are configured to define a receiving cavity having an opening and used for receiving tableware. When the second basket body is in the opened position, a sum of a projection area of the first basket body in a horizontal plane and a projection area of the second basket body in the horizontal plane is larger than the projection area of the first basket body in the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Hongkui Cao, Mingfeng Li, Feng Gao
  • Patent number: 10499790
    Abstract: Support structures for dishwashers are disclosed. An example dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation includes a tub defining a treating chamber with an opening, a frame coupled to and structurally supporting at least a portion of the tub, a dish rack mount coupled to the frame, and a dish rack coupled to the dish rack mount, wherein the weight of the dish rack is substantially borne by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Harshal J. Bhajak, Rexford W. Cordill, Steven J. Kuehl, Thomas M. O'Brien, Donald J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10458044
    Abstract: Dust that is accumulated in an exhaust passage provided in a chamber, the exhaust passage for discharging gas in the chamber of a semiconductor crystal manufacturing device, is removed by being sucked from the outside of the chamber. Moreover, an opening and closing valve for cleaning that is detachably attached to an opening of the exhaust passage, the opening facing the chamber, is opened and closed intermittently in a suction state. Furthermore, the opening and closing valve for cleaning is driven by a valve driving unit. The dust accumulated in the exhaust passage is removed efficiently, whereby the time required to clean the exhaust passage is shortened and fluctuations of the pressure inside the chamber when a semiconductor crystal is manufactured are suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SUMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Okita
  • Patent number: 10362923
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a cabinet defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing. The dishwasher appliance also includes a spray arm disposed within the wash chamber and rotatable about an axis. In addition, the spray arm defines an interior and aperture providing selective fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber. The dishwasher appliance also includes a valve positioned within the interior of the spray arm, and the valve is stationary relative to the spray arm. The spray arm is rotatable between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the valve allows fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber through the aperture. In contrast, when the spray arm is in the second position, the valve obstructs fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 10276406
    Abstract: A substrate processing device includes a suction drying section drying a surface of a substrate by absorbing and removing a liquid droplet of volatile solvent formed on the surface of the substrate by a heating operation of a heating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Shibaura Mechatronics Corporation
    Inventors: Konosuke Hayashi, Masaaki Furuya, Takashi Ootagaki, Yuji Nagashima, Atsushi Kinase, Masahiro Abe
  • Patent number: 10242862
    Abstract: A brush-cleaning apparatus is disclosed for use in cleaning a semiconductor wafer after polishing. Embodiments of the brush-cleaning apparatus implemented with a multi-branch chemical dispensing unit are applied beneficially to clean semiconductor wafers, post-polish, using a hybrid cleaning method. An exemplary hybrid cleaning method employs a two-chemical sequence in which first and second chemical treatment modules are separate from one another, and are followed by a pH-neutralizing—rinse that occurs in a treatment module separate from the first and second chemical treatment modules. Implementation of such hybrid methods is facilitated by the multi-branch chemical dispensing unit, which provides separate chemical lines to different chemical treatment modules, and dispenses chemical to at least four different areas of each wafer during single-wafer processing in an upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Zhang
  • Patent number: 10213086
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a shiftable rack provided with multiple, distinct washing fluid spray arms connected to a common, rack supported manifold. When the rack is shifted to a retracted position within a tub of the dishwasher, the manifold mates with a coupling of a fluid distribution system including a multi-tube feed arrangement configured to selectively distribute washing fluid from a pump assembly to the multiple spray arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, David H. Chen
  • Patent number: 10072900
    Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a header, a plurality of tubes, and a distributor. The header is configured to define an inlet for the heat exchanger. The tubes extend away from and are fluidicly coupled to the header. The distributor is located within the header and is configured to distribute refrigerant flowing along a longitudinal axis from the inlet to the tubes via a plurality of openings defined by the distributor through a wall of the distributor. The openings include a first opening configured to direct refrigerant in a first direction, and a second opening configured to direct refrigerant in a second direction. The first direction and the second direction are selected such that refrigerant emitted from the first opening and the second opening substantially intersect each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Edward D. Pettitt, Carrie M. Kowsky
  • Patent number: 10064538
    Abstract: A dish washer according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a cabinet which forms a dish washing space; a door which opens and closes an opened front surface of the cabinet; wherein door includes an out plate which is made of metal plate material and forms the front surface of the door and at least a portion of appearance of a peripheral surface of the door by being bent the front surface, an operating unit which is formed on the peripheral surface of the door so that a user operates by touch, a PCB assembly which is in close contact with a rear surface of the operating unit and on which a plurality of touch sensors detecting displacement of the operating unit are mounted, a mounting bracket which is mounted to be fixed to an inside surface of the out plate, and an elastic member which is mounted on the mounting bracket and presses and supports the PCB assembly to the a rear surface of the operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyeseong Min, Taewon Son
  • Patent number: 10062064
    Abstract: A stored value card activation system includes a server in communication with one or more computing devices configured in kiosks. The server receives stored value card type information associated with one of multiple non-activated stored value cards from the computing device. The server also receives monetary amount information to be associated with the selected stored value card from the kiosk, and payment information from a user of the kiosk. From this information, the server conducts a financial transaction with a financial account server associated with an account of the user, and activates the selected stored value card in accordance with the financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Gift Card Impressions, LLC
    Inventors: Brett R. Glass, Karl Joseph Geisler, Kimberly Beth Hoag
  • Patent number: 10022035
    Abstract: In one aspect, a dishwasher having sidewalls at least partially defining a treating chamber and defining an access opening, a rack rail mount, and a rack rail coupled to the tub mount slidably mounting a dishrack. The tub mount includes at least a light source and an electrical connection configured to provide electrical connection from the light source to a wiring harness adjacent the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Sujay Sunil Dabade, Benjamin Fulbright, Nic Kesterke, Ryan K. Roth
  • Patent number: 9907452
    Abstract: Dishwasher utensil caddies are disclosed. A disclosed example utensil caddy for a dishwasher having a tub and a door at least partially defining a treating chamber, and dish rack in the treating chamber, includes an attachment member configured to attach the utensil caddy to a side of the dish rack in a space between the dish rack and the tub or the door, and a slot oriented at an angle relative to the dish rack, and configured to receive a handle of a cooking utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan K. Roth, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 9851023
    Abstract: A pipe support structure which is constructed to utilize the Coriolis force and the reaction force caused, thereby making it possible to suppress the hose compliance amount in the high temperature area while maintaining the degree of freedom of mountability specific for the resin pipe and to realize the above suppressing effect by the simple construction and at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hironori Miki
  • Patent number: 9763555
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher (1) comprising a tub (2) wherein the washing items are washed, rinsed and dried, a fan (4) that enables the hot and humid air to be sucked from a suction channel (3) opening into the tub (2) during the drying process and to be mixed with the dry air from the outside environment in a certain ratio, an outlet port (5) that directs the air blown by the fan (4), a discharge channel (6) that is connected to the outlet port (5) of the fan (4) and that enables the air blown by the outlet port (5) of the fan (4) to be delivered to the outside environment, and a return channel (7) that enables the air blown by the outlet port (5) to be redelivered into the tub (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Ugur Kan, Orhan Atabey, Gokhan Ak, Songul Bayraktar
  • Patent number: 9743821
    Abstract: A multi-compartment dishwasher may include a treating chemistry dispenser for storing and dispensing treating chemistry into the multiple compartments of the dishwasher. In one embodiment, the treating chemistry may be dispensed into a liquid recirculation circuit. In another embodiment, the treating chemistry dispenser may be located between the multiple chambers of the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Baldwin, Mike S. Hemry, Barry E. Tuller, Ameresh B. Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 9732459
    Abstract: A gasket usable with a washing machine capable of reinforcing the strength thereof while improving the vibration reducing performance of the gasket, a gasket connecting a tub to the front surface frame, wherein the gasket includes a body having a hollowness part configured to accommodate a portion of the door and a periphery part configured to surround the hollowness part, and a reinforcing rib formed by protruding at least one portion of the periphery part so as to reinforce a strength of the gasket, and wherein the reinforcing rib has a rear surface further concaved than an inner surface of the periphery part that is adjacent to the rear surface. The gasket further comprise a connection lip that contacts the closed door, such that the connection lip has a connection rib having a greater thickness in the lower portion of the lip than the upper portion of the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Won Kim, Jong Won Park
  • Patent number: 9693672
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and a sprayer for spraying liquid to the treating chamber. The sprayer may include a liquid passage and at least one outlet extending from an interior to an exterior of the sprayer and in fluid communication with the liquid passage. A membrane may have at least one opening and may be in fluid communication with the liquid passage to control the flow of liquid through the at least one outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Mark S. Feddema
  • Patent number: 9629515
    Abstract: A domestic appliance, and a dishwasher in particular, which includes a rack which is able to be reversibly pulled out from within the dishwasher for the placement of dishware and/or crockery, wherein the rack includes an actuator configured to rotate a multi-sided rotatable tine body such as to select between a discrete number of predetermined tine configurations which differ in tine height, spacing, and the distance between tines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Kasin Chan, Myk Lum, David Chavez
  • Patent number: 9548222
    Abstract: A brush-cleaning apparatus is disclosed for use in cleaning a semiconductor wafer after polishing. Embodiments of the brush-cleaning apparatus implemented with a multi-branch chemical dispensing unit are applied beneficially to clean semiconductor wafers, post-polish, using a hybrid cleaning method. An exemplary hybrid cleaning method employs a two-chemical sequence in which first and second chemical treatment modules are separate from one another, and are followed by a pH-neutralizing-rinse that occurs in a treatment module separate from the first and second chemical treatment modules. Implementation of such hybrid methods is facilitated by the multi-branch chemical dispensing unit, which provides separate chemical lines to different chemical treatment modules, and dispenses chemical to at least four different areas of each wafer during single-wafer processing in an upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Zhang
  • Patent number: 9532697
    Abstract: An automatic dishwasher having a tub defining a treating chamber and a housing physically separate from the tub and defining a sump to receive liquid sprayed into the tub, the housing having an inlet fluidly connected to a liquid outlet of the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to a sprayer located within the tub to define a recirculation path for the sprayed liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Tuller, Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 9326659
    Abstract: An appliance such as a dishwasher comprises an upper region and a lower region forming an appliance footprint. Positioned in the upper region is a spray arm assembly and a wash tub forming a wash zone. The wash zone has a low or reduced capacity, thereby holding fewer objects than conventional dishwashers but maintaining the appliance footprint so that the dishwasher fits an appliance opening, e.g., in kitchen cabinetry, that has a standard width dimension and a standard height dimension. In one embodiment, the wash zone has an opening through is received a rack, which supports the objects in the wash zone. The rack is moveable between a first position and a second position, and in one example, the rack is configured to move between the first position and the second position relative to the wash zone and independent of the spray arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Nalley, Ronald Scott Tarr, Robert Scott Pickens, Jessica Elizabeth Agoston
  • Patent number: 9155447
    Abstract: A dish rack for use in a dishwasher is provided. The dish rack includes a front wall, a pair of spaced apart and opposite side walls, and a back wall interconnected so as to bound a space. A hydraulic circuit is disposed within the walls of the dish rack and a spray nozzle is mounted on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Baldwin, Barry E. Tuller, Ameresh B. Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 9084526
    Abstract: An automatic warewashing machine includes a washing chamber, a hinged door configured to close the washing chamber, and a force-locking latching mechanism configured to hold the door in a closed position and release the door in response to a pulling force. The force-locking latching mechanism is disposed on the washing chamber or on a body enclosing the washing chamber. A door opening system is also included and has a push-open unit configured to automatically open the door to at least an ajar position. The push-open unit includes a motor-driven push-type opening bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Walter Assmann, David Buhl, Volker Marks, Stefan Tiekoetter, Cornelius Wolf
  • Patent number: 9028615
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes at least one component having a surface that can become laden with organic dirt. The surface includes a photocatalyst and is made from a primary-formed first material in which the photocatalyst is dispersed. A photoradiation source is provided for irradiating the photocatalyst with an activating electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Eglmeier, Andreas Hanau, Hartmut Schaub, Ingo Schulze
  • Patent number: 9017485
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes an ice hopper structure including a plurality of walls having inner surfaces that define an inner volume storing ice therein. The ice hopper may include a drain. A cleaning structure is coupled to the ice hopper structure. The cleaning structure includes a pump linked to a spray mechanism positioned within the inner volume of the ice hopper structure. The spray mechanism disperses a liquid on an inner surface of the ice hopper structure during a cleaning cycle of the ice dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittal Murthy, Jayateertha Malagi, Servesh Adderi Raganath, Matthew Kampert, Chris Zemko
  • Patent number: 9010345
    Abstract: A spray arm assembly for a dishwasher system is disclosed. The spray arm assembly includes a spray arm which has an internal chamber, a liquid inlet in flow communication with the internal chamber to supply the internal chamber with liquid from a source of liquid, an outlet passageway in flow communication with the internal chamber for discharging liquid from the internal chamber, an air inlet in flow communication with the outlet passageway, and a region adjacent the air inlet and defining part of the outlet passageway. The region is configured to create a venturi effect at the air inlet when the liquid passes through the region so that air is drawn into the outlet passageway from the air inlet and a mixture of air and liquid is discharged from the outlet passageway. A dishwasher system incorporating such a spray arm assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Mitchell, Errin Whitney Gnadinger, Ronald Scott Tarr, Ramasamy Thiyagarajan
  • Patent number: 8997765
    Abstract: A device for gently cleaning, sterilizing, and drying large volumes of small parts, having a stationary, preferably spherical treatment container optionally having a cooling device and having a rotating inner basket disposed in the interior thereof. The inner basket is preferably sealed off from the treatment container and driven by a stepper motor or servo motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Netzhammer
  • Patent number: 8985567
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved cutting board device. The device allows a user to prepare food on one side of the cutting board while the other is being cleaned. The device provides a user a quick and easy transition to a new, clean, cutting board work surface without the need to carry waste to a disposal bin, without having to stop to wash and dry the soiled surface of the cutting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: John Constantino, Jr., John Constantino, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8985126
    Abstract: A wash arm arrangement (20) for a dishwasher is disclosed. The wash arm arrangement comprises a central arm (21) adapted to be rotatably connected with a first shaft (23) through which liquid under pressure is fed into the central arm during operation. A second shaft (24) is arranged on the central arm to provide liquid to a satellite arm (22) which is rotatably connected with the second shaft. The satellite arm comprises a collimating nozzle (25) with an exit. The collimating nozzle is arranged for providing a collimated jet for distributing liquid to a washing area of the dishwasher. The inventive concept is based on an understanding that by utilizing a collimated liquid jet with sufficient pressure and flow a good cleaning performance is achieved with a reduced water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Sarah Förster, Anders Haegermarck, Niklas Olson
  • Publication number: 20150075557
    Abstract: Cleaning mechanisms for optical elements are disclosed herein. Example apparatus disclosed herein to clean an optical element can include a cover positionable over a first side of the optical element. In some examples, the cover is controllable to transition between a first position and a second position. For example, the cover can form a gap between a first side of the optical element and the cover when the cover is in the first position, and the cover can provide the optical element with access to a field-of-view when the cover is in the second position. Such example apparatus can also include a flushing assembly controllable to inject cleaning fluid into the gap when the cover is in the first position. In some examples, the flushing assembly also includes a valve that is controllable to permit the cleaning fluid to exit the gap after having been injected into the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Theodorus Tjhang
  • Patent number: 8973592
    Abstract: A paint roller enclosure and cleaning device is disclosed that eliminates the need for a user to manually clean a roller tool after its use. The device comprises an enclosure with an interior volume wherein a used paint roller is secured. A spray pipe with a plurality of apertures directs fluid directly onto the roller. Feed for the spray pipe is controllable by a ball valve that regulates the flow of fluid, updating the intensity and volume of fluid being entered into the enclosure. When flowing, the fluid sprays from the spray pipe within the enclosure directed at a paint roller and handle. The roller is forcibly rotated by the spray fluid and cleaned of residual paint and debris without requiring the user to do so by hand. Fluid then drains through a drainage hole at the base of the enclosure, into a flex pipe and into a drain or appropriate container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Donald Suydam
  • Patent number: 8960209
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash tub enclosing an interior and a clean water feed line which passes through a port of the wash tub into the interior. The feed line has a line end leading from outside to the wash tub. An inlet bolt can be fastened from the interior to the line end and has an axial bore to extend the feed line. The axial bore leads into a plurality of inlet openings which are distributed over a circumference on a circumferential surface of the inlet bolt projecting into the interior. The inlet bolt has an end which faces the interior and is implemented as a cover to protect the axial bore from ingress of splash water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Christian Mesarosch, Werner Oblinger
  • Patent number: 8871031
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub defining a wash chamber and at least one dish rack located within the wash chamber. The dishwasher also has at least two spray zones and a diverter valve that controls the supply of liquid from a liquid supply to one of the two spray zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Carlson, Vincent P. Gurubatham, Jay C. Landsiedel, Edward L. Thies, Chad T. VanderRoest
  • Publication number: 20140311535
    Abstract: A device according to the present invention can be used for the hydraulic and mechanical connection of a distributor circuit of washing liquid of a trolley carrying objects to be washed to a feed circuit of a washing liquid for a washer machine for objects. The washer machine provides a washing chamber in which to position the trolley which has at least a lateral wall with respect to the direction of insertion of the trolley into the washing chamber. The device comprises a connection member of the distributor circuit, a corresponding delivery or coupling mouth of the feed circuit provided on said lateral wall and at least a connection bushing associable on one side to the connection member of the distributor circuit and on the other side to a corresponding delivery or coupling mouth of the feed circuit that faces inside a washing chamber of the washer machine, so as to determine the mechanical and hydraulic connection between feed circuit and distributor circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Fabio Zardini
  • Patent number: 8844547
    Abstract: A wash arm arrangement (100) for a dishwasher is disclosed. The wash arm arrangement comprises a central arm (121) adapted to be rotatably connected with a first liquid supply shaft (123) for providing pressurized liquid during operation of the dishwasher. The central arm has a first nozzle (130) arranged for outputting a jet of liquid during operation thereby providing a first reaction force Fc for rotating the central arm about its axis of rotation in a first direction. The wash arm arrangement further comprises a satellite arm (122) rotatably arranged on a second liquid supply shaft (124) arranged on an outer end of the central arm, the satellite arm having a second nozzle (131) arranged for outputting a jet of liquid during operation thereby providing a second reaction force Fs for rotating the satellite arm about its axis of rotation in a second direction being opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Sarah Förster, Niklas Olson, Anders Haegermarck
  • Publication number: 20140261576
    Abstract: A dishwasher is provided. The dishwasher may include a case, a tub provided in the case and forming a dishwashing space, a re-using section provided inside the case and forming a space for storing wash water to be sprayed into the tub, and a water storing section provided inside the case and forming another space, separated from the re-using section, for storing externally supplied wash water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Youmin LEE, Soohan EO, Jongmin LEE
  • Patent number: 8826925
    Abstract: An exemplary cleaning apparatus includes a cleaning member, a connecting member, a drying member, and a workpiece holder. The connecting member includes a main housing defining two opposite surfaces and two blocks received in the main housing. The main housing defines a first chamber and two second chambers communicating with the first chamber, each of the second chambers extending through to one of the two opposite surfaces and near to the other opposite surface. The cleaning member and the drying member are connected to the two opposite surfaces and communicate with each other via the first chamber. The two blocks are movable between the first chamber the second chambers, respectively. Each block defines an engaging surface, facing the other engaging surface. When the blocks move into the first chamber and the engaging surfaces engage with each other, the blocks shut off communication between the cleaning member and the drying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Publication number: 20140246061
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a cabinet; a washing tub provided at an inside of the cabinet; a sump provided at a lower side of the washing tub to store wash water; a heater to heat the wash water; a spray nozzle configured to spray the heated wash water that is pumped from the sump toward inside of the washing tub; and a door configured to open and close a front of the washing tub, the door including a drying device configured to cool high-temperature/high-humidity air from the washing tub and then to discharge the cooled air outside of the dishwasher. The drying device includes a condensation duct to condense the high-temperature/high-humidity air from the washing tub; a first fan to draw in air from the washing tub to the condensation duct; and a second fan to draw in external air to the condensation duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Jin KIM
  • Patent number: 8808467
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub defining a wash chamber and at least one dish rack located within the wash chamber. The dishwasher also has at least one spray arm located in the wash chamber and at least one nozzle located in the wash chamber and configured to provide a spray of liquid into the dish rack. A diverter valve controls the supply of liquid from a liquid supply to the at least one nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Chad T. VanderRoest, Jay C. Landsiedel, Christopher J. Carlson, Vincent P. Gurubatham, Edward L. Thies
  • Publication number: 20140224286
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher and a method of controlling the dishwasher. A dishwasher according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes: a tub forming a dishwashing space; a plurality of wash arms disposed in the tub and spraying wash water; a plurality of wash arm pipes connected with the wash arms, respectively, and supplying wash water; a reusing pipe diverging from at least any one of the wash arm pipes; and a reusing section storing wash water supplied from the reusing pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youmin Lee, Seongho Kim, Suhyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8800984
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved cutting board device. The device allows a user to prepare food on one side of the cutting board while the other is being cleaned. The device provides a user a quick and easy transition to a new, clean, cutting board work surface without the need to carry waste to a disposal bin, without having to stop to wash and dry the soiled surface of the cutting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: John Constantino, Jr., John Constantino, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8801868
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a wash chamber and at least one dish rack located within the wash chamber. The dishwasher also has at least one sprayer located in the wash chamber and at least one nozzle located in the wash chamber and configured to provide a spray of liquid into the dish rack. A diverter valve controls the supply of liquid from a liquid supply to the at least one nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Carlson, Vincent P. Gurubatham, Jay C. Landsiedel, Edward L. Thies, Chad T. VanderRoest
  • Patent number: 8800325
    Abstract: A washing machine having a structure which stably supports a hose or a wire used in the washing machine to prevent sagging or movement of the hose or the wire. The washing machine includes a main body, a spin basket disposed within the main body, an upper cover connected to the upper portion of the main body, a detergent box connected to the bottom surface of the upper cover to supply detergent to the inside of the spin basket, a water supply valve connected to the rear end of the upper cover, a water supply hose connecting the water supply valve to the detergent box, and a support bracket connected to the bottom surface of the upper cover to support the water supply hose so as to prevent sagging of the water supply hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Hwan Chung, Seung Kyu Park, Myung Sun Kang
  • Publication number: 20140216507
    Abstract: A dishwasher is provided that may include a tub; first and second racks disposed in the tub to accommodate objects to be washed; a lower arm having a lower arm chamber that allows wash water to flow thereinto, an arm channel that communicates with the lower arm chamber through an arm channel communication hole to spray the wash water onto the second rack, a detachable chamber separated from the lower arm chamber by a chamber partition wall, and a chamber communication hole provided in the chamber partition wall to allow the lower arm chamber to communicate with the detachable part chamber; a tower nozzle provided to the second rack to spray the wash water onto the first rack; and a tower connection part withdrawable from the detachable chamber according to water pressure in the detachable chamber and adapted to supply the wash water to the tower nozzle when withdrawn from the detachable chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: JOONHO PYO
  • Patent number: 8778094
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a shiftable rack provided with multiple, distinct washing fluid spray arms connected to a common, rack supported manifold. When the rack is shifted to a retracted position within a tub of the dishwasher, the manifold mates with a coupling of a fluid distribution system including a multi-tube feed arrangement configured to selectively distribute washing fluid from a pump assembly to the multiple spray arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, David H. Chen
  • Publication number: 20140150830
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable and self-contained washing and sanitizing apparatus. The apparatus finds particular application in washing small baby items such as bottles, nipples, teething rings or toys. The apparatus includes a container with a lid, the container housing the items to be washed; an accessory holder connected to the lid for holding infant accessories during washing operations; a water reservoir for storing and collecting wash water; and a housing for interconnecting the container and reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: HILLSBOROUGH BAY GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Semans, George Hardin, Jeff LePori
  • Publication number: 20140137911
    Abstract: A dish rack for use in a dishwasher is provided. The dishwasher includes a tub defining a washing chamber for cleaning kitchenware and the like. The dish rack includes a wall bounding a space. A dispenser unit is mounted to the dish rack and is configured to hold an additive. A hydraulic circuit is disposed within the walls of the dish rack and is placed in fluid communication with the dispenser. Fluid pressure from the hydraulic circuit is operable to eject the additive from the dispenser unit into the washing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: MARK W. BALDWIN, PAUL E. BESHEARS, JR., SCOTT D. SLABBEKOORN, ELLIOTT V. STOWE, BARRY E. TULLER, AMERESH B. VISWANATHAN