With Heating Unit Structure Patents (Class 219/254)
  • Patent number: 10160260
    Abstract: A device (1) for applying heat radiation to a surface, for softening and/or removing one or more coatings, includes a head assembly (2) and a handle assembly (3) connected to the head assembly. The head assembly includes at least one heat radiation element (6) arranged in a reflector unit (4), which has an aperture intended to be directed towards the surface to be radiated. The head assembly and the handle assembly are separated by a clearance and at least one heat dissipating member that spans the clearance connects a first attachment area (14) of the head assembly and a second attachment area (16) of the handle assembly. At least a portion of the heat dissipating member has a curvature such that the length of the heat dissipating member exceeds the distance between the first and second attachment areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Birger Ericsson
  • Patent number: 9799155
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a controller that may include one or more processors, and memory storing executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, may cause the one or more processors to perform operations. The operations may include receiving key fob data from a reader. The key fob data may include ID information of a user. The operations may further include determining authorization privileges associated with the received ID information of the user, and controlling a lock system of a gas flow valve in response to the determination of the authorization privileges associated with the received ID information of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Bohnas LLC
    Inventors: Casey Johnson, Greg Bauer, Doran Thomas
  • Patent number: 9567705
    Abstract: The present application relates to a hand-held steamer head. The steamer head (21) comprises a handle (3) and a soleplate (2) through which steam is ejected onto a surface being steamed. The soleplate is flexibly coupled to the handle or the soleplate is pivotally coupled to the handle and is biased in a direction away from the handle by a biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Hee Keng Chua, Luck Wee Png, Mahesh Gurumalliah Areyur, Slew Hon Loke
  • Patent number: 9562316
    Abstract: The invention relates to a treatment plate (10) for a garment treatment appliance (100) for treating garments (30), which plate has a contact surface which is provided with a sol-gel coating (20) that comprises an oxide of titanium, zirconium, hafnium, scandium, yttrium, or a mixture or combination thereof, and wherein the coating comprises a mixed oxide comprising two or more of titanium oxide, zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide. The layer preferably has a thickness of less than 1 ?m. Such a layer shows excellent properties. A garment treatment appliance comprising such a treatment plate, as well as processes to produce the coating on the contact surface of the treatment plate are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jiecong Tang, Ytsen Wielstra, Ya Ling Lee, Sabrina May Fong Khoo
  • Patent number: 9540760
    Abstract: An electrothermal device adapted for heating water into steam includes a heating plate including a heating base wall, an ironing plate mounted below the heating plate and including an ironing base wall and a spacing chamber, and a separating member. The heating base wall has a main perforation unit extending therethrough. The ironing base wall is spaced apart from the heating base wall, and has a secondary perforation unit communicating with the main perforation unit to allow the steam from the heating plate to pass through the ironing plate. The spacing chamber is formed between the heating base wall and the ironing base wall. The separating member is disposed on one of the heating base wall and the ironing base wall for separating the spacing chamber from the main perforation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rui-Feng Cai
  • Patent number: 9528220
    Abstract: Provided herein are a convertible iron and methods of manufacturing and converting the same. The iron may include a first adjustable wing and a second adjustable wing joined to a pivoting hub, such that the adjustable wings are configured to pivot about the hub with respect to each other. The iron may include a heating plate connected to at least the first adjustable wing. At least a portion of each adjustable wing may be configured to rotate between a detailing position and an ironing position. In the detailing position, the portions of each adjustable wing may be substantially parallel, such that the adjustable wings are substantially opposing one another and may be configured to receive an article therebetween for ironing. In the ironing position, the portions of each adjustable wing may be substantially coplanar and may be configured to engage a same side of a surface of an article for ironing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Collar Perfect, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Dierker
  • Patent number: 9499935
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical iron. An iron comprises a sole plate (1), of a glass or ceramic substrate bearing an electrical heating element. The electrical heating element comprises a transparent or translucent antimony tin oxide thin film which directly heats the glass or ceramic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Morphy Richards Limited
    Inventors: Mike James, Jamie Michael Sellors, George Ralph Adkins, Richard Gregory
  • Publication number: 20140097170
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical iron. An iron comprises a sole plate, of a glass or ceramic substrate bearing an electrical heating element. The electrical heating element comprises a transparent or translucent antimony tin oxide thin film which directly heats the glass or ceramic substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Morphy Richards Limited
    Inventors: Mike James, Jamie Michael Sellors, George Ralph Adkins, Richard Gregory
  • Patent number: 8530795
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a portable cooking apparatus are disclosed. For example, in one embodiment, a portable cooking system is provided comprising a cooking plate having a continuous cooking surface, a heating element assembly disposed beneath the cooking surface, a temperature controller for varying the temperature of the cooking surface, and a base that supports the cooking plate on an underlying surface. The base comprises an integrally formed drip pan located beneath the cooking surface, the integrally formed drip pan comprising a recessed portion formed in a top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Evo, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Shingler
  • Patent number: 8514084
    Abstract: A cooking system is provided to improve the safety and the reliability of the cooking system, and the convenience of a user. The cooking system includes at least one RF tag, a cooking appliance with an RF reader detecting the RF tag approaching, and an RF tag recognition button in a manipulation unit of the cooking system. The cooking appliance initiates a predetermined mode when the RF tag is detected. The RF tag recognition button determines whether the RF reader initiates an RF tag reading operation to recognize the RF tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Soo Cheol Yi
  • Publication number: 20130161304
    Abstract: A carpet seaming iron includes a base assembly and a top cover, within which the heating and control components are located. A bimetal thermostat, an over-temperature cutoff, and/or a thermistor and thermistor cover are secured between the base assembly and top cover by an elevated surface of the base assembly. The base assembly may include a base having an outer groove such that the top cover that fits over the base and in the outer groove of the base. To keep the cord away from a user during operation, the handle of the carpet seaming iron may also be attached to the cord by a rotatable cord guard holder that extends the cord away from the handle and a semi-rigid cord guard that reduces bending of the cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Lance Darrell Crain, Gregory Joseph Chambers, Tan Dinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8464445
    Abstract: A steam ironing device includes a water supply device, a steam generator for generating steam, a heating element for heating the steam generator, at least one atomizating device, a valve provided in a flow path between the steam generator and the atomizing device, and an electric pump for delivering water from said water supply device to said steam generator. To obtain wet steam at the atomizing device, the ironing device includes a control device for controlling the power of the heating element of the steam generator, for controlling the flow rate of the pump, and for controlling the opening and closing of the valve, the valve being open if the ratio between the flow rate (g/min) of the pump and the power (W) of the heating element is in a range of 1:20 to 1:38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V.
    Inventors: Yong Jiang, Bas Jeroen Oosterman, Boon Khian Ching, Kai Heng Kwok, Mohankumar Valiyambath Krishnan
  • Patent number: 8288689
    Abstract: A panel for radiant heating and cooling includes a moisture impermeable shell with protrusions extended from a base. Channels between adjacent protrusions frictionally retain a thermal control component such as flexible tubing or an electrical heating element. The protrusions define chambers open at the bottom of the shell. An anchor in each chamber is secured to the top wall and extends downwardly beyond the base. A thermally conductive film is applied to the top surface of the shell. An insulative layer extends downwardly from inside the shell and beyond the base, surrounding the anchors while leaving bottom surfaces of the anchors exposed. The anchors are secured to a floor or substrate by an adhesive to integrally mount the panel. The anchors can receive and frictionally retain axially driven fasteners such as nails and staples, facilitating the attachment of a flooring overlayer integrally with respect to the substrate through the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Dean W. Adelman
  • Publication number: 20120061372
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical iron. An iron comprises a sole plate (1), of a glass or ceramic substrate bearing an electrical heating element. The electrical heating element comprises a transparent or translucent antimony tin oxide thin film which directly heats the glass or ceramic substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Mike James, Jamie Michael Sellors, George Ralph Adkins, Richard Gregory
  • Patent number: 7312421
    Abstract: A detachable heat sealing apparatus includes a size-adjustable unitary externally-attached electric heating device and a power supplier, wherein the electric heating device is coupled to the external front side of a power supplier holding casing by means of a detachable coupling arrangement such that the electric heating device or the power supplier can be replaced when damaged or, a different model of electric heating device can be fastened to the casing to substitute the original electric heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventors: Ammy Chou, Richard Chang
  • Patent number: 7285750
    Abstract: In a pressure stamp device for the sealing of films with a slidable stamp element with a stamping surface for applying pressure to a first foil to bond it to a supported second foil, a substantially homogeneous internal temperature distribution is reached by contributing the stamping element with multiple layers so that it includes basically three layers with a heated central layer of a first material with a thermal conductivity and two peripheral layers of a second material flanking it, the surface being formed by one of the peripheral layers to constitute the stamping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Josef Bentele
  • Publication number: 20020053562
    Abstract: A heating element for a soleplate of an iron, composed of: a substrate constituted by a plate containing aluminum; an insulator covering one surface of the plate; and a heating circuit carried by the insulator, wherein the insulator includes an anodized oxide layer having a thickness between 10 and 200 microns and resistant to abrupt temperature variations of the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Pascal Cuillery, Jean-Louis Compeau
  • Patent number: 6144014
    Abstract: An electrical component having a small electrically isolating ceramic plate carrying on one of its faces a screened resistive and/or conductive pattern, the other face being in contact with a metal plate intended to be heated or the temperature of which is to be measured. The pattern has at least one metallized extremity to establish an electrical connection with a conductive wire. The conductive wire is soldered onto the metallized extremity and the small ceramic plate is entirely covered by a metal cover the peripheral edges of which surround the small plate and are fixed in a watertight manner to the metal plate by a resin. The lateral wall of the cover has at least one opening for the passage of the conductive wire or wires, the opening or openings being blocked by a sealing resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Philippo Dodier, Thierry Gailhard
  • Patent number: 5922228
    Abstract: An iron is provided with heat buffering spacers which vertically set apart component elements in a stacked arrangement. The spacers cause gaps between stacked parts thus allowing for improved air convection through the iron as well as spacing the metallic heated elements from the thermoplastic elements which attach to it to prevent melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: HP Intellectual Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen M Hall, Peter A Czerner
  • Patent number: 5804791
    Abstract: A heating structure for use in an appliance, the heating structure being a sandwich structure composed of two rigid elements constituting external elements of the sandwich structure, with at least one of the rigid elements being a heating plate; a heating unit composed of an electrical resistance component disposed between the rigid elements for producing heat which is diffused through the rigid elements, and electrical insulation material covering the electrical resistance component; and bonding layers securing the heating unit to the rigid elements. The heating unit further includes a primary layer of thermoplastic resin material into which the electrical resistance component is inserted, the electrical insulation material is composed of first and second layers of electrical insulation material which enclose the electrical resistance component, and the primary layer of thermoplastic resin material adheres to the layers of electrical insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Gelus
  • Patent number: 5777297
    Abstract: A heating structure in the form of a sandwich is composed of first and second external elements, each having a face which is directed toward the other element, with the first external element constituting a heating plate, and the heating structure further including a heating unit interposed between the first and second external elements. The heating unit includes at least one substantially flat resistive heat generating element; a first layer of thermoplastic resin in which the heat generating element is embedded; an upper electrical insulating sheet and a lower electrical insulating sheet between which the resistive heat generating element and the first layer of thermoplastic resin are interposed to form a sandwich structure, with the first layer of thermoplastic resin adhering to each of the electrical insulating sheets; and at least one second layer of thermoplastic resin contacting one of the external elements and adhering the one of the external elements to the heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique Gelus, Jean-Louis Brandolini
  • Patent number: 5478984
    Abstract: Pressing iron comprising a casing (1), a pressing sole (2) comprising a heating resistance (3) which is embedded in the sole (2) and whose ends (4, 5) project from the upper surface of the sole (2) in the rear region of the iron. A thermal shield (7) is interposed between the upper surface of the sole and the casing, and is maintained on the sole by fasteners. Securement structure of the thermal shield (7) comprises, in the forward portion of the sole, an anchoring member (9) for the shield (7) to the sole (2) and, in the rear portion of the sole, a hooking device (10) for the shield (7) on the projecting ends (4, 5) of the resistance (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Moulinex (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Jean-Paul A. A. Bouleau, Gerard L. H. Guillot
  • Patent number: 5367799
    Abstract: A steam garment iron (10) having a sole plate (11) upon which there is mounted a body (15). Within the body (15) is a tank (14) which receives water to be delivered the sole plate (11) for the purposes of generating steam. The sole plate (11) has a number of fins (107) which radiate from a predetermined position (steam chest) (110) to where the water is delivered. The sole plate (11) also has a channel (111) extending longitudinally adjacent the heating element (44) into which water is pumped for the production of a jet of steam. Also mounted on the sole plate (11) is a thermostat (30), while the element (44) has a deviation portion (160) located adjacent the mounting (38) of the thermostat (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Sunbeam Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Ian G. Wilson, Richard L. Hoare, Leo Krusina
  • Patent number: 5279054
    Abstract: An electric steam iron includes a housing, a water reservoir, a boiler in fluid flow communication with said water reservoir, a soleplate, a first heater for the boiler, and a second heater for the soleplate. A fluid control device regulates the flow of fluid from the reservoir to the boiler. A first thermostat independently regulates the operation of the boiler heater and a second thermostat independently regulates the operation of the soleplate heater. The first and second thermostats are electrically separated from each other and thus the first and second heaters are independently controlled. The boiler comprises a first member in direct contact with the first heater for receiving water from the reservoir and transforming the water into steam. A second member overlies the first member and defines therebetween a first flow path for the steam. A third member overlies the second member and defines therebetween a second flow path for the steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Chasen
  • Patent number: 5279055
    Abstract: An electric steam iron includes a housing, a water reservoir, a boiler in fluid flow communication with the water reservoir, a soleplate, a steam cover overlying the soleplate in spaced relation thereto for defining a steam boiler chamber. An electrically operated heater is associated with the soleplate. A fluid control device regulates the flow of fluid from the reservoir to the steam boiler chamber. The chamber has a first portion for receiving water from the reservoir and a second portion. An extraction channel is formed overlying the second portion of the steam chamber. The steam cover has a first opening communicating the steam chamber with the extraction channel. The soleplate has a steam distribution chamber spaced from the steam boiler chamber. The steam cover has a second opening for communicating the extraction channel with the steam distribution chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Lee H. Eckert, James E. Chasen
  • Patent number: 5115117
    Abstract: Electric iron having a cast sole (1A) closed by a cover (2) and in which are provided two chambers (6, 7) separated from each other by a partition (8), namely, a principal vaporization chamber (6) fed with water by an injection device through an opening (9) provided in the cover (2), the water being vaporized by a sheathed resistance (10) embedded in the sole (1A), and a steam distribution chamber (7) communicating on the one hand with the principal vaporization chamber (6) by a passage (11) provided in the partition (8), and on the other hand with the exterior through outlet orifices (12) provided in the sole (1A). The sole (1A) also comprises an intermediate vaporization chamber (15) disposed between the principal vaporization chamber (6) and the distribution chamber (7) and extending adjacent the injection opening (9) of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: Moulinex (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Jacques H. J. Amiot, Jean-Paul A. A. Bouleau, Gerard R. M. Molveaux
  • Patent number: 5105525
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a coated smoothing iron soleplate which is preferably composed of an aluminum alloy, its anticorrosive coating which is preferably a nickel hard alloy having an extremely scratch-resistant surface capable of sliding well and easy to clean. The coating is preferably applied by a high-speed flame spraying method, followed preferably by a grinding and polishing operation using a drag grinding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ahmet Firatli, Diethard Burger, Klaus Amsel, Bernd Lindstaedt
  • Patent number: 5094021
    Abstract: An ultrasonic iron comprises a metal ironing plate fixedly mounted therein, ultrasonic vibrators and amplitude amplifiers, and a power adjusting circuit provided on suitable inner side thereof, so that the power adjusting circuit is capable of driving the ultrasonic vibrator as to resonate the ironing plate with a high frequency as soon as the ultrasonic iron is switched on. Heat energy is thereby quickly and directly produced between the contact surface of the ironing plate and the clothes when the ultrasonic iron is moved on the clothes back and forth. The heat energy required for the pressing of clothes is available immediately upon the onset of operation of the iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Su-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 4952778
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting one object to another by heating the objects comprises a heated tool having a heater bar with a heating surface for contacting one of the objects. The tool can be moved with pressure against one of the objects for heating the objects. One or more nozzles are provided for directing heated gas in a flow either against the heater bar or against one of the objects for better controlling the heat transfer to the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Productech Inc.
    Inventor: Gero Zimmer
  • Patent number: 4913338
    Abstract: A process for producing a heating plate involves fastening a tubular heating element (1) to a plate (2) made of metal or metal alloy. A plate (2) made of rolled metal or metal alloy is used, and cold-stamped in this plate is a shoulder (3), the contour of which corresponds substantially to the contour of the tubular heating element (1). The tubular heating element (1) is placed against the shoulder (3) and fastened to the plate by soldering. The thickness of the central part of the plate (2) is sufficient to withstand the thermal stresses which it must undergo. The process is especially useful for producing a heating sole of a steam-operated smoothing iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Jean Hennuy, Bernard Louison
  • Patent number: 4859869
    Abstract: The safety switching means comprises a source of radiation (21) which is switched on and off periodically. Only in the event that radiation (22) was detected by the detector (6) when the source of radiation (21) is switched on, it will be checked--with the source of radiation (5) switched off--whether the detector (6) is applied by radiation (22) nonetheless, and, in the event of no radiation being found by the detector (6), the current consumer will be switched on automatically by the switching means, since it is certain that the hand of a user covers the window (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lothar Heuwinkel, Herbert Hofinger
  • Patent number: 4835363
    Abstract: An electric iron wherein a cermic sole plate transmits infrared light and is heated by one or more halogen lamps within a reflector in the housing of the iron whose concave surface faces the lamp or lamps and reflects heat upon the sole plate. The reflector further effects the heating of water which is admitted into a steam chamber in the housing of the iron between the reflector and the ceramic sole plate, and the resulting steam is conveyed to nozzles extending into openings in the sole plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Robert Krups Stiftung & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Erich Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 4774395
    Abstract: An electric heat storage apparatus, such as a steam iron, hot plate, pan, etc., includes a metal body defining a hollow housing enclosing a heat storage device containing a thermally decomposable heat storage substance comprising 30-99% by weight pentaerythritol. The heat storage substance is completely confined in a fluororesin enclosure which isolates the substance from the metal body and prevents contact of ambient air therewith so that the thermal stability of the pentaerythritol is enchanced. The metal body is heated by an electric heating element to a selected temperature for storing heat in the heat storage substance. In the case of use as a cordless electric steam iron, the metal body forms the sole plate of the iron and is provided with a vaporization chamber in heat exchange relationship with the heat storage substance for the generation of steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Yabuuchi, Yoshiyasu Endo, Akira Kataoka, Tsuneo Shibata
  • Patent number: 4716276
    Abstract: An electric steam iron housing has a sole plate with a generally flat upper surface having affixed thereto a one-piece heating assembly having a front portion and a rear portion. The front portion contains a serpentine steam generating passage with an inlet communicating with a water supply container on the housing and steam outlet leading to steam vent openings extending through the sole plate. The rear portion includes top and sidewalls defining a downwardly open chamber in which is disposed a multilayer PTC electric heating element assembly in surface-to-surface contact with the upper surface of the sole plate for heating the sole plate and the steam generating passage. An adjustable thermostat responsive to the temperature of the sole plate is connected in series with the heating element. The handle of the iron is detachable and designed to serve as a storage case for the iron and the iron can be placed in the case only when the thermostat adjustment knob is in the "Off" position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Sanyei Corp.
    Inventors: Akio Motegi, Takao Saito
  • Patent number: 4636613
    Abstract: A combination hair-dryer and garment ironing apparatus includes a housing having an air inlet and a pair of air outlets. A blower and electric heater in the housing create a flow of heated air through the housing. A permanent, non-removable iron assembly is provided on the housing and includes a sole plate disposed in the path of the heated air flow through the housing. The sole plate forms a portion of a wall of the housing and has an exposed generally flat ironing surface. A heated air diverter member within the housing is selectively movable between a first dryer position in which substantially all of the heated air flowing through the housing is diverted from contact with the sole plate and is exhausted through one of the outlets and a second iron position in which a substantial portion of the heated air flow is diverted into contact with at least a portion of the sole plate for impingement heating of the sole plate to an ironing temperature and is exhausted from the other air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Anne J. de la Morandiere
    Inventors: Anne J. de la Morandiere, Peter W. Bressler, Peter D. Byar, Edward A. Spector
  • Patent number: 4536977
    Abstract: A device which can be used either for steaming alone or for pressing as well. It generates steam by passing electrical current between electrodes immersed in electrolyte (e.g., lightly salted water). A positive safety interlock both (i) prevents the electrical cord plug from making electrical contact with the device except in the sealed and locked position of the stopper for the hole through which the device is filled with electrolyte and (ii) prevents the stopper from being moved away from its sealed and locked position while the cord plug is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Inventor: John S. Doyel
  • Patent number: 4523079
    Abstract: An electric steam iron includes a plastic housing shell forming a hollow handle structure and a soleplate with steam generating means and ports for distribution of steam. A pump actuated by a handle button delivers water from a tank within the housing shell to the steam generating means. The iron is controlled by a low DC voltage electronic control including a printed circuit board disposed in the housing shell away from the soleplate and having means including a power resistor for reducing high AC line voltage to low DC supply to the circuit. The shell and hollow handle structure are open to the soleplate and the printed circuit board is directly exposed to heat from the power resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Albinger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4438323
    Abstract: The carpet seaming tape activator disclosed comprises a hand-operated electric iron having a base with an insulated bottom. The base of the iron defines a tunnel, through which heat-activated adhesive tape for carpet seaming can pass. The heating element of the iron is disposed inside the base, so that the adhesive on the tape is melted while the tape is entirely enclosed within the iron. The hot tape is thus temporarily isolated from the padding beneath, thereby avoiding damage to the padding and to the backing on the underside of the carpet, as well as avoiding the tendency of the carpet to adhere to the padding underneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Milnes
  • Patent number: 4398991
    Abstract: A heating plate, especially for presses utilized to bond two belt ends together, e.g. in the formation of an endless conveyor belt or in the repair of a conveyor belt. According to the invention, the heating effect over the plate which is rectangular or of rhombic configuration, is held uniform by distinguishing between longitudinal edge zones, transverse edge zones, central zones and corner zones, all of which have essentially the same specific volume of material, i.e. the same volume of material with a unit area of the heating surface. A frame work of longitudinal and transverse edge members of the same cross section and intermediate members parallel to the longitudinal edge member and equidistant from one another is sandwiched between a heating plate and a cover plate and the heating elements lie adjacent the heating plate in the spaces between the longitudinal and intermediate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1983
    Assignee: Wagener Schwelm GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Peter Thies
  • Patent number: 4196340
    Abstract: A lightweight plastic electrolytic steam iron has a soleplate with steam distributing means therefrom and a casing of electrically non-conducting material forming the walls of an internal water tank coextensive with and extending over the soleplate. Spaced electrodes are supported in the rear of the tank to generate steam from the water therein and an insulated steam conduit extends from the soleplate upwardly into the tank to direct saturated steam from the tank through the steam distributing means to the surface being ironed. To this general combination, an improvement for minimizing condensation of moisture on the soleplate adds a thin chamber disposed between the tank and the soleplate and parallel and coextensive with them to separate the tank and soleplate over substantially their entire facing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ross M. Evans, Jr., Donald J. Siebold