Frame, Casing, Or Housing (e.g., Range Top, Stove Top, Countertop, Etc.) Patents (Class 219/452.11)
  • Patent number: 10893771
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine comprising: a beverage preparation module comprising an extraction unit to extract an ingredient of a beverage from capsule supplied thereto or an ingredient container which is part thereof; a fluid supply comprising the components a fluid heater, a fluid pump, optionally a fluid reservoir; a first module movably connected to the beverage preparation module; wherein the beverage preparation machine further comprises a second module movably connected to the first module, the first module comprising the fluid pump and/or the fluid heater, the second module comprising the said components of the fluid supply different to those of the first module, the components comprising at least one of the fluid pump or fluid heater or fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Kollep, Remy Jacquet
  • Patent number: 10836673
    Abstract: A glass composition formed of a glass frit including P2O5, SiO2, B2O3, Al2O3, ZrO2 and group I-based oxide, wherein P2O5 is contained in an amount of 20 wt % to 40 wt % based on a total weight of the glass frit, SiO2 is contained in an amount of to wt % to 30 wt % based on the total weight of the glass frit, B2O3 is contained in an amount of 3 wt % to 20 wt % based on the total weight of the glass frit, Al2O3 is contained in an amount of 7 to 24 wt % based on the total weight of the glass frit, ZrO2 is contained in an amount of 1 wt % to 7 wt % based on the total weight of the glass frit, and the group I-based oxide is contained in an amount of 7 wt % to 28 wt % based on the total weight of the glass frit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Namjin Kim, Youngseok Kim, Yunsung Kim
  • Patent number: 10398225
    Abstract: Freely installable cooker comprising: a support structure; a first cooking module removable, interchangeable and positionable in a first housing of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sandro Ciccacci, Egle Armonaviciute, Maurizio Tursini, Micro Palpacelli
  • Patent number: 10349469
    Abstract: An induction cooking appliance comprises a bottom metal tray containing a printed circuit board and electronic components mounted thereon, and also a pair of polymeric support elements configured to be fastened to the metal tray and interposed between the tray and the printed circuit board in order to define a predetermined distance between the tray and the printed circuit board. The polymeric support elements may have an integral intermediate polymeric frame which provides a predetermined relative position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Himanshu Khokle, Luca Leonardi, Pradeep Thorat
  • Patent number: 10251220
    Abstract: An induction cooking device includes: a top plate on which an object to be heated is to be placed; a housing including a frame plate to which the top plate is adhered; a coil unit disposed inside the housing and pressed against the bottom surface of the top plate; and a locking mechanism that is attached to the bottom surface of the top plate and supports the top plate. The locking mechanism includes an engagement component including an engagement portion located a predetermined distance below the frame plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Isago, Tomoya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9267693
    Abstract: A decorative frame for a domestic appliance has an edge-side area and an inner area adjoining the edge-side area inwards. The edge-side area has a thicker section defined by a thickness which is greater than a thickness in the inner area. The thicker section in the edge-side area is realized by a separate material part which is attached to a base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Knöll, Yves Lebrun, Virginie Willmes
  • Patent number: 9006620
    Abstract: A transparent or translucent glass-ceramic plate, capable of covering or receiving at least one underlying heating element. The plate has a coating which at least partly masks the underlying heating element(s), while still allowing the heating element(s) and optional displays to be detected. At least 90% of the coating is on the face of the plate to be turned toward the heating element(s) and optional displays in the use position. The coating has a region or a group of regions known as a background region(s), wherein the background region(s) occupy most of the surface of the coating. The coating also has a region or a group of regions known as indicating region(s), wherein the indicating region(s) making it possible to display, relative to the background region(s), a pattern, a sign and/or the location of functional elements while also making it possible to detect if the elements are in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Eurokera S.N.C.
    Inventors: Pablo Vilato, Franck Demol
  • Patent number: 8987642
    Abstract: Grommet assemblies (600, 700, 800, 900) maintain liquids or other materials within vessels (606, 706, 806, 902) at desired temperatures selectively above or below ambient. Certain of the grommet assemblies (600, 700) are receivable within apertures (612, 712) within a work surface (604, 704). A thermoelectric device (638, 738) is utilized in combination with a hot/cold plate (620, 720) to selectively heat or cool liquids or other materials contained within the vessel (606, 706).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Norman R. Byrne
  • Patent number: 8916802
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a warming drawer housing having an interior chamber, and a warming drawer module in the interior chamber. The module includes a support plate, a glass heating element forming a floor surface of the module for receiving items to be warmed, a gasket strip covering an upper perimeter surface of the glass heating element, a frame disposed over the gasket strip and the upper perimeter surface, and a first electrical connection disposed adjacent to an edge of the frame. The frame includes a drip guard projecting outward from the edge of the frame and overhanging the first electrical connection to guide a liquid from a surface of the frame or the glass heating element away from the first electrical connection such that the liquid does not come into contact with the first electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: William Bringe, Samuel Harward, Rose Marie Parker, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8916803
    Abstract: The apparatus of this invention relates to a device for heating or cooking food or liquids such as soup, water, roast, etc. A downwardly curved visor-like deflector is selectively removably positioned outwardly of the upper end of the radiation disk of an infrared heater so as to extend outwardly therefrom. The deflector has an upwardly presented cooking utensil opening formed therein and a horizontally disposed cooking utensil support secured to the deflector at the inner surface thereof below the cooking utensil opening. The cooking utensil support dwells in a plane below the upper end of the radiation disk whereby infrared rays emitted from the radiation disk will impinge upon the cooking utensil support and a cooking utensil positioned on the cooking utensil support to cook or heat the contents thereof. Other accessories may also be attached to the heater such as a protective grill or a cooking basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: James Zoucha
  • Publication number: 20140326145
    Abstract: A tabletop cooking assembly for preparing foods thereon comprises a cooking element having a cooking area and a vent disposed peripherally to one side of the cooking element defining an aperture for receiving smoke from the cooking element. The assembly includes a first exhaust duct, a filter assembly, an electrostatic precipitator, and a high velocity blower. The first exhaust duct is substantially unobstructed and in fluid communication with the vent for directing smoke away from the cooking element. The high velocity blower is in fluid communication with the first exhaust duct and the filter assembly for drawing smoke from the cooking element through the vent. The heating system includes a retaining plate, a plurality of heating strips, and an insulating material. The heating strips are disposed between the retaining plate and the heating surface to heat the cooking area for preparing foods thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: William B. McEvoy
  • Patent number: 8794227
    Abstract: To provide a top plate for a cooking appliance which can be provided with a touch sensor part without involving the provision of an insulating film and has excellent visibility of light for indication from a blue LED or the like disposed behind the top plate, excellent light shielding property for preserving the aesthetic quality, and excellent heat resistance. A top plate 10 for a cooking appliance disposed over the cooking appliance includes: a glass substrate 1; a light shielding layer 2 disposed on one side of the glass substrate 1, having a thickness of 50 to 190 nm and made of Si or Ge; and a protective layer 3 disposed on the light shielding layer 2 and made of at least one material selected from the group consisting of silicon nitride, silicon oxide, titanium oxide, niobium oxide, zirconium oxide, and tantalum oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Ikegami
  • Patent number: 8692169
    Abstract: An electrical apparatus includes a casing, a circuit board, a top cover and an active heat-dissipating element. The casing includes a first entrance, a first receptacle, a first sidewall, and a first bottom surface. An air inlet hole is formed in the first bottom surface. A concave region is defined at a junction between the first sidewall and the first bottom surface. An air outlet hole is formed in the concave region. The circuit board is disposed within the first receptacle and has at least one electronic component mounted thereon. The top cover shelters the first entrance. The active heat-dissipating element is disposed within the first receptacle and arranged over the air inlet hole. Ambient air is inhaled into the first receptacle by the active heat-dissipating element and exhausted out of the casing through the air outlet hole, thereby removing heat generated from the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: I-Shen Lin
  • Patent number: 8610035
    Abstract: The invention provides a drawer type cooking device having a cooling fan 56a disposed laterally, so that a space 70 is formed below the cooling fan 56a, enabling a high pressure transformer 55 to be disposed efficiently using this space 70. By the combination of the arrangement, position and orientation of the cooling fan, it becomes possible to reduce the set depth size at the farthest portion of the cooking device body 1. By reducing the depth size, the front surface of a cabinet and the front surface of a door 2 can be disposed flush with each other, without having to sacrifice the depth of the heating chamber 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 8604393
    Abstract: A control panel for controlling the operation of hotplates situated on a cooking appliance. The control panel has a translucent plate that permits the location of operating elements to be visually displayed on a top surface thereof only when lighting elements associated with the operating elements are energized. The lighting elements are selectively energized and/or de-energized so that only the operating elements of a particular hotplate are visible on the top surface of the translucent plate while a user is in the process of selecting or otherwise altering an operating parameter of the particular hot plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Coprecitec, S.L.
    Inventor: José Ignacio Múgica Odriozola
  • Patent number: 8592729
    Abstract: A glass-ceramic panel, which may cover or receive at least one heating element, and may serve as a cook-top The panel is coated, in at least one region of a face, with a coating such that the total color difference delta E*, measured on the opposite face, between said coated region and an uncoated region, is less than about 1 and/or such that this coating has a luminance L* of greater than about 70. A process for manufacturing the panel and a cooking device comprising said panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eurokera S.N.C.
    Inventors: Mieke Nelson, Pablo Vilato
  • Publication number: 20130292371
    Abstract: A home appliance having a griddle includes an appliance body; a cooktop on the appliance body and defining a griddle space; a griddle housing in the body adjacent the griddle space and operatively associated with the griddle; a griddle insulation retainer for removable disposition within the griddle space for supporting insulation material intermediate the griddle and the griddle insulation retainer, the griddle insulation retainer including a base and a wall; and a mounting arrangement for mounting the griddle insulation retainer to the range body including a first mating component on the griddle insulation retainer and a second mating component on the griddle housing, wherein the first mating component is removably joined to the second mating component in a press-fit manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ben Braden, Charlie Hanna, Timothy Russell
  • Patent number: 8536489
    Abstract: A hob includes a cooking surface with a glass ceramic defining a cutout in an outside edge of the glass ceramic, and an insert in the cutout including a material that is different from the glass ceramic and which is permeable to light in a blue spectral range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Martin, Markus Schlegel, Thomas Stein
  • Patent number: 8455799
    Abstract: A control panel for controlling the operation of hotplates situated on a cooking appliance. The control panel has a translucent plate that permits the location of operating elements to be visually displayed on a top surface thereof only when lighting elements associated with the operating elements are energized. The lighting elements are selectively energized and/or de-energized so that only the operating elements of a particular hotplate are visible on the top surface of the translucent plate while a user is in the process of selecting or otherwise altering an operating parameter of the particular hot plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Coprecitec, S.L.
    Inventor: José Ignacio Múgica Odriozola
  • Patent number: 8450656
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus is provided that comprises a housing structure, an internal heating source, an exit, a control panel, and a protective shield. The internal heating source is located within the housing structure. The exit is located at an exterior portion of the housing structure where the exit is configured to transport heat emissions from the internal heating source. The control panel is located above the exit. The protective shield is coupled to the housing structure where the protective shield is configured to deflect the heat emissions in a direction away from the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Doyal, James L. Ayres, Brian A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8424450
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus equipped with a heating device enabling uniform distribution of heat. The cooking apparatus includes a plate to put a cooker thereon, a heater disposed under the plate, and a guide member disposed between the plate and the heater to induce energy emitted from the heater toward the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Suk Jeon, Jong Hak Hyun, Jong Chull Shon, Tae Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 8420988
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes a control panel and a control panel mounting bracket which includes a frame shaped for being installed on a surface panel of a domestic appliance. The surface panel has an opening therein for receiving the frame. The frame has an open portion for receiving a control mount adhered over the open portion. The surface panel has a top surface and a bottom surface, and the frame has a main securing member having at least one tab extending therefrom. The tab is bendable along a line off-set from vertical such that when the tab is bent, it bears against the bottom surface of the surface panel to urge the frame against the surface panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Geiger, Michael Gerdes, Troy Wilson, Mark Wood, Anthony Zymroz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8397708
    Abstract: A method of assembling an appliance using a curable silicone composition optionally containing spacer beads of an appropriate size to permit adhesively joining the appliance parts in a desirably spaced-apart arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Henkel Corporation
    Inventors: Scott R. Tremblay, Michael P. Levandoski, Sean P. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8378268
    Abstract: An operator control unit for operator control of a cooktop comprising at least two cooking zones, with at least one of the cooking zones having two heating rings that can be separately activated. The operator control unit comprises at least one selection element to select a cooking zone, at least one adjusting element, it being possible to adjust a heating power of a selected cooking zone by operating said adjusting element, and a control unit coupled to the at least one selection element and the at least one adjusting element, and which detects operation of the at least one selection element and the at least one adjusting element. The control unit can control at least one of the at least two heating rings of the selected cooking zone in the event of an operating duration in a second time period which differs from the first time period range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Kleinhans, Randolf Kraus
  • Patent number: 8367982
    Abstract: Provided is a built-in cooking appliance. According to the built-in cooking appliance, the inside of the cooking appliance is effectively cooled and the inside can be waterproofed without protruding the top plate above the cabinet. Therefore, cooling efficiency, stability in using, convenience in cleaning, esthetic feeling, and reliability of a product can be improved. The built-in cooking appliance includes a top plate, a main body below the top plate, a fan, a cabinet, a gap portion, and a top frame. At least a heating unit is disposed inside the main body. The fan forms a cooling passage inside the main body. The plate is installed on the cabinet. The gap portion defines at least a portion of the cooling passage, and is formed by at least an edge on one side of the top plate and the cabinet separated from each other. The top frame covers the gap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Soo Cheol Yi, Wang Lim Lee
  • Patent number: 8354621
    Abstract: A glass-ceramic plate, and production methods and apparatuses in relation to the plate. The plate is designed for example to equip a cooktop, and includes, on at least one of its faces, a differentiated surface finish formed in the body of the bare glass-ceramic plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Eurokera S.N.C.
    Inventors: Laurent Tallet, Carol Dumont, Helene Harmand, Bertrand Charpentier
  • Publication number: 20130008885
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooking arrangement (1) comprising a cooking hob (2) which is arranged on a worktop (3), wherein the cooking hob (2) is supported on the worktop (3) by means of a earner frame (4), wherein the cooking hob (2) has a vertical height (H) and a bottom side (5) with a bottom surface (6) which is directed vertically downwards and wherein the worktop (3) has a top surface (7) which is directed vertically upwards. To allow an arrangement of the cooking hob (2) without machining a cutout into the worktop (3) the invention proposes that the carrier frame (4) is designed to support the cooking hob (2) in such a way that the bottom surface (6) of the cooking hob (2) is positioned in a vertical height equal or above (x) the vertical height of the top surface (7) of the worktop (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Gerhard Klein, Alwin Neukamm, Bjorn Leyh, Eva Holzgreve
  • Publication number: 20120325799
    Abstract: An electric hot plate includes an electric roasting portion and a fume extraction portion coupled by a support rod, and the electric roasting portion includes a base, a control system installed on the base and coupled to an upper heating plate; and the fume extraction portion includes a plurality of fume extraction fans installed on a fume cover and coupled to the control system, and an oil filter portion. The electric hot plate features low power consumption and low electromagnetic radiation and can timely extract the fume produced in the roasting process to reduce the production of harmful toxic matters and protect the users' health, and the electric hot plate of the invention is applicable for indoor and outdoor usage including the use at home or in barbeque restaurants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: NENG BAO KANG ENTERPRISE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiu Liu
  • Patent number: 8334482
    Abstract: A cooking range is disclosed. The range includes: a cook top section having a heating body configured to cook foods; an oven section having internal walls defining a cavity, a rack and a door, wherein the cavity is configured to accommodate the foods placed on the rack and the door is configured to open or close the cavity; a heating source configured to provide heat to the cavity when the cooking range is operated; and an air circulation mechanism having an exhaust slot and at least one suction slot and configured to suck air into the cooking range through the at least one suction slot and to discharge the air to the outside through the exhaust slot, wherein the at least one suction slot is positioned around the exhaust slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyeun Sik Nam, Dong Seong Kwag, Wan Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8269148
    Abstract: A ventilation system for cooling a cooking appliance that can be placed within a kitchen countertop is described. The cooking appliance includes one or more air inlets within the sides of the cooktop, and an air mover that draws air in through the air inlets and over control circuits provided within the frame of the cooking appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Marc Pierre Marchand
  • Patent number: 8188410
    Abstract: A portable party table [1000] for holding hot and cold foods is described. It employs at least two sections [1100, 1500] held together with a hinge [1600] for holding foods. The party table [1000] has folding legs [1111, 1511] and leg supports [1113, 1513] to support the legs. Each section [1100, 1500] has a tapered base [1101, 1501] with a drain hole [1107, 1507] and a drain plug [1109, 1509]. As ice melts it is directed toward the drain holes [1107, 1507]. Electric receptacle [1525] provide electricity for a heating plate. Alternatively, the hinge [1600] is a type which provides spacing between the sections [1100, 1500] to thermally insulate the hot from the cold section. The hinge [1600] may be allowed to slide to provide an insulation gap [1607], or eliminate the gap [1607].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Marlene Dean, Larry Dean
  • Patent number: 8087410
    Abstract: A portable cooking system has a heating chamber supported by retractable legs that rest on a lid. A fire pan also resting on the lid and partially within the heating chamber is adaptable to burn charcoal, wood, or compressed gas. The lid supports and isolates the fire pan from the ground. The fire pan may be adapted for grilling. An alternate lid may contain an electric heating element. Thermometers and a vent on the heating chamber allow regulation on temperature within the heating chamber. The system may be adapted to provide uniform, controlled heat for Dutch ovens contained within. The system may also function as a smoker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Brian Gregory
  • Patent number: 8080768
    Abstract: An arrangement with a worktop and a cooktop with a cooking surface, a mounting frame and a decorative frame, which is arranged in a recess in the worktop, with the distance elements, embodied for relative positioning of the cooktop in relation to the recess and on which the cooktop rests, being arranged between the cooktop and the worktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Adam, Bernd Martin, Markus Schlegel, Thomas Stein
  • Patent number: 7989738
    Abstract: A liquid warming grommet assembly (400, 500) maintains liquids or other materials in a vessel (406) at a desired temperature. The grommet assembly (400, 500) includes a grommet (408) receivable within an aperture in a work surface (404). A heating element (440) is receivable within a casing (410) of the grommet (408), and an upper warmer plate (444) is positioned at the upper portion of the heating element (440) and is substantially flush with the work surface (404).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Norman R Byrne
  • Publication number: 20110068094
    Abstract: A new electric cooking system is described. This cooking system can be installed on the conventional residential electric ranges. The cooking system contains an electric burner, a cooking pot, a ceramic base plate and a thermal insulation sleeve. The electric burner has a vertical heating structure and two terminal mounting legs, the cooking pot has an inward open slot to host the vertical heating structure of the electric burner; the ceramic base plate is installed on the surface opening of the electric range where the dip pan and electric burner is located. The thermal insulation sleeve is made of the non-flammable fibers or ceramic materials and placed around the side of the cooking pot to prevent the heat lose. Almost 100% of the heat generated by the burner is absorbed by the cooking content and the energy efficiency is about 3 times of the conventional cooking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Hongjun Pan
  • Publication number: 20110017722
    Abstract: Provided are a heater supporter and an electric hob including the heater supporter. A tube heater is supported by the heater supporter, and at least a portion of the heater supporter is formed of a ceramic containing material. Therefore, food can be cooked more rapidly, and the tube heater can be easily installed. Furthermore, damages caused by heat generated from the tube heater can be minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Young Jun Lee, Byeong-Wook Park, Yang-Kyeong Kim, Wan-Soo Kim, Dong-Seong Kwag
  • Publication number: 20110017721
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filament supporter and a tube heater having the same. In the present invention, the contact between a tube and a filament is prevented by the filament supporter. Accordingly, according to the present invention, there is an advantage in that the filament is efficiently prevented from being contacted to the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Young-Jun Lee, Byeong-Wook Park, Yang-Kyeong Kim
  • Publication number: 20100326980
    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: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: EVO, INC.
    Inventor: Robert A. Shingler
  • Patent number: 7825353
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an electrical cooking apparatus are disclosed. In one embodiment, an electrical cooking apparatus includes a substantially continuous cooking surface, a plurality of electrical heating elements disposed under the substantially continuous cooking surface, and at least two temperature controllers configured to allow independent control of temperatures of at least two of the plurality of heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Evo, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Shingler
  • Patent number: 7759617
    Abstract: A gas range includes a gas cooktop including a plurality of gas cooktop burners, and an oven coupled to the gas cooktop. The oven includes an oven cavity comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, a rear portion coupled to the top and bottom portions, a first side portion, and a second side portion, the first and second side portions coupled to the top, bottom, and rear portions respectively, at least one gas oven burner positioned proximate to the bottom portion within the oven cavity; and a first electrical heating element positioned proximate the top portion within the oven cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Howard Richard Bowles, John Mark Smith, Timothy Scott Shaffer, David Joseph Najewicz
  • Patent number: 7732740
    Abstract: A casing for electric stoves includes an annular frame and a bottom board that are detachably coupled through a plurality of connectors. The frame has at least one lateral side with an air convection means located thereon. The bottom board has an upper surface with a heat control means installed thereon. Through the detachable bottom board, the entire electric stoves need not to be disassembled or removed when malfunction occurs and needs repair. By separating the bottom board from the frame, the electric link between the heat control means and the electric stove can be disconnected to replace the heat control means. Thus the malfunction can be fixed quickly, and interruption or delay of cooking that might otherwise happen can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Sung Hsien Shan
  • Patent number: 7700900
    Abstract: A panel arrangement for a domestic appliance, having a panel which can be fitted to the domestic appliance such that it is visible from the outside. Indicator and/or operator controls are provided which are mounted on the panel. A printed circuit board comprises control and possibly power electronics and can be arranged in the interior of the domestic appliance. The indicator and/or operator controls are connected to the printed circuit board. At least some of the indicator and/or operator controls are mounted on the panel substantially independently of the layout of the printed circuit board and are connected to the printed circuit board via at least one flexible supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventors: Peter Geiger, Ronald Hegewald, Michael Seikel
  • Publication number: 20100089905
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a glass-ceramic panel, intended for example to cover or receive at least one heating element, in particular intended to serve as a cook-top, said panel being coated, in at least one region of a face, with a coating such that the total color difference delta E*, measured on the opposite face, between said coated region and an uncoated region, is less than about 1 and/or such that this coating has a luminance L* of greater than about 70. The invention also relates to the process for manufacturing the panel and to the cooking device comprising said panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Mieke Nelson, Pablo Vilato
  • Patent number: 7683293
    Abstract: A domestic appliance, particularly a cooking appliance, having a metallic surface, is provided with a coating based on silicon oxide. Such coating is deposited on the metallic surface by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The coating protects the metallic surface from scratching, staining and thermal yellowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ermanno Buzzi, John Doyle, Thomas Friesen
  • Publication number: 20090321413
    Abstract: A hob comprising a plurality of heating elements further comprises a support for a plurality of illuminating means, said support being of elongate construction and typically arcuate in shape. In one embodiment, two rows of illuminaries in the form of LEDs are provided wherein a cover with light zones is positioned thereover. The cover may indicate various symbols and letters to a user of the hob. Separate light zones may be defined to prevent light from one illuminary zone spilling over to the next illuminary zone. A controller may illuminate one row of illuminaries indicating the heating element is hot, even after power is removed from the heating element, and illuminate another row indicating a level of operation of the heating element. The hob may comprise a plurality of heating elements each having an associated illuminating means located in front of the heating area facing the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Christian Egenter, Wilfried Schilling, Tobias Schoenherr, Martin Volk, Uwe Winkler
  • Patent number: 7595466
    Abstract: Known household appliances for integrating into a sector of a worktop include an operating strip containing at least one operating element and having a supporting surface on the lower side thereof for supporting the household appliance on the worktop, and a housing part provided with a fixing flange to which the operating strip is fixed. The invention aims to produce the operating strip in a simple manner with high dimensional accuracy. To this end, the operating strip is produced primarily by forming or milling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Johann Huber
  • Patent number: 7553519
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present application include: (i) plates, having two approximately parallel main sides, of a glass-ceramic or a glass displaying a certain transparency, with a colored coating fixed to at least one part of the surface of one of said two main sides; (ii) heating plates, particularly cook-tops, consisting of such plates or obtainable from such plates. These heating plates are intended to be fitted above heating elements, their side bearing said coating facing said heating elements; and (iii) the preparation of such plates. The original colored coating proposed is particularly interesting with reference to its color stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Eurokera
    Inventors: Frederic Henri Florent, David Henry
  • Publication number: 20090152276
    Abstract: A composite griddle plate or cookware comprising a first metal sheet defining a cook surface and a core plate of carbon foam having a relatively high coefficient of heat conductivity and a low density. A second metal sheet is peripherally sealed by welding or the like to the first metal sheet. The first and second sheets remain in intimate contact with the upper and lower surfaces of the core plate with the aid of a vacuum. In a further cooking appliance embodiment, a food vessel intimately engages the carbon foam plate beneath a food-contacting surface thereof while the carbon foam plate on its opposite side engages a heat sink plate by virtue of a vacuum. The vacuum eliminates air gaps between the food-contacting surface of the food vessel and the carbon foam plate and the heat sink plate so as to provide instantaneous and uniform heating of the food vessel. The vacuum environment also provides thermal insulation for the heat sink plate whereby heat loss by convection is virtually eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: ALL-CLAD METALCRAFTERS LLC
    Inventor: William A. Groll
  • Publication number: 20090127246
    Abstract: A structural component for a cooking appliance includes a core structure formed from metal in a general configuration of the structural component for a cooking appliance; and an outer coating defining a ceramic layer formed by a plasma electrolytic oxidation treatment applied to the core structure of the structural component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Hendricks, Timothy Kolody
  • Publication number: 20090127247
    Abstract: An arrangement with a worktop and a cooktop with a cooking surface, a mounting frame and a decorative frame, which is arranged in a recess in the worktop, with the distance elements, embodied for relative positioning of the cooktop in relation to the recess and on which the cooktop rests, being arranged between the cooktop and the worktop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Adam, Bernd Martin, Markus Schlegel, Thomas Stein