With Basin Or Tub Patents (Class 312/228)
  • Patent number: 10390681
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprises a chassis having a base, a tub supported on the base and at least partially defining a treating chamber having an access opening, a door having a door height extending between a door upper end and a door lower end, a hinge pivotally mounting the door to the chassis for pivotal movement between a closed position, wherein the access opening is closed, and an opened position, wherein the access opening is opened, a non-racking decorative cover having a cover height extending between a cover upper end and a cover lower end; and a slide assembly mounting the decorative cover to the door to move the decorative cover upwardly from a retracted position to an extended position as the door is pivoted from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Grzegorz Klusek, Sebastian Jan Chwalibog, Jacek Kowalski
  • Patent number: 10368717
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising a projection means having a concentration lens for concentrating a light beam coming from the light source, said concentration lens being external to the door and solidly constrained to a frame that encloses said access opening. The light beam is projected by the lens towards the exterior of the dishwasher. Downstream of the lens, the light beam extends in a substantially horizontal direction. Downstream of the lens, the light beam intersects an imaginary vertical upwards projection of an upper edge (30) of the door (3) considered in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Lippera, Roberto Giorcelli, Giacomo Marvardi
  • Patent number: 10285561
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub defining a treating chamber having an access opening. A closure selectively closes the access opening and a base supports the tub. The base can include a set of spaced panels and a set of spaced beams connecting the set of panels. The base can be formed by inserting the set of spaced beams within the set of spaced panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas M. O'Brien, William K. Kangas
  • Patent number: 10246810
    Abstract: A washing machine is provided that may include a cabinet, a basket, and a backsplash. The cabinet may define an opening and include a backsplash bracket having a predefined footprint. The backsplash bracket may include one or more support decks, each having a planar top surface and a bottom surface. The backsplash bracket may define a first aperture extending through one support deck between a corresponding planar top surface and a corresponding bottom surface. The backsplash bracket may also define a second aperture extending through a support deck between a corresponding planar top surface and a corresponding bottom surface. The basket may be mounted within the cabinet and define a wash chamber beneath the opening to receive one or more clothing articles to be washed. The backsplash may be positioned over the predefined footprint and include a first and second engagement hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HAIER US APPLIANCES SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Donald James Leisl, III, Craig Robert Vitan, Sripad Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10092162
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub defining a treating chamber having an access opening. A closure selectively closes the access opening and a base supports the tub. The base can include a set of spaced panels and a set of spaced beams connecting the set of panels. The base can be formed by inserting the set of spaced beams within the set of spaced panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas M. O'Brien, William K. Kangas
  • Patent number: 10017896
    Abstract: A control panel for clothes dryer and clothes dryer. The control panel for clothes dryer includes an operation panel and a mounting panel which can be detachably connected. The operation panel is electrically connected to a control device of the clothes dryer, and is configured to send a control signal to the control device and receive a display signal sent by the control device. The operation panel can be mounted on the mounting panel upwardly or upside down. The mounting panel can be fixedly connected to a housing of a clothes dryer. The clothes dryer includes the housing and the above control panel device. The mounting panel is fixedly connected to a housing of a clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: QINGDAO JIAONAN HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO.
    Inventors: Jindong Bing, Rongfeng Cheng, Jian Wang, Luhua Yan, Xianchang Li, Haifei Liu
  • Patent number: 9982422
    Abstract: A dual-purpose fixture for a sink or wash basin, incorporating both a water tap and a hand dryer. The water tap has a spout arranged to project over the basin of the sink, and the hand dryer incorporates two or more hand-dryer nozzles—at least one for each of a user's hands. The left-hand nozzle is located on the left-hand side of the spout and the right-hand nozzle is located on the right-hand side of the spout, specifically so that the spout acts as a dividing partition between the two hand-dryer nozzles. This encourages correct usage of the hand-dryer. The fixture may be fitted to a sink or wall-mounted above the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Christopher Lesniowski
  • Patent number: 9901239
    Abstract: A dishwasher, in particular a household dishwasher, includes a washing compartment having a front access opening which is surrounded by a front frame. The front frame is open on a floor side and has lateral frame strips. A base support is arranged on the floor side and has bearing elements for support of the lateral frame strips. Each of the lateral frame strips of the front frame includes at least one hook element which encompasses the associated bearing element of the base support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Cengiz Kücük, Johann Schabert, Wilhelm Thibaut
  • Patent number: 9730570
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid and a flow diverter wherein liquid passing through a gap between the flow diverter and the rotating filter applies a greater shear force on the surface than liquid in an absence of the flow diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jacquelyn R. Geda
  • Patent number: 9713403
    Abstract: A completely self-contained baby bidet and changing table system that is completely portable and is adapted for use in domestic or commercial environments. A cabinet structure has a washing basin with a drain tube connecting the washing basin with a removable waste water tank. A removable clean water reservoir is located within the cabinet and has a pump, heater, water supply hose and spray nozzle for delivery of clean and heated water spray to the body of an infant. Padded, waterproof mats support the infant so that water used for washing is drained into the washing basin and is then conducted to the waste water tank by a drain tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Nils C. Taft
  • Patent number: 9708802
    Abstract: An undermount sink system is provided for mounting beneath a countertop having an upper counter surface. The undermount sink system includes a sink basin and a discharge conduit coupled to the sink basin, which is positioned to expel fluid into the sink basin via an outlet thereof. The discharge conduit and basin are configured to mount to the countertop entirely below the upper counter surface. The flow of fluid through the discharge conduit may be activated via a motion sensor or switch coupled directly to the basin or a spacer ring positioned between the basin and the countertop. Controls for adjusting the temperature and/or flow rate of fluid through the discharge conduit may also be coupled to the basin or a spacer ring positioned between the basin and the countertop, or alternatively, to a surface of the countertop. Methods of making and using undermount sink systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Rod Gibson
  • Patent number: 9687134
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a door with at least a first part and a second part. The first part may be pivotally mounted to the dishwasher. The second part may be configured to be coupled to the first part for cooperative pivoting of the first part and the second part in one mode of operation. The second part may also be configured to move independently of the first part in another mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Baldwin, Rexford W. Cordill, Marcus R. Fischer, Mike S. Hemry, Saadat Hussain, Duane M. Kobos, Justin D. McIver, Demetrius J. Schaaf, Bryan M. Topp, Barry E. Tuller, Ameresh B. Viswanathan, Anthony B. Welsh, Elizabeth A. Moit, Brett Dibkey
  • Patent number: 9655497
    Abstract: A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one automatic cycle of operation comprises a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a chassis supporting the tub and defining a space below the tub a junction box located within the space. The junction box includes a base and a cover configured to receive an electrical connection for the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Lindgren, Kevin B. Miller, Ryan K. Roth, Logan S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9637858
    Abstract: The laundry treating apparatus includes a door to open and close the introduction port about a first rotational or a second rotational axis which is different from first rotational axis. A first switching unit is provided in the door to allow rotation of door about the first rotational axis, and a second switching unit is provided in the door to allow rotation of the door about the second rotational axis. A lock fixes a position of at least one of the first switching unit or second switching unit when the door opens the introduction port. As can be appreciated, the mechanism used for the laundry apparatus may be applicable to other home appliances or non-home appliances where two different rotational axes may be needed to open and close a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Incheol Kang, Soowon Park, Hyuntae Lee
  • Patent number: 9635995
    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: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Harshal J. Bhajak, Rexford W. Cordill, Steven J. Kuehl, Thomas M. O'Brien, Donald J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9516976
    Abstract: A sanitary facility including a washstand of ceramic or porcelain and a piece of support furniture, which carries the washstand and has two side walls and a front wall, on the upper end surfaces of which the edges of the washstand rests. The front and side end surfaces of the washstand are processed in such a way that they are flush with the outside surfaces of the side walls and of the front wall. Veneer, covering the outside surfaces, is applied to the end surfaces of the washstand by an adhesive bond and extends up to the right-angled upper corner of the washstand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: DURAVIT AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Stammel, Erich Fuhrer, Ulrich Weber
  • Patent number: 9512553
    Abstract: An upper cover of a washing machine having an improved structure in which the upper cover may be manufactured in a simple process. The washing machine includes: a main body; and an upper cover configured to cover an upper part of the main body, wherein the upper cover includes: a cover plate formed in a rectangular shape; and a cover frame formed of a material different from a material for the cover plate and coupled to the cover plate along a circumference of the cover plate, and the cover frame includes: at least one first support part configured to support an upper side of the cover plate; and at least one second support part configured to support a lower side of the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Han Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 9441395
    Abstract: A door having an improved structure in which the door is formed integrally with a door handle, and a clothes treating apparatus having the same. The clothes treating apparatus includes a main body, a laundry insertion opening formed on a front surface of the main body, and a door to open and close the laundry insertion opening. The door includes a holder member rotatably coupled to the front surface of the main body, a transparent member passing through and coupled to the holder member, and a cover member covering a front surface of the holder member to define an external appearance of the door. The cover member includes a cover frame provided in a shape corresponding to the holder member, a cover panel coupled to a front surface of the cover frame, and a door handle including a protrusion portion and a recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Won Kim, Jong Hun Sung, Min Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 9332888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher (1) comprising a tub (2) wherein the items to be washed are placed, a sump (3) which is located under the tub (2) and wherein the wash water accumulates, a rectangular casing (4) which provides the tub (2) to be carried at a certain height from the floor and at least one cover (5) which provides the bottom portion of the body (9) to be almost completely covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventors: Tugrul Basesme, Ismail Cem Bastuji
  • Patent number: 9247859
    Abstract: A rack system is provided that is suitable, for example, for installation to a kitchenware washing assembly. The kitchenware washing assembly may include a tank for holding fluid for washing kitchenware, and walls defining the tank and being arranged to hold the fluid in the tank. The rack system generally includes a mounting fixture connectable to the tank of the kitchenware washing assembly, and a rack connectable to the mounting fixture for holding the kitchenware in the tank. The rack is adjustable relative to the mounting fixture between a first position in which the rack is connected to the mounting fixture, and a second position in which the rack is connected to the mounting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: DUKE MANUFACTURING CO.
    Inventor: James W. Bigott
  • Patent number: 9173542
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub having a front defining an outer periphery, a treating chamber defined by the tub and having an open face located at the front of the tub and within the outer periphery, and a cover selectively closing the open face. A usable space configured to receive a component of the dishwasher can be at least partially defined by the outer periphery of the tub. The cover is sized to overlie the usable space when the cover closes the open face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney M. Welch
  • Patent number: 9099063
    Abstract: A stringed instrument work station and hanging system 10 includes a low profile cabinet 12 configured with a slide-out drawer 14 that is shaped to support a guitar or other type of stringed instrument when repairing, adjusting, or otherwise working on the instrument. The drawer includes longitudinal walls or rails for spanning between the drawer end walls (46) for not only holding tools and spare parts for the stringed instruments, but also for supporting the body portion of the stringed instrument when the instrument is positioned on the opened drawer. Various neck supports (78) and (80) are utilized with the drawer (14) for supporting the neck of the stringed instrument when being serviced. The neck supports (78) and (80) can be positioned at various locations across the drawer (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Luis M. Blanco
  • Publication number: 20150145388
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus having an improved coupling structure of an upper cover and a cabinet is provided. The clothes treating apparatus may include a cabinet; an upper cover coupled to an upper part of the cabinet; a panel coupled between the upper cover and the cabinet so as to mediate coupling of the upper cover and the cabinet; a coupling portion provided at at least a portion of the panel; and an accommodation portion that is provided at at least a portion of the upper cover and accommodates at least a portion of the coupling portion, wherein the upper cover and the cabinet may be coupled to each other by coupling of the coupling portion and the accommodation portion. A coupling structure of an upper cover and a cabinet is improved so that a step between the upper cover and the cabinet can be prevented from being formed and thus the upper cover can be prevented from escaping (detaching) from the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Il JUNG, Sang Bin LEE, Sam Young JANG, Wun Seok JEONG
  • Publication number: 20150135777
    Abstract: A dual washing machine includes a general type tub and a drum type tub in a main body and/or case. The drum type tubis at or in a lower portion of the main body and/or case, and the general type is at or in an upper portion of the main body and/or case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Sik CHO
  • Patent number: 9032566
    Abstract: A vanity assembly is provided. The vanity assembly can comprise a base, side walls, and a combination sink and countertop. The sink can have a drainage section located near a back side of the sink. The vanity assembly can further comprise a drawer configured to move relative to the sink, the drawer extending in front of the sink and utilizing a substantial portion of the space in front of the sink's drain section for storage. The drawer can have side wall sections and a bottom section configured to facilitate storage of common household items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: RSI HOME PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Damian J. Le Duff
  • Publication number: 20150123521
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a cabinet having an opening, a door to open and close the opening, and a locking unit to selectively restrict an operation of the door when the door is closed. A position of the door is adjusted through this configuration to stably close the opening and to prevent the door from being undesirably opened, and thus it is possible to improve washing efficiency. Further, a front structure of the opening may be improved, and thus laundry may be easily put in or taken out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Yun LEE, Jong Su JEON, Jung Hwan KIM, Hong Seok KO
  • Publication number: 20150123520
    Abstract: A washing machine having a door with an improved structure may include a cabinet, a laundry port, a tub that is disposed in the cabinet, a drum that is disposed in the tub, and a door that opens and closes the laundry port. The door may include a door cover placed at an outer side of the door when the door closes the laundry port, and a decoration member coupled to the door cover so that at least a portion of the decoration member is projected onto the door cover. The door having the improved structure may be manufactured without the necessity of performing post-processing and a molding cost may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Young KIM, Han Kyu CHOI
  • Publication number: 20150123524
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a main body, a washing tub that is disposed inside the main body and includes an opening formed on a front surface thereof, a door that opens and closes the opening, and a sealing member that seals between the washing tub and the door. The sealing member includes a fixing unit that is fixed to a lower portion of the door, and a sealing unit that extends toward a front side of the washing tub from the fixing unit and is brought into contact with an inner surface of the washing tub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Su SER, Gong Soo KIM, Jae Man JOO
  • Publication number: 20150123525
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus may be provided that includes a cabinet having an input opening, a door including a door frame, a hinge unit, and a control panel, a cabinet connector at the cabinet to transmit and receive at least one of power and a control signal and a door connector separably coupled to the cabinet connector to connect the control panel to the cabinet connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Seyoung Woo, Sanghun Bae
  • Publication number: 20150123522
    Abstract: A washing machine and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. A washing machine includes a casing that defines an outer appearance of the washing machine and an outer tub in the casing that is configured to receive water. A supporting rod is coupled with the casing, and a suspension is coupled with the outer tub, the supporting rod being inserted in the suspension. The suspension is configured to move bi-directionally along the supporting rod as the outer tub vibrates to mitigate vibration of the outer tub, and the suspension includes a frictional part configured to contact the supporting rod. The suspension is configured to apply a lubricating material to a portion of the supporting rod that is brought in contact, during the vibration of the outer tub, with the frictional part of the suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: SOONAN PARK, DONGWOO KANG, SEONGNO YOON
  • Publication number: 20150123523
    Abstract: A connector is provided that includes a cabinet connector at a cabinet that includes at least one of a power supply device and an information processing device and a device connector at a control object device to be controlled by at least one of the power supply device and the information processing device. The device connector may be separably coupled to the cabinet connector. The device connector may be movable along at least two of an X-axis and a Y-axis defining a plane parallel to a cross section of the cabinet connector and a Z-axis perpendicular to the cross section of the cabinet connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Seyoung WOO, Sanghun BAE
  • Patent number: 9022491
    Abstract: A table top dishwasher comprises (a) a tub (10) for accommodating articles to be cleaned; (b) a water-tight hood (12) arranged over said tub (10), said hood comprising a fixed hood portion (14), an access opening (42), and a rotatable door (16) which is connected to the fixed hood portion so as to be rotatable between a raised opened position in which it exposes the access opening to provide access to the tub and a lowered closed position in which it closes the access opening and forms part of the water-tight hood; and (c) a gasket (44) which is attached to the fixed hood portion (14) or to the rotatable door (16) along an edge region of the access opening, wherein the fixed hood portion (14)or the rotatable door (16), respectively, comprises a plurality of mounting projections (46), and wherein the gasket comprises a plurality of apertures (54) in which the mounting projections are held by snap-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Mats Lundberg, Luigi Salerno
  • Publication number: 20150115784
    Abstract: A water-conducting domestic appliance, in particular a domestic dishwasher, includes a first retaining device which is arranged on an outer wall and which is provided to hold a pipe on the outer wall when the domestic appliance is in operation. The outer wall has an aperture through which the hose is guided, with the first retaining device being arranged above the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Helmut Jerg, Michael Georg Rosenbauer
  • Publication number: 20150108885
    Abstract: A door opening unit for automatically opening a door for a dishwasher includes an actuator, a link member that makes a straight motion due to pressurization of the actuator and has a plurality of legs, a plurality of rotation levers that are connected to the plurality of legs of the link member, and a plurality of pressurization members that are connected to the plurality of rotation levers. Since the plurality of pressurization members may pressurize a plurality of points of the door, the door may be more smoothly opened. Also, the door opening unit for automatically opening the door includes a restoring spring that restores positions of the plurality of pressurization members when power to the actuator is turned off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wan Ku KANG, Jea Won LEE, Kyung Han JEONG
  • Patent number: 9013071
    Abstract: A power cord management system for managing flexible electrical power cords associated with hair or bathroom handheld appliances includes a power cord storage body. A pair of spaced apart cord wrapping elements are coupled to the power storage body about which the flexible electrical power cord may be wrapped for storage. At least one of the cord wrapping elements is movable between a storage and release position. The cord wrapping elements are configured to retain the wrapped power cord upon the power cord storage body when the at least one of the cord wrapping elements is in the storage position and wherein the wrapped power cord may be removed from the power cord storage body without unwrapping the wrapped power cord when the at least one of the cord wrapping elements is moved to the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Natalie Levi
  • Publication number: 20150097472
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub with a sidewall. A vent is attached to the sidewall of the tub. An inlet line is disposed outside the sidewall and is attached to the vent. The inlet line provides water to the tub through the sidewall. An insulation blanket is disposed over the tub sidewall and the vent. A water vapor path extends from the vent to at least an edge of the insulation blanket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony L. Rockwell
  • Patent number: 8984913
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus is provided. The cleaning apparatus includes a cabinet (2), front panel (4), control panel (8), and fringe frame (5). The cabinet (2) is opened at a surface thereof. The front panel (4) is installed on a side of the cabinet (2), and includes a cabinet cover (42) forming a laundry inserting hole and an outer cover (41) coupled to a front surface of the cabinet cover (42) and color treated on its front surface through painting. The control panel (8) is mounted on top of the front panel (4). The fringe frame (5) covers the edge portion of the front panel (4) and the control panel (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hye-yong Park, Bo Yeon Kim, Dae Hee Kwon, Hyun Seok Kim, Seong Yeol Lee, Myong Deok Kim
  • Publication number: 20150076977
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus including a casing having an upwardly open laundry entrance a door for opening/closing the laundry entrance, and an operation unit for receiving predetermined control instructions to control an operation of the laundry treatment apparatus, in which the operation unit is disposed on a front portion of the door and moves on the top of the casing when the door opens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kihyuk KIM, Eunyoung CHEE, Youjin CHUNG
  • Patent number: 8978227
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprising a wash compartment with a base wall that has a retaining contour, and an electronic control module supported by the retaining contour and which controls appliance components in the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Haltmayer, Mathias Herrmann, Stefan Kasbauer, Claus Köther, Martin Weissenburger
  • Patent number: 8955812
    Abstract: A composite shipping base for supporting an appliance such as a washing machine is provided having a detachable sub-structure that can be added during the washing machine assembly to restrict the vertical and lateral movement of a centralized load of the washing machine during assembly, shipping and handling. A rigid bottom frame allows for the composite shipping base and appliance to move down virtually any form of conveyance and to be lifted or turned during the course of conveyance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Marrow
  • Publication number: 20150042220
    Abstract: A sensor device to measure a force or pressure in a washing handling apparatus includes a light source, a light receiver, a light-reflecting surface that reflects light emitted by the light source toward the light receiver, and one or more spring elements that biases the light-reflecting surface into a predefined initial position with respect to the light source and the light receiver where the light-reflecting surface is disposed to be displaceable with respect to the light source and the light receiver in response to application of an external force or pressure against a resetting force of the one or more spring elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Johann Schenkl, Johannes Baumer, Michael Sorgenfrei, Manfredi Signorino
  • Publication number: 20150042219
    Abstract: A washing machine including a cabinet, a tub placed within the cabinet, a wash tub located within the tub to receive laundry therein, an element receiving unit in which elements are received, the element receiving unit being coupled to one side of the cabinet, a coupling panel provided at the element receiving unit so as to be coupled to the cabinet, a receiving panel provided at the cabinet so as to receive at least a portion of the coupling panel, a first holder and a second holder formed at the coupling panel, and a first receiving hole and a second receiving hole perforated in the receiving panel to receive the first holder and the second holder respectively therein. The coupling panel is pivotally rotated after the first holder is positioned into the first receiving hole, causing the second holder to be fitted into the second receiving hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Ho LEE, Kyung Han KIM, Woo Sup JUNG
  • Patent number: 8950831
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washing machine which can close/open a lid on a supplementary washing machine automatically at the time the supplementary washing machine is opened/closed. The washing machine includes a cabinet which forms an exterior of the washing machine, a supplementary washing machine removably mounted to a lower side of the cabinet, having a lid for introducing laundry and a tub for holding the laundry, and an automatic opening/closing member for slidably opening/closing the lid at the time the supplementary washing machine is opened/closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ryong Kim, Dong Won Kim
  • Publication number: 20150035419
    Abstract: A table top dishwasher comprises (a) a tub (10) for accommodating articles to be cleaned; (b) a water-tight hood (12) arranged over said tub (10), said hood comprising a fixed hood portion (14), an access opening (42), and a rotatable door (16) which is connected to the fixed hood portion so as to be rotatable between a raised opened position in which it exposes the access opening to provide access to the tub and a lowered closed position in which it closes the access opening and forms part of the water-tight hood; and (c) a gasket (44) which is attached to the fixed hood portion (14) or to the rotatable door (16) along an edge region of the access opening, wherein the fixed hood portion (14)or the rotatable door (16), respectively, comprises a plurality of mounting projections (46), and wherein the gasket comprises a plurality of apertures (54) in which the mounting projections are held by snap-fit connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Mats Lundberg, Luigi Salerno
  • Patent number: 8944530
    Abstract: A door balancing system includes an adjustment block, a single adjustment screw, a first pulley system, and a second pulley system. The adjustment block includes a threaded orifice and mounts within a bearing housing that includes a bearing surface. The single adjustment screw threads into the threaded orifice and abuts the bearing surface. The first pulley system includes a first pulley, a first cable, and a first spring. The second pulley system includes a second pulley, a second cable, and a second spring. The first cable mounts between a first hinge and the adjustment block using the first pulley and the first spring. The second cable mounts between a second hinge and the adjustment block using the second pulley and the second spring. The first spring and the second spring exert a force on the door to control a rate of movement of the door relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wolf Appliance, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Haft, Colin R. Clerkin, Gerry Lippincott
  • Publication number: 20150028733
    Abstract: A dishwashing appliance is provided having one or more sound abatement features for blocking sound transmission emanating from the appliance during operation. Spaces or gaps present between the dishwashing appliance and the cabinetry in which it is installed can be blocked by features having one or more chambers that attenuate the transmission of sound therefrom. Such sound abatement features can be readily incorporated into the design of a dishwashing appliance and provide a relatively inexpensive alternative to conventional designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Avinash R. Patil, Brandon KG Schaefer, James Murray Klump
  • Publication number: 20150020406
    Abstract: Dishwashers having phase change materials 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 door movably mounted to the tub to selectively open and close the opening, and a phase change material part of at least one of the tub or the door, wherein the transition temperature of the phase change material is below a maximum temperature of the cycle of operation, and wherein the phase change material releases heat during a drying portion of the cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: KEELEY M. KABALA, CHAD T. VANDERROEST
  • Patent number: 8936331
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a hinge for an appliance. The hinge is rotatably mounted to a cabinet of the appliance. The hinge includes a foot configured for receipt by a door of the appliance. Specifically, the foot has a tip that is configured for receipt into a cavity of the door and a substantially planar portion configured to be positioned adjacent a pocket of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David John Coxon
  • Patent number: 8936330
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is provided that includes a cabinet configured to define a profile thereof, the cabinet including a laundry introduction opening formed therein, a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, a hinge including a first pivot to rotate the door along a first rotational direction and a second pivot to rotate the door along a second rotational direction that is different from the first rotational direction, a guide part installed in the cabinet having a guide groove recessed a predetermined depth therein, and a connection part installed in the door, the connection part including a guide projection received in the guide groove of which a moving path is guided, and an opening angle of the opening being variable based on positions of the guide projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyuk Kim, Seunghyun Song, Minjung You, Yongcheol Jin, Eunyoung Jee, Hongjun Cho, Sanghun Bae, Donghyun Kim
  • Publication number: 20150008808
    Abstract: A washing machine including an attachment groove on or in a top portion or surface of a cabinet; a joint member coupled to the cabinet and in the attachment groove; a door configured to open and close an inlet of the cabinet, and a damper connected to the joint member and configured to adjust or control a rotational speed of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Dae Hyun KIM