With Wiper Or Seal Patents (Class 312/296)
  • Patent number: 11162731
    Abstract: An icemaker for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The icemaker includes an icemaker box selectively closeable by a door. An outer gasket is positioned about an inner edge of the door. A sealing gasket is positioned around a center portion of the door. A plurality of protrusions extend from a box rim of the icemaker box. A liner is aligned with and spaced apart from the box rim. A first gasket and a second gasket are positioned between the box rim and the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corportation
    Inventors: Jose R. Aranda, Alexa N. Brown, Jackson Felipe Karl, Dakota E. Kosek, Rishikesh Vinayak Kulkarni, E. C. Pickles, Antonio Sanchez, Richard A. Spletzer
  • Patent number: 11112165
    Abstract: A throat assembly (14) for forming the peripheral front face of the compartment opening of a refrigeration appliance (1). The throat assembly spanning the gap between respective front edges of a refrigerator cabinet (3) outer wrapper (2) and the compartment inner liner (13). The throat assembly includes at least one elongate plastics injection moulded component having a panel (15) including a planar front face (21) for contact with a door gasket seal (16) and an elongate magnet arrangement at its rear face (22) for magnetic coupling with a door gasket magnet (20). The throat assembly may comprise plural such interconnected elongate members providing a monolithic frame, formed in a single injection moulding operation, surrounding the compartment opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: James Arthur Heckler, Valentina Velichkina
  • Patent number: 11103064
    Abstract: An accommodation apparatus having anti-peeping function is disclosed, and comprises: an accommodating unit, two loading boxes, and two spacing gap filling unit. The two spacing gap filling unit is disposed between the two loading boxes, and between a top inner wall of the accommodating space and one of the two loading boxes that is located upper the other one. According to particular design of the present invention, after the two loading boxes are inserted into the accommodating space through the opening, one of the two elastic members closely contacting the bottom plate of the loading box, and the other one closely contacting the top inner wall of the accommodating space, such that the accommodation apparatus has advantages of anti-peeping and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, and enhances structural stability thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Tse-Min Lin
  • Patent number: 11079165
    Abstract: A refrigerator door body comprises a door body frame and a glass panel attached to a front side of the door body frame. The door body frame comprises sheet metal frames located on two sides, end covers located on upper and lower sides, and connecting assemblies connecting the sheet metal frames to the end covers. The end cover is provided with a side flange and a covering edge located on an outer side of the side flange. After the end covers and the sheet metal frames are assembled, the side flange is fitted to an inner side of the sheet metal frame, and the covering edge is fitted to an outer side of the sheet metal frame, thereby ensuring that an end portion of the sheet metal frame is not easily eroded by moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinqiang Dou, Shufei Ren, Meng Wang, Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 11026507
    Abstract: A cabinet including a housing having a cavity, a door that close as front opening of the cavity, and a storage device. The storage device may include a movable storage member that is movable relative to the housing between a first position within the cavity and a second position outside of the cavity. The movable storage member may be configured to be coupled to the housing at a plurality of different locations. The storage device may be coupled directly to an inner surface of a sidewall of the housing that defines the cavity. The storage device may also include a fixed storage member that is non-movably coupled to the housing such that the movable storage member is pivotable relative to the housing and relative to the fixed storage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Devon George, Jason Mort, George Wahlgren, Linda Yang
  • Patent number: 11029075
    Abstract: The present invention provides a door for a home appliance including a panel assembly including a front panel defining at least a portion of a front appearance of the door, a rear panel disposed behind the front panel, and a spacer disposed between a peripheral portion of the front panel and a peripheral portion of the rear panel so as to maintain a spacing between the front panel and the rear panel, a frame assembly for supporting the panel assembly, the frame assembly including a side frame disposed along a side surface of the door, the side frame contacting outside air, and a heat transfer structure for transferring heat of outside air from the side frame to an interior region defined between the front panel and the rear panel and between the spacer and a side end of the door, and a home appliance including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myeongha Yi, Nami Kim
  • Patent number: 10837695
    Abstract: A refrigerator assembly includes a cabinet defining a storage compartment and a door for providing selective access to the storage compartment. The refrigerator assembly further includes a mullion assembly having a hinge coupled to the door and a flipper mullion pivotally attached to the hinge. The flipper mullion is rotatable between a first position, a second position, and an intermediate position that is intermediate the first and second positions. The mullion assembly further includes a spring configured to bias the flipper mullion toward the first position when the flipper mullion is between the first position and the intermediate position. The spring is further configured to bias the flipper mullion toward the second position when the flipper mullion is between the second position and the intermediate position. The mullion assembly further includes a magnetic assembly configured to bias the flipper mullion toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Baum, Anthony Jenkins, Lori Burgener, Rodrigo Panozzi, Manjunath Shivamurty, Cristela Siebert, Ivo Torres, Charles Gascoyne
  • Patent number: 10830688
    Abstract: The invention relates to a climate testing device (15) and to a climate testing device kit for forming a climate testing device, in particular a corrosion testing device or the like, comprising a test-chamber module (16) having a test space which can be closed off from the surroundings and which serves to receive test specimens, a tank module (12) having a container for receiving a corrosive liquid, a control module (13) having a controller for carrying out a test cycle, and a housing assembly (17) for at least partially accommodating the test space, the container and the controller, wherein the climate testing device comprises a frame assembly, the frame assembly being composed of spaced-apart parallel frame carriers and frame profiles, the frame profiles interconnecting the frame carriers, the frame profiles and the frame carriers forming spatially separate module seats for the test space, the container and the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: WEISS UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Weppler
  • Patent number: 10716397
    Abstract: A gun cabinet has an opening door and an enclosure with a bottom wall having a slot. The enclosure contains a drawer which is supported on a caster wheel on an associated floor. The drawer is slidably attached to the enclosure so that the drawer can be pulled substantially out of the enclosure or rolled back into the enclosure with the caster wheel being received into the slot in the bottom wall of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Garrett
  • Patent number: 10641033
    Abstract: A sash for doors or windows includes two spaced apart glass sheets, a spacer element interposed between the sheets to define a closed inner perimeter zone and an open outer perimeter zone. A structural sealing/adhesion component runs along the outer perimeter zone and occupies a volume to permit contact with the spacer element and the glass sheets. An element for housing accessory components for supporting and/or operating the sash is associated with the structural component, for each side of the glass sheets. Each element includes a rigid profile associated with the structural component and having a closed base side, two flaps each formed by a stretch perpendicular to the base side and a recessed stretch, parallel to the base side, to form a channel with an opening. A rigid plate is adhesively associated with one of the glass sheets to cover an outer edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GO TECHNOLOGY S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Lambertini
  • Patent number: 10502479
    Abstract: A door for a home appliance, a home appliance, and a method for manufacturing the same, are disclosed. The door for a home appliance comprises a panel assembly; and a frame assembly defining a predetermined space having an opening connected with an edge of the panel assembly, and making a foaming space for receiving a thermal insulator by means of the predetermined space of the frame assembly and the edge of the panel assembly, wherein a foaming injection hole through which the thermal insulator is injected is provided on at least one of ends of an upper surface, a lower surface, a left side and a right side of the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kwanghyun Choi, Hyungkyu Park, Myeongha Yi
  • Patent number: 10458698
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. The refrigerator comprising, a housing comprising a storage compartment, a door configured to open or close the storage compartment, a rotating bar provided at the door to be rotatable and configured to be located at a first position when the door opens the storage compartment and to be located at a second position lower than the first position when the door closes the storage compartment, and a guide part provided at the housing and configured to guide rotating of the rotating bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeon Soo Ham, Bu Kil Jeong, Jong-Woo Han
  • Patent number: 10451322
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cold side working fluid circuit that couples a cold side heat exchanger and a regenerator housing. A first hot side working fluid circuit couples a first hot side heat exchanger and the regenerator housing. A second hot side working fluid circuit couples a second hot side heat exchanger and the regenerator housing such that working fluid is flowable between the second hot side heat exchanger and the regenerator housing. An inlet of the second hot side working fluid circuit is positioned on the regenerator housing such that a temperature of the working fluid at the inlet of the second hot side working fluid circuit is greater than a temperature of the chilled chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Goodman Schroeder, Michael Alexander Benedict
  • Patent number: 10443923
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. More particularly, a refrigerator having a rotating guard unit is disclosed. A part of disclosed embodiments provides a refrigerator, in which a door guard of a rotation guard unit rotates in one direction among the clockwise direction and the counterclockwise direction when the rotation guard unit is moved forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-woon Jeon, Jun-kyo Lee, Hyun-il Lee, Se-lim Yoon
  • Patent number: 10424903
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to an exemplary enclosure that protects an electrical network protection element in various environments such as when the enclosure is submerged in water or when the enclosure is placed in an underground vault that may be flooded during rain. The enclosure has a gasket that includes a first portion having a sloping surface which provides a continuously incremental amount of sealing in cooperation with a beveled edge of a door of the enclosure and a second portion having a flat surface which is compressed by a wedge projection in the door and provides water tight sealing as well. The enclosure includes a locking bar having a tapered portion, which moves into an opening in a flange of the enclosure and automatically creates a continuously incremental amount of pushing force upon the door against the gasket when a pivotable handle is operated for closing the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Ambrose Dauzat, Cecilia Espinoza, Luis Sanchez Cabral
  • Patent number: 10415875
    Abstract: A crisper assembly for a refrigerator has a crisper drawer defining a crisper cavity within the crisper drawer wherein the crisper drawer has a front wall, two side walls, a back wall having a top lip, and a bottom surface. A track assembly is coupled to the crisper drawer and configured to movably attach the crisper drawer to the crisper assembly and movably support the crisper drawer for movement in a first direction between a retracted position and an extended position within a refrigeration compartment. A front gasket is coupled to a first receiving flange wherein the front gasket has a bubble portion that contacts the front wall of the crisper drawer. A rear gasket is coupled to a second receiving flange where the rear gasket contacts the top lip and the back wall of the crisper drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Carolina Biotti, Rishikesh V. Kulkarni, Ilchung Park
  • Patent number: 10337785
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator which allows a pivoting bar to pivot to seal a gap between a pair of doors regardless of whether the door at which the pivoting bar is not installed between the pair of doors is open or closed. The refrigerator includes a guide device which induces the pivoting bar to pivot. Here, the guide device includes a rack that is moved forward and backward linearly depending on opening and closing of the second door and includes a second magnet built therein, a pinion gear engaged with the rack and pivoting when the rack is moved linearly, and a guide unit which includes a guide groove guiding a guide protrusion and is engaged with the pinion gear to move linearly in a direction opposite to that of the rack to allow the pivoting bar to pivot when the pinion gear pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Jun Yoon, Young Jae Song, Seung Yong Yang, Sung Sik Moon, Ho June Jeon, Kyung Han Jeong
  • Patent number: 10228182
    Abstract: A door for a home appliance, a home appliance, and a method for manufacturing the same, are disclosed. The door for a home appliance comprises a panel assembly; and a frame assembly defining a predetermined space having an opening connected with an edge of the panel assembly, and making a foaming space for receiving a thermal insulator by means of the predetermined space of the frame assembly and the edge of the panel assembly, wherein a foaming injection hole through which the thermal insulator is injected is provided on at least one of ends of an upper surface, a lower surface, a left side and a right side of the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kwanghyun Choi, Hyungkyu Park, Myeongha Yi
  • Patent number: 10156395
    Abstract: The present application provides a cooler. The cooler may include an outer frame, a product space within the outer frame, and a number of shelf assemblies positioned within the product space. The shelf assemblies may include an evaporator and a phase change material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Roberto Horn Pereira, Abram C. Knip, Jacobus P. M. Dessing
  • Patent number: 10143299
    Abstract: A closet door-to armoire conversion has a panel with the depth being at least six inches, height being greater than a height of the closet entrance. A plurality of shelf mounting holes is disposed on lateral sides of the panel. At least a shelf and a hanging rod is interior to the panel. Rollers are attached to the panel bottom, supporting and permitting rolling of the panel(s) from the closet entrance. A handle or gripping area is on the front face of a panel and a plurality of hinges are attached to the interior side of the closet armoire and to the closet door jam side. The hinges allow an attached panel to move away from and pivot from the same side of the closet entrance, wherein the width and height of the closet armoire is wider and taller than the closet entrance so as to cover the closet entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel F. Hafner, Elisabeth A. LeQuin
  • Patent number: 10145604
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a body; a storage compartment; a first door and a second door; and a rotating bar coupled to the first door and configured to close a gap between the first door and the second door when the first door and the second door are closed. The rotating bar includes a case having an accommodating space; a cover; a metallic plate positioned at a front side of the cover and having an end portion bent toward the cover; and a sealing member disposed at a longitudinal end portion of the rotating bar, the sealing member including a first portion engaged with the end portion of the metallic plate and a second portion extending from the first portion of the sealing member in a longitudinal direction to cover a gap formed between the body and the longitudinal end portion of the rotating bar when the first door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Mo Kim, Jee Hoon Lee, Myoung Hun Kim, Hak Gyun Bae, Hee Tae Shon, Jong Hoon Oh, Sinn Bong Yoon, Kun Eui Hong
  • Patent number: 9982936
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator which allows a pivoting bar to pivot to seal a gap between a pair of doors regardless of whether the door at which the pivoting bar is not installed between the pair of doors is open or closed. The refrigerator includes a guide device which induces the pivoting bar to pivot. Here, the guide device includes a rack that is moved forward and backward linearly depending on opening and closing of the second door and includes a second magnet built therein, a pinion gear engaged with the rack and pivoting when the rack is moved linearly, and a guide unit which includes a guide groove guiding a guide protrusion and is engaged with the pinion gear to move linearly in a direction opposite to that of the rack to allow the pivoting bar to pivot when the pinion gear pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Jun Yoon, Young Jae Song, Seung Yong Yang, Sung Sik Moon, Ho June Jeon, Kyung Han Jeong
  • Patent number: 9920975
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a mid-frame positioned on a front surface of the main body wall and a heater configured to heat the mid-frame and provided at the mid-frame. The mid-frame includes a front frame provided to cover at least a part of a front surface of the at least one inner box configured to form the main body wall, and an extension frame formed to extend rearward from the front frame and including an edge portion in which an end portion of the extension frame has a thickness greater than that of an adjacent extension frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Bum Kim, Kyung Mok Yoo, Hyun Joo Kim, Kwang Su Heo, Eung Ryeol Seo, In-Yong Hwang, Ji Hoon Choi, Jeong Hoon Kang, Mi Jung Lee
  • Patent number: 9890990
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) vacuum insulation panel (VIP) and a folding approach to create the 3D VIP from a two-dimensional (2D) VIP of non-uniform thickness for a refrigerator, a refrigerator freezer or a non-appliance, are disclosed. The folding approach includes placing a VIP main panel and a plurality of VIP wall panels on an outer film, where one or more panels are of a greater thickness than other VIP panels; placing an inner film on top of the VIP main and wall panels and sealing the films together. The inner film is longer than the outer film and this allows the films and the VIP wall panels to be folded into a finished panel, wherein the longer inner film allows for fording without causing tears or micro-cracks in the film that would adversely affect the insulation properties of the three-dimensional (3D) VIP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Andrea Olivani, Jerry M. Visin
  • Patent number: 9845984
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator (1) comprising a body (2) wherein foods and beverages are placed, at least one drawer (3) that is disposed into the body (2) wherein fruits and vegetables are placed, a crisper (5) that is disposed inside the body (2) so as to be almost parallel to the base and that has a cover plate (4) remaining above the drawer (3) when the drawer (3) is placed into the body (2), and a flexible element (6) that is disposed on the crisper (5) and that provides airproofing between the interior of the crisper (5) and the exterior of the crisper (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Nihat Gunduz, Serdar Kocaturk, Samet Akan, Dilek Sur
  • Patent number: 9675172
    Abstract: A medicine cabinet is disclosed that has electrical power. An internal raceway is provided to hide the electrical wiring for the cabinet, accommodate power cords of appliances powered by the cabinet, and to support shelving. A vertically movable front mirrored door can be raised to access the power supply and/or cabinet storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERN, INC.
    Inventors: Robert P. Pandorf, Douglas J. Diemel, Howard S. Katz
  • Patent number: 9476251
    Abstract: A water-tight or air-tight accessible compartment has a removable hatch sealed at the edge with elastically conformable opposing seals, with elongate communication elements extending into the compartment between the opposing seals, seals conforming to the topology formed between the compartment edge and the elongate communication elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: AeroVironment, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald H. Olch, Pavel Belik
  • Patent number: 9062480
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for a refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet liner defining a receiving slot having a plurality of thermal breaks disposed therein. An elongate tubular gasket includes a magnetic portion and an engagement projection disposed in the receiving slot. A cabinet door is adapted for abutment with the elongate tubular gasket proximate the magnetic portion, thereby forming a substantially airtight compartment inside the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew David Litch
  • Patent number: 9052135
    Abstract: A refrigerator cooler comprises a cabinet comprising at least one storage compartment having an open front and a front face. Refrigerator cooler further has left and right door assemblies rotatably affixed to the cabinet to close and seal against the front face when the left and right door assemblies are in a closed position. The left and right door assemblies comprise left and right doors, perimeter gaskets affixed to the back faces of the left and right doors, magnetic French door gaskets affixed to the inner faces of the left and right doors, and one or more door stops affixed to the left and right doors. The left and right magnetic French door gaskets are magnetically attracted to one another when the left and right doors are closed and are magnetically opposed one another when either the left or right doors are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: TRUE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Steven L. Trulaske, Sr.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9022490
    Abstract: An enclosure for enclosing a flat panel display for viewing that is substantially sealed and resistant to liquid ingress. The enclosure comprises a bezel, a substantially transparent front cover, and an enclosure housing. The bezel has a peripheral surface defining an enclosure area, an inner edge defining a display opening, and a rear surface. The substantially transparent front cover is operatively connected to the bezel and covers the display opening. The enclosure housing has a front opening and a flange disposed about and extending from the front opening. The bezel and the enclosure housing are joined together at a joining region that is substantially sealed and resistant to liquid ingress. The bezel, the front cover, and the enclosure housing define the enclosure, which is configured to receive a flat panel display therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ciil Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Campagna, Jack McKeague, Adam Molberger
  • Publication number: 20150108711
    Abstract: It is a sealing member that seals a gap between one member and the other member, including: a mounting section that has a portion coming into contact with the other member; and an extension section that extends from a side of the mounting section to a side of the one member and is configured to approach the mounting section while coming into contact with the one member by receiving a force from the one member; and a recess that is provided between the mounting section and the extension section and is formed from a part of the mounting section to a part of the extension section, and is recessed from a surface of the mounting section on the side of the one member and a surface of the extension section on a side of the other member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Teruyo RYUZAKI, Yoshihiko ICHIKAWA, Kokichi KASAI, Koichi KUMETA, Masahiro MORI
  • Patent number: 9010564
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance comprises an outer case which has an outer case assembly-interface. The refrigerator appliance further comprises an inner liner which has an inner liner assembly-interface. The outer case assembly-interface and the inner liner assembly-interface are configured to enable a locking engagement between the outer case assembly-interface and the inner liner assembly-interface at assembly. The locking engagement may comprise a positive snap-fit engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lynn Jessie, David Sheldon
  • Patent number: 9010889
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator main body, a case forming a storage space with a front surface open, a drawer received in the case to be drawn out, a sealing apparatus having hooks disposed on the drawer and rotatable between a sealing position of maintaining a sealed state with being engaged with the case and a release position of releasing the engaged state with the case, and hook springs applying an elastic force to the hooks to be rotated to the sealing position, a manipulation handle rotatably disposed on the drawer and rotating the hooks to the release position when being pulled, and an operation bar to transfer a driving force of the manipulation handle to the hooks. Accordingly, reception and sealing of the drawer may be simultaneously realized and unsealing and drawing-out of the drawer may also be simultaneously realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Moongyo Jung, Dullae Min, Sanggyun Lee, Ahreum Park
  • Patent number: 8985715
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dishwasher (1), in particular to a domestic dishwasher, having a washing cavity (2) in which at least one crockery basket (3) is arrangable, wherein the at least one crockery basket (3) can be moved forth and back between an inserted position and a pull out position, wherein a door (4) is arranged at the front side (5) of the dishwasher (1) which can be arranged in an open (0) and in a closed (C) position and wherein means (6) are arranged to prevent that the crockery basket (3) is pulled out of the washing cavity (2) too far, wherein the means (6) comprise at least one hook element (7) which is firmly connected with the crockery basket (3), wherein the at least one hook element (7) is designed to cooperate with a stop element (8) which is formed at or in a lower edge (15) of the door (4) or at or in an adjacent part (12) of a lower edge (15) of the door (4), preferably wherein the at least one hook element (7) is designed to grip below said stop element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation
    Inventors: Reinhard Merz, Erika Nell
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8944539
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sealing system for a refrigerator and, more particularly, a sealing system located between the doors of a refrigerator and its acclimatized chambers and of the kind that comprises a gasket to be inserted in a receiving channel existing also between the doors of a refrigerator and its acclimatized chambers. The sealing system for refrigerator herein reported consists of at least one gasket comprising a tubular body formed by at least one attaching end and by at least one sealing body; at least one groove defined in at least one movable door or at least one fixed cabinet; and by at least one rib defined in at least one movable door or at least one fixed cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Axel Julio Ramm, Gustavo Frattini
  • Patent number: 8842421
    Abstract: An arc-resistant switchgear enclosure has a vent opening and a vent flap. Normally the vent flap is open to allow air to circulate through the enclosure. However, in the event of an arc fault explosion in the enclosure, the vent flap is forced to close by the explosion. As the vent flap closes, a flexible latch member moves along a keeper and prevents the vent flap from reopening. In some embodiments, the latch member contacts the keeper and props the vent flap open for normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Central Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Paul W. Gingrich
  • Patent number: 8813916
    Abstract: A pressurized underground enclosure includes a battery venting system having a battery within a battery box in a sealed enclosure. A first pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and an ambient atmosphere and includes a vacuum generator for reducing a pressure in the battery box. A second pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and the ambient atmosphere and includes a one-way valve permitting airflow to the battery box and precluding airflow from the battery box to the ambient atmosphere. The enclosure includes a scissors lift including scissor linkage units having arms pivotally connected at terminal ends and at central positions. The scissor linkage units are moveable from a retracted to an extended position by pneumatic cylinders. The internal pressurization of the enclosure is selectively released and locking mechanisms are retracted before a rack of the scissors lift is extended through an opening of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Clear View Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Schilling
  • Patent number: 8810998
    Abstract: A communication system is provided for a motor control center. The motor control center includes an enclosure and a plurality of subunits. The enclosure comprises a framework for dividing the enclosure into a plurality of compartments. The subunits are removably disposed within the compartments. The communication system includes a mounting bracket fixedly attached to the framework, within a corresponding one of the compartments, and a communication module mounted on the mounting bracket. The communication module includes a housing and a number of features such as, for example and without limitation, a DIP switch and electrical connector(s), disposed on the housing. Accordingly, when the subunit is removed from the compartment, the communication module remains, fixed to the enclosure framework. The mounting bracket includes a hinge that allows the communication module to pivot with respect to the compartment to provide access to the features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald Raymond Feldmeier, Edgar Yee, Robert Allan Morris
  • Patent number: 8787009
    Abstract: A case for holding a portable electronic device includes an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a boot, a transparent covering portion, and a plurality of fasteners. The anterior portion may have a front surface, a back surface, and a screen window. The posterior portion may have a front surface and a back surface. The boot may be flexible and may fit around the portable electronic device. The boot may have a sidewall, a flange extending inwardly from the sidewall, and a rear panel. The sidewall may be between the anterior portion and the posterior portion. The transparent covering portion may have an outer edge, a front surface, and a back surface. The outer edge may be between the boot and the back surface of the anterior portion. The plurality of fasteners may fasten the anterior portion and the posterior portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Wimo Labs LLC
    Inventors: Scott Harold Wilson, Dennis Matthew Puhalla, Jon Godston, Kevin Gerard Brennan
  • Patent number: 8752913
    Abstract: A sealed cabinet for clean rooms and other controlled environments includes a single unitary elastomeric gasket which surrounds a flange around the periphery of the front of the cabinet which acts to seal both the rear of the flange against the room wall and the closure door against the flange around the cabinet opening. The gasket has a tapered configuration that provides a smooth tapered peripheral edge in close conformity with the surface of the wall for easy cleaning and to avoid the accumulation of dust. Cabinet mounting means clamp against the inside surface of the wall and are actuated from the interior of the cabinet eliminating any exposed mounting hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn Yanni
  • Patent number: 8733855
    Abstract: Modular bucket assemblies enable selective configuration of switchgear compartments for conformance with selective levels of personnel accessibility to energized switchgear. The bucket assemblies can be configured to enable personnel access to energized compartments while service doors are open, such as for instrumentation compartments. Interiors and the front face of instrumentation compartment bucket assemblies are isolated from potential infiltration of hot arc gasses in the switchgear cabinet. Other compartments can be configured to enable personnel access to the front face of a fully closed door energized circuit breaker compartment by isolating the compartment door exterior and venting any hot arc gasses out of the compartment interior in a direction away from the front and other peripheral sides of the switchgear cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry W. Josten, Keith Flowers, Rahul Rajvanshi
  • Patent number: 8714665
    Abstract: An enclosure for enclosing a flat panel display for viewing that is substantially sealed and resistant to liquid ingress. The enclosure comprises a bezel, a substantially transparent front cover, and an enclosure housing. The bezel has a peripheral surface defining an enclosure area, an inner edge defining a display opening, and a rear surface. The substantially transparent front cover is operatively connected to the bezel and covers the display opening. The enclosure housing has a front opening and a flange disposed about and extending from the front opening. The bezel and the enclosure housing are joined together at a joining region that is substantially sealed and resistant to liquid ingress. The bezel, the front cover, and the enclosure housing define the enclosure, which is configured to receive a flat panel display therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ciil Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Campagna, Jack McKeague, Adam Molberger
  • Publication number: 20140111074
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes a chamber wall section prone to deflection, a stationary section providing a sealing surface, and a flexible bellows attached to the chamber wall section and the stationary section. A system is also provided that includes a chamber including a chamber wall having an opening, a door disposed to seal the opening, a sealing surface adjacent the opening and isolated from the chamber wall, and a seal between the sealing surface and the chamber wall. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Billy C. Leung, David E. Berkstresser, Shinichi Kurita
  • Publication number: 20140077671
    Abstract: A dish washer comprises a carcass having a washing compartment accessible through an access opening, and a door attached to the carcass for closing the access opening. The door is bounded on its door side facing the washing compartment by a door inner wall, which provides sealing contact surfaces for a sealing arrangement attached to the carcass. A door latch comprises a latch head attached to the door and fixed relative to the latter, and a latch unit arranged on the carcass and having two latch arms which are movable relative to one another and embrace the latch head on both sides when the door is closed. On closing the door the latch head runs against the latch arms and pushes apart the latter from a relative rest position against spring force. The latch head rises preferably completely above the surface contour of the door inner wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Georg Spiessl, Peter Nitsche, Markus Lang
  • Publication number: 20140070681
    Abstract: An oven appliance with a cabinet that defines a chamber for cooking food items is provided. A pair of doors is rotatably mounted to provide selective access to the chamber of the cabinet. The pair of doors is connected with a linkage assembly that simultaneously opens and closes the pair of doors. The linkage includes features for rotating one door of the pair at a first angular velocity and for rotating another of the pair of doors at a second angular velocity. An angular velocity differential between the first angular velocity and the second angular velocity can limit impacting or rubbing between the pair of doors during simultaneous opening and closing of the pair of doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Adam Yantis, John Mark Chilton, Scott Thomas Kershner, Eric Sugalski, David Schoon, David Perry
  • Patent number: 8632144
    Abstract: Here is disclosed a nearly air tight storage container for storing goods. The container includes a drawer having walls, an open top and a circumscribing rim surrounding the open top. The container further includes a housing for containing the drawer. The housing has a top wall and opposite side walls. The top wall has an underside with a peripheral rim. The side walls of the housing and the side walls of the drawer permitting the drawer to slide in and out of the housing between an open position and a closed position wherein the drawer is fully contained within the housing. The top wall of the housing is inclined such that when the drawer is in its closed position the top wall of the housing closes off the open top of the drawer with the circumscribing rim of the drawer sealing against the peripheral rim of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Alexandru Nistor
  • Publication number: 20130320831
    Abstract: A sealed enclosure is disclosed. Sealed enclosure has a case configured to receive an arc-prone electrical component, a face frame defining an opening, a door configured to cover the opening, a sealing surface on the face frame or on the door, and one or more flaps having an sealing portion, the sealing portion being angled relative to the sealing surface, the one or more flaps being operational to flex from a disengaged position when not under pressure, to an engaged position in contact with the sealing surface when exposed to pressure inside the case during an arcing event. Sealed enclosure doors and methods of sealing an enclosure during an arcing event are also provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Bernhard Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Xiong Pan