In Plane Of Accessible Side Of Housing Patents (Class 312/328)
  • Patent number: 10914507
    Abstract: A refrigerated appliance is provided herein. The refrigerated appliance includes a cabinet defining a compartment. A first door is coupled to the cabinet. The first door defines a storage chamber therein. A second door is disposed on an opposing side of the first door from the cabinet. A bin is disposed within the chamber. A bracket is disposed between the first door and the bin. The bracket includes a rotatable member to rotate the bin between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Jackson F. Karl
  • Patent number: 10145565
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door (3) of a domestic cooking oven (1), in particular of the pyrolytic type. The door (3) comprises at least a first and a second plate (31, 32) and a first and a second upright beam (8, 9). The first plate (31) defines an outer surface of the door (3) and the two upright beams (8, 9) receiving at least the second plate (32) are fixed internally relative thereto. The door (3) further comprises a first and a second locking element (14, 15) removably engaged to the first and second upright beams (8, 9) and configured to be selectively movable between an operating position, wherein they are engaged to the respective upright beams (8, 9) in such a way as to lock at least the second plate (32) in a mounting position, and at least one unlocked position, wherein they enable the second plate (32) to be extracted from the door (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Gambardella, Matteo Scoponi
  • Patent number: 9828177
    Abstract: A waste container having a body and a lid pivotably connected to the body. The lid includes a gravity activated locking mechanism having a latch that engages the lid to the body when the container is in an upright position. The locking mechanism rotates to disengage the latch and allow the lid to open when the container is inverted for dumping the waste. The waste container further including a slideable member that is engageable with a locking member when the container is not in an upright position or inverted for dumping, to prevent rotation of the locking mechanism and opening of the lid. The container further including a deactivation system to prevent the lid from locking when the container is upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Nussbaum, Joachim Banik, Steve R. Howe
  • Patent number: 9796077
    Abstract: A toolbox is disclosed. The toolbox comprises a body, a one or more supports and a pivoting rack. The body comprises a lid, a bottom plate, a faceplate, a back plate, a first side, a second side. The toolbox is configured for selectively transitioning between an expanded configuration and a closed configuration. The expanded configuration of the toolbox comprises an expanded height. The body selectively opens and closes between the expanded configuration and the closed configuration. With the toolbox in the closed configuration the body comprises a substantially rectangular shape and encases the tool box with the first side and the second side on it sides, the lid and a bottom plate at its top and bottom, and the faceplate and a back plate at its front and back sides. The lid selectively rotates on a first hinge relative to the back plate. The faceplate selectively rotates on a second hinge relative to the lid rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: James Perkins
  • Patent number: 9790633
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus includes a door, where a first rotational axis forms a rotation center of the door, and a second rotational axis forms another rotation center of the door. The second rotational axis is provided to rotate the door in a direction different from a direction in which the door is rotated about the first rotational axis. A first switching unit is configured to connect the door to the first rotational axis, and a second switching unit is configured to connect the door to the second rotational axis when the first switching unit is moved in a direction in which the door is separated from the first rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Aram Lee, Incheol Kang
  • Patent number: 9777523
    Abstract: A home appliance comprises a cabinet having a chamber, a door configured to open or close the chamber by being rotated about a door rotating shaft, and a handle assembly provided at the exterior of a front surface of the door. The handle assembly includes a handle configured to assist a user in opening or closing the door, a handle link rotating shaft, a handle link attached to the handle, and a distance spacer provided between the handle link and the handle link rotating shaft to maintain a distance between the handle link and the handle link rotating shaft. The handle link is rotatable about the handle link rotating shaft as the door is rotated to an open position and extends out of the door in an increasing length as an opening angle of the door increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Moonho Choi, Euisu Jung
  • Patent number: 9543693
    Abstract: The invention relates to a high-voltage arrangement (1), preferably for a motor vehicle, comprising a housing (2), a high-voltage plug (4) arranged on the housing (2) for the insertion of a high-voltage mating plug (5), a cover (3) that can be mounted on the housing (2) and dismounted, and a spring device (6) comprising at least one first spring element (10) which, when the cover (3) is not mounted, blocks the high-voltage mating plug (5) from being inserted into the high-voltage plug (6), and said cover (3), when mounted, pushing said first spring element (10) down such that the high-voltage mating plug (5) may be inserted into the high-voltage plug (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gergely Nagy Koszeghy, Szilard Galambos
  • Patent number: 9397459
    Abstract: A manual disconnect includes a housing and a base attached to the housing by a fastener. The base includes primary terminals. The manual disconnect also includes a plug assembly that includes fuse terminals and a bolt cover. The plug assembly is movable relative to the base between a disconnected position wherein the fuse terminals are not engaged with respective primary terminals, and a primary circuit engaged position, wherein the fuse terminals are engaged with respective primary terminals. When the plug assembly is in the primary circuit engaged position the bolt cover is positioned to prevent the fastener from being removed from the housing. A handle or cover part of the plug assembly is then rotated to a locked position with respect to the base. Then, the plug assembly can be moved further in the insertion direction to close an interlock circuit, allowing current to flow in the primary circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Butcher, David Menzies, Reinhard Pusch
  • Patent number: 9376255
    Abstract: A waste container having a body and a lid pivotably connected to the body. The lid includes a gravity activated locking mechanism having a latch that engages the lid to the body when the container is in an upright position. The locking mechanism rotates to disengage the latch and allow the lid to open when the container is inverted for dumping the waste. The waste container further including a slideable member that is engageable with a locking member when the container is not in an upright position or inverted for dumping, to prevent rotation of the locking mechanism and opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventors: Joachim Banik, Paul Mans, Mark D. Schaefer, James Marschalek
  • Patent number: 9035181
    Abstract: In one example, a modified electrical device includes a body and at least one connector on the body to make power and control connections with an active cover plate. A system includes an active cover plate comprising low voltage circuitry and a first interface and a modified electrical device. The modified electrical device includes high voltage circuitry and a second interface to connect to the first interface to supply low voltage to the active cover plate. A method for controlling a flow of power through a modified electrical device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy Smith, Sean Watkins, Martin Johnson
  • Patent number: 9004623
    Abstract: A door for a domestic appliance, in particular for a cooking oven. The door comprises two door columns on the left hand side and on the right hand side of the door, an outer door panel at the outer sides of the door columns, an inner door panel at the inner sides of the door columns, and a cover frame for covering the top sides of the door columns and the inner door panel. In a mounted state the cover frame is fastened on the door columns, and the inner door panel is clamped by the cover frame. In an intermediate state the cover frame is fastened at the door columns in another position as in the mounted state, so that the inner door panel is removable from the inner sides of the door columns. Further, a corresponding domestic appliance with at least one door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Erhardt Koitzsch, Gerhard Schaff, Dietmar Hildner, Branko Ivanovic
  • Publication number: 20150091425
    Abstract: A work surface arrangement comprising a support structure extending upward from a base end, a first work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a first vertical height, a second work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a second vertical height and extending to a first side of the support structure where the second vertical height is lower than the first vertical height, the second member including an undersurface, a first cover supported by the support structure and extending downward below the first member to a lower edge below the second vertical height, a second cover supported by the support structure and extending downward from a height proximate the undersurface of the second member and spaced from the first cover to bound a cavity, at least one horizontal channel supported by the support structure between the first and second work surface forming members to face the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Alan E. RHEAULT, Karl J. MEAD, George K. VANGELATOS
  • Patent number: 8931859
    Abstract: A consumer appliance has a soft open door mechanism. The mechanism may include a damping device with a first end mounted to the cabinet and a second end mounted so as to move with the door. The damping device includes a partial fill damper activatable by an opening movement of the door toward the horizontal position to provide an opposing force to slow the door motion. The damper may be configured so as to initiate the opposing force only when the door has moved at least about 45 degrees from the upright position toward the horizontal position, and/or may be configured so that the damper includes a damping coefficient of about 200 to about 240 lb*s/ft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kyle A. Kozinski, Ryan Ellis Leonard, John Alexander Gardner, Aaron Matthew McDaniel
  • Patent number: 8910498
    Abstract: The lockout cabinet can comprise a body with a front opening circumscribed by a front edge, and a rear wall recessed from the front edge, for receiving lockout equipment, a first side laterally opposite a second side, and a tab extending from the first side, passed the front edge, and having a plurality of shackle engagement apertures interspaced from one another in an orientation parallel to an adjacent portion of the front edge; and a door matching the shape of the front opening, being hingedly connected to the second side of the body and having a slot shaped and positioned for the tab to extend through it when the door is closed, with the plurality of shackle engagement apertures on a side of the door opposite the body, able to receive a corresponding plurality of padlock shackles for preventing subsequent unauthorized opening of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: 6251374 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Saucier, Sylvain Deschênes
  • Patent number: 8911036
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is provided for pivotably attaching a door to a domestic appliance. The hinge assembly has a hinge body that attaches to the door; a damper including a damper cylinder attached to the hinge body; a foot attached to the hinge body and the cylinder and engaging a foot receiving portion of the domestic appliance; and a hinge keeper fixedly attached to the appliance body of the domestic appliance. The hinge keeper has a retaining portion that contacts the foot, the retaining portion having an edge that contacts the foot from above such that the foot is prevented from moving vertically upward relative to the appliance body of the domestic appliance, and a fixing portion fixed to the appliance body of the domestic appliance and preventing the retaining portion from moving vertically upward relative to the appliance body of the domestic appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Suad Elkasevic, George May
  • Patent number: 8905494
    Abstract: A dishwasher (1) is shown comprising a body (2), a door (3) which provides access into the body (2) and opens from the top downwards by rotating around the horizontal axis, a door latch (4) which provides the door (3) to be locked, and a door opening mechanism (6) having a linear actuator (5) that provides the door (3) to be opened automatically at the end of the washing and drying processes such that some gap remains between the door (3) and the body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Osman Kilic
  • Patent number: 8857928
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance is provided with a door rotatably mounted to a cabinet of the appliance with a hinge. The hinge is supported by a bracket that extends between a front panel of the appliance and a flange. By extending between the front panel and the flange, the bracket can provide robust support for the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David John Coxon
  • Patent number: 8820860
    Abstract: A housing includes a first panel having a keeper, a hinged door shiftable between a first position generally perpendicular to the first panel and a second position, and a lock mounted on the door, the lock comprising a rotatable cylinder having an axis of rotation perpendicular to the door and a cam. The cam has a first end connected to the cylinder for rotation with the cylinder and a second end spaced from the first end by a cam body, the second end extending at an angle to the cam body and lying in a second plane parallel to the axis of rotation. When the door is in the first position, the cam is shiftable from a first orientation with the cam second end spaced from the keeper to a second orientation with the cam second end overlying a side of the keeper opposite the cylinder to lock the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Gil Ruiz, Thomas Crain
  • Patent number: 8820861
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is provided that includes a cabinet configured that defines a profile of the laundry treating apparatus, the cabinet including a laundry introduction opening formed therein, a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, a hinge unit including a first pivot to rotate the door along a first rotational direction and a second pivot to rotate along a second rotational direction, which is different from the first rotational direction, and a securing member configured to secure the door to the first pivot or the second pivot, when the door is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyuk Kim, Sanghun Bae, Seunghyun Song, Eunyoung Jee, Hongjun Cho, Seungphyo Ahn, Minjung You
  • Patent number: 8807670
    Abstract: A piece of furniture has an actuating arrangement for a flap of the piece of furniture. An actuating arm arrangement includes a lever arrangement for moving the flap and a main spring that acts in the closing direction (SR) to hold the flap closed. The piece of furniture also has an ejecting device for ejecting the flap in the opening direction (OR) by overpressing the flap in the closing direction (SR). At least one support spring acts in the opening direction (OR) and is separate from the ejecting device, and supports the ejecting motion of the ejecting device. At least in an overpressed closed position (US), the spring forces (A, U) are together greater than the closing force (Z) which acts on the flap and which is provided by the main spring acting in the closing direction (SR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Blum
  • Patent number: 8764131
    Abstract: An undercabinet secretary provides organization and storage for items as well as concealed or hidden storage for items. The undercabinet secretary prevents concealed items from being accessed while allowing authorized persons or those who are aware of the hidden storage to conveniently retrieve the items. The undercabinet secretary may have one or more dividers to provide compartments for organization and storage of items, and may have a hidden compartment assembly having the same outward appearance to conceal items. In one or more embodiments, the hidden compartment assembly may have its own divider which may be used as a handle to access the hidden compartment assembly and which allows the hidden compartment assembly to blend in with the other dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Marie Risley
  • Patent number: 8764133
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a hinge bracket that is installed on a cabinet between an upper door and a lower door, which are configured to individually open and close an upper portion and a lower portion of a cabinet, respectively, and rotatably supports the upper door and the lower door, the hinge bracket coupled to a connecting member through a reinforcing bracket, which is installed at an inner side of a wall forming a heat insulation space of the cabinet, thereby enhancing the sealing performance of a filler unit configured to seal between the upper door and the lower door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Yong Park, Hyun Tae Chu, Hyoung Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 8740320
    Abstract: A dishwasher comprises a compartment to hold items to be washed and/or dried, the compartment including a front opening; a closure device to sealingly close the opening, the closure device being movable between open and closed positions; and an insert having a front side with a portion that is flush or substantially flush with a front surface of the closure device. The insert includes a recessed handle that is inwardly recessed into the front face of the closure device. The handle is elongated in a horizontal sense and to such an extent that the handle is accessible by a user when standing at a position laterally adjacent the dishwasher, (e.g., in front of a sink) to better avoid the need for the user to lean over to access the center of the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventor: Lindsay Eng
  • Publication number: 20140116096
    Abstract: A laundry treatment machine is provided. The laundry treatment machine may include a top cover, a control panel, a lid assembly, and a lid handle. The top cover may be disposed over a cabinet and have a laundry loading hole. The control panel may be disposed at a front upper side of the top cover. The lid assembly may be disposed over the top cover at a rear side of the control panel and open/close the laundry loading hole. The lid handle may protrude in a forward direction from a front surface of the lid assembly and protrude in an upward direction with respect to a top surface of the lid assembly to form a gap such that a hand of a user may enter the gap between the lid handle and the control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Youngbae PARK, Jimaeng Kim
  • Patent number: 8704091
    Abstract: An electrical outlet cover assembly comprises an electrical outlet mounting box having a front edge that does not extend beyond a front surface of a wall. An extendable base is coupled with the electrical outlet mounting box and is slideable between collapsed and extended positions. When collapsed, a leading edge of the extendable base does not extend beyond the front surface of the wall. One or more guides resist decoupling of the extendable base and the electrical outlet mounting box. A lid is pivotably coupled with the extendable base, and one of the lid and the extendable base has a cord port along their respective edges. The lid has a front surface and is positionable between open and closed positions. The lid's front surface is substantially flush with the front surface of the wall when the base is collapsed and the lid is closed with respect to the extendable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghorn, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 8701931
    Abstract: A medication dispensing cabinet, a medication dispensing drawer assembly and an associated method are provided to facilitate controlled access to medications in an efficient manner. A medication dispensing cabinet includes a cabinet body, a plurality of drawers disposed within and configured for slidable extension relative to the cabinet body and a plurality of pockets serially positioned within a drawer. Each pocket includes a lid configured to cover the pocket and limit access to medication within the pocket. The medication dispensing cabinet also includes a linkage member configured to operably engage the lids of the plurality of pockets. The linkage member has a first state in which the linkage member prevents one or more of the lids from being opened and a second state in which the linkage member permits the lids to be opened in accordance with a predefined sequential order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Aesynt Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Santmyer, Todd Kijowski, Ben Tylenda, Pat Braun
  • Patent number: 8683928
    Abstract: A laser barrier system for an optical table includes a plurality of laser barrier panels hingeably mounted to the edge of the table by a plurality of spaced hinge brackets. The hinge brackets include a horizontal flange secured to the surface of the table, a lower pivot support extending downwardly from the flange and an upper support column extending upwardly from the flange. Each hinge bracket supports a vertically extending jamb member secured to the upper support column. Each laser barrier panel is hingeably supported by pivot pins between a pair of spaced hinge brackets and their associated jamb members, and is hingeably movable about the pivot pins between a closed position and an open position. Each laser barrier panel is maintained in the closed position by a spaced pair of rotatable latch tabs that selectively engage with the adjacent jamb members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Anderson
  • Patent number: 8444234
    Abstract: A washing machine of the present invention comprises a top cover where a laundry entrance hole is formed through which laundry is put in from above; a lid assembly coupled to the top cover in a rotatable manner and opening and closing the laundry entrance hole; and a stopper being formed at least in one of the top cover and the lid assembly and preventing the lid assembly from being rotated more than a maximum opening angle. The stopper prevents a lid assembly from being rotated more than a maximum opening angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongyoon Kim, Youngbae Park, Sunggi Hwang, Dongmin Kim, Seogkyu Park, Taehyok Kwon, Taehyeon Sim, Jongdeuk Bae, Jaeseok Lim, Seongno Yoon, Younggon Kim, Jimaeng Kim
  • Publication number: 20130076216
    Abstract: A stowage bin is provided. The stowage bin includes a support assembly, a bucket including a pivot point, the bucket rotatable about the pivot point between a closed position and an open position, and a translating mechanism coupling the bucket to the support assembly such that when the bucket is rotated between the closed and open positions, the pivot point translates with respect to the support assembly between a first pivot position and a second pivot position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Chad D. Schmitz, Aaron Justus Pederson
  • Patent number: 8377697
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides test strip carriers for insertion into test strip vials and methods of making the same. Also provided are test strip vials including test strip carriers, and systems including test strip vials, test strip carriers and analytical test strips. The test strip carriers of the present disclosure are capable of engaging with the caps of test strip vials and thereby facilitating the retrieval of one or more test strips from the test strip vials upon opening of the test strip vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Myles, Cherie Bulala
  • Publication number: 20130033162
    Abstract: The invention is a portable food preparation cabinet, and related processes. The cabinet has a lid, which can be used for food preparation and may be covered with a removable surface. The walls, lid, and bottom enclose a chamber, which can be used to hold food storage containers, food, or food preparation equipment. The lid can be closed for food preparation, or opened to provide access to the chamber. A side of the cabinet may have a coupler, to mate with a corresponding coupler on a food storage container to hold the food storage container in place when the unit is being used for food preparation. Food can be scraped from the lid into a coupled storage container. A sluice in the lid to funnel liquids may be provided. A cabinet may be small and light enough to be taken on a picnic or camping trip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce V. Remus
  • Patent number: 8314334
    Abstract: An electrical device cover with a lid coupled to a base assembly includes an adapter that couples to the base through sliding lateral to the opening in the base. Particular implementations of an adapter include adapters with “L-” or other-shaped engagement tabs and adapters includes straight, flat or pin-shaped engagement tabs. In particular implementations using an engagement tab, the adapter may be moved toward the base either before or after sliding parallel to the base surface, and thus engages with the base. In other implementations, the adapter is simply slid parallel to the base surface to engage with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 8303057
    Abstract: An opening and closing support mechanism includes: a main body; an opening and closing member; and a support member includes: a first joint support portion that curves to deform when the opening and closing member is closed, and extends straight when the opening and closing member is opened; and a projection portion that projects to an opposite side of a curving side of the first joint support portion at a side of either one end portion or the other end portion of first joint support portion when the opening and closing member is closed, and is elastically deformed in a direction of approaching the first joint support portion while pressed against a portion of the main body or opening and closing member when the opening and closing member is opened, and the support member being fitted between the main body and the opening and closing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kuramata, Yousuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8297085
    Abstract: A washing machine comprising a cabinet, a top cover arranged at an upper surface of the cabinet and has a laundry entrance hole, wherein the upper surface of the cabinet opens, and a lid assembly arranged at the top cover and opens/closes the laundry entrance hole is provided. A handle is provided at a front side of the lid assembly. The handle protrudes forwards more than the top cover, wherein the handle and the top cover are arranged to be spaced apart from each other in upper and lower directions and in front and rear directions, thereby defining spaces between the handle and the top cover so a user's hand is inserted into the spaces to hold the handle and lifts the lid assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongyoon Kim, Youngbae Park, Taehyeon Sim, Jimaeng Kim, Youngjong Kim, Hyuksoo Lee, Seongno Yoon, Younggon Kim, Jongdeuk Bae, Sunggi Hwang, Seogkyu Park
  • Patent number: 8292381
    Abstract: A consumer appliance with a soft open door mechanism includes a cabinet having top and a bottom and defining an opening along a front side. A door has a top and a bottom and is attached by a hinge to the front side of the cabinet. The hinge is at a bottom of the door so that the door is movable between an upright position closing the opening and a substantially horizontal position opening the opening. A spring is mounted in the cabinet so as to oppose movement of the door toward the horizontal position. A damping device is mounted within the cabinet activatable by an opening movement of the door toward the horizontal position to slow the door motion. The damping device is not active until the door has moved a distance from the upright position toward the horizontal position. Again, various options and modifications are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew McDaniel, John Alexander Gardner
  • Patent number: 8236254
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides test strip carriers for insertion into test strip vials and methods of making the same. Also provided are test strip vials including test strip carriers, and systems including test strip vials, test strip carriers and analytical test strips. The test strip carriers of the present disclosure are capable of engaging with the caps of test strip vials and thereby facilitating the retrieval of one or more test strips from the test strip vials upon opening of the test strip vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Myles, Cherie Bulala
  • Patent number: 8213168
    Abstract: A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. The portable computing device can include a single piece housing and a display module. The display module can include a protective top glass cover that is bonded to a plastic display frame and surrounded by a seal frame. The display module can also include a display panel and its associated circuitry suspended from the display frame below the protective glass cover. The display module is coupled to the single piece housing mounting clips in a manner that allows the display module to move relative to the single piece housing during an impact event. The plastic display frame can include inserts that provide structural support near openings in the single piece housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Joshua D. Banko, John P. Ternus, Matthew B. Morris, Peter M. Thompson, Kevin Gibbs, Timothy G. Van Vorhis, Martin B. Adamcyk, Arthur J. Lucchesi, Brian S. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 8197017
    Abstract: A drawer that includes a container and an activation member is disclosed. The container includes a receptacle and a lid. The lid moves between an open position allowing access to the receptacle and a closed position restricting access to the receptacle. The container further includes a fastener, coupled to the lid, to fasten the lid to the receptacle when the lid is in the closed position. The activation member moves radially around a longest axis of the activation member, and includes an actuator. When the activation member is rotated in a first direction, the actuator is placed into a first orientation relative to the fastener. When the activation member is rotated in a second direction opposite the first direction, the actuator is placed into a second orientation relative to the fastener such that the actuator actuates the fastener to cause the lid to move into the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Rahilly
  • Patent number: 8127962
    Abstract: A lid body is constituted so as to enable to selectively take a lid closing preparation position wherein the lid body is moved forward to a housing frontward side with an approximately horizontal condition and projects to a housing front, a lid closed position closing an opening portion of a housing with an approximately vertical condition, and a lid open position wherein the lid body is moved to a housing backward side with an approximately horizontal condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsuru Kogami
  • Patent number: 8116853
    Abstract: The attenuation and other optical properties of a medium are exploited to measure a thickness of the medium between a sensor and a target surface. Disclosed herein are various mediums, arrangements of hardware, and processing techniques that can be used to capture these thickness measurements and obtain three-dimensional images of the target surface in a variety of imaging contexts. This includes general techniques for imaging interior/concave surfaces as well as exterior/convex surfaces, as well as specific adaptations of these techniques to imaging ear canals, human dentition, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Douglas P. Hart, Federico Frigerio, Davide M. Marini
  • Patent number: 8042891
    Abstract: A dishwasher is provided, comprising a door pivotably attached to a body and having a counterbalance assembly coupled therebetween for facilitating pivoting of the door, wherein the counterbalance assembly includes a biasing member coupled to the body and serially engaged with a flexible element coupled to the door, and a guide member secured to the body and including a fixed arcuate member defining a first guide track, and a pulley rotatable about an axis and defining a second guide track, wherein the flexible element is at least partially wrapped about each of the fixed arcuate member and the pulley so as to serially engage the first and second guide tracks, and wherein the first guide track of the fixed arcuate member is offset from the second guide track of the pulley along the axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Tynes, Daniel M. Stewart, John Helgesen
  • Publication number: 20110241507
    Abstract: A hinge pulley for a household appliance having a housing, a washing container in the housing, a door pivotable about a horizontal axis at the lower part of the door between an open and a closed position for accessing an interior of the washing container, and a transmission element coupled between the door and the housing. The hinge pulley includes a unitary molded body having an integral first channel having a first curved portion for guiding the transmission element, and an integral second channel having a second curved portion for guiding the transmission element, wherein a portion of one of the integral first channel and the integral second channel includes a sliding surface formed from an ultra high molecular weight material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steffen Diebold, David Hite
  • Publication number: 20110235249
    Abstract: A workstation comprises a support and a work platform mounted on the support by an articulation mechanism. The articulation mechanism pivots the work platform between a storage position and a deployed position about a pivot axis and raises the pivot axis relative to the support as the work platform moves from the storage position to the deployed position. The workstation comprises a support supporting a flat monitor in a monitor housing having a depth. In the storage position the work platform is located below the monitor and in the deployed position the work platform may be used as a keyboard support and a desk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Benjamin Shane Bustle, Jacob Connelly, Robert Grant McRorie
  • Patent number: 8022299
    Abstract: A kind of rotatory emergency stop cover with plug-in unit includes lock cover 11 having shutter 9 that contains raised block b and return spring inside, lock base 15 having groove a, stop button 4 having torsional spring; lock cover has cam 8 and torsional spring, stop button 4 has retainer 3 and plug-in unit that is passing through stop button 4 to go into cam 8 for the connection of stop button 4 to cam 8. Shape and size of unit 1 are adjusted to woke in with that of cam 8 for only use in plug-in unit 1. Plug-in unit is operable to actuate and separate synchronously stop button 4 from cam 8 to ensure that stop button 11 won't open if plug-in unit is not inserted after locking. Support plate 13 has additional hole b, with rectangular hole c being on lock cover 7; it is convenient for user to secure with a lock without removal of unit when lock cover 11 is operated. Stop button 4 has retainer 3, retainer is used to cover hole g to prevent foreign objects from falling into after removal of plug-in unit 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Zhejiang Kedu Electric Mfg. Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Chun Kai Zheng
  • Patent number: 8020548
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a storage compartment and a useful storage volume that is closable by a door. The door is able to slide into the storage compartment with a guiding system during opening. To simplify the assembly of the household appliance, the useful storage volume is provided in a useful storage volume module while the storage compartment is provided in a storage compartment module. The two modules represent two separate components that are assembled so as to form the household appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Bartmann, Jochen Herbolsheimer, Horst Krenz, Heiko Meyer
  • Patent number: 8013246
    Abstract: A push-in emergency stop cover with a plug-in unit includes a retainer, a stop button, a lock cover, a lock base, a combination of a lock and lock spring assembled in the lock cover, a plug-in unit, a slide block, a push button and an associated spring, a slide block and associated spring, a groove provided in said lock cover, said plug-in unit having a key extending through an opening provided in said stop button and to one side of said slide block, the push button having a push rod provided with an inclined plane and a raised block having an inclined plane at the rear of the lock. When the plug-in unit is inserted in the stop button to separate the lock from a lockstitch of the lock base, the lock cover will open; the lock cover will not open when the plug-in unit is removed after the cover is locked. The stop button has a retainer to cover an opening in the stop button to prevent foreign obstacles from falling into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Zhejiang Kedu Electric Meg. Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Chun Kai Zheng
  • Patent number: 8011741
    Abstract: A flap drive system for moving a flap mounted in a movable manner on the body of a piece of furniture has a mechanical actuating unit with an actuating arm that can be linked to the flap, and has an energy accumulator that can apply a force to the actuating arm. The flap drive system also has an electric drive secured to the actuating unit for driving the flap. The electric drive has at least one electric motor and is designed as a self-contained component, such that the electric drive can be secured to the actuating unit even when the actuating unit is already mounted on the body of the piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Mattle
  • Patent number: 7948746
    Abstract: A cover opening/closing device of the present invention is formed so that a height of a rib to be in contact with a sealing member asymptotically decreases from a shaft toward an edge of a cover opposite to the shaft. With this configuration, the cover can be closed with only a small load imposed on the cover, whereby the operability in the opening/closing of the cover can be improved. Further, air-tightness of a recessed part provided with a disk drive sealed by the cover can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakatani, Shintaro Tanaka, Haruka Kaneko, Yoshiaki Nagamura
  • Patent number: 7934783
    Abstract: A dishwasher is provided, comprising a door pivotably engaged with a body and a counterbalance assembly coupled therebetween for facilitating pivoting of the door. The counterbalance assembly includes a first and second biasing member, each coupled to the body and serially engaged with a respective first and second flexible element coupled to the door. A guide member is secured to the body and includes a fixed arcuate member defining a first guide track, and a pulley rotatable about an axis and defining a second guide track. The first flexible element is at least partially wrapped about each of the fixed arcuate member and the pulley so as to serially engage the first and second guide tracks. The second flexible element is at least partially wrapped about a second side of the fixed arcuate member so as to engage the first guide track. An associated apparatus and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Van Vooren, Jerry Olesen, Jason Duckworth, Ronald G. Tynes, Daniel M. Stewart, John Helgesen
  • Patent number: 7880085
    Abstract: A water deflection system is provided for use with a wall mounting assembly, wherein the water deflecting system and the wall mounting assembly are suitable for mounting to a wall of a structure, such as a building. The mounting plate and the cover plate of the wall mounting assembly are spaced apart from one another and/or provide sufficient clearance to allow for a downward flow of water therebetween. The water deflection system interrupts, channels, and/or directs this downward flow of water and safely diverts the water away from the region proximate to the top portion of the cut hole towards a region proximate to and/or below the bottom of the cut hole, thereby preventing the damage associated with water being introduced behind the siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Aundrea Nurenberg, Michael C. Clark