Including Particular Storage Compartment Patents (Class 312/404)
  • Patent number: 11415363
    Abstract: A refrigerator including fixers for fixing various components to an inner case and a light emitting diode (LED) assembler in which a printed circuit board having an LED mounted thereon is assembled and which is integrally provided in the inner case. The refrigerator includes an inner case configured to form a storage compartment, an outer case coupled to an outer side of the inner case to form an exterior, a plurality of components fixed to a rear plate of the inner case, and a plurality of fixers integrally formed at the rear plate of the inner case to fix the plurality of components thereto, wherein the plurality of fixers are injection-molded along with the rear plate of the inner case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chae Soo Lim, Byeong Kook Kang, Tae-In Eom, Jong-Hoon Oh, Sang Chul Ryu
  • Patent number: 11415364
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes: a cabinet having a storage chamber provided therein and an open front; a cooling device cooling the storage chamber; a drawer including a front panel and a storage bin, the front panel allowing an open front portion of the storage chamber to be opened and closed and the storage bin being provided in rear of the front panel and storing a container or food therein; an inner first cover provided at the storage bin so as to cover a rear end portion of an inner space of the storage bin; and a raising/lowering lift device provided at a side of the storage chamber to fold downward and unfold upward for vertical movement of a container; and a second covering provided to cover a gap between the raising/lowering device and the inner cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: EuDdeum Hong
  • Patent number: 11408669
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises: a storage compartment; a push-pull drawer provided in the storage compartment; and a slide rail assembly provided between the drawer and a sidewall of the storage compartment. The slide rail assembly comprises a first supporting member extending in a push-pull direction of the drawer and connected to one sidewall of the storage compartment. A front end of the first supporting member is provided with an installation portion. A terminal box cover is fixed to a top portion of the installation portion. A bottom portion of the installation portion is provided with an installation portion fixing structure. The installation portion fixing structure comprises multiple jaws for fixing cable assemblies extending out of the terminal box cover. The multiple jaws are arranged at intervals along a curved line. The curved line has a convex apex at a middle portion thereof and slopes downwards toward two ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: HAIER SMART HOME CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Falin Yang, Jian Zhang, Dong Wei, Guangrui Wu, Zhongling Yang
  • Patent number: 11306964
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator having an improved structure to improve space utilization of a storage container. Provided is a refrigerator including a refrigerator including: a main body; a storage chamber provided inside the main body and having an open front surface; a door provided to open and close the open front surface of the storage chamber; and a storage container having a storage space and provided to be withdrawn in the storage chamber, wherein the storage container may include a plurality of guide rails installed to face each other on an inner wall of the storage container; and a divider provided to be movable along the plurality of guide rails to divide the storage space into a plurality of storage spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Yong Park, Yong Man Seo, Myoung Jin Jang
  • Patent number: 11293687
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a main body forming a storage compartment, and a door configured to open and close the storage compartment. The door includes a door body rotatably coupled to the main body and including an insulator therein, a panel body positioned in a front of the door body, a first trim disposed at a first edge of the panel body and configured to be coupled to the door body while being rotated with respect to the door body, and a second trim disposed at a second edge opposite to the first edge of the panel body and configured to be coupled to the door body when the first trim is coupled to the door body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chomin Lee, Yang-Yeol Gu, Dongyeong Kim, Byoungmok Kim, Yonghan Kim, Taecheol Park, Yongman Seo, Jinyoung Song, Yountae Shin, Byungkwan Yang
  • Patent number: 11015863
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises: a cabinet having a storage chamber; a door to open and close the storage chamber; a drawer assembly connected to the door and having a drawer; a rail assembly to connect the drawer assembly to the cabinet; and a weight balance positioned in the drawer assembly and opposite the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyun Park, Seongjin Na, Daehyun Yoo, Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 10976100
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a body, a storage compartment formed inside the body, a plurality of drawers provided inside the storage compartment, a door slidably provided to open and close the storage compartment and a selective drawing device configured to select a first drawer from among the plurality of drawers and to draw the first drawer together with the door. The desired drawer can be pulled out together with the door at the time of pulling out the door, so that the usability can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Won Seo, Jea Won Lee, Yong Soo Kyong, Kyung Ho Hwang, Jae Bok Lee, Myoung Jin Jang, Nam Gu Choi
  • Patent number: 10969160
    Abstract: A refrigerator of the present invention may have a drawer which is provided in a storage compartment formed on a cabinet and which accommodates stored goods, the drawer being movably supported by a drawer guide disposed in the storage compartment. In the storage compartment, a frame which is supported to be movable in the front/back directions by a frame guide may be provided, and a door opening and closing the storage compartment may be connected with the frame by a link. The frame may have a base part which is disposed on the lower side of the drawer and is connected with the link, and the frame may comprise a side plate which extends from the base part and reaches a height corresponding to the drawer. The side plate may comprise a vertical part which is vertical with respect to the base part. A cross section formed by horizontally cutting the vertical part may be formed so as to be elongated along the moving direction of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seonil Yu, Hongsik Kwon, Junyi Heo
  • Patent number: 10962281
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator having a storage box by which the humidity in a storage compartment is controllable. The refrigerator includes a body having a storage compartment, a storage box installed to be drawable in the storage compartment, a cover located above the storage box and provided to be rotatable, a cover frame configured to support the cover, and a knob configured to rotate the cover to adjust humidity inside the storage box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Bok Lee, Myoung Jin Jang, Yong Bo Shim
  • Patent number: 10928126
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a wine chamber, a wine chamber evaporator, a compressor, a wine chamber heater, a valve, a wine chamber temperature sensor, and a controller. The controller selectively performs a cooling mode and a heating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Myungjin Chung, Kyungseok Kim, Kyeongyun Kim, Giseok Seong, Seunguk Ahn
  • Patent number: 10928123
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet including an inner case; and a drawer assembly installed in the inner case, in which the drawer assembly includes: a basket which forms a receiving space and can be pulled in and out of the storage chamber; a supporter assembly connected to the basket, the supporter assembly to guide the pulling-in and out of the basket; and a cover connected to the supporter assembly, the cover covering the receiving space, the cover being movable in a direction opposite to the basket when the basket is pulled in and out. The basket includes a first roller installed close to a rear end of the side wall thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Changseok Oh
  • Patent number: 10921051
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a an insulated cabinet defining a chilled food storage chamber within an interior thereof. An illuminated chamber is defined within the cabinet and is optically separated from the chilled food storage chamber by a wall of the chilled food storage chamber. At least one light source is positioned to emit light into the illuminated chamber. A shelf is selectively mountable in one of a plurality of positions within the food storage chamber. The shelf includes a light-transmitting body. The light-transmitting body of the shelf is in optical communication with the illuminated chamber when the shelf is mounted within the food storage chamber, such that light from the light source of the illuminated chamber travels through the light-transmitting body. As a result, an edge of the shelf is illuminated by the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Stout, David Meese, Natasha Hamill
  • Patent number: 10677518
    Abstract: A refrigerator according to an embodiment of the present disclosure comprises: a cabinet; a door; a shelf supporting arm; a shelf assembly; and a withdrawing mechanism for allowing a shelf to be withdrawn forward when the door is pivoted, wherein the withdrawing mechanism includes a sliding member, a link member, and a connector for selectively connecting the slide member and the shelf. The connector includes: a connecting unit selectively inserted into a receiving groove formed in the sliding member and having a first inclined face formed on one side thereof; and an actuation unit having a second inclined face formed on one end thereof to contact the first inclined face, wherein when the actuation unit moves toward the rear side of the cabinet, the second inclined face moves along the first inclined face so that the connecting unit moves to be separated from the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyokku Kwon, Seonil Yu
  • Patent number: 10555430
    Abstract: An enclosure assembly for electronic equipment using a housing and a sled. The sled is a combination of a bracket with a skid, the skid preferably of a low friction material, where the sled slides into the housing in order to complete the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HEATHKIT COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Cromarty, Jacob H. Neugass, Jasen Levoy
  • Patent number: 10458699
    Abstract: A refrigerator may include a cabinet forming a storage compartment; a rear panel forming a rear wall of the storage compartment and having a cooling air outlet hole which discharges cooling air toward the storage compartment; a fan housing coupled to the rear panel and in which a fan configured to circulate cooling air is installed; an outlet port which is formed at the fan housing and discharges cooling air supplied by driving of the fan; and a drawer provided capable of being withdrawn forward from an inside of the storage compartment, wherein the drawer includes: a drawer body forming a storage space; and a cooling air duct provided above the drawer body and having a cooling air path in communication with the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ahreum Park, Younseok Lee, Junsoo Han, Yongjin Lee
  • Patent number: 10451342
    Abstract: A refrigerator may include a storage compartment, an inner door which comprises an opening having a size corresponding to a size of the storage compartment, a plurality of door guards, and an outer door which open and close the storage compartment, wherein the inner door comprises a control unit may control an internal environment of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Joo Kim, Yong Man Seo, In-Sung Hwang, Bok Hyun Jang, Tae Youl Lee, Jeong Won Choi
  • Patent number: 10386114
    Abstract: A refrigeration device includes a storage area which is delimited by a body and a door and which is subdivided by a shelf into an upper and a lower compartment. A drawer is accommodated in the lower compartment. In a stop position of the drawer in which it is pushed into the lower compartment, a front wall of the drawer bears against a front edge of the shelf. A closure element can be moved across a passage or opening in the shelf between a position which blocks the passage and a position which opens the passage over at least part of its cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Fink, Miguel Martinez De Falcon Perez, Bernd Pfister
  • Patent number: 10317127
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be disposed within the chilled chamber. Moreover, the drawer assembly may include a drawer frame and a forward panel, as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Lauren Nicole Platts
  • Patent number: 10302351
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator having a structure of a receptacle apparatus, which enables efficient utilization of a space for storing an object to be refrigerated or an object to be frozen, and a door or a cover which is for opening or closing the receptacle apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Daejin Choi
  • Patent number: 10161672
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration appliance has a receiver space for food, which is defined by walls of an internal container. An extension device is arranged on the internal container and is able to be pushed into and pulled out of the receiver space relative to the internal container. A container for receiving food is able to be removably positioned on the extension device. The extension device has a support cage for the container which, viewed in the width direction of the domestic refrigeration appliance, has a base plate and retaining elements arranged thereon on opposing sides and separate from the base plate as lateral cage walls. The retaining elements are configured as suspension elements for the releasable suspension in a non-destructive manner of the support cage on extension rails of the extension device) separate from the support cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Cizik, Jessica Dittmann, Andrea Fink
  • Patent number: 10088224
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet extending along a lateral direction between a first side portion and a second side portion, as well as along a transverse direction from a rear portion to a front portion. The cabinet may define a plurality of operably-independent chilled chambers, including a first chilled chamber, a second chilled chamber, and a third chilled chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Lauren Nicole Platts
  • Patent number: 10006691
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a body provided with a storage compartment, a door unit provided with a first door provided with an opening and rotatably coupled to the body, and a second door configured to open or close the opening and provided in front of the first door, a latch unit provided in the door unit and configured to selectively fix the second door to the first door each other, and a first hinge unit provided in the body to support a rotation of the first door and provided with a push portion configured to selectively operate the latch unit according to the rotation of the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Moon Gyo Jung
  • Patent number: 9939191
    Abstract: An appliance includes a cabinet having outer walls that define a portion of a contact surface. Operable panels are engaged with the cabinet and operate between closed and open positions. A lateral mullion is pivotally attached to a mullion panel of the plurality of operable panels and is operable between contact and tucked positions. When the mullion panel is in the closed position, an outer surface of the lateral mullion is in the vertically pointed contact position and defines a portion of the contact surface to receive a seal of the mullion panel and selectively receive a seal of a vertically adjacent panel. Movement of the mullion panel to the open position rotates the lateral mullion about a horizontal axis to define the tucked position such that the mullion panel can move to the open position free of operation of the vertically adjacent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Neomar Giacomini, Axel Julio Ramm
  • Patent number: 9863690
    Abstract: For the purpose of providing a home appliance device with improved characteristics regarding a user convenience, a home appliance door, in particular a home chiller appliance door, is proposed: The home appliance door has at least one door unit with an outer wall and an inner wall; and at least one covering element which at least partly covers at least one feature of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Taha Demiroez, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 9845986
    Abstract: Lighting units for refrigerator drawers and baskets are disclosed. An example refrigerator drawer assembly includes a shelf having a divider, the shelf defining at least a portion of a drawer compartment, first and second drawers disposed beneath the shelf, an elongated light source attached to a bottom surface of the divider, the elongated light source having a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) along the length of the elongated light source to provide a source of visible light for the first and second drawers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Basavraj Ishwar Sankhgond
  • Patent number: 9140483
    Abstract: A refrigerator may allow the inner space of a storage box to be sealed by a gasket disposed between the shelf and the storage box and adjust humidity of the sealed inner space of the storage box by disposing a moisture-permeable membrane on the shelf. The refrigerator includes a body, a storage compartment arranged in the body, a shelf arranged in the storage compartment and provided with an extension portion, a storage box coupled to a lower portion of the shelf, the storage box being provided with an edge portion, a plurality of rails provided at sidewalls of the storage compartment to guide the storage box, the rails being provided with an inclined portion, a gasket coupled to the extension portion of the shelf to seal an inner space of the storage box, and a moisture-permeable membrane arrange at the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoung Sun Park, Sung Cheul Park, Chul Woo Kim, Hong Joo Mun
  • Publication number: 20150145399
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body, a storage chamber provided in the main body, and a door opening and closing the storage chamber, wherein the door includes a front panel comprising a front portion forming a front exterior of the door, an edge portion bent from the front portion and a side portion bent from the edge portion and forming a side exterior, a rear panel coupled to a rear side of the front panel, an insulation material provided at an inner space defined by the front panel and the rear panel, and a decorative member coupled to the edge portion and forming an exterior. Due to such a configuration, the edge portion of the door has enhanced aesthetic appeal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun Hwan JOO, Seung Yong YANG, Sang Gyu JUNG
  • Patent number: 9039110
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes a crisper system having one or more moveable and removable drawers. The drawers include rollers extending downwardly and outwardly from the drawers to provide maximum storage volume. The rollers are configured to work with channels formed in a support system, which may be integrally formed with a bottom floor of a compartment of the refrigerator. Therefore, the rollers and channels of the support system provide easy access and removability of the drawers of the crisper system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald E. Haltmeyer, Anant R. Karanjikar, Bill J. Koons, Dean A. Martin
  • Publication number: 20150137674
    Abstract: A refrigerator may prevent an internal door from being opened together by an inertial force when an external door is opened, and may also prevent the external door from being opened together by an inertial force when the internal door is opened. The refrigerator includes a main body, a storage chamber provided in the main body so that a front surface thereof is opened, an internal door rotatably provided at a front surface of the main body so as to open and close the storage chamber and having an opening part in which a plurality of door guards are provided, an external door rotatably provided at a front surface of the internal door so as to open and close the opening part, and an internal door opening prevention device allowing or preventing opening of the internal door according to whether the external door is opened or closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Pil Choi, Dong In Shin, Hyo Seok Noh, Young Kyu Moon, Mu Yeol Sun
  • Patent number: 9033437
    Abstract: A slide assembly for a drawer inside a refrigerator employs both side and central rollers which control both horizontal and vertical movement of the drawer through a first set of rollers employed at front and rear portions at each side of the drawer to control vertical movement within side tracks while the drawer is moved between an extended position and a retracted position. A second set of rollers is mounted along axes which are arranged 90 degrees relative to the first set of rollers and underneath the drawer. This second set of rollers control side-by-side movement of the drawer as it is opened and closed. In one embodiment, the second set of rollers is mounted in a refrigerated compartment and travel within a track or guideway mounted on the bottom of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Klitzing, Kyle E. Laine
  • Publication number: 20150130343
    Abstract: A cooling appliance is disclosed herein. The cooling appliance includes a chest defining a cavity and an opening to the cavity. The cooling appliance also includes a lid operably engaged with the chest and moveable between a first position in which the lid covers the opening and closes the cavity and a second position spaced from the first position. The cooling appliance also includes at least one storage structure disposed in the cavity. The cooling appliance also includes a lift disposed in the cavity and operable to move the at least one storage structure out of the cavity when the lid is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: David Earl Morris, Robert Jay Stewart
  • Publication number: 20150130344
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body having a storage chamber; a drawer type door; a first storage unit movable in association with closing and opening operations of the drawer type door, each of side walls of the first storage unit having a first roller supporting surface; a second storage unit having first roller members mounted to a front region of the second storage unit, the first roller members being seated on the first roller supporting surfaces of the first storage unit to enable rolling movement thereof, a protrusion extending downwardly from a bottom surface of the second storage unit, and second roller members provided on both sides of the second storage unit to move along guide surfaces provided on an interior of the storage chamber. The protrusion is configured to prevent the first roller members from laterally leaving the first roller supporting surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Man NAM, Gi Joong JEONG
  • Publication number: 20150123532
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes: a refrigerator main body having a cooling chamber; a cooling chamber door for opening and closing the cooling chamber; a shelf assembly provided within the cooling chamber such that a height thereof is adjustable; and a basket provided in any one of the refrigerator main body and the cooling chamber door such that a height thereof is adjustable. A space of the refrigerator main body or the cooling chamber door can be utilized to facilitate receiving and keeping food items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hongsik KWON, Sanghun KIM, Seonkyu KIM, Hyokku KWON, Sungkyong HAN, Hangbok LEE
  • Publication number: 20150115790
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a first storage compartment and a second storage compartment that is positioned vertically below the first storage compartment, a receiving drawer configured to be received into the second storage compartment, a mullion that partitions the first storage compartment from the second storage compartment, and an access cover configured to selectively open or close the access hole. The receiving drawer includes a receiving door configured to open and close the second storage compartment and a receiving box provided on a back surface of the receiving door. The mullion defines an access hole that allows fluid communication between the first and second storage compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony OGG
  • Patent number: 9016812
    Abstract: A translatable support mechanism is provided. The translatable support mechanism includes a storage component, a pair of supports, and a pair of gear sets. The pair of supports and the pair of gear sets support the storage component such that the storage component is translatable between an open and closed position along a transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lynn Jessie, Stephen Bernard Froelicher
  • Patent number: 9016813
    Abstract: A rack-and-pinion mechanism includes a first rack and a second rack, a first pinion and a second pinion, and a timing bar. Each of the racks includes a first set of teeth provided longitudinally therealong. Each of the first pinion and the second pinion includes a second set of teeth provided circumferentially therearound. The first pinion and the second pinion are configured to rotate along the first rack and the second rack respectively through engagement of the second set of teeth with the first set of teeth. The timing bar includes a first end and a second end. The first end and the second end are configured to be coupled to the first pinion and the second pinion respectively so that the first and second pinions rotate as one. The first pinion is configured to be movable with respect to the timing bar along a longitudinal axis of the timing bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lee Moody, Benjamin Mobley, Christopher Baum
  • Publication number: 20150107285
    Abstract: Refrigerator appliances are provided. A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber, and a door rotatably hinged to the cabinet for accessing the fresh food chamber, the door including an inner surface and an outer surface. The refrigerator appliance further includes a compartment defined in the inner surface of the door, the compartment defining an interior chamber and including a compartment door providing access to the interior chamber. The compartment is selectively operable at a first temperature below approximately 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a second temperature above approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Mitchell, Joel Erik Hitzelberger, Ronald Gary Foster
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150102717
    Abstract: A system for easy organizing and storing of food items within a refrigerator or cooling unit comprising one or more stackable modular assemblies each having a housing unit and one or more slidably insertable drawers having flexible substantially transparent or translucent drawer covers and are configured for containing a variety of rearrangeable and removeable food storage trays. Each housing is vented to increase air circulation at drawer bottom, sides and back. Each drawer is easily removeable from the housing and may be used as a serving tray. Each drawer cover is may be positioned on the peripheral support edge of the drawer to seal the drawer as well as the open trays positioned therein without inhibiting movement of the drawer within the housing. A user can easily identify food within the drawer, partially slide the drawer from the container, and lift the drawer cover to access food items quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Melody Ann Furr, John Bowman Furr, Robert Allen Furr
  • Patent number: 8991953
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a drawer sealing apparatus includes a refrigerator main body having a cooling chamber, a case disposed within the cooling chamber and forming an accommodation space with a front opening, a drawer accommodated in the case and having a drawer door for opening and closing the front opening of the case, and a sealing apparatus comprising a drawer side member disposed on the drawer door and a case side member disposed on the case, the sealing apparatus having a sealing position where the drawer side member and the case side member are engaged with each other to maintain a sealed state when the drawer door is closed, and an unsealing position where the engaged state is released when the drawer door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaeyoul Lee, Ayoung Choo, Daehyun Yoo
  • Publication number: 20150069899
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a fixed frame in which an electric wire cable drawn from one sidewall of a storage chamber is disposed to form a loop, a sliding frame slidably coupled to the fixed frame, and an electric wire cable housing fixed to the sliding frame to surround a portion of the electric wire cable. The electric wire cable is prevented from being damaged upon insertion and drawing of a drawer type door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jae Myung HAN, Jae Hoon LIM, Gi Joong JEONG, Woo Yeol YOO, Jong Eun CHAE, Sun Keun LEE
  • Publication number: 20150061484
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a first magnet provided at an upper end of a cover of an ice bucket and a second magnet provided at a ceiling of an inner liner. The ice bucket is fixed in a state in which the cover of the ice bucket is in tight contact with a front wall of an ice-making compartment due to magnetically attractive force between the first magnet and the second magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin JEONG, Kyoung Ki PARK, Bong Su SON, Do Yun JANG
  • Publication number: 20150054395
    Abstract: The invention is a cooling device comprising a chamber being chilled; a container movably disposed in the chamber and having a wall; and that the chamber comprises a prevention element disposed on a wall of the chamber and having a lower edge being close to an upper edge of the wall of the container such that the movement of the container below the prevention element is possible and drop of an item in the container over the wall of the container is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ziya ARSLANKIRAY, Cemalettin HAST√úRK, Mehmet SEVAL
  • Publication number: 20150052920
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a body having a storage compartment; a door that opens and closes the storage compartment; and a display unit separably provided on a front side of the door, if one side of the display unit is inserted into an inner side of the front side of the door due to rotation, the other side of the display unit being provided to protrude toward a front of the door. With this configuration, the display unit can be easily separated from the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Sun PARK, Byoung Jae CHO, Hyo Sik KANG
  • Patent number: 8960824
    Abstract: A refrigerator drawer liner for segregating a plurality of storage objects in a refrigerator drawer and for transporting storage objects between a secondary location and the refrigerator drawer, the refrigerator drawer liner having a container body having a receiving space for receiving at least one storage object, a container bottom, at least two side walls, and a positioning slot. The refrigerator drawer liner may have at least one separation plate for variably dividing the receiving space of the container body. The at least one separation plate may have a position adjusting handle operatively connected to the at least one separation plate through the positioning slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michele E. Wilcox, Douglas D. LeClear, Karen J. Querfurth
  • Patent number: 8955352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator. The present invention improves a structure of a door and a storage basket, thereby making it possible to facilitate the storage and a drawing out of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Su Won Lee, Hyeung Ju Kim, Kyung Eun Lee
  • Publication number: 20150040604
    Abstract: The refrigerator includes a main body having a freezing compartment and a refrigerating compartment. A refrigerating compartment door opens and closes the access to the refrigerating compartment. A dispenser is disposed on a front surface of the refrigerating compartment door, and the dispenser has a cavity to dispense at least one of water and ice. An opening is defined in the front surface of the refrigerating compartment door, and the opening is disposed below the cavity. An accommodation chamber is defined in the refrigerating compartment door to communicate with the opening, and the accommodation chamber has a bottom surface inclined downward toward the opening to accommodate a plurality of beverage containers. An auxiliary door is opened and closed to allow access to the opening. An insertion hole, through which the beverage container is inserted, is provided in a rear side of the accommodation chamber, and a cover allows access to the insertion hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Myung Dong YOU, Hyungki KIM, Junyi HEO
  • Publication number: 20150035426
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a body provided with a storage compartment having a front side opening, a door rotatably coupled by a coupling member to one side of the body to open/close the front side opening of the storage compartment; and at least one door pocket coupled to an inner side of the door in a way to have a storage space and provided with a first side surface and a second side surface, the second side surface provided at a side facing the storage compartment and the first side surface connected to the second side surface to be positioned adjacent to a side of the door that is open. The second side surface is formed at a position higher than a position of the first side surface to prevent cool air from leaking outside, and stored goods positioned in the storage space are withdrawn through the first side surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jang Won KIM, Amitoj SINGH, Seok Woo CHOI, Jin JEONG, Hyung Yong CHOI
  • Publication number: 20150028735
    Abstract: A refrigerator having a first storage box inserted and withdrawn like a drawer in association with a door, a second storage box seated and rolled on an upper part of the first storage box, and a roller device to enable the rolling motion of the second storage box on the first storage box. The roller device includes a first roller member mounted to the second storage box, a first roller supporting part formed at the first storage box to support a rolling motion of the first roller member thereon, a second roller member mounted to the first storage box, and a second roller supporting part formed at the second storage box to support the rolling motion of the second roller member thereon. The second storage box may be smoothly moved since the load of the second storage box is distributed to the first and second roller members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Jeong Man NAM, Gi Joong JEONG
  • Patent number: 8936332
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator main body having a cooling chamber, a cooling chamber door configured to open and close the cooling chamber, a rear storage member disposed at a rear area to be drawn out along back and forth directions of the cooling chamber, and a front storage member disposed at the front of the rear storage member and configured to be relatively movable with respect to the rear storage member, whereby goods and/or food stuffs can be easily stored and drawn out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyutae Park, Kyungsoo Park, Seonkyu Kim, Hyokku Kwon, Hangbok Lee