Having Article Support Patents (Class 312/405.1)
  • Patent number: 11313616
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having one or more adjustable bins. The refrigerator door may include the one or more adjustable bins. The adjustable bin may move along one or more rails. The adjustable bin may include one or more actuators engaging the one or more rails. The adjustable bin may include one or more bushings slidably engaging the one or more rails. The adjustable bin may include a storage bin removable from a carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Scalf, Vinayak Naik
  • Patent number: 11078697
    Abstract: A home appliance is provided. The home appliance includes a main body having an accommodation space, a first door rotatably coupled to the main body to open and close the accommodation space and having an opening, a second door rotatably coupled to the first door to open and close the opening, and a locking device configured to fix or separate the first door to or from the main body or fix or separate the second door to or from the first door. The locking device includes a main ring unit, an operating lever configured to separate the second door from the first door by pressure, and a dual opening preventing member configured to maintain a fixed state of the second door with respect to the first door when the operating lever is pressed in a state in which the first door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-kwen Ham, Hyeon-kyu Lim, Nam-soo Park, Sang-jin Jeong
  • Patent number: 11047615
    Abstract: A shelf includes a floor plate, a cam plate, and a first pin joint plate. The cam plate extends away from an upper surface of the floor plate. A top edge of the cam plate is opposite a bottom edge of the cam plate that is mounted to the upper surface and has a concave shape that curves inward toward the upper surface. The first pin joint plate is mounted to the floor plate to extend away from a lower surface of the floor plate. The first pin joint plate is configured to mate with a second pin joint plate mounted to a first wall. The top edge of the cam plate is positioned to abut a tab mounted to the second wall when the floor plate is rotated toward the second wall. The upper surface faces the second wall when the floor plate is rotated toward the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SUB-ZERO GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Paul V. Sikir, Philip Francis Hottmann
  • Patent number: 10914508
    Abstract: A refrigerator that includes: a cabinet; a first door; a second door; a moving basket that includes: a basket, a moving frame that is arranged to have a first distance between the moving frame and the basket, and a bridge that couples the basket to the moving frame; a rail that is coupled to the first door and that is configured to guide the moving basket; a supporting unit that is projected from the bridge toward the rail and that supports the moving basket; a lever that, based on user manipulation, to moves between a first position and a second position, wherein the moving frame is configured to accommodate at least a portion of the lever; and a stopper that is coupled to the rail based on a position of the lever and that is configured to stop the moving basket is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 10907892
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a housing defining an interior compartment with an open side and a door rotatably coupled with the housing and selectively closing at least a portion of the open side. The door includes an interior liner defining an attachment surface and at least one first magnetic component adjacent the attachment surface. The refrigerator further includes a storage component defining a mounting surface having an area smaller than the attachment surface. The storage component includes a second magnetic component adjacent the mounting surface and removably retaining the mounting surface of the storage component to the attachment surface of the door by mutual attraction between the at least one first magnetic component and the second magnetic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Pasquale Ciniello, Kamil El Sayed, Marek Gorzelanczyk, Piotr Grzyb, Roberto Riccardi
  • Patent number: 10900707
    Abstract: A refrigerator that includes: a cabinet; a first door; a second door; a moving basket that includes: a basket, a moving frame that is arranged to have a first distance between the moving frame and the basket, and a bridge that couples the basket to the moving frame; a rail that is coupled to the first door and that is configured to guide the moving basket; a supporting unit that is projected from the bridge toward the rail and that supports the moving basket; a lever that, based on user manipulation, to moves between a first position and a second position, wherein the moving frame is configured to accommodate at least a portion of the lever; and a stopper that is coupled to the rail based on a position of the lever and that is configured to stop the moving basket is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 10697695
    Abstract: A refrigerator (10) provides configurable storage in an interior area of a refrigerator door (16). Door shelves (32, 34) are releasably attachable to inside faces (20) of the door in a first configuration in which the door shelves hold items in a substantially vertical orientation, and in a second configuration in which the door shelves hold items in a tilted orientation. Foldout door shelves (64, 66) are rotatably positioned in operatively supported connection with the inside faces of the door. Each of the foldout door shelves is selectively movable between a retracted position in which the shelf is positioned adjacent to a vertically extending inside face of the door, and extended positioned in which an item supporting surface (68, 70) of the respective shelf extends outward to hold items in a tilted orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Danby Products Limited
    Inventor: Oliver Bradley
  • Patent number: 10641544
    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: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Daejin Choi
  • Patent number: 10533791
    Abstract: A domestic refrigeration appliance has a receptacle chamber for food being delimited by walls of an inner container. A pull-out device is arranged on the inner container and can be pushed into and withdrawn from the receptacle chamber relative to the inner container. A container for receiving food is provided. The container is removably positionable on the pull-out device. The container has at its rear region a coupling element which engages in a coupling pocket provided on the pull-out device, so that a tilt prevention device is provided for the container. A mounted position of the container in which the container is placed on the pull-out device, is configured with a relative movement capability in relation to the pull-out device, having play defined as seen in the depth direction. The tilt prevention device is configured such that over the entire play, the coupling element extends into the coupling pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete
    Inventors: Andreas Gatter, Herbert Cizik, Stefan Deissler
  • Patent number: 10458696
    Abstract: A storage bin assembly for a refrigerator is provided. The storage bin assembly includes a base portion having opposed outer end sidewalls upwardly extending from the base portion. A flap is pivotally coupled to the opposed outer end sidewalls where the flap is configured to rotate between a closed position and an open position where the flap is positioned beneath the base portion. A top cover is coupled to a receiving slot portion of the opposing outer end sidewalls where a first magnetic member is positioned in a holding member proximate the top cover. A second magnetic member positioned in a receiving member of the flap that selectively engages the first magnetic member to define a magnetic connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Szymon Matusiak, Krzysztof Krawczyk, Giuseppina Arresta, Maurizio Valle, Christine Nortey
  • Patent number: 10451333
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance door bin assembly that includes: a refrigeration appliance door bin having a substantially planar main base portion, at least one upwardly extending wall that is free of an indentation, apertures or recesses extending upward from the main base portion and a downwardly extending perimeter lip portion where the main base portion and the downwardly extending lip portion define a downwardly facing door bin frame engagement space, the door bin engagement space engages a door bin frame of a refrigerator spaced within the door of a refrigerator such that the downwardly extending lip portion surrounds an exterior portion of the door bin frame and prevents substantial movement of the door bin when the door bin is engaged with the door bin frame caused by a refrigeration appliance door opening force or a refrigeration appliance door closing force; and a refrigeration appliance door bin bottom surface cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Haney, Niyaz Ul Haque, Bhushan Chandrakant Kadu, John Jay Myers, Amit Prakash Powade
  • Patent number: 10451338
    Abstract: A storage system and a refrigeration appliance including the storage system for storing food items in a temperature-controlled environment are provided. The storage system includes at least one rail with at least one elongated main portion extending along the width of the refrigerator door and two support arms on each side of the elongated main portion, and a plurality of detachable storage bins. The two support arms attach the rail to at least one mounting structure of a plurality of mounting structures formed within the liner panel and spaced vertically along the height of the interior of the refrigerator door. The storage bin has an arm extending from a rear surface of the bin and configured to be placed between the rail and the liner panel when the bin is placed in a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Cordero, Dennis Schenk
  • Patent number: 10443782
    Abstract: A mounting system includes a surface mount, a device mount, an extension assembly, a latching panel assembly, and a latch assembly. The surface mount is configured to be coupled to a surface. The device mount is coupled to the surface mount and configured to be coupled to a device. The extension assembly is coupled to the surface mount and the device mount. The extension is configured to facilitate the selective repositioning of the device mount in an extended position and a retracted position. The latching panel assembly is operatively coupled to the device mount. The latching panel assembly includes a post. The latch assembly is operatively coupled to the surface mount and configured to selectively secure the device mount in the retracted position through an interaction with the post and includes a latch that is rotatable with respect to the surface mount in response to the interaction with the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PEERLESS INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Kahn
  • Patent number: 10401078
    Abstract: A refrigerator door and a manufacturing method of the same are disclosed. The refrigerator door includes a front panel that includes a first through hole and an input unit, a door liner, an upper cap decoration unit configured to seal an upper side of a first space defined between the front panel and the door liner, a frame attached to an inside of the front panel and defining a second space, a display assembly provided between the frame and the front panel and configured to emit light through the first through hole, and a touch sensor assembly provided between the frame and the front panel, the touch sensor assembly being fixed to a rear of the front panel at a position that corresponds to a location of the input unit. The upper cap decoration unit includes a communication hole for communicating with the second space and includes a cap cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyunki Kim, Minchel Kim, Seungje Park, Kihyun Park
  • Patent number: 10352612
    Abstract: A refrigerator that includes: a cabinet; a first door; a second door; a moving basket that includes: a basket, a moving frame that is arranged to have a first distance between the moving frame and the basket, and a bridge that couples the basket to the moving frame; a rail that is coupled to the first door and that is configured to guide the moving basket; a supporting unit that is projected from the bridge toward the rail and that supports the moving basket; a lever that, based on user manipulation, to moves between a first position and a second position, wherein the moving frame is configured to accommodate at least a portion of the lever; and a stopper that is coupled to the rail based on a position of the lever and that is configured to stop the moving basket is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 10317126
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of refrigerator equipment, in particular to a refrigerator having a height-adjustable rack, comprising a door, a guide rail on the door, adjusting grooves arranged on the guide rail, a rack and a reset device. The rack is assembled on the guide rail through a guide groove and is able to move vertically. A manipulating member and a stop block, which are interlocked, are further movably provided on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HISENSE RONSHEN (GUANGDONG) REFRIGERATOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meiyan Wang, Dong Kong, Feiyue You
  • Patent number: 10302350
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance defines a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction. The vertical, lateral, and transverse directions are mutually perpendicular. The refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a food storage chamber. The food storage chamber defines an opening for receipt of food items at a front portion of the food storage chamber. The refrigerator appliance also includes a door comprising a body. The body of the door extends between a front surface and an opposing back surface. The door is positioned at the front portion of the food storage chamber and movable between a closed position and an open position to selectively sealingly enclose the food storage chamber. The refrigerator appliance further includes a handle assembly defining a neutral grip pocket handle on the front surface of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy R. Read
  • Patent number: 10197327
    Abstract: A refrigerator and a basket assembly thereof are disclosed. The basket assembly includes a basket, a cover for covering the basket, a knob provided at the basket, and a protruding portion provided at the cover and fastened to the knob. The knob includes a first extension portion extending from the basket in an upwardly inclined direction to a higher position than a distal end of the protruding portion so as to support a rear surface of the protruding portion, a second extension portion extending from the first extension portion in a downwardly inclined direction, and a third extension portion extending downwards from the second extension portion. When force is applied to the third extension portion in a forward direction, the first extension portion is elastically deformed such that the distal end of the first extension portion is moved to a lower position than the distal end of the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Minhoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10184715
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a storage compartment formed in a cabinet of the refrigerator by a fixed insulation wall, the storage compartment being provided with an access opening. The refrigerator also includes a door rotatably provided to the cabinet to open and close the access opening, a drawer provided in the storage compartment, a camera fixed to a ceiling of the storage compartment to photograph both a first region for storing of food arranged in an external space of the drawer and a second region for storing of food arranged in an internal space of the drawer, and a controller configured to separate, through a capturing time of a picture containing both the first region and the second region, a first region picture and a second region picture from the picture to individually divide and store the first region picture and the second region picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kwanhyung Kim, Samnyol Hong, Sungdu Kwon, Ikkyu Lee, Myoungju Lee, Jeonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10168095
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance door bin assembly that includes: a refrigeration appliance door bin having a substantially planar main base portion, at least one upwardly extending wall that is free of an indentation, apertures or recesses extending upward from the main base portion and a downwardly extending perimeter lip portion where the main base portion and the downwardly extending lip portion define a downwardly facing door bin frame engagement space, the door bin engagement space engages a door bin frame of a refrigerator spaced within the door of a refrigerator such that the downwardly extending lip portion surrounds an exterior portion of the door bin frame and prevents substantial movement of the door bin when the door bin is engaged with the door bin frame caused by a refrigeration appliance door opening force or a refrigeration appliance door closing force; and a refrigeration appliance door bin bottom surface cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Haney, Niyaz Ul Haque, Bhushan Chandrakant Kadu, John Jay Myers, Amit Prakash Powade
  • Patent number: 10087658
    Abstract: A door-in-door refrigerator includes a door having an inner door and an outer door. When the inner and outer doors are in open positions, food items stored in a main refrigerated compartment are accessible. When the inner and outer doors are in closed positions, the door seals the refrigerated compartment, and food items stored in the main refrigerated compartment are not accessible. When the inner door is in a closed position and the outer door is in an open position, food items stored in a storage structure coupled to the door are accessible. A latch includes a trigger that moves in a direction substantially parallel to a handle. Movement of the trigger shifts the latch between a latched position, in which pulling on the handle causes the inner and outer doors to open, and an unlatched position, in which pulling on the handle causes the outer door to open while the inner door remains closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Gresham, IV, Evan W. Kessick, Ryan M Post, Daniel Quinlan, Rahul Wadke
  • Patent number: 10018410
    Abstract: A refrigeration or freezing cabinet includes a cabinet corpus having an interior space configured for storing goods to be chilled or frozen, and a cabinet door which is attached to the cabinet corpus so as to be pivotable about a vertical axis of pivoting. In one embodiment, there is arranged or formed, on the inside of the door, a pair of rib members which extend vertically at a distance from one another and support one or more door shelving elements. In this embodiment, there is attached to one of the rib members of the pair, which rib member is located closer to the axis of pivoting, an illuminating strip designed with a plurality of lighting elements arranged vertically one above another. The illuminating strip is attached to that lateral face of the rib member in question which faces towards the interior space of the refrigerator when the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Manfredi Signorino
  • Patent number: 9920979
    Abstract: A refrigerator and a control method for the same are disclosed. A refrigerator includes a storage compartment, a drawer movably provided in the storage compartment and provided with a marker, a camera that photographs inside the drawer from outside the drawer, and a controller that senses a position of the marker in photographs taken through the camera at time intervals, and that determines state information about the drawer based on a change in position of the marker in the photographs. A method includes recognizing closing of the drawer by sensing a start of opening of the drawer; acquiring an image of the drawer interior using the camera; processing the image to recognize the marker from the image; tracing a movement of the marker; acquiring a final image of the drawer interior using the camera when closing of the drawer begins; and displaying the final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyungjoo Kang, Haemin Choi, Myoungho Sung, Ikkyu Lee, Myoungju Lee, Jeonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9841222
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet with a first storage region sealable by a gasket of a door. A first hinge, outside a sealing region, allows the door to rotate relative to the cabinet. A second hinge, inside the sealing region, allows the door to rotate relative to a container having a second storage region that can be accommodated inside the first storage region. Rotating shafts of the first and second hinges are non-collinear, and a coupling between the container and the second hinge is drawn forward when the door rotates independent of the container. A guide unit protrudes into the first storage region and is selectively coupled to a fixing device at the container. The fixing device includes a push unit pushable by the door and a holder that fixes the guide unit as a rotation axis of the container, and releases the push unit from a pushed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihyun Im, Jindong Kim, Hyunbum Kim
  • Patent number: 9702613
    Abstract: A refrigerator capable of varying the positions of a plurality of door guards provided at an opening of a refrigerating door, in which when an outer door configured to open and close the opening is closed in a state that a door guard is withdrawn, the door guard comes into contact with the outer door and thus automatically inserted, the refrigerator including a body, a storage compartment provided at an inside of the body so as to be open at a front surface thereof, and having a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment, an inner door formed with an opening at which a plurality of door guards are provided, and configured to open and close the refrigerating compartment, an outer door to open and close the opening provided at the inner door, a guide rail allowing at least one of the plurality of door guards to be inserted and withdrawn in a sliding manner, a slide unit connected to the at least one door guard so as to be slid along the guide rail such that the at least one door guard is inserted and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Yeol Yoo, Hyun Sang Yoo, Byoung Mok Kim, Seong Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 9671149
    Abstract: A refrigerator with a sterilization device. The sterilization device mounted at an upper surface of a storage chamber includes a housing formed, at a front surface thereof, with an ion outlet while being formed, at a base surface thereof, with an air inlet, an ion generating unit arranged in rear of the ion outlet to generate ions, a blast unit slantingly arranged at a position adjacent to the air inlet, and a guide portion formed to protrude at an upper surface of the housing which faces the blast unit, thereby enabling improvement in sterilization efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Hoon Kim, Sung Cheol Kang
  • Patent number: 9279609
    Abstract: A refrigerator provided with an inner panel molded through injection molding while an accommodation groove in which an installation member is accommodated is formed at the inner panel, and as a gasket is installed at an installation groove of the installation member, the use of a complex mold such as a slide core is minimized while making it easy to install the gasket at the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byoung Mok Kim, Du Sic Kong, Young Jae Song, Seung Yong Yang
  • 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: 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: 8991205
    Abstract: A refrigerator door is provided. The refrigerator door has an outer case forming a shape of the refrigerator door, an inner case provided within the outer case to configure a backside of the refrigerator door wherein a space between the inner case and the outer case is charged with a foaming liquid, an ice making unit provided to one side of the inner case to make ice, a fixing unit provided to the space charged with the foaming liquid between the inner case and the outer case and fixing the ice making unit to the refrigerator door, and a dispenser provided to one side of the outer case to discharge the ice supplied by the ice making unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bok Dong Lee, Seung Mok Lee, Sam Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 8944534
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a storage space, a first door opening or closing the storage space, an accommodation device defining an accommodation space opened toward a front surface of the first door, a second door disposed on the first door to open or close the accommodation device, a shelf disposed on the first door, the shelf being spread to the outside of the accommodation device by the rotation thereof, and a connection assembly connecting the shelf to the second door, the connection assembly being linked with the opening of the second door to rotate the shelf. Thus, convenience of use may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 8911041
    Abstract: A water-filter mounting structure for a refrigerator has a filter receiving section provided below a dispenser that is mounted at a door for selectively opening and closing a storage space and discharges water or ice to the outside. A water filter mounted in the filter receiving section purifies water supplied from a water supplying source. It is possible to minimize reduction in a storage capacity, loss in cold air and damage to the water filter and improve product compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Oh-Chul Kwon, Jun-Heon Kim
  • Patent number: 8881466
    Abstract: An insulated door (10029 includes a door frame made of four side members (1006, 1008, 1010, 1012) connected by four corner connectors (1014, 1016, 1018, 1020). The frame members are profiled ā€œLā€ shaped extrusions having outer panel locating ribs (6035), and inner panel retaining slots (6007). The corner connector has a base (4044) with a projecting post (4040). A first pair of connector tabs (4022, 4044) project from adjacent sides of the base to cooperate with first connection slots (6028) of adjacent side members and a second pair of connector tabs (4042, 4043) project from the post to cooperate with connection slots (6026) of the adjacent side members. The outer panel is located on the opposite side of the frame by location ribs (6036). The legs (6009, 6011) of the extrusion define a space D between the inner and outer door panels, and this space is filled with foam insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: AB Electrolux
    Inventor: Mark Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140312759
    Abstract: A food container allowing the inner space of the food container to be appropriately divided with a minimum number of components and a refrigerator having the same. The food container includes a case defining an accommodation space therein, an inner surface of the case being provided with a stepped portion, a divider assembly to partition the accommodation space as desired, the divider assembly having one side slidably seated on the stepped portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Young SONG, Yong Kyung KIM, Sung ll PARK, Jin ha HWANG
  • Patent number: 8864252
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes a storage assembly including a removable storage bin. The bin of the storage assembly may be rotatable to be tilted relative to a housing in the refrigerator to move the bin between and open and closed position. While in an open position, the bin may also be removed by lifting the bin away from the housing to easily remove the storage bin from the refrigerator. Furthermore, the storage assembly includes little to no moving parts. The ease of use of the tilting and removing of bin of the storage assembly provides quick access and usability of the storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Isabel Rodriguez Cobas, Joel Barron Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8857930
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a storage container that may be selectively coupled to a refrigerator body or to a door by a storage container support device is provided. The refrigerator may include a refrigerator body having a storage compartment formed therein, a rotatable door to open or close the storage compartment, a gasket provided between the door and the refrigerator body, a storage container that may be selectively coupled to the door or to the refrigerator body, a storage container support device provided at the door, the refrigerator body or the storage container to allow the storage container to be selectively coupled to and supported by the refrigerator body or the door, and a control device provided in the door to selectively control operation of the storage container support device from an exterior of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihyun Im, Moongyo Jung, Jindong Kim, Gyeongjin Jang, Myoungju Kang
  • Publication number: 20140300265
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a main body having a first storage compartment and a second storage compartment, a first door rotatably coupled to the main body to open and close the first storage compartment, a second door slidably coupled to the main body to open and close the second storage compartment, a receptacle received in the second storage compartment and coupled to the second door to move together with the second door, and a camera installed at the main body to take a picture of an interior of the receptacle. A controller may combine a plurality of pictures taken by the camera as the second door is moved, and may correct the images into an image showing the interior of the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Jihyun LEE, Woonkyu SEO, Daesung LEE
  • Patent number: 8851590
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body provided with storage chambers having doors, one of the doors being provided with an opening, the opening having at least one stepped plane; a rack installed in the storage chamber at a height corresponding to that of the lower end of the opening; a sub door to open and close the opening; and a connection member to prevent a height difference between a rear surface of the sub door and the opening. The connection member is configured to slide relative to the sub door to cover the at least one stepped plane, whereby the connection member closes the at least one stepped plane when the sub door is closed, and opens the at least one stepped plane when the sub door is opened so that the rear surface of the sub door and the connection member form substantially a level plane with the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo Hee Song, Jeong Wook Lee, Ha Jin Jeong
  • Patent number: 8851589
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an auxiliary shelf unfolded by being linked with an opening/closing of a second door which opens or closes a storage space defined in a first door. The second door covers the storage space and is rotated in the same direction as the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Younghoon Gwak
  • Publication number: 20140285082
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that may include a main body having a storage compartment in which food or other items may be stored, a main door configured to open or close the storage compartment, the main door having a storage chamber separate from the storage compartment, a sub door configured to open or close an opening of the storage chamber, a tray configured to be introduced into or withdrawn from the storage chamber, a guide configured to guide movement of the tray by being compressed when the tray is introduced into the storage chamber and released from compression when the tray is withdrawn from the storage chamber, and a basket placed on the tray, the basket having a storage space therein. The guide may cause variation in a moving speed of the tray when the tray is introduced into or withdrawn from the storage chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sungwoo CHOI, Jaeyoul LEE, Junghun KIM, Seonkyu KIM, Hyun CHOI, Ohseob KWON, Kyeongchul CHO, Seungjin YOON
  • Patent number: 8833882
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a cabinet, a door rotatably coupled to the cabinet, and a plurality of baskets each coupled to an interior side of the door. Each basket may include upwardly inclined bottom surface such that an upper one of a pair of vertically-adjacent baskets does not interfere with the basket below it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woonkyu Seo, Seonkyu Kim, Seungjin Yoon, Jungyeon Hwang, Daesung Lee
  • Publication number: 20140252938
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a main body having at least one storage chamber, a drawer mount installed in the at least one storage chamber that guides at least one drawer provided therein so as to be inserted into and pulled out of the at least one storage chamber, a cover configured to cover an upper opening of the at least one drawer and including guide grooves formed at left and right edges of the cover and guide rails mounted in the guide grooves and formed of metal, a shelf supported by the cover so as to be slidable on the cover by the guide rails, and a pair of supports provided at both sides of a lower surface of the shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Taegyeong Kim, Ayoung Choo, Jaeyoul Lee, Nami Kim
  • Patent number: 8827390
    Abstract: An appliance is provided. The appliance includes a cabinet that defines a chamber. A container is received within the chamber. A biasing member is configured for urging the container upwardly along a vertical direction. By urging the container upwardly, the biasing member can lift the container and facilitate access to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ross Benson Wehner, Ronald Scott Tarr, Raymond James VanAssche, Joseph Emil Gormley
  • Publication number: 20140239790
    Abstract: A refrigerator capable of varying the positions of a plurality of door guards provided at an opening of a refrigerating door, in which when an outer door configured to open and close the opening is closed in a state that a door guard is withdrawn, the door guard comes into contact with the outer door and thus is automatically inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Yeol YOO, Hyun Sang YOO, Byoung Mok KIM, Seong Woo KIM
  • Patent number: 8783801
    Abstract: A household appliance (1) that includes a cabinet (17), a door (2) mounted on the cabinet (17) and allowing access into the cabinet (17), a glass panel (4) having an inner surface (5) and a decorative outer surface (6), mounted on the door (2), and a control panel (3), enabling the user to change various parameters, adjust and/or monitor various functions of the household appliance (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventors: Ergin Kaplan, Levent Orundu
  • Patent number: 8770684
    Abstract: The present embodiment provides a refrigerator. The refrigerator according to the present embodiment includes a panel member forming at least a portion of the exterior of the refrigerator, an inner case of which at least portion is spaced from the panel, a display case provided at one side of the panel member, insulating material filled in space between the panel member and the inner case, and a display unit mounted on the display case after the filling of the insulating material is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Pansoo Kim
  • Patent number: 8752916
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that may include a refrigerator body having at least one cooling chamber, and at least one cooling chamber door that opens or closes the at least one cooling chamber. The cooling chamber door may include a first door configured to open or close the at least one cooling chamber, a second door configured to open or close an open portion formed in the first door, and a support provided at the open portion that supports articles or food. The second door may be rotated around a rotational shaft that extends in a substantially vertical direction with respect to the at least one cooling chamber door. With this structure, food may be supported using the support when the second door is opened, thereby facilitating the putting in and taking out of food from the open portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyokku Kwon, Seonkyu Kim, Hangbok Lee
  • Patent number: 8752918
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet having at least one storage chamber, upper and lower hinges disposed at the cabinet, an inner door coupled to the upper and lower hinges to selectively open or close the storage chamber, an outer door disposed at the front of the inner door to selectively open or close an inner space of the inner door, a basket installation unit mounted onto an inner wall of the inner door, an inner door cover able to be inwardly open or closed based on a longitudinal rotational shaft disposed at the basket installation unit, a latch device to fix the inner door cover to the basket installation unit, and an opening member disposed at one side of the basket installation unit to rotate the inner door cover when the latch device is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sang Hun Kang
  • Patent number: 8752919
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator including a main body provided with a storage chamber; a door to respectively open and close the storage chamber; a control unit installed the door to select an operation; a reception part provided in the door to receive the control unit; and an installation hole provided on a side end of the door to cause the control unit to be inserted into the reception part. The control unit is installed through the side end of the door, which is deviated from a user's line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Gwi Park, Joo Hee Song, Yong Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8746818
    Abstract: A storage rack configured to be removably attached to an inner refrigerator door liner to enable storage of canned and/or bottled beverages is defined by an open body formed from a peripheral frame member, a base member fixed to and extending between side portions of the peripheral frame member and an angled support member. A front segment of the angled support member and a frontal section of the peripheral frame member include a series of aligned arcuate portions. Bottles, such as soda, water, wine and the like bottles, can be stored upright in the rack, resting on the base member between the frontal section of the peripheral frame member and a rear segment of the angled support member, while beverage cans can be stored at an angle, abutting the rear segment of the angled support member while spaced side portions of the cans rest upon the aligned arcuate portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Meese