Wall Structure Patents (Class 312/406)
  • Patent number: 10345031
    Abstract: An insulation structure for an appliance includes a first vacuum insulated structure having a top and downward sides extending from the top and defining a lower connection surface. A second vacuum insulated structure having a bottom and upward sides extending from the bottom and defining an upper connection surface, and an intermediate insulation structure having a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the top surface engages the lower connection surface of the first vacuum insulated structure to define the first insulated interior, wherein the bottom surface engages the upper connection surface of the second vacuum insulated structure to define the second insulated interior, and wherein the intermediate insulation structure includes an appliance utility path within which at least one utility for the appliance is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mohamed Alshourbagy, Andrea Olivani, Ian Osborn
  • Patent number: 10274247
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator having an inner case, a storage compartment formed in the inner case, an outer case provided outside the inner case, an inner frame coupled to an outer surface of the inner case to support the inner case, an outer frame coupled to an inner surface of the outer case to support the outer case, and a vacuum insulation panel provided between the inner case and the outer case to insulate the storage compartment and supported by the inner frame and the outer frame. The refrigerator can be assembled without foaming insulation and maintain rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Ku Jeong, Dae Hwan Kim, Keon Kuk, Jun O Kim, Choong Hyo Jang, Min Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10226751
    Abstract: Provided are a core material for a vacuum insulation panel including porous aluminosilicate, and a vacuum insulation panel provided with the same. The core material for the vacuum insulation panel according to the present disclosure has superior long-term durability and improved gas adsorption ability (particularly, superior water absorption ability) while requiring a low raw material cost. The vacuum insulation panel including the core material may exhibit more improved insulation performance by minimizing a reduction in the vacuum degree without an additional getter or absorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Yun Jung, Cheol-Hee Park, Shin Hee Jun, Won Bae Byun
  • Patent number: 9915466
    Abstract: A selected temperature is stabilized within the interior of a cold compartment of a refrigerator or freezer wherein the selected temperature is effected by a refrigeration system operated in cycles of operation comprised of ON periods and OFF periods. A lining is extended along the perimeter of the interior of the compartment, exposed to the interior, the lining being constructed of a material having a combination of thermal conductivity and thermal mass enabling the conduct of heat into the interior of the compartment during the ON periods and the absorption of heat from the interior of the compartment during the OFF periods, whereby the temperature within the interior of the compartment essentially is stabilized at the selected temperature during cyclical operation of the refrigeration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Felix Storch, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Storch
  • Patent number: 9910468
    Abstract: A holder and a mobile terminal including the holder are disclosed. The holder is located in the mobile terminal, the holder includes a heat conduction area and a heat insulation area, the heat insulation area is close to an edge of the holder, the heat insulation area is adjacent to the heat conduction area, and a heat emitting element in the mobile terminal is proximate to the heat conduction area. The heat insulation area is provided on the holder and the heat insulation area is close to the edge of the holder and is adjacent to the heat conduction area, so that, in a process of transferring heat in the heat conduction area to the edge of the holder, the heat is impeded by the heat insulation area, thereby reducing heat at the edge of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangyang Yang, Linfang Jin, Hualin Li, Wenbing Tang, Jie Zou
  • Patent number: 9816747
    Abstract: A refrigerator in which an ice making chamber case including a horizontal wall, a vertical wall, a front opening and a front edge is coupled to an inside of an inner case, to form an ice making chamber. A case insulator is disposed in a wall space of the ice making chamber case. The case insulator is foamed separately from a body insulator which is foamed between inner and outer cases of a refrigerator body. Since the case insulator is foamed separately from the body insulator, it is possible to easily achieve foaming of the case insulator. It is also possible to prepare the ice making chamber case separately from molding of the inner case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Koog An, Jeong Hun Shin, Byung Su Kim
  • Patent number: 9791205
    Abstract: An insulated cabinet structure includes an inner liner having a plurality of walls defining a refrigerator compartment, and an external wrapper having a plurality of walls defining a refrigerator compartment receiving area. An insulation gap is formed between the walls of the inner liner and the walls of the external wrapper. A first insulation material is positioned on a wall of the external wrapper and extends outwardly into the insulation gap to partially fill the insulation gap. The first insulation material includes a renewable resource component having a particle size in a range from about 10 microns to about 25 microns. A second insulation material is disposed in the insulation gap, such that the first insulation material and the second insulation material together substantially fill the insulation gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Diptesh Mukherjee, Rameet Singh Grewal
  • Patent number: 9132592
    Abstract: An appliance is provided with a cabinet having a plurality of fill holes along a rear section or panel of a cabinet whereby expandable foam material may be injected at multiple locations into voids within the cabinet. The plurality of fill holes avoids or minimizes problems with conventional methods such as sink parks, unfilled spaces, and uneven distribution. In certain embodiments, patterns or configurations of the fill holes are provided to e.g., improve the effectiveness of the injection process and conserve the amount of material required to fill the voids in the cabinet. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Tobbe, Roger Shawn Nelson, Nicholas David Tackett
  • Patent number: 9074811
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator (1) wherein plastic liner sheets (6) are used in manufacturing the inner casings (2) of the body and/or the doors, the liner sheet (6) forming the inner casing (2) comprising a main layer (7) produced of HIPS (high impact polystyrene) material by extrusion process, and a protective layer (8) which is formed on the (inner) surface of the main layer (7) facing the compartment (4) by co-extrusion method, having a high chemical resistance and a gloss that is not decreased below a certain limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Erdem Korkmaz
  • Publication number: 20150137670
    Abstract: The present application provides an insulated foam panel for a refrigerated display case. The insulated foam panel may include a polyurethane foam core, a number of polystyrene support rails surrounding the polyurethane foam core in whole or in part, and a pair of liners positioned about the polyurethane foam core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Chandrashekhara Chikkakalbalu, Kevin Simmons
  • Patent number: 9022494
    Abstract: A bottom mount refrigerator is provided with refrigerator components housed in a space adjacent the top of the fresh food compartment between a false ceiling and the top wall of the compartment. The top wall includes a stepped portion formed in the liner forming the compartment. The stepped portion is positioned near the top and front of the compartment, and it includes a section that is lower than the remainder of the top wall. The stepped portion includes a rear facing face in the interior of the compartment, and the false ceiling is positioned between the rear facing face and the back wall. The ceiling extends horizontal from the rear wall before angling upward to abut the face of the stepped portion. The false ceiling may also contain apertures to provide access to the components housed between the ceiling and the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Derek Thomas Lehman, Frank Weston Maglinger
  • Patent number: 8986483
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated cabinet structure includes panels having sheet metal outer side walls and polymer inner side walls. The polymer inner side walls are heat-sealed to a layer of polymer material laminated to a flat sheet metal blank to form vacuum cavities. The blank is then bent along fold lines to form a cabinet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat Cur, Axel Julio Ramm, Guolian Wu, James Kendall
  • Patent number: 8986805
    Abstract: A vacuum insulation panel includes a core material having a bending groove at at least one surface thereof, and an envelope material to cover an outer surface of the core material and an inner surface of the bending groove. Also, a refrigerator with the vacuum insulation panel and a manufacturing method for the vacuum insulation panel are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ilseob Yoon, Youngbae Kim, Jaehyun Soh
  • Patent number: 8944541
    Abstract: A vacuum panel cabinet structure comprising a frame having side and back framing members defining a frame opening and panel receptacles, framing edges, at least one outwardly expanded framing member, and an inner surface. A plurality of vacuum panels disposed in the panel receptacles. A barrier layer disposed on the vacuum panels. An outer enclosure having at least one extruded channel engaging the at least one outwardly expanded framing member, at least one outwardly contoured hinge, and an inward surface defining a frame receptacle into which the frame is disposed. A liner having at least four sidewalls, a back panel, a liner outer facing surface, and a liner perimetrical flange, wherein the liner outer facing surface is disposed within the frame opening proximate the frame inner surface. The liner perimetrical flange is disposed to the outer enclosure and includes a hermetically sealed infrastructure notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Nihat Cur, Luiz Afrânio Alves Ferreira, James W. Kendall, Steven J. Kuehl, Axel J. Ramm, Guolian Wu
  • Publication number: 20150015132
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprising a cabinet, a liner disposed within the cabinet and defining an interior fresh food compartment, a wine rack rotatably mounted within the fresh food compartment, the wine rack comprising a substantially planar plate having a first end and a second end with at least one aperture sized to receive a neck portion of a bottle to hold the bottle substantially horizontally in a cantilever fashion; a pair of attachment elements disposed on the first end and second end of the substantially planar plate to support the substantially planar plate and configured to secure the substantially plate to the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: MICHAEL S. SEELEY
  • Publication number: 20150008815
    Abstract: An appliance that includes a cabinet having an exterior surface; a refrigeration compartment located within the cabinet; and a hydrophilic structure disposed on the exterior surface. The hydrophilic structure is configured to spread condensation. The appliance further includes a wicking structure located in proximity to the hydrophilic structure, and the wicking structure is configured to receive the condensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: STEVEN JOHN KUEHL, JOHN J. VONDERHAAR, GUOLIAN WU, MIAXUE WU
  • Patent number: 8881398
    Abstract: A method of insulating a refrigeration appliance. The refrigeration appliance includes a case, a liner, and a five-sided, box like vacuum panel. The liner is formed to be inserted into the case forming a chamber between the liner and the case. The five sides of the vacuum panel define a cavity. The method includes in one embodiment, positioning the five-sided vacuum panel in the chamber between the case and the liner, injecting foam into the chamber, and curing the foam to attach the five sided vacuum panel to the case and the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Joseph Hanley, Martin Christopher Severance
  • Patent number: 8864253
    Abstract: A refrigeration device, in particular a refrigerator and/or freezer, includes a housing with a top, a base, lateral walls and a rear wall as external walls, a door, an interior compartment situated in the housing and surrounded by internal walls and a front frame for thermally decoupling the internal walls from the external walls, the lateral walls being thermally insulated from the other walls by an additional insulation strip. The invention is characterized in that the entry of heat from the exterior into the interior compartment via the lateral walls can be significantly reduced by the thermal decoupling of the lateral walls, thus significantly increasing the efficiency of the refrigeration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch and Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Görz, Hans-Philipp Reitz
  • Publication number: 20140292174
    Abstract: A refrigerator including an extractable container, and a conveying unit formed in an inner space of a vertical wall of the extractable container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, Jong Eun Chae, Sun Keun Lee, Gi Joong Jeong, Yun Ho Yang, Sang Woon Jeon, Jae Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 8845046
    Abstract: A highly reliable vacuum heat insulating material having excellent processability, usability and heat insulating performance and a heat insulating box using the vacuum heat insulating material are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kyoko Nomura, Syuichi Iwata, Hiroshi Nakashima
  • Publication number: 20140217878
    Abstract: A liner for an appliance is formed by a plastic sheet formed into a three dimensional shape corresponding to at least a portion of a compartment of the appliance. A plurality of electrically conductive ink pathways are applied on a surface of the plastic sheet, and a sealer material is applied to the plastic sheet to cover said pathways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: MARTIN SHAWN EGAN, MICHAEL E. STAGG
  • Patent number: 8778477
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vacuum insulation member, a refrigerator having a vacuum insulation member, and a method for fabricating a vacuum insulation member. The vacuum insulation member includes: an envelope having gas impermeability and having a certain decompressed space therein; and a core having a certain shape, having an empty space formed therein, and disposed at an inner side of the envelope to support the envelope. The use of a glass fiber core can be avoided, and thus, employing equipment for preprocessing the glass fiber core and time required therefor can be restrained and fabrication can be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minkyu Hwang, Dongju Jung, Ilseob Yoon, Jinwoo Shim, Kyungdo Kim, Youngbae Kim
  • Patent number: 8752920
    Abstract: A refrigerator and/or freezer with a carcass is provided, in which at least one inner container is arranged for receiving goods to be refrigerated and/or frozen, and at least one bearing block for mounting one or more doors by which the carcass can be closed. An interconnecting element is provided, which extends in a region between two walls of the carcass, and the bearing block is fixed to the interconnecting element or to a component directly or indirectly connected with the interconnecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hausgerate Oschsenhausen GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Rapp
  • Patent number: 8695362
    Abstract: A refrigerated merchandiser including a case that has a product display area for supporting food product, an opening for providing customer access to the product display area, and an air passageway in fluid communication with the product display area to direct an airflow into the product display area. The merchandiser also includes a door coupled to the case over the opening and including a charged glass pane, and a charge device in fluid communication with the air passageway to alter the polarity of the airflow to create a charged airflow. The charged glass pane and the charged airflow have the same polarity such that the glass pane is insulated from the charged airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Ted W. Sunderland
  • Patent number: 8690274
    Abstract: A household appliance having a housing defining an interior space. In an exemplary embodiment, the housing may include a plurality of internal walls, wherein at least one of the plurality of internal walls is made of a glass material. Further, the interior space may be under a refrigeration condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Joachim Grützke, Andrew Roberson
  • Publication number: 20140077680
    Abstract: A bottom mount refrigerator is provided with refrigerator components housed in a space adjacent the top of the fresh food compartment between a false ceiling and the top wall of the compartment. The top wall includes a stepped portion formed in the liner forming the compartment. The stepped portion is positioned near the top and front of the compartment, and it includes a section that is lower than the remainder of the top wall. The stepped portion includes a rear facing face in the interior of the compartment, and the false ceiling is positioned between the rear facing face and the back wall. The ceiling extends horizontal from the rear wall before angling upward to abut the face of the stepped portion. The false ceiling may also contain apertures to provide access to the components housed between the ceiling and the top wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: DEREK THOMAS LEHMAN, FRANK WESTON MAGLINGER
  • Publication number: 20140015395
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet composed of a top, bottom, right, left, and back wall forming an interior space. There is at least one opening or pour hole in a cabinet wall. There is an insulating panel positioned in the interior space of the cabinet adjacent to at least one wall. There is a platform or bridge that extends from the at least one pour hole to the at least one insulating panel, such that the platform is at least as thick at the top edge as the adjacent portion of the at least one insulating panel. There is foam discharged through the at least one pour hole, the foam passing adjacent to the platform, and adjacent to the at least one insulating panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: JON MICHAEL ANTHONY, BURL DAVID BREDENKAMP, DEREK THOMAS LEHMAN, RON S. PAULSEN
  • Patent number: 8599540
    Abstract: A structure for storing and cooling electronics comprising a frame support, an internal equipment chamber mounted to the frame support, wherein the internal equipment chamber comprises a tubelike structure defining openings in a front and a back of the internal equipment chamber, and wherein the internal equipment chamber is configured to support electronic equipment such that the weight of the electronic equipment is born by the frame support and not the internal equipment chamber, and a plurality of removable panels disposed around the frame such that a gap is formed between the exterior of the internal equipment chamber and the plurality of removable panels, wherein air may circulate in the gap between the internal equipment chamber and the plurality of removable panels to help regulate a temperature within the internal equipment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pedro A. Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20130257256
    Abstract: A vacuum panel cabinet structure comprising a frame having side and back framing members defining a frame opening and panel receptacles, framing edges, at least one outwardly expanded framing member, and an inner surface. A plurality of vacuum panels disposed in the panel receptacles. A barrier layer disposed on the vacuum panels. An outer enclosure having at least one extruded channel engaging the at least one outwardly expanded framing member, at least one outwardly contoured hinge, and an inward surface defining a frame receptacle into which the frame is disposed. A liner having at least four sidewalls, a back panel, a liner outer facing surface, and a liner perimetrical flange, wherein the liner outer facing surface is disposed within the frame opening proximate the frame inner surface. The liner perimetrical flange is disposed to the outer enclosure and includes a hermetically sealed infrastructure notch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Nihat Cur, Luiz Afrânio Alves Ferreira, James W. Kendall, Steven J. Kuehl, Axel J. Ramm, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 8500225
    Abstract: The reinforcing component for a refrigerator, which is formed by mixing a base material as a synthetic resin material and a supplement component formed by arranging reinforcing fibers according to a pultrusion method, and combined with one or more portions of on one portion of an inner side of an outer case of the refrigerator to contact with foam, a corner of the bottom of the refrigerator or in a mechanic chamber of the refrigerator, an outer plate or an inner plate of a door of the refrigerator, and the interior of a side wall forming an inner space of the refrigerator can reduce the weight of the refrigerator while maintaining the strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young-Bae Kim, Kyung-Do Kim, Hyung-Pyo Yoon
  • Publication number: 20130127322
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a barrier that partitions an interior of the refrigerator into a freezing compartment and a refrigerating compartment, a recess formed in the barrier and having a predetermined depth, and a cover for opening or closing a top of the recess. A seating step may be formed at a peripheral portion of the recess to receive a peripheral portion of the cover seated thereon. A guide groove may extend from the seating step to guide movement of the cover. Storage items may be stored in the recess independently of other food articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Woonkyu Seo, Seonkyu Kim, Seungjin Yoon, Jungyeon Hwang, Daesung Lee
  • Publication number: 20130088135
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a space having a function of securing a supporting member provided in an inner case as well as a function of maintaining a predetermined gap between the inner case and an outer case, and it can reduce the number of parts in a manufacture process and which can improve work performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyoungsoek Kim, Jongsoo Yoon
  • Publication number: 20130075056
    Abstract: A structure for storing and cooling electronics comprising a frame support, an internal equipment chamber mounted to the frame support, wherein the internal equipment chamber comprises a tubelike structure defining openings in a front and a back of the internal equipment chamber, and wherein the internal equipment chamber is configured to support electronic equipment such that the weight of the electronic equipment is born by the frame support and not the internal equipment chamber, and a plurality of removable panels disposed around the frame such that a gap is formed between the exterior of the internal equipment chamber and the plurality of removable panels, wherein air may circulate in the gap between the internal equipment chamber and the plurality of removable panels to help regulate a temperature within the internal equipment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Pedro Fernandez
  • Patent number: 8366219
    Abstract: A method of assembling a cabinet and an apparatus assembled according to the method are provided. The cabinet includes a shell with internal walls, a first compartment liner and a second compartment liner configured to be housed within the shell. The first compartment liner includes a first liner face and defines a first compartment. The second compartment liner includes a second liner face and defines a second compartment. The method includes the steps of positioning a pair of elongate supports between the first compartment liner and the second compartment liner such that the first liner face and the second liner face are adjacent one another and spaced apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Brown, Steven Scott House, Michael Bayne
  • Patent number: 8366222
    Abstract: A container refrigeration unit mounted on a container body (1a) includes a casing body (11) partitioning the container into the internal side and the external side thereof. A protruding portion (12) protruding toward the internal side is formed in a lower portion of the casing body (11), and the side stays (50) each extending vertically are mounted on both sides of the rear surface of the protruding portion (12). On the contrary, evaporator frames (40) each located above the protruding portion (12) and extending from the casing body (11) to a top end of the side stay (50) are mounted on both sides of an upper portion of a rear surface in the casing body (11). The bottom tip of the side frame (40) and the top end of the side stay (50) are fixed by a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Ikemiya, Takayuki Uo
  • Publication number: 20120326588
    Abstract: A vacuum storage system in a refrigerator includes a bin or drawer unit removably received in a housing. The vacuum storage system may be utilized in a storage configuration or in a vacuum sealing configuration to remove air from one or more food preservation containers having one-way evacuation valves. A switch on a control interface actuates a vacuum source and a front wall of the bin or drawer unit seals against the cabinet. Air is drawn from the storage space via a hose in communication with the vacuum source and air pressure within the storage space is reduced below atmospheric pressure, whereby air is simultaneously evacuated from the containers housed in the storage space. At a predetermined pressure, a control deactivates the vacuum source and an equalizing valve is opened to return the storage space to atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: JOHN J. VONDERHAAR, DOUGLAS DAVID LECLEAR, PAUL B. ALLARD, KELLY M. HANSON, MICHELE E. WILCOX, ANDREW MICHAEL TENBARGE, KAREN J. QUERFURTH
  • Publication number: 20120133262
    Abstract: A household appliance having a housing defining an interior space. In an exemplary embodiment, the housing may include a plurality of internal walls, wherein at least one of the plurality of internal walls is made of a glass material. Further, the interior space may be under a refrigeration condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joachim Grützke, Andrew Roberson
  • Publication number: 20120104923
    Abstract: The refrigerator includes a body having a storage space for storing a predetermined storage object, wherein the body includes an inner case having the storage space, an outer case having an inside surface spaced a predetermined gap from an inside surface of the inner case to house the inner case, a vacuum space provided between the inner case and the outer case enclosed to maintain a vacuum state for heat insulating between the inner case and the outer case, and a sealing unit for sealing a front of the vacuum space formed between a front of the inner case and a front of the outer case and reducing a heat transfer rate between the inner case and the outer case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wonyeong Jung, Myungryul Lee, Sung Jhee
  • Patent number: 8162421
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a body having a storage compartment, and a pair of pivotally rotatable doors provided at opposite sides of the body to open or close the storage compartment. Provided on an upper surface of the body are hinge covers to cover upper hinges of the respective doors and a top cover to prevent the swollen upper surface of the body from being exposed from the front side of the body. The hinge cover and the top cover are integrally formed with each other. In the refrigerator, a display to show the temperature of a storage compartment, the strength of cool air, and a door switch to detect whether the door is opened away from or closed towards the body are provided at a front plate of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, Jae Myung Han
  • Patent number: 8147017
    Abstract: A refrigerator, the construction of which provides for the use of a seal (70) inserted into the structure of the chamber (50) or into the door (60), which minimises the distance (D2) between the door and the structure of the chamber of the refrigerator in the closed position, increasing the thermal tightness of the refrigerator with the door closed and thereby increasing the efficiency of the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Fiorenzo Casoli
  • Patent number: 8112865
    Abstract: The refrigerator cable ejection method is used to eject one end of a cable out of an outer liner through an ejection hole formed at the outer liner before a filling space is filled with a foam insulation material in a refrigerator constructed in a structure in which the outer liner is fitted outside an inner liner, the cable is distributed in the filling space defined between the inner liner and the outer liner, and the filling space is filled with a foam insulation material while the cable is distributed in the filling space. The method is performed to eject one end of the cable out of the outer liner through the ejection hole at the time of fitting the outer liner outside the inner liner using an ejector including a pass-through member mounted outside the inner liner corresponding to the ejection hole such that the cable passes through the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Doo Jang
  • Patent number: 8083306
    Abstract: A housing for a refrigeration device with an interior compartment that is surrounded by an insulation layer and external skin that surrounds the insulation layer. The external skin may include at least one wall which has at least two zones with different thermal conductivities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Görz, Hans Ihle
  • Patent number: 8048510
    Abstract: A liner for an appliance is formed by a plastic sheet formed into a three dimensional shape corresponding to at least a portion of a compartment of the appliance. A plurality of electrically conductive ink pathways are applied on a surface of the plastic sheet, and a sealer material is applied to the plastic sheet to cover said pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Shawn Egan, Michael E. Stagg, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110259038
    Abstract: A storage cabinet (16) is provided for an ultra-low temperature freezer (10). The cabinet (16) includes a base platform (62a), a plurality of side structural insulated panels (45, 50, 55) each defining a side wall of the storage cabinet (16), and a plurality of generally vertically oriented posts (40) extending from the base platform (62a). Each of the plurality of vertically oriented posts (40) has a slot (40a) for receiving an edge portion (45a, 50a, 55a) of one of the insulated panels (45, 50, 55) therealong. The slot (40a) may have a generally U-shaped profile that surrounds the edge portion (45a, 50a, 55a) of one of the insulated panels (45, 50, 55). At least one of the generally vertically oriented posts (40) has a channel (40c) that extends along a longitudinal dimension thereof, the channel (40c) being configured to receive one of insulation, tubing, or wiring of the freezer therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC (ASHEVILLE) LLC
    Inventors: Dennis H. Smith, Todd Swift, Kevin D. Bramlett, Santosh Nerur, Walter Jeff Tipton, Wendell Morris
  • Publication number: 20110241513
    Abstract: A highly reliable vacuum heat insulating material having excellent processability, usability and heat insulating performance and a heat insulating box using the vacuum heat insulating material are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoko Nomura, Syuichi Iwata, Hiroshi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8018716
    Abstract: A modular system comprises an appliance conducting a useful cycle of operation, a consumer electronic device removably mounted to the appliance and having a user interface for controlling a primary function of the consumer electronic device, and an adapter mounting the consumer electronic device to the appliance for movement between a first orientation, where the user interface is accessible to a user, and a second orientation, where the user interface is inaccessible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20110095669
    Abstract: A refrigerator wall has an outer shell an inner liner, a cavity formed by the outer shell and the inner liner, insulation filling the cavity, and a vacuum insulation panel positioned in the cavity such that at least one edge of the vacuum insulation panel is located in a substantially maximum volume of insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: William T. Moon, William Brown, JR., Kenneth R. Davis
  • Patent number: 7886500
    Abstract: An improved refrigerator door is provided with a metal outer panel and upper and lower plastic end caps installed on top and bottom edges of the door. The caps include grooves to receive flanges on the edges of the panel, thereby mounting the caps to the panel. The caps include ratcheting members to provide a mating fit with the panel. A bushing is snap fit into the upper cap without the use of hardware fasteners. Electric wires and a water line extend downwardly through the bushing to an ice and water dispenser in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Leimkuehler, Chris McElvain, Chad J. Rotter
  • Publication number: 20110031861
    Abstract: An attachment means of insulation within a container to prevent heat leakage from the ambient to an apparatus located within the container that operates at a cryogenic temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew C. Gentry, Stuart L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7869201
    Abstract: A modular system comprises an appliance conducting a useful cycle of operation, a consumer electronic device removably mounted to the appliance and having a display, and an adapter mounting the consumer electronic device to the appliance for movement between a first orientation, where the display is visible to a user, and a second orientation, where the display is concealed from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. McCoy, Ameresh Viswanathan, Christopher S. Moes