Removable Shelf Or Tray Type Patents (Class 34/192)
  • Patent number: 8793893
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating clothes and a method for controlling the same, which are capable of controlling or preventing formation of creases on clothes, are disclosed. The disclosed apparatus includes a drum (20), a steam generator (200) to supply steam to the drum (20), a water container (300) to store water to be supplied to the steam generator (200), the water container (300) detachable, a sensor (500) to sense whether the water container (300) is detached or attached, a water supplier (400) to supply the water stored in the water container (300) to the steam generator (200), and a controller to control an operation of the water supplier (400) based on a sensing result of the sensor (500).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Hun Bae, Jung Wook Moon, Chul Jin Choi, Dong Hyun Kim, Young Bok Son
  • Publication number: 20130326902
    Abstract: Apparatus and related methods for adding increased functionality to a food dehydrator through the use of stackable drying trays that define a circulation plenum during operation and then nest within one another during disassembly so as to reduce an overall storage size of the food dehydrator. The food dehydrator can further include a base portion having a removable splash guard to prevent the introduction of liquids or solids into a mechanical space within the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Ryan H. Barrows
  • Patent number: 8181357
    Abstract: A method for drying sensitive articles, essentially textiles made of wool, which are to be dried in the washing drum of a clothes dryer using a computer program. According to known methods for protecting sensitive articles to be dried during a drying program, the articles to be dried are introduced into a protective device which, filled with the articles to be dried, is then inserted into the washing drum before the start of the drying program. In order to prevent damage to the sensitive articles to be dried whenever the protective device is not used, a warning signal is generated prior to the start of the drying program when the protective device containing the sensitive articles to be dried is not properly fixed to the clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Mosch├╝tz, Ulrich Nehring
  • Patent number: 7917018
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are wearable devices for dispensing insect repellents, fragrances, and/or other chemicals along the outside of the clothing of a human, to avoid the need to apply such chemicals directly to clothing or to human's skin. The devices have an on/off switch that automatically controls a shutter which enables and restricts air flow, while also controlling fan operation and covering of a use-up cue. The device also is designed to prevent fan operation when an impregnated slab is not present. Also disclosed are preferred refills for use with such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Schumacher, Raymund J. Alfaro, Dirk K. Nickel, Tyler D. Duston, Michael T. Hudak, Sean P. Kingston, Anne T. Maghasi, Kwamena Gyakye deGraft-Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100101106
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a lyophilized reagent, including mounting a plurality of reagent cartridges in which a liquid reagent is loaded in a tray including one or more tunnel-shaped first rails having opened end portions in a lengthwise direction and an opening formed in the top of the one or more first rails; closing the opened end portions, placing the tray in a lyophilizer and lyophilizing the liquid reagent according to a lyophilizing program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do-gyoon KIM, Han-sang KIM, Jung-nam LEE
  • Patent number: 7552545
    Abstract: A drying rack assembly, for use in a clothes dryer with a rotatable tumbler, is constructed with a perforated tray to support clothing in a stationary manner within the tumbler. A duct is attached to the perforated tray to direct a primary airflow through the perforated tray and to at least a portion of air outlet opening in the tumbler cavity. The duct further includes openings to provide a secondary path by which a portion of the total airflow is allowed to bypass the perforated tray. A movable damper is provided to allow variable bypass airflow. An air outlet cover, attached to the combination of the duct and perforated tray, is adapted to cover the portion of the air outlet opening that does not interface with the duct. The air outlet cover is movable to a second position to enable compact storage. A hanging feature is further provided on the side of the dryer cabinet to provide a convenient storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Crawford, Laurel A. Dillon, Donald E. Erickson, Jeff D. Maddox, Mark A. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20070251116
    Abstract: A nitrogen cabinet is disclosed to include at least one cabinet body having a door and a nitrogen inlet connected to a nitrogen supplier, multiple shelves mounted inside the cabinet body and defining multiple storage spaces, multiple containers mounted in storage spaces, each container having at least one gas charging port and an identification device, and multiple gas-charging units mounted inside the cabinet body and respectively connected to the nitrogen inlet for charging the containers with nitrogen. Thus, the nitrogen cabinet combines the functions of storage, charging, management, identification, and tracing of the containers, thereby lowering the chance of oxidation or contamination of storage items in the containers and effectively controlling real-time inventory data to improve product yield rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Applicant: Fortrend Taiwan Scientific Corp.
    Inventors: Yuan-Yu Huang, Chien-Rong Huang, Ying-Tsao Lin, Chun-Hsiu Lin
  • Patent number: 7251905
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drawer structure for storing condensed water generated during the drying procedure. The drawer prevents the condensed water form being leaked out of the dryer though the condensed water is fully filled in the drawer and overflowed from the drawer. Thus, a user may not throw away the condensed water whenever the laundry is dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Jin Doh, Chang Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 6928752
    Abstract: A combination tumble and cabinet dryer appliance includes a housing with a tumble dryer and a cabinet dryer therein. The tumble dryer and cabinet dryer are operable independently of one another. Separate sources of hot air are provided to each of the tumble and cabinet dryers. The cabinet dryer extends over and along one side of the tumble dryer. A portion of the cabinet dryer extends substantially along the height of the housing so as to receive long hanging clothes, such as a dress. Removable shelves are provided in the cabinet dryer for drying sweaters and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Troy A. Johnson, Lee R. Birch, Michael C. Roberts, Kevin W. Shipley, Julie M. Bundy, Frank S. Nekic, Stephen D. Schober, Curtis J. Tremel
  • Patent number: 6684526
    Abstract: An improved process for removing trace solvent from a material comprises rewetting the product with water during the drying process. Finished products such as suramin are produced efficiently to a high quality on a factory scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Pfizer Science and Technology Ireland, Limited
    Inventor: William Tully
  • Patent number: 6558640
    Abstract: A sanitizer which utilizes hot air to destroy bacteria upon household products such as nursery, bathroom and kitchen items. The sanitizer includes a base, heating element, fan, and a sanitizing chamber with spacers which allow optimal placement of the products being sanitized. The sanitizer includes a vented cover which allows operation within a set temperature range and fast cool down when the sanitizing process is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Novalabs, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Nottingham, Christopher Riker, John W. Spirk, Marc L. Vitantonio
  • Patent number: 5983519
    Abstract: A product tray (3) has a bottom (7), which is improved in respect to heat transfer between a heating plate (8) and the product (9). The bottom (7) is made of a flexible, thin, heat-resistant material. It therefore can make a good form fit to the heating plate (8) under good heat contact, in particular when weighted down by the product (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Bucher-Guyer AG
    Inventor: Franco Ferrari
  • Patent number: 5937541
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for obtaining improved measurement and control of the temperature of a semiconductor wafer (W) during processing. The apparatus includes a chuck for holding a wafer during processing, a coolant gas supply (16), and a temperature sensing arrangement for measuring and controlling the temperature of the wafer during processing. A top face of the chuck (22) over which the wafer is positioned, is configured with a plurality of holes (34) into which the coolant gas, such as helium, is admitted at controlled rate and pressure. The coolant gas passes through a narrow space (36) between the top face of the chuck and the underside of the wafer and is evacuated via an exhaust line (30) after being heated to (or nearly to) the temperature of the wafer. Temperature of the now-heated coolant gas is continuously measured by a temperature sensor arrangement which generates a signal controlling the pressure and flow of coolant gas to the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignees: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Peter Weigand, Naohiro Shoda
  • Patent number: 5572802
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drying electrophoresis gels. The apparatus includes a base unit and gel drying frame assembly. The base unit serves as a both a support for the frame when placing the gel in the frame and as a receptacle for excess liquid used to prepare the gel for the drying process. The frame is used to securely hold the gel in place while preparing the gel for drying and also during the drying process itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Novel Experimental Technology
    Inventors: William F. Alpenfels, Sheldon Engelhorn, David J. Manis
  • Patent number: 5451524
    Abstract: An in vitro chamber for sustaining organ tissue samples during optical study with, for example a microscope, has a tray assembly with a plurality of wells, each of which may be provided with a clampable sleeve or a vertically adjustable thimble such that an associated organ tissue sample contacts a nutrient medium contained in a reservoir. The tray assembly rests upon a heater assembly having a water-jet-driven magnetic stirrer magnetically coupled with a driven magnetic stirrer in the nutrient reservoir to maintain a substantially uniform temperature in both the heater assembly and the nutrient reservoir. A thermally insulating collar surrounding the tray assembly and the heater assembly maintains relative positions thereof. A transparent cover encloses the top of the tray assembly so that air borne exchanges with the wells and nutrient splashes are substantially contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Don Coble, Kristina N. Prodouz
  • Patent number: 5015451
    Abstract: The invention refers to a process, a filter, as well as a device for the elimination of bacteria and/or viruses and/or fungi and/or spores and/or germs and/or allergens and/or pollutants and/or odors, etc from the breathing air by means of a filter consisting of one or several chemisorption mass layers. In order to avoid that biofilters which have been in operation for a longer time do not release fungi spores and bacteria under certain circumstances, the invention proposes that downstream of a biofilter, bulk material is used alternately as very strongly alkaline or very strongly acid chemisorption layers, or vice versa. As bulk material for the individual chemisorption mass layers coal coke of the type III or IV of crushed coke is used, with strongly alkaline and strongly acid chemisorption layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Heinz Holter
    Inventors: Heinz Holter, Heinrich Igelbuscher, Heinrich Gresch
  • Patent number: 4986967
    Abstract: In a furnace which allows a feed powder or granules in a stack of trays on a base plate to be reacted with a reactive gas, the improvement wherein each of the trays has a cutout or an opening providing a passage for the reactive gas or the produced gas both at the top of one side wall and in the bottom wall to the opposite side of the tray, the base plate having an opening through which the reactive gas is introduced or the produced gas is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nakano, Norio Matsuda, Mitsutoshi Murase, Hideaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 4402144
    Abstract: A silicone milk bath unit for coating surgical instruments with silicone includes a sink where the instruments are submerged in a silicone solution, and a cabinet for drying the instruments. The drying cabinet is divided into a plurality of compartments one above the other, each having a track for slidably receiving an instrument tray containing the silicone coated instruments. A drip tray is disposed beneath each instrument tray and collects the excess solution that drips from the instruments. The drip tray is inclined downwardly toward the rear of the cabinet and is positioned so that liquid dripping from its rear edge avoids falling onto the instruments located in the lower compartments, but instead falls down to the bottom of the cabinet for disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1983
    Inventor: Jean A. Dumke
  • Patent number: 4109396
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for effecting an efficient heat transfer between a shelf and a tray of a freeze drying apparatus. A unique method comprising the steps of placing two halves of the shelf on a bowed jig and welding together forms a hollow shelf having a substantially flat heat transfer surface on which a tray containing materials to be freeze dried may be placed. Throughout the shelf interior circulates a heat transfer fluid. The tray and the freeze drying chamber have mating hold-down rails which bias the tray against the shelf surface to effect superior heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: FTS Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas S. Fraser