By Filter Patents (Class 34/82)
  • Patent number: 11015281
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a drum for processing laundry. A blower delivers process air through an airflow path that includes the drum. A lint filter is positioned within the airflow path that separates particulate matter from the process air. A lint disposal mechanism removes entrapped lint particles from a surface of the lint filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan Grider, Alexander Halbleib, Christopher A. Jones, Roy E. Masters, Jr., Rodney M. Welch, Anthony B. Welsh, Erica L. Roberts, Thomas Kessler
  • Patent number: 10869529
    Abstract: A haircare appliance includes a handle having a fluid inlet at one end and a power cable, wherein the fluid inlet is formed at least partially around the power cable and the fluid inlet comprises a filter grille, wherein the filter grille is formed from two parts. The filter grille may extend at least partially along the length of the handle. The handle and the filter grille may be cylindrical. The two parts of the filter grille may join together to produce an assembled grille. The assembled grille may be removable from the handle of the appliance. The assembled grille may be retained around the power cable when the assembled grilled is removed from the handle of the appliance. The two parts of the filter grille may be united via a lap joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Weiyi Chia, Eric Purnama Utama Ng
  • Patent number: 10765974
    Abstract: A lint collection assembly for a dryer appliance includes a filter housing defining an aperture through which a flow of air exits the drying chamber. A roller assembly includes a supply roller for unrolling clean filter medium over the aperture and a collection roller for simultaneously receiving a used section of the filter medium. A drive mechanism, such as an electric motor is coupled directly to the collection roller or to a separate drive roller for moving the filter medium over the aperture between drying cycles to automatically and conveniently collect filtered lint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Stephen Renz, Peter Heiniger, Grafton Cook
  • Patent number: 10753034
    Abstract: A clothes dryer filter cleaning apparatus which has a top opening for receiving the dryer filter. The opening includes a pair of rubber flaps which help to prevent dust and lint from escaping the cleaning apparatus. The filter then passes through several sets of flexible cleaning fingers. The dryer filter is then pulled back out of the opening, pulling the screen of the filter back past the cleaning fingers. The manual function can be replaced or enhanced with a pair of motorized fingers on axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Charles M. Dolbeare
  • Patent number: 10738411
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a blower that directs process air along an airflow path. A condensing heat exchanger heats the process air to define heated process air. A drum receives the heated process air to dry laundry. A pump directs fluid along a fluid path. An evaporating heat exchanger cools the fluid to define a cooled fluid. A refrigerant circuit directs a refrigerant between the condensing and evaporating heat exchangers. A shower area in which the cooled fluid is showered through the heated process air after the heated process air exits the drum to wash particulate matter out of the heated process air. The pump directs the fluid towards the evaporating heat exchanger in order to cool the fluid, and directs the cooled fluid to the shower area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Claudio Civanelli, Daniele Martinello
  • Patent number: 10683604
    Abstract: A dryer, particularly for drying clean-room garments and accessories, includes a dryer body, a drying chamber, and a system for circulating air between an air intake and the drying chamber. The system includes an air aspiration device giving a direction of air flow from the air intake towards the drying chamber, a device for heating the aspirated air placed upstream of said drying chamber, and an absolute filter provided upstream of the drying chamber. The dryer further includes, upstream of the absolute filter, a connector arranged so as to be connected to a device for supplying air charged with a predetermined quantity of droplets of an aerosol, and in that it has an access to a space located downstream of the absolute filter and upstream of the drying chamber, the access to a space being arranged so as to be able to receive a measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MANOHA
    Inventor: Patrick Gérard
  • Patent number: 10458057
    Abstract: A clothes dryer with a first bulkhead having an access opening and a first edge defining a front opening confronting the access opening. The clothes dryer has a composite seal located between the first bulkhead and the first edge which has a foam layer comprising memory foam and a low-friction layer having a coefficient of kinetic friction less than 0.3, with the low friction layer confronting the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Antonio Mazzarella, Davide Parachini, Gianbattista Pirola, George F. Seiffert
  • Patent number: 10443181
    Abstract: The invention relates to a washing/drying machine equipped with a filter cleaning device for removing filaments released by laundry items during the washing/drying cycle. For this purpose, the cleaning device comprises nozzles arranged in a spider-like pattern, which spray water onto the filtering wall, on the side thereof facing towards the drying tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL EMEA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Bombardieri
  • Patent number: 10329708
    Abstract: Provided is a dryer for clothes. The dryer for the clothes includes a cabinet, a drying drum accommodated in the cabinet, a suction passage supplying hot air into the drying drum, a heating unit disposed on one position of the suction passage to heat the air introduced into the suction passage at a high temperature, an exhaust passage through the hot air discharged from the drying drum flows, a blower mounted on one position of the exhaust passage to forcibly blow the air within the drying drum, a lint filter mounted on the other position of the exhaust passage, a guide duct defining a portion of the exhaust passage to accommodate the lint filter therein, and a blocking member disposed at a position where the air discharged from the drying drum flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinhyouk Shin, Woocheol Kang, Minseong Kim, Sungjun Kim
  • Patent number: 10251911
    Abstract: The technology relates to spray dried plasma and methods of making the same. The method includes providing plasma to a spray drying apparatus, spray drying the plasma, at the spray drying apparatus, to form physiologically active plasma powder, the spray drying apparatus configured utilizing one or more parameters, and storing the physiologically active plasma powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ENTEGRION, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. DaCorta, Keith Rosiello
  • Patent number: 9988757
    Abstract: The invention relates to an accommodating device for a removable filter in a domestic appliance, having an accommodating opening for accommodating the filter at least in part, and having a seal which, with the filter inserted, seals the accommodating opening in relation to the filter. In order for fluff, hair and other deposits and contaminants both adhering to the filter and deposited in the vicinity of the accommodating opening to be reliably kept away from the accommodating opening when the filter is being removed, the seal is arranged at the accommodating opening and has at least one sealing element which, when the filter is being removed, passes out of a sealing operating position into a screening position, in which it encloses at least part of the accommodating opening with screening action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander John, Martin Korte
  • Patent number: 9951464
    Abstract: A clothes dryer includes a rotatable drum, a drum supporter for supporting the drum, the drum supporter being provided with a discharge port for discharging air from the drum, a circulation channel for guiding air discharged through the discharge port into the drum, and a filter cartridge for filtering air in the circulation channel, wherein the filter cartridge includes an inside filter cartridge for filtering air discharged from the drum and an outside filter cartridge disposed in the circulation channel in a state of being supported by the drum supporter, the outside filter cartridge including a front filter for filtering air that passes through the inside filter cartridge and flows forward, a rear filter for filtering air that passes through the inside filter cartridge and flows rearward, and a lateral filter for filtering air that passes through the inside filter cartridge and flows in the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Manseok Lee, Haeyoon Je
  • Patent number: 9896797
    Abstract: Provided is a dryer for clothes. The dryer for the clothes includes a lint filter assembly, and a lint filter cleaning device for removing lint attached to the lint filter assembly. The lint filter assembly includes a filter frame defining an edge thereof, a mesh member attached to the filter frame to cover an inner region of the filter frame, and a partition rib including a plurality of horizontal ribs and vertical ribs which are disposed inside the filter frame. The mesh member is partitioned into a plurality of filtering blocks by the plurality of horizontal ribs and vertical ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinhyouk Shin, Woocheol Kang, Minseong Kim, Sungjun Kim
  • Patent number: 9897377
    Abstract: An exhaust system includes a filter; and a fan downstream for the filter whereby activating the fan clears the filter. The exhaust system may form part of a lint collection system that is for attachment to a dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BOEMAR INC.
    Inventor: Bart Donald Beaumont
  • Patent number: 9885144
    Abstract: A clothes dryer with a filter unit and a filter cover having a coupling structure corresponding to each other. The clothes dryer includes a body, a drum installed inside the body, a drying unit configured to dry air passed through the drum, a filter unit disposed on the drying unit and detachably installed on the body, a filter cover fixed by provided with one side thereof being installed on the body and the other side thereof being coupled to the filter unit. When the filter unit is not assembled, a user may notice the filter unit not being assembled due to the filter unit and the filter cover, both of which are provided with a coupling structure corresponding to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong Joon Cho, Jin Woo So, Yun Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 9638465
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus having a drying function comprises a cabinet to receive a rotatable drum therein, the cabinet defining an appearance of the apparatus, a module part mounted onto an outer surface of the cabinet, the module part comprising a heater assembly, a blower assembly, and a housing for accommodating the heater assembly and the blower assembly, and a link unit to connect the module part onto the rear side of the cabinet, wherein the heater assembly includes a heater module as an air heating device, a thermostat installed at a position adjacent to an outlet side of the heater module to turn the heater module on or off according to air temperature, and a slit formed between the thermostat and the heater module to allow for introduction of external air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yongju Lee, Sangik Lee
  • Patent number: 9574298
    Abstract: A laundry dryer is provided with an air recirculation channel which recirculates air from an air exhaust channel to an air supply channel. The air recirculation channel comprises a recirculation air filter which removes debris from the recirculated air before it is redirected to the air supply channel. The recirculation air filter is removably accessible behind an access door at a peripheral region of an access passage to the drying chamber such that it may be easily serviced by a user of the laundry dryer. In some embodiments, the air recirculation channel may comprise a nozzle with an outlet which is concentrically arranged at an inlet of the air supply channel. In these embodiments, the nozzle may direct the recirculated air to the air supply channel such that it is enveloped by fresh air entering from within a cabinet of the laundry dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Luciano Sartor, Nicola Baruffaldi, Flavio Noviello
  • Patent number: 9574824
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a connection duct into which air inside a drum, in which laundry is received, is discharged, and a discharge duct that extends in a longitudinal direction of the drum and that is connected to the connection duct. The laundry treatment apparatus also includes a filter assembly that has a filter unit located in the discharge duct and configured to filter air introduced into the discharge duct and an impurity remover unit configured to separate, from the filter unit, impurities remaining on the filter unit. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes an impurity storage device separable from the discharge duct. The impurity storage device is located below the filter unit and configured to store impurities separated from the filter unit by the impurity remover unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangik Lee, Jeongyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9476158
    Abstract: Provided is a dryer. In the dryer, foreign substances such naps generated during a drying process are filtered by a filter unit, and the foreign substances attached to the filter unit are automatically removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seung-Phyo Ahn, Jeong-Yun Kim, Sang-Ik Lee
  • Patent number: 9382658
    Abstract: A dryer lint trap has one opening operable to receive exhaust from a dryer and another opening to discharge the relatively lint free air flow into a high-rise building exhaust stack. The lint trap can remove lint with a water bath onto which dryer exhaust flows therein. The lint trap is totally sealed and the relatively lint free exhaust air is discharged into building exhaust stack by a duct that may have an in-line exhaust fan and connects to the discharge side of a bathroom exhaust fan. The in-line exhaust fan along with the bathroom exhaust fan and the dryer may be interlocked to affect simultaneous start and stop. In addition, the in-line exhaust fan works synergistically with the bathroom fan and the on-roof exhaust fan to efficiently discharge exhaust air into the atmosphere. This arrangement assures that no exhaust air is released into the living space and precludes mold generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Mohamed H. Tarifi
  • Patent number: 9228293
    Abstract: The clothing dryer includes a filter device to filter foreign matter in a flow channel along which high-temperature, high-humidity air having dried an object to be dried is discharged. The filter device is mounted so as to be moved inward into and outward from a cabinet in a horizontal state. Usability and reliability of the clothing dryer are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang Bae Yeom
  • Patent number: 9200838
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laundry machine having a drying function for drying an object to be dried, especially clothes. In the laundry machine according to one embodiment of the present invention, lint and the like that may be contained in the hot air are removed by the filter, whereby the lint and the like can be prevented from being piled on the duct. Also, the filter is placed in a way that it is exposed into the tub, whereby the filter can be cleaned automatically while it is being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ig Geun Kwon, Sangwook Hong, Youngsuk Kim, Hyunseok Seo
  • Patent number: 9139949
    Abstract: Device for drying laundry by means of a current of air comprises a drum to accommodate the laundry and a ducting system to direct said current of air. The ducting system has a section arranged downstream of the drum, in which the current of air is directed downwards and in which is arranged a filter to capture lint from the current of air. A scraper is assigned to the filter, in order to scrape off the lint. The receptacle has a handle and two interlinked shell elements which can be separated from each other, and which define a storage volume to accommodate the scraped-off lint. According to the invention, lint thus scraped off can be removed from the device and disposed of, without the user needing to come into direct contact with the lint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Roman Goldberg, Kai Nitschmann
  • Patent number: 9139950
    Abstract: An automatic lint filter cleaning and lint collection system for a laundry dryer. The apparatus comprises a lint filter pivot chamber, a lint collection chamber, a lint filter housing pivotably mounted between the pivot chamber and collection chamber, a flange between the pivot chamber and collection chamber wherein the filter housing is biased into abutment with the flange, a lint collection container, an auger rotatably mounted within the collection chamber, and a drive assembly operably connected to the lint filter housing and auger. The drive assembly is operable to pivot the filter housing away from the flange and then to release the filter housing such that the filter housing forcibly returns into abutment with the flange and thereby causes the lint filter to release lint into the collection chamber. The drive assembly is operable to rotate the auger and thereby move lint from the collection chamber into the collection container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Barrett, Roderic N. Uphaus
  • Publication number: 20150121719
    Abstract: An automatic lint filter cleaning and lint collection system for a laundry dryer. The apparatus comprises a lint filter pivot chamber, a lint collection chamber, a lint filter housing pivotably mounted between the pivot chamber and collection chamber, a flange between the pivot chamber and collection chamber wherein the filter housing is biased into abutment with the flange, a lint collection container, an auger rotatably mounted within the collection chamber, and a drive assembly operably connected to the lint filter housing and auger. The drive assembly is operable to pivot the filter housing away from the flange and then to release the filter housing such that the filter housing forcibly returns into abutment with the flange and thereby causes the lint filter to release lint into the collection chamber. The drive assembly is operable to rotate the auger and thereby move lint from the collection chamber into the collection container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Barrett
  • Publication number: 20150113827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wardrobe for storage and drying of sports equipment and/or clothes. This wardrobe has an opening, an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom, an intake vent at the top, and suspending means for suspending articles such as sports equipment or clothes. Turning on the fan activates active drying of the articles. Additionally, the present invention relates to a method of storing and drying articles comprising suspending the articles in a wardrobe, the interior of said wardrobe comprising an air circulation fan and an exhaust vent at the bottom; an intake vent at the top; and suspending means for suspending the articles. The articles that are difficult or take more time to dry can be placed closest to the fan. The wardrobe can have a rigid or flexible interior cavity and the flexible wardrobe can be capable of hanging on a rod and additionally can be packed in a bag with or without a kit with support poles and feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Goulet
  • Patent number: 8991066
    Abstract: An adaptor can convert a conventional hot air clothes dryer to draw air from outside instead of inside a building, and comprises an adaptor housing securable over the air intake region of the dryer in fluid communication with the air inlet of the dryer, with an adaptor housing inlet connectable to an air intake linkage. A filter and filter bypass assembly can be used in combination with the adaptor. The assembly comprises an outer enclosure and an inner enclosure inside the outer enclosure. An inner enclosure inlet and inner enclosure outlet define a first airflow path through the inner enclosure and an outer enclosure inlet and outer enclosure outlet define a second airflow path through the outer enclosure and bypassing the inner enclosure. The inner enclosure and the outer enclosure have a common aperture for insertion of a filter into the inner enclosure across the first airflow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Bradley J. Goemans
  • Patent number: 8973282
    Abstract: A secondary lint trap couplable between a laundry dryer and a building-embedded vent duct. The trap has an elongate housing. Aligned inlet and outlet apertures are formed in bottom and top sides of the housing's rearward ends. A tray is removably insertable within the housing. A screened aperture in the tray is aligned between the inlet and outlet apertures when the tray is inserted within the housing. The housing is mountable above the dryer such that the inlet and outlet apertures extend rearwardly of the dryer. This facilitates coupling of the dryer's exhaust outlet to the inlet aperture through one 90° elbow via a first short, substantially straight, elbowless conduit; and facilitates coupling of the vent duct to the outlet aperture through one other 90° elbow collar via a second short, substantially straight, elbowless conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
    Inventor: David Thomas Mackay
  • Patent number: 8966780
    Abstract: A tumble dryer includes a housing, which has an enclosable drying chamber, a heater mounted in the enclosable drying chamber, a gate for closing/opening the enclosable drying chamber and a tumbler rotatably mounted in the drying chamber, an intake pipeline equipped with an intake control valve for guiding outside air into the drying chamber, an exhaust pipeline equipped with an exhaust control valve for guiding air out of the drying chamber to the atmosphere, an air-suction pipeline equipped with a pipeline control valve and having a pump installed therein for pumping air out of the drying chamber to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Hui-Li Lin
  • Patent number: 8950084
    Abstract: A semi-drying method of a washing machine, and a ventilating structure and a control apparatus for the same. In the semi-drying method, the dehydration and disentanglement of cloth are repeated plural times, and a washing tub is rotated at a designated dehydration speed for a time longer than that of the conventional dehydrating operation so as to minimize the jamming of the cloth into water pores of the washing tub, thereby increasing the dehydration degree of the cloth compared to the conventional dehydrating operation, removing offensive odors from the cloth, preventing damage to the cloth, allowing a user to select the duration of a semi-drying operation and to see the state of the semi-drying operation, and ventilating the washing tub during the semi-drying operation to improve the dehydration degree of the cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seok Kyu Park, Ki Ho Kang, Yong Kyu Cho
  • Publication number: 20150020399
    Abstract: A laundry drying apparatus having a cabinet including a front panel with an opening for introduction and removal of laundry, a drying drum horizontally installed within the cabinet, and an air supply device to collect air from inside the drying drum, direct the air through ducts, and then return the air into the drying drum. The front panel includes an upper region where a door is installed and a lower region located below the upper region, and the upper region is tilted rearward by a predetermined tilt angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sanghun BAE, Hongjun CHO
  • Patent number: 8919006
    Abstract: A laundry drying machine (1) includes a casing (2) containing a rotatable drum (4) for holding the laundry (5) to dry, and a drying air circuit (6) for conveying a drying air flow towards the inside of the drum (6) and from it to the outside. At least one filter (12) is provided for intercepting the fluff dragged out of the laundry (5) by the drying air flow. Vibrating means (19) are adapted to cause the filter (12) to vibrate, so as to drop down the fluff from the filter (12). The filter (12) is selectively positionable between an operational position in which the filter (12) is arranged in a seat (11) intercepting the drying air circuit (6), and an extracted position in which the filter (12) is removed from the seat (11), outside the drying air circuit (6). The vibrating means includes an exciter, associated to the casing (2), and an exciter-responsive element, associated to the filter (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Giancarlo Arrigoni, Carlo Urbanet, Alberto Bison, Maurizio Ugel, Giancarlo Gerolin
  • Publication number: 20140360040
    Abstract: A laundry dryer is provided with an air recirculation channel which recirculates air from an air exhaust channel to an air supply channel. The air recirculation channel comprises a recirculation air filter which removes debris from the recirculated air before it is redirected to the air supply channel. The recirculation air filter is removably accessible behind an access door at a peripheral region of an access passage to the drying chamber such that it may be easily serviced by a user of the laundry dryer. In some embodiments, the air recirculation channel may comprise a nozzle with an outlet which is concentrically arranged at an inlet of the air supply channel. In these embodiments, the nozzle may direct the recirculated air to the air supply channel such that it is enveloped by fresh air entering from within a cabinet of the laundry dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Luciano SARTOR, Nicola BARUFFALDI, Flavio NOVIELLO
  • Publication number: 20140345156
    Abstract: A hair dryer (10) has a hand-held housing comprising an air inlet (12), an air outlet (14), a motor (1) between said air inlet (12) and said air outlet (14) to draw air in from said air inlet (12) and drive air out from said air outlet (14). A heating element (17) is located in said air flow between said air inlet (12) and said air outlet (14). The hair dryer (10) further comprises a filter on said air inlet (12). The filter comprises a metal filter plate (20) bearing a plurality of holes, wherein at least some of said holes have a maximum lateral dimension of less than 1.5 mm and wherein vertical walls of said holes through a thickness of said filter plate are substantially straight or at least partially concave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: JEMELLA LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Anthony Sayers, Robert Alexander Weatherly, Daniel Brady
  • Patent number: 8893399
    Abstract: A lint catching system is provided for a clothes dryer. The lint catching system filters lint from exhaust air expelled from the clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: ADR Products, LLC
    Inventors: David George Gregory, Adrienne Francesca Szabady
  • Publication number: 20140331515
    Abstract: A method for reducing dust emissions in a metal or slag casting apparatus, as well as a metal or slag casting apparatus allowing reducing dust emissions, comprising an endless conveyor having a plurality of casting moulds with upper open tops and which endless conveyor is arranged to move said casting moulds in a first section from a casting station to to the casting station, the method comprising (a) providing a casing forming a bottomless box over at least part of the first section of the endless conveyor, (b) injecting within said casing a gas on the surface of the mould with an angle sufficient to blow off loose, solid particles, such as graphite flakes, formed at the surface of the metal, during early stages of the cooling down and to start the solidification of a superficial layer of metal or slag, (c) extracting the gas and the solid particles by suction from within said casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Hans Juergen Lessmann, Ingo Both, Michel Houbart, Klaus Peter Kinzel, Gilles Nouaille-Degorce
  • Patent number: 8844160
    Abstract: A modular system according to one embodiment of the invention for treating a fabric load comprises a first module and a second module. The first module can include a chamber having an interior for holding a fabric load, and the second module can have at least one of a fluid delivery system, a fluid removal system, and a fluid recycling system. The modular system can further include conduits for coupling the systems of the second module with the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce C. Beihoff, Karl D. McAllister, Janice M. Kaeding, Tremitchell Wright, Alexander V. Minkin, Joel A. Luckman, Colleen M. Doyle
  • Publication number: 20140259725
    Abstract: A multi-chamber dryer using adjustable conditioned air flow is disclosed. According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes a drying belt configured to receive a product to be dried on a first surface of the drying belt and a heat medium in contact with a second surface of the drying belt. The heat medium is configured to heat the product and is maintained at a pre-determined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: E&J Gallo Winery
    Inventors: Joseph Rossi, Richard Magoon, Steven J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8826559
    Abstract: A clothes dryer is provided. In the dryer, air flowing into a drying container is provided with heat from heat pump. The clothes dryer comprises a cabinet, a drying container rotationally mounted in the cabinet, a motor providing the container with rotational force, a first air path connected to a side of the container, a second air path connected to another side of the container and to the outside of the cabinet, a first heat exchanging member for the first air path, and a second heat exchanging member for the second air path. The first air path and the second air path are on the lower part of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seung-Phyo Ahn, Seung-Myun Baek, Jung-Wook Moon, Dae-Woong Kim, Byeong-Jo Ryoo
  • Publication number: 20140245627
    Abstract: A scent eliminating locker that has a housing that includes a plurality of motors disposed in an interior of the housing for circulating, moving and heating air within the interior. Additionally, in the interior of the housing there are a plurality of replaceable and interchangeable filters that eliminates odor from tangible objects placed in the interior of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20140230269
    Abstract: A lavatory system includes a hand dryer with at least a first proximity sensor and a second proximity sensor to detect an object for drying. A controller is communicatively linked to the first and second proximity sensors. The controller activates a drying operation after a first delay period if the first proximity sensor first detects the object for drying and activates a drying operation after a second delay period if the second proximity sensor first detects the object for drying. A filter flow sensor may also be provided to ensure proper filtering of the dryer's air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Btadley IP, LLC
    Inventors: Graeme S. Bayley, Mark A. Figurski
  • Publication number: 20140223757
    Abstract: Provided is a reticle storage container including an inner container 10 which can store a plurality of reticles 16 and an outer container 1 which covers the inner container 10. The outer container 1 is configured to include a gas nozzle 5 which can inject a predetermined gas. The same gas as the gas supplied into an exposure apparatus 20 is supplied to the gas nozzle 5. The gas injected into the reticle storage container is vented through a vent hole 14 installed to the inner container 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Kohei SHIBANO, Osamu Tanaka, Keigo Toriumi
  • Publication number: 20140208604
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus may include a cabinet defining an external appearance of the apparatus, the cabinet having a laundry opening, a laundry accommodation module provided within the cabinet to receive laundry introduced through the laundry opening, a suction duct into which interior air from the laundry accommodation module may be introduced, a discharge duct from which the air is discharged into the laundry accommodation module, a connection duct connecting the suction duct and the discharge duct to each other, a heat exchanger provided in the connection duct, and a blower provided between the heat exchanger and the discharge duct to circulate the interior air of the laundry accommodation module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Hyojun Kim, Injae Han, Sangwook Hong, Youngsuk Kim
  • Patent number: 8789290
    Abstract: A domestic appliance for the care of items of washing includes a process air supply through which a stream of air is able to be directed through a drum for holding the items of washing, a mesh filter for separating the lint out of the air stream, a facility for removing lint from the mesh filter, the facility being embodied for removal of lint which is collected outside the process air supply on the mesh filter, and a rinsing device with which the lint is able to be rinsed out of the mesh filter with rinsing fluid. A method for removal of lint from a mesh filter of the domestic appliance also is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Grunert
  • Patent number: 8789287
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus includes an accommodating space, an air supply unit, a duct unit and a filter assembly. The accommodating space is configured to receive one or more clothing articles. The air supply unit is configured to supply air to the accommodating space. The duct unit is configured to guide discharge of air from the accommodating space. The filter assembly is positioned to filter air discharged from the accommodating space through the duct unit and includes a housing, a filter positioned in the housing, a substance removal unit and a collection area defined within the housing. The filter positioned in the housing is configured to filter substances from air passing through the filter assembly. The substance removal unit is configured to move substances remaining on a portion of the filter and press the moved substances into the collection area, which is configured to collect removed substances within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghyun Kim, Jeongyun Kim, Yongju Lee, Hyunwoo Noh, Sangik Lee
  • Patent number: 8782919
    Abstract: A grain drying apparatus includes a housing for receiving grain. The housing has a bottom wall and a plurality of supports being attached to and extending downwardly from the bottom wall. An outer wall is attached to and extends upwardly from the bottom wall. An inner wall is positioned within the outer wall. A receiving space is located between the inner and outer walls and receives grain emptied into the housing. The inner wall has a bottom edge spaced from the bottom wall to define a release aperture that allows grain to flow outwardly from the receiving space under the inner wall. A heating assembly is mounted within the housing to heat the grain. An agitator is mounted on the housing adjacent to the bottom wall. The agitator extends under the inner wall and through the release aperture to agitate grain positioned in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Allan Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140182156
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a connection duct into which air inside a drum, which provides a laundry accommodation space, is discharged. The laundry treatment apparatus also includes a discharge duct configured to extend in a longitudinal direction of the drum and connected to the connection duct and a filter assembly including a filter unit located in the discharge duct to filter air and an impurity remover unit configured to remove and compress impurities remaining on the filter unit. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a drive unit secured to the impurity remover unit. The drive unit is configured to reciprocate in a longitudinal direction of the filter unit to allow the impurity remover unit to reciprocate over a predetermined area of the filter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeongyun KIM, Sangik LEE
  • Publication number: 20140182157
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a connection duct into which air inside a drum, in which laundry is received, is discharged, and a discharge duct that extends in a longitudinal direction of the drum and that is connected to the connection duct. The laundry treatment apparatus also includes a filter assembly that has a filter unit located in the discharge duct and configured to filter air introduced into the discharge duct and an impurity remover unit configured to separate, from the filter unit, impurities remaining on the filter unit. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes an impurity storage device separable from the discharge duct. The impurity storage device is located below the filter unit and configured to store impurities separated from the filter unit by the impurity remover unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangik LEE, Jeongyun KIM
  • Publication number: 20140182155
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a drum rotatably supported within a cabinet and configured to receive laundry therein, a connection duct into which air inside the drum is discharged, and a discharge duct that extends in a longitudinal direction of the drum and that is connected to the connection duct. The laundry treatment apparatus also includes a filter assembly including a filter unit located in the discharge duct to filter air and an impurity remover unit configured to remove and compress impurities remaining on the filter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeongyun KIM, Sangik LEE
  • Publication number: 20140165416
    Abstract: A rotary-drum laundry dryer (1) has a revolving drum (3) structured for housing the laundry to be dried, a hot-air generator (6) structured to circulate a stream of hot air through said revolving drum (3), and a lower supporting base or socle (9) which is structured for resting on the floor and for housing at least part of the hot-air generator (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Sergio Pillot, Marco Santarossa