By Accumulation Of Product Patents (Class 62/137)
  • Patent number: 11112158
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance, in particular a domestic refrigeration appliance, includes a storage chamber which can be cooled to below 0° C. A water supply feeding into the storage chamber is formed by a resiliently expandable pipeline, at least inside the storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Pfeiffer, Karl-Friedrich Laible, Eugen Gaplikow
  • Patent number: 11064715
    Abstract: An individual frozen drink dispenser includes a housing having a base configured to support a blender cup, a dispensing chamber disposed above the blender cup and configured to support a frozen beverage container containing frozen ingredients suitable for preparing a frozen drink, at least one dispensing mechanism configured to move from a pre-dispense position to a dispense position in which the dispensing mechanism drives the frozen ingredients from the frozen beverage container into the blender cup, and a drive mechanism coupled to the housing and configured to drive the movement of the dispensing mechanism from the pre-dispense position to the dispense position. A method of preparing a frozen drink is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Herbert, Bryan Hotaling, Matthew Naples, Patrick Devine
  • Patent number: 11022358
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a fresh food compartment for storing food items in a refrigerated environment having a target temperature above 0° C., a freezer compartment for storing food items in a sub-freezing environment having a target temperature below 0° C., a system evaporator for providing a cooling effect to at least one of the fresh food compartment and the freezer compartment, and an ice maker disposed within the fresh food compartment for freezing water into ice pieces. The ice maker includes an ice mold with an upper surface comprising a plurality of cavities formed therein for the ice pieces, a heater disposed on the ice mold and an ice maker refrigerant tube abutting at least one lateral side surface of the ice mold and cooling the ice mold to a temperature below 0° C. via thermal conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuochen Shi, Thomas McCollough
  • Patent number: 10982894
    Abstract: An ice storage includes a storage body having a storage space for storing ice and a discharge port for discharging ice to the outside, a transferring and breaking part which, by having at least a part thereof provided in the storage space, transfers the ice in the storage space to the discharge port, and if necessary, breaks the transferred ice, and a door part allowing the ice to be discharged through the discharge port as unbroken ice or broken ice unbroken or broken up by the transferring and breaking part. The transferring and breaking part includes a transferring member for transferring ice and a breaking member for breaking ice, and the transferring member and the breaking member are configured such that ice is not stuck therebetween while being transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Young-Hoon Hong, Jung-Hwan Lee, Hyun-Seok Moon, Kyu-Jun Kim, Gyeong-Min Lee, Jong-Min Kim, Han-Soo Kim, Dong-Min Oh
  • Patent number: 10935296
    Abstract: An ice making machine may include an ice tray, a drive unit that turns the ice tray, a frame body supporting the ice tray and the drive unit, a cold air guide part integrally formed with the frame body, and a cold air duct connecting an opening in the frame body with a cold air supply port. The frame body includes a wall part at an end of the ice tray, the wall part is formed with the opening and the cold air guide part, and the cold air guide part flows cold air through the opening toward the ice tray. The cold air guide part is a frame body side inclined wall and the cold air duct includes a duct side inclined wall facing the frame body side inclined wall and a cold air blowing outlet includes the frame body side inclined wall and the duct side inclined wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION, WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunji Saito, Satoshi Tanimura, David Vega
  • Patent number: 10928114
    Abstract: An ice maker provided in a refrigerator is provided. The ice maker includes: first and second ice making units configured to include ice making trays, heaters heating the ice making trays for deicing, and ejectors ejecting made ice from the ice making trays, respectively, wherein a plurality of first ice making grooves are formed in the ice making tray of the first ice making unit, and a plurality of second ice making grooves are formed in the ice making tray of the second ice making unit, the plurality of second ice making grooves having a shape different from that of the plurality of first ice making grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hye-kyoung An, Kwan-yeol Lee, Jae-koog An, Ho-cheol Cho
  • Patent number: 10845112
    Abstract: A container arrangement for use in an interior (2) of a refrigeration device (1) includes a box-shaped container (40) with a bottom part (41) surrounded or enclosed by peripheral side walls (42) and with a loading opening (46) with an opening edge (43) defining a free end of the side walls (42), and an insert tray (50) for positioning in the container (40). The opening edge (43) includes a receiving shape (45) which interacts with a corresponding positioning device (55) on the tray (50) to define a predetermined inserted position of the insert tray (50) relative to the opening (46). The container arrangement (4) is configured for being pushed into and pulled out of the interior (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: Miele & Cie. KG, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Placke, Daniel Baßler, Herbert Cizik, Jessica Dittman
  • Patent number: 10833565
    Abstract: A drive unit for an ice making device comprises a partition member formed with a penetration part, a circuit board disposed on one side with respect to the partition member, a drive mechanism disposed on the other side with respect to the partition member, and a terminal holder disposed on an inner side of the penetration part. The partition member comprises a first holder support part which supports a first side face of the terminal holder with elasticity, and a second holder support part which supports a second side face of the terminal holder. The terminal holder comprises a first engaging protruded part which is engaged with an end part of the first holder support part, and the first holder support part comprises a first guide groove which guides the first engaging protruded part when the terminal holder is inserted into the penetration part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Saito
  • Patent number: 10714911
    Abstract: A submersible electrical enclosure is for a switchgear assembly. The switchgear assembly includes a number of electrical switching apparatus. The submersible electrical enclosure includes: a plurality of sides defining an interior, the interior receiving each of the electrical switching apparatus, each side including: a conductive polymeric layer facing away from the interior, and an insulative polymeric layer molded to the conductive polymeric layer. The insulative polymeric layer faces the interior and substantially overlays the conductive polymeric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Faulkner, Michael Davis Pearce, Travis Spoone
  • Patent number: 10697685
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet, a door, an ice making room, a cool air supply duct connecting the evaporation chamber to the ice making room, an ice maker, a cool air guide duct that guides cool air from the ice making room toward the ice maker, and an ice bin below the ice maker to store ice. The ice maker includes an ice tray including cool air guide ribs, and an ice separating guide covering a front surface of the ice tray and a portion of a top surface thereof in which the cool air guide ribs extend from one side of the ice tray toward the other side and are spaced apart from a front surface of a tray body toward a rear surface, and bottom parts of the cool air guide ribs are spaced apart from a bottom part of the cool air guide duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghoon Lee, Donghoon Lee, Wookyong Lee, Seungyoon Cho, Heejun Lee, Seungseob Yeom
  • Patent number: 10605513
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ice maker, and more particularly, to an ice maker with an adjusting apparatus for water supply, which can easily change a position of an adjusting micro switch for adjusting a water supply time, thereby conveniently and accurately adjusting the water supply time and simplifying the configuration of the ice maker, the ice maker including a driver that drives an operation cam, an operation lever driven in contact with the operation cam, a plate-shaped bracket having the operation lever installed therein and provided inside an inner housing, a holder movably installed in the bracket and having the adjusting micro switch fixed thereto, and a control screw penetrating the inner housing and threaded on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Byung Wook Jeong
  • Patent number: 10605511
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an ice compartment region disposed in at least one of a fresh food compartment or a freezer compartment; a clear ice maker assembly disposed in the ice compartment region and configured to make clear ice pieces; and an ice bucket configured to store the clear ice pieces made by the clear ice maker assembly. The clear ice maker assembly includes an ice maker tray portion having a plurality of cavities for forming clear ice pieces; a water distribution assembly configured to distribute a non-pressurized, even flow of water to each of the cavities of the ice maker tray portion; a water reservoir tank and a pump for supplying water to the water distribution assembly; and a water collection and return duct that is disposed below and extends along an edge of the ice maker tray portion to collect and return excess water to the water reservoir tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Nilton Bertolini, Silas Patrick Mallon, Jorge Carlos Montalvo Sanchez, Vishal Vekariya
  • Patent number: 10539355
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body having a storage compartment, and an ice maker provided in the storage compartment to make ice. The ice maker includes a cooling device to provide cold air, an ice-making tray movably provided between a first position adjacent to the cooling device and a second position spaced farther from the cooling device than the first position, and an ejector is configured to move the ice-making tray. The ejector includes a driving portion to separate the ice produced in the ice-making tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Do Yun Jang, Bong Su Son
  • Patent number: 10539354
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a fresh food compartment for storing food items in a refrigerated environment having a target temperature above 0° C., a freezer compartment for storing food items in a sub-freezing environment having a target temperature below 0° C., a system evaporator for providing a cooling effect to at least one of the fresh food compartment and the freezer compartment, and an ice maker disposed within the fresh food compartment for freezing water into ice pieces. The ice maker includes an ice mold with an upper surface comprising a plurality of cavities formed therein for the ice pieces, a heater disposed on the ice mold and an ice maker refrigerant tube abutting at least one lateral side surface of the ice mold and cooling the ice mold to a temperature below 0° C. via thermal conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuochen Shi, Thomas McCullough
  • Patent number: 10451328
    Abstract: A refrigerator with a freezer compartment having a door to open and close the freezer compartment. An ice maker is disposed within the freezer compartment for forming ice pieces. An ice storage bin is mounted to the door for receiving ice from the ice maker. A cover is hinged to the ice marker. The cover is moveable between an unrestricting position in which ice is discharged when the door is in a closed position to a restricting position in which ice does not discharge when the door is in an open position. A sliding tray having sidewall enclosing an area behind the ice maker and extending the depth between the ice maker and a rear wall of the refrigerator, defines a storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Thomas McCollough, Travis McMahan, Jorge Carlos Montalvo Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10401072
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet including a refrigerating compartment and an evaporation chamber, a first door, a housing in the first door, an ice making room defining a cool air inflow hole and a cool air discharge hole, a chiller room defining a cool air discharge hole, a second door connected to the first door, a partition wall defining the ice making room, the chiller room, and a communication hole, a damper opening and closing the communication hole, a cool air supply duct connecting an outlet of the evaporation chamber and the cool air inflow hole to supply cool air of the evaporation chamber to the ice making room and a cool air return duct having a first inlet connected to the cool air discharge hole of the ice making chamber and a second inlet connected to the cool air discharge hole of the chiller room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghoon Lee, Donghoon Lee, Wookyong Lee, Seungyoon Cho, Heejun Lee, Seungseob Yeom
  • Patent number: 10345024
    Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first and second arms between a low position and a high position and can eject ice from the mold cavity when the ejector pad moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 10274240
    Abstract: An ice maker includes an ice tray with partitioned spaces for receiving ice-making water, an ejector for ice-separating an ice in the ice tray, a detector unit for detecting at least one of a position of the ejector and a temperature of the ice tray, a control box provided to be opposite to the ice tray and including a printed circuit board and a motor for driving the ejector therein, and a planar heater provided in the ice tray and including a heating element of a metal thin film and an insulating member to wrap the heating element such that the planar heater is pressured by virtue of an instrument provided in the ice tray to be bonded to or in closely contacted with the ice tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DAECHANG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Dong Ji, Jung Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10267551
    Abstract: An ice maker includes: an ice tray having partitioned spaces for receiving ice-making water; an ejector for separating ice in the ice tray; a detection unit for detecting at least one of a position of the ejector and a temperature of the ice tray; a control box provided to face the ice tray and including a motor operating the ejector and a printed circuit board provided therein; and a surface type heater provided in the ice tray and including a heating element of a metal thin film or a heat wire and an insulating member surrounding the heating element. The surface type heater is adhered to the ice tray by being pressed by an instrument provided in the ice tray or adhered to the ice tray by being bonded thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DAE CHANG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Dong Ji, Jung Woo Lee, Jong Myung Kim
  • Patent number: 10240841
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a compressor, an input current detector to detect input current of alternating current (AC) power inputted to the refrigerator, a converter to convert the inputted AC power into direct current (DC) power, a capacitor to store the converted DC power, an inverter to output AC power using the converted DC power for driving of the compressor, a DC terminal voltage detector to detect voltage at two terminals of the capacitor, and a compressor microcomputer to control the inverter and to calculate refrigerator power consumption based on the detected input current and the detected DC terminal voltage. The refrigerator enables simplified power consumption calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangbok Choi, Kibae Lee
  • Patent number: 10139146
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for driving an icemaker for making ice cubes in a refrigerator. An ice-full state is sensed in such a way as to rotate an ejector and a cam gear in a reverse direction (opposite to an ice-ejecting direction), thereby preventing interference with the ice cubes present in the icemaker and thus enabling the ice-full state to be accurately sensed. A first torsion spring is mounted to an intermediate gear with a small rotation angle ratio to allow only a minimum amount of torque to be transferred to other components such as an ice-detecting lever, thereby increasing the durability of the components and providing a precise rotation force. The axial center of rotation of a second torsion spring is defined at a position that faces the other end (the revolving end) of the ice-detecting lever, to allow a minimum moment to be substantially constantly applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SCD CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Sung Park
  • Patent number: 10126046
    Abstract: Provided are a refrigerator and a method for controlling the same. The method for controlling the refrigerator according to the embodiment of the present disclosure includes turning on the refrigerator, and starting a compressor; setting a predetermined power-consuming factor to a basic value; measuring a power consumption within a setting period, while the refrigerator is operated; recognizing whether the measured power consumption is smaller than a previous power consumption; and changing a value of the power-consuming factor, when the measured power consumption is greater than the previous power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sangwook Seo
  • Patent number: 10047994
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body configured to have a storage space for storing food, a cooling part provided in the main body and comprising a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator which constitute a cooling/freezing cycle, a refrigerant pipe for circulating refrigerant based on the refrigerating cycle, and an ice machine in the storage space. The ice machine includes a case providing an ice-making space, an ice-making pipe extending from the refrigerant pipe to the case, a cooling plate on a surface of the case and configured to be in contact with the ice-making pipe, and an ice-making tray on the cooling plate so as to be cooled by the cooling plate, and configured to accommodate water for generating ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 9995523
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an icemaker, an ice bank that is configured to store ice released from the icemaker, a weight sensor configured to measure a weight of the ice bank, and a controller configured to determine, based on weight measurements measured by the weight sensor, a variation in amount of ice stored in the ice bank during a set time period, and adjust an ice determination reference value based on the determined variation in the amount of ice stored in the ice bank during the set time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Junsoo Park, Jiyeong Ku, Jiyoon Lee, Jiyoung Yoon
  • Patent number: 9976786
    Abstract: A stand alone ice making appliance or an ice maker within an appliance is provided including a water inlet, a water inlet valve disposed within the water inlet configured to allow water passage when in an open position and configured to prevent water passage when in a closed position, a reservoir in fluid communication with the water inlet, a water level sensor disposed in the reservoir, and a control unit in electrical communication with the water level sensor and the water inlet valve. The control unit is configured to calculate a fluid flow rate using the time between the water inlet valve opening and the water level sensor communicating when a first predetermined water level has been reached within the reservoir, and use the calculated flow rate to calculate a total water inlet valve open time to fill the reservoir to a second predetermined water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Beuligman, Scott Daniel Boyd, Trevor Hawkins, Steven L. Proctor, Chad J. Rotter, William C. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 9958175
    Abstract: To provide an air-conditioning apparatus that is safer and has small conveying power for such as water at the indoor unit side can be made small. It is characterized in that a compressor 10 and a heat source side heat exchanger 12 are accommodated in a heat source apparatus 1, an intermediate heat exchanger 15 and a pump 21 in a relay unit 3, a use side heat exchanger 26 in an indoor unit 2, respectively, and when a controller 60 makes the compressor 10 stop based on the thermo-off due to decrease in the heat load in the use side heat exchanger 26 or an operation stop instruction, the controller 60 makes the pump 21 stop after the compressor 10 is stopped or almost at the same time as the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Yamashita, Hiroyuki Morimoto, Yuji Motomura, Takeshi Hatomura
  • Patent number: 9939186
    Abstract: An evaporator assembly for an ice-making apparatus having a vertical, substantially flat freeze surface, a refrigerant circuit, and a freeze template. The freeze template is thermally coupled between the freeze surface and the refrigerant circuit, and is formed of a plurality of regions arranged in a plane and interconnected by strips having a smaller dimension in the plane than the regions. Interface locations between the freeze template and the freeze surface define where on the freeze surface ice is to be formed. During a freeze cycle, expanded refrigerant is passed through the refrigerant circuit, and water is run over the freeze surface. During a harvest cycle, compressed refrigerant is passed through the refrigerant circuit, wherein heat transfers from the refrigerant circuit to the freeze surface until the freeze surface is warmed to a temperature sufficient to allow ice formed on the freeze surface to fall from the freeze surface by a force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Scotsman Group LLC
    Inventors: Keith H. Roth, Chris J. Salatino, Jonathan V. Stockton
  • Patent number: 9933195
    Abstract: An evaporator assembly for an ice-making apparatus having a vertical, substantially flat freeze surface, a refrigerant circuit, and a freeze template. The freeze template is thermally coupled between the freeze surface and the refrigerant circuit, and is formed of a plurality of regions arranged in a plane and interconnected by strips having a smaller dimension in the plane than the regions. Interface locations between the freeze template and the freeze surface define where on the freeze surface ice is to be formed. During a freeze cycle, expanded refrigerant is passed through the refrigerant circuit, and water is run over the freeze surface. During a harvest cycle, compressed refrigerant is passed through the refrigerant circuit, wherein heat transfers from the refrigerant circuit to the freeze surface until the freeze surface is warmed to a temperature sufficient to allow ice formed on the freeze surface to fall from the freeze surface by a force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Scotsman Group LLC
    Inventors: Keith H. Roth, Chris J. Salatino, Jonathan V. Stockton
  • Patent number: 9863686
    Abstract: A device for adjusting a full-ice level includes: an ice making tray for making ice; an ice making tray fixing unit positioned on both sides of the ice making tray to support the ice making tray; an ice storage unit positioned below the ice making tray and for storing ice that is separated from and drops from the ice making tray; a full-ice level sensor for sensing the highest level of ice stored in the ice storage unit; a sensor guide on which the full-ice level sensor is installed, and positioned in the ice storage unit; and a motor on one side of the ice making tray fixing unit and coupled with the sensor guide, and for moving the sensor guide upward and downward in the ice storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Won Gu Park
  • Patent number: 9845982
    Abstract: An ice maker for forming ice during a cooling cycle, the ice maker having a variable-speed compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, wherein the variable-speed compressor, the condenser, and the evaporator are in fluid communication by one or more refrigerant lines. The ice maker further includes a freeze plate thermally coupled to the evaporator, a water pump, a sensing device for identifying a state of the cooling cycle, and a controller adapted to control the speed of the variable-speed compressor based on the identified state of the cooling cycle. The ice maker may also include a variable-speed condenser fan which may be controlled by the controller based on the identified state of the cooling cycle. Additionally, the water pump may be a variable-speed water pump which may be controlled by the controller based on the identified state of the cooling cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TRUE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Knatt
  • Patent number: 9784491
    Abstract: Provided is a driving device for an automatic ice-making machine, the driving device including: a cam gear that rotates a tray; and an operating lever that organically operates along a cam plane for an ice-cube quantity detecting arm formed at the cam gear and allows the ice-cube quantity detecting arm to rotate downward into an ice-cube storage bin, wherein a cam groove for the ice-cube quantity detecting arm is formed in the cam plane for the ice-cube quantity detecting arm of the cam gear and allows the operating level to descend so that the ice-cube quantity detecting arm rotates downward into the ice-cube storage bin, and a protrusion is formed between the cam plane for the ice-cube quantity detecting arm and the cam groove for the ice-cube quantity detecting arm and allows the operating lever to ascend so that the ice-cube quantity detecting arm that rotates downward into the ice-cube storage bin rotates upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SCD CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Hyeong Choi
  • Patent number: 9759470
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for rapidly freezing a freezable liquid to form at least one frozen object includes a fluid intake in which the freezable liquid is introduced and a freeze chamber that receives the freezable liquid from the fluid intake. The freeze chamber includes a freeze block that includes at least one cell in which the at least one frozen object is formed. A cooling system circulates refrigerant to the freeze block to facilitate cooling of the freeze block. The freeze block is formed of a heat transfer material such that heat from the freezable liquid added to the at least one cell is transferred to the freeze block whereupon said heat is transferred to the refrigerant flowing through the evaporator coil of the freeze block, thereby resulting in cooling of the freeze block. The freeze block is configured and the refrigerant is selected such that the freeze chamber is maintained at a temperature of below 0° F. and preferably below at least about ?10.0° F. or ?20° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SWEET ICE, INC.
    Inventors: Evan Zisholtz, Steven Hamblin, Tod Riggan
  • Patent number: 9759471
    Abstract: An ice collection area is disposed inside the cabinet proximate an ice maker. An ice storage area is disposed inside the cabinet. A first relocatable ice bin is disposed inside the cabinet. The first relocatable ice bin is disposed in one of the ice collection area and the ice storage area. A second relocatable ice bin is disposed inside the cabinet. The second relocatable ice bin is disposed in the other of the ice collection area and the ice storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas D. Leclear, Thomas L. Jueller, Jr., Ronald L. Voglewede
  • Patent number: 9709312
    Abstract: A refrigerator with a freezer compartment having a door to open and close the freezer compartment. An ice maker is disposed within the freezer compartment for forming ice pieces. An ice storage bin is mounted to the door for receiving ice from the ice maker. A cover is hinged to the ice marker. The cover is moveable between an unrestricting position in which ice is discharged when the door is in a closed position to a restricting position in which ice does not discharge when the door is in an open position. A sliding tray having sidewall enclosing an area behind the ice maker and extending the depth between the ice maker and a rear wall of the refrigerator, defines a storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Thomas McCollough, Travis McMahan, Jorge Carlos Montalvo Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9651290
    Abstract: An ice maker has a mold with a first piece and a second piece. A cavity within the mold includes a first reservoir in the first piece and a second reservoir in the second piece that align to substantially enclose the cavity. A fluid intake aperture in the first piece extends to the cavity for injecting water therein. A thermoelectric device has a cold side thermally coupled to the exterior surface of the second piece. The thermoelectric device transfers heat from the cold side to a hot side to provide a first temperature to the mold. A removable cooling source is thermally coupled to the hot side of the thermoelectric device. The cooling source is configured to reduce the temperature of the hot side to allow the cold side to provide a second temperature that is cooler than the first temperature to freeze the water in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 9599385
    Abstract: An ice tray may include a substantially planar body portion with a plurality of cavities that are not interconnected by weirs. The ice tray may include a body having raised portions between adjacent cavities to alleviate stress that may otherwise form in these areas. A water distribution system may be utilized to provide specified volumes of water in the cavities to prevent overflowing of the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James C.L. Guarino, Lindsey Ann Wohlgamuth
  • Patent number: 9593875
    Abstract: An icemaking compartment is provided in the refrigerator compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. An icemaker is within the icemaking compartment. A cold air duct supplies cold air from the freezer compartment to the icemaker. The cold air duct is formed in the rear wall of the refrigerator. A fan controls the flow of air through the cold air duct. A return air duct is provided to direct a portion of the air from the icemaker back to the freezer compartment. An air vent in the icemaker directs another portion of air into the refrigerator compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle B. Van Meter, Dean A. Martin, Xia Yong Fu
  • Patent number: 9448003
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a refrigeration cycle including a refrigerant pipe to supply cooling energy to an ice making compartment, an ice making tray, on which at least a portion of the refrigerant pipe is seated, a drainage duct to collect condensed water falling from the ice making tray or from at least a portion of the refrigerant pipe, and to drain the collected water, and at least one fixer to fix at least a portion of the refrigerant pipe to the ice making tray. The fixer is protruded from the drainage duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Shik Shin, Chang Hak Lim, Jin Jeong, Sang Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 9377234
    Abstract: A refrigerator including an icemaker and an ice bucket provided at a door, a feeding unit to feed ice cubes stored in the ice bucket, a driving motor provided at a main body to drive the feeding unit, and a coupling device to transmit driving force from the driving motor to the feeding unit. When the door is closed, the driving motor is connected to the feeding unit. When the door is opened, the driving motor is disconnected from the feeding unit. Accordingly, the door has a simple structure, the ice bucket has an increased capacity, repair or replacement of the driving motor is easily achieved. The coupling device includes a first coupling unit and a second coupling unit which is engaged with the first coupling unit to receive driving force. The coupling device is configured to hide the coupling units when the door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Kyoung Ki Park, Bong Su Son, Do Yun Jang, Jae Koog An, Bu Kil Jeong
  • Patent number: 9291381
    Abstract: An ice making machine includes a heat pipe that extends between a freezer compartment and a refrigerator compartment. The heat pipe has a first end in the freezer compartment and a second end in the refrigerator compartment. A heat exchanger is located in the freezer compartment and is in contact with the first end of the heat pipe. A heat block is located in the refrigerator compartment and is in contact with the second end of the heat pipe. A removable ice cube tray is mounted on the heat block with a surface in contact with the heat block such that when the removable ice cube tray is filled with water, ice forms from the surface of the removable ice cube tray in contact with the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: William G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9259114
    Abstract: An integrated beverage blending system comprising: a controller for menu selection; an ice portion control module; an ingredient module; a dispensing apparatus in communication with the ice portion control module and the ingredient module, wherein the ice and the ingredient are dispensed into a beverage container via the dispensing apparatus; and at least one blender module which blends and/or mixes the ice and the ingredient in the beverage container, thereby producing the beverage; wherein, upon removal of the beverage container from the blender module, the blender module initiates a cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Nevarez, William E. Smith, Jan Claesson
  • Patent number: 9243833
    Abstract: An ice making system for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The ice making system includes an ice maker, an ice bucket and an ice cube level sensing assembly. The ice cube level sensing assembly includes an infrared light emitter and an infrared light receiver. The infrared light emitter directs infrared light into a storage volume of the ice bucket, and the infrared light receiver receives infrared light from the infrared light emitter reflected by ice cubes within the storage volume of the ice bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Seokki Yun, Geon Ho Kim, Dong Soo Shin, Kang Sun Lee
  • Patent number: 9207009
    Abstract: An insulated icemaking compartment is provided in the fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. The icemaking compartment may be integrally formed with the liner of the fresh food compartment, or alternatively, may be modular for installation anywhere in the fresh food compartment. A removable bin assembly with a front cover normally seals the icemaking compartment to maintain the temperature in the compartment. A cold air duct formed in the rear wall of the refrigerator supplies cold air from the freezer compartment to the icemaking compartment. A return air duct directs a portion of the air from the icemaking compartment back to the freezer compartment. An air vent in the icemaking compartment directs another portion of air into the fresh food compartment. A control system provides for controlling refrigerator functions in a manner that promotes energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tim L. Coulter, Thomas E. Gose, Steven G. Herndon, James H. Jenkins, Jr., Bill J. Koons, Brent A. Kramer, Scott W. Leimkuehler, Dean A. Martin, Alvin V. Miller, Kevin Lee Noel, Mauro M. Oliveira, Lester J. Ott, Ron S. Paulsen, Chad J. Rotter, David Allen Stauffer, Kyle B. Van Meter, Alan M. Welch, Robert L. Wetekamp
  • Patent number: 9188377
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an ice maker and method including an ice container to store ice, and a refrigerator having the same. The ice maker includes an ice making unit that receives water and produces ice from the water, a first ice container that receives the ice separated from the ice making unit, and an ice forwarding unit disposed at one side of the first ice container to guide the ice to be discharged to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Geun Choi, Jae Seung Lee, Jae Koog An, Nam Seok Seo, Hyoung Min Go, Young Jin Cho
  • Patent number: 9151529
    Abstract: A refrigerator/freezer ice bucket is provided. The ice bucket may include a dispenser interface configured to deliver ice cubes to an ice dispenser upon a request by a user for the ice cubes. The dispenser interface may include a back wall. The ice bucket may further include storage configured to, with the back wall of the dispenser interface, store the ice cubes until the user request. The storage includes a fixed portion and a hinged outer wall. The hinged outer wall is configured to pivot from a position that is parallel to an opposite wall of the fixed portion to a position in which one or more portions of the hinged outer wall are fixed to be slanted upwardly away from the opposite wall of the fixed portion, thereby expanding a capacity of the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Justin Morgan
  • Patent number: 9109829
    Abstract: A control method of a refrigerator to prevent frost from being formed in an ice making chamber. The refrigerator includes an ice making chamber refrigerant pipe to supply a refrigerant to make ice in a direct cooling manner and an ice making chamber circulation fan to create a forced air stream to circulate air in the ice making chamber. The control method includes determining whether temperature of the ice making chamber is lower than a predetermined temperature and driving the ice making chamber circulation fan in a state in which the temperature of the ice making chamber is lower than the predetermined temperature and the refrigerant flows in the ice making chamber refrigerant pipe or when flow of the refrigerant in the ice making chamber refrigerant pipe is interrupted in a state in which the temperature of the ice making chamber is lower than the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Hak Lim, Keon Ho Hong, Young Shik Shin, Jae Koog An, Jin Jeong, Sang Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 9032745
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a sensing system for detecting multiple physical characteristics of ice cubes in an ice cube storage bin. The system includes a digital image capture device coupled to a digital image analyzing system which captures digital images of the ice cube storage bin intermittently and compares the images to detect the presence of ice clumps. In addition, the digital image analyzing system evaluates the edges, ice size and/or image intensity of the ice cubes in the images in order to determine the presence of stale ice. An algorithm is utilized to estimate the volume of ice within the bin based on the number of pixels in an ice bin image, the number of pixels of the ice within the bin, and a known volume of the ice bin. Notifications for clumped ice, stale ice and ice volume within the bin are sent to a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Kevin M. Chase, Brian P. Janke, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Publication number: 20150082816
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for driving an icemaker for making ice cubes in a refrigerator. An ice-full state is sensed in such a way as to rotate an ejector and a cam gear in a reverse direction (opposite to an ice-ejecting direction), thereby preventing interference with the ice cubes present in the icemaker and thus enabling the ice-full state to be accurately sensed. A first torsion spring is mounted to an intermediate gear with a small rotation angle ratio to allow only a minimum amount of torque to be transferred to other components such as an ice-detecting lever, thereby increasing the durability of the components and providing a precise rotation force. The axial center of rotation of a second torsion spring is defined at a position that faces the other end (the revolving end) of the ice-detecting lever, to allow a minimum moment to be substantially constantly applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: SCD CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Sung Park
  • Patent number: 8959939
    Abstract: An ice detecting apparatus for a refrigerator the apparatus includes an ice maker, an ice container to collect ice made by the ice maker, and an ice detecting sensor to detect an amount of ice stored in the ice container. The ice detecting sensor has a transmitter module provided on one side of the ice maker and a receiver module provided on another side of the ice maker. The transmitter module is separated by a prescribed distance from the receiver module. At least one of the transmitter module or receiver module includes at least one optical element and at least one heater, and the heater is made of an electroconductive heating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yong-Su Kim, Dong-Hoon Lee, Kyung-Han Jeong, Kwang-Ha Suh
  • Patent number: 8863985
    Abstract: An ice supply system includes an ice transport system, a volumetric feeder coupled with the ice transport system and adapted to deliver a preset volume of ice to an ice output system, and an ice delivery controller coupled with the ice transport system, the volumetric feeder, and the ice output system. The ice delivery controller receives ice requests from the ice output system, controls the delivery of ice from the ice transport system to the volumetric feeder in response to ice requests, controls the volumetric feeder to receive the preset volume of ice therein, and controls the delivery of the preset volume of ice from the volumetric feeder to the ice output system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ice Link, LLC
    Inventors: J. Eric Berge, Brandon D. Berge, Mark A. McClure, Glenn S. Seamark