Sliding Or Rolling On Guide Means Patents (Class 62/302)
  • Patent number: 10981430
    Abstract: A roof-type air conditioner for vehicles may include an evaporator to discharge cold air to the internal of a vehicle, and a conveying unit to move the evaporator in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle on a ceiling of the vehicle such that the evaporator is disposed to the ceiling of the internal of the vehicle and positioned to a region required for cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Mortor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seong-Bin Jeong
  • Patent number: 10834918
    Abstract: A modular sample store including a storage area; a service area; a transfer area; a motorized robot with a lifting device and at least one platform; and a controller. The sample store service area includes one integrally formed cubic vat module and the sample store storage area includes at least one integrally formed cubic vat module. Each one of the aforementioned vat modules includes an essentially horizontal vat floor and four joining vat walls that are connected to the vat floor and that are leaving an open vat space. The modular sample store also includes upper side walls and a cover plate to close the sample store. Each vat floor and vat wall includes an outside liner and an inside liner, which outside and inside liners in each case are separated by a clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Camenisch, Beat Reuteler, Mirko Hebenstreit, Jurg Tanner, Christian Cachelin
  • Patent number: 10222090
    Abstract: An indoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus and an air-conditioning apparatus that include levers of a decorative panel operated through insertion hole portions, and then move vertically in the insertion hole portions by the gravity, to thereby be temporarily hung on the hooks. The levers are kept holed on hooks. The indoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus includes a casing, a decorative panel mounted on a lower surface side of the casing and having an air inlet formed therein, the levers mounted so as to be opposed to each other on opposed two sides among four sides forming edges of the air inlet of the decorative panel, and the hooks mounted at an opening portion of the casing, to allow the levers to be hooked thereon, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Kamijo, Masahiko Takagi, Tatsuo Furuta
  • Patent number: 10168082
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for compressor units in HVAC systems. A slide plate and slide rail assembly is described that can allow compressors to be slidably removed or adjusted to allow for easy repair or servicing. Instead of disassembling an entire compressor unit when repairs are needed on it or on neighboring components, the compressor unit can be quickly moved. Dual slide rail and slide plate configurations are described as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LENNOX INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventors: Marcus Troxell, Geoffrey Curtis, Miguel Montemayor, Harold Gene Havard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10006688
    Abstract: There is described a device (3) for automatically producing clear ice, having a water and ice-forming tray (5); a cooling device (7) located at the tray (5) to cool the water in the tray (5) to a predetermined freezing temperature; a drive unit (6) for oscillating the tray (5) about a longitudinal axis (A) of the tray (5); and a number of paddles, which are fixed inside the tray (5), and, as the tray oscillates, move the water/ice in the tray (5) in the oscillation direction of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Stefano Zuccolo, Tancredi Ingrassia
  • Patent number: 9995525
    Abstract: The storage comprises, from the bottom to the top, a low temperature storage zone, for storing the samples, a handling zone, housing at least part of an automatic transport device, and an access zone, where the user can enter for maintenance. A separating wall consisting of removable panels insulates the access zone, for the rooms below it. A peripheral housing, contains a peripheral chamber for temporarily storing the samples at slightly higher temperatures. A liquid nitrogen container, is used to feed dry gas to the storage zone and to maintain it under slight overpressure for preventing the entry of moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LICONIC AG
    Inventor: Cosmas G. Malin
  • Patent number: 8931292
    Abstract: A refrigerated showcase is provided that can easily carry out a maintenance operation and the like of a cooling mechanism disposed in a machine chamber. A machine chamber 13 is defined on a side of a heat insulating box 16 defining a storage chamber 12 and also provided with a cooler to cool the storage chamber 12 to have a cooling mechanism 80 disposed therein to circularly supply a refrigerant to the cooler, and a front side of the storage chamber 12 and the machine chamber 13 is covered with a single front glass 14. Then, a side of the machine chamber 13 is defined by a detachable second side panel to configure the machine chamber 13 to open laterally in a state of removing the second side panel, and also the cooling mechanism 80 is placed on a unit base 38 drawable from the machine chamber 13 to configure to allow the unit base 38 to be drawn from the machine chamber 13 via a side opening of the machine chamber 13 opened by removing the second side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hoshizaki Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Yamasaki, Tatsuo Saeki
  • Patent number: 8833099
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed, which is able to mount an evaporator in a cool air generating chamber more easily for a short time. The refrigerator comprises a main body provided with a storage chamber; a cool air generating chamber provided above the main body and connected with the storage chamber; an evaporator provided inside the cool air generating chamber; and a support portion provided in the ceiling inside the cool air generating chamber and variably provided in a mounting direction of the evaporator to support the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jongsoo Yoon
  • Patent number: 8765005
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerating machine oil composition including a base oil which contains at least one substance selected from the group consisting of monoether compounds, alkyleneglycol diethers, and polyoxyalkyleneglycol diethers having an average repetition number of an oxyalkylene group of 2 or less as a main component, and has a kinematic viscosity at 40° C. of 1 to 8 mm2/s. The refrigerating machine oil composition is preferably applied to refrigerators whose sliding parts are composed of an engineering plastic or provided with an organic coating film or an inorganic coating film. The refrigerating machine oil can improve energy-saving performance due to its low viscosity, has high sealing property and excellent load capacity, and is suitably used in various refrigeration applications, especially in closed-type refrigerators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8443617
    Abstract: Provided is a rail assembly fixed to the sides of a storage compartment of a refrigerator, with rail housings supporting rail members that insert and extrude a storage container, and a light source fixed to a rail housing to indicate whether a certain function is being performed in the storage compartment and function as a lamp that illuminates the inside of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jin-Woo Park
  • Patent number: 8122733
    Abstract: A compressor arrangement comprises a mounting, an evaporation trough, which may be inserted in the mounting on a number of slide-in tracks up to a final position and a compressor, wherein the separation of the evaporation trough from the compressor is greater in the final position of each slide-in track than at least one other point on the slide-in track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Alfred Raab
  • Publication number: 20100180609
    Abstract: In a method for servicing an apparatus having a compressor (22) mounted to a support structure (32, 38, 40), a guide structure (102, 104; 202, 204) is placed adjacent to the support structure. The compressor is lifted from an installed position. The compressor is withdrawn by rolling the compressor along the support structure and guide structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Heitz, Jean-Pierre Chanon, Steven E. Von Borstel
  • Patent number: 7757512
    Abstract: An ice dispenser has a duct cap and a controller to control movement of the duct cap. The controller includes a guide, a first control surface, and a second control surface. A first frictional force between the guide and the first control surface is greater than a second frictional force between the guide and the second control surface. The first frictional force controls the duct cap to move at a first rate and the second friction force controls the duct cap to move at a second rate faster than the first rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Sung Jhee, Dong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7748435
    Abstract: A temperature regulator having a heat exchange unit and a power supply and control unit and providing a heat-exchange apparatus, which can be installed in a minimal space and yet is very easy to handle. The temperature regulator includes a heat exchange unit which has a tank, a pump and a heat exchanger, and circulates a liquid to exchange heat with circulating liquid, and a power supply and control unit which has a power supply and control device, and controls temperature of the circulating liquid. The heat exchange unit and the power supply and control unit are arranged in an interior of a main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kelk Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7677125
    Abstract: A rack and pinion stabilizer system for a refrigerator drawer. The rack and pinion stabilizer system comprises a pair of drawer glides attached to first and second liner walls of a refrigerator. Each of the drawer glides has an attached rack gear with at least one tooth having an irregular profile. A pair of gear wheels having an axle therebetween are also provided. The gear wheels are provided in rotatable engagement with the rack gears and are capable of rotating in unison. An alignment mechanism is also provided. The alignment mechanism is attached to at least one of the rack gears for providing initial alignment of the first and second rack gears with the first and second gear wheels. Additionally, a drawer in operable communication with at least one of the drawer glides and axle is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Chad Rotter
  • Patent number: 7673469
    Abstract: A refrigerator with an ice dispenser includes a spiral type time delay unit for controlling the opening and closing of an ice duct. A duct cap opens and closes an ice duct formed in the refrigerator. A rotating shaft of the time delay unit is operably connected to the duct cap. Foldaway catching members on a rotating shaft intersect with a threaded cylindrical body. The catching members fold back to allow a quick opening of the ice duct. The catching members then interact with the threaded cylindrical body as the ice duct closes to delay the closing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Bae Park, Nam Soo Cho, Dong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7565814
    Abstract: The present invention provides an indoor unit of an air conditioner, which is capable of improving the safety regarding the opening and closing movements of a movable panel. An indoor unit of an air conditioner includes a front grill, a second panel, a driving machine, and a second panel supporting member. The front grill is provided with a first intake port at a front thereof. The second panel is provided such that it covers the first intake port, opens the first intake port by moving away from the first intake port and closes the first intake port by moving close to the first intake port. The driving machine generates a driving force to move the second panel. The second panel supporting member has a gear portion and a plate member. The gear portion transmits the driving force of the driving machine to the second panel. The plate member is provided outside the gear portion, and covers a gap between the second panel and the front grill in a state in which the second panel is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yamashita, Tatsuhiko Akai, Takashi Doi, Atsushi Kataoka
  • Publication number: 20090084117
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for guiding and supporting an evaporator structure with respect to a refrigeration unit. In one embodiment, a system can include a guide rail adapted to mount to a housing associated with a refrigeration unit, and a guide support adapted to mount to an evaporator structure, wherein the guide support can be aligned with the guide rail, and the guide support can maintain close proximity to the guide rail when the evaporator structure is moved adjacent to the refrigeration unit. In other embodiments, associated methods of use and installation for the system can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: Hoshizaki America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford Roy Czerwonky, Randy Edward Johnson, Yusuke Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20090056362
    Abstract: A compressor arrangement comprises a mounting, an evaporation trough, which may be inserted in the mounting on a number of slide-in tracks up to a final position and a compressor, wherein the separation of the evaporation trough from the compressor is greater in the final position of each slide-in track than at least one other point on the slide-in track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventor: Alfred Raab
  • Publication number: 20080314067
    Abstract: Provided are a refrigerator and an assembling method thereof that enable a storage member provided in a drawer-type storage space to be securely withdrawn and inserted, that improve the external appearance of a storage member when withdrawn and inserted, and that allow easier assembly and installation of the refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a main body provided with a storage space, a storage member in the main body and capable of being withdrawn and inserted, an extendable rail member between the storage member and the main body to guide withdrawal and insertion of the storage member, and a cover member at one side of the rail member to cover the rail member. Thus, external appearance is improved, as is assembling convenience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Chang Lim LEE
  • Patent number: 7430937
    Abstract: A rack and pinion stabilizer system for a refrigerator drawer. The rack and pinion stabilizer system comprises a pair of drawer glides attached to first and second liner walls of a refrigerator. Each of the drawer glides has an attached rack gear with at least one tooth having an irregular profile. A pair of gear wheels having an axle therebetween are also provided. The gear wheels are provided in rotatable engagement with the rack gears and are capable of rotating in unison. An alignment mechanism is also provided. The alignment mechanism is attached to at least one of the rack gears for providing initial alignment of the first and second rack gears with the first and second gear wheels. Additionally, a drawer in operable communication with at least one of the drawer glides and axle is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Rotter, Roberto F. T. Miller, Tadd Griffith, Michael J. Dunlap
  • Patent number: 7380410
    Abstract: A wine cooler unit has a refrigerated cabinet housing two pull-out assemblies, each having a door panel and one or more wine racks. One rack can be mounted to the door panel, and one or more follower racks can be extended and retracted by movement of the door panel mounted rack, or by independent manual movement thereof. Two or more racks can be pulled out from the cabinet in a staggered or cascading fashion in which an upper rack extends from the cabinet to a lesser extent than a next lower rack to provide access to the bottles on each rack. The door panels can be made of a glass thermopane allowing visual inspection of the contents inside the cabinet. The cabinet can be cooled by a refrigeration system having two evaporators, which provide two independent cooling zones, one for each pull-out assembly. A capacitance-operated control can be provided under the glass front of one door panel for controlling the temperature zones inside the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: U-Line Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Rand, Lawrence D. Moye, Andrew J. Doberstein, Jack L. Vaughn
  • Publication number: 20070169505
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body; a first storage chamber installed in the upper region of the main body and having an opened upper surface; a second storage chamber installed below the first storage chamber in the main body and having an opened front surface; a first door to open and close the upper surface of the first storage chamber; a second door rotatably connected to the front surface of the main body to open and close the front surface of the second storage chamber, and at least one tray installed in the second storage chamber so that the tray can be drawn forward out of the second storage chamber when goods to be stored are mounted on the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Ki Kim, Kang Il Song, Sang Chul Ryu
  • Patent number: 7162889
    Abstract: Air conditioner including a case having air inlet and outlet passages therein perpendicular to each other, and a plurality of air inlet and outlets at ends of the air inlet and outlet passages, a regenerative heat exchanger at a cross point of the air inlet and outlet passages for making indirect heat exchange of the external air and room air flowing through the air inlet and outlet passages, a compressor, a flow path control valve for shifting, and guiding a flow path of refrigerant from the compressor proper to respective operation modes, first and second heat exchangers, an expansion device, a first fan in the air inlet passage for blowing external air into a room through the first heat exchanger, and a second fan in the air outlet passage for blowing the room air to an exterior through the second heat exchanger, thereby ventilating as well as heating or cooling the room at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Won Hee Lee, Yoon Jei Hwang, Chan Ho Song
  • Patent number: 7047755
    Abstract: A refrigerated cold beverage merchandiser (10) includes an enclosure defining an insulated, refrigerated display cabinet (25) and a compartment (30) heat insulated therefrom wherein a compressor (40) a condenser (50) and a condenser fan (60) are disposed. The condenser (50) is formed by a plurality of in-line tube banks (52). Each tube bank (52) is a serpentine tube formed a plurality of unfinned, straight tube segments (54) extending in parallel rows (55) between a pair of spaced, opposed end plates (58) and elbow turns (56) connecting neighboring straight tube segments (56) in a conventional manner. Each successive tube bank (52) is arranged with the other tube banks so that respective parallel tube rows (55) are disposed in-line from the front to the rear of the condenser (50) or with each successive tube bank being offset in a slightly staggered arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Upton, Harry A. Brancheau, Robert J. Reese, Eugene Duane Daddis, Jr., Timothy J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6931884
    Abstract: A condenser module for a temperature control unit (14) of a transport vehicle (10). The condenser module includes a frame (70) defining an interior space (72) and a substantially U-shaped condenser coil (166) supported by the frame in the interior space. The condenser module also includes a control box (150) for providing electric power to the unit. The control box (150) is movably coupled to the frame (70) and is movable between a first position, where the control box is inside the frame and positioned for operation of the temperature control unit and a second position, where the control box is at least partially outside the frame and positioned to grant access to the interior space of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Kolda, Petr Prochazka
  • Publication number: 20040226314
    Abstract: A table refrigerator has a housing enclosing an internal volume that is divided into a normal cooling compartment and a freezer compartment. The freezer compartment is disposed underneath the normal cooling compartment and it is equipped with a drawer-type carrier for frozen products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: Christoph Becke
  • Publication number: 20040168458
    Abstract: A food preparation table includes a food storage compartment which preserves foodstuff items; and a cooled air shower device which is disposed above the food storage compartment and supplies cooled air thereinto. The cooled air shower device distributes the cooled air evenly along a substantially entire length of the storage compartment. Further, the refrigerating system is installed in a chamber disposed inside the food preparation table and is extractable therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Ki Rin Sung
  • Publication number: 20040060319
    Abstract: A cold-storage appliance (2) includes an open-topped insulating container (16) defining an external surface; an insulating lid (22) adapted to close the open top of the container (16); a cooling means (24) adapted to cool the interior of the container (16); and a structure supporting the container (16), the lid and the cooling means; wherein the container (16) is mounted to the structure (4) for movement relative to the structure (6) and the lid (22) to open the container (16) and afford access to its interior or to close the container (16). A cold-storage appliance with air transfer valves (352, 356) that mitigate the piston effect experienced when opening and closing a drawer (4). Bellows (374) attached to the drawer (4) to maintain the vapour barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Ian David Wood
  • Publication number: 20040035129
    Abstract: A refrigerating unit includes a cooling chamber, a storage compartment removably guided within the chamber as far as a closing position, and a disengagement device. The chamber has a parallel-guide disposed on its sides. The guide has a mating toothed configuration, two rollers rigidly coupled, lying opposite each other, and each having an external toothed configuration with a pitch circle diameter to be rollingly coupled to the mating toothed configuration. The guide has an end section reached by the rollers near the closing position. One of the mating toothed configuration and the rollers is positionally fixed. The disengagement device disengages the mating toothed configuration from the external toothed configuration of the rollers and is at the end section and has a disengagement length compensating for oblique positioning of the compartment in and counter to a movement direction arising from an offset of the rollers along the mating toothed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventor: Mario Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6532757
    Abstract: A cooling device for installation in a furniture niche includes at least one thermally insulating container defining a cooling space and having a door for sealing the space, and a cooler having a compressor, a condenser, and a ventilator. The base has at least two sidewalls, a front region disposed near the door, a rear region, at least one air supply aperture at the front region, and an exhaust aperture at the rear region. The base houses the compressor, condenser, and ventilator. The base is disposed below the cooling space and is force ventilated by the ventilator through the air supply aperture and the exhaust aperture. The exhaust aperture is in at least one of the sidewalls, preferably, in the rear region of the base averted from the door. Preferably, the cooling device is installed in a furniture niche of a kitchen unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Holzer, Wolfgang Kentner, Jürgen Hirath
  • Patent number: 6282914
    Abstract: An under the counter refrigeration unit (20), having a support frame (24), refrigerator cabinet (26), automatically opening lid (28), slide mechanism (32), and anti-racking assembly (86), is utilized to provide controlled temperature storage without occupying previously unused floor space or counter top (34) work area. The refrigerator cabinet (26) has an open top (60), and the slide mechanism (32) utilizes four drawer slides interposed between the support frame (24) and the refrigerator cabinet (26). The automatic lid opening mechanism (118) utilizes pins (132, 134) attached to opposite sides of the lid (28) and extending outwardly into inclined slots (122, 126). As the pins (132, 134) move to upper ends (128) of the slots (122, 126) the lid (28) is automatically lifted off the top (60) of the refrigerator cabinet (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Matthew Steinhoff, William C. Betke, Jr., Abraham Charles Narehood
  • Patent number: 6257013
    Abstract: A device for facilitating the servicing of A.C. units which are mounted underneath the floor of manufactured homes, recreational vehicles or the like near an access location such as the rear of the vehicle which device is provided with a movable carriage for supporting substantially the entire A.C. unit and which is constructed to be easily slid out from underneath the vehicle at the access location whereby the unit is in an exposed position for easy servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventors: William C. Murray, Cleates F. Murray
  • Patent number: 6227002
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooling produce is disclosed. In an embodiment for the apparatus of the present invention, the apparatus includes a container having an interior volume and a cooler. The cooler is movable between a first position where the cooler is disposed within the interior volume and a second position where the cooler is at least partially retracted from the interior volume. The cooler is adapted to cool at least a portion of the interior volume when the cooler is in its second position. In an embodiment for a method in accordance with the present invention, the method includes the steps of retracting the cooler at least partially from the container, storing produce within the container, and cooling an interior volume of the container with the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Cool Care, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Bianco, Charles M. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 6082131
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a support panel extending sideways from a bottom of a storage heat insulating box at one side of the box. An evaporator heat insulating box is provided for accommodating an evaporator and is formed at the one side of the storage heat insulating box with an equipment accommodating space being formed between itself and the base panel. A back panel extends from the rear wall of the storage heat insulating box so as to form rear walls of the evaporator heat insulating box and the equipment accommodating space, respectively. A side panel is continuous to the back panel so as to define an air circulation space together with a side of the evaporator heat insulating box. A front panel is continuous to the side panel so as to provide a front of the evaporator heat insulating box and the equipment accommodating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hoshizaki Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Hirosawa, Hiroyuki Ichouda, Yasuhide Koike, Tomio Suyama
  • Patent number: 6067811
    Abstract: A cold storage includes a room having a peripheral wall, and a plurality of cold storage container modules each received in the room and each including a plurality of hollow cold storage containers each having an open end wall attached to and flush with the outside of the peripheral wall of the room. Each of the cold storage containers includes a drawer slidably mounted therein and extending outward from the open end wall thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventors: Shu-Yen Peng Shih, Chao-Chang Shih
  • Patent number: 5875645
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of installing a slide-in refrigeration unit in a vending machine that automatically aligns and seals the refrigeration unit air flow ducts to the refrigerated compartment of the vending machine, is disclosed. A simple assembly guides movement of the refrigeration unit as it is slid backward into the vending machine so as to identically align a pair of mating inclined surfaces of a duct connector assembly into sealing engagement, to automatically effect air flow communication between the refrigeration unit and the refrigerated compartment. The refrigeration unit installation is completed by simple securing the slid-in unit to the floor of the vending machine with several screws or bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Gross-Given Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: David C. Dunnigan
  • Patent number: 5711162
    Abstract: A refrigerator compressor mounting pan arrangement is preferably formed out of a metal plate which is drawn to form a pair of laterally spaced wheel wells that project upwardly from an upper surface of the plate. On the lower surface of the plate, on opposing side of each wheel well, are recessed pocket portions which define enlarged areas against which wheel axles can bear. A plurality of spaced tabs are lanced out of the plate adjacent each pocket such that, when a wheel having an associated axle is positioned in the well the axle bearing against the pockets, the tabs may be readily bent about the axle to retain the axle in a desired load bearing position. A plurality of additional tabs are lanced out of the plate and project upwardly from the upper surface of the plate in order to enable a compressor and a condenser to be readily secured atop the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald L. Wolanin, Douglas A. Heims
  • Patent number: 5582026
    Abstract: An air conditioning system has an air handling unit within a housing. The air handling unit is adapted for connection to the supply and return air ducts of a building and for mounting at the roof of the building. A separate and distinct condensing unit can be mounted above, adjacent to, or removed from the air handling unit such that the air handling unit can be installed in relatively small roof spaces, while the condensing unit can be installed in locations where sufficient space exists. Fluid connection structure extends between the condensing unit and the air handling unit. The system is easily serviceable, and pullout sections within this system improve maintenance procedures. The invention has utility as an original installation unit, and has further utility as a replacement unit for small dimension air conditioning unit or units in small roof spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Stephen W. Barto, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5333460
    Abstract: A 250 watt cryocooler employs a Stirling cycle and is capable of maintaining a constant temperature of 77.degree. K. while fitting a standard electronic equipment rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Russell G. Lewis, Howard H. Fraser, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5245841
    Abstract: In an under the counter ice making machine for producing an ice product, a two-part freezer compartment is removably assembled to a frame. The freezer compartment includes an upwardly open box-shaped lower ice bin and an upper hood that is removably mounted in covering relation to the top of the ice bin. The ice bin is mounted to and removed from the frame only when the hood is removed. The ice bin has a rear end wall and a pair of sidewalls extending vertically upwardly and the bin is mounted by rotating the bin and its rear end wall into position on the frame and seated behind an abutment shoulder extending from the frame. Thereafter, the hood is assembled to and removed from the ice bin by a horizontal sliding movement of its sidewalls along the top surfaces of the bin sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Scotsman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger W. Paul, Karl F. Jobst
  • Patent number: 5140830
    Abstract: A self-contained indoor air conditioning system includes a removable chassis comprising an indoor air condensor/evaporator, an outdoor air condensor/evaporator and a compressor. The chassis can be easily removed from the housing enclosure and taken to a nearby repair station for a major overhaul. Flanges and bulkheads are provided on the chassis and interiorly of the housing to separate air flow to the indoor and outdoor blower fans which are positioned in the upper portion of the housing proximate the electric controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Consolidated Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin W. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 5031414
    Abstract: Discarded refrigerators, freezers and like cooling units are relieved of confined supplies of coolant and/or lubricant by transporting them onto a tiltable platform which attracts the cooling units by suction and tilts them until the freshly tapped portion of the normally closed circuit for coolant or lubricant is located at the lowermost point of the circuit. The lubricant or coolant can be evacuated by a pump by way of a conduit which is connected to a tapping tool and discharges into a vessel. Alternatively, the coolant or lubricant is caused to flow from the tapped circuit by gravity to gather in a vessel beneath the tiltable platform. The transporting system for cooling units can employ trolleys and winches with suction cups which lift discarded cooling units from the gathering point for discarded cooling units and remove cooling units from the platform when the lubricant- or coolant-evacuating operation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Walter GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Walter, Alfred Walter
  • Patent number: 4706466
    Abstract: An under the counter ice making machine has a refrigerator for producing ice cube bearing slabs. A freezer compartment support means includes a bottom compartment having a rear panel extending upwardly to a top panel. The evaporator of the refrigerator is attached to the rear panel adjacent to the top panel and the remainder of the refrigerator components are supported in the bottom compartment which has an open top. A separate unitary freezer compartment includes an integrally formed ice bin portion and a top portion. When the freezer compartment is resting on the bottom compartment of the support means the top portion coacts with the evaporator bearing rear wall end to enclose the top portion. Thus, the freezer compartment is slidably mounted on the bottom compartment so that the bottom of the ice bin portion closes the bottom compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Mile High Equipment Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Yingst, Fredrick A. Weis
  • Patent number: 4606200
    Abstract: A modular custard freezing machine housed in a cabinet that consists of interior support members whereto panels are releasably connected and supports components of the machine including: a deep pan in the cabinet top for receiving a custard mix poured therein to pass that mix, on demand, through a valve that directs the mix flow into a freezing barrel of a custard freezing chamber; the custard freezing chamber includes the freezing barrel, a coolant gas chamber therearound with a layer of insulation formed around that freon or other coolant gas chamber and contained within a housing that is mounted to a platform; the platform further includes mounted thereto, aligned bearing mounts whereto aligned bearings are secured to receive a shaft journaled therethrough, the shaft further including a pulley thereon that is turned through a belt by an electric motor, and connected to a collar whereto a shaft of a paddle assembly is splined; which paddle assembly is arranged for turning in the freezing barrel, congealing
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Inventor: Steven L. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 4539737
    Abstract: In order to permit a motor-compressor unit to be connected with the coolant circuit of a cooling device without interference from the walls of a compartment provided in the cooling device for housing the motor-compressor unit and to secure the motor-compressor unit in the compartment, the motor-compressor unit is placed at least partially outside the compartment and is pushed into the compartment and secured therein only after its coolant conduits have been connected with the coolant circuit and the electrical connections have been made. For this purpose, a mounting plate is temporarily installed in the compartment and the motor-compressor unit is loosely placed on it. After the connections have been made, the motor-compressor unit is pushed into the compartment on the mounting plate and then the mounting plate is removed. The tongues on rails secured to the motor-compressor unit are then screwed into the housing of the cooling device at the entrance to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: Licentia Patent-Verwaltungs-GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Kerpers, Werner Bonk, Dieter Roser, Hans-Jurgen Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 4406132
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for the assembly of an air conditioning unit including a tube sheet isolator. An electrically and thermally insulative isolator is provided for securing an aluminum heat exchanger to a steel component of the unit. The tube sheet isolators further serve to allow various subassemblies of the air conditioning unit to be slidably engaged to secure the components relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore S. Bolton, Richard D. Lang
  • Patent number: 4257240
    Abstract: A transport refrigeration unit for a transport container in which the refrigeration unit has side-by-side evaporator and condenser compartments 18 and 20 in the upper portion of the exterior frame, with a power compartment 24 extending across the entire width of the lower portion of the unit, the power compartment containing an internal combustion engine 26, a motor-alternator 28 and a refrigerant compressor 30 in in-line relationship, a radiator coil 62 condenser coil 64 being in inclined disposition in the condenser compartment and receiving air therethrough from condenser fan 66, the evaporator coil 72 being inclined in the evaporator compartment and in a disposition in which a portion of the coil projects out of the plane of the rear face of the frame, and a pair of double inlet centrifugal fans 74 are provided in the upper portion of the evaporator compartment to draw air from the upper part of the container and direct it downwardly through the coil 72 back into the container, and separate panels 36 and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Christiansen, Kevin W. Kiefer, Lowell B. Naley, Ronald W. Seipp, Lawrence J. Shirek, Robert L. Harrington
  • Patent number: 4164129
    Abstract: A freezing unit is described having plural compartments on upper and lower levels for accommodating air moving means, refrigeration coils and conveyors for receiving and maintaining the articles to be frozen in the unit. The refrigeration coils are disposed in a compartment on the lower level with compartments on either side. The air moving means is disposed over one of the side compartments and the conveyors can be disposed either over the other side compartment, adjacent to it or within it. This arrangement of components permits ease of access and allows plural conveyors to be deployed and used together or alternatively in their respective compartments. Partitions with variable closures are also provided for directing the flow of refrigerated air to the desired compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1979
    Inventor: Harry K. Stueber
  • Patent number: 4082142
    Abstract: A housing, for the expansion unit of a cooling system, has a top wall, a bottom wall and end walls; and those walls define a space which accommodates that expansion unit. That housing has a front opening which is filled by an air-distributing transition member; and it has a rear opening that is substantially closed by an air-guiding member. That air-guiding member can support a motor and a pair of multi-vane blowers, or it can be an angular transition for a single blower. That air-guiding member is shorter than the rear opening to provide a short space which can accommodate the supply and return headers of the expansion unit. That air-guiding member can be set in either of two predetermined positions relative to that rear opening to permit the supply and return headers to be located at either end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1978
    Assignee: John E. Mitchell Company
    Inventors: James R. Blackburn, Dudley C. Smith, Theo B. Smith, Jr., Jerry N. Morgan