With Product Receiving And Storing Means Patents (Class 62/344)
  • Patent number: 11022359
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is generally directed to an ice making appliance that includes: an ice making compartment and an ice maker including an ice mold having a total water capacity. The ice mold includes a plurality of ice wells and is configured to release the ice cubes without the use of a heater and by twisting the ice mold. The ice wells are typically no more than about 12.2 mm in depth from a top surface of the ice mold and have a volume of about 20 mL or less. The ice maker is capable of producing at least about 3.5 lbs. of ice or more in a 24 hour span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Arivazhagan Chandrashekaran, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Patent number: 11009277
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance, as provided herein, may include a cabinet, a door, a dispensing assembly, an icemaker, and an ice storage bin. The door may define a bin opening and a dispenser recess. The dispensing assembly may be positioned within the dispenser recess and define an ice delivery passage. The ice storage bin may define a storage cavity. The ice storage bin may be slidably mounted to the door to move through the bin opening between a mounted position and a removed position. The ice storage bin may include an insulated front wall positioned across the bin opening in the mounted position. The storage cavity may be in communication with the icemaker in the mounted position to receive ice therefrom. The storage cavity may further be in communication with the dispensing assembly in the mounted position to direct ice to the ice delivery passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10969157
    Abstract: A refrigerator, comprising: a refrigerator body, an air duct assembly and a branched air supply apparatus; the air duct assembly has an accommodating cavity, air passages, and air supply ports opening forward; the air passages comprise a first air passage and a plurality of second air passages; the branched air supply apparatus is installed in the accommodating cavity and has a peripheral wall portion; the peripheral wall portion defines a plurality of air outlets, the plurality of air outlets comprising a first air outlet and a plurality of second air outlets; the first air passage is communicated with the first air outlet and a first storage space; each second air passage is communicated with one second air outlet and one or more air supply ports, and each of the second air outlets communicates with at least one second air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xueli Cheng, Bin Fei, Yazhou Shang, Dengqiang Li
  • Patent number: 10921035
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is generally directed to an ice making appliance that includes: an ice making compartment and an ice maker including an ice mold having a total water capacity. The ice mold includes a plurality of ice wells and is configured to release the ice cubes without the use of a heater and by twisting the ice mold. The ice wells are typically no more than about 12.2 mm in depth from a top surface of the ice mold and have a volume of about 20 mL or less. The ice maker is capable of producing at least about 3.5 lbs. of ice or more in a 24 hour span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Arivazhagan Chandrashekaran, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Patent number: 10900704
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a refrigerator having a separate ice-making system, comprising: a refrigerating compartment and an ice-making chamber disposed inside the refrigerating compartment, wherein an ice maker is arranged inside the ice-making chamber, the ice-making chamber is supplied with cold air by an ice-making refrigeration system including an ice-making evaporator, an ice-making air supply duct, an ice-making fan and an ice-making air return duct, the ice-making air supply duct and the ice-making air return duct are arranged in parallel, the ice-making evaporator is disposed inside the refrigerating compartment and outside the ice-making chamber, and the ice-making evaporator is communicated with the ice maker through the ice-making air supply duct and the ice-making air return duct to form a refrigerating circulation loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Ying Jia, Zengqiang Si, Dongxian Liu, Xuezai Zheng, Fei Lu, Yu Li, Deming Wei
  • Patent number: 10890365
    Abstract: A solid-production system for producing a solid on demand is provided herein. In some aspects, the solid-production system includes a conveying mechanism; a fluid-dispensing mechanism; a pressure plate arranged to urge the fluid mold into interaction with a cooling block to form a solid; a solid-dispensing mechanism arranged to dispense the solid loosened by a solid ejector to a user; and processing circuitry configured to implement a master state machine, and slave state machines for respective ones of the fluid-dispensing mechanism, conveying mechanism, pressure plate and solid-dispensing mechanism, wherein the master state machine is configured to send commands to the slave state machines based on states of the slave state machines, and the slave state machines are configured to execute the commands to control the respective ones of the conveying mechanism, fluid-dispensing mechanism, pressure plate, and solid-dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Priyanka Monil Neema, George Marshall Horne, Stephen Smith, Thomas Josefsson, Vasantha K. Chitta
  • Patent number: 10859301
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance and ice bin assembly therefor are provided herein. The ice bin assembly or ice bin may be removably received within the chilled chamber. The ice bin may include a bin body, an ice sweep, and a gear assembly. The bin body may define a storage volume to receive ice therein. The ice sweep may be positioned within the ice bin. The gear assembly may be positioned within the ice bin below the ice sweep in mechanical communication with the ice sweep to motivate rotation of the ice sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis A. Wantland, Gaurav Sanjay Katre, Lauren Nicole Platts
  • Patent number: 10852046
    Abstract: A refrigerator combines an externally-accessible door-mounted fluid or water dispenser outlet with an externally-accessible case-mounted ice dispenser outlet and/or an externally-accessible case-mounted fluid dispenser control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eric Scalf
  • Patent number: 10837688
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for making ice and ejecting the ice from an ice formation cell. In one example, a system includes an ice formation cell, a refrigerant tube, and an ejector. The refrigerant tube is disposed within the ice formation cell. A portion of the water stream can freeze on the refrigerant tube to generate the ice piece. The ejector rotates about an axis. When rotating, the ejector pries an ice piece away from the refrigerant tube disposed the ice formation cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Oxen, Inc.
    Inventor: Milaim Hoti
  • Patent number: 10816255
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator having an ice bucket with a simple structure. The refrigerator may include a main body and an ice bucket provided to supply ice, wherein the ice bucket includes an ice bank provided with an ice storage space therein and an opening, an auger rotatably disposed in the ice bank to rotate about a rotating shaft to transfer ice, and a guide lever rotatably installed in the ice bank to open or close the opening and configured to open the opening by being pushed by ice being transferred in a direction of the rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Il Song, Jae Koog An
  • Patent number: 10808980
    Abstract: An ice-maker/ice storage box assembly and a refrigerator having the ice-maker/ice storage box assembly are provided. The ice-maker/ice storage box assembly has an ice storage box. The ice storage box is provided with a rotary shaft and a separation mechanism. An outer end of the rotary shaft is provided with a rotary-shaft connector. The rotary-shaft connector is connected to a transmission connector of an ice dispensing motor. The separation mechanism is used to axially separate the transmission connector from the rotary-shaft connector. The ice-maker/ice storage box assembly enables the ice storage box to be conveniently removed without damaging a connection part between the ice dispensing motor and the ice storage box, and the ice storage box does not have to be removed in a fixed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Hefei Hualing Co., Ltd., Media Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zengqiang Si, Yang Shao, Zhengguang Lv, Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 10782058
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an ice compartment region disposed in at least one of a fresh food compartment or a freezer compartment; an ice maker disposed in the ice compartment region and configured to make ice pieces; and an ice bucket assembly configured to store the ice pieces made by the ice maker. The ice bucket assembly includes a mechanism for producing nugget ice from the ice pieces made by the ice maker and stored in the ice bucket assembly, the nugget ice being smaller in size as compared to the ice pieces made by the ice maker and stored in the ice bucket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Nilton Bertolini, Cetin Abdullah Celik, Silas Patrick Mallon, Jorge Carlos Montalvo Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10775088
    Abstract: An ice making assembly includes an ice bucket with an agitator rotatably mounted within the ice bucket. The agitator may be rotated by a dispenser motor. The agitator may be coupled to the dispenser motor via a fork connected to the motor and a socket connected to the agitator. The fork is selectively engagable with the socket, and the fork transfers torque from the dispenser motor to the agitator via the socket when the fork engages the socket. The ice making assembly may be provided in a refrigerator appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10775087
    Abstract: An ice-making tray according to the concept of the present invention is capable of making ice at high speed and improving the transparency of ice by providing a second tray having ice cells for storing ice-making water to be coupled, in an overlapping manner, to the upper surface of a first tray which is in contact with a refrigerant pipe. The first tray may be formed of an aluminum material, the second tray may be formed of a plastic material, and the first tray formed of an aluminum material can efficiently function as a heat exchanger of an ice-making space due to having high thermal-conductivity. In the second tray, a fixing part for fixing the ice-making tray inside the ice-making space, a shaft accommodating part for accommodating the rotation shaft of an ejector, a temperature sensor accommodating part for accommodating a temperature sensor, and an air insulating part for insulating the ice-making tray and an ice separating motor may be formed integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Bong su Son, Do Yun Jang, Jae Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10746454
    Abstract: A household refrigeration appliance has a housing in which there is formed at least one receiving space for food, and an icemaker. The icemaker has an external housing formed from a plurality of separate constituent parts. Wherein one of the constituent parts is a one-piece bottom tray that has a bottom wall and side walls that are integrally formed in one piece thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Prashantagouda Hosamani, Hans Gerd Keller, Robert Stahl
  • Patent number: 10697687
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator unit and/or a freezer unit having at least one dispensing unit for liquid and/or solid substances such as ice or water, wherein at least one actuation element is provided that is configured such that on its actuation, the dispensing unit is moved from a lowered position into a moved out position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE LIENZ GMBH
    Inventors: Dominik Lercher, Hannes Stocker, Markus Kofele
  • Patent number: 10690388
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining an interior volume and a door for accessing the interior volume. An ice maker is disposed within the interior volume harvesting ice. The ice maker includes a frame and a motor. An ice tray includes a first end engaged with the motor, a second end engaged to the frame and a plurality ice wells defined by a plurality of weirs including first and second sets of weirs positioned proximate the first and second ends respectively, and interior weirs positioned therebetween. Each of the first and second sets of weirs and the internal weirs include a passage bifurcating each weir into first and second weir portions. Each of the passages defined by the first and second sets of weirs have a cross-sectional area that is greater than a cross-sectional area of any one of the passages defined by the internal weirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Robert B. Becker, Marcus R. Fischer, Christopher R. McElvain, Ryan D. Schuchart
  • Patent number: 10677504
    Abstract: Disclosed is an evaporator for an ice maker including: a refrigerant pipe having a circular cross-section, with refrigerant flowing therethrough; and a pair of ice making plates disposed on opposite sides of the refrigerant pipe. The refrigerant pipe is disposed between inner side surfaces of the ice making plates facing each other, and rounded parts are provided by being formed outwards at a place where the refrigerant pipe is located such that the rounded parts cover both sides of the refrigerant pipe by being in close contact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DAEYEONG E&B CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Doo Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 10551100
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a water intake container, in which carbonated water is produced by mixture of carbon dioxide and clean water, a first dispenser assembly, which the water intake container is attached to or detached from, and which supplies carbon dioxide and clean water to the water intake container when the water intake container is attached to the first dispenser, a dispenser lever and a second dispenser assembly which discharges clean water or ice according to manipulation of the dispenser lever, but stops the discharging of clean water or ice if the water intake container is attached to the first dispenser assembly. The refrigerator may include a dispenser lever and a processor to control an ice maker to stop operation if a command is entered through a user interface and to control the ice maker to start operation if the dispenser lever is manipulated while the ice maker stops operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Won Park, Sung Ho Cho, Kyung Tae Ko, Seung Wan Kang, Woo Sung Kim, Chang Hern Lee, Gang Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10539359
    Abstract: Disclosed are a refrigerator and a folding guide device provided therein. The refrigerator includes a body including a storage compartment, a door that opens and closes the storage compartment, a support provided to be changeable in position to an unfolded position to be unfolded outward from the storage compartment and a folded position to be folded in the storage compartment, a folding guide device interlinked with an opening and closing operation of the door to apply a rotational force for changing the position of the support to the support. Here, the folding guide device includes a slider pressurized by the door and linearly moved, and a conversion outputter provided to connect the slider with the support and configured to convert a linear force input by the slider that linearly moves into a rotational force for changing the position of the support and output the rotational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: O Min Kwon, Ki Young Lim
  • Patent number: 10502473
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator having a locker provided with a magnetic member to fix an ice bucket by use of magnetic attractive force and coupled to an upper wall of a body of the refrigerator. The ice bucket is removed by raising and then pulling it, while the locker is provided with an elastic guider to guide the removal of the ice bucket. The elastic guider is forced upward by the ice bucket during its removal and returns to its original position when the ice bucket is not forcing it upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Kyoung Ki Park, Bong Su Son, Do Yun Jang
  • Patent number: 10451337
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises a body, a fresh food compartment provided in an upper portion of the body, a first freezer compartment provided in a lower portion of the body, a center compartment provided between the fresh food compartment and first freezer compartment and provided with an ice making compartment and a second freezer compartment, an upper door configured to open and close the fresh food compartment and the center compartment at a same time and a lower door configured to open and close the first freezer compartment, therefore the space utilization of the fresh food compartment may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Il Lee, Sang Woon Jeon, Se Lim Yoon, Byeong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10429120
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator including a cabinet, a storage compartment provided in the cabinet to form a single space in which a storage item is stored, a single door for opening or closing the space formed by the storage compartment, a first cold air supply duct and a second cold air supply duct provided respectively on left and right sides of the single storage compartment, the first cold air supply duct and the second cold air supply duct supplying different amounts of cold air, and a storage unit for being pushed into or pulled from the storage compartment in a front-and-rear direction along with the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Tackwon Han, Junsoo Han
  • Patent number: 10429115
    Abstract: A refrigerator has a storage compartment, a door for opening and closing the storage compartment, an ice-making machine and an ice storage compartment. The ice-making machine is used to produce an ice cube. The ice storage compartment is disposed below the ice-making machine, so as to accommodate an ice cube. The ice storage compartment has a discharge port. A movable blocking member and an ice-crushing cutter are located in the ice storage compartment. A distributor is located on the door and used to distribute the ice cube from the ice storage compartment to the outside. The ice storage compartment further includes an opening and closing mechanism for opening or closing the discharge port. Because the discharge port of the ice storage compartment can be closed, the ice-crushing cutter disposed above the discharge port will not be unconsciously touched, and a user is avoided from being hurt by the ice-crushing cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Yongyan Shen, Xianzhong Wang, Ruoquan Xu, Yong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10422564
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for constructing ice structures are provided. An apparatus for construction of a structure from ice may include multiple tubes. Each of the tubes may be disposed in an upright position. Each of the tubes may have a constant inner diameter and/or a closed bottom. The tubes may be disposed within a frame for transport of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ice Castles, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Christensen, Brandon Christensen
  • Patent number: 10393421
    Abstract: In an ice maker according to the present disclosure, transporter configured to supply ice to a dispenser, at least a part of which is located above an ice bucket located in the middle of the main body, may transport the ice upward to help the user take the ice conveniently even with the ice bucket located in the middle of the main body. So a refrigerator including the ice maker, according to the present disclosure, includes a storeroom to store groceries with increased utilization of the storeroom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Jin Lee, Jin Jeong, Do Yun Jang
  • Patent number: 10378814
    Abstract: The refrigerator or freezer organization apparatus is an organization apparatus. The refrigerator or freezer organization apparatus is configured for use with a refrigerated device. The refrigerated device comprises one or more chambers. The refrigerator or freezer organization apparatus removably inserts into a chamber selected from the one or more chambers of the refrigerated device. The refrigerator or freezer organization apparatus is a structure that provides sliding storage spaces within the selected chamber. The refrigerator or freezer organization apparatus comprises a shell, a storage structure, and an anchor system. The anchor system and the storage structure attach to the shell. The shell inserts into the selected chamber of the refrigerated device. The anchor system secures the shell to the refrigerated device. The storage chamber presents sliding shelves and baskets that are used for storage within the selected chamber of the refrigerated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ruth Gaye
  • Patent number: 10365026
    Abstract: A water pocket with an open top side is filled with water, mounted in a regular position on a supporting frame, and tilts to supply the water stored in the water pocket to an ice making tray, thereby easily supplying a required amount of water to the ice making tray. A refrigerator includes an ice making tray provided to linearly move with rotation when ice of the ice making tray is separated, or includes a holding preventing member which prevents the ice from being caught by a lower ice making tray, thereby improving a forward-and-backward width of an ice maker. It is possible to easily withdraw ice stored in an ice bucket by pushing an ice discharge button in a state in which the ice bucket is not separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Bong Su Son, Do Yun Jang, Yoon Young Kim, Yong Jong Park, Moon Gyo Jung, Kook Jeong Seo
  • Patent number: 10330374
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an outlet opening/closing system for a refrigerator dispenser including a driver, a cam configured to rotate with respect to a first axis by the driver, and an opening/closing module configured to pivot with respect to a second axis according to the rotation of the cam to open the outlet, wherein the first axis crosses the second axis at a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoung Ki Park, Hyun Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10323874
    Abstract: An ice making assembly for a refrigerator appliance is provided. The ice making assembly includes an icebox defining an ice making chamber and a heat exchanger aperture. The icebox is mounted to a refrigerator door and surrounded by a door liner defining a circulation duct for receiving cooled airflow. A heat exchanger is positioned within the heat exchanging aperture and includes a first side positioned within the ice making chamber and a second side positioned outside the ice making chamber within the circulation duct. An icemaker is positioned within the ice making chamber and a fastener removably attaches the icemaker to the first side of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Joseph Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10260790
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having an ice storage bin is generally provided herein. A door may define a bin opening and a dispenser recess to a cabinet of the refrigerator appliance. A dispensing assembly may be positioned within the dispenser recess and define an ice delivery passage. The ice storage bin may define a storage cavity in selective communication with an icemaker to receive ice therefrom. The ice storage bin may be in further communication with the dispensing assembly to direct ice to the ice delivery passage. The ice storage bin may be mounted to the door and selectively accessible through the bin opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Applicance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Eric Hottenroth, Lauren Nicole Platts
  • Patent number: 10254031
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator having a first storage chamber, a second storage chamber located below the first storage chamber, an ice maker configured to make ice pieces, an ice bucket configured to store the ice pieces made in the ice maker and a middle wall partitioning inside space of the refrigerator into the first storage chamber and the second storage chamber and including a base portion and a stepped portion located higher than the base portion to form ice-making space, wherein at least one portion of the ice maker and at least one portion of the ice bucket are accommodated in the ice-making space. With this structure, the space for actual use of the first storage chamber can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Jae Seung Lee, Yoon Young Kim, Yong Jong Park, Kook Jeong Seo, Do Yun Jang
  • Patent number: 10228179
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes a cabinet defining an interior volume and at least one door for providing access to the interior volume. An automatic ice maker assembly is disposed within the interior volume and configured to harvest a plurality of ice cubes. The automatic ice maker assembly has an automatic ice maker, a mounting plate and an ice maker receiving space. The mounting plate defines a plurality of engagement features extending into the ice maker receiving space. A rail system is disposed on opposite sides of the ice maker receiving space and an ice storage bin is removably positioned within the ice maker receiving space. The ice storage bin has an ice bin wall positioned on an ice bin base, and a latch slidably disposed along a bottom surface of the ice bin base. The latch has a plurality of retention features, configured to engage the engagement features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Fischer, Christopher R. McElvain, Ryan D. Schuchart
  • Patent number: 10139145
    Abstract: Stand-alone ice making appliances are provided. An appliance includes a container defining a first storage volume for receipt of ice, a water tank defining a second storage volume for receipt of water, and a pump in fluid communication with the second storage volume. The appliance further includes an ice maker which is in fluid communication with the pump for receiving water from the pump. The appliance further includes a filter, the filter including a filter medium operable to remove contaminants from water flowing through the filter medium, the filter positioned upstream of the ice maker in a flow direction of water from the second storage volume to the ice maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel Vincent DuPlessis, Timothy Scott Shaffer, Ronald Scott Tarr, Tomas Garces
  • Patent number: 10132544
    Abstract: An ice-making device for a refrigerator. The ice-making device includes an ice tray, an ice-storing unit, and a slide. The slide is configured to guide ice pieces discharged from the ice tray toward the ice-storing unit. The ice-storing unit includes an ice storage part configured to accommodate the ice pieces released from the ice-making unit and a drive device configured to drive a delivery member for discharging the ice pieces from the ice storage part. The ice tray extends to a location above the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10101072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator comprising an ice making unit wherein ice cubes are formed and that has an ice cube tray that is moved by being rotated, a body whereon the ice cube tray is located and that encloses the ice cube tray and more than one sealing member that extends between the side walls of the body and the ice cube tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Samet Akan, Nihat Gunduz
  • Patent number: 10047982
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ice storage apparatus that may include an ice reservoir having ice stored therein, the ice being made in an ice making unit, and a noise reduction unit for reducing noise transmitted externally when the ice is moved from the ice making unit to the ice reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Coway Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Sub Song, Jung-Chul Park, Yong-Yeon Noh, Do-Han Kim, Si-Jun Park, Gyeong-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10036586
    Abstract: A refrigerator including an ice maker and cutters for crushing ice produced from the ice maker. The cutters include fixed cutters and rotational cutters. Through holes are formed on the cutters to facilitate cold air flow to pass through the cutters and into the ice crushing space. The rotational cutters can rotate in one direction to crush the ice, and can rotate in another direction to leave the ice uncrushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 9989291
    Abstract: An ice machine includes an ice discharge gear to which an output of a motor is transmitted. The ice discharge gear is configured to rotate about a rotation axis, a cam member is disposed at a first axial side of the ice discharge gear and provided with a ratchet structure between the cam member and the ice discharge gear, and an ice discharge shaft is connected to the cam member in a facing relationship with the cam member and configured to scrape out ice pieces with ice discharge claw portions during rotation of the ice discharge shaft. A flat or substantially flat sleeve is disposed at a second axial side of the ice discharge gear so as to face the ice discharge gear across a gap, and an elastic member is interposed between the sleeve and the ice discharge gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SERVO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9976787
    Abstract: A device for comminuting ice is particularly suited for a household refrigeration appliance. The device has a rotary shaft, a first cutter unit with at least one fixed blade, and a second cutter unit with at least one moveable blade which is attached to the rotary shaft and can be rotated in a rotational direction. The fixed blade has a comminuting section and a pre-comminuting section which is arranged upstream of the comminuting section counter to the rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Josef Bauriedl, Olaf Bayerke, Gerald Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9939187
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises: a cabinet including a refrigerator compartment, and a freezer compartment provided; a refrigerator compartment door rotationally connected to the front side of the cabinet to open/close the refrigerator compartment; an ice bank which is provided to the ice compartment and stores ice; an icemaker which comprises an upper tray forming a hemispherical upper cell, a lower tray forming a hemispherical lower cell, and a rotating shaft for rotating the lower tray, and which is provided in the freezer compartment; and an ice transfer device for transferring the ice collected in the ice collector to the ice bank along the ice transfer duct, wherein the ice transfer device can include: a transfer cable; a pusher connected to an end of the transfer cable; and a transfer case for accommodating the transfer cable which is wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Donghoon Lee, Wookyong Lee, Bongjin Kim
  • Patent number: 9915458
    Abstract: An appliance door includes an outer wrapper and an inner liner that defines an ice making receptacle. An ice maker is disposed proximate a top portion of the ice making receptacle. A sliding assembly is defined within an inward-facing surface of the ice making receptacle. An ice bin is operable between an engaged state, wherein the ice bin is fully inserted into the ice making receptacle, a disengaged state, wherein the ice bin is removed from the ice making receptacle, and a lateral sliding state, wherein the ice bin is operated laterally and free of rotation between the engaged and disengaged states. The ice bin and the ice making receptacle cooperatively define an ice delivery mechanism that selectively delivers ice pieces from an inner volume of the ice bin to an ice delivery zone proximate the outer wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Robert B. Becker, Marcus R. Fischer, Christopher R. McElvain, Ryan D. Schuchart
  • Patent number: 9863684
    Abstract: An ice maker includes, among other things, an ice cube mold, an ice cube remover and a force sensor comprising a piezo dielectric elastomer (PDE). The ice cube mold has at least one cavity for receiving liquid. The ice cube remover is configured to apply a removal force to either the mold or an ice cube. The force sensor is provided on either the mold or the remover and provides an output indicative of the removal force. Upon the removal of an ice cube from the cavity, the ice cube remover applies a removal force to the mold or the ice cube to effect the removal of the ice cube from the cavity and the force sensor outputs a signal indicative of the removal force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alberto R. Gomes, Yen-Hsi Lin, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Patent number: 9857118
    Abstract: A refrigerator is described that includes a slim refrigerator door. The refrigerator includes a storage compartment, a refrigerator door to open and close the storage compartment, and an ice maker to generate ice cubes. The refrigerator further includes an ice bin-at the refrigerator door to receive the ice cubes generated in the ice maker and having a discharge opening-for discharging the ice cubes. The refrigerator further includes a motor-at the refrigerator-and at least one blade-within the ice bin and connected to the-motor. The at least one ice cube directly drops onto the at least one blade. The at least one blade moves the at least one ice cube to the discharge and discharges the at least one ice cube from the ice bin by an operation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seung Mok Lee, Sang Ho Park
  • Patent number: 9752812
    Abstract: A device for making ice bars set within a freezer of a household refrigerator, the device comprising a carcass with a lateral face, an opposite lateral face, a neck in “V” shape, the lateral faces and a guiding throat which tops off with a semi-cylinder which is in connection with a “C” channel set over the opposite lateral face; a lever set over a runway found on the lateral face of the carcass, wherein said lever is mechanically grasped to a helicoid spring which returns it to its resting position, the lever comprising a disk and a “U” channel set over the disk and a pair of cylindrical concentric walls which form a cavity which houses the helicoid spring; a guard set over the lateral face of the carcass which contains the lever, the guard has an inner face; wherein said guard has a protruded tube in its inner face which is housed within the inner cylindrical wall of the lever; a tray which houses a series of molds for making ice bars, which on its flank sides has set on it a central axis portion and a cam
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: MABE, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: Alan Federico Camacho Velazquez
  • Patent number: 9671147
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a body, a storage compartment provided in the body, a door to open and close the storage compartment, an icemaker provided to one side of the storage compartment, an ice bucket provided under the icemaker, and a crusher provided to the rear surface of the door and having an inlet disposed under the outlet of the ice bucket when the door is closed. The crusher may be provided separately from the ice bucket and may independently mounted and detached to and from the rear surface of the door. The ice bucket may have a slimmer design. The space utilization and usability of the storage compartments and the rear surface of the doors may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Do Hyung Kim, Do Yun Jang, Sang Hyun Park, Bong Su Son, Byung Suk An, Qasim Khan
  • Patent number: 9528737
    Abstract: An ice making and harvesting apparatus includes a mold, and bottom and top plates. The mold includes a plurality of cells. Each cell includes side walls and defines bottom and top openings. The bottom plate is configured to move relative to a bottom surface of the mold. An upper surface of the bottom plate includes a first sealing component. A bottom side of the mold includes a second sealing component. The second sealing component is configured to form a seal with the first sealing component of the bottom plate. The bottom plate includes an inlet and a plurality of channels. Each channel is configured to supply water from the bottom plate to a corresponding cell of the mold. The top plate includes a plurality of pushing rods, each rod configured to move relative to the top opening of a corresponding cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Emad Jafa, Vasilii Abashkin, Andrey Balanev, Georgy Martsinovskiy, Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Verbitsky
  • Patent number: 9518770
    Abstract: A unitary clear ice sheet is formed from a plurality of individual clear ice sheets which are fused together to give the unitary ice sheet a predetermined thickness. The fused unitary ice sheet is a clear unitary ice sheet due to the formation of the plurality of individual clear ice sheets by running water over a cold plate apparatus or evaporator mechanism to form the ice sheets in a gradual layer-by-layer process. The fused unitary clear ice sheet is used to mold or shape clear ice structure therefrom, such as clear ice spheres in a mold apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Brian K. Culley, Gregory Gene Hortin
  • Patent number: 9518774
    Abstract: An ice making appliance is provided. The ice making appliance includes a first ice maker and a second ice maker. The first and second ice makers generate different types of ice. The ice making appliance also includes supply ducts for receiving chilled air from an evaporator and directing the chilled air to the first and second ice makers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Miller
  • Patent number: 9383131
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes an insulation structure and fastening structure of an ice-making compartment refrigerant pipe disposed at an inside an ice-making compartment configured to directly supply cooling energy by being in contact with an ice-making tray. The refrigerator includes an insulation member configured to surround the ice-making compartment refrigerant pipe, and a fixing member coupled to an outer circumferential surface of the insulation member in a shape of a loop to prevent the insulation member from being widened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Do Hyung Kim, Sang Hyun Park, Kook Jeong Seo, Jae Koog An, Yong Sung Yoon, Jae Jin Lee, Seung Ah Joo, Qasim Khan