Drawer, Tray Or Track-guided Type; Horizontally Movable Patents (Class 62/382)
  • Patent number: 11841709
    Abstract: An autonomous robot is provided. In one example embodiment, an autonomous robot can include a main body including one or more compartments. The one or more compartments can be configured to provide support for transporting an item. The autonomous robot can include a mobility assembly affixed to the main body and a sensor configured to obtain sensor data associated with a surrounding environment of the autonomous robot. The autonomous robot can include a computing system configured to plan a motion of the autonomous robot based at least in part on the sensor data. The computing system can be operably connected to the mobility assembly for controlling a motion of the autonomous robot. The autonomous robot can include a coupling assembly configured to temporarily secure the autonomous robot to an autonomous vehicle. The autonomous robot can include a power system and a ventilation system that can interface with the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Brian Donnelly
  • Patent number: 11543175
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crisper for preservation of food. The crisper (10) comprises a box (12) and a top (14)—When the crisper (10) is in a closed position the box (12) is air tight sealed to the top (14). A humidity control unit (16) is provided and adapted to allow humid air to exit the crisper via a 5 humidity control membrane (26) located in the humidity control unit (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventors: Yessica Butenhoff, Urban Wählby
  • Patent number: 11493258
    Abstract: An AC electric field-assisted refrigerating container comprises: an outer container casing made of metal and having a storage chamber thereinside; an inner container casing formed of a dielectric panel and disposed inside the outer container casing; cooling means to cool an inside of the storage chamber; a plurality of insulated electrodes each formed by densely covering an entire circumference of an electrode plate with an insulator and disposed on an inner wall of the inner container casing; and a transformer for supplying an AC of 10 to 20 VA, at a voltage of 2000 to 4000 V and a frequency of 50 to 60 Hz, wherein the transformer has a ground terminal; wherein the refrigerating container is configured to cause AC discharge from the insulated electrodes to form an AC electric field inside the storage chamber, wherein, as a result of the AC discharge, electrons are supplied to the inner container casing formed of the dielectric panel, and then flow throughout the inner container casing, thereby allowing the e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOWA KAKO CO. LTD
    Inventors: Saburo Matsui, Masao Iizuka, Toshiyuki Kurachi
  • Patent number: 11365928
    Abstract: A compartmented refrigeration system is provided. The compartmented refrigeration system has a housing with an access door. The housing further includes a refrigeration system that can adjustably reduce the temperature in the housing's interior volume. The refrigeration system includes a compressor, a plurality of condenser coils, at least one expansion valve, a plurality of evaporator coils, and a refrigerant that can travel through the various components. A refrigeration controller is disposed in the housing interior volume to enable a user to adjust the temperature therein. A plurality of compartments is disposed in the housing interior volume. Each of the compartments are in thermal communication with the refrigeration system and further comprise a compartment access door. The compartment access door further includes a lock that a user can use to secure the individual compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Isaac Ellis, Brenda Ellis
  • Patent number: 11340625
    Abstract: An autonomous robot is provided. In one example embodiment, an autonomous robot can include a main body including one or more compartments. The one or more compartments can be configured to provide support for transporting an item. The autonomous robot can include a mobility assembly affixed to the main body and a sensor configured to obtain sensor data associated with a surrounding environment of the autonomous robot. The autonomous robot can include a computing system configured to plan a motion of the autonomous robot based at least in part on the sensor data. The computing system can be operably connected to the mobility assembly for controlling a motion of the autonomous robot. The autonomous robot can include a coupling assembly configured to temporarily secure the autonomous robot to an autonomous vehicle. The autonomous robot can include a power system and a ventilation system that can interface with the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Brian Donnelly
  • Patent number: 11051613
    Abstract: A cabinet can include a housing that defines at least a first interior space and a second interior space. The first interior space and the second interior space can be separated from one another by at least one sealed partition. The first interior space can be configured to support a basket assembly, and the second interior space can be configured to support a hamper assembly. The cabinet can also include a door that provides access to the first interior space and/or the second interior space. The cabinet can include a base cabinet housing and a pull-out cabinet insert that can extend from the base cabinet housing to provide access to the basket assembly. The cabinet can include a slide out support mechanism to extend the pull-out cabinet insert from the housing, and a cable management device connected to the pull-out cabinet insert to route wiring to the cabinet insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Moduflex LLC
    Inventor: Taylor L. Gilbreath
  • Patent number: 11034514
    Abstract: An actively cooled waste receptacle comprises an insulated container including (i) an inner wall defining a chamber having an opening for receiving the waste, and (ii) an outer wall surrounding the inner wall and joined to the inner wall at the opening. The receptacle also includes a cover configured to prevent access to the chamber via the opening in a closed position, and to allow access to the chamber via the opening in an open position; and a heat pump including an interior heat exchanger exposed to the chamber, the heat pump configured to cool the chamber by absorbing heat from air within the chamber via the interior heat exchanger, and transferring the heat outside the insulated container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: PETAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Brian Petz, Primoz Cresnik
  • Patent number: 10976099
    Abstract: The locking shelf insert for use with a refrigerator or freezer is configured for use with a storage device selected from the group consisting of a refrigerator and a freezer. The selected storage device further comprises a storage shelf. The locking shelf insert for use with a refrigerator or freezer is a barrier structure that attaches to the storage shelf. The locking shelf insert for use with a refrigerator or freezer forms a barricade that controls access into the storage space provided by the storage shelf. The locking shelf insert for use with a refrigerator or freezer comprises a first shell, a second shell, and a door structure. The first shell, the second shell, and the third shell combine to form the barricade such that the form factor of the barricade is adjustable. The door structure provides access into the protected storage space formed by the barricade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Eric Weaver
  • Patent number: 10874228
    Abstract: A shelf cover configured to be placed onto a shelf of a shelving unit and having an integrated removable price tag holder located on its front edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Barry A. Awalt
  • Patent number: 10852055
    Abstract: A home appliance device, in particular a home appliance chiller device, such as a refrigerator, has an inner liner defining a storage space, a container arranged inside the storage space, a manual actuator configured for adjusting humidity inside the container, a receptacle at least partly accommodating the manual actuator, and a frame which is arranged inside the storage space and to which the receptacle is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Altan Alyanak, Gokhan-Hasan Apaydin, Taha Demiroez, Lars Dinter, Mustafa Ertik, Fidan Gueler, Cemalettin Hastuerk, Aydin Kutlu, Hueseyin Sen, Gonca Subasi, Yunus Emre Uyanik, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 10765235
    Abstract: A shelf cover configured to be placed onto a shelf of a shelving unit and having an integrated removable price tag holder located on its front edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Barry A. Awalt
  • Patent number: 10765234
    Abstract: A shelf cover configured to be placed onto a shelf of a shelving unit, retained in place by one or more rear retention flanges, and having an integrated removable price tag holder located on its front edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Barry A. Awalt
  • Patent number: 10731915
    Abstract: A pantry box system for a refrigerating appliance includes a pantry mullion having an interstitial space defined therein, a pantry wall extending perpendicularly from the pantry mullion, a base positioned substantially parallel with the pantry mullion. The pantry mullion, pantry wall and base define an insertable pantry compartment having an internal pantry volume. A pantry drawer is in operable communication with the internal pantry volume, and is operable through a drawer aperture defined in the pantry wall between open and closed positions. The pantry drawer includes an exterior drawer panel that conceals the drawer aperture when the at least one pantry drawer in in the closed position. A pantry box cooling system is configured to deliver cooling to the insertable pantry compartment from an external location, wherein the pantry box cooling system includes a control that independently controls a pantry temperature of the insertable pantry compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gillette, Duane M. Kobos, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 10677522
    Abstract: Flexible system and method of temperature control options for an enclosed space in a refrigerator appliance. A surface at or near the enclosable space includes a universal receiver. Different temperature control modules complementarily fit into the receiver. The manufacturer or user selects between modules of different types for different temperature control features. One module can be simply mechanical adjustment which is mechanically translated to a damper. Another option would be an electronic or electrical interface for the user that would send a signal to a controller that would electrically actuator damper control for temperature control in the enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Stauffer, Dennis Winders
  • Patent number: 10527343
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator comprising a storage container that has a crisper wherein the fruits and/or the vegetables are stored and a body that supports the crisper and that facilitates the placement of the crisper into the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Aylin Met, Cumhur Ayvazoglu, Halime Esin Akin
  • Patent number: 10429118
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a refrigerating compartment that is divided into a refrigerating section formed on an upper side thereof and an alternate temperature section formed on a lower side thereof, a cold air supply unit that includes a cold air flow path formed on a rear side of the refrigerating compartment and a refrigerating compartment circulation fan for allowing cold air of the cold air flow path to flow, and a control unit that controls the refrigerating compartment circulation fan. Here, the control unit cools the refrigerating section by turning on the refrigerating compartment circulation fan, and causes deflection of the cold air of the cold air flow path to cool the alternate temperature section by turning off the refrigerating compartment circulation fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Bok Ko, Dong Nyeol Ryu, In Sub Lee, Soo Young Lee, Jeong-Min Jeon
  • Patent number: 10254036
    Abstract: A refrigerator has a flow path structure formed by a heat-exchanger. The refrigerator includes storage compartments, and a cool air supplying unit provided at a rear of the storage compartments to supply cool air at the storage compartments, and the cool air supplying unit includes a heat-exchanger to divide a flow path at which cool air is provided to flow along the cool air supplying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Hak Lim, Sung Bok Ko, Ju Young Kim, Hyun Joo Kim, Dongo Yang, Il Hyeon Jo
  • Patent number: 10036585
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a fresh food compartment, a freezer compartment, and an ice maker within the fresh food compartment for freezing water into ice pieces. In one example, a rotatable auger drives the ice pieces out of a removable ice bin via a driving force applied in a first direction. A latch is configured to apply a resisting force to the ice bin along a second direction. In another example, an air mover is disposed within the ice maker for delivering cooled air from an ice maker evaporator to a region adjacent to the ice bin. At least one air channel is formed into an inside surface of the ice maker chamber. In another example, a method of making ice in the refrigeration appliance is provided. The method includes the steps of operating the air mover and a defrost heating of the ice maker evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. McCollough, Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Justin Morgan, Dennis Carl Hansen
  • Patent number: 10030907
    Abstract: Refrigerator (1) comprising a body (2) wherein foods and beverages are placed, a crisper (3) disposed inside the body (2), at least one drawer (4) that is disposed into the crisper (3) and wherein fruits and vegetables are placed, a lower cover (5) that covers the upper side of the container (3), an upper cover (6) disposed over the lower cover (5) such that a gap remains therebetween, an air blowing opening (A) that is arranged on the body (2) and that enables cold air to be blown into the crisper (3), a separator (10) that prevents the air blown from the upper vent hole (8) and the lower vent hole (9) from being mixed together and a guiding member (11) that enables the air blown from the lower vent holes (9) to be directed towards the side walls of the crisper (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Serdar Kocaturk, Nihat Gunduz, Tolga Apaydin, Sabahattin Hocaoglu
  • Patent number: 9480267
    Abstract: A crisper drawer for postponing postharvest produce deterioration having a drawer housing that substantially defines the size and shape of the crisper drawer and fits within a residential refrigerator. A chamber within the drawer housing is cooled by the refrigerator. An ozone generator provides gaseous ozone to the chamber, and an ethylene scrubber reduces levels of ethylene in the chamber. An ozone level control with the ozone generator controls ozone levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Vincent Arrigo
  • Patent number: 9321231
    Abstract: A press with at least one collector wagon for compressible material to be pressed that can be coupled and uncoupled and that comprises a collector chamber having floors and walls, as well as a press chamber. When the collector wagon is coupled to the press, the collected compressible material is mechanically transferred from the collector wagon into the press chamber, after movement of the floor and use of a feeder device. When uncoupled from the press, the collector wagon is filled with compressible material at a location at a distance from the press. The feeder device is designed such that the compressible material to be pressed present in the collector wagon, after the upward movement of at least the floor, is gradually gripped and continuously removed from the collector wagon from above, and fed to the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SIB Ingenieurbuero GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Strautmann
  • Patent number: 9237766
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining an open storage space and including a door with an exterior side and an interior side adapted to receive a modular component. The modular component includes a base removably connected to the interior side and has a first edge and a second edge. A component door is hingedly-connected to the first edge of the base and is operable between an open position and a closed position. The base and component door define a sealed compartment when the component door is in the closed position. First fasteners are disposed on the component door, and second fasteners are disposed on the base. The second fasteners engage the first fasteners to create an airtight seal between the component door and the base. A vacuum device is in communication with the sealed compartment and a heat sealer is disposed on the base or the component door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Michele E. Wilcox, Douglas D. Leclear, John J. Vonderhaar, Karen J. Querfurth, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Patent number: 9140049
    Abstract: Safes and related storage panels for safes, such as gun safes. Some embodiments may comprise a safe door and an interior storage panel configured to be positioned between a closed position and an open position by rotating the interior storage panel. The interior storage panel may be configured so as to be positioned within the safe in the closed position such that the safe door can be closed in the closed position, and so as to be positioned at least partially outside of the safe in the open position when the safe door is open. In some embodiments, the interior storage panel may be configured so as to extend along and be positioned at least substantially parallel to the safe door in the closed position with the safe door closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Rhino Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Suggs
  • Patent number: 9078967
    Abstract: A blood treatment device, in particular a dialyzer, configured to carry out a blood treatment, in particular a dialysis treatment, or a device configured for the filling of a mobile apparatus with and/or for the emptying of a mobile apparatus of a treatment fluid, in particular a dialysis fluid is provided. The device has at least one mount which is made such that a mobile apparatus can be received in the mount. The device has a guide element and/or a fixing element which are designed such that the mobile apparatus can be introduced into the mount and/or fixed in the mount with the aid of the guide element and/or of the fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Goekhan Oerter, Stefan Oesterreich
  • Patent number: 9068768
    Abstract: A refrigerated point-of-use food holding cabinet keeps food products cold in compartments having cross sections that are substantially U-shaped. Food products are kept refrigerated using heat-absorbing, heat-exchangers thermally coupled to the U-shaped compartment. Refrigeration is provided by either a conventional reversed-Brayton cycle, one or more Peltier devices or a chilled, re-circulating liquid that does not change phase as it circulates but which is chilled by another refrigeration system, such as a conventional refrigeration system. An optional cover helps prevent food flavor transfers between compartments. Semiconductor temperature sensors and a computer effectuate temperature control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: PRINCE CASTLE LLC
    Inventor: Loren Veltrop
  • Patent number: 9052133
    Abstract: A moisture control system includes a cabinet having a mullion defining first and second compartments and openings within the mullion to provide selective communication between the compartments. An evaporator is disposed in the first compartment. A cooling bank is disposed in the second compartment in selective thermal communication with the evaporator, and includes cooling and condensing portions separated by a dividing member, and a fluid collector disposed proximate the condensing portion. A first cooling fan is disposed proximate the evaporator and configured to direct air across the evaporator and through the first compartment. A second cooling fan is disposed proximate the cooling bank and operable between an evaporator position in fluid communication with the evaporator and the cooling bank, and a bank position in fluid communication with the cooling bank. A panel assembly is disposed proximate the plurality of openings and operable between a plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9033437
    Abstract: A slide assembly for a drawer inside a refrigerator employs both side and central rollers which control both horizontal and vertical movement of the drawer through a first set of rollers employed at front and rear portions at each side of the drawer to control vertical movement within side tracks while the drawer is moved between an extended position and a retracted position. A second set of rollers is mounted along axes which are arranged 90 degrees relative to the first set of rollers and underneath the drawer. This second set of rollers control side-by-side movement of the drawer as it is opened and closed. In one embodiment, the second set of rollers is mounted in a refrigerated compartment and travel within a track or guideway mounted on the bottom of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Klitzing, Kyle E. Laine
  • Patent number: 9005542
    Abstract: The storage arrangement has a chamber. Several Dewar flasks are arranged in the chamber and above them a picking device. The picking device has at least one cassette lift, with which storage cassettes can be removed from above from the Dewar flasks. This arrangement is suitable for storing laboratory objects at very low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas G. Malin
  • Patent number: 8997517
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly is located within the interior of a compartment of a refrigerator such as a fresh food compartment of a refrigerator. The storage compartment assembly includes a storage container the temperature of which can be controlled independently of the temperature in the fresh food compartment. At least one of the sides of the storage container can be spaced away from a respective interior side of the refrigerator compartment and a housing located in the space between the side of the storage container and the interior side of the refrigerator compartment. The housing can contain components that are configured to function in the operation of the refrigerator, including the storage compartment assembly. The refrigerator can comprise a bottom-mount refrigerator and the fresh food compartment can be provided with double-doors for closing and opening the interior of the fresh food compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilton Carlos Bertolini, Edmund S. Richardson, Jerry R. Baack, David L. Hall, Cory Dale Simpson
  • Patent number: 8973391
    Abstract: A structure of an auger motor assembly capable of easily installing an auger motor to drive an auger at an inside an ice making compartment, a solenoid valve to select whether to crush ice, an ice making compartment fan to flow the air at an inside the ice making compartment, and a drain hose to discharge the defrost water of the ice making tray to an outside the ice making compartment, so that the auger motor assembly is installed easily at an inside the ice making compartment by being inserted into the inside the ice making compartment through an open front surface of the ice making compartment in a sliding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 8960824
    Abstract: A refrigerator drawer liner for segregating a plurality of storage objects in a refrigerator drawer and for transporting storage objects between a secondary location and the refrigerator drawer, the refrigerator drawer liner having a container body having a receiving space for receiving at least one storage object, a container bottom, at least two side walls, and a positioning slot. The refrigerator drawer liner may have at least one separation plate for variably dividing the receiving space of the container body. The at least one separation plate may have a position adjusting handle operatively connected to the at least one separation plate through the positioning slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michele E. Wilcox, Douglas D. LeClear, Karen J. Querfurth
  • Patent number: 8955352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator. The present invention improves a structure of a door and a storage basket, thereby making it possible to facilitate the storage and a drawing out of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Su Won Lee, Hyeung Ju Kim, Kyung Eun Lee
  • Patent number: 8936332
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator main body having a cooling chamber, a cooling chamber door configured to open and close the cooling chamber, a rear storage member disposed at a rear area to be drawn out along back and forth directions of the cooling chamber, and a front storage member disposed at the front of the rear storage member and configured to be relatively movable with respect to the rear storage member, whereby goods and/or food stuffs can be easily stored and drawn out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyutae Park, Kyungsoo Park, Seonkyu Kim, Hyokku Kwon, Hangbok Lee
  • Patent number: 8905501
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator including: a main body configured to define a storage camber; a main door rotatably coupled to the main body; a sub door provided between the main body and the door and rotatably coupled to the main body, the main door being rotated independently of the sub door and the sub door being rotated along with the main door; a storage box received in the storage camber to be drawn out therefrom; a fixing rail fixed to one side of the storage camber; a moving rail provided to be movable along the fixing rail and moving along with the storage box; and restraining means provided in one side of a part configured to move integrally along with the storage box and in one side of a part formed integrally with the storage camber and configured to allow the storage box to be selectively drawn out from the storage camber when a press manipulation is conducted and released on the storage box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eunjoo Lee, Hangbok Lee
  • Patent number: 8850844
    Abstract: A cool air supply structure of a storage receptacle for a refrigerator, which includes a main body having a storage space provided therein and a door for selectively opening or closing the storage space, the cool air supply structure, comprising: one or more receptacle casings detachably installed into the storage space and having a mounting space provided therein so that a storage receptacle is moved into or out of the mounting space; and a channel provided in each of the receptacle casings so that cool air flows in the channel, wherein food received in the storage receptacle is indirectly cooled by the cool air flowing in the channel. According to the present invention, the food received in the storage receptacle of a refrigerator can be kept fresh with a simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byeong-Gyu Kang, Young-Woo Kim, Jong-Suk Yoon, Yoon-Seok Bang, Jong-Wook An, Sang-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 8813508
    Abstract: A high capacity, continuous production blast freezer includes an insulated enclosure, a refrigeration system supplying cold air to the enclosure and a plurality of trays containing comestibles to be frozen. A tray advancement or pusher mechanism advances a first tray into the enclosure and then advances a second tray into the enclosure, pushing the first tray further into the enclosure. Gradually a first level of the enclosure is filled with trays. An elevator mechanism at both ends of the enclosure allows the trays reaching the end of the enclosure to advance to a second level, and the tray advancement mechanism advances the tray out of the elevator onto the second level. Eventually, as additional trays are pushed into the enclosure, the second level and then optionally further levels of the enclosure are filled with trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Burn
  • Patent number: 8713953
    Abstract: The salad carrier is a mobile cart having an internal space organized via a plurality of adjustable and removable shelves. The internal space is accessible via one of a plurality of doors located thereon. The internal space is refrigerated via a refrigeration unit located on a side of the mobile cart, and of which is powered via a rechargeable battery pack. The mobile cart is mobilized via a plurality of caster wheels and a telescoping handle that can extend and retract and of which can rotate up or down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jean Tucker
  • Patent number: 8671712
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the refrigerator compartment, a freezer compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet, a freezer door for providing access to the freezer compartment, a lower freezer basket, an upper freezer basket, a divider operatively connected to the lower freezer basket to divide the lower freezer basket, and guide surfaces on a top portion of the divider to allow for guiding the upper freezer basket forward and back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Noel, Chad J. Rotter
  • Patent number: 8549872
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a cold air generator configured to generate cold air. The refrigerator also includes a first storage chamber configured to receive the cold air generated by the cold air generator. The refrigerator further includes a first storage chamber door configured to open and close an access point to the first storage chamber and configured to store at least one of food and ice stuffs. In addition, the refrigerator includes a second storage chamber, having a container and positioned on the first storage chamber, wherein the second storage chamber is configured to be movable in front and rear directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Sik Kwon, Yong Hun Chang, Jung Yeon Hwang, Seon Il Yu
  • Patent number: 8490428
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator and/or freezer with one or more storage trays for accommodating refrigerated and/or frozen goods, wherein the appliance includes one or more extensions which are connected with the storage trays and by means of which the storage trays can be pulled out of the appliance and be pushed into the same, wherein the extensions include first and second housing parts and a pull-out rail, wherein the pull-out rail comprises first and second parts which are movable relative to each other, wherein the first housing part is directly or indirectly connected with the first part of the pull-out rail and the second housing part is directly or indirectly connected with the second part of the pull-out rail, and wherein the first housing part is directly or indirectly connected with the storage tray and the second housing part is directly or indirectly connected with the refrigerator and/or freezer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hausgerate Ochsenhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Blersch, Oliver Weidelener
  • Patent number: 8454103
    Abstract: A refrigerator including left and right doors of rotating opening/closing type and a sliding door between the left and right doors. The left and right rotating opening/closing doors have an improved slim edge structure such that a door thickness is hidden. The sliding door includes door guards to accommodate food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Su Jeon, Sei Ill Jeon, Jong Youn Kim, Jang Won Kim, Tai Kyung Kim, Yoo Jin Jung
  • 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: 8434320
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser of an icemaker in a refrigerator for maximizing an inner space when a total size is the same, and for minimizing the total size when the inner space is the same. The dispenser of the icemaker in the refrigerator includes an ice chute being a passage through which the ice produced from the icemaker is discharged; and a container supporter provided at an outer case and disposed to be perpendicular to an outer surface of the outer case when the ice is discharged outside through the ice chute, the contain supporter allowing a container seated thereon to receive the ice discharged from the ice chute. The ice chute is closed and not exposed outside when the ice-discharging process is finished, and the container supporter is not exposed to the outer surface of the outer case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Wook Yong Lee, Eui Yeop Chung, Seung Hwan Oh, Myung Ryul Lee, Chang Ho Seo, Seong Jae Kim, Sung Hoon Chung
  • Patent number: 8408663
    Abstract: A consumer appliance, for example a refrigeration appliance, includes a compartment with a pull-out drawer. A slide member is configured on each opposite side of the compartment, with the drawer having a slide bracket mounted to each respective slide member for movement of pull-out drawer into and out of the compartment. A gear rail is configured on each opposite side of the compartment adjacent to the slide member. A gear assembly is mounted to each slide bracket and includes a first gear engaged with the gear rail and a pinion gear engaged with the first gear. The pinion gear has a rotational axis that is vertically displaced from the rotational axis of the first gear. A cross bar is connected between the pinion gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bagawathkumar Chellappan, James Bryan Rawson, Manivannan Loganathan
  • Patent number: 8365549
    Abstract: A device for controlling the refrigeration and humidity inside a drawer movable within a compartment of a refrigerator, the drawer being insertable into the forced-air compartment provided in a cabinet of the refrigerator, the compartment receiving cold air forced through a feed conduit provided in the cabinet. The conduit is divided into a plurality of channels, one opening into a side wall of the compartment, and at least one other opening at an upper wall of the compartment above the drawer, in the channels an interceptor member is provided to allow control of the air flow passing through it and directed to the compartment for the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Claudio Civanelli
  • Patent number: 8272225
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling cassette magazines containing tissue samples is described. The apparatus comprises a housing, a cooling device, and a transport apparatus for transporting one or more cassette magazines within the housing. The cassette magazines are introduced into the apparatus via an input chute and can be removed via an output chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Walter
  • Patent number: 8196618
    Abstract: A dispenser and a refrigerator including the same are disclosed. The dispenser includes a first section of ice discharge duct that receives ice supplied from an ice supplier, a second section of ice discharge duct that receives the ice guided by the first section, and a third section of ice discharge duct that receives the ice guided by the second section. The third section guides the ice through an outlet positioned in front of a surface of a door of the refrigerator. The dispenser also includes a first coupling mechanism located at the second section and a second coupling mechanism located at the third section. The first and second coupling mechanisms are configured to engage and disengage with each other to enable removal of the third section from the second section and attachment of the third section to the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Jae Kim, Nam Gi Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8061556
    Abstract: An automated freezer stores food items stacked in a removable cartridge. The food items are dispensed from the automated freezer in response to a request for the food items. The food items are loaded into the cartridge outside of the automated freezer. When the cartridge is inserted into the automated freezer, the upper end of the cartridge is inserted into a buffer, pushing a plurality of arms in the buffer upwardly to allow food items to pass through the buffer. When the cartridge is removed from the freezer for reloading of food items, a resilient member biases the arms downwardly to retain any food items in the buffer and to prevent any food items in the buffer from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, Ronald J. Glavan, Andrew Paul Franklin, Randy L. Ginner, Henry Thomas Ewald
  • Patent number: 8002368
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a housing having a cooled interior space. At least one drawer is disposed in the interior space for storing bottles in an inclined or horizontal position. The drawer has a frame with two opposite sides. The drawer also has a plurality of rods to be releasably mounted parallel to and spaced apart from one another between the two opposite sides of the frame at selectable distances from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Benitsch, Rainer Brachert, Hans Haas, Christian Mayershofer