Covers Patents (Class 68/196)
  • Patent number: 10646064
    Abstract: An outdoor food frying apparatus includes a frame having a pot support, a burner element supported upon the frame, and a pot that removably fits the frame. The pot has end walls, a rear wall, a front edge portion, and a bottom wall that gradually increases in curvature from said rear wall to said front edge portion. A basket is pivotally attached to the pot rear wall with one or more hinges. The basket is correspondingly sized and shaped to fit the pot interior. The basket is movable about the hinge between cooking and food discharge positions. The lid is pivotally attached to the pot. The lid is movable between a cooking position wherein the lid covers the pot upper opening and food discharge position wherein the lid rotates at least 180 degrees from said cooking position, forming a tray for receiving food discharged from the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Metal Fusion, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 10590590
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a cabinet defining an external appearance thereof and having an insertion port, a tub arranged inside the cabinet and capable of accommodating wash water, a drum arranged inside the tub and capable of accommodating laundry, and a door to open and close the insertion port, and the door includes a door cover including a first section through which light penetrates, and a second section formed integrally with the first section such that at least a portion of the second section is projected through the first section. Therefore, manufacturing costs of the door may be reduced without the need for post-processing, and it may be possible to provide the eco-friendly washing machine having pleasing design aesthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Bin Lee, Jae Young Kim, Dong Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10472759
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance door assembly comprises a plastic fishbowl. Typically, laundry treating appliances, such as dryers, have door assemblies comprising glass fishbowls. Utilizing plastic enables a fishbowl to have a sharper radius of curvature than that of a glass fishbowl due to manufacturing constraints of glass. A shaper radius of curvature allows for greater capacity in the treating chamber in a laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ethan Harbrecht, Douglas Mikkelsen, Christoph Miller, Joel Sells, Prasath M. Thirukonda
  • Patent number: 10385501
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a housing. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a tub. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a drum. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a heater. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a tub through-portion formed in the tub so that the heater is inserted into a space located between a bottom surface of the drum and a bottom surface of the tub. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes three or more first support members. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes second support members that protrude from a circumferential surface of the tub, a number of the second support members being equal to a number of the three or more first support members. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a plurality of connectors that are each configured to connect a first support member and a second support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinwoo Seo, Sangjin Kim, Jihong Lee
  • Patent number: 10364523
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a tub body for receiving water, a tub cover that covers an upper surface of the tub body and that defines an introduction aperture, a drum located inside the tub body for receiving laundry, a door for opening and closing the introduction aperture, a hinge that rotatably couples the door to the tub cover, a fixing unit that releasably couples a portion of the door to the tub cover, and a sealing unit on the door or the introduction aperture that is configured to seal the introduction aperture based on the introduction aperture being closed by the door. A portion of the sealing unit located in a direction in which the fixing unit is provided has a different diameter from a diameter of a portion of the sealing unit that is located in a direction in which the hinge is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jihong Lee, Wooseong Kim, Hongchul Kim
  • Patent number: 10161076
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus including a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open or close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door frame having a first opening portion facing the laundry inlet when the door is closed and a second opening portion corresponding to a display module mounted at an inside, and a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door, and the door cover includes a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the first opening portion and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the second opening portion within the non-light-transmitting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yongwoo Kwon, Seungji Yong, Kangwoon Cheon, Jaehoon Choi, Jungjin Park
  • Patent number: 9928467
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for forecasting water demand of a waste system using an automation system. The apparatus for estimating water demand includes a water demand estimation setting unit configured to collect user input data, a control unit configured to collect the record data and the user input data from the SCADA system, perform a learning process on each of a plurality of algorithm combination groups including at least one algorithm to select any one algorithm combination group, and input the record data and the user input data to the selected algorithm combination group to calculate water demand estimation data, a storage unit configured to store the record data collected from the SCADA system, store the user input data, and store the water demand estimation data, and a water demand estimation output unit configured to output the calculated water demand estimation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min Gu Kang
  • Patent number: 9869047
    Abstract: A unitary top panel for a washing machine appliance defines an opening and has a nozzle positioned at the opening. The unitary top panel also defines a conduit within the unitary top panel that extends to the nozzle in order to direct a flow of wash fluid to the nozzle. A related method for forming a unitary top panel for a washing machine appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James Quentin Pollett
  • Patent number: 9752272
    Abstract: A laundry handling apparatus having a body provided with an inlet, a door to open/close the inlet, and a hinge assembly for the door to be rotatably installed to the body. The door is provided at both sides of a rear surface thereof with a hinge installation part at which the hinge assembly is installed, and the hinge assembly is installed at one of the two hinge installation parts, thereby enabling the change of an opening/closing direction of the door in a convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Bae Yeom, Ji Hoon Seong, Nu Ri Shin
  • Patent number: 9752271
    Abstract: A visual display unit for a laundering system including a cabinet unit (12) for housing laundering elements; an outer door assembly (42), which includes a handle element (48) and control and/or monitoring elements (60), an inner door assembly (44), which includes the visual display unit (90); and an electrical system (140) for the visual display unit. This combination of elements substantially prevents exposure of the visual display unit (90) to laundering-specific operating conditions, high temperature and elevated humidity conditions. The laundering system includes washers, dryers, and combination washer/dryer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Bazzinotti
  • Patent number: 9228283
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure is directed to a vertical axis washing machine. The washing machine includes a cabinet having a top portion with a lid and side portions extending downwardly from the top portion. The lid has a first layer and a second layer that are separated by a volume of space defined by the first layer and the second layer. A tub is positioned within the cabinet with a basket rotatably supported within the tub. The washing machine also includes a heater and a water level sensor. The water level sensor controls the volume of water that enters the tub and the heater generates steam from such volume of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jerrod Aaron Kappler, Michael Wuttikorn Ekbundit
  • Patent number: 9212449
    Abstract: A glass bowl for a door assembly of a washer, in which the glass bowl includes a bowl portion having an open end and a closed end; and a flange extending radially from a perimeter of the open end of the bowl portion and in a plane that corresponds to a plane of the door assembly for securing the glass bowl to the door assembly. The flange includes a plurality of stiffening features for fixedly engaging a portion of a door frame or an inner ring of the door assembly for increasing a stiffness of the door assembly. The door fame or the inner ring include a plurality of corresponding stiffening features for engaging the stiffening feature of the glass bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Huiyu Fang, Oliver Schöne
  • Patent number: 9003840
    Abstract: A door (125, 125?, 125?) for a laundry washing and/or drying appliance (100) includes a door inner frame (205, 205?, 205?), a door outer frame (210, 210?, 210?), and a transparent porthole window (150) having a border portion (225) fitted between the inner frame and the outer frame. In the solution according to one or more embodiments of the present invention, the border portion of the porthole window has at least one receiving region (230) having, at least on one side thereof facing the inner frame or the outer frame, a seat (235); at least the inner frame or the outer frame has, in a portion (240, 250) corresponding to the receiving region (230) of the porthole window, at least one rib (245, 255) fitting into the seat (235) of the receiving region (230).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Sergio Pillot, Luciano Sartor
  • Patent number: 8959962
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the items required to be close by while the washer/dryer (1) operates and which are stored in different places by the use can be stored on the washer/dryer (10 by saving space thereby providing easy access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Eyup Gokceimam, Baris Unal, Erman Cevikkalp
  • Patent number: 8950831
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a washing machine which can close/open a lid on a supplementary washing machine automatically at the time the supplementary washing machine is opened/closed. The washing machine includes a cabinet which forms an exterior of the washing machine, a supplementary washing machine removably mounted to a lower side of the cabinet, having a lid for introducing laundry and a tub for holding the laundry, and an automatic opening/closing member for slidably opening/closing the lid at the time the supplementary washing machine is opened/closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ryong Kim, Dong Won Kim
  • Patent number: 8936330
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is provided that includes a cabinet configured to define a profile thereof, the cabinet including a laundry introduction opening formed therein, a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, a hinge including a first pivot to rotate the door along a first rotational direction and a second pivot to rotate the door along a second rotational direction that is different from the first rotational direction, a guide part installed in the cabinet having a guide groove recessed a predetermined depth therein, and a connection part installed in the door, the connection part including a guide projection received in the guide groove of which a moving path is guided, and an opening angle of the opening being variable based on positions of the guide projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyuk Kim, Seunghyun Song, Minjung You, Yongcheol Jin, Eunyoung Jee, Hongjun Cho, Sanghun Bae, Donghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8844328
    Abstract: An improvement in the door of a household electrical appliance which comprises a bipartite rotary door containing an outer door (10), an intermediary door (20) disposed behind the outer door (10), and an inner rotary door (30). In the second embodiment, the improvement in the door of a household electrical appliance comprises a bipartite tilt door containing an outer door (10), an intermediary tilt door (60) disposed between the outer door (10) and am inner door (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Eletrodomesticos S/A
    Inventor: Aurimar Antonio Bassanezi Loss
  • Patent number: 8826701
    Abstract: A laundry machine that treats laundry housed in a rotating drum is disclosed. The laundry machine includes a cabinet (110), a tub (120) provided in the cabinet (110) to store wash water, a drum (130) rotatably provided in the tub (120) to house laundry, an angle change device (170) to change a tilting angle of a rotation shaft (144) of the drum (130), and a controller to control an operation of the angle change device (170) and a rotating operation of the drum (130) in a plurality of rotation angle modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Wook Hong, Jae Won Chang, Sun Young Park, Bon Kwon Koo, Ki Young Kang, Ji Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 8800325
    Abstract: A washing machine having a structure which stably supports a hose or a wire used in the washing machine to prevent sagging or movement of the hose or the wire. The washing machine includes a main body, a spin basket disposed within the main body, an upper cover connected to the upper portion of the main body, a detergent box connected to the bottom surface of the upper cover to supply detergent to the inside of the spin basket, a water supply valve connected to the rear end of the upper cover, a water supply hose connecting the water supply valve to the detergent box, and a support bracket connected to the bottom surface of the upper cover to support the water supply hose so as to prevent sagging of the water supply hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Hwan Chung, Seung Kyu Park, Myung Sun Kang
  • Patent number: 8776395
    Abstract: A washer or dryer including a body with a loading port covered by a door having a convex transparent face that extends from the loading port inwards towards the interior of the body; and a detachable convex carrier having a depth and diameter greater than the convex transparent face that is stored on the convex transparent face that extends from the loading port inwards towards the interior of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Hakan Tatar
  • Patent number: 8763431
    Abstract: A washing machine comprising a cabinet open at an upper portion, a top cover coupled to the upper portion of the cabinet and including an opening for loading and unloading laundry therethrough, a lid assembly rotatably coupled to the top cover to open and close the opening, and a first hinge unit connecting the lid assembly with the top cover and reducing a speed of closing the lid assembly is provided. In the washing machine, the closing speed of the lid assembly is reduced to mitigate shock between the lid assembly and the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongyoon Kim, Youngbae Park, Seongno Yoon, Kichul Cho, Younggon Kim
  • Publication number: 20140116096
    Abstract: A laundry treatment machine is provided. The laundry treatment machine may include a top cover, a control panel, a lid assembly, and a lid handle. The top cover may be disposed over a cabinet and have a laundry loading hole. The control panel may be disposed at a front upper side of the top cover. The lid assembly may be disposed over the top cover at a rear side of the control panel and open/close the laundry loading hole. The lid handle may protrude in a forward direction from a front surface of the lid assembly and protrude in an upward direction with respect to a top surface of the lid assembly to form a gap such that a hand of a user may enter the gap between the lid handle and the control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Youngbae PARK, Jimaeng Kim
  • Publication number: 20140116097
    Abstract: Provided is a laundry treatment machine. The laundry treatment machine may include a main body, a lid, and at least one hinge that supports the lid. The hinge may include a hinge housing filled with a fluid having a prescribed viscosity, an elastic member disposed inside the hinge housing, and a pair of cams disposed in the housing to move in linkage with the lid and the elastic member. A piston may be disposed between the moving cam and the elastic member to deform the elastic member according to a displacement of the moving cam. The piston may divide a cavity inside the hinge housing into a first space in which the elastic member is disposed and a second space in which the pair of cams are disposed. The piston may include a passage for the fluid to flow between the first space and the second space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Youngbae PARK, Yongjun An
  • Patent number: 8671719
    Abstract: A drum type washing machine has a cabinet forming an outer appearance of the washing machine, a tub fixed inside the cabinet for storing the washing water, a drum disposed in the tub and having both side surfaces supported by the cabinet to be rotatable and an inlet through which laundries come in/go out on a circumferential surface thereof, and a driving motor fixed on one side surface of the drum to rotate the drum. Washing capacity can be increased while maintaining the entire size of the washing machine by increasing a diameter of the drum without increasing the size of the cabinet, and the entire size of the washing machine can be compacted by minimizing the installation space of the driving motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jae Won Chang
  • Patent number: 8661859
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a door lock device of a drum washing machine and a drum washing machine having the same, a door of which is opened by force of a predetermined magnitude or greater. The door opening is accomplished by providing a door lever of the door lock device with a bent portion. The bent portion formed at the door lever creates a predetermined angle X° between a contact point between a holding protrusion of the door lever and a raised portion of a body of the washing machine, a center point of a door lever shaft, and a contact point between a handle contact portion of the door lever and a door handle, allowing the door to be opened upon receiving force of a predetermined magnitude or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 8661860
    Abstract: A glass bowl for a door assembly of a washer including a housing, a tub inside the housing, the tub having a rotating drum, the door assembly having a see-through portion for viewing into the tub, the see-through portion including the glass bowl, the door assembly pivotably coupled to the housing and movable between an open and closed position. The glass bowl includes a base portion for securing the glass bowl to the door assembly, and a bowl portion configured to extend into the interior of the housing, wherein the bowl portion includes a sidewall extending from the base portion toward the interior of the housing, a first bowl face that faces toward the interior of the housing and an indentation formed in an upper surface of the sidewall that guides at least a portion of water or washing fluid flowing downward onto the glass bowl toward the rotating drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Murrell, Oliver Schöne
  • Patent number: 8627692
    Abstract: A cover assembly for an appliance includes a glass panel, at least one attachment element and a perimeter frame. The glass panel has a perimeter edge extending between an inner surface and an outer surface and along a periphery of the glass panel. The attachment element is configured for engaging a corresponding structure of the appliance when the cover assembly is disposed at the appliance. The perimeter frame encompasses at least the perimeter edge of the glass panel, with no portion of the outer surface of the glass panel encompassed by the perimeter frame such that the outer surface of the glass panel is generally co-planar with an outer surface of the perimeter frame along the periphery of the glass panel. At least one of (i) the attachment element is bonded at the inner surface of the glass panel and (ii) the perimeter frame comprises the attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy F. Tooker
  • Patent number: 8616030
    Abstract: A porthole door for a front-loading laundry appliance includes a door glass, a frame and a centering device. The door glass is curved inward toward an inside of the appliance. The frame includes an inner ring and a cover ring. The centering device is disposed on the frame and configured to bear resiliently against a peripheral edge of the door glass so as to provide a radial force acting on the door glass via the peripheral edge at various locations. The radial force brings the door glass into a centered position within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Holger Hoppe, Joerg Kempe
  • Patent number: 8607473
    Abstract: Disclosed are a door for a dryer and a dryer having the same, the door for the dryer having a concave portion or an inclined portion formed at an end surface of a door glass, such that an inner volume of the dryer can be enlarged without increasing the size of the dryer, under consideration of the dryer having the same capacity, resulting in allowing a large quantity of clothes to be dried at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yeon-Sik Choi, Ju-Han Yoon
  • Patent number: 8555681
    Abstract: A door of a washer and/or a dryer, the door including a frame to hinge the door to a machine housing of the washer and/or dryer, an inspection glass, and a cover for the inspection glass, wherein the cover has two essentially opposite main sides and an outer circumferential zone. Smooth conical surfaces of the cover and of the frame are in contact with one another to hold the cover in the frame, and the circumferential zone tapers in an area of a contact surface towards the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Angel Caudevilla De sola, Elena Cortes Perez, Carlos Lopez Palacios, Alberto Romeo Carnicero
  • Patent number: 8544188
    Abstract: A dryer is provided. The dryer may include a main body having an inner space formed therein, a support body arranged in the main body so as to form a frame of the main body, a flexible drum rotatably installed on the support body so as to have a non-circular cross-section as it is rotated, and rotation guides arranged between the support body and the flexible drum so as to guide rotation of the flexible drum. A distance from a center of rotation of an inscribed circle contacting the inner circumferential surface of the flexible drum to one random point on the inner circumferential surface of the flexible drum is greater than a distance from the center of rotation of the inscribed circle to another point on the inscribed circle such that the drum maintains a non-circular cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungmin Kim, Jongseok Kim, Daeyun Park, Sogkie Hong
  • Patent number: 8528231
    Abstract: A dryer is provided. The dryer may include a main body having an inner space formed therein, a support body arranged in the main body so as to form a frame of the main body, a flexible drum rotatably installed on the support body so as to have a non-circular cross-section as it is rotated, and rotation guides arranged between the support body and the flexible drum so as to guide rotation of the flexible drum. A distance from a center of rotation of an inscribed circle contacting the inner circumferential surface of the flexible drum to one random point on the inner circumferential surface of the flexible drum is greater than a distance from the center of rotation of the inscribed circle to another point on the inscribed circle such that the drum maintains a non-circular cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungmin Kim, Jongseok Kim, Daeyun Park, Sogkie Hong
  • Patent number: 8511115
    Abstract: A washing machine which includes a lid assembly opening/closing a laundry entrance hole, wherein the lid assembly includes a lid frame and a lid inner coupled to an inside of the lid frame and having a hinge unit, is provided. The lid assembly may be easily assembled and maintain a secure coupling, thereby allowing for a reliable and stable washing machine. Further, the lid assembly may be easily opened or closed by the hinge unit, and this increases convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongyoon Kim, Soojin Kim, Youngbae Park, Dongmin Kim, Sunggi Hwang, Seogkyu Park, Jongdeuk Bae, Seongno Yoon, Younggon Kim
  • Patent number: 8499592
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the items required to be close by while the washer/dryer (1) operates and which are stored in different places by the user can be stored on the washer/dryer (1) by saving space thereby providing easy access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Eyup Gokceimam, Baris Unal, Erman Cevikkalp
  • Patent number: 8499473
    Abstract: An upper cabinet of a rotary-drum laundry dryer outer casing can include a rear wall. The rear wall can include a sink-shaped bulge or recess. The bulge or recess can project outwards of the upper cabinet, be roughly centered to a rear rim of a dryer drum, and include a through opening. The upper cabinet can also include a substantially circular, basin-shaped lid or cover fixed to the inner face of the cabinet rear wall substantially coaxial to the drum. The lid or cover can be shaped so as to completely cover and close the outwards-projecting bulge or recess on the cabinet rear wall. This can form, on that rear wall, a cavity which communicates with the inside of drum and also with a hot-air generator via the through opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation, N.V.
    Inventors: Diego Dal Ben, Alessandro Vian
  • Patent number: 8448482
    Abstract: A door hook for a door assembly of a household appliance, wherein the household appliance includes a housing having an opening for accessing an interior of the housing, a tub disposed inside the housing, the tub having a rotating drum therein for receiving laundry through the opening, the door assembly having a see-through portion for viewing into the tub, the door assembly being pivotably coupled to the housing and movable between an open position for accessing the opening of the housing and a closed position for closing the opening of the housing, the door hook including a base plate having a front face and a rear face, a striker extending from the front face of the base plate, and a locating feature extending from the rear face of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Rolf Schuck, Oliver Schöne
  • Patent number: 8444234
    Abstract: A washing machine of the present invention comprises a top cover where a laundry entrance hole is formed through which laundry is put in from above; a lid assembly coupled to the top cover in a rotatable manner and opening and closing the laundry entrance hole; and a stopper being formed at least in one of the top cover and the lid assembly and preventing the lid assembly from being rotated more than a maximum opening angle. The stopper prevents a lid assembly from being rotated more than a maximum opening angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongyoon Kim, Youngbae Park, Sunggi Hwang, Dongmin Kim, Seogkyu Park, Taehyok Kwon, Taehyeon Sim, Jongdeuk Bae, Jaeseok Lim, Seongno Yoon, Younggon Kim, Jimaeng Kim
  • Patent number: 8381553
    Abstract: A washing machine is provided for washing laundry therein. The washing machine includes a hinge member including a door coupling portion and at least one coupling section having at least one hinge coupling hole corresponding to a cabinet coupling hole. The washing machine further includes a front cabinet cover and a rear cabinet cover, having at least one cabinet coupling hole in which at least one coupling member is tightend. The hinge member is directly couple to the rear cabinet cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hye Yong Park, Bo Yeon Kim, Dae Hee Kwon, Hyun Seok Kim, Seong Yeol Lee
  • Patent number: 8347902
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub, a door coupled to the tub, and a hand lever coupled to the door. The tub has an access opening that permits access to a washing chamber defined therein. The door has a closed position in which access to the washing chamber is prevented. When the door is positioned in the closed position, the rotation of the lever in a first direction about a laterally extending axis advances the lever into contact with the tub such that the door is urged away from the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Mark W. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 8336342
    Abstract: A clothes refreshing apparatus is disclosed. The clothes refreshing apparatus includes a cabinet forming an external appearance, a drum which is installed in the cabinet and provides a space in which clothes are loaded and refreshed, a front panel which forms a front surface of the cabinet and has a loading port through which the clothes are loaded into the drum, and a door which is installed to open and close the loading port, wherein the door is formed to have a vertical length equal to or larger than a vertical length of side surfaces of the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jung-tae Song, Hee-tae Lim, Suk-yun Moon, Ig Geun Kwon, Heung-gi Kim
  • Patent number: 8322171
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drum washing machine, which improves structures of hinge units to rotatably support a door to easily assemble a door with a housing, and firmly endures a load of the door. The drum washing machine includes a housing provided with an opening through which laundry is put into the washing machine; a door connected to the housing to open and close the opening; a first hinge unit rotatably connecting the door to the housing; and a second hinge unit separated from the first hinge unit to rotatably support the door together with the first hinge unit. The second hinge unit causes the door to be supported on the housing. Through the above constitution, a worker may easily assemble the door with the housing, thus increasing a working efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Hun Sung
  • Patent number: 8297085
    Abstract: A washing machine comprising a cabinet, a top cover arranged at an upper surface of the cabinet and has a laundry entrance hole, wherein the upper surface of the cabinet opens, and a lid assembly arranged at the top cover and opens/closes the laundry entrance hole is provided. A handle is provided at a front side of the lid assembly. The handle protrudes forwards more than the top cover, wherein the handle and the top cover are arranged to be spaced apart from each other in upper and lower directions and in front and rear directions, thereby defining spaces between the handle and the top cover so a user's hand is inserted into the spaces to hold the handle and lifts the lid assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongyoon Kim, Youngbae Park, Taehyeon Sim, Jimaeng Kim, Youngjong Kim, Hyuksoo Lee, Seongno Yoon, Younggon Kim, Jongdeuk Bae, Sunggi Hwang, Seogkyu Park
  • Patent number: 8276409
    Abstract: A cover assembly for an appliance includes a glass panel and at least one metallic attachment element bonded to an inner surface of the glass panel via a layer of cured adhesive. The at least one metallic element is configured for mounting to at least one corresponding structure of the appliance to mount the cover assembly at the appliance. The layer of cured adhesive bonds the at least one metallic element to the inner surface of the glass panel without exposure of the bonded element on an outer surface of the glass panel. A perimeter frame portion may be established around a perimeter region of the glass panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy F. Tooker
  • Patent number: 8261582
    Abstract: A front-loading laundry appliance includes a housing having a substantially circular housing opening closable by a door and a drum rotatably mounted in the housing. The front end of the drum has a substantially circular drum opening for introducing or removing laundry. The drum has an at least approximately horizontal axis of rotation lying lower than a central axis of the housing opening. The housing opening has a first diameter and the drum opening has a second diameter, the first diameter being greater than the second diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Bernard Graute, Wolfgang Hellhake
  • Patent number: 8215137
    Abstract: A laundry appliance door frame provides an integrated, flame resistant and aesthetic alternative to conventional laundry appliance door frame assemblies, with the benefits of both plastic and metal. The laundry appliance door frame assembly includes a first frame member forming a first peripheral portion of a laundry appliance door about a window pane and a second frame member forming a second peripheral portion of a laundry appliance door about the window pane. The frame members provide a seat to support the window pane on one side and interlocks with reversible hinge and latch components that become part of the frame. Each frame member includes an elongated metal bracket which is at least partially encapsulated within a casing formed of plastic material over-molded onto the metal bracket. The metal brackets form a capture mechanism that provides flame resistant structural support to the side of the window pane opposite the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Douglas Ripley, Lee Allen Roose, Reynaldo Aramis Nadolny
  • Patent number: 8176757
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a cabinet, a top cover provided at a top of the cabinet, and a lid hingedly coupled to the top cover, wherein the lid includes a transparent member defining a center thereof, a lower frame including a seating part where the transparent member is seated, and an upper frame coupled to the lower frame to support the transparent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Hee Yoo, Jong Deuk Bae, Kil Su Kim, Ji Maeng Kim, Young Bae Park
  • Patent number: 8171759
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is disclosed. The laundry treating apparatus includes an outer case defining an appearance of the laundry treating apparatus, a washing tub arranged in the outer case, to receive laundry, a top lid mounted to a top of the outer case such that the top lid is openable and closeable, and an air flow assembly mounted to the top lid, to stepwise adjust a size of a passage communicating an interior of the outer case and an exterior of the outer case. The laundry treating apparatus can prevent moisture from staying in the interior of the laundry treating apparatus for a prolonged period of time, thereby preventing a failure of the laundry treating apparatus, generation of an offensive odor and propagation of bacteria in the interior of the laundry treating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Hee Yoo, Jong Deuk Bae, Kil Su Kim, Ji Maeng Kim, Young Bae Park
  • Patent number: 8151603
    Abstract: A door for a washing machine is disclosed. A door for a washing machine includes an inner frame having an opening with a predetermined size, an outer frame provided at a front surface of the inner frame, having an opening in communication with the opening of the inner frame, a glass member fitted between the inner and outer frames, covering the openings of the inner and outer frames, a decorative member provided at a front surface of the outer frame, having an opening in communication with the openings, and a front cover fitted between the decorative member and the outer frame, covering the openings of the inner and outer frames and the decorative member, the front cover having a positioning portion determining a position of the front cover coupled to the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Min-Gu Kang, Kyu-Chul Lee, Chang-Woo Son
  • Patent number: 8151602
    Abstract: Top-loading clothes washing machine, including a wash tub, inside which there is arranged a cylindrical drum adapted to rotate about a horizontal axis thereof. The drum is provided with an access or loading port situated on a portion of the cylindrical side surface thereof, and at least a flap for closing/opening the drum access port. There is also provided a top lid adapted to close the aperture into the wash tub from above, and hinged with an edge portion thereof on the upper rear edge portion of the outer casing of the machine. The machine is provided with interference means applied on to a portion of the machine comprised between the drum and the top lid, and adapted to be rotated upwards when the drum flap is opened, thereby interfering with the top lid. As a result, the interference means will act to make it impossible for the top lid to be closed if the drum flap is not duly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventor: Ennio Zardetto
  • Patent number: 8127464
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a housing having an opening for accessing an interior of the housing, a tub disposed inside the housing and having a rotating drum therein for receiving laundry through the opening, and a door assembly having a see-through portion for viewing into the tub and being pivotably coupled to the housing and movable between an open position and a closed position. The door assembly includes a door frame and a front ring coupled directly or indirectly to the door frame. The front ring includes a front face having an outside and inside edge, the inside edge defining an opening that substantially corresponds to the see-through portion, and a recessed rear face on an opposite side of the front ring from the front face, wherein the recessed rear face includes a handle portion extending around at least a portion of the front ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventor: Oliver Schöne