Combined Operations Patents (Class 68/28)
  • Patent number: 10563333
    Abstract: This is a new style of simulated hand wash automated washing machine using zigzag-shape robot hands, made by light yet strong metal, that is initiated and facilitated movements by solenoid electric-mechanical linear actuators. The mechanism to transfer the movements from the actuators works similar to the bike mechanism from which transfers the movement onto belts and these belts will pull and push the zigzag-shape robot hands. The movements received by these robot hands on the walls and the floor of the machine shell next are transmitted onto a washer ball made up of sustainable, light, flexible, yet little stretchy type of rubber. There are other benefits from this new style washer that is environmental-friendly, low cost (building, repairing, packaging, shipping, storage, handling, etc.), and more beneficial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Katherine Thuy Miller
  • Patent number: 10113258
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a housing. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a tub that is located inside the housing and that is configured to receive water. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a drum that is configured to rotate, that is located inside the tub, and that is configured to receive laundry. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes three or more tub support units that are each configured to connect the tub and the housing and that each includes a first support member that is located at the housing; a second support member that is located at the tub; and a connector that is configured to connect the first support member and the second support member. At least one of the first support members is configured to separate from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinwoo Seo, Woonghui Won, Jihong Lee
  • Patent number: 8938996
    Abstract: A treatment agent metering information evaluator of a washing machine includes a reader that reads portion-wise metering information from an information carrier of a storage container that is in close proximity to the reader, a controller that receives the portion-wise metering information from the reader, a meter that meters portions of treatment agent from the storage container into a treatment process of a washing treatment program, and storage that stores empirical information about experiences of the use of the treatment agent during the treatment process for subsequent application of the treatment agent. The reader includes a transmitter for transmitting the empirical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Robby Reinholz, Ingo Schulze
  • Publication number: 20140246055
    Abstract: A textile filter system of a pulse jet filtration device that includes a particulate textile filter bag to restrain particles in a gas stream and a textile, chemically active filter sleeve to remove substances from the gas stream. For regenerating a chemically active textile filter, the filter is removed from the filtration device and washed in water along with mechanically treating the textile filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: W.L. Gore & Associates GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Ebert, Steven J. Hardwick, Tim W. Sherman, Richard E. Gebert
  • Publication number: 20140053612
    Abstract: Provided is a washing machine which may include a cabinet that defines an accommodation space, a washing device configured to be withdrawn from the accommodation space of the cabinet, and a front panel provided in front of the washing device that defines a front external appearance of the auxiliary washing machine. The washing device may include a drawer configured to be slidably inserted or withdrawn from the accommodation space of the cabinet, the drawer including a tub for wash water, a rotating drum assembly provided in the drawer, the rotating drum assembly having a drum and a rotating shaft connected to the drum and extending through the tub, and a suspension assembly configured to support a vertical load of the rotating drum assembly such that the rotating drum assembly is suspended relative to the tub and to dampen vibration from the rotating drum assembly in a lateral direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Seyul SON, Dongwon KIM, Dongsoo LEE
  • Patent number: 8632640
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dish-washer (1) having a single push-button (3) which is utilized by the user to select all of the programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Arcelik Anonim Sirketi
    Inventors: Ebru Cetinkaya, Yahya Kose
  • Patent number: 8621762
    Abstract: A multiple garment drying apparatus for drying garments that includes a hot air source and blower assembly attached to a garment hanging assembly that includes two upward extending hot air transfer tubes that connect to two hot air ports on the blower assembly. Attached to the ends of the two tubes is a hollow, transverse brace with two upward extending end brackets attached to its opposite ends. Attached to the two end brackets is an upper shoulder component used to support a jacket placed thereon. The upper shoulder component includes a plurality of air vents that enable air delivered below the upper shoulder component to travel upward and through the upper shoulder component. During operation, air from the hot air source and blower assembly is delivered to the two transfer tubes. The air from the two transfer tubes is then transmitted to the transverse brace and through the upper shoulder component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Joel Beckett
  • Publication number: 20130255326
    Abstract: A washing machine using ultrasonic vibrations, which can allow a user to at home easily and efficiently wash the laundry that needs hand washing or dry-cleaning. The washing machine includes: a body having an inner space of a predetermined volume; a washing tub installed in the body, with a water supply pipe connected to a side of the washing tub so as to supply washing water or a detergent into the tub and with a drain pipe connected to the side of the tub at a position opposite that of the water supply pipe so as to drain used water or used detergent; a cover mounted to a predetermined portion of the body so as to open or close the tub; and an ultrasonic generator installed in at least one predetermined portion of the tub so as to apply ultrasonic vibrations to a laundry contained in the tub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Dae Yeong Im, Hyun Rok Cha, Chang Seog Kang, Hyoung Uk Nam, Chang Youn Kang
  • Patent number: 8438882
    Abstract: An arrangement for treating objects with a treatment agent in a household device, includes a household device for treating objects with the treatment agent, a packaging for a dosing device for dosing the treatment agent, a first part of an identification system that identifies data of a second part of the identification system, the data of the second part of the identification system including information on the dosing device, and the data of the second part of the identification system being associated with a packaging for the dosing device, and a device for adapting one of the treatment of objects by the household device and the dosing of the treatment agent based upon the identified data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Georg Rosenbauer
  • Patent number: 8407914
    Abstract: A device for refreshing fabrics by reducing malodors and/or wrinkles without requiring that the fabrics to be put through an entire standard laundry process. The device comprises an extractable drawer which is pulled out of the device to allow for loading of a fabric into a receiving region. The extractable drawer can then be closed transporting the fabric into the interior of the device. A fabric treatment composition is sprayed or otherwise dispensed onto the fabrics when the device is operated. The device comprises an air flow path and a heating element which allows for the fabrics to be treated during use and comprises a passive heat management system within the shell to minimize formation of hot spots and direct air flow away from the side walls. The extractable drawer of the present invention can be positioned to extract laterally or vertically out of the shell of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stefan Hubert Hollinger, Christof Kleemann, Markus Sabisch, Oliver von Sartori-Montecroce, Stephan James Andreas Meschkat, Heiko Ullrich, Robert Hans-Joachim Damaschke, Ulrich Alexander Bublitz, Brian Joseph Roselle
  • Publication number: 20100192309
    Abstract: Pretreatment of a fabric using a material that binds to the fabric and changes some characteristic of the fabric. In an embodiment, the characteristic that is changed can be at least one of stain and flash for wrinkle resistance. The material can be Permafresh material. The material can bind to the fabric, and intends to be maintained within the fabric for the life of the fabric. After pretreatment, the pretreated material is processed by a laser which intends to change the look of the material without undesirably damaging the material. The treatment may make the treatment by lasers more consistent and allow the lazed graphic to maintain its quality after repeated washings and wearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Heath COLWELL
  • Publication number: 20100126234
    Abstract: A permanent magnet motor includes a rotor and a stator, a plurality of permanent magnets forming a plurality of magnetic poles in a core of the rotor and magnetic pole teeth located so as to correspond to phase windings of the stator. The permanent magnets include a plurality of types of permanent magnets having different coercive forces and arranged substantially into an annular shape so that one type of the permanent magnet constitutes each magnetic pole. The permanent magnets each having a relatively smaller coercive force are arranged at a first interval in the rotor, and the magnetic pole teeth corresponding to the same phase windings are arranged at a second interval differing from the first interval in the stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Sari MAEKAWA
  • Publication number: 20100101606
    Abstract: A rinsing container is provided for use in a process air circuit of a washer or washer/dryer and receives condensation water from a condensation water tank that collects condensation water acquired in the process air circuit from the drying of wet laundry. The rinsing container is provided above the condenser and dispenses a gush of water to a selected component via the sudden opening of the rinsing container on its outlet side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERĂ„TE GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Grunert
  • Publication number: 20100018262
    Abstract: A modular system according to one embodiment of the invention for treating fabric load comprises a first module and a second module. The first module can include a chamber having an interior for holding a fabric load, and the second module can have at least one of a fluid delivery system, a fluid removal system, and a fluid recycling system. The modular system can further include conduits for coupling the systems of the second module with the first module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: BRUCE C. BEIHOFF, KARL D. MCALLISTER, JANICE M. KAEDING, TREMITCHELL WRIGHT, ALEXANDER V. MINKIN, JOEL A. LUCKMAN, COLLEEN M. DOYLE
  • Publication number: 20090235464
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for washing articles. Said method and apparatus enabling efficient cleaning and drying of garments and other items within a receptacle (29) having no rotational components. In a preferred embodiment, this is achieved by providing at least one receptacle (29) for containing the washing articles, the receptacle (29) having a plurality of subdivisions for accommodating separate articles. The present invention also includes a plurality of spray distribution nozzles (15, 16) to direct a suitable quantity of water and detergent onto the separate washing articles and then controlling a pre-determined cycle of washing and rinsing. As the washing articles are washed and dried separately, the creases that are associated with prior art washing machines are significantly reduced, and the garments are ready to wear without the further laborious and time-consuming task of ironing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Adrian Cassidy
  • Patent number: 6945007
    Abstract: Renewing, washing, and/or recycling of used carpet tiles is provided. In accordance with one embodiment, carpet tiles are purchased or leased and installed with adjacent tiles being of a different pattern, design, color, shade, and/or the like so that no two identical tiles abut one another. This method of patterning and installing carpet tiles can eliminate the need for shade sorting and site mapping. Also, this method permits the ability to replace one or more damaged or severely stained tiles with new or renewed tiles and without worrying about tile-to-tile shading. The renewed carpet tiles are washed with a high-pressure fluid, and entangling of piles is removed and piles raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Seiin Kobayashi, Thomas D. Nord, Akihito Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20030019798
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently laundering multiple loads of household laundry at commercial facilities. By using the advantages of modules having at least one dirty laundry working surface and at least one clean laundry working surface disposed between at least one washing machine and at least one dryer reduces the inefficiencies associated with previous arrangements. A plurality of these modules allows for the sharing of a partial common perimeter to increase workspace efficiency. In a preferred embodiment, the inclusion of at least one common transport medium and/or identification system allows for further improvements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen Franklin Capps, Gene Milas
  • Patent number: 6381995
    Abstract: A low temperature, low bath ratio, tensionless and short-term dyeing method using microwaves, comprises the steps of: immersing dyed goods in a vessel filled with dye solution comprising water present in an amount twice as much as the goods to be dyed, a disperse dye present in a ratio of disperse dye to goods to be dyed of 1:1000, a dispersing agent present in a ratio of dispersing agent to dye of below 1:100, and irradiating the dyed goods with microwaves below 2450 MHZ in order to heat them to a temperature of 100-130° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Dongbo Textile
    Inventor: Seok Min Hong
  • Patent number: 6129767
    Abstract: A low temperature, low bath ratio, tensionless and short-term dyeing method using microwaves, comprises the steps of: immersing dyed goods in a vessel filled with dye solution comprising water present in an amount twice as much as the goods to be dyed, a disperse dye present in a ratio of disperse dye to goods to be dyed of 1:1000, a dispersing agent present in a ratio of dispersing agent to dye of below 1:100, and irradiating the dyed goods with microwaves below 2450 MHZ in order to heat them to a temperature of 100-130.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Dongbo Textile
    Inventor: Seok Min Hong
  • Patent number: 5535604
    Abstract: Apparatus which is able to artificially produce wearing and fading of textile materials including an enclosure which is a barrel (1). This barrel is able to be placed into rotation around an axis (5), the barrel having an opening (6) which is equipped with a watertight door (7). The interior partitions (2) of the barrel are equipped with an abrasive lining (3), which includes protruding particles (12) and a stratified layer of these pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventors: Antoine Rodrigues, Eric LeClerc
  • Patent number: 4717391
    Abstract: Textile fabrics are dyed in open widths in a closed, heated environment by spraying a heated dye composition containing a dyestuff dispersed in a non-aqueous, high-boiling solvent, without the dye applicator directly contacting the fabric, directly onto the fabric. The sprayed fabric is held under transverse tension in a heated (350.degree. to 450.degree. F.) environment and further heated while the sprayed dye dispersion migrates, penetrates thoroughly through the fabric and levels substantially evenly across the width of the fabric. Fabrics are thus simultaneously uniformly dyed and uniformly heatset. Apparatus for conducting the process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon T. Daniel, Jessie Gettliffe
  • Patent number: 3981163
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for coloring yarn continuously in sheets thereof, the apparatus including a spatial sequence apparatus for testing the yarn by pre-stressing; a yarn tension relaxing means; a printing apparatus for coloring the yarn in an accurately predetermined longitudinal pattern; control means for correcting wet yarn length increase as the yarn progresses through the printer; wet hot box for fixation of the dye stuff onto the yarn fiber; yarn washing means; combined apparatus for yarn drying and/or stress relieving by raising the yarn temperature; yarn relative lateral displacement means; yarn longitudinal displacement means; and finally a tufting machine or a take up means such as a beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1976
    Assignee: Tillotson Corporation
    Inventor: John G. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 3958434
    Abstract: A washing machine comprises two frames each mounting a plurality of tubular wash receptacles and arranged to oscillate on a support in opposite directions. Connecting rods resiliently affixed to each frame interconnect the two frames and constitute an oscillating system with the frame and receptacles mounted thereon. A crank drive oscillates the system in the range of the natural frequency thereof. Wash and wash liquid is preferably continuously delivered to each receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1976
    Assignee: Binder and Co., Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Grunbaum