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Control method of laundry machine

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A control method of a laundry machine is disclosed. The control method of a laundry machine comprising a balancer includes an unbalance sensing step, wherein the unbalance sensing step recognizes an unbalancemaximum value and an unbalanceminimum value of an unbalance wave and the unbalance sensing step determines an average value of the two unbalance maximumvalue and unbalanceminimum value to be of the unbalance generated in a drum provided in the laundry machine.



Washing machine comprising a laundry drum

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A washing machine includes a laundry drum which is rotatably mounted inside a tub. The tub is connected in a fixed manner within a surrounding housing. The axis of rotation of the laundry drum is variable in height with respect to the tub. Elastic elements are positioned outside the tub to suspend the laundry drum together with a drive unit within the housing in an oscillating manner. The presence of a relatively high water consumption of the washing machine can be avoided and the relative position of the laundry drum with respect to the tub can be adjusted by providing a position-adjusting device, by which the height and/or the angle of the axis of rotation can be adjusted within limits, and which engages with a part that is connected in a fixed manner to the bearing for the drive shaft of the laundry drum.



Laundry machine

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A washing machine for washing laundry is provided. The washing machine includes a tub to hold washing water, a drum in the tub to hold laundry, a rotational shaft connected to a rear surface of the drum, a tub back, which forms a rear side of the tub and through which the rotational shaft passes, a bearing housing that supports the rotational shaft, and a suspension that buffers and supports the bearing housing. A vibration sensor senses vibration of a structure supported by the suspension, thereby enabling control of rotation of the drum based on the sensed vibration.



Heat pump (server) coupled washer and dryer pair

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An appliance system that includes an appliance group containing at least two appliances, a first appliance designed to perform a first consumer function related to the first appliance and a second appliance that is separate from the first appliance and designed to perform a second consumer function related to the second appliance. The appliance system also includes a thermal energy generator, typically a heat pump, where the thermal energy heats at least one thermal energy bearing fluid and is operably connected to the first and second appliances to deliver thermal energy to the first and second appliances simultaneously or at different times via one or more of the thermal energy bearing fluids.



Fluid additive dispenser

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fluid additive dispenser is provided. The fluid additive dispenser includes a fluid additive collector that is disposed below containers configured for receipt of fluid additives. The fluid additive collector receives fluid additives from the containers and directs the fluid additives to a spout. By directing the fluid additives to the spout, spilling and leaking of the fluid additives can be reduced, e.g., during operation of a washing machine appliance.



Towel washing and drying appliance

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The high energy usage and high water usage of conventional washing and drying, specifically for towels, is addressed with the present invention. The “towel-station” of the invention is a single-piece sheet-fed appliance to be located at or near the bathroom, shower or pool to efficiently wash, sanitize, dry and warm a towel. Dramatic savings of energy and water result over that of conventional washing and drying. An additional benefit is the availability to the user of a warm towel after bathing without the use of additional energy since warming is performed as part of the drying process.



Laundry machine having a steam generator and controlling method of the same

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry machine having a steam generator is disclosed. An embodiment of a laundry machine comprises a drum, a steam generator, and a controller. The steam generator may include a heat-variable heater. The heater may be operated in one setting among a plurality of heat settings.



Motor for washing machine and washing machine having the same

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A motor for washing machines having a first insulator of the motor which surrounds a lower portion of a stator core of a stator of the motor and includes a ring-shaped mounting unit including a plurality of connection bosses so as to mount the stator on a tub of a washing machine, and at least one heat dissipation hole is provided on the mounting unit, thereby improving a cooling effect of the stator core.



Rotor housing for easy and safe assembling and method for assembling motor set using the rotor housing

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a method for assembling a motor set that includes: coupling a rotor housing having a plurality of operating holes to a stator having shaft bushings with holes formed therein through the operating holes, thereby making the holes to be seen through the operating holes; coupling the holes of the stator associated with the rotor housing to stator assembly holes of a motor set assembly, the holes of the stator being aligned with the stator assembly holes of the motor set assembly; and inserting rivets into the holes through the operating holes and coupling the rivets to the stator assembly holes.



Loading container for a washing machine

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A loading container (10) for a washing machine (60) comprises a containing body (12) to support and position objects to be washed inside the washing machine (60) or washing devices (20, 22) containing the objects to be washed. The container (10) also comprises a base body (14), located below the containing body (12), and a rotation unit (45) to connect rotatably the base body (14) and the containing body (12) so as to allow a selective reciprocal angular positioning of the containing body (12) and the base body (14).



Mobile terminal

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mobile terminal includes a wireless communication unit for collecting external information or transmitting recommended operation information to a home appliance, and a controller for generating the recommended operation information for the home appliance based on the collected external information. The mobile terminal may provide customized recommended operation information for each home appliance without separately including a device for controlling one or more home appliances provided in a home.



Method and an apparatus/universal combine for agitation of liquids

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of mixing together liquids or liquid/solid combinations, and mixing apparatus/universal combine utilizing a vertical spinning container or vessel having a rib, or a cross rib in its bottom wall. The container is spun about a vertical axis with no wobbling component to the motion. Meshed elements are used for high shear mixing. Start/stop routines, and variable acceleration/speed values are used, to facilitate complete mixing. Use of ‘impeller’ blade stirrers is completely eliminated.



Apparatus for deflecting a spray of wash liquid to a desired location in a cleaning appliance

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for deflecting a spray of wash liquid to a desired location in either a drum or tub of a cleaning appliance along different flow paths and/or flow patterns according to the velocity of the wash liquid.



Laundry treating appliance with tub ring

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry treating appliance having a tub with a tub ring and a drum located within the tub having a balance ring. The tub ring may extend radially inward and be spaced above the balance ring. The tub ring and balance ring may have an angled portion to provide for a generally constant space between the tub ring and balance ring during rotation of the drum within the tub.



Fabric treatment apparatus

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fabric treatment apparatus is provided. The fabric treatment apparatus includes a treatment room which can receive and hold clothes; a motor which generates a rotational force; an eccentric unit which is rotated eccentrically by the rotational force generated by the motor; a contact unit which converts the rotating motion of the eccentric unit into a reciprocating motion; a clothes rack which is disposed in the treatment room and is coupled to the contact unit so as to move reciprocally in a linear path, and on which a number of hangers can be hung; and a heating unit which supplies at least one of hot air and steam into the treatment room.



Clothing dryer and control method thereof

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A clothing dryer capable of effectively drying a small amount of substance, and a control method thereof by changing an algorithm of a sensor-dry course, which is configured to control an operation rate, a degree of drying or a temperature of drying, to be adapted to the small load of substance in a case where the substance to be dried has a small load when compared to the entire volume of the clothing dryer, so that the drying efficiency is enhanced regardless of the load of the substance, and a separate option button is provided for a sensor-dry course, so that a small load of substance is dried adaptively to the material characteristic of the substance for a respective dry course, thereby enhancing the drying efficiency.



Water-bearing domestic appliance including a suspension apparatus with attachment means formed by openings through the base body

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A water-bearing domestic appliance is provided which has an appliance element and an appliance component that is attached to the appliance element at a suspension point. The suspension point is disposed in a region of the center of gravity of the appliance component.



Porthole window for laundry washing and/or drying appliance

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

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).



Laundry machine

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry machine is provided that includes a tub to receive wash water, a drum rotatably disposed in the tub, a shaft connected to the drum, a bearing housing to support the shaft, a tub back including a rim that extends in a front to rear direction and coupled to the bearing housing at a front thereof, a rear gasket coupled to the rim of the tub back, and a suspension configured to reduce vibration of the drum. The rear gasket is connected between the tub back and the tub rear.



Laundry treating appliance with balancing system

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry treating appliance having a drum, defining a treating chamber, with a lifter and a balancing system having at least one balancing ring and a reservoir located in the lifter and a liquid supply system fluidly coupled to the reservoir. Liquid may be supplied to the ring and to the reservoir through the ring to offset an imbalance in a laundry load located within the drum.



Apparatus including a plurality of spray distribution nozzles for washing articles without agitation

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

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 predetermined 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.



Laundry machine

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present application relates to a laundry machine for washing laundry, including a tub for holding washing water, the tub including at least one fastener for fastening and wiring a wire harness along an outside surface thereof, a drum in the tub for holding laundry, a rotation shaft connected to a rear surface of the drum, a tub back which forms a rear side of the tub and through which the rotation shaft passes, a bearing housing for supporting the rotation shaft, a rear gasket connected between the tub and the tub back, and a suspension unit for supporting the bearing housing.



Washing machine brush system and method

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

One aspect is a brush system for a washing machine including a plurality of independent brush sets. Each independent brush set is configured to be inserted into a single hole formed in a drum of the washing machine. Each brush independent set includes a plurality of bristles contained within a holder. Each holder is secured adjacent the hole formed in the drum of the washing machine such that the plurality of bristles projects out from the drum and toward a surface to be cleaned.



Expandable/collapsible enclosure for a clothes refresher

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An expandable and collapsible enclosure is provided for a garment refreshing appliance. The appliance has at least either a top or a bottom rigid housing structure. The enclosure comprises a wall structure extending substantially an entire height of the enclosure. The wall structure is made of a flexible material. An opening is provided in the wall structure through which garments can be introduced into or removed from the enclosure. A zipper is attached at the opening to selectively open and close the opening. A snap attachment mechanism is located at either or both of the top and a bottom of the wall structure for securing the wall structure to the top and/or bottom rigid housing structures.



Forced convection hanging clothes dryer

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A clothes dryer has a cabinet forming a drying chamber and a drying rack slidably mounted to the cabinet and movable between a retracted position where the drying rack is within the drying chamber and an extended position where the drying rack is exteriorly of the cabinet. A removable dividing panel is retained by the drying rack and divides the drying chamber into two horizontal and vertically extending drying chambers. A control system associated with the dryer has selectable modes to operate the divided drying chambers independently or concurrently as a single large drying chamber. A recycle system associated with the dryer permits recycling of heat air to increase drying efficiency.



Method of controlling drainage of wash water remaining in a washing machine

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein is a method of controlling drainage of wash water remaining in a washing machine. The method includes draining wash water from a tub to an outside of the washing machine, supplying wash water into the washing machine after the draining wash water, and re-draining the wash water to the outside of the washing machine after the supplying wash water.



Laundry treating appliance with balancing system

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry treating appliance having a drum, defining a treating chamber, with a lifter and a balancing system having at least one balancing ring and a reservoir located in the lifter and a liquid supply system fluidly coupled to the reservoir. Liquid may be supplied to the ring and to the reservoir through the ring to offset an imbalance in a laundry load located within the drum.



Washing machine

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein is a washing machine that is capable of increasing a frictional force between an outer diameter of a rotary shaft and an inner race of a bearing to prevent the sliding between the rotary shaft and the bearing due to a gap between the outer diameter of the rotary shaft and the inner race of the bearing, thereby preventing creep noise from the rotary shaft. The washing machine includes at least one elastic member disposed between the outer diameter of the rotary shaft and the inner race of the bearing to prevent noise due to the sliding between the rotary shaft and the bearing.



Household appliance for treating soft goods with displacement sensor

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present description relates to a household appliance for treating soft goods, in particular a laundry washing or washing/drying machine of the electronically controlled type fitted with an electronic control system (17). The household appliance comprises an oscillating assembly connected to the frame by means of a suspension system comprising at least one damper (1). The damper (1) comprises two elements (3, 4) adapted to move reciprocally, at least one magnetic element, preferably a permanent magnet (9), and an electronic module (6) provided with at least one magnetic sensor, preferably a Hall element (12). The magnetic element (9) and the magnetic sensor (12) are housed in the damper (1) so as to detect the reciprocal motion of the two elements (3, 4). The electronic module (6) also comprises a microcontroller (16) connected to the magnetic sensor (12) and adapted to generate at least one piece of information, in particular at least one piece of information being representative of the value of the displacement of the oscillating assembly with respect to the frame, and to send said information to the electronic control system (17) over a digital communication line.



Washing machine with an improved washing/rinsing-liquid inlet circuit

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A washing machine (1) has a washing tub (5) containing a rotary perforated drum (6), and a washing/rinsing-liquid dispenser (8), fluidly connectable to a water source. The liquid dispenser includes a housing (9) and a drawer (10), removably associated to the housing (9), provided with one or more compartments (11a, 11b) adapted to be filled with washing and/or rinsing products. A water line (13) fluidly connects the washing/rinsing-liquid dispenser (8) and the tub (5). The water line (13) has one or more single-piece elements (13, 13a. 13b) including a first conduit (25), fluidly connecting the one or more compartments (11a, 11b) and the tub (5), and a second conduit (27), fluidly separated from the first conduit (25), fluidly connectable, upstream, with the water source, and fluidly connected, downstream, with the tub (5)). The first and second conduits (25, 27) are provided in a single-piece construction.



Washing machine with reservoirs in the ribs for balancing and wash sprays

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a washing machine (1) that comprises a tub (2), a cylindrical drum (3) having a rear wall (7) wherein the items to be washed are emplaced, disposed coaxially inside the tub (2), one or more ribs (4) arranged on the inner periphery of the drum (3) and forming protrusions into the drum (3), a shaft (8) housed in the tub (2) that transfers the movement to the drum (3) and a bearing (9) situated at the center of the tub (2) rear wall (7), remaining stationary together with the tub (3), wherein the shaft (8) is housed, extending towards the center of the drum (3) and at least one water feeding line (10) situated inside the bearing (9) having an inlet connected to the mains water supply and an outlet opening outside the bearing (9).



Washing machine with ozone generator

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a washing machine (1) wherein an ozone generator (4) that generates ozone gas is used for increasing the washing performance and providing sanitation. The ozone gas generated by the ozone generator (4) is delivered directly onto the clothes inside the tub (2) without mixing with the wash water and hence without dissolving in the wash water, and furthermore the ozone generator (4) that gets overheated due to operation at high voltage is cooled by the water used in the washing process.



Washing machine, inner tub of washing machine and balancer connection and assembly method thereof

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein is a washing machine in which a balancer is directly mounted on a body of an inner tub without a front surface part of the inner tub. The washing machine includes an outer tub to store water, a body formed in a cylindrical shape provided with an opening at one surface thereof and provided in the outer tub, and a balancer connected to an inner diameter part at the opening of the body to reduce unbalance of the body generated during rotation of the body and to reinforce the body.



Washing machine

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A washing machine in accordance with the present invention includes a mounting member disposed between a stator and a bearing housing. Thus, when a motor is rotated according to an operation of the washing machine, the transmission of vibration, which is generated by a repulsive force of the stator, to the bearing housing can be reduced efficiently. Accordingly, a tub coupled to the bearing housing can be prevented from vibrating due to the vibration of the stator, and noise due to the vibration of the tub can be reduced.



System and method for washing articles employing a densified cleaning solution, and use of a fluid displacement device therein

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dry cleaning system arranged for washing articles employing a cleaning solution. The dry cleaning system includes a wash tank (2) for washing an article to be washed with a cleaning solution. The wash tank (2) is arranged for washing the article at an increased pressure compared to atmospheric pressure. The dry cleaning system includes a fluid displacement device (1), such as a pump, connected to the wash tank (2) and is arranged for transferring the cleaning solution through the dry cleaning system in a first operational mode. The fluid displacement device is arranged to reduce the pressure in the wash tank towards atmospheric pressure in a second operational mode.



Laundry washing apparatus

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a laundry washing apparatus and particularly to a laundry washing apparatus comprising a base that forms a lower face, front/rear plates that form front and rear directions, side plates that form both sides, and a top plate that forms an upper part, wherein the top plate is further furnished with a locking device that controls the locking state of the top plate by means of an external key insertion operation, so that theft of a payment apparatus installed on the top plate can be effectively prevented.



System for monitoring ozone and controlling supply of ozone to washing machine

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system for controlling a supply of ozone to a washing machine during operation thereof. The system comprising a washing machine having an internal drum for containing laundry and a quantity of a water. An ozone generator is connected to the washing machine and the ozone generator produces and supplies the produced ozone to the washing machine for ozonating the water. At least one sensor is provided for sensing a quantity of ozone exhausting from the washing machine during operation thereof, and the at least sensor being coupled to the ozone generator for interrupting production of ozone when a quantity of ozone exhausting from the washing machine exceeds a safe level.



Cleaning apparatus and manufacturing and assembly methods for the same

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning apparatus is provided. The cleaning apparatus includes a cabinet (2), front panel (4), control panel (8), and fringe frame (5). The cabinet (2) is opened at a surface thereof. The front panel (4) is installed on a side of the cabinet (2), and includes a cabinet cover (42) forming a laundry inserting hole and an outer cover (41) coupled to a front surface of the cabinet cover (42) and color treated on its front surface through painting. The control panel (8) is mounted on top of the front panel (4). The fringe frame (5) covers the edge portion of the front panel (4) and the control panel (8).



Laundry drying unit having a lint screen arranged within a process air circuit and a method for operating said laundry drying unit

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry drying unit includes a process air circuit and a component arranged in the process air circuit. Provided above the component is a washing tank for dispensing a cleaning fluid, with a flow of cleaning fluid dispensed from the washing tank to the component being controlled by a controllable valve. The valve can be controlled on the basis of an amount of cleaning fluid in the washing tank.



Active moisture removal in a laundry treating appliance

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for receiving laundry and configured to perform one or more cycles of operation and method for actively dehumidifying the treating chamber of a laundry treating appliance to retard or eliminate the adverse effects of moisture-laden laundry remaining in the treating chamber or moisture remaining in the treating chamber or other areas of the laundry treating appliance.



Motor usable with washing machine and washing machine having the same

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein are a motor usable with a washing machine to assure interchangeability of constituent elements thereof and a washing machine having the same. The motor includes a stator mounted to a tub of the washing machine, and a rotor to rotate a drum of the washing machine. The stator includes a stator core, first and second insulators arranged to cover the stator core, and a plurality of mounts to couple the stator to the tub. The plurality of mounts is selectively provided at one of the first insulator and the second insulator.



Device for housing a bearing provided with a system for detecting the load applied to the bearing

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a housing device provided with a system for detecting the load applied to an element arranged in the housing, an internal part configured in such a way as to hold said element, and an external part for fixing the device to a mechanical group, the internal part being connected to the external part by at least two deformable connection parts in such a way that the internal part can be displaced in relation to the external part under the action of a load applied to the element. The system for detecting the applied load comprises a means for directly detecting the displacement of one of the parts, internal or external, in relation to the other part, external or internal, under the action of a load applied to the element.



Control method of a laundry treatment machine

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Control method of a laundry treatment machine according to the present invention comprises a spray rinse step that water is sprayed a little at a time several times, and a spin rinse step that the water is not sprayed and an inner tub is rapidly rotated for water penetration. Thus, by performing the spin rinse step which is not to spray total water at once but to spray a little water at a time and the inner tub is rapidly rotated while the water is sprayed, fabrics can be effectively soaked and the water penetration can be improved, and thus rinsing performances can be improved.Also, a motor is rotated at low speed while water is sprayed, so that it can be prevented that water sprayed spattered. Also, the water spray is temporarily stopped and the inner tub is rotated at high speed during the spin rinse step, and thus an effect of water penetration can be improved by centrifugal force.



Dishwasher

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dishwasher comprising a wash compartment with a base wall that has a retaining contour, and an electronic control module supported by the retaining contour and which controls appliance components in the dishwasher.



Self-contained and wireless device for a washing machine

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a self-contained and wireless monitoring device (10) for use in a washing machine (1) to indicate shortage of detergent in said washing machine. The monitoring device comprises a sensor (13) arranged to monitor detergent concentration in washing liquid (5) of said washing machine and to provide an alarm signal (A) when said monitored detergent concentration is below a target value. The monitoring device is capable of floating in said washing liquid and comprises signalling means (11) for indicating said shortage of detergent in response to said alarm signal. The invention further relates to a package containing such a monitoring device and a method for indicating shortage of detergent.



Washing machine and method of controlling the same

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A washing machine to provide a user interface environment using a full-touch LCD to perform communication over a network and a method of controlling the same. It is possible to provide a user interface by simple and convenient touch manipulation and display information regarding a user manipulation state and an operation state of the washing machine according to various visual/tactile tastes.



Laundry treating apparatus

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A laundry treating apparatus and a method of controlling the same are disclosed. The laundry treating apparatus includes a laundry receiving unit for receiving laundry, a steam generator for generating steam to be supplied to the laundry receiving unit, a water supply unit for supplying water to the steam generator, a water softening member for softening water to be supplied to the steam generator, and a control unit for controlling the replacement or regeneration time of the water softening member to be displayed on a display unit. According to the present invention, it is possible to effectively prevent and/or remove wrinkles or rumples on laundry. Furthermore, it is possible to replace or regenerate a water softening member at an appropriate point of time, thereby increasing convenience in use.



Laundry refresher unit and laundry treating apparatus having the same

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a laundry refresher unit that can selectively supply various types of dry air as well as steam to laundry, and a laundry treating apparatus having the laundry refresher unit. A laundry refresher unit includes a cabinet that defines an exterior thereof, wherein an air path is formed in the cabinet; a steam generator provided in the cabinet to selectively supply steam outside the cabinet through a steam outlet; and a heated air supply device provided in the cabinet to heat air drawn through an air inlet, such that the air having at least three temperature ranges is supplied outside the cabinet through the air outlet. A laundry treating apparatus includes a laundry refresher unit that includes a cabinet, a steam generator and a heated air supply device.



Plastic liquor container for a washing machine or a clothes dryer, and method for the production of a liquor container

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A plastic liquor container for a washing machine, the plastic liquor container including a laundry drum with a shaft journal and a rear wall that is made of at least two plastic components of different strengths. The rear wall has reinforced regions and a bearing receptacle for the shaft journal of the laundry drum, and the bearing receptacle is made of a high-strength material. The rear wall is manufactured as a single piece by injecting the at least two plastic components into an injection molding mold with a time offset. The reinforced regions of the rear wall are structured as a sandwich component having an inner edge layer and an outer edge layer. The inner edge layer and the outer edge layer of the sandwich component are made of high-strength plastic and enclose a region made of plastic that is less strong than the high-strength plastic.



Vacuum assisted dryer systems and methods

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Dryers and methods of using dryers are described herein. The dryer includes a housing, a drying chamber disposed within the housing, and a heating element. The dryer further includes an intake configured to supply intake air to the drying chamber. The dryer includes an exhaust configured to vent exhaust air out of the drying chamber. The dryer includes a pump coupled to the housing. The dryer further includes an energy recovery system coupled to the housing. The pump is configured to reduce the air pressure within the drying chamber. The energy recovery system includes a heat transfer fluid and is configured to use the heat transfer fluid to transfer thermal energy from the exhaust air to the drying chamber.