US Pat. No. 9,297,493

LAUNDRY DRYER WITH FIRE-RESISTANT SHIELDING

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1. A laundry dryer comprising:
a cabinet;
a rotatable drum provided within the cabinet;
a plurality of rollers rotatably supporting the rotatable drum; and
a fire-resistant roller cover, wherein the roller cover comprises an open interior configured to receive a corresponding one
of the plurality of rollers and covers a majority of a face of the corresponding roller such that the corresponding roller
is shielded from fire within the cabinet of the laundry dryer.

US Pat. No. 10,009,964

OVEN DOOR FOR A MICROWAVE OVEN

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1. An oven door for a microwave oven or for an oven with microwave heating function, wherein the oven door comprises a wave choke system formed as or within a door frame of said oven door, the wave choke system encloses a see-through area of the oven door, the wave choke system includes a frame part and a plurality of wave choke elements, the frame part includes a base plate on which the wave choke elements are fastened, the base plate is arranged parallel to a main plane of the oven door, the wave choke elements are serially arranged along the frame part and enclose at least partially the see-through area of the oven door, each wave choke element being formed as a U-shaped metal stripe, and the series of wave choke elements on the base plate form a wavelike ribbon, wherein a notch is formed in the central portion of each wave choke element so that the central portion of each wave choke element is smaller than the open end portion of said wave choke element, wherein the notches of the wave choke elements are provided for receiving an inner glass panel of the oven door, and wherein at least two neighboring wave choke elements arranged along one side of the oven door include aligned notches for receiving a common edge of the inner glass panel.

US Pat. No. 9,356,542

METHOD OF OPERATING A VARIABLE SPEED MOTOR IN A LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

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1. A method of operating a laundry treatment apparatus, in particular a washing machine, a laundry dryer, a heat pump laundry
dryer or a washing machine having a drying function, wherein the apparatus comprises:
a control unit controlling the operation of the treatment apparatus,
a laundry treatment chamber for treating laundry,
a detector unit for detecting at least one operation parameter of the treatment apparatus, and
a first variable speed motor unit adapted at least to drive the treatment chamber and/or
a compressor having a second variable speed motor unit for circulating a refrigerant fluid through a refrigerant loop of the
laundry treatment apparatus,

wherein the method comprises:
selecting a predetermined power supply modulation mode for operating at least one of the first and second motor unit in dependency
of the at least one detected operation parameter, and

operating at least one of the first and second motor units in an operating cycle by applying or executing the selected predetermined
power supply modulation mode,

further wherein: a first modulation mode is selected when the apparatus operation parameter is below a first threshold value,
and a second modulation mode is selected when the apparatus operation parameter is equal to or higher than the first threshold
value.

US Pat. No. 9,301,669

RAIL ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER BASKET

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1. Rail assembly for a dishwasher basket, comprising:
a rail to be connected to a side wall of the dishwasher basket;
at least one support roller for guiding a front portion of the rail; and
a pair of guide rollers for guiding a rear portion of the rail, said pair of guide rollers comprising a lower guide roller
located to engage a lower guide face of the rail, and an upper guide roller located to engage an upper guide face of the rail;

a lever element on which at least one of said guide rollers is mounted and which is rotatable about an axis extending generally
in parallel to the axis of rotation of said at least one guide roller; and

a spring element for rotationally biasing said lever element to urge said at least one guide roller against the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,045,402

METHOD OF DETECTING COOKWARE ON AN INDUCTION HOB, INDUCTION HOB AND COOKING APPLIANCE

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1. A method of detecting cookware on an induction hob comprising a plurality of induction heating coils each being adapted for heating, in the activated state, cookware placed on the induction hob, characterized in that detecting cookware is based on signals generated by at least one active induction heating coil through the action of parasitic electromagnetic coupling effects in at least one inactive induction heating coil.

US Pat. No. 9,585,200

METHOD FOR ASSIGNING INDUCTION COILS OF AN INDUCTION COOKING HOB AND AN INDUCTION COOKING HOB

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. A method for assigning a plurality of induction coils (12) of an assembled induction cooking hob (10) with a number or identity, so that each induction coil of the plurality of induction coils (12) corresponds with a number or an identity that is unique to the induction coil, wherein said method comprises the steps of:
a) providing the assembled induction cooking hob (10), including the induction coils (12) that, prior to the induction coils being assigned a unique number or identity at a control unit (20) for controlling the operation of the induction coils (12), are electrically connected to the control unit (20),

b) setting a load onto the induction cooking hob (10), so that the load covers only a first one of the induction coils (12),

c) activating a pot detection device for all induction coils (12) of the induction cooking hob (10),

d) identifying by means of the pot detection device the first one of the induction coils (12) covered by the load,

e) assigning to the first one of the induction coils covered by the load a unique number or identity,
f) storing the unique number or identity assigned to the first one of the induction coils (12) covered by the load,

g) setting the load onto the induction cooking hob (10), so that the load covers only a second one of the induction coils (12),

h) repeating the steps c) to f) for the second one of the induction coils (12), and

g) thereafter, repeating the steps b) to f) for all remaining induction coils (12) of the plurality of induction coils, with each induction coil (12) being assigned a number or identity that is unique to that induction coil (12), thereby allowing an association of the induction coils (12) with the control unit (20) to be made that is independent of the manner in which the induction coils are electrically connected to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,567,704

TUMBLE DRYER

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1. A tumble dryer comprising:
a laundry drum rotatably supported in a casing and suitable to receive laundry to be dried;
a lint filter assembly which can be housed in a housing provided in said casing so that, when the lint filter assembly is
placed in said housing, it intercepts a flow of air exiting said laundry drum;

a humidity sensor system for retrieving information about the actual humidity of the laundry in the drum, said humidity sensor
system comprising at least a pair of electrodes positioned such that the laundry in said drum can come into contact with said
electrodes;

a control unit for controlling the operations of the tumble drier;
an electric circuit for transmitting a signal obtained from said electrodes to the control unit;
wherein said electric circuit comprises at least one electrical connector arranged in such a way to electrically connect said
electrodes to said control unit when said filter assembly is correctly positioned in said housing and not to connect said
electrodes to said control unit when said filter assembly is not positioned or not correctly positioned in said housing.

US Pat. No. 9,359,707

APPLIANCE CONTROL PANEL ASSEMBLY

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1. An appliance control panel assembly, comprising:
an angled lower base part removably attached to an outside wall portion of an appliance cabinet;
an upper fascia part, comprising at least one command input device, wherein the upper fascia part is configured to slidably
engage with the angled lower base part so that, when latching the upper fascia part to the angled lower base part, the upper
fascia part slides downward along the angled lower base part at an angle between 0 and 90 degrees towards a front of the appliance
cabinet to which the appliance control panel assembly is attached;

at least one coupling device configured to releasably latch the upper fascia part with the angled lower base part as a result
of the upper fascia part slidably engaging the angled lower base part, and to unlatch the upper fascia part from the angled
lower base part to allow the upper fascia part to be removed from the angled lower base part while the angled lower base part
remains attached to the appliance cabinet; and

a fastener configured to attach the angled lower base part to the outside wall portion of the appliance cabinet in a manner
that allows the angled lower base part and the upper fascia part to remain latched together when the angled lower base part
is removed from the outside wall portion of the appliance cabinet,

wherein the fastener is different from the at least one coupling device.

US Pat. No. 10,036,557

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY FOR A COOKING HOB

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1. A gas burner assembly for a cooking hob, whereinthe gas burner assembly comprises at least two burner bases arranged side-by-side,
the gas burner assembly comprises a burner crown element arranged or arrangeable above the at least two burner bases,
the gas burner assembly comprises at least one burner cap arranged or arrangeable above the burner crown element,
the at least two burner bases are adjustable separately,
the burner crown element includes a bottom plate subdivided into at least two portions arranged side-by-side,
each portion of the bottom plate is arranged or arrangeable above one of the at least two burner bases,
the burner crown element includes at least two side walls,
each side wall encloses one of the at least two portions of the bottom plate,
the burner crown element includes a plurality of flame ports formed in the side walls,
the flame ports are arranged in sections of the side walls arranged opposite to the adjacent portion or portions of the bottom plate,
the bottom plate of the burner crown element includes two circular portions arranged side-by-side, so that the burner crown element, the bottom plate of said burner crown element, the side walls enclosing said bottom plate and/or the burner cap are eight-shaped, and
the flame ports are arranged only at two opposite small sides of the burner crown element.

US Pat. No. 9,635,996

MODULAR CUTLERY BASKET

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1. Cutlery basket comprising a first basket component and a second basket component and a handle,
wherein the first and second basket components are adapted to be arranged in a serial configuration and a parallel configuration
and wherein means are provided for locking the first and second basket components in the serial and parallel configurations,

wherein the means for locking the basket components in the serial and parallel configurations are formed by the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,900,933

HOB AND METHODS FOR OPERATING SUCH A HOB

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1. Hob (2) comprising;
a cooking surface (3) adapted to receive a number of pots,

an user interface (12) allowing an user to select a cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) associated to a pot and to adjust at least one operating parameter of the selected cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10),

a pot detection unit (28) adapted to detect the presence and non-presence of pots on the cooking surface (3),

a control unit (30) cooperating with the pot detection unit (28) and the user interface (12) and adapted to control the function of commands received through the user interface (12),

wherein the user interface (12) is adapted to indicate to the user the presence of every pot of the number of pots on their associated cooking zones (4, 6, 8, 10) and to indicate to the user the actually selected cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) whose at least one operating parameter is adjustable through the user interface (12) by the user,

wherein in one operation mode the control unit (30) is adapted to cause a selection of a certain cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) and to provide a corresponding indication on the user interface (12) that the certain cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) is from now on selected, when a corresponding signal from the pot detection unit (28) was received by the control unit (30) that a temporal interruption of a presence of a pot on the certain cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) was detected, and

wherein the control unit (30) is adapted to automatically copy a setting of the at least one operating parameter of a selected cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) to another cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) when the pot detection unit (28) detects a non-presence of a formerly detected pot on the selected cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) followed by a presence of said pot on the another cooking zone (4, 6, 8, 10) within a predetermined period of time and gives a corresponding signal to the control unit (30).

US Pat. No. 9,574,298

LAUNDRY DRYER WITH ACCESSIBLE RECIRCULATION AIR FILTER

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1. A vented laundry dryer comprising:
a cabinet;
a drying chamber provided within the cabinet;
an air supply channel configured to supply air to the drying chamber;
a heater configured to heat the air supplied to the drying chamber;
a process air fan configured to move the air through the drying chamber;
an air exhaust channel configured to exhaust a first portion of the air from the drying chamber;
an air recirculation channel configured to direct a second portion of the air from the drying chamber to the air supply channel;
a recirculation air filter provided in the air recirculation channel and configured to filter the air in the air recirculation
channel, wherein the recirculation air filter is removable and replaceable at a peripheral region of an access passage to
the drying chamber; and

a first stage air filter provided upstream of the process air fan, wherein the first stage air filter is removable and replaceable
at the peripheral region of the access passage to the drying chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,790,724

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE WITH DOOR DAMPER

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1. A household appliance comprising a
a door supported at a hinge, and
a door damper mounted in a region of the household appliance in proximity to the hinge and having at least one cavity arranged
opposite to the door and defining an opening plane section on that side,

wherein the door damper comprises a damper element and a pestle in force-transmitting contact with the damper element,
wherein the door comprises a support frame for supporting at least one glass panel, said door having at least one section
where a section of said support frame supports at least two sections of said one glass panel, and

wherein the pestle is arranged to contact a side of said section of the support frame that is opposite a side of the section
of the support frame that supports the glass panel,

wherein the pestle provides a front surface in contact with the door when the door is positioned in or within an angle relative
to the opening plane, the angle being an angle between the door and the opening plane,

wherein, after the door contacts the pestle, further movement of the door toward the door damper actuates the pestle.

US Pat. No. 10,100,456

LAUNDRY APPLIANCE

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1. Laundry appliance, for example laundry washing machine, laundry dryer or laundry washer dryer, comprisinga) a cabinet with a housing having at least one front face and at least one front panel,
b) at least one fixing device for fixing said front panel to the housing by applying a fixing force in a fixing direction, and
c) at least one pulling device for exerting a pulling force in a pulling direction onto the front panel pulling the front panel against at least one front face of the housing,
d) wherein the fixing direction of the fixing force is different than the pulling direction of the pulling force, and
e) wherein the at least one fixing device comprises a fixing element which is advanceable to increase said fixing force and coupled to a pulling element of the at least one pulling device in such a way that the fixing force generates the pulling force or is partly transformed into the pulling force,
wherein the or each pulling device comprises at least two pulling elements, a first pulling element being coupled to the front panel and a second pulling element being coupled to the fixing device, wherein the first pulling element is, by the fixing force, displaced relative to the second pulling element by a pulling displacement in a displacement movement in the pulling direction or having at least a component in the pulling direction, whereby the pulling force onto the front panel is generated or transformed from the fixing force,
wherein one pulling element is a protruding element and the other pulling element is a pulling recess, and the protruding pulling element is forced by the fixing force into the pulling recess sliding with a sliding edge or surface on a surface adjacent the pulling recess until a rear edge or surface of the protruding pulling element bears against an inner rear wall of the pulling recess resulting in the displacement in the pulling direction of the two pulling elements, and
wherein the sliding edge or surface is curved and/or convex and/or wherein the rear edge or surface and the inner rear wall are orthogonal to the displacement movement and/or pulling direction.

US Pat. No. 10,085,307

INDUCTION COIL FOR AN INDUCTION HEATING APPLIANCE

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1. An induction coil for an induction cooking hob, wherein:the induction coil comprises at least one base plate and at least one winding arrangement,
the at least one winding arrangement includes at least one portion of high winding concentration and at least one portion of low winding concentration,
the base plate is arranged above one or more of said at least one winding arrangement,
the base plate includes at least one electrically conductive portion and at least one electrically non-conductive portion,
the at least one electrically conductive portion of the base plate is arranged above at least one portion of high winding concentration of the at least one winding arrangement,
the at least one electrically non-conductive portion of the base plate is arranged only above the at least one portion of low winding concentration of the at least one winding arrangement,
the at least one electrically conductive portion of the base plate is made by at least one electrically conductive material, and
the at least one electrically non-conductive portion of the base plate is made by at least one electrically non-conductive material and/or formed by at least one cut-out in the base plate.

US Pat. No. 9,900,934

METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR CHECKING AN IDEAL POSITION OF A COOKING POT ABOVE AN INDUCTION COIL OF AN INDUCTION COOKING HOB

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1. A method for checking an ideal position of a cooking pot above an induction coil of an induction cooking hob, wherein said
method includes the following steps:
a) starting the method for checking the ideal position,
b) detecting a first parameter related to the power of an electromagnetic field associated with said coil,
c) detecting a second parameter related to the power of the electromagnetic field,
d) comparing the detected first and second parameters with a stored relationship between said first and second parameters
and the position of the cooking pot above the induction coil,

e) determining a deviation of the position of the cooking pot from the ideal position above the induction coil,
f) performing periodic repetitions of the steps b) to e) after a predetermined time, and
g1) outputting at least one signal corresponding with the deviation of the position of the cooking pot from the ideal position,
if said deviation exceeds a minimum value, or

g2) outputting at least one signal corresponding with the deviation of the position of the cooking pot from the ideal position,
if said deviation falls below a maximum value,

wherein the first parameter is a current through the induction coil and the second parameter is a phase difference between
the current through the induction coil and a voltage at said induction coil.

US Pat. No. 9,719,203

WASHING MACHINE PUMP

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1. A laundry washing machine comprising:
a washing tub in which washing/rinsing liquid may be loaded;
a rotatable perforated drum, in which laundry to be washed can be loaded;
a discharge system fluidly connected to the washing tub and adapted to selectively discharge washing/rinsing liquid from the
washing tub, said discharge system including a discharge duct coupled with the washing tub for receiving washing/rinsing liquid
to be discharged;

a pump operable to selectively cause washing/rinsing liquid located in the discharge duct to be discharged through a drain
hose or to be conveyed back into the washing tub through a recirculation conduit, wherein

said pump comprises:
a) a pump chamber for receiving washing/rinsing liquid from the discharge duct, the pump chamber housing an impeller;
b) a diverter element rotatably arranged in said pump chamber and movable by rotation between a first position, in which said
diverter element causes washing/rinsing liquid in the pump chamber to be diverted to said recirculation conduit, and a second
position, in which said diverter element causes washing/rinsing liquid in the pump chamber to be diverted to said drain hose;

wherein said diverter element rotates around the impeller.

US Pat. No. 9,617,677

LAUNDRY MACHINE

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1. A laundry machine comprising:
a casing with a panel having a laundry loading/unloading opening;
a door hinged to the casing, the door configured to open or close the laundry loading/unloading opening;
a hinge adapted to pivotably support the door to the casing;
one or more apertures in a door frame on a hinge side, wherein the one or more apertures are configured to allow a rotation
of the door with respect to the hinge when opening or closing the door; and

at least one closure element configured to at least partially close the one or more apertures when the door is in a closed
position, the closed position closing the loading/unloading opening,

wherein the at least one closure element remains stationary during the rotation of the door,
wherein the one or more apertures allow passage of at least a portion of the hinge therein during the rotation of the door
so as to be at least partially closed by the at least one closure element as the door rotates to the closed position,

wherein the hinge comprises a hinge base element and one or more arms connected to the hinge base element, the one or more
arms being configured to pass through the one or more apertures when opening or closing the door, and

wherein the at least one closure element is attached to the one or more arms.

US Pat. No. 9,951,960

METHOD OF OPERATING A GAS BURNER OF A GAS COOKING APPLIANCE AND GAS BURNER AND GAS COOKING APPLIANCE

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1. A method of operating a gas burner of a gas cooking appliance, the cooking appliance comprising: a gas injector, a gas supply line connected to the gas injector so as to feed gas to the gas injector, and a single automatic gas valve installed in the gas supply line upstream from the gas injector so as to control gas supply to the gas injector; the method comprising, during ordinary operational modes, maintaining the single automatic gas valve always in an opened state not exceeding a preset upper opening limit, wherein during a temporary boost operational mode the automatic gas valve is in an opened state exceeding the upper opening limit, and wherein the boost operational mode is blocked for a fixed first time period after igniting the gas burner.

US Pat. No. 10,098,354

METHOD OF ESTIMATING A HUMIDITY LEVEL IN A STEAM COOKING CHAMBER OF A STEAM COOKING APPLIANCE, METHOD OR OPERATING THE STEAM COOKING APPLIANCE AND STEAM COOKING APPLIANCE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. Method of operating a steam cooking process in a steam cooking cavity of a steam cooking appliance comprising:a. successively measuring, with a pressure sensor, static or quasi-static pressure values (P1, . . . , Pn) prevailing within the steam cooking cavity;
b. successively calculating from the pressure values or smoothed pressure values (P1, . . . , Pn) via iterative numerical integration a humidity index value (EH1, . . . , EHn), wherein the pressure values (P1, . . . , Pn) are measured at successive timepoints (t1, . . . , tn) and an actual humidity index value EHn) for a pressure value (Pn) is calculated from a preceding humidity index value (EHn?1);
c. setting and using the humidity index value (EH1, . . . , EHn) as an actual measure for the humidity level; and
d. activating or deactivating steam generation in the steam cooking appliance in dependence on the actual measure for the humidity level and at least one preset value of the humidity level.

US Pat. No. 10,052,012

HOLDING ASSEMBLY

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1. A holding assembly for holding one or more stemmed objects in a dishwasher, said holding assembly comprising:a main frame, and
a gripping unit frame arranged on said main frame, said gripping unit frame comprising one or more gripping units where each gripping unit of said one or more gripping units is arranged to grip a respective stemmed portion of one of said one or more stemmed objects, wherein said holding assembly further comprises:
a first support frame foldably arranged on said main frame to allow said first support frame to be folded between at least a supporting position and a storing position, where said first support frame is arranged to support a portion of said one or more stemmed objects in said supporting position,
wherein said holding assembly is arranged to be positioned in, and removed from, a rack of a dishwasher.

US Pat. No. 9,903,061

LAUNDRY APPLIANCE PROVIDED WITH A CONTROL-PANEL ASSEMBLY

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1. Laundry appliance comprising a control-panel assembly having:
an outer shell which is coupled to a casing of the laundry appliance and provides a user interface;
an internal printed circuit board provided with one or more sensors; and
a protecting box firmly attached to the printed circuit board and at least partially interposed between the outer shell and
circuit board, wherein the protecting box comprises one or more projecting barriers having a wall to divert drops rolling
on the protecting box and hitting said one or more projecting barriers from spilling towards the printed circuit board through
the protecting box;

one or more spring detectors which transmit to said one or more sensors a signal related to the capacitive variation that
is generated when the user interface is touched,
wherein the protecting box has one or more head zones compressing said one or more spring detectors when the protecting box
is attached to the printed circuit board, said capacitive variation being sensed by said one or more spring detectors through
said one or more head zone.

US Pat. No. 9,803,309

LAUNDRY TREATMENT DEVICE HAVING A CONTROL PANEL ASSEMBLY

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1. A laundry treatment device comprising:
a casing housing a laundry treatment chamber and including a front wall defining an outward-facing continuous-wall front surface,
said front wall having a laundry opening to load and/or unload said laundry treatment chamber, a panel aperture and a drawer
aperture, said panel aperture and said drawer aperture being separated one from the other by a crosspiece, said crosspiece
having an outward-facing crosspiece front surface;

a control panel assembly for controlling operation of the laundry treatment device said control panel assembly including an
outer dashboard which is structured to be coupled to said front wall at said panel aperture and to be operated by a user;

a drawer and a drawer seat to house said drawer, the drawer seat being fixed or fixable to said front wall at said drawer
aperture so that said drawer is coupled in a retractable manner to said front wall,

wherein said outer dashboard and/or said drawer seat includes a cover surface located externally to said casing in front of
said crosspiece front surface, so as to cover the latter when said laundry treatment device is in an assembled configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,777,423

METHOD FOR TREATING LAUNDRY IN A LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE AND LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

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1. A method for treating laundry in a laundry washing machine of the type comprising:
a rotatable perforated washing drum provided with holes and configured to receive laundry;
a washing tub external to said washing drum;
a water supply circuit comprising at least one supply valve to supply water into said washing tub;
a detergent supplier to supply detergent into said washing tub;
a rinse additive supplier to supply at least one rinse additive into said washing tub;
a first recirculation circuit suitable for withdrawing liquid from a bottom region of said washing tub and for re-admitting
such a liquid into said washing tub such that at least a portion of the re-admitted liquid reaches said bottom region of said
washing tub without entering said washing drum;
the method comprising at least one washing phase during which said laundry is washed with introduction of water and said detergent
into said washing tub and tumbled by rotation of said washing drum, at least one successive draining phase for draining liquid
from said washing tub and following said draining phase at least one rinsing cycle during which said laundry is treated by
means of said at least one rinse additive;wherein said rinsing cycle comprises the steps of:
introducing a quantity of said rinse additive into said washing tub;
introducing a first quantity of water into said washing tub by activating said supply valve;
activating said first recirculation circuit for withdrawing liquid from said washing tub and re-admitting said liquid into
said washing tub in such a way that a diluted rinse additive is obtained by mixing said quantity of said rinse additive with
said first quantity of water at said bottom region of said washing tub;

introducing said diluted rinse additive into said washing drum in order to be absorbed by said laundry.

US Pat. No. 10,000,882

METHOD FOR OPERATING A WASHING MACHINE

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1. A method for operating a washing machine comprising a washing tub containing a laundry drum, said method comprises the steps of:detecting a liquid level in said washing tub and/or in a draining region thereof while said laundry drum is rotating at a first speed,
comparing the detected liquid level with an upper threshold value, wherein the excess of said upper threshold value by the liquid level while the laundry drum rotates at a rotation speed equal or higher than said first speed generates a closed liquid ring at circumferential walls of the laundry drum, and
initiating a foam-detecting procedure for detecting the amount and/or presence of foam inside the washing tub and/or in the draining region thereof only after said comparing, and if said comparing indicates that the detected liquid level exceeds the upper threshold value, then reducing the rotational speed of the laundry drum below said first speed prior to performing said foam-detecting procedure for detecting the amount and/or presence of foam inside the washing tub and/or in the draining region thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,995,784

METHOD AND CIRCUIT FOR DETERMINING FAULTS IN APPLIANCES

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. Washing and/or drying appliance having a circuit system comprising:an electric load adapted to be energized by electrical coupling between first and second supply terminals of an electric power supply,
first and second switching elements operable between respective closed/opened states for coupling/decoupling the first and second power supply terminals to/from first and second load terminals of the electric load,
a control unit for operating the first and second switching elements, and
a conditioning arrangement having
a unidirectional signal flow element coupled between the first supply terminal for receiving a supply signal and the second load terminal, and
an impedance arrangement coupled between the first load terminal and the control unit, wherein, with the first and second switching elements in the opened-states the first supply terminal, the unidirectional signal flow element, the electric load and the impedance arrangement define a conductive path providing a check signal to the control unit,
and wherein the control unit is configured for determining a fault in the circuit system based on the check signal.

US Pat. No. 9,845,567

LAUNDRY DRYING MACHINE

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1. A laundry machine configured to dry laundry by means of a flow of drying air, comprising:
a machine cabinet for accommodating components necessary for the operation of the laundry machine;
inside the cabinet, a laundry treatment chamber configured to contain the laundry to be dried;
a cabinet top element incorporating at least part of a drying air circuit in fluid communication with the laundry treating
chamber through a drying air inlet opening and through a drying air outlet opening formed in the cabinet top element, the
cabinet top element comprising a bottom base element and a top cover and, defined in an interspace between the base element
and the top cover, a drying air path for the flow of drying air between said drying air inlet opening and said drying air
outlet opening, said drying air path including a moisture condensing arrangement,

wherein the drying air inlet opening is formed in a wall extending within the interspace between the base element of the top
element and the top cover thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,154,545

INDUCTION HOB AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INDUCTION HOB

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1. An induction hob comprising:a first heating region comprising a first induction coil,
a second heating region comprising a second induction coil,
a first resonant converter configured to drive a first AC current through the first induction coil, and
a second resonant converter configured to drive a second AC current through the second induction coil,
wherein:
the first resonant converter and the second resonant converter form a half-bridge resonant converter that causes a constant electric power flow through the first induction coil and the second induction coil,
the half-bridge resonant converter is continuously driven such that a direction of current flow through the first induction coil and the second induction coil is alternating,
the half-bridge resonant converter controls an output power of the first and second heating regions by varying a frequency of the respective AC current through the respective induction coil,
wherein the first and second resonant converters have different resonance frequencies such that the resonance frequency of the first resonant converter is at least 1.4 times higher than the resonance frequency of the second resonant converter to prevent interference noise and flicker at a mains supply.

US Pat. No. 10,001,315

DOMESTIC/PROFESSIONAL REFRIGERATOR

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a refrigerator circuit including a compressor, a condenser, a thermal expansion valve, and an evaporator;
a storage chamber for produce storage; and
a produce ripening control system, the produce ripening control system comprising:
an ethylene absorber adapted to operate in absorption mode in a first status and in desorption mode in a second status, wherein the ethylene absorber operates in the absorption mode at a temperature T1, and operates in the desorption mode at a temperature T2 that is higher than temperature T1;
a recirculation circuit configured to fluidly connect the absorber with the storage chamber and to draw air from the storage chamber, to flow the drawn air through the absorber and to return it into the storage chamber;
a control unit configured to selectively operate the absorber either in the absorption mode for ethylene absorption or in the desorption mode for ethylene desorption; and
a heater associated with and thermally coupled to the ethylene absorber, wherein the control unit is further configured to switch the heater on or off to operate the ethylene absorber at the temperature T1 or the temperature T2.

US Pat. No. 9,913,323

DOOR FOR A MICROWAVE APPLIANCE

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1. A microwave appliance comprising:
a cavity (28) with a front opening and cavity walls;

a front frame (30) enclosing circumferentially the front opening;

a first gap (32) between the front frame (30) and the cavity walls; and

a door (10) comprising:

an outer glass panel (12) ranging over a complete outer side of the door (10),

an inner glass panel (14) ranging over at least a central portion of an inner side of the door (10),

a door frame (20) covering at least the circumferential sides of the door (10),

a wave choke system (22) with a G-shaped profile,

the outer glass panel (12), the inner glass panel (14) and the door frame (20) forming a casing of the door (10),

the wave choke system (22) being arranged inside said casing of the door (10),

the wave choke system (22), being circumferentially enclosed by the door frame (20),

the circumferential sides of the inner glass panel (14) being enclosed by the door frame (20), and

a second gap (36) of the G-shaped profile of the wave choke system extending in parallel to the first gap (32) between the front frame (30) and the cavity walls in a closed state of said door (10).

US Pat. No. 9,624,618

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

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1. A laundry washing machine comprising an outer casing and, inside said outer casing, a washing tub, a rotatable drum housed
in axially rotatable manner inside the washing tub and structured for housing the laundry to be washed, a detergent dispensing
assembly which is structured for supplying detergent into the washing tub, a fresh-water supply circuit which is structured
for selectively channeling a flow of fresh water from the water mains towards the detergent dispensing assembly and/or the
washing tub, and a water softening device which is arranged/located along the fresh-water supply circuit and is structured
for reducing the hardness degree of the fresh water channeled to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or the washing tub;
the water softening device comprising a water-softening agent container which is arranged/located along the fresh-water supply
circuit and is filled with a water softening agent able to reduce the hardness degree of the fresh water flowing through the
same water-softening agent container, and a regeneration-agent reservoir which is fluidly connected to the water-softening
agent container and is structured to receive a consumable regeneration agent for performing a regeneration of the water softening
function of the water softening agent stored into the water-softening agent container;

the laundry washing machine further comprising an appliance control panel which is structured for allowing the user to manually
select the desired washing-cycle and is located on a front wall of the casing, and

wherein said appliance control panel is located/arranged at a front side of a drawer-like supporting structure which is fitted/inserted
in extractable manner into the front wall of the casing, so as to be movable between a retracted position in which the drawer-like
supporting structure is recessed into the front wall of the casing, and an extracted position in which the drawer-like supporting
structure partly juts out from front wall of the casing and the appliance control panel is forward spaced apart from front
wall of the casing; and

wherein the water softening device is provided with an exposable loading inlet or mouth structured for allowing the user to
load the regeneration agent inside the regeneration-agent reservoir, and is moreover at least partly arranged/located on the
drawer-like supporting structure so that said loading inlet or mouth is freely accessible by the user when the drawer-like
supporting structure is arranged in the extracted position;

the detergent dispensing assembly arranged inside the casing and provided with a corresponding exposable loading inlet or
mouth located on the front wall of the casing, beside the drawer-like supporting structure carrying the appliance control
panel, and structured for allowing the user to load the detergent or other washing agent inside the detergent dispensing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,136,479

HOB WITH FREE CONFIGURABLE HEATING ARRAY AND TOUCHSCREEN CONTROL, METHOD FOR OPERATING A HOB WITH FREE CONFIGURABLE HEATING ARRAY AND TOUCHSCREEN CONTROL AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A hob with free configurable heating array and touchscreen control, comprising:an array of heating elements configurable at least as a first heating zone and a second heating zone for at least a first pot and a second pot;
a pot detector for detecting respectively the first pot and the second pot and forming the first heating zone and the second heating zone;
a touchscreen control to display a first graphic representation of the first pot and a second graphic representation of the second pot respectively first and second heating zones; and
a controller to control at least a heating parameter of the first heating zone and the second heating zone, wherein the controller is adapted to combine control of the first heating zone and control of the second heating zone for assigning the heating parameter based on a first touchscreen control input involving touching the first graphic representation on the touch screen control, touching the second graphic representation on the touchscreen control, and a converging movement therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,903,064

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A laundry washing machine comprising an outer casing having a front wall and an appliance control panel located on the
front wall, close to a worktop of the casing, and, inside said outer casing, a washing tub, a rotatable drum housed in axially
rotatable manner inside the washing tub and structured for housing the laundry to be washed, a detergent dispensing assembly
which is structured for supplying detergent into the washing tub, a fresh-water supply circuit which is structured for selectively
channeling a flow of fresh water from a water mains towards the detergent dispensing assembly and/or the washing tub, and
a water softening device which is arranged/located along the fresh-water supply circuit and is structured for reducing the
hardness degree of the fresh water channeled to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or the washing tub;
the detergent dispensing assembly arranged/located inside the casing so that loading inlet of the detergent dispensing assembly
is exposed or exposable to outside of the front wall of the casing substantially beside the appliance control panel;

the water softening device in turn comprising a water-softening agent container which is arranged/located along the fresh-water
supply circuit and is filled with a water softening agent able to reduce the hardness degree of the fresh water flowing through
the same water-softening agent container, and a regeneration-agent reservoir which is fluidly connected to the water-softening
agent container and is structured to receive a consumable regeneration agent for performing a regeneration of a water softening
function of the water softening agent stored into the water-softening agent container; and

the laundry washing machine wherein the appliance control panel is structured for allowing the user to manually select a desired
washing-cycle, wherein the regeneration-agent reservoir is provided with a loading inlet structured for allowing the user
to load a regeneration agent inside the same regeneration-agent reservoir and is arranged/located inside the casing so that
said loading inlet is exposed or exposable to outside of the casing and is located/arranged on a portion of said worktop located
immediately behind the appliance control panel.

US Pat. No. 9,817,052

METHOD AND CIRCUIT FOR DETERMINING DISPERSION OF ELECTRIC POWER TOWARDS GROUND IN ELECTRIC APPLIANCES

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1. An electric appliance comprising:
an electric load;
a driving element for selectively energizing and de-energizing the electric load, the driving element having a first driving
terminal (A1) coupled to a first load terminal (T1) of the electric load, a second driving terminal (A2) coupled to a first power supply terminal (TN), and a control terminal (G) for switching on and off the driving element to energize and de-energize the electric load,
respectively;

a switching element for selectively coupling a second power supply terminal (TL) to a second load terminal (T2) of the electric load;

a coupling element coupling the first driving terminal (A1) to the second load terminal (T2); and

a control unit coupled to the first driving terminal (A1), and to at least one of the second load terminal (T2) and the second power supply terminal (TL), the control unit being configured for:

determining a first value of a first electrical quantity (VA1) at the first driving terminal (A1);

determining a second value of a second electrical quantity (VT2,CL, VT2,OP, VMAINS) at one of the second load terminal (T2) and the second power supply terminal (TL); and

determining, based on the first value of the first electrical quantity (VA1) and the second value of a second electrical quantity (VT2,CL, VT2,OP, VMAINS), that there is dispersion of electric power towards ground in the electric load.

US Pat. No. 10,119,217

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE INCLUDING A DETERGENT DRAWER WITH A PUSH MEMBER

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A laundry washing machine comprising an outer casing, a washing tub which is arranged inside the casing with its opening or mouth directly facing a laundry loading/unloading opening formed on a front wall of the casing, a detergent dispensing assembly which is structured for supplying detergent into the washing tub, a fresh-water supply circuit which is structured for being connected to a water mains and for selectively channelling a flow of fresh water from the water mains to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or to the washing tub, and an appliance control panel which is structured for allowing a user to manually select a desired washing-cycle and is located on the front wall of the casing; the appliance control panel being located/arranged on a front side of a drawer-like supporting structure which is fitted/inserted in an extractable manner into a corresponding drawer housing which extends inside the casing underneath an upper worktop or a top wall of the casing, and communicates with the outside via a front entrance which is formed on the front wall of the casing above the laundry loading/unloading opening;the drawer-like supporting structure being movable inside the drawer housing between a retracted position in which the drawer-like supporting structure is completely recessed inside the casing and the appliance control panel is arranged substantially coplanar to the front wall the casing, and a completely extracted position in which the drawer-like supporting structure partly juts out from the front wall of the casing such that the appliance control panel is spaced apart from the front wall of the casing;
the laundry washing machine further comprising: a push member which is able to elastically push the drawer-like supporting structure away from the retracted position and towards the extracted position; a locking mechanism which is structured to hold the drawer-like supporting structure in the retracted position and to prevent the push member from pushing the drawer-like supporting structure away from the retracted position; and a manually-operated command device which is structured so as to force, when manually operated, the locking mechanism to release the drawer-like supporting structure, thus allowing the push member to push the drawer-like supporting structure away from the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,001,319

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A REFRIGERATING APPARATUS

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A method for manufacturing a refrigerating apparatus (100) comprising the step of:providing an inner liner (125) adapted to define a refrigerator compartment (110a) for storing goods to be cooled and a freezer compartment (110b) for storing goods to be frozen, the inner liner being provided as a one-piece component part, wherein the step of providing the inner liner comprises:
forming a freezer delimiting shell (125b) in a precursor element (200) of the inner liner (125),
providing an evaporator portion (130) around the freezer delimiting shell (125b), and
forming a refrigerator delimiting shell (125a) in the precursor element (200) adjacent to the freezer delimiting shell (125b) with the evaporator portion (130),
wherein the evaporator portion (130) comprises a pipe (205), and providing an evaporator portion (130) comprises winding the pipe (205) around outer sides (210) of the freezer delimiting shell (125b) opposite to the freezer compartment (110b) before forming the refrigerator delimiting shell (125a).

US Pat. No. 9,976,248

WATER SUPPLY ASSEMBLY FOR LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. A water supply assembly for a laundry washing machine provided with a detergent drawer which is configured to receive a given amount of detergent, softener or other washing agent and is fitted in an extractable manner into a corresponding drawer housing; the water supply assembly being configured to selectively pour water arriving from a fresh-water supply circuit of the laundry washing machine into the detergent drawer so as to selectively flush the detergent, softener or other washing agent out of the same detergent drawer;the water supply assembly comprising: a water delivery member which forms or is associated to the upper lid of the drawer housing so as to be located above the detergent drawer when said detergent drawer is inserted/recessed into the drawer housing, and a discrete flow-diverter module which is connectable to the fresh-water supply circuit for receiving the fresh water of the water mains and is attached outside the water delivery member at a coupling socket formed on the water delivery member;
the water delivery member being provided, at said coupling socket, with a number of water inlets each separately communicating with a respective water-delivery portion of the water delivery member;
the flow-diverter module, in turn, being provided with a number of main water outlets configured to separately couple each with a respective water inlet of the water delivery member, and being configured to internally accommodate a rotatable flow diverter which is capable of selectively channeling the water entering into the flow-diverter module towards any one of said main water outlets;
the flow-diverter module being furthermore provided with a first main water inlet and with a second auxiliary water inlet both communicating with a water inlet of the rotatable flow diverter for independently channeling the fresh water of the water mains and/or other washing liquid towards a water inlet of the rotatable flow diverter.

US Pat. No. 10,041,686

DOOR FOR A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A door for a domestic appliance, wherein said door comprises:a door frame formed as a closed rectangular frame,
at least one first glass panel attached or attachable at a first side of the door frame,
at least one second glass panel attached or attachable at a second side of the door frame opposite the first side of the door frame,
at least one first sealing element arranged or arrangeable between the first glass panel and the first side of the door frame, and
at least one second sealing element arranged or arrangeable between the second glass panel and the second side of the door frame,
at least one inner space inside the door frame and between the first glass panel and the second glass panel,
a third glass panel arranged or arrangeable in said at least one inner space, and
a fourth glass panel attached or attachable at an inner periphery of the door frame within said inner space, wherein the fourth glass panel is arranged between the first glass panel and the third glass panel, wherein
a large area side of the first glass panel is bigger than a large area side of the door frame,
the large area side of the first glass panel is bigger than a large area side of the second glass panel,
said at least one inner space inside the door frame is hermetically closed,
said second glass panel and said third glass panel are permanently connected to each other, and
said door frame includes at least one snap-pin element for grasping the third glass panel.

US Pat. No. 9,993,134

ARRANGEMENT IN A DISHWASHER FOR CREATING A WASH ZONE WITH INTENSIFIED WASHING

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. An arrangement in a dishwasher for creating a wash zone with intensified washing in a washing chamber, said arrangement comprising:a spray arm rotatably arranged around an axis (A), the spray arm comprising at least one nozzle and at least one additional nozzle;
a water pump arranged to feed water to the spray arm;
a control unit arranged to control operation of the water pump; and
an actuator member movably arranged between a first position in which the spray arm is rotatable around the axis (A) and a second position in which the spray arm is prevented from rotating and the at least one additional nozzle on the spray arm is opened, wherein the actuator member is arranged to move from the first position to the second position when the pressure in the water fed from the water pump to the spray arm exceeds a predetermined level, and
wherein the at least one additional nozzle is arranged to be opened when pressure in the water fed from the water pump to the spray arm exceeds the predetermined level, such that when the pressure is below the predetermined level, the spray arm is configured to emit the water from the at least one nozzle and not the at least one additional nozzle, and when the pressure exceeds the predetermined level, the spray arm is configured to emit the water from both the at least one nozzle and the at least one additional nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,988,755

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A household appliance, comprising:an external frontal panel with a front side facing the outside of said appliance in an assembled state and a rear side opposite to said front side facing the interior of said appliance in an assembled state and with an aperture;
a cover element attached to the front side of the external frontal panel and covering said aperture on said front side; and
a receptacle attached to said rear side of the external frontal panel behind said aperture,
wherein said receptacle comprises a sealing element which in an assembled state extends through said aperture of said external frontal panel and contacts said cover element, thereby providing a sealed space between said cover element and said receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,927

HOLDING ASSEMBLY

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A rack of a dishwasher comprising a holding assembly for holding one or more stemmed objects, said holding assembly comprising:an elongated gripping unit frame configured to be attached to the rack of the dishwasher; and
two or more gripping units comprising at least a first gripping unit and a second gripping unit, wherein the first gripping unit and the second gripping unit are adjustably arranged along a longitudinal direction (ld) of the elongated gripping unit frame,
wherein the first gripping unit is configured to grip a first stemmed portion of a first stemmed object and hold a first length of the first stemmed portion perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (ld) and perpendicular to a main extension plane (p) of the holding assembly,
wherein the second gripping unit is arranged to grip a second stemmed portion of a second stemmed object and hold a second length of the second stemmed portion perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (ld) and perpendicular to the main extension plane (p) of the holding assembly, and
wherein at least one of said two or more gripping units is displaceably arranged along the longitudinal direction (ld) of said elongated gripping unit frame, such that first gripping unit is configured to hold the first stemmed object at two or more different distances from the second gripping unit and second stemmed object relative to the longitudinal direction (ld).

US Pat. No. 10,148,451

METHOD FOR DATA COMMUNICATION WITH A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE BY A MOBILE COMPUTER DEVICE, MOBILE COMPUTER DEVICE AND DOMESTIC APPLIANCE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. Method for data communication with a domestic appliance (10) by a mobile computer device (12), wherein the domestic appliance (10) and the mobile computer device (12) are interconnected or interconnectable via a wireless data connection (22) that is adapted for transferring signals between the domestic appliance (10) and the mobile computer device (12) wherein the mobile computer device (12) is configured to be switched by a first switch element from a first connection state in which connection parameters and/or functions of the domestic appliance (10) can be monitored and/or controlled on the mobile computer device (12) to a second connection state in which no parameters and/or functions of the domestic appliance (10) can be monitored and/or controlled;wherein the mobile computer device (12) comprises a first and a second display mode for displaying content in at least one display area (606, 607);
wherein the at least one display area (606, 607) comprises a display area width and a display area height,
wherein content to be displayed in the display area comprises a content area width and a content area height,
wherein in the first display mode, the content area width is smaller or equal than the display area width and the content area height is smaller or equal than the display area height,
wherein in the second display mode, the content area width is larger than the display area width and/or the content area height is larger than the display area height, and
wherein in the second display mode, the content area can be shifted within the display area.

US Pat. No. 10,058,226

DISHWASHER COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE DISHWASHER SPRAY ARM

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A dishwasher comprising a washing chamber and at least one dishwasher spray arm, said at least one dishwasher spray arm comprising:a washing liquid intake,
an inner volume,
at least one opening arranged to dispense washing liquid from said inner volume to said washing chamber,wherein said dishwasher spray arm comprises one or more guide vanes in a vicinity of said at least one opening in a flow channel defined by said inner volume, said one or more guide vanes being arranged to reduce a rotating movement of washing liquid dispensed via said at least one opening relative to a rotating movement of washing liquid dispensed via said at least one opening without guide vanes, and wherein said one or more guide vanes extend in a substantially radial direction from said at least one opening.

US Pat. No. 9,970,147

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. A laundry washing machine comprising an outer casing and, inside said outer casing, a control unit, a washing tub, a rotatable drum housed in axially rotatable manner inside the washing tub and structured for housing laundry to be washed, a detergent dispensing assembly which is structured for supplying detergent, softener or other washing agent into the washing tub, a fresh-water supply circuit which is structured for selectively channeling a flow of fresh water from a water mains towards the detergent dispensing assembly and/or the washing tub, and a water softening device which is arranged/located along the fresh-water supply circuit and is structured for reducing the hardness degree of the fresh water channeled to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or the washing tub;the fresh-water supply circuit comprising at least a first fresh-water supply line which is connected to the water mains and is structured for selectively conveying into the washing tub the detergent, softener or other washing agent of the detergent dispensing assembly; and
the water softening device in turn comprising a water-softening agent container which is arranged/located along said first fresh-water supply line and is filled with a water softening agent able to reduce the hardness degree of the fresh water flowing through the same water-softening agent container; a regeneration-agent reservoir which is fluidically connected to the water-softening agent container and is structured to receive a consumable regeneration agent for performing a regeneration of the water softening function of the water softening agent stored into the water-softening agent container; and a water supply circuit which is structured for channeling fresh water into the regeneration-agent reservoir so to at least partly dissolve the regeneration agents stored therein and form brine;
wherein the water softening device further comprises: a passive one-way valve not controllable by the control unit, arranged along the first fresh-water supply line upstream of the water-softening agent container, and structured so as to allow the fresh water to only flow along the first fresh-water supply line, from the water mains to the water-softening agent container and not vice versa; and an electrically-controlled valve assembly or flow diverter which is located along the first fresh-water supply line, downstream of the passive one-way valve and upstream of the water-softening agent container, and structured for selectively allowing or preventing the fresh water of the water mains to freely flow towards, respectively, the water-softening agent container and the water supply circuit of the water softening device;
wherein the detergent dispensing assembly comprises a number of washing-agent containers each of which is manually fillable with a given quantity of detergent, softener or other washing agent, and in that the first fresh-water supply line is structured for selectively channelling the fresh water from the water mains directly to a washing-agent container of the detergent dispensing assembly structured to contain the detergent or other washing agent to be used in a main-wash phase of a washing cycle;
wherein the fresh-water supply circuit comprises further independent fresh-water supply lines each of which is independently connected to the water mains and is structured for selectively and independently channeling fresh water from the water mains to a respective remaining washing-agent container of the detergent dispensing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,149,353

MICROWAVE OVEN

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A microwave oven comprising an oven muffle, a high-frequency oscillator for generating microwaves propagating within the oven muffle, an opening within a muffle wall of the oven muffle for passing a rotatable shaft of a motor through the muffle wall, and means for suppressing microwave leakage through said opening, wherein the means for suppressing microwave leakage are arranged at a distance to the muffle wall by means of a motor mounting element bearing the motor, wherein there is no direct physical contact between the muffle wall and the suppression means,wherein the motor mounting element comprises a middle portion configured to receive the motor and to be disposed at a distance from an outer surface of the muffle wall and a pair of interconnecting portions spaced apart from each other and extending laterally from the middle portion for connecting the motor mounting element with the oven muffle,
wherein the pair of interconnecting portions create a gap between the middle portion of the motor mounting element and the muffle wall.

US Pat. No. 10,039,433

DISHWASHER SPRAY ARM

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A spray arm for a dishwasher, the spray arm comprising:an inlet for a cleaning liquid, at least one spray nozzle and a feed channel for feeding the cleaning liquid from the inlet to the spray nozzle, and
at least one filter located within the feed channel between the inlet and the spray nozzle, wherein the at least one filter comprises a filter spanning substantially an entire cross-section of the feed channel, and wherein the filter comprises two lateral sides within the feed channel that are located at angles to the longitudinal direction of the feed channel and a central portion within the feed channel protruding towards the upstream side of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,051,726

USER INTERFACE ARRANGEMENT

ELECTROLUX APPLIANCES AKT...

1. A user interface arrangement comprising;a printed circuit board having a first surface and a second surface, and
a light emitting unit,
wherein (a) the printed circuit board comprises (i) a first non-conductive layer provided with at least one aperture, (ii) a second non-conductive layer, and (iii) a light diffuser layer arranged between the first non-conductive layer and the second non-conductive layer and (b) said second non-conductive layer is provided with at least one aperture arranged substantially in a position corresponding to a position of the at least one aperture of the first non-conductive layer on the printed circuit board, (c) the size and the shape of said at least one aperture of the second non-conductive layer substantially corresponds to the size and the shape of the at least one aperture of said first non-conductive layer, and (d) the light emitting unit is arranged to emit light through the at least one aperture of the first non-conductive layer and the at least one aperture of the second non-conductive layer in a direction from the second surface to the first surface of said printed circuit board to thereby define an image visible at the first surface of said printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,194,492

INDUCTION COIL ASSEMBLY FOR AN INDUCTION COOKING HOB

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. An induction coil assembly for an induction cooking hob, whereinthe induction coil assembly comprises at least one coil winding, at least one lower electrically isolating sheet and at least one thermally insulating sheet,
the at least one coil winding is dedicated to one lower electrically isolating sheet and one thermally insulating sheet,
the at least one coil winding is arranged above the dedicated lower electrically isolating sheet,
the thermally insulating sheet is arranged above the at least one coil winding,
the induction coil assembly comprises a carrier plate,
the carrier plate is provided for supporting the lower electrically isolating sheet, the at least one coil winding and the thermally insulating sheet,
the carrier plate is made of a metal sheet or of a plastic sheet,
the induction coil assembly comprises at least two power cables connected to the at least one coil winding and connectable or connected to a power supply unit of the induction cooking hob,
the induction coil assembly is installable or installed within the induction cooking hob and between a coil carrier and a glass ceramic panel of said induction cooking hob, and
the power cables are at least partially arranged at a bottom side of the carrier plate and act as spring elements, so that the induction coil assembly is pressed or pressable against the glass ceramic panel of the induction cooking hob.

US Pat. No. 10,149,597

CUTLERY BASKET FOR A DISHWASHER

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1. A cutlery basket for a dishwasher at least comprising:a first upright outer wall defining an outside border of a compartment to accept cutlery,
the first upright outer wall in a first upper region having a first opening having the size of 40-60% of the first upright outer wall, the first opening providing access to an interior of the compartment, and
the first upright wall in a second lower region has plural openings of a size allowing to support the cutlery,
wherein the first upright wall includes a first lateral edge; and
a sidewall defining a second outside border of the compartment,
the sidewall in a first upper sidewall region having a first sidewall opening having the size of 40-60% of the sidewall, the first sidewall opening also providing access to the interior of the compartment,
the sidewall in a second lower sidewall region has plural sidewall openings of a second size allowing to support the cutlery,
wherein the sidewall includes a second lateral edge;
wherein the first lateral edge of the first upright outer wall is attached to the second lateral edge of the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,105,031

ARRANGEMENT FOR A DISHWASHER FOR CREATING A WASH ZONE WITH SELECTABLE POSITION

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A method for creating a wash zone with selectable position within a washing chamber of a dishwasher comprising a user interface for selecting operation program and wash zone position, a control unit, a water pump arranged to feed water to the spray arm via a support element arranged to support the spray arm in the washing chamber, a spray arm, and position detection means arranged to detect the position of the spray arm around an axis (A), said position detection means being connected to the control unit, said method comprising the steps:communicating a selected position of at least one wash zone from the user interface to the control unit; and
locking the spray arm in the selected position for a predetermined time,
wherein the pressure in the water fed from the water pump is controlled by the control unit and the support element is arranged to lock the spray arm in the selected position when the pressure in the water fed from the water pump exceeds a predetermined level.

US Pat. No. 10,066,330

EMERGENCY OPENABLE LAUNDRY WASHING AND/OR DRYING APPLIANCE

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A laundry washing and/or drying appliance comprising:a cabinet containing a rotatable drum configured to be loaded/unloaded with laundry, the cabinet being provided with a loading/unloading opening for accessing the drum;
a door configured to close the loading/unloading opening, the door being movably connected to the cabinet and comprising a hook member, the hook member being adapted to engage with a door locking device;
a door locking device fixed inside the cabinet and accessible from outside the cabinet, wherein the door locking device comprises:
a support housing provided with an opening for introduction of the hook member, the opening being accessible from outside the cabinet;
a retaining member mounted to move with respect to the support housing between a rest position, in which the hook member is extracted from the opening, and an operating position, in which the hook member is introduced into the opening;
a safety member configured to move in the support housing between a retracted position, in which the retaining member is enabled to move from the operating position to the rest position, and an extended position, in which the retaining member is prevented from moving from the operating position to the rest position;
an electrically powered control element adapted to control the position of the safety member; and
at least one guiding element provided in the support housing and being fixed inside the cabinet, the at least one guiding element being configured to guide an emergency-opening tool to a safety member location to which the safety member extends in an extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,210,979

DRIVER CIRCUIT FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC DISPENSER

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1. A method of driving an inductive load comprising the steps of:applying a supply voltage to the inductive load;
closing and opening a first switch connected to a capacitor and the inductive load, wherein the capacitor is charged by the supply voltage via the inductive load;
measuring a voltage over the charged capacitor, wherein the charging of the capacitor is discontinued when the voltage over the charged capacitor has reached a predetermined level greater than that of the supply voltage;
closing a second switch, an input terminal of which being connected to a control terminal of a third switch via a first resistor, the capacitor further being connected to the control terminal of the third switch via the first resistor and an input terminal of the third switch, and to the input terminal of the second switch via a second resistor, wherein the third switch closes and causes the capacitor to discharge via the third switch into the inductive load; and
closing of the first switch, which causes a current sufficient for actuating a mechanical valve associated with the inductive load to be induced in the inductive load.

US Pat. No. 10,117,559

ARRANGEMENT FOR PROVIDING A WASH ZONE

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12. An arrangement for creating a wash zone in a washing chamber of a dishwasher, said arrangement comprising:a spray arm arranged to rotate around an axis (A);
a water pump arranged to feed water to the spray arm at a first pressure and a second pressure, wherein the first pressure is greater than zero and the second pressure is greater than the first pressure;
a support element arranged on axis A to rotatably support the spray arm in the washing chamber, at least a portion of said support element configured to engage the water fed from the water pump to the spray arm such that said portion is configured to be lifted by the water at the second pressure and not lifted by the water at the first pressure, said support element is arranged to lock the spray arm in at least one position within the washing chamber when the water fed from the water pump via the support element to the spray arm is at the second pressure, and said support element is arranged to allow the spray arm to rotate when the water fed from the water pump via the support element to the spray arm is at the first pressure; and
a control unit arranged to control the operation of the water pump, wherein the control unit is arranged to increase the pressure in the water fed from the water pump to the spray arm from the first pressure to the second pressure to cause the spray arm to lock.

US Pat. No. 10,203,120

INSULATION FOR BAKING OVENS

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1. Baking oven insulation, comprising at least a first insulating layer composed of a fibre material, a metallic sheet material layer and a second insulating layer at least partially composed of a fibre material, wherein the first and second insulating layers are located at opposite sides of the metallic sheet material layer, wherein the first insulating layer is an inner layer to be arranged immediately at the outer side of a cavity wall of a baking oven and immediately at the inner side of the metallic sheet material layer and the second insulating layer is an outer layer adapted to be spaced from the cavity wall of the baking oven wherein the first insulating layer comprises a thickness d1 which enables the first insulating layer to reduce the heat conduction from the cavity wall to the metallic sheet layer,wherein the second insulating layer comprises a thickness d2, wherein the ratio d1/d2 is in the range between 0.25 and 0.75.

US Pat. No. 10,194,782

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SPRAY ARM ARRANGEMENT

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1. A dishwasher comprising a spray arm arrangement and a washing chamber, said spray arm arrangement comprising:a spray arm arranged to rotate around a first axis of rotation within said washing chamber, said spray arm being provided with at least one spray nozzle arranged to spray washing liquid into said washing chamber, and
a mechanical switch, for detecting an angular position of said spray arm, wherein said spray arm arrangement further comprises an activating device arranged to rotate with said spray arm, and wherein said activating device comprises at least a first activating structure arranged to cyclically activate said mechanical switch during rotation of said spray arm.

US Pat. No. 10,187,932

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING A UNIQUE IDENTIFIER TO A HOB INDUCTION COIL

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1. A method for assigning a unique identifier to a hob induction coil of an induction hob comprising a plurality of said hob induction coils, the method comprising the steps of:a. placing one or more device induction coils of a device above one or more of said hob induction coils such that at least one said device induction coil and at least one said hob induction coil are facing each other;
b. establishing a communication link between the device induction coil and the hob induction coil, wherein information regarding a unique identifier is transmitted to the hob induction coil by the device induction coil; and
c. receiving information regarding the unique identifier by the hob induction coil and storing the identifier associated with the hob induction coil within a memory of the induction hob.

US Pat. No. 10,196,773

LAUNDRY DRYER

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1. Laundry dryer comprising:a casing,
a laundry storing compartment arranged within the casing for receiving laundry to be dried by passing process air through the laundry storing compartment,
a heat exchanger for dehumidifying the process air after passing the laundry storing compartment,
a removable condensate reservoir for storing condensed water formed at the heat exchanger,
a drain pump to pump the condensed water formed at the heat exchanger to the removable condensate reservoir through a drain line, the removable condensate reservoir having a reservoir outlet for draining condensate liquid stored therein and a closing element for closing the reservoir outlet when the removable condensate reservoir is extracted from a reservoir compartment;
the reservoir compartment is associated to the casing for receiving and housing the removable condensate reservoir, wherein the removable condensate reservoir can be extracted from and inserted into the reservoir compartment;
a supply line for cleaning a component of the dryer, the supply line being provided from a supply line inlet fluidly connected to the reservoir outlet when the removable condensate reservoir is inserted in the reservoir compartment, to a supply line outlet for delivering the condensed water to the component,
a rinsing or flushing pump for conveying the condensed water from the supply line inlet to the supply line outlet;
a coupling arrangement associated to the reservoir outlet and/or the supply line inlet and adapted to actuate the closing element;
wherein the coupling arrangement is adapted to maintain the closing element in an open state when the removable condensate reservoir is inserted into the reservoir compartment, such that condensate liquid can freely flow from the reservoir outlet to the supply line; and
wherein a portion of the supply line is located above a maximum condensate liquid level of the removable condensate reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,184,667

STEAM OVEN CLEANING METHOD

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1. A method for cleaning a cavity of an oven having a steam generation device, comprising the following steps:(i) a step of mild detergent cleaning, comprising:
(i.1) applying mild detergent to the oven cavity at a predetermined cavity starting temperature (T0), and subsequently
(i.2) incubating the oven cavity for a predetermined first incubation period of time (?tinc1) at a temperature Tact,
(i.3) applying steam generated by the steam generation device to the oven cavity for both a first steam period of time (?tsteam1) until the oven cavity reaches a temperature T1 and a second incubation period of time (?tinc2) until the oven cavity reaches a temperature T2 that is less than temperature T1, and thereafter turning off the steam generation device such that the oven cavity cools to a first working temperature (Twork1), and
(i.4) removing water and dirt from the oven cavity; and
(ii) a step of steam cleaning, comprising:
(ii.1) applying steam generated by the steam generation device to the oven cavity for a second steam period of time (?tsteam2) until the oven cavity reaches a temperature T3, and subsequently incubating the oven cavity for a third incubation period of time (?tinc3) until the oven cavity reaches a temperature T4, and
(ii.2) removing water and dirt from the oven cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,184,205

LAUNDRY DRYER WITH DRAINABLE MOTOR SHAFT SEAT

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1. A laundry dryer, comprising:a rotatable drum;
a drying air fan for blowing air into said drum; and
an electric motor configured for rotating said drum and/or said drying air fan;
wherein a shaft of said electric motor extends towards said drying air fan and/or a drum transmission system,
a seat which is at least partially concavely formed is positioned at least partially and immediately below said motor shaft and extends from the drying air fan to the electric motor, the seat including at least one cut out portion through which the shaft extends, and a draining device is provided in the seat immediately below said motor shaft to allow liquid entering said seat to be drained off.

US Pat. No. 10,182,698

DISHWASHER

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1. A dishwasher comprising a washing chamber with a sump and a hydraulic arrangement comprising;the sump,
a circulation pump,
first and second spray arrangements, and
a washing liquid storage tank,
wherein the circulation pump comprises an inlet and a first outlet, the inlet being connected to the sump and the first outlet being connected to the first and second spray arrangements, wherein the circulation pump is arranged to pump washing liquid from the sump to the first and second spray arrangements via the first outlet through a flow control device, wherein the flow control device is configured to control flow between the first outlet and the first and second spray arrangements, wherein the first and second spray arrangements are arranged to spray washing liquid into the washing chamber, wherein the circulation pump is provided with a second outlet connected to the washing liquid storage tank wherein the circulation pump is further arranged to pump washing liquid from the sump to the washing liquid storage tank via the second outlet, wherein the flow control device is configured to preclude flow to the first spray arrangement and permit flow to the second spray arrangement in response to the circulation pump pumping washing liquid from the sump to the washing liquid storage tank, and wherein flow from the circulation pump through the first outlet and the second outlet is unimpeded at all times.

US Pat. No. 10,184,208

LAUNDRY DRYING APPARATUS WITH HEATER UNIT HAVING ADJUSTABLE TEMPERATURE THRESHOLDS

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1. Laundry drying apparatus, in particular dryer or washing machine having drying function, comprising:a cabinet,
a control unit adapted to control a laundry drying cycle according to at least one drying program,
a drum rotatably arranged within the cabinet for receiving laundry to be dried,
a drying air channel adapted at least to guide drying air into the drum,
a heater unit arranged at or in the drying air channel and being adapted to heat the drying air, wherein the heater unit has two or more heating levels, and
a temperature sensor unit adapted to detect the temperature of the drying air and to provide at least one temperature signal to the control unit,
wherein the control unit is adapted to control the heater unit to heat the drying air at a selected one of the two or more heating levels,
wherein the control unit is adapted to select or determine and apply during the drying cycle one of two or more temperature threshold sets (TMIN1 . . . 3, TMAX1 . . . 3), wherein the two or more temperature threshold sets are used by the control unit for determining the heating level to be applied by the heater unit in dependency of the at least one temperature signal from the temperature sensor unit,
wherein the control unit is adapted to select or determine one of the two or more temperature threshold sets (TMIN1 . . . 3/TMAX1 . . . 3) in dependency of one or more operating parameters (tOFF_ON, ?ON_OFF, EOFF_ON) of the apparatus, and
wherein the temperature thresholds of the temperature threshold sets (TMIN1 . . . 3/TMAX1 . . . 3) are mutually different or are not identical,
wherein during execution of the laundry drying cycle the control unit is adapted to select or determine one of the two or more temperature threshold sets (TMIN1 . . . 3/TMAX1 . . . 3) in dependency of one or more of the following operation parameters:
a) the time or temporal progress of the laundry drying cycle,
b) one or more operation parameters of or for the heater unit,
c) an electrical or mechanical parameter of the drum motor,
d) a temporal gradient of the drying air temperature during execution of the laundry drying cycle, and
e) an ambient temperature indicative for the temperature outside the apparatus cabinet or a temperature indicative of an apparatus component temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,240,797

METHOD OF OPERATING A COOKING APPLIANCE, CONTROL UNIT AND COOKING APPLIANCE

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1. Method of operating a cooking zone of a cooking appliance, comprising:determining an actual temperature value representative of an actual temperature of an item to be heated;
determining an actual power level set on a power control device configured to control the power level of the cooking zone;
calculating a rectified power level based on the actual temperature value, the actual power level and a preset setpoint temperature of the item to be heated, wherein the rectified power level is configured to remove differences between the actual temperature value and setpoint temperature of the item to be heated;
indicating the rectified power level on a user interface by showing a movement required for transferring the control device to an operational position corresponding to the rectified power level; and
a controller of the cooking appliance requesting user validation to set the rectified power level and the controller automatically setting the power level of the cooking zone to the rectified power level only upon receiving a positive user validation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,334,666

INDUCTION MODULE AND INDUCTION HOB

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1. An induction module for powering one or more induction coils of an induction hob, the induction module at least comprising:an induction generator for providing electrical power to an induction coil;
a controller for controlling the induction generator;
a communication interface for coupling the induction module with a user interface;wherein the controller is adapted to operate the induction module at least according to a first and a second configuration mode, wherein in the first configuration mode, the induction module is configured to directly communicate with the user interface, and wherein in said second configuration mode, the induction module is adapted to be operated either according to a master module configuration or a slave module configuration, wherein in the master module configuration, the induction module is configured to receive user interface information from the user interface and provide operation information to one or more slave induction modules based on said user interface information, and wherein in the slave module configuration, the induction module is configured to receive operation information from a master induction module and operate the induction generator according to said operation information.

US Pat. No. 10,317,090

OVEN DOOR AND OVEN COMPRISING AN OVEN DOOR

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1. Oven door for closing a cavity of an oven comprising:an inner glass element facing the oven cavity;
an outer glass element arranged at a distance from the inner glass element and being at least partially transparent for enabling a user to look into the oven cavity;
a lighting unit implementing an optical user interface for displaying optical information at the inner glass element and/or the outer glass element; and a gap provided between the inner glass element and the outer glass element,
wherein cool air is conveyed through the gap to cool the lighting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,253,448

LAUNDRY DRYER AND METHOD OF OPERATING A LAUNDRY DRYER

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1. A laundry dryer comprising:a casing,
a laundry storing compartment arranged within the casing for receiving laundry to be dried by passing process air through the laundry storing compartment,
a heat exchanger for dehumidifying the process air after passing the laundry storing compartment,
a condensate collecting device for collecting condensate formed at the heat exchanger,
a removable condensate reservoir for storing condensed water formed at the heat exchanger,
a control unit for controlling the operation of the laundry dryer, andfor controlling a pumping and feeding arrangement to pump condensate collected in the condensate collecting device selectively:1) through an internal line to the removable condensate reservoir,
2) through a draining line, separate from the internal line, to the removable condensate reservoir in a configuration where the draining line is connected to the removable condensate reservoir, wherein a flow path of the draining line and a flow path of the internal line are fluidly in parallel, and
3) through the draining line to an external sink for draining the condensate outside the dryer casing in a configuration where the draining line is connected to the external sink.

US Pat. No. 10,228,143

GAS BURNER, GAS HOB AND GAS COOKING APPLIANCE

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1. Gas burner for a gas hob of a gas cooking appliance comprising:a gas crown and a cap configured for covering the gas crown, wherein the crown comprises a gas distribution chamber confined by a circumferential wall which comprises a peripheral, slanted outer surface inclined between 20 and 70 degrees relative to a horizontal plane, an outer circumferential edge of the slanted outer surface defining an outer perimeter of the gas burner and a plurality of gas outlet ports implemented in the circumferential wall as upwardly opened grooves passing through the circumferential wall, wherein a base of each groove has an angle ranging from 10 to 30 degrees relative to the horizontal plane and the gas outlet ports open into the slanted outer surface, the gas crown being formed as a single-piece part, wherein lower outer edges of the grooves define a groove perimeter corresponding to or being larger than an outer perimeter of the cap, and
the cap comprising a first horizontal, level surface area facing the gas crown and covering the grooves at an upper end of the gas crown,
respective openings of the grooves extending through an upper portion of the slanted outer surface, the gas crown including a lower portion extending from the groove base of the grooves to a bottom of the gas crown wherein a length of the upper portion measured along the slanted outer surface is less than a length of the lower portion measured along the slanted outer surface and the lower portion of the slanted outer surface implements a closed truncated cone envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,351,278

VACUUM PACKAGING ARRANGEMENT, KITCHEN CABINET AND KITCHEN FURNITURE

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1. A vacuum packaging arrangement comprising:a drawer configured to cooperate with a kitchen cabinet, the drawer having different first and second sections, the second section being lower than the first section; and
a vacuum packaging device configured for vacuum packaging items in vacuum bags, the vacuum packaging device comprising an operational interface configured to receive a minor first section of a vacuum bag that comprises an open end of said vacuum bag during a vacuuming operation, and to vacuum the vacuum bag during said vacuuming operation upon activation of the vacuum packaging device, wherein a major second section of the vacuum bag that comprises a closed end of the vacuum bag is arranged outside of the vacuum packaging device, and wherein the vacuum packaging device is disposed in the first section of the drawer, and the major second section of the vacuum bag is disposed in the second section of the drawer during the vacuuming operation.

US Pat. No. 10,351,989

APPLIANCE FOR DRYING LAUNDRY WITH ENHANCED OPERATION FLEXIBILITY

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1. An appliance for drying laundry, the appliance comprising:an appliance cabinet;
a laundry treatment chamber inside the cabinet;
a drying air recirculation path for conveying drying air into/out from the laundry treatment chamber;
a drying air propeller motor;
a drying air propeller driven by the drying air propeller motor for causing the drying air to recirculate along the drying air recirculation path;
a drying air moisture condensing and heating system located in the drying air recirculation path and configured to dehydrate the moisture-laden drying air leaving the laundry treatment chamber and heat the dehydrated drying air before it re-enters into the laundry treatment chamber;
a laundry drying cycle selector operable by a user for selecting among a number of default laundry drying cycles;
a control unit configured to control the machine operation by commanding the drying propeller to work at a default average speed corresponding to a selected laundry drying cycle;
a command input operable by the user during the selected laundry drying cycle to cause the control unit to change, during the selected laundry drying cycle, an average working speed of the drying air propeller with respect to the default average speed corresponding to the selected laundry drying cycle, wherein the command input is operable to cause the control unit to increase the average working speed of the drying air propeller with respect to the default average speed corresponding to the selected laundry drying cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,344,421

WASHING MACHINE WITH DRAWER ASSEMBLY

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1. A washing machine comprising:a drawer comprising at least one compartment for receiving an agent for treating laundry, and a stopping element connected to a side wall of the drawer;
a supporting structure on which said drawer can slide; and
a removable retaining device connected to said supporting structure such that said removable retaining device delimits a movement of said drawer with respect to said supporting structure when connected to said supporting structure, said removable retaining device being operable in order to allow the withdrawal of said drawer from said supporting structure;
wherein said removable retaining device is connected to said supporting structure by moving said removable retaining device along a fixing direction (F),
wherein said supporting structure comprises an engagement element and said retaining device comprises a releasable locking element engaging with said engagement element when said removable retaining device is moved along said fixing direction (F) in order to be connected to said supporting structure such that said releasable locking element locks said removable retaining device in a connected condition.

US Pat. No. 10,316,455

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE EQUIPPED WITH A TREATING AGENTS DISPENSER HAVING WATER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

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1. A laundry washing machine comprising:a) a cabinet supporting a washing drum adapted to receive laundry and a washing tub external to said washing drum;
b) a treating agents dispenser comprising:
1) a drawer having at least one compartment adapted to be filled with at least one treating agent, said at least one compartment comprising a bottom part and a side wall rising from said bottom part, said side wall superiorly defining a top boundary line;
2) a housing positioned above said drawer, the housing having at least one water conveying duct positioned above said side wall of said at least one compartment for conveying water to said at least one compartment;
c) a supply line, fluidly connecting said treating agents dispenser and said washing tub;
d) a control unit for controlling functioning of said laundry washing machine;
wherein said at least one water conveying duct comprises outlets having an inclined portion extending from the duct to a position facing said at least one compartment, said outlets being aligned along a path and being at least partially adjacent to said top boundary line directing said water to flow through said outlets along a water direction having a horizontal component tangentially following said side wall of said at least one compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,298,232

TOUCH SWITCH FOR A CONTROL DEVICE OF AN ELECTRIC AND/OR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

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1. A touch switch for a control device of an electric and/or electronic apparatus, wherein said touch switch comprises:a first layer made of an electrically non-conductive material or material composition,
a touch sensor arranged at a bottom side of the first layer,
a metallic layer arranged at a top side of the first layer, and
a cut-out formed in the metallic layer and arranged opposite to the touch sensor relative to the first layer, wherein:
the metallic layer is connected to a ground connection, and
the cut-out is filled with a non-conductive material, wherein a top surface of the metallic layer and a top surface of the non-conductive material together define a smooth surface.

US Pat. No. 10,271,707

ALTERNATING PUMP DIRECTION FOR FLUID DETECTION

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1. A method of detecting presence of process water in a pump of a domestic appliance, comprising:operating the pump to rotate in a first direction;
recording a first response of the pump rotating in the first direction based on a measured pump operation parameter;
operating the pump to rotate in a second direction;
recording a second response of the pump rotating in the second direction based on the measured pump operation parameter;
comparing the first response and the second response; and
determining the presence of process water in the pump based on the comparison of the first response and the second response, wherein in an instance in which the first response is determined to correspond with the second response, it is determined that the pump comprises no process water.

US Pat. No. 10,397,987

INDUCTION HEATING ARRANGEMENT, METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INDUCTION HEATING ARRANGEMENT AND INDUCTION HOB

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1. An induction heating arrangement, comprising:a first induction coil having a first diameter and being arranged in a first plane;
at least two second induction coils having at least one second diameter and being arranged in a second plane, wherein each second diameter is smaller than the first diameter;
the second induction coils being arranged around the first induction coil and each of the second induction coils partially overlapping with the first induction coil in respective overlapping regions;
a control device configured to operate either, in a first operational state, the first induction coil while not operating any of the second induction coils or, in a second operational state, at least one of the second induction coils while not operating the first induction coil; and
a plurality of guide elements for a magnetic flux operatively associated with each of said respective induction coils, each said guide element comprising ferrite, wherein all of the plurality of guide elements operatively associated with the first induction coil are arranged outside the overlapping regions, and
wherein in each said overlapping region at least one of said guide elements for the magnetic flux operatively associated with the respective second induction coil is arranged radially aligned with a centre of the first induction coil and a centre of the respective second induction coil, and at least two of said guide elements for the magnetic flux operatively associated with the respective second induction coil are parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,331,116

METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND ARRANGEMENT FOR GUARDING AN AUTOMATED PROCESS TO OPERATE A HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE BASED ON A SENSOR MEASUREMENT TO PROVIDE AN EXPECTED PROCESS PARAMETER

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1. Arrangement for guarding an automated process to operate a household appliance based on a sensor measurement to provide an expected process parameter comprising a cooking hob, a controller, a cooking zone, a cooking vessel and a sensor, wherein:the cooking zone is adapted to be heated under the control of the controller with a feedback given by the sensor; and
the sensor is adapted to measure a process parameter;
the controller is configured to change the process parameter by operating on a control parameter;
the controller is configured to acquire a first failure in response to determining that a change in the control parameter does not lead towards an expected process parameter; and
the controller is further configured to acquire an accumulated value of errors corresponding to a first failure, set a first threshold for the accumulated value, and generate a signal upon transgression of the said first threshold for the accumulated value.

US Pat. No. 10,455,649

INDUCTION COIL ASSEMBLY AND INDUCTION HOB COMPRISING AN INDUCTION COIL ASSEMBLY

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1. An induction coil assembly for an induction hob comprising:a coil baseplate adapted to receive an induction coil;
an adapter assembly being mechanically coupled with the coil baseplate via a connecting portion;
the adapter assembly being adapted to be mounted at an electronic power board of the induction hob, the adapter assembly comprising electrical connecting means for realizing a first electrical connection between the induction coil and the electronic power board and further electrical connecting means for realizing a second electrical connection between an induction coil sensor and the electronic power board.

US Pat. No. 10,448,460

INDUCTION HEATING METHOD AND SYSTEM

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1. A method for managing an induction heating system, the induction heating system comprising:an electrically conducting load;
an inverter circuit comprising a switching section and a resonant section, the switching section comprising switching devices adapted to generate an AC current from an AC input voltage comprising a plurality of half-waves, and the resonant section comprising an induction heating coil adapted to receive the AC current for generating a corresponding time-varying magnetic field in order to generate heat in the electrically conducting load by inductive coupling, wherein the AC current oscillates at an actuation frequency of the switching devices and has an envelope comprising a plurality of half-waves corresponding to the half-waves of the AC input voltage, and wherein the amount of heat generated in the load depends on the frequency of the AC current,
the method comprising:
varying, within a same half-wave of the envelope, the actuation frequency according to a plurality of actuation frequency values;
determining a safe actuation frequency range;
setting the actuation frequency based on said determined safe actuation frequency range,
wherein said determining a safe actuation frequency range comprises calculating at least one between:
the closeness of each actuation frequency value to a resonance frequency of the resonant section,
the closeness of each actuation frequency value to a current limit frequency corresponding to the maximum sustainable current by the switching devices.

US Pat. No. 10,448,463

INDUCTION HEATING METHOD AND SYSTEM

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1. A method for managing an induction heating system, the induction heating system comprising:an electrically conducting load;
an inverter circuit comprising a switching section and a resonant section, the switching section comprising switching devices adapted to generate an AC current from an AC input voltage comprising a plurality of half-waves, and the resonant section comprising an induction heating coil adapted to receive the AC current for generating a corresponding time-varying magnetic field in order to generate heat in the electrically conducting load by inductive coupling, wherein the AC current oscillates at an actuation frequency of the switching devices and has an envelope comprising a plurality of half-waves corresponding to the half-waves of the AC input voltage, and wherein the amount of heat generated in the load depends on the electric power delivered to the load through the induction heating coil, such delivered electric power depending in turn on the frequency of the AC current,
the method comprising performing at least once the following sequence of phases a)-g):
a) receiving an indication about a target electric power value to be delivered to the load;
b) varying, within a same half-wave of the envelope, the actuation frequency according to a sequence of actuation frequency values, each actuation frequency value of the sequence being set for a corresponding time interval corresponding to a fraction of the duration of the half-wave of the envelope;
c) for each actuation frequency value of the sequence, calculating a corresponding current peak value based on a corresponding set of at least one absolute value peak assumed by the AC current during the corresponding time interval, so as to generate a corresponding current peak/actuation frequency relation;
d) generating an electric power/current peak relation, said electric power/current peak relation depicting how the delivered electric power varies as a function of the current peak of the AC current;
e) selecting a current peak value corresponding to the target electric power exploiting said electric power/current peak relation;
f) selecting an actuation frequency value corresponding to the selected current peak value exploiting said current peak/actuation frequency relation;
g) setting the actuation frequency based on said selected actuation frequency value.

US Pat. No. 10,435,833

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

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1. A laundry washing machine comprising:an outer casing;
a washing tub arranged inside the outer casing;
a rotatable drum arranged in an axially rotating manner inside the washing tub and configured to receive laundry to be washed;
a detergent dispensing assembly configured to supply laundry detergent into the washing tub;
a water softening system configured to receive fresh water from a water main and reduce the hardness degree of the fresh water, the water softening system configured to:
supply softened water to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or to the washing tub, during one or more softened water laundry washing phases, and supply mix water to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or to the washing tub, during one or more mix water laundry washing phases, said mix water being a mixture of fresh water and softened water;
a control panel configured to allow an operator to input information associated with washing performance based on soil removal; and
an electronic controller configured to control said water softening system in order to perform a washing program comprising:
the one or more softened water laundry washing phases when said input washing performance information is determined to be associated with the softened water, and
the one or more mix water laundry washing phases, when said input washing performance information is determined to be associated with the mix water.

US Pat. No. 10,385,586

METHOD FOR AN EMERGENCY OPENING OF A DOOR LOCKING DEVICE OF A LAUNDRY WASHING AND/OR DRYING APPLIANCE

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1. A method for an emergency opening of a door locking device of a door of a laundry washing and/or drying appliance provided with a cabinet containing an operative chamber in which laundry can be loaded/unloaded, said operative chamber being accessible via an access opening provided in said cabinet and closable by said door, said door locking device comprising:a. a support housing provided internally to said cabinet and comprising an opening, accessible from outside said cabinet, for the introduction of a pivotable hook member connected to the door, said door comprising a movable handle adapted for operating said hook member in such a way to move it from a closing position, in which, when introduced in said opening, the hook member is engaged with an edge of said support housing for keeping said door closed, to an opening position in which said hook member, when introduced in said opening, is not engaged with the edge of said support housing, so as to allow the opening of the door;
b. a retaining member mounted to move with respect to the support housing between a rest position in which it enables the hook member to be introduced into and extracted from said opening, and an operating position in which it retains the hook member, when introduced into said opening, in said closing position, so that it cannot be extracted from said opening;
c. a safety member that can move along a first axis in the support housing between a retracted position, in which it enables the retaining member to move from the operating position to the rest position, and an extended position, in which it prevents the retaining member from moving from the operating position to the rest position; and
d. a control device that can be electrically actuated and is adapted to control the position of said safety member;
the method including, starting from a condition in which said hook member is introduced in said opening, said retaining member is in said operating position, and said safety member is in said extended position, the following steps:
inserting a tool in said cabinet along a second axis until said tool interacts with said safety member moving the safety member along the first axis into said retracted position, wherein the second axis is different than and intersects the first axis;
operating said handle and keeping it operated to move said hook member in said opening position while the tool is inserted into said cabinet and interacting with said safety member, so that said hook member does not prevent said retaining member from moving towards said rest position;
removing the interaction between said tool and said safety member; and
removing said hook member from said opening.

US Pat. No. 10,378,140

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE WITH DETERGENT DRAWER COMPRISING A CONTROL PANEL

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1. A laundry washing machine comprising an outer casing, a washing tub which is arranged inside the casing with its opening or mouth directly facing a laundry loading/unloading opening realized on a front wall of the casing, a detergent dispensing assembly which is structured for supplying detergent into the washing tub, a main fresh-water supply circuit which is structured for being connected to a water mains and for selectively channelling a flow of fresh water from the water mains to the detergent dispensing assembly and/or to the washing tub, and an appliance control panel which is structured for allowing the user to manually select the desired washing-cycle;wherein the detergent dispensing assembly comprises an autodosing detergent dispenser which is structured for automatically dosing, on the basis of the selected washing cycle, the suitable amount of detergent, softener and/or other washing agent to be used during the selected washing cycle, and which comprises:
one or more detergent reservoirs each of which is structured for receiving a quantity of detergent, softener or other washing agent for performing a plurality of washing cycles; and
for each detergent reservoir, a respective detergent feeding pump which is structured to selectively suck, from the corresponding detergent reservoir, the amount of the detergent, softener or other washing agent for performing the selected washing cycle, and to pump/channel said specific amount of detergent, softener or other washing agent into a detergent collecting chamber fluidly communicating with the washing tub;
wherein the laundry washing machine comprises a drawer-like supporting structure which is fitted/inserted in extractable manner into a corresponding drawer housing that extends inside the casing underneath an upper worktop or top wall of the casing, and communicates with the outside via a front entrance or opening provided at the front wall of the casing;
the appliance control panel being incorporated on a front side of the drawer-like supporting structure;
the one or more detergent reservoirs of the autodosing detergent dispenser being located/housed on the drawer-like supporting structure behind the appliance control panel, and said drawer-like supporting structure being movable between a retracted position in which the drawer- like supporting structure is completely recessed/inserted into the drawer housing , and an extracted position in which the drawer-like supporting structure partly juts out from the front wall of the casing so as to arrange the loading inlets or mouths of the one or more detergent reservoirs outside of the casing;
wherein each detergent feeding pump permanently communicates with one between the corresponding detergent reservoir and the detergent collecting chamber regardless of the position of the drawer-like supporting structure; and
the laundry washing machine furthermore comprises a movable connecting device which is structured to put in fluid communication each detergent feeding pump to the detergent collecting chamber and the corresponding detergent reservoir,
wherein said connecting device is movable together with the drawer-like supporting structure and is structured to fluidly couple each detergent feeding pump to the corresponding detergent collecting chamber when the drawerlike supporting structure is arranged in the retracted position, and to fluidly uncouple each detergent feeding pump from the corresponding detergent collecting chamber when the drawer-like supporting structure is arranged in the extracted position;
wherein each detergent feeding pump comprises a pumping assembly and an electric-motor assembly which are separate from one another, and are structured to reciprocally couple so as to allow the electric-motor assembly to drive the pumping assembly,
wherein the pumping assembly is located on the drawer-like supporting structure so as to suck the detergent, softener or other washing agent from the corresponding detergent reservoir, and fluidly coupled to the detergent collecting chamber via the movable connecting device, and
wherein the electric-motor assembly is fixed inside the casing so as to couple with the corresponding pumping assembly through the collecting chamber via the movable connecting device when the drawer-like supporting structure is arranged in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,850

DOOR AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE COMPRISING A DOOR

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1. A household appliance comprising a chassis having a cavity therein and a door coupled to said chassis and being removable therefrom without tools, said door being configured to reversibly close said cavity; a first electrical component disposed in or on said door and a second electrical component disposed in or on said chassis; first coupling means for establishing an electrical connection between said first and second electrical components in a closed state of said door; said first coupling means comprising a first contact section on said door and a second contact section on said chassis, said first and second contact sections being releasably electrically coupled to one another when said door is in the closed state and being separated when said door is in an opened state; at least one of said first and second contact sections comprising a spring-loaded contact and/or a compression connector; said door comprising a door frame, a glass pane mounted in the door frame and a removable cap coupled to the door frame and being removable therefrom in order to disassemble the door without tools, wherein removal of said cap provides access to said glass pane for cleaning purposes; said first contact section being located on said removable cap at a location adjacent an upper edge of said door when the cap is assembled to the door frame; said door further comprising second coupling means for releasably electrically coupling said first electrical component to said first contact section when said cap is assembled to said door frame, said second coupling means comprising a third contact section on the removable cap that is electrically connected to said first contact section, and a fourth contact section on the door frame that is electrically connected to said first electrical component, said third and fourth contact sections being releasably electrically coupled to one another when said removable cap is properly assembled to said door frame, at least one of said third and fourth contact sections comprising a spring-loaded contact and/or a compression connector.

US Pat. No. 10,422,073

LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE EQUIPPED WITH A TREATING AGENTS DISPENSER HAVING WATER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

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1. A laundry washing machine connectable to an external water source comprising a cabinet supporting a washing tub enclosing a rotatable washing drum suited to receive laundry and a treating agents dispenser connectable to the external water source and fluidly connected to the washing tub, the treating agents dispenser comprising:a drawer comprising at least one open-top compartment for receiving at least one agent for treating laundry;
a supporting structure on which the drawer can slide so that it can be positioned in a closed position and an opened position; and
a water distributor arranged above the drawer, the water distributor comprising a water conveying line for conveying water from the external water source to the washing tub and to a region of the water distributor which is positioned above the at least one compartment when the drawer is in its closed position;
wherein the water conveying line comprises a first path which supplies water to one or more first outlets arranged in said region of the water distributor positioned above the at least one compartment and a second path which supplies water to one or more second outlets suited to convey water to the tub/drum and bypass the first outlets of the compartment in said region, and wherein a common path portion of the conveying line is fluidly shared by said first path and said second path of the same conveying line.

US Pat. No. 10,401,036

HUMIDITY FLUSHING SYSTEM

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1. A kitchen appliance comprising at least one first fan, a cavity, and a cooling system, wherein said cavity comprises at least one outlet opening for exhaustion of vapor and/or steam out of the cavity into a first duct, wherein said first duct can be opened or closed by a first valve, and at least one inlet opening for influx of air into the cavity from a second duct, wherein said second duct can be opened or closed by a second valve, wherein said first duct and said first valve are configured such that in an open state of said first valve said exhaustion of vapor and/or steam out of the at least one outlet opening of the cavity into said first duct is substantially due to an overpressure of vapor and/or steam within said cavity, and wherein said second duct and said second valve are configured such that in an open state of said second valve said influx of air into the at least one inlet opening of the cavity from said second duct is substantially due to an overpressure of said air generated in said second duct, wherein the first duct is in fluid communication with the cooling system.

US Pat. No. 10,401,041

PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER

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1. A portable air-conditioner comprising:a housing;
a compressor located inside the housing;
a three-row cylindrical condenser located inside the housing;
an evaporator located inside the housing;
an axial fan located inside the housing;
an airflow path located inside the housing and extending from the evaporator to the axial fan;
an element located in the airflow path between the evaporator and the axial fan;
a cool air outlet at the end of the airflow path; and
a warm air outlet,
wherein the three-row cylindrical condenser is configured to include two passes of a refrigerant stream in two inner rows of the three rows and one common pass of the refrigerant stream in an outer row of the three rows.

US Pat. No. 10,400,377

METHOD FOR OPERATING A WASHING APPLIANCE AND WASHING APPLIANCE

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1. A method for controlling a wash process in a washing appliance having a washing chamber to wash laundry, comprising:receiving a detergent in said washing appliance;
detecting a detergent received in the washing appliance;
determining whether the detected detergent is a powder detergent, a liquid detergent, or a gel detergent;
performing a wash cycle, said wash cycle ending with a washing liquor drain;
selecting a rinsing cycle from among a predetermined set of different rinsing cycles in accordance with the determined type of detergent;
upon determining the detected detergent is the powder detergent:
performing a first rinsing cycle from the selected rinsing cycle, said first rinsing cycle comprising:
after said washing liquor drain of the washing cycle, introducing water into said washing chamber for a first rinsing step;
tumbling laundry in said washing chamber at at least one of a revolving speed lower than a minimum spinning speed, which is a speed at which the laundry remains attached to an inner wall of said washing chamber, so that no spinning is performed between said washing liquor drain of the washing cycle and said introducing water in the first rinsing step of the rinsing cycle when the determined detergent is the powder; and
tumbling said laundry for a time interval during the first rinsing cycle when the determined detergent is the powder detergent that is different from a corresponding time interval during which the laundry is tumbled in a rinsing cycle performed when the determined type of detergent is the liquid detergent or the gel detergent; and
upon determining the detected detergent is the liquid detergent or the gel detergent:
performing a rinsing cycle having at least two rinsing steps, wherein a spinning is performed between said washing liquor drain and introducing water into the washing chamber for a first rinsing step of the at least two rinsing steps when the determined is the liquid detergent or the gel detergent.

US Pat. No. 10,480,113

METHOD FOR OPERATING A LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE USING A UNIT DOSE PACKAGE AND LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

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1. A laundry washing machine comprising:a cabinet supporting a washing drum adapted to receive laundry and a washing tub external to said washing drum;
a treating agents dispenser comprising one or more compartments adapted to be filled with at least one treating agent, said treating agents dispenser being provided with one or more water conveying lines for conveying water to said one or more compartments;
a supply line, fluidly connecting said treating agents dispenser and said washing tub;
a control unit for controlling functioning of said laundry washing machine;
an interface unit by means of which the user may select and/or set parameters;
wherein at least a first compartment of said one or more compartments is suited to receive a respective unit dose package comprising a pre-measured amount of treating agent incorporated into a water-soluble pouch and wherein at least a first water conveying line of said one or more water conveying lines comprises one or more outlets configured to direct a respective water flow into said first compartment, the one or more outlets comprising at least one nozzle configured to generate at least one water jet into said first compartment so that said at least one water jet hits said unit dose package and breaks said water-soluble pouch; and
a first controllable valve connecting said first water conveying line to a water source, and wherein said first water conveying line comprises a path fluidly connecting said first controllable valve and said one or more outlets, and wherein the entirety of the water conveying line is water tight except for the one or more outlets configured to direct a respective water flow into said first compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,480,795

OVEN DOOR, OVEN COMPRISING AN OVEN DOOR AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION AT AN OVEN DOOR

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1. Oven door for closing a cavity of an oven comprising a door window being at least partially transparent for enabling a user to look into the oven cavity, wherein the door window comprises at least one printing made of an ink comprising scattering components, said ink being essentially transparent and wherein the oven door is adapted to provide light to the printing by at least one light source such that said light is scattered by scattering components of said printing thereby implementing an optical user interface for displaying information at the door window.

US Pat. No. 10,400,378

METHOD FOR OPERATING A LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE AND LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

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1. Method for operating a laundry washing machine, said laundry washing machine comprising:a washing tub external to a washing drum suited to receive laundry;
a control unit (130);
a water load system suitable to supply water from an external water supply line (E) into a container of said laundry washing machine, said water load system comprising:a controllable dosing device arranged between said external water supply line (E) and said container and which is activated and deactivated for conveying therethrough an amount of water from said external water supply line (E) to said container;a metering device arranged between said external water supply line (E) and said container for determining the amount of water flowing through said dosing device;said method comprising:a first water conveying step for conveying a first amount of water (Qp0) from said external water supply line (E) through activation and deactivation of said dosing device;
a control step of determining, by means of said metering device, the surplus water flowing through said dosing device after said deactivation of said dosing device in said first water conveying step;
at least a further water conveying step for conveying a further amount of water (Qr(n)) from said external water supply line (E) to said container through activation and deactivation of said dosing device, wherein activation and deactivation of said dosing device in said at least a further water conveying step depends on the amount of said surplus water determined in said control step.

US Pat. No. 10,390,683

DISHWASHER

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1. A dishwasher comprising:(a) a basket for accommodating articles to be cleaned;
(b) tubing located at the bottom of the basket, said tubing being adapted for connection to a supply of washing liquid;
(c) a plurality of utensil holders independently rotatably connected to the tubing, each of said plurality of utensil holders being adapted to be rotated between an operating position in which an article to be cleaned can be held at said utensil holder, and a resting position in which said utensil holder is configured to be stowed away, wherein the plurality of utensil holders are each independently rotatable relative to each other; and
(d) a plurality of nozzles configured to communicate with said tubing and located to direct a jet of washing liquid towards an article held at the utensil holder;
wherein each utensil holder comprises a clamping portion adapted to engage an article to be cleaned, wherein said nozzle is located in proximity of the clamping portion; and
wherein each utensil holder comprises a valve which provides for fluid communication between the tubing and a respective one of the plurality of nozzles when the respective utensil holder rotated into the operating position, and which blocks the fluid communication between the tubing and the respective one of the plurality of nozzles when the respective utensil holder is rotated into the resting position.

US Pat. No. 10,463,226

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

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1. A dishwasher rack assembly comprising:a dishwasher rack defining a rack bottom having a plurality of wires, and side walls which are generally perpendicular relative to the rack bottom; and
a support assembly for supporting one or more objects in the dishwasher rack within a dishwasher, wherein said support assembly comprises:
a pair of opposing side bars, wherein each side bar has a top surface, a bottom surface, a center, a distal end, and a proximal end, wherein the bottom surfaces each comprise snap fitting notches therein, wherein the snap fitting notches directly engage corresponding wires from said plurality of wires of the rack bottom to snap the support assembly onto the rack bottom, and
a generally planar main frame having a first side, an opposing second side, a first end and an opposing second end,
wherein said main frame is pivotably attached to said pair of opposing side bars at a location between each center and each distal end respectively along a single axis to connect the side bars to each other and to allow said main frame to pivot between at least a supporting position and a storing position while the snap fitting notches are engaged with the rack bottom, wherein the main frame only pivots relative to the pair of opposing side bars along said single axis;
wherein, in the supporting position, the first side defines a top surface of the main frame and the second side defines a bottom surface of the main frame, wherein the bottom surface of the main frame is closer to the rack bottom than the top surface of the main frame, and said first side is configured to support said one or more objects thereon; and
wherein, in the storing position, the first side defines the bottom surface of the main frame and the second side defines the top surface of the main frame, wherein the bottom surface of the main frame is closer to the rack bottom than the top surface of the main frame, and wherein said second side of the main frame is configured to support said one or more objects thereon, wherein an angle (a) between said supporting position and said storing position is approximately 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,465,331

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPLIANCE

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1. A laundry treatment appliance, comprising a user interface, said user interface comprising an assembly, said assembly comprising at least one fixed element, at least one rotary element, and a display, wherein at least one said rotary element is built as a user interface element, wherein said display is arranged inside and visible to an operator through said user interface element, wherein said at least one rotary element is axially constrained by the at least one fixed element, wherein the at least one rotary element comprises a rotary knob and a rotary encoder, wherein the rotary encoder comprises a step-like shape element which in a mounted position is at an outer circumference of the rotary knob, faces an electronic board and interacts with at least one optical transducer to recognize a direction of rotation of the rotary encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,451,273

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

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1. A gas burner assembly for a gas cooking hob, comprising a burner cap, a burner crown and a burner body, whereinthe burner cap is arranged or arrangeable upon the burner crown,
the burner crown is arranged or arrangeable upon the burner body,
the gas burner assembly comprises at least one elongated horizontal Venturi pipe,
an upper part of the Venturi pipe is formed in a lower portion of the burner crown,
a lower part of the Venturi pipe is formed in the burner body,
at least one chamber is formed in an upper portion of the burner crown,
the burner crown includes at least one circumferential wall enclosing the at least one chamber and including a plurality of flame ports,
the burner crown includes at least one passage opening connecting an outlet of the Venturi pipe to the at least one chamber,
the Venturi pipe is formed by its upper part, its lower part and the passage opening, and
a horizontal gap is formed between the burner crown and the burner body, wherein
the horizontal gap is provided as an inlet for primary air and secondary air.

US Pat. No. 10,429,077

DOMESTIC OVEN HAVING A DOOR WITH TWO DOOR WINGS

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1. A domestic oven comprising a heatable oven cavity having a frontal opening having opposite sides, and a door for closing said frontal opening, wherein the door comprises a first door wing and a second door wing, wherein each door wing comprises a first vertical edge that is mounted pivotally about a vertical axis respectively on one of the opposite sides of said frontal opening to a structure of the domestic oven for a movement between a closed position and an open position of the door, wherein in said closed position of the door the door wings form a vertical gap between adjacent second vertical edges of either door wing, wherein at least one elastic sealing is arranged on at least one of said second vertical edges of said first door wing or of said second door wing in order to seal said vertical gap against escape of heat or steam from said oven cavity when the door in the closed position, wherein at least one thermal shield arranged at the second vertical edge of at least one of said door wings covers said at least one elastic sealing in the closed state of said door to shield said at least one elastic sealing from cooking heat from the heatable oven cavity in use and in said closed state.