US Patent No. 10,655,262

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH A TUB RING


Patent No. 10,655,262
Issue Date May 19, 2020
Title Laundry Treating Appliance With A Tub Ring
Inventorship John M. Hunnell, Saint Joseph, MI (US)
Pradeep Kumar, Faridabad (IN)
Brenner M. Sharp, Bridgman, MI (US)
Christine L. Strain, Stevensville, MI (US)
Assignee Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,655,262

11. A tub ring mountable to an upper end of a tub in a laundry treating appliance, the tub ring comprising:a circumferential side wall configured to mount to the upper end of the tub;
a top wall extending radially inward from the side wall; and
a plurality of stiffening ribs extending between the top wall and the side wall, the plurality of stiffening ribs having a side edge extending along the side wall of the tub ring and a top edge extending along the top wall of the tub ring, with the plurality of stiffening ribs having a bottom edge inclined relative to the horizontal extending from the side edge to the top edge;
wherein the side edge, the top edge, and the bottom edge of the plurality of stiffening ribs form a triangle; and
wherein the top wall extends radially from an outer edge, where the top wall joins the side wall to an inner edge, and the top edge of the plurality of stiffening ribs terminates at one end at the top wall inner edge.