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US10168678B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10168678B2
Publication date: 2019-01-01
Application number: 15/267,943
Filing date: 2016-09-16
Abstract: Techniques are described for providing access to and use of laundry machines that are managed and controlled in a laundry service. A transceiver of a mobile device may receive a beacon signal emitted from a laundry machine, the beacon signal identifying the laundry machine. Based on a received strength of the beacon signal the mobile device may determine that it is within a threshold distance of the laundry machine, and the mobile device may communicate a request for use of the laundry machine during a predetermined period of time (e.g., one or more cycles). In some cases, the mobile device may present a user interface that enables a user to request use of laundry machine(s), access information describing a status of laundry in laundry machine(s), request additional service(s), and so forth. Techniques are described for providing access to and use of laundry machines that are managed and controlled in a laundry service. A transceiver of a mobile device may receive a beacon signal emitted from a laundry machine, the beacon signal identifying the laundry machine ...more ...less
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US10183288B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10183288B2
Publication date: 2019-01-22
Application number: 15/948,236
Filing date: 2018-04-09
Abstract: Methods and systems for acid regeneration of ion exchange resins are disclosed. Acid resins designed for use in a variety of cleaning application using a water source use a treated, softened, acidic water source according to the invention. Various methods of using the softened acidic water generated by acid regenerate-able ion exchange resins are disclosed to beneficially reduce spotting, filming and scale buildup on treated surfaces, reduce and/or eliminate the need for polymers, threshold reagents and/or rinse aids, and using protons generated in the acidic water effluent for triggering events useful in various cleaning applications. Methods and systems for acid regeneration of ion exchange resins are disclosed. Acid resins designed for use in a variety of cleaning application using a water source use a treated, softened, acidic water source according to the invention. Various methods of using the softened ...more ...less
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US10190248B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10190248B2
Publication date: 2019-01-29
Application number: 14/867,181
Filing date: 2015-09-28
Inventor: Rhode, Randall J.  
Abstract: A system for the remote monitoring of washing machines cleanliness to a pre-certified cleanliness standard includes washing machines having wash processors to wash items according to pre-determined pre-certified recipes using pre-certified consumables. The wash processors are adapted to communicate over the internet with a remotely located administrator processor, to exchange information on a repeating, short-time interval. The wash processors provide to the administrator processor the volumetric consumption of consumables over successive wash loads. In each of said at least one washing machine according to said recipes, wherein said recipes correspond to characteristics of the wash items in each corresponding wash load and the corresponding nature of the spoilage. The recipes and the consumables have been independently pre-certified for use in the washing machines so as to clean and restore the wash items to a pre-determined certification standard of cleanliness. A system for the remote monitoring of washing machines cleanliness to a pre-certified cleanliness standard includes washing machines having wash processors to wash items according to pre-determined pre-certified recipes using pre-certified consumables. The wash processors are ...more ...less
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US10266981B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10266981B2
Publication date: 2019-04-23
Application number: 14/160,640
Filing date: 2014-01-22
Abstract: A method of treating laundry in a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for receiving the laundry for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation implemented by a controller of the laundry treating appliance includes receiving by the controller an input indicative of the laundry comprising at least one new laundry item. A method of treating laundry in a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for receiving the laundry for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation implemented by a controller of the laundry treating appliance includes receiving by the controller an input ...more ...less
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US10266982B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10266982B2
Publication date: 2019-04-23
Application number: 15/273,614
Filing date: 2016-09-22
Abstract: A laundry washing machine and method implement dynamic damping force optimization during a wash cycle to optimize a force-generating operation such as a spin operation performed during the wash cycle. The dynamic damping force optimization may utilize inputs from a suspension force sensor in combination with an accelerometer to dynamically determine a damping capability for a suspension of a laundry washing machine such that damping in the suspension system may be maintained within the damping capability of the suspension system to balance operation performance against the generation of undesirable forces and vibrations. A laundry washing machine and method implement dynamic damping force optimization during a wash cycle to optimize a force-generating operation such as a spin operation performed during the wash cycle. The dynamic damping force optimization may utilize inputs from a suspension ...more ...less
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US10273622B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10273622B2
Publication date: 2019-04-30
Application number: 15/198,865
Filing date: 2016-06-30
Abstract: A laundry washing machine and method automate the selection of a load type for a laundry washing machine during an initial fill phase of a wash cycle and based in part on weight and fluid level sensed by weight and fluid level sensors operatively coupled to a wash tub and after a selected amount of water has been dispensed into the wash tub. A laundry washing machine and method automate the selection of a load type for a laundry washing machine during an initial fill phase of a wash cycle and based in part on weight and fluid level sensed by weight and fluid level sensors operatively coupled to a wash tub and after ...more ...less
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US10273623B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10273623B2
Publication date: 2019-04-30
Application number: 15/273,617
Filing date: 2016-09-22
Abstract: A laundry washing machine and method may use a distance sensor to determine dry and wet distance values associated with a load disposed in a wash tub, and dynamically configure a wash cycle based upon the determined values. In some instances, the distance sensor may also be used to detect an excessive fluid level, excessive foaming, or a floating item in the wash tub. A laundry washing machine and method may use a distance sensor to determine dry and wet distance values associated with a load disposed in a wash tub, and dynamically configure a wash cycle based upon the determined values. In some instances, the distance sensor may also be used ...more ...less
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US10292563B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10292563B2
Publication date: 2019-05-21
Application number: 14/414,155
Filing date: 2013-07-16
Abstract: A warewasher has at least one treatment system comprising a jet system (60, 61, 62, 63, 202) with at least one jet for spraying treatment liquid onto the items within at least one treatment zone (32, 33, 201), a fresh water system and a control device (10), wherein the fresh water system has at least one water feed (71), with at least one fresh water inlet (70) for the introduction of fresh water into the at least one treatment zone (32, 33, 201) as well as a controllable capacitive deionization unit (50), wherein the at least one cell (50a, 50b) is designed to be operated in a deionization mode and in at least one further operating mode, wherein the control device (10) is designed to change the operating mode of the at least one cell (50a, 50b) in accordance with at least one operating parameter of the warewasher. A warewasher has at least one treatment system comprising a jet system (60, 61, 62, 63, 202) with at least one jet for spraying treatment liquid onto the items within at least one treatment zone (32, 33, 201), a fresh water system and a control device (10), wherein the fresh ...more ...less
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US10240280B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10240280B2
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Application number: 15/504,687
Filing date: 2015-07-03
Abstract: The present application relates to a steam generator (40) for a steaming device (10) comprising a chamber (42) having a base (46) and a liquid receiving space (47) above the base (46), a heater (50) for heating water in the liquid receiving space (47), a steam outlet (49), and a foaming restriction barrier (70) disposed between the steam outlet (49) and the base (46). The foaming restriction barrier (70) comprises a first barrier section (71) spaced from the liquid receiving space (47) between the steam outlet (49) and the liquid receiving space (47). The first barrier section (71) is configured to prevent foam from passing into the steam outlet (49). The foaming restriction barrier (70) also comprises a second barrier section (72) spaced from the first barrier section (71) between the first barrier section (71) and the liquid receiving space (47). The second barrier section (72) is configured to prevent foam from passing from the liquid receiving space (47) into an intermediate space (85) between the first and second barrier sections (71, 72). The second barrier section (72) is configured so that all the steam generated from heating water in the liquid receiving space (47) below the second barrier section (72) passes through the second barrier section (72) into the intermediate space (85) and, from the intermediate space (85) through the first barrier section (71), before passing through the steam outlet (49). The present application relates to a steam generator (40) for a steaming device (10) comprising a chamber (42) having a base (46) and a liquid receiving space (47) above the base (46), a heater (50) for heating water in the liquid receiving space (47), a steam outlet (49), and a ...more ...less
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US10253440B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10253440B2
Publication date: 2019-04-09
Application number: 15/581,761
Filing date: 2017-04-28
Abstract: A laundry system includes a laundry appliance having a front-loading wash chamber in which a first clothes load can be washed and a module above the front-loading wash chamber. The module includes a rotatably mounted wash basket defining a top-loading wash chamber in which a second clothes load can be washed. A laundry system includes a laundry appliance having a front-loading wash chamber in which a first clothes load can be washed and a module above the front-loading wash chamber. The module includes a rotatably mounted wash basket defining a top-loading wash chamber in which a ...more ...less