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Publication numberUS2674868 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 13, 1954
Filing dateMar 30, 1953
Priority dateJan 16, 1951
Publication numberUS 2674868 A, US 2674868A, US-A-2674868, US2674868 A, US2674868A
InventorsWilliams Earl C
Original AssigneeEasy Washing Machine Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Washing machine
US 2674868 A
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April 13, 1954 E. C. WILLIAMS WASHING MACHINE Original Filed Jan. 16, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet l Q 55? t /Z2 62- 5! v94 JNVENTUR EARL E. W1 LLIAMS BYHD'WM ATTUIQNLEY April 13, 1954 E. c. WILLIAMS WASHING MACHINE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Original Filed Jan. 16, 1951 [NVENTDR EARL BWILLIAMS w ATTUHNEY Patented Apr. 13,1954

WASHING MACHINE Earl C, Williams, Syracuse, N. Y., assignor to Easy Washing Machine Corporation, Syracuse, N. Y., a corporation of Delaware Original application January 16,1951, Serial No. 206,195, new Patent No. 2,660,044, dated N vember 24, 1953. Divided and this application March 30,-

3 Claims.

This invention relates to washing machines, and more particularly to washing machines of the single tub type having a central oscillating agitator and a centrifugal extraction.

In washing machines of the type described, it has generally been necessary to provide two drive mechanisms, one providing oscillatory motion for agitation and the other continuous rotary movement for centrifugal extraction. Such mecha nisms, deriving power from a single motor, require coupling arrangements, as well as mechanism for speed reduction and producing oscillating motion. In an application Serial No. 793,159, filed December 22, 1947, now patented No. 2,656,702, dated October 27, 1953, there is shown an arrangement in which oscillatory or rotary motion is derived from a single motor by a resilient drive element connected to the motor and the tub, the tub having agitation vanes, and serving to agitate by oscillatory motion and dry by centrifugal extraction resulting from continuous high speed rotation. In such arrangement, the motor itself is adapted by reason of the resilient connecting member to reverse its rotation periodically to pro,- vide the oscillatory motion and to rotate continuously in one direction to provide the continuous rotation for centrifuging.

The present invention is directed to a mechanism in which the agitator is independent of the tub and caused to oscillate with respect to the tub through a resilient coupling or link connected to a motor adapted to periodically reverse itself. The arrangement is also such that the agitator and tub may be caused to rotate together for centrifuging by the same motor, when rotated continuously in one direction. The invention is further directed to the provision of simplified means for accomplishing the above results without the use of clutches, anchoring mechanism, brakes and the like, such means being in eifect a single resilient member interconnected between the motor, agitator and tub. The arrangement is such that either a desired washing action or centrifugal extraction may be had, without requiring any of the usual shifting of gears,- clutches, couplings or brakes.

The above and other novel features of the invention will appear more fully hereinafter from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.- It is expressly understood that the drawings are employed for purposes of illustration only and are not designed as a definition of the limits" of the invention, reference being had for this purpose tothe appended claims.

1953, Serial No. 345,367

In the drawings, wherein like reference characters indicate like parts:

Figure 1 is a vertical section taken through a washing machine illustrating the essential driving elements;

Figure 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view of the upper end of the driving unit of Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a transverse section taken substantially on the line 33 of Figure 2; and

Figure 4- is a fragmentary vertical sectional view showing the application of a modified resilient coupling to the structure of Figure 1.

Referring to the drawings, and particularly to Figures 1, 2, and 3, there is shown a tub it mounted on a base structure I? comprising an open bottom skirted member providing a compartment for a motor It. The tub is supported upon the base and secured thereto by a central sleeve l6 projecting through central apertures It and 2a in the tub bottom and base 12. The sleeve is threaded externally as at 22, and has mounted threadedly thereon the motor M and a clamp nut 24. The nut 24 and the shoulder 26 on the motor, together with suitable washers '28 and spacers 36, are adapted to securely hold the tub upon the base in leak-tight fashion, and to secure the motor Within the base in a central position with the axis of the motor armature aligned concentrically with the tub l0 and the sleeves It.

Thesleeve I6 extends upwardly through the tub Ill, and is provided at its upper end with an annular bearing block 32, within which is a flanged bearing sleeve 34, the flange 36 of which constitutes a thrust bearing for supporting a centrifuge basket or tub 3B. The basket 38 comprises a central sleeve 40 arranged concentrically around the sleeve [6. The upper end of the sleeve 48 is flanged inwardly as at 42 and is provided with an annular bearing insert 44 having internal driving splines 4'6. The insert to is rigidly secured within the inturned flange 42 by a press fit or other means. The lower end of the sleeve is flares outwardly to form the bottom 43 of the centrifuge basket, the latter being provided with a circular shell or side wall 59, the latter being provided with a number of apertures 52 for free flow of wash water therethrough between the tub In and the washing space within the basket 33.

- The upper end of the shell is provided with an intur'ne'd beaded flange 54. The sleeve as is provided with an annular bearing ring 56 engaging the sleeve l6. Such ring may rest on a shoulder 58 in the sleeve l6, and against a shoulder St in the sleeve 4'0.

Within the centrifuge basket 38 is an agitator comprising a third sleeve member 62 having suitable agitator blades 64, preferably formed integral therewith. The agitator sleeve 62 is journaled at its lower end upon the sleeve 48 as is indicated at 66, and supported at its upper end by the integral closure 68 formed on the end of the sleeve 62, such closure or end being adapted to bear through a thrust washer or bearing I upon the bearing ring 44. The agitator BI is adapted to rotate relative to the basket 38, and the basket 38 is adapted to rotate relative to the sleeve I6.

The motor I4 is provided with a stator I2 and a rotor 14, and is generally of the induction motor type having multiple poles whereby relatively low speed rotation of the rotor I4 may be had. In practice, twelve poles may be preferred whereby a rotation speed in the order of 600 R. P. M. may be had. Such a rotation speed,

when coupled to the basket 38 for centrifugal extraction, provides a satisfactory extraction speed. The rotor 14 is mounted upon a motor shaft I8 journaled in motor casing bearings I8 and 88, and the end of the shaft is supported upon a ball thrust bearing 82. The motor, being of the induction motor type, is capable of having its rotor rotate in either direction, depending upon the direction of initial rotation imparted to it. Such motors are generally provided with a starting winding, normally causing initial rotation in one direction. The present motor may have a starting winding for initially starting in one direction if desired, and a further consideration of the desirability of having a starting winding or dispensing with the same will appear hereinafter.

Located within the sleeve I6 is a resilient drive means 84 comprising resilient rubber or rubberlike blocks 86 and 88, the block 86 being an elongated cylindrical member and the block 88 being likewise an elongated cylindrical member having a central bore 90 extending axially therethrough. The block 88 and the block 88 are joined together by a disk-like head 92 affixed to a shank 94 extending upwardly through the bore 98 of the block 88. The disk-like head 92 is bonded or otherwise securely fastened to the upper end 96 of the block 86, and the lower end 98 of the block 88. The lower end of the block 86 is secured to the head portion I00 of a caplike member I02 having a sleeve I84 telescoping over the upper end of the rotor drive shaft I6. A transverse pin I06 extending across the sleeve portion Its of the cap I82 and received in an axially extending notch I08 in the end of the shaft, provides a driving connection between the rotor shaft I6 and a resilient drive block 86.

The shank 94, extending upwardly through the bore of the resilient drive block 88, projects upwardly through a headed sleeve member H0 to the end portion 68 of the agitator 8|. Such shank at its upper end is provided with a squared end II 2 received in a complementary squared.

aperture in the end 68 so that the agitator BI is driven from the shank B4. The squared drive portion is of somewhat reduced diameter from the diameter of the shank 94, so as to provide a support shoulder II4 against which the agitator end 68 is securely held by reason of the cap 6.

The cap has a threaded shank member H8 extending into an internal threaded bore I in the end of the shank 94, and is adapted to thereby clamp the agitator end 68 upon the end of the shank 94. The sleeve member III) is provided with a disk-like head I22 which is bonded or otherwise secured to the upper end of the drive block 88. The sleeve is also splined at its upper end as at I24 to engage the splines 46 of the bearing ring 45. The sleeve III] is journaled in the sleeve portion I28 of the flanged bearing member 34. Within the sleeve us and adjacent the upper end thereof, is a bearing sleeve I28 providing a suitable bearing for the shank 94, previously described as connecting to the agitator 8 I. Within the annular block 32 and beneath the flange bearing 34, is an annular cavity I30 in which there is positioned an annular channel sectioned sealing ring I32 effecting a seal between the block 32 and the splined sleeve I I0.

From the assembly thus described, it will be seen that the motor shaft IE will drive through the resilient block 88, shank 94 connected to the agitator GI, and will additionally drive through the resilient block 88 to the splined sleeve III! which is drivably connected to the basket 38. Thus, if the rotor of the motor is caused to rotate in one direction or the other, it will be seen that the resilient coupling provided by the blocks 86 and 38 will effect rotation of both the agitator 6! and the basket 38 substantially together.

This is particularly true in the absence of any substantial resistance to the rotation of the basket 38, a situation which is normally present when the tub I8 is empty.

If the tub I9, however, is filled with wash solution and laundry contained within the basket 38, there is a considerable damping effect to the rotation of the basket 38. Under such circumstances, the rotor of the motor may commence to rotate in one direction or the other, and torsionally twist the resilient drive blocks 86 and 88 before any substantial rotation of the basket 38 takes place. The rotor will thus be permitted to rotate through a turn or more, but due to the damping effect of the Wash water resisting the rotation of the basket 38, the rotor will stall while the drive blocks 86 and 88 are torsionally strained. As soon as the rotor stalls, the torsional strain of the drive blocks 86 and 88 will initiate rotation of the rotor in the opposite direction. The rotor will turn a few revolutions in the opposite direction, relieving the strain or torsional twist on the drive blocks and establish a torsional twist in the opposite direction. The rotor will thereby again be stalled, whereupon the torsion set up in the drive blocks will initiate rotation of the rotor in the original direction. During the oscillatory movement of the rotor, the basket 38, by reason of the damping effect of the surrounding wash solution, will not rotate to any substantial degree in either direction. However, the agitator, which is driven by the shank 9:1 extending to the disk 92 located between the drive block 86 and 88, will be caused to oscillate. The angle through which such agitator will oscillate will depend upon the relative length of the drive blocks 86 and 88, and the angle through which the motor oscillates.

The motor may be provided with a starting winding initially causing the rotor to rotate in one direction. Such starting winding, however, will be ineffective to prevent the resilient drive blocks from stalling the rotor after rotating through a turn or so, when rotation of the basket is dampened by wash fluid. Such starting winding, however, will not be effective to prevent the stored energy in the resilient drive blocks from initiating rotation of the rotor inthe opposite direction at a speed sufficient to cause the motor torotate in ass-recs sueh direction; deveiepmg tcrqiue and resulting twisting or torsioiially straining the dr-iv'e blocks in the opposite dlreetion.- When the torsional strain upon the resilient blocksarrives at the value required to stall the motor,the motor will, of course, be momentarily stopped, and the rotor will thereafter be set in rotation in the opposit-e direction by the combined effect of the starting winding and the stored energy in the drive blocks- 88 and 88. By reason of the startingwinding having a tendency to cause the rotor to turn in one direction, the strain upon the drive blocks will be slightly greater in stalling the motor against the torque induced in the rotor by the starting winding, as well as the torque resulting from the normal field winding. During the washoperation, where a starting winding is used, the agitatorwill oscillate through a greater angle in one direction than the other, and the basket will be caused to rotate in one direction, although such rotation will have imparted to it a slight oscillation due to the reaction efiectof the drive blocks in stalling the rotor.

It will be observed that the rotor initially is free to turn in either direction except as resisted by the resilient drive blocks. In other words, the resistance to the rotation of the rotor increases from zero in proportion to the angle through which the rotor turns in twisting the drive blocks. Thus, to initially ei-Tect rotation of the armature, a relatively light starting torque in one direction is sufiicient to impart initial rotation. Once rotation is started, it is resisted by the torsional tw'istset up in the drive block, and as soon as rotation is stalled, the rotor is set in motion in the opposite direction. Its oscillatory motion upon starting increases in amplitude with each oscillation until the maximum amplitude of oscillation is attained. Since the rotor requires little starting torque, it may be desirable to dispense with a starting winding, since starting can be effected by manually rotating the basket which will have the efiect of initially setting the rotor of the motor in movement, after which the oscillatory motion will commence in the same manner as though there were employed a starting winding.

As previously described, the basket during this oscillatory motion will oscillate to a very small degree, whereas the agitator within the basket, by reason of the shank and its connection to an intermediate point in the resilient means 84, will oscillate relative to the basket and through a substantial angle whereby to agitate the wash fluid, resulting in eiiective washing.

When the washing operation is completed, all that is required to render the machine effective to centrifugally extract the washing fluid from the laundry contained therein is the operation of draining the tub I0. As soon as the tub is emptied, the damping effect of the wash water upon the basket 38 is removed, so that the basket commences to oscillate through an increased angle in opposition to and in reaction to the rotor. If the motor is provided with a starting winding, the oscillations in one direction will be of increased amplitude, causing the basket, While oscillating, to also rotate in that direction. After a substantial number of oscillations, the amplitude of the oscillations in one direction will increase relative to the amplitude in the other direction, efiecting an increase in average in rotation speed of the basket, and eventually as the motor increases its speed and the basket follows along, the resilient oscillatory effect of the drive blocks 88 and 88 will disappear, and the rotor and basket, together with the agitator; will rotat at approximately the inherent speed of the motor to effect centrifugal'extractioii.-

If the motor has no starting winding,- the spinning operationmay' be started by manually rotating the basket in one direction or the other, and the operation will be substantially the same as though a starting winding were-provided, sinceonce the rotor of the motor commences to turn in one direction at a greater rate of speed than it rotates in the opposite direction, the characteristics of the induction motor are such as to enhance the power applied to the rotor during its rotation in that direction with the ultimate result that the rotor and basket finally attain normal speed with the oscillation eflect resulting from the resilient coupling disappearing.

In normal practice, the motor will be provided with a starting winding. If desired, the starting winding may be arranged a circuit with a manually operable switch, whereby the starting winding may be disconnected once either the oscillatory movement or the centrifuging rotation has been eifected.

The'operation of the washing machine, particularly if used in conjunction with non-rinsing detergents, is relatively simple, in that once the washing operation is commenced, itis only necessary, at the proper stage, to drain the tub,--where upon the detergent will be centrifugally extracted from the laundry, following which the rotation of the basket is stopped and the laundry removed. Of course, if desired, rinsing operations may be interposed between the washing operation and the final centrifugal extracting operation, as will be well understood in the art. It may be found desirable to provide a timer control. for draining the tub after an elapsed time suificient to satisfactorily wash, whereupon the apparatus will automatically centrifugally extract. By providing additional time control means, as well understood in the art, the centrifugal extraction operation may be automatically discontinued after a proper period of time therefor.

In Figure 4, a modified form of a resilient coupling or link is disclosed in which coil springs are employed in place of resilient rubber blocks. The central supporting sleeve I40 is provided with an annular bearing block I42 supporting a thrust bearing I44. The thrust bearing in turn supports a splined drive member I 48 through thrust washers i 38, I50, and I52. The splined member engages an internally splined drive sleeve I54 mounted within the upper end of the basket-supporting sleeve I56. The splined sleeve I54 in turn provides support for a thrust bearing I58 adapted to support the shank I68 of the agitator drive member I82, the upper end of which is flattened as at I64 and provided with a drive block I88 upon which the agitator sleeve I68 is mounted. The agitator sleeve is held in place by a cap I10 having a shank I12 screwthreaded in the end of the shank I60. Multiple concentric coil springs I14, I16, and I18 are secured to the head I of the splined drive member I48 and to the head I82 of the shank drive member I82, as well as to the head I84 of the motor drive member I86. Such coil springs are rigidly secured to the members I80, I82, and I84 by concentric sleeves such as I88, I90, and I92, such sleeves being shrunk about the respective coil springs I14, I18 and I18, in order to rigidly secure the respective ends to the heads I80 and I 84, respectively. The coil springs at a point intermediate their length are gripped about the head 182 in a similar fashion. Each of the head members I80, I82, and I84 is relieved as at I96 to provide annular grooves radially flared so as to control the maximum deflection of the initial free turns of each of the coil springs I14, I16 and I18. By thus fixing a limit to the deflection of the initial turns, breakage of such springs due to high stress concentration at the ends or at the intermediate points where joined to the head I82 is eliminated. The construction is more particularly described in an application Serial No. 54,971, filed October 16, 1948. The operation of the modification thus described is substantially the same as that shown in Figures 1, 2, and 3, the coil springs providing a resilient coupling having substantially the same efiect as the rubber blocks 86 and 88, constituting the resilient coupling 84.

It will be seen that the drive connection between the motor and the agitator and the basket constitutes in effect a single resilient element, nesting Within the central sleeve 16 or sleeve I48, with the result that space requirements are minimized. It will also be seen that moving parts are minimized, and that except for bearings, there are no wearing surfaces. At the same time, the agitator and the basket may be readily removed from the tub for cleaning or inspection. The assembly is such that inspection of the driving unit may be quickly made by the mere removal of the central sleeve IE or I 40.

Although a single embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. As various changes in the construction and arrangement may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, reference will be had to the appended claims for a definition of the limits of the invention.

This application is a division of application Serial No. 206,195, filed January 16, 1951, now patented No. 2,660,044, dated November 24, 1953.

What is claimed is:

1. In a resilient drive block for a washin machine of the character described, an agitator drive shank having a head, a tubular torsionally resilient rubber-like drive block surrounding said shank and having one end bonded to said head on the shank side thereof, and a torsionally resilient rubber-like drive block bonded to the other side of said head and extending in a direction axially opposite of said shank.

2. A resilient drive unit for a washing machine comprising an elongated torsionally resilient coupling means, means for attaching one end to a motor, means for attaching the other end to a centrifuge tub, said coupling means being hollow at least from said last-named end to a point intermediate the ends, a shank arranged coaxial of said coupling means and projecting into said last-named end, said shank having a head located intermediate the ends of said coupling means, and means for securing said head to said resilient coupling means intermediate the ends thereof.

3. A resilient drive unit for a washing machine comprising an elongated coil spring, coupling members secured to the opposite ends of said spring, one of said members being annular, a shank projecting through said annular member and having a head located within and intermediate the ends of said coil spring, and. means for securing said head to said coil spring intermediate the ends thereof.

No references cited.

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U.S. Classification68/23.7, 464/58, 267/174, 68/23.00R
International ClassificationD06F13/02, D06F13/00
Cooperative ClassificationD06F13/02
European ClassificationD06F13/02